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Auditor to probe Pembrokeshire Council chief's £330,000 pay-off

The Wales Audit Office has confirmed it is investigating the severance arrangement agreed with Pembrokeshire Council's departing Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones.

Credit: Pembrokeshire Council

On Thursday, the council announced that Mr Parry-Jones would leave his post by the end of the month, with councillors agreeing a settlement thought to be £330,000.

It follows a row over cash payments to Mr Parry-Jones in lieu of pension contributions.


Dragons' Jason Tovey missed Stade Francais match after putting passport in washing machine

Newport Gwent Dragons' fly-half Jason Tovey missed Saturday's win over Stade Francais after he left his passport in a washing machine.

The passport was ruined, leaving Tovey unable to travel to France.

Last year he missed a match against Toulon after his puppy ate his passport.

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A club spokesman said: "Jason doesn't have much luck with his passport - but he couldn't blame his dog this time."

Jason's team mates managed well without him - beating Stade Francais 38-22 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Penarth Pier Pavilion wins RICS Project of the Year

The refurbished Art Deco pavilion on Penarth's pier has been declared Project of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

The building reopened in December 2013 after a £4.2m makeover.

“Penarth Pier Pavilion is an outstanding project which combines building conservation with community benefit" said RICS judges.


Radiographers walk out over ongoing pay freeze

A ballot showed 53.7% of members supported calls for strike action Credit: PA

People who work in x-ray departments and look after cancer patients are to go on strike today in a row over pay.

It's the first time members of the Society of Radiographers have walked out in over 30 years.

They're calling for a 1% pay rise for the current year.

The Radiographers across the UK are expected to walkout for four hours.

The society says emergency care will continue but appointments and procedures may be affected.

Hundreds of jobs created following Canadian IT firm expansion plans

First Minister Carwyn Jones with Michael Roach, President of CGI Group in Montreal earlier this year. Credit: Welsh Government

£3.2 million in business finance from the Welsh Government has secured 620 new jobs at information technology firm CGI in Bridgend. Elsewhere US car exhaust firm Tenneco-Walker is opening its new factory in Merthyr Tydfil today - creating over 220 posts.

CGI is an important employer in south Wales and I am delighted it has committed to continuing to develop its workforce in the region. Today’s announcement is excellent news for the region with 620 new skilled jobs that will yield knock-on benefits for local businesses and the wider community. The Welsh Government has recently awarded CGI anchor company status in recognition of its economic contribution and commitment to on going expansion in Wales. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the company to support its contribution to the Welsh economy.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones met CGI's president during a visit to Canada in July, when he awarded CGI the status of an anchor company in the Welsh economy. It's been given Skills Growth Wales' largest ever training grant and the statements after the meeting in Canada hinted at further expansion in Wales.

CGI describes its Welsh business as delivering "a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK" and claims to be the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world.

The announcement is being made on the same day the Economy Minister Edwina Hart officially opens Tenneco-Walker's new manufacturing facility in Merthyr Tydfil.

The car parts manufacturing company's investment in this new plant has been supported by the Welsh Government.

It will create 224 jobs and help maintain a further 36 and will complement the company's existing plant in Tredegar.

"Tenneco-Walker's decision to open another factory in the vicinity reflects the productivity, loyalty and calibre of the staff they employ...It is a major vote of confidence in Wales and I am delighted that support from the Welsh Government helped encourage the investment here as other locations were under consideration."

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

The cold weather causes more deaths than road accidents

More people die because of the cold weather than traffic accidents every year in Wales.

That's according to the organisation Care & Repair Cymru.

Older people are more at risk from the cold weather Credit: PA

It says the most vulnerable people are not getting access to schemes such as the winter fuel allowance.

The launch of the Fighting Fuel Poverty campaign aims to raise awareness about excess winter deaths and encourage people to use schemes available to them.

In 2012/13 there were almost 2,000 excess winter deaths in Wales. The majority occurred among those aged 75 and over. This simply isn’t good enough.

Many older people have difficult decisions to make about whether to heat their home or eat – the situation really is that bad for many older people across Wales.

– Chris Jones, CEO of Care & Repair Cymru
Care and Repair Cymru say some people have to chose between heating and eating Credit: PA

Care & Repair Cymru is also urging better off pensioners who don’t need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who are in real need.

The campaign runs from the 20th-27th of October.

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