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Wales squad announced for next Euro qualifiers

Gareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad Credit: PA

The Wales squad for their next two European Championship qualifyers has been announced. Gareth Bale is among the players selected.

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Kyle Letheren
  • Owain Fon Williams
  • James Chester
  • James Collins
  • Ben Davies
  • Paul Dummett
  • Danny Gabbidon
  • Chris Gunter
  • Samuel Ricketts
  • Neil Taylor
  • Rhoys Wiggins
  • Ashley Williams
  • David Cotterill
  • David Edwards
  • Lee Evans
  • Emyr Huws
  • Andy King
  • Joe Ledley
  • Gareth Bale
  • Simon Church
  • Tom Lawrence
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Jake Taylor
  • George Williams
  • Jonathan Williams

Campaign to 'support parents to read with children'

A campaign to improve reading standards among children launches today Credit: PA

The aims of a new campaign to improve the reading standards of 11-year-old in Wales have been set out. The group, Read On. Get On say they aim to "create a nation of strong readers" by:

  • Supporting parents to read with young children for ten minutes a day.
  • Urging the public to volunteer to help disadvantaged children improve their reading.
  • Building a powerful coalition of the most influential public, private and charitable organisations to pledge to support the mission.
  • Urging all political parties to support the 2025 target.

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DVLA website under strain as paper tax discs abolished

The DVLA's online vehicle tax service has been struggling to cope with 'huge demand' from users trying to access electronic versions of their tax discs. The traditional paper tax disc becomes obsolete today. According to a tweet sent by the Swansea-based organisation last night, the online and phone service had to be suspended for maintenance.

A spokesperson for the DVLA said that more than 270,000 people used the online service yesterday but stressed the system had not crashed.

We are currently experiencing unprecedented demand which means that some customers may be experiencing slow response times or having difficulty accessing the service.

We are of course very sorry for any inconvenience and we are urgently investigating to improve service quality for the minority of our customers that are experiencing issues.

The system has not crashed - it's just slow at the moment. We are advising people to keep trying.

– DVLA spokesperson

Mission to improve children's reading in Wales launched

A campaign to improve the standard of reading among 11-year-olds in Wales launches today.

It's hoped children's reading abilities can be improved across Wales Credit: PA

The group Read On. Get On, is taking the lead in efforts.

Every year in Wales around 40% of 11-year-olds have a reading age below their chronological age according to a 2010/11 report from Estyn.

Another study by UK Read On.Get On. coalition found that GDP in 2025 could be £32 billion higher if action had been taken to ensure that all children were reading well by the age of 11.

Don't forget! New car tax disc rules in force from today

Paper tax discs become obsolete from today Credit: PA

From today paper tax discs on cars will become obsolete and will be replaced with an electronic register.

According to recent figures, more than a third of us don't know about the changes. The authorities say they will save money and make it easier to detect untaxed vehicles.

For more on what it all means for you, click here.

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Have you been affected by Japanese Knotweed?

There are concerns mounting over a type of plant known as Japanese Knotweed which is growing out of hand across Wales. The plant can damage the foundations of houses causing them to lose some value.

Read More: Concerns over Japanese Knotweed growths in Wales

The weed can easily spread and is becoming a problem across Wales. Credit: PA

We want to hear from you, across Wales, and whether you have been affected by the weed.

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

Smokers urged to quit with Stoptober campaign

Stoptober is one of the largest campaigns encouraging smokers to quit Credit: PA

Smokers in Wales are being urged to quit smoking with the start of the annual Stoptober campaign.

The campaign aims to help smokers understand the reasons why they smoke and encourage them to kick the habit.

Research has shown that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to give up full time.

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