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Millennium Stadium could host 2017 Champions League Final

European football's governing body, UEFA, will formally announce this afternoon whether Cardiff's Millennium Stadium has been chosen as the 2017 Champions League Final venue.

The stadium has missed out on bids to host UEFA in the past Credit: PA Images

The stadium's CEO Roger Lewis has hinted at the possibility of hosting the major event recently, discussing hotel developments in the city centre and the encouraging 'noise' the stadium's bid has been attracting.

"I'm feeling very good about bringing quality European football to the Millennium Stadium"

– Roger Lewis


£7.6m for young people's mental health services

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The Welsh Government says an extra £7.6m will be invested annually in child and adolescent mental health services in Wales to make sure young people receive the right treatment at the right time

£2.7m will support the NHS-led service change and development of CAMHS, which was launched earlier this year.

It will also support specialist services, ensuring young people are assessed when they present in crisis at an A&E department or are arrested under s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

A further £1.1m will be invested to support the development of psychological therapies for children and young people across Wales.

Charity sees spike in bone marrow donations

Anthony Nolan, the charity that helps find bone marrow donors for blood cancer patients, has seen a spike in the number of people signing up to the register in Wales.

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It's following a report that aired on ITV Cymru Wales two weeks ago about Angelo Farrugia from Cardiff, who is desperate for a transplant.

Angelo, 28, suffers from severe aplastic anaemia and needs a donation from a man around his own age that matches his.

Angelo was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia in 2006, a blood disorder in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells

A recent report revealed men are being vastly outnumbered by females, in terms of becoming bone marrow donors, despite being in far higher demand by doctors.

Last year, over 88,500 women signed up to stem cell (or bone marrow) registers in the UK, compared to 47,893 men, according to data by Anthony Nolan and the NHS Stem Cell Registry.

The number of potential donors on the Anthony Nolan and NHS Stem Cell Registry now stands at over a million – but the need for more lifesavers, in particular young men and those from black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities, is ongoing.

In the past two weeks, Anthony Nolan says there have been 167 successful applications from Welsh postcodes on its website.

41% of these were men - a 22% rise than the last year's UK average.

Reservoir warning in the heatwave

With a heat wave approaching and more and more of us looking to enjoy the outdoors, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is reminding people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs and open water.

Llyn Cwellyn reservoir, near Rhyd Ddu in north Wales. Credit: PA

Welsh Water owns and maintains more than 80 reservoirs across Wales and although visitors are welcomed to these recreational sites, they should not swim in the reservoirs as it is extremely dangerous and can prove fatal.

It says the tragic deaths of two people at reservoirs in Brecon Beacons reservoirs (Ponsticill and Cantref) over the same weekend in 2013 are a reminder of the dangers presented by swimming in reservoirs.

"While reservoirs might seem like a great place to cool off, they are full of hidden dangers with freezing cold water and strong currents."

– Ian Christie, Director of Water Services
  • Automatic equipment located under the surface of the water, which can sometimes operate without obvious warning
  • Very cold and deep water that can cause even strong swimmers to find themselves in difficulty
  • Most reservoirs are in remote locations, with little or no mobile phone reception, so the chance of rescue is greatly reduced

There were signs everywhere but we ignored them. As a 15 year old, you just think you are invincible and that it wouldn’t happen to me or any of us.

It could have been any one of us, or more than one of us. I want to do all I can to make sure people realise that no matter how beautiful the reservoirs look, the reality is they are very dangerous.

– Lauren Jennings, lost one of her best freinds


Welshman shot in Tunisia attack nominated for life saving medal

A Welsh tourist who was shot three times during a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach has been nominated for a Life Saving Medal by St. John Cymru – Wales.

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Matthew James, 30, a gas engineer from Trehafod, near Pontypridd, used his body as a human shield to save his fiancée, Sarah Wilson .

Matthew, who is now back in Wales in hospital in Cardiff was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip.

St John Cymru – Wales has announced that they are nominating Mr James for a Life Saving Medal for his act of bravery.

St. John has a number of Awards that recognise outstanding bravery, and from what has been reported, Mr James’s actions certainly warrant recognition. We will be asking our Honours and Awards Committee to nominate Mr James for consideration of the Order’s Life Saving Medal for his actions

– Keith Dunn, Chief Executive of St John Cymru Wales
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