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Hundreds of jobs saved in Murco oil refinery deal

Around 400 jobs have been saved after an agreement over the sale of the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven.

The deal has been welcomed by Pembrokeshire Council, who have described the sale as 'good news' for Pembrokeshire and Wales.

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The Murco oil refinery at Milford Haven Credit: ITV News Wales

The news has also been welcomed by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport. In a statement today, Edwina Hart AM said: "Today’s announcement is very good news and the first step in securing the long-term future of the Milford Haven refinery."

Welsh Government: Annual asthma checks are 'key'

The Welsh Government are urging patients with asthma to talk to their GP to see how to manage their condition.

It comes as a report from Asthma UK Cymru reveals that a third of people with asthma in Wales are missing out on essential checks to see if they are on the right medication or can use their inhalers properly.

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A report from Asthma UK Cymru found a third of people with the condition don't have their annual checks Credit: PA

Our recently launched plan to tackle respiratory illness includes the requirement for all asthma patients to have personalised self-management plans and receive their key annual checks. Patients have a key role to play in this and we would encourage them to talk to their GP about what they can do together to manage their condition more effectively.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

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Wales Minister welcomes Murco oil refinery deal

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Stephen Crabb has welcomed the deal on Twitter Credit: ITV News Wales

The Secretary of State for Wales has welcomed the news that a deal has been reached over the future of the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven.

On twitter, the Wales Minister described the deal between Murco Petroleum Ltd and Klesch Refining Ltd as 'excellent news' for Murco employees.

He added that it is "important to maintain UK oil refining".

Murco oil refinery sale confirmed

It has been confirmed that a sale has been agreed on the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven.

A deal has been agreed with Klesch Refining Ltd, and is expected to close no later than October.

Murphy Oil is pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of the Milford Haven Refinery. We have worked tirelessly to find a workable solution that would see the refinery remain open, and are delighted that a positive outcome has been reached.

– Bryan Kelly, Murphy Oil Corporation

Australian weightlifter held after Welsh athlete assault

An Australian weightlifter is being held by police after an alleged assault on a Welsh athlete at the Commonwealth Games.

The Australian weightlifter will appear at Glasgow Sheriff court.

A Team Wales spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident that occurred overnight involving a member of Team Wales and we're currently working with Police Scotland to assist them with their inquiries."

Reports of Murco oil refinery sale

There are reports that an agreement has been reached over the sale of the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven.

Hundreds of jobs were under threat when a deal to save the site collapsed in April.

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The Murco oil refinery at Milford Haven Credit: ITV News Wales

News agency Reuters are this morning reporting that The Klesch Group have agreed to the buy the refinery.

ITV News understands than an announcement over the future of the refinery is due later today.

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Man dies after falling from Snowdon

A young walker has died after falling 200ft on Snowdon yesterday. It happened just below the 3,560ft summit. The man who has yet to be identified was winched off by RAF rescue helicopter.

The Sea King aircraft, based at Valley in Anglesey, flew some members of Llanberis mountain rescue team up the mountain.

Public Health Wales: Childhood obesity 'must be tackled now'

A new report out today by Public Health Wales reveals over a quarter of five year olds in Wales have an unhealthy BMI.

The report looked at the prevalence of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation, compared to the lowest levels.

It found areas like Merthyr Tydfil, Gwynedd and Bridgend had the highest number of overweight or obese children.

"Simple and easy steps such as replacing fizzy drinks with water, and snacking on fruit instead of chocolate or crisps are the answer for so many children this age."

"The difference in levels of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation compared to the lowest levels of deprivation is worrying and needs urgent attention."

"It is something that must be tackled now by all sectors in society so children can go on to lead healthy lives into adulthood and reverse this trend."

– Linda Bailey, Public Health Wales

Welsh asthma sufferers missing crucial checks

Analysis of GP data from the Welsh Government by Asthma UK Cymru has shown that a third of people with asthma in Wales are missing out on essential checks to see if they are on the right medication or can use their inhalers properly

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A third of people with asthma in Wales are missing crucial checks. Credit: Clive Gee/PA

In a recent review into asthma deaths across the UK, it was found that prescribing errors were linked to nearly half of all deaths, and that 83% of those who died should've had improvements in their care. It also highlighted that 43% of those who died failed to have an annual review of their asthma in the previous 12 months.

"The fact that a third of people with asthma in Wales are not having their medicines checked at their annual review is putting people at risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack. With the worrying scale of prescribing errors identified by the National Review of Asthma Deaths, it's vital that doctors and nurses do everything they can to follow up with patients to review their medicines, especially as asthma can vary hugely over the year."

– John Mathias - Asthma UK Cymru

The review also highlighted regional differences across health boards regarding annual check ups. Hywel Dda Local Health Board had the lowest percentage of patients attending at 62.9%, with Cardiff & Vale University LHB having the most patients at 70.7%.

A showery start to the day!

by Ruth Wignall

Thursday: A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some of these perhaps turning heavy with a risk of thunder later. Still feeling warm in any sunnier intervals, although occasionally breezy. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Unsettled with showers or rain, heavy at times, on Friday and Saturday. Feeling warm in any sunnier spells, although breezy at times. Drier and brighter Sunday.

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