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Share your 'selfies' on A-level results day

Please get in touch on A-level results day, with your stories, messages and photographs.

In particular, we want your 'selfies' - photos taken with your results envelope, your grades, with your friends or family.

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Thousands of young people are receiving their results today. Credit: PA

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Thousands of pupils across Wales await A-level results

More than 10,000 young people across Wales are waiting anxiously to receive their A-level results today.

Last year, the proportion of Welsh pupils receiving the top grades fell for the fourth time in succession, while pupils here fell further behind their counterparts in England.

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Thousands of pupils will receive grades today that may help shape their futures. Credit: PA

Last year, 22.9% of pupils in Wales received an A or A* at A-level, compared to 26.3% in England.

The overall pass rate in Wales remained the same, at 97.6% - compared to 98.1% in England.

For many young people, their grades will allow them to confirm places at university, or enter clearing - often if they have not got the grades they hoped for.

All eight Welsh universities have said that they have undergraduate places available via clearing.

Many other young people will choose to take up courses in further education, apprenticeships, or go into the workplace.

AS-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results will also be issued to pupils today.

Jeff Cuthbert: Students are 'not alone' during results

With thousands of students across the country due to receive their exam results over the next two weeks, Jeff Cuthbert AM says it is important for them to know that they are 'not alone' during this stressful time.

Waiting for exam results can be very stressful for young people and marks a major personal landmark when they are getting ready for the next stage of their lives. Their results will be a key factor as they look at options for the future.

It is important that they know they are not alone and that if they need to discuss and get help with their concerns, that they have somewhere to go where they can speak freely, confidentially and anonymously.

In previous years, Meic has made a real difference in helping young people who have gone through the same emotions and feelings. Meic gives them a chance to voice their concerns and ensures they are listened to.

– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Click here to visit the Meic website for help and advice

Welsh Govt offers students support for exam results

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Thousands of students across the country will receive their exam results in the next two weeks. Credit: PA

Pupils who feel stressed as they await their A-Level, GCSE and other exam results can find emotional support through Meic, says Communities Minister Jeff Cuthbert.

Meic is the Welsh Government-funded advocacy, information and advice service for children and young people.

With results due over the next two weeks, the service is highlighting the emotional support it offers to those waiting to see how they have done in their GCSEs and A-Levels.

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Heart disease numbers falling in Wales

The number of people living with heart disease in Wales is falling, according to a new report out today.

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The report 'Together for Health' published by the Welsh Government, shows there were 125,567 people living with coronary heart disease in in 2012-2013.

That's 8,040 fewer than in 2006-07, which is a reduction of 6%.

Heart disease however remains an issue in Wales claiming the lives of more than 4,300 people a year.

Treating such diseases also remains a concern making up 8% of the overall NHS expenditure. Between 2011-12 on circulatory disease, which includes stroke and cardiac diseases, hospitals spent more than £442m.

"This report shows a drop in both the number of people living with heart disease and dying from it. Admissions to hospital have also fallen as a result of better care in community settings.

"However, we must continue to tackle heart disease which remains a major cause of death in Wales. We will continue to invest in services, improve early diagnosis and prevent the causes of the disease, including cutting smoking levels and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles."

– Prof Mark Drakeford, Health Minister

Tories support minimum alcohol pricing in Wales

The Welsh Conservatives are supporting moves to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. That's despite a controversial decision last year by David Cameron to drop a similar plan for England. The Prime Minister feared it would be 'unworkable' and open to legal challenge.

But the party's Shadow Health Minister in the Assembly, Darren Millar, says it can work in Wales.

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