Monday 23rd April 2018




Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour

Catherine and the Duke of Cambridge travelled to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in central London on Monday morning.

Catherine has been on maternity leave since making a last royal visit to a charity lunch in London on 22 March.

The baby will be fifth in line to the throne and the Queen's sixth great-grandchild.

The birth will be announced with an email to the press and a celebratory tweet posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed.

There will also be the traditional custom of placing a framed paper proclamation on an ornate gold stand behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace.

As with her first two children, Kate is hoping for a natural birth and does not know whether she is having a boy or a girl.

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A Masterchef finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed.

Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital.

He reached the semi finals of Masterchef: The Professionals in December 2017, and had been running the race - the hottest ever on record - for his father who died 18 months ago.

Mr Campbell posted on Twitter that it was his second marathon in a fortnight.

The Kendal chef was running the race for The Brathay Trust in honour of his father Martin.

His target of £2,500 for the Trust which helps vulnerable children and young people, stands at more than £2,600.

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Brexit: Government insists UK will leave customs union

The government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU's custom union - ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week.

Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit.

And MPs will get their own chance to debate the issue on Thursday.

But a senior Downing Street source told the BBC the government's position would not change.

"We will not be staying in the customs union or joining a customs union," the source said.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said Downing Street's move was an attempt to reassure Brexiteers worried about a U-turn following the Lords defeat and pressure from the EU.

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The next Welsh Labour leader must "shake-up" the party after almost two decades in power, a former Welsh secretary has said.

Carwyn Jones is to step down as the party's leader and first minister in the autumn.

Lord Hain said the party must now elect a "radical" new leader to shake-up the administration.

Labour has led the Welsh Government, either on its own or in coalition, since the assembly was formed in 1999.

One political expert said some Labour members may be asking if they wanted "yet another middle aged white man from south Wales" in the top job.

Mr Jones, who has been first minister since 2009, made the shock announcement at the Welsh Labour conference on Saturday, saying recent months had been the "darkest of times".

He had been under intense pressure since the death of former communities secretary Carl Sargeant.

The late Alyn and Deeside AM was found dead at his home in November. It is understood he took his own life days after being sacked by Mr Jones from the cabinet amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women.

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Rail passengers are being urged to check train timetables as work could affect travel across the south Wales mainline for five weeks.

The "essential" upgrade affects the line between the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff from Monday until 25 May.

Replacement buses will be in operation on some routes with timetable revisions on less frequent services.

Network Rail said it was working with rail companies such as Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) to "keep people moving".

Among the changes, ATW's Manchester and Holyhead services will see replacement bus services between Cardiff and Cwmbran as well as Newport and Cwmbran.

There will also be replacement buses only for travellers using the Ebbw Vale line.

Network Rail project director Dan Tipper said: "This year we reach a critical stage of our work to modernise the south Wales mainline.

"We are now focusing on the installation of the overhead line equipment between London and Cardiff that will power the new bi-mode trains."

The transport can run on electrified sections of track and transfer to non-electrified sections.



Welsh language row over Anglesey school closures plan

Proposals to close rural schools are being rushed through before new rules come into force that will give them more protection, a Welsh language group has claimed.

The closures of Ysgol Corn Hir, Ysgol Bodffordd and Ysgol Henblas in the Llangefni area are being considered by Anglesey council's scrutiny committee.

Cymdeithas yr Iaith said the council's plans were based on "tired" arguments.

The council said it wanted high standards and denied it was in a hurry.




Environment prize goes to Flint water activist

The founder of a citizens' movement that helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is one of the recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

Nearly 100,000 residents of Flint were left without safe tap water after lead began leaching into the supply.

Mother of four LeeAnne Walters led a citizens' movement that tested the tap water to expose the health threat.

Tests showed lead levels in her water were seven times the acceptable limit.

In 2014, the water in Ms Walters' home turned brownish and she noticed rashes on her three-year-old twins. Her daughters' hair then fell out in clumps.

Walters spent months reading technical documents about the Flint water system. She then teamed up with environmental engineer Dr Marc Edwards, from Virginia Tech, who helped her conduct extensive water testing in the city.

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Children Of Alcoholic Parents To Recieve More Support

The government is to introduce new means of providing children of parents with alcohol-abuse issues with more help. Local authorities will be able to bid for funding from the £6m scheme, which is intended to help hundreds of thousands of young people through outreach programmes and better mental-healthcare provision, among other measures. Chair of the all-party group on children of alcoholics Liam Byrne said, "This is a huge step forward for Britain's innocent victims of booze. The kids of parents who drink too much end up scarred for life."

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The master blender who is Scotch whisky's First Lady

Rachel Barrie is one of the few women ever to hold the title of Scotch whisky master blender.

In her 26-year career, Rachel has sniffed or sipped 150,000 different whiskies.

She is a trailblazer in what was traditionally a male-dominated industry, having held the coveted title since 2003.

As arguably the most prominent woman in her field, Rachel can reasonably be described at the First Lady of Scotch whisky.

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Ceri Gillett

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