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BBC News: Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt
Sunday 1st February 2015
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Welcome to the Blaengwynfi Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around SA13 and Glamorgan!

First some super useful links! Historic Photos, Maps & Jigsaws of Blaengwynfi!
Why not click below for some amazing old photos or maps of Blaengwynfi or the Bryn area in days gone by!


BBC news for Glamorgan

Man, 72, critical after boat fall

A 72-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a boat off Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Arrest after A449 pedestrian death

A van driver is arrested after a pedestrian died on the A449 in Monmouthshire.

Cardiff could face court over debt

Cardiff City say they want to know the exact identity of the Langston Corporation before they hand over nearly £6m to the company.

Help for Namibian childbirth safety

A team of doctors from the University Hospital of Wales are trying to make childbirth safer in Namibia to ensure fewer mothers and babies die.

£1.1m historic building restoration

An historic building's £1.1m revamp has got the go ahead after fundraisers in Rhondda Cynon Taf hit their target.

Family's agony over missing Manic

The sister of Missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards says it was difficult for her father to die without knowing the fate of his son.

Thief steals 200m of phone cable

Homes and businesses are left without phone or broadband after a thief steals 200m of cable.

Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County

Derby County move level on points with Championship leaders Bournemouth thanks to victory at Cardiff.

Live BBC World News

Jordan vow after hostage beheading

Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.

Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt

Australian al-Jazeera and ex-BBC journalist Peter Greste is deported from Egypt after 400 days in prison and is reportedly flying to Cyprus.

Key Nigerian city under fresh attack

Boko Haram Islamist militants launch a fresh assault on the strategically important Nigerian city of Maiduguri, eyewitnesses say.

Protesters back on Hong Kong streets

Pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for the first time since mass demonstrations last year, but their numbers are far lower.

Greek PM offers olive branch on debt

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras seeks to repair relations with creditors, amid fears of a showdown over Greece's efforts to roll back austerity measures.

Abbott pledge after Queensland rout

Australian PM Tony Abbott vows he will learn the lessons of an election rout in Queensland but insists government is not a "popularity contest".

Ex-Colombia spy chief appears in court

Ex-Colombian intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado appears in court in Bogota charged with spying on politicians, judges and journalists.

Chile proposes to end abortion ban

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

BBC Sports News

Celtic 2-0 Rangers

Celtic ease to victory over Rangers at Hampden to set up a Scottish League Cup final with Dundee United.

England thumped in tri-series final

England crumble to a 112-run tri-series final defeat in Perth, their last competitive match before the World Cup.

Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

Arsenal move up to fifth in the Premier League courtesy of an emphatic victory over struggling Aston Villa.

Murray 'melted down' in final - Cash

Andy Murray needs "a good, hard look in the mirror" after his Australian Open final defeat, says former finalist Pat Cash.

Sears in 'Explicit Content' T-shirt

Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears makes light of her outburst by wearing a cheeky T-shirt at the Australian Open final.

McIlroy coasts to Dubai triumph

Rory McIlroy earns a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic as he is not seriously challenged on the final day.

Man, 72, critical after boat fall

A 72-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a boat off Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Arrest after A449 pedestrian death

A van driver is arrested after a pedestrian died on the A449 in Monmouthshire.

Cardiff could face court over debt

Cardiff City say they want to know the exact identity of the Langston Corporation before they hand over nearly £6m to the company.

Help for Namibian childbirth safety

A team of doctors from the University Hospital of Wales are trying to make childbirth safer in Namibia to ensure fewer mothers and babies die.

£1.1m historic building restoration

An historic building's £1.1m revamp has got the go ahead after fundraisers in Rhondda Cynon Taf hit their target.

Family's agony over missing Manic

The sister of Missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards says it was difficult for her father to die without knowing the fate of his son.

Thief steals 200m of phone cable

Homes and businesses are left without phone or broadband after a thief steals 200m of cable.

Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County

Derby County move level on points with Championship leaders Bournemouth thanks to victory at Cardiff.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Mosques open doors to 'ease tensions'

More than 20 mosques will be opening their doors to the public on Sunday as part of a campaign organised by the Muslim Council of Britain.

VIDEO: Club's fans call for owner to quit

Blackpool supporters protests against the way their club is run

VIDEO: Tamsin Greig on 'posh' actors

Actress Tamsin Greig has said people who have money and contacts will have more opportunities in the performing arts than those who do not.

VIDEO: Music's role in surviving Holocaust

A service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday will honour work written by prisoners during the Holocaust - and the role that music played in helping some survive

VIDEO: Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82

The actress, Geraldine McEwan, best known for playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82.

VIDEO: Donations pour in for mugged pensioner

A fund to help a 67-year-old disabled man who was mugged outside his home in Gateshead has raised more than £150,000.

VIDEO: Starlings 'ballet' thrills city

People in Norwich have been turning their heads skywards at thousands of starlings performing a "mesmerising murmuration" en route to a new city roost.

VIDEO: Cumberbatch: Pardon convicted gay men

Benedict Cumberbatch and members of codebreaker Alan Turing's family are among those calling for thousands of men who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned.