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December 3, 2007

English FA Cup third round draw

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English FA Cup third round draw

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Monday, December 3, 2007

The draw for the third round of the 2007-08 FA Cup was held on December 2 in England.

The third round is where teams from the Premier League and Football League Championship join the cup.

Aston Villa have been drawn at home to Manchester United. The two teams will meet for the second time in two years. In the 2006-07 encounter Aston Villa were defeated 2-1 at Old Trafford.

There are three other fixtures consisting entirely of Premiership sides: Tottenham Hotspur v Reading, Sunderland v Wigan Athletic and West Ham United v Manchester City.

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn at home against Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville make their first appearance in the third round after surprising League Two side Notts County in the second round. Havant & Waterlooville’s potential opponents Horsham will also make their debut at this stage of the FA Cup if they win away to Swansea in their second round replay.

The third round will take place on January 5, 2008. 64 teams will take part in 32 matches, with replays if a match ends in a draw.

The Draw

Home v Away
Preston North End v Scunthorpe United
Port Vale or Chasetown v Cardiff City
Colchester United v Peterborough United
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United
Blackburn Rovers v Coventry City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Mansfield Town
Northampton Town or Walsall v Millwall
Charlton Athletic v West Bromwich Albion
Watford v Crystal Palace
Luton Town or Nottingham Forest v Liverpool
Plymouth Argyle v Hull City
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Tranmere Rovers v Hereford United
Tottenham Hotspur v Reading
Burnley v Arsenal
Bristol City v Middlesbrough
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City
Horsham or Swansea City v Havant & Waterlooville
Sunderland v Wigan Athletic
Oxford United or Southend United v Dagenham & Redbridge
Everton v Oldham Athletic
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday
Southampton v Leicester City
West Ham United v Manchester City
Ipswich Town v Portsmouth
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cambridge United
Barnsley v Blackpool
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Newcastle United
Swindon Town v Burton Albion or Barnet
Norwich City v Bury



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August 29, 2007

Prison officers\’ strike ends in England and Wales

Prison officers’ strike ends in England and Wales

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Prison officers in England and Wales are on strike today as part of a continuing dispute over pay rates with employers, the Ministry of Justice.

The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) announced the strike, the first in its history, at 0600 (BST) on the morning of the 29th of August, just an hour before it was due to start. As the morning progressed, officers at most public prisons across the two countries locked prisoners in their cells (a “lockdown”) and walked out, aiming to remain on strike until 0700 on the 30th.

The strike has been condemned by the Ministry of Justice, as a breach of the Industrial Relations Act, with Justice Secretary Jack Straw calling it “deeply regrettable and wholly unjustifiable”. Immediately following the announcement of the action, the Ministry commenced proceedings to gain a High Court injunction against the POA. Such an injunction was granted by Mr Justice Ramsey, who said that there was “overwhelming case” for it, after the court heard evidence that a Joint Industrial Relations Procedural Agreement, agreed to prevent industrial action, had been broken.

Despite the court proceedings, the strike continued largely unabated, and was expected to run its full course.

Inmates were at one point reported to have been seen on the roof of Liverpool Prison, however the situation was brought under control without any escapees.

In Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, all 1,300 prisoners were being looked after by just eight governors, while at Cardiff, as prisoners, locked in their cells, shouted “You’re breaking the law” to the officers standing in the car park. As a result of the lack of staff, prisoners could not be transported to court, were fed in their cells, could not be visited and could not take part in any rehabilitation or community service courses. In addition, 900 prisoners had to be accommodated elsewhere, unable to be admitted to public prisons.

This evening, this strike was called off by the POA, who issued an order to all of its members to return to work, with further pay discussions expected to come on Friday.

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March 17, 2007

Rugby: France wins Six Nations

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

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France has won the 2007 RBS Six Nations Championship today, following their victory over Scotland at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. Earlier in the day, Ireland beat Italy at the Stadio Flaminio, Rome, and, following the France-Scotland match, Wales beat England at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Italy vs. Ireland

The first match of the day, Italy versus Ireland, kicked off at 1430 local time (UTC+1). It was won by Ireland, 51 points to 24. Ireland were up 21-12 at half time, and looked certain to win 51-17, but for a stoppage-time touchdown by Roland de Marigny, which ultimately cost Ireland the title. Ireland’s points came with eight tries (four converted), four of which came in a 13 minute period early in the second half, as well as one penalty. Italy replied with two tries (both converted), two penalties, and two drop goals.

France vs. Scotland

The second match, France versus Scotland, kicked off at 1630 local time (UTC+1), with France needing to win by at least 24 points to knock Ireland out of the running for the championship. It was won by France, 46 points to 19. Scotland started brightly, scoring a converted try in the first 7 minutes, but by the end of the first half, France were up 20-14. As with Italy, France got a decisive try, in terms of the championship, this time coming in the last play of the game, by Elvis Vermeulen. France’s points came with six tries (five converted) and two penalties. Scotland scored three tries (two converted).

Wales vs. England

The final match of the day, and the tournament, Wales versus England, kicked off at 1730 local time (UTC), with England needing to win by 57 points to win the championship. However, Wales ended the tournament with their first win of it, by 27 points to 18. Wales took the lead with a third minute try by James Hook, and did not lose it throughout, except for a short period in the second half when England pulled it back to 18-all. Wales’s points came from two tries (one converted), a drop goal, and four penalties. England scored two tries (one converted), a drop goal, and a penalty.

Tournament results

These results meant that France were level on 8 table points with Ireland, and won the championship with a points difference of +69 to Ireland’s +65. They were awarded the trophy in an empty Stade de France after the Wales-England match. England came third with 6 table points, Italy fourth with 4 points, and Wales and Scotland in the last two places level on 2 table points, with Scotland taking last place, and the Wooden Spoon, with a -58 points difference to Wales’s -27. This year’s competition is considered by many as the closest in years.

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February 8, 2007

Snow causes disruption in UK

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Snow causes disruption in UK

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

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Heavy snow has caused disruption in the United Kingdom with airports and schools closed and delays on the road network.

Snowfall was highest near Worcester with 9cms of snow falling. The snow has caused hundreds of school closures and major disruption to airports with Birmingham, London Gatwick and City, Bristol and Cardiff runways closing although these have now re-opened. However the runways at Luton and Stanstead remain closed due to the bad weather.

The road network has also been affected with some snow settling and accidents occurring causing major congestion in some areas, althought gritting by the Highways Agency and local authorities has limited the effect on trunk roads and motorways.

Schools were closed in Birmingham, Solihull and Dudley, while some remained open in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, East Anglia and Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Drivers are being warned that driving conditions will continue to be adverse and are being advised only to travel if absolutely necessary.

Train services by Midland Mainline and Virgin as well as the London Underground are affected, with delays, reduced services and cancellations.

The overall economic effect of the snow is predicted to cost the British economy approximately £400 million due to loss of work hours.

There has also been loss of power in some areas of Wales including Abergaveny, Llandeilo and Blaenporth.

The snow fall is expected to continue into the evening but may turn to sleet in some areas. Also cold temperature tonight will mean that there is a high chance of ice forming on the road network. Up to 15 cm of snow is expected through the day in some hilly areas but wetter and milder weather is expected over the weekend.

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July 19, 2006

Heatwave hits the UK and Ireland

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Heatwave hits the UK and Ireland

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Today has seen Britain’s hottest recorded July day with temperatures hitting 36.5ºC (97.7ºF) in Wisley in Surrey. Warm air from the Gulf Stream is raising the temperature, and the hot weather is causing the asphalt on some public roads to melt, requiring gritting. Some schools stayed closed on Wednesday, while others shut at lunchtime. Many school sports days have also been cancelled.

People have been advised to drink plenty of water, not go out in the midday sun and keep curtains closed to cool rooms. People have also been asked to check the most vulnerable, including the elderly, the young and the sick. The RSPCA has also told pet owners to try and keep their pets cool.

The heat wave has also hit northern France and the Netherlands, with 4 people reported dead due to heatstroke.

However, some areas aren’t basking in the heat. Lerwick in the Shetland Islands is currently cloudy with fog, at only 18ºC (64ºF)

Weather forecasters have said that while the temperatures are not going to rise any further, it will get more humid as a band of showers arrive this evening, with night-time temperatures at 19ºC in London and Cardiff, 14ºC in Edinburgh and 18ºC in Dublin.

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May 20, 2006

Munster win 2006 Heineken Cup

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

2005-06 Heineken Cup

Munster won the 2005-06 Heineken Cup, beating Biarritz 23 to 19 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The match is Biarritz‘s first Heineken Cup final appearance. It is Munster‘s third, after two final losses in the past. A jumbo screen was placed in the streets of Limerick, where thousands of Munster fans gathered.

Scoring opened just after three minutes, when Biarritz winger Sireli Bobo scored a try down the left sideline. The try, which came in centimetres of the touchline, was converted from the sideline by Dimitri Yachvili, taking Biarritz to seven points to nil. Ronan O’Gara landed a penalty in the 7th minute, putting three points on the board for Munster. Biarritz held out a Munsters for eight minutes, before taking the ball in their own in-goal area to take the ball to their 22. Munster regathered the ball, Trevor Halstead planted the ball down on the left corner to scored Munster’s first try. O’Gara converted the try, taking Munster to the front, leading 10 points to seven, 18 minutes in.

A penalty on Munster’s tryline in the 21st minute saw Biarritz go for a penalty kick. The kick, just left to the posts was converted by Yachvili, taking the game to 10 points all. Biarritz kept the pressure on Munster, coming close to scoring another try in the 27th minute. Peter Stringer dashed from a Munster scrum on the Biarritz try line to score a try. O’Gara converted the kick, putting Munster at 17 points to 10. Biarritz kicked the ball out on the 40th minute, taking the game into halftime.

Munster opened the scoring in the second half, with O’Gara slotting a penalty goal two minutes in, taking Munster 10 points in front of Biarritz, leading 20 points to 10. A penalty went to Biarritz in the 47th minute, with Biarritz opting for a kick. Yachvili was successful with the kick, giving Biarritz three points, taking the game to 20 to 13 to Munster. Less than three minutes later, Yachvili slotted another penalty goal over, taking Biarritz within four points of Munster, who lead 20 to 16 after the goal.

The scoring tightened for the following 10 minutes, until Biarritz was awarded a penalty in the 69th minute. Yachvili landed the penalty kick, putting Biarritz just one point behind Munster, the score now being 20 to 19 with 10 minutes remaining. Munster, searching for a way to further their lead, was awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute. O’Gara was successful, taking Munster to 23, with Biarritz on 19. Munster held on to the game, winning their first Heineken Cup.

 
May 20, 2006
Biarritz 19–23 Munster Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
(HT: 10–17) Ref: Chris White (England)
Tries:
Bobo
Tries:
Halstead, Stringer
Conversions:
Yachvili
Conversions:
O’Gara (2)
Penalties:
Yachvili (4)
Penalties:
O’Gara (3)
Drop Goals: Drop Goals:

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October 15, 2005

Welsh swimming squad named for 2006 Commonwealth Games

Welsh swimming squad named for 2006 Commonwealth Games

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales has named the first group of swimmers in the swimming squad who will compete in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Among the six named is David Davies, Olympic and World Swimming Championships|World Swimming Championships bronze medal winner. The current squad list is:

  1. David Davies – City of Cardiff
  2. Thomas Haffield – City of Cardiff
  3. Julie Gould – Halesmere
  4. Bethan Coole – Swansea
  5. Jazmin Carlin – Tigersharks, Swindon
  6. Rhiannon Henry – Swansea

There will be a second chance to qualify at the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association Open Stage 3 Meet on December 3/4.

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April 17, 2005

Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Manchester United made it to the FA cup final after a 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff today.

Manchester United, the holders always dominated the game and it only took 19 minutes for Ruud van Nistelrooy to break the deadlock. It appeared that the referee Mike Reilly had awarded a penalty to the red devils, but it was a freekick Newcastle’s way for Cristiano Ronaldo’s dive. Paul Scholes added his name to the score sheet just before half-time with a header.

The game was effectively over when Van Nistelrooy scored another one on 58 minutes, a side-foot past Newcastle’s ‘keeper Shay Given. A minute later and Newcastle scored through Shola Ameobi, but all hopes of a Newcastle come back were quashed when Cristiano Ronaldo capitalised on van Nistelrooy’s generosity to shoot home to make it 4-1 to the reds.

Manchester United will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final in May.

Newcastle

  • Team: Given, Carr, Boumsong, Taylor, Babayaro (Andrew O’Brien 45), Milner (Kluivert 63), Faye (N’Zogbia 45), Butt, Robert, Ameobi, Shearer.
  • Subs Not Used: Harper, Ambrose.
  • Booked: Milner, Robert.
  • Goals: Ameobi 59.

Manchester United

  • Team: Howard, Gary Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Heinze, Ronaldo (Smith 78), Keane, Scholes (Fletcher 78), Fortune, Rooney (Giggs 78), Van Nistelrooy.
  • Subs Not Used: Carroll, Silvestre.
  • Booked: Ronaldo, Brown, Heinze.
  • Goals: van Nistelrooy 19, Scholes 45, van Nistelrooy 58, Ronaldo 76.

Att: 69,280 Ref: M Riley (W Yorkshire).



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March 30, 2005

School dinner costs just 49p in Wales

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School dinner costs just 49p in Wales

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 A survey carried out by BBC Wales has revealed that the contents of a school meal in Wales cost on average just £0.49 per pupil. Average spending on meal ingredients varied slightly from council to council; with the Cardiff City council spending just £0.40 on each meal, whilst Powys council lavished £0.69 per pupil.

The survey follows a recent surge in media coverage of the eating habits of teenagers and children in the UK. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently embarked on a campaign to improve food standards and raise awareness in schools. In response to his campaign the government has promised to spend an additional £280 million over three years on school food in England.

The survey covered twenty councils throughout Wales.

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March 26, 2005

Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan dies aged 92

Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan dies aged 92

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

London – The former British prime minister Leonard James Callaghan, the Baron of Cardiff has died at the age of 92, just a day before his ninety-third birthday. He died at his home in East Sussex, leaving two daughters and a son. His wife, Audrey, died just eleven days ago.

James Callaghan was prime minister from 1976-79 before Margaret Thatcher became prime minster in 1979 after the surprise resignation of Harold Wilson. His premiership could be considered to include some of the bleakest times for Britain, since he was Prime Minister during the 1978-79 winter of discontent, when there were numerous strikes. However, his proudest achievement was the introduction of cat’s eyes in Britain’s roads when he was transport secretary.

Tributes including the prime minster Tony Blair saying he was a “giant” of the Labour movement. Former rival and prime minister Margaret Thatcher said he was a “formidable opponent”. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said he was “mourned throughout the world” and “It was a commitment to public service that brought Jim Callaghan into Parliament in 1945, and while Jim rose to the top he never forgot his roots.”

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