• We'll focus

    NEWPORT second row Chay Billen and Ebbw Vale coach Gareth Nicholas are in complete agreement - this week's row between the clubs will have no affect on Saturday's Premier Division clash at Rodney Parade. The row over regional matters had threatened to

  • Hospital services under microscope

    HEALTH bosses in Gwent have been - and remain - coy on the issue of whether a replacement hospital for the Royal Gwent could or should be built on the former Corus site at Mendalgief Road. That the Royal Gwent is living on borrowed time is beyond dispute

  • Catch a Celtic gem

    One of the best Celtic bands in Wales, Allan Yn Y Fan, is currently touring their debut album up and down Britain. Off The Map was released on the Steam Pie Label on Monday, June 2, and is available through the band's website, Their

  • Spicy special a stunner

    Dilshad International Cuisine, 34 Clarence Place, Newport. AS a self-styled curry connoisseur, it was with great anticipation that I entered the renowned Dilshad International Cuisine. It is featured in the AA Les Routiers Good Catering guide and has

  • Nicholas: 'Let us pray'

    NEWPORT County boss Peter Nicholas is almost at the end of his tether. The former Welsh skipper has been pulling his hair out watching his struggling Dr Martens League side miss goal-scoring chances aplenty while the pressure on his shoulders mount. "

  • 'At a loss' to stop the hall vandals

    AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy from Wotton-under-Edge required hospital treatment after injuring himself on a piece of equipment in Charfield play area that had been damaged by vandals. The incident happened last month after the child fell onto a post that had

  • Fantastic dahlias and 'mums galore

    MARVELLOUS 'mums and dazzling dahlias were on display at a specialist flower show in Newport. The Annual Early Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show drew a huge field in its 48th year. Judges inspecting the blooms in over 40 classes at the Beechwood Presbyterian

  • Seeding threat to Wales

    WELSH soccer chiefs will today crank up the heat on European football's governing body not to introduce an 11th hour decision to seed play-off teams bidding for a Euro 2004 finals spot. If UEFA's executive committee agree to turn their backs on an open

  • Council's shake-up 'working'

    HUGE improvements have been made to frontline council services in the Caerphilly county borough, according to the local authority. Caerphilly council published a report this week outlining the improvements, which follow major investment, a management

  • Stepping up to stardom

    A CWMBRAN girl is set for stardom after winning a scholarship to a top London fame school. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Davies, pictured, of Avondale Road, will head for London next Monday to start a three-year course in dance and performance. She will

  • Enjoy a cliffhanger

    IF you fancy scaling cliff-faces but don't know one end of a piece of rope from another, then fear not - Gwent is an ideal place to learn the adrenalin-packed sport of rock-climbing. But before you hit the rockface, it's best to start off 'bouldering'

  • Mundine's not in my league either

    IT looks as though new WBA world super-middleweight champion Tony Mundine could be my next opponent - but I'm not really that optimistic. When fighters win a world title they usually want three or four easy fights to pick up a bit of money before taking

  • OAP's three-year wait for op

    A CRIPPLED Gwent widow with a crumbling hip must wait up to three years before she can see a specialist, let alone have an operation. Dorothy Meats, 77, of Pontllanfraith, has chronic arthritis and needs a hip replacement. But she was told by letter that

  • Mystery deaths of mum and son

    A MOTHER and son who died within four months of each other could both have been suffocated, an inquest heard yesterday. Nicholas Beacham, 27, and his mother Catherine Mantle, 45, both died at their home in Rhoslan, Tredegar, last year. Police treated

  • Three kids saved from fire

    AN ARSON probe is under way after a family of five, including three young children, were hospitalised after a house fire in Ebbw Vale early today. Police scenes of crime officers and fire investigators were today due to begin examining a damaged end-of-terrace

  • High-octane blues

    One of the finest blues players in the world, Walter Trout, is coming to South Wales as part of his biggest UK tour to date. The American virtuoso has just released a new album, Relentless, which pretty much sums up him and his band, the Free Radicals

  • Woodland project wins praise

    ONE of the top-performing Objective One programmes in Wales has just won the praise of its funders. Cydcoed Woods for All - which uses Welsh woodlands to deliver jobs, new green space and community benefits - is run by the Forestry Commission in Wales

  • Can we get on with the rugby now?

    PEACE has broken out, and the war of words between Newport and Ebbw Vale has ended. The Welsh League Premier Division match between the Gwent rivals will go ahead at Rodney Parade tomorrow as scheduled and at last all the action in the region can take

  • Raising a glass to a gallant hero

    GWENT's Old Salts are preparing to grapple with pub giant Wetherspoon over the naming of a Newport city centre pub. But, in a move which could avoid cutlasses at dawn, J D Wetherspoon have run up a signal showing a willingness to parley. The veterans,

  • Labour face 'women-only' split threat

    LABOUR Assembly Member Peter Law is threatening to stand against his own party as an independent in protest at the all-women MP candidate shortlist for Blaenau Gwent. Today he revealed he has sent a letter the party's regional organiser, Jessica Morden

  • Brewery to expand

    AN £11 MILLION bottling hall at Magor brewers Interbrew is set to create 38 jobs. The investment is being part-funded by the National Assem-bly with a £3.3 million regional selective assistance grant. The current workforce of 462 will swell to around

  • One-joke film a sad indictment

    Review: Calendar Girls (12A) AFTER all the hype about a British film to sit up and take notice of, it came as a major disappointment to discover Calendar Girls is about as unimaginative a movie as I have seen all year. Based on real-life events, the film

  • OAP's three-year wait for op

    A CRIPPLED Gwent widow with a crumbling hip must wait up to three years before she can see a specialist, let alone have an operation. Dorothy Meats, 77, of Pontllanfraith, has chronic arthritis and needs a hip replacement. But she was told by letter that