• Wales lose out to Israel

    WALES have lost their rival bids to host the 2013 European Under-21 Championships after UEFA chose Israel for the tournament. Israel won the vote by UEFA's executive committee in Nyon today with England, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic the

  • Less alcohol consumed in recession - report

    A DROP in consumer spending during the recession has led to fewer people drinking alcohol, a charity said. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows men in the UK drank 16.3 units of alcohol a week on average in 2009, down

  • Blow for Abergavenny community centre plan

    AN Abergavenny group that wants to turn a former school into a community centre has been dealt a blow after Abergavenny Town Council said it won't buy the building. Councillors met in the Town Hall to discuss a bid by Abergavenny Community Centre Ltd

  • Councillors slam Newport service cut bid

    COUNCILLORS refused to support proposals for cuts to Newport's flower nurseries and community warden services. A report detailing proposals for the budget consultation 2011/12 were discussed by members of Newport’s environment and community safety

  • Last chance to nominate a hero

    TIME is running out to nominate your Newport hero that has gone that extra mile. Newport City Council and the South Wales Argus are again calling on city residents to nominate people and organisations who have gone the extra mile. Like last year

  • Grateful Cwmbran man designs help for cancer unit

    A CWMBRAN man is helping to raise awareness for a mobile cancer support unit, after the service helped care for his fiancée. Linda Imm, of Cwrt Bleddyn, Two Locks, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 2007 and underwent an operation to

  • Mixed emotions for Jenny

    JENNY McLoughlin admits she will look back on her IPC World Athletics Championship debut with as many good memories as bad after failing to close her campaign with a second medal. The 19-year-old – from Chepstow – had one last chance to reach the podium

  • Horses on A48 at Coedkernew

    HORSES are reported on the A48 near Tredegar Park. Drivers are advised to approach with care. Affecting traffic travelling between St Mellons and Tredegar Park.

  • Senedd tribute to Rhodri Morgan unveiled

    A SPECIALLY commissioned portrait of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan was unveiled last night. The 'Portrait for the People' of the Cardiff West Assembly Member was unveiled at the Senedd Building in Cardiff Bay. Two portraits were actually commissioned

  • Ebbw Valley rail costs rose to £48m

    THE Ebbw Valley line project was dogged by protracted negotiations and disputes between Blaenau Gwent council and the Assembly, a report said. A Wales Audit Office report yesterday said that many major Welsh transport projects have cost substantially

  • TJ’s set for final farewell

    A FINAL farewell to much-loved Newport music venue, TJ’s, is set to be held next week. The club closed following the death of owner, John Sicolo, in March last year and was left in the hands of administrators for several months. Mr Sicolo’s daughter

  • Work on Newport’s Art College back on track

    THE LONG awaited restoration of Newport Art College is set to be completed after receivers said building work to finish is under way. Receiver Andrew Hughes of Alder King said plans to transform the former college into 66 luxury apartments

  • Just So, Dolman Theatre

    The Young Venture Player’s latest production, Just So, opened to a rousing reception from an appreciative audience at the Dolman Theatre. Full credit must go to director Gordon Collins, musical director Cathy Robins and choreographer, Kath Morgan

  • Ana-Maria Vera, Blake Theatre, Monmouth

    Pianist Ana-Maria Vera vindicates the unwritten rule that child prodigies should be taken more seriously when they've grown up. She created lots of predictable excitement as a nine-year-old when she performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and two

  • MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Learn to Turner the other cheek

    NEVER in a million years did I expect to be writing about the Newport Gwent Dragons for a second time in a week, not least with the free-falling Exiles and moronic Sky TV presenters to examine. Yet, despite myself, despite the inevitable

  • Gwent rugby fans face train chaos

    GWENT rugby fans face chaos next week when up to 600 train drivers go on strike on the day of Wales’ opening Six Nations match against England. The rail union RMT confirmed yesterday that its drivers on Arriva Trains Wales will strike for 24 hours

  • Manics Blackwood gig will be ‘emotional’ - Jo Whiley

    IN 1990, the Manic Street Preachers were "all eye-liner, dead skinny and very scary", says DJ Jo Whiley, then working for a satellite TV music show. They wanted to change the world - but then didn't possess much obvious musical ability,

  • County sign up Hartson

    JOHN Hartson has finally made his long awaited move to Newport County… as a part time striker coach! Hartson, 35, the former Wales and Arsenal man who battled back from cancer last year, is the red hot favourite with the bookies to become the new permanent

  • Gatland’s feeling the heat – Johno

    MARTIN Johnson has waded into the furore over Dylan Hartley and branded Warren Gatland's attempts to wind up the England hooker as the actions of a man under pressure. Wales coach Gatland lit the blue touch-paper ahead of a potentially explosive

  • A perfect end to Kingsley’s reign

    TOMORROW night in the north of England will be an emotional time for one rugby man of Gwent –  though he will be on the ‘other’ side. For Sale director of rugby and former coach Kingsley Jones the LV Cup game against Newport Gwent Dragons will be his

  • Nobody's doubting Thomas now

    MARTYN Thomas insists he never despaired despite being laid low for nine months, victim of a horror injury which left him in hospital with a leg shattered, broken in five places, his ankle dislocated and ligaments ruptured. The incident