First Minister Carwyn Jones AM to stand down

FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones is to stand down in the autumn.

The Labour AM made the announcement at the Labour Party Conference in Llandudno earlier today Saturday (Apr 21).

There has been speculation for some time whether the First Minister would be standing down but it still came as a surprise to a lot of people.

After almost ten years as leader he cited family reasons as contributory factors giving up his role as First Minister.

Speculation about the identity of his successor...

Wetherspoon banishes trolls but website and app stay

To troll or not to troll?

Report by Alan Evans and Iwan Lewis

IT was National News headlines as JD Wetherspoon announced it was to shut down all it's social media accounts throughout its chain of 900 pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

It may be a decision that a lot of people would like to make on behalf of their children, but a big business...

Carpetright closures as part of CVA

YET another retail giant is set to close a number of its stores in what has become a year of 'meltdown' for some of the most famous names on the High Street and at out of town shopping centres.

More than 80 Carpetright stores have been earmarked for closure under a proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with a further 113 sites being subject to a reduction in rental costs and revised lease terms. The move places about 300 jobs at risk.

Carpetright has said that it was exploring...

Stena Line employees take on 3 Loch Challenge in aid of Mercy Ships

TWENTY-TWO Stena Line employees from Wales are planning to take on a mammoth challenge this week starting on the 7th April, by walking 34 miles around three lochs in Scotland - Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long. The challenge will be attempted in just 24 hours - with all proceeds raised going to Stena Line’s Mercy Ships charity.

The 3 Loch Challenge is set to be a tough one as it is advised that experienced hikers take two to three days to complete the walk...

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality set to go into administration

IN a drastic turn from their surging profits last year, Conviviality are set to go into administration. It comes less than a month after they received a surprise £30m tax bill, with executive chairman David Adams claiming the company was facing "a short-term challenge."

The development marks the fall of one of the largest franchised off-license chains in the country, which will put thousands of jobs at risk. The company, which provides alcohol to Bargain Booze as well as Wetherspoons,...

McEvoy makes rally call for a sovereign Wales

THE Best Western Diplomat Hotel and Spa was the venue for a meeting of Plaid Cymru members, suspended local branch members, existing branch members and anyone else with an interest in joining a political group within Plaid Cymru as long as they don't belong to any other political party operating in Wales.

It was left to Mary Roll to welcome speakers and around 40 guests who turned out this evening, Wednesday (Mar 28). Mary introduced herself as a resident of Llanelli town and someone who...

Llanelli Railway Station gets new waiting rooms

LLANELLI Railway Station has benefited rom a national fund for improving railway stations and now has two brand new waiting rooms.

Bethan Jelfs the Customer Services Director for Arriva Trains Wales said: "It is wonderful to have these facilities. We are always encouraging and want more people to use the trains. This is part of the National Station's Improvements Programme. There is similar investment going on in Bridgend and Neath."

The waiting rooms were officially opened by Nia...

Celebrations for 150 years of Heart of Wales line

EVENTS were held all along the Heart of Wales line today, Friday (Mar 23) as it celebrated the 150th anniversary of the line, which has survived the Beeching axe in the 1960s thanks to the fact it carried freight from South Wales and went through several marginal political constituencies and closing it could have been political suicide.

The line is loved by the thousands of regular and new users Arriva Trains Wales welcomes on to its services every year so we are delighted to celebrate...

Council Leader clarifies county’s position on council mergers

THE leader of Carmarthenshire County Council Emlyn Dole has said that the position of the council on mergers is clear. It comes as new calls are made from the Welsh Assembly Government for a conversation around possible council mergers, which could see councils reduced from 22 to 10,

Following a request for information from Llanelli Online regarding the council's position on mergers council leader Emlyn Dole has responded via a video statement.

In the video the leader said: "My...

Another retail giant falls as Prezzo creditors agree CVA

PREZZO has had its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal approved by creditors, which will see the closure of 94 of its 300 UK restaurants and rent reductions at others.

More than four-fifths (88%) of creditors voted in support of the move during a shareholder meeting, with the restaurants identified for closure likely to shut in April and May.

The company has said that staff would be made aware of the exact dates “as soon as they were confirmed”. The restaurant chain said...