Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes

Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes is the busy network of passenger suburban railway services radiating from Cardiff, Wales. It includes the Vale of Glamorgan and the South Wales Valleys; the services are operated by Transport for Wales. In total, it serves 81 stations in six unitary authority areas: 20 in the city of Cardiff, 11 in the Vale of Glamorgan, 25 in Rhondda Cynon Taff, 15 in Caerphilly, 8 in Bridgend and 5 in Merthyr Tydfil. Services on these routes are provided by Class 142, 143 and 150 DMUs, are end-to-end, in that they run from one branch terminus, through Cardiff Queen Street station, to another branch terminus, e.g. from Pontypridd to Barry Island. The major hubs of the network are Cardiff Central. Other hubs are Pontypridd and Barry. On 16 July 2012 the UK Government announced plans to extend the electrification of the network at a cost of £350 million; this was at the same time of the announcement of electrification of the South Wales Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea. This would see investment in new trains and continued improvements to stations.

It is thought to start between 2014 and 2019. A stretch of the Vale of Glamorgan Line, on which passenger services were closed under the Beeching Axe, re-opened for passenger service, with services from Cardiff Central to Bridgend, via Barry, Rhoose Cardiff Intl. Airport and Llantwit Major; these services were advertised to start in April 2005, but commenced on 12 June 2005. Services only went as far as Barry; the colours used below are from the official network map. Stations in bold are major interchanges for the network. Trains run from one line to another, joining at Cardiff Central eliminating the need for changing trains there; however they may not run for the whole length of the line. Services run between: Bridgend/Barry Island and Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Lines Penarth and Rhymney/Bargoed - incorporating the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhymney Lines Radyr and Coryton - incorporating the City and Coryton Lines Cardiff Central and Treherbert - incorporating the Rhondda Line only Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay - incorporating the Butetown Branch Line only The following lines serve Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys but are not considered part of the network by Transport for Wales.

South East Wales Metro Rail transport in Cardiff List of Valley Lines stations List of railway stations in Wales Detailed summary of all the Valley Lines Arriva Trains Wales Arriva Trains Wales Network Map includes Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes Network Map BBC News: New stations in £155m rail plans

Jim Widmayer

Jim Widmayer is an American professional darts player who playing in the British Darts Organisation events. Widmayer played in the inaugural World Matchplay in 1994, losing 6-8 in the first round to Keith Deller. Prior to the 2011 Winmau World Masters, Widmayer damaged his teeth whilst clearing fallen trees in the wake of Hurricane Irene, his injuries were not serious, he went on to reach the televised stages of the tournament. In the last 24, he lost 2-3 in sets to Rick Hofstra after missing seven match darts. Widmayer qualified for the 2014 World Championship and entered in the preliminary stage, where he upset Garry Thompson 3-2 in sets, he played world number one Stephen Bunting in the first round and lost by 3 sets to 1. In the 2015 World Championship, Widmayer again entered in the preliminary stage, where he fought back to beat Rhys Hayden 3-2 in sets after being 2-0 down, his reward was a tie in the first round against Rick Hofstra, who he lost to in the last 24 of the World Masters in 2011.

He gained his revenge with a 3-1 victory, setting himself up with a tie against Martin Adams in the second round, which he lost 4-0. 2014: 1st Round 2015: 2nd Round 2019: Preliminary Round Player profile on Jim Widmayer from Dartsdatabase Official website

Yhoshua Leib Gould

Yhoshua Leib Gould known as the Lehitakfo Chalushin, was an educator who identified himself as a Satmar Hasid, was affiliated with the Edah HaChareidis. He was the rabbi of Neturei Karta in Beit Shemesh Jerusalem, Beis Midrash Tamar Avraham. Yhoshua Leib Gould was born in Hungary. After the death of the Munkatcher Rebbe, Yhoshua Leib Gould moved with his parents and four sisters to Sighet, his family became close to the Sigheter Rav, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum, he was Bar Mitzvahed in the synagogue of the Sigheter Rebbe. He was given semicha in Dayanut the same day, it was in Sighet that he met the Satmar Rav, Yoel Teitelbaum for the first time. With the start of the war, rumors began to reach Hungary of the crimes being committed against the Jews; the elder Mr. Gould asked the Sigheter Rav whether he should stay, he was told to stay, was deported to Ukraine as slave labor. When he returned to Hungary the Sigheter Rav told him to flee to Romania, he did. The Germans invaded and they were deported to Auschwitz only to be liberated a few months later.

Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda did not survive, Yhoshua Leib became loyal to the new Rav of Sighet, Moshe Teitelbaum. Yhoshua Leib moved to the Old City of Jerusalem, where he became involved first with Agudat Yisrael the Edah HaChareidis and a controversial splinter sect led by Amram Blau known as Neturei Karta; when the 1947–1949 Palestine war started, the Jordanian Legion captured the Old City, Yhoshua Leib fled first to Katamon and to Meah Shearim. He worked for several years as a tutor and yeshivah rebbe, as a bricklayer and furniture carpenter. In 1957 he was appointed a chaver, or expert consultant, of the Edah HaChareidis, having been recognized as an expert in the laws of Marriage and Divorce considered important due to the large number of Agunahs following the Holocaust and 1948 war. Though employed by the Eidah Cheradit, he continued to stay in contact with Amram Blau and Moses Teitelbaum, it was during this time, at the insistence of Moses Teittelbaum, that Yhoshua Leib developed a connection to the Satmar Rav, Yoel Teitelbaum.

Yhoshua Leib used his position in the Eidah Hareidis to defend Neturei Karta. Following the first Neturei Karta mission to Iran in 1999, he used his influence to convince the Edah HaChareidis to endorse that mission publicly. An endorsement was printed in the Edah, he accepted the position of Rav in Beis Midrash Tamar Avraham, the synagogue of Neturei Karta in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Gould died on 29 September 2009 from complications related to congestive heart failure. A succession feud for control of his independent wing of Neturei Karta erupted between his heir apparent, R' Avraham Tzvi Rothenberg, author of L'reyacha Kamocha, Sephardi Neturei Karta scholar Chocham Neftali Maimon. Yhoshua Gould is the author of several works on the Shulchan Midrash Rabbah; the most well known is Lehitakfo Chalushin, a commentary on rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried's Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Lehitakfo Chalushin comments on each paragraph, explaining various opinions on each law and clarifying if the law as brought down by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is a leniency, stringency, or the principle Halachah.

He defines principle Halachah as the opinion held by the majority of Ashkenazi commentators. The work contains strong reproof for those lenient with various laws, drawing on imagery from Reshit Chochmah and other Musar literature; the introduction to Chapter 152 discusses the laws of premarital physical contact between men and women and lesbianism. These laws were absent in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch; the introduction to the work states explicitly that it was written for Modern Orthodox youth, converts to Judaism, the newly religious. The work was hailed as an important contribution by a few in the Haredi community despite comments critical of Agudat Israel, his approach to the prohibition of unmarried women going to the mikveh was viewed as controversial in light of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's response on the subject in Iggros Moshe. An organ of the National Religious Party political party in Israel suggested Yhoshua Gould be brought up on charges for incitement due to his ruling that seminary deans and Rosh Yeshivas who give inappropriately lenient rulings to their students could be physically harmed if the matter involved questions of faith, matters of bloodshed, or sexual sins.

He writes, "The fools are thieves, makers of prostitutes, murderers in two worlds. About them it is written,'He who sheds the blood of an evildoer is considered to have brought a pleasing sacrifice.'"At a public lecture at Yeshiva Omrei Emes in October 2005, Gould slapped a yeshivah student who said there is no prohibition in Torah Law against lesbianism