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Tonight: Criticism of the UK government for giving up with enough
discussion on a scheme to help find homes for vulnerable child refugees.
want to make things better, not worse. That is a given. Let's talk
more. Let's not give up on it. We do not want a situation where large
numbers of parents in Africa decide to send their children off to Europe
by themselves. Dancing their way to fitness -
a detailed study shows a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk
of dementia by 60%. A proposed ban on intimate
piercings should be extended A proposed ban on intimate piercings
should be extended to all under 18's This school removed it's English
stream, and is now Welsh medium. A campaigner says if parents don't
like it, they should move. Good evening - it's one
of the enduring rugby rivalries - Wales welcome England in the 6
Nations. But will George North
be fit in time? The UK government has given up
on a scheme which was set up to protect the most vulnerable child
refugees - without That's according to the leader
of Torfaen Council. Labour's Anthony Hunt has told this
programme that he and other council leaders would work
with the Home Office - Ministers say 350 children
would have arrived under the scheme So far 32 children have
been resettled in Wales. By lights up the sky above Calais in
France last year, as the makeshift refugee camp there was cleared.
Samina from Newport was part of a volunteer group which took supplies
to those living there. Those are children, sleeping and are not those
blankets. We had to go to get more blankets. She claims in several
short visits over 18 months, she met more than 150 children who had no
one at all to look after them. You go there and there are children and
they are ten coming 11, 12, male, female, and they are sleeping in
tents in minus four Celsius. They are alone and all they have known to
do is keep walking, keep walking, keep walking, and then they get to
Calais, which is the end of the road, and they don't know where to
walk now because all they know is that they lost their parents
somewhere along this road and it is the end of the road. From places
like Syria, the UK accepted 8000 child refugees in total last year,
many believe war zones make their own way to Europe. Many end up alone
in camps like this. Some hoped as many as 3000 might be re-settled
here who don't have any family or other links to the UK. The
Government has confirmed the figure will be far lower than that. Many
councils in Wales say that announcement was premature. We have
not reached a definite position of what the capacity is yet. This is
why this is disappointing that we find out this news, really, that the
Government seem to have given up on the situation. Your message to the
Home Secretary then as the leader of the Council in Wales? Let's work
together and have been stuck in talks. Given the funding and the
technicalities, because we want to make things better and not worse,
but let's talk more. Owen Smith claimed last night there was more
capacity in his area as well. I rang my council leader tonight, assuming
we might be asked about this, and asked the council in South Wales how
many of these children they have been asked to take. They have taken
four. They could take four or five times that. It is a mixed picture
across Wales. Some councils say they do have capacity. Others, none at
all. Conservative MP David Davis says the UK Government has struck
the right balance. The Government are absolutely right to do this. It
had to be in place for a short period of time only because
otherwise what happens is that parents in countries with much lower
living standards will simply try to send their children over by
themselves in order to get them into Western Europe and then follow them
afterwards. So the Government are right to do this because they are
going to create a human catastrophe if you encourage people to send
their children off alone. Judges are now considering whether the UK
Government's decision was arrived at in the correct way. Home Office
maintains it is not giving up on vulnerable children, citing other
schemes it operates which also be settled hundreds of child refugees
across the UK. It's a disease that
affects more than 42,000 people in Wales -
and today a campaign is being launched, aimed at reducing
people's risk of dementia. It's based on detailed research that
found those who adopt a healthy lifestyle,
are 60% less likely Since her daughter started
a fitness business, Julie Rhodes has become a bit
of a fan of fitness, attending the class
nine times per week. It keeps the endorphins flowing
and makes me feel better. My dad, who is now 95,
he is suffering with memory loss and it is such a shame,
such a sad illness to Keeping fit is one of the steps
recommended by the dementia risk Launched today, it also
encourages people to check their health regularly,
cut down on alcohol, and stop smoking, in a bid to reduce
the risk of developing Six tips in all, based
on research conducted on these men, just some
of the 2,500 men from the Caerphilly area
who were prodded and tested for a generation
in one of the most influential We all know that it is
beneficial, but actually disciplining and getting round to
following healthy behaviours consistently for some reason it
beats most of us, and yet it is He was ever so kind and gentle,
really. Broadcaster Betty George, talking about her husband, David
Jones, in an upcoming BBC Wales documentary. He is one of more than
42,000 people in Wales suffering from the disease. Nobody would
object to a campaign that advises people to eat -- to lead healthy
lives, for all sorts of reasons. It won't guarantee, of course, that you
would get dementia, because I know of several people who have led very,
very happy lives, who now live with dementia. But what concerns me is
that it doesn't solve the problems of the here and now. People are
already living with dementia and their carers. There is a serious
lack of support. If the trajectory continues as it is predicted at the
moment, I think the latest districts are from the Alzheimer's Society was
that the numbers will double by 2050. Then we have a big problem.
It's really a time bomb we are sitting on. In an attempt to stop it
from detonating, today's campaign message is simple. But down the pint
and pick up the Lycra. 90 jobs are to be created
in Wrexham by a new financial Chetwood Financial Limited will be
based in Wrexham Technology Park, in an office acquired
from the telecommunications The startup is supported by ?750,000
from the Welsh Government, and Economy Secretary Ken Skates
said it was "great news for Wales." Opponents of the proposed takeover
of Wrexham-based Dee Valley Water have been granted leave
to appeal the move. The High Court approved
an ?84 million takeover by utilities giant
Severn Trent on Wednesday - but shareholders, who called it
a "David versus Goliath" The case will be heard
by 22 February. The new Shadow Secretary of State
for Wales has told this programme that her fellow in peas need to
rally behind their leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour MP says she will
meet Carwyn Jones next week to discuss their priorities, but says
the party's UK leader must take them into the next election in 2020.
He is our leader. I form part of his Shadow Cabinet now, which is a
tremendous honour, and I shall be working for unity in the party and
we have been united since the summer. We have been working so hard
We have been working so hard to make it work.
A group of AM's are trying to ban under 18's from having
so-called intimate piercings because of serious concerns
The chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Dai Lloyd,
who's also a GP, says such practice could be viewed as
Some parlours already set a higher age limit than the law requires
and say they'd have no problem if new legislation was introduced.
First of all, I'm going to clamp the area. I will then check to see that
there is no veins are anything. They keep reforms dozens piercings per
week at this parlour in Cardiff. Ashley is having her tongue pierced.
Some customers have piercings were intimate parts of their body. Now an
assembly committee wants to limit tongue and intimate procedures to
the over 18 's, and not 16 which is the recommendation a new public
health bill going through the assembly states. There is a large
body of opinion that seems to go but this could be exploited to in
nature. Actually, nobody wants to curtail people putt-mac freedom of
expression. Some of the evidence we took suggested that this could be
seen as a form of female genital mutilations, and so we can't ignore
that sort of evidence and basically this is why we are going with the a
teenage consent. That is perfectly fine. If you are happy to go ahead
with that. At this piercing parlour in Cardiff, they have already
voluntarily raise the age limit and say they welcome a law change. I
think it will give more protection to customers. It is very difficult
for us sometimes when we are confronted with a 70-year-old girl
who wants to get an internet piercing and we say no and we know
that they are going to go to another shot. -- 17-year-old girl who wants
to get an internet piercing. I have quite a few body piercings. 23. Do
you think it is right that you have to be over 18 to get the more
intimate once? Yes, 100%. A spokesman bank 's committee for
their consideration and said they would consider their
recommendations. I love it. It looks you. -- it looks amazing. Thank you.
Still to come in the programme tonight: The roof's open,
the fireworks are ready - soon it'll time for
We'll look ahead to the big 6 Nations game.
Its a row that has split opinion in a small Carmarthenshire village -
which language should the children at the local primary be taught in?
The decision made by the council was that Ysgol Llangennech
would drop its English teaching from September.
Its a move welcomed by groups who want more Welsh medium education
with one prominent campaigner saying those who don't like hearing
It has been a controversial issue in Carmarthenshire. One that has split
opinion and lead to fiery exchanges. This is segregation. And at its
worst, we are looking at our apartheid. That is how it started.
Don't care. But three weeks ago, Carmarthenshire Council voted to end
the English stream at Ysgol Llangennech, turning it into a Welsh
medium school by September. A leading campaigner for Wilson and
which education has suggested people who do not like hearing the line
which should move. If people couldn't bear to hear Welsh being
spoken they should consider going somewhere where they wouldn't have
to speak or hear it being spoken, which obviously suggests they should
go to England. He has been a leading member of the campaign group, which
has distanced itself from his comments. It says its aim is for
Welsh medium education to be available to all who wish their
children to be fully bilingual. Meanwhile, parents like this woman
who did not wish the school to lose its English stream says it is not
about one language being more important than another. What we are
fighting for is that the Welsh stream remains and the English
stream remains. If they were removing the Welsh team, we would be
fighting just as hard. Our school is two languages, English and Welsh
tarte side-by-side for the last 60 years. The changes at the school
have been controversial, but they do feed into Carmarthenshire was my
counsels plans. They are so feed into the Welsh Government's
objectives of having a million Welsh speakers by the year 2050. The
changes will begin at Ysgol Llangennech in September. The
division the row has caused in the community may take much longer to
heal. Not too long till
the 6 Nations. Big news - major doubts over
winger George North. Wales management conceding
tonight his fitness is a close call, and they'll leave it late to see
whether he's fit enough. All week the headlines dominated
by England's record here, coach Eddie Jones saying past
players have been petrified when playing here, their record
in horrendous, should It depends which
figures you look at. Looking at the entire record -
135 years of England coming here, first game back in 1882,
Wales are on top winning 36, 21 defeats and 4 draws, Wales
winning 59% of the games at home. But if you look at more recent
record since the game has turned professional,
England have won five of the nine Whatever happens, this
fixture rarely disappoints, Present at training today, but with
the media only allowed to observe for five minutes, there was not long
to it is the fitness of fly-half Dan Biggar and George North. Wales say
they could wait until an hour before kick-off to decide if the players
are worth risking. Dan Biggar, who suffered bruised ribs in Rome, is
believed to be making good progress. George North is a major doubt. All I
can do is reliable and the medics are telling me. We have done
everything they have asked us to up until now and it is always a close
call. We have contingency plans in place. We are playing against
England, the second-best team in the world. So we have to be ready for it
and I think both of them will take the opportunity if it comes their
way. Wales- England is always a passionate affair. Over the years,
there has been plenty of pre-match psychology. The last time England
came to play there was a stand-off. The visitors refused to go out
before their Welsh opponents. Tomorrow, some of the faces may be
different, but the intensity will be just the same. When both teams run
out of the saddle tomorrow afternoon, there will be that
familiar more, but there will not be that cauldron atmosphere that Wales
love to play in. Because, as England requested, the roof is already open.
There has been plenty of pre-match banter between the camps, and with
England getting their way over the roof, Robin Wright was in jovial
mood today on insinuating Eddie Jones was bringing to changes mind.
It is? -- Eddie? No, sorry, mate. In the middle of a press conference.
England are unbeaten since the 2050 World Cup. Victory over Wales
tomorrow would make it 16 wins in a row, but England start without many
of their key ball-mac carriers. We are without quite a few players.
They are far from a fall is to rent team and Dylan Hartley is not
playing his best game, so Wales have an outside chance. What could make a
big difference is the Welsh bench. Two players in particular could make
a massive impact, including Sam Davies. When the place arts to break
up, you can play that heads up game and put players into holes and make
a difference. In the habit in Wells twice since Eddie Jones took charge,
but he has not experienced Wales at home is in the six Nations as the --
and does not understand the fear factor. And I will think he will get
a taster for the first time tomorrow. And if you want to watch
all of the matches between Wales and England...
It starts tonight with the Under 20s over on BBC Two Wales at 7.
Tomorrow, same channel - Wales' women, 11:20 in the morning.
Then Rob Howley's men take on England - kick off 10 to 5,
live on BBC One Wales - commentary too BBC Radio
Switching sports, and the Football Association of Wales is appealing
against a fine imposed by world football's governing body, FIFA,
The FAW were fined just over ?15,000, because fans wore poppies
in the stands and the armed forces held bunches of poppies
at the side of the pitch before a World Cup Qualifier last November.
To a big game at the bottom end of the Premier League on Sunday
The Swans, just one point above the relegation places,
take on Leicester City who are a place above them.
Head Coach Paul Clement, named January's manager of the month,
will consider giving Jordan Ayew his debut
The two teams are on level points. And we will not play each other
again this season. So it does add a little bit of extra spice to the
fixture. Even though we didn't get anything out of our last game, we go
into this game is still with a lot of confidence and belief that we are
moving in the right direction. Elsewhere, it's Friday night
football for Newport County, bottom of League Two -
they face top-of-the-table Cardiff away at Leeds
united tomorrow, Wrexham travel to Dover
in the National League. The focus will be on this place
tomorrow afternoon and at the performances of the players can
match the pre-game pyrotechnics, then we should be in for a cracker.
I think we will. Thomas, thanks so much.
Forensic science students are studying how animal
remains decompose - in a bid to help solve
The outdoor facility at Wrexham's Glyndwr University
uses animal carcasses, to help students understand
Matthew Richards' report contains images which you
Well, hidden at a secret location, you're more likely to smell the body
Forensic science students assess the effect of the natural
environment on decaying bodies - in this case ethically sourced
animal carcasses stand in for the human variety.
We want to try and make this scenario as realistic to every
We want the normal etymology, we want the normal weather
and we want it to be as close to the types of scenarios
we will be looking at, because the problem we have
is if we do things just in the lab, then everything's
The subjects are placed in different locations to find out how long
All the data could help investigators identify human bodies,
establish when they died and even find hidden corpses.
There's certain nutrients released when a body decays,
which are also beneficial to plants, so hopefully I should see
an increase in these nutrients, which hopefully may affect how
Forensic science isn't for the squeamish.
Three tubs of dead rats in various types of water make
Well, I bet you're glad that I get to experience this rather than you,
but we've just opened the last box which contains the rats
They've been there for some nine weeks and, boy,
the smell is certainly testament to that -
The body farm could expand to incorporate more experiments,
I am not squeamish at all but the smell is definitely something that
The body farm could expand to incorporate more experiments,
which might be the key element in solving a mystery
Well, let's see how the weather is looking for the weekend now. What is
It's going to stay on the cold side over the weekend.
Some dry weather but also a few wintry showers.
And watch out for stronger winds on Sunday.
Now the cloud broke today with some sunshine in Bala.
And how about these icicles in Blaenavon.
The temperature there didn't get much above freezing!
Tonight the odd snow flurry in the south and east.
Breaks in the cloud with a widespread frost.
Temperatures in most places dropping to freezing or below.
Here's the picture for 8 in the morning.
Cloudy in the north and east and Powys.
Parts of the south and west dry and brighter.
Some sunshine and frost with a brisk wind on Anglesey.
More showers will spread from the NE.
A little snow on higher ground, the hills and mountains.
Parts of the west and southwest dry and brighter with a little sunshine.
Top temperatures 2 and 6 Celsius but feeling colder in the NE breeze.
The temperature rising to 4C but feeling more
Very cold and cloudy on the Heads of the Valleys tomorrow.
Temperature around freezing or just above with icy
Sunday's chart shows high pressure over Scandinavia.
Low pressure near Portugal and that means stronger winds
Parts of the south and west dry and brighter with a little sunshine.
Highest temperatures 3 to 6 Celsius but add on the wind it
Monday dry, cold and windy but sunnier.
A few wintry showers and stronger winds on Sunday.
And we return to the stadium before we go. It has been a week of
mysterious build-up, hasn't it? But tomorrow things will get serious.
Yes, serious, and some decisions possibly for the Wales coaching team
with questions over George North, who was entered in the one over
Italy last weekend. The team arrived back in the early hours of Monday
and went straight into their cryotherapy chambers to help them
recover more quickly. They have only had six days to prepare for this
England match and there have been questions over the fitness of George
North and Dan Biggar. And today, we are given a first sites of George
North training. Normally, are cameras are given around 50 minutes
to film the players. A bit restricted aid. Just five minutes.
-- 15 minutes. The Welsh Rugby controlling what we could and could
not film. So we had five minutes of him and he did not move much during
training. We will have to wait and see. The Wales management will give
him as much time as possible to prove his fitness and could leave it
as late as an hour before kick off. So we will have to wait until
tomorrow to see whether George North plays against England. We heard the
England coach saying that the team can be a little bit intimidated by
the atmosphere at the stadium. Just reminded of England's record there.
It is looking spectacular they are behind you tonight. Yes, everything
is ready for tomorrow's match. Fireworks, pyrotechnics, it is all
set for the big showdown between Wales and England. A lot of talk
about the record between Wales and England during Cardiff. The overall
record that stretches back 135 years is in Wales favour. A look at more
recent times, England just edit. They have claimed five victories in
nine championship matches here in Cardiff. I just wonder, could
experience be the key tomorrow night? Just looking at the foreign
words, England have 20 caps between them. Wales on the back row we have
140 caps. All of the match live tomorrow on BBC Wales. And you very
much. It is going to be quite an occasion. Thank you so much. A
reminder of our main story. The UK Government has given up on a scheme
set up to protect the most vulnerable child refugees without
enough discussion. Our next update is after
the BBC Ten o'clock news. For now from all of
us on the programme,