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A call on the Welsh Government to do more to support asylum
Oxfam Cymru says they are more likely to experience poverty.
They tell us public services often don't work for them.
The ability to book a hospital appointment, organise transport
or find English lessons is actually quite difficult and daunting.
And tributes are paid to cancer campaigner and our colleague at BBC
Wales Rowena Kincaid who has died at the age of 40.
Questions over next years gay Pride event in Cardiff.
The actor Sir Ian McKellan voices his concern.
It is a bit alarming, I hope it doesn't mean there
is a serious change of attitude from the elected officials.
It's been four years since a Welsh winner of the Pro12.
Tonight, a former international says a major overhaul is needed
Some have fled the horrors of war or the threat of violence in search
But when they arrive in Wales, is enough being done to ensure
refugees and asylum seekers can integrate into communities and get
Oxfam Cymru is calling on the National Assembly to review
the support currently on offer, claiming many refugees find
The Welsh Government says it's working to ensure Wales
plays its full part in responding to the current refugee crisis.
The Oasis Centre in Cardiff is a place where refugees and those
seeking asylum can meet, socialise and learn.
Many here have learned to their cost it can be difficult to access
This man who is fearful of being identified says
without the right paperwork accessing a doctor is not easy.
It is because of these problems that the Oasis Centre
and Oxfam Cymru have written to the National Assembly's Equality,
Local Government and Commnities Committee to investigate.
The ability to make hospital appointments, organise transport,
find language lessons, can be quite difficult.
We are asking Assembly Members to have a review of those services,
how they work, how they are working for refugees and asylum seekers,
so they can get on with their life in Wales and have a sustainable
An asylum seeker is someone who has fled their homeland.
They make themselves known to authorities and submit
That is what happened to this man from Ethiopia.
I didn't go back to Ethiopia because so many of my people
A refugee is someone who has proven to the authority they would be
This 20-year-old arrived in Cardiff from Syria a month ago.
I want to spend my life living here and I want to study English
English lessons are vital to refugees to progress in society
and that is something they offer at the Oasis Centre.
For this man from Cameroon, language was never a barrier.
He is a published author and has written about his experience
and those of others trying to rebuild a life in Wales.
As a refugee, you have a recognised status, and doors are open to you.
As an asylum seeker it is a different ball game.
You have to rely on support from strangers.
He recognises he is one of the lucky ones and believes
I was kicked out of my village, human trafficked into Russia.
I came to live in a housing association.
For me, Wales has provided a perfect canopy, a perfect umbrella
The Welsh Government says it is working hard to make sure
Wales is playing its full part in responding to the current refugee
crisis, coordinating housing, health, education
The Labour MP for Islwyn Chris Evans has said there's
a deep wedge in his party with little sign it can
be reunited after the leadership election.
Mr Evans, who supports Pontypridd MP Owen Smith
in the two-horse leadership race, says he's more concerned
than ever about the future of the Labour Party.
The saddest thing about the last year has been as a long-standing
party member that party members are attacking each other
We are all members of the Labour Party,
That will not come about if we are fighting each other.
A conservation charity has strongly criticised the National Trust
for allowing a renewable energy project to be built on their land.
The director of the Snowdonia Society says
the Conwy Falls would "become the Cowny
trickle" if a dam was built by RWE Innogy on the Conwy River.
The National Trust says the scheme would continue
without its involvement, but it's influenced the design
During construction, a Brown sign of visitor attraction will be turned
into a building site and during operation the river itself will be
seriously diminished with up to 60% of the water taken out, out of a
significant section of the river. The wife of a man rescued
after an empty speedboat was spotted circling in Aberystwyth Harbour has
said they're utterly heartboken after his best friend
died in the incident. Amanda Jones says her husband, Alan,
and his friend named locally as Bill Davies,
were thrown overboard after Mr Davies became unwell
on Wednesday morning. One of the world's most famous
actors and gay rights campaigners, Sir Ian McKellen, has said he's
alarmed by the uncertainty surrounding next year's
Pride event in Cardiff. The council has said there could be
challenges over holding it in Coopers Field as it's being used
as a Champions League final fanzone next summer,
but stressed it has not The first British gay pride rally
was held in London in 1972. Rallies have been held in the Welsh capital
since the 1980s and by the turn of the millennium Cardiff saw its first
Mardi Gras. Every year since then thousands of
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from Wales have
celebrated their culture in a colourful annual. Festival Cardiff
Pride 2016 was the biggest to date with 12,000 people attending.
Organisers have been told next year's event may be in doubt.
Plaid Cymru say they haven't been told anything officially but they
have heard unofficially their main venue in Cardiff will be unavailable
in August. Because on the 3rd of June there will be a fan zone for
all the football fans who failed to get a ticket to the Champions League
final being played over the road. They have heard the field will be
rested and re-turfed once the fans and is cleared away. With the most
recent figures suggesting 20% of LGBT people in Wales have exposed to
homophobic hate crime, organisers say the event is important in
changing attitudes. The uncertainty is alarming
according to one of our best-known actors currently performing in the
capital. is a serious change of attitude
from the elected officials. And the people they employ to
service the town, the city. And I hope there is a change of heart and
the practicality and goodwill will rain.
Cardiff Council says it has always supported Plaid Cymru and isn't
looking to move the event from the field but it says there will be some
flexibility with event dates next year.
It is having an enormous impact on our sponsors.
To say, 2017, this is the theme, and we can't do that at the moment.
Our sponsors are being cautious because if the event doesn't go
They are due to meet with Cardiff Council this month when they hope to
draw a line under the uncertainty and look ahead to next year's
celebrations. Parents and governors who've
campaigned to keep two high schools in Powys from closing
are celebrating tonight - as it appears a U-turn
could be on the cards. The council has planned on shutting
Gwernyfed and Brecon schools But a new report says both
sites should stay open. It also says the council should look
again at the future of other They said closing their
school was a bad idea. The council said having a smaller
number of large schools would lead to a better education,
a wider range of subjects available But now it seems there
could be a change of heart. The original plan was for Brecon
and Gwernyfed High Schools to close, replacing them with one
newbuild in Brecon. Builth Wells and Llandrindrod High
Schools were set to close. But this report says both Bracken
and Gwernyfed should change and improvement should be made
to both buildings. Builth and Llandrindod should merge
to form one new school operating For those who would have been
affected by the original The council have listened
and that is a brave decision. They have their budget
responsibilities, But we are looking for something
sustainable here financially If a council looks to close
a school, it has to be sure that taking that step will lead to wider
improvements in education When Powys County Council put
forward its controversial proposals to close schools here,
it employed an independent body That independent body found over
1000 people objected, as did the schools watchdog,
it said closing schools here is unlikely to improve
education in the area. It is in contrast to what is going
on in some other parts of Wales, like the so-called super
school in Port Tolbert. Three secondary schools and one
primary school closed to allow this Council leaders in Powys
will formally vote later this month on new proposals
with fewer closures. For rural schools here
who thought their time was up, Tributes have been paid
to Rowena Kinkaid, the cancer campaigner,
our friend and colleague Rowena became well known
for her frank and honest documentary about living
with a terminal illness, and raised thousands of pounds
for cancer research. My name is Rowena, I am young, full
of ambition and I have a zest for life. Even though I don't look it, I
am terminally ill. Three years ago, Rowena Kincaid was
told her cancer was terminal and was given up to six months to live.
Unsurprisingly to those who knew her she defied the doctors and became
determined to raise awareness of living with a terminal illness.
I want to find people in the same boat as me to see if they can offer
sensible suggestion as to what I should be doing in that time I have
left. Her documentary saw Rowena come to
terms with her diagnosis and support others in similar situations.
It has been my worst nightmare. And here it is. Living through the
worst. Her campaign to raise awareness went
nationwide and her fund raising for cancer charities totalled thousands
of pounds. Hello, good morning. A very cloudy
Good Friday. We do have some rain in the forecast.
After 13 years of working as a picture editor here, she became a
weather presenter, fulfilling one of her many ambitions.
Rowena will be remembered for her determination and her fighting
spirit. And, for us at BBC Wales, as a great colleague, and our friend.
Rowena Kincaid, who died at the age of 40.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway celebrates 120 years of carrying
And, spot the model sheep in the flock.
Find out why scientists from Bangor University
The long rugby season kicks off tonight with
It'll culminate with the Lions' tour of New Zealand next June.
On the eve of the campaign, there are calls for
a shake-up of the way the game is run here.
The four Welsh rugby regions in the Pro12 are suffering
because they have to do without their big name players
so often because of too many international games.
That's the warning tonight from the former Wales and Lions
On the eve of the opening weekend of matches, he's calling for world
rugby's calendar to be re-organised to help benefit the regions.
A new season and the message from the organisers is positive,
the league more attractive with more tries last season than ever.
-- Do followers of the Welsh regions they have much
Four years have passed since the Ospreys were the last
The highest any Welsh side got last season, fifth,
the Scarlets finished above the Blues, Dragons and Ospreys
Too often, players emerged on to the field to a sea of empty
One former international says it is a challenge to sell the league
when its star names play so few games for the regions.
Respectively England and France have a larger pool of players,
so consistently week in and week out they get the top boys playing,
generating interest from the crowd where they are getting 15,000 coming
through the turnstiles which gives you as a player that hype and buzz.
If you're playing in front of 3,000 in an empty stadium,
The Welsh Rugby Union has worked hard to stop the tide of Welsh
Centre Jonathan Davies has returned from Clermont to join
Scarlets, Bradley Davies is in Wales with the Ospreys.
Some say the regions aren't benefiting enough.
The major problem is the cannibalisation of the season
It doesn't happen in the southern hemisphere.
The ideal solution would be to move the Six Nations forward
That means the regions get to keep their players for the Pro12
And post that period, you have Six Nations,
and they stay together as a bloc, the Welsh squad, and go on a summer
tour which is what happens in the southern hemisphere.
Changing the world rugby calendar has long been talked about.
The head of the Pro12 says both club and country need to consider
Slightly reduce the international calendar, increase quality,
slightly reduce the club calendar, increase the quality.
Players play slightly less often, their intensity will be higher.
Play them in meaningful games and fans will watch.
For some, the season won't finish until the first week of July
when the Lions face the All Blacks in their final Test match.
As the campaign gets under way, concerns of a player burn-out
The former Cardiff Blues, Wales and Lions back-row
Martyn Williams is at tonight's game between Ospreys
Good evening, it has taken four years for a Welsh winner in the
Pro12. Will it change this time round?
I am optimistic this season, when you look at the ospreys, Scots and
blues, they have strengthened squads. Disappointing last season.
Only three teams getting into the top competition in Europe. There is
hopeful optimism throughout Wales. There is no World Cup which disrupts
our Welsh regions. The big players are there from the start. All three
can push to even when the league this year.
What needs to happen to ensure we see more of big names playing
It is difficult. You have this problem in France and England. Not
so much can our top players play, they will, probably a dozen games.
It is growing their strength and depth so when those players are
away, the regions are still competitive which at the moment they
are struggling. They showed that last year. Slowly and surely there
is more depth. Listening to that piece, a few less international
matches would help. That is why the cash cow is to fund the regions.
Many elite players have been rested but it's
Still a good looking squad. A perfect opening game, conditions
will be as good as you can have, the pitch is perfect. Expect some
rustiness in the first game. You can expect them to win Dibley this
evening. -- win comfortably. That's on Scrum V Live,
7.30pm, BBC Two Wales. London Welsh are facing a winding-up
order at the High Court on Monday as the club tries
to secure investment and avoid The club escaped liquidation
in April but have since struggled And the squad again
trained today ahead of their first World Cup qualifier
against Moldova on Monday. the first team he feels confident
that they could qualify for a World Cup and the success
in France though can It's a group I feel we can attack,
it is something we can take take confidence from,
from the summer. The lads are buzzing to get
together and looking Probably the first time
we are going into a group stage with this confidence,
on the back of the last tournament. Wales under-21s were aiming
to close the gap on group leaders Denmark
tonight in a European The Welsh side went
into the match four points behind the visitors
but it's not good news from the Racecourse Ground
in Wrexham, Wales are 4-0 down On Monday, all the build-up for
Wales versus Moldova. Now, it's 120 years old and still
pulls in the crowds. The Snowdon Mountain Railway
is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking its first
passengers to the roof Well, today they've been
marking the anniversary and Next stop, Snowden, another
generation enjoying a trip up our highest mountain.
The easy way. Return fare, ten bob. There are always more customers than
seats. These days, the fair is quite a bit
more than 50p and the number of passengers has ballooned over the
years up to 140,000. Much else remains unchanged, the
views on the way up past tumbling waterfalls before the high open
mountainside. The train sweeps past the walkers
tackling the climb rather than taking and paying for the ride. And
the train passengers that keep on coming, today, Michael and Mary
Heathfield from the south of England have bought their granddaughters.
It is amazing seeing the countryside, we are so high, it is
amazing. I really like going out into the
high hills and seeing the little Valleys below.
We have been on lots of mountain railways all over Europe. But this
is just special. The mountains all around you are so vast.
Unlike the other little trays of Wales, this mountain railway was
built for the purpose it is used for now, tourism. The tracks were laid
in a year, although disaster hit the very first service, a passenger fell
out of the carriage and died. Just after the First World War and
attempt was made to take a car up the tracks, replacing tyres with
train wheels. This weekend, all that history is
remembered. Even back then, people were becoming
more adventurous. They had more leisure time, they wanted more
extreme adventures. At the time, they could only walk to the summit.
Or take a donkey. That brought the decision, let us build a railway to
take many more people who couldn't walk to the top.
There is an enduring appeal, the anticipation of reaching the summit.
When we get here, it is windy, it is cloudy, and there is no view at all.
It isn't always like this. Then the clouds part just briefly to reveal
what must be one of the best views in Wales. A view hardly altered
since that first train journey 120 years ago.
Derek will have the latest weather forecast in just a moment.
September might be here but no signs of a cold
scientists at Bangor University are carrying out research into how
to make sheep more comfortable in extreme weather
The life-size models are being used to measure how much shelter
So lifelike in their design, the e-sheep are even
confusing their flesh and blood counterparts.
And, though this first meeting didn't go well,
it's hoped they'll provide data which could make their
doppelgangers' lives much more comfortable.
A cold snap a couple of years ago killed around 30,000 sheep.
And represents huge losses not just in terms of sheep
Energy that sheep are using to keep warm just isn't going
Bangor University along with the Woodland Trust
and the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship are finding out how hot
or cold these electric sheep get in all weathers and all
The results could have a direct effect on a farm's
We want to be able to talk to farmers about how
they might design their farms with weather in mind.
Design tree-planting to offer shelter to the animals
from the sun and wind, to improve the efficiency
of their farming, to negate some of those energy losses and turn that
into healthier animals that grow quicker.
The e-sheep might not look high-tech but inside they are
crammed full of electronic equipment like this which acts
as a mobile weather station, heating elements, and a thermometer.
While their input isn't always as dignified as it could be -
the e-sheep will help animals on farms around the world.
Farmers will be able to work out the best places to buld shelter
With a Google map, let us say, he can look at his farm,
and he can click and control the actual barrier on the map.
Until now, shearing has been the main way to keep sheep cool
but this hi-tech field study is the future.
Let us hope there were no extreme conditions on the way for us or the
sheep. Trouble is brewing over the
Atlantique and the sheep will need shelter tomorrow.
A weekend of another two halves, dried tomorrow followed by heavy
rain and strong winds. Sunday is the better day with sunshine.
It brightens up quite nicely in Conwy this afternoon with blue sky.
After a damp morning, the sun eventually came out this afternoon.
Fine and brightness is running, dry overnight bar the odd light shower.
Clear spells, lowest temperatures, 11th Celsius.
With a south-westerly breeze. Tomorrow, the remains of the
hurricane will be near the Azores, it won't affect us but these
Atlantique France will. Tomorrow morning, not a bad start,
most of the country is dry for a while, bright in the north and east
with hazy sunshine. But rain and freshening winds will reach
Pembrokeshire. That rain will spread across the rest of the country
during the morning. A wet spell tomorrow, heavy rain, 30 millimetres
in the south and west, the wind becoming strong on the coast.
In the afternoon, the rain will ease.
Further rain likely in the south. Tomorrow evening, the rain in the
south will clear. Windy overnight, blustery showers in North Wales.
Sunday, a better day, improving as time goes on. Breezy with a few
showers, heavy in the north. These will clear. Some sunshine on a
Sunday afternoon. The wind easing down.
Festival number six is in full swing here.
Strong winds in the afternoon. Sunday, much brighter with lighter
winds. The weather going downhill tomorrow
but not a right of this weekend. Next week, some will return, the jet
stream will move north. High pressure will take charge with
warmer south-easterly winds. Temperatures rising into the
mid-20s. Funny how the weather is often improves after the school
holidays come to an end it? Always the way!
The main headline. Oxfam country is calling on the national Assembly to
look at its support for asylum seekers and refugees in Wales,
saying many find themselves living in poverty. The Welsh Government
says it is working to ensure Wales says its full part in responding to
the refugee crisis. We will be back with an update at
8pm. Have a good evening, goodbye.