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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,

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Tonight, the pressure on the NHS this winter.

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It's seen some of its busiest days ever and is facing

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There has been an increase in children's admissions. And also the

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elderly who can't go back to their home. Staff in this department

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adding they are feeling the strain. The NHS government and health board

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insist winter plans are holding up. Chelsea Manning was jailed

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for 35 years for leaking Her Pembrokeshire mother

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says she's overjoyed. President Obama commuted her

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sentence, and she'll soon be freed. Farming outside the

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Europe's single market. One union warns of a "perfect

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storm in the making." The Welsh government is accused

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of negligence over the way it handled air pollution concerns

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from Wales' largest And jumping or climbing

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on buildings, it's a new sport. Why one club is teaching free

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running alongside gymnastics. The NHS in Wales is facing

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exceptional challenges this winter. That's according to the head

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of the health service He says the last month has seen some

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of the busiest days ever faced by hospital emergency units

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and the Welsh Ambulance Service. Let's get the latest now from our

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health correspondent Owain Clarke. Welcome to one of Britain's busiest

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A departments at Wales biggest hospital. Since midnight staff have

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seen 320 patients. When they're really busy, they can see up to 60

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patients each and every hour. The figures out today suggested there

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had been a deterioration in the performance of A departments

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across Wales in the early part of the winter but what does that tell

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us? Especially when the boss of the NHS in Wales warns that the system

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is facing exceptional challenges? Winter or summer, rain or shine,

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it's rarely quiet here. Staff and Britain's biggest A department I

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used to working under pressure but they've been busier than ever. We

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have experienced a 2% increase in attendance compared to last year and

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that's been predominantly with children. We have seen an increase

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in children's admissions and also with the elderly. The elderly that

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have fallen but can't go back to their home. They are overrun. And

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when the seat you, they are great. I've had no problems and I've been

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in and out of this place a few times, I'll tell you. They are

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certainly busy but they still have time for you. And introduce

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themselves by name. The upshot is described as extraordinary pressure.

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Take a look at this map. On Christmas day, most of these places

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were quiet, circled in green. Two days later, admissions soared. New

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Year's Day was the busiest on record for the Welsh ambulance service.

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Look at the red on the map, most hospitals were at the highest state

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of alert meaning they were facing extreme pressure. So, how do they

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respond? When we moved escalation level format, we look at where do we

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have space? Where is the space we wouldn't traditionally use? Let's

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use that space, let's ensure we get the discharge process in place, we

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are clearing patients by midday. Let's look at the additional

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capacity we can use. And we have a large number of plans that we are

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already implementing to improve capacity and the flow through the

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system. A similar across Wales. Several health boards have had to

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redirect patients from one hospital to another at times of spikes in

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demand. Many have also reported a big increase in the most urgent

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category of patients. But several say they are preventing planned

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operations from being spent 400 beds are available across Wales when

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things are very busy. Here at the heart of the Welsh government's HQ,

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officials can monitor the situation in each and every hospital in Wales

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minute by minute. And it happens in this room. When I visited, this was

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the situation. Really busy hospitals just about managing. Twice a day,

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conference calls take place involving health board bosses to

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discuss ways to ease the strain. The boss of the entire NHS in Wales says

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system is coping. We remain a system under a lot of pressure. I think the

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fact we've come into this winter with an ambulance service that has

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been performing more resiliently and has really helped us in our

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response, they have maintained a really good level of response. We

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have kept our social care delays low, which is positive, but there is

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more to go out. Staff have done a great job to manage, whether in GP

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settings, in social care or on the hospital site and in A but it is

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important we focus on the demands on an ongoing basis. A shortage of

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staff and beds is making a difficult situation even worse, bosses say.

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We've lost 40% of bed numbers in Wales in the last couple of years.

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When there is the surge, you don't have the capacity to cope. That is a

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knock on. Even when you're back to more normal levels, you have the

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backlog because he can't get people out of hospital because of social

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care cuts, because of difficulties of getting people back in their

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environment. The priority the staff is to make sure patients get treated

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safely, even when the pressure's really on. The problem is the

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strain, year on year, shows little signs of easing.

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So, Owain, do today's figures tell us anything

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about whether the pressures on the Welsh NHS are any different

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Well, generally speaking, I think it is fair to say the simple answer is

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they are broadly similar. I was spoken to the doctors to the BMA,

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and their members, wherever they worked, England, Wales, the rest of

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the UK, the same as their message. It's really tough out there. Leaked

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figures in England suggested that performance in A deteriorated

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quite rapidly there during the first week of the New Year. The very time

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the boss of the NHS in Wales is saying that the system had

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significant problems. But we won't get to judge the impact of that

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until the next set of official statistics are out in February.

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Historically speaking, it's fair to say that the performance in Wales

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has been worse than in England. The Nuffield trust, an independent think

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tank, says there might be a mismatch between the number of beds in

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hospitals and the demand for them. But part of the reason might be that

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the Welsh population, as a whole, is older, poorer, and less healthy than

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across the border. Thank you very much.

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Chelsea Manning's family in Pembrokeshire say they're

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overjoyed by the news that she will be freed in May.

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Barack Obama has announced that Manning's 35-year sentence

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for leaking military documents will be commuted, or reduced.

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Tonight President-elect Donald Trump's Press Secretary has said

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Mr Trump is troubled by President Obama's decision.

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With the reaction, here's Teleri Glyn Jones.

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With three days left before he leaves office, President Obama has

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commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army private who

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gave thousands of military documents to WikiLeaks. The leak was one of

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the biggest breaches of classified material in US history. For some,

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Chelsea Manning is a hero who expose wrongdoing in the military. For

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others, she is a traitor that could encourage other acts of espionage.

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She was born Bradley Manning in Oklahoma but spent most of in

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Pembrokeshire. James went to school with Chelsea. She was very

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interested in computers and very political. A lot of people are and

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you don't expect them to stand up and make that big step forward but

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themselves out there in that sort of position. After leaving school,

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Chelsea Manning joined the US Army and was posted to a rock in 2009 but

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was found guilty for years later of espionage by leaking three quarters

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of a million documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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Private Manning was sentenced to 35 years and a maximum security

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military prison. Last night, that sentence was commuted by Barack

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Obama in one of his last acts as president. And the family home, the

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news that Chelsea Manning will be released in May has been welcomed.

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I've spoken to Kevin Fox, Chelsea's uncle, who said they are over the

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moon. In a statement, Susan Manning, her mother, says she now hopes

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Chelsea will be able to get on with the rest of her life and added there

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will always be a welcome for higher here. Family and friends have kept

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in close contact with Chelsea Manning throughout her imprisonment

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in the USA. One school friend visited her in prison and has always

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aborted her. When I heard the news last night that President Obama has

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commuted Chelsea's sentence, my personal reaction was utter joy.

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When you're faced with a 35 year prison term, it is an incredibly

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daunting prospect. I cannot imagine being in Chelsea's shoes. The

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priority now is when Chelsea is liberated is to make a plan for her

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welfare. Nobody is seeking to downplay the enormity and zero and

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solve a crime but anybody looking into this can see this is far from

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straightforward, it is complicated. There have been can serious concerns

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about Chelsea Manning's emotional and physical well being expressed by

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family and friends and I think President Obama has taken a very

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human decision. It isn't the pardon some campaigners have hoped for but

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having been expected to be in prison until 2045, Manning will now be

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released in May. BBC Wales understands Wrexham's

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new prison, HMP Berwyn, will accept its first inmates

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on the 27th of February. Work began on the category C

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men's prison at Wrexham When full, it will house up to 2,000

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prisoners and will be The unemployment rate

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in Wales has risen slightly It's up 0.1% since

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December to 4.4% %. 66,000 people over the age of 16,

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are out of work here. The UK rate has remained

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the same at 4.8%. A sex offender from Clydach

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in the Swansea Valley who poses a risk to young girls has been

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spared a jail sentence. A judge said it would not

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properly protect the public. 52-year-old Bernard Merrells

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was arrested after being caught sending explicit messages online

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to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but he was actually speaking

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to a member of the public posing Bernard Merrells arrived at court

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today. And and and and after pleading guilty to inciting sexual

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activity with a child. In March 2015, the former supermarket worker

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sent sexually explicit messages online. He believed he was

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contacting a 13-year-old girl. In fact, he was talking to a member of

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the public, posing as a child, cold Roxy. The conversation took place on

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a dating website. The chat log was later posted on an online blog which

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claims to expose suspected paedophiles. In the messages,

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Bernard Merrells asks the girl if she has any photos. When the request

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is refused, the 50-year-old man offers to be her boyfriend. As the

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chat continues, Bernard Merrells asks if she's ever seen a nude man.

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She says no. He promises to send pictures of himself naked. The court

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heard Bernard Merrells sent a number of naked photos and indecent video

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of himself. We know from the requests we've had, in terms of data

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and evidence, the grooming process which in the past has happened in

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ways that could have been in a local park or school in the past, we are

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learning most grooming, the majority, is taking place online.

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The judge said if Bernard Merrells were to receive treatment for sex

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offenders in prison, he'd need to give him an immediate four-year

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sentence, something which she said the legal guidelines don't allow for

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in this case. The judge said it would be more constructive to give

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him a suspended sentence and a rehabilitation and to register as a

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sex offender. This is Wales' largest

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coal-fired power station. The Welsh government is accused

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of negligence over the way it And it's a newly recognised sport,

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how free running is being taught alongside gymnastics,

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in the hope of increasing That's how one Welsh farming union

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has described a combination of Brexit and a trade deal

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with New Zealand, they're worried, of course,

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about the possibility of competition But what will leaving

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the European Union and the single Could there be opportunities,

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as well as challenges? Rebecca Roberts is 23 and has her

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future mapped out in front of her. At least she thought she had. Taking

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on in time the family's sheep and beef farm. Brexit has brought new

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uncertainties. It may well be your generation that will have to sort

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this out. What do you make of that? I don't know if I will be able to

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stay on the family farm. I'll probably have to diversify or go out

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to work. I don't know. It's worrying but we have to do something. And the

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whole of the Welsh farming industry will have to do something, one way

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or another quiz Brexit poses questions. There's no doubt Brexit

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will challenge every sector of the Welsh economy, and agriculture more

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than most. The Common Agriculture Policy is one of the pillars on

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which the common market and the EU was built. In the future, Welsh

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farmers will have to learn to live without it. 90% of Welsh

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agricultural exports go into the EU, with a value of more than ?270

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million. Under the EU's, agriculture policy, Welsh farms get ?336 million

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in direct subsidies. For nothing to change, we will have to have

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unfettered access to European markets and guarantee UK or Welsh

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government subsidies at the level currently paid by Europe.

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Uncertainties which farmers here know would prompt some tough

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talking. Most of our produce is going into Europe. Theresa May and

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her negotiating team will have to have this in mind. Nobody knows what

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is going to happen, do they? Everybody is working day to day.

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Challenges, but what about opportunities? Brexit backers talk

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about winning new markets away from Europe, and shaping a British or

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Welsh agriculture policy rather than one which also has to suit France,

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Greece or Italy. Rebecca's father is president of the National union of

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farmers in Wales. Getting a trail deal with a country is one Dale.

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Getting a proper market is another. We have to look at helping us. The

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British government has made it clear it will be positive going into the

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negotiations with the European Union because we do need the broadest

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possible access to the single market. Don't forget the reach of

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Welsh agriculture goes way beyond those who are directly employed in

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it. Culturally, linguistically, the industry is bound into the fabric of

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rural Wales. There is a lot at stake here.

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The Welsh government has been accused of "negligence"

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in its handling of concerns about air pollution from Aberthaw

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In September last year, the European Court of Justice ruled

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that the plant had been emitting illegal levels of air pollution.

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Now Plaid Cymru says it's found out there's been no correspondence

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between Welsh ministers and Natural Resources Wales

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Our environment correspondent Steffan Messenger reports.

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It is one of Wales' largest power stations. For over 40 years,

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Aberthaw has been generating electricity from burning coal.

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Enough to meet the needs of some 3 million homes. But in September last

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year, EU judges ruled that it was also pumping out too much air

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pollution. Double the legal amount of toxic nitrogen oxides which can

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harm people's health. The case was brought against the UK with the

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Westminster government ordered to pay legal costs. As the plant in

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Wales air quality measurement lies with the Welsh government. Now Plaid

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Cymru says it has discovered via a Freedom of information request there

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hasn't been a single letter or e-mail sent between Welsh ministers

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and an RW on this issue since the court ruling. I'm flabbergasted.

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They should have been in there straightaway after the decision was

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made, this was illegal commissions and Wales, polluting the air,

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polluting people in Wales. Natural Resources Wales told the commission

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today it is assessing Aberthaw's permit, which it needs to operate

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the plant. We will vary the permit, based on the European Court

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judgment, and we seek information from them to allow us to do that, so

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we are currently waiting for that information. Environmental groups

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say all involved need to pick up the pace. This is causing about 400

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premature deaths every year. It really is not good enough to be

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leaving it as long as this. It needs to be treated with a level of

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urgency that doesn't seem to be being shown. The Welsh government

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told us it was committed to improving air quality across Wales

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and it was urging RW even to cut emissions from this site. It has

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said it plans to downgrade its operations here from April focusing

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on generating electricity at times where there is peak demand. The UK

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government wants to see all coal-fired power stations closed by

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2025. It's a test of extreme

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individual endurance, the challenge for one Welsh sailor

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is nearly over, Tomos After 73 long days alone on the

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ocean, Alex Thomson is now within hours

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of finishing the round-the-world race, the Vandee Globe, and is

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Within the last few hours, he's speaking to the French Navy

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French Navy aircraft, this is Hugo Boss. We want to check everything

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was OK and your ship is all right. Everything is fine, looking forward

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to getting to dry land again. He hasn't got long to wait,

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he's expected to finish The sailor, born in Bangor,

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is now just 33 nautical miles behind the leader,

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with less than 300 miles to go. It's remarkable that Thomson

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is still in this race, he's been competing with a damaged

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boat for weeks, and has made-up nearly 900 miles

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since the end of the December. Organisers of the Champions League

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final in Cardiff in June are looking Cardiff hosted the Uefa Super Cup

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three years ago, now the Football Association of Wales

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wants people to help with transport, marketing, ticketing

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and dealing with VIPs. Another 500 volunteers could also

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perform in a pre-match ceremony at the Principality Stadium,

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which will be re-named the National Stadium

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of Wales for the game. Cardiff City have signed Scotland

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international goal-keeper, Allan McGregor, on loan

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from Premier League side Hull City But the club's had a second

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bid for Aberdeen winger Snooker, and the only Welshman

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at the Masters, Mark Williams, has been knocked out in the first

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round by the World Williams took the match to the final

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frame, losing narrowly 6-5. It's a newly-recognised sport,

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where people jump over improbable obstacles and move

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from rooftop to rooftop. Elements of free-running are now

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being taught alongside gymnastics, it's helped boost numbers

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at the Valleys Gymnastics It's an idea praised by seven-time

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Commonwealth Games medallist, Frankie Jones, but some are warning,

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combining both sports Run, jump or climb freely over

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any type of terrain. This is parkour, or free running,

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now a recognised sport in its own right, taught and trained

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for at a custom-built Similar elements to the sport

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of free running have been introduced at this gymnastics club

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in Crumlin near Newbridge. Attendence here is up,

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particularly amongst boys, most of whom, they say,

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would have otherwise lost interest. Probably 200 young people coming

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through every week that we know wouldn't be coming through these

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doors if it were only offering If people said, come

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along and try gymnastics, You have to put loads

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of effort into it. Would you recommend

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it to your friends? I've got a few of my

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friends coming here. Frankie Jones won gold for Wales

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in rhythmic gymnastics She has praise for the work here

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in appealing to more young people. It's just kind of a different

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mindset for them to buy And then actually realise

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how much fun it is. I think gymnastics has a level

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for any person to get As soon as you get through the door

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and you see the bouncy floors So, seeing them all go

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mental and having fun One of the coaches here has

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a background in free running but they're keen to stress this

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is freestyle gymnastics, albeit with a few extra tricks,

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not something they encourage Back in Cardiff, professional free

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runners say there is an important distinction to be made

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with their sport and Knowing how to do it safely

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and with respect for the outdoor environment is what they teach

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here with separate It's all about learning risk,

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and figuring out what you can do, And you kind of can't quite do

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that in an environment What both sports do agree

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on is encouraging more young people to take part in exercise,

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whichever of these two Let's get the weather forecast,

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Derek is with us tonight. Snow on the beach at Havea

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on the Costa Blanca. The settled weather set

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to continue into next week. Pressure is high abut high pressure

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doesn't always bring sunshine. Grey and cloudy in Porthcawl

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today with a high of 6. A few spots of drizzle

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otherwise dry. And in the south and south-east,

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the cloud may clear with temperatures falling as low

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as 2 or 3. Under the cloud, temperatures

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a few degrees higher. So here's the picture

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for 8 in the morning. However, parts of the south

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and west may be brighter During the day most

:25:31.:25:38.

of the country cloudy and dry. Some sunshine in the south may

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spread a little further north 10 on the north and west coast

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with light or gentle winds. In Flintshire tomorrow,

:25:52.:26:06.

grey and mostly dry. Dry, bar the odd spot

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of drizzle in the north. Sunny in parts of

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the south and west. As we head into the weekend, high

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pressure still the dominant feature. Drifting away to the east but then

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another high develops So the outlook for the weekend

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mainly dry and settled. Mind you, it will turn colder

:26:40.:26:44.

with overnight frost. It now looks as if the dry, settled

:26:45.:26:49.

spell will last until next Tuesday. A reminder of tonight's

:26:50.:26:56.

top news stories. Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders

:26:57.:26:59.

not to give the UK, what he called, "punishment beatings,

:27:00.:27:02.

in the manner of some world war The Foreign Secretary's comments

:27:03.:27:04.

come after Prime Minister Theresa May set out her Brexit strategy

:27:05.:27:08.

in a speech yesterday. It included leaving

:27:09.:27:12.

the EU single market. From all of us here,

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thanks for watching,

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