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As the uncertainty over thousands of welsh steel jobs continues,
unions recommend workers accept the pension deal on offer.
A call for a ban on selling sweet-like flavours for e-cigarettes
You can buy bubble gum, candy floss, jam doughnut. They are aimed at one
audience, recruiting children and we want them banned.
The race is on for the Circuit of Wales project as the Economy
Secretary gives it two weeks to prove its secured funding.
His job was to protect patients in Wales, now questions over why Tony
It's the UK's biggest prize for contemporary art,
and the winner will be announced in Cardiff tonight.
The stage is set here at the National Museum. Gusts are beginning
to arrive. Only a couple of hours to go until we know who has been
awarded the ?40,000 prize. In the past few hours Tata Steel has
confirmed it will present workers with a new pension offer
which is believed to be beneficial It's understood steel workers
unions will recommend A ballot is expected to go ahead on
Monday. After considered uncertainty and
disagreement unions have changed their position on a deal which could
secure the future of Tata steel across Wales. Following meetings
with Tata also Unions recommend to their members they should accept the
deal which would mean less generous pensions. In a joint letter to
Steelworkers union say they don't take this decision lightly, and that
the offer isn't without its issues. They say while they understand the
concerns around the pension scheme it is their view, supported by
independent experts, that this is the only credible and viable way
forward is to secure the future. The unions previously said they would
leave the decision to Tata's 6000 steelworkers, but there was
significant unhappiness about the proposal. The BBC understands there
has since been clarification on the deal to workers over 50.
Tata did put a deal on the table to give reassurances about their future
commitment but it was asking a lot of people close to retirement,
workers in their 50s who would have taken a big hit had this deal gone
through. I've been pushing, as have others, for Tata to listen to the
feedback. Work is still have chose to ignore
the advice of the union representatives and reject the
offer. One former steelworkers says it's never going to be an easy
decision. When he first started in the works,
the conditions of employment will understood, that is what the pension
scheme would be. To move the goalposts after they've worked
there, that's what makes it difficult. It's not only the steel
industry, but other companies. It's a difficult decision to move the
goalposts after you had conditions. You knew what your future pension
was going to be, and to change that is difficult.
Ballot papers will be posted to workers on Monday with a decision
expected next month. Public health officials have called
for a ban on the sale of sweet-like flavours for e-cigarettes,
and tighter controls over advertising -
to reduce the potential harm Public Health Wales say flavours
like bubblegum and candyfloss are an attempt to recruit young
people to take up vaping. They also want a register
of retailers selling e-cigarettes, and restrictions on their use
near school grounds. Starting the advice
young, not to smoke. It's hoped these 12 and 13 year olds
from Hawthorn High School in Rhondda Cynon Taff will then be
peer advocates and spread the message about the health
dangers of smoking. But Public Health Wales,
who are running these sessions, are now toughening-up their message
about e-cigarettes too. The concern is they're
currently seen as safe, could re-normalise smoking,
or could even be a gateway for young people and children
to start smoking tobacco. Younger kids want to buy them
because they are more attractive. When I walk past in my local town
I see them in cool shapes I think they are aimed
at young people. Public Health Wales say the nicotine
in e-cigarettes is damaging to the adolescent brain,
so a no-go for children But for those struggling to give up
traditional cigarettes, a 100% switch to vaping
would be less harmful. We wouldn't want to see advertising
of electronic cigarettes or the production of confectionery
like flavours, you can buy bubble gum, candy floss,
jam doughnut flavour, they are only aimed at one audience,
and that about recruiting Celtic Vapours in Llansamlet have
spent around ?150,000 having 30 flavours tested for things
like emissions and toxicology to They argue that e-cigarettes can
have a huge role to play in helping people quit smoking,
but the rules are currently so strict, they're unable
to market their products at all. I'd like to be able to marketed
as the product it is. That's how we should be able
to market ourselves. We are not nicotine replacement
therapy, we are not smoking, we are alternative to both
and should be able to They attract a broad range
of customers at their six stores across south Wales,
with the traditional tobacco and menthol flavours
by far their best sellers. I was spending about ?200
a month on cigarettes, so the costs and the health
implications as well. I've been using it for around six
months, I've never smoked, it's just a different flavour,
with a cigarette you know what you're going to get,
the smoky flavour. With this you can have a different
flavour every time you fill up. The market for e-cigarettes,
like the devices themselves, has And research into the health
benefits and harms continues. Jenny is with me now. They're
already restrictions in place, place, their?
Yes, you don't see them on TV or newspapers but you can see them on
bus stops, posters and cinemas, for example. They can't target and 18
's, so they protect children. The frustration for manufacturers is
they feel their Iraqi benefits for people who want to move to gaping,
but because they aren't licensed as a medicine they can't market
themselves in that way. Canada and Australia can only sell them if they
are licensed as a medicine. In 26 countries they are completely
banned, like Brazil, Turkey and Thailand. What Public Health Wales
is trying to do is navigate this confusing picture and come up with
advice to reflect benefits and harm. Mind you.
A man from Swansea has appeared before Westminster Magistrates
26-year-old Lee Edward Griffiths is accused of having
bomb-making manuals, and instructions on carrying
He's charged with five counts of possessing information which may
be useful to someone who commits, or prepares acts of terrorism.
He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey next month.
More inmates killed themselves in Parc Prison in Bridgend
and Swansea Prison between 2015 and 16 than in any other year
There was a record number of suicides in prisons in England
The UK Government says they're ?100 million into the prisons estate
Police in Swansea have confirmed that the body of a man found
in a construction site in the marina area of the city is that of missing
Officers had been searching for the 18-year-old
who was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday.
A business group in Ebbw Vale has backed a deadline set
for the proposed multi-million pound racing circuit near the town.
Cabinet Secretary for the economy, Ken Skates, told the Circuit
of Wales it had two weeks to prove it had a new funding deal if it
wanted further support from the government.
The Ebbw Vale business forum, which represents retailers
in the town, says it's about time there was some clarity.
When a steelworks when someone did a search to begin, find another
company to provide thousands of jobs. Millions were spent on new
public sector buildings, but genuine excitement in 2011 when plans for a
racing circles were unveiled up to 6000 jobs promised.
Little hesitation from Blaenau Gwent Council with planning permission
granted in 2013. The following year questions emerged about how much
public money was involved. The circuit said it had private
backers are needed. Last year it was revealed that the circuit wanted the
watch government to underwrite that private funding, to guarantee 100%
of the track once it was built. Too risky, said a former Business
Minister. Nine months on there's still no agreement, but there is a
deadline. I therefore written to the heads of
the valleys development Corporation today, asking them to make faster
progress on this project. Asking for evidence to be provided within the
next two weeks. Many businesses and Ebbw Vale agree
that it's time for a decision to be made.
The carrot has been dangled for the people of Ebbw Vale for all this
time. It's on, it's off, it's on.
It's time that they made a conclusion. Is it time to see the
colour of this project's money? Customers from the town and further
afield have different reflections. I've got every faith the money man
will make the decision when they are ready no matter who we're shouting
at them. They won't be rushed. People know
that there is a deadline, perhaps they will go into it quicker,
hopefully. It would be a disaster, I think, if
this huge opportunity was lost for Wales. Obviously, the Welsh
government has two gold in the process of ensuring a proper due
diligence assessment is made, but, you know, I think we will respond
positively. Nearly two years ago and independent enquiry sat in a
building behind me later ruled that the economic benefits of the circuit
of Wales far outweighed other concerns. Since then money has been
a sticking point. The local council and local Assembly Member turns down
my request for an interview and I'm still waiting on the Wales audit
office to report back on its investigation into how public money
has already been awarded in support of the circuit of Wales project.
Perhaps, time is not on the side of the circuit of Wales, but it says
the deadline ties in with its own plans.
A chapter in Wrexham's military history will come to an end,
one of the last major army units there moves to Bristol.
And today has been one of the coldest days
But if you don't like the cold, there is a change on the way.
Opposition parties are demanding a full explanation as to why
the assembly was not told about the suspension
of the man who heads the Board of Community Health Councils,
The Welsh Conservatives are accusing the Welsh Government of keeping
assembly members in the dark about what's happened
to Tony Rucinski, the chief executive suspended on full pay
The Welsh Government says it's an internal
Here's our political reporter Paul Martin.
I'm passionate about making things happen.
That's what I see this new job, the new Chief Exec has been put
into place to make those things happen, to be a much more proactive
That's Tony Rucinski on the eve of becoming chief executive
of the body that describes itself as the independent
But seven months later he was suspended, there was no
announcement at the time, and nothing was said publicly
on the matter in the 11 months that followed,
by the board, the Welsh government, or Tony Rucinski.
We still don't know the reason for his suspension.
The leader of the Welsh Conservatives wants
the Health Secretary to explain why AMs here weren't told the board
It's hugely concerning that the chief executive, the most senior
official had been suspended for 11 months and there's been nothing put
forward for the public. The community health councils relied on
public support and confidence. The Minister hasn't acted in the best
interests, that she hasn't acted on the best interests by maintaining
this silence. We don't know the reason for Tony
Rucinski's suspension but sources say there was tension between him
and the board's Che. I've seen e-mails that stroke Tony Rucinski
raised concerns about his suspension that he was being stopped from doing
media interviews. He suggested the chair may have been influenced by a
meeting with a Welsh government minister. The chest so she doesn't
believe the content to be factually correct and can't comment through my
work processes being followed. -- the Che says. It says Tony
Rucinski's suspension is an internal matter. 11 months and there's no
indication of when the problem at the top of the patients watchdog
will be resolved. Poverty is the biggest threat
to child health in Wales The study, by the Royal College
of Paediatrics, says an estimated 200,000 Welsh children live
in poverty, and recommends bold action on things
like obesity and smoking. The Welsh Government says it's
committed to addressing Over 200 children a year die
in Wales, and of those 200 most die There's a strong association
between your risk of dying in childhood in Wales
and where you were Particularly those areas
that are known to have The man who will lead the UK's
negotiations to leave the European Union has told MPs
that the interests of Wales will be reflected
and protected in those talks. David Davis was speaking as the UK
government published a proposed new law that will allow it
to begin formal negotiations. Our parliamentary correspondent,
David Cornock, is at Westminster. David, how does the Brexit
Secretary say he will We've had three meetings so far,
we've got another meeting That is a very timely question. It
has been revealed that they do not need to contact the Welsh Assembly
before going ahead with Brexit. The legislation has been published to
allow Theresa May to fired the starting gun. On a day when the UK
Government had said in relation to that bill that it does not need the
consent of devolved administrations. That may be correct legally, but
politically, that is something completely different. What David
Davis is saying is that although he is looking for a UK wide approach to
those Brexit negotiations, he will try to take on board be of devolved
administrations in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. He will try
do that, as Theresa May will, through a forum called the joint
ministerial committee. We've had three meetings so far,
we've got another meeting We are taking, formerly,
the papers submitted by the Scottish Government
and by the Welsh government. The point we have made
throughout all of this, is this is a sophisticated
and complex negotiation, it is difficult but it's got to be
done under a single banner. David Davis said that although he'll
be looking for that single UK approach it will be one that
protects and reflects the interests of all parts of the UK, including
Wales. The UK Government is trying to reassure farmers about what will
happen to them? Yes, one week after the UK Government said Britain would
be leaving the single market as well as the European Union Alan Cairns,
the Secretary of State for Wales has been meeting farmers to hear their
concerns about that. Many farmers, understandably concerned that it
could lead to higher prices, make it more expensive for them to export
their produce. Mr Caines told them that Brexit would offer
opportunities, new markets, he hoped to deliver a free-trade deal rather
like other countries have. That could keep costs low. Thank you,
David up in Westminster. One of the last major army units
based in Wrexham will move The Royal Electrical
and Mechanical Engineers Battalion at Hightown Barracks
is being relocated, closing another chapter in the town's long
relationship with the military. The 3rd Battalion Royal
Welsh left in 2013. A campaign has been launched
to oppose the latest departure. Whether it's waving off or welcoming
home current soldiers, honouring veterans or remembering
those who died serving, Wrexham has always been
proud of its relationship The Council leader has
expressed his shock at the news that from 2019 the 101
Battalion Headquarters will close leaving only a handful of military
personnel at Hightown. I'm gutted to be absolutely honest,
not just for myself We are its family,
they are our family. And it's like losing
something from... It's been depleted over
the years, this, to me, Opened in 1877 Hightown Barracks was
a base for the Royal Welch Fusiliers and then the Royal Welsh reservists
until they moved from Since 1999 it's been home to a unit
of the Royal Electrical It deals with the serviceability
of Army equipment, everything If the Army has a piece of equipment
that has a mechanical or electrical aspects to it,
then the REME are However, in this part of the world
the way a recovery company, The regiment trains and supplies
part-time or volunteer soldiers and officers to operations
here and around the world The move to Bristol means that
reservists based in Wrexham and Prestatyn would have
to join other units. Meanwhile the army says it will help
staff at Hightown Barracks to transfer to alternative
military employment locally. A campaign to oppose the decision
is in its early stages but despite calls for Wrexham
to fight to keep its soldiers, the MoD's wide-ranging
reorganisation may be a battle In a few hours we'll know
the name of the winner At ?40,000 it's the most
lucrative contemporary arts award in the UK,
and Welsh artist, Bedwyr Williams, Their work is on display
at Chapter Arts Centre and the National Museum,
and Jennifer Jones Thanks Lucy, yes, the excitement is
building here at the National Museum with around three hours to go
until the winner of the 7th Now it has a reputation as one
of the most significant contemporary art awards in the world,
and it's certainly a very international shortlist for this
year with finalists from France, Ghana, Angola, Lebanon,
the United States and Wales. Charters Monday seven, six artists
from four continents. It's been on display for months at Cardiff venues
but tonight they can only be one winner. -- Tony Artes mundi. Since
it opened in October thousands of visitors have taken part in the
multisensory experience. You have incredible painted
watercolours, right through to Digital art and physical objects
that people are using to express ideas, sound, videos, music. The
piece next door is a phenomenal example of that. We have been bad
for you to relax on. I shall build a city here. Bedwyr is
the third Welsh artist to be short listed. His work draws inspiration
from megacities in times of economic boom. Captors, migration and power
structures are among the themes explored this year. Artes mundi is
the Wales biggest contemporary art show. At ?40,000 it is the UK's
biggest contemporary Art prize and one of the most significant in the
world. What the experts think, so what do people think out.
Have you been to see it no. I go to a as much as I can. For me it's the
only thing that keeps us alive and different. Is it something you might
go and see? Probably not. I'm not overly interested. It's not
something I understand. I've not been exposed to it a lot.
Contemporary art may still be a hard sell, but 90,000 people are expected
to experience these are groups before it closes at the end of
before it closes at the end of February.
So, only a few weeks left to come and experience these art
installations and only a few hours until we know who's name
will be added to the list of Artes Mundi recipients.
We'll have to wait just a little longer to find out.
We will have the details in our late bulletin.
Tomorrow night we'll be catching up with welsh boxer Lee Selby
as he prepares to defend his IBF world featherweight title
The 29-year-old from Barry, fights Jonathan Victor Barros
Speaking after his first public work-out he says it's been a dream
of his to fight in the Mecca of boxing and is fully focused
on putting on a show for the fans who've supported him from the start.
They follow me all around the country and the UK. You know, they
flew out to Vegas to support me. They come to the pinnacle of the
sport, we've worked against the odds and we've got it. All we've got to
do now is win on Saturday night. The weather back home
now here's Derek. It has been a cold one. To say the
8C in Las Vegas today but here in Wales much colder.
In Tredegar the temperature struggled to reach freezing
and in the wind it felt bitterly cold, more like minus 5.
Grey and cloudy for some of us today too.
This picture taken in Southerndown by Rhod our weather watcher.
But a different in the north west, stunning in Snowdonia with blue sky,
Parts of the north and west clear and frosty.
Lowest temperature minus 3C in Flintshire.
Above freezing in the South West with stronger winds.
So here's the picture for 8 in the morning.
Some mist and freezing fog on higher ground.
The odd snow grain and a risk of ice.
Still windy in the South West and less cold.
During the day, the freezing fog will lift.
Sunshine in places but with an increasing risk rain
The wind easing and turning less cold.
Temperatures rising higher than today.
In Breconshire tomorrow cloudy and dry.
In Denbighshire, most of the day dry.
Temperatures inland falling low enough for ground frost.
Saturday breezy with a mix of sunshine and showers.
Some of the showers heavy with hail and thunder.
The forecast for Sunday has changed since yesterday.
There is now a risk of rain but a question mark about how much
rain we'll see and also how far north it will spread.
This month has been unusually dry so far but it looks
A reminder of our top story to unions at company steel have
recommended the 6000 Welsh workers accept the company's pension deal,
saying it's the only credible and viable way to secure the future. A
ballot is expected Monday.