26/05/2017 BBC Wales Today


26/05/2017

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People in parts of Monmouthshire say they feel cut off

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after a rural broadband company went into administration.

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And the Welsh Liberal Democrats warn of a Brexit "sledgehammer"

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to Welsh interests as they launch their manifesto.

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People in parts of Monmouthshire say they feel isolated after a company

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providing rural broadband went into administration,

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leaving them without any means of modern communication.

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AB Internet received close to a million pounds from the UK

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Government to provide services in Wales, but closed last week.

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I'm on the outskirts of Llanddewi Rhydderch near Abergavenny.

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It has little or no mobile signal and now no land line

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As of last week this place was all but cut off

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This now the message on people's computer screens.

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And it's not just a matter of inconvenience for

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We live remotely as it is so to live remotely without any services

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whatsoever as far as communication is concerned is really worrying.

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The couple's broadband and landline, in part, came through this dish

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provided by AB Internet, which was available

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Last week, it went into administration.

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AB Internet received more than ?800,000 from the UK Government

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three years ago to pilot the scheme here.

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The company's administrators say it's suffered significant

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The company says it is in negotiations to move

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people's services seamlessly to other providers.

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The Welsh and UK governments, along with Monmouthshire Council,

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say they are working to restore the service and to see how

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Two years ago, broadband in this part of Wales

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was deemed commercially unviable without connections.

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For now, Claire is left isolated and wondering when she can enjoy

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living here in the Welsh countryside and at the same time stay connected

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A 21-year-old man accused of planting what's been described

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as a hoax bomb in Swansea's Quadrant Shopping Centre,

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Richard Punchard allegedly placed a box with wires under a seat,

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two days after the terrorist attack in Manchester.

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Armed police and bomb squads attended the incident,

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which also saw the city's indoor market and bus station closed.

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He's due to appear before Swansea Crown Court next month.

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The roof of the National Stadium of Wales will be closed

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for the Champions League final for safety reasons.

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Up to 170,000 football fans are expected to travel to Cardiff

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to watch Juventus and Real Madrid a week tomorrow.

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Closing the roof had been suggested because of fears

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Concerns have been raised by the public services ombudsman

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for Wales about the number of complaints made against one

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health board and how the complaints were dealt with.

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Between April last year and this March, there were 194 complaints

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The Health Board says it takes all complaints seriously.

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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have warned that Welsh interests risk

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being hit by a Brexit sledgehammer, as they launch their manifesto.

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They're offering a second referendum on the final Brexit deal,

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with an option to stay in the European Union.

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Our Political Reporter, Bethan Lewis, is in Hay on Wye

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for us this lunchtime ahead of the formal launch.

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The Welsh Lib Dems will be coming to this pharmaceutical company to

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launch their manifesto. That pledge to have a second referendum on the

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content of the Brexit deal is central to what they are offering in

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Wales and across the UK. They say that her bed -- bad Brexit deal with

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Britain outside the single market could wreck the party. As part of it

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they would be an option for people to stay within the EU. That is

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applied to increase the powers of the assembly in areas such as

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policing and broadcasting and a penny on income tax would create an

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extra cash for the NHS. They would also crack ahead straightaway with

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the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. But it could be another tough election for

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them. Yes, they've had a terrible run of results. Two years ago in the

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general election the last moment -- most of their MPs. In the assembly

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election last year only one Welsh Assembly Member. Earlier this month

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they wanted to use the local elections to rebuild but it didn't

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happen. They went backwards again. A terrible run of results and the big

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game in these elections will be to reverse that tied and show some

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progress. Rugby and the Scarlets

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are in Dublin, They play Munster tomorrow

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at the Aviva Stadium as they look The Scarlets have been playing

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with huge confidence this season and although they face tough

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opposition, the players say I think we've got to believe

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that we can win the competition now. We spoke a couple of weeks ago

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and said we're not just here A lot of people wrote us

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off before the game. All the Leinster fans,

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I think, were buying tickets

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for this weekend. We have to believe we can

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go all the way now. We need to produce the same

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performance again. We'll have a full weekend weather

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forecast in a few moments. But first, a round up of the

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week's news with Erika James. Wales paid tribute to the victims

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of the Manchester terror attack Town and city centres,

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as well as schools and workplaces, came to a standstill to remember

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the 22 people who died and the 64 who were injured

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when a bomb went off at the end of an

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Ariana Grande concert. Following the attack, there's been

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an increase in armed officers at key locations,

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including at Holyhead Port. South Wales Police said there

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wouldn't be a knee jerk reaction as they prepare for the

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Champions League final in Cardiff. A huge security operation will be

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in place for the 170,000 football fans who are expected to

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arrive in the capital next week. Vigils were also held

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across Wales to show solidarity The First Minister, Carwyn Jones,

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spoke at the Senedd and in Pontypridd flowers were laid

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and candles lit in the town centre. Around 150 people gathered

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in Swansea's Castle Square. Let's get the weather forecast now.

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Derek, another hot day? It sure is. The mini heatwave

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continues. The whole of Wales basking in sunshine. This picture

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was taken by Robin in Abergele. Temperatures are soaring. The

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current highest records recorded in May was back in 1989, just over 29

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Celsius in Carmarthenshire. That is a chance we could set a new record

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this afternoon the cost temperatures are rocketing upwards. Already 28

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Celsius in Porthmadog. Very warm if not hot and sunny this afternoon.

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Hardly a cloud in the sky. Temperatures soaring into the high

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20s. A south-easterly breeze. The senator is very strong with very

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high UV levels so don't forget the sun cream. This evening, fine, warm

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and sunny. Ideal for sitting out in the garden. A change after midnight.

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The first of showers and thunderstorms are spreading from the

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south. It is going to be warm and close tonight. A bit of a change for

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tomorrow. Cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms will clear

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northwards, leaving many places dry in the afternoon. More cloud around

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compared to recently and the best of the sunshine in Monmouthshire.

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Temperatures not as higher today but still very warm in the north-east.

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Around 25 in Wrexham. Fresh air in the south-west. Tomorrow night is

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generally try and a cooler night for all of us. A more comfortable night

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sleeping. Not a bad day on Sunday with a mixture of cloud and

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sunshine. Overnight into bank holiday Monday low-pressure does

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bring a risk of some rain and showers which could be heavy and

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thundery in places. So a change on the way over the bank holiday

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weekend. Some showers that not a wash-out and turning fresher

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eventually. Lucy Owen will be here

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with Wales Today at 6.30pm. From me, Derek, Erika

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and all of us on the programme,

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