05/03/2017 BBC Wales Today


05/03/2017

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Wales' Finance Secretary has urged the Treasury to abandon austerity,

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and boost cash for public services and the economy ahead

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Mark Drakeford has outlined his concerns about the UK Government's

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planned spending cuts, which he says could see a

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?175 million cut to the Welsh budget.

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Here's our Political Correspondent, Arwyn Jones.

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The budget is the big chance for the UK Government to prioritise its

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So, it's a the first run out for the new Chancellor, Philip

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In the past, it's meant that big-ticket items like the M4

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relief road can get the green light, although motorists will know these

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Now Wales' finance secretary has written to his

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counterpart in the UK Government urging him to announce extra funding

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for health and social care services, which he said had faced significant

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Well, there are ?3.5 billion worth of

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Cuts that have already been announced, but where the

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Chancellor has not yet said were those cuts will fall.

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Now, a share of those cuts could be as much as

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And I urge the Chancellor to turn his back on those

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cuts, to say, "No, they will not be happening."

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Mr Hammond said this morning there wouldn't be a big

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spending spree and that the job of reducing the national debt is

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Those who know the Chancellor said the challenge

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will be to show him the numbers add up.

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This is where the challenge is for Welsh politicians in terms of

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securing more investment into Wales, make winning economic arguments.

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With George Osborne, it was much more about the politics,

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particularly in the run up to the 2015 general election.

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We are now in a phase where actually cold hard

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economic arguments will sway the Treasury, probably little else.

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Many politicians in Swansea will be hoping that the Tidal Lagoon gets

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the nod, but they will have to wait until Wednesday, like the rest

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It isn't just about the huge billion pound projects.

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Carolyn Harris's eigh-year-old son Martin died

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She had to borrow money to pay for his funeral and now won the

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Chancellor to help families in a similar situation.

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I tried to give him an insight into just how painful

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that time is and how you don't consider

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the cost and anything, you

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just consider how you're going to get through every day.

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So, to remove the cost would be doing such a

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marvellous thing for any family, not even have to consider that.

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So, on Wednesday, all eyes will be on 11

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Downing St to see what Philip Hammond manages to pull out of his

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More than 300 taxi drivers in Denbighshire have completed

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training to help spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.

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The council introduced the compulsory course last year,

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after the Rotherham abuse inquiry found taxi drivers had played

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Emergency services led by Central Beacons Mountain Rescue

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have carried out a major operation to rescue two walkers swept over

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After a four hour operation, they were winched out by helicopter

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New research by Cardiff University has revealed that ancient footprints

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discovered on a Gower beach are 7,000 years old.

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When the prints were first uncovered back in 2014,

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researchers believed they were from the Bronze Age,

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but a special scientific technique has suggested they could be

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thousands of years older and could belong to

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With the shifting sands and rising tides, the printer difficult

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What they found, frozen in the form of fresh water marshland peat,

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is a snapshot of one moment in time seven millennia ago.

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So, it's not just human footprints here, we also have

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And there is also one possible wild boar

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So, we think they were probably walking through

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this landscape, perhaps stalking their prey as they are walking

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Initially, it was believed they were Bronze Age, but scientific

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research has proved it was far earlier.

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What we did was we took samples from the peat that they are

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set within and we did radiocarbon dating of those samples.

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That gives us an earlier state that they could

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have been made and they must be made soon after the formation of those

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For archaeologists, the challenge now is

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to preserve the prints before the lost again.

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Here in the museum, we do have a number of plaster casts

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that have been taken of some of these footprints and really,

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They last just a matter of days, maybe even hours,

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because of the weather and the tides.

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So, it's a great challenge to be able to preserve them and

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These footprints were literally lost in the sand of time.

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Now uncovered, they give us an incredible snapshot into an ordinary

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Thousands of runners braved the rain this morning in two separate events

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More than 2,000 people took part the Newport Half Marathon,

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and around 3,000 descended on Cardiff's Bute Park

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The winds and showers will ease overnight, leading

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to some clear spells by the early hours.

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Apart from some rain across southern parts during the morning,

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it'll be a dry and bright day with some decent sunny-spells

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and a few isolated showers. Top temperature, around ten Celsius.

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Hello, as was the case on Saturday there was a lot of whether around

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today. Showers for some, some saw

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