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Welsh firefighter joins 'world's first' bee farming apprenticeship

A 21-year-old part-time fire fighter from Aberystwyth is among the latest recruits of the world's first bee farming apprenticeship scheme.

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Griff Tomos, who currently lives in Machynlleth, was one of three people recruited for the the 'Bee-a-Bee farmer scheme', out of hundreds of applicants.

Industry experts warn that the UK is home to just 30% of the bee hives it needs in order to future-proof Britain's bee count and boost honey production.

The scheme aims to boost the British bee count by recruiting a total of 30 new apprentices over three years.

To date, the Bee a Bee farmer scheme has added an extra 60 million honey bees to the British population, and by the end of the three year scheme we're hoping this figure will be closer to a staggering 180 million. There continues to be a skills shortage and an aging profile in the bee farming industry. The number of commercial bee hives in the UK has declined by 73% over the last century, falling from one million hives in 1900 to less than 274,000 in 2015.

– Ian Ainsworth, MD for Rowse Honey


Royal Mint revenues soar

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The Llantrisant - based Royal Mint has notched up the highest revenues in its history after snapping up a greater share of the American silver market.

The 1,100-year-old coin manufacturer says overall company revenues lifted 39% to £360.6 million for 2015/16, as it capitalised on buoyant bullion trading.

It says overall operating profit stepped up by nearly a fifth to £13.1 million, compared to £11.4 million the year before.

It employs 900 at its South Wales site.

Significant growth in our bullion segment has without a doubt contributed largely to this success, but we have seen revenue growth of at least 17% in all three businesses - circulating coin, commemorative coin and bullion.

I am pleased to report too that we have exceeded all four of our ministerial targets for the third year in a row, operationally

– Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive

New nuclear projects need to 'benefit the people and economy of North Wales'

A report says the focus of new nuclear projects in Wales should be on how they can benefit local people.

An artist's impression of the new Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey.

The report by the Welsh Affairs Committee looks at the safety and possible community benefits of the new nuclear power station, Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.

It also suggests that North Wales could see a potential resurgence of its nuclear industry and that local people should be trained to be employed within a National Nuclear College.

We know that proposals for new nuclear power plants cause concern amongst the general public.

During this inquiry we have been impressed by the level of scrutiny of nuclear power and are reassured that the highest safety standards are followed.

The key questions that need to be answered for future development of nuclear power at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd to be viable centre on value for money and local impact.

There has to be a demonstrable benefit for the local community as well.

Local businesses must form a key part of the supply-chain and be given sufficient information to allow this to happen. We must also make use of the many skilled nuclear workers currently based in Wales, and provide sufficient training to develop the next generation.

– David TC Davies, Committee Chair

Testing underway at St David's new lifeboat station

The first launch of St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat from the new station during successful slipway trial testing. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

Dramatic pictures have been distributed of testing at St David's new lifeboat station at St Justinian's

Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley launches down the slipway into the sea. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

The trials saw the Tamar class lifeboat launched and recovered at various tide levels to test the newly built slipway, as well as the winching and launching equipment.

The first launch of St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat from the new station during successful slipway trial testing. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

The RNLI says the new station will become operational in the Autumn.


Wales star Allen completes move to Stoke

Stoke have confirmed the signing of Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool.

Allen played a starring role in Wales' route to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. Credit: PA

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee reported to be around £13million.

Allen struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

But he was one of the stars of the Wales squad which reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016 earlier this summer.

Stoke's bid met Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract and means they recouped most of the £15million they paid Swansea four years ago.

It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for me but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper. I was really excited as soon as I heard of the club's interest and it wasn't a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.

– Joe Allen, Wales and Stoke City
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