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Airline on Cardiff-Anglesey route replaced

The airline which operates the Cardiff to Anglesey route has been replaced after safety concerns.

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LinksAir has been the operator for the last few years, but the UK Civil Aviation Authority has now suspended the airline's safety certificate.

The Welsh Government subsidises the flight and says the service will continue as normal with a new airline.


£2m to harness wave power

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One resource Wales has in abundance is the power of waves around our coast. But it isn't, as yet, being exploited.

Now £2m of EU funds has been announced to test a technology to harness energy from ocean waves.

Led by Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS), the £3 million project, which includes a £900,000 investment from MPS, will manufacture and test a 1:4 scale prototype of the WaveSub device.

The device draws upon patented technology developed by MPS which captures the high power density of waves through its power take-off system, and can withstand storm forces.

The £2 million EU funds will allow the prototype to be developed and tested, paving the way for a full-scale device that will be deployed off the Pembrokeshire coast and eventually launched in the commercial market.

Marine renewable energy has huge potential and we are investing £80 million of EU funds in this area over the next six years - including support to enable the development of two demonstration zones off the coasts of Pembrokeshire and Anglesey.

This investment will vastly reduce the time, costs and risks to developers in this sector, and will help establish Wales as a leader in marine energy production

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy Minister

Rail electrification could cost 'up to £2.8bn'

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The boss of Network Rail (NR) has admitted the cost of electrifying the Great Western railway line between South Wales and London could reach £2.8 billion.

Previous estimates for the project were £874 million in January 2013 and £1.6 billion in September last year.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne told MPs the latest figure is £2.5-2.8 billion, based on 2012 prices.

The company issued a statement which described the project as "an extremely complex task that is being delivered whilst continuing to run an operational railway".

Parliament's Public Accounts Committee is due to issue its report into the electrification project by the end of the year.

Tourism figures up despite wet summer

Snowdonia is just one of Wales' tourist hotspots. Credit: Neil Squires/PA Images

Latest figures show the wet weather over the Summer didn't put a dampener on the number of tourists visiting Wales.

Visit Wales Summer Business Monitor shows that three quarters of tourism businesses in Wales had increased or similar numbers of guests compared with August 2014.

Overall turnover for this August compared to last was also positive with 40% reporting higher turnover.

Rhossili Bay is an enduring popular attraction. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

This feedback from the peak summer weeks show that we’re building a strong tourism industry in Wales based on quality and variety of experiences which means that the industry is sustainable and robust and relies less on the sun to shine to bring the visitors to Wales.

2014 was a record breaking year for Wales, it is therefore very encouraging to see early reports comparing favourably with last year.

– Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

Hundreds of jobs created in Cardiff

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The Welsh Government says 387 jobs are to be created in Cardiff by Firstsource Solutions.

The company provides Business Process Management (BPM); a way of making sure firms are efficient in the way they do business.

The Welsh Government says the expansion, which is also supported by Cardiff City Council, is after the company won two new customer service contracts with a UK media company and a global entertainment business.

I am delighted these new contracts have been secured for Firstsource’s Cardiff operation which has been an outstanding success.

I had the pleasure of officially opening their first centre in Cardiff in 2012 when it was anticipated 600 jobs would be created.

They have far exceeded expectations and now employ nearly 1000 people while this latest expansion is creating more than 380 new posts.

The company’s decision to open a new centre in Cardiff sends out a very strong message that Wales is indeed a first class location for companies wishing to grow their business.”

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy and Transport Minister


Almost 80 jobs to go at Neath Valley opencast site

Unions say nearly eighty jobs are to be lost with the mothballing of an opencast site in the Neath Valley.

The Unite union say Celtic Energy's Selar site will stop working next March.

The company is expected to offer voluntary redundancies across it's four locations

Obviously Unite is disappointed at his announcement and we will be using the time until March to mitigate the impact of compulsory redundancies. The company will open up voluntary redundancy across all its 4 sites. The jobs are highly skilled and well paid roles which will be difficult to replace in the foreseeable future.

– Gareth Jones, Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite in wales

Our Business Correspondent Carole Green has been speaking to the union:

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