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Airbus in partnership to build supersonic passenger jet

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More details are emerging of aircraft maker Airbus' partnership to build a supersonic passenger jet. It would be the first since Concorde.

The Aerion AS2 will fly at Mach 1.5 (or one and half times the speed of sound) saving three hours in flight time across the Atlantic.

Airbus employs 6,000 at its factory at Broughton in Flintshire.

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Airbus will provide technical assistance.. The plan is to have the first aircraft in the air by 2021 and in service two years later.

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Twenty orders for the jet have been placed by Flexjet LLC.


Anger over lack of mobile phone signal in Newtown

Businesses in Newtown say they've had months of lost earnings and frustration after mobile phone masts servicing the town were switched off.

It's left residents with intermittent signal and no 3G coverage.

Tomorrow, mobile phone operators will meet with people in Mid-Wales to discuss their issues.

There are now calls for masts to be recommissioned after many were decommissioned earlier this year.

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TalkTalk receives ransom demand 'from hacker'

TalkTalk has received a ransom demand from someone claiming to be behind a cyber attack which may have resulted in sensitive data belonging to millions of its customers being stolen, the company said.

The telecoms giant is investigating whether credit card and bank details were taken in Wednesday's attack, the third time this year it has been the victim of a cyber crime.

TalkTalk has advised customers to check their bank accounts over the next few months and to report any unusual activity.

A TalkTalk spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we were contacted by someone claiming to be responsible and seeking payment."


£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
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