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Digital sector 'employs 24,000' in Wales

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The Welsh Government says Wales is punching above its weight in the digital sector.

It says, between 2010 and 2013, digital start ups grew by 87% above the UK average of 53%.

Today more then 2,00 people will gather for the Digital 2015 conference. Speakers from Google, Microsoft and Airbus are attending.

Wales is punching above its weight on the world stage in terms of digital innovation, and I look forward to welcoming the key digital leaders innovators and influencers from the national technology scene to Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport

Welsh speed tests for 'Jetbike’ could set records

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A jet powered bike will be tested at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire this weekend and it may break British records.

Jet Reaction uses an adapted helicopter engine to power it to a possible 450 mph.

A stripped down Jet Reaction. Credit: Sponge Beattie/RAF

It will be driven by Richard Brown, an Oxfordshire based engineer, who conceived and built the vehicle.

A bid for the two-wheeled land speed record will be attempted at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in America in September.

An outright Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM ) land speed record is one of the finest opportunities any team can have to demonstrate engineering innovation, within the rules applied by the relevant governing bodies the challenge is to engineer a superior machine making it the best in the world.

– Richard Brown

Animation of Jetbike record attempt (Credit: Dominik Weingarten / Jetreaction.net)

Potential scam victims 'being threatened'

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Dyfed Powys Police say potential victims of letter, phone and internet scams have, in some instances, been threatened.

Officers say there has been an increase in the number of reports of scams with some claiming to be from well-known companies including Microsoft, Talk Talk and the Postcode Lottery, seeking access to personal information and money.

In some cases they have become threatening to the receiver of the call when they do not comply with their demands.

We are urging residents throughout Dyfed Powys to stay alert to cold callers.

The majority of these scams work to deceive people into allowing remote access to their computer or giving personal details over the phone or online. Allowing anyone access to your computer puts you at risk of data loss or losing access to your computer or files.

With traditional cold callers at people’s properties, we’ve always advised ‘if in doubt, keep them out’ and exactly the same principle applies here.

– Detective Sergeant Rob Gravelle

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Solar panel plan for Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board has agreed that solar panels should be installed on the roofs of 2,700 council homes.

An agreement has been reached to adopt a ‘rent a roof’ scheme.

The council thinks tenants could be in line to save around £6.3million on fuel bills over the next 20 years.

It found that around 32 per cent of the housing stock, and all 17 of the council’s sheltered housing schemes, were suitable for solar panels.

The rent a roof model means a third party, which would own the panels, will receive all the income generated from the Feed in Tariff and export tariff for 20 years, but tenants will have reduced fuel bills from the electricity used when the panels are operating.

We are committed to helping our tenants save money by improving their homes and have looked at solar PV systems amongst a wider range of sustainable measures to address fuel poverty as part of our Carmarthenshire Homes Standard Plus (CHS+) business plan.

– Cllr Tegwen Devichand, Executive Board Member for Housing

Wales 'ideal to trial driverless car use'

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A group of academics says driverless cars could provide the answer to poor public transport links in rural areas of Wales and the nation’s country roads are an ideal place to pioneer their use.

Engineers at Glyndwr University believe that, subject to local consultation, opportunities to trial use of the revolutionary vehicles should be prioritised in Wales.

They say driverless cars have the potential to be used effectively on the steep, narrow, slow and sinuous roads of Wales.

They believe the vehicles have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life in rural areas, in essence being used as taxis.

Driverless car being tested. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

We believe that driverless cars have real potential to deliver a sustainable rural economy for Wales.

There is a decline in rural populations as more and more young people head into the city to find work and the offset of this has been that public transport links have become even more infrequent – and non-existent in some areas.

I think we’re looking at five to ten years before something like this could become a reality and it would of course need the consent of people living in rural areas, with all of their concerns addressed.

– Barry Johnston, Glyndwr University’s engineering department

The academics have submitted their views to the Welsh Government to help inform its Transport Strategy for Wales.

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