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Welsh Government will switch to Welsh domain names

First Minister Carwyn Jones says the Welsh Government will start using the .wales and .cymru domain names from next year.

Businesses in Wales will be able to apply for the addresses from the autumn, with a wider roll out beginning in 2015.

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BT's Welsh director calls for more female engineers

by Megan Boot

Ann Beynon, BT's Director for Wales, is calling for more women to take up engineering. It comes as the firm announced it was creating up to 190 new engineering jobs.

They say they particularly want women to apply, but when asked how many they expected to take on, they admitted it would probably be less than 20:

I'd love it to be much more than that - but we need women to apply - and what happens is women don't even apply, they don't actually understand that these jobs are jobs they could be doing. When we get women they are brilliant, so it's obvious they are able to do the work but maybe that perception isn't there as it should be."

– Ann Beynon, BT's Director for Wales

More: BT to create almost 200 new engineering jobs in Wales

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BT creating almost 200 engineering jobs in Wales

BT is looking for new engineers in Wales as part of a UK-wide recruitment drive. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

BT is creating up to 190 new engineering jobs in Wales as part of a major UK-wide recruitment drive.

The company says the engineers will help improve customer service and continue the high-speed fibre broadband roll-out.

It is particularly keen to recruit in communities including Wrexham, Bangor, Cardigan, Abergavenny, Carmarthen, Machynlleth, Llandrindod Wells, Presteigne, Newtown, Usk, Caernarfon, Llanberis, Llanwnda, Pwllheli, Rhyl, Bethesda, Fishguard and Haverfordwest.

New domain names 'will take Wales into digital future'

The .wales and .cymru addresses will boost Wales' visibility and help attract investment, says Ieuan Evans.

Over the past two years we have worked with Welsh businesses and organisations to create an opportunity to brand Wales online and to strengthen the visibility and use of the Welsh language on the internet.

The execution of the .cymru and .wales contracts has made this dream a reality. 2014 is the year that we take Wales into the digital future.

– Ieuan Evans, Chair of the Nominet Welsh Advisory Group

More: Welsh domain names to launch in September

Welsh domain names to launch in September

Businesses will be able to apply for a .wales or .cymru domain address from the start of September.

Only organisations with a registered Welsh trademark will be able to apply at first, with others who can prove 'interests and use of a brand name in Wales' following afterwards.

Nominet says the phased launch will ensure a smooth rollout of the new addresses Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) says the system will allow people "to demonstrate their Welsh identity, language and culture online."

The addresses will be open to the wider public from March 1 2015.

More: Could .cymru replace .com in Wales?

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Welsh Government: We are working to make Wales 'one of the most connected countries in the world'

A street in Wales and another in Essex have been declared the slowest in the UK for broadband speeds in a new report.

The research, carried out by online comparison site uSwitch.com, found Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy had an average download speed of 0.60 megabytes per second - 30 times slower than the UK national average.

Two other Welsh streets also made it on to the list of the slowest in the UK.

The good news is that Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy is included in our roll-out plans to receive fast fibre broadband under the Superfast Cymru programme.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is working to achieve, when combined with commercial roll-outs, the Welsh Government's aim of providing 96% of premises in Wales with access to fast fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2016.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Three Welsh streets among worst in UK for slow broadband speeds

Broadband speeds in Erw Fawr, Conwy are 30 times slower than the UK average Credit: PA

Three Welsh streets have been identified as having some of the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, according to the latest consumer speed test data.

On the list are:

• Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy

• Maesceinion, Waun Fawr, Aberystwyth

• Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran

With an average download speed of just 0.60 megabytes per second, Erw Fawr in Conwy has the slowest broadband in Britain.

It's in joint first place with a road in Essex.

According to the research, which is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six month period, only 15% of Brits are enjoying broadband of 30 megabytes per second or higher - the speed classified by the EU as 'superfast.'

The fastest broadband can be found in Derbyshire, where homeowners are receiving average speeds of 96 times faster than that in Erw Fawr.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said Erw Fawr is included in roll-out plans under the Superfast Cymru programme.

Prevention over Cure: Are we changing our relationship with cancer?

Every week here in Wales 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer alone, making it the most common type of cancer for women. The so-called celeb effect has made us more aware than ever before.

So, with a society calling for earlier diagnosis and PREVENTATIVE treatment - is our relationship with cancer in the midst of change?

Wales This Week follows 34 year-old Leanne Hugglestone as she undergoes a double mastectomy to prevent a recurrence of cancer.

Wales This Week: Mastectomy and Me - Tonight at 8pm ITV Cymru Wales

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