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Wales goes online with launch of new domain name

The new domain names will be launched later today. Credit: PA

From today businesses, communities, organisations and individuals will be able to launch their websites with the new domain name '.wales' or '.cymru'.

The launch follows a three month consultation in December 2012 which showed a backing to introduce an online identity in Wales.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, and Dame Rosemary Butler AM will host an event to mark the launch of the domain names at the Senedd later today.

The National Eisteddfod, Welsh broadcaster S4C and the National Assembly for Wales are among some of the first organisations to switch to the new domain.


'Fastest UK broadband' offered to Cardiff residents

The fastest broadband in the UK has been made available to some residents in Cardiff - the first time it's been offered to any consumers in Wales.

Fibre was laid and the flats were networked within 3 months. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Gigabit broadband, which allows HD films to be downloaded in less than 30 seconds, has been made available to residents in Hayes Apartments, which sits above St David's shopping centre in the Welsh capital.

Hyperoptic, the company behind the installation, say millions of pounds will be invested in broadband infrastructure in Cardiff over the next few years.

We are always looking for businesses that will add to the competitiveness and growth of Cardiff. Hyperoptic will be investing £4million in broadband infrastructure in Cardiff over the next five years - supporting our local economy as well as providing a service that is miles ahead of the competition. I strongly advise residents to get behind it, the more demand we can demonstrate the faster the rollout will be.

– Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development, City of Cardiff

New DNA techniques helping with unsolved cases

Advances in DNA technology are being used to help solve what happened to Priscilla Berry.

Detectives are using advances in DNA technology to try and identify human remains discovered in North Wales in the last 50 years.

Under Operation Orchid, officers say they hope to bring closure to families who have lived with uncertainty for a long time.

Criminality is not suspected in any of the cases.

One mystery dates back to January 1980, when female human remains were recovered from the sea 15 miles off Llandudno and were interred at a local cemetery.

Police inquiries with the National Missing Persons Bureau have identified a possible match with 39-year-old Priscilla Berry, possibly of the maiden name Sturgess.

She went missing from her home in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, in June 1978.

It is now possible to link close family members such as siblings or children through DNA. If we can locate a brother, sister or child of Mrs Berry we can take a DNA sample to compare to the remains.

Although Mrs Berry went missing over 35 years ago, we believe it is still important for her family to know what became of their relative - and we will do all we can to help.

It is by no means certain that the remains are those of Mrs Berry, but the proposed tests should provide a definitive answer.

We are therefore appealing to anyone who is related to Priscilla Berry or knows any of her family members to contact North Wales Police.

– Detective Constable Don Kenyon


Alternative Technology Centre celebrates 40th year

The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth is forty years old this year.

For the last four decades, it has been promoting alternatives to mainstream energy sources as well as making people more aware of their responsibilities to the environment.

It's also become quite a tourist attraction having had around two million visitors through its doors as Kevin Ashford reports:

Wales' first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled

The device will be installed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire Credit: Tidal Energy Ltd

Wales' first full-scale energy generator has been unveiled today at Pembroke Port by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The device, which was developed by a tidal stream technology company in Cardiff, will be installed in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire.

It's among the first in the world to generate green, sustainable and predictable tidal power.

The generator, named 'Spirit of the Sea', or 'Ysbryd y Mor', has been assembled by Pembroke-Dock based company Mustang Marine over the last six months, thanks to £8 million worth of EU funding.

“I’m delighted that Wales’ first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been supported with almost £8million from the European Regional Development Fund."

This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses.”

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Welsh police forces to develop crime scene app

Two Welsh police forces are hoping to develop an app to allow them to record witness statements.

South Wales and Gwent Forces have been given a £837,000 grant from the UK Government's Police Innovation Fund to develop the project.

The app will allow officers to record audio and video accounts from members of the public as well as at crime scenes. The idea is that officers will be able to upload statements using mobile phones and tablet computers, whilst out on the beat - reducing the need for them to return to base.

This project will enhance the quality of information and evidence obtained at crime scenes, allow Forces to share cross-border data quickly and enable officers and key partners in the community to have rapid access to key information which will save both time and money.

– Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Welsh company exports water-purification technology

A company from Carmarthenshire is exporting its pioneering water-purification technology around the world.

Hydro Industries, based in Llangennech, uses electrodes, to separate contaminants, ranging from mud to radioactive material, from safe water.

Our reporter Tom Sheldrick went along to see the process in action:

Ensuring people have access to safe water remains a major challenge for global leaders in the 21st century.

The charity WaterAid estimates:

  • 748m people in the world don't have access to safe water
  • That's around 1 in 10 of the global population
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness
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