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Taxi driver banned for mocking passengers in reviews

A taxi driver has been banned, after rating his passengers' appearance and tips in online reviews.

Richard Evans, a cabbie in Llanelli, took secret pictures of his customers for his guide to other drivers, with mocking comments - such as 'Shrek.'

Richard Evans, 44, won't be able to work as a taxi driver over the busiest period of the year. Credit: Wales News Service

He included customers' names and addresses in comments on how generous they were with money.

He has had his taxi licence suspended for three weeks.

At the Carmarthenshire Council inquiry, he said: "I admit it was very foolish and there was no malice intended. I want to apologise to everyone that I have harmed or caused offence to."

Powys wind farm plans withdrawn

Plans for a new wind farm in the Dyfnant Forest in Powys have been dropped by ScottishPower Renewables.

The company has been working on the proposals since 2008, but says it has decided not to process further, after carrying out a detailed review.

The developer said it was concerned about whether the wind farm could be financially viable.

Unfortunately, with anticipated lengthy planning processes and major grid modernisation required, we are not confident the project can be delivered in a timeframe that would make it financially viable for us.

We are currently seeking to replace our turbines at Llandinam in Mid Wales, and we await a planning decision following a lengthy Public Inquiry. We have decided to focus our onshore wind efforts in Wales on this project.

We have been an active wind power developer in Wales since 1992, and we hope that our association with renewable energy in the country will continue for many years to come.

– Simon Christian, UK Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables

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Photos: Flooding causes disruption in Machynlleth

The Dyfi Bridge, just north of Machynlleth, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The Dyfi Bridge is the subject of a flood warning, while there are 13 further flood alerts in place.

The A487 in Machynlleth is closed due to heavy rainfall overnight.
Some people ventured through the water.

One flood warning and 13 flood alerts throughout Wales

There's one flood warning and 13 flood alerts in force from South Wales to the North.

The warning is for Dyfi Bridge, the A487 and extensive areas of agricultural land.

Natural Resources Wales publishes flood warnings and alerts online. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The alerts cover the following areas:

  • River Wye in Powys
  • Rivers in the Llynfi and Ogmore catchments
  • Rivers in the Neath catchment
  • Rivers in the upper Teifi catchment upstream of Llanybydder including Llanybydder
  • Rivers in North Ceredigion including the Rheidol, Ystwyth, Melindwr and Ceunant
  • Areas around the river Mawddach and river Wnion, from Fairbourne to Ganllwyd and Rhydymain
  • River Severn and its tributaries in Powys
  • Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat and Afon Cain & their tributaries
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Conwy from Dolwyddelan to Conwy
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Upper Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Dyfi, from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth
  • River Ely

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Welsh Government aims to 'reduce the burden' of cancer on people's lives

The Welsh Government say it's committed to helping people affected by cancer by offering patients the opportunity to access financial advice.

It comes after the charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, found one in four cancer patients in Wales are being hit with the cost of cancer.

A cancer diagnosis can have a financial impact on patients and their families, which is why we are trying to reduce the burden of the disease on people's lives - patients benefit from free prescriptions and free hospital car parking in Wales.

Our Cancer Delivery Plan makes clear our commitment to people affected by cancer being offered the opportunity to access financial advice. Every cancer patient should have access to a key worker. The guidance for this role clearly sets out their function in supporting people to access advice and services to meet the clinical and non clinical needs of individuals.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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