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EU debate: No threat to current Welsh jobs, says Airbus

Aerospace giant Airbus, which employs 6,000 workers in Flintshire, is the latest business to warn it would reconsider investing in the UK were Britain to leave the EU.

Paul Kahn, president of the plane maker's UK operation, said he thought it was "vital" that firms took a view on a so-called 'Brexit' - Britain exiting the EU - following a promised in/out referendum.

He told ITV News: "The reality is that we make our wings in Wales and we sell European aircraft. So we want to be in an environment where we can do that as efficiently and as competitively as possible.

"There is absolutely no threat to our current jobs or our current sites in the UK."

Watch the full interview here:

Tribute to 'much-loved' woman who died in flat fire

The family of a woman killed in a flat fire in Cwmbran have paid tribute to her.

Samantha Thomas, 29, died in the blaze in the St Dials area of the town on Tuesday.

Samantha Thomas died in a flat fire in Cwmbran on Tuesday. Credit: Wales News Service

Samantha was a much-loved daughter, sister and auntie, who will be greatly missed by all of her close and extended family.

We as a family would ask for privacy from the public and press at this time.

– Family tribute

A 49-year-old Cwmbran man, who was taken to the Royal Gwent hospital with smoke inhalation, is now in police custody arrested on suspicion of her murder.


Much-loved Royal Welsh regimental goat Taffy dies

A Royal Welsh regimental goat who "occasionally misbehaved" and liked to listen to the radio in his pen has died.

A spokesperson for the regiment confirmed 24416906 Lance Corporal Gwillam Jenkins - better known as Taffy VI - died peacefully a week ago, and that the Queen has been informed.

Royal Welsh regimental goat Taffy died peacefully on May 14.

I would have to check Taffy each night, ensuring that he was in good health and spirit. Occasionally he would trigger his own goat ambush on an unsuspecting new officer during these checks, much to everyone’s amusement, but for the most time he behaved himself. As I recall he preferred to listen to BBC Radio Two while relaxing in his pen.

We all honour his passing with respect for a well disciplined and loyal Regimental Mascot.

The Regiment is fortunate enough to have a second Regimental Mascot, Shenkin, who will now be the only goat marching during the Royal Parade in Cardiff on June 11.

– Captain Ben Phillips, Royal Welsh

Taffy's headstone will be added to the many others that have served the regiment over the years in the garden outside of Regimental Headquarters.

Community groups could take over public facilities

Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA/Press Association Images

The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister
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