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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

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.


Superfast access is 'significant leap forward'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said:

"It's brilliant news that more than 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses are already gaining real social and commercial advantages as a result of the nationwide rollout.

"The contribution that the Governments' delivery of superfast broadband by 2017 will make to the economic growth of the nation cannot be underestimated."

Wales Secretary David Jones said:

"Today's announcement marks a significant leap forward in our efforts to ensure Wales has a broadband network fit for the digital age.

"Thanks to the investment made into Wales' digital infrastructure by this Government, we are well on our way to achieving a truly remarkable transformation in broadband provision in Wales."

Student jailed for twitter comments loses appeal

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The Swansea University student jailed after admitting a charge of inciting racial hatred has lost his appeal. Liam Stacey will now serve the rest of his sentence.

The 21-year-old from Pontypridd posted messages on the social networking site mocking footballer Fabrice Muamba after a near fatal heart attack. The biology student was jailed by a district judge on Monday for 56 days.

Liam Stacey's defence argued that he should receive a suspended sentence. Paul Hobson QC told the court "Liam Stacey richly deserves to be punished for his behaviour. Vile though his actions were, he is not a vile person."


Student jailed for Muamba racism could be released on Friday

Liam Stacey was jailed for 56 days Credit: ITV Wales News

Student Liam Stacey could be released as early as Friday after being jailed on Tuesday for 56 days for admitting inciting racial hatred. Liam, 21 was taken away in tears for mocking footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after a near fatal heart attack.

On Friday, a High Court judge in Swansea will hear an appeal against his sentence which, if successful, could win his immediate release. The Swansea University biology undergraduate triggered revulsion when he posted: "LOL (laugh out loud). F*** Muamba. He's dead!!!"

Football fans watched in horror when the Bolton midfielder collapsed during a live FA Cup tie from a heart attack on March 17. Fabrice Muamba's team-mates, regular visitors to his bedside, have said the midfielder is showing continued improvement.

Internet 'troll' sentenced to 56 days in jail

A man who admitted posting racially offensive comments about the Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been sentenced to 56 days in jail. Liam Stacey pleaded guilty to the charge of a racially-aggravated public order offence at Swansea Magistrates last week.

The Swansea University student posted the comments on Twitter shortly after Mr Muamba collapsed during an FA cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. He was arrested shortly after the comments were made.

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