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5 series for conspiracy theorists and hoaxsters

For believers in UFOs, doomsday predictions and even the occasional sasquatch sighting, there’s a documentary series to stream on DStv Now.


Finding Bigfoot S1

They are called BFRO (the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) and in the pilot of this six-episode docuseries they’re called to Prince of Wales Island, Alaska to investigate a recent spike in Sasquatch activity. But can they track the beast?

Watch it now >>


Scientology and the Aftermath

Actress Leah Remini was a devout Scientologist for 34 years before she left. Since then she’s become its biggest critic, exposing practices of intimidation, abuse and worse… interviewing former members about their experiences.

Watch it now >>


The Last Pope

Is there an old prophecy that not only predicted each pope for the last millennium but has named the current pope as the last? This provocative documentary looks into a claim that, if correct, could even spell the dawn of an apocalypse.

Watch it now >>


In Search Of

Zachary Quinto has acted in his share of weird and wonderful productions, but here he goes searching for the reality behind some of the world’s biggest mysteries. From aliens to AI, the afterlife to Atlantis, each episode looks at all the angles to find the truth.

Watch it now >>


Alcatraz Escape: The Lost Evidence

In 1962 the Anglin brothers and an accomplice escaped from Alcatraz Prison, a feat some still consider impossible. Presumed dead, they were never caught.

But over the decades a growing body of evidence, studied in this documentary, suggests they made it after all… Watch it now >> DStv subscribers can register for DStv Now and watch DStv on their phone, tablet, laptop, smart TV or Xbox.

This article was published in partnership with DStv Now.

Patchy broadband and mobile coverage a concern for Liz Saville Roberts

WE all want to stay in touch.

Our hand-held devices – phones and tablets – are welded into our lives.

Children bring them to school, to the despair of teachers. Adults stumble along with three quarters of their attention focussed on the magic screen and scant attention to the world about them. We drop them on the floor, and despair. Even as I write, the human race is evolving thinner thumbs and losing the ability to compose a formal letter with a fountain pen. Fat fingers are an evolutionary dead-end. Connectivity is the new utility: as essential to our 21st century lives as electricity. It is the means by which we work and play.

Be it broadband or 4G, most of us want it and government is fast assuming that, as far as receiving services is concerned, we all have access to it. Which is fine, unless you’re not connected. That’s when ‘digital by default’ fast morph into ‘digitally denied’. Just under three quarters of Dwyfor Meirionnydd has access to superfast broadband, while only 56 per cent of Ceredigion has broadband speeds up 30 mega-bits, according to the extremely useful website, thinkbroadband.com. It’s to be welcomed, then, that the Digital Economy Bill presently working its way through Parliament promises a universal service obligation for broadband. What isn’t clear, however, is at what price providers such as BT’s Openreach will be allowed to say the cost is prohibitive. Welsh Government pays BT up to ?1,700 per premises to bring broadband to a home.

Interestingly, this is considerably less than the ?3,400 threshold for installing a telephone line. If providing a land line was felt to be justifiable up to a certain cost, why would broadband be restricted to half that cost? But, while broadband is the steady thoroughfare of home connectivity, mobile signals are the motorway. People are used to depending on their phones as an alternative to satnav. When they get lost in the mountains, they expect, at the very least, the 2G link to emergency rescue. And this is where the four main mobile providers let us down. Visitors from the continent can roam from provider to provider according to the strongest signal.

Mobile users here have to accept that competition is king. Even in an area as challenging as Snowdonia National Park (hills, valleys, planning restrictions), EE, O2, Vodafone and 3 still don’t share masts or allow roaming. And EE has just won the emergency services mobile network contract. Which means that all of us tax payers will contribute towards the cost of extra masts to improve the signal for the police, ambulance and fire service (obviously a good thing). And EE will put their infrastructure on these masts too.

Great news is you’re an EE customer, not great news if you’re a tax payer with a Vodafone contract. While we could just shrug our shoulders and sign up with the best provider for our home community, spare a thought for the fact that tourism contributes massively to the local economy. If connectivity is the 21st century norm, visitors and locals alike need to keep in touch.

Isn’t now the time to call for a universal service obligation for mobile signal?

AM tackles government over digital divide

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AM Tackles Government Over Digital Divide

AN ABERYSTWYTH pub doorman has warned that staff are being put at risk of financial hardship because of delays in authorities issuing security licences.

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References

  1. ^ Local People (www.machynlleth-today.co.uk)