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Mark Williams MP: Discussed Sustainable Development Goals

Mark Williams MP: Discussed Sustainable Development Goals

THE CO-CHAIR of the All- Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, Mark Williams, has raised the importance of tackling disability and gender inequality in education during a debate on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of aspirational goals that have been adopted by the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly, which aims to help improve development and the lives of people around the world through action on poverty, education, gender inequality, environment, and many other topics.

The SDGs are the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During Mr Williams’ speech, the Ceredigion MP noted the serious problem of access to education around the world: “We have built on the success of the MDGs, but we must now set a target to ensure that the term we used in those goals [out-of-school children] is made redundant in the next 15 years,” he said.

“Globally, 200 million young people still have not completed primary school education, with 60% of them being women.

It is about ensuring quality primary and secondary education. The Malala Fund is adamant that we should ensure 12 years of education—not just primary, but meaningful secondary education as well.”

Speaking after the debate, Mr Williams added: “I welcome that goal 4.5 of the SDGs notes the aspiration to end gender disparities, but also specifically addresses the biggest minority of all – the disabled.

Education is one of the most important factors in helping reduce poverty and improving development, and the Government must ensure that these all important goals are met.”

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Aggressive man found naked and abusive

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A NAKED man who urinated in a police cell required six police officers deal with his arrest.

Brian Warren Kerley, 24, of Clos Yr Helyg in Crymych, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Nov 15) to face four offences.

Kerley pleaded guilty to assaulting two constables in the execution of their duty, using threatening behaviour towards another with intent, and damaging police property by urinating in a cell and on its mattress.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said on October 31, police received a call regarding a disturbance in a public place in Cardigan. They arrived at the scene to find Kerley stripped of clothing and behaving in a threatening manner.

The defendant was escorted to the police vehicle, where he became increasingly aggressive towards a member of the public. He then wrapped his leg around one of the officers’ to trip him up. He spat on the other officer’s arm.

Ms Tench said the defendant continued spitting and became ‘extremely aggressive and violent’ when he banged his head inside the police vehicle.

A total of six police officers assisted with the arrest.

At custody, officers attempted to reason with Kerley whilst he continued his threatening behaviour, and was monitored in his cell every 30 minutes.

In the early hours of November 1, the defendant urinated in his cell three times. Two of these times, he urinated on the mattress.

In a statement, Kerley said he was sorry for committing the offences and did not remember the incident.

Defending, Katy Hanson said Kerley was filled with remorse and regret for his behaviour and accepted responsibility.

She added that it ‘clearly is not the way for someone to behave’ and the defendant ‘now realises the potential consequences of his actions’.

Ms Hanson concluded by saying Kerley admitted to having consumed three cans of lager on the night in question and has no recollection of the events.

Probation officer Julian Davies said the defendant was currently serving a 12-month community order imposed on September 20 for an offence of common assault.

For the offences, magistrates allowed the current community order to continue and added a six-week curfew.

Kerley was told to pay £50 compensation to both officers he assaulted, but no compensation for the offence of criminal damage.

He was also told to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £85.

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Scrutiny committee votes to close Bodlondeb

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AT A recorded vote this morning (Nov 20) Ceredigion’s Healthier Communities Scrutiny Committee voted to back the Cabinet’s decision to close Bodlondeb Residential Home by the end of March 2018.

In refusing to remit the decision to Full Council, the committee dashed the hopes of campaigners fighting to retain Bodlondeb until adequate replacement facilities are in place.

The vote was nine to seven with no abstentions.

There will be more on this breaking story later and in this week’s Ceredigion Herald.

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AM calls for further protection of wild animals after Lynx deaths

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MID AND WEST AM Simon Thomas has called for further protection from the Welsh Government following the death of two wild cats from a zoo in Borth, near Aberystwyth.

The AM quizzed the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths in a topical question in the Senedd.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs for Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas said: “The deaths of the two Lynx wild cats have created a great deal of concern to many people in the area and, more broadly, to people who care for animals and their welfare at zoos.

“I asked whether the Welsh Government approved of the steps taken by Ceredigion County Council in this case and more broadly with the position of the zoo. It’s clear that there’s something amiss when a wild animal can escape and another dies because of its handling. I requested we look at national regulations that govern organisations such as this to ensure that people who run zoos do have the appropriate skills, but also that the equipment is suitable for the animals kept there.

The Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths replied: “Ceredigion County Council is investigating the escape of the lynx and the death of a second lynx linked to the zoo to establish whether there have been any breaches of the operating licence. While inquiries are ongoing it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this matter.”

She added: “Officials have been in frequent contact with Ceredigion County Council. The decision to dispatch the animal was taken by the county council along with Dyfed-Powys Police, officials from Welsh Government and also the chief veterinary officer. There are several issues that I think need to be looked into very carefully around the licence.”

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