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Flying the flag on Merchant Navy Day

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Merchant Navy Day 03.09.2016TO MARK Merchant Navy Day today (Sep 3), Ceredigion County Council is flying the Red Ensign outside offices around the county to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Ceredigion County Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs. Flags were raised at three Council offices – Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron; Canolfan Alun R Edwards, Aberystwyth; and Councillor Dai Mason raised the flag in Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Dai Mason, said “On this Merchant Navy celebration, I very much hope the people of Ceredigion will remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy. By raising the Red Ensign, we ensure at least on this day they are remembered.”

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe with 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports.

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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new-jobNEWLY released figures show that the number of young people claiming benefits in Ceredigion is the second lowest in Wales.

The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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