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Aber computers head for Nigeria

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(L-R): Aberystwyth University PhD students Expo Otu and Edore Akpokodje, David Lowe, Commercial Manager at Cambrian Printers, and Professor Chris Price, from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University

(L-R): Aberystwyth University PhD students Expo Otu and Edore Akpokodje, David Lowe, Commercial Manager at Cambrian Printers, and Professor Chris Price, from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University

COMPUTERS from Aberystwyth University have found a new lease of life in Africa.

Staff at the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology in the Nigerian city of Jos were facing the prospect of expanding their recently launched computer degree without enough computers for their students.

Their plight was brought to the attention of the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University by PhD student Edore Akpokodje.

Edore was head of the Nigerian college’s Computing department before coming to study in Wales.

As a result, 60 reconditioned computers, powerful enough to run the software needed on the course, have been shipped to Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos.

From Lagos, they will be taken to Jos and installed in a new computer laboratory at the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology.

After being reconditioned, the computers were taken from Aberystwyth’s Computer Science Department to Cambrian Printers in Llanbadarn Fawr, whose staff packed them ready for export, free of charge.

Professor Chris Price said: “We are delighted to be able to help our friends at the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology in Jos. It is great to see these computers being reused and put to good educational use, rather than recycled, as would have been the case here in Aberystwyth.

“I am grateful to colleagues here at Aberystwyth for making this possible and to Cambrian Printers who helped us pack everything for the journey,” added Professor Price.

“This donation of computers by the Aberystwyth University Computer Science department which was facilitated by Professor Chris Price has come as a very big relief to my College back in Nigeria,” said Edore.

“We were faced with the prospect of not having enough facilities for the newly mounted program. It will go a long way in strengthening our infrastructural base and I hope that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between our two higher institutions.

“I sincerely thank Dave Price (Director of Infrastructure, IMPACS), Sandy Spence and some of my PhD colleagues at Aber CompSci for all their help,” added Edore.

As part of his PhD, Edore is working with Professor Price on the use of mobile phones in Africa to help farmers improve the quality of agricultural crops.

Edore and Professor Price will travel to Nigeria in January 2017 as part of their research, and are also planning to visit the new facilities at the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology during their time there.

The Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Vom, Jos was established in 1941 and is the first higher institution in West Africa to produce graduate Veterinary Surgeons.

It presently has two campuses and offers nine academic programs with a population of over a thousand students.

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Update for Multi-purpose Community Centres following First Minister announcement

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TODAY, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that multi-purpose community centres including community centres, village halls, church halls and other community facilities can reopen from 03 May. This decision has been brought forward from 17 May.

Welsh Government announced changes during today’s briefing, and the guidance for multi-purpose community venues is being updated to ensure compliance with developments in regulations, including greater emphasis on ventilation. Welsh Government continue to advise authorities that the regulations on social gathering will still prevent a number of activities from taking place at community venues, and only organised activities for up to 15 people will be permitted.

The panel strongly advise you to make every effort to carry out your activity digitally or make contact by phone. If not, consider whether it is possible to hold your activity outdoors, in-line with Welsh Government guidance. Holding your activity indoors should be considered as a last resort. If this is the only option and it’s essential that you meet then please keep the session brief and involve as few people as possible, with all necessary procedures and protocols in place.

Those responsible for community activities should remember to;

  • maintain a social distance of 2 meters.
  • wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.
  • regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer provided.   

A multi-agency panel has been set up to advise and support around the safe and proportionate reopening of facilities in-line with national guidance. The panel has been created under Ceredigion’s Public Services Board Sub Group; Understanding our Communities. Leading on the development of the group is Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations (CAVO) and Ceredigion County Council in partnership with Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. The panel includes representation from Health & Safety, Environmental Health and Community Safety.

The panel encourages anyone responsible for community facilities to seek advice to ensure that arrangements are safe and secure and that compliance is in-line with national guidance. Prior to re-opening any community facility those managing centres must ensure that they are ‘Covid-Free Zones’.

The panel will aim to host another briefing session on April 28 at 13:30 to support those in charge of community venues with the latest developments. If you would like to join the next briefing session, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyfleusterau-cymunedol-ceredigion-community-facilities-information-session-tickets-152071456821?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch or get in touch via the contact details below.

The multi-agency panel will continue to support and advise Community Groups and Organisations, and questions or information requests can be submitted to the group which meets on a weekly basis via CAVO on gen@cavo.org.uk or by phone on 01570 423232.

Together, we can keep Ceredigion safe.

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Ceredigion Museum’s digital storytelling celebrates LGBTQ+ history month

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February marks LGBTQ+ History month and Ceredigion Museum has been working with local organisation Aberration to unveil and record fascinating and untold stories of Aberystwyth.

These stories form part of the museum’s ‘It Happened in Aber’ project, which will allow people to listen to the untold stories that have shaped Aberystwyth.

This project was made possible thanks to the ’15-minute heritage’ funding, a partnership between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Carrie Canham, museum curator, said: “For too long the LGBTQ+ community has been marginalised, or even completely concealed, in history. Ceredigion Museum is keen to share the stories that have lurked in the shadows, to celebrate the diversity and rich LGBTQ+ heritage of Aberystwyth with pride.”

The LGBTQ+ stories researched and recorded with by Jane Hoy, of Aberration, include historic and modern-day characters from the town, including famous academics, poets, mariners, dancers and a spy!

“We are delighted to be working so closely with Ceredigion Museum contributing to ‘queering up’ the museum with lively local stories and events,” Jane.

Aberystwyth has certainly played its part in developing the LGBTQ+ community in West Wales and Sarah and Rosie, founders of Aberystwyth’s ‘Wrecked’ nightclub for women, have documented their fond memories of their venue in the town: “It became a fun and safe haven for lesbians who travelled there from all corners of the county”.

Ceredigion Museum staff and volunteers will be continuing to document stories linked to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as stories linked to specific locations in the town, until April.

From May onwards, The ‘It Happened in Aber’ stories will be available to enjoy in podcast format on the museum’s website as well as forming a digital walking tour of the town, allowing people to listen and enjoy the stories whilst walking around the locations in Aberystwyth.

Councillor Catherine Hughes said: “It’s fantastic that Ceredigion Museum is providing us with an opportunity to enjoy the history and the important contribution of the LGBTQ+ community in Aberystwyth. This is such an important project to document our local heritage. We look forward to listening to all the stories.”

If you can’t wait until the summer, join this years’ virtual Aberration – Between the Lines event on Friday, February 26 from 7pm, when the ladies of ‘Wrecked’ will be sharing some of their stories!

For further information or to share your untold story, contact Sarah Morton, Ceredigion Museum’s sustainability officer, at Sarah.Morton@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Aberaeron takeaway closed for ignoring coronavirus restrictions

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A Premises Closure Notice has been issued to Paradise Pizza, Regent Street, Aberaeron due to repeated non-compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The business was issued with a premises improvement notice on 15th January 2021. It was required to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including the need to ensure that staff use personal protective equipment and face coverings. However, officers have since witnessed staff failing to wear face coverings on multiple occasions in contravention of their advice.

Monitoring inspections have shown that the majority of Ceredigion‘s retail premises are complying with the restrictions placed on them during the pandemic. Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection team will continue to take action against businesses who fail to comply with the coronavirus restrictions. Whilst non-compliant businesses will usually receive advice and guidance, serious or persistent breaches will be dealt with by means of closure powers, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

This takeaway must remain closed for 28 days, or until Public Protection officers are satisfied that the alleged non-compliance has been addressed.

Premises improvement and closure notices are required to be published by law.

The full closure notice can be found on Ceredigion County Council’s website, under Improvement and Closure Notices: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-improvement-closure-and-direction-notices/

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