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Enjoy what Dyfed-Powys has to offer safely at the Royal Welsh Show

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is inviting Royal Welsh Show visitors to visit their stand to find out more about how to safely enjoy what the area has to offer over the summer.

The stand, located at E366 behind the main grandstand, is geared at bringing to life the force’s #EnjoyDPP summer campaign.

The campaign is about helping people who live in and visit the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys safely enjoy their summer.

Officers and staff from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be on hand to offer practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events. They will be joined by key partners on certain days including Get Safe Online, Brecon Mountain Rescue team and Crimestoppers.

Superintendent of Powys Jon Cummins said: “The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest event of the year we police in Dyfed-Powys and also where we concentrate huge efforts on engaging positively with visitors to the show at our police stand. Come say hello, meet our experienced and knowledgeable officers and staff and find out more about how to stay safe and enjoy the summer while taking advantage of the many wonderful places and events we have to offer.”

Visitors will be able to explore a police vehicle, take a ride in a Formula 1 simulator and chat to our Get Safe Online colleagues about cybercrime, meet a police dog and our new police puppy Nev, dress up as a police officer or Police Community Support Officer and pose for photos at an #EnjoyDpp photobooth.

Venture inside and relax on a hay bale and have a chat with our experts on issues including summer safety, rural crime, financial crime, crimes and issues that affect children and so much more.

To allow people to chat without distractions from the children there will be a special children’s corner where they can have their fingerprints taken, colour a police-themed picture or play a giant police-themed garden game.

For the second year running Dyfed-Powys Police will also have a mobile police station based up near the competing animals to allow officers and staff to link in with farmers around rural crime issues.

There will be experts from the force’s Financial Crime Team giving live demonstrations of how to avoid becoming scammed out of hard-earned cash, as well as further specialist input from Get Safe Online. They will be offering advice around on-line banking, internet safety for children, online shopping, social media advice, how to protect devices and more.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has a host of activities planned, including promoting the Commissioner’s crime plan, giving people opportunity to pose their questions to the Chief Constable via the Commissioner, hop on a cow print exercise bike and help rack up the miles while hearing more about the Commissioner’s charity challenge.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Royal Welsh Show is such an important event for Dyfed-Powys and indeed Wales. I’m delighted that representatives from my office will be there to talk to visitors about the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and the work I’m carrying out to ensure our four counties remain the safest in England and Wales.”

As well as the daily activities and engagement opportunities, police will be focusing on a different theme each day as follows:

Monday: Digital Policing

There will be live demonstrations of technology officers are using – mobile data terminals and body worn video – to improve the way they work and to allow them to be more visible in the communities they serve. The point being that officers are not playing on their phones, they are working and if they didn’t have their tablets they would be back at the police station. Body worn video is being introduced in Dyfed-Powys. Body Worn Video is an independent witness – it increases accountability, improves performance and deters crime. Alongside this work there will be staff from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner available to talk about work being carried out to improve police stations.

Tuesday: Rural Policing

Rural crime experts will be on hand in the main police stand and the mobile police station to speak to people about issues that can affect rural areas and how people can best protect themselves from such crime. For example, report cattle thefts. We can’t direct resources to the right place if we don’t know how much of a problem it is. The Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Aberystwyth University will be carrying out the rural crime survey at the police stand and around the show giving people opportunity to tell us what issues really matter in rural communities.

Wednesday: #EnjoyDpp summer safety campaign

#EnjoyDPP, offers practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events in the four counties. Brecon Mountain Rescue Team will join police on this day to demonstrate their work and offer advice on how to be prepared and safe when considering a mountain walk.

Thursday: Volunteering

A chance to celebrate the work of the many and varied volunteers we have contributing in some way to keeping Dyfed-Powys the safest place to live and work in England and Wales. There will be volunteers from the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Animal Welfare and Custody Visitors from the Commissioner’s Office, Crimestoppers, Goleudy (a support service for victims and witnesses of crime). Advice and support will be given to anyone considering volunteering for one of these services.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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Driving Wales to international skills success

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AS SKILLS CHAMPION for Wales, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion principal Barry Liles is at the forefront of aspiring young people to develop high quality, world-class skills.

The vehicle used to drive this ambition are skills competitions, which are held on a Welsh, UK and international level.

Competitions in Wales begin with regional Welsh Government supported competitions which are events that culminate to find Wales’ top competitors who progress to take part in UKSkills national and WorldSkills international events.

This year, 36 competitors from the UK are competing at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, four of which are from Wales, two of which represent Coleg Sir Gâr, which is an impressive percentage of UK representation. These competitors have undergone a rigorous training process by WorldSkills UK, supported by training providers and employers.

Coleg Sir Gâr students have been selected for Team UK since 2009 when carpentry student Cliff Williams made the team in 2009 competing in WorldSkills Calgary. He was followed by web designer David Bowen who competed for in WorldSkills London, 2011. Carpenter Gareth Jones won gold in EuroSkills in 2012 followed by Simon McCall and Eleni Constantinou who won two silvers at EuroSkills in 2014 for hairdressing and carpentry with Eleni progressing to represent the UK and Coleg Sir Gâr in hairdressing at WorldSkills, Sao Paulo in 2015.

Last year, the college was ranked joint third place in the UK for its medal success in the Skills Show – the UK final, for achieving three golds, one silver and one bronze award. The show, held at Birmingham’s NEC every year, brings together medal winners from all nations to compete and showcase their skills and to hopefully continue their journey to the international arena, representing the UK in Worldskills which brings over 50 competing countries together and is likened to the Olympic games.

Barry Liles, Skills Champion for Wales said: “To have an impact on the economy and raise Wales and UK’s GVA, we must raise the skills of the UK population and we’re trying to do this from a young age and we’re significantly targeting industries that are important to Wales’ economy.

“The anticipated result is hoped to impact on young people and help them raise their ambitions and to find highly skilled work.”

In Wales, to help achieve this ambition, is a Welsh-Government funded project called Inspiring Skills Excellence (ISE), which is providing a supportive infrastructure to enable competitors from Wales to achieve success at national and international level.

“Much of our work is supporting competitors across Wales in their participation, training and mentoring to help them achieve excellence in skills relevant to economic growth and delivering medal winning success at national and international competitions,” said Paul Evans, ISE pan-coordinator for Wales.

“Using state of the art equipment we also engage with schools, providing hands-on and exciting experiences for young people to raise awareness of careers and the pathways available to them.”

Barry Liles added: “Being Skills Champion for Wales is a long-held ambition perhaps because I came from a vocational engineering background, I am very passionate about it.

“Industry skills are vital in our economy and I don’t want Wales to be left behind, in fact in the last seven years we have helped drive the nation forward to being one of the leading and successful nations in UK skills competitions.”

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