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Local couple ‘survived Hurricane Irma’ [VIDEO]

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A LLECHRYD man who booked a dream holiday for his wife’s 50th birthday found himself in the middle of Hurricane Irma.

Anthony Jones had a holiday booked in Cuba as a present for his wife, but when news of the hurricane first caught his attention he never imagined he would end up in the middle of it.

His dramatic videos shows the Cuban neighbourhood during the storm:

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Jones said: “We booked Cuba for my wife’s 50th birthday. We’d heard the day before leaving that there was a hurricane in the Caribbean but never thought it would hit us. We arrived on Monday and by Wednesday we were on hurricane alert.”

As it became more apparent that the hurricane was going to directly over their hotel, things started to get more serious.

Mr Jones told us: “On Thursday we had a hurricane meeting with the reps. It was then became reality – it was hitting us on Thursday night, into Friday morning.

“We were told the bar would close at 9 and no alcohol would be served after that until the Cuban government  states it’s far enough away, in case it came back.

“We were then told to stay in our rooms until it passed, the bathroom being the safest place. The staff were really good and looked after us by bringing us food and drinks.

“It was a really frightening experience which I hope we don’t have to ever go through again.”

Mr Jones recorded footage of the aftermath:

He concluded: “Luckily nobody was hurt but the resort was in a state the following morning with trees down and a few roofs missing but the clear up is now underway.”

Mr Jones’ dramatic videos show how the 250kph windows hammered Cuba. He told us the entire experience was ‘pretty scary’.

On Facebook, he posted a update stating ‘We survived Hurricane Irma’ to reassure friends and family.

Hurricane Irma has since moved across Florida in the United States. Six million homes – 62% of the entire state – are without power. In the islands of the Florida Keys, officials have warned of a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

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Annual Canvass to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic

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The 2020 annual canvass is required by law and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Ceredigion’s Electoral Services are continuing their service, however staff will be working differently due to the coronavirus.

Electoral Registration Officer, Eifion Evans said: “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

If we have sent you a letter that asks you to respond or complete a form, you can help us by replying to it quickly and, online, rather than posting it back to us if possible. This will save Council resources and reduce the number of letters that have to be handled by Council and Royal Mail staff.”

The link to respond is on the first page of the A4 letter you will receive with part 1 and part 2 security codes.

Residents who have any questions can contact Ceredigion’s Electoral Services on 01545 572032.

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CCTV cameras to be installed in Newcastle Emlyn

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Three new cameras are being installed in Newcastle Emlyn as part of the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s key pledge to reinvest in a public CCTV system.

The work on the installation programme in the town will begin on Monday, August 10.

Cameras will be cameras installed in Sycamore Street, Emlyn Square and Heol y Bont. The camera locations have been decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.

The work is being carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Brecon is the next town in Powys to benefit from my key election pledge to re-install public space CCTV. This is a busy town, and I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping the town safe and assisting with the detection of crime.

“The CCTV project is continuing across the force, with three cameras also installed in Newcastle Emlyn last week. The number of towns we have now included in the CCTV project is 23.

“I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping these towns safe and assisting with the detection of crime.”

Ceredigion Commander, Superintendent Robyn Mason, said: “This is a positive move for Newcastle Emlyn. Having the cameras in place while we experience an increase in visitors to the area during the holiday period will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”

The CCTV project is bringing over 120 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

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‘Cam Nesa’ project provides wellbeing packs to 16 – 24 year olds

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The Cam Nesa project is part of European Structural Funds (ESF) Operational Programme and work’s with young people aged between 16 and 24 by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ceredigion’s County Council Cam Nesa team have been busy putting together wellbeing packs for its participants. The Well-being packs have been put together to support young people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or other vulnerabilities during this difficult time.

The wellbeing packs have been distributed to Ceredigion’s young people in recent weeks, over 3 months since the pandemic began and our usual way of life dramatically changed. Throughout the pandemic participants has also receive weekly calls as part of Porth Cymorth Cynnar’s keeping in touch service and it is hoped that the well-being packs support the work already done by this service by bringing some comfort and reassurance to Ceredigion’s young people.

Wellbeing packs included newsletters, leaflets, important contact details, information letters, puzzles, newspaper, hand cream, stress ball, calming art and colouring pencils, Shampoo/Shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, confectionery and a motivational quote card all in a reusable cotton bag.

One Cam Nesa participant you who received a wellbeing pack said, “Thank you so much for the wellbeing pack. Its very kind thank you very much!”

Another participant said “Thank you for the welfare pack, I am very impressed with its contents, especially the chocolates”

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