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Successful year for Centre for Welsh Politics and Society

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Elin Jones: Hosted WISERD reception

A NEW Aberystwyth University research centre dedicated to developing a greater understanding of contemporary politics and society in Wales completed its launch year with a reception in Cardiff Bay on Thursday (Dec 14).

The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society /WISERD@Aberystwyth (CWPS) brings together geographers, modern historians, political scientists and psychologists to tackle some of the pressing social and economic issues that face Wales today.

The reception was hosted by Ceredigion Assembly Member and National Assembly for Wales Llywydd (Presiding Officer) Elin Jones AM at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.

Leading CWPS researchers working on the centre’s three main themes; Governance, Participation and Civil Society; Language, Culture and Identity; and Global Connection; will be on hand to discuss their work.

Professor Michael Woods, Co-Director of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society / WISERD@Aberystwyth said: “The reception in the Pierhead is a great opportunity for us to tell Cardiff-based politicians, civil servants and civil society leaders about the excellent research being conducted in the Centre, and to demonstrate that Aberystwyth University is contributing to the social and political life of the whole of Wales.”

Co-Director Dr Anwen Elias added: “The reception tops a busy first year for CWPS and we are grateful to Elin Jones AM for her sponsorship of the event.”

GOVERNANCE, PARTICIPATION AND CIVIL SOCIETY

Led by Dr Taulant Guma, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, this theme aims to address the emergence of Governance – the multiple ways and levels (local, regional, national, global) in which power operates and is exercised – as an idea and practice replacing the more traditional approach of authority governing over a nation and its people.

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Led by Dr Lucy Taylor from the Department of International Politics. The politics and society of Wales are deeply entangled in relations with other parts of Britain and Europe and the rest of the world. The Global Connections theme aims to explore these connections, investigating how Wales compares with similar nations and regions, how it is influenced by transnational networks and processes, and how Wales has made its mark on other parts of the world.

LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND IDENTITIES

Led by Dr Elin Royles from the Department of International Politics, this theme focuses on the relationship between language and identity in Wales and examines questions around the politics of the Welsh language; the development and implementation of language policy and planning; the geography of the Welsh language; and Welsh language, culture and identity in education, citizenship and everyday life in Wales.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT THE KEY

With public engagement a key element in its mission, CWPS has hosted a wide-ranging programme of public events during 2017 to highlight some of the current issues facing society in Wales.

In January CWPS hosted a public event at the Morlan Centre at Aberystwyth that focused on Brexit: The Key Questions for Wales, examining the potential effects on the rural economy, migrant workers and Welsh language and culture.

Its first St David’s Day Lecture, delivered by Baroness Eluned Morgan AM in March, also returned to the theme of Brexit.

In May CWPS launched a new MA in Welsh Politics and Society and in June hosted its traditional, and popular, General Election Hustings.

In September the GLOBAL-RURAL project reported on a major study of Newtown Powys and the effects of ‘everyday globalization’ on the town and surrounding communities with a public exhibition.

Also in September, CWPS co-hosted a conference at Aberystwyth University on UK Language Policy after Brexit 2017: The Influence of Devolution.

In early November, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, CWPS hosted a public debate entitled Imagining alternative future for Mid Wales with Baroness Eluned Morgan, AM; Dr Marc Welsh, Aberystwyth University; Mr Barry Rees, Strategic Director: Learning and Partnerships Ceredigion County Council and Ben Lake MP.

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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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