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Radio 4’s Today programme on Aber campus

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BBC RADIO 4’s flagship Today news and current affairs programme will be broadcasting live from Aberystwyth University on Thursday morning (May 17).

Presenter Justin Webb will co-present the programme from Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Penglais campus in front of a live audience of 150 staff, students and local people.

Entry to the event is free and all tickets have been taken but the programme can be heard live on BBC Radio Four between 6am-9am on Thursday 17 May or later on BBC iPlayer Radio.

A range of items with University staff and student contributors are expected to feature in the programme, including:

Dr Gwion Evans from the Department of Mathematics will present the daily puzzle feature at around 6:45am.

Microbiologist Dr Arwyn Edwards from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) will start a live DNA sequencing test around 6.50am using samples of earth from Justin Webb’s garden and Plas Penglais. The findings will be broadcast live on air shortly before 9am.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, is due to be interviewed between 7am – 8am.

Dr Fiona Corke from the National Plant Phenomics Centre – a National Capability funded by the BBSRC, hosted within IBERS – will be discussing the work done at the Phenomics glasshouse in Gogerddan, with a particular focus on drought resistance and plants that thrive in low nutrient environments.

Professor Richard Marggraf Turley from the Department of English & Creative Writing will be interviewed around 8:45 on Shakespeare’s King Lear and the psychotoxic wheat mimicker ‘darnel’ – Latin name ‘Lolium temulentum L’.

Resembling wheat, if it wasn’t pulled out and got baked into bread – so called ‘hot bread’ – it made people hallucinate.

The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, will also be in Aberystwyth for an interview with Justin Webb.

The programme is also keen to speak to Aberystwyth students and Students’ Union officers.

For more information about the Today programme, please see the BBC Radio 4 website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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