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Climate change protest outside Aberystwyth Barclays

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A PROTEST took place outside Barclays in Aberystwyth on Saturday July 6.

It was the latest in a spate of nation-wide protests against Barclays by climate change activists, after it came to light that the company are funding fossil fuel corporations billions of pounds.

The group, Extinction Rebellion, posted on their Facebook Page: “This Saturday (July 6) we’ll be joining the Buddhist climate action group DANCE in solidarity of their protest of Barclays bank. Meet at 11am, with the meditation protest starting at 11.30am outside Barclays in Aberystwyth. The group have asked us to wear black if possible to match them. See you there.”

There were roughly a twenty protesters outside  Aberystwyth Barclays, all sitting cross-legged and blindfolded, holding signs reading: “Barclays, blind to the climate crisis”.

Police Officers attended the protest, with two arrests being made later that day in Carmarthen at a similar protest.

Some of the climate activists glued themselves to the entrance of the bank, or used a bike lock to attach themselves.

The protesters were handing out pamphlets to passers-by, saying: “The UN have warned that we have 11 years to limit global warming and the most catastrophic effects of climate breakdown.

“Barclays have given $85.179 billion to fossil fuel companies since 2016.

“We demand that Barclays withdraw its finance from all fossil fuel projects.”

Some pedestrians complained that the protesters were blocking off the street. One Facebook user said: “I didn’t appreciate being stopped from going along Terrace Road because they blocked the whole path on that side and refused to move – due to the market being on I couldn’t just go along the other side as the kerb was also blocked by them and the other side was extremely busy with everyone else. As a disabled person I can’t just squeeze past or, as I was told, go the other way. They shouldn’t block the path.

“I left annoyed with them, not Barclays.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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