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The best and worst of Welsh film revealed!

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THE NATION has spoken!
* Welsh film fans have had their say on the hits and misses of Welsh cinema in new research from ODEON
* Anthony Hopkins has emerged as the country’s favourite Welsh actor with 26 percent of the nation behind him
* Almost 1 in 5 consider Keira Knightley’s attempt at the native accent to be the worst in film
* Filmgoers can catch the latest blockbusters at ODEON from the everyday low of £5 across Wales

A Welsh film index has revealed new insights into the best and worst of Welsh cinema according to the local film lovers themselves.

Overwhelmingly, over a quarter (26 percent) of the nation has named Silence of the Lambs (1991) star, Anthony Hopkins as their favourite homegrown actor, with Rob Brydon (11 percent), Michael Sheen (10 percent), Catherine Zeta-Jones (8 percent) and Christian Bale (8 percent) all making the top 5, the research commissioned by ODEON revealed.

When it comes to the favourite film shot in Wales, almost a third (32 percent) of the Welsh public agreed that 1997 Swansea-based film Twin Town deserved top spot, while King Arthur (2004) and How green was my valley (2014) deserved honourable mentions with 18 percent and 17 percent of the results respectively.

As far as attempts on the Welsh accent go, Keira Knightley’s football skills appear to be stronger than her crack at the native tongue. Close to 1 in 5 of the public (19 percent) consider her role in The Edge of Love (2008) to have the worst Welsh accent in a film.

Bill Nighy on the other hand apparently aced the accent in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). The research revealed in his role as Rufus Scrimgeour, Mr Nighy, had the best fake Welsh accent (26 percent) in a film.

A nation of film lovers, Joker (4 October release) is the upcoming film Wales cinema buffs are most looking forward to seeing this year (19 percent), while spending time with friends and family is what the Welsh consider to be the best thing about the cinema (28 percent).

With tickets starting at the everyday low price of £5 at ODEON cinemas across Wales, film fans can catch the latest blockbusters and more, for less!

<strong>WALES’ FAVOURITE WELSH ACTORS:</strong>
1. Anthony Hopkins                               25.7%
2. Rob Brydon                                         10.9%
3. Michael Sheen                                     9.5%
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones                        8.2%
5. Christian Bale                                      7.9%
6. Richard Burton                                   7.7%
7. Rhys Ifans                                            7.4%
8. Dawn French                                      6.2%
9. Taron Egerton                                    5.5%
10. Ioan Gruffudd                                  5.2%

<strong>WALES’ MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS:</strong>

1. Joker                                                                   18.6%
2. Jumanji: The Next Level                                17.7%
3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker                17.4%
4. Frozen 2                                                             13.2%
5. Terminator: Dark Fate                                    12.6%
6. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil                           10.6%
7. Cats                                                                      9.8%

* The research was conducted with 705 respondentsv

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Welsh vaccine plant evacuated after receiving suspicious package

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A PLANT where doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are produced and stored has been evacuated after receiving a suspicious package.

Police have confirmed to Herald Wales that officers were at Wrexham Industrial Estate in Ash Road, Holt.

John Roberts, who runs CMS Wrexham Ltd, next door to the plant, said he heard a “big bang” at about 11:35 HRS.

Wockhardt UK has confirmed that the plant has been evacuated after receiving a suspicious package.

A statement on its Twitter account said: “Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package.

“Relevant authorities have responded and upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation.

“The safety of our employees and business continuity remain of paramount importance.”

A technician at the plant, Ian Hunter, said that the bomb disposal experts from the Royal Logistic Corps had arrived on scene.

Mark Drakeford said: “We are working with local police and the military to find out more about this incident. Thank you to the security personnel who are on-site to protect lives and ensure
the safety of our vaccine supply. This highlights the vital role they play in keeping us all safe. Diolch.”

On Thursday last week Wrexham council leader Mark Pritchard said teams had worked to ensure the vaccine was not lost in the floods.
The Welsh Government said there had been “no adverse effects” on the coronavirus vaccine roll-out.

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New Quay and Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats tasked to grounded fishing vessel

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Yesterday before sunrise (Monday 25 January) New Quay and Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats were requested by HM Coastguard to assist a fishing vessel that had run aground south of Aberystwyth at Morfa Bychan. As the day went on the RNLI volunteer crews found themselves at sea for many hours in freezing temperatures. 

The pagers first sounded early on Monday morning with the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat from New Quay and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat from Aberystwyth both launching on service at 6am into the darkness to a report of a fishing vessel aground.

Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat arrived first and found the casualty vessel, a 40 tonne, 12m whelk fishing vessel which had run aground on the beach at Morfa Bychan. Aberystwyth lifeboat initially attempted to veer down but to no avail.

New Quay RNLI Coxswain, Daniel Potter said, “We made good speed up to Aberystwyth in slight to moderate sea conditions but freezing temperatures. Arriving on scene we worked with Aberystwyth lifeboat and assessed that everyone was safe on board. It was so cold that Aberystwyth lifeboat had to return to station for a crew change.

“By now the tide had dropped and there was no water around the vessel. It was therefore decided the crew would be evacuated onto land and we would return to station.”

Both lifeboats returned to station by 10am, with the Coastguard unit on the ground keeping an eye on the fishing vessel.

In the afternoon both New Quay RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to return to the scene as the tide was beginning to turn and the vessel’s owners were onboard to attempt to refloat the vessel. New Quay RNLI lifeboats were launched shortly after 2pm with Aberystwyth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launching at 3.30pm to assist.

Mr Potter continued, “Returning on scene we had to assess how we could ensure the safety of those onboard and prevent the vessel being pushed further up the beach by the waves. This was made more difficult by the shallow water and large boulders. However, the inshore lifeboat was able to access the shallow water to assess the situation and pass our towline to the casualty.

“After setting up the tow we held the vessel steady until she started to float at high water. With excellent team work between Aberystwyth’s and our inshore lifeboat we were able to extract the stricken vessel and tow her into deeper water. We then escorted the vessel into Aberystwyth in case of any damage to her hull or steering.”

Simon Rigby New Quay RNLI helm added, “It was the longest and coldest shout I’ve ever done on the inshore lifeboat, seven hours at sea and 32 miles covered.”

With the casualty vessel safely berthed in Aberystwyth marina, both lifeboats returned to station and the crew were stood down at 9:30pm, over 15 hours after the first launch.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “This was a great example of excellent teamwork and seamanship, putting many hours of training to good use. We would like to thank our colleagues at Aberystwyth for their hard work in freezing conditions and their assistance in providing expert local knowledge.

“Over the last three days our all-weather lifeboat, The Frank and Lena of Stourbridge has been very busy, being launched on service three times. The volunteer crews have worked hard with strict Covid restrictions and guidelines. Remember we are on call 24/7 so if you see anyone in trouble on the coast please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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Retail premises now required to take extra measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus

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New requirements have now come into force that require retail premises to take additional steps to protect workers and customers from coronavirus.

The additional measures were already guidance, but are now legal requirements. This includes businesses selling food or drink for consumption off the premises. These legal requirements include the need to:

  • Ensure systems are in place for controlling entry to the premises and to limit the number of customers in store at any one time;
  • Provide hand sanitisation products or hand washing facilities for the use of customers when they enter and exit the premises;
  • Introduce measures to sanitise any baskets, trolleys or similar containers provided for use by customers on the premises;
  • Remind customers to maintain a distance of 2 metres between each other and to wear a face covering by:

o   Displaying signs and other visual aids throughout the premises;

o   Making announcements on a regular basis;

  • Undertake and record a specific assessment of the risk of exposure to coronavirus at the premises and in doing so consult persons working on the premises or representatives of those persons (where a business employs five or more people);

All premises are still required to take all other reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus, such as:

  • Changing the layout of premises including the location of furniture and workstations;
  • Controlling use of entrances, passageways, stairs and lifts;
  • Controlling use of shared facilities such as toilets and kitchens;
  • Otherwise controlling the use of, or access to, any other part of the premises;
  • Installing barriers or screens;
  • Providing or requiring use of personal protective equipment

The Regulations and guidance may be found at Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law on the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-legislation-and-guidance-law and also guidance to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public: https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-minimise-risk-exposure-coronavirus-workplaces-and-premises-open

 

Useful posters and guides are available from Business Wales website: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/tool-kit. A COVID-19 risk assessment template is available from Health and Safety Executive – What to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/assets/docs/risk-assessment.pdf

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