FIGURES just released by the FAW Disciplinary Department show a worrying increase in yellow and red cards over the season just gone.
The FAW Fairplay Table for the Welsh Premier League sees The New Saints top the table with four red cards and 38 yellows just ahead of Bala Town on 2/46 – just ten penalty points behind.
Newtown and Airbus come third and fourth respectively, with hometown club Carmarthen Town coming a respectable halfway.
Interestingly the four clubs representing Wales in UEFA club competitions are also the top four in the fair-play table, suggesting that the teams below are resorting to dark arts to stop their superior opponents from playing.
At the other end Rhyl are bottom with the worst record points-wise with 410 for nine reds and 78 yellows. Druids hit double figures in reds with ten.
The red cards per-match-ratio of 0.38 is the highest ever recorded since stats began in 1994. That’s a red card every three matches.
Likewise the per-match-ratio for yellow cards is 3.95 touching on four bookings per match – again the highest on record.
The importance of disciplinary improvement is highlighted by the rewards possible for overall good behaviour.
UEFA give three Europa League places to the three nations with the best record over the season. This takes in national team (all ages) behaviour, clubs in European competition, fans behaviour etc. These three nations are allowed then to enter the highest placed club in their own Fair-play table that is not already qualified for UEFA competition.
This year England submitted West Ham United, Holland’s representatives are Go Ahead Eagles Deventer and University College Dublin will be representing the Republic of Ireland.
Wales were 19th in the UEFA Fairplay Ranking but had it hit the top three then Aberystwyth Town would have been playing in the Europa League.
Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions
A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).
As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.
Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.
What to expect
- Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
- Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
School nativity – danger in the manger?
IT’S the time of year when every parent enjoys watching their little darlings perform in the school nativity play. It used to be that the show was documented by hundreds of proud parents snapping away on their cameras, but more recently school politics and privacy issues have come into play, with some schools ruling that it is unacceptable to take pictures or videos of the show.
But what is the legal position when it comes to videos and photographs of school events? Are schools able to impose a blanket ban? If you ignore the school’s photography policy, what legal action can they take against you? And if another parent shares a group shot featuring your child, without permission, can you force them to take it down.
Anthony Di Palma, Solicitor at DAS Law, looks at the photographic minefield that is the school nativity play for The Herald.
My child’s school has a photography policy which states that there is a blanket ban on taking photos at the nativity play. Is this legal?
Any owner of private property may restrict the use of photography or video equipment on the premises. If ignored, you may be asked to leave and may be deemed to be trespassing if you refuse.
I signed my child’s schools consent form stating I won’t take any photos. What legal ramifications will I face should I choose to ignore the policy?
The consent form is unlikely to be legally enforceable as a contract if there is no financial loss to the school, and there are no laws generally against taking photographs of your own or other people’s children as long as the photographs are not deemed ‘indecent’, or are likely to have the effect of harming or harassing the children.
Are there any laws against sharing group shots of my child’s nativity play photos online?
As a best practice, it is advisable that parents should avoid sharing photographs of children without obtaining prior consent of that child’s parent or guardian. However, as long as the photographs are not deemed ‘indecent’, or are likely to have the effect of harming or harassing them, then there is nothing legally stopping you from doing so.
What legal action can I take against people that share group photos of the school nativity play on social media that include my child without my permission?
You can ask the person to remove the photograph, however if they refuse there is no realistic legal action you can take. Privacy laws under the Human Rights Act cannot be enforced against other private individuals and unless you own the copyright in the photograph, or the image is offensive or indecent, then the social media site has no obligation to remove that photo if it is reported to them.
If I blur out other children’s faces can I share school play photos online?
You don’t have to blur out children’s faces in order to share them online, as the Data Protection Act doesn’t apply to photographs taken for private use and which do not identify the child (i.e. name them). However, if you would be concerned about images of your own child appearing without your permission, blurring out other children’s faces may be a sensible step to take.
Aberaeron: Playing field gains Centenary Field status
THE PARK known as Square Field in the centre of Aberaeron has been designated a Centenary Field and named as Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron.
In gaining the Centenary Field status, the field will be protected in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the First World War. Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron is the first Centenary Field in Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Hinge said, “I am delighted that Aberaeron Town Council’s application to dedicate this fantastic green space as a Centenary Field has been accepted by Fields in Trust, and that the County Council was able to support it. It pays an important tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War, including many young Ceredigion men went to war and didn’t return.
This has been an interesting journey and one that as the Armed Forces Champion and a veteran, I am proud to support.”
A plaque commemorating the status was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.
The Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member, Councillor Elizabeth Evans, said, “Aberaeron residents are rightly proud of Cae Sgwâr’s new status as the designated Centenary Field of Ceredigion, it has a proud history of being the towns recreational field and there isn’t one community in Ceredigion whose children haven’t played on it at some point. It is a fitting commemoration in this hundredth anniversary year of the ending of the First World War and as we remember the past, we also look to the future and Cae Sgwar’s newly protected status in perpetuity as a recreational field, thanks to the Centenary Field Trust.”
A short ceremony was held to unveil the plaque where Miss Edwards, Councillor Hinge and Councillor Evans spoke alongside Ceredigion County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Hag Harris and the Fields in Trust Chairman, Brynmor Williams.
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