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UWTSD graduate wins ​prestigious award

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A UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID (UWTSD) has been awarded the Morriston Orpheus Choir Supporters Association (MOCSA) Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award.

Chloe Morgan ​graduated from the university’s Wales International Academy of Voice earlier this year with an MA Advanced Vocal Studies, where she studied under the tutelage of Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill.

Previously to this​,​ she studied Classical and Jazz voice at Trinity College of Music and went on to win a place on the prestigious Monteverdi Choir Apprentice Programme.

Chloe said: “To have been selected for the final of this prestigious competition was a huge honour for me. With previous winners including the likes of Rebecca Evans and Sir Bryn Terfel, I was more than content knowing I’d made it that far. But to come away with the trophy is a dream come true.”

Dennis O’Neill said: “We at the Wales International Academy of Voice are delighted to hear of Chloe Morgan’s success. It is so heartening for us all to see her talent being recognised and I predict a truly important career for her.”

The MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award is now in its 41st year. The competition is open to young artists who are studying classical voice and meet the competition’s criteria for their connection to Wales. The four finalists were invited to perform in St Mary’s Church, Swansea as part of a concert performed by the choir under the direction of Musical Director Joy Amman Davies.

The competition was judged by Julian Smith, former advisor to Cardiff Singer of the World competition and former Head of Music at Welsh National Opera, Huw Tregelles Williams, former Head of BBC Wales music and former Director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Mezzo-Soprano Eirian James.

Piano accompaniment was provided by renowned accompanist Jeffrey Howard, who also provided coaching to each of the Finalists. Competition Organiser, Alan Lewis was delighted with how the concert went and the performance of all four of the finalists.

He said: “The judges commented on the very high standard of the competition.  All connected with MOCSA and the Morriston Orpheus Choir send Chloe our very best wishes for the future.”

Chloe said: “It was a very special evening and I would like to thank Joy Amman Davies and the choir for a wonderful evening. I would also like to say a big thank you to the other finalists for their support and for making the evening so enjoyable.” Chloe will also be invited to perform with the choir as a guest artist during the next year

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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