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Platinum Young Ambassador status for Ceredigion pupil

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OSIAN DAVIES, a pupil of Ysgol Bro Teifi, was chosen to become a Platinum Young Ambassador in Ceredigion in August.

The Young Ambassador programme, delivered by Ceredigion Actif, aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and help encourage their peers to become keen on keeping fit.

Osian is one of 26 young people who have been chosen across Wales who will join together to run the Young Ambassador programme across the country. Osian is the third person to become a Platinum Young Ambassador in Ceredigion since 2012.

Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager from Ceredigion Actif said, “We are very proud of Osian being selected as a Platinum Young Ambassador and representing Ceredigion on the National Steering Group. It shows his commitment to the Young Ambassador initiative and is a reward for his contribution to our Active Young People programme.”

In September 2017, Osian was selected to become a Silver Young Ambassador and went on to attend training with the Active Young People team for the Leadership Programme. Through completion of the training, Osian was able to help deliver a Cricket programme for Key Stage 3 pupils during his school lunchtime. In addition to these sessions, Osian helped the school’s Rugby Development Officer deliver rugby sessions for a range of ages throughout the school.

In January 2018, Osian was promoted to Gold Young Ambassador in recognition of his work across the county. Following this, Osian began helping out at an after-school sports club and coach a range of different activities at Primary School Sports Festivals. He also trains a Girls Rugby Team, ‘Y Gwiberod’ in Newcastle Emlyn. Osian was awarded the accolade of ‘Young Ambassador of the Year’ at the Ceredigion Sports Award 2018 in July.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “Well done Osian on this fantastic achievement. Osian’s hard work and dedication in encouraging young people to take up and participate more in sports is commendable and an inspiration to others. On behalf of Ceredigion County Council, I wish Osian the best of luck and success in this respected role.”

Osian is now preparing to present and lead on key presentations at the Gold Young Ambassador conference which is to be held at Cardiff Football Stadium on Friday, 9 November.

For more information on sports programmes that are delivered by Ceredigion Actif, visit www.ceredigionactif.org.uk.

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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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