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A new English radio programme on the Welsh language and culture

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CERED and Radio Aber are embarking on an innovative new idea to promote the Welsh language and culture by launching an English language radio programme.

‘Pod Rhod’ which will be presented primarily through the medium of English will focus on promoting the Welsh language and culture and will feature both Welsh speakers and non Welsh speakers discussing matters and topics which are of interest to the Welsh community.

The aim of the programme is to make the Welsh language and culture accessible to the whole community. The programme will be presented by CERED Development Officer Rhodri Francis and will feature Welsh language music and a variety of interviews with Welsh speakers and non Welsh speakers. Rhodri will also feature individuals who are learning the language. 

Rhodri Francis said: “This programme is a brilliant opportunity to show that the Welsh language belongs to everyone – Welsh speakers, non-Welsh speakers, learners, young old – everyone. It’s a language that belongs to the world. The programme is rather unique in the fact that it’s a programme about the Welsh language and Welsh culture but will be discussed through the medium of English.”

Amongst Rhodri’s target audience are parents who may not speak Welsh but whose children attend Welsh medium schools.

Rhodri continued: “The programme is an opportunity for those parents to feel part of the Welsh community. Non Welsh speaking parents make a huge contribution to the development of the Welsh language. This programme will celebrate that contribution.”

Director of Radio Aber, Sam Thomas said: “It is very exciting to bring the Welsh language to a wider audience which includes non Welsh speakers. On the show we will have Welsh pop and rock music, conversations about Welsh language events and culture. It is one of Radio Aber aims is to unite and celebrate the fantastic communities we have in the area and this programme is an opportunity to do that. If anybody has any suggestions or would like to contribute to the programme, please contact us.”

The programme will be aired on Radio Aber every Thursday at 12pm. Here is the link to Radio Aber: https://radioaber.cymru/?fbclid=IwAR090jH8dn77II846YBoZhwa3x_TCPCxviAaSeiA1GF8ZOdF_lgDVALtf1Q. To contact the show, email contact@radioaber.cymru.

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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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