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New strategy aims to create ‘A Library for Wales and the World’

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The National Library for Wales – strategy aims to create a library for Wales and the world.

THE NATIONAL Library of Wales’ new five-year strategic plan, which was launched  this last week, aims to “unlock social and economic wealth for the people of Wales”.

Launched by Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, in an online event, the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan – A Library for Wales and the World sets out four strategic and well-being objectives.

The library, based in Aberystwyth, aims to foster and care for the nation’s memory, lay the foundation for a knowledge economy, be at the heart of national life and empower learning and research.

The Deputy Minister said: “I am delighted to see that the new strategic plan positions the national library as an aspirational, influential, positive and, most important of all, a relevant organisation.

“Being relevant to the day-to-day lives of the people of Wales is a great achievement and a privilege. I wish the team well as they move to adopt and implement the new vision while sharing and celebrating our nation’s memory with communities across Wales and the world.”

Ashok Ahir, the library’s interim president, said the library was opening a new chapter with a determination and desire to achieve even more.

“Our plan aims for a future where we will continue to use our unique range of skills and expertise to nurture and care for the nation’s memory, lay the foundation for a knowledge economy, empower research and learning, and be central to the life of the nation,” he added.

“Our new strategic plan will unlock social and economic wealth for the people of Wales by ensuring that all can benefit from our extensive collections and range of professional services and support.

“The National Library of Wales is keen to continue to play a central role as a library for Wales and the world, working with the Welsh Government and strategic partners to provide services that benefit the well-being of individuals and benefit communities across Wales.”

The library aims to contribute positively towards global well-being and will integrate the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 with its planning and delivery.

Pedr ap Llwyd, chief executive and librarian, said: “More than ever, Wales needs a dynamic and relevant national library, which promotes diversity and one that truly believes in the potential of knowledge and culture to transform lives.

“It is ready to play its part and fulfil its unique role in the nation’s recovery and renewal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We continue to develop, transforming our ways of working and sharing our experience and expertise with others as well as increasing opportunities to engage with our collections and services.

“We will be committed to being an open, progressive and innovative organisation. This is the only way we will create a library for Wales and the world.”

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Council makes available wellbeing and mental health support for social care providers

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The programme will run until March 2022

IN RECOGNITION of the important work of the social care sector and impact of the Covid pandemic on social care providers and their staff, Ceredigion County Council has made available a programme of wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

The programme consists of Wellbeing and Mental health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid (Adults and Youth) and also offers facilitated support sessions.

The programme of events will run from December through to March 2022.

Any social care provider, carer or personal assistant can request more information or book a place on these sessions by emailing Dysgu@ceredigion.gov.uk

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Avian Influenza identified in poultry on Anglesey

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THE CHIEF Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks at a premises on the Isle of Anglesey.

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone Area have been imposed around the small infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

A case of avian influenza was confirmed in poultry and wild birds in Wrexham County borough last month. There have been similar findings of avian influenza in the UK and Europe.

On Wednesday this week the Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza. These measures come into force on Monday, 29 November.

All keepers are strongly advised to be vigilant for signs of the disease such as increased mortality or respiratory distress. If keepers have any concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek prompt advice from their veterinary surgeon.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, said:

“This confirmation of a case of avian influenza in poultry on the Isle of Anglesey is further evidence of the need for all keepers of birds to ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place.

“We have announced new housing measures will come into force from next Monday to protect poultry and kept birds, but I must stress that this is at its most effective when combined with implementation of the most stringent biosecurity measures.

“Public Health Wales has said the risk to the health of the public from Avian Influenza is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear it does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

“Temporary control zones have been imposed to help prevent further spread of the disease.

“Suspicion of avian influenza or any other notifiable disease must be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately.”

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Commitment to collaborative approach for Celtic Sea floating wind project

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A SUCCESSFUL Celtic Sea APPG Reception, attended by over 100 key representatives of Industry and MPs, was hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory and the Celtic Sea Developers Alliance at the House of Commons on Monday.
The event, which included speakers from The Crown Estate, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart promoted floating wind (FLOW), which will become a key global technology in achieving a cost-effective Net Zero.
Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Truro and Falmouth and Celtic Sea APPG Member said:
“It was fantastic to be able to bring together developers, supply chain partners and Parliamentarians to hear more about the exciting opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea and positive announcements have set the scene for our discussions.
Particularly, the Government’s commitment to floating offshore wind as part of the Net Zero Strategy, building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030.”
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The development of floating off shore wind projects in our waters could create thousands of sustainable jobs in Wales, boosting our economy and accelerating the UK’s shift to clean growth. I’m delighted to support projects in the Celtic Sea which will help the UK Government reach our aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to see Wales at the forefront of this exciting opportunity. “
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change stated that offshore wind will become the backbone of the future energy system requiring 100GW of installed capacity by 2050, with floating wind set to deliver 50% of that target. Delivering 100GW of offshore wind will provide a huge economic opportunity across the UK.
The Celtic Sea will play a key role in delivering UK and Irish low carbon targets with an estimated 50GW of realisable wind resource, in turn, driving regional development, creating new supply chain opportunities, a just energy transition and a significant portion of the 29,000 jobs forecast by 2050.
The Celtic Sea Developers Alliance brings together FLOW developer interests from Cornwall and the Great South West, Ireland and Wales to strengthen collaboration between the three regions with the aim of realising the economic and low carbon energy opportunity presented by FLOW

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