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Llanelli men in world’s biggest pizza competition

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A NEW four-part series will follow two Llanelli men compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition. Bois y Pizza, on S4C, follows Ieuan Harry and Jez Phillips of Ffwrnes Pizza, as they face off against the finest chefs in the world when they compete in Italy, the birthplace of the dish.

Since setting up in 2014, Ffwrnes Pizza has made a name for itself in Wales – dishing up at the wedding of none other than singer Charlotte Church, and also cyclist Geraint Thomas. And now the boys are on their way to Parma, Italy, to compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition, the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza.

Before they get there, they will take the opportunity to learn and taste all the delights Europe has to offer.

They’ll be learning, tasting and experimenting by making original pizzas using traditional ingredients in some of Europe’s most famous places.

S4C viewers can join them on the journey in Smokey Pete – the three-wheeled van that carries the heart and soul of the company, the Pizza Furnace.

Ieuan Harry is one half of Ffwrnes Pizza. Here he tells us more about the journey and the celebrated Pizza Championship.

When asked by S4C about the motive behind their journey, Ieuan said: “The purpose of the journey was to decide upon the finest ingredients for our pizza in the competition. We called in towns and famous restaurants in search of ingredients to use in our pizza. Of course, we had to go to Napoli as well! We met people who are considered ‘masters’ of their craft, famous for the best Neapolitan pizza. We picked up lots of tips and it was fantastic preparation for the competition.”

They went on to ask about any challenges or unexpected problems during the journey or at the competition, with Ieuan replying: “Driving on the Italian roads was the biggest challenge! The Italians are wild drivers; they dart in and out of everywhere. In Napoli, every car had dents and scratches. That was the hardest part because we’re so fond of our little van and we didn’t want it to get dented!”

When describing the competition, Ieuan said: “The competition was a mad place. There were 43 different countries competing – we were so happy to be there and to see so many people preparing all the different pizzas. We were only allowed to create one pizza so everything had to be perfect – from the preparation to the ingredients and from the cooking to the presentation.

“The biggest challenge was to place the pizza in the oven and to take it out again in perfect condition. It’s quite a task when you’re nervous and your hands are shaking. During the competition, the man next to us made a right mess of things. He came from Hungary, and he didn’t even get the chance to serve his pizza to the judges! When placing the pizza on the paddle, he tore the dough, and that was the end of his part in the competition.”

S4C also asked if there any more adventures on the cards for Ffwrnes, with Ieuan saying: “The dream is to someday open a small restaurant, instead of cooking from the van all the time. But, another trip would be nice as well. Maybe we could go to the USA to taste pizza there. There’s so much variety, from Chicago to New England to New York. I think that would be very interesting.”

Bois y Pizza starts Friday, June 22, at 8.25pm on S4C, English subtitles are available.

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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