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Tom Shanklin: To take part in the programme.

EX-INTERNATIONAL rugby player and Tom Shanklin will be among eight familiar Welsh faces taking part in S4C’s flagship reality show, ‘cariad@iaith: love4language’, this year.

The series puts the stars’ knowledge of the Welsh language to the test as they attempt to learn as much as possible in a week.

Carmarthen opera singer Wynne Evans and tutor Nia Parry will present the series, which will begin next Sunday (Jun 14) at 8pm on S4C. The programme will air every weekday night at 8.25pm and 9.25pm, with the grand final taking place on Saturday June 20.

Tom Shanklin is in the record books as being Wales’ fifth highest try scorer of all time. During his time playing for the national team, he earned 70 caps and has also been part of the British and Irish Lions squad. Born in London to Welsh parents, the family moved back to Tenby where he grew up.

“I’m using the experience as a stepping stone to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ or ‘Splash’, I don’t mind diving. But seriously, a lot of my friends are fluent Welsh speakers and I’d love to be able to converse with them and not have to make them switch to English when I’m around,” said Shanklin.

He added: “Growing up under the Landsker, you heard very little Welsh at school or anywhere in Tenby. I remember there was a Welsh class at school with about five people in it so the opportunity to use or learn it was very limited at the time. I’m really looking forward to not cooking, not ironing, taking part in the outdoor activities and learning the language. My vocabulary is very basic and I’m keen to improve my knowledge. I’d love to be able to leave and think I could strike up a basic conversation in Welsh with someone. Watch this space.”

Joining Tom will be TV weatherman Derek Brockway, actor and writer Steve Speirs, West End actress Caroline Sheen, radio presenter and comedian Chris Cocoran, actress Nicola Reynolds, CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley and athlete Jamie Baulch.

Over the course of the week, the eight stars will try their best to master as much Welsh as possible under the leadership of tutors Nia Parry and Ioan Talfryn through a unique teaching method known as ‘desuggestopedia’.

Ioan Talfryn explained: “Desuggestopedia is an unusual but pioneering method of language teaching, it comes from Bulgaria originally and it completely undermines the unfortunate tendency people have to underestimate their ability to learn anything new. In your average language lesson, people learn around a dozen new words and repeat them like parrots. Desuggestopedia immerses the learners in about a thousand words from the first lesson and makes extensive use of stories, games and songs in every lesson. After a while, the vocabulary that has found its way into the subconscious comes out and people are able to express themselves naturally.”

This series is broadcast during Adult Learners’ Week. Cerys Furlong from NIACE Cymru said: “NIACE Cymru is delighted to support ‘Cariad@Iaith at the start of Adult Learners’ Week 2015. Each year, we are reminded that for many people, the first experience of education is not an enjoyable or successful one. Through adult learning, in its many diverse forms, people are able to transform their lives.”

The programme is sponsored by the Welsh Government and the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said: “As a government, we are committed to giving people of all ages the opportunity to learn Welsh and are keen to encourage them to use the language in their day to day lives.”

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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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