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Harmony for Charles in Lampeter



Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 13.57.46LAST FRIDAY (Jul 8), His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter to take part in a special university ceremony celebrating the Prince’s commitment to sustainability and harmony. 

Welcoming the Prince to the University, Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, said: “For more than forty years, Prince Charles has been actively engaged in crafting a narrative which has transformed our society.

“The leadership and clarity of thought demonstrated in his speeches and articles signifies a deep sense of duty and a readiness to speak out in order to instigate cultural, social, environmental and economic change. His words can be considered as a call to action to challenge our own understanding of stewardship and to be counted for our own engagement in securing a sustainable future.

“His Royal Highness has successfully crafted a narrative which calls upon us to critically reflect and review the nature of this ‘disconnected world’. His philosophy of placing Nature and Harmony at the heart of our understanding has produced thought provoking analysis on a global ‘crisis of perception’.

“Harmony and sustainability are at the heart of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Our graduates need to be able to critique and reflect upon the need of ensuring greater harmony in this world. The University has developed an institute focussed upon harmony; we are awarding five harmony professors today and we are launching a new exhibition which includes excerpts of His Royal Highness’s inspirational speeches and articles,” he adds.

As Royal Patron of the University, His Royal Highness presented Honorary Doctorates to two world renowned individuals – the Venerable Master Chin Kung, Founder of the Chin Kung Multi- Cultural Educational Foundation and Mr Richard Roberts OBE, Chief Optometric Adviser to the Welsh Government.

The Venerable Master, Chin Kung, received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa). Chin Kung is a Buddhist monk from the Mahayana tradition. He is the founder of the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation – a global organisation based on the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism. He speaks regularly with various Heads of State and religious leaders, and is a keynote speaker at UNESCO annual multi-faith symposium.

UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of Inspire said of Richard Roberts: “Dick has a fundamental philosophy in life – to improve the quality of life for his patients. ‘To evaluate yourself as a clinician’ he says, ‘you have to ask yourself every day if you’ve treated each one of your patients as you’d want to be treated.’ He will not focus on meeting a target in the interests of the service if it does not also meet the needs of his patient.

“His influence and expertise were particularly effective when he was appointed Chief Optometric Adviser to the Welsh Government – serving 4 health ministers – where he was instrumental in establishing the Wales Eye Care Scheme and the Wales Low Vision Service – the first of its kind worldwide. Because of his work, Wales is the only place in the UK where patients can get aids from their optometrist funded by the Welsh Government. He is a man driven by altruism and values of service personally and professionally, who sets himself high standards and encourages collaboration for the most effective outcomes.”

Mr Roberts said he was immensely pleased to receive the award, adding: “There is no greater honour one can achieve than being bestowed an honour by your own university. I would like to congratulate all those honoured here today. I would urge all graduates to maintain the principles of integrity and ask that you add value to the work that you go on to do and in the contributions you will make. You have the chance to shape the society in which you live. You are the custodian of the future. And you have great opportunities to rise to the challenges that come your way.”

Llanelli-born and bred Mr Roberts, who attended Llanelli Grammar School, was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 2012 he was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Optical Confederation.

Tenor, Dennis O’Neill, Director of UWTSD’s Wales International Academy of Voice, performed during the ceremony, prior to being made a Professor of Practice in a later graduation ceremony.

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, also met students from the university’s campus in Lampeter who graduated with Masters degrees in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.

School children from Ysgol Bro Pedr in Lampeter gathered to welcome His Royal Highness to the campus, along with members of the community.

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Community checks out new Carmarthenshire Policing Hub and Custody Suite



POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn today (24.06.22) hosted an open doors event for local stakeholders at Dyfed-Powys’ new Custody Suite and Policing Hub, that is currently under construction at Dafen, Llanelli Carmarthenshire.

Planning permission was granted to the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner by Carmarthenshire County Council back in April 2021 for the proposed development, which is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.

Wilmott Dixon, who are the Construction Contractor have been on site since autumn preparing for the first construction phases, with specific progress now beginning made on the development, that aims to be completed by May 2023.

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing. 

“During the planning application process between 2020 and 2021, we engaged widely with the local community,  and It was a pleasure to open the door, and welcome local community representatives to the construction site today, to show the progress that has been made to date.

“I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over recent years to ensure that we get to this position and I now look forward to seeing the construction work continue to develop at pace over the year”.

In being a BREEAM related development, the new build will offer a more sustainable environment, that aims to enhance the well-being of the people who work within it, and help protect natural resources.

Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.

Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.

“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.

“The development will provide a fit for purpose, future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base.”

Ian Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon commented, “This is the first project that we have worked on with Dyfed Powys Police, and as part of what has being a collaborative partnership, we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this development. 

“This is a purpose‐built, new custody suite to replace and supplement provision of custody within Carmarthenshire which will provide excellent facilities to meet the needs of modern law enforcement and detainee wellbeing for Dyfed Powys Police. 

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome guests to the site to show them first-hand how construction is progressing.”

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’



EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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M&S opticians opens its doors in Llanelli Parc Trostre



MARKS & SPENCER has opened the newest branch of its M&S Opticians service, located in the retailer’s popular Llanelli store.

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre will offer customers an expert opticians service, which includes a full eye health examination (OCT scan) for every eye test booked at no additional fee.

Free eye tests are available as an opening offer, as well as 15% off glasses and sunglasses for Sparks customers. There’s a wide range of designer brands to choose from including Mulberry, Prada, Joules, Kate Spade, Oakley, Police, Maui Jim along with leading lens manufacturers – Zeiss and Nikon.

Expert advice on contact lens fitting and wearing is also on hand, alongside a contact lens home delivery option. The store will also be home to a hearing aid audiologist who will be offering free hearing health checks along with latest hearing aid technology, including rechargeable models and mobile connectivity.

In addition to the physical experience in-store, customers can book appointments online here, as well as view, purchase and try on glasses via the innovative ‘virtual try on’ tool here

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre is the second optician service to open in Wales following a successful trial across ten UK cities, during which the service received a customer satisfaction rate of 96% and a customer recommendation rate of 96%.

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre Store Manager, Aled Bonnell, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at M&S even more rewarding and feedback from our trial showed that customers loved the convenience of having an Opticians service in our store. We’re really excited to be opening our M&S Opticians in Llanelli and hearing what our customers think. The choice of different brands we’re offering is second to none and we have brilliant opening offers to suit all budgets.”

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