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Harmony for Charles in Lampeter

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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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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

Carli Newell

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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Burry Port Harbour lighthouse overhaul tops council’s £2million investment

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A £2MILLION investment in Burry Port Harbour is nearing completion, topped off with the iconic lighthouse getting a fresh lick of paint.

Carmarthenshire County Council is behind a range of improvements to maintain and restore the historic harbour which is one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls, undertaken under the guidance of CADW, will conclude within the next few weeks.

The council has also been working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve mooring facilities. They are working closely with fishermen to bid for funding for new commercial pontoon infrastructure.

It will add to investment made over previous years which saw the council spend almost £1.5million on new pontoons, and over £300,000 in maintaining the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has agreed a lease for a cafe and public toilets on east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has recently started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

TMG has also invested in a state-of-the-art dredger which arrived at the harbour last autumn. Dredging is well underway and will continue until targeted depths are reached.

Boat lifting equipment and new fuelling points are also planned.

The council has introduced community safety officers to patrol the harbour assisting tourists and local people during the summer months, especially to advise around Covid regulations, as part of a tourism hotspot plan to take care of issues such as parking, litter, street cleansing, enforcement and signage.

Temporary car parking surfacing has also been laid on the east side along with new pay and display facilities ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud of our continued investment in Burry Port Harbour. We are spending millions restoring and maintaining historic features that are much-loved by local people and visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy what the harbour has to offer.

“We continue to work closely alongside The Marine Group and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council to plan and prioritise works and ongoing maintenance. We are as keen as everyone else to ensure it is well-maintained and continues to be a place people can enjoy.

“We appreciate that there has been some upheaval during these improvement works but we ask people to understand that our investment will make Burry Port Harbour an even better place for the future.”

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