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S4C air Welsh learning programme

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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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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

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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

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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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