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S4C and Carmarthenshire County Council launch new Welsh language scheme in schools

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A new initiative between S4C and Carmarthenshire County Council has been launched today called Croeso Cyw with the aim of developing and piloting the Cyw language scheme in a range of schools from different linguistic backgrounds.

The pilot aims to create exciting opportunities for foundation stage children to play games and sing with popular S4C character Cyw, and raise awareness of S4C’s children’s programme. The scheme will also stimulate non-confident parents to play and learn in Welsh together with their children and raise awareness of S4C’s resources.

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Two teachers, Melanie Jones and Mirain Walters (pictured) have been appointed for a period of three months to co-ordinate the scheme. Melanie is an Assistant Headteacher at Brynamman School and has been teaching for almost twenty years. Mirain is a teacher at Newcastle Emlyn School Ysgol y Ddwylan and has been working with the foundation phase for over six years.

“We hope to encourage children and their families as they develop and start using Welsh inside and outside the school. We aim to show parents that bilingualism is something that benefits their children and their education. ” said Melanie

“I hope to see children develop and enjoy learning, speaking and playing together in Welsh, which will eventually help towards the Welsh Government’s aim of one million Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, and collaborating with different companies and using technology to bring the project to life. ” added Mirain.

Croeso Cyw will be a digital first scheme that takes advantage of the gadgets and platforms that families enjoy using every day and want to share with their children.

The scheme will contribute to the New Curriculum for Wales and celebrate the bilingualism of contemporary Wales. In addition, it supports Carmarthenshire’s aim to have all children bilingual by age 7 and the Government’s target of one million speakers.

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Sioned Wyn Roberts, S4C’s Education Adviser, said: “We are delighted to launch Croeso Cyw today and we’re are extremely grateful to the Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council for their support. Our aim is to use the popular Cyw brand to promote the Welsh language and raise awareness of S4C programmes for non-Welsh speaking families. We are delighted to welcome Melanie and Mirain to the S4C team and to use their educational expertise within the foundation phase to co-ordinate the scheme and celebrate bilingualism across Carmarthenshire.”

Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “We are delighted to be working with S4C on this exciting new project, which will benefit children and their parents as they learn Welsh in a fun way together.

“The council is committed to creating a bilingual and multilingual Carmarthenshire and to increasing opportunities for all our children and young people to communicate in Welsh and English, so that we can create strong and sustainable bilingual communities.

“We are in the process of finalising our Welsh in Education Strategic Plan, which will shape the future of bilingual education in Carmarthenshire for the next 10 years, and projects like this will help us successfully deliver this plan for the benefit of our young people.”

Jeremy Miles, Minister for Welsh Language and Education, said: “I am delighted to have supported this new project, which is creating new opportunities for children of foundation age to learn Welsh and promote the language in Carmarthenshire.

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“One of our priorities is to increase the daily use of our language, as well as to promote learning Welsh. I am therefore pleased to see how the pilot will seek to motivate parents to use the Welsh language through mutual learning and by playing.”

(Lead image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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