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It's not been a good sporting weekend ...

Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar confessed to some last-kick nerves after landing the long-range penalty which revived Ulster's Magners League play-off hopes.
The South African's effort from his own half gave Brian McLaughlin's team a valuable 18-16 win over Scarlets, their first win in Llanelli.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/ulster/9402434.stm

Bad day for Carmarthen Town

Carmarthen Town AFC lost 2-1 to Airbus UK Broughton in their Welsh Premier League clash at Richmond Park. Ryan Edwards scored after 16 minutes for Airbus, before Sacha Walters equalised 10 minutes later. Gavin Cadwallader headed home a free kick after 64 minutes to secure the points.

Big match at Carmarthen today

Carmarthen Town AFC play UK Airbus Broughton in the Welsh Premier League, kick-off 2.30pm at Richmond Park, Carmarthen, today.
This is how the lower half of the league looks today (the league is now the the second phase of the season, split league.
7. Aberystwyth Town 23 6 8 9 27 42 26
8. Airbus UK Broughton 22 6 6 10 35 41 24
9. Carmarthen Town 22 6 4 12 30 52 22
10. Bala Town 23 6 2 15 27 43 20
11. Newtown AFC 22 2 9 11 20 44 15
12. Haverfordwest County 22 4 3 15 19 50 15

Speaking Welsh may delay onset of Alzheimer’s

Speaking Welsh may delay onset of Alzheimer’s - Wales News - News - WalesOnline
Speakers of Welsh and English might have more than their bilingualism as an advantage over monolingual counterparts.
Because scientists believe being bilingual – a state familiar to generations in Wales brought up on the likes of Sali Mali from their earliest days – exercises the brain and protects against Alzheimer’s disease.

Jones elected to take on institute role

Jones elected to take on institute role - Business News - Business - WalesOnline
Swansea-born and educated Martyn Jones, national audit technical partner at Deloitte, has been elected the next vice-president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

A third of firms switched on to using social networking

A third of firms switched on to using social networking - Business News - Business - WalesOnline
Nearly a third (32%) of Welsh businesses are maintaining an online business presence on Facebook and Twitter, according to the latest Wales Business Watch from Deloitte in Wales and the Western Mail.
In the survey, 300 top Welsh businesses were asked to discuss their involvement with social media and alternative methods of communication for business purposes.

The importance of diet!

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A friend who works for Meat Promotion Wales sent me this!

New Tesco store for Burry Port

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Tesco are bringing a new store to Burry Port and could be opening for Christmas 2012.
Development of the new food store will guarantee scores of jobs for the seaside community, Carmarthenshire’s third largest township.
There was interest from a number of stores in the Llanelli Waterside Joint Venture land known as the Fairground Field. It lies behind the Neptune Hotel and Burry Port Harbour.
The development size is nearly 24,000sq ft with a promised 145 car parking spaces and there are design conditions to tie in with existing and neighbourhood development.
The food store will include ATM provision and pedestrian access provided to the west and north.
Contracts have yet to be exchanged on the deal but the capital receipts received for the Joint Venture land will be ring fenced for projects within the Joint Venture boundary.
The joint Venture is a partnership between the County Council and Welsh Assembly to help best promote the regeneration of Llanelli Waterside which extends through to Bu…

Quote of the day . . .

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory - Bertrand
Russell

Heroin user could face jail

A 35-year-old Betws heroin user has been warned he could face jail after he admitted threatening to kill a police constable he has known since childhood.
http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/8853967.Heroin_user_faces_jail_for_threats_to_kill/

Rachel leads drink campaign

Llanelli's Rachel Jones, the partner of the late rock star Stuart Cable is leading a new campaign for stronger warnings on alcohol packaging. The former Sterophonics drummer died in June 2010 when he choked on his vomit after a weekend of heavy drinking. Think Before You Drink is aimed at bringing alcohol labels into line with stark warnings on cigarette packets.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-12505867

No charge in Quinnell injury case

Police have decided not to charge a man arrested after Llanelli rugby player Gavin Quinnell lost the sight in his left eye in a rugby match.
Gwent Police announced that the unnamed 26-year-old Cross Keys player, who was arrested following a game in October on suspicion of assault, will not face criminal charges.
The decision comes after advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/news/eye-injury-charges/article-3239527-detail/article.html

Schools compete to be the greenest

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Secondary schools across Carmarthenshire are competing to be the greenest and the chance to win £5,000.
The council is running the first ever Eco Challenge Award Scheme for secondary schools to find out who is the cleverest when it comes to energy conservation, reducing waste and environmental best practice.
There are three different categories and three cash prizes up for grabs - £5,000 first prize, £2,500 second and £1,000 third.
Sustainability officer Tina Brice said: “This is our first Eco Challenge Award Scheme for secondary schools. If your school has been involved in an innovative eco initiative make sure you enter. We also want to hear from those schools that have delivered real innovation or have designed sustainable projects that others can learn from.”
The categories include most innovative eco initiative that leads to real reduction in carbon emissions in the school; best waste reduction, recycling or waste minimisation scheme and most environmentally improved school.
The compe…

Porno DVD man sentenced in Llanelli

A Llanelli businessman has been sentenced to a community order for offering to supply pornographic and counterfeit DVDs.
Reginald John Protheroe pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates Court to possessing an unclassified video with intent to supply, five offences of possessing counterfeit videos, and three Trade Mark offences.
Robert Edgecombe, prosecuting on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council, said that the offences were committed in Mansel Street, Llanelli, on October 28 last year. Police became suspicious of a transit van, stopped it and carried out a search. There were legitimate DVDs in the back but 45 other DVDs under a blanket on the passenger’s seat. The driver was arrested.
Protheroe was the owner of the business and co-operated with the trading standards officers who had taken over the investigation from the police.
He said that 26 of the 45 DVDs were pornographic and had not been certified by the BBFC for distribution in the UK. A further 19 were counterfeits of legitimate…

Llanarthne couple hope to make Royal Wedding guest list

Lifeboat launched in Carmarthen Bay

BBC attacked for dropping stand at Urdd Eisteddfod - Wales News - News - WalesOnline

Tax protest to hit Carmarthen bank

Sex assault in Carmarthen

Dyfed-Powys police investigating a sex assault have closed part of a road in Carmarthen town centre.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-12507524

Bid to beat the raiders at Parc Howard

County engineers are working with police and a new science to beat lead thieves attacking a Llanelli attraction.
Parc Howard mansion house has been the subject of 12 roof lead thefts over five years and resultant weather damage has threatened the fabric and museum contents of the much loved building.
As part of a £185,000 makeover new lead is being especially treated in a new scientific process which means it can be detected at a scrap yard if illegally removed and sold on.
Carmarthenshire council have decided against installing Tetra cameras as the lead detection is seen as a better option.
A total of £130,000 has been spent on the mansion improving access to the mansion house and museum including an external ramp and a lift internally.
An additional £55,000 is being invested in new windows and the lead.
The mansion and grounds continue to be an important visitor attraction in Llanelli. It is well used by local residents.
Last year there were 14,392 visitors there showing Parc Howard to be…

Ammanford multicultural event a success

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More than 200 people attended a multicultural event in Ammanford.
People from a number of diverse minority groups within the Amman area attended with nationalities including Welsh, English, French, Turkish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Bangladeshi and Philippino.
The event, which was held at the Amman Centre, was organised by Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team and funded by the Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership.
The aim of the day was to bring people from different strands of diversity together to improve community engagement and cohesion.
Members of the community also had an opportunity to speak to local neighbourhood policing officers and influence policing priorities in their areas.
In total 232 people went along and took part in a range of different activities. It included cooking demonstrations, food sampling, Cor Meibion Dyffryn Amman, Amman Valley School of Dance Glee Club, Carmarthen Twirlers, dancing from the Philippines, a general knowledge qu…

Ferryside dog mess patrol's alarming result

Environmental enforcement officers counted 50 piles of dog mess during a patrol in Ferryside.
It follows a number of complaints to the council of people in the village failing to clean up after their pets.
Now dog owners are being warned to clean up or pay up.
Failing to clean up after your pet in a public place is an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers regularly patrol the county and anyone caught failing to pick up after their dog can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75. Alternatively, they could be prosecuted through the magistrates’ courts where the maximum fine that can be imposed is £1,000.
Officers are stepping up patrols in Ferryside and anyone caught will be prosecuted.
Executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes said: “Dog mess left anywhere is a serious health risk and can lead to the spread of diseases such as toxocariasis, which in extreme cases can cause blindness in children. Alth…

Warning to Llangunnor dog owners

Dog owners in the Llangunnor area of Carmarthen are being warned to clean up after their pets - or pay up!
The council’s environmental enforcement officers are stepping up patrols in the area following complaints from the community council. They say dog fouling is a particular problem in Penymorfa Lane.
Anyone caught can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 or prosecuted through the magistrates’ courts where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes said: “Although the majority of residents take their responsibilities seriously, there is still a small minority who do not listen.
“This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and those caught breaking the law will be prosecuted.”
Dog mess can lead to the spread of diseases such as toxocariasis, which in extreme cases can cause blindness in children.
Owners are being encouraged to always keep a supply of bags near their dog's lead so they don't forget when they g…

23,000 visits chalked up on blog

Thank you very much, folks. Thanks to you, dear readers and visitors, this blog is continuing to pick up more hits.
It's now hit the 23,000 page views mark.
That's a 1,000 views since February 2.
Keep the hits coming, folks! Much appreciated.
Many thanks.
See earlier post -
http://sirgarblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/22000-page-visits-chalked-up-on-blog.html
Meanwhile, the blog has chalked up its first visitor from Peru.
The full country by country list (figures from January 6, 2010) is as follows -
United Kingdom (GB) 6,711; United States (US) 778; India (IN) 65; Canada (CA) 52; Germany (DE) 48; Australia (AU) 46; Europe (EU) 41; France (FR) 34; Ireland (IE) 34; Belgium (BE) 31; Qatar (QA) 29; Japan (JP) 28; Italy (IT) 24; Netherlands (NL) 23; Taiwan (TW) 17; Malaysia (MY) 17; Philippines (PH) 15; New Zealand (NZ) 14; Spain (ES) 14; Russian Federation (RU) 13; Pakistan (PK) 13; United Arab Emirates (AE) 12; Singapore (SG) 10; Sweden (SE) 10; South Africa (ZA) 9; Denmark (DK) 9; Poland (PL)…

Fined for fly-tipping in Carmarthen

A man has been fined £500 plus £245.63 court costs for fly-tipping near a Carmarthen tourist attraction.
Albert Glyndwr Phillips, aged 56, of North End, Trefin, Haverfordwest, failed to attend Ammanford Magistrates Court and was convicted in absence to an offence contrary to Section 2 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.
The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.
The court heard that the council’s environmental enforcement officers were called after black bags full of household waste were found dumped on land owned by the Gwili Railway Company Limited.
An investigation was carried out and the waste was traced back to Phillips who admitted illegally depositing the bags at the location.
It is now hoped this case will act as a warning to others that anyone caught fly-tipping will be prosecuted.
More serious offences could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court and fines of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.
Executive board member for the environment…

Cigarette end woman fined in Carmarthen

A woman has been fined by the courts for dropping a cigarette end in Carmarthen town centre.
Michelle Roseanne Barker, aged 29, of Palm Road, North Colerne, Chippenham, was convicted in absence of an offence contrary to Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Ammanford Magistrates Court.
The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.
The court heard that the council’s environmental enforcement officers were on patrol in the town centre on October 14 2010 when they saw a woman throw down a cigarette end onto the ground in St Catherine’s Walk..
She was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75, however she failed to pay it and as a result was prosecuted through the magistrates court.
Barker was fined £100 and ordered to pay £67.15 towards prosecution costs.
The council hopes this case will now act as a warning to others that those caught breaking the law in this way will be prosecuted.
The council’s executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hug…

It's hush-hush in Llwynhendy

There's a big secret being kept under wraps in a small corner of Llwynhendy.
A new scheme to benefit the community’s younger children is in the planning - but it is all being kept hush-hush so the children can have a big half-term surprise.
The secret scheme involves a popular day-time TV show and a celebrity, and all will be revealed on Friday, February 25.
Karen Powell, who runs Llwynhendy Integrated Children’s Centre, is behind the surprise, which is being co-ordinated with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.
“We can’t wait to do the big reveal to local children and parents next week,” said Karen.
“There’s been lots of whispering, and a couple of undercover visits, and some of the older children at Brynteg School are also in on the secret, but we hope it will be a lovely surprise for the community’s younger children.
“There will be TV crews and our celebrity visitor here on the day, but we are not giving anything more away.”
Cllr Gwynne Wooldridge, the council’s executive b…

Harry raises awareness of disability

A partially-sighted Trimsaran teenager is visiting local sheltered housing schemes to raise awareness of his disability.
17-year-old Harry Williams wants to shed some light on the barriers people have to overcome when they suffer from poor vision.
He hopes that by speaking about the issue he will be helping to raise awareness and will also gain more self-confidence.
His next presentation will take place at Carmarthenshire County Council’s Llys Y Godian sheltered housing scheme in Trimsaran, on Wednesday, March 9, at 2pm.

Youth Forum work on neglected land in Carway

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A neglected piece of Carway land which has been blighted by fly-tipping and abandoned cars is being transformed with the help of local young people.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s housing division has teamed up with the Gwendraeth Youth Forum to breathe new life in to the disused land at Maesywern.
It is one of the projects being undertaken by the Environmental Works Project, part of the council’s £203million Carmarthenshire Homes Standard – a major improvement programme to update council homes and benefit communities.
Working with the Welsh Assembly’s Tidy Towns project and Keep Wales Tidy, the youths and EWP project staff cleared the land and designed a landscaped community area for local residents to enjoy.
As well as planting with shrubs and plants, creating raised beds and rockery features and creating seating areas and pathways, a large part of the scheme has been designed to discourage further abuse of the land.
A consultation exercise undertaken by members of the youth forum show…

Trimsaran pupils help clean woodland

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Eco-minded pupils from Trimsaran Primary School have helped to clean up a neglected woodland area for the benefit of the community.
A total of 41 pupils, teachers and support staff carried out a litter-pick of the area known locally as Morlais Yard.
The woodland, on the site of the former Trimsaran Iron Works, was turned into a community amenity area in 1993 but has since become overgrown with fly-tipping also occurring there.
Now work is underway to improve the area for the whole community.
Local children recognised its value and with the support of Trimsaran Community Council and Carmarthenshire County Council a 'Wild & Safe' project is being created for the site.
Management works have already started with the selective removal of trees and scrub clearance to allow more light into the site to encourage a wider variety of plants and animals into the area as well as encourage more use of the site by residents.
Further improvements to the site are also planned over the coming mon…

Carmarthen girls take up cheerleading!

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While traditional sports like football, athletics and netball continue to see high participation stats, the battle for girls’ interest continues at a pace.
But with changing social trends comes the opportunity for sport and physical activity that appeals to youngsters across the board.
At Carmarthen’s Queen Elizabeth (QE) High School, a popular pastime from across the pond is proving a winner with the pupils.
After a request from the pupils themselves, a cheerleading club has been established by the school’s 5x60 officer.
Once a week, up to 40 girls join together for a lunchtime coaching session in the activity that has been a staple part of school life in the USA for generations.
With 5x60 put in place by Sport Wales to encourage secondary school pupils to do sport and physical activity during break, lunchtime and after school, many activities away from the traditional sports are capturing the imagination of those who wouldn’t have taken part.
Cheerleading instructor Helen McLoughlin, from…

Normal service being resumed

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days. It's been a manic couple of days.
But normal service about to be resumed.

Latest 'View from Richmond Park' column

The latest 'View from Richmond Park' column. This was destined for this week's issue of the Carmarthen Journal, but didn't make it into print because of a technical problem.
Carmarthen Town AFC’s new Community Centre at Richmond Park was the venue for a very successful Show Racism The Red Card day.
Campaign worker Jason Webber organised the day together with Education Coordinator Simon Richards and former Football League player Christian Roberts.
They were joined by pupils from Ysgol Ponthenri and Ysgol Brynconin for a stimulating and thought-provoking day.
Following a morning session of presentations and activities, the afternoon session allowed pupils to view the SRTRC video.
In a final session, Town goalkeeper Shane Earp and goalkeeping coach Peter Fearn joined Christian Roberts for a session of questions and answers where the pupils showed their understanding of the issues surrounding racism with some very interesting and perceptive questions.
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The EMC Servic…

Bid to solve school traffic problems

Work could start in this spring to help overcome traffic and parking problems at Dewi Sant and Penygaer Schools, Llanelli.
School runs times have been plagued with traffic congestion problems and safety issues with irresponsible drivers jamming the Bryndulais Avenue cul de sac route to the school off Heol Goffa.
A Safe Routes in the Community bid was been submitted several years ago to the Assembly which forms part of the Dafen and Felinfoel scheme.
Funding has been received for years one and two and Carmarthenshire Council engineering officers who designed the bid anticipate they will be successful acquiring funding for year three.
The level of funding is not known, although a WAG announcement is expected shortly.
County executive board member for transport Cllr Philip Hughes said: “If sufficient grant funding become available it would be possible to start work on improving pedestrian access to the schools early in the new financial year from April 1st.
“The scheme will involve the provi…

Blow to Pendine bus services

Some bus services operating between Carmarthen and Pendine and possibly Llanybri are to be lost.
A bus company is withdrawing some services and the council has been unable to attract tenderers for some service runs without incurring potential subsidies of more than £14 a passenger.
The council has committed itself to running the coastal service in the summer to assist the tourism drive but insist the ‘use it or lose it’ mantra will be adopted because of the unsustainable costs of a poorly used service.
Ffoshelig Coaches withdrawing from commercially operated journeys with effect from Sunday, February 20th .
Carmarthenshire council currently subsidises certain journeys on these services 222 (Carmarthen – Pendine) and 227 (Carmarthen – Llanybri).
Whilst most daytime journeys on these routes are operated commercially by Ffoshelig Coaches, the early morning and evening journeys receive a subsidy from the Authority. The Sunday service is also subsidised.
Ffoshelig Coaches has informed the Author…

Another woman fined for Cross Hands littering

A second woman has been fined £75 for littering at the bring site at Cross Hands Co-op.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers were on duty at the site when they saw a car pull up; a woman got out and put a cardboard box into one of the recycling banks but then left a carrier bag full of waste on the ground.
She got back into the vehicle and it started to pull away before it was stopped by the officers who then explained what they had seen to the woman.
She was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75. Failure to pay could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum penalty of up to £2,500.
This is the second time officers have issued a fixed penalty notice at the site in recent weeks. Unfortunately fly-tipping is becoming an increasing problem at bring sites across the county.
Executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes said: “We are very disappointed that the bring sites are being misused in this way as they are important facilities for …

Assurance on Carmarthenshire school meals

Pupils in Carmarthenshire secondary schools are being reassured that there has been no increase to the cost of their school meals.
County catering chiefs have moved to deny there has been an increase, following a protest staged by pupils at Carmarthen’s Ysgol Bro Myrddin when they boycotted the school canteen for a day.
Pupils had been under the impression that the cost of their school meals had been put up by 15p per meal, without them knowing.
But this is not the case, and no changes have been made to the prices, leaving the council’s catering services team puzzled.
Head of Business and Specialist services, Elin Cullen, said: “We are very disappointed that pupils have staged such a demonstration, when there has been no change to the cost of meals – it is a complete fabrication and seems to have been a very unfortunate misunderstanding on the pupils’ part.
“The VAT rates for food for adults, i.e. staff at the school, have gone up in line with the recent national increase, but this has abs…

Evan-Evans scoops another award!

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The award-winning West Wales brewer Evan-Evans has done it again!
Cwrw, the premium ale brewed by Evan-Evans of Llandeilo, has been awarded the Bronze medal at the brewing industry’s ‘Oscars’, the International Awards 2011, held in Burton-on-Trent.
This is the third major award that the Cwrw brand has won in the last 18 months.
Cwrw is now widely accepted as being one of the very best beers in Wales and ranks consistently as one of the top three best bitters in the UK, in cask and bottle.
The International Brewing Awards are the world’s oldest brewing industry prizes.
Evan-Evans chief executive Simon Buckley said: ‘This is an incredible achievement for our brewing team in Llandeilo and puts us not only at the top of the tree in Wales, but also right up there among the very best cask ale brewers in the world.
“The Best Bitter category is the most important category in the cask ale competition and I am extremely proud of my team’s efforts.
“It is a very proud moment for me and a great moment f…

'Little and Large'

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Robert Lloyd and Richard Thomas were at Morrisons superstore in Llanelli at the weekend representing Llanelli Rotary Club and collecting for the Marie Curie cancer charity.
Thanks go to all who contributed and helped.

Questions about housing news

Carmarthenshire Council tenants are being asked how they would like to be informed of news relating to them.
Currently, tenants living in the council’s 9,200 homes receive a printed edition of Housing News, which is delivered through their doors once every two months.
Now, staff in the authority’s housing department want to know if tenants would like to continue receiving copies of the newsletter, or if they’d prefer to keep up to date on current news in other ways.
Tenants are also being asked what kind of news they would like to read about, how often they would like to receive news updates, and what format they would prefer.
Head of housing, Robin Staines, said: “We have a responsibility to keep our tenants informed of news and information that may have an affect on them.
“We are currently mid-way through a massive £202million programme to improve our council homes, and we realise that our tenants want to be kept informed of how the programme is progressing.
“We also want our tenants to a…

Llanelli girl's great recipe idea

A Llanelli school girl has come up with the perfect recipe for a healthy school meal.
Year six Ysgol Dewi Sant pupil Elen Jenkins has won a county-wide competition to design a nutritious two-course lunch to feature on the primary schools’ summer menu.
The competition was organised by the Carmarthenshire Catering Service, which serves up more than 19,000 lunches every day in the county’s schools.
The service is currently designing a number of new dishes that will feature as part of the next menu, due for launch in May – and decided to get a little help from their friends…
All schools were encouraged to take part in the competition in a bid to help pupils recognise healthy food groups, and to understand how they form part of a balanced diet.
Elen’s winning entry – pepper pasta in cheese sauce served with chicken and tomato, followed by a fruit salad – was deemed a perfect nutritious lunch.
It scored highly on the catering service’s Saffron system, which is used to measure the nutritional cont…

Appeal to schools on Fairtrade

Schools across Carmarthenshire are being urged to help change the lives of millions of struggling farmers in the developing world.
An appeal has been made for schools in the county to apply for Fairtrade status.
Project leaders say the education of schoolchildren is a vital tool in spreading the message about Fairtrade.
And they believe that the county’s younger generation have an important role to play in the development of the initiative.
Fairtrade is a partnership between consumers in the west and farmers in developing countries, which guarantees a fair price to food producers.
Major work is underway by the County Council to promote Fairtrade and the appeal to schools comes as Fairtrafe Fortnight is about to get underway.
An educational newsletter has already been distributed to schools and special menus will be served up as part of the forthcoming two week promotional drive.
Now schools are being urged to step forward and receive the Fairtrade accolade.
As part of the scheme they would h…

Sustainable Wales 'brain-stormer' in Carmarthen

A groundbreaking 24- hour brain-stormer is being held in Carmarthen to create a vision for a sustainable Wales.
The country’s first day long sustainability and innovation event will be staged in the town this week.
Leaders from the worlds of business, government, communities and education will join forces to design a plan for a sustainable future.
Organisers hope it will lead to a new way of thinking about ways to help the environment and reduce our impact on the planet.
The pioneering Project Twenty4 event will be held on Friday at the University of Wales Trinity St David.
It will run from 9am until 9am on the following day and participants will work through the night to thrash out a new sustainability vision for the nation.
Carmarthenshire County Council, which is leading the way in sustainable development, is supporting the event.
Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson is also attending.
It will kick off with a schools and business innovation forum, fol…

Family fun cookery course in Ammanford

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The latest project being hosted by Communities First Pantyffynnon, and run by local volunteers is a Family Fun Cookery course in Ammanford.
Following the successes of the course which ran over the summer holidays, Communities First are delighted to be organising the sessions over this February half term.
Aimed at families - mums, dads or grandparents are welcome to bring their little ones to learn all about cooking healthy foods.
Carol Cadman, a local volunteer said: “The course last summer was such a big hit with residents, so I am thrilled to be a part of delivering it this time around.
“It acts as a great opportunity for learning about foods that can be enjoyed by all the family. Feeding a family can be a big expense, but by learning about different foods and substituting some things can save you pounds!”
The course is free and all equipment is provided, through the support gained by the Local Health Board. It is aimed at families who would like to develop practical cookery skills in a…

Tyre amnesty success story

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A total of 908 tyres were collected to be recycled in an amnesty held in Llanelli.
Residents were able to take along any unwanted tyres to Tesco in Parc Trostre to dispose of free of charge.
The amnesty was organised by Tidy Towns, a Welsh Assembly Government-funded initiative delivered in partnership by Carmarthenshire County Council and Keep Wales Tidy. It is also being supported by Fly-tipping Action Wales, a national initiative that brings together 40 partner agencies from across Wales to tackle the problem of fly-tipping.
The aim is to encourage householders to dispose of their waste responsibly and discourage fly-tipping which is not only a blight on the landscape, but costs local authorities millions of pounds every year to clean up and causes harm to wildlife and the environment.
Tidy Towns project officer Simon Troake said: “Tyre companies attach a charge to any tyres that are disposed of at their business so illegally dumped tyres is a big problem not just in Carmarthenshire but…