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MP thanks foodbank volunteers



SHOPPERS at Tesco were once again called upon by volunteers from Ammanford Foodbank to help donate food parcels for those in need.

Each year The Trussell Trust, which operates over 400 food banks across the UK, and the FareShare organisation team up with retail giant Tesco to ask customers to donate long-life meals to those dependent on the service.

The 2016 December collection contributed 3.4million meals to the service.

Last year more than 95,000 3-day emergency food supplies were given by Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales alone.

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards again joined volunteers to support the collection. He thanked volunteers for their efforts and urged those who are in a position to donate to consider helping out.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Officially opening the foodbank in Ammanford was one of the most humbling duties I’ve undertaken since being elected. To see so many people having to depend on the support of others due to a heartless London government is the most sobering of circumstances.

“That said, I am filled with a tremendous amount of pride knowing that we have so many generous and caring neighbours who give up their time, energy and money to ensure those who have fallen on difficult times can receive assistance.

“I am full of admiration of the volunteers and I offer my sincere thanks for all of their efforts.

“From my conversations at the collection I know there is a particular need for toiletries.

“My Assembly Member colleague, Adam Price and our staff team have pledged to donate a parcel of toiletries to the foodbank ahead of Christmas.

“I would urge anybody who is in a position to support the foodbank to kindly consider a donation.”

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  1. A Non

    December 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Nice to see Plaid Cymru’s entry for the Perfect Political Photograph of 2017.

    Some numbers:
    35m, distance from Plaid offices to the Foodbank
    535m, distance from Plaid offices to Tesco collection point (who kindly gift further contributions based on the recorded weight of public donations)
    52, number of times volunteers have distributed food to those in crisis or need in their community in the last year (ie every Friday)
    2, number of times the Foodbank has organised collections in Tesco in the last year (though unmanned collections are received each week)
    0, number of visits by a Plaid Cymru MP or AM to Foodbank (with or *without* a camera) in the last year.

    If you want to thank/encourage the many volunteers that give selflessly, then why not make a quiet visit, rather than repeat last year’s PR stunt – or can’t that blamed on the Tories?

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Drink driver hospitalised and arrested



A MAN who was hospitalised after crashing his car on the B4310, Drefach, has also been arrested for drink driving.

The crash, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning (Feb 18), destroyed the Mercedes he was driving.

He hit a van which was parked outside of a property, which was also damaged.

Dyfed-Powys Police, Welsh Ambulance Service, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service personnel attended the scene.

A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to reports of a road traffic collision at 12.50am on Sunday morning on the B4310 in Drefach.

“We sent crews from Pontyates and Tumble at the scene and one male was cut out of a car using hydraulic cutting equipment and taken to hospital.”

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‘Connecting Carmarthenshire’ campaign takes a leap forward



Making progress: Jonathan Edwards MP, Adam Price AM and Geraint Trello

EFFORTS to improve the availability of high speed internet and good mobile phone signal took a leap forward this week as EE sets about switching on new mobile phone masts and launches its 4G Home Broadband solution.

Representatives of EE came to Carmarthenshire this weekend to meet with Member of Parliament, Jonathan Edwards and Assembly Member, Adam Price who have led a ‘Connecting Carmarthenshire’ campaign.

Their meeting, which took place near the site of one of two new mobile phone masts near Abergorlech, focused on the upgrades and improvements the company is undertaking across rural Carmarthenshire, with a particular focus on EE’s new 4G Home Broadband solution which can provide superfast broadband via an antenna on the house – a solution EE says could help around 580,000 homes nationwide gain access to high speed connectivity.

The Plaid Cymru politicians said the new improved mobile signal was itself “a big advancement”, but said the launch of the 4G antenna was “a leap forward” for connecting rural Carmarthenshire communities.

Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards said: “It was a pleasure to welcome EE to Carmarthenshire and continue our discussions on improving connectivity in rural Wales. One new mast will be switched on in Abergorlech in a matter of weeks, with another new mast for the Llansawel region with us later in the year.

“These new masts add to the 27 4G upgrades EE has carried out to existing sites in Carmarthenshire over the last 12 months, providing better coverage for rural communities including Llanybydder, Pencader and Llanarthne, adding to the upgrades from other mobile phone giants across the county.

“Perhaps the most impressive news this week is the launch of EE’s Home Broadband solution which, with the use of a small antenna on the home, can bring superfast broadband to the house. This looks like it could be the answer for many properties which have been left behind during the fixed line upgrades, or where they can only receive slower fixed broadband speeds.

“It’s not for an elected representative to promote a particular private company, but where there appears to be a solution for so many properties to get high speed internet, I have no problem in promoting the product – particularly because when it was trialed it delivered speeds over 100Mbps! This is a giant leap forward.

“Connecting Carmarthenshire is really starting to see positive results, but I’ll keep on working to ensure everyone I represent achieves good connectivity.”

Assembly Member Adam Price said: “The new sites in the Abergorlech area are the latest in a long time of upgrades in recent months, with the added bonus of those mobile signals being used for superfast internet in the home.

“Given that various grants for broadband solutions are available from the Welsh Government, we believe those who can’t get access to fixed broadband connections or receive a glacial pace connection may well be able to receive a grant to have products like 4G Home Broadband installed at their homes.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in a grant to cover the costs of delivering a step change in their broadband speeds to visit the Welsh Government’s website to check eligibility, or contact Jonathan and I where we can send information to them directly.

“More and more people across our Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency are seeing the benefits of good mobile phone signal and much faster broadband. We’ve still got a little way to go, but local residents are seeing big advancements. We’re delighted the Connecting Carmarthenshire campaign is delivering tangible results for the county.”

On the launch of EE’s 4G Home Broadband solution, Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE said: “As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities. Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series.”

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4.4 magnitude earthquake felt across Wales



AN earthquake of 4.4 magnitude has been felt across Wales and England this afternoon (Feb 17).

There are numerous reports of the earthquake being felt across west Wales, including Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

The earthquake originated near Swansea, where it is was felt strongest, at around 2:30pm.

However, the earthquake was felt across Wales, and many parts of England.

The EMSC, an independent monitor of earthquakes, said: “Latest update of the effects of the #earthquake in #Swansea region. Was felt up to 300 km from epicentre.”

Dyfed-Powys Police received many reports about the incident, but said that there was no need for concern, and that they felt it themselves in their control room.

The police force said: “We are receiving an extremely high call volume reporting some sort of earth tremor in the area – we are receiving reports from across the whole of Wales (we felt it in our control room too!). For now – it is unexplained – but there is nothing to worry about.”

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