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David Jones appointed as first Ofcom Board member for Wales

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Welsh Ministers today (Apr 9) confirmed the appointment of David Jones as the first Ofcom Board Member for Wales.

The Welsh Government has today confirmed the appointment following consultation with the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

David Jones is currently a non-executive director of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which is one of Wales’ largest, covering five separate local authority areas. The Health Board is currently building a new 470 bed hospital. David is Chair of the Information Governance Committee. David is also non-executive director of the Welsh Revenue Authority, the body responsible for collecting and managing Welsh taxes on behalf of the Welsh Government and is a member of the board of Qualifications Wales.

David Jones said: “I am privileged to have the opportunity to take on this new role at an important time for Ofcom. Making sure that people across Wales have the broadcasting services they need, and that consumers have access to good quality communications services, especially in the most rural areas, here in Wales and across the UK, is vital. I look forward to contributing to Ofcom’s continuing discussion.”

Terry Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: “I am delighted David Jones has been confirmed as the first Ofcom board member for Wales. His appointment will strengthen the Board’s ability to represent the voices of people from across the UK, as we work to ensure everyone gets the most from their communications services.”

Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “David’s wide range of experience, including his work on digital communications and cybersecurity, will prove hugely valuable to Ofcom. I’m looking forward to working together to improve communications for people and businesses, wherever they live and work.”

Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “This is an important appointment and I wish David every success. Broadcasting in Wales is going through a welcome period of renewal that must deliver comprehensive services, in Welsh and English, which properly reflect a nation with its own language, culture and political institutions. Ofcom has a key role to play in ensuring this happens. A strong voice for Wales on its Board is a great step forward.”

Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said: “I congratulate David on this key appointment. Ofcom has a vital role in improving access to fast broadband and reliable mobile coverage in Wales. I am pleased that through David Wales will have a strong voice on the Ofcom Board that will ensure that the connectivity needs of Wales will be represented.”

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New all-inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park opens

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CYCLING for all ages and abilities is now available at Pembrey Country Park.

Some 38 new cycles including wheelchair transporters, wheelchair cycles, adult tricycles, hand cycles, two-seater side by side and four-seater cycles have arrived at the park’s ski and activity centre.

The purchases and new timber clad storage facilities were funded by the Welsh Government through its Integrated Care Fund (ICF) and a Play Sufficiency Grant funded children’s cycles. The project was delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council’s leisure team and learning disability services.

In addition to the cycles, a new fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ disabled changing and shower room which includes a full ceiling track hoist system and electrically operated shower/changing bed has been installed.

The council’s executive board member for leisure services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “This has been made possible thanks to partnership working between Welsh Government, the council’s learning disability and leisure services. It’s yet another step forward in our plan to provide access to cycling for all abilities and as part of our wider vision to become the Cycling Hub of Wales.”

Already Pembrey Ski and Activity Centre is recognised for its ski for all facilities and regularly holds high profile events for all abilities.

The council’s disability ambassador, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are delighted that we are able to offer a fully inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park. Already it has been a tremendous success in increasing the number of individuals accessing cycling as well as attracting out of county groups.”

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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