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Coronavirus: How swapping the car for a bike can reduce commuters’ risk of an early death

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The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

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Coronavirus: second home owners “use the loophole” to claim subsidies

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Can you wash your car during lockdown?

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Welsh celebrities Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Sophie Evans and Caroline Sheen will help host a virtual quiz night for children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan

Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon will host a Gavin and Stacey themed round. Credit: Ian West/PA Images

Welsh celebrities Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Sophie Evans and Caroline Sheen will help host a virtual quiz night for children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

The event is being held at 7pm Friday 10 on the Welsh charity’s Facebook page and is the second virtual quiz fundraiser they have organised.

Players are asked to donate what they can, with the first quiz raising almost £3,000.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, Tŷ Hafan had to cancel all their planned events and close their charity shops, meaning a potential income loss of more than £2 million this year.

The charity supports life-limited children and their families across Wales.

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Other celebrities joining the lineup include Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner Colin Thackery and Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir. Credit: Tŷ Hafan

The quiz will feature pre-recorded questions read by eight famous faces.

It will be themed around music, movies and television with a special Gavin and Stacey themed round hosted by Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.

Other celebrity quizmasters taking part include Westend actresses Kerry Ellis, Aisha Jawando and Sophie Evans. Musical theatre actress, Caroline Sheen, will also be joining the lineup.

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner, Colin Thackery and Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir, who led the royal wedding performance of ‘Stand by Me’ for Harry and Meghan, are also among the quizzers.

The first online fundraising quiz saw 3,800 people play.

This quiz series is one of the virtual fundraising ideas the charity is exploring to help keep the doors of their hospice open. They are also planning a virtual marathon in May.

We know that the Coronavirus outbreak is a time of concern for our families, supporters, volunteers & staff. Be assured that Tŷ Hafan is working tirelessly to respond to the needs of all involved with the charity. 💚

Here’s our current advice 👉 https://t.co/zQXjEzFgEU pic.twitter.com/bPNZqEH4xb

— Ty Hafan (@tyhafan) March 18, 2020

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Many charities are having to find alternative ways to fund their work during the global pandemic as shops have been shut and social gatherings stopped.

UK Government announced on Wednesday an extra £750 million in funding for frontline charities with £200 million of that specifically for hospices in England. Wales will get a portion of this funding. 

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Welsh celebrities Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Sophie Evans and Caroline Sheen will help host a virtual quiz night for children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan

Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon will host a Gavin and Stacey themed round. Credit: Ian West/PA Images

Welsh celebrities Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Sophie Evans and Caroline Sheen will help host a virtual quiz night for children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

The event is being held at 7pm Friday 10 on the Welsh charity’s Facebook page and is the second virtual quiz fundraiser they have organised.

Players are asked to donate what they can, with the first quiz raising almost £3,000.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, Tŷ Hafan had to cancel all their planned events and close their charity shops, meaning a potential income loss of more than £2 million this year.

The charity supports life-limited children and their families across Wales.

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Other celebrities joining the lineup include Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner Colin Thackery and Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir. Credit: Tŷ Hafan

The quiz will feature pre-recorded questions read by eight famous faces.

It will be themed around music, movies and television with a special Gavin and Stacey themed round hosted by Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.

Other celebrity quizmasters taking part include Westend actresses Kerry Ellis, Aisha Jawando and Sophie Evans. Musical theatre actress, Caroline Sheen, will also be joining the lineup.

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner, Colin Thackery and Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir, who led the royal wedding performance of ‘Stand by Me’ for Harry and Meghan, are also among the quizzers.

The first online fundraising quiz saw 3,800 people play.

This quiz series is one of the virtual fundraising ideas the charity is exploring to help keep the doors of their hospice open. They are also planning a virtual marathon in May.

We know that the Coronavirus outbreak is a time of concern for our families, supporters, volunteers & staff. Be assured that Tŷ Hafan is working tirelessly to respond to the needs of all involved with the charity. 💚

Here’s our current advice 👉 https://t.co/zQXjEzFgEU pic.twitter.com/bPNZqEH4xb

— Ty Hafan (@tyhafan) March 18, 2020

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Many charities are having to find alternative ways to fund their work during the global pandemic as shops have been shut and social gatherings stopped.

UK Government announced on Wednesday an extra £750 million in funding for frontline charities with £200 million of that specifically for hospices in England. Wales will get a portion of this funding. 

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Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

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There’s a solution to coronavirus confusion – just use the ‘E’ word

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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Coronavirus could have ‘already infected HALF the population – and it’s been spreading since January’

Coronavirus could already have infected HALF the British population and has been spreading in the UK since January, a new study claims. Oxford …

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Free Trains in Wales for NHS Staff On TfW and other Transport News…

NHS staff in Wales are being offered free travel on Transport for Wales rail services with immediate effect, the company has announced.

NHS workers will just need to show their work ID to access services to get themselves back and forth to work until 30 April.

Public transport is to operate on a reduced scale throughout Wales because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However the reduced service has led to crowding on some trains.

New timetables are now in place for trains and buses until further notice.

Announcing the move for NHS workers, Transport for Wales (TfW) said: “At Transport for Wales our primary focus is keeping our colleagues and customers safe, and to keep key workers moving.

“From Monday 23 March, Transport for Wales will provide all NHS workers free travel to and from work until 30th April on production of their NHS ID.”

A statement on its website added: “We are doing all we can to keep vital services running, so that emergency service staff who are using our trains and key workers are to travel in safety with confidence.” 

Some passengers were reporting difficulties in maintaining social distancing on trains on Monday morning.

Hospital worker Emma Lamorte highlighted the situation on Twitter and called for more trains.

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Tube travellers in London have also experienced crowded carriages, with unions saying it left transport staff feeling “furious” as they were unable to maintain social distancing.

However, other travellers in Wales reported quieter than usual carriages.

Aurora Heathfield

Image captionAurora Heathfield, outside Cardiff Central, was on a train carriage with only three other people

Commuter Aurora Heathfield from Bridgend, said there was an “eerie feel” on the train to Cardiff on Monday morning with carriages much quieter than usual.

“It would usually be pretty busy and you’d be looking for a seat. There was three people in my carriage,” she said.

Jake Newberry from Cross Keys, Caerphilly county, said there was “hardly anyone” on his train on the Ebbw Vale line and he had expected to see more people due to the reduced timetable.

Alex Varney said the train from Barry to Cardiff was also quiet with the conductor providing advice over a speaker rather than walking through the train to check tickets.

“It was nice and quiet and nice to have some space,” he said.

“Everyone was calm and pleasant and just going through their day.”

A TfW spokesman said on Monday afternoon: “Whilst some services were busy this morning, on average most were 50-60% full. However, we will continue to prioritise peak periods services in order to ensure we do not create overly busy services.

“”We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis and increase capacity where necessary but we do strongly urge customers to carefully consider whether they do have to travel so that priority can be given to key workers.”

Why are services being reduced?

The changes reflect the fall in demand, reduced availability of staff and the latest public health guidance, transport companies said.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said it remained “crucial” to keep some services going for key workers and supply chains.

“This action aims to balance the current significantly reduced levels of passenger demand as people follow the guidelines to socially isolate with the need to reduce the number of people required to run the network,” he said.

“This contingency measure will help to ensure there are enough staff to keep services running over the coming weeks and months.”

Ken Skates

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Image captionKen Skates hopes the new plans will keep transport on track for the coming months

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should avoid “non-essential” travel.

Operators said the closure of schools, as well as people increasingly working from home, was expected to see a further significant decline in demand.

How have bus services changed?

First Cymru, which operates services across south and west Wales, warned customers face disruption to services because “increasing numbers of staff” were self-isolating.

It said there would be a reduced timetable for services in Ammanford, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Maesteg, Port Talbot and Swansea.

The company also urged passengers not use cash payments to buy tickets wherever possible, to “stop the spread” of coronavirus.

Arriva bus at Wrexham Bus Station

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Image captionMany bus operators are running a Saturday timetable

Stagecoach, which operates throughout south-east Wales, said a reduced timetable would operate until further notice but had been created to ensure “critical routes are maintained wherever possible”.

Nigel Winter, managing director, said the company was working to maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry in a “challenging” situation.

“We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work,” he added.

“Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.”

In north Wales, Arriva Bus is running an emergency service but will still operate key routes “to ensure customers can continue to access critical services”.

Cardiff bus

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Image captionOnly eight Cardiff Bus routes will continue as normal

Cardiff Bus is now following a Saturday timetable for most of its services across the capital with the exception of some services which are running normally. School buses will continue for eligible children.

All Newport Bus services are also now following a Saturday timetable in “these unprecedented times”, the company said.

It added: “We will maintain bus services for our customers for as long as we are able to.”

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How are trains affected?

Train operators across Britain will gradually reduce services following talks with the UK and Welsh governments.

However operators will still run core services to ensure key workers can get to their jobs and the flow of goods continues.

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Image captionBusy commuter lines will be prioritised

TfW said Sunday service times will be applied throughout the week though some additional services will operate to support busier commuter routes. 

“This timetable has been designed to be as resilient as possible, whilst ensuring we balance a reduction in demand, availability of our people and the need to support key workers such as health, food retailers and delivery teams,” it said.

The operator said advanced tickets were now eligible for refunds.

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The New Welsh Inventions inspired by the Global Pandemic…

A new ventilator, a virus-killing snood and a hands-free door pull are just some of the innovations coming out of Wales to tackle coronavirus.

Since the outbreak, doctors, scientists and designers have been working on ideas to stop the virus spreading.

The ventilator has already successfully treated a Covid-19 patient and has been backed by the Welsh Government.

Mass production of the snood-type mask is under way while a 3D design of the handle has been widely circulated.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, who was part of the impetus to get the ventilator into mass production, said the innovations put Wales “on the front foot” in the battle against the pandemic.

“It shows that Wales, as a small nation, can get things done quickly as we face the biggest challenge of our generation,” he said.

The Covid Emergency Ventilator

It took just three days to design but the senior doctor involved believes the easy-to-build device could dramatically ease the strain on NHS staff.

ventilator

Image caption“The patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties,” said Dr Rhys Thomas

Dr Rhys Thomas, from Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, was “desperately concerned” at the lack of intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators to deal with the expected influx of patients.

Along with engineering company CR Clark & Co of Ammanford, he created a machine that not only helps patients to breath but cleans the room of viral particles.

“It’s simple and robust and specifically designed to work against Covid virus in a contagious environment,” said Dr Thomas.

“Although it won’t replace an ICU ventilator, the majority of patients won’t need intensive care if they are treated with this ventilator first.

“The machine will [also] clean the room of viral particles and only supply purified air to the patient. The patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties.”

Dr Rhys Thomas

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Image captionDr Rhys Thomas served for 17 years with the British Army, including seven tours of Afghanistan

He said a patient in Llanelli who was treated with the machine at the weekend was now “recovering well”.

Welsh ministers have given the go-ahead for production of up to 100 ventilators a day.

The ‘virus-killing’ snood

Designers claim the mask kills more than 95% of any viruses – including Covid-19.

woman wearing snood mask

Image captionThe snood has been developed in response to the pandemic

The company hopes to make as many as a million-a-week and plans to reserve part of that stock for the NHS.

“We have been working on the anti-viral coating since 2011 but it’s only in the last five weeks that we have developed the snood in response to the current pandemic,” said Anna Roberts, of Virustatic Shield.

The hands-free door handle

Wyn Griffiths came up with the idea after his wife visited a local hospital last week and had to touch door handles after sanitising her hands. 

door pull being made

Image captionAnyone with a 3D printer can now make the door pull

That evening he had designed a prototype ‘arm’ which attaches to an existing door handle, with a crook to open the door. 

He has now distributed the 3D design online for anyone to download it for free.

Mr Griffiths said: “Hopefully people who have a 3D printer can help out their local hospital or anywhere the public visits by distributing these around the country.”

Menai Science Park

Image captionM-Sparc in Gaerwen is supported by Bangor University

The innovation centre

The handle and snood were both designed at the Menai Science Park in Gaerwen on Anglesey, a hub for small start-up companies and scientific research.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, managing director of M-Sparc, said it was “vital” the park plays its part in coming up with innovative ideas.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart

Image captionMr Rhisiart praised small companies developing “new innovative solutions”

“In the middle of all the doom and gloom it’s good to see small companies developing new innovative solutions,” he said.

“It’s just a glimpse. We’re not saying it’s the answer but it’s something.”

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Latest Welsh Government Coronavirus Update from Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

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Further to my statement on 18 March, I can confirm the Chief Medical Officer has issued the following guidance to NHS Wales.

The novel Coronavirus was genetically typed and identified on 7 January 2020. 3 weeks later the specialist virology centre within Public Health Wales had commenced testing for this virus. Testing capacity has continued to be ramped up and Public Health Wales now has capacity for over 800 tests per day. 

From 1 April, this will increase by a further 5,000 tests per day (total – 6,000 daily).

From 7 April, this will increase by a further 2,000 tests per day (total – 8,000 daily).

By end of April, Public Health Wales are aiming to have capacity to undertake up to 9,000 tests per day in Wales.

There is also a significant amount of work progressing at a UK level to roll out a new test. There are no estimates currently available to indicate when this will be available or the numbers of new tests that can be performed daily in Wales, but I will provide this information when we have a clear indication.

I would like to remind everyone that self-isolation and social distancing are absolutely fundamental at this stage if we are to delay the spread of this virus. We all need to follow this advice now to protect each other and our families and to help ensure our NHS is not overwhelmed with cases.

As ever, I will keep you regularly updated.

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Former and future health and social care professionals needed – Welsh Government News…

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Wales’ former health and social care professionals are today being asked to return to work, as an emergency recruitment drive is launched to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

First published:21 March 2020Last updated:21 March 2020

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Wales’ Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Social Services and Integration have made simultaneous appeals to their colleagues to sign-up to support those affected.

Final-year students will also be offered work in the NHS to help boost the workforce over the coming months.

Chief Nursing Officer Jean White said:

These are extraordinary times, which call for extraordinary measures to be taken to respond to the health needs of the people of Wales.

I am appealing to all health professionals who are able to help at this time to make themselves available – our National Health Service needs you. Wales needs you.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton said:

I would like to reassure NHS Wales staff and the people of Wales that we are doing all we can to support health and social care organisations during this extremely challenging period.

Our health service and our excellent health workers need all the support and help they can get. Our nation’s health depends on it.

The Welsh Government’s Director of Social Services and Integration, Albert Heaney said:

I want to reassure our dedicated social care sector that we are working with partners to ensure we protect our frontline social care staff, who play such a crucial role in caring for and supporting the vulnerable in society. 

Social Care Wales has written to the workforce and to employers to outline the measures it is taking, including how it will register those offering their invaluable experience to return and assist this collective effort.

We want to welcome you back in to the fold.” 

The plans are part of the extensive work to prepare the NHS and social care sector to provide expert care for the predicted number of people who are likely to need care as a result of contracting coronavirus.

People who have left or retired in the last three years will be asked to re-register with their relevant professional bodies. They will be asked what role they could play and how much time they can dedicate.

All returning staff will be able to ‘opt-in’ to a register to fill a range of clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS and social care sector, based on their skills and time away from practice.

Already more than 5,000 letters have been sent to retirees across a range of roles.

The Welsh Government is also currently exploring ways to harness the skills of students who are keen to contribute. Final-year medical students, student nurses and student social workers are being offered the opportunity to take on temporary, fully-paid roles to further boost the frontline.

Those who join will be given a full induction and training.

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Wales Millennium Centre Closed until further notice – Welsh Business News…

Dear Supporter,

It is with great regret that we have closed Wales Millennium Centre until further notice, following the UK Government advice given on Monday 16 March. 

We hope you will agree that it is the right decision to put the safety of our staff, artists, volunteers and audiences first. This is a sad and uncertain time for all of us. 

The implications of this situation will be hard to manage and long-lasting. Our role is to be a home for the performing arts for our nation and we will be doing everything we can to support our staff and volunteers, artists and freelancers through this difficult situation. We are currently working on a way to support the talented and hardworking individuals who provide us with the joy that the performing arts bring. We want to be ready to bring back the uplifting performances and life-enhancing learning opportunities so many people value, as soon as is possible.

However, we are a charity. While we are grateful for the government funding we receive, more than 85% of our revenues come from ticket sales. So times ahead will be tough. We use all our profits to provide jobs for artists, opportunities for young people to learn about and work in the performing arts, and for communities to access, participate in, and celebrate the arts. If you wish to support the work we do, your help would be enormously appreciated.  You can donate here.

We are currently contacting all ticket holders with details of shows that have been postponed or cancelled to make refunds as required. Please bear with us whilst we work through this process.

The best sources of up-to-date information will now be our website and social media channels, which will be updated as and when further information emerges. 

Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

We wish the best to everyone in our community. Please stay safe and we will look forward to welcoming you back to Wales Millennium Centre in the near future.

Yours sincerely, 

Mat Milsom 

Managing Director,
Wales Millennium Centre

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Welsh News – applications are now available from the UK Seafood Innovation Find…

UK Seafood Innovation Fund

Applications Now Open! 

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for its second open call, with funding pots of up to £50k for scoping studies and up to £250k for full R&D projects available.

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With 27 projects funded in 2019, including initiatives using robotics, AI, fishing gear innovations, biomedical advances and more, the fund is now seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply.

The UK Innovation Seafood fund encourages bids from experts in the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing sectors.

Visit http://www.seafoodinnovation.fund to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

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Top Welsh Government News Stories From February…

February highlights – Welsh Governments top news stories from last month!

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Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales

The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales. Read more

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Minister welcomes additional funding to promote Welsh red meat

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed confirmation the Britain-wide Red Meat Levy Ring-fenced Fund will increase from £2million to £3.5million next year, after agreement was reached between the Red Meat Levy boards in Wales, Scotland and England. 

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Mark Drakeford

First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme

A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

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Welsh News – applications are now available from the UK Seafood Innovation Find…

UK Seafood Innovation Fund

Applications Now Open! 

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for its second open call, with funding pots of up to £50k for scoping studies and up to £250k for full R&D projects available.

SEAFOOD

With 27 projects funded in 2019, including initiatives using robotics, AI, fishing gear innovations, biomedical advances and more, the fund is now seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply.

The UK Innovation Seafood fund encourages bids from experts in the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing sectors.

Visit http://www.seafoodinnovation.fund to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

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Welsh News – Updates to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales…

Update to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales

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The final stage of our Oil Storage Regulations come into force on

15 March 2020. The regulations to protect the environment and properties as a result

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Welsh News – Welfare Standards for Dogs, at Breeding Premises to be raised, says Welsh Minister…

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) has been published today.
The recommendations include a need for:

  • Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
  • A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
  • The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises

To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.

Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.

The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.

Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.

I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.

The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.

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Top Welsh Government News Stories From February…

February highlights – Welsh Governments top news stories from last month!

zerowaste

Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales

The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales. Read more

COWS

Minister welcomes additional funding to promote Welsh red meat

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed confirmation the Britain-wide Red Meat Levy Ring-fenced Fund will increase from £2million to £3.5million next year, after agreement was reached between the Red Meat Levy boards in Wales, Scotland and England. 

Read more

Mark Drakeford

First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme

A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

Read more

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me