A lollipop lady in Tredegar has been celebrating her last day after forty years in the job

Abertysswg Primary School is closing its doors as pupils move to a newly built school, but their lollipop lady won’t be moving with them.

 

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Facebook Live Interview with Jessica Davies from ITV’s School for Stammerers

Jessica Davies joins us on ITV Wales to talk about her amazing journey to overcoming her stammer and what it was like to take part in ITV’s School for Stammerers.

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Cardiff campaigners have been fighting to save the trees in their local park

People living near a park in Cardiff have managed to halt what they call the “senseless destruction” of ancient trees in their area.

The controversial plan which would see around 40 of the trees felled, was needed to protect homes and local businesses, according to Natural Resources Wales.

But, in a dramatic stand off, contractors were forced to suspend the work as residents refused to abandon their protest.

 

Riverside locals say they want action against drug dealing

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People living in Riverside say they want police to clamp down on drug use and dealing in the area with some saying they don’t feel safe walking around the neighbourhood.

Labour Councillor for Riverside, Iona Gordon, says “there are increasing concerns about the visibility of drug use, whether it’s dealers or people gathering on street corners and being noisy. People have been seen going into phone boxes to inject drugs.”

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A phone booth in Riverside

Plaid Cymru Candidate for Riverside, Xose Alvarez says his neighbours have complained about drug dealing around Tudor Street and Plantagenet Street. Mr. Alvarez says “many locals have reported it repeatedly to the police but they don’t feel like there’s been any progress.”

People living in the Edinburgh Court council estate say they regularly see young people taking drugs in the stairwells.

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The council estate Edinburgh Court on Wyndham Place

Georgina Sammut, 70, lives in Edinburgh Court. She says South Wales Police have tried to tackle the problem by installing a camera in one of the stairwells of Edinburgh Court. She says “the police are doing their best to improve the situation.”

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Georgina Sammut says she regularly sees drug users in the area

In a statement, South Wales Police said “drug dealing has a devastating impact upon communities and it won’t be tolerated. Wherever possible we will use the information that we get from the public and take action with the aim of putting drug dealers out of business and before the courts.”

 

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Sikh organisations say the Government has a ‘biased approach to non-Abrahamic faiths’

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Sikh organisations in the UK have been writing to the Home Office about the neglect of non-Abrahamic faith communities in the Government’s 40-page Action Against Hate report.

The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) are still waiting for a response from the Home Office. They wrote to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd on 30 November 2016.

We ask the government to address community concerns by updating ‘Action Against Hate’ in include reference to non-Abrahamic victims of hate crime. Sikhs and Hindus urgently need this reassurance from the Government. Significant funding has been given to Muslim and Jewish communities in tackling Islamophobia and anti-Semistism, but not a penny has been given to Sikhs and Hindus. Why?

Concerns about the report, published in July 2016, were raised by Lord Singh of Wimbledon, Director of the NSO.

Details 45 examples of hate crime against Abrahamic faiths [can be found] but not a single example of the…

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HOPE not hate: The anti-racism organisation that’s trying to take Nigel Farage to court

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Nigel Farage has accused the organisation HOPE not hate of being extremist.

In an interview with LBC, Mr Farage said the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, was part of an extremist group. “[HOPE not hate] who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful, but actually pursue violent and undemocratic means.”

The chief executive of HOPE not hate, Nick Lowles, said in a blog post, “even by his standards, Farage’s comments were disgustingly offensive.”

HOPE not hate are raising money to take Mr Farage to court. On their website it states:

Our lawyer has just sent Farage a letter demanding he retracts and publicly apologises or we will begin legal proceedings against him.

We attended a training session with HOPE not hate in Cardiff to find out more about what the organisation does.

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A network for people of colour has been created in Cardiff

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A woman from the charity Hope Not Hate has started a group for people of colour in the Welsh capital.

Tatiana Garavito says, “people of colour do not really get spaces and the opportunities to get involved in political activism.” She plans to facilitate a space where this is possible.

People of colour black and brown can come and start discussing some of the issues they face in their communities and how they can overcome these issues.

We want to change the horrible narratives that have been used to talk about people of colour.

The group in Cardiff have been working on a campaign called ‘Barclays we are disappointed.’ Garavito says at least one in five migrants or refugees have had their bank accounts closed by Barclays or other banks. This makes it difficult for them to find work and earn a living. The campaign aims to put pressure on banks…

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Councillor says changing bus routes in Caerau is ‘ludicrous’

by Ciara Cohen-Ennis and Sophie Falcon

 

Labour Councillor for Caerau Peter Bradbury says Cardiff Bus didn’t warn locals before changing a route that’s popular with older people.

Capital Links, part of Cardiff Bus, has changed the route of the number 15 bus from the city centre to University Hospital of Wales and it no longer stops at Heol Yr Odyn and Cwrt-Yr-Ala. Capital Links says its buses are too big to go down these roads but Cllr Bradbury says this is not true. “We see no reason why it can go down Caerau Lane which is a narrow road, and it can’t go down these other roads.”

Locals are unhappy because this means they will have to walk nearly a mile further to get to their nearest bus stop.

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Cllr Bradbury says,

“The route is non-profitable because it’s mostly used by over sixty-fives, who are the most badly affected by the change. They’re usually people on their way to appointments at Heath Hospital or returning from the city centre carrying heavy shopping bags.”

He says more than a hundred people have now signed a petition to restore the original bus route. Several petitioners attended a meeting last week with Cardiff Bus and were told they will trial the original route but if they reinstate it, it will take 56 days.

Cardiff Bus has been unavailable for comment.

Review: Equations for a Moving Body

Hannah Nicklin began her performance by sitting at her laptop playing songs on Bandcamp. She opened tabs of various bands including Martha; straight away I thought this is a good start, predicting that good opening music would lead to a great show. Nicklin commented that we were the quietest audience she had seen so far during this opening, and that playing the music was in fact not part of the show; but most of the bands were friends of hers, and if we wanted to hear more of them we could ask at the end. It seemed, however, that this introduction did connect with the show, as it demonstrated Nicklin’s thoughtfulness and immediately showed how much she values her friends, a theme that would continue throughout the performance.

 

Equations for a Moving Body is the story of a milestone in Nicklin’s life, completing the Iron Man – Outlaw Triathlon; a 2.4m swim – 112m bike – 26.2m run. Nicklin explained how she wasn’t sure if marriage was for her and didn’t know if she wanted to have kids, but she did want to create her own milestone. At the age of 28 she decided to complete the Iron Man in the year she turned 30.

 

It was interesting to learn about the psychological endurance that Nicklin went through as well as the physical in her completion of the Iron Man. She found that being alone with her thoughts for so many hours was another challenge in itself. To overcome this she played games, such as trying to go through songs that she knew all the words to. I was amused to discover that the only song she knew every single word to was ‘Hands Down’ by Dashboard Confessional, a song that I also definitely played way too many times when I was about 14.

 

I was touched by Nicklin’s descriptions of her friends and training partners. She spoke about the solidarity of sport and training with other people, how people always look out for one another or check in. Nicklin described encounters with people she met running in the Iron Man, a guy with a rubber face who pulled different facial expressions every time he met a new challenge, and Elliott, (with two t’s) a primary school teacher. The little, yet significant, details about each person she described shows the care that went into writing this piece.

 

The most poignant moment in the piece was hearing about Nicklin’s friendship with John Lamb. Lamb took Nicklin running in Loughborough, and kept pushing her to go faster until they collapsed back at her house and downed orange squash after their endurance was pushed to the limit. The audience fell into complete silence when she brought up an article describing John Lamb’s death in a snowboarding accident. Nicklin worked out the speed at which he would have fallen and set a timer: 15 seconds. As the seconds ticked down I nearly cried. I was struck by the honesty of Nicklin’s performance. Equations for a Moving Body was heartfelt, funny, sad, and inspiring. The final performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is tomorrow at 11am. I highly recommend booking tickets right now. 

 

 

Welsh Athletes Gear Up For The Paralympics

Article, photos & video created by Write On! for #C4PopUp – Ciara Cohen-Ennis, Hannah Hughes, Tamsin Dykstra, Alex Gray & Matthew Young

The excitement of the 2016 Olympic Games radiates from the walls of SportWales HQ in Cardiff. Still reeling from the silver medal triumph that is water-baby Jazz Carling; SportWales has created momentum for its sister organisation, Disability Sport Wales.

Within the next two weeks, Disability Sport Wales will transport its 12 Welsh Superhumans to Rio to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games. Its humble beginnings rooted in the celebration of WWII veterans, the Paralympic Games are a demonstration of what determination and tenacity can achieve.
With such an emphasis on the Welsh Paralympians travelling to Rio, what benefits does the Paralympics bring to Wales?
Nia Jones, who works in the community programme with Disability Sport Wales told ‘Write On!’ that having ‘brilliant role models pushed the spotlight on disability sport and gets younger people into clubs and participating [in sport]’.  They have certainly been successful in achieving these goals considering that in the 2012 Paralympic Games, Disability Sports Wales supported 24 of the 38 Welsh Paralympians. ‘if Wales had competed as a nation in London 2012 games then in terms of medals per head, Wales would have been the most successful nation.’
Beverly Lewis, Executive of Welsh Triathlon says that ‘we have very strong athletes, probably one of the strongest teams out there’.  Sara Head, Bronze table tennis medalist in the London 2012 Paralympics looks to continue her success in Rio along side teammate Thomas Matthews. Once again the Welsh athletes are set to make their mark at the Paralympic Games.