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With the general election now only days away, it’s time to really think about where your vote will go! Young people aged 18-24 have the power to change the way the government is run; don’t let a lack of knowledge affect your vote. Putting your tick in a box does make a difference, so don’t let your voice go unheard. This is the third general election since 2015 so let’s make this one count! So, with that in mind here is a rundown of the parties’ top priorities for this election. CONSERVATIVES  Leader Boris Johnson Top priorities Bring back…

New measurements of how waters mix just below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean are to be used to improve weather forecasts.  The water turbulence was measured by an underwater ‘glider’ and the results of the research, led by Bangor University researcher Natasha Lucas, are published in a new Journal paper. Our weather is largely driven by heat supplied to the atmosphere by the ocean. In order to be able to make reliable seasonal predictions of the weather is it vital that the transfer of heat from the ocean to atmosphere is correctly predicted. A key process…

Bangor University chose national Carers’ Rights Day (21 November) to launch the only Student Carer Policy at any Welsh University and highlight their support for students who are also carers. Young carers and others will be speaking about their experiences and the support which is available to them at a Carers’ Rights event at the University, in partnership with Action for Children, Carers’ Outreach Service and Gwynedd County Council. Recognising the challenges for young carers, the majority of whom are not in full time education or employment, the University has several strategies in place to support and raise…

On Friday, the 8th of October, Bangor University students volunteered to clean up vandalism to a skate bowl built in the memory of a young victim of an accident The skate bowl near Beach Road had been stained with graffiti of swastikas and genitalia at the end of September this year. It was built as a memorial for Darren Frost, a teenager who died in a cycling accident in 2011 in Bangor. The culprits are suspected to be kids from the area, as some of the scribbles on the bowl were inside jokes about local skaters. For more than 2.5…

The Leader of Plaid Cymru has visited Bangor today to promote the party as the General Election approaches. Adam Price visited the Belle Vue pub, alongside Plaid Cymru candidate for Arfon Hywel Williams and Assembly Member for Arfon Sian Gwenllian. The Arfon constituency is one of the most marginal seats in Wales, with the seat having been last won by only 92 votes for Plaid Cymru. The leader took part last Sunday in an ITV election debate which had him question Labour on why it didn’t deliver in Wales what it promises in Westminster. Talking to Y Seren about the role…

The island’s outgoing MP remains confident that a multi-billion-pound nuclear plant will go ahead, despite question marks over its future Approaching his final week in Parliament, the North Wales MP says he remains confident a multi-billion-pound nuclear plant will go ahead despite question marks over its future. Other political distractions like Brexit or the upcoming election won’t stop plans for the plant.  First elected in 2001 – one of only two gains made by Labour that night, Albert Owen has represented Ynys Môn since that surprise win 18 years ago. But having spent his early career riding on a crest…

Despite official abolitions of slavery during the nineteenth century throughout the actual EU member states and its colonies, in these same states, thousands of individuals are still subject to exploitation nowadays. As such, the notion of modern slavery is commonly used to refer to a wide range of exploitations which violate human rights and dignity. However, it is used as a concept which is not in itself properly defined in the international or European Union law. Legislations rather specify the treatments through which individuals might be exploited under the legal term of human trafficking, or even forced labour, but not…

If the pillory by the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, does not register a crystal clear intent of the Trump administration to dominate the global trade stage, then nothing else will. This week Sondland slated Phil Hogan, the imminent EU trade Commissioner, in a preliminary sniper fashion. The swaggering Hogan had elected to acknowledge his impending EU portfolio by flooding the Irish RTE radio waves last week expressing, without mincing his words, his intent to spare no effort at cautioning Trump about his much publicised erroneous conduct on trade. Hogan, who is a veteran Irish politician, authenticated…

The result of the 2019 general election could determine whether Brexit happens or not. Some campaign groups are suggesting people use tactical-voting websites, to help them decide which candidate to support. One website has faced criticism over the nature of its advice. What is tactical voting? Put simply, tactical voting is when someone backs a candidate they wouldn’t normally support, to stop someone else winning. This could happen in a constituency where two parties are in a tight race and candidates from other parties trail far behind. In these circumstances, a supporter of the candidate who was a distant third,…

With the upcoming general election looming, it is more important than ever to have your voice heard. Not voting equals no change! Your votes do make all the difference in the bigger picture.  While you may be registered to vote in your hometowns, you are allowed to register in your university town to ensure you have the chance to vote.  While the Christmas break may begin the day after election day you still have until the 26th of November to register for a postal vote so you can be heard!  10 reasons why it is important that you register…

Viridian is a new café that has recently opened on the High Street (307-309 High St, Bangor, Wales) where Follow Your Bliss and Two Guys from Brussels have both set up camp before. It is a vegan café that opened in November 2019 and offers dishes such as soup, sandwiches, wraps, mac and cheese (vegan, obviously) and desserts. According to the website Happy Cow, the café has outdoor seating, accepts credit cards and has free Wi-Fi. Having only been open for less than two weeks, the café has a five star rating on the Happy Cow website. One reviewer states…

After the conglomerates have hoarded the end of November with Black Friday and its counterparts (Cyber Monday, Cyber Week etc.), a more organic campaign follows which has been coined as Small Business Saturday which happens, in the UK, on the first Saturday of December each year. Small Business Saturday is a major event in the United States which happens on the 30th November. The tradition has been passed over to the United Kingdom on a much smaller scale and occurs on the 7th December this year. It is described as a ‘grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and…

For me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Seeing the Christmas adverts start to pour in mid-November time confirms the start of the festivities. All major brands and companies have seemed to jump on the bandwagon of Christmas adverts – some use comedy, others pull at the heart strings. Over the past few years, there have been a couple of front runners such as John Lewis and Sainsbury’s. I love the Christmas adverts that are made by companies as they are so enjoyable. It’s undeniable that the adverts have online success; John Lewis & Partners and…

Holiday marketing has become more popular in recent years. Black Friday is namely one of the biggest, internationally renowned shopping days of the year. Originating in America and finding its feet overseas, the phenomenon has also taken over the online world. Many companies have, and will, send e-mails and create advertisements that inform the consumer of ‘Cyber Monday’ and ‘Cyber Week’ sales. Heavy discounts off of a range of different products lead to a huge increase in sales around the end of November. The Office for National Statistics said “online sales accounted for more than a fifth of spending.”  The…

Fact or fiction? Mere pranking, or genuine harassment coming to our streets? These are some of the questions the student population of Bangor are asking themselves following the revelation of a mysterious figure known only as the ‘Fishman’. Whether or not the Fishman is an elaborate student prank, or someone who genuinely feels that there is “a serious lack of Omega 3” in our diets as stated in an alleged post by the Fishman on the popular student confession site ‘Bangfess III’, over the past week reports have been coming from all over the town with stories of fish being…

Osian, 22 (voted Remain in 2016) Why are you marching for the People’s Vote today? The urgency of the matter. We’re getting nearer to the 31st of October now and it looks like we’re going to crash out without a deal or with a deal that was worse than Theresa May’s. I think Brexit would be a disaster for Wales, and widely the UK as well. How do you feel the march went? I think it was very good- it was a good turnout. We had a good cross-section of society there. And also, even though I’m of a particular…

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