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Wales re-entered what is known as a ‘firebreak’ lockdown last Friday, shutting down all non-essential businesses. Mark Drakeford, first minister of Wales, has described the lockdown as a “short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time”. With some non-essential businesses having only been allowed to open as late as August, this 17-day firebreak is sure to be a serious blow. Seren decided to talk to a number of small business owners to find out how they feel about the newest government lockdown. Sparx – Costume Shop – High Street – “It’s…

The Welsh government ordered on Friday that supermarkets can only open the parts of their business selling essential goods, for the duration of the Welsh firebreak lockdown. On Sunday, the incumbent government confirmed that the ban would remain in place. Mark Drakeford has cited the purpose of the new restriction as creating a “level playing field” between supermarkets and non-essential businesses which have been forced to close entirely. “Well what do they define as non-essential? What’s essential to one person might be non-essential to another,” said Eleri ‘Clena’, owner and manager of Café Clena, in Upper Bangor. “You don’t know…

The rules that were put in place for the City of Bangor’s localised lockdown have been overridden by the new ‘firebreak’ lockdown rules for Wales. The regulations set by the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, will come into play at 6pm on Friday, October 23rd, and will mean that as soon as the Firebreak Lockdown begins, the local lockdown in Bangor City will end. Find more information about the new rules surrounding the Firebreak lockdown here.

Photo by Richard Johnson (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Welsh Government have announced today that Wales is set to enter stricter lockdown restrictions from 6pm on Friday, October 23rd. The new rules will continue to be in place for two weeks – until Monday November 9th. The lockdown, noted as a ‘firebreak’ or ‘circuit breaker’, will see a return to restrictions put into action earlier this year. Under the upcoming rules, all pubs, restaurants, and non-essential shops will have to close. What are the new rules coming in on Friday 23rd?       People will have to stay at home…

Image from www.thoughtcatalog.com (CC BY 2.0) A team from Bangor University has been funded by the UK Government to work on a project aimed at giving citizens more control of their personal data. The project is to be carried out in partnership with Anglesey company Cufflink, an Anglesey company developing tools for users to better control their personal information. The Bangor team, consisting of Prof. Vian Bakir and Prof. Andrew McStay, aims to identify the ethical issues around systems that store personal data, as well as how best to place users on a level footing with those systems. “It’s great…

The hashtags #artiswork, #lowskilled, and #savethearts have been circulating around social media recently, along with an outcry at the injustice of jobs within the creative industry being called “low skilled” and “un-viable” by government officials. Despite the arts and culture industry contributing £111.7 billion to the UK economy in 2018 (the equivalent of £306 million per day according to gov.co.uk), members of the government such as Chancellor Rishi Sunak have spoken out calling for artists to “retrain” for more “essential jobs”. This controversial statement was made following struggles in the arts industry as a result of COVID-19. Plaid Cymru warned…

Image of the lockdown area from the Welsh Government (© Crown copyright and database right 2020) The Welsh government has confirmed that Bangor will be placed under local lockdown, with new restrictions coming into effect at 6pm Saturday (10th Oct). The additional restrictions, listed below, include prohibiting gatherings between multiple households as well as a cessation of travel in and out of the city. New restrictions: Indoor gatherings between multiple households are now prohibited. Exceptions are made for households with only one person or single parents, who may form an exclusive ‘bubble’ with one other household inside the lockdown area.…

(CC BY-SA 2.0) The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, has warned that Bangor could be considered for a hyper-local lockdown after a rise in positive coronavirus cases in Gwynedd. As part of his talks about planning for a “difficult winter” for Wales, an Incident Management team has been set up in Bangor.  The team will be providing reports and suggestions to the Welsh government as the pandemic continues. “The situation is still very fluid in Wales as it is across the UK and rest of Europe and the world, in fact, and we can’t rule out further…

Bangor University confirmed yesterday that a Ffriddoedd Village resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. This is the first officially confirmed case of Coronavirus in the university’s halls of residence. The University has also recorded three other cases in private accomodation. This is not cause for panic, but a reminder that we must all maintain our university’s dedication to Covid-19 safety guidelines together. The Ffriddoedd resident tested positive this week. Everyone else in the flat has also been tested, and all are now awaiting results in isolation. Just weeks after students have returned to Bangor following a long…

Bangor High Street was closed off after a fire broke out at Japanese cuisine restaurant, Noodle One, early this morning.  Three fire crews were called out to a fire that started in a flat above Noodle One around 03:00 this morning, although no one was home at the time and there have been no reported injuries or casualties.  The High Street is currently closed between Bangor Cathedral and The Varsity Pub whilst firefighters are looking into the cause of the fire.  There has been no word from Noodle One yet on the state of the restaurant’s condition or for how…

Plenty of protestors crossed many miles to reach Bangor’s Climate Strike March yesterday. However, only two of those travellers elected to do so under their own power, in a canoe. Luke McNair and Deio Collwyn Williams set off from their homes on the Llŷn peninsula at 6am, in a canoe that would later sit proudly beside that day’s demonstrations in Bangor. From Porthdinllaen to Y Felinheli, the friends paddled over 25 miles (40km) that morning in the name of environmentally-friendly travel. Though smaller scale, the journey mirrored that of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who founded the School Strikes for…

Yesterday saw crowds marching through Bangor in protests supporting School Strike for Climate, a global movement pushing for action to be taken on climate change. (for more information, see our main article at: https://www.seren.bangor.ac.uk/news-politics/local-news/2019/09/21/global-climate-strike-march-bangor-protest-takes-to-the-streets/). Seren Bangor spent the march interviewing over 40 individual protestors to hear why they personally had taken to the streets. The following 10 interviews represent a cross section of those interviewees. What has brought you here today? “I’m a medical student and you can’t just neglect climate change, and it’s getting worse by the minute and I think we’re getting to the point where…

Yesterday Bangor participated in a worldwide network of protests pushing for action to be taken to combat climate change. Four million protestors joined the demonstration worldwide. School children, students, and strikers began the protest in Bangor University’s Main Arts Quad and steadily marched down the hill and through the high street before assembling to hear speeches and sing protest songs. This march was a part of School Strike for Climate, a decentralised global movement started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg, a then-15-year-old Swedish girl who skipped school in order to protest in front of the Swedish parliament. School Strike for…

A former church in Bangor will be transformed into a £3.2 million purpose-built creative hub for children and young people. The new centre will “give children and young people equal access to the creative arts to inspire them to flourish and reach their potential.” Young people theatre specialists Frân Wen announced the plans today, to create a new centre in the former St Mary’s Church on Garth Road. The theatre production company’s new home which will be known as “Nyth” (Nest) and will include rehearsal, workshop and small-scale performing spaces which will be used for a range of creative projects. Frân Wen, who also announced this…

A fire has been reported on Bangor Mountain today. The fire is now almost completely extinguished, and no injuries or damage have been reported. Around 6PM a fire department commander at the scene stated that the cause of the incident was “probably kids.” He said that this is not the first time this has happened. A similar incident occurred in Bangor in the previous summer, as well as in other places such as Mynydd Cilgwyn in Carmel. Updates with any further information will be provided. 

Bangor University working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy have assisted the Department of the Environment to expand the Marine Parks system in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, through projects funded by the DEFRA Darwin Initiative. The expansion of Cayman’s existing marine parks was approved by the Cabinet and announced during the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, on 28th March. The Environment Minister indicated that “This expansion will serve to protect our local marine stocks, as well as the crucially important coral reef network surrounding our Islands for generations to come.” The…

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