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With Christmas only 6 days away, The Welsh Government have made a major U-turn which will see plans to ease restrictions over the festive period scrapped. Rules were due to be relaxed from 23 to 28 December in order to give 2 households the opportunity to spend time together over the holidays. However, strict new measures have been put in place which will only allow so-called “Christmas bubbles” to be formed on Christmas Day (25 December). The changes will be put in place across the whole of Wales from midnight tonight (19 December) and will see all but essential shops…

Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) (CC BY-SA 4.0) Bangor’s iconic North Wales Heroes Memorial, or Memorial Arch as it’s known more commonly, has received a new set of gates. The new gates were added to the Memorial in time for Remembrance Sunday, and comes just over 97 years after its initial opening. The North Wales Heroes Memorial was opened on November 1 1923 by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. Within the Memorial, the names of 8,500 individuals from North Wales counties are inscribed, who died in active service during the Great War. Its location – just below the university’s Main…

Image by Cheshire East Council. Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has certainly been hitting the headlines in recent weeks due to his tremendous campaigning efforts to prevent child hunger across the UK during the school holidays until Easter 2021. His attempts to combat this prevalent issue have not gone unnoticed, recently landing him a Pride of Britain Special Recognition award. Although 322 Conservative MPs voted against Rashford’s campaign in parliament, local councils and members of the community are joining forces to tackle child poverty. Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson and the government to reverse the decision to deprive children across…

Photo: N Chadwick (CC BY-SA 2.0) First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced Wales’ plans for when it exits the ‘firebreak’ lockdown on November 9th. Under the new rules, pubs, gyms, restaurants, and cafes will be allowed to reopen. A ‘group of four’ rule will be introduced, whereby groups of up to (but no more than) four people from different households will be allowed to meet indoors at these establishments. On the upcoming changes, Mr Drakeford said: “We have listened to those young people and single people who told us how important it is for them to meet some friends and…

Work is due to ‘start soon’ to repair the damage caused by the fire which burned Noodle One last year. This news comes with praise from Arfon’s representatives in the Senedd and Parliament, as well as Bangor’s mayor, but all three have expressed the need for a firm start date. In Dec 2019, fire broke out in the flat above Noodle One on Bangor High Street, resulting in the permanent closure of the business and significant fire damage. All that currently remains is a scaffold supporting what was a very popular restaurant. For nearly a year now this scaffold has…

Photo credit: Steve Daniels (CC BY-SA 4.0) A man has been charged with criminal damage and contravening Coronavirus regulations in Bangor’s Tesco Extra. Gwilym Owen, from Angelsey, tore down the plastic coverings of non-essential items following a new regulation which limited the types of items which can be sold in supermarkets.  Seen in a Facebook video, the maskless Mr Owen calls the new measures a ‘disgrace’ as he protests them. Following the incident, North Wales Police arrested and charged Mr Owen. He is scheduled to attend Caernarfon Crown Court on November 24th. Last week, the Welsh Government announced that supermarkets…

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…

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