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A 55-year-old driving instructor accused of inappropriate sexual behavior towards his pupils escaped immediate jail today. Judge John Rogers QC gave the defendant a nine month prison sentence suspended for a year, and an additional three month curfew between 7pm and 7am. Also, he will not be allowed to act as a driving instructor with any lone woman in the next ten years. Defendant Robert Delabertouche told a middle-aged woman that she had been a “naughty girl” and that he would put her over his knee and spank her. He was also accused of having put his hand on woman’s…

After a four day siege by militants of the BP gas plant in Algeria, two local men have returned to the UK after surviving the ordeal. Huw Edwards, a manager for fuel giant BP, has spoken of his experiences after being caught in the midst of the conflict between militant and armed forces in Algeria. Edwards, who is originally from Llandudno and still has family ties there, survived the 45-minute attack on the In Amenas gas depot on 17 January 2013. He was the plant’s technical manager and was on a bus journey to a nearby police station to carry…

An honorary Alumni of Bangor University has been knighted for his service to cycling. Sir David Brailsford, 48, was knighted in the New Year’s Honours along with Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie and other Olympic heroes. The British Cycling performance director is known for masterminding Wiggin’s Tour de France success as well as Team Great Britain’s victories in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, where they achieved a massive haul of 8 medals in each event. The 48 year-old, from Caernarfon, also received coach of the year for 2012, after Team GB enjoyed ongoing successes under Brailsford’s leadership, and Britain…

Craig Williams, 40, has been jailed for 22 months by Caernarfon Crown Court after driving a 4×4 up Snowdon twice. Williams, from Cheltenham, was found guilty of two charges of dangerous driving. His Vauxhall Frontera was discovered twice at the summit in September 2011. He told the jury that it was not that difficult or dangerous, saying: “There wasn’t a soul on the landscape in the hours of darkness. There were 50 to 60 mph gale force winds, the rain was hard.” The first time, his car was discovered 200m from the summit cafe. However, he claimed that someone else…

A staff member at Bangor University has recently sailed the Atlantic Ocean in a bid to raise money for the Beaumaris National Lifeboat Institution. Stevie Scanlan, Marketing Manager at Bangor University’s college of Physical and Applied Sciences, said of the journey, which started from the Canaries for Antigua in November: “The whole experience was amazing. It was much more of a mental challenge than a physical one, the hardest thing was getting your head around the fact that you can’t get off the boat, but now that I’ve done it I feel like I can do anything.” She continued, “I…

Further snowfalls up to three inches are expected  across the UK on Sunday and Monday. According to the Met Office the snow and icy temperatures will continue to affect the UK, with a band of more snow spreading north across parts of south-east and east England and the Midlands. A yellow warning has now been issued, urging drivers to be extra cautious. The snow is expected to be worst in the West Midlands and the east. Wales has been heavily affected by the snow, with many roads and hundreds of schools closed down. The Met Office recommended that people only…

The Minister for Education, this month, laid the foundations for a new Bangor. In a celebration of hard hats and homegrown music, the foundation stone for Bangor’s Pontio building was finally revealed. Unveiled by the Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews, the stone represents the hope for a new union between students and the community. “This is going to be a focal point for the local community and the University alike – a place to meet, learn and be entertained as well as a home for innovative research, design and learning. It will be a unique place with the potential to…

2012 was a year of weather extremes with drought conditions in many areas at the beginning followed by months of record breaking rain. Widespread flooding across much of the UK caused fatalities and excessive damage to properties and infrastructure. Increased development on floodplains could be increasing the risk of flooding at a time when the climate is changing unpredictably. In April, shortly after hosepipe bans were put in place in England, the skies opened and rain began to fall, which has persisted almost continuously ever since. Flooding occurred as rivers burst banks and run-off from fully saturated ground was rapid.…

Researches are concerned that west Antarctica is heating up at twice the rate as formerly thought. Data collected over many years has drawn the conclusion that there has been a 2.4 degrees Celsius increase in temperature over 52 years. The major point being emphasised is the contribution of melting ice to global sea level rise and therefore increased risk of flooding to regions such as the low-lying Maldives and Bangladesh. The US scientists have said it is expected for summer temperatures to be higher than at other times of year however Antarctic temperatures rarely exceed 0 degrees Celsius.

This December saw the School of Ocean Science’s first ever Polar Symposium, an opportunity for students and professionals from the world of polar science to meet and learn. With attendees and speakers travelling from all across the UK and a keynote speaker flying in from Norway for the event, Bangor became a hub of polar interest and knowledge over the weekend. With nine speakers on topics ranging from sea ice, to the greening Artic and even the surveying of the ocean floor for oil drilling, there was something to interest all those attending. Funded by the UK Polar Network, Bangor…

That’s [not] debatable So it seems that in life I’m an easily annoyed person – and one thing that seems to annoy me – especially this time of year is brand loyalty – well not so much the loyalty but the blinded debates it causes. Amongst technology lovers, the debate between brands and makes is something that seems to annoyingly thrive in the world. Whether it is Android vs Apple, or Xbox vs PS3, it seems we love taking sides – even in celebrity breakups! The thing is that none of these pointless and countless debates ever seem to matter. All…

This article is partially a follow up to the first one written in the last edition of Seren. The overall results of the 41 Policing authorities are as follows; Conservatives (15) Labour (13) Independent (10) and Zero tolerance policing (1). The results do confirm all of the predictions made before the election, that the turnout would struggle to reach 20% in many places and indeed the turnout nationally didn’t reach 20%. The government failed to adequately advertise the PCC elections; it failed to communicate effectively what the PCC’s would do and yet managed to spend a hundred million pounds on this…

Did you know that double savings are now on at DFS where there’s a sofa for everyone? At CSL, the sofa specialists, your perfect sofa is now half price! And at SCS you can save up to half price in the Blue X sale! I like to think that this is the reason I stopped watching tv. In reality I just don’t have time and to be honest I’m quite glad of that. The constant stream of sofa adverts is just too much to take. I don’t think I would mind too much if they were actually advertising some kind…

Starbucks is planning to change the way it operates so that it will end up paying corporation tax in the UK. Despite being one of the biggest competitors and having almost one-third of the UK coffee shop market, Starbucks has paid corporation tax only once in the past 15 years. Corporation tax is paid by foreign companies on profits made in the UK, while UK-based companies pay corporation tax on their taxable profits wherever they are made. In a report published on Monday, Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) needed to be “more aggressive…

Bangor University’s new housing search tool promises to take stress off of hundreds of students next year. Studentpod has been created with the intention of making house hunting a lot easier for University students. Amy Jones of the Student Housing Office said of the tool: “The site has far more details about each house than we had previously, as well as the ability for landlords to upload pictures. You can e mail details of individual houses to friends – to make finding that perfect house for your next year all the easier. You can also register on the site so…

Every year Christmas seems to rear its head earlier and earlier; which is definitely an odd concept considering it’s a single day. Growing up I’ve become used to certain traditions, the Christmas songs can come out on the first of December (and believe me on the 1st the Pogues will be blaring from my laptop), the Christmas decorations go up on the 6th and so forth. It’s also often been said that it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen the Coca Cola advert – which is great, providing the Coca Cola advert comes on at a good time. This year the…

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