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The Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd last week presented local volunteer group Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012 at Bangor University. The distinguishedl ceremony, hosted by His Honour Huw Morgan Daniel, saw the Bangor University’s Students’ Union group bestowed with an exclusive commemorative crystal alongside a certificate signed by Her Majesty, in recognition of their outstanding contribution. Helen Munro, Student Volunteering Bangor University’s SVB said: “The volunteers are incredibly proud to have received this accolade which endorses the time they give and the sacrifices they sometimes make in order to enrich the lives of other,…

Monster Energy Drink is currently being investigated by US officials as it has been reportedly linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the heavily-caffeinated drink, which has three times the amount of caffeine that 240ml of Red Bull has and seven times the amount that a regular 340ml cola has. Allegations have been made that people have had conflicting reactions after consuming the beverage. However, whilst the FDA investigate these allegations – which date back to 2004 – the agency have warned that the reports do not consequently prove…

An explosion hit the Syrian capital as President Bashar al Assad was beginning peace talks with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The number of dead and wounded is currently unclear. The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports ten dead and dozens wounded, while pro-government television reported seven dead and fifteen wounded. Many newspapers report thirteen dead and dozens wounded, but the source of these figures is unclear. A reporter at the scene revealed how there was blood on the street, on the walls and on the pavement. Several shop windows were shattered and at least four cars burned…

The Main Arts building of Bangor University was evacuated this morning. The fire alarm sounded at around 10am, disrupting a number of lectures around the building. Both students and staff were evacuated from the building quickly by the University’s security staff and asked to stand far away from the building on the opposite side of the road, in front of the Hen Goleg building. The fire service were called to the scene and are still in the building according to Ashleigh Garnett, a 23 year old Law student, outside Main Arts. It is unclear, at this time, whether  it was…

Olympic Ceremony performer to play gig in Bangor Academi this December It wouldn’t be an unfair slight on Bangor’s recent history with music to suggest that itís struggled to attract notable acts to visit. However, a growing number of caveats have appeared in the last three years that dispute such a contention; in May 2010, Radio One’s Big Weekend was held in Bangor; internationally acclaimed opera singer, Bryn Terfel, performed in the universityís Pritchard-Jones Hall late May of this year and recent Summer Balls have welcomed well-known artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Feeder and Maxïmo Park. Frank Turner has recently…

Bangor High Street could be home to a three-storey hotel should the application be successful. The plans were submitted by Copley Square Ltd to turn Bangor’s current DVLA offices into a hotel.  It would see a change of use of the offices into a hotel and then a three-storey extension to the building. The DVLA offices will close in November 2013 seeing 12 jobs lost but with the option for the staff to move to the Swansea office. It is thought that the conversion into a hotel would provide a number of full-time and part-time jobs for the local community.…

A Bangor University graduate will be attempting to cycle from Cardiff to Paris in aid of Shelter Cymru next month. Diana Miller will be leaving the Welsh capital on 23rd September for her journey. The trip will take her four days if she cycles around 90 miles per day. Diana will be meeting up with other cyclists attempting the trip in aid of the charity also. Her trip will raise money for Shelter Cymru who help people in Wales to find a home and keep it. Diana has been volunteering for the charity since 2009, taking part in a number…

Just a few years ago there was a lot of uncertainty over whether Jaguar Land Rover would even survive, a sharp contrast to 2012 then in which the company has seen it’s best ever sales. Largely due to it’s expansion into China, Jaguar Land Rover have seen a 29% sales increase from last year with a total of 314,433 vehicles sold. The Range Rover Sport is still the company’s biggest seller with the most recently launched Evoque jumping into second place. The recently facelifted XF remains Jaguar’s best selling model. As previously mentioned, China is where the biggest sales increases…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

If after the exams and highly anticipated summer ball, you’re hanging around Bangor for a little longer you might be wondering if there is anything to get up to. Well you’ll be happy to hear that the 3rd annual Bangor CARNIVAL is rolling into town on Saturday 9th June and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. After the protests in Bangor three years ago about the lack of pride and sense of community in the area, a group of residents took it upon themselves to create this event for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with…

As I write this, I am 3000 words away from the end of my degree. A degree that I have reluctantly struggled through because when I filled in my UCAS form 4 years ago, I barely knew myself let alone what I wanted to do with my life. If you could go back, what would you tell yourself? Not to worry about missing your old school friends? To appreciate having meals cooked for you while you’re still at home? To pick different halls or to pick a different university altogether? I would tell myself not to listen to anyone who…

The FBI defines eco-terrorism as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property…for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.” Unlike actual terrorists, ecoterrorists attack money, not people. They are known for burning down buildings that contribute to pollution, destruction of a natural area or promote urbanisation. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), established in Brighton in 1992, was the first organisation to be labelled “eco-terrorists” when an American cell burned down a ski resort in Colorado costing the owners $12m. Elf claimed afterwards that “of clearcuts will…

An appeal is being made by the family of an A-level student who went missing Wednesday 25th April 2012. Beloved brother and son Matthew Williams, 18, from Bangor, was last seen by his parents Dennis and Susan Williams as he left their home on Caernarfon Road on the Wednesday to get a McDonalds from the nearby outlet, and later told them he was going to visit a friend’s house nearby. Matthew’s mum Susan, 42, became concerned when she discovered that Matthew, who volunteers at an old people’s home, was not in his room Thursday morning when she went in there,…

I think the general consensus, in life, is that everyone (or at least the majority of people) are fans of TV and film. I’m one of those people, of course I am I’m a media student. I’ve never really just enjoyed a TV show or a movie though, I’ve always found myself emotionally involved with the storylines. In fact, ever since I was a kid I’ve been a huge fan of anything with a good storyline. I would say that the first time I got really hooked on a TV show though was with Fox’s Prison Break. I was introduced…

Some of you may have by now heard that fuel tankers were meant to go on strike following public outrage, mass panic and petrol stations being bled dry in a week that had an estimated one casualty as governmental advise was to fill up our cars with as much fuel as we can carry in preparation for industrial action over the Easter period. Francis Maude’s comments may have been taken a bit too far when the general populous seemed to be cluttering the fuel points with fear in their eyes but the fuel strikes still left David Cameron’s coalition feeling…

It has recently been announced that unemployment in the UK has fallen by 35,000 bringing the latest tally to 2.65 million people who remain unemployed in Britain. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said that the decrease occurred between December 2011 and February 2012, and that the rate of unemployment is somewhat promising. Trade Union Officials have however expressed their concern with the latest announcement  and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:  “While any rise in the number of jobs is welcome, the fact is that full-time employment is still falling and a record 1.4 million are now stuck in…

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