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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…

The body of a man has been found in Felinheli on the 16th April 2012. A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We can confirm that the body of a man has been recovered from a wooded area in Felinheli. The man in his twenties, who has not been formally identified, is believed to be local. At this time police are not treating the death as suspicious.” The body has now been identified as 23-year-old plasterer Dion Hughes and the police are still not treating the death as suspicious. It is thought that Mr Hughes was finding it difficult to…

Despite the fact that the crime rate in North Wales is supposed to be considered as one of the lowest in the UK, Bangor has recently been plagued by episodes of violence. According to online figures for February 2012, shockingly Bangor was at the top of the list as the most crime-ridden city in North West Wales. High levels of anti-social behaviour, vehicle crime, drug-related crime, theft damage and criminal damage appeared to be the main causes after being reported across the city. Telling WalesOnline.co.uk her thoughts on the matter, Bangor Cllr June Marshall said: “It’s a bit sad. I’m…

The Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey will close down one of its reactors later this month. Officials said Reactor 2, which began operating in 1971, would stop producing electricity on 30 April because of limited fuel stocks and the remaining Reactor 1 is allowed to operate until 2014. Last month both E.ON and RWE nPower made the decision to not go ahead with Wylfa B, intended to operate from 2025, after a strategic review. This has left the Government in a serious dilemma but it insists that it will continue with the replacement of nuclear power stations even after…

Due to rough seas a cargo ship, with its seven crew members, ran aground near Colwyn Bay on the evening of 4th April. Whilst traversing the waters at Llanddulas, the ship collided with a rock on the breakwater, causing it to run aground broadside on the coast. The first thing the emergency services needed to do was save the crew from the stricken boat. They worked tirelessly from two lifeboats and a helicopter, combating the awful weather conditions of gale-like winds and pitching waves. Five of the crew were rescued before midnight but the two remaining members had to stay…

Was it poor marketing by Pontio or the apathy of students that caused the R1 night to be cancelled? So, this article was intended to be a review of the Nick Grimshaw night that was to be hosted by the highly controversial, vastly criticised and all-round success that is Pontio (sarcasm warning). However, due to what those in charge called an unexpected lack of interest, the night was unfortunately cancelled and handed over to the apparently more capable hands of Northampton University. But were the students really to blame or did the fault lie with Pontio’s marketing? Let’s discuss –…

The results of the 2012 sabbatical elections have today been announced. After days of hard fraught campaigning, a new voting system and much jovial banter between candidates, the new sabbatical officers are Antony Butcher for President, Shon Prebble for VP Education & Welfare, Ash Kierans for VP Societies & Community and Emyr Bath for VP Sports & Healthy Living. The results breakdown for the Presidential election are in the first and only round: Anthony Butcher 1230 votes Joey McNally 207 votes Will Osborne 373 votes Re-open nomination 25 votes Concluding Antony Butcher won the Presidential election with a landslide victory. The results breakdown  for the VP Education & Welfare election are in the first round: Shon Prebble…

Aberystwyth Guild of Students President Ben Meakin has faced recent criticism regarding an inappropriate act where he allegedly took part in a drinking game, which some have described as being degrading towards women. Mr Meakin was photographed at a pub following a union sporting event, where a woman was seen to be imitating a sexual act on Mr Meakin, as part of a drinking game. The photograph was released onto social networking site Facebook where it received heavy criticism, some of the comments claiming that the act was lewd and degrading towards women. Other comments are reported to have said that some criticizers were being over critical with…

This debate occurred on Tuesday 31st of January at 7.00 in MALT. One quick point, congratulations to Martin Ellis Parry for the preparation and event management work that went into making this debate possible. Congratulations to AGOR-A for putting on a debate that didn’t encounter any silence from the audience when they were requested to ask questions. There were four people on the panel; Rev. John Butler, Professor Stephen Jay Stern, Ann Farr and Michael Brodsky from the Israeli Embassy and the Chairman, Jochen Eisentraut. The debate lasted an hour and a half with quite a few questions asked from…

• UCAS posts 8.7% drop in university applications • Fees being increased to £9000 to blame? Figures recently released by UCAS have shown an 8.7% drop in university applications under the new £9000 fee regime being brought into place in 2012. In England, the figure was nearly 10%, with only a 1.5% drop in Scotland, where students do not pay fees. There are other important variances in the figures – applications have dropped faster amongst men, mature students and for certain courses. For example, a man in Wales is only half as likely to have applied as a woman from…

The Syrian government has taken its attempts to quash the opposition to a new level and is “now using its last card… the genocide card,” said activist Karam Abu Rabea. The government has enforced a siege on the city of Homs which has been under attack with constant shelling in what has been described as its fiercest attack in the 11-month uprising. Syrian army tanks have encircled opposition controlled suburbs and have started to target the life line of these areas. They have targeted bakeries, hospitals and mosques ensuring that residents don’t have access to food and healthcare. Internet and…

Following the recent credit crunch the idea of the “bonus” has been at the forefront of the public discussion.  On the 30th January it was announced that Stephen Hester – chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland had rejected his £963,000 shares-only payment. Ed Milliband said the choice was “sensible and welcomed” a sentiment that will most likely be echoed by the tax payer; considering they own around 80% of RBS.  The general public will no doubt be hoping more of the RBS staff will follow Hester’s example and reject their bonuses.  It’s marked a year that has so…

Insurers have recently announced that upon renewal of their contract with the government next year that they may consider not insuring houses that are at a high flood risk. For some time now insurers have had an agreement with the government guaranteeing homeowners in such vulnerable areas protection against flooding, but a recent influx in flood related claims has seen insurers paying out more than they feel comfortable with. Such change in legislation could result in a plethora of complications from people not being able to obtain mortgages because they cannot get home insurance, to people moving out…

Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her 60th anniversary as British monarchy this week and breaking tradition, she spent the anniversary of her ascension day making public appearances in Norfolk, as opposed to spending it privately. The queen visited Kings Lynn Town Hall and Dersingham Infant and Nursery School, where she met budding infant well-wishers who later gave a musical performance to mark the occasion, in which the queen was guest of honour. More public celebrations will commence later on in the year and the official jubilee bank holiday weekend will take place 2nd to 5th of June. …

Five Bangor students have made it through to University Challenge televised rounds after first applying to go onto the show in November of last year. The five lucky finalists including four panel members and a team reserve are Captain Nina Grant – BA French and Linguistics, Simon Tomlinson – PhD Psychology, Mark Stevens – BSc Environmental Science, Adam Pearce, PhD Translation and Catriona Coutts, BA English Literature. The top 15 scorers from the November tryouts were then invited for further tryouts and from these tests the five top scorers were invited to an interview in Manchester. Put before the production…

There are currently 5 enterprise zones in Wales with plans for two more in Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire by Edwina Hart (Business Minister for the Welsh Assembly). There have been calls for an enterprise zone to be created in Newport where a petition has been handed into the Senedd for reasons that haven’t been made clear yet. Anglesey: Primarily to do with Wylfa B but also a number of sites around the island are being considered in the energy and environment sector to be supported by this Zone. Cardiff: The zone boundary in the city is aligned to the central business…

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