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Pupils put an end to dog fouling outside their school

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Primary school children get together to put an end to dog fouling outside their schools.

The Federation of Carwe, Gwynfryn and Ponthenri schools have been working hard to raise the issue of dog fouling issues in their villages.

The pupils decided that they’d had enough and wanted to stop this disgusting and dangerous problem happening outside their schools and on their streets.

A blog was created where pupils discussed the issue with children throughout Carmarthenshire, receiving ideas on what they could do to resolve the issue. They also decided to write to the local Community Council to highlight the issue.

A poster design competition was held in each school, and the winning artwork was turned into a banner and displayed in a prominent position on the school fence.

The pupils’ hard work has paid off, with a reduction of dogs fouling in the area, although there is still a lot more work to be done.

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New outdoor seating area at Jenkins Bakery in Cross Hands

Posted By Robert Lloyd

There’s a new outdoor seating area at the Jenkins Bakery Cross Hands branch.

The new area was unveiled this summer at the popular coffee shop and bakery.

Area manager Fiona Snook said the new seats would be a welcome addition to the branch.

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Latest podcast from Phil Evans and Robert Lloyd

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The latest podcast from Phil Evans and Robert Lloyd.

The Big Cwtsh (Episode 28) is now on Soundcloud.

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Ospreys announce team to play Toyota Cheetahs

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The Ospreys team to play Toyota Cheetahs at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 8th September 2018, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans; 14 George North; 13 Scott Williams; 12 Owen Watkin; 11 Tom Williams; 10 Sam Davies; 9 Aled Davies; 1 Nicky Smith; 2 Scott Otten; 3 Tom Botha; 4 Bradley Davies; 5 Alun Wyn Jones; 6 Dan Lydiate; 7 Justin Tipuric (Capt); 8 James King.

REPLACEMENTS – 16 Scott Baldwin; 17 Rhodri Jones; 18 Alex Jeffries; 19 Adam Beard; 20 Sam Cross; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 James Hook; 23 Joe Thomas.

Tom Williams makes his Guinness PRO14 debut

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dan Baker – Knee

Olly Cracknell – Shoulder

Ma’afu Fia – Achilles

Gheorghe Gajion – Hamstring

Keelan Giles – Knee

Paul James – Shoulder

Will Jones – Shoulder

Lesley Klim – Hamstring

Rob McCusker – Calf

Sam Parry – Bicep

Luke Price- Fractured tibia

Gareth Thomas – Shoulder

Ospreys Head Coach, Allen Clarke, said:

It was great to kick off the Guinness PRO14 season with a win against Edinburgh last weekend. A tough encounter with no quarter given by either team, the result was great for the whole squad, reflecting the efforts of all the players and management whove worked tirelessly throughout the summer.

I was especially pleased with the boys character, particularly as we were unfortunate not to register at least one try early in the game. Momentum is important. It builds confidence and a thirst for more success. As always, there are areas to improve.  Its early days and we are a new squad with new players and new coaches but the atmosphere in the camp is excellent.

Toyota Cheetahs are another quarter finalist team from last season. They will offer a different threat with game breakers throughout the team and we need to be ready for that but, as always, we will focus on our own and game and what we can bring to the contest.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 14 Sep – 7.35pm KO – Munster v Ospreys – Irish Independent Park

Sat 22 Sep – 7.35pm KO – Ospreys v Benetton Rugby – Liberty Stadium

Sat 29 Sep – 4.00pm (Local) – Zebre v Ospreys – Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Sat 6 Oct – 3.00pm – Scarlets v Ospreys – Parc y Scarlets

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Scarlets name strong side for huge PRO14 clash

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The Scarlets face a thrilling challenge in the Guinness PRO14, despite it only being the championship’s second round of action.

The West Wales region will welcome champions Leinster Rugby to Parc y Scarlets on Saturday 8thSeptember, in the first home game of the season.

Despite injury fears earlier this week Head Coach Wayne Pivac has named a strong side to take on the Irish side on Saturday night.

Five internationals, Leigh Halfpenny, Johnny McNicholl, Hadleigh Parkes, Samson Lee and Jake Ball, have been cleared fit for a return to action and will line up in the starting XV against Leinster.

Looking ahead to the opening home game of the season Pivac said; “Against Leinster physicality is required across the board. We saw that from last season, there was a gap between ourselves and Leinster in terms of the physical stakes, the boys understand that and we’ve been working hard on that.

“It’s a game we’ve looked forward to, because they are the benchmark, both in this competition and in Europe. They wiped us off the park in Dublin the first time, we played better the second time but they were still deserved winners.

“It will be a good yardstick for us. We’ve got disruption within the squad, that’s well documented in terms of injures, but they will have disruptions too.

“It’s going to be an interesting encounter and a tough game, no matter what team they bring!”

Scarlets to take on Leinster, Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 8th September, KO 19:35;

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens ©, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Steve Cummins, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 James Davies, 8 Josh Macleod

Replacements; Ryan Elias, Phil Price, Werner Kruger, Lewis Rawlins, Ed Kennedy, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Paul Asquith, Ioan Nicholas

Unavailable due to injury; Aaron Shingler, Jonathan Davies, Rhys Patchell, Wyn Jones, Uzair Cassiem, Dylan Evans, Jonathan Evans, Will Boyde, Angus O’Brien.

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The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column

Posted By Robert Lloyd

By Mark Jones, director of Carmarthen-based Clay Shaw Butler chartered accountants and business consultants. This column appears in the Pembrokeshire Herald, the Carmarthenshire Herald and the Llanelli Herald.


British house prices grew by a weaker than expected 2.0 percent in August.

That’s according to the mortgage lender Nationwide Building Society.

House prices slipped back to a level last seen in June, when prices rose at their slowest in five years.

The slowdown is the latest sign of how the housing market has slowed since the 2016 Brexit vote.

Economists taking part in a poll for the news agency Reuters had expected prices to rise by a stronger 2.7 percent.

In monthly terms, prices fell by 0.5 percent in August from July.

The Reuters poll had pointed to a 0.1 percent monthly increase.

Nationwide’s measure of house prices was showing increases of about 5 percent a year shortly before the 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Britain’s overall economy has slowed since the vote.

Nationwide said it continued to expect house prices to rise by 1 percent in 2018.

A Reuters poll published earlier this week showed economists expect house prices to increase nationally by 2 percent this year and next.

Meanwhile, British shop prices rose for the first time in more than five years in August.

But prices rose by less than the broader measures of inflation as retailers continued to battle for consumers.

Shop prices edged up by 0.1 percent in year-on-year terms, ending a run of 63 months of falling prices, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said.

The BRC pointed to the impact of a hot, dry summer on food prices and higher international oil costs.

Britain’s widely-followed consumer price index stood at 2.5 percent in July.

But competition among supermarkets and pressure from online retailers has generally pushed down prices in shops.

While retailers were trying to keep a lid on increases, inflationary pressures would grow if Britain fails to secure a deal to smooth its exit from the European Union in seven months’ time, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said.

“If that does happen, retailers will not be able to shield consumers from price increases.”

The value of the pound has fallen since April on concern among investors about the risk of a no-deal Brexit which could cause delays at borders and hamper the broader economy.

The BRC said food prices picked up speed to rise by an annual 1.9 percent in August while non-food deflation eased to 1.0 percent, the weakest fall since April 2013.

The Bank of England this month increased interest rates for only the second time since the global financial crisis, saying the plunge in Britain’s unemployment rate would create inflation pressure, even as the economy grows only slowly.

Finally, a tax calendar reminder for Wednesday, September 19.

PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for month to 5th September 2018.

This deadline is relevant to employers who have made PAYE deductions from their employees’ salaries and to contractors who have paid subcontractors under the CIS.

Employers are required to make payment to HMRC of the income tax, national insurance and student loan deductions. Contractors are required to make payment to HMRC of the tax deductions made from subcontractors under the CIS.

Where the payment is made electronically the deadline for receipt of cleared payment is Friday 21st September 2018 unless you are able to arrange a ‘Faster Payment’ to clear on or by Saturday 22nd September 2018. In year interest will be charged if payment is made late. Penalties also apply.


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