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« Reply #705 on: March 21, 2018, 05:07:25 PM »
Three North Wales councils could be abolished in major shakeup
Details of long-awaited government reorganisation will see authorities merged, raising fears over job losses and impact on economy.

Under the plans outlined by Local Government Minister Alun Davies, Anglesey would be merged with Gwynedd , Conwy with Denbighshire and Wrexham would join up with Flintshire.

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« Reply #706 on: April 16, 2018, 04:22:24 PM »
Is it just me.......   &shake&      it won't be long before "Idiocracy" comes true. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Sainsbury's new snowflake range for millennials 'who get anxious about touching raw meat'
The new packaging will help squeamish adults who are nervous about handling uncooked flesh

Consumers under the age of 35 said they didn’t like to handle uncooked meat and the thought of having to be in contact with the it left them with high levels of anxiety.

So-called millennials - those born after 1980 - have been dubbed the “snowflake” generation by their elders. This is largely down to their generally sensitive and liberal approach to politics and heightened self awareness - although often stereotyped as sheltered and entitled.

They are known to be adventurous with the food they eat, but apparently seem to be nervous about how to cook it.
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"Snowflake generation" I had to look it up....... You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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« Reply #707 on: May 11, 2018, 05:15:07 PM »
When is this stupidity going to stop.

Firefighter job cuts, station closures and engines axed as service looks to save £2m
The controversial proposals are back on the fire authority agenda after years of 'financial austerity' take their toll.

Among the other options, downgrading Holyhead, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno or Colwyn Bay stations from fully crewed venues to retained cover only, would achieve an average of £647,000 in savings.

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« Reply #708 on: May 11, 2018, 06:35:08 PM »
Is this the start of the silly season Steve?    The Daily Mirror had an article today on Deanne Carson and was suitably headed:-

SHE'S GONE POTTY

The article said that " A child expert sparked ridicule by insisting that parents should ask babies for permission to change their nappy"
What a load of c**p if you excuse the pun!

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« Reply #709 on: May 11, 2018, 07:32:29 PM »
I think she was trying to get a sensible message across but did it poorly. The media - as the less intelligent media are bound to do (ridicule increases sales) - picked up on the 'consent' and 'nappy changing'. 

But a few moments thought and you realise that mothers talk to their babies all the time.  Or should do, anyway. We already know that babies understand far more than we realise, and everything that happens to them in the age from 0 - 2 is internalised as part of a complex learning process that eventually shapes their own behaviour, beliefs and ideals.

We know, for instance, that babies treated badly and who are routinely harmed and abused during that period grow into incredibly damaged and often dangerous adults. What the woman was trying to convey was the importance of setting an ethos - a culture if you like - where the baby learns that pleasantness, warmth and gentleness are qualities worth having.

I'm disappointed that the Mirror has stooped to the levels of the DFM but although she did it badly, what she was trying to put across was what all decent parents know and practise.
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« Reply #710 on: May 12, 2018, 10:03:13 AM »
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When is this stupidity going to stop.

Firefighter job cuts, station closures and engines axed as service looks to save £2m
The controversial proposals are back on the fire authority agenda after years of 'financial austerity' take their toll.

Among the other options, downgrading Holyhead, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno or Colwyn Bay stations from fully crewed venues to retained cover only, would achieve an average of £647,000 in savings.

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Fire station unmanned at time of fatal blaze, inquest hears
Janet Jones, 53, died in a house fire, a few hundred yards away from fire station.
A town's fire station was non-operational when a fatal fire occurred just a few hundred yards away, it was revealed at an inquest.

Firefighters from Rhyl and St Asaph answered the 999 call to the flat in Tan-y-Graig, Denbigh , in August last year and the hearing in Ruthin was told of the problems facing the North Wales service in providing emergency cover across the region.
Janet Jones, 53, died in the blaze in her first-floor flat: after hearing of the problems encountered by the fire service her brother Roger Jones said he appreciated the difficulties, but added: “I don’t want something like this to happen to anybody else. The faults are there for everybody to see.”
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« Reply #711 on: May 12, 2018, 11:20:36 AM »
It's not just the Daily Mirror and the DFM that have reported the interview, as it has gone global but I do agree with most of your points Ian, but you are only stating the obvious.
Deanne Carson the self styled "sexuality educator" was not just poor in her interview she left herself open to ridicule and it won't do her credibility much good in the future.



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« Reply #712 on: May 12, 2018, 11:34:08 AM »
I agree, but it will also have deterred her - and probably others - from ever speaking out again. In effect, it's a sort of media-imposed censorship by those who think they know better than any of us, and it worries me that all we'll get soon is politician-speak if we allow them to carry on like that.
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« Reply #713 on: May 15, 2018, 10:55:23 AM »
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I agree, but it will also have deterred her - and probably others - from ever speaking out again. In effect, it's a sort of media-imposed censorship by those who think they know better than any of us, and it worries me that all we'll get soon is politician-speak if we allow them to carry on like that.
Surely its people like Deanne Carson who think they know better than any of us, hence her amazingly patronising self-endowed title of 'sexuality educator'?

Ian

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« Reply #714 on: May 15, 2018, 12:10:37 PM »
I agree;  doesn't negate the value of what she was attempting to convey, however badly.
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« Reply #715 on: June 11, 2018, 02:09:35 PM »
This article from Derbyshire Live, looks like part of the DP.  I agree with the mother, as do 92% of the DL readership.


This mum gave her kids a very public 'time out' in the middle of Tesco - but was she right to do it?

When Alisa, six, and Ebony, seven, began misbehaving and "being a nuisance to people" at the Tesco store in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, their mother Louisa Palai decided she wouldn't wait until they got home to discipline them.

Louisa made up her mind right there and then to give the two girls a very public time out - telling them to sit on the floor right in the middle of the isle.

They had to stay there in silence and looking at the floor for 10 minutes until they had calmed down and were ready to start behaving, according to Derbyshire Live.

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« Reply #716 on: June 12, 2018, 09:54:07 AM »
I agree, too many youngsters are allowed to run riot in shops.
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know.

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« Reply #717 on: July 12, 2018, 04:00:44 PM »
I have always been cynical over the distribution of WG grants to private companies, especially tourism grants, for restaurants and hotels, and this DP article does not inspire confidence.

 Welsh Government considering whether grant funding to mansion developers can be recouped after hotels close.

"Some of the sites closed for a rebrand to be carried out but concerns have been raised that the Knighton Hotel in Knighton and The Radnorshire Arms Hotel in Presteigne, Powys, have remained shut with no sign of work taking place.

In previous years the couple received grant funding under the Tourism Investment Support Scheme ( grants which are understood to be £75,000 for the Knighton and £170,000 for the Radnorshire.) and now the Welsh Government is looking into whether some of that funding should be recouped."

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« Reply #718 on: July 13, 2018, 12:05:00 PM »
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I have always been cynical over the distribution of WG grants to private companies, especially tourism grants, for restaurants and hotels, and this DP article does not inspire confidence.

 Welsh Government considering whether grant funding to mansion developers can be recouped after hotels close.

"Some of the sites closed for a rebrand to be carried out but concerns have been raised that the Knighton Hotel in Knighton and The Radnorshire Arms Hotel in Presteigne, Powys, have remained shut with no sign of work taking place.

In previous years the couple received grant funding under the Tourism Investment Support Scheme ( grants which are understood to be £75,000 for the Knighton and £170,000 for the Radnorshire.) and now the Welsh Government is looking into whether some of that funding should be recouped."

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The 'Weep for Wales' posts on this blog go into great detail about what has been going on:
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« Reply #719 on: July 13, 2018, 12:49:48 PM »
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I have always been cynical over the distribution of WG grants to private companies, especially tourism grants, for restaurants and hotels, and this DP article does not inspire confidence.

 Welsh Government considering whether grant funding to mansion developers can be recouped after hotels close.

"Some of the sites closed for a rebrand to be carried out but concerns have been raised that the Knighton Hotel in Knighton and The Radnorshire Arms Hotel in Presteigne, Powys, have remained shut with no sign of work taking place.

In previous years the couple received grant funding under the Tourism Investment Support Scheme ( grants which are understood to be £75,000 for the Knighton and £170,000 for the Radnorshire.) and now the Welsh Government is looking into whether some of that funding should be recouped."

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The 'Weep for Wales' posts on this blog go into great detail about what has been going on:
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Thanks for that, DR, very informative, I've bookmarked the blog for future reference, now all we need is for the grant's departments to get their act together, and learn to be a bit more cynical.