MORE VALE COUNCIL STAFF ARE TAKING “SICKIES”

Like the Vale Council's signage - council staff too are often not at work.

Like the Vale Council’s signage – council staff too are often missing

There’s been another increase in the number of Vale of Glamorgan Council staff claiming and taking sick-leave according to the latest figures due to be put before the council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ on Monday next week.  

In the half-year from April to September 2014 on average every  full time council employee took a 4.45 days-off for sick leave ( compared with 4.05 days during the same period last year). That’s an increase of more than 7.4%.

"Stress" was a bigger cause of  absence in Development Department than than in Social Services

“Stress” was a bigger cause of absence in Development Department than than in Social Services

“Stress” was the top cause of sickness in Development Services (50%) and Social Services (31%)

The most sick-prone departments were Visible and Housing Services and Social Services in which staff, on average, took more that a day of sick leave for every month they worked.

 

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PENARTH WEDDING FIRMS WIN TOP HONOURS IN NATIONAL AWARDS

The team from Northern Star Jewellery of Penarth - with their award (Photo Rob Jones)

The team from Northern Star Jewellery of Penarth – with their award (Photo Rob Jones Purecreations Photography)

Four Penarth businesses have been honoured in Welsh National Wedding Awards held at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.

Janet White-Ashby receives her award award (Photo Rob Jones )

Janet White-Ashby receives her award for best bridal hair (Photo Rob Jones Purecreations Photography  )

They include jewellers Northern Star of Windsor Arcade who won both regional and national awards,

Janet White-Ashby (right) won the award for Best Bridal Hair, South & East Wales and was  shortlisted for Best Bridal Make-Up.

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique  Helen Rhiannon won Best Independent Designer in Wales

Rachel Burgess of Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique  won Best Independent Designer in Wales for a Helen Rhiannon creation.

Rachel Burgess received the award for  best wedding occasion wear

Penarth florists Sweet Peony were nominated for best florist.

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‘YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO REPORT INTERNET EXTREMISM’ – CLAIMS PENARTH MP DOUGHTY

Michael ............ who was part-educated in Wales and his victim Fusilier Lee Rigby

Michael Adebolajo filmed after the killing  and (inset)  his victim Fusilier Lee Rigby

The Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has claimed in the House of Commons that young people “are concerned about the absence of lack of consistency in information provided to them about how to report and tackle extremism they find on line”  .

Prime Minister David Cameron was briefing  MPs  on the contents of a report by  House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee on the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby – the young soldier who was beheaded in London in broad daylight by Muslim murderers Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo – (both were sentenced to life in prison).

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth in the Commons yesterday

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth in the Commons yesterday. The red ribbon is for “World Aids Day”.

Doughty said “I associate myself with the comments of the Prime Minister and many other honourable members  about Fusilier Lee Rigby.” but said he was “concerned that it appears that there have been no inter-ministerial meetings about that issue between the devolved Administrations and UK Ministers with responsibility for education and universities”.

He asked the Prime Minister to “commit to working with education and universities Ministers across the UK to ensure that consistent information is provided to our young people, teachers and youth workers”

The Prime Minister responds

The Prime Minister responds

David Cameron said  guidance would be set out as the legislation went through the House. He said “It is important to ensure that this happens on a UK-wide basis. Combating terrorism is a reserved, UK-wide responsibility. We need to discuss with the devolved authorities exactly how they put that in place, but obviously whether it is done is a matter for the UK Government”.

Doughty has consistently blamed “outside influences” for the radicalisation of Muslim youths in Cardiff South and Penarth and has never criticised the Muslim community itself.

Michael Adebe

Michael Adebowale

It has now  emerged that killer Adebowale was in Wales two years ago studying Arabic at the so-called “European Institute of Human Sciences” in Llanybydder and that MI5 asked the Welsh  Extremist and Counter Terrorism Unit to investigate him .

The extravagantly-titled “college” had been set up  in 1998 by a group of Iraqi Islamic clerics. Ill-advisedly the University of Wales Lampeter had accredited the dubious institution – but later cut its ties with the college because of “concerns” about the performance of some of the students. The college has now closed and the building it once occupied in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside is empty.

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UKIP TAKES ITS PENARTH GENERAL ELECTION FIGHT TO THE ENEMY’S FRONT DOOR

Company director, mountaineer, family man & ex-soldier John Rees-Evans,  representing UKIP, will confront Labour's MP Stephen Doughty in Cardiff South and Penarth (right)

Who will blink first? Company director, mountaineer, family man & ex-soldier John Rees-Evans (left) is UKIP’s prospective candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth – challenging  Labour’s Stephen Doughty (right)

With just 162 days to go before the General Election the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has chosen its candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth and is opening a “campaign cafe”  in  Glebe Street, Penarth on Saturday  (November 29th)  right under the nose of the Labour Party .

The UKIP candidate is ex-army veteran John Rees-Evans,  who runs his own mountaineering company based in Cardiff , holds the British Mens’ Kilimanjaro Record and  lives with his wife and young family in the constituency.

The former Elbo's Cafe in Glebe St is to become a "campaign cafe"- from next Saturday.

The former Elbo’s Cafe in Glebe St is to become a “campaign cafe”- from next Saturday.

He and UKIP have taken over what was the former “Elbo’s” cafe in Glebe St to provide – “an opportunity for local people to learn first hand in an informal, relaxed environment, what UKIP stands for and what they want to achieve”.

UKIP says passers-by are warmly encouraged to drop-in for a chat whether they have a “premeditated issue to discuss”  or “simply want to obtain more information about UKIP”.  The party says “locals of all political persuasions are most welcome to come in and talk to us.”

Directly opposite UKIP is Penarth Labour Club - so socialist defectors won't have far to go.

Directly opposite UKIP is Penarth Labour Club – so socialist defectors won’t have far to go.

The new UKIP Campaign Cafe and Penarth HQ will be next door to Penarth Post Office in Glebe St .

Locals also point out it’s also, serendipitously,  just across the way from  Penarth Labour Club – within easy walking distance, they say, for any members who may be disenchanted with Ed Miliband or Stephen Doughty or both.

However another Labour stalwart commented that the only reason he would ever consider crossing the road would be to buy a stamp.

It’s planned that the new UKIP Campaign Cafe / HQ – which opens for the first time on Saturday morning – will operate from 10:00 to 14:00 every Saturday and from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekdays .

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BEACH-BIKERS PEDAL AROUND THE END OF PENARTH PIER

A beach cyclist Dwarfed by the pilings of the pier a beach-cyclist

A beach cyclist is dwarfed by the pilings of the pier

Despite the pools left by the retreating tide it's still possible to cycle along the beach

Despite the pools left by the retreating tide it’s still possible to cycle along the beach

Regular promenaders on Penarth Esplanade, are well- used to seeing a vista of ships,yachts and boats of all kinds – but pictures have now emerged of a new attraction on the foreshore – beach biking .

It seems that cyclists have now discovered that not only does Penarth have a sandy beach – but that the sand is flat, and hard, and ideal for riding along. Amongst the hairier challenges seems to be riding around the end of Penarth Pier.

On the pier surprised spectators watch the biker's progress

On the pier surprised spectators watch the biker’s progress

In this weekend’s calm conditions a cyclist was to be seen riding along the waterline and threading his   between the pilings of Penarth Pier.(Apologies for the poor quality of the photos).

Some observers speculated that it may not be long before intrepid cyclists, mounted on mountain bikes, could make it all the way around the  Headland –  opening -up the possibility of a low-tide – and low-level cycle-way being created along the beach at a fraction of the cost of the disastrous Penarth Head Link.

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PENARTH IS TOP PLACE IN WALES FOR HIGH-STREET SHOPPING

Chris Capus, Jewels and Enerchi are just three of Penarth's busy independent shops

Chris Capus, Jewels and Ener-chi are just three of Penarth’s busy independent shops

Penarth – or more precisely the constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth – has emerged as the top place in Wales for shopping in small independent retail outlets.

The  Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales reports that Cardiff South and Penarth is the top district in Wales for independent shops where traders have an average annual turnover of £715,045.77p

That’s far in excess of the national average turnover for a British business – which is £505,644.33p and puts Cardiff South and Penarth in the top place for independent shops in Wales – and in the top 5% of shopping districts across the whole of the UK.

The survey has been carried out in association with “Small Business Saturday” being held on December 6th – a campaign to support and promote small business .   94% of businesses in Wales are classed as “micro-businesses” employing less than 10 people.

Economists claim that every pound spent in local shops – selling local produce –  puts twice as much money back in the local economy than a pound spent in a supermarket.

 

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POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP ON PENARTH BREAK-IN …A MONTH LATER

Strandz in Cornerswell Road was raided in October

Strandz in Cornerswell Road was raided in October

South Wales Police have issued a CCTV photograph of a man they want to trace in connection with a  burglary at a Penarth hairdressers which occurred a month ago but which only today has been made public. 

The break-in happened at 03.00 on the morning of Sunday October 26th when thieves  broke into the Strandz Hair and Beauty Salon at 2a Cornerswell Road and stole two cash floats from the premises.

From the CCTV picture the police have released it seems as though the wanted man had a stubble beard,  a bald patch at the back of his head and was wearing a v-neck top of some kind.

From the CCTV picture the police have released it seems as though the wanted man had a stubble beard, a bald patch at the back of his head and was wearing a v-neck top of some kind.

South Wales Police have now launched an appeal to anyone with any information or who recognises the man in the photo to call them on 101 quoting reference number 140040116.

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