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Month: July 2017

Bishop blesses Passchendaele memorial stones

A new memorial to the Welsh soldiers killed or injured at Passchendaele will be blessed by the Church’s Senior Bishop at the service marking the centenary of the WW1 battle. Seven stones, showing the cap badges of the five Welsh Regiments and two Welsh Divisions, will be unveiled during the Welsh National Service of Remembrance at the Welsh Memorial in Flanders in Langemark, Belgium, today (July 31). They will be blessed by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, at the end of the service, which will be attended by the Prince of Wales, First Minister, Carwyn Jones,...

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Propaganda War

THE STATE WE’RE IN If we believe certain politicians in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, then Russia controls cyberspace. Vlad the Influencer is dabbling here, sticking his oar in there, getting Trump elected in the USA and boosting support for all manner of other candidates. It do make ew think. Or maybe not . . . seeing as those who tell us these things are politicians and journalists, two sub-species whose members, in the affections of the public, come somewhere below Honest John down his auto ‘showroom’ behind the abattoir. In other words, lying bastards. Another reason it all falls down is because we are asked to believe that those making these claims against Mr Putin – and the countries these accusers represent – have never themselves tried to influence events outside of their own borders, ever. So it’s not just lies, it’s rank hypocrisy. The truth is that almost every country tries to influence events outside its borders. With smaller countries it may be no more than an irredentist squabble with a neighbour, but when we come to the big players, the scope becomes global. The bigger the stage, the bigger the lie: invasion becomes ‘humanitarian intervention’ and regime change is ‘restoring democracy’ (often to countries that have never known democracy!). Now if larger countries are prepared to destabilise or invade other countries in their national interest then...

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Search is on for Wales’ favourite church/chapel

From medieval cathedrals to hilltop chapels – Wales has some of the most beautiful and historical religious buildings in the world and now you have the chance to vote for your favourite. To celebrate and raise awareness of Wales’ religious heritage, the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church building support charity, has launched ‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ by giving people a chance to choose Wales’ favourite church or chapel. You can pick from a list of 50 buildings nominated by religious and heritage organisations, including the Church in Wales. They include St David’s Cathedral; Capel Als, the first Nonconformist place of worship in Llanelli; and St Winefried, Holywell, a shrine marking the spot where where Caradog cut off Winefride’s head in the 7th century and one the oldest continual pilgrimage sites in Britain. You can vote online at www.sacredwales.org.uk until 31 August 2017. The winning church or chapel will be announced on 28 September 2017 and will receive a ‘SacredWales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ trophy, together with a cheque for £500. Alex Glanville, head of property services at the Church in Wales, is encouraging people to vote. He says, “Wales has an amazing heritage of religious buildings. The Sacred Wales initiative by the National Churches Trust is a great opportunity to celebrate that heritage and to explore some of our very special places. It also reminds us that this...

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Innovative Nutrition Foundation Makes Three High Profile Appointments

Innovative Nutrition Foundation Makes Three High Profile Appointments The Power of Nutrition, an innovative foundation created to generate new funding for nutrition and invest in high impact programmes to address undernutrition and stunting in Africa and Asia, is thrilled to announce three high profile appointments. These three senior individuals from the worlds of politics, international diplomacy and business will add significantly to thir ability to drive our work forward. The appointments – Lord Browne of Madingley as President, Mike Rann AC, CNZM as Board Chairman and Ertharin Cousin as Board Director – will help The Power of Nutrition to make continued progress as we accelerate our fundraising and investment programme. Lord Browne, former chief executive of BP, Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, newly appointed Chairman of The Courtauld Institute of Art and outgoing Chairman of the Tate Gallery, has agreed to become the first President of The Power of Nutrition, stepping up from his previous role as Board Chairman. At the same time, Mike Rann, former Premier of South Australia, former Australian Ambassador to Italy and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and permanent representative and Board member of the World Food Programme, is taking on the Chairmanship of The Power of Nutrition Board of Directors. The Power of Nutrition is also delighted to announce the appointment of Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme until April...

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ICE launches ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Photography Competition

ICE launches ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Photography Competition Civil engineering is all around us. From the Millennium Stadium to the Menai Bridge, it has helped to shape our world. Join ICE Wales Cymru in celebrating civil engineering in Wales by entering their annual photo competition (3 categories: Under 16s; 16+ years; and Fairness/Inclusion/Respect (e.g. the photo that best captures/promotes diversity in civil engineering i.e. disability, gender, religion etc.). This competition is open to all schools, colleges, photo clubs, members of the public, as well as industry colleagues. Deadline for entries is 31 August 2017 (limited to 2 per person for photographs taken between 1 October 2016 and 31 August 2017). An exhibition of the best photos will be held in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay tbc., and the Special Awards Ceremony will be held on 2 October 2017. The exhibition will be open to the public from 18 September 2017. Download the flyer and conditions of entry Visit the ICE website for more...

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