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First Minister visits India Indian takeaway?: Will the sub continent

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Indian takeaway?: Will the sub continent continue to invest in Wales?

Indian takeaway?: Will the sub continent
continue to invest in Wales?

FIRST MINISTER, Carwyn Jones, this week issued a statement relating to a recent visit to India, the overriding purpose of which was to enhance Wales’ already excellent relationship with India and to enhance business opportunities within the principality. He was supported on the visit by the Honorary Consul of India, as well as by Welsh Government representatives, and the British Embassy. In Delhi he met with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to discuss trade and investment.

Mr Jones also established contact with India’s recently elected Government by meeting Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley as well as meeting with the Vice Chairman of Tata steel, in Mumbai, who emphasised Tata’s commitment to Wales, though he had said that high UK energy costs were causing difficulty for competitive pricing, and on this, the First Minister assured him that the Welsh Government would continue to press the UK Government to resolve the matter. T

he Minister also hosted a business reception in Mumbai for existing and potential investors into Wales as well as leading a business dinner in the same city for companies interested in Wales as an investment location, where he highlighted the benefits of investing in Wales and the support available from the Welsh Government. He said: “I believe there are significant opportunities for Wales in India, and for India in Wales.”

The Herald asked the Welsh Assembly what was discussed, specifically, with regards to trade and investment in Wales from India and also asked what were the specifics of Tata’s continued investment in Wales. We also asked what Wockhardt have, specifically, in their plans for Wales and whether or not any of the dinners or receptions had resulted in a specific interest from an investor? A Welsh Assembly spokesperson said that a number of companies were being spoken with, but that due to matters of confidentiality they would not be able to disclose any details.

They did confirm, however, that a lot was spoken about with regards to how Welsh tourism could be best promoted in India. A spokesperson for The Welsh Government confirmed this was the second trip the first Minister had made to India, and that this trip was an opportunity for Wales to show what it could offer as a business and tourist destination.

On the specific question as to how the first Minister intended to press the UK Government on the issue of energy pricing, despite its control being in the hands of privately owned companies, no specifics of such pressure were disclosed but a Welsh Government spokesperson did say:“We are acutely aware of the impact of high UK energy prices on the competitiveness of energy intensive companies based in Wales. The First Minister has raised the issue with the UK Government on a number of occasions, and will continue to push for them to implement measures to reduce the cost burden faced by these companies.”

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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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