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Artem Silchenko, Orlando Duque, Gary Hunt - WinnersGARY HUNT won his home event of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013 in the ‘Blue Lagoon;’ Abereiddy last weekend.
By a margin of just 1.65 points, the 29-year-old overall leader of the current season was declared the winner of the sixth round of the World Series in a competition that was not decided until the very last dive.
After a third place at the ‘Blue Lagoon’ in 2012, Gary wanted a home win more than anything else and he accomplished the feat on Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic Welsh crowd.
Second place went to Russia’s Artem Silchenko and Orlando Duque, from Colombia, made it to the podium. More than 5,500 spectators over the weekend watched as three UK divers made the final round of the top-eight athletes for the first time this season and bright sunshine made up for a week of wet and physically-demanding weather conditions.
“Today’s my day,” Gary Hunt said in a first statement. With the added motivation of competing at home and the support of the crowd in the Colosseum-like former quarry, Team GB propelled its performance to never seen heights.
Former Olympian Blake Aldridge finished 7th after missing the final in the last two stops. Mat Cowen, the man who had his first appearance on the World Series at this location a year ago, reached a personal best claiming fifth place. When the last athlete, Artem Silchenko, surfaced from his final 27m-dive and the scores were announced, the crowds along the cliffs and on kayaks went wild, the ‘brilliant Brit’ had just won at home. He (510.90pts) left his first follower in the overall standings, Artem Silchenko, behind by less than two points and ten-time world champion Orlando Duque (478.90) made it into the top three for fourth time this season.
With the second win to his name, Gary Hunt now has a decent lead of 120 points over Artem Silchenko (860pts) in the World Series standings after six of eight global tour stops. On third position, 39-year-old Duque lies another 40 points behind the Russian. Tension among the cliff diving combatants rises as the 2013 season gets closer to the final showdown and two new locations – Brazil and Thailand. Only those who compete on a consistently high level can be part of a 2014 Series.
For 14 of the world’s best cliff divers the return to the circular ‘Blue Lagoon’, was a return to pastoral farmland and flocks of white and black sheep after the all-urban stop in Boston. Their acrobatic 3-second flights into the fresh Celtic Sea shattered the serenity of this usually quiet corner of the country.
Gary praised the crowd and venue: “It’s amazing. I’d said so many times in interviews before this event that I wanted to win that even if I had come second I would not have been happy! I had to win here! It was really close but I managed to do it. The crowd today were amazing. This was my favourite stop last year so when I knew we were coming back I was so up for it.”
The Welsh stop of the World Series was the last one on European soil for the season. The competition resumes in just two weeks’ time in the Brazilian city of Niterói.

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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