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Future engineers learn about opportunities being unlocked by port investment

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YOUNG people interested in the region’s renewable energy future have visited Pembroke Port to see first-hand how major investment to modernise port infrastructure will enable South West Wales to take full advantage of floating offshore wind developments in the Celtic Sea, and other renewable energy and decarbonisation initiatives, expected to create thousands of new job opportunities.

The learners, who are enrolled on Pembrokeshire College’s innovative, industry-led Destination Renewables programme, were taken on a tour of the ongoing building works which are well underway to create a clean energy development platform including 17,000 sqm of laydown space, a supersize slipway and new workboat pontoons. The development is part of the £60m Pembroke Dock Marine project – a partnership between the Port of Milford Haven, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Marine Energy Wales and Celtic Sea Power which is funded by the UK Government and Welsh Government through the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The learners were also excited to hear about the potential for 16,000 new jobs, expected to be delivered by the Celtic Freeport bid by accelerating up to £5.5 billion of new investment and paving the way for new manufacturing and processing facilities to support the roll-out of floating offshore wind, hydrogen and sustainable fuel production, carbon capture, cleaner steel and low-carbon logistics. The proposed Celtic Freeport’s Haven tax site will seek to further enhance the capability of Pembroke Port.

The Pembrokeshire College ‘Destination Renewables’ programme, led by DP Energy and EDF Renewables in collaboration with industry delivery partners, is inspiring and educating the future green energy workforce. It is a two-year course that teaches students about renewable energy technologies including wave, tidal, solar, onshore and offshore wind, and associated project development processes.

Steve Edwards, Commercial Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “I’m delighted that the Port is supporting the Destination Renewables programme as a delivery partner and proud to be doing our bit to ensure the region’s future workforce is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

“Investment in Pembroke Port today is creating the green opportunities for the future. Our multi-purpose, future-energy ready port facility will create and sustain thousands of jobs for generations to come. We’ll need lots of skilled people to support this new and exciting industry, from software developers and marine scientists, to design engineers, project managers and boat builders. Seeing how engaged and inspired the learners were today, is why we’re so passionate about making this development a success.”

Speaking after the port tour, Ethan Adams who is enrolled on the Destination Renewables programme alongside his L3 Mechanical Engineering course at Pembrokeshire College, commented: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to see what plans the port has moving forward. The careers that will be available for young people in Pembrokeshire in the future are extremely appealing. It’s a great feeling knowing we will be able to live locally and have a successful career in the renewables sector without having to move away from home. The support we’ve had so far from local companies on the destination renewables programme has really helped us gain the knowledge needed to hopefully excel in these jobs in the future.”

Deputy Leader for Pembrokeshire County Council, Paul Miller, added: “Our efforts, together with those of our partners at the Port of Milford Haven, in respect of the Pembroke Dock Marine City Deal project are all about securing the next generation of industrial activity around the haven, supporting local job creation as well as supporting the energy security of the UK and our national transition to net zero.

Ensuring local young people are the best placed they can be to secure employment in these new industries is critical to ensure we maximise the benefit of the significant investments we’re enabling in Pembrokeshire.”

  • Photo: Future engineers visit Pembroke Port to learn about opportunities being unlocked by major port investment – Destination Renewables learners with representatives from Pembrokeshire College: Steffan James, Destination Renewables course tutor; Wendy Weber, Head of the Build Environment; Benedict Dries-Jenkins, Pastoral Coach for Faculty of Engineering & Computing; along with representatives from the Port of Milford Haven: Anna Malloy; Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager; Steve Edwards, Commercial Director; Claire Lawrence, Project Manager; and Jason Hester, Senior Project Manager; and Rachel Moxey, Head of Economic Development at Pembrokeshire County Council.

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Man found not guilty of stalking beauty salon owner

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FRANK JANIUREK, 43, of Heol Glyndwr in Fishguard, has been acquitted of stalking the owner of a beauty salon after a trial at Swansea Crown Court. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict following approximately two-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

Janiurek was accused of causing serious alarm or distress to the woman between 25 March and 10 July 2022. The prosecution claimed that after receiving a facial treatment at the salon on 8 March 2022, Janiurek began sending numerous emails and making frequent calls to the salon, often repeating questions that had already been answered. He was also alleged to have walked past the salon daily and liked one of the complainant’s Instagram pictures using an account under a false name. Additionally, it was claimed that he stared at the complainant for an extended period while she was out in Cardigan celebrating her birthday.

Caitlin Brazel, prosecuting, argued that these actions constituted stalking, causing serious alarm or distress. However, Janiurek pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Matthew Murphy, defending Janiurek, contended that the complainant had not directly communicated her discomfort to the defendant until 1 June. Murphy stated, “She doesn’t tell him anything about his behaviour and the effect it’s having on her before June 1.” He argued that if the complainant felt uncomfortable, she should have been more direct in her communication.

Murphy also highlighted that the complainant’s actions, such as signing off emails with ‘All the best’ and stating she had an injured arm and was not taking on new clients, did not clearly indicate that she wanted the contact to end. He noted that Janiurek, who is neurodivergent and has Asperger’s syndrome, was primarily engaging with the business, not the complainant personally. Murphy emphasised that all of Janiurek’s messages were related to beauty treatments, except for one occasion when he inquired about the complainant’s injured arm.

Regarding the Instagram picture, Murphy pointed out that it was posted on the business’s account, not the complainant’s personal account.

Recorder David Elias KC, who presided over the trial, thanked the jury for their careful consideration of the case. Following the not guilty verdict, Janiurek was allowed to leave the dock, having been acquitted of all charges.

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Cannabis factory with over 800 plants found in west Wales drugs bust

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POLICE in Carmarthenshire made a major drugs bust this week when they found over 800 cannabis plants in what was supposed to be a vacant property.

A 26-year old man was arrested and has now been remanded into custody.

The police are appealing for information and have released photographs of the illicit cannabis production facility.

A police spokesperson told The Herald on Friday (May 24): “Dyfed Powys Police executed a warrant at the Mountain Gate, Tycroes, Ammanford on Tuesday May 21.

“The vacant property was found to have a large hydroponic set up inside, with approx. 800 cannabis plants seized by officers.

“One man, Beni Mirashi age 26, was arrested and was charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

“He appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on 23 May and was remanded to next appear at Swansea Crown Court on June 24.”

Police asked that if anyone has any information that may support officers in their investigation, they are asked to contact us either through a direct message on social media, online at: 
https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101

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Red Bull Hardline Wales confirms rider list for 2024

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RED BULL Hardline, known as the most challenging downhill mountain bike race world wide, confirms the final rider list for this year’s Wales event. 

Following its first event overseas, with a stop Down Under, Red Bull Hardline returns to its home in Wales’ Dyfi valley to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The brainchild of Dan Atherton a decade ago, 34 of the brightest and best talents in downhill mountain biking are set to descend on the north Wales course. With the 2023 event sadly curtailed by the Welsh weather, there’s old scores to settle and it’s all to play for in 2024.

Confirmed Rider List:

NameNationality
Ronan DunneIRL
Bernard KerrUK
Brook MacDonaldNZL
Charlie HattonUK
Adam BraytonUK
Craig EvansUK
Theo ErlangsenSA
Matteo IniguezFRA
Juanfer VelezCOL
Gaetan VigeFRA
Jim MonroUK
Matt JonesUK
Edgar BrioleFRA
George BranniganNZ
Sam GaleNZ
Jono JonesUK
Sam BlenkinsopNZ
Brendan FaircloughUK
Josh BrycelandUK
Dennis LuffmanUK
Sam HockenhullUK
Josh LoweUK
Taylor VernonUK
Thibault LalyFRA
Thomas GenonBEL
Szymon GodziekPOL
Sebastian HolguinCOL
Alex StorrUK
Vincent TupinFRA
Harry MolloyUK
Matteo IniguezFRA

Female riders will begin training on Monday, giving them ample time to familiarise themselves with the new course, with Tahnée Seagrave, Cami Nogueira and Hannah Bergmann all set to continue to push the boundaries of their sport once again. Louise-Anna Ferguson will be returning to Wales fresh from her success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, putting on a gutsy performance to finish a full finals race run despite an early crash. New to Red Bull Hardline, Vaea Verbeeck will make her first appearance, bringing fresh fire power to the women’s lineup 

Following his stand-out success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, Ronan Dunne will be taking to the start line with aims of achieving the double. Nipping at his heels will be three-time winner Bernard Kerr, who placed second in Tasmania back in February. 2017 champion Craig Evans is back once again and eager to replicate his success of 7 years previous.

The breathtaking race will be broadcasted live globally on Red Bull TV on Sunday 2nd June at 2.30pm GMT. Ahead of the event, fans can enjoy the week’s best action from course walk and practice on the Red Bull Bike YouTube ahead of the main event. 

For further Red Bull Hardline rider updates and for more information visit www.redbull.com/hardline and make sure to save the link to Red Bull Bike YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@RedBullBike/featured to not miss out on the week’s best action.

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