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Pembrokeshire College staff member struck off for unacceptable professional conduct

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IN A CASE involving allegations of “unacceptable professional conduct,” a staff member at Pembrokeshire College has been removed from their position.

David Loosmore, who worked as a work-based practitioner and learning support worker, will be unable to seek reinstatement on the register for a period of two years.

The Fitness to Practise Committee of the Education Workforce Council conducted an investigation into Mr. Loosmore’s actions. It was revealed that between December 2018 and April 2021, he had reportedly written or altered job reports and portfolio work belonging to a student referred to as Pupil A. These materials were then uploaded to the college system under the pretence that they were the student’s original work.

Furthermore, in March 2020, Mr. Loosmore was accused of soliciting a student’s password to the college system. Subsequently, he was found to have accessed the student’s account multiple times between May 2020 and January 2021.

The Fitness to Practise Committee reviewed the evidence and concluded that the allegations against Mr. Loosmore were valid. In their statement, the committee declared, “Having made these findings, the committee determined that Mr. Loosmore’s conduct was dishonest and demonstrated a lack of integrity.”

Mr. Loosmore has the option to appeal the decision within 28 days to the High Court. However, if he chooses not to appeal or apply for reinstatement on the register, he will remain permanently removed from his position.

The case highlights the importance of upholding professional standards within the education sector. Instances of dishonesty and breaches of integrity undermine the trust placed in educators and have serious consequences for both the individuals involved and the wider educational community.

Pembrokeshire College remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity among its staff members. The institution will continue to prioritise the well-being and educational development of its students, ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment.

It is crucial for all educational professionals to adhere to ethical guidelines and maintain the trust and confidence of students, colleagues, and the community as a whole. The Education Workforce Council’s decision in this case reinforces the principle that professional misconduct will not be tolerated, and appropriate action will be taken to safeguard the integrity of the education system.

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Broad Haven’s Music Festival set to rock village

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GET ready for an electrifying day of music and fun as the Havens Events Crew proudly presents the highly anticipated Broad Haven Music Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, July 20, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM, this event promises a vibrant mix of live bands, local talent, and a delightful BBQ, making it an unmissable occasion for music lovers and families alike.

The festival, at Broad Haven School Field, will feature an impressive lineup of performers. Attendees can look forward to the acoustic melodies of Cadence Acoustic, the energetic rhythms of Coastal Horizon, and the dynamic performances by Loose Change. These local bands are set to deliver a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will offer a range of delicious BBQ options, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outdoors. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, the Broad Haven Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the local culture, connect with the community, and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Broad Haven Post Office and Lobster and Môr. Early acquisition is recommended to secure a spot at this popular event.

It promises to be a memorable day filled with music, food, and community spirit. The Broad Haven Music Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of local talent and a testament to the vibrant culture of our town. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

For more information, visit the Havens Events Crew’s official website or follow their social media pages for updates and announcements.


Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Location: Broad Haven School Field
  • Performers: Cadence Acoustic, Coastal Horizon, Loose Change
  • Tickets Available At: Broad Haven Post Office, Lobster and Môr

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets soon – we look forward to seeing you there!

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England’s Euro 2024 semi-final victory captivates millions

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ENGLAND’S Euro 2024 semi-final victory over the Netherlands garnered a peak audience of 20.3 million on ITV, cementing its status as the most-watched television programme of the year. Broadcasters are now hopeful that Sunday night’s final against Spain will attract over 30 million viewers, surpassing the numbers that tuned in for England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.

The overnight viewing figures, provided by ratings agency Digital-i, do not account for the millions who streamed the match on ITVX or watched in public venues. The coverage of Euro 2024 in the UK is split between the BBC and ITV, with the channels alternating first choices for matches in each round. ITV executives celebrated Jordan Pickford’s crucial penalty save against Switzerland, which secured another high-profile England match and delivered a substantial advertising boost to the channel.

Both the BBC and ITV will broadcast the final, with approximately a fifth of viewers typically opting for ITV over the BBC. Euro 2024 has demonstrated the enduring appeal of live sports broadcasting, which continues to draw massive audiences, particularly when the events are free to watch. Even matches not involving home nations have attracted significant viewership, with the Spain v France semi-final on BBC One peaking at 11 million viewers.

The Euros are part of the UK’s “crown jewel” sporting events, which include the football World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, all mandated by law to be shown on free-to-air channels. In contrast, other sports have opted for the higher revenue available from pay TV channels, resulting in substantially lower audiences for international matches. The England and Wales cricket board successfully lobbied in the 2000s to keep England test matches off the free-to-air list. Consequently, Jimmy Anderson’s farewell match against the West Indies at Lords, broadcast behind a paywall on Sky, attracted a peak audience of only about 700,000 viewers.

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Welsh Snooker star Michael White jailed for assaulting partner

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A WELSH snooker star has been jailed after assaulting his then-partner. Michael White, 33, of Penshannel, Neath Abbey, assaulted the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred on February 12, 2022, and the second on December 10, 2022.

White pleaded guilty to the charges. A further charge of intentional strangulation on December 10 was directed to lie on file. White, whose snooker world ranking peaked at 15 in 2016, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

He received a total jail term of 36 months – 19 months for the first incident and a consecutive 17 months for the second. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that White has been removed from the world ranking list and the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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