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Genealogy & Research / Re: Pantyronen
« Last post by anneelaine on Yesterday at 10:07:05 PM »
Thank you, will see what I can find
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Local News & Discussion / Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Last post by norman08 on Yesterday at 09:44:23 PM »
Where are Ccbc going to get all these millions from 🤔 The idiots can't raise the council tax that much , mind you these clowns would try.
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Covid–19 / Re: Latest Stats
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 03:44:23 PM »
There have been 107 new cases of coronavirus recorded across North Wales in the past 23 hours.

In the same time, two more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19, according to figures released by Public Health Wales today .
A total of 541 people have now died in the area covered by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - up from 539 yesterday.

There have been 33 more coronavirus deaths across Wales, bringing the death toll to 2,671 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Another 1,471 positive tests have also been recorded, which brings the country's total 85,432.
The number of tests carried out in Wales in the latest daily period was 15,217.

A total of 1,545,760 tests have now been carried out since the testing scheme began.                         ref DP

Betsi Cadwaladr:    107 new cases - total 13,009

Anglesey   :     10 new cases - total  957
Conwy:     5 new cases - total 1,752
Denbighshire   :      15 new cases - total 1,839
Flintshire:      23 new cases - total 3,145
Gwynedd   :    9 new cases - total 1,401
Wrexham:      45 new cases - total 4,022

PHW
Conwy
1,494.8 confirmed cases per 100,000 population

Cases:       1,752 confirmed
Testing episodes:       35,905  (30,635 per 100,000)
Positivity*:       4.9%

BCUHB
1,874.9 confirmed cases per 100,000 population

Cases:       13,116 confirmed
Testing episodes:       209,401  (29,933 per 100,000)
Positivity*:       6.3%
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Conwy councillors backed plans to bolster the county’s sea defences in a £59m programme of investment and even Donald Trump got a mention.

The Coastal Risk Management Programme with Welsh Government was discussed at this week’s joint meeting of finance and resource and economy and place scrutiny committees, within Conwy county council.
The scheme commits the authority to revamping sea defences at:

Llanfairfechan – costing £1.88m;
Llandudno – costing either £22,800,000 or £6,700,000 depending on whether both North and West Shore, or just North Shore works are approved by Welsh Government;

Penrhyn Bay – costing £5.185m;
Rhos-on-Sea – costing £13.4m; and an 11km stretch of coast between Llanddulas and Kinmel Bay costing £13.74m

If the entire Llandudno scheme is approved by Welsh Government, Conwy county council would foot the full £59,435,950 bill.
However Welsh Government would refund 85% (£50.5m) of the cost and Conwy would borrow the remaining 15% (£8.9m).

The £59.4m would equate to around 30% of the total funding being allocated by Welsh Government for similar sea defence projects across Wales.

Repayments would cost the council an estimated £212,809 or £371,775 per year over 50 years in capital expenditure, depending on whether interest rates were 1% or 1.5% respectively.

The cost of the scheme would drop by £16.1m overall if only part of the Llandudno scheme was approved by Welsh Government.

The council will also be seeking contributions from businesses that are going to benefit from the sea defence work.

Sea levels are predicted to rise 70cms over the next 100 years, acting flood risk and infrastructure manager Owen Conry told councillors.

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Local News & Discussion / Re: I'm a Celebrity to be held at Gwrych Castle.
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 02:21:35 PM »
The end is nigh: Stunning photograph of Gwrych Castle lit up shared ahead of tonight's I'm A Celeb final

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Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops....CHEMIST
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 02:19:24 PM »
A CHEMIST that dispenses more than 18,000 items per month has been sold.

Swettenham Chemists is housed within a single-storey, brick-built extension of the main Craig Y Don Medical Centre in Llandudno.

It has been purchased by Camella Healthcare Limited, a small group of Independent NHS Community Pharmacies operating from three sites along the North Wales coast.

The pharmacy was previously owned by Ian and Dawn Swettenham. The couple own and operate six pharmacies around the UK.

Mrs Swettenham said: “We own and operate six pharmacies around the UK, with Swettenham Chemists being the only one in Wales. We purchased the pharmacy in 1999 and, in 2005, relocated it to its current site in the Craig Y Don Medical Centre, where it has found great success. We’ve really enjoyed serving the Llandudno community for the last 21 years, but decided it was time to sell the branch to release more time to concentrate on our businesses closer to home in Chester.

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Covid–19 / Re: Covid related Scams
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 02:17:46 PM »
Royal Mail scam could steal your bank details this Christmas

"The scam involves recipients receiving either a text message or an email that appears to be from Royal Mail.

The message states that there was an attempt to deliver a parcel made, and you are instructed to click a link in order to reschedule the delivery.

The link will then direct you to an authentic looking website, which asks for your full name, address, date of birth and mobile number.
Once you’ve completed this form, you’ll then be prompted to enter your card details, which the scammers can use to access your bank account."

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Genealogy & Research / Re: Pantyronen
« Last post by Cambrian on Yesterday at 10:44:12 AM »
Doesn't ring a bell immediately.  Not many "Pants" in Glan Conwy/Llansantffraid.  Pant y Gangen and Pant y Ffrith come to mind as well as one called simply Pant.
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Local News & Discussion / Re: Consumer news and scams
« Last post by Ian on Yesterday at 10:36:08 AM »
This is an excellent guide to safe shopping and scam avoidance, published by a friend of mine.

Before buying a product online, take time to check out the seller and the product. Even the most legitimate-looking websites can be fake so do your homework first.

Look for all the names, addresses and phone numbers associated with the website. The website name, the company name and the seller name can all be different. Beware if none of this information is available.

Can you find addresses for the seller? A seller might use several addresses – registered address, VAT, trading, website, check them all out. Are there other ‘sellers’ at the same address?

Search tip: Put phrases in “double quotes” to get an exact match. Works on Google but not all sites.
Removing the double quotes might also bring up some interesting results.

Here are a few sites you can use to check before you buy:

Search for businesses and people

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Addresses don’t work too well but single words do. There is now a search for officers by location that sort of works for other search terms e.g. John Smith location:”High Street, London”.

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What you find is not necessarily the truth but can be a good indicator.

In the case of product reviews:

Many reviews are fake – a sure sign that something is amiss. To safeguard yourself:

Look to see what other reviews the reviewer has left.
Take more notice of bad reviews that often give further information on the seller or the product.

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Look up addresses Check the timeline to see how the building or area has changed. Scammers often use an address of a vacant building or one that has just been knocked down.
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Search phone numbers

Put number in double quotes to move spaces around e.g.
“01234 567 890”
“+44 1234 567890”

Search product images

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Reverse images (flip horizontally) and search again.

How long has the seller been trading?

Amazon and ebay both show this info. If the seller is new, be very careful.
Ask the seller a question just to get a reply. This could be just asking the weight or dimensions of the product.
Search the reply email address.

Search selected text in “double quotes” from advert or reviews: e.g. “left-handed screwdriver”
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Search products on foreign eBay/Amazon sites

Put part of the description in double quotes “like this” with e.g. amazon.de or ebay.ca

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Facebook

It is almost impossible to check out sellers thoroughly especially with so many scammers on Facebook selling products that look to good to be true. My advice would be to only buy locally and arrange to meet the seller where you can examine the product and exchange product and cash in person.

Website Checkers

I don’t know very much about the following websites but Kaspersky rates them as safe. A good rating might mean they haven’t been found out yet especially if they are fairly new.


Check the safety of a website or email. No unsafe content found is only one indicator and should not be trusted on its own.

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Remember: to find an exact match of any phrase, enclose that phrase in inverted commas before trying.
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Music, TV, Radio & The Arts / Re: Favourite TV Shows........Online pantomime
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 10:28:12 AM »
FAMILIES can still enjoy all the fun of the panto this year with an innovative online performance.

Celebrities from across the industry will be heading to Rhyl Pavilion to film an online pantomime that will be broadcast UK-wide.

Stars include XFactor star Sam Bailey, ITV The Chase’s Mark Labbett And Anne Hegerty, Britain’s Got Talent Winners dog act Ashley and Sulley, I’m a Celeb winner and Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona, Phil Mealey star of Early Doors and a host of stars from TV such as Benidorm, Eastenders, Hollyoaks and the Bill.

Public performances start from December 19, with shows finishing on New Year’s Day. Tickets are £15 pay-per-view.
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