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Politics & Current Affairs / Re: Points to Ponder
« Last post by Hugo on February 26, 2024, 11:13:41 am »
There are always two sides to any argument These plans require farmers to dedicate 10% of their land to trees and another 10% to wildlife habitats, for Wales to meet crucial emissions targets.   Seems like the farmers could lose possible valuable agricultural land and therefore produce less food.   So that means we import more food and create more emissions that way

I remember Spain introducing something for their farmers and it was if the farmers lost any livestock to Wolves then they would be compensated for the death of their animal.     Wolves killing livestock was a very rare occurrence there at the time but once the compensation was available then the livestock deaths by Wolves shot up dramatically      ???
What's On / North Wales food trade fair............ Venue Cymru
« Last post by SteveH on February 26, 2024, 09:46:28 am »
A NORTH Wales-based food wholesaler is aiming for record sales as it launches its biggest ever trade fair.

The fast-growing Harlech Foodservice is forecasting sales approaching ?1 million over the two-day Expo held at Llandudno?s Venue Cymru.

Over 120 exhibitors and crowds of over 2,000 are expected at the event on Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7.

The Expo is a highlight of the year for Harlech and will showcase the range of products it supplies to restaurants, cafes and even Premiership giants as well as to schools and hospitals, museums, and art galleries.

Harlech say the Expo gives suppliers the opportunity to talk directly to the customer, giving them a chance to tell the story behind their product to representatives from the tourism, leisure, education and health sectors across the North West, Wales and the Midlands.

Harlech will also unveil its latest Trust Our Prices range of deals for its customers with prices pegged from April on over 400 products. The company has also been buoyed by a ?6 million expansion plan that will create 150 new jobs.

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Politics & Current Affairs / Re: Points to Ponder
« Last post by SteveH on February 26, 2024, 09:32:36 am »
Interesting article on the recent protest by farmers.............

The Lesley Griffiths interview: farmers protests and the controversial subsidy scheme
Minister for rural affairs says 'We'll have to listen. We'll have to find solutions to all the concerns that are being raised'

Lesley Griffiths, the minister in charge of rural affairs for the Welsh Government, has spoken about the current anger among farmers in Wales. They are upset about the plans to replace the subsidies they received while part of the EU.

These plans require farmers to dedicate 10% of their land to trees and another 10% to wildlife habitats, for Wales to meet crucial emissions targets.


I do remember some stories back in the 80s, when farmers could get compensation for fencing off areas of their land, the rumour was that they fenced of areas that were impossible to farm, marshes and lakes and ponds etc,
Politics & Current Affairs / Re: National Health Service
« Last post by Hugo on February 25, 2024, 12:07:02 pm »
DVT,   I'm sorry for all that you have gone through with your health problem and that you had to go outside of Wales to have it.  The important thing is that you have now had the operation and that it was successful and  I wish you a speedy recovery.         A  bit of rest and TLC and hopefully you'll be back in Bodnant later in the year.
I am on the waiting list for a Gallstone operation and they have advised me that it could be in England so I'm not too pleased about that but I'm not losing sleep over it because someone I know has been on that list for 4 years.      I have also been on the list for about 8 months for minor surgery on skin cancer but that will be dealt with locally thank goodness
Hobbies and Interests / Re: Railways
« Last post by Hugo on February 25, 2024, 11:51:21 am »
Is there a General Election going on this year?       We have heard all this stuff before with no definite date for doing the work
Politics & Current Affairs / Re: National Health Service
« Last post by Hugo on February 25, 2024, 11:46:40 am »
I wish that my living room temperature was 21C  because at this moment an electrical fault means that the electrics leading to the central heating boiler have been turned off and will hopefully be sorted out on Tuesday when the electrician comes.   So no hot water or central heating at this cold spell of weather.
We'll manage ok with a gas fire and a small electric fire and improvise on suitable clothing.      I did buy my wife an Oodie last year and she wore it last night and was as warm as toast
Quite honestly our expectations seem to increase as the years go by,  when I was a child we had one coal fire in the lounge and if it was cold the coats were put on top of the bed for extra warmth.  I can also remember drawing things on the frost on the windows and that was on the inside windows!
I also remember my best friend in the 1970's telling  me that during a very cold spell one Winter the flannel in his bathroom froze but he never complained about it because that's what life was like in those days
Politics & Current Affairs / Re: National Health Service
« Last post by Ian on February 25, 2024, 11:28:06 am »
You can tell there's an election in the offing. Yes - there's a shortage of GPs, skilled nurses and a great deal more including actual hospitals. The big question is why this wasn't planned for.

The massive baby boom in 1946/50 has resulted in a correspondingly massive demand for hospitals and medical services. It's hardly a surprise. So who was in power from 2010 until now, I wonder?
Politics & Current Affairs / Re: National Health Service
« Last post by SteveH on February 25, 2024, 10:46:24 am »
Physician associate law may confuse patients, says BMA

The House of Lords is being urged to throw out plans for non-doctor associate roles to be licensed by the same body as doctors.

Under a planned new law, physician associates (PAs) will be regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The British Medical Association (BMA) believes this could lead to patients confusing the different roles, which it says could have "tragic consequences".

The Department of Health and Social Care has been approached for comment.

There are about 3,200 PAs working in GP surgeries and hospitals in England, with 10,000 more planned in the next decade or so.

They were introduced to help doctors with their work - examining and diagnosing patients and discussing treatments with them - although PAs are currently unregulated.

Unlike doctors, they do not have to hold a medical degree, but they usually have a degree in a life science and have to undertake a two-year training course.

As temperatures drop, the temptation to whack on the heating only grows - but what temperature should your house actually be?

You might be surprised to hear that there's an optimum temperature for your house - and the ideal conditions actually differ between your bedroom and living space.

In fact, our central heating can have a considerable impact on our health which goes beyond the struggle of keeping warm in winter - especially for those with existing health conditions.

With more and more of us giving in and turning up the heating this winter, a GP has issued a warning to Brits about not turning their thermostats above these temperatures.

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The number of fines handed out to drivers in North Wales for using their mobile phones at the wheel has risen by nearly two-thirds following an update to the law, new figures show.

The AA said the tightening of the law has driven the substantial rise in offences across England and Wales, but also attributed the increased use of dashcams for helping catch drivers using their mobiles.

Home Office figures show North Wales Police handed out 455 fixed penalty notices to people for driving while using a hand-held device in 2022.

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