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It is in the gift of the British monarch to make payments, from the Civil List, to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to science. Beneficiaries of this award have included Faraday, Herschel, Heaviside and Hamilton.
However, the monarch is very unlikely to be able to judge the significance of scientific contributions and must therefore take the advice of various Royal societies.
Such advice is sometimes ill-judged, and a mechanism should therefore be put in place for removing the award; just as a mechanism exists for the removal of a knighthood.
Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre is responsible for coordinating search and rescue at sea and on the cliffs and coastline. The area covered by Swansea includes the whole of the Bristol Channel, Welsh and English coastlines.
Within the area of responsibility activity is high with numerous marinas, commercial ports, busy beaches, a large resident population and a large amount of visitors. The UK Government has announced that Swansea MRCC is now earmarked for closure.
Little or no regard has been given to public safety and this decision is based on the number of civil servants already employed in Swansea. Not a sound basis to close one of the busiest rescue centres in the UK, it must not happen.
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The Dylan Thomas Centre, run by the City and County of Swansea, was opened by former US President Jimmy Carter in 1995 as the focal point of the UK Year of Literature and Writing 1995, and as, thereafter, the foremost venue in the world for the celebration of one of Wales’s most famous sons, and as a vibrant centre for literature and the arts in general.
Most of the world’s greatest writers have appeared at the Centre over the years, at the same time as the Centre has nurtured grass-roots talent and provided a platform for all manner of performances, from multi-media community celebrations to fund-raising events for charities, from popular entertainments to international conferences. It plays a crucial role in the cultural life of Swansea and has burnished the name of Dylan Thomas both at home and abroad, attracting thousands of visitors to Swansea from all over the world, and playing a key role in the £3.6m that the Dylan Thomas ‘industry’ is said to be worth to the economy of Swansea.
Towards the end of 2010, when Swansea Council, in common with local authorities throughout the UK, was forced to consider major cuts in expenditure, it became clear that the Dylan Thomas Centre was facing an uncertain future. It was announced that the University of Wales would be taking the Centre over, although these plans have not yet been finalised.
Neither the Council nor the UoW have been able to provide assurances that the Centre will be able to continue in its present form. What is at risk, the Centre’s supporters believe, is both its essence as a cultural centre and the building’s entitlement to call itself, in any purposeful sense, the Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea needs, in the words of the distinguished theatre director Michael Bogdanov, to ‘Keep Dylan Thomas in the Dylan Thomas Centre’, and this can be achieved only by maintaining the Centre as it was established in 1995, during the UK Year of Literature and Writing, with its definitive Dylan Thomas exhibition, its year-round literary and arts programme, its annual Dylan Thomas Festival, its bookshop, and its bar and catering facilities. These are minimum conditions for the proper exploitation of the Centre’s potential as a formidable cultural powerhouse – and as the focal point of the Swansea-centred but worldwide celebrations, in 2014, of the one hundredth anniversary of the poet’s birth. Sadly, the current uncertainty is already having the effect of blighting the Centre’s artistic programme.
We believe that as Swansea was once, in the industrial era, Wales’s ‘intelligent town’ it is now, in post-industrial times, Wales’s city of culture, and that the intelligent response to hard times, rather than diminution and retrenchment, is to play Swansea’s cultural card for all its worth, with a reinvigorated Dylan Thomas Centre at the heart of the city’s cultural life.
It is proposed to close Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. Currently MRCC Swansea coordinate rescue in whole of the Bristol Channel on both the Welsh and English sides.
With the second highest tidal range in the world, numerous marinas, commercial ports, islands, some of the busiest beaches in the UK this must not happen.
Swansea University management proposes to make redundant more than half (12) of the 22 academic staff in Modern Languages, by summer 2011.
Swansea University’s Department of Modern Languages has an excellent reputation for teaching and research. Its work is vital to the University’s local, national, and international mission. It is strategically important for the Welsh economy and Welsh society. The proposals would delete Italian immediately, render Hispanic Studies practically unviable, and grievously weaken French and German. The proposals are reckless, hasty, and unnecessary. They will damage students, the University, and Wales.
Swansea University’s motto is: ‘Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn’, Welsh meaning: ‘Technical skill is incomplete without culture’. Students of Modern Languages at Swansea University acquire both the language skills and the cultural knowledge that global citizens need. The University must live up to its motto.
THIS PETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Swansea University has dropped the proposals for cuts to the Modern Languages Department. WE THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INVALUABLE SUPPORT for our campaign, and for taking the time to sign and comment on this petition.
Swansea City Council is proposing to extinguish the right of way which is still in existence at the site of the former Swansea slipbridge at OystermouthRoad (and thereafter demolish the abutments on which the bridge span was supported.)
This matter has now been referred to The Welsh Assembly for a decision on 22nd June 2010. The bridge has been an important part of Swansea since its completion in 1915 and had been well used, as of need, by the public until the bridge span was removed in 2004. The Council originally stated that such removal was to be for repair and/or reinstatement with a similar span. Such action has never been taken.
The span was removed to Swansea promenade by the Council at a cost of some £308K, where it is now not able to serve its rightful purpose. A Consultation exercise by the Council costing £35K was deliberately ignored as the outcome stated that the bridge should have been put back. It is also a historic landmark in Swansea and has been a focal point for tourists visiting the area due to the wonderful views over Swansea and Mumbles. The Swansea Slip Bridge Civic Society and its supporters are challenging the right of way extinguishment order.
We want the right of way to remain and the bridge reinstated. This bridge provided a safe way to cross a very busy road and we want it reinstated at public expense.
January 15, 2006
On the 8th January 2006 a new bus schedule started with significant changes to bus routes in the area of Swansea east.
This resulted in the removal of the bus route no.43. The sudden change has caused great difficulty to the residents of Swansea to have the ability to travel around Swansea.
Affecting the elderly, disabled, workers, mums, dads, children etc.
This Petition is for Swansea City football fans to voice their concerns about the way Tony Petty is running our beloved football club WE WANT YOU OUT NOW!!!!!!
BY SIGNING THIS PETITION YOU ARE SHOWING A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN TONY PETTY AND HIS BRIGADE OF BANDITS.
Please help us help Swansea City and its loyal band of followers to eject the DEVIL INCARNATE or as we know him TONY PETTY out of Swansea forever.
Swansea City are owned by Tony Petty. In my opinion, his asset stripping is the worst thing that has ever happened to Swansea City as a club in It's entire history. The time for action is now.
HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE SWANSEA CITY ? Enough to act.