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£8m, 18 months to build, the Swansea boulevard is now finished.

Following in the footsteps of renowned film producer and writer Mike Leigh

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Work to complete Swansea's long-awaited boulevard project is now complete. Started in March 2013 and includes upgrades to Princess Way, Quay Parade and Victoria Road. The boulevard was designed to create better links between the city centre and the waterfront thanks to crossings installed at "key points". The boulevard will improve the apperance of the area and make it more convenient for pedestrians.

AA hails drug-driving regulations

New drug-driving regulations that take effect next week have been welcomed by the AA.


RESIDENTS living next to the Swansea University site have hit out at Neath Port Talbot Council for a lack of consultation ahead of car parking arrangements for the students and employees of the campus.


A meeting with the Director of Students Services, Mr Kevin Child was held at the Crymlyn Burrows community centre to discuss these arrangements. Also at the meeting was, Peter Black AM for South West Wales who also had concerns about parking arrangements in that area.


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A Swansea graduate hopes to follow in the footsteps of British film writer and director Mike Leigh when his film premiere’s in Swansea this week.

Swansea University graduate, lecturer, writer and director Jimmy will be proudly attending the premiere of his film High Tide at the Taliesin Arts Centre at the end of February. The film will be released on March 6th, and will be opening at the Vue in Swansea, and The Reel in Port Talbot, before having a run at Chapter Arts Centre and a number of other venues to be confirmed.


Starring Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey) in a career-best performance as well as introducing newcomer Samuel Davies, High Tide is a moving, powerful and tender portrait of a vital twenty-four hours in two people's lives.


Jimmy said:  " I studied film at Swansea University and it's where I really developed my passion for film as an art form. I was then lucky enough to become a lecturer myself at the University, so Swansea has been there all throughout my film education.


“ I couldn't understand why no one was making films in Swansea and on Gower - they're such stunning locations, and look incredibly cinematic. It's brilliant and completely fitting that the premiere is taking place in Swansea, at the Taliesin, where I watched so many films as a student."


Set in the spectacular Welsh countryside along the Gower Coastline, High Tide tells the story of Bethan who has just one day to reclaim, repair and re-embrace her relationship with teenage son Josh.

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Jimmy studied Screen Studies between 2004-2007. He started his PhD in Contemporary Independent Cinema, on an AHRC scholarship in 2009, which he is continuing. Students taught by Jimmy at Swansea University are also following in his footsteps. Yaz Weston - a 3rd year Media Studies student taught by Jimmy in her first year is now an  integral member of the crew on High Tide. Jimmy added:  “ Off the back of working on High Tide Yaz has also gained further work on other film productions, so she's a pretty great student success story”.

Swansea University graduate Jimmy Hay.

Group Picture: (left to right) David Mair, Aneesa Ali (competitior), Ian Clarke (director of PwC Swansea),Sunil Bajaj (competitor).

David Mair, a postgraduate research student within the Department of Criminology, recently took part in a PwC presentation competition and beat off tough competition to win the top prize.

PwC had invited Swansea University students to take part in their presentation competition with the chance to meet one of PwC’s directors and compete for a £200 cash prize.


The final saw David, aged 28 and originally from Glasgow, up against students drawn from across the university.  David impressed PwC staff in the initial stages of the contest by constructing a ten-minute presentation on the changing nature of business, as part of Swansea University’s Careers Week.


The final involved each competitor giving a presentation followed by a question and answer session on the changing trends in business and how these changes represent both threats and opportunities for Swansea enterprises.


David’s presentation focused on cybercrime, which is closely linked to his PhD research.  The presentations were assessed by an expert panel of PwC staff, including Scarlett Seagar, Student Recruitment Officer and Ian Clark, Director of PwC Swansea.

Scarlett Seager of PwC stated: “The calibre of the students’ presentations was very high and it was very tough selecting the top three to go forward to the final on 16th February 2015. Our winner, David, performed exceptionally well in the final.”  David initially studied psychology at Glasgow Caledonia University and graduated with a B.Sc Hons in 2010, he then undertook a Postgraduate Students Awards Agency Scotland funded Masters at the University of Abertay in Dundee in Intelligence and Security, and gained an M.Sc with distinction in 2012, and then began a Wales Doctoral Training Centre Ph.D in Swansea in 2012.

Group Picture: (left to right) David Mair, Aneesa Ali (competitior), Ian Clarke (director of PwC Swansea),Sunil Bajaj (competitor)

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drugs and drink

The motoring organisation is also pleased that legal loopholes surrounding drinking and driving are about to be closed - possibly by April. From Monday, there will be a new offence of driving while over the generally prescribed limit of a drug. There will be set limits for eight illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, LSD and cannabis as well as limits for medicinal drugs such as morphine and methadone.


Police will only need to obtain a blood sample and show that any of the specified drugs are present above the specified limit. Roadside drugalysers or an impairment test can be used in the first instance to test drivers.


The AA said drivers also need to remember that while the new offence applies to certain, specific drugs, anyone found to be driving while impaired by any drug could still be prosecuted under the law that already exists.


The drug-driving regulations come just ahead of changes to drink-driving regulations that will prevent offenders delaying giving a sample to police. The changes include the removal of the statutory option which allows suspected drink-drivers to request a blood or urine sample.


AA president Edmund King said: "Drink and drug-drivers pose an unnecessary and selfish risk to all other road users and these increased powers to tackle them are to be welcomed.

"It has taken many years of work to get to the point where we have approved drugalysers for the police to use and new legislation to tackle drug drivers, but if it will help bring down the casualty figures then it will be worth the wait." He went on: "Tightening the legislation about roadside testing for drink drivers will also help close the loopholes that some drivers exploit to play for time when they know they have drunk close to the limit. "Our advice to drivers remains constant; if you are going to drive then don't drink and if you are going to drink then don't drive."

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MASTER Jadan Carl Mogford, 3, from Resolven won the Childrens Fancy Dress Competition at the Get Welsh event in Castle Square on Saturday afternoon.


The Lord Mayor of The City and County of Swansea, Ceinwen Thomas picked the 3 year old as the best Welsh costume from over 15 that entered. She said: "I have never seen such a beautiful array of Welsh costumes, all the children, girls and boys, looked magnificent."


Jadan's father was also taken aback when the Lord Mayor picked his son, he said that there had been a fantastic turn out for the competition.

Jadan Carl Mogford, 3, from Resolven wins the Childrens Fancy Dress Competition at the Get Welsh show in Swansea City.

Jadan Carl Mogford, 3, from Resolven wins the Childrens Fancy Dress Competition at the Get Welsh show in Swansea City.

Jadan Carl Mogford, 3, from Resolven wins the Childrens Fancy Dress Competition at the Get Welsh show in Swansea City. photo gallery