Rebecca Evans AM, is encouraging A-level students in her Gower constituency to take part in the Political Studies Association Schools’ Video Competition.
The competition, which is now in its seventh year, asks students to explore the question: “Fake News: Is this the end of facts?”
Groups of students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, examining what fake news is, what effect it may be having on the political landscape and what it means for expert opinion and ‘factual’ knowledge.
Rebecca Evans AM, said: “Fake news is big news, and this is a great way for young people to consider some of the real questions that face us as we navigate modern sources of information and opinion."
Shortlisted groups will be invited to Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.
The winners of the Schools' Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster, and get a week’s work experience with the YouGov political team during their school holidays.
The deadline for entries is 12 noon 30 October 2017
Full competition details for 2017 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at: www.psa.ac.uk
AM and MP raise a cuppa to Macmillan
Gower's Assembly Member Rebecca Evans and Member of Parliament Tonia Antionazzi, are opening up their offices to join MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone, Macmillan raised £29.5 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more.
Tonia Antionazzi MP is holding her coffee morning between 10am and 12pm, at her office, Ty Newydd, 17 West Street, Gorseinon. She looks forward to welcoming the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Siany from the Wave, and Kev Johns during the morning.
Tonia Antionazzi MP said: "I am so pleased to open my office this Friday for my first Macmillan Coffee Morning and am really looking forward to meeting with constituents. I am working to ensure everyone in Wales has access to the cancer treatment they need."
In the afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm, Rebecca Evans AM will hold her event in her office at 9 Pontarddulais Road, Gorseinon. Lotties Coffee Shop of Gorseinon have very generously donated some of their delicious cakes.
Mrs Evans said: “Macmillan has long been rightly recognised and applauded for their work with cancer patients and their families. With cancer touching all our lives in one way or another, I welcome the opportunity to do my bit to help raise funds to assist them in continuing their important work.”
As autumn begins, Rebecca Evans AM and Tonia Antionazzi MP, Gower's Assembly Member and Member of Parliament, are teaming up with British Gas advisors to hold a drop-in Energy Advice Surgery event to help constituents Stay Warm this Winter.
The drop-in offers an opportunity for constituents to ask questions and explore ways to get smart with their energy use, with advice from qualified British Gas advisors who will be available to discuss how to save money, keep your house warm and advise on the latest technology.
A local British Gas Smart Energy Expert, who is installing smart meters in homes across Gower, will also be at the event to offer information about smart meters and the benefits they can bring.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “It’s really important to be prepared for winter. I want everyone in Gower to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends.
"There is support available from the Welsh Government 'Warm Homes Nest' which provides all householders in Wales with access to advice and support to help them reduce their energy bills. This includes a referral for eligible householders for a package of free home energy efficiency measures such as a new boiler, central heating system, loft or cavity wall insulation, or renewable technologies.”
Tonia Antionazzi MP said: “Smart meters offer a range of benefits - automatically sending meter readings, and showing the amount of energy you are using and how much it is costing you – enabling you to keep an eye on your bills. With winter just around the corner, now is a great time to get smart meters installed, and this event gives you the opportunity to find out more.”
Olly Loosemore, Smart Energy Expert with British Gas said: ““I would encourage residents to come along and find out about the range of assistance and support that is available – such as arranging to have a free gas safety check which can detect issues such as boiler faults, gas and carbon monoxide leaks. We work with a range of partners to support people who are experiencing trouble paying their household bills and can help make homes in Wales warmer this winter.”
The Energy Advice Surgery will take place on Friday 20th October between 11am – 1pm, at Forge Fach, Clydach.
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 22nd September, between 2pm – 3pm, at The Ostreme Centre, Mumbles.
If you have any problems or concerns, please come along to explore how Rebecca may be able to help. No appointment necessary.
Gower AM backs National Eye Health Week
Gower's Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has pledged her support for National Eye Health Week, which takes place 18 - 24 September 2017.
A new report published by the RNIB and high street opticians Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.
Now in its eighth year, National Eye Health Week brings organisations and health professionals from across Wales together to raise awareness of the need for regular sight tests, and how lifestyle habits can affect sight.
In Wales, there are 106,980 people living with sight loss which is significant enough to impact their daily lives. This includes people who may not be wearing the right prescription glasses or contact lenses, people waiting for cataract operations, and people living with partial sight or blindness.
Approximately 250 people in the UK, including 3 people in Wales, lose their sight every day.
Ceri Jackson, Director RNIB Cymru said: “Sight is incredibly precious and we live in an increasingly visual world. It is the sense we fear losing the most yet many of us don’t realise how best to look after our eyes."
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Every day in Wales three people lose their sight, but at least 50 per cent of sight loss is avoidable with early detection and treatment. The most important thing people can do to look after their eyes is to go for regular sight tests, but research shows that more than 1 in 10 of us have never had our eyes tested.”