Commonwealth citizens can vote on Brexit

Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote in the upcoming EU Referendum, whereas citizens from most EU countries are not.

Nationals from Commonwealth countries who have an address in a UK constituency may vote on 23 June as long as they’re registered on the electoral roll. Their right to vote is not linked to the length of their residency.

EU nationals who are residents in the UK, however, cannot vote in the referendum unless they are from Ireland or Commonwealth countries like Malta and Cyprus. This is despite the fact that the outcome of the vote might have more of an impact on their lives.

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Men in Sheds Launches in Cardiff

Older men in Cardiff who have time to spare will soon have a place to regularly work on projects and activities which interest them.

Since the Men’s Shed in North Cardiff began three months ago, the group’s ten members have been meeting at a room in Rhiwbina Church every Wednesday afternoon.

They hope to gain new members, meet more frequently and get their hands dirty working on projects such as model making and gardening. The group, called ‘The Den,’ have their eyes set on moving into a garage nearby. But The Den isn’t the first Men’s Shed of its kind.

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2016 US Election: Americans in Cardiff

What is it like for Americans in Cardiff watching the US presidential primary election from across the pond? Republican candidate Donald Trump has been all over the news, but he’s also been on the minds of some Americans abroad.

It’s a long way to the White House and choosing the next president of the United States isn’t simple. Though the general election – where ballots are cast for the next president of America – isn’t until 8 November, the voting going on right now is for the nomination of one candidate to represent each of America’s main political parties: one Democrat and one Republican.

Two Democrats and four Republicans are currently competing in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. This summer, only one Democrat and one Republican candidate will emerge. The two will continue campaigning throughout the fall until the general election.

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Couch to 5k Cardiff

Grangetown local Daniel Allsopp will start training his fourth Couch to 5k group next Monday. He runs the five-week program solely on donations to charity out of a passion for active, healthy lifestyles at a time when obesity rates in the UK are on the rise. 

Daniel Allsopp

“If you commit to the program, you’ll progress.” – Daniel Allsopp

 

Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and will start and end at the Cardiff International Pool car park. Though the program is aimed at beginners, all are welcome. Those who are interested in signing up may do so by contacting Daniel Allsopp directly. A one-off donation of £10 to the Dreams and Wishes charity confirms one’s spot.

Citizens such as Allsopp are doing their part in helping to tackle the obesity crisis in Britain. Twenty-nine percent of people in the UK are obese and treating the consequences of obesity costs the NHS about £5bn per year.

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VOX POP

I conducted a vox pop on the streets of Cardiff last week. Vox pop means “voice of the people” in Latin. The purpose of it is to find out what people think about an issue. In search of opinions, the question I went around asking people was, “What do you think Wales should be doing about the current refugee crisis?” Here’s what some of them had to say.