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Disabled teen to complete solo sailing challenge

Natasha Lambert
Natasha 'Miss Isle' Lambert will have sailed around 430 miles when she arrives in Swansea. Credit: Royal Yachting Association

A teenager with athetoid cerebral palsy will complete her 12 leg sailing challenge in Swansea today after sailing single-handedly around the south west coast of England to Wales.

17-year-old Natasha Lambert, who uses breathing alone to sail her boat via a 'sip and puff' straw mechanism engineered by her dad, set off on her 'Sea and Summit' challenge last month.

Since then she has sailed her 21ft boat Miss Isle Too around Falmouth, Plymouth and Poole before climbing Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons using a special walking aid.

In total Natasha will have sailed around 430 miles and climbed 2,907ft as part of the challenge, which is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Trust and the RYA Foundation.

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Financial services company creates 89 jobs in Cardiff

Open Resolution, a new financial services company, is setting up its head office and operations centre in Cardiff, creating nearly ninety new jobs.

The business specialises in offering credit file correction service - checking, validating and correcting the credit rating of individuals.

The firm's £375,000 investment will be supported by a further £250,00 business finance from the Welsh Government.

Funding from the Welsh Government played a critical role in our decision to base the business in Wales as opposed to outsourcing.

We are looking to launch the business in the autumn and create the jobs over the next eighteen months.

– Steve Bloor, Managing Director, Open Resolution

Welsh friendship for independent Scotland

by Nick Powell

If Scotland votes for independence, Welsh voters would want the rest of the UK to back Scottish efforts to join the European Union and NATO but English voters would oppose offering any support. That's the most startling finding of newly published research into attitudes in the two countries to the Scottish referendum.

  • Support Scotland joining EU and NATO?
  • Wales 34% agree, 32% disagree
  • England 26% agree, 36% disagree

The YouGov poll for Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities also found that although the Welsh are against the idea of letting an independent Scotland keep the pound sterling, there's not the overwhelming opposition found in England.

  • An independent Scotland sharing the pound?
  • Wales 36% agree, 44% disagree
  • England 23% agree, 53% disagree

Both the Welsh and the English strongly support more devolution for Scotland if it rejects independence next month. However, both countries are against allowing the Scots to carry on having public expenditure above the UK average.

Scotland's current spending levels are often contrasted with the position in Wales, where politicians of all parties have called for a more generous settlement to reflect Welsh needs. Nevertheless the Welsh appear to feel less strongly about the issue than the English.

  • Public spending in Scotland reduced to the UK average?
  • Wales 48% agree, 12% disagree
  • England 56% agree, 9% disagree

The findings are the result of a large-scale survey carried out in April. Like other polls, it found little difference in between Wales and England when it came to a strong desire for Scotland to vote to stay in the UK

  • Should Scotland be an independent country?
  • Wales 19% agree, 61% disagree
  • England 19% agree, 59% disagree

It’s interesting that while there is almost no difference in the views of people in England and Wales about what they wish to see happen in the Scottish referendum, there are clear differences in how people wish to see the aftermath dealt with. Put bluntly, the English are more inclined to want to play hard-ball with Scotland. Those in Wales are notably more cautious about this, and more favourable to a more conciliatory approach.

– Prof Roger Scully, Cardiff University

Researchers at Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities, working alongside the polling agency YouGov, consulted a representative sample of 3695 adults in England and 1027 in Wales. The surveys were undertaken in late April 2014.

Village campaigners oppose solar farm plans

Solar panels
The proposals are for a solar farm similar to this one near Marlborough Credit: PA

Villagers have set up an action group protesting against plans to put a large solar farm on countryside between Cardiff and Newport.

Local people from the village of Michaelston-Y-Fedw and the surrounding area set up 'Keep Us Rural', in response to a large number of applications for 'Green Energy' schemes to put solar farms and wind turbines on nearby farming land.

So far the group have held several demonstrations, claiming that the plans would 'blight the landscape', and reduce the ability to use the land for farming.

The proposals, by EEW Eco Energy World Ltd, include plans for transformers, fencing and CCTV, as well as the 18MW solar panels.

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FT: Cardiff City 1 - 0 Wigan Athletic

Nicky Maynard came back to haunt former club Wigan as Cardiff extended their unbeaten Championship start with a 1-0 home win.

Cardiff City
Credit: PA Images

The goal came in the 53rd minute on the edge of the six yard box.

Cardiff handed a debut to former Reading centre-half Sean Morrison with club captain Mark Hudson dropping out, but kept fellow new signing Anthony Pilkington on the bench after his move from Norwich.

They now second in the Championship table with seven points.

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