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Chair and vice chair of Sport Wales sacked by Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has announced it is to terminate the appointments of the chair and vice chair of Sport Wales.

In a statement released by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans AM, she said there had been a "irretrievable breakdown in relationships within the leadership of the board of Sport Wales".

I have today informed the Chair and Vice Chair of Sport Wales that I consider the need to secure fresh leadership to be necessary to restoring a well functioning board going forward.

I have therefore informed both the Chair, Dr Thomas, and the Vice Chair, Adele Baumgardt, that I am terminating their appointments with notice.

Whilst both individuals have had the interests of sport in Wales as their priority, and have exhibited energy and dedication, I consider there to have been an irretrievable breakdown in relationships within the leadership of the board of Sport Wales. My overriding objective is the effectiveness of Sport Wales and its contribution to the wellbeing of the nation through its focus on sport and physical recreation, hence my decision. I have asked the interim Chair, Lawrence Conway, to remain in post for the remainder of 2017 at least, and to take this forward with the remaining board members.

– Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health

Woman dies after crash on Newport bridge

The crash happened on a bridge in Newport. Credit: Google Street View

A woman involved in a crash between a pedestrian and a car on a Newport bridge has died in hospital.

The 47-year-old, who has been named as Pamela Lancaster, was involved in the incident on Clarence Place last week.

Pamela’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

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Delays after freight carrying 'dangerous goods' breaks down between Cardiff and Newport

There is currently a problem on the line between Cardiff Central and Newport. Credit: Cardiff Central

A number of rail services have been delayed or cancelled between Cardiff and Newport after a freight train carrying dangerous goods broke down.

Network rail has confirmed a safety inspection is taking place.

Current cancellations and delays include:

  • Trains are expected to be delayed by up to 60 minutes or cancelled.
  • Great Western Railway services between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour will start / terminate at Newport.
  • Great Western Railway services between Cardiff Central and Taunton will start / terminate at Bristol Temple Meads
  • Replacement buses are running between Cardiff Central / Pye Corner and Newport

Delays are expected to last until 2pm.

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