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Appeal to find teenage girl missing for two days

Police are re-appealing to the public to help find a teenage girl who has been missing for two days.

Adriana Gabarova, 16, was last seen at her home in Newport at around 10.40am on Monday morning.

She is is around five feet three inches tall, of a slim build. with long, dark hair, worn tied up. When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans and a white and pink checked coat.

It is possible she could be in the Cardiff area.

Adriana Gabarova has been missing from her Newport home since Monday morning. Credit: Gwent Police

Adriana was reported to have been seen in the Corporation Road, Maindee and Commercial Road and Pill areas yesterday afternoon around 3-4pm. Officers attended these locations and spoke to local residents/ traders but unfortunately she is yet to be located.

– Gwent Police

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number 275 23/2/15.

Ambulance response times to be revealed for January

The Welsh Ambulance service will be under the spotlight again as response times for 999 calls are released.

65% of the most serious calls should be reached in eight minutes

It will show response times for January 2015, which followed a busy December for the service.

The results follow months of scrutiny after the service failed to meet the targets set by the Welsh Government for the 15th consecutive month.

In December just over four out of 10 ambulances got to the most life-threatening calls within the target time.

The target is for 65% of the most serious calls (Red 1 or Red 2) to be responded to within eight minutes.

Last month the Welsh Government announced an £11m cash injection into the service.

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Jimmy Dack appointed Newport County manager

Jimmy Dack has been appointed Newport County AFC's new manager until the end of the season.

Dack had been caretaker manager after Justin Edinburgh left Rodney Parade to take charge of League One Gillingham.

I would like to thank the Board and fans for their support over the last couple of weeks.

It's now time for us all to come together and get behind the team as we push for the playoffs.

It is vitally important that we make Rodney Parade our fortress and bring it back to the level it was earlier in the season. Once again thank you for your support.

– Jimmy Dack

Wyn Jones: Wales 'growing' into Six Nations tournament

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Lock Alun-Wyn Jones believes Wales are "growing" into this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Jones and company will head to Paris later this week for an appointment with France, knowing that a fourth successive Six Nations win against Les Bleus would keep alive title aspirations.

Wales would still require other results to work in their favour, but they are undoubtedly on the recovery trail, bouncing back to beat Scotland following an opening game loss to Millennium Stadium visitors England earlier this month.

After the obvious disappointment of the first game, especially the second half, we have grown. We are growing into the tournament. We need to get out of the blocks and stay out there.

– Alun-Wyn Jones

Wales name the team to face France this morning.

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Consultation begins on how to spend devolved landfill tax

A consultation is to begin on how the Welsh Government should use funds generated by a new landfill tax.

It will allow Wales to design and shape the new 'Landfill Disposals Tax' to reflect Welsh priorities and needs.

Its estimated Wales generates around £50m from landfill tax Credit: PA

Community projects are expected to be one area to benefit from the new tax.

This would be similar to the The Landfill Communities Fund, which is a tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations who are enrolled.

The Landfill Disposals Tax will replace the UK Landfill Tax in Wales from April 2018.

The tax would cover the following areas:

  • Tax Rates and Taxable Disposals
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Administration and Community Wellbeing
The Landfill Disposals Tax will replace the UK Landfill Tax in Wales from April 2018 Credit: PA

The current Landfill Tax is a significant driver of environmental behaviour, encouraging greater prevention, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste. Its devolution therefore provides us with a useful additional lever to support Welsh Government policies, including the pursuit of our ambitious goal of zero waste.

An important aspect of the tax development work covers compliance. I want to ensure that all those who have waste to dispose of comply with the tax fully and properly. Avoidance and evasion deprive our valued public services. It also gives tax evaders an unfair advantage over those law-abiding businesses and individuals who pay their fair share. This is unacceptable and we will consider all the available tools to deter and take action against those who are seeking to avoid or evade tax.

Landfill Disposals Tax will affect a broad range of interests - businesses, regulators, communities and the Third Sector. That is why we want to hear a wide range of views to help us design and ensure that this tax works well for Wales.

– Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business

'Fundamental change of culture' needed for care home laws to work

A social care leader has welcomed new legislation to beef up regulation of the sector but warns that it won't work unless there is a "fundamental change of culture".

Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, says it was vital to change the DNA in Wales to ensure everybody involved worked together in collaboration.

It comes as the Welsh Government unveils a new bill aimed at strengthening the regulation and inspection of the social care sector.

Care Forum Wales are also calling for those from local authorities and health boards who commission social care services to be regulated so that their decisions are based on quality not price.

The people living in care homes have very complex needs, much more so than 20 years ago.

It is therefore absolutely the right time on the back of the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014, which has created this new framework, that we now match that with a new regulatory framework, and there are certain aspects that we would certainly welcome.

But there are also areas of concern. The reality is that in Wales today we have a struggling health and social care system.

It's struggling because of demand and because we are not harnessing the resources that we already have at our disposal.

Unfortunately, this new legislation will change little unless we really harness all the resources at our disposal and particularly recognise that social care is a fundamental cornerstone of the NHS in Wales.

– Mario Kreft MBE, Care Forum Wales
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