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Radford named Glamorgan coach

Glamorgan have appointed former Middlesex coach and West Indies assistant Toby Radford as their new head coach, taking over the role vacated by Mathew Mott in the summer. Forty-one-year-old Radford beat Glamorgan stalwarts Robert Croft and Steve Watkin to the appointment.

Radford's post will begin officially on November 1st after Glamorgan secure final termination of his current role as batting coach to the West Indies national side where he has guided the likes of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in both long and short forms of the game.

Born in Caerphilly, Radford featured for both Middlesex and Sussex as a batsman and ocasional off-spinner during the mid-nineties before moving into coaching with Berkshire Minor Counties, while still featuring for Glamorgan 2nd XI.

"I am honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to working with Chief Executive and Director of Cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the County I supported as a youngster"It was great to see the team reaching a Lord's final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud."

– Toby Radford

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Cardiff could lose out under high-speed rail plans

The high-speed rail project has come under attack.

Cities across the UK could lose up to £220 million each as a result of HS2, according to previously unseen research.

The proposed HS2 link will connect London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. A report by KPMG found that places away from the line will pay a price.

It's claimed that Cardiff could be almost £70 million worse off.

The full findings of the KPMG study into the business case of the high speed rail route were released following a Freedom of Information request by BBC Two's Newsnight programme. The chief executive of HS2 Ltd told the programme the figures were unsurprising.

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DfT: Figures show HS2 boosts north more than south

These figures show that the new north south railway is vital to rebalance our economy and it boosts the north overall more than the south. Of course the line does not serve every city and region and these figures reflect that.

But it is wrong to take them in isolation. HS2 is part of a much bigger boost to our transport system - £73bn in the next parliament, of which HS2 is just £17bn. This will massively benefit places HS2 will not serve long before the line opens.

– A DfT spokesman

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Wales takes the lead with safe cycling bill

Making cycling and walking easier in Wales is set to be made law later today by requiring local councils to map and create fully integrated transport networks so that people can ditch their cars for short journeys

I am confident that this Bill, if agreed by the Assembly will make a big difference to the people of Wales. By increasing levels of walking and cycling we can boost our economy, improve the health of our nation and cut congestion.

It gives me great satisfaction to think that we're leading the way with the Active Travel Bill and that this piece of legislation is attracting envious glances from other parts of the UK

– John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport

AA: 'High price of fuel damages business and budgets'

Paul Watters is Head of Roads Policy for the AA. He believes rural areas of Wales would welcome an extension of the existing fuel rebate scheme, but warns that it must be 'considered and explored properly, with the areas defined fairly'.

He added: "We've done it in Scotland, so therefore there's no reason why we can't do it in Wales, if the communities agree."

Here he explains to ITV News the importance of paying a fair price at the pumps, and how this might be achieved.

How the current rural fuel rebate scheme works

  • The current rebate scheme allows fuel retailers within the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly to register with HM Revenue & Customs to claim back 5p per litre relief on unleaded petrol and diesel for retail sale within eligible areas.
  • Fuel retailers within the areas concerned can register with HMRC to claim 5p per litre relief on fuel purchased on or after 1 January 2012 for onward retail sale in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly.
  • Retailers can make claims on a monthly basis and have 60 days following registration to reduce the cost of every litre of road fuel sold by the equivalent amount of the relief claimed. This is so that all consumers in the areas concerned benefit from the reduction in fuel duty.

The UK Government is proposing to extend the scheme to Anglesey, Gwynedd, Powys and Monmouthshire.

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