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Minimum alcohol price law unveiled in Wales

A law to set a minimum price for selling alcohol in Wales has been unveiled. Ministers believe tackling excessive drinking could save a life a week and mean 1,400 fewer hospital admissions a year. Pricing is seen as a “missing link” in public health efforts, alongside better awareness and treatment. Under a 50p-a-unit formula, a typical can of cider would be at least £1 and a bottle of wine at least £4.69. A typical litre of vodka, for example, would have to cost more than £20. Alcohol experts from Sheffield…

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'I don't know where I stand' – Priestland unsure over Wales recall

Fly-half Rhys Priestland says he still has ambitions of a Wales recall for the autumn internationals but admits he “doesn’t know where he stands”. The Bath player produced another outstanding display in Friday’s gritty 18-13 Champions Cup win at Scarlets. Priestland has won 48 caps, but last played for Wales in June 2016. “If the call comes it would be great,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “You’re asking me a question I don’t know the answer to.” Priestland was one of the few players to suffer from the previous…

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Crime rises by 13% in England and Wales, ONS statistics say

The number of crimes recorded annually in England and Wales has passed the five million mark for the first time in 10 years, rising by 13%, figures show. The Office for National Statistics said crimes in the 12 months to June were up from 4.6 million the previous year. It said crime categorised as “violent” rose by 19%, with rises in offences including stalking and harassment. The Crime Survey for England and Wales, based on people’s experiences, suggests there were 10.8 million offences. The survey, published on the same day…

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Wales winger George North ruled out of autumn internationals with knee injury

The 25-year-old has been ruled out for six weeks Tuesday, October 17, 2017 George North is set to miss Wales’ entire autumn series after sustaining a knee injury in Northampton’s Champions Cup defeat by Saracens on Sunday. North has been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks, preventing him from featuring in the fixtures against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa that begin at the Principality Stadium on November 11. “George North suffered a sprain to his posterior cruciate ligament against Saracens which will require 6-8 weeks rehabilitation,”…

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis dismisses links to Wales job

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has dismissed links to the Wales job.  The 59-year-old, who was born in Newport, has been installed as one of the favourites for the role with current manager Chris Coleman assessing his future.  Wales failed to qualify for the World Cup after a 1-0 home defeat to the Republic of Ireland on Monday ended their hopes of reaching the play-offs. Coleman has said he is considering his position after previously saying it would be his final campaign. READ MORE: Gareth Bale and senior Wales players urge…

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Joe Allen: Stoke City hopeful midfielder will be fit for clash against Manchester City despite suffering concussion on Wales duty

Joe Allen suffered a head injury during Wales’ defeat to Ireland Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Stoke are hopeful midfielder Joe Allen will be fit for their Premier League clash at Manchester City on Saturday despite suffering concussion while on Wales duty.  The 27-year-old was forced off in Wales’ 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to the Republic of Ireland on Monday, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the tournament in Russia next year.  He suffered a head injury in a collision with David Meyler in Cardiff and will be checked…

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Wales boss Coleman 'not thinking about future'

Wales manager Chris Coleman is “not thinking about” his future after they failed to qualify for the World Cup. Monday’s 1-0 home defeat by the Republic of Ireland ended Welsh hopes of reaching the 2018 finals in Russia. Coleman, 47, had previously said this campaign would be his last in charge but says he is yet to decide whether he will stay in the post he took in 2012. “The whole nation will be mourning and disappointed,” he said. “Again that elusive World Cup has passed us by.” Asked about…

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