ROAD MARKINGS: The quality of road markings is in rapid decline, with 40% of markings on dual carriageways in Wales in need of immediate replacement, a survey by the Road Safety markings Association found.
Roads Safety Markings Association national director George Lee said there was “clear evidence of significant decline”. The survey showed that in Wales the worst stretch of dual carriageway was a section of the A5156 at Wrexham. See Daily Post today for full story on this.
BENITEZ:Ex Reds boss Rafael Benitez was entrusted last night with Chelsea’s short-term future after the abrupt dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, but the former Liverpool manager’s contract includes the option of an extra 12 months should the club fail to land Pep Guardiola in the summer.
National Rail @NRE_ArrivaWales
Good morning, there are currently no reported disruptions & most trains are running on time. Check your journey at ow.ly/fuydi #fb
EU FUNDING: David Cameron is set to press for a minimum real-terms freeze in the EU's budget as European leaders gather ahead of a crunch summit to determine its spending between 2014 and 2020.
The UK PM is seeking to build alliances in Brussels ahead of what is expected to be two days of intense negotiations.Germany are among the UK's main allies but other nations support the European Commission's call for higher spending.
The UK Parliament recently urged the EU to cut its total expenditure.
POLICE COMMISSIONER: First day on the job for our newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick today.
He was elected last Friday and will replace the police authority. Commissioners will set out local policing priorities, decide how forces' budgets should be spent, and have the power to appoint and dismiss Chief Constables.
CRIME FIGURES: Crime figures will make happy reading for police commissioner Winston Roddick this morning with an 11.4% drop over the past seven months, compared to 2011. See the Daily Post today for the full story and breakdown by district.
Welsh Government @WelshGovernment
First Welsh Bill is lawful - Supreme Court rules. Read today's coverage on our Storify page sfy.co/cBFv #storify
RECYCLING: Figures are due to be published today showing how much Welsh councils recycled in the first quarter of 2012/13.
The Welsh Government set a target for 52% of waste to be recycled by 2013.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand have brought captain Richie McCaw and fly-half Dan Carter back into a full-strength side for Saturday's Test against Wales in Cardiff.
Flanker McCaw was rested for last week's 42-10 win over Italy while Carter started the match on the bench. Also returning to the starting XV are full-back Israel Dagg, wing Cory Jane and prop Owen Franks. FULL TEAM: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
IMMIGRATION: Thousands of immigrants were allowed to stay in the UK without undergoing proper checks because of a mountainous backlog of cases, a report said today.
UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff dealt with immigration cases so inefficiently that at one point 100,000 pieces of post were unopened.
Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine found that security checks were not properly carried out on old cases and that workers had failed to check the records of other Government departments.
Paul Herdman @DyfedPowysFed
All Blacks team to face Wales. Well thats it then! V strong selection. There may be trouble ahead!
TRAFFIC: For anyone heading up the M56 this morning there is heavy traffic eastbound from J7, A556 (Bowdon) to J6, A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout).
NEW TOWNS: Nick Clegg is calling for the creation of a new generation of new towns and garden cities to address Britain’s growing housing crisis.
The Deputy Prime Minister warns that unless radical action is taken to boost housebuilding, for many young people their dreams of a home of their own will be no more than a “pipe dream”.
EVERTON FC: Marouane Fellaini has declared he is happy to stay at Everton beyond next summer – provided the club qualify for the Champions League.
Fellaini’s future has been the subject of intense speculation ever since the Belgium international intimated in September that this would be his last season at Goodison.
“If Everton finish in the top four then I’m happy to stay because I want to play in the Champions League,” said Fellaini. “I’d be happy to do that at Everton. I want to do that.
North & Mid Wales @TrafficWalesN
A55 : Both directions : J1 Holyhead to J34 Ewloe Loop : High winds Poor driving conditions :
ACCIDENT: The A525 High Street in Coedpoeth blocked in both directions near the Heol Caradoc junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Will find out more.
PRISONER VOTE: Plans for MPs to have a say on whether prisoners should be given the vote will be set out today by the Government in the latest round of its long-running battle with the European Court of Human Rights.
NEW ZEALAND:After selecting his side to face Wales, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen a former Wales coach, said: ``We have always known this game will be a fiercely-contested match.
“The Welsh team in the last 12 months have been Grand Slam winners and 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-finalists.
“We have known since the World Cup that this would be the game that they would be targeting in this autumn series, so any recent performances or results won’t have any bearing on this match.
“We are all excited by what comes with this challenge, along with the fact that we will be playing in one of the world’s greatest rugby stadiums.”
NEW ZEALAND: For those who missed it earlier here's the New Zealand team again(note with concern the return of Richie McCaw and Dan Carter!)
Full team: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
AMBULANCE CRASH: Reports of a crash last night involving an ambulance at Gresford. Contacting ambulance service over that one.
ACCIDENT: Ambulance service say they have not been called to the crash at Coedpoeth.
EU FUNDING: David Cameron insisted today the proposed rise in European Union spending was “quite wrong” as he arrived in Brussels for marathon budget negotiations.
The Prime Minister said he would be fighting “very hard” for a good deal for British taxpayers and to keep the rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
The #EU needs major reform, but at least it attempts to redistribute wealth between areas, unlike UK.
Welsh Conservatives @WelshConserv
remind us, are Plaid still in favour of joining the Euro?
MOTHERCARE: Baby products retailer Mothercare said it trimmed half-year losses today after its new “value” range proved a hit with customers.
The group, which has 280 shops in the UK, saw underlying pre-tax losses fall to £600,000 from £4.4 million a year earlier as it returned to sales growth in the second quarter for the first time in two and a half years.
Sales of its lower priced clothes were so popular that that Mothercare had to order more stock.
HEALTH BOARD: Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board will discuss the projected £19m overspend in the budget at a board meeting today. See today's Daily Post or www.dailypost.co.uk.
ACCIDENT: Crash now cleared on A525 at Coedpoeth.
COP RECRUITMENT: North Wales Police will take on an extra 18 officers after more senior officers had retired than the Force had expected. They hope to now recruit 90 probationary officers instead of the original 72.
WITNESS APPEAL: Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash that killed 17-year-old motorcyclist Craig Collin.
The crash happened at 4:20pm on Thursday November 8 on the B5110 Brynteg, Anglesey, approximately ¾ of a mile in the direction of Llangefni . The collision involved a white Ford Transit van which was parked close to some road works, a blue BMW 1 Series vehicle, a black motorcycle, and a black Renault Megane.
If you have any information about the collision North Wales Police can be contacted on 101 quote incident RC12185472.
CEASEFIRE: A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding on Thursday.
Israel radio said some rockets had been fired from Gaza, but there was no sign of an Israeli response. Overnight, thousands of Gaza residents poured on to the streets to celebrate, waving flags and setting off fireworks.
The UN Security Council has called on Israel and Hamas to uphold the agreement, brokered by Egypt.
SAVILE: Jimmy Savile thought he was “untouchable” and would regularly walk in on vulnerable Broadmoor patients while they were in the bath, it has been claimed.
The former star had “total” access to the high-security hospital in Berkshire - where he would walk in on females as they bathed, a former patient from the 1970s said.
His former personal assistant Janet Cope also claimed that Savile had free rein of Broadmoor, where she accused him of working to gain access to high-profile criminals.
LORRY BREAKDOWN: Reports of a lorry broken down eastbound on the Anglesey side of the Britannia Bridge.
ASSAULT: Police are asking for the public’s assistance following a 65 year old local man being attacked in the middle of the day in the centre of Caernarfon.
Investigating Officer PC Andy Goulding said “At about 1.15pm on Thursday November 8 a 65 year old local man was in Turf Square, Caernarfon in the vicinity of Wetherspoons Public House when he was involved in an altercation with an older, larger man resulting in the victim being pushed to the ground causing a serious injury to his hip. He is still recovering in hospital.”
Call 101 and quote reference RC12185341.
ACCIDENT: Two people on their way to hospital by ambulance after a crash outside the Loggerheads garage on the A494. A man, aged 23, has chest pain while a woman is being taken with a medical condition. They are being taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
FOOTBALL VIOLENCE: English football fans have been attacked in Italy by knife-wielding Ultras, leaving two seriously injured in hospital, according to reports.
Trouble flared ahead of tonight’s Europa League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio in Rome.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported scenes of “urban warfare” erupting last night shortly after 1am in the Campo de Fiori with up to 100 “Ultras” - notorious troublemakers - attacking a band of Spurs fans.Ten were left wounded with two stabbed, one of whom was believed to be critically ill.
LEVESON: The Leveson Inquiry into press standards will set out its publication timetable later this morning, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told the Commons today.
WELSH PRIDE: Scrum-half Mike Phillips has demanded Wales put the pride back into the red jersey against New Zealand on Saturday.
The Six Nations champions are looking for a first win since 1953 against the All Blacks, with the world champions unbeaten in their last 19 Tests.
"It's a chance to put some pride back into the jersey on the weekend," Phillips told BBC Wales. "We have been disappointing and off the boil in many aspects of our game and maybe confidence is down at the moment. In many ways, we have nothing to lose this week. We can go out there and give everything in the game and really throw everything at them. Who knows what will happen then?"
RECYCLING: Welsh councils collectively recycled 53% of their waste in the first quarter of 2012/13. This means that Wales continues to lead the rest of the UK on recycling and is on course to meet its first statutory target.
The local authorities with the highest recycling rates are Denbighshire (60.5%), Caerphilly (59.9%), Monmouthshire (58.1%), Vale of Glamorgan (57.8%), Flintshire (57.7%) and Conwy (57.5%). Anglesey's rate was 53%, Wrexham 56%, and Gwynedd 48%.
CHIEF CONSTABLE: A long-serving chief constable has resigned after apparently being told by his new boss that he would have to apply for his own job.
Colin Port will leave Avon and Somerset Constabulary in January after eight full years with the force.
His decision comes after a meeting with newly-elected police and crime commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens yesterday.
A55 DELAYS: A broken down car on the A55 has seen one lane blocked westbound between J32, A5026 (Holywell) in Holywell and J31, A5026 (Caerwys) in Caerwys.
Lifeboat Trials @LifeboatTrials
Off out to sea this morning to trial various systems robustness, as we have a good blow here this morning.
Safer Travel Police @ST_Police
Assaults against transport staff, who are usually trying to help the person who assaults them won't be tolerated