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Civil engineering in the news today - Friday 14 November

More than 50,000 migrant workers have registered for jobs in the London borough that will host the 2012 Olympics, sparking fears that British workers could be losing out...

..Newham has had the biggest surge in new National Insurance numbers of any part of Britain since the Games were awarded to London in 2005 - The Daily Telegraph

Five campaigners who protested against Heathrow's third runway from the roof of the Palace of Westminster will today ask the police to investigate allegations of collusion between the government and BAA after the group were found guilty of trespass. The group will submit to police a dossier of evidence of collusion between civil servants and BAA, Heathrow's owners - The Guardian

More than a dozen of the UK's former coal mining sites are to be redeveloped as wind farms under a scheme to turn old energy into new. UK Coal, once the main part of the National Coal Board, has announced a joint venture with Peel Energy that would see 14 former colliery locations used to erect 54 turbines generating up to 133 megawatts of electricity per hour, enough to power 80,000 homes - The Guardian

The Government’s plan to rescue the construction industry by building more social housing could result in 1960s-style ghetto estates, housing experts have cautioned. Gordon Brown has already brought forward £400M for social housing and a further cash injection is expected to be announced in the Pre-Budget Report this month – The Times

At ten o’clock yesterday morning more than 5M Americans dived to the floor and cowered under their desks. It was not a response to the latest economic news or to a new plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was the largest earthquake drill in American history – a $2M event to help to prepare Southern California for a magnitude 7.8 quake predicted by scientists – The Times

Basic safety measures to save lives on the Tube remain undone more than three years after 7/7 atrocities, the home secretary was told yesterday. Emergency water, first-aid equipment and instructions on what to do in an attack are still lacking on London Underground, Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said - The Metro

Tessa Jowell has sparked anger by saying Britain would not have bid to host the 2012 Olympics if it had known a recession was around the corner. The Olympics minister faced calls to go after it emerged she told leisure industry figures this week there would "almost certainly not" have been a bid - The Metro

Sponsors backing the London Olympics are to club together to increase their clout and maximise the value of their investments, amid signs of disenchantment at their treatment by games organisers. The chairmen and chief executives of the 2012 games international and domestic sponsors will meet at a networking event hosted by Gordon Brown next month - The Financial Times

JCB, one of the world's leading manufacturers of construction equipment, emphasised the growing severity of the recession by announcing 398 extra redundancies, less than three weeks after 180 job losses - The Financial Times

BoKloks, the affordable Swedish prefabricated homes first marketed in Britain last year by flat-pack furniture giant Ikea, have become the latest victim of the economic downturn. Exactly two years since the BoKlok concept was launched in Britain, amid excited talk of a lottery to cope with the level of demand, only five properties have so far been sold on the first site in Gateshead - The Financial Times

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