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Civil engineering in the news today - Wednesday 15 April 2009

A state guarantee scheme to underpin vital supply-chain insurance is set to be announced by Alistair Darling, chancellor, in next week’s Budget, according to government insiders…

…The scheme will form a centrepiece of the Budget initiatives to help small to medium-sized businesses cope with the recession. Its unveiling marks the culmination of months of negotiations with insurers spearheaded by Lord Mandelson, the business secretary – Financial Times

Climate change groups have vowed to persevere with large-scale demostrations, despite radical policing measures that thwarted a suspected invasion of a coal-fired power station. More than 100 alleged protestors were bailed yesterday, after questioning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage - The Times

Seven children and two teachers  fell to their deaths in Peru when a suspension bridge snapped under their weight. Another 32 people were seriously injured when the bridge over the Santa Barbara river in Ayachucho, “broke in tow” as they made their way home - The Daily Telegraph
The first “green shoots” of recovery in the housing market have been hailed by economists after figures showed an increase in the number of mortgages being taken out and a rise in property sales for the first time since 2007. The number of new homebuyer inquiries has also risen for five consecutive months, with evidence that this was beginning to feed through to sales, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - The Daily Telegraph

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