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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Tuesday 10 February 2009

Fire consumed part of the complex which makes up Central China Television's new headquarters after residents set off celebratory fireworks in the capital, Beijing, yesterday...

Flames 20ft-30ft (10m) high shot out of the building, just north of the landmark CCTV tower designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaus - The Guardian

A series of setbacks during the £400M refurbishment of the Bolshoi theatre, has put back its reopening by at least another two years, it emerged yesterday. The legendary theatre, home to the opera and ballet companies, closed in 2005 for a total overhaul after decades of neglect turned the building into a fire hazard, with a decaying structure and its basements crumbling into an underground stream - The Guardian

Under radical new Conservative proposals to stop biodiversity loss in the UK all would be given a cash value. The scheme is designed to halt the decline of hundreds of habitats and species by assigning a cost to be paid by proposed development schemes that would lead to their destruction - The Guardian

Call-outs to rat infestations have hit a 10 year high, with councils reporting 378,000 in 2007/8 - a 15% rise on the previous year. The number of call outs to mouse infestations in 2007/8 - 147,000 - was also up six per cent, according to National Pest Technician Association's annual National Rodent Survey. The association said the scrapping of weekly bin collections meant more rubbish was now being left outside in bins for longer, attracting more rats – Daily Telegraph

President Barack Obama has used his first White House press conference to tell Americans that passing his massive economic stimulus bill would mean the difference between "catastrophe" and saving or creating "up to four million jobs". In a bleak assessment of the American economy, Mr Obama said that only the federal government could rescue the world's biggest economy from this "winter of our hardship. and prevent a "negative spiral" into depression - Daily Telegraph

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