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Civils in the news today - Thursday 2 April

Management failures at the heart of the UK’s biggest quango and the government’s poor grasp of the situation brought about the crash of a multibillion-pound flagship scheme to rebuild further education | colleges, a report has found…

“I have been forced to conclude that the crisis was predictable and probably avoidable,” said Sir Andrew Foster in his report into what led to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) suspending the college rebuilding programme. “A good policy has been compromised by the manner of its implementation.” - The Guardian

A senior executive of the French state energy giant EDF, which now owns the main UK nuclear power operator British Energy, has been charged on suspicion of spying on the environmental group Greenpeace. The case has sparked outrage among anti-nuclear campaigners in France whose secret services were behind the bombing of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior 24 years ago - The Guardian

BP is to axe 620 jobs from its solar power business – more than a quarter of that workforce – in a move it said was part of the long-term strategy to “reduce the cost of solar power to that of conventional electricity.” Two cell manufacture and module assembly plants near Madrid, will be shut with the loss of 480 posts while module assembly will also be phased out at its Frederick facility in Maryland, US, with a further 140 redundancies. BP blamed the cutbacks on the credit crunch and lower-cost competition saying its global manufacturing capacity would still increase during this year and next via a series of strategic alliances with other companies - The Guardian

Vandals are thought to be responsible for the draining of a canal stretch which left narrowboats trapped and fish dead. A lock on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, at Teddesley Road, Penkridge, was forced open and left This caused the water in the canal to drain out, sparking efforts by British Waterways engineers to get narrowboats and other vessels refloated. It is thought the vandals struck on Monday evening but engineers from British Waterways balanced the water in the canal system. The stretch of water was refilled by Tuesday afternoon - The Daily Telegraph

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