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Protesters win river reprieve A Brazilian project to divert a 2,900km river is being opposed by among others, a hunger-striking bishop. Luiz Flßvio Cappio only ended the protest when the government reopened the debate on re-routing the SÒo Francisco River to the drought prone SertÒo region.

Opponents say the scheme drains too much water and better management of resources should be considered instead.

Cental America mudslide deaths Mudslides caused by torrential rain from Hurricane Stan killed hundreds in Central America last month. At least 652 died in Guatemala, 72 in El Salvador with 42 lost in Mexico, and 11 in Nicaragua. In Guatemala as many as three million have been left without water, electricity and other essentials.

Wilky passes ASUCplus audit Wilky Foundations Systems has passed the financial and technical audits to become a member of ASUCplus, the trade association for the subsidence repair industry that promotes technical and professional competence in the business. To join, contractors must undergo the audits and make a commitment to prescribed safety procedures.

Dounreay grout tests advance Ritchies finished grout trials at Dounreay experimental nuclear reactor site for United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) at the end of September.

Trials involved measuring grout penetration through rock fissures.

Ritchies is now installing a scale demonstration grout barrier around a small diameter well, which should be complete next March. This is in advance of hydraulic isolation of the radioactive waste storage shaft at the northern Scotland site (GE June and September 05). UKAEA Dounreay last month applied for planning permission from the Highland Council to go ahead with the main work.

Polyfelt goes Dutch Netherlands geotextile manufacturer Royal Ten Cate has acquired Polyfelt from OMV Refi ning & Marketing. Polyfelt has geotextile production facilities in Linz (Austria), Paris (France) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). It has annual sales of about .90M (£61M) and employs 364 people. The £48M acquisition price comprises shares plus takeover of debt, but no goodwill is involved in the move, expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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