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In the papers - Friday, 18 January 2008

A plan for a northern 'super city' to counterbalance London was announced yesterday in Sheffield, with the hope of creating 30,000 jobs in five years...

...The plan suggests working with local rivals Leeds and Manchester to create the three-cornered 'super city' with dovetailed economies – Guardian

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, yesterday launched a £3M appeal to fund urgent repairs to the domes and supporting arches of Westminster Cathedral – Guardian

The prize-winning architect Frank Gehry will be designing the Serpentine Gallery's temporary summer pavilion this year. Mr Gehry, whose design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao spurred a cultural revival in the Spanish city, will be the latest in a series of designers since 200 to put up a provisional structure at the gallery in Kensington Gardens, central London - Independent

The housing market has gone into deep freeze, decimating shares of leading builders. But perhaps a thaw is underway. Barratt Developments, whose shares have been the weakest in the sector, rallied yesterday. A promising trading statement did the trick. The firm traded satisfactorily in the six months to December, with selling prices holding up - Independent

Heavy rain is forecast for today and tomorrow across western parts of England and Wales, which the Met Office warned yesterday could lead to flooding - Financial Times

Shipbuilding trade unions are "gravely concerned" that possible delays to the Ministry of Defence's £4bn contract for two new aircraft carriers, revealed by the Financial Times last week, could threaten jobs on the Clyde as soon as October - Financial Times

A plan to increase the use of biofuels in Europe to be outlines next week may do nothing to help fight climate change and incur costs that outweigh the benefits, says an internal European Union report - Financial Times

Freight costs for bulk commodities such as iron ore, coal and grains plunged yesterday to a six-month low after suffering the largest fall since records started in 1985 - Financial Times

Falkland Gold and Minerals, the Aim-traded miner, has terminated its drilling operations in the Falkland Islands after its three-year exploration campaign failed to find commercial quantities of gold - Financial Times

The man who unleashed the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee on the world has dies. Richard Knerr, co-founder of the Wham-O toy company, died on Monday at the age of 82. His wife, Dorothy, told the Los Angeles Times that he had suffered a stroke and died in hospital – Guardian

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