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In the papers - Monday, 14 January 2008

Engineering groups should use challenges of climate change to lure idealistic young people into studying technological subjects...

...the Bishop of Southwark will say tonight, in a rare foray by the religious establishment into an issue that directly affects industry – Financial Times

Forth ports, the UK's last publicly listed docks operator, is marshalling its takeover defences after Australian investment group, Babcock & Brown built a 20pc stake. Forth, which owns seven ports and has substantial property assets, was informed on Friday night that Babcock had bought a significant stake - The Daily Telegraph

The UK commercial property market, battered throughout 2007 by falling values, is set to suffer more bad news this week with the publication of the UK annual property index from consultants IPD. Experts who follow the much anticipated index are confidently predicting that it will show a slump of 15 pc in the capital value of UK property from June, when values peaked, including a 4pc to 5pc fall in December alone, revealing that the second half of 2007 was one of the worst in recent memory - The Daily Telegraph

A US sports financing house backed by Morgan Stanley is offering British football and other sports clubs the chance to raise up to £255m to build new stadiums in spite of the credit crunch. Stadium Capital Financing Group (SCFG), majority owned by Morgan Stanley Principal Investments, the investment bank's private equity arm, allows clubs to fund new stadiums without taking on any debt - The Daily Telegraph

School leavers are to be given an online database of apprenticeships next year. The move is part of an attempt to create 90,000 apprenticeships by 2013, when youngsters will be required to stay in education or training until 17 – Financial Times

The UK's last independent listed port operator could become a takeover target after Australia's Babcock & Brown took a stake of more than 20% in Edinburgh-based Forth Ports – Financial Times

The New Year has started badly in the West Midlands, with further delays to the £550M revamp of New Street, the region's gateway station – Financial Times

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