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In the papers today - 13 June

A building containing the offices of the Labour Party chair Hazel Blears collapsed yesterday, leaving one man trapped in the rubble and at least one other injured. Ms Blears, one of the contenders for the Labour deputy leadership, had been in the Victorian building in St James, central London, hours before the collapse at about 4pm yesterday, but had left by the time it happened, one of her spokesmen said - The Independent
One of Britain's richest women won a landmark case yesterday that will keep ramblers out of the grounds of her castle. Ann Gloag, the multi-millionaire co-founder of the Stagecoach transport group, argued that the public should have no right to enter the 12 acres of woodland that she enclosed inside a one-mile security fence - The Daily Telegraph The buzz of the Vespa, one of Italy's most distinctive sounds, could soon be hushed under a plan to promote greener transport. Owners of vintage Vespas, and all other scooters built before 2001, have been offered hundreds of euros worth of incentives to switch to bicycles or electric vehicles - The Daily Telegraph India will not curb its green house gas emissions as long as the West continues to treat it as a 'second class global citizen' with less right to pollute than the developed world, a senior Indian environment official said yesterday. Pradipto Ghosh, who retired last month as India's environment secretary and now sits on a committee advising the prime minister on climate change, warned that the West must 'get serious' about cutting its own emissions if it wanted to progress on the issue - The Daily Telegraph The Conservative Party accused the Government of trying to bury bad news over rail delays as train operators expressed their growing exasperation with Network Rail. Chris Grayling, shadow transport secretary, reacting to The Daily Telegraph's disclosure that the Department for Transport's rail chief Mike Mitchell had pressed Britain's 25 train operators to avoid a 'public disagreement' at Network Rail's annual meeting next month, said: 'This is yet another classic example of the Government trying to bury bad news - The Daily Telegraph For 2,000 years the Trevi Fountain in Rome has provided a constant influx of fresh water for one of the most fabled sites in the city. Now, with summer around the corner, the supply has dried up - and it has nothing to do with global warming. Water engineers blame the reduction to a trickle of the normally gushing Aqua Virgo on damage to underground conduits caused by work on a suburban garage. The builders say that they were assured that no archeological remains lay beneath the site - The Times The nine largest housebuilders own enough land with planning permission to build almost 225,000 homes - more than double the number of houses they build annually, according to Britain's planning professionals.The Royal Town Planning Institute says that five of the top housebuilders have more than three years' supply of land with planning permission, two have more than four years and one - Berkeley - has enough for the next six and a half years - The Financial Times The world still has enough proven oil reserves to provide 40 years of consumption at current rates, in spite of a small fall last year, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. The BP publication, one of the industry's standard reference sources, also shows that global energy use has grown much faster and created more carbon dioxide emissions in the past five years than in the second half of the 1990s, despite the steep rise in the prices of oil and natural gas - The Financial Times Increased margins from landfill, special waste and power generation offset a fall from the main collection division as Biffa matched expectations in the year to the end of March. Shares in the waste management group fell 24¾p to 297¼p as it said it would not win the Caerphilly private finance initiative contract for which it was preferred bidder. It revealed interest charges were higher than expected and predicted profit growth would slow this year - The Financial Times

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