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In the papers today - 14 November

The Victoria Falls, one of Africa's most popular tourist destinations and most precious ecological sites, are under threat from plans to build a giant holiday complex nearby, environmentalists have warned.
Zambia's wildlife authorities have given permission to build a consortium of Zambian and foreign investors to build two hotels, a golf course and hundreds of holiday chalets in a park next to the waterfalls - The Independent Dozens of schemes to ease congestion and improve punctuality on the railways are being delayed because Network Rail is failing to spend the tens of millions of pounds granted by the Government. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) accused the company yesterday of dragging its feet and failing to fulfil its commitments, leaving passengers to endure severe overcrowding on many routes - The Times Amec rejected a £1.5bn bid from two US investment groups yesterday, saying that the price was too low and that it was not clear that Texas Pacific and First Reserve Corporation could develop the business. The engineering group has refused to open its books to the two groups, which, it is thought, had offered 450p a share. A spokesman said that the investment groups had indicated that their offer was the highest they could make and that due diligence, if they were to allow it, would not bring any improvement - The Times Airbus is planning to outsource an estimated $3.5 billion (£1.8 billion) worth of work on its proposed A350XWB airliner in an attempt to reduce overall development costs for EADS, its parent. The European aircraft group is understood to be seeking to increase the proportion of outsourcing on the airframe from around 30 per cent to nearly 50 per cent - The Times Conservationists are racing against time to save the riverbank thought to have been the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's much-loved novel almost a century ago. Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust fears the 'beautiful and wildlife-rich' piece of land beside the River Pang in Berkshire could fall into the hands of developers wanting to convert the area into houses if it can not raise the money to buy it by a deadline of Dec 8 - The Daily Telegraph Nato advisers have warned the military alliance that it needs to guard against any attempt by Russia to set up an 'Opec for gas' that would strengthen Moscow's leverage over Europe. A confidential study by Nato economics experts, sent to the ambassadors of its 26 member states last week, warned that Russia may be seeking to build a gas cartel including Algeria, Qatar, Libya, the countries of Central Asia and perhaps Iran- The Financial Times Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways, yesterday called on the government to set a firm timetable for the building of a controversial third runway at Heathrow airport, with the target for it to become operational in 2015. Only days after publication of the Stern report on climate change intensified debate about the airline industry's growing contribution to carbon emissions, Mr Walsh said the prospects for the future of Heathrow were 'alarming' without a firm commitment by the government to expand the airport - The Financial Times The organisers of London 2012 believe the total value of its top-tier sponsorship rights package to a company in the banking sector is between £100m to £200m, because of the growing strength of the Olympic brand. Paul Deighton, chief executive of Locog, the games' organising committee, said the range did not reflect the amount he expected a major sponsor to pay for those rights. 'The value will mostly derive from what companies will be able to justify financially,' he told the Financial Times - The Financial Times

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