Millions of Tube passengers face chaos for the rest of the summer because of three disputes that could lead to strikes by London Underground staff.
The biggest issue is over pay. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union will ballot 6,500 workers for action unless an 'acceptable' pay offer is tabled by August 23 The Times
Critics have denounced them as vulgar, obese, thirsty and flatulent. And now Britain's love affair with the gas guzzling 4x4 cars may be finally evaporating in a cloud of smoke. A total of 105,196 new 'off roaders' were sold in the first seven months of 2006, compared with 106,732 in January-July 2005. Green activist see it as the first sign that their campaign to make the vehicles unpopular has begun to pay off.Mayor Ken Livingstone is preparing a £25 congestion charge in the capital for cars with high carbon emissions, compared with the present £8 The Independent
A Canadian investment fund that manages the pensions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Forces has teamed up with Guy Hands's investment firm Terra Firma to launch a £7bn bid for Thames Water. Sources said Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada's largest pension funds, has joined Terra Firma's consortium as an equity provider The Telegraph
A U.S. judge ruled this week that an insurance company's policies did not cover damage from floodwaters or storm surge in a decision that could affect hundreds of cases related to property damage from Hurricane Katrina. The judge, L.T. Senter Jr., ruled that a Mississippi couple could not collect damages from storm surge caused by Katrina because Nationwide Mutual Insurance policies did not cover wind driven water damage International Herald Tribune
Cyclists have been baffled by a new road sign which warns: 'Your bladder disease has returned.' The design - in Welsh - was meant to tell them to dismount at roadworks. But council chiefs made an error using an online translator and confused the words 'cyclist' and 'cystitis'. Amended signs are now being out up as soon as possible in Penarth, near Cardiff. Welsh-speaking cyclist Matt Lloyd, 27, said: 'When I read the sign I thought someone was having a laugh. I've never even had a bladder disease.'The Metro