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In the papers today - 8 August

Structural engineers have been called in by the London Borough of Hackney gauge the full extent of damage caused by one resident's 40 years' worth of tunnelling.
William Lyttle's quarrying beneath his home at 121 Mortimer Road has created a web of tunnels which will now be filled with cement at a cost of £100,000 The GuardianThe Israeli bombing of a power plant in Lebanon has triggered the Mediterraneans worst ever environmental catastrophe with up to 30,000 tons of heavy fuel oil spilling into the sea The IndependentThe Government is today set to announce a major overhaul of road speed limits for the first time in over a decade.Department for Transport guidance for councils will, among other measures, seek a limit reduction in some rural areas where casualty rates are not falling as fast as in towns and cities The GuardianItalian authorities are to look at the role of French state-controlled electricity giant EDF in the Italian group Edison and its subsidiary edipower to see if it distorts competition. Pierluigi Bersani, Italy's economic development minister told Les Echos newspaper: 'The inquiry will cover both the shareholders in Edipower and the joint control of Edison by EDF and AEM.' The TelegraphThe body in charge of spending £3.4 bn on the 2012 Olympics will give bonuses to contractors that increase their total numbers of black and Asian employees.The Olympic Delivery Authority will monitor how many ethnic minority staff are employed by each firm working on London's Olympic sites.Companies that manage to employ a pre-arranged percentage of black and ethnic minority workers will be paid a 'financial reward' for meeting those targets The TimesSweden is aiming to become the first country to kick the oil habit and is taking the lead in Europe to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The Swedish Oil Commission, a broad group representatives from trade and industry, the forest and agriculture sectors, and research and energy industries, plans to halve the amount of oil used by the country's four million vehicles by 2020 The TimesRelated links:Today's top stories

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