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In the papers today - Friday 16 March

More householders could lose their weekly visit from the binmen as councils come under mounting pressure to switch to fortnightly refuse collections. A report due out today from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is expected to say that as long as waste food is properly wrapped and people observe basic bin hygiene, there should be no public health problems - The Times
Energy industries fear that investment projects could face fresh delays as a result of a new planning system for the seas around the UK. The marine bill proposed in a White Paper would introduce a system for approving developments such as offshore wind farms and oil and gas projects, and new measures, including fishing restrictions, to protect bio-diversity. Areas of the sea would be closed to fishing to preserve dwindling stocks - Financial TimesEngineering consultancy WS Atkins has joined the growing list of major companies to close down their generous final-salary pension schemes to existing members. About 1,900 staff will be affected by the changes, which have been agreed between the trustees and the company - The Daily Telegraph Andrew Davis, the colourful entrepreneur who owns Von Essen Hotels, will today announce the acquisition of Sir Robert McAlpine Group's luxury helicopter charter division for more than £20M. Von Essen Aviation, which owns 15 helicopters and three private jets, is buying PremiAir Aviation, which manages a helicopter and jet charter operation. The deal includes its engineering and maintenance business and its operating bases at Blackbushe airport, in Surrey, and Denham aerodrome, Buckinghamshire - The Times

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