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In the papers today - Friday 23rd May

A businessman who was once dubbed 'the Prince of Darkness' by unions for his cost-cutting tactics has been appointed to run Transport for London (TfL) by the capital's new mayor, Boris Johnson...

Tim Parker, whose company connections include the AA, Kwik-Fit, Clarks shoes and Kenwood has been made first deputy mayor - The Guardian

A millionaire private equity chief was unveiled yesterday as the man who will help Boris Johnson to run London - on a salary of £1. Tim, Parker whose career included running the AA, Boots and Kwik-Fit, will be the Mayor of London's First Deputy, as well as taking on the roles of chief executive to the Greater London Assembly Group and chairman of Transport for London - The Daily Telegraph

Nearly half of all large roadworks on England's motorways and major A roads will be completed or suspended in a move to ease traffic congestion over the bank holiday weekend. The Highways Agency said it was suspending 18 sets of roadworks from today until midnight on Monday, although 44 would remain in place - The Guardian

The International Olympic Committee yesterday delivered a glowing assessment of London's progress towards the 2012 games, rating the organising committee's efforts at 9.75 out of 10 and praising its unprecedented level of preparedness. The verdict came as construction work began on the main stadium, and at the conclusion of a three-day visit during which IOC member visited venues across the project - The Guardian

An indigenous Panamanian tribe has driven its king into exile over his approval of a £25m hydro-electric project in its jungle realm. The Naso tribe, whose millenia-old royal inheritance system is recognised by the state, banished King Tito Santana for opening the kingdom to developers - The Guardian

Silvio Berlusconi is to return Italy to nuclear power, reversing a 20 year moratium. Construction of new nuclear plants will begin in the next five years - The Times

All of a sudden, China's Olympic Games do not seem so important. Ten days after the earthquake that ripped apart a large swath of Sichuan province, rescue workers are still finding the occasional survivor – a 35-year old man was saved yesterday after being trapped for 216 hours – The Financial Times

Kew gardens has unveiled a multimillion-pound walkway which allows visitors to stroll through the treetops of some of the garden's oldest and most spectacular trees at a vertigo-inducing height of nearly 60 feet - Independent

The Amazonian city of Altamira played host to one of the more uneven contests in recent Brazilian history this week, as a colourful alliance of indigenous leaders gathered to take on the might of the state power corporation and stop the construction of an immense dam on a tributary of the Amazon - Independent

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £167M road building contract in Texas, in a joint venture with US engineering firm Fluor. The contract for the 281 North Toll highway project, awarded by the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, involves the construction of 7.9 miles of non-toll lanes and six new toll lanes - Independent

An efficiency drive designed to save £57M is now likely to cost the Department for Transport (DfT) £81M, a Government spending watchdog has found. There was insufficient time to test a new IT system which the proved unstable when it went live, the report by the National Audit Office said - The Daily Telegraph

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