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In the papers today - Friday 6th July

A company that advises London local authorities including is reported to have banned staff from travelling by bicycle on safety grounds.
Jacobs Babtie has told workers at all of its 36 offices that they must drive or use public transport - The Times Ministers finally arrived at some of northern England's flood-hit cities yesterday. They indicated that emergency payments would be made to those deluged in the wettest June for almost 150 years.The Independent A massive investment by the Port of Belfast aimed at powering economic growth over the next 20 years was unveiled yesterday. The £630M project will reclaim 120 acres of land from Belfast Lough to provide extra quays, berths, and deeper channels in order to accommodate the province's growing international trade - The Independent Rail fare increases averaged nearly 6.8% last year, a full percentage point up on the previous year, according to figures published yesterday by the Office of Rail Regulation. Fares are a source of growing discontent, particularly among commuters in the south-east - The Guardian China will not agree any form of binding target to reduce its soaring greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new international deal on climate change, a senior official confirmed yesterday. Lu Xuedu, deputy director of the Chinese government's office of global environmental affairs, said it 'was not the time' for China to consider binding commitments, and he criticised developed countries for playing what he called the 'games of children' over global warming. - The Guardian A fleet of high-speed trains built to take passengers from the Midlands and the North to Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel has quietly been handed to the French. The 186mph (300km/h) trains, which cost the British taxpayer £180M, will run between Paris and Lille - The Times The Vatican has accused organisers of an internet poll to find the seven new 'wonders of the world' of deliberately ignoring Christian monuments. Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, who heads the Vatican's pontifical commission for culture and archeology, said that the exclusion of Christian works of art such as Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel was 'surprising, inexplicable, even suspicious' - The Times Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has called a 'security summit' of airlines, airport operators and Whitehall officials - the strongest sign yet that the government fears another summer of travel chaos at Heathrow.The Financial Times

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