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In the papers today - June 18

An ambitious engineering programme at Glastonbury has been put in place to prevent this year's music festival, which starts this week, turning into yet another mud bath.
Hundreds of metres of drainage has been dug up and replaced by 1.2m diameter piping while thousands of tonnes of hard core has been laid underneath the site of the main Pyramid stage to prevent it sinking - The GuardianBritain's biggest train company, South West Trains, has ordered its guards to stop showing any discretion to passengers who are unable to buy tickets before boarding because of long queues at stations, even though it admits it does not have enough ticket machines - The TimesBritain's brightest teenagers are leaving school without good GCSE's in the core subjects because they are being encouraged to take 'soft' courses instead, the Conservatives have claimed. Shadow education secretary David Willetts pointed to new figures that showed the proportion of top pupils with five good GCSEs in English, Maths, science, a modern language as well as history and geography has dropped sharply from nearly 44 per cent to 28.6 per cent.The TelegraphEvery person in the UK will be able to work out how much they are contributing to global warming by using an official 'carbon calculator'. The Government said the new online tool to be launched on Wednesday would be the 'gold standard'.The TelegraphThe momentum behind Crossrail is now almost unstoppable, said Doug Oakervee, chief executive of Cross London Rail Links, the firm designing the scheme. He said that there was 'every indication' that the Treasury would have agreed an package to pay for Crossrail by the time the enabling bill clears parliament early next year - The Financial TimesBritain's flexible labour markets could come under threat from European judges unless Tony Blair puts a legal truss around an EU charter of rights. The Confederation of British Industry fears that the charter's 'right to strike' provisions could roll back Thatcherite labour market reforms - The Financial Times

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