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News stand What the papers say

THE TIMES

A chance collapse of the outer moat wall at Tower Wharf by the Tower of London in February last year revealed evidence of 14th century buildings, including what would have been a weapons factory.

The Green Party is to re-brand itself in a bid to become more electable. It plans to replace the stereotyped 'hippy' image with a new corporate logo and slicker presentation.

THE SCOTSMAN

A motorist who lassoed a speed camera in a drunken road-rage incident, uprooting it with his car, was fined £1,000 last week. He faces a four year driving ban.

Highland Council has ordered a public inquiry into the controversial Skye Bridge tolls.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

There are fears this week of further delays to already tight deadlines for preparations for the Athens Olympics after the New Democracy conservative party beat the socialist government in the elections this week.

A new book on the French railway system, 'SNCF La Machine Infernale' written by three investigative journalists says the system is in debt (heavily subsidised), badly maintained and a hostage to the trade unions.

THE IRISH TIMES

Environmentalist and broadcaster Professor David Bellamy severely criticised the government's prowind farm policies last week.

He said they were 'weapons of mass destruction' killing birds and bats and were not replacing conventional power stations but merely adding to them.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Traffic on the Eurostar Cross channel high speed rail service was up 20% on 2003 due to shorter journey times, better punctuality and lower prices. Results have been improving since the opening of the first stage of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in September last year.

China is driving its economic expansion and growth with substantial road and rail investment. Construction of new links to previously unconnected towns and housing has encouraged industrial development and worker migration to new regions.

THE INDEPENDENT

Rumours have been rife in the City this week of a Jarvis take over by private equity investors as its share price reached new lows last week following months of bad publicity for the company.

The 'probable' cause of a huge fish kill at Inver Bay and McSwyne's Bay in Donegal last July was a combination of natural events, according to the report by the Marine Institute. They found no evidence that dredge spoil dumping during the government development of Killybegs harbour was to blame.

Danish statistics Professor Bjorn Lomborg plans to prioritise world problems according to actual cost, claiming concerns are often exaggerated and decisions made on an unsound basis.

His Copenhagen Consensus will involve a panel of the world's leading economists, who will calculate the price of problems such as acid rain and starvation.

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