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News stand: What the papers say


China is reported to be reconsidering plans for a series of major construction projects. These include a television centre for Beijing and a hydroelectric power station on the River Nu.

Prime minister Tony Blair has said it came as no surprise to him that the transport plan in London's Olympic bid was marked down by the International Olympic Committee. He expressed optimism that the capital would win the funds necessary to improve transport links.

Trafalgar Square is to be covered with artificial turf and transformed into a park so that the English National Opera can produce an outdoor performance of La Boheme.


Italian contractors have been building a tunnel to take VIPs between the Sardinian coast and prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's residence. The tunnel is designed to protect visitors while taking them into the grounds of the residence.

Power companies are urging Gordon Brown to reduce stamp duty on energy-efficient homes to help the government meet its emission reduction targets.


Greece's public works minister has expressed doubts about the wisdom of his country hosting this year's Olympic Games. He told a parliamentary committee that the Olympic spending programme was running £1.3bn over budget.

Troubled contracting and facilities management group Jarvis is to pay up to £120,000 to students at Lancaster University after work on a new hall of residence ran late, and then defects were discovered in the finished buildings.

Eurotunnel's shuttle operations director Bill Dix has resigned, casting further doubt over the future of the Channel Tunnel operator. The move is seen as a blow following the decision by rebel shareholders to sack the board in April.


Volcanic eruptions in Iceland caused a surge in deaths in England two centuries ago, according to research published this week. Clouds of toxic volcanic gases are thought to have blown over the country and killed around 10,000 people.

Winchester City Council is refusing to issue parking permits to people moving into new homes. The policy is intended to cut congestion in the city.

Back gardens are to be classified as brownfield sites eligible for redevelopment. As a result developers plan to demolish four 1930s houses in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and replace them with 35 new properties.


Residents in Pollatomish on the west coast of Ireland are blaming a huge landslide last year on construction of a new radar station on top of a local hill.


Lawyers are investigating the architectural contract for the Holyrood parliament project after it emerged that the company awarded the contract (joint venture EMBT/RMJM) was worth only £2.

Skye Bridge campaigners are demanding an independent inquiry into the construction and tolling of the £24M bridge.

They claim that Members of the Scottish Parliament have never properly examined the three petitions they have submitted over the past two years.

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