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News stand: What the papers say

HERALD TRIBUNE

A civil engineering professor at the State University in New York has declared the stunt pulled by Kirk Jones, who jumped over Niagara Falls and survived, to be a kind of miracle. Jones will be charged with mischief and performing an unlawful stunt.

The International Energy Agency in Paris predicts that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from China alone between 2000 and 2030 will equal that of the rest of the entire industrial world. The increase is due to a growing reliance on coal to fuel industrial development.

A £45M master plan has been unveiled that will transform the shores of Loch Lomond into an international visitor attraction.

The 7ha development includes a hotel and health spa, apartments, shops, restaurants and bars.

THE INDEPENDENT

Manchester is planning to build the UK's highest residential building. At 157m high, the £150M building will hold over 200 apartments and penthouses and a five-star hotel. Developer is Stephen Beetham.

The World Bank will vote today on whether to approve a £180M loan to fund construction of the world's longest gas pipeline.

If the 1,800km pipeline goes ahead it will stretch from Azerbaijan to Turkey and cost £2.4bn.

THE TIMES

Britain's reputation as a place to do business is being tarnished by an underfunded and inadequate transport system, business lobbyist the CBI has claimed.

Senior water industry executives have written to MPs asking them for more power to track down culprits who don't pay their water bills. Since 1999, when water companies were barred from disconnecting non-paying domestic customers, debt has risen from £115M to £881M. Bosses say consumers who pay on time are subsidising those who do not.

NEW SCIENTIST

Scientists have discovered a new way to create electricity from water. According to Larry Kostiuk at the University of Alberta in Edmonton USA, squeezing water through a fine pipeline creates a current which may eventually be strong enough to power small devices such as mobile phones.

THE GUARDIAN

Bradford is planning to turn an area of the city centre into a lake as part of plans to regenerate the city centre.

Organisers of the London Olympic bid are considering moving the location of the main stadium closer to public transport links. Hackney dog track was initially thought to be the site for a new athletics stadium but now developers are looking to build the site further south at Bow industrial park near Stratford.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Universities UK has criticised government plans to concentrate research funding into a few of the UK's highest achieving universities. The umbrella body for higher education said the move would boost economic activity in the south east at the expense of other regions.

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