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News stand What the papers say

The Guardian

Government attempts to persuade more people to cycle appear to be failing, with cycle traffic falling by 4% last year compared with the previous year, the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions has said.

BNFL director Chris Loughlin, who has ultimate control over spent fuels and engineering has left the company ahead of a planned government shake-up of the nuclear industry.

The government's prison privatisation programme has run into serious difficulty, because the insurance market refuses to provide cover for some facilities after the rioting and fires which closed the Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire.

Financial Times

Britain is short of up to 50,000 engineers in industries from software to electricity distribution, according to Sir Peter Williams, the chairman of the Engineering & Technology Board. He blamed the shortfall on a negative image of the profession.

Employers fear they will be unable to find temporary workers during next month's World Cup, a survey by an employment law firm has found. England's first three matches, to be played in Japan, kick off at the start or middle of the of the working day, UK time.

Shares in Amey rose 12% yesterday after it revealed that it expected to make a return of up to 20% on its investment in the part privatisation of the London Underground.

The Times

A network of concrete tunnels in a Nevada mountain is to store tens of thousands of tonnes of nuclear waste after the US Congress voted to centralise the US waste storage system.

America's largest power generator has found a way to avoid legal challenges from a town it has polluted: buying it, lock, stock and barrell for -20M (£12.5M).

America Electric Power, which also runs the UK's coal-fired Ferrybridge power station, is buying Cheshire, Ohio, which was polluted by AEP's coal-burning General James M.

Gavin plant. All 221 residents will leave.

Eight local authorities in Lincolnshire have begun legal action against the Environment Agency to force it drop its flood plain map from the internet and stop using the 'flawed' data it is based upon for judging development proposals.

The Independent

The roof of an 80m high hangar at the Baikonur cosmodrome has collapsed trapping eight roof workers in the wreckage.

Up to 600 people protested against the reopening of the Mont Blanc road tunnel to heavy goods vehicles on Monday, stopping trucks entering the 12km long passage.

The £2bn scheme to save Venice with dozens of inflatable flood barriers is doomed to failure because sea levels are rising faster than predicted, claims marine geophysicist with the French National Centre for Scientific Research Paolo Pirazzoli.

The Obersever

Britain's only colony of scorpions could become victims of a plan to build loft apartments during dock redevelopment works at Sheerness.

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