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News stand What the papers say

The Independent

Plans to build a controversial wind farm on the Isle of Skye were approved this week despite objections that it will dominate the island and damage tourism. Contractor Amec is to erect 27 wind turbines on the island.

Thirty eight people were injured when an incorrectly set railway switch sent a passenger train down a side track and into a rock wall in the Swiss town of WienachtTobel near Lake Constance.

Aircraft pollution will be such a large contributor to global warming that an expansion of Britain's airport capacity should be halted for good, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution said this week.

Only eight new railway stations have opened since Labour came to power five years ago, far fewer than under the last Conservative government, figures released by transport minister David Jamieson show.

Financial Times

The government's pledge to get rid of all slam-door trains by the next general election will not be met because of a lack of power supply, the Strategic Rail Authority has admitted.

The Times

Scientists are planning to flood the Grand Canyon to repair decades of environmental damage caused by the damming of the Colorado River. Opening the Glen Canyon Dam for two and a half days would raise water levels by up to 3m and replace sediment eroded since the dam was built in 1963.

The Sunday Telegraph

Barclays Bank is paying headhunters a 25% premium for recruits who are women or from ethnic minorities to join its investment banking division.

The Guardian

The Chinese government has authorised one of the world's biggest engineering projects - to pump water from the flood prone south of the country to the drought stricken north. Three man made rivers will transfer water from the Yangtze - the world's third largest river - 1,200km to the crowded northern provinces where more than 400 cities now face water shortages.

Shareholders in the London Eye are in talks aimed at refinancing an expensive loan agreement that is adding to mounting losses. The partners - British Airways, Tussauds Group and Mark Barfield Architects - are seeking to cut the cost of a £88M loan which carries a 24% annual surcharge.

The Scotsman

A 3.2m high flood protection wall may have to be built through the centre of Elgin and six reservoirs created to prevent further flood devastation in the town.

Evening Standard

Firms delivering essential goods into central London will be hit with a £40M annual bill when congestion charging begins next year, the Freight Transport Association has warned.

The Irish Times

Luas, Dublin's new light rail system, has been further delayed, with the Tallaght to Connolly Station line now set to open in the second half of 2003, almost a year later than planned.

Ireland's National Spatial Strategy has called for improved public and private transport in the west of Ireland, linking Derry with Cork via Sligo, Galway and Limerick.

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