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News stand - What the papers say

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FINANCIAL TIMES

A new 393 room luxury hotel in Dubai is to be designed in the form of a baraheel - or Arab wind tower. The hotel will be built opposite the city's World Trade Centre.

The Coliseum in London, home of the English National Opera, has received £10.65M from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a £41M refurbishment.

THE TIMES

New technology is adding to pressures experienced by employees at work, research carried out for the Trades Union Congress has found.

Staff are increasingly expected to take work home because they have access to home computers, it says.

Railtrack is hoping to shed its fatcat image by shaking up its executive pay structure. Chairman John Robinson may also scrap share options as recovery in the group's share price is likely to be government assisted.

THE GUARDIAN

The state is threatening to withold housing benefit, currently paid direct to landlords, if they shirk their duty to maintain properties, environment secretary Stephen Byers warned.

Sixteen Romanian asylum seekers, one of them three years old, were found hiding in cramped compartments under a Eurostar train in London after a high speed journey from France.

Wimbledon Football Club may relocate in 2003 to a £30M, 28,000 seater stadium in Milton Keynes.

THE OBSERVER

English traffic congestion has reached record levels, according to a Department of Transport report. Figures reveal that drivers travelled 300M km more in the UK in 2000 than in 1999, despite a huge slump in journeys in September due to the fuel crisis. In total, car travel was 380bn km - the equivalent of 33 return journeys to Pluto.

The white cliffs of Normandy are being eroded by poor weather, putting tourists and locals at risk from major collapse. Nearly eight months of rain since last October followed by intense summer sunshine has produced a chemical reaction in the chalk, making the cliffs crumble like powder. Last month a 200m cliff near Benouville tumbled into the sea.

THE INDEPENDENT

Amec site staff have been issued with a strict dress code that will kill off the traditional 'builder's bum'. Staff must wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers at all times to protect themselves from sun and from concrete and diesel spillage.

THE SCOTSMAN

Warnings that France's longest rail tunnel is a potential fire death trap are being ignored by the railway's state-run operator, SNCF.

The National Institute of the Environment & Industrial Risks warned that lack of ventilation in the 8km on the Marseilles-Paris TGV line would result in death by suffocation of anyone within 1km of a fire.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has been accused by environmentalists of wasting public money after spending £500,000 on a management reshuffle.

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