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What the papers say


A new political row over cash for the Millennium Dome is reported to have followed injection of an extra £50M. The New Millennium Experience Company says the money is a loan that must be repaid in the first year from revenue. It has now received £449M from Government.

Vietnam's Government has begun food drops after dramatic flooding in the central Thua Thien Hue province. Six other provinces are also affected and over half a million homes flooded.

The Indian Government failed to implement early warning measures that could have helped save thousands of lives in the recent cyclone, according to the United Nations.

Computer prompts for human operators on complex control systems for aircraft can cause rather than prevent errors according to academics at the Universityof Illinois.

India's recent flooding disaster in Orissa may have been worsened by widespread and growing exploitation of the coast for shrimp farming.The farms are created by ripping out mangrove swamp which traps sediment and protects the coast from wave energy effects.


Higher tides and wavesfrom global warming can no longer be resisted along England's south coast, the Environment Agency has decided. It will give up trying to protect some 2.5ha of sea- eroded land at Selsey in Sussex letting three homes and a caravan park collapse into the sea. Some £160,000 had previously been spent on defences.

Major city populations in the UK have grown slightly in the 1990s according to the National Institute. About 33,000 people move into the eight biggest cities annually. This compares with an annual exodus of 24,000 in the 1980s.


Russia's military campaign against Chechnya has raised international fears over the security of a proposed £1.5bn oil pipeline, running through Chechnya from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea. The pipeline is to be rerouted through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.


Local opposition is growing to Dublin Port Company's planned reclamation of 20ha of foreshore, needed to provide extra berthing and storage as levels of trade increase.

Train manufacturer Alstom may have to scrap 14 Eurostar trains ordered in 1992 at a cost of £300M, following failure of plans for new rail services linking the Midlands, theNorth and Scotland with the Continent via the Channel Tunnel.

Thames Water is exploring a takeover by German electricity generation and distribution giant RWE, which could give it strong purchase in the overseas water market while side-stepping the UK's merger regulations that have so far prevented Thames forging alliances with companies at home.

East Sussex County Council is planning a 1.7Mm3 landfill site at Battle, site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The area earmarked, a proposed World Heritage Site, is next to Battle Abbey which attracts 200,000 visitors a year. Opponents believe the council is likely to increase the landfill to create a 50m high mound if it goes ahead, to avoid having to find additional refuse sites.

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