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Business News Archive - July 20, 2008

The union representing flight dispatchers disputes allegations by US Airways pilots that they are being pressured to use less fuel than is safe to cut costs.

THE publication of a detailed plan for a new high-speed rail link connecting Yorkshire and London isolates Ministers still further in their unconditional support for a third runway at Heathrow.

By Jennifer Thompson; Haley Guerdet At U.D. For Kids, the Advanced Aviation class is held at the University Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Regional Airport.

Plans for a North-South Pounds 30bn high-speed rail line with links to Europe are to be unveiled - connecting Yorkshire to Paris in just three hours. The line, which has the backing of more than 20 councils opposed to the expansion of Heathrow, would run through Yorkshire and follow the M1.

T he breakfast table is a Cornish feast for the eyes and taste buds: Cornish apple juice from Duloe, soft fruit straight from the garden, scrambled Cornish eggs from Trerulefoot sit next to thick slices of smoked Cornish bacon, local sausages and hogs pudding from Launceston; the toast is lavishly spread with Cornish butter from Lostwithiel and Boddington's Cornish strawberry jam, made in Mevagissey.

The Co-operative Group has agreed to buy supermarket firm Somerfield for pounds1.565 billion on a cash-free-debt-free basis. The Co-op Group this week announced it had bought the chain, which operates about 880 retail outlets in the UK - many in and around Plymouth.

By Aly Walsh A Mining firm has won a court case to evict a group of campaigners from the site of a planned opencast mine. Climate-change protesters from the Leave It In The Ground group barricaded themselves into a derelict two-storey building at Prospect Farm, in Bell Lane, Smalley, last month.

By Terry McCoy The 520 cubic yards of earth extracted each day from beneath the Allegheny River for the North Shore Connector is turning molehills into mountains at the former LTV Steel site in Hazelwood.

Householders with coal fires are being warned to check they are not being short-changed on deliveries. Somerset County Council's trading standards team investigated a coal delivery to a Bawdrip resident and found it was 15 per cent short of the one tonne purchased.

By Dick Mason, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Jul. 19--Fog often shrouds China's Yangtze River, and air pollution frequently clouds many of its cities. Still, Tom and Barb Dimond of Cove had no trouble finding clarity and wonderment during a recent tour of China.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'