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Letter: The real victims of war

Sir: The real apology is owed not by Japan to British war veterans but by Britain, France, Portugal, the Netherlands - and indeed Japan - to the native peoples of South-east Asia, none of whom asked to be fought over or conquered, or to have their land and minerals stolen from them, or to be treated like inferior beings in their own countries. The conscripts sent to defend the evils of those empires should direct their complaints to those who drafted them.

Staveley chief quits on profit warning

STAVELEY, the troubled engineering and minerals group, yesterday announced the departure of its chief executive along with a profit warning and the long-awaited sale of its two measurement businesses.

Hunt is on for new English gold mine

A COMPANY hoping to start England's first commercial gold mine will resume exploratory drilling today at a secret location.

National Park orders company to stop quarrying in Peaks

NATIONAL PARK officials yesterday ordered a halt to quarrying in a top beauty spot. The move followed a meeting of the Peak District National Park Authority into a proposal from RMC Roadstone to extract a million tons a year of limestone from Backdale Quarry at Longstone Edge, near Bakewell, in Derbyshire.

Falklands diamond find

A British prospecting company has been granted a six-year licence by the Falkland Islands government to search for diamonds. Surveys in East Island have yielded "indicator minerals" - such as pyrope garnets and chrome spinels - that suggest the presence of diamond deposits.

Earthquakes: Scientists struggle with predictions

Last July a panel of Japanese seismological experts admitted, for the first time, that they were unlikely to be able to predict when a catastrophic earthquake would happen, because predicting earthquakes was (to quote them) "difficult".

Carving out a living

Sculpture of any sort is a long and laborious process, involving hours of painstaking work. But when your medium is ice and the end result is destined to be a pool of water before you can say "ice-pick", why bother?

Environment: Asbestos not as risky as believed

A new study into the use of asbestos materials and man-made mineral fibres in homes shows there is little risk to health if managed and treated correctly. The study, Fibrous Materials in the Environment, looked at the risks from environmental exposure to asbestos and man-made mineral fibres at home. It was commissioned by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Liberia confusion hits minerals firm

Commonwealth Gold, a minerals company capitalised at pounds 30m whose shares trade over the counter on the volatile Ofex exchange, may have to cut earnings projections as a result of deep confusion over its interests in war-torn Liberia.

Hunt for children who played with asbestos

Police yesterday visited several Birmingham schools in an attempt to trace a group of children seen playing with blue asbestos illegally dumped on waste ground.

Hello Mars, is anyone at home?

Why Mars? Not just, scientists now argue, because (like Everest) it's there. After the discovery last August of possible traces of fossilised past life in a Martian meteorite, the question now is: could life have once existed there, and might it still do so?

T&N shares plunge on asbestos ruling

Investors in T&N, the car part manufacturer that used to be one of the world's largest asbestos producers, yesterday took fright of news that the company had lost an important American legal battle over future asbestos claims. Almost pounds 90m was wiped off the value of T&N as the shares plunged by more than 10 per cent to 143p on the news, which came just before the stock market closed.

Correction: Asbestos: a correction

As a result of a transcription error in last week's article on asbestos by Jeff Howell, the phrase reading: "...asbestos covered sheeting can be removed if damaged..." should in fact have read: "...asbestos cement sheeting can be removed if dampened..."

If you thought you knew about asbestos, think again

You could still be exposing yourself to danger when doing DIY.

Staveley to cut more jobs and sell division

Staveley Industries, the measurement, mechanical engineering and minerals company, yesterday announced further job cuts and the sale of one of its divisions in an attempt to stave off further losses.
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