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  1. MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota : At least seven people were killed after a freeway bridge over the Mississippi river collapsed on Wednesday, plunging cars and trucks together with massive chunks of concrete into the rushing waters, officials said. Several cars were flung into the river and others crushed as parts of the bridge were sheared off. A semi-truck caught fire after it was sliced in half, while a busload of children was stranded on a collapsed section of the roadway. Some estimates said dozens of vehicles fell into the river, but that could not be confirmed. "At this point we have seven confirmed fatalities, and we expect that number to go up as well," said Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack. He said that more than 60 people were sent to hospitals, and added that rescue operations in the river had been halted due to darkness. "There's too much debris in the river to continue in the river tonight," he said in a press conference. In Washington, Department of Homeland Security officials said there was no sign that the eight-lane bridge's collapse was the result of terrorism, adding that it appeared to be linked to engineering issues. Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said the 40-year-old bridge was last inspected in 2006 and no significant structural problems were found. "They notified us from an engineering standpoint the deck may have to be rehabilitated or replaced in 2020 or beyond," he said. There was, however, construction taking place on the bridge "relating to concrete repair and rehabilitation and replacement, guard rail replacement, righting replacement and work on the joints," he said. Images shot by local television showed a disastrous scene of people crouching on bent and crumpled concrete with parts of the bridge submerged in the brown river as smoke and flames drifted from the wreckage. Rescue workers tied with yellow rope waded through the water and used boats to reach people stranded in the middle of the river. A school bus loaded with 60 children with a church group could be seen on the bridge but did not fall into the river as it collapsed. The children were all rescued, although ten of them were taken to hospital, the Red Cross said. At the time of the accident, only one lane of the bridge was open in either direction when it collapsed shortly after 6pm (2300 GMT), right in the middle of the local rush hour. Ramon Houge was driving on the bridge when he heard a rumbling noise, saw the ground collapse in front of him and watched cars go down into the water. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper at the time, and he estimated hundreds of people must have been involved. "It didn't seem like it was real," he said. Those still on solid ground backed up as best they could and he saw kids on a yellow school bus with blood on their faces. Sarah Fahnhorst, who lives in an apartment a block away from the bridge, heard a huge thud and then "the entire building shook. It shook the ground," she said. Russ Knocke, spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, told AFP that there was no suggestion of terrorism involved in the disaster. "There are no indications of a nexus to terrorism at this time," Knocke said. "We continue to monitor the situation. State and local officials have the lead in rescue and response efforts." The 40-year-old arch bridge which rises 64 feet (20 metres) over the river was undergoing repairs at the time of the accident, and there were reports that construction workers were using a jackhammer at the time of the collapse, AFP has learned. - AFP/ch http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp.../291784/1/.html
  2. thankfully no serious injuries... Workers hurt after ceiling collapses at RWS casino https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-hurt-after-ceiling-collapses-rws-casino
  3. Not HDB, but NTU lecture hall ceiling collapses. http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/ceiling-collapses-ntu-lecture-theatre
  4. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/roof-collapses-on-hilton/2343448.html# Looks like better not to go Orchard this year. So many incidents.
  5. Truly inspirational. Can crawled to 3rd place. https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/news/kenyan-marathon-runner-collapses-crawls-finish-texas-212059802--spt.html
  6. A $60 million hedge fund led by a high-profile Wall Street executive lost all but $200,000 of its assets in about three weeks, a stunningly quick fall for the well-heeled investors in the fund. The collapse of Canarsie Capital LLC caught the attention of Wall Street because it was run by the longtime former head of risk management at Morgan Stanley — Kenneth deRegt —along with Owen Li, a 28-year old former Galleon Fund Management trader. Among the fund’s wealthy investors, according to a person familiar with the matter, was Richard Axilrod, a top lieutenant to Louis Bacon of Moore Capital Management. Messrs. Li and DeRegt didn’t return requests for comment and telephone calls to the firm weren’t picked up. Mr. Axilrod declined to comment. In a letter to investors sent Thursday morning, the fund said that Mr. Li was stepping down and that Mr. deRegt would take over the fund’s unwinding, according to a person familiar with the matter. The details behind the fund’s fall aren’t clear. In a letter to his investors earlier this week, Mr. Li—who named the fund after the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood where he grew up—said he was writing to express his “sorrow and deep regret for engaging in a series of transactions over the last several weeks that have resulted in the loss of all but two hundred thousand dollars.” According to a March 2014 regulatory filing, the fund had a “gross asset value” of $98 million, which included leverage, or borrowed money, according to a person familiar with the matter. The fund managed $60 million, not including borrowing, at the start of this year, the person said. In March, Morgan Stanley, Carnarsie’s sole prime broker, executing and financing the fund’s trades, told the fund it was uncomfortable with its risk practices, people close to the situation say. Canarsie at the time hired an independent consultant to look into Morgan Stanley’s concerns, one person familiar with the firm said. About a month later, Morgan Stanley told Carnarsie it would need to move its assets to another clearing firm because of remaining questions about the fund’s risk profile, the people said. Several months ago, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. began clearing for Canarsie, some of the people said. Mr. Li launched Canarsie in January 2013 and focused on investing in technology, energy, financial and consumer growth stocks, people close to the situation say. In 2013, he ended the year up 50%, one investor said, partly stemming from heavy leverage, or borrowing, by the fund and big investments in social media, including FacebookInc. and Twitter Inc. In 2014, Mr. Li invested in some less-successful IPO stocks, includingFireEye Inc. and Splunk Inc., both of which foundered last year. In his letter to investors, dated Jan. 20, Mr. Li said the fund’s losses happened after “I engaged in a series of aggressive transactions over the last three weeks that—generally speaking—involved options with strike prices pegged to the broader market increasing in value, but also involved some direct positions.” In his letter, Mr. Li didn’t elaborate on the soured trades. He wrote later on in the letter, “I acted overzealously.”
  7. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_s3TUjhJPg[/media] http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/ceiling-collapses-during/1342866.html Twelve Singapore players were scheduled to appear at the tournament, but none were injured at the Ho Chi Minh venue. Did they shout "Happy New Year"?
  8. SINGAPORE - Local football legend Dollah Kassim was rushed to hospital last night after collapsing during the curtain raiser of the Sultan of Selangor's Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The 60-year-old former Singapore international is warded at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), where he is understood to have undergone emergency surgery last night. At press time, he was said to be unconscious but in a stable condition. One of the most-loved players to have worn the No 10 shirt for Singapore, the man known as the "Gelek King" because of his dribbling skills famously won the Malaysia Cup for Singapore in 1977 after beating Penang 3-2. Last night, Dollah played the first 10 minutes of the match between Singapore veterans and their Selangor counterparts. He looked uncomfortable on the pitch and collapsed on the sidelines after being substituted. The veterans' game ended 1-1 at full-time, with Singapore winning 4-1 on penalties. The doctor at the scene said it was a "cardiac event", according to sources. Paramedics had to resuscitate Dollah at the pitch side and in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. He arrived at TTSH at 7.20pm and was sent to the Invasive Cardiac Laboratory. At about 10pm, former Singapore international Ho Kwang Hock, a friend of the family, revealed that he was out of surgery and in a stable condition, but had yet to regain consciousness. He is in the Intensive Care Unit. Dollah's son and daughter, who are both in their 20s, were understandably distraught. Dollah is not the first veteran footballer to have collapsed during a match. In August 2003, Ali Bakar, 56, died of heart failure during a friendly between Singaporean and Malaysian ex-internationals in the Sultan's Gold Cup at Tampines Stadium. In May 2006, former Singapore international S Rajagopal, who was in his 50s, suffered a mild heart attack during a Singapore Veterans versus Selangor Veterans match at the National Stadium. He was on the pitch for 5 minutes when he collapsed, complaining of breathlessness. The Football Association of Singapore said in a statement that "all the players in the Singapore Veterans team who reported for the game were well and were eagerly looking forward to the game". - CNA/ir/ls
  9. Raise the son until 21 years old but go army barely 5 days nia... die. The parents must be dammed sad...... http://www.asiaone.com/News/the%2BStraits%...0611-70116.html
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