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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:17 PM EST

USA Today explanation
Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god." Other images showed a green truck that had stopped on the bridge yards short of a gaping hole.

The 330-foot tall bridge was built in the 1960s, the BBC reported. It runs over homes, shopping centers, factories, a railway line and a river, according to Ansa.

counterpunch, "austerity"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:07:31 PM EST
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Steel reinforced concrete design with a lifespan of 50 years. With today's traffic, the wear and tear surpassed to original redundancy calculation, nevertheless the Ponte Morandi was opened in 1967.

Not only in the States is there a lack of funds for necessary replacements of old bridges and investment into infrastructure.

Italy abides by the budgetary rules of Brussels to limit government spending ...

Govt must respect rules - Dombrovskis

Narcissism in leadership, also in Italy ...

The interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said that those responsible would "pay, pay everything, and pay dearly".

Crollo ponte a Genova, Salvini: 'I responsabili dovranno pagare tutto e caro'

Politicians are seldom responsible ...  

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:04 AM EST
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Saw reports that M5S used campaigns against infrastructure upgrades as part of their buildup, including motorway projects that would have bypassed or replaced this bridge. Anyone know if there's truth in that?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:05:29 AM EST
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Genoa Bridge Collapse (The Independent)

This links to a Wayback Machine page very recently pulled by M5S from their website, dated April 2013. It's from NO GRONDA, an anti-public works project movement in Genoa, backed by M5S.

The sweet bit is "la favoletta dell'imminente crollo del Ponte Morandi" (the fairytale of the imminent collapse of the Morandi Bridge).

Well, it did take five years.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:14:04 PM EST
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hi John, nice to see you around

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:03:39 PM EST
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Hi Helen, just a bit of a lurk now and then <disappears in puff of orange smoke>.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:55:58 PM EST
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leaving a slight whiff of sulphur... Cheers John

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:43:13 PM EST
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I presume M5S will now be against wasting public money to replace it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:17:47 PM EST
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BWAH!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:50:44 PM EST
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Amazing rescue work under extreme circumstances ... this is why first responders train, hoping never to be working in such a major disaster.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:52 AM EST
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il presidente Giuseppe Conte declares state of emergency in Genoa for 12 months ...

Crollo Ponte Morandi, il premier Conte: "Revocata la concessione alla società Autostrade"

Genova, Conte: decretato stato d'emergenza per 12 mesi

The premier announced that the government has allocated € 5 million for the first urgent interventions. He also confirmed the proclamation of a day of national mourning.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 05:57:44 PM EST
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a day of mourning aka thoughts and prayers

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 07:20:30 PM EST
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People evacuated from rooftops as Kerala floods kill 164 [SINCE 8 AUG]
On Thursday morning, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he had asked the country's defence ministry to further step up rescue and relief operations across the state. Modi was expected to visit Kerala on Friday.

Authorities have opened the gates of 34 reservoirs as water reached dangerous levels.

324 killed so far in Kerala monsoon, CM says flood situation grave
The Army said it has a total of 10 flood relief columns, 10 Engineer Task Force, 53 BAUTs are in rescue and relief operations. Two additional special teams will be joining soon.

Vijayan also sought to allay fears after rumours that the century-old Mullaperiyar dam had developed cracks and warned action against rumour-mongers.

"There is no threat to any dam," he said.

Kerala floods Live: Death toll climbs to 385 [SINCE 29 MAY]; Over 3.1 lakh become homeless

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 06:57:27 PM EST
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Hawaii volcano eruption slows to virtual halt after more than three months
Neal said it remains to be seen whether the reduced flow at Fissure 8 will turn out to be a brief pause or an extended lull, or whether other vents will reactivate. A similar 88-day eruption in the lower east rift zone in 1955 was punctuated by one pause of five days and one lasting 16 days, Neal said.
Kīlauea summit and lower East Rift Zone
The lull in activity at Kīlauea Volcano continues. No summit collapse events have occurred since August 2, and, with the exception of a small, crusted-over pond of lava deep inside the fissure 8 cone and a few scattered ocean entries, lava stopped flowing in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) on August 6. Sulfur dioxide emission rates at both the summit and LERZ are drastically reduced; the combined rate is lower than at any time since late 2007.
"Disaster loans" and grants for Kilauea Damage Extended Through Sept. 12

Mostly catholic charity relief updates from Guatemala

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 07:41:46 PM EST
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British Columbia declares state of emergency as over 500 wildfires burn
"We're going to throw everything we've got at these fires, but in a lot of cases, Mother Nature is going to be in the driver's seat," Kevin Skrepnek, the province's chief fire information officer [CFIO!], told reporters.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 06:22:59 PM EST
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