Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll hits 39

17 August, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Regina Silva
  • The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain

But the political anger generated by Tuesday's tragedy in Genoa, in which at least 39 people died, could instead end up piling even more financial pressure on the state - from nervous holders of its 2 trillion euros ($2.3 trillion) in bonds.

The bridge is to be demolished and an investigation has been opened against unknown persons as the causes of the collapse are yet to be established.

As the rescue efforts continued into a second night, hundreds of firefighters scoured the huge piles of concrete and twisted metal in a search deploying heavy lifting gear and sniffer dogs.

More than 400 people have been evacuated from the area, reports the BBC.

The Genoa Public Prosecutor's Office blamed "human error" for the collapse that killed 39 people and injured 24. State radio said among them was a woman who suffered smoke inhalation from a fire sparked by debris falling into her home and a Czech truck driver who suffered a chest injury.

It called for an ambitious plan to fix or replace tens of thousands of Italian bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s, citing a series of collapses in recent years, not all fatal.

Many in the city had said the 1967 bridge was in need of revamping.

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement and Italy's deputy prime minister, claimed motorway tolls could be nationalised as he took aim at big business.

"We're going to work round the clock until the last victim is secured".

Shares in Italian company Atlantia, which runs much of Italy's motorway network, including the collapsed stretch of the A10, plunged on the Milan stock exchange after the news.

Fox News Catches Heat After Mixing Up Aretha Franklin & Patti LaBelle
A Rolling Stone reviewer said Franklin "sings like never before on record" on that live album. "Salute to the Queen". Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis Tennesse to C.L Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin.

Sara Ali Khan makes her Instagram debut
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan's attractive daughter Sara Ali Khan has made her Instagram debut on Independence Day 2018. Sara is debuting in Bollywood this year with Kedarnath and Simmba , her second film, releases in December.

NY University offers free tuition for all medical students
The medical school said it is the first top 10-ranked medical school to provide full scholarships regardless of need or merit. Grossman said covering tuition for all students was at the forefront of his goals when he became dean about 12 years ago.

Conte said the government wouldn't wait until the investigation was completed to revoke the concession of a private company, Autostrade Per L'Italia, that operates numerous nation's toll highways.

"I don't know if there is responsibility". "Autostrade had to do the maintenance and did not do it".

USA investigators have said they are looking at the emergence of cracks in the structure before the collapse of the bridge near Florida International University, which killed six people.

The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the port city of Genoa, Italy August 16, 2018.

Aerial footage showed more than 200 metres of the viaduct, known locally as the Morandi bridge, completely destroyed.

Giovanni Calvini, the local president of the Confindustria, the general confederation of Italian industry, said in interview earlier that month: "When in 10 years the Morandi bridge will collapse, and all of us will have to be stuck in traffic for hours, we will remember the names of those who now say "no" [to the expansion]".

A recent report from the minister of Transport - undertaken before the Italy disaster - suggested that of 12,000 bridges in France, nearly a third could benefit from fix work.

Mr Grillo dismissed warnings that the bridge could collapse as "a fairy tale" on his widely read blog. "I Looked up and saw the bridge pylon fall", he said.

Danilo Toninelli, the transport minister, said on Wednesday that the top level of Autostrade per l'Italia "must step down first of all". Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016.

The bridge underwent fix works in 2016 and more was being done on its foundations before the collapse.


  • Aurora woman diagnosed with West Nile virus, health officials say

    Aurora woman diagnosed with West Nile virus, health officials say

    Public Health Ontario (PHO) has found West Nile virus in 65 batches of mosquitoes collected across the province so far this year. A 62-year-old man has contracted West Nile Virus, making him the first human case in Merced County this year, authorities said.
    Astronomers prepare for Earth to 'plow' into fiery meteor shower

    Astronomers prepare for Earth to 'plow' into fiery meteor shower

    Brilliant displays of Perseid meteors lit up the heavens this past weekend as the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak. However, unlike last night, most areas in the county are due to have clear skies.

    At least 76 people overdose on K2 in New Haven, Connecticut

    Emergency responders spent several hours today working to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital. At the height of the situation, emergency crews were sprinting across the 16-acre park from victim to victim.
  • Watch the Aretha Franklin performance that brought Barack Obama to tears

    Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her". The Queen of Soul remained a prominent face - and voice - for African American civil rights throughout her life.
    #RIPArethaFranklin: Who was the Queen of Soul? Timeline of her life

    #RIPArethaFranklin: Who was the Queen of Soul? Timeline of her life

    Rhythm and blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Clinton in Washington on January 19, 1993. Stevie Wonder visited Franklin in her home this week while she was in hospice care. "A national treasure to everyone".
    Contraception app Natural Cycles approved by the FDA

    Contraception app Natural Cycles approved by the FDA

    To use the app, women take their temperature each day when they wake up and enter the reading into the app. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the marketing of the first app to prevent pregnancy.
  • Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale

    Many patients were treated by EMS and some were taken to local hospitals, while others refused to be transported, officials said. After dozens of overdoses occurred, first responders set up a command post at the historic New Haven Green park in downtown.
    Corey Coleman asked Hue Jackson to trade him, and Browns complied

    Corey Coleman asked Hue Jackson to trade him, and Browns complied

    When Hue tells him to talk with Haley, Coleman says if the Browns don't want to play him, they should just trade him. Now listen, you've got talent but talent ain't everything I'm looking for", Jackson explained.
    James Gunn Not Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    James Gunn Not Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    Marvel president Kevin Feige was traveling on Tuesday when the meeting was held, according to sources, so he wasn't able to join. That said, there is still no confirmation from Disney regarding the script, and with no director attached, much could change.
  • Turkey lira CRISIS: Erdogan government holds MONSTER conference call with 6,000 investors

    Turkey lira CRISIS: Erdogan government holds MONSTER conference call with 6,000 investors

    Last week, Washington doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey over its continued detention of the USA pastor Andrew Brunson . President Erdogan has accused the United States of trying to "bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor".
    MI  places 21 hospitals on U.S

    MI places 21 hospitals on U.S

    News, which has been compiling the list for 29 years, said it put more emphasis this year on patient outcomes and experiences. News & World Report recently changed its methodology making it much more hard to achieve a rank in "High Performing" banners.
    Ghazni attack: 70 policemen killed in Afghanistan's provincial capital

    Ghazni attack: 70 policemen killed in Afghanistan's provincial capital

    The Taliban are going from house to house to find government officials or their relatives to kill", said one resident, Sayed Zia. But in others "the Taliban have positioned their fighters in high buildings shooting at security forces from there", he added.


Kevin De Bruyne 'Suffers Knee Injury' In Manchester City Training
It happened in training while he was standing on his own - he wasn't involved in a challenge. It is unlucky for Kevin - the season has only just begun and it's always good to be back".

Serena Williams To Don Virgil Abloh For Nike Ensemble At US Open
Abloh is excited about the partnership with the 23-time Grand Slam time champion. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace.

Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio files for US IPO
Ltd and Kandi Technologies Group, are listed in the U.S., Nio's IPO would dwarf their presence on the stock exchange. BY 2040, more than half of global new vehicle sales and a third of the planet's automobile fleet will be electric.

Yash Chopra directs Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a video
He said that the former prime minister was an inspiration to him and that his death was a huge loss to the nation. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji's contributions to our nation have been innumerable.

LG to supply 5G smartphone to USA carrier Sprint in 2019
Today's announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone in our customer's hands. LG has done tremendous work developing technical designs that enable us to be among the first movers in 5G mobile.

Marlins hit Ronald Acuna to spark fight in first inning
Acuña became only the fourth player in major league history to hit leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader Monday. Acuna had hit leadoff homers in his three previous games, all against the Marlins, including a doubleheader Monday.

Saudi Arabia makes trading Bitcoin illegal
The supreme decree has the committee looking into any investments in forex and cryptocurrency and reporting them to the authorities.

ASX set for sharp falls as China, Turkey worries hit global sharemarkets
The single currency stood little changed at $1.1347, not far from a 13-month trough of $1.1330 brushed overnight. Ankara retaliated on Wednesday by doubling tariffs on some USA imports including cars, alcohol and tobacco.

Billionaire Musk proposes tunnel to Dodger Stadium
The company is now working on an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), as required by the City of Los Angeles. The Boring Co. said construction would not affect Metro stations or lead to any road closures.

Watch James Corden Carry Ariana Grande Into Starbucks on ‘Carpool Karaoke’
Watch Corden and Grande belt out " Side to Side ", Little Shop of Horrors' " Suddenly Seymour ", and more hits in the video above. She previously joined Corden on Monday's Late Late Show , taking on the role of Rose in " Soundtrack to Titanic ".