5-story building collapses in Sao Paulo suburb

Brazil Building Collapse

Firefighters search in the the rubble of a collapsed building in Guarulhos, outskirt of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Firefighters said it was not yet clear what caused the building to fall. The collapse comes just days after a deadly accident at a Sao Paulo stadium that is slated to host the opening game of next year’s World Cup. A crane collapsed Wednesday at the Arena Corinthians, killing two construction workers and sparking questions about Brazil’s readiness to host the soccer tournament.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Qatar World Cup construction ‘will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead’

Exclusive: International Trade Union Confederation claims about 12 labourers will die each week unless action is taken

 

theguardian.com, Thursday 26 September 2013
Qatar‘s construction frenzy ahead of the 2022 World Cup is on course to cost the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers before a ball is kicked, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has claimed.

The group has been scrutinising builders’ deaths in the Gulf emirate for the past two years and said that at least half a million extra workers from countries including Nepal, India and Sri Lanka are expected to flood in to complete stadiums, hotels and infrastructure in time for the World Cup kickoff.

The annual death toll among those working on building sites could rise to 600 a year – almost a dozen a week – unless the Doha government makes urgent reforms, it says.

The ITUC has based the estimate on current mortality figures for Nepalese and Indian workers who form the bulk of Qatar’s 1.2 million-strong migrant workforce, the large majority of whom are builders.

While it admits that the cause of death is not clear for many of the deceased – with autopsies often not being conducted and routine attribution to heart failure – it believes harsh and dangerous conditions at work and cramped and squalid living quarters are to blame.

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Decrease in Starts Curbs U.S. Housing Rebound: Economy

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The decline was led by a slump in multifamily projects, which can be volatile, and the level of permits remained higher than starts, which may point to a rebound this month.

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The residential real-estate rebound suffered a setback in June as housing starts unexpectedly fell to the lowest level in almost a year, curbing how much construction contributed to U.S. economic growth last quarter.

Work began on 836,000 houses at an annualized rate, the least since August and down 9.9 percent from a revised 928,000 pace in May, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. The drop was led by a 26.2 percent plunge in multifamily projects, which are more volatile than work on single-family homes.

The figures were in contrast to a report yesterday showing homebuilders this month were the most optimistic in seven years as sales improved, indicating the reversal will probably prove temporary. The slump came as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said monthly asset purchases aimed at spurring the economy could be reduced or expanded as conditions warrant, with housing one area policy makers will monitor.

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30-Foot Sinkhole Revealed Along I-69 Route

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Tom Tokarski (right) stands next to a sinkhole in southwestern Monroe County. Disclosure: This photo was taken by Brian Garvey, a member of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads.

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As I-69 construction continues in Monroe County, crews are encountering a number of sinkholes.

The state department of transportation says it is not unexpected given all the karst features in the area. But residents are worried about the impact of the construction on the environment.

Bulldozers and land movers are working to clear a path through southern Monroe County that will eventually become part of I-69.

This phase of the construction is the most challenging because of the karst topography. The construction is exposing large caverns, some 30 feet deep and 15 feet across.

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