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Italy Launches Probe After Bus With Foreign Tourists In Venice Plunges From Overpass, Killing 21




VENICE, Italy — Wednesday, Venetians paid their respects to the 21 foreign tourists murdered when an all-electric shuttle bus crashed through an overpass guardrail and fence and plunged more than 10 meters to the ground.

They had traveled this road many times and believed it to be secure, but they had now stopped to inspect the aging guardrail and rusty fence.

On Tuesday night, the one-year-old bus plummeted to the ground and landed upside down. The driver, aged 40, was one of the fatalities, and 15 persons were injured.

The driver, who had a spotless record, had just begun his shift shuttling tourists from Piazzale Roma, at the border of Venice’s renowned canals, to a four-star campground on the mainland that provided affordable lodging.

A video captures the city-owned bus leaving the frame as a larger bus continues along the elevated road behind it. Prosecutors claim the shuttle bus scraped the guardrail for at least 50 meters (yards) before its fiery collision onto a surface road opposite the train station in the Venetian borough of Mestre.

The guardrail was crushed to the pavement, and the front of the bus was entirely crushed.

“Inexplicable,” said Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who had driven over the flyover countless times. According to regional governor Luca Zaia, the circumstances indicated that the driver may have suddenly become ill.


Investigators anticipate that footage from the scene will reveal the nature of the incident.

There were five Ukrainians and one German among the fatalities. Alberto Rizzotto was identified as the Italian chauffeur. Two victims were minors. The remaining victims have not yet been identified.

At least four Ukrainians were among the casualties, along with a 3-year-old girl who suffered severe burns and tourists from Spain, Austria, France, Croatia, and Germany. Nine patients were treated for injuries in intensive care, including burns and fractures. Among the survivors were a young sibling and sister from Austria.

“They are still in what we call the shock phase, with confused memories, and in the state of agitation and confusion typical of a traumatic event,” said Rita Lorio, a psychologist at the main hospital in Mestre, one of five hospitals treating the injured. They are not yet at that stage of understanding what occurred.

The tourists are all believed to have stayed at the Hu Venezia Camping in Town, just a 15-minute drive from the shuttle bus’s pickup point at Piazzale Roma, at the edge of Venice’s renowned canals linked to the mainland by a bridge.

The collapse has shocked the two-thirds of Venetians who reside on the mainland. Wednesday morning, many paused to pay their respects while staring at the gaping guardrail and fence. A motorcyclist stopped to attach plastic blossoms to a post.

Wednesday, family members of the deceased and survivors began filtering into Venice from across Europe. Three days of mourning were proclaimed in the Veneto region, and flags were flown at half-staff during government business.

According to experts, the electric bus contributed to the massive conflagration and complicated rescue efforts.


The city of Venice is currently replacing its buses with electrified vehicles.

“I will never forget what I saw,” Brugnaro, the mayor of Mestre, told the Associated Press from his office in Mestre. “It’s impossible to convey what it’s like to see so many people crammed into a bus down there.

The city of Venice is currently replacing its buses with electrified vehicles. They were introduced several years ago on the city’s Lido island, and a limited number were added to the fleet in Mestre last year.

Brugnaro stated that the accident did not cause him to halt the city’s plan to upgrade municipal transport to less-polluting electric buses, even though it remains unclear what role the battery played in the subsequent fire.

He stated that the bus drove off the flyover. “It has nothing to do with the fact that it is electric.”

Wednesday, Gianni Amadeo, an 80-year-old retired musician, stopped in disbelief at a location he routinely passes between his home and storage garage.

“It took a scary flight,” he said of the bus’s descent before continuing, transporting supporters he will not need until next summer.

Godstime Erheneden was in his flat with a view of the bustling street when he heard a crash and ran outside. He was one of the earliest to board the bus.


Italy Launches Probe After Bus With Foreign Tourists In Venice Plunges From Overpass, Killing 21

“As soon as we walked in, we saw the chauffeur. He had died. I carried a woman out on my shoulders, and then a male,” Erheneden told il Gazzettino, a local newspaper.

“As the mother screamed,’ My daughter, my daughter,’ I returned inside. I observed a child who appeared to be two years old. My son, who is 1 year and 10 months old, is the same size as my daughter. I felt as though I were holding my firstborn. It was dreadful. I have no idea if she survived. “I believed she was still alive, but as soon as the rescuers arrived, they whisked her away,” Erheneden said.

Brugnaro stated that he had read Erhenden and his roommate’s actions. Both were identified as longtime Italian residents employed by the shipbuilding company Fincantieri. The mayor said he intended to locate them once the emergency had passed.

They sacrificed themselves to save these individuals. They are the true champions of our time,” he declared.


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Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano Erupts For The Second Day As 12 Climbers Remain Missing




PADANG, Indonesia – Officials in Indonesia paused the search for 12 climbers on Monday when Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, sending a huge burst of scorching ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air.

The deaths of 11 climbers were discovered earlier in the day while searching for the missing, but efforts to locate them were hampered by the resumed activity, according to West Sumatra’s Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik. He stated that the search would restart whenever conditions improved.

The agency shared a video of rescuers escorting an injured climber on a stretcher off the mountain and into a waiting ambulance to be brought to the hospital.


On Sunday, Marapi erupted, unleashing clouds of burning ash.

Since 2011, the volcano has remained at the third highest of four alert levels, indicating above-normal volcanic activity, prohibiting climbers and villagers from approaching the peak within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

“This means there should be no climbing to the peak,” Gunawan explained, adding that climbers were only permitted below the danger zone, “but sometimes many of them broke the rules to fulfill their satisfaction to climb further.”

On Saturday, over 75 climbers began their ascent of the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain and became stranded. Rescuers saved 52 people, including three on Monday. According to Hari Agustian, an official with the local Search and Rescue Agency in Padang, the West Sumatra provincial capital, eight of those rescued Sunday were transported to hospital with burns, and one suffered a fractured leg.

Before beginning their ascent, all climbers registered at two command stations or online with West Sumatra’s conservation office, according to Agustian. When asked how many individuals may be stranded, he claimed it couldn’t be confirmed because some may have taken unauthorized routes up the mountain, and residents may have also been present.

During Sunday’s eruption, Marapi erupted thick ash columns as high as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and heated ash clouds extended for miles. Tons of volcanic debris buried nearby villages and cities. According to a social media video, volcanic dust and rain covered the faces and hair of evacuated climbers.

Authorities provided masks and urged inhabitants to wear eyeglasses to protect themselves from volcanic ash as falling ash blanketed several communities and obstructed sunlight.


Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 5 to 6 kilometers (3.1 to 3.7 miles) from the peak, are home to approximately 1,400 people.

According to Gunawan, the Sunday eruption was not preceded by a large rise in volcanic earthquakes. Deep volcanic earthquakes were only detected three times between November 16 and Sunday, while the peak’s deformation equipment or tiltmeter revealed a horizontal pattern on the radial axis and a small inflation on the tangential axis.

“This shows that the eruption process is taking place quickly and the center of pressure is very shallow, around the peak,” the scientist stated.


According to Gunawan, Marapi has erupted on average every 2 to 4 years since 2004.

Gunawan added that this eruption was not the result of magma movement and that marapi eruptions are typically sudden and challenging to detect using equipment because the source is close to the surface.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that left no one dead. It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is vulnerable to seismic activity due to its placement on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircles the Pacific Basin.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs




Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has resigned from the inter-governmental group planning the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, describing it as a “pointless talkfest” and a “dysfunctional farce.”

It is the first substantial divide for the organizers, whom the International Olympic Committee chose to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in 2021.

The so-called Leaders’ Forum, which includes officials from all three levels of government and various organizations, is intended to deliver the Olympics while leaving a legacy for Queensland. Its mandate is to collaborate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Queensland state government to “progress the significant venues, villages, and transportation infrastructure” for the Games.

However, Schrinner claimed that the committee was meant to “place key stakeholders while the state government made all the real decisions behind closed doors.”


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

“The truth is that we’ve always wanted to be team players. On Sunday, Schrinner stated, “The state government wanted to play politics.”

He advocated for creating an independent authority, similar to the one that oversaw preparations for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the London Olympics in 2012, to bring planning “back on track.”

“We don’t need overpriced stadiums, we need better transport,” Schrinner said. “This week it became very apparent that the Intergovernmental Leaders’ Forum is a dysfunctional farce.”

According to Schrinner, sports have become “more about overpriced stadiums.”
A $2.7 billion US makeover of the existing Gabba stadium in inner-city Brisbane, which would be dismantled and rebuilt, is intended to be the centerpiece of an Olympics with sites around southeast Queensland. However, Schrinner suggested that alternative options be investigated.

He was particularly critical of the state government’s proposals for Brisbane City Council to contribute $91 million to upgrade another local stadium, the RNA Showgrounds, to host cricket and Australian Rules football while the Gabba is redeveloped.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

A 20,000-person stadium will be built within the showgrounds for the next five years to house the Brisbane Lions AFL teams and the Brisbane Heat cricket club. Schrinner resigned in response to the state government’s request for a financial commitment from the city for a temporary cricket and AFL site.

“The state government’s game playing is jeopardizing the games and they are quickly losing the support of the people of Queensland,” Schrinner said in a statement. “It’s clear that the games have become more about overpriced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.”

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe expressed surprise at Schrinner’s decision to resign. If he chooses to return, a place will be reserved for him.

Queensland will have council elections in March of next year. Schrinner’s conservative Liberal National Party alliance and the opposition Australian Labor Party had previously backed the Gabba renovation.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

The Greens’ candidate for mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan, has stated that if elected, his party would oppose the demolition and rebuilding of the Gabba. He called it a “deplorable waste of money” and a “bad deal for our city.”


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