As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up with federal funding a few years ago to show how spans could be built faster and cheaper in the U.S. "FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully," FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg boasted that day. "We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community." Five days later, the bridge collapsed onto the busy s...
Country singer Tim McGraw collapsed on stage in Dublin over the weekend, People reported this morning, and dehydration appears to be to blame. McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, told concert-goers that her 50-year-old husband was “super dehydrated,” and that she “made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.”McGraw’s rep said in a statement that the singer was “attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine.” That’s certainly a relief, but it made us wonder: How serious does dehydration have to get to cause someone to drop to his knees while performing, as McGraw reportedly did? And how exactly does a lack of fluids lead to a full-on collapse?It turns out, several different factors can be at play. The body needs water for optimal functioning of course, and lots of inne
The future of 5,500 jobs was hanging in the balance on Wednesday following the collapse of two major retailers in Toys R Us UK and Maplin.Administrators were called in to both companies within an hour of each other after Sky News reported both had failed in their efforts to secure a rescue.Toys R Us was first to admit defeat - despite securing a deal among its creditors just before Christmas that allowed it to shut its worst performing stores and slash its rent bill.Image:A notice informing customers of the collapse of Toys R Us is stuck on the window of its High Wycombe store. Pic: Sinead SillarsIts problems, a result of high poor sales, were compounded by demands for a £15m VAT payment.Administrators confirmed all 105 stores would remain open for now and that most of the stock would be d
Toys R Us has crashed into administration placing 3,200 jobs at risk as a string of UK retailers battle tough trading conditions.As first reported by Sky News, the company's UK operation had been engaged in a frantic search for a buyer for the last month following weak Christmas trading which left it with little hope of paying a £15m VAT bill demand.Sky's City Editor Mark Kleinman also expected the electrical goods retailer Maplin to collapse later on Wednesday - placing a further 2,500 jobs in jeopardy and sealing the worst day for the high street in many years.Chains are juggling a swarm of pressures including rising costs, online competition and dwindling consumer spending.Moorfields has been appointed administrator to Toys R Us, the country's largest toy retailer, which is continuing t
The collapse of Carillion has resulted in 377 staff being made redundant, but more than 900 jobs being saved so far.The company went into liquidation in January after being brought to its knees by mounting debts and a hole in its pension fund.One valuation, based on the cost of an insurance company covering the deficit, puts that hole in the pension fund at £2.6bn.The official receiver confirmed the figures for redundancies today, and said: "I recognise this will be a worrying time for all those affected, their families and local communities. I would like to thank all the staff for their professionalism throughout the liquidation.Video:MP seeks Carillion crisis pension reform"I am expecting many employees working on other Carillion contracts to transfer in the coming weeks and we are conti