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Feds get top wasteful spending award for advertising non-existent job grant

OTTAWA - The federal government has been given a dubious award for spending millions of tax dollars to promote a job grant that doesn't yet exist. Employment and Social Development Canada was named Wednesday as recipient of the 16th annual Teddy Award for wasteful federal spending. The pig-shaped awards are handed out annually by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to people and government agencies that it deems as the worst wasters of tax dollars.

Kingston crane operator 'severely burned,' employer says; crane could crash down

KINGSTON, Ont. - A 68-year-old construction worker stranded atop a crane at the centre of a massive fire in Kingston, Ont., was "severely burned" before a military helicopter was able to navigate smoke and leaping flames to airlift him to safety. Adam Jastrzebski, who had burns to his hands, legs, back and buttocks, was recovering in hospital Wednesday after his dramatic rescue a day earlier, said his employer at Canadian Professional Crane Inc.

Crane operator trapped by raging fire rescued by military chopper in Kingston

KINGSTON, Ont. - In a dramatic rescue Tuesday that drew a gasping crowd, a military helicopter swooped in to airlift a worker trapped on a construction crane above a massive fire in Kingston, Ont. Police said the crane operator suffered only minor injuries after being stranded when the blaze broke out around 2:15 p.m. at an apartment building that was under construction. John Ashie was working at his family's car dealership down the street when his father asked him about the black smoke that was rising above the neighbourhood.

2nd-LD Writethru: At least one dead in German crane accident:local media

FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A construction crane crashed on a supermarket in the German town of Bad-Homburg near Frankfurt on Wednesday, causing at least one death and several injuries, local media reported. The accident happended around 11.30 o'clock (GMT 1030) in the morning. A crane fell on the roof of a well attended Aldi supermarket and brought part of the building to collapse, said police and firefighters. According to initial investigations, at least one person was killed in the accident, local media hronline.de reported.

Hopes fade for survivors at Bangladesh disaster site

Rescue teams at the site of a collapsed factory block in Bangladesh where 363 people have died called in heavy-lifting equipment on Sunday as hopes of finding more survivors faded. Four people were hauled out alive overnight more than 90 hours after the disaster, but the last feeble cries for help, still audible from inside the mountain of rubble early in the day, appeared to have ended.

Cranes called in at Bangladesh disaster site: fire chief

Bangladesh rescue teams working at the site of a collapsed factory bloc have called in heavy-lifting equipment with hopes of finding more survivors fading, fire chief Ahmed Ali told AFP Sunday. "Apparently there is no more sign of life under the rubble," he said. "Together with the army we have decided to use heavy equipment like cranes to remove the debris and slabs vertically from mid-day today. "Our hope is that we may still find some people alive under the debris." sa-adp/mtp

French father perches on crane to regain access to son

A father denied access to his young son was perched atop a giant shipyard crane in the western French city of Nantes for a third day Sunday, vowing to stay put until a legal order was reversed. Serge Charnay mounted the yellow crane on Friday amid morning fog to highlight his case, unfurling a large banner that read: "Benoit, two years without a dad." Charnay has struggled to win back the right to see his son, born in 2006, after losing custody and all visiting rights when he was accused of kidnapping the boy.

UPDATE 7-Helicopter crashes into crane on London tower, kills two

* Crane on tower was shrouded in low cloud * Two dead including pilot, 12 others hurt * No indication of terrorism, police say * Crash in rush hour near MI6 headquarters, parliament By Michael Holden and Brenda Goh
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