Frantic Search On After 7-Story Building Collapses In Brazil Tuesday In Fortaleza ‘Pile Of Rubble’

FORTAILIAN, BR. (THECOUNT) — A frantic search and rescue mission is underway in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza after a seven story building collapsed into a pile of rubble Tuesday, according to reports.

At least one person has reportedly been killed as rescuers communicate with those trapped in the debris by cell phone and any and all available methods of communication.

Witnesses said they “saw people inside the building” shortly before it collapsed.

The seven story building is said to be located in a luxury area of Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

An image released by Brazilian officials appeared to show a large pile of debris where the seven story building once stood.

Fire department commander Cleyton Bezerra said nine people were missing, though it was unclear if they were under the rubble or just unreachable by relatives and friends. Eight survivors have been found along with the unidentified body, reports BayNews9.

“It is a difficult situation; there are parts (of the building) that can still collapse,” said Bezerra, who led the rescue operation.

Authorities in the city of 2.6 million inhabitants in Brazil’s northeast said two trapped people were communicating with relatives and rescuers by phone.

“For now we are trying to hear sounds that indicate where people are. There are several layers of debris,” said fire department spokesman Romario Fernandes. He said the rescue operation is expected to last days.

It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse.


Geo quick facts: Fortaleza is the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. It’s known for its beaches, which are punctuated by red cliffs, palm trees, dunes and lagoons. Fortaleza’s long-standing folkloric traditions are presented in dance performances at the art nouveau José de Alencar theater, open since 1910. Another architectural highlight is the neo-Gothic Catedral Metropolitana – wikipedia.

Crazed BR Man Holding 37 Hostages On Rio Bus Threatening To ‘Set Ablaze’ Demands ‘Unclear’

RIO DE JANEIRO, BR. (THECOUNT) — Brazilian police say a man is holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus in Rio de Janeiro and is threatening to set the vehicle on fire.

The Federal Highway Police said Tuesday that negotiations were underway with an armed man who has been holding 37 people hostage since about 5:30 a.m. on a busy bridge linking Niterói to downtown Rio de Janeiro.

At least four hostages have been released so far, telling authorities that the man had spilled gasoline in the bus and threatened to set it on fire. They say the man has identified himself as a policeman, although this has not been confirmed, reports KTLA.

Authorities said the man has not made any particular demands and appears to have “psychological problems.”


Geo quick facts: Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest – wikipedia.

JUMP SHIP: Ralph Lauren Polo Follows Speedo DROPS Ryan Lochte Sponsorship

Ralph Lauren has followed Speedo in dropping Ryan Lochte from their list of sponsors. The cutting move comes on the heels of the swimmer’s fabricated story about being robbed in Rio.

Today, the popular clothing brand announced that they will not be renewing Lochte’s sponsorship contract. Lochte will reportedly lose millions over the sponsor exodus.

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“Ralph Lauren continues to proudly sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody,” the company said in a statement Continue reading

That Was FAST! Usain Bolt BUSTED Cheating On Girlfriend With Rio GROUPIE!

Olympics groupies? Yes they exist.. Proof positive as Usain Bolt, who just got a boat load of press for supposedly getting ready to marry his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, was caught red handed with a 20-year-old female he met in a club while in Rio.

After their tryst, the woman was kind enough to share photos of their hook up with the world via social media.

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Bolt’s groupie, Jady Duarte, is already talking about her alleged experience with Jamaican gold medal winner. Continue reading

Mongolian Wrestling Coaches DISROBE To Protest Bad Call During Olympics

Two Mongolian National wrestling coaches disrobed in front of an arena filled with fans and onlookers. This was in protest to a bad call made by the officials/judges during a wrestling match at the Olympics that impacted the outcome.

This was supposed to be the bronze medal match for wrestling at the Rio Games. It was down to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia and Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan.

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There was about 7 seconds left on the clock and Mongolia’s Ganzorig began celebrating by running around the area in what he thought would be a 7 – 6 victory in his favor. However, this was not the case, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring and by stating the wrestler (Ganzorig) failed to continue engaging with Navruzov and there was time left on the clock.

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Ryan Lochte LIED About Robbery? Teammates RAT OUT Olympic Swimmer?

Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gun point in Rio.

The revelation came after Lochte’s teammates, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were detained and questioned in Brazilian officials.

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An official who has direct knowledge of the investigation told PEOPLE that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with Conger, Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio.

One of the swimmers reportedly tried to open the door of a bathroom at the gas station and found that it was locked. The swimmer then began kicking the door open. A security officer and the gas station manager approached the group and asked them to pay damages.

The men then became belligerent, the official said. An argument ensued, leading the security guard to point a gun at the men and insist that they pay for the damages. The swimmers then reportedly handed over their wallets and left the station. The official says the manager called the police, but when they arrived, the swimmers were already gone.

After the incident, the 32-year-old Olympian told media that he and his fellow athletes were held up after robbers posing as police officers pulled them over in a taxi.

“Their story was not right,” the police source tells PEOPLE. “We knew on Sunday that their story was not right, because it didn’t make sense.”

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“The stories that the two men told us were not the same,” the source continued. “The other two men would not speak to us. So we knew that they were lying.”

The incident was captured in CCTV footage obtained by PEOPLE that shows the men attempting to get into the wrong cab to leave the scene, then being asked to get out of their second cab by gas station security.

“Everything they said was a lie and not true,” the official said of the men’s later reports of a robbery. “When [Lochte] went on American TV and said his story, it made Brazil look bad when he was the one who had been doing the wrong thing.”

The United States Olympic Committee is aware of the video.

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“The video shows a completely different story than what we were told by the athletes,” a USOC source told PEOPLE. It’s very disappointing to all of us.”

“We are reaching out to Ryan to ask him to set the record straight and be completely upfront with what happened, whatever it was,” the source said. “Nothing happened that can’t be fixed, but everyone needs to be on the same page, and we all need to know exactly what happened.” h/t people

Here’s Your FULL Updated Rio Olympics Medal Count – THECOUNT.COM

Here’s the full updated Olympics medal count midway through Day 2 in Rio

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 3 0 2 5
Italy 2 3 2 7
China 2 2 3 7
South Korea 2 2 1 5
Hungary 2 0 0 2
United States 1 5 1 7
Russia 1 2 2 5
Japan 1 0 6 7
Chinese Taipei 1 0 1 2
Argentina 1 0 0 1
Belgium 1 0 0 1
Kosovo 1 0 0 1
Netherlands 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Vietnam 1 0 0 1
Kazakhstan 0 1 1 2
Brazil 0 1 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 1
Indonesia 0 1 0 1
New Zealand 0 1 0 1
Philippines 0 1 0 1
Sweden 0 1 0 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 2 2
Canada 0 0 1 1
Spain 0 0 1 1
Greece 0 0 1 1
Poland 0 0 1 1

Woman Dog Kisser Pays $90,000 To French Kiss Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin superfan, Ana Paola Diniz, put her money where her mouth is and was set back a cool $90,000 In the process. Diniz dropped the healthy chunk of change on a chance to make out with the gay Latin singer.

Diniz, who runs an exclusive holiday resort for pets, was the highest bidder at an auction which raised money for AIDs research at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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After ‘snogging’ a woman who donated £63,000 to his charity fundraiser, Ricky Martin might now be reconsidering his spontaneous decision after seeing pictures of his paramour sharing the same passionate kisses with her dogs. Continue reading