Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

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Dubai Police shut traffic on the road and diverted vehicles to facilitate the arrival of ambulances and rescue teams. Courtesy Dubai Police
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Nine people were hurt when 28 vehicles got involved along Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Dubai Police
Updated 08 February 2018
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Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

DUBAI: Nine people were injured in a 28-vehicle pile-up on Thursday, just days after a road smash involving up to 70 vehicles, that left 22 hurt – two critically – both incidents happened in thick fog.
Thursday morning’s smash happened in Dubai on Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi.
Brig. Saif Muhair Al-Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, confirmed that reduced visibility caused by thick morning fog had led to the crash.
A similar incident occurred on Tuesday when dozens of vehicles piled-up in heavy fog on the E311 road, also known as the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road. Police said that people were driving too fast on that occasion considering the reduced visibility.
Dramatic footage of the accident, which happened at about 8 a.m. local time, showed people running for their lives as more vehicles ran into the mangled remains of other vehicles – in one case a lorry could be seen hitting and SUV, knocking it onto its roof.

Dubai Police closed the road on Thursday to allow emergency vehicles through, as well as to divert vehicles to places where they were able to park while not becoming part of the crash themselves, Al-Mazroui said.
With the foggy conditions hampering traffic safety, Al-Mazroui called on motorists to take extra precaution to reduce their speed, allowing sufficient breaking distance for vehicles in front. Here is another video of Tuesday’s accident:


‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

Updated 28 May 2018
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‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

SINGAPORE: Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realizing the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.
“It looked like the real Kim Jong Un, but later I realized it’s not the real one,” said Sagar Admuthe who was visiting from Mumbai, India, after several selfies with the doppleganger against a backdrop of the city’s bay.
“When you see him, it’s very difficult to make out.”
The Australian-Chinese man posing as the North Korean leader calls himself only Howard X and said he was appearing to wish success for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump to negotiate an end to the North’s nuclear program.
Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium.
“I think the two leaders will sit down and they’re going to have a great time, because really they have the same personality,” he said on Sunday. “They are going to be best friends right after this meeting.”|
Trump signalled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called it off last week, and a White House team was scheduled to depart for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit.
Howard X said Kim’s rise as the third leader of North Korea in 2011 has proved lucrative for him, jump starting a new career in films, commercials and private functions, most often in his home town of Hong Kong.
“I said that guy looks a lot like me, and I thought, wow, I need to do something with this and make some money,” Howard X added.
“This is my normal body,” he said, when asked if he had to put on weight to impersonate the North’s leader. “But he’s fatter, and I can’t catch up ... it’ll damage my health.”
Howard X, who is a musician by training and said he still produces Brazilian music sung in Chinese, said his partner known as Dennis Alan impersonates Trump. Although he could not join him this week, both will return before the summit.
“Hey Donald, I’m already in Singapore, waiting for you to turn up,” Howard X said.