Diners at a Florida waterfront restaurant fell into the water after a deck suddenly collapsed, injuring two of them

The freak event occurred at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery in Fort Lauderdale.

Visitors to a Florida waterfront restaurant swam to safety after a dining-area deck collapsed.
The incident occurred at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery in Fort Lauderdale, per AP. 
Fire officials said the dock appeared to show signs of decay and they were investigating further. 

A group of people dining at a Florida waterfront restaurant suddenly fell into the water after the deck below them collapsed, AP reported.

Two diners were injured as a result and had to be taken to a hospital. 

The incident occurred at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery in Fort Lauderdale. Diners were eating outside when a chunk of the deck fell away, fire officials told local news reporters.

Flip Flops Dockside Eatery did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Following the collapse, at least three adults swam to a boat near the dock and were pulled out of the water by other people. 

The dock appeared to have signs of decay. Fort Lauderdale fire rescue battalion chief Stephen Gollan told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. It also appeared that repairs had recently been carried out, he said. 

According to WPLG Local 10, Fort Lauderdale building officials were investigating the structural integrity of the dock. 

In a mission statement on its website, the restaurant states that it wants everyone “to feel at home and to relax.” It describes itself as a place where people can escape their worries “and chill out dockside watching the boats sail along the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal while listening to the sounds of the islands.”

 

 

 

 

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Impoverished Afghan women are receiving emergency aid in crypto as the Taliban limits cash withdrawals and millions go hungry

Girls learn to code at the Code to Inspire school in Herat, Afghanistan.

Desperate Afghans are struggling to withdraw cash as the economy crumbles under the Taliban.
The founder of a coding school for Afghan women told Insider that her students’ families were going hungry.
She devised an innovative solution — sending emergency payments to them in the form of crypto.

Afghanistan’s economic collapse due to US sanctions and a shortage of cash as the Taliban chokes of bank withdrawals means millions of people can’t afford to buy food or medicine. 

But Fereshteh Forough, a New Hampshire-based Afghan social activist and founder of Code to Inspire, has devised an inventive workaround to help support needy students at her Herat coding school.

She’s sending them cryptocurrency.

Fereshteh Forough, the founder of Code to Inspire, is pictured.

Forough set up the Code to Inspire school in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2015, to educate the city’s young women about computer programming and becoming financially independent.

It was a success. Forough told Insider that more than 350 female students learned how to code, and close to 65% of graduates found jobs in their communities — many becoming their household’s sole earner.

But it all changed when the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021.

“The girls texted me that all of them had lost their jobs because of the Taliban’s policies,” Forough said. “And as the sole breadwinners, their families were falling apart.”

Afghans are unable to withdraw large sums of cash

The economy in Afghanistan is in collapse.

The value of the currency tanking combined with the price of household essentials rocketing has led to widespread food insecurity, Insider reported. With foreign aid suspended, an overwhelming majority (98%) of Afghans don’t have enough to eat, according to the World Food Programme.

The situation is particularly “horrifying” for the nation’s women, Forough said, many of whom have been forced out of jobs and into poverty.

On top of being desperately hungry, she explained that many of her female students have struggled to pay for medicine and internet access.

Forough said she wanted to send emergency payments to these women, but, frustratingly, most of her transactions were blocked by Western Union and JPMorganChase. Once some of the money did eventually go through, often, her students were unable to withdraw cash at local banks.

Bank withdrawals are severely limited due to a shortage of paper money and the Taliban being

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Ravens sign FB/TE Ben Mason, a 2021 draft pick, to reserve/future deal

Almost five months after leaving Baltimore, Ben Mason is a Raven again. The fullback-tight end, a fifth-round pick of the Ravens last year who bounced around in his rookie season, joined the team’s 90-man offseason roster Friday after signing a reserve/future deal.

Mason, the No. 184 overall pick, was the final selection of the Ravens’ 2021 draft class. But the Michigan product struggled to make an impact in the preseason, and he was waived at the end of training camp. Rather than sign with the Ravens’ practice squad, Mason headed to New England’s.

He never appeared in a game for the Patriots, who released him in November. Mason joined the Chicago Bears’ practice squad in December but was not signed to a reserve/future deal at the end of the season.

The 6-foot-3, 256-pound Mason is a potential replacement for Pro Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard, a pending free agent. Under offensive coordinator Greg Roman, the Ravens have typically used heavier personnel packages that showcase versatile blockers.

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