Residents near the former Defense Ministry building in Congo Town were last Thursday held aghast when a man identified only as Baby was accidentally entrapped under the rubble of a building demolished by the Chinese company constructing the new Ministerial Complex.“He was collecting sand between heavy broken pieces of concrete when he mistakenly stepped on one of them which dragged him beneath several other pieces,” John Kollie, an eyewitness told the Daily Observer.Nearly 300 persons, including police officers, joined the effort to rescue the victim from the debris to safety. After two hours of struggle, 18 men were able to remove the debris and rescue the victim, who survived his ordeal and was rushed to the JFK hospital for treatment.An eyewitness said, “Baby was under the concrete for more than an hour and only God’s intervention led people to get him out to safety.”A woman believed to be the victim’s sister fainted when she rushed to the scene and learned of what had happened to her brother. Several other women burst into tears when they saw the man trapped under the ruins.The debris was leftover from the former Ministry of Defense building, demolished recently to give way for the construction of a new Ministerial Complex near Peace Island. A good number of community residents engage in sand mining for sale at the site and without much concern for what could happen to them, rush there daily to haul sand as a means of survival.“We haul sand from there for sale at L$500 a bag,” Peter Sampson, 25, said.He told the Daily Observer that community sand mining has become their only means of survival.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pixar Animation Studios Inc., which has produced such films as “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” reported Tuesday that its third-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on robust home-video sales of older titles. The company, based in Emeryville, said it earned $27.4 million, or 22 cents per share, for the three months ended Oct. 1 compared with $22.4 million, or 19 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue rose slightly to $45.8 million from $44.5 million in the third quarter of 2004. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 11 cents per share. Its shares rose more than 9 percent in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The company did not release a film in theaters during the quarter. Its revenue came mainly from DVD sales of previous films. The company had warned earlier in the year that home-video sales of its most recent film, “The Incredibles,” were not as strong as expected. Pixar found itself with more returns of unsold copies from retailers than it had expected. Other studios, including DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., found a similar change in the DVD market this year as retail shelves became overloaded with offerings. Pixar’s next film, “Cars,” is due out next year. It will be the last film released under a distribution and co-financing partnership with The Walt Disney Co. Pixar has not set a new deal, although the company has been talking to Disney in recent months. Shares of Pixar fell $1.87 to close at $50.88 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market before the earnings report was released. Its shares rose $4.75, to $55.63, in extended trading.