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Four Israeli engineers were convicted on Monday of causing the deaths of four Australian athletes when a bridge collapsed at the opening of the 1997 Maccabiah - the Jewish Olympics. Along with the games' organisers, the four were accused of negligence and could be in jail for four years. Two were killed in the collapse itself and two died later from poisoning from the polluted Yarkon river.

Unrest in Zimbabwe does not appear to have affected civil engineering works according to Elias Ndlovu, vice president of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers. 'The only way engineers have been affected is through the fuel shortages, ' he told NCEI . The Department for International Development said it was monitoring the situation but had no plans to suspend assistance programs.

Reclamation work for the new Disneyland in Hong Kong has been won by Dutch Dredging firm HAM, part of HBG. An 80:20 joint venture with Hong Kong Construction will carry out the G1.2bn ($497M) contract.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will carry out master planning for three major airports in the US, Louisville International, Kentucky, Sacramento International, California and Pittsburgh International in Pennsylvania.

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