While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 17 edition

Young children among 9 dead in Bali bridge collapse

Nine Indonesians including three children age three, six and nine, died after a bridge in Bali collapsed on Sunday (Oct 16), said the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

There are also 30 others injured but search and rescue efforts have stopped due to low light conditions and will only resume in the morning, said the BNPB.

According to the agency, the suspension bridge, which links Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan - two small islands off the south-east coast of Bali - snapped at about 6.30pm (7.30pm Singapore time).

Based on the interim report all the victims are local residents, not foreigners, said the BNPB in a statement on Sunday night.


Athletics: Daughter of US Olympic sprinter Gay fatally shot

The teen daughter of former US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot early Sunday (Oct 16), police said.

Police say 15-year-old Trinity Gay, a star high school runner herself, was struck by a bullet during a shootout at about 4 am in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant and pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Witnesses told police gunfire was exchanged between a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows. Authorities found the Dodge and detained two people for questioning as they continue to search for the other vehicle.


European lander starts 3-day descent to Mars surface: European Space Agency

A European lander started a three-day, million-kilometre descent to Mars on Sunday (Oct 16), quitting its mothership to test technology for a daring mission to scout the Red Planet for signs of life.

Flight director Michel Denis confirmed the lander Schiaparelli had separated, to loud applause at mission control in Darmstadt, Germany some 175 million kilometres from where the manoeuvre was executed.

Confirmation of the milestone separation was webcast live.


New wave of TV cartoons urge children to save seas

Coral reefs may be dying off at an alarming rate and pollution and overfishing emptying the seas. But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of a new wave of cartoon superheroes determined to save the oceans.

While Disney blockbusters Finding Nemo and Finding Dory have been attacked for sparking a spike in the poaching of tropical fish, Muppets creators the Jim Henson Company said Sunday (Oct 16) that their new animated children's series Splash and Bubbles would help mobilise a new generation to save the undersea world.

The big-budget 40-episode series, which will screen on PBS in the United States next year, aims to "turn the tide of our world to save the planet".


Football: Southampton's Austin sinks Burnley, Watford beat Boro

Southampton's rich vein of form in the Premier League continued as they beat Burnley 3-1 with two goals from Charlie Austin on Sunday (Oct 16) while another promoted side, Middlesbrough, fared just as poorly, losing 1-0 at home to Watford.

With Hull City having crashed 6-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday, the top flight is proving an unforgiving environment for the teams who came up this season with all three now mired at the bottom end of table after posting impressive starts.

Sunday's defeat could have been worse for Championship winners Burnley had goalkeeper Tom Heaton not produced an inspired performance before Austin took his tally to seven goals in six games with a 52nd minute strike and 66th minute penalty.