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Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

World
Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Architects, a main contractor and a fire engineer on London's Grenfell Tower, destroyed in a 2017 fire that killed 72 people, knew the cladding system would fail in a fire, according to emails disclosed Tuesday. Craig Orr, an attorney for Celotex, which provided insulation used on the tower, disclosed the correspondence on the second day of the second phase of a public inquiry examining what led up to the disaster. Renovation of the building concluded in 2016. The first phase of the inquiry focused on the night of the June 14, 2017, apartment building fire, blamed the London Fire Brigade for "systemic" failures and found that aluminum composites panels and the "melting and dripping of burning polyethylene" fed the fire. It also found that 2016 renovations to the tower vi...
Longbow nabs $235.8M contract for Fire Control Radar support

Longbow nabs $235.8M contract for Fire Control Radar support

Business
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman, received a $ 235.8 million contract Friday to support Fire Control Radar systems for Apache helicopters for 11 foreign governments, the Department of Defense announced. The foreign military sales funds the contract, which funds production support for Apache attack helicopters in South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Greece, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Qatar and Britain. According to Northrop Grumman, Apache Longbow Fire Control Radar provides air crews with situational awareness beyond maximum engagement ranges and can be used for a variety of roles and missions. Its primary combat targeting modes include Ground Target Mode, Air Targeting Mode and a Maritime Targeting Mode...
San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer after slow start

San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer after slow start

Sports
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The San Jose Sharks, entering the season with high expectations, fired head coach Peter DeBoer after a lackluster start to the season, the team announced Wednesday. Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner will serve as the team's interim head coach. San Jose also announced goalie coach Johan Hedberg and assistant coaches Dave Barr and Steve Spott were relieved of their duties. "When you have had a level of past success, change is never easy, but we feel this team is capable of much more than we have shown thus far and that a new voice is needed," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "As a team and as individuals, our play has not met expectations this year and our level of consistency has not been where it needs to be. "This group of individuals who will l...
Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

World
Authorities are investigating the cause of a devastating fire that killed at least 43 people in a garment factory in a crowded area in central New DelhiBy SHEIKH SAALIQ and ASHOK SHARMA Associated PressDecember 8, 2019, 9:51 AM4 min read Indian authorities were investigating the cause of a devastating fire that killed at least 43 people in a factory in central New Delhi early Sunday, as relatives of the workers who were trapped inside waited outside a hospital mortuary to identify the dead. Firefighters had to fight the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area's many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities said. A resident of the area, Mohammed Naushad, said he was woken by people wailing at around 4:30 a....
Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Science
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.DiCaprio, who has pledged $ 5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.The latest comments appear to arise from the arrest of four volunteer firefighters from northern ParĂ¡ state on allegations they started fires to generate NGO donations.Rights groups, NGOs and critics claimed the police operation against them was politically motivated and an attempt