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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...
Thomas Cook: ‘They told me the money was safe’

Thomas Cook: ‘They told me the money was safe’

Business
Customers of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook have been getting in touch with the BBC to voice their frustration at delays in processing their refunds for holidays that never took place.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) originally said all valid claims made on the first day of its refund programme would be paid within 60 days, or by Friday 6 December. But now it says only two-thirds will be paid on time.Retired teachers Alan and Diane Holmes from Ripon in north Yorkshire booked a two-week holiday in Egypt, but initially thought their money was safe because the booking was made through another firm, Freedom Holidays. "My wife always wanted to do the Egypt Nile cruise. It's been quite peaceful there these last two years, so we ...
True crime fan Octavia Spencer plays detective in ‘Truth Be Told’

True crime fan Octavia Spencer plays detective in ‘Truth Be Told’

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Truth Be Told stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Poppy Parnell, a true crime podcaster with a history of solving major crimes. The AppleTV+ show is based on the Kathleen Barber novel Are You Sleeping. An enthusiastic reader of true crime literature -- as well as a fan of several true crime podcasts -- Spencer had been announced previously to star in an NBC reboot of Murder, She Wrote as far back as 2013, but the network ultimately abandoned the project. "This show finally gives me a chance to do the detective thing, which is what I love about playing Poppy -- because it works for who I am as a person," Spencer said at a recent AppleTV+ launch event. "I am an armchair detective. I always know who the killer is by the end of it. So to do anything inv...
Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes

Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes

Business
Mechanical and design problems with the flight control system were among the causes of last year's Lion Air crash, families of the victims have been told.Indonesian investigators focused on a system used to improve handling and prevent stalling on the Boeing 737 Max, which crashed killing 189 people.The 737 Max model was grounded after an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019.On Tuesday, Boeing's Kevin McAllister was ousted, the most senior executive to go in the wake of the crashes.Boeing did not comment ahead of formal publication of the report into the Lion Air crash, which took place 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta on 29 October.The US company's third-quarter results, due later on Wednesday, are expected to be dominated by the fall-out from th...
Thomas Cook told extra funds needed to seal rescue

Thomas Cook told extra funds needed to seal rescue

Business
Travel firm Thomas Cook has been hit with a last-minute demand to find £200m in extra funding in order to secure its future.The troubled operator hoped to seal a rescue led by China's Fosun this week.But Thomas Cook's banks are insisting the cash-strapped travel firm must come up with the new contingency funds, in case it needs extra finance to draw on during the winter months.Without the rescue, the firm is likely to collapse.That would leave 150,000 British holidaymakers stranded, and require the Civil Aviation Authority to repatriate them at an estimated cost of £600m, an industry insider said.The firm employs 22,000 staff, 9,000 of those in the UK. It serves 19 million customers a year in 16 different countries.But Thomas Cook's financial difficulties