News / UK and world by Press Association November 20, 2018, 2:01 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A small kitchen fire took just over 10 minutes to spread to the outside of Grenfell Tower, compromising the building’s so-called “stay put” safety policy, an expert has said. Professor Jose Torero said the blaze, which broke out in a fourth floor-flat, breached the uPVC window fittings and ignited one of the flammable components of the external cladding. In a report prepared for a public inquiry into last year’s June 14 disaster, which killed 72 people, he said this probably happened before 1.05am – about 11 minutes after the start of the fire and before firefighters had entered flat 16 to tackle it. A video compilation played at the hearing in central London showed the flames then spread up the east side of the building. “Analysis indicates that a relatively minor, localised fire, compromised … [Read more...] about Grenfell kitchen fire took just over 10 minutes to spread outside, inquiry told
By Louis Hansen | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 20, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: November 20, 2018 at 6:02 am Rising rents, a growing renter population, and heartrending stories about evictions and displacement meant this should have been a good year to ask Californians to loosen restrictions on rent control. But the measure allowing greater protections for renters, Proposition 10, failed miserably at the polls. What now? Advocates haven’t given up. They see a political ally in newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom and strength from an expanding coalition of groups supporting tenant rights. Pressure on tenants remains intense in the Bay Area, where rents have soared 46 percent in San Jose and 50 percent in San Francisco since 2010, according to Zillow. “Just because Prop 10 lost doesn’t mean the problems tenants face disappear,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We have to do … [Read more...] about With Prop 10 dead, what’s next for renters?
PUBLISHED: 13:56 20 November 2018 Jessica Frank-Keyes Lepus. Photo: NNDC Archant Visitors to a north Norfolk council office have just days left to greet two of the GoGo Hares before they head home for Christmas events. A Hare Through The Seasons. Photo: NNDCNorth Norfolk District Council (NNDC) are hosting two of the north Norfolk GoGo Hares at their Cromer Road office: A Hare Through The Seasons, and Lepus.The hares were part of the 2018 Break GoGo trail that took place over the summer. And visitors have just a few days left to meet Lepus before he returns to North Walsham on November 24 for the Christmas lights switch on, while A Hare Through The Seasons will return to Holt Country Park in time for the Christmas Woodland Trail on December 19 to 20, where children will get to meet Father Christmas and learn about how animals are traditionally used in woodland management.While the hares are in reception at NNDC they will continue fundraising for Break … [Read more...] about Visitors have just days left to greet the GoGo Hares at north Norfolk council
An Egyptian national is facing fraud charges for allegedly driving his severely autistic children off a pier at the Port of Los Angeles to collect money off of their life insurance policies, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors charged Ali Elmezayen, 44, with mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, for allegedly “posing as his domestic partner” when making calls to the insurance companies after his eight-year-old and 11-year-old, both of whom had severe autism, drowned when Elmezayen’s vehicle crashed into the ocean, the Justice Department announced last Tuesday.The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not charge Elmezayen for the deaths of his sons because authorities lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute him for murder, the Associated Press reported. “This case alleges a calculated and coldhearted scheme to profit off the deaths of two helpless children,” Nick Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of … [Read more...] about Egyptian National Allegedly Drove Autistic Children Off Pier to Collect Life Insurance Money
Jeff Rohrer has become the first openly gay former NFL player to marry a man, a report says. Former Seattle Seahawks punter and 2014 Super Bowl champ Jon Ryan was among those attending the nuptials, USA Today reported. “I can’t wait for the day when somebody drafts an openly gay man, and nobody says anything,” Ryan said. “But I think we’re decades away.”But in a California chapel on Sunday, Rohrer said his I dos. After his daughter sang “Fools Rush In,” becoming the first NFL players to join in same-sex marriage. Rohrer, 59, who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1982 to 1987, is now married to his paramour Joshua Ross, 36. The ex-Cowboy was wished well by his ex-wife, Heather. “It was a long road to get here. I am happy we’re here. Jeffrey is a good man,” she said. Speaking of that long road, Rohrer spent years denying his sexuality. Indeed, according to the paper, for years Rohrer caroused with many women — … [Read more...] about Jeff Rohrer Becomes First Former NFL Player to Marry His Partner