SINGAPORE: A smoky smell that has lingered in the air around the eastern part of Singapore was caused by a fire at a Johor landfill, Singapore’s environment authorities said on Saturday (Feb 9).The fire at a landfill at Bandar Tenggara, southeastern Johor, has been burning since Tuesday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.“Malaysian authorities have been working around the clock to stop the burning,” an NEA spokesperson said in response to queries from Channel NewsAsia.Residents in the eastern part of Singapore have reported a smoky smell in the air since early Friday morning, with some speculating on social media whether it was caused by haze blowing in from other countries.On Friday, the hourly PM2.5 readings from 4am to 5am in the east were recorded at 70 to 73µg/m3, which was in Band II (Elevated) for air quality. The readings for the rest of Singapore were in Band 1 (Normal).At 11am, the air quality in the east improved to Band I (Normal).However, … [Read more...] about Smoky smell in Singapore’s east caused by Johor landfill fire, says NEA
MOSCOW: Investigators looking into a fire that killed at least 64 people at a busy shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo said on Monday that a security guard had turned off the fire alarm system and that exits had been illegally blocked.The fire, one of the deadliest in Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union, swept through the upper floors of the "Winter Cherry" shopping centre on Sunday afternoon where a cinema complex and children's play area were located.Dozens of children were feared to be among the dead.President Vladimir Putin, re-elected last weekend, has yet to speak publicly about the tragedy, which has stirred deep anger in Kemerovo, a coal-producing region about 3,600 km (2,200 miles) east of Moscow.The Kremlin published a statement, saying Putin "expressed his deep condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died."Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said it was trying to bring in the mall's owner for questioning and … [Read more...] about Investigators into fatal Russian mall fire say exits were blocked
By Aaron Blake The Washington Post Sat., March 17, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe as deputy FBI director Friday night, mere hours before McCabe would have earned his full retirement benefits. And U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets about McCabe’s situation pretty much erase any doubts that he applied political pressure on Sessions’s decision. Trump has derided McCabe for months, even highlighting his retirement timetable three months ago. “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!” Trump tweeted in December. Read more: Article Continued Below Trump celebrates Andrew McCabe’s firing, says ex-FBI official knew about ‘lies and corruption’ Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe fired two days before he planned to retire Ex-FBI deputy director McCabe to be criticized in Justice Department’s report over media disclosure: … [Read more...] about Could getting Andrew McCabe fired come back to bite Trump?
By Eric Tucker The Associated Press Sat., March 17, 2018 WASHINGTON—In what U.S. President Donald Trump called “a great day for Democracy,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director long scorned by Trump, two days before McCabe’s scheduled retirement date, acting on the recommendation of bureau disciplinary officials. McCabe suggested the move was part of the Trump administration’s “war on the FBI.” Trump tweeted in praise of Sessions’ announcement Friday night, asserting without elaboration that McCabe “knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels off the FBI!” An upcoming inspector general’s report is expected to conclude that McCabe, a confidant of fired FBI Director James Comey, authorized the release of information to the media and was not forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau’s handling of the Hillary … [Read more...] about Trump celebrates Andrew McCabe’s firing, says ex-FBI official knew about ‘lies and corruption’
By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Mon., March 5, 2018 Paving over porous paradise, or any absorbent ground, increases the risk of basement flooding, say researchers using City of Toronto data. Their study could help GTA homeowners make sense of the sometimes-ridiculed notion that the amount of land people cover with buildings, parking pads, parking lots and more, is linked to the costly rising tide of urban flooding that is expected to worsen in coming years. “From what we have seen, areas with less green space — mostly developed areas, without any consideration for pervious or green areas — are more likely to have this kind of basement flooding,” says Yekenalem Abebe, a University of British Columbia engineering PhD candidate who co-authored the study with UBC civil engineering professor Solomon Tesfamariam and Golam Kabir, a University of Windsor assistant professor in engineering. Other factors make basements prone to invasion … [Read more...] about ‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada