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 Bryann Aguilar Staff Reporter Sun., March 25, 2018 Three people including a firefighter were seriously injured after a three-alarm fire broke out at a home in Christie Pits Sunday morning. Toronto fire says they were called just after 6 a.m. near Dupont and Christie Sts. after smoke was seen coming out the back of the house. When fire crews arrived, one side of the home was engulfed in flames. Toronto paramedics say a firefighter was rushed to hospital after falling from the roof of the home. Toronto fire platoon Chief Colten Giffen told reporters on the scene that the firefighter was conscious and speaking. Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, and five others were assessed for injuries on scene. Several residents were evacuated after the fire spread to three other homes. Councillor Mike Layton tweeted that residents displaced by the fire can go to Faema Caffe for coffee and breakfast. Article Continued Below The cause of … [Read more...] about Firefighter who fell off roof among 3 injured in Dupont St. fire
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