A resident of a nearby council estate watches smoke billowing from Grenfell Tower in west London, in a file photo taken on Jun 14, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas) Clutching flowers and placards bearing images of their lost loved ones, dozens of tearful survivors of Britain's deadliest domestic fire since World War II joined still-grieving relatives on an emotional walk through the area. The procession - accompanied by a portable speaker playing a melancholic track on repeat - ended in the shadow of the burnt-out block just before 12.54am, the time the London Fire Brigade received the first call about a fire in the tower. One by one, relatives announced the names of the deceased accompanied by a flurry from a bongo drum, before pinning their pictures at the "wall of truth" - a section of the fencing around the tower featuring messages and candles. After a short trumpet blast and as light rain began to fall, the crowd assembled at the sombre site then marked an eerie silence of … [Read more...] about Britain mourns victims of Grenfell fire tragedy
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At least 37 people were killed when a fire ripped through a busy shopping centre in an industrial city in western Siberia, with scores more reported missing, including children. RUSSIAN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MINISTRY/AFP / HO Images on Russian television showed thick black smoke pouring out of the Winter Cherry shopping centre in the city of Kemerovo, which also houses a sauna, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema and was packed with people on Sunday afternoon. "At this time, we can confirm the deaths of 37 people in the fire at the Kemerovo shopping centre", Russia's Investigative Committee said, according to TASS news agency. Investigators had initially reported five people dead including a child and another 30 people injured and taken to hospital. As the new death toll was announced, a source in the local rescue services said 69 people including 40 children were reported missing, the RIA Novosti agency reported, while the Investigative Committee said it was "verifying … [Read more...] about 37 dead, scores missing in Siberia shopping mall fire
Thirteen deaths have been confirmed after a raging fire consumed four adjacent karaoke bars and restaurants in downtown Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon. Thirteen deaths have been confirmed after a raging fire consumed four adjacent karaoke bars and restaurants in downtown Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon. Here's what we know so far. Where and when it happened The fire reportedly broke out at around 2:00 pm Tuesday afternoon in one of the karaoke bars on Tran Thai Tong Street in Hanoi's Cau Giay District, quickly spread to the adjacent multi-storey buildings from number 68 to 74, according to witnesses. The street is a popular entertainment precinct in Vietnam's capital, with many buildings running karaoke bars, restaurants and stores, as were the four buildings consumed by Tuesday's fire. A thick column of smoke could be seen coming from the buildings, as employees and customers ran for their lives from the raging fire. As fire reached the eighth floor, people trapped on the second and … [Read more...] about 13 killed in Hanoi karaoke bar fire
VietNamNet Bridge – The collapse of an old house at 43 Cua Bac Street, central Ha Noi, that claimed two lives and injured three others early this month, has added to the dilemma of old houses and the management of buildings in cities like Ha Noi and HCM City. The accident also raises concerns over the safety of local people living in degraded areas. A city authority official, citizens and experts share their opinions on the issue with Viet Nam News. Dang Ngoc Tien, Deputy Director of the Management Board of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter The recent collapse of an old house at Cua Bac Street, which killed two people and injured three others, has raised anxiety amongst residents living in the Old Quarter area as it is home to a large number of old houses and buildings. The Management Board of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter, in collaboration with the people’s committees of 10 wards in the Old Quarter, have revised all downgraded construction works in the area and found 180 … [Read more...] about How to get rid off the dilemma?
One morning in February, Japan’s government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation’s powerful bureaucracy. For the first time, it invited 19 women from different ministries to an all-female training course designed to groom them for senior government positions. The four-day program inspired a 30-page blueprint, submitted to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, on how to fix a system that keeps government staff at work till late at night, sacrificing family life. “We shared each other’s sufferings, fears about our future, guilt about putting the burden on colleagues” when we left on time to care for children, said Noriko Kawamura, 38, an assistant manager at the Health Ministry. “We began to realize that it was no good just grumbling about it, we had to do something. I never thought it would turn out to be such a big thing.” … [Read more...] about Tokyo last-train-home culture under fire as Abe backs women