The search for people missing after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in west London has entered a third day as police fear some of the victims may never be identified; Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze; At least 30 people have now been confirmed dead, and police say that number is likely to rise; Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said he hoped the number of dead does not reach ´triple figures´; The Queen and Prince William on Friday visited a rest centre helping those affected; The latest figures from NHS England show
Yes it was public housing of a sort since local councils control such buildings but often contract management out to third parties (as was the case here).
The borough of Kensington & Chelsea is definitely affluent overall but it´s also a large area so there are certainly lower-income neighborhoods. Kensington Palace is about 1.1 mi away.
As you might expect, SJWs are eager to exploit the tragedy for political purposes, griping about affordable housing. Like NYC, SF, etc. London is an expensive city due to market forces but the lefties imagine it´s some sort of conspiracy. The land will remain in the hands of the government/council and some non-tower form of housing will almost certainly be built.
Those in the know have noted that many of the in Grenfell were illegally sublet to illegal aliens who used UK residency and false documentation as a pretext for avoiding enforcement, deportation, etc. This will also make it that much harder to ID the victims.
#7, thanks for the further info we don´t know over here and I´m not picking up from the reporting.
The only info I have about London high-rises comes from Ben Aaronvitch´s "Rivers of London" series, but 120 one & two bedroom flats in a 24-floor building? Is that normal? It seems like they would be good-sized apartments, especially for public housing.
A police officer, a songwriter and a surgeon who were blocked by on Twitter by Donald Trump are among a group suing the President. A lawsuit has been filed by seven Twitter users who have fallen foul of the commander-in-chief, plus the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. It has accused Trump of trying to ´suppress dissent´ after the seven criticized him on the social network. Legal papers state: ´In an effort to suppress dissent in this forum, Defendants have excluded—“blocked”—Twitter users who have criticized the President or his policies. ´This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it.´
e-mail View comments Retired Gen. John Kelly, who is working to bring order to the White House as chief of staff, says it is his job to tell ´truth to power´ but then ´salute´ once a decision gets made. ´Remember, telling the unvarnished truth to power doesn´t mean you always get your way,´ Kelly told Fox News in his first interview since he replaced chief of staff Reince Priebus. ´The principal ultimately decides and it is our way that so long as that decision is legal, moral, and ethical, one salutes and executes. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don´t,´
Loretta Lynch, President Obama´s last attorney-general, used a secret email address for official business under the name Elizabeth Carlisle, it has been revealed. Lynch used the account to discuss her notorious meeting on a plane with Bill Clinton while his wife´s own email scandal was being investigated by the FBI. The disclosure is the latest blow to the reputation of the woman who had once been the country´s most senior law enforcement official. She had to step aside from deciding on whether to charge Hillary Clinton with breaking the law for having her secret server in alleged breach of national security law because
Sadiq Khan today tore into YouTube for refusing to take down four ´shocking´ videos boasting about gang violence which were reported to them by the police. The London Mayor warned that people could be killed needlessly unless more is done to take down material which encourages violence. The menacing videos, in which gang members wearing scarves and masks and brag about how they would murder their rivals, have been viewed over 356,000 times. The Metropolitan Police reported the clips to the internet giant in December, but despite having policies to remove threatening material, eight months on YouTube have
President Donald Trump said in morning tweets that his base is actually getting ´bigger & stronger´ in spite of polling that shows support for the Republican executive receding. A Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican optimism about Trump´s presidency dropping 12 points since January. His backing among other voters who were key to his victory has also been slipping. Trump launched an assault from his New Jersey golf club on ´fake news´ this morning in a flurry of tweets attacking the survey. His actions in office, he said, ´have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!´ The tweets corresponded with Trump´s
NEW ORLEANS – Even after heavy rains stopped pouring down Saturday, many residents in areas of the city experienced rising water. Residents in Lakeview said hours after the rainfall stopped, water was rising inch-by-inch. However, city officials said during a press conference Sunday that rising water during drainage is a “normal occurrence.” “When you get that much rainfall it takes time for them to catch up,” said Ryan Berni, Deputy Mayor of External Affairs about the city´s drainage system. “Particularly lower lying areas, in the lowest parts of the city, water goes to those areas as the system takes time
The driver of a truck bearing a construction company´s name shown in a video speeding down a heavily flooded Mid-City street and pushing wakes of water onto inundated cars Saturday (Aug. 5) has been fired, according to a message posted to the company´s Facebook page. The video, which has garnered nearly 160,000 views on Facebook since being posted around 7 p.m. Saturday, catches a white pickup truck racing down Banks Street with water up to the truck´s bumper, then -- without slowing -- veer onto South Murat Street in Mid-City. Along the way, the truck can be seen sloshing water onto
Two Atlantic low pressure systems continue their threat to develop into tropical storms, the National Hurricane Center reports. A system in the west central Caribbean sea seems to be quickly gaining momentum, with a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next two days and an 80 percent chance in the next five. Those odds are up from yesterday’s 30 percent chance of formation over two days and 50 percent chance over five. “You’ve got to watch this one a lot closer because it is surrounded by land in all four directions,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman
SYDNEY — U.S. military officials called off a search and rescue operation on Sunday for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps suspended the rescue operation and launched a recovery effort instead, the Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said in a statement, essentially confirming the military does not expect to find the missing Marines alive. The Marines’ next of kin had been notified, and Australia’s defense force was assisting the Americans with the recovery effort, the statement said. The
Stone-throwing terrorists ambushed a civilian bus full of children leaving a protest rally on the ruins of the town of Sa-Nur in northern Samaria Thursday. Arutz Sheva spoke with Rochel, the mother of 10 year old Shmuel-David, who was struck in the head by a large rock when the bus was attacked. Shmuel-David remains in the hospital for further treatment following the discovery of minor internal bleeding in his head. "We were on our way to the center of the country. When we left Sa-Nur we passed an [Arab] village, and at the entrance to the village we saw that Arabs were
Now we´re getting down to brass tacks. The UK is prepared to offer the EU £36 billion in payment of outstanding liabilities as we leave, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The figure seems to be well sourced and has a plausibility about it. Equivalent to 40 billion euros it is significantly less than the 100 billion euros some in the EU had mooted and is at least approaching the same ball park as the more commonly suggested 60 billion euros. Two things are particularly interesting here. Firstly, there has not been much outrage amongst Eurosceptics. Richard Tice, from the Leave Means Leave campaign
The war against ISIS has taken dramatic strides since Donald Trump became president, with the US and its allies reclaiming swathes of Iraq and Syria. In fact, of all the land reclaimed by the US-led coalition since 2014, nearly one third has been taken since Trump took office. That´s thanks to Trump´s decision to delegate decisions and engage in a ´campaign of annihilation,´ Brett McGurk, the State Department´s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, told the Washington Post. Since its peak in early 2015, ISIS has lost 78 per cent of its occupied areas in Iraq and 58 per cent in
Hillary Clinton´s pastoral adviser urged her to keep her head up following her unexpected Election Day loss in November and compared the election to Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. "It is Friday, but Sunday is coming ... This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. While Good Friday may be the starkest representation of a Friday that we have, life is filled with a lot of Fridays," wrote United Methodist City Society Executive Director the Rev. Bill Shillady in an email to Clinton obtained by CNN. "Friday is the day that it all falls apart and
Since being released from prison in one of Obama´s final acts as president, she´s assumed a low-key life as an independent woman in New York City. But it seems Chelsea Manning is eager to share some parts of her new normal. Wearing just a scarlet swimsuit and delicate necklace, the 29-year-old is seen in a Vogue photoshoot this month that is reminiscent of Caitlyn Jenner´s famous Vanity Fair coming-out cover. With her blonde hair cut in to a pixie crop and sporting minimal make-up, she beamed for photographer Annie Lebowitz´s camera on a deserted East Coast beach. Raising her hands
Former President Barack Obama’s National Security adviser, Susan Rice, wants President Donald Trump to accept North Korea as a nuclear power. “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed, criticizing the president’s “fire and fury” rhetoric in response to the escalating tensions between the two countries. Rice urged Gen. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, to stop Trump, and she pointedly attacked Dr. Sebastian Gorka,
The debut of Megyn Kelly´s morning show is nearly a month away, and NBC is working hard to try and make sure America falls in love with the real her. The former Fox News host was featured in a glowing segment about taking her family camping as part of the Today Show´s ´Summer of Yes´ series. Megyn, her husband Douglas Brunt, and their three children Edward, seven, Yardley, six, and Thatcher, four, were filmed hiking, singing around the campfire, and touching worms. ´Sadly, I haven´t spent a lot of time outdoors since I moved to New York. I feel the
Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) made it clear he has no intention to stop reminding people that President Trump is bigoted against Muslims. The congressman spoke with radio host and Mediaite contributor Dean Obeidallah, where they discussed the fallout from the recent bomb attack against a mosque in Minnesota. The Trump Administration has been noticeably reluctant to comment about the matter, and Gallego slammed the president for marginalizing Muslims around the country with his rhetoric instead of promising to protect them as citizens. “It’s disappointing that Trump doesn’t show any leadership – doesn’t even do attempt to do it on his own –
MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass.—Jamaicans and other foreign workers have long powered the summer economy in the upscale tourist haven of Martha’s Vineyard, cleaning hotel rooms, waiting tables and mixing fudge. This year, many local businesses had to come up with a Plan B. Facing a shortage of foreign laborers, local restaurants have reduced hours of operation and pared back menus. Managers are cleaning hotel rooms, laundry is piling up and at least one restaurant is using disposable cups to ease the dishwashers’ load. The problem is a scarcity of the H-2B visas used to bring foreign seasonal workers to the U.S.
Worried by the Trump administration’s delay in announcing a military strategy for the war in Afghanistan, Sen. John McCain said Thursday he’ll try to force the debate on Capitol Hill, offering his own plan that would force a troop increase. The Arizona Republican, who is also chairman of the Armed Services Committee, didn’t lay out a number in the legislation but said more U.S. counterterrorism forces should be deployed, and given independent authority to strike targets of the Taliban, al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Mr. McCain also said the U.S should secure a long-term agreement with Afghanistan for an
Mohammed Abed, a California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) tenure-track professor of ethics, social & political philosophy, and classical Islamic philosophy believes that genocide of white racists is “morally required”. Mohammed Abed claims that sometimes you just have to commit genocide to save the world from the evil people…like white racists. (Photo) David Cole broke down Abed’s academic paper “The Concept of Genocide Reconsidered” which was originally published in 2006. Cole says in a Taki’s Mag post: Abed reasons, it’s sometimes “morally required” to commit genocide, and he hasn’t been shy about advancing that argument in a series of lectures
A Minnesota writing conference was canceled Wednesday after people complained about the lack of diversity in the line-up of writers that were going to attend. The organizers of the Loft Literary Center’s conference, aimed at teaching people how to write young adult novels, scrapped their plans when they learned that all the speakers but one were white, reports the Star Tribune. “We have set a goal for ourselves to be inclusive and to work toward equity, and we didn’t think the conference would live up to that mission,” Britt Udesen, executive director of the Loft, said Wednesday. “We made a mistake.” Twenty-two authors
A judge who could "decide Trump´s fate" previously served as senior counsel for Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.). The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Beryl Howell, who was appointed as a federal judge by President Barack Obama in 2010, signed off Mueller´s request to form a grand jury that will seek to gather documents and question Trump associates. Howell´s role could become "far more active," the Daily Beast reported. The grand jury could potentially put together a report that could start impeachment proceedings that would have to be signed off by Howell before becoming available to Congress or the public.
Former President Obama will re-emerge on the national scene this fall, though Democrats expect him to do so with caution. One aide describes the beginning of a "delicate dance" that aims to put Obama in the Democratic fray, but prevent him from remaining the face of the party. Aides will huddle with Obama in the coming weeks to plot out what shape the former president´s fall schedule will take. Advisers close to him say that while he will play an active role in helping his party rebuild, much of his work will be behind the scenes. He is likely to
Chelsea Handler suggested on Friday that U.S. generals should carry out a military coup to replace President Trump, who she called “our idiot-in-chief.” “To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief…the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history,” the TV personality wrote on Twitter. (Tweet) Handler’s comments come as the Trump administration, including the Defense Department, are on heightened alert over a rhetorical battle between President Trump and North Korea. Handler, a Hillary Clinton supporter who cried when the Democrat lost in November, frequently makes controversial statements about Trump. Earlier on Friday she