Press release: Update on fire doors investigation – risk to public safety remains low

first_imgWhat is your advice for owners of buildings which have been installed with these fire doors? If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Public safety is paramount. When we were informed about an issue with a Grenfell Tower fire door, we acted quickly to seek independent expert advice and established a wide-ranging investigation. Based on the results of these investigations to date, the expert panel advise the risk to public safety remains low. However they advise there is a performance issue with Manse Masterdor which is why we are taking the responsible step of writing to relevant building owners setting out clear advice on what they should do. Fire service advice to residents remains the same. Regularly test your smoke alarms, ensure your front door is properly closed and in the event of a fire follow existing fire procedures for the building. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg How do I know if I need to replace fire doors in the building I own? Office address and general enquiries Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] Owners of buildings where Manse Masterdor 30 minute composite fire doors have been installed should review their building fire risk assessments and consider how quickly these doors should be replaced. The expert panel’s advice is that these doors should be replaced using a risk-based approach, and they have published advice for building owners who are replacing 30 minute composite front entrance fire doors. General advice for building owners on how to ensure the safety of residents in blocks of flats is available at: www.local.gov.uk/fire-safety-purpose-built-flats Social media – MHCLG The National Fire Chiefs Council has advised that the risk to public safety is low. In the event of a fire people should follow existing fire procedures for the building. Residents should also test their smoke alarms regularly to ensure they work and ensure that their flat front door is fitted with a working self-closing device. All doors provide essential protection in a fire if they are properly closed. Fire safety advice for residents is available at: www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/High–Rise-Safety-for-Residentscenter_img We are writing to all customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors, to notify them of the issue. Residents should contact their landlords who will be able to advise whether they have been supplied with the affected doors. If there is uncertainty the expert panel advise that a suitably qualified person can inspect the doors and this advice is set out in their advice note on fire doors which can be accessed from the building safety programme website 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Media enquiries Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (16 May 2018) updated Parliament on the fire door investigation and confirmed experts advise the risk to public safety remains low.Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police informed government a fire door installed at Grenfell Tower designed to resist fire for up to 30 minutes – as required by building regulations guidance – failed after approximately 15 minutes when tested by the police.Government immediately sought advice from its independent expert panel to see what action was required, and have undertaken further testing and investigations focusing on composite flat entrance fire doors manufactured by Manse Masterdor – a company that has not been trading since 2014.The expert panel has concluded there is a performance issue with these Manse Masterdor fire doors, which do not consistently meet the 30 minute fire resistance standard. Nevertheless, the National Fire Chiefs Council has advised the expert panel the risk to public safety remains low. They point out that fire protection in a building is developed using a range of measures so a failure of one protection measure – such as fire doors – should not significantly change the overall safety of residents. In addition, all doors provide essential protection in a fire if they are properly closed.Based on this advice, the expert panel advise that owners of buildings with this type of door should review their building’s fire risk assessment and consider how quickly these doors should be replaced. The expert panel has published guidance to assist building owners.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is writing to customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors. It is also looking at the wider fire door market and intends to test fire doors from other door suppliers.Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: How do I know if my landlords have installed these doors to my flat? The department is writing to customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors and is considering what further support building owners may require to assist with taking timely action. The expert panel has published guidance for building owners who are replacing or want to inspect their flat front entrance fire doors. The department is now looking at the wider fire door market, and intends to test fire doors from other door suppliers and will provide an update on these tests in due course. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 What is the safety advice for residents?last_img read more

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Morrisons sees profits plummet

first_imgMorrisons has posted its worst results in eight years, as it revealed a profit loss of £792m before tax after taking account of a £1.3bn write down in the value of its supermarkets. Trailing at the bottom of the big-4 supermarkets in terms of sales, the retailer said it planned to close 23 Morrisons M local convenience stores in the next year, as it focused on “improving the customer offer”.The £792m profit plummet for the year to 1 February 2015, compares to a loss of £176m in the year 2013/14.Like for like (LFL) sales were also down 5.9% for the period, while total turnover fell 4.9% to £16.8bn.The retailer has indicated that it does not expect results to improve rapidly this year.This comes as the company welcomed a new man to the helm of the struggling supermarket on 16 March. David Potts, ex Tesco boss, has been tasked with the job of reviewing Morrisons’ strategy to improve results.Tough trading environments Andrew Higginson, chairman, said: “Last year’s trading environment was tough, and we don’t expect any change this year. However, Morrisons is a strong, distinctive business – we own most of our supermarkets, have strong cash flow, and are famous with customers for great-quality fresh food at low prices. This gives us a good platform.“David Potts joins as chief executive next week. Under his leadership, we will focus on building trading momentum and being more like the Morrisons our customers expect. We will invest more into the proposition and put customers at the heart of everything we do. We will listen and respond to our customers, and work hard every day to improve the shopping trip.“Success measures will be simple – more customers buying more from us. More customers means more volume growth which, ultimately, will lead to better like-for-like sales, profitability and shareholder returns.”Trevor Strain, chief financial officer, said: “We are making good progress on the plan to generate £2bn of cash while making £1bn of cost savings to invest in the business, and are determined to keep lowering prices and keep them consistently low for our customers.“Some of the changes at Morrisons are beginning to bite. Although some key measures showed progress, particularly in the final quarter, there is still much more to do.“Today we are providing enhanced disclosure around commercial income and more detail on depreciation. We believe this new financial disclosure is appropriate for shareholders.”last_img read more

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Radiohead Just Performed Live For The First Time Since 2012

first_imgSee below for the full details on the setlist.Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists Radiohead are back! Following the successful release of their brilliant new album A Moon Shaped Pool (read the review here), Radiohead have officially performed for the first time in four years, blowing away the audience at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam.The elusive alt rockers opened the show with the first five songs from the new album:  “Burn The Witch” and “Daydreaming”, “Decks Dark”, “Desert Island Disk”, and “Ful Stop”.  Known for their immensely satisfying live shows, Radiohead had no problem weaving the new material in with classics such as “There There” from Hail to the Thief, “My Iron Lung” from The Bends, “Videotape” from In Rainbows, and “Lotus Flower” from The King of Limbs.  They closed out their main set with the electrifying duo of “Everything in its Right Place” and “Idioteque” from Kid A, and the blistering “Bodysnatchers” from In Rainbows.Radiohead started their encore with The King of Limbs‘ dreamy opening track “Bloom”, and followed it up with more new material, adding “Present Tense” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” to their repertoire.  They closed the encore with “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” from In Rainbows.  Of note, the band played fan favorite “Paranoid Android”, the only track performed from OK Computer.  After a short break the band returned for their traditional second encore, busting out the patient anthem “You and Whose Army” from Amnesiac.  The band closed out the evening with one of their most beautiful tracks, “Reckoner” from In Rainbows.Check out video highlights below.last_img read more

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KCCA: Uganda ready to host 2017 World Xcountry

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Sheraton, Imperial Royale and Hotel Africana are gearing to host some of the world’s best long distance athletes and officials next March.The International athletics governing body IAAF officials, led by IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy, yesterday confirmed the three hotels had got the nod, saying their wide accommodative space and swimming pools were ideal for athletes.IAAF Vice President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and his visiting technical team was impressed with the preparations and the topography generally. He handed over the IAAF flag to the Jennifer Musisi as a confirmatory symbol that Uganda will host the 2017 World Cross Country Championships.Uganda won the vote to host the championships after Uganda Athletics Federation, Kampala Capital City Authority and Ministry of Education and Sports submitted their interest to host the Championships. KCCA ED Musisi waves the IAAF flag at yesterday’s press conference attended by IAAF and Uganda athletics officials. PHOTO BY CHARLOTTE NINSIIMAKampala will host over 500 athletes from different countries in the World Cross Country Championships in March.Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi expressed gratitude towards IAAF delegation for accepting Uganda to host the Championships. “We are prepared to host the event because it means a lot to us; Uganda will become famous, it will attract tourists and also make money for us.”“Uganda has never hosted such an event. Fortunately our athletes are prepared and we hope we win many medals.”last_img read more

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Broward Family Sues Tesla Over Fiery Deadly Crash

first_imgA Broward County family is suing electric car maker Tesla after a deadly crash.Eighteen-year-old Barrett Riley died last year in Fort Lauderdale after his Tesla burst into flames after the high-speed crash, and this week, his parents sued Tesla. The lawsuit filed in California claims Tesla removed a speed-limiting feature on the car without their permission, and alleges the company was negligent for not taking steps to reduce the risk of fire. Fire fighters and paramedics were unable to use the jaws of life to extricate Riley and his friend for fear of being electrocuted.The Riley’s are alleging in their lawsuit that Tesla failed to fireproof the car’s battery to protect against a fire engulfing the Tesla, but chose not to install it.Adding that the airbag protected their son from significant injury, but then he burned to death. They hope their suit will convince Tesla to fix the batteries in its vehicles.The lawsuit says “Barrett Riley was essentially uninjured by the impact; he was killed by the extraordinarily hot and intense fire that started in the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery cells.”The family alleges in the lawsuit that they asked Tesla to put a speed limiting device on the car after Barrett got a speeding ticket for driving more than 110 miles an hour about two months prior to the fatal crash. The device was installed but the lawsuit claims that Tesla later removed the device after it was taken in for service in Dania Beach.The lawsuit says “the speed limiter was removed without their consent or permission. Outrageously, TESLA never told the Riley’s that it had done so — until after the fatal accident.”It’s a decision that still baffles Jim Riley, Barrett’s father.“We need to understand why would they take it off, one, and, two, if they did take it off, why would they take it off without disclosing it?” Riley told CBS4 News.The NTSB determined that Barrett Riley was driving more than 115 miles per hour three seconds prior to losing control and hitting a wall on A1A near Fort Lauderdale Beach. A passenger in the car, Edgar Monserratt, 18, also died. Another passenger, Alexander Berry, was thrown from the car and survived.The car quickly burst into flames.Jim Riley said people tried to help but couldn’t open the doors because of problems with the Tesla’s door handles.After the crash, Telsa did put software in their cars to allow owners to set speed limits. They named that feature after Barrett Riley.The NTSB is investigating the crash and the ability of firefighters to fight these types of battery fires.last_img read more

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Gumbo Limbo: Sea Turtle Passes Pieces of Plastic

first_imgBOCA RATON, Fla. – A sea turtle being treated at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton recently passed more than 100 pieces of plastic in her stool, the nature center posted on social media.The turtle named “Zatanna” was recovering from a hook removal surgery when she began passing large pieces of plastic debris in her stool.Pieces of plastic found in stool of rescued sea turtle (City of Boca Raton/Gumbo Limbo Nature Center)The turtle passed bottle caps, pieces of cutlery, Zip-lock bags and large plastic shards.“This turtle was likely foraging in open water where floating mats of trash are sadly becoming the norm. We must take a stand by refusing single-use plastics!” the post read.The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is operated by the city of Boca Raton in conjunction with the Friends of Gumbo Limbo and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.last_img read more

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