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For years, disaster seemed to follow him. It was really an arson-for-profit scheme.

“Several of his acquaintances were similarly beset by combustion, based on the numerous insurance claims they filed for ruined vehicles, houses, apartments and trailers” reports washingtonpost.com. He said antitrust laws restrict how much information competing insurance companies can pool.According to the indictment, each participant in the scheme victimized multiple companies, but no defendant bought a policy from the same company more than once. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Huge bridge collapse in Colombia kills workers

“At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said” writes Michael Deacon for telegraph.co.uk. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in Colombia

“At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said” writes Michael Deacon for telegraph.co.uk. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Trump issues disaster declaration for wildfire-stricken California

“President Trump on Tuesday issued a disaster declaration for California, which is reeling from a destructive wildfire season” writes Daniel Chaitin for washingtonexaminer.com. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long picked William Roche to oversee federal recovery operations in the affected areas.The declaration orders federal funding and assistance to help state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires that began on Dec. 4.Federal funding on a cost-sharing basis is also available for emergency work in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and hazard mitigation measures across the state.As…

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British government’s shambolic response to Chernobyl disaster revealed

“Radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster started arriving in the UK during a bank holiday weekend, plunging Whitehall into chaos, newly released official files show” writes Samuel Osborne for independent.co.uk. It was another week before the first signs of increased radioactivity levels were detected in the UK, just as officials were packing up for the long May bank holiday weekend.Not until after the weekend did DoE and environment ministers firmly take charge of the government’s response.The catastrophic explosion at the Soviet nuclear reactor on 26 April 1986, the world’s worst…

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What self-made millionaire Marcus Lemonis learned when he visited crisis-ridden Puerto Rico

“Despite the handful of relief efforts by different organizations, the lack of government support amid the disaster has further delayed the island’s recovery” writes Zameena Mejia for cnbc.com. Six weeks after the natural disaster, Lemonis visited the hurricane-ravaged island to see the damage for himself and get his own employees out of there. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Deadly South Korea blaze ‘has echoes of Grenfell’

“Flammable cladding on the outside of a South Korean fitness centre fuelled a deadly blaze that killed 29 people on Thursday, experts have claimed, comparing the disaster to the Grenfell tower tragedy in London” writes Nicola Smith for telegraph.co.uk. In echoes of the Grenfell disaster which killed 71 people in June after flammable panels on the outside of the 24-storey block reportedly fanned the flames, eyewitnesses and specialists claimed on Friday that the outer casing of the building had again played a role. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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