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Thirteen arrested after fireworks from yacht spark forest fire on Greek island | Greece

Thirteen arrested after fireworks from yacht spark forest fire on Greek island | Greece

[ad_1] Greek authorities arrested 13 people on Saturday after fireworks launched from a yacht set off a forest fire on an island near Athens as the country confronts a new season of deadly summer fires. The mayor of the island of Hydra expressed “outrage” after the fire was started late on Friday and vowed legal action against those responsible. Dozens of wildfires in Greece this week have left at least one person dead. The latest blaze was “caused by fireworks launched from a boat and burned the only pine forest on the island in a place that is difficult to access and has no road”, Hydra’s firefighting team said on Facebook. Thirteen people accused of involvement in the fireworks have been arrested after a fire service inquiry and will be presented before a prosecutor on Sunday, said a fire service statement. No details on the suspects were given. Greece has toughened its penalties for arson, with perpetrators now facing up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to 200,000 euros (£169,000). On top …

‘Multiple disasters all in one day’: New Mexico’s brutal week of fire and flood | New Mexico

‘Multiple disasters all in one day’: New Mexico’s brutal week of fire and flood | New Mexico

[ad_1] It’s been a harrowing week of fire and flood in New Mexico. Just days after a pair of fast-moving fires roared across drought-stricken landscapes and into communities, a tropical storm swirled north, unleashing downpours and golf ball-sized hail over scorched slopes that had only just burned. As the dueling dangers of two weather extremes converged, charred debris flowed into neighborhoods, crews were temporarily evacuated from the firefight as emergency officials pivoted from fire support to flood rescues, and strong winds swept up dried soils to create one of the largest dust storms the state has ever seen. Across the arid south-west, where fire risks typically rise with the temperatures in the spring before they are doused in a summer monsoon, weather patterns like these aren’t unheard of. But the climate crisis has supercharged extreme conditions, setting the stage for new types of catastrophes that are increasing in both intensity and frequency. When they overlap, the dangers grow. “We are used to these disasters, but I don’t think this agency has ever dealt with anything …

Best deals on Fire TV, Echo Dot and more Amazon devices to expect in the Amazon Prime Day sale

Best deals on Fire TV, Echo Dot and more Amazon devices to expect in the Amazon Prime Day sale

[ad_1] There are plenty of handy Amazon devices to keep your house in tip-top shape and with the long-awaited Amazon sale coming soon, what better time to revamp your gadgets and gizmos? A Kindle will keep you occupied as you laze in the garden under the summer sun, while a Ring doorbell offers peace of mind if you’re planning a tropical trip away. If you’re cracking through your to-do list, Alexa is on hand to keep you company during your spring clean and DIY tasking. What is Amazon Prime Day? Brace yourselves for one of the biggest sales events around. Each year without fail Amazon hosts a generous sale of its finest products. The flagship event takes place in July, but last year we were treated to smaller seasonal sales in March and October. When is Amazon Prime Day 2024? How to take part in Amazon Prime Day If same or next-day delivery, thousands of bingeable TV shows and movies and over 100 million songs on Amazon Music appeal, here’s the deal. You typically must …

‘Seven years wasted’: Grenfell bereaved fight for evacuation plans on anniversary | Grenfell Tower fire

‘Seven years wasted’: Grenfell bereaved fight for evacuation plans on anniversary | Grenfell Tower fire

[ad_1] When Shah Aghlani helped his mother, Sakina Afrasehabi, move into flat 151 of Grenfell Tower in 2016, he was full of concern. Afrasehabi was partially sighted, had severe arthritis and walked with the aid of a frame, yet she was housed on the 18th floor of the 23-storey building. “I felt scared because it was so high up in the air,” Aghlani recalls. “My fears turned out not to be baseless.” Just a year after moving, on 14 June 2017, Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames in one of the worst disasters to happen in modern history in the UK. On the night of the fire, Aghlani rushed to the tower after receiving a distressed phone call at 1.20am from his aunt, Fatima, who was staying with his mother. “There was smoke at the top of the building. The fire was fierce,” Aghlani described in his witness statement to the inquiry into the disaster. “I was trying to keep them calm and the smoke suddenly got them. I heard every last breath my mother …

‘I thought it would be a tinpot movie’: myths and reality of Chariots of Fire and the 1924 Olympics | Paris Olympic Games 2024

‘I thought it would be a tinpot movie’: myths and reality of Chariots of Fire and the 1924 Olympics | Paris Olympic Games 2024

[ad_1] It takes a bit of finding, but on the front of the old Carlton hotel in the sleepy seaside town of Broadstairs hangs a blue plaque. It’s an apartment block these days, but it marks the spot where some of the British team stayed and trained before embarking on their trip to the Paris Olympics almost 100 years ago. More obvious is the confusion on the faces of the folk who stop and read it, desperately trying to reconcile their view of nearby Viking Bay and their memories of the opening scene from the old movie Chariots of Fire, where the cast splash along the surf to the soaring electronic score of Vangelis. That’s because it was filmed 500 miles away in Scotland – next to the 18th hole of the Old Course, at St Andrews, to be precise – and as the Paris Games of 2024 approach it provides a passable excuse to look back at one of Britain’s favourite movies and some of the other liberties it took with what really happened …

Duke of Westminster wedding: Protester sets off fire extinguisher outside Chester Cathedral | UK News

Duke of Westminster wedding: Protester sets off fire extinguisher outside Chester Cathedral | UK News

[ad_1] A fire extinguisher has been set off outside the Duke of Westminster’s wedding. The environmental protest group Just Stop Oil said its activists had “disrupted” the ceremony at Chester Cathedral as the bride and groom made their way to a Bentley car. Prince William, who acted as an usher at the marriage of billionaire aristocrat Hugh Grosvenor, 33, and Olivia Henson, 31, was also leaving at the time. X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via the Privacy Options. Unfortunately we have been unable to verify if you have consented to X cookies. To view this content you can use the button below to allow X cookies for this session only. Enable Cookies Allow Cookies Once Two women sprayed orange powder paint in the air …