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Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc (ARNC.N) sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.

The emails, dating from 2014 and seen by Reuters, were between Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales manager, and executives at the contractors involved in the bidding process for the refurbishment contract at Grenfell Tower in London, where 79 people died in a blaze last week.

When asked about the emails, Arconic said in a statement that it had known the panels would be used at Grenfell Tower but that it was not its role to decide what was or was not compliant with local building regulations.

The company manufactures three main types of Reynobond panel– one with a polyethylene (PE) core, one with a fire retardant core and another with a non-combustible core, according to its website.

Diagrams in a 2016 Arconic brochure for its Reynobond panels describe how PE core panels are suitable up to 10 metres in height. Panels with a fire resistant core — the FR model — can be used up to 30 metres, while above that height, panels with the non-combustible core — the A2 model — should be used, the brochure says.

Grenfell Tower is more than 60 metres tall.

Source: Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels for use in tower – emails | Reuters


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Source: Results from the CBF’s Family Carer Medication Consultation


With the weight of many years’ experience writing and advising on London’s housing and planning strategies behind me, I think it fair to say that the inferno at Grenfell Tower – a publicly owned housing block for lower-income households – represents an acute failure of government at all levels. The facts of the case are subject to a major enquiry – and new information is emerging on a daily basis. We still do not know whether the death toll is 30 or 100.

At this early stage, it is premature to attribute blame. Yet residents who have lost their homes and possessions – and in many cases their relatives and friends – are justified in their anger and their need to seek justice and redress. It is unlikely that we will see any of the parties involved admitting responsibility for the disaster. Certainly, should any charges of corporate manslaughter be laid – as Labour MP David Lammy has demanded – they would be subject to legal disputes for months and possibly years to come.

Source: Yes, the Grenfell Tower fire is political – it’s a failure of many governments


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Source: Tomorrow’s World – Could robotics revolutionise the NHS?


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Source: Trump’s Muslim ban may be getting Arab Christians in Detroit deported


I’ve spent years conducting research in devout Salafi communities. Theresa May’s focus on ideology as a means of tackling terror could backfire

Source: Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist. But crime and exclusion can | Z Fareen Parvez | Opinion | The Guardian


“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” she said. “There is — to be frank — far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

Source: London Bridge Attack: 12 Arrests as PM Theresa May Vows To Get Tough – NBC News


Plans to reduce the number of children diagnosed with autism in south west London will leave vulnerable families unable to access “support they desperately need”, a charity has warned. The proposals to restrict diagnosis of the neurological disorder to the most severe cases are being discussed to ease pressure on services and long waiting times in five areas.

Source: NHS proposals to reduce autism diagnoses in south west London ‘deeply concerning’, warns charity | The Independent


The photos released by Greater Manchester Police of a mustachioed Abedi was taken from security footage on the night of the deadly attack.

Source: Manchester Bombing: British Police Release New Photos of Suspect Salman Abedi – NBC News

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