Kia recalls 295,000 U.S. vehicles for fire risks


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WASHINGTON — Kia Motors Corp said on Saturday it is recalling 295,000 U.S. vehicles for engine fire risks.

The Korean automaker said the recall covers some 2012-2013 model year Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage vehicles because an engine compartment fire can occur while driving.

Dealers will inspect the engine compartment for fuel or oil leaks, perform an engine test and make any repairs including engine replacement, as necessary. Kia said it is currently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System software update.

Last week, Kia and affiliate Hyundai Motor Co agreed to a record $210 million civil penalty after U.S. auto safety regulators said they failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles for engine issues in a timely fashion.

The Korean automakers agreed to consent orders after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the automakers inaccurately reported some information to the agency regarding the recalls.

Kia’s civil penalty totaled $70 million, including an upfront payment of $27 million, requirements to spend $16 million on specified safety measures, and a potential $27 million deferred penalty.



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Marino Conservation Park badly damaged by fire, as blaze continues to burn on Kangaroo Island


An overnight grassfire has caused significant damage to Marino Conservation Park in Adelaide’s south.

It started just before 11:00pm.

Trains running on the Seaford line were briefly halted after the fire jumped the train tracks.

Seventy-five firefighters brought it under control within an hour, protecting nearby houses.

The Metropolitan Fire Service said the western side of the 30-hectare conservation park was entirely blackened by the blaze, which has now been extinguished.

Separately, police said a house fire in Adelaide’s north this morning might have been deliberately lit.

It happened at Galway Street in Kilburn about 8:00am.

Emergency crews say the blaze was towards the front door of the home, which was unoccupied at the time.

The fire was quickly extinguished and investigations are underway.

The fire burning at Nepean Bay on Kangaroo Island.(Supplied: Country Fire Service)

And a fire at Nepean Bay, about 5 kilometres north-west of American River on Kangaroo Island continues to burn into its second day.

The fire started in grassland north of Flea Castle Road at about 3:00pm on Friday and spread into heavy scrub.

A damaging wind warning is in place for large parts of South Australia this afternoon, including Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Mount Gambier, Maitland, Murray Bridge, Kingscote, Naracoorte, Meningie and Bordertown.

Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are predicted, along with thunderstorms and showers, as a front moves across the state throughout the day.



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Queensland fire authorities urge Fraser Island residents to prepare to leave as blaze edges closer


Queensland fire services have told Fraser Island residents to prepare to leave as a bushfire at the tourist hot spot continues to burn out of control.

A bushfire is burning near Dundonga Creek, east of the resort and village, through to Cornwells Road in the island’s south.

Firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze, assisted by water bombing aircraft which have dropped almost one million litres in the past 24 hours.

At 11.20am on Saturday, fire crews were fighting fires in several locations on the island.

Firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze, assisted by water bombing aircraft which have dropped almost one million litres in the past 24 hours.
Camera IconFirefighters are continuing to battle the blaze, assisted by water bombing aircraft which have dropped almost one million litres in the past 24 hours. Credit: Supplied, QFES

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said weather conditions were predicted to deteriorate from Sunday through to Wednesday.

“Smoke will affect visibility and air quality on K’gari (Fraser Island) and adjacent mainland areas over the coming days,” a QFES spokesman said.

People in the area are being directed by QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services to prepare to leave.

“Multiple fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property,” QFES said.

The Fraser Island fire as seen from River Heads. Photo: Stuart Fast
Camera IconThe Fraser Island fire as seen from River Heads. Photo: Stuart Fast Credit: News Regional Media

Locals are being urged to listen to local radio or check the Rural Fire Service website for further updates.

The fire began more than six weeks ago after an illegal campfire was lit.

The eastern side of the fire is about 3.5km northwest of Happy Valley.

The eastern side of the fire is located about 3.5km northwest of Happy Valley.
Camera IconThe eastern side of the fire is located about 3.5km northwest of Happy Valley. Credit: Supplied, Facebook/Glen Winney

A “stay informed notice” is in place for people in the Eli Creek, Yidney Rocks, The Oakes and Poyungan Valley area.

Travel to the island is restricted to local residents only.

“Where ground crews cannot access the inaccessible terrain, water bombing aircraft are working to reduce the intensity of the fire,” QFES said.



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Fire crews, air tankers battle scrub fire at Redbanks, Kangaroo Island | Goulburn Post


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A scrub fire broke out off Flea Castle Road near Redbanks at Nepean Bay on Kangaroo Island on Friday afternoon. The initial call at 3pm on December 4 to the Country Fire Service was a grass fire started by farm machinery. Kangaroo Island fire crews were able “contain” the Nepean Bay/Flea Castle Road fire overnight and by Saturday morning, December 5, the fire was still at Advice level. There was back burning conducted overnight from the new Oceanview Eco Villas back toward the fire. Six CFS trucks and crews, and of course the farm fire units, remained on Saturday. Rain briefly fell over the fire ground on Saturday morning but gale force winds are due this afternoon. Three Air Tractor 802 F (AT 802F) fire-bombing air tankers from Aerotech and a CFS spotter plane flew over from Adelaide in quick response. They managed 20 drops before dark, refilling with SES assistance at the Turkey Lane airstrip near Parndana. The aircraft returned to the mainland as there is were refueling facilities at the Kangaroo Island Airport at Kingscote. By dark the fire could be seen from Kingscote jetty kicking on. There were 10 CFS, National Parks appliances and multiple farm fire units working the fire on Friday evening, but the winds were tricky with reports of gully influence and gusts to 34 knots. The CFS Kingscote brigade firefighters only two days prior were called in to deal with an escaped pile burn in town. See: Escaped pile burn at Kingscote prompts CFS warning KI deputy group officer Rodney Lade at the scene said the fire resulted from the flare up of pile burn on the vacant block off Seaview Drive. That burn was lit two days ago just before the start of the fire season, but appears not to have been fully extinguished, he said. There was concern it could have crossed over toward the Bullock Track after trees and grass along Seaview Drive caught fire. Mr Lade said don’t leave your burn offs till late in the season, and any burns now on KI and anywhere in SA required a permit, which was unlikely to be granted.

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Romain Grosjean: Driver was ‘at peace’ with dying in F1 fire – but thoughts of Lauda and his kids helped him escape | World News


Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has told Sky he was “at peace” with dying during the 28 seconds he was trapped in his burning car, following a horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old Frenchman miraculously escaped with minor burns after his Haas car was sliced in half by a safety barrier and burst into flames during last Sunday’s race.

He said the thought of his children – and also what happened to F1 legend Niki Lauda – gave him the strength to finally escape.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, he described the moment he realised his car was on fire after hitting barriers at around 137mph (220kmh).

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The crash happened at the Bahrain GP

Grosjean told Sky F1’s Martin Brundle: “The first thing I did was undo the seatbelt, try to remove the wheel – which was gone, so at least one less concern – and then try to jump out.

“I hit something on top of my helmet, so I sit back down and thought I must be upside down up against the barrier, so I’ll wait until they come and help me.

“I looked to my right, looked to my left, and it was all orange. That’s strange, I thought… Then I realised it was fire. So I knew I didn’t have time until they come.”

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Wreckage of Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean's car is removed during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir on November 29, 2020. (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The car was sliced in half by the high-speed crash into a barrier

However, despite repeated efforts, Grosjean said he couldn’t find a way out of the car.

He considered giving up but then thought about Niki Lauda, who suffered severe burns while trapped in his car at Germany’s Nurburgring in 1976.

“I said, ‘I can’t finish like Niki, I can’t finish like this. It cannot be my last race’.”

However, he still couldn’t find a way out.

He added: “So I tried again, I’m stuck… I was almost at peace with myself, thinking, I’m dead. I will die.

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Grosjean said he thought about Niki Lauda when he was trapped
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Lauda nearly died at the Germany GP in 1976

“And then, I don’t know if that moment allowed me to recover a bit, try to think of another solution, but I thought about my kids. [Grosjean has three] and I said, no.

“I cannot die today. For my kids, I cannot die today.

“Then I start to twist my head, go up and turn my body. It worked.”

Describing the moment he got free, he said: “I jump on the barrier, then I feel Ian [Roberts, FIA medical delegate] that pulls on my overall and that is an extraordinary feeling.

“When he pulls me, I know there’s someone with me. I’m alive.”

The first responders to Grosjean said they immediately knew the Frenchman had – miraculously- avoided a serious injury. He was taken to the medical centre afterwards.

He spent three nights at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) hospital after the accident but has now left.

He will remain in the country to continue private treatment for his burns.

The full interview will be aired during the build-up on Sunday for the Sakhir GP – from 3.30pm on Sky Sports F1.



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GOP critics fire back after AOC suggests Republicans can’t handle working as a waitress


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. took Republicans to task who have previously mocked her background as a waitress by suggesting that they themselves can’t handle such a job. 

The Democratic “Squad” member took to Twitter on Thursday evening and spoke about the unique “work ethic” she brings to Congress while swiping conservative lawmakers. 

“The thing that these conservative Senators don’t seem to understand is that I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job without good healthcare most of my adult life.” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “I bring that work ethic to Congress & to my community. They sit around on leather chairs all day.”

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She later followed, “Republicans like to make fun of the fact that I used to be a waitress, but we all know if they ever had to do a double they’d be the ones found crying in the walk-in fridge halfway through their first shift bc someone yelled at them for bringing seltzer when they wanted sparkling.”

That sparked quite a response from several conservatives who similarly worked jobs prior to their current careers. 

“This is wrong,” wrote Kasey Lovett, press secretary for HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. “I was a waitress for 5+ years throughout high school and college. I am a Republican and I cried in walk-in fridges just like you. The difference between us? I don’t expect the gvt to provide for me. I make my own $ and provide for myself.”

“I spent my first week in the Army on 4 hours of sleep a night and a sprained ankle, digging one hole to fill in the hole I had just dug the hour before. Cry me a river (‘cuz I didn’t).” Daily Caller associate editor Virginia Kruta told the congresswoman.

“I did that, plus worked a second retail job while paying my own bills in college,” radio host Dana Loesch responded.

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“I’ve worked a thousand doubles. it’s really not that impressive. I don’t think anyone should mock the fact that a representative worked her way up, but millions of people work long days without needing a trophy,” The Blaze social media editor Jessica O’Donnell wrote. 

“During high school, I woke up at 4:30AM to work at a before school program with kids until I had to go to school. After school I’d work at an after school program for another three hours. I worked my butt off to support myself since I didn’t have supportive parents. But go off,” Lone Conservative founder Kassy Dillon said, later adding, “And that was just when I was a teenager. I work even more than that now. Some of the hardest working people I know are Republicans.”



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Burned Tigers to hold fire in NRL market


Bad recruitment decisions have burned the Wests Tigers in the past and after withdrawing interest in Josh Addo-Carr, the club is prepared to hold fire in the NRL market.

Despite being linked to unwanted Penrith star Josh Mansour as a replacement for the NSW and Australia star, it’s understood the Wests Tigers are not interested.

Although the Tigers could secure the 30-year-old Mansour on a cut-price deal for 2021, the risk of losing rising talent appears too big.

Mansour is contracted for around $500,000 next year but has been told by the Panthers he will be playing reserve grade, with the club to pay some of his salary should another club sign him for 2021.

However, the Tigers are understood to have no appetite to block the path of rising stars Tommy Talau and Asu Kepaoa by signing another winger.

Despite club favourite David Nofoaluma testing the NRL market for a bigger contract at the end of next season, the Tigers are confident of re-signing him.

That would leave just one spot on the wing for Kepaoa and Talau to fight for in 2021, with both considered rising stars of the game.

The Tigers have been burned in the past by not holding onto young players with talent – letting Ryan Papenhuyzen, and ironically, Addo-Carr slip through their grip to join Melbourne.

Both have since established themselves as two of the hottest talents in the NRL, earning premierships and representative honours with the Storm.

The Tigers are not willing to make the same mistakes again as they look to overturn a nine-year semi-finals drought in 2021.

Without Addo-Carr the Tigers are short a fullback in 2021 with Moses Mbye and Adam Doueihi the two options.

However, they are still hopeful Daine Laurie will be released by the Panthers for the upcoming season.

The 21-year-old fullback has signed with the Tigers from 2022 but could join the club a year early if released by Penrith.

It comes as Canterbury tabled a four-year offer to Addo-Carr worth $500,000 a season for 2022 and beyond.

The Melbourne speedster had signed a head of agreement with the Tigers to join next season but the two clubs were unable to find a suitable player to swap.

It’s understood South Sydney could also be interested in the NSW star once he becomes available at the end of 2021.





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Topshop empire brands set for fire sale


There could be several bidders for the individual brands, particularly Topshop and Topman, as these are seen as Arcadia’s crown jewels.

The boss of one rival retailer said Boohoo was viewed as the frontrunner in the race to buy Topshop.

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The comments add to speculation of a swoop by the online fashion retailer, which acquired Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Coast earlier this year as they fell into administration.

Sir Philip’s long-time rival Mike Ashley is also thought likely to make an offer. Asos, meanwhile, is widely believed to be uninterested in Arcadia’s businesses as its strategy more recently has been investing in its own in-house brands.

However, Arcadia’s administrator Deloitte will be seeking to preserve as much of the business as possible.

That means buyers are likely to get preferential treatment if they are willing to take on the entire Topshop/Topman operation, rather than just the brands and online platforms. Better still would be a buyer for the entire Arcadia group – provided the price is right.

John Stevenson, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said: “The most obvious outcome is for the brands to go online, apart from perhaps Topshop and Topman, and Boohoo will of course be interested, along with a wide variety of interests.

“But I think Boohoo would only get Topshop with a knockout offer as it won’t be interested in the physical shops and the administrators will be looking for a buyer to take it all.

“Topshop is a viable business that was delivering £1 billion of annual sales two years ago, so if you can revamp it that would be attractive.”

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Mr Stevenson said the Sports Direct tycoon was an obvious buyer, although he too was not likely to be interested in any stores.

He said: “Ashley has a lot of physical retail space so would only be looking for brands to sweat his assets rather than picking up more.”

Arcadia collapsed into administration on Monday, putting the business into the hands of Deloitte, who will now seek buyers for the various brands or the entire group.

Asos and Boohoo were unavailable for comment.

Telegraph, London

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Topshop empire brands set for fire sale


There could be several bidders for the individual brands, particularly Topshop and Topman, as these are seen as Arcadia’s crown jewels.

The boss of one rival retailer said Boohoo was viewed as the frontrunner in the race to buy Topshop.

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The comments add to speculation of a swoop by the online fashion retailer, which acquired Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Coast earlier this year as they fell into administration.

Sir Philip’s long-time rival Mike Ashley is also thought likely to make an offer. Asos, meanwhile, is widely believed to be uninterested in Arcadia’s businesses as its strategy more recently has been investing in its own in-house brands.

However, Arcadia’s administrator Deloitte will be seeking to preserve as much of the business as possible.

That means buyers are likely to get preferential treatment if they are willing to take on the entire Topshop/Topman operation, rather than just the brands and online platforms. Better still would be a buyer for the entire Arcadia group – provided the price is right.

John Stevenson, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said: “The most obvious outcome is for the brands to go online, apart from perhaps Topshop and Topman, and Boohoo will of course be interested, along with a wide variety of interests.

“But I think Boohoo would only get Topshop with a knockout offer as it won’t be interested in the physical shops and the administrators will be looking for a buyer to take it all.

“Topshop is a viable business that was delivering £1 billion of annual sales two years ago, so if you can revamp it that would be attractive.”

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Mr Stevenson said the Sports Direct tycoon was an obvious buyer, although he too was not likely to be interested in any stores.

He said: “Ashley has a lot of physical retail space so would only be looking for brands to sweat his assets rather than picking up more.”

Arcadia collapsed into administration on Monday, putting the business into the hands of Deloitte, who will now seek buyers for the various brands or the entire group.

Asos and Boohoo were unavailable for comment.

Telegraph, London

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Woman arrested after family of three including newborn baby killed in house fire Melbourne


A 46-year-old woman has been charged with murder and arson following a house fire in Melbourne’s south-west that left a family of three, including a newborn baby, dead.

Arson and Explosive Squad detectives this afternoon charged Jenny Hayes from Airport West with three counts of murder and arson causing death.

A family-of-three have been remembered as “beautiful souls”. (Supplied Nine)

Police believe Ms Hayes is known to either Ms Forrest or Mr Sohal.

She faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tonight where she did not apply for bail. She is expected back in court next March.

“Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the matter,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

Arson and Explosives Squad detectives are investigating after the double-storey home was left gutted by the blaze and two others were damaged.

Emily Forrest returned to the scene of the fatal blaze today, telling reporters her sister Abbey had only moved into the home a few weeks ago with her partner Inda, after the birth of their daughter.

Abbey Forrest (left) with her sister Emily (centre) and their parents.
Abbey Forrest (left) with her sister Emily (centre) and their parents. (Nine)

“I’m just trying to be really strong, and just trying to hold it together for them,” she said.

“Their daughter will be three weeks old tomorrow.

“Their lives had pretty much just started and should be like the perfect time of their life and now this awful tragedy has happened.”

Gurvinder Singh, a close friend of Mr Sohal, was too overcome with grief to speak for long about the tragedy.

“I just don’t have any words for… I just can’t describe the sadness that I’m having now,” he said.

The young family is believed to have only been living in the area a short time.

Distressed neighbours woke to the sound of their smoke alarm just before 4am to find the house next door engulfed in flames.

“All I can hear in my head right now is them screaming for help,” neighbour Jade Bartolo told 9News.

Yesterday Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Kennedy said the house fire was being treated as suspicious.

“We’ve confirmed tragically located the bodies of two adult deceased persons the premises upstairs,” he said before the baby was found.

Aerial view of the townhouse destroyed by fire. (Nine)

“It certainly is being treated as suspicious, prominently because of the intensity of the fire.”

Fire Rescue Victoria in a statement said the structural integrity of the townhouse in the middle, where it is believed the fire began, was compromised.

More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze at the scene, with eight firefighting appliances, including aerial and rescue units, bringing it under control in an hour.



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