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Warning sounded over dangerous buildings

first_img Previous articleHave your say: Should Sarsfield’s statue be moved?Next articlePride of place needed to clean up city admin “We certainly don’t want a repeat of what happened in Cork a few years ago when a disused building collapsed on to the street killing an innocent person,” he said.“Because these buildings are not currently being used for either residential or commercial use there is a greater danger that they will deteriorate at a faster pace, leading to possible structural concerns and safety issues, and as the city council is the local statutory agency with responsibility for planning and building control, we must carry out a complete structural and safety audit without delay.“Once this report is completed we can consider its findings and formally instruct the owners to comply with the recommendations made, so as to ensure that no member of the public is in any way in danger from walking close to the buildings involved”.Cllr Leddin has been informed that the City Hall management have had a number of discussions with the owners of the site.“The sooner we consider and agree alternative options for this site – such as a city centre transport hub for cars and buses, the better”. Twitter NewsLocal NewsWarning sounded over dangerous buildingsBy admin – October 2, 2010 592 Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Email CONCERN that one or a number of buildings located in the area designated to the stalled Opera Centre might collapse on to a street, has been voiced by Cllr Joe Leddin, who has called on Limerick City Council to instigate an inspection of all the buildings included in the original proposed development. Pointing out that many of the buildings are over 100 years old and have not been occupied for many years, the Labour councillor said that many front on to streets with high levels of pedestrian traffic.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Breaking: Emergency services attending fire in Raphoe

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Emergency services are currently attending the scene of a fire in Raphoe.The blaze broke out earlier this morning at a premises on the Diamond, in the centre of the town.Fire fighters have managed have to bring the fire under control however considerable damage is said to have been caused to the property as a result of the blaze.The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.The area has been sealed off with Gardai expected to carry out a full forensic examination later today.Anyone with information is being urged to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0719167100 Breaking: Emergency services attending fire in Raphoe By News Highland – May 29, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Previous articleMinister urged to address hospital cancellations issue in northwestNext articleSix of Ireland’s 13 MEPs now elected News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: City to legally challenge Newsom’s California beach closures

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 233,000 people worldwide.Over 3.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than one million diagnosed cases and at least 63,019 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:8:24 a.m.: Two investigations launched after decomposing bodies found at Brooklyn funeral homeNew York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker’s office is investigating the Andrew T. Cleckley funeral home in Brooklyn, where as many as 100 decomposing bodies were found in un-refrigerated trucks. “Funeral homes and morgues must be accountable for their actions or lack thereof, and we will do everything under our authority to protect health and safety,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. Abandoning, neglecting, abusing or failing to treat with dignity and respect, a dead human body entrusted to the licensee, is a violation of misconduct under public health law. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is also investigating. Police responded to reports Wednesday of a foul odor outside the funeral home and discovered dozens of decomposing bodies in two U-Haul trucks and a U-Haul van.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the circumstance “unconscionable” and noted the city has been transferring some of the coronavirus victims to freezer trucks for preservation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is building long-term storage for corpses as part of its Disaster Portable Morgue Unit with a capacity of nearly 3,000.5:51 a.m.: Four inmates dead, 600 test positive at BOP prisonFour inmates have died of COVID-19 at Terminal Island prison, a low security federal correctional institution in San Pedro, California.Another 600, nearly 60-percent of the prison population, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“The government has a responsibility to protect people in its care, including inmates,” Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan, whose district includes Terminal Island, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV in a statement. “The leadership at Terminal Island has clearly failed to do that.”“There are alternatives that can keep non-violent inmates safe, like home confinement. We need prison leadership to consider those alternatives, especially to the vulnerable, and stop the spread of this disease at Terminal Island,” Barragan’s statement said.Inside the Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, there are 1,692 federal inmates and 349 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide. There have been at least 33 inmate coronavirus deaths in BOP facilities, according to the organization.3:08 a.m.: City votes to legally challenge Newsom beach closure orderThe Huntington Beach City Council voted to pursue a legal challenge to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s beach closure order Thursday night.“Governor Newsom’s mandate to close all beaches in Orange County today was a jarring decision that significantly impacts us here in Huntington Beach,” Mayor Lyn Semeta said in a statement. “Given that Orange County has among the lowest per-capita COVID-19 death rates in California, the action by the state prioritizes politics over data, in direct contradiction of the Governor’s stated goal to allow science and facts to guide our response to this horrible global pandemic.”The council voted 5-2 to seek “any and all legal actions necessary” to challenge Newsom’s order.Newsom said photos of overcrowding at beaches with little social distancing gave him no choice but to protect public health by ordering the beaches close.“Everyone saw those images and we’re all concerned about that. … That’s what ultimately led to this decision,” Newsom said Thursday.California has more than 50,000 diagnosed COVID-19 cases, with at least 2,036 deaths across the state. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Helen Walsh – Brass

first_imgI was handed this book on the way to the gym. Wandering through sun-dappled cloisters, the sounds of birdsong and cricket practise enveloping me, I thumbed idly through the first chapter. Nothing could quite prepare me for the hard-hitting nature of this novel. By the third page I am deeply involved in lesbian sex with a hooker in a graveyard. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, by page ten I am trying desperately to hold my own in a world of strobe-lit flings and comedowns from drugs I have never heard of, described in language I never knew existed. I totally and utterly fail. Having thrown the Oxford English Dictionary into the nearest skip in a rage of apoplexy at its inadequacy, however, I resolve to plough on nonetheless. So, enthroned on the left-hand exercise bike in LA fitness, I follow foul-mouthed, fouler-tempered Millie O’Reilly from solitary drinking binges to molesting teenagers in club toilets, on a trail of selfdestruction punctuated by passages of amazingly evocative description. One such passage depicting an ecstasy-enhanced thunderstorm over the Merseyside docks is spellbinding; those expressing the ineffable joy of voiding one’s bowels when coked up, less so. Alluringly promising “a female perspective on the harsh truth of growing up in today’s Britain”, the author, though sufficiently compassionate, fails to create a character which those eager to discover this new perspective can identify with. Arena may have called Walsh the female Irvine Welsh but she falls far short of this title in Brass. Insufficient depth is given to the emotional build-up to Millie’s odyssey of self-abuse, and her eventual break-down, though inevitable enough, seems to come when the author’s, rather than the heroine’s, stamina fails. That said, however, Walsh presents a shocking portrait of the underbelly of Liverpool Cathedral’s area; an understanding of which creeps up slowly but suddenly overpowers, much like, Walsh assures me, a particularly pure Ecstasy tablet.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

How to Avoid Being a Target for Thieves

first_imgHow to Avoid Being a Target for ThievesMARCH 19TH, 2019 JOYLYN BUKOVAC EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Many of us post to social media without even thinking twice, but if you are leaving town you could be inviting bad guys in. Empty homes are a target for thieves.Everyone has their own way of preparing for going out of town, but in today’s world, you never know when danger is going to strike.“We make sure our windows are locked because people can slip out your screens and raise a window very easily and enter your house that way,” says the homeowner, Vicky Burnett.Homeowners can do several things to protect one of their biggest assets, like locking up all entry and exits.Many people keep a spare key outside, but if you are packing up to head out, it’s time to bring the key inside or give it to a trusted family member, neighbor, or friend.“Believe it or not, criminals will look around for an extended period of time looking for that key,” says Sgt. Todd Ringle.“Our son and his family live right behind us and he comes and checks on the house every day,” says Burnett.If you do not have a trustworthy neighbor to watch after your home while you are gone, home security systems and self-timers are the next big thing to keep criminals away.“If you have lights or radio or television that will go on and off throughout the day, it makes it look like someone is actually inside of your home,” says Sgt. Ringle.Besides stopping your mail and taking out your trash, there is one more way to trick burglars that may be waiting to break into your home.“Social media always plays a role in home burglaries,” says Sgt. Ringle. “You know, Keep in mind that when you go away on vacation, the last thing you want to do is get on Facebook or Twitter and tell the world that you are away on vacation. Keep that information private.”CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgConstruction will cause detours along Bay Avenue. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for the week of Dec. 16 to 20:As of the end of the day Friday, the contractor’s south crew will have installed new PVC pipe, backfilled and paved to a point midway between 24th and 25th streets. The north crew will have progressed southward and completed the same work to a point immediately south of 16th Street.From Monday to Friday, the work will continue in the same directions for both crews.Traffic:On Monday, Bay Avenue will be closed from 34th to 14th streets. Detours will be established to divert motorists to West Avenue, with police stationed at 14th Street for traffic control.It is expected that by the end of the week, the south crew will be working north of 24th Street. Once this happens, the closure of Bay Avenue will be between 24th and 14th streets.See full project update.last_img read more

Relive The Magic Of LOCKN’ 2018 With These Fabulous Photo Galleries

first_imgLoad remaining images LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24–26/2018 | Photo: Sam Shinault Over the weekend, LOCKN’ took over Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia, marking one of the most buzzed-about music festivals of the summer. In 2018, the festival offered a truly standout lineup, with a who’s-who of the live music scene including Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Foundation Of Funk, George Clinton & P-Funk, Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and many more. In addition to these already high-profile acts, the festival curated a number of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and tributes, cementing it as one of the best festivals this year.To commemorate the musical madness that was LOCKN’ 2018, check out these galleries of photos from across the weekend via Dave Vann and Sam Shinault, and we’ll see you back at Infinity Downs Farm next year!LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/23/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining imagescenter_img Load remaining images Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Queen Biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Brings In $50 Million First Weekend In North America

first_imgLast week, 20th Century Fox debuted their new Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. The new film features Rami Malek, the award-winning Mr. Robot actor, as Freddie Mercury, as well as Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers. After years of anticipation, fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury finally got the chance to experience the band’s iconic story in theaters—and the response was huge. The musical biopic brought in $50 million on its opening weekend in North America, plus an additional $72 million internationally.Heathrow Airport Baggage Handlers Perform Queen-Inspired Dance In Honor Of Freddie Mercury’s Birthday [Watch]As Billboard points out, “Bohemian Rhapsody boasts the second-largest start of all time for a music biopic even when adjusted for inflation — only trailing behind N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton at $60.2 million.”As a recent press release describes the storyline of the film:Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.However, the biopic’s success didn’t come easily. As Billboard notes,Rhapsody’s astounding performance at the box office comes after a tumultuous period leading up to the film’s release, including criticism that the film erased Mercury’s queer identity, production that came to a screeching halt late last year and accusations of sexual assault and improper on-set conduct leveled against the film’s original director, Bryan Singer — who was replaced mid-production.Still, there’s plenty to celebrate. The release of Bohemian Rhapsody has also revived interest in the iconic rock band’s music. Sales of its soundtrack have given Queen its 17th Top 40 album on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 equivalent album units earned — 12,000 of which were through traditional album sales. The music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” also drew more interest leading up to the film, averaging 1 million views per day last week on top of the over 670 million it had already accumulated. Bohemian Rhapsody – Official Teaser Trailer[Video: 20th Century Fox]last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes G. Love, Mike Quinn At Charlotte SHOUT! Festival [Videos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Umphrey’s McGee offered up a two-set performance at Charlotte, NC’s Charlotte SHOUT! Festival held at Romare Bearden Park.Following an opening set from G. Love & Special Sauce, Umphrey’s McGee opened up their first frame with “Remind Me”, a collaboratively written tune off of the band’s 2018 It’s Not Us release. The six-piece charged forward with tenacity as they sandwiched “Sociable Jimmy” in between an exploratory “Nemo”. Umphrey’s continued on with “Roulette” and “Triple Wide” before inviting up G. Love and Ryan Stasik‘s Doom Flamingo bandmate, Mike Quinn, for a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”. The ensemble tore up the Sticky Fingers cut for only the third time ever, bringing their electric first set to a close.Following a brief setbreak, the band returned to open their second set with “Nothing Too Fancy”, which would ultimately be left open-ended and finished as the set-closer. Moving out of “Nothing Too Fancy”, Umphrey’s McGee coasted into “Partyin’ Peeps”, followed by fan-favorites “Bridgeless”, “Attachments”, “Wappy Sprayberry”, and “Glory”. “Glory” gave way to an explosive segue back into “Nothing Too Fancy” to close out the second set. The band returned to deliver a lone encore of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”.Check out some fan-shot clips of Umphrey’s Charlotte SHOUT! Festival throwdown below: Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a series of performances throughout the weekend at Summer Camp Music Festival, set for May 24th through 26th. Head to Umphrey’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Charlotte SHOUT! Festival | Charlotte, NC | 5/10/2019Set One: Remind Me, Slacker, Nemo > Sociable Jimmy > Nemo, Roulette > Triple Wide, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking[1]Set Two: Nothing Too Fancy > Partyin’ Peeps, Bridgeless > Attachments, Wappy Sprayberry > Bridgeless, Glory > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Comfortably Numb[1] w/ G. Love on harp and Mike Quinn (Doom Flamingo) on saxlast_img read more

A bloomin’ spectacle

first_imgThe elusive titan arum is a prehistoric sight. The unusual plant, housed at the greenhouse at the Biological Laboratories building, is more than 4 feet tall with a skyward-jutting branch called an inflorescence that’s more reptilian than tabletop bouquet.Blooming began on Sunday (July 11), and on Monday the oddity sent flocks of Harvard employees across campus to witness the phenomenon. Douglas Goldman, an associate at the Harvard University Herbaria, was on site to explain the plant’s origin. Indigenous only to the rainforests of Sumatra, the plant was germinated at the University of Connecticut in 1995 and brought to Harvard by Goldman in 2002.This is the first time it’s bloomed in its eight-year stay at Harvard, he revealed. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. When blooming, the plant releases a putrid fragrance — like that of rotting meat. The scent is meant to attract flies, which then pollinate the plant.Titan arum’s scientific name — Amorphophallus titanum — refers to the plant’s extraordinary inflorescence.Lasting only a few days before dying, the inflorescence can reach over 10 feet in circumference and 8 to 9 feet in height. But greenhouse staff intentionally kept this specimen on the small side. By using a smaller pot, the plant’s growth is restricted.Goldman plans to cut up the plant and store it as a specimen in the Harvard Herbaria’s vast holdings. However, the titan arum will live on. The corm — its underground spherical stem — will produce another structure yet, which Goldman hopes will bloom again … in another five years.Read more about the titan arum.last_img read more