Weston residents escape arson attack

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWeston residents escape arson attackBy admin – June 1, 2011 585 Linkedin Advertisement Print RESIDENTS in a Ballinacurra Weston house were lucky to escape uninjured after an arson attack on their home at the weekend.On Saturday, May 28, a house in Hyde Avenue was entered at around 5.45am.A fire was lit causing considerable damage to the house, which was occupied at the time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A smoke alarm sounded, waking the residents, who escaped unharmed.“This appears to have been a deliberate attempt to set fire to this house, with no consideration for the safety of the occupants”, said crime prevention officer, Brian Broderick.“This was a disturbing incident that could have resulted in serious injury, or even the loss of life”.Roxboro Road gardaí are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Hyde Avenue area on Saturday morning, to contact them or the Garda Confidential Phone-line. Twittercenter_img Email WhatsApp Previous articleOscar nominees for Limerick 3DcampNext articleMay plays June weekend admin Facebooklast_img read more

Audio update – Derry shootings condemned

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Audio update – Derry shootings condemned A man in his 60s has been shot in the leg by a masked gang at a house in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry.The incident occurred around 11pm last night.In another incident, shots were fired at a house in Rossnagalliagh. No injuries have been reported.Alderman Mary Hamilton is Chair of the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership. Earlier today, she spoke on the Nine ’til Noon Show……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/mhamilton.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Condemning the attack, Ballymagroarty attack. Cllr Eric McGinley said there can be no place for men with guns on the streets of the city.He says what happened last night is in stark contrast to the positive developments which are ongoing in the area…………………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ericshoot.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Pinterest By News Highland – August 31, 2018 Previous articleSecond Race Around Ireland victory for Joe BarrNext articleAudio Update – Aughnacloy footpaths may need a deep clean News Highland Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Statement to Parliament: The second Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce report

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement to update the House on support for those affected by the Grenfell tragedy…… and on the second report from the Independent Recovery Taskforce.This report will be published in full on Gov.uk and placed in the Library of the House.Nine months on, the shocking and terrible events of 14 June continue to cast a long shadow.I know that it can’t have been easy for the survivors and the bereaved hearing last week…….about the failure of a fire door from the tower that was tested as part of the Metropolitan Police Service investigation.I am confident that the police and Public Inquiry will, in time, provide answers.But, having met survivors and heard their stories……I know that doesn’t take away from the pain and the loss being suffered by those left behind.Their welfare remains our highest priority.Through our continued work supporting the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).And through my Right Honourable Friend’s valuable work as Grenfell Victims’ Minister…… ensuring that their voices and concerns are heard right across government.Work that’s supported by my department and, more widely, by the NHS, by local government and by the voluntary sector.My thanks to everyone who has gone the extra mile to be there for a community which has gone through so much.And to the Taskforce for its work in helping to ensure that – after a slow and confused initial response to the disaster……that the people of North Kensington are receiving better support from RBKC to help them recover and to rebuild their lives.I was clear, when I reflected on the Taskforce’s first report in November, that, while progress was being made……I expected to see swift, effective action to address all the other the issues highlighted……particularly the slow pace of delivery and the need for greater empathy and emotional intelligence.Two things that are absolutely vital if RBKC is to regain the trust of the people it serves.My department has been working closely with RBKC throughout to provide the support and the challenge necessary to drive this work.And I’m pleased to see, from the Taskforce’s second report, that some important progress has been made.RBKC – alongside the government – has put in significant resources……and increased its efforts to provide those affected with greater clarity about the support that’s available to them.We’ve also seen a stronger focus on implementing new ways of working……to drive much-needed cultural change across the council and collaboration with external stakeholders.Plus greater candour about the improvements that still need to be made.But there is much more to do to ensure that residents can see and feel that things are getting better on the ground.Nowhere is this more important than the vital task of rehousing those who lost their homes……a task that, I’ve always been clear, must be sensitive to individual needs, but not use these needs as an excuse to justify any type of delays.Five months on from the fire – at the time of the Taskforce’s first report……122 households out of a total of 204 had accepted an offer of temporary or permanent accommodation.Only 73 households had moved in – and only 26 of those into permanent homes.Today I can report that 188 households have accepted an offer of accommodation.Just over two thirds of these, 128 households, have already moved into new accommodation, 62 of these into permanent homes.This is welcome news, but as the Taskforce’s second report highlights, progress has been far too slow.It was always going to be a challenge to respond to an unprecedented tragedy on this scale……and to secure new accommodation in one of the country’s most expensive locations.But progress has not been made as quickly as it should have done.There are still 82 households in emergency accommodation, including 15 in serviced apartments.With 25 families and 39 children among them.This is totally unacceptable.The suffering that these families have already endured is unimaginable.Living for this long in hotels can only make the process of grieving and recovery even harder.As the Taskforce has said, it’s unlikely that all households will be permanently rehoused by the 1 year anniversary of the fire.This is clearly not good enough.I hoped to have seen much more progress.And it’s very understandable that the people of North Kensington will feel disappointed and let down……even if there are encouraging signs that the pace of rehousing is speeding up.The council now has over 300 properties that are available to those who lost their homes.So each household can now choose a good quality property that meets their needs.With the option of staying in the area if that’s what they wish.To ensure that these homes are taken up, I expect all households……regardless of their level of engagement…….to be given whatever support they require to be rehoused as quickly as possible.The government will continue to play its part and provide help with rehousing and other support for survivors……including financial support currently worth £72 million to date.The weeks ahead will be critical for ensuring that efforts to rehouse survivors go up a gear.I will be closely monitoring this progress and will of course keep this House updated.Mr Speaker, as I said earlier, it’s paramount – that if the council is to regain trust……that the Grenfell community are not just being told that things are changing……but they can see that their views and concerns are being heard and that they are being acted upon.A good example of this – as has been highlighted by the report – is……the transfer of responsibilities from the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) to RBKC……on an interim basis.This happened after residents made it clear that the Tenant Management Organisation could no longer have a role……not only on the Lancaster West estate, but more widely in housing management throughout the borough. Residents have also been engaged in the process of refurbishing the Lancaster West estate……with the government matching the £15 million that the council is investing in this programme.Alongside this, the council will shortly be consulting with residents on the long-term delivery of housing management needs across the borough.And their voices and needs will also be at the heart of the process to determine the future of the Grenfell site and the Public Inquiry…… which has just began its second procedural hearing.There must be an even stronger focus on needs as we go forward and we step up efforts not just on rehousing survivors……but also in helping them to rebuild their lives.And, vitally, rebuilding trust.It’s a process that will clearly take time and unstinting commitment on all sides.As the Taskforce has noted, some progress has been made, but there is no room for complacency.I expect the council to take on board its recommendations……and do more to listen to the community, to improve links with the voluntary sector and to act on the feedback that it gets from the frontline.And I want to thank the Taskforce’s members once again for their valuable contribution……a contribution which will continue for as long as it’s needed.As they have noted, despite the many challenges, there is, I quote……“a level of community spirit and attachment not often seen in local communities in London”.It’s a dynamic and diverse community spirit made stronger during the darkest of days.A spirit that is determined to secure a brighter future for the people of North Kensington.We share that determination and will continue to work with the bereaved, survivors and others.I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

FHP: Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down Turnpike near Jupiter

first_imgFHP currently on scene of a tractor trailer that caught on fire, Florida’s Turnpike southbound at the 120 mile Post. All southbound lanes are blocked at this time, please use caution and seek alternate route. pic.twitter.com/LZ7uURESUc— FHP West Palm Beach (@FHPPalmBeach) January 15, 2020 Major problems for motorists heading out of Martin County into Palm Beach County this morning afte an Amazon Prime semi burst into flames.The big rig was engulfed by flames Wednesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County approaching Indiantown Road, closing all southbound lanes north of Jupiter.Delays were back to Bridge Road.The Florida Department of Transportation website reported the incident occurred at 6:53 a.m.FDOT traffic cameras at 7:10 a.m. showed the tractor-trailer was still on fire with large flames coming out of the trailer and cab.It’s unclear if anyone was hurt, but there are heavy southbound delays between Jupiter and Stuart.By 7:30 a.m., fire crews had arrived and extinguished the blaze, but traffic cameras show the cab and a portion of the trailer were destroyed.SB turnpike before Jupiter Indiantown road closed A semi tractor trailer fire scene is going into the clearing stages pic.twitter.com/l9J7ZPJOWS— Johann Hoffend (@Chopper5WPTV) January 15, 2020last_img read more

NTSB to probe fatal engine failure on Southwest flight

first_imgFederal safety officials plan to question representatives from engine maker CFM International and Boeing about the fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet this year.The National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is expected to last several hours.The board is still investigating the April 17 accident, in which an engine fan blade broke and debris hit the plane, killing a woman who was blown partly out a broken window. Pilots landed the crippled plane safely in Philadelphia.Investigators are focusing on the design and inspection of engine fan blades. After the accident, CFM recommended more advanced and frequent blade inspections, and regulators made those changes mandatory.They will also look into the design of the engine housing, which is supposed to prevent pieces from breaking loose.The Associated Presslast_img read more

New central bank chief takes office in Israel

first_imgJERUSALEM — The Bank of Israel’s new governor says the country’s financial stability should not be taken for granted in a period of “numerous changes in financial markets.”Amir Yaron took office Monday following several weeks of volatility in Israeli and international markets. At a ceremony in the presence of Israel’s president, prime minister and other dignitaries, Yaron says his immediate challenge is “the normalization of monetary policy.” He says he views the interest rate as “the main and most effective tool” for directing such policy.The University of Pennsylvania business school professor is an Israeli national who has taught banking and finance at the Wharton School since 2009. He replaces outgoing Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug, who recently concluded her five-year term.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Highway 97 closed near McLeod Lake

first_imgEmergency crews are on scene.For more updates, visit www.drivebc.caHere is the full message from Drivebc.caHighway 97, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Hodda Lake FSR and Haight Rd (12 km south of McLeod Lake). Road closed. Crews are on scene. Estimated time of re-opening Mon Jul 1 at 8:00 AM PDT. Next update time Sun Jun 30 at 9:00 PM PDT. Last updated Sun Jun 30 at 6:43 PM PDT. (DBC-9745) UPDATE as of 7am the Highway is open in both directions.McLEOD LAKE, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed in both directions at McLeod Lake after a motor vehicle collision.According to Drivebc.ca, the Highway will be closed until at least 8 a.m. July 1, 2019.  The collision is between the Hodda Lake FSR and Haight Road approximately 12km south of McLeod Lake.last_img read more

IT services sector may log 9% growth in next fiscal

first_imgMumbai: The information technology services sector is estimated to clock a flat growth of upto 9 percent in the fiscal year 2019-20, a report said Monday. The growth will be at par with the 9.1 percent growth achieved by the sector in FY19, according to industry lobby Nasscom. The grouping has discontinued a 25-year-old practice of coming out with growth estimates citing the changes in the landscape which makes the job harder. Domestic rating agency Icra said the sector will clock a 7-9 percent growth in $in FY20 mainly on demand for digital solutions. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The earlier small-scale proof of concept digital projects has started evolving into enterprise level larger implementations coupled with improvement in discretionary spend supporting future growth,” its vice president Gaurav Jain said. The traditional mainstay of banking and financial services will experience some weakness on low interest rates, focus on cost optimisation and managing discretionary spending, it said, adding that insurance companies are supporting the growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFirming oil prices will lead to some discretionary spends by energy firms on digital spends and give the IT firms some good news, while retail is also showing improvement in the first nine months of FY19. From a profitability perspective, the rating agency said margins were flattish in the third quarter of FY19 on pricing pressure, increased regulatory costs, wage inflation and higher onshore hiring and sub-contracting cost necessitated by visa curbs. However, the overall margins are estimated to decline to 20.8 percent in FY20 for its 19 sample companies from 22.5 percent in FY18. Indian companies have started to ramp-up on-shore hiring in its largest market of US on visa issuance norms being tightened by restricting the entry-level programmers coupled with increasing compliance and evidence requirements adding to cost pressures, it said. There will be higher consolidation in the industry, especially among the small and mid-size players, owing to margin pressures in the next decade, it said. From a credit outlook perspective, the rating agency said it expects some stability on the ability of the sector to sustain free cash flows.last_img read more

Non-fixation of minimum wages, closed gardens main poll issues in Bengal tea belt

first_imgKolkata: Non-fixation of minimum wages for workers and closed tea gardens are the main factors during the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal to be held in the state’s tea belt. The tea belt is located in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars region of North Bengal where 3 lakh odd permanent workers are employed in around 300 gardens. The Terai and Dooars regions consist of the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts of West Bengal and a part of Assam. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Polling in Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats would be held on April 11 and while Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies would go to polls on April 18. Trade union leaders who owe allegiance to various political parties said they have been demanding implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens for long but the issue has not been resolved. Tea industry sources said the issue was deliberated at length in the minimum wage advisory committee formed by the state government, but it has not been finalised. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Submissions to the advisory board on minimum wage had been made by both the employers and trade unions, and now the ball is in the court of the government, the sources said. Ziaul Alam, convenor of the joint forum of 29 trade unions in the tea belt spearheaded by the CITU, alleged that the Trinamool Congress government betrayed the sentiments of the tea workers by not giving them minimum wages. Sources said the largest tea growing state, Assam, had also not decided on the implementation of minimum wages. “Taking a cue from this, the government of West Bengal has adopted a wait and watch approach,” the sources said. Alam said, “The overall economic situation in the tea gardens was not healthy and the workers were unable to strike a balance between income and expenditure due to rising prices of essential items of daily use.” Presently, tea garden workers in West Bengal are given a cash benefit of Rs 176 per day besides other non-cash benefits like ration. Mani Kumar Dhamal of the INTUC and Sankar Das of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, also felt that non-fixation of the minimum wages for tea garden workers would be a deciding factor in this elections. The other major factor which could come at play at the polls is the issue of closed gardens. Dhamal claimed that both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress had promised to re-open closed tea gardens but that did not happen. Sources said there were 16-17 closed gardens affecting nearly 24,000 employees. Dhamal said, “In the absence of any policy, it is not known how the closed tea gardens will be reopened.” This, he said, had cast a fear in the minds of the workers of these gardens and they have started migrating to South India and other places. “There is no job security in the tea belt,” he said. Industry sources said, since the land on which the gardens are located was given on lease by the government and not freehold, it was difficult to implement land-based panchayat schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana. TMC’s Darjeeling candidate Amar Singh Rai said minimum wage is definitely an issue which needs to be resolved. “The tea garden workers are in distress and there is a need to fix the minimum wage,” he said adding that he would raise the issue in the appropriate forum, if elected. Das claimed that the mood is in favour of the BJP now as the party had done a good job in Darjeeling. In the last Lok Sabha polls, S S Ahluwalia of the BJP won from Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency with the backing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the major local force. However, this time the saffron party fielded Raju Singh Bista.last_img read more