Council could lease ghost estate houses

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncil could lease ghost estate housesBy admin – March 31, 2011 748 Linkedin Email Facebook WhatsApp SOME houses lying vacant on unfinished estates in the city could be used for social housing, says Cllr Tom Shortt.He told a meeting of Limerick City Council this week that with 3,500 on the city’s waiting housing list, a special case could be put to the Department of the Environment that vacant properties be allocated to the council.“We should be negotiating for the sale or lease of some of these properties – some of them could be used for social housing – we should pursue this,” he urged.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr John Gilligan pointed out that the council did not create the problem of ghost estates.“Water and sewerage is essential but we do not have the capacity to go in and finish all of the estates, but Cllr Ger Fahy said that Waller’s Close, which has 10 houses, requires just “some outside works remaining to be completed“As it is, we have vacant houses there which attract anti-social activity and become targeted”.Cllr Joe Leddin recommended that where there is a genuine problem with the provision of water and sewerage, the estates concerned should be categorised in terms of priority and value of the bonds outstanding, which in many cases, would not cover the costs involved.“We must ensure that we, as a local authority, are not out of pocket on this. Is there, I wonder, any provision for us to go in to these estates and carry out emergency works because as it is, we have people living on building sites, with fencing and hoardings torn down, and one unfinished estate has no bond – I thought this was essential to secure planning permission”.center_img Twitter Print Advertisement Previous articlePlea to bulldoze Hyde Road ‘eyesore’Next articleThomond Park to miss out on Inter Milan adminlast_img read more

Former Duke Energy CEO dies at 71

first_imgLouisville, Ky. —  Jim Rogers, the iconic former chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, died Monday in Louisville, Ky. He was 71.“Our industry has lost one of its most influential and extraordinary leaders,” said Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. “I was fortunate to work alongside Jim and see his dynamic leadership skill up close. He was not afraid to tackle the hard questions with a personable style that brought people together for positive solutions. We will miss Jim but we will also long remember his accomplishments and his mission to light the world.”Rogers became president and CEO of Duke Energy following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO for more than 11 years.Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he served as chairman, president and CEO of PSI Energy from 1988 until 1994. He retired as Duke Energy CEO in 2013 – one year after the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger made the company the largest electric utility in the nation.During his tenure, Rogers led Duke Energy to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and steered the company to more renewable energy, a focus that continues today. Duke Energy has reduced carbon emissions 31 percent since 2005 and has invested $7 billion in wind and solar facilities across the nation.Born in Birmingham, Ala., Rogers spent most of his childhood in Danville, Ky. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at University of Kentucky.  Rogers worked as a reporter at Lexington Herald-Leader early in his career. He later served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky and held numerous legal positions in the government and private sectors.Rogers was one of the first leaders in the energy industry to speak about the changes needed in the face of climate change. As CEO at Cinergy in 2003, he pushed the company’s first Sustainability Report – and continued that publication after moving to Duke Energy.Since leaving Duke Energy, he devoted much of his energy to the issue of how rural people in low-income nations can get access to clean, sustainable electricity. He frequently wrote and lectured on the topic. In 2015, he wrote the book “Lighting the World,” which further explored the topic.In 2014, he was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his 25 years of service and exemplary contributions to the electric utility industry. He was the 2013 recipient of the United States Energy Association Award, and was named the most influential person in the power generation industry by Power Engineering magazine and the energy industry’s CEO of the Year by Platts.He was the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, former co-chair of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. In 2011, he was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Award. The Charlotte Business Journal also named him its Business Person of the Year for 2011.Moving to Charlotte in 2006, Rogers became an important figure to the growth of the city. He was co-chair of the host committee for the Democratic National Convention, which was held in Charlotte in 2012. Queens University’s science and health building in Charlotte – Rogers Hall – is named for him.last_img read more

Gang leader who attempted to escape a prison found dead in his cell

first_imgNews outlets in Brazil are reporting that the gang leader who attempted to escape a jail by dressing up as his teen daughter has been found dead in his cell.Clauvino da Silva was found dead Tuesday in what authorities believe was the result of suicide.Da Silva made headlines Monday after Brazilian authorities caught him attempting walk out of the front doors of the jail wearing a mask, a wig, and women’s shirt, and skinny jeans.Authorities said they noticed something was off when Da Silva began acting suspiciously after he was asked for his ID.He was then made to strip off his disguise in front of cameras. The video was then leaked to media outlets where it went viral.Da Silva was moved to solitary confinement where authorities later found his body.last_img read more

Cam Newton promises he’ll give Patriots an upgrade over Tom Brady in at least one area

first_img“You’re getting a dog. You’re getting one of these ticked-off dogs, too,” Newton said. “I’m looking at the schedule like, who do we play? ‘That team passed on me. That team passed on me. They could have came and got me. They hollered at me.’“I had to count the days I was unemployed. It was 86 nights. That’s three months. And I’m going through it, and I’m like … people are going and getting signed. And I’m looking at it, and you can’t say I’m old, because people older than me are getting signed. You can’t say it’s about injury, because people who are more injured than me are getting signed. Then you can’t say the talent.“So I’m, like, hold on. I’ll be the first person to tell you: The last two years, I haven’t been putting the best film on tape. That’s just honesty. But … there’s other people that’s putting sh—ty film out there that’s getting picked up. I’m feeling disrespected. Every team, at one point, had to say, ‘OK, fellas, Cam Newton — what do we think? Eh. Pass.’” In a roundtable conversation with former New York Giants star Victor Cruz, Browns wideout Odell Beckham and Rams running back Todd Gurley on a YouTube program called “The Bigger Picture,” Newton declared that he is undaunted in replacing Brady with the Patriots because he can bring elements to the attack that were unavailable to the Pats during the past two decades.MORE: “Madden 21” ratings: Best players by position“We have to talk about the elephant in the room,” Newton said. “You know who you’re coming after. I’m like, yeah, great. What he was, what he is, is great. It needs no talking, even, about it.“But one thing about it, though: Coach McDaniels, you’re going to be able to call some stuff you ain’t never been able to call, now.”Brady has made 14 Pro Bowls and established a reputation for his leadership, vision and accuracy as a passer. But it seems safe to say that, aside from quarterback sneaks, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has called for Brady to execute a running play less often than Brady has won Super Bowls with the Patriots.Brady has averaged 1.7 yards per rush in his career. In 17 full seasons as a starter, he produced one run of longer than 20 yards.Newton has averaged 5.1 yards per rush and has more yards in his past two full seasons (1,242) than Brady does in his entire career. Newton has a career-long rush of 72 yards, and another that went for 69 yards.Newton promised in the program that New England is getting a highly motivated player after he was released by the Panthers and waited an extended period to be signed by the Patriots.MORE: Greg Olsen’s slow move to Fox booth is now complete The last time we saw Cam Newton on a football field, he was wearing a Carolina Panthers uniform and dealing with a busted wheel.He’s talking now as if he has been rejuvenated in both form and fashion — and might be able to function as an upgrade over the Patriots’ previous QB.last_img read more