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

Watch Widespread Panic Play “L.A. Woman” For The First Time Since 1997

first_imgLast night, Widespread Panic continued their three-night stand at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, treating fans to more bust outs, covers, and highlights for this Halloweekend celebration.The show opened with “Coconut,” which was busted out earlier this year. This was the first time the song opened a show since 2007, giving the show a special start for the fans. “Dirty Business” made its first appearance of 2016 in that first set as well, and the band rocked it along with hits like “Sharon,” “Sell Sell” and a set-closing “Tail Dragger.”Though the second set was full of great Panic jamming, it was the show’s encore that truly provided the highlights of the night. The band opened up their encore with a cover of The Doors’ “L.A. Woman,” played for the first time since Halloween night of 2007. Nine years later, and the band really nailed it! Check out video of the bust out below, courtesy of MrTopDogger.Finally, the band continued their Black Sabbath streak with “Iron Man” to close out the show. “Iron Man” was another big bust out, as the band hadn’t played that since Halloween of 2011. The song marked the band’s seventh consecutive encore with a Black Sabbath cover, one for each night of this fall tour. All eyes are on tonight’s show, as fans wonder how this Sabbath theme will play into the Halloween performance.Check out the full setlist from last night below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at 1STBANK Center, Broomfield, CO – 10/29/16Set 1 Coconut*, Holden Oversoul, Sleepy Monkey, Dirty Business** > Sharon, Sell Sell, Cease Fire, Jamais Vu, Tail Dragger (76 mins)Set 2 Surprise Valley > Tie Your Shoes > Surprise Valley > Blackout Blues, A Hard Rain’s A~Gonna Fall, Chainsaw City***, Mercy > Drumz > Hatfield, Love Tractor (80 mins)Encore L. A. Woman**** > Iron Man***** (14 mins)Notes* Last Opened 4.15.07 ~ Columbia, SC** LTP 10.25.15 ~ Milwaukee*** Jennifer Kreps on Shakere**** LTP 10.31.97 ~ NOLA ~ 1,462 shows ~ The Doors***** LTP 10.31.11 ~ Chicago ~ 309 showslast_img read more

The Nuclear South

first_img For every one pound of uranium mined, 999 pounds of uranium waste is generated. Much of that waste could end up in rivers. Nuclear power in the South is becoming an environmental and social issue. Sites like this litter the Southeastern U.S. Sites like this litter the Southeastern U.S.The South is the nuclear capital of the world, with more nuclear power plants than anywhere else on the planet. It is also home to one of the country’s largest nuclear waste repositories in Augusta, Ga., and the world’s largest nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.But has Japan’s nuclear disaster shifted public opinion away from nuclear energy in the South? Virginia’s state legislature will soon find out. Uranium mining has been banned in Virginia for 30 years, but the state legislature is expected to decide whether or not to lift this ban in favor of mining projects that could potentially help stimulate the economy. The first such project is being planned by Virginia Uranium Inc., a private company hoping to mine and mill the Coles Hill uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County, just north of Danville. The deposit holds an estimated 120 million pounds of uranium valued at around $10 billion, making it the largest in the U.S.“We feel that in the next several months there will be a really strong push to lift the ban,” said Peter Raabe, a conservation director for American Rivers. “The cost of uranium has skyrocketed…That’s why this year it was so important for us to list the Roanoke River.”The Roanoke River is listed on the country’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 because of the proposed uranium mine, which could poison the beloved paddling, fishing, and hiking opportunities in the Roanoke River’s watershed.“The uranium mining would generate millions of tons of toxic, cancer-causing waste,” says Raabe. “It’s a radioactive legacy that would last for generations.”The Nuclear LandscapeEven as Germany prepares to shut down all of its nuclear plants (and as Japan, Italy, and Switzerland all scale back their nuclear programs), the Southeastern U.S. is moving forward with plans to build five new nuclear reactors by 2020. These would be the first new nuclear plants in the United States since the 1979 disaster at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.Yet the economic viability of new plants is up for debate. New reactors were already going to be expensive, but heightened regulation stemming from the nuclear crisis in Japan is forcing costs up even more. New plants could require anywhere from $18 billion to $54 billion in federal subsidies – subsidies that renewable energy companies and environmentalists say should be going to the solar and wind industries instead. A study by Duke University last year found that solar power is already cheaper than nuclear power in North Carolina. Now, even GE is projecting that solar could be cheaper than nuclear and fossil fuels in three to five years. Add to that a recent UN report finding that 80 percent of the entire world’s energy could come from renewable sources in 40 years if governments implement more supportive policies, and it’s not surprising that many are beginning to question the Southeast’s commitment to the nuclear industry.The Southeast is already home to 104 nuclear plants; Charlotte, N.C., has eight nuclear power facilities within 40 miles of downtown. Aiken, S.C. has volunteered to be the country’s nuclear fuel reprocessing site. If Virginia opens its doors to uranium mining in 2012, even more nuclear plants—and nuclear waste—could be headed this way.Job CreationVirginia Uranium Inc. estimates that the Coles Hill project in the Roanoke River Basin could create 325 new jobs if uranium mining becomes legal in Virginia. About one-third of employees would work in the mine and the other two-thirds would work in the mill, says project manager Patrick Wales. Mining is the process of removing the ore and waste rock from the underground mine, while milling is the process of extracting the uranium from the ore. “90 percent of those employees come from skill sets we have in Southside, Virginia,” Wales said. “Only about 10 percent could come from existing operations elsewhere.”That’s not insignificant for Pittsylvania County, whose population is just over 60,000 and whose unemployment rate is just under 9 percent. The salaries for these jobs range from $39,000 to $163,000.Mining and milling jobs, though, come with occupational risk. Neal Merrifield of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration explains that uranium miners face many of the same risks that other miners do (including exposure to silica, diesel exhaust, and noise), but with the added danger of radiation exposure. “Radon can become inhaled and deposited in the lung where it can irradiate living tissue and pose a lung cancer risk. In some mines, there can be multiple lung cancer risks: diesel particulate matter, radiation, and silica.”In the southwestern U.S., decades of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation resulted in drastically increased rates of lung cancer and respiratory illness. Merrifield says that safe mining is achievable. “The key,” he emphasizes, “is to identify hazards, assess exposures, and implement effective engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposures.”Water WorriesAmong outdoor enthusiasts, local farmers, and environmental advocates alike, the greatest concern about the Coles Hill project is the mining’s nuclear waste—and the impact of that waste on water resources. Every 1,000 pounds of ore mined yields only about one pound of usable uranium compound. The other 999 pounds make up waste or “tailings” that retain 85 percent of the original radioactivity for hundreds of thousands of years. This is according to data from the city of Virginia Beach, which commissioned a study examining the impact of nuclear waste from Coles Hill on the region’s drinking water supply. 1 2 3last_img read more

Balogun Injured, May Miss Zambia Qualifier

first_imgZambia welcome Nigeria to Ndola on October 9 in an opening round of the final phase of the qualifying series for Russia 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s build-up to next month’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia has suffered a big blow after defender Leon Balogun was forced out of a German Bundesliga game yesterday.Balogun, who has formed a superb central defence partnership for the Super Eagles with Norway-based William Troost-Ekong, limped out after just nine minutes at home for Mainz 05 against Bayer Leverkusen. It is suspected he has suffered a hamstring injury and a scan will determine how long he will now be sidelined.The 28-year-old defender has featured in all five league games for Mainz this season. And only this past week, he was named in the prestigious Bundesliga Team of the Week. His club eventually lost the home game 3-2 and they are now eighth on the table with seven points from five matches.last_img read more