Had the planning permission been given the green light, an additional 1,000 Salesforce staff could have been accommodated at the site, Ronan had claimed. And it was a double blow for the developer, after Spencer Place Development Co Ltd - co-owned by the Ronan Group and Colony Capital - was also refused planning permission for a companion application to increase to 13 storeys a residential and aparthotel plan in the Docklands. The double refusal came in spite of heavy lobbying of Government ministers and Dublin City Council by Ronan and Salesforce over recent months in a bid to ease height restrictions on buildings in the Docklands. And while the concept of building up is increasingly cited as one of the solutions to our commercial and residential property woes, it is not without its detractors, with some commentators highlighting that it is adding to price inflation in an already dysfunctional property market. "There's an implication that building high-rise means cheaper and faster … [Read more...] about High living: the answer for city housing or just pie in the sky?
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On the outside, this house looks like any other Valleys home. Set on the main road in the Rhondda, the large end-of-terrace property looks very similar to many others in the area - with a traditional stone front, a large garden and a garage. But step inside this house and you'll find it's far from ordinary. As you walk through the front door, you're transported into a world of luxury and glamour. And the house - a former Valleys bakery and greengrocer - is filled from floor to ceiling with opulent, lavish and grandiose decor, that wouldn't look out of place inside a stately home or Venetian mansion. The house is owned by Denise and Michael Protheroe, who've spent the last decade gradually transforming it into their dream home - which they now share with their three Shitzu's Coco, Sparkle and Gucci, and their bird Twinkle. Denise - who's originally from Liverpool, met Michael, from Rhondda, while on holiday in Corfu around 12 years ago. "When I first came up here, everyone thought I was … [Read more...] about The ordinary looking terraced house with a very unique interior
Champagne is now connected: Thanks to tracking technology, champagne houses now have tools to better guard against fraud while gaining a new channel to interact with their customers. Using a combination of unique QR codes and radio-frequency identification (RFID) emitters integrated into the label or the bottleneck foil, each bottle of bubbly can now be tracked to help battle counterfeiting of the luxury product. "In 2016, we didn't print any connected labels. In 2019 we'll be at one million! The market has doubled each year," said Arnold Deregnaucourt, head of Billet, a company which has specialised in printing labels for champagne bottles for more than a century. While a number of firms like Adents, Antares Vision and Tesa Scribos offer food and beverage makers a way to track their goods, Billet hopes that its long history working with the champagne industry will give it an advantage in adapting the technology to its practices. Laurent Berns, founder of TraceAWine, a technology … [Read more...] about Connected champagne putting a cork in bogus bubbly
From staff and wire reports Published 12:25 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Alabama Birmingham: The city is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available. WBRC-TV reports that the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts. City leaders are considering a plan to expand such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin. Mobile stores wouldn’t be allowed on vacant lots, and they couldn’t operate within 1,000 feet of stores that sell similar food items. They could set up shop in commercial area and neighborhoods. The city says about 70% of residents live in areas that don’t have stores offering healthy food. The problem is getting worse with store closings in recent years. Alaska Anchorage: A minister is leading an effort to help an impoverished Native village create a new economy with the … [Read more...] about News from around our 50 states
Nearly 160,000 apartments at private properties with federal contracts have failed at least one inspection since 1999. Violations range from electrical hazards to rampant vermin to piles of garbage.In 2015 alone, families in subsidized housing reported at least 155,000 more cases of childhood asthma than expected.The GAO told Congress that HUD's inspection processes are outdated and need a thorough overhaul. Natchez, Miss. - In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. The bugs lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. It was home, sweet home for Destiny Johnson and her kids -- until she got fed up and moved out last month. Inspectors had cited the apartment complex with urgent health and safety violations for the past … [Read more...] about The crumbling state of federally funded housing for the poor