Huge drop in social housing refits in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenMaurice Quinlivan TD with John Nugent, Sinn Féin Representative at the Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonHOUSING Minister Eoghan Murphy has been criticised for a whopping 86 per cent drop in the number of vacant social housing units being brought back into use in Limerick.Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan this week hit out at the government’s housing policy, criticising the huge number of local authority houses lying idle in Limerick, as they await central government funding for refurbishment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “My constituency office is inundated with working families with nowhere to live. This government has completely failed to get a handle on the homelessness and housing crisis, and their policies in housing have been a complete failure. There are now 2,725 people on the housing waiting list in Limerick, yet if you look around the city you will find a large number of local authority houses boarded up and lying idle,” Deputy Quinlivan told the Limerick Post.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleeson“This is a source of great frustration for so many people, who rightly can’t understand why these houses are boarded up and left empty in the midst of a homelessness and housing crisis.”The problem, the deputy maintains, is that the Fine Gael government is not providing the capital required by local authorities to refurbish these social housing units, and get them into use.“Limerick Council has informed me that they are awaiting funding approval from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for void houses.“Last month I wrote to Minister Murphy outlining my concerns about this, and asking when funding will be provided for these houses. Unfortunately, the Minister or his Department failed to reply to any of my questions.“In 2017, just €215,520 in funding was provided to Limerick Council to return vacant social housing units to use, down from €915,969 in 2014. As a result, the number of void units returned has substantially dropped from 94 units in 2014, to just 13 last year, a whopping 86 per cent fall,” he declared.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonThe Limerick politician went on to invite Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to come to the city to see for himself the huge number of boarded up social housing units waiting for funding.“Time and time again we hear the Minister and this government say funding is not an issue for local authorities. This is complete nonsense, and these figures prove funding is desperately needed.“These homes are sitting idle, while thousands of people in Limerick wait for a local authority house. It’s a ridiculous situation. The buck stops with Minister Murphy, and if he can’t manage to do the job, we need an election now to let the people decide who should.”Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Kieran O’Donnell told the Limerick Post this Wednesday that he has received confirmation from Minister Murphy that funding is being provided to the Council to refurbish 70 voids owned by the local authority and bring them back into use.“These are much-needed homes here in Limerick and the total cost of this refurbishment programme is €1.4m. Having this funding approval in place will enable the local authority to bring these vacant homes up to standard and back into use as quickly as possible,” Senator O’Donnell commented. Advertisement TAGSHousingNewspolitics NewsHousingPoliticsHuge drop in social housing refits in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 23, 2018 5401 Facebook Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Previous articleMunster will look to take learnings from Exeter with bigger tests aheadNext article‘Eye Scream’ Mural vandals condemned Alan Jacques Email Print Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Linkedin Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Triple attack on gay student clubbers

first_imgThree gay students were attacked outside the Coven II night club in the early hours of Saturday morning in what may have been a homophobic attack.The male St Peter’s students, who wish to remain anonymous, were leaving the Coven II at 3am when a stranger head-butted and punched them in a seemingly unprovoked attack.This attack, the victims claim, is the latest in a string of homophobic assaults to take place near the club.A man approached the students from a group of people outside the nightclub. Without provocation, the man told one of the students, “You’ve got a fucking attitude problem.” The student denied this, after which the man repeated the statement before headbutting him in the face. “I went down to try and comfort him and get him back on his feet and then I turned around and my other friend was on the floor with blood pouring from his face,” one of the victims said. “The guy grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and said, ‘Do you want a piece of it?’ or something like that. It all just happened so quickly. He thumped me in the face.” The attacker was described as a tall white male with a shaven head and black hooded sweatshirt who was with a group of 4 to 8 friends. Following the attack, they fled the scene.One of the attacker’s companions then turned back, apologised to the students and requested that the police not be involved.After the group fled, bystanders offered assistance and called the police. An ambulance was later called for one of the students, who needed stitches. All three had facial and in one case dental injuries.The attacker was not seen in the club itself, but was causing trouble to the club’s bouncers before the incident. The punched fourth-year said, “As we left, there was a guy outside who was obviously very drunk. He was picking a fight with the bouncers, being rude, and they were trying to send him away. The group of friends were definitely in the Coven but I didn’t see the man in there.”Police have since told the students that they are unlikely to find the attacker.Violent attacks at Coven II, located in Oxpens Road near the Oxford Ice Rink, are reported to be common and occasionally homophobic in nature as the club hosts a gay night every Friday. “Guys just wait outside and wait for gay men to leave,” said one of the St Peter’s students. “The police are aware of this, but they seem uninterested and I’ve never seen any signs of enforcement.”There were no police. They know the situation but they wait for the incident before they arrive. If you go down a main street in Oxford on a Friday night, there are police everywhere, but the Coven is totally unmonitored, and there’s no CCTV,” he added.last_img read more


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Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollers

first_img 2 thoughts on “Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollers” “Whoa, lots of questions.nnThis post was meant as a short introduction. If you had navigated to GitHub, you would have seen the long list of supported RTOSs, TCP/IP stacks, etc.. You would have also seen that it can use lwIP without an RTOS, but that in Some time ago we published an article titled A fresh look at embedding a web server, where we suggested using WebSockets instead of HTTP with its traditional GET and POST commands. One commenter criticized the article for not being suitable for a broad category of small microcontroller based embedded systems.The WebSocket protocol when used correctly uses fewer resources than a traditional web server. In fact, we believe WebSockets is the only viable option if you ever plan on TLS enabling the embedded web server. You may already be using an embedded web server in your device, but enabling TLS on a standard web server for a resource-constrained device typically ends in disaster. To understand why TLS creates such a problem for standard web server technology, see our tutorial When Not to Embed a Web Server in a Device.Modern Web Application Reference Design for Microcontrollers We recently committed our Embedded HTTP and WebSocket Server to GitHub. The Embedded HTTP and WebSocket server, called the Minnow Server, has been specifically designed for tiny microcontrollers with limited resources.More importantly, we also included a reference example that shows how to build a modern real time web user interface for device management. The web application is a so called Single Page Application (SPA) that exclusively uses the WebSocket protocol for device management. The HTTP protocol is used only for loading the SPA. In other words, HTTP is initially used by the browser when loading the application on demand from the device.The reference example includes real time updates of LEDs and a thermostat gauge, and it shows how to do firmware upload over WebSockets. The complete SPA requires only 41 Kbytes of flash memory storage space. Also, the WebSocket server requires very little RAM for the communication.The following screenshot shows the SPA firmware upload page. The page is one of several examples pages that show how to benefit from the new WebSocket protocol. The firmware upload page shows how to create a drag and drop JavaScript upload logic and how to send the uploaded file to the server via the WebSocket connection. All messages sent via the WebSocket connection are sent as JSON text messages except for the upload, which is sent as binary data. Modern JavaScript can easily manage binary data and the WebSocket protocol supports both binary and text frames.Get Started with the Minnow Server Head over to GitHub, download the Minnow Server, and start writing your own SPA for your own microcontroller design. The reference example has been designed such that it can easily be reused for your own embedded device management application. The CSS and HTML5 building blocks in this application have been designed for reuse. In addition, the WebSocket communication JavaScript library included in the example is designed to be generic and can easily be reused in other applications.Note: The Minnow Server is designed for small microcontrollers, but since the reference example is primarily designed for educational purposes, we have limited the ready to use build environment to Windows and Linux. You can port the application to an embedded system, but it makes more sense to just use the design ideas in the reference example. You may of course use the generic parts “as is”.Although the Minnow Server can be set up to manage several connections, the reference example is set up to manage one connection at a time. Attempting to connect a new browser window while another browser window is using the one and only WebSocket connection will not work.Should you lack the required HTML/CSS/JavaScript experience, consider teaming up with a front end web developer. The best way to think about how to create an SPA is to compare the development process to creating a desktop application or a phone application that is designed to communicate with a device using TCP. Typically, different developers are in charge of the desktop app and the device’s firmware and this is also the best way to design an SPA. The firmware and front end developers would need to agree on the communication API between the browser and server and vice versa. In other words, they would need to specify the type of messages sent over the WebSocket connection.Wilfred Nilsen, Founder & CTO of Real Time Logic, has 28 years’ experience in designing embedded software. Powered by a vision of connected embedded systems, he designed the Barracuda Application Server, tailoring it for the small footprint, real-time needs of embedded microprocessors. January 24, 2019 at 12:03 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Log in to Reply Log in to Reply WNilsen says: January 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Mouser and Inventek Systems announce global distribution agreementNext Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded world “Does this support HTML/SSI/CGI or is it Websockets and thats it ? Which version of HTTP ? Persistent connections ?nWho provides the transport ? What API ? I mean, does it work with lwIP ? Does it require the socket API ? Or, do you expect the user to p scaprile says: last_img read more