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Thursday, May 10, 2007


DEADLY MISTAKES: Stiffer Penalties for Building Violations Sought - May 3, 2007 - The New York Sun 

Stiffer Penalties for Building Violations Sought - May 3, 2007 - The New York Sun

There have been a disturbing rash of deadly accidents in the last few years in New York. The NYSun reports that there have been 29 deaths in the last year alone!

Contractors, construction union members, and the Department of Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster, support the anticipated legislation, and appeared yesterday at a City Hall press conference touting the potential safety regulations. The legislation, which has not yet been drafted, would also require the Buildings Department to issue an annual report card with the names of contractors and owners forced to stop work as a result of the new rules.


Reform and oversight is needed but the government must do a better job of enforcing existing regulations.

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ULSTER SAYS NO BUT NOW SAYS YES: Two Former Enemies Are Sworn in to Lead Northern Ireland’s Government - New York Times 

Two Former Enemies Are Sworn in to Lead Northern Ireland’s Government - New York Times



Has peace finally arrived in Northern Ireland?

Watched by dignitaries from Britain, Ireland, the United States and elsewhere, the Rev. Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionists, the dominant party among Northern Ireland’s Protestants, and Martin McGuinness, of the republican and mainly Catholic Sinn Fein party, were sworn in as leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the Northern Ireland executive government.


Only time will tell.

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