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Unique Aerial View Map Of Galway During A Critical Point Of Its History

Among Irish cities, Galway is considered unique because it possesses an aerial view map created during the critical point of its history that also offers insight on the cultural, socio-political and religious outlook of the town’s ruling elite. The bird’s eye view map is a glorification of Galway and a celebration of its importance, wealth and power during the years that immediately precede its surrender to parliamentary forces in 1652.

The bird’s eye view map was created to impress because of the visual impact of the heraldic embellishments and decorative artistry used and the wealth of details that have been recorded, most of which might have otherwise remained unknown.

However, according to Paul Walsh, the pictorial map may be considered unique in terms of subject matter but it was fairly common among the more affluent classes during the 16th and 17th centuries. Paul Walsh’s book Renaissance Galway – Delineating the Seventeenth Century City that was published by Royal Irish Academy will provide readers with an intimate tour of the city as it was then which is surprisingly familiar to what it is now.

To experience an intimate tour of the city, an individual has to take an early morning walk through the middle of Galway. This will enhance the appreciation and understanding of Paul Walsh’s book. Aside from the wonderful architecture of the late Medieval City, one of the most interesting elements of the book is the daily life of people in the countryside that is enlivened by vignettes of ordinary men and women going about their daily life.

There are also representations of the bountiful hinterland that provides life’s necessities. There are people coming from the market with their carts full of produce. Fishermen are coming home in what appears to be boats full of fishes. It seems that the compilers of maps wanted to highlight the seven marketplaces that dot the city.

It is common for an aerial view map to be a source of information and knowledge. A map illustrator artistically draws architectural images, isolated constructions and buildings and prominent parts of the landscape for a customary feeling of identification. These perfectly drawn bird’s eye view maps were popular centuries ago and surprisingly, until today.

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Compensation Given To Victims Of Crime In Melbourne

The effects of a crime to a person vary in many ways and every person reacts differently to the situation. Initially, a person may feel fearful, shocked, or angry, which are common reactions when one is a victim of a crime.

Crimes are rampant in any place of the world which are influenced by many factors such as drugs, corruption, syndicates, poverty, and even simple disputes. Many victims of crime in Melbourne are compensated if the financial situation of the victim is affected and this assistance comes from the VOCAT or Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Because of your suffering and pain experienced from the crime, you can get paid by VOCAT and help you in the following:

  • Medical expenses and counselling
  • Damage or loss to worn clothing during the incident
  • Expenses for safety
  • Lost earnings
  • Funeral costs

Amount of Assistance

The amount of financial help VOCAT pays to the victims of crime in Melbourne averages $7700, however, this amount can vary depending on the victim’s situation. The ceiling amount depends on the crime’s details and the type of victim which is either primary victim, secondary victim, or related victim.

Compensation from the criminal or offender

If the offender is found culpable of the offense committed, you can also get compensated by them by applying for an order from the court so the offender can:

  1. Compensate the pain, injuries, and suffering you experienced because of the crime.
  2. Pay for any damaged, sold, or lost property.
  3. Return stolen possessions.

Three ways of claiming compensation from the offender

  1. Compensation through criminal court action
  2. Compensation through the civil court case
  3. Compensation through PCQF or Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund

Preparing a compensation claim

  1. The victim must coordinate with the officer who is handling the case before it is elevated to court. Inform the police officer about your intention to claim for compensation from the offender.
  2. Keep all medical receipts to support your claims for suffering, injuries, and pain. A doctor’s medical certification is possibly needed for evidence.
  3. Property damage claims must be supported by quotes on the cost to replace or repair.
  4. For theft, the court may require the guilty to return all the goods or amount stolen. If the items are lost, sold, or destroyed, the court can let the offender pay the value of all the goods stolen from the victim.

It is just fair to compensate victims of crime for the inconvenience caused by the crime which include financial, use of government services for victims, and restitution of loss.

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Bangkok Welcomes New Observation Deck

There are many buildings in Thailand including family hotels in Bangkok which cements the city’s reputation as a budding metropolitan. There are tall buildings everywhere in the capital that developers are aiming to beat the tallest ones in order to create a new milestone. For MahaNakhon, the completion of the observation deck by the developer Buro Ole Scheerenmeans they have bagged the title of the second tallest building in the entire kingdom.

MahaNakhom, a local name pertaining to great metropolis, is composed of 77 storeys. It takes a pixilated form and the design has cuboid cutaways which continue upward in order to complete its facades.

According to Ole Scheeren who is Buro Ole Scheeren’s principal, the main idea for the construction of the skyscraper is to embody the city life in Bangkok and showcase it in the form of a tower which exudes a dramatic effect with a movement that spirals.

The building of MahaNakhon, with a final height of 314 meters, took home the title of the tallest building in Thailand when it was first launched in 2015. A residential tower with height higher than one meter was then constructed which snatched the title away from the skyscraper.

At the top of the building is an observation deck with glass floors. This gives the viewers a chance to see the entire city of Bangkok in 360 views.

Scheeren said that the observation deck at the very top of the building was intended to be used by the public so that human activity is not only at the ground floor but at the entire length of the skyscraper from bottom up to the top.

At the beginning of the project, it was intended to be an integral part of the city as well as the public and the creation of the observation deck was a testament to that proclamation.

The observation deck called Skytray can be visited by guests at family hotels in Bangkok which gives them direct view of the ground which is over 300 meters from the top. The entire glass platform’s dimension is 4.5 meters by 17.5 meters.

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Detroit Residents Attempted To Break World Record In December 2017

In December last year, Detroiters tried to break the record for the biggest number of people to wear the worst Christmas they could find.

Beating the World Record

One Saturday night last year at Detroit, residents got together wearing their worst xmas sweater to beat the existing Guinness World Record. UglyChristmasSweater.com hosted the party.

The Team to Beat

In December 2015, 3,473 people at the University of Kansas set the world record for the most number of people gathered together wearing holiday sweaters. Spectators wore their festive sweaters at Allen Field house to watch the basketball game between Kansas and Montana’s men’s teams. Each participant was given an official participation ticket at the entrance to help in counting the people joining to set the record.

They beat the previous record set by Lough borough University in the United Kingdom with 1,175 attendees in December 2014.

Ben Mauk, a participant at the event, said that they wanted to be part of an original idea, and that most stores have already sold out their holiday sweaters that they had to make their own one week prior to the event.

How did it happen?

The participants formed a line spanning a few blocks and were allowed to join if their xmas sweater was ugly or festive enough for the event. Each group of 50 was guided through an official turnstile to help with the counting.

Kaitlin Vesper from New York acted as the representative of Guinness and served as the official judge for the event. It has been her job at Guinness to travel to different locations and confirm attempts at setting world records.

The Result

Unfortunately, the Detroit residents came up short with only about 1,500 people showing up at the event. They were not able to beat the world record, but it still turned out to be a great party for everyone.

After being counted, the participants were guided into a huge heated lodge with refreshments and music for everyone. There were speeches and chants, as well as cheers, jugglers, cocktails, and bouncing beach balls.

Ruben Ortega, a Detroit resident who joined the event, shared his experience. He said it was a festive event, and it has something you have never seen before, and might never see again.

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Edmonton Construction Continues Amidst Cold Climate

With recent conditions in Edmonton dropping into the freezing end once end, local businesses, like Capital Plumbing & Heating, have been finding ways to adapt and work around, if not with the cold Edmonton winter. The Edmonton construction industry, which is known being ill-fit with the cold climate, has been innovating ways to work amidst freezing temperatures.

The cold winter temperatures have forced Edmontonians to adapt their work methods, with the city in the midst of Downtown Edmonton’s historic construction boom. As a result, the city and the industry are finding better ways to work in spite of the tough climate.

The conditions of Edmonton’s harsh winter climes have led to the delay of several large projects in recent history. Temperatures fell to such low levels that projects such as the replacement of the bridge over Great Road, and the Walterdale replacement have to be delayed.

However, this winter sees a change, with the local city government working with the industry’s experts like contractors, planners and the like, in order to plan for the difficult conditions of outdoor work, and in coming up with the proper “cold construction” strategies and methodologies. These changes will both keep workers safe, and ensure minimal delays and on-time projects.

Jesse Banford, Director of Facility Infrastructure for Edmonton, has affirmed this, stating that, despite the cold snap affecting Edmonton, several undergoing projects proceed in the city with little-to-no delays. Banford states that, in Edmonton, construction will continue regardless of season, and that people will see cranes operating all year round.

Jack Ashton, one of the program managers of the Downtown Edmonton arena project, detailed how construction sites deal with the cold weather. He points out that sites now have tarps to allow for masonry work to continue. He adds that even though winter isn’t really suited for masonry work, it does mean that moisture isn’t an issue, seeing as snow can simply be brushed off ongoing work.

Ashton points out how the construction industry is working and innovating to fight the cold, like prefabricated components which can be installed indoors, avoiding the cold, etc., etc.

Local Edmonton business like Capital Plumbing & Heating, continue to work through the sudden cold weather.

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Bathroom The Most Important Part Of The House Yet It Is Being Neglected

When buying a house, we look down every minor detail. We make sure to check all the rooms including the master bedroom, the other bedrooms, the dining room, the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom. Why do we always think of the bathroom last? Is it because this is the room that we spend the least amount of our time at home?

When we think of home, we usually remember the last meal with the family in the dining room, the fun activities with friends in the living room and the late-night chit chat with siblings or with the spouse in the bedroom. But do you not remember the last time you broke down and cried alone in the bathroom, the warm and relaxing bath after a long and tiring day. Yes, those are just a few instances where we spend quality time inside our most neglected room in the house.

Now, that the bathroom has caught our attention, let us now talk about how important it really is to us. When we wake up every day, the bathroom is the very first room we go to, to wash our face of our sleepiness and before we go to bed this is the last room we visit to freshen up to get a good night sleep. So why not give it a new look it deserves. We are lucky that in this day and age there are a lot of DIY (do it yourself) projects posted in the internet to help us fix and beautify our bathrooms. We can use this tips if we are on a tight budget or use it for a temporary change. Many of these websites offer us tips that work with materials that you may find handy at home. But if you have the time and luxury to spend, why not splurge and make your bathroom a place of solitude and serenity. Also investing in your bathroom will seriously increase the value of your home. There are a lot of bathroom fixtures available for you to choose from. From tubs, sinks, mirror, bathroom storage, side boards, dressers, laundry bins and more. Visit the website here: https://www.bathroomsandmorestore.co.uk/.

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