DUBLIN – Dr. William Morton, the Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has raised a fund-raising appeal for the replacement of slates of the higher roofs of the building. In the appeal, members of the public, in person and online have been invited to involve in philanthropic activities regarding sponsoring of slates. The decision has been taken as the roofs have encountered some problems due to aging. The slates are being sourced from the Welsh state mine and it is the same source which was used to get slates for the restoration in the 19th century.
Rusting of nails and delamination of some plates are the popular reasons why the steps to carry out the restoration work has been decided to execute. In the 1860s, the Cathedral took such a big project which was funded by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness. Also, he supervised the full-scale restoration of the building personally. Currently, the project demands the entire roofs to be re-slated which would cost 9 million euros. Many big slate units have enrolled themselves in such restoration work and slateandmarble.co.uk is one such entity from Welsh which is popular for carrying out such works. This entity is also known for providing Welsh slate house signs and engravings. And that is one of the reasons why it has enrolled for such tasks many times.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been popular for choral worship and its Choir School, which is the oldest school in Ireland. Also, it is counted in the top tourist attractions in Dublin and over 6 lakh people visited it in the year 2018. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is also famous for various arts events such as musical and choral recitals, exhibitions and lectures. Many other workshops and events are organized annually in its Education Department for children.
Dean Morton said that it is imperative to carry out the fundraising work for the restoration of slate and marble on a large scale in order to preserve the 800 years of history of the Cathedral. The starting price for individual sponsorship packages is 50 euros. Donors could also donate a slate in the memory of their loved ones. He said that 5 million euros have already been raised and they are hopeful that they would meet the financial target in the near future.
North Carolina to Target Robocalls and Scammers With Penalties
Phone prankers usually mask their real number to pass robocalls to consumers. To take action against them, North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation on Monday to make it mandatory for callers to use their real name and number of the business they are representing. The legislation bill passed by 45-0 in the state senate. It was passed by the House last month and now it is waiting for the sign of Gov. Roy Cooper.
Telephone scammers usually block or trick caller ID to send spam calls to people. They make their calls in such a format that they are from a local number or from a family member. When the bill will be signed by the state Governor, people who do so will be fined up to $5,000.
Federal law has already declared the practice of using fake numbers illegal in all states. But this bill will give states’ authority an extra power to go after the scammers. The bill also would apply on fake messages and mobile posts.
Consumers can also enroll with the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry, which stops companies to send telemarketing sales calls to the consumers. And if they violate the regulation, consumers can complain against them. Alternatively, consumers can detect the identity of spammers with the use of Glasscaller that identifies the suspicious caller.
Tim Moore sponsored the bill in State House Speaker, and said that these fake and robocalls are at a top concern for his constituents. When he went out campaigning last year, he heard about more people getting scammed phone calls.
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