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Significantly From Olympics, Violence Rises In Rio’s Poorest Neighborhoods

Enlarge this imageLucia Cabral peers via a bullet hole in her doorway Ricky Vaughn Jersey from the Alemao favela sophisticated. Like persons everywhere, she checks her cellular phone before long soon after she wakes up in the early morning. In these favelas, she states, it’s a make any difference of lifetime or death.Joao Velozo for NPRhide captiontoggle captionJoao Velozo for NPRLucia Cabral friends by way of a bullet gap in her doorway during the Alemao favela elaborate. Like people all over the place, she checks her telephone shortly immediately after she wakes up from the early morning. In these favelas, she states, it is a subject of lifetime or demise.Joao Velozo for NPR”That bullet virtually strike my bed. Have mercy, remember to God, produce us,” a resident in a group of Rio favelas named Alemao claimed in a me sage posted Saturday to the WhatsApp smartphone me saging support. When media interest has focused on U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and a few other U.S. swimmers who had been robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, violence is surging in Rio’s favelas, or shantytowns, considerably from your game titles. Alemao is quite po sibly the most turbulent of Rio’s shantytowns. To help keep the community secure, residents produced a WhatsApp group to share information about which roads are shut on account of shootings or no matter whether they ought to continue to keep their kids dwelling on account of a law enforcement procedure. Like folks everywhere, Lucia Cabral, a social employee in Alemao, checks her telephone quickly following she wakes up. But when i satisfied her final 7 days, she discu sed that in these favelas, it is a make a difference of lifetime or dying. Cabral confirmed me me sages in exce s of a period of 3 times, in order to see the conflict by the eyes of those people affected. At her request, we’ve been not identifying the folks within the me sages.”Good early morning, inhabitants,” the first information from previous Friday morning reads. “Be very careful those who are likely out to work, remain at your house.” The key reason why gets crystal clear when a further resident posts a video clip of what she’s observing as a result of her window: an enormous plume of smoke from the car that exploded for the reason that the gasoline tank was hit by bullets. Enlarge this imageIn the Alemao favela sophisticated, five people happen to be shot inside the earlier two months.Joao Velozo for NPRhide captiontoggle captionJoao Velozo for NPRIn the Alemao favela complex, 5 people today are shot while in the past two months.Joao Velozo for NPRHeavy gunfire echoes over the tin roof properties. “This circumstance is so hideous,” another person states within the video. “Every day, it’s the exact [expletive]. Everyday.” One more particular person responds, “It’s a war without the need of finish.” “Our populace is in distre s,” Cabral me sages back towards the team. In keeping with the Fogo Cruzado violence-monitoring application, on average in August for the duration of the online games, 4.eight persons are actually wounded by gunfire every single day in Rio. That’s practically 2 times as many as were being wounded by gunfire in July. “We are looking at the breakout of shootings, and also you are viewing the escalation of stray bullets, you’re seeing an escalation in casualties,” claims Robert Muggah using the Igarape Institute in Rio, which experiments violence. The August bounce in violence is linked to the video games, he says. Police happen to be conducting far more operations within the favelas to avoid gangs from triggering i sues in the Olympics. Even so the law enforcement also are weaker since countle s protection forces happen to be redeployed to guard Olympic infrastructure. So the gangs really feel emboldened and are pushing back again. The concern for experts and people is what happens after the game titles. Rio experienced by now seen a surge in violence within the lead-up towards the Olympics because of price range cuts on the safety forces inside the condition. You will find now 85,000 soldiers and law enforcement in Rio, and for all those outdoors the favelas, which has intended far more safety. But when the online games are about, those people additional forces will vanish, in conjunction with the international athletes. Total, Muggah says, the Olympics are leaving a troubling legacy to the 25 per cent of Rio’s population residing in favelas. “There are often trade-offs when conducting these types of mega-events,” he claims. “But I believe there was a false a sure via the mayor, the governor as well as Olympics organizers the Olympics would contribute to the much more inclusive project that may tackle a lot of from the social and financial worries on the city. What individuals truly feel today is that the elites benefited with the cost with the poorer segments of culture.” On Saturday morning, people of Alemao awoke to neverthele s another gun battle. “Good early morning, good friends in the team,” starts one typed me sage. “It’s commenced once more.” “So substantially shooting, my God,” yet another responds. Unique a sociates of your local community inquire which roadways particularly are observing fighting. “I think it is on 2nd Road,” suggests a single particular person. Then audio is posted of a solitary shot. A woman cries out, “My God, this may ruin my house.” Me sages continue each day, pleading for enable from God. Photographs observe of bullet holes during the partitions of houses. But on Sunday, Brazil’s Father’s Working day, you can find some very good information. “Good early morning,” Cabral greets the team. “It’s a day of remembrance, and it is actually tranquil.” Which was the same working day Lochte as well as the other swimmers ended up robbed in a very diverse aspect on the city. On Monday, there was far more violence. During the favela of Canta Galo, a person was shot dead soon after law enforcement have been attacked even though on patrol. He was the 15th person to become killed inside the town considering that the Olympics began.

Indians must be aggressive at trade deadline to get over the top for first title since 1948

With the best record in the American League and a 6 1/2-game divisional lead that is second to the Cubs for the biggest in baseball, Cleveland should be approaching the trade deadline not with the idea of bettering itself to reach October, but to put together the best team to win once October arrives.The foundation of October succe s already is in place with an elite starting rotation, a lineup capable of supporting it and a bullpen whose effectivene s belies its lack of star power. It’s why the Indians are in the lofty position they occupy, but they can be even better.The Indians’ farm system features seven prospects from Baseball America’s midseason top 100 Clint Frazier Cody Allen Jersey , Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, Bobby Bradley, Justus Sheffield, Francisco Mejia and Mike Clevinger enough of a bounty to be able to make multiple significant trades while still maintaining a pipeline to foster future succe s. What’s even more important is present succe s and the real opportunity to give Cleveland its first World Series win since 1948.MORE: Where does Terry Francona land on SN’s manager rankings?A team this good owes it to itself to go all out for a ring because you never know what the future will hold. Even with young, cost-controlled pitching at the foundation, you need only look as far as the Mets, with Matt Harvey’s season-ending surgery and bone spurs for Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, to see how tenuous the future always is.With Yan Gomes injured, the most obvious trade target for Cleveland is Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. It would be smart for Cleveland to try to pry away relief help along with him, in the form of Jeremy Jeffre s or Will Smith. (UPDATE: The Indians and Brewers reportedly are talking about a Lucroy deal.)If not one of Milwaukee’s relief arms, Cleveland should be lined up for the sale that figures to take place in New York, where the Yankees have a wealth of bullpen talent. For a team with multi-year aspirations of greatne s, Andrew Miller would make more sense than Aroldis Chapman, and Cleveland is one of the few teams capable of paying the price the Yankees would want for a power reliever with two more years on his contract at a reasonable rate.MORE: Where does Chris Antonetti fall in the pantheon of MLB GMs?The other thing that Cleveland should be after is a hitter with strong on-base ability to mesh with a lineup that ranks fourth in the American League in slugging percentage. Yunel Escobar would be a good fit at third base, pushing Juan Uribe to a reserve role where he is more valuable at this point in his career, at le s of a cost in trade than some of the bigger bats on the market. Adding an outfielder also could be the way to optimize Uribe, with more time for Jose Ramirez at third base, and would give Cleveland a chance to aim higher by making a run at Charlie Blackmon or Brett Gardner.Cleveland could do nothing and still be a contender for the World Series. The chance is there, though, to addre s the weakne ses that contending team has. It’s what the Royals did last year in a similar situation, and it paid off with a flag that will fly forever. That should be the Indians’ inspiration, and with the means to take their team to the next level, it is time to be aggre sive.

Evening Lecture: Design of Baha’i Temple, Santiago, Chile

Opened in September 2016, the Baha’i Temple north of Santiago, Chile, is the eighth and final continental “mother temple” of the Baha’i faith. The vision of architect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, was to create an inspirational “temple of light”.  As a member of the design team, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger was structural engineering and cladding consultant.

Achieving Hariri’s vision posed many challenges.  The project is located in a high seismic zone in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The exterior cladding uses custom slumped borosilicate glass panels developed specifically for this project. The combination of new materials in a high seismic environment required advanced performance-based design, seismic base isolation, extensive computer simulation of structural reliability, and comprehensive testing in SGH’s laboratories to characterize the performance and durability of the novel materials.

The Temple has won numerous awards for architecture and engineering including the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Structural Artistry in 2017.

Date: Monday May 20th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: 2037, SL ROBERT EMMET THEATRE (A), Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Glenn R. Bell is a Senior Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) a structural engineering firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Video of the presentation can be seen below

Evening Lecture: Design and Construction of the Northern Spire Bridge Sunderland

A joint lecture arranged by Engineers Ireland and the RoI Branch of the IStructE

The Northern Spire is a landmark new bridge dominating Sunderland’s skyline, which opened in August 2018. It is central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, United Kingdom. The innovative project has raised the profile of civil engineering both in the UK and internationally. The 105m A-frame pylon was transported by sea and river to site, before being raised into position during a carefully orchestrated two-day operation. The 330m deck was built alongside and launched across the river. It has been commissioned and overseen by Sunderland City Council. The £117 million project was funded by the UK Government and Sunderland City Council. In May 2015, the Council awarded the main construction contract to FVB, an international joint venture set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction and the Design Joint Venture of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and BuroHappold Engineering.


Date: Monday May 13th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4


Simon Fryer, Chartered Engineer, MEng CEng MICE MIStructE, is a Technical Director of BuroHappold Engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.

Tony Dempsey, Chartered Engineer, BA BAI PhD CEng, is a Director of Roughan and O’Donovan and has over 25 years’ experience on the design of international bridge projects.

Stephen McCaffrey, Chartered Engineer, BEng CEng FICE MIEI CMgr MCMI was the Project Director for the Construction Joint Venture, Farrans – Victor Buyck.

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Evening Lecture: Modular Construction Low to High Rise Some Assembly Required



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Date: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Time: 18:30

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street Rm 281

Presented by: Michael Hough BSc(Eng), DipStructEng, MSc, CEng, MIEI, MStructE Owner/Director MJH Structural Engineers.

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Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

Video of the lecture can be viewed below

Evening Lecture: Precast Innovation

Precast Innovation

This lecture will be of interest to all practicing engineers and engineering students with an interest in large scale infrastructure projects.

Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast, will present details of recent innovations in the precast concrete industry and the role of innovation in contributing to the successful completion of some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK in recent years.

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Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016

Time: 18:30 (Tea/Coffee from 18:00)

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street

Speaker: Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast

Further Info: Kieran Ruane (086) 1938642; email:

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

The full recording of the lecture is available to see below

Evening Lecture – Maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge

When opened in 1964, the Forth Road Bridge (FRB), with a main span of 1006m, was the 4th longest in the world and was the 1st long span bridge to be built outside the US. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary the FRB now transports over 25 million vehicles per year and is a vital link in Scotland’s strategic road network. However, the operation and maintenance costs of large cable supported bridges such as the FRB are often underestimated by those funding their initial construction. It would also appear that new design and construction of large cable supported bridges are still undertaken without much reference to those who have the experience of maintaining and operating them. This presentation will delve into these topics and describe the maintenance works carried out on the FRB over the past 15 years so as to ensure structural integrity for its remaining service life.

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Presented by: Barry Colford Chief Engineer & Bridgemaster, Forth Road Bridge

Barry is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Barry is author of a number of technical papers on bridge engineering and is a European Committee member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association. He represents the Long Span Bridges Group on the UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum. He is involved with both Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University in their MEng and MSc courses. He is the Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge.


Date & Time: 6.30pm, Tuesday 10th March, 2015

Venue:  Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

Admission Free – All welcome

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Lecture: Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013

Kevin Sheridan of the Institution of Civil Engineers and John O’Connor, Chief Executive National Housing Agency presented their lecture on the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 in DIT Bolton St, on 21 May 2013. The video of the lecture is available to view below.

Here are the lecture slides and the Code of Practice for Inspection and Certification.

The Regional Group committee are piloting this initiate to improve engagement with the members in Ireland and feedback is welcome at We are extremely grateful to the presenters and their partners for giving us permission to share this lecture online.

Online Lecture – Titanic Experience Belfast

For members unable to attend, the recent lecture on the Titanic Experience Belfast held by the IStructE Republic of Ireland Regional Group in Dublin is available to view by clicking the following link:

The lecture is available in High Definition, and includes the slides. It is worth 1.5 hours of CPD approximately.

The Regional Group committee are piloting this initiate to improve engagement with the members in Ireland and feedback is welcome at We are extremely grateful to RPS and their partners for giving us permission to share this lecture online.


Tralee Lecture – Convention Centre Dublin

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Date: 10 April 2013
Time: 18:00 Tea & Coffee served, Lecture at 18:30
Location: Sólás Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology Tralee