Brazil Houses Architects: Studio GGA Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses, Renovation•Brazil ArchDaily Area: 145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGASave this projectSaveRenovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/222981/renovation-for-a-two-storey-house-studio-gga Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Fran Parente+ 24 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/222981/renovation-for-a-two-storey-house-studio-gga Clipboard Year: “COPY” Photographs Photographs: Fran Parente Text description provided by the architects. Studio GGA was hired in July 2011 to develop a refurbishment project for a 140sqm house located in a charming row house neighbor- hood of the Jardins district, in Sao Paulo. The house, built in the 1930s, was disfigured by reforms made during the 1980s and 90s. The proposal was to recover the proportions of the facade, to expand the ground floor, unifying dining area, kitchen and living room and to create a larger, more contemplative, outside area with a small outhouse in the back divided between a playing room, for the client’s daughters, a laundry and a restroom. Save this picture!© Fran ParenteRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesOn the upper floor a dressing room was built giving access through a small mixed structure (concrete and steel) footbridge to a private recreation area with a wooden hot tub. Seven months passed, between project and construction, until the client moved in. Studio GGA combined high-end/low-end materials to achieve a creative result that meets the lifestyle of the client. Save this picture!© Fran ParenteA new window was drawn to restore the original proportions of the facade, the wiring is conducted through electrical conduits that rest visible in the walls and ceilings and, with the removal of the internal walls of the ground floor, three steel beams and one steel column were placed to ensure the structural support of the house. Save this picture!© Fran ParenteThe floor and external coating and decking are of pine wood. The kitchen, dining and living room cabinets are all aligned on the same wall. The sofa was designed exclusively for this project. Knowing the client’s passion for cooking, a 5m long kitchen countertop made of Corian was designed including cooktop, oven, a large sink and a table for six people. Still on the ground floor, two large pivoting doors with wooden frame and large glasses open to a small courtyard. Save this picture!axonometricThe original staircase was preserved, only the handrail was covered with a white wood- en box that holds a 162 bottle wine cellar and a storage space for luggage. On the upper floor there are two bedrooms and a bathroom, an interesting detail is that while scraping the wall of one of the rooms a fresco, probably from when the house was built, was found in good condition and a piece of it was preserved.Save this picture!© Fran ParenteProject gallerySee allShow lessSkanska: Bridging Prague International Design CompetitionArticlesChangzhou Culture Center / gmp ArchitektenArticles Share 2012 Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA CopyAbout this officeStudio GGAOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationResidentialRefurbishmentBrazilPublished on April 05, 2012Cite: “Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA” 05 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ConclusionsIn the almost eight years since the start of the commercial Internet in China, the government has set up a sophisticated system to control it. The cyberpolice, which has of tens of thousands of members, is capable of arresting Internet users anywhere in the country if they send a few messages considered “subversive” or likely to “jeopardise the state’s security.” Discussion forums, portrayed by the websites that host them as areas of freedom, are in fact the target of permanent surveillance. The government has forced these sites to install filter systems that block messages containing banned words. The list of banned words has never been published, but it includes dozens of terms relating to politics, religion and pornography. Zhen Ya (repression) and Fa Lun Gong (Falun Gong) are on the list, which is frequently updated because the word “SARS” was banned from the discussion forums in the course of March 2003.Internet sites, including those run or financed by international companies such as Yahoo!, have become Chinese police auxiliaries. After agreeing to self-censor their content, they have not objected to the installation of police spy software in their servers that enables the cyberpolice to identify recalcitrant Internet users. Chinese cybercafés (“wang ba” in Mandarin) have also had to submit to the demands of the security services in order to be able to reopen after a vast nation-wide inspection campaign in 2002.The discussion forums, which bring together hundreds of thousands of Chinese every day, represent both a space for expression unequalled in any other media and a trap for Internet users. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation The Internet is unquestionably the freest of the news media in China. On some discussion forums (“Lun Tan” in Mandarin), one can read views that no newspaper would dare publish in its readers’ mail section. This freedom is nonetheless circumscribed both by those who run the websites hosting the discussion forums and by the security agencies, which have set up special departments throughout the country for monitoring the Internet.Whether state or privately-owned, news sites such as sina.com.cn, xinhuanet.com, yahoo.com.cn and tom.com have set up arrays of filters that enable them to systematically screen out messages containing words banned by the authorities. The moderators of discussion forums have the job of ridding the site of messages that don’t conform to the rules set by the authorities on news content. Sites can also exclude a Internet user deemed “not politically correct” or too vulgar. Finally, teams have been established within the public security department to monitor “subversive” elements using the Internet in China who, as a last resort, are arrested. According to some estimates, around 30,000 people are employed in this gigantic apparatus of monitoring and censorship.Two documents provide a legal underpinning for this policy of self-censorship. One, issued by the information industry ministry in November 2000, defines the different kinds of content that are banned from discussion forums and restricts the news from foreign media that can be carried on the Chinese Internet. The other is a “self-discipline pact” that was submitted to website operators on 16 March 2002 by the Chinese Internet Association. Official news media sites and both Chinese and foreign Internet companies have signed the pact, thereby undertaking “not to produce or disseminate harmful texts or news likely to jeopardise national security and social stability, violate laws and regulations, or spread false news, superstitions and obscenities.” It also requires “co-operation by sites in the fight against cybercrime and against the violation of intellectual property rights.”With the help of a journalist from the Chinese service of the BBC World Service, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) conducted a month-long survey of China’s discussion forums. By posing as a Chinese Internet user, the researcher was able to determine exactly what censorship techniques are used in chat forums on Chinese sites and what kind of content is banned. |20 March at 12:00 |Letter to Hu Jintao on closure of magazine |sina.com.cn |No | ||20 March at 13:00 |Letter to propaganda chief Liu Yunshan on closure of magazine |sina.com.cn |Yes |1 minute |Messages that contain no banned words appear in the forum and can be seen by all visitors. But a group of “Ban Zhu” (forum webmasters) are responsible for checking their content. Two or three webmasters constantly scrutinize and moderate the forums. They are not policemen or employees whose only job is to purge the sites. They are young people for the most part, sometimes students, and usually volunteers who make their time available to the forum for no charge. Above the “Ban Zhu” you find the “Guan Li Yuan” (the forum administrators), who are responsible for ensuring appropriate behaviour. They have the ability to suspend or ban forum visitors considered vulgar or politically incorrect. A member of the sina.com.cn’s staff told us he preferred to send an e-mail message warning forum visitors first, and then suspend them for a week if their behaviour did not improve.At the highest rung of this system of control are the Internet surveillance services set up within the provincial sections of the public security department. It is very hard to get official information about the number of civil servants, police and computer specialists employed in this force of cyberpolice. Follow the news on China Forbidden topicsTo conduct this investigation, Reporters Without Borders drew up a scale of the “provocativeness” of the content of the messages submitted to the forums. Level 1 messages, containing no criticism of the government, had no trouble getting through the filters and appearing on the forums. Level 10 messages, including direct criticism or demands targeted at the central government, either did not appear on the forums at all, or did so only for a very short time. More than 70 per cent of level 7 and 8 messages, broaching sensitive political topics but containing no direct criticism, passed the filters and lasted somewhat longer before being removed. Nearly 80 per cent of level 5 and 6 messages, with just factual information on current issues, appeared on the forums without any problem, except in the case of xinhuanet.com, whose filters blocked more than 50 per cent.On 10 March, the researchers succeeded in posting a level 10 message on the sina.com.cn media forum “Chuan Mei Lun Tan”. The message explicitly challenged the authorities reasons for detaining Internet user Liu Di and asked fellows users to defend freedom of speech. It got through the filters because it contained no banned words and remained on view for two hours and 20 minutes, during which time more than 70 forum visitors were able to read it.The survey showed that webmasters give priority to censoring messages that criticise the government. On 14 March, the researcher submitted to sina.com.cn a short message about the banning of the magazine Ershiyi Shiji Huanqiu Baodao (The 21st Century World Herald) for publishing an interview with a veteran reformist leader. It appeared on the forum. A few minutes later, a message criticising this ban was rejected by the same forum. A message calling for the lifting of this ban, sent to sina.com.cn shortly thereafter, appeared on the forum but was withdrawn a few minutes later. The discussion forums let visitors post information about certain sensitive issues but do not tolerate any criticism of the communist party’s decisions.The researcher posted a message on sina.com.cn on 17 March that had as its subject line “The leadership has changed except one person.” The message, which raised questions about former President Jiang Zemin’s continuing as the head of the central military commission, appeared on the forum for 40 minutes before being removed. The same message lasted even less time on tom.com. A short message giving the Internet address of the international Radio Free Asia could be read for an hour although the station’s signal is permanently jammed by the Chinese authorities and its Internet site is blocked. RSF_en Limited freedom for comments on SARS and the war in IraqThe war in Iraq was the first foreign war to be covered live by China’s state-owned news media right from the outset. Journalists’ commentaries reflected the position of the government, which was opposed to the war. The main Chinese news websites carried many dispatches, especially those of the official news agency Xinhua. The discussion forums had hundreds of thousands of comments, mostly critical of the United States. Comments criticising the Chinese position were blocked or removed. On 17 March, one of the Reporters Without Borders messages was removed from a sina.com forum for questioning the way the news media were covering the war.The SARS epidemic is also subject to censorship. The government has done everything possible to prevent independent information coming out in the news media, including the Internet. Criticism of the government’s management of the crisis is also unwelcome on the websites. On 10 April, the researcher posted a message on a sina.com.cn forum containing the word “SARS” and just calling on the Chinese government to work closely with Hong Kong to arrest the epidemic. The message did not appear. A second message about SARS was submitted to the site five days later. It met the same fate. The authorities seem to have asked the websites to add the term “SARS” to the long list of banned words. So no criticism of the government’s handling of the SARS crisis can be seen on the most popular sites. On the contrary, forum visitors apparently acting on orders were repeating the official line which, until 18 April, boiled down to: “Thanks to the hard work of the health authorities, the virus is under control.” A message dated 10 April accused Hong Kong, the liberal Guangzhou newspapers and the foreign news media of spreading the rumours about SARS.Website managers confirmed to foreign journalists in early April that the government had given orders for the subject of SARS to be handled with extreme care. Zhang Zhongying of the People’s Daily site told Agence France-Presse that “rules” had been imposed. A member of the staff of the commercial site sohu.com said that “positive messages can go online but not negative ones.” Filtering, cleansing and monitoring of forumsThe main news sites have very popular forums that portray themselves as “spaces for free expression.” Throughout the day, and until late at night, tens of thousands of Chinese Internet users connect to forums dedicated to the most diverse range of subjects such as international or national news, or as meeting places. Forum chatting is common practice for the 45 million Chinese reportedly connected to the Web. On 4 April, for example, more than 900,000 messages were posted on xinhuanet.com, on its forum dedicated to the war in Iraq. A spokesperson for sina.com.cn told Reporters Without Borders that the site’s 200 forums draw more than 4 million Internet users each day.The Chinese forums use a system of filters that enable them to sort the messages into two categories: those containing banned words and the rest. Messages in the first category are systematically blocked. They do not appear in the forum even if you receive an automatic message from the forum moderator saying: “Your message has been accepted, but it will be checked by our team. So it will take a few moments before your message can be see by other Internet users” (a xinhuanet.com message). Site webmasters are supposed to check these blocked messages to establish whether they really need to be censored. But in fact, it is very rare for a message that has been filtered out to be manually restored to the forum. “We rarely have the time to do it,” one of those in charge of sina.com.cn’s forums told us. Nonetheless, you can find “politically correct” messages in forums that, for example, criticise the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement even if its name is a filtered word.A message containing an approximate list of the censored words appeared on the sina.com.cn chat forum on 11 March. The person who posted the message managed this by inserting of an asterisk between two characters so that the list was not blocked by the filters. It included “4 June” (the date of the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre), “human rights”, “Taiwan independence”, “pornography”, “oral sex”, “BBC” and “Falun Gong”. The message was withdrawn after a few minutes.Results of sent messages showing existence of filters 70 per cent of controversial messages censoredMore than 60 per cent of the messages sent in the course of this investigation appeared on the chat forums. It fell to 55 per cent for messages with a controversial content. Of the 55 per cent, more than half were withdrawn by the webmasters in charge of monitoring sites. In other words, only 30 per cent of the messages with a controversial content were accepted by the sites.The strictness with which messages are checked varies from site to site. On xinhuanet, an offshoot of the official news agency, messages take several minutes to appear on the forum. This, in theory, gives webmasters time to check them first. None of the messages criticising the government appeared on xinhuanet.com’s forum pages but 50 per cent appeared on sina.com.cn’s pages. The moderators of the sina.com forum on the news and news media are even allowed to encourage debate about sensitive subjects. On 14 March, for example, a sina.com “Ban Zhu” posted a text about the temporary closure of a liberal magazine in Guangzhou.To test this difference, the researcher on 26 March posted a message about coverage of the war in Iraq by the Chinese media, in which she wondered if Chinese journalists would be allowed to cover a major event in China with the same degree of freedom. The message appeared on yahoo, sohu and sina, but was rejected by xinhuanet.The most open Internet sites are the ones that are commercial enterprises. Competition within this sector encourages those in charge to test the limits of censorship. To attract young people – 40 per cent of Chinese Internet users are aged less than 24, according to the Nielson Institute/Net Ratings – sites have to be modern and let people express liberal views. So webmasters on the forums of 163.net and sina.com encourage open debate. On the other hand, discussions on the sites of the major official news media such as Beijing Daily (bjd.com.cn) or the New China news agency (xinhuanet.com) are muted and contain no criticism. |Date & time GMT |Message content |Website |Appeared yes/no |Time it remained ||3 March at 12:00 |Call for free elections |Sina.com.cn |Yes |14 minutes ||4 March at 14:00 |Lack of debate in China on war in Iraq |Iraq forum of Sina.com.cn |Yes |1 hr 40 mins ||10 March at 14:00 |Concern about Liu Di |Xinhuanet.com |No | ||10 March at 14:00 |Concern about Liu Di |Sina.com.cn |Yes |2 hrs 20 mins ||11 March at 11:00 |Free Huang Qi |Sina.com.cn |Yes |40 minutes ||11 March at 15:00 |Criticism of judicial system |BJYD (Beijing Youth Daily) |Yes |Not removed ||12 March at 12:00 |Problem of justice in China |Xinhuanet.com |Yes |Not removed ||14 March at 13:00 |Lift ban on a magazine |Sina.com.cn |Yes |Less than two minutes ||14 March at 15:00 |Interview with reformist leader Li Rui |Sina.com.cn |No | ||17 March at 11:00 |Hope for new leaders |Xinhuanet.com |No | ||17 March at 15:00 |Jiang Zemin is still in control |Tom.com |Yes |37 minutes ||17 March at 15:00 |Jiang Zemin is still in control |Sina.com.cn |Yes |49 minutes ||17 March at 17:00 |Debate on war in Iraq |Sina.com.cn |Yes |9 minutes ||18 March at 14:00 |Web address of Radio Free Asia |Sina.com.cn |Yes |1 hour ||20 March at 12:00 |Letter to Hu Jintao on banning of magazine |Sina.com.cn |No | ||20 March at 13:00 |Letter to Liu Yunshan on banning of magazine |Sina.com.cn |Yes |1 minute ||10 April at 16:00 |”SARS: who is to blame?” |Sina.com.cn |No | | April 27, 2021 Find out more Internet users blacklistedThe Reporters Without Borders researcher was banned from all of the sina.com.cn discussion forums after sending a message that called for the release of jailed webmaster Huang Qi. The message was entitled “Free Huang Qi” but it contained no words that would activate the filters so it passed the first hurdle. It appeared on the sina.com.cn forum for 40 minutes, during which time 40 forum visitors were even able to read it. But after 40 minutes, it was removed by the webmaster and the personal ID used by Reporters Without Borders was blacklisted. The researcher received such messages as: “Your user ID is invalid, please try again.” A member of the sina.com.cn staff confirmed in an interview that Internet users are sometimes banned from visiting forums. Since the Reporters Without Borders researcher is based abroad, the police presumably did not try to track her down.It is possible for an Internet user based in China or abroad to register with a discussion forum under a false identity. Sites request the user’s name, gender, e-mail address, telephone numbers and the number of an identity document. Since the website administrator can easily verify the Chinese IDs, it would be more difficult for people inside China to obtain false identities. Hence they are more at risk.Some forum users openly denounce censorship and sanctions. One often sees such messages as: “Dear webmaster, why have you censored or removed my message?” These embarrassing proofs of constant censorship are also withdrawn after a few minutes. News to go further Technology at the service of repressionAs well as the filters on the discussion forum servers and the firewalls that prevent access to thousands of Internet sites based abroad, the Chinese authorities set about obtaining and developing new censorship technologies. At the end of December 2002, the public security department in the southern province of Guangdong organised a conference on Internet development and security to assess the Internet’s influence on “stability and public order.” Officials made no secret of the fact that the Internet has to be “very tightly controlled” and users have to “take responsibility if they pass on dangerous material.” The authorities adopted a series of measures in 2002 that forced Internet operators (websites, cybercafés, Internet service providers) to act as police auxiliaries. In June, cybercafé owners had to install on all of their computers software capable of blocking access to as many as half a million websites and of informing police about anyone who looked at allegedly subversive sites. This software is thought to be one known as “Filter King,” which was designed by Chinese based on technology sold by western companies. In September, Chinese Internet users found that new “sniffing software” had been installed that blocked access to just some pages on websites. For example, access to articles on China – especially on Tibet, Taiwan or human rights – were blocked on foreign newspaper websites while other parts of the sites could still be visited. This selective censorship also applied to search engines such as Google.com and e-mail messages sent from mail services such as Hotmail. In October, the cybercrime department in the central province of Jiangxi ordered cybercafés in the province to sell customers access cards that allow the police to check the websites they look at. The experiment may be extended to other provinces. The Chinese authorities have been trying for several years to combat the supremacy of western Internet companies by developing technologies likely to meet the regime’s political requirements. The search engine Google has given a lot of headaches because it provides access to many “subversive” sites. The authorities at first took the heavy-handed approach in August 2002 by blocking all access to Google. In the face of an outcry in China and abroad, the authorities then tried a selective blocking of Google, just barring access to some of the pages listed in its search results. In the latest phase, the governmental Chinese Centre for Internet Information and the Chinese company Sinobet have developed Chinasearch.com, a search engine that meets Chinese criteria. The website sina.com.cn decided in April 2003 to adopt Chinasearch.com, which excludes from its search results all sites considered subversive or pornographic. According to the government, 200 other Chinese sites have made the same choice.This use of new technologies to repress cyberdissent would obviously have been impossible without the support of such international companies as Websense, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Nortel Networks, which have all at one point or another traded or cooperated with the Chinese state apparatus. Fate of messages posted on chat forums ChinaAsia – Pacific Reports News Receive email alerts Discussion forums: traps for Internet usersThe official China News Service reported on its website in April that a 17-year-old Internet user was arrested on 27 March for posting “harmful messages” on discussion forums. The agency did not explain the nature of these messages. The authorities had been looking for the young woman, identified only by her first name Zheng, since December 2002, when she began posting these “unlawful messages” using the pseudonym “Sini” (girl). Zheng was identified by police in the southern province of Jiangxi, who reported her presence in the town of Xinmi (in Henan province) to the local security services there. She was arrested while surfing in an Internet café in Xinmi.Liu Weifang, a shopkeeper, was sentenced by a court in the northwestern province of Xinjiang in spring 2001 to three years in prison for “subversion” because he had posted several articles very critical of the communist party and the government’s economic reforms on discussion forums in 2000 and 2001. The police had managed to identify him although he used the pseudonym Lgwf. Wang Jinbo, a dissident, was sentenced to four years in prison a few months later for posting a message calling on the government to change its position on the June 1989 student movement.On 7 November 2002, on the eve of the opening of the communist party’s 16th congress, Liu Di, a student aged 22, was arrested on the campus of Beijing university. Her family was not told of her arrest until police came to search her home, confiscating her notes, books and computer. Her father told Reporters Without Borders he did not understand the reason for the jailing of his daughter, who posted messages signed the “stainless mouse” in discussion forums. “She loved to surf the Internet in search of news but she was frustrated by the lack of freedom on the Internet and she may have been critical or sarcastic without ever thinking of the consequences,” her father said. Her family has still not been allowed to see her. The authorities accuse her of “jeopardising national security” and say they are not revealing her place of detention in order to put “pressure” on her. The government no longer hides the fact that it has created a cyberpolice throughout China capable of spotting, identifying and arresting dissident Internet users. The manhunts for individual Internet users, which often mobilise dozens of agents from the public security and state security ministries, serve as warnings for the recalcitrants and dissidents who continue to surf the Internet. To be able to implement these threats, the government has issued around 60 laws and sets of regulations about use of the Internet. All Internet users registering in a discussion forum are warned very clearly that they risk heavy penalties. The supreme court determined in January 2001 that the punishments for breaking the law on state secrets and the dissemination of information jeopardising the state included the death penalty.All these measures are part of a programme called “Golden Shield,” which replaced the “Great Cyber Wall” strategy at the end of the 1990s when the spiralling growth of the Internet made it obsolete. Proposed by the ministries of public security and information industry, this secret programme was assigned sizeable financial and human resources. In April 2002, then public security minister Jia Chunwang called a meeting in Beijing to discuss the protection and security of government information. Ways of combating Internet offences, especially those considered subversive, were considered and the minister reportedly said Internet monitoring units had become “vital tools for national security, political stability and national sovereignty.” The authorities decided to step up recruitment of experts to combat “foreign forces” trying to “subvert China via the Internet.”More people are in prison in China for expressing their views on the Internet than in any other country in the world. The total is at least 36, according to the information we have obtained. Whether dissidents already known to the authorities or ordinary Internet users caught in the act of transgression by the cyberpolice, most of them were snared in discussion forums. The hundreds of online forums are monitored day and night by thousands of employees and police who have the job of keeping the Chinese Internet free of subversive, vulgar and pornographic messages. Dozens of users, including Liu Di, have been arrested for criticising the government on forums. Reporters Without Borders has investigated China’s forums, finding them to be both “spaces for expression and traps for Internet users” at the same time. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Living dangerously on the Net” Related documents Internet Report in ChinesePDF – 152.78 KB Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more
Linkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland. “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s future
Local NewsGovernment Pinterest Noel: 534.Pease: 644.Travis: 354.Zavala: 506. ECISD agenda. Parents hear elementary change plans Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – April 24, 2018 Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The idea of converting Noel and Pease elementary schools into lower grade and upper elementary level campuses was brought to parents at Noel Elementary Monday.About 20 parents attended the gathering in Noel’s school library. Another component of the rezoning plan would pair Zavala and Travis elementary with one becoming a prekindergarten through first or second grade campus and the other focusing on the upper elementary grades.The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider boundary changes for elementary and middle schools and the reconfigurations at its meeting set for 6 p.m. today at the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.The plan would meet the state’s requirements for repurposing schools that are in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability ratings while focusing on early childhood literacy with more prekindergarten spots available. Officials have said early childhood literacy is an area of weakness.Ector County Independent School District has eight campuses on improvement required status. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Crowe has met with parents from Travis and Pease and planned to meet with parents from Zavala later on Monday. Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be for grades three to five.Pease has more classrooms available than Noel, so students wouldn’t have to go to portable buildings.“We think this will really benefit our kids,” Crowe said.He added that Noel Principal Stacy Johnson and Pease Principal Autumn Sloan discussed the idea even before it was brought up by administration.If parents have children in different grade levels, there will be a shuttle available between the campuses and starting times will be staggered so parents will be able to deliver their children on time. Crowe said start times will be adjusted, depending on how this works.Pease is in its third year of IR and Travis has met standard.Crowe said Zavala would be prekindergarten through first grade or second grade and Travis would be second grade through fifth grade or three through five. Crowe isn’t sure yet what grades would be where because he said if the schools don’t get out of IR, they have to have 75 percent new students.After the first year, Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be three through five.Although “in our hearts” we know the schools will get off of improvement required, Crowe said the district has to act proactively. Officials won’t know if they will come off the list until June. And trying to take corrective action before school starts wouldn’t be enough time, he added.Crowe said he has heard from several principals who say running an elementary school is like running two campuses, because some principals have expertise in early childhood and others may know more about grades two or three through five.Crowe said there is an academic advantage to reconfiguring the campuses this way and it prevents a state takeover.“You don’t want to give up local control,” he said.Johnson said looking at data from Noel and Pease, the students perform at the same level and both are projected to get out of IR. She added that Sloan has experience in early childhood education and the kindergarten through second grade at Noel has been struggling to put that foundation in place.Officials have said that the services a child receives will follow them from campus to campus.Johnson said she would still be involved with all the students and the students would see familiar teachers and students at their new school, if they have to move.Crowe has said incoming fifth-graders and eighth-graders would be able to stay at their campuses.With a prekindergarten through second grade campus, Crowe said staff development can focus on early childhood literacy.He said the schools will not be renamed and class sizes will remain the same.Currently, Crowe said there are few if any prekindergarten classes on the north side. In this scenario, the district will open four pre-k classes — two in the morning and two in the afternoon.Prekindergarten is half day. Crowe said this would give 88 more students a chance at prekindergarten.He said students who attend prekindergarten rather than daycares in town do better in school. Plans are to invite daycare providers to ECISD training because it will pay off in the long run.Both campuses have Camp Fire as an after-school program and that will continue, Crowe said. The older students would come to the younger sibling’s campus.Sherrie Posey, who attended Monday’s meeting, has a student attending Noel. She attended Noel as a youngster and loves the school.“I don’t necessarily feel a lot better just because my daughter doesn’t like change and she’s going to be going into second grade, so I hate that she’s having to move for just one year and then she’ll come back. Noel and the staff here is wonderful. She’s used to them. They’ve worked really well with her, so I hate that she’s going to have to move for just one year,” Posey said.She added that she’s still not sure why prekindergarten is being added if the campus is already IR.“I think they need to be focusing on k through five as it is, but I guess we can always use more preschool schools. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I can see why they would want to act proactively before it’s out of their hands, so I can see why they’re doing it. I just hope like it said it doesn’t cause too much disruption and there’s a lot of chaos and confusion,” Posey said.She added that her daughter had substitute teachers the first half of the year, so she knows there’s a teacher shortage.Elma Santos, who has a prekindergarten student at Noel, said the idea of the reconfiguration is good because teachers will be able to focus more on the younger children.With more prekindergarten spots available, Crowe said teachers would be trained and more would be recruited.He said parents have been pretty calm about the idea of the change and see the logic behind it. Crowe added that he thinks parents are nervous about the idea, because it’s different but they can’t argue against the logic of it.“They don’t want the state coming in taking over the district. … I think they kind of like the idea of the early childhood type setting where the pre-k through two are all together, where it can be focused on early literacy because that’s one of our challenges is early literacy,” Crowe said.If You Go Twitter Facebook What: ECISD Board of Trustees meeting.When: 6 p.m. today.Where: Board room of the administration building at 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.Agenda: Trustees will consider boundary changes, the reconfigurations for elementary and middle schools and several other items. More Information Previous articleGUEST VIEW: If you quit, you won’t feel good about anythingNext articleSULLUM: Handing out pamphlets is not a crime admin School Populations:
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iStock(ALPINE, N.J.) — Prosecutors are searching for answers after they say unidentified human bones were found at a snack stand at a New Jersey park.Employees of the State Line Lookout snack stand in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine, found the bones in a plastic bag hanging on the snack stand door Monday morning, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.The person who left the plastic bag on the door was contacted and directed police to where the bones had been found, prosecutors said.More bones and “some personal items” were recovered at that location, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office on Wednesday.While the remains were determined to be human, they have not been identified.Prosecutors said they’ll be “submitted to a lab for identification and will be compared to missing persons records.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ZPG has bought Expert Agent, the cloud-based agent software workflow system used by 16,000 negotiators in over 2,500 branches that was started up in 2004 by former estate agent Mike Griffiths (pictured, below) and sold to a private equity firm in 2013.This means ZPG now owns two former rivals in the agent software business; it bought PSG last year for £75 million, based on annual profits of £5.1 million.Griffiths, who is 55 years old, says he ‘drifted’ into writing agency software for his own sales and lettings outfit during the late 1980s before turning it into GMW Systems, which he subsequently sold to former Rightmove rival assertahome.com in 2000.That has now happened again with Expert Agent, which ZPG has bought from the private equity firm for an as-yet undisclosed sum based on a turnover of £3 million and which it says has a ‘strong fit’ with its ‘mission and strategy’.ZPG also says it also likes the company’s highly experienced team ‘with deep expertise of UK property and software market’.“We have known the ZPG team for many years and the combination with Expert Agent will be a clear win for UK agents,” says Mike Griffiths.“Whilst remaining an independent solution, we will now be able to take Expert Agent to the next level with the backing of ZPG by integrating its existing products and investing further in the platform to ensure our members benefit from an end-to-end marketing and software solution.”Expert Agent, which is the trading name of London-based Websky Ltd, has a team of 34 staff in business park in Frome, Somerset and £2.6 million in the bank, latest accounts show.But Zoopla is taking a risk – Griffiths has in the past framed Expert Agent strongly as the software of choice for independents, which now that Expert Agent is part of ZPG, might sit uncomfortably with some of them.“This acquisition helps us continue to enhance the services we offer to UK property professionals, including software and CRM, digital marketing and data insight tools,” says Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services.“We will integrate our MoveIT and MyPropertyFile products into the Expert Agent platform in time to provide its members with a range of new revenue opportunities.“Our ambition is to be the most effective partner to the UK property industry and this deal is another step towards that goal. We look forward to welcoming Mike and his team to the ZPG family.”The people behind Expert Agent include Griffiths as well as Tom Levitt, its head of sales, and the company’s three key software engineers – Marcus Kilgour, Dave Kayira and Steve Shenton.Expert Agent ZPG March 1, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ZPG buys up another agent software supplier previous nextProducts & ServicesZPG buys up another agent software supplierMike Griffiths’ Expert Agent is swallowed up in deal announced this morning.Nigel Lewis1st March 201701,604 Views
The U.S. Navy has awarded Sheffield Forgemasters, a British heavy engineering firm, a contract worth over 30 million USD for the production of submarine components. The engineering specialist has confirmed orders for a sequence of castings for the US Ohio submarine replacement program.No further information has been released about the order specifics, but the contracts will provide a much needed body of work for the company, which has been under economic pressure after the collapse of the offshore oil and gas market and in the wake of a global economic downturn.According to British news site Telegraph, the company was recently forced to cut 100 positions from its workforce at the start of the year while the parent company’s revenue suffered a £7.6m loss.Known as the Ohio replacement program, the U.S. Navy’s newest class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBN(X)) will be named Columbia after the name of the first vessel in the class, USNI News recently reported.“Work has already started on these orders and the first parts will complete in 2016 with another tranche of components anticipated to follow in 2017, providing work for our Melt Shop, Foundry and Machine Shops. These are complex components and require detailed modeling and manufacturing to highly specific tolerances,” Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters International, said.“These orders provide a boost for our Brightside Lane operations as we work towards our business turnaround plan. We hope to build on the success of these orders as our teams search out greater opportunities for product diversification and services in a challenging global market,” Honeyman added.The project has been granted full approval by the UK Government. Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today British company lands $30M contract for next-gen US Navy submarine Authorities View post tag: Ohio Replacement View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Sheffield Forgemasters August 9, 2016 British company lands $30M contract for next-gen US Navy submarine