VALENCIA – For the first time in a long time, Peter DeSoto relaxed. Really relaxed. Taking a four-week vacation home to Valencia with his young family, DeSoto didn’t worry so much about the violence and the poverty that define their adopted home in El Salvador. And the post-traumatic stress he suffers since a bullet hit him in the throat early this year in what likely was random gang violence was quelled for a bit as he visited family and friends all over Southern California. “I got a chance to preach at my home church and in my dad’s church in San Diego,” he said Friday. “We spent time with my wife’s parents in Orange County. We went to Lake Havasu with friends. For the first time in a long time, we got to relax.” DeSoto, 32, runs the partnership development programs, working with churches and individuals to improve conditions in rural Abilenes and neighboring communities. He is there with ENLACE, a Christian group. The group has established a clinic there and is working to improve the economy. On Jan. 18, he and other other ENLACE workers were traveling on a dirt road outside Abelines when a masked man opened fire on their car, hitting DeSoto in the neck. Doctors removed a .22-caliber bullet, and he was hospitalized for two weeks. Gunfire is commonplace in El Salvador, which holds the horrifying distinction of being the world’s most violent non-warring nation, he said. DeSoto worries now about his safety and his family’s, but says he is driven by God to provide hands-on help. “We still feel this is right,” he said. “I worry about the kids, but I feel they’re safe. They’re where God has us.” The violence, he said, is rooted in poverty. Work is scarce and the cost-of-living high. More and more of the poor migrate to the U.S. and send some $3 billion home each year to their families. This is a country where the minimum wage is $150 a month, but the average grocery bill is $300 a month. “You see people selling fruit on the side of the road and it’s 12 o’clock before they sell an orange,” DeSoto said, adding that many factory jobs have shifted to Asia. “There is very little there – 2 to 5 percent of the people control 95 percent of the wealth. The disparity between rich and poor is staggering.” So what’s the plan in 2010, when the family’s commitment expires? “We will be involved in work in El Salvador the rest of our lives,” DeSoto said. “Whether we’re here or there, we’ll cross that bridge as a family when the time comes.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The main purpose of his trip home was to see a voice specialist because one vocal cord still isn’t moving and he speaks in a hoarse, almost whisper of a voice. “I’m doing OK, but it’s slow progress, just a little bit at a time,” he said. But the DeSotos couldn’t stay away long and were scheduled to jet back Saturday night to El Salvador. There’s work to be done in Abelines, the dirt-poor town where DeSoto was shot in January, less than two years into a five-year mission to better the lives of people living in one of the poorest and most violent nations in the world. The family, Peter and Dara, their two sons, 9 and 7, and daughters, 4 and 2, are part of a Christian church ministry, one that has become their life.
Describing his final visit with Valenti, Douglas said: “He was in a coma. I held his hand and talked to him.” Among the other attendees were actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones and director Steven Spielberg. In his eulogy, Charles Bartlett – a Valenti friend and Washington neighbor – spoke to the dual nature of Valenti’s career, saying he flew from coast to coast in an attempt to balance popular culture and public favor – serving, in effect, two masters. The political side of the spectrum was represented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Sens. Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, and John Kerry, among others. The list of honorary pallbearers included big names from all aspects of Valenti’s life: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, television producer Steven Bochco, television host and former Johnson staffer Bill Moyers, investor Warren Buffett and actor Clint Eastwood. WASHINGTON – The stars of Hollywood and Washington came out Tuesday to pay their respects to Jack Valenti, a man at home in the power structures of both cities. Five days after his death at 85, friends and family members honored Valenti at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, just a few blocks from the White House where he served as assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Later, as chief of the Motion Picture Association of America, Valenti was a passionate film industry lobbyist, deflecting criticism of Hollywood and fiercely combating threats to the industry such as film piracy. Actor Kirk Douglas recalled for his fellow mourners a time he spent with Valenti after a long, frustrating wait for a Washington meeting. Valenti told him to abandon his post and come over to the White House. “If you were Jack’s friend, your troubles became his troubles,” Douglas said. “When the time comes for me to be upstairs waiting for St. Peter to see me, I expect Jack to find me and bring me to the big man.” At the service, several mourners read selections from Valenti’s memoir, “This Time, This Place,” to be published in June. They included Valenti’s son, John; Lloyd Hand, Johnson’s protocol chief; Sen. Daniel Inouye; and Barry Meyer, Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive officer. Valenti’s brother-in-law, Theodore Dinerstein, also spoke at the service. Valenti is to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on May 9.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Julen Lopetegui is already facing questions about his future at Real Madrid © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERMADRID, Spain, Oct 7 – Sergio Ramos said it would be “crazy” to sack Julen Lopetegui after eight La Liga games but the pressure is mounting on the Real Madrid coach after Saturday’s defeat to Alaves.Madrid have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches, and failed to score in any of those, which amounts to their longest goalless run since 1985. The European champions were hoping for a boost after slipping to a surprise 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, but Manu Garcia’s 95th minute winner in Vitoria turned disappointment into disaster and after the match, Lopetegui was left to wave away questions about his future.Here, AFP Sport looks at five things going wrong at Madrid:Quality lacking up frontKarim Benzema is no longer the goalscoring force he was © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVLosing a player who scored 30 goals for nine consecutive seasons would leave a gigantic hole for any team to fill but more surprising was Madrid’s failure to buy an alternative to Cristiano Ronaldo.President Florentino Perez was keen on Eden Hazard in the summer but backed off, while interest in the likes of Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski also came to nothing.Instead, Lopetegui has been left relying on Karim Benzema, who started brightly but has long said goodbye to his days of being a prolific scorer, and Mariano Diaz, lively in flashes, but yet to establish himself in the side. Madrid are now paying the price.Uncertainty in defenceMadrid’s goal-scoring problems have been much-publicised but they are vulnerable at the other end too. Ramos has escaped criticism, despite a poor start to the season, summed up against Alaves, when he played two sloppy early passes before engaging in a series of skirmishes with striker Jonathan Calleri.Thibaut Courtois was at fault for Garcia’s winner and it cannot help those in front of him to have a rotating goalkeeper either. Lopetegui’s policy of playing Courtois in La Liga and Keylor Navas in the Champions League feels like mollycoddling, when instead a clear decision might be required.Alvaro Odriozola has struggled since coming into the Madrid defence © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAThe inexperienced Alvaro Odriozola, in for Dani Carvajal at right-back, has come into a struggling team and looks nervous.Creative players injuredCarvajal and Marcelo were key for Zinedine Zidane last season, offering cool heads in pressure situations and providing attacking impetus down the flanks too. Both have been out with calf problems during this difficult run and it is no coincidence Madrid have missed them dearly.Lopetegui has been unlucky with injuries. Benzema was forced off at half-time against Alaves — although in truth he could have been substituted anyway — and Gareth Bale signalled to be replaced late on.Bale also sat out the defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday, as did Isco, who is recovering from an appendix operation.Replacements like Marco Asensio should have done better but a handful of key absentees have left Madrid stretched.World Cup fatigueLuka Modric admitted last month he felt emotionally and physically exhausted after leading Croatia to the World Cup final and he may not be the only one.Raphael Varane, who was guilty of losing his man for Alaves’ goal on Saturday, was integral to France’s triumph in Russia while Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Isco, Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Odriozola, Marcelo and Casemiro were all involved in the knockout stages.Madrid are not the only team affected but their summer was particularly short, given they also reached the Champions League final on May 26, less than three weeks before the World Cup.“It was not easy to start again after those emotional moments,” Modric said.Post-Zidane hangoverFollowing Zidane was always going to be something of a poisoned chalice. The Frenchman was immensely popular with the players, combining mutual respect with a relaxed style of management that gave them the confidence to deliver when it mattered.He left on a high, after leading the team to Champions League glory for a third consecutive year, and it was perhaps no surprise the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Massimiliano Allegri could not be convinced to take up the baton.Lopetegui admittedly enjoyed success with many of Madrid’s Spanish players while in charge of the national team but then left before finishing the job. Most of all, he is not Zidane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tir Chonaill A.C. Notes Launch of Cara Bundoran Run 10 mile Challenge 2012 www.carabundoranrun.com Nearly six hundred runners/walkers completed the inaugural Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Challenge in 2011. The local organising committee led by Canice Nicholas and Paddy Donoghue have decided that the race should be even more successful in 2012 and have put a lot of behind the scenes work ensuring that Saturday 10th March 2012 will be a day to remember for all who complete the challenge.A comprehensive race web site – www.carabundoranrun.com supports the race with an online entry system, detailed preparation and training advice from SAF Fitness, plus numerous items of support for the fitness/athletic enthusiast. The race will have Chip Timing Mile Markers – Split Times given at Every MileWater StationsSouvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for ALL FINISHERSHigh Quality Goodie Bag for ALL FINISHERSCourse Accurately measured using the Jones MethodOver €2,000 in prize moneyYou are invited to the launch of the the Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 in the Bundoran Library at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served on the night. Dublin City Marathon Numerous club members will line up at the start of the Dublin City Marathon on Monday next. We wish all the best of luck in the 26 miles plus event and hope that their meticiolous preparations will help them achieve their time and finish goals –good luck to Sean, Vinny, Philomena, Sharon, Linda, Loretta, and Maurice. Cross Country victoriesFintragh, Killybegs, was the venue on Sunday last for Part 1 of the Ulster/Northern Ireland C c/ships. The Under 18 Boys, 5k race, was the most exciting and contested event of the day. Tir Chonaill clubman Mark McGuiness did not go off with the hectic early pace. At halfway he had he had worked his way into a challenging position thirty metres behind leader Ben Brannagh, St Malachys. With 1k to go he and Mark Bonner, Finn Valley, were shoulder to shoulder with the Belfast lad still twenty metres ahead. As the final loop unwound the Dunkineely man gradually moved away from Bonner and began to slowly close the gap on the leader. As the race entered the final 100m McGuinness was still five metres behind Brannagh. Local support is always good and Mark responded and won by the narrowest of margins for what was an outstanding victory. Christopher Doherty 13th, Joe Morris,26th and James Morris 28th gave the club team a points total of 68pts for 4th place behind Finn Valley,37pts City of Derry,64pts and St Malachy’s 66ptsThe men’s club novice team of Richard McCarthy, Sean McManus, Oliver Thomas and Johnnie Ward also put in a very performance in a race that had over 84 finishers.All the results are here by clicking the following links: Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs Novice Men Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs Novice WomenResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U 14 GIrls Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U 16 Boys Copy of Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U 18 BoysCopy of Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U10 BoysResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U10 Girls Results2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U12 BoysResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U12 GirlsResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U14 BoysResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U16 GirlsResults2011-EvenAgeXCKillybegs U18 GirlsClub AGM –The club AGM,schedules for Fri 4th Novemeber has been cancelled due to a recent bereavement in the club.A new date will be published and notified to members shortly.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comEAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT was last modified: October 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TIR CHONAILL AC NOTES
Local election candidate John Watson questions whether people receiving a bad quality water service should be liable to pay the new water charges.The Fianna Fail candidate says he is totally against these water charges, but like most people he must accept they are here for the foreseeable future.“I have visited many homes over the past six weeks where I have found the water quality to below an acceptable standard. In some instances the water is discoloured, in other cases the water smells and in a lot of cases I found the water is causing major damage to domestic appliances. “Homes connected to the borehole supply from Rockhill outside Letterkenny are especially effected. Most homeowners on this supply will not drink the water, with many buying bottled water for drinking,” he revealed.In one case he visited the home of a woman in the Lismonaghan area of the town, she informed him that she had the water tested and was told it was not fit for consumption.This women has since spent €2000 on a new filter system for her home.“How is it fair to now ask this women to pay €240 per year in water charges,” asked Mr Watson. At another home he was poured a glass of water, there appeared to be an oily film floating on top of the water.“I was shown kettles that has been destroyed by this oily substance.“I have spoken to a local solicitor who informed me that there may be a case for not paying the water charges if the supply is not up to standard.“Under consumer protection legislation goods must be up to merchantable quality and fit for purpose if you are to pay for them.“I believe the water from the borehole supply and is substandard and not fit for purpose. I say that people should not be charged until the supply is brought up to a decent standard. “If elected on this Friday I will take this fight to Irish Water on behalf of all residents who are not receiving a top quality water supply.”ELECTION 2014: WATSON QUESTIONS IF PEOPLE WITH BAD WATER QUALITY SHOULD PAY NEW CHARGE was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalelectionJOhn Watsonwater charges
The question, then, as the Lakers held their annual media day and left for training camp in Honolulu, was whether the coach with nine championship rings might have designs on something greater than the eighth seed in the Western Conference. “Phil is a winner,” forward Devean George said. “I don’t think he’s going to come back and expect us to be mediocre. I think he wants to come back and get everything out of us and himself that he can. At his welcome back news conference in June, Phil Jackson sent writers and fans alike racing to the dictionary with his declaration that he wouldn’t be a “panacea” for the Lakers this season. There was no confusion, though, when Jackson said he would be “most amazed” if the Lakers were contending for a championship by the last of the three years he is under contract to coach. He might not be a miracle worker, but sometime during Jackson’s season away, the Zen master turned into a master of managing expectations. He was at it again last week, speaking about winning 44, maybe 45, games and fighting for a playoff spot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I’m not sure if we’re satisfied with 45 (wins) as players. I don’t know, I think we want to make more of an improvement than 10 wins from last season.” After finishing 34-48 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, success can be measured modestly for the Lakers. Yet there are clues that Jackson expects greater things sooner, particularly if Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown develop this season. Jackson said last week that Brown, who underachieved in four seasons in Washington, could be the difference between being good and “really good.” There also is frequent talk about the redemption of the Lakers, something that would require more than a first-round playoff exit. He said Monday that the Lakers offered the best chance of being competitive in the shortest period of time as he mulled his return to coaching. He compared this season’s team to his 1994-95 Chicago Bulls that finished 47-35 with Michael Jordan returning for the final 17 games. The Bulls went 72-10 the following season. Even so, Jackson again played down expectations, though the Lakers do play in a conference where seven teams won at least 49 games last season. “We don’t think that by and large that we’re anywhere close to a team that could step out and challenge in this conference that we’re in,” Jackson said. “This is a difficult conference. But we anticipate that in the next year, two years, we’re going to be able to develop that talent.” In between questions about relationship with Jackson, Kobe Bryant was asked Monday about his coach setting the bar so low. “I haven’t put a cap or a ceiling on what we can do,” Bryant said. “It’s one of those things where if the team gels and we’re executing the right way, you never know what may happen.” Odom, meanwhile, said he can sense many people already are counting out the Lakers. He said the only goal is getting to the playoffs, because that comes with the chance of playing for a championship. LAKERS NOTES: Bryant sounded almost compliant Monday in talking about Jackson, even declaring, “He’s the coach, I’m the player. He gives me things that he needs me to execute or things that he needs me to do, I do them.” … Odom estimated his left shoulder was about 85 percent and said he would not rush things in the preseason. Odom has not been cleared to play after undergoing surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. He might have to miss early exhibition games. … Forward Jumaine Jones, the subject of trade rumors, was not at media day after taking an elbow to the face over the weekend. A team spokesman said Jones would be on the Lakers’ flight to Hawaii. … Only a year after retiring as a player, Scottie Pippen will get his first taste of coaching over the next 10 days, asked by Phil Jackson to work with Odom in the triangle offense at training camp. Pippen’s official title is a consultant. … After reporting to camp last year at 230 pounds, Bryant is a lighter 214 this season. Bryant focused on increasing his speed this summer and the results have been surprising, strength coach Joe Carbone said. Bryant now is as quick as even the NBA’s fastest point guards, Carbone said. … The Lakers signed veteran big man Corie Blount, who last played for Chicago and Toronto in the 2003-04 season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
These amazing snaps sent in to us at Donegal Daily by pmcphotgraphy show a Tornado gradually building in size as it made it’s way from Buncrana to the Grianan Fort.AMAZING PICTURES OF TORNADO IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amazing snapsbuncranadonegalFunnelGrianan FortPmcphotographytornado
Some of the Cubs players at Entebbe Airport on Tuesday morning (photo by FUFA media)The Uganda U17 National team has flown out of the country this (Tuesday) morning aboard RwandaAir ahead of the AFCON Regional Qualifiers tournament.Peter Onen and his side will have a stopover in Kigali-Rwanda and from there, will connect to Tanzania where the qualifiers will take place starting this weekend.20 players who were selected by the technical committee were all present along with other officials.“We have been in camp for the last two weeks and the conditioning of the players, shape plus all the other components that are supposed to be put in the lads have been comfortably achieved, said the team’s head coach Peter Onen before the team departed.“We played five friendly matches, drawing one and winning the others and that gives us the confidence and readiness for what lies ahead of us.“Apart from South Sudan and Djibouti, who were not in the previous competition in Burundi, all other teams were there and we saw them play and know the tactics they always apply.Onen led the Cubs to a third place finish at the 2018 CECAFA U17 championship in Burundi, including a 4-1 win over Kenya in the third place playoff game.At the regional qualifiers, Uganda is in group B alongside Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Kenya.The Cub’s campaign gets underway on 12th August against Ethiopia followed with fixtures against South Sudan 5 days later (17th), Kenya on 19th and finally Djibouti on 22nd.The final squad of 20 players that will take part in Tanzania:Goal Keepers:Semwogere Daniel (UPDF JT FC), Oluka George (Buddo SS), Oyo Delton (KJSSS FC JT)Defenders:Ssekimbegga Kevin (Buddo SS), Kafumbe Joseph (Buddo SS), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC JT,) Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa), John Rogers (Onduparaka FC JT), Juma Ibrahim (KCCA SA), Ekolot Ibrahim (Bright Stars FC JT)Midfielders:Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT), Owane Yasin Abdul (Rock High School), Mwaka Polycap (Football For Good Academy Gulu),Kakaire Thomas (SC Vipers JT), Alowo John Kokas (URA FC JT), Ngonde Elvis (KJSSS FC JT)Forwards:Iddi Abdul Wahid (Onduparaka FC JT), Asaba Ivan (SC Vipers JT), Yiga Najib (Kisozi Seed High School), Mukisa Owen (BUL FC JT)Uganda’s fixtures:Sunday, 12-08-2018Uganda vs EthiopiaFriday, 17-08-2018 South Sudan vs UgandaSunday, 19-08-2018 Kenya vs UgandaWednesday, 22-08-2018 Uganda vs DjiboutiComments Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onentopuganda cubs
If atheists think they can be just as moral as religious people, see what they think of other atheists.Phys.org launched a surprising headline, “Atheists thought immoral, even by fellow atheists: study.” The first paragraph says, “A unusual [sic] social study has revealed that atheists are more easily suspected of vile deeds than Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists—strikingly, even by fellow atheists, researchers said Monday.” The survey of 3,000 volunteers from 13 countries, published in Nature Human Behavior, showed that most people view religion as a “moral safeguard.” Atheism is broadly perceived as “potentially morally depraved and dangerous.” Some of this may be unjustified bias, but countering that, “It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias,” said Will Gervais, psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Only Finland and New Zealand failed to show this trend.Bob Holmes at New Scientist (a strongly atheist science news site in the UK) is not ready to accept these results. “Are atheists really morally depraved? The idea defies logic,” his headline reads. He takes apart the survey, giving his speculations on why participants responded the way they did. It’s partly upbringing, partly anti-atheist bias, and part under-representation of atheists in the population, especially among teachers. But then he gives away the store:One reason may be that the basis of religious morality is obvious. But it isn’t clear – even to themselves – where atheists get their moral guidance. Widespread atheism is also a relatively new phenomenon. Even today, most atheists were raised in religious homes and thus bring a lot of implicit religious baggage to matters of morality, says Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist at Pitzer College in California. As societies become more secular, this influence is likely to fade away within a few generations.Holmes thinks, without empirical evidence, that the longer a society is atheist, the less anti-atheist bias it will have. “Let’s hope his work helps debunk the belief that you cannot be good without god,” he concludes.But wait! Holmes never answered the question of where atheists get their moral guidance. Why? Because there is none! And he also never answered the question of where atheists get their logic. His headline claimed the survey’s finding “defies logic,” presupposing he knows what logic is. OK Bob, how do you get logic out of particles in motion? Holmes certainly understands logic, but the only way he gets it is by freeloading off of religion, particularly the kind of religion that values truth and reason (the Judeo-Christian tradition, not the other choices, some of which see reason as an obstacle to faith, and reality as an illusion). Hear how this works in Nancy Pearcey’s podcast on ID the Future, “Freeloading off of religion”.We do have some empirical evidence of how atheists practice morality. It’s called Darwin’s Century—the 20th Century—with its atheistic communist slaughterhouses that killed over a hundred million of their own citizens. No wonder people have a bias against atheist morality. It’s justified.Recommended Resource: How Darwinism Corrodes Morality by Jerry Bergman. Jesus said that you will know a man by his fruits. Well, look at the ugly fruits of Darwinism! Bergman is also working on another book about how Darwinism is the Doorway to Atheism, with dozens of case studies he has collected. Darwinism; Atheism; the two have a common ancestor.(Visited 577 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
It might have left a few people feeling especially uneasy about climate change, but the Northeast’s strangely dry, mild winter did at least allow construction to continue at a relatively brisk pace on Powahouse, a three-unit condominium going up on a corner lot in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.Excavation began on December 9. By January 23, a frost wall had been poured just outside the slab perimeter and the construction crew, led by local design-build firm Placetailor, had prepped a 2,000-sq.-ft. area inside the frost wall for the pouring of the ground-floor “raft” slab. The security fence surrounding the site had been draped with tarps. Powerful heaters were brought in to help warm the area, and 40 cubic yards of concrete were preheated and mixed with an accelerator to help the mixture set faster once it was poured into place.The pour was a success, the winter weather continued to more or less cooperate, and the pace of construction now has Placetailor predicting that the three-story building will be ready for occupancy by the end of August. Not long after that, Powahouse is expected to qualify for Passivhaus certification.Promising performance numbersDesigned in collaboration with Schneider Studio Design, the project originally included four units, notes Placetailor principal Simon Hare, but two of the units were sold early on to a single buyer and were then redesigned for the buyer into a townhouse-style home that, at about 2,000 sq. ft., comprises roughly half of the building’s interior floor space. The other two units, featuring floor plans that interlock with each other, were marketed by a Realtor and recently sold. One, Unit Y, is a 1,100-sq.-ft. two-bedroom that was priced at $279,000; the other, Unit X, is a 1,000-sq.-ft. two-bedroom that was priced at $247,000.Hare adds that, so far, the building appears to be on track to meet performance expectations. An initial blower-door test, conducted on May 4, showed 0.28 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference. The project’s Passive House Planning Package modeling puts the under-slab insulation value at R-37 and R-21 around the slab edge. Exterior walls are R-59, the party wall is R-40, and the roof is a minimum of R-77.Placetailor went with Schuco SI82 triple-glazed, tilt-turn windows, Schuco doors for two of the main entries, and another Schuco door for access to a third-floor patio. Makrowin doors are used for one main entry and another patio-level entry. Each unit is equipped with a heat recovery ventilator – a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 for the large condo, a ComfoAir 200 for Unit X and one for Unit Y. Auxiliary heat will come from Mitsubishi Mr. Slim 9000-btu mini-split heat pumps – one for each unit.A project that blogs for itselfHare explained that a previous Placetailor project – the reconstruction of Pratt House, a former gunsmith shop built in Roxbury in the 19th century – caught the attention of an angel investor, who agreed to help back the builder should an opportunity emerge in Roxbury for a Passivhaus condo project. Three years later, that project materialized as Powahouse (a play on Powerhouse, with a Boston accent), with Placetailor serving as developer and builder.The project got another nudge forward with the early sale of the first two units, now combined into a four-bedroom and known as Unit Z, for $490,000. That price, Hare notes in an email to GBA, reflects a discount because the offer included a “very generous cash down payment.” At this point, Hare says, projected construction costs are $135 per sq. ft., excluding the cost of the lot and “soft costs” such as fees for consultants, design, zoning, management, and insurance.A Powahouse blog, including plenty of photos, has, with Placetailor’s help, created a “voice” for the building — a first-person (first-building?) narrative that highlights construction details and celebrates small victories. Click here for a look at the building’s development so far.