A housing dream come true

first_imgIt’s been a decade since the launch of Harvard’s 20/20/2000 initiative, the University’s 20-year, $20 million, low-interest loan program to help create low- and middle-income housing in Boston and Cambridge.A ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday (Oct. 30) marked another success story, this one at the Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative on the Blessed Sacrament campus in Jamaica Plain. There were 1,600 applicants for the 36 units available; 14 families have already moved in.“This is fulfilling a dream that a lot of folks had for many years,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, one of the speakers at the event. “If you listen to some folks out there today, they don’t understand what affordable housing, workforce housing is all about. … It is so desperately needed.”The Blessed Sacrament campus has been one of the largest Boston recipients of 20/20/2000 funding, which has so far helped build 4,350 affordable units in 120 projects in the two cities, or one-sixth of the total affordable units built or renovated since the program’s start in 2000. The projects have included affordable apartments, first-time homebuyer condominiums, homeless shelters, cooperative housing, assisted living for low-income seniors, and live/work space for artists.The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) and development partner New Atlantic Development Corp. have received a total of $1.3 million in 20/20/2000 loans through both Boston Community Capital and the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to support site acquisition and construction financing for phase 1 of the Blessed Sacrament project.Menino praised the development as “a real team effort all the way.” He acknowledged Harvard’s support and said, “Quality, affordable housing means so much to families across the city, and the 20/20/2000 program demonstrates the value of the creative and productive partnerships that enable such progress.”The Blessed Sacrament’s phase 2 of the development, which meets LEED Gold energy standards, is named after Puerto Rico native Betsaida Gutiérrez, a longtime Blessed Sacrament parishioner who has lived in Jamaica Plain since 1972. Gutiérrez — “She’s small, but she’s a ball of fire!” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez in introducing her — rallied former parishioners and neighbors to ensure that their former church would be redeveloped in a way that benefited the community.A tour of the units revealed sunny spaces painted in crisp, serene wall colors, cushy wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms, and open-plan kitchens with islands for breakfast seating. When the project is completed, it will also contain retail space that is expected to bring 20 or 30 jobs to the neighborhood.But that isn’t what the residents were thinking about during Saturday’s ceremony. Rosaria Pena, whose remarks in Spanish were conveyed by a translator, said Betsaida was “part of her family now,” adding that her affordable rent will help her to put her son through college “and build his future too.”And Ethiopian immigrant couple, Teklu Tessema, a taxi driver, and Tsigie Gebretsadik, a cashier, did not speak at the ceremony, but as it finished, both were wiping tears from their eyes. “We are still excited, and it’s been almost a year,” said Tessema of the two-bedroom condo they got as first-time buyers. “We are so happy,” added his wife.“We need more affordable housing,” said Julia Martin, who lent her name to a JPNDC senior community nearby that was built in 2006. “We need more like this is Jamaica Plain. The first day, there were 500 people looking for an apartment — the first day alone, and it was pouring rain, and they stood there in that rain. That’s how important affordable housing is.”Speaking at the event, Harvard’s executive vice president Katie Lapp congratulated the JPNDC and its partners for contributing to the vibrancy of Hyde Square.“We take great pride in helping make dreams come true for so many families who deserve the respect and comfort that good housing provides,” said Lapp.Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino addresses the crowd at the grand opening of the Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative. The Blessed Sacrament campus has been one of the largest Boston recipients of 20/20/2000 funding, which has so far helped build 4,350 affordable units in 120 projects in Boston and Cambridge.last_img read more

Takeaways: Bailey’s two mistakes blow up Oakland A’s chances vs. Cubs

first_imgCHICAGO — Homer Bailey had been largely successful against the Chicago Cubs in 20 career starts — going 8-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 20 starts through a 12-year run with the Cincinnati Reds.But two pitches went awry in Wednesday’s middle innings and torpedoed Bailey’s 21st career appearance and first for the A’s against the Cubs.One resulted in a run-scoring single by Javier Baez and the second turned into a grand slam by Ian Happ in the fourth inning as the Cubs rolled to a 10-1 victory in the …last_img read more

Taptu Brings Real-Time Search to Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The “buzz” section contains real-time results pulled from sites like Twitter and Digg as well as from other social sharing websites, blogs, and data pulled from select panel of internet users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are anonymously sharing their web-browsing data with the company. This aggregate information is actually the most prominent source of real-time data for OneRiot’s search service. As of September of this year, OneRiot claimed to have 3 million active toolbar users out of the 20 million or so who have downloaded the toolbar to date. Meanwhile, they’re indexing around 20,000 links from Digg and 5 million from Twitter.It’s this data which powers Taptu’s “buzz” section where you can find breaking news and other currently “hot topics” being discussed on the web. And unlike Twitter’s trending topics, for instance, OneRiot doesn’t link to raw tweets but to the actual news stories and blog posts that are sharing the information. The main Taptu homepage also links to these trending items by way of a tag cloud whose colorful blue bubbles take you directly to the buzz section when tapped. If you’re interested in trying the new Android application, you can download a free copy from the Android Market on your mobile phone. If you don’t own an Android device (or iPhone), you can still use Taptu via its mobile website available at www.taptu.com. Having just launched a new real-time mobile search engine in conjunction with OneRiot only weeks ago, mobile search company Taptu is now expanding their revamped service to the Android platform. Today, they’re launching a new application designed specifically for Android phones running version 1.5 and above. Like their brand-new mobile website, Taptu for Android includes real-time search results thanks to OneRiot integration. It also offers a touchscreen interface for viewing the results without having to pinch, resize, or refocus the screen.The new application is the first Taptu app for Android which is why it doesn’t include the social sharing features (share to Twitter and Facebook) that the iPhone app currently offers. Those will be added in a future release, notes the company. However, nearly everything else about the new Android application is the same as its mobile counterpart, including its search verticals of “web,” “images,” and “buzz” which sit above Taptu’s search box on the app’s main screen. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Real-Time Web#search#web sarah perezlast_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team New Jersey’s Seaside Hideaway

first_imgThe target market for Team New Jersey’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon is a couple (perhaps retired) who wants a small, durable, energy-efficient house suitable for the Jersey shore. And in practical terms, trying to appeal to home buyers longing for respite somewhere along New Jersey’s long, lively, and mostly pleasant Atlantic coastline probably isn’t a bad idea, provided you’re willing to put up with allusions to MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” It’s unlikely the members of Team New Jersey – a collaboration of students and faculty from Rutgers: the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – weren’t expecting joking references to the show (are there any other kind?) and other digs at Jersey Shore pop culture. But they’ve become experts at deflecting snark by steering attention to the amenities of the home, dubbed “eNJoy: A Generation House.” The 960-sq.-ft. one-bedroom house has a shell of precast concrete panels and an inverted hip roof that, with its large overhang, is designed to maximize rainwater collection. Live at the International Builder’s ShowAs architecture student Zachary Hvizdak told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink during an interview at the International Builders’ Show in Janaury, the team aimed for a blend of contemporary design and energy efficiency performance that will make the most of the insulation, durability, and thermal mass of concrete. “We’re pushing this technology,” Hvizdak said, noting that because all of the panels are being custom made, eNJoy’s construction costs will exceed $250,000, which means the project likely won’t be competitive in the Decathlon’s affordability contest. Born to run – on the sun In addition to the thermal mass value and durability of precast concrete panels, the team cites a few other advantages to their use, including their resistance to mold, their adaptability to sturdy modular construction, their low maintenance, and the recyclability of concrete. Made by Northeast Precast, based in Millville, in southern New Jersey, the panels feature about 6 in. of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between 3 to 4 in. of poured concrete. MORE INFORMATION Team New Jersey Web page DOE Web page for Team New Jersey GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Despite all the concrete, eNJoy aims for a stylized contemporary look – a solid form with small punched openings to let in light, although most of the daylighting comes from a long line of clerestory windows on the north side of the house and a contiguous stretch of large windows on the south side. Hvizdak points out that the large inverted hip roof gives homeowners significant flexibility when placing the building’s photovoltaic panels and solar hot water collectors for optimal exposure. As on a flat roof, the PV and solar hot water panels on eNJoy, when installed on angled mounts, can be grouped on the north or south portions of the roof, depending on surrounding foliage, to maximize exposure to the sun. The building’s electrical system, HVAC appliances, and plumbing will be concentrated in a central core – in one of three modules that will be bolted together to form the main structure. From NJ to DC and back Once it has prepared them for shipping, the team will load the three modules, along with the PV array, entry ramps, decking, and landscaping components, onto a total of seven trucks. The team expects to take about two days to reassemble the house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Upon its return to New Jersey, the house will be offered for sale. Construction costs are expected to be about $300,000, although Clinton Andrews, a professor at Rutgers and one of the project’s faculty leaders, told the CourierPostOnline, which covers southern New Jersey, that about $100,000 could be trimmed from those costs if the house were to go into production. We’ve asked the team for more details about the materials and mechanicals used, and the expected performance of the building. Whether the eventual buyer of the prototype is in fact a couple interested in a spot near the Atlantic shore remains to be seen, although the team certainly would entertain an offer from MTV. “If they were the ones to buy the house,” Hvizdak told Fine Homebuilding, “it would be OK.”last_img read more

A Heat-Recovery Ventilation System for the Potwine Passivhaus

first_imgWhere should the ventilation vents go?At left is an image of the exhaust vent in the kitchen. The architect and Zehnder seemed to have two different philosophies about where each vent should go. The architect intended to place exhaust vents in the kitchen and the two bathrooms, and to place supply vents in the bedrooms and the main living area. Zehnder seemed to think that supply vents weren’t needed in the main living area because the supply air from the upstairs bedrooms would filter downstairs.On one hand, the architect’s configuration seems like a better idea because the living area is a large space and it would be nice to have fresh air piped there directly. On the other hand, the bedrooms are the locations where CO2 buildup will be the greatest — small spaces, closed off all night, with people breathing inside — and therefore would benefit from as much fresh air as possible.Three weeks later, we still appear to be at an impasse. Tightly sealed homes are more comfortableWhen you seal up the exterior shell of the building, it makes for a more comfortable home in addition to saving energy. When you open the front door, cold air can’t rush in — it has nowhere to go. There are no cold drafts throughout the house because cold air isn’t leaking in anywhere.If you build your house according to the Passivhaus standard, it should take 1 hour 40 minutes for all of the air in the building to leak out and be replaced by new air when the house is depressurized to 50 Pascals with respect to the outdoors. (This is equivalent to 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. It’s not exactly clear to me why this particular number is the target.) A typical home will leak out all of its air in 30 minutes, equivalent to leaving the front door wide open! As they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the ninth blog in a series. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House. The amazing ventilator brings in fresh air without wasting energyA ventilation system is designed to address this problem, bringing in fresh air to every room while miraculously not wasting much energy. It’s ingenious and surprisingly simple — probably one of the coolest energy-saving ideas ever!The heart of the system is a type of heat exchanger (shown in the image above) which takes cold air from outside and pulls it through tiny pores. Each pore is surrounded by another set of pores flowing warm air from inside in the opposite direction. As the cold air passes by the warm air, almost all of the heat energy (up to 95%) transfers from the warm air to the cold air. It’s easy to think that the temperature of the two air flows might equilibrate to some intermediate temperature, but that’s not what happens. The real life Zehnder ComfoAir 200 HRVThe actual ventilator, called a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), looks like a big rectangular box with squid-like flexible ducts going everywhere. It’s installed in the attic space and the ducts are routed down to each room. The installation seemed to be pretty quick and easy — it took two guys about two days, although we ran into an issue.center_img The secret behind how it worksImagine two tubes, side by side, shown at left. One has cold air entering from outside, one has warm air entering from inside. Since the two tubes are in contact, they will have pretty much the same temperature at each cross section along the tubes, warmer near the inside and cooler near the outside. As air passes through the tubes, heat is transferred between the tubes in order to maintain the temperature profile along the length of both tubes. Notice how incoming cold air is heated up to room temperature and outgoing warm air is cooled down to the outside temperature. The efficiency of this process can be very high as long as the temperature difference between the two tubes is small and the thermal conductivity of the tubes is high. The same process runs in reverse in the summer. You are getting sleepy and sicklyPeople need fresh air, otherwise they’ll start to feel a little dizzy and tired due to the build up of CO2 and lack of oxygen. At 600 ppm of CO2, air starts to feel stuffy. At 1000 ppm, you’ll start to feel drowsy. Even measurements of typically constructed homes find that CO2 concentrations in the bedrooms at night with the windows closed will often reach over 2000 ppm!The more tightly sealed the house, the worse the situation gets. Furthermore, toxic gases offgasing from glues, coatings, paints, and plastics will cause long-term health problems if they are allowed to build up in the home. June 5, 2014: The amazing ventilation systemBack from my trip to Korea and Japan, I have three weeks of exciting work on the house to catch you up on. The ventilation system went in, although we ran into some issues about where to put some of the vents. 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Rhode Island girl collapses at soccer game, dies at hospital

first_imgRead Next He said in a statement that her death was unrelated to the game.Ricci says the Richmond resident was captain of the soccer team, a member of the school’s lacrosse team and a top student.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a statement, Ricci said Potts “represented the very best of our school as an artist, an athlete, a classmate, a teammate and a friend.”Ricci said counseling would be available to students and staff in the middle and high schools starting Monday. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavaliers expect Isaiah Thomas to play by January MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight RICHMOND, R.I. — A Rhode Island school district is mourning the death of a popular student-athlete.Chariho Regional School District Superintendent Barry Ricci says 17-year-old senior Maddie Potts collapsed during a soccer match on Saturday and died at the hospital of a brain aneurysm on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Horn wants to do a Marquez

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage In Monday’s media workout Horn said he knows the enormity of the task at hand.That is why, he said, he punished his well-chiseled 29-year-old frame to the extreme so he could be ready for whatever Pacquiao will bring into the ring.According to Horn, his height (5-foot-9 against Pacquiao’s 5-6) and age (at 29, he’s 10 years the Filipino’s junior) would be his biggest advantages.Horn told Filipino sportswriters here he weighed between 71 kilograms (156.2 pounds) and 72 kg after a long run on Monday. He plans to fight at that weight when he climbs the ring before an expected sellout crowd of 50,000 on Sunday.Though Horn is still nine pounds over the 147-lb limit, Rushton looked unconcerned.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Rushton said it is normal for his fighter to be at this weight range days before the official weigh-in, which happens on Saturday. He said Horn would be between 70.5 and 72 kg on fight day.Pacquiao has been installed as the heavy favorite to win, with a $100 bet on him earning just $25. But, although the same bet on Horn will net a whopping $420, the Australian is unperturbed.Horn believes that Pacquiao’s tremendous edge in experience (Pacquiao had 50 more fights than Horn with 67) and quality of past opponents can work both ways.The former Brisbane school teacher believes that Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion, is not at his optimum best because he’s no longer hungry for glory and money.Horn also noted that Pacquiao hasn’t stopped any opponent since 2009, when the Filipino pulled off a 12-round stoppage of Miguel Cotto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games JPV Marikina zooms to leadcenter_img What ‘missteps’? They were placed there supposedly to remind Horn of the caliber of the fighter he’s challenging for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in front of his countrymen at Suncorp Stadium.They might as well serve as motivational tools for the underdog Horn, who is trying to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNoticeably missing is a poster of Pacquiao’s epic fights against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out the eight-division world champion Filipino cold in their fourth showdown in 2012.Perhaps, Horn’s handlers, led by trainer Glenn Rushton, intentionally omitted the poster as the fighter wants to make Marquez’s one-punch knockout of Pacquiao as their blueprint for success. Horn: It will be a really good fight. —ROY LUARCABRISBANE—Prominently posted in the center white wall of the gym where Jeff Horn trains are posters of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.Also in the gallery is a poster of Pacquiao’s July 2 tussle with Horn, billed appropriately as “Battle of Brisbane.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

a month agoFred confident he can make it with Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred confident he can make it with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFred is confident he can make it with Manchester United.Fred emerged for his first league appearance of the campaign against Leicester earlier this month and has started two of the last three games but is yet to line up in a league fixture.Sources close to Fred have told the Manchester Evening News they view his first year in England as one of ‘adaptation’, since the Brazilian was taken aback by the demands of the Premier League after five years with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Fred has already made arrangements to do extra conditioning to prepare him for a season where United could play over 60 matches.The differences between Ukrainian and English football have been described as ‘notorious’ and Fred, despite his experience, is understood to have found the day-to-day routine at United much harder than he experienced in the Ukraine or Brazil. last_img read more

The CEO Of JPMorgan Chase Spoke To The Ohio State Football Team Today

first_imgAt Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer has made it a habit of inviting successful people to speak to his team on topics outside of football. Today, the Buckeyes were joined by Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, and the topic was leadership. Thank you to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, for speaking to the team today on Leadership. pic.twitter.com/UOOACaUCmZ— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 12, 2015We know it’s Thursday, but today’s appearance by Dimon appears to go in line with Meyer’s “Real Life Wednesdays” tradition that he’s implemented. Ohio State put out a video about it in the fall.last_img read more

Video: Jordan Brand Has Signed Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey, Baylor’s Corey Coleman

first_imgJalen Ramsey celebrating with a Florida State teammate.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 28: P.J. Williams #26 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates his interception with Jalen Ramsey #13 against the Boston College Eagles in the second half at Alumni Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Jordan Brand may have started on the hardwood but the company has inked an impressive lineup of NFL players in recent years. Two players who will hear their names called tonight just became the latest to join the Jordan family. Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a potential top-five pick, and Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman have signed with Jordan. Their arrival was announced with this very cool hype video.Jalen Ramsey and Corey Coleman were grinding all season. Now, they join the @jumpman23 family. #WEAREJORDAN https://t.co/BAihKNGQvl— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 28, 2016Other Jordan NFL players have included Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and others.last_img read more