Expect a furious Pacquiao-Broner showdown

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “If Broner lands cleaner punches and ups his work rate a little bit, he can win the fight,” Garcia, who lost by decision to Shawn Porter in September for the WBC welterweight title, explained.Perfect conditioning should prove a key factor in the fight.Garcia’s only other loss was by split decision in Marh 2017 to highly ranked Keith Thurman who, by the way, sees Broner shining against Pacquiao.Thurman said he was greatly impressed by how Broner drew with Jesse Vargas.Broner, unpredictable and aloft, was said to have started working in the gym two weeks ago.Pacquiao, for his part, was reportedly playing regular night basketball to stay in shape. He’s expected to fly back from California right after the press tour to set up camp.He can’t afford to squander his limited training time.Broner will definitely be a lot stronger and tougher than Pacquiao’s last foe, Lucas Matthysse, who was counted out on his knees after repeatedly sinking without being properly hurt or hit.Broner, without saying a word, promises to be a raging opposite of the disgraced Argentine, who had no choice but exit from boxing after his shameless willing fall in Kuala Lumpur in July.Related stories: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH Azkals not taking Timor lightly Manny Pacquiao. APWBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will be an overwhelming favorite in his January title defense against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs).Broner, 29, listed as a former world titlist, is a full decade younger than the legendary fighting Filipino senator, an eight-division world title winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Vargas and Broner fought to a draw last April.The battle-tested Danny Garcia, highly ranked and respected welterweight who, in 2015, stopped the then unbeaten Amir Khan, however, said he’s picking Broner to upset Pacquiao.“I know a lot of people are picking Pacquiao,” Garcia said. “I’m going for Broner in an upset. He’s younger.”Nothing much is known about Broner, but he has a reputation for explosiveness; he also appears to be very tough, rugged and untamed.Garcia, who has fought with the best in his class, including Erik Morales, Robert Guerrero, and Zab Judah, said people might think Pacquiao would easily outwork Broner, but they could be in for a surprise.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Pacquiao will be 40 by the time of the big fight slated at MGM Grand Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Based on their respective records and experience, there could be a brewing mismatch, a big yawn.Pacquiao and Broner are scheduled for a two-city—New York and Los Angeles—press tour next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBefore the fight could be announced by Premier Boxing Champions, there were many who wondered if Broner deserved to be on the same stage with Pacquiao.Freddie Roach said he saw Pacquaio easily outworking Broner; while Jesse Vargas, whom Pacquiao dethroned as WBO welterweight champion in 2016, said Broner was not in the same level with Pacquiao. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Hype on for Pacquiao vs Broner Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch after January bout View commentslast_img read more

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UPDATED – Highway 97 closed south of Taylor

first_imgThe collision happened just after 12 p.m. on Saturday and the highway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.According to Drivebc.ca, there is no estimate on when the highway will open and there is no detour around the area.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 – Vehicle incident south of Taylor Hill at the Taylor Hill Chain up area has the highway closed in both directions. Emergency crews are on scene. Assessment in progress. No estimated time of opening. Next update 2:00 PM. #TaylorBC #FortStJohn #DawsonCreek— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) October 5, 2019Advertisement UPDATE as of 5:10 p.m. – The highway is now open in both directions.UPDATE as of 3:50 p.m. – The highway is open to single lane alternating traffic.UPDATE as of 3 p.m. – Drivebc.ca now says the Highway is closed again in both directions.   Estimated time of re-opening Sat Oct 5 at 5:00 PM MST.- Advertisement -UPDATE as of 2:15 p.m. – We have been told the highway is single-lane alternating traffic.ORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed south of Taylor.Advertisement STARS Air Ambulance has been called to the scene to help with those involved in the collision.STAR 5 (Grande Prairie) has been dispatched for a Scene Call Emergency in the Fort St. John, BC area.— STARS Ambulance (@STARSambulance) October 5, 2019If you are in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.calast_img read more

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RUNNERS TO PUT SOME FUN INTO DANNY McDAID 15K

first_imgIT was once the preserve of the elite runners – but now the Danny McDaid 15k is to have a fun run element too.The 7th annual Danny McDaid 15k road race-fun run in association with The Station House Hotel, will take place in Letterkenny on Sunday, August 14, and it promises to be the best event to date.Last year up to 200 runners went to the line for the prestigious event and organisers are hoping they will yet more participants this year. The event was formally launched on Tuesday at the premises of the main sponsor, The Station House Hotel. The winner of the race last year was Ciaran Doherty in a time of 49.19. The Danny McDaid 15k is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and attracts top runners from all over the country. However, the organisers are also hoping people will come out and jog around the course which runs from the town out around New Mills and Rashedogue before finishing back in town via Conwal.The event is run in honour of double Olympian and LAC club stalwart, Danny McDaid who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for Ireland in Berlin and Melbourne.Speaking at the launch, LAC Chairman, Gerry Davenport, said the event has been growing in popularity ever year since its inception.“The Danny McDaid 15k carries a special aura and appeal for all runners. It is a top event on the local racing calendar but we’re also appealing to people to come out and just run the course. It is a great race and the numbers are growing every year,” he said. “We’re delighted to have The Station House as our main sponsor for the race.Speaking at the launch, Mr Brian Gallagher, Proprietor of The Station House Hotel said he was delighted to be involved with the event.“Danny McDaid is a household name across the country. LAC is a great club and fosters great young talent. As a local businessman I’m always delighted to help out in any way I can.,’ he said.The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.RUNNERS TO PUT SOME FUN INTO DANNY McDAID 15K was last modified: August 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:danny mcdaid 15klast_img read more

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USL: Donegal sides get away draws in FAI Intermediate Cup

first_imgThe two Ulster Senior League representatives – Bonagee United and Cockhill Celtic – have both been handed away draws in the third round of the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup.The draw was conducted this afternoon at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.Bonagee United will travel to face Edenderry Town, while Cockhill Celtic will make the long trek to Cork to face College Corinthians. Edenderry Town are third in Senior 1A of the Leinster Senior League, the third tier of that league, while College Corinthians are fifth in the Munster Senior League.Cockhill overcame Letterkenny Rovers – last year’s finalists – 1-0 and then Swilly Rovers 7-0 in the opening two rounds.Bonagee received a bye through the first round before defeating Fanad United 2-1 in the second round.The Intermediate Cup holders, Crumlin United, have been drawn away to Swords Celtic. USL: Donegal sides get away draws in FAI Intermediate Cup was last modified: November 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

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It’s time to be honest

first_img Brutal honesty: Rosemead is going to end Arroyo’s reign atop the league this year. The Panthers title quest will be helped tonight by South El Monte’s win over Arroyo. Then, the Panthers will beat both teams and coach Matt Koffler’s magic will lead to a City Council referendum that re-names the city ‘Koffmead.’ Montview League: PC take: There isn’t one, the league title will be decided on Nov. 4 when Gladstone plays Duarte. Brutal honesty: Gladstone’s aura cannot be underestimated. But Duarte’s as talented as any recent league champion. This is the Falcons’ year. The final playoff spot will go to Sierra Vista. San Antonio League PC take: There isn’t one, this league boils down to South Hills and West Covina. Brutal honesty: In one week, the entire area will turn its eyes to Covina District Field for the rematch of last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division VII title game between South Hills and West Covina. And in one week, we’ll know who this year’s San Antonio League champ is going to be. The league and possibly the division boils down to different breeds – Bulldogs and Huskies. West Covina would get the nod if William Wallace were healthy. South Hills would get the nod if we thought QB Kevin Mort would be allowed to open things up with a pass here and there. That might mean a playmaker, which South Hills hasn’t found yet, would be uncovered. Nogales, Walnut and Rowland will vie for a playoff berth. Rowland gets it. Sierra League PC take: There isn’t one – Chino, Damien and Glendora are the only legitimate title contenders. Brutal honesty: Chino, Damien and Glendora are the real deal. There’s a slight drop off to Chino Hills and a big drop off to Ayala and Diamond Bar. Chino remains the favorite, but Damien and Glendora played tough nonleague’s schedules with good results. The vibe here is that each of the three lose a game and split the title. Valle Vista League PC take: There isn’t one, Covina is two touchdowns (minimum) better than anybody else. Brutal honesty: The better race is for second between Baldwin Park, Northview, Pomona and San Dimas. We’ll take Northview to give Covina its most difficult game and handle business against the rest. Baldwin Park gets the final playoff spot. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here’s what we think after five weeks. Miramonte League THE Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been scrapped this week so that we may bring you predictions for some of the local high school football leagues as the season shifts from important to very important mode. Since the truth is very difficult for some high school sports fans to handle, we’ll break it up into politically correct takes for the softies and brutal honesty for the hard liners. Pick which one fits you best and read from there. center_img PC take: There isn’t one, Los Altos in a romp. Brutal honesty: Los Altos is two touchdowns better than Charter Oak and Charter Oak is two touchdowns better than anybody else. Don’t believe us? Ask Conquerors coach Greg Gano. We thought Wilson was a contender at the beginning of the year, but injuries have taken their toll on East Wedgeworth Drive. That means Bonita gets the final playoff spot. Mission Valley League PC take: There isn’t one, this is a three-team race between Arroyo, Rosemead and South El Monte. last_img read more

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Liquor-sales request reconsidered

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But when the matter came up again this week, Warner, who had voted with Councilmen Bob Henderson and Owen Newcomer to deny the permit, said she had new information and asked for another hearing. Warner, Mayor Greg Nordbak and Councilman Doug Lopez then voted for a new hearing. Henderson and Newcomer remained opposed. “There’s additional information I became aware of after the public hearing closed,” Warner said. “What I’ve become aware of is that procedure (to secure a liquor license) is extremely intricate. I have asked that staff give us a presentation. Whether it has a bearing, I don’t know.” Steve’s BBQ is licensed to sell beer and wine. But the eatery needs the city permit before it can receive a hard-liquor license from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said Jeff Collier, director of community development. Warner said that, while she asked for a new hearing, it doesn’t mean she will vote to grant Steve’s a liquor permit. WHITTIER – An Uptown restaurant will get another chance to state its case for liquor sales after the City Council this week reversed a previous decision. Steve’s BBQ was granted a new hearing on its request for a permit to sell hard liquor – to Steve’s BBQ – after Councilwoman Cathy Warner changed her mind and voted Tuesday in favor of granting a new hearing. The new hearing is set for Nov. 22. The council previously voted 3-2 Sept. 13 to deny Steve’s BBQ’s permit application. “I want to have us hear all the pertinent information and see how that fits in the picture,” she said. “As to how I would vote, that remains to be seen.” Concerns about noise and Steve’s BBQ customers overflowing outside and onto sidewalks prompted the council to deny the original request, members said at the time. “He has live music frequently with the doors open,” Newcomer said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It’s really loud to surrounding businesses.” While he believes owner Steve Hernandez has made progress in remedying the problems, Newcomer said he is waiting to see if all the problems are corrected. Nordbak said he voted to grant the permit because the noise and overflow problems have nothing to do with the request to sell liquor. Hernandez’s wife, Filomena, said the restaurant has since turned down the noise level and is making sure its doors are closed when music is going. “Once you do that, you barely hear it outside,” she said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wigan v QPR: Hoilett and Traore start

first_imgClint Hill has been deployed on the left of QPR’s defence for the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Wigan, with Richard Dunne returning to the starting line-up and Yun Suk-Young among the substitutes. Junior Hoilett and Armand Traore both start the game at the DW Stadium. Wigan: Carson, Caldwell, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Perch, Kiernan, Fortune.Subs: Al Habsi, McClean, Espinoza, Barnett, Maynard, Waghorn, Collison. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Chinese firm snaps up Telkom Media

first_img7 May 2009Chinese business is set to break into South Africa’s pay-television market, with South African fixed-line operator Telkom selling its 75% stake in Telkom Media to the local arm of Chinese firm Shenzhen Media.Telkom Media was one of four entities awarded new broadcasting licences by the Independent Communications Authority of SA in September 2007, signalling the end of Multichoice Africa’s 12-year monopoly over the South African pay-TV market.However, Telkom decided to divest from the media industry following a change in strategy in April 2008 and, after failing to find a buyer for its fledgling pay-TV unit – and in a last-ditch bid to save it from liquidation – launched an “accelerated sale process” in April 2009.In terms of a deal signed late last month, Telkom will dispose of its shareholding and loan account in Telkom Media to Shenzhen Media South Africa on a “voetstoots” basis for an undisclosed “nominal amount”.“There were no conditions precedent included in the share sale agreement, which enabled the quick conclusion of the deal,” Telkom strategy chief Naas Fourie said in a statement on Wednesday.“Shenzhen agreed to procure Telkom Media and to change its name within 30 days,” he said, adding that Telkom Media’s future operations were now in Shenzhen’s hands.According to Business Report, Shenzhen Media SA is owned by China-based Shenzhen Media, which owns television and radio stations in China, and local partners including black-owned Imbani Media.“The remaining 25% in Telkom Media will be held by minority shareholders MSG Afrika Investments, Video Vision and WDB Investments Holdings, which are understood to be still mulling their involvement in the firm,” Business Report stated.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Tourism month kicks off in SA

first_imgThe iconic Table Mountain is a populartourist attraction. Tourism month aimsto encourage more South Africansto visit local destinations.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, see the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Albi ModiseChief communications officerDepartment of Tourism+ 27 83 490 2871• Florence RobertsManager in the office of the CEOCape Town Routes Unlimited+27 21 487 4881 /+27 82 414 9735• Nothando Yolande MatheCountry Manager – SADC SA Tourism+27 11 895 3071RELATED ARTICLES• Tourism remains strong in SA • Tourism books a BEE charter • Medical tourism in SA to grow• SA shines at World Travel AwardsKhanyi MagubaneSeptember’s sunny skies and magnificent scenery don’t only mean springtime in South Africa – they also herald the start of a 30-day drive to boost domestic tourism in the country.Kicking off the campaign in Newtown, Johannesburg, on 27 August 2009, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, “By travelling at home, South Africans contribute meaningfully to the tourism industry and its competitiveness, as well as to local economic growth and job creation.“Domestic and regional tourism is the backbone of a sustainable and robust tourism industry,” he added.According to the minister, the industry is booming in South Africa. In 2008 there were 42.5-million tourists in the country, of which 32.9-million, or 77%, were local. This helped the industry contribute R25.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) to the national GDP, an increase of 29% from the R20-billion ($2.6-billion) generated in 2007.Tourism also constitutes about 7% of employment in South Africa, both directly and indirectly.Sho’t left around the countryAt the tourism month launch in Newtown Van Schalkwyk unveiled the Sho’t Left billboard campaign, which aims to creatively motivate South Africans to travel within their own country.Relaunched in August 2007 by the government-funded body SA Tourism, the Sho’t Left drive aims to promote a culture of local holiday travel, targeting ordinary South Africans and their families who have a desire to see more of the country but don’t know where to go.“Sho’t Left” is derived from everyday South African “taxi lingo”. A commuter wanting a ride to a destination close by will say “Sho’t left, driva” – meaning, I want to jump off just around the corner.The 10 billboards, worth more than R2-million ($258 712), have been strategically placed around Gauteng province – the economic powerhouse of South Africa identified as the greatest source of domestic tourists.“As you travel your own country, you learn more about its diversity and tourism offerings. You also help to improve service levels and the competitiveness of the industry as a whole. This in turn makes all of us better hosts for regional and foreign visitors,” Van Schalkwyk said.“We are less than 300 days away from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and now is the time for all of us to contribute in every way we can to make sure we offer the world an unmatched experience in our fantastic country.The minister announced that as part of the Sho’t Left campaign, SA Tourism has entered into a new deal with hotel groups, airlines and travel agencies to offer South Africans affordable rates when visiting local destinations.SA Tourism’s new partners include the Peermont Hotel group, Flight Centre travel agency and Computicket Travel booking centre.Celebrating diversitySouth Africa’s month-long drive will be wrapped on 27 September with the celebration of the annual World Tourism Day.For the past 30 years The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has used this day to raise global awareness about the important role that tourism can play, both socially and economically.This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is “Celebrating Diversity”, which explores cultural wealth and the importance of sustainable tourism in ensuring that local traditions thrive alongside those of other cultures.In South Africa, the Department of Tourism will put on celebrations in Kimberley in the Northern Cape province on 29 September.A fitting host for these celebrations, the Northern Cape is firmly committed to developing tourism.In 2008, in a bid to boost economic development, small tourism enterprise development, and job creation, the Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation commissioned a tourism resource audit to develop and promote tourism within the province.The project aims to use information generated through surveys as a guiding a process whereby tourism businesses and attractions are clustered together, creating attractive regionalised tourism spread out across the province.Kimberley is synonymous with diamond mining in South Africa, which took off in 1871 and lead to unprecedented growth within the province.The town is known for its “Big Hole” – a tourist attraction in its own right – which, ironically, began as a small hill rich in diamonds, known as Colesberg Koppie.From the late 1800s until 1914 miners tirelessly toiled to remove some 25-million tons of earth from the site, turning the hill into a crater.An observation platform erected close to the site nowadays provides a good view of the “Big Hole”, which is about 365m deep and covers an area close on 15,5 hectares. During its productive years it yielded about 14.5-million carats of diamonds.De Beers, the world’s largest diamond-mining firm with operations now spread across the world, was founded in Kimberley and still has a prominent base in the town.Jumping on the tourism bandwagonSmaller tourism bodies across the country have also lent their support to tourism month by planning a range of special events.In Grahamstown, a small town in the Eastern Cape province made famous by its annual National Arts Festival, the local tourism office, Makana Tourism, is working hard to offer a number of exciting activities during September.“People forget that apart from providing information to tourists and marketing the area to potential tourists, the best tourists are the locals,” said Makana tourism director Willem Makkink, speaking to the town’s online portal Grahamstown.“We are planning a series of tours that will showcase the area. We hope to teach the residents of Makana [the name of the greater municipality incorporating Grahamstown] about the myriad of attractions and activities that are to be found here. We are planning tours of the town, the surrounding villages and sites, and the game reserves,” he said.In keeping with the theme of diversity, Cape Town in the Western Cape province will promote its melting pot of cultures and breathtaking scenery during tourism month through its “My Cape Town” campaign.This will incorporate a series of mini-profile documentaries which will explore the lives of people who live in Cape Town, and why they love the city. Local station Cape Town TV will flight these profiles at various times during the month.The city is also offering a photo competition during September, whereby residents are encouraged to take snaps of the sites that best embody the phrase, “This is the Cape Town I want the world to see”. Budding photographers can submit their entries via www.capetown.travel/worldtourismmonth and stand a chance of winning a cash prize of R15 000 ($2 000).In addition to being tourism month, September also marks a celebration of South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage. While Heritage Day is officially observed every year on 24 September, various relevant activities take place throughout the month, in the form of music, dance, arts and crafts, and literature.This year celebrations take place under the theme “Celebrating South African craft, our heritage”. In keeping with this year’s theme, the fourth World Summit on Arts and Culture will take place in Johannesburg from 22 to 25 September 2009, and will see crafters from across the world gathering there to discuss issues pertinent to the industry.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Blog Review: The Art of Construction

first_imgYou’ll have to do a bit of sleuthing if you want any background information on the author of “The Art of Construction.” There’s no handy “contact” link on the home page, no “history” page, no photo. Not even a name, just “posted by RR” at the bottom of the entries.So I started at the beginning, with the first two posts written by Richard Reilly in August 2008.Now I know that Reilly was an accounting major at the University of Kansas in 1980 when he took a summer construction job and was fired not long afterward because he didn’t know what he was doing. Two years later, he joined Boa Construction Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, and there he stayed for at least 26 years, rising from carpenter to chief operations officer in a company with annual revenues of about $20 million.He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007, and joined the St. Louis HBA Green Building Council. He’s also done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity, particularly in getting new Habitat homes certified at the LEED gold and platinum levels.Reilly has since moved to Trumpet LLC, another St. Louis firm, where he is director of operations. He specializes in low-cost, sustainable housing.If you were thinking this kind of background would produce a bland, business-oriented account of how to build high-performance housing, or offer tips on running Manual J calculations, well, think again.Follow the link to his blog and one of the first things you’ll see is a series of photographs Reilly took on a recent trip through South Dakota and Wyoming. There’s a post about a Susan Sontag essay on understanding the “saturnine personality,” a lengthy essay entitled “A Brief Meditation on Existentialism and Modern Art,” and photographs on a variety of subjects not directly related to building houses.In short, it would be helpful to throw away any manufactured notions you might have on what a construction blog is all about and ease into a looser frame of mind before you tackle The Art of Construction. On connecting life and work“There are a lot of reason we live where we live. These days we have to ask ourselves questions about affordability. How long does it take to get to work? How much does that cost every month? Our lifestyles are a combination of factors and associated costs. House payment, car payment, gas, utilities, etc. Do you have the right combination for your family?“From the sustainability perspective, strategies are available that yield the effects of more time at at home, lower utility costs, cheaper transportation costs, lower insurance premiums and more. If it makes sense, live closer to work and save money.” On trends in building“We are on a path which will eventually unite consumer demand, enlightened building codes and economic necessity. Until then, let’s make the most of the energy-efficient measures we can incorporate into our projects.” On childhood summers in the South“I have often thought of [William] Faulkner as an explanation of the complexity behind the scenes of the summers I spent in the south. Whether or not this is true is hard to say – but it is not hard to say that the south has stayed with me in deep and profound ways and it remains a touchstone. When I go there I see how it has changed and how I have changed. Growth and aging, maturation, sweetening, mellowing and the remnants of what was. And hard life. This is not to say that I ‘know’ the south, only that is has been and remains an important part of my heritage was.” On dealing with the modern world“We need hard work. We need to struggle with opposing ideas, conflicting ideas and take this work seriously in order to come close to this thing called our ‘potential.’ To think through difficult, nuanced arguments and concepts takes time and effort. If we are kept from conflict, from difficulty by a technology that wants us to be ‘happy’ with the results of our interactions with it, then the cart is before the horse and the servant has become the master.” On his professional experience“… I learned, quite convincingly, that money does not buy happiness; I’ve had some happy, well-adjusted and well-to-do clients, but almost as many who were immature, unhappy and unkind. I have seen architects and clients alike agonize over minute details (because it seemed they lost sight of the ‘whole’) in ways I found incomprehensible – at least relative to my experiences watching people live in these highly controlled, rigorously designed spaces. Once folks moved in, life took over and the best one could hope for is that building and occupants were up to the challenges that were asked of each.” On America“What a big, wide, beautiful, and awe-inspiring country we live in. The juxtaposition of natural wonder, infrastructure and americana tells a great story.”last_img read more

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