Homeowners Bracing for Climate Change

first_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago climate change flooding Zillow 2019-08-13 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Homeowners Bracing for Climate Change Subscribe Previous: Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurers Next: Stocks Fall, Yield Curve Inverts as Recession Fears Grow Sign up for DS News Daily Homeowners Bracing for Climate Change Half of residents in major U.S. metro areas believe climate change will affect their homes or communities within their lifetime, according to a new report from Zillow. The Zillow Housing Housing Aspirations Report reveals that young adults and people who live in coastal metros are the most likely to anticipate their lives will be impacted by climate change.The report states that around 62% of people ages 18 to 34 say their homes or communities will be affected either “somewhat” or “a great deal” in their lifetimes, compared with 51% of people ages 35 to 54, and only 39% of those 55 and older.By city, Miami (61%), San Jose (59%) and Los Angeles (57%) were most likely to anticipate climate change impact, compared to St. Louis (40%), Detroit (43%) and Philadelphia (44%).”This survey confirms that millions of Americans are sensitive to the risks associated with climate change and believe they will face them in their lifetimes,” said Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow. “Young adults are much more likely to recognize the reality of climate change-related risks to their homes and communities. Every month new evidence is brought to light about the risks ranging from rising temperatures to more frequent floods to wildfires, and people are hearing the message. Even across age groups and political lines, there is at least consensus that when you are in a hole the first step is to stop digging, in this case by not continuing to build new homes in high-risk areas.”A previous analysis from Zillow found that more than 800,000 existing homes worth $451 billion will be at risk in a 10-year flood by 2050. Additionally, there are around a half million homes in California at risk from wildfires.Zillow also surveyed residents on what solutions they would like to see. Of those surveyed, 71% would support new laws to prevent developers from building in high-risk areas that are prone to natural disasters. Additionally, 62% support making structural improvements to homes to mitigate damage, while 59% would support the adoption of new policies that require homeowners in high-risk areas to buy disaster insurance. August 13, 2019 1,557 Views center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: climate change flooding Zillowlast_img read more

The Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County started with the promotion on the European market

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County has launched promotional campaigns aimed at the markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is the new video “A Dream Waiting For You” which was launched a few days ago. The aim of the campaign is to further promote Central Dalmatia as a self-destination.center_img We are carefully monitoring the situation in the main emitting markets of Central Dalmatia, as well as hoteliers, caterers, tourist camps, owners of family accommodation and nautical, waiting for an agreement between the epidemiological and tourist professions which should enable protection of human health and realization of the summer part of this tourist year. Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and adds: “Despite the modest funds available to the County Tourist Board in these circumstances, we have prepared promotional campaigns aimed at our traditional markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. Through them, we will further promote Central Dalmatia as a self-destination. The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is the new video that was launched a few days ago, which is aimed at targeted European markets and represents a marketing step at the time of opening borders and establishing tourist traffic in these areas.”Points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Gold is Money to defend title against ominous Albouystown-B

first_imgBy Michelangelo JacobusFRIDAY night was one full of high-paced action and upsets as the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ quarterfinals and semifinals were played at the National Cultural Centre tarmac.After the dust settled, the exciting Albouystown-B team had won the right to challenge defending Georgetown and National champions Gold is Money in the final.En route to the final, Albouystown-B secured the semi-final spot by beating Back Circle 2-1 on sudden-death penalties in the first quarterfinal of the night. Later on in the night, they faced a determined Sophia in the semifinal and some clinical finishing from Lennox ‘Tyga’ Cort ensured that they ran out 3-2 winners.Albouystown’s Lennox Cort (on the ball) on one of his many runs during his side’s semifinal against Sophia (orange bibs).Sophia, who are known for their defence, conceded after nine minutes when Cort slammed home, after some fine passing. He added a second in the 18th minute and Marlon Nedd put Albouystown 3-0 up just three minutes later.However, Sophia refused to roll over and had the crowd on edge when they netted a late Guinness Goal (a goal scored in the final three minutes of the game counts as 2) to make things interesting at 3-2. But Albouystown held firm to book the final berth.Earlier in the night, Sophia had needled crowd favourite Sparta Boss in the quarter-finals to create a major upset. Dwayne ‘Goofy’ Lowe’s fourth-minute goal proved to be the deciding factor but not before Sparta came close to equalising on several occasions However Sophia defended staunchly to end 1-0 winners.Meanwhile, defending champions Gold is Money had a comfortable path to the final. First they dispatched Tiger Bay 2-0 in the quarter-final stage with Randolph Wagner netting a brace. His goals came in the 9th and 20th minutes respectively.The Gold is Money juggernaut rolled on without any hiccup as Jermin Junor and Randolph Wagner netted a goal apiece in their 2-0 victory over Broad Street in the semi-final, Junor opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Wagner doubled their lead just two minutes later.The victory meant that Gold is Money gave themselves a chance to defend their Georgetown title and a shot at the $500 000 winners’ purse.Earlier in the night Broad Street had needed sudden-death penalties to get past Leopold Street in their opening quarter-final after regulation and extra-time ended goalless. Broad Street held their nerves to come out 2-1 winners.The final of the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship was being played at the D’Urban Park tarmac last night and up to press time no scores were available,Fixtures – Final NightFinalGold is Money vs Albouystown-B3rd PlaceSophia vs Broad StreetPlate FinalWinners (1) vs Winners (2)Plate SemifinalLeopold Street vs Tiger Bay – 19:00hrsBack Circle vs Sparta Boss – 19:45hrslast_img read more

1 of 5 men charged with CSC faced judge in Tawas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTAWAS, Mich. – One of the 5 men charged with criminal sexual conduct in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old minor stood in court Monday morning.Defendant Michael Martin Barnes from Whittemore faces three 1st degree criminal sexual conduct offenses.Barnes’ pretrial hearing took place before circuit court Judge David Riffel in Tawas.The other four defendants currently sit in Iosco County Jail: Gary Harrington, 21; Samuel Walmsley, 59; Brian Thayer, 39; and Timothy Monschau, 60. As they await trial, the judge  said he does not want the case pushed back any further.Monday marked the second pretrial adjournment.Barnes returns to court Dec. 10.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Into Northeast Michigan: Representing the 106th DistrictNext Wurtsmith military base hit with another PFAS clean-up violationlast_img read more

Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan and the state of boxing

first_imgWith or without Spence as an opponent, Crawford will be well paid for the foreseeable future. So will most of today’s other elite fighters. But in terms of being able to prove their greatness, they’re victims of the current system. And as boxing fans, so are we.Terence Crawford has never fought an elite fighter. That’s the hole in his resume. Here, the thoughts of Carlos Acevedo are instructive: “A fighter such as Crawford, no matter how much money he makes, is, in a sense, cheating himself. Which is a shame because Crawford — the switch-hitting stylist with a mean streak and a killer instinct — resembles, in nearly every aspect, the ideal fighter except where it counts most: in the record books. All fighters have had the same dreams for as long as boxing has been in the mainstream. Is it possible that these dreams are smaller now than ever?”Thomas Hauser’s email address is [email protected] His most recent book – Protect Yourself at All Times – was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Omaha, Nebraska, is famous for its stockyards where millions of cattle, hogs, and sheep are slaughtered annually to feed a nation. On Saturday night, Omaha native Terence Crawford displayed his talent as a butcher when he brutalized Amir Khan en route to a sixth-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden.Crawford, age 31, is a complete fighter. He now has a 35-0 (26 KOs) ring record and holds the WBO title in boxing’s talent-laden 147-pound division. Prior to moving up in weight, he’d simultaneously held all four major 140-pound belts. Crawford dishes out what writer Jimmy Tobin calls “the type of lingering abuse that ages fighters overnight. There is something Mayweather-like about Crawford in the way he first studies, then disarms his opponents,” Tobin states. “But unlike Mayweather, Crawford goes beyond merely establishing dominance. Crawford is as good a finisher as you will find. Patient, accurate, creative. You do not hang around with ‘Bud’.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFrank Lotierzo elaborates on this theme, noting, “Crawford has no stylistic weaknesses. He can do everything a fighter can be asked to do in a boxing ring. His fundamentals are very good. He has a great boxing mind. His boxing aptitude is off the charts. He fights with heightened concentration and sees everything, whether it’s on offense or defense. And he has the strength, power, and technique to execute what his mind tells him. Defensively, going by the way he looks after his bouts, Crawford must be hard to hit because his face is seldom marked. Offensively, Crawford has more gears than any fighter in boxing and he’s quicker and a little bit of a bigger puncher than he is given credit for. Terence has more resources physically and processes information faster than any fighter we’ve seen in a long time. He’s a natural fighter with a mean streak a mile wide.”About that mean streak … writing after Crawford’s ninth-round demolition of Jeff Horn last year, Bart Barry observed, “Crawford enjoyed Horn’s diminishment. He felt Horn relenting and smiled. This is what makes men like Crawford exceptional. Where something like empathy for a man being stripped publicly of his dignity begins to drain others, such a stripping makes the purest fighters euphoric. It transcends professionalism: I’m not doing this because it’s my job. No, I’m doing this because I like hurting you.”Crawford is also a hard worker. “Camp is never easy,” Crawford says. “If camp is ever easy, then your trainer is doing something wrong.”Amir Khan (now 33-5, 20 KOs, 4 KOs by) began his ring career with high expectations as a 17-year-old prodigy who’d won a silver medal on behalf of England at the 2004 Olympics. A 2008 knockout loss to Breidis Prescott deflated his bubble. But Khan rebounded with victories over Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah to claim the WBA and IBF titles at 140 pounds before losing a questionable split decision to Lamont Peterson in Washington D.C. (a jurisdiction notorious for poor officiating and also Peterson’s hometown). Then, on July 14, 2012, Danny Garcia knocked Amir out in the fourth round.Since then, Khan has been better known for talking than fighting. To his credit, he has shown a willingness at times to go in tough. Three years ago, he embarked on a Quixotic quest against Canelo Alvarez, who rendered him unconscious in the sixth round. But Khan has passed the point of relevance in elite boxing circles except as an opponent. There was a time when he was a better fighter than anyone currently on Crawford’s resume. He isn’t anymore.MORE: Urgency to make Crawford-Spence fight loomsAsked at a Jan. 17 press conference why he was fighting Khan, Crawford referenced the protective wall that Premier Boxing Champions has built around its 147-pound fighters and stated, “I’m just rolling with the tide. He was the best welterweight to choose from being that everyone else has fights. I can’t make them fight me.”Khan didn’t see himself as an opponent. But that’s what he was. “People are expecting me to get beat,” he acknowledged. The early odds favored Crawford by a 7-to-1 margin and rose significantly higher as fight night approached.The fighters were respectful toward one another during the prefight buildup.At the final prefight press conference, promoter Bob Arum analogized Crawford-Khan to Sugar Ray Leonard’s initial encounters against Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns and assured the media that, years from now, fans who bought the pay-per-view would be talking reverentially about the bout with their children and grandchildren.Hyperbole aside, it was clear that Khan had far more to gain from the fight than Crawford did. A win would go a long way toward fulfilling Khan’s early promise and elevating his legacy. “It’s a fight that can redeem my whole career,” he said.Crawford, on the other hand, didn’t stand to win much by winning. But a loss would seriously undermine his status.Big arenas are quiet places on fight night when the first fight begins. Several hundred spectators were scattered around Madison Square Garden, most of them in the cheap seats, when Lawrence Newton squared off against Jonathan Garza at 6 p.m. The building filled up as the night wore on.The pay-per-view telecast started at 9 p.m. with three showcase bouts for Top Rank fighters.Lightweight Felix Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs entering the fight) is a flashy boxer with charisma who was being hyped as Puerto Rico’s next ring icon until Antonio Lozado exposed his shortcomings and knocked him out at Madison Square Garden last year. Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) is a gatekeeper who had lost to Raymundo Beltran, Javier Fortuna, and Takashi Uchiyama. Against Vasquez, Verdejo cruised to an uninspired unanimous decision triumph.Next up, 21-year-old Shakur Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs entering the fight), who won a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the 2016 Olympics, took on Christopher Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs).There was a blip on the radar screen earlier this month when an online video showed — graphically showed — Stevenson administering a vicious beating to a defenseless man who had been knocked down on the concrete floor of a Miami Beach parking garage. Stevenson, it turned out, is currently under indictment on charges of felony battery in conjunction with the incident, which occurred last July. Diaz represented a step up in caliber over Stevenson’s previous ring and garage opposition. But Diaz’s plodding, one-dimensional style was made to order for Shakur, who thoroughly outboxed him in a dreary fight that occasioned boos and jeers at the final bell.In the final undercard fight of the evening, Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs entering the fight), also 21, fought Edis Tatli (31-2, 10 KOs) of Finland. Lopez has all the earmarks of a rising star in the lightweight division. Tatli was in over his head, and everyone knew it. The open questions were (1) how would the defensive-minded Tatli react when Lopez caught up to him and whacked him with a solid punch and (2) how long would it take for that to happen? The answers were (1) poorly and (2) four-and-a-half rounds. Midway through round five, Teofimo landed a body-shot for a one-punch knockout.MORE: How music has become a significant part of fight nightThen it was time for Crawford-Khan.Crawford tends to start cautiously while figuring out his opponents. Then, once he has learned what he wants to know, he shifts into high gear. Against Khan, that didn’t take long. A little more than two minutes into round one, a chopping right hand over a Khan jab staggered him, and a follow-up left hook put Khan on the canvas.There’s a surgical quality to the way Crawford breaks down and carves up his opponents. He’s always looking to make something happen. Opponents have zero time off. And as Crawford’s “man strength” has increased, he has become a significantly harder puncher.In Round 3, Crawford transitioned from an orthodox to a southpaw stance. Brutal bodywork followed.Prior to fighting Crawford, Khan had claimed confidence with the observation, “As you get older, you get wiser as a fighter.” But as fighters age, they also get slower and the punches hurt more.The beating that Crawford inflicted on Khan worsened. Then, two minutes into Round 6 as Crawford was throwing a hook to the body, Khan pushed down hard with his upper arm on the back of Crawford’s head causing the punch to stray low. Very low. Khan was hurt by the blow. There’s no doubt about that. But rather than take the five minutes allowed to recover, he and his corner chose to not continue, giving Crawford a sixth-round knockout triumph.”He was looking for a way out,” Crawford said afterward. “I saw him shaking his head and talking to his trainer and I thought, ‘Oh hell, I know he’s going to quit.’ I don’t like to win a fight like that.”MORE: Khan refutes Crawford’s accusations of quittingSo … what does Crawford-Khan mean for boxing? Crawford is establishing himself as a major talent. But in the larger scheme of things, that doesn’t necessarily equate to cause for celebration.For starters, indications are that, despite rhetoric to the contrary, ESPN (which televises all of Top Rank’s fights) regards boxing as a niche sport. To find “boxing” on the ESPN website, one has to move past a list of major sports to “other” and then scroll down. Boxing is the 12th “other” sport listed (after entries like “Little League World Series” and “cricket.”When Sergey Kovalev fought Eleider Alvarez on ESPN+ on Feb. 2, the bell for round one rang at 1 a.m. ET. Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla, televised on ESPN+ on April 12, didn’t start until 12:20 a.m. This is not the “mainstream exposure” that was promised when ESPN returned to boxing.Crawford-Khan was the first pay-per-view fight card televised pursuant to ESPN’s alliance with Top Rank. At the Jan. 15 kickoff press, ESPN executive vice president for programming and scheduling Burke Magnus praised the bout as “truly a cause for celebration” and “a perfect example of the vision that we had when we teamed up with Top Rank.”So much for “free” fights on ESPN or capping the monthly bill for fight fans at $4.99 for ESPN+. One of the more eloquent statements in opposition came from writer Paul Magno, who opined, “To see the mighty ESPN, which invested tens of millions into establishing a real boxing presence, passing the hat to consumers is downright insulting. The outrage over this should come from fans who, despite new business models popping up and deep pockets swooping in to ‘rescue’ the sport, are still being asked to pay twice and thrice for being loyal to the sport. If a promoter or network can’t make a buck with a fight, then they need to explore the real reasons behind why they can’t make that buck.”Bob Arum has defended putting Crawford-Khan on pay-per-view. During a March 26, 2019, media conference call, the promoter declared, “This is professional boxing. The fighters have to be compensated. And you cannot rely on a network to constantly come up with big, big money as a rights fee. So if the fight is big enough, you have to go to the public and say to the public, ‘Hey, this is a terrific fight. You have to support the fight.’ Now, sometimes the public says ‘no’. But we can stop playing the games of whether a fight should be pay-per-view or shouldn’t be pay-per-view. The first question is, ‘Is it a really good matchup?’ And then, ‘Is it affordable on regular television? Can a rights fee support the fight?’ That is the mindset. Everything else is noise.”But — and this is a big “but” — to reach a point where networks are willing to finance putting boxing’s biggest fights on “free” television rather than pay-per-view, advertisers have to be willing to pay big dollars for commercials. How does boxing get to that point? By putting fights like Crawford-Khan on “free” TV.Saying that boxing doesn’t have enough fans to generate advertising revenue to cover the purse guarantees for big fights becomes a self-defeating prophesy. Boxing and boxing’s best fighters will never become magnets for big advertising dollars unless the public is exposed on a large scale to the best that boxing has to offer.Here again, Magno is on point, writing, “If ESPN’s investment in boxing was all about snatching up an underachieving, underperforming niche sport and creating something new, dynamic, and profitable with it, then the goal had to be long-term growth, building towards real payoffs. Sticking your marquee star behind a PPV paywall in the second fight after you sign him to a major deal is pure stupidity.”Meanwhile, Top Rank is using its ties to ESPN and ESPN’s checkbook to renew its ties with fighters already under contract and sign new talent. Dan Rafael of ESPN.com says that Terence Crawford is now guaranteed a minimum of $3 million for fights on ESPN, $3.5 million for fights on ESPN+, and $4 million for pay-per-view bouts. For Crawford-Khan, Rafael reports, Crawford was guaranteed a minimum of $5.5 million.More strikingly, on Feb. 18, 2019, ESPN, Top Rank, and Queensberry Promotions (which promotes Tyson Fury) announced a “multi-year” agreement that calls for Fury to fight at least twice annually in the United States. All of Tyson’s fights will be televised in the United States on an ESPN platform and in the United Kingdom on BT Sport. According to press reports, the deal is for five Fury fights, has a price tag of $103 million, and includes all of Queensberry’s other fighters as part of the package.Fury’s first fight under the contract is scheduled for June 15 in Las Vegas against Tom Schwarz and will be streamed on ESPN+. Schwarz is as prohibitive as an underdog can get.It’s no secret that “crazy money” is pouring into boxing these days. In some instances — such as Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs slated for DAZN on May 4 — the money has led to the best fighting the best. But matchups of this nature are few and far between.Contrary to logic, most of the powers that be in boxing now seem wedded to a business model that discourages mega-fights. Premier Boxing Champions proudly declares that, starting with Errol Spence Jr., it controls most of the top welterweights in the world today; Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Manny Pacquiao among them. But it has used an oversized lightweight (Mikey Garcia) as its primary tool to build Spence.Anthony Joshua (DAZN-Matchroom), Deontay Wilder (PBC-Showtime), and Tyson Fury (ESPN-Queensberry-Top Rank) seem to be competing in separate “leagues” that are presently closed off from one another.Vasyl Lomachenko — at or near the top of most pound for-pound lists — was refreshingly candid when asked about fighting Anthony Crolla instead of a more imposing opponent on ESPN+ on April 12.”Of course, I don’t like it,” Lomachenko responded. “It’s not good for me. But it is what it is.”Even Bob Arum acknowledged that there were better fights to be made, but pointed to Crolla’s status as the “mandatory” challenger for Lomachenko’s WBA title and declared, “The fight got shoved up our ass with the mandatory, and that’s what you’re gonna see on Friday night. It’s certainly not the fight, given our druthers, that we would have made.”When HBO entered the boxing business four decades ago, it paid what was considered an outlandish amount of money to lure elite fighters away from broadcast television. But it paid that money to make big fights, not avoid them.MORE: Who deserves fighter of the decade honor?That brings us back to Terence Crawford.”Where we watch fights has changed,” Jimmy Tobin writes. “So has how we watch them. But the reasons we watch remain the same. Crawford is one of those reasons. There are scant few stronger.”Some fighters need protecting. Crawford neither needs or wants it. He means it when he says, “Anything I do, I want to be the best. I feel I’m the No. 1 guy. Spence feels he’s the No. 1 guy. If everybody in the division wants to fight each other and they’re serious about it, it will happen. If not, it won’t. If you look at my history, I never turned down any fight.”Crawford-Spence (or Spence-Crawford, if you prefer) wouldn’t be hard to make. Crawford tells Top Rank, “Make the f—ing fight.” Errol tells PBC, “Make the f—ing fight.” It would be a joint pay-per-view venture between ESPN and the network of PBC’s choosing (similar to HBO and Showtime working together on Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao). Revenue and promotional expenses would be split 50-50 between the two camps. The Spence camp would advocate for AT&T Stadium in Texas (Spence’s home state) as the site. But Las Vegas would come up with enough money to warrant putting the fight on neutral ground. There. That was easy, wasn’t it.last_img read more