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Revisiting California’s Camp Wildfire: The Long-Term Housing Impact

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily May 16, 2019 1,136 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Revisiting California’s Camp Wildfire: The Long-Term Housing Impact Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles 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. About Author: Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Revisiting California’s Camp Wildfire: The Long-Term Housing Impact Tagged with: California Damage Insurance wildfire The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Leadership Changes Announced at Ginnie Mae Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ginnie Mae, MQMR, and More Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago California Damage Insurance wildfire 2019-05-16 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, News The source of California’s Camp Fire, which burned more than 150,000 acres and killed 85 people, has been identified as electrical transmission lines owned and operated by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The fire in Northern California’s Butte County burned more than 150,000 acres and killed 85 people.”After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area” of Butte County, California fire officials said in a statement.According to analysis by CoreLogic, the Camp and Woolsey fires left behind a trail of losses between $15 billion and $19 billion after being contained in late November 2018. The report contains the updated residential and commercial loss estimates from the wildfires based on the latest post-containment perimeter of both the Camp and Woolsey Fires.The analysis recorded a total loss in the range of $11 billion and $13 billion from the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Additionally, estimated losses from Woolsey Fire in Southern California are estimated to be between $4 billion to $6 billion. Residential and commercial properties account for building, content, and additional living expenses. The estimated losses include damage caused by fire, smoke, demand surge and debris removal.The residential loss from the Camp fire alone is between $8 billion to $9 billion. Woolsey fires ravaged infrastructure worth $3.5 to $5.5 billion in the residential space and $0.5 billion in commercial losses.Since fire is covered under a standard homeowners’ policy, the majority of homeowners were likely to have some protection from the financial challenges surrounding recovery, the analysis indicated. As part of FEMA’s federal aid program to help those affected by the fire, a loan of up to $2 million was made available for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.The number of acres burned the past year is the eighth highest in U.S. history as reported through November 30, 2018. Per a CoreLogic report, a total of 11 western states in the U.S. had at least one wildfire that exceeded 50,000 burned acres; the leading states being California and Oregon.Learn more about how to prepare for natural disasters at the 2019 inaugural Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The Symposium provides an opportunity for national leaders and executives to engage in critical conversations on diligence and preparedness, so the next time a natural disaster strikes, the industry will be ready to lend the proper support. Register for the Symposium here. Subscribelast_img read more

John Rando May Direct B’way-Aimed King Kong Musical

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first_img Tony winner Rando is currently directing a workshop of The Honeymooners, which will open at Goodspeed next September. King Kong features a score by Marius de Vries, along with revamped 1930s Broadway songs and additional numbers from artists like Sarah McLachlan, Robert Del Naja, Justice, Guy Garvey and The Avalanches. King Kong still has his sights set on the Great White Way! According to the New York Times, On the Town director John Rando is in talks to helm the Broadway-aimed mega-musical monster thriller. The 2013 Australian production of King Kong was helmed by Daniel Kramer. Marsha Norman (The Bridges of Madison County) has recently been brought in to write the book, replacing Craig Lucas. Set against the backdrop of bustling New York City in the 1930s, the show tells the story of the infamous ape and his encounter with aspiring actress Ann Darrow, megalomaniac filmmaker Carl Denham, stubborn first mate Jack Driscoll and the people of NYC. View Commentslast_img read more

House yields dead body

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first_imgHis body was brought to a local mortuaryfor a “post-mortem” examination. Responding police officers did not findany wounds on Roa’s body suggestive of murder. ILOILO City – He was found dead insidehis house in Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia, Iloilo. It was however not immediately clear iffoul play was ruled out in his death./PNcenter_img The 36-year-old resident Ares Roa wasbelieved to have died due to an illness, a police report showed. Roa was discovered lifeless around 7:30p.m. on Dec. 24.last_img read more

Neymar denies Rape accusation

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first_img(BBC) – BRAZILIAN football star, Neymar, has denied an accusation that he raped a woman in Paris.According to a police report filed in São Paulo, the woman alleges that the attack took place in a hotel in the French capital, where Neymar plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG).Neymar sought to prove his innocence by posting what he says is an exchange of Whatsapp messages between the pair.He is now in Brazil training with the national team for the Copa América.What are the allegations?According to police documents, the woman – who has not been named – got to know Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris.He provided her with an air ticket from Brazil to France and a reservation at a luxury hotel in Paris.When Neymar came to the hotel on 15 May, he was “apparently drunk”, the woman alleges.After conversation and embraces, “at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, engaged in sexual intercourse against the will of the victim”, the police document states.The woman returned to Brazil two days later, without reporting the alleged incident to French police, because she was “emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country”, the document continues.What does Neymar say?In a statement released after the accusations became public, the footballer’s management condemned “the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation”.The statement said Neymar had been the “victim of an attempted extortion” and “evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape will be submitted to the police authorities”.Neymar directly addressed the allegations in a seven-minute video on his Instagram page.The unmarried footballer posted the video alongside the caption (in Portuguese): “Due to extortion, I’m being forced to expose my life and my family..”Speaking in Portuguese, the footballer said: “I’m very upset but from now on I’ll expose or tell all about what happened with that girl. It was an intimate thing but I have to open myself up to prove that nothing exceptional happened.“What happened that day was a relationship between a man and a woman, within four walls, like with any couple. And the next day nothing much happened. We kept exchanging messages. She asked me for a souvenir for [her child].”During the video, the 27-year-old shows what he claims to be a long series of WhatsApp messages with the woman, including photographs of her in her underwear.He says he had to make them public to “prove that nothing really happened”.Neymar’s father, Neymar dos Santos, also dismissed the allegations, telling Band TV in Brazil on Saturday that “it is clear that it was a trap”.last_img read more

What Sparked the Mammal Explosion?

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first_imgIf you think tiny shrew-like mammals scurried afoot below dinosaurs right before they went extinct, you’ve got the wrong picture.A paper in Current Biology has a curious headline: “Mammalian evolution: A Jurassic spark.” Despite the pun, the title implies something dramatic happened when the first mammals appear in the fossil record—a “spark” of rapid diversification reminiscent of the Cambrian explosion.Mammals first appear in the fossil record at about the same time as the earliest dinosaurs (∼220 million years ago), and so the first two-thirds of mammalian evolutionary history thus occurred during the Mesozoic ‘Age of Dinosaurs’. Mesozoic mammals were long portrayed as tiny, shrew-like creatures, unable to diversify due to severe competition and predation from dinosaurs and other reptiles. However, discoveries in the past two decades have greatly expanded the known diversity of Mesozoic mammals, revealing the existence of specialised gliders, climbers and burrowers, semi-aquatic forms and even badger-sized carnivores that ate small dinosaurs. Evidence of extensive ecological differences has been found even between closely-related species, and quantitative analyses of the skulls and skeletons of Mesozoic mammals suggest a diverse range of diets and locomotor modes. Although the ecological and functional diversity of Mesozoic mammals has received increasing attention, the tempo of their adaptive radiation has seldom been quantified. In a new paper in Current Biology, Close and colleagues now show that, during the Mesozoic, mammals evolved very rapidly during the early and middle Jurassic (∼201–164 million years ago), with the average rate of change during this period being twice as fast compared to the remainder of the Mesozoic.This period of rapid evolution also broadly coincides with peaks in morphological disparity (as measured by the average morphological difference between contemporaneous species) and lineage diversity (as measured by the number of contemporaneous branches on the evolutionary tree). Together with previous studies which have highlighted the ecomorphological diversity of Jurassic mammals, these results demonstrate that mammals underwent a sustained and extensive adaptive radiation during the Jurassic, when dinosaurs also underwent a major increase in diversity and disparity.Why is this not portrayed in museum dioramas of dinosaur habitats? Lee and Beck describe how the old (incorrect) picture of Jurassic mammals proceeded from biased sampling of morphological characters and phylogenetic techniques that incorrectly portrayed temporal modes of evolution. In short: mammals appeared abruptly and rapidly inhabited all kinds of habitats. True, the largest weighed about a kilogram in the Jurassic (up to 10 kilos in the Cretaceous), but the variety of adaptations calls for excessive amounts of mutation and selection for the time available. And you know evolutionists are in trouble when they pull out their magic wand, convergent evolution —The Jurassic radiation of small mammals also underscores the prevalence of convergent evolution. Phylogenetic analyses of modern mammals have highlighted how similar ecomorphs (e.g. ant-eating forms, gliders, specialised burrowers and carnivores) evolved multiple times during the Cenozoic. Ongoing studies of their fossil relatives are revealing that many of these ecomorphs also evolved repeatedly, and relatively rapidly, during the Age of Dinosaurs. Early mammals, despite living in the shadows of the dinosaurs, were diverse and successful.Close et al. describe the mammal radiation as an “intense burst” of evolution. They use the word “rapid” three times.Contrary to the traditional view that Mesozoic mammals were exclusively small, generalized insectivores, discoveries in the last two decades, especially from China, have demonstrated that they were adapted for diverse feeding and locomotor ecologies. These finds extend the early mammal repertoire to include digging, climbing, gliding, and swimming and show that some non-therian lineages achieved surprisingly large body sizes (up to approximately 1 kgGiven these revelations, what else about the fossil record are they not telling us?Let’s play word association games like the ones pollsters do about politicians. What word comes to mind when you hear “evolutionist”? Answer: liar, untrustworthy, dishonest, … (Visited 132 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Australia’s deaf geocaching community

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first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!August 28, 2017In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” This blog post was written by geocaching superwoman and Geocaching HQ employee, Annie Love.Deaf Australia GeocachingLast November I attended The Alexandra Event 2017 in Victoria, Australia. I was welcomed by geocachers from all over the country and spent the sunny spring weekend exploring the beautiful countryside through some amazing geocaches. While I toured around with local reviewers Pete and Helen (Bunjil), we ran into a group of four ladies on a similar caching path. They were usually a step ahead of us while solving some fun yet tricky gadget caches.I quickly learned that I’d have to communicate differently with this caching group since all the members of their team were deaf. Smiles, waves, my typical thumbs up, and writing on paper would be the proper methods of communication. As the day progressed smiles increased each time we saw each other.After meeting this wonderful group of women, I learned from Pete and Helen that they’re part of a large community of deaf geocachers. There are about 25 members in the Deaf Australia Geocaching Facebook group from all over the country. The group communicates mostly on Facebook and they often meet in person at geocaching events throughout Australia. Through their group, they tell stories of their adventures and share their challenges with each other.Upon my return, I reached out to one of the members I met and asked a few questions. Cheryl (crank1), created her account in early 2009 after she was introduced to the game by her friend Lava12, and has since found nearly 9,000 geocaches. When asked how the game impacts her life, she says “It takes me to places I wouldn’t usually go. Also keeps me young and active.”Grabbing a tree cacheApparently, a member of the group is one of the top five finders for the country. Everlasting, with over 26,000 finds, is a good friend of Cheryl’s and often meets up with her in Melbourne for cache outings. Cheryl told me, “She (Everlasting) travels around Australia caching. When she visits Melbourne, she stays at my house and we go caching for hours. She is a fantastic help to others in the caching community and will always offer assistance.”Great geocaching friendsCheryl explained that being deaf can create challenges when searching for certain geocaches, such as those which require music knowledge. However, deafness can provide advantages for other types. Cheryl says, “Being deaf means my other senses are heightened. When I search for caches, sometimes my visual cues and clues are ‘sharper’ than other cachers.”I am fortunate to have met Cheryl and learn about their group. The smiles from them and their cheers when they figured out a tricky gadget cache are memories I’ll never forget.A farewell event at Alice SpringsShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Search: Can new products change the status quo?

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first_imgWhile Internet-based search is dominated by Google, Enterprise search has no one clear leader.  FAST, Autonomy and Endeca all offer strong performances.  But this space is moving at a rapid pace.  A number of announcements over the past month show that many vendors are vying for positions in this lucrative technology. Money continues to flow into search startups.  The Northern Venture Capital Association reports that $350 million has been spent since 2004 in funding 79 new startups that are targeting some aspect of Internet Search.  But as of November 2006, of these new ventures, none had more than a 1% share of the Internet search market.  Clearly breaking into this market is hard to do.  Just ask Microsoft.Over the holidays there was also news about a new search engine that targeted Google planned by James Wales, founder of the Wikipedia project.  The new project has been dubbed Wikiasari, a combination of wiki, the Hawaiian word for quick, and asari, Japanese for a ‘rummaging search’.  The idea of Wikiasari is to leverage Open Source technology tools like Nutch and Lucene and to blend in community participation to directly influence the relevancy of the search results.  Amazon is involved in some of the funding behind the project.On January 1st, the New York Times ran an article about a company called PowerSet which also targets Google and seeks to beat them by creating unique natural language processing algorithms. And Barry Diller, CEO of $11 Billion IAC/InterActive, is also reportedly trying to one-up Google with investments in the competing Ask.com search engine, although running at a distant fifth place in market share behind Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL.There have been many announcements related to enterprise search.  One trend in the activity is to provide unified Internet/Enterprise search.  Google announced an update of their Enterprise Search applicance with new features before the end of January.In mid-December, IBM and Yahoo! announced a ‘free’ Internet/Enterprise search product based on the Yahoo! UI that targets departments and enterprises for finding information in both the organization or on the web.  The technology is based on IBM’s Open Source OmniFind software and uses the Open Source Lucene product.  The enterprise search component is limited to 500,000 documents.Not to be overlooked is some of the work that Microsoft is doing.  They continue to trail, but with new leadership and lot of cash, they may be able to turn things around.  With the introduction of SharePoint 2007, Microsoft introduced their Sharepoint Server for Search, capable of Internet/Enterprise search.The search market is changing, but whether new leaders will emerge is yet to be seen.last_img read more

All equal in Cabinet says Defence Minister A. K Antony

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first_imgPlaying down the rift between the Congress and the NCP over the ‘number two’ slot in the government, Defence Minister A. K Antony said in Mumbai on Saturday that there was no hierarchy in the Union Cabinet.Antony was in the city for the commissioning of new stealth frigate INS Sahayadri for the Indian navy. His comments came amid reports that NCP boss and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is sulking after Antony was promoted to the number 2 slot following Pranab Mukherjee’s exit.When asked who was senior in the Cabinet, Antony said: “There is no junior or senior cabinet minister. All are equal.”last_img read more

10 months agoLeicester to offer fans free beer and mince pies after traumatic year

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first_imgLeicester to offer fans free beer and mince pies after traumatic yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City have told fans they have them covered for Boxing Day.Fans will be handed free beer and mince pies ahead of Leicester City’s game against Manchester City on Boxing Day, the club has announced.The gesture from the Foxes is a show of appreciation for the support the fans have shown in one of the most traumatic years in the club’s history.Owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was tragically killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium in October.And at the end of tragic 2018, the club are planning a host of activities before the 3om kick-off.There will be a Fan Village set up opposite the Foxes Fanstore.It will include a live band, fairgrounds rides and face painting for families between 12pm and 3pm. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: TCU Is Giving Free Beach Tank Tops To The First 200 Students At Tonight’s Game

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first_img"Beach" tank tops given out to students at TCU game.When you’re 16-11 overall and facing a 12-16 conference opponent, sometimes you have to get creative to attempt to draw fans. That appears to be what TCU is doing for tonight’s game against Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are offering free beach tank tops to the first 200 students to show up at Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center for the “Beach Bash.”Are there even any palm trees in the Fort Worth area?last_img