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Insurer JLT to shun City skyscrapers

first_img Insurer JLT to shun City skyscrapers Share whatsapp INSURANCE broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson is close to signing for office space in a new development at 80 Fenchurch Street, industry sources have told City A.M.The insurance firm, which is currently based at 6 Crutched Friars, had been linked with flagship City towers including the Cheesegrater, but is now understood to have ruled out taking space in a skyscraper. Twinlite, an Irish property developer, hopes to build a nine-storey block designed by architect Foster + Partners on the 80 Fenchurch Street site, which is due for completion in 2013. Shieldpoint 78, an Isle of Man-registered firm named as the developer on planning applications, could start work as soon as this month after winning permission from the City of London in late January to demolish the empty buildings at 78 – 87 Fenchurch Street. However, work could be delayed by New College, Oxford, which owns the freehold land underneath the buildings and has so far withheld its permission for work to begin. A spokesperson for JLT declined to comment on 80 Fenchurch Street, but told City A.M.: “We have been looking at various options and aren’t in any agreement at a contractual level.”Shieldpoint 78 and Twinlite could not be reached for comment. The developers of several City towers including the Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie and the Shard are currently hunting for tenants to sign for office space in their developments ahead of completion in 2014, while the investors financing the Pinnacle have asked for a large pre-let before they grant further funding. London has seen a resurgence in large office builds over the last 12 months, with developers keen to cash in on an expected space squeeze after 2012. Some have restarted projects that were shelved during the recession. KCS-content Tags: NULL Sunday 13 February 2011 11:29 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnautlast_img read more

OK Zimbabwe Limited ( 2017 Presentation

first_imgOK Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (  2017 presentation Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I’d invest £1,000 a month in FTSE 100 dividend shares to make a passive income

first_img Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Investing money in FTSE 100 dividend shares could be a sound means of obtaining a generous and growing passive income. A number of large-cap shares offer relatively high yields that may grow over the coming years in a potential economic recovery.Furthermore, they could offer less risk than other, smaller companies. Certainly, investing money in any dividend share does not guarantee any income or capital returns. However, the size and scale of large-cap shares could make them relatively appealing on a risk/reward basis from a passive income perspective.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Passive income potential from FTSE 100 dividend sharesEven after the recent stock market rally, a number of FTSE 100 dividend shares offer generous levels of passive income. In fact, it may be possible to build a portfolio of large-cap shares that provides a combined income return in excess of 4%. This could prove to be a relatively attractive level of income return in a low interest rate environment.Furthermore, the track record of the index and of the economy suggest that a recovery is likely to take place over the long run. Clearly, this is not guaranteed. However, the stimulus programmes being followed and the vaccine rollout may mean that there is a gradual return to improving operating conditions. This may boost the profitability of many businesses, which could lead to rising payouts among FTSE 100 dividend shares over the coming years.Risks versus rewardsIt may be possible to obtain a higher passive income from outside of FTSE 100 dividend shares at the present time. For example, some smaller companies may have higher yields than their larger peers. However, larger companies may have a size and scale advantage that means their income returns are more robust. They may be less reliant on a small number of customers, for example, and that could make their income streams more visible in an uncertain economic environment.FTSE 100 stocks may also have a more international weighting than their smaller peers. In fact, around two thirds of the index’s revenue is generated from outside the UK. This could make it a more resilient means of making a passive income, since its future prospects may be less tied to the performance of a specific region or economy.Investing money in UK dividend sharesAs ever, buying FTSE 100 dividend stocks means higher risks than some investments. There is no guarantee that any company will pay dividends in future – even if it has done in the past.However, with a mix of high yields, dividend growth potential and potentially lower risks than other smaller shares, the FTSE 100 could be a sound destination for a £1,000 monthly investment. In time, it could offer an attractive level of passive income as a likely global economic recovery takes hold. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 7th February, 2021 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge See all posts by Peter Stephens Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.center_img Why I’d invest £1,000 a month in FTSE 100 dividend shares to make a passive income Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

James Schrader’s sensational try saving tackle in the opening round of the ITM Cup

first_imgFriday Aug 14, 2015 James Schrader’s sensational try saving tackle in the opening round of the ITM Cup The ITM Cup, New Zealand’s two-tier domestic competition, kicked off in Invercargill with Southland and Auckland battling to a 23-23 draw. Above is a quite extraordinary moment from the game, one of the best try-saving tackles you’re likely to see this year.Both sides had chances to snatch the win at the death, but weren’t able to make their kicks as first Ash Moeke struck the post a few minutes from time, then Auckland debutant Mitchell Hunt’s fulltime kick sailed wide.Expansive play earlier in the match led to Lolagi Visinia coming incredibly close to scoring a try, first being pulled down by his bootlaces, and then in the process of stretching to score, Southland replacement James Schrader came out of nowhere to scoop up the ball.It was almost comical, and certainly effective, even if he did possibly ground it himself.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© John Linden+ 13 Share Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects Area Area of this architecture project United States Houses Year:  Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects “COPY” Area:  4700 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographscenter_img CopyAbout this officeBrooks + Scarpa ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on February 17, 2017Cite: “Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects” 17 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa ArchitectsSave this projectSaveYin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects “COPY” CopyHouses•Los Angeles, United States ArchDaily Manufacturers: APOC, Anemostat, Angelus Block, Blanco, Caesarstone, Celotex, CertainTeed, Delray Lighting, Elmes, Grohe, James Hardie, Ligne Roset, Runtal, T.M. Cobb, Timely Industries, Walker Zanger, Bristolite, PPG IdeaScapes, SolatubeGeneral Contractor:Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Principal-in-Charge Ching Luk, Senior Designer, Emily Hodgdon,Structural Engineer:Charles TanSolar Panels:M & M SolarCity:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© John LindenRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewText description provided by the architects. The Yin-Yang House is a single-family home in a quiet Venice, CA neighborhood.  The design objective was to create a space for a large and growing family with several children, which would create a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes public family space.   The home is also meant to serve as a place to entertain and a welcoming space for teenagers as they seek social space with friends. Save this picture!© John LindenThe home is organized around a series of courtyards and other outdoor spaces that integrate with the interior of the house. Facing the street the house appears to be solid.  However, behind the steel entry door is a courtyard, which reveals the indoor-outdoor nature of the house behind the solid exterior.  From the entry courtyard, the entire space to the rear garden wall can be seen; the first clue of the home’s spatial connection between inside and out.  These spaces are designed for entertainment, and the 50 foot sliding glass door to the living room enhances the harmonic relationship of the main room, allowing the owners to host many guests without the feeling of being overburdened.Save this picture!Courtesy of brooks + scarpaThe tensions of the house’s exterior are subtly underscored by a 12-inch steel band that hews close to, but sometimes rises above or falls below the floor line of the second floor – a continuous loop moving inside and out like a pen that is never lifted from the page, but reinforces the intent to spatially weave together as a single space the indoors with the outside space.Save this picture!© John LindenScale manipulation also plays a formal role in the design of the structure. From the back, the house appears to be a single-story volume. The large master bedroom window and the outdoor steps are scaled to support this illusion. It is only when the steps are animated with people that one realizes the true scale of the house is two stories.Save this picture!Courtesy of brooks + scarpaThe kitchen is the heart of the house, with an open working area that allows the owner, an accomplished chef, to chat with friends while cooking.  Bedrooms are intentionally designed to be very small and simple, to provide larger public spaces, emphasizing the family over individual domains. The breakfast room looks across an outdoor courtyard to the guest room/kids playroom, establishing a visual connection while defining the separation of uses. The children can play outdoors while under adult supervision from the dining area or the office, or do homework in the office while adults occupy the adjacent outdoor or indoor space.Save this picture!© John LindenMany of the materials used, including the bamboo interior, composite stone and tile countertops and bathroom finishes are recycled, and reinforce the environmental DNA of the house, which also has a green roof. Blown-in cellulose insulation, radiant heating and a host of other sustainable features aids in the performance of the building’s heating and cooling. Save this picture!Courtesy of brooks + scarpaThe active systems in the home include a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system, the largest such residential system available on the market. The solar panels also provide shade from the sun, preventing the house from becoming overheated. The owners have been in the home have yet to receive a power bill.Save this picture!© John LindenProject gallerySee allShow lessChanging Climate, Changing Cities: The New York Times Launches Series on the Urban E…Architecture News80 at 80 Exhibition to Celebrate the Architectural Career of Sir Peter CookExhibition Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2011 Photographs:  John Linden Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

Park Roof House / MDA Architecture

first_imgCopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Tân Thới Nhất, Vietnam Projects Architects: MDA Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ArchDaily Save this picture!© Quang Tran+ 23Curated by Hana Abdel Share “COPY” Vietnam Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Jotun, Adobe, Eurotile, Gachcoviet, Trimble Navigation, VinaLED, XingfaDesign Team:Vu Ha Anh, Than Tien HoangModerator:Vu Van MinhCity:Tân Thới NhấtCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang TranRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. The house was designed based on the owners’ aspiration: at once a serene place for weekend relaxation and a precinct filled with greenery, light and absolute privacy. Therefore, the design team decided to separate the house into 2 parts with a twist of split-level arrangement to create privacy and optimize the space of the internal frontage. As this area is used for many mobility activities, each balcony and set of stairs is particularly customized and vary from floor to floor to avoid repetition in moving and maximize the utilization.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!Third Floor PlanSave this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!© Quang TranAcknowledging the inefficient use of a house’s roof in such fast-growing cities, as well as the distance barrier between the house and public parks, the design team came up with an idea of hybridizing a “terrace park” for the house. The family members can stay indoors and experience their early morning activities such as doing exercises or relaxing under the shade of trees right on top of their house. Since there are lots of spare spaces, the terrace park could also transform into a botanic garden where vegetables and plants are grown for consumption.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!Section 01Save this picture!© Quang TranThe balcony compartments are pressed with red bricks resemble large and small plant containers. They are arranged in a disoriented order and take place in many parts of the house for practical planting activities. By doing this, the house is always covered with greenish color which bring relaxation and stress relief for the family.Save this picture!© Quang TranProject gallerySee allShow lessURBAN Photo Awards 2020 Selects its List of Best PhotographersArchitecture NewsChristensen & Co. Imagines Viby Library and Cultural House in DenmarkArchitecture News Share Photographs:  Quang Tran Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img 2019 Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Park Roof House / MDA ArchitectureSave this projectSavePark Roof House / MDA Architecture CopyAbout this officeMDA ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsTân Thới NhấtOn FacebookVietnamPublished on July 07, 2020Cite: “Park Roof House / MDA Architecture” 07 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?屋顶公园小屋 / MDA Architecture是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Park Roof House / MDA Architecture “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Make a New Year’s Eve Menu Splash with Pork

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Make a New Year’s Eve Menu Splash with Pork SHARE Make a New Year’s Eve Menu Splash with Pork By Andy Eubank – Dec 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pork-for-New-YearsHappy New Year greetings are in order on this final day of 2019, and for last minute inspiration on great food items to serve tonight check out the Pork Checkoff online. National Pork Board Marketing Communications Director Jason Menke says they offer many New Year’s Eve ideas, including Chinese food for those who count that as one of their traditions.“We’ve got a number of Asian-inspired recipes on the pork board’s YouTube page,” he said. “We’ve added some really great recipes there. There’s a stir-fried pork in garlic sauce. We’ve got sheet pan Korean pork chops, so if you’re looking to add a little more Asian flavor for your New Year’s Eve meal, we’ve certainly got you covered there. If you’re looking for something a little bit more formal, about a month ago we posted a fantastic recipe for herb crusted pork rib roast in a red wine sauce.”The Pork Checkoff is utilizing social media and YouTube for good reason, according to Menke.“With the decline of people taking family and consumer science classes and home ec classes in high school, people are learning how to cook differently,” he explained. “They’re all going online for those moments of ok, I’m cooking for my family or I’m having friends over for a holiday celebration. What do I do and how do I do it? So, we’ve really put a lot of time and energy into not only creating our own content on our channel, but also working with YouTube influencers that work in the food space as well as some of the health and nutrition creators to make sure that we’re engaging them and they’re providing content to their audience that they find meaningful and useful and relevant.”For more visit and for Indiana Pork’s recipes visit SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleBurnin the Bean Episode 21 -Evolution of Soybean Crushing as Seen By a 40-yr Veteran of the IndustryNext articleReport: Phase One Trade Deal Signing May Happen This Weekend Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Economic Improvement Predicted for the Rest of 2015 Despite Market Volatility

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Economic Improvement Predicted for the Rest of 2015 Despite Market Volatility Despite recent market volatility, economic growth in the second half of the year is expected to improve, according to data released by Fannie Mae on Wednesday.Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group found that consumer spending and other solid domestic fundamentals are predicted to be key drivers of the rest of the year economic growth.“Our forecast for the year is largely unchanged despite recent market volatility. Fundamentals are positive, suggesting potential for some improvement in the fourth quarter,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist.Various data reports over the last month reveal positive economic activity despite stock market volatility, Fannie Mae explained.According to the research and the Bureau of Labor Statistics job report, consumer spending rose in July and August, while full-time employment exceeded its pre-recession peak.“On balance, growth in the second half of the year is expected to come in higher, albeit modestly, than the first half,” the report said.Housing market strength was also highly unbothered by the volatile stock market, performing strong in a number of areas.“Continued strong performance of year-to-date home sales and modestly weakening leading indicators confirms that our prior forecast of existing home sales this year remains valid. However, lower actual and projected cash sales led us to revise slightly higher purchase mortgage originations,” Duncan noted.However, sub-par single-family construction was a little disappointing, causing Fannie Mae to lower its projected single-family starts projection for 2016.The research group expects that total mortgage originations will increase by about 25 percent for all of 2015, total production volume to fall about 18 percent, and the refinance share to decline about 15 percentage points.“Overall, we anticipate economic growth of 2.4 percent for 2015, up slightly from 2.1 percent in the prior forecast,” Duncan said. “Consumer and government spending as well as nonresidential and residential investment are expected to contribute to growth while net exports and inventory investment will likely pose headwinds.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s full report. September 17, 2015 951 Views Previous: Experts Believe Single-Family Rental Market is Here to Stay Next: Three States Account for Nearly One-Third of the Country’s Negative Equity Consumer Spending Fannie Mae U.S. Economy 2015-09-17 Brian Honea Tagged with: Consumer Spending Fannie Mae U.S. Economy The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. About Author: Xhevrije West  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Economic Improvement Predicted for the Rest of 2015 Despite Market Volatility The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

5 natural disasters that devastated the US in 2018

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The nation saw multiple, unprecedented natural disasters this year, from the deadliest wildfire in California’s history to the worst hurricane to hit the East Coast since 1969.Reports from the National Centers for Environmental Information have found that climate change plays a major role in causing natural disasters to be more intense, destructive and costly to the country, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesperson told ABC News. Hurricanes Michael and Florence both set records in several states.“Climate change increases the probability that you’re going to see these kinds of storms,” Dr. David Easterling, a physical scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said of hurricanes Florence and Michael.“The fact that Florence brought so much flooding was likely due to the warmer atmosphere,” Easterling explained, and while an individual hurricane “is not necessarily due to climate change,” he said an increase in strength — like the record high winds seen in Michael — can be linked to climate change. ”“We expect to see not necessarily more… but the ones that we do have are going to be more powerful,” Easterling said. “You’re going to have stronger winds and heavier rain. And on top of that, as sea level continue to rise, then storm surge from those storms will also get worse.”Increasingly powerful storms can mean both higher death tolls and more devastation. In the fourth National Climate Assessment released on Nov. 23, 13 federal agencies estimated that the the U.S. could lose as much as 10 percent of its GDP by the end of the century.Here is a look back at the human and financial toll of five of the biggest natural disasters to devastate the U.S. in 2018.January: Montecito mudslidesRain and mudslides hit wildfire-scarred areas of Montecito, California, in January, flattening homes and covering freeways. Twenty-one people were killed, including children and the elderly.Montecito saw more than half an inch of rain fall in just five minutes. When rain falls at a rate of more than 0.4 inches per hour, it can cause debris flow, especially in fire-scarred areas where soil may be looser, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Montecito, described it as a “perfect storm of bad events.” Lowe, who wasn’t home at the time, told the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” he received a video call from his son, who was at the house.“Fires [were] everywhere, because gas lines were rupturing,” Lowe said, describing the picture his son showed him. “It was like ‘Armageddon.’”“People who saw the fires, they woke up, went out to see what was going on, and then were washed away,” he said on the January show. “The sadness … I can’t kind of get beyond it.” May: Maryland floodingFlash flooding devastated historic Ellicott City in May, with residents and tourists scrambling to flee streets that turned into raging rivers. More than 8 inches of rain fell there in just a few hours.Megan Clark, the owner of a local toy store, was at work when the water “burst” through, rising from her ankles to her waist in minutes, she told ABC News.Maryland National Guardsman and Air Force veteran Eddison Hermond was at an Ellicott City restaurant at the time, and he jumped into help. He was swept away to his death. Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman said the 2018 flood was worse than the one that hit Ellicott City two years before. In the 2016 flood, two people were killed and the city suffered millions of dollars in damages.“My heart’s broken when I walk through the town and see it,” Kittleman told “Good Morning America” in May. “All I’m thinking about is the folks whose lives have been devastated for a second time in two years.” September: Hurricane FlorenceAt least 43 people died in Hurricane Florence, which flooded the Carolinas in September.North Carolina was hit with 36 inches of rain and South Carolina got 24 inches — both surpassing statewide records.North Carolina’s Cape Fear River reached an all-time high level of 8.27 feet in Wilmington, surpassing its previous record of 8.2 feet, which was set during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Beaufort, North Carolina resident Sara Felton and her husband were among the many whose homes were destroyed.They waded through ankle-deep mud and marshland to return to their trailer only to discover the windows were blown out and the living room ceiling had collapsed.“I’ve never seen my husband cry before, and he was just in tears,” she said. “Everything was underwater.”“Our entire deck,” she added, “it’s like it just got lifted up and the sky just swallowed it.”Felton said when she went to her daughter’s bedroom, “We could just feel the floors, it was about to collapse. We couldn’t even step into the room.”“Our whole entire place was just destroyed,” she said. October: Hurricane MichaelFerocious and historic Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in October, becoming the strongest storm — based on pressure — to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Camille in 1969.Michael also brought the strongest winds seen since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It was also the first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle and “the worst storm” that area has ever seen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.The hurricane devastated Panama City, Florida, and nearly demolished the small town of Mexico Beach. Michael sounded like a freight train when it barreled into Panama City with 150 mph winds, resident Jackie Lane told ABC News.Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm in the second story of an inn down the street from their home. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door. “It was already splitting,” she said of the door, her voice shaking, “and the roof came, the ceiling came off.”“For about three hours it just sucked us in and sucked us out, sucked us in and sucked us out,” she said. “I thought I was gonna lose my husband ’cause the door was cracking. And the stove and refrigerator that was in there, we could hear them just banging together and clanging around. We seen the stove fly across us. We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything.”“We’re lucky to have our lives,” she said.After wreaking havoc in Florida, Michael swept north, becoming the first major hurricane (a Category 3 or higher) to track into Georgia since 1898.Michael also blew through the Carolinas, which were still reeling from Hurricane Florence just a month earlier, before blowing through Virginia.Michael killed 43 in Florida and at least 10 people in other states. November: California wildfiresUnprecedented wildfires swept through the Golden State in November, from the Camp Fire in Northern California to the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.While three died in the Woolsey Fire, 85 people were killed in the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest in California history. Among those running for safety was Nichole Jolly, a nurse at a hospital in Paradise, who looked to save herself after she finished evacuating her critically sick patients.She started driving but “the fire was blowing in so fast.” “There was sparks and flames hitting the side of my car,” she told ABC News. “My car started to fill up with smoke.”“I knew I was gonna die if I stayed in my car,” she said, so she jumped out.With her pants on fire, she tried to take shelter in a colleague’s car. But when that car filled with smoke, Jolly said she got out and started running.The sky was pitch black, Jolly said, and the air burned her lungs.“I thought I was gonna die right there,” she recalled. “There was no oxygen.”Then out of the darkness, she said, a fire truck appeared. Two firemen extinguished her pants, put a fire blanket over her and lifted her into the truck, she said.Though Jolly’s home was destroyed in the blaze, “it can all be replaced,” she said.“I’m alive and I thought I was gonna die multiple times, so, it’s just stuff,” she said. “My life, my kids’ life, my mom’s life, my husband, that can’t be replaced.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kelsey Berreth murder trial: Patrick Frazee had hit list of witnesses to kill, inmate says in testimony

first_imgABC News(WASHINGTON) — At the trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee, an inmate told the jury in bombshell testimony Friday that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill a number of witnesses in the case.Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.Prosecutors allege Frazee, who’s on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered. The inmate who took the stand Friday said among the witnesses Frazee wanted killed was Frazee’s ex-girlfriend, Krystal Lee.Lee, a star witness for the prosecution, has testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house, where she claims she cleaned up the bloody aftermath. Lee told the jury that Berreth’s last words, as told to her by Frazee, were “please stop.”The inmate says he and Frazee were housed near each other in Teller County Jail for three weeks between Sept. 26 and Oct. 12, 2019. ABC News is not naming the inmate because he testified that he fears reprisals from members of his former prison gang.The inmate said Frazee asked him about his tattoo representing a prison gang, and eventually asked him if he could help eliminate a number of witnesses set to testify against him.“He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive,” the man said, claiming Frazee told him he’d take care of him financially when he got out.In court, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater read from a number of those notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins. The notes, Slater testified, contained hit lists, along with detailed instructions on where to find the witnesses.The hit list included Lee, her parents and her ex-husband. “They all need to disappear, unseen until 11/22 after the trial,” said the letter, which Slater testified appeared to be in Frazee’s handwriting.“I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head,” read Slater from the handwritten notes. “No video, no weapon, no body, no forensics.”The letters had instructions to flush them down the toilet after they’d been read.“Flush when you’re done,” Slater read from one letter.Instead, the witness kept the letters and presented them to investigators this week.When questioned by the defense, the inmate admitted he wanted a plea deal in exchange for the letters and is hoping for a lighter sentence.“I was kind of torn about what to do. I decided to come forward. It seemed like the right thing to do,” he testified.A former homicide investigator took the stand earlier Friday, telling jurors that the amount of blood reportedly found in the victim’s home suggests it may have taken 10 to 15 blows from a baseball bat to kill the young mom.“People aren’t easy to kill,” veteran former homicide investigator Jonathyn Priest said as he testified for the prosecution Friday. “They’re very resilient. Beatings are nasty, in that they don’t have the effect that they have on television.”Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.Prosecutors allege Frazee, who is on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.Prosecutors on Friday showed photos depicting tiny drops of blood found on Berreth’s fireplace and chairs, as well as blood that appeared to have seeped down between hardwood floor boards that were later removed by investigators. Two “significant indentations” on one floor board, Priest testified, could have been created by the strike of a baseball bat.During this testimony, the jury was shown body camera video recorded on Dec. 21 in which Frazee’s ex-girlfriend, Krystal Lee, guided investigators through the condo where Frazee allegedly beat Berreth to death.Lee testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house where she claims she cleaned up the bloody aftermath. Lee told the jury that Berreth’s last words, as told to her by Frazee, were “please stop.”The 15-minute video begins with Lee pointing out a spot where she says she found blood spatter on the rocks around the fireplace.“Is that consistent with someone being beaten with a bat?” prosecutor Dan May asked Priest.“Certainly it is,” Priest responded.As Priest testified about the blood stains, Berreth’s father put his head in his hands and sobbed.In the video, Lee walked investigators through Berreth’s kitchen, telling them how she wiped blood off of the stove and coffeemaker. She said she found blood on tinfoil that covered a pan of cinnamon rolls.In one shot, Lee used a long piece of wood to point out where she said she found bloodstains high on a wall above the kitchen cabinets. Later in the living room, Lee told investigators she found blood on the drapes that she removed from the home.Priest testified that the type of radiating blood patterns Lee described finding on the wall are consistent with what he called blunt force impacts.When prosecutors showed a photo of the underside of a toilet bowl stained with blood, Priest responded, “Something bloody contacted this toilet.”Lee, who has admitted to disposing of Berreth’s phone, has pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence. She is awaiting sentencing once Frazee’s case concludes.During cross-examination last week, public defender Adam Steigerwald recounted the three times that Lee came to Colorado at Frazee’s behest when the defendant allegedly wanted her help killing Berreth. The public defender pointed out that if Lee had been charged with attempted murder and if convicted, she could have faced decades in prison.Instead, prosecutors allowed Lee to plead guilty to moving Berreth’s phone, and now her worst-case scenario is three years in prison, the defense stressed.Lee began to cry on the stand as Steigerwald repeatedly got her to admit that, even though she drove from her Idaho home to Colorado multiple times when Frazee allegedly wanted her help killing Berreth, she never took her suspicions to Berreth’s family, her own family or police.“You were looking at essentially the rest of your life in prison,” Steigerwald said. “Instead, the district attorney allows you to plead guilty to moving Kelsey Berreth’s cell phone.”“Your worst-case scenario is three years in prison, correct?” Steigerwald asked. “You could get probation with no jail.”“Yes,” said Lee, through tears.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more