Houston Updates Building Codes in Floodplain

first_img Share Save According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion in damage during its rampage in August 2017. The storm killed damaged 203,000 homes and destroyed 12,700. Eight months after the storm, the recovery continues—and that recovery is about more than just rebuilding, it’s about reexamining the systems in place to ensure future storms take less of a toll.The Texas Tribune reports that the Houston City Council has passed a new ordinance designed to retool and strengthen building codes for areas within the city’s floodplain. The measure skated through with a vote of 9-7 and will go into effect at the beginning of September.The ordinance requires new buildings constructed within the city’s 500-year floodplain to be elevated two feet above the floodplain. That’s an increase over the current one-foot rule, and the new ordinance will also encompass more homes overall. The previous law required an elevation of one foot for homes falling within the 100-year floodplain. Those homes were also required to have flood insurance. In addition to any new homes inside the affected regions, the new ordinance will also apply to any existing homes that are “expanded by 33 percent or more.”The Tribune reports that some city council members voted against the proposal due to concerns that using the 500-year floodplain as a basis for regulation was overreaching. Homes within the 500-year floodplain have been damaged during previous floods, but homes within that floodplain are supposed to face only a 0.2 percent chance of flooding each year, according to the Tribune.“We’ve only looked at 5,000 houses in the 500-year floodplain,” said City Council Member Greg Travis. “There’s not enough data. Nobody here is saying, ‘Don’t do anything,’ we’re saying, ‘Do the right thing.’”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who originally proposed the ordinance, told the Tribune that, “To do nothing is not an option, and this is one time that we must rise above the voices that say do nothing and do what is in the best interest of the people who placed us here. Because frankly, I think the public is no longer tolerant of us not doing anything.”While the months that followed Hurricane Harvey’s landfall unsurprisingly saw some increases in delinquencies within the affected areas, the Texas housing market has weathered the storm remarkably well. The Texas Association of Realtors recently reported that home sales volume and home prices in the Lone Star State reached all-time highs for the third year in a row last year. Whether Houston’s new legislation will prove to be a boon or a boondoggle for the Texas housing market may only be determined after the next inevitable hurricane rolls through. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Full Speed Ahead with Mortgage Tech Next: Ranking Reverse Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 100-year floodplain 500-year floodplain building codes Flood Insurance floods Houston hurricane harvey 2018-04-05 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton April 5, 2018 3,384 Views  Print This Post Subscribecenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Houston Updates Building Codes in Floodplain Tagged with: 100-year floodplain 500-year floodplain building codes Flood Insurance floods Houston hurricane harvey Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, Loss Mitigation, News Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Houston Updates Building Codes in Floodplainlast_img read more

Rural residents near High Level evacuated due to industrial fire

first_imgEvacuations in place for #HighLevel as third critical alert issued for yet another #Alberta wildfire https://t.co/AXsWbsFUMF— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) May 4, 2016Residents affected are told to evacuate immediately, and follow the directions of local authorities. Evacuees are going to the Reception Centre, located at the Town of High Level office to register and receive further instruction.The Facebook page for Mackenzie County will be updated with more information.Advertisement UPDATE:  There are reports the fire is now under control.  Read more here:UPDATE: Serious fire on Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation under control #gpab #yeg #highprairie https://t.co/7IPGl7XhJP pic.twitter.com/MuyaZFegyO— 2day FM GP Newsroom (@2dayFMNewsGP) May 5, 2016ORIGINAL POST:- Advertisement -HIGH LEVEL, A.B. — An evacuation order has been issued for the High level area, as the result of an out of control fire in the Norbord yard.The mandatory order affects rural residents south of High Level between Bushe Reserve and Highway 35.Advertisementlast_img read more

Helping street kids responsibly

first_imgFounder of StreetSmart SA, Margi Biggs (left). StreetSmart educates communities to not give money to street children as this keeps them on the streets – there are other, more effective ways to help them.(Images: StreetSmart SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Margi Biggs   Founder, StreetSmart SA   +27 82 770 1440 RELATED ARTICLES • Fighting hunger on wheels • Spotlight on SA’s street children • Help for homeless children • Taking the internet to townships • Township tours for a good cause • Taking ballet to township kidsCadine PillayMost of the street children in South Africa are there as a result of poverty, neglect and violence. While we as individuals cannot change the socio-economic issues related to poverty, we can change the life of a street child every time we eat in a restaurant – this is where StreetSmart SA comes in.StreetSmart SA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to social re-integration and upliftment as it rallies restaurants to become involved in helping to rebuild the lives of street children at risk in the city.Paying it forwardStreetSmart SA raises money through participating restaurants in Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Somerset West, Paarl, Swellendam and now Johannesburg, by asking diners for a voluntary R5 (US$0.55) donation to be added to their bill.All the funds raised in this way then go to StreetSmart SA’s beneficiaries for social re-integration projects; to date an amount of over R6-million ($664 000) has been raised and there are currently 68 StreetSmart restaurants running this worthy initiative in these mostly Western Cape towns.In 2012, StreetSmart restaurateurs and patrons raised R675 000 ($75 000), funded four social workers, one family reconstruction worker, one panel beating instructor and two aftercare teachers directly benefiting over 1 108 children through various beneficiary organisations in the greater Cape Town and Winelands area.The beneficiaries of StreetSmart SA work with the children to educate and rehabilitate them and reunite them with their families.They also put considerable effort into raising awareness of the issue, and educating South Africans on how they can assist by not giving money to street children, as this feeds habits of crime, drug abuse, glue sniffing and other wrongdoings. Donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is one way of responsibly helping a street child.‘Society needs to take care of the weak’Shoprite Checkers 2012 Woman of the Year Margi Biggs, the dynamic owner of a travel company called Specialised Tours, founded StreetSmart SA in Cape Town in 2005; it was then that she came across many children living and begging on the streets.“I felt awful and thought to myself, this isn’t right. As a society we need to take care of the weak,” Biggs says. After seeing how StreetSmart worked in the UK, Biggs propositioned them to form a similar organisation in South Africa based on their model.She started the venture aware that the streets of Cape Town are home to a rich mixture of historical buildings and cultural heritage sites, as well as beautiful parks and gardens, but also that these very streets are the only home for many children.“These children are defenceless victims of brutal violence, sexual exploitation and sex tourism, abject neglect, chemical addiction, human trafficking and human rights violations,” she says. “Urgent interventions are needed to get them off the streets and reunite them with their families.”Johannesburg gets street smartStreetSmart moved to Johannesburg in 2013, and already six restaurants have signed up: Five Hundred and Qunu at The Saxon, Balata at The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort, dw eleven-13, the Griffin Craft Beer Gastropub, and Red Rabbit.The newest beneficiary is a homeless shelter called Twilight Children in Hillbrow. Twilight Children was established in 1983 and works with children and young adults in an effort to integrate them into mainstream society.It runs development programmes which give them skills, build their confidence and enable them to become valuable citizens.Other StreetSmart beneficiaries who are all involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children are Lean to Live, Ons Plek, Home from Home, Ocean View and Vrygrond, Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Youth Empowerment Action, and Nceduluntu Sanctuary Trust.Educating the communityAccording to Biggs, StreetSmart SA works on a strictly funded model, with only one employee, and is fully sponsored. Recipients of the organisation are also required to submit report backs and keep StreetSmart informed of how donations are used.“None of the money raised from the public through the restaurants is used for StreetSmart SA’s own operational requirements as corporate funding is sought on an ongoing basis,” she adds. When corporate funding for administrative costs falls short, Biggs initiates fundraising projects. She has personally twice walked the Camino St Frances from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain – a distance of 800 kilometres – to raise funds for her organisation.  Her goal for StreetSmart SA is to take the initiative nationwide. She is also currently working on two job creation projects in the arts and culture field that will create employment for people who are talented in the visual and performance arts.last_img read more

Geocaching Challenges – Thanks for the Feedback

first_imgBryan Roth: Co-Founder of GroundspeakBy Bryan Roth,We hear your concerns, and thank you for your feedback.  Now we are asking you to give Challenges a chance. You don’t necessarily have to participate, but give us some time to improve the feature set.  Here’s why.For many years, the geocaching community has been clamoring for the return of Virtual geocaches. There were a lot of issues with the implementation of Virtuals that prevented us from bringing them back in their original form. When we set out to find a way to bring Virtuals back that would appeal to the community, we determined that the basic idea behind Virtual Caches was “go somewhere, do something.”This is what Geocaching Challenges are all about. Over 99% of Challenges will be location-based Challenges created by the community. You might be Challenged to take a picture of yourself walking across the Abbey Road crosswalk or tasked to take a picture from the top of the Empire State Building. These are fun, outdoor adventures that can happen even in locations that do not support physical caches.If a Challenge is not specifically location-based, or does not require a photo (for a photo Challenge) or an action (for an Action Challenge), please flag it or vote it down. When flagging, think of yourself as a reviewer. You wouldn’t deny a cache just because it sounds boring (though, in this case, you could vote it down), but you would deny it if it were inappropriate or did not meet the guidelines. We think the instances of locationless Challenges being submitted by the community will decrease as people come to better understand what Challenges are. We are working now to improve the educational materials within the Challenges section of Geocaching.com so that it is clear what is acceptable for a Challenge and what is not.Worldwide Challenges are the one exception to the location-based rule. These are Challenges created by Groundspeak that are meant to bring the community together by letting us all experience the same adventure. If everyone participated, we could have well over five million geocachers hiking their local trails one day or biking to work the next day. We will generally be creating one Worldwide Challenge per day, although we may add a few in the early days to get everyone started. These will almost always be outdoor adventures.  We started with one that was not necessarily an outdoors Challenge (Kiss a Frog) because we thought it would be fun.  But, we realize that such a Challenge is not in keeping with our mission of getting you outside.  So, we have archived the Challenge effective today. We will soon be adding functionality to allow you to remove ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Completion’ logs you’ve entered, if you choose to do so.If you think an individual Challenge is bad, you are welcome to vote it down. All users have the ability to sort by the highest rated Challenges (simply click on the column header ‘Rating’ in the search results), so voting a Challenge down will send it further down the list.We will be updating the mobile applications, adding functionality to the API so that other developers can incorporate Challenges into their applications and services, and working to improve the website functionality on an ongoing basis.  In the interim, we ask that you to allow us some time to innovate.We believe that, if people use the Challenges system as it was meant to be used and populate it with Challenges they think others would enjoy, Challenges will add more to geocaching than Virtuals ever did. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedIntroducing Virtual Rewards!August 24, 2017In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 24) Virtual Rewards 2.0May 15, 2019In “Podcast”Introducing Virtual Rewards 2.0!May 14, 2019In “News”last_img read more

Cable Companies Still Whistling Past The Cord-Cutting Graveyard

first_imgA collection of statistics released this month is creating doubts about the trend of “cord cutting” – when home viewers replace cable TV service with streaming video-over-Internet and over-the-air content. Cable companies are declaring victory, but when you dig deeper, there are signs that cable is still in trouble — and that what we’re hearing are the sounds of denial.In its Fourth-Quarter 2012 Cross-Platform Report, ratings service Nielsen reported that in the U.S., there were more than five million households in 2012 that fit its definition of “Zero TV” homes. Zero TV is Nielsen’s neutral, but still kind of inaccurate, description of cable-cutting households that get video entertainment via computer, smartphones and tablets.Five million homes seems like a lot, especially when you consider that this is up from two million homes in 2007. Indeed, there were a lot of headlines proclaiming “Cable Cutting Up 150%! Comcast in Flames! Time Warner Out of Time!”Well, actually, nothing like that. Because in reality, that’s just 5% of the total TV market. Hardly enough for the cable companies to get worked up about. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has repeatedly made public comments dismissing the impact of cable cutting, and for now it appears that he’s right. Cable’s dominance would seem to reflect that there is not much to worry about with these cable companies.Of course, that’s what the Empire said about the Rebel Alliance.Or, you know, what the telephone carriers once said about people who were giving up land-line phones in favor of wireless. The carriers used to insist the trend wasn’t real, until better cell coverage and services like E911 accelerated it to the point that no one could deny it any more. Telco companies now offer TV and Internet service. Cable and satellite TV company may face a similar shift.Pay TV Numbers Aren’t So Hot, EitherAnother set of statistics were released this month that point to a troubling sign for the cable and satellite companies: SNL Kagan reported that multichannel service providers (cable, satellite, and telco) managed to add just 46,000 customers in 2012, a lot of it in the fourth quarter, when 51,000 mew customers managed to reverse the shrinking number of subscribers in the second and third quarters of last year.Forty-six thousand new users, out of a total of around 100.4 million, isn’t even a statistical blip — 0.04% growth is by most definitions flatter than a pancake. The average year-over-year growth of Zero TV homes was pretty low, too – 0.59% since 2007 — but that’s still a a factor better than paid TV subscriptions last year. You have to wonder if the television providers’ claims that subscriptions were slow just because of the economic downturn were entirely accurate.The U.S. is still in a slow recovery, so we will have to see if the upward trend of pay TV subscriptions continues before making any determination about pay TV’s flatline growth being connected to the economy.For all of the hand-waving about cord-cutting “not existing” or being unimportant, a key fact is being blissfully ignored: those 600,000 new Zero TV users each year have to come from somewhere. They are either existing cable TV customers or incoming customers who have decided to go to the Internet/streaming model instead. Either way, that’s 5 million customers the pay TV providers don’t have.Last year, the NPD Group estimated that the average monthly cable bill would hit $100/month sometime this year or next. Using that estimate for some back-of-napkin math, that means $6 billion in annual revenue is not going to pay TV.Is it any wonder, then, that Comcast recently introduced a free sampling of its premium on-demand content in order to pull in more ongoing subscriptions to that content? Speculation about this promotion ranged from Comcast trying to better penetrate non-coastal markets that have a lower rate of on-demand video use to Comcast looking to juice up its margin.(See also: Comcast’s Awesome Watchathon Reminds You It’s Still the Boss)Given flat growth, why not both reasons?Watch Out For The Killer AppWhat the pay TV services need to watch out for is the killer app for cable cutters. In the transition from land lines to cell-only for my home phone, it was the E911 service that made the decision for us: making sure emergency services knew exactly where we were calling from was very important.I suspect that a similar killer app for cable-cutters will be a way to get access to live sports content. Yes, you can get content from MLB, NHL or the NBA – but special events or sports that are not covered by these media packages can be a hassle to watch.I myself am lamenting the ongoing coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament on the ESPN channels this month, because I can’t watch Notre Dame progress through the tournament. Unless one of the over-the-air networks broadcasts a game, I’m out of luck. Unless, I get cable again.Sports are perhaps the biggest reason (on the content side) holding people back from switching away from pay TV. If a network like ESPN or the new Fox Sports Channel were to take its oh-so-important broadcast rights and offer its content to Internet subscribers directly, that would probably be a nightmare scenario for pay TV companies.It’s hard to imagine a situation where that would happen today, but if sports networks see a chance to make more revenue without giving TV providers a cut, would they take the shot?Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#cable#Internet TV Related Posts brian proffitt 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

File Naming for Video Editors, Designers & Photographers

first_imgAvoid a media management meltdown by following these tips on file naming – especially applicable for video editors, graphic designers and photographers!When you’re naming your digital files, especially deliverables, there’s an easy way to save yourself headaches down the road:ALWAYS versionNEVER use the word “final”With video editing, photography and graphic design, its typical that a final version may not stay a final version for long.  Clients may request changes, weeks, months or even years down the road.  Worse, they have multiple rounds of changes after you’ve send them a “final” deliverable.  So, using the word “final” in your naming can quickly get you into hot water.Instead, use a version number so there will be no confusion as to what file is the latest version.A few more best practices for naming and working with digital files…HYPHENATE FILESAlways hyphenate file names to separate words instead of using underscores.  Aside from being easy to look at, file names with hypens are more web friendly (search engines can parse out the words).  For instance a good looking filename would be “project-name-client-name-v6.mov”ADD METADATAAdd metadata to the file to help jog your memory about changes that were made to the project.  On a Mac you can “get info” on a file (shortcut: CMD + I) and make notes on the file (for example date delivered, changes, distribution, etc).  Once you’ve added this metadata to your video, graphic or photo you can enable it to show up in the Finder window (View > Show View Options > Show Comments).CONSISTENT VERSIONINGAlways keep your file names consistent throughout your digital pipeline.  Once a version name is created in your project (be it Photoshop, Illustrator or a timeline in a video editing application) do not change it!  I’ve seen editors change version numbers on their final deliverable video, but not on the sequences in their video editing app.  What an organizational nightmare!  Make sure your source file or editing sequence has the same name as the flattened (delivered) video or graphic.Do you have any tricks you use for naming your digital files?How do you keep your versions organized?Share in the comments!last_img read more

Would be robbers subdued by store owner and employee

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – Often it is not advised, but this time it turned out alright for a store owner who managed to subdue not one, but two would be robbers.   The men entered the store on East Street wielding a knife and demanding cash.  The convenience store owner and an employee jumped the men, held them and Police were called in.  An arrest of the pair was made.#magneticmedianews#robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img