$1.5 Trillion Worth of U.S. Homes Threatened by Wildfires

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Previous: Arch MI Completes Integration with Cloudvirga Platform Next: Reverse Mortgage Volume Hits Its Highest Point Since 2011 Subscribe According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, last year’s California wildfire season was the most destructive on record, with over 9,000 fires burning more than a million acres in 2017. Moreover, some of those fires swept through areas populated by some of the nation’s most expensive real estate. Now Redfin has taken a look at what the 2018 fire season may be like, and the numbers are shocking, with Redfin finding an estimated $1.5 trillion worth of homes projected to be at risk from wildfires in the year to come—around 7.7 percent of the United States’ total housing value.To make matters worse, wildfires have been trending toward being more widespread and damaging in recent years, with 9.8 million acres of land burned by wildfires nationwide in 2017, compared to 5.4 million acres in 2016. However, Redfin found real estate agents in the affected areas reporting that homebuyers weren’t hesitating to look for homes in these regions once the immediate disasters were over.“People who are still in shock from losing their homes and possessions from the October fires are greeting one another at open houses while comparing notes on the hotels or rentals where they are temporary living,” said Redfin Santa Rosa agent Starling Scholz. “People view wildfire risk as a price of living in California that’s well worth the rewards: beautiful weather, nature and well-paying jobs.”Redfin ranked the Top 10 U.S. Counties for Fire Risk, ranked according to the estimated total value of homes at risk in the respective areas. Redfin’s blog post explains that “To be considered, there had to have been at least five major fires recorded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the county since 1960.”California dominates the list, both because the state has seen regular outbreaks of wildfires for years, and because those fires often hit high-dollar real estate. The Top 10 U.S. Counties for Fire Risk include:Los Angeles County, California (estimated total value of homes in the county: $918.1 billion, with nearly 1.5 million homes at risk)Orange County, California ($391.5 billion estimated total value; 581,506 homes at risk)Santa Clara County, California ($327.9 billion estimated total value; 354,255 homes at risk)San Diego County, California ($316.5 billion estimated total value; 581,635 homes at risk)Harris County, Texas ($185.6 billion estimated total value; 837,912 homes at risk)Riverside County, California ($140.8 billion estimated total value; 454,924 homes at risk)San Bernardino County, California ($106.1 billion estimated total value; 365,576 homes at risk)Dallas County, Texas ($103.7 billion estimated total value; 452,284 homes at risk)Ventura County, California ($93.4 billion estimated total value; 170,877 homes at risk)Clark County, Nevada ($88.6 billion estimated total value; 384,329 homes at risk)Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson explains, “Despite strong demand and severe inventory shortages, California has built the fewest number of homes per new resident of any state, with just one unit for every four new residents, compared to one new unit for every 1.8 new residents nationally. When people whose homes just burned down are jumping back into bidding wars to buy new homes in the same area, you know wildfires alone won’t cool these competitive markets. However, California’s chronic lack of homes and eroding affordability make recovering from a natural disaster much more challenging than in states like Texas with more adequate housing supply.“You can read Redfin’s full 2018 wildfire analysis by clicking here. Share Save February 5, 2018 2,172 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago $1.5 Trillion Worth of U.S. Homes Threatened by Wildfires Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: inventory shortages Natural Disasters Redfin wildfires Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / $1.5 Trillion Worth of U.S. Homes Threatened by Wildfires Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton inventory shortages Natural Disasters Redfin wildfires 2018-02-05 David Wharton Related Articles  Print This Postlast_img read more

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Czech protesters mark anniversary of Velvet revolution

first_imgThe protest was held on the eve of the30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which ended communist rule in whatwas then Czechoslovakia.   Crowds gather at Letna Park to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. AFP It was alleged that Babis used theEuropean Union subsidies for his private business, which he denied.   Prague – At least 200,000 people protested against the Czech governmentin this capital, calling for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign overallegations of fraud. Saturday’s demonstration was held inLetna Park – which was also the site of the biggest rallies of November 1989.(BBC)last_img

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Di Matteo hails Chelsea’s passion

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo was delighted to see Chelsea play with passion in their FA Cup victory at Birmingham.Di Matteo, placed in charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, saw goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secure a 2-0 win and a quarter-final clash with Leicester.It was an encouraging performance by the Blues in their first game since Villas-Boas was shown the door.“The attitude was right. The commitment was right. The passion was there,” Di Matteo told ITV.“It’s important to show that we care – that we can fight for the club and our supporters. The players were up for it.“We’re all in this together. We have to help each other so that we can achieve our goals for the rest of the season.“It will only be possible if all 25 players are unselfish and we pull together.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Billions for transport projects

first_img14 February 2008South Africa’s transport and logistics infrastructure projects are progressing well, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin told journalists in Cape Town on Monday, detailing the government’s plans for road maintenance, rail upgrades, taxi recapitalisation and the development of mass transit public transport networks.Erwin said the efficient and timely rollout of the country’s various infrastructure programmes was crucial to ensure that the government met its economic growth and poverty alleviation goals.He said the government had allocated R7.7-billion for the rollout of the taxi recapitalisation programme that aims to improve safety and help formalise South Africa’s taxi industry, with the target of scrapping and replacing 80% of the old taxi fleet by 2010.“The scrapping of taxis commenced in 2006 and to date more than 13 261 old taxi vehicles have been scrapped, amounting to payments of over R663-million,” he said.South Africa also plans to rehabilitate, maintain and preserve road infrastructure with the help of a budget allocation that has been raised from R600-million to R2.2-billion.Rail transportIn addition, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation is working towards ensuring that rail services support the integrated transport plans developed by the government.“Metrorail express services will be deployed effectively as part of our transport operation plans for both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and ultimately the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Erwin said. “We have committed almost R10-billion to upgrade both rolling stock and infrastructure over the next three years.”In another programme, over 1 700 rail police have been deployed countrywide a further 5 000 officers are to be deployed by 2010.A further investment in rail infrastructure to the value of R16-billion is expected for the refurbishment and overhaul of coaches as the rail safety management system is implemented.South Africa has also developed a strategy to revitalise non-core rail lines to ensure the economic sustainability of small towns and rural communities, the minister said.Integrated, rapid public transportRegarding the public transport strategy, Erwin said the Cabinet had approved key projects aimed at achieving the goal of mass transit public transport networks.An essential feature of the strategy deals with a phased extension of the mode-based vehicle recapitalisation into integrated rapid public transport networks, which comprises rapid rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) priority corridors especially in major cities.Erwin said the Public Transport Infrastructure and System Fund had been allocated an amount of R9.2-billion between now and 2010 to fund projects including the Khulani Corridor, the N1 and N2 toll highway, the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg, the Sani Pass Road between South Africa and Lesotho and the BRT network in Pretoira.Airports Company South Africa, meanwhile, is developing the country’s airport infrastructure in line with passenger growth through its R19.3-billion capital expenditure programme, with passenger numbers expected to increase to 31-million by 2012.Smaller provincial airports are also being upgraded to meet growth demands, Erwin said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Why Processor Choice Matters To BYOD

first_imgWhile RT shares many of the same features as Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, it is not fully compatible with the entire Windows ecosystem. On its website, Microsoft outlines the major differences between RT and its other operating systems. For a consumer starting from scratch, Windows RT and applications available through the Windows Store may be more than enough. For enteprise IT managers, though, the differences become more troubling. The most significant IT concern is the lack of support for “legacy” applications. Windows RT simply cannot run applications designed for previous versions of Windows. Depending on your existing investment in Windows apps and their business necessity, this can be an annoyance – or an absolute showstopper.Other missing features, like Remote Desktop and Domain Join, may be less essential, but still add to the support burden for RT devices and could complicate efforts to create a simple, comprehensive management solution. In an all-Intel, Windows 8 environment, IT managers can leverage time-tested, existing management applications to extend their reach without writing custom software. As soon as one RT device is added to the mix, custom coding is required.Not all consequences of a heterogeneous environment are technical. Employee-owned devices are already notorious for violating enterprise software licenses. When classes of employee devices come stocked with different software than your other devices, your existing license agreements may not provide coverage. For example, Windows RT comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview. Unless a business anticipated supporting that device and took the necessary legal steps, using that program in a business setting could violate the software’s licensing provisions.Hardware-Based AssistanceChipsets rarely fail, for good reason. Once it’s pressed and placed into a computer, a processor is essentially untouchable by applications, the operating system, or overzealous users. That’s why hardware is the perfect place to store low-level security, management, and networking features. All Intel processors are built with management in mind, allowing administrators to reach below the operating system level for additional security and accessibility. For example, all current Intel Core processors support remote device locking through Intel Anti-Theft (AT) Technology. Unlike pure software Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, this approach will work even if a device is corrupted or rooted.Newer third-generation Intel Core vPro processors (found in newer enterprise and small-business laptops, Ultrabooks and even some tablets) add two-factor PKI-based authentication with Intel Identity Protection Technology, and pre-boot system integrity verification through Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). By using devices themselves as authentication tokens, IT can remove a layer of complexity and cost created by third-party tokens.Intel builds on this hardware foundation with tightly integrated software. For example, on the security front, McAfee DeepSAFE leverages vPro’s TXT to install security monitoring software below the operating system, while Deep Command provides endpoint management tools for AT and other low-level features.In some cases, security or management software can run only on complementary processors. In other situations, those processors simply run the software better. For example, Intel has tuned its newer Core processors to support the AES-NI instruction set, which speeds encryption products like McAfee Endpoint Encryption to near real-time. Other compatible systems can certainly run the same program, but processors without AES-NI support could incur up to a 10X slowdown.The processor is the heart of any device. It may not be the flashiest part of your BYOD strategy, but it’s the foundation. A bit of time considering processor choice during your planning phase can save a lot of money and headaches down the road.Top two images courtesy of Shutterstock. When IT managers build a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan, chip architecture usually isn’t high on their list of considerations. At first glance, it’s easy to see why. After all, processors work or they don’t – there isn’t a lot of support to be done, right?But there’s more here than meets the eye. Thinking about the silicon that powers your supported devices can pay off big, providing better performance, security and manageability. It might even keep your legal department happy.  Simplicity FirstThere are plenty of exciting consumer devices to catch your employees’ eyes, each with its own combination of processor, operating system and form factor. The task of a BYOD program is not necessarily to support all of them, but to choose the devices that best match customer needs, security concerns, business demands and available resources. New devices introduce risk and complexity to every aspect of your ecosystem, from provisioning and training to security and support. The more varied the range of devices you allow, the greater the stress on your operations. The keys to meeting your goals are platform simplicity and consistency. Choosing to minimize deviation simplifies administration and allows IT to leverage as much existing infrastructure as possible. That choice starts with the processor.The Processor MarketIntel and ARM Holdings are the two primary competitors in the mobile chipset market. Intel’s high-performing Core-series processors power the majority of laptops, Ultrabooks and notebooks, and its low-power Atom processors are gaining market share in tablets, smartphones and hybrid devices. ARM-based chips – most commonly found in tablets and smartphones – have recently begun to appear in laptops and hybrid devices.Intel and ARM take very different approaches to chip production. ARM licenses its designs to semiconductor manufacturers, which then fabricate their own processors based on those designs. This flexibility is attractive to hardware companies, and allows ARM-based chips to power a wide assortment of devices, from appliances to servers.The downside of that flexibility is inconsistency among ARM-based designs. Samsung and AMD both manufacture ARM-based chips, but their processors are substantially different. Intel follows a different business model, designing and producing all of its own silicon. This approach establishes a baseline across multiple manufacturers. This consistency is the reason Intel-powered Apple MacBooks are capable of running Windows natively, for example. Application And OS SupportBusinesses run on applications, and processor choice can impact how (or whether) those applications run. The most obvious example is as basic as the operating system itself – most notably in Microsoft Windows.When it launched Windows 8, Microsoft decided to support ARM-based chips for the first time. Windows RT, an operating system targeted at lower-cost consumer devices, like the Microsoft Surface, is the company’s first ARM-based OS. ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#AMD#antivirus#ARM#BYOD#BYOD Grows Up#Intel#microprocessors last_img read more

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Google Is Prepping A Sneak Attack On Microsoft Office

first_imgIt’s another example of the growing tension between Microsoft and Google, evidenced by the Microsoft’s “rule-breaking” YouTube Windows Phone app and its use of an open API to talk to Google+ users via its Outlook.com Web site.Google chief executive Larry Page, for example, used his Google I/O keynote to call out Microsoft’s behavior as “really sad,” and said that Microsoft took advantage of the open API. “Being negative is not how we make progress,” Page said. “And most important things are not zero-sum. There’s a lot of opportunity out there.”Google Tipped QuickOffice Plans At Pixel LaunchGoogle acquired QuickOffice last year for an undisclosed sum, and the team went quiet. But we know that Google plans to add QuickOffice to the Pixel, because Google said so.At the launch of the Pixel a few months ago, Google’s Chrome chief, Sundar Pichai, said that it would take two to three months to add QuickOffice to the Pixel, but that it would be included with it. Since it wasn’t available when Google handed out thousands of Pixels to developers Wednesday, it must be coming soon.Looking back, Pichai actually spoke quite a bit about QuickOffice’s role within Google at the Pixel launch- but the media (probably correctly) focused on the Pixel hardware itself. Pichai set the stage for the Pixel handout by emphasizing, again and again, that the Pixel represented the best Chromebook experience for developers and early adopters: “if you’re living in the cloud, this is the best experience you can use,” Pichai said then.Microsoft Strikes… Too SoonMicrosoft clearly anticipated a QuickOffice launch at Google I/O. On May 10, it published a blog post that directly attacked the compatibility of Google Apps as well as QuickOffice. Jake Zborowski, a senior product manager at Microsoft, wrote:Productivity software is built to help people communicate. It’s more than just the words in a document or presentation; it’s about the tone, style and format you use to convey an overall message. People often entrust important information in these documents — from board presentations to financial analyses to book reports. You should be able to trust that what you intend to communicate is what is being seen. Google’s alternative to Microsoft Office, Google Apps, has always suffered from the fact that it offers a sort of “good enough” compatibility — fine for most basic document and spreadsheet tasks, but not enough to match certain Office features.Now Google is preparing to use technology from a recent acquisition, QuickOffice, to close that gap.In recent weeks, Google sources have told me that Google has been internally testing, or “dogfooding,” QuickOffice, which began life as a standalone productivity app that offers better compatibility with Office than Google’s own Apps. Now, however, Google is testing QuickOffice as a cloud-based service in its own Chrome browser.(Google already provides QuickOffice as part of its Google Apps subscription, specifically as an app for customers with Android tablets or iPads.)Why QuickOffice?QuickOffice uses the same .DOCX file format that Office does, allowing users to quickly edit and share the same files as Office users. QuickOffice compatibility probably means that more businesses and users will see Google Apps as a viable alternative to Office, wounding Microsoft’s Office cash cow. Google sources also say they’re confident that Microsoft won’t be able to block QuickOffice with licensing issues or other legal threats. Eventually, these individuals say, QuickOffice will become the foundation of Google Apps, although that’s still a ways off.The target, Google sources said, isn’t the full PC-based version of Office itself – although that might be a bit of spin. Instead, Google claims to think of QuickOffice as a competitor to Microsoft’s own Web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – which often deliberately fall short of full Office functionality. For now, that means running QuickOffice as a browser app, probably using Google’s Native Client technology, until Google’s engineers can integrate it directly with Apps. Tags:#Google#Google Apps#Microsoft#Office markhachman Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Zborowski’s post included several sample documents that users could download themselves for comparison’s sake, as well as a funny YouTube video that included Rob Schenider and Pete Rose, poking fun at the “gamble” that is Google Apps. In a supporting comment, Zborowski pointed out that Google doesn’t support the Open Document Format, suggesting that Microsoft is more open than Google.Google representatives shrugged off the post, noting that the example documents relied on Office functions typical users rarely touch, such as watermarks and odd text spacing. However, Microsoft’s post also noted that Office Web Apps can now be used within Android, leaving the Microsoft-Google competition within the Android tablet space as an app – Google’s QuickOffice – versus a cloud solution, Microsoft’s Office Web apps.The whole point of the Pixel, according to Pichai, is to show off the power of the cloud. Microsoft, for its part, is still largely wedded to the desktop application, and the $23 billion or so that its Business Division pulls in on an annual basis. (Office 365 doesn’t live in the cloud, although it has cloud hooks in SkyDrive and its subscription delivery system.) That’s a target that Google has attacked for several years now, with dueling customer announcements from both sides marking the ebb and flow of the battle.Micosoft may be right that Google Apps and QuickOffice don’t offer the full capabilities of Office. But they come close – and “close” has been the selling point behind Apps all along. QuickOffice looks like it could close the gap.Image Source: Google Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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SSB jawan killed in encounter with Maoists in Jharkhand

first_imgA Sashastra Seema Bal jawan was killed and four others were injured in an encounter between the security forces and Maoists in Dumka district of Jharkhand early on Sunday, police said.At least five ultras also suffered bullet injuries in the encounter, but they retreated into the forest of Taldangal where a search operation has been going on, Superintendent of Police Y.S. Ramesh said. The Maoists fired on the joint team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and local police around 3:30 a.m. after noticing the personnel, who also retaliated.During the shootout, five SSB personnel suffered bullet injuries and one of them identified as Niraj Chetry, a resident of Sonitpur district in Assam, died. Of the four others, Rajesh Kumar Rai and Karan Kumar were airlifted to Ranchi for better treatment, while Sonu Kumar and Satish Gujar have been admitted to the Dumka Sadar Hospital, a statement by SSB said.Chief Minister Raghubar Das paid his tribute to the deceased jawan and said the entire state is with the bereaved family. He said the State is committed to root out the Maoist menace.last_img read more

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State of Origin

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) will host the Queensland Touch Association (QTA) at Tempe on Friday, 23 August and Saturday, 24 August 2008. The fiercest of rivals will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Women’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, and Men’s 50’s divisions to determine the overall winner.The two states last competed in 2006 where NSWTA defeated QTA winning seven of the thirteen divisions. QTA will be looking to add to their three titles won since the inaugural State of Origin Series was conducted at the NSW State Cup in Port Macquarie in 1995.For more information about the 2008 State of Origin, please visit the website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=931&pID=14last_img read more

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Jamaica and PAHO Sign Cooperation Agreement

first_img Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement.The agreement was signed on September 26 by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, at PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC.The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.Dr. Tufton thanked PAHO for its continued support to the public health sector in Jamaica, particularly in strengthening the health system.“Jamaica hopes to continue the joint collaboration with PAHO,” the Minister added.For her part, Dr. Etienne said under the agreement, Jamaica’s health system will be strengthened as it moves towards universal health.She said the organisation is pleased to partner with Jamaica to offer this technical support, which will help to improve the country’s health services.Dr. Tufton is in Washington attending the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Story Highlights The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.center_img Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement. last_img read more

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