Visualizing Hurricane Florence’s Impact on East Coast Housing

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The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Visualizing Hurricane Florence’s Impact on East Coast Housing September 12, 2018 3,996 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Journal, Loss Mitigation, News, Servicing With Hurricane Florence hitting the East Coast, residents on the ground are bracing for the impact and the industry is bracing for the aftermath. The past year has seen a series of damaging storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, events that caused thousands of deaths and billions in damages. As with any disaster, both preparation and response are paramount, but what will the impact of Hurricane Florence look like for the servicers who will be helping navigate the housing damages in the weeks and months to come?Now DIMONT, a Dallas-based provider of insurance claims management and adjustment services for mortgage and auto lenders, servicers, and investors, is offering its skills to servicers with properties in the region.Denis Brosnan, CEO and President of DIMONT, said, “As part of our effort to assist the mortgage and housing industries, DIMONT is asking servicers to reach out and we will run projections based on historical damage from prior hurricanes, tailored to the specific properties for that servicer in potentially impacted areas. As a service to the industry, we will not charge those servicers who reach out to us looking for a more custom data visualization.”DIMONT provided DS News with a 3D map analysis examining the potential impact of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast, specifically on vacant and foreclosed properties. While damage to those properties thankfully holds less potential for human loss, DIMONT’s Chief Solutions Officer Tom Stover told DS News that they often have an increased chance of sustaining damage, simply because they often have not been maintained as well as an occupied home, and they have no one on hand to secure them before the high winds and water blow in.“DIMONT’s data visualization for Hurricane Florence provides historical damage assessments that can be used by servicers to gain the perspective they need to speed up and improve their decision-making processes,” Stover said. “This enables them to communicate much faster and more effectively with both investors and homeowners and help mitigate any potential losses.”DIMONT’s video above tracks potential increases in both claims and damages across two regions. Tier 1 areas are most likely to bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence’s initial landfall. The storm will likely weaken as it reaches the Tier 2 areas, but there’s a catch—those areas are further inland and usually have a higher population density, meaning more homes could be impacted. Stover told DS News that the cumulative damages across a Tier 2 region often surpass that of Tier 1 areas, in spite of the storm being much weaker by the time it reaches them.DIMONT told DS News that servicers typically see a 285 percent increase in the number of claims and a 700 percent increase in the total damages on foreclosed and vacant properties in the Tier 1 Impact Zone. For properties in the Tier 2 Impact Zone, the claims typically double in volume with the damages increasing by 150 percent.After a meeting yesterday with President Donald J. Trump and other senior officials, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said, “Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event. We’re supporting the governors with achieving their life safety evacuation and movements. We’re focused on mass care and sheltering. And then we’ll be focused on helping them to execute their response and recovery goals.”Today, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have released a reminder of their disaster relief policies, including disaster relief options that are available to borrowers whose homes or places of employment are located within a Presidentially declared Major Disaster Area, where federal individual assistance programs are made available to affected individuals and households.“It is important for those in the Carolinas and nearby states to focus on their safety as Hurricane Florence approaches,” said Yvette Gilmore, Freddie Mac’s VP of Single-Family Servicer Performance Management. “Once out of harm’s way, we strongly encourage homeowners whose homes or places of employment have been impacted by Hurricane Florence to call their mortgage servicer to learn about available relief options. We stand ready to ensure that mortgage relief is made available.”For those within a Major Disaster Area, options include suspending foreclosures by providing forbearance for up to 12 months, waiving assessments of penalties or late fees against borrowers with disaster-damaged homes, and no reporting of forbearance or delinquencies caused by the disaster to the nation’s credit bureaus.For homes impacted by the hurricane but not covered by the Major Disaster Area, Fannie Mae authorized servicers to suspend or reduce a homeowner’s mortgage payments immediately for up to 90 days without any contact with the homeowner if the servicer believes the homeowner has been affected by a disaster. Freddie Mac encourages servicers to refer to their standard relief policies, which include forbearance and mortgage modifications.“We want to ensure those in the path of Hurricane Florence have peace of mind and time to focus on their safety,” said Carlos Perez, SVP and Chief Credit Officer at Fannie Mae. “Fannie Mae and our lending and servicing partners are focused on ensuring assistance is offered to individuals and families in need.” Previous: BCFP Updates FCRA Disclosure Rules Next: FHFA Releases Plan to Better Align Fannie and Freddie Home / Daily Dose / Visualizing Hurricane Florence’s Impact on East Coast Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Dog Meat Ban: Gauhati High Court Puts Nagaland Government’s Order On Hold

first_imgNews UpdatesDog Meat Ban: Gauhati High Court Puts Nagaland Government’s Order On Hold Sparsh Upadhyay28 Nov 2020 4:28 AMShare This – xThe Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision to ban the commercial sale of dog meat.The Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) on Wednesday (25th November) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision dated 04.07.2020 to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants.The Bench of Justice S. Hukato Swu issued the interim stay after the State Government failed to file a reply.It may be noted that the Court had, on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) on Wednesday (25th November) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision dated 04.07.2020 to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants.The Bench of Justice S. Hukato Swu issued the interim stay after the State Government failed to file a reply.It may be noted that the Court had, on the previous date, i.e. on 14.09.2020, given the opportunity to the respondents to file affidavit-in-opposition with the direction that interim would be considered thereafter, however, the State failed to file its responseThe Prayers of the PetitionerThe petitioners before the Court are traders dealing in importing and sale of dog meat within the jurisdiction of Kohima Municipal under the license issued by the respondent No. 3.It was stated by them that with the issuance of the impugned notification dated 04.07.2020 (to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants), their business and livelihood has been adversely affected added to the pandemic situation prevailing in the StateThe counsel for the petitioners submitted before the Court that they moved the Court because the concerned authority, Chief Secretary, who had issued the impugned notification dated 04.07.2020 was not statutorily empowered to pass such orders.It was further submitted that the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006 confers this authority on the Commissioner of Food Safety under Section 30 of the Act.Therefore, it was argued that “the notification dated 04.07.2020, issued by the Chief Secretary banning the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants is illegal.”It was contended that there are procedural steps which have to be followed prior to the issuance of banning the sale of meat under the Food Safety Standards Act which are provided under Sections 34, 36 and 38.It was stated that the procedure requires that on observation if any food which is intended for sale appears to be not in conformity with standard rules would be subject to analysis scientifically and thereafter come to a finding that the particular food is either fit or unfit for consumption.Furthermore, notice is to be given to the party to be affected by orders under Food Safety Standards Act prior to issuance of the prohibition of the sale of any article of food which is in contravention of the provisions of the Act.It was also argued that “All these procedural steps as mandated under the Act has been violated, therefore, there is a violation of the procedural law and that executive order passed under Article 162 cannot stand the test of law if it violates Articles 14, 19 and 21.”Lastly, it was stated that “if an executive exercise is made violating the fundamental rights of the citizens, the executive Court orders cannot stand the test of law. Orders to be implemented must have statutory backing.”Court’s OrderThe Court considered the submissions made by the counsel for the petitioners and also, the submission made by the Government Advocate.Under the facts and circumstances placed before the Court, the Court was of the view that the impugned order dated 04.07.2020 “may be stayed until the next returnable date and accordingly order so.”In the meantime, the State respondents have been directed to make all efforts to file their affidavit-in-reply. The matter will now be listed after the winter vacation.Case title- Neizevolie Kuotsu Alias Toni Kuotsu And 2 Ors v. The State Of Nagaland and 2 Ors [Case No. : WP(C) 128/2020]Picture Courtesy – India TodayNext Storylast_img read more

Regulation, uncertainty and credit union leadership

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     The only certainty in life, and business, is change. And there is no area that is more subject to change than in financial regulation.One of the most important attributes of an effective leader is the ability to manage uncertainty. The people who trust in your leadership depend on you to respond, make decisions and navigate through changing conditions and regulations––whether you saw them coming or not.CU leaders have an interesting relationship with uncertainty, at least as it relates directly to the mechanics of economics and finance: To best serve your members and your employees, you do your best to reduce uncertainty. You want to provide accurate and trustworthy advice and create products and services that help provide financial security. You want to build a strong and stable organization that will serve your community and members long into the future. All of this is challenging in a rapidly changing, uncertain and sometimes hostile regulatory environment.So how does a CU leader manage this uncertainty?My work is focused exclusively on the humanistic aspects of leadership. I’ll leave the specific technical issues to you! Just remember, however, that at every level it is people who are responding to regulatory changes.You have people on your front lines responding to member concerns. You have people handing compliance and reporting changes. You have people in your executive suite doing their best to anticipate and respond to changes. How do you keep morale high? How do you keep people focused and moving forward?Here are a few strategies:Acknowledge uncertainty! If you don’t know what’s coming despite your best efforts, be open about it. Nobody expects a leader to know everything. In fact, studies show that people place much more trust in a leader who acknowledges uncertainty over those who proclaim they have all the answers.Expect the unexpected. As you do your best to anticipate regulatory direction, direct some energy to plan B, and plan C and D if necessary. There are no wasted plans, only filed plans. If you don’t need a particular plan today, you may find it useful in the future.Keep your team informed. Make sure everyone is kept abreast of changing conditions as they develop. You don’t want anyone to be caught completely by surprise when information was readily available. You want people to understand changes and help others navigate these changes, internally and as you serve members. Do NOT try to do it alone! Leverage the experience, talents, skills and creativity of your entire team. Openly solicit input from all levels and departments. Ask them to prepare responses from their points of view and encourage them to work across divides to facilitate the best response. Access institutional memory. There is a lot of truth in the old saying that “there is nothing new under the sun”. Unfortunately, as a culture we have a very short memory these days. The new generation may not have experienced a particular change, but experienced leaders and others on the team may have been through something quite similar long ago and far away. Frame every challenge as an opportunity. This is the most important strategy of all. Stay positive. Express confidence in your team’s ability to respond to any change. Solicit input from all levels to transform any challenge into an opportunity for innovation and growth. These strategies will help you face any change or uncertainty. It may be regulation, shifting market or economic conditions, technological advances or cultural evolutions. As a leader, your primary role is to focus on your people. Cultivate an environment that puts your people in the best position to perform effectively.Encourage and recognize their contributions.Focus on the circumstances and conditions that you can control––and you certainly can control how you serve the people who trust in your leadership.Uncertainty is part of life. Embrace it!Uncertainty just may provide you with the opportunity to become the type of leader you may never have imagined without it!last_img read more

Show more signs from gun protesters

first_imgIn watching those amazing hundreds of thousands kids march in cities across the country for more gun control, I wish the press would show more of their homemade signs.  My favorite is “NRA … You can’t put a silencer on us.”Mary KuykendallBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Atletico Madrid ready to offer Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette

first_img Comment Atletico Madrid ready to offer Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jan 2020 8:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Atletico Madrid are prepared to offer Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid would offer Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette if their pursuit of Edinson Cavani ends in failure this January.The Spanish giants have only scored 22 goals in La Liga this season and Diego Simeone is desperate to bring in a top-class attacker to boost the club’s title chances, with Barcelona and Real Madrid five points above them in the table.Cavani is at the top of Simeone’s wishlist but Paris Saint-Germain insist the Uruguay international will not be sold, despite his contract expiring in the summer.As a result, Atletico Madrid have been scouring the market for alternative options should Cavani remain in the French capital – and this has led them to Arsenal forward Lacazette.ADVERTISEMENT Lacazette has only scored five league goals this term (Picture: Getty)Lacazette has had an underwhelming start to the season at Arsenal, scoring just six goals in all competitions, and the ex-Lyon man will be under the spotlight in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence.Aubameyang will miss the Gunners next three matches through suspension and Mikel Arteta has called on Lacazette and his attackers to step up to the plate.‘They now have to make a step forward now he is not able to contribute to the team with goals,’ Arteta said.‘Someone else has to do it and I want to see that reaction too.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard added: ‘Losing probably the most important player is never nice.‘We have other players that can play in that position.‘We will try to find a way and be as competitive as possible.’MORE: Sokratis Papastathopoulos backs Alexandre Lacazette to step up during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspensioncenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Atleti will turn to Lacazette if PSG refuse to part with Cavani (Picture: Getty)Atleti and Simeone – who has registered a strong interest in Lacazette in previous transfer windows – are willing to offer Lemar in any potential deal for the Arsenal striker, according to Marca. The report stresses that Lacazette will only be targeted if it becomes clear that they have no chance of signing Cavani.AdvertisementAdvertisementLemar has failed to live up to expectations since his £51million move from Monaco back in 2018 and the attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this winter.Reports earlier this week suggested that Chelsea had been offered the chance to sign Lemar – and the 24-year-old would be keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge.Lemar has also been on Jose Mourinho’s radar in recent weeks, but Tottenham would only be interested in a loan deal for the Frenchman.last_img read more

Nelson management turns to former skipper Mario DiBella to right the Leafs ship

first_imgIt didn’t take the Nelson Leafs long to find a skipper to replace Dave McLellan, who unexpectedly resigned earlier this week.Nelson Leafs Hockey Society president John Dooley said the Heritage City franchise has turned to former coach Mario DiBella to right the rudderless ship of the once-mighty Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team.The decision came five days after the Leaf board decided to part ways with former coach and GM, Dave McLellan and assistant coach Greg Andrusak.”We felt Mario had experience with the organization as a previous coach and also coached at the (BC Hockey) Major Midget program so he new a lot of the kids locally and from the area,” Leaf president John Dooley told The Nelson Daily Sunday.”We felt (Mario) was in line with the values we have for the team and was the right person for the job,” Dooley adds.DiBella, 59, takes over the team’s Head Coach and General Manager positions, effective immediately.Dooley said everyone, including Sean Dooley and Stathis Dimopolus, two assistant coaches that remained with the team for the final game in Spokane Wednesday before the Christmas break, have been put on notice they may, or may not, return to the Leafs as DiBella now is tasked with the decision to put his support group together.Dooley said other people came forward, but it was DiBella, a pillar in Nelson’s hockey community, that showed the most interest. “Some other people said they were interested but we didn’t get much more from them,” Dooley explained. “When Mario put his name forward we met with him and made the decision (today).”DiBella, owner and operator of Martech Electrical Systems and Marwest Industries as well as an active supporter of minor sports in Nelson, must right a Leaf ship that lost 15 of 18 games since October 31.Nelson currently sits in fourth spot in the Murdoch Division with a 14-19-0-0-1 record, three points behind third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins and trails division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks by 17 points.DiBella comes to the Leafs with experience in the KIJHL, having coached the Leafs from 2000-2002.But he brings so much more to the team having been part of various levels from BC High Performance Zone, Provincial Camps for Team BC and Team Pacific to Head Coach of the Major Midget Kootenay Ice and the local BC Hockey Female AAA team, Kootenay Wildcats — now the Kootenay Wild. DiBella has also scouted for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Westside Warriors in the BC Hockey League and the Melville Millionaires in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.DiBella is a Mentor Skills Instructor for Hockey Canada and is accredited with Hockey Canada’s Advanced Coaching certification. Before making the leap in to coaching, DiBella played for the Nelson Junior Maple Leafs, Penticton Broncos (BCHL), Grand Forks Border Bruins, Taber Golden Suns (AJHL) before completing his competitive career as netminder for Nelson Maple Leafs of the Western International Junior Hockey League.He was a two time first team all-star in the KIJHL and led the league in goals against average in the 1983 season with the senior Leafs. He has received several coaching recognition awards and has been instrumental in developing local players both in the male and female categories.”Mario’s job is to put his group together and more forward from here to a positive second half of the season,” Dooley said.”We want him to bring structure back to this program. . .. To focus on the development of players and education and relations within the community.”Values we believe in as a board.” DiBella’s first game at the helm will be December 30th against the Beaver Valley Nighthawks in Fruitvale.The first home game is the annual New Year’s Eve contest against the Nitehawks December 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

BEJARANO GUIDES FAVORED ROYAL ALBERT HALL TO 1 ¼ LENGTHS WIN IN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; TRAINED BY O’NEILL, ENGLISH-BRED GELDING GETS FIRST STATESIDE WIN BY COVERING 1 ¼ MILES IN 1:59.90

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2016)–With a powerful late kick, English-bred Royal Albert Hall broke an 11-game losing streak by taking Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Conditioned by Doug O’Neill, who with the win, went one-up in the trainer standings over Phil D’Amato, 28-27, the 4-year-old gelding got a mile and a quarter on turf in 1:59.90.Fourth with a quarter mile to run, favored “Royal Albert” angled three-wide turning for home and won as best at odds of 8-5 in a field of nine older horses.Owned by Steve Keh, Scott Knight, Mike Ryan and Westside Rentals.com, Royal Albert Hall paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.80.“He’s always shown plenty of ability since he first came to our barn (in late 2014),” said O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “He showed a lot of promise, so we kept running him against some of the best grass horses out here in stakes. Thankfully the owners were patient and even though he wasn’t winning, we ran up some money ($144,624 in 2015) with him. This race should be a good confidence builder.With the winner’s share of $34,800, Royal Albert Hall increased his earnings to $194,983. With Friday’s win, his overall mark now stands at 17-2-6-4.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Excessive Kid trailed the field heading into the far turn and finished up well to be second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of Cardiac.Off at 7-1, Excessive Kid paid $6.00 and $4.80.With Fernando Perez up, Cardiac showed the way to the five sixteenths pole, where he was overtaken narrowly by Dreaming of Gold, who he outran for third money. Off at 12-1, Cardiac paid $6.00 to show.(With the win, Bejarano now leads the recently sidelined Santiago Gonzalez 63-47 in the jockey standings).Fractions on the race were 22.53, 46.54, 1:10.89 and 1:35.28.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Homo naledi finds its home at Wits vault

first_imgThe Homo naledi fossils have been carefully placed in the highly secure Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory, which houses most of the world’s information on human evolution. We take you on an exclusive tour. Homo naledi fossils has been relocated to the Phillip V. Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory where further tests will be done. (Images: Shamin Chibba) The gallery • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Space science can solve socio-economic problems• Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’ • New push for careers in science and innovation • DNA detective work could end poaching  Shamin Chibba The Homo naledi fossils, which were recently discovered in the Dinaledi Cave in Gauteng, have been given a new home at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The fossils are now housed in the vault at the Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory on campus, after spending a month on display at the Cradle of Humankind in neighbouring Mogale City.The new species, Homo naledi, was named after the chamber in which it was discovered, in the Rising Star caves. The underground room where the fossils were found was called the Dinaledi Chamber, which means “chamber of stars” in SeSotho.At a recent Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) media tour hosted by Brand South Africa, local and foreign journalists were given exclusive access to the vault.Archaeologist Lee Berger, an American based at Wits’ world-renowned centre, said the vault was home to almost 60% of the world’s fossils, including the recently discovered Homo naledi. Berger and his team of excavators were on hand to show and explain their experiences during their discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.At its opening in July, Berger said the vault held more scientific information on how humans evolved and where we came from than any other facility worldwide. “Right here in this vault, this word-class vault, is the majority of their assemblage. It’s held in high security because this is all of human heritage.”“This is a very special place,” he told the journalists on the FOCAC tour earlier this month. “We don’t allow anyone other than scientists to enter here.”But the press members were given a chance to view the Homo naledi remains up close.And now, we present to you exclusive pictures from the vault taken during that media tour.  Pictured is the inside of the vault at Wits University. Berger said there was an “extraordinary spike in discoveries across Africa over the last decade” and that there is still more to find on the continent. Berger believes that this young woman’s curved hand could have been shaped that way for climbing. What startled Berger and his colleagues is that the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found was just 1.5-kilometres away from Sterkfontein, a site that is rich in hominid fossils. Homo naledi had the ability to move its arms and legs like modern humans. The homo naledi fossils were on display at the Cradle of Humankind between September and October this year. Schoolchildren were given the chance to view the remains of the homo naledi when it was kept at the Cradle of Humankind earlier this year. The bones showed no traces of their being in fights with carnivores or other hominins. This suggests that the Dinaledi Cave was where the homo naledi disposed of their dead, a sort of burial site. This is an indication of their sophistication and what Berger said was a recognition of their own mortality. “It is what separated us from the animal kingdom.” Berger said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber. Taung Child, pictured above, which is a fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, is also housed in the vault at Wits University. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, North-West province. An illustrated representation of the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found. (Image: Wits University)last_img read more

Don’t be “cowed” by false claims about beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Husband and wife environmentalists Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes take to bashing beef and dairy in their new book “Cowed.” Published this year, it attacks animal agriculture on multiple fronts — health and nutrition, food safety and cattle production.The book also makes one of the most outlandish predictions that you’ve ever heard. According to the authors, “If the human population grows another 50%, and everyone starts to eat as much beef as Americans, we will wipe out much of the rest of the animal world.”Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group applauds this statement on the back cover by saying that the authors have mapped the destructive co-migration of earth’s two great conquering herds, humans and cows. You can believe this when you see cows grazing in New York’s Central Park or on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Nebraska has a lot of cows, 1.88 million, according to the latest statistics, but it also was home this spring to a half million sandhill cranes along the Platte River. The cranes stop to fatten up on corn kernels left behind in farm fields before migrating north again. Nebraska is second in the nation in number of cattle and calves, but they don’t seem to be crowding out the cranes.The Hayes would have you believe that all cattle operations are big, factory farms. Nebraska has 20,000 beef cow operations, the average herd size is 94 head and only 770 are larger than 1,000 head of cattle.Big is always bad to critics of agriculture, even though economies of scale are accepted for most other industries. The complaints about cows in the book have all been heard before. American restaurants served 9 billion hamburgers last year, 3% more than a year earlier. Take that as a vote of confidence in beef.In fact, there is a lot of positive news about beef to reassure consumers. Recreational runners are among the fittest Americans, and Runner’s World magazine includes beef in its nutrition advice and recipes for runners. It cited a review of 76 existing studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that found no association between saturated fat and heart disease, a departure from previous thinking. Runner’s World reminded runners that red meat contains iron, zinc and protein and is right for a healthy diet.The authors of “Cowed” connect a virulent form of E. coli bacteria with what they call factory farming, which in their view is a feedlot used to finish cattle. However, the Department of Agriculture says the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 is not affected by the production system. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) samples ground beef and, according to its data, this strain occurs at a rate of less than one quarter of 1%. FSIS says it is rare for the strain to find its way into meat products, and the sale of those products is prohibited. Safe handling and proper cooking also reduce the risk of spreading E. coli or becoming infected.The authors claim they aren’t against eating beef; they just want Americans to eat less. That’s up to consumers who shouldn’t be cowed or misled by critics of America’s livestock industry.last_img read more

Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut his candidacy came to a screeching halt owing to the league’s ruling disallowing players from non-Final Four teams from staking their claim for the MVP plum.The last non-Final Four player to win the highest individual award was St. Benilde’s Jay Sagad in Season 81 back in 2005 after the Blazers finished sixth out of eight teams with their 5-9 record. That instance prompted the NCAA to change its rules and give premium to players who led their team to the Final Four to win the MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPrince Eze may be leading the Most Valuable Player race, but he won’t get the award at the end of the season.The Nigerian big man’s hopes of claiming NCAA Season 93 MVP award was dashed after Perpetual’s 55-50 defeat to San Beda on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Eze, though, can still get a consolation as he can still make it to the Mythical Team at the end of the season, granting that his numbers won’t dip or he won’t be ejected for Perpetual’s last four elimination games.He was earlier named as the All-Star MVP during the midseason festivities.With Eze out of the MVP race, that opens the gates for other contenders to win the hardware.Now leading the race is Lyceum’s CJ Perez, who has been averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals through the Pirates’ current 15-0 run.Also in the running are San Beda forward Javee Mocon (12.5 points, and 10.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists), Lyceum big man Mike Nzeusseu (10.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks), and Letran swingman Rey Nambatac (16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight JRU repulses St. Benilde, tightens grip on 3rd spot Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City That eliminated the Altas out of the playoff race with their 4-10 record, stopping Eze from following the footsteps of Jojo Manalo and Earl Scottie Thompson as the only Alta to win the highest individual award.The 6-foot-11 center has been the pacesetter at the end of the first round after averaging 15.5 points, 17.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in the 14 games he played for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run LATEST STORIES View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more