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New designs for resiliency post-Superstorm Sandy unveiled

[gallery ids="400119,400116,400117,400118"] Ten proposed designs for improving the tri-state region's resiliency post-Superstorm Sandy were released on Thursday night, giving residents a glimpse at what New York City's communities most vulnerable to extreme weather could look like. [related tag="sandy" limit="4"]...

metro.us (12 days ago)

Complaints say insurer sometimes broke rules canceling thousands before hurricane season

People’s Trust Insurance Co. is generating a wave of complaints as it cancels thousands of policies before hurricane season and a state agency has referred several alleged rules violations to regulators.

palmbeachpost.com (12 days ago)

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

A recent article by the Associated Press brought to light an intricate cover operation by the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) in Cuba. With the help of mobile and technological contractors, bank accounts in the Cayman Islands and computer and social media whizzes, USAID developed a Twitter-like...

huffingtonpost.com (12 days ago)

Atlantic County seeks feedback from Sandy-affected residents

A new survey seeking the input of Atlantic County residents who registered for federal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is now live on Atlantic County's websites.

pressofatlanticcity.com (12 days ago)

Flash Boys Puts a Flashlight on Dark, Predatory HFT Trading

Flash Boys Puts a Flashlight on Dark, Predatory HFT Trading

It is no surprise that Michael Lewis' new book Flash Boys ignited a firestorm or, as a couple of the most knowledgeable observers called it, "Hurricane Flash Boys." He shines a bright light on dark, unregulated, predatory high frequency trading called "HFT." Too many manipulative and abusive practices are moving...

huffingtonpost.com (12 days ago)

FEMA forgives Picayune post-Katrina loan

PICAYUNE, Miss. The remainder of a $3.2 million loan approved for the city of Picayune after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

clarionledger.com (12 days ago)

Projects to restore habitat post-Sandy begin

Bulldozers began spreading sand on several South Jersey beaches along the Delaware Bay on Wednesday, the first of 31 projects to restore wildlife habitat damaged by Hurricane Sandy up and down the East Coast.

philly.com (13 days ago)

U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Government

U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Government

WASHINGTON (AP) - In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington...

huffingtonpost.com (13 days ago)

Ratcliff Lake’s camping, hiking areas now open

Ratcliff Lake’s camping, hiking areas now open

DAVY CROCKETT NATIONAL FOREST - The area took a lot a punishment from Hurricane Ike in 2008 and a tornado followed by a drought in 2011, but the camping loops and hiking areas at the Ratcliff Lake Rec

lufkindailynews.com (13 days ago)

JPMorgan Explains: The Problem Is The Inexorable Rise In Entitlement Payments

Via JPMorgan's CIO Michael Cembalest, Meanwhile, I visited New Orleans last month to see clients. One question that always comes up there: why can’t the US spend more on infrastructure? As I first wrote 5 years ago, preventive infrastructure spending can be effective: $120 billion was spent by the US government for...

zerohedge.com (13 days ago)

Cerabino: Despite objections from sheriffs group, reckless gun bill still on target in state...

The Florida Sheriffs Association is the latest victim of NRA bullying.I wrote last week about what happened to the Florida National Guard’s lawyer who told a Florida Senate committee that it wasn’t a good idea to allow all the state’s legal gun owners - most of whom haven’t bothered to be trained to carry concealed...

palmbeachpost.com (13 days ago)

Matt Lauer, Al Roker Make Sharknado 2 Cameos, Fight Off Beast With Bare Hands—Watch Now!

Matt Lauer and Al Roker have covered all kinds of things on Today, but a freak hurricane sending sharks into the heart of the city? This was a first for the morning TV veterans! On...

eonline.com (13 days ago)

Complaints say insurer broke rules canceling thousands before storm season

People’s Trust Insurance Co. is generating a wave of complaints as it cancels thousands of policies before hurricane season, and a state agency has referred several alleged rules violations to regulators.

palmbeachpost.com (13 days ago)

Hurricane fears remain a factor in keeping summer home sales prices down in South Jersey

Sales of vacation homes surged 30 percent nationally last year, but data from South Jersey shore towns paint a mixed pictures of sales and prices.

pressofatlanticcity.com (13 days ago)

House Advances Bill Calling For More Weather Forecasting, Less Climate Change Research

House Advances Bill Calling For More Weather Forecasting, Less Climate Change Research

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require U.S. government weather agencies to focus more on predicting storms and less on climate studies. The chamber passed the measure, HR 2413, on a voice vote. Prospects in the...

huffingtonpost.com (14 days ago)

House OKs bill calling for weather, not climate, forecasts

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require U.S. government weather agencies to focus more on predicting storms and less on climate studies. The bill to "prioritize weather-related activities" at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other...

yahoo.com (14 days ago)

Governor's mobile cabinet holds session Wednesday in Brigantine

Gov. Chris Christie's town hall meeting in Brigantine was canceled last week but other state authorities will be available Wednesday to answer questions about Hurricane Sandy recovery.

pressofatlanticcity.com (14 days ago)

Wind insurer sued over post-Ike policyholder costs

A Corpus Christi man is suing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association for hundreds of millions of dollars because he says it improperly passed on costs to policyholders like him after 2008's Hurricane Ike.

miamiherald.com (14 days ago)

Farm-to-Tray: Fighting Hunger

Top New York chefs take on 'Sustainable Menu' challenge to fight hunger with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen I'm in awe. Having just completed a year-and-a-half of social advocacy as the creator and director of a pop-up satellite kitchen in Park Slope, Brooklyn feeding 185,000 victims of Hurricane Sandy, I must tell you...

huffingtonpost.com (14 days ago)

Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

For spring break this year I wanted to find a nice place to go bonefishing that the whole family would enjoy. After all, it's not every year a 7-year-old girl makes a New Year's resolution to go to the Bahamas and catch a bonefish. The unanimous recommendation from the current and former editors of Garden and Gun...

huffingtonpost.com (14 days ago)

No Homes Rebuilt, Only 3 Checks Written By City After Hurricane Sandy

Affected homeowners told their own stories to New York City Council members Monday in an effort to save NYC’s Bring It Back Program.

palmbeachpost.com (14 days ago)

Cops search for robbery suspect

Hurricane City Police are searching for a suspect believed to be involved in an armed robbery that took place Monday morning at the Hurricane Family Pharmacy, according to initial dispatch reports.

thespectrum.com (14 days ago)

THE SHORE

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. A groundbreaking was held Monday for Sea Isle City's $11 million municipal services building, after its City Hall and Public Safety offices were among the significant number of local buildings heavily flooded and damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

philly.com (15 days ago)

Hurricane can't afford permit for reservoir, official says

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse still wants to build an 11.8 million-gallon reservoir for untreated water near the city park, but he says the municipality cant afford the roughly $400,000 regulators have requested to mitigate strea...

wvgazette.com (15 days ago)

FEMA starts process to finalize flood maps in Ocean County

FEMA starts process to finalize flood maps in Ocean County

The federal agency that manages flood insurance for thousands of New Jersey residents today announced the release of preliminary flood insurance rate maps for the Jersey Shore county hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

nj.com (15 days ago)

Last Look: Can you control a hurricane?

Fareed takes a look at new research that says wind turbines could also be used to weaken hurricanes.

cnn.com (15 days ago)

Worst Travel Mishaps (and How to Avoid Them)

From the tiniest troubles (spilling your preflight Starbucks) to the absolute catastrophes (losing your passport in a strange country), no trip will go perfectly as planned. But there are preparations you can make to prevent a total vacation meltdown. Read on to find out what you can do before, during, and after...

huffingtonpost.com (15 days ago)

Hoboken attorney could provide info on Zimmer's claims about Sandy aid

Hoboken attorney could provide info on Zimmer's claims about Sandy aid

The Hoboken City Council could approve a resolution Wednesday that would clear the way for a city redevelopment attorney to provide information related to claims by Mayor Dawn Zimmer that state officials threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy aid.

nj.com (15 days ago)

A new witness may emerge in Hoboken mayor's Sandy Aid allegations

A new witness may emerge in Hoboken mayor's Sandy Aid allegations

A new witness may emerge this week in the "she said she said" accusations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that members of the Christie administration threatened that her Hurricane Sandy relief money aid could suffer if she didn't support an administration-backed construction project in the city

nj.com (15 days ago)

Ashland professional storm-chaser prepares for biggest assigment yet

The next time a hurricane makes landfall in the United States, Justin Walker will drop what he's doing and get on a plane to catch it.

mailtribune.com (16 days ago)

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