By 2025, New York's Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat . The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world, and coastal engineers are racing to respond with structures to reduce their impact. The first seawalls were built centuries ago, though there are now, arguably, greater assets to protect and more people living along vulnerable coastlines than ever before. A recent report by the Center for Climate Integrity estimated it could cost the US more than $400 billion over the next 20 years to protect coastal communities. The Staten Island project is expected to cost $615 million. Credit: NYC Mayor's Office That's a lot of money to invest in shorelines that naturally move and change with tidal flows. "Where you have these public and private interests colliding in a contested space, like the coast, that faces … [Read more...] about Why America is building a big wall in New York
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The last time the Yankees won an American League Division Series contest in The Bronx, Gio Urshela viewed it up close. “I remember going to New York, the fans, how crazy [it was],” Urshela told The Post in a recent interview. “The emotions of that game.” That would be 2017 ALDS Game 4, in which the Yankees registered a 7-3 victory over the Indians, tying the series at 2-2 and setting the stage for a memorable Game 5 back in Cleveland. The Yankees’ first five runs were unearned, courtesy of two errors by … Urshela, Cleveland’s third baseman. The last time the Yankees hosted ALDS action — their season-ending, 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 nearly a year ago — Urshela didn’t view it all. His 2018 season had completed over a month earlier, when he went 1-for-4 as the starting shortstop in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 3-2 defeat of Pawtucket. He held the rather undesirable status of “minor league free … [Read more...] about Gio Urshela’s first step toward Yankees savior cost $25,000
If Woody Johnson's criticism of Roger Goodell over the coin-flip fiasco ends up costing the Giants and Jets the chance to host the Super Bowl in 2014, then it will forever be known as Woody's Billion Dollar Blunder. There is more on the line when NFL owners vote on Super Bowl XLVIII at their May 24-26 meetings in Dallas than just the honor of putting on the NFL's biggest and most lavish party. It's always about the money, and there is an extraordinary amount riding on the Giants and Jets getting the votes over Tampa and Miami. It's no wonder the Giants were angered when Johnson threw Goodell under the bus for the commissioner's decision not to include team representatives when he flipped the coin to determine who hosts the first regular-season game at the new Meadowlands stadium. The Giants won the toss and Johnson flipped out. Two key factors are in play that make the vote in two months crucial: - The money the Super Bowl will bring into the metropolitan area economy. - The … [Read more...] about New York Jets owner Woody Johnson’s criticism of NFL commish could cost city shot at Super Bowl
Jamaican beauty Yendi Phillipps was first runnerup in the 2010 Miss Universe competition, but now she's taking a lead role for Air Jamaica as its global ambassador - adding a face, voice and winning persona to the re-launched airline. Phillipps - who has hosted Air Jamaica relaunch events in Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and New York - is using her celebrity and charm to inform the public about the new Air Jamaica. The 25-year-old stunner gained popularity as Miss Jamaica World in 2007 and later as a runway model and TV host before winning Miss Universe honors. "Yendi's personal story is perfectly aligned with Air Jamaica today," said Joy Schaaffe, senior marketing manager for Air Jamaica. "Like the airline, Yendi has reinvented herself in ways that delight her fans and prove that innovation is the first call of any brand - personal or corporate." Under the Caribbean Airlines name, there are now two airlines - Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica. As part of its relaunch, Air Jamaica is … [Read more...] about Turns out the new face of Air Jamaica is a real runway model: Yendi Phillipps
Two big questions loom over the Obama administration's latest bid to help troubled homeowners: Will it work? And who would benefit? By easing eligibility rules, the administration hopes 1 million more homeowners will qualify for its refinancing program and lower their mortgage payments — twice the number who have already. The program has helped only a fraction of the number the administration had envisioned. In part, that's because many homeowners who would like to refinance can't because they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. But it's also because banks are under no obligation to refinance a mortgage they hold — a limitation that won't change under the new plan. Here are some of the major questions and answers about the administration's initiative: Q: What is the program? A. The Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, was started in 2009. It lets homeowners refinance their mortgages at lower rates. Borrowers can bypass the usual … [Read more...] about How does Obama’s new mortgage refinance plan work?