At the 2007 FOLIO: show, I met Bryan Monroe, the editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines. His name, though, I already knew as the National Association of Black Journalists president, or, more to the point, the guy who held Viacom and NBC’s feet to the fire over the Imus/Rutgers’ women/”nappy-headed ‘hos” debacle. Since Imus’ recent return to the airwaves, I thought posting the video interview above now seemed prescient.
Share your voice 🇫🇷🇬🇧 HAPPENING NOW: “Flyboard” creator Franky Zapata lifts off from Calais, France to cross the English Channel @frankyzapata #flyboardair pic.twitter.com/j3l96lURa3— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) July 25, 2019 4 Comments Marvel Spiderman Culture Sport and Outdoors take that, green goblin https://t.co/YnAL2efT9i— Marty (@MartyDaxnger) July 25, 2019 Tags On Tuesday, Zapata’s team told AFP they’ll try to avoid repeating the mistake on Sunday by using a bigger boat stationed in French waters for refueling. France’s authorities wouldn’t allow that for last Thursday’s attempt.Last week’s attempt was timed to mark the 110th anniversary of the first aerial crossing of the channel. Louis Bleriot’s 1909 trip took 37 minutes.Unsurprisingly, the internet continued its comparisons to the Marvel Comics villain. Zapata’s company website notes that the Flyboard Air isn’t available for recreational use and would require 100 hours of training on its water variant if it were. So you can’t become Green Goblin anytime soon. It’ll probably take at least two sequels.First published July 25 at 2:51 a.m. PT.Updated July 31 at 4:55 a.m. PT: Adds that Zapata will try again on Sunday. We’ll meet again, Spider-Man. On Sunday, as it turns out. Jack Chan/Xinhua via Getty Franky Zapata, the French inventor who looked a whole lot like Spider-Man archnemesis Green Goblin as he flew a hoverboard through Paris during June’s Bastille Day celebrations, took an unsuccessful first shot at flying across the English Channel last Thursday, and he’ll try again this Sunday.In his previous attempt, he took off near Calais, France, on his invention — the turbine engine-powered Flyboard Air — and flew across the channel toward St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, England. He planned to make the 22-mile journey in around 20 minutes, with a quick stop on a boat to refill his power pack with kerosene, the Associated Press noted.Unfortunately, he fell into the water when he tried to land on a boat for refueling. His wife, Christelle, told the AP that the waves moved the landing platform too much. Zapata wasn’t injured in the fall, and French divers rescued him quickly.
Listen Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /07:21 UPDATE: This article has been updated to more accurately reflect Columbia University’s role in the study. From 2005 to 2017, homes along the Texas Gulf Coast lost more than $76 million in potential value due to tidal flooding, according to a study by First Street Foundation.Nearly half of that loss in property value – $35 million – was from homes in five communities in the Greater Houston and Galveston area: Galveston, Jamaica Beach, Bolivar Peninsula and Nassau Bay.“The northern part of the coastline in Texas from Port Arthur down to just south of Houston was where we saw the most loss,” Columbia University lecturer and First Street Foundation data scientist Jeremy Porter said on Houston Matters. “And we didn’t see as much loss on the southern part of the state.”Researchers looked at 3 million coastal properties in Texas and analyzed real estate transactions to estimate how much their value would have appreciated without frequent tidal flooding.“We ended up developing a model that holds characteristics of homes and neighborhoods and market fluctuations over time constant, so that we can compare homes to another as if they were the same,” Porter said.“And when we do that, the only thing we add then is the negative amenity of flooding. And when we add the negative amenity of flooding, we see this year-over-year loss in terms of appreciation.”The Texas data adds to previous research by First Street Foundation and Columbia University. It now includes 18 East and Gulf Coast states from Maine to Texas.The total loss of potential property values is $15.9 billion.You can look at the numbers for individual communities here. And listen to the full conversation on Houston Matters in the audio below: A screenshot from the FloodiQ map. 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share