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(CNN)This is a building that refuses to go down without a fight.
(CNN)Ivanka Trump is making her first trip abroad since her father took office, representing the United States at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin late next month.
Rachel Roberts was 34 years old and still living with her parents in 2014. The cost of living in the United Kingdom ishigh, but Rachel wanted to be independent.
I thought Id be living with them forever,” Rachel said. “Even if Id been able to get a mortgage, Id have been saving for years before Id have been able to afford a deposit.”
Rachel heard about about the city council’s initiative to renovate “derelict dumps”in the area. Citizens could apply for housing and receive a home for just one British pound, or $1.25. Miraculously, Rachel won the housing lottery.
Theres no way Id have been able to afford my own home otherwise. Its a small house, but its cheap to run and I just love it,” she said.
The lottery winners were also given a30,000 low-interest 10-year loan. Now, Rachel pays298 a month on the loan and for utilities, totaling a mere431 in monthly expenses.
The house needed to be fully renovated, which the council paid for. It was unlivable and filled with debris.
When I viewed the house there was nothing it was a brick shell. There were no heating pipes, no bathroom, no plaster on the wall,” Rachel said.
The council got the home in working order, but it was up to Rachel to do the rest.
When I moved in I started on all the main renovations kitchen and bathroom units, lino on the floor, plaster on the walls, new doors and windows I did all the painting and carpeting myself, and furnished the place,” she said.
The house is now worth about50,000 thanks to a little of Rachel’s luck and a lot of her hard work.
Its completely different now to the house I first viewed its not just a house now, its my home. Ive really loved being able to make it my own,” she said.
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Trumps son-in-law will lead Office of American Innovation to privatize certain government functions, as he agrees to testify in Russia election investigation
Jared Kushner, Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser, found himself back in the spotlight for better and for worse on Monday.
As the US president appointed him to a new White House role, it was revealed that Kushner would testify before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in last years election.
With Kushner at its helm, Trumps White House Office of American Innovation is designed to overhaul the federal government with input from the private sector, it was announced on Monday. The venture, which will bring together a team of former executives to privatize certain government functions, will follow through on the presidents business-minded approach to running the country.
Things were going great for the couple — in addition to having a baby on the way, they had just moved into their first home after taking two years to renovate it. But everything came crashing down for Amanda when her husband left her just a few weeks before she was due to give birth. She was faced with being a single mom and dealing with a mortgage all on her own at 36 weeks pregnant when her friend decided to contact the KIIS 106.5 radio station in Sydney, Australia.
Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem
The Irish Pub near Atlantic Citys famed boardwalk doesnt have any locks on the doors as it is open 24 hours a day. So when Hurricane Sandy crunched into what was once known as the Las Vegas of the east coast in 2012, some improvisation was needed.
Regular drinkers helped slot a cork board through the frame of the door, wedging it shut and keeping out the surging seawater. The wild night, which severely damaged more than 320 homes and caused a week-long power blackout, was seen out by those taking shelter with the help of several bottles of Jameson.
But Sandy was just the headline act among increasingly common flooding events that are gnawing away at the thin island upon which the city sits.
Sandy, as devastating as it was, isnt the greatest barometer because we have flash floods, said Cathy Burke, who has run the Irish Pub since 1973. Burke, a gravelly voiced institution along the boardwalk, has hoarded treasures from Atlantic Citys zenith. The upstairs of the pub is replete with vintage furniture, gramophones and china dogs.
We can have floods at the drop of a hat, Burke said. Without even realizing were going to have them. Itll be raining and within seconds youll see flooding in the street. You dont read about it in the paper. You dont hear about it on the radio or television. You just have water that just comes up and if you dont have warning and move your car, you have water in the car.
These flooding events have increased seven-fold in Atlantic City since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and are spurred by rainfall or simply a spring tide abetted by unhelpful gusts of wind.
The casinos and boardwalk are protected on the ocean side by a network of beach dunes. But the western side of the city, where few tourists venture and poverty lingers, is more vulnerable. Several times a month water swells in the bay behind Absecon Island the barrier strip dotted by the resorts of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport and with nowhere to go can slosh into the streets, wrecking cars and stranding residents.
The rising ocean, fed by melting glaciers and the expansion of warming water, is piling up water along Americas entire eastern seaboard. To compound the problem much of the mid-Atlantic coast is sinking, a hangover from the last ice age, meaning life and property is being swamped like never before.
And yet with no overarching national sea level rise plan and patchy commitment from states, many coastal communities are left to deal with the encroaching seas themselves. Wealthier areas are raising streets and houses, erecting walls and pumps. Those without the funds or political will have several state or federal grants they can access but often make muddled choices in the face of this sisyphean task.
There is no central place that makes all the decisions, so you get one town building a pump station to push water out and another town pumping the water back to the same place, said Rouzbeh Nazari, an environmental engineering expert at Rowan University.
Nazari is critical of outdated flood maps, risky building in areas prone to flooding and what he considers an undue haste to buy up water-ravaged houses on the cheap to compensate homeowners rather than improve ragged coastal defenses.
It kind of feels like weve just given up, that we cant do anything about it, he said. Im less worried about a Sandy-like event than nuisance flooding. They are losing 20 cars a month to nuisance flooding on Absecon Island. We need a regional solution but New Jersey has no specific plan to deal with it.
A spokesman for New Jerseys department of environmental protection disputes claims that it lacks a plan, pointing to work with the army corps of engineers over future levees and a solution to inadequate stormwater systems that can exacerbate flooding.
We will be working very closely with coastal communities in identifying problem areas and the best ways to deal with them, the spokesman said. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, has previously said there was no evidence that Hurricane Sandy was linked to climate change. Asked about flooding at Cape May last year, Christie said: I dont know what you want me to do, you want me to go down there with a mop?
Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump will work out of an office in the West Wing and get a security clearance, a White House official told CNN Monday.