Newsletter – Blog Vani http://blogvani.com/ Tue, 11 May 2021 03:40:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://blogvani.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Newsletter – Blog Vani http://blogvani.com/ 32 32 Bulletin of Monmouth County Commissioner Tom Arnone https://blogvani.com/bulletin-of-monmouth-county-commissioner-tom-arnone/ https://blogvani.com/bulletin-of-monmouth-county-commissioner-tom-arnone/#respond Tue, 11 May 2021 00:05:28 +0000 https://blogvani.com/bulletin-of-monmouth-county-commissioner-tom-arnone/

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend with their family. I have stayed extremely busy and would like to take the time to share what I have been doing in County Monmouth.

As you may know, April 30 was Arbor Day. To celebrate, my fellow Commissioners and I participated in Arbor Day celebrations throughout County Monmouth. We visited many school districts to help plant trees donated by the county. This year I visited students at Woodrow Wilson School in Neptune City. We bused the students to Memorial Park in Neptune City for our Arbor Day celebration / ceremony, and we planted white bog oak trees in the park. The students had a great time helping me cover the tree with soil and learn more about the tree’s importance to us and our environment.

As the Liaison Officer with the Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission, I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and dedication, without which Arbor Day would not be possible. I also want to thank them for making our county one of the most beautiful in the country!

I’m also happy to say we’re back in person at Brookdale Community College to film our Monmouth in Focus segments. For the May segments, I interviewed Sheriff Shaun Golden about the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Veterans Services Board, which offers programs and services that help and benefit our veterans and is an excellent resource.

I also interviewed our deputy county administrator, Geoff Perselay, about the privatization of the reclamation center. This partnership with Waste Management brings many benefits, both financial and operational, to residents of Monmouth County. Both of these segments are currently broadcast on local cable channels, as well as our Facebook and YouTube channels.

On another note, I was able to visit the Parker Family Health Center, which is one of our vaccination center partners. The purpose of my visit was to see their operation and talk with them about their efforts to help our residents get vaccinated. The clinic is very well organized and the staff do a phenomenal job. I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to helping our residents.

Additionally, last week my fellow Commissioners and I held a press conference to discuss the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and other initiatives.

We are proud to announce that starting last week, anyone 18 years of age or older and living, working, or attending school in Monmouth County can get the vaccine at Brookdale Community College without an appointment. Currently, the county is administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is approved for adults aged 18 and older. No one under the age of 18 can receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Monmouth County will also help our beaches and camps to vaccinate their lifeguards, beach staff and summer camp staff, who wish to be vaccinated. We will develop a comprehensive plan to vaccinate these workers before the start of the summer season.

Finally, I would also like to remind all seniors and people with disabilities who have appointments for vaccines can choose to be driven by the Monmouth County Transportation Division to the vaccination site by calling them at 732-431-6480, option 1. This service is available during normal operating hours from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

To make an appointment, please visit https://bit.ly/3xmZelt.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve as Commissioner-Director.

Truly,

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Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

Does it really matter who will become the next DUP leader, deputy leader, prime minister or milk overseer?

The only certainty is that they will be the last prime minister of the DUP.

The likely ‘winner’ Edwin Poots is against the Northern Ireland Protocol but implements it, suggests it has benefits, but takes legal action against it.

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Don’t be confused with DUPconfused.com.

Harry Patterson, Castlecaulfield

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Hargey hails job opportunities for young people as JobStart program takes off https://blogvani.com/hargey-hails-job-opportunities-for-young-people-as-jobstart-program-takes-off/ https://blogvani.com/hargey-hails-job-opportunities-for-young-people-as-jobstart-program-takes-off/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://blogvani.com/hargey-hails-job-opportunities-for-young-people-as-jobstart-program-takes-off/

Community Minister Deirdre Hargey with Crowded Space Drones Director Andrew McQuillan and Crowded Space Drones Business Development Director Stephen Mills
Community Minister Deirdre Hargey with Crowded Space Drones Director Andrew McQuillan and Crowded Space Drones Business Development Director Stephen Mills

More than 270 employers have already applied for funding from the £ 20million employer incentive scheme, launched by the Communities Department last month. JobStart is designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 facing additional employment challenges due to the impact of Covid-19.

Speaking after a visit to Crowded Space Drones, a video production company that offered nine positions to JobStart attendees, Minister Hargey said: “The economic impact of Covid-19 on the employment prospects of our young people cannot be underestimated. This is why I made it my priority to support young people aged 16 to 24 at risk of long-term unemployment. “

The program provides funding to local businesses, including those in the voluntary sector, to create jobs for a period of six to nine months, depending on criteria.

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Minister Hargey continued: “JobStart aims to develop employability skills and place young people in positions that match their individual skills and interests. The positions available here today, which include camera operators, flight planners and video editors, demonstrate the range of opportunities that can be created.

“I encourage other employers to take this opportunity to invest in our young people and take advantage of the assets they can bring to your business.”

Andrew McQuillan, Director of Crowded Space Drones, added: “I was really delighted with the Community Ministry’s approach to this program and the willingness to listen and take into account the needs of the community. employers and the wider business community. I have no doubts that JobStart will benefit businesses and young people and we are delighted to be a part of it.

Applications for funding from the JobStart program will last until March 31, 2022. It is expected that more than 3,000 new job opportunities will be created. Further information for employers and information on the JobStart application process can be found at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/jobstart.

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Rory McIlroy survives late scare for drought win in Charlotte https://blogvani.com/rory-mcilroy-survives-late-scare-for-drought-win-in-charlotte/ https://blogvani.com/rory-mcilroy-survives-late-scare-for-drought-win-in-charlotte/#respond Sun, 09 May 2021 23:32:00 +0000 https://blogvani.com/rory-mcilroy-survives-late-scare-for-drought-win-in-charlotte/

The Northern Irishman survived a scare on the last hole, where his tee shot narrowly avoided a stream to the left of the fairway, to complete a final 68 for a total of 10 under par and a one stroke win .

The victory is McIlroy’s third at Quail Hollow and puts him back in the top 10 of the world rankings two weeks before the second major tournament of the year at another of the 32-year-old’s happy hunting grounds.

The US PGA Championship is being held at Kiawah Island for the first time since McIlroy claimed an eight-stroke victory there in 2012, and the four-time major winner will now be among the favorites.

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates his victory on the 18th green in the final round of the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.  Photo by Getty.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy celebrates his victory on the 18th green in the final round of the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photo by Getty.

“It’s never easy to win here,” McIlroy said on Sky Sports. “It’s been a long time since this victory in China in 2019.

“The world is a whole different place than it used to be, everyone is going through the pandemic, life has changed a lot for me as a dad.

“Winning on Mother’s Day, thinking about Erica (his wife), thinking about my mother at home. It’s just awesome.

“It’s one of my favorite places in the world and to break the drought and win here again is great.”

McIlroy entered the week in 15th place, his lowest position since November 2009, and on the back of a missed cut at the Masters last month.

After adding Pete Cowen to his coaching staff with the goal of winning a first major tournament since 2014, McIlroy rediscovered his form with an impressive putting demonstration at an event that earned him his first PGA Tour title. in 2010 and another in 2015 after a course record. 61 in the third round.

McIlroy started the second day behind American Keith Mitchell, who immediately birdied three clears in the first.

Ryder Cup star McIlroy pulled off a superb six-foot approach in the third and clocked a 24-footer for another win in the seventh.

A normal 11-foot stop on the 13th kept him in a part of the lead and McIlroy cleared himself up and down from the bunkers at the 14th and 15th for birdies.

A capricious practice at the last seemed to be costly, but from a hanging lie in the rough McIlroy hit a magnificent 8 iron at the elevated green and two putts for bogey.

Mexican Abraham Ancer was second with nine under after a closing 66, with Mitchell and Norwegian Viktor Hovland sharing third with eight under.

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VE day marked in Coleraine and Dervock https://blogvani.com/ve-day-marked-in-coleraine-and-dervock/ https://blogvani.com/ve-day-marked-in-coleraine-and-dervock/#respond Sun, 09 May 2021 16:57:00 +0000 https://blogvani.com/ve-day-marked-in-coleraine-and-dervock/

Alison Millar Lord Lt Co Londonderry lays a wreath in Coleraine on Saturday at the war memorial to mark Victory Day.  Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia
Alison Millar Lord Lt Co Londonderry lays a wreath in Coleraine on Saturday at the war memorial to mark Victory Day. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

Although several socially remote wreath-laying ceremonies have taken place across Northern Ireland, few have been published, with the News Letter only informed of events in Coleraine town center and the Dervock War Memorial .

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, who took part in both ceremonies, said: “Obviously the 75th anniversary was important, but every year must be remembered.

“I was not mayor for the 75th but it was also under socially distant regulations.

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Thomas Stirling and Keith Chare of Coleraine RBL in Coleraine on Saturday at the War Memorial to mark Victory Day. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

“I would say the commemorations would have been much larger if we weren’t under these restrictions.

“I was delighted to attend. I’m glad the Royal British Legion invited me.

Also participating in the social distancing commemoration, laying a wreath at Coleraine, was Lord Lieutenant for Co Londonderry Alison Millar.

The Royal British Legion is strong with the North West region with 12 branches in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough City Council area.

Cllr Mark FiElding Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and his wife Mayor Phylis presented a plaque to mark the formation of Dervock RBL who celebrated 100 years of George Black President during the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Dervock at the monument to the dead to mark Victory in Europe Day on Saturday. Photo Kevin McAuley / McAuley Multimedia

The organization shares its centenary with that of Northern Ireland.

Mr Fielding said: ‘The Royal British Legion is 100 years old this year, which also coincides with the centenary of Northern Ireland.

“In acknowledging this, I am giving each Causeway Coast and Glens branch a framed presentation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion and the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

“Three branches – Dervock, Ballymoney and Bushmills – received theirs on Saturday, with the others showing this week.”

Victory in Europe Day – or “Victory in Europe Day” – marked the end of World War II when the struggle against Nazi Germany in Europe ended.

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Community newsletter: INSAR 2021 edition | Spectrum https://blogvani.com/community-newsletter-insar-2021-edition-spectrum/ https://blogvani.com/community-newsletter-insar-2021-edition-spectrum/#respond Sun, 09 May 2021 11:00:07 +0000 https://blogvani.com/community-newsletter-insar-2021-edition-spectrum/

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Hello and welcome to this week’s community newsletter! I am your host, Chelsey B. Coombs, Spectrumengagement editor of.

This week, Spectrum went to the annual meeting of the International Society for Research on Autism (INSAR) – virtually, of course – to find out what’s new in the field. You can read all of our coverage at Spectrum.

We also kept an eye on what you were saying online on INSAR. Here is a sample.

INSAR’s keynote addresses were a highlight of the conference.

Petrus J de Vries, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, gave a talk titled “What Kind of Research Should We Do and Where Should We Do It?” which focused on what his research team learned from working with the tuberous sclerosis complex community, as well as autism research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A keynote speech by Tony charman, Chair of Clinical Child Psychology at King’s College London, UK, looked at the early diagnosis and intervention of autism and what researchers can learn from the past.

Many tweeted about the virtual format required by COVID from the conference.

While virtual conferences can expand access to people far from the conference venue, Gail Alvares, a postdoctoral researcher at the Telethon Kids Institute in Nedlands, Australia, wrote that this can actually be an inconvenience for people living in distant time zones.

Brianne Tomaszewski, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tweeted that the virtual format reminded him of a quote from a recent comment in Autism research, “A lost generation? The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early-career ASD researchers. “

Many people have also tweeted about INSAR’s pre-recorded presentation format.

A pseudonymous participant said the format was ideal for allowing panelists to answer questions as they made their presentation.

But some of the panelists, like Monique Botha, a researcher at the University of Stirling in Scotland, were a little worried about being given a recorded speech.

While we couldn’t get into the Twitter discussion of all the research presented at INSAR, we wanted to highlight a thread from Noah sasson, associate professor of behavioral and brain sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His tweets about finding Kilee DeBrabander, a graduate student from Sasson’s lab, had a lot of engagement.

The study focused on metaperception: a person’s beliefs about how others perceive them. Both autistic and non-autistic participants had a five-minute introductory conversation with one other person. They were then asked to rate the quality of the conversation, as well as how their partner would rate it and whether they thought the person would want to talk to them again in the future.

Both autistic and non-autistic participants had difficulty predicting how their interviewers viewed them.

However, only adults with autism accurately predicted when their partners wanted to interact with them again and when they didn’t.

Sasson suggested the findings point to weaknesses in the “ deficit model, ” which postulates that autism traits are problematic and that people with autism either don’t understand or don’t want to relate to others. This framing was criticized by neurodiversity advocates to pathologize autism rather than recognizing the condition as a different way of thinking. The results, he wrote, could even reverse that pattern and suggest that autism researchers need to examine how their own biases color their interpretations of the study results.

Damian milton, professor of intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Kent in the UK, wondered how to frame these findings in the context of the problem of double empathy. The double empathy problem describes the difficulty that two people with different life experiences have in empathizing with each other. For example, many non-autistic people blame problems communicating with an autistic person on the autistic person, but research has shown that the difficulties actually come from both people.

Debra karhson, postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in California and president of the Stanford Black Postdoc Association, tweeted: “I love the growing body of research that is starting to complicate the clinical view of #autism. “

The traditional social-cognitive view of autism is that people with autism are less good at communicating than people without autism. But as Kristen Bottema-Beutel Summarized succinctly, this study is further evidence that people with autism may be better at certain aspects of communication than people with neurotyping.

It’s all for this week Spectrum Community newsletter! We will return to our regular programming next week. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for any interesting social posts you’ve seen in autism research, please feel free to email me at chelsey@spectrumnews.org. See you next week!




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Sixth graders in high school tell girls how to tie breasts https://blogvani.com/sixth-graders-in-high-school-tell-girls-how-to-tie-breasts/ https://blogvani.com/sixth-graders-in-high-school-tell-girls-how-to-tie-breasts/#respond Sun, 09 May 2021 08:59:42 +0000 https://blogvani.com/sixth-graders-in-high-school-tell-girls-how-to-tie-breasts/

Sixth graders in high school send out newsletter to girls as young as 11 detailing how to tie their breasts to ‘look more masculine’ and how surgery can remove tissue if it hurts too much

  • High school students received newsletter explaining breast binding
  • Asked Nonsuch High School to be reported to the Department of Education
  • In a statement, the school defended the newsletter, saying it aims to “ inform and promote understanding of LGBTQ + issues ”

The sixth students at a top high school sent out a newsletter to students as young as 11 on how to tie their breasts.

The move prompted the Safe Schools Alliance to report Nonsuch Girls’ Secondary School in Cheam, Surrey, to the Department of Education.

In a statement, the school, led by Amy Cavilla, defended the newsletter, saying it aims to “ inform and promote understanding of LGBTQ + issues. ”

Sixth pupils at a Nonsuch High School in Cheam, Surrey sent a newsletter to pupils as young as 11 on how to tie their breasts.

The move prompted the Safe Schools Alliance to report Nonsuch Girls' Secondary School in Cheam, Surrey, to the Department of Education.  Director Amy Cavilla is pictured above

The move prompted the Safe Schools Alliance to report Nonsuch Girls’ Secondary School in Cheam, Surrey, to the Department of Education. Director Amy Cavilla is pictured above

The newsletter told people how to tie their breasts together for a “flatter, more masculine appearance” and included links to sites with more information on the practice.

According to a report in Time, if the thoracic connection was too uncomfortable, surgery to remove the breast tissue was suggested.

“My fear is that the girls will follow these links. I cannot understand why a newsletter would be produced for girls in a school with such information, especially for those who are only 11 years old. a mother of two daughters at school told the publication.

“ I can’t understand why a school would tell girls that you can tie your breasts so tightly that it hurts your breasts and if it hurts they can cut their breasts.

“Why are they saying this to my children?

Nonsuch last had a school inspection in 2013, which found it 'continues to be good' and celebrates diversity among students

Nonsuch last had a school inspection in 2013, which found it ‘continues to be good’ and celebrates diversity among students

The Safe Schools Alliance referred the school to the Department of Education, calling the report “disturbing.”

In a statement, the school said the newsletter, written by the LGBTQ + student society, intended to “ communicate safety advice to young people who may consider unsafe practices … curiosity are not necessarily set for a specific age group. .

“Information can protect children who seek answers to questions they may have that they cannot safely find in isolation.

Nonsuch last had a school inspection in 2013, which found it ‘continues to be good’ and celebrates diversity among students.

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Essential California Week in Review: Our Declining State https://blogvani.com/essential-california-week-in-review-our-declining-state/ https://blogvani.com/essential-california-week-in-review-our-declining-state/#respond Sat, 08 May 2021 14:10:04 +0000 https://blogvani.com/essential-california-week-in-review-our-declining-state/

Hello and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday May 8.

Here’s a look at some of the main stories from the past week:

Our state of shrinking. For the first time in its history, California’s population fell in 2020 – by 182,083 people, to be precise – highlighting broader trends that recently cost it a seat in Congress. Nationwide, the birth rate in the United States has fallen to another all-time high, new data shows.

The recall gets weird. As coronavirus cases plummet, issues at the center of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign are changing. Personalities exposed this week: a candidate brought a Kodiak bear, and another sought to leveraging your celebrity status.

New warehouse pollution rules. A warehouse boom in Southern California has brought more and more polluting diesel trucks into neighborhoods already hit hard by dirty air. On Friday, air quality officials adopted groundbreaking rules to hold warehouses accountable.

Progress of COVID-19. Even as Oregon and Washington face new outbreaks, cases in California continued to drop dramatically, just like related deaths.

But vaccinations are dropping. With the drop in demand, California officials are closure of some mass vaccination sites while redoubling efforts to expand access, become “hyperlocal” and convince the reluctant. Young Latinos and Blacks have the lowest vaccination rates in LA County.

Mixed economic outlook. Hope for a local economic recovery increase as cases decrease, but nationwide economists concerned about women, who lost more and more jobs. U.S. employers added just 266,000 new jobs in April, well below expectations.

Gun violence. As COVID-19 began hospitalizing and killing more people in and around Los Angeles last year, so have street shootings. The rise of violence did not back down.

Anti-Asian sentiment. Reports of hate crimes against Asian Americans increased in cities across the United States, including in California, according to a study by Cal State San Bernardino. A survey also reveals that Californians are more willing to recognize discrimination and growing animosity.

Is it sufficient? Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., The group behind the Golden Globe Awards, voted Thursday to go ahead with radical reforms proposed by his council earlier this week.

Fins on the left, fins on the right. Great white sharks were thought to be quite rare in Southern California. Researchers using drone technology find they are closer and more abundant that most people realize.

New editor. The Los Angeles Times named veteran journalist Kevin Merida as its senior editor and gave him the task of transforming paper in a digital center. “I don’t see anything other than an opportunity,” he said.

1. Caitlyn Jenner says transgender girls should not be allowed to participate in sports, despite her own history of competing in women’s golf. TMZ and Los Angeles Times

2. Forty years later, a famous mural from the Depression era returns to Richmond. Mercury News

3. California Republicans are losing the bear – and some momentum for Newsom’s recall election. Washington post

4. This year’s Folsom Lake super bloom is incredibly rare – and unsettling. Chronicle of San Francisco

5. A high school in northern California reported a large outbreak of COVID-19, with 150 students quarantined. SFGATE

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ICYMI, here are the excellent reads of this week

The Republican War on Transgender Children. This question-and-answer session with the prominent ACLU lawyer who won landmark transgender justice cases offers a deeper dive into the politics, history and real impacts of the political arguments Jenner raised with her comments about children in sports. GQ

How a mother learned to stop worrying and to love video games. You should read Deborah Netburn’s funny, touching, and very relatable personal essay if you haven’t. (Or you can listen to it!) It’s, as she writes, the story of a journey from ignorance to understanding, questioning beliefs, parenting and childhood. and the pandemic – but at the end of the day, it’s about video games. Los Angeles Times

Blake Bailey, base character. Perhaps, as a college professor, Philip Roth’s disgraced biographer – now charged with grooming, sexual misconduct, and rape – was a type, the kind of teacher driven by the need to dominate his students. The New Yorker

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Real estate bulletin: a notorious castle exchange of hands https://blogvani.com/real-estate-bulletin-a-notorious-castle-exchange-of-hands/ https://blogvani.com/real-estate-bulletin-a-notorious-castle-exchange-of-hands/#respond Sat, 08 May 2021 14:00:17 +0000 https://blogvani.com/real-estate-bulletin-a-notorious-castle-exchange-of-hands/

Welcome back to the real estate newsletter, where a crazy first week in May was marked by two bizarre house listings, two massive megaproject announcements, and an intriguing new possibility for one of the country’s most legendary estates. come to the market.

Tyrese Gibson’s home in Woodland Hills features a prop from a movie, while an infamous Alhambra house features a dark past. Known as the Chateau des Pyrénées, the estate was where record producer Phil Spector shot actress Lana Clarkson to death in 2003 after a drunken night in Hollywood. After years in the market, he finally found a buyer.

In Los Angeles’ Arts District, a new proposal hopes to transform an 1890s cold storage factory into a $ 2 billion complex with housing, offices, stores and a hotel. Hollywood is also receiving a substantial post-pandemic plan, as a real estate developer filed plans with the city for a new movie studio on Santa Monica Boulevard with five sound stages.

A high-profile divorce could have big implications for a handful of high-profile properties. Depending on how the separation battle between Bill and Melinda Gates unfolds, their trophy home in the Seattle suburb of Medina – a $ 130 million, 66,000 square foot mansion with a trampoline room among amenities – could potentially surface for sale.

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Murderer’s castle on top of a hill

The castle known as the “Chateau des Pyrénées” sits on 2.5 hectares in the Alhambra.

(Richard Hartog / AP)

The Alhambra’s most famous house, a castle-like property where the late record producer Phil Spector shot Lana Clarkson to death in 2003, has been sold for $ 3.3 million.

Spector, the erratic and disgraced producer behind the “Wall of Sound” recording technique who died in January, paid $ 1.1 million for the French chateau-style mansion in 1998, telling Esquire magazine at the time that he had bought “a beautiful and enchanting castle in a city where there is nowhere to go you shouldn’t go.” A neighbor compared him to a feudal lord among the serfs.

The fateful day arrived five years later, when Spector was arrested after Clarkson, 40, was found shot dead in the mansion’s marble lobby. In court, Spector’s driver claimed that Spector walked out of the back door of the house moments after the shooting with bloody hands and said, “I think I killed someone.

Known as the Chateau des Pyrénées, the manor house’s dramatic style lives up to its infamous history. Turrets and spiers protrude from the roof, and inside, hand-painted stencils, crystal chandeliers, and mirrored walls create a scene straight out of an Agatha Christie thriller.

A successful list

The Mediterranean-style property includes a backyard with a movie screen, a swimming pool, and a giant Transformers replica.

The Mediterranean-style property includes a backyard with a movie screen, a swimming pool, a street sign, and a giant Transformers replica.

(Carsten Schertzer)

Gear abounds in LA’s luxury rosters, but only one comes with a giant replica of Bumblebee, the heroic Transformer robot from the blockbuster movie franchise. The Woodland Hills home is owned by Tyrese Gibson, who put it on the market for $ 3.5 million.

Gibson, the singer and actor who starred in three “Transformers” movies as well as the “Fast and Furious” franchise, paid $ 1.385 million for the property ten years ago, according to the records.

He completely personalized the yard during his stay, installing a street sign marked with “Voltron Enterprises Pkwy”, the name of his limited liability company, as well as a neon sign of the company logo above. the swimming pool. The Bumblebee replica, which can be purchased with the house, anchors the space.

$ 2 billion megaproject

Fourth and central aerial view at dusk.  Master planning and project architecture by Studio One Eleven.

Fourth and central aerial view at dusk. General planning and architecture of the project by Studio One Eleven, with right turn by Adjaye Associates.

(Studio One Eleven / Adjaye Associates)

The blows inflicted on businesses during the pandemic have darkened the streets of downtown Los Angeles and threaten long-term changes in office life, but builders are pushing ahead with major plans believing the city still has plenty of room to spare. maneuver as times improve. , writes commercial real estate journalist Roger Vincent.

An 1890s Arts District cold storage plant would be replaced with housing, offices, a hotel and stores in a proposal unveiled by Denver developers. Priced between $ 1.5 billion and $ 2 billion, the resort would rank among the largest commercial real estate developments in Los Angeles in recent memory.

Continuum Partners has initiated the city’s approval process for a 10-building project that includes a residential skyscraper on Central Avenue and 4th Street, a historically industrial district dotted with bustling art galleries, apartments and restaurants that has become increasingly attractive to tech and entertainment companies, including Apple. TV, Sony and Warner Music.

Hollywood gets a new studio

Render of the proposed Echelon studio on Santa Monica Boulevard in St. Andrew's Place in Hollywood.

Render of the proposed Echelon studio on Santa Monica Boulevard in St. Andrew’s Place in Hollywood.

(Bob Hale / RIOS)

Although the pandemic has emptied white-collar offices, sound stages have been a hot ticket as entertainment production continues to rise, writes Roger Vincent.

In this context, plans have been filed with the city for a complex called Echelon Studios, which could help meet growing demand for facilities as the industry eases restrictions on the COVID-19 pandemic. Once production is back to full swing, companies should step up to meet the need for content in theaters and on new streaming services.

Sound stages “have been in short supply for a long time,” said real estate developer David Simon. “The occupancy rate has been above 95% for the past five or six years, and looking forward to seeing no slowing demand.”

Simon wants to build Echelon Studios on the site of a long-closed Sears store and parking lot built in 1951 on Santa Monica Boulevard, west of Highway 101. Plans call for a studio with five sound stages and support facilities, including offices and space for production base camps where trucks, equipment and trailers of actors are placed.

Billion dollar divorce

The 66,000 square foot mansion is valued at over $ 130 million and growing every year

The 66,000 square foot mansion is valued at over $ 130 million and accumulates an annual tax bill of over $ 1 million.

(NearMap)

With Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce bomb still ringing, the process of sharing the fourth greatest fortune in the world.

In addition to 242,000 acres of farmland, the couple own a series of mansions across the country that they’ve been compiling for three decades, including homes in Washington, California, Montana and Florida.

Their most impressive estate is in the Seattle suburb of Medina. Valued at over $ 130 million, the high-tech mansion – dubbed Xanadu 2.0 – spans 66,000 square feet and accumulates an annual property tax bill of over $ 1 million.

Depending on how the divorce proceedings unfold, the futuristic smart home – which has a 60-foot-long swimming pool, library with secret doors, and a trampoline room – could potentially surface for sale.

What we read

As if record demand and limited supply weren’t enough, driving up house prices, a shortage of wood adds to the chaos, CNN reports. Lack of lumber makes it more expensive to build an average new single-family home by $ 36,000, and it has gotten to the point where builders are reporting the theft of lumber and other materials at construction sites.

Discover Sky Pool, the world’s first floating pool. Suspended 115 feet in the air between two towers of London, the 82-foot-long water-filled bridge was built in Colorado, transported to Texas and then shipped across the sea to give Londoners a more aquatic way to experience the city. Architectural summary has the details.


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The library will be showcasing its Beyond Books collection, formerly known as the Library of Objects. This collection has been reorganized and expanded, with all non-traditional items from the library.

The library announces its Lucky Day collection and several items are available on a first come first basis. Lucky Day items cannot be put on hold or the payment period extended. These items are available first come at the loan desk. This collection includes two Rokus loaded with streaming services, two unlimited WIFI hotspots and several Chromebook laptops.

The public is invited to visit the library to see other changes and updates.

Summer events

While the majority of this summer’s programs will remain virtual, the library will host outdoor events as well as its summer reading program. The 2021 theme is “Bee Kind … for yourself, for your Earth and for your neighbor”, which will take place from June 1 to August. 31. Many of the programs and events organized by the library this summer will feel kind to any of these elements. The summer reading challenge will take place virtually via the beanstack software; register on the library website. Reading challenges are available for all ages and include prizes at the end.

Programs to watch out for this summer are 4-H Dairy Days on Saturday June 12, Summer Scares June 1 through August 1. 26, and tons of kids’ programming, coding, and tech. More information on the summer reading program will be available on the library’s website in mid-May.


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