Cuban psychologist speaks in NYC on HIV+, LGBT issues

first_imgNorma Guillard, front center, with supporters, May 4.WW photo: Anne PrudenBrooklyn, N.Y. — Breaking new grounds for women — for lesbians, bisexual women and especially for Black women — is Norma Guillard. A Cuban woman of African descent, Guillard was welcomed here on May 4 to talk of her work in Cuba. A retired psychologist, she has proudly produced the first documentary about HIV+ patients in Cuba.At the home of Cuba supporters in Brooklyn, leaders of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace and students gathered to hear Guillard speak on race, gender and LGBT relations in Cuba.Guillard helps to build public understanding of the disease and of gender issues. Speaking of her special concern for women, Guillard talked of having helped build a network for Afro-Cuban women against the discrimination that still exists against them, as does bigotry against lesbian and bisexual women.The Federation of Cuban Women is taking on “a historic challenge,” she says, with new projects to question racial inequality and HIV education beginning in Cuba. Guillard described a meeting of the Caribbean and Latin American association of psychologists being held in Cuba “to launch a campaign … [against] the celebration of homophobia.” She told of a related blog, facebook and website on LGBT issues.Norma Guillard showed a film called “Women: Between Heaven and Earth.” It featured Cuban women speaking of the hardship of being lesbians. Discussion of the film followed, in an attempt to find shared goals between women in the U.S. and Cubanas. Solidarity and support was a prevailing theme, along with appreciation of the revolutionary progress Cuba is making.IFCO/Pastors for Peace co-director Gail Walker announced that the organization’s annual summer caravan was now being planned. This work against the imperialist U.S. blockade of Cuba will continue, as will support for an end to racism and all bigotry.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PDF of July 16 issue

first_imgDownload the 12-page PDF.Boston #SayHerName: Black women lead BLM marchDown with white supremacy!:Rayshard Brooks Peace Center; Charleston school renamed; Cambridge Black youth sit-in.Revolution and proletarian democracy;SCOTUS undermines birth control;Trump’s xenophobic attacks;Disabled people vs. police terror;Editorial ‘Not above the law’;Reopening schools?TEAR DOWN THE WALLS:Behind the walls;Texas death penalty under fire;Free Imam Jalil Al-Amin!WORLD: France & pandemic.Download the 12-page PDF.More PDF back-issues here.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Friday Crude Futures Recover after Multimonth Lows

first_img Crude-oil futures gained Friday following a slump that left both New York-traded oil and London’s Brent crude at their lowest settlements in months.Light, sweet crude futures for delivery in September rose $1.77, or 1.9%, to settle at $97.35 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On the week, however, oil futures declined 0.3%, its fourth consecutive weekly decline.October Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange , the new front-month contract, rose $1.46, or 1.4%, to $103.53 a barrel.Nymex oil ended at its lowest since Jan. 21, while Brent notched its lowest settlement since June 26, 2013. On the week, Brent declined 2%, down for two of the past three weeks.Weaker-than-expected euro-zone economic-growth data, conciliatory talk from Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would step down and the reopening by Libya reopening its largest export port have all added to negative sentiment for oil, analysts said.Crude “is trying to muster a bounce into the weekend. It’s looking a rather lackluster one, however, as the themes of this week — lower demand expectations and easing supply fears relating to geopolitical tension in Libya, Iraq — continue to be present,” said Matt Smith, a commodity analyst with Schneider Electric.Moreover, weak supply-demand fundamentals are keeping Brent in a contango structure — where the front-month contract is cheaper than future contracts — triggering demand for floating storage, traders said.Meanwhile, Nymex reformulated gasoline blendstock for September rose 3 cents, or 1.2%, to $2.6886 a gallon, but down 2% on the week. September heating oil rose nearly 3 cents, or 1%, to $2.8480 a gallon on Nymex, off 1% on the week.Natural gas for September delivery retreated 13 cents, or 3.3%, to $3.7760 per million British thermal units. On the week, the commodity lost 4.7%, its largest weekly decline in a month.On Thursday, a weekly supply report on U.S. natural-gas supplies showed a smaller-than-expected increase in inventories, sending prices 2% higher.Source: www.marketwatch.com By Andy Eubank – Aug 17, 2014 Facebook Twitter Home Energy Friday Crude Futures Recover after Multimonth Lows Friday Crude Futures Recover after Multimonth Lows Previous articleDairy Bar at Fair Dates Back to 1941Next articleIvy Tech Online Course to Help Farmers Interested in Adding Livestock or Aquaculture Production Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARElast_img read more

A murder attempt and 11 journalists beaten

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Organisation to go further A journalist survived a murder attempt when his university bedroom was torched in Savarnear, central Bangladesh, while two days later 11 journalists were beaten up at a press conference by members of the ruling party youth movement, in Sharishabari in the north-west.Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities, particularly the interior ministry, to act with the same determination against political militants who harass journalists as they have done recently against Islamist terrorism.“The decisive success of the security forces in the battle against Islamist terror, with the recent arrests of Siddiqul Islam and Sheikh Abdur Rahman, are excellent news for Bangladesh and for journalists in particular, it said. “At least 60 of them received death threats in 2005 from radical Islamist groups.”“But the violence experienced by the press on a daily basis, particularly in the districts, should not be forgotten,” it said.Overnight on 1st March 2006, a group of unidentified people set fire to the bedroom of Nur Siddique, student and correspondent for the daily Prothom Alo, at the Jahangirnagar University near Dhaka. They locked the door to prevent him escaping, but he was woken by the smoke and neighbours managed to rescue him.“They attacked me because they are unhappy about my work,” he told Reporters Without Borders. His view was supported by the chairman of the Jahangirnagar University Journalists’ Association (JUJA). “I don’t think this attack was motivated by personal conflict,” he said.The journalist and his colleagues suspect some supporters of the ruling BNP within the university to have been behind the arson attack. Most of Siddique’s articles written last month were about the student branch of the BNP.Two other correspondents at the university were attacked by people with links to the ruling party during 2005. Siddique laid a complaint with the university’s vice-chancellor, which was sent to the police. BangladeshAsia – Pacific News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage RSF_en News Follow the news on Bangladeshcenter_img February 26, 2021 Find out more News On 3rd march, members of the BNP youth wing, Jubodal, launched an attack on the Sharishabari press club, beating up militants of the opposition Awami League and journalists. At least 25 people, including 11 reporters, were beaten with blunt objects. The assailants also vandalised furniture and four motorbikes. May 19, 2021 Find out more March 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A murder attempt and 11 journalists beaten Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists BangladeshAsia – Pacific Minister and BNP deputy for the constituency, Muhammad Anowarul Kabir Talukder condemned the violence, following protests from journalists, but some witnesses said his younger brother, Faridul Kabir Talukder Shamim, took part in the attack. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Minor’s Consent For Sexual Intercourse Relevant For Deciding Bail Application Of ‘Rape’ Accused: Himachal Pradesh HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMinor’s Consent For Sexual Intercourse Relevant For Deciding Bail Application Of ‘Rape’ Accused: Himachal Pradesh HC [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Nov 2020 2:33 AMShare This – xThe Himachal Pradesh High Court has granted bail to a man accused of ‘raping’ a minor girl on the ground that the girl had consented to the sexual intercourse.”Although, she could not have consented for sexual intercourse as well as leaving custody of her custodian but for deciding the bail, her conduct is sufficient to grant bail to the petitioner”, Justice Anoop Chitkara observed.Twenty…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Himachal Pradesh High Court has granted bail to a man accused of ‘raping’ a minor girl on the ground that the girl had consented to the sexual intercourse.”Although, she could not have consented for sexual intercourse as well as leaving custody of her custodian but for deciding the bail, her conduct is sufficient to grant bail to the petitioner”, Justice Anoop Chitkara observed.Twenty Year old Rohit Sharma had approached the High Court seeking regular bail on the grounds that the family of the girl forced her to lodge a false complaint to break their love affair.  The court noted that the victim had informed the police that she knew the accused for the last three – four months and was in touch with him through Facebook as well as phone. She also informed the police that, on 30th October, 2020 they participated in a marriage where the victim stayed with him where he indulged in sexual intercourse with her.  Taking note of this, the judge observed:”The conduct of the victim clearly points out that she had initially gone with the petitioner up to Primary School and after having coitus with him did not reveal the fact to anyone and despite that after two – three weeks of her own voluntarily accompanied him. Although, she could not have consented for sexual intercourse as well as leaving custody of her custodian but for deciding the bail, her conduct is sufficient to grant bail to the petitioner.”The court added that an analysis of entire evidence does not justify further incarceration of the accused, nor is going to achieve any significant purpose. Usual conditions were also imposed.Case: Rohit Sharma vs. State of Himachal Pradesh [ Cr.MP(M) No. 2001 of 2020]Coram: Justice  Anoop ChitkaraCounsel: Adv Piyush Verma, AAG Nand Lal ThakurClick here to Read/Download OrderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Minister Halligan fails again to honour commitment to school bus issue

first_img Google+ Facebook By News Highland – October 22, 2018 Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleIvy Bridge due to reopen before ChristmasNext articleMan arrested in Derry under Terrorism Act News Highland Pinterest Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter Minister John Halligan has once again failed to honour a commitment given to resolve the school transport issue for students in the Kilmacrennan and Termon areas.Reassurances were given last week that arrangements would be made to provide an additional bus for the students wishing to attend school in Milford after an initial pledge was made to parents in the Dail the previous week.However, a bus has yet to be provided as Bus Eireann has to date, not been instructed by the Department to do so.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher despite being furious about the current situation, is hopeful the issue will be resolved when pupils return after the mid term break:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/copebus-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Minister Halligan fails again to honour commitment to school bus issue News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Sacred Harp singing is Saturday at Pioneer Museum

first_imgSkip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sacred Harp singing is Saturday at Pioneer Museum Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Liberty fun Messenger photo/Jonah Enfinger More than 500 second- and third-graders from Banks, Pike County and Goshen elementary schools crowded into the… read more Psalm 95 reads: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord. Let us shout out loud to the Rock of our salvation.  Sundberg said that scripture is at the heart of Sacred Harp.  “The harp in Sacred Harp music refers to the human voice – the musical instrument given at birth.”Some people refer to the a cappella type of singing as Sacred Heart and Sundberg said that is not altogether incorrect. The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will be the host site for the 8th Annual All Day Sacred Harp Sing from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday and everyone is invited, said Ken Sundberg, event organizer.Sundberg said singers for Saturday’s All Day Sing will come from as far north as Birmingham and as far south as the Florida Panhandle. “But most of the singers will be from the Wiregrass area,” he said. “There’s always the possibility that we could have singers who are visiting from places like England and Ireland where there continues to be much interest in Sacred Harp singing. These visitors to the United States will often look for Sacred Harp singings to attend.”Visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners or to join the singing.  Sacred Harp singings are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for the audience. The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards in order for all singers to see and hear each other “We have singers of all ages including young children and teens,” Sundberg said. “There’s a large cluster of young singers down in the Covington County area. The interest in Sacred Harp or shape-note singing is defiantly up. Not that we’re the Beatles or something but we are picking up new singers all the time.” By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Friday, February 24, 2017 Print Article “We do sing from the heart,” he said. Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sundberg credits the increasing interest in Sacred Harp music to families, first, and then, the association between Sacred Harp and churches that do serious congregational singing. “Those who enjoy the old-time congregational singing are looking for places to sing,” he said. “And, there’s a Sacred Harp singing somewhere around just about every weekend.”Sundberg, who has been singing Sacred Harp music for 45 years, laughingly, said one fellow was amazed that Sacred Harp singings could go on for up to four hours.Sacred Harp singers sing without restraint or reservation or with eyes on the clock.  “Sacred Harp singers just love to sing,” Sundberg said. “And, it’s energetic singing and yes, it’s loud. I don’t know of but one song in ‘The Sacred Harp’ songbook that says, ‘sing softly.’” Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

First class delivery

first_imgExpress parcel delivery group Business Post didn’t need to convince chiefexecutive Paul Carvell that investing in staff skills would impress clients andcustomers – he was already a training evangelist. Guy Sheppard meets the CEOwho is determined to show commitment from the topWhen Paul Carvell became chief executive of Business Post Group two yearsago, there were only two in-house trainers for the 3,400-strong workforce.However, such a ratio is unremarkable in the express delivery sector, as theskills needed for collecting, sorting and delivering parcels are fairlylimited. Carvell’s previous background in logistics partly explains why training isnow given far more prominence in the company. He started out as a graduatetrainee with Lex Service in the late 1970s, and has since worked for TNT, TDGand Christian Salvesen. “I had some of the best training in the world as a graduate and havealways been passionate about training,” he says. “Throughout my career, wherever I have been able to influence trainingpolicy, I’ve always been extremely supportive of the economic business case forit. If you spend more money, time and effort at the front end on progressingpeople, you will get the return. It is no coincidence that companies whichspend money on training and career development tend to be moresuccessful.” Personal beliefsCarvell’s personal beliefs are not the only reason why annual spending ontraining will rise from £650,000 to about £1m by 2005. When he arrived, the company’s share price had slumped from a high of £10 to£1.65, and City confidence badly needed bolstering. “It was a company that had always been pretty financially successful,but the City has its own perspective on the world. It had marked the companydown, primarily due to a whole series of management issues.” A three-year strategy began rolling out from April 2002, with the aim ofachieving a profit growth of at least 15 per cent a year. “One of the biggest challenges was ramping up our career and managementdevelopment programme, and focusing on making Business Post a better and moreenjoyable place to work,” says Carvell. “That involved a lot oftraining and closer management of employees and associates.” Associates, who account for almost 60 per cent of the workforce, either workfor the company’s franchisees or are owner-drivers. Among the most tangible signs of the new strategy is a new HR department,employing six trainers. In addition, a £90,000 mobile classroom with an IT training suite andlecture room has just begun touring the company’s network of 63 depots. CalledTraining Express, it is expected to increase training days per employee by 50per cent. IntroductionOther initiatives include boosting the induction period for new employeesand associates from half a day to four days and establishing a new managementdevelopment programme. But what was the point of all this training investment when the skill baserequired is relatively low? Carvell says turnover among Business Post’s drivers, warehouse staff andloaders has traditionally been close to the industry average of 30 per cent.”That level of turnover was probably costing the company at least £1m ayear. Clearly there was a big prize to be claimed if we could recruit the rightpeople, train and develop them and make them want to stay and work forus,” he says. The company is aiming to bring turnover down to 10 per cent by 2005. One of the first tasks given to Val Reeve, the head of HR who was appointedin January 2002, was to gauge employee views about the company. The feedbackwas not encouraging, with many saying it lacked commitment to training and didnot value its workers. Since then, Carvell has spent three months visiting the company’s 63 depotsaround the country. “Just being there was positive. I felt the general response wasfantastic. A lot of people told me what they thought of the company.” Another reason for boosting the training budget was winning the UK contractto handle deliveries for FedEx, the global distribution giant, from September2001. “When it came along, it was almost like a blinding flash to see the wayit worked,” says Carvell. “We had to do 5,000 man-days of training toget our people ready to take on what would become about 10 per cent of ourturnover in one go. It put massive investment into the front end of recruitmentand training of its staff.” A driver joining Fedex will undergo up to four weeks’ classroom trainingbefore beginning work. Carvell says that even without such pressures, theparcels sector increasingly needs better-trained employees. “We are moving into a more technological business. People need to learnhow to use things such as bar codes and you have to ensure they understand allthe paperwork associated with international requirements. People have to be ITliterate and know how to use the various systems.” Software The first course being run on Training Express demonstrates this need,covering a new software programme that gives much more instant informationabout each customer who contacts the sales team. “It is really designed to make the customer feel welcome and know weare interested in them,” says Carvell. “There are 450 initial users of that system. To train that many peoplein sufficient detail was looking like a bit of a nightmare. It made perfectsense for the training teams to visit staff in their own places of work so thattraining can be given without disruption to the running of the business.” Carvell says franchisees are expected to invest a certain percentage oftheir budget on training each year. Courses in areas such as recruitment,health and safety and accounting are offered to them on a cost-only basis. High turnover The need for a management development programme was partly inspired by highturnover. “We were seen as a good feeder ground, giving managers a lot ofresponsibility early on,” says Carvell. A rolling programme of two- or three-day courses for junior, middle andsenior management grades began late last year at a hired training centre inWarwickshire. He wants to encourage more operatives to move into supervisory jobs, butadmits that preparing them for this switch is a big task. Every manager’s progress is assessed annually by a superior. Although thisis nothing new, Carvell says little importance was previously attached to theresults. “No-one ever used the information that was coming from the appraisalsystem to start identifying succession planning. We have to get a picture ofwho is ready for the next step.” Carvell intends to address managers personally at the beginning of eachcourse. “I will tell them how we genuinely want them to be part ofBusiness Post. We are growing fast and if they get their heads down, we wouldrather promote from within.” He will also be the opening speaker at two one-day conferences for managers,sales staff and franchisees this year. “They are big events with 400people attending to be informed, motivated and communicated with.” Commitment His physical presence at these events will help to reinforce the impressionthat his commitment to training and development is for real. But how will hestrike the right balance between maintaining a hands-on approach and notinterfering too much with the work of Reeve, the head of HR? Although he expects managers to manage their respective departmentsthemselves, he says he needs to be regularly updated on their progress. He seesReeve once a fortnight but says it is not simply a case of him interrogatingher. “She can tell me of any areas where she is finding a road-block thatshe wants me to remove.” He firmly believes in the adage ‘people do what you inspect, not what youexpect’. “If you assume you have a great team and it is all going tohappen by itself, you would be sadly misleading yourself. Very often, I can seethings they can’t because I am looking at it from a distance.” With all the main training and development programmes just getting underway,it will be some time before any new initiatives are undertaken. Despite his desire to develop talent from within, he is wary of introducingmentoring and coaching schemes. “There would be a lot of suspicion and itwould be seen as favouritism. If people were told to work alongside a mainboard director, it might raise their expectations too high.” But, he does not rule it out altogether, and says it may be looked at whenthe strategy for boosting the company’s fortunes ends in 2005. Although it was only launched last April, the strategy appears to befulfilling its main function of boosting confidence in the City and among theworkforce. At the time of writing, shares were around the £4 mark and initialindications suggest that labour turnover has already dropped from 30 per centto 25 per cent. With the company due to take over some of Royal Mail’s business later thisyear as part of the Government’s liberalisation of postal services, thatconfidence could be set to increase even more. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. 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Retail chain finds hidden talents of staff

first_imgFashion group Morgan has launched a skills audit to uncover the hiddentalents of its workforce and create a culture of openness across the business. The HR team launched the campaign to make the most of the skills within thefirm, as many accomplished workers join at junior level to try and get a breakin the fashion industry. Lesley Cotton, personnel and development director at the group, said shehoped it would reveal some useful talents and send out a message that the firmwas interested in its 600 staff. “We felt the business didn’t really measure the skills of the staff.It’s about the hidden talents of individuals and how to maximise them insidethe business,” she said. Employees were sent an e-mail asking what skills or talents they had thatthe company didn’t know about. They were also invited to talk about what theydo outside work and about their hobbies and interests. “We have to talk to staff to find out what they are good at and whatthey enjoy,” Cotton said. One company receptionist turned out to be a trained florist and took overthe flower arrangements at head office, which was previously supplied by anoutside company. “This will help us manage skills better than we have in the past,”said Cotton. “We are not saying all our PA’s will turn out to bedesigners, but there is a lot of talent there, and staff can help on all sortsof issues.” Retail chain finds hidden talents of staffOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

What celeb buyers want during the pandemic

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink From left: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen; Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer FlavinIn South Florida, the rush of celebrities started with the Super Bowl.“There were an incredible amount of celebrities in town,” said Dina Goldentayer, a Miami-based executive director of sales at Douglas Elliman. That weekend — about one month before the coronavirus pandemic began raging across the United States — she secured rentals for big-name clients, including Colombian singer J Balvin.“Many celebrities rented mega-villas during that time, so it gave them a taste of what our waterfront home market has to offer,” Goldentayer added.As the unpredictable year wore on, more boldface names snapped up property in South Florida: Pharrell Williams snagged a nearly 7,500-square-foot, $30 million home in Coral Gables, where he reportedly wanted to ride out the duration of quarantine. Jon Bon Jovi and Sylvester Stallone both bought in Palm Beach, paying $43 million and $35 million, respectively, for huge estates. And Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, paid $17 million for a property in the city’s exclusive Indian Creek Island.Celebrities, it seems, were doing what many other Americans did during the pandemic: re-evaluating their living situations, constantly refreshing real estate listings and spurring a home buying boom in such exclusive enclaves as Palm Beach, Star Island and Beverly Hills.With international trips canceled and lifestyles significantly altered, the focus for high-net-worth buyers became “ultimate luxury at home, with all the bells and whistles,” according to Ron Wynn, principal at WSA-Compass in Santa Monica.Some brokers leaned into the new normal. In April, Rochelle Atlas Maize of Nourmand & Associates partnered with Adnan Sen, recently featured on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset,“ to market a Beverly Hills mansion developed prior to the pandemic as a “Covid House.” The mud room was transformed into a disinfecting station complete with sanitizing supplies and a bootie dispenser to cover shoes. The home theater was made into a top-of-the-line “Zoom room.” Dining out was also covered by three months of a meal service arrangement with the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. The property sold within a week for $19 million.And over the summer, Maize represented the owner of a $39 million Beverly Hills home that pushed at-home self-care to new heights: It has a private Med Spa — complete with a professional spa chair, face steamer and IV drip stand — as well as a 12-car garage that can be converted into a ballroom for when 200-person gatherings are safe again. According to the broker, a twentysomething tech exec is currently leasing the home for a staggering $165,000 a month. Those are extreme examples, but they speak to larger trends celebrities — and regular homebuyers — embraced this year: separate rooms for at-home schoolwork and video calls, dedicated “Amazon rooms,” infrared spas and elaborate home gyms tricked out with Peloton bikes and other gear. Repeated lockdowns have made celebrities shuffle another new priority to the top of their lists: green space. Agents say that clients prioritized lots with maximal outdoor space to prevent residents from feeling cooped up while stay-at-home orders were in place, with some buyers even snapping up neighboring lots.“The big trend is people wanting to buy their neighbor. It became such a massive part of my practice to help my clients acquire the home next door,” said Goldentayer. “They’re looking for additional land, should they ever be quarantined again, so they can enjoy that outdoor space.” One such transaction that Goldentayer worked on this year in Miami Beach closed for $28.5 million. Waterfront homes especially benefited from the rush on outdoor space: Celeb couples such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, and Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss, purchased waterfront mansions with plenty of space — both homes measure more than 15,000 square feet — over the summer. “In Miami, there’s really only a certain [number] of waterfront homes. It’s not like New York — we can’t build out on top,” said Julian Cohen, a sales associate at the Jills Zeder Group. And within that number, only a certain number of those waterfront homes have the desired Miami totems of open bay exposures and sunset views.In Los Angeles, the emphasis on outdoor space has driven demand in neighborhoods that aren’t typically seen as elite epicenters. Singer Meaghan Trainor recently purchased a $6.6 million home in Encino, a town in the San Fernando Valley on the other side of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the Hollywood Hills. She joins other notable figures who’ve nabbed homes in the area, including NBA All-Star Chris Paul, Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani. “If you want an acre in Beverly Hills, it’s not easy to find,” said Michael Nourmand, president of Nourmand & Associates. “But if you want a big piece of land in Encino, you have more options.”Contractors have also been busy during lockdown, as celebrities plan tricked-out backyards for when it’s their turn to host their “quarantine pod.”“There’s never been a time in the last 50 years that contractors of every sort are not more busy,” said Wynn. In addition to pools, celebrities have been looking for backyards with paddle tennis courts, full-size basketball courts, putting greens and spaces for the latest trend among children of high-end Los Angeles: pickleball, a game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong.Stars have also looked west of Los Angeles and set their sights on homes that offer an escape from the city while they’re in quarantine. “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot bought a beachfront condo for $5 million, and singer Avril Lavigne snagged a Malibu spec house for $7.8 million.Further up the coast, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom dropped $14.2 million for a nine-acre estate in Montecito, and Maria Sharapova picked up a five-acre ranch in neighboring Summerland for $8.6 million.In addition to the waterfront views and larger lots, celebrities are looking to escape the city for “openness and not having everyone so consolidated,” Maize said.“You go to the grocery store and there’s not as many people. It’s much more spread out,” she added.For brokers, the unexpected rush of high-end transactions amid the pandemic is a reminder of the market’s unpredictability.“I saw things close that I would have never ever expected to happen,” said Cohen. “And it teaches me that sometimes you think something is worth something in a market, but it could shift so fast. You could always be surprised by what something could sell for.” Share via Shortlink Tags Alex RodriguezCelebrity Real EstateLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatelast_img read more