Beverly Hills mansion with ties to 1MDB masterminds sells for $27M

first_imgTags1MBDBeverly HillsJho LowLA luxury real estateMohamed Hadid Jho Low, Riza Aziz and Mohamed Hadid with the Trousdale Estates mansion (Photos via Getty, Redfin)A Trousdale Estates mansion in Beverly Hills that was built in part with money stolen in the 1MDB scandal just sold for $27.4 million.In the latest sale, Steven Gilfenbain bought the 13,000-square-foot mansion at 912 North Hillcrest Road, according to the Los Angeles Times. He is founder of the grape distribution company Stevco Inc. The home had hit the market last summer for $30 million.The story of the property starts in 2007, when spec mansion developer Mohamed Hadid bought the property for one of his spec projects. He built an Egyptian-themed home — pyramid included — and sold it to now-infamous fugitive Jho Low.912 North Hillcrest Road (Redfin)U.S. and Malaysian law enforcement allege Low was the mastermind behind a years-long scheme that laundered $4.5 billion from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB.Low used the stolen funds to buy numerous pricey properties around L.A. and the country. The federal government seized those it could and has been auctioning them to recoup money for victims of the fraud.Low later transferred the Trousdale Estates property to his partner, Riza Aziz, who was later charged with laundering $250 million from 1MDB. Aziz and Low worked together often, most notably producing Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” that starred Leonardo DiCaprio.Aziz reportedly spent around $40 million rebuilding and adding onto the mansion with plans to gift it to his stepfather, but he didn’t finish before the federal government charged him for his role in the scandal. He pleaded not guilty, but agreed to return $107 million in assets.As part of that deal, he sold the North Hillcrest home for $19 million to a Delaware-based limited liability company. The new owner finished construction, cleaned up landscaping, and cleared out the construction equipment that was reportedly left on site. The home has six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms on over an acre of land. Westside Agency’s Fred Bernstein and Ethan Peskowitz had the listing. Westside’s Orah Nassirzadeh brought the buyer. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Tenant activist nixed from City Planning Commission

first_img city councilDemocratic Socialists of AmericaJumaane Williams Advocates for the real estate industry would most certainly disagree with that characterization. Weaver has long been a thorn in the side of real estate interests. Granting her a perch on the commission would provide a major platform for her ideas, which include canceling rent, waging rent strikes and banning evictions forever.Some City Council members might also have objected to Weaver’s nomination.Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, who represents Crown Heights, clashed with the socialist tenant organizer over the development of the Bedford Union Armory. The City Council eventually sided with Cumbo and approved the project, despite Weaver’s efforts. A project opponent later ran a spirited race against Cumbo but lost.Relations between the two have not improved since. Last year, Cumbo staged a counter-protest of a candidate backed by the Democratic Socialists of America. The candidate, state Sen. Jabari Brisport, won easily, and in January 2021 was appointed to the Senate housing committee.City Planning Commission appointments require confirmation by a majority vote of the City Council. If Cumbo opposed Weaver’s nomination, it’s likely her opinion would have mattered.The Council member also has strong personal ties to Williams. Cumbo, who went to high school with the future public advocate, defended him in 2019 when law enforcement sources leaked a sealed 2009 arrest report to the media days before the election for that post.Nominees sometimes withdraw in order to protect the nominator from political repercussions. Weaver said she was “annoyed” by opposition to her nomination, ultimately resulting in its withdrawal. “My opponents organized,” said Weaver, who did not name them.Although Weaver will not ascend to the part-time position, which pays $65,000 a year, Williams said that he will continue working with her “on many shared projects and in many shared fights.”His statement suggests that although Weaver will not have a five-year appointment to the commission, she will continue to influence public policy in her current role as coordinator of the statewide tenant group Housing Justice for All.The Planning Commission is essentially controlled by the mayor, who makes seven of the 13 appointments. It plays an important role in land-use applications such as the one for the Crown Heights armory project by Donald Capoccia’s BFC Partners.The seat that Williams is tasked with filling became vacant when Michelle R. de la Uz resigned Jan. 20.Contact Georgia Kromrei Share via Shortlink Tags Email Address* (Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Real estate, take heart: Cea Weaver, longtime antagonist of the industry, will not be spouting socialism on a city salary.New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams quietly withdrew Weaver’s nomination to the City Planning Commission a little more than a month after making it. It is unclear where exactly the opposition to Weaver’s appointment came from, but there is no shortage of suspects.A spokesperson for Williams said Weaver requested her name be withdrawn. In a statement, Williams called Weaver an “extraordinary advocate” and “brilliant organizer,” and said withdrawing her name from consideration was a “loss for all New Yorkers.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreHow a socialist on the City Planning Commission would affect real estateWhat Albany’s socialisit shakeup means for real estateCity Council votes to pass controversial Bedford Union Armory project Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more

The distribution, abundance and seasonality of pelagic marine invertebrate larvae in the maritime Antarctic

first_imgA survey of pelagic larvae was undertaken between November 1992 and February 1995 at Signy Island, Antarctica (60° 43′ S, 45° 36′ W). A diver–towed net and hand–held plankton pump were used at five sites of varying depths (6–30 m) and benthic substrata, in a combination of monthly and fortnightly samples. Overall larval ecological diversity was much higher than expected, with 131 morphologically distinct larval forms collected, apparently representing most of the benthic phyla present. The species richness observed is comparable with levels recorded at temperate latitudes, and higher than Arctic data and the implications for Thorson’s rule (the inferred cline of reduced pelagic larval diversity towards high latitudes) is discussed. Larval abundances were low (mean 2.6 individuals per m3) which were two to six orders of magnitude lower than peaks in comparable data from temperate and tropical zones. We suggest that the low abundances recorded are a reflection of both slow developmental rates and a high dilution of larvae, reducing synchrony and spreading larvae over larger distances. Three seasonal periods, during which different larval types occur, have been identified. Summer, late summer and winter spawning strategies were discernable, and in some groups larvae occurred throughout the year.last_img read more

Oxidized nitrogen chemistry and speciation in the Antarctic troposphere

first_imgUnderstanding the NOy budget at high latitudes is important for our knowledge of present-day clean air chemistry and essential for reliable interpretation of existing ice core nitrate data. However, measurements of NOy components at high latitudes have been limited, and no measurements have attempted to address the budget of NOy. Here we report on a campaign conducted in the austral summer of 1997 at the German Antarctic research station, Neumayer, with first Antarctic measurements for NOy in addition to light alkyl nitrates, NO, HNO3 and p−NO3−. Inorganic nitrate has generally been assumed to be the dominant component of NOy in Antarctica, although this idea has not previously been tested. However, our results show that for this coastal station, methyl nitrate was present in much higher concentration than inorganic nitrate (median CH3ONO2 = 38 pptv, HNO3 = 5 pptv). It has been suggested earlier that some alkyl nitrates might have a marine source. If this suggestion is correct, the implication arises that the oceans are an important source of NOy to the Antarctic troposphere and that their role in determining nitrate concentrations in ice must be considered.last_img read more

Nitrate in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores: a detailed description of post-depositional processes

first_imgA compilation of nitrate (NO(3)(-)) data from Greenland has shown that recent NO(3)(-) concentrations reveal a temperature dependence similar to that seen in Antarctica. Except for sites with very low accumulation rates, lower temperatures tend to lead to higher NO(3)(-) concentrations preserved in the ice. Accumulation rate, which is closely linked to temperature, might influence the concentrations preserved in snow as well, but its effect cannot be separated from the temperature imprint. Processes involved in NO(3)(-) deposition are discussed and shown to be temperature- and/or accumulation-rate-dependent. Apart from scavenging of nitric acid (HNO(3)) during formation of precipitation, uptake of HNO(3) onto the ice crystal’s surface during and after precipitation seems to contribute further to the NO(3)(-) concentrations found in surface snow. Post-depositional loss of NO(3)(-) from the top snow layers is caused by release of HNO(3) and by photolysis of NO(3)(-). It is suggested that photolysis accounts for considerable losses at sites with very low accumulation rates. Depending on the site characteristic, and given that the temperature and accumulation-rate dependence is quantified, it should be possible to infer changes in atmospheric HNO(3) concentrations.last_img read more

Polymetamorphism in the NE Shackleton Range, Antarctica : constraints from petrology and U-Pb, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr TIMS and in situ U-Pb LA-PIMMS dating

first_imgMetapelitic rock samples from the NE Shackleton Range, Antarctica, include garnet with contrasting zonation patterns and two age spectra. Garnet porphyroblasts in K-rich kyanite-sillimanite- staurolite-garnet-muscovite-biotite schists from Lord Nunatak show prograde growth zonation, and give Sm-Nd garnet, U-Pb monazite and Rb-Sr muscovite ages of 518 +/- 5, 514 +/- 1 and 499 +/- 12 Ma, respectively. Geothermobarometry and P-T pseudo-section calculations in the model system CaO-Na2O-K2O- TiO2-MnO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O are consistent with garnet growth during prograde heating from 540degreesC/7 kbar to 650degreesC/7.5 kbar, and partial resorption during a subsequent P-T decrease to <650degreesC at <6 kbar. All data indicate that rocks from Lord Nunatak were affected by a single orogenic cycle. In contrast, garnet porphyroblasts in K-poor kyanite-sillimanite- staurolite-garnet-cordierite-biotite-schists from Meade Nunatak show two growth stages and diffusion-controlled zonation. Two distinct age groups were obtained. Laser ablation plasma ionization multicollector mass spectrometry in situ analyses of monazite, completely enclosed by a first garnet generation, yield ages of c. 1700 Ma, whereas monazite grains in open garnet fractures and in most matrix domains give c. 500 Ma. Both age groups are also obtained by U-Pb thermal ionization mass spectrometry analyses of matrix monazite and zircon, which fall on a discordia with lower and upper intercepts at 502 +/- 1 and 1686 +/- 2 Ma, respectively. Sm-Nd garnet dating yields an age of 1571 +/- 40 Ma and Rb-Sr biotite analyses give an age of 504 +/- 1 Ma. Integrated geochronological and petrological data provide evidence that rocks from Meade Nunatak underwent a polymetamorphic Barrovian-type metamorphism: (1) garnet 1 growth and subsequent diffusive garnet annealing between 1700 and 1570 Ma; (2) garnet 2 growth during the Ross Orogeny at c. 500 Ma. During the final orogenic event the rocks experienced peak P-T conditions of about 650degreesC/7.0 kbar and a retrograde stage at c. 575degreesC/4.0 kbar.last_img read more

Salp distribution and size composition in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean

first_imgSalp abundance and length frequency were measured during the large-scale CCAMLR 2000 Survey conducted in the Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean in the 1999/2000 season. Results from regional surveys around Elephant Island in 1994/95 and 1996/97 seasons also were examined. During the CCAMLR 2000 Survey, salp abundance was higher in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Sandwich Island areas than in the central Scotia Sea. The probable reason for this pattern is a negative relationship with phytoplankton abundance; the central Scotia Sea having greater phytoplankton concentrations than required for optimal salp filter-feeding performance. Cluster analysis of salp size composition resulted in three cluster groups for each of the three surveys. Clusters comprising large salps occurred in warmer waters in all three surveys. The size composition of the salp populations suggests that the timing of intense asexual reproductive budding was earlier in warmer waters. As surface water temperatures generally decrease from north to south, and increase from spring to summer, the general spatio-temporal pattern of asexual reproduction by budding is likely to proceed from north to south as the summer season progresses.last_img read more

Innovative transportable laboratories for Polar science

first_imgThe Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the British Antarctic Survey have built atransportable laboratory facility, named the Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory, to accommodate new scientific research on andfrom the westernAntarctic Peninsula. The design provides a flexible,modular, plug-and-play, innovative and sustainablelaboratory setup. The docking station houses four 20-foot ISO standard high-cube containers, each of which contains adifferent laboratory. Special technological features were used to minimise the environmental impact. The four laboratorycontainers are flexible and can be installed and used as required, and renewed or removedwhen necessary. The containerlaboratories have provided, since opening in 2013, enhanced facilities for global climate change research throughstudying the community composition of phytoplankton; the ecological impact of virus-induced mortality in differentphytoplankton groups; dimethylsulphide and brominated compound fluxes; and CO2 concentrations and trace elementsin sea water. Transportable research laboratory facilities provide an effective and efficient approach for undertakingscientific research in challenging environments and might be the start of a new way of undertaking research, includingexchanging laboratory modules between research stations in Antarctica.last_img read more

An effective treatment in the austere environment? A critical appraisal into the use of intra-articular local anesthetic to facilitate reduction in acute shoulder dislocation

first_imgAcute shoulder dislocation is a common injury in the outdoor environment. The objective of this systematic review of the literature was to determine if intra-articular local anesthetic (IAL) is an effective treatment that could have prehospital application. A methodical search of MEDLINE, PubMed, and EMBASE databases targeted publications from January 1, 1990 until January 1, 2017. Eligible articles compared IAL with other analgesic techniques in patients 16 years or older experiencing acute glenohumeral dislocation. Reduction success, complications, and patient-reported outcome measures underwent comparison. All identified publications originated from the hospital setting. Procedural success rates ranged widely among randomized control trials comparing IAL with intravenous analgesia and sedation (IAL 48–100%, intravenous analgesia and sedation 44–100%). A pooled risk ratio [RR] favored intravenous analgesia and sedation (RR 0.91, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.84–0.98), but there was significant inconsistency within the analysis (I2 = 75%). IAL provided lower complication rates (4/170, 2%) than intravenous analgesia and sedation (20/150, 13%) (RR 1.11, 95% CI 1.04–1.19, I2 = 63%). One trial found a clinically relevant reduction in visual analogue pain scores when comparing IAL against no additional analgesia in the first minute (IAL 21±13 mm; control 49±15 mm; P<0.001) and fifth minute (IAL 10±10 mm; control 40±14 mm, P<0.001) after reduction. The results suggest that IAL is an effective intervention for acute anterior shoulder dislocation that would have a place in the repertoire of the remote physician. Further research might be beneficial in determining the outcomes of performing IAL in the prehospital setting.last_img read more

Large losses in glacier area and water availability by the end of the twenty-first century under high emission scenario, Satluj basin, Himalaya

first_imgGlaciers in the Satluj river basin are likely to lose53% and 81% of area by the end of the century, ifclimate change followed RCP 8.5 scenario of CNRMCM5and GFDL-CM3 models respectively. The largevariability in area loss can be due to difference intemperature and precipitation projections. Presently,Satluj basin has approximately 2000 glaciers, 1426 sq. kmglacier area and 62.3 Gt glacier stored water. Thecurrent mean specific mass balance is –0.40 m.w.e. a–1.This will change to –0.42 and – 1.1 m.w.e. a–1 by 2090,if climate data of CNRM-CM5 and GFDL-CM3 areused respectively. We have used an extreme scenarioof GFDL-CM3 model to assess the changes in the contributionof glacier melt to the Bhakra reservoir. Massbalance model suggests that glaciers are contributing2 km3 a–1 out of 14 km3 of water. This will increase to2.2 km3 a–1 by 2050, and then reduce to 1.5 km3 a–1 bythe end of the century. In addition, loss in glacier areaby the end of century, will also increase the vulnerabilityof mountain communities, suggesting need forbetter adaptation and water management practices.last_img read more