Looks like Kareena Kapoor Khan has continued her stay in the hills and on Monday the actress treated her fans with some unseen pictures.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is soaking in the winter sun with son Taimur as the actress continues to stay in Himachal Pradesh. While her BFF Malaika Arora has returned to Mumbai, Kareena and Taimur stayed back with Saif Ali Khan as he continues to shoot for a horror comedy with Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam. And while Kareena has continued her stay in the hills, the actress treated her fans with some unseen pictures on Monday.
Taking to her Instagram Story, Kareena revealed that she is now in Palampur as she shared a stunning scenic shot and captioned it, “Incredible India.” The actress then went on to share two adorable photos. In the first picture, we get to see Bebo posing for the camera with Saif Ali Khan and their little son Taimur Ali Khan. The young one can be seen wearing a cute beanie and warm winter clothes like his mum and dad.
Kareena looks stylish in her athleisure and pink winter jacket. The second photo shows Saif and Kareena posing for a group photo with the hotel staff where they were staying. Bebo also thanked them for their hospitality as she called it the ‘most memorable stay’.
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Apart from these photos, Kareena also shared a close up selfie on the gram as she flaunted her flawless skin. The actress captioned her photo, “Pink in Palampur,” as she her striking kohl-lined eyes and pink lips were the most striking features in the photo.
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Weeks have elapsed since the last embers of the Badger Fire — which turned decades-old forest growth to ash — were extinguished.
Recent storms have washed small amounts of soot and sand down streams, but the smell of burnt trees and grasses still lingers within the canyon walls.
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Among the noticeable changes in the South Hills is the noise — or the lack thereof.
The familiar sounds of fall recreation are missing as many trails and roads remain closed.
Gone are the bicycle hubs buzzing on descents of Third Fork, the “BRAPP!” from motorbikes and ATVs among the aspen groves near Bostetter Campground, and the gentle claps of horse hooves from trail riders ascending Badger Mountain.
The forest is nearly silent.
And it’s not clear when recreation will return to the South Hills or what it will look like when it does.
But when it does, the people who use the area say they hope they’ll be involved in making improvements.
Farmington Hills hoped to have residents enjoying its new activities center, affectionately known as “The Hawk,” in the former Harrison High School building this fall. But, the pandemic had other plans.
The project, classified as non-essential, was put on pause as emergency orders shut down businesses throughout Michigan in spring. Work on the Farmington Hills Activity Center initially got started in September 2019.
“During the spring, everything did need to stop,” Ellen Schnackel, the city’s director of special services, explained. “Then, once we got going, there were some slight delays just because of some supply chains that got backed up.”
Now, the city is expecting to open the center by April 1. The city has poured $22.5 million into the first two of the building’s three floors since buying the space for $500,000 from Farmington Public Schools. Once completed, The Hawk will host a variety of recreation, arts and community-focused facilities.
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Jeff Hotchkiss, the city’s facilities supervisor, said he’s most looking forward to the building’s pool, which will accommodate leisure swimmers and those who swim for exercise. The center will also include new and old amenities like a fitness center, 10 outdoor pickleball courts, athletic fields, two dance studios and a gymnasium. For those familiar with Harrison, the gym won’t look very different.
“In the gymnasium, really we added air conditioning there but it was in such good shape we left it pretty the same,” Schnackel said.
On the arts and community fronts, The Hawk will house a black box theater, an updated auditorium, updated art and makerspace rooms, a multipurpose center, food service and space for birthday parties. On the building’s third floor, the city is looking to rent space to businesses and other community programs.
Though the building, which already has a more open floor plan than Harrison did while operating as a high school, will be new in a lot of ways, Harrison alumni and fans will see plenty of nods to the old school. On the first floor, the city is creating a virtual “legacy wall.”
“Every single thing in the building has been digitized,” Schnackel said. “That’s part of what’s happening with the legacy wall. So, pictures were taken of everything and then … there’s a huge touch screen where you can get tons of information and images about something.”
When The Hawk does open, the city’s Costick Activities Center will not go away. As parks and recreation staff and after-school programs largely move to The Hawk, Schnackel said the city plans to invest in the Costick Center and turn its focus to senior citizens.
“Our hope is to expand our
SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — Election Day voters in Seven Hills approved the city’s first parks and recreation levy. Issue 41 passed with vote totals 3,850 for vs. 3,018 against, according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
“I’m not surprised by the results,” Seven Hill Mayor Anthony D. Biasiotta said. “Time and again when presented with the facts, the residents of Seven Hills always make well-informed decisions. Passage of Issue 41 is a very important piece for the overall health of the city going forward.
“It allows the city to protect its large investment in the recreation center by providing funds to keep the facility up to grade and a great asset. In addition, passage is going to provide revenue dedicated to our parks. These park upgrades are going to provide an incredible amenity for all of our residents to enjoy for decades to come.”
The city timed Issue 41 to coincide with the expiration of the 1.65-mill recreation bond issue that voters approved 20 years ago for the construction of the community recreation center.
The residents apparently liked the idea of a new tax levy actually reducing taxes. That’s due to the expiring levy, which brings in $577,783 a year, currently costing a $100,000 homeowner $50.53 annually.
The new 1.4-mill levy will cost the same homeowner $49 annually and raise $490,240 a year that will be used to cover both rec center needs, as well as park upgrades.
“These results are just the latest in a string of good news for the city of Seven Hills over the last couple of years,” Biasiotta said. “We’ve brought in a number of businesses to increase income tax.
“We’ve also taken internal measures, such as refinancing old debt and finding efficiencies within government that all have led to almost doubling our cash reserves.”
Regarding the rec center, earlier this year the city paid Quality Control Inspection Company $15,000 to review the facility and determine long-term maintenance and repair costs.
The Summit View Drive facility is facing numerous looming projects — maintaining the pool bottom ($100,000), replacing seven HVAC units ($50,000 to $100,000 each) and making mechanical repairs ($130,000) — over the next decade. In addition, the Nautilus equipment is nearing 20 years old.
The building condition report revealed a reasonable annual operations budget for the community rec center — which doesn’t have a dedicated operations fund — would be $241,000.
On the parks side related to Issue 41, planned additions include ADA-compliant restrooms at North Park, Calvin Park, Valleywood Park and city hall, as well as water fountains for people and pets in all of the city’s parks.
Also proposed are new bleachers at the city’s ballparks, new concession stands at Valleywood and Calvin parks with modern playground equipment added to Cricket Park.
The John Glenn Park walking path will be completed, along with added benches and a picnic area. Basketball and tennis courts will be updated throughout the city.
In addition to adding a pickleball court and
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News broke in July that the 116-room hotel had a $100 million stalking horse bid but was headed to auction. The auction was later canceled, and the stalking horse bidder, now revealed to be New York-based EOS Investors, purchased the property.
“We are excited for the opportunity to expand the EOS portfolio with a world-class property in an unparalleled luxury hotel destination such as Beverly Hills,” EOS Investors President Jonathan Wang said in a statement.
In addition to hotel rooms, which average 805 square feet, the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has a rooftop pool and event deck. It also has a restaurant and bar, spa, fitness room and lounge.
The hotel is located at 9291 Burton Way, near Rodeo Drive.
“Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills represents a rare opportunity to acquire irreplaceable hotel real estate in a sought-after luxury market with significant long-term barriers to entry,” Tom Burns, vice president of EOS Investors said in a statement. “As we look to the future, we are focused on strategically investing capital to build upon the hotel’s storied legacy and position as a destination of choice for luxury travelers.”
The hotel underwent a $37 million renovation in 2016.
The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is located near the former Montage Beverly Hills, now Maybourne Beverly Hills hotel, which sold for $415 million to British hotel company Maybourne Hotel Group last year.
“What probably sums up the price and the huge amount of interest has to be location, location, location. A lot of the buyers looked at the price that was paid last year at the Montage Beverly Hills … and I think that that had a lot to do with the interest and the price point that people were at,” said Alan Reay, president of Atlas Hospitality Group.
EOS Investors has a portfolio of East Coast hotels, and Reay said the company is not focused on any one product type or on L.A.
“It really is an interesting company, and it’s also interesting that they purchased properties, a couple of them in 2019 and the most recent one in March of 2020,” he added. “A lot of buyers that we’ve dealt with, if they bought in 2018 or ’19, they are just trying to manage what they have and not out there actively pursuing new acquisitions so it’s interesting to see what they are doing.”
The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was previously seized in a money laundering scandal involving financier Jho Low before being offered at auction this summer.
Matthew Bordwin with real estate brokerage Keen-Summit Capital Partners handled the sale.
The hotel was one of several Low properties to be auctioned off after he was investigated in a $2.5 billion fraud scheme. He was accused of embezzling from a Malaysian sovereign fund.
The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was
A low-profile New York City-based hotel investor is the mystery buyer of the Beverly Hills hotel that the U.S. government sold in August, after seizing it from the fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low.
EOS Investors LLC, a three-year old firm that owns and manages about 20 hotels, won the bidding process and on Thursday completed its purchase of the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel, according to the firm and the auction’s broker. A sales representative had said previously that the winning bid for the hotel was $100 million, but he didn’t disclose the buyer’s identity.
The sale marked the last of Mr. Low’s major properties to be auctioned by federal authorities, who allege he bought the hotel and other assets with money embezzled from a Malaysian government fund. U.S. and other authorities have previously sold Mr. Low’s private jet, luxury yacht, and his stake in the Park Lane Hotel overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park, among other possessions.
The L’Ermitage, an all-suite hotel located near the city’s posh Rodeo Drive, has attracted numerous entertainment moguls, foreign jet-setters, and movie stars over the years like Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Olivier.
It also drew widespread interest from a crowd of potential buyers, said Matthew Bordwin, principal at Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC, the firm that ran the sales process. There were about 800 potential buyers who expressed interest from all over the world—“from every continent but Antarctica,” Mr. Bordwin said—and 50 bids for the hotel.
In the end, none would top EOS’s offer. That price was the so-called stalking-horse bid, established to set a floor as the lowest price to complete a sale but one that also proved to be the high bid.
A number of factors prevented an even richer bid, including the brutal hotel environment during Covid and the travel restrictions that could have kept potential foreign buyers away, say people familiar with the process. The U.S. luxury segment has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and the collapse of business travel: Revenue per available room in September fell 55% from a year ago, compared with only a 21% decline for economy class hotels, hotel data firm STR said.
Some also believed the price for the 116-room property was too steep at nearly the rate of $860,000 per room. But EOS President Jonathan Wang said the property represented a rare opportunity to enter the coveted Beverly Hills market and would prove to be a good long-term investment.
“Our plan is to bring back more luxury elements and make it a top destination in the market,” he said.
As for the previous owner, Mr. Wang added, “it adds some mystery to the hotel.”
Mr. Low was an adviser to a Malaysian government investment fund, known as 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB. The U.S. government alleged he stole from the fund, and he agreed last year to forfeit more than
SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — A tax-increase ballot issue that if approved actually costs residents less money sounds like an oxymoron. However, that’s exactly what Seven Hills voters will be deciding with Issue 41 — the city’s first parks and recreation levy — on Election Day.
“Being fiscally responsible while protecting our investment in the recreation center, Issue 41 is a way to meet all of these needs without impacting our general fund,” Mayor Anthony D. Biasiotta said.
“At the same time, coupled with the expiring (community recreation center) construction levy, it will actually have a net lower tax to all residents of Seven Hills. It’s as close to a win-win situation as I’ve come across in my elected career.”
The timing of Issue 41 is tied to a 1.65-mill recreation bond issue that voters approved 20 years ago for the construction of the community recreation center. The expiring levy brings in $577,783 a year. It currently costs a $100,000 homeowner $50.53 annually.
The proposed new levy — if passed — will cost the same homeowner $49 annually and bring in $490,240 a year that will be used to cover both rec center needs, as well as park upgrades.
“Issue 41 is important in two regards,” Biasiotta said. “First, we need to protect our investment in the rec center. It’s 20 years old, and like any 20-year-old building we’re beginning to see issues impacting the performance, maintenance and even the safety of the facility.
“Being proactive, the city of Seven Hills earlier this year contracted with Quality Control Inspection Company to review our recreation facility and determine what a long-term cost of maintenance and repairs would look like.”
The city paid the Bedford-based company $15,000 for the building condition report, which determined a reasonable annual operations budget for the community rec center would be $241,000. Currently, the facility doesn’t have a dedicated operations fund.
“Our intent with this levy is to provide relief to the general fund for the ongoing maintenance and updates that will protect our multimillion-dollar investment,” Biasiotta said.
The mayor noted the Summit View Drive facility is facing numerous looming projects — maintaining the pool bottom ($100,000), replacing seven HVAC units ($50,000 to $100,000 each) and making mechanical repairs ($130,000) — over the next decade. In addition, the Nautilus equipment is nearing 20 years old.
“The second part of Issue 41 is very intriguing,” Biasiotta said. “While the original levy was only for the construction of the rec center, this allows the use of funds to include our six city parks. Many residents of the city utilize our parks, but may not utilize our rec center.
“We have a unique opportunity here to provide a recreation amenity to those residents without having to pay a membership due.”
If Issue 41 is passed, the mayor said the plan includes adding ADA-compliant restrooms to North
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