This Merlin-Themed McLaren Senna For Sale Honors Woking’s Very Own Paint Wizard

Named after the late, much lamented Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna, an actual million-dollar car, has 789 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, en route to a 211 mph top speed. As supercars in general get more civilized and trend toward being all-rounders, the Senna is one of the last true savages left, a racing machine that’s somehow escaped the track.

Want one? This 2019 car is for sale, with a custom look honoring McLaren’s very own Merlin—real name Darren Townsend—who serves as the automaker’s Special Operations paint master and who I presume doesn’t actually show up to work in long robes. Instead, he’s the man who makes MSO requests like “Can you make a Senna look like a Tahitian black pearl” happen, as was the case here. So pleased was the original owner that he went a step further and commissioned a

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Home sale and listing resurgence extends into the fall

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Home sale and listing resurgence extends into the fall

 

Home sale and new listing activity remained at near record levels across Metro Vancouver in October.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,687 in October 2020, a 29 per cent increase from the 2,858 sales recorded in October 2019, and a 1.2 per cent increase from the 3,643 homes sold in September 2020.

 

Last month’s sales were 34.7 per cent above the 10-year October sales average and stands as the second-highest total on record for the month.

 

“Home has been a focus for residents during the pandemic. With more days and evenings spent at home this year, people are re-thinking their housing situation,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Throughout this period, REALTORS® have been working to understand and adapt to the latest safety protocols so that they can continue to

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Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) – Wait A Minute Before Buying Alibaba, JD On The Dip: Barron’s

Chinese stocks are looking tempting following some declines in the past two weeks, but traders could get an even lower buying opportunity in the weeks ahead.

That’s according to a Barron’s article today. 

More Pressure: The cancelled Ant Group IPO and a rotation in the stock market have pushed down Chinese stocks in the past two weeks, with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) down 11% and JD.com Inc (NASDAQ: JD) down 6%, Barron’s said. New regulations in Beijing that put the brakes on the Ant IPO have spooked investors who wonder what other Chinese internet companies might be affected.

More pressure also could come from a possible final round of measures against China from the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. 

On Nov. 12, Trump signed an executive order adding more Chinese companies to a list of firms the White House believes have ties to the Chinese

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Developers target suburbs as condo demand in downtown Toronto falters amid pandemic

The condos and office towers in the city of Mississauga are seen in the distance with the town of Milton, Ont. in the foreground on Oct. 15, 2019.

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Toronto suburbs are experiencing a boom in condo project launches and preconstruction sales, as the pandemic’s work-from-home trend entices homebuyers to look outside the city.

Suburban condo projects accounted for 65 per cent of all launches in the Toronto region in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest data from industry research group Urbanation Inc.

This is not the first time suburban condo development has surpassed the city’s but marks the widest margin on record. As well, sales of preconstruction condos more than doubled in the suburbs compared with the third quarter of last year, while sales dropped 16 per cent in the city of Toronto over the same time period.

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For sale: $6 million Whidbey Island survival compound, stocked to withstand a pandemic

For $6 million, one wealthy home shopper can buy some pandemic peace of mind in the form of a decked-out survival compound on a Whidbey Island bluff.

The 59-acre property, just north of Lake Hancock on Whidbey’s western coast, spans three densely wooded parcels. The residence has bullet-resistant walls, a safe room and an underground escape tunnel to the woods. A massive concrete tank holds 17,000 gallons of propane. In the 9,000-square-foot shop, three shipping containers are stocked with emergency supplies that can be supplemented by the huge, adjacent working farm.

“Toilet paper is hard to find. But there’s a lot of it there,” said listing agent Forbes Hansen. A video for the listing shows TP piled to the ceiling.

There’s also plenty of what an anxious prepper may want more than anything: Secrecy. The property listing doesn’t include an address, and Hansen said he plans to “find a buyer

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14 terrific towns and villages for sale right now


As far as social distancing goes, it doesn’t get much better than upping sticks to your own private town. From picture-postcard Swedish villages to American ghost towns frozen in time, these unique settlements are the ultimate real estate opportunities. Fancy taking on the title of mayor? Click or scroll through and let’s look around the towns and villages on the market right now.



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Check Out This New Oceanside Florida Estate Going For $44.5M

Some say living and working near the ocean improves health and mental well-being.



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For $44.5 million, it better.

A contemporary estate in Manalapan, Fla, is on the market for that price tag. Built this year, the home has six bedrooms, nine full baths and three partial baths. It is listed on Christie’s International Real Estate and has over 15,000 square feet of interior space. It is fully furnished and includes a resort-style pool and spa, outdoor summer kitchen, 10-car garage and a private tunnel to the beach.

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Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession

WASHINGTON — Advisers to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. are planning for the increasing likelihood that the United States economy is headed for a “double-dip” recession early next year. They are pushing for Democratic leaders in Congress to reach a quick stimulus deal with Senate Republicans, even if it falls short of the larger package Democrats have been seeking, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Until now, Mr. Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, have insisted that Republicans agree to a spending bill of $2 trillion or more, while Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, wants a much smaller package. The resulting impasse has threatened to delay additional economic aid until after Mr. Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Many of the president-elect’s advisers have become convinced that deteriorating economic conditions from the renewed surge in Covid-19 infections

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For rookie Thanksgiving cooks, expert tips to avoid disaster

NEW YORK (AP) — After Christopher Hughey tweeted that he’s tackling his first Thanksgiving turkey this year, the advice started rolling in.

Brine it. Don’t bother. Try “spatchcocking” — grilling the bird split open. Remember to turn on the oven, and expect that something will burn.

“One extreme is that it’s going to be dry, and inedible and gross,” said the Charlotte, North Carolina, resident, who already doesn’t like cooking poultry because of fears he’ll undercook it and sicken people. “The other extreme is that we’ll all wind up in urgent care.”

With health officials urging Americans to stay home or limit Thanksgiving gatherings, food experts say rookie cooks nervous about attempting their first Turkey Day spreads can avoid disaster and keep everyone healthy by following a few basic tips.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also offering advice on how to prevent coronavirus infections while celebrating,

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Chinese contractor blames delay in tarmacking 74-km road on Covid and rains

The contractor awarded the tender to tarmack the 74-kilometre Mbita-Sori road through Sindo, Magunga and Kiabuya has blamed the delay on Covid-19 and heavy rains.

China Civil Engineers Construction Corporation’s Xiao Hongzhi says they could not import the machinery after the government announced the lockdown of the country.

“Transportation of machinery to Kenya was hampered by the lockdown both here and China,” Xiao said.

The Sh2.83 billion job was awarded in early March.

On July 3, National Assembly Minority leader and Suba South MP John Mbadi handed over the project for the official start of the job.

Mbadi said the tarmacking of the road was to start in 2011 but this did not happen due to some “impasse”.

The government re-advertised the tender late last year and awarded the job to the Chinese company.

“The contractor was to start work 21 days after the handover,” Mbadi said.

But by Friday

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