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first_img Share via Shortlink Celebrity Real EstateKurt RappaportNew York Metstop brokers Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Kurt Rappaport (Photo by Jeff Newton for The Real Deal)“It’s 10:30 at night, and I’m in a restaurant. My phone is ringing, no caller ID. I answer the call. It’s Larry Ellison.” Eighteen years on, Kurt Rappaport said he still recalls exactly how the phone call that changed his life went down. He continued: “[Ellison] says, ‘I’m flying in tomorrow. I’ll land in Santa Monica around 10:00 a.m. I’d like to be on Carbon Beach. My friend, David Geffen, lives on Carbon Beach. If there’s anything we can see, that would be great.”Rappaport had recently co-founded Westside Estate Agency and was already a successful agent. Ellison, though, was the multibillionaire chief of Oracle, a tech titan who raced yachts in his spare time.“I had a mental encyclopedia of properties that are on the market,” Rappaport said. “I said, ‘Two-two-four-four-five PCH. I’ll meet you there at 10:00 a.m.’ And he said, ‘If there’s anything else to see, let’s take a look at that as well.’”(Rappaport’s memory was not entirely perfect. He later confirmed the listing was, in fact, 22334 PCH.) One hiccup: The listing wasn’t Rappaport’s. It was held by veteran agent June Scott. “She was a character, like a typical old dame lady of Beverly Hills,” Rappaport said of Scott. “So, it’s 10:30. It’s probably too late because June was too old, in the twilight of her career. But I tried calling her anyway. I left messages everywhere. Couldn’t reach her.”The next day, Rappaport woke up at 5:30 a.m. and got Scott. He explained that he was bringing Ellison for a showing and would be coming to pick up the keys.“She said to me, ‘Well, can you see if Barry could come Sunday or Monday.’ I said, ‘First off, it’s Larry, not Barry. And he’s coming in the morning.’ I begged and I pleaded. She politely said, ‘No, honey can’t do it.’“This,” Rappaport scoffed, “is the way agents do business.” But Rappaport was relentless. He went to the property, he pried open the door (Scott relayed she neglected to turn on the security system) and showed it to Ellison at 10:00 a.m. The deal was put together by lunch. “And that’s how I have to be on the ball,” Rappaport said. “You can’t teach somebody court awareness, when there’s two seconds left, you’re down by two points. And instead of taking the shot, you see the guy in the corner, and you fake to them and then take your shot.”That single-mindedness in pursuit of a sale is characteristic of Rappaport, who has long sat at the top of the heap of luxury agents in California — and make no mistake, it’s a heap full of colorful characters with envious Rolodexes. But even those rivals would grudgingly admit his dominance and marvel at a client list that includes moguls such as Ellison, Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, superstar athletes such as Tom Brady and celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres.Rappaport, however, would take issue with even that characterization.He sees himself not as atop other agents but in a different realm from them altogether. He measures himself by the captains of the universe he sells homes to.“The thing to know about Kurt,” said Michael Nourmand, of Nourmand & Associates, “is that he is who he represents.”But Rappaport is still far from his clients’ level of money and power. And it’s not clear if he’d risk his salesperson’s perch to truly enter such an orbit.Sixteen at SpagoOver lunch at The Palm in Beverly Hills, Rappaport is interested in telling his story but self-conscious about how he will come off. Well over six feet tall with a generous head of hair, he’s clad in all black, sits ramrod straight and precisely pushes away his plate when he wants to make a point. He is polite to waitstaff but a bit miffed the hostess didn’t know who he was.The way he tells it, Rappaport possessed an adult mind at a very young age, existed in a playground of the rich and famous and had the Gen X mindset to be bored with most of it. An only child of divorce, Rappaport grew up with his mother in the San Fernando Valley. At the age of 12, he moved to Westwood to live with his father, Floyd Rappaport, an entertainment lawyer at the august firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.His dad’s career allowed a teenage Rappaport to rub shoulders with the likes of Robert Evans, the producer of “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” and a legendary philanderer and party animal.“I sort of grew up in Robert Evans’ screening room, and we’d go there on Friday and Saturday nights and meet the most interesting people on the planet.” Rappaport said. “A lot of them were talking about real estate and houses.” Those conversations with the glitterati impressed on Rappaport that real estate didn’t have to be the domain of hucksters and has-beens but could be “another form of art or creative expression,” akin to selling an impressionist painting or modernist sculpture.He began reading Ruth Ryon’s L.A. Times “Hot Property” column and put his baseball fanaticism to good use, memorizing addresses, prices and square footage as if they were batting averages.“A lot of the kids I grew up around who came from privilege were not terribly motivated or evolved,” he said. “When I was in high school, I was 16 in Spago. All my friends were much older. I wasn’t going to keg parties.” He wasn’t totally above a childish prank, though. Home after a tennis match at the age of 18, Rappaport received a phone call from KTTV Channel 11. The Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega had just been captured and flown to the U.S. to stand trial, and the station, scrambling to put together a segment, was trying to reach the Panamanian consulate. Someone had misdialed. Without missing a beat, Rappaport confirmed it was the consulate and that he was a certain “Arturo Valdez” from the USA-Panama Friendship Council. The station invited Rappaport on the air, and Rappaport bought a mustache that he applied to his face with Spearmint gum.He appeared on TV, waved his arms around and spoke with an accent about what Panamanians thought of Noriega. “They see right through him, like a clear curtain,” he said on air. His stunt got him a writeup in the L.A. Times, which reported that other stations had inquired about booking him. Recalling the prank today, Rappaport said, “I got more confident the furtherI went.”Fighting to the topBy 19, Rappaport had dropped out of USC, left an entry-level job at William Morris and got his real estate license. He started out as an agent at Merrill Lynch Realty in Beverly Hills, but when recalling those days, he exudes a palpable, almost primal disgust, comparing the high-pressure sales tactics he was taught to the desperate characters of “Glengarry Glen Ross.”He quickly made his mark: By 22, a Times article noted his representation of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.“Kurt was a lot younger than me, but he knew a set of people I didn’t know,” said Victoria Risko, who partnered with Rappaport early in his career. “He also knew the properties because he grew up in Los Angeles.”The two moved together to work for Fred Sands, perhaps L.A.’s premier luxury broker of the 70s and 80s. Sands’ “quotes and ideas could move real estate,” rival broker Mike Glickman told the Times. But Rappaport viewed Sands as running a bloated outfit.“The right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing,” Rappaport said. “And no one could make a decision.”The clash between the grizzled eminence and the brash upstart became hot industry gossip. Rappaport sued Sands, claiming an office administrator — who Sands was allegedly dating — kept asking Rappaport for confidential client information.“I sued and I won,” Rappaport said. He was unhappy to retell the feud but made sure to note, “I later bought the building where Fred Sands was.”Rappaport decamped to work for Stan Herman & Stephen Shapiro.“When I met Kurt, he was 25 going on 50, maturity wise,” Shapiro said. “He possessed an incredible knowledge of Beverly Hills. You could read off an address, and he could talk about the property and its history. And he worked his ass off.”For his part, Rappaport admired Shapiro’s posse, which included Hard Rock Café founder Peter Morton and film producer Steven Tisch.“His best friends were his clients,” Rappaport said. “He was kind of a version of what I was.”By 1999, as Shapiro recalls, he was butting heads with Herman, who was moving into semi-retirement and wasn’t sure if agents really needed computers. Shapiro decided to bet on Rappaport, and the duo formed Westside Estate Agency. They decided on a dynamic that’s still in place today. “I do the management,” Shapiro said. “He sells.”The new establishment How many blockbuster sales agents actually make, and what commissions they and their firms generate from those sales, is an inexact science. (Some brokerages self-report data to analytics firm Real Trends, though the data is not independently vetted, and Westside and other leading firms have declined to disclose their figures.9388 Santa Monica Blvd.Over the last three years, The Real Deal ranked the top L.A. agents by sales volume, meaning if an agent represents the seller of two $5 million home sales, they compile $10 million in sales volume. In 2018, charting sales recorded on the Multiple Listings Service plus “off-market” deals verified by TRD, Rappaport ranked first with $627 million in sales volume. Chris Cortazzo of Compass placed second with $530 million in sales. For 2019, Rappaport was again first, with $513 million in deals, again followed by Cortazzo. (Cortazzo declined comment for this story). This past year, TRD’s analysis was limited to deals in the first six months of 2020 recorded in the MLS. Rappaport was behind Cortazzo for on-market deals, but observers said he would take the top spot had his off-market deals been taken into account. One such transaction is Jeffrey Katzenberg’s $125 million sale of his Beverly Hills home to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, one of the five biggest-ever single-family home sales in California. Rappaport also advised David Geffen on a $34 million Beverly Hills land sale in November, after brokering a $68 million home buy for Geffen in June. Another mega-client is DeGeneres, who has become a major luxury real estate player in Southern California. Rappaport claims to have done 25 deals with the talk show host. Rappaport warmly discusses these clients, and others like former CNN personality Larry King, who the agent sits with at Dodgers games, and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The clients, in turn, enthusiastically praise Rappaport.“He is the consummate professional in every respect,” Villaraigosa said.King said, “He’s been in the center of bringing and keeping the most powerful and fascinating people in our city.”Haters hateIf you’ve been skimming this article to read Rappaport shit-talk rivals, here’s the best you’re going to get.Rappaport on Jeff Hyland: “We’re just different. I don’t like speaking poorly about anyone.”(Several messages with the normally chatty Hyland for this article went unreturned.)Rappaport on deals about his properties he owns: “I was living in homes that other agents couldn’t even sell.”Rappaport on how he’s seen by other agents: “We used to be in a world where people looked up to success.”Asked their opinion of him, agents mostly took the high road.“He may have the highest sales volume in L.A.,” said David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “But there’s no way to really know for sure.”Carl Gambino of Compass praised Rappaport as a mentor.Jeffrey Katzenberg sold this Beverly Hills estate to Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum, in a $125 million deal brokered by Rappaport“He allowed me to step into his world,” Gambino said, “which helped me to become a better agent.” For many agents, their beef with Rappaport isn’t that he’s No. 1 and says so. It’s that he takes his success so seriously.Real estate is a second or third career for many. Risko was an astrophysicist. Branden Williams was an actor. Fredrik Eklund had a stint in porn. Stan Herman, Shapiro’s former business partner, was as well known for creating a backgammon club with Hugh Hefner as he was for selling.In Los Angeles, being an agent can be more clubby than competitive. Success means starring in “reality” television shows, or heading teams of a few — or few dozen — agents at national brokerages. Rappaport views such pursuits as compromising client privacy and hurting sales.Compass’ Ron Wynn once feuded with Rappaport over a Brentwood home sale but claimed he has nothing personal against him. Still, he said he feels Rappaport is too serious.“Jade Mills [of Coldwell Banker] is approachable, light-hearted and cooperative,” Wynn said. “A very common thing is to have a price party. Get a bunch of people out and put what you think will be the price of the property in a hat. Jade will do that.”Another agent put it this way: “I’ve heard brokers say I want to be Jade Mills. I haven’t heard that with Kurt.”(Mills, like most agents, would not discuss Rappaport. She responded through a spokesperson: “Jade works extremely well with all brokers on behalf of her clients to help them achieve their real estate goals.”)Family mattersGoogle “Kurt Rappaport” and images splash across the screen of him with Canadian fashion model Sarah Mutch. Rappaport married Mutch in 2017 in a star-studded wedding at his 15,000-square-foot Malibu mansion that was attended by P. Diddy, Ryan Seacrest and DJ Khaled. But less than two years later, Rappaport filed for divorce and sued Mutch for extortion. His scathing complaint was followed by a cross-complaint from Mutch and an eventual settlement for an undisclosed amount.Rappaport was adamant about not discussing his private life. But Mutch’s cross-complaint bears mentioning, as allegations in it showcase Rappaport’s obsession with his work. Regarding the wedding, Mutch’s lawyers alleged that it “was just as much a business event as it was a wedding. The house they married was on the market for $100 million. Rappaport used the wedding to showcase this house to his wealthy client and friends.”Five months after the wedding, Rappaport sold the home to Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz for $85 million. In early December, Rappaport suffered the loss of his son, Jake, who was 24. He declined to comment on the death, except to say, “Nothing matters except family and loved ones. Don’t ever take loved ones for granted. Spend as much time as you can with them.” America’s pastimeSince meeting Ellison that day in Malibu, Rappaport has been periodically trying to transcend home sales. Rappaport and Ellison eventually did 35 deals together. But beyond the hundreds of millions of dollars in sales volume and millions in commissions for Rappaport and Westside, Ellison meant something more: a true master of the universe who treated Rappaport as not just the guy to sell him a sun-filled mansion but a fellow creator of wealth.“I explained to him my love for Malibu and why I thought it was undervalued compared to other coastal cities across the globe,” Rappaport said. He and Ellison “changed the pricing structure” of Malibu, bringing high-end shops, restaurants and hotels to a city where “the retail was surfboard and T-shirt shops.”Rappaport’s quest to be more like the Ellisons and Geffens of the world can be a hard-to-define ambition. He has dabbled in some smaller commercial investments, including a Soho House-type club that has yet to be completed. But, there is one specific end goal — owning a Major League Baseball team.He described becoming a baseball owner as, “having a seat at a private club with some very interesting people.”In July, Rappaport said he wanted to buy the New York Mets. But as negotiations proceeded, Forbes reported that Rappaport had a net worth of just $250 million and warned he would need multiple business partners to make a deal work.Come September, infamous hedge fund manager Steve Cohen — a Rappaport client — bought the Mets for $2.4 billion. Cohen, who was the inspiration for Bobby Axelrod in the hit Showtime series “Billions,” is worth at least $15 billion, according to Forbes. That makes him one of the wealthiest league owners, but it’s certainly a billionaires’ club. The Steinbrenner family, longtime owners of the New York Yankees, are worth $3.8 billion.Rappaport would not discuss his net worth. When pressed, he waxed philosophical about how at his level of wealth, the specific amount of money doesn’t matter. Besides, he argued, he can assemble a team of rich friends to buy a baseball club — or anything else. But Rappaport does have a regret: “I wish I had bought more.” His current and former portfolio includes two-dozen luxury properties in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu and Brentwood, including a Brentwood home he bought from former Viacom executive Frank Biondi in 2018 for $16 million and said he plans to move into later this year.But Rappaport’s selling instincts can often clash with his desire to assemble and hold trophy properties. “He often doesn’t build these homes in order to sell,” said Scott Mitchell, Rappaport’s architect on the Malibu house that sold to Katz. “Then someone comes along with a seductive number, and he can’t say no.” How badly Rappaport would want to own a team is unclear. In 2009, Dennis Gilbert, agent to baseball stars of the 1980s and 90s, was the lead investor to buy the Texas Rangers with Rappaport an investment partner. “We had a handshake agreement to buy the Rangers,” said Gilbert, now an adviser to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. “But the owner at the last minute decided to go into bankruptcy and we decided to pivot.” The Rangers play in Arlington, on the outskirts of Dallas, and Rappaport was prepared to move to Dallas, seeing a real estate opportunity outside the Rangers’ ballpark. Gilbert has vouched for Rappaport to owners like Reinsdorf. “He’s got the resources, and passion and business acumen,” Gilbert said.“I wouldn’t see it as a hobby,” Rappaport said, “but a real business. A business that can be something of a love with a lot of interesting parts surrounding it, a media part, an entertainment part.”When reminded that the Angelos family is rumored, again, to be selling the Baltimore Orioles, Rappaport nixed the idea of moving to Baltimore.They do have a “great fan base,” he allowed.Rappaport may buy some more property, or a baseball team, or something else. Or he might just spend another 25 years racking up hundreds of millions of dollars in mansion deals, alone at the top of a hill, staring at mountains.last_img read more

first_imgThe Werk Out Music & Arts Festival has announced its full lineup, which adds a number of new acts to a bill that already included The Werks, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Papadosio, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.The most prominent addition to the lineup is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, who will play two sets at the festival when it returns to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH from August 2nd to August 4th. Other additions include Spafford, The Marcus King Band, Ekoostik Hookah, and Twerkpod: A Tribute to the ‘90s (featuring members of The Werks, Twiddle, and Dopapod).Tickets for The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival are currently on sale. Take a look at the full lineup below.last_img read more

first_img Mr. General Valencia belongs to a group of distinguished officers from the Colombian Army, such as: Ruiz Novoa, Camacho Leyva, Pinzon Caicedo, Gabriel Puyana, Matallana, Landazabal, These generals distinguished themselves by defending the military institution from political attacks, by having an innate ability to lead and the complete support of the officers and their subordinates, today all the generals know how to do is take orders. need information about the colombians who were in tokyo in june 1954 at the geneva peace talksneed pictures too also i need to know if any of the troops were from tunjaplease answer in english onlythank you I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHOM CAN I CONTACT AND INFORM ABOUT A MAN CALLED RAFAEL RIVERA ALEGRIA, WHO WAS IN THE WAR AND DIED FOR THE CAUSE, AND WHOSE BODY WAS REPATRIATED AND BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS IN THE CEMETERY OF TIMBIO CAUCA, WHERE A MONUMENT WITH A PLAQUE WAS MADE FOR HIM; HE WAS RANDOMLY EXHUMED BY THE PRIEST OF THAT TOWN, HIS GRAVE WAS DESTROYED AND HIS PLAQUE DISAPPEARED. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE VETERANS ASSOCIATION OR THE ARMY COMMAND CAN REINSTATE HIS RIGHTS, SINCE HIS REMAINS WERE ABANDONED IN A VAULT IN A CORNER OF THE CEMETERY, BY ORDERS OF THAT PRIEST. I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR ASSISTANCE SINCE MY MOTHER, SISTER OF THE DECEASED VETERAN, LAMENTS EVERY DAY THE FATE OF HER BROTHER’S REMAINS. SHE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT SHE CAN VISIT HIS GRAVE IN THE CEMETERY, LIKE A VETERAN DESERVES; INSTEAD HIS REMAINS WERE MOVED TO A VAULT IN THE MOST ABANDONED SECTION OF THE CEMETERY. THANK YOU. GEN Alvaro Valencia Tovar was a close friend and working colleague of mine for 40 years. He was, simply put, the greatest military mind of his era, most of which is the second half of the 20th century. A few times that US leaders listened to his wise counsel and did what he suggested, difficult matters became much better. Again, many times US leaders listened to people who think on the liberal/conservative spectrum, or people who believe Latin American military officers are incompetent. In those cases, US policy usually ended up in the tank. When GEN Valencia retired from the Army, he had not really attempted a coup d’etat. That was political dirt-spreading which carried a price, namely, Colombia partially reverted to the big firepower tactics for anti-guerrilla warfare, a concept which never works. GEN Valencia is also a historian of note. Add to that the fact that he was a great novelist and a brilliant strategist on all levels of warfare. The US made a stupid mistake by not working this officer deeply into policy formulation both the the US and the Western Hemisphere countries. But his literary legacy leaves his thoughts clearly for anyone in high office with the will to learn good policy ideas from a genius. /. END Thank you for this very informative post. As an American Korean War veteran, I am always eager to learn more about others who served there, especially those as distinguished as General Tovar. Hello I’m currently looking for gentleman named Oscar Escobar Ponce de Leon he is a very important member of our family and we like to know his whereabouts. He was a Colombian soldier and we know that he was wounded in the Korean War in the earlier 1950 decade, therefore we are hoping that by searching through his military records we may be lucky enough to locate him. We have tried other ways with not very good results.Thank you very much. His name is Oscar Escobar Burbino Ponse De Leon. I believe he is my father. I am now in the unites states (Miami) I know he is still alive. I am 53 years old on now and I was just informed about him in the last month. I am anxious to contact him.He was one of the soldiers that was sent to the Korean war from Colombia.If you have any information, please contact me at [email protected] One month ago.. I was informed that I was the biological daughter of Oscar Escobar Burbino Ponce De Leon, he was a soldier in the Korea war.. I don’t have much information from him, only his name and the fact that he serviced his country.I am 53 years old and I came to the United States when I was 5 years old. If any one can guide me on how to find my biological father I would appreciate the information, I am guiding my self more towards these web-site since I feel that I have a better opportunity to find phone number is 786-290-333 if you have any information about him, or if you are reading this message and could guide me where I should start looking I would highly appreciate it.Luz My father Jairo J. Gaviria, who is now 84 years old is a Veteran of the Korean War. He was in Colombia’s second battalion and in the battle at Old Baldy. We live in Los Angeles California, I reacently took his old pictures and War metals and conserved/displayed them in a case for his kids and grandkids to see. As I researched the Korean War and Colombia’s involvement, I am amazed so interested and proud of how important my father’s service was. My father is also amazed to see these documentaries and information now available for all of us to learn more about this important history for Colombia and the world. Thank you for this post. Hi! my grandfather fought at korean warhe is dead now so please, can yous ask your father if he met a man called Agustin Hernandez?thank you, have a nice day 🙂 “Successful combat is not measured by the number of casualties or liters of blood. It is in recovering occupied territories and the populations that inhabit them.” – Gen. Álvaro Valencia Tovar On June 16, 1951, 1,060 Colombian volunteers comprising the Colombia Battalion crossed the Pacific Ocean aboard the U.S. Navy ship Aiken Victory, en route to the Korean peninsula. The North Korean communist forces had attacked their neighbor to the south. Initially, the Colombia Battalion was assigned to the 21st Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, and together, they were the first representatives of the United Nations Allied Forces to disembark very close to the 38th Parallel, the dividing line between North and South Korea. More notably, Colombia was the only Latin American country to heed the call of the UN Security Council after adopting Resolution 83, which recommended the members to offer assistance in repelling the communists’ armed attack and restore international peace and security in the area. “It was a battalion of volunteers,” says General Álvaro Valencia Tovar, one of the few Colombian veterans of the Korean War still alive. “And though I was deployed on a mission in the U.S. when Colombia agreed to support the allies, naturally I came forward when I read my name in the paper among the volunteers to deploy.” Diálogo spoke with Gen. Valencia Tovar at his home in Bogotá, about his experiences in a foreign war, in a completely different world than the one he came from and knew. Gen. Valencia Tovar had been selected to be part of the Colombia Battalion because of his knowledge of English and the contact he had with the United States and its Army through an armor course he had attended in Fort Knox, Kentucky. “It was a really extraordinary experience”, he reminisces about the year-and-a-half (1951-52) he served his country and the Allied Forces against the North Korean communists, who were supported by China and the Soviet Union. “I never regretted going, despite the hardships suffered during war, the bitter winter we lived through there…resisting subzero temperatures, but that was all part of a chapter in my life that I’ve always regarded with great sympathy and with pleasant memories,” he recounts. The Colombia Battalion’s first combat mission took place on August 7, 1951 under the command of then Captain Álvaro Valencia Tovar. That day, Colonel Ginés Pérez, an American of Spanish descent, led the 21st Infantry Regiment into the valley of Pukhan, sending the “Colombia” to their baptism of fire as the tip of the spear in an advance with three offensive reconnaissance patrols, among which was Capt. Valencia Tovar’s company. In addition to being bilingual, Capt. Valencia Tovar distinguished himself during the Korean War for his experience in operations. Both factors allowed him to occupy critical positions as director of intelligence and subsequently of operations, and serve as the battalion’s interpreter, facilitating communication between the Allies, among which were Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the U.S. So much so, that Colonel Noel M. Cox, the American commander of the 31st Regiment –the Polar Bears–, asked Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Polanía Puyo, commander of the Colombia Battalion, to transfer Capt. Valencia Tovar from intelligence to Operations within the 31st Regiment. This honor is one of the two memories that Gen. Valencia Tovar holds most fondly today. “Naturally, I felt obliged to do it; it was the first time that a foreign officer (non-American) participated in regimental operations of the 8th Army, so LTC Polanía agreed to send me,” tells Gen. Valencia Tovar, highlighting that “being in or belonging to regimental operations requires ample experience and practice because three infantry battalions, in addition to the Colombia Battalion, formed part of the 31st Infantry Regiment.” Because of his actions in the 21st Infantry Regiment combined staff and subsequently, within the 31st Infantry Regiment’s staff, the U.S. Army honored Capt. Valencia Tovar with the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. Upon his return to Colombia, Capt. Valencia Tovar became professor and director of the Army Infantry School and also headed the Colombian Army Command, where he was able to turn into doctrine everything he had learned during the irregular and regular warfare in Korea to help rebuild the Colombian Military. Today, at 88, Gen. Valencia Tovar remains very active: he writes for Colombian daily El País, serves as dean of the country’s retired generals and dean of the veterans of war; is a historian, published author of numerous books and acting member of the Colombian Academy of History and of the Colombian Geographical Society. He still maintains strong friendships with his brothers in arms. Some of the General’s Anecdotes: Operation Nomad Operation Nomad started in October, 1951. It was the last mobilized operation of the Korean War. The U.S. Army had given tactical names to three strategic hills: 23, 24 and 25, but the Colombian Battalion renamed them Cerro de la Teta (Breast Hill) because of its “suggestive” shape, Don Polo, after Commander Polanía and Old Baldy because it was a barren area with no vegetation that resembled a bald head. “We took these three hills by assault on the initiation of the attack, on October 13, 1951. Because of it, five Colombians earned Silver Stars and Bronze Stars with the V device for valor; two officers and three non-commissioned officers earned the first awards of the war during the attack on those hills.” “They [the Chinese] never imagined that the advance by the army corps which executed Operation Nomad would be so quick, and less so that the Colombia Battalion, which led as the tip of the spear, would be able to dominate the entire valley.” “Aranar” During the Rest and Recovery periods, or R and R, the battalions had a week off in which many traveled to the nearby city of Tokyo, Japan. Since many of the Colombian men did not speak English, they called it by its phonetic name “Aranar”, and made it a verb, talking of going to and returning from “aranar”. Postwar Tokyo (WWII, 1939-45) was in the midst of rebuilding, and you could still see the Geisha communities, where Japanese women would dress in traditional kimonos, according to Gen. Valencia Tovar. “The suffix -ko was added to the names of Japanese women to signify something like a maiden or lady,” he tells, as he evokes old Japanese love songs and old war loves. By Dialogo November 10, 2011last_img read more

first_img2 Pademelon Pass NerangA LOVE for traditional Queenslanders inspired homeowners Andrew and Melanie Rollison to build their own – and the result is stunning.Set on a 6,084sq m block, the home is tucked away from street view, surrounded by picturesque bushland. 2 Pademelon Pass NerangThe backyard has a tropical-style pool with a Bali hut that adds a twist to the uniformed style. “One of my favourite parts about the home is that all the living spaces open out onto the veranda,” the father-of-two said. “The timber deck is 70sq m and it is probably the most used area, we have all our meals out there when we can.“In winter we would close up all the doors and start the fireplace, it just transforms from an open space to a cosy one.“There are always king parrots on the deck and the girls love seeing them, it really feels like you’re living with nature.”Mr Rollison also built an American-style barn chicken coop in the backyard which is home to 20 chickens. 2 Pademelon Pass Nerang“I grew up in north Queensland and every house was basically a Queenslander from Brisbane upwards,” Mr Rollison said.“It made sense to build one because of the sloping block and it really just suited the nature of the property.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Bali hut adds a tropical twist at this stunning propertyMr Rollison said the home was 16-years in the making.“We were living in Molendinar when we found it, we always had plans to build a Queenslander but we just needed the right location,” he said.“When we did build it we kept adding more and more traditional features on to the house.”The central kitchen has timber finishes on doorways that are quintessential to the classic design.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dream Home: Buderim02:08 Related videos 02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:32Mediterranean style mansion with wine cave02:10Dream Home: Manly01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms01:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld01:36Dream Home: BrookfieldA wraparound veranda with a bullnose style roof sets the scene while a wood fireplace adds ambience in the living rooms.“The land is just less than two acres so there was a lot of landscaping to do as well,” Mr Rollison said.last_img read more

first_img <<>> With a high concentration of units, Jan Jones Clontarf real estate agent Rachele Jones said it was refreshing to offer a house for sale in this price bracket.“I wish there were more of them because we have more buyers for them,’’ Ms Jones said.Jan Jones Real Estate welcomed 20 groups through the two bedroom, one bathroom house at 53 McLennan St, with two offers being received.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 FIND MORE HOUSES FOR SALE IN WOODY POINT This 1960 Woody Point house at 53 McLennan St has just sold for $411,000. In 2002 it sold for $118,000.WOODY Point has been a solid performer in the $400,000-plus price bracket, according to recent house sales data from CoreLogic.The houses at 1 Westbrook St, 53 McLennan St, and 18 Bell St all sold for below the Woody Point median house price of $460,000.center_img “Woody Point is family-friendly, it has that proximity to the water, the Belvedere Hotel, and easy access to the bridge for those needing to commute,”she said.Median house prices in the suburb have increased 4.6 per cent in 12 months, Real Estate Institute of Queensland figures show. The separate studio sits behind 53 McLennan St, Woody Point, and behind that is the shed.The house, built in 1960, had been renovated in the last 16 years, and included a backyard shed and separate studio with a pergola.It was purchased by a local owner-occupier for $411,000. last_img read more

first_img“People are seeing potential in Trinity Park, with high-quality estates like Bluewater, older properties on large blocks getting subdivided and new first-class facilities like the boat ramp being upgraded…”“The property itself was well-designed and well-presented by the previous owners, it catered to every need.” Inside 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park.The 77 Harbour Drive property was sold on December 14 to a southern couple looking to retire on the water.Mr Shingles said he hoped the estate would continue breaking sales records.“We’ve got a new listing coming up soon on the estate at 115-117 Harbour Drive, which is due to be photographed and looking to be offered in the $3 million range,” he said. 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park was the top seller in December 2018 in Cairns for $1.425 million.BLUEWATER Harbour estate at Trinity Park ended the year on a high note with property sales.The waterfront property at 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park, was the top-selling property in Cairns for December, going for $1.425 million. The pool at 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park. 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park, is one of the waterfront properties in Bluewater Harbour estate.“We’ve had record sales two years in a row with 4 Brindabella Quay going for $2.5 million in late 2017, 22-24 Brindabella Quay going for $2.65 million in August and we’re aiming for a third this year.” >> HOT OFFER: CAIRNS POST DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR $5 A MONTH 77 Harbour Drive, Trinity Park was the top seller in December 2018 in Cairns for $1.425 million.However, it still wasn’t a patch on the biggest sale for the year, which went for $2.65 million at 22-24 Brindabella Quay in August at the same estate.Agent Nathan Shingles from FNQ Hot Property said it was no surprise activity was so hot in the area.“Bluewater Harbour is quite undervalued at the moment compared to southern waterfront estates, but we’re seeing it come into its own,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agolast_img read more

first_imgPolice officers conducting mobile patrol caught the three women carrying the firearms and other items around 5 p.m. on July 30. BACOLOD City – Three women were arrested for possessing unlicensed firearms in Barangay Minapasuk, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in the lockup facility of the Calatrava municipal police station, facing charges./PN They yielded three .38 revolvers loaded with live bullets; one M14 magazine loaded with nine bullets; four rifle grenades; eight cellular phones; medicines; and subversive documents, a police report showed.  The suspects, who refused to give their identities, are suspected members of the underground revolutionary movement, it added.last_img read more

first_imgWest Brom have received an apology from referees’ chief Mike Riley for the penalty awarded against them in the draw with Chelsea earlier this month. Clarke told “We’ve had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologise. “It doesn’t get us any more points but it’s nice of Mike to phone. If he’s apologising, he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. We have to put it behind us now and move forward.” It is the second apology West Brom have received in a month after referee Howard Webb also said sorry for not giving them a penalty during the goalless draw with Stoke. The club have sent a letter to the Premier League and referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited highlighting four penalty decisions that have gone against them in the opening 11 games of the Barclays Premier League season. “The purpose of the letter is to try and provoke discussion,” said Clarke. “It’s not necessarily a discussion between us and the authorities but a discussion between everyone and the authorities to see if there is a way we can improve the game. “If there is technology that can be used to help referees make difficult decisions, which is what they have to do, then let’s look at it and see what we can come up with.” West Brom sit 10th in the table ahead of the derby clash with Aston Villa on Monday. Press Associationcenter_img The Baggies looked set for a famous victory at Stamford Bridge before referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty deep into injury time when Ramires went down after colliding with Steven Reid. Eden Hazard scored to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw, leaving West Brom boss Steve Clarke furious. last_img read more

first_imgUnited States Consulate General, Lagos has announced its support to the Little League Girls’ Softball Tournament and Clinic taking off today at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Oke Ado, Ibadan.A press statement by the Little District Administrator and Secretary General Nigerian Baseball and Softball Association, Mr Kehinde Laniyan confirmed the support from the American consulate.He added that this will be the second time that the American mission in Nigeria will be giving tremendous support to Little League programme. The first support came in April 2019 and was for the organisation of the Little League Baseball Clinic and Tournament.In a related development, an American-based Nigerian, Ronke Champion Adeyemi has announced a donation of $1000 (about N360,000) to support the event.Ronke Champion Adeyemi, a sports enthusiast and CEO of Peace Hospice & Palliative Care Chicago (Illinois) in the United States, has been supporting the children empowerment programme since 2012.She has an award of the Most Valuable Player of the tournament named after her by the organisation and it will be given out during the closing ceremony of the tournament on February 19, 2020.Mr Laniyan further confirmed that Ronke, has therefore become the biggest cash donor after the US Consulate General in Lagos to the present programme, while the Dutch Little League contributed a container load of softball equipment to further the development of the game in the country.Laniyan expresses his gratitude and said: “On behalf of Little League communities in Nigeria, I say a big thank you to our friends in The Netherlands for the gift of softball equipment and also to the US Consulate General, Lagos for its constant support.”He added that words cannot express our appreciation to Mrs. Ronke Champion Adeyemi for her usual unflinching support to ensuring the upliftment of Nigerian children through sports.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgBen NicholSterling.VC, a sports, media, and real estate company, has recruited Ben Nichol as its Head of Events and Business Development. Sterling.VC is part of Sterling Equities, which is co-owned by Fred Wilpon – the owner of the New York Mets and Overwatch League franchise New York Excelsior.Ben Nichol previously worked for Red Bull Media House in the esports division, starting in January 2014. His most recent position though, was as the Senior Program Manager for Events for the company – which began in November 2016 and lasted until February, where he was then acquired by Sterling.VC.Not only that, Nichol has experience in casting and commentating esports events, working for ESL, MLG, Blizzard, DreamHack, ASUS, and other organisations in the scene up until 2013. NYXL’s previous pick-up happened in January of this year, with the acquisition of David Kopelman as Head of Sponsorship for the franchise. Despite this, no jersey sponsorship has been revealed thus far.Nichol took to Twitter to say he’s “excited for this to finally be official,” and that he will post a “blog or something later with my thoughts”. New York Excelsior is currently sitting at the top of the Overwatch League, which is currently in its second stage, with a record of 14 wins to 2 losses. They topped Stage 1 of the league but came second in the playoffs after losing to London Spitfire. Esports Insider says: All of Nichol’s esports experience will likely add up to him being a great acquisition for Wilpon and co., who are venturing more and more into esports as time goes on. It can’t hurt that NYXL are currently at the top of the OWL either!last_img read more