Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Shunning Masks
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R), who has opposed mandatory mask rules, has tested positive for COVID-19.
His wife, Teresa Parson, also tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the governor said he and his wife were both “fine” despite the positive tests. Parson said he had “no symptoms of any kind.” In a separate video, his wife said she’d experienced mild “cold-like symptoms.”
The couple have canceled all official events until further notice.
Parson, who is up for reelection in November, has previously come under scrutiny for his stance on mandatory masks.
While he’s encouraged Missourians to wear masks and practice social distancing, he’s insisted “you don’t need government to tell you to wear a dang mask.”
“If you want to wear a dang mask, wear a mask,” he said at an event in July. He was not wearing a mask at the time — and has frequently appeared in public without one.
Missouri has reported more than 1,900 COVID-19 deaths to date. On Wednesday, the state reported 83 deaths — the highest single-day total for the state since the start of the pandemic, The Associated Press reported.
Louise Sunshine, reeling from $2M loss on penthouse, buys $3M Miami condo
Legendary real estate marketing guru Louise Sunshine bought a $3 million Miami condo during the height of the pandemic. She was already renting in the building, called Bellini Bal Harbour and located at 10225 Collins Ave., and was able to tour the ninth-floor unit at a time when outsiders couldn’t, she said. She also snagged a discount, since the property was most recently on the market for $3.39 million.
The Real Deal first reported the sale. The seller, per TRD, is Gabriel Gilinski, son of Colombian billionaire banker and real estate developer Jaime Gilinski Bacal.
It was a reprieve for Sunshine — who founded the marketing firm Sunshine Group, which later merged with Corcoran. This year, TRD reported, she lost about $2 million selling a duplex penthouse in Miami Beach’s Grand Venetian development that had been on and off the market since 2015.
“Moving during the coronavirus is the most impossible task I’ve ever undertaken,” Sunshine, who is a consultant for Fort Partners working on Four Seasons-branded projects in South Florida. She wasn’t planning on buying again, but, as she told TRD, “it was just bothering me that I could possibly purchase for the same cost per month that I was paying for the rental.”
Her new three-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home is 3,820 square feet and comes a wraparound terrace as well as views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also deeded beach access.
The listing broker was Nancy Batchelor and Dana Rothman, of Berkshire Hathaway EWM Realty.
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Westpac agrees to settle money-laundering case for $920 million
Westpac added it would increase the provision in its accounts for the year ending September 30 by a further A$404 million
Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp said on Thursday it would pay A$1.3 billion ($920 million) to settle a case filed by the country’s financial crimes watchdog against the lender for breaching anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism laws.
Last November, AUSTRAC filed a civil lawsuit accusing the Sydney-based bank of presiding over 23 million payments that violated anti-money laundering protocols, including payments by Australians to child pornography purveyors in the Philippines.
The A$1.3 billion penalty, which both Westpac and AUSTRAC have agreed to recommend to the court, is larger than the A$900 million provision made by the country’s second-largest bank in its first-half results.
“We are committed to fixing the issues to ensure that these mistakes do not happen again. This has been my number one priority,” said Westpac Group Chief Executive Peter King.
“We have also closed down relevant products and reported all relevant historical transactions.”
Westpac added it would increase the provision in its accounts for the year ending September 30 by a further A$404 million to account for the higher estimated penalty and additional costs.
Fifth Ave. pad owned by a Rockefeller hits market for first time since 1963
A palatial Fifth Avenue apartment is on the market for the first time in 57 years.
The full-floor co-op on the 15th floor of 812 Fifth Ave. was bought by Nelson Rockefeller in 1963, when the 19-story building was erected.
A grandson of billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller served as the 41st vice president of the United States under Gerald Ford, from 1974 to 1977, and governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.
His old four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom residence has listed for $11.5 million.
Rockefeller blasted through a wall and installed six shallow steps in order to connect it to his 12th-floor home at 810 Fifth Ave., the building directly south of No. 812.
After his death in 1979, the units were reconfigured and made separate once again.
Now, the 3,990-square-foot residence is publicly available for the first time since Rockefeller bought it.
A private elevator landing opens to a large foyer and entertaining space.
The home, which has a spacious terrace, boasts 75 feet of unobstructed views overlooking Central Park. Oh, and there’s also a hefty $11,866 monthly maintenance fee.
The listing broker is Clayton Orrigo of Compass.
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Andrea Simon Joins Rain Management Group As Partner, RMG Merges With Andrea Simon Entertainment
Veteran manager Andrea Simon has joined Los Angeles-based management service and production company Rain Management Group as a partner. RMG announced the addition on Monday and also shared that it will merge with Simon’s Andrea Simon Entertainment, effective immediately.
“I am so pleased to have Andrea join us as a partner. Not only is it nice to have another accomplished female partner at the company but the addition of Andrea and her exceptional list of clients continues our growth as a pre-eminent destination for accomplished literary artists. Like me, Andrea has made collaborating with diverse writers, directors, and producers a consistent priority in her career and we are so proud to welcome them and her into our company,” said RMG Partner Anne Damato.
Simon, once a literary agent, has years’ worth of experience as a manager and has developed a select list of clients including award-winning television and film figures, playwrights, producers and novelists. Her current clients include Roxann Dawson, Merri Howard, and Evangeline Ordaz, among others.
“As the industry continues to change, this strategic move made perfect sense for my longtime clients and myself,” said Simon. “RMG’s reputation as a client first management company with both scale and reach is exactly the platform I was looking for to continue to grow my business. The fact that they have a great reputation as collaborative and honorable representatives was of great importance.”