I have sold a property at 908 251 7 AVE E in Vancouver.
Over 900 sqft in the heart of Mount Pleasant with Views from your private balcony! This open floor plan 2bed/2bath +flex is bright and well laid out- no wasted space. The efficient kitchen features full sized S/S appliances and quartz counter tops with bar seating, in suite laundry, hardwood floors, 2 full spa like bathrooms and a walk through closet in master. Amenities include Gym, party room, 2 large roof top terraces w/BBQ, bike storage, 1 parking and locker. The District is a coveted concrete building within walking distance to great restaurants, boutique shops, trendy cafes, library, community centre, parks, public transportation and more. FANTASTIC LOCATION!
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Feel like getting off the world for a while? You’ve got company! As the U.S. News & World Report states, some 12,000 people have applied to become astronauts following a call from NASA for volunteers. It’s the second largest group of would-be spacefarers in the agency’s history.

The hopefuls come from all 50 American states, as well as the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. Those selected will probably travel to the International Space Station and pave the way for exploration of the moon and Mars.

The previous call for recruits drew a record 18,300 candidates, of which 12 were ultimately chosen. This time around NASA tightened its qualifications, requiring a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math. There are currently 48 active astronauts in the group.

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The Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab identified some guiding principles for cultivating creativity that can be adapted for life under social distancing:

  • Projects: Many projects can be completed using the same tools. Just as children find new ways to construct Legos, employees can find new ways to synthesize ideas.
  • Passion: Encourage co-workers to develop their own ideas for projects that will use their talents and hold their attention.
  • Peers: Creativity flourishes when we connect and communicate. Use remote tools to seek out connections and maintain communication.
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POSITION: Father (also known as Daddy, Dad, Pop)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long-term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidate must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required.

LENGTH OF JOB: The rest of your life.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Not much until Grandparent position opens up.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required. On-the-job training mandatory.

SKILLS:

  • Ability to fix any broken toy
  • Bug Catcher
  • Doctor
  • Chef
  • Chauffeur
  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Finder of lost objects
  • Master pancake maker
  • Clown

BENEFITS: No paid holidays. Available benefits include lifelong opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and occasional hugs.

These are only a few reasons to celebrate all the men we know and love who are great fathers!

Happy Father’s Day!
Gino Pezzani

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Your favorite small businesses— the neighborhood bookstore, the family-owned coffee shop, your local grocery store— all worked hard to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CNN website shares these suggestions for making sure they continue to succeed:

Buy gift cards for upcoming presents. Most local businesses have gift cards for sale. Buying a few puts money in their bank accounts right away, even if the recipients don’t use them right away.

Shop locally, even online. We’ve all grown used to online shopping. Check websites for local opportunities to order what you need instead of heading to an internet giant.

Look for discounts. Businesses trying to attract customers will offer discounts to entice consumers. Taking advantages of these discounts will help support them while helping you to stay within your budget.

Skip the homecooked meal. As stores begin to reopen, many restaurants are still delivering food. Order in to support local establishments as they spread their wings again.

Tip generously. Your tip may or may not directly benefit the store, but it will show your appreciation to delivery drivers and staff, which can result in higher morale and better retention, which businesses need now more than ever.

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I have sold a property at 320 5928 BIRNEY AVE in Vancouver.
Gold medal, Georgia award winner Adera development PACIFIC in Wesbrook Village. Highly sought after Dunbar floor plan, corner unit with only ½ a shared wall. Fantastic layout, over 1000 sqft 2 bedroom/bath and den. Large bedrooms separated by open spacious living space with lots of bright airy windows. South East Exposure corner unit with large outdoor space. Original owner upgraded unit with Hardwood Floors, high end Monogram Appliance Package and granite counters. Warm gas fireplace centers the large living space. 2 Parking and one storage. Steps to Community Centre, Save-on-foods, restaurants, recreation, Pacific Spirit Park, transit & schools.
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COVID-19 made an impact on people all over the world, but curiously, it’s reduced our impact on the planet. The New York Times reports that self-quarantining has had an observable effect on seismic activity beneath city streets.

Thomas Lecocq, a seismologist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, measured the seismic noise beneath the city after Brussels established a lockdown in mid-March. He found that it had diminished quickly and significantly once Belgians and their cars were off the streets.

Other scientists around the world have followed his lead and detected similar declines. In Great Britain, one seismologist tracking activity from her suburban house observed a 20%–25% reduction in average weekly noise one week after the British commenced their lockdown.

In the center of London, another seismometer recorded a 30% drop. Similarly, noise levels in Los Angeles have declined more than 50% of normal, and the Paris Institute of Earth Physics has detected a 38% drop in average daytime seismic noise in the city. It seems that all our footsteps have more an impact than we realized.

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We have all spent extra hours online over the past few months and you’re probably being extra careful with your personal information. However, determined criminals can “phish” for information.

The Norton website shares these clues to help you spot a scam and keep your data safe:

  • Carefully consider requests for personal information: Government agencies and legitimate organizations won’t ask for your Social Security number, passwords, or other private details via email.
  • Avoid untrustworthy links: You can determine where a link is actually going by hovering your mouse over it and looking at the website address, or the URL. Many times you’ll be able to tell that it’s not a legitimate online destination. On the other hand, some scammers can create very realistic looking destination URLs, so be cautious and delete the link in case of any doubt.
  • Grammatical Mistakes: Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar are telltale clues of a phishing attempt. Again, delete the message immediately.
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  • Generic Greetings: “Dear sir or madam,” or “To whom it may concern,” means that the sender has no idea who you are. That doesn’t mean it is an attempt at phishing, but you should probably take a closer look at the correspondence.
  • Requests for Instant Action: Phishing scams will insist that you respond immediately. Don’t panic; just delete the message.
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Every 20 years or so, the remains of a 50-foot shipwreck are exposed on a Maine beach in the wake of strong storms, only to be buried again by more harsh weather. It’s a mystery that has frustrated locals wanting to know more about the ghost ship. According to the CNN website, the ship was first spotted in 1958, then reappeared in 1978, 2007, 2013, and 2018. Some pieces of the ship were saved, and now the mystery has been cleared up.

A marine archaeologist sent pieces of the wreck to the Cornell University Tree-Ring Laboratory, where the timber was matched in a tree-ring index to a probable date of 1753. With that data, the archaeologist studied historical records and linked it to a sloop called Defiance, built in 1754 and wrecked near the Maine location in 1769. Defiance sailed out of Salem, Massachusetts, with a cargo of flour, pork, and other goods. Crewed by four men, the ship hit a fierce storm and was forced onto the beach. Although the sloop was a total loss, all four men survived.

The identification is significant because Defiance is one of the few examples of a pre-Revolutionary War ship built in New England. Scientists also hope to use the information to measure the impact of sea level rise and storm activity.

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I have sold a property at 304 997 22ND AVE W in Vancouver.
This bright & spacious 1 bed plus den, 1 bath suite is centrally located & boasts a fantastic large out-door space, facing the quiet side of the building. An expansive 232 sq. ft. sunny patio off of the large efficient open floor plan. Very large 1 bedroom with area for desk plus a separate bright and airy den. Good size bathroom & large flex room for an office or storage. Spacious kitchen, lots of storage & counter space, with an eating bar. Dining room has plenty of space for a table of six. Great design with lots of generous closets, in suite laundry & no wasted space. A well run boutique building on a beautiful tree lined street with secure parking & lots of bike storage. Excellent location steps to transit, Douglas Park, community centre, great schools, shops, restaurants & much more
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