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Bitcoin soars to new heights after hitting $20,000 milestone

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  The cryptocurrency has more than tripled this year amid rising demand from institutional investors and tech companies This story has been updated. Bitcoin soared to a record high on Thursday, a day after breaching $20,000 for the first time in a mad-dash year that has seen the digital currency more than triple in value. Bitcoin, the world’s first blockchain cryptocurrency, swelled nearly 17 percent Thursday to $23,187, according to CoinMarketCap. It operates through peer-to-peer digital exchanges without a centralized hub, and its trading history is marked by wild swings. Bitcoin was trading above $10,000 in February, just before the coronavirus crisis took hold and it slid to about $4,000 within weeks. It was back above $10,000 by October amid growing demand from institutional investors and tech firms, and is now up more than 220 percent since the start of the year, according to Reuters. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who co-founded the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, told

Experts Predict What The Housing Market Will Be Like In 2021 Stevie Wonder’s Former Beverly Hills Pad Sells For $10.5 Million Ski-In/Ski-Out Home In Utah Hits The Market For $38 Million

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  Although one  pigeonnier  on the property has already been converted, a second is ripe for renovation. These structures for raising pigeons once conveyed the property owner's status and were considered a display of wealth. The game birds were considered a delicacy. Vintners may choose to spend their time attending to the 2.5 acres of vineyards, which produce about 5,000 bottles of wine a year. Talk about having a house wine. The accompanying equipment, including a vat and press, is available for optional purchase, as are the home furnishings and agricultural equipment. A caretaker's house of 1,615 square feet features a living room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A three-level outbuilding provides another 1,615 square feet of space with a living room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The remaining structures include a barn that could be converted into a home, three buildings currently under renovation, an old tobacco barn and a 1,291-square-foot house. Gourdon has a we

WORLD MARKETS TODAY

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  Four of eight indexes on our world watch list posted YTD gains through December 14, 2020. The top performer is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 14.37%. is in second is Tokyo's Nikkei 225 with a gain of 12.93% and in third is China's Shanghai with a gain of 12.15%. Coming in last is London's FTSE 100 with a loss of 14.93%. Here are all eight world indexes in 2020 and the associated table sorted by YTD. Market Summary At Close 2:22 PM ET:   In Asia, the Shanghai Composite closed up by  0.99%  , while Japan's Nikkei 225 was down by  0.04%  at the end of trading. Europe Key Indexes At close 12/24/2020 Change % change 1 month 1 year Low High 52 WEEK FTSE 100  Britain 6,502.11 +6.36 +0.10% +1.09% –14.81%   Closed for holiday, prices at close 12/24/2020 DAX  Germany 13,587.23 +169.12 +1.26% +3.51% +2.15%   Closed for holiday, prices at close 12/23/2020 CAC 40  France 5,522.01 –5.58 –0.10% –0.66% –8.42%   Closed for holiday, prices at close 12/24/2020 FTSE Eurofirst 300  Eu

U.S. MARKETS TODAY

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     S&P 500 Index                                    3,703.06 +13.05 +0.35% Nasdaq 12,804.73 +33.62 +0.26% Stock Spotlight 0 MOST ACTIVE Stock Latest % change Data delayed at least 15 minutes Gevo Inc 3.70 +27.15% Camber Energy Inc 1.05 +28.00% Apple Inc 131.97 +0.77% Ampio Pharmaceuticals Inc 2.12 +19.77% IZEA Worldwide Inc 1.88 +22.08% Blink Charging Co 49.50 +13.09% SIFCO Industries Inc 5.30 +35.90% Tesla Inc 661.77 +2.44% TOP GAINERS Stock Latest % change Data delayed at least 15 minutes Air T Inc 38.38 +293.64% FAT Brands Inc 5.84 +72.64% SIFCO Industries Inc 5.30 +35.90% Neoleukin Therapeutics Inc 14.56 +35.19% ENGlobal Corp 2.95 +29.39% Camber Energy Inc 1.05 +28.00% Gevo Inc 3.70 +27.15% Harvest Capital Credit Corp 7.06 +22.36% TOP LOSERS Stock Latest % change Data delayed at least 15 minutes Ocugen Inc 1.76 –32.31% Highpeak Energy Inc 14.60 –24.20% Second Sight Medical Products Inc 2.51 –22.05% Energous Corp 2.06 –18.90% Future Fintech Group Inc 1.85 –18.50% Age

Tips Designer fireplaces are the hot new pandemic amenity

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  As the world awaits Santa’s annual stopover (his sleigh isn’t subject to pandemic restrictions), all eyes are on the chimney. But for some New Yorkers, that fixation on the fireplace is a burning obsession, year-round. “Growing up, my family — my parents, grandparents — all their houses had [a fireplace],” said 49-year-old tech executive Valerie Bordelanne. “It’s a place of warmth and joy. It’s around the fireplace that you can have deep discussions about any subject. Born in Bordeaux, France, Bordelanne has spent the last 20 years living around the world with her husband, Gregoire Maes. Then, two years ago, the family decided to settle in Manhattan. They toured roughly 60 apartments, but one stood out among them — a condo with a statement fireplace created by Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger of the New York-based design firm BoND. “To be honest, it was twice the budget we were predicting,” Bordelanne said of their one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea just off Eighth Avenue. Dvir and Rau

King's Pop Michael Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch finally sells for $22M

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  Never say never.   Michael Jackson’s   troubled Neverland Ranch has found a new owner. Billionaire Ron Burkle, co-founder of investment firm Yucaipa Companies and a former associate of Jackson, has purchased the Los Olivos, Calif., property for $22 million,  the Wall Street Journal reports . Beyond snagging himself roughly 2,700 acres and a nearly 12,000-square-foot mansion — among the many structures on the estate — Burkle also got a deal. The estate first  hit the market  in 2015 for a whopping $100 million. From that point forward, the spread languished on the market. In 2017, it  returned for sale  asking $67 million following a massive $33 million price cut. In 2019, it was listed for $31 million, the Journal added. Beyond the property’s sprawling scale, it is also jam-packed with amenities — such as a 50-seat movie theater, a basketball court and several guesthouses — which have long been the subject of dark stories. In 2016,  a report emerged  claiming that Jackson kept a trip

THE RIGHT TO INCLUSIVE, QUALITY EDUCATION

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  Plan International believes that education should be available and accessible to all girls and boys. Every child must be able to access and complete an inclusive, quality pre-primary, primary and secondary education in order to meet the Global Goal for education by 2030. Plan International believes that education should be available and accessible to all girls and boys. Every child must be able to access and complete an inclusive, quality pre-primary, primary and secondary education in order to meet not only the the Global Goal for education, but all Global Goals by 2030.   To achieve this, the international community, local governments and the private sector must fund quality education, to lift up and support the girls and boys who are least likely to be able to access education.  QUALITY EDUCATION FOR GIRLS  Plan International believes that education is the key to unlocking girls’ potential, and one of the most effective interventions for achieving development goals. Every girl has