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Want to own a private island like Johnny Depp and George Clooney? Here’s what it takes to buy and maintain it

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We know it sounds lavish when someone tells you that they own a private island, but it’s not that easy to maintain one. A private island along with jets and yachts surely ranks among the world’s most exclusive trapping of wealth.  From Scotland to the Bahamas and all other destinations in between, private islands offer uber luxury, along with privacy and peace.

If we consider, buying an island might cost less than 10 million in the sun-drenched archipelagos of the Caribbean, Central America, or the South Pacific. You’ll get several options to choose from.

Who all own private islands?

The ownership of private islands goes back in history – In 1966, legendary Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando bought an island in Tahiti for 22 million. Famous Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage own islands in the Bahamas. Off the coast of Belize, Leonardo DiCaprio has a 42-hectare Blackadore Caye Island. That’s not all, George Clooney has a 90 million island on England’s River Thames, and Steven Spielberg’s Island in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago is used for escapes with the family.

No, it’s not just the film stars that own these islands – Former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Virgin boss Richard Branson have their Islands in Hawaii and the British Virgin Islands, respectively. The family of Caroline of Monaco’s daughter-in-law Beatrice Borromeo has an island off the coast of Italy.

Questions to ask before buying a private island

Owning a private island isn’t much different from buying any other real estate asset. Here also, we follow the same rules –Understanding the usage – Is it being bought for personal use, rental or development? If you are buying it for personal use, you should know what are the users’ interests – farming, diving, and water sports. If you’ll have visitors? If it’s for development, who will be visiting? You need to understand how easy is it to get to the island, how the connectivity is, if the infrastructure is developed, etc.

What does it take to own and maintain a private island?

MONEY – You need it to buy the private island of your dream and for that, you will have to consider financing. You should know the value of the island will be appreciated in the near future or not – while doing this you’ll have to keep laws in mind as it changes from location to location. Ensure that the land is freehold and then get into understanding what the tax structures are and what environmental restrictions and obligations are being followed.

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Chicago prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against R. Kelly

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R. Kelly arrives for a hearing on sexual abuse charges in Chicago on May 7, 2019.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP via Getty Images file

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” against Kelly, who has been convicted in federal court.

An Illinois prosecutor dropped 10 charges of sex abuse against the singer R. Kelly on Monday, saying the cost was one of the factors she weighed in her decision.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year prison sentence on charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking after he was convicted in New York last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” with the two convictions. She said her office’s “limited resources and court time” were the ultimate factors, noting that it found the accusations to be credible.

“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again,” Foxx said.

Kelly is set to appear Tuesday in Cook County Court, where the charges will be formally dropped. The state has accused Kelly of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors.

Foxx announced the state’s case in 2019, saying the incidents occurred from May 1998 to January 2010. Kelly had faced three to seven years in prison for each charge if he were convicted.

The women in the case were identified in the indictment only by their initials. Multiple women have come forward with allegations over the years.

Lifetime aired a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January 2019 in which multiple women alleged Kelly subjected them to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Foxx urged potential victims to come forward to speak with her office about possible criminal activity after the series.

Foxx said Monday that she consulted with the women in the indictment before she decided to drop the charges, acknowledging that some might be disappointed.

“I know firsthand how difficult it is for you to tell your stories,” Foxx said. “Four years ago, I stood at this podium and shared my story of having been a survivor and my full understanding of what it means to have to go before strangers to discuss what is arguably one of the most horrific experiences one could have. And these women, all of them Black, came forward, believing that they would be heard.”

Kelly also faces state charges in Minnesota, where he has been accused of soliciting a minor for sexual purposes and engaging in prostitution with a minor.

In the New York case, Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. Jurors found that he set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex.

Months later in Chicago federal court, he was convicted on six counts of sexual exploitationand enticement of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges Feb. 23.

Kelly’s attorneys have said he plans to appeal both federal convictions.

Source: NBC NEWS

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50 GB Of Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs Stolen And Leaked

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Renowned music engineer Brad Sundberg’s laptop was stolen this week during a break at one of his “In The Studio With MJ” events in Brussels, leading to the leaks of several unreleased songs by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Sundberg’s laptop contained a significant amount of unreleased material by the iconic singer, predominately from the late 1980s and early 1990s. He would play them for fans who attended the events over the years.

The stolen songs, which were recorded during Michael’s “Bad” and “Dangerous” eras, have now surfaced on various online platforms, causing a frenzy among the fans. This is not the first time that unreleased material by Michael has been leaked, but under the circumstance of the theft, it’s certainly the most shocking and disappointing.

Fans have urged others to refrain from sharing or downloading the leaked songs, as they were not intended for public release and may contain unfinished versions of the tracks, as well as damage any plans for potential future releases.

We at MJWN are deeply saddened by the events. We hope those involved will be brought to justice. We will not be posting any links to the stolen material, nor naming the songs that have been leaked.

Michael’s Estate has yet to release a statement on the matter.

Source: MJWN

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‘Addams Family’ Tv Actress Lisa Loring Dead at 64

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Lisa Loring, the first Wednesday in 1964's 'The Addams Family', dies at 64

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