Spanish province – Disturb Media http://disturbmedia.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://disturbmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-6-120x120.png Spanish province – Disturb Media http://disturbmedia.com/ 32 32 Cofinimmo: will build a new nursing and care home in Granada (Spain) https://disturbmedia.com/cofinimmo-will-build-a-new-nursing-and-care-home-in-granada-spain/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:52:16 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/cofinimmo-will-build-a-new-nursing-and-care-home-in-granada-spain/ PRESS RELEASE Brussels, embargo until 22.11.2022, 5:40 p.m. CET Cofinimmo will build a new nursing and care home in Granada (Spain) Cofinimmo (Euronext Brussels: COFB) will have a new nursing and care home built on land previously acquired in the province of Granada (Andalusia). The investment budget for both the land and […]]]>


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Cofinimmo will build a new nursing and care home in Granada (Spain)

Cofinimmo (Euronext Brussels: COFB) will have a new nursing and care home built on land previously acquired in the province of Granada (Andalusia). The investment budget for both the land and the works amounts to approximately 12 million euros. The site is pre-let to Grupo Reifs, the leading Andalusian operator.

Jean PierreHanin, CEO of Cofinimmo: “With the construction of this new nursing and care home in Andalusia, we continue to actively participate in the expansion and renewal of the healthcare real estate portfolio in Europe in general, and in Spain in particular. We are also pleased to strengthen our partnership with Grupo Reifs, the leading healthcare operator in this region.

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1. The site

The new rest and care home will be built in Maracena, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The municipality is located 3 km from Granada, which has more than 230,000 inhabitants.

The building will have a total area of ​​approximately 9,100 m² and will provide 180 beds. It will be within walking distance of a park and easily accessible thanks to several bus stops and a tram station. It will also offer several covered parking spaces for bicycles. The asset will be close to another nursing and care home operated by Grupo Reifs, it will also be Cofinimmo’s first nursing and care home in the Granada region.

The energy intensity of the building will be reduced thanks to specific equipment such as photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and solar panels to produce hot water. These will contribute, together with remotely readable meters, to obtaining a level A energy performance certificate as well as a BREEAM Excellent certification.

2. The transaction

Cofinimmo acquired this land in Maracena through a subsidiary. The investment budget for both the land and the works amounts to approximately 12 million euros.

Work is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, as part of a turnkey project. Delivery of the nursing and care home is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024, when the lease will begin.

The amounts corresponding to the construction work will be paid according to the percentage of progress of the project. Those to be paid in 2022 for this project are included in the investment estimate for 2022, as published in section 11.1 of the press release of 28.10.2022.

A triple fillet1 30-year lease was signed with operator Grupo Reifs. The rent will be indexed annually according to the Spanish consumer price index. The gross rental yield is in line with current market conditions.

3. The operator-tenant

Grupo Reifs manages 16 retirement and care homes throughout Andalusia, where more than 700 employees provide care and attention to almost 1,250 residents. With more than 20 years of experience in this field, Grupo Reifs is the leader in the health sector in Andalusia.

1 Insurance, taxes and maintenance are the responsibility of the tenant.

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For more information:

Philippe Etienne

Lynn Nachtergaele

Yeliz Bicici

External Communication Manager

Investor Relations Manager

CEO

Such. : +32 2 373 60 32

Such. : +32 2 777 14 08

Offices & Property Development

petienne@cofinimmo.be

lnachtergaele@cofinimmo.be

Such. : +32 2 373 00 00

About Cofinimmo:

Cofinimmo has been acquiring, developing and managing rental properties for nearly 40 years. The company has a portfolio divided between Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom worth approximately 6, 1 billion euros. Responding to societal changes, Cofinimmo’s mission is to offer tenant-partners quality care, living and working spaces for the greatest pleasure of their occupants. ‘Caring, Living and Working – Together in Real Estate’ is the expression of this mission. Thanks to its expertise, Cofinimmo has built up a healthcare real estate portfolio of around EUR 4.2 billion in Europe.

As an independent company applying the highest standards of corporate governance and sustainable development, Cofinimmo offers its tenants services and manages its portfolio thanks to a team of approximately 160 employees in Brussels, Paris, Breda, Frankfurt and Madrid.

Cofinimmo is listed on Euronext Brussels (BEL20) and benefits from the REIT regime in Belgium (SIR), France (SIIC) and the Netherlands (FBI). Its activities are supervised by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), the Belgian regulator.

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Buenos Aires Weather | Stories that caught our attention: November 11-18 https://disturbmedia.com/buenos-aires-weather-stories-that-caught-our-attention-november-11-18/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:03:43 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/buenos-aires-weather-stories-that-caught-our-attention-november-11-18/ ALBERTO IN BALI President Alberto Fernández’s attendance at the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali last Tuesday and Wednesday was reduced to a bare minimum by an attack of gastritis and low blood pressure. The president reduced his agenda to a 20-minute meeting on Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping (followed by the announcement of a […]]]>

ALBERTO IN BALI

President Alberto Fernández’s attendance at the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali last Tuesday and Wednesday was reduced to a bare minimum by an attack of gastritis and low blood pressure. The president reduced his agenda to a 20-minute meeting on Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping (followed by the announcement of a currency swap expansion with the Bank of China to the tune of US$5 billion in yuan ), also pushing China to keep its promises. his promises to invest $1.22 billion in the Santa Cruz dams, while on Wednesday his only contacts were with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. With the former, he urged the IMF to drop its interest rate surcharges and sought to change the targets set out in last March’s accord while Georgieva recommended tackling inflation. Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero replaced him in all other scheduled activities. “I’m fine and I’m working well,” President Fernández told reporters, downplaying the health scare.

THREE-DIGIT INFLATOR HEADS

Last month’s inflation was 6.3%, the INDEC national statistics office said on Tuesday, accumulating 76.6% for the first 10 months and operating at an annual rate of 88%. Communications (12.1%) was the main culprit, mainly due to soaring prices for telephone and internet services, followed by “Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels” (7.5% ), due to updated utility billing. Health is next (7.1%) due to rising costs for prepaid healthcare plans. The key food and beverage item was slightly below average at 6.2%, fruits and vegetables registering the largest increases while underlying inflation (excluding seasonal and regulated prices) The Central Bank’s REM (Relevamiento de Expectativas de Mercado) survey of economic consultants shows that they make forecasts at triple digits for this year while falling to 96% next year and nearly 70% in 2024.

FIVE YEARS SINCE THE UNDERWATER TRAGEDY

The fifth anniversary of the sinking of the ARA San Juan submarine with the loss of 44 lives was marked last Tuesday with various outstanding points such as the lack of forensic analysis while Judge Caleta Olivia Marta Yáñez has not yet ruled on the Court’s recommendation federal appeal by Comodoro Rivadavia according to which the criminal proceedings already underway against four naval officers be extended to ex-president Mauricio Macri, to his Minister of Defense Oscar Aguad and then to the Chief of the Naval Staff Marcelo Surr. The families of the victims continue to express their dissatisfaction.

COUNCIL BLOCKED, BUT BUDGET PAST

The deadlock over the Judicial Council continued last week, with Kirchnerisme insisting on its choice, Senator Martín Doñate (Frente de Todos-Río Negro) while Senator Luis Juez (PRO-Córdoba) said that ‘he would sue Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (who was acting president until yesterday in the absence of Alberto Fernández) unless she recognizes him, as the Supreme Court decided at the start of the month. A power struggle is looming, Juez warned. The deadlock had consequences beyond the judiciary as Kirchnerites’ insistence on Doñate as a Senate representative led the opposition to skip Wednesday’s session in protest, allowing the Frente de Todos caucus to pass the 2023 budget by a vote of 37-0 and almost without debate, limited to 90 minutes. This budget (approved last month by the Chamber of Deputies by a vote of 180 to 22) projects total public spending of almost 29 trillion pesos while projecting 2% growth and 60% annual inflation for the next year while reducing the budget deficit from 2.5 to 1.9% of gross domestic product.

HEALTH MANIFESTATIONS

Led by residents of the hospital, the wage discontent of city workers culminated last Tuesday evening with a torchlight march after nine weeks of protests including 19 days of strike, blaming that in many cases the wages of professionals in the health had fallen below the poverty line with basic hourly medical expenses. less than 300 pesos. But the next day, the city’s health minister, Fernán Quirós, whose initial offer was 440 pesos per hour, almost doubled his salary to a monthly average of around 200,000 pesos, apparently on the initiative of the city ​​mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and a solution seemed to be glimpsed. Protest leaders have acknowledged that this offer would outpace inflation this year without recouping the real wage cuts of previous years. Rodríguez Larreta said in a radio interview that his goal was a starting salary of 200,000 pesos for police officers, teachers and health workers, but the town hall could not pay more than that without jeopardizing its budget balance.

MACRI: GERMANS ARE “SUPERIOR”

Former president Mauricio Macri was the target of government criticism and friendly fire last week, the former being sparked by a World Cup preview in which Macri viewed Germany’s chances as a “superior run”. At the same time, the city’s mayor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, declared that Macri was not “the owner of the [Juntos por el Cambio] votes,” insisting that the PASO primaries were the best way to define the candidates for the opposition coalition.

DELAY THE MUST

As part of a series of inland visits to prepare the ground for a possible presidential race next year, PRO deputy and former governor of the province of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal, visited the province from Formosa last week where she met with a difficult reception, being constantly heckled and harassed by activists responding to local Peronist Governor Gildo Insfrán. When Vidal criticized the latter, saying his 27-year reign had resulted in a backward province of at least 27 years compared to his time, Insfrán himself weighed in, saying it was Vidal who was “mentally backward “.

NEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Last Wednesday in Paris, French Deputy Foreign Minister Anne-Marie Descôtes handed over to her Argentinian counterpart Pablo Tettamanti declassified files relating to human rights violations during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. The two senior Foreign Ministry officials also benefited from an exchange of views on a wide range of other issues such as the current international situation, climate change, food security, bilateral trade and Antarctic cooperation.

SCALONETA QATAR TRAVEL

After beating the United Arab Emirates team 5-0 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Argentina’s World Cup squad flew to Doha to settle in their headquarters in a dormitory at Qatar University , where it will occupy 85 rooms. Next Tuesday they will face Saudi Arabia in their World Cup debut. At press time, coach Lionel Scaloni was still fine-tuning his 26-man roster, replacing the injured Nicolás González and Joaquín Correa with Ángel Correa (no relation) and Thiago Almada.

NEW COACH FOR THE RIVER

On the eve of the World Cup, Martín Demichelis arrived here last Tuesday from Munich to succeed Marcelo Gallardo as coach of River Plate, the team where the centre-back started his football career although he has spent many more years with FC Bayern Munich.

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Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli buys a house in Los Angeles – DIRT https://disturbmedia.com/italian-fashion-designer-brunello-cucinelli-buys-a-house-in-los-angeles-dirt/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:42:00 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/italian-fashion-designer-brunello-cucinelli-buys-a-house-in-los-angeles-dirt/ A vintage residence nestled in a notoriously celebrity-filled enclave near the base of Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon, in the foothills just above Hollywood, has changed hands for the first time in nearly 40 years as part of a a secret $5 million off-market deal. Tucked away in a historic, almost invisible cul-de-sac behind secure gates […]]]>

A vintage residence nestled in a notoriously celebrity-filled enclave near the base of Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon, in the foothills just above Hollywood, has changed hands for the first time in nearly 40 years as part of a a secret $5 million off-market deal.

Tucked away in a historic, almost invisible cul-de-sac behind secure gates and a trimmed hedge, tax records show the 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival residence was owned for decades by veteran showbiz executive Robert A. Geary . The new owner is the erudite Italian luxury fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli.

Cucinelli, whose eponymous brand sells tasteful, ultra-luxe products including $700 woven leather belts, $1,200 cotton hoodies and $3,700 cashmere sweaters, launched his business in the mid-1970s, selling brightly colored cashmere sweaters, and took it public in 2013. The success of the IPO made him a billionaire, a famous philanthropist who donates 20% of his profits to the Brunello and Frederica Cucinelli Foundation.

Since the property was not listed on the open market, details are scarce. Tax records indicate there are five bedrooms and three bathrooms on just over 3,800 square feet spread over two floors that sit atop an arched loggia that overlooks the manicured backyard and pool. Inside, the living room features a 20-foot vaulted and stenciled ceiling, and there are sweeping views of the downtown skyline to the Pacific Ocean.

Susan Andrews and Justin Roberts of Compass handled the seller side of the transaction, while Brent Watson and Marco Salari, both of Coldwell Banker Realty, represented Cucinelli on the transaction.

Given its proximity to Hollywood and Burbank studios, Beverly Hills, and the Sunset Strip, the neighborhood has long attracted Tinseltown movers. Hollywood icon Raymond Burr’s former estate is just down the street – it’s now owned by composer Harald Kloser, and some of the other neighbors Cucinelli can send his housekeeper to for a cup of sugar or an egg include film and television producer Alan Ball, who bought his massive spread about eight years ago from Sheryl Crow, Katey Sagal, who acquired her home earlier this year for $5.825 million, and the former of “Pretty Little Liars” Julian Morris, who snapped up his home from Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson earlier this year for nearly $7.2 million.

The Los Angeles house is considerably smaller than Cucinelli’s main house in the medieval hamlet of Solomeo, halfway between Rome and Florence, in the Italian province of Umbria. Earlier this year, the charming 68-year-old billionaire gave The New York Times a tour of the sprawling 33,000-square-foot villa, where he keeps a collection of rare books, a piano he can’t play and dozens of busts of the world’s great philosophers, scientists and artists.

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The government must restore order in Loreto and end the acts of violence against the population and the oil installations https://disturbmedia.com/the-government-must-restore-order-in-loreto-and-end-the-acts-of-violence-against-the-population-and-the-oil-installations/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:10:01 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/the-government-must-restore-order-in-loreto-and-end-the-acts-of-violence-against-the-population-and-the-oil-installations/ SPH press release This is a machine translation of the original version published in Spanish November 8, 2022 The Peruvian hydrocarbon industry group SPH warns of the serious situation of insecurity affecting Loreto, which jeopardizes not only the continuity of hydrocarbon activities, which is the main industry in this region, but also that of its […]]]>

SPH press release

This is a machine translation of the original version published in Spanish

November 8, 2022

The Peruvian hydrocarbon industry group SPH warns of the serious situation of insecurity affecting Loreto, which jeopardizes not only the continuity of hydrocarbon activities, which is the main industry in this region, but also that of its population and calls on the national authorities to restore the rule of law and social peace.

The state-owned Norperuano Pipeline (ONP), considered an essential national asset, due to which it must receive special security treatment by law enforcement, has been paralyzed for more than 8 months, a suffered 12 attacks this year on its facilities, in which drills and other tools were even used, which damaged its structure and caused the spillage of crude oil, deliberately affecting water sources and ecosystems in the affected places.

The paralysis of the ONP makes it difficult to transport national oil production, which therefore has to be limited to river transport by barges, making logistics more expensive and reducing the revenue from the pipeline and the profitability of its operation.

Despite the seriousness of the events, to date neither the police nor the investigations of the prosecution have identified the material and intellectual perpetrators of these environmental crimes. It is inadmissible that, in some cases, the sanitation works carried out by Petroperú could not be carried out in due time, due to the opposition of the population itself, also affected by the attacks, who use these acts as a measure of pressure to be heard by the government. and that their basic needs are met.

What is happening in the district of Puinahua, in the province of Requena, is very serious. The Petrotal company, which operates lot 95 located in this area, has publicly denounced that an indigenous organization is inciting the use of arms and violence to prevent the development of its production activities and is threatening the population, which does not want to attach to these acts.

The absence of the authorities and the effective exercise of their functions allowed the seizure of passenger boats on the Marañón River, which were deprived of their liberty, and the blockade of the river transport of crude oil. It is worrying that the General Directorate of Captaincies and Coastguards of the Peruvian Navy, which is the country’s river authority, has not effectively fulfilled its mission “to ensure the safety of human life and suppress all illegal acts; exercise control and supervision of all activities carried out in the aquatic environment”, as declared and in accordance with the law.

SPH joins the call of the Indigenous Peoples Chamber of Commerce to reject violence and seek development without actions that could put people’s lives at risk.

We insist that the government must diligently and responsibly restore internal order to prevent criminal and violent acts against civil society and public and private property, meet the needs of the population of Loreto by properly using the resources generated by commercial activity, such as the oil industry which between October 2021 and September 2022 paid 214.7 million soles for the barrel of this region

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“Quad must befriend Bougainville, not just Papua New Guinea” https://disturbmedia.com/quad-must-befriend-bougainville-not-just-papua-new-guinea/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 21:33:45 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/quad-must-befriend-bougainville-not-just-papua-new-guinea/ “China may be about to do in PNG what it has already done in the Solomon Islands. Is it really smart for Australia, let alone its diplomatic friends in the Quad, to bet everything on PNG? Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG) in early 2023. It will be […]]]>

“China may be about to do in PNG what it has already done in the Solomon Islands. Is it really smart for Australia, let alone its diplomatic friends in the Quad, to bet everything on PNG?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG) in early 2023. It will be the first time an Indian Prime Minister has visited the country of 9.3 million people since its independence from Australia in 1975.

The future of the country’s relationship with the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is one of the main issues in PNG. To better understand the situation, in this edition of “Indo-Pacific: Behind the Headlines”, we spoke with John D. Kuhns, author of “They call me Ishmael», a novel about the president of Bougainville Ishmael Torooma. He is also Chairman and CEO of NumaNuma Resources, Inc., a company developing infrastructure in Bougainville, where he has lived and worked since 2015.

Q: What is Bougainville?

A: While Bougainville, an archipelago of around 200 islands, is geographically part of the Solomon Islands, it is currently a political unit of PNG. Even though both PNG and Bougainville are part of Melanesia, a culturally distinct region of the Pacific that runs roughly parallel to the northeast coast of Australia, the populations of the two regions show significant differences.

Q: What is “crisis”?

A: The crisis was a series of unrest that escalated into a civil war between Bougainville and PNG over societal and financial disagreements fomented by the Panguna Mine, a gargantuan copper and gold mine developed on the island of Bougainville by the Rio Tinto group and its special purpose subsidiary. , Bougainville Copper Limited.

When PNG gained independence from Australia in 1975, its leaders tricked Australia into allowing it to take nearly two-thirds of the silver from the Panguna mine (at largest and most profitable copper and gold mine in the world), leaving little for the people of Bougainville, even though mainland PNG was more than a thousand miles from Bougainville and its people did not did not suffer from the social and environmental pressures of the mine. As PNG fled with the cow, Bougainville received a handful of beans.

Australia, which oversaw the deal and should have clearly acknowledged its unfairness to Bougainville, did not object. The civil war could not have surprised any of the parties involved. In the ensuing conflagration, including not only ten years of military conflict but also a years-long embargo, 20,000 Bougainvilleas perished. Towns and villages were burnt down; the Panguna mine closed, never to reopen. The economy of the North Solomons Province, as Bougainville was called at the time – the wealthiest of all the provinces in PNG – was totally wiped out; today it is the poorest in PNG.

Q: Who is Ishmael Toroama, the president of Bougainville?

A: Ishmael Toroama is the man who, barely out of childhood, led the Revolutionary Army of Bougainville (BRA) from 1988 to 1998 during the crisis. He led his BRA guerrillas into a confrontation with the PNG Defense Force, a much larger and better equipped armed force – and he did it all alone, receiving no help from any outside source.

Q: What was Australia’s role during the crisis?

A: Rumors abound as to the exact aid Australia provided to the PNG Defense Force, but unsurprisingly the Bougainvilleas are almost unanimous in their condemnation. Australia’s justification? He had a multi-billion dollar investment in PNG and needed to preserve it. It wouldn’t be the last time Australia were willing to overlook fairness in how they treated Bougainville in favor of continuing to spoil an unrepentant PNG.

Q: The crisis ended with the Bougainville peace accord. What’s in the deal?

A: When Ishmael led Bougainville to sign the Bougainville Peace Accord in 2001, he showed that he was not just a capable military leader, but a practical politician. He, like most Bougainvilleas, had long yearned to be free from the yoke of the colonialists – be they Spanish, French, German, Australian, Japanese or even the Melanesian brothers of PNG – but he also realized that freedom could not come only when Bougainville was ready.

Ishmael and the other rulers of Bougainville agreed – for a time – to remain an integral part of PNG, but not as a mere province, rather as an autonomous region of Bougainville with its own constitution, duly elected president and its legislation, its courts and its laws. .

Ishmael was also adept enough to broker a key part of the peace deal allowing, within 20 years, a vote by Bougainvilleans on whether they wanted to stay in PNG or become independent. The idea was that if PNG and Bougainville could get along, they would end up sticking together; otherwise, independence would reign.

In the December 2019 vote, 97.7% of Bougainvilleas voted for independence. This tells you everything you need to know about the Bougainvillea view of PNG. Running on a platform emphasizing independence, Ishmael Toroama was elected president of Bougainville a year later in the fall of 2020.

Q: What is happening now with the independence of Bougainville?

A: According to the peace agreement, the referendum on independence is not binding. In subsequent joint oversight board meetings, a series of quarterly sessions involving negotiations between President Torooma and current PNG Prime Minister James Marape, the two sides worked out their positions.

Unsurprisingly, Ishmael’s position never wavered: his people, who waited politely and followed the rules, spoke. Independence for Bougainville is, in their eyes, finally inevitable.

Meanwhile, in PNG, which has received hundreds of millions from Australia over the years for little tangible results, there seems to be a sense that, perhaps, the problem will just go away. Yes, the Panguna Mine, when inevitably redeveloped, is an asset PNG would hate to lose, but PNG now has dozens of mines.

Q: Following a recent visit to PNG and statements by Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles, President Toroomawrote“I assure the governments of PNG and Australia that my government and my people do not appreciate threats and we will never bow down to neo-settlers who seek to usurp the sovereignty of Pacific island nations with their bullying and bullying tactics.” How is Australia reacting to Bougainville’s prospects for independence?

A: No one should be surprised by Minister Marles’ recent gaffe regarding Bougainville’s demand for independence from Papua New Guinea, or President Torooma’s outraged response. The two men articulated what most analysts following events in the South Pacific knew but were reluctant to admit: the Australian government has dithered too long in the bubble of “its backyard”, playing a game of chess the colonial era whose rules are of little importance. compared to current reality.

Moreover, unlike the languid decades after the Second World War, in today’s contest there is a lot at stake, not just for Australia, but for the rest of the world as well.

In Australia, what should have been instructive reverberations emanating from Bougainvillea’s independence vote fell on deaf ears. They have other things to worry about. Although they have lavished largesse on PNG, they have watched with growing concern as China wields more and more influence over their son-in-law.

Given that Bougainville’s departure could theoretically weaken PNG, Defense Minister Marles was clear: Australia supports PNG, implying that it is against Bougainville’s independence – the 97.7% of people who aspire to it (and the risk of triggering another “crisis”) be damned.

Australia’s strategy is nothing short of selfish: since it’s blowing millions there anyway, PNG may be the keystone in controlling its South Pacific “backyard” . Nobody in Australia seems to be able to observe the obvious: PNG may not have the guts to be a linchpin in Australian strategy in the South Pacific, or perhaps in any other diplomatic endeavor.

Yes, PNG’s geographical position is compelling and it is endowed with resources, including dozens of mines and an abundance of oil and gas, but its nine million people remain destitute. PNG has shown little ability to harvest, let alone distribute, its natural wealth.

A major international financial newspaper recently announced that Port Moresby, the capital of PNG, is the third most dangerous city in the world. PNG Power, the national electricity company, is insolvent; its biggest consumer of electricity, the PNG government, hasn’t paid its bill for six years. PNG government departments are being kicked out of their offices for years of non-payment of rent.

Q: What is China’s role?

A: It may be true that if Australia and other Western powers don’t pay more attention to PNG, China will. The PRC has already funded PNG’s APEC 2018 party, its state-owned companies are dominant players in PNG’s precious minerals, oil and gas industries, and fully control other major industries like fishing.

Q: What should the Quad’s response be? Is there a role for India?

A: Indeed, China may be preparing to do in PNG what it has already succeeded in the Solomon Islands. If there is a risk of this happening, is it really smart for Australia, let alone its diplomatic friends in the Quad, including the US, Japan and India, to bet everything on PNG ?

Maybe the Quad should hedge their bets. How about giving PNG and Bougainville a chance to befriend the Quad in the South Pacific? Everyone knows that the best deep-water port in the region is not in the county called the Solomon Islands: it is in Arawa, on the island of Bougainville.

On a per capita basis, Bougainville is as naturally endowed as PNG. The Panguna mine alone has copper and gold worth $100 billion; there are potentially several Panguna mines in Bougainville. The Bougainville fishery is also rich.

It is good that Indian Prime Minister Modi is visiting PNG soon. He seems comfortable sharing difficult truths with other world leaders. An outspoken observer, like India’s Prime Minister Modi, who is expected to visit the region soon, could help provide a fresh perspective. Hopefully he can see PNG up close and assess things for himself. The Quad needs the opinion of each member. His game in the South Pacific could end up being for all marbles, and the sides have a lot to lose.

My bet is on Ishmael.

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! Murcia Today – Construction of Las Dunas de Cabo shopping center hits yet another stumbling block https://disturbmedia.com/murcia-today-construction-of-las-dunas-de-cabo-shopping-center-hits-yet-another-stumbling-block/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 17:44:08 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/murcia-today-construction-of-las-dunas-de-cabo-shopping-center-hits-yet-another-stumbling-block/ Publication date: 31/10/2022 ARCHIVED ARTICLE – Cartagena mall developers await crucial certificate to continue development And it looks like the ‘bureaucracy’ issue will further delay the opening of the mall after months of frustrating delays that delayed the first phase which started in July and is still ongoing. This involves the demolition of the 10,000 […]]]>

Publication date: 31/10/2022

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Cartagena mall developers await crucial certificate to continue development

And it looks like the ‘bureaucracy’ issue will further delay the opening of the mall after months of frustrating delays that delayed the first phase which started in July and is still ongoing. This involves the demolition of the 10,000 m2 basement of the old building and three other abandoned premises.

It appears that the Cartagena City Hall refused to issue the developer, Certain SL, with a “certificate of uselessness” to set up the complex, a document required for the processing of licenses for major works on affected land or properties. by town planning.

Any subdivision, segregation or division of land is subject to municipal authorisation, so the local authority must declare it ‘unnecessary’ for the project to proceed and the developer to proceed. This means that Certain SL has not yet been able to finalize the arrival of new businesses in the future shopping center.

At the end of July, when the first phase of the shopping center finally began, deputy mayor and councilor for town planning, Ana Belén Castejón, told the developers that they would obtain the certificate “within a week”.

This did not happen, and José García of Certain SL said the company instead received “a document in which they denied this authorization”.

“The document was requested in October last year and, by law, the council had three months to respond. In the end, it took 11 months. Now they say no and that’s it, without giving explanation. It’s advice that doesn’t give reasons for its decisions. It’s very complex advice,” added García.

In view of the situation, the promoter has appealed and is still awaiting a response which should take a month. If the answer is not positive, the company intends to file a contentious-administrative appeal to resolve the problem.

The demolition and clearing work is due to be completed within the next month, leaving room for the construction of a large Mercadona which should be completed early next year. The second phase, which is based on the complete renovation of the urbanization and was to start after the summer of 2023, is the one currently in play.

Image: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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In Babylon, Iraq, centuries-old building techniques heal climate scars https://disturbmedia.com/in-babylon-iraq-centuries-old-building-techniques-heal-climate-scars/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:01:25 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/in-babylon-iraq-centuries-old-building-techniques-heal-climate-scars/ LONDON: Forty days and the protests that have rocked Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the regime’s notorious morality police show no sign of abating, but experts remain divided on whether whether the movement can achieve real change. Multiple waves of anti-government protests have rocked Iran over the past […]]]>

LONDON: Forty days and the protests that have rocked Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the regime’s notorious morality police show no sign of abating, but experts remain divided on whether whether the movement can achieve real change.

Multiple waves of anti-government protests have rocked Iran over the past two decades, from the 1999 Salam newspaper unrest, in which seven students died, to the 2009 Green Movement, which ended after 72 protesters were killed. by the security forces.

Later came the fuel and gas crisis of 2019, which took 200,000 people to the streets and claimed at least 143 lives, according to human rights monitor Amnesty International.

However, the current protests, which followed Amini’s death in police custody for an alleged breach of the country’s strict hijab rules, represent something of a sea change, with the regime’s usual heavy-handed response falling short. to blunt their momentum.

“In 2009, the majority of protesters came from the middle classes. In 2022, protesters come from the working classes and lower middle classes,” Yassamine Mather, editor of the British academic journal Critique and an expert on Iranian politics, told Arab News.

“This means that we are seeing more people involved in the protests overall and that the protesters are younger and more courageous than in 2009. They do not seem deterred by the attacks by the security forces.

“It can only be compared to the protests of 1979. All of this coincides with unprecedented workers’ strikes and general unrest. It seems that the crackdown, internet restriction, arrests and killing of protesters have failed.

Nationwide protests across Iran this year are the largest in decades. (AFP)

Indeed, as of this writing, what anti-government groups call the “Mahsa Amini revolution” has become the largest, deepest and bloodiest movement the regime has faced since seizing power in of the 1979 revolution.

Demonstrations took place in more than 80 cities across the country, involving both men and women, and people of all ages and ethnicities. The unrest left more than 200 people dead, including school children.

The movement initially focused on Iran’s strict dress requirements for women, before expanding to include calls for greater civil liberties, eventually leading to a concerted demand for the regime’s outright removal of mullahs.

Sanam Vakil, deputy director of Chatham House and senior fellow for the institute’s Middle East and North Africa programme, told Arab News that the latest protests are the “biggest” the regime has faced.

“Despite government repression, the persistence of protests and the myriad of groups expressing grievances – women, students, labor organizations, ethnic groups, youth groups – reveals the extent of discontent in Iran,” Vakil said.

“We haven’t seen these groups merge simultaneously yet, so that decentralized approach is also a distinguishing quality.”

Vakil and Mather see the decentralized approach as a “blessing and a curse” and fear that the lack of a central authority figure will prove even more problematic as the unrest continues.

Iranian demonstrators gather around a burning motorbike during a protest against rising gasoline prices in the central city of Isfahan on November 16, 2019. (AFP/File Photo)

“Lack of coordination and organization can become a serious problem as protests escalate and repression increases,” Mather said. “The lack of an alternative (to the government) is a problem (and) I don’t believe in the idea of ​​a progressive leadership emerging spontaneously from the ranks of the protesters. This has not happened so far.

The advantage of having a figurehead at the head of a movement is that they can provide clear articulation of their goals on behalf of the population at large. By contrast, the current protests look less like a revolution than a wave of public anger, which will eventually die down.

Dania Koleilat Khatib, co-founder of the Center for Cooperation and Peacebuilding Research, said figureheads can strengthen social movements in several important ways.

“They can take you beyond anger,” Khatib told Arab News. However, there is a tendency to “forget that these things take time”, adding that successful anti-government moves usually take “at least two years”.

Agreeing that identifying a leader “takes time”, Vakil said the process has been further disrupted by the Iranian regime’s “efficiency” in imprisoning, exiling and silencing any potential figureheads.

In some ways, the absence of a clearly identified leader can be a strength. In Mather’s view, the decentralized approach makes it much more difficult to limit protests by “reformist” leaders from within the system who may simply want to replace serving officials and relax some unpopular social rules, but ultimately have intent to leave most of the regime and its policies intact.

Nadim Shehadi, an associate fellow at Chatham House and former head of its Middle East and North Africa program, believes adopting a figurehead would be detrimental to the movement.

Iranian demonstrators shout slogans during an August 2009 demonstration against the swearing in of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. (AFP/file photo)

“I categorically think a figurehead would be a huge mistake that would strengthen the regime,” Shehadi told Arab News. “It would be very easy to shoot anyone, and that makes the regime stronger.

“I said the same thing in 2011 in several meetings with the international community when they were busy trying to form a credible Syrian opposition. It is up to the opposition to prove its viability, strength, legitimacy and leadership.

“A diffuse and widespread opposition that delegitimizes its power is what will weaken the Iranian regime. It’s about keeping the focus on their inability to govern. Put an individual against them and they lose, and the regime will laugh.

Arash Azizi, a New York University historian and author of “The shadow commander: Soleimani, the US and Iran’s global ambitions,” agrees there is no need for a figurehead, but believes that ” organization and leadership” are needed to deal with the “supercentralized” nature of a regime backed by strong security forces and around 15% of the population.

“The movement needs an organization with connecting points of contact,” Azizi told Arab News. “It can emerge from inside Iran, however difficult that may be, but it can also emerge from outside if Iranian leaders abroad can end their bickering and unite.

“These people have excellent internal access to Iran. A united opposition could be on TV every night, but it has yet to seize the opportunity. Hopefully after six weeks they can see that as the problem.

Chatham House’s Shehadi said the lifespan of the protests was somewhat “intangible”, and as much in the hands of the regime as the protesters, noting that Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak lasted 11 days of protests before stepping down, that Libyan Muammar Gaddafi was killed, and Bashar Assad responded by “burning the country down” and remains in office to this day.

This UGC image posted to Twitter, apparently on October 26, 2022, shows an undisclosed woman standing on top of a vehicle as thousands of people march towards Aichi Cemetery in Saqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan. (AFP)

Khatib of the Center for Peacebuilding and Cooperation Research is more circumspect about Assad’s approach, arguing that he is “living on borrowed time”, but said the ability of Iranian protesters to tolerate increasing levels of brutality will be significant.

Shehadi agrees, saying that protesters will have to be able to “endure many, many deaths”, and that the regime’s only limit to violence stems from the willingness of the international community to allow that to happen. “And we have seen with Syria that the international community can be very tolerant,” he said.

“It really all depends on the stamina of the protesters,” Khatib said. “I don’t see them holding out because this regime has shown itself to be very willing to be incredibly brutal and if it can unite its various factions, I think the protests will fold, but then the regime will be living on borrowed time.”

Despite differences over how protesters might achieve change, all analysts Arab News spoke to agreed that there appear to be cracks in the regime, with Khatib pointing to differences between the Security Guard Corps Islamic Revolution and the Supreme National Security Council.

“I think we are likely to see a struggle between these centers of power, especially with the impending succession of (Ayatollah) Khamenei, who pushed his son Mojtaba to replace him, even though he is deeply hated,” he said. Khatib.

For Azizi, although it is only speculation that Khamenei is behind the push, there are indications that Mojtaba had built up support within the IRGC. “But once Khamenei is gone, maybe the IRGC won’t need his son anymore,” he added.

Azizi, Mather and Vakil also agree that there are divisions within the establishment over how to handle the protests, with hardliners viewing compromise as a weakness determined to double down on the heavy-handed approach, even if it means destroying the country.

“Pragmatic reformists like (Ali) Larijani see compromise on social issues as a way to restore the government’s lost legitimacy,” Vakil added. “But without consensus on how to handle these issues, political stagnation will follow and protests will prevail.”

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Christine Frechette succeeds Jean Boulet as Minister of Immigration of Quebec https://disturbmedia.com/christine-frechette-succeeds-jean-boulet-as-minister-of-immigration-of-quebec/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 20:08:35 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/christine-frechette-succeeds-jean-boulet-as-minister-of-immigration-of-quebec/ New Quebec MP Christine Fréchette succeeded Jean Boulet as Minister of Immigration after the landslide victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the recent provincial elections. In a cabinet reshuffle, Premier François Legault chose Fréchette, the trilingual former president of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce, for the Quebec immigration portfolio. She replaces Boulet, […]]]>

New Quebec MP Christine Fréchette succeeded Jean Boulet as Minister of Immigration after the landslide victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the recent provincial elections.

In a cabinet reshuffle, Premier François Legault chose Fréchette, the trilingual former president of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce, for the Quebec immigration portfolio.

She replaces Boulet, a labor lawyer, who retains the post of Minister of Labor – which he held alongside that of immigration – despite getting into hot water during the election campaign.


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In the final weeks before the election, Boulet criticized immigrants during a debate.

The immigration minister at the time said, “Eighty percent of immigrants go to Montreal, don’t work, don’t speak French, or don’t adhere to the values ​​of Quebec society.”

Boulet then backtracked on those comments which caused immediate outrage, but the damage to his reputation as immigration minister was already done by then.

The same day that these comments were revealed, the Prime Minister distanced himself from Boulet. It said the immigration minister had effectively “disqualified” himself from the cabinet post “for perception and trust reasons.”

As a political neophyte, Fréchette has no such background and is also an expert in handling the media.

In addition to her skills in English, French and Spanish, the new immigration minister brings years of public relations expertise to the post.

Her LinkedIn profile indicates that she worked for the Quebec government and the private sector in this capacity for years and was also an analyst commenting on American policy for Quebec’s French-language media before taking the executive position in the chamber. of business.

Business groups called for much higher immigration, CAQ said no

In Quebec, immigration has been a hot topic this summer, with business groups pushing for dramatically higher immigration levels during the election campaign to address severe labor shortages in the province.

Véronique Proulx, president of the manufacturing and exporting association of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ), is said to have called for the province to welcome up to 90,000 immigrants a year before the election.


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“We know that labor shortages cannot be solved in the blink of an eye and it will take a series of strategies working in tandem to reduce the impact of the lack of workers,” Proulx said in French.

Prior to the provincial election campaign, the MEQ and three other business associations lobbied the province to address labor shortages, including increasing immigration.

Provincial Liberals have taken up the immigration file, urging Legault to dramatically increase the province’s immigration targets.

The Liberals wanted Quebec immigration levels to be raised to 70,000 new permanent residents each year

During the election campaign, provincial Liberal leader Dominique Anglade applied for up to 70,000 new permanent residents each year.

“This year, Quebec will welcome as many as a whole,” she would have said in French. “It is the policy of François Legault, 70,000 people. If we have the capacity to take in 70,000 immigrants, I think we should base ourselves on that figure and we are discussing it in all the regions of Quebec.

Quebec’s immigration target for this year is officially 52,500 new permanent residents, but the province is expected to welcome up to 71,275 new permanent residents by allowing applicants who were unable to come during the pandemic to apply. settle in the province this year.

In 2020, Quebec fell short of its allocation by 18,775 new permanent residents. The higher level of immigration this year is a one-time thing as Quebec catches up.

This level of immigration, if it materializes, would be more than 41.7% higher than the 50,285 new permanent residents that Quebec welcomed last year.

It would also mean 20,990 more new permanent residents in the province this year than in 2021, at a time when the also expects an increase in the number of temporary foreign workers from the roughly 30,000 who worked in the province l ‘last year.

Legault says Quebec already welcomes enough immigrants and will not increase immigration levels

The Prime Minister, however, has been adamant that Quebec will not dramatically increase its immigration targets anytime soon.

“With 50,000 immigrants a year, we are already one of the few places in the world to receive proportionally as many immigrants,” the prime minister reportedly said in French at the start of June.

In the week before the election, he went so far as to make a controversial comment to describe a substantial increase in immigration to the province as something that would be cultural suicide for Quebec culture.

“Until we stop the decline of French,” the Prime Minister told business leaders, “I think that for the Quebec nation, which wants to protect French, it would be a little suicidal to increase (immigration)”.

In the October 3 general election, the CAQ crushed the other parties, winning 90 seats and winning a clear majority in the provincial Legislative Assembly.

The Quebec Liberal Party won 21 seats, Quebec solidaire 11 and the Parti Quebecois three. The provincial Conservatives won 12.9% of the popular vote, but failed to win any seats.

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! Murcia Today – Explained: Everything you need to know about Spain’s new digital nomad visa https://disturbmedia.com/murcia-today-explained-everything-you-need-to-know-about-spains-new-digital-nomad-visa/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 13:06:38 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/murcia-today-explained-everything-you-need-to-know-about-spains-new-digital-nomad-visa/ Your questions answered about Spain’s new digital nomad visa program – how long can you stay, how much tax do you have to pay and more There are many good reasons to move to Spain, from the plentiful hours of sunshine and miles and miles of sandy beaches to the relaxed pace of life and […]]]>

Your questions answered about Spain’s new digital nomad visa program – how long can you stay, how much tax do you have to pay and more

There are many good reasons to move to Spain, from the plentiful hours of sunshine and miles and miles of sandy beaches to the relaxed pace of life and the fact that there are lots of flights from the UK , but sometimes it can be a challenge to work out how you will support yourself and earn a living in Spain.

That’s why the country’s new Digital Nomad visa is such good news for UK expats looking to move to Spain, as it will allow them to continue working for their current company from the comfort of their new home in Spain.

The “90 days in 180” rule and non-profit visas

As it stands, anyone wishing to work remotely in Spain for a business or clients outside the EU – for example in the UK or the US – is only allowed to stay in the country. only 90 days out of 180.

What is the Digital Nomad Visa?

Those who want to live in Spain and work remotely for a business outside the country can benefit from the Spanish government‘s recently announced “Startup Law”, which cuts red tape and reduces taxes in order to make money. a more attractive prospect for new start-ups and investment.

Part of this is the introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa in 2023, which will allow non-EU citizens who work for companies or clients outside of Spain to move there temporarily, without having to apply for a work visa. complete.

How can I apply for the Digital Nomad visa in Spain?

Applicants for the Spanish visa for digital nomads will need to be able to prove that they have been working remotely for at least one year and that they have an employment contract or, if working freelance, that they have been regularly employed by a single company.

You must also be able to prove that you have sufficient income to support yourself with funds of up to 2,000 euros per month and that you have an address that you can use as your legal residence in Spain.

Additionally, with the Digital Nomad Visa, spouses and dependent children can join the visa holder in Spain.

How long can I live in Spain with a Digital Nomad Visa?

The Digital Nomad visa lasts up to 12 months, but you can have the option of renewing it for up to five years, giving you greater flexibility and the ability to live in Spain long-term.

Can I work for a Spanish company with the Digital Nomad Visa?

If you have a Digital Nomad visa, you can also work for a Spanish company or clients in Spain, as long as these do not represent more than 20% of your income.

How much money do I have to pay in taxes if I get the Digital Nomad visa?

While final details still need to be ironed out before the bill takes effect, the income will likely be taxed at the non-resident rate of 15% instead of the usual 24%.

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Do you like karanji? You will enjoy these look-alikes from around the world https://disturbmedia.com/do-you-like-karanji-you-will-enjoy-these-look-alikes-from-around-the-world/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 03:40:41 +0000 https://disturbmedia.com/do-you-like-karanji-you-will-enjoy-these-look-alikes-from-around-the-world/ These little treats come from the Greek island of Crete. They can be baked or fried, and the dough is usually unleavened. A sweet variant flavored with cinnamon is known as Kalitsounia me kanella. Toppings include lemon zest and a fresh cow’s milk cheese called mizithra. Available in different forms, these sweets were traditionally part […]]]>

These little treats come from the Greek island of Crete. They can be baked or fried, and the dough is usually unleavened. A sweet variant flavored with cinnamon is known as Kalitsounia me kanella. Toppings include lemon zest and a fresh cow’s milk cheese called mizithra. Available in different forms, these sweets were traditionally part of Easter celebrations.

Quttab/Ghotab of Iran

This Iranian pastry-like confection is filled with almonds or walnuts and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Qottabs are usually fried and flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, rose water and orange blossom. The most popular version is the ghotab from the city of Yazd, famous for its sweets.

Mauritius Potato Cake

It’s no surprise that this Karanji lookalike is also a Diwali delicacy in his home country of Mauritius, where more than 65% of the population is of Indian descent. The coating of potato cake is made from sweet potato, which is why it is also called sweet potato pancake. They are filled with shredded coconut and flavored with spices like cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla.

Latin American Empanadas

Sweet empanadas have a variety of fillings, including fruit and custard

Outside of Spain, these snacks are a staple in Latin American countries and communities, and their influence has now spread throughout the world. Countless versions exist, varying by region and culture. While savory empanadas are quite famous, the dish also lends itself easily to sweet fillings consisting of fruit, coconut, chocolate, custard, guava paste, cheese and more. Vanilla plantain empanadas from El Salvador, manzana empanadas (containing cinnamon-spiced apples) from Chile, dulce de leche empanadas (filled with caramelized milk sauce) are just a few examples.

Mpanatigghi of Sicily

These Sicilian cookies have a surprising ingredient

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