Rehabitar Madrid: el ladrillo que sí genera actividad | Compañías

La construcción se recompone poco a poco de los escombros a los que quedó reducida durante la crisis económica y financiera en España. Un sector cuya actividad representaba más del 10% del PIB y que ha llegado a caer a la mitad, fruto del estallido de una burbuja inmobiliaria que se llevó por delante millones de empleos y miles de compañías.

En esa paulatina recuperación, aún lejos de los niveles precrisis, el segmento de la reforma y la rehabilitación de viviendas y edificios supone un impulso determinante. Según los datos de la Asociación Nacional de Distribuidores de Cerámica y Materiales de Construcción (Andimac), la reforma del hogar representa el 80% de la actividad de la construcción en España. El año pasado se movieron 15.200 millones de euros en reformas y rehabilitaciones, y según las previsiones de la citada asociación, se espera que la cifra esté por encima de los 16.100 millones de euros en dos años. En Madrid, en 2016, fue de 1.884 millones de euros, cantidad que este año alcanzará los 1.989 millones de euros, según el Observatorio 360º de la vivienda y la reforma en el hogar realizado por la consultora Arthursen para la propia Andimac.

Y es en Madrid, en la céntrica plaza de España, donde se celebra desde hoy la feria Rehabitar Madrid, Espacio para la Reforma y Rehabilitación de tu Vivienda, organizada por Ifema, donde 90 empresas, entidades y organismos darán a conocer a los vecinos de la capital las mejores ideas para la reforma y rehabilitación de la vivienda. Una edición con carácter especial fruto del acuerdo de Ifema y el área de Gobierno de Desarrollo Urbano Sostenible del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, gracias al cual también se informará sobre el conjunto de medidas adoptadas por el consistorio para mejorar las condiciones de accesibilidad, conservación y eficiencia energética de las casas, así como su estrategia para establecer un nuevo modelo de ciudad.

La feria está compuesta por un espacio expositivo de acceso gratuito, con las últimas soluciones en ventanas, suelos, puertas, materiales de construcción, ascensores, climatización, iluminación o domótica, a las que se sumará la oferta de empresas de reformas, interiorismo, entidades financieras, organismos y asociaciones. En paralelo, se llevará a cabo una amplia programación de acciones divulgativas, que pretenden servir de concienciación a los vecinos de Madrid sobre los objetivos y beneficios de la reforma y rehabilitación de edificios, espacios y hogares con criterios de confort, ahorro, eficiencia y accesibilidad.

Una actividad en torno al mundo de las reformas que se extenderá hasta el domingo.

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SSM: AFL clubs come out in favour of same-sex marriage as league’s Yes push splits opinions – Sport

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September 21, 2017 19:50:20

Half of the clubs in the AFL have confirmed their support for same-sex marriage as the football world debates the league’s strong push for a Yes vote.

The league yesterday replaced the AFL sign at its Melbourne headquarters with a temporary “YES” sign.

The sign has since been taken down, but a rainbow flag continues to fly outside the Docklands building.

Where your club stands:

  • Yes: Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Sydney Swans, St Kilda, Geelong, Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney, Brisbane Lions
  • Not taking sides: Carlton, Hawthorn, Fremantle
  • No declared position: Richmond, Essendon, Port Adelaide, Melbourne, West Coast, Adelaide
  • No: none

Nine teams have now also publicly declared their support for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

They are the Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Sydney Swans, St Kilda, Geelong, Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney.

The Brisbane Lions told the ABC the club was also in support of the Yes vote and would release a statement to the public this week.

However, Carlton, Hawthorn and Fremantle have said they would not take sides in the debate.

Richmond, Essendon and Port Adelaide have not declared a position, but Port Adelaide said club leaders would discuss the issue tonight.

The ABC has also contacted Melbourne, West Coast and Adelaide.

The AFL’s actions, and the clubs’ positions, have sparked debate among fans and football identities.

AFL’s Yes push inappropriate: Kennett

Former Victorian premier and Hawthorn ex-president Jeff Kennett said the AFL should not be taking sides.

“The AFL Commission was established to oversee the governance and delivery of AFL football — it is not the centre of social policy, nor should it be expected to be that,” he said.

“I think it was inappropriate for the AFL to take sides in this particular campaign because it means the AFL becomes the focal point on one side of the debate, and I don’t think that’s fair on its members or supporters.

“Every individual will make up their mind depending on their own preferences. I have indicated my support for the campaign but do not wish to be involved in the campaign.”

AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman said he felt “somewhat torn” about the AFL’s stance.

“On a personal level I’m a really strong advocate for marriage equality, though I do know reading the views of fans they’re very divided about whether AFL and politics should mix,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“That’s irrespective of whether they’re planning to vote yes or no, there is a division.

“Some fans certainly feel, even though they’re going to vote yes, that the AFL shouldn’t be wading into this as an issue, while other fans are wildly in support of the AFL.”

On Tuesday, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the AFL was not trying to force its position down fans’ throats, but support for same-sex marriage was “who we are as a brand”.

“I think it’s incumbent upon us to have a view. I think it’s also incumbent upon us not to lecture people,” he told Fox Footy.

“I completely respect people’s personal views, whether they be religious or others, but I think it’s discriminatory to say that [your] and my union is different to someone else.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he believed the AFL had shown leadership, and federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt said it was a “model” in the debate.

“What I believe in is the right of everybody to express a view respectfully and I have to say the AFL has come forward in a good natured and respectful way,” Mr Hunt said.

“The AFL has been a social leader on Indigenous participation, on women’s participation, and now on same-sex marriage, so I say good on them.”

Hawks, Blues, Freo stay neutral

On Thursday, Hawthorn and Fremantle joined Carlton in making official their position not to take a side.

The Hawks told the ABC the club respected the rights of individuals to form their own opinions, and would not campaign.

“The club celebrates diversity and demands equality, and also respects the rights of individuals to make their own personal choices and form their own opinions,” a club spokeswoman said.

“Hawthorn sees its role as providing an environment of respect, diversity and inclusivity where people can embrace their differences and unite in their love of the club and the game of AFL.”

A Fremantle spokesman said the club had a general policy of not participating in political campaigns.

“At a club level, we believe whatever decision our members and supporters choose to make regarding the survey is a personal choice, which we respect and do not seek to influence,” he said.

Carlton was both criticised and praised after posting a link to its statement on Twitter.

“We respect that this is about personal choice, and as such don’t intend to campaign on the issue, but we do strongly reinforce our club’s absolute commitment to equality,” the statement said in part.

Michael Jamison, a retired Blues defender who recently spoke out in support of his gay brother, said in a tweet the club had “offended more than they haven’t” with its statement.

Others took to social media and described Carlton’s response as “balanced” and said clubs should “not to reinforce beliefs or opinions on social issues”.

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula, who supports both the Blues and same-sex marriage, said he would like the club to be more direct.

“If you read the text of the statement, it is a generally supportive statement,” he said.

“But something more unequivocal would have pleased me more than that one.”

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Un ‘sintecho’ britnico camina durante dos das para devolver un bolso que encontr en la calle | F5

Paul Calderbank, con el bolso entre sus manos

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Documentary fails to clarify what makes Wilders tick, say Dutch papers

Photo: Peter van der Sluijs via Wikimedia Commons

Not many journalists get to interview Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam party PVV, except to talk about his love of cats or some other innocuous subject. American journalist Stephen Robert Morse was granted unprecedented access to the politician and followed in his footsteps for four months. Last night Viceland broadcast Morse’s documentary ‘Wilders’.

The documentary maker became interested in Wilders in the wake of the rise of Donald Trump and other populist leaders, he said in an interview with RTL Nieuws . ‘Wilders is the leader of a worldwide movement which started in the Netherlands. He is a rising star and I wanted to show his influence,’ Morse said.

The documentary maker thinks Wilders, who is notoriously shy of Dutch journalists, said yes to his request almost immediately because he promised to portray him ‘honestly and without prejudice’.

Very open

Morse’s personal impression of Wilders is a non-committal ‘a man with good and bad qualities who cracks the odd joke’ and who is ‘very open’.

This openness notwithstanding the film has not much to offer to the Dutch viewer, says the NRC‘s Floor Boon who saw the film in Sheffield where it premiered in a half-filled cinema.

‘In spite of the ominous sounding score the film fails to put you on the edge of your seat. It’s a film that may be interesting to an outsider unfamiliar with Geert Wilders but in the Netherlands it won’t make much of a splash. Yes, the politician talks about his personal life, his childhood, his mother, his marriage. But the details he gives have been carefully chosen to fit the story he wants to tell,’ Boon writes.

Israel

As far as Wilder’s political stance is concerned, the film suggests that an incident during Wilders’ time in Israel when he was 17 may have been a key moment in his development, Boon writes.

Wilders tells the story of when he crossed the border with Egypt without a visa, helped by an Egyptian boy. As soon as they had arrived in Egypt the boy’s opinion about Israel flipped completely. He calls them beasts and accuses them of poisoning wells. ‘I saw hate in his eyes’, Wilders says. ‘How can a boy that age have so much hate in him?’.

Volkskrant critic Haro Kraak thinks Morse ‘milked’ his unique access to Wilders but failed to make good use of it. ‘Viewers were meant to feel they were getting incredibly close to Wilders but all they got was a heavily guarded and scripted walk in a park, a couple of uninteresting chats in the back of a car and a studio interview,’ Kraak writes.

Waning interest

Kraak also mentions Wilder’s comments about the hate-filled Egyptian boy. ‘If that moment really is the basis for his own hate then that would be tragically trivial. It is more likely that Wilders knew what the film maker wanted to hear. Or that he has convinced himself that this memory has formed him,’ Kraak writes.

Boon suggests the interest in Wilders might be waning. ‘If this documentary had been made a couple of years ago public interest would have been enormous. But the turn up in Sheffield was very low and there were no sparks during the run up to the broadcast in the Netherlands. Could it be that the Netherlands tired of Wilders?’ she asks.

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Global investment scam robbing Australians of millions each year as Government urged to act

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September 21, 2017 19:26:19

The Federal Government is being urged to ban a highly speculative investment scheme that has been hijacked by international fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from Australians.

Key points:

  • Government is being urged to ban risky “binary options trading” schemes
  • The schemes allow investors to speculate on whether a stock or commodity price will go up or down.
  • International fraud networks have used these investments to steal more than $7 million from Australians.

So-called “binary options trading” allows investors to speculate on whether a stock or commodity price will go up or down.

A form of fixed-odds betting, such trading sees investors cash in — or lose everything.

Many established traders consider the investments too risky but naive amateurs are being aggressively sold the products by scammers promising huge returns.

Fraudsters in countries with few financial regulations are using gambling industry tactics and cold calls to pressure Australians into sending them money, which they falsely claim to invest on their behalf.

Some Australians have lost more than $1 million to these scams, alleging the money was never invested or dividends were not returned and they were persuaded to continue sending funds despite huge losses.

Binary options trading is legal in Australia, but the scale of fraud overseas has prompted Israel and Belgium to introduce bans.

Canada is pursuing an nationwide ban and the UK and European regulators are considering similar measures.

These scams are relatively new to Australia and the consumer watchdog is warning $7.5 million has already been lost, with ACCC deputy Delia Rickard saying that’s just “the tip of the iceberg”.

“If you’ve lost a significant amount of money, the sad news is you’re very unlikely to get it back,” she said.

The predatory tactics are worrying the Australian Security and Investment Commission (ASIC), which has forced Google and Facebook to stop promoting smart-phone apps run by unregistered traders.

Legitimate traders registered with ASIC are also concerned, with one chief executive telling the ABC he would support a “a complete prohibition” of simple binary options trading.

“We support any steps ASIC decides to make in addressing this unsatisfactory situation,” he said.

‘I still owe my brother-in-law’

Patrick Venaille, 62, lost $600,000 to an overseas scammer and is urging others to steer clear of binary options.

“I’ve got no more house, I live in a two-bedroom unit, and I still owe money to my brother-in-law,” he told the ABC.

“I think I lost credibility a little bit with my kids, because I always preached them to not put their money in the same basket, and here I am doing exactly what I told them not to do.”

The electrical engineer was made redundant in 2013 and turned to binary options. He spoke almost daily with a broker over Skype, who encouraged his betting.

“Over one day, we made $200,000 so I thought ‘wow, this is incredible. Sounds like the guy knows what he’s doing’,” Mr Venaille said.

“I put more money into it, and slowly he asked me for more money still, and we slowly build up the account whereby I think we deposited a total of nearly half a million dollars.”

The trader kept pressuring him for money and when he tried to pull out, asking for his money back, he was denied.

‘He robbed me of my savings’

Adelaide man Peter Green has not told his family and friends about being strong-armed into the investment scam, which left him with a $50,000 debt.

The 63-year-old was rung every day by a broker who eventually convinced him to bet against the gold price, which is something he thought would be safe.

“My family doesn’t know, apart from my mother and some close friends, so it is rather embarrassing and yeah, it hurt,” he said.

“It means staying living with my mother for a bit longer now, that’s for sure. We’re having a tough year business-wise, so it’s been a pretty hard year actually.”

Mr Green said his money was left sitting into an account in Dubai but was never invested by the broker, it was simply stolen.

“He robbed me all my savings I was trying to put aside to build a house, so it’s been pretty hard,” he said.

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Viajes: Despida el verano a lo grande | Fortuna

Egipto, siempre fascinante  La antigua civilización de Egipto ha cautivado a viajeros de todos los tiempos. Sus espectaculares y misteriosas pirámides –Keops, Kefren y Micerinos–, la enigmática Esfinge; los magníficos templos de Luxor o Karnak o el fabuloso Abu Simbel; la dicha de navegar por el Nilo entre falucas (pequeños barcos tradicionales de vela) o su caótica, pero atractiva capital, El Cairo, no le dejará indiferente. Paquete de 8 días desde 757 euros en Nautaliaviajes.com, con vuelos, crucero en pensión completa y alojamiento con desayuno en hotel de cuatro o cinco estrellas. Visado (95 euros) no incluido en el viaje.

AA Bruant 2015, primer cava natural, artesanal y de uva ecológica

Celler de les Aus presenta la mejor añada de AA Bruant, la 2015, el primer cava natural y el primero elaborado con el método ancestral, a partir de uvas de cultivo ecológico, pansa blanca (xarel-lo). Un cava con un toque salino, perfecto con ostras, mariscos, sushi, quesos, aperitivos y ensaladas. PVP desde 17 euros la botella de 75 cl.

Saori, un nuevo viejo conocido para los fans de la cocina japonesa

Una magnífica ubicación, al lado del madrileño parque del Retiro (Alberto Bosch, 14) y una esmerada cocina hacen de Saori –antiguo Kimura– un clásico de la gastronomía japonesa. Minimalista y acogedor, estrena decoración y nombre y mantiene chef y una cuidada carta con platos de siempre y fusión. Exquisito el usuzukuri de vieira.

Juntos pero no revueltos: plan otoñal para niños y mayores

Occidental Menorca Hotels.
Occidental Menorca Hotels.

El verano se nos ha ido irremediablemente pero aún quedan días de sol y ¿por qué no? también de playa para escaparnos con toda la familia. La preciosa isla de Menorca es un escenario perfecto para un primer viaje otoñal y el Occidental Menorca, del grupo Barceló, el hotel donde alojarse si se viaja con niños. El cuatro estrellas, ubicado a 300 metros de la bonita playa natural Punta Prima, cuenta con instalaciones y servicios para adultos y peques, y además del miniclub y el parque acuático para que la chiquillería se lo pase de fábula ha incorporado un revolucionario programa de animación infantil: Happy Minds, inspirado en la teoría de las inteligencias múltiples del científico estadounidense Howard Gardner, con actividades para cada día de la semana con las que los niños, además de jugar y divertirse, aprenden, mientras los adultos pueden aprovechar su tiempo para disfrutar del formidable spa. Desde 75 euros noche en habitación doble.

El Prado se mantiene entrelos mejores museos del mundo

El Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York es el mejor museo del mundo y el de Orsay, en París, es el mejor de Europa, según la lista de premios Travellers Choice de TripAdvisor, elaborada con las valoraciones de sus usuarios. El Museo del Prado se sitúa en el puesto 9 del ranking mundial, en el 4 entre los europeos y ocupa el 1 entre los españoles. El Thyssen (Madrid) y el Guggenheim (Bilbao) también están en la lista de los premiados.

Una travesía a medida en catamarán por Costa Adeje

Deporte náutico en Tenerife

En la costa sur de Tenerife, entre las montañas y el Atlántico, Baobab Suites combina el atractivo de disfrutar de un refugio de lujo con la privacidad de su propio hogar. El hotel añade un incentivo más con un nuevo catamarán a disposición de sus huéspedes con distintos paquetes de actividades, como avistamiento de delfines y ballenas, snorkel, paddle surf, buceo, almuerzo y bebidas para navegar con su pareja, familia o amigos, desde 1.200 euros.

La oferta

3.064 euros es el precio del crucero de lujo de Oceania Cruises para surcar el Mediterráneo. Una travesía de 12 días en el exclusivo buque Riviera en camarote con terraza, con salida desde Barcelona el 25 de octubre y escalas en Provenza, Montecarlo, Livorno, Roma, Sicilia, Kotor, Dubrovnik o Venecia. Información en Es.oceaniacruises.com.

Las reuniones de trabajo pueden dejar de ser un tedio

Se acortan los días y la rutina se apodera de nuestra vida incluso en las reuniones y viajes de trabajo. La cadena Elba quiere marcar la diferencia en el turismo de negocios con sus hoteles de cuatro y cinco estrellas estratégicamente situados en las costas de Andalucía y Canarias, cerca de zonas de ocio y cultura, magníficamente conectados y equipados con la tecnología y todo tipo de servicios integrales para hacer de las reuniones un éxito.

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Store revamp as Dutch high street staple Hema is readied for sale

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Dutch high street staple Hema opened a new-style outlet in Tilburg on Thursday where the emphasis has shifted subtly towards food, the Telegraaf reported on Friday.

The paper said Hema is targeting healthy eating, with salads, home-made fries, fresh pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and fresh soups, all prepared on the premises while the customer waits. Hema chief Tjeerd Jegen told the paper everything will involve 100% fresh ingredients.

British venture capital fund Lion Capital has owned Hema for 10 years and has twice tried to divest it in that period. Lion expects to be rid of Hema next year, but this could occur either through a sale or a stock exchange launch, the Telegraaf said.

Jegen has pumped millions of euros ino the Hema store in Tilburg which is meant to serve as a model for future Hemas elsewhere in the Benelux counties. ‘We want everyone to come to us for a meal, not just Hema shoppers,’ he said.

Jegen claims the food will increase traffic to Hema stores. ‘In the past people came to Hema to shop. Now we think they’ll come in for a good meal and then do their shopping,’ he told the paper.

Jegen also forecast double-digit sales increases in the stores as a result of the revamp. Food has higher margins than other goods sold by Hema and now accounts for  one-third of all Hema sales.

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