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Results post-war & Contemporary art

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

Christie’s1New York – Christie’s set Art market history with its Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale, which totalled $852,887,000 (£535,986,570/ €682,309,600), with strong sell-through rates of 97% by value and 94% by lot. Bidders from around the world competed for an exceptional array of Abstract Expressionist, Pop and Contemporary works from some of the century’s most inspiring and influential artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly, and Jeff Koons.“This was a sale of extraordinary quality and range, with every major artist represented by at least one masterwork,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “The landmark sale result achieved tonight is a reflection of both growing global enthusiasm and demand in this category and a virtuous cycle of confidence in the art market that brings a fresh supply of exciting, high-quality works into the market with each new season.” Steven Murphy, Christie’s Chief Executive Officer stated: “This is truly a moment in art history. Tonight’s result is a testimony to the depth of interest in art across the globe, and to the talent of the Christie’s team. This sale may have produced an eye catching number, but record museum attendance and record art sales at Christie’s on every continent in all areas and price levels proves that enjoying works of art has become a universal pursuit in our time.”

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Miami Real Estate Market Continues Strong Performance in 3Q

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaThe performance of the Miami real estate market remains consistent with record activity in 2013 due to strong demand despite increased existing and new construction supply, according to the 34,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.Median and Average Sales Prices Continue to Rise. In the third quarter, the median sales price for homes in Miami-Dade County was $250,000, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to last year. The median sale price for condominiums rose 3.5 percent to $189,900 in the third quarter compared to a year earlier. Third quarter price increases mark 11 consecutive quarters of growth for both single-family homes and condominiums.“The Miami real estate market continues to attract the attention of both domestic and foreign buyers, fueling solid growth and creating opportunities for both buyers and sellers,” said 2014 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Liza Mendez. “While there is more supply available than a year ago, there is still strong demand, and the growth of supply, new listings, sales and prices is more moderate, resulting in a more balanced market.”Nationally, the median sales price of existing single-family homes was $217,300 in the third quarter, up 4.9 percent from the third quarter of 2012. The national median sales price for condominiums was $211,000, a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year.The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in the third quarter was $182,000, up 4.0 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtor. The median sales price for condominiums in Florida was up 6.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year at $139,000.Compared to last year, the average sales prices for single-family homes and condominiums in Miami-Dade County increased 14.9 percent to $438,431 and 3.8 percent to $341,927, respectively.Sales Continue to Rise for Single-Family HomesThere were 7,632 homes and condos sold in Miami-Dade County during the third quarter of 2014, a negligible decrease of 5.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013, when there was record sales activity. Sales of single-family homes increased 0.2 percent to 3,552, while condominium sales decreased 9.0 percent to 4,080 compared with the same period in 2013 “In Miami, market performance continues to vary greatly depending on location, property type, price range and other factors,” said 2014 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Francisco Angulo. “While in most cases, increased supply is offering buyers more choices and less pressure, others are still experiencing significant competition and bidding wars.”Nationally, total existing-home sales, including single-family and condos, increased 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million in the third quarter from 4.87 million in the second quarter of 2013, but were still 3.8 percent below the 5.32 million pace during the third quarter of 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors.Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 64,633 in the third quarter, up 7.6 percent compared to the year-ago figures. Closed sales of condominiums totaled 26,506, down 4.6 percent compared to 2013.Home Inventory Moving Rapidly Despite More New ListingsThe Miami Association’s initiatives to increase inventory and focus on assisting members to get more listings has proven successful along with some additional distressed properties coming on the market. The fact that sales remain at historically strong levels while inventory is growing points to seller confidence. Sellers are listing properties for sale because they have confidence in the market.Home and condominium listings also increased in the second quarter but by narrower margins. There were 6,237 new single-family home listings during the third quarter, a growth of 5.1 percent relative to the same period last year. New condominium listings increased by only 1.0 percent from 8,282 in the third quarter of 2013 to 8,366 this year.Third quarter active listings in Miami-Dade County totaled 17,480, representing an increase of 22.5 percent. This reflects the success of the MIAMI campaign to achieve a more balanced market between buyers and sellers. At the current sales pace, current inventory represents 5.7 months of inventory for single-family homes and 8.1 for condominiums. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, months supply of inventory for single-family homes and condominiums increased 13.5 percent and 33.6 percent respectively. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.The median days on the market of single-family home listings during the third quarter was 45 days compared to 37 days during the same period last year, an increase of 21.6 percent. Similarly, the median days on the market for condominium listings were 57 days compared to 46 last year, an increase of 23.9 percent.

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Greenpeace: US pledge to help poor countries a good sign for the fight against global warming

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

brisbaneBrisbane. Following US President Barack Obama’s announcement today to pledge at least $US2.5bn over the next four years to help poor nations to adapt and take measures against climate change, Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics at Greenpeace, said:“This is a good starting point to support people affected by catastrophic climate change and it’s a good precedent to set as we head towards the climate summit in Lima in three weeks’ time. Clearly the US government is starting to accept its responsibility to fight global warming after almost two decades of reticence. Together with Germany, France, Sweden and others, Obama is challenging countries like Australia and Canada who have the potential to help those in need and guide the world towards a 100% renewable energy supply by mid-century.” (foto fonte Wikipedia)

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European churches discuss involvement in public debates

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

Strasbourg20 people, representing 15 different churches from 15 countries, assembled in Strasbourg to discuss the question “How do churches speak up in public debates?” The aim of the workshop was to gain insights into the most effective and the most truthful ways to be heard and seen in public debates. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS), and human procreation were taken as case studies.The participants agreed that churches have a contribution to make in moral debates. The ways to do it varies on depends on many local questions: are they minority churches or national churches, large or small, conservative or liberal, and to what extent are there suspicions and prejudices based on a dubitable role in the past? Much also depends on the way moral issues are debated within the churches.The participants agreed that any credible contribution by churches should involve sound analysis of debates and technological and political states of affairs. This not only includes knowledge but also an attitude of listening: when people advocate physician assisted suicide, what are their moral reasons? What are their fears and concerns? What truth can there be found in ‘the voice of the people’? Oxford professor of ethics Nigel Biggar, who provided the opening address, stressed St. Augustine’s view of the ‘secular city’ as a most radical openness to all voices in a public debate, and a readiness to admit mistakes made in the past.Most attendants agreed that churches should not hesitate to take a firm stand on some moral issues. However, no position should be taken prematurely. Churches sometimes need to use explicit theological language (‘God talk’), as this belongs to the ‘core business’ of churches. References to authority as a reason for a moral position, however, often are counterproductive. Rather, moral issues should be addressed in terms of arguments that are understandable to all and appealing to many. For this reason, churches need the help of lay experts. Many people inside and outside the church pay more attention to the voices of Christian professionals (doctors, researchers, policy makers) than they do to the voices of theologians and clergy.The workshop was organized by the Working Group on Bioethics and Biotechnology of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Based on the outcome in this workshop, and given discussions in many European countries, the Group intends to plan a conference on Euthanasia and Physician assisted suicide in the near future.The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Processo di pace in Irlanda del Nord: i deputati sollecitano la ripresa del dialogo tra tutte le parti

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

parlamento europeoIn una risoluzione il Parlamento europeo ha chiesto a tutte le parti in causa di riavviare il processo di pace in Irlanda del Nord. I deputati hanno sottolineato la necessità di combattere il problema della disoccupazione e quello dei bassi salari, in modo tale da fermare le azioni criminali e violente che minano il processo di pace. I colloqui si erano interrotti nel dicembre 2013 a causa di alcune discussioni su temi come la spesa sociale, bandiere ed emblemi e manifestazioni.Il testo, approvato per alzata di mano, esorta tutte le parti a partecipare ai colloqui avviati lo scorso 16 ottobre per risolvere le questioni ancora in sospeso, in modo da sostenere il funzionamento e la stabilità della istituzioni democratiche nord irlandesi.
Si esorta, inoltre, a impegnarsi per una soluzione duratura del conflitto e a dare piena attuazione all’Accordo del Venerdì Santo del 1998 che riguarda il sistema di governo dell’Irlanda del Nord nel Regno Unito, le sue relazioni con la Repubblica d’Irlanda e le relazione della Repubblica con la Gran Bretagna.
Per consolidare il processo di pace, i deputati hanno ribadito la necessità di migliorare le relazioni tra le comunità e di promuovere lo sviluppo economico e sociale. Hanno quindi osservato che il programma EU PEACE, che sta fornendo 150 milioni di euro per affrontare questioni prioritarie in Irlanda del Nord e nella regione di confine, debba essere di aiuto per tutti, nord e sud.Infine, la risoluzione ha accolto con favore la nomina del senatore americano Gary Hart da parte del Segretario di Stato del Presidente Obama, John Kerry, come inviato personale ai colloqui e sottolinea la volontà del Parlamento a offrire qualsiasi supporto alle parti nel processo di pace.

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