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Migranti: oltre 300.000 bambini venezuelani in Colombia hanno bisogno di assistenza umanitaria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 aprile 2019

Almeno 327.000 bambini venezuelani vivono come migranti e rifugiati in Colombia. Secondo l’UNICEF, senza un maggiore sostegno, la loro salute, istruzione, protezione e benessere saranno in pericolo. La situazione economica e politica del Venezuela ha portato circa 3,7 milioni di venezuelani a lasciare le loro case per andare in Brasile, Colombia, Ecuador, Perù e altri paesi della regione. Circa 1,2 milioni di loro sono in Colombia, dove spesso vivono in comunità ospitanti vulnerabili con risorse già limitate. “In un momento in cui il sentimento anti-migranti sta crescendo in tutto il mondo, la Colombia ha generosamente tenuto le sue porte aperte ai suoi vicini venezuelani”, ha detto Paloma Escudero, Direttore della Comunicazione dell’UNICEF che ha appena terminato una missione di quattro giorni a Cucuta, sul lato colombiano del confine con il Venezuela. “Mentre sempre più famiglie prendono la dolorosa decisione di lasciare ogni giorno le loro case in Venezuela, è tempo che la comunità internazionale intensifichi il suo sostegno e aiuti a soddisfare i loro bisogni primari. Non possiamo permettere che la generosità diminuisca”. Sul ponte Simon Bolivar tra Colombia e Venezuela, Escudero ha parlato con le famiglie che ogni giorno fanno il viaggio per cercare cure mediche, portare i loro figli a scuola e portare cibo e altri beni di prima necessità alle loro famiglie. “Ho incontrato una madre che ha l’epilessia ed è incinta di otto mesi. Aveva bisogno di venire in Colombia per fare le visite prenatali e proteggere la sua salute e la salute del suo bambino”, ha detto Escudero. “Per la maggior parte delle famiglie, la decisione di andarsene è solo una misura di ultima istanza”. Visitando un centro sanitario sostenuto dall’UNICEF vicino al confine, Escudero ha incontrato mamme e bambini che hanno viaggiato per ore per sottoporsi a visite prenatali, vaccinare i loro figli o richiedere cure mediche gratuite. La Colombia offre anche istruzione gratuita ai bambini migranti provenienti dal Venezuela. Più di 130.000 bambini venezuelani sono oggi iscritti nelle scuole di tutta la Colombia, rispetto ai 30.000 del novembre dello scorso anno. Quasi 10.000 di questi studenti si trovano nella città di confine di Cúcuta e quasi 3.000 di loro si recano ogni giorno dal Venezuela per andare a scuola. “La gravissima situazione in Venezuela ha lasciato molti genitori senza altra scelta se non quella di perseguire opportunità di istruzione per i loro figli al di là del confine”, ha detto Escudero. “Ho visto centinaia di studenti attraversare Cúcuta alle prime luci dell’alba, sotto una pioggia battente, per andare a scuola. Questa dedizione all’apprendimento da parte di genitori e studenti è una lezione di impegno, perseveranza e determinazione per tutti noi”. L’UNICEF sta lavorando a stretto contatto con altre agenzie umanitarie, autorità nazionali e locali, organizzazioni non governative e comunità colombiane per fornire ai bambini migranti e ai bambini delle comunità ospitanti salute, nutrizione, istruzione e protezione. Le azioni finora intraprese comprendono il sostegno a team sanitari mobili, la creazione di spazi a misura di bambino per il sostegno psicosociale e la prevenzione della violenza, la fornitura di acqua potabile sicura e servizi igienico-sanitari, la promozione di pratiche igieniche, la creazione di spazi didattici protettivi, la distribuzione di materiale scolastico, la formazione di insegnanti e l’offerta di supporto nutrizionale.

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Autismo: In Colombia partita la ricerca Univalle-IdO su diagnosi precoce

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 novembre 2018

In Colombia non esistono studi epidemiologici sulla prevalenza dei disturbi pervasivi dello sviluppo ma a soffrirne, secondo la Lega Colombiana dell’Autismo, sarebbe il 16% della popolazione di età inferiore ai 15 anni (almeno 3 o 4 bambini in ogni scuola). Sebbene non esistano cifre ufficiali, nel 2013 il Sistema integrato d’informazione e protezione sociale (SISPRO) ha condotto un’indagine che ha individuato 67.370 casi di disturbi pervasivi dello sviluppo, di cui il 95% erano disturbi dello spettro autistico nell’infanzia.
La carente formazione di professionisti specializzati nel settore rende più complicata la possibilità di intercettare precocemente il fenomeno. Da qui è partita tre anni fa la collaborazione tra l’Universidad del Valle (Univalle) e l’Istituto di Ortofonologia di Roma (IdO), che recentemente ha dato il via a un progetto di ricerca sullo ‘Sviluppo di un protocollo clinico per la diagnosi precoce dei disturbi dello spettro autistico – TEA’.
Lo studio, guidato da Maria Eugenia Villalobos, direttrice del Dipartimento di ‘Sviluppo e Simbolizzazione’ del Gruppo di Ricerca Clinica in Psicologia, Neuropsicologia e Neuropsichiatria di Univalle, e da Laura Pacca, docente della facoltà di Psicologia nelle due sedi di Cali e Palmira di Univalle, nonché ricercatrice e psicoterapeuta dell’IdO, ha vinto un bando universitario. Attualmente si sta procedendo sia con la formazione del campione clinico, composto da 30 bambini di ambo i sessi da 1 a 5 anni, che con il coinvolgimento delle scuole e di tutte le associazioni del territorio attraverso il sostegno del Comune della città di Cali, tramite l’assessorato alle Politiche Sociali.
“L’obiettivo della ricerca è definire un protocollo di valutazione integrata che consenta una diagnosi clinica precoce e attenta alla complessità del mondo interiore di ogni bambino con un disturbo dello spettro autistico. Il momento diagnostico non si focalizzerà solo sul comportamento- sottolinea Pacca- ma anche sulle dimensioni emotive, sociali, sensoriali e cognitive”. Un aiuto concreto verrà dalla nuova batteria di test TULIP elaborata dall’IdO, che misura con il gold test Ados la gravità della sintomatologia autistica, con la scala Leiter-R l’abilità cognitiva non verbale e il Quoziente Intellettivo(Qi), con il Test di Meltzoff sulla Understanding of intention (Uoi) la capacita di comprendere le altrui intenzioni, e infine con il Test del contagio emotivo (Tce) la presenza dei precursori dell’empatia nei bambini coinvolti nella sindrome. L’unica differenza prevista per l’elaborazione del nuovo protocollo colombiano riguarderà lo strumento di valutazione del Qi. Questo parametro sarà analizzato con i l test delle Matrici di Raven (CPM) e le Scale dello Sviluppo psicologico Uzgiris Hunt, che valutano lo sviluppo cognitivo attraverso l’osservazione del comportamento a partire dalle teorie di Piaget.
“La ricerca Univalle-IdO è già partita e consisterà in alcune sessioni di osservazione clinica da parte dell’equipe multidisciplinare. Abbiamo preso contatto con i genitori dei bambini e i rappresentanti delle scuole pubbliche e delle istituzioni- aggiunge Pacca- siamo convinti che una nuova comprensione della sindrome aprirà la strada ad una inclusione educativa, sanitaria e sociale a misura di bambino” .
La psicoterapeuta dell’IdO porta avanti, sia a Cali che a Palmira, un seminario sull’autismo per promuovere il Progetto Tartaruga dell’Istituto di Ortofonologia: è il primo modello evolutivo a mediazione corporea in Italia per trattare in maniera integrata i disturbi dello spettro autistico coinvolgendo la triade scuola, famiglia e terapia. “Insieme agli studenti- conclude la psicoterapeuta-cerchiamo di comprendere cosa sia l’organizzazione autistica e perché si parla di spettro”. Gli articoli scientifici dell’IdO sono stati tradotti in spagnolo da Laura Pacca in modo da offrire agli studenti universitari e ai professionisti del settore una lettura evolutiva della sindrome.

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STK REGEV® ‘Hybrid’ Fungicide Now Registered in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

STK bio-ag technologies, the innovative Israel–based leader in bio-ag technology for sustainable crop protection and aquaculture, is announcing that its ‘hybrid’ fungicide REGEV® is now registered in Colombia for use on rice crops, with registrations anticipated in September on coffee, bananas, roses, and the Solanaceas family of crops, which include potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. STK REGEV® is the world’s first foliar ‘hybrid’ fungicide, and is currently used successfully in eight countries in various regions of the world, with plans for global expansion in 2019.
STK REGEV® is a ‘pre-mix, used exactly the same way as other fungicides, but with the added benefits of lowering chemical residues and much better resistance management due to its highly complex formulation of Tea Tree Oil and Difenoconazole. This pre-mix serves as a ‘bridge’, enabling growers who have never used any biological product to try one, without having to mix, rotate or do anything differently, thereby expanding the world’s use of biologicals for sustainable agriculture. According to STK CEO Guy Elitzur, “STK Colombia is selling REGEV directly, so growers wishing to try it may contact our Colombia Country Manager at jose.estevez@stk-ag.com. REGEV® is already being distributed throughout Colombia, including Tolima, Casanare, Meta, Huila and Santandar del Norte. We are also happy to answer questions on TIMOREX GOLD®, STK’s botanical-based biofungicide, which Colombian and growers throughout all of Latin America have been using with great success for many years on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.”

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Gemalto’s Biometric Authentication Technology Revolutionizes Automated Border Control in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 maggio 2018

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security and INCOMELEC SAS, a Colombian partner, are transforming the immigration and border crossing in Colombia through biometric iris verification implemented by Migración Colombia, the country’s border control agency. This innovative solution was launched in February with a pilot program at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport. The Automated Border Control (ABC), known locally as “BIOMIG”, is benefiting both citizens and border officials. Gemalto’s ABC speeds identity authentication and significantly reduces bottlenecks in the immigration process while maintaining strong security control for each traveler.
A growing majority of airport arrivals in Bogota – up to 60% – are Colombian citizens re-entering the country. This often results in long immigration queues, congested waiting areas and travel weary citizens. “BIOMIG” mitigates these challenges while complying with Colombia’s stringent border control security requirements.The solution integrates a highly intuitive iris recognition terminal that allows swift long range iris capture from 35 to 45 centimeters away. This eliminates physical contact with the terminal and improves comfort and ease of use. To use the service, Colombian citizens aged 12 and older only need to visit one of 30 BIOMIG enrollment stations at the airport as they exit the country. In less than one minute, their unique iris scan is securely registered with Colombia’s Border Management System (BMS). When re-entering the country, previously enrolled citizens simply enter their national ID number on a touchscreen integrated with an automated door barrier by INCOMELEC, SAS. After a quick glance at the iris reader terminal, identity is validated via a secure digital process and the automatic doors swing open.Gemalto has supported Migración Colombia with state of the art solutions for secure document authentication, biometric solutions and software integration for their border operations “The challenge with border control solutions is to minimize and simplify immigration procedures while improving ease, speed and convenience for end users – without compromising security. This is exactly what the ABC Iris solution achieves,” said Francesc Ortodo, Sales Director for Government Programs Latin America at Gemalto. “Colombian citizens can now benefit from strong biometric security within a trusted environment.”

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Flower of Colombia Temple Blooms

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 aprile 2018

AGUA AZUL, Colombia — The crown at the top of the roof of the local Baha’i House of Worship in Colombia has been installed, marking an important milestone for this historic initiative.
The yellow structure that sits atop the terracotta-tiled roof represents the blooming cocoa flower—an iconic symbol in the country—and was put into place soon after the first day of spring, which corresponds with the Baha’i New Year. It is made out of a fluorescent material that absorbs sunlight in the day and lights up naturally with the sunset.
In the coming weeks, a calligraphic rendering of the word ‘Baha,’ meaning glory, will be installed within the roof’s crown. Every Baha’i House of Worship has a variation of this sacred symbol placed at its apex.
Workers put the crown at the top of the roof of the local House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. Ever since the temple was announced by the Universal House of Justice in 2012, surrounding communities have felt a sense of collective ownership for its development.
“The construction of the Temple has certainly had an impact on the community,” said local youth Jean Paul Viafara Mora, age 18. “It has opened a healthy space for people to enter, and provided an alternative to the kinds of activities people undertake that may not be very good for them.”
He continued: “The Faith has a spiritual potency that is affecting all of us, contributing to our spiritual development and connection with our Creator.”As the project has progressed, efforts to build a spiritually and materially vibrant community have advanced together with the construction. For the last five years, members of the community have been working on a reforestation project on the grounds of the House of Worship. The initiative has helped to reintroduce native vegetation to the area, which was decimated by the proliferation of sugarcane plantations across the land over many decades.The revival of the natural habitat in Norte del Cauca has corresponded with a spiritual awakening in the population, where gatherings for prayers in all kinds of settings bring together neighbors in a spirit of unity and love. Many from among the population have found common paths of service to the community, strengthening neighborly bonds while working shoulder to shoulder.
Members of the community walk in the grounds around the Temple. The land here has already become a haven for visitors to find peace, to meditate, and to enjoy the beauty of the natural habitat.SLIDESHOW Members of the community walk in the grounds around the Temple. The land here has already become a haven for visitors to find peace, to meditate, and to enjoy the beauty of the natural habitat.A major aspect of the reforestation project has been the spiritual connection between the people and the land. The community often holds devotional meetings on the land of the Bosque Nativo, or native forest, in the mornings before commencing work.These developments have attracted the attention of many in the region, including local Mayor Jenny Nair Gomez, who recently visited the Temple grounds. She expressed her eagerness for the Temple to open to the people soon, and it is clear that she shares the community’s enthusiasm about the impact of this major development for the area. Mayor Nair Gomez committed herself to working for positive social progress alongside the many people who have been inspired by the Temple.

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Bilaterale d’amicizia: incontri in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 agosto 2017

incontro colombia“Come sezione bilaterale di amicizia Italia-Colombia in missione nel paese Sudamericano su invito del Parlamento colombiano abbiamo incontrato anche Ivan Marquez, leader Farc per i negoziati con il governo di Santos al fine di svolgere un ruolo di garante nelle trattative intraprese in ragione del nuovo accordo di pace firmato nel novembre 2016, sebbene l’impasse degli esiti referendari rischia di mettere alla prova la tenuta dello stesso” lo dichiara Aldo di Biagio, senatore della sezione bilaterale parte dell’Unione interparlamentare in questi giorni in missione a Bogotà.
“L’ accordo rappresenta un momento storico di risonanza indiscutibile – spiega – per questo la priorità resta quella di salvaguardarne la ratio senza incorrere in aggiustamenti e modifiche, per cui non può esistere un piano b legittimato dalle istanze emerse nel referendum, che andrebbe a svilire il processo di confronto portato avanti negli anni compromettendone le ragioni e le motivazioni sottese, senza dimenticare le vittime e le violenze che si sono perpetrate negli anni, ragion per cui rimettere mano ai termini degli accordi rappresenterebbe una occasione incomprensibilmente persa”.
Di Biagio conclude: “Il dialogo rappresenta l’unico strumento di confronto tra governo e Farc i cui rappresentanti devono essere inclusi attivamene nel processo di partecipazione democratica del Paese, altrimenti mai si potrebbe arrivare all’ambito percorso di emancipazione sociale della Colombia rispetto ai drammi e alle violente contrapposizioni del passato”. (foto: incontro colombia)

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The case of Pacific: a local multinational in Colombia in the process of restructuring

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 ottobre 2016

colombiaNow that the referendum in Colombia has rejected the peace deal between the government and the FARC guerrilla group, Colombians mourn or celebrate, and supporters of the peace process search for alternative options to ensure that so many years of negotiations will not be in vain. All eyes are on the peace process and the FARC, but even with a peace deal some of Colombia’s conflicts will remain unsolved.
Today, SOMO and INDEPAZ are releasing a report on the oil company Pacific Exploration & Production, a company without a long-term strategy and driven by its appetite for oil. In only five years, Pacific became the second largest oil company in the country. The report shows how the company – in its period of rapid growth – contributed to land conflicts by allegedly accumulating land illegally. In a very short time, Pacific extracted the oil and polluted the environment. They came, they saw, they conquered… and then went bankrupt.
The Colombian government aims to boost economic activity in order to restore peace, but the research into Pacific Exploration & Production shows that companies in the minerals-energy sector are often linked to armed groups and contribute to militarization. Pacific also contributes to the unequal distribution of land, the root cause of Colombia’s internal conflict, by occupying vast territories. Furthermore, the report shows that Pacific failed to abide by the country’s laws and standards for business and human rights in various aspects. It failed to disclose its full corporate structure and has been sentenced for false transactions with fake suppliers. The company accumulated almost 55,000 hectares of land – much more than officially allowed – and many of these plots were acquired in irregular ways. Finally, indigenous leaders blame Pacific for having failed to respect their right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). They argue that the company has paid fake community leaders to approve their projects. In a country where land disputes are a key driver of the civil conflict and where territorial issues are highly contested, this can easily spark renewed conflict. Therefore, it is crucial that oil companies like Pacific operate with enhanced due diligence, strictly monitored by the state, so that they do not contribute to conflict but help to build peace. The end of the armed conflict and the building of a stable and lasting peace requires active commitment on the part of the state and civil society, and particularly multinational companies, in order to contribute to the achievement of an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, in which the protection of and respect for human rights is strengthened.

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Paramilitari ai volontari italiani: «Siamo venuti per restare»

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 settembre 2016

colombiaColombia. Il 6 settembre volontari italiani di Operazione Colomba, Corpo Nonviolento di Pace della Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, si sono recati nel villaggio di Arenas Altas (regione di Antioquia) in Colombia a seguito dell’allarme lanciato dagli abitanti dell’area per la presenza di un folto gruppo di paramilitari.
Volontari internazionali, tra i quali membri di Operazione Colomba, come richiesto hanno accompagnato sul luogo una commissione della Comunità di Pace di San Josè di Apartadò, per monitorare la situazione, raccogliere le testimonianze della popolazione civile e chiedere al gruppo armato di allontanarsi dai terreni di proprietà della Comunità.
Durante l’accompagnamento e il monitoraggio dell’area, hanno incontrato un gruppo di 10 paramilitari. Alla richiesta di andarsene e allontanarsi dal villaggio per non esporre la popolazione civile al rischio di scontri armati, i paramilitari, che sulle divise portavano il logo “AGC” (Autodefensas Gaetanista de Colombia), hanno risposto: «Non vogliamo fare del male alla gente, ma la gente si deve abituare alla nostra presenza perché noi siamo venuti per prendere il controllo del territorio che lasceranno le FARC. Siamo disposti a combattere con altri gruppi armati per il territorio».
«Destano enormi preoccupazioni queste dichiarazioni da parte dei gruppi paramilitari incontrati dai nostri volontari, soprattutto alla luce della recente conclusione dei negoziati sugli Accordi di Pace, terminati lo scorso 24 agosto all’Avana», commenta Antonio Da Filippis, responsabile di Operazione Colomba, che continua: «Purtroppo già da tempo, proprio in relazione agli Accordi di Pace, stiamo assistendo sul campo a un grande movimento di gruppi armati interessati a contendersi il controllo del territorio e degli spazi che verranno “lasciati liberi dalle FARC” come dicono loro. Questo significa che la popolazione civile si troverà nuovamente in mezzo a violenze, intimidazioni e scontri armati se non ci sarà un impegno immediato da parte delle autorità competenti per evitarlo».
Già la mattina del 5 settembre, come denunciato in un comunicato della Comunità di Pace, due gruppi di paramilitari con armi lunghe sono entrati nel villaggio di Arenas Altas, mentre i bambini erano a scuola. La loro presenza ha terrorizzato i bambini e spaventato le famiglie che hanno dato subito l’allarme. Il gruppo armato prima di allontanarsi ha comunicato agli abitanti del villaggio: «Vi dovete abituare alla nostra presenza perché siamo venuti per restare». Gli uomini armati sono poi usciti dal villaggio per unirsi, presumibilmente, al resto del gruppo, circa 150 uomini, accampati sul monte di fronte al villaggio.
Operazione Colomba, Corpo Nonviolento di Pace della Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, è presente in quell’area della Colombia, con un progetto di accompagnamento dei civili della Comunità di Pace di San José de Apartadò, dal 2009.

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Ombudsman finds the IFC failed to comply with its investment standards in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2016

colombiaThe office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has issued its final report on the complaint brought against the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) investment in Eco Oro Minerals’ Angostura mine in the high-altitude wetlands – known as páramos – of Santurbán, Colombia. The office warned that the corporation has not met all the standards required of its investments, including an assessment of potential impacts on biodiversity.The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed by the Comité por la Defensa del Agua y el Páramo de Santurbán (Committee for the Defense of Water and the Paramo de Santurban), with the support of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) and MiningWatch Canada.
The report also states that the IFC failed to assess the impacts of the entire mining project, and instead only concentrated on the impacts of the exploration stage, despite the fact that it justifies its investment on the basis of the supposed benefits that the eventual mine would bring. The CAO found that the “potential to comply with IFC’s environmental and social standards was uncertain and potentially challenging” during the extraction phase.In its conclusion, the Ombudsman points out that “one of the stated purposes of the IFC’s investment was to develop the studies necessary to determine whether the project could comply with IFC’s [performance standards].” However, the company did not complete the required studies, including an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, a biodiversity baseline study, and critical habitat assessments. Despite repeated lack of compliance by the client, the CAO found that the “IFC has not pursued a remedy, but has made subsequent investments in the company.”
The IFC’s response to the Ombudsman’s report did not acknowledge any wrongdoing or make commitments to address its findings. Instead, the IFC merely reiterated its justification for investing in the project, claiming that the eventual mine will bring employment and revenue. The response is silent regarding its client’s intent to file an investment dispute under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
AIDA attorney Carlos Lozano Acosta explained that “the project is illegal; that’s why its license was denied in 2011, and why the Constitutional Court ratified the prohibition of mining in páramos. It worries us that the IFC invested in a company whose project, from the beginning, was not viable, and who would file an international lawsuit against Colombia, one of the member states of the World Bank.”The report reveals that the IFC has an explicit policy of investing in junior mining companies with limited capacity to manage environmental and social issues, in countries where the regulatory framework is weak or not enforced.
Currently, Colombia’s Constitutional Court is considering a legal action filed by the Santurbán Committee with support from AIDA, concerning the lack of citizen participation in the demarcation of the wetland. A decision is expected soon.The IFC is the private-sector lending arm of the World Bank Group. The CAO is an independent accountability mechanism that receives complaints from people who may be affected by IFC investment projects.

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Colombia: annuncio della pace tra governo e Farc

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 agosto 2016

colombiaLa Comunità di Sant’Egidio esprime gioia e soddisfazione per l’annuncio della pace in Colombia. Finisce una guerra che dura dal 1964. E’ una buona notizia che dà speranza in un momento così difficile per il mondo.
La vicenda della ricerca della pace in Colombia è lunga e complessa, avvenuta in varie fasi, fino a quella che si è svolta dal 2012 a Cuba e che giunge ora a una felice conclusione. In tutti questi anni la Comunità di Sant’Egidio è stata vicina ai protagonisti, coinvolta in vari momenti importanti, cooperando e sostenendo sempre a favore della scelta del negoziato, che si è alla fine rivelata l’unica via percorribile. La pace in Colombia è un messaggio per tutti: anche laddove le ragioni del conflitto paiono perdersi nel tempo e la distanza tra le parti sembra incolmabile, è sempre possibile giungere a un ragionevole compromesso. La pace è sempre possibile. Ora inizia l’altrettanto lungo e complesso tempo della riconciliazione e dell’applicazione dell’accordo, ma è decisivo che siano cessate le ostilità. Dopo immani sofferenze, oltre 200.000 morti e 5 milioni di sfollati, giunge un tempo nuovo anche per la Colombia. Siamo tutti chiamati a sostenere questa pace e il popolo colombiano che tanto ha sofferto e ora chiede solo questo. La Comunità di Sant’Egidio, rallegrandosi per la felice conclusione del negoziato, conferma la sua vicinanza e disponibilità a sostenere con amicizia le ragioni della convivenza e continuerà ad adoperarsi per il successo dell’accordo.

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Colombia is Top Foreign Country Searching South Florida Real Estate

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2016

colombia(MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in April 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for five consecutive months.The new MIAMI rankings show surging interest from Israel and India, and a new domestic leader. Georgia registered the most searches of Miami real estate among U.S. states. South Florida is the No. 1 U.S. market for international consumers in April 2016, according to Realtor.com.“South Florida is known around the world for embracing all cultures,” said Mark Sadek, the 2016 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “Foreign-born residents love Miami. Their passion is visible in our monthly property searches and in Realtor.com global searches, which continue to show South Florida as the most-searched U.S. market by international consumers.”
Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign South Florida transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazilian (12 percent) buyers purchased more.
Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.
Israel (population: 8.06 million) posted the fourth-most searches of South Florida real estate in April. It was the country’s highest finish since it took fourth in September 2015. India (population: 1.25 billion) finished sixth for the second consecutive month.
MIAMI -Colombia weiterhin alle Ausland Suche nach South Florida Immobilien zu führen, nach neuen Daten aus dem MIAMI Association of Realtors ® (MIAMI). Die südamerikanische Nation abgeschlossen als internationale Top-Land mit Miamis Suchportal, http://www.Miamire.com , im April 2016. Kolumbien hat nun die Rankings für fünf Monate in Folge geführt. Die neuen MIAMI Rankings zeigen wogende Interesse von Israel und Indien sowie einem neuen heimischen Marktführer. Georgien registriert die meisten Suchen von Miami Immobilien unter den US-Staaten. Süd-Florida ist die Nummer 1 der US-Markt für internationale Verbraucher im April 2016 nach Realtor.com. “South Florida ist bekannt auf der ganzen Welt für alle Kulturen umarmen”, sagte Mark Sadek, der 2016 MIAMI Vorsitzender des Vorstandes. “Im Ausland geborene Einwohner lieben Miami. Ihre Leidenschaft ist sichtbar in unserem monatlichen Immobiliensuche und in Realtor.com globale Suche, die South Florida als am häufigsten gesuchten US-Markt von den internationalen Verbrauchern zu zeigen, weitergehen. ”
Kolumbianische Hauskäufer gebunden mit Argentiniern die drittmeisten Miami Immobilien unter Ausland in Kauf, nach dem 2015 Profil von International Home Käufer in Miami Association of Realtors Geschäftsbereiche. Kolumbien registriert 10 Prozent aller ausländischen Transaktionen South Florida, nach der Umfrage von Miami und der National Association of Realtors durchgeführt. Nur venezolanischen (13 Prozent) und Brasilien (12 Prozent) Käufer gekauft mehr.
Kolumbianer nach Süd-Florida sind oft der oberen Mittelklasse-Familien bewegen, die ihren Wohlstand in ihrer Heimat als Fachleute und Unternehmer verdient genießen wollen. Kolumbianer verbringen die zweitmeisten auf South Florida Immobilien unter ausländischen Käufern. Die 516.000 $ durchschnittlichen Kaufpreis von Kolumbianer gebunden mit Argentinien und schleppte nur Brasilien ($ 766.000), nach der 2015-Umfrage.
Israel (Bevölkerung: 8.060.000) erzielte die viertmeisten Durchsuchungen von South Florida Immobilien im April. Es war die höchste Ziel des Landes, da es vierte im September nahm 2015 Indien (Bevölkerung: 1,25 Mrd.) wurde Sechster für den zweiten Monat in Folge.

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Colombia Tops All Global Searches for South Florida Real Estate in March

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 maggio 2016

miami1MIAMI —Colombia leads all foreign countries in searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in March 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for four consecutive months.
Venezuela and the United Kingdom finished second and third, respectively. It is the United Kingdom’s highest finish in the monthly MIAMI property search statistics. Home buyers in the United Kingdom — comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are attracted by South Florida’s weather, world-class amenities and diversified economy.
“South Florida offers everything an international home buyer wants,” said Mark Sadek, the 2016 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “Miami is an affordable world-class city with arts and culture, a thriving downtown, a diverse economy and a budding mass transit system. International home buyers have long searched, bought and invested in Miami real estate and will continue to do so.”
Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign South Florida transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazilian (12 percent) buyers purchased more.Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.
The United Kingdom, which boasts the 22nd largest population in the world with 64.1 million residents, had never finished among the top-three foreign countries searching for Miami real estate. In March 2016, the UK improved for February’s seventh-place finish to No. 3. United Kingdom home buyers are no stranger to Miami real estate transactions. The UK had the eighth-most South Florida real estate transactions (2 percent) among foreign countries in 2015.

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Colombia Leads the World in South Florida Real Estate Online Searches

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMIAMI —Colombia registered the most global searches for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in February 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for three consecutive months.
Venezuela and Brazil finished second and third, respectively. Brazil — which posted the most Miamire.com searches for 13 consecutive months through June 2015 — placed third for the first time since November 2013. The February 2016 MIAMI statistics also revealed surging interest from the Philippines, the world’s 12th-most populated country, and the United Kingdom.“Despite the strength of the U.S. dollar, international home buyers continue to search, buy and invest in Miami real estate,” said Mark Sadek, the 2016 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “With 51 percent of its population foreign born, Miami has a unique history of welcoming and embracing all cultures. International home buyers feel at home here.”
Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign Miami transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazilian (12 percent) buyers purchased more.
Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.
Philippine and United Kingdom buyers increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in February 2016. The Philippines have now placed fifth, the country’s highest finish, for three consecutive months. The United Kingdom improved from last month’s eight-place ranking to finish seventh.

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UNHCR: coinvolgere rifugiati e sfollati interni nei negoziati di pace in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 aprile 2016

colombiaDue settimane fa, il 30 marzo 2016, il governo della Colombia e l’ELN (Esercito di Liberazione Nazionale) hanno annunciato che avrebbero dato inizio ai negoziati di pace nel tentativo di porre fine ad oltre mezzo secolo di combattimenti. L’UNHCR accoglie con favore questo annuncio. Oggi facciamo appello alle parti coinvolte nel negoziato affinché dedichino particolare attenzione ai diritti delle vittime, specialmente degli sfollati interni e dei rifugiati.
I cinque decenni di conflitto armato in Colombia hanno prodotto la seconda più grande crisi di rifugiati e sfollati interni al mondo ad oggi (la Siria al momento occupa il primo posto). Circa 6.7 milioni di persone sono sfollate all’interno del paese – circa il 13% dell’intera popolazione. E 360.000 persone ufficialmente riconosciute come rifugiate sono fuggite all’estero: la maggior parte in Ecuador, che ospita il più alto numero di rifugiati in America Latina, e in Venezuela, dove vivono circa 170.000 colombiani bisognosi di protezione internazionale. L’UNHCR sostiene il coinvolgimento attivo delle persone sfollate e rifugiate nei negoziati di pace. Il nostro parere è che le vittime dovrebbero prender parte al negoziato, come è avvenuto durante le trattative tra il Governo e le FARC (Forze Armate Rivoluzionarie di Colombia), dove oltre 60 vittime avevano avuto l’opportunità di partecipare ai negoziati dell’Avana.
L’UNHCR ritiene che un esito positivo dei negoziati aprirà la strada per la reintegrazione degli sfollati interni e il ritorno dei rifugiati, che porterà nel tempo ad un miglioramento della situazione dei diritti umani e allo sviluppo economico e sociale delle zone più remote e isolate del Paese, incluse le aree di confine. Nel contempo, i rifugiati e i richiedenti asilo colombiani continueranno ad avere bisogno di protezione internazionale nei paesi di asilo, e deve essere rispettato il carattere volontario dei ritorni in Colombia. L’UNHCR è pronto a sostenere il governo della Colombia nel suo impegno di ripristinare i diritti delle persone colombiane sfollate interne e delle persone rifugiate che decidono di ritornare nel Paese; così come nel rispondere ai loro bisogni di protezione e di assistenza. Sulla base dell’esperienza dell’UNHCR nelle situazioni post-conflitto nel mondo, un contributo fondamentale alla costruzione di una pace sostenibile è rappresentato dall’insieme delle soluzione regionali che possono essere attuate: meccanismi tripartiti, accordi di rientri volontari, strategie di reintegrazione e politiche pubbliche volte a favorire l’integrazione locale, specialmente in contesti urbani. In Colombia, l’UNHCR è sato coinvolto in una “Iniziativa di Soluzioni Transnazionali”, che ha aiutato le comunità sfollate ad ottenere alloggi, terra e opportunità di sostentamento e di lavoro, e ha contribuito al rafforzamento delle comunità stesse e alla loro fruizione dei diritti fondamentali. Circa 38.700 persone hanno beneficiato di questa Iniziativa in 17 località. In Ecuador, un’altra analoga iniziativa “Iniziativa di Soluzioni Complessive”, ha aiutato richiedenti asilo e rifugiati colombiani a godere dei loro diritti in termini di salute, educazione, lavoro e alloggio, oltre a fornire loro assistenza e consulenza legale. In Venezuela, le azioni per promuovere l’integrazione locale si sono concentrate sul rilascio dei documenti utili per avere accesso effettivo a salute, educazione, alloggio e opportunità di lavoro, e quindi favorire una piena protezione.

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UNICEF: oltre 250.000 bambini colpiti dal conflitto in Colombia dal 2013

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 marzo 2016

colombiaSecondo un nuovo Rapporto dell’UNICEF, più di 250.000 bambini sono stati colpiti dal conflitto in Colombia dal 2013, quando sono iniziati i colloqui di pace tra il governo e il principale gruppo di opposizione armata del paese (FARC-EP). Si stima che circa 1.000 bambini siano stati utilizzati o reclutati da gruppi armati non statali durante lo stesso periodo.
“Mentre i negoziati di pace per porre fine a mezzo secolo di guerra in Colombia proseguono, è indispensabile che gli interessi dei bambini e la loro protezione siano una priorità “, ha detto Roberto De Bernardi, rappresentante UNICEF in Colombia. “Nessun bambino in Colombia oggi sa che cosa vuol dire vivere in un paese in pace. E’ il momento di voltare pagina”.
Il rapporto “Infanzia in tempo di guerra: i bambini della Colombia conosceranno finalmente la pace?”, sottolinea che i colloqui di pace hanno contribuito a migliorare la situazione: tra il 2013 e il 2015, il numero di bambini uccisi o feriti da mine e ordigni inesplosi è dimezzato, mentre il numero dei bambini sfollati è diminuito del 40%. Tuttavia, in questo stesso periodo, la violenza diffusa e la lotta senza soste tra le diverse parti in conflitto hanno continuato a mettere la vita dei bambini a rischio. Secondo i dati nazionali e delle Nazioni Unite:
– oltre 230.000 bambini sono sfollati;
– almeno 75 bambini sono stati uccisi e altri 180 feriti;
– quasi 130 bambini sono stati uccisi o feriti da mine e ordigni inesplosi;
– almeno 180 bambini sono stati vittime di violenza sessuale;
– 65 scuole sono state danneggiate dai combattimenti o utilizzati per scopi militari;
– almeno 10 insegnanti sono stati uccisi.
Secondo il rapporto UNICEF la fuga forzata, l’insicurezza, la paura del reclutamento, la minaccia della violenza sessuale e la presenza di mine antiuomo hanno costretto i bambini ad abbandonare la scuola. I bambini che vivono nelle zone di conflitto rappresentano il 40% del numero dei bambini in età primaria e secondaria inferiore che non va a scuola.
“Anche se l’accordo di pace dovesse essere firmato domani, i bambini continueranno ad essere a rischio di tutti i tipi di violazioni, tra cui il reclutamento, le mine e lo sfruttamento sessuale”, ha detto De Bernardi. “A meno che questi bambini non ricevano il sostegno materiale e psicologico di cui hanno bisogno, le prospettive di una pace duratura resteranno deboli”.
Invitando le parti in conflitto a mettere al primo posto gli interessi dei bambini, l’UNICEF sottolinea che:
– I bambini associati a gruppi armati sono le prime e principali vittime. Hanno bisogno di essere protetti, riuniti con le loro famiglie; è necessario che venga loro offerto il sostegno di cui hanno bisogno per il loro reintegro nella società.
– La liberazione di tutti i bambini al di sotto dei 18 anni da parte di gruppi armati non dovrebbe essere subordinata all’esito dell’accordo di pace.
– Se i bambini colpiti non avranno migliori opportunità, unirsi ai gruppi armati non-statali sarà l’unica speranza di sopravvivenza.
L’UNICEF collabora con i suoi partner in Colombia per aiutare i bambini a sviluppare le opportune conoscenze per proteggerli dalla violenza; forma le comunità sul rischio delle mine, promuove la pace e l’educazione civica, sostiene l’accesso alla giustizia e alla verità per i bambini.

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Colombia Is Top International Country Searching S. Fla. Real Estate in Jan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2016

colombiaMIAMI — Colombia leads all global consumers searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in January 2016. Colombia has now led the online search rankings for two consecutive months. Brazil, which led the Miamire.com searches for 13 consecutive months from June 2014 through June 2015, finished runner-up for the second straight month. The January 2016 statistics also showcased strong interest from the Philippines and the United Kingdom.“South Florida real estate attracts international home buyers unlike any other region in the U.S.,” said Mark Sadek, the 2016 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “Long known as a Gateway to the Americas, Miami’s shopping, restaurants, lifestyle, geographical position, tropical climate, international banking system and growing technological hub continue to attract foreign investors and home buyers.”
Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign Miami transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazil (12 percent) buyers purchased more.Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.
Philippine and United Kingdom buyers increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in January 2016. The Philippines’ fifth-place finish among Miamire.com foreign visitors was the country’s highest-ever finish. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, posted its highest appearance since it finished seventh in February 2015.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 96 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 41,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 136 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com

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Colombia Registers Most South Florida Real Estate Online Searches in December

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 febbraio 2016

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaColombia topped all foreign countries searching online for South Florida real estate in December 2015, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia edged Brazil to lead all global consumers using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com. Brazil had ranked as the top foreign nation using Miamire.com in 17 of the previous 18 months.Brazil has led MIAMI’s global search rankings in every month except three (May 2014, July 2015 and December 2015) since June 2014. The December 2015 statistics also showcase increased interest from the Philippines and Spain.“Colombian home buyers have long sought South Florida real estate,” said Mark Sadek, the 2016 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “Miami’s tropical climate, global business center, world-class shopping and history of multiculturalism are just a few reasons why Colombians and all international home buyers continue buying local properties.”
Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign Miami transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazil (12 percent) buyers purchased more.Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.
Philippine and Spanish buyers increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in December 2015. The Philippines’ fifth-place finish among Miamire.com foreign visitors was the country’s highest-ever finish. Spain posted its highest appearance since it took sixth place in consecutive months in May 2013 and June 2013.

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The case of multinational Poligrow

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 novembre 2015

colombiaPalm oil is used for everything, from food and household products to make-up and biofuel. In the last 10 years palm oil production has doubled worldwide. Colombia benefited by becoming one of the largest exporters. But at a cost. New research by SOMO and INDEPAZ titled ‘Reconquering and dispossession in the Altillanura: The case of Poligrow’ concludes that in a country where land disputes were a key driver of the civil war, and where territorial issues are highly contested, land-intensive sectors like palm oil risk creating renewed conflict and caution is warranted. The report shows how the company Poligrow has failed to operate with caution and has therefore contributed to human rights violations and instability in an already fragile context such as the Meta region in Colombia.
Colombia has witnessed land conflicts and civil war for more than half a century. A war that is rooted in unequal distribution of land, and rife with disputes over land control. Despite favourable reports of enhanced security and political stability, the country still finds itself in a fragile peace, where conflicts continue or are easily reignited; in many regions peace has yet to come.In recent years, Colombia has been actively attracting private sector investments in order to increase the economic development of the supposedly post-conflict country. The free trade agreement between Colombia and the European Union plays a crucial role in facilitating this foreign investment. One of these foreign investors is the Spanish-Italian company Poligrow, which settled in Colombia in 2008. Critics question the benefits of this agreement for Colombia, and stress the complexity of foreign investments in conflict-affected areas: ‘Foreign investments can only contribute to restoring peace if the investors take an explicit stand. They must stand up against inequality and promote employment, inclusiveness and sustainable growth. That is not what Poligrow is doing. Their activities in no way show that they have understood the regional context, the companies’ role in the fragile region and the history of land control’, says Anne-Marie Mineur, member of the European Parliament.Although Poligrow claims to have contributed to local development, the research paper sheds light on the many negative impacts of their operations. Though Poligrow might claim not to be involved in the conflict, in a context where different armed groups fight for control over land and drug trade, and where most of the land is disputed, it is impossible not to become – directly or indirectly – entangled in the civil war.
SOMO and INDEPAZ found many high-risk situations during the field work in the Meta region. These relate mainly to failures in community participation; lack of transparency of its complex corporate structure and tax payments; irregular situations in land acquisition, labour relations and environmental sustainability.The case of Poligrow thus shows how these booming large-scale economic initiatives, such as extensive oil palm plantations, can lead to an increase in land dispossessions and at the same time consolidate an inequitable, discriminatory and undemocratic economic model. These investments rather increase the instability than enhance stability, as they collide head-on with the root causes of the conflict: the unequal distribution of land.

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Colombia Tops All Global Consumers Searching South Florida Real Estate in July

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2015

miamiMIAMI — Colombia leads all foreign countries searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), the nation’s largest local Realtor group. Colombia overtook Brazil as the top country using MIAMI’s search portal, Miamire.com, in July 2015. Brazil had led all international consumers using Miamire.com for 13 consecutive months.Colombia’s rise to first place marks the first time the South American country has topped the Miamire.com monthly web searches since May 2014. Colombia had finished second to Brazil the last six months. The newly-released statistics also detail increased interest in South Florida properties from countries such as Venezuela and France.“Colombian home buyers have a long history of purchasing South Florida real estate, so the fact Colombia has overtaken Brazil for the most web property searches is not a surprise,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “Colombians are so comfortable here in Miami. Our tremendous diversity, world-class shopping, and global business center not only attract Colombian buyers, but all consumers – international and domestic.”Colombian home buyers purchase the fourth-most South Florida real estate among all foreign countries, according to the 2014 Survey of International Home Purchases conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation of 48 million residents registered 8 percent of all foreign South Florida deals last year. Venezuelan, Argentinian, and Brazilian buyers comprised South Florida’s top-three foreign markets.Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the third-highest purchase price on South Florida properties among all foreigners, spending $420,000 on average. The average sale price for all buyers in Florida is $245,000.
Venezuelan and French consumers increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in July 2015. Brazil finished second while Venezuela and France finished third and fourth, respectively. Venezuela hadn’t finished this high in the monthly searches since it took third place in March 2015. France, meanwhile, had never finished in the top-four in web searches on Miamire.com. France had the ninth-most web searches for South Florida property in June 2015.

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MEPs back visa-free travel deal for 16 ACP countries, UAE, Colombia and Peru

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2014

Lima Cattedrale - Credit PromPerùCitizens from 16 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia and Peru should be able to travel to the EU without a visa, under the amended EU visa regulation, as agreed by negotiators for Parliament and the Greek Presidency of the Council on 4 February and endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. The visa waivers shall apply from the date of entry into force of an agreement on visa exemption to be concluded with the EU.The 2001 visa regulation lists non-EU countries whose nationals need a visa to travel to the EU’s border-free Schengen area (the “negative list”) and those whose nationals do not need a visa for this purpose (the “positive list”).”This agreement has a double significance: on the one hand, we take a step forward towards enhanced cooperation with these countries, and on the other, we send a positive message to citizens by clarifying the criteria for including third countries in the positive list”, said rapporteur Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), who led the negotiations for Parliament. Nationals of 16 ACP countries which are parties to the Cotonou Agreement with the EU will be able to travel visa-free to the EU. These countries are Dominica, Grenada, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, as envisaged in the initial Commission proposal.Parliament’s suggestion that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also be included in the positive list was taken up by the Council of Ministers and the European Commission and included in the agreement.

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