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first_imgDuring a visit last summer where he strolled through the tropical gardens next to Indonesia’s summer Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince offered to build a grand mosque for his host, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. If that seemed like a generous gesture, the two men struck a bigger bargain within months, appointing the de-facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates to chair the steering committee for a new $34 billion Indonesian capital city.It was a strategic match. Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is known, is eager to find investors in an ambitious $400 billion infrastructure program. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan is looking to expand his country’s presence in fast-growing Asian markets. But there’s more to it than that.Since meeting during Jokowi’s Middle East tour five years ago, the two leaders have become firm friends, forging one of those rare personal relationships among world premiers that extend beyond economic cooperation and can redraw the map of political alliances. As Jokowi’s investment minister Luhut Pandjaitan put it, the two leaders have come to refer to one another as “brothers.” That relationship is creating an important new piece in Southeast Asia’s complex geopolitical puzzle as the US reduces its presence in the region and nations look for partners to offset the growing influence of China. The oil-rich Gulf state offers Indonesia an alternative to Saudi Arabia, its primary Middle East trading partner — one that may be more in tune with Jokowi’s political goals.Indonesia is home to the world’s largest population of Muslims. Of the nation’s 265 million people, 225 million follow Islam and most are Sunni, the branch of the religion that predominates in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.Both Jokowi and Sheikh Mohammed are considered moderates, opposing the influence of political Islam that holds sway in some parts of the Muslim world. The two nations have similar values when it comes to religious tolerance and the need for tough measures to combat terrorism, a UAE foreign ministry official said.“Right now Indonesia’s relations with the Middle East as a whole are fraught with problems,” said Kevin O’Rourke, a political analyst who publishes the Indonesia-focused newsletter Reformasi Weekly. “There’s definitely scope for redefining the relationship between the two regions and put it on a lot healthier level.” Sheikh Mohammed’s personal touch is one reason for the strong ties between the two leaders, with Indonesia’s cabinet secretary Pramono Anung recalling the prince’s sense of “intimacy,” including his lunch with Jokowi at a public venue. Indonesian officials were also impressed by the UAE.’s willingness to pursue agreements. Days after Sheikh Mohammed, chairman of Abu Dhabi’s $232 billion Mubadala Investment  wealth fund, offered to build the mosque, officials arrived to scout out sites.President Joko Widodo chat with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan from UAE during the prince visit in Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. – JP/Seto Wardhana/bud/19 (JP/Seto Wardhana)In July 2019, it was Jokowi’s turn, hosting Sheikh Mohammed at the 19th century palace in Bogor, a city on the outskirts of Jakarta. The two walked in the botanic gardens and rode round together in a limousine. Companies from both sides worked $9.7 billion in deals that were among 12 cooperation pacts signed in industries from tourism to gas.As the leaders’ relationship strengthened, so did the economic ties between their countries. On Jan. 12, the UAE committed to pumping $22.8 billion into Indonesia’s fund for infrastructure projects, including energy deals between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Indonesia’s Pertamina and Chandra Asri. A day later, the crown prince was named chair of the panel that will steer the development of Indonesia’s new capital, possibly the world’s most ambitious urban project.“The main reason to appoint the UAE crown prince to be one of the new capital advisers is to woo investment, particularly in energy,” said Asmiati Malik, a political economist at Jakarta-based think-tank Asian Scenarios. The UAE’s pledge in January “shows a long-term commitment,” she said.For the UAE, which is looking to diversify its economy and build on its role as a global trade and logistics hub, populous Indonesia offers both a major investment opportunity and a gateway to Asia.Jungle CapitalJokowi aims to build a city of 7 million people in the jungle on Borneo Island, more than 1,200 kilometers from the current seat of government in Jakarta. The steering panel also includes SoftBank Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.Jakarta’s problems are undeniable. It’s overcrowded, with as many as 35 million people living in the vast conurbation that extends around the city. It’s also at risk of inundation from rising sea levels. The new capital would be in the province of East Kalimantan, an area rich in coal and gas reserves, where palm oil plantations have yet to replace thousands of square kilometers of rainforest.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo speaks to journalists after the inauguration of three sections of Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road in in Samboja, Kutai Kertanegara Regency in East Kalimantan on Tuesday. (JP/N. Adri)Since announcing the plans in August, Jokowi’s government has held a competition for a design and plans to begin construction this year. The central government is expected to relocate within five years. Details of the investment fund still need to be finalized through Indonesia’s parliament. This has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but should be able to move forward in the coming weeks, said Husin Bagis, Indonesia’s ambassador to the UAE.The UAE., which rapidly built up Dubai and Abu Dhabi into modern cities, offers urban expertise as well as money. Emaar Properties is the master developer for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea, a project the size of Washington DC, announced in 2005 and still under development. The UAE even plans to build a settlement on Mars by 2117.But its terrestrial goals beyond the Emirates have not always been realized. Emaar chairman Mohammed Alabbar’s plans to lead the construction of a $45 billion new capital near Cairo never materialized. That city is being built by local firms after the government failed to finalize preliminary agreements with international investors.Saudi InviteSaudi Arabia has also been invited to invest in Indonesia’s proposed fund, which would provide money for the new capital, but the relationship between the two nations has cooled in recent years. While Saudi Arabia is Indonesia’s 13th biggest trade partner, it ranked 40th in 2018 in terms of foreign investment. In 2017, Jokowi publicly expressed disappointment that Saudi Arabia had prioritized investment in China over Indonesia during King Salman’s Asian tour.Links continued to wane after the 2018 murder of US-based Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi execution of an Indonesian domestic worker. And in 2019, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abruptly canceled the Indonesian and Malaysian stops on his regional tour.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (center) prepares to board an airplane at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, on Sunday afternoon for a flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. (Courtesy of PT Angkasa Pura I/N/A)“Jokowi has tried to build a strong partnership with the U.A.E. instead of Saudi Arabia,” said Malik of Asian Scenarios.But the UAE and Indonesia don’t have a strong track record yet of economic co-operation and O’Rourke said the impact of the coronavirus emergency could delay the construction of the new capital beyond the end of Jokowi’s presidential term, leaving its future in the hands of his successor.For now, Jokowi’s administration is still working on the financing. After meeting with UAE officials in September, Pandjaitan flew to Washington to meet with Jared Kushner, adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, the minister wrote on Facebook. Indonesia later said the US International Development Finance would be involved, without specifying an investment.“You have an administration that is saying they want to do things to open up the market,” Adam Boehler, DFC’s chief executive officer said during a visit to Abu Dhabi in February, when he met with Sheikh Mohammed. “That is really appealing to the United States and I think that is really appealing to the UAE too.”Topics :last_img read more

first_imgHe is also the host of Selling Houses Australia and is pictured here in front of a houseboat in Coomera which was renovated. Picture: Jerad WilliamsAt the time he described it as his “dream home”, but one answer may have given a clue about the future of the property.“It’s always a combination of loving a property and thinking I can make some money off a property — it’s a double-edged thing there,” he revealed. The statement house sits on a 950 sqm block with river frontage, and has its own pontoon. At the time, Winter said it was the third house they had lived in at Sanctuary Cove. Property guru and TV host Andrew Winter has listed this stunning Sanctuary Cove mansionCELEBRITY real estate agent and TV host Andrew Winter has put his Gold Coast home on the market. And he has revealed where he plans to move next. The stunning waterfront residence at Sanctuary Cove was quietly listed on Saturday, and is being marketed by Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. The pool area before the renovation There are five bedrooms including a master suite with its own riverside deck, ensuite bathroom and walk in robe.Three of the bedrooms also have built-in robes and ensuites.The open plan living areas have soaring 3.8m ceilings, the kitchen has integrated appliances, a Miele oven, porcelain bench tops and a 3m ceiling, and attention to detail is evident throughout the residence, according to the listing.A fifth bedroom is located in the pool house and has a kitcheneet, walk-in-robe, an ensuite shower room and split-system airconditioning.Other features include a three-car garage, a 15m inground pool, riverside entertaining decks, an 8m pontoon with power and super fender and gated entry. Winter spoke exclusively to The Courier Mail this afternoon, saying Sanctuary Cove had been a wonderful place to raise their children, but it was time for a change.“Our youngest is now 14 and Caroline and I are not getting any younger so we have decided its time for a beach change,” he said.“We have spent 14 years on the northern end of the coast and but we have always had itchy feet.“So we are heading to join the hip set somewhere between Main Beach and Mermaid Beach.”Speaking of his next dream home, Winter said his preference would be a “beachside knock-down and rebuild”.He said the decision would be “location driven” and that they had already started their house hunt.“I am pretty much living on realestate.com.au,” he laughed. The property guru said he believed the Gold Coast was “very much at the beginning” of its real estate boom, noting there was plenty of room to move in the market. 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Following a complete renovation, it is now listed for sale for $3.95 million and it is easy to see why.It has a northerly aspect and views across the water and uninhabited natural islands.“Remodelled and totally renovated during 2018, under the supervision of an architect, interior designer and landscape designers,” the listing states. “Better than new, this home has real character and layout to suit everyone from busy families, could be the ultimate holiday home, or perhaps the perfect choice for multi generational family living, or retirees that love to entertain.” Andrew Winter (right) co-hosts Foxtel’s popular series Love It Or List It with Neale Whitaker. Picture: SuppliedIn November last year, the Selling Houses Australia and Love it or List it host shared why he loved the waterfront house with News Corp. “It really embraces living in southeast Queensland,” he said. “It’s got massive bi-fold doors, high ceilings — you throw the doors open and you’re right on the water — it’s got a pool, you get cross-ventilation, you get enough sun but not too much. “For a Pom, it’s embracing the climate that we live in and the outdoor lifestyle. It’s always talked about and that’s why we live here.”center_img The property has been completely remodelled and renovated“We don’t stay long anywhere and it’s suited us — we’ve had our family and kids growing up there, it’s about friends around you — feeling safe and secure I guess that’s one of the things we like about it,” he said in November.Sanctuary Cove is a magnet for well-heeled business types and local celebrities, and has been a popular secret hideaway for paparazzi-shy international stars in the past.It has two championship golf courses and is just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 45 minutes from Brisbane. The kitchen in 2017, before the renovation … More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago “The doom and gloom in the southern markets, I just don’t see that happening in the southeast,” he said.“There is lots of expensive homes selling on the Gold Coast … $2, $3, $4 million, it doesn’t get you much in Sydney and Melbourne but here, it gets you a lot.“This house (Sanctuary Cove), if I could pick it up and move it to somewhere by the beach I would.”The Winter property is listed with John and Marie Manning of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty Sanctuary Cove. “It is a stunning property. He (Winter) completely refurbished it, basically leaving the outside walls up and then doing everything else,” Ms Manning said.“There is a conservation area opposite so no houses and never to be built out, and it is north-facing to Main River.“It is in a prime location … it’s an exclusive area, yes.”last_img read more

first_imgNew WebsiteThe Batesville football program is excited to announce the launching of batesvillefootball.com.  Check out the website to get all the information that you need to stay connected and informed about Batesville football!Batesville Gridiron ClubThe recently formed Batesville Gridiron Club is a non-profit group that is designed to enhance the Batesville football program.  To join the group and receive the exclusive Batesville football gifts and perks then click on the link to become a member of the Batesville Gridiron Club.https://batesvillefootball.com/membership/  Alumni Game *Presented by Edward Jones*The 3rd Annual Alumni Football game will be Saturday, August 4th @ 7 pm on the high school football field.  The alumni game will follow the Blue vs White high school scrimmage game that starts at 5 pm.  FREE ADMISSION.If you will be in attendance or want to compete in the alumni game then fill out the form so that you get your FREE t-shirt.ALUMNI GAME SIGN-UP  A big thank you to Blake Bartling and the group with Edward Jones for the support in being the sponsor for the event as well as this year’s 2018 Diamond Sponsor for the program!Turnover Hunger CampaignThe Batesville Football Program is starting their 2018 campaign to raise money for all 8 food pantries in Ripley County.  The football program started the Turnover Hunger Campaign last year by raising just shy of $1,000.  As a result of their efforts, the money impacted over 200 families.  If you would like to learn more about the program and make a pledge then click on PLEDGE.  If you want to make a flat donation then click on DONATE  2018 HOME Schedule8/17 vs Jennings County (Youth Night)8/31 vs South Dearborn (Service Night)*All police, firefighters, first responders, and military will get in free.  9/21 vs Lawrenceburg (Homecoming)9/28 vs Greensburg (Senior Night)*Izzy’s Catering will have a Tailgate Party prior to the game for all Platinum Gridiron Members and Sponsors as well as Football Player ParentsThank you for all the continued support as we enter the 2018 football season!  Hopefully we will see you at one of the games, but if you are unable to attend then always follow the program on Facebook and Twitter or get all information at batesvillefootball.comFacebook- @batesvillefootballTwitter – @BatesvilleFBlast_img read more