Catalonia greens – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:07:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elsverds.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Catalonia greens – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ 32 32 Former Saudi International Champions return to Royal Greens for LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah https://elsverds.org/former-saudi-international-champions-return-to-royal-greens-for-liv-golf-invitational-jeddah/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 14:03:03 +0000 https://elsverds.org/former-saudi-international-champions-return-to-royal-greens-for-liv-golf-invitational-jeddah/ Al-Jazeera’s alarming fall continued, champions Al-Ain added to Al-Nasr’s misery and Al-Wasl conceded two goals – plus leadership – in intriguing seventh matchweek of the ADNOC Pro League. Congolese winger Prestige Mboungou’s incredible second-half goal earned Ajman a 1-0 victory and made it four games without a win for stuttering Pride of Abu Dhabi. Spanish […]]]>

Al-Jazeera’s alarming fall continued, champions Al-Ain added to Al-Nasr’s misery and Al-Wasl conceded two goals – plus leadership – in intriguing seventh matchweek of the ADNOC Pro League.

Congolese winger Prestige Mboungou’s incredible second-half goal earned Ajman a 1-0 victory and made it four games without a win for stuttering Pride of Abu Dhabi.

Spanish predator Paco Alcacer’s lone header at promoted Al-Bataeh, meanwhile, set Sharjah’s new pacemakers to back-to-back triumphs after Friday’s President’s Cup final and the hitman’s deadly brace Togolese Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba took Al-Ain to a 3-1 win at Al-Maktoum Stadium.

Alexandru Cicaldau, on loan from Galatasaray, got on the scoresheet as dark horses Ittihad Kalba fought back 2-0 in 55 minutes to draw 2-2 against a rocked Al-Wasl.

Mohamed Juma capitalized on a defensive error to hand Leonardo Jardim’s Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai Club a 1-0 victory over Khor Fakkan, Palmeiras owner Rafael Elias scored a hat-trick for Baniyas to condemn winless Dibba Al- Fujairah to 4-1 defeat and Al-Wahda bounced back from the Cup disappointment to beat sorry Al-Dhafra 4-2.

Here are Arab News’ top picks and talking points from the latest action.

Player of the week – Rafael Elias (Baniyas)

Elias went from a worrying problem to a likely solution in the space of 45 minutes on Saturday.

A gaping chasm at centre-forward was created at Baniyas Stadium as Joao Pedro’s loan spell from Dhafra came to an end in the summer of 2021. The prolific Brazilian fired them an unlikely second before a permanent move to Al-Wahda.

Immediate replacement, Swedish international Isaac Thelin, terminated his contract prematurely last March after just six goals in 21 outings.

Elias, 23, appeared to be heading in the same daunting direction, with six scoreless outings contributing to Baniyas’ status as top scorer with three goals.

This paltry count did not reflect the collective talent in their ranks. But what can fast winger Suhail Al-Noubi or graceful Argentine playmaker Nicolas Gimenez do when they have no one to create chances?

The 1-1 at the break against Dibba did not bode well. But a mix of fortune and a ruthless finish from 47 to 86 minutes saw Elias win the match ball, doubling Baniyas’ seasonal tally with two headers and a swept effort.

The lowly Dhafra are in place next Sunday, providing an opportunity for striker and employer to build momentum belatedly.

Goal of the Week — Andriy Yarmolenko (Al-Ain)

Yarmolenko is heating things up, just as the temperatures are starting to steadily cool.

The statuesque Ukrainian striker’s first goal at Al-Nasr has netted three times in his last three top matches. It was poetry in motion, too, as the Boss’ main attackers all came together in satisfying fashion.

A burst of acceleration allowed Moroccan winger Soufiane Rahimi to space out on the left. Laba and Yarmolenko were hiding at the edge of the penalty area when the expected 2022 World Cup contender peeked out, before landing a low cross.

The former’s telepathic step over offered Yarmolenko the distraction from the latter needed to convert low, on the stretch.

Such synchronization will have pleased boss Serhiy Rebrov. Keep it up and the incumbents’ stumble off the starting blocks can turn into a winning sprint.

Delight was etched on the face of the former West Ham United and Dynamo Kyiv maestro Yarmolenko. His goal was just the reward of an all-around display in which he boasted 87% passing accuracy, completed 60% of the dribbles and recorded three interceptions.

The Shabab Al-Ahli weekend opposition has been warned.

Coach of the Week – Goran Tufegdzic (Ajman)

A remarkable result cemented the belief that Ajman’s campaign can turn into a historic campaign.

The Orange Brigade prevailed at Al-Jazeera for the first time in the professional era, thanks to Mboungou’s exceptional killer touch and his unerring shot at the near post. This 77th-minute decider by summer addition Abha from Roshn Saudi League came in a contest in which his club recorded just 33% possession, lost the number of attempts 13-7 and lost needed goalkeeper Ali Al-Hosani to make several sharp saves.

Statistics, however, only tell part of the story. The visitors rushed feverishly to disrupt Jazira’s trademark passing carousel under former Ajax tactician Marcel Keizer and created a range of excellent chances, on the counter-attack or from set pieces.

The Orange Brigade lost two of their first three games but have since taken 10 points from the next 12 available.

UAE football regular Tufegdzic – Ajman represent the fifth Serbian side since 2016 – led them to a better Pro League finish with a seventh-place finish on last season’s debut. A further rise in the standings must be the goal.

Thorsten deserves more time

The walls continue to close in on Thorsten Fink.

Al-Nasr’s third defeat in four matches heightened the sense of finality that surrounded summer hire Riga FC from Latvia.

Yet there are fact-based reasons that illustrate why Blue Wave’s board has remained patient while Al-Wahda and Dibba have already made management changes.

A cold look at the situation puts Al-Nasr two places and two places outside the drop zone. They have only won once, despite seemingly impressive pre-season signings in Morocco midfielder Adel Taarabt and former Al-Tai centre-back Lucao.

But they racked up the second most assists with 3,845; 86% joint pass accuracy; and the sixth-most efforts with 91. Only Al-Wahda directly bettered them for possession, with their average percentage of 63.4.

Former Basel, Hamburg, APOEL and Vissel Kobe boss Fink has forged a palpable identity for himself in the early months of his reign.

These are the foundations on which progress can be built. Whether he is the man to take advantage, however, may depend on Al-Nasr’s performance at Kalba on Saturday.

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Greens campaign for rent freeze and housing affordability https://elsverds.org/greens-campaign-for-rent-freeze-and-housing-affordability/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/greens-campaign-for-rent-freeze-and-housing-affordability/ Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s crude attempt to To make a joke comparing The Lodge – a 40-room mansion with a tennis court, swimming pool and private chef – with “social housing” shows how remote it is from the concerns of ordinary people. As interest rates approached a seven year high September 6, The Guardianciting an […]]]>

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s crude attempt to To make a joke comparing The Lodge – a 40-room mansion with a tennis court, swimming pool and private chef – with “social housing” shows how remote it is from the concerns of ordinary people.

As interest rates approached a seven year high September 6, The Guardianciting an analysis by financial data firm RateCity, reported that will mean an additional $144 per month in mortgage payments for every $500,000 borrowed.

Australian Broker reported in August that “nearly half of Australian homeowners are under mortgage pressure, with 45% of households spending more than they earn”.

This is on top of “rental stress” – defined as spending 30% or more of one’s income on rent – ​​which affects millions of people.

A survey commissioned by Clever indicates that 1.4 million people may be in some form of rental stress, and 1.1 million may be experiencing “extreme” rental stress.

“When combined, the total number of Australians spending 30% or more of their income on rent comes to 14%, or 2,719,000 possible people nationwide,” Savvy reported.

The ABC reported similar figures in April.

It is in this context that the Greens’ housing spokesperson, Max Chandler-Mather, called for a two-year rent freeze.

“Over the past 12 months, rents have risen seven times faster than wages in capital cities, forcing millions of Australians into severe tenancy stress while some regional areas have seen rents rise at even higher rates. “, he said on social media on August 25.

“By freezing rents for 2 years and capping rent increases thereafter, we can give wages and incomes a chance to catch up and protect millions of households from possible eviction.”

Albanian mocked the idea of ​​freezing rents, saying, “It’s not clear to me, short of nationalizing the property, how that could be achieved. I haven’t seen any proposals, and the Greens haven’t raised this at all with the government.

However, the proposal is feasible and clear.

The Greens are proposing that the National Cabinet coordinate a nationwide freeze, with state and territory governments using their respective rental tenancy laws.

Chandler Mather replied in Albanese on September 7, saying: “Scotland has frozen rents in the private rental market without ‘nationalising all property'”.

“There’s a reason Scotland freezes rents,” he continued, “because it works and that’s exactly how you protect tenants from unfair and massive rent increases.

“Now that Scotland has shown the way, it is time for the Federal Government to finally start to seriously address this once-in-a-generation housing crisis.”

Chandler-Mather said the Victorian government froze rents in the past and the federal government also froze rents during World War II.

Green MP Amy MacMahon moved for a two-year rent freeze on August 31 in the Queensland parliament. The MacMahon bill amending the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 would make it illegal for landlords to charge more rent than was charged on August 1. This would not change with a new tenant or if the house was renovated. After two years, a 2% rent increase would be allowed every two years.

Queensland Labor Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch rejected the Greens’ plan, calling it “extremist”. She suggested tenants would be at a disadvantage as a rent freeze could ‘lead to a further reduction in the supply of accommodation in the private rental market’.

This reflects the position of the main parties not to support any law that puts downward pressure on property prices.

Socialist Alliance co-organizer Sam Wainwright said left green that “This view is fundamentally at odds with the measures needed to make housing affordable for the majority of the population.

“We believe Parliament should cap private rents at current levels for 10 years and that public and social housing rents should not exceed 20% of a tenant’s income.”

Wainwright said other necessary measures that reduce the overall price of housing could include: expanding public housing; ending tax breaks such as “negative gearing” for investors; and an extension of tenant rights.

Wainwright said while some homeowners will not be affected by falling property prices, those with large mortgages will be affected and need to be protected.

The big winners from rising house prices are corporate investors and big landlords, “like the parasite on 2GB who wanted sympathy while admitting to hold 283 investment properties”.

Wainwright said these big investors must be made to pay to ensure policies that protect housing justice for all.

Brisbane Greens councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan is campaigning for financial sanctions against investors who leave properties vacant for long periods.

On September 6, he asked the council to undertake a public consultation with the aim of introducing “a separate and higher category for residential investment properties left vacant for at least six months”.

Its aim is to ensure that investment property owners “have a stronger financial incentive to rent vacant homes or sell them”.

He said higher rates or fees would not apply to owner-occupied homes or rented investment properties.

The National Liberal Party majority on the council voted against his motion, but it was backed by Labor and an independent adviser.

Sriranganathan said a minority of real estate investors prefer “leaving investment properties empty rather than renting them”. They do this “because they are more interested in making a lot of money by selling the property for a higher price than they bought it”.

Brisbane City Council already has different rating categories for commercial, industrial and rural properties, as well as owner-occupied homes versus investment properties.

Sriranganathan is right to say that creating a new category that distinguishes between let investment properties and investment properties left empty for the long term is “reasonably straightforward”.

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Scottish Greens blast Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss plan to ‘save broken union’ https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-blast-rishi-sunak-and-liz-truss-plan-to-save-broken-union/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-blast-rishi-sunak-and-liz-truss-plan-to-save-broken-union/ The Scottish Greens have insisted a ‘big brother-style unity to save the broken union’ will be resisted. The party, the Scottish Government’s junior administration partner, highlighted threats from the two candidates vying to become the next Prime Minister to reunite “union unity” again. Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have both insisted they will block any […]]]>

The Scottish Greens have insisted a ‘big brother-style unity to save the broken union’ will be resisted.

The party, the Scottish Government’s junior administration partner, highlighted threats from the two candidates vying to become the next Prime Minister to reunite “union unity” again.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have both insisted they will block any attempt by the Scottish government to hold a second independence referendum – with the Greens stressing that the next leader will only see the strategy continued under Boris Johnson.

Nicola Sturgeon has planned to hold a referendum in October next year, subject to the UK Supreme Court clearing a legal route for the ballot.

In a bid to convince Tory members in Scotland to support them, the two candidates set out a series of policies aimed at strengthening the Union and the British government’s presence in Scotland.

Mr Sunak also unveiled plans to reform a team of advisers within Downing Street known as the ‘trade union unit’.

Scottish Greens finance spokesman Ross Greer said: ‘This is the cruelest and most arrogant Tory government of a generation, right up there with Thatcher at his worst.

“Even as the removal vans carry away the last vestiges of a Boris Johnson administration that has failed Scotland time and time again, it is clear that we are going even further.

“The fact that the two potential replacements for the Prime Minister say that stopping Scotland’s democratic right to an independence referendum is a priority, and worse, that they intend to impose a unity of big brother style to save the broken union, says it all.”

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Scottish Greens will fight election as ‘de facto referendum’ if independence poll is ‘impossible’ https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-will-fight-election-as-de-facto-referendum-if-independence-poll-is-impossible/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-will-fight-election-as-de-facto-referendum-if-independence-poll-is-impossible/ The Scottish Greens will contest the upcoming UK general election as a de facto independence referendum if no legal path to a vote at Holyrood emerges. The Independence Party has joined the SNP and Alba in pledging to treat the next Westminster election as a single-issue separation poll if the Supreme Court rules the Scottish […]]]>

The Scottish Greens will contest the upcoming UK general election as a de facto independence referendum if no legal path to a vote at Holyrood emerges.

The Independence Party has joined the SNP and Alba in pledging to treat the next Westminster election as a single-issue separation poll if the Supreme Court rules the Scottish Parliament has no power to hold Referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s strategy to hold a referendum in October next year, subject to the UK Supreme Court ruling it falls under delegated jurisdiction.

If there is no legal route, the Prime Minister said the SNP would treat the upcoming UK general election as a “de facto referendum” on independence and would enter into separation talks with the UK government if the pro-independence parties accepted the idea. popular vote in Scotland.

Alex Salmond’s Alba party had previously backed Ms Sturgeon’s de facto referendum retreat plan.

Now the Scottish Greens have also bought into the strategy.

At a meeting of the Greens’ national council this afternoon, it was agreed the party would strive to field candidates in every constituency in Scotland.

Commenting in a statement, Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater said: “The people of Scotland have repeatedly returned pro-independence majorities to Holyrood and Westminster. They must have their say.

“Our preference is still for a referendum to be held in October 2023.

“If that proves impossible, we would contest the next UK general election as a de facto referendum.

“In these circumstances, we want to present the unique case of the Greens for Independence to every voter in Scotland. And every vote cast on this basis will count as a vote for Scotland to become a green and independent country.

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Green MP Stephen Bates’ emotional first speech on coming out https://elsverds.org/green-mp-stephen-bates-emotional-first-speech-on-coming-out/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/green-mp-stephen-bates-emotional-first-speech-on-coming-out/ A Greens MP has shared his moving story of coming out, the importance of inclusivity and solving Australia’s mental health crisis in his maiden speech in Federal Parliament. Stephen Bates made history on May 21 as . He said his experience in poverty-paying jobs and coming out as gay shaped his politics. “I spent my […]]]>
A Greens MP has shared his moving story of coming out, the importance of inclusivity and solving Australia’s mental health crisis in his maiden speech in Federal Parliament.
Stephen Bates made history on May 21 as .

He said his experience in poverty-paying jobs and coming out as gay shaped his politics.

“I spent my teenage years knowing I was gay and doing everything in my power to hide it,” he told parliament on Wednesday.
“I made a promise to myself once I got out that if I ever find myself in a public role, I’ll be open and proud of who I am.
“That I would be the person I never saw growing up, because if I could even help one person, then that life would have been worth it.”

Mr Bates admitted sharing his story was harder than he thought and took a moment to compose his emotions.

I spent my teenage years knowing I was gay and doing everything in my power to hide it.

Stephen Bates, Green MP for Brisbane

He said he would use his time in Parliament to stand up for those who have lost their voice due to the mental health crisis and shared the story of Maya Birch, 24, who took her own life earlier this year .
“Maya is just one name in a long list of people whose lives have been cut short because of government inaction,” Mr Bates said.
“The decisions we make here impact people’s ability to survive.
“It’s my job now to make sure Maya’s death wasn’t in vain.”

At 29, Mr Bates is one of the youngest parliamentarians and said he hoped his election would inspire young people to stand for office.

Green Senator Larissa Waters is campaigning with Stephen Bates. Source: AAP / JONO SEARLE

“I’ve heard many times that I’m too young for politics and don’t look like a politician, which is a compliment, but those are the qualities that got me here. today,” he said.

“This election has shown that the people of this country are done with the status quo.”
Mr Bates received a standing ovation from the cross bench at the end of his speech.
LGBTIQ+ Australians looking for mental health support can contact QLife on 1800 184 527 or visit . also has a list of support services.

Intersex Australians looking for help can visit Intersex Peer Support Australia at isupport.org.au.

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Ousted Greens official challenging amid party’s trans line https://elsverds.org/ousted-greens-official-challenging-amid-partys-trans-line/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/ousted-greens-official-challenging-amid-partys-trans-line/ “The crisis of democracy among the Greens will continue as long as the edict of ‘no debate’ holds around sex and gender issues, which affect us all,” said Leppert, who in 2010 led the Adam Bandt’s successful campaign for the federal seat in Melbourne. “I am optimistic that we [the Greens] will rise above that,” […]]]>

“The crisis of democracy among the Greens will continue as long as the edict of ‘no debate’ holds around sex and gender issues, which affect us all,” said Leppert, who in 2010 led the Adam Bandt’s successful campaign for the federal seat in Melbourne.

“I am optimistic that we [the Greens] will rise above that,” Leppert said, “but to do that, we will have to recommit to collectivism and rediscover the importance of debate.

The divisions within the Greens were reflected across the country, with the expulsion by feminist lawyer Anna Kerr of the NSW Greens.

Transgender Victoria is the leading advocacy organization for trans people and gender diversity. The group said in a statement that its “position is that, in politics and journalism, there must be less dehumanization and demonization of transgender and gender diverse people, and more respect for our dignity, equality and our humanity. Recent events show that this needs to change on all sides of the political spectrum.

Trans groups argue that trans women are women and that attempts to discriminate against biological women are discriminatory and harmful.

The Victorian surge threatens to distract the party after an impressive federal election result and ahead of November’s state elections in which the Greens hope to expand their influence in the Victorian parliament.

It comes the week that swimming’s world governing body FINA voted controversially to restrict transgender women from elite women’s competition.

News of Gale’s election last week sparked a Facebook message from Green MP and Deputy Mayor of Port Phillip, Tim Baxter, who accused her of transphobia and posted that her “(narrow) victory sends a clear message to all members of the Victoria Greens: trans people are not safe in this party”.

Baxter criticized “hostile TERFs [trans-exclusionary radical feminists)] and transphobes who “continue to push for their right to ‘question’ humanity and the rights of trans people.”

He said the transphobic issue continues in the “shadow” of internal party processes. “So I call it publicly.”

In response, Gale released a statement, drafted in consultation with Bandt’s office, in which she said the Greens’ position was clear: “trans rights are non-negotiable” and that “all trans people and diverse gender are valid and deserve to live”. their lives free from harassment and discrimination.

But Greens Senator Janet Rice took Twitter say Gale’s election was “untenable” unless she explicitly rejects her 2019 article, titled Rhetoric of trans exclusion, opposing views, and apologized for the harm he had caused. Gale refused to do so.

Rice’s comments were shared or retweeted by a series of federal and state lawmakers and parliamentary hopefuls, including Gabrielle de Vietri, the party’s candidate for the once-safe Labor seat of Richmond in the November election.

Ratnam then announced via Twitter that she had launched an action and that Gale’s election had been overturned. She said election rules were not followed and candidates were not given the opportunity to communicate with members about their candidacy.

Greens leader Samantha Ratnam has launched the action to oust Linda Gale.Credit:Jason South

While some senior Greens say the Gale election controversy reflects a grassroots party on the frontier of social policy tackling tough issues, others say it highlights real issues with taking decision-making of the Greens and the cancellation of the civil debate by young aggressive activists through social networks. media, especially Twitter.

age sought to speak to senior Greens officials including Ratnam, Bandt, Baxter and State Deputy Tim Read and Senator Lidia Thorpe. None were ready to comment.

Senator Rice is in the United States and did not respond to requests for comment.

Ratnam tweeted, “There are limits to all debate. We don’t allow a debate about whether people of color should have access to the same spaces as white people – because that’s racist. Likewise, trans rights shouldn’t be debated – because it’s transphobic.

Environmental Advisor Rohan Leppert

Environmental Advisor Rohan Leppert

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War veteran demands public apology from Greens for Adam Bandt flag strike https://elsverds.org/war-veteran-demands-public-apology-from-greens-for-adam-bandt-flag-strike/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/war-veteran-demands-public-apology-from-greens-for-adam-bandt-flag-strike/ An Australian war veteran has blasted Greens leader Adam Bandt for being paid more than $314,000 a year by taxpayers but “hating our flag”. Michael von Berg, a Military Cross recipient who served as a combat soldier in the Vietnam War, said he was “very angry” after Bandt staff pulled the flag behind his leader […]]]>

An Australian war veteran has blasted Greens leader Adam Bandt for being paid more than $314,000 a year by taxpayers but “hating our flag”.

Michael von Berg, a Military Cross recipient who served as a combat soldier in the Vietnam War, said he was “very angry” after Bandt staff pulled the flag behind his leader ahead of a conference of press in Sydney on Monday.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr von Berg said his phone was “heating” after Bandt’s comments, which triggered PTSD in angry and frustrated diggers.

“We are all proud to have served under the flag,” Mr von Berg said. “Many fought for the flag and when they die they are buried under the flag. It was totally unacceptable what he did and said.

“I think he should be kicked out of parliament, yes. It’s so hypocritical to get pay and benefits but hate our country and our flag. If he feels so bad about it, why is he even in parliament?

“It annoyed me personally, but my phone has been heating up ever since. People are very, very upset. You have to understand that anger and resentment can trigger PTSD and comments like that have made a lot of people very angry In this time of mental health struggles, they are of no use.

Bandt will earn $314,737 as leader of a minority party with more than 10 representatives in parliament.

Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt sparked fury after a member of his team removed the Australian flag ahead of his press conference on Monday

Michael von Berg (left), a Military Cross recipient who served as a combat soldier in the Vietnam War, criticized Bandt for removing the Australian flag before a press conference. Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt sparked fury after a member of his team removed the Australian flag ahead of his press conference on Monday

The war veteran's comments come after outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe - a key Bandt ally - claimed Australia's Parliament was not allowed to be here

The war veteran’s comments come after outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe – a key Bandt ally – claimed Australia’s Parliament was not allowed to be here

“For many Australians, this flag represents dispossession and the lingering pains of colonization,” Bandt said on Monday.

“Through a treaty with the First Nations peoples and transitioning to a Republic, we can have a flag that represents us all.”

His comments sparked fury across the political spectrum with Mr von Berg, who served alongside Aboriginal soldiers on his first tour of Vietnam in 1966-67, accusing the Greens leader of insulting the nation in a scathing open letter. He also called Bandt a “bloody idiot” in a chat with Daily Mail Australia.

“I watched it live and saw the missing flag. First I was surprised, then I thought it was a mistake. When I saw it from the side I realized it was a stunt and thought ‘stupid’,” he said.

“I think he and his crowd see the flag as a rag, as just a piece of banner to wave. They don’t understand how important it is to us. The flag unites us all as a service force. We salute the flag, we present arms to the flag and he and the left treat him so cheaply. It is unforgivable.

“I served with a native corporal in Vietnam in 1966 and we lost him. This is why Bandt’s comments are so hard to accept. I received a military cross for a four hour action on a very steep mountain but we lost it. He was a great guy, a great soldier and that makes me emotional.

‘He’s a fucking idiot. The Greens have done nothing for the indigenous peoples and instead they are making this symbolic gesture. Move a flag and think it’s something. That’s all he has. Divide, divide, divide.

“It’s just to raise his profile, not the problem.” Everyone just talks about him. It’s not going to help the natives.

In the letter to Bandt, the war hero said his actions were an insult to the nation and “every serviceman and woman who has proudly served this country under our flag in times of war and peace.”

The veteran wrote: ‘Symbols and pranks do nothing to support our native and Torres Strait Island brothers and sisters, where many of us in the ADF have had the great honor to serve with, and in some cases to fight alongside, and unfortunately burial.’

Senator Thorpe (pictured on Tuesday evening) said her decision to enter the 'colonial project' was due to her aspirations to 'renew the nation' and be a questioning voice

Senator Thorpe (pictured on Tuesday evening) said her decision to enter the ‘colonial project’ was due to her aspirations to ‘renew the nation’ and be a questioning voice

“If your action and your aim was to divide the nation, that aim has failed, particularly within our ADF and veterans community where the Australian national flag under which we have all proudly and courageously served, is the glue that binds us together. binds and defines us. ‘

Talk to Sky Newshe also revealed that he was watching the press conference live and was “surprised” and “very angry” at the “stunt”.

“I actually watched it live and personally thought it was a mistake,” von Berg said.

“When they only showed the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait flag, I thought ‘that’s weird’.

“Then I saw him from the side and of course when he came and spoke I thought it was a deliberate stunt. I was surprised and very angry.

Mr von Berg’s comments come after outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe – a key Bandt ally – claimed the Australian Parliament had no permission to be here – and said she would not was only a member to be able to “infiltrate” the institution.

The senator said her entry into the “colonial project” was due to her aspirations to “renew the nation” and to be a voice and spokesperson for First Nations people.

Appearing on The Project on Tuesday, Senator Thorpe said she also removes the Australian national flag at press conferences.

“The Australian flag does not represent me or my people,” she told the panel.

“It represents the settlement of these lands, and it doesn’t have permission to be here, there was no consent, there was no treaty, so this flag doesn’t represent me. “

Panelist Waleed Aly asked the senator if her argument could also apply to the Australian Parliament in which she sits.

“Absolutely, I’m here to infiltrate,” she replied emphatically.

“I registered to become a senator in the colonial project, and it was not an easy decision for me personally, and it was also not an easy decision for my family to support me in this project”, a- she continued.

“However, we need voices like this to challenge the illegitimate occupation of the colonial system in this country.”

AUSTRALIAN VETERANS LETTER TO THE GREENS

Dear Mr Bandt,

Reference: THE DISHONOR OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL FLAG AS A FORM OF PROTEST AND PROVOCATIVE SYMBOLISM

On behalf of our members, the veteran community and their families, your pathetic and poor publicity stunt to dishonor our Australian national flag is a disgrace and deserves condemnation.

Not only is this an insult to the nation as a whole, but to all servicemen and women who have proudly served this country under our flag in times of war and peace, but also to the many who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and are rested with the Australian national flag. draped over their coffin.

Symbols and pranks do nothing to support our Indigenous and Torres Strait Island brothers and sisters, where many of us in the ADF have had the great honor of serving with, and in some cases, of to fight alongside, and unfortunately to bury.

ADF members are color blind and we have done more than many other segments of society in being inclusive, accepting and working together at times, in the most extreme and stressful circumstances based on camaraderie, mutual respect, digger humor and good old-fashioned Aussie values.

Mr. Bandt, we all make mistakes, and if so, it would not be remiss to admit that you have gone too far and apologize to the nation, but especially to those who served and still serve in the ADF.

To your conscience, as a servant of the crown, there appears to be a certain conflict and considerable hypocrisy in your actions, and disrespect for our Australian national flag, in continuing to receive your parliamentary salary and benefits.

If your action and your aim was to divide the nation, that aim has failed, particularly within our ADF and the veterans community where the Australian national flag under which we have all proudly and courageously served, is the glue that binds us and defines us.

We demand your public apology.

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SNP-Greens government to block approval of new waste incinerators https://elsverds.org/snp-greens-government-to-block-approval-of-new-waste-incinerators/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-greens-government-to-block-approval-of-new-waste-incinerators/ NO NEW bids for waste incinerators should be allowed, said the Scottish Government Minister responsible for waste reduction. Greens Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater told MSPs that her government would implement all 12 recommendations of an independent review of waste incineration by waste expert Dr Colin Church. Dr Church examined the role of incineration in […]]]>

NO NEW bids for waste incinerators should be allowed, said the Scottish Government Minister responsible for waste reduction.

Greens Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater told MSPs that her government would implement all 12 recommendations of an independent review of waste incineration by waste expert Dr Colin Church.

Dr Church examined the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy, making 12 recommendations, including a cap on the use of incineration as a disposal method.

Up to ten new incinerators are in the planning stage or are due to enter service in the next few years.

These new incinerators could create the capacity to burn an additional 1.5 million tonnes of waste in Scotland, while the amount of waste burned has increased by more than 800,000 tonnes since 2011.

Ms Slater said: “Reducing waste and recycling what we produce is key to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity and ensuring we all benefit from a healthy environment.

“That’s why we are taking steps to create a circular economy, where materials are used for as long as possible and precious natural resources are not wasted.

“We also need to ensure that we manage unavoidable and non-recyclable waste in the short term.”

She added: “By putting in place sensible measures to limit and phase out Scotland’s incineration capacity, we can ensure we can manage our waste today, while ensuring that our future waste infrastructure aligns with our climate goals.

“I look forward to working with local authorities and industry to take these recommendations forward.”

She said there would be “very limited exceptions” to the ban on new municipal incinerators.

But opposition MSPs have urged her to go further in cutting existing incineration capacity, with the Tories saying Scotland risks being the ‘ashtray of Europe’.

Tory MP Maurice Golden said: ‘Incineration should be a last resort, but today’s statement confirms it is business as usual for burning waste.

‘This is a missed opportunity and the Minister has done the bare minimum on incineration, refusing further planning permission, but happy with the massive overcapacity already approved to move forward.’

He said the government had failed to heed warnings about incineration and that waste from abroad could be imported to supply the overcapacity of Scottish incinerators.

Mr Golden said: ‘Not content with being the ashtray of Europe, they could also turn us into the dumping ground of Europe.’

Last year the Scottish Greens were accused of ‘acting like bureaucrats and listening to their SNP bosses’ after they failed to propose a moratorium on shutting down large-scale waste incinerators despite being listed in the party manifesto.

The party’s manifesto for the Holyrood election last year pledged to ‘oppose the building of new incinerators as they ease pressure to reduce waste, cause air pollution and are bad for the climate”.

But instead, Greens Minister for the Circular Economy Lorna Slater initially ordered an independent review of the practice, short of an immediate moratorium.

Environmental activists have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment.

Kim Pratt, circular economy campaigner with Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government’s ban on new incinerators is very welcome news and should mark the beginning of the end for these polluting projects that are keeping us from to send valuable resources up in smoke.

“It is vital that the Scottish Government acts now to tackle the impact of our existing incinerators, given their enormous climate pollution.

“Reducing the amount of plastic waste burned is the only viable option to reduce emissions from existing factories. Carbon capture and storage is totally unsuitable for incineration because it is technically difficult, extremely expensive and locks us into a polluting.

“Scotland will have more capacity than there is waste to burn by 2027 because of these plants already in the works. Investors and incinerator operators now have the choice to invest in an economy circular for Scotland or burn that future.”

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SNP and Greens accused of ‘reckless obsession’ as Indy prospectus launches tomorrow https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-accused-of-reckless-obsession-as-indy-prospectus-launches-tomorrow/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-accused-of-reckless-obsession-as-indy-prospectus-launches-tomorrow/ NICOLA Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie are due to launch the first in a series of articles outlining a new independence flyer tomorrow. Prime Minister and Co-Green Leader Patrick Harvie will release the document at Bute House. Opposition parties called it a “reckless” pursuit of a nationalist “obsession”. The document is intended to serve as a […]]]>

NICOLA Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie are due to launch the first in a series of articles outlining a new independence flyer tomorrow.

Prime Minister and Co-Green Leader Patrick Harvie will release the document at Bute House.

Opposition parties called it a “reckless” pursuit of a nationalist “obsession”.

The document is intended to serve as a ‘decorator’ for a new multi-part leaflet, titled ‘Building a New Scotland’.

The Scottish government has said the documents will allow people to make an “informed choice about the future of Scotland before any referendum is held”.

However, there remains uncertainty as to whether a referendum will take place.

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Sturgeon was asked if tomorrow’s event marks the official start of an Indyref2 campaign.

The Prime Minister said: “Yes. We said we would after the Covid situation allowed it.

“Tomorrow we will publish the first of what will be a series of articles taking up the cause of independence in an interdependent world.

“The world, both domestically and internationally, has changed dramatically since Scotland voted in 2014.

“The first article will really be a decorator – it will look at a wealth of evidence on the economic and social performance of the UK and Scotland in this context, compared to a range of other countries across Europe.

“The conclusion, very clearly, is that Scotland could do much better as an independent country.”

She said future articles would look at currency, Scotland’s fiscal situation, growing a more sustainable economy, defense and security, pensions, social security, EU membership and the trade.

But when asked when a bill would be introduced to pave the way for a referendum, Ms Sturgeon said it would not be published tomorrow, although she would say more about the legislation in “the weeks to come”. come”.

If the bill is not published by the end of the month, it cannot be tabled at Holyrood until September, after the summer recess, making its timetable for a vote in 2023 extremely tight.

She said: “There are two principles that are really important in all of this.

“Democracy is first. The people of Scotland gave my party, my government, a mandate for an independence referendum in last year’s election. I intend to honor that.

“The second principle is the rule of law. Any process must be legal and legal.

“If we had a UK government that respected democracy, it would be solved like it was in 2014 with an order under section 30.”

“We are currently dealing with a UK government that does not respect democracy or the rule of law. So we have to figure out – this work is in progress – how to navigate our way to a legal process with a UK government that does not respect democracy, that’s what we do.

Asked if she knew if it would be legal to hold an independence referendum without UK consent, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Without a section 30 order, we know all that the competence of the Scottish Parliament to legislate is disputed. It has not yet been tested. But that’s the problem we’re looking at right now so that we can put in place a legal process.

“Now, I’m not going to go into detail on that right now or tomorrow, but I’ll give more details on that shortly.”

When asked if she believed Indyref2 would really happen by the end of 2023, Ms Sturgeon replied: “Yes.”

When asked “How?” she replied, “As I said, I’m going to outline the process that we’re going to go through to make sure that can happen.” You won’t have to wait too long.

Asked if now is the time for a referendum with public services under pressure and other pressures in society, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Now is exactly the time for all the reasons we have been talking about.

“Independence isn’t abstract, it’s not separate from all these great challenges that we face, it’s exactly about the best way to equip ourselves to meet these challenges, so we don’t have our budget set by Westminster and we are in charge of these decisions ourselves.

“Yes, now is the time to decide how Scotland best equip themselves, best position themselves, to face these challenges and realize the huge potential we have.”

The Scottish government said the document would detail how neighboring European countries comparable to Scotland “use their full powers of independence to tailor policies to their own specific circumstances” and, in doing so, achieve better economic and social outcomes than the United Kingdom”.

He said Scotland already had the “resources to be a thriving independent nation, including a natural energy surplus, a brilliant food and drink sector, world-class universities, advanced manufacturing and a global approach to climate change”.

Ms Sturgeon added: “Having the full powers of independence does not guarantee a better future – it will depend on the abilities of the people who live here and the quality of the decisions they make – but it is striking to how successful Scotland’s neighboring countries are, compared to the UK.

“They can help point the way to a wealthier and fairer New Scotland, more resilient and better placed to help people facing issues such as the cost of living crisis than a UK government committed to a hard Brexit whatever the price.

“The Building a New Scotland series will openly expose the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face, how they might be overcome, and the opportunities that come with independence – as evidenced by the success of comparable independent nations as well as our own resources and talents.

“The future of Scotland is the business of everyone who lives here and I look forward to the debate on how we can build this new and better country that we know is possible.”

Ms Sturgeon has said she intends to hold a referendum next year, but Boris Johnson has refused to grant Holyrood the power it needs to hold a legally watertight vote.

The Prime Minister has threatened to pass a unilateral Indyref2 bill at Holyrood if the Prime Minister continues to block a referendum, but that could be overturned by the UK Supreme Court.

The Scottish government released some of the legal advice it received in 2020 around Indyref2 last week, but it didn’t cover whether a unilateral vote would be legal.

The 2014 referendum was based on a transfer of power under a so-called Article 30 ordinance, but no such ordinance currently exists for a future referendum.

Tory MP Donald Cameron said: “Nicola Sturgeon is deliberately ignoring Scotland’s priorities to advance plans for a second independence referendum in 2023.

“The vast majority of Scots do not want to be distracted by another referendum next year. They want the government to be 100% focused on our recovery from the pandemic, the global cost of living crisis, supporting our NHS and protecting jobs.

“Yet Nicola Sturgeon recklessly continues his obsession anyway. It’s just shameful when the country faces so many major challenges.

“The distraction and disruption of another bitter referendum debate is the last thing Scotland needs right now.

He added: “”Nicola Sturgeon should be fully focused on helping people through this difficult time, not on diverting government resources and vast sums of public money into the obsession with the SNP.

“The people of Scotland want to see an SNP government focused on key tasks like building ferries, not breaking up the UK.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Nicola Sturgeon has launched more independence campaigns than ferries.

“This coalition is about one thing and one thing only. Ministers devote their attention, senior civil servants and tens of millions of pounds to independence.

“They care more about their obsession with independence than anyone stuck on the longest NHS waiting lists in history, the cost of living crisis or the climate emergency. No one believes that education is Nicola Sturgeon’s top priority anymore.

“The SNP and the Greens take people for granted. Let’s put aside talk of an independence referendum and get to what matters now.

Labor Constitution spokeswoman Sarah Boyack added: ‘People are struggling to put food on the table during the worst cost of living crisis in a decade, but the Government’s attention SNP- Green is still on their constitutional obsession.

“We should be working together to tackle the cost of living crisis now – but instead the SNP-Green government wants to tear us apart.

“It is a terrible waste of time, energy and money while our public services are reduced to nothing.

“Far from making us richer, happier and fairer, the SNP and the Greens are jeopardizing our future with plans that would make Brexit look like a walk in the park.

“Instead of scrambling to fill the countless glaring holes in their plans, they should focus on delivering for Scotland now.”

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Scottish Greens snub Holyrood tribute to Queen https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-snub-holyrood-tribute-to-queen/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-snub-holyrood-tribute-to-queen/ The Scottish Greens snubbed a debate at Holyrood over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The MSPs left the room before the tributes to the monarch to mark her 70 years of reign. A spokesman for the party – which is in government with the SNP – said their MSPs believe the people “should choose a head […]]]>

The Scottish Greens snubbed a debate at Holyrood over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The MSPs left the room before the tributes to the monarch to mark her 70 years of reign.

A spokesman for the party – which is in government with the SNP – said their MSPs believe the people “should choose a head of state, and that person should be accountable to the electorate”.

They added, “We respect others who have different beliefs and do not wish to deprive them of their celebration.

‘Our MSPs have decided to take time off from today’s short debate and vote on the royal celebration and instead spend their time serving their constituents.’

Scottish Tories have blasted the Greens, accusing them of ‘petty student politics’.

Sharon Dowey, the party’s Shadow Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, said: ‘Her Majesty The Queen has been an outstanding ambassador for the UK during her seven-decade reign – and all others Holyrood political parties will seize this opportunity. thank Her Majesty for her years of service.

“The Greens’ refusal to do so is petty, student politics at its worst

“Their transparent attempt to woo anti-monarchy voters will only frustrate the vast majority of Scots who recognize this weekend’s Jubilee celebrations as a chance to show our gratitude for Her Majesty’s tireless devotion.”

During the debate, Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute, praising the Queen’s leadership and dedication. She said the 96-year-old had played “a vital role in the history of modern Scotland”.

Ms Strugeon told MSPs: “In the last decade alone she has helped score many important occasions here. She opened the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. In 2015, the same day she became the UK’s longest-serving monarch, she officially opened the Border Railway.

“In 2017 she opened Queensbury Crossing exactly 53 years to the day after she opened the Forth Road Bridge.

“At all of these events it was very evident how great the public affection was for her, and also for the Duke of Edinburgh, whose loss last year will, I am sure, be very keenly felt. felt by her over the next few days.”

The Prime Minister said the country had been reminded of Her Majesty’s “sense of service very recently, in the example she set for all of us during the pandemic”.

Ms Sturgeon said: “In her public address during the first lockdown in April 2020, when she said better days would return and we would all meet again, she provided a heartwarming message of reassurance to an anxious and unstable population.

“And of course none of us will ever forget the deeply moving image of the Queen at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, her husband of 70 years, no doubt an image for the ages, as she once demonstrated moreover his determination to lead by example.

“She affirmed that day, as she has throughout her reign, those core values ​​of integrity, wisdom, justice and compassion.

“The Queen has been upholding these values ​​for over seven decades now. She has been a constant figure in an ever-changing world. And she has provided support and encouragement to many people over the decades.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that on behalf of the people of Scotland, the Scottish Government is preparing to present the Queen with a limited edition Johnnie Walker whisky, with a special design to celebrate the beauty of Scottish plants and wildlife, and a tartan throw. commissioned in honor of the three bridges over the Forth.

There are plans to plant a ‘Jubilee Wood’ of 70 native trees in Holyrood Park, close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

In his speech, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Queen had been “a constant presence in times of adversity and triumph, reflecting the mood of our country”.

He told MSPs: ‘As we celebrate the Queen’s reign today, we must also reflect on her role in our country today.

“She remains the UK’s most recognizable and persuasive advocate abroad, and a symbol of our enduring links with so many countries around the world. And she continues to dedicate her life to duty, to our country.

“Our country, Scotland and the whole of the UK are made richer by her dedication, her passion and her commitment to the people she has served and continues to serve.”

Labor’s Anas Sarwar said the jubilee was a chance to look to the future.

He told MSPs: “Some say Scotland’s and the UK’s best days are behind us. I believe they are wrong. Our best days are ahead of us.

“And together, as we celebrate, we can build a social bond of better union that celebrates the values ​​of Her Majesty and these islands. Duty, integrity, warmth, selfless service to others.”

Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said even in the “most ardent Republican hearts” in Parliament the Queen had “been deemed worthy of our trust”.

He added: “There are those who have argued that the money spent on celebrating the jubilee is unjustified, especially in the midst of the cost of living crisis. I have some sympathy for this prospect.

“But we must remember that these festivities also mark and commemorate a chapter in our nation’s history, who we have been and what we have stood for for the past 70 years will be recognized and celebrated this weekend.”

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