Ecological campaigns – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 13:48:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elsverds.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Ecological campaigns – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ 32 32 Boostheat: 2021 RESULTS: EBITDA IMPROVEMENT – FIRST POSITIVE RESULTS FROM PERFORMANCE CAMPAIGNS AND CURRENT PLAN FOR RETURN TO MARKET BY WINTER 2023-2024 https://elsverds.org/boostheat-2021-results-ebitda-improvement-first-positive-results-from-performance-campaigns-and-current-plan-for-return-to-market-by-winter-2023-2024/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/boostheat-2021-results-ebitda-improvement-first-positive-results-from-performance-campaigns-and-current-plan-for-return-to-market-by-winter-2023-2024/ BOOSTHEAT (FR0011814938/ALBOO), French energy efficiency manufacturer, publishes its results for the 2021 financial year. BOOSTHEAT’s Board of Directors approved the 2021 financial statements on April 14, 2022. The certification report is being issued by the statutory auditors and will be available by April 30, 2022. BOOSTHEAT’s CEO, Éric Lambert, made the following statement on the […]]]>

BOOSTHEAT (FR0011814938/ALBOO), French energy efficiency manufacturer, publishes its results for the 2021 financial year. BOOSTHEAT’s Board of Directors approved the 2021 financial statements on April 14, 2022. The certification report is being issued by the statutory auditors and will be available by April 30, 2022.

BOOSTHEAT’s CEO, Éric Lambert, made the following statement on the occasion of the publication of the 2021 results:

“In September 2021, the Company adopted a new strategic direction, focusing all financial and human efforts on thermal compression. Since then, we have succeeded in consolidating our skills base while generating real progress in short loops, from the idea to the field demonstration, alongside our partners.
This mobilization of energy enabled us to demonstrate in less than six months the relevance and performance of our compressor, integrated into a heat pump, in various applications, in the laboratory and on our beta-test sites.
Our teams and our partners implemented the plan jointly, at a steady pace, despite the difficult context. I would like to express my sincere thanks to them for this.
Financially, our expenses remained under control, which enabled us to improve our EBITDA for the year.
On these solid foundations, we are now entering the development phase of our offer, based on a dual-service Thermal Heat Pump for existing individual or collective residential buildings. Our goal is to be back on the market by winter 2023-2024.
In order to accelerate, strengthen our business plan and go even further in our technology, we are now looking for new industrial and commercial partners.

Important note on accounting standards: in 2021, BOOSTHEAT changed its listing place on the regulated market of Euronext to Euronext Growth. Thus, the Company now presents its accounts in accordance with French standards.

French standards (in thousands of euros) – audited 31/12/2020 2021
Revenue 488 (303)
Product inventory (57) 819
Capitalized production 1,184 2004
Reversal of provisions/transfer of charges 36 1,547
Other income 108
Total operating result 1,759 4,067
Purchases of raw materials and other supplies (1,319) (695)
Change of inventory 390 (315)
Other purchases and external expenses (6,109) (5,969)
Personnel costs (5,510) (3,037)
Dues and taxes (227) (439)
Other operating income and expenses (193) 25
Depreciation and amortization (9,697) (5,291)
EBIT before non-recurring items (20,906) (11,654)
Net finance charge (2,637) (964)
Extraordinary income/(expenses) (127) 413
Taxes (591) (525)
Net income/(loss) (23,081) (11,680)
EBITDA[1] (11,245) (7,910)

GOOD CONTROL OF OPERATING EXPENSES

During the financial year ended December 31, 2021, operating income amounted to €4.1 million, compared to €1.8 million in 2020, an improvement of €2.3 million . It includes (0.3) M€ of turnover covering cancellations of orders in progress and takeovers of installed products, 2 M€ of capitalized production for 2021 development costs and 0.8 M€ of product inventories. .

Operating expenses amounted to 9 million euros, compared to 11.6 million euros in 2020. They include 3 million euros in personnel expenses, down 2.5 million euros compared to to 2020, in line with the reduction in the Company’s workforce and the social plan. At the same time, external expenses fell slightly by 3% to €6 million, although the Company had recourse to external services to strengthen its technical skills. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had 29 employees and around twenty external service providers, mainly in R&D, compared to 42 employees as of December 31, 2020.

EBITDA1 amounted to (7.9) million euros, improving on the (11.2) million euros reported in 2020, as the Company reaped the benefits of its cost reduction plan.

Depreciation, amortization and provisions amounted to €5.3 million in 2021, compared to €9.7 million in 2020. They include a depreciation of €2.1 million for development costs incurred before 2020 and €1.8 million for spare parts inventories already mentioned in the 2021 half-year results. At the same time, BOOSTHEAT recorded €1.5 million in reversals of customer and material provisions.

After taking into account exceptional income of €0.4 million (residual portion of an investment grant), a sharp fall in financial income to €(1.0) million and tax of ( 0.5) M€, the net result is negative at (11.7) M€, against (23.1) million euros in 2020.

Gross cash amounted to €3.5 million as of December 31, 2021 compared to €10.8 million as of December 31, 2020. It does not include the €3 million bond loan taken out by HOLDIGAZ after the end of the year[2] to support BOOSTHEAT’s business plan. The Company also specifies that it has a line of capital with IRIS Capital for an annual amount of €10 million renewable twice and estimates that it will be able to cover its financing needs for the next 12 months.

Borrowings and financial debts amounted to 17.1 million euros compared to 12.8 million euros at December 31, 2020. They include 10.9 million euros in bank loans (including 5 million euros in loans guaranteed by the State repayable over five years, four of which have been extended per year) and €6.2 million in bond financing (€5 million from reference shareholders in July 2021 and €1.2 million from euros of IRIS Capital). It should be noted that debts with a maturity of 2 to 5 years represent approximately 87% of the total financial debt.

THERMAL COMPRESSOR PERFORMANCE VALIDATED IN MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

In September 2021, the Company changed its strategic orientation, devoting all its financial and human efforts to its innovation in thermal compression.

Since then, skills in thermodynamics, combustion and control automation have been consolidated internally and in collaboration with expert partners, universities (Pau, Liège) and CETIAT, with whom BOOSTHEAT has signed an annual cooperation agreement.

This approach has made it possible to accelerate the development of the product with regular performance measurements in an independent laboratory and to validate the performance of the product in real situations via a program of 12 demonstrators in France, Germany and Switzerland. The first results are already satisfactory and a summary of the results of five of them will be available by the end of the heating season (May-June 2022) with ENGIE LAB Crigen on one installation and COSTIC[3] on four others.

Crigen, who is currently analyzing the performance of the BOOSTHEAT heat pump, explains: “ENGIE has been working with BOOSTHEAT for more than four years… The progress made to date is remarkable both in terms of reliability and performance… We are currently seeing an average performance of more than 130% (PCI).[4]

Finally, work carried out with major market players, including DALKIA, with which BOOSTHEAT has just extended its partnership around the “domestic hot water” application, has enabled the Company to confirm the validity of its technology in this type application at very high temperature (65°C) for individual or small collective buildings.

PROMISING MARKETS FOCUSED ON THE ISSUES OF ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION AND ENERGY SOVEREIGNTY

The adaptation of the environmental policies of European countries and the direct implications of the REPowerEU plan, aimed at making Europe independent of Russian gas, are confirmed, with 20% to 30% of buildings using gas by 2030 and the acceleration of investments in biomethane and hydrogen, a vital need for Europe to have gas heating solutions enabling it to reduce its consumption and its energy bill. BOOSTHEAT technology is one of the few solutions capable of providing an answer to this point.

A RETURN TO THE MARKET IN WINTER 2023-2024, MAINLY IN GERMANY

On the strength of its performance results, BOOSTHEAT is aiming to return to the market in the winter of 2023-2024, with the offer of a dual-service thermal heat pump (domestic hot water and space heating) for existing individual or small collectives.

Government subsidies to help finance energy renovations (≥ 35% non-means-tested) and the ratio of the price of electricity to that of gas (> 2.5) make Germany BOOSTHEAT’s priority market, with an addressable market estimated at more than 250,000 renovations per year.

BOOSTHEAT intends to make a significant contribution to the ecological transition by offering its technological innovation, generating renewable energies and energy savings, for the gas heating of all the buildings concerned as soon as possible. The needs are considerable and BOOSTHEAT intends to strengthen its response by joining forces with industrial and commercial partners.

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For more information on BOOSTHEAT, visit
www.boostheat-group.com

ABOUT BOOSTHEAT

Founded in 2011, BOOSTHEAT operates in the energy efficiency sector. The company’s mission is to accelerate the energy transition by integrating its technology into energy-intensive applications. BOOSTHEAT has designed and developed a thermal compressor protected by 7 patent families which significantly improves energy consumption in order to promote reasonable and appropriate use of resources.
BOOSTHEAT has its head office, research center and manufacturing plant in Vénissieux, near Lyon (historically a
HVAC* industrial zone). The company is labeled Innovative Company (Bpifrance) and French Fab. the
The BOOSTHEAT share is listed on Euronext Growth Paris (ISIN: FR0011814938).

* Heating, ventilation and air conditioning


CONTACTS

NEWS finance & communication – Anne-Pauline Petureaux
Investor Relations
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 36 72 / boostheat@actus.fr

NEWS finance & communication – Serena Boni
Press relations
Tel: +33 (0)4 72 18 04 92 / sboni@actus.fr

BOOSTHEAT – Sabrina Ferré
Tel: 09 82 99 16 13 / sabrina.ferre@boostheat.com


[1] EBITDA = EBIT before non-recurring items and net depreciation and amortization and provisions/reversals

[2] See press release of January 28, 2022

[3] Scientific and Technical Committee for Climate Industries

[4] David Dupuis, ENGIE project manager.



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FRIEND animal sanctuaries campaigns to save lamb Jezzy found frozen by the roadside in Kent https://elsverds.org/friend-animal-sanctuaries-campaigns-to-save-lamb-jezzy-found-frozen-by-the-roadside-in-kent/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/friend-animal-sanctuaries-campaigns-to-save-lamb-jezzy-found-frozen-by-the-roadside-in-kent/ An animal shelter is working around the clock to rescue a helpless lamb found alone and barely responsive by the side of the road in Kent. Named ‘Jeremy’ or ‘Jezzy’ for short, the lone lamb was discovered lost and freezing cold by a couple who picked him up and took him to FRIEND Animal Sanctuary […]]]>

An animal shelter is working around the clock to rescue a helpless lamb found alone and barely responsive by the side of the road in Kent.

Named ‘Jeremy’ or ‘Jezzy’ for short, the lone lamb was discovered lost and freezing cold by a couple who picked him up and took him to FRIEND Animal Sanctuary in East Peckham.

Jezzy is cared for by FRIEND Animal Sanctuary after being found in poor condition by the side of the road

The poor lamb was too weak to even lift its head and a poor sucking reflex meant that milk had to be squirted into its mouth bit by bit throughout the night.

Sanctuary owners Mark Eaton and Mandy Wilkinson spent Sunday night warming and gradually feeding him to stabilize his temperature and build strength.

The couple never left him.

A full assessment at Putlands Veterinary Clinic in Paddock Wood revealed Jezzy had an infected umbilical cord stump which had spread to her lungs.

He now needs daily injections of antibiotics and ongoing treatment for which the Bush Road charity is currently raising funds.

Jezzy the lamb undergoing veterinary evaluation
Jezzy the lamb undergoing veterinary evaluation

Owner Mark said: “He was so weak he could barely stand, he was malnourished and needed to gain weight quickly to have any chance of survival.

“He’s not out of the woods yet but he’s stabilized and that’s a miracle in itself considering where he was a few hours earlier.”

“We wished for better news, but to be honest, it’s all up to him now.

“We give him everything we have but he has to fight.

“We are raising funds for his ongoing care and veterinary bills.”

Mandy says he made it because he was rescued just in time by caring bystanders who brought him to safety at the sanctuary that cares for a myriad of animals including pigs, cows, sheep and ducks.

Mandy added: “Easter is a time when millions of lambs are slaughtered for a meal. Wouldn’t that be something to help us save one instead?”

The shelter has rescued more than 3,000 animals since its inception 28 years ago by late founder Marion Eaton, and its mission is to provide a safe, free-roaming, no-kill refuge for unwanted, neglected and abused animals. .

The 10-acre site hosts regular open houses and events, educating about animals, veganism and ecological sustainability.

To donate for Jezzy’s care, click here.

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New dot-matrix decal sets the tone for promotional campaigns https://elsverds.org/new-dot-matrix-decal-sets-the-tone-for-promotional-campaigns/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 10:03:23 +0000 https://elsverds.org/new-dot-matrix-decal-sets-the-tone-for-promotional-campaigns/ decal launched the new dot matrix for digital printing professionals to get ahead in promotional campaigns. Experience monomer vinyl with an innovative adhesive that makes it easy to remove wrinkles and air bubbles in interior applications, all while keeping the environment in mind. decal launched this product for digital printing professionals to anticipate and set […]]]>

decal launched the new dot matrix for digital printing professionals to get ahead in promotional campaigns. Experience monomer vinyl with an innovative adhesive that makes it easy to remove wrinkles and air bubbles in interior applications, all while keeping the environment in mind.

decal launched this product for digital printing professionals to anticipate and set the tone for promotional campaigns.

This self-adhesive branded product from Digidelta stands out for its ease of application, which requires no support material and can be carried out by less experienced employees or by customers themselves. It offers a complete solution that saves both human resources and logistics.

The new decal dot matrix makes visual communication more versatile in public and commercial spaces with the ability to reposition materials within hours of immediate application. After the campaign, the removal of the vinyl is done quickly without leaving any residue.

Matte white and gloss clear finishes make this monomer vinyl ideal for mirrored applications. It has eco-assurance with the durability of the water-based adhesive and PE liner, which eliminates vinyl curling and reduces waste.

decal reinforces this launch with the offer of advantageous conditions (link: https://www.decal-adhesive.com/pt/en/campaigns-decal/decal-opportunities-new-dot-matrix-for-promotional-campaigns) for purchases made online.

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XR UK CLARIFICATION ON RECENT ANTI SUV CAMPAIGNS https://elsverds.org/xr-uk-clarification-on-recent-anti-suv-campaigns/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/xr-uk-clarification-on-recent-anti-suv-campaigns/ A campaign tactic is resurfacing in the climate movement, with multiple self-help groups and individuals committing acts of disobedience by deflating SUV tires. The aim is to immediately highlight the vast emissions of these vehicles through disruptive actions, related to both climate impacts and pollution. Some of the groups we heard about are called; The […]]]>

A campaign tactic is resurfacing in the climate movement, with multiple self-help groups and individuals committing acts of disobedience by deflating SUV tires. The aim is to immediately highlight the vast emissions of these vehicles through disruptive actions, related to both climate impacts and pollution. Some of the groups we heard about are called; The Tire Extinguishers, The Last Gasp and Tyred of SUVs.

XR UK is always happy to see new groups join civil disobedience work, for there to be more innovation in campaign tactics and to expand the work for rapid change. However, XR UK is not responsible for such actions, and this statement is intended to clarify certain technical differences to be aware of;

Responsibility – XR UK undertakes responsible non-violent civil disobedience, which means rebels bear the legal repercussions for what they do. We operate in an open and transparent manner and are visible in action. This doesn’t mean we should judge others who work differently, just affirm that our movement works “above the ground” by design.

Targeting the assets of individuals – XR has taken certain actions involving criminal damage for which we have claimed responsibility, but we are not targeting the property of individuals.

Focus on individual lifestyle – XR was created with the ambition to achieve structural political change that can lead to a strengthening of democracy, in order to let citizens decide what to do to tackle the climate and ecological crises. While we welcome individual lifestyle changes, we recognize that our place in the movement ecology focuses on structural change.

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Why might some activists act in secret?

(a note from XR UKEmbedding Nonviolence Team)

Perhaps the most important reason why some people choose to act covertly may be because it is considered too difficult or too dangerous to act for which they are responsible afterwards. Some people are more at risk or more vulnerable to the adverse consequences of actions than others, and some political contexts are safer than others. Some are unable to give the necessary commitment to take responsible action, often with inevitable legal consequences. More privileged people are often in an easier position to take the risks involved in open and responsible action. However, the visibility that accountability gives to individuals can also be a strength as it often means that how people are treated by authorities can be more easily scrutinized and documented, which can work as a form of protection. Everyone must decide for themselves what type of action suits them best, taking into account their personal and material resources, the political context and their privileges.

Open, responsible and non-violent actions are risky, they have nevertheless been carried out by marginalized populations, in dangerous contexts and have been effective, sometimes remarkably. The American civil rights movement and the anti-globalization mass mobilization in Seattle in 1999 are two examples among many.

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Student-led divestment campaigns at universities pursue fossil fuel investments https://elsverds.org/student-led-divestment-campaigns-at-universities-pursue-fossil-fuel-investments/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 15:44:48 +0000 https://elsverds.org/student-led-divestment-campaigns-at-universities-pursue-fossil-fuel-investments/ On Wednesday, student-led campaigns for fossil fuel divestment filed complaints with the Connecticut Attorney General against Yale University, the Massachusetts Attorney General against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Attorney General against Princeton University, the Attorney General of California against Stanford University. and the Tennessee Attorney General v. Vanderbilt University to investigate continued […]]]>

On Wednesday, student-led campaigns for fossil fuel divestment filed complaints with the Connecticut Attorney General against Yale University, the Massachusetts Attorney General against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Attorney General against Princeton University, the Attorney General of California against Stanford University. and the Tennessee Attorney General v. Vanderbilt University to investigate continued investments in the fossil fuel sector by school administrators.

The complaints allege that universities continued to invest in the fossil fuel industry violates the Uniform Law for the Prudent Management of Institutional Funds that each of their respective states has passed. The complaints say that under the Uniform Prudent Institutional Funds Act, universities are required to invest in consideration of their charitable purpose which distinguishes nonprofit institutions from other investors.

Campaigns argue that investing in fossil fuels is in stark contradiction to the educational goals and individual missions of universities due to climate degradation, consequential damage to ecological and human health, and damage to environmental equity. and social damage caused by the fossil fuel industry. .

Additionally, the complaints indicate that the investment in the fossil fuel industry is negligent and violates universities’ fiduciary duty under the Uniform Prudent Institutional Funds Management Act. Specifically, the complaints allege that the financial risk associated with fossil fuels due to oil and gas’s underperformance and volatility relative to other industries over the past 10 years constitutes a breach of due diligence. under the Uniform Prudent Institutional Funds Management Act.

In addition, the complaints highlight potential conflicts of interest between university boards and the fossil fuel industry and argue that “[i]It is unacceptable that our decision makers are actively profiting from the destruction of the climate.

Divestment campaigns argue that the legal standards guiding fiduciary conduct are clear, but they have been under-enforced and demand that attorneys general in each respective state hold university endowment managers accountable when they profit from “unethical business activities.” from the fossil fuel industry.

According to a press release, the student-led divestment campaigns have garnered more than 10,000 signatures from prominent professors, community members, climate scientists, elected officials, student organizations, alumni, and government officials. environmental organizations frustrated with insufficient climate action by universities. crisis.

Student-led campaigns are represented by the Climate Defense Project.

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Plum Island coalition campaigns for a national monument https://elsverds.org/plum-island-coalition-campaigns-for-a-national-monument/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 17:46:38 +0000 https://elsverds.org/plum-island-coalition-campaigns-for-a-national-monument/ The property of the Plum Island Ferry Terminal. (Credit: Grant Parpan) Southold Town Council plans to ask planning staff to write a letter of support to the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, which is campaigning to make Plum Island a national monument. The Department of Homeland Security will complete the closure of the Plum Island Animal […]]]>

Southold Town Council plans to ask planning staff to write a letter of support to the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, which is campaigning to make Plum Island a national monument.

The Department of Homeland Security will complete the closure of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 2028 at a cost of $150 million. At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, representatives from the East End Group and Save the Sound argued for the preservation of the 840-acre island, citing its ecological, cultural and historical significance.

“Our president is going to want to know that our governor supports this. No president will declare a national monument in a state unless that state supports it. We know that no New York governor will make that kind of statement without addressing the city. There you are,” said Louise Harrison, New York National Zones Coordinator at Save the Sound.

The coalition has secured a potential donor, an unnamed 94-year-old woman, who is willing to fund the management of the island if the acreage is retained. Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are backing the coalition, representatives said, and the coalition is creating a new Friends of Plum Island nonprofit.

A 2020 report from the Preserve Plum Island Coalition details a vision for a 640-acre reserve, 125-acre research complex, and small museum showcasing the island’s heritage and history.

New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) offered to write a letter of support and circulate it among fellow lawmakers and the governor’s office after the coalition pleaded for support at an environmental roundtable last week.

According to Harrison, federal agencies will have 30 days to express interest in buying Plum Island. If no agency expresses interest, the island will be available at the state, county, and then city level for 30 days each. An agency expressing interest would prolong the process.

DHS is responsible for any contamination created on the island by law, according to Harrison. “They should be required to continue to take on this responsibility in the future,” she said.

DHS is seeking public comment on the Plum Island closure for a draft environmental assessment, which will be available for public review this summer. Anyone interested in submitting comments can email [email protected] before March 11.

The Preserve Plum Island Coalition has been in contact with the US Department of the Interior, and members have met with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to advocate for the preservation of the island.

The coalition wants Plum Island to be preserved through the Antiquities Act, which allows the president to declare a national monument. Ms Harrison said the donor “would like to get this sorted out soon”. She said New York State has not expressed a direct interest in owning Plum Island, but the state commissioners of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation recently sent a letter saying they would like to help preserve the site.

The federal government put Plum Island up for sale in 2008, much to the chagrin of local lawmakers, putting the land at risk of development. DHS intends to build and operate a new National Biological and Agricultural Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas. Plum Island was removed from auction in 2020, although the site is still for sale to government agencies.

Southold Town adopted local zoning for the federally owned Plum Island in 2013, with one area allocated for research and the other defined as a conservation district which prohibits development on 600 acres. The Plum Island ferry dock has also been zoned MIII, a brand new zoning district dedicating this facility to access to and from Plum Island, Ms Harrison said. Under the town of Southold code, Marine III licenses the ferry terminals for ferry service to and from Plum Island only, with certain incidental uses. The Suffolk Times previously reported that the rezoning was part of efforts to preserve the island.

New York’s Natural Heritage Program discovered at least five significant natural ecological communities on Plum Island in 2015, Harrison said, including 97 acres of freshwater wetlands. Save the Sound sponsored further underwater investigation of the island, including a dive in August. The results of the dive will be presented on March 31.

There are 228 species of birds that have been sighted on the island, which is also the largest resting place, or stranding area, for seals in New York, Ms Harrison said. Eight-five percent of the site is underdeveloped, according to Robert DeLuca, president of Group for the East End.

Plum Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Preserve Plum Island Coalition hopes the building will be restored, according to Harrison. Fort Terry was established on the island in 1897 as part of the coastal fortifications related to the Spanish–American War, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to establish national monuments on sites featuring “historic monuments, historic and prehistoric structures, or other objects of historical or scientific interest,” according to the National Park Service website. .

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Pope backs Covid vaccination campaigns, warns against idea… https://elsverds.org/pope-backs-covid-vaccination-campaigns-warns-against-idea/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/pope-backs-covid-vaccination-campaigns-warns-against-idea/ Francis spoke in his annual address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican, sometimes referred to as his “state of the world” address because it is a broad overview of the world situation. His words to diplomats from nearly 200 countries marked the closest he has ever come to de facto support for vaccine […]]]>

Francis spoke in his annual address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican, sometimes referred to as his “state of the world” address because it is a broad overview of the world situation.

His words to diplomats from nearly 200 countries marked the closest he has ever come to de facto support for vaccine mandates, which have become controversial in Italy and other European countries.

“We realized that in places where an effective vaccination campaign took place, the risk of serious repercussions of the disease decreased,” he said.

“It is therefore important to continue the effort to immunize the general population as much as possible”.

Francis, who devoted about a fifth of his six-page speech to the pandemic, cautioned against ideological statements about vaccinations.

“Unfortunately, we increasingly see that we live in a world of strong ideological divisions. Often people allow themselves to be swayed by the ideology of the moment, often reinforced by unsubstantiated information or poorly documented facts,” he said.

“Vaccines are not a magic cure, but they surely represent, in addition to other treatments that must be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of disease,” he told the diplomats gathered. in the frescoed hall of the Vatican. Blessings.

By saying that “health care is a moral obligation” in the context of a speech in favor of vaccinations, Francis appeared to be responding to Catholics and other Christians, especially in the United States, who say they have a right of objection. from conscience based on religion to vaccines.

Francis, who is fully vaccinated, called for global political commitment “to pursue the good of the general population through prevention and vaccination measures.”

He renewed his call for a fair distribution of vaccines to poor countries, saying “monopolistic rules” regarding patents should be set aside for the greater good.

Francis also reiterated his defense of migrants, saying that each country should accept as many as possible and that the responsibility for their integration should be shared.

On climate change, he said the outcome of last year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow was “rather weak considering the seriousness of the problem” and hoped action on global warming could be consolidated during the COP27 scheduled for Egypt in November.

He reiterated calls for dialogue in areas of conflict or crisis such as Lebanon, Ukraine and Myanmar as well as his call for the prohibition of the possession of nuclear weapons.

The Vatican, the smallest state in the world, maintains diplomatic relations with 183 states.

By Philip Pullella.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella, editing by Ed Osmond).

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Assembly polls: How parties are preparing for virtual campaigns as new Covid curbs loom | 10 dots https://elsverds.org/assembly-polls-how-parties-are-preparing-for-virtual-campaigns-as-new-covid-curbs-loom-10-dots/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/assembly-polls-how-parties-are-preparing-for-virtual-campaigns-as-new-covid-curbs-loom-10-dots/ As Covid cases rise across the country, further restrictions on public gatherings and vehicle movement seem inevitable. This could significantly reduce the physical campaign of political parties in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, which will go to the polls in February-March. With this in mind, political parties have stepped up their preparations […]]]>

As Covid cases rise across the country, further restrictions on public gatherings and vehicle movement seem inevitable. This could significantly reduce the physical campaign of political parties in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, which will go to the polls in February-March.

With this in mind, political parties have stepped up their preparations for a digital pivot. Because parties with deeper digital penetration will be able to campaign more effectively.

Here are 10 things you need to know about how the Omicron threat is forcing parties to prepare their campaign machinery behind the scenes to alter communication strategies in the worst-case scenario.

PARTIES WANT TIMELY POLLS

In meetings with the Electoral Commission, the political parties voted unanimously to hold the elections on time. Even though the chorus for a ban on physical gatherings has gained momentum as the country experiences a massive rise in Covid cases, fueled by the highly contagious variant of Omicron. Parties say elaborate plans for a virtual campaign are ready if in-person public rallies cannot take place.

Read also | Omicron, law and order: How the Election Commission plans to overcome hurdles ahead of 5-state elections

CHALLENGE BEFORE BJP

The BJP has been tested whenever Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, JP Party Chairman Nadda or other senior officials have had a political or administrative exit over the past few years. last three years. The party says it has well-oiled machinery to meet the challenge of maintaining its visibility virtually.

RELYING ON VOLUNTEERS

The party says the backbone of its virtual capability is its huge army of IT volunteers on the ground. “We have at least five volunteers for each booth. Most have laptops. Otherwise, portable devices will be used,” a senior official said. The party relies on its 14 lakh active registered volunteers.

AWARENESS PLANS

Every rally or event that Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Nadda Party Chairman will attend or address can be streamed live on social media platforms from n’ any remote location. The PM and other senior leaders have their dedicated tech gear available at their home bases to address rallies virtually. When they do, the BJP leaders’ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram handles will broadcast the events live.

Read | Omicron is just a common viral fever, but it’s important to exercise caution: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

BJP IT Unit Chief Amit Malviya said, “The matrix is ​​in place and we can flip the switch within hours to move from physical campaign to virtual campaign.” Malviya added, “We have the institutional framework in place and the workers are fully sensitized for the next step in case the EC requires it.”

THE RECENT BJP TRIALS

Citing virtual coverage of the Prime Minister’s visit to Meerut, BJP leaders say the system is well tested both in terms of execution and impact. They said the Prime Minister’s visit to Varanasi for the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor reached millions of dollars through four key social media platforms. And the impact of this is the unprecedented visitation of 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh visitors on average per day to Kashi Temple.

CONGRESS PLANS

The Congress is following the BJP in its following on social media platforms, but the party has come up with an elaborate plan to go digital. Congressional social media manager Rohan Gupta said, “We’ve created a template for virtual rallies. This can be used for outreach events by central and state leaders.” Congress maintains a database of phone numbers and social media handles of the party base. Each field worker has already been mapped.

THE “MOCK DRILLS” OF THE PARTY

In fact, on Monday, Congress conducted a mock exercise to test the systems. A senior official who was part of the exercise said: “We have been testing the systems since the poll in Gujarat just before the start of the second wave of the pandemic. The campaign was a great success.

THE UTTARAKHAND EXPERIENCE

For example, in Uttarakhand, the Congress “3-Tigada Kam-Bigada” (Three BJP CMs Wounding the State) campaign has already gone virtual and every Congress leader and volunteer is spreading the message. One leader said: ‘The virtual campaign will help the party reach out with broader messaging from our top guns like Sonia Gandhi.’

THE SAMAJWADI FESTIVAL

The Samajwadi Party led by tech savvy Akhilesh Yadav used social media platforms effectively during his 2012 campaign. His party has a large number of WhatsApp groups at regional, district and block level used to spread messages , video links and other campaign materials.

Recently, when Akhilesh Yadav undertook his Vikas Rath Yatra, thousands of social media handles run by party volunteers went online broadcasting his speeches and interactions with the public.

AAM AADMI EVENING

Similar exercises are underway in parties like the Aam Aadmi party to be in a high state of readiness in case physical gatherings face further restrictions. The AAP is in power in Delhi and has campaigned intensively in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and other states where elections are due this year.

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Will Omicron force political parties to run online campaigns ahead of UP polls? https://elsverds.org/will-omicron-force-political-parties-to-run-online-campaigns-ahead-of-up-polls/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/will-omicron-force-political-parties-to-run-online-campaigns-ahead-of-up-polls/ As Omicron cases rise in different states across India, assembly elections scheduled for early next year in five states may have to be held in a different way to what is normally done. If Covid-related restrictions are imposed on public gatherings close to the election, political parties will have to adapt to virtual support for […]]]>

As Omicron cases rise in different states across India, assembly elections scheduled for early next year in five states may have to be held in a different way to what is normally done. If Covid-related restrictions are imposed on public gatherings close to the election, political parties will have to adapt to virtual support for their campaign rallies.

THIS REVIEWS THE SITUATION

The Election Commission is set to visit Uttar Pradesh to review preparations for elections in the big state. On Monday, the Electoral Commission held a meeting with the Union Health Ministry and asked the Center to provide vaccination is intensified in ballot-related states. However, no decision to postpone the poll has yet been taken.

According to sources, it was said at the meeting that first-dose vaccination coverage in the five poll-bound states, including Uttar Pradesh, is satisfactory. Additionally, it was noted that a decision on campaign rallies will be taken after the model code of conduct comes into effect.

BJP

Speaking on the uncertainty surrounding the elections, Uttar Pradesh Minister and BJP leader Mohsin Raza said virtual rallies were an option for his party.

“Virtual media was also used in the Panchayat election. The BJP is ready to campaign according to the guidelines of the Election Commission. The government has taken several measures to control the Covid situation and is ready for any circumstance,” he told India Today.

SAMAJWADI FESTIVAL

On the other hand, Samajwadi party leader Abhishek Mishra said, “The UP government has failed to control the Covid-19 and that is why so many deaths have occurred in the state. The campaign will be carried out according to the directives of the Electoral Commission. Virtual support is an option.

CONGRESS

Congress Spokesperson Surendra Rajput said, “The Congress party will follow the guidelines and decision made by the Election Commission and the Government of India. Given the number of Omicron cases, the government must ensure that a decision is made in favor of the Constitution and the people.

ARE VIRTUAL RALLIES EFFECTIVE?

Speaking to India Today, political analyst Pradeep Kapoor said political parties are likely to refrain from holding virtual rallies as they do not serve the purpose of connecting with the masses. He said the election commission is likely to impose Covid-19 guidelines and restrict the number of people at physical gatherings, instead of banning them altogether.

The question remains: will Omicron eclipse election fever in Uttar Pradesh?

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Nilufer Koç: Signature campaigns demanding the removal of the PKK from the list of terrorists to expand – ANHA | HAWARNEWS https://elsverds.org/nilufer-koc-signature-campaigns-demanding-the-removal-of-the-pkk-from-the-list-of-terrorists-to-expand-anha-hawarnews/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/nilufer-koc-signature-campaigns-demanding-the-removal-of-the-pkk-from-the-list-of-terrorists-to-expand-anha-hawarnews/ The initiative for international justice for the Kurds, in order to remove the name of the PKK from the “list of terrorist organisations”, launched a campaign on January 13, in particular for the European Commission. From 30 countries, more than a thousand parliamentarians, academics, filmmakers, party leaders and writers took part in the campaign. Signatures […]]]>

The initiative for international justice for the Kurds, in order to remove the name of the PKK from the “list of terrorist organisations”, launched a campaign on January 13, in particular for the European Commission.

From 30 countries, more than a thousand parliamentarians, academics, filmmakers, party leaders and writers took part in the campaign.

Signatures are collected in Europe and Latin America and through the Justice for the Kurds page. The campaign demands were also published in some European newspapers.

Member of the Presidium of the Kurdistan National Congress, Nilufer Koç said that the campaign this year was active and that because of the resistance it showed, it prompted some countries to study the removal of the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations..

Nilufer Koç confirmed that the campaign is an important breakthrough, affected by the current circumstances. She said the last campaign has witnessed new developments. She demanded the lifting of the isolation and said: The ban and the regulations are used as the sword of Damocles against the people. The concept of terrorism is exploited as a means of suppressing individual opinions, especially peoples and progressive parties. Our campaign exposes all of these policies. There is no clear definition of terrorism legally or politically. It is understood that the State exploits this concept to achieve certain political objectives. Germany’s pro-Turkish state pressure against the PKK, which has been going on since 1985, has been contested by the people, shows that the real terrorism is Erdogan’s regime. As a result of the continuous struggle of the Kurdish people, the true face of the Turkish state has been revealed. The signature campaign made it clear to everyone what the demand of the Kurds, leader Apo and the PKK .

The process of breaking the ban began in 2014

Nilufer Koç reports that the issue of lifting the ban on the PKK in 2014 was discussed not only by left-wing democratic circles, but also by many liberal conservative groups. She said: “The ferocity of the PKK against ISIS has made the world know that the PKK is a trustworthy force. The banning of the PKK and its inclusion on the ‘list of terrorist organizations’ was the beginning of the process of breaking the ban. The implementation of the ideas of the leader of Rojava’s ecological democratic women’s freedom has drawn everyone’s attention to the PKK.”

Nilufer Koç confirmed that among the signatories there are many parliamentarians, city councilors, municipalities, European intellectuals, feminists, climate movements, youth movements, trade unionists, artists and many political and social personalities. She noted that the profile of the 1003 signatories shows that the fear and terror that the state wants to impose on the people has been overcome. This membership confirms the transcendence of intolerance towards the PKK and therefore there is no longer any existence or reason to fear.

Nilufer went on to say, The campaign will expand into 2022, because in the 21st century, solutions to the conflicts and crises of the current era lie in PKK-ruled Kurdistan. To keep the PKK on the list, no country has ever had a legal argument. In 1993, Germany, in 1997, the United States of America and in 2002, the European Union, they never had any human rights arguments. Because terrorism has no reference definition, neither legal nor political. Especially since states exploit the concept of terrorism to repress social center movements and thwart their solidarity together. Both the ban and the list exist primarily to serve political purposes. The Kurdish question, which the PKK seeks to resolve in the first place, is a political problem.

Nilufer Koç indicated that he exercises a policy of denial against the Kurds through the Sykes-Picot Agreement and was completed by the Lausanne Agreement. She said: Europe has marginalized the Kurds, making Kurdistan an unhealed wound for the Middle East. The Palestinian question was also handled in this way. They paved the way for massacres against the Kurds and left the Kurds homeless. The PKK was born from these practices against the Kurds.

The stage of the inclusion of the PKK in the “list of terrorist organizations”

Nilufer Koç explained that on August 15, the PKK started the armed resistance following the military violations of the Turkish state. This step awoke the Kurds from their inattention.

Nilufer Koç also clarified that the Turkish state was in trouble as a result of this resistance and asked for NATO support. He reported that Germany in 1985 through the Düsseldorf affairs in 1986 began to criminalize the PKK. Nilufer Koç said: “Although she knows that she supports the oppressed, the murder is also the basis of the Düsseldorf trial. Germany could not achieve its goals through the Dusseldorf affairs. Nor could it confront the mass of the PKK, neither inside nor outside its borders. The rebellions that began in 1990 in southern and northern Kurdistan gave way to Germany’s ban in 1993. In 1990 the PKK crossed the borders of northern Kurdistan and increased its activity in the Eastern and Southern Kurdistan During this stage, there were many accessions to the PKK in Rojava. The PKK’s struggle has spread to the international arena and to the Middle East. In 1997, the United States considered the activity of the PKK a danger and responded to calls from the Turkish state by placing the PKK on the “list of terrorist organizations”. But the most important thing here is that the PKK changed its strategies at its seventh conference on January 23, 2000. Where it decided to give priority to the political struggle. This strategic step opened great doors for the PKK internationally.

Nilufer said that some countries are about to try to remove the name of the PKK from the list, after many facts have come to light which prove that some of the terrorism charges against the PKK were false. PKK. The case was retried by DMME. The Luxembourg and Belgian courts re-discussed the regulation and the ban. However, countries continue to support the Turkish state. However, Erdogan and his fascist government are violating international rights. As the Turkish state exploits terrorist organizations such as ISIS to carry out its expansionist plans, this leads to serious foreign policy problems.

The world sees the PKK as a solution force

The United States of America and the European Union consider ISIS to be a terrorist organization. The Turkish state is the cause of insecurity and the spread of violence and conflict.

Erdogan practices politics on the basis of religious, sexual and national intolerance. Faced with this, the struggle of the PKK is working to combat racism and to consolidate participation and equality between peoples. Achieve women’s freedom and spread democracy. Respect and equality of all religions are sanctified without favoring one religion or belief over another. Therefore, the PKK is the solution and the Turkish state is the problem. The power of the PKK to solve and resolve conflicts appeared with the Rojava revolution and spread to the whole world. Global sympathy for the PKK is growing and putting pressure on countries in its favour.

Countries confirmed that they could no longer continue with their previous approach

Nilufer Koç said that the countries to which the Turkish state is an ally, especially the United States of America and the European Union, are its allies. Those countries that ignore the massacres committed by the Turkish state and support it and ignore the illegal arrest of more than 5,000 Kurdish politicians. and the use of chemical weapons. It cannot undermine the resolve of the Kurds and push back their resistance under the leadership of the PKK.

Nilufer Koç said that despite the torture the leader suffered for 22 years, the Turkish state was unable to undermine him and break his will and that of his people. And she continues: “The purpose of the isolation applied to Imrali is that the Kurdish people forget their leader. However, the Kurdish people have been repeating their demand for the release of the leader every day for 22 years. In the end, the Council of Ministers, which is the supreme body of the European Union, has issued a decision to modify the decision of the life sentence imposed on the leader until September 2022. The countries undoubtedly see and follow the continued resistance of the people, guerrillas and the leader, and they note that it is time to change their point of view on the PKK.

The Turkish state will not be able to hide its fascist face by imposing a ban on the PKK

Nilufer Koç mentioned the report published in June this year by all the parties of the British Parliament on the Kurdish question and said: The report proves that by imposing the prohibition of the PKK, Turkey destroys freedom and democracy, this ban should therefore be lifted. This opinion was repeated many times this year at the European Union Parliament, the European Union and the United States meeting on human rights. This report shows that Turkey can no longer hide its fascism by banning the PKK.

Nilufer stressed that a political solution to the Kurdish question must be found, and because the key to the solution is in the hands of the leader and the PKK, the ban on the PKK must be lifted.

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