Photo Credit: Winner Australia, Oceania, Antarctica (c) EWEA/Chris Wilson
If you didn’t know it already, today, June 15th, 2012 is Global Wind Day where the world is celebrating together wind power which is being transformed on an international level to change the way we look at power. A destination page organized by EWEA (The European Wind Energy Association) and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) can be found at www.globalwindday.org.
The designated day for wind turbines & wind power generation is described by the GWD organization as, “Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. It is also a day for discovery of the work that has already begun by pioneers around the world. In more than 75 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.”
It’s easy to see the type of participation that is going on this year for this celebration by seeing all the chatter in Social Media on sites like Twitter and Facebook. One green energy website did a rundown of some of the more interesting wind energy tweets centered around hashtags like #GlobalWindDay and #WindEnergy. Global Wind Day’s Facebook page is featuring the winners of a Photo Competition called “Wind in Mind” 2012. The description for the contest is, “For Global Wind Day 2012, EWEA and GWEC have run a photo contest. These are the winners, chosen by a professional jury from over 2300 photos from over 40 countries worldwide. We hope you like them!” We’ve picked out our three favorite of the photos & displayed one above & two below:
Photo Credit: Winner Asia (c) EWEA/Luca Catalano Gonzaga
Photo Credit: Global Winner (c) EWEA/Markus Haslinger
No celebration without a little controversy
The series of pictures chosen as the winners for the photography contest supporting wind power were inspiring and beautiful. However, that didn’t completely take center stage for the celebrations. An event was organized by the Sierra Club in New Jersey to as described on their event page, “get Governor Christie to move offshore wind forward.” The NJ wind power celebration was to include free kites for all kids & everyone else that signed up online. The kite flying took place at 12:00pm Ocean City, NJ time.
A story was done on the anti-kite flying by Grist.org exposing the fact that Americans for Prosperity (AFP) was carting in people by the bus load to the kite flying event. There were six buses paid for and scheduled to cart protesters to the wind power event from Gloucester County, NJ, Elmer, NJ, AFP Headquarters, Wyckoff, NJ, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ and Sparta, New Jersey. If protesters couldn’t make a bus together they were instructed to just show up at 10th Street Beach or Asbury Park to join in.
The reason the AFP wants to protest an innocent event is stated on their Press Release titled, “AFP Plans “Global Wind Day” Counter-Protests – Friday, June 15.” A lot of organizations and people have been tying the protesting directly to the Koch Brothers since they are heavy financial supporters of the AFP. The point of the protest is described as, “AFP will be going toe to toe with the environmental extremists to combat their radical agenda and tell the truth about the costs of offshore wind! You’ll remember that right here in New Jersey; the State has already authorized a $100 MILLION taxpayer subsidy to install windmills off our coast. This scheme would be a disaster for the state, raising rates and killing jobs!”
It seems the fan fair of the protests were not enough on the ground however as the @Sierra_Club tweeted out that an antiwind banner flew over the kids flying kites for Global Wind Day on the beach.
Celebrations inspires Power of Wind Contests for Students
It’s not all controversy and protests however with organizations like CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association) getting in on the fun by offering contests for students that write blogs on the subject of wind energy. In a press announcement CanWEA revealed their contest as, “CanWEA is inviting students entering post-secondary education to submit a 300-word blog on the subject of wind energy. Students can write about what wind energy means to them and why they think it should be a part of our future energy mix.”
There are prizes for students writing about Wind Energy and placing with theirs posts. Post-secondary studies 1st prize will be awarded $2,000 and also the opportunity to climb a wind turbine in Toronto, Canada. The second and third prizes will be $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Entries are accepted starting on Global Wind Day, June 15th, 2012 all the way until September 15th, 2012. The terms and conditions of the wind turbine energy contest can be found at the Friends of Wind site.
Wind Energy Videos for Global Wind Day in 2012
Photo Credit: I love wind energy because… YouTube Video
A few videos have been highlighted on this day that is important to many in the wind energy industry. One of the videos is called, “I love wind energy because…” was created by EWEA and is listed as one of their videos on their YouTube channel EWEAvideos. The song featured in this video was Paradise by Noa Moon. So far this video has received around 3,766 views and 35 likes and seems to be a hit for the wind energy celebration. You can watch the video below at the bottom of this article.
Another video that has been referred to and touted a lot on the 2012 celebration of Global Wind Day was a video that was shared on July 2nd, 2007. The video is titled, “epuron – the power of wind” and was awarded a golden Lion under the Film Category in the 54th Edition of the Cannes International Advertising Awards.
Enjoy both videos below, let us know if there are others you think symbolize this day for the wind energy industry.
I love wind energy because…
Why do we love wind energy? Lots of reasons! See a few of them here in this video, produced especially for Global Wind Day 2012. To find out more about Global Wind Day this year, go to http://www.globalwindday.org
Song by Noa Moon – “Paradise”
Produced by www.devisu.com © EWEA
Epuron – The Power of Wind
tvc that won a gold lion under the film category in the 54th edition of the cannes international advertising awards.
Advertising Agency: NORDPOL+ HAMBURG
Creative Director: Lars Ruehmann
Art Director: Bjoern Ruehmann/Joakim Reveman/Matthew Branning
Production Company, City: PARANOID PROJECTS, Paris
2nd Production Company, City: PARANOID US, Los Angeles
Director: The Vikings
InfoPower celebrates Global Wind Day – InfoPower celebra el Día Mundial del Viento
InfoPower celebro el Día Mundial del Viento realizando un divertido y didáctico taller eólico con alumn@s de 2º de Primaria del CEIP Federico García Lorca de Leganés (Madrid, España). ¡Esperamos que os guste el video y feliz día del viento!
InfoPower celebrates the World Wind Day with an enjoyable and educational workshop about wind with Primary School students from Leganés’ (Madrid, Spain) Federico García Lorca center. We hope you like the video and happy World Wind Day!
William Rick Singer’s Three Easy Ways To Get Into Great Universities; The College Admission Scheme
The wealthy continue to define the line between them and the less fortunate because, apparently, even the most selective universities in the country can be bought—one way or the other.
Both parents and students alike are enraged after the turn of events involving 46 people on the most prominent college admissions cheating scheme in the country.
Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches from elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents.
These wealthy parents are not sparing a penny to get their children to good universities, as a report says that the elaborate scheme amounted to around $25 million.
“This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children. This is a case where parents flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system, so they can set their children up for success with the best education money can buy, literally,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge, at a press conference.
Dubbed as the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues,” the college admissions scheme worked in two ways.
At the center of it all was William Rick Singer, founder of Edge College & Career Network a for-profit college prepper. Mr. Singer is also known as “The Key.”
Singer’s elaborate scam, allegedly, only needed three ways to get the undeserving rich into great universities.
The first is through cheating.
Getting high scores on standardized SAT and ACT examinations are one of the sure ways of sealing a spot at admission even in the most selective universities.
In the case of Singer’s clients, he was the one ensuring the candidates get high scores. Parents would be advised to let their children take the examination on a given date so another person, who’s a lot smarter, can take the test for them. In some cases, the children’s answer sheets would be replaced with ones that have higher results.
In instances that the student cannot take the exam themselves, one merely
Academy Award nominee, Felicity Huffman had Singer’s people arrange her daughter’s exam, which gained a significant 400 points higher than her practice exam the previous year only for $15,000.
Huffman allegedly wanted to do the same for her younger daughter but decided to back away.
How did they get away with this? By bribing the proctors.
Bribes function a lot in Singer’s admissions scheme. Like in the case of the third way, students get into prestigious universities.
Students pretend to be athletes.
If students’ SAT and ACT scores won’t help them make the cut, Singer turns average students into competitive athletes.
Some practices even went great lengths to the extent of photoshopping their children’s photos into stock photos of athletes to make it seem more realistic.
Singer would bribe university coaches to let Singer’s clients in the university by making a play that they are athletes that the university can benefit from.
However, coaches didn’t have the power to admit students, but they did have the capability to recommend students. So they did with the right push, and it’s not a student’s talents or skills.
This was the case with Lori Loughlin’s two daughters.
Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to participate in the University of Southern California’s Crew team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.
All of these were transacted through Singer’s nonprofit, Key Worldwide Foundation—a charity that supposedly functions as an educational prepper for underprivileged children who wants to get into colleges and universities.
Parents would easily siphon their payments, without tax, for Singer’s services by giving a hefty donation for the underserved kids in the foundation.
This crooked system has been going on since 2011 and may have produced graduates from prestigious universities during that time. This may not be the only system of college admission schemes, but let this sensationalized conspiracy serve as a warning to whoever wishes to cheat their way through life.
The arrest and the case made against the cheating, lying and the rich who try to curb their future through unjust and unlawful means is a reminder the hard work pays off, and not everything can be bought.
Open Field Program Reawakens Black Academia In Chester County, South Carolina
Brainerd Institute in Chester, South Carolina was the first and only school in the county for freed slaves and their children and was one of the largest and oldest institutions for Black students in the United States. It closed in 1939 and was up for sale. Actress Phylicia Rashad, daughter of a Brainerd’s alumni, purchased what remained of Brainerd Institute- Kulmer Hall.
Brainerd Institute started in 1866 as a school for freedman and was later named when Rev. Samuel Loomis established churches and schools among blacks near Chester on the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church’s order. Started as an elementary school, Brainerd soon expanded to ten grades by 1913 and was a four-year-high-school in the 1930s. When high school admission began to decline, it became Brainerd Junior College.
Public education later expanded in South Carolina, so opportunities for black student admission increased. The shift convinced the Presbyterian Church that Brainerd was no longer a necessity to the community. Reduction of entries and limited funds forced Brainerd to close in 1939.
With only Kulmer Hall as the only remaining building in the state, the property was up for sale. In the late 1990s, a local group was interested in preserving the school. Actress Phylicia Rashad and her sister, dancer Debbie Allen answered the call for support. They bought the only remaining building left of Brainerd in honor of their mother, Vivian Ayers Allen.
Not only Ayers Allen is an alumna of Brainerd’s final graduating class of 1939, but both of her parents were from Brainerd Institute as well. Allen grew up across the street from the school. On numerous occasions, she would bring her daughters to her childhood neighborhood, where they would spend their evenings dancing on the campus grounds. It’s no doubt why Brainerd Institute is very close to the family’s heart.
When Ayers Allen learned that her Alma Mater was on sale and could be redeveloped into apartment complexes, she felt like “someone has to do something.” And so her daughters, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen bought the remaining Kumler Hall and had both hosted fundraising events for the restoration of the hall.
While Kumler Hall is currently under reconstruction, Ayers Allen and her daughters are using the campus’ green spaces for the Open Field Program. The program was first launched in Houston until it was brought to Brainerd. It started in 2017 as the first summer literacy workshop, held on the school’s fields and will continue in summer 2018. The program allows preschoolers to explore its interactive curriculum. Moreover, it offers lessons, workshops, and guest speakers that make students feel more like they are at camp than at school.
Ayers Allen and her daughters are committed to restoring Chester’s tradition of providing education to those in need. The three women will continue to restore Kumler Hall so someday, the Open Fields will become a year-long program that preserves and shares Brainerd Institute’s academic, artistic, and cultural contributions within the community.
Grammar Schools Are Disproportionately Benefiting From Condition Improvement Fund
The main priority for Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) of the United Kingdom is to address significant requirements of schools by building compliance, improving poor building condition, and expanding existing facilities or floor spaces. However, Comprehensive Future discovered that grammar schools are disproportionately benefiting from CIF.
The fund is a government incentive that provides funding for specific improvements of schools and academies that has a significant impact on pupils’ progress. Applicants can apply for funding through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) via an online portal.
Three main criteria are used by the government to specify whether a school should receive funding. First is the project need, where schools are assessed to determine the bulk of the funding. Second, project planning, where applicants need to show that the risks are understood and the solutions are attainable. The last test is the value of money; there will be an assessment of the breakdown of costs to see if they meet the demands of work.
In 2016, it has been reported that twenty grammar schools are given financial resources to construct new buildings, while only nineteen comprehensive schools are funded. Later in 2017, there were eight projects for grammar school classroom expansion, while only seven projects for comprehensive schools were approved. There are only 163 grammar schools and more than 3,200 comprehensive schools in the country.
Last year, applicants for CIF were more than 3,800 schools, but there are only 1435 of these applicants successfully received funding. Melissa Benn, chair of Comprehensive Future, reported that many of the 2,200 projects that got turned down last year are with a clear and urgent need for essential repair and renovation. Benn said that the government had funded grammar schools millions for building new science blocks, sports halls, and sixth form centers.
Given the fact that there are only 163 grammar schools in the country, Benn said that “it makes no sense” that the government is approving more projects in grammar schools than comprehensive schools.
Benn said that the way the government has used CIF is “secretive and undemocratic.” She aforementioned that they are aware of the government’s plans of funding grammar schools £50 million for further expansion, but based from the results of the CIF; it appears that the government has been using the fund for similar means.
“The Conservative government’s obsession with grammar schools, despite the now overwhelming evidence that selective schools damage the education of most children and add no real benefit even to those who go to them, suggests that they care more about the minority of children who pass the 11-plus than the majority attending comprehensive schools,” Benn concluded.
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