Saturday Art Gallery – Day 7

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Welcome to Saturday Art gallery!

If you are not already aware, this is part of a series called “Saturday Art Gallery” where I share one of my art works every Saturday.

To me this signifies unity. It signifies everyone getting together as one, like a force.

I really had fun drawing this one. I literally had nothing in my mind and I just went with the flow. This is the result of that fun and carefree mood 😊 I guess not every time you have to be really stressed about creating something good!

Things I used to create this:

  • A white sheet
  • Black Micron pen set to draw the pattern.
  • My phone to click this picture.

Hope you liked this week’s sketch, if you did please hit that like button 😍 Do let me know your feedback and interpretation in the comments below. It is always great to hear from you guys😊😊

I will be back next Saturday with new sketch, till then take care! Be safe🙏🏻

How to Handle One-Way Video Job Interviews

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Face-to-face interviews have always been the norm for employers and job seekers who wish to get into the companies they wish to apply for. When an interview is scheduled, the job seeker will be meeting someone from the company, who will assess their worth as a future employee.

However, with the improvement in communications in recent years with the help of the internet together with the Covid-19 pandemic, video interviews are now being adopted.

A company’s HR can easily schedule an interview with a job seeker and interview them using a video call app as normal. Some companies are even doing one-way video interviews where the job seeker will have to answer several questions and record it for the employer to review.

If you are scheduled to have one of these one-way video interviews, you will definitely need to prepare like preparing for a traditional interview.

Here are some tips to help you with your interview and help you get that job:

1. Always read the instructions

If you want to clinch that job you are applying for, you have to show that you can work efficiently with the instructions given to you. Take some time to study the instructions given for your interview and ask questions accordingly.

Skipping this will definitely cause the employer to assume you don’t do well with instructions and aren’t meticulous enough. This will definitely leave a bad impression.

2. Take note of the deadline

One-way interviews involve you sending a recorded clip of your interview answers in a certain time frame.

Mark the date in your calendar and make sure that you complete your interview before it. The faster you do it, the better impression you will show to the employer.

However, rushed work does not mean you can hand in sloppy interview videos. Take time to rehearse your answers and prep accordingly.

3. Prepare your login information and your device for the interview

Speaking of prepping… Before doing your interview, make sure that you have everything ready and tested.

Check your internet connection, the device you will be using and the log-in details given to you. Do a sound check with another laptop (or with a helpful friend) to make sure he or she can hear you perfectly.

In case of technology breakdown, always have a second device on standby. You will never know when you need it and it makes you feel better than you have a contingency plan.

4. Review the job description

If you want to make the right impression for the job, you need to review the job description given to you.

As with every interviews, you should also take time to know more about the company, the people working for them, the products and services they offer and other relevant information.

Google your interviewer and chances are he or she will be on LinkedIn. By seeing his profile pic and understanding where he stand in the company, it will make you less nervous during the interview. But please do not stalk him on social media!

Read More: Social Media: Friend or Foe?

5. Prepare your answers in advance and practice

If you got the interview questions early, take the opportunity to prepare your answers so you can record your answers perfectly. Make sure that your answers are clear and concise.

If you are recording an interview video, practice many times so you can answer them in full confidence.

6. Dress accordingly

Even if you are not going to a formal interview, this interview will still count for your application. Dress like you are indeed going to an interview to make the right impression.

If you intend to dress up your top and lounge in your bottoms, do remember not to stand up and walk away from the camera.

7. Record in the right location

Aside from your clothes, you need to show to your employers you are taking this seriously. Record in a well-lit room and make sure your background is simple.

The best backdrop is against a white wall or a bookshelf. Some may say against a window but then again, if the sun beams into the window, your interviewer won’t be able to see you and also, you will not have any control as to whoever walk or fly past behind you.

No messy bedroom with clothes spewed all over the place, no misplaced dildos or water pipes or bongs. It doesn’t matter if weed is legalised in your states, just keep it away in a drawer.

Most importantly, lock your door! Pre-empt everyone that you are going to have an important video meeting in your room and they shouldn’t disturb you (unless the house is on fire). Lest, they keep banging on your door to be let in.

8. Be yourself

While recording your answers, be yourself and make the right cues to show that you are the one for the job. Practice and see what you have to fix if you need a boost.

If you are a funny guy, show some wit in your answers. If you are a data genius, throw in figures and numbers.

But don’t go overboard. If you are a die hard fan girl of Justin Bieber, don’t have your background plastered with his posters. Really, there is such thing as too much information.

Conclusion

One-way video interviews definitely changes the way we conduct interviews. However, even though you won’t be directly speaking to the employer on the other side does it mean you should not take it seriously. 

Always remember that you are applying for your dream job and your recorded interview will definitely make up a lot of points. Present yourself accordingly by preparing and you will definitely land that job you are applying for.

For interview tips and tricks, check out these articles:
10 Questions You Should Absolutely Ask an Interviewer
Best Ways to Prep for your Dream Job Interview
Should You Send A Thank You Note After Your Interview?

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Fail To Succeed

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I was sitting yesterday in the balcony by my plants imagining the life 2 months back and I noticed a tiny little spider. It was brownish in color and very light to look at. I freaked out initially but then since it wasn’t coming my way, I kept my calm and noticed where it was going.

I see it tried to climb the wall of the balcony, but fell down several times. However, it didn’t stop it. Eventually after multiple tries, it managed to climb up. This reminded me of a bed time story I heard, which was called “The King and the Spider“.

This made me think, this story has been taught to us when we were so young and it still makes sense. Taking failures positively and not giving up to reach the success eventually.

Importance of Failure

Have you ever wondered why everyone who is successful today keeps saying, I failed multiple times.

It is because failure is as important as success or even more. Failure teaches you a big deal. It teaches you how you can move forward. It lets you realize why hard work is important and over confidence is not.

I believe life tests you, it tries to check how worthy you are. How much can you bear. How badly you want something. Once it has tested you, it gives you the taste of success and trust me, true taste of success can only be felt after failures.

Who fails

Who do you think has the risk of failures?

Is it the people who are genius but lazy? Or the one who never wants to get out of the comfort zone? Or the people who never want to take a risk?

It is none of them. They can never fail!

Failures are the people who wants to take risks, who want to get out of their comfort zone and chase their dreams. those are the people who fail and rise back again!

What exactly failure means

Imagine a life without failure.

Imagine if you never failed , will you ever be able to enjoy your successes? Wouldn’t it be just another day? Wouldn’t you take it for granted?

Failure means that you are striving to Surpass yourself. It means, you are not settling , you are ready to fight anything that comes your way while you chase your dream.

Conclusion: It is the attitude that matters

Failing is alright. Everyone who is successful today has failed in their life for multiple times.

Of course you will feel bad if you fail, that is fine. But don’t just give up because you failed at something once. “If one door closes, multiple opens” and in order to see the open gates, we need to think and see clearly.

It is the attitude towards failure that matters the most. When life gives you challenges and you fail, important part is to learn from those failures and rise up again! Fail once, fail multiple time in order to succeed. Do not give up!


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I would love to know how you see success and failures? What was your story of failure and success?

Weekly Wisdom 28 May

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Midst of thoughts

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Sometimes you feel connected with an unknown person.

Being precious to eyes.

Beautiful nights of stars shared.

Eyes filled with emotions, as I don’t want the dream to come to an end.

Glad to have someone who was far away from the reality.

You were enjoying life-like a kid.

Eyes filled with brightness, when I am taking care of you as a child.

 Things were going fine, till the day you were back with your memories.

I try to stop you, situation making me mad as life without you will be impossible.

But the damage have been made. You refuse to recognise me.

Leaving me in the middle of no where.

It was more than a treasure to have a life with you.

With memories back, your life is back to normal.

But what will I do now.

Eyes filled with tears, as the dream comes to an end.

You fail to recognise me, who once stood beside you at the time of need.

 

P.s : Heartbreaking poem of a man who falls in love with a girl who looses her memory in an accident. He unconditionally takes care of the girl. Later when the life of a girl is back to normal, she fails to recognise the person who once took care of her. 

Covid-19: How to Stay Safe when You Come Home from Work

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If you are a frontliner working in key sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that you practice the right safety measures each time you come home from work. You are at a higher risk of contracting the virus because you may be exposed to the people who have it, especially if you are working in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

While those working in hospitals and healthcare facilities may have their own strict protocols, not all frontliners like our supermarket cashiers, Grab drivers even our Starbucks’ barista will have access to information.

To give you a short guide on how you can protect yourself and your family, here is WHO recommendations on how you can stay safe at home after work:

Before Work:

  • Always follow social distancing, especially if you are commuting to work
  • Remove your accessories and other loose items from your body. The virus can linger in some items for a long time, even lasting up to a few days.
  • Try to wear casual clothes to work, but have your work clothes ready in a laundry bag and shoes you can clean easily and leave in your office or car. Pack your casual clothes properly and make sure it is separate from where you packed your work clothes.
  • Use a disposable bag as your lunch box and throw it away accordingly when you get home or after you eat
  • Always hand wash and use a sanitizer or alcohol, especially if you touched various surfaces while on your way to work.

While Working:

  • Disinfect your computer, phone and other things you use for work regularly
  • Greet your co-workers/employees/clients without handshakes
  • Always practice social distancing even in meetings
  • Wear your mask even while you work
  • Clean and disinfect your office and lunch space regularly
  • Always wash your hands and disinfect your hands, especially if you held stuff other people touched.

After Working:

  • Congratulate yourself for a job well done and think of ways on how you can improve more in your tasks for the next day.
  • Disinfect the items you will be bringing home and leave the items you don’t need at your office desk.
  • Handle your work items which may be contaminated with the virus with care such as your clothes, shoes and bag.
  • Put your work clothes in a separate clothes bag and put it on your car’s trunk. When you get home, wash them immediately in your washing machine. You should also clean the laundry bag so you can use it for the next day.
  • Put your work shoes in a dirty clothes bag with your clothes or leave it outside the house.
  • Use a washable clean bag to bring your casual clothes and shoes and make sure they are separate from your work clothes.
  • Take a bath immediately when you get home.

Special Note:

You may think that the above measures may be a tad too much but safety comes first especially if you find yourself in these situations:

  • High numbers of infection in your country / city / area
  • You have elderly folks aged 60 years old and above living with you.
  • You have children living with you.
  • You are an elder aged 60 years old and above.
  • You don’t have access to quality medical care within your vicinity.
  • Your workplace has high human traffic.
  • Your workplace is in or near a hospital.
  • Your workplace has or is near a new infected cluster.

Your job in the frontlines is very important because without you, the country will definitely be left hanging. However, it is important that you take care of yourself and find ways to reduce the risk of contracting the virus both at work and at home.

With these simple tips, it will definitely make a difference in helping the country flatten the curve and protect everyone around you.

For more Covid-19 related articles, here are some of my latest ones:
What should we do to minimize COVID-19’s economic impact?
What to do If You Lost Your Job During Covid-19 Recession?
Lockdown from Covid-19: From an Expat’s Point of View

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Weekly Wisdom 26 May

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How To Pamper Yourself

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When was the last time you did something to make yourself happy?

It is a fact that somewhere somehow we take ourselves granted. Most of the time we are concerned about pampering others or making them happy. With my personal experience, sometimes I have done things not because it pleases me, but because it pleases someone else.

Is it okay to ignore yourself?

You will find most people complaining about others not loving them, or others not pampering them, when in fact it is you who is ignoring yourself.

I have talked about how important it is to love yourself in one of my previous blogs: How To Start Loving Yourself. Do check it out if you have time.

In this article, I am going to lay down few ways in which you can pamper yourself.

Cook something you like

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Given the quarantine life, everyone is suddenly interested in cooking! I receive a minimum of 10 food pictures on my whatsapp everyday. This somewhere compels me as well to cook something nice 😛

What I mean with this point is, cook one meal of your choice. Cook something that you love eating, but haven’t got chance to eat/cook it because your partner/parent/roommate does not like it. Ditch what everyone likes and cook something that makes you happy.

Or if you are someone who doesn’t like to cook, then buy yourself a treat! Like an ice cream or a chocolate or anything that you like.

Indulge in Self Grooming

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I know, you are very busy and have a lot of work pressure. Or you have kids and never get time to look after yourself. Take some time out for self grooming. Trust me it is very important. Most of the time we don’t give importance to self grooming as we should. Remember, if you feel good, you look good!

Bursting one myth, grooming is not only for woman! Yes, that’s right. Regardless of what gender you are, try to take care of yourself. It could be a simple skincare routine that you follow everyday or filing your nails or cutting your hair. Do it!

Spend some money on yourself

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Is there something that you always wanted, but never really bought it?

I have noticed one thing, we for some reason have a guilt factor when buying something special for us. I remember few years back, I would spend a fortune on gifting something to someone else, but not on myself. I would think thousand times before spending something on myself. Let me know if you also have this intuition.

Now, I have got rid of that guilt factor. I mean, why not? If I work my ass off to earn, why can’t I splurge a little in buying what I like? So, do that. Gift yourself something! Buy something for yourself for once.

I have seen my parents not caring about their needs at all and always buying stuff for us. Parents are always giving, but if you think about it, that sometimes somewhere can trigger unhappiness and frustration in us. After all we all are human, we all have needs. And only when you are truly happy from inside, you will be able to make others happy as well.

Take a day OFF

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If you are working or not, take a day off from your daily work. Make it your day. Do whatever you like. Take a long bath, go for a Spa (after the lockdown of-course!), just Netflix and chill, or just sleep if you like! Do whatever that makes you feel better, re energizes you.


We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be? ” -Meghan Markle


I hope you liked the suggestions to pamper yourself, do let me know if you would like to try any of these. What is your way of pampering yourself?

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Guest Post: Discovering Your Talents

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I love featuring talented writers especially when it comes to writing the career and business niche. You see, to write about these serious topics isn’t easy and more so if you want to make these topics approachable, inspiring and informative, it is so much harder.

So you can imagine how much excitement when I came across this post and how much I want to share with you MiddleMe fans here.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out more of Gottfried’s posts here.


I have a lot of hidden talents. The problem is I can’t find them. On some days I like to think that it takes real skill to choke on air, miss-step while climbing stairs and trip over absolutely nothing. Not everyone is able to pull this off.  It’s worse when you’re with a group of people and everyone is talking about their skills and talents, and you’re there like; well, I can breathe.

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Multitalented. I can talk, annoy and irritate you all at the same time. It takes real dedication to pull this off. On a real though, talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity but we use it all the same. Isn’t it curious that we all have that one friend that finds a way of making everything innocent perverted? Yes you, I’m talking to you!

Lecturer: How can you fiddle with your phone and still manage to pay attention to what I’m saying?

Gottfried: Pure unadulterated talent, Sir.

Just because you haven’t found your talent yet doesn’t mean you don’t have one. Imagine finding out your talent as an 80-year-old man because you’ve been so immersed in poverty all your life, you never had the opportunity to look up. I’d be pissed if I discovered I could have won an Olympic medal for hopscotch. The pain!

Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads. That fart you’ve been holding onto the entire ride? Drop it! Who knows, you could make it to 9’oclock news. I can already picture it. The headline will read, ‘Legendary fart kills 30 on a bus, maims two”. Authorities say the FARTER is still at large, armed, and very dangerous!’.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. I once met a beautiful lady at a park. I told her I wasn’t good at anything. She looked me in the eye and said, ‘survival is a talent’. I agree!

Sometimes you don’t get the talents you really need. Great, you just discovered you can chew ice. What are you supposed to do with that kind of talent? God really skipped artistry, creativity, athletics, and handed you the ability to chew ice cones. And you think all is well? Some people have the odd talent of making the most simple things sound complicated. Marry them!

No one respects a talent that is concealed. You might want to shove it in people’s faces every now and then. Because the truth is, everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work. But make no mistake, never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.

Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you one of your 9 lives. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story. The human tragedy is that we all want to be extraordinary and we all just want to fit in. Unfortunately, extraordinary people rarely fit in. That being said, if you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room…

find another room.

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Saturday Art Gallery – Day 6

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Welcome to Saturday Art gallery!

If you are not already aware, this is part of a series called “Saturday Art Gallery” where I share one of my art works every Saturday.

I wanted to create something known and give it a little twist, that’s how this owl was born! Beauty is everywhere, it’s just the matter of seeing it, it lies in your eyes.

Things I used to create this:

  • A white sheet
  • Black Micron pen set to draw the pattern.
  • My phone to click this picture.

Hey everyone! Thankyou for visiting this blog! Would love to know your interpretation of this sketch.

Wanted to let you all now, that I have created a new portfolio to showcase my art work. Do check it out here. Thankyou for all the love and support! 🙂

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

Australia Enrages Activists, Embraces “Technology Neutral” Carbon Credits

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The Boundary Dam CCS power plant in Saskatchewan Canada. Credit: SaskPowerCCS

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Looks like Planet of the Humans might be having an impact on policy; The Australian Government has broadened the scope of activities which can qualify for carbon credits, diverting cash away from renewables.

Fossil fuel industry applauds Coalition climate measures that support carbon capture and storage

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Wed 20 May 2020 03.30 AEST

Environmentalists say the Morrison government is directing emissions reduction funding to polluting companies

Fossil fuel industry groups and companies have applauded new climate change measures proposed by the Morrison government, including support for carbon capture and storage developments.

The government has agreed to 21 of 26 recommendations made by an expert panel review headed by the former gas industry executive and business council president Grant King, who was asked to come up with new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at low cost.

Recommendations included paying big industrial companies to keep their emissions below an agreed limit, and allowing the government’s main climate policy, the $2.5bn emissions reduction fund, to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

Angus Taylor, the energy and emissions reduction minister, said the government agreed in-principle that two publicly owned clean energy agencies, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, would be given a “technology neutral remit” – a proposal that has been interpreted as allowing more funding for projects that do not involve renewable energy.

The plan to include CCS in the emissions reduction fund follows oil and gas giant Santos saying access to carbon credits or a similar revenue stream would be critical if it was to invest in a joint CCS project with BHP in South Australia. The Moomba CCS project, in SA’s remote north-east, is promised to capture 1.7m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year released during gas processing.

Richie Merzian, from thinktank the Australia Institute, said the changes backed by the government would increase fossil fuel industries’ access to a limited pool of funding for climate action, and criticised the lack of process behind the review.

He said King’s four-person expert panel was commissioned in October without public visibility, run without public consultation, and its report was held back by the government until it was ready to also release its response.

“Australians have a right to be frustrated by this, not just because of the support for fossil fuels, but by the appalling process,” Merzian said. “We should wake up to the fact that this is happening at a much larger scale with the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, which will involve the investment of hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/fossil-fuel-industry-applauds-coalition-climate-measures-that-support-carbon-capture-and-storage

I have no problem with carbon capture, other than the waste of providing any kind of carbon credits, as long as it stays remote. I’m very concerned about the risk when people propose putting large concentrations of CO2 next to large concentrations of humans; a sudden large release of CO2 could cause high rates of death over tens of square miles.

What I find really interesting is this rule change might pave the way for Aussie nuclear power. The availability of gigawatts of reliable green nuclear energy would make any renewable energy investment a tough sell. All we need is someone brave enough to take on the bureaucrats and big green, to make it happen.

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May 21, 2020 at 04:07PM

6 Strategies for Success in the Virtual Classroom

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Like an uninvited guest, the COVID-19 pandemic swept into town, upending the school year and our very way of life. As we reinforce the need for social distancing and hand washing, school closures are affecting around 55 million public school students nationwide, with schools shuttering for the remainder of the year including here in Massachusetts. But just because the schools are closed doesn’t mean that school is out. Thousands of educators around the country have had to quickly shift from the familiarity of their classrooms to the uncharted terrain of distance learning in a crisis. 

Many teachers are navigating distance learning for the first time, asking questions like, “How do I ensure my students are still receiving high-quality education?” and “Will I be able to track the learning that is taking place?” Educators understand it will be crucial to keep students engaged in the virtual classroom to prevent residual learning loss. Research shows that students across all socioeconomic backgrounds experience nearly three months of learning loss in math over the summer, and new research based on summer slide is predicting a “COVID slide” of half a school year or more.  These losses will be particularly acute for low-income students, as they are for summer learning loss. 

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p>However, what we have learned from efforts to stem summer learning loss in math can guide educators, districts and parents as they transition their education plans to the virtual realm. For the past three summers, EdVestors has partnered with several public schools in Boston to pilot a virtual learning model as part of our “Zeroing in on Math” blended learning work. The initiative has helped us better understand how existing technology-based interventions can be part of the solution for closing knowledge and skill gaps when school is closed.

Amid this unprecedented public health crisis and recent guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), there is an opportunity to explore what works with these tools in this remote learning environment. Some of the lessons we learned over the past three years through “Zeroing in on Math” may be useful when putting any tech-based remote learning into practice including:

  • Set clear and reasonable expectations for students, teachers, and families. Teachers and leaders set clear expectations, as best as one can in this uncertain time. Educators can use data provided by various tools to monitor student progress and use the information to celebrate students, provide more challenging work to students and identify areas of focus.
  • Maintain relationships. Teachers and leaders set up structures for active communication with students and families to both create spaces for student discussion and as a way to check-in with students who may not be logging in. Connecting via phone or text was more effective than email in many cases, especially for younger students. Tools like Google Classroom or Class Dojo can help drive this communication, adding other helpful resources such as dedicated spaces for questions.
  • Use student incentives to drive engagement. With relationships and community maintained, the most important incentive is always a relevant and engaging learning task. Additionally, teachers and leaders can use a variety of other incentives to drive student engagement on the Ed Tech tools. They can show students working from home and celebrate student independence, ownership and resourcefulness. Some educators also provide an easy-to-use tracker for students to use throughout the week as a Google Doc so they can see their progress and have more ownership.
  • Encourage distributive leadership around technology troubleshooting. Have a school-level point person who can field technology concerns from staff members, while also encouraging staff to reach out to tech support on their own, so that all staff members have ownership and agency around their use of the tools. This is a learning opportunity for students and for their teachers.
  • Give grace: to students, families, teachers—and yourself. This is a transition and a learning moment for all. To start, know that virtual learning is not the same as in-person learning. It won’t be without its kinks. 

Finally, see the opportunity. Although putting a system in place for distance learning may seem challenging, these investments will be worth it as they will get us through this pandemic and provide lessons for the future. Not only is it an effective way to connect with students and meet their educational needs, but these approaches will also advance educators’ ability to connect with students, their families, and our world in a time that is reassigning the role of school to be a collective effort.

Source: 6 Strategies for Success in the Virtual Classroom

Public Confidence In The Media Collapses To Record Lows

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By Paul Homewood

 

Guido has been tracking the You Gov polls on public confidence in the media during CV. It has been steadily collapsing, and now lies at an incredibly low 23%, while disapprovals have risen to 48%.

In my view, the coverage by most of the media has been utterly scandalous, consistently running the country down, to the extent that those living abroad think we’re some sort of basket case.

Fortunately the public know better.

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https://order-order.com/2020/05/21/public-think-media-coverage-virus-getting-worse

As a prime example of the disgraceful coverage is this from the far left BBC:

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https://conservativewoman.co.uk/panoramas-biased-contribution-to-the-bbcs-project-corona-fear/

 

Unsurprisingly then, the BBC’s rating amongst the public is truly dreadful:

 

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None of this antipathy is new, of course, and I would encourage others to leave reviews on the Trustpilot link.

I also understand from Guido’s post that the Telegraph and others are pulling out of the ABC, which reports on newspaper circulation figures. Apparently the Telegraph’s reader numbers are that dire!

It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the media’s coverage of a whole range of topics has been woefully poor, often because of a reliance on young, inexperienced hacks. I don’t think I am giving away any secrets when I say that Christopher Booker was appalled by much of the childish reporting in the Telegraph, not to mention the juvenile sub editors he was lumbered with.

Nowadays people are beginning to realise that they can get much more informative comment and analysis on the internet.

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May 21, 2020 at 03:39PM

Paging Dr. Fauci …

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Rand Paul Calls Out Dr. Fauci, Shares Chart Showing COVID-19 Mortality Rate Similar To Flu For People Under 60 – True Pundit

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May 21, 2020 at 02:09PM

Calls to add ‘climate change’ to Australian death certificates

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Tasmanian bush fire, 2013 [image credit: Chuq @ Wikipedia]

Climate alarmists yet again strain credulity to the limit, no doubt hoping to stir up guilt in the populace about energy use.
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Heat-related deaths have been “substantially underreported” on Australia’s national records, according to experts from The Australian National University (ANU).  

Researchers say the amount of deaths attributed to excessive natural heat is at least 50 times more than recorded on death certificates.  

Published in The Lancet Planetary Health, figures show over the past 11 years 340 deaths in Australia were recorded as being due to excessive heat but statistical analysis found 36,765 deaths could have been attributed to heat.

“Climate change is a killer, but we don’t acknowledge it on death certificates,” co-author Dr Arnagretta Hunter, from the ANU Medical School, said.

“There is second component on a death certificate which allows for pre-existing conditions and other factors.

“If you have an asthma attack and die during heavy smoke exposure from bushfires, the death certificate should include that information.

“We can make a diagnosis of disease like coronavirus, but we are less literate in environmental determinants like hot weather or bushfire smoke.”

The new analysis suggests Australia’s national heat-related mortality rate is around two per cent.

“Climate change is the single greatest health threat that we face globally even after we recover from coronavirus,” Dr Hunter said.

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May 21, 2020 at 01:24PM

Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

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From the “remember, thou art model” department.

Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely

An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

“As Americans focus their attention on a safe and healthy reopening of our country, it remains critically important that we also remember to make the necessary preparations for the upcoming hurricane season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Just as in years past, NOAA experts will stay ahead of developing hurricanes and tropical storms and provide the forecasts and warnings we depend on to stay safe.”

The combination of several climate factors is driving the strong likelihood for above-normal activity in the Atlantic this year. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are expected to either remain neutral or to trend toward La Nina, meaning there will not be an El Nino present to suppress hurricane activity.

Also, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, coupled with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon all increase the likelihood for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Similar conditions have been producing more active seasons since the current high-activity era began in 1995.

“NOAA’s analysis of current and seasonal atmospheric conditions reveals a recipe for an active Atlantic hurricane season this year,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Our skilled forecasters, coupled with upgrades to our computer models and observing technologies, will provide accurate and timely forecasts to protect life and property.” 

This year, as during any hurricane season, the men and women of NOAA remain ready to provide the life-saving forecasts and warnings that the public rely on. And as storms show signs of developing, NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft will be prepared to collect valuable data for our forecasters and computer models. In addition to this high level of science and service, NOAA is also launching new upgrades to products and tools that will further improve critical services during the hurricane season.  NOAA will upgrade the hurricane-specific Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system (HWRF) and the Hurricanes in a Multi-scale Ocean coupled Non-hydrostatic model (HMON) models this summer. HWRF will incorporate new data from satellites and radar from NOAA’s coastal Doppler data network to help produce better forecasts of hurricane track and intensity during the critical watch and warning time frame. HMON will undergo enhancements to include higher resolution, improved physics, and coupling with ocean models. 

As the hurricane season gets underway, NOAA will begin feeding data from the COSMIC-2 satellites into weather models to help track hurricane intensity and boost forecast accuracy. COSMIC-2 provides data about air temperature, pressure and humidity in the tropical regions of Earth — precisely where hurricane and tropical storm systems form. Also during the 2020 hurricane season, NOAA and the US Navy will deploy a fleet of autonomous diving hurricane gliders to observe conditions in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea in areas where hurricanes have historically traveled and intensified.

As with every hurricane season, the need to be prepared is critically important this year. “Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters, and more. With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now,” said Carlos Castillo, acting deputy administrator for resilience at FEMA. “Natural disasters won’t wait, so I encourage you to keep COVID-19 in mind when revising or making your plan for you and your loved ones, and don’t forget your pets. An easy way to start is to download the FEMA app today.”

In addition to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for the eastern and central Pacific basins. NOAA’s outlook is for overall seasonal activity and is not a landfall forecast. The Climate Prediction Center will update the 2020 Atlantic seasonal outlook in August prior to the historical peak of the season.  Hurricane preparedness is critically important for the 2020 hurricane season, just as it is every year.

Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials. Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at hurricanes.gov throughout the season to stay current on any watches and warnings.

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May 21, 2020 at 01:10PM

Solar Owners worried Big Brother AEMO wants to turn off their panels at noon in emergencies

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Last November at lunchtime 64% of the entire generation of South Australia was coming from across thousands of small generators that the Grid Managers had no control of, and that clouds could wipe out. This is the junk conglomerate infrastructure that billions of dollars in forced subsidies have created.

The AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) has no control over the vagaries of two-thirds of the electricity generation. Audrey Zibelmen has described it as “”It’s almost like driving without your headlights.” She wants new panels to get “smart inverters” which means they can be dumb servants — controlled by the AEMO, just in case there is an emergency — lest the state suffer another System Black. They also want old panels to get the new style inverters when the next replacement is due.

Who could have seen that coming (only anyone with an engineering degree).

Poor solar home owners are feeling pretty miffed. They didn’t realize their panels were never economic, a burden on the grid, and they’ve been riding on the backs of fellow Australians for years. And after reading this ABC story (below), they still won’t know. So it’s a complete surprise to them that the green electrons they […]

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May 21, 2020 at 12:58PM

Why Tom Burke’s Green Deal Is Pie In The Sky

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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Environmentalist Tom Burke has just written this article for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy:

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One of the hardest truths about the pandemic, which so abruptly cancelled everyone’s future plans is that, even now, we do not fully understand what this means. Despite a colossal global effort we are still some way from being confident of being able to ensure public health as we release people from the disciplines of lockdown.

It is also true that we do not yet know the full extent of the pandemic’s damage to our economy. We do know that it is deep, potentially deeper than that of the financial crisis of 2008. We also know that recovery will not be quick and we are all being unwillingly inducted into the arcana of ‘V’, ‘U’ and ‘L’ shaped recoveries.

Understandably, the speed, scale, and malignity with which this coronavirus struck has driven other issues from the headlines. Neither politicians nor the public have much residual attention to pay to climate change. This time last year it was dominating the headlines as Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion gave powerful expression to growing public anxiety about the future of the climate.

Through the fog of uncertainties that currently surrounds us, one thing at least remains certain. The build-up of carbon in the atmosphere is continuing to change the climate. The abrupt pause in the relentless growth of the global economy will produce a welcome 7% reduction in carbon emissions – about what we need to achieve each year to keep the climate safe.

But, as Chris Stark, the CEO of the Climate Change Committee points out, all that means is that we have turned down the tap. Carbon is still pouring into the atmosphere, just more slowly. Meanwhile, without attracting much public attention, it is becoming clearer that the impacts of climate change on our wellbeing will be sooner and greater than previously thought.

We are having a brutal lesson in the vulnerability of a global economy that supports nearly eight billion people to disruption. But this disruption is marginal compared to the havoc that failing to build the carbon neutral energy system a safe climate requires will produce. The viral disruption was a sudden and visible shock that commanded, and got, an immediate response. Climate change is a stealth disrupter – concealing its harm until it is too late to prevent – and all the more dangerous for that.

Having tackled the immediate Covid-19 health emergency, political attention is now turning to restoring the health of the economy.

This will require a huge and sustained effort if it is to succeed.

The first priority will be to restore the purchasing power central to the momentum of our consumption driven economy. As has already become evident, this will require an appetite for public borrowing unlike any previously experienced outside of war. Dealing with the resultant debt will put a premium on improving productivity.

It is no more than common sense to ensure that as we restore the economy to health now, we do not also restore momentum to burning fossil fuels and so make future climate disruption worse. Disruption does not have a discount factor. Governments can borrow money more cheaply than anyone else. The current Government has, to its credit, remained staunchly committed to its target of decarbonising the economy by 2050. It now needs to back that commitment with serious amounts of rapidly deployed public spending.

Lockdown has so far led to reduced income for 68% of households and led to a growing struggle to pay their bills. At the same time, the construction industry has had the highest rate of layoffs in any sector following lockdown and one of the highest rates of use of the Government’s job retention scheme. It also has one of the lowest levels of confidence in companies surviving the pandemic.

Accelerating the stalled drive to improve the energy efficiency of our inefficient building stock would bring a double whammy of purchasing power benefits.

It would generate incomes by employing large number of people in construction, widely distributed around the country, more rapidly than other public investments, especially if local authorities were significantly engaged. It would also lower energy bills for households thus increasing disposable income. There is growing evidence that this results in persistent increases in spending on higher value local goods and services.

Our current electricity system has some 90GW of installed generating capacity. During the coldest half hour last year demand peaked at about 55GW. For long periods of the year and a third of every day, it barely reaches 40GW. For most of the year, therefore, most of our expensive generating capacity is earning no revenues and is thus a drag on the productivity of our economy.

A smart redesign of our electricity system to take full advantage of the falling costs of renewables and the huge increases in our capability to balance electricity supply and demand made possible by digitisation would improve productivity.

A rapid ramping-up of both onshore and offshore wind deployment would also accelerate the growth of a new industrial base to replace that being lost from the oil and gas industry.

Applying common sense to our post pandemic economic recovery will ensure that we do not turn the solution to one painful disruption into a contribution to an even greater and much more painful disruption.

Tom Burke is the Co-Founder and Chairman of E3G and Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust.

https://www.praseg.org.uk/contributions/122-efr-tom-burke

 

He makes two arguments:

1) Employ an army of construction workers to retrofit insulation

Leaving aside the question of where these workers will come from and how they will be trained, Burke ignores the very real problem, that somebody has to pay for their work.

He claims that the government can borrow cheaply, but how long will that last if it has to borrow trillions more to finance the green agenda. In any event, the money borrowed still has to be paid back sooner or later.

It is self evident that his claimed energy bill savings do not stack up, otherwise householders would be queuing up to fit insulation.

He also conveniently forgets to mention that low carbon solutions for heating will add considerably to household bills.

 

2) Build more wind farms

This is a classic example of somebody trying to mould the facts to his pre-conceived agenda.

According to the official data, there was actually 105GW of generating capacity at the end of last year in the UK:

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https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/electricity-chapter-5-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

 

As Burke rightly states, this is much more than we actually need. Yet he uses this fact to argue that we build yet more wind farms.

He implies that we should shut down most of our conventional capacity. In the real world, that Burke clearly does not understand, the National Grid still needs 50GW of reliable, dispatchable power, as standby for when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow.

And his answer to that little problem? A smart redesign of our electricity system to take full advantage of the huge increases in our capability to balance electricity supply and demand made possible by digitisation.

What planet is he on? Digitisation?

If there is any expensive generating capacity that is surplus to requirements, it is wind and solar power. Yet he wants even more!

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May 21, 2020 at 12:27PM

Texas Bureau of Economic Geology Director Scott W. Tinker vs Energy Poverty

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New Documentary “Switch On” Combats Energy Poverty

January 14, 2020

For much of the past two years, Bureau of Economic Geology Director Scott W. Tinker has been traveling the world to film a crucial documentary that illustrates the crisis of energy poverty. Some 2.5 billion people live in some form of energy poverty today. Access to secure energy impacts all other major humanitarian issues, including hunger, shelter, clean water, education, healthcare, human migration, empowerment of women, and more. Those who do not have energy access suffer from energy poverty.  

With partner and Emmy-winning filmmaker Harry Lynch, Tinker has produced Switch On, a new film which examines the very human story of energy poverty to raise awareness of this global problem. They traveled to rural villages and urban slums in Colombia, Nepal, Kenya, Vietnam, and Ethiopia to discover some of the creative approaches being deployed to bring electricity, water pumps, cook stoves, and irrigation to those with no energy.  

Switch On builds on the remarkable popularity of Tinker and Lynch’s award-winning global energy film, Switch. Switch On will be screened this spring in limited release, but a trailer can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/366525473.

“Energy poverty is pervasive,” Tinker said. “Eradicating it will impact the whole world in countless positive ways. It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the only thing to do.”

For more information about Switch On, visit SwitchOn.org, and to help end energy poverty, contact the Switch Energy Alliance at info@switchenergyalliance.org
 

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Scott Tinker even dresses like a geologist…

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May 21, 2020 at 12:13PM

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