NZFarmer : January 19th 2010
To be, or not to be (global warm- ing): that is the question . . . but the truth will set you free. Global warming appears to be a hot topic, but the global warming agenda is just the beginning. Sir Isaac Newton, peer assessed as the world's greatest credible sci- entist, was a humble man who looked for the truth in life. He said ". . . the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." But on the other hand, if you have no desire to know the truth you will be captured by every wind of false doctrine that foolish man can dream up. Hitler declared: "The great masses of the people . . . will more easily fall victim to a great lie than to a small one." (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, 1923) He was a religious evolutionist and globalist, but his madness and lies ended in ashes, as will the glob- al warming charade. Clearly there are two positions to start from: one that believes like Newton, that truth can be discov- ered in life and science and the other that believes like Hitler, that the reality of truth in life must be denied, fudged or concealed. A Google search of glaciers in New Zealand states that the Franz Josef Glacier is a '7000-year-old body of ice.' But when properly graphed on the computer models at Victoria University (Andrew McIntosh), the Franz Josef Glacier, along with all the glaciers, will only show an age of 4500 years, which incidentally is when the Earth's only global ice age happened, subsequent to the global flood. Global warming has nothing to do with why the polar caps and glaciers are disappearing, they are simply at the end of their melting time. The truth: to see or not to see -- that is the question. A.J.Corbett Dip.Tch,C.C.Ed Garston 6 Straight Furrow • January 19, 2010 NewsViews with John Carr Carr 's Toon Letters to the editor ACOMPUTER and internet connection are now considered essential classroom tools, but for teachers in some of this country's rural schools, the idea of setting work based on access to the internet is little more than a dream. The Government has acknowledged the huge need for high-speed broadband in the rural sec- tor with its plans to improve internet connection speeds through the significant rollout of fibre infrastructure. For many rural schools the crucial question is how quickly can broadband be in place? The Communications and IT Minister, Steven Joyce, in announcing the rollout, said that within six years he expected 93 per cent of rural schools would receive fibre enabling speeds of at least 100mb/s. The remaining 7 per cent would achieve speeds of at least 10mb/s. But satellite technology, such as that provided by Farmside could bring high- speed internet connections within months. So it's incomprehensible why we would ask schools to wait years when a reliable, affordable solution is available today. Fibre will bring a huge improvement to how rural schools function, but six years is just too long to wait. For a small number of schools, their remote- ness or geographical positions mean that fibre will never reach them. Children only spend six or eight years at primary school and for every year their school is unable to make high- speed internet connections, that child's learning is affected. While fibre will be a huge asset to rural communities when it arrives, the use of satellites would provide a bridg- ing technology that would give schools 10mb/s connections before the new school year starts in 2010. In remote areas, schools will have to look to satellite rather than fibre as they will not be included in the rollout. Rural communities, and in particular rural schools, are already under pres- sure as populations in many areas drop. Schools can struggle to provide their students with the learning opportunities afforded to city schools. While growing up in the country offers a whole different life experience, in today's world children need to be able to develop a huge range of skills. One way rural schools can help children achieve that is by accessing the possi- bilities available via the internet. In schools with small rolls, teachers are required to teach a number of sub- jects and several year levels at once. Multimedia distance learning can help expand what schools can offer. In the past, extra resources were provided to schools through specially tailored edu- cational radio programmes. Now, it could be video conferencing a Japanese class from Auckland. Distance learning is already being used by hundreds of remote schools in Australia - in New South Wales and the Northern Territories. For those farms in New Zealand too isolated to ever receive fibre, satellites could greatly enhance home schooling or in the future be utilised in developing corre- spondence schooling. Interactive learning opens up a new world for pupils, be it a virtual tour of a museum collection, an online math game or developing a classroom web- site. Children could do online research for projects and for those with little more than dial-up at home, or no internet connection at all, it is also an opportuni- ty to be able to social network ( possi- bly at lunchtime) with friends in other places or build new friendships. High-speed broadband would also make the most of the latest classroom tools such as computer connected inter- active whiteboards. Getting a satellite link set up in a school to bring in high-speed broad- band also offers support to staff, putting them in contact with not only their peers, but the likes of the Ministry of Education and the parent community. For sole charge principals, email or social networking tools provide a huge resource for teaching and support in what can be an isolated role, albeit one pivotal to the local community. Once a dish is up and running, it can also pro- vide out-of-school hours benefits. For some families quite near to the school, it would be possible to connect a small wireless network to surrounding homes. By allowing others to use this capacity outside of school hours, it would be possible to share some of the cost for schools, as the money involved in securing internet connections or improving speed has been a disincen- tive to some. Farmside has recently upgraded Potaka School in Gisborne through a discount scheme for under $200 a month. For this, they receive a Free Static IP address and benefit from speeds of 4MB download / 1MB upload. Their data usage is capped at 15GB and 10GB of this provided as a free school bonus. Vennesa White, Potaka School princi- pal, sees the internet as a vital tool for her students and has the peace of mind that the Ministry of Education Watchdog filtering system is put into place. "All New Zealand schools should have access to high-speed internet today, wherever they are located in the coun- try. Through satellite technology our school doesn't have to wait for fibre and we can offer our school students all the infinite benefits the World Wide Web offers." The idea of investing in a satellite when fibre will arrive might be seen a duplication by some, but in fact as a bridging option, the costs are relatively low to get high-speed broadband in straight away. The entire set-up infrastructure for fibre or satellite broadband is the same up until the point of plugging in. The extra cost to get the service as soon as possible is just the dish on the roof. That, in most cases, is not much more than $1300 ($1000 for the hardware and around $350 dollars to install depending on the complexity of the job) There is an additional monthly operations fee that Farmside tailors to the size of the school. Already, Farmside has more than 30 schools on the old satellite service of 256kb/s and we are proposing to take this speed up to 10mb/s, 40 times the current speed. Satellite is a technology which is avail- able right away for today's very real need. Fibre will be a valid option for a number of rural schools in the future, but teachers and students have another whole academic year ahead of them. Satellite could provide a cost effective solution now and give rural schools a high-speed broadband connection before the new year classes start. The result would be a whole world of learn- ing possibilities for rural schools for the start of 2010. • Tony Baird is chief executive of Farmside Six years too long a wait for rural broadband GUEST EDITORIAL by Tony Baird The truth will set you free Do you wish to share your views with the rest of the country? Then write to us. Your letter must not exceed 300 words, and must include your name, address and contact details. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. Write to: Editor, Straight Furrow, P O Box 4233, Auckland, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org HOW TO WRITE TO US • 1650mm long • Black • 14 hole • Supplied in bundles of 10 or pallets of 400 • Nationwide delivery - ask us for a door to door rate GET YOUR WARRATAHS DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTERS Call POWERPAC today 0800 654 030 WELLINGTON CARDS ACCEPTED We won't be beaten on price! 6000 just arrived. NEED A BULK LOT - CALL US TODAY FOR A SUPER SPECIAL PRICE! WE'LL DO A DEAL!
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