Pearl River Tower

Hello again blog readers.

This week my class had to write one formal and one informal text about a topic that concerns the whole world so i choose to write about Pearl River Tower.

Formal:

Skyscrapers are tall building that most of the time contains hundreds of squares meters off office space and sometimes they are filled with apartments. Most of the time we are finding these enormous buildings in large cities and the Pearl River Tower is no exception. The 71 stories and 310 meters high Pearl River tower is located in Guangzhou, China. Even though this tower seems like an ordinary tower it is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly buildings.

The Pearl River was mainly built for the Chinese national tobacco company. When they published the architectural competition for the new building they asked for something special, and the building of a new tower was a part of the city’s renovation before they held the Asian games. The best suggestion was the Pearl River tower and the designer had the goal to make the building 100% self reliable on energy.

Global warming has the last 10 years had a increased publicity and have been a big concern. China is a country that relies on fossil fuel as main energy source and 40% of the energy consume in the world is consumed by buildings, therefore the Pearl River Tower is a big step for a society that runs on clean energy. They planned to reach the 100% self sustainable energy goal by insert windturbines, solar cells, 50 methane gas generators, low emission glass and a newly developed air cooling system.

They designed the building as a high-performance construction, something that usually is used in sports cars and jet planes. They placed the front of the building towards the wind so that the building would catch the wind, something that is a radical design since it in a normal building would increase the wearing on the structure. Inside the building they integrated four wind turbines that is inside the building and gets its powers from the wind that the building’s facade collects. Inside the holes where the wind turbines is located the wind can accelerate up to three times the speed of the wind that passes by the building.

Because it is not allowed to sell energy from commercial buildings in china the owners of the tower decided not to build the methane gas generators because the costs were to high versa the savings they did by building them. Rest of the ides got integrated in the building and the building became the most energy efficient skyscraper in the world when it was

 finished in 2011.

If you want to learn more about the Pearl River tower you can watch these videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh64uG3l188

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCgMBxIWYcY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFVe65T2RrQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpqVkWjmL18

Informal:

Have u heard about the cool tower in china? It’s name is pearl river tower. It’s awesome and it doesn’t consume so much energy as the other shitty skyscrapers. It’s a really important building since most of the energy in china comes from

dirty coal that’s ruining the atmosphere.  I think that we should build one in Norway too since we are the best country with the most money. The tower should get a lot more attention for its outstanding technology and environmentally friendly design.

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Book burning

Book burning has existed since the first book got published. It is in most of the cases a political or censorship motivated action. Some examples are the ones that took place in nazi-Germany and the Soviet Union. Both of these burnings was organized by the government and was a tool to censure the regime criticizing literature and a warning to the authors that wanted to publish similar books.

 

A modern example is the burning of Koran’s. These are political and religious motivated burnings and

have made a lot of Muslims angry and made riots all over the world. A pastor in Florida got a lot of attention when he was planning to burn 200 Koran’s on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, finally he canceled after riots had killed about 30 people. He had earlier burned the Koran after having a private trial in the churced where he judged the Koran guilty of crime against humanity.

 

 

 

News stories from Leshoto, India and USA

This week we got an assignment from our teacher, we had to go in groups of three and three and find news stories from three different countries and write about it on the blog.

If you want a better description you can vistit my teacher’s blog where you can get a lot of other tasks to: http://annmic.wordpress.com/

Leshoto

22. of August last year a little girl was kidnapped by a 33 year old woman from the Eastern Cape. The suspect had, before the kidnapping, met the mother of the baby in a taxi and started visiting their home. The mother said that the suspect had visited  them three or four times before the baby disappeared. When the kidnapping happened the girl was only 3 three weeks old.

The father says in an interview that he can’t thank the people who has helped and supported him and his wife through these difficult times enough. He is also very grateful for what the South-African police has done to find his daughter. The father said that he would like to talk to the woman, but otherwise he would leave everything to the police.

Investigations lead the police to the woman, who was asked to test herself to prove the child was hers. The suspect was found while she was heading for her home town, Tsolo. She had earlier stayed in Guateng with the baby until about the beginning of October.

link to the article: http://www.dispatch.co.za/baby-snatched-last-year-reunited-with-parents/

USA

This week it has started a police investigation in USA against two police officers that is supposed to have used unnecessary violent when they arrested a person for sleeping in a Jewish community center in Brooklyn. They hit the man in about two minutes before they stopped and handcuffed the man and reinforcements came. The police officers say that they used the violence because the man pushed one of the officers when they tried to handcuff him.

The man got charged for resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal trespassing, the family posted the $1 500 bail. The man has earlier been investigated for marijuana possession and harassment.

link to the story: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/2-officers-being-investigated-after-video-shows-them-beating-man/?ref=nyregion

India

Today the two Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor will get married.

The couple have been together for 3 years, and now decided to take the big step. The wedding will take place at Taj Hotel, where only the fami

ly-members are invited. I have watched several of their movies and they both are great, so personally I am very excited!

The moment before the gun went off

Hi again dear blog readers.

Last week we read some short stories and analyzed them at school. Then we presented our analyses of two texts to the teacher in groups of three and three. My group choose to analyze “The moment before the gun went off” and “Hills like white elephants”. Our group choose to split the assignment so that I and another person in my group analyzed “the moment before the gun went off” and the last member analyzed “hills like white elephants” , therefore I will only focus on the short story I analyzed in this blog post.

“The moment before the gun went of” is basically a about a white farmer in South Africa that shoots his black farm boy with accident and the funeral, police investigation and the publicity that followed. In the end we get to know that the farm boy is the farmer’s secret son.

The story is about 4 pages long and the author is Nadime Gordimer. She is famous for criticizing the apartheid regime that ruled in South Africa. This is something that she is also does in this short story.

The point of view Is third person, but the storyteller seems like a person that knows the farmer very well.

The conflict in the story is between the farmer and the public that thinks he killed the farm boy of pure cruelty.

There is also some symbols in the text, one of the symbols is the barbed fences and the constant threat of mines in the farm roads from immigrants. That could symbolize the isolation and boycotts that threatened South Africa during the apartheid.

A foreshadow in this story is the farmers reaction to the death of his farm boy and how he treated him. He treats him way better than he treats the other workers and his reactions to his death is the same as the farm boys closest family. This can tell us that the farm boy is the farmer’s son.

Here is a link to the short story: http://ndla.no/en/node/3555