This is a guest post from Mary Sandra Marie, Marketing Coordinator with the Regency Shop based in Los Angeles. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness CRI is posting this guest post. CRI is not being paid to post this nor are we affiliated in any way with the Regency Shop. If you are interested in bidding on these items to raise money for breast cancer awareness you may choose to visit the links below.
Here is How Regency Shop Supporting Breast Cancer Survivors.
October is the official breast cancer awareness month, and whether individual or business, everyone is coming up with creative and innovative ideas to support the social cause. Regency Shop, renowned modern furniture retailer has organized charity auction to financially support breast cancer research and encourage breast cancer survivors.
The furniture retailer has decided to provide beautiful custom designed chair while encouraging people to contribute to an important social cause. Regency Shop has been participating in the movement with three thematic auctions. Participates will get a chance to show their support for breast cancer survivors, and an opportunity to win one-of-a-kind stylish lounge chairs.
According to recent studies, one in every eight American women has chances to develop invasive breast cancer, and the count is expected to increase tremendously. You can generate awareness about the disease and be there for millions of women by taking part in Regency Shop’s exclusive auction during breast cancer awareness month, from 1st Oct to 30 Oct, 2014.
The charity auction organized at Regency Shop is not mere a contest. It’s more like you becoming October’s special hero by supporting a global cause, and support the event. It is indeed the best way to showcase your care for breast cancer survivors and bring a positive change to the world.
Regency Shop is auctioning three magnificent eero aarnio ball chair, hanging bubble chair and barcelona chair. All these three chairs are 100% custom designed and pink as pink is the signature color used in breast cancer awareness campaigns.
For auction listings visit:
Eero Aarnio Ball Chair
Hanging Bubble Chair
Mary Sandra Marie
Marketing Coordinator, Regency Shop
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noun \ˈgrēn-ˌwȯ-shiŋ, -ˌwä-\
the practice of promoting environmentally friendly programs to deflect attention from an organization’s environmentally unfriendly or less savory activities; a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment that is shown by an organization (dictionary.com definition)
For those of you who have followed CRI’s activities for the last two-plus years, you will recall how we have publicly opposed the state’s cronyist deal with Bloom Energy to hand a private “green” company $529 million in guaranteed state taxpayer revenue over a period of 21 years EVEN IF THE COMPANY GOES OUT OF BUSINESS OR RENEGES ON ITS OBLIGATIONS OR IF ITS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES OBSOLETE.
On Monday, October 20, 2014 NBC Bay Area ran a six-minute long investigation into Bloom Energy and whether the company was misleading the public about its technology. The video is below.
From the article:
“The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit analyzed performance data provided to the state of Delaware for Bloom boxes that power 22,000 homes in the state. Delaware is home to the largest installation of Bloom fuel cells in the nation, where the technology has been in operation for more than two years.
According to the most recent data available, Bloom boxes have achieved the 773 emission rate just three months out of a 24 month period. The average emission rate is 823.
The company declined numerous requests to discuss their carbon emission rate in an on-camera interview, but in a conference call Bloom representatives said the 773 figure is achieved when the boxes are brand new, noting that CO2 emissions increase as the boxes age.
“If the thing emits more carbon dioxide than they say it does then this is greenwashing,” Leveen said.”
The bottom line: The only thing “green” about Bloom Energy is the taxpayer money flowing from hardworking Delawareans, and even those who are not working, into the pockets of multibillionare business cronies and their allies.
If you agree please visit us a www.caesarrodney.org and donate today!
Posted in Bloom Energy, Delaware, DelawareSpends, Energy Policy, Free Markets | Tagged Bloom Energy, Crony Capitalism, Cronyism, Lindsay Leveen, NBC Bay Area | 1 Comment »
As CRI continues efforts to expand and bring the efforts for economic and personal freedom to all Delawareans we recognize the thoughts from our former Director of the Center for Education Excellence, Jim Hosley.
In question are two articles which appeared in the News Journal this week: One on the news about the ‘priority schools’ announcement from the state and one on Moyer Academy’s closing at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Here are Jim’s observations and thoughts:
- Agree the six Wilmington schools are not performing. Where has the Markell Administration been? These schools have had the same level of under-performance since the start of his administration. People on the street in neighborhoods have been saying the system isn’t working and they’ve lost six years with Markell’s deaf ear.
- What has Markell been doing: launched a major statewide program that has not improved results statewide; created a foreign language program with specific attention to Chinese to make DE a world education leader (in fact he allocated over $2 million dollars to that program – great help for these 6 schools!); secured $119 million for Race to the Top (RTTT) and $49 million for early education but nothing for problem schools; dropped funding for start up funds for more charter schools; and teachers complain there is no consistency and more stress in classroom precipitated by programs imposed from above the school level.
- Markell is in fact pointing the finger at teachers. No doubt there are problem teachers as in any business and schools need to be able to hire and fire in order to find and retain the right teachers – a system-wide problem. However when there is system-wide failure there is a systemic problem. A problem in a state with a large DOE that has grown under his administration.
- The Administration continues to look to spending when in fact the question isn’t how much but where education monies are spent. It is time to look at all spending outside the classroom, focus on reducing those that do not prepare students, and re-direct savings to appropriate spending including targeted programs to overcome social issues that contribute to an environment that does not encourage learning and participation.
- Why should the state establish salary objectives for education leaders? Because they are buying support and they like spending. I have no trouble with paying more but in the context of our current spending then the solution is to understand effectiveness and redirect reductions to contributors. DOE has to be a focus and review because it has been in charge, is bloated and is ineffective. Question: Why do we need a DOE department that employs about 150 more people by population than the average state?
- It was nice to see the sense of urgency . . . but using as justification that 2000 more students will more likely go to jail than get a job is simply a nice touch given everyone already knows the issue. Urgency should have been from day one of the Markell administration. A tenure that has contributed to the problem with cumulative results of than more than 12,000 students have already failed to street and drugs — where has the Administration’s urgency been.
What we need.
- All schools serve the public good so any solution must be local and include using public, private, faith-based, blended school and homeschool opportunities.
- Parents equipped with ESA’s do not have to wait for another elaborate scheme that will probably results in same failed results of other governments plans; and don’t have to wait for a Vision 2025! They can send their children to schools that deliver today (and they have capacity to accommodate more and given monies available will quickly grow more public and private because the monopoly is not in charge) the math skills, reading skills, functional literacy, and solid work habits to allow their children to grow up and find a good job. We do see this in all charter schools in Wilmington yet the DOE closed one and is closing another that serve the most underserved. How about closing underperforming traditional public schools.
- Parents able to decide the effectiveness of schools and teachers by directing the funds set aside in savings accounts will make all schools more accountable. In many ways private schools are more responsive, more accountable and more open to direct participation. Choice provides a chance to improve public schools that will have to focus effectiveness and budgets on what parents value, that will overcome hierarchical organizations that impose rules and regulations, and that increase more in-school and at-home participation that has been limited by the need to comply with elaborate state, federal and union rules and behaviors.
Posted in Christina School District, Delaware, Education, Education Savings Accounts, Jack Markell, Mark Murphy, Moyer Academy, News Journal, Race to the Top, Red Clay School District, School Choice, Wilmington | Leave a Comment »
If you missed the recent news update about the lawsuit Dave Stevenson and CRI board member John Moore filed against DNREC and former DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, you can read about it here.
While the ruling by Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes means Dave et. al. can proceed with the case because they have the standing to do so (a decision we expected- the state constitution says that on matters related to the state constitution and its interpretation any Delaware citizen has standing) they still have to win the case outright. Winning the case means tossing out the decision DNREC made last November when O’Mara was the Secretary- a decision to limit the number of carbon permits allowed to be sold to “polluters” in exchange for “permission to pollute”- a decision which has netted the state over $13.3 million this year from the private sector as of October 1.
Losing the case means the decision stands- and DNREC’s action to limit the number of permits allowed to be auctioned for sale will cause electric companies to pay more for “polluting”, and they in turn will pass the buck to the consumers- all of us who live and/or work in the state. We believe what DNREC did was unconstitutional
, and this is why Dave is the lead plaintiff in this lawsuit. Note: CRI itself is not involved in the lawsuit.
We need your help to make sure Delaware’s carbon tax vanishes. Please click here to open a PDF attachment with a letter asking your state representative to end Delaware’s participation in our cap-and-trade tax scheme. Then, mail or e-mail the letter to your representative.
They may or may not listen to CRI, but all of us together can stop state agencies from raising taxes or fees on we the people whenever they feel like it, in direct violation of the state constitution!
Posted in Cap and Trade, Delaware, Delaware Constitution, Energy Policy | Tagged Caesar Rodney Institute, cap and trade, carbon tax, Co2, Collin O'Mara, Constitution, CRI, Delaware, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, DNREC, emissions, Judge Richard Stokes, petition, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, RGGI | Leave a Comment »
Last week CRI was fortunate enough to attend the SPN 22nd Annual meeting in Denver. A few photos of the city:
Coors Field at sunset.
Downtown Denver at sunrise.
Downtown Denver at mid-day.
It was great to see almost 1,000 activists for liberty there to network and talk about best practices to advance freedom in the 50 states. Next year in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
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Through the help of our many supporters and volunteers, CRI has made considerable impact in many areas that affect the quality of life for us all. With your help we can do more to “Impact Delaware”!
Did you know CRI has:
*Provided testimony to the Public Service Commission to offer credible evidence the Bloom Energy deal was bad both for ratepayers and for the environment?
*Supported a bill to bring Education Savings Accounts to Delaware families whose cannot afford to move their children out of a poorly performing public school? With Delaware dead last in student SAT scores but outspending 42 states and D.C. we cannot afford to continue to watch taxpayer dollars get misused while student achievement is not improving.
*Saved electric ratepayers in eastern Sussex County an average of $310 a year by working with the Public Advocate’s office and Public Service Commission to introduce a natural gas pipeline expansion downstate?
*Pushed the Public Service Commission to change how Solar Renewal Energy Certificates (SREC) are auctioned, making the bidding process open to more competition among electric providers and saving Delaware ratepayers an additional $115 million?
We are fighting every day to make Delaware a good place to work and live but we cannot do it without your support. Please consider a generous donation today.
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