Four Science Teachers Undergo Laboratory Training

first_imgFour science teachers from O’nance International School System (OISS) in Paynesville 72nd Boulevard have participated in a one-day laboratory training workshop organized by the proprietor of the institution.The teachers were trained on the fundamentals of Boyles’ Law, Charles Law and micrometer screw gauge as well as small diameters.Boyle’s law, (sometimes referred to as the Boyle–Marriott’s law, or Marriott’s law, is an experimental gas law, which describes how the pressure of a gas tends to decrease as the volume of a gas increases. A modern statement of Boyle’s law is the absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas that is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system.The workshop also gave the teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and how to operate laboratory equipment. It was facilitated by Chemfare Scientific Liberia, a group of Liberian owned business firms that is engaged in selling laboratory equipment and supplies.O’nance proprietor, Aaron Johnson Wheagar, said the workshop was aimed at improving the teaching of sciences by equipping the teachers with new skills and at the same time sharing with them innovative teaching trends in the sciences. Earlier in an interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Wheagar indicated that his school was ready to work with authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to integrate science subjects as well as introduce teaching tools to enhance effective learning among the students.He urged Liberians to invest more in the educational sector especially in the sciences so that the students would be prepared to meet the new challenges in the digital world. Mr. Wheagar believes that revamping the education sector would take the concerted efforts of all well meaning Liberians to rally around authorities and partners. “Our science programs are very weak and if we want to buttress government’s efforts by educating the youth, then we must put more money into the system,” said Mr. Wheagar.The OISS proprietor has meanwhile assured parents and the government of his institution’s readiness to boost the educational system as well as modernize it.He also disclosed that the institution would host Science Fairs to serve as encouragement for students from other schools.A representative of the four teachers expressed gratitude to Mr. Wheagar on behalf of his colleagues for the training opportunity which they consider as a step in the right direction that has enabled them to learn new skills which would benefit their students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wind projects into environmental phase

first_imgFinavera Renewable’s Tumbler Ridge and Wildmare Energy Projects are closer to becoming reality.The company has submitted Environmental Assessment Applications to the Environmental Assessment Office for the wind projects in Northeastern B.C. Company officials say that the applications represent an important phase in both project’s development.- Advertisement -The Tumbler Ridge and the Wildmare projects are planned to be built in the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd areas, respectively. Officials say they expect to begin construction next year and both should be in operation by 2012.last_img

Dawson Creek deals with more flooding

first_imgReports on Saturday suggest Tubby’s RV Park was being evacuated because of flooding and the Dawson Creek Golf Course has flooded again.Storm sewers on Willowbrook Crescent have caused flooding in several homes and has caused some homes to be evacuated.  First Street in the area of the Multiplex and airport has all been flooded and barricaded. Seventh street road leading into Walmart blocked off because drainage ditch overflowing and running into streetsDawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier says they are monitoring anywhere there is flooding.  “Because a lot of the rain is on the southern part of Dawson Creek, where we are seeing a lot of the flooding is coming off of Bear Mountain.  We want to make sure people don’t go down to close to the creek, because when it’s moving this quickly it can be very hazardous.”- Advertisement -It is believed rivers and creeks in the area have started to peak, though officials have been told they may still rise a little bit more before the day is out.  The good news is the rainfall warning has ended for Peace River South.  The forecast calls for another 5 to 10 mm of rain by Saturday evening.Residents are asked to stay away from any fast moving water and report information about flooding to the City of Dawson Creek at 250-784-3600.If you have any information about flooding in Dawson Creek, including photos and video, email  Advertisementlast_img read more

Kids to pilot mock presidential trips

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – A flight simulator arrived Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the first phase in a new exhibit offering an interactive look at Reagan’s presidency. An extension of the popular Air Force One Pavilion, the Discovery Center will open this fall, giving visitors a look at replicas of the Oval Office, the White House Press Room and the command center of the USS Ronald Reagan. “The Discovery Center will be a uniquely exciting and engaging educational experience,” said R. Duke Blackwood, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation. “The Reagan Library will now be able to provide schoolchildren with interactive role-playing scenarios to truly engage them in learning.” The flight simulator will be a main component of the center, with computer-controlled images that make the children feel like they are flying Air Force One themselves. “It’s an inspirational tool. It could make the difference in their careers,” said Steve Cannaby, who found the Boeing 707 simulator abandoned in a surplus yard in 1999 and brought it to the attention of library officials. “Three minutes in this, and they will remember it for years.” After former first lady Nancy Reagan invited Cannaby to bring the simulator to the library in 2003, he and volunteers from the nonprofit Air Force One Simulator Project and Boeing Co. restored it in Kansas and brought it to California at a cost of about $250,000. The Discovery Center is being built with help from a $3.5 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. “We’re just very pleased to continue to support the Reagan Library,” said Ray Bachman, a business-development manager for Boeing, which provided volunteers and financial support for the project. “The volunteers did a fantastic job restoring the simulator, and it’s fitting that it now resides in the Air Force One Pavilion.” He helped library officials unveil the simulator before 150 cheering elementary school students. “I think it’s great,” said Zachary Cantu, 11, a fifth-grader from San Gabriel Christian School in San Gabriel. “You get to learn about your country.” “I really want to go on that plane,” he said, pointing up at Reagan’s restored Air Force One, which is the centerpiece of the multistory pavilion. Evelyn Lo, one of the parents accompanying the 60 San Gabriel students, said the center will be an important new attraction. “Anytime a child gets a chance to do something that is hands-on and interactive, it sparks something,” she said. “That’s what I like about this museum. It’s an opportunity, and that’s what America is all about – a land of opportunities.” (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bayern confirm Mueller injury, Hummels in doubt

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels injured his ankle in the 1-0 victory over Hamburg in their Bundesliga match on October 21, 2017 © AFP / John MacDougallBERLIN, Germany, Oct 23 – Bayern Munich have new injury concerns for this week’s double-header against RB Leipzig with Mats Hummels joining Thomas Mueller on the walking wounded list, according to German daily Bild.Bayern’s stand-in captain Mueller limped out of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hamburg with with a tear in his right hamstring which will rule him out for up to three weeks, the club confirmed on Monday. It means he is set to miss Germany’s friendlies against England in London on November 10 and against France four days later in Cologne.The Germany star was injured trying to use his heel to make a pass during his ten minutes on the field before going off injured in Hamburg.Hummels also picked up an ankle injury in the narrow win, according to Bild.However, there is still hope the centre-back can play in Wednesday’s German Cup, second-round, clash at RB Leipzig and Saturday’s Bundesliga clash against third-placed Leipzig in Munich, which Muller will miss.He is the second Bayern captain to succumb to injury in recent weeks with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ruled out until January with a fractured foot.In Mueller’s absence, Spain star Thiago Alcantara is set to fill the attacking midfield role.Bayern winger Arjen Robben said they need their Germany star fit as quickly as possible, but he will miss their key league game at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on November 4.“It’s always a worry when a player drops out with injury,” said the Dutchman.“We don’t need that at the moment. Thomas is now our captain and is very important.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Injured Neuer in German World Cup squad as frictions stir

first_img0Shares0000Injured Manuel Neuer was named in Germany’s extended 27-man World Cup squad on Tuesday © dpa/AFP / Ina FassbenderDORTMUND, Germany, May 15 – Injured Manuel Neuer was named in Germany’s extended 27-man World Cup squad for Russia 2018, despite not playing since September, as political frictions threw a shadow over Tuesday’s announcement.Both midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan are included despite triggering friction between Berlin and Ankara after the Premier League stars posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London. “From the DFB’s perspective, it has been made clear that it was not a good decision, but I didn’t think of leaving them out for a second,” said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.“I have a bit of understanding that two hearts beat in the chests of players with an immigration background.“They have have expressed regret and done a lot for integration in Germany.”There was more political activity as hosts Russia granted a World Cup visa to German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who had been banned from the finals after he broke the story on the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal.– No room for Goetze –However, Loew’s top concern is whether his captain and goalkeeper Neuer will be fit for the World Cup finals, which kick-off on June 14.The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star has not played for eight months with a fractured foot.He has been named amongst four goalkeepers, one of whom will be cut for the final 23-man squad which must be named by June 4.Neuer must now prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp in northern Italy, which starts on Tuesday.“Manuel is getting back into full training this week at Bayern Munich, that assures us that he can tolerate the full load in the training camp,” explained Loew.“Then we want to get a full idea, talk to him frankly and honestly, asking ‘is it possible to play at the World Cup?’”“We have to decide whether Neuer is able to put in his top performances.“I don’t think it is possible to go into a World Cup without playing practice.”There is no place in Loew’s squad for Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup finals, after an erratic season at Borussia Dortmund.“It’s definitely not been his season. He has huge qualities, but isn’t in form,” explained Loew.“Personally, I feel sorry for him and it was a hard decision.”– Petersen surprise –However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.Yet there is no place for striker Sandro Wagner, Robert Lewandowski’s back-up at Bayern Munich, who helped Germany win the Conferderations Cup in Russia last year.Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been called up even though he is currently sidelined by a groin injury.Dortmund winger Marco Reus has a spot in the extended squad after missing out on the victorious 2014 World Cup squad after tearing ankle ligaments in a warm-up game.Germany open their Russia 2018 campaign against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, the defending champions also facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F.Germany squadGoalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moechengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea/ENG) Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)Midfielders/Forwards: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City/ENG), Timo Werner (RB Leipizg)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guardiola, Pochettino ‘happy’ Ferguson is out of intensive care

first_img0Shares0000Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United © AFP/File / Andrew YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, May 10 – Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino said they were delighted that former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care following surgery on a brain haemorrhage.United announced on Wednesday that Ferguson no longer needed intensive care following his emergency operation at the weekend and would continue rehabilitation as an inpatent. “His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery,” said a statement from the club.Before the club issued their update about the 76-year-old’s condition, current boss Jose Mourinho spoke positively about his hopes for Ferguson’s recovery.Gestures of support continue for the Scot, who retired in 2013 after guiding United to 13 Premier League titles as well as five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.United are reportedly considering a gesture of support for Ferguson at their final Premier League match of the season, at home to Watford on Sunday.Tottenham manager Pochettino said he would try to to visit Ferguson after his side secured a top-four finish and Manchester City boss Guardiola said he was “so happy” to hear Ferguson was out of intensive care.“I am so pleased, so happy,” said Pochettino. “If I have time I will visit him, he is a massive personality in football and he is a fantastic person. I am so happy for him and all the people that love him.”Eric Cantona also joined the words of support for the recovery for his former manager, appearing in a short video clip posted on Twitter.The former France striker proved a pivotal signing when Ferguson bought him from Leeds in 1992 as United went on to win the inaugural Premier League title.“This friend of mine, he is not doing too well,” Cantona said in a video on Eurosport’s official Twitter feed captioned “The Commissioner of Football”.“He is like a mentor to me, he nurtured me, he never judged me. He is such a fighter, he will pull through. It is Fergie time, and you will win. You always do.”United midfielder Michael Carrick, who is due to make his final appearance for the club on Sunday, wrote on Twitter: “Amazing to hear such positive news.”Wales manager and former winger Ryan Giggs said the warmth of the response from around the world showed the esteem in which Ferguson was held.“No matter who you support you’ve got to recognise what he’s done for the game. Like everyone I was shocked to hear the news. I was with him just a couple of weeks ago at a dinner,” Giggs told Britain’s Press Association.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rescuers expand search for Fossett

first_img“As you can imagine, trying to make that needle stand out in a haystack that big is going to be a real challenge,” Nevada Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia Ryan said. “It’s going to be frustrating for a lot of people who were hoping for results early on.” Ten airplanes and helicopters made repeated passes over a search area the size of Massachusetts known for its 10,000-foot peaks, strong winds and unrelenting harshness. Despite the intensive search, there have been only a few false leads and no signals from the emergency locator beacon aboard Fossett’s Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon. The best hope was that the world-famous adventurer used his long-proven survival skills to stay alive, rationing the food and water that was in the plane. The expansion of the search suggested that rescuers have few clues about which direction Fossett was flying when he took off Monday from a private airstrip owned by hotel mogul Barron Hilton. The terrain – a mix of bare desert playas, ravines and mountain ranges – makes the quest to find Fossett especially tough. ADVENTURER: Teams are now scouring 10,000 square miles for the missing aviator. By Brendan Riley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINDEN, Nev. – Search teams dramatically expanded their hunt for adventurer Steve Fossett to encompass 10,000 square miles of rugged mountains and desert Thursday after nearly four discouraging days yielded no trace of his single-engine plane. “It is difficult to see anything on the ground unless it’s a semi-truck on the road,” said Robert Todd, a Nevada Civil Air Patrol pilot involved in the search. “But an airplane that’s hiding from you, if you will, is not going to be seen readily.” Todd said rescuers “can be right on top of the aircraft and still not see it.” The search for the 63-year-old aviator has captured attention worldwide because of Fossett’s past exploits and his connection to British billionaire Richard Branson, who has bankrolled many of Fossett’s missions. Fossett became rich operating a series of Chicago-based investment firms before turning his attention to long-distance and high-speed pursuits. He has set 116 land and air records, including becoming the first person to circle the globe in a balloon solo and the first to do so in a plane alone without refueling. Many of his pursuits also have ended in failure, requiring costly and daring rescues. That included a 1998 attempt to circumnavigate the globe that ended when his balloon crashed into the Coral Sea about 500 miles off Australia’s coast. “This man is such an adventurer, a man’s man if you will,” Todd said. “He would probably walk out 30 or 40 miles pretty easily – if he were still able to. But if he’s hurt, then he may not be able to.” Since it began, the search has expanded from 600 square miles. The search area is now 200 to 300 miles wide and stretches 120 miles south from the small town of Yerington, Nev., to Bishop, Calif., on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. To the north, authorities also are scanning the Black Rock Desert, site of the annual Burning Man counterculture gathering that ended last weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Track & Field Set To Host 40th Annual Jim Duncan Invitational

first_imgThe invitational resumes Saturday morning with boys’ and girls’ field events at 8:30 a.m., while running events being at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Version Live Results Last weekend Drake took home 12 first-place finishes and recorded a total of 43 top-five finishes at the Ottawa Invitational. Heat Sheets In their first competition on the Blue Oval the Bulldogs will face competitors from 10 different schools, along with Big Four rivals Iowa and Iowa State. The competition will also feature athletes from central Iowa high schools Story Links The Jim Duncan Invitational starts on Friday evening with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by collegiate distance races starting at 5 p.m. The Drake University men’s and women’s track teams are set to host the 40th annual Jim Duncan Invitational this weekend, April 15-16, at Drake Stadium. Meet Schedule last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that from Monday, September 7 Donegal Library Service will be offering a new schedule of opening hours which will result in longer opening times in many local libraries across the county.These new hours will assist in continuing to offer a quality service that will meet the changing needs of the people of Donegal. The new hours will be implemented at all local libraries and the Central Library in Letterkenny will introduce these new hours in the coming months.The new schedule of opening hours means that local libraries will be extending their opening hours in the morning and details on specific opening times for each library is available on .The new schedule of opening hours will see the introduction of ‘Scheduled Time’, ‘Open Door Time’ and ‘All the Time’. Scheduled TimeLibraries now offer much more than books. An important part of the service is about meeting the changing needs of communities by providing programmed events and activities for all ages. These activities include bookclubs, summer reading programmes, rhyme time sessions, local history talks, exhibitions, art workshops and computer classes. To help maximise the use of our libraries by all the community we have introduced ‘Scheduled Time’ were we will be offering dedicated hours and support for a wide range of programmes for specific community organisations and school groups.Teachers and local groups or organisations who wish to avail of library service during scheduled hours are asked to contact their local library to make an appointment.Open Door TimeThese libraries will still continue to provide quality services during ‘Open Door Time’ which is accessible to all members of the public. As part of this ‘Open Door Time’ opening hours will be extended in the morning in many of the local libraries across the county. Specific opening times for each library is available on the TimeDonegal Library Service also provides a 24 hour eService. There are currently over 400,000 items in stock to borrow from libraries in Donegal. A quick search of the online catalogue will tell you what is available. In addition, Donegal Library Service provides a digital catalogue and you can download eBooks, audio books, eMagazines free of charge. The library also offers access to a range of national and international papers online as well as online dictionaries and encyclopaedias for adults and children. A space is just a space until it is used by the people it is created for – You! So come along and visit and sample what your local library has to offer. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.READ ALL ABOUT IT! DONEGAL LIBRARIES TO OPEN LONGER was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more