Help wanted: Spanish language para educator

first_imgWellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Para EducatorSpanish language is preferred, but not required. Interested parties should complete and return applications to Margarita Barnett, ESOL teacher: mbarnett@usd353.comlast_img

CNC Machinist, CMM Operator at Triumph Aerospace Structures in Wichita

first_imgTriumph Aerospace Structures Wichita is now hiring following positions:CNC MachinistCMM Operator.***Receive up to $3,000.00 sign on bonus based on experience levelApply today at:

Sights set on ending blindness

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Laura Gorton, of Pakenham, is among nearly 2,000 trekkers gearing up for the fourth annual Wild Women…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

3 fatalities in rocket test probed

first_imgEric Blackwell, 38, also died at scene while Todd Ivens, 33, died during surgery. Three other employees were critically injured. May was part of Scaled’s history-making SpaceShipOne team, which launched the first private manned rocket into space. He left after SpaceShipOne won the X Prize to work at another space-related company and had just returned to Scaled on Monday, his family said. Scaled founder Burt Rutan said the explosion happened as workers were testing the flow of nitrous oxide for SpaceShipTwo, a spaceline for suborbital flights. The test was considered routine and did not involve a rocket firing. “As you may imagine, the Scaled family is devastated by this event,” said a statement released Friday by the company. “As we grieve together, we are also beginning to gather up all of the information to determine what caused this accident. We are committed to learn all we can from this tragedy and move ahead.” The state division of Occupational Safety and Health also is investigating. Spokeswoman Kate McGuire said Cal-OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigations, but typically completes them between two weeks to two months. Scaled Composites has had no violations in the past, McGuire said. At least one other test had been conducted in support of SpaceShipTwo without incident. Several similar tests had been done for SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded, privately developed craft to reach space. “Even though we’ve done what is considered very, very dangerous work for 33 years, this is the first time we ever injured anybody during a test,” Rutan said during a news conference Thursday night. “We were doing a test we believed was completely safe, that’s why we don’t remove people from it like we do in a rocket test.” SpaceShipOne, financed by billionaire Paul G. Allen, made three suborbital flights in 2004 – two of them within a two-week period. That achievement earned the SpaceShipOne team the $10 million Ansari X Prize. Scaled Composites is building SpaceShipTwo for billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. The spaceship, envisioned as the first of a fleet of five, will be used to take tourists on suborbital space flights. The spacecraft is expected to be able to have room for two pilots and up to six passengers. Northrop Grumman, which is in the process of acquiring full ownership of Scaled Composites, and the Personal Spaceflight Federation, an organization dedicated to space tourism, also issued statements. “Northrop Grumman extends our condolences to the people of Scaled Composites and share in their grief and sadness with the loss and injuries of their co-workers,” the Northrop Grumman statement said. Northrop Grumman, which owned 40 percent of Scaled Composites, reached an agreement early this month to take full ownership. The sale is expected to be completed in August. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and those injured or lost in today’s incident,” the statement from the Personal Spaceflight Federation said. “We will await the results of the investigation before further comment, but we have complete confidence that the causes of the incident will be found in due course.” (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Charles May was the consummate rocketeer. As a child, he built model rockets in his spare time. When he got older, he rigged them on bicycles and canoes to make them zip. “He was outgoing. I wouldn’t call him a geek type of person,” recalled older brother Gary May. Charles May, 45, was killed about 2:30 p.m. Thursday during a routine test of a propellent flow system for a new space tourism vehicle at a Mojave Desert airport site used by Scaled Composites LLC. last_img read more

Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid: Spaniards stunned by Bundesliga strugglers

first_imgTwo goals in eight first-half minutes from Wolfsburg were enough for the Bundesliga strugglers to stun Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.The 10-time winners of the competition face an uphill task just to progress to the last four this year after losing 2-0 in Germany in the first leg.Ricardo Rodriguez netted a penalty, before Maximilian Arnold doubled the advantage just moments later, becoming the first players to score past Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in this year’s competition.Four days on from a win at the Nou Camp with 10 men, Zinedine Zidane’s side looked shaky at the back and have it all to do in the return fixture in the Spanish capital next Tuesday.70 seconds in it appeared as if Madrid would not be getting their own way, when Cristiano Ronaldo was flagged for a marginal offside call when he collected Karim Benzema’s pass and turned home.Moments later Gareth Bale was then denied what appeared a clear penalty after Luiz Gustavo clattered into his leg inside the area, although Benzema could have no complaints at not grabbing the opener moments later when he shot straight at Diego Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal.Wolfsburg, who currently sit eighth in the Bundesliga, were a threat on the counter, though, and Andre Schurrle was the catalyst for the opening goal – the first Navas has conceded in 738 minutes in the Champions League.The winger appeared to kick his own foot as he swung his leg past Casemiro in the Madrid penalty area, but the referee saw enough contact to award the host a spot-kick, which Rodriguez converted.Seven minutes later it was 2-0, Julian Draxler finding Henrique in space and from his cross Arnold stole a march on Sergio Ramos and finished first-time past Navas.Zidane’s side pushed for an away goal as soon as they went two behind, Benzema heading wide and Toni Kroos drawing Benaglio into a save.Bale planted a 25-yard free-kick over his crossbar of the stroke of half-time, and Ronaldo missed the target with two attempts from Bale crosses in the second period.However, Schurrle almost netted a third for the Germans, but he fired over after beating Marcelo, who cut a frustrated figure with an act of petulance.The Brazilian kicked out at Arnold before comically falling to the ground after placing his head in the goalscorer’s chest, with only the victim and Bale booked in the subsequent skirmish. Ronaldo was thwarted again by Benaglio after substitute Isco had threaded a pass through with the outside of his boot, while Navas pushed away from Max Kruse at the other end to ensure the task facing Real in the second leg did not become even more difficult. Ricardo Rodriguez scores a penalty for Wolfsburg 1last_img read more

Large asteroid to skim by Earth this weekend

first_imgScientists plan to use a giant radar beacon at the Goldstone Observatory in the Mojave Desert to bounce signals off the asteroid as it flies by. The return signal should help scientists determine the asteroid’s shape and its future course through space. As viewed from Earth, 2004 XP14 is expected to cut through the constellations Andromeda, Perseus and Cassiopeia, marked by a `W’-shape arrangement of stars.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A huge asteroid will have a close encounter with Earth this weekend, but astronomers say there is no danger of an impact. The asteroid, known as 2004 XP14, will whiz by about 269,000 miles from Earth, about 1.1 times farther away than the moon. The ringside seat to the cosmic spectacle will be in North America, where experienced amateur sky-watchers with good telescopes should be able to see the asteroid as a small moving dot in the sky. Europe can also view the flyby, but the space rock will appear much fainter. The closest approach will occur on the U.S. West Coast about 9:25 p.m. PDT Sunday, but the best viewing time on both coasts will most likely be early Monday, scientists say. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Astronomers know little about the asteroid, which was discovered in 2004. But it’s estimated to be as large as a half-mile wide based on its brightness. More than three dozen asteroids have flown closer to Earth in the past few years, but scientists say 2004 XP14 is one of the largest to zip by. “For something of this size to come this close is unusual,” said Don Yeomans, who heads the Near Earth Object Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Yeomans reiterated that the asteroid posed no threat to Earth during the upcoming encounter nor in the next 100 years. Scientists estimate that 2004 XP14 will have 10 more close encounters with Earth over this century. “It’s not Earth-threatening,” Yeomans said. last_img

Blair says Britain’s U.S. ties are worth woes

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MANCHESTER, England – Prime Minister Tony Blair, in his final address to his governing Labour Party, said Tuesday that being the United States’ strongest ally can be difficult but it is crucial to stay close to Washington in the fight against terrorism. The man who spoke on stage in Manchester looked far different from the fresh-faced 41-year-old who took over the party in 1994. Now his hair is shot with gray, and the lines on his face are more pronounced – reflecting a turbulent 12 years in which British troops have been sent into battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there have been suicide terror attacks on British soil. “Yes, it’s hard sometimes to be America’s strongest ally,” he said. “At the moment, I know people only see the price of these alliances. Give them up and the cost in terms of power, weight and influence for Britain would be infinitely greater. Distance this country, and you may find it’s a long way back.” This speech, his last to the Labour Party faithful as leader, was a chance for Blair to secure his legacy, to remind his detractors of his accomplishments and to urge his party to stay on course when he leaves office sometime in the next year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBlair commented only briefly on an incident surrounding a speech a day earlier by the his possible successor, Gordon Brown, who had declared it a privilege to work with Blair. A journalist quoted Blair’s wife Cherie as responding: “Well, that’s a lie” – a purported remark that gained widespread attention in Tuesday’s papers. Cherie Blair denied making the comment, but the incident was another bit of bad luck for Brown – a man who is much admired for his policy acumen but now seems fated to struggle to replace Blair and may ultimately even watch the post slip through his fingers. As leader, Blair forced the traditionally left-leaning party into the center and reached out to moderate, middle-class voters. His emphasis on such issues as health care, fiscal discipline and crime appealed to millions, and when Britain voted in 1997, Labour swept into government for the first time in 18 years. He was Britain’s youngest prime minister since 1812, and his election dovetailed with the era of “cool Britannia.”last_img read more

Several Hollywood friends defend Gibson

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Several of Mel Gibson’s friends say he’s a “different person” when he’s drinking, but they do not believe he’s anti-Semitic. Movie producer Dean Devlin said he and his wife are Jewish, and he considers Gibson – who unleashed an anti-Jewish tirade when arrested for drunken driving July 28 – one of his best friends in Hollywood. “If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense,” Devlin told the Los Angeles Times. He met Gibson while co-producing “The Patriot,” in which Gibson starred. “But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man.” Jodie Foster said she does not believe that drunkenness excuses hurtful remarks, but doubts claims that Gibson is prejudiced against Jews. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not,” Foster told the newspaper for a story in Friday’s editions. “But it’s no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism.” Though it was widely believed that Gibson had been sober since the early `90s, some people close to him say he has been on and off the wagon for years. “I have been with Mel when he has fallen off, and he becomes a completely different person,” Devlin said. “It is pretty horrifying.” Gibson was charged this week with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. Foster, who costarred with Gibson in “Maverick,” said she believed he will recover from his latest fall. Gibson “was a shining example of how low you can go when you are young and still pull yourself up,” she said. “He took his recovery very seriously, which is why I know he is strong enough to get through this now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Helping Latinos study abroad

first_imgHe said about 75 students at Whittier College enroll in study abroad programs each year. Roughly 10 percent are Latino. Financial aid at the private college helps students afford to study abroad, McBride added. Beginning next spring, Global Learning Semesters’ tuition scholarships will be available to students attending HACU member institutions, which includes Whittier College. Studying abroad can cost up to $8,000 per semester, plus additional travel and personal expenses, said Alvaro Romo, associate vice president for programs, services and international affairs for HACU. “Even when Latino students already have student aid, they often do not have the additional resources to pay for their travel and their stay at another country,” Romo said. “This makes it more feasible for them to be able to participate in study abroad programs.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Advocates of programs that allow college students to study abroad are working to put the programs within reach of more Latinos. Officials at Global Learning Semesters Inc., an organization that promotes study abroad programs, say Latino students enroll in international study programs at about half the rate of all college students. The organization has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to secure $8 million in scholarships to help Latino students take part in international study programs. Officials with Global Learning Semesters hope their multimillion-dollar scholarship fund – to be distributed over 10 years – will increase Latinos’ numbers in study abroad programs nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Part of our mission is helping to educate America’s leaders of tomorrow, and we’re certain that having some international experience and understanding of other cultures is integral to that,” said Antonis Polemitis, president of Global Learning Semesters. “Latino students aren’t getting that exposure,” he added. Officials point the finger at several factors – affordability, limited awareness of programs and cultural issues. According to the Institute of International Education, just 5.4 percent of the nearly 175,000 U.S. college students who study abroad are Latino. “I’m not surprised that that’s the case, but it’s not true here,” said Mike McBride, former director of foreign studies at Whittier College. last_img read more

Scottish Cup and SPFL live: The day’s Scottish football as it happened

first_imgPlease refresh to update this page Another weekend of Scottish football action has passed, with fixtures in the Scottish Cup and SPFL. You can follow live updates as they happened HERE!St Johnstone hosted title-chasers Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, with Derek McInnes coming off the back of Wednesday’s win over Celtic.Rangers drew 0-0 against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup fifth round, with Motherwell hosting holders Inverness CT in a 3pm kick-off.And Dundee United were up against Partick Thistle as they seek relief from their dismal league form.last_img