Cover photo: Pixabay.com Within European Union and it was previously agreed, although the decision in each state is independent, that from 15.06. open European borders for travel within the EU. It has already been announced that France intends to open its borders on June 15, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, which plan to lift the travel warning for European countries on the same date. On his Twitter profile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that he had agreed with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz that Austria would make a decision on Wednesday to lift restrictions on the movement of people between Croatia and Austria.
The grant will be used to to support the engineering curriculum at Batesville High School.Batesville High School recently announced that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program. The grant was made possible by a generous donation from Bemis Company. Funds from the grant will support the enhancement of the PLTW engineering curriculum, including the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.“The grant provides necessary funds to expand our Engineering curriculum beyond normal PLTW practices to further develop work readiness skills,” said Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen. “Mr. Hughes creates a student-centered learning environment that enables all students to develop necessary skills to enter the engineering field.”Batesville High School has offered PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program since 2008, a program in which students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Throughout the PTE courses, students use the same industry-leading technology and software as the world’s top companies. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit, further setting them up for postsecondary and career success.The PLTW grant application process is highly competitive for schools. To receive a grant, schools go through a rigorous application process, which includes demonstrating that the school meets specific requirements and eligibility criteria to be awarded grant funds. The requirements include district and community support, teacher professional development, technology acquisitions, a program sustainability plan, and many other factors.“Project Lead The Way is committed to providing the highest quality STEM education to prepare today’s students for the global economy,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We were pleased to receive so many quality grant applications, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Batesville High School to prepare our nation’s next generation of innovators. Finally, we’d like to thank our generous industry partners who made this grant possible.”PLTW inspires and engages students in STEM learning through four programs which span from kindergarten through twelfth grade: PLTW Launch, designed for students in grades K-5; Gateway To Technology for middle school students; and Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences for high school students. Each program emphasizes the integration of core math and science topics with skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork – the top in-demand skills identified by business and industry leaders for success in the global economy.
As the number of coronavirus cases spike in Florida, many Disney World workers are worried about the park reopening July 11.More than 7,000 people who work at Disney World are worried about the parks grand reopening, they have signed an online petition saying “this virus is not gone, unfortunately, it’s only become worse in this state.”Disney is putting several measures in place to reopen safely, but staffers who signed the petition are hoping they’ll reconsider, saying it’s not fair to ask the people who work there to risk their lives.About 10% of Disney’s workforce have signed this particular petition, and there’s a similar petition by Disneyland workers in California which has nearly 50,000 signatures.Disney plans to reopen all 12 of its theme parks around the world by mid-July.
Rev. Menjay delivers his Sermon at Sunday’s Baccalaureate ceremony.The Principal of Ricks Institute and President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convection, Reverend Olu Q. Menjay, on Sunday warned President-elect George Weah and members of the incoming government not to lead for themselves, but for the betterment of the country and its citizens, because they are the ones that elected them.Rev. Menjay’s advice was contained in a sermon he delivered on Sunday, January 7 at the Baccalaureate Service of the 14th Commencement Convocation of the United Methodist University (UMU).Menjay observed that 70 percent of the population voted for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah and his Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor, “because they want positive changes that would eventually take them from poverty woes as they suffered during past regimes.”The CDC-led government, he said, should be able to give Liberians the change they have yearned for over the past 12 years to improve their living condition.According to Menjay, it is sinful in the site of God for elected leaders to think of themselves, rather than improving the welfare of the people they lead, because the grace of God is important for every earthly administration.Rev. Menjay recalled how early Christian leaders led their flocks, and therefore, those coming into leadership positions today should lead with the measure of faith and by good examples through their God given skills to convince others to join them; not to be asking for legislation that will make Liberia a Christian nation.“Don’t legislate your faith,” he warned.Menjay said every citizen has a place in contemporary Liberia, adding, “no one has the ability or passion to explore God given talents within any given society.””Use wisely the skills God has given you, because it will become useless if you overused them, and will also become useless if you did not perform to the best of the expectations. So, you need to reflect on your God given talents to improve the country,” Menjay emphasized.To the graduates, he called on them to prepare themselves for difficulties ahead of each of them, “because a person who refuses to think is lifeless.”He advised them to think with good judgment, and develop concepts that will move the country forward.“There are many bogus degrees in Liberia, because Liberian employers consider person with a degree without carefully looking at the skills that are found within an individual who does not hold a degree,” he said.Rev. Menjay then encouraged the graduates to think critically, because many Liberian students lack substance and judgments that would put them on the right societal trajectory.Johnson N. Gwaikolo, UMU president, cautioned the graduates to walk with their heads held high, because they have done well in their education sojourn, which the school sees as the reason to confer a degree on each of them.Francis Kpoleh, a 22-year old graduate from the Nursing Department, expressed how grateful she was for the level of education the UMU is offering to prospective nurses that have enrolled at the school.Nursing students at Sunday’s occasionMs Kpoleh said UMU is working hard to ensure that the country produces qualified nurses that will fill in the gaps in the health sector.“UMU is not only producing nurses, but qualified ones that would upgrade the country’s health sector. With such quality nurses that UMU is training, we will not allow our compatriots to go to Ghana or any foreign land for treatment, because we will be here to respond to the health issues in the shortest given time,” Ms Kpoleh proudly boasted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Raheem Sterling 1 Vincent Kompany believes the signing of Raheem Sterling can help deliver Manchester City trophies.Sterling joined up with his new City team-mates on their pre-season tour of Australia on Thursday, after completing his big-money move to the Etihad from Liverpool two days earlier.The 20-year-old’s transfer, which could be worth up to £49million, has been hailed as very important by Kompany, as City look to bounce back from a disappointing defence of the Premier League title last season.“It’s massive for us,” he told City’s official website.“The biggest thing is that you’ve seen Sterling, especially the way he played the season before last, and he was one of the main reasons, along with (Luis) Suarez, that Liverpool played so well.“It became more difficult for them when Suarez left but what you will find is that he will have this kind of structure at City already – I mean, we’ve got Kun (Sergio Aguero) up front, we’ve got (Wilfried) Bony, we’ve got so many players who will be able to link up with him, we will be able to make him better as well.“We have great quality in the team but you can’t compete nowadays if you don’t improve every year.“Other teams improve, we need to improve and getting him puts us one step closer to being this team which can win trophies again – it’s very important for us.”As an opponent, Kompany found Sterling’s willing nature one of his biggest attributes.“He’s quick, he’s very unpredictable; he’s shown that he has especially great determination,” Kompany added.“You play against so many players with great quality but it’s the fact that he’s always willing to put in the extra yard.“That makes it that extra bit difficult when you have a player with quality who is not shy to run and put his body on the line – that’s a special player.”