“Throughout a school year you really develop wonderful relationships, strong relationships with your students. And teaching remotely has been a very difficult thing to do for that very reason, because we miss those connections, we miss those daily interactions,” said Tiderencel. Over a two-week period, students carried their teachers around, participating in a whole bunch of activities. They say they do this to help stay in touch during a tough time. Teachers were forced to get creative to fill a void while not being around students. In the Johnson City School District, the second-grade team took on a new project based on the book “Flat Stanley.” “How are we going to engage second-graders in online learning when they’re not right there in front of us?” asked Fahrenbach. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — With schools being closed across the state, students and teachers had to adapt to online learning. It was at first a worry for many, including second-grade special education teacher at Johnson City Erin Fahrenbach. “We’ve been doing math and reading and writing lessons all along, but it was nice to see something that caught their interest and motivated them to do a little more with their writing,” said Fahrenbach. “We sent each child a flat teacher of ourselves and their assignment was to take us on adventures with them,” said Tiderencel. Second-grade teacher Heidi Tiderencel says that’s been tough to do remotely. For more pictures of the adventures the “Flat Teachers” went on, head over to the Johnson City School District Facebook page. “I went to Sesame Street and I went to my piano practice with them,” said second-grader Stephen Howell. “It was just a really fun project to make connections with our kids since we can’t be with them in the classroom,” said Tiderencel. The students were then asked to write about what they did, an engaging assignment from the start.
September 28, 2020
Oil and gas company Byron Energy has reached hydrocarbons in the South Marsh Island Block 71 F4 well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Byron said last week that the well had reached final, total depth of 8,130 feet on February 12.The primary target D5 Upper Sand was penetrated exactly at the predicted depth and the company hit a total of 91 feet measured depth of net hydrocarbon pay (87 feet true vertical thickness) which was at the upper end of predrill expectations.The D5 Upper Sand was penetrated high on structure, exhibits high-quality reservoir characteristics with an average porosity of 30%, a low water saturation, and no water contacts were observed on the logging while drilling (LWD) logs.The company added that the LWD logs indicated the D5 Upper Sand was most likely a high gas content oil and additional isotube analysis was in progress but final hydrocarbon type would not be determined for a period of time after the well was placed into production.Additionally, 11 feet MD (10 feet true vertical thickness) of hydrocarbons were logged in the J1 Sand. The well will be cemented in a manner that would allow the J1 Sand to be produced should it be deemed necessary to efficiently produce the reserves attributed to it.According to Byron, the presence of hydrocarbons in the D5 Upper Sand also validates the company’s geologic model for the entire D5 Sand package as a complex series of amalgamated and stacked sand channels.The SM71 F4 well tested and confirmed an accumulation of hydrocarbon that is stratigraphically separated from the main D5 Sand oil production where the SM71 F1 and F3 wells have combined to produce over 2 million barrels with no formation water from the D5 Sand since production began on March 23, 2018.The company also stated that the D5 Upper Sand was drilled and evaluated 25 percent below budget.Currently, the Enterprise Offshore Drilling 264 (EOD 264) drilling rig is preparing to run seven-inch casing to bottom and once landed, completion operations will begin.The D5 Upper Sand completion will consist of frac-pack sand control measures to minimize pressure drawdown across the perforations and allowing optimized production rates. Completion operations are expected to take 16 days, after which minor work will be needed to the SM71 F platform before the well can be placed into production.Byron is the operator of SM71 and currently has a 50 percent working interest. Otto Energy holds the remaining interest in SM71. It is worth noting that Otto elected not to participate in the SM71 F4 well, giving Byron a 100 percent working interest in the well.Byron’s CEO Maynard Smith said: “The SM71 F4 well has more than met our pre-drill expectations. Once again, Byron’s RTM seismic data has proven to be an extremely accurate tool for finding oil and gas in the South Marsh Island 71 area. The short cycle time to first production will be of great value to us in our SM58 development program.“It’s also very gratifying to drill this well under time and under budget. Our team has made huge strides in finding ways to drill better wells and reduce our risk dollars.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
January 14, 2020
Renowned Catholic Sister, Mary Laurene Browne, OSF, an educator and president of Stella Maris Polytechnique in Monrovia, turns 72 today Thursday, February 26.She told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that she is dedicating her 72nd birth anniversary to God, family and community members, but particularly to the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters, where she achieved the sisterhood.Today’s celebration, according to her, promises to be low key, meaning not too many activities. “I just want to sit with family, congregation members and friends to thank God Almighty for keeping me safe and sound to date, having gone through the turmoil of the Liberian civil war.”Born in 1943 in Gadetarbo Chiefdom, Maryland County, Little Mary, as she used to be called by her parents who predeceased her, first attended the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Parish Day School.Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A.T. Browne and Elizabeth Toe had then divorced when she was only six.“When I completed my first class at the AME Parish Day School, I later enrolled at Our Lady of Fatima High School in Harper, Maryland County. I then travelled to the United States of America after finishing Our Lady of Fatima High School and attended Alvernia College (now university),” Sister Mary Laurene told the Daily Observer at her Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.Upon completion of her college education at Alvernia, she entered the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters Convent in Reading, Pennsylvania. That was about 51 years ago, and she has remained faithful as a full time Catholic Sister up to the present.What is amazing about Sister Mary Laurene Browne is that at age 72, she is strong, energetic, focused and devoted as she goes about doing her daily routine as president of the Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnique and proprietor of Spiritan Demonstration School.She says, “At age 72, I remain strong, so I give all to God who preserves me for His purpose, for which I am grateful.” She recalled that during the 14-year Liberian civil crisis, “things became very difficult psychologically, socially, economically, etc, but thanks to God, He has been so good to me.”Dream for Country’s EducationAs a renowned educator, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, holds the view that the improvement of Liberia’s education sector requires the collective efforts of all, irrespective of status.“I may be right or wrong, but I believe that the education system of this country will improve when most Liberians recognized that formal education is important. I don’t think that is happening because all of us need to make the sacrifice, and until that is done, we will continue to be at the level where we are, because this is not only the responsibility of authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE), but everybody’s business, including the government.”The Catholic Sister believes that the will is lacking on the part of Liberians to embrace education, “because the generation became mature during the war years without obtaining any kind of formal education. So all of us have to take the responsibility to improve the sector.”She has, meanwhile, called for the continuation of the anti-Ebola preventive measures instituted by health authorities across the country and at the campuses of the various schools that are now actively functioning.By that, she believes that Liberia will eventually win the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“My appeal is that all Liberians, including the foreign residents, continue to abide by the guidelines set by health authorities in the fight against the EVD so that we may live because the disease is so dangerous and deadly.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
December 29, 2019
1 Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the studs-up challenge which saw the midfielder sent off in their International Champions Cup clash in Pasadena.The Spain international slid in and caught the new signing on the top of his foot in the second half of the Blues’ 1-0 win and the referee Baldomero Toledo immediately brandished a red card.However, Fabregas sought out the Estonia international afterwards to offer his apologies.“It’s a red card. He [Fabregas] came by us in the dressing room and said sorry,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed.“He came too late in the challenge, of course. Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red card, especially in football.”