The construction of Iran Gas Trunkline-9 (IGAT-9) will improve gas delivery in the west of the country and facilitate future gas exports to European countries, managing director of Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company (IGEDC) said.Alireza Gharibi said the 1,800-kilometer pipeline is being stretched from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to western and northwestern provinces.“With the completion of IGAT-9, the country’s total gas transfer capacity will be increased by 110 million cubic meters,” he said, adding that the trunkline has 17 pressure booster stations.National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) plans to invest 8.5 billion dollars into the project with the design expected to be done in two months. Press Release, September 8, 2014; Image: NIGC
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About 160 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Dexter, Edwards, Los Nietos and Graves middle schools have enrolled in the math program. The program also has higher-math courses aimed at local high school students. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” said Gonzalez, who also is the president of the school board for the Whittier City School District. “The idea behind this is twofold. First, the middle-school students get to come to their high school and stay in the area. But most importantly, by participating in this program, they can come here as ninth-graders and go straight into geometry. And that means they’re set up to take calculus before they graduate,” he said. In 1974, Escalante was hired as a basic mathematics teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He got national attention by teaching advanced mathematics to students considered “unteachable.” His success was profiled in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver.” Encouraging high school students in less-affluent urban areas to complete high school math early so that they can take college math while still in high school was was the driving force behind Escalante’s overall philosophy, Gonzalez noted. WEST WHITTIER – Although he was never a student of Jaime Escalante, Pioneer High School teacher Javier Gonzalez considers the famed East Los Angeles math teacher as the person who most inspired him to become an educator. It was during the 1980s when Gonzalez took a summer job as a tutor with the Jaime Escalante Math Program at East Los Angeles College. Aimed specifically at inner-city children at risk of failing, the program engages the students in higher-level math courses. Passing those courses can become a ticket to university acceptance. Now Gonzalez is bringing the program to Pioneer High this summer. “I wanted to do this because I don’t really have anything to do during the summer,” said Edwards Middle School eighth-grader Ilene Ruiz, 13. “I was going to go to the \ math academy, but this is going to be much better for me in high school. I’ve learned a lot already, and it’s only been a few days.” The program also has a math analysis/algebra 2/geometry portion for Pioneer High students. The high-schoolers get college credit for the course through East Los Angeles College. Plus, it frees them up to take calculus BC – the second level of calculus – by the time they are seniors. Gonzalez credited Pioneer administrators and the middle schools for working together to bring the program to West Whittier this year. “This required all of our districts to work together to benefit the kids and the community,” said Pioneer High Principal Alex Flores. “These kids will be our kids someday, and we want to provide as much support as possible.” Edwards Principal Monica Sena said when school starts up in the fall, eighth-grade teachers will continue the algebra I lessons from the summer program. “And because of \ and this program, the spirit of Jaime Escalante lives on in West Whittier,” said Sena. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!