University initiative offers ePortfolio service

first_imgThe Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program (nDEEP), launched its official online site April 9, offering new resources and assistance to students interested in forming virtual portfolios. Offering new ePortfolio resources and assistance, the Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program (nDEEP) held a Career ePortfolio Student Workshop Wednesday. A new initiative by the Office of Provost, nDEEP serves students, faculty, advisors, programs and college departments. According to nDEEP’s webpage, the program’s mission provides resources that would help “build a deep and broad portfolio culture and community across the campus.” nDEEP’s Interim Commissioner Alex Ambrose said the program formed to meet the University’s need for a committee that would provide technical ePortfolio assistance for students and faculty of all programs and majors. “Because different faculty and departments have their own responsibilities, they are unable to invest enough time to expand on their use of ePortfolios,” Ambrose said. “Successful ePortfolio subscriptions have a support system that will help them with the skills and backing they need to implement ePortfolios into their programs or courses. That’s where nDEEP comes in. “We’re here to help them. Not only are we creating all these accounts for students and faculty, we’re having a program to help support it,” he said.   A Career ePortfolio Student Workshop held Wednesday addressed the relevance of ePortfolios for students in all undergraduate programs and colleges. They offered personal assistance for students interested in building or further developing their ePortfolios, Ambrose said. “The workshop [was] broken into three parts, “Ambrose said. “We [started] off explaining ePortfolio basics – what it is and why students should create it. We [also gave] students information on how their ePortfolio can work hand-in-hand with career services that will allow them to showcase their achievements and skills to prospective employers as students are looking for internships and jobs.” “Lastly, we [held] a hands-on workshop to show how students can create and customize their ePortfolios to make it stand out,” he said. As a more recent initiative by the University, ePortfolios were officially offered this year to all first year students, Ambrose said. With a majority of these students creating and modifying their ePortfolios, Ambrose said nDEEP hopes to see widespread use of ePortfolios among all undergraduates. “The Dean of First Years challenged the incoming freshman for this year to build their ePortfolios,” Ambrose said. “About 80 percent of the students took it on, and to us, that counts as a success because this is a tool that they can use later on in their careers. “As a researcher in the field of ePortfolios, ePortfolios should be for student engagement. It should engage and benefit the student first. If it helps improve the program or department, that is secondary.” Along with the First Year Studies, the College of Engineering use ePortfolios to help students further specify their engineering interests as well as showcase coursework and projects, freshman Rachel Wallace said. “In engineering, we have a specific ePortfolio that we use to put in our assignments and describe our experiences as we go out and explore the various fields within the engineering school at college events and major nights,” Wallace said. “These assignments force me to go out and get informed about what I want to study. Also, putting up engineering projects on this ePortfolio helps me show others what I’ve done so far in terms of engineering experience.”   Outside of academia, ePortfolios have become a medium for students to document their accomplishments during their undergraduate studies, freshman Ajani Crosley said. “It’s good because you can have everything out there at once so if people want to see what you’re like for a job interview, your ePortfolio does the talking for you,” Crosley said. “It tells employers and people who are interested in taking you into a position the things that you may not be able to fully say on the spot and gives them a fuller idea and details about who you are.” Contact Maria Do at [email protected]last_img read more

FDA Advisory Panel Votes In Favor Of Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine

first_imgPfizer Image.WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s panel of outside advisors voted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine benefits outweigh its risk for use in individuals 16 years of age and older, effectively endorsing Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine for emergency use authorization approval by the FDA in the United States.The FDA is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. A final FDA decision is expected within days.The panel called Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee consists of independent external experts. The FDA released its review of the vaccine earlier this week, ahead of the Thursday meeting.Thursday afternoon, the panel began discussing the voting question: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 16 years of age and older?” 17 of the panel members voted in favor of the question, four voted against and one person abstained from voting.Once the vaccine is cleared, Pfizer has said it has an ethical responsibility to tell participants if the vaccine is available to them outside of the trial. It has asked the FDA to allow it to give the vaccine to volunteers who had been in the placebo group that request it.The concern, expressed by both the FDA and members of the advisory panel, is that “unblinding” the trial will make it harder to continue collecting data on long-term safety and effectiveness, and would make it more challenging for companies still testing vaccines to conduct blinded trials, in which people do not know if they got the experimental vaccine or a placebo.Some vaccine trial participants have complained of sore arms and minor aches and pains. Doctors in the U.K. report two vaccine recipients – who both suffer from severe allergies – had allergic reactions to the vaccine. British regulators are now advising those with severe allergic reactions to avoid being vaccinated. It’s not yet clear what caused the reactions.FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn, ahead of Thursday’s meeting, said the agency was carefully reviewing all the data on Pfizer’s vaccine, including potential allergic reactions following the UK warning. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trump wrong about the DACA recipients

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Is Trump uninformed or just a persistent liar? There is no such thing as new DACA recipients. No person arriving in the country after 2007 can ever qualify for DACA. I am providing this link ( from the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services for all Trump worshipers and Fox News watchers so that they can obtain accurate information about the DACA program. It’s a shame that citizens are being so misinformed by this president. Either he doesn’t know what the program is or he’s lying for political gain to energize his base. It was so inappropriate of him to use the Easter Egg event at the White House to spout his lies and misinformation in the presence of children. It was Trump who ended the DACA program by executive order. It’s so extremely deceitful of him to blame the current status of DACA on the Democrats.Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

LeoVegas bringing the hygge with Danish entry

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Last week, LeoVegas launched its LeoVegas Sport product into the Danish market.Having been granted a Danish licence, LeoVegas will now offer around 100,000 betting games daily in more than 40 different sports in Denmark.LeoVegas Group CEO Gustaf Hagman stated: “The launch of LeoVegas’ casino has been very successful and LeoVegas has established itself as a brand in Denmark. We see a clear growth potential for Sports and strengthening, with today’s launch, our offer in the Danish market. Our goal is to offer Denmark’s fastest and most engaging sports gaming experience”.“In parallel with the launch of Sport, we have invested in our Live Casino where we now offer the market’s best live experience with the widest product range and exclusive tables for LeoVegas customers.With these launches, we strengthen LeoVegas’ offer in the Danish market.”This is excellent timing for the company’s launch with the start of the Danish Superligaen on the 14th of July. Football will naturally be a major market for LeoVegas Sport in Denmark and the opportunity to make activations with the national top flight are numerous.The bookmaker has already been busy this summer with a two year double sponsorship (shirt and title) of Championship club Brentford FC and a three year principal partnership deal with Norwich City. Away from football it is also running a ‘Summer of Tennis’ campaign with lots of free bets and the ultimate prize of a Mercedes SLC.The acquisition of a Danish sports license further strengthens LeoVegas’ position as a leading player focusing on regulated markets. It is the latest in the growing LeoVegas license collection which already boasts Malta, Great Britain, Italy and Ireland.last_img read more

Round-up: Conte on Hazard, Bamford move, Hasselbaink wants signings, boss hails Cairney

first_imgChelsea are top of the table after beating Burnley to make it three wins out of three Premier League matches this season.Eden Hazard was outstanding and scored the opening goal at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues won 3-0.Antonio Conte hailed Hazard – and the fact that Chelsea had kept a clean sheet at home for the first time in seven months.But the Blues boss also insisted that his side can still improve despite the encouraging start to his reign.Burnley manager Sean Dyche described his team’s display as their worst for a year and admitted they were outclassed.Bamford is set to join Burnley on loanDyche also confirmed that the Clarets are set to sign Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea. QPR are among several Championship clubs who wanted the forward.Rangers are still in decent shape though – Nedum Onuoha’s goal at Wigan gave them their second away win this season.R’s boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink described the game as a “grinder” and reiterated that he is hoping the club will make signings ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline.Meanwhile, Tom Cairney scored an injury-time goal against his former side to give Fulham a 1-0 victory at Blackburn.Cairney was Fulham’s hero at Ewood ParkIt left unbeaten Fulham second in the table and led Whites head coach Slavisa Jokanovic to declare that Cairney can go on to be a Premier League player.There was also a late goal at Brentford, who were denied victory by Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.Lasse Vibe scored and was later sent off, prompting Bees boss Dean Smith to bemoan the “dubious” new rule about player dissent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gavin Hood: from Tsotsi to X-Men

first_imgDirector Gavin Hood is building a solidinternational career.(Image: Tsotsi official website) Hugh Jackman again plays his popularWolverine character. (Image: Movieweb) X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the fourthfilm in the blockbuster X-Men franchise.(Image: Movieweb) Presley Chweneyagae, former presidentNelson Mandela, Terry Pheto, and Oscar.(Image: Tsotsi official website)Janine ErasmusSouth African film director Gavin Hood, who steered the local drama Tsotsi to an Academy Award, is back with another international hit, this time from the blockbuster Twentieth Century Fox X-Men franchise.X-Men Origins: Wolverine focuses on the gruff, resilient, metal-clawed titular hero, known also as Logan. Played again by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, Wolverine unsheaths his deadly retractable claws for the fourth time in the ongoing Marvel Comic superhero movie series.In the much-anticipated film, fan-favourite Wolverine’s turbulent past is finally revealed after a wait of nine years for audiences, who were tantalised by hints of the mutant’s origins in the first film in 2000 but have learned nothing further, until now.The film also introduces familiar X-Men characters who are making their screen début – these include Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (, Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Colonel Stryker (Danny Huston), and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens both in US and South African cinemas on 1 May 2009.Paying his duesThe son of respected South African retailer Gordon Hood, Gavin Hood has paid his dues in the film industry as a writer, producer, director and actor. Although he has appeared in popular TV shows such as Stargate SG-1, as well as the locally-produced rugby drama The Game, Hood has found greater success behind the camera.His 2005 production Tsotsi, which he wrote and directed for Miramax, not only won an Academy Award for best foreign language film, trouncing 56 other films in the process, but was also lauded at prestigious festivals such as Edinburgh, Toronto, and Los Angeles. The film starred young actors Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto, neither of whom had appeared on the screen before.Born in Johannesburg in 1963, Hood attended school at St Stithians College and went on to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating from Wits he relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 to study screenwriting and directing at the film school of the University of California, Los Angeles. His studies have since stood him in good stead.In 1993 his screenplay for A Reasonable Man, inspired by the ritual murder of a child, won a Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award. Judges for the award, which is given in honour of the late screen author of Romancing the Stone, included film veterans Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas.Filming of the script was postponed when Hood and potential producers disagreed on the location of the film and its ending. Hood stood firm against the proposed changes, and furthermore insisted he would only allow it to be filmed if he directed it. Sadly, the producers decided to look elsewhere for a project.Hood returned to his homeland and took up a position with the national Department of Health, where he got the opportunity to put his training to use by making educational dramas for the department, focusing on HIV and Aids, child abuse and other social issues. His deft work earned him an Artes Award, the South African equivalent of the Emmy.Hood’s film directing debut, the 1998 production The Storekeeper, was exceptionally well-received, winning no less than 13 international film festival awards including top honours at the Melbourne International Film Festival.Bigger and better thingsThe Storekeeper also earned an Academy Award nomination, as well as huge credibility for Hood. The following year he was able to finally film his award-winning screenplay A Reasonable Man, which tells of a young shepherd who accidentally kills a baby he believes is possessed by a tokoloshe, or evil Zulu spirit. Hood also co-starred in the film, which enjoyed even more success on the festival circuit than its predecessor.The director’s next project was the film version of Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy), set in Africa but filmed entirely in Polish. Working with a translator, Hood rose magnificently to the challenge. In Desert and Wilderness became the highest-grossing film in Poland in 2001, and won Best of the Fest at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2002.This paved the way for UK-based producer Peter Fudakowski to approach Hood with his idea for a film adaptation of playwright Athol Fugard‘s only novel Tsotsi. The story of a vicious teenaged gang member (a tsotsi), who murders a young mother and decides to care for her baby over the course of a week, undergoing a spiritual awakening along the way, immediately appealed to Hood.“I loved the character of Tsotsi in the script,” said Hood in a 2006 interview. “I think the central character was truly unlikeable at the beginning. Then through a series of encounters … he achieves a moment of heightened self awareness and if you like, he comes of age.”Hood was also keen to film the story in Johannesburg and Soweto, an area that he maintains is not seen on screen often enough, though he did change the time setting from the 1950s to the present, and swapped apartheid for class issues and Aids. The visual feast was accompanied by a pumping kwaito soundtrack, featuring the likes of Zola, Mafikizolo, and stalwart Vusi Mahlasela.The film went on to garner nominations for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, a Screen International award, and a Golden Globe. It also took home the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and the award for best foreign film at the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival, among others, and was critically acclaimed far and wide.The big leagueAfter Tsotsi, Hood was able to take another step closer to the big league by directing his first Hollywood feature, the 2007 political thriller Rendition. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and featured screen legends Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin.“After the Oscar,” said Hood, “I was sent a lot of stuff, which was flattering. I was reading and reading and this script came across my path, and I saw the title Rendition … I started reading it and of course, within a matter of a few pages, I was utterly absorbed.”It was almost inevitable that Hood’s next project should be on a grander scale than anything he had done before.“What appeals to me about the Wolverine character of all the other characters,” commented Hood, “is my feeling that he’s the one that suffers from the most existential angst. Since I’m a guy who loves emotional complexity … I think his great appeal lies in the fact that he’s someone who, in some ways, is filled with a great deal of self-loathing, and he’s constantly at war with his own nature.”The film has already been the subject of some controversy, with an unfinished version leaked onto the internet at the beginning of April 2009, but Hood has assured fans that the pirated version doesn’t contain everything and that audiences have plenty to look forward to.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksX-Men Origins: WolverineSter KinekorMarvel ComicsTsotsilast_img read more

No Newlands for Indian cricket tour

first_img31 October 2013 India occupies third place in the ICC test rankings and is top of the one-day international rankings. South Africa is number one in the test rankings and fifth in the ODI rankings. “Newlands is the premier test ground in South Africa, traditionally bringing in the most spectators and the highest income for tests for Cricket South Africa,” Odendaal said. “So we are mystified by the decision. There has been no explanation given to us so far, but we are encouraged by the president’s statement that CSA is ‘working on plans’ to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for this season.” The tour schedule was heavily affected after an unseemly spat between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA), as a result of the BCCI’s dislike for CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat because of some decisions he made while head of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Australian tests The biggest loser in the saga is Cape Town’s Sahara Park Newlands, a ground rated among the most scenic in the world, which had been due to host a test, a one-day international and a T20 international, but was instead left with no games. Lorgat has stood down for the duration of the Indian tour; on Tuesday, he said it was his own decision to step aside. However, the incident has left many South African cricket supporters with a bad taste in the mouth. “From being scheduled to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test to nothing, this is a big shock to us and it will impact seriously on our business,” Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) president Beresford Williams said on the organisation’s website. Biggest loser Tour itinerarycenter_img “Worse still, the most loyal cricket spectators in South Africa are going to be losing out.” Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani tried to put a positive spin on matters, saying in a statement: “After the completion of our two test matches against India we will have a further three Tests against Australia. This will allow all of our five premier test match venues to host a five-day match. “I would also like to assure all our stakeholders that we are working on plans to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for the 2013-14 season,” Nenzani said. For the Proteas, it will mean missing out on a ground that has been a fortress for them since their last loss there in 2006 to Australia. Since then, in 11 tests, South Africa has won eight and drawn three matches. ‘The most spectators’ A revised fixture list for India’s tour of South Africa was released on Wednesday, with just six matches, to be played in December, replacing the original schedule of 15 matches, which were to have been played from 18 November through 19 January. WPCA CEO Andre Odendaal said the association “stands to lose several million rand in income from the changed tour plans, with advertising income, beverage sales, hospitality and vending all affected. 5 Dec: 1st ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day/Night)8 Dec: 2nd ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (Day)11 Dec: 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)14-15 Dec: India vs SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni18-22 Dec: 1st test match, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg26-30 Dec: 2nd test match, Kingsmead, Durbanlast_img read more

Workers remain loyal, asserts Pawar

first_imgWith the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) threatening to implode as the Assembly polls inch closer, party president Sharad Pawar said on Friday that the leaders who were deserting the party had seen personal growth within the NCP. Mr. Pawar said that while the rank and file remained loyal, it was their leaders who were deserting the party. Speaking at a press conference in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district, the usually imperturbable Mr. Pawar lost his calm when a television journalist questioned him about his relatives — NCP stalwart Dr. Padamsinha Patil, one of Mr. Pawar’s closest confidantes, and his son, Ranajagjitsinha, the MLA from Osmanabad — who are allegedly on their way out of the party.Dr. Patil is the brother-in-law of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who is Mr. Pawar’s nephew. Responding to questions on the exodus of NCP leaders defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, Mr. Pawar said, “For the past 10-15 years the personal growth and development of these leaders has taken place within this very party. Now, perhaps they want more development and the BJP and Sena may have shown them some path to fulfil it. However, what exactly this ‘development’ is and what is its nature, I have no clue.”When a reporter then said not only leaders, but relatives like Dr. Patil, too, were on their way out, the NCP chief flared up. “What is the connection between politics and relatives… this is a highly improper question… why are you bringing up the subject of relatives?” said an incensed Mr. Pawar, demanding that the journalist apologise, and even threatening to walk away from the press conference.A visibly upset Mr. Pawar refused to let the reporter explain himself, remarking to others present that “those who lack civility should not be called for the press meeting.” “You either call him (the journalist who asked him the question) or you call me,” the NCP chief said, refusing to take queries and urging the reporter to leave the conference.After much persuasion from other journalists, Mr. Pawar was pacified and gave his reactions on other issues. Meanwhile, in an indication that he may be switching to the BJP, Ranajagjitsinha Patil has called for an open meeting of his followers in Osmanabad on August 31. In a lengthy Facebook post, the Osmanabad MLA called for a “family discussion” with his supporters “in view of the changing ecological and political conditions in the district,” citing the need to take a decision on the completion of irrigation projects and the creation of employment guarantee schemes. According to observers, the reason for Mr. Patil wishing to switch parties is purely economic as his business concerns are in the doldrums. “The Terna cooperative sugar factory in Osmanabad controlled by the Patil family has incurred losses that run into several hundred crores. The NCP MLA is expecting some form of bailout if he joins hands with the BJP. The latter, on the other hand, will gain a firm toehold in Osmanabad and try to secure control of other local institutions over which the Patils have great influence,” a local observer said. It is believed that Mr. Patil will join the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah in Solapur district on Sunday.last_img read more

Maoists force tribal family to flee village

first_imgThirteen members of a tribal family were forced to flee their native village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district following “threat and atrocities” by Maoists.Informer suspicionThe Maoists suspected the family from Dabuguda village under Mudulipada police station limits of being police informers. Surendra Sisa, a member of the family, said they have filed a complaint at Mudulipada police station about the threats being faced by them. Mudulipada police station Inspector in-charge Madhab Behera confirmed that an FIR has been registered on October 20.The family members are currently taking shelter in Kudumulguma block. The family has been troubled since August 28, when a top Maoist leader from Chhattisgarh, Rakesh Sodi, who was carrying a reward of ₹8 lakh on his head, was killed in an exchange of fire between the rebels and police near Dabuguda. One security personnel was also killed in the encounter.According to reports, last week, a group of armed Maoists reached Dabuguda and organised a kangaroo court in a nearby jungle, where the members of the family were beaten up and their house was ransacked. The Maoists allegedly barred the family from harvesting crop in their agricultural field.“The Maoists forced us to leave our village. So, we were compelled to take shelter at our relatives’ place,” said Subhas Sisa, another member of the family.Similar threats and atrocities by Maoists have forced six families of Tulasi and Kermeti villages of Mathili block of the district to leave their village and take shelter in Gangarajpali.last_img read more

Turning point in Pak vs WI quarter-final tie

first_imgIt couldn’t have been a more easy outing for Pakistan in the World Cup quarter-final. They beat West Indies convincingly by 10 wickets to advance to the semi-final of the mega tournament.The turning point in the game was – three quick wickets by Afridi that sealed the fate of the opposition team.Post Hafeez’s  two wickets – Devon Smith and Darren Bravo in the space of two balls – in the sixth over, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul decided to stead the ship.The two were batting with resolve and had put 42 runs for the fourth wicket when Afridi struck.First he dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan with an extra bounce on the first ball of the 25th over and then in the 27th over claimed Kieron Pollard and Devon Thomas on consecutive balls to reduce the Windies to 69/6. The assault proved too much for the West Indies to handle and the whole crumbled on 112.Man-of-the-Match Mohammad Hafeez with his all-round performance earned the MoM award. First he got the better of Devon Smith and Darren Bravo with impressive bowling and then came out to bat and put an unbeaten 61 runs.last_img read more