ND utilizes the iPad

first_imgAs the academic year kicks into high gear, many students have heard of the buzz surrounding the “iPad class.” Inside of Corey Angst’s project management class, the use of Apple’s popular gadget allows students to take advantage of the iPad’s capabilities in a unique way. Crutchfield said that after Angst’s class concludes, another pilot class from either First Year of Studies, the Law School or the CSLC will begin using iPads in their instruction.  These classes are the result of Notre Dame’s e-publishing working group, which formed in March as a partnership between the Office of Information Technologies’ Academic Technologies, Hesburgh Libraries, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of Sustainability, the Mendoza College of Business (MCOB), the Law School and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC).  In contrast with those failed pilots, Angst has received virtually no complaints about the iPads and their role in the class. “Students work on real-world projects in this team-based course,” Angst said. “Besides using the iPad as an e-reader, they are probably using shared calendars to coordinate their schedules and about half the students type notes on their iPads during class.” Angst is heading a research project that will assess the effectiveness of e-readers as classroom resources and incorporate data from his class and future pilot courses. “You can make educated guesses about how the technology will work out, but until you get it in the hands of real people, in real courses you don’t know the full capabilities and limitations of it,” Crutchfield said. The $499 iPads were funded by OIT, Hesburgh Libraries, MCOB, the Law School and the CSLC, allowing students to use them at no personal cost.  Angst and Crutchfield said the iPad’s color display, multimedia capabilities and Internet accessibility give it an advantage over other black-and-white e-readers that have been unsuccessfully piloted at other universities. “This is still a project management course,” Angst said. “But it’s the first part of a project that we’ll continue to study as iPads are distributed to different students.” “All these groups had seen the transition from printed text to digital texts for years,” Crutchfield said. “We knew the iPad was coming out last April which would help increase acceptance of e-readers and e-books, and the iPad is multifunctional enough to justify its cost.” Academic technologies consultant Jon Crutchfield said the group’s main goal is to determine what an “e-publishing ecosystem” would look like at Notre Dame. “I’m actually surprised how much I like reading our textbook from the iPad,” senior Jordan Rockwell said. “Another awesome feature is an app called ‘Dropbox’ that syncs your files added from any computer to the iPad so you can instantly access your own files or Professor Angst’s.” The seven-week course is the first of several pilot classes that will use 50 University-owned iPads as means to determine the role e-publishing technology should play in the classroom, Angst, assistant professor of management, said.  “The other courses will try to replicate Professor Angst’s research methodology in order to provide him with a rich data set from a diverse group of students of different majors and age groups,” Crutchfield said. The iPads may be tested in the future in different settings at Notre Dame, such as making iPads available in the library for class-related videos, Crutchfield said.  “We are interested in finding out how e-publishing technology will impact how people create, distribute, read and share content in terms of courses, library loans and the bookstore,” Crutchfield said. Crutchfield said the sustainability of e-reader technology would be assessed in terms of savings from e-books, energy efficiency and the recyclability of iPads. Angst’s students also responded positively to the transition to a paperless, iPad-based course.last_img read more

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Brentwood Man Tried to Join al-Qaeda, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal investigators arrested a Brentwood man Friday after a grand jury indicted the 25-year-old for allegedly attempting to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and conspiring to commit murder overseas, authorities said.Prosecutors unsealed the indictment Friday in U.S. District Court charging Marcos Alonso Zea with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and attempt to provide material support to terrorists, among other charges.Zea, who also goes by the name “Ali Zea,” pleaded not guilty Friday through his court-appointed attorney at federal court in Central Islip, where his family sat in the front row.Judge Arlene Lindsay ordered Zea held without bail, agreeing with prosecutors who said “the defendant poses both a risk of flight and a danger to the community.”Investigators tracked Zea’s alleged terrorist activities back to 2011, when he allegedly conspired with others to travel overseas “in order to wage violent jihad on the perceived enemies of Islam, which included the secular government of Yemen,” authorities said.On Jan. 4, 2012, according to the indictment, Zea flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London, where he planned to fly to Yemen in an attempt to fight alongside members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a designated foreign terrorist organization also known as Ansar al-Sharia, but was intercepted by United Kingdom customs officials and was returned to the U.S.That’s when authorities started keeping tabs on Zea, a federal source said.Eight months later, Zea was secretly recorded bragging to another alleged conspirator, Justin Kaliebe, about lies he made to U.K. authorities and discussed Kaliebe’s alleged plans to fight jihad, according to the indictment. Kaliebe, who has since pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists, was allegedly provided money by Zea, who told him in a recorded phone call: “I just hope, my story… the event that happened to me will help you guys move forward, inspire you.”After Zea learned in April 2013 that he was being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, he asked an associate to erase the hard drive on his home computer along with two other hard drives he previously used, according to the indictment.But investigators obtained the hard drives before they could be destroyed and discovered that Zea’s computers contained issues of Inspire, an al-Qaeda propaganda magazine, with articles such as “Which is Better: Martyrdom or Victory?” “Why did I choose al-Qaeda?” and “What to expect in Jihad?”“When the defendant sensed investigators from the JTTF closing in, he engaged in a desperate effort to cover his tracks by attempting to destroy evidence—a tactic that only confirmed his violent aims,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.Nassau County police and Suffolk County police were among a half-dozen law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.Zea was also charged with attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding.“This arrest is a vivid reminder of the threat we continue to face from domestic Islamic terrorists,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, said in a statement.Zea is due back in court Nov. 8 before Judge Arthur Spatt.last_img read more

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Three arrested following stabbing, attempted robbery of Cornell University student

first_imgThe investigation is ongoing and anyone with more information is to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245 or 607-272-9973 Related: https://wbng.com/2020/03/23/cornell-university-student-stabbed-police-looking-for-suspects/ ITHACA (WBNG)- Ithaca police arrested three people Monday, following a Sunday night stabbing and an attempted robbery of a Cornell University student. Ithaca Police say that information and evidence discovered during this investigation indicates that robbery was the motivation for this violent criminal incident. All three were charged with Attempted Robbery in the First Degree and Gang Assault in the Second Degree in relation to the stabbing. They also say, there is not any indication or evidence that these crimes are bias related. Ithaca Police arrested 18-year-old Tahajjuddin AbdurRashid, 20-year-old Thomas Payton-Harp and an unnamed 16 year old Adolescent.last_img read more

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Binghamton women fall in season opener

first_imgBinghamton 55 (0-1), Fairleigh Dickinson 69 (1-1) The Binghamton visit Niagra Saturday to continue non-conference play. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton women’s basketball team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson in their season opener, 69-55. Fairleigh Dickinson had five players score in the double digits. The Knights were led by Sierra DeAngelo, with 17 points. Denai Bowman scored a career high 22 points in the loss. Clare Traeger scored six points with 11 rebounds. last_img

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PREMIUM‘The street is a blank canvas’: Street artists brighten up local communities in Jakarta

first_imgNestled under a busy road in Central Jakarta, giant and vibrant murals greet passersby at the Kendal tunnel near the Dukuh Atas MRT station.Anyone walking through the tunnel can enjoy a mural painting of a black and white “squid” monster figure with bulging eyes and teeth-like tentacles alongside an orange-blue majestic roaring lion on the walls.Created in July 2019 and initiated by the Jakarta administration, the mural was created by a Indonesian street artist who goes by the nickname Darbotz and Snyder, a German street to represent the 25 years of friendship between sister cities Berlin and Jakarta.The 39-square-meter wall at the tunnel is also painted with other murals that pay homage to old-school public transportation services in Jakarta, such as the three-wheeler bajaj (motorized pedicab) and the medium-sized Metro Mini bus, the popularity of which has start… Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? Google street-art graffiti-art artists Jakarta-administration public-space Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

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Thousands leave virus-hit Wuhan as outbound travel ban lifted

first_img“Now that the lockdown has been lifted, I think we’re all pretty happy.”Government estimates have said that as many as 55,000 people are expected to flow out on Wednesday by train from the city, which was placed under an unprecedented quarantine lockdown on January 23.Some could barely contain their happiness.”I’ve been stuck for 77 days! I’ve been stuck for 77 days!” shouted one man from the neighboring province of Hunan, who was in Wuhan when it was sealed off. Long time, no see Chinese media outlets hailed the removal of the travel ban, with headlines posted on their websites after midnight saying: “Wuhan, long time, no see.”Hubei and the provincial capital Wuhan have suffered the majority of China’s officially claimed tally of more than 81,000 overall infections and more than 3,300 deaths.An announcement blaring over the train station PA system said: “Wuhan deserves to be called the city of heroes. Wuhan people deserve to be called heroes.”Despite the measures taken in Hubei, the pathogen spread across China and the world.But Communist Party authorities — who are accused of a slow-footed response and an initial attempt to cover up the outbreak — have claimed recent success in bringing the virus to heel, though questions over the accuracy of its reported case numbers persist.Its official national tally of coronavirus deaths and overall cases has plummeted in recent weeks, with the National Health Commission saying Tuesday that no new deaths had been logged in the preceding 24 hours.That was the first fatality-free day since China began publishing figures in January.Relief over China’s falling virus numbers has been tempered, however, by caution over new risks: rising numbers of infected people arriving from abroad — primarily returning Chinese citizens — and the invisible threat of asymptomatic cases.Hubei residents had been confined to their homes until about two weeks ago, when restrictions began to be eased, triggering a resumption of inbound travel from other parts of China.Authorities, however, had waited until Wednesday to allow normal traffic out of Wuhan amid continued fears in the rest of the country that people from the city pose a risk.Chinese disease-control officials said in January that the virus likely leapt from wildlife to humans at a Wuhan market that sold a wide range of wild animals for food.Wuhan authorities said at the weekend that various restrictions on movement would remain in place to guard against a second wave of infections, arguing that “even greater vigilance is needed” now that the travel ban has been dismantled.People from Wuhan also face hurdles getting out. They must show proof that their area of origin has been declared safe from the virus, and many face the likelihood of two-week quarantines in their destination provinces. The lockdown made Wuhan the first place in the world subjected to draconian containment steps now seen in many countries.It was quickly followed by the rest of surrounding Hubei province, confining tens of millions of people to their homes and cutting the province off from the rest of the world as transport in and out was halted to prevent transmission of the virus. Topics : Thousands of Chinese travellers flocked to catch trains leaving coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged.As the ban was lifted on schedule at midnight (1600 GMT Tuesday), many passengers expressed joy and relief as they filed into Wuhan’s Wuchang station, leaping at the chance to board overnight trains heading out of town.”Wuhan has lost a lot in this epidemic, and Wuhan people have paid a big price,” said a 21-year-old man surnamed Yao, who was heading back to his restaurant job in Shanghai.last_img read more

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Largest faction of Japan’s ruling party backs Suga to replace Abe as PM: NHK

first_imgJapan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, has won the backing of the largest faction of the ruling party to become its next leader, public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday, making him a strong front-runner to become the next premier.Japan’s chief cabinet secretary and a long-time lieutenant of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Suga is widely expected to stay the policy course set out by Abe, including the “Abenomics” strategy aimed at reviving the economy and keeping it afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Suga has not publicly announced his candidacy for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) but has indicated privately that he intends to run, a source told Reuters. Media reported he would formally announce his intention to run on Wednesday. The party’s leader will almost certainly become prime minister because of its majority in the lower house of parliament. The new leader will replace Abe, who abruptly announced on Friday he was stepping down for health reasons.In a meeting on Tuesday to decide on the format of the election, LDP executives agreed to a simplified vote, by party MPs from both chambers of parliament and heads of local chapters, party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said.The proposal to exclude votes by rank-and-file members favors Suga, who has now reportedly locked in support from the party’s biggest factions. But a final decision, to be made at a general assembly on Tuesday, could be delayed due to opposition from many party members.”We must elect a new leader as soon as possible to avoid creating a political vacuum,” Nikai told reporters. “There was no objection to my view at the meeting.” Topics :center_img Push for wider voteOn Monday, however, younger LDP legislators met with Nikai to present a demand from more than 140 MPs and about 400 local party lawmakers for a full-scale vote. Several local chapters including Osaka have also demanded the same.”To select the new leader, we must have a party presidential election in a form that listens to a wide range of votes,” one of the MPs said.Shigeru Ishiba, a main rival for the race, echoed those views, repeating on Tuesday that he was against a limited vote.”I think that both for democracy and for the party, this is something that should not be,” the former defense minister said on TV Asahi. Ishiba is the most popular with voters among the likely candidates but lacks strong backing in the party hierarchy.The LDP is expected to hold its leadership vote on Sept. 14.Another contender is Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister.The reported backing of the LDP’s biggest Hosoda faction for Suga follows media reports of support from the powerful faction led by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. LDP heavyweight Nikai is also supporting Suga.last_img read more

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Radio host holds on to holiday haven

first_img109 The Strand, BulwerEarlier this year when he decided to put his share of the house on the market, Martin said he didn’t want to sell the house but his family rarely got time to use it.The property was originally bought in partnership with a friend, but the radio announcer did a complete backflip and decided to buy the lot. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“I own the whole thing,” he said.The four bedroom beach retreat has wraparound verandas, water views, and is an easy walk to Bulwer’s beach front, wrecks, and Castaways cafe/store. The bedrooms feature bunks and double beds, and there are two fully-equipped gas kitchens, two dining/lounge rooms, two sheds, an outdoor fire pit, water storage tanls, a generator and solar panels connected to deep cycle Trojan solar batteries.The sale was handled by Ray White Brisbane CBD agent Julian Gardner. Moreton Island is 40km offshore from Brisbane and can be reached by ferry, barge or boat.It is a popular camping spot and home to Tangalooma Resort, which is famous for the dolphins that come in to feed and meet guests most evenings. Triple M breakfast announcers Robin Bailey and Greg “Marto” Martin ahead of the Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane (AAP image, John Gass)TRIPLE MMM presenter Greg “Marto” Martin had intended to sell his share of a Moreton Island holiday home. Instead, he bought out his friend and co-owner.He told The Courier Mail that he “couldn’t let such a magic place full of memories go”.The property, known as ‘Stranded at Bulwer’, is located at 109 The Strand in the small village at the northwestern end of Moreton Island. Tangalooma Island Resort. Supplied. Dolphins come in most evenings for a meet and eat. Supplied.Attractions include the Bulwer and Tangalooma wrecks, wartime relics, the Cape Moreton lighthouse, the Champagne Pools and the vast dunes that are perfect for sand tobogganing. It is also provides a great vantage point to watch whales pass by during the migration.last_img read more

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Boskalis to Use New UXO Detection Technology at Borssele Zone

first_imgIn October, Australian company Gap Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) will deliver a new system for detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) to Boskalis, recently contracted together with Fugro to survey and identify UXO along the cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.Gap EOD said it invented the technology for Boskalis and thus helped the company win this major contract. The system, called UltraTEM, is a customised remote-operated technology that scans for buried cables and unexploded ordnance underwater. According to Gap EOD, it is the only technology of its kind, with the capability to detect all metals and scan depths of up to 3.5 metres.The EUR multi-million contract won jointly by Boskalis and Fugro has been set to commence this summer and continue for a duration of approximately two years.The grid connection of the Borssele offshore wind area will have a capacity of 1,400MW, consisting of two 700MW connections facilitated through two offshore platforms, Alpha and Beta, and four 220kV subsea cables with a capacity of 350MW each. The cables will run from the two offshore platforms to the high-voltage substation in Borssele, in the south-west of the Netherlands, via the Western Scheldt estuary.Borssele Alpha, the offshore platform which will facilitate grid connection for the Borssele I & II offshore wind project, will go into service in 2019, followed by Borssele Beta a year later. Borssele Beta will provide grid connection to Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm.The Borssele Wind Farm Zone comprises 5 sites. Borssele I & II will be developed by DONG Energy, Borssele III & IV by a consortium of Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi / DGE, while the Borssele V site has been earmarked for offshore wind demonstration activities.Earlier this month, TenneT and DONG Energy signed an agreement for the realisation of grid connection for the Borssele I & II offshore wind farm.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

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Kate Hawkesby: Let’s get facts straight on the cannabis referendum

first_imgNZ Herald 7 September 2020Family First Comment:Well said Kate Hawkesby:“It’s hard when much of the information in advance of this vote is skewed from one angle only – & muddied with spurious medicinal message.”We’re trying to balance the message. Perhaps some of your colleagues could be less bias.Amidst the current blitz of pro-cannabis legalisation media – both social and mainstream – a few things are getting lost.One is balance. Where are the “vote no” stories?Two, is the facts. No, we are not voting on legalising medicinal cannabis. That’s already legal.The New Zealand Drug Foundation – pro the yes vote – has made claims that legalising recreational cannabis will make access to medicinal cannabis easier. That’s the claim. But it’s not what we’re voting on. Yet it hasn’t stopped a lot of the messaging and advertising around the referendum being focused on medicinal.Three, even the pro-legalisation campaigners accept there are risks in normalising cannabis use.One “yes-vote” columnist pointed out that “not all the facts support a rosy picture of life after a ‘yes’ vote… ” She pointed out that normalisation of cannabis use “won’t be good for everyone” and that “…legalisation probably won’t wipe out the criminal market completely either”.Despite that, her premise was that no social and health issues are “tied up in tidy bows…”In other words, it’s not perfect but let’s vote it in anyway. That’s a worrying low-bar approach to a potentially major public health issue for this country.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12362658last_img read more

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