Edited 1 times. Last edit by Will Ormerod on 18th June 2016 9:18am 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTodd Weidner Founder, Big Daddy Game Studio4 years agoas a strategy I thought it was clear.. build a machine that will delivers the best gaming experience possible.Takes more than that, ask colecovision, neo geo, amiga, jaguar, 3DO, Saturn,etc etc to name a few. Software just as important if not more so. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 years ago @todd I think that’s the big thing they’re counting on. Not having to re-invent the wheel every console. The OS stays the same, only the hardware moves beyond its natural organic evolution. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyMorville O’Driscoll Blogger & Critic Edited 3 times. Last edit by Morville O’Driscoll on 17th June 2016 9:57am 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAdam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee4 years ago The Scorpio looks set to use architecture two generations ahead of the Xbox One, asides from the increase in raw power and bandwidth. It would seem like a waste not to include special graphical features and optimisations for it, beyond just higher resolutions. 4 years ago @Barry it was.When I was 17 years old, I was running around Microsoft with the son of an employee who was best friends with my cousin. We entered the Microsodt library, and in the back of that library was a small room. Inside that room were two guys surrounded by every game system known to man making great money playing every console game known to man and writing up reports on them. That was the one and only place I actually touched a NeoGeo cartridge system before the age of thirty. I can’t say for sure, but in willing to put money down I stumbled across the original Xbox division batcave 😉 At the time I was a lot more interested in the free mini marts, the vintage arcade machines and getting Windows 95 at a price I could afford 😉 Edited 1 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 17th June 2016 4:06pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyWill Ormerod Programmer 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replykevin williams , KWP Limited4 years ago This just feels like that SNK Neo-Geo moment – having the most powerful platform on the block, while at the same time realizing that you may have come too late to the party!I think people are having problems with the terminology used is that MS were trying to reveal a new system, but also avoid saying they lost the initial phase of the battle with the XBONE. The level of embarrassment within Redmond-towers over the whole management failure over XBONE is going to shape Project Scorpio.Sony may have been very clever in avoiding being caught up in a comparison war at E3 – and held off from crashing MS’ uncomfortable moment! Scorpio is a beast, but Microsoft needs to explain it betterThe company needs to find a coherent party line about Scorpio, One S and Windows 10, and stick to itRob FaheyContributing EditorFriday 17th June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftSony Computer EntertainmentSeveral days after the announcement and having read just about every interview done by a Microsoft executive in the interim, I must confess; I’m still confused by what exactly the company intended with its decision to unveil both a redesigned Xbox One and its heir apparent, Scorpio, at the same press conference. While Scorpio is clearly designed as some kind of a “spoiler” for Sony’s ambitions with PS4 Neo (“ah, but there’s a much more powerful Xbox coming next year” is the nugget of uncertainty they hope to plant in consumers’ minds), and Xbox One S is a logical set of evolutionary improvements over the existing hardware, it’s their interaction and coexistence that’s outright confusing. The simple question that lacks any equally simple answer is this; why would I buy an Xbox One S this year, when there’ll be a sort-of-next-gen system next year that plays all the same games, but better?The whole picture of what’s going on with Xbox only becomes more confused and complex when you add in the slightly tortuous messaging around Xbox Live that Microsoft executives have clearly been trained to use. Microsoft really, really wants you to know that Xbox isn’t just about, well, Xboxes; it’s really about Xbox Live, which is a service offering that covers PCs, and tablets, and mobiles, and pretty much anything you might ever dream of playing a game on, as well as those who’ve actually gone out and bought physical Xbox hardware. That’s a great thing, of course – the potential for a fully featured gaming service that stays with you no matter what device you’re using is enormous and hugely exciting – but the messaging around it is nothing short of obtuse, finding its most bizarre expression in the company’ decision to stop talking about selling Xbox hardware and speak instead in statistical riddles about how many hours people are spending on Xbox Live.Part of the problem with that is that it leaves otherwise extremely credible, well-intentioned and sincere people like Phil Spencer dancing around in disingenuous doublespeak – well, that and the obvious desire to dangle passing Microsoft execs over nearby cliffs until they just. speak. bloody. English. Spencer and Microsoft’s other representatives have found themselves on the one hand trying to actively talk down the importance of Xbox hardware in order to justify aspects of their focus on the Windows 10 platform (which, honestly, doesn’t really call for all that much justification; was anger at Xbox titles appearing on Windows truly that widespread?). On the other hand, they want you to be very excited about Scorpio and Xbox One S. Hyping up new hardware while simultaneously downplaying the importance of hardware to your business is a tough bit of verbal gymnastics to pull off.”Spencer and Microsoft’s other representatives have found themselves on the one hand trying to actively talk down the importance of Xbox hardware in order to justify aspects of their focus on the Windows 10 platform” It’s to the credit of Spencer, in particular, that he doesn’t come across as personally disingenuous when he says these things; the company’s slightly confused back and forth of statements and retractions during E3 week didn’t play terribly well (and it’s got alarming echoes of the firm’s failure to control its own messaging after the original Xbox One reveal), but Spencer himself is a much more firm, reliable and trustworthy figurehead for the organisation through periods of uncertainty like this. He’s someone who cares quite deeply about the Xbox division and the studios it works with, and you get the sense that the problems with Xbox’ messaging and strategy at the moment aren’t coming from Spencer or his team, but rather from their struggling to balance the contradictory demands being placed upon them from higher up the Microsoft corporate ladder.I say that because it’s fairly clear that the bargain struck to keep the Xbox division within the somewhat ill-fitting fold of Satya Nadella’s more business-and-services focused Microsoft is that it’s going to be primarily responsible for providing the firm with a gaming (and media, to some degree) network service that will be universal to all of Microsoft’s offerings. Completely aside from its genuine potential, much of the reason for the focus on Xbox Live is because it’s what the division exports to the rest of Microsoft; the raison d’etre of Xbox, from the perspective of some much larger and more politically important divisions within the company, is the gaming offering it provides to Windows 10 across a variety of devices. Xbox hardware is just another Windows 10 platform; the notion of there being games that you can play on Windows 10 on Xbox, but not play on Windows 10 on an equivalently or more powerful PC, is anathema to Microsoft’s platform vision.”Shorn of its console hardware, Xbox Live would just be the new Games for Windows, and the value of its continued existence would probably come into question” At the same time, though, Xbox hardware is still an important part of the business of the division. Shorn of its console hardware, Xbox Live would just be the new Games for Windows, and the value of its continued existence would probably come into question a while down the line. Moreover, Xbox attracts a disproportionate amount of press and attention – and that’s the other blade of the scissors cutting Xbox’ messaging and strategy to ribbons right now. Much of Microsoft wants the division to focus on Xbox Live and on making a major contribution to Windows 10; but other parts of the company, no doubt, are deeply concerned at the widely accepted narrative that Microsoft is “losing” to Sony in the consumer space, a perception which, if it becomes embedded in consumers’ minds, could be far more damaging than any actual gulf in unit sales. So the contradictory demands are placed on Xbox; focus on Windows 10, but make damned sure you don’t let Sony get the march on us long-term.It shouldn’t need to be pointed out that confused messaging about Scorpio, in particular, doesn’t mean it won’t be a technologically impressive device with huge market potential. Everything the company has said about Scorpio so far is rock-solid; it’s the broader context that’s worrying. It’s the notion of Xbox One, a console actually outperforming Xbox 360 in launch-aligned sales, being kind-of, sort-of, left to a Wii U style fate, where everyone knows something better is coming so nobody wants to buy. It’s also the question of what the Xbox faithful will make of this twist; not the handful of noisy Internet fanboys who are already declaring Scorpio to be the second coming, but the solid, devoted Xbox players who bought into Xbox One relatively recently and now find their console being superseded far sooner than expected. “This is a problem Sony will face with Neo to some extent as well, and while allowing Neo information to dribble out before E3 did a great job of keeping it off the agenda, I still think the company faces an uphill battle” This is a problem Sony will face with Neo to some extent as well, and while allowing Neo information to dribble out before E3 did a great job of keeping it off the agenda, I still think the company faces an uphill battle to convince its existing PS4 installed base that the launch of Neo isn’t going to screw them over. However, in contrast to the challenge of Scorpio – which is for all intents and purposes just a brand new console – PS4 Neo looks like a walk in the park. Already Microsoft is tying itself up in knots as to whether there’ll be Scorpio-exclusive titles or whether everything will run on an Xbox One as well; in reality, neither path is entirely appealing, since the performance gulf between the consoles is so great that forcing developers to optimise for both will amount to creating two different games, making Scorpio titles that are just moderately upgraded Xbox One titles will leave Scorpio owners deeply dissatisfied, and making games that only work on Scorpio will essentially be two fingers up at the Xbox One installed base. I don’t envy those at Microsoft charged with making the judgement call on that front.History, of course, may judge Microsoft to be making the right call in this instance. They’ll be first to market with a “native” 4K console, and may be the first to have a console that can drive AR experiences (or perhaps certain kinds of VR). In the process, though, they’ll split their installed base and give Sony an extra year or more of almost unchallenged dominance of the market for PS4, as potential Xbox buyers hold on for the new device. Great, innovative platforms have been sunk by less. If Microsoft doesn’t want to join the ranks of noble failures, the first step would be ensuring that their message about what they’re actually doing stays coherent and relatable.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesApple questions credibility of Xbox testimonyiPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright’s claims of unprofitable consolesBy James Batchelor 2 days agoEpic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battleCEO Tim Sweeney told Xbox boss Phil Spencer that “certain plans for August” would create an “extraordinary opportunity”By James Batchelor 7 days agoLatest comments (15)Morville O’Driscoll Blogger & Critic 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCraig Stevenson Game Designer, MedStar SiTEL4 years ago I agree that the logical decision is to just build a gaming machine as the console / prebuilt computer line gets thinner. However, some customers still just don’t want to have to do that. They like being able to walk into a store and deal with a dedicated machine for games, one that’s separate from whatever they do on a computer. Not to mention, non-gamer purchasers (Queue flashbacks of trying to get computer parts correctly delivered from Santa).If Microsoft starts to standardize PCs they start getting closer to Apple’s confined ecosystem. If they have trouble navigating the marketing and PR of game consoles, I can’t fathom how easily that would be for them to misstep. 4 years ago as a strategy I thought it was clear.. build a machine that will delivers the best gaming experience possible.Come next year it’ll be clearer if VR has any chance of becoming mainstream. If it does then MS will partner up with oculus and start selling oculus accessories and games. Win win for both companies.I’d buy it just for the 4k/HDR gaming, 4k blurays are a bonus. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJordan Lund Columnist 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTodd Weidner Founder, Big Daddy Game Studio4 years agoIf all the games are on Windows 10, what’s the incentive to buy an Xbox One S or Scorpio at all? Why not just sink the money into a gaming rig PC? Same games, same Xbox Live, same achievements. Plus you get an ungradeable platform.I agree, why wouldnt Microsoft just push Steam machines and so forth as their consoles, and get out of the Xbox business. Its not like Xbox hardware has made them much if anything. Microsoft was founded and made all its money understanding that the money is in the software not the hardware. Edited 2 times. Last edit by Todd Weidner on 17th June 2016 5:20pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 years ago Mmmm, but the base API will still be DX12, and beyond a certain point, “features and optimisations” are just higher levels of standard flourishes – SSAO/HBAO, MSAA/FXAA, 2/4/6/8/16 Anisotropic filtering, Shadow Resolution, Texture Quality… All of which can be raised/lowered depending upon detected hardware spec. :)(my thanks to the new Hitman’s options page for the technical details above. 😀 ) 4 years ago I mentioned this in another post, but it seems relevant here as well…Every game during the E3 conference was mentioned as being on Windows 10 as well.If all the games are on Windows 10, what’s the incentive to buy an Xbox One S or Scorpio at all? Why not just sink the money into a gaming rig PC? Same games, same Xbox Live, same achievements. Plus you get an ungradeable platform. 4 years ago Neo Geo was never meant to be a mass market platformIt was an arcade platform, designed to save operators gobs of money, and was very successful doing that. They could put a new game in, and multiple games in the same cabinet for a few hundred dollars after the initial investment. The home version of NeoGeo was strictly for the ultra hardcore market, and only feasible becomes of the arcade business. The NeoCD tried to change that by using affordable media, but SNK games were never popular enough to justify the investment outside the audience that values arcade perfect play. 4 years agoAlready Microsoft is tying itself up in knots as to whether there’ll be Scorpio-exclusive titles or whether everything will run on an Xbox One as well; in reality, neither path is entirely appealing, since the performance gulf between the consoles is so great that forcing developers to optimise for both will amount to creating two different games,Something that confuses me about this message is that it’s theoretically simple to iron-out: Tell developers to pretend they’re writing for PC (which consoles essentially are, now), and include options for resolution, frame-limit and V-Sync in the XBox releases. Most third-party games are already getting PC releases anyway, and it seems that it’s a simple “fix”. Maybe they’re worried about the user creating an artificially poor experience by fiddling with options that make it run worse? Then have an auto-config/benchmarking program run on first-start and automatically adjust settings to Recommended based on detected hardware. Got a One S? The game’ll prioritise running at 900/30. Got a Scorpio? It’ll prioritise running at 1080/60 or 4k/sub-30 (user-choice).No doubt its mechanically harder to do than I’m making out, but developers aiming for PC and Xbox (and Neo) are already aiming for multiple hardware configs – the only real difference would be that the XBox release is forked-but-not really, since develop high (like Ultra-settings-on-PC high), and allow for less graphical flourishes and variable frame-rate so that the One S can cope.And by god, even if it’s mechanically harder to do, it’s a vastly easier way to manage your message to the consumer. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyBarry Meade , Fireproof Studios Ltd.4 years ago @Jeff RE: The Neo Geo. So true but my God, was it a beautiful machine ^^ 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (15)Keldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development4 years ago I want to see ray tracing in the next generation. Check out the demos from PowerVR (link | link) 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replykevin williams , KWP Limited4 years ago @Jeff – as one that actually worked in the arcade scene, and supported the Neo-Geo (AES and MVS) platforms at launch (and still with links to SNK and past execs), you will forgive me in having a slightly more seasoned view of the aspirations behind that system.I would advise that mixing the Asia and Western reactions to the machine together into a single overarching assumption may show a limitation of knowledge of what was going on. Especially ignoring the ‘Rental’ dynamic that impacted the Japanese sales and collapsed when considered for Western deployment.You have to understand that the AES component of the Neo-Geo was successful over both the Asian and Western deployment, but the SNK business model needed the MVS element to help spearhead the companies aspirations in the market and as they crumbled so they pulled the house of wax down (the Neo-GeoCD an elaborate suicide note)!My use of the Neo-Geo MVS as analogy of the MS proposed Project Scorpio is of the failure of a powerful platform to be viable from a position of confused market understanding. The Neo-Geo becoming the ‘strictly for the ultra hardcore market’ device was not the intention, and never became a true reality. 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorlds immediate upturn in fortunes and outlook. February 3, 2016 Götz Fischbeck Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The fourth and final quarter in 2015 can be considered a historic landmark for SolarWorld. Following 14 consecutive quarters of operating losses, the company was able to report an operating profit on a full quarterly basis. When releasing its preliminary 3Q15 figures at the end of October 2015, the company highlighted that in September 2015 it had been able to achieve a positive operating result on a monthly basis for the first time since the beginning of 2012. Yet at the same time, SolarWorld had to give up its original target for 2015 to achieve a break-even operating result for the full year as, by the end of the first nine months, its operating losses amounted to more than 18 million. In 4Q15, quarterly shipments of modules in excess of 350 MWp reached a new all-time record level for SolarWorld, and the operating profit of 8 million earned in the quarter corresponds to an operating margin of +3.5%. For the full year 2015 SolarWorld shipped 1.16 GWp of PV components to customers, corresponding to a growth in volumes by 33% year-on-year. Half of SolarWorlds shipments went into the U.S. PV market, giving the company an impressive combined market share for the U.S. residential and commercial PV market of the order of 18%-20%, assuming that less than 10% of SolarWorlds module shipments in the U.S. were destined for utility-scale projects. On the back of a strong order book, SolarWorld guides for a sales increase in 2016 in the range between +20% and +30%. At the upper end of its guidance the company would reach 1 billion in annual sales. With the operating leverage resulting from the increased production volumes envisaged by SolarWorld for 2016, the companys target of reaching a positive EBIT in a two-digit million amount in 2016 does not appear to be overly ambitious. The medium-term outlook for SolarWorld is less clear, however. On the one hand, the ITC extension for another five years passed by Congress in late December last year paves the way for a continued growth of U.S. residential and commercial PV demand for the foreseeable future, which is a clear positive for SolarWorld. On the other hand, the U.S. and Europe combined account for close to 90% of SolarWorlds turnover. 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Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro hosted a virtual panel with local medical experts who explained the nuances of the COVID-19 that streamed on Facebook Live last night. By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel hopefully,” Lavarro said regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and the potential phrasing out of trends such as social distancing.Dr. Sirhan Abdullah, who teaches at Hudson County Community College, explained that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been deemed effective and have begun being distributed throughout the world.“Vaccines work by training our immune system to fight pathogens,” Abdullah explained.Pathogens consist of bacteria or viruses. They have to be introduced into the body to trigger an immune response. The immune system safely recognizes them and produces antibodies to combat them in the future before they can cause sickness.Abdullah said the vaccine was developed quicker than others since a new technique was developed utilizing Messenger RNA to make a vaccine. However, it has to be kept at freezing temperatures of near -100 degrees Fahrenheit since mRNA is fragile.Dr. Parisa Assassi, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Queensborough Community College, discussed efforts to contain COVID-19, which has been very difficult.“We don’t know how it behaves in different populations and places,” she said.Assassi explained there are three phases of administering the coronavirus vaccination.The first phase will go to healthcare providers and hospital workers. People working in areas with a high risk of exposure, like the elderly and teachers, are in the second phase.Then, in the third and final phase, the general public will have the opportunity to be vaccinated.She said it would likely take at least six months to vaccinate all adults, allowing large gatherings to resume safely.The doctors agreed that experts don’t know how many people need to be vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity,” whereby enough people have protection from the vaccine or antibodies from the disease not to be a threat.However, in New Jersey, the goal is for 70 percent of the roughly nine million residents to be vaccinated.Dr. Gloria Boseman, a professor of nursing at New Jersey City University, works with the African-American community on health issues. She explained this is very difficult due to the great distrust of the healthcare system.Distrust is justified in part due to the lingering negative effects of the Tuskegee study and other similar unethical medical studies where, for example, Black women were sterilized/“You’re gonna die anyway,” people said to her when told to quit smoking cigarettes.“The barrier there is significant … Communities need to take a grand leap of faith … This is about survival.”Additionally, Abdullah said people should consult with their doctor first before getting vaccinated.He noted both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have similar side effects such as muscle pain, fever, and fatigue, which are common side effects for most vaccines.Assisi said despite the beginning of the vaccination process, people need to continue social distancing at least six feet apart and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. It’s also unknown how the COVID vaccine will affect children, she added.Furthermore, Boseman pointed out that minorities and women have often been left out of clinical trials, as well as that general public is unlikely to be eligible for the vaccine before March or April.“We have lost a disproportionate number of our communities to COVID. We don’t want to lose more if we don’t take advantage of this opportunity,” said Boseman.Abdullah said that after people contract the disease and survive, they have immunity for only a few months, while the vaccine lasts longer. And even if someone gets vaccinated, they still need to wear a mask since early data shows it could still be possible to transmit the virus.He further states that AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson might produce their own vaccines in the near future and that people need to keep an eye out for when new information becomes available.“We should trust science right now,” Abdullah said.On Wednesday, Jersey City officials revealed that they are planning to establish six COVID-19 vaccination sites, with four of the locations already finalized. 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* How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Advertisement/PublicationWebsitePublic Job Posting (auemployment.com site)Academic ConferenceAgency ReferralInternal Job PostingPersonal ReferralVeterans Assistance Services (Veteran Job Boards, Military BaseServices, State Vet Rep, etc.)Disability Assistance Services (Disability Job Boards, ABLENetwork, Voc-Rehab referral, etc.)Other Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterStatement of Leadership VisionCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsOther DocumentationOther Documentation (2) Posting DetailsJob TitleAssociate Dean for Extension/Assistant Director for Agriculture,Forestry, and Natural Resource Extension ProgramsPosting NumberP0193FJob Description SummaryThe College of Agriculture ( COA ) at Auburn University(www.agriculture.auburn.edu/) and the Alabama Cooperative ExtensionSystem ( ACES ) (www.aces.edu) are seeking applications for theposition of Associate Dean for Extension and Assistant Director forAgriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Extension Programs.This 12-month administrative position will be located within theCOA at Auburn University and fits within the organizationalstructures of COA and ACES . The Associate Dean/Assistant Directorposition reports jointly to the COA Dean and the ACES AssociateDirector. The position is classified as a tenure-track ExtensionSpecialist with a COA and ACES administrative appointment. Thisposition is a five-year appointment, subject to review. TheAssociate Dean/Assistant Director will be a member of the COAadministrative team and a member of the ACES System Program Team tobring into alignment the programmatic visions and directions of theCOA and ACES .Responsibilities: The Associate Dean/Assistant Director providesvision and leadership in how Extension, research, academicprograms, and other allied programs develop synergy to enhancecollaborative research and evidence-based outcomes. The positionprovides coordination and leadership for Agriculture, Forestry, andNatural Resource Extension Programs carried out by ACES incollaboration with the COA, the School of Forestry and WildlifeSciences ( SFWS ), and Alabama A&M University. The position isresponsible for the coordination and integration of Extensionprograms that address timely issues in areas such as improving theproductivity, sustainability and profitability of the state’sdiverse agriculture and horticulture industries, promoting a safeand secure food supply, increasing environmental stewardship, anddeveloping informed consumers.. The Associate Dean/AssistantDirector will:• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with DepartmentHeads in the College, the SFWS Dean, ACES program units, and CountyExtension Offices;• Serve as a liaison between COA and ACES ;• Foster entrepreneurial approaches to engage faculty in thepursuit and procurement of revenue through grants, contracts, giftsand fees to expand programming;• Mentor new Extension Specialists in COA and SFWS for agriculture,forestry, and natural resource programming;• Provide input to Department Heads and SFWS Dean for theevaluation of Extension Specialists and professional staff withACES appointments;• Recommend changes to ensure constant improvement of Extensionprogramming.• Lead program needs assessment activities, priority program teamplan-of‐work development, delivery of transformational Extensionprograms, outcome evaluation and Impact reporting;• Be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, supervision,mentoring and performance assessment of Regional ExtensionAgents;• Provide leadership to assure program alignment with the annualplan‐of‐work and direction set by ACES, COA, and SFWS ;• Serve as the ACES representative to the Southern RegionAgriculture and Natural Resource Extension Program LeadersNetwork;• Provide leadership and guidance to priority program teamcoordinators and other team leaders;• Foster the use of emerging pedagogy and communicationtechnologies, including the appropriate media and social media, toengage new and diverse constituent audiences;• Build teamwork through communication with ACES and departmentalExtension Specialists, Regional Extension Agents, and others asappropriate.Minimum QualificationsQualifications:• An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in a fieldwithin agricultural sciences, forestry, natural resources orrelated field;• Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in leadership, as wellas development, delivery, and evaluation of Extension programs thatmeet the needs of a target audience and create measurable impacts;prior experience as a department head or chair is desired.• Strong working knowledge of current agricultural, forestry, andnatural resource management issues in the world, United States andAlabama;• A proactive vision of the future of Extension and the ability toeffectively communicate with information users on thesematters;• An outstanding performance record in previous employment and ademonstrated commitment to the Extension philosophy andmission;• Proven record in generation of revenue streams to supportapplied-research and/or Extension programming;• Demonstrated skills in interpersonal and written communicationand a proven ability to interact extremely effectively withfaculty, staff, administrators and external stakeholders;• Proven record of Extension leadership and scholarship to beeligible for tenure at the full professor rank in his/herappropriate academic unit in the College of Agriculture or Schoolof Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.• Commitment to Auburn University’s core values of excellence,diversity, global involvement, and accountability.The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to workin the United States at the time of appointment is scheduled tobegin and continue working legally for the proposed term ofemployment.Desired QualificationsSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsApplication Procedures: Applicants must submit the following in apdf file format: 1) letter of application; 2) a statement ofleadership vision for impactful 21st century Extension programs; 3)a complete curriculum vita; 4) names, addresses, phone numbers andemail addresses of five professional references; and 5) copy of alltranscripts showing degree(s) conferred. Apply online at:https://www.auemployment.com/postings/21725 .Only complete applications will be considered. The search willcontinue until the position is filled, but to ensure considerationfor the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by May 8,2021. Please email questions to Dr. Eve Brantley, search committeechair, at [email protected] .Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea andspace grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 30,000graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located inthe city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 milessouthwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and isabout 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Visitwww.auburn.edu for more information.ACES and Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. 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The differences between using polling to predict election outcomes in a two-party race in the United States and multiparty, first-past-the-post parliamentary systems like Great Britain are numerous. But changes in communications are threatening the viability of public election polling in many developed countries where the landline phone was once a reliable medium for representative surveys.Like their counterparts in the United States, Britons are abandoning their landlines. Telephone pollsters have shifted, contacting an increasing percentage of their respondents via mobile phone, but perhaps not enough, according to many pollsters. In the United States, polling mobile phones is far more expensive than relying on landlines, because survey researchers are required by law to enter cellphone numbers manually when dialing.In Britain, many of the telephone polls conducted at the constituency level were commissioned by the billionaire Michael Ashcroft, who fielded surveys in more than 100 of the U.K.’s 650 districts in a seven-figure effort to help Britons better understand the election.But Ashcroft’s final survey showed the two leading parties, Conservative and Labour, tied at 33 percent apiece — similar to almost every other national poll. At the constituency level, his results were also mixed. “Not a great night for any of the pollsters or forecasters,” Ashcroft said on Twitter Friday morning, saying a more complete post-mortem was needed.London School of Economics associate professor Ben Lauderdale, writing at FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s data journalism site, suggested that some analysts looked at the wrong data points in Ashcroft’s surveys: They focused on how voters said they planned to vote in their own local elections, rather than their broader preferences for a party.Another leading pollster, Ipsos MORI, which polled by phone in Britain but had a mostly Web-polling presence in the United States, defended its British surveys but also vowed to reassess its methodology. The firm said in a statement that it was “within [the] margin of error for all the parties except for Labour, who[m] we overestimated. As we do after every election, we will be carrying out an internal review into our polling, how it can be improved and lessons that can be learnt, in order to become more accurate in the future.” “For any polling company, there inevitably comes a time when you get something wrong,” YouGov pollster Anthony Wells wrote Friday in an early post-mortem on his firm’s website. “Every couple of decades a time comes along when all the companies get something wrong. Yesterday appears to have been one such day.”YouGov, like most pollsters in Britain, significantly overestimated Labour’s support — showing the two parties basically tied for the three months leading up to Thursday’s elections.The firms that surveyed voters across Britain and in specific constituencies — some of whom, like YouGov, also poll in the United States — said more time was needed to review exactly what went wrong. Up for debate are the differences between conducting polls via telephone and the Internet, how interviewers asked the ballot-test question and exploring the systemic reasons why British polls continue to underestimate Tory support.“Seeing that really no country out there has really found the answer to this should be scary to people,” said Patrick Ruffini, the co-founder of the Republican digital analytics firm Echelon Insights. “It seems like things are going wrong a lot more than they’re going right, lately.”Political surveys do more than measure just the horse race: They help explain the issues and personal factors that help voters reach their decisions. But when public pollsters botch the horse race, it undermines credibility in the industry as a whole.And it would be difficult for the pollsters to perform any worse than they did before Thursday’s vote in the U.K.: Most surveys and the prediction models based on them showed the Tories and Labour as about even, with a better-than-even chance that Ed Milliband, Labour’s leader, could assemble a coalition with the Scottish National Party to oust Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tory-led government. Instead, Conservatives won an outright majority, 331 seats to 232 for Labour, and Milliband resigned as opposition leader on Friday. In this week’s British elections, pollsters unanimously declared that no party would get a majority — until the Conservatives exceeded most predictions by a whopping 50 or more seats.Two months ago in Israel, pollsters were broadly convinced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition was in deep trouble — until it pulled off a sweeping victory.Now, just 2½ years after most pollsters underestimated the extent of President Barack Obama’s reelection, the global polling establishment is again scrutinizing its data, while its American counterparts debated whether the methods of measuring political sentiment around the world are terminally flawed. The majority of firms surveying the U.K. elections conducted their polls over the Internet. Nearly 90 percent of Britons have Internet access, according to World Bank data from 2013, even greater than the 84 percent of Americans who have access to the Web.While there was little difference between the final Web and telephone surveys, there was a gap between the methodologies earlier in the campaign. Alberto Nardelli, data editor at The Guardian newspaper, noted last month that phone polls tended to favor the Tories, while Labour performed better in Internet polls. That phenomenon existed as late as a week ago, according to the New Statesman’s “May 2015” website.“I would be concerned about what looks like systematic errors in the British polling — under-representation of Conservative voters and overestimation of support for the Labour Party,” said University of Michigan professor Michael Traugott. “I haven’t seen any polls that suggested that the Scottish National Party was going to do extremely well in Scotland at the expense of Labour primarily. So, systematic errors like that, patterned errors like that, suggest methodological problems.”(Similarly, in Israel, some observers believe Web polling was biased against Netanyahu’s Likud Party and swayed the overall balance of pre-election forecasts.)These failures, though not limited to Internet polling, have ramifications for an American survey industry in flux. Most political campaigns and larger media outlets use live-caller telephone polling for their pre-election surveys, but the costs associated with that research are skyrocketing.That’s led a number of media outlets to experiment with Internet polling. The Associated Press, like POLITICO in 2014, used GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, while Reuters commissioned polling of a self-selecting Ipsos panel. CBS News and The New York Times continued their live-caller polling relationship at a national level, but supplemented that work with a YouGov-produced Web panel that forecasted results of every Senate race and congressional election — a project for which they initially received criticism from other pollsters. “I don’t think you could have that kind of surprise here,” added Republican pollster Jon McHenry. “We poll every state that has the potential to be a tossup. We’re going to see polls in some states that have competitive Senate races, even if they aren’t close [at the presidential level]. There will be lots of polls in Illinois because of [incumbent Republican] Mark Kirk, and they’ll all ask the presidential race right before that.”McHenry instead compared the Tory landslide in Thursday’s election to now-Rep. Dave Brat’s upset victory last year over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia GOP primary — tens, if not hundreds, of Dave Brats running simultaneously that slip under the radar.“Nobody’s really that involved in it, nobody really thinks there’s much of a chance for it to flip,” said McHenry. “And then, well, you know what happened.”This article was first published on Politico.com on 08/05/2015. But if these recent elections are any indication, the polling industry might be stuck in limbo: Telephone polls are increasingly unreliable and too expensive, while Internet polling isn’t yet able to replace truly random surveys.“I do think it remains a problem to the extent that people still rely on the phone surveys,” said Ruffini, of Echelon Insights. “I think an all-of-the-above strategy is what we’re going to have going into 2016.”In the U.S., simply learning the lessons of the 2012 and 2014 elections and applying them to 2016 won’t work because Americans’ modes of communication are changing so quickly.“One of the consequences of changing technology is that change becomes more rapid. It’s harder to keep up,” said Traugott, who led the Gallup Organization’s post-2012 review process. “So, we’re in an environment in which change is more prevalent and more rapid than it has been in the past, and we don’t understand all of the details of the consequences of mixing cell phones and landlines [for telephone polling] and the rate at which it should be done.”If there’s some good news, pollsters said they doubted the U.S. could see a U.K.-style failure in the 2016 general election, given the unique systems in each country. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t significant issues with polling here, too.“In any parliamentary system, it is tricky because it’s like you’re trying to project every House race in the country based on the generic ballot,” said Democratic pollster Nick Gourevitch of Global Strategy Group in New York. “And when you layer in multiple parties on top of that, it becomes more complex. I think, certainly here, that played a huge role — the complexity of the process.”
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck performed some duet magic to an appreciative and attentive crowd at Royce Hall, an romanesque-styled concert hall on UCLA campus. Together, the duo artfully crafted classic, jazz fusion and a little bluegrass with fine syncopated precision that left this reviewer amazed at the sheer virtuosity of the performance.Béla Fleck (named after the great classical composer Béla Bartok) is regarded as one of the all-time great banjo players, with a long and distinguished career. He started in 1979 playing bluegrass, but has branched out to classical and jazz over the years. In 1988, Béla reached worldwide prominence as the founding member of Béla Fleck and Flecktones, winning several grammy awards for bluegrass music. Unlike the bluegrass music of Flats and Scruggs, the Flecktones were able to fuse bluegrass with jazz influences, for a unique and thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.In the early 1960s, Chick Corea started his legendary jazz career with the original jumpin’ jive master – Cab Calloway – before finding a role as a keyboardist with the bebop deity, Miles Davis. In the early 1970’s Corea was one of the founding members of Return to Forever, a legendary jazz band that help create jazz fusion music. Like Fleck, Corea has teamed up with many jazz artists in a long and distinguished career.While the thought of a banjo and piano duet may sound a bit odd, the two seemed very comfortable with each other’s performing styles. Fleck and Corea have collaborated many times in the past, most notably in their 2007 album Enchantment. This concert was definitely for the serious music listener. The performers dodged and weaved with each other through intricate steps of point and counterpoint, like two prima ballerinas. With each musician playing rhythm and lead simultaneously, it sounded as though four musicians were playing. It was a very rich and moving sound.The two musicians are undoubtedly masters of their trade. At certain times during the performance, Corea would reach inside the piano to play the piano bass strings by hand, yielding a bass line of full rich vibrato. Now that’s pretty innovative!The first set was more classical in nature with references to Chopin, Gershwin and Debussy during the more romantic interludes. Things got a bit more melodic as jazz and bluesgrass crept into the set with a full on crowd pleaser, “Mountain,” to close the first set.There was quite a bit of the clever repartee as both member traded stories and jokes; clearly very comfortable in each other’s presence. Fleck was especially endearing talking about the birth of his son Juno, and played a wonderful song by the same name. One of the highlights was the Chick Corea song “Joban Dna Nopia” …take a look and scramble the letters and you get: Banjo and Piano. All in all, this was a wonderful and memorable performance by two masters.–Richard Melamed[Photo Credit: KDHX]
Austin Dillon saw him in the distance wearing a white Ford hat.It was the day before the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the non-points race one week prior to the Daytona 500, and Dillon was signing autographs.The boy approached him, big-eyed.“I told him, ‘Look, man, if you ain’t got a favorite driver, I’ll give you my hat if you choose me as your favorite,’ ” Dillon recalled to NASCAR.com while touring New York City this week as Daytona 500 champion.The terms were agreeable. Dillon whipped the hat off his head, signed it and handed it over. The boy thanked him and pledged his allegiance.The interaction was over. Until it wasn’t.Jordan Wade surprised Austin Dillon with a visit to the RCR shop on Wednesday. | Photo via RCR• • •The boy came back to Daytona the next day, and Dillon spotted him. It was easy — 11-year-old Jordan Wade was wearing his hat.Jordan yelled Dillon’s name and motioned him over. Dillon ran over.“Hey man, I have this for you,” Jordan said. He flashed a penny.“He gave me the hat, and I had to think of something to give him back in return,” Jordan said. “Most people wouldn’t pick up a penny, you know, but they’d pick up a quarter or a nickel. But I gave it to him for good luck.”Dillon’s mind immediately began churning, working its way backward to 20 years prior in 1998. The Intimidator. Wessa Miller. A lucky penny affixed to the dashboard of that No. 3 Chevrolet, which Earnhardt would famously steer into Victory Lane for the first time in his career in the Daytona 500.RELATED: A lucky penny for DaleAs Earnhardt posed for photo upon photo in Victory Lane that day, two little fellas joined him — Austin, then 7, and his brother Ty, then 5. It was a seminal moment in Austin Dillon’s life. He saw up-close Dale Earnhardt’s celebration, the joy exuding from his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress. It set his course on becoming a race car driver.That’s Ty Dillon (far left) and brother Austin in Victory Lane. | RacingOneTwenty years later, Austin Dillon drives the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.This clicked through his mind at perhaps a quarter-of-a-second when Jordan offered the penny.“I was like, ‘Hey man, that’s good karma’ because of Dale having the penny in the car,” Dillon said. “We had it in the Clash car, and it ran well and avoided the wrecks.”The Clash car, with the penny still inside, was sent back to Welcome, North Carolina, following the race. It had done its duty, stayed out of trouble and finished fifth. The No. 3 team had additional cars in Daytona Beach for the ensuing Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the Daytona 500 itself.But then the green flag dropped on the Can-Am Duel races, and there was Dillon navigating through wreckage and debris, avoiding it as best he could but not altogether, not liking the feel of the machine underneath as much as he did the previous race.He wanted his Clash car. He wanted the penny with it.“The car actually went home, and I wanted to bring the Clash car back. I said to make sure we have the penny in the car,” Dillon said. “The guy I asked to do it was my underneath guy, Kevin Gladman. I was like, ‘Guys, we have to get that penny back. They were like, ‘It’s in North Carolina.’ I told them it doesn’t matter.”The team made it happen, loading the hauler with the Clash car back up and driving down to Daytona in time for the weekend practices.MORE: Dillons shaped by 1998 Daytona 500• • •Austin Dillon, with a penny affixed to his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, won the 2018 Daytona 500. He did so with a last-lap pass on race leader Aric Almirola, although “pass” is probably one of several words you could use to describe his move.“Turn” would work. Some might say “punt,” although the aggressive move which ended up sending Almirola into the outside retaining wall caused no ill will with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.“We were both trying to win the Daytona 500,” Almirola would say after the race.ALMIROLA: ‘My heart is broken’After the race, Dillon cut donuts into the infield, with some of the marks left behind looking like a “3,” perhaps the most iconic number in all of NASCAR. It holds extra special meaning to the Childress family, and to Dillon and fans of Earnhardt Nation, many of whom still hold up three fingers on the third lap of every race.Brian Lawdermilk | Getty ImagesThat famous No. 3 Chevrolet from 1998 sits inside the RCR Museum to this day, the penny still glued on. One day, this No. 3 will join it with its penny still attached.“The penny’s going to live in that Daytona 500 car,” Dillon said. “I think it deserves it. It has a home. Most pennies that you find don’t have a home. That one has a home, you know what I mean?”With Dillon’s Daytona 500 win came a champion’s tour to New York City, where Austin and wife Whitney did their best to take in the sites of the city while also making the talk-show rounds.Dillon’s mind, on the rare bit of downtime it had to wander, invariably made its way back to Jordan.“There was something about this kid,” Dillon said. “I felt something good about him.”Dillon explained in detail how he wanted to get Jordan to the RCR shop, show him around. He likely had never seen the inside of a race car. Dillon wanted to pick him up and put him inside one, let him grab the steering wheel and cinch up.Unbeknownst to Dillon, his team was working behind the scenes to make that happen.On Wednesday, when Dillon and the No. 3 team were honored at Richard Childress Racing for their Daytona 500 win the day after touring New York City, Jordan was there. He was wearing a familiar hat.“We were all hoping that he was going to win,” Jordan said from the RCR shop. “Then, with the luck I gave him, he won.”Dillon gave Jordan that shop tour, with the two posing for pictures with fellow driver Darrell Wallace Jr., who finished second. Wallace Jr., who drives the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports, is the first African-American driver with a full-time ride in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1971.His runner-up finish in the “Great American Race” is the best ever for a driver of color. Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing announced an alliance over the summer, with RPM relocating its shop to be closer to RCR. The two teams celebrated the 1-2 finish together.Wednesday was a good day in Welcome.“As far as fan engagement, it’s special,” Dillon said. “It’s cool. I feel like I made a kid who didn’t know if he liked NASCAR, and he was just kind of learning about it, I feel like I made him love it. Because I gave him something, and he gave me something. We’ll be tied together for a long time.”It’s not unlike Dillon to want to give back, his wife, Whitney, chimed in. She’d been listening to the interview with NASCAR.com and couldn’t hold back this thought any longer.“One of my favorite things about Austin is that he is so caring and giving to every person that he comes into contact with,” Whitney said. “He has touched so many lives, and the impact that he has at RCR — he would never tell you this–– with all of the employees. He knows most of them by names, he knows their backgrounds. He takes time to go there almost every single day. Half of his pit crew, they lived with him for a while so they could get on their feet and get going. It’s just cool. When you give, it just comes back.”“I just try to give back a little to the fans who give us so much each and every weekend,” Austin Dillon added. “I just want ’em to love me.”• • •Dillon, 27, remains a part of NASCAR’s youth movement, although he’s a veteran of that group. Sunday was the second-youngest Daytona 500 field ever, so while being 27 is young, it’s not young in this current era of NASCAR.Certainly Dillon still remembers traipsing through the garage as a child, collecting cards and looking up to his heroes to sign them. It wasn’t that long ago.It’s those memories that linger now that Dillon is a driver himself. Every interaction he has with a child has meaning. Perhaps he simply makes a child’s day. Or perhaps he makes such an impact that the next Jordan he signs for is the next driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet.The impact on Jordan is clear. That boy who never experienced a NASCAR race before last weekend? Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up.“I want to be a NASCAR driver, now,” he said.That’s how Dillon felt when he was a kid, too. And guess what? Now, he’s a NASCAR driver.“I want people to experience what I’ve experienced since I was a kid, and be able to enjoy races and enjoy experiences,” Dillon said. “There’s a lot of good role models in NASCAR. When I was growing up, every driver would sign what I asked them to sign. My grandfather still does that.“The biggest thing is, you have to give back to the sport that’s given you what you’ve got. If I can create experiences for kids that will bring their kids here, the Daytona 500 will live on forever.”“I think it’s awesome to see what his involvement in NASCAR could be like,” Dillon continued. “Could he be the next president of a race team? An engineer? A crew chief? A driver? You never know what you’re creating when you meet a young kid that has everything in front of him.”In the middle of this discussion, Dillon paused when returning to the anecdote from the Clash. The hat on his head wasn’t the only thing he’d given away, and suddenly the driver made a connection.He gave the hat on his head to Jordan. Later, a young girl wearing a Chase Elliott hat walked by. Dillon good-naturedly teased her and asked if she’d consider becoming his fan, upping the ante with another hat his father had just purchased that day.That interaction drew a crowd. To be fair, Dillon said he’d give the hat away to whoever answered a trivia question correctly. The little girl didn’t get the question right. Another boy did, and he earned the hat.The girl wearing the Chase Elliott hat was saddened to see that second hat going to someone else, so the boy who received it kindly gave it to her. Moved, Dillon asked the boy to walk back to his golf cart. En route, Dillon took the shirt he was wearing, slipped it off over his head, signed it and gave it to that boy. He rode away in a golf cart, shirtless.It suddenly dawned on Dillon the number of items he gave away. Two hats. One shirt. Three, total.“Numbers are so weird,” he said, after a pause. “I gave away three things that night. That’s all I had to give away. Three.”He pauses once more.“Three is a magical number.”Contributing: Torey Fox
KXXV-TV News Channel 25 – Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen | WHITNEY, Texas (KXXV) – A couple dozen workers are out of a job and this weekend Whitney is relying on ambulance service miles away. They’ve been working for 42 years and on Friday afternoon, the Lake Whitney Medical Center EMS closed its doors. Director Jimmy Hoskins even gave his final call just after 5 o’clock while his fellow workers and family fought back tears in the background.