Missouri State University is accepting applications for aRESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR in Residence Life, Housing& Dining Services. Responsibilities: primary live-inadministrator of a residence hall, responsible for all managementfunctions necessary to provide students with a community in whichthey can live and learn comfortably and effectively; promoting,within the hall, an atmosphere conducive to academic and personalgrowth, reflecting the mission and philosophy of the Department ofResidence Life, Housing and Dining Services and the University. For required qualifications and application procedures:https://jobs.missouristate.edu or call (417) 836-4683. Pay Grade: 42. Salary:$35,568/annually. Successful candidates must be committed toworking with diverse student and community populations. Employmentwill require a criminal background check at Universityexpense. EO/AA/M/F/VETERANS/DISABILITY/SEXUALORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY EMPLOYER AND INSTITUTION.
50Hertz is in charge of connecting EnBW Baltic 2 to the grid. The German offshore wind farm, being constructed 32 kilometers north of the Baltic island of Rügen, is four times as large as EnBW Baltic 1. With 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 turbines, it can produce six times as much power.The construction of EnBW Baltic 2 began in August 2013. Once completed, it will be able to generate electricity for around 340,000 households per year.Check out the following video for 50Hertz’s story about the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm:Offshore WIND Staff
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today published the long-awaited judgment on human rights firm Leigh Day and three of its lawyers.In a 214-page ruling, the tribunal outlines the reasons for clearing senior partner Martyn Day and solicitors Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther of all charges. The three had been charged with misconduct relating to their handling of historic allegations of torture and unlawful killing by British soldiers in Iraq.The tribunal found that Day, Malik and Crowther actively investigated regulatory requirements and tried to act in accordance with the rules.The judgment adds: ‘They were open in evidence about things they did, and why they did them, and were prepared to acknowledge where they would, with hindsight, have done things differently. ‘The tribunal rejected the [SRA’s] general contention that [they] were the kind of people who put financial advantage above professional duty.’But the judgment also reveals for the first time the level of doubt expressed by Richard Hegarty, a solicitor member of the three-person panel. Hegarty did not find Martyn Day to be a ‘credible, honest or convincing witness’, and on numerous occasions Day was said to have ‘failed to give clear and succinct answers to straightforward questions’.Hegarty found Malik far more credible, saying she came across as a solicitor ‘intent on fighting for her clients and trying, but at times not succeeding, in staying within her professional rules’.On Crowther, who was alleged to have destroyed a key document linking Iraqi clients with insurgent forces, Hegarty finds it ‘unfortunate’ that she changed the evidence given at interview and he notes her answers ‘did not sit well’ with the lawyers’ defence.The SRA, which brought the prosecution, has 21 days from the conclusion of the case – including the costs hearing – to decide whether to bring an appeal. A hearing to determine costs will be arranged at the earliest opportunity 35 days after publication.An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We will be reviewing the judgment in detail and considering next steps.’The firm, senior partner Martyn Day, equity partner Sapna Malik and solicitor Anna Crowther had denied 19 charges. The case took seven weeks to conclude, with members of the tribunal spending a week considering their decision.Leigh Day’s costs were said to be £7m earlier in this hearing, while the SRA’s costs will also run to seven figures. Any adverse costs order against the SRA would leave the profession footing the bill for the prosecution.
Bernard Don Bortey scored a brace as he led defending league champions, Aduana Stars to hand Asante Kotoko a two-nil defeat in their Week 10 Glo Premier League game.Liberty Professionals also put paid to Hearts of Oak’s resurgence in the league, licking the Phobians by a lone goal at the Accra Stadium. Real Tamale United remains a struggling side, beaten one-nil at home by Ashantigold SC.BA Stars managed a one-nil win over Dwarfs, with King Faisal also winning 2:1 against struggling Mighty Jets. Berekum Arsenal were held to a goalless game by Heart of Lions, with New Edubiase and Wa All Stars also settling for a goalless game to split the points.At the Sekondi Stadium, visiting Bechem Chelsea beat Kessben FC by a lone goal.Source: Myjoyonline.com
Qantas has emphatically denied a report that it will be charging economy passengers for meals, drinks, and baggage.The airline was responding to a story carried by Australian Business Traveler related to a survey sent out this week to its Qantas Advisory Panel an invitation-only group of frequent flyers.According to ABT “members are being asked for their thoughts on “pay as you use Qantas flights between Australia and New Zealand”, indicating the busy and highly competitive trans-Tasman routes as a likely launch pad for what has often been a contentious model when adopted by other airlines.”WATCH: Emirates A380 creates a snowy blast However. a Qantas spokesman told AirlineRatings.com there are absolutely no plans to introduce such a fare system.“We often ask questions to get a sense of what the market thinks but that doesn’tmean we intend to do something,” a Qantas spokesman said.“Specifically, on this question, we have no intention on unbundling our fares. Givenwe’re in the middle of rolling out free wifi, we are clearly committed to being a fullservice airline.”Interestingly, however, Air New Zealand has successfully introduced the scheme on its trans-Tasman flights to Australia and as far afield as Perth.However, Qantas has long prided itself on a one-fare policy and Australians are very much welded onto to that model.Unlike Air New Zealand, Qantas has its low fare champion in Jetstar to offer low priced options without food, drinks or baggage.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting SocialThe new version of Citysearch puts more emphasis on the social experience by highlighting reviews from your Facebook friends while browsing through reviews. Besides making the sign-in easier for new users, Citysearch now also allows you to publish your updates on the service to your Facebook profile. On the service itself, setting up a profile has now become easier, though you can’t really do too much with these profiles besides adding your profile picture. Users can now also vote reviews up or down, which is a nice feature, given that some reviews can be blatantly biased. The update also puts more emphasis on professionally produced videos of local establishments. The new player, which is provided by BrightCove, allows for wide-screen HD playback, which is a nice upgrade from the old version.MobileEarly next year, Citysearch will start to allow users to upload their own photos and videos to the service. Citysearch also expects to release a native iPhone application around the same time, though for now, the updated mobile site is already quite useful.Overall, this is a nice update to Citysearch and puts the service back on par with its competitors. In the mobile market, however, review services like Yelp or discovery services like Whrll have a head-start and it will be interesting to see if Citysearch’s mobile site can compete with these. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Citysearch, the popular local restaurant and shopping guide, announced a new beta version of its service tonight. The new version provides a better local search experience, with the ability to search specific neighborhoods instead of just metropolitan areas. Citysearch also announced a retooled mobile site, which lets users read and write reviews on their mobile devices, and gives them access to menus from participating restaurants. Citysearch has also implemented Facebook Connect, which allows users to log in to the site with their Facebook accounts, and the company plans to roll out OpenID support early next year.You can fine the new beta at beta.citysearch.com.Obviously, the restaurant review market is quite crowded right now and a lot of the updates to Citysearch were surely prompted by the success of other services like Yelp. More LocalBesides giving the service a cleaner and more modern look, Citysearch also retooled the back-end to allow users to perform more granular searches. While the old Citysearch was only focused on 140 metropolitan areas, the new version allows you to drill down to the neighborhood level. Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Pity the poor venture capitalist. Times were… well, so cushy. Money was flowing, deals were being done in record time, monetization was something one worried about later, and Silicon Valley was bursting at the seams. The sweet smell of wealth creation was everywhere. But suddenly, money got tight and the portfolio companies of many VC firms went on life support. So let’s hear from a couple of well-known early-stage investors, each with close to a decade under his belt, who we learned are largely undaunted by the current melancholia.We spoke with Jeff Clavier, founder and managing partner of SoftTech VC, Palo Alto, CA, and Dave Hornik, a partner at August Capital, Menlo Park, CA. Both have enviable records of successful investments, and both still find new startups worthy of their funds (though they agree the pace has slowed). We conducted the interviews by email after chatting with both gentlemen at the recent DEMO ’09 conference. (The questions for each are identical, though the interviews were conducted separately.)Question: How would you describe the current state of early-stage VC in general?Clavier: Early-stage technology investments have traditionally been made by a mix of business angels, which invest their own money, and venture capital firms, which invest from funds they raise. Over the past four years, a few seed-stage firms have become prominent players in early-stage investing: First Round Capital, Maples Investments, Baseline Ventures, True Ventures, Alsop Louie, KPG Ventures, and my firm, SoftTech VC. In the current environment, all of these firms are actively investing and so are “professional” business angels. More casual angels have disappeared from the market since October 2008, when the public markets started unraveling.Hornik: I think it is a very tough time for venture capital in general. The public markets are closed up tight as a drum. But more importantly, the financing environment is very tough. It is particularly hard to assume that a company you finance today will be able to remain financed in the future. So venture capitalists are being very careful about what companies they fund, with a particularly careful eye on capital efficiency.Question: What would you say about the state of VC investing specifically in the digital content or digital content technology space? Do VCs look on this space favorably right now?Clavier: VCs continue to invest broadly in digital content, technology, services, etc. The bar has just gone much higher on what companies have to demonstrate to show themselves worthy of an investment: traction, revenues, market potential, etc.Hornik: There is no question a number of exciting companies in the digital media space will have no problem getting financed. But many others will not be able to find backers. There is a general sense that online advertising is slowing down. Because a large number of the digital media opportunities are monetized with advertising, many of the companies coming up for funding will face a fairly skeptical venture community and have a tough time getting funded.Question: What have been your most notable deals in this space since you started investing?Clavier: I started investing in the consumer Internet space five years ago, at the very beginning of Web 2.0, and since then have closed more than 50 deals. Five of them got acquired: Truveo, Userplane, MyBlogLog, Kaboodle, and Maya’s Mom. In my angel portfolio, I have companies like Mint, Kongregate, and Buzznet. More recently, I invested in Tapulous, maker of the #1 game on the iPhone, as well as Circle of Moms, GetSatisfaction, and SocialMedia. All of these companies have millions of users, but it is still the beginning for them.Hornik: The partners at August Capital were the earliest investors in such companies as Microsoft, Sun, Compaq, Intuit, Symantec, Seagate, Skype, and many others. I have had the good fortune to invest in such exciting digital media companies as Evite, Tickle, Six Apart, VideoEgg, etc.Question: Have you done any digital content deals in the past six months?Clavier: I typically don’t talk about recent deals. Funding announcements are most often done when companies launch. In the past six months, I have invested in Outright, Foodzie, and TextDigger, and I am also about to close two deals in digital content infrastructure.Hornik: We have invested in a couple but, unfortunately, we aren’t talking about either publicly. Stay tuned.Question: Is now a good time to be a VC investor?Clavier: I personally consider the current environment a great time for investing. Opportunities I see tend to be stronger; there are stronger talent pools around companies; and the general focus is on building sustainable businesses, with revenues being part of the short-term plan, as opposed to an afterthought.Hornik: I think it is a great time to be a VC at August Capital. We have had the good fortune to invest successfully in a number of really interesting companies in past down economies. We believe that great entrepreneurs are undaunted by the challenging economy. And a number of things make it easy to build a company in these difficult times: plentiful talent, cheaper rents, less competition, etc.Question: What is the mindset of your investing partners right now, including other VC firms you often invest with? What percentage of them are positive?Clavier: We are all busy looking at deals and investing right now. It is, however, fair to say that the pace has slowed down a little bit compared to last year.Hornik: I certainly think that plenty of venture investors feel quite daunted by the market conditions. Not only is it harder to raise money for their portfolio companies, it is harder for them to raise money for their own firms. But plenty of folks out there have seen these up-and-down cycles before and remain enthusiastic about venture investing. I personally remain quite optimistic about the future of venture investing; so long as there is technical innovation, there will be great opportunities in venture capital.Question: Is VC investing more difficult in the current environment?Clavier: I would not say it is more or less difficult than it was in the past. The big question for us is, what type of companies are likely to be successful in these challenging times. There is a flight to quality in terms of management teams and a bigger focus on short-term revenue. But otherwise, it is pretty much the same.Hornik: It is definitely more difficult. If capital is the lubricant of markets, then we are facing some pretty serious challenges. But there will be opportunity to succeed despite the markets. And those firms that have a long history of success will be able to weather the storm far more easily.Question: What types of digital content solutions or tools are you interested in funding? What’s on your wish list?Clavier: I don’t maintain a wish-list of tools or companies, to be honest. My investment strategy is sector-based, within the realm of consumer Internet. That includes social media, gaming, search and discovery, monetization and ad networks, and consumer and cloud infrastructure. I am currently looking at mobile deals as well, on new platforms like the iPhone and Android.Hornik: I don’t really have a wish list. I’m always looking for smart, talented entrepreneurs who can tell me what is interesting. The entrepreneurs know way more than the venture community, so I have always followed their lead.Question: Has deal flow slowed down for first-round financing? And can we assume that requests for follow-on financings are way up? On which are you spending most of your time these days?Clavier: Deal flow has slowed down a little bit, but I find what comes my way is of higher quality. I have closed six follow-on rounds in the portfolio in the last six months: companies I had seed-funded that received capital from new investors in a subsequent round, and I see that as very positive. It was a lot of hard work; it took more time than in the past; and valuations were in line with market realities. But these deals got done. I have allocated 75% of my time to my existing portfolio, and 25% to looking at new deals.Question: Any further thoughts on the subject?Clavier: We’re in the most challenging economic and financing environment of the last decade. I have been an investor for nine years, but I’m certain that we’ll see fantastic companies emerge from these difficult times. And I am excited to be involved in the early-stage community that will help build them.Hornik: I joined the venture business in June of 2000, which was a challenging time in its own right. But I found some very interesting companies to invest in then. And I’m sure I will find some interesting companies to invest in over the next couple of years as well. I’m looking forward to it.Graeme Thickins is an independent writer, consultant, and blogger based in Minneapolis, MN, and San Clemente, CA. 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In 2010, Google announced that it would cease offering censored search and news services in China, as it could no longer tolerate the Chinese government’s attempts to suppress information or spy on human rights activists through its services. Unfortunately, it seems that the company has more recently had a change of heart.In August, documents were leaked detailing a new project from Google codenamed “Dragonfly” to bring back search and news services that complied with China’s burdensome censorship requirements. If launched, Google would join Yahoo, Bing, and several domestic search engines in presenting a view of the Internet carefully restricted by the ruling Communist party. The revelation immediately spurred a coalition of 14 human rights groups to condemn the plan. Many employees have urged the company to drop the project, both in an internal letter and in a public statement issued in late November.Not all Google employees oppose Dragonfly, however. In another letter, the signatories argue that Dragonfly fits in with Google’s broader mission of organizing the world’s information and making it accessible and useful. While the letter acknowledges the human rights concerns at issue, it offers no specific solutions.Access to information is critical for a free and prospering society, and China’s censorship laws heavily undermine that access. Any internet company looking to do business in China will need to block content related to a long and ever-growing list of forbidden keywords including “human rights,” “anticommunism,” and “Tiananmen Square,” along with entire publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. If Google truly plans to stay true to its stated goal of making the world’s information more accessible, it can’t allow itself to be used as a tool to suppress basic facts of history.Dragonfly presents a danger not just in the information it hides, but in the information it collects as well. The Chinese government is known for its expansive surveillance over its population. Due to regulations over data storage and compliance with government data requests, there are serious concerns that the vast data Google collects about its users will only further feed the government’s efforts to spy on dissidents. Because search histories would be linked to users, the Chinese government could easily target those who seek out forbidden information.When Google shut down many of its Chinese services in 2010, it noted that a major motivating factor had been the cyber attacks targeting the accounts of Chinese human rights advocates. Now, however, Google seems much less concerned with the privacy of its users. According to an in-depth report from the Intercept, multiple former and current employees claim that the teams responsible for evaluating the privacy and security of their products have been shut out of Dragonfly. A report from the privacy team concluded that Google would be expected to be a part of the Chinese government’s surveillance apparatus and would be less able to push back against Chinese demands for data than they are in the US and Europe. However, the project’s leadership consistently stonewalled attempts to raise these issues.It’s not too late for Google to change course. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Dragonfly is still in an early experimental phase (although the Intercept reports that staff had been told to prepare for an early 2019 launch). While expanding access to information is an important goal, attempting to do so at the cost of being a tool for censorship and surveillance will ultimately do more harm than good to the people of China. Whatever information to which they gain access will be seen through the distorted lense of the regime’s blacklist, and Google’s cavalier attitude toward privacy will endanger anyone fighting for a more free China.
Jeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11––– Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271 With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Kendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When we look back at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks who have beaten the Sooners, the list is predictably short. One name that does appear on that list is current Cowboy, Mason Rudolph.But if Rudolph leads the Cowboys to a victory on Saturday, he won’t be the first OSU quarterback with multiple Bedlam wins (although he would be the first to do it twice in Norman).Let’s look at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks that have been able to get multiple wins against the Sooners, in the modern era. (Bob Fenimore played halfback but led the team in passing both years as the Cowboys won Bedlam in 1944 and 1945.)Tony Lindsay1997: That last time Oklahoma State was favored in Norman was back in 1997. The Cowboys were led by the eventual Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Tony Lindsay. Lindsay went 9 for 16 for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to R.W. McQuarters.Cowboys won in Norman 30-7.1998: As a redshirt-sophomore, Lindsay had an impressive four-touchdown outing at home.Going 16 of 24 for 138 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, Lindsay also had a huge game on the ground. He rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, just shy of this fourth career 100-yard rushing game.Cowboys win at home 41-26, completing the first pair of back-to-back Bedlam wins in 30-plus years.Lindsay’s Bedlam record as a starter: 2-1Josh Fields2001: In one of the most dramatic games in OSU history, the heavy 27-point underdog Cowboys were led by true freshman Josh Fields.Okay, so technically Fields didn’t start this game. He came in after early after Aso Pogi went 2 for 9 with two interceptions and was “the guy” from there on out.Fields went 19 for 38 for 231 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But that one touchdown was a memorable one. “The catch” in the back of the end zone solidified Fields and all-time leading receiver Rashaun Woods in OSU lore.OSU won 16-13 in Norman.2002: Fields had one of the best games of his career going a super efficient 18 of 27 for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Rashaun Woods had 134 yards and two touchdowns and Tatum Bell added 106 on the ground.Cowboys win in Stillwater 38-28.Fields’ Bedlam record as a starter: 1-1 (but we’re counting him as 2-1)Mason RudolphSo were does that leave Rudolph?2014: The record-setting junior first endeared himself to Cowboy fans when he led his 21-point underdog team to a 38-35 nail-biting win in Norman.Rudolph went 19 of 35 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, looking stellar for a true freshman in just his second start.Oklahoma had pushed the lead back to 14 when, late in the fourth quarter, Rudolph hit Brandon Sheperd on back-to-back plays. A 14-yard pass followed by a 43-yard touchdown pass not only brought the Cowboys within a score with less than five minutes remaining, but made me believe Sheperd would go All-Big 12 his senior season.You probably know the rest of that story. Bob Stoops decided to re-punt and Tyreek Hill went house setting up the game-winning field goal in overtime by Ben Grogan.Not only did Rudolph beat Oklahoma, he reignited an offense that had been mostly inept the first ten games of the season.2015: Rudolph didn’t start the game due to an injury he sustained the week before against Baylor. He was unceremoniously trotted out for one series in lieu of J.W. Walsh with little chance of success. OSU’s coaching staff basically told Mike Stoops, “We’re going deep here.”. The result was an interception and some head scratching by all who watched.But this year Rudolph is healthy and for once in his career appears to have the running game needed to help his prolific passing attack flourish.If the Cowboys can pull it off this weekend, Rudolph will be the second OSU quarterback to win multiple starts and the first to win twice in Norman.Rudolph’s Bedlam record as a starter: 1-0 (and counting)