December 2014 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of southeast Michigan web professional and user experience events for December 2014. Whether you’re a user experience professional, designer, developer, programmer, project manager, content strategist, social media professional, or digital marketer, you’ll find some events to interest you.With the end of the year, this month’s calendar feature many holiday mixers and networking opportunities. Holiday mixers are a great way to meet new people working in your field of interest and catch up with friends/colleagues you haven’t seen in a while.Celebrate the Holidays MixerDate: December 2, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to Conor O’Neill’s)Cost: Free (pay for your own food and drink)Celebrate the holidays with members of Michigan Computer Human Interaction (CHI)Southeastern Michigan Society of Technical CommunicatorsMichigan Usability Professionals’ Associationat their year-end holiday mixer in downtown Ann Arbor. Wear a user experience t-shirt, technical documentation or conference t-shirt. There’s no reserved room or purchased food. Members will meet in the bar, order food from tables, and shared stories of successes and failures in their work projects. Drupal Meetup–Year End MixerDate: December 3, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pmLocation: Ann Arbor SPARK Central in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to SPARK)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredJoin the Michigan Drupal Web Designer & Developer Meetup for their year-end mixer with Brad Czerniak giving a short presentation on extending the webform module. You’re invited to enjoy drinks and networking with other group members.Mobile Year in ReviewDate: December 8 2014, 5:30pm to 12:15amLocation: Macomb-Oakland University(OU) Incubator in Sterling Heights, Michigan (map and directions to Macomb-OU Incubator)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredWhat happened in mobile in 2014 and what does the future hold? Join Mobile Monday Detroit for its annual meeting where organizers Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, and Linda Daichendt will review Mobile Monday Detroit events of the past year, as well as highlight key industry issues of 2014, while looking at what we can expect in 2015. Note the new location for Mobile Monday Detroit.Sudo and UNIX/Linux Milestones in 2014Date: December 9, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pmLocation: Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan (map and directions to Farmington Community Library)Cost: FreeAt the December meeting of the Michigan!/usr/group Unix user group, Michael Lucas’ talk “Sudo: You’re Doing it All Wrong” will focus on some of sudo’s lesser-known features. Leaders Craig and Jim will discuss past milestones in the UNIX and Linux communities, as well as what to expect in the future. Social Media Club Detroit Holiday Party 2014Date: December 10, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Firebird Tavern in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Firebird Tavern)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredShare the holiday spirit with your Social Media Club Detroit colleagues with an evening of appetizers, open bar, and good conversation. Bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots.December Casual NetworkingDate: December 11, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Falling Down Beer Company in Warren, Michigan (map and directions to Falling Down Beer Company)Cost: Free, register online For their December Casual Networking event, IT in the D is partnering with Michigan Friends of Education–Operation: Kid Equip for a holiday fundraiser. Stop in to enjoy networking and meeting new people working in the technology field, and bring an unwrapped gift/monetary donation to benefit the IT in the D cause for the year. Detroit UX Holiday MixerDate: December 18, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: St. Cece’s in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to St. Cece’s)Cost: $5.00 , pre-registration requiredOur Detroit User Experience group is ending the year with our annual holiday mixer at St. Cece’s. Join us for networking, food, and our first book gift exchange! Bring a bring a gift-wrapped UX-related book (new or used), and exchange it for another wrapped book! Think of it as passing great knowledge along, and hopefully getting some in return. Hope to see you at some of the events this month!It’s impossible to include every event. If you have any events to add to the calendar, I’d love to know about them! Feel free to share them in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDecember 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”December 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be challenging to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web…In “Calendar”July 2014: User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities

first_imgTags:#Features#Trends#web Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has fallen prey to social media spammers and it is now full of requests to spam bookmarking services for pennies per link. Although these HITs may stop short of being “fraud” in the legal sense of the word, they are certainly dishonest and unsavory. In addition to these spam bookmarking requests, we’re also seeing HITs for Diggs, Stumbles, Slashdots, etc. of spammers’ web pages and web sites.In case you’re unfamiliar, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace for tasks. A person needing work done can set up a HIT (human intelligence task) – the small job they need done. Others come along to perform the HITs, earning micro payments along the way. In this way, businesses, developers, and other individuals have access to an affordable, scalable workforceThe Dark Side to Mechanical TurkUnfortunately, it appears that the convenience of the Turk marketplace has some appeal to social media spammers, who are now using the site to earn Diggs, bookmarks, and other social recommendations they do not deserve. Here’s an example: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez A search for “bookmark” on MT today displays 48 results (at the time of writing) where spammers are requesting social bookmarking of their web site. Search for “digg” and you’ll find people paying for Diggs. Of course, whenever there is a system in place (like social media) that can help drive traffic to a web site, there will be those people who use it to generate traffic for their spam sites. But why are they able to use Amazon Mechanical Turk to do so? Shouldn’t Amazon police the Turk to shut down these spam accounts? Mechanical Turk Still Has Promise, Despite SpammersHowever, this doesn’t mean that Mechanical Turk doesn’t hold any value – it’s still an innovative and useful tool for many. In fact, members of the HCI community (Human Computer Interaction) have begun to use Turk for userresearch studies with great success. This work has inspired others like open source advocate, Chris Messina, to do the same. He plans to use Turk for usability studies on OpenID and OAuth. Since the HITs are spread out among many, the cost of performing these studies is greatly reduced. Being able to crowdsource research is a great way that MT can be used today, and one that will have a big impact on the future, too. Thanks to Brynn Evans, a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego for discovering this and thanks to open source advocate Chris Messina for sending it along to us.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Photo courtesy of Brynn EvansAnyone who uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has no doubt come across similar HITs posted by spammers. For example, this guy is requesting someone create 29 social bookmark accounts from 29 sites: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

“It’s All Cool”—Starting Loss Prevention for a Hot Brand at Oakley Retail Stores

first_imgA conversation with Maggie Newton is fast moving, informative, fun, and asymmetric. Upon reflection, this is not surprising, because it seems to mirror what her employer, Oakley, Inc., is all about, and why it is so remarkably successful. It’s also why Newton’s loss prevention program for Oakley’s retail stores is so successful.“Oakley is an innovative place. It is all about risk taking,” Newton explains. “There are a lot of young and highly motivated people here. There are also people who have been here for many years. They have huge product knowledge and true love of the company. We have never had a lot of turnover. People are not here just because of money. We are all fanatics who believe in the company.”The building of the loss prevention program for Oakley retail stores is the story of Newton’s energetic and common-sense approach to this unique challenge—How to institute LP into a “cool” retail company that is going 150 mph at all times and that has one of the strongest and most distinct company cultures in retail industry.- Sponsor – “I Knew How to Observe Behavior.”Maggie Newton brought a customer perspective to her job at Oakley. “Before I worked at Oakley, I was already a customer of their goggles for skiing and board shorts for surfing, but I did not know anything about the company’s culture or what it did with loss prevention,” she explains. “When I did interview with Oakley, it sounded like the right position for me at the right company. I felt my background was well-rounded enough to take on the position they described; that is, joining a fast-growing, high-energy company and building an LP from the ground up.”Newton was not coming to Oakley with a lofty pedigree of heading up large retail loss prevention programs. Instead, for almost fifteen years, she had worked on the LP battlefield, learning the craft and the profession on the frontlines.Newton grew up in and around Orange County, California. Her college education was at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, with the initial idea of a career in merchandising. But in 1994, after a brief part-time stint of serving subpoenas, she took a position as store detective with JCPenney. “Our on-the-job training was about observing people’s behavior. I was good at it and usually caught at least one shoplifter every day.”Newton eventually abandoned thoughts about a career in merchandising and moved through the LP store and district ranks at T.J. Maxx and Loehmann’s. She became a district LP auditor for Stein Mart. Then Oakley spotted her resume posted on Monster.com and called her in for an interview. It was love at first sight for Newton.“I loved what I was doing and had always wanted to keep adding to my knowledge. I believed that I was ready to lead the LP retail store program for Oakley.”Building LP at Oakley Retail StoresEven though Newton is a native of southern California and grew up in its often exaggerated “sand and surf” environment, nothing quite prepared her for Oakley. Newton vividly recalls her first visit to Oakley’s headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California. “It’s an awesome building. It’s a huge concrete and stainless steel grey fortress and there is a torpedo-shaped sculpture in front of the main entrance.”Over its 35 years, Oakley has become a powerful global brand known for its high-tech products and high-profile sports marketing and distribution. However, it has been in the direct retail business for less than a decade. When Newton joined Oakley in 2006, it already had almost fifty stores, including its Oakley Stores and Oakley Vaults, all of which were located along the coastal areas of the U.S. With the Oakley brand already well established and its products distributed through leading retailers worldwide, Oakley’s own retail locations immediately enjoyed explosive growth. It experienced the growing pains as well.“Every department was inventing itself as the retail division took off. Our store managers were just focused on serving the customers and the department managers were just focused on building their departments to meet the demands of the stores. It seemed like it was semi-controlled chaos for awhile,” Newton says.Not surprising, loss prevention was a big issue. As anyone with an eye for brand-name, designer eyewear appreciates, Oakley products are always in demand and at a premium price. “Even with an extensive loss prevention program, any store with merchandise like ours would be susceptible to internal and external loss,” said Newton.Taking a methodical, deliberate, approach during the first six months after she arrived at Oakley, Newton developed the building blocks of a loss prevention program for the Oakley retail division, which was adding stores at a fast clip.First, she developed a set of audit logs that applied an audit discipline to a store’s daily operations. The new audits also addressed many of the internal control issues raised in Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.Second, Newton contributed to the Oakley retail store division’s policy and procedures manual by developing an official loss prevention policy. The policies and procedures highlighted in the manual provided guidance on how store managers deal with local alarm, security officer providers, armored car services, and with the security departments at the malls where most of the Oakley shops are located.The third building block of Newton’s master plan was training. “As I developed each audit log and section of the policies and procedures covering that log, I worked with our training department to make sure that we had a training module ready to roll out. We could not just announce new reports and policies without also making sure that everyone understood the purposes behind the new requirements and were trained in how to use a specific audit.”Designing Stores, Service, and LP around the CustomerEven during Newton’s relatively brief tenure at Oakley, she has had to adapt the fledgling LP program to radical changes in Oakley’s store layout and merchandising approaches. “With Oakley’s initial start-up, the stores took a simple approach to serving customers. A staff member greeted a customer and stayed with the customer until the customer completed a purchase or left the store,” she explains.“At most of the stores there were just two walls of merchandise, with no center aisle racks. Originally, we had locked displays, so the associate unlocked and removed the merchandise from the cases. This system was effective only to a point. At peak periods, it became difficult for associates to provide the amount of attention they wanted to provide.”When the stores moved to open merchandise displays and gradually added a two-sided middle aisle rack, so that many of the stores now had four racks of display shelves, the challenge of service and LP became even more daunting. “We developed a new customer service procedure and training that uses a zone system. Staff members are assigned to zones and associates are assigned as ‘designated ringers’ to cash registers and switch off with the associates zoned on the sales floor when it gets busy. They are trained to handle multiple customers at the same time, by positioning their bodies to face all the customers in their assigned zones. If they get called over to another zone in the store, they switch zones with an associate or a designated ringer. It’s similar to how a soccer team passes the ball around during a game…teamwork. They especially focus on customers that exhibit ‘alert signals’ for abnormal behavior. Face the customer at all times and interact with the customer as much as possible.”Newton adds, “We teach our associates the art of observing suspicious behavior. We teach them to interact with customers to the fullest extent possible and to call mall security or the local police department if there is an incident.”Supporting Oakley’s Retail GrowthNewton says that Oakley’s retail store LP program is still a work in progress. Right now, she is still officially a department of one, her title is still officially “loss prevention auditor,” and she reports directly to the director of operations of the stores organization.Newton says her greatest personal focus and source of satisfaction is working with the store managers. “Our goal is to train the store managers to be their own LP departments. The tools and procedures are there to help them fulfill that aspect of their responsibility. We want them to be fully empowered to handle LP in their stores, particularly to train their store sales associates on how to observe behaviors and circumvent incidents. In that way, LP becomes one of many tools the managers can use to drive their stores’ growth. Our most successful stores tend to be the ones with managers who take LP personally and spend time training their people.”The Oakley retail store LP program is streamlined, in a sense, just like its approach to merchandising—simple, direct, sleek. LP is a major topic on the agenda at quarterly meetings of the store managers. The stores division keeps a list of “intensive care” stores…not a list that store managers want to see their store appear on. These are high-loss stores that command Newton’s attention. “We look at the logs from the intensive care stores to spot the trouble areas. We move quickly to help those managers address them. We usually see positive results right away. This is not rocket science.”Walking the Talk about Empowerment and InnovationIt is clear that empowerment is one of Oakley’s core values. The extensive patents for technology and design that its product developers have produced over the past decades are testimony to the company’s commitment to challenging its people to innovate.Newton herself has caught the innovative spirit. Later this year, Oakley retail stores expect to start phasing in new LP initiatives. However, Newton will not prognosticate about the future of Oakley’s LP program. The company today has nearly 150 stores, triple the number from when Newton joined. “We’re still in analysis mode and at the same time we’re part of the team effort to grow the company. LP is now better understood and there are definitely positive results. So far, we know that LP can fit into our company culture. After all, we love our products and our customers. It’s all cool.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Should you get your pet’s DNA tested? Scientists urge caution

first_img E.K.: Dogs and humans are very similar to one another, so you can use the same technology to look at dog DNA or human DNA. With these direct to consumer tests, for dogs or humans, often you’re not looking at every single part of the genome. You’re just looking for changes, or mutations, that are linked to some kind of disease or condition.Q: How accurate are the tests for dogs that are now on the market?E.K.: With genetic tests for humans, there have been so many studies that look at whether or not a certain mutation in your genes actually leads to you developing a certain disease. There just isn’t this massive body of work on dog genomes. So many of these tests are telling owners that their dog could get a certain disease without any major studies on how likely that is to happen. The science needs to catch up.Q: What are the dangers of potentially inaccurate test results?L.M.: In my veterinary practice, I’ve seen more and more people coming in with results that show their dog has a chance of developing conditions like epilepsy, heart disease, and degenerative muscular disorders, and they want to make treatment decisions right away. They’re ready to pay for more tests or medical interventions that the dog might not actually need, that could be quite expensive, and that could be invasive for the dog. In some cases, people preemptively end their dog’s life if they think their dog is predisposed to a degenerative disease, because don’t they want their pet to suffer.Q: Genetic testing kits for humans are regulated. Why aren’t pet tests? GIL COHEN MAGEN/REUTERS/Newscom Should you get your pet’s DNA tested? Scientists urge caution You’ve probably seen an ad for a company that wants to tell you about your genome. Just spit in a tube, send it in, and you can learn about your disease risk.Now, you can do the same for your pets, at least according to nearly a dozen—and growing—companies on the market. But how accurate are these tests—and why are these businesses not subject to the same regulations as those that analyze human DNA?Science chatted with Lisa Moses, a veterinarian affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Elinor Karlsson, director of vertebrate genomics at the  Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both are authors on an opinion piece published today in Nature about these and other potential issues with the booming pet genomics industry. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Q: What kind of pets are being tested?Lisa Moses: It’s overwhelmingly dogs. There are some tests for cats, but right now it’s about 90% dogs.Q: Why would an owner want to get their pet’s DNA tested?Elinor Karlsson: A lot of dog owners are interested in what breeds are in their dog, or some fun facts, like how big their dog could get. But there’s also testing for somewhere between 100 and 200 different genetic variants that have been linked to disease.Q: Is the process of testing a dog’s DNA different from testing a human’s? A sample of dog saliva contains enough DNA for a genetic test. Veterinarian and researcher Lisa Moses L.M.: With any new technology, regulation often lags behind, and for humans, there’s been more time for conversations to take place, and rules have been established that govern how the tests are vetted. With veterinary medicine, there hasn’t been a formal and systematic discussion about the ethics related to these new technologies. We need to start talking about this, because right now a lot of people are in the dark.Q: What might happen if this industry continues to go unregulated?L.M.: I worry that if the tests don’t improve, people are going to notice that their dogs don’t actually get the diseases they’re at risk for. I don’t want people to lose the idea that there is tremendous value in genetic testing, if we do it right. We really do have the potential to figure out that our patients get diseases long before they do permanent damage, if we are able to make this happen.Q: How can we improve genetic testing for pets?L.M.: We need to start with a conversation that encompasses the international veterinary community, the testing industry, and the scientists. We have to come up with some mutually agreed upon ways to report these results, and figure out how to validate them. We’d need to have transparency on how the tests are done, how the science is done, and talk seriously about data sharing. There’s a consortium, the International Partnership for Dogs, and they’re trying to do some standardization and data sharing. But, it’s brand new and I don’t know yet how successful they’re going to be.Q: What kind of things could we learn from pet genetics, if we do it right?E.K.: Dogs carry a lot of the same diseases humans do. By studying dogs, we could learn a lot about the causes of things like cancer, or diabetes, and use that information to develop new treatments for humans. By Frankie SchembriJul. 25, 2018 , 1:00 PM Evolutionary biologist Elinor Karlsson Michael J. Butts Lisa Moses last_img read more

Minister Neita Headley Reiterates Government’s Commitment to Integrity in Sport

first_img JADCO has implemented a rigorous and robust testing programme Story Highlights JADCO has demonstrated that it is achieving its mandate Government’s longstanding and relentless commitment to integrity in sport The Minister without Portfolio (Sport) Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has reiterated the Government’s longstanding and relentless commitment to integrity in sport and to the maintenance of a doping free sporting environment.Minister Neita Headley said the commitment of government has been clearly demonstrated since 2003-4 with the establishment of a Task Force on Anti-Doping in Sport in Jamaica. This was followed by the enactment of the Anti-Doping in Sport Act of 2008 and the establishment of JADCO.As a result of the positive response of the Government and the full support of all our sporting stakeholders, JADCO has implemented a rigorous and robust testing programme for in and out of competition as well as public education for all who participate or wish to participate in sport. It is clear from the Eight Hundred and Sixty (860) tests conducted by JADCO since 2009 that JADCO has demonstrated that it is achieving its mandate.As we continue to encourage and support our athletes in their pursuit of excellence in sport, we stand firmly in our resolve that high quality performance and excellence can be achieved from talent, training and hard work.The Government remains committed to the development of sport at all levels and acknowledges the value of sport in promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being among its people while serving as a vehicle for achieving its development goals.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

Another Way To Measure The NFLs Fastest Teams And More Evidence It

Madden ratings are, of course, subjective at their core, which makes them a matter of fierce debate each year — as you would expect to be the case when fans’ favorite players are put on trial using an arbitrary scoring system. By contrast, 40 times are objective and allow for absolute comparisons (mostly), but the only publicly available versions come from a player’s rookie year, which doesn’t necessarily offer a snapshot of how fast a player is later in his career.In other words, there’s no perfect way to measure team speed. But there is a mild correlation, -0.31, between the Madden method and Barnwell’s process (the correlation is negative because Barnwell summed all the players’ 40 times, meaning higher is slower). And the two approaches share conclusions. Like Barnwell hinted at in his piece, speed isn’t necessarily associated with good offenses. I found a negative correlation between a team’s “Madden speed” and its offensive Simple Rating System (SRS) score from last season. (If you’re curious, defense had a very slight positive correlation with speed.)And here’s the twist: In terms of overall team quality (as measured by winning percentage, where the correlation to speed was a paltry -0.056, or SRS, where it was -0.082), how good a team was bore essentially no relationship to how fast its players were. For instance, while the league’s three fastest rosters — Kansas City, Philadelphia and Seattle — had good seasons in 2013, Nos. 4 and 5 on the speed list — Washington and Houston — each won fewer than 20 percent of their games.Looking at the whole league, it appears Al Davis’s all-consuming obsession with team speed was misguided. In 2013 at least, the speed of a roster was completely incidental to how well a team performed. Last week, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell put together a method to determine the fastest (and slowest) teams in the NFL, aggregating the combine and pro day 40-yard dash times for each team’s starting offensive skill players and secondary. It’s a clever way to address the nebulous question of “team speed,” but it made me wonder about alternative ways to quantify which teams are the fastest.My idea? Use the player “speed” ratings from EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 15” video game and compute the team average for every 2013 NFL roster, weighted by each individual player’s Approximate Value (Pro-Football-Reference’s attempt to generate a single numerical value representing the quality of any player’s season, regardless of position).By that method of computation, here were the fastest and slowest teams from a year ago: read more

Extended Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgFORECAST FOR THURSDAY Related Items: FORECAST FOR FRIDAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2017.GENERAL SITUATION: HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY…FOR ALL AREAS WEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF SHOWER OR TWO TODAY…MAINLY FAIR TONIGHT WITH A STRAY SHOWER OR TWO POSSIBLE… WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NEAR 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp WEATHER: A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE…BECOMING MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A weak and non-tropical area of low pressure is located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Associated shower activity is limited and displaced well to the east of the low’s center of circulation. Subtropical or tropical development of the low is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions while the system moves westward during the next couple of days. Elsewhere tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days…Forecaster: Gregory D Thompson (SMO)/sscenter_img SUNRISE: 7:18AM                  SUNSET: 6:29PM                                                                     MOONRISE: 5:01PM             MOONSET: 5:30AM THU                                            HIGH TIDE: 5:59AM             LOW TIDE: 12:15PMHIGH TIDE: 6:16PM              LOW TIDE: 12:32AM THU EXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS)…HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WHILE A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH SLOWLY APPROACHES FROM THE EAST OF THE ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE DURING THE DAY…MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS…SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         82°F        28°COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE        70°F        21°Clast_img read more