Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 16, 2016

first_img4 Things UX Research Tells You That Google Analytics Doesn’t: Google Analtyics is a great tool for telling you the “what” behind your website traffic, but it doesn’t provide the whole picture, says Jeff Sauro. Combining Google Analytics with user experience research will help you better understand the “why” and “how” behind your users’ actions.AccessibilityUS Access Board Approves Final Section 508 Rule – Sends to OMB For Last Review: Finally, the United States Access Board has approved rules for Section 508. The Section 508 Refresh, as it has come to be known, replaces the 1998 version. (The “Refresh” process began in 2006.) The rules have been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, which has 90 days to review. Once approved, the rules will be published to the Federal Register, and take effect six months later.Accessibility Summit 2016: Low Vision & Accessibility Recap: Missed last week’s session on low visibility at the online Accessibility Summit conference? Check out my notes. Text on background image a11y check: A work in progress, Andrew Brandwood’s free online tool will check text color against a background image. A statement on online course content and accessibility: Sad to read that six years after the Penn State Department of Justice agreement any U.S. college or university has not taken seriously the need to caption their online video content. WordPressAnnouncing the 21st Heinz Awards Honorees: Congrats to Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, on winning the 21st Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment.Zerif Lite Suspended from WordPress Theme Directory, 300K Users Left Without Updates: After review by the WordPress Theme Review team, the popular Zerif Lite theme was suspended from the directory due to several violations.Can You Search for Responsive Themes in the WordPress.org Repository?: I knew you could search for responsive themes on hosted WordPress.com, but didn’t know if you could do the same search in the WordPress.org theme directory. So off I went to do some research. What’s New in iOS 10 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision and Deaf-blind Users: The new iOS 10 comes with a slew of new accessibility features, including SiriKit, press the Home button to unlock your iDevice, Voice Mail transciption, VoiceOver improvements, a magnifier for low vision users, and more. Making sure your website supports keyboard accessibility gets you far.If all you got right on your website was Keyboard #A11y then you’d still be ~75% of the way there and would be an anomaly.— Paul J. Adam (@pauljadam) September 14, 2016 Headway Themes: Non-Existent Support If you’re a recent Headways Themes customer and are frustrated with lack of customer support, this thread on the theme support forum may help. CSS and HTMLYour emails, optimized for every screen with responsive design: Wondering what that loud “hurrah” was that you heard around the world this week? It was the joined voices of email designers celebrating Google’s announcement that you can soon use CSS media queries with Gmail and Inbox by Gmail.Why there is no CSS4 – explaining CSS Levels: We’ve moved from one massive document with specifications for all elements to levels of a single specification, says Rachel Andrew.It’s not CSS4, but Level 4 of a single specification. One small part of CSS. In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover 10 helpful free and premium UX tools, read about this week’s U.S. Board Access Board approval (yay!), learn why there is no CSS4, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week. Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. Tweet of the WeekPicard diplomacy tip: When communication is breaking down, try to speak the other person’s language.— Picard Tips (@PicardTips) September 15, 2016User ExperienceHow great onboarding leads to great UX: Paula Borowska explains how positive reinforcement, friendly interfaces, and gamification lead to better user experience as she discusses Duolingo and Oscar’s onboarding process.Good user experiences are the only experiences with longevity.center_img It’s Time to Be Honest about Image Replacement Techniques: It’s been years since I’ve heard anyone discuss image replacement techniques, so I was curious what this article would discuss. Do you think image replacement methods are a ghost from the past?What I Found InterestingVectr is an excellent free cross-platform graphics app you can learn to use in minutes: With support for Windows, Mac, Linux, and a web application with identical functionality, the free Vectr tool offers an easy way for you to get started with vector graphics. Expect more features soon, including version control, real-time collaboration, and a built-in marketplace.How about you? Would you trade away technology?I would trade away technology for grace in many situations in modern life— Scott Berkun (@berkun) September 14, 2016 10 Helpful User Experience Tools for Every Designer: This roundup offers you an array of free and premiums tools for your user research, prototyping, usability testing, and design collaboration.What is the intent of your design?Design is the rendering of intent. Is your message saying something other than what you intended? @pnts at #LitmusLive— Justine Jordan (@meladorri) September 15, 2016 Adobe Decommissioning Flash Player Download Links on September 29: And finally Adobe takes steps to warn people about using their Flash product. If, for some reason, your organization needs to distribute Flash player, you’ll need to apply for a special distribution license.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.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…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: February 3, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about personalization in UX design, find out how to choose a WordPress theme, discover how to better manage client expectations, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: July 3, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how Apple Music onboards users, learn about the new Accessible UX site, discover nine ways to create shapes with CSS, and more. If you’re new to the blog, each Friday I publish a post with my favorite…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 4, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how Skype onboards users, find out how to move beyond simple accessibility requirements to make content accessible to low-vision users, learn about the anatomy of responsive images, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Investing in a clean future

first_imgEnvironmental affairs are the core priority of the newly-launched Evolution Oneprivate equity fund. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more photos,visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusEvolution One, a new 10-year private equity fund launched by Cape Town-based investment management company Inspired Evolution, aims to raise R1-billion ($120-million) for the development of technology for clean energy generation, water purification and waste management in South Africa.Evolution One intends to have its R1-billion capital in place by mid-2009. Inspired Evolution’s executive director Christopher Clarke expressed confidence that the fund would reach this target, and added that a follow-up fund would be started in three to four years.Evolution One is said to be South Africa’s first investment fund devoted solely to green technology, and plans to make between 10 and 15 investments over the next three to five years, all centred on environmental issues. Investments in the Southern African Development Community will receive priority, and reports say that 75% of the capital will be invested in South Africa with the rest spread around countries such as Lesotho, Angola, Swaziland, Zambia and Mozambique.To date the fund has received some R400-million ($46-million) in backing from the Swiss Investment fund for Emerging Markets, the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Castleway Properties (part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust, headed by property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.Global investment in clean technology is predicted to soar to over $226-billion by 2016, mostly from funds raised by private equity and venture capital. In 2007 alone it is estimated that $150-billion was invested in the green technology sector, excluding Africa and Latin America.Evolution One has identified a number of focus areas for investment, including clean energy generation and energy efficiency; cleaner production technologies and processes; air quality and emissions control; water quality and management; waste management; agribusiness and forestry; natural products, organics and natural health; and sustainable buildings and environmental real estate.Inspired Evolution has announced that it is currently in the process of seeking a second round of international and local investors.Technology for a clean environmentThe International Finance Corporation’s director for private equity funds Haydee Celaya said the investment into Evolution One falls in line with the World Bank’s strategy to back technologies that address environmental issues and to ensure that the projects it supports embody principles of environmental sustainability..“This demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the clean energy and climate change sectors,” Celaya said, “and to providing support to smaller businesses that are not likely to receive funding from mainstream private equity groups.”A report from Times Online says that the World Bank is dipping into profits from the arms industry, raised from lucrative deals struck between European and American defence companies and emerging economies, to fund its Evolution One backing.The organisation is taking advantage of a system known as off-set, which is a feature of most large-scale global defence contracts. Up to 6% of the value of a deal with a foreign government is added to the base price and used to invest in education or health, but lately the trend has been for governments to use the off-set payment to develop green technologies.Around the table with EskomEvolution One has wasted no time in embarking on a round of talks with Eskom, South Africa’s national power supplier and the largest electricity utility in Africa.Eskom generates almost 90% of its power from coal and in its 2008 annual report, released in September, it states that its greenhouse gas emissions had increased from 208.9 million tons in 2007 to 223.6 million tons in 2008. The report covers the period from March 2007 to March 2008.Eskom also mentioned in the report that it planned to reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal to 70% in the next 20 years.Clarke said talks are focused on alternative power supply projects. “We’ve had discussions with some of Eskom’s treasury members on how to finance alternative forms of energy,” he said, “particularly the concentrated solar power plants that they’re looking to set up, and co-generation and solar thermal [projects].”Cutting down on greenhouse gasesA new initiative to develop a South African carbon dioxide storage atlas was announced in October 2008. The project is supported by petrochemical producer Sasol, Eskom, mining house Anglo American, and the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa, PetroSA.South Africa is a major global culprit in the emission of greenhouse gases, emitting about 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. This is about 1% of the global total. The new environmentally-friendly scheme will entail capturing CO2 as it emerges from industrial flues, then compressing it under intense pressure to a liquid and injecting it into suitable geological formations such as coal seams or spent oil and gas fields.Experts have already identified potentially suitable areas from preliminary studies. The Karoo Basin has been named, as have the depleted oil and gas structures in the Mossel Bay area. An initial assessment is on the cards for publication by April 2010.Related storiesDarling wind farmUseful linksEvolution OneInspired EvolutionSouthern African Development Community PetroSAInternational Finance CorporationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Last.fm Launches New Online Radio Player: Adds Combo Stations and Slideshows

first_imgSponsorsIt is also important to note that the radio player now features visual branding from Last.fm sponsors (Budweiser seems to be the current sponsor). In its press release, Last.fm stresses that this new layout will give advertisers and sponsors the ability to create a more immersive experience than standard audio advertising.Privacy ModeThe new player also features a private listening mode, where scrobbling is turned off so that you can listen to your favorite Jonas Brothers songs in total privacy. iPhone App Still Lagging BehindHopefully, Last.fm will also soon update its already excellent iPhone application to include these new features as well. Although, today’s announcement did not mention the company’s mobile applications at all. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#news#Product Reviews#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… frederic lardinois Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Last.fm, the popular online music discovery service, just launched its new Personalized Visual Music player today, which, at least from a visual perspective, takes online radio to a new level. The new player automatically plays a slideshow with related images uploaded by the Last.fm community, which looks surprisingly good. More importantly, though, Last.fm now allows users to create combo stations, where a user can create a station with up to three artists or tags.Combo StationsWith this new emphasis on stations, Last.fm also redesigned the ‘recent stations’ section in order to allow users to see far more of their recently created stations. Users can now also easily delete stations from this same dialog. While the new visual features are a welcome change to Last.fm’s online radio, the real game-changer here are the multi-artist and tag stations. These allow users to create more interesting and diverse stations, while still exercising a large amount of control over the content of these stations. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Alleged Anonymous Members Arrested: This Week in Hacking

first_imgTags:#hacking#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Alleged members of Anonymous arrested. In December of last year, three Dutch teenagers were arrested; in January of this year, British police arrested five alleged members of the hacking collective; another British teen was arrested in June; and now, in the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested 16 people across the country and served 35 search warrants in the course of a series of raids. Those arrests were followed up by that of “Topiary,” an alleged Anonymous spokesperson with connection to LulzSec, at his home in Scotland’s Shetland Islands.Those arrested have been charged with conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and with intentional damage to a protected computer, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Anonymous targets Israeli parliament. Despite recent troubles, Anonymous is planning “Operation Intifada,” a distributed denial of service attack on the Knesset. The efficacy of the group’s hacks is debatable. If past activities are any indication, the parliament’s website may be down, or partially down, for between an hour and a day, though Israel is not the same kind of target that, say Zimbabwe was. Anonymous leads PayPal boycott. The group, which is owning this week’s hacking news, has launched “Operation PayPal,” a boycott action against the online payment company. PayPal was a prior target of an Anonymous DDoS attack due to its refusal to handle payments to Wikileaks. (Remember them?)Anonymous and LulzSec lead Pwnie nominations. They go head to head in competition for “Most Epic FAIL” and “Epic 0wnage.” The Pwnies – pronounced “ponies” and whose award is a golden My Little Pony statuette – “is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.” This summer’s ceremony, the fifth annual, will take place on August 3 at the Black Hat Technical Security Conference at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.4.8 million documents stolen from JSTOR, 18K academic papers uploaded to Pirate BayT. An archive containing over 18,000 scientific papers, downloaded from the academic journal database JSTOR, has been uploaded to The Pirate Bay, where they’re now available as a torrent.The papers were uploaded by a user named Greg Maxwell who says that his decision to make the large quantity of scientific papers available was a response to the indictment earlier this week of early Reddit-er and Demand Progress founder Aaron Swartz. Swartz has been charged with felony hacking and computer fraud for downloading some 4.8 million papers from JSTOR and faces 35 years in prison.Chinese journalist attacked by hackers. Zhao Hejuan, a reporter for the Beijing-based Caixin Media, saw her Gmail account hacked. Hejuan was sent a Gmail security alert by Google on July 21, according to a statement by her company. She was in the midst of a story on child trafficking for Caixin Magazine. The attack originated from the same region where Zhao was reporting, Longhui county in Hunan Province. Subsequent investigation showed she had been hacked every day since July 19.Webcam photo by Cory Doctorow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Tournament a Family Affair for Tasmania’s Tomlin’s

first_imgTouch Football Tasmania’s State Coordinator, Maree Tomlin, is coaching the Tasmanian 12’s Girls team, while her husband Steve is coaching the Tasmanian 15’s Boys team. Their son, Matthew, is in Steve’s 15’s Boys team, while daughter Hannah has also travelled to the event to watch.After two years of playing in the Under 12’s division at the School Sport Australia Championships, Matthew has now progressed through to the 15’s division. The 13-year-old says that he enjoys having his father as a coach, but that it isn’t uncommon to have his parents coaching him. “I’ve had him as a coach for the past few years so it’s starting to seep in, it’s starting to become normal,” Matthew said. Growing up in a family that is so passionate about Touch Football, it’s no surprise that Matthew has progressed well in the sport. “He didn’t really have a choice!” Maree said. “For me it’s kind of normal because I was raised in this environment,” Matthew said. After her many years involved in the sport, Maree is proud of what her son has achieved so far and is glad that she gets to be a part of his achievements.“Given that Steve and I have been involved in this particular tournament for nearly 17 years, it is something that both Steve and I have loved being a part of and have been pretty passionate about, the sport in general as well as this particular tournament.”“We’ve seen a lot of kids come through, so for Matthew to be part of it as well and actually want to be here is really good. Obviously coming up from 12’s into the 15’s is a massive jump so we’re very proud of him, he’s worked really hard,” Maree said. And it probably won’t be too long until you can see the whole Tomlin family representing their state, with Hannah more than likely to follow in the rest of her family’s footsteps. For now though, she is happy watching her family’s games and taking part in the extra activities, like today’s hip hop lessons for primary school students. “She was really happy with the dance crew, she had a lot of fun with the dance crew this morning. She gets a bit frustrated because all of the kids she’s used to playing with while everyone is playing games are now all playing so she’s the only little one left at the moment.”last_img read more

YRB crews optimistic about less damage to culverts than in past years

first_imgYRB crews will also be washing off medians on the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John starting early next week. Washing will take place nightly from 5:30pm until 3:30am, Monday-Friday from April 23rd to May 11th. Flaggers will be in place along with a pilot vehicle to control traffic. We ask that anyone traveling during this time on the Alaska Highway to slow down while driving past crews. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Staff at Yellowhead Road and Bridge are optimistic that despite a higher-than-normal snowpack, they don’t think damage to culverts in the North Peace will be as severe as in previous years.YRB North Peace Operations Manager Rodney Hafner said that YRB decided to use social media for the first time this year in their annual efforts to get local hired equipment to register with them. He explained that the company usually advertises in traditional media, but decided to be proactive in using social media to put the word out. Hafner said that though they’re looking for hired equipment this spring and summer, YRB officials don’t think that this spring will see a higher chance of flooding because of damage to culverts. He explained that though the North Peace has seen a nearly record amount of snow this winter, the cold weather pattern that persisted all winter means there’s a smaller likelihood of those culverts being damaged during the freeze-thaw cycles that occurred in the middle of the winter on several occasions in years past.last_img read more

LeBrons Odds of Catching Jordan

On Thursday, after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive N.B.A. championship, I noted on Twitter that James was on the same pace as the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. Both James and Jordan won their first championship at 27 and their second at 28, I wrote. Jordan went on to win four more N.B.A. titles, for a total of six.Mike Segar/Reuters LeBron James and Michael Jordan were about the same age when they won a second championship.My statement depended on a technicality, I later discovered: Jordan’s biological age was 28 when he won his first championship, in 1991, and 29 when he won his second, in 1992. However, basketball statisticians generally define a player’s age differently: by how old he was as of Feb. 1 of an N.B.A. season, the rough midpoint of the basketball calendar. Jordan’s birthday is Feb. 17.Those semantics aside, it is worth considering just how likely James might be to match or exceed Jordan’s six titles. (From this point on, we’ll use basketball statisticians’ definition of age.)Players like Jordan and James are so rare that it can be risky to compare them with anyone. Still, one reasonably useful benchmark is to evaluate players who, like James and Jordan, had won at least one Most Valuable Player award and at least one N.B.A. title as of their age-28 season, meaning that they had achieved the pinnacle of both individual and team success.By my count, there were 13 such players before James. On average, they won about two additional championships (more precisely, an average of 1.9) after their age-28 season. So a reasonable over-under line for James might be two more N.B.A. titles, or four total.It is tough to say exactly what James’s odds of catching Jordan might be, because the average conceals a wide range of outcomes among the individual players. Four of the players on the list — Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Bob Pettit and Dave Cowens — never won another championship after their age-28 season. But four others — Jordan, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — won at least four more titles.James needs four more championships to catch Jordan, so one estimate of his odds might be 4 chances out of 13, or about 30 percent. But some of the favorable precedents, like Russell, came in an era when teams had far more ability to retain their players. Among the players on the list who played their age-28 season during the salary-cap era (since 1984-85), only Jordan won four or more titles.Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Jordan after his fifth title with the Bulls.It seems safe to say that you would not want to bet on James at even money. There are just too many things that can go wrong with a player’s career as he ages: injury or illness, early retirement, bad teammates or bad luck.Even this year’s Heat began the season with only about a 30 percent chance of winning the title, according to the Las Vegas odds. That percentage roughly matches the historical likelihood of an N.B.A. team’s repeating as champion, which is 33 percent.So James’s chances of winning a third title next season in Miami are probably about 1 in 3. After that, his chances begin to decline. For one thing, it is less certain that James will be surrounded by strong teammates. (James has the right to opt out of his contract after next season, and even if he stays in Miami, teammates like Dwyane Wade are already seeing their skills atrophy.)More important, players in team sports typically peak in skill in their mid- to late 20s, meaning that James’s game may begin to wane. The N.B.A. is a superstar’s league, and if James goes from being M.V.P.-caliber to mere All-Star within a few years, it will considerably hurt his odds of winning more titles.I have estimated a player’s chances of winning an N.B.A. title based on his win shares, a statistic calculated by Basketball-Reference.com that measures overall value to a team. Since the introduction of the salary cap in 1984-85, excluding the two regular seasons (1998-99 and 2011-12) that were shortened by labor disputes, the best player in the league in a given season has averaged about 18 win shares, which is a reasonably good match for James’s performance over the last several years. The model estimates that such a player has about a 20 percent or 25 percent chance of winning the championship in today’s N.B.A. environment.What about the fifth-best player in the league — someone equivalent to the worst player on the All-N.B.A. team? That player has averaged about 13 win shares, which translates to only about a 10 percent chance of winning the championship.The 10th-best player in the N.B.A. at a given time has only about a 7 percent chance of winning a title, according to the model. And the 25th-best player — someone who might be the last reserve added to one of the conference All-Star teams — has about a 5 percent chance.That is not much better than an N.B.A. player chosen at random, who has a 3.3 percent chance of becoming a champion by virtue of being on one of the 30 teams. A borderline All-Star in the N.B.A., in other words, is much closer to being a role player than a superstar, at least when it comes to his odds of winning a championship.James, of course, will have considerable freedom to pick his employer. If he puts winning titles above all other considerations, he could sign on for any role with the team he perceived as having the best chance to win the championship in a given season.Few players in N.B.A. history have been willing to take things to quite that extreme. Instead, superstars expect teams to build around them — even if they are past their prime, and even if it means something as inglorious as Jordan’s late years spent with the Washington Wizards.One can forgive Jordan, who did not have anything left to prove. But to match him, James will need to win two or three more titles over the next several seasons while he still plays at an M.V.P. level, which will require good health and some good luck. Then he may need to chase the last couple of titles by being willing to play the right role with the right club.,On Thursday, after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive N.B.A. championship, I noted on Twitter that James was on the same pace as the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. Both James and Jordan won their first championship at 27 and their second at 28, I wrote. Jordan went on to win four more N.B.A. titles, for a total of six.Mike Segar/Reuters LeBron James and Michael Jordan were about the same age when they won a second championship.My statement depended on a technicality, I later discovered: Jordan’s biological age was 28 when he won his first championship, in 1991, and 29 when he won his second, in 1992. However, basketball statisticians generally define a player’s age differently: by how old he was as of Feb. 1 of an N.B.A. season, the rough midpoint of the basketball calendar. Jordan’s birthday is Feb. 17.Those semantics aside, it is worth considering just how likely James might be to match or exceed Jordan’s six titles. (From this point on, we’ll use basketball statisticians’ definition of age.)Players like Jordan and James are so rare that it can be risky to compare them with anyone. Still, one reasonably useful benchmark is to evaluate players who, like James and Jordan, had won at least one Most Valuable Player award and at least one N.B.A. title as of their age-28 season, meaning that they had achieved the pinnacle of both individual and team success.By my count, there were 13 such players before James. On average, they won about two additional championships (more precisely, an average of 1.9) after their age-28 season. So a reasonable over-under line for James might be two more N.B.A. titles, or four total.It is tough to say exactly what James’s odds of catching Jordan might be, because the average conceals a wide range of outcomes among the individual players. Four of the players on the list — Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Bob Pettit and Dave Cowens — never won another championship after their age-28 season. But four others — Jordan, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — won at least four more titles.James needs four more championships to catch Jordan, so one estimate of his odds might be 4 chances out of 13, or about 30 percent. But some of the favorable precedents, like Russell, came in an era when teams had far more ability to retain their players. Among the players on the list who played their age-28 season during the salary-cap era (since 1984-85), only Jordan won four or more titles.Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Jordan after his fifth title with the Bulls.It seems safe to say that you would not want to bet on James at even money. There are just too many things that can go wrong with a player’s career as he ages: injury or illness, early retirement, bad teammates or bad luck.Even this year’s Heat began the season with only about a 30 percent chance of winning the title, according to the Las Vegas odds. That percentage roughly matches the historical likelihood of an N.B.A. team’s repeating as champion, which is 33 percent.So James’s chances of winning a third title next season in Miami are probably about 1 in 3. After that, his chances begin to decline. For one thing, it is less certain that James will be surrounded by strong teammates. (James has the right to opt out of his contract after next season, and even if he stays in Miami, teammates like Dwyane Wade are already seeing their skills atrophy.)More important, players in team sports typically peak in skill in their mid- to late 20s, meaning that James’s game may begin to wane. The N.B.A. is a superstar’s league, and if James goes from being M.V.P.-caliber to mere All-Star within a few years, it will considerably hurt his odds of winning more titles.I have estimated a player’s chances of winning an N.B.A. title based on his win shares, a statistic calculated by Basketball-Reference.com that measures overall value to a team. Since the introduction of the salary cap in 1984-85, excluding the two regular seasons (1998-99 and 2011-12) that were shortened by labor disputes, the best player in the league in a given season has averaged about 18 win shares, which is a reasonably good match for James’s performance over the last several years. The model estimates that such a player has about a 20 percent or 25 percent chance of winning the championship in today’s N.B.A. environment.What about the fifth-best player in the league — someone equivalent to the worst player on the All-N.B.A. team? That player has averaged about 13 win shares, which translates to only about a 10 percent chance of winning the championship.The 10th-best player in the N.B.A. at a given time has only about a 7 percent chance of winning a title, according to the model. And the 25th-best player — someone who might be the last reserve added to one of the conference All-Star teams — has about a 5 percent chance.That is not much better than an N.B.A. player chosen at random, who has a 3.3 percent chance of becoming a champion by virtue of being on one of the 30 teams. A borderline All-Star in the N.B.A., in other words, is much closer to being a role player than a superstar, at least when it comes to his odds of winning a championship.James, of course, will have considerable freedom to pick his employer. If he puts winning titles above all other considerations, he could sign on for any role with the team he perceived as having the best chance to win the championship in a given season.Few players in N.B.A. history have been willing to take things to quite that extreme. Instead, superstars expect teams to build around them — even if they are past their prime, and even if it means something as inglorious as Jordan’s late years spent with the Washington Wizards.One can forgive Jordan, who did not have anything left to prove. But to match him, James will need to win two or three more titles over the next several seasons while he still plays at an M.V.P. level, which will require good health and some good luck. Then he may need to chase the last couple of titles by being willing to play the right role with the right club. read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 8

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch-up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOf all the former Buckeyes currently in the NFL, these five players stood out in Week 9 of the NFL season.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottElliott had another impressive game, carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott was not expected to play this week following a decision to reinstate his suspension. However, a New York district court decision allowed him to play, providing the running back with a stay. Elliott reportedly had been trying to settle with the NFL over the suspension relating to an alleged domestic violence case, but once again was allowed to play and helped lead the Cowboys to another big win. _________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeHyde had an unusual game by his standards as he ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards along with nine catches for 84 yards, setting a new career high for receiving yards in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game was unique for Hyde as the bruising back is typically viewed more as a rushing threat than a receiving option. Hyde was one of the only players keeping the chains moving for the 49ers’ offense, as quarterback CJ Beathard completed less than 50 percent of his passes along with an interception.._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.Ginn had another solid outing Sunday, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Saints continued their hot streak, winning their sixth consecutive game after starting the season 0-2. With the Saints up 23-3 with 9:46 left in the third quarter, Ginn put the icing on the cake with a 36-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ginn has 421 receiving yards on the season, second-most on the team behind fellow Buckeye alum Michael Thomas._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael ThomasThough Ginn had the standout game between the two former Buckeyes, Thomas had a productive day as well, bringing in eight catches for 65 yards Sunday in a 30-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas continues to rack up receptions, as he is now tied for 11th in receptions among NFL receivers this season. He also ranks 17th in receiving yards. In an offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees who likes to spread the ball around, Thomas is having a productive sophomore season._________________________________________New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreLattimore continues to impress as the new-and-improved Saints’ defense has found its anchor. Lattimore had four tackles and one pass defended in a 30-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore was involved in a fight on the sideline that led to him being hit from behind by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans later apologized for the hit and was suspended one game for the hit, and was charged with a 15-yard penalty during the game._________________________________________Other notable players:New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee: two tackles, 2 QB hits, one sack read more

Lampard desperately dreams to manage Chelsea

first_imgFormer Blues midfielder, Frank Lampard says he is desperate to manage Chelsea club, however, he maintains he is enjoying his current media career.Having given his best as a former Chelsea player where he spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and two League Cups, Lampard admits he dreams of managing former club Chelsea according to Goal.“I have thought about coaching and I have been working at Chelsea with the academy all year, around my media stuff,”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that. We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it.“How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job? Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that.”The 39-year-old was always seen as one of the most trusted lieutenants in the club’s dressing room, along with ex-Blues defender John Terry.last_img read more

US President Travel Ban no effect on Bahamas

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Foreign Affairs Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that The Bahamas has no official position on this decision by President Trump.  #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 1, 2017 – Donald Trump coming into the Office of US President does not change the bi-lateral agreements The Bahamas has with the United States and so his executive orders to ban some travelers into the US, has no effect on Bahamians.   The US Embassy explains this and reminds that the bans are primarily on Muslims from seven identified countries.  Still the move by President Trump caused a new rash of protests to erupt.    It was last Friday that the President signed that executive order which imposes a 90 day ban, even on Muslims with legal visas.  Many are calling the move unconstitutional. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more