Christmas in the Ancient County of Berbice this year is expected to be off the hook as Jamaican singing sensation Christopher Martin will be preforming live. The event dubbed “Chris for Christmas”, will be held at Stelling Road, New Amsterdam. As the headlining act, Martin will be accompanied by several other local artistes, including Carlvin Burnette, a member of the Cross Color family as well as the Heatwave Band.But before the artistes take to the stage, there are at least three versatile deejays who will rock the foundation with their juggling and selection skills, thus setting the tone for a fabulous evening. These include deejay Dellon, Kiefer and Marlon.The evening cannot get better since the event will be emceed by the man himself, Mr Wickedee, Malcolm Pereira. Early bird tickets cost $2000 for general admission, while those who wish to experience the VIP treatment will pay $10,000. More will be charged at the gate.Sound, stage, lighting and screens will be provided by Crown Vibes. Berbicians, remember the place to be is New Amsterdam Stelling Road on December 25.
Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. Then he lost the brutal Long Island crowd, which began chants of “D.J.! D.J.!” as Koepka was on his way to a fourth straight bogey that allowed Dustin Johnson to pull within one shot.“It’s New York,” Koepka said. “What do you expect when you’re half-choking it away?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe responded like a player capable of piling up major championships faster than anyone since Tiger Woods.Motivated by the crowd turning on him, Koepka delivered the key shots over the closing stretch as Johnson faded with two straight bogeys. He closed with a 4-over 74 for a two-shot victory and joined Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it went to stroke play in 1958. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting It wasn’t.And it didn’t help that a raging wind that gusted up to 25 mph turned Bethpage Black into a beast, with Johnson (69) the only player out of the last 12 groups to shoot par or better. Koepka’s 74 was the highest final round by a PGA champion since Vijay Singh (4-over 76) won in a playoff at Whistling Straits in 2004.“I’m just glad I don’t have to play any more holes,” Koepka said. “That was a stressful round of golf. I’m glad to have this thing back in my hands.”Koepka appeared to wrap it up with a gap wedge from 156 yards to 2 feet on the 10th hole for a birdie, as Johnson made his first bogey of the round up ahead on the 11th. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on.And then it all changed in a New York minute.Four holes later, Koepka walked off the 15th tee with a one-shot lead. He looked over to his left to see Johnson facing a 7-foot par putt on the 16th hole — the most difficult hole at Bethpage Black on Sunday because it was into the wind — to stay within one shot. The groan of the crowd told him Johnson had missed.“I felt like as long as I had the lead, I was fine,” Koepka said. “As long as I put it in the fairway, I was going to be all right.”Koepka, who finished at 8-under 272, returned to No. 1 in the world with a performance that defines his dominance in golf’s biggest events.He was the first wire-to-wire winner in the PGA Championship since Hal Sutton at Riviera in 1983. It was his third straight year winning a major, a feat achieved by only seven others since the Masters began in 1934 — Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Peter Thomson and Ralph Guldahl.Winning four of his last eight majors is a stretch not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 when he captured the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York for Keith Thurman fight press tour Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments That gives him four of the last eight majors he played and makes him the first player to hold two back-to-back majors at the same time. He won his second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills before a far less rowdy crowd.When his 6-foot par putt fell on the last hole, Koepka thrust his muscular right arm in the air and hugged his caddie hard.“Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was — how stressful D.J. made that,” Koepka said. “I know for a fact that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life there on 18.”Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win.This one should have been.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I was in shock of what was going on.”Bethpage has a reputation for being over the top, and it irritated Harold Varner III, who shot 81 playing in the final group.“I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke,” Varner said about the 14th hole. “That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that.”Koepka held it together at the most crucial moment. He piped his driver down the 15th fairway and two-putted for par. And he drilled another one into the 16th for another par. He kept it interesting to the end, three-putting the 17th as the lead went back to two shots, and pulling his driver on the 18th into fescue so thick it left him little choice but to lay up and scramble for par. Once his medium lob wedge settled 6 feet away, he could relax.Finally.Woods won the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years twice, in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Koepka was starting to draw comparisons with Woods for the way he obliterated the competition, much like Woods in his 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters and 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.Koepka tied the PGA Championship record by opening with a 63. He broke the major championship record for 36 holes at 128. He set another PGA Championship record with his seven-shot lead.In the end, just having his name on the heaviest championship trophy in golf was all that mattered. MOST READ Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Koepka already is the betting favorite as he defends his title for the second time. No one has won the U.S. Open three straight years since Willie Anderson in 1905.No one will doubt whether Koepka is capable the way he is playing.Johnson knew he was a long shot going into the final round — no one had ever lost a seven-shot lead in a major — and he still managed to make Koepka work for it.He came undone with a shot he thought would be perfect — a 5-iron from 194 yards, dead into the wind on the 16. It one-hopped over the green into thick rough.“Hit the shot I wanted to right at the flag,” Johnson said. “I don’t know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that.”Johnson now has runner-up finishes in all four of the majors, the wrong kind of career Grand Slam.“I gave it a run,” he said. “That’s all you can ask for.”It was more than anyone expected, especially when Koepka was six shots ahead with eight holes to play.The crowd sensed a collapse and began chanting Johnson’s nickname on the par-3 14th as Koepka went long and was headed for a fourth straight bogey.Koepka is a 29-year-old Floridian with an imposing figure, power off the tee and out of the rough, no obvious weakness in his game and the kind of mental fortitude that majors require. He needed all of it to win this one. 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Niño feast Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — His place in PGA Championship history finally secure, Brooks Koepka draped both arms around the top of the Wanamaker Trophy and let out a deep sigh.The stress was more than he wanted. The satisfaction was more than he imagined.ADVERTISEMENT
Gerrard is now out of contract at LA Galaxy after the club exited the MLS playoffs earlier this month with a shootout defeat to Colorado.“Special place, incredible view, I will miss you LA,” read a Gerrard post to Instagram which showed the Los Angeles city lights in the background.Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said last Wednesday he hoped Gerrard might extend his stay as reports emerged in the British media that the midfield star of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win was seeking a coaching or playing role back in Britain.Last month, as the speculation first began to emerge on Gerrard’s future, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp would not be drawn on whether the former Anfield hero might have a future role on his staff.But the German did indicate that “Stevie Gerrard is always so welcome at Liverpool FC, you can’t imagine how welcome.”While it is understood that does not mean there is a coaching role in the offing at Anfield, those comments leave open the possibility of an ambassadorial role.In a previous Instagram post, Gerrard had already indicated that he was looking ahead to life beyond his Californian stint.“Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege. You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Steven Gerrard (centre) of the LA Galaxy is now out of contract after the club exited the MLS playoffs earlier this month with a shootout defeat to Colorado © AFP/File / Frederic J. BrownPARIS, France, Nov 14 – Former England star Steven Gerrard has hinted his time with LA Galaxy may be up with a post to Instagram suggesting he will shortly leave California.Recent weeks have seen speculation mount that the 36-year-old former England skipper could be mulling a possible coaching role at former club Liverpool — or even take a playing role at Celtic.
David Joe Shuler, 52, of Bryson City was convicted today by a jury in Swain County Superior Court of being an accessory before the fact to statutory rape. Shuler facilitated the crime by pretending to be the father of one of the minor victim’s girlfriends who had come to pick the victim up for an all girls sleepover. He assured the victim’s family that there would be adult supervision, and that there would be no boys around. Instead, the defendant dropped the victim off with an adult male at a mobile home that the defendant owned, and the crime occurred over the course of the next day and a half. Shuler was immediately taken into custody after the jury’s verdict and ordered to serve 58 to 82 months in the custody of the Division of Adult Correction.”We all share an obligation to protect the children in our communities, and this conviction demonstrates how seriously my office takes that responsibility. I commend Sheriff Cochran and the Swain County Sheriff’s Office for bringing us the evidence we needed to achieve justice in this case,” said District Attorney Ashley Welch.
The 737 MAX Potential differences are already emerging regarding the return to service of Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX fleet, with the Canadians calling for simulator training for proposed software changes.The stance comes after a US Federal Aviation Administration board stopped short in a draft report of requiring simulator training and said revised 737 MAX training involving expanded computer-based courses was “operationally suitable”.The report is still open for public comment and Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau has already warned that computer-based training would not go far enough to satisfy Canada.“It’s not going to be a question of pulling out an iPad and spending an hour on it,” Garneau told Reuters.“Simulators are the very best way, from a training point of view, to go over exactly what could happen in a real way and to react properly to it.”The 737 MAX fleet has been grounded since March 13 after a software enhancement, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), was implicated in two MAX crashes within five months of each other.The crashes involving Indonesia’s Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines together killed 346 people.Canada said previously that it intended to conduct its own review of the changes to the MAX software and training.A Canadian requirement for simulator training could affect US and other carriers wanting to fly MAX services to Canada even if it was not necessary for the US.The comments underscore the difficulty Boeing and the FAA may face in getting consensus from international regulators involved in the process of certifying changes to the plane and determining it issafe to fly.The FAA draft report from the Boeing 737 MAX Flight Standardization Board did not cover the software fix itself and noted Boeing was “still expected in the coming weeks to submit the final software package for certification”.READ Our 737 MAX coverageBoeing has modified MCAS with the aim of preventing similar accidents and has proposed more computer-based training for 737 pilots to give them a better understanding of the MAX speed trim system, the MCAS function and associated procedures.The board found Level B training was sufficient for initial, transition and upgrading training between 737NG and the 737 MAX aircraft.Level B training is aided instruction using methods that could include an audio-visual presentation, tutorials on computers or stand-up instruction.But it said the training must include a special emphasis on the function of MCAS as part of the speed trim system and the software’s role in providing pitch stability.“MCAS ground training must address system description, functionality, associated failure conditions, and flight crew alerting,’’ it said. “These items must be included in initial, upgrade, transit
Photo credit: © Disability:IN Every October, the US Department of Labor (DOL) observes the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign celebrates the contributions made by workers with disabilities and also raises awareness about the issues they face in employment.According to reports from the World Health Organization and the World Bank, over a billion people live with some form of disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states that disability affects nearly 1 in 4 people in the United States.On the broad spectrum of disabilities, some are visible or invisible. Some people experience challenges with their vision, hearing, mobility, or with their brain and nervous system. In such cases, the individuals use some form of aid like glasses or contact lenses, wheelchairs, crutches, walking canes, prosthetic implants, or hearing aids. While for others, their disabilities are hidden and cannot be seen just by looking at them. Diabetes, learning challenges, genetic disorders, and most mental health issues fall under this category. As such, employees with invisible disabilities may decide not to disclose their disabilities at work. It is, however, important for us to ensure that our workplaces are supportive of people living with disabilities, whether people disclose them or not. We can do this by practicing disability inclusion, which ensures that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in activities or perform their roles to the best of their abilities.Here are a few ways to practice disability inclusion in your workplace:Revisit your talent strategy: In a study by the National Organization on Disability, only 13 percent of companies have reached the DOL’s target of 7 percent disability representation in their workforce. This leaves me with questions. How are companies sourcing for talent? Do your recruiting agencies assist job seekers with disabilities? If your company recruits from colleges, what effort is made to find students with disabilities? In practicing disability inclusion, it is best to work with programs or agencies that help people with disabilities find opportunities that highlight their skills. Create/Support a Disability ERG: In the same study, you will find that only 4 percent of US workers identify as having a disability. Since some employees may be unwilling to disclose their conditions, a company can show its support for workers with disabilities by creating a Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG). A disability ERG provides a safe space for employees with disabilities or caregivers to discuss or share resources within the group. This ERG also helps to create awareness and build a community of empathetic workers who can better understand and support their colleagues. The ERG can also provide useful recommendations for attracting, onboarding, and retaining workers with disabilities. Provide accessible information: According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers are expected to ensure that employees with disabilities have access to the same information that similarly-situated employees without disabilities have. We live in a digital era, and as such, we can adapt the information we share in the workplace for people living with disabilities. For example, you’ll find that some digital platforms are beginning to include tools such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, or assistive keyboards. Some tools provide closed captioning, stop moving elements, change color contrasts, and convert text-to-speech or text-to-braille. Many technology devices are also offering high-level customization for people with different needs. Think about how you share information in your company and look for ways to adapt them for people living with disabilities.Offer flexible work options: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee who needs a modified or part-time schedule because of their disability is entitled to such a schedule if it will not cause undue hardship. The absence of flexible work options such as telecommuting, flexible schedules, leaves, or reduced work hours may impact employment opportunities for people with disabilities who are unable to commute to work regularly. Create an inclusive environment by offering flexibility to workers. Flexible work options are also useful for employees who need time to care for themselves or family members. Make disability awareness year-round: We should be promoting and practicing disability inclusion throughout the year. Instead of waiting until October every year, you can choose to celebrate each disability recognition month in your company. For example, March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, April is Autism Awareness Month, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. There are many more disabilities recognized on specific days or months of the year. Companies can promote disability awareness by posting flyers in common areas or through other means of communication.The NDEAM occurs in October, but disability inclusion shouldn’t end in October. Let us always remember to recognize and celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities.Originally posted on the Osasu Arigbe blog.
Michael Mainville, CFI is now a Zone AP Specialist with 7-Eleven. Nathan Anderson, LPC was named Director of Field AP, and Sharon Cruz is now Manager, AP-DC & Supply Chain at 99 Cents Only Stores.Ellie Bravo is now an Area LP Manager at 99 Ranch Market.- Sponsor – Eric Woodward and Octavio Andres Garcia Torres were made District Managers of AP at Abercrombie & Fitch.Amazon promoted the following people: Shaun Belk to Senior Manager, Global Security Operations & Support, Andreas Seidel to Senior Regional LP Manager, and Ivana Kaiserová to LP Specialist.Chris Strongman was named Director of LP at Aritzia.Jason Philpott is now Regional LP Field Coordinator at AT&T Mobile Tel.Ian Dill was named VP of LP, while Armine Esackanian, MBA and Janos Arcia are now District LP Managers at BCBG Maxazria.Zak Brownlee, CFI, LPC; Lance Lee; Beth (Milwee) King, CFI; and Canaan Peacock were promoted to Market LP Managers at Bealls.Lani Lautoa was promoted to Corporate LP & Fraud Manager for bebe Stores.Ashley App was promoted to Senior AP Analyst at Big Lots.Michael Loox, CFI was named Director of LP for BLD Brands.Joseph Horton was promoted to Director of Market Operations at Bloomingdale’s.Joel Cirbo is now Multi-Regional LP Manager at Boot Barn.Tiffany Wimbish is now Regional LP Manager at Brooks Brothers.Mark Delgado is now Area LP Supervisor, and Efrain Villanueva, Jr. is now District LP Manager at Burlington Stores.Angela Bisland, CFI was promoted to Divisional Director of LP at CarMax.Sam Raper was promoted to Southeast Regional Account Manager, and Greg Edelson is now West Coast Regional Account Manager at Catalyst.Rick Mitchell was named Director of LP at Charming Charlie.Keith Johnson is now a District LP Manager at Citi Trends.Edwin Saul was promoted to Director, AP & Risk Management at CKE Restaurants.Steve Sell was named VP, Global Sales and Marketing, and Bané Obrenovich was named Director of Marketing at CONTROLTEK USA.CVS Health announced the following changes: Matt Farley to Regional LP Manager, Scott Johnson to Regional LP Manager, Kyle Norman to Market Investigator, and Xavier Soule, CCIE, CHTI to District Market Investigator.Gustavo Montanez is now Area LP Manager with dd’s Discounts.Tony De La Riva was named Regional LP Manager at DHL eCommerce.Steven Turner, CFI, Joseph Ledesma, and Chris Hyde, LPC are now District LP Managers at DICK’S Sporting Goods.Rod Fulenwider was promoted to Executive Director at D & L Protective Services.William Penn, CFI was promoted to Supply Chain Investigations Manager-Northeast at Gap Inc., and Lorenzo Gonzalez was promoted to Market LP Manager at Gap Inc./Old Navy.William Connors is now a District LP Manager at Giant Eagle.Max Salata is now the Director of AP of South Central Wisconsin, Bruce Grundy was named Director of Risk Management & LP for San Antonio, and Daniel Justice was promoted to LP Regional Supervisor at Goodwill Industries.Adam Wollman, LPC is now Regional LP Manager at GUESS?.Perry Smolinski was named Director of LP & Safety at Harbor Freight Tools.Jeff Hunter was named Director of LP at Helzberg Diamonds.CJ Denton, CFI was promoted to Senior Director of LP at Hermès of Paris.David Mulliner, CFI was promoted to Assistant VP, LP and Safety at IEH Auto Parts.Chad Scott and Michael Babineaux were promoted to Area AP Managers, Carl Veld and Chris Dickmanare now District LP Managers, and Janeen Collins is now Regional LP Director at JCPenney.Mark Crowley was promoted to Head of Profit Protection at John Lewis Department Stores.Glen Canarte is now Operations & LP Manager at Kiehl’s/L’Oreal Luxe Division.Paul McQuillan was promoted to Sr. Manager, LP at Loblaw Companies.Jean-Louis Kibort was named Group Head of Security for L’Oreal.Timothy Rout, LPC was promoted to Area LP and Operations Support Manager, while Howard Weisel, Aaron McAloon, and Jill Ellison were promoted to Market ORC Managers at Lowe’s.Jessica Censoplano is now District LP Manager at Lucky California. Molly Gottlieb, CFI is now Regional AP Manager at lululemon athletic.Mitchell Wigler is now District Manager of Investigations at Macy’s. Victoria Anguiano was promoted to District LP Supervisor at Marshalls.John Schroeder was named Director of LP, while Scott Yancy III, J.C. Felix, and Dennis Lonergan, CFI are now Regional LP Managers at Mattress Firm.Jed Weinstein is now Regional Security Manager, US Security at McDonald’s.Brigham Roberts, MA, LPC is now Manager, LP & Safety at Michaels.Deidra Grier was appointed Director of Marketing at Nedap.John Akopyan, MBA is now Regional LP Manager at New York & Company.Gary Evaniuk, CFI is now Regional LP Manager at The North West Company.Michael Jergensen, CFI is now District LP Manager at Ocean State Job Lot.Andrew Zahorsky, LPQ was promoted to District LP Manager at Pacific Sunwear.George Burns was promoted to National Director of LP at Pep Boys.Steven LaPres is now Regional LP Manager at Petco.Kevin Krotenberg, CFI is now Sr. Regional LP & Safety Manager, and Chad Evans is now Cyber Crimes Investigative Specialist at PetSmart.Suzanne Castillo was promoted to Director, AP – Investigations & Systems at Ralph Lauren.Jeff Fulmer was named Senior Director of AP, while William Berger is now District AP Manager at Rite Aid. Jacy Krogh, CFI is now Regional AP Manager at Safeway.Jamie Bailey, CFI was named Director of LP Scrubs & More.Frank Benesz was promoted to National Manager AP Learning & Development, and Rocco Speziale was promoted to Director of AP Learning and Development at Sears Holdings.Rudy Mazak was promoted to VP/GM of Stores: Sears Hometown Stores, Appliance and Hardware, and Home Appliance Showrooms.Chip Chiappetta is now Regional LP Manager at SEPHORA.Don Wuchter, CFI is now Director of LP – Midwest Division – The Americas Group at Sherwin Williams.Shanel Alaniz is now a District LP Specialist at Smith’s Food & Drug Centers.Tony Raab was named Senior AP Manager at Spencer Gifts.Florentino Posada is now Regional Investigator at Stage Stores.Carson Altice, LPC was promoted to Sr. Manager of Field Operations Global LP at Staples.LeeRoy Hegwood, CFE, CFI, EnCE is now a Senior Manager of Partner & AP at Starbucks. AlexandrosGlitsos, MBA, CEFI was promoted to Senior AP Business Partner, ORC Investigations at Target.Ryan Haysley, LPC is now a District LP Manager at TJX.Andrew Grummett was promoted to Regional Investigations Manager, while Ahlam Elhammiri was promoted to Regional ORC Supervisor at TJX Canada/Winners Merchants International.Raks Mohit was promoted to District LP Manager with TJX Europe.Michael Monaghan is now a Regional AP Manager at Toys“R”Us.Brian Flannery was named Director of LP, and Matthew Pistel, NCCP is now Area LP Manager for ULTA Beauty.Jodi Palermo is now Senior Investigator and Doug George is now District LP Manager at Victoria’s Secret.Walmart announced the following changes: Chris Sparks, CFE to Director of Global Investigative Governance; Paul Chrisman, CFI, CPP, PCI to Senior Manager I, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance; Corrie Tallman to Senior Strategy Manager, eCommerce Store Operations; Levi Turner to Area Manager of AP, Logistics; and Alex Patterson, Kyle Millican, and Carlos Rico to Market AP Managers.David Glass was promoted to Senior Regional Manager of AP at Winn-Dixie.Nicole Schmitt was named National LP Manager at Wireless Vision.Gerry Nevarez is now Regional LP Manager at Yusen Logistics. 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After the outcry around patents being granted for trivial, obvious or well-known software algorithms and techniques, the process for granting software patents is poised to become considerably more stringent. A lot of people in the software industry feel that many patents that had previously been granted should not have, and as a result, the process of software innovation has been adversely affected, especially when patents are used to roadblock small and innovative companies.Part of the problem with the process has been that the bar to jump for granting a patent was quite low. Many feel that only processes that show significant level of innovation or genius should be worthy of receiving patents.Congress is on the verge of legislating tighter restrictions around patents in an effort to block individuals and companies from opportunistically enforcing patents. In addition, a number of people are calling for the US Patent Office to supplement their internal reviews with outside review panels to raise the rigor of the scrutiny.But there will be resistance to reform, especially from people outside the software industry, The pharmaceutical industry in particular relies on patents to support the very expensive laboratory development work that goes into creating a new drug. Nevertheless, patent reform seems to be on the horizon.
Picking out gifts can be overwhelming, especially this time of year when you see your lengthy list of people you still need to buy for. I’m one of those people who really enjoys it. “Receiving gifts” is my love language – which conversely means I LOVE giving someone the perfect gift as well.Although “receiving gifts” may sound a little superficial, think about it more along the lines of an act of service (which is also a love language!). It’s not the present that matters, but the thought, time, and effort that was put into the gift. The item is simply a physical manifestation of the affection.It’s easy to walk into Bath and Body Works, see the “Buy 3 Get 3 Free” sale and that 3-wick candles are 2 for $24 and go, “Ok, everyone gets lotion and candles this year!” Which is nice, but generic, and once the lotion is gone and the candle is burnt out, they won’t remember it or who got it for them.This isn’t your typical gift guide containing a laundry list of electronic doodads and random gadgets. This is your guide to finding gifts for people in your life that they will truly cherish and be thankful for.If you want to give a more meaningful gift, read on. Here are some points to consider as you’re deciding what to gift this year.Things or Experiences?Does the person you’re giving to like things, or do they like doing things? Some people love filling their home with objects and things they can use. Some people would rather get the gift of something they can do, like concert tickets, a massage, or a trip to the shooting range (my husband is one of those “doers” and loved this gift). If you know the person at all, it’s usually not terribly difficult to tell which category they fall into.Pro-tip: If you have a “doer” on your hands, check out Groupon for some ideas and deals. Or check to see if there’s a concert or show coming to town in the next couple of months that they might like. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something that they can do immediately.Milestones in Their LifeThink about what the past few months have brought this person. Did they start a new job? Maybe they need stress-relieving things like a foot massaging spa tub or a journal. Did they just start grad school? Get the things they don’t want to spend money on for themselves, like movie tickets or an espresso machine. Did they travel somewhere cool? Get an artsy canvas print of a photo they took there. If you can tailor their gift to something that’s going on in their life, it’ll really be meaningful (as well as useful!).Things Mentioned in PassingPay close attention to the little things people say around this time of year. You’re not looking for hints to be dropped, but for insights into what they like and might enjoy. For example, “Man, the bar I went to last night was out of ‘insert random alcohol brand here.’” When they open your gift to find a bottle of said stuff, they’ll be 1. excited to get something they actually like, and 2. touched that you pay attention to things they say in passing. (Or if they don’t even remember saying it, they’ll give you the “how did you know!?” moment, which is also great.)Work PeopleThis is arguably the hardest group of people to buy for because inevitably you know some people better than others (and let’s be honest–you like some better than others), and it’s an office–everybody talks. You don’t want to get your work bestie something awesome and the guy in the cubicle next to you a box of chocolate. It will be painfully clear you put more effort into one than the other, and everyone will know.Something that can help in this case is to think of a theme for groups of gifts and think of ways to tailor it to everyone. For instance, a theme of “drinks.” You can get the fitness/health buff/yoga girl a water bottle with an infusion insert and the fruit to go with it, your boss who likes wine a pair of cool glasses and a bottle of sparkling rosé, and the guy who’s always at the coffee machine a french press and bag of a seasonal blend. Voila! Everyone has a gift that’s similar but specially customized to them.People You Don’t Really Know But Feel Obligated to Buy ForThere’s always a group of these people. The babysitter, the guy who walks your dog, your neighbor down the hall–none of whom you know well enough to use the above logic on, but you feel compelled to get them something anyway. (Although, I bet if you really think about it, you could identify a few key things about them.) But, if you MUST get something generic, please for the love of gift-giving DON’T get them a prepackaged gift basket. Even if you buy all the same things included in the premade basket and wrapped it all up yourself, they can tell you put it together, and that way it means so much more.If you go the gift card route, try to avoid the overdone Target and Amazon cards. Yes, everyone can use them, but a lot of people will end up using them on their household necessities the next time they shop there rather than on something fun (who wants to give the gift of toilet paper or laundry detergent?). Instead, think of something or someplace you yourself have always wanted to try but never wanted to splurge on. 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Scientists have a love-hate relationship with the journal impact factor (JIF), the measurement used to rank technical journals by prestige. They have come to use it not only for deciding where to submit research papers, but for judging their peers, as well as influencing who wins jobs, tenure, and grants. All that from a single, easy to read number.And yet a journal’s impact factor is dismissed by many as useless or even destructive to the scientific community. In an attempt to shed some light, a group of researchers and journal editors today released a data set and analysis of the citation counts used to calculate this magical number. And their conclusions are likely to delight critics of the metric.Calculating the impact factor might seem straightforward. It is just the average number of times that a journal’s articles are cited over the past 2 years. Nature, for example, currently has a JIF of 41.456, which is generally interpreted to mean that over the past 2 years, Nature articles have been cited, on average, about 41 times each.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(*) But that number is easily misinterpreted. For example, if the citation counts of articles were like the heights of people, then the average number would be informative. Men are taller than women, on average, and indeed you can do better than random at predicting the height of people knowing nothing more than their sex. But for the articles published in any given journal, the distribution of citations is highly skewed. A small fraction of influential papers get most of the citations, whereas the vast majority of papers get few or none at all. So the average number of citations is often highly misleading.In particular, the JIF has “two problems,” says Lucas Carey, a cell biologist at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, who was not involved with the study. One is that “it is meaningless as a predictive measure,” he says, meaning that publishing a paper in a high-impact journal does not necessarily mean that it is more likely to be cited. The other problem, he says, is that “the way in which [the JIF] is calculated is opaque.”The opacity comes from Thomson Reuters, the private company that does the calculating. It makes money by selling access to the Web of Science, a detailed journal database, and the citation data it curates are not public. It takes work to get those citation data, which must be gleaned from the reference sections of papers. Journals use a variety of formats, and some require citations to be greatly abbreviated, making it difficult to identify the article being cited. Typographic errors and outright mistakes also add to the data-cleaning challenge.So why don’t journal publishers cooperate with each other, using the Thomson Reuters database to calculate their own impact factors? That idea crystallized at a meeting last year at the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, says Stephen Curry, a cell biologist at Imperial College London. “It wasn’t hard to convince people,” he says, and “the core group coalesced organically in the months following.” The 11 journals taking part in today’s data release are Science, eLife, The EMBO Journal, the Journal of Informetrics, the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, three journals published by the Public Library of Science, and Nature along with two of its sister journals. In 2013 and 2014, those journals published more than 366,000 research articles and 13,000 review articles. The team then combed through the Thomson Reuters database to count all citations to those articles in 2015. Vincent Larivière, an expert on journal citations at the University of Montreal in Canada led the analysis of the data.The results give more ammunition to JIF critics. The citation distributions are so skewed that up to 75% of the articles in any given journal had lower citation counts than the journal’s average number. So trying to use a journal’s JIF to forecast the impact of any particular paper is close to guesswork. The analysis also revealed a large number of flaws in the Thomson Reuters database, with citations unmatchable to known articles. “We hope that this analysis helps to expose the exaggerated value attributed to the JIF and strengthens the contention that it is an inappropriate indicator for the evaluation of research or researchers,” the team concludes in a preprint paper posted to bioRxiv.The team reached out to Thomson Reuters with the analysis in hand, says co-author Bernd Pulverer, chief editor of The EMBO Journal in Heidelberg, Germany. “The discussion was actually rather constructive and Thomson Reuters wanted to continue the dialogue,” he told ScienceInsider. But “while they agreed to essentially all the key points we made, they did not want to change anything that would collapse journal rankings, as they see this as their key business asset.””The authors are correct to point out that JIF should only be used as an aid to understand the impact of a journal,” says James Pringle, Thomson Reuters’ head of Industry Development and Innovation, IP & Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “JIF is a reflection of the citation performance of a journal as a whole unit, not as an assembly of diverse published items.” As for the errors in its database, “Thomson Reuters’ editorial team continuously works with publishers, identifying ways to improve item-level matching, providing authors with simple processes to correct their records, contributing to cross-industry initiatives and encouraging use of standard identifiers.”Will the data release start a revolution? Unlikely, says David Smith, an academic publishing expert in Oxfordshire, U.K., who contributes regularly to the influential Scholarly Kitchen blog. “These results, from a limited population of journals, are interesting and worthy of further and larger investigation,” he says, but citation data from far more journals are needed. “One question here is whether high impact journals have fundamentally different citation profiles.” But even if the data released today is representative of the whole scientific community, Smith contends that no single number can capture the worth of a scientist’s work. “JIF isn’t the problem,” he says. “It’s the way we think about scholarly progress that needs the work.”