SC&RA participated in a day-long meeting with the California Transportation Permit Advisory Council, discussing issues such as a potential new automated permitting system, inspection of new equipment, the state’s compliance programme and the California transportation permit manual.The next stop was New Mexico, where SC&RA and state officials agreed to form a joint working group to regularly work towards resolving a number of issues of concern to the industry, including permit turnaround time and police escorts.Finally the delegation met with Colorado Department of Transportation officials for discussions that focused on weight issues related to dual lane trailers and trunnions.www.scranet.com
Accessibility Bookmarklets and Tools: If you haven’t created a toolbox of apps for testing accessibility, this is an excellent collection to start with recommendations for checking parsing errors, validating markup, free screen reader and more.WordPress and Accessibility: Ensuring Access to the Largest Pool of Readers: Tips for WordPress developers to provide better accessibility in their themes.Social media helping autistic children ‘navigate the world’: Read how YouTube changed the life of 13 year-old Jordan Hilkowitz, a young teenager in Ontario, Canada.Accessible Web Sites: What Can You Do?: Web designer and developer Joe Dolson’s slideshow overview of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG).User ExperienceA Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing: Nice intro to wireframing from WPTuts, discussing the basics and highlighting several popular tools and applications including Balsamiq, Omnigraffle, and a new online application Flairbuilder that looks promising.Feel UX: If Apple Won’t Innovate The User Experience, Android Designers Will: With the help of design company Frog, the release this summer of the new line of Sharp smartphones demonstrates the opportunities for Android developers to move beyond Apple’s user experience.Everything I Needed To Know About User Experience I Learned In A Restaurant: Based on his past work in a restaurant, Craig Wright offers five basic user experience principles.Why Your Links Should Never Say “Click Here”: Good guidelines from UX Movement including: Add context to your link textUse concrete and proper nouns in your link textAvoid linking to only verbs Hope you enjoyed the first week of summer. Did you get to the beach?Sigh. I didn’t, but I did find many great resources this past week. Also had some fun raising awareness and votes to bring the Build Responsively Websites workshop by well-known developer Ben Callahan to Detroit.Last Monday, Detroit was in sixth place, way behind Pittsburg in first place. By sharing with Twitter friends and on Facebook Pages, designers and developers in Detroit have steamrolled ahead and are now in first place. Woohoo!Woohoo! #Detroit is in 1st place to bring two-day responsive design @brworkshop to Detroit. Love it! http://t.co/oWn1Z9YY— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) June 21, 2012CSSLettering vs. CSS-Ligatures: Sara Cannon’s experiment with lettering and CSS.Responsive Grid System: The first version of a new strategy for building a responsive grid system. Graham Walker provides all the markup, CSS and media queries for you to download. Would love to hear how you use it.5 Simple and Practical CSS List Styles You Can Copy and Paste: Good coding and style examples to add to your snippets from Design Shack. I found them to be useful; also noticed one of the style snippets didn’t include :focus and :active along with :hover.HTMLHandy Tutorials & Tools for Embedding HTML5 Video: Though browser support isn’t complete, check out this collection of posts and articles for methods to include video using HTML on your sites.Create a Website Using User Interface Packs (PSD to HTML) – Day 1: First article in a step-by-step guide from DesignModo showing the initial markup and style setup.Classes? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Classes!: Heydon Pickering’s post on Smashing Magazine suggesting classes aren’t needed in CSS brought over 180 comments from readers.Off Canvas Multi-Device Layouts: Interesting approach: hide “secondary” content outside of the visible browser window until it’s needed.AccessibilityUS Judge Rules Netflix Subject to Disability Act: The major accessibility news this week was the announcement that US District Judge Michael Ponsor rejected Netflix’s argument that it is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ponser declined to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Deaf. Some background may be helpful:Netflix refused to include captions in its streaming service, forcing people who are deaf or hearing impaired to purchase more expensive DVD show and movie rentals that did include captions. WordPressPlanning and Building an Intranet with WordPress: I like this article because David Albert points out the pros and cons of using BuddyPress to create an Intranet. Excellent list of plugins to consider if you decide to go this route.9 WordPress Myths That Might Surprise You: Love the “WordPress websites are low quality” myth. Short post worth reading; good discussion and points made in the comments.How To: Stop the Hacker by Hardening WordPress: Thanks Tony Perez for posting these tips, well done. Don’t have time to review his 60+ slideshow? Tony graciously summarizes the highlights and provides five tips to secure your site.Our Readers’ Favorite 3.4 Features: Did you vote for your favorite WordPress 3.4 feature on WPCandy’s poll? With over 200 votes in, the three top features are:Query efficiency improvementsTheme customizer and live preview improvementsEmbed tweets via oEmbed 13 Tenets of User Experience: Robert Hoekman, Jr shares his beliefs of the value of user experience strategy beginning with:User experience is the net sum of every interaction a person has with a company, be it marketing collateral, a customer service call, or the product or service itself. What I Found InterestingAbsolutely loved this: Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, Recreated with DominosShare 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…RelatedJune 23, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesEvery week I post a roundup of new web development and design resources I’ve learned about from the blogs I read and the people I follow on Twitter. This week’s roundup of resources highlights the recent W3C draft of the CSS Shapes Module, presentation and notes from last week’s UX…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 12, 2014How to develop a living style guide, looking for the Section 508 refresh, a walkthrough of installing bbPress the first time, and collaborative responsive workflows are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s roundup for web designers and developers. Each Friday I publish a weekly roundup of…In “Web design & development links”September 28, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesHow was your first week of autumn? Colors are just beginning to change on the trees in my neighborhood and fog is becoming more common in the morning. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about the new features in Bootstrap 3, how Flexbox can be used to solve tricky CSS…In “Web design & development links”
The recent spate of Apple Store robberies has continued, as five men stole iPhones and iPads valued at $29,000 from an Apple Store in Southern California this week. The robbery took place on Monday night, when the hoodie-wearing men walked into the store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Orange County. They quickly began ripping display items out of the display tables, before fleeing the location.The incident took place 20 minutes prior to the store’s 9pm closing time. The thieves, who were described as being African-American men in their early-to-mid twenties, fled in a silver Infiniti sedan. As they were leaving the store, they attacked a man who tried to impede their progress. One of the gang is seen kicking the individual, an off-duty officer, as he lies on the ground. The crime is being viewed as a burglary because the suspects didn’t show any weapons, and there were no serious injuries. Anyone with information should call the Costa Mesa Detective Bureau on 714.754.5637. (Video: Costa Mesa Police Department) [Source: Cult of Mac] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
In the Indian cricketing pyramid, the paying crowd is quite near the bottom of the priority list. Uncovered stadia, lack of basic amenities and severe restrictions are what fans in India have to put up with when they go to watch a match. In Australia, however, the paying public is in the centre of the cricketing schematics and people are taken care of; especially since filling stadia is a challenge for organisers.More than the bucket seats, covered venues and top class facilities for the thousands that turn up for a match, it is the way a match is turned into a fun event which makes watching cricket here all the more appealing.At the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, much before the match started, fans were greeted by a music troupe just outside the ground that played peppy Indian numbers and had dancers gyrating to them. Inside the stadium, the public even gets a chance to make a few extra bucks. The best, or the craziest, dressed spectators get an on the spot cash award of Aus $ 100 or have their names sent for a draw of lots, where the grand prize is a trip for four people to see Australia play West Indies in Barbados later this year. Fans have been turning up in the dozens dressed as the Flintstones, Greek gods, comic book heroes, and even as a Commonwealth Bank ATM machine.At the start of the series, locals were invited for a free breakfast with the Australian team in Melbourne on February 4. In Brisbane, there was free public transport for all match ticket holders.advertisementThe freebies aside, the public is also invited to participate in the fun. Just to make it more interesting, the broadcasters here have a ‘Kiss Cam’ which surveys the crowd during match breaks, spots couples, beams their image on the giant screens at the ground and urges the couples to pucker up. Some do, some don’t, but the celebration of a match continues.There is a lot for India to learn from Australia, at least as far as taking care of the fan is concerned. Maybe the richest board in the world would one day realise that at the end of the day, it’s a game and its original patrons are the ones who buy tickets for it.
Top Indian shooters like Manavjit Singh Sandhu (left) and Ronjan Sodhi have sometimes struggled due to a lack of professional mental training.Individual sport can be a lonely vocation, which is why athletes need to be in top mental condition to tackle its pressures and challenges.This is especially true of Olympic sports which generally don’t have a year-round calendar where players can keep bumping into each other and form personal bonds.And when one speaks of sports like shooting and archery, which require precision and immense concentration rather than a lot of physical activity, a single outof-place thought can upset the athlete’s rhythm and spoil their prospects.This is where mental trainers come in. Professional help is always welcome and, for the first time, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) seems to be giving this aspect the seriousness it deserves.It took the underwhelming performances of Indian shooters at three major back-to-back events – the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the Asian Games – for the NRAI to wake up. Although the body officially proclaims its satisfaction with the shooters’ performances, some top officials have privately admitted that the athletes need a push to take them from the threshold of greatness to greatness itself.According to sources within the NRAI, the body is set to send a proposal to the sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India to enlist the help of an American professional. What’s more, the expert happens to be a hypnotherapist, who counts among his clients the likes of double Olympic skeet gold medallist shooter Vincent Hancock, Olympic double trap gold medallist Glenn Eller and has also worked with one of the all-time greats of golf, Tiger Woods.advertisementAccording to the plan, Daniel Vitchoff, a renowned practitioner of hypnotherapy from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, will hold a monthlong camp with selected Indian athletes, to help condition their minds on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”We zeroed in on Dan after a long process of consultation with our senior shooters, the foreign coaches and the international shooting community. Apart from the obvious pull of someone who has worked with a legend like Tiger Woods, Dan has worked with some of the most successful American shooters and we feel his guidance will go a long way towards preparing our athletes for the Rio Games,” an NRAI official told MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity, since this proposal is yet to go to the ministry and SAI.”In fact, we will also try to involve archers in the plan, so that more top Indian sportspersons can benefit from his expertise.”Hypnotherapy is seen with suspicion by a lot of people, but the official said the NRAI had done its homework on its positives.”We’ve seen how much the athletes who have trained with Dan have appreciated his methods, in particular the ’33 Method’, which includes hypnosis, visualisation and neuro-linguistic programming. This helps improve focus and minimise distractions,” the official said.Currently, the Indian team regularly features a blend of experienced shooters and up-and-coming stars, and for them to get mental training will be a boon.For a while now, Indians have been reaching finals at the World Cup level, but the medal count has been disproportionately low.Maybe with Vitchoff’s help, the shooters (and archers) will be able to get over the hump.
HMD Global announced the Nokia 7 Plus in India alongside the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Sirocco earlier this month. The new Nokia 6 has been available in the country for a few weeks now largely in the offline market and Nokia’s online store. This week, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco went on sale both offline and online. As far as online channels are concerned, the Nokia 7 Plus can be found via Amazon India and Nokia.com/phones, while the 8 Sirocco is available on Flipkart and Nokia’s store.The Nokia 7 Plus price in India is set at Rs 25,999 and is perhaps the best value-for-money phone HMD has launched so far. The Android One phone not only comes with a stunning design language, but it also offers a pure, stock Android experience, which combined with a capable processor promises to deliver fast and smooth performance, and great battery life as well. The Nokia 7 Plus has a lot to offer and if you’re in the market looking for a good phone under Rs 30,000, we give you a few reasons to consider this phone.– One of the biggest appeals about the Nokia 7 Plus is its design. HMD this year is trying to create an identity for its phones and one of the ways it is doing that is by adding a dual tone design. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with copper accents around the frame, fingerprint sensor and rear camera module that makes it stand out.– The copper accents are further highlighted on a metal unibody that has been machined out of a single block of Series 6000 aluminum. This makes the phone extremely solid and durable and you feel it the moment you hold it. Additionally, the six-layer ceramic coating on the back gives it a smooth feel and also hides the antennae lines. This comes in a choice of Black and White, although only the former is currently available in India.advertisement– The Nokia 7 Plus is also the first phone from the company to sport an 18:9 display. This means you get a tall 6-inch full-HD+ IPS display with narrow bezels all around, which further adds to the attractive design language.– The 18:9 display on the Nokia 7 Plus is vivid and colours pop on screen. The display has good viewing angles and colour reproduction is quite natural. Brightness levels aren’t great outdoors and that is perhaps the only issue one might have with the display. — The Nokia 7 Plus is the first phone in India to sport a Snapdragon 660 chipset. This is notable because the processor is the first mid-range processor to feature Qualcomm’s Kryo cores. The chip features eight Kryo 260 cores with four of them clocked at 2.2GHz to handle performance intensive tasks and four energy-efficient cores clocked at 1.8GHz.– What this means is the SD660 chip will offer you a performance similar to the Snapdragon 821 flagship chipset of 2016, which is pretty great for a sub-Rs 30,000 phone. I reviewed the phone and found that the chipset allows for an extremely smooth performance with barely any lags or stuttering.– The other reason the chipset performs so smoothly is because the phone comes with stock Android. As part of the Android One programme, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with pure, unadulterated Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and is now upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo with the April security update as well. There is practically zero bloatware and the software experience is clean and smooth.– Android One promises that the Nokia 7 Plus will get timely Android security updates as well as two major Android updates. This means that the phone can be expected to be among the first to receive Android P and Android Q, which not a lot of phones can boast of in this price range.– The Nokia 7 Plus houses a 3,800mAh battery, which HMD says will last you up to two days. This is largely true as I got a good day and a half of juice on average usage which includes messaging, browsing social media apps and streaming some videos on YouTube. Battery life is pretty solid and you should get an average of 5 to 6 hours of screen on time. Additionally, the phone supports fast charge via USB Type-C and will charge up from zero to 40 per cent in 30 minutes.– The premium and appealing design language, 18:9 display, impressive battery life, stock Android Oreo software and near flagship-level chipset are some compelling reasons to go for the phone in this price segment. It also keeps in line with 2018 standards, making it a more logical buy than last year’s Nokia 8, which is available at around Rs 28,000.advertisementALSO READ: Nokia 7 Plus review: Pretty, powerful and almost perfect
Ohio State rushed the ball 32 times against Indiana on Saturday. First-string running back Brandon Saine had no carries. “I think the way it worked out, I was more of a receiver today,” Saine said. Saine was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and recorded a touchdown through the air. “We definitely switched that up this week,” fullback Zach Boren said. “I think we changed it because Brandon is great out in space. That’s what he is best at, and (Dan) ‘Boom’ (Herron) is best back in the ‘I’” formation. Herron has established himself as the team’s featured running back. He led OSU in carries for the third consecutive game Saturday. Saine lining up at receiver also allowed reserve Jordan Hall to see playing time early. “I was in in the first quarter,” Hall said. “The (coaches) just said, ‘be ready.’” It was the first time this season that Hall saw playing time while the game was still in doubt. Saine’s struggles on the ground might have been a contributing factor. Saine had rushed for just 80 yards and no touchdowns in the three games before Indiana. Giving him less carries and more receptions was a way to get him more involved in the offense. “We said going into the game we were going to try to figure out more ways to get him the ball,” coach Jim Tressel said. Players agreed that the team was playing to Saine’s strength. “He’s really dynamic,” center Mike Brewster said. “It’s hard for guys to cover him when he is running routes. No linebackers are going to keep up with him.” Saine agreed. “I think that it’s a great way to get mismatches with linebackers and safeties,” he said. Those mismatches have resulted in four receiving touchdowns for the running back this season, twice his number of scores on the ground. The team has confidence in Saine regardless of his role. “Brandon is such a good athlete; he can play receiver, running back, anything,” offensive linemen Justin Boren said. “He is going to make plays.” The team won’t be surprised if the roles of the running backs continue to change as the season goes forward, Hall said. No matter how the repetitions are divided up in the backfield, Saine is happy to be contributing. “Whatever I’m doing, it’s to help the team, and that’s what matters,” he said. “I’m just excited to be able to get out there and run around with this jersey on.”
Vanderbilt University announced Thursday that it was canceling its football program’s 2013 trip to Columbus to play Ohio State because of scheduling reasons. OSU athletic director Gene Smith didn’t approve of way Vanderbilt canceled the game – by letter – but he was promised an apology. David Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, said he takes full responsibility for informing Smith of the cancelation in a letter and plans to apologize by text, phone call or email. “I apologize to (Smith) for that. I’m sorry that he’s disappointed. Gene’s a good friend and a good (athletic director) and I’m sorry it was handled that way,” Williams told The Lantern. “I take all of the blame for that.” With less than a year until the teams’ originally scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at the Horseshoe, Smith and the OSU athletic department must seek a new opponent for the opening game of its 2013 season. Vanderbilt was to receive $1.2 million for its visit to Ohio Stadium, but coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus without a bowl ban will have to begin against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. In a statement provided to The Lantern earlier on Thursday, Smith said the communication between the two schools could have been better. “I am disappointed that we find ourselves in this position. I would have preferred a phone call from the administration at Vanderbilt,” Smith said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we will work diligently to find a replacement opponent for the 2013 season.” Williams explained that the decision to inform OSU through a letter was a matter of record keeping. “I do understand (Smith’s) disappointment and I apologize for that, but if you cancel something by phone, then you don’t have record for it,” Williams said. “It may just be my legal training that we cancel by paper. We make deals by letters and we cancel by letters. I understand his disappointment and it would have been nice if I talked more about it. “That’s on me. That’s my bad and I apologize for that.” Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt’s director for athletic communications, said the cancelation of the OSU-Vanderbilt fixture came about as a result of the need to accommodate the Southeastern Conference’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. Vanderbilt also canceled its 2013 home game against Northwestern. The cancellation of the OSU and Northwestern games were “casualties” of that process, Williamson said. OSU’s current home schedule for the 2013 season includes Florida A&M (9/7), Buffalo (9/14), Wisconsin (9/28), Iowa (10/19), Penn State (10/26) and Indiana (11/23). The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Purdue at the Horseshoe. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Newly-appointed Holland captain Virgil van Dijk took to social media express his delight in scoring his maiden goal at international level in their 3-0 win over PortugalThe Liverpool defender was announced as the captain for the side by the new coach Ronald Koeman, who had also managed Van Dijk at Southampton.After a disappointing first match as captain in their 1-0 defeat against England, Van Dijk lead the side to a 3-0 win over Euro 2016 Champions Portugal with the 26 year-old getting on the score-sheet himself with a well-taken volley for Holland’s third of the game.“Great time away with the national team. Really happy overall with the work we put in as a group during the international break capped off by a fantastic result last night against Portugal! What a feeling to score my first goal for my country too!” wrote Van Dijk on Instagram.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been under heavy criticism over recent months and was repeatedly left out of big games by his club coach Jose Mourinho.Amidst all the criticisms against Paul Pogba, former defender Frank Leboeuf says Pogba does not deserve a starting role for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.He also believes it could be a similar story for the 25-year-old when Didier Deschamps comes to naming his starting line-up against Australia on June 16.With the French coach possessing a vast array of midfield options, Leboeuf claims he will be tempted to look elsewhere.‘He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised’, he told ESPN.‘I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup. [Corentin] Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think [Blaise] Matuidi is above him.’Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The former Chelsea defender believes Pogba puts too much pressure on himself in his pursuit of winning individual honours.‘I mean [he] has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.‘Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.‘I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.’France host the USA in their final warm-up match in Lyon this weekend before flying out to Russia.