Inside Conditions…Fish in a barrel

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) makes a touchdown reception against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell (23) during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Last Sunday evening/night, the New England Patriots operated a foundry of their own and “melted down” the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 36-17, winning the NFL, AFC Conference Championship, thereby advancing to Super Bowl LI to face the Atlanta Falcons who earlier in the day sent Aaron, “run the table” Rodgers and the rest of his crew from “cheese-head land” ‘packing’.The offense of the Steelers produced an anemic 54 yards rushing on 20 carries resulting in a 2.7 yard per rush average.  The longest run of the game for Pittsburgh was a whopping fifteen yarder.However, that is not the worst of it.  Two trips inside the five yard line and could not score a TD.  At one point Steelers tight end Jesse James caught a pass that was initially ruled a touchdown but that call was reviewed and overturned.  The Steelers offense went backwards after that.The Steelers defense had very little fight or bite, as a matter of fact the big nasty “D” seemed to be as toothless as a 94 year old who has misplaced his or her dentures. Pittsburgh’s defense looked as if they were fish in a barrel.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady found more holes in the Steelers secondary than an old wool jacket after it has served as a “buffet” for moths. On both sides of the ball, the Steelers did not answer the call.With running back LeVeon Bell sitting out most of the game with a left groin injury, and wide receiver Antonio Brown being a non-factor, almost appearing to sit out the game allegedly with “injured stats” and as far as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger goes…I won’t even go there.  Now let’s get to the low down nitty gritty.Before, way before the 6:45p.m kick off in Foxborough, in the wee hours of Sunday morning a purebred Patriot zealot a thoroughbred, U.S.D.A., knucklehead pulled the fire alarm at the hotel that was housing the Steelers.  According to espn.com news:  “Dennis Harrison of East Boston has been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and pulling a false fire alarm.  Police said that Harrison pulled an alarm at the hotel and fled the scene but he was found by the state police, walking on hotel property.” Where in the hell was security? That was flat out bullcrap.  Remember “spygate and “deflategate?” Now we have “alarmgate.”  And Putin “ringate.”Aubrey BruceDo not confuse me with Donald Trump lover, Jason “Uncle Tom” Whitlock because unlike “Uncle Jason. I do not put anything past Patriots owner Robert Kraft or any member of his “den of cheaters.” Mr. Kraft and his chief henchman, Tom Brady loved and leaned heavily toward the now President of these United States, Donald Trump. Kraft may need Trump’s help retrieving some personal property according to an article posted by Jon Lockett on thesun.com/uk:”Donald Trump will reportedly be on a secret mission when he finally meets Vladimir Putin  –  to solve the case of the ‘missing’ Superbowl ring.Trump’s close pal and fellow billionaire Robert Kraft is said to be thinking of calling on the new President to help him get back the £16,000 ring Putin infamously ‘borrowed’ from him 12 years ago..As many American Football fans know, New England Patriots owner Kraft infamously “lost” his ring on a trip to Russia when he let Putin “borrow” it.  After it was revealed Trump is finally lined up to meet Putin, reports in the US claimed the new President might try and reunite Kraft with his treasured ring.  In 2005, Kraft was on a business trip to Russia when he showed his ring to Putin. The Premier apparently tried it on and then took it without giving it back. Kraft said in 2013: “I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring.’ “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”After Kraft told his version of events, Putin denied stealing the ring or having any memory of meeting Kraft, but he said he would have a replacement made for him.”  Hold it, stop the presses.  If the Kremlin will hack into the Democratic Party’s database to help Donald Trump “fix” an election, hacking into a database of a rival of one of Trumps supporters is “small potatoes.”Okay the Steelers played horrible defense but it seems convenient that Tom Brady seemed to know every “nook and cranny” of the Steelers defensive game plan. No quarterback is that great.  Don’t forget, the Rooney family supported both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  The Patriots beat up on the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Will Vladmir Putin return Robert Kraft’s treasured Super Bowl ring? Will Putin view the Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI as “payment in full to Robert Kraft and the Patriots organization?”  Watch out Atlanta Falcons, are your computers and phones next? Don’t laugh boys’ and girls’ you migh just never know. (Sources for this article were espn.com and thesun.com)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribelast_img read more


Buckingham for McMillan

first_imgWELL-KNOWN Warragul man Chris Buckingham has been endorsed by Labor to run for the seat of McMillan at the next…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Two callouts in Cardinia

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM VICTORIA’S hot and windy weather has already caused issues this morning, with brigades called out to two…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Burges Garners Southland Women’s Tennis Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Sandra Burges has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Burges, the all-time singles leader in Islanders history, led A&M-Corpus Christi to three conference victories en route to their first Southland Conference regular-season championship. Burges, a senior from Zaragoza, Spain (Marianistas), clinched the match and the title for the Islanders with a 6-0, 6-1, straight-set victory over New Orleans’ Yasmine Rashad in No. 4 singles on Monday. Prior to that, she secured two straight-set victories in No. 5 singles over Abilene Christian and UIW. The senior has powered the Islanders this season with an 18-5 overall record and an 11-1 record in the Southland. Honorable mention this week goes to McNeese State sophomore Klaudia Gawlik, Northwestern State senior Polina Konop, Nicholls sophomore Isla Brock and Abilene Christian senior Micah Hermsdorf.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more


My Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

first_imgWith the end of the year fast approaching, I took time this week to look back at my most popular posts of 2017.One of the goals for my blog is to publish posts that are helpful to you in your work and business, whether you’re:Designing and developing websitesBloggingNeeding to learn how to better use technology While I know my posts on WordPress, accessibility, and user experience are popular, I’m always surprised to discover which specific posts received the most page views.If you haven’t read them yourself, here’s your opportunity! Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 20175 Things to Know About Video Headers in WordPress 4.7Announced in WordPress 4.7, the new video header feature caught a lot of attention from WordPress designers and developers. And with support for video headers in the new Twenty Seventeen theme, people were able to see exactly how it looked.The Value of Concept Testing for User Experience DesignWritten by guest blogger Emily Bowman, her post explained how to incorporate concept testing into your user-centered design process so you can expose target users to multiple design concepts very early in the process.Best Practices for Conducting an Accessibility ReviewMy notes from Joe Welinske’s presentation, presenting a case study of the accessibility review of the new VeriCite product, at the July 2017 joint meetup of the UX Chicago and Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design groups.Web Professionals Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2017Rather than listing all the deals separately, and since many sites compiling Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts updated their post regularly with additional deals, I listed the deal roundups.Why You Have No Excuse to Not Caption Your VideosI was glad my conversation with Dave Foy about captioning his videos made the top ten list.In the summer, we chatted on Twitter about captions. I asked him if he would share his experience.Once other people hear about your experience, they would have a better understanding of the process.And it might dispel some misunderstandings about captions and transcripts.Dave kindly accepted my invitation.It was my pleasure to talk with him about videos, captioning, and the process he used to make his videos accessible to everyone.Part 3. Alternative Text for Images: Buffer Announces Support for ExtensionAdding Alt Text to Twitter Images is officially rolled out for the Buffer Extension! 💕 Will be available in our Dashboard soon!— 🌸🌻🌸 (@emplums) November 14, 2017In my third post about alternative text for Buffer and Hootsuite, I was happy to share the news that Buffer now supports alternative text for images, through their browser extension.Slimpack WordPress Plugin Security VulnerabilitySlimpack, a popular WordPress plugin that duplicates many of the Jetpack plugin modules, was found to have a security vulnerability, that exploited the sharing function to mass email with links using Baidu.The Slimpack plugin was removed from the WordPress plugin repository in June 2017.How to Return to the Top of a Web PageWondering how to get back to the top of the page on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer?Here’s my guide for several operating systems, browsers, apps, and devices to get you back to the top of a webpage quickly.Motivation Monday: 21 Inspirational Quotes from WomenIt’s Monday morning, the beginning of the work week, and after a lovely, relaxing weekend, you’re not feeling motivated to get started on your different work projects.These inspiring quotes have helped me get started for the week; hope you enjoy them!15 Online Tools to Help You Learn About a WebsiteOnline website research tools.You know, the tools you use to research a website, when you’re considering taking on a new client and want to gather background information about their existing site.Your research will be easier with this list of 15 online tools I use to get all the details about a site.Wrapping UpDid your favorite post make my top ten list? If not, share your favorite post in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related5 Things to Know About Video Headers Introduced in WordPress 4.7Announced in WordPress 4.7, the new video header feature caught a lot of attention from WordPress designers and developers. And with support for video headers in the new Twenty Seventeen theme, people were able to see exactly how it looked. My digital marketing friends were thrilled with the new feature.…In “WordPress”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 13, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover the 10 best intranets for 2017, learn about the final rule for the Section 508 Refresh, find out how to set up a WooCommerce store on your WordPress site, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 9, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn you don’t always want to design for all the devices, find out about the latest WordPress version, discover what you can do about technical debt, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more


Simeone: ‘Atleti don’t finish chances’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Diego Simeone admits Atletico Madrid struggle to convert their scoring opportunities after a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus. The match was decided by a remarkable Paulo Dybala goal from the tightest of angles, which secures top spot in the group for the Bianconeri. “We played against a great team, incidents can happen, but we still lack sharpness in our finishing and making those moves count,” said the Colchoneros coach in his press conference. “We create the chances, with opportunities both in the first and the second half. Vitolo and Alvaro Morata played well, Felipe had an extraordinary match. “It’s good that we are creating the chances, and sooner or later we will score goals if we keep doing that. It requires patience and hard work. We need more of an effort to convert those opportunities. “We are on track with the objectives of the club. That is why we need patience.” Simeone was asked what he thought of the Juventus performance this evening. “You should ask the Juventus coach that, not me…”last_img read more


10 days agoChelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Crushing defeat for Mays deal leaves Brexit path unclear

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s Parliament has delivered a crushing verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal, rejecting it by 432 votes to 202 — the biggest defeat suffered by a government in modern British political history.That leaves the country’s EU exit process in crisis, with just 10 weeks until it is due to leave the bloc on March 29.On Wednesday, May’s government faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament. If it survives, May has until the start of next week to come back to Parliament with a Plan B.Here’s a look at what might happen next.TRY AND TRY AGAINAfter Tuesday’s defeat, May assured the House of Commons that “the House has spoken and the government will listen.” She plans to hold talks with lawmakers from across the political spectrum before announcing a new plan.But May’s office has downplayed the prospect of major changes to the deal that has been negotiated, and EU leaders are adamant that the 585-page withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened.That means May could return to Parliament next week with a tweaked deal that is only slightly different to the previous one. But that is unlikely to win over many opponents of the agreement.Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said most leaders who had suffered a defeat on this scale would be “either resigning or looking to trash the deal that they’d got and do something utterly different.”May, however, has proven stubbornly resistant to changing her Brexit “red lines.”“It looks as if we’re just going to get more of the same and that she’ll come back in a week or so’s time with nothing substantially different from what we’ve got now,” Bale said.__DELAY BRITAIN’S EXITParliament has rejected May’s deal, but is split on what to do instead. Some lawmakers want to tack toward a softer Brexit that would see Britain keep close ties to the bloc, while others want to walk away from the EU without a deal.With Parliament split, there is a growing chance Britain will seek an extension to the two-year exit process that is due to expire on March 29.Some ministers are urging May to delay Brexit and then consult lawmakers in a series of “indicative votes” to see if a majority can be found for a new plan. And various factions of lawmakers are exploring ways to use parliamentary rules to wrest control of the Brexit process from the government.A delay would likely also be needed in the event of two other possible scenarios: a general election, or a second referendum. Any delay to the date of Brexit would require unanimous approval from leaders of the EU’s remaining 27 member states.___HOLD AN ELECTIONImmediately after Tuesday’s vote in Parliament, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the government, to be held Wednesday evening.If the government loses, Britain is facing an election for a new Parliament and government. The government is likely to survive, however. Almost all members of the governing Conservatives say they will support May, as will her parliamentary allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.Labour says it will keep trying to force an election, and could attempt more no-confidence votes in the coming weeks.___SECOND REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side in the 2016 referendum — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.The government is firmly opposed, but many lawmakers believe a new referendum may be the only way out of the Brexit impasse.But it’s unclear what the question would be. Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option.There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.___NO DEALThis is the outcome few want — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that tumbling out of the bloc with no deal to soften the exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Passengers in dire straits as Metro suspends service twice

first_imgKolkata: Passengers of Kolkata Metro had to face tremendous harassment twice on Thursday morning and afternoon. In the morning, Metro services were disrupted after a technical glitch caused sparks in the third rail. Later in the afternoon, Metro services were suspended due to maintenance work.According to sources, on Thursday morning at around 8:30 am, a Metro rake started moving from Noapara towards Kavi Subhas. Just before entering the Dum Dum station, a spark occurred on the third rail. Immediately after the spark, smoke was seen coming out. Passengers travelling from Noapara got panic stricken, with similar recent incidents still fresh on their minds. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWasting no time, Metro authorities disconnected power supply to the third rail and evacuated the passengers through the driver’s cabin. The engineers were called in urgently. Meanwhile, office-goers came to Dum Dum and other Metro stations to find the services being unavailable. After almost an hour and a half of work, Metro services were resumed. During the disruption, truncated services were on between Kavi Subhas and Girish Park. However, it was not the end of harassment for the passengers as Metro authorities decided to again suspend service between Dum Dum and Girish Park for maintenance work from 1:16 pm. As there was no prior information, commuters faced immense trouble. Normal services were resumed from 2:16 pm.last_img read more


PepsiCo vs potato farmers

first_imgThe Gujarat government must not opt for an out-of-court settlement with PepsiCo as the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights (PPV&FR) Act 2001 lets farmers cultivate any variety they like to, including the patented variety of potatoes, say activists. The food and beverage multinational recently sued farmers in Gujarat for cultivating their proprietary FC5 variety of potatoes that are used to make Lay’s chips. This variety is designed to have less moisture and sugar content than other spuds. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), a farmers’ rights advocacy platform, opposed the state’s attempt to settle the matter saying the Act is applicable irrespective of the source of seed, type of seed, type of registrant, type of crop, and to who and how the harvest was sold. “There should be absolutely no compromise on farmers’ rights and seed sovereignty. The state government should make the Act as the basis of any settlement, if at all, and anything less than that is unacceptable. It would have failed all the farmers in India and not just the sued farmers if it succumbs to corporate lobbying,” said Kapil Shah of Vadodara-based NGO Jatan Trust. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe state is talking about settling outside the court after Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Ratilal Patel, on April 27, 2019, said the state would implead in the case. PepsiCo had also proposed to settle in the last court hearing on April 26. The corporate giant’s offer had two terms. One, farmers should stop growing the registered potato variety and surrender their existing stocks. And if they wished to continue, they must enter PepsiCo’s collaborative farming programme where they buy seeds from the company and sell the produce back to it. “PepsiCo should withdraw the cases unconditionally, explicitly acknowledging that its rights under the law are indeed subject to farmers’ rights. It is PepsiCo that should be asked to sign an undertaking that this will not happen to our farmers again. It should apologise to the defendant-farmers and compensate them adequately for trespassing their farms, breaching their privacy, video-recording without farmer’s knowledge, intimidation, unnecessary expenses and harassment they have been subjected to,” said Kavitha Kuruganti of ASHA. The All India Farmers’ Forum (AIFF) had also earlier demanded that PepsiCo immediately withdraw its lawsuits and apologise to the Indian peasants. “PepsiCo India should understand that this is India and not USA where hundreds of farmers have been sued by giant seed industry like Monsanto Inc that has milked millions of dollars from farmers,” Kuruganti added. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more