View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: 'Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient'01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07'HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!'03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND “Not only do we want to play every game, we also want to work hard and continue working to the next step,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Thailand secured a spot in the semis after a tough 1-0 victory over Singapore on Tuesday at Philippine Sports Stadium here thanks to a header at the 89th minute from forward Sarawat Masuk. That gave the Thais three points to lead Group A and secured them a spot in the next round.READ: Dooley: Time to show PH can also beat Thailand It was no walk in the park for War Elephants as the Lions proved tenacious on the defensive end for most of the match, save for that late game miscue.“It was not an easy game. Before the game, we knew they had good defense and they played really good defense today against us,” he said. “Fortunately today, we controlled the game. It’s not easy to get a score from them.”With the competition about the get tougher deep into the tournament, the Thais are looking at every step as an opportunity to improve.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS' PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes AFF Suzuki Cup match between Thailand and Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Thailand is leaving no stones unturned in its quest for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup crown.Coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said that the War Elephants’ mindset hasn’t changed even if the team is already assured of advancing to the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Parks raring to showcase his improvement as part of Alab 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don't miss out on the latest news and information. “Our team is forecasting three points every game to make it to the next round. We’re always playing with 100-percent effort,” he said.READ: Thailand edges Singapore to reach Suzuki Cup semisFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThailand has a game left in the group stages—a face off against host country Philippines, which is hard-pressed to win all of its assignments after the draw versus Singapore.“We need those three points,” said Kiatisuk of the Friday’s match versus the Filipinos.
The FIFA men's football World Cup is in high gear. The debates continue about the greatest footballer, the best team, who will win, and who won't make it through the first round. This is because the World Cup is considered the 'Greatest Show on Earth'. There's also the constant debate as to which is bigger - the World Cup or the Summer Olympics. What is clear, though, is that both are among the largest supported mega global sporting events. Both the World Cup and Olympics are quadrangular events and rake in significant revenue for their governing bodies. Both have also been dogged with controversy, the past few years. Interestingly, for most Olympic sports, the main goal at a national level is to qualify for and participate in the Olympics, and in some cases, to win a gold medal. So while governing bodies may have their own World tournaments, the pinnacle of their athletes' national career is participating in and/or medalling at the Olympics. However, football is different. It's the reverse. The pinnacle is the World Cup. That is because FIFA has protected its brand and carefully orchestrated a model that ensures that the best players in the world are available for their showpiece and not the Olympic football competition: Players of any age can play in the World Cup, but the Olympics is an Under-23 competition, with only three players over that age allowed. The World Cup squad is 23 while the Olympic football squad is 18. More stars can be available for the World Cup when held. The qualification is very rigid for the FIFA World Cup, and 32 teams (to be increased for 2026) qualify for the finals ,while only 16 teams make the Olympics. Global calendar dates are designated for FIFA-run competitions, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies. During these qualifiers, significant resources go into building rivalries and marketing with the regional associations such as UEFA. In essence, FIFA has decided that it is not giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its best and most lucrative assets - its players - and has consistently protected that market so successfully that it is even considered in some quarters to be bigger than the Olympics. Make no mistake, the World Cup ensures profit even though it is a not-for-profit organisation. Success of the competition is based on revenue: profit garnered from TV rights, sponsorship, ticket sales, of course, merchandising, and other rights fees. For the 2014 World Cup, FIFA raked in US$4.8 billion with a profit of US$2.6 billion. Sponsorship accounted for US$1.6 billion, TV rights brought in US$2.4 billion, and tickets sales , US$527 million. Additionally, FIFA minimises expenses by passing on most of those to the host nation. The host also provides tax exemptions and tax free zones for companies associated with the World Cup. The build-up to the showpiece event, the marketing strategies, and post-event activities are carefully orchestrated. Sponsors pay billions to be associated with the FIFA World Cup brand and also spend millions as part of sponsorship activation and preventing ambush marketing. Another reason for the success of the World Cup is the compensation to teams. The 2018 staging is expected to amass approximately US$6 billion in revenue. The prize money this year will total approximately US$791 million, with the governing body distributing $400 million directly to the teams based on finishing position and performance, while the rest will be allotted for payments to clubs, prize money, and player insurance fees. Each team will decide the breakdown of player compensation. For example, if Germany wins, they will pay bonuses of approximately US$400,000 per player; while Brazil will pay US$930,000/player and Spain, US$950,000/player. The eventual winners will pocket US$38 million from FIFA, while the first and second runners-up take home US$29 million and US$24 million, respectively. The FIFA World Cup Finals features 32 nations competing over a month but the reach is significant. We can debate the negative and positive impact on the citizens of host countries and whether hosting the event is beneficial in the long term, but what is certainly clear is that the FIFA World Cup is one of, if not, the greatest show on Earth. - Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
But a mistake from Alonso enabled Aguero to equalise in the 85th minute and six minutes later the Argentine exploited an error by City old boy Jerome Boateng to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side a dramatic victory.City will now go into their final game away to Roma level on points with the Italian side and CSKA Moscow, meaning they will qualify if they win and the Russian champions fail to win at Bayern, who were already guaranteed to qualify as Group E winners.With Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended, City lined up with Fernando, James Milner and Frank Lampard in midfield, while injury-hit Bayern handed starts to Sebastian Rode and 19-year-old Dane Pierre Hojbjerg.Arjen Robben was quickly buzzing around the fringe of the City area and he created two early chances.The Dutchman’s chipped pass obliged Joe Hart to save from Rode and he then teed up Rafinha for a shot that Eliaquim Mangala blocked.Short of a couple of crosses from Jesus Navas that failed to find a sky blue shirt, City had created nothing, but without warning the game titled in their favour.Lampard’s pass over the top freed Aguero, who raced into the box before being brought down from behind by the sliding Benatia.Referee Pavel Kralovec showed the Morocco international a straight red card and although Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer went the right way, Aguero’s penalty eluded him.– Alonso equalises –Visiting coach Pep Guardiola was forced into an unwelcome reshuffle, with Dante coming on for Rode, and Lampard almost extended City’s advantage by shooting narrowly high and wide from a smart free-kick routine.But Bayern survived, regrouped, and by half-time they were ahead.Alonso equalised in the 40th minute, crowning his 33rd birthday by steering a low free-kick past a flat-footed Hart after Mangala had upended Lewandowski.Five minutes later, Lewandowski stole in front of Bacary Sagna to meet Boateng’s right-wing cross and although the ball made more contact with shoulder than head, it was enough to send it looping over Hart.Alonso gave City a scare early in the second half by curling wide, but the home side began to press, with Neuer saving smartly from Navas’s low shot and James Milner curling over from the left.With Pellegrini introducing striker Stevan Jovetic and right-back Pablo Zabaleta for the final stages, City continued to venture forward.Neuer produced a flying one-handed save to thwart Lampard and Vincent Kompany scuffed wide from a corner, before Alonso’s cross-field pass was cut out by Jovetic, allowing Aguero to scuttle through and equalise.The Etihad celebrated with wild abandon, but there was more to come.In the first minute of injury time, Boateng’s poor touch let Aguero in and he held his nerve to beat Neuer, taking his goal tally for the season to 17 and giving City unexpected hope.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, November 26- Sergio Aguero scored a sensational hat-trick as Manchester City stunned 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2 on Tuesday to reignite their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16.Aguero scored from the penalty spot mid-way through the first half after Mehdi Benatia had been sent off, only for goals from birthday boy Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski to put Bayern in front at half-time at the Etihad Stadium.
Fires are still raging in the San Bernardino Mountains, leaving survivors and evacuees preoccupied with the idea of having to rebuild their homes as well as their lives. While there are many issues facing these homeowners, when the smoke clears, they should add one more thing to their list – the possibility of fraud. “It is really unfortunate that every time there is a significant disaster in California, scam artists will come to the disaster area and try to rip victims off,” state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said. “It’s like clockwork.” There are fears that once the fires are out, fraudulent workers will make their way into evacuation areas and destroyed neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But, in hopes of preparing people long before an unfortunate situation occurs, Poizner has started to build a task force to combat contractor fraud. The Southern California Insurance Fraud Task Force will focus on investigating insurance and contract fraud matters, as well as scam artists who pretend to be claims adjusters or contractors, Poizner said. “Here is a victim who has already lost everything, and there are those scam artists trying to victimize them again,” he said. Homeowners who need to rebuild or repair their property should look out for unlicensed contractors in a disaster area, specifically public adjusters and unaffiliated insurance consultants. Poizner said there are three phases in fighting this type of fraud: educating survivors about unlicensed contractors and claims adjusters, conducting a substantial amount of undercover work, and aggressive prosecution. Contracting without a license is a misdemeanor, but committing it in a disaster area elevates the crime to a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The general public, as well as consumers, should be on the lookout for fraudulent behavior. To report suspicious behavior, a person should contact the Department of Insurance at (800) 927-HELP or www.insurance.ca.gov. There are simple and effective steps that a fire survivor can take to avoid getting ripped by an illegitimate contractor. “The best way a customer can protect themselves is to be aware before they get started,” said Peter DeMarco, Allstate California spokesman. He recommends applying some quick research with the Better Business Bureau and trusting instincts to help stop problems. “We tell (customers) to take your time in choosing a true professional to fix their home,” DeMarco said. “Get several estimates from licensed and bonded contractors, talk to your neighbors and ask what they are paying for their work.” It is actually easy to spot an unlicensed worker, since contractors are required to carry a license. “Professional contractors know to carry those with them,” DeMarco said. email@example.com (909) 483-9391160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Deputy Chief Mike Perez, head of the department’s Professional Standards Bureau, did not say how many officers or supervisors have been targeted for discipline. But Perez said 48 officers have been interviewed regarding use of force. “We have a good idea of which officers used force,” he said. “Our problem is matching officers who used force with complaints.” More than 300 complaints were filed over officer behavior that day, including 27 from members of the media. “Since there was nothing distinctive about the officers that day – all the officers pretty much look the same to the public – citizens have only been able to aid in identification of a few officers,” Perez said. LAPD: Police commission expresses frustration at the pace of the investigation. By Rachel Uranga Staff Writer Six months after the May Day confrontation between Los Angeles police officers and hundreds of immigration protesters, the top internal affairs investigator told a skeptical Police Commission on Tuesday that most of the officers who used force that day have been identified and that discipline proceedings are expected to start by next year. But after more than 6,000 hours of investigations and several hearings, commissioners voiced frustration, saying there should be evidence to discipline officers involved in the high-profile beatings captured on tape. “It seems like the overall investigation is complex,” Commissioner Shelley Freeman said. But Freeman added that “some of them strike me as no-brainers frankly, and I am wondering why we wouldn’t prioritize some of the simple ones.” Perez defended the pace of the investigation, saying that looking at a single confrontation alone takes officers’ actions that day out of context. “We don’t prioritize just based on what looks easy to do,” he said. “You don’t set it aside and process it when it’s related to so many things.” The incident occurred May 1 at MacArthur Park. LAPD officers shot more than 100 rounds of rubber bullets into a crowd as they tried to disperse pro-immigration marchers. Images of riot-clad police officers shoving reporters and cameramen were broadcast around the world and forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short an overseas trade trip. In its own report released earlier this month, the LAPD found poor planning, weak leadership and failed communication were to blame for the chaos. Attorneys for several protesters injured during the fracas have criticized internal affairs investigators for treating protesters like suspects. Perez said all officers identified as using force that day, regardless if there was a complaint against them, will face discipline. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED Massive win. Massive for momentum. Massive to keep pace. Massive to keep morale up. Missing that link still but delighted for Origi. Not sure if his loan papers have already been signed but get the shredder out. Klopp's reaction topped it all off. Winning. #LFC #LIVEVE— duhallowreds (@duhallowreds) December 2, 2018 shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Origi scored whilst doing the Sturridge dance too 😂 pic.twitter.com/gX0QPJdHK3— 𝕁𝕆𝔼 (@LFCJoseph_) December 2, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 The striker pounced on a goalkeeping error from Jordan Pickford, who put Virgil van Dijk’s sliced effort back into play, and the lurking Origi headed the loose ball home.Liverpool player ratings v EvertonNot only does it give local bragging rights to the red half of Merseyside, it keeps Liverpool in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City.Understandably, Kopites all over the world rejoiced at seeing their team score such a late winner and Origi, who has become something of a forgotten man in recent times, received the bulk of the praise.One fan said this goal automatically made the Belgian a club legend. Below you can see more tweets showing Origi the love. huge blow It would be interesting to see what the odds were on Divock Origi to score a stoppage-time winner in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.Well, if there is anyone on this planet who made that bet then they are going to be very rich because it was the Belgian who scored in the sixth minute of added time to earn Liverpool a dramatic 1-0 win over Everton. Divok 'Macheda' Origi….hopefully 🤞🤞🤞 @LFC #LFC #LIVEVE #Origi— Ian Ryan (@Bigredryan) December 2, 2018 What a ridiculous goal to win a derby. But you have to give credit to Origi for taking the chance and running to press Pickford. Got his well deserved reward. What a guy! Will never forget this moment. #LFC #LIVEVEPS – The KOP end crossbar can do more keep uppies than Lukaku. pic.twitter.com/Cpiw4PcZgp— Heavy Metal Football (@brutalpool) December 2, 2018 Happy Divock Origi day ❤ #lfc— Jonas Sørensen (@Jotzar) December 2, 2018 OMG that was a crazy end. Get in Origi good lad. What a way to beat Everton in the last min #Merysidederby #LFC #YNWA— Dipesh Shah (@mrdipeshashah) December 2, 2018 Santa Origi. A gift from heaven. Take these 2 extra points and drive on. As crucial as it gets at this stage of the season. Up the reds. #LIVEVE #LFC #Origi #VanDijk— Ranjeet Devckar (@devckar) December 2, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Origi celebrates with his team-mates after the final whistle REVEALED Latest Liverpool FC News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED latest Origi’s scoring,all around us, Kopites singing, having fun, it's the season, love and understanding, Merry Christmas, Everton.— – (@AnfieldRd96) December 2, 2018 REVEALED The Divock Origi derby! With that goal, Origi is now a #LFC legend— Mayank Adhye (@MayankAdhye) December 2, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Unbelievable Goal from a player almost forgotten & from a situation that shouldn't have happened. #OMG #LFC #YNWA #Origi #BPL still can't believe it. pic.twitter.com/7BvVB0tH27— Derek (@dereklim09) December 2, 2018
AFP or licensors Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:20Loaded: 48.72%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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At the wheel 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Z4frhxmH7J— West Ham United (@WestHam) September 22, 2019However, perhaps feeling buoyed by the ease in which they dispatched the former Premier League winners, the Hammers’ social media team decided to fire shots at their fallen foes.Since that game, West Ham have won just once in nine games and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Oxford United after suffering a 4-0 loss.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Man City vs Manchester United at 5:30pm “Ole’s at the wheel,“Tell me how good does it feel,“We’ve got Sánchez, Paul Pogba and Fred,“Marcus Rashford, a Manc born and bred,“Duh du, du du du du du“Duh du, du du du du duThe greatest of English football,“We’ve won it all.” LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 12.37%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sung to the tune of 'Waterfall' by the Stone Roses Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure like never before at Old Trafford with a dreary run of form leaving the Red Devils languishing in mid-table.Sunday’s draw at home to Aston Villa was the latest in a long line of uninspiring results under the Norwegian, with European qualification now improbable, especially if they lose to rivals Man City live on talkSPORT this weekend. update LIVE on talkSPORT rookie error Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far 'inconclusive' 'OLE'S AT THE WHEEL' LYRICS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe's top marksman Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future targets Jamie O'Hara says Man United HAVE to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Messi at the wheel🔵🔴 #WeColorFootball pic.twitter.com/KgDX7oAa37— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 16, 2019However, in a night which will go down in the history books into football folklore forever, Barcelona were stung by one of the greatest comebacks in football history.Leading 3-0 against the Reds, Barca somehow managed to throw away their lead and lose the game 4-0. Quite the spectacular fall from grace following their emphatic quarter-final performance. on target However, fans have taken the song and used it as an excuse to poke fun at the 46-year-old after claiming results against Man United.In fact, even the social media administrators of rival football clubs have taken to mocking United, but it has often come at their peril.Check out three instances below where the ‘curse’ of Solskjaer has struck at home and abroad. 1 latest Unai’s at the wheel… 😉#ARSMUN pic.twitter.com/0nPatIgQyj— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 10, 2019FC BarcelonaAfter defeating Paris Saint-Germain in a thrilling Champions League encounter, United were dealt a quarter-final tie against Barcelona.After losing the first leg 1-0, 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi took charge at the Nou Camp and inspired the blaugrana to a 3-0 win and a place in the semi-final against Liverpool.Again, the Spanish side’s social media admin decided to take aim at United and the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ to celebrate reaching the last four of the competition at their expense. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is 'skiving little git' Alan Brazil fumes as Raheem Sterling doesn't make Ballon d'Or top 10West Ham UnitedThe Hammers were tipped by many to break the stranglehold of the best teams in the country and qualify for Europe.Their victory over United in September illustrated the composure and maturity of the team and suggested they could go on to bigger and better things after the 2-0 success. LATEST appointed The former Molde boss was appointed in temporary charge almost a year ago after the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Under his tutelage, United began to pick up results and gather serious momentum.A permanent role was offered in April of this year, with the contract signing coinciding with the aforementioned dreary run of form.But this has not stopped diehard United fans across the globe belting out an anthem in tribute to their club legend.One of the key men from the 1999 treble, Solskjaer was duly immortalised in the song below by fans. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a very tough job on his hands at Manchester United Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship PEP TALK ArsenalOn March 10 at the Emirates, the Gunners condemned Solskjaer to his first Premier League defeat since taking charge of United courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The result moved Arsenal above their Champions League rivals into fourth, just one point behind Spurs. After nine consecutive wins, the Red Devils were finally blunted.Arsenal decided to aim a cheeky dig at Solskajer with this Tweet below and, suffice to say, things have not turned out well for the club or Unai Emery.Last week, the Spaniard was sacked after little over a year in charge of the north London outfit and are in danger of missing out on the Champions League yet again. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week...
In his The Tipping Point: How Performance Decisions Make Accessibility Differences presentation at Inclusive Design 24 2019 this month, Henri Helvetica discussed the relationship between performance and inclusive design. A designer who works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he explained how performance metrics like Time To InteractiveWait time anti-patternsResource managementimpact inclusive design and how people are included. His 50-minute presentation is available on YouTube, currently with English captions.Short on time? Here are my quick takeaways. Web performance is framed as a user experience issue. What is the user’s perception of the site? How responsive is it? Did it load quickly?Similarly, accessibility is a performance issue. Can users complete tasks? What is their perception of the site? Are buttons large enough? Can users easily navigate the page? When web performance is slow, everyone suffers. Reducing latency (delay before data is transferred) is important.In 2016, mobile usage passed desktop usage. The fastest growth in users are users in emerging markets, users who are mobile-only and on mid-to low-end digital devices. Of the people in the world that have disabilities, 80 percent live in the global south/ emerging markets. ~ Nithya Sambasivan Network connections for people in emerging markets: 4G is 29 percent, 3G is 31 percent, 2G is 40 percent requires you consider speed while creating inclusive designs. As well as small screens, low memory, and cost of data.When it comes to performance, it’s all about resources. Images are the largest resource on a page as well as the number two issue for accessibility.How Performance is Improving User Experience and AccessibilityOver the years, YouTube has made significant performance improvements. One of the most important improvements is YouTube deploying adaptive bitrates, which are adjusted based on user’s network connection.The Network Information API: you can poll the network, figure what kind of network it is, whether it’s fast or slow, allowing you to make decisions on what resources to send to users. Think of traveling on a train, where the network is slower. Another solution for improving web performance: reduce number of images on your site. Time To Interactive (TTI) measures how long it takes a page to become interactive. Think of when a user selects a “Buy” button, but nothing happens. Code coverage: is there a method to manage the amount of code being sent to the user? Reduce the amount of code by filtering out objects you don’t need so information can reach assistive technologies.Web fonts impact performance, depending on how many you load. Keep in mind italic styles makes reading more difficult. (What’s New in Android Accessibility, Google I/O 2019: 40 minute video)People use old devices, old operating systems, old browsers. Create simple and inclusive designs, consider carefully whether you include experimental or more modern features.When something on the web doesn’t work well for people with no disabilities, that pain point is amplified for people with disabilities.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...RelatedOctober 18, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how UX design can close the gaps between people, find six things to check accessibility on every website, discover why you want to provide a viable experience, not an identical experience for different browsers, and more. If you’re new…In "Web design & development links"Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: April 6, 2018In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the eight common methods for prototyping, find out what's in the WordPress 4.9.5 version released this week, discover how to improve web performance, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In "Web design & development links"Accessibility vs. Inclusive Design: My Point of ViewNote: This is one point of view (POV), at a particular point of time in my professional career. My POV sways and shifts over time. The intent of this article is to generate discussion and spark different POVs. Many times, the terms “accessibility” and “inclusive design” appear to be used…In "Accessibility"
Popular Olympic medallist Caster Semenya was on hand to share health tips with the walkers. Total South Africa takes the health of its staff seriously.(Images: Janine Erasmus) The Johannesburg Zoo combines health and conservation through the regular events and walks for various causes that it hosts.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jessica ChadinhaAccount manager, Jenni Newman PR+27 82 777 5427 or +27 11 506 7350RELATED ARTICLES• R2-million injection for SA zoo• SA wildlife on the big screen• Big five cat moves into new reserve• A paradise for rescued birds• Boost for trucking wellness driveJanine ErasmusThe Johannesburg Zoo and global fuel company Total South Africa recently teamed up to encourage South Africans to get healthy, by organising a fun walk for employees and their families, with an emphasis on combating the so-called soundless five medical conditions – hypertension or high blood pressure, hyperlipidaemia or high cholesterol, obesity, blood sugar, and HIV.These conditions may be present without any accompanying symptoms, hence their description as silent killers.According to the Government Employee Medical Scheme (Gems), even people who consider themselves to be fit can be affected, and high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as diabetes, especially, can develop without any obvious signs. These conditions are often discovered almost by accident, and only after already causing damage.The Total walk extended over five kilometres of winding zoo roads and paths – one kilometre for each medical condition.“These five conditions need to be given much more emphasis as they have a major impact on the long-term health of our staff,” explained Musa Langa, Total South Africa’s wellness manager.Knowing that these conditions are among the factors that can lead to absenteeism and under-productivity, the company has taken a firm interest in the health of its staff. During 2011 it ran a wellness challenge, providing staff with a number of tools with which to improve their personal health. These included access to doctors, dieticians and individual programmes.The company also runs an employee assistance programme which helps staff to manage issues such as finance, health, stress, and work/life balance. If employees are diagnosed with HIV, Total South Africa covers the cost of antiretroviral medication. The company also has a gym, car wash, convenience shop and ATM at its head office in Johannesburg.Total South Africa was recently certified as one of the country’s best employers for 2012/2013 – reasons cited include excellent working conditions, a dedication to transformation, and recognition of the importance of inclusion and diversity.A full range of tests was available at the zoo after the walk, for all five conditions, with experts available to give advice on areas that needed improvement.Celebrities weigh inFormer world junior flyweight champion “Baby” Jake Matlala and Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya were on hand to encourage the walkers.“Keep exercising and eat healthy food,” said Semenya. “Stay away from junk food, and make sure you have a good breakfast.”She added that people should believe in themselves and their capabilities.Semenya overcame controversy in 2009, when her gender came into question after she dominated the track in her world debut season – she was just 18 at the time. At the 2012 London Olympics she achieved a silver medal in the 800m final, to the delight of the nation.Matlala said it’s important that people know the different ways in which they can boost their health, such as these five vital checks.“Days like this are important,” he said, “where companies are encouraging people to get healthy. Follow a good diet, and do exercise – you don’t have to run, but even a family walk on Saturdays or Sundays will help.”Matlala also advised parents to get involved with their children’s wellbeing, and lead by example. “We must teach the young ones, so that they can start their good habits early in life.”An unhealthy nationIn South Africa the rate of heart disease is high – every eight minutes a South African has a heart attack, and every fourth one is fatal.Results of a 2010 survey conducted by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline reveal that 61% of South Africans are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. In addition, 70% of women over the age of 35 and 59% of black women over the age of 15 are overweight or obese. Young people are affected too, as the survey revealed weight problems in a worrying 25% of teenagers and 17% of children under the age of nine.About six-million South Africans suffer from hypertension, and five-million have high blood cholesterol levels.All of these conditions can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, and if they are already present, can be managed through good eating and regular exercise.Knowledge is powerKnowing the right numbers is important, says Gems. Blood pressure should be lower than 120/80, and cholesterol levels should be lower than five. People with a cholesterol reading higher than seven should visit a doctor, who may prescribe medication and a strict diet.In terms of weight, experts advise a body mass index of less than 25kg per metre of height squared. A higher reading means that the heart may be under unnecessary strain, and can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as diabetes.The high blood sugar levels found in people with diabetes can damage the heart’s blood vessels – this could eventually result in angina or even a heart attack. A blood sugar reading of between 3.3 and 6.5 is normal.In the case of HIV, prevention is better than cure, and there are a number of various protective strategies against contracting the disease. Living a responsible lifestyle is the main factor, which includes the use of condoms always, even during pregnancy, and keeping sexual partners to a minimum.
17 December 2013The rhino that survived an attack by poachers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province last year is pregnant, according to Alan Weyer, the general manager of Kariega Game Reserve.“Although this may be a small step toward winning the fight against poaching, we remember Madiba’s words, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’,” Weyer said in a statement last week, quoting Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president, who died on 5 December.Thandi, as the rhino is named, survived an attack at the reserve just outside Port Elizabeth in March last year. Poachers tranquillised three rhino with darts, and hacked off their horns, leaving them to bleed to death. The two other rhinos – both bulls – died from their wounds.Wildlife vet Dr Will Fowlds, who has been treating Thandi since the attack, said blood tests had confirmed that the rhino was at the end of the first trimester of her pregnancy. “I don’t recall such a small value carrying such huge significance for anything in my professional life,” Fowlds said.TrustingFowlds has devotedly attended to Thandi – which means “love” in isiXhosa – since her attack. She has been through countless surgeries and procedures to keep the wound from infection and to find ways “to protect her vulnerable face from the rigours of normal rhino life”, the reserve said. This has included a pioneering skin graft earlier this year.“There have been ups and downs including two occasions when her wound has reopened but despite that, her behaviour has returned to normal and she has become more trusting and less nervous with each passing day.”Staff at the reserve say Thandi has shown “an incredible fighting spirit and will to survive”.Fowlds has taken Thandi’s story around the world – including to Vietnam and China – to raise awareness about the fight against poaching.Courage“Thandi is arguably the single most important rhino alive as I am not aware of any individual animal that has carried the plight of the rhino out to the world to the extent that she has and continues to do,” Fowlds said.“Her story has touched the lives of so many people across the globe and her courage is reflected in our love for her and the species that she represents. The prospects of a successful pregnancy and birth represent the hope of survival. In a crisis which threatens us with despair, that hope, as insignificant as it may seem for some, is what we cling to for dear life.”The gestation period of white rhino’s is between 15 and 16 months. If Thandi is somewhere in her first trimester she will probably have the calf in around a year’s time, the reserve says on its blog. “Thandi is over 10 years old. If all goes well this will be her third calf.”The reserve says Thandi spends most of her time in the company of one of the other rhino cows on the reserve. Her female companion gave birth in March this year – a year after the poaching incident. The calf was fathered by one of the two bulls lost in the poaching incident.The horns of the reserve’s remaining rhinos were surgically removed after the attack to prevent another tragedy.Source: Kariega Game Reserve