Claude Puel only focused on Hapoel Be’er Sheva clash amid Jose Fonte speculation

first_imgSouthampton manager Claude Puel dismissed claims that contract talks with defender Jose Fonte may distract his side ahead of Thursday’s pivotal Europa League clash against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.Both sides enter the encounter locked on seven points with the winner earning a place in the last 32 of the competition, but continuous speculation over the future of Southampton’s skipper has featured heavily in the build-up.Speculation heightened on Tuesday when Fonte took to his Instagram account to state that he has been informed by Southampton that he will not be offered a new contract.But Puel insists their attention must stay on their Europa League hopes rather than the personal situation of the Portugal international.“It’s a situation and discussion between the player and the club,” Puel said when asked if the club had begun negotiations over an improved deal.“I cannot give a comment about this. When I see this on newspaper I repeat the most important thing for me is to speak about the team and about the game tomorrow and not just this personal situation, an individual situation.“It’s important always for me to respect the collective. The subject for me is to discuss and to speak about the game, an important game, and about the collective and the team.”Midfielder Steven Davis believes the club are used to dealing with the pressures of his team-mates being linked with moves away from St Mary’s and stated that Fonte’s contract situation has not been brought up in the dressing room.“We are well used to it by now,” said Davis.“In my time here we have sold a lot of players, a lot of big players, and it shows we are doing things the right way.“It can only be taken as a positive that other teams are interested in players. I know we have a lot of quality in the dressing room and I’d be surprised if other teams weren’t looking at us.“We all know what the club means to Jose and what Jose means to the club. He obviously has a personal situation there which has not been discussed in the dressing room.“He’s the same character, he’s doing his best in training every day and pushing the team on and that’ll not change.”Davis featured in the Rangers side that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2008 and drew on his own personal experience to insist that advancing to the next stage of the competition can only benefit the club for the rest of the season.“I look back on that time very fondly,” Davis said. “It was a step too far (for Rangers) but a great experience.“We are in a good position and want to be involved in all competitions after Christmas. “It’s been a positive experience. As players you want to play in every game, but we understand the manager’s brought a philosophy to rotate the team a lot.“They (Hapoel) are obviously a good side and they showed a lot of character to come from two goals behind to beat Inter Milan. They are a team that’s aggressive. They have got a lot of quality and create a number of chances.“But whenever we’re at home we’re confident we can win.”Dusan Tadic may return to action after wearing a face mask in training to protect his broken nose while Matt Targett (hamstring) is the only long-term absentee as Puel has a fully-fit squad to choose from. 1 Jose Fonte will not be offered a new contract last_img read more

February 14, 2014: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources

first_imgAnd with the launch of @pewinternet today all of the @pewresearch web sites are now running on @WordPress with responsive themes.— Russell Heimlich (@kingkool68) February 12, 2014 Using Media queries in your design: Another responsive design tutorial, this one a video from Adobe, for learning the basics of using media queries in your responsive design.CSS and HTMLA Sass Component in 10 Minutes: Hugo Giraudel walks you through creating a Sass component for alert messages, which is clean and understandable, easy to scale, and lightweight. A Simple Guide to Responsive Design: Nice visual guide for learning responsive design, with code snippets and explanations for the markup and CSS. Somehow the explanation for the viewport meta tag was missed; it would be helpful to provide explanations for the properties used in his example.It’s important to understand the basics, like how elements are generated and behave in the browser, before diving into responsive web design. The CSS Box Model consists of four distinct parts. Couples, the Internet, and Social Media: Some of the results in the Pew Research Internet Project surprised me: 25% of married or partnered adults text their partner when they’re in the same home, 67% of married or partnered adults share their passwords, and 27% share an email account. 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 26, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesIf you’re new to my blog, each week I publish a collection of some of my favorite web development and design news, articles and tweets I’ve discovered in the past week. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about scroll highjacking, find out about the improved search feature in the just…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 20, 2014Welcome to this week’s roundup of web design and development resources. The web design world was abuzz with talk this week about Adobe’s announcements of their updated Creative Cloud applications, five new mobile apps, Creative SDK and two new pieces of hardware. Designers were quick to react to the announcements…In “Web design & development links”October 18, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesIt seems late, but we’re finally seeing cooler weather this week, and some great autumn colors in the trees. One of my favorite times of the year in Michigan. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about our upcoming World Usability Day event in Detroit, how users who are blind informed…In “Web design & development links” In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn about the usability study results of online donation behavior for two non-profit websites, discover how to create an accessible dialog box, find out what 40 social and blogging experts consider to be the top five WordPress plugins, and more.This week’s photo shows the cool ice sculptures at last weekend’s Winter Blast event in downtown Detroit. Favorite TweetHearing users read lorem ipsum out loud during a user study is a nice reminder to use real content in your designs.— Timothy Whalin 👊 (@TimothyWhalin) February 11, 2014User ExperienceThe Positive Impact of Good UX on Non-Profits: Over 500 people participated in a usability study of online donation behavior for two Australian non-profit websites. Interesting to see the results showing how user experience influences behavior and increases online donations. Because every person knows what he likes, every person thinks he is an expert on user interfaces.-Paul Heckel#UXCMB #UX #LKA— UXColombo (@UXColombo) February 14, 2014 At times, it feels like many of our challenges stem from treating “accessibility” and “performance” as somehow separate from “web design.”— Responsive Design (@RWD) February 12, 2014 Buckets: A WordPress Widgets Alternative For Placing Content Anywhere: The Buckets plugin allows you to create “buckets” of content you can use anywhere on the website, not just limited to widget areas. Buckets can be used with the Visual Editor and Media Manager. WordPress Core Proposal: Offline Editor: Do you ever wish you could create your WordPress post offline? My friend Eric Mann explores the possibilities, highlighting how it could work and discussing areas of concern. Good discussion in the comments.Responsive DesignA new year, a new design: Richard Rutter, co-founder of Clearleft, discusses his recent website re-design which incorporated responsive design techniques. Finding the Right Statistics: Whitney Quesenbery discusses the challenges of qualitative statistics for user research, to give people an idea of how personas fit into the larger picture: the audience for your website or web applications. What matters is that designing for everyone ensures no one is left out.A Guerilla Usability Test on Dropbox Photos: Doing guerilla usability tests at a San Francisco coffee shop, Francine Lee quickly uncovered the pain points users have in using Dropbox’s Photos feature. Based on her testing, she shares her recommendations for onboarding, viewport changes, and uploading photos.AccessibilityMaking an accessible dialog box: In this tutorial, Nicholas Zakas walks through adding a few lines of code to add ARIA roles, setting/trapping/restoring focus, and exiting the dialog, to improve the accessibility of dialog boxes.Building a Better Twitter Button: A Story of Community: What started out as a question to Twitter became an international community of accessibility professionals and developers working together to develop and test an accessible Twitter button.Accessible technology development roundup: Apple’s dedication to OS X accessibility is questioned: If you want to learn more about recent accessibility technology news, I highly recommend this weekly roundup from IT World.Future of Accessibility and Video Captions According to Google, Dell, T-Mobile:In this almost one-hour video, panelists from Google, Dell and T-Mobile discuss their company’s work with video captioning and transcription, best practices, what’s driving their efforts, and lessons learned.IBM standardizing on EPUB to reduce digital barriers and increase mobile support: By standardizing on the EPUB format, an open standard format based on HTML5 and other technologies created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), IBM can provide better support mobile devices, accessibility, and enterprise content.WordPressBest WordPress Plugins: 40 Experts Share Their Favorite WordPress Plugins: Love this post from Devesh Sharma of WP Kube, who asked 40 blogging and social media experts for their five favorite WordPress plugins. What I find valuable: it’s not just a list. The majority of the experts included an explanation on why they chose that plugin and what problem it solved for them. How-to Guide: 5 Ways to Use Google Webmaster Tools to Maximize Your SEO Campaign: Google Webmaster Tools allows you to view your site in the same way that Google does. Review the rich data from search queries, traffic patterns, keyword insights, authorship statistics, and site speed metrics to learn what content your visitors value most and how you can improve your SEO.In the Labs section, you can view Author Stats to identify the search statistics for external posts for which you’re the verified author DoSomething’s Charity Teamwork: To create their weekly email newsletter that goes out to over 1 million subscribers, DoSomething’s team write 20 subject lines for every email, test campaigns repeatedly, use an internal email style guide, organize with Google Docs, manage the project with Trello, and use MailChimp’s team collaboration feature.What I Found InterestingPlay YouTube Videos in Slow (or Fast) Motion:Did you know you can change the playback speed of YouTube videos? It’s only available in the HTML5 YouTube player. World Information Architecture Day 2014: Ann Arbor: February 15, 2014 is World Information Architecture Day, held in 24 cities around the world. Open to the public, World IA Day is a global celebration of information architecture, a day where people in your community can learn about recent research, network, and showcase new ideas. I’ll be attending the event in Ann Arbor; if you’re there, stop by and say hi! If not, I hope you can attend a World IA Day event near you. The best code is still the one you don’t have to write because you thought long and hard about keeping it simple.— Thomas Fuchs 🌵 (@thomasfuchs) February 13, 2014last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Belle Isle’s Scott Fountain

first_imgOne of my favorite places to visit on Detroit’s Belle Isle is the Scott Fountain on the western side of the island. The marble fountain was in disrepair for years, and subsequently turned off. But since the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has taken over management of Belle Isle this year, the fountain is once again flowing. According to the Belle Isle Convervancy, there are over 100 water outlets in the fountain, in the shape of turtle, lions, and people. It’s a beautiful site and I often see rose petals strewn on the steps from wedding parties having their pictures taken. These photos were taken in the early morning, just after sunrise. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the fountain puts on a light show at dusk, which I’m hoping to see this week. Have you visited the Scott Fountain? Did you see the light show at dusk? 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…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Rainbow Over James Scott Memorial FountainFor someone who’s rarely had her camera with her when she sees a rainbow, I’ve had remarkable luck this year photographing rainbows. And this past week topped it off when I discovered what was at the end of the rainbow at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When I left…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, CanadaDid you see the llama? Or the dinosaur? Hey, this one looks like a frog. Wait, there’s a dinosaur here? What a delightful time I had yesterday afternoon when I explored the beautiful Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Coventry Garden Windsor is known for it’s friendly waterfront, with easily…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Belle Isle Annual Holiday StrollAgainst a backdrop of holiday lights and dozens of brightly colored poinsettias, the joyous sounds of the Deep River Choir filled the Show House at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory during Belle Isle’s annual Holiday Stroll this weekend. It was crowded and dimly lit in the Show House as people…In “Detroit”last_img read more

Karnataka batsman shatters 68-year-old record in Ranji trophy final

first_imgKarun NairKarnataka batsman Karun Nair’s record 328 against Tamil Nadu is the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final, breaking a 68-year-old record held by Gul Mohammad’s 319 for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara. Nair’s record knock has effectively put to rest any chance of TN bouncing back into the game on the fourth day.Earlier, Gul Mohammad’s knock of 319 was the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final, which he achieved for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara in the 1946-47 season.The top-five individual scores in a Ranji final currently are: 319 by Gul Mohammad, 310 by Karun Nair, 288 by Vijay Hazare, 278 by Vijay Merchant and 265 by Ashok Mankad.Karun Nair and KL Rahul’s 386-run partnership is the highest for the sixth wicket in a Ranji final. They eclipsed 256 by Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Khanna for Delhi against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78.last_img read more

NCDA Urges Youth to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgThe National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), through its observance of National Drug Awareness Month 2012, is urging Jamaica’s youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and to reject influences of under-aged drinking and substance abuse. Themed: ‘Mek Wi Protect Wi Yutes from Substance Abuse’, the purpose of Drug Awareness Month is to encourage the public to participate in a national education programme to increase awareness of the effects of drug abuse on individuals, families, groups and the community at large. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday November 6, Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, noted that “our young people have significant challenges with substance misuse as a result of an undying need for experimentation.” He added that youth often seek refuge from the problems they face or from peer pressure by indulging in illegal drinking and by smoking. Continuing, he said that recent surveys have shown that “there is a significant experimentation within our school population with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and ganja or other drugs.” Meanwhile, Eastern Regional Manager of the NCDA, O’Neil Smith, informed that several activities have been planned to commemorate Drug Awareness Month. As part of effort to raise public awareness, Mr. Smith noted that the Council will be launching the Resistance Education Against Drugs (READ) programme, on Monday November 12, at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m. READ is intended to give a fillip to the ongoing Prevention Education Programme in schools. The programme will target primary school students (ages 5-7) and will seek to enhance protective factors among the target group as well as to build on resistance strategies and best practices. Among the highlights of the activities are two services of thanksgiving, which will be held at the Brown’s Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church in St. Ann and at the Ridgemount Church in Mandeville on the November 17 and 18, respectively.  Other activities for the month include a training day and health fair at the Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre, St. Ann’s Bay (November 21 and 23, respectively); a Parenting Training Seminar at St. James High School (November 22); a Drug Awareness Day at the Morant Bay Anglican Church Hall in St. Thomas (November 27); a Research Day at the Medallion Hall Hotel (November 28); and a Healthy Lifestyle Expo and Debate Competition in St. James (November 30). The Executive Director is appealing to all Jamaicans to join the NCDA in its effort to raise public awareness through the implementation of innovative programmes that promote and enable the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and resocialisation of individuals affected by drug abuse. The Council has, since its inception, been working through partnerships with schools, communities, churches and corporate organisations, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among children, adolescents and adults.last_img read more