Match Preview: Philippines vs Indonesia

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas The Azkals played before a crowd of 4,300 last Saturday, which was perhaps one of the lowest in terms of turnout for an AFF Suzuki Cup game. It was a stark contrast from the scenes in Group B in Yangon, where the Thuwanna Stadium was filled to the brim as Myanmar lost to Vietnam, 1-2, in the Group B opener. The Philippine Football Federation worked so hard to bring the Suzuki Cup to the country, but the promotional aspect of the event left a lot to be desired. Add to the fact that fans encountered problems while taking the P2P buses to the stadium from Trinoma Mall and the event could lose more spectators. PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta vowed to take action to ensure a repeat of the incident last Saturday when fans were made to wait for hours for the bus that would take them to Bocaue. It was encouraging to see the Ultras Filipinas leading the chants, which rubbed off on the fans at the other side of the stadium. The Azkals need their 12th man more than ever as they try to salvage their campaign on Tuesday night.RARING FOR REVENGEMake no mistake about it, the Azkals will be facing a stronger Indonesian side than the one they drubbed, 4-0, in the same tournament two years ago. Coach Alfred Reidl declared he has a “fitter” team than the one he in the disastrous campaign in Hanoi, where he only had a week to prepare his squad. Despite the loss to Thailand, Reidl said there were plenty of positives to draw from the match. “We played a very good game against Thailand which are the clear favorites in this tournament,” the Austrian said. “We believe we can beat the Philippines.” The Indonesians actually had a couple of good chances, before going 0-2 down at halftime. They were resilient against the Thais, scoring two quick goals in the second half, before getting undone by Teerasil Dangda’s brilliance. Reidl’s side boasts of fleet-footed wingers and strong strikers who are good in the air.Although the defense remains suspect, Salossa and Lerby have already opened their scoring account for the tournament with headers, giving them confidence ahead of the critical clash with the Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT BOCAUE, Bulacan – The Philippines faces the first of two must-win matches in Group A Wednesday night when it battles Indonesia at Philippine Sports Stadium. Picking up one point from the goalless draw against 10-man Singapore last Saturday night, the Azkals have been left with a more difficult route to the semifinals as they now need to pick up points from their remaining games starting with an Indonesian side that impressed even in the 2-4 loss to Thailand. Another loss for the Azkals will dim their hopes of reaching the next round as they would need the result of the Indonesia-Singapore on Friday at Rizal Memorial Stadium to go their way apart from winning against Thailand at PSS.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 FUNDcenter_img Azkals coach Thomas Dooley said his team’s mindset hasn’t changed even though there was plenty of frustration within the team from the first game, which they felt they should have won. “We still know we needed to win this (Indonesia) game regardless of the result of the first game (against Singapore),” said Dooley. It would be easier said than done because judging from the Azkals’ performance against the Lions and Indonesia’s gallant stand against the Thais, the hosts may need more than just a big fighting heart against the Merah Putih. They would need the pace to keep up with Indonesia’s quick wingers in Andik Vermansyah and Rizky Pora and the strength and experience to keep strikers Lerby Babu and Boas Salossa from wreaking havoc inside the box. More importantly, they need to find the back of the net again after constantly misfiring against a stout Singapore defense. As the Azkals brace for what is now their most important game, here are some of the factors that could come into play in the match.LACKING LEADERSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentPhilippines’ Younghusband (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Achmad Jufriyanto during an AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup match at Hanoi’s My Dinh stadium on November 25, 2014. Philippines led 1-0 after the first half. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAMDooley isn’t one to hide what his team lacks. And whether he uses statements as an excuse or as a way to challenge his team, it comes as no surprise when he admitted that he feels the lack of leaders in his current lineup. Phil Younghusband is the captain, but the top international scorer isn’t the vocal type and chooses to lead by example. The past AFF Suzuki Cup tournaments saw big, vocal personalities within the Azkals side coming into play, especially when the team’s back was against the wall. The likes of Rob Gier, Chris Greatwich and to some extent, Neil Etheridge, weren’t afraid to call out teammates for slacking off. They also took the challenge to organize the team defensively, which became a source of pride and strength for the Azkals. The homegrown crew had Chieffy Caligdong to turn to for leadership in the early years of the Azkals. Gier and Greatwich have both retired from international football, while Etheridge skipped the tournament due to club commitments. Caligdong, now Dooley’s chief deputy, said the senior players should step up to lead the squad. “If we want to make history, it’s not enough that we’re just part of this team. We have to improve ourselves,” said Caligdong.“It could get really quiet sometimes, like a cemetery,” Dooley said when asked on who has taken on the role as the team’s vocal leader. “(Daisuke) Sato was the closest who can do the role, but he’s not here. Its something that we need to develop in the squad.”CROWD SUPPORT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST rules UAAP Season 79 judo Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View commentslast_img read more

A Marriage Between Promise and Pretense: Cabinet Retreat without Action Is Worthless

first_imgRetreat for cabinet members and heads of public agencies is a regular phenomenon in almost every country. During this time, key stakeholders within the Executive Branch of government meet to review government’s overall performance with specific focus on sectorial successes and challenges.  In addition, forecasting of achievable development targets and operational goals is done. Unfortunately in Liberia, our cabinet ministers and heads of agencies are best known for setting undoable targets and projecting unrealistic plans. False impression is taking us nowhere. Deception only creates more harm for those who are at the very bottom of the economic ladder.Liberia is a country of pseudo dreamers whose vision is driven by unfruitful promises and pretense. Every time they congregate at such meeting, most of them give fake progress reports that do not even reflect existing realities. The major concern of some of them is how they will be retained after the “Step Up or Step Down” policy is applied by the President. Instead of giving more attention to the essence of the retreat, they are found searching for unmerited favor by creating false impression about who they are and what they intend to do. This is really sad and our leaders must graduate from this stage!During each cabinet retreat, a marriage between promise and pretense does exist. Everyone becomes concern about who stays or goes. What good does it make for Senior Ministers, Deputy, Assistant Ministers, and heads of agencies to attend retreat every year when they make no big difference or impact after such an event is held? I thought occasion like this is intended to critically review the past and advance realistic strategies to improve the present and prepare for the future. It makes no sense to misuse taxpayers’ money to conduct an annual retreat that continues to bring fruitless outcome. It is just unwise to do one thing over and over without reaping any positive result. Where are the socio-economic dividends as a result of this retreat? What can Liberians show from past retreats? Nothing new for Liberians has come out of this occasion since its inception. This gathering in my mind is only meant to satisfy the socio-economic appetite of top government officials, deceiving those who are unaware about their sinister agenda. Liberia does not need bunch of ‘copy and paste’ theories, but a genuine recovery plan that reflects a total semblance of public participation and grassroot identity.The people need action and not empty promises. They are weary with sweet words and accurate pronunciations. Good governance goes beyond education and until those who call themselves leaders can recognize this fact, our country’s development agenda will forever shift downward. It is no longer about what you have learnt, but it is about how people can benefit from what you have learnt.The first precondition to national leadership is Patriotism. An unpatriotic educated president is the most dangerous citizen of any country. An unnationalistic educated Minister or Lawmaker is the most terrible steward any nation can have. I careless about how many degrees a person has, but care more about what impact those degrees can make to elevate ordinary lives out of acute poverty and abject adversity. The real meaning of cabinet retreat has lost its taste in Liberia as key State actors within the Executive Branch continue to misuse this medium to merry-make and exhibit self-seeking characters. Even though there has been a series of such assembly, nothing has changed substantively. Almost every sector of government remains weak today as a result of non-implementation and non-adherence to public policy. The development objective of Liberia is far from realization due to policy failure and fiscal indiscipline.The two-day retreat that was held in Julijuah Town, Bomi County, on January 20, 2015, was not only a mere bluff, but another means for this regime to further expose its real image of dishonesty, deception, and insincerity to its people. Nothing new was said that we have not heard since 2006. The same old story was told by those same unreliable voices, but this time around in a different location. Solution to any national problem cannot come through rhetoric, but genuine deed.Liberians are anxiously waiting to benefit from the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Lift Liberia, Agenda for Transformation, Vision 2030, and other socio-economic plans of this government, but to no avail. Poverty is increasing daily as access to basic social services remains a serious challenge. The purchasing power, life-expectancy, and food security of our people remain very low while the rate of unemployment, social insecurity, and illiteracy remains high. I need not mention health and sanitation! Our concern now is, “why must they continue to attend cabinet retreats when nothing is changing?” Are they not aware that Liberia is one of the four poorest countries on earth? We are tired about too many meetings and plenty talks that are not germinating into concrete deliverables.The creation of more policies without implementation is not helping us. Policies can only become good when policy-makers ensure they are fully implemented. What good does it make to develop an excellent framework without achieving its targets?  It is time for our leaders to rethink their strategy in order to liberate Liberia from its current status. The accomplishment of people-driven initiatives will help promote economic expansion, political sustainability, and social coherence. The paradigm needs to change if our nation must make genuine progress.It is time to end a longstanding marriage between promise and pretense. The period to finally divorce deceit and falsehood is now. The primitive relationship between deprivation and discrimination must cease to exist. It is time to bury greed and unpatriotism forever; for far too long hypocrisy and conspiracy have slept in the same bed. For more than nine (9) years now, corruption and nepotism are still dinning together. After two successive democratic elections, elitism and sectarianism are marching hand in hand. We must do all we can to put a halt to bad governance. The chain of poverty and unemployment must be broken if Liberia must once more be seen as a sweet land of liberty.   Above all interests, Liberia is Supreme!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Firing a shot…

first_img…at the teaching professionFriday was “International Teachers Day”. Since 1994, the UN has saluted them by, first of all, declaring that “Day”, and secondly to offer an annual theme to remind the world, but especially governments, as to the importance of the profession. This year, the theme is: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” Last year it was “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, which had followed “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”.You get the idea? Teachers are crucial in our modern world. Used to be that knowledge was passed down to our young by elders in the tribe or clan. But with the ever-increasing body of disciplines and knowledge that keep the world developing, the need for specially trained individuals to perform that role is unquestioned. The family, of course, remains a very important institution for socialising and imparting knowledge to children. But with ever increasing instances of mothers and fathers now in the workforce, teachers are forced to pick up that slack.But in Guyana today, you’d never suspect the importance of teachers from the way this Government has handled their demand for wages that would allow them to live with a modicum of decency. “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status” is their call!! Before independence, teachers had status and respect in this country, and the level of our educational institutions and their graduates was the equal of any other country.All of that fell apart from the time the PNC first got into power in 1964. Ironically, Burnham was sincerely committed to education, but that commitment was trumped by his insistence on absolute power. When the Teachers Union agitated for greater benefits and wages, Burnham manipulated the formation of a competing union – the “Association of Masters and Mistresses” — which undercut the GTU. Burnham evidently thought his “free education from nursery to university” should be delivered by teachers for free! With the collapse of the economy, that became the reality, but with both teachers and Teachers Union hitting rock bottom.With the removal of the PNC in 1992, teachers’ salaries and working conditions improved slowly, constrained by the need to remove the debt burden with which Burnham had saddled the country.Fast forward to the present, the now PNC leader, Granger, has followed his mentor. He’s refused to follow the recommendation of his own task force on teachers’ salaries!! He’s also refused to follow the law on voluntary arbitration — the arbitral chairman must be accepted by both sides.The Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, exemplified the duplicity of the PNC Administration when he oleaginously declared on Friday: “World Teachers Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution our teachers made.”Appreciation? Pleeeease!!…to protect his ChairReferring to the challenges during the run up to the LGE, James Patterson, Chairman of GECOM, uttered several outbursts that really question his suitability for the position into which he was parachuted by President David Granger. He claimed, “There seems to be quislings and fifth columnists in the (GECOM) camp,” – internal and external – to derail the LGE.Now that’s the opinion of a person who definitely doesn’t believe in the democratic right of citizens to challenge what they consider to be violations in the electoral rules. How can a man who claimed to be a Chief Justice of Grenada call persons who challenged dead persons nominating Councillors “quislings and fifth columnists”??He also moaned, “Our politicians have retreated into ethno-political camps”! Really? Where was he since 1961?Or was he firing a shot across the bow of Chancellor (ag) Cummings – who’ll decide on his tenure this week?…at fair electionsGECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield insisted: “GECOM is sticking to the letter of the law at every step.” Sure.  Excepting when his phone’s turned off for eight hours so he can’t take calls from Election Officers who’re refusing to take off nominators from AFC fake lists!He was with “his lawyers”!! About those radio sets??last_img read more

Travis Waite Foundation Ball Tournament asking the district for 50 percent off rental fees

first_img“As for the deposit, the fence was damaged by a vehicle and requires repair. The offender advised that they would fix the the fence by this past weekend, but have yet to do so. Staff has advised the damage deposit until the issue is resolved.” That damaged fence has since been repaired.Mayor Rob Fraser proposed the District is open to forgiving 50 percent of the Foundation’s rental fees for next year’s tournament, excluding for the Friday. When it comes to this year’s rental fees, Fraser moved that the Foundation be given their full damage deposit back, along with a refund for this year’s cancellation on the Friday, but in return the broken fence must be fixed or paid for. Council voted in favour of Fraser’s recommendation. UPDATE: The District’s Parks and Facilities Director Troy Gould confirmed that the damaged fence has since been repaired, and that the Travis Waite Memorial Foundation has since had its damage deposit returned. Gould, who was not in attendance at Monday’s council meeting, explained that the Foundation admitted to the damaged fence prior to a District inspection, and that the third party responsible for the damage made an attempt to repair the fence the weekend after the tournament.However, Gould stated that the third party had purchased incompatible fencing material, and that the store they had purchased the replacement fencing was out of stock, meaning that the fence was unable to be repaired until after the report was drafted by Taylor CAO Charlette McLeod on September 12th.TAYLOR, B.C. – The Travis Waite Memorial Foundation is asking the District of Taylor to forgive half of their ball diamond rental fees for future tournaments.- Advertisement -The Foundation hosted its second annual Travis Waite Memorial Tournament in Taylor over the Labour Day weekend. The Foundation had booked Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but didn’t use Friday.City Administrator Charlotte McLeod said that because of damage to a fence at the diamonds during this year’s tournament has yet to be fixed, the Foundation’s deposit has not been refunded.“After the event organizers contacted staff to advise they did not need the ball diamonds for the Friday night and asked that they they be refunded. Staff advised that this is not refundable.”Advertisementlast_img read more

One arrested, two sought, in West Valley robbery spree

first_img The suspected robbers stole a skateboard, iPod, two cellphones and a DVD, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley robbery detectives at (818) 374-7746. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A 22-year-old gang associate was in custody and two other men were being sought today in connection with at least five street robberies in which they confronted some of their victims with a taser gun and pepper spray in the West San Fernando Valley area, police said. Hector Xavier Caballero, a construction worker from Woodland Hills, was booked Saturday into the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges. His bail was set at $250,000. Police were looking for two others, described as Filipinos in their 20s. One was described as 5-foot-10, 130 pounds. The other man was described 5-foot-8, and between 150-160 pounds. They are believed to be responsible for at least five street robberies stretching back to April in Canoga Park, Chatsworth and Winnetka, said Los Angeles Police Detective Larry Dolley. The men allegedly confronted their victims with a taser gun and pepper spray. Two victims were shocked by the taser during a confrontation and one person was sprayed with pepper during another attack, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Area cities adjusting to new ethics law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBut La Mirada officials are basing their decision on the new law’s requirement that expenses must be based on receipts, which means their interpretation is that flat vehicle expense allowances are not permitted. Those issues still face other Whittier-area cities that have yet to adopt rules and procedures to meet the requirements from AB 1234. Pico Rivera council members receive $250 each as auto allowance, while Montebello and Whittier council members get expense accounts of $135 and $684, respectively, without providing receipts. In all three cases, attorneys are likely to rule that they can continue receiving the money. The law – authored by Assemblyman Simon Salinas, D-Salinas, which also applies to school districts and other special districts – was prompted by the Sacramento Suburban Water District in which board members misused taxpayers’ money, said Frank Molina, Salinas’ chief of staff. Some board members were criminally prosecuted. The new law also requires all government officials in California to take ethics training. “There was no requirement for folks in special districts or local government to receive ethics training when they were appointed or elected,” Molina said. “A lot of cities provide guidelines, but no requirements for training,” Molina said. “Even if a lot of it is common sense, if they don’t know the rules, then we need legislation to provide those guidelines.” Local officials say they don’t see any problems in complying with the new law. “It never hurts to be to be made aware,” La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin said. “We all try to do what ethically is the right thing, but we might inadvertently make a mistake.” Malkin and other La Mirada council members said they’re not bothered at all about having to give up the auto allowance, in part because most of it will be made up by a $213 monthly salary increase. The council is allowed to give itself a 5 percent raise annually and hasn’t had a raise since 2000. In Whittier, Councilman Bob Henderson said the new rules aren’t a great burden. But Henderson still had concerns. “It is a little overreaching,” he said. “Every single board and commission has to take the \ training.” Henderson said he didn’t see any reason for members of commissions, who don’t get paid, to take the training. He’s also skeptical about the presumption that training will help eliminate some of the problems that elected officials in other cities and special districts have had. “I don’t have a lot of faith that it’s ignorance of the law as much as it is avoiding the law,” he said. Montebello city officials already have gone through the training, but still must redo their expense forms, said City Manager Richard Torres. Santa Fe Springs is the only local city that has adopted the new expense reimbursement policy. The policy defines legitimate expenses that would include meetings with government and business leaders, conferences and training, lobbying and business trips where a benefit to the city can be defined, and attending city events. It also sets out rules for traveling while on city business. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Mirada City Council members now receive $250 per month in auto allowance. Soon they will give it up to comply with a new state law regulating reimbursement of expenses. But in Santa Fe Springs, where council members get a $300 per month car allowance, the stipend will remain. Santa Fe Springs City Attorney Steve Skolnik said the council can keep its $300 per month allowance under the new law. “What Santa Fe Springs did was make a finding that the amount of their car allowance represents the actual and reasonable amount expended for their car,” Skolnik said. last_img read more

How Liverpool could spend the huge amount of money they receive for midfielder

first_img 5 5 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) – Liverpool were linked with the young Serbian earlier in the transfer window and while Juventus are now favourites for his signature, the extra money from selling Coutinho could make them a more attractive proposition. 5 5 Liverpool have reportedly turned down a £72million bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.The Brazilian was superb for the Reds last season, finally scoring more than ten goals in a Premier League campaign, while also creating seven for team-mates.It is thought the Catalan giants will come in with another offer for the attacking midfielder, which could tempt Jurgen Klopp into a sale.If this is the case, they will need to use their money wisely, but just who could they sign to fill the gap?Click the right arrow above to see who Liverpool could sign as a replacement for Coutinho… Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim) – A Confederations Cup win with Germany this summer brilliant caps a rise from fourth-tier footballer to International star for Demirbay. After playing for Hamburg’s reserves, he had two 2. Bundesliga loan spells before joining Hoffenheim last season and becoming a breakout star. Jurgen Klopp had Demirbay on his books at Borussia Dortmund, even advising the player to remain at the Westfalenstadion before he left for Hamburg. Klopp could now be reunited with the attacking midfielder if they offer up a decent sum of cash. 5 Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) – Click the right arrow above to see who Liverpool could sign as a replacement for Coutinho… – He’s a different style of player, but given his recent training ground bust up with Diego Demme, there is still a chance the Reds could do a deal for the Bundesliga sensation. If Liverpool do sell Coutinho, they may chuck a lot of the money into a transfer fee RB Leipzig would be foolish to reject. Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – The Swedish star’s agent said the club were ‘destroying his dreams’ earlier in the summer when they refused to sell him to AC Milan. The Italians have moved on from the attacking midfielder/winger, signing Hakan Calhanolglu, but Liverpool, and their freshly filled coffers could perhaps still tempt RB Leipzig – unless their Keita pursuit has completely halted a professional relationship between the two clubs. Leon Goretzka (Schalke) – Tall, strong, and quick, Goretzka is a little different to Philippe Coutinho but is definitely a top talent. Arsenal and Real Madrid have been linked with the player this summer, but if the Brazilian does go to Barcelona, Goretzka, who is just 22, might be a fine replacement.last_img read more

Boy recovering in near-drowning

first_imgPIRU – A teenager who nearly drowned Sunday in Lake Piru – about the same time another youth who later died was pulled from the water – has made remarkable progress and was in good condition on Monday. The unidentified 16-year-old boy had been in extremely critical condition when he was pulled from the lake and taken by helicopter to Simi Valley Hospital, Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Hagel said Monday. “By the time I left late Sunday afternoon, he was doing much, much better,” Hagel said. The youth was pulled from the lake about 9:49 a.m., moments after the futile attempt to rescue another boy, Jose Rodriguez, 14, who died at the hospital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Both youths were with a group from a Compton church. The teens were swimming in the lake’s recreational swim area in a cove west of the main boat-launch ramp. The boys were not swimming together at the time, sheriff’s officials said.last_img read more

Takeaways from the WP Bacon “A More Accessible WordPress Panel Discussion”

first_imgAt yesterday’s WPBacon A More Accessible WordPress panel discussion, hosts Robert Neu and Ozzy Rodriguez invited several WordPress accessibility advocates to discuss accessible websites and the current status of accessibility in WordPress. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the live talk. However, thanks to WPBacon posting their video online, I watched the chat this afternoon.The panel included:Joseph O’Connor, leader for the Make WordPress Accessible teamMorten Rand-Hendriksen, staff author at Lynda.comRian Rietveld, WordPress developer, author of Genesis Accessible plugin, Make WordPress Accessible team member Though I read several web accessibility posts and track accessibility news on Twitter, I learned several new things about WordPress accessibility.Top TakeawaysThe goal of web accessibility is to make our content available to people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. Not everyone accesses the web the same way you do.Accessibility affects everyone. Consider a person with poor eyesight, someone who has broken their arm and can no longer use a mouse, a person who is hard of hearing, or someone who can’t distinguish different colors.Accessibility has been ignored by the majority of designers and developers. Main issue is not that designers/developers don’t want to create accessible websites; it’s that they’re not aware how to start. Education is needed.The easiest way to learn about accessibility is to experience it first-hand. Put your mouse away for an hour (I recommended this accessibility technique earlier this year.) Turn on VoiceOver on your iOs device or TalkBack on your Android device. Install the ChromeVox screen reader extension in Chrome and listen to how Google “reads” your website. You’ll be amazed at the content you’re not able to access and what information you’re not including on your website.Look for websites doing accessibility right. Examples we can learn from include the BBC and Gov.uk. The BBC has published Accessibility Guidelines highlighting methods to make their websites accessible.Government websites are required to be accessible. Since Drupal is far ahead of WordPress in terms of accessibility, WordPress is losing out to Drupal for government sites.The WordPress Accessibility team is doing a great job of making the WordPress backend accessible. The team works closely with WordPress core developers to test and advise on WordPress accessibility. Unfortunately, the front-end of WordPress (themes and plugins) aren’t accessible..5 percent (less than 1 percent) of WordPress themes are accessible. Only 13 out of 2,531 themes in the WordPress theme directory (as of May 28, 2014) are tagged with the label “accessibility-ready”.Creating accessible WordPress themes isn’t hard. WordPress Accessibility Guideliness for themes covers images, media, headings, link text, keyboard navigation, contrast, skip links, and forms. Currently, the Theme Accessibility Audit offers an optional review for themes submitted with the “accessibility-ready ” tag.WordPress developers can start improving accessibility by ensuring keyboard navigation is available. Rian pointed out that the majority of accessibility issues would be resolved if keyboard navigation works.The Underscores theme provides a good foundation for creating an accessible theme. Created as a theme for developers to build on, Morten recommended and discussed the accessibility features already built into Underscores (except for accessible drop-down menus, which can be replaced by the code snippet on the A11yProject site).Get InvolvedJoseph invited the WordPress community to get involved with the Make WordPress Accessibility team. There’s a need for technical writers, developers, outreach, theme developers, and documentation specialists on the team. The team has a weekly IRC chat on Wednesdays at 19:00 UTC. All are welcome to join.If you’re on Twitter, connect with the people doing WordPress accessibility work by following the #wpaccessibility#wpa11y tag. Or follow WordPress Accessibility on Facebook.ResourcesSeveral sites, extensions, and blog posts were mentioned during the chat. Here are a few you may find helpful in learning about and testing accessibility on your sites and applications.The Accessibility Project: great accessibility resource of posts and checklists for the front-end developer. Check out the Patterns widget and pattern library. Led by Dave Rupert, the project was kicked off in 2013. Several web developers contribute updates and posts regularly (read how A11yProject started).Contrast Ratio: online tool created by Lea Verou, that allows you to ener background color and text color to test the color contrast for testing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Overview: a quick review of the guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).WAVE: web accessibility evaluation tool created by WebAIM allows you to quickly test the accessibility of a web page. Also available as a Firefox addon.I Want to See Like the Colour Blind: Chrome extension that allows you to right click a page and view the page as someone with one of eight forms of color blindnessShare 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…RelatedTakeaways from Online WordPress Accessibility WorkshopAt this month’s full-day Online WordPress Accessibility Workshop hosted by Knowbility, Robert Jolly shared his experience and knowledge as he discussed the current status of WordPress accessibility and explained the accessibility features built-in to the popular content management system. In addition, Jolly offered practical advice and tips to content writers,…In “Accessibility”November 25, 2012: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesThis week’s resources include tips for using CSS for tasks you built in JavaScript in the past, accessibility in HTML5, an online application for quickly building responsive prototypes, a Modernizr tutorial, and more. For U.S. readers, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! CSS Building A…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 4, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how Skype onboards users, find out how to move beyond simple accessibility requirements to make content accessible to low-vision users, learn about the anatomy of responsive images, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more