By Clare LovellJose Mourinho’s Chelsea earned much-needed relief from their domestic woes on Wednesday, beating his former club Porto 2-0 to top Champions League Group G.An 12th minute own goal which rebounded off Ivan Marcano under pressure from Diego Costa and a well-worked second half strike from Brazilian winger Willian ensured victory for the struggling English champions and sent Porto into the Europa League.Chelsea, cheered by a beaming owner Roman Abramovich, looked a different side from the one that have slumped to eight domestic defeats in 15 league games, including four at home.The result takes the pressure off Mourinho after intense speculation that the coach, who has won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan, might lose his job if Chelsea failed to qualify for the knockout stages.Chelsea looked composed from the start and when Belgian forward Eden Hazard served Costa a perfectly weighted ball in the 12th minute, Iker Casillas in the Porto goal could only parry the Spain striker’s shot.With a slice of the luck that has deserted Chelsea so often this season, the ball rebounded off Porto defender Marcano and into the goal.Maicon dived desperately to try to clear the ball but the Turkish goal-line assistant referee signalled it had crossed the line and TV replays confirmed the decision.Chelsea began to play with more freedom and confidence and their impressive form paid off when a speedy passing move between Costa and Hazard in the 52nd minute found Brazilian Willian, who cracked a shot inside the near post beyond the diving Casillas.With Dynamo Kiev winning in the group’s other game, Porto needed to attack and Thibaut Courtois had to keep out strikes from Yacine Brahimi and Cristian Tello.A jubliant and relieved crowd celebrated a possible turning point in a turbulent season by chanting Mourinho’s name.
Leicester City eked out a critical win against struggling Norwich City with a very late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa that opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.Following their crushing stoppage time defeat at Arsenal last time out, the Foxes had, according to manager Claudio Ranieri, been “ready for the fight” but for most of the match seemed curiously becalmed as Norwich enjoyed the best openings.Yet Ulloa’s 89th-minute winner, following one of Leicester’s flattest performances of their surreal season, demonstrated to him that his side has the patient, determined make-up of champions.“The conclusion I have drawn from this is that my players believe until the end,” a delighted Ranieri told the BBC.“That, for me, is very important. If the other teams start to win, they can win all the matches. But for us, the next match is always the final match. That is our mentality.”Ranieri reckoned he had been particularly worried about this match with his players having had two weeks since the deflation of their Arsenal loss to reflect on what might have been.“I was so worried about this match, because after two weeks, your players can lose their tempo, but now I am very relaxed, and now I start to think about the West Brom match (on Tuesday). It is a derby and a very, very, very tough match.”Cameron Jerome had squandered the outstanding chance of the game for the Canaries just before halftime, glancing a header wide, but though they laboured unimaginatively through much of the second half, Leicester sent the King Power Stadium wild in the dying seconds.For once, it was not Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez who delivered the goods but unsung Argentine striker Ulloa, who was brought on in the 77th minute as Ranieri’s final gamble to take the points.It proved an inspired change, with the 29-year-old sliding in at the back post to latch on to Marc Albrighton’s cross and earn the result which leaves Norwich, who were worth at least a point, still in peril just above the relegation zone.
Election officials have come to embrace touch-screen systems, said David Dill, a Stanford University computer security expert, because they provide a veneer of perfection. “Many election officials,” said Dill, founder of Verified Voting, a group that has pressed for tight controls on digital voting machines, “don’t want to believe that something bad could happen with these electronic machines.” Election officials scoff at such charges, saying their first loyalty is to voters and getting accurate results. “Is the relationship between clerks and vendors an indication of something?” asked Stephen Weir, the president of the California Association of County Elections Officers and registrar clerk for Contra Costa County. “Is it pervasive and nefarious? I don’t see it.” Still, there is little dispute that voting machine vendors have lobbied hard to gain strong allies in the battle over e-voting’s future. SACRAMENTO – When Secretary of State Debra Bowen decertified touch-screen voting systems earlier this month, county election officials and voting machine manufacturers denounced the decision with such a singular voice that it has alarmed some voter rights groups. Specifically, they are again questioning whether elections officials’ primary concern is really the voters or the vendors with whom election officials have developed a cozy relationship and have come to depend on to make their jobs easier. Critics insist that election officials have become blinded in their attachment to the touch-screen systems – in part because they love the quick, seemingly clean results, but also out of loyalty to their vendors, who not only provide them vital technical support and expertise on their complex voting systems but have also sponsored conferences and even social activities such as boat trips for the clerks. “They have such a close, friendly relationship,” said Bev Harris, the president of Black Box Voting, the first group to call attention to Diebold Election Systems’ vulnerability to hacking, “that it influences their need to support vendors.” Vendors have lavished attention on election officials by sponsoring conferences, seminars, boat parties, and dinner events over the years, including events sponsored by the Election Center, a national association of election officials, which recently held its annual conference in New Orleans. Vendors have wooed former secretaries of state, election clerks and their staff to work for them, creating a revolving door for election officials who can cash in on their expertise and access, signing on with voting machine vendors as consultants, communications experts and sales representatives. “They went about selling their machines by schmoozing people into believing this would be a great American solution,” said Andrew Gumbel, the author of “Steal This Vote,” a 2005 book on America’s history of election controversies. “Now, after they bought into this, county registrars can’t tell if the system doesn’t work, because it suits them so well from a bureaucratic point of view. They spent a lot of money and don’t want to admit they were wrong.” “So, if Diebold was going to take you out to dinner and sweet talk you,” he added, “and the state and federal government is offering millions to buy systems, you think this is the answer.” Voting machine companies say the paid events and high- end cultivating of relationships is a normal course of business. “There’s nothing odd about our relations with our customers,” said Michelle Shafer, vice president of communications for Oakland-based Sequoia Voting Systems. “We support conferences and educational events that election officials and staffs attend. Without this support and sponsorship, it would be very hard for these organizations to conduct conferences or have meaningful programming.” Still, the problem was apparent enough to Weir, that last year he drew up new bylaws prohibiting voting machine vendors from attending the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials’ boardroom meetings. Vendors could still attend the association’s end-of-the-year general session to display their high-tech wares, but were prohibited from sponsoring seminars, underwriting social events – even buying a cup of coffee for a county registrar. “It’s been a tight-knit community for years and years and that relationship might have been too close,” Weir said. “We were seen as too chummy-chummy. There needed to be a professional distance.” Weir said, however, he and other clerks hold a “healthy skepticism” of vendors. Santa Clara Registrar Jesse Durazo said he avoids conferences or events sponsored by vendors, and says that there are enough checks and balances – including months-long screening periods conducted by county officials – to avert the influences of vendors. But, he conceded that registrars are at the mercy of a movement that took off when former Republican Secretary of State Bill Jones decertified all punch-card systems in 2003 – part of a national reaction to the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida, replete with hanging chads and butterfly ballots. “So, we fell into the clutches of what’s available,” said Durazo, who has been the registrar since 2002. “We had to go into electronic voting.” The punch card decertification followed the 2002 passage of a $200 million bond measure, Proposition 41 – whose campaign was funded largely by Sequoia and Election Systems & Software – to help counties convert to electronic voting systems. The federal Help America Vote Act poured in another $250 million into California, creating a gold rush for voting machine manufacturers – and potentially lucrative career changes for election officials. Jones himself became a paid consultant for Sequoia – one month after he sent letters to members of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors reassuring them that the Sequoia machines they wanted to buy were worth the $19 million contract they were bidding out. Jones could not be reached, but said in 2004 that he had not talked with Sequoia about a job at the time and was not writing on the company’s behalf. But perhaps the state’s most prolific patron of the revolving door system has been Deborah Seiler, currently San Diego’s county registrar. A head of the elections division under former Secretary of State March Fong Eu, Seiler wound up working for Sequoia and then Diebold from 1991 to 2004, selling election systems to more than a dozen counties. Seiler returned to government in 2004 as elections manager for Solano County – after she’d sold that county 1,200 Diebold touch-screen machines later found to be not certified – leading then Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to decertify the Diebold machines. When asked why they hired her, Ira Rosenthal, Solano County’s registrar of voters, said she was the best qualified among four applicants – all of whom worked for voting machine companies. Seiler, who did not return messages, became San Diego’s registrar in May. Other county registrars may not officially work for voting machine vendors, but critics contend they act like it, nonetheless. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Aisteoirí Choláiste Ailigh le múinteoir s’acu, Áine Ni Ghiobúin agus na duaiseanna a bhuaigh siad ag Féile Scoildramaíocht Uladh.Following their Ulster success last week in An Grianan the Coláiste Ailigh group will now travel to Mullingar for the All-Ireland Féile Scoildramaíocht.ó clé: Siún Ní hAilpín, Ban-aisteoir is fearr, Conchur o hAimsigh, Ruairí O Laifeartaigh, Mairtín Ó Cuillin, Emily Nic Fhloinn, Paula Nic Oscair, Meadhb Ní Chathail. Tosach: Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí agus Niall O hAnnaigin, duais moltora. as lathair on grianghraf: Niall Ó Conchur agus Kineshia Nic Eitigeáin. ULSTER DRAMA FINAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL COLLEGE was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ULSTER DRAMA FINAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL COLLEGE
MONROVIA – City officials say a local business put up a smoke screen by misrepresenting the medical marijuana dispensary it opened, a claim the proprietor disputes. The store, which was located in a shopping center on the corner of Huntington Drive and Mayflower Avenue, was opened for only three days before city officials asked the owner to close down. Monrovia officials claim the business license approved was for a “vitamin and herb store” and that a medical marijuana dispensary would have required a conditional use permit. But owner Steve Leon, who called his store the Monrovia Patient Collective, said he and his lawyer were honest about the nature of his business. City Manager Scott Ochoa said two councilmembers received complaints the weekend after the store was opened that a “pot club” had sprung up at the location. So, Monday morning, Sizemore and the city’s director of development, Alice Griselle, went to the store for an inspection and asked Leon to close his doors. In a letter from Griselle to Leon dated Aug. 7, Griselle stated it is illegal to dispense medical marijuana in Monrovia without a conditional use permit from the city’s Planning Commission. While Sizemore said the landlord had returned a month’s rent of $2,500 to Leon to recoup his losses from the closed store, Leon claims he has received no money. He said he and his lawyer have left messages for city officials that have been ignored. “I heard from \ for three or four days \, but I haven’t heard back in two weeks,” Sizemore said. “We return all of our phone calls.” A special City Council meeting was called Aug. 11 in which the council enacted a 45-day moratorium on all medical marijuana dispensaries so that they are not permitted anywhere in the city. This issue will be further discussed at the Sept. 5 council meeting, Ochoa noted. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Friday, Leon faxed to this newspaper a June 26 presentation he said his attorney gave to Monrovia city officials that explained his business. Steve Sizemore, the city’s planning division manager, said he recalls Leon and his attorney giving the presentation a coupleweeks before the store’s opening, which happened Aug. 3, according to Leon. However, Sizemore said, Leon did not make any connection between the medical marijuana dispensary and the store he opened. “We told him \ we didn’t have a provision in our codes for medical marijuana dispensaries,” Sizemore said Friday. “\ came in and filed a business license application for that site \ and said it was a retail store for vitamins and herbs. That’s a permitted zone so the planner signed it off.” While city officials say they were duped, Leon claims he was told by someone in the planning department that since a medical marijuana dispensary was not part of the city’s zoning codes, he should open up as a “retail sales business,” which he said he did. “In order for me to be legal, I have to say everything flat-out what I’m doing,” said Leon, who is part owner of another dispensary in Hollywood. He said he already had 125 patients in the three days the Monrovia store was open.
Manchester United have made a bid for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, with the Red Devils still wanting to bolster a frail defensive line that has cost them at times this season despite their revived form of late.Skriniar is a player that Jose Mourinho was interested in during his time in Manchester, and he tried to sign the 23-year old throughout the summer transfer window before the start of the 2018/19 season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Milan Skriniar Factfile REVEALED MONEY Name: Milan SkriniarBorn: February, 11, 1995 in Ziar Nad Hronom, SlovakiaInter career: 53 games, 4 goalsIndividual Honours: UEFA European Under-21 championship, Team of the Tournament 2017 REPLY Nothing materialised, however, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodwood not backing the move, leaving Mourinho an even more disgruntled figure at the lack of business being made.However, Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claim that a bid has been made for Skriniar from United – though it is not clarified when the offer was submitted.The £54million (€60m) bid falls short of Inter’s £81million (€90m) valuation of the defender, however.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge on a temporary basis, United have impressively won every game but not yet been tested against one of the big six.That will all change this Sunday as they face an in-form Tottenham team at Wembley – which we will cover with a live match-day blog available on talkSPORT.com – but are these rumours concrete and will United sign Milan, from Milan? REVEALED BEST OF RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The Baby-faced Assassin was the ‘chosen one’ to replace the Special One, Mourinho, in December, winning five games in a row (4 Premier League, 1 FA Cup) – the first time this has been done by a new manager in United’s history.Solskjaer has made it clear that despite being the caretaker manager, he wants a say with the board in transfer targets in January and potentially the summer, Skriniar is one of those individuals.“They’ve got the targets, but I have not sat down to discuss that yet.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ At 23, Skriniar is one of the break-out star defenders in Europe, making his way into the Inter first team early in the 2017/18 season Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Latest Transfer News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions These targets will most likely all be defenders with Skriniar being joined by long term target Harry Maguire, of Leicester, and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has slammed the appeals process set up by An Post regarding the closure of post offices as “a waste of effort and time.”Deputy Gallagher raised the issue in the Dail last night.It comes as ALL post offices earmarked for closure in Donegal had their appeals rejected to date. The Fianna Fail TD said he was extremely disappointed that the Minister for Communications Richard Bruton failed to turn up for the debate, instead deputising Minister of State Sean Canney to attend.He said this is a further indictment of just how serious the Government are really treating this issue and a demonstration of just how genuine their approach rural Ireland is.He fumed “The entire appeals process was deceitful from the outset; it was a cynical exercise endorsed by the Government to tick a box whereby an impression of an appeals mechanism was given by An Post. But, the appeals process thus far has recorded a 100% rejection rate of appeals lodged in Donegal stated Pat the Cope.“Hundreds if not thousands of people across the various communities affected by Post Office closures attended public meetings in an effort to maintain their Post Offices but this was an empty formula and a complete non process – a waste of effort and time. Trojan efforts were made to save Post Offices by these communities but to no avail,” added Pat the Cope. The Minister of State Canney in his reply state it was the decision of An Post to close the various post offices based on the package scheme which was agreed with the Union and made available to all Post Masters or Mistresses.Pat the Cope added during the debate that no rural proofing of the Post Office closures policy was undertaken by the Government and there was a complete failure to defend rural based services.“I am extremely critical of the appeals process which was set up to adjudicate on the appeals which were lodged by the various communities – it was nothing short of misleading and created a false expectation in the eyes of the general public.“I am calling on the Minister to meet with a cross-party delegation to discuss the ongoing closures of Post Offices – and to give this issue the serious consideration that it deserves. It is not right that different criteria apply to urban areas as does to rural areas.“In cities, you can live 2 km from a post office but in rural areas the distance is set at 15 km, despite urban areas having excellent public transport and rural areas having very limited access to public transport stated Pat the Cope. “Numerous communities have been left badly scarred by this process, as thousands of submissions have been sent into An Post – the Government need to start listening to the concerns of rural Ireland and the respective communities and take the necessary action to support our struggling rural communities.“The long term effect of this policy will have lasting negative impacts on our towns and villages throughout Donegal and elsewhere in rural Ireland.”An Post slammed as 100% of Donegal closure appeals rejected was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An PostAppealsdonegalpost offices
As North Carolina is now in the time of year when severe weather occurs, it’s important to be ready.As part of severe weather preparedness week, people should remember these tips to stay safe when driving:• State law requires that vehicle headlights be on when using windshield wipers;• If a tornado hits while driving, drivers shouldn’t seek shelter under a highway overpass. Instead, they should move into a sturdy building nearby or stay in the car and bend low, covering their head with their hands; and• Never drive through standing water – turn around. It’s difficult to know how deep the water is and a vehicle can be swept away in just one foot of water.Additional information on tornadoes, emergency kits and overall severe weather readiness is available at ReadyNC.org or in the ReadyNC mobile app.
The Custom CSS module in Jetpack offers an easy way to edit the styles in your WordPress theme. Sure, you can edit your stylesheet and upload it to your site. But I know a lot of people have turned to using the Custom CSS module for updating their stylesheets simply because it’s so quick. Once you’re installed Jetpack, go to Appearance > Edit CSS on your dashboard and you can start adding/modifying CSS.Whenever anyone from our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group asks questions about how to use Jetpack’s Custom CSS, I point them to my friend Marcy’s post Custom CSS with Jetpack for WordPress Website Design. Marcy walks you through adding custom fonts, link colors, and adding CSS for post and blog titles using Jetpack’s Custom CSS module. She includes sample code snippets for each CSS change. Last week one of our meetup members contacted me about images in the Custom CSS module. He read Marcy’s post, but was running into some issues when he added a background image. The image wasn’t displaying. He’s been working with CSS for a while, but this was the first time he had used the Custom CSS module to change his stylesheet.Any tips you can share? he asked.How Jetpack Adds CSS ChangesJetpack’s Custom CSS inserts CSS changes differently than your theme stylesheet. Jetpack’s CSS editor adds the CSS changes relative to the root of your site. Your theme stylesheet adds CSS changes based on relative file names within the theme folder.In your stylesheet, you would typically add: url(images/my-image.jpg).However, when you’re adding images in Jetpack’s Custom CSS, you have two options: Add an absolute URL (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/images/my-image.jpg)Add the relative URL from your domain root (e.g. wp-content/themes/yourtheme/images/my-image.jpg)My recommendation was to use the relative URL. He was thrilled to hear the solution was so simple. 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…RelatedShare Your Favorite Plugin: SlimpackWhen you want to use the Jetpack WordPress plugin, but the site(s) you’re creating can’t connect to WordPress.com, take a look at the Slimpack – Lightweight Jetpack plugin. Slimpack is a lighter version of Jetpack, with no requirement for a WordPress.com account. I learned about Slimpack at our November 2016 Metro…In “WordPress”Slimpack WordPress Plugin Security VulnerabilitySlimpack, a popular WordPress plugin that duplicates many of the Jetpack plugin modules, has a security vulnerability. The vulnerability exploits the sharing function to mass email with links using Baidu. At this time (June 2017), there is no fix for the vulnerability. The Slimpack plugin has been removed from the…In “WordPress”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: May 5, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn the importance of informed consent for your user research, find a one-day virtual web accessibility conference, discover how to design a custom apartment and have a 3D printer create it, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each…In “Web design & development links”