118 Freeway closed after crash

first_imgCHATSWORTH – The Ronald Reagan Freeway was closed in both directions tonight near Topanga Canyon Boulevard to allow an emergency medical helicopter to land and airlift an injured motorcyclist, authorities said. “The motorcycle is on one side of the freeway and the person is on the other side of the freeway,” said Vince Ramirez, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on the eastbound side of the freeway, also known as the 118, at about 7:30 p.m., Ramirez said. No other details were available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Funding sought for major Ivy Bridge repairs allocated

first_imgIvy Bridge is to receive €50,000 as part of major repair work to remove and replace the parapet walls, it has been confirmed. Councillor Patrick McGowan, Chair of Stranorlar Municipal District, welcomed Friday’s announcement.He said: “Following the collapse of part of Ivy Bridge, a number of actions were taken by the council’s engineering staff including inspections of the damage, assessment of the area and condition of the bridge as a whole. “Arrangements for the removal of the vegetation and a survey of the bridge was completed.“Once the gathering of technical information was completed, the Bridge Engineer commenced the design of the solution to facilitate the re-opening of the bridge.”The partially-collapsed Ivy Bridge at Cloghan.“It is agreed to undertake the works in two phases,” he added.“Phase one involved work up to road level and got the road opened to vehicles just in time for Christmas. “Phase two of the works will be undertaken this year as the funding has been secured and will involve the removal and replacement of the parapet walls using appropriate materials and to a suitable height.”Funding sought for major Ivy Bridge repairs allocated was last modified: February 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Ivy BridgePATRICK MCGOWANStranorlartwin townslast_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

Busy week for South Africa’s anti-poaching units

first_img15 April 2014Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.The eight arrests included those of two South African National Parks (SANParks) employees. According to spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli, the two SANParks men appeared on Wednesday in the White River Magistrate’s Court, where their case was remanded to 16 April for a formal bail application.Thakhuli said most of last week’s incidents took place in the southern part of the park, in areas such as Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.On Thursday, he said, rangers from Crocodile Bridge arrested two suspected poachers, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, as they were leaving the park, recovering a G3 military type rifle along with a silencer and ammunition.On Friday, rangers from the Kingfisherspruit area apprehended another two suspected poachers, arresting one while recovering a .458 rifle, silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape arrest.Tshokwane rangers apprehended a further two suspects on Saturday, making one arrest and recovering a .375 hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape back to Mozambique.And on Sunday, in Stolsnek, rangers apprehended a group of five suspected poachers, arresting two of them with the help of SANParks Airwing and canine units. Thakhuli said the hunt for the remaining three suspects, who managed to escape, was still on.“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off, and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”He said the anti-poaching units are ready for the coming long weekend, with many deployments routes, particularly in poaching hot-spots, being plotted out.“We will be ready and waiting for them, and we would like to request the support and cooperation of all members of society in identifying and reporting suspicious behavior that could lead to the apprehension and conviction of these criminals.”The public can report incidents of poaching and give tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime Line on 32211.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more