Gold Coast provoke FFA anger again

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The frosty relationship between Gold Coast United chairman Clive Palmer and Football Federation Australia plunged to a new low on Saturday night when United were charged with breaching the A-League club participation agreement.

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Palmer’s decision to place Freedom of Speech signage around Skilled Park and on the front of Gold Coast jerseys for the clash against Melbourne Victory earnt the ire of FFA chief executive Ben Buckley.

“FFA directed the club not to use the slogan on the playing strip or in signage and set a deadline of 5pm for the club to signal its compliance with the direction,” said Buckley, who at one stage considered calling the match off.

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“The club declined to comply with the FFA direction and proceeded regardless. FFA has informed the club it is in material breach of its obligations.

“It’s a pretty unfortunate situation. All clubs out there understand the rules and the regulations and respect them and abide by them. We notified the club throughout the course of the day, gave them the opportunity, they chose to ignore that and go ahead and play.”

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The breach is further ammunition for FFA if it calls the bluff of Palmer by stripping the Gold Coast owner of his A-League licence.

Palmer and Buckley are headed for a showdown at the end of the season, with Queensland’s richest man last week daring FFA to terminate his five-year licence after just three seasons.

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“If we wanted to stay (in the A-League) and they (FFA) wanted to take it (the licence) off us, they’d all be in court, and Ben Buckley would run a thousand miles,” Palmer said.

However, according to an A-League club participation agreement, FFA has a strong case against Palmer when it comes to breaches and their right to end Palmer’s involvement in the competition.

Under clause 3.3 of the club participation agreement, Gold Coast had to agree that “its right to participate” in the A-League did not “create a right of expectation of continued preparation” if terms of the agreement were not “complied with”.

The clause also stresses that an A-League licence is subject to an annual review, with the potential of termination if FFA is not satisfied with a club’s compliance to the participation agreement.

As a result, Gold Coast United would seem to be skating on thin ice, with Buckley having promised to examine the club’s A-League future at season’s end. There seems to be at least two clear breaches.

One involves their decision not to insure former marquee player Jason Culina, who has since taken legal action against FFA – to the tune of $1.7 million – for allegedly failing to ensure he was insured when he joined the Coast in 2009.

Clubs also have to agree not to bring FFA, the A-League or football into disrepute.

But that didn’t stop Palmer last week branding the A-League “a joke”, saying football was a “hopeless game”, that rugby league was “much better” and that Gold Coast United was an “insignificant” part of his billion-dollar business empire.

FFA might also challenge Gold Coast on the clause which states that clubs must “actively engage” the local community. The club attracted 1141 fans to their home game against Central Coast Mariners last week and has been severely criticised for failing to interact with the Gold Coast community, schools and the region’s junior footballers.

There is also the clause the stresses clubs must play their best available players at all times.

United CEO Mensink said he was not concerned about potential licence breaches being slapped against the club.

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Watson set to assume captaincy role

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Michael Clarke … back injury leaves his participation at the SCG on Sunday in doubt.
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Michael Clarke’s back injury means Shane Watson’s first game for Australia in three months is likely to be his debut as captain against India on Sunday.

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This would make Watson Australia’s third captain in as many matches, with Clarke one match back after missing a week with a hamstring strain.

His place as skipper had been taken by Ricky Ponting, who was dumped from the one-day team after five single-figure scores.

The expected leadership reshuffle for the clash with India in front of a near sell-out crowd of about 40,000 at the SCG has saved Cricket Australia the potential embarrassment of resting home-town hero David Warner.

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Clarke has carried a degenerative back for years and the problem flared during Friday night’s last-over loss to Sri Lanka in Hobart.

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With the team flying on Saturday and playing on Sunday, he is losing a race against time to be fit for a match Australia must win to be sure of making the tri-series finals.

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Drinking up the best of Belgium

TOURPES, Belgium – Frost lingers in the Wallonian morning air as a group of sleepy Philadelphians arrives early to the cobblestone courtyard of Brasserie Dupont.

The legendary farmhouse brewery, in the Belgian countryside a few miles from the French border, has agreed to collaborate on a special brew with a contingent of brewers and bar owners representing Philly Beer Week. To be poured at the Philadelphia festival this summer, it will be the first collaboration in the brewery’s 166-year history – a fact that speaks both to the prominence of the city’s annual beer celebration and its special relationship with Belgian producers.

This beer will be something Dupont hasn’t done in recent history: a ’30s-style “Spéciale Belge” with pale ale malt tweaked by peat-smoked barley.

“I am definitely excited,” said Chris LaPierre, head brewer at Iron Hill’s Maple Shade location, who was chosen in a Philly Beer Week raffle in the fall to be the local pro to participate. “I’m just hoping to learn as much as possible.”

Dupont’s fourth-generation brewer Olivier Dedeycker is there to greet them. He is already focused and intense. Within moments, he and LaPierre are down in the malt room, inspecting the grains to be used in the brew. The peat-smoked barley from nearby Malterie du Château de Beloeil is the subject of discussion. LaPierre fears that too much will overwhelm the beer, but after munching a handful, he realizes it is gentler than expected.

Once they agree on the blend, the augur in the old grain mill clicks into gear. Conveyor belts surge to life. A sweet haze of toasty malt fills the air. Enormous flames burst from furnace jets beneath Dupont’s 90-year-old copper brew kettles. And the climactic finale of the Philadelphians’ weeklong Belgian mission starts rising to a boil.

Philadelphia has been called “Brussels on the Schuylkill” for good reason. Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont coined the label in the late ’90s when “there was nowhere else in the U.S. that was as into Belgium.” The sustained interest distinguishes the city as one of America’s best beer towns, even as Belgian styles become more influential in craft brewing across the nation.

The late dean of beer writing, Michael Jackson, is universally credited with whetting Philly’s taste for Trappist ales and Flemish reds at his well-attended Book and the Cook tasting banquets, which ran for 17 years beginning in 1991. Local publicans like Michel Notredame (Bridgid’s, Cuvée Notredame), Michael Naessens (Euology), and Tom Peters kept the ale flowing freely at their taverns. Peters, especially, gained a reputation at Copa Too, then Monk’s, and the Belgian Cafe, as the first American to debut renown Belgian brews on draft, from Chimay Tripel to Corsendonk Brown and La Chouffe.

The sudden surge of American interest couldn’t have come soon enough for Belgium’s traditional beers, especially the sour and funky lambic ales of Cantillon and the famed farmhouse saison of Brasserie Dupont (with a distinctive yeasty profile of tartness and dry spice). Both were on the brink of dying out as Belgians turned increasingly to soda-sweet fruit beers and inexpensive, mass-produced lagers like Jupiler and Stella Artois.

“My gross consumption single-handedly drank them back to solvency,” Peters says.

He’s only half-joking, as the Philly Beer Week crew discovered during a six-day tour of Brussels, Brugges, and part of Holland, where he was greeted in every bar, brewery, and obscure beer boutique like a favored uncle returning home with friends in tow.

“Tom has been a better ambassador for Belgian beer than most Belgians,” said Yvan De Baets, who welcomed the Philly Beer Week group to his Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels. “And the enthusiasm is pure oxygen for us. It’s really something we don’t have here, and perhaps still won’t for another 10 years. I’m in love with Philly. Now that’s a beer capital. Speaking of which – do you guys want some beer?”

“It’ll be my first beer of the day!” says Peters.

“You’re still as good a liar as ever,” says De Baets.


‘Simplicity in recipes’

Vince Masciandaro, 47, a civil engineer and the lucky Marlton home brewer who won the PBW raffle to join this adventure, couldn’t help but express disappointment at the modernity of some of Dupont’s brewing equipment.

“It’s more hands-on at the Tun Tavern,” says Masciandaro, referring to the Atlantic City brewpub where he won a home-brew competition with his Belgium-meets-Jersey Shore creation: Thong Remover Tripel.

And yet, amid the new stainless-steel mash tuns and automated touchscreen controls, the touchstones of history are everywhere – from the direct-fired antique kettles that achieve a distinctly deep caramelization of flavor to the curious venting system that sends beer steam fuming directly through the terra-cotta roof tiles as if the attic were on fire. Even just outside Dupont’s doors, where geese waddle through nearby farmyards, tipsy villagers with mallets and wooden balls blocked off the cobbled street for “crossage en rue,” a 13th-century precursor to golf, played in honor of Mardi Gras.

“Tradition and history – and simplicity in recipes – are the philosophy of this house,” says Dedeycker.

As proof, he brings out two frayed brewing logs, elegantly scribed 110 years ago by his grandfather, Sylva Rosier. Dedeycker turns to these first whenever he needs inspiration for a “new” beer. His excellent Monk’s Stout is a prime example. As is the Spécial Belge, the collaboration that is simmering away next door. Coordinated by Dupont’s pioneering importers Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield of Vanberg DeWulf, it is the product of two years of conceptual discussions with Peters, and LaPierre offering fine-tuning input, too.

“I already have a test-batch here, do you want to taste?” says Dedeycker, who holds up a glass with an amber brew. It will be darker once made against the caramelizing heat of the larger copper kettle. The smoke will be dialed-up an extra notch, too. Peters chimes in swiftly: “It’ll be my first beer of the day!”


International flavor

Peters and his PBW mates had more “first beers” than they could count. Though, for most of the 10 people on this trip, the opportunity to taste these brews in their native land was the primary reason for packing a bag.

For Mike “Scoats” Scotese, owner of the Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philly and a Beer Week board member, the trip uncorked the possibilities of adding more international flavor to his largely local and American craft-beer list: “There will definitely be Belgian beer on tap at the Grey Lodge when I get back,” said Scotese. “Every beer has a story to tell. And somehow it means more now that I’ve seen where it comes from.”

This is one beer mecca that must be seen and sipped to be believed. For a country just about the size of Maryland, Belgium produces an astounding number of diverse beers – more than 1,100 from nearly 130 different breweries. With Peters leading what seemed like 18-hour daily field trips through an endless string of favorite hidden drinking nooks and breweries – “We’re going to climb Beer Mountain! C’mon!” – it’s not an exaggeration to say they put a dent in 10 percent.

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Daytona carnage mars Nationwide race

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Heavy crashes and twisted metal have once again peppered Daytona International Speedway during the second-tier NASCAR Nationwide Series DriveForCOPD 300.

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Pole-sitter Danica Patrick was out of the race on lap 50 after being spun by her teammate Cole Whitt, with the NASCAR starlet screaming obscenities over the radio after the dust settled.

“I f****** got hit by the No.88 near a big pack! What the **** was he thinking?” Patrick shouted.

That crash was just a prelude to the carnage of the final 10 laps though, as a dangerous combination of big-pack racing and two-car tandems led to two seperate pile-ups involving over half the field.

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PhotoSensitive exhibit titled “Kids Who Can” aims to raise public awareness

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PhotoSensitive: Easter Seals Camp Squamish, BC. The breathtaking beauty of Camp Squamish in BC, and the wide range of activities open to its campers, including swimming, playing instruments, singing, playing games and just hanging out.

The photography collective known as PhotoSensitive mounts a black-and-white show each year designed to raise public awareness on a worthy social issue.

This year the work of 25 photographers and videographers focused on kids — all bearing some degree of mental or physical disability — at 12 Easter Seals camps in eight provinces. Titled “Kids Who Can,” the show of still images and short films runs March 6 to 16 at the Allen Lambert Galleria of Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St. in downtown Toronto.

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Harrogate Town attitude key to draw for boss Weaver

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver praised the character of his players after they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Stalybridge Celtic.

Defender Alan White had been sent off for two bookable offences late in the game before Paul Brayson scored the equaliser in injury time.

Weaver told

BBC Radio York

: “The lads have to take a lot of credit there.

“With the characters we’ve got now, we can guarantee a performance, a graft and everyone grafted.”

Stephen Brogan put Stalybridge in front after 75 minutes but could not hang on despite Harrogate then going down to 10 men with White’s red card.

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Weaver added: “We got what we deserved because of character more than anything else.

“I’ve just told them, sometimes you’re not going to be top notch and play the fluent football that we want.

“We have played better recently but it’s an important point, a vital point.

“I did always believe we would get something from the game.

“Even thought sometimes we were second best and they had better possession.

“The chance fell to the right man and he stuck it away.

“But huge credit to the defenders for keeping us in it at times.”

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Win each for Demons, Lions, Suns

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The devil is in the detail for Demons coach Mark Neeld, it seems.

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On paper, Melbourne Demons began the NAB Cup with a three-point loss to Gold Coast Suns and a three-point win over the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

But Neeld admitted he would have to examine the match video to determine just how encouraging life had begun under his reign.

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Certainly Neeld would be forgiven for not following some of the action with torrential rain at times sweeping across the sodden venue.

And there certainly wasn’t much to note in their first half of their second clash against the Lions, when they went scoreless.

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However, Neeld reckoned he would have to hit the game tapes before preparing for their next pre-season cup clash against Collingwood on March 3.

“I just said to the players I won’t individualise,” Neeld said.

“I want to go home and – first get out of this weather – and watch the game again – but it was a good solid effort.

“We wanted to go out and play four consistent quarters, play the sort of footy that this weather lends itself to.

“It was pleasing to win the second game in the manner that we did but of course the weather ensured a close battle.

“But I think our structures held up, players played to a plan – it was a good start.”

Melbourne suffered a 0.4.2 (26) to 0.3.5 (23) loss to the Suns in the round robin opener but Neeld still saw positives – namely big-name recruit Mitch Clark who was strong up forward, kicking their first goal.

The Demons somehow bounced back from a scoreless first half to hit back against the Lions in their second clash 0.2.1 (13) to 0.1.4 (10).

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The Lions completed the round with a 0.2.6 (18) to 0.2.4 (16) win over arch rivals the Suns.

The long-awaited clash between Clark and his former Brisbane side became a fizzer with the WA-product well held by Matt Maguire in a cameo performance.

The only hint of controversy in the Demons-Lions game came midway in the second half when Brisbane young gun Pat Karnezis appeared to kick a goal, only for it to be overturned by the Video Review System.

Captain Jonathan Brown emerged unscathed from his first serious hit-out for the Lions since overcoming horrific head fractures, grabbing five disposals against the Demons and another four against the Suns.

Lions coach Michael Voss was not upset by Karnezis being denied a key goal but did not approve of the video review system.

“Regardless of what happened … the game stopping, I just don’t like that,” he said.

“It didn’t feel right. There was something clunky about it. But I am sure the powers that be will work that one out.”

Voss said he would rest Brown for their next clash against Adelaide at Alice Springs on March 3.

Meanwhile, Suns coach Guy McKenna was encouraged by what he saw from his young brigade including 18-year-old Jaeger O’Meara, who received special permission to play despite being too young to feature in the regular season.

O’Meara shone in the win over the Lions, grabbing seven touches.

“He will probably have to go into counselling due to the fact that we can’t play him this year,” McKenna joked.

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Wolves boss Terry Connor says Newcastle point could be crucial

New Wolves manager Terry Connor believes his side’s fightback to claim a draw at Newcastle could be a turning point in their relegation fight.

Connor was named as Mick McCarthy’s replacement

on Friday

and saw his side battle from 2-0 down to

earn a point thanks to Kevin Doyle’s goal.

“The result could set us up for the rest of the season,” Connor said.

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“I told the players at half-time if they believe and have confidence, hopefully things will turn your way.”

Wolves surprisingly turned to Connor – who was assistant to Mick McCarthy – after Walter Smith, Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott ruled themselves out.

But the former Leeds and Brighton striker believes his knowledge of the players helped to mastermind the comeback, which saw Wolves climb out of the bottom three.

Connor said: “With a new manager [from outside of the club] there is a settling in period. It takes a while for the players to know what he wants and understand what’s required.

“The players did it for themselves. It’s been a very stressful week.”

Connor also revealed that McCarthy had been heavily in contact ahead of his managerial debut.

“Mick has been in contact most days this week,” Connor said.

“He sent me a good luck text and had the courtesy to give me a call and say I deserved to go for it.

“To do it yourself was strange but I thought it went really well today.

“I didn’t enjoy being 2-0 down, but I enjoyed it then [when Wolves made their comeback].”

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Only ourselves to blame – Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew acknowledged that the new manager had made an immediate impact.

He said: “We’ve seen Terry [Connor] go in there and has changed the style a bit, now they pass the ball more.

“[The comeback and performance] was for the players and for him [Terry Connor]. They go home with full credit.

“It was a little bit for Mick [McCarthy] as much as Terry.

“They did their best for him.”

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Boss Mills delighted with ‘superb’ York City

York City manager Gary Mills called his team “superb” after beating Grimsby to progress into the FA Trophy semi-final.

Midfielder Scott Kerr scored the only goal of the game with seven minutes remaining to put York into the draw.

Mills told

BBC Radio York

: “The semi-final of the Trophy. It feels good doesn’t it? It’s fantastic.

“Of course they were going to put us under a little bit of pressure at times but I thought we coped with it well. We deserved to go through, I believe.”

Gary Mills

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He added: “We said Scott Kerr would never score this season. He’s got on the end of a header and I’m delighted for him.

“He’s been fantastic for us this season and he’ll go home and have a lovely weekend knowing that he scored the goal to put us through to the semi-final.”

Mills made some changes to the side that lost in Blue Square Bet Premier to Gateshead in midweek and he said the reaction from his players was exceptional.

“The response from losing Wednesday night, there was no fear. It just proves we lose a game and it’s not the end of the world.

“We want to go and achieve things. If we’re good enough to go and achieve things, if we lose, we can’t worry about it. I thought we were superb today.”

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12 Tips & Tricks for Developing a Professional Web Design

This post is divided into 3 parts and this is our Part 1: Enjoy!

Before we use some of the important steps in creating a professional web design and website, the queries that follow must be answered: What composes a “competitive web design?” Generally, a web designer or web design firm demands to offer a competitive web design services for their customers. Nevertheless, are they supposed to encourage “web design services” than “competitive web design services”? When estimating the competitiveness of a web design and a website, one must remember the following steps:

Numerous web design operations

Plan joint tools (if plan has more than one member)

Superior quality of designs

Consciousness of the detail

Current web design technology (CSS)

Carefully written, catches one’s interest, no grammar errors


XHTML and CSS authentication (clean code)

Compliant of the standards


SEO (Search Engine Optimization) amiable

Improper use of Flash, Java Script, and sound effects


To put it clearly, what divides competitive web design is, if the designer or the web design firm follows the steps mentioned above in designing or making a web site. Aside from compensating for an honored companies name and reputation, the things listed above are why competitive web design services are more costly than the regular web designs. You’re getting the entirety of web design professionalism that will for sure shimmer through once the website’s done and shown to the public.

The good thing is, you don’t need to get a competitive web design firm or a professional web designer if you want a competitive web design and website. In spite of the fact that there is a huge deal of tasks involved, if you’d want to try to do the massive lifting on your own, then the web design tips below will help you make a competitive web design and website.

See: You might be surprised why a professional web design firm would offer their procedures and professional web design “checklist” without any cost. The answer is very simple: there’s a lot of time in a day and we can’t competitively design every website in the whole world. The more high-quality, competitive websites there are in the cyber world, the happier we as competitive web designers and lovers of websites will be.

Roughly speaking, there is just way too much rubbish out there. Let’s get moving.

Step 1: Numerous web design operations

We have already created a vast article on the keys of a competitive web design process, so we will just list some of the article’s fundamental points for the purpose of avoiding unnecessary repetitions.

Stage 1: Formulation and plotting (flowcharts)

When making a website, one should avoid starting the process inside of a text editor (BBedit) or website builder application (Dreamweaver, GoLive, etc). The process should start on a scrap of paper or within flowchart software. Wikipedia defines flowchart as:

A diagram representation of an algorithm or a process.

In layman’s term, a flowchart gives a perceptible chart showing the structure of your website. How many navigational entries will your website have? What will be these entries called? Will there be any pages included in the main pages? What can we call them? By plotting out your website using a flowchart, you get an advantage on:

Organization of data

Convenience in utilization

Verifying the size of the content needed

Stage 2: Modeling (wireframes)

In the stage of molding, unchanging “wireframe” mock-ups are made for each single web page.

To make wireframes, one may utilize either:

Pencil and paper

Mock-up software like Adobe Photoshop or OmniGraffle


These wireframes hold bare-bones skeleton which shows the arrangement of a particular web page. Where will the logo be placed? Where will be the content placed? Are there going to be bread crumbs? Are you going to put a login box? Each of these queries (and a lot more) is answered in the stage of modeling. Some of the things one should consider in creating wireframes:

Be sure to put all necessary elements that will be utilized (navigation, logo, content placement, images/video placement, search box, login box, breadcrumbs, etc.)

Consider the flowchart you made in the first stage.

No using of graphics- wireframes are intended to be bare-bones: circles/boxes/ovals which shows the placement of things

Use text only to tag the elements; don’t use body text (that will be for the third stage)

Concentrate on tidy, well-organized, user-friendly layout; avoid messy layouts

Stage 3: Execution

This is the third stage in our professional web design process which contains:

Originating the graphical user interface (GUI), it is also known as the design

Originating the content

Changing the web designs from icons into code (markup) which web browsers will be utilized to introduce your website on the Internet


In the last stage, consider both the flowcharts made in Stage 1 and the wireframe mockups made in the second stage to make the final page layouts and designs. The outline should be finished in Photoshop or whatever type of image editing software you prefer to use because it is complicated to make some changes on the design after it has been changed into (markup) code.

Believe us, process makes it perfect.

Observing a well- formed web design procedure is by far one of the most important steps that many web designers opt to ignore. By observing a web design procedure like the one we have just described, you extend the probability that your web site will orderly and efficient; can be navigated easily, and user-friendly. If you’re going to skip any of the entries in our professional web design checklist, make certain that the web design process is not included.

Step 2: Plan joint tools

See: If you’re working on your project alone, then you it’s alright if you don’t take this step. Plan joint tools or project collaboration tools are only suitable for projects which have two or more members involved.

Having communication is of the essential elements in a project. When two or more people are making a website, there are usually few emails being sent back and forth to each and every member. The more e-mails traded, the more extensive it can take to look for a certain e-mail and more conducive to lose important bits of information. This is one of the huge problems that our professional web design firms faced when we first started – there wasn’t an easy way to make the e-mails, attachments, milestones, etc. in order.

Gratefully, after a bit of researches, we found out a plan join tool called Basecamp. This came from the Basecamp website:

Proposals don’t fail from the absence of charts, graphs, stats, or reports; they fail from the absence of clear communication. Basecamp untangles this dilemma by giving tools tailored to amend the communication between members working together on a certain project.

Basecamp (and plan joint tools like it) permits multiple users to access a website which saves all of the messages, milestones, files that were uploaded, to-do lists, time it takes to finish parts of the project, etc. that are linked with a project. No more sending out of e-mails. Everything is protected on the Basecamp servers. You will only be receiving e-mails that notify you when something has been contributed or changed in the project.

Basecamp has available packages that can be adjusted to suit your needs. You can sign up for free if you will only use Basecamp for one project at a time. However, on the free version, uploading of files is not allowed. On the other hand, you can control up to three projects at once, for a small amount of $12/month, have 250 megabytes of file upload space, have boundless people and customers, have a real-time chat that can be easily merged into Basecamp, and a lot more.

Nothing can beat a web application like Basecamp when it comes to project collaboration and communication. If you’re sincere about your project and crave to have the best communication possible, then Basecamp is a must try. A plan joint tool like Basecamp is very useful for competitive web design firm which has a lot of projects and customers at any given time. For project collaboration, there is merely no better option to communicate.

Plug over.

Step 3: Superior quality of designs

There is no answer in determining who and what influences a “high quality design”. There are a lot of times when something that is appealing for you may not be appealing to other people. Despite this, there are a lot of things that a superior or high quality design should possess:

Balance. Balance refers to beequalorproportionate to. An equal distribution of heavy and light components on a page.

Unity. It keeps all the elements that are alike and those that are different apart in a website. Everything should be pulled into one structured whole.

Emphasis. It requires the main points where the eye is drawn into the outline; it is also known as ‘focal points’.

Contrast. Not just differentiating color, but also differentiating shapes, sizes, textures and even typography.

Rhythm. It is also known as a patterned repetition, it brings internal harmony into your web design.

You can browse more about the five fundamentals of web design, since this is a wide topic and not all can be fully covered.

Besides these five basic elements of web design, knowledge overload is one of the immense killers of a website design. Designers occasionally neglect the saying “less is more” and apparently believe that the more information that is filled on the page, the better it will be. Don’t be deceived of knowledge overload. Keep your plan as neat as possible. Provide diverse topics their own dedicated web pages. One of the huge causes for knowledge or information overload is not achieving success in planning out your website design by using flowcharts and wireframes mentioned above in the first step: Numerous web design operations. Keep in mind: white space is not really a bad thing. In reality, white space is your confidant, especially when making a competitive web design. Professional designers who have achieved success learn how to use white, hostile space in favor of them, and make it a fundamental element of the design.

Step 4: Consciousness of the detail

When competitively designing a website, every small item is thought out and plotted. Should there be a mark above the headers, and if so, why? If you use whole ended corners for your main body, should you be harmonious and use whole ended corners for the rest? Does your logo look superior with a reflection below? The exclusive way to answer any of these queries is to research. Occasionally the best outcomes come from unintentional research. Don’t consistently be delighted with the initial design. Work to increase the value upon the design and with a few alterations, each time questioning yourself “What can be accomplished to make the design look superior?”, be more harmonious, and more importantly, provide your website a sturdy identity and image.

If we say “detail”, we’re not just speaking about graphic design elements. No, graphic design is just the summit of an iceberg. We’re also speaking about typography (font faces i.e. Arial , Verdana, Trebuchet MS, font sizes i.e. 10 pixels, 12 pixels, 18 pixels, font effect/style i.e. bold, underlined, italic, font placement), the utilization of hostile space, and other components of design.

Consciousness of the detail is significant because it is often the details in your design which cause your website to stand out from competitors (or from other websites). People get annoyed with the same old design – give them something unique, diverse, and pleasing and they will definitely come back and visit the website again. Heck, they may even become aroused by your design.

Always keep in mind: Less is more. Use details, but don’t misapply details.

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Cuba Grows Stronger In the Cult of Truth and Solidarity

By Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.

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Demonizing Cuba has become a leitmotiv in continuous and poisonous slander campaigns orchestrated by the U.S. and their allies – owners of the most powerful mass media – who do not really care how expensive these may be in their fervour to put our island nation in the dock.

This harmful media machine never gets tired of launching operations to discredit the Cuban Revolution, dismissing out of hand over three thousand Cubans that have died as a result of terrorist acts encouraged, organized and financed from the United States. And, cynically, they invoke an alleged disrespect for human rights as their best possible argument, when it’s really them who trample on human rights all over the world.

They are upset that the inhabitants of this Caribbean country are committed to the practice of strict, good ethical, political and moral principles, as embodied in Fidel Castro’s anthological concept of Revolution; that children laugh and play safely on the streets; that the sons of humble workers and peasants can attend university for free; or that young people can have fun in squares and theaters without violence or fears.

It is known that we put a lot of effort in creating the conditions for the country to move forward on the path to social welfare, and that throughout all these years of hard work and self-denials, the Revolutionary Government has not murdered, tortured or forcibly “disappeared” anyone.

Despite countless shortcomings spawned by the ruthless economic, financial and commercial blockade, Cuba resists all weapons for pressure, political and media blackmail.

They just resort to hardly surprising and rigging manipulations, the same unrighteous methods they have used for over 50 years, which have always bashed into the moral strength of the Cuban Revolution, its loyalty to ethical principles and its increasing reputation worldwide.

It is time for the U.S. Empire to understand that in Cuba, the Revolution grows stronger every day and is here to stay.


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Port Vale hit by transfer embargo

Port Vale have been put under a transfer embargo by the Football League because of an unpaid bill.


statement by the League Two club 

read: “The club is unable to go into further details at the moment but is hopeful that the matter will be resolved soon.”

The embargo means that they cannot complete the signing of 27-year-old midfielder Chris Birchall.

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Vale are currently contesting a play-off place and sit eighth in the table.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke: “I can’t say this has been easy but I’ve seen it all before. I’m not a young manager who’s never seen anything or is phased by it.

“My focus is trying to keep the players away from it as best I can and try and keep them focussed on getting results.”

Vale Park

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Port Vale Supporters Club chairman Pete Williams said: “I’m absolutely appalled at what has happened.

“It only goes to show that it’s absolutely imperative, if we want Port Vale to survive, to remove this present board.

“Obviously now the Football League have looked at the situation and they can see there is a tremendous amount of debt at the club.”

Micky Adams

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FC Business Magazine editor Ryan McKnight said: “It’s massively serious because the Football League doesn’t want to do these type of things.

“But they are trying to create a solvent and moral, from a business perspective, set of leagues and that is why they are being very heavy handed with clubs.

“It doesn’t mean that Port Vale are going to be in administration on Monday, but it is a few steps towards the likelihood of that happening.”

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Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast win one each in NAB Cup

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THREE power forwards provided three reasons to be happy for Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane Lions last night as the teams shared the victories in wet and difficult conditions at Metricon Stadium.

New Demon Mitch Clark delivered one goal – in his side’s three-point loss to the Suns – but presented well despite the rain.

Clark looms as Mark Neeld’s key forward this season after the rookie coach went to great lengths to secure the former Lion in last year’s trade week before handing him Jim Stynes’s No.11 jumper.

Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown shelved a horror 2011 by getting through his two games unscathed, and while he failed to rip either match apart he helped drag the Lions home against Gold Coast to salvage a win for the night.

Guy McKenna pulled one of the surprises of the NAB Cup by sending All-Australian defender Nathan Bock to centre half-forward.

And the veteran delivered, running strongly and signalling it could be a more permanent move, with the switch further validated by recruit Matthew Warnock’s stingy efforts in defence.

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Strong-bodied midfielder James Magner and Matthew Bate were the other standouts for the Dees.

Magner was Melbourne’s best against the Suns with nine touches.

The mature-age VFL recruit is leading the charge to earn promotion off Melbourne’s rookie list with his fierce attack in the midfield resulting in the Dees dominating the clearance count.

Bate, who was up for trade at a high price last season, looks rejuvenated in a new midfield role, racking up 23 touches across the two games.

Neeld admitted he would have to examine the match video to determine how encouraging life had begun under his reign, before preparing for the next pre-season Cup clash, against Collingwood on March 3.

“I just said to the players I won’t individualise,” Neeld said.

“I want to go home and – first get out of this weather – and watch the game again. But it was a good solid effort.

“We wanted to go out and play four consistent quarters, play the sort of footy that this weather lends itself to.

“It was pleasing to win the second game in the manner that we did but of course the weather ensured a close battle.

“But I think our structures held up, players played to a plan – it was a good start.”

Brown emerged safely from his first serious hit-out since overcoming horrific head fractures but it was not enough to avert the a first-up loss to Melbourne.

The Lions captain grabbed five disposals in a low-key return after missing the bulk of 2011 courtesy of two sickening head clashes.

Todd Banfield opened the scoring for the Lions against the Demons when he was rewarded for a gutsy tackle on James Frawley.

The Lions led 0.1.1 (7) to 0.0.0 (0) at halftime before majors to Colin Sylvia and James Sellar got Melbourne home.

James Polkinghorne had a chance to snatch a win for Brisbane but his last gasp kick was sprayed across goal.

Earlier, two-goal hero Aaron Hall helped the Suns begin their pre-season campaign with a three-point win over the Demons.

The Tasmanian was only 160cm tall at 17 and appeared to have missed his chance to impress AFL scouts.

However, an incredible burst of 26cm in three years – and sensational form in the Tasmanian State League – helped the 21-year-old be snapped up by the Suns in last year’s pre-season draft.

Hall’s pace and clean hands were obvious, and the way he worked off skipper Gary Ablett suggests he reads the game well.

“You see tapes of the (junior) stuff and of him playing (senior football) in Tasmania and you hope they can transfer that into playing against big brutes. He has demonstrated that, McKenna said.

“He didn’t miss a beat.”

Ablett was phenomenal for February, accumulating 12 touches in a crisp display rarely sighted at this time of the year. with AAP




NO shortage of new tricks from the Suns with coach Guy McKenna throwing the magnet board around like a frisbee.

Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt lined up in the midfield, Nathan Bock dominated from centre half-forward, while bargain recruit Matthew Warnock worked hard from full-back.

Bock was super, winning eight touches against Melbourne and booting a crunch goal against Brisbane in the waterslide conditions, while Josh Fraser looks reinvigorated with his career on the line.


ALL eyes were on the Jaeger Bomb, but unknown Tasmanian Aaron Hall stole the show. Acquired in the pre-season draft, Hall was the match winner against Melbourne.

The 186cm livewire kicked two goals and was involved in several scoring plays with his forward pressure a feature.

Jaeger O’Meara, who can’t play in the regular season until 2013, showed glimpses of magic against Brisbane. Hard-working teen Dion Prestia impressed and could take the next step as a classy midfielder.


RIDICULOUS watching Gary Ablett ($689,900) carve up like that in February and in soaking conditions.

Worth the cash especially as he’s a lock for captain. Aaron Hall ($106,600), listed as a defender, must be looked at as a bench option.




IT took two minutes for boom recruit Mitch Clark to show what he can do in Demon threads.

The monster forward snagged the first goal of the first game and looks set to straighten Melbourne’s spine.

Matthew Bate put his hand up for more senior action with whopping 23 touches through the midfield across both games, but Jack Watts found the going difficult in the wet conditions.


MARK Neeld demanded a strong-bodied midfielder in the rookie draft, and ace recruiter Barry Prendergast delivered James Magner from the VFL.

It looks a shrewd choice, with the clearance king quickly finding his feet and leading the Demons’ engine room.

Tom Couch, son of Brownlow medallist Paul, looked OK while third-round pick Josh Tynan has promise as a tall midfielder.


IF James Magner ($94,700) gets promoted, whack him in as a brute onballer. Watts ($406,600) still looks a good buy despite last night’s stats, and if Bate ($294,300) breaks into the best 22 he could be a steal.

Nathan Jones ($483,500) suits Mark Neeld’s style but Jamie Bennell ($252,400) looks too unreliable.

Colin Sylvia ($521,800) is expensive but is a dual position player and at his best is Melbourne’s best.




MICHAEL Voss should produce more tricks with Mark Harvey alongside him, but the same scars emerged early as the Lions somehow managed to lose to Melbourne despite dominating possession.

Former Hawthorn utility Jordan Lisle struggled early but improved against the Suns, and veteran Ash McGrath could be a revelation in a return to defence, collecting 16 touches against Melbourne.

Ben Hudson will be a good mentor for Matthew Leuenberger and Billy Longer and competed well. Jonathan Brown played both games and looks primed for a big year.


ELLIOT Yeo has all the attributes to excite Voss.

He’s athletic, quick, showed impressive skills in the wet and has the confidence to run with the footy.

Claye Beams, brother of Magpie Dayne, showed he’s ready to step up as a midfielder with 10 touches against the Dees. James Hawksley and Ryan Harwood starred in the second match.


SIMON Black ($504,700) refuses to say die, and if his body holds up, he could again be a midfield staple.

McGrath ($392,900) could be handy, while Brown ($397,900) is a bargain after his horror 2011.

Billy Longer ($161,600) looks a future star ruckman but is too expensive, while Yeo ($106,600) is the pick of the kids.

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Live Friday blog – Hampton beats Central Valley

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Written by Mike White

Live blog from Hampton-Central Valley WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal. If you have score updates, send email to
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First half. Ryan Luther 15 points, but none in the second. Twin brother Collin no points in first half but 12 in the second.

9:37 p.m. - This one just about over. 10-0 run by Hampton makes it 42-30. But seventh 3-pointer of the game by Brian Kolich brings Central Valley within 42-33 with 52 seconds left.

9:34 p.m. - 1:46 left in the game and Hampton holds a 36-30 lead. Two consecutive baskets by the other Luther twin – Collin.


9:25 p.m. - Someone needs to tell Hampton that Brian Kolich can, ahhhh, shoot. Just hit his sixth 3. That was followed by a 3-pointer by Central Valey’s Michael Sims. Suddenly it’s 32-30 Hampton. Sims was 0 for 6 from field until then.

9:24 p.m. - Central Valley goes man at start of fourth quarter. Will see if Hampton can exploit it.

9:22 p.m. - End of the third quarter and Hampton leads Central Valley, 32-22.


Chris Koryak scores 28 for Vincentian.

9:17 - Brian Kolich just hit his fifth 3-pointer. Collin Luther answered with a three-point play for Hampton. Hampton leads 30-22 with 2:08 left in half. Matchup zone by Central Valley giving Hampton some dificulty.

9:15 p.m. - This game has gotten kind of ugly. 25-19 Hampton with 3:05 left in third.

END OF THIRD: MONTOUR 41, BLACKHAWK 21 – From Shawn Thompkins


9:05 p.m. - Central Valley having trouble dealing with Hampton size. Settling for lot of 3s. Central Valley made only 4 of 15 3s in first half. Hampton shot 7 of 23.

From Steve Richey: Vincentian leads Serra, 64-49, after three.

Wow. New Castle stepped on the gas tonight. Leading Mars, 91-45, in fourth quarter.


Reminder, this game started late because first game (girls game Baldwin-Shaler) was delayed by about a half hour when the lights went out because of a power outage in area.

In first half, Hampton sophomore Ryan Luther has 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Guard Brian Kolich has four 3-pointers for Central Valley.

8:52 p.m. - Brian Kolich keeping Central Valley in it. Hit his fourth 3 of first half. But Hampton’s Mark Pilarski answers and Hampton leads, 21-12, three minutes left in half.

8:45 p.m. - Ryan Luther, one of the big Luther sophomore twins, reminds me of one of those European players. Good size, but can step out and shoot 3. He now has three 3′s. Is he the WPIAL’s mini-version of Dirk????


Ryan Luther nine points for Hampton and Brian Kolich nine for CV.

Montour leads Blackhawk, 21-11, at halftime.

8:39 p.m. - Central Valley’s Brian Kolich breaking up the 1-3 chaser with three 3-pointers. CV leads, 9-7.

Vincentian scores 30 points in second quarter and leads Serra, 48-31, at half.

8:33 p.m. - Hampton starting in a 1-3 chaser on Central Valley’s Curtis Lewis.

8:30 p.m. - The start of this Hampton-Central Valley game was delayed by a half hour because of a power outage in the Fox Chapel area, delayed the girls game by a half hour. In that game, Baldwin defeated Shaler, 39-28.

Score update: From Bob Natale at halftime: New Castle 45, Mars 26

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written by t2pyah,
February 24, 2012 – 09:02 PM

New Castle really putting one on Mars

91-45 with just under 4 minutes remaining



written by t2pyah,
February 24, 2012 – 09:03 PM

New Castle JV players on floor – also look very good



written by t2pyah,
February 24, 2012 – 09:08 PM

New Castle 96 Mars 52 final


Joe D

written by Joe D,
February 24, 2012 – 09:17 PM


written by Ironman,
February 24, 2012 – 11:07 PM

Joe D. – Interesting comments from Pat Knight.…-rant-team

Joe D

written by Joe D,
February 25, 2012 – 07:14 AM


written by Ironman,
February 25, 2012 – 07:51 AM

Joe D. – I had to post that one for ya. Talk about throwing your team under a bus. Knight has still yet to prove himself.

Great win by Oakland Catholic. I knew Bethel Park was good, real good. Baldwin will be another test. Both B.P. and Baldwin had real good players with talent coming out of the diocesan league over the past couple of years.


written by t2pyah,
February 25, 2012 – 09:20 AM

Ironman – the Mt Lebo girls look very good



written by Ironman,
February 25, 2012 – 09:57 AM


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HTML5 Drag Files into the Browser from the Desktop

Drag Files into the Browser from the Desktop

HTML5 Drag Drop lets you do basic drag drop operations with a lot less JavaScript code. Two additional advantages to HTML5 Drag Drop are the ability to combine it with other JavaScript utilities such as Ajax and the HTML5 FileReader and that it allows you to drag files directly from the Desktop, as in folders and Windows Explorer. Put that all together, and you can pull off some pretty impressive feats, like create a drop zone for image previews or file uploads. We’ll be tackling the former today and the next article will be dedicated to the uploading code. Today’s article will also suggest how to navigate the mine field that is asynchronous programming!

The File Display Page

In terms of HTML, all we need is a page that contains a few DIVs: One to display status messages, one in which to drop the files, and one to show the images:

html lang="en"
meta charset=utf-8 /
titleA File Display Demo/title
script type="text/javascript"
//script code will go here...
#drop {
  min-height: 150px;
  width: 250px;
  border: 1px solid blue;
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 10px;
  h1 align=centerA File Preview Demo/h1
  DIV id="status"Drag the files from a folder to a selected area .../DIV

  DIV id="drop"Drop files here./DIV
  DIV id="list"/DIV

Designating the “drop” DIV as a Drop Zone

Before anything happens, there is a check to make sure that the browser supports the HTML5 FileReader. Assuming it does, code is attached to the window’s onload() event so that the drop element is declared after the page has finished loading. To enable a DIV to accept dropped items, we have to cancel the default behavior for the ‘dragover’ and ‘dragenter’ events:

if(window.FileReader) {
  addEventHandler(window, 'load', function() {
    var status = document.getElementById('status');
    var drop   = document.getElementById('drop');
    var list   = document.getElementById('list');

    function cancel(e) {
      if (e.preventDefault) { e.preventDefault(); }
      return false;

    // Tells the browser that we *can* drop on this target
    addEventHandler(drop, 'dragover', cancel);
    addEventHandler(drop, 'dragenter', cancel);
} else {
  document.getElementById('status').innerHTML = 'Your browser does not support the HTML5 FileReader.';

The addEventHanlder() is my own cross-browser implementation for binding a handler to an event:

function addEventHandler(obj, evt, handler) {
    if(obj.addEventListener) {
        // W3C method
        obj.addEventListener(evt, handler, false);
    } else if(obj.attachEvent) {
        // IE method.
        obj.attachEvent('on'+evt, handler);
    } else {
        // Old school method.
        obj['on'+evt] = handler;

Processing Dropped Files

The ondrop event is where we place code to process the imported files. Again, we have to cancel the browser’s default behavior, which is to redirect to the dropped file. That’s OK if you want to display the image in the browser, but it limits the number to a single file, provides no additional information about the file, and does not allow you to perform any additional processing on it. Both the e.preventDefault() call and “return false” line at the end of the event handler play a role in cancelling the default browser behavior.

The event’s dataTransfer property contains a files collection that we can iterate through to process one file at a time. The FileReader.readAsDataURL() method is the one to use to display the image:

addEventHandler(drop, 'drop', function (e) {
  e = e || window.event; // get window.event if e argument missing (in IE)
  if (e.preventDefault) { e.preventDefault(); } // stops the browser from redirecting off to the image.

  var dt    = e.dataTransfer;
  var files = dt.files;
  for (var i=0; ifiles.length; i++) {
    var file = files[i];
    var reader = new FileReader();

    //attach event handlers here...

  return false;

The onloadend Event

When the FileReader has finished reading the file, it fires the onloadend event. That’s the time to do what ever it is you wish to do with the file. In our case, we’re going to display a progress report, some file information, and append the binary file contents to a list of images. That sounds so straight forward, but it isn’t on account of the asynchronous nature of the FileReader. For instance, just determining where we’re at in the processing order is a challenge. As we go through the loop, the i variable is incremented to the current file being read, but that’s the file reading order, not the order in which the files are finished being read! Imagine that you have two files where the first is several megs in size and the second is only about 35 KB. Unless something weird happens, you can bet that the second file’s onloadend will fire first. So don’t depend on the reading order to tell us the order in which the files have finished being read. Instead, find something that reflects the status of the file reads at the time that the onloadend handler executes. In my case, I chose to count the number of DIV tags in the file list to determine the number of files already processed (each file produces a information DIV and an IMG). Hence, the current file is one greater than what’s already been processed:

addEventHandler(reader, 'loadend', function(e, file) {
    var bin           = this.result;
    var newFile       = document.createElement('div');
    newFile.innerHTML = 'Loaded : '' size '+file.size+' B';
    var fileNumber = list.getElementsByTagName('div').length;
    status.innerHTML = fileNumber  files.length
                     ? 'Loaded 100% of file '+fileNumber+' of '+files.length+'...'
                     : 'Done loading. processed '+fileNumber+' files.';

    var img = document.createElement("img");
    img.file = file;
    img.src = bin;

We can’t get the full file path due to security restrictions, but we can display the image by setting it’s SRC property directly to the binary file content:

Binding the File to the Event Handler

File ordering is not the only problem caused by the asynchronous reading. Just as the i incrementor is out of date, so is the current file. In other words, the file that we are currently reading in the for loop is not necessarily the same one that we just finished reading. This is the same problem that JavaScript developers first encountered with Ajax callbacks. The optimal solution was to bind stateful data to the callback handler. Binding to an event handler is almost the same idea, except that you also need to deal with the event object. As you know, in Internet Explorer it is referenced in the global window.event property, while other browsers pass it directly to the handler. What I like to do is to have an argument for the event, and then set is as follows:

e = e || window.event; // get window.event if e argument missing (in IE)

In my bindToEventHandler() Function method, I convert the bound parameters into a proper Array using The I prepend the event object to the array via unshift(). The function-within-a-function structure of the bindToEventHandler() method causes a closure so that when the returned function is executed, it still has a reference to the original bound parameters. The real handler is then called using Function.apply():

Function.prototype.bindToEventHandler = function bindToEventHandler() {
  var handler = this;
  var boundParameters =;
  //create closure
  return function(e) {
      e = e || window.event; // get window.event if e argument missing (in IE)
      handler.apply(this, boundParameters);


Going Forward

Today we saw how to use HTML5 Drag Drop and FileReader to accept image files from the Desktop and display them in the browser. The key to getting this to work was to understand the implications of asynchronous operations. Now that we do, we’re going to sweeten the pot next time, and add some additional functionality by adding upload capability, error handling, and more detailed progress reports.

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Mozilla Marketplace To Open Its Virtual App Doors

Open source browser Mozilla has announced that it is all set to step in the spotlight provided by the Mobile World Congress in order to officially open its much talked about app store Mozilla Marketplace. The company confirmed that once open, they will begin looking into submissions for applications based on Javascript, HTML5, CSS and other Internet technologies.

Should all go well for Mozilla, the company could make Mozilla Marketplace available for the public by June this year.

Mozilla also claimed that it intends to make the store completely “people centric” so that it can provide both the developers community and regular users more choice, freedom as well as opportunity when searching for applications meant for multiple OS platforms – all under one virtual roof.

“The Web is the largest platform in the world. We are enabling the Web to be the marketplace, giving developers the opportunity to play on the biggest playing field imaginable,” Todd Simpson, Mozilla’s chief of innovation said, as reported by The Inquirer.

“Mozilla is now unlocking the potential of the Web to be the platform for creating and consuming content everywhere,” it added.

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Reds open Super Rugby defence with final minute steal

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New WordPress plugin locks down your website’s security

You’ve got virus protection on all of your business computers, passwords in place on mobile devices and laptops, and even virus protection on your company smartphones. But have you looked at how secure your website is? If you rely on your site for any aspect of your business, a new plugin from 6Scan helps you find and manage vulnerabilities quickly and easily.

While WordPress and other content management systems including Drupal and Joomla are built to be secure, they’re a prime target for hackers because so many websites run on them. I personally know of two CMS-based websites that have been compromised; one blog had to recover quickly from a major attack on its WordPress installation, and a friend who manages a local arts incubator had to have the organization’s website rebuilt from the ground up when a hacker took over its Joomla installation.

6Scan finds vulnerabilities on your WordPress website for free, and plugs them automatically for a small monthly charge.

The free version of 6Scan tells you what’s wrong with your website and sends you an email notification when a problem with the site that could give a hacker access is discovered. The notifications provide you with enough information that you can fix it yourself if you’re technically inclined or have a webmaster on call.

For $10 a month, the Fortress plan includes a Bodyguard feature that auto-fixes any found vulnerabilities. You also get premium email support and SMS notifications of site issues, in addition to the email you’ll already have from the free version. More importantly, 6Scan’s research team of ex-military hackers notifies you upon discovering new potential threats. The Enterprise level adds 24/7 site monitoring and phone support for a range of anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars per month, depending on the requirements of your business.

Installation and Setup

First, navigate to your Plugins menu from your WordPress Dashboard. Click on “Add New”, and do a search for “6Scan”. You’ll be able to install the plugin from there. You can also download the plugin .zip file from this page and install it from your WordPress Plugins dashboard. Once it’s installed, 6Scan will be available from your left-hand sidebar. You can upgrade at any time from within the 6Scan Dashboard.

Once I set up 6Scan on my professional website, it caught a vulnerability and emailed me with all the information I needed to fix it. All I needed to do with the information it gave me was go into the “Readme” file and remove my WordPress version information. If it were something more complex that I felt I couldn’t fix on my own, I’d probably upgrade to the $10/month Fortress plan.

Works With Other Security Plugins, Other CMS Versions Coming Soon

6Scan isn’t the only horse in WordPress’s security plugin stable, but it will run with the rest of them. If you’ve got Bulletproof Security or WP Security Scan installed, you can park 6Scan right alongside them to back them up.

6Scan will be releasing versions for Joomla and Drupal within the next few weeks, and versions for Magento and Amazon EC2 within the next few months, according to owner and CEO Nitzan Miron.

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Krakouer does ACL in practice match

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Andrew Krakouer’s tumultuous AFL career has suffered a cruel blow, with a serious knee injury potentially sidelining the Collingwood forward for the season.

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The 29-year-old suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on Saturday, limping off during the second quarter of a VFL practice match against Geelong at Simmonds Stadium.

He is the second Collingwood forward in a week to rupture an ACL, with Brent Macaffer undergoing a season-ending knee reconstruction after suffering the injury last Saturday night in a pre-season game.

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Scans later confirmed the severity of the injury and doctors will now decide whether Krakouer has a season-ending reconstruction or undergoes the newer LARS surgery.

The LARS procedure has a quicker healing time, but it also a higher risk of another rupture.

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“It is extremely disappointing for Andrew and the club that this injury has occurred,” Collingwood football director Geoff Walsh said in a statement.

“Andrew will meet with the surgeon over the next few days to discuss the surgery and rehabilitation process.”

The injury comes only a few days after Krakouer returned to the club, cutting short four weeks of leave. He had returned to WA to deal with personal issues.

Earlier this month, former Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse had expressed concern about Krakouer’s welfare.

Once the severity of Saturday’s injury was known, Malthouse went on Twitter to call it “a bloody sporting tragedy. I feel so sorry for him.”

Krakouer was an amazing story last year as he made his AFL comeback with the Magpies.

After playing 102 games with Richmond from 2001-07, he spent 16 months in jail for assault.

He made a successful comeback to football through the WAFL in 2010 and then went to Collingwood.

Krakouer played 23 out of 25 games last season, finished second in Collingwood’s scoring with 35 goals and took the AFL mark of the year.

Apart from Krakouer and Macaffer, Alan Didak (abductor muscle) and Ben Johnson (hamstring) have also added to Collingwood’s injury list this month.

The Magpies have been the early premiership favourites after losing to Geelong in last year’s grand final by 38 points.

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