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first_imgI need not speak audibly but no I must scream thisI need not wail but I must shed the tears for you to witnessI need not snort but I won’t stop if something is bugging meI might be silent but how lengthy can that persist?I might be short-sighted but how extensive will it last?I seek my freedom to move beyond your dominionAllow those blessings come without any interferenceLet my time approaches without a single bidding via youThrough the good and terrible times that befalls meThe harsh lessons to learn as life one must live for enduranceI need not be a remote control the copious knobs for callous tickingToo soon to share a humid seat with the good advice and carefree chatsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Social Networking: Taking Off or Taking a Dive?

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Recently, there have been a few conflicting reports about the current popularity of social networks here in the U.S. On one hand, you have reports that point toward the growth of social networks and their continuing crossover into mainstream use. On the other hand, recently released stats on visitor data show that these networks are maturing and plateauing. So, what’s really going on here?Social Networks Taking a Dive? Today on GigaOm, Om Malik reports on some of the new numbers coming in for social networks here in the U.S., specifically new comScore data which shows that the two biggest networks – MySpace and Facebook – are beginning to plateau in their growth. Image courtesy of GigaOmAdditionally, he points to an eMarketer article where they’ve lowered their 2008 advertising estimates from $1.6 billion to $1.43 billion. By looking at these numbers, Malik concludes that social networking is in for “tough times going forward.” But is that really the case?Social Networking Taking Off? On the flip side, a completely different, and more positive, report on social networking was also released today. The report is called “The Consumer Internet Barometer” and is produced by The Conference Board, a global business research and membership organization, and TNS, a world leader in market insight and information who surveys 10,000 households across the country and tracks who’s doing what on the Internet.Interestingly, their report doesn’t mention a decline or plateau at all. Instead, it concludes that what was once only a niche activity is now a growing trend that has more people joining every day. According to the report, one out of every four people visit social networking sites, and half of those that do, do so on a daily basis. The trend is so prevalent, says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, that it’s going to extend beyond just personal use. “The next growth wave will be expanding and incorporating these networks into our business lives,” she claims. While this report doesn’t look at traffic stats and advertising projections, it is looking at market penetration, and in doing so, paints a much rosier picture than the worrisome plateau in the chart above. What It All MeansPerhaps social networking is reaching a saturation point as it matures, but that’s not to say that it’s all doom-and-gloom. Many people are still joining social networks, and, with each new generation, social networking will become even more of a part of life than it was for the generation prior. Whether MySpace and Facebook will always be the hot properties that they are today is yet to be seen, but the rise of new sites like Twitter, for example, shows that there’s still potential for new social networks to rise up and gain mainstream appeal.If anything, the sheer number of users on these networks today prove that social networking has earned its place in today’s mix of new media. Don Ryan, Vice President, Technology and Media, TNS, agrees, saying, “as social networking becomes a staple in people’s media experience, brands will place it alongside print, TV and search as a main advertising vehicle.” Hmmm..maybe a saturation point isn’t really such a bad thing after all? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#social networks#Trends#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Check Your Code with CSS Lint

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes CSS Lint is a tool for checking your CSS code. Like JSHint and JSLint (see our previous coverage).CSS Lint was created by Nicole Sullivan and Nicholas C. Zakas. Based on the conversations thus far is bound to become as infamous as JSLint. However, since CSS Lint is open source, if you don’t like the rules, you can host your own version and change the rules.Many of the seemingly strange rules (such as “IDs shouldn’t be used in selectors”) stem from object oriented CSS, a paradigm promoted by Sullivan.Here’s a video by Sullivan on the subject:center_img klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

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Taxpayer Advocate Releases 2016 Report to Congress (IR-2017-2)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportNational Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson on January 10 released the NTA 2016 Annual Report to Congress. In the report, Olson recommended that the IRS revamp its “Future State” plan in order to adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urged Congress to emphasize simplification when it considers tax reform in 2017. The report noted that voluntary compliance, worldwide taxpayer services, geographic focus and a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) are necessary elements of the Future State. It also contains a list of the most litigated taxpayer issues, Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) research and related studies and legislative recommendations.Olson noted that the IRS was responsive to concerns she raised in the 2015 report to Congress about the Future State, including the Service’s operations and interactions with taxpayer. The Service has made Future State information available on its website and has provided assurances that it will continue to provide telephone and face-to-face services, should taxpayers choose to use them. Despite assurances that the Future State is more of an evolving approach than a static plan, Olson suggested, based on discussions with taxpayers and stakeholders during the 12 public forums held around the country, as well as focus groups and nationwide surveys, that “the IRS adopt a fundamentally different approach to tax administration.”“This is arguably the most important piece I have written about the IRS in my 15 years serving as the National Taxpayer Advocate,” Olson wrote in the report. She presented a series of proposals intended to improve tax administration, placing particular emphasis on changing the culture of the IRS. “To create an environment that encourages taxpayer trust and confidence, the IRS must change its culture from one that is enforcement-oriented to one that is service-oriented.”Among the proposals suggested, Olson recommended putting taxpayers first; instead of placing an emphasis on enforcement, funding should be directed toward meeting basic taxpayer needs. Placing an emphasis on service and trust can increase tax compliance, Olson believes. She noted that taxpayers who seek help to comply but do not receive that help are treated as tax evaders. “This treatment in turn breeds resentment and increases the risk that the taxpayer who was willing to comply is no longer willing to do so. In this way, the underlying assumption by the tax agency that taxpayers will evade tax becomes a self-fulfilling proposition. The agency ends up converting a compliant taxpayer into a noncompliant one.”Tax SimplificationThe report noted that the TAS examined the current tax code’s compliance burdens and found that individuals and businesses spend approximately 6-billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, not including IRS audits or notices. Complexity “rewards taxpayers who can afford expensive tax advice and discriminates against taxpayers who cannot,” according to the report.Several areas of complexity that Congress should address were highlighted, including: repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals; consolidating the family status provisions in the tax code; consolidating at least 12 incentives to save or spend for education; consolidating at least 15 incentives to save for retirement; simplifying worker classification determinations to minimize employee v. independent contract disputes; eliminating or reducing procedural incentives to enact tax provisions that expire and require periodic renewal (sunsets); eliminating or reducing the gradual phase-out of tax benefits as income rises; and streamlining the more than 170 civil penalties contained in the tax code.The report also addresses the need for the IRS to further incorporate the Taxpayer Bill of Rights into its operations. In addition, despite improvements in fraud detection and identity theft, the Service needs to improve the accuracy of its determinations to avoid significant refund delays for taxpayers. Finally, the report raises concerns about questionable legal advice given by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel regarding the implementation of the private debt collection program mandated by CongressIR-2017-2, 2017FED ¶46,222National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Executive Summary: Preface, Special Focus and HighlightsNational Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 1National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 2National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 3Other References:Code Sec. 7804CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,266.385Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 3,058last_img read more

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Trump Touts Middle-Class Relief in Tax Reform Speech

first_imgPresident Trump, in an October 11 speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, focused on the message that his primary goal in pursuing tax cuts and reform is to help middle-class taxpayers. In contrast to Democratic lawmakers’ claims that tax reform efforts by the GOP are geared toward the wealthy, Trump and his administration have consistently said middle-income earners are the focus for tax relief—a stance Trump reiterated Wednesday evening.“Throughout the year, my administration has worked closely with Congress to develop a framework for tax reform that will deliver exactly that—more jobs, higher pay and lower taxes for middle-income families, and for American businesses of all size,” Trump said. “Under our framework, the first $12,000 for a single individual, and the first $24,000 for a married couple, will be tax-free; no tax at all,” he added.Trump criticized Democrats for not including the “zero tax rate” for taxpayers who will pay no tax under his plan, instead only mentioning the proposed three rates of 12, 25 and 35 percent. “Under our framework, we make the zero bracket bigger, and get rid of the 10-percent bracket, and we’re reducing the 15-percent rate down to 12 percent.” Trump also stated that the average middle-class family would see its income increase by $4,000 because of his tax reform plan. He was unclear, however, how much of that estimate was attributed to economic and wage growth triggered by his tax plan and how much of that estimate would be due to direct tax-rate reductions and other tax benefits to middle-class taxpayers.Additionally, Trump said the Republican tax reform framework proposed a $500 credit for adult dependent or elder care, and will “substantially increase” the child tax credit. “We know that by making the individual tax code simpler and fairer, and by making our business tax rates more competitive, we will deliver tax reform that Americans deserve, but which they have not had in over 30 years,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement released after Trump’s speech.House and Senate Democrats remain largely united in their opposition of Republican efforts toward tax reform as outlined by the Trump/GOP Framework. According to Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Trump/GOP tax plan raises taxes for the middle class. “Not the tax cuts Trump is claiming,” Wyden said in a tweet.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffTreasury Department News Release, TDNR SM-0174Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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A 25% pay raise? That’s not nearly enough, young Indian scientists say

first_img By Pallava BaglaJan. 31, 2019 , 1:25 PM C. N. R. Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research The protesters also want an end to delays of up to several months in their payments. The new statement does not address that problem.The hikes won’t stem the brain drain from India, many say. China is offering 1500 lucrative postdoctoral fellowships to lure Indian students, says C. N. R. Rao, a solid-state chemist at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru, India, and a science adviser to the previous prime minister. Rao’s first reaction to the offer, he says, was: “Oh God, this is inadequate as it just does not meet the needs and aspirations.”Ignoring the researchers’ demands puts the government’s political future at risk, Vishwakarma says. “With India’s elections just 2 months away, we will ask young researchers to vote out the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has been unfair to researchers.” Early-career scientists hold a rally at the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on 16 January. NEW DELHI—In response to months of protests and marches, the Indian government announced yesterday that it will give early-career scientists raises of up to 25%. But leaders of the protest movement, who had asked for an 80% hike, immediately rejected the offer. “This hike is not acceptable. We will continue the street protests,” says Lal Chandra Vishwakarma, chair of the Society of Young Researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.Vishwakarma says research scholars will discuss how to proceed at an AIIMS meeting on Saturday, where “a nationwide shutdown of labs will be considered.”The raise benefits more than 60,000 research fellows, a press statement issued by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) here says; all will get raises of at least 24%. (Indian research fellows also receive a housing allowance that varies by city.) And from now on, high performers can be eligible for additional financial incentives, says Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, the government’s principal scientific adviser, although details of the scheme have yet to be announced.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The hike will cost the government 6 billion to 7 billion rupees ($84 million to $98 million) according to DST estimate. Ashutosh Sharma, DST’s secretary, calls the raises a “positive development … which research scholars should ideally applaud.”But many scientists say it’s not nearly enough. Even after the increase, research fellows in the first 2 years of their Ph.D. program will make only 31,000 rupees ($435) per month, and 35,000 rupees ($491) in the years after that. Research associates can make up to $758. Many will still earn little more than a government janitor or gardener, and the rates are a fraction of what Ph.D. students in Western countries can make. “We are very disappointed,” says Nikhil Gupta, a Ph.D. scholar in human physiology at the Center of Biomedical Research in Lucknow, India. “How can India progress if research scholars are unhappy?” Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai called the announcement “a blatant insult to the research scholars” in a statement. Oh God, this is inadequate as it just does not meet the needs and aspirations. 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Australian Open: Kerber outclasses Keys to reach semi-finals

first_imgRevitalised 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.Making a mockery of the 21st seeding she landed after a miserable 2017, the former world number one outplayed Keys in almost every facet of the 51-minute match to seal a semi-final date with Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova.”I was just playing my game, I was not thinking a lot about winners or errors, I was staying in the moment and trying to play every single point,” a beaming Kerber said on Rod Laver Arena.”I just went out and played like I’ve been playing all week. Just playing my game and enjoying it. I’m just happy to get through and be here in the semis.”In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year’s U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.Keys started the match with three unforced errors and a netted backhand to lose her first service game and barely 15 minutes were on the clock before the German had another break in the bank and a 4-0 lead.The 22-year-old tried charging the net in a desperate attempt to kickstart her game but a brilliant backhand pass from Kerber brought up two set points and the stanza was hers in 22 minutes when the 17th seed sent a forehand long.advertisementThe American briefly came to life to hold for 3-1 in the second set and then unleashed a couple of bombs to put the set back on serve on a Kerber error after a lengthy rally.A 21st unforced error from the racket of Keys gave Kerber the break straight back, however, and the 30-year-old sealed her place in the last four with a third of the set when the American netted a backhand.It has been quite a return to form for Kerber in Australia this year after she broke a 27-tournament title drought going back to her 2016 U.S. Open triumph in the Sydney International warm-up.Kerber, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week, is now guaranteed to return to the top 10 in the rankings even if she goes no further at Melbourne Park.”I’m really enjoying my tennis, I’m really enjoying being on court,” she added.”I am just happy actually.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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2 days agoKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genk

first_imgKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Scout Releases 1st Edition Of 2018 ‘300,’ Featuring 38 Committed Recruits

first_img2018 top football recruits.Scout.comMost of the recruiting attention is currently being paid to the class of 2017, but teams always try to get ahead on the next cycle as well. Scout just dropped its first edition of the ‘Scout 300‘ for the class of 2018, and 38 of the 300 players listed are already committed to schools.The first full Scout 300 for 2018 on @scoutrecruiting is out https://t.co/da0rV7U02M pic.twitter.com/TT9niVSvgr— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 1, 2016LSU leads the way with five of the top 300, while Florida State and Miami each land four players. Here are all of the players who are already committed.Alabama:RB Dameon Pierce (No. 52) TE Malcolm Epps (No. 143)Auburn:QB Joey Gatewood (No. 50)Clemson:S Mike Jones Jr. (No. 241)Florida State:CB Isaiah Bolden (No. 39) RB Justin Watkins (No. 81) DT Robert Cooper (No. 86) RB James Cook (No. 91)Georgia:OT Max Wray (No. 64)LSU:CB Kelvin Joseph (No. 29) QB Zadock Dinkelmann (No. 99) CB Corione Harris (No. 140) S Nadab Joseph (No. 201) WR Devonta Jason (No. 230)Miami:S Joshua Jobe (No. 22) CB Gilbert Frierson (No. 118) WR Daquris Wiggins (No. 183) CB Jalen Patterson (No. 278)Michigan:S Otis Reese (No. 229)Mississippi State:WR Malik Heath (No. 157)Nebraska:ATH Cameron Jurgens (No. 147) DT Masry Mapieu (No. 283)Notre Dame: QB Phil Jurkovec (No. 46) RB Markese Stepp (No. 193) DE Jayson Ademilola (No. 211)Oklahoma:OT Brey Walker (No. 10)Oregon:QB Colson Yankoff (No. 151) WR Devin Culp (No. 245)Oregon State:RB Camron Davis (No. 219)Penn State:DE Micah Parsons (No. 2)Tennessee:OT Cade Mays (No. 16) ATH Alontae Taylor (No. 285)Texas A&M:WR Montel Parker (No. 176) OG Luke Matthews (No. 181)USC:QB Matt Corral (No. 4) OLB Bo Calvert (No. 20) OLB Raymond Scott (No. 43)Washington:QB Jacob Sirmon (No. 40)[Scout]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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Vancouver artists cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement A Vancouver illustrator said she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting a victim of the recent school shooting in Florida.Pia Guerra’s “Hero’s Welcome” shows a young girl leading the school’s football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings.Feis was one of 17 victims who died when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The assistant football coach and school security specialist was trying to shield students from bullets when he was fatally shot.“It gave me a little lump in my throat when the idea (for the cartoon) first kind of popped up,” Guerra said.Aaron Feis was a football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (MS Douglas Football/Twitter)“I thought, I think that might be strong enough. But I had no idea it was going to hit people this hard. Everyone’s telling me that it broke them or they’re devastated or they got all punched in the gut with it or they’re in tears. And that was surprising.”“Hero’s Welcome” had been liked on Twitter more than 32,000 times by Saturday morning.Growing attentionGuerra launched her career illustrating graphic novels, including DC/Vertigo’s Y — The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan.But her editorial cartoons are gaining attention too. Last year, her cartoon of a child-like U.S. president Donald Trump sitting on former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lap and saying, “I’m a big boy,” also went viral.“I’d just started getting into doing (editorial cartoons) out of a sense of needing to do something after the election,” Guerra said.Former student Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 murders in the Florida shooting.From the time he entered the building until the time he left, only six minutes passed, authorities said. During that brief time, he shot more than two dozen people.Feis, 37, graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity football team, the school’s website said. It said he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.‘Everyone loved him’Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.The Sun Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie. Someone on the radio asked if loud sounds they heard were firecrackers, said football coach Willis May, who also carries a radio.“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.Feis’s grandfather, Raymond Feis of New York, said his grandson “was wonderful.”“Everyone loved him and he was a jolly person,” Raymond Feis said.“What takes away some of the pain is that he was a hero.”A tweet from the school football program ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”THE CANADIAN PRESSWith files from the Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement Vancouver illustrator Pia Guerra says she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting the victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. (Pia Guerra / The Canadian Press)last_img read more