first_imgEveryone’s talking about jobs—how to create new jobs, how to lift low-wage jobs or how to get jobs to depressed areas of the country—and the question I always come back to is, how do we make sure those jobs are good enough to sustain a life, or a family?Green for All is an organization that marries environmental sustainability (the green economy) with new jobs (particularly “green-collar” jobs.)The organization works to expand training programs and work opportunities for skills like installing clean technology, rehabbing buildings for energy efficiency, cutting steel for wind turbines and repairing electric engines. The types of jobs that can build a middle class.The great community potential is that green jobs tend to be difficult to outsource. After all, you’re not going to “pick up a house, send it to China to have solar panels installed, and have it shipped back.” (Check out more examples on Green for All’s website.)Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, who runs the organization, describes it as creating a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.I had a great conversation with Phaedra about how to extend sustainability beyond the environmental movement and into economic stability and personal sustainability. Thought I’d share it with you.Sara Horowitz: So what brought you to the environmental movement?Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Let me just say, I was not a traditional environmentalist. I came out of the labor movement, and I saw environmentalism as being mostly about parks and green space.I came from a place of scarcity, where you had a choice: You either got good jobs, or you got a quality environment.I came from a place of scarcity, where you had a choice: You either got good jobs, or you got a quality environment. As a poor girl who grew up in a poor community, it never occurred to me that you could have both.Sara: So when did your thinking change? What was your “A-ha” moment?Phaedra: It happened in two parts. One was when I was with the South Bay Labor Council and we were doing work in San Jose around a general plan for the city.We started to think about what communities needed. We had a position of influence, so we could afford to think of both, and I realized, “Wow, isn’t it crazy that I thought we had to pick only one?”The second thing was that I saw the green economy begin to grow in the same way we’d seen high-tech grow: in an exclusive way.I represented people like the electrical workers who were trying to figure out solar, but we began to see people benefitting who were not our folks—just like the high-tech economy had not created opportunity for people of color or working white people, and all the folks who used to be in the middle of the economy were left out. I knew we needed to figure out a way so those folks didn’t get left behind again. It never occurred to me that you could have both.Sara: You know, one of the things that we talk about a lot is sustainability. When we started our insurance company, we said we have to make decisions for two generations out. That’s what got us to launch our medical practice just for freelancers in New York City.**As you’re talking, it seems like so much of it is about sustainability and saying, “This is for us all. It’s not just for the few.” **Phaedra: That’s why I’m so impressed with the medical practice. And as a mom, my frame in the world has shifted. I think a lot more about the world that my daughter will inherit.There’s also something about personal sustainability, because I think, both as activists and just as people trying to survive in this world, we don’t think about how to maintain work/life balance. As corny as that sounds, it’s so important. Even just basic things like exercising and meditating.The reality is that most of us, even if we appear to have it together, are really on a personal quest for sustainability.Sara: I feel like that’s the thing I’m really learning from freelancers. They really are the avant-garde, because they have to figure out how they’re planning a day. Once you’re no longer thinking, “Well, I just go to work. I start at 9:00. I finish at 5:00. This is what I do,” then you start to say, “Wait a minute. What are my top priorities? What do I actually care about?” And then you end up ratcheting down your expenses.In our medical practice, we set up a room for people to do tai chi and acupuncture and things like that, to integrate it and make the economics work. It drives me crazy how people think that the only people who should be meditating and doing yoga are yuppies.Phaedra: That’s so right—just like environmentalism.Sara: If you go into any ethnic community and you go to the grandparents, I can guarantee they’re doing something non-western for their health. It shouldn’t be so “boutique”—it’s not just environmentalism that’s like that.Phaedra: I always joke that the best environmentalist I know is actually my Nana, my father’s mother. She has not met a paper towel that cannot be reused, and she was always saving jars of oil on the stove. In our quest to get more, we’ve kind of gotten less.High-end communities are figuring out the shareable economy, but it’s not in the places where people desperately need it.Sara: So true. For inspiration, I think about cooperatives and the old mutual aid model.I worry that I talk too much about the sharing economy in this column, but this is the forefront of the economic changes that are going to affect people, and I wonder, how does the social sector play a role that’s really meaningful?I look at the Elances and the oDesks, and I think, why aren’t we all harnessing those great ideas?Phaedra: I so agree. What’s so interesting is that a lot of high-end communities are figuring out the shareable economy, but it’s not in the places where people desperately need it.I’ve been trying to convince our team that we should be doing garage-sale-type exchanges in communities, like with kids’ clothing. I am just obsessed with this issue because it’s so painful to me. The sharing economy is among the most important stuff that’s happening, if we could only figure out a way to get it to the people who need it the most.Sara: What I’ve come to think is, let’s say a big “Thank you” to the people and the venture capitalists who funded the early expeditions in the sharing economy. They laid the railroad track for the rest of us. Now we in the social sector have to take up this entrepreneurial challenge and be just as creative and interesting.But I sometimes feel a lack of excitement from the nonprofit world, you know? It can be so dour and rule-bound. I just sense this bubbling up of new people and new ideas out there, and I just find them more compelling and interesting lately.Phaedra: I totally agree. The good part is that the benefit coming out of Silicon Valley, and even the labor movement, is that you have this incredible respect for entrepreneurs at every level. That’s going to be increasingly important.Someone said to me the other day that people looking for jobs “are going to have to write their own job description.” Think about that: In order to get a job in the future, you’re going to have to define it. That type of fluidity, if structured in some way, could actually be amazing.(NOTE: Transcipt was edited for clarity and length)last_img read more

first_imgFreelancers often want to know the best way to get more work.Often the answer you’ll get is: Referrals.Over time, developer and Freelance Union member Xavier Fan has built a good reputation with clients and grown his client list. His reputation gives him the power to pursue better clients and projects. Here is his advice on to develop good reputation in your industry:1. Share your resultsA freelancer’s past performance is actually a pretty good guarantee of future results — which is why portfolios are so powerful.“Clients want to be impressed by the quality of your work,” Xavier says. “Your portfolio, a successfully executed piece of work — anything you can point to and be proud of — this is tangible proof of what you can do.”He recommends building a simple website that lists your background, services, and contact information. As your good reputation grows as a freelancer, so will your visibility and you’ll have a space to showcase your work. After each project, it’s important to watch out for items that can be incorporated into your portfolio.2. Remember everyone is watchingYour reputation is affected by every interaction you have while you’re working (or trying to get work). Assume that people are always watching, because they are. You never know what effect your actions will have. Things that you think are no big deal can matter hugely to other people — for good or ill.As Warren Buffet says, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.””When you finish a project, it’s not just a line in your resume or a page in your portfolio,” Xavier says. “Your reputation is also being broadcast by people who have seen how you behave under pressure and in moments of success at your best. When you work with someone enough, their true nature always shows through, and people will remember and take note.”That’s why personal referrals are so valuable. Sure, you can shape your reputation somewhat through your personal and professional marketing (social media, website, networking) – but it’s hard to beat other people who are willing to put their reputations on the line by vouching for you.3. Practice goodwillA good reputation is not only about delivering quality results on each and every project — it’s also about how you got there. The truth for who you are and the way you work is always out there: so make sure it’s something you’re proud of.”If you leave a trail of goodwill after you with every project, there will be clients and team members who will refer you without you even knowing! This really pays off when you ask someone to be a direct reference – and they’re happy to sing your praises, because they were so psyched to work with you, and want other people to have that same experience. That leads to more work and a chance to deliver quality results.”The best referrals come from those who have worked with you, have seen what you’re about, and are excited to connect you with the next opportunity that’s a great fit for you.Xavier Fan is a freelance Intuit QuickBase developer and improv & stunt actor based in Brooklyn, NY.last_img read more

first_imgWhat is “work”? The new workforce is throwing out all the rules and forging their own path to a meaningful, sustainable, and entrepreneurial life.Instead of concentrating in one field or one job title, they’re piecing together multiple gigs (and even multiple careers): 87% of freelancers have more than one gig a month, and 35% have more than four gigs, according to our latest survey of 1,100+ freelancers.There’s also a large number of freelancers who are simultaneously holding down a traditional 9-5; 73% of survey respondents said that they were or are currently holding down a full-time job while freelancing. 70% of those freelancers did so to earn extra income, while 52% said they wanted to pursue a passion.What does this all mean?It means that the new workforce is approaching work in a fundamentally different way: they seek and make their own opportunities from many angles, piecing together multiple work opportunities rather devoting their energy into a single opportunity.Agile and entrepreneurial, the new workforce isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket.It’s further proof that freelancers are reinventing “work” and the meaning of success. As our founder Sara Horowitz says:“Many freelancers rightly see the standard workweek as a prison of the past. Managing your own time isn’t just rewarding — it’s practical and efficient. Time is a new currency, and successful freelancers manage, save, and spend it wisely.”TWEET THIS: The standard workweek is the prison of the past: 87% of freelancers work multiple gigs @freelancersu #IChooseIndependence our full report here: “How to Live the Freelance Life — Lessons from 1,000 Independents (PDF)”last_img read more

first_imgThere’s a crisis in primary care.By 2020, America will be 45,000 primary care doctors short of what we need. While half of all doctors visits are for primary care, only seven percent of new med school graduates are choosing a primary care career. Yet decades of research shows primary care doctors help provide patients with better outcomes at lower cost.So, who’s making sure freelancers get the care they deserve?The members of Freelancers Union, that’s who.After all, #NobobyLooksOutForUsLikeUs.That’s why more than three years ago we began building the nation’s first freelancer-focused primary care centers, Freelancers Medical.The practices in Brooklyn and Manhattan were built with the busy lives of freelancers in mind. They coordinate the care freelancers need — doctors, health coaches, family care, registered nurses, health coaches, yoga teachers, meditation teachers, behavioral health specialists — all under one roof to make sure you stay healthy and sane.This is where primary care is going — well, for rich people, at least. But, thanks to the solidarity of freelancers, more than 4,500 working freelancers are already living the future at these practices.Here are the 2015 plans that offer access to Freelancers Medical.In the words of the Wall Street Journal:Freelancers Medical provides “the city’s middle-class contract workers with the sort of team-based, VIP health care frequently available only to Bloomberg types.”At Freelancers Medical, enrolled freelancers get:Free unlimited primary careEasy access to your doctor by skype or emailA team of doctors, nurses, and health coaches to guide you through the shifting healthcare landscapeAnd it’s airy, welcoming, and refreshing:Freelancers MedicalFreelancers Medicalheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medicalheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medical Yoga Classheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medicalheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medicalheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medicalheight 536width 802originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medical Yoga Classheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medical Yoga Classheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medicalheight 800width 1200originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMFreelancers Medical’s Yoga In The Parkheight 1200width 800originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMCome see for yourself at one of our open houses. An expert from Empire will also be there to answer any questions you have about our health insurance plans:Thursday, November 64 to 8 pm, Downtown BrooklynRSVP!Monday, November 114 to 8 pm, Downtown ManhattanRSVP!Freelancers Medical is the future — you helped build it and you’re helping to grow it.I hope you join.last_img read more

first_imgChris Gayle, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, turned 38 today. Yet the aura of the man, who recently made a return to ODI cricket after a gap of 913 days, shows no signs of diminishing.Gayle has played a total of 270 ODI matches, scoring 9258 which includes 1040 hits to boundary and 241 in the crowd. Chris Gayle is no dud with the ball either and has taken 163 with 5/46 being his best figures.His records in T20Is are even more astounding.He has played 52 matches, scoring 1577 runs. He became the first to hit 100 sixes in T20Is in the lone fixture against England, earlier this month.Even though he hasn’t yet retired from any form of cricket, his last Test match was in September, 2014. He has played 103 matches, scoring 7214 runs with a highest of 333, which he had scored against Sri Lanka back in 2010.He turned out for the West Indies in the ODI format after a gap of 2 years, 5 months and 29 days on Tuesday in the first of the five-match ODI series against England at Trent Bridge.He had been plying his trade in the different domestic T20 tournaments around the world. he didn’t have a good outing in the the last season of the Indian Premier League, at least according to his standards, having scored only 200 runs in nine matches.Wishes for the ‘Champion’ poured in from all over on Twitter:The warmest of birthday wishes to the Sensational #SixMachine as he turns a year wiser! HBD @henrygayle #PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) September 21, 2017#HappyBirthday @henrygayle #Cricket’s original #rockstar & #Spartan #UniverseBOSS Spartan Sports (@SpartanSportsAU) September 20, 2017Happy birthday to our #worldboss @henrygayle ! You get younger every year!- SKNPatriots (@sknpatriots) September 21, 2017Happy Birthday cramps ?????@henrygayle- Daren Ganga (@DarenGanga) September 21, 2017Happy Birthday Chris Gayle: over 18,000 runs for Windies in all three formats. He’s 38 not out today! CricketWestIndies (@westindies) September 21, 2017Date: June 6 2009Location: The Oval, LondonWatch when @henrygayle (who celebrates his birthday today) took on @BrettLee_58 at #WT20 ICC (@ICC) September 21, 2017last_img read more

first_imgMelbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020, organisers announced on Tuesday.The women’s tournament, made up of 10 teams, will be held from Feb. 21 to March 8 before 16 men’s teams play from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15. It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as standalone events in the same year in the same country.The women’s final will coincide with International Women’s Day, with the world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), hoping for a record attendance at a women’s sporting event.The largest crowd to attend a women’s sporting event was 90,185 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the 1999 Women’s World Cup soccer final between the United States and China.”It’s very exciting to think about … to potentially play in front of over 90,000 people,” Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning told reporters.”I think it just shows where the women’s game is at. It’s always evolving and it’s exciting to see where it is in 2020.”The ICC and Cricket Australia unveiled the venues for both tournaments on Tuesday, with women’s pool matches to be played at several smaller venues in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.ICYMI: The MCG has been chosen as the host venue for both the women’s and men’s finals of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020.— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) January 29, 2018Both the women’s semi-finals will be at the Sydney Cricket Ground.advertisementHobart and Geelong will host six pool stage matches in the men’s tournament before the country’s six main cricket venues, including the new Perth Stadium, host matches.The men’s semi-finals will be in Sydney and Adelaide before the final in Melbourne, where Steve Smith’s side will be looking to end a poor run in global tournaments for the shortest form of the game.Australia’s men have made just one previous final, in 2010 in the West Indies, and have been knocked out in the second round of the last two tournaments.”When T20 cricket started, it was just a smash-and-grab sort of game,” Smith said. “The game has changed so much and the strategy behind the game is really important.”Hopefully we can get that trophy that’s eluded us for so long.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgVery few youngsters have assured Jose Mourinho about their abilities as fast as a young boy from Lancaster has managed to do this season.After impressing his club manager, he is now at crossroads as reports are suggesting that England and Scotland are going to go head-to-head for the 21-year-old to represent their nation.So…who is the guy that created a buzz yet the football world largely doesn’t know about him? Well…he goes by the name of Scott McTominay.The Manchester United academy graduate made his United debut as a substitute at Arsenal nine months ago and has made seven starts this season. Three of them have come in the last five fixtures, including the biggest so far — the night at the Ramón Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday — his second Champions League start versus Sevilla.How did he perform? Well! Very well, composed and collected for a 21-year-old starting his first-ever European game at the biggest stage of them all. But McTominay is more than that. The 6’4” midfielder has been one of United’s brightest players this season — in a team that consists of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba to say the least.The Lancaster lad was promoted to the senior squad after Andreas Pereira joined Valencia on a season-long loan and since then he has only gone north. McTominay, who started his career as a centre forward, became a central midfielder under former U-23 coach Warren Joyce and has flourished since then. Tall, strong and an improving reader of the game, McTominay provides United an assurance in central midfield that every Mourinho team is built upon. His ability to run tirelessly, pick out passes, run with the ball and provide stability at the same time has gone down very well with his manager and the results are there to be seen.advertisement”The trust and confidence I show towards Scott – he’s earned it step by step since he came to the first-team training sessions. I know what he’s good at, I know where he can improve and I think he’s going to be a really good player,” said Jose ahead of Sunday’s big game versus Chelsea. Scott McTominay (left) got a start ahead of Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s Champions League match vs Sevilla. (Photo: Reuters)But a layman or someone who has missed a month or two of football might be asking. ‘That is fine. But why is he playing in the first place? With Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera in the side?’McTominay is playing because he has been fantastic whenever he has been given a chance to prove himself. Also, injuries have helped his cause. Herrera and Fellaini have been injured for a while, leaving Jose to just four proper box-to-box or holding midfielders in Pogba, McTominay, Matic and the evergreen Michael Carrick. Carrick doesn’t play always and Jesse Lingard’s impressive form has forced Jose to play an attacking midfielder — leaving two behind the attacking mid in the form of Matic and Pogba. That’s what he went with but Pogba’s form after returning from injury and inability to ‘follow’ Jose’s orders have caused some serious tension between the Frenchman and the manager — which has directly benefitted the youngster.Pogba, who started the season brilliantly for United, fizzled away after his injury and looks half the player when asked to play a role he is not comfortable with. He was found out against Mousa Dembele in the Tottenham Hotspur game and got subbed off round the hour mark. He struggled against Newcastle, failed to get a game against Huddersfield and started off the bench versus Sevilla. A huge statement from Mourinho for a player of Pogba’s stature. But the Frenchman came on when Herrera was subbed off due to an injury in the 17th minute and perhaps impressed his manager, who is so hard to please.”He had a very positive game for us against Sevilla. He took just 10 seconds to be ready to come on the pitch, and play and help the team, which he did. He showed great professionalism,” said Mourinho in Friday’s press conference.But does that change anything? Well. If I know Mourinho a little…which I feel I do, it will take some time. Jose is known to do this in order to bring out the best from a player and if that is indeed the case, Pogba has to respond because if he doesn’t, he is not starting games anytime soon. Also because, his replacement, who obeys orders and effects the game pretty well, is doing all that Jose believes a midfielder should do in the modern era.advertisement Paul Pogba started the season brilliantly for Manchester United but fizzled away after his injury. (Photo: Reuters)Pogba is a confidence player and plays best in the left of a 4-3-3 but the current United team lacks a player who can sit alongside Matic and allow him the freedom to be on the attacking third more. Jose’s 4-3-3 often becomes a 4-2-3-1, leaving Pogba to contribute more defensively than he would like, thus vacating space in the centre that the opposition has capitalised on more than one occasion. It’s a problem that will be addressed in the summer surely but for now Pogba has to adapt and play for the team because McTominay is high on confidence and if Fellaini returns, Jose won’t hesitate to bench him yet again.The game against Chelsea is a big one for the top four spot and McTominay may again get the nod ahead of Pogba to keep hold of Eden Hazard but Pogba will definitely get a game and will have a monumental role to play. And this game can make the rest of the season for young Scott and the mercurial Pogba — so, it remains to be seen, who does the job better for Mourinho at Old Trafford.Will McTominay’s dream continue? Or will Pogba be the showman he is — we shall have the answer on Sunday at the Theatre of Dreams.last_img read more

first_img2018 Champions Trophy hockey tournament will kick off with the explosive clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Breda, Netherlands on June 23.As per the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) today, besides the India-Pakistan tie, there will be two more games on the first day of the event to be held from June 23 to July 1.The India-Pakistan match will be followed by a clash between hosts and European champions Netherlands and 2016 Olympic gold medallists Argentina, while reigning World Cup, World League and Champions Trophy title holders Australia will face Rio Olympic silver medallists Belgium in the last game of the day.In line with the event qualification criteria, Netherlands, Argentina and Australia qualified for this event automatically while the other three nations were invited by the FIH Executive Board.The Men’s Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy is coming! #HCT201823 June – 1 JulyGet your tickets @KNHB_NL (@FIH_Hockey) March 15, 2018The competition in Breda is notable for many reasons, not least for the fact that it will be the last ever men’s edition of the event with an illustrious history. This heritage is reflected in the opening match, which features one of the biggest rivalries in the sport.Pakistan, the country that launched the hockey Champions Trophy back in 1978, take on arch-rivals and Asian champions India. It is a fixture that is sure to draw thousands of spectators to the venue as well as millions of fans tuning in from across the world, eagerly anticipating the latest episode of this long-running battle between two of the sport’s most successful nations.advertisementAfter the Pakistan tie, India will play Argentina on June 24 followed by games against Australia on June 27 and Belgium on June 28.Over nine days of action, which includes a rest day on June 25, all teams will be focused on reaching the final, which will be played at on July 1 with the other classification matches being played earlier in the day.This will be one of the last opportunities for these teams to play against one another competitively before the end of year men’s World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThis is a big deal. And heres why. BMWs new M5 is the first M division car to come with all-wheel drive, apart from the X5/X6 M SUVs. Thats breaking tradition, a rich motorsports-driven heritage that hung on to the front engine, rear-wheel drive formula to deliver the joy of driving. With 600bhp on tap in this new M5, that formula needed to be tweaked. The answer came in the form of M tuned all-wheel drive or M x-Drive. For purists and fans of the BMW rear-wheel drive formula, were going to launch into tech geek mode.The system, predominantly, sends torque to the rear wheels, using a clever clutch-based transfer case and an electronically locking differential (the Active M Differential) on the rear axle that can send between 0 to 100 per cent drive to a given wheel. If a slip is detected, torque can be diverted to the front wheels too. The icing is on the differential drive modes. There are 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD modes. Yup, thats 2WD, as in 2 wheel drive, as in rear-wheel drive only. The system has the ability to disable the front axle completely, only sending power to the rear.The driving modes are made further fun, by allowing the driver to only choose the latter with stability control turned completely off! And, lets remember this is 600bhp and 750Nm of torque were talking about. The engine is essentially the same S63 4.4-litre block from the previous gen F10 M5 but with 40bhp more power. This is achieved through new turbos with larger compressors, higher pressure injectors and upgraded oil pumps. The power is no longer put down via a twin-clutch gearbox, instead, a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque converter is put into use. BMW says this was done since the pros of smoother shifts and better reliability outweighed the con of marginally slower shifts.advertisement Confusingly, its based on the G30 5-Series but the new M5 is codenamed F90. Compared to the car its based on, it gets an inch wider track at the front and a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. This helps it weigh in at 1,930kg wet, which is 15kg lighter than the last gen F10 M5 even though its carrying the added weight of all-wheel drive.This is a lot of mass for sure but the all-wheel drive helps cut the 0-100kmph time from 4.4 seconds to 3.4 seconds. Youd be surprised at the way the new M5 drives. We were.At the first corner we attacked, with the M5 in 4WD mode with all the electric nannies watching, the car went into tyre-squealing understeer, then a controlled four-wheel drift when we got on the power. Okay, that vaguely front-heavy feel is typical of a high-performance all-wheel-drive car. Time to set the dynamic stability control (DSC) to the more rear biased 4WD Sport and M Dynamic mode and try again. Only, this time, holy smokes! Halfway through the corner, with a sniff of throttle, the M5 was dancing around on its rear tyres! Staying on the throttle resulted in the car straightening out smoothly, with none of the abruptness that electronics usually end the party with.These nannies sure make you feel like a driving god. We tried again with DSC switched off completely and the car made sure to let us know we werent. In 4WD Sport and 2WD modes, the M5 definitely rewards driver skill and punishes disrespect. So its not just a point-and-shoot supercar, though it can be. Set in the regular 4WD and combined with the Comfort driving mode, you could be forgiven for thinking you were piloting a regular 5-Series. Sure, the ride is stiffer but not so much so that you dread every blemish on the tarmac. At speed on a less-than-perfect expressway, the M5 still felt buttoned down. The steering gets variable M-specific servo assist, that felt perfectly weighted and more in sync with a luxury sedan, despite the massive 20-inch wheels and wide rubber. Switch to the Sport mode and you also get a fair amount of feedback from the wheel and the car starts to handle direction changes in a way that belied its size.The gearbox also lets you set three levels of ferocity with which it will shift but shifts are smooth and seamless throughout. Throttle response is outstanding and it just takes a nudge to go from 100kmph and 1,400rpm in top gear too much higher multiples of speed. If you take manual control of the gearbox, you can feel the turbo spool up to 1,800rpm, which is when peak torque comes in and pushes you back into the seat.advertisement Even in fourth gear! We found ourselves squeezing down on the throttle just to see what breaking the sound barrier must feel like. This turn of speed really is something special, especially in a luxury sedan. What will also take some getting used to are the brakes. The optional (and massive) carbon ceramics on our test car were slightly grabby but, of course, braking performance is stupendous. Coming to the elephant in the room, which is the discreet exhaust sound. Sure you can hear the angry V8 growl inside the car but thats helped by the stereo system piping sound into the cabin. For passersby, the M5 is barely discernible over traffic noise. Thats either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how youre looking at it.Incidentally, the M5 looks like it could be any other 5-Series, with larger wheels. The car we received does stand out but it is one out of just 400 First Edition cars, that come in the lovely Frozen Red paint with black wheels and dark trim. In a more conservative colour, the M5 is definitely a car that will escape most peoples notice, except the ones who know and spot the more aggressive bumpers, side air vents and M badging. We think it goes well with the sleeper image the M5 has enjoyed over the years. Inside, you get white upholstery and contrast stitching, with brilliantly supportive M Sport seats. The steering wheel, dials, heads-up display and gear lever all get M-specific cues and do enough to let you know youre driving something special.VerdictFull disclosure: I havent had the pleasure of driving the previous-gen M5 to compare. But the new M5 has proved to possess an uncanny balance going around corners, thats most unlike other high powered all-wheel-drive cars Ive driven. The engine certainly is one of the best Ive experienced so far. Whats most surprising is that neither ride comfort nor straight line performance has been compromised at the cost of the fun rear-wheel drive characteristics. It really is the ultimate do-it-all car.last_img read more

first_imgIt has been a few months since the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ which means that we’re moving closer and closer to the launch of Samsung’s next major flagship phone. Based on all the rumours and reports so far, there’s a good chance this will be the Galaxy Note 9. After the phone was benchmarked running Snapdragon 845 a couple of months ago, a new benchmark has surfaced of the phone running Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset.The Galaxy Note 9 with Samsung’s flagship Exynos 9810 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM has been spotted on Geekbench and this is the variant that will launch in most countries including India when the phone comes out. As per the listing, the Galaxy Note 9 scored 2737 and 9067 in single-core and multi-core, respectively. This is notably higher than the 2190 and 8860 that the upcoming flagship scored running a Snapdragon 845 chip. Of course, benchmark tests don’t really reflect real-world performance and we will only know how well the phone performs when it comes out.Apart from this and the fact that the Galaxy Note 9 will run Android 8.1 and will be offered with 6GB of RAM, the benchmark listing doesn’t reveal anything more. What we do know based on past reports is that Samsung is also working on a new version of its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personal digital assistant Bixby which will be seen in the upcoming Note device. Recently, the company claimed that Bixby 2.0 will offer an enhanced performance and user experience across the phone.Additionally, the Galaxy Note 9 is tipped to sport a 6.38-inch OLED Infinity Display. The phone is also expected to house a massive 3,850mAh battery along with an improved S-Pen and a better UI. Cameras could be similar to the Galaxy S9+ which suggests a dual rear camera setup along with what the company calls Dual Aperture feature. Some reports also suggest that the company could introduce a 16MP camera sensor with a f/1.4 aperture in the upcoming smartphone. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to come out some time in July.advertisementALSO READ: Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 9 in July: Reportlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it’s a matter of great pride that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match against India, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder in its cricketing journey. The Afghanistan team, who have been impressive in the shorter formats, will make their Test debut at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru tomorrow. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will be at the venue to watch the match. “It is a matter of great pride and immense pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden test match with India,” Modi said in a letter to the Afghan cricket team. Hailing the feat achieved by Afghanistan, Modi said it had come in “challenging and difficult” circumstances. This, he said, reflects the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realise aspirations for a prosperous, stable, united and a peaceful nation. “Today, cricket is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan. India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey. It is an honour for India to host the Afghan national team at home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun,” Modi said. India has also been associated with the development of cricket in Afghanistan since 2001 when the latter joined the International Cricket Council. It had also helped the country construct cricket stadiums. Several Afghan cricket players received training and coaching from Indian coaches in their formative years. Players like Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi have won hearts of millions of people in India through their performance in the IPL. PTI PR GVS GVSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWhat Is The Access Initiative?WRI is the Global Secretariat of TAI. The network, launched in the run-up to the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, now has partners in 50 countries. In each country, TAI partners carry out research and evidence-based advocacy to improve law and practice for transparent, participatory, and accountable government around issues of sustainable development. Thirty-four national coalitions took part in TAI’s 3Ds campaign. More than a year ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon likened Rio+20 to a “free-market revolution for global sustainability,” calling for the event to inspire innovations that move the world toward more sustainable pathways to economic growth and development. Later in the year, U.N. Commission for Sustainable Development Chair, Sha Zukang, explained that the main difference of Rio+20 from earlier conferences “will be the sharp focus on renewing political commitments and on implementation…” Said Sha, “My message is: come to Rio ready to commit.”The Rio+20 conference wrapped up on June 22nd, so the big question is: Did governments come through with these serious commitments?Overall, the conference has been criticized for falling short of its goals, but one particular high point is countries’ actions to improve governance, especially regarding Principle 10. This “environmental democracy principle,” established at the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992, states that environmental issues are best solved with participation from all interested citizens. Several countries moved forward in embracing this important sustainable development principle during Rio+20. However, understanding how nations got to this place—and what the commitments mean—requires some backstory. The Three Demands CampaignThe Access Initiative (TAI), a global network facilitated by WRI that promotes access to information, public participation, and justice in matters impacting the environment and development, launched the Three Demands (3Ds) Campaign in July of 2011. TAI saw Rio+20 as a chance for individual countries to re-affirm their commitment to Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration and take new, innovative steps to implement this cornerstone of environmental governance. Through the 3Ds campaign, TAI partners and their networks identified the most important steps needed in each country to improve public involvement in environmental decision-making—from forest management to pollution control, from project-level decisions to formation of law and regulation.As the formal process continued throughout the next year, U.N. member states signaled their commitment to open and participatory governance in multiple versions of “The Future We Want,” Rio+20’s formal outcome document. Further, in one of the more interesting developments to emerge from the process, more than one “Compendium of Commitments” has been developed to make note of governments’ and institutions’ pledges, including an official process led by UNDESA as well as a “Cloud of Commitments,” launched by NRDC. (See the earlier blog post I wrote for more information on these initiatives.) These interfaces might help to energize implementation and accountability.The ResultsIn total, more than a dozen countries where TAI is engaged signaled their intent to improve implementation of Principle 10. On June 19th, 2012, TAI, the network’s Brazil partners, Fundação Getulio Vargas-Rio Program on Law and Environment, and the United Nations Economic Programme hosted “Choosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance,” an event which showcased governments’ commitments to improve governance. Highlights include:Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Convention on Principle 10: Led by Chile and the Economic Commission for Latin America (UNECLAC), so far 10 countries have signed onto a declaration to launch a process negotiating a regional convention on access to information, public participation, and access to justice. Countries publicly supporting this declaration include Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. In an era where multilateralism in the environmental arena is seen as increasingly rare, this declaration is a notable exception.Ireland: As a result of pressure from Irish NGOs, many of which are led by members of the TAI coalition, the Irish Government expressed its intent to ratify the Aarhus Convention (formally the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation, and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters). On June 21st, it became the final European Union member state to ratify the convention.Indonesia: TAI partners made a number of recommendations to their government as a part of the 3 demands campaign. While the commitment was formally registered into the process for the Open Government Partnership, one of Indonesia’s commitments around access to information was articulated in the 3Ds campaign. Additionally, in the weeks preceding Rio+20, the Chief Justice of the Indonesian Supreme Court, following the release of the 3Ds by TAI partners led by ICEL, the Chief Justice has issued several measures to improve access to justice, including decrees establishing and implementing environmental judges certification.South Africa: Similar to Indonesia, South African TAI partners issued a number of demands and had one of them integrated into the Open Government Partnership—specifically, the launch of a feasibility study for an Open Environmental Data plan.UNEP: In a presentation to the “Choosing Our Future” audience, UNEP’s Achim Steiner, represented by staff, committed to advance Principle 10 through: creating programs to implement the 2010 Bali Guidelines on Principle 10; improving Principle 10 implementation within UNEP’s internal processes; and providing continuous support to the application of Principle 10 internationally, including through international and/or regional treaties and within the Eye on Earth Community.Looking to the FutureMoving forward, it is hoped that the commitments process will continue as a rolling process— perhaps in the high-level forum currently being established. Continuing this process is an opportunity to make Rio+20 and the institutions it established more than just a simple talk shop and actually create real change.We know that in the coming months, TAI partners will work to ensure that further commitments are submitted by governments, whether through the formal Rio+20 commitment process (open for the entirety of 2012) or through other arrangements, such as the Open Government Partnership. Just as importantly, we will be there to continue to track implementation and execution, whether or not commitments are formally entered into any official registry.last_img read more

first_imgThis piece originally appeared in The Guardian.Big business seemed to be everywhere at Rio+20, arguably more visible than the 100 or so heads of state and government, who arrived for the final few days.Hundreds of business initiatives were announced through groups including Business Action for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact’s Corporate Sustainability Forum. And the corporate leaders who flocked to Brazil made all the right noises. “We have to bring this world back to sanity and put the greater good ahead of self-interest,” Unilever CEO Paul Polman told the Guardian.But how much substance lies below the surface of these declarations?The disappointing reality is that while a few of the business initiatives offer the promise of progress towards a more sustainable and inclusive global economy, most were incremental and unambitious. For a sector that prides itself on innovation, global companies largely failed to offer ideas commensurate with the challenges of climate change and over-use of natural resources.Why, with so much business firepower at Rio, was this the case? We suggest three reasons:First, the global financial crisis is stifling business activity and distracting CEO attention from what are (wrongly) viewed as longer-term challenges, such as sustainability. The same pre-occupation is true of governments, who underachieved as much, if not more, than business did at Rio. This is a missed opportunity as integrating sustainability into business plans can actually be part of pro-growth economic strategy, as GE, Siemens, Unilever, and many other companies are showing.Second, increasingly multilateral global forums are not the settings for breakthrough innovation, tending to settle for lowest common denominator outcomes. More likely to make a difference are bottom-up solutions where companies, governments at all levels, and other constituents, such as NGOs and development banks, work as partners to solve specific sustainability problems. Sectors such as clean energy and water supply, in particular, lend themselves to such an approach.Third, governments matter. Companies beholden to shareholders will only go so far on their own in embracing sustainable practices. While business is increasingly active in shaping the sustainable development agenda, governments must provide the paradigm-changing policies and incentives needed for global green markets and investments to flourish.Fossil fuel subsidies, the subject of civil society protests at Rio, are a good case in point. Such subsidies dissuade energy companies from diversifying from coal and gas into cleaner, lower-emission sources and hold back the global growth of renewables. Yet governments declined to use the once-in-a-generation sustainable development summit as an opportunity to make progress on fossil fuel subsidy reform.Potential for ProgressAll this said, Rio+20 did produce some business-related outcomes with real potential for action on the ground, depending on sufficient follow-up progress.Valuing Natural AssetsFirst were the multiple efforts by global corporations to do something about their huge impact on natural resources. The Natural Capital Leadership Compact, signed by 15 global companies, urged action to properly value and maintain the Earth’s natural capital; the Natural Capital Declaration saw similar commitments from 39 banks, insurers and investors; and an additional 24 companies, worth a collective $500bn (£403bn), reinforced the importance of accounting for natural capital as a business imperative.More specifically, 45 chief executives, who belong to the Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, announced commitments to improve water management practices and pursuing public-private partnerships to solve the global water crisis.Unfortunately, governments at Rio stepped back from the more ambitious proposals to embrace a GDP-plus approach to national accounting that incorporates natural assets. This is an area where forward-looking businesses can take the lead.Corporate Disclosure and ReportingAlthough the final Rio communiqué watered down a proposed requirement for large companies to report on sustainability, it still provided a push for voluntary global disclosure of private sector impacts. Also welcome was the UK government’s announcement that, in April 2013, it will introduce regulations to require publicly listed companies to fully report their greenhouse gas emissions – a move supported by Cisco, PepsiCo and Aviva Investors, among others.Sustainable Transport FinanceWhile the groundbreaking commitment by eight multilateral development banks to provide $175bn (£112bn) over 10 years towards sustainable transport in developing countries was not a business-led initiative, it could help kick-start smarter and more innovative public-private sector co-operation, in a sector responsible for about one-quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions.With initiatives like these, Rio provided modest progress on some areas, but the clock is ticking down to a time when humanity breaches Earth’s ecological limits with unknown consequences.New ideas and enhanced cooperation between governments, the private sector, and civil society are needed now if we are to avoid this daunting scenario. Business must help lead this effort by doing what it does best – thinking up innovative solutions that can change the world and setting time-bound targets to bring them to scale.last_img read more

first_imgQuinton de Kock’s swashbuckling century inspired South Africa to beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system at Kingsmead on Sunday to secure a winning 3-0 lead in their five-match one-day international series.After South Africa had been put into bat, De Kock smashed 121 off 108 balls at the top of the innings — his 14th ODI hundred — as they went on to make 331-5 off their 50 overs.Sri Lanka, set a revised target of 193 after a rain delay, fell a long way short, managing to score only 121-5 off 24 overs in reply.Sri Lanka had already been falling behind the required over rate at 75-2 off 16 overs when a rain storm took the players off for a two-hour break, after which the visitors were set a Herculean target of 118 runs off just eight overs to win.It’s all over at Kingsmead! Congratulations to the Proteas on their 71-run win via the DLS method. Sri Lanka could only manage 121/5. That’s a series victory for South Africa with 2 matches to spare! Take a bow, you BEAUTIES!#ProteaFire #SAvSL South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 10, 2019Kusal Mendis was caught and bowled by Imran Tahir for 41 just as Sri Lanka looked set to take on the challenge but despite the best efforts of Thisara Perera, who swung at every ball, the tourists were always fighting a losing cause.De Kock had earlier announced his intent with a four off the first ball of the game and kept up the attack before eventually getting to three figures off 89 balls, having fallen just short in the last ODI in Pretoria last Wednesday when he scored 94.advertisementRassie van der Dussen added 50 and a cameo from Andile Phehlukwayo, who hit 38 off 15 at the end of the innings, ensured South Africa went past 300 as they continued their World Cup preparations with some aplomb.Sri Lanka lost key batsman Kusal Perera early on in the game when he looked to have hurt his hamstring in the field and was taken to hospital for scans.Officials said he would not have been able to bat had he been needed but it is unsure how serious the injury is.South Africa and Sri Lanka will play the fourth match of the series in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.Also Read | West Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to EnglandAlso Read | Australia gun down 359 vs India to complete their highest successful chase in ODIsAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgThe first week of the Indian Premier League has seen some nail-biting encounters and one team that has ensured edge-of-the-seat entertainment is Kolkata Knight Riders. Having won both their games so far, they have come here to take on the Delhi Capitals in their third game of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league at the Feroze Shah Kotla.While KKR have been on a roll, Delhi Capitals have had a mixed fate. While they thrashed Mumbai Indians in their opening game, they lost to Chennai Super Kings at home in their second game. Going into their third game of the season, DC will want to put the campaign back on track and avoid getting stuck like in the last few seasons.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?advertisementYou can follow our coverage here – & are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?Delhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant (wk), Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane RutherfordKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Shubman Gill, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Yarra Prithviraj.Also Read | Trent Boult on Mankading incident: We should play in the right spiritAlso Read | IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch KXIP vs MI Live StreamingAlso Read | You destroyed my day David: Sanju Samson tells Warner after SRH thrash RRlast_img read more

first_imgIowa health officials are issuing a public warning about fake but very dangerous pain killers that have popped up in the state.Dr. Edward Bottei of the Poison Control Center in Sioux City says they’re made to look like legitimate pills.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..taken in overdose.” :18People who get these counterfeit pills may believe they’re buying oxycodone rather than fentanyl, a more powerful opioid that’s 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin.Bottei says just touching the pills or inhaling as a bag or bottle of the pills is opened can be serious.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..on the street.” :05Officials in the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation say cases involving the use and sale of these sometimes-deadly pills in Iowa have been confirmed through lab tests, but they aren’t saying how many cases are under investigation.Lab tests have confirmed the illegal drug “pink” has been sold and used in Iowa as well.Pink is at least seven times more powerful than morphine.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……from taking these.” :18In addition, police and first responders in Iowa are being reminded to take precautions when responding to overdoses or handling unknown pills, as the mere exposure to “pink” and synthetic forms of fentanyl can be dangerous.Radio Iowalast_img read more



first_imgEmmanuel Ogbah summed it up nicely for all of us on Friday after he was taken with the No. 32 pick in the NFL Draft.“I had no idea I was going to be a Cleveland Brown,” Ogbah told According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ogbah didn’t meet with the Browns during the lead up to the Draft.Lol I just can’t get away from orange!!haha✊??— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) April 30, 2016In the end, No. 38 was too difficult to pass on.“We had a first-round grade on him so we were hopeful and really pleased leaving last night that he sat there waiting on us,” VP Sashi Brown said. “And we had some debate today about whether or not we trade out and frankly the player was just too good to pass up on any other opportunities that were there. We actually thought he could go as early as middle of the first round …”“The guy’s 6-foot-4 and he’s 275 pounds and has 4.6 speed. He’s had 24 sacks in the last two years,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “That was the best guy sitting there and he was too good to pass up. So this guy brings a dynamic on defense.”Here’s Ogbah getting that first call from his new defensive coordinator.”Our word up here is ‘work’”Listen to @EmanOgbah’s first call with DC Ray Horton. #BrownsDraft— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 30, 2016“I will play whatever position the Cleveland Browns want me to play,” Ogbah said on a conference call. “I will rush standing up. I will rush with my hands on the ground. Whatever they want me to do, I will do it.”He added that it’s not the football part that worries him.“The biggest part about transitioning to the NFL will just be having all that money,” said Ogbah. “I’ve never had that money before so I don’t know what I will be able to do with it. Also, learning how to say no. That’s what a lot of vets tell me.”It was cool to see Ogbah go in the first 32 picks. It was not cool to see him go to Cleveland. Here are my extended thoughts on the whole thing.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mike Gundy spoke to the media on Monday in front of the Pittsburgh game. Here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of what he touched on following Oklahoma State’s 44-7 throttling of South Alabama.• Said Pitt is “similar, scheme-wise” in all three phases to last year.• Said OSU has been pretty good on first down on defense, which pleases him.• OSU has won 9 of 11 on the road, attributed success to having a veteran QB and preparation techniques. “Maturity of the program would be the leading contributor to success on the road.”• Said he mentioned throughout the summer that OSU doesn’t have a big-timer on defense but he loves the speed and depth. “We might have to have some of those guys playing a little more” without Calvin Bundage for a half and with Kenneth Edison-McGruder day to day.• Said Kirk Tucker “is a veteran guy and understands commitment.” With Kevin Henry out, Gundy said “We may shuffle a few guys around to balance out that depth chart.”• Hopes football doesn’t get into the world basketball lives in regarding transfers. Says Gyasi Akem and Tucker are a great example of two players who are getting a chance who wouldn’t have if they had transferred.• Pitt believes in “being very physical.” His mentality is the Big 10. “They’re in an attack mode.” Said they do a good job with their schemes and have some younger players playing. Regardless of what happens, “you go on the road and beat the team that won the national championship, you’re a pretty good team” (Pitt won at Clemson last year).• On Pitt’s sweeps and motions: “It’s all about assignment and gap responsibility. It’s a good system.” Compared it to read-option football. Said the movement is a lot like what him and Les Miles did at OSU together.• Said the home-away-home-away scheduling is “above my pay grade.” ?• Said “teams we play know that” about having young corners but that they are coming along and that “minimizing big plays is important.” Said there’s give and take. Unless you have NFL guys, you sometimes give up either long or short stuff.• Said he was “surprised at the way South Alabama defended us last week.” Didn’t think they would try to load up the box and play press. Noted that teams usually just stay in their stuff and do what they do.• Didn’t see any Big 12 games but saw some scores. He was turtle hunting and skeet shooting instead of watching the OU-Ohio State game. “Looked like Oklahoma pretty much dominated that game.”• On the turtles: “Gotta sneak up on them a little bit.”• Said Ateman has “not missed a beat.” Use him near the goal line because “he’s a big body guy” and he was a good basketball player. “A good weapon for us when we get in the red zone.”• On Ammendola: “We’d be better off taking 15-yard penalties” to back him up. Says issue with kickers is getting mentally whacked out, but he’s good at staying focused. Broke down why he’s better from deep but, “I’m certainly no expert in the kicking area.” Dropped an “outsider looking in.”• Said his team is excited about playing in a NFL venue and admitted he’s excited about seeing a “pretty cool” venue like Pittsburgh.last_img read more