The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Time keeps ticking as the Arizona Cardinals continue their search for a new head coach. One of those candidates left sitting and waiting patiently is current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Most coaches and coordinators have hobbies they enjoy during the offseason to help get their mind off the game. Horton’s happens to be different than most — he enjoys flying planes. “For me it’s just relaxation and something I’ve always wanted to do,” Horton said after a recent flying session. “I don’t know if it’s a male thing or not but you know you look up as a kid and you see planes and birds and you think, ‘why can’t man fly?’ “I just had the opportunity last year during the lockout and I did and it was amazing. It’s so much easier than I thought and so much more peaceful.”The defensive coordinator revealed his unique hobby to me after practice one day and mentioned he has his pilot’s license. He joked about being a good pilot. “You’re more than welcome to come along some day,” he said. As the offseason began and Horton’s future in Arizona in limbo, I started to think about his offer because he also said it’s something he does because it’s relaxing for him. What better time to join him on a flight than in the midst of a head coaching search when peace and relaxation could be at a premium?? My thoughts exactly…“With our schedule I try to fly every other Friday just to stay proficient at it. It’s one of those skills you can lose and get rusty at it,” Horton said when asked how he fits flying in with the busy schedule of an NFL coach. “So during the season twice a month and then during the offseason, this is the first offseason since I’ve had my license, so I don’t know.” Horton said he’s enjoyed flying in Phoenix, Flagstaff and even in the Pittsburgh area. He’s flown during the night, logged cross-country hours and continues to improve, but admits there’s still learning to do. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I’ve been probably flying twice a week where I actually go fly somewhere. I’m still a novice at it and learning. Michael Bidwill, the Cardinals owner, is a pilot and he says you’re always learning. It’s not really a license to fly; it’s a license to learn, because you’re always learning something. You should learn something every flight.”That statement from Horton should not be a surprise to anybody who has spent time covering the coordinator during his two years in Arizona. One could have guessed he’s as meticulous and detail-oriented when flying a plane as he is at breaking down offenses in the NFL. Horton sees something he wants and goes after it without hesitation. He finished his ten-year playing career in the NFL in 1992 and has been a coach in the league ever since, including seven successful years with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining Arizona in 2011. So what was different about flying? Why wait until he was 50 years old to get his pilot’s license?“Because of the time it takes. It would be hard to do that on your five weeks of summer vacation that you get,” he said. “I don’t think I would’ve had the time to devote during the season during the offseason of scouting and playbook and it just happened when the lockout came that everything was locked down for whatever that period was.” – / 4 Horton said it takes 60 hours total between flight and ground school. “I started May 1 and basically got it right before training camp. Basically it was May, June, July; a three-month process to get it which was amazing but I flew twice a day sometimes.”For a coach that doesn’t like to sit still, this coaching search may lead to a few more flying opportunities as it drags on. Horton would argue he uses his flight time as something fun to do and not an activity to relieve a little stress that comes with the unknown of a coaching search.“I’m not stressed,” he said laughing. “Why would I be stressed? I have no worries in my life.”He’s proven to be pretty good at breaking down offenses and now proven to me that he’s pretty good at flying, too. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
Eurosport is to make its mobile streaming app available to Android users for the first time today, and has signed up Samsung as its exclusive launch partner.Users will be able to download the Eurosport Player app to access live simulcasts of Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Customers will be able to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as live cycling from the Tour de France, motorsports, football, snooker, wintersports and live tennis action from US Open tennis Grand Slam.To promote the app, Samsung customers who purchase a Galaxy SIII phone will receive a month long promotional subscription to the Eurosport Player app. Samsung is also extending its promotion with Eurosport during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In India’s sixth-largest city, lines for water snake around city blocks, restaurants are turning away customers and a man was killed in a brawl over water. Chennai, with a population of almost 10 million, is nearly out of water. In much of India, municipal water, drawn from reservoirs or groundwater, typically runs for only a couple of hours each day. That’s the norm year-round. The affluent fill tanks on their roofs; the poor fill jerrycans and buckets. But in Chennai this summer, the water is barely flowing at all. The government has dispatched water tankers to residential areas to fill the void. Still, some people in especially hard-hit areas have vacated their homes and moved in with relatives or friends. Satellite images of the city’s largest reservoir, Puzhal Lake, taken one year apart, reveal a chilling picture. Since June 2018, the lake has shrunk significantly. Puzhal is one of the four rain-fed reservoirs that supply water to most parts of Chennai. Another picture shows the parched bed of Chembarambakkam Lake, another major reservoir. Its cracked surface is covered with dead fish. “It’s shocking but not surprising,” says Tarun Gopalakrishnan, a climate change expert at the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment. He says the crisis in Chennai is the result of “a toxic mix of bad governance and climate change.”Rains have become more erratic because of climate change. That, coupled with a delayed arrival of the seasonal monsoon, which usually comes in June, has all but dried up the city’s water supply. Government data show that the storage level in the four lakes combined is less than one-hundredth of what it was at this time last year. A severe heat wave gripping most of India, including Chennai, has aggravated conditions.What’s happening in Chennai could easily happen anywhere across India, Gopalakrishnan says. A 2018 government think tank report projected that 21 major Indian cities, including the capital, New Delhi, and India’s IT hub, Bengaluru, will “run out of groundwater as soon as 2020.” Approximately 100 million people would be affected, the report predicts.In Chennai, residents are scrambling to conserve water.”We stopped using showers for bathing. We use buckets so that we can ration the amount of water,” says 33-year-old university professor Nivash Shanmugkam. His family also avoids using a washing machine for its laundry and washes clothes by hand as much as possible.Public institutions are suffering. Hospitals and nursing homes are charging more for services to cover the increased cost of water, according to the local press. There are also reports that toilets at schools are dirty due to a lack of water.A scuffle over water turned deadly for a 33-year-old man when he tried to stop another man and his sons from siphoning large amounts of water from a public tank this month.Businesses and offices have been affected too. Amit Agarwal, a 28-year-old IT professional in Chennai, has been working from home for the past few days because there is no water in the bathrooms in his office. Many tech companies have been advising employees to do the same.In Chennai’s shopping malls, restrooms are operational only on some floors.The rich can buy additional deliveries of water from private tankers, sometimes at exorbitant rates. Poor people living in slums simply can’t afford to pay.The response of the government of Tamil Nadu, the state whose capital is Chennai, has ranged from downplaying the extent of the crisis to praying to the rain gods. “There has been a water shortage in several areas due to monsoon deficit. The government is taking several steps,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami told reporters on Friday.Those steps include a special train that will soon begin transporting 10 million liters of water per day – that’s about 2.6 million gallons — to Chennai from another part of the state. After initially turning down donations, Tamil Nadu has accepted an offer of aid of 2 million liters of drinking water from a neighboring state, Kerala.Opposition politicians in Tamil Nadu are staging protests. Dozens of women carrying colorful plastic water pots with slogans written on them gathered in Chennai this week to criticize the government for its handling of the water crisis. One thing that could have possibly averted this acute water shortage? Rainwater harvesting. In 2002, the government of Tamil Nadu passed legislation that mandated rainwater-harvesting structures on all buildings, including private homes, in the city. The goal: to capture rainwater and store it for later use. It was a revolutionary idea. When the city got hit with heavy monsoon rains a few years later, rainwater harvesting raised the water table enough to last the city until 2016, says Sekhar Raghavan, director of the Chennai-based nonprofit The Rain Centre. But the government failed to monitor the rainwater-harvesting structures, which meant a lot of them didn’t work properly. “This is a wake-up call for the government and citizens,” he says.Raghavan says he’s now getting calls from people asking about how they can properly harvest every drop of rainwater. Anticipating inadequate rainfall and planning for acute water shortages are further complicated by climate change.”The fear associated with climate change is not the fear of knowing that everything is going to be worse,” says Gopalakrishnan. “It’s the fear of not knowing.”While they may not necessarily light ceremonial fires for rain like their elected leaders, Chennai residents will nevertheless be praying for a downpour soon. NPR correspondent Lauren Frayer contributed to this report from New Delhi. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
David Cameron’s new government will include a campaigning disabled MP and a former minister for disabled people from the last time the Tories had an absolute Commons majority, 18 years ago.The prime minister announced this week that Robert Halfon, the disabled MP for Harlow, had been appointed a vice-chairman of the Conservative party, but also a minister without portfolio and member of the Cabinet.Halfon (pictured) is known as a campaigning MP – with successful campaigns on cuts to fuel duty and to tax on bingo – and was previously parliamentary private secretary to the chancellor, George Osborne.The new minister for disabled people is the North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.Tomlinson, who did not respond to a request from Disability News Service for an interview this week, does not appear to have a significant previous interest in disability issues.He was a member of 25 all-party parliamentary groups in the last parliament, including groups for heritage railway, Taiwan, speedway, the video games industry, beer, libraries, betting and gaming, and family businesses, but not the all-party disability group.His website points to his success in parliament on issues such as school sport, business, banking, libraries and housing development, but not disability.Tomlinson was previously owner of a marketing company and is also a former nightclub manager.But despite his lack of a track record on disability issues, Tomlinson’s constituency office in Swindon appears to be far more accessible than that of his predecessor as disabled people’s minister, Mark Harper, who has become the government’s chief whip.A member of staff in the office in Swindon that Tomlinson shares with Swindon South MP Robert Buckland – on the first floor of a building with a lift – said accessibility had been one of the “top priorities” when they chose the location.She said: “It was high on my agenda and their agenda. It had to be accessible to all.”Meanwhile, Cameron has appointed a veteran former minister for disabled people to lead the government’s health and care reforms.Alistair Burt was minister for disabled people between 1995 and 1997, and was a popular Foreign Office minister in the coalition, before being sacked in 2013 following parliament’s vote against military action in Syria.He said in a statement: “I am honoured to have been entrusted with an important portfolio spanning care and health services.“There are some huge tasks awaiting for the department and the wider system, not least the delivery of aspects of the Care Act, the better integration of health and care services, and the enhanced attention to be paid to the provision of mental health support.“The work done within the areas for which I am responsible touch on the lives of many people, and I believe it is an extraordinary sector full of remarkable individuals.“I am looking forward to listening to those involved and doing all I can to ensure the government plays its full part in the further development of vital services.”Cameron also appointed the former education secretary Michael Gove – who has previously spoken out in favour of reintroducing the death penalty – as his new justice secretary, with responsibility for scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a new bill of rights.And the new employment minister, replacing Esther McVey – who lost her seat last week – is a similarly divisive figure, the right-wing Witham MP Priti Patel, an economics graduate and former communications executive who served as exchequer secretary to the Treasury in the last government, and has also spoken out in support of the reintroduction of capital punishment.Patel said in a statement: “Employment and earning a salary gives families security and our long term economic plan will continue to reward work.“I look forward to working with Iain [Duncan Smith] and others to deliver our manifesto and help more people into employment.”Duncan Smith remains as work and pensions secretary, with responsibility for the government’s welfare reform programme and finding another £12 billion a year in cuts to social security spending.Lord [David] Freud remains as welfare reform minister.
Have you ever stopped to wonder why you buy some products and leave others sitting on the shelf? How do we decide between all the options we have every single day, when the majority of the time we have little to no first-hand experience with the products we’re deciding between?What makes you finally decide to try a new restaurant, use a new toothpaste or switch to a new piece of software? The answer lies largely in the types of words used to sell the product or service.Maybe you’ve never realized it, but words play a huge role in helping our brains decide which products to buy. There are tons of variables, but one thing has been proven time and time again — certain words sell better. They just do.So here you go, here are 10 words customers love to hear when making a decision:1. Free.If you think “free” is sleazy and overused, think again. People love free, plain and simple. You can give practically anything away for free, no matter how small, and you’ll grab people’s attention.Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout points this out using a study where the researchers asked people to choose between a Lindt truffle for $0.15 — which is a heck of a deal — or a Hershey Kiss for $0.01. An amazing 73 percent chose the Lindt truffle.Then they asked another group to choose between a Lindt truffle for $0.14 — again, a heck of a deal) — or a Hershey Kiss for free. This time, 69 percent wanted the Hershey Kiss. Why? Because everyone loves free stuff.2. Exclusive.Everyone want to be in the “in” crowd. When you make your product exclusive — only available to a select group — you make people want it even more. You can exchange the word exclusive with other words or phrases — members only, invitation only, first, insider — everyone will still want in.Related: Use These 10 Words in Conversation to Get What You Want3. Easy.As sad as it is, Mayberry doesn’t exist anymore, at least in most parts of the world. Life is complicated, and we also might be just a smidgen on the lazy side. So anytime we hear that something is simple or easy to do, we’re drawn to it.I’ve helped conduct surveys where customers were asked what their top purchase factors were in buying a piece of software, and “easy-to-use” was in the top three. When in doubt, don’t flex the complexity muscle. Features are good, but not when they sacrifice simplicity.4. Limited.Oh, how we hate missing out. It can be as simple as bobble heads at a local minor league baseball game, and if they say the first 100 people get one free, suddenly those bobble heads are more appealing. I mean, what are you even going to do with a bobble head? Who cares. It’s a great deal, and you have to make a decision now before it’s too late, so you’re in.5. Get.HubSpot cites a test conducted by Encyclopedia Brittanica where they replaced a headline that was a question with a headline that started with the word “get.” Conversions doubled.I don’t have a research-backed explanation for this, but I would say it’s because get is an action word that psychologically puts the reader in charge and prepares them for action. Get is also typically followed by a benefit. Get a flat stomach in six weeks. Get better grades with less studying. Get the freshest, cleanest haircut in town. You get the picture.You can also use other verbs like claim, start, try, grab or give.6. Guaranteed.With so much fraud in the world today, authenticity is a legitimate concern your customers have. Using the right words can give them the reassurance they need to pull the trigger.Related: 5 Four-Letter Words That Persuade CustomersYou’ve likely seen this everywhere — because it works. The key, though, is to actually be able to back up your guarantee. If your product doesn’t have a guarantee, returns aren’t hassle-free, or your results aren’t proven, don’t say it. It may work in the short-term, but it’ll bite you down the road. That said, if you don’t offer a guarantee, maybe it’s time to do so.Other words you can use to provide assurance are proven, results, no obligation, risk-free, hassle-free and secure.7. You.When you’re writing sales copy, or anything intended to persuade, use first-person language. It makes the reader’s, or listener’s, ears perk up a bit. And — on an unconscious level — it makes them feel special.Using “you” makes your writing conversational, and it brings your voice down to a friendly level where you can actually make a connection.8. Because.This one’s interesting. Gregory Ciotti cites studies in the book Influence by Robert Cialdini by using interesting scenarios. One that sticks out is where different phrases were tested to see which one would make people most inclined to allow someone to break in line at the copy machine.”Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine?” — 60 percent allowed the person to cut in line.”I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine, because I am in a rush?” — 94 percent allowed the person to cut in line.”Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make copies?” — 93 percent allowed the person to cut in line.Notice that by simply hearing a “because,” followed by a reason, nearly everyone decided the person could get in front of them in line. The reasons given weren’t even legitimate reasons. Because I have to make copies? Everyone in line had to make copies — that’s why they were there.The thing to remember is that human brains love explanations. We need to know why. Why do I need that feature? Because it will help me get ____.Tie your product, features and the actions you want people to take in with a reason, and people will be more compelled to take action.9. Best.Which sounds better? “How to Change a Flat Tire” or “The Best Way the Change a Flat Tire.”It’s a no-brainer, really. Think about how many times you’ve Googled something, only to get frustrated during the search, so you go back and add the word “best” in front of your search. Maybe it’s just me, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one.It’s as if “best” is a sacred word that’s only awarded to the truly great, so you can count on anything labeled as the best. We all know that’s not true, but to call something the best implies that at some point there was a comparison, and this one came out on top.Related: Want to Be Successful? Be the Best at What You Do.But please, don’t be deceptive with this. If you’re not truly the best, or you can’t get people to call you the best without coercion, keep working to actually be the best at what you do. Don’t just slap that label on yourself without validation.10. Compare.With social media and as many review sites and blogs as there are today, practically everyone makes comparisons before making a decision.Ford vs. ChevroletPampers vs. HuggiesCharmin vs CottonelleHubspot vs. MarketoWe want to know who the top players are, and then we want to see them side-by-side. Use that to your advantage by telling your readers to compare your quality, ease of use, price, etc., to your competitor’s. Even better, make it easy on them by doing the comparison yourself.When you openly show them the difference between your product and your competitors, you take that work off of them, and they’ll be grateful for that. 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