7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love our national parks, so when I had a chance to visit the Everglades during NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference, I jumped at the chance.As you can see, I had a chance to hold a young alligator. Luckily, the picture does not show my blood pressure or my shaking legs.The park ranger noted an interesting fact. While many are terrified of alligators, gators kill far fewer people each year than vending machines. In fact, 38 people have fallen victim to vending machines since 1978. I can’t get alligator vs. vending machine statistics, but allegedly, alligators killed 9 people from 1999 through 2014.So the ranger may very well be correct.Now, that’s not the whole story.I’m guessing most of you have at least one vending machine where you work. And I’m hoping that most of you do not have an alligator inside your office. So people interact with far more vending machines than alligators every day.But still, the perceived risk between the two is interesting. What scares us more? continue reading »
Firefighters work at the site of a building leveled by a gas explosion in Szczyrk, Poland on Dec. 4. AGENCJA GAZETA/GRZEGORZ CELEJEWSKI/VIA REUTERS Around 100 firemen and 50 policeofficers were on the scene, a state broadcaster said.(Reuters) The bodies of three adults and twochildren have been found in the rubble so far, they added. Poland – Five people died after a three-story building in the southernPolish ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed on Wednesday following a gas explosion,local authorities said. Up to eight people could have been inthe building and firemen are continuing to search for other victims, accordingto authorities.
—Javier Báez homered twice, doubled and scored on a deft dive to the plate, Alec Mills went six solid innings, and the Chicago Cubs extended their strong opening surge, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5. Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. —Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. —Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run single during a five-run third inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth consecutive game, 5-2 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Yonny Chirinos became the second consecutive Rays starter to go four strong innings after missing part of summer camp following a positive covid-19 test, allowing one run and four hits. MLB-MARLINS-VIRUSMLB suspends Marlins’ season through weekend amid outbreak COLLEGE FOOTBALL-EARLY STARTTeams allowed to begin season earlyUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29. Associated Press July 29, 2020 — Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Peko is a fifth-year pro who was in his second stint with the Broncos. A year ago, Peko left the Buffalo Bills’ training camp to be with his wife as she battled cancer. The couple later said she was cancer free. — The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. — Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season. The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.—The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony McFarland.—The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting receiver Deebo Samuel on the non-football injury list after foot surgery and they say he might miss the start of the season. Samuel suffered a fracture in his left foot last month during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and the timeline for his return remains unknown. Update on the latest sports MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has come up with a patchwork schedule for the remainder of the week due to a virus outbreak that has sickened half of the Miami Marlins team. MLB suspended the Marlins’ season through Sunday. The Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the pandemic until Friday.The league said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives involving on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins. But that’s not reassuring to players. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he’s found it difficult to focus on baseball at all during the last couple of days. Braun said MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.In other MLB news:— Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles’ expense. The fracas occurred after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw high-and-tight pitches to Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the sixth inning. The Dodgers led 5-2 after a five-run fifth when Kelly, who was with Boston in 2017 and also faced Houston that postseason, threw behind Bregman for ball four. — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has returned to the team after being isolated for 24 hours with COVID-19 symptoms. He passed MLB’s virus protocol and arrived at Progressive Field about an hour before the White Sox played their first road game this season and a doubleheader against the Indians. Renteria woke up Monday with a “slight cough and nasal congestion” and went to a Cleveland hospital for tests as a precautionary measure. BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. The source says Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.In other NFL developments:— New Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce has opted out of the 2020 season because of concern about the coronavirus. Pierce has asthma. He flew to Minnesota to meet with the team on Tuesday before making his final decision. Pierce signed a three-year contract that included $18 million in guaranteed money. He will receive a $350,000 stipend for the season because he’s considered a non-voluntary absence. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-BLUE JAYS-NATIONALS2 more HRs, 3 unearned runs help Blue Jays drop Nats to 1-4WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season. Washington’s miscues Tuesday included two outfielders colliding on Guerrero’s homer, two errors by Starlin Castro that led to three unearned runs, and just one hit after the third inning. Austin Voth took the loss. In other action:— Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs in his Target Field debut with Minnesota, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their home opener. Homer Bailey pitched five innings for the victory in his first start for the Twins. Polanco’s drive capped a five-run second for the Twins, who began their 60th season in Minnesota.—Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Oscar Mercado had a two-run single and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night. Cleveland won the opener 4-3 behind a career-high nine strikeouts by Aaron Civale and home runs from Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer. —Adam Frazier hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. A day after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth in what became an 11-inning loss, Pittsburgh delivered a bit of payback thanks to a shaky performance by the Milwaukee bullpen. Cole Tucker went 2 for 4 for the Pirates.—J.D. Davis banged a two-run homer off the Pesky Pole, and left-hander David Peterson pitched 5 2/3 innings to win his major league debut and lead the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Mets swept the two-game series and sent the Red Sox to their fourth consecutive loss. The teams now move to New York for another two games at Citi Field. — The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in 2017. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal. — The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. NFL-PATRIOTS-HIGHTOWERPatriots’ Hightower opts out — Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that two people familiar with the deal say is worth $135 million over five years. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. ESPN was the first to report on the deal. The Chargers confirmed Bosa has agreed to the extension but did not disclose financial terms. NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSONZion Williamson practicing, could play in Pelicans’ openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to New Orleans Pelicans practice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday night and coach Alvin Gentry said the NBA’s top overall draft pick might play when the club resumes its season against Utah on Thursday night.Gentry said Williamson will play if he’s ready. Gentry said Williamson, who left the team on July 16 to attend to a family medical matter, was held out of five-on-five drills and limited largely to three- and five-man sets with no defenders. The Pelicans have another practice scheduled on Wednesday. After Williamson missed New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from right knee surgery, the former Duke star averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his first 19 NBA contests before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season in March. LOUISVILLE-NCAA RESPONSELouisville receives extension to respond to NCAA allegationsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has requested and received a 45-day extension to respond to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that accused the men’s basketball program of committing a Level I violation for an improper recruiting offer and several Level II violations. The notice included an accusation former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. The school received its notice on May 4 and had faced a deadline early next week to respond within 90 days. That deadline has moved to mid-September. University spokesman John Karman said Tuesday night the school has not determined whether to proceed through the traditional Committee on Infractions or Independent Accountability Review Process. The NCAA notice completed a two-year investigation following a federal corruption probe into college basketball. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II, which led to the ousters of Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in October 2017.
It’s the time of year when you’ll probably see lots of messages saying how much money you can save by spending money on some great shopping deals. Despite the promises, be assured that there are better ways to both save money and find even greater contentment for yourself and the people you care about.The start of a new year is always a very tempting time to “invest” in new gadgets, workout equipment, and more. While it might feel good to buy things that feel like a commitment to making positive changes in the new year, this can be something that I call a False First Step—the purchase feels like you’ve taken a real step towards our goals but all you’ve done is just spent money.Before going out and buying #allthethings, consider an opposite approach that might bring you contentment that lasts much longer.To start off, here are two questions you might want to ask to sort out what might be a False First Step:Do the things I want to buy actually get me closer to doing what matters most to me or do I already have enough to get it done?And more importantly, are the things I’m buying allowing me to serve others in the most meaningful possible way?This same line of questioning applies to the things we own as well.Am I actively using most of the things I have or could I use something I have already?Do the things I have allow me to best serve others in the most meaningful way possible?If you find that the answer to those questions is anything close to a “no”, it might be time to examine what you can do with the excess stuff in your life. Instead of looking for contentment through the purchase of new things, you can give new life to those things by putting them in someone else’s hands.Here are two ways you can find your own contentment this year by owning less and giving more.1. Give new life to your unneeded things by giving them to someone elseIf you have boxes still packed from the last time you moved or tupperware bins tucked away in a closet that haven’t been opened in a few years, it may be time to pull them out and recapture some of the value they once had to you.Everything we have that we don’t use or need weighs down on us in some way. Most likely, you spent well-earned money to buy it, it now takes up space or time and energy to maintain, and that value is now just sitting somewhere not being used. If you’re no longer interested in using it yourself, you can breathe new life into it by donating it or giving it to someone that would use it. This accomplishes two things:You get to feel great about creating some more space in your homeWhat you gave away will create contentment for someone who might appreciate it moreIn this way, it’s a win-win on both sides of the equation.2. Instead of shopping as a family activity, find a fun way to volunteer for a cause you care aboutIt’s been shown that volunteering may be good for your body and mind, it won’t bring any additional clutter into your home, and it usually doesn’t cost any money to do.Just like giving away something you no longer need has a double-positive effect, volunteering creates positive waves in the work that you do and you get to feel great about what you helped accomplish as well.It doesn’t matter what the exact cause is, as long as everyone is on board to get together and work on something together—that’s a big part of what makes it such a rewarding experience. You may be surprised at just how much better it feels than a dose of retail therapy—if you find a particular activity that you really enjoy, try setting up a recurring date to volunteer regularly.It’s likely that you’ll learn to appreciate more of what you already have while finding great contentment in serving others instead of spending more.After three years of living as a minimalist, I have yet to find a downside to owning less stuff having given away about 50% of the things we used to own. You don’t have to do that to find your own contentment as well, but I do encourage you to ask yourself some of the above questions and realign your choices however you see fit. Hey there, I’m Anthony. I explore how to live an intentionally connected life with minimalism, habits and creativity. I share what I find in articles and youtube videos so you can learn along with me. Sound like your jam? Learn more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation