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After graduating, it’s now high time to look for a decent, high paying job. a regular, full-time 9 to 5 job of course. the truth is that numerous people are probably applying to the same job position as you are and many companies are offering entry level positions. My point is that it may take some time, maybe years before earning that top earning spot and getting paid the money you know you’re worth. and in the back of your head is those words you don’t want to hear, ‘paying off college loans’. and on top of your 9 to 5, a second job may help supplement your financial needs to pay off those college loans.
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Dwyane Wade said yesterday that he thinks “guys should be compensated” for playing basketball in the Olympic games. ”It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics–a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. but I think it should be something, you know, there for it.”
Say what? let us step onto a soapbox: we happen to think that it would be a tremendous honor to represent the country (and travel the world on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s dollar!) along with a crew of other well-compensated NBA players. Also, how about the opportunity to do this to a 7-foot-2 French guy while wearing a USA jersey? Did these guys get paid?
Sure, it’s a time obligation, but if a player truly requires rest, he shouldn’t go. let the young ones do it. but apparently wearing the nation’s colors, which he’s set to do in this summer’s games in London, isn’t enough for Wade. Money. interestingly, a very well-placed source of ours in the Heat locker room told us that not only does Wade want the USA ballers to collect a check for their hardship, he wants to get paid for a lot of things that you totally won’t expect. Check out what we found.
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Western Mass. has MegaMillions Mania
REGION (WGGB) – You may have already heard. MegaMillions is at a record high $640 million. This jackpot does have tickets being bought at a brisk pace and people dreaming big.
Even with the odds against them, the legendary jackpot has people dreaming of what could be.
People coming in and out of the Country Trading Post in Chicopee have been buying tickets in all kinds of amounts from $5 to $500.
Business at the Trading Post has been brisk over the past few days of what they would do with all that money.
“It’s been rather insane. It’s just been like we have never seen before. It’s just been crazy,” says Country Trading Post owner Carl Roy.
Crazy though is to be expected when the MegaMillions jackpot reaches record levels.
Cashier Buffy Lariviere says, “It’s been fun. Everybody’s been good. All the customers are excited and they dream a little bit.”
The world’s largest jackpot is creating a frenzy nationwide.
People in western Massachusetts have differing opinions on what to do with the potential winnings.
“If I won, the first thing I would do….I would take me and my daughter on vacation…and probably get a lawyer,” says Nathan Windoloski of Chicopee.
Peter Cote of Chicopee says, “Well, I’d put some into my retirement. Share it with my family, and probably end up donating some to charity.”
At the start of the day, the jackpot was at $540 million. By noon, $640 million.
What about the women behind the counter? What would happen if they took home all that money.
“I guess I would disappear for a little while. I have a dear friend getting married tomorrow, so they’ll get a better present than they were originally going to get.
These women have seen it all this week. From people spending $50 to people reserving their tickets in case no one wins Friday.
“You want five?”
“For tonight, next Tuesday and Friday. I’m leaving for the Carolinas. I don’t want to miss it.”
The astronomical odds against winning certainly aren’t scaring anyone off.
“Well, I believe it was 175 million to 1? I got a shot. I just didn’t want to be the last guy that was left out and didn’t play,” says Christopher Maddock of South Deerfield.
Right now, the estimated jackpot is $640 million dollars, but the Mass. Lottery Commission says that that number could rise again once the final tickets are counted tonight.
In case you’re curious, if you take the lump sum option, it equals out to roughly $452 million.
White Hills, AZ (FOX5) –
There are 356 million reasons to play Mega Millions right now, and Southern Nevada residents are flocking across state lines to buy their tickets for the big jackpot.
“Do you have your Mega Millions tickets?”
It's the question of the day at Rosie's Den in White Hills, Ariz., where lottery tickets are coming hot off the presses.
The massive jackpot figure earned a few ooh's and ahh's Sunday afternoon.
And it's enough to send people from the middle of Clark County out to Arizona and Primm for one big reason.
“Because I want to win some money!” exclaimed Las Vegas resident Cecilia Dixon.
Even as gasoline prices creep toward $4 a gallon, it's worth the 40 mile drive to Primm, or 50 miles to White Hills.
“I figure it just takes a dollar to win. if you're lucky, you're lucky,” said William Parnell.
The lines at the Primm Valley Lotto Store stretched out the door, as the prospect of $356 million had many players thinking about what they'd do with all that money.
“Pay off the house… Money for the kids for college,” explained Albert Viramontes.
The odds are more than 175 million to one, but one Las Vegas resident told FOX5 it is fun to play because it is an exercise in fantasy.
For the stores like Rosie's Den, each printed ticket could be the big winner.
“I have two machines. I would love to fire up the other one,” said Sheila Larson, who was hoping for bigger crowds at her store.
It is the biggest Mega Millions jackpot since the restaurant at Rosie's Den burned down last year. so, a win would certainly be welcome.
“My goodness, it would be so wonderful if I sold that winning ticket,” Larson said.
And if Ralphe Birkett has his way, that dream is just days away.
“I'm claiming it already. It's already mine,” he said. “It's all right here. so, I'll be back down, and you can interview me then.”
The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was $390 million. two winners hit that prize in March 2007.
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Geraldo Rivera sent out a tweet at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, saying that Travyon Martin‘s hoodie was responsible for his death.
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Rivera tweeted, “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.”
On Fox News, Geraldo also said, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.”
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But he didn’t stop there. Oh, yes, it gets worse.
“when you see a Black or Latino, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, God bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand, he didn’t deserve to die, but I’ll bet you money that if he didn’t have that hoodie on that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”
So what exactly is Mr. Rivera saying?
That because Trayvon decided to wear a hoodie, he was welcoming a 28-year-old man to hunt him down in his own neighborhood and shoot him to death? Really, Mr. Rivera? I guess he must be a major supporter of “Stop and Frisk,” racial profiling and other forms of discrimination, because in his view, something as simple as a hoodie can mark a law-binding person “dead man walking.”
Or, in Trayvon Martin’s case, a dead 140-pound, 17-year-old boy with iced tea and Skittles walking.
Mr. Rivera must not have been paying attention to the thousands of people worldwide wearing a hoodie in protest of the absurd matter in which Trayvon died. moreover, why is Mr. Rivera focusing his criticism on the victim and not the criminal, George Zimmerman?
Mr. Rivera must really need money because he is no longer relevant. he better hope that Fox News gives him the platform he wants because no dignified news organization with a heart would pay for his ignorant perspective on race relations in this country.
The new color, when talking about baby registries, is not pink or blue, it’s green. Green, as in the concerned way new parents are looking at every item put on their registry in terms of its environmental impact and safety.
Many factors contribute to this green parenting philosophy. Today’s new parents grew up with a substantial amount of environmental education in school and are now turning it into a lifestyle. they learned about the impact of disposable diapers in the landfills and how long it may take for them to decompose. they recently heard the news stories of the problems with plastics from baby bottles to baby toys. And in most cases, being green can save you some green. first and foremost, going completely green is a huge undertaking. with a few baby steps and a green stocked registry, you and your baby will be ready for a green life.
One way to save money and make huge impact on the environment when caring for baby is using cloth diapers instead of disposables. There are many different kinds and brands and amazingly, they are not hard to use or wash. The average family spends between $3000 -$4000 on disposable diapers in their child’s diapering years. Environmentally speaking, these diapers will take an estimated 500 years to decompose. Additionally, it takes huge amounts of resources including wood pulp and plastic during their manufacturing, not to mention the chemicals used in bleaching and creating the absorbency for these diapers. Cloth diapering can save you hundreds if not thousands of diapering dollars, help save the planet, and keep your baby’s bum away from potentially harmful chemicals.
Non-toxic, organic and eco-friendly are key words parents look at specific to green baby items. These terms mean the item is in its natural state, has a negative impact on the environment and is grown or manufactured free of toxic chemicals. Baby clothing, bedding, mattresses, toys and bottles are tops for parents looking for the safest most natural products for baby. all plastic toys and bottles should be PBA (Bisphenol-A), Phthalate and PVC-free as well as lead free. These chemicals and metals are reported to be harmful to babies and children developmentally, cognitively and hormonally. Wooden, cloth and knit toys are a great alternative to plastic. Wood toys are stained with a natural vegetable or fruit dye and pose no danger when put into the mouth of a teething tot.
Bath washes, lotions and potions should all be made with organic ingredients and be paraben free, sulfate free, have no artificial colors and no synthetic fragrances. Baby’s skin is so sensitive, so following these guidelines when purchasing your baby skin care and bath products will reduce the risk of rashes and skin outbreaks.
Ok, so now you know the basics of creating your green registry. next step: What to register for, and what not to even think of registering for. Now the fun begins, choosing among the millions of available products you want on your registry. before you just run out and start to register, you should really do some homework on different products. Talk to friends, go on-line and even look in magazines.
One place to start a possible registry is at one of your local box chain stores. they now have many of the standard baby necessities in a limited organic version. Other places to go to create a registry are a local natural baby boutique near you, or on-line at many great stores that offer all your organic and eco-friendly baby needs in one place. most on-line stores will help you register, keep track of your registry, ship your gifts and even personally assist your guests with selecting their purchases.
Your personal choices in baby necessities have never been more easy to register for. do your homework, make your selections and then find a store that can meet all your organic, eco-friendly needs. a green registry is something you and your baby can really feel good about.
JJ Hickson was traded from the Cavs to the Kings last season, and things aren’t exactly working out for him in Sac-Town. He tells the Plain Dealer that he wouldn’t mind returning to Cleveland next year: “The former Cavalier forward was at The Q with his new team and sounded like a player who would rather be almost anywhere except Sacramento. Even Anaheim. Hickson is struggling to adjust to a new team and a return to his natural position of power forward. He is averaging 5.2 points and less than 20 minutes a game all the while costing himself significant money in a contract year. ‘I’m not having the year I wanted to have, not just personally but we’re not winning,’ said Hickson, an unrestricted free agent as season’s end. ‘but after going through the season [the Cavs] went through last year, I didn’t want to come to a situation like this. I wanted to rebuild here, but I got traded and things happen.’ The Cavaliers shipped Hickson to the Kings for Omri Casspi and a much-protected, first-round draft choice on June 30, 2011. they no longer needed to worry about whether to commit long-term to Hickson, who averaged 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, but irritated coaches with his mental lapses and inconsistency. Hickson said he was surprised by the trade, even though the Cavaliers selected power forward Tristan Thompson with the no. 4 overall pick a week earlier. [...] At the Kings’ media day in December, Hickson asked whether rumors about the team moving to Anaheim were true. He was heard to say, ‘I really like Anaheim.’ Hickson was asked if he could make it work with the Kings’ organization. after a pregnant pause, he responded: ‘Uh, yeah. I think so, yeah.’ [...] would Hickson want to return to the Cavs next season? ‘of course, why not?’ he said. ‘I’m not saying ‘no, I don’t want to come back.’ If the opportunity presented itself, why not?’”
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Before getting ready to win the mega millions, there is a need to understand how to play it and how it works. first of all, there is a need to fill out the playslips. The playslips are available both from the nearby retailer and even online. It costs a dollar for every combination the player desires. a player should choose five numbers between one and fifty-six. there is also a need to choose a number between one and forty-six for the gold mega ball. a player can resort to choosing the quick pick method wherein the computer will be the one to select the number combinations. however, most would know that random selection seldom lead to winning numbers.
People are of course free to randomly choose their numbers for mega millions and opt for the quick pick but chances are most would rather that they have their own choice when it comes to combinations especially when people know what is at stake.
Even if a payslip for mega millions cost just a dollar, it would mount up to a big sum of money which means it could be plainly a waste of one’s time but if a person can play with specific strategies that would make winning more probable, then the money spent on payslips would never be wasted. As mentioned, the first step on winning is by selecting your own combinations. a big percentage of players depend on quick pick which leaves a smaller percent that choose their own combinations. that is of course a great advantage. when choosing a lottery number selection, it is important to see what the most winning lottery numbers that has the best chance of being drawn. This simply means that there is a need to study the past winning combinations to have an idea of what it may be in the future. It is not to say that the winning combinations are set. They are still randomly drawn but it does not mean that there are no patterns that can be derived from the many winning combinations in the past. Interpreting those patterns is what makes the future combinations more predictable in the next draws.
Instead of mega millions lottery being a mere guessing game, it is better to depend on proven tactics that make people’s combinations one step closer to hitting the jackpot. a simple way of explaining this is by thinking about the combinations that never won. For instance, six consecutive numbers in a playslip have never been drawn in mega millions lottery. if it never happened before, why should it happen now?
A lot of players also have the tendency to trust their lucky numbers. They play the same numbers every time they fill in their playslips. Sometimes, people cannot get lucky by just feeling lucky. a six-number combination actually has a chance of winning once every 433,245 years so there is no point in using the same combination every time a player buys a playslip. others keep on saying that playing mega millions is just for fun but why would anyone waste their money if they could double the fun by actually winning. having a more systematic way and trusting proven tips could lead to consistent profits in joining games as such.
It’s been said that everybody has something important to say. Yet sometimes getting the word out to the public can seem overwhelming to any author. however, in the last few years, with the invention of the Internet, it has never been easier to provide access of your published work to your fan base.
Whether you have just published your first piece of work or are an established writer, making your work available on an author website is a simple way to increase your sales, interact with your readers and promote yourself as an author.
Finding the perfect author website can provide you with more than just a simple way to advertise yourself. Without spending vast amounts of money, you can connect to your fan base over the Internet on a beautifully designed website that will offer you many valuable features such as:
• a public place to sell your book online
• an increased boost in book sales
• a constant place of interaction with your readers
• Announcements of speaking engagements and book signings
• Promotional tools, promoting yourself as an author
• Publicly announcing any future books for pre-sales
• an Internet profile that’s available 24/7 to agents and publishers
A great way to attract many repeat visitors to your author website is to have an ongoing dialogue with your readers. Being able to offer snippets of your new work on your author website is an ideal way to promote your upcoming book. Many times, through direct interaction with your readers, an author gets different ideas as to where to take their creativity for future projects.
If as an author you publish cookbooks, you might think of publishing a new recipe each month online to attract repeat visitors. If you write for children, you may offer short stories or puzzles based on your characters or story lines, as a way to interact with your young readers online. If you are a fictional novelist, you may post and expanded version your fictional characters personalities as a way to draw more interest from your readers to your past, present and future work.
Whether you have numerous books professionally published, or consider yourself a self-published author, promoting yourself and your work on an author website is an effective way to market yourself on a daily basis.
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If you are a woman and you want to understand your relationship with money, Peace and Plenty is the book for you. it is authentic writing at its best. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the hugely successful Simple Abundance, once again weaves wonderful words together as she addresses the serious and important subject of money and a woman’s relationship with it. Heaven likes to help those trying to help themselves and ‘Having enough’ is the destination for all of us on the Peace and Plenty path. I think that’s one of the best parts of this book: its spiritual essence resonates with us because Sarah Ban Breathnach’s authentic and faith-filled voice touches our very souls page after page.
I loved this book’s respectful and humble acknowledgement of the struggles that so many good people undergoing financial stress are experiencing. A sensitive chapter On Losing Your Job validates how the loss of personal identity hurts our self-esteem and discourages our spirit. And Sarah doesn’t write from the abstract, she has lived the fear and reality of job loss. she also courageously shares her personal stories of loss of finances, home and marriage. These monumental losses could have made Sarah bitter and discouraged her but they have not because she is a believer in the beauty and the bounty of life. Sarah Ban Breathnach focuses instead on places where she is grateful and inspires us to do the same. she is also moving on with the new changes in her life trusting the Creator of a Million Lifetimes to guide her every choice.
In this wonderful book, Sarah Ban Breathnach implores us to create a financial family tree to clarify our attitudes about money. Were your parents big spenders? Were they worried all of the time about money? These questions initiate us into the search to understand what money really means to us. Sarah wants us to be honest believing that the truth does indeed set us free.
Sarah Ban Breathnach is every woman’s friend, sister and mother. Millions of women look to her for counsel, hope and honesty. they will not be disappointed when they sit down with a hot cup of tea and this latest book, Peace and Plenty, where they will find renewed hope and a true path to financial serenity from a trusted soul companion.