63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Between family gatherings and buying presents, the season of giving can be stressful.According to the 2018 Bankrate Holiday Gifting Survey, more than 40% of people who shop for gifts feel pressured to spend more than they had planned. That number goes up for parents to 54%.Whether it’s to keep up with your neighbors or bring an extra big smile to their children’s faces, spending over the holidays can quickly get out of control.Here are few ways to rein in the holiday urge to splurge.Have a plan: It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s cruicial to put some thought into what you can afford to spend this year and build your shopping list from there. If your budget is tight this year, maybe just purchase one high-ticket item on your child’s wish list, or split the money across several less expensive gifts. No matter how you budget, taking the time to create a strategic shopping list will prevent you from making impulse buys. You’ll also feel less stressed out if you have a few gift options for each person, so you aren’t locked into and searching for one popular item that has sold out.Shop early: It’s not too late! Even though Black Friday has passed, you can still find great deals on most items from the end of November through early December. And if you feel it’s already too late to save this year, resolve to do better next year and get a jump start on next year’s list. You can save 50% to 75% beginning Dec. 26.Get a deal: Not everyone is into clipping or keeping track of coupons, and the good news is, technology can do it for you. Once you have your shopping list, sign up for coupon deal sites like RetailMeNot.com and you’ll have the latest discounts available on your favorite brands and stores at your fingertips. If you are a big Amazon shopper, consider setting up a wish list and signing up for camelcamelcamel.com. You’ll get alerts when the price drops on your wish list items.You can also reduce the stress of buyer’s remorse by signing up for the free app Paribus. The app will monitor your order receipts emailed from major online retailers. if your item goes on sale within 14 days of your purchase, the app will contact the retailer on your behalf to have the difference credited back to you. It’s a gift that keeps giving all year long.Need help funding this year’s gift list? Contact your credit union to see if you qualify for a Holiday loan or a credit card.
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to meet with both esports companies and players at a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. In an interview with sport1, Thomas Bach, President of IOC explained that a one-day esports summit will take place in the latter part of July.The purpose of this summit is “to enter into a dialogue with the gaming industry and the athletes, and in due course, approach the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement again,” explained Bach.Bach was clear in his view that the Olympics hasn’t, and never will, stand for – or promote – violence. Games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive heavily involve shooting and the involvement of ‘terrorists’, which could well be an obstacle for esports in terms of entering mainstream places such as the Olympics. “We need to draw a red line and make it clear that killer games can never be part of the Olympic Movement,” said Bach.He added: “esports is clearly an exciting and growing sector in which millions of young people worldwide regularly engage in. The Olympic movement cannot ignore such a phenomenon by any means.”Just earlier this week it was revealed that six titles would be used to highlight esports as an Official Demonstration Sport at the 2018 Asian Games. This competition is recognised by the IOC as the second largest event of its kind, dwarfed only by the Olympics itself.This summit won’t be the first interaction between Olympic figures and esports. Their organisation supported IEM PyeongChang ahead of the Olympic Winter Games, and esports was officially recognised as a sport by the IOC in November 2017. The Olympic Channel planned to utilise esports to engage young audiences after the Pyeongchang Olympics, too.Esports Insider says: Esports is snowballing and is becoming way too popular for those in traditional sports to ignore it, as proven by the increasingly-frequent dialogue between gaming and those behind the Olympics. With the organisation’s strong stance on having no violence involved, it does beg the question as to whether CS:GO – one of the most popular esports titles – would automatically be illegible for selection should the IOC choose to embrace the sport.
Source: ESPN Gigi Becali, the flamboyant owner of Bucharest Football Club FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, thinks he knows what is to blame for his team’s recent poor run in the Romanian league: too much sex.The 1986 European Cup winners, Romania’s most successful club with 26 league titles, have failed to win their last three games, and Becali said after FCSB’s 1-1 home draw against lowly Chindia Targoviste: “My players are making love with their girlfriends too often, that’s why they aren’t playing football so well lately.”The result left them fourth in the table, eight points behind leaders CFR Cluj.Becali, who made his fortune in real estate after the fall of communism in 1989 and served as a member of the European Parliament, praised CFR Cluj coach Dan Petrescu, a former Chelsea and Southampton right-back, for restoring discipline at the club.“Look at Dan Petrescu,” Becali said. “CFR players have sex only once a week. They meet with women only once a week.”CFR officials could not be reached for comment.“If [FCSB striker] Florinel Coman would have rested too … but he is doing other things,” Becali added.
ANIMATED RESPONSEWalton was far from surprised to learn Tuesday morning that Kobe Bryant’s animated short, “Dear Basketball” had been nominated for an Academy Award.“From what I’ve been told,” Walton said, “he works as hard on that stuff as he did as a player and he stays extremely busy doing all that. When he puts his mind to things, he’s obviously pretty good at finishing.”Walton played with Bryant from 2003-12, winning championships in 2009 and 2010.The Lakers showed the six-minute film during the halftime ceremony to retire Bryant’s jerseys on Dec. 18. Adapted from the poem Bryant wrote to fans when he announced his retirement in 2015, “Dear Basketball” was put in motion by longtime Disney animator Glen Keane and set to a score composed by Oscar winner John Williams.In December, the film was short-listed for an Oscar, and when it was mentioned to him that he could add the gold statuette synonymous with Hollywood prestige to his already teeming trophy case, Bryant told the Southern California News Group, “Just you saying that sounds ridiculous.”After Tuesday, it’s one step closer to reality.ZO IT GOESAs head-scratching as Lonzo Ball’s recovery has perhaps been, Walton insisted on Tuesday that the rookie point guard has suffered “no setbacks” since suffering a “minor” sprained left knee more than a week earlier.Ball will travel with the Lakers on their upcoming five-game trip, but Walton maintained his stance that he knows little else about the timeline of the injury.“No expectations,” Walton said. “When he’s healthy he’ll play.”Ball underwent an MRI in Memphis on Jan. 14, and has not undergone additional tests since then, Walton said. He was back on the treadmill Tuesday, continuing the progress he made over the weekend.“Just they did their MRI,” he said. “Their doctors got their hands on him, did the manual stuff. Besides that, he’s on the treatment program to get back to playing again.”PARK THE BUSSLakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss doubled down on her commitment to Walton, telling ESPN that Walton will remain the Lakers coach “period.”Appearing on “Buckets,” Buss was asked by host Cassidy Hubbarth if Walton would be the Lakers’ coach through next summer, a pivotal offseason in which the organization is expected to pursue elite All-Stars such as LeBron James and Paul George.“Absolutely,” Buss said. “Luke Walton is the Lakers coach, period. There’s no worrying about it, there’s no speculation. He’s done a terrific job. He is somebody that the entire front office, the organization is behind.”Buss has twice taken to Twitter and used the hashtag #InLukeWeTrust after criticisms from LaVar Ball and a report that the franchise could turn to former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale if a change was made. LOS ANGELES — Brook Lopez is in a situation unique to his 10-year career.His 21.2 minutes and 11.7 points per game are career-lows and there are nights when he barely impacts the game. Before scoring 14 points on Sunday, Lopez had gone five straight games without scoring in double figures.This from a player who has averaged better than 20 points five times in his career, including last season with Brooklyn. He was back in that rhythm on Sunday, until he was taken out of it.Lopez scored 11 points in the first quarter, but after that flurry was limited to just five more minutes on the court as the Lakers cruised to a 127-107 victory. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I told him it was unfortunate the way the game played out with his total minutes,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, “but he did a great job of getting us going early, especially when it was just both teams scoring freely. Those shots he hit gave us some good confidence in that game and then the way that it played out.”In the second half, Walton stuck with a group that included Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., which found defensive success.“We stuck with our smaller bigs,” Walton said. “He was fine with it. Brook’s a solid veteran NBA player, so I think especially when he’s knocking down those shots he stabilizes our young group a lot.”He remains an important figure around the Lakers, however, with Walton citing Lopez’s work ethic as setting a standard for his young teammates.“Brook’s always the first one in here,” Walton said. “Brook’s in here before the lights are on most days so nobody’s going to beat him on that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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Mauricio Pochettino a shock contender to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager MAURICIO POCHETTINO will not allow his loyalty to Tottenham prevent him taking the Arsenal job should it become available.That is the view of former Spurs midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.6 Jamie Redknapp reckons Mauricio Pochettino should put his Spurs loyalty aside if Arsenal come callingCredit: EPAPoch, 47, was brutally axed by Tottenham last Tuesday, bringing to an end his five-and-a-half-years in charge.And just 11 hours later, he was replaced by Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane.But he may not be out of work for too much longer if Arsenal sack their boss Unai Emery.The Spaniard is without a win in his last six matches and the pressure is mounting with players reportedly feeling disillusioned with the coach’s ability to turn around their season.Should the Gunners give Emery the boot, Pochettino is a shock contender to replace him – although the club know they will do well to convince the Argentine to come, especially after he ruled out managing Barcelona because of his affinity with Espanyol.But any feelings of betrayal against Spurs for taking the job at arch-rivals Arsenal should not come to mind for Pochettino, according to Redknapp.Writing in the Mail, he said: “If I was a decision maker at Arsenal, I’d go for Mauricio Pochettino in a heartbeat.”I’m not sure I believe Poch would let his time with Tottenham stop him from taking over.”Maybe the reason Spurs decided to go for Jose Mourinho so suddenly was they felt they could not hang around, because their North London rivals might be searching for a new boss soon.”Unai Emery is under big, big pressure. I have some sympathy for him but he looks a beaten man.”66Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansThe Redknapp family may not be the most popular on the red side of North London with Jamie playing for Tottenham for three years and his dad Harry managing the side from 2008 to 2012.But comments like these will no doubt infuriate Jamie’s former fanbase, who will be desperate not to see Poch operating in the Emirates dugout, especially if he manages to break his silverware duck.Pochettino is currently among the favourites at 6-1 to replace under-fire Emery with Mikel Arteta the front-runner at 3-1.66 Unai Emery is facing the chop from the Emirates if the poor form and drab performances continueCredit: Reuters6 Former Spurs man Redknapp will have endeared himself to Gunners supporters marginally with his comments about Poch replacing EmeryCredit: AFP – Getty