Top Five Sports Myths

You might say that in the age of internet, how can it be possible for myths to still exist. Despite the widespread access to information through tech gadgets such as smartphones and computers, you would think that myths won’t have a standing chance. But they do! If you’re a sports fan or a sports person yourself, you will be surprised at the following five sports myths that a lot of people still believe.

1. Athletes are overpaid.

Sure, there are some athletes like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer that charge exorbitant yearly fees in the range of tens of millions but they’re outliers. The majority of people that have dedicated their professional lives to sports don’t earn a lot. As a matter of fact, a lot of athletes work a second job to be able to pay to be in sports.

2. College athletes are provided full scholarships.
This maybe true if you belong to the ninety-ninth percentile, you’re not guaranteed a full scholarship covering all four years of your tuition. Even those that get the so-called full scholarship, have to pay for their books, living and food costs as well as sports gear. Again, college athletes are forced to work besides putting long hours into training to be able to pay for these expenses.

3. Sports figures are either heroes or villains.
When sports figures are written about in the news media, they’re pigeonholed into extreme types, a hero or a villain. Oftentimes, what’s written about them lacks depth, chase sensationalism, and don’t provide the full picture. Moreover, sports figures have no privacy so that if an ordinary person makes a mistake in his life his life doesn’t get put on display but when a popular sports personality does the same thing suddenly he is disgraced. In other words, sports figures live their lives under a lot of scrutiny and celebrity gossip magazines love rumours of their notoriety.

4. Gatorade-like drinks are essential to hydration during sports.
Firstly, whatever happened to drinking good old water? No, your hydrations don’t have be colorful and they don’t need to have fancy nutrients in them. Just drink plenty of water and you’ll be good to go. Sports drinks that contain electrolytes may serve well for those training for longer than sixty minutes at a stretch and are worried about the essential mineral levels in their bodies. This doesn’t mean that you should completely give up water and switch to Gatorade-like drinks.

5. College sports are covered when they suffer injuries.
Contrary to popular belief, college athletes are not provided with health insurance or extended healthcare. If a college athlete sustains career-ending injury, he will have to rely on his personal medical insurance to cover costs. They would also have to find an alternative career path now that they’re physically unable to continue playing sports.

20 Biggest Tech Advancements in Sports History

In the beginning, sports and technology didn’t always seem like the most natural pairing. What did you need in baseball other than a bat and a ball? Or in basketball other than a ball and a hoop? How much could you really change? As we’ve seen over the years, though, there’s always room for improvement with our most beloved pastimes. Whether it’s for the purpose of making a good thing great, or fixing a broken system altogther, technology has played a major role in perfecting the sports that we love to analyze and agonize over. Out of all the changes that have been made, though, these are the 20 biggest tech advancements in sports history.

The Shot Clock
Year Introduced: 1954
Sport: Basketball

Before the shot clock was introduced, basketball was struggling to gain any traction as a major, mainstream sport in America. Scoring was low and, much to the fans’ disappointment, teams would often decide to hold the ball and stall once they were in front. After one particularly lackluster contest between the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers ended in 19-18 “victory” for Fort Wayne, the NBA realized that they were going to be in serious trouble unless they made some changes. In 1954, the Syracuse Nationals’ owner, Danny Biasone, introduced the 24-second shot clock after experimenting with the idea during his team’s scrimmages. In 1953, the year before the league adopted the clock, scoring averaged a mere 79 PPG. Thanks to the change, that number jumped to 93 PPG only one year later, and the NBA has never looked back since.

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How to Spot Financial Fraud in a Nonprofit

“We all want to believe that nonprofit corporations are full of hard-working people committed to improving society—and most are. But even the most well-meaning nonprofits can get into financial hot water.

Unfortunately the temptation to cover up financial problems can be particularly seductive for nonprofit managers.

For starters, nonprofits are only required by federal law to report discrepancies of more than $250,000, or over 5 percent of an organization’s annual gross receipts or total assets.

By the time a nonprofit is that far into the weeds, the impulse to cover up the problem—versus coming clean and risking losing millions from spooked donors—can be overwhelming.

A shocking Washington Post investigative piece published October 26, 2013 discovered that from 2008 to 2012 over 1,000 nonprofit organizations had indicated on their federal disclosures that they had discovered a “significant diversion” of assets. These were losses attributed to theft, investment fraud, embezzlement and other unauthorized uses of funds.

Perhaps the most well known example of this came at the hands of Bernie Madoff. When nonprofit organizations like Yeshiva University and Hadassah, both of whom lost significant funds invested with the Ponzi scheme, but fraud also commonly includes simple mismanagement and even stealing.”

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8 Tips for Dominating Online Sales

“In the last decade, online shopping has grown from a convenience to a necessity. Before the internet, shopping involved a process of getting ready, driving through traffic and navigating through a crowded retail store that may or may not have the necessary item. The digital age has changed everything about shopping. Now, shoppers don’t even need to get out of bed to get the items they want.

Shoppers today have the ability to look for any sort of item they want while comparing pricing and quality across a wide range of sources. There are a number of different tools that allow them to find the best deals. For example, Dropio is an app that notifies the user when the best available price of an item drops so they can lock in an order at the perfect time. With an infinite supply of online retailers, it can be stressful and time consuming to get your products or services to sell. Whether you are trying to sell one item or a thousand, there are a number of easy steps to take that will increase sales.

1. Know your target market
Knowing your brand’s audience is the most important ingredient to achieve success in any aspect of business. Different generations have different ways in which they absorb information. Gearing your online shopping options to the right demographic is key to driving digital sales. For example, millennials tend to gravitate towards more visual content when shopping whereas older generations typically prefer more informational, text based content. Consider your product and to whom it appeals. Then research their buying habits and figure out the best strategy to use on the website.

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How to Plan a Sports Event Budget

“If you’ve been asked to help manage a tennis or golf tournament, 5K run or other sporting event, creating an accurate budget is critical to your success. Dividing your planning into smaller segments will help you plan your spending step by step. Consider all of the needs of participants, spectators, officials, sponsors and organizers in order to hit a home run with your event instead of striking out.

Meet with the event organizers to learn all of their goals for the event. Ask if the event has a set budget or if you need to operate based on revenues, such as registration fees, donations and sponsorships. Ask if the organization has a fundraising or profit goal. Some events, such as corporate golf tournaments, are considered an expense, especially if they are held in conjunction with a conference.

Contact your local municipality to learn the laws governing sporting events, such as how much insurance you’ll need to carry and if you’ll need permits, toilets, police or medical staff.”

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How to Protect Your Skin During Outdoor Sports

How to Protect Your Skin During Outdoor Sports

We are just as excited for summer as you are. You’re probably already planning some time off work and a quick getaway, not to mention the many outdoor sports you want to take up. While it’s important to wear safety gear to protect oneself from sports injuries, oftentimes we overlook how harmful exposure to sunrays can be to our skin. This post is dedicated to providing you with simple yet effective tips on how you can better protect your skin while you enjoy outdoor sports.

1. Get the right sunscreen.
If you’re going the extra mile to protect your skin from harmful rays, you might as well take the time to research the different types of rays as well as SPF (Sun Protection Factor) levels. Read this set of frequently asked questions from the American Academy of Dermatology to learn all about sunscreen and how it relates to skincare.

2. Don’t leave any exposed areas.
When you think of applying sunscreen, the face, arms and legs come to mind. Some areas often neglected are lips, ears, hands, feet and behind the knees. It’s a good idea to apply sunscreen in front of a mirror so you know what areas are not covered.

3. Reapplying is as important as the first application.
Don’t listen to brands claiming their sunscreen lasts 12 hours and is waterproof. That maybe true in a laboratory environment but in real life, the sunscreen is prone to wearing off due to sweat, exposure to water, etc. Reapplication of sunscreen every few is essential to skin protection.

4. Avoid long sunbathing sessions at all costs.
We know you love the sun glaze and the beautiful tan you get as a result, so do we! However, it’s important not to get carried away by the temptation of appearing a certain way. Upon weighing the pros and cons of sunbathing you will soon realize that it’s a very bad idea and has proved deadly to many people.

5. Remember the sun is key to optimal health.
That excessive exposure is harmful to health should not deter you from getting out, playing outdoor sports and getting enough sun. Sunlight is the basis of life on earth and our health can be detrimentally affected if we don’t get enough of it.

Getting Parents Involved at School Activities

“What’s the best way for me to stay involved in my child’s school activities?

At the beginning of the school year, attend back-to-school night or other orientation events
Get to know the teachers and other school personnel. Listen to their plans, know what they hope to accomplish with their students, and understand why they chose these goals.
Attend school events
Go to sports events and concerts, student exhibitions, parent-teacher meetings, parents’ night, and awards events, such as a “perfect attendance” breakfast.
Learn what the school offers
Read the information the school sends home, and ask to receive information in your native language if necessary. Talk to other parents to find out what programs the school offers. Maybe there’s a music program, after-school activity, sports team, or tutoring program your child would enjoy. Remember to keep track of events throughout the school year.

Attend parent organization meetings.
At most schools, a group of parents meets regularly to talk about the school. This group is usually called the PTA or PTO (Parent Teacher Association or Parent Teacher Organization). The meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the school, as well as the chance to voice your hopes and concerns for your child and for the school. Help organize parent-teacher meetings around your interests and those of other parents. If you are unable to attend these meetings, ask that the minutes of the meetings be sent to you. Or, find out if the school makes these minutes available on its Web site.”

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Employee Salary Benefits in NGOs

“Salary Benefits
(a) Bonus

All employees shall receive an annual bonus equal to one month’s basic salary. Bonus will be included in the monthly salary payment of the month preceding the festival.

However, new staff on will not receive any annual bonus until the completion of the six-month probationary period.

(b) Provident Fund

All regular employees are expected to set aside 10% of monthly pay to his/her provident fund. NGO will contribute the same amount on monthly basis. Both the employee’s and NGO’s contributions are deposited in a savings account under the employee’s name. The provident fund can only be withdrawn upon the employee’s resignation from NGO.

1.4.3 Compensation against Accident of the staff during Service

In the event that the staff succumbs to an accident while working for NGO, i.e. during the office hours or during field trips, he/she is entitled to receive compensation amounting to a maximum of two-month salary of the individual to cover the medical expenses.”

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5 Essential Steps to a Great Job

There are five essential steps to a great job, provided one is willing to do some hard work; shortcuts reduce chances. The following tips are for those who want to stay in the same field. For those who want to change fields or who have no idea what they want to do in the future, there are other steps; and for those career changers, most of these steps are still applicable. The five steps are:

1. Self-appraisal
People who find themselves in transition and are ready to go back to work have a good opportunity to do a self-appraisal. The exercise will pivot the skills and personal attributes that they want to use and sell to a future employer. There are a number of such self-appraisal tests that have been around for a long time and have proved worthwhile — for example, Myers–Briggs, DiSC, Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II, Career Insights and StrengthsFinder.

2. Development of marketing collateral
The first things every job seeker must have are an outstanding résumé and an exceptional LinkedIn profile. Notice that I said outstanding and not good or very good. The reason is that because of the vast supply of mostly mediocre résumés and profiles, only outstanding marketing collateral is competitive. My strongest opinion is to have these documents created professionally by a certified and recommended party. Why, you ask? (a) Because you are in fierce competition with others who are also very good at what they do. (b) Because writing a résumé and a LinkedIn profile is part of a profession that requires rigorous training, top skills, longtime experience and full understanding of the requirements of applicant tracking systems — the software that most medium-size and large companies use to parse résumés. And (c) because poor marketing collateral generates no traction and wastes time. Once a résumé and LinkedIn profile have been done, they’ll still need periodic tweaking. Make sure they contain the right keywords. You can research keywords via Google AdWords and check out your competition’s keywords via LinkedIn.

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Exercise Advice for Overweight People

“Overweight people who are avoiding moving around aren’t lazy – they’re sensible.” So says Krista Scott-Dixon, a researcher and nutrition coach who lost 23kg (around 3st 8lb) over three years. “Being heavy changes your physical experience of the world,” says Scott-Dixon Unless you have experienced the physical discomfort of significant surplus weight, she says, then it can be difficult to comprehend the dangerous cycle of inertia that heavy people inhabit.

When weight is gained, it becomes harder to move. The harder it is to move, the harder it is to shift the excess weight. “You have all the mechanical stress of excess weight, but then you also have the metabolic problem.” The internal hormonal environment of someone who is obese (someone with a body mass index of 30-34.9) is different from that of a person with a healthy weight, says Scott-Dixon. “Fat is a metabolically active organ. It’s not just storage, it actually secretes hormones that affect your energy levels.” In short: “Even if you don’t really feel that much pain, you just feel like crap.”

For many of us, exercise simply isn’t part of our daily lives, and for people who are significantly overweight this can be compounded by the fact that conventional advice about exercise sometimes just isn’t possible to follow. Personal trainer Steve Barrett explains: “Exercise is stressful for the body – but for those who are severely overweight, their bodies are already stressed, their blood pressure is already raised, they are already fatigued, their joints already strained.”

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