May 13, 2021
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first_imgI 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 » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgPATRICK STATZ-BOYER/Herald photo She stands a whopping 5-foot-3. She was recruited by only one Division-I school prior to her senior year high school state tournament. And only in her wildest dreams did she envision herself playing in the Kohl Center for the Wisconsin Badgers.But somehow freshman Rae Lin D’Alie, from Waterford, Wis., overcame all that, and she now finds herself starting for those same Badgers she could only dream about years ago.D’Alie has started every game this season. She ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in assists per game (4.89), seventh in steals (2.33) and ninth in field goal percentage (.479), each of which leads Wisconsin.UW head coach Lisa Stone simply can’t say enough about her.”She’s been a pure joy,” Stone raved. “She’s a coach’s dream. She commands the floor, wants to get better every day. She handles criticism very well and handles praise very well. She keeps her emotions in check, does not play like a freshman; she makes great decisions.”Prior to D’Alie’s senior year state tournament, she had only received offers from UCLA and UW-Parkside (Division II). But when Stone saw her play for the first time, she insisted that the Badgers begin to woo her immediately.”It took me five minutes. Then I said, ‘I got to have that kid,'” Stone continued. “She’s a leader, runs the floor, runs the show and is essentially the coach on the floor. I looked and I said, ‘That’s exactly what we need,’ so we went after her.”To say the offer from UW excited D’Alie is a drastic understatement.”Growing up as a little kid, you can only dream about playing [in the Kohl Center],” D’Alie explained. “You can’t take it for granted, and you just got to go out there and play hard.”Motivation doesn’t seem to be an issue for the rookie.”[Rae Lin is] very energetic,” teammate Caitlin Gibson added. “She’s bouncing off the walls half of the time. [She’s] always energized, intense and ready to go.”Anyone who has seen these Badgers play this season can see that D’Alie can dribble, shoot and pass the basketball. But her most impressive trait may be her exceptional guidance of the UW offense.”I think it’s important to have a point guard that has good leadership ability,” Gibson said. “She’s done that very well this season. She’s like a floor general; she sees the floor and passes to open people and is a good floor leader for us.””Growing up, when we’d have a backyard game, I’d be the one organizing and picking teams,” said D’Alie, who added that she one day would like to follow Stone’s footsteps into coaching. “I’d like to say that I’m kind of a natural born leader, but I think growing up the way I was raised helped shape me into the way I am today.”NBA players such as Mugsy Bogues, Spud Webb and Earl Boykins inspired D’Alie as a youngster, each proving that size is not an impossible obstacle to overcome.”I don’t believe in being ‘too small,'” D’Alie said confidently.Size hasn’t seemed to slow D’Alie down at all this season.”She does other things well to make up for her height,” Gibson said. “She’s a good passer, she’s quick, she can penetrate, and she can get out on the break.””It’s not the size of the dog; it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” Stone added. “She’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever met in my life. She does not play small; she plays low, and there’s a difference.”To say D’Alie has been a pleasant surprise would be another incredible understatement. She has exceeded everyone’s — including her own — initial expectations. What may be most impressive is the fact that she’s still only a freshman and has three-plus years of Badger basketball ahead of her.”I’m just looking to improve my game more and more,” D’Alie said. “And hopefully take those next couple of steps so hopefully I can leave Wisconsin with a Big Ten championship or a national championship.”last_img read more

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first_imgAtletico’s Antoine Griezmann,Madrid, Spain | AFP | Atletico Madrid reported Barcelona to football’s governing body FIFA over illegal contact made to star forward Antoine Griezmann, Atletico club sources confirmed on Tuesday.“The complaint has been presented for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his team,” an Atletico source told AFP.Griezmann renewed his contract until 2022 in June and Atletico consider contact made by Barcelona not only breaks FIFA’s rules, but could also affect the integrity of La Liga.Barcelona lead the league with Atletico their closest challengers six points behind in second.“He is a player under a long contract and this can’t happen. Moreover, the club considers that it could affect the competition where Barca are currently top and Atletico second,” added the Atletico source.Barca were slapped with a one-year transfer ban for the illegal recruitment of foreign minors by FIFA that was served in 2015.Should the Catalan giants be found guilty, they could be handed another ban on registering new players.“We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico de Madrid concerning the said matter,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday that Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu had recently met with Griezmann’s family.The Catalan giants are expected to be willing to pay the French international’s 100 million euro ($117.8 million) buyout clause at the end of the season to avoid negotiating with Atletico.Barca’s director of institutional relations Guillermo Amor turned down the opportunity to deny a meeting had taken place later on Sunday after Barca’s 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna. “If the paper says it then it is possible it is like that,” Amor told Movistar TV. “There could have been a coming together.”Griezmann, 26, agreed to sign a new contract with Atletico in June after the club had an appeal against a transfer ban rejected.Top scorer at Euro 2016, Griezmann said it would have been “dirty” to walk out on the club when they couldn’t replace him until January.However, Atletico coach Diego Simeone accepted last week that Griezmann’s departure at some point in the future is inevitable.“Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, as Diego Costa, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have gone,” Simeone told French sports daily L’Equipe.“If a player comes to me and says, ‘coach, I have a chance of a lifetime and want to leave’, and if he’s left everything on the pitch for me like Griezmann, I’ll say, ‘no problem’.”Griezmann has scored 90 goals in 179 games for Atletico since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014 and led Los Rojiblancos to the 2016 Champions League final, scoring twice to eliminated Barca in the quarter-finals.However, he was also caught up in a Twitter storm on Sunday after posting a picture of himself blacked up and mimicking a Harlem Globetrotter basketball player from the 1980s.“I recognise that it was clumsy of me. If I have offended people, I apologise,” he wrote shortly after and deleted the photo after receiving a wave of criticism.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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