Budget Mistakes – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 03:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://indigodreams.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Budget Mistakes – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ 32 32 Girls Soccer: For Riverhead’s Re, no number of goals is ever enough https://indigodreams.net/girls-soccer-for-riverheads-re-no-number-of-goals-is-ever-enough/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 01:54:54 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/girls-soccer-for-riverheads-re-no-number-of-goals-is-ever-enough/ Riverhead’s Alexis Re, who has nine goals and one assist in six games, fires a shot as Centereach’s Rylie Bordonaro closes in on her. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk) Since Alexis Re lost two years of school football to the COVID-19 pandemic and a failing school budget, she only made her college debut with the Riverhead women’s […]]]>

Since Alexis Re lost two years of school football to the COVID-19 pandemic and a failing school budget, she only made her college debut with the Riverhead women’s football team last season. . Despite this, she still struck for a team record 25 goals.

What does she think of this accomplishment?

“I think I could have done better last season, but it’s always me, like I always want to improve and I always want to do better,” she said.

In other words, Re is not easily satisfied. She has an unquenchable thirst for scoring, and no number of goals is ever enough. She always wants to do better. Maybe that’s why she’s such a good player.

And make no mistake, she’s good. Really good.

Re already has nine goals and one assist to his name in six games, the latest being a 4-1 road loss to Centereach on Tuesday at Dawnwood Middle School.

It doesn’t take long to see what makes the junior striker such a force. Start with exceptional foot skills, a relentless work ethic, a powerful shot and a nose for goal.

“I’ve never seen anyone match their footwork,” said Riverhead coach Kasey Mandery, who coached for 12 years at multiple levels and is in his first college head coaching job.

She draws a lot [of attention] of other teams. The other teams put a lot of pressure on her and it’s pressure on Lexi to try, you know, to stay focused and work hard, but she always does. Every game, she goes out and plays the full 80 minutes without ever stopping, never going out. She is very reliable and a great role model for young girls.

Re is the centerpiece of a rebuilding team that had just three wins last year and had no junior varsity team to draw from (this year it has).

Re took eight of Riverhead’s 13 shots against Centereach, connecting with 24 minutes and 37 seconds left in the second half. After collecting a ball from Carlie Morgan, Re moved through the middle and unleashed a right-footed shot that goalkeeper Sarah Esposito got a piece of, but not enough to stop it splashing into the net.

Riverhead goaltender Tori Arm made one of her 11 saves. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

By then Centereach (2-1-2, 1-1 Suffolk County League II) had already scored four goals. Three of them came in the first half. Victoria Timo deftly headed in a cross from Emma Sigault on the game’s first scoring opportunity. The second goal also came in the air. Lauren Hoppe, assisted by Grace Lien, found the mark. Sadie Truocchio made it 3-0, slotting the ball in after Riverhead failed to clear the ball into their penalty area.

Dana DelValle blasted a right footed laser inside the far right post in the second half. Hoppe helped.

The score would have been more lopsided had it not been for some fine second-half saves from Riverhead’s Tori Arm. Perhaps the best of Arm’s 11 saves was his reflex save from a Timo header in which the junior keeper crushed the shot hard over the crossbar.

“She should be proud,” Mandery said of Arm. “She has grown a lot.

Riverhead’s Kenia Anariva Bonilla was injured with 22:59 left in the game. The elder was driven off the field in a cart to the team bench. She got up and walked cautiously, apparently favoring her right leg. The extent of his injury was not immediately known.

“We’re looking for small wins,” Mandery said of his team, which is 2-4, 0-2. “We are trying to become a program. We try to build a community.

Ellie Cammarota, a freshman forward who played college football last year, has five goals to her name this season. She said playing alongside Re made her a better player.

Cammarota said Re, who leads the team with Lauren Zaweski, is a “really good team player. She’s very motivating and she likes to keep the team together and working together and I just like playing with her.

Scoring a goal, Re said, “I want more.”

You’ll never have enough, will you?

Asked about his start to the season, Re said: “I feel good, but like I said, I just want to keep doing better, but not just for me, but also for the team and the program. He so it’s not just about me, it’s also about the program.”

Maybe satisfaction is just around the corner. Maybe.

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Ryan Phillippe, know what you want https://indigodreams.net/ryan-phillippe-know-what-you-want/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 10:00:51 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/ryan-phillippe-know-what-you-want/ CELEBRITIES BORN TODAY: Sarah Levy, 36; Ryan Philip, 48; Amy Irving, 69; Joe Perry, 72 years old. Happy Birthday: Stay ahead of the competition. Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask. Stay focused on what’s important to you and you’ll develop a plan that will help you achieve your goal. Refuse to […]]]>

CELEBRITIES BORN TODAY: Sarah Levy, 36; Ryan Philip, 48; Amy Irving, 69; Joe Perry, 72 years old.

Happy Birthday: Stay ahead of the competition. Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask. Stay focused on what’s important to you and you’ll develop a plan that will help you achieve your goal. Refuse to let emotional situations take over or lead to an ongoing argument. Keep your overhead low and your life simple. Personal gain and growth are promoted. Your numbers are 6, 17, 24, 27, 30, 41, 48.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll have plenty of great ideas, but before you promise to carry out your intentions, make sure they’re achievable. Intense energy, practical assistance and a well-thought-out plan will help you make a difference and bring about change. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take a moment to consider the consequences before sharing sensitive information. Note who listens to you and how your words influence those who love and respect you. Change starts with you; set a good example. 4 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Discipline will be your best bet if you want to move forward. Stay focused on finishing what you started before taking a break. Don’t be tempted or deceived by anyone trying to lead you astray or outsmart you. Be smart and direct. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take your time, use your imagination, and put your plans in place. The changes you make will help you stand out. Be brave and trust your instincts to guide you in the right direction. Love and romance will improve your personal life. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-August 22): Direct talks will lead to action. Recognize the changes that are happening and take advantage of any opportunity to incorporate what you learn into your schedule or the way you use your skills. Trust what you know and never stop learning. 3 stars

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Leave nothing to chance. Explicit instructions will mitigate errors and mishaps. Don’t put your health, wealth or reputation at risk. Use your intelligence to do things right and on time. Self-improvement is encouraged and romance will enhance your personal life. 3 stars

LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Step forward with enthusiasm and courage. Tell the truth and stand up for your rights. Consider what you can contribute and how you can make a difference. Open dialogue will help you gain approval, respect and practical help. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get involved in something that touches you. A creative project will encourage you to develop and hone new skills. Changing the way you market what you have to offer will generate a profit that will increase your standard of living. 5 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Face the facts, be realistic, maintain integrity, and play by the rules. Don’t fight for something you can’t change. Protect your home, belongings and family from unpredictable individuals who try to take advantage of you. Choose honesty and intelligence over chaos. 2 stars

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): Stretch your dollar. Invest in something you trust and believe in, and set a budget that allows you to save for something you want. Make changes around the house that lower your overhead and soothe your lifestyle. Romance will improve your personal life. 4 stars

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): Discipline and hard work will bring you the benefits you seek and help you establish a healthy financial pattern that encourages opportunity for you and your loved ones. An investment opportunity will turn out better than expected. 3 stars

PISCES (February 19-March 20): Don’t trust anyone who uses emotional manipulation. Choose to distance yourself from anyone who tries to beat you up or who tries to coerce you into doing something you don’t want to pursue. Focus on self-improvement, positive relationships, and sharing your life with someone you love. 3 stars

Birthday baby: You are informative, energetic and ambitious. You are creative and emotional.
1 star: avoid conflict; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don’t rely on others. 3 stars: Concentrate and you will achieve your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; launch new projects. 5 stars: nothing can stop you; go panning for gold.

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Holy cow! History: When CNN almost fell into the real “fake news” trap https://indigodreams.net/holy-cow-history-when-cnn-almost-fell-into-the-real-fake-news-trap/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 17:10:10 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/holy-cow-history-when-cnn-almost-fell-into-the-real-fake-news-trap/ Journalists walk the razor’s edge between speed and precision, and they sometimes get cut off. On the one hand, there’s the ever-increasing pressure to be first with the latest major news. On the other hand, there is the obligation to tell the story well. They’ve been at odds since Ben Franklin started printing newspapers, and […]]]>

Journalists walk the razor’s edge between speed and precision, and they sometimes get cut off.

On the one hand, there’s the ever-increasing pressure to be first with the latest major news. On the other hand, there is the obligation to tell the story well. They’ve been at odds since Ben Franklin started printing newspapers, and probably always will be.

Overall, journalists have had more right than wrong over the years, with some major mistakes along the way. Remember the Chicago Tribune’s 1948 epic failure, “Dewey beats Truman”? (He didn’t.) In a 1981 assassination attempt, ABC News briefly reported that President Ronald Reagan had died. (He hadn’t.)

Nowhere is the challenge of the first versus the factual more pressing than in the 24-hour news cycle of television. Immediacy and instant access are its hallmarks, after all.

But the original cable news pioneer once came close to being badly burned. That’s what happened when CNN nearly fell for fake news.

During this Paleolithic period before Al Gore invented the Internet, CNN and its sister channel CNN Headline News were the channels to watch if you wanted to stay up to date with the latest news. In fact, reporting major events as they happened was what the networks were for.

(Transparently, I worked as a writer and editor at CNN and CNN Headline News on and off between 1984 and 2009. Although I wasn’t present when this incident happened, I heard it from firsthand from many people who were there who were sick. -fatal morning. It was passed down as a ghost story whispered around the campfire late at night, a cautionary tale of what happens if you act too fast.)

CNN was launched on a shoestring budget in 1980, followed by Headline News in 1982. The pair slowly but surely proved to be the little engine that could do it. Made up of a combination of seasoned veterans and young enthusiasts like me who still had fresh ink on their journalism degrees, they set out to do the impossible: bring breaking news to American living rooms in real time. And they improved year after year until they reached their pinnacle of being the only newscast to report live during the start of the Gulf War in 1991 from inside Iraq.

The network capitalized on this success in 1992. At the same time, President George HW Bush was also riding a wave of popularity after the swift defeat of Saddam Hussein’s forces. He rang in the new year on a trip to Asia-Pacific focused on the major global realignment underway after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On the morning of January 8, Bush and the American ambassador to Japan played a doubles tennis match against the emperor and the prime minister of that country. (The home team won.)

There was a big state dinner that night at the prime minister’s house. Suddenly, between the second and third serves, Bush bent over, vomited into his host’s lap, and fell to the floor. Secret Service agents rushed him. It was later announced that he was suffering from a nasty stomach flu.

And that might have been it – if the phone hadn’t rung at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

To say things were confusing in the newsroom that morning would be an understatement. Sudden and unexpected news has always sent an electric charge through the ranks. And it rarely gets bigger than the president collapsing in the middle of a black-tie party.

Three hours after that incident, a caller posing as the president’s personal physician said Bush was dead.

A brief flurry of extremely intense debate among senior CNN Headline News producers followed. A command decision has been made. The news would be announced.

And so, during a commercial break, highly esteemed announcer Don Harrison was told to read the story when the newscast resumed. You can cut the tension with a knife.

At 9:45 a.m., Harrison said, “This just came through on CNN Headline News. And we say at the outset that we have not confirmed this by another source. … ”

At that time, a frantic producer was heard off-camera shouting, “No! Stop!”

Harrison, a consummate professional, rallied and carried on as best he could. “We are now getting a correction. We won’t tell you that story. … President Bush is resting comfortably after…”

The phone call was found to have been traced to a residence in Garden City, Idaho. A volatile man named James Smith introduced himself as the president’s doctor and went around telling anyone who would listen that Bush was dead.

CNN’s senior editorial staff initially determined the call was a hoax and ignored it. But somehow, the story drifted to its sister network, which came close to making perhaps the biggest blunder of all time.

When that was over, CNN implemented new safeguards to determine which stories were approved for reporting. And Smith was taken to a mental institution.

Lesson learned the hard way. But it had been a very close call.

J. Mark Powell is a novelist, former television journalist and history buff. Do you have a historical mystery to solve? A forgotten moment to remember? Send it to HolyCow@insidesources.com.

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10 Mistakes That Still Haunt Naughty Dog https://indigodreams.net/10-mistakes-that-still-haunt-naughty-dog/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 16:49:07 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/10-mistakes-that-still-haunt-naughty-dog/ From humble beginnings designing games with their Apple IIs, Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin have paved the way for a massive gaming empire. Naughty Dog is one of the heavyweights in the AAA gaming industry, with a lineage titles that pushed the boundaries of visuals, presentation and technical skill. RELATED: 10 Mistakes That Still Haunt […]]]>

From humble beginnings designing games with their Apple IIs, Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin have paved the way for a massive gaming empire. Naughty Dog is one of the heavyweights in the AAA gaming industry, with a lineage titles that pushed the boundaries of visuals, presentation and technical skill.



RELATED: 10 Mistakes That Still Haunt Sony

Even with other generations of consoles, this old dog has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to learn new tricks. Unfortunately, no developer, not even one as powerful as Naughty Dog, is entirely without fault. Despite being one of the giants in the industry, the company’s occasional mistakes have put them in the niche from time to time.

ten Naughty Dog chose to remove Tawna instead of redesigning her

Tawna was introduced in the original Crash Bandicoot like the damsel in distress that the eponymous marsupial must save. Unfortunately, Universal Interactive felt it was too salacious for a children’s franchise, prompting Naughty Dog to quietly drop it from subsequent titles.

Despite fan speculation, Jason Rubin claims that Crash’s younger sister Coco was never intended to replace Tawna, and expressed regret that the two did not co-exist in the second game. Fortunately, Tawna will reappear in the N-Sane Trilogy, nitro fueled, and Crash 4 – sporting less promiscuous redesigns.

9 Jason Rubin regrets the characterization of Jak in the first game

Although he was relatively happy with the end result, Jason Rubin regretted some of the committee design approach when designing main character Jak. Every branch of Sony participated in the character’s consultation, with the Japanese division expressing a preference for a more human-like design.

In addition, many staff members had already worked on gex, which was criticized for its constant one-liners. To avoid creating distance between the player and the protagonist, Rubin chose to mute Jak – a choice he also regretted. Ironically, Rubin found Daxter to be a more endearing character because he was more the product of singular vision.

8 The Uncharted movie is another terrible adaptation

The live-action adaptation of Naughty Dog’s action-platforming franchise is another entry in the long list of terrible movies based on video games. After a turbulent 14-year development period that saw the departure of several administrators, including bumblebee Travis Knight and Dan Trachtenberg from The boys fame, live action Unexplored The film starring Tom Holland and Mark Whalberg was panned by fans and critics.

Despite poor reviews, director Ruben Fleischer claimed that Naughty Dog and Nathan Drake’s voice Nolan North worked closely on the film every step of the way.

seven Jak II flopped overseas

Crash Bandicoot was one of the few examples of a Western game property that achieved massive success in Japanese markets. Jak & Daxter: the heritage of the precursors received the “Gold Prize” in Japan for sales over 500,000 units, but it failed to match Crash Hit. In addition, The success of Grand Theft Auto III changed industry expectations.

RELATED: 10 Worst Dark And Gritty Video Game Reboots

Jason Rubin Asked Former Sony Chairman Shuhei Yoshida Whether To Continue Jack and Daxter. Yoshida expressed his support for the series, prompting Naughty Dog to make some changes to the sequel. Unfortunately, James IIThe darker tone of alienated Japanese gamers, leading the sequels to stay overseas.

6 Penta Penguin placeholder lines left in Crash Team Racing

Deep in Naughty Dog’s latest foray into the Accident was a secret unlockable character that even the testers didn’t know about. In Crash Team Racing, players can unlock Penta Penguin by entering a special code in the main menu. However, this secrecy may have led to a notable blunder.

The story goes that when modeler Rob Titus got a copy of the game, his first instinct was to unlock every character. But, to his horror, when he played Penta, he heard the voice of programmer Gavin James deliver the placeholder line”Penguin Yay One.“Unfortunately, it was too late to correct this error.

5 Jak X’s memory card bug nearly broke the game

The first copies of Jak X Combat Racing ended up with a bug that corrupted players’ memory cards when autosaving. In many cases, the bug filled the memory card with unusable data that could not be erased or moved. The only way for players to work around this issue was to remove the memory card during gameplay and manually save it from the menu.

It apparently went so badly that Sony went so far as to offer affected gamers a free copy of James Xa new memory card and a free copy from a selection of SOCOM: Navy SEAL titles in exchange for their glitched game.

4 Way of the Warrior shows everyone has to start somewhere

Naughty Dog’s first CD title is, unfortunately, their most embarrassing. 3DO was oversaturated with terrible interactive movie titles that were barely games, so Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin had the approach to bring a genre to a platform that lacked one.

While their intentions were noble, the end product is little more than an inferior carbon copy of another violent fighting game franchise. Either way, it caught the attention of Universal, who then signed them to a three-game contract, which led to Accident. Nevertheless, Jason Rubin would later apologize to Ed Boon for scamming mortal combat.


3 Universal is the reason Naughty Dog lost its beloved marsupial

Before Naughty Dog partnered with Sony, they had deals with several publishers, such as EA and Universal Interactive. Universal picked up Naughty Dog’s The Warrior’s Path when he had no publisher and helped produce Crash Bandicoot. However, Naughty Dog only received a fraction of the games’ profits and were often denied the time or resources they needed to develop their titles.

RELATED: 10 Harsh Realities Of Replaying PS1 Games

According to Andy Gavin, no one at Universal except Mark Cerny knew anything about video games. Lured by Sony’s developer deal, Naughty Dog made the reluctant decision to leave Universal and Accident to move to greener pastures.


2 Development issues plagued Jak & Daxter The Lost Frontier

When transitioning to the PlayStation 3, Naughty Dog was split into two groups. A group has been assigned to work on the next entry in the Jack and Daxter series for the PSP, while the other was working on a small title known as Unexplored. Neil Druckman, who would later direct The last of usserved as designer for Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier.

However, the transition to the PlayStation 3 proved to be more difficult than expected, prompting many employees to quit. The lost frontier the team was then asked to work on Unexplored, while the abandoned Jack and Daxter the title was awarded to High Impact Games.


1 The Last of Us Part 2 Polarized Reviews

While many of the complaints about the sequel were just petulant grunts from “anti-SJWs” unhappy that a big-budget game had the audacity to feature a lesbian protagonist, critics were made in good faith. HarrisMichael Brewis mocked the game’s message, jokingly, “Oh, was it wrong to murder a bunch of people – with a knife“Jim Stephanie Sterling claimed it”lovingly simulates detailed brutal violence and occasionally stops to be sad about it.

One of the harshest criticisms came from Yahtzee Croshaw who accused Ellie of lacking character growth and criticized the supporting cast for validating her blind pursuit of revenge.

NEXT: 10 PlayStation Games That Are Worse When You’re An Adult

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Capricorn: Don’t wait for someone to make the first move. Set your sights on the target of your choice and refuse to let anyone distract you from your path. https://indigodreams.net/capricorn-dont-wait-for-someone-to-make-the-first-move-set-your-sights-on-the-target-of-your-choice-and-refuse-to-let-anyone-distract-you-from-your-path/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 04:01:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/capricorn-dont-wait-for-someone-to-make-the-first-move-set-your-sights-on-the-target-of-your-choice-and-refuse-to-let-anyone-distract-you-from-your-path/ Eugenie Last CELEBRITIES BORN TODAY: Ariana Greenblatt, 15; Aaron Paul, 43; Sarah Chalke, 46; Chandra Wilson, 53.Happy Birthday: Take a moment to reassess the past, present and future. Learn from your mistakes, consider what is possible, and change what isn’t working for you. Set a budget for your plans and eliminate anything that is not […]]]>

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CELEBRITIES BORN TODAY: Ariana Greenblatt, 15; Aaron Paul, 43; Sarah Chalke, 46; Chandra Wilson, 53.
Happy Birthday: Take a moment to reassess the past, present and future. Learn from your mistakes, consider what is possible, and change what isn’t working for you. Set a budget for your plans and eliminate anything that is not justified. Action speaks louder than words, and a targeted approach to achieving the desired results will satisfy your needs. Keep personal matters secret. Your numbers are 5, 14, 22, 26, 32, 34, 45.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You will find a path to happiness once you raise your voice and are true to yourself. Self-improvement will enlighten you and encourage you to put a positive spin on your life, love, and accomplishments. Romanticism is preferred. 3 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Watch the change carefully. Don’t feel like you have to follow if you disagree with someone. Put your energy into something that will help you move forward. Educational activities will encourage you to point in a direction that makes more sense. 5 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do not share sensitive information. You’ll avoid unwanted questions if you keep your personal life a secret. Focus on what makes you smile without emptying your bank account. Don’t trust anyone with your money. 2 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Dive into something that intrigues you. Let your creativity run free to explore the possibilities. Learn by observation, trial and error and from the experts. Be smart, quick to react, and dedicated to what you want to accomplish. 4 stars
LEO (July 23-August 22): Don’t take on too much physically or financially. Put your efforts where they pay the most dividends. Don’t waste time trying to convince others to participate in your plan. Do your own thing, dance to the music and enjoy the ride. 3 stars
VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Finish what you start before sharing to avoid interference. Someone you think you can rely on for sound advice will mislead you or cause uncertainty. Don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position. Do your own thing and control the output. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): Ease into situations and educate yourself before you move. Pay attention to how others react and you will find out what awaits you. Prepare for change, but adopt only what is necessary. Time is on your side. The romantic opportunities are obvious. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Acting in haste will lead to mistakes. You may wish for a change, but problems will make your goal difficult to achieve unless all the components are in place. Do not put yourself in a compromising position and do not take risks with your health. 4 stars
SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov-21 Dec): Clear space to accommodate what you want to pursue. A home station that houses your gear, supplies, or something that can make your life easier is warranted. Make personal growth, happiness and good health your priorities. 2 stars
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): Think more about what you have, what you want, and how to achieve your goal. Don’t wait for someone to take the first step. Set your sights on the target of your choice and refuse to let anyone distract you from your path. 5 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Don’t start a quarrel. Be a good listener and offer positive feedback. How you behave in front of others will reflect how easy it will be for you to get your way. Spend less and you’ll gain peace of mind. 3 stars
PISCES (February 19 to March 20): Reach out to people who share common interests with you; together you will bring about positive change. Put your energy where it has the most effect and walk away from situations that suggest temptations and potential problems. Say no to excess. 3 stars
Birthday Baby: You are quick-witted, intuitive and original. You are intense and reactive.
1 star: avoid conflict; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don’t rely on others. 3 stars: Concentrate and you will achieve your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; launch new projects. 5 stars: nothing can stop you; go panning for gold.
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Don’t Make These Common Car Rental Mistakes | Travel convenience store https://indigodreams.net/dont-make-these-common-car-rental-mistakes-travel-convenience-store/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/dont-make-these-common-car-rental-mistakes-travel-convenience-store/ Please don’t do what Richard Rubin did to his rental car this summer. When he picked up his midsize sedan from Enterprise in Granada, Spain, an agent showed him that the fuel tank lid was spring-loaded and said the car was consuming gasoline. But when Rubin discovered the vehicle wasn’t big enough to accommodate three […]]]>

Please don’t do what Richard Rubin did to his rental car this summer.

When he picked up his midsize sedan from Enterprise in Granada, Spain, an agent showed him that the fuel tank lid was spring-loaded and said the car was consuming gasoline. But when Rubin discovered the vehicle wasn’t big enough to accommodate three passengers in the back seat, as described on Enterprise’s website, he requested a van.

“The officer tapped on the fuel tank lid again to show me how to open it and told me he was using gasoline,” says Rubin, a New York City editor.

Something must have gotten lost in the translation. When he refueled a few days later, the engine sputtered to a stop. It turned out that the van only took diesel. Enterprise towed the van to a nearby mechanic for repairs. Rubin and his group paid 90 euros ($90) for a taxi ride to Granada.

The next day, while touring the historic Alhambra palace complex in Granada, Enterprise called Rubin with bad news: he had to pay 1,500 euros for repairs, because poor car power is a negligence and is not covered by the company’s damage insurance. The company subsequently reduced its bill to 844 euros, including 100 euros for “application costs” and 115 euros for “loss of use” costs. Rubin says he has no recollection of any warnings to use only diesel in the vehicle.

Mistaking fuel is one of the most common mistakes made by travelers, especially when traveling overseas. Still, a mixture of gases is completely avoidable. Vehicles often have warnings next to the tank that say “diesel fuel only”, although they are not in English, and fuel injectors at some service stations will prevent you from using the wrong gas. But never take anyone’s word for it.

I asked the Enterprise about Rubin’s case. One representative promised to review his bill, but added that his experience offered a valuable lesson to other customers.

“Take the time to get to know the vehicle you’re renting,” spokeswoman Lisa Martini told me. “Learn how to use the essential functions, like the location of the seat levers and how to use the infotainment system.”

And, of course, what kind of fuel the car requires.

If you’ve misfueled your car, there’s a way to cut your costs. Ernesto Suarez, managing director of British travel insurance company Halo Insurance Services, says you can call a local garage to tow your rental car to the nearest service centre. In Europe, an engine oil change and cleaning costs around $300 and can take an entire day.

“It’s always good practice to contact the rental car company to let them know what you’re doing,” Suarez adds.

Of course, misfueling isn’t the only common car rental mistake. They also include not taking photos of your car before and after the duration of your rental, not providing an additional driver, and not understanding the economics of rental cars.

“Always take photos of all sides of the cars and inside the car to document any damage before pick-up and after drop-off,” says Michael Stalf, managing director of Myonecar, a German car rental company.

Why take vacation photos of your car? Because your car rental company probably won’t. If he finds damage to your vehicle, he will hold you responsible. By the way, if you find a dent, dent, or scratch on your car when you pick it up, make sure it’s documented in your paperwork. Or better yet, ask for another vehicle.

Some car rental companies have started taking before and after rental images of their vehicles. Andy Abramson, a frequent business traveler who runs a communications company in Los Angeles, rented several cars in Europe this spring. Some companies have new scanning equipment that captures an image of your vehicle before you leave and when you return.

Renters also tend to forget that car rental companies charge high fees for additional drivers. For example, Hertz charges $13.50 per day, a maximum of $189 per rental, for each additional driver. Julie Demaret, director of car rental company Rhinocarhire, says you need to think about the additional driver before renting.

And watch out for upsells. For example, insurance can add $20 or more per day to the cost of your rental. But you can get car rental coverage for about half that from a traditional travel insurance company. Allianz Travel Insurance offers a product called Rental Car Damage Protector for $11 per day. The insurance site iCarhireinsurance.com, which is operated by Halo Insurance, even sells a policy that covers you for up to $1,200 for improperly fueling your car.

Also, make sure you understand the tricks of the trade. Car rental companies are busy during the summer. Nicole Gustas, a frequent Boston traveler, couldn’t find a rental car in Los Angeles recently, so she used a strategy that became popular last summer: She rented a U-Haul truck for two days . Then she found an SUV through Enterprise in a remote location off the airport.

“We wanted an economical car,” explains Gustas, marketing director for an insurance company. “But beggars can’t choose.”

Following the basic rules of car rental etiquette is especially important now, not only because car rental companies have become stricter about adding cleaning fees for vehicles left dirty, but also because the ongoing car rental shortage has resulted in older fleets than they have been. For years.

“Etiquette is about being considerate of others, which certainly includes being considerate of whoever is going to rent the car after you,” says Nick Leighton, etiquette expert and co-host of the weekly “Were You Raised” podcast. . By wolves?

But perhaps the biggest mistake you can make when it comes to your rental car is underestimating your budget.

“Be prepared to spend the money,” warns Robert Walden, editor of VehicleFreak.com, a car care site.

Walden says higher prices aren’t the only thing to worry about. Vehicles will be scarce, following last summer’s shortage of rental cars. That means some of us won’t even be lucky enough to make these common car rental mistakes.

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Are the mistakes of the Bronson administration a sign of corruption or incompetence? https://indigodreams.net/are-the-mistakes-of-the-bronson-administration-a-sign-of-corruption-or-incompetence/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 19:20:26 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/are-the-mistakes-of-the-bronson-administration-a-sign-of-corruption-or-incompetence/ Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, left, and Assemblyman Chris Constant chat during a break in the Oct. 4, 2021 meeting. (Marc Lester/DNA) Dave Bronson’s tenure as mayor has been a whirlwind: scandals, lies, incompetence and bad decisions. Bronson and City Manager Amy Demboski prolifically beat the public with mischief as far as it seems normal. Disable […]]]>

Dave Bronson’s tenure as mayor has been a whirlwind: scandals, lies, incompetence and bad decisions. Bronson and City Manager Amy Demboski prolifically beat the public with mischief as far as it seems normal. Disable water fluoridation? Strange choice, but OK. Refusal to execute the approved budget? How did that happen ? There is a laundry list.

Few of the Bronson administration’s problems have the gravity of the botched hiring of former health department director Joe Gerace. By hiring Gerace to run one of the city’s largest and most influential departments, the administration has failed to identify him as the crook he clearly is.

Bronson missed that, City Manager Amy Demboski missed that, and “Head of Human Resources” Niki Tshibaka missed that. They missed the fact that he didn’t actually have the two master’s degrees he claimed and wasn’t actually a licensed paramedic. They even missed that he wasn’t a member of the National Guard. In fact, it has been deforming for years.

These claims should have been easy for the administration to verify, but when a former Gerace employee questioned the alleged work history, Tshibaka called it an “assassination” of Gerace’s “sterling character”.

We know all this thanks to excellent reporting by Lex Treinen of Alaska Public Media and Curtis Gilbert of American Public Media, who spent weeks doing what Tshibaka is paid by taxes to do: fact-checking the resume of Gerace.

Not only did Dave Bronson hire a crook, but he hired one so bad at his job that he messed up the Bronson administration’s COVID-19 response, resulting in the shutdown of testing sites and pretending that the pandemic did not exist. People died because of it. He also oversaw the homelessness response, which involved closing the Sullivan Arena and busing people to a campground in bear country with no services. The campground, miles from routine services, continues to be a nightmare. A woman recently gave birth there. This week, another person died.

Some say the Anchorage Assembly dropped the ball because we voted 7-3 to confirm Gerace as director of the health department despite credible testimony in the opposition. I voted to uphold it in part because of the bullied narrative that the Assembly’s sole purpose was to viciously block all of Mayor Bronson’s goals. I also voted yes because I incorrectly assumed that the information provided to the Assembly by Bronson and Tshibaka was accurate. This will not happen again.

The Gerace scandal is shocking, but when you step back, it’s clear that one of two things happened. Either Bronson and Tshibaka knew Gerace was inflating his credentials but didn’t care, or Dave Bronson’s so-called “head of human resources,” Tshibaka, failed to do the most basic background check. Corruption or incompetence.

And what is their proposed remedy? Investigate themselves. Oh good?

Well, don’t worry, I’ll be even more vigilant from now on. I will review Mayor Bronson’s decisions with renewed vigor, as it is now abundantly clear, almost halfway through his term, that he or his administration cannot be trusted to work on behalf of residents of Anchorage.

Christopher Constant is the Vice President of the Anchorage Assembly.

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5 most common money mistakes you could make https://indigodreams.net/5-most-common-money-mistakes-you-could-make/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 19:03:42 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/5-most-common-money-mistakes-you-could-make/ Money / Financial Planning kali9 / Getty Images The most financially savvy person isn’t immune to making money mistakes, and that’s OK. Sometimes it can be helpful to check where you are financially to make sure you’re not accidentally spending on something you don’t need or delaying your financial commitments with deadlines. Explore: Answers to […]]]>

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The most financially savvy person isn’t immune to making money mistakes, and that’s OK. Sometimes it can be helpful to check where you are financially to make sure you’re not accidentally spending on something you don’t need or delaying your financial commitments with deadlines.

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Review some of these most common financial mistakes and, if necessary, make appropriate adjustments.

Sticking to exceeded financial goals

Most individuals set financial goals when they start budgeting and work diligently to achieve those goals accordingly.

Take a moment to review your financial goals. Have you recently achieved any of these goals, such as paying off credit card debt? Are some of your financial goals no longer relevant to you and your needs? Review the financial goals you have right now. Re-determine the priority of each objective. If you find that some are no longer relevant or if you have already achieved these goals, make a note to set new financial goals to align them with the changes in your life.

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Delay the maximum of your retirement account

Do you have a traditional retirement account or a Roth IRA? There’s still time to maximize your account contributions in 2022. Anyone under age 50 can contribute up to $6,000 to their account for the year. People over 50 can add an additional $1,000 each year as part of their catch-up contributions.

While it’s not a financial requirement to max out your retirement account each year, it’s highly recommended that you do so if you can afford it. This also applies to any employer-sponsored retirement plans you may participate in at your workplace. Maximizing these accounts allows your investments, and any potential income, to grow tax-deferred.

Not reviewing credit card statements

How often do you check your credit card statement? It’s not uncommon to skim a statement to see the total balance owing or decide not to read it at all and let automated payments take care of it.

However, those who carefully review their credit card statements each month may find that they are able to prevent common financial mistakes from occurring. Some of these may include cutting back on services you rarely use or noticing duplicate billing that you haven’t done and may notify your credit card company.

Choose not to automate bill payments

Choosing not to automate bill payments is not necessarily a mistake. Rather, it’s a suggestion that can help prevent bill payers from making financial mistakes such as forgetting to mail a check or make a payment before a bill’s due date. specific.

Automating financial decisions, from scheduling payments to setting aside a percentage of your income for retirement, does more than ensure you meet deadlines. It can help you save money.

For example, let’s say you have a specific dollar amount taken from each paycheck. You put it directly into an investment fund, like a low-cost index fund, through an automatic contribution setup. Regardless of what happens in the stock market, you are putting money into the market.

Embracing automation is more than setting up contributions and not having to think about it afterwards. In the long term, automation helps individuals practice cost averaging and build significant wealth.

Avoid checking your bank accounts

It’s easy to be ambivalent about logging into your bank account to check your checking or savings balance. This is especially true if you use a debit card frequently and have multiple pending transactions coming into your account at the same time.

You may not want to peek into your account, but you should make it a habit to check these accounts daily. It’s important to know how much you have in checks and savings to make sure you know how much cash you have available at all times. This prevents overdrafts on all accounts.

Additionally, a watchful eye on checking and savings accounts can be quick to notice any unauthorized transactions and report them promptly to mitigate the negative effects of fraud or identity theft.

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Don’t worry about a beefier IRS, unless you’re a tax cheat https://indigodreams.net/dont-worry-about-a-beefier-irs-unless-youre-a-tax-cheat/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 20:26:20 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/dont-worry-about-a-beefier-irs-unless-youre-a-tax-cheat/ The taxman hasn’t come much, and Democrats aim to fix that with a key piece of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Republicans warn this is really an assault on working-class Americans, whom Democrats plan to tax into oblivion. Regular workers who pay their taxes should not fear a tougher tax. Democrats are trying to […]]]>

The taxman hasn’t come much, and Democrats aim to fix that with a key piece of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Republicans warn this is really an assault on working-class Americans, whom Democrats plan to tax into oblivion.

Regular workers who pay their taxes should not fear a tougher tax. Democrats are trying to close the tax gap, which is the amount of tax Americans owe each year but don’t pay, for a variety of reasons. They could be hiding income. There could be some honest disagreements about what actually counts as income. There may be simple mistakes. Whatever the reason, the tax gap is huge. Estimates range from an annual tax gap of $280 billion to $1 trillion. Closing the tax gap completely would generate far more revenue than all the tax hikes President Biden has tried and failed.

For workers who derive most or all of their income from work, like most people, it is very difficult to cheat on your taxes. Your employer is required to report your earnings to the IRS and withhold taxes, so there’s not much to dispute about how much you earn and owe. Taxpayers can claim deductions, but there’s little room for creative accounting if your income comes from a single source and you’re an employee rather than a business owner. The IRS estimates that only 1% of workers who file a W-2 form misreport their income.

It’s easier to fool the IRS if you’re rich

Rich filers have a lot more opportunities to cheat, and they do. The wealthy derive much more of their income from investments, rental income, corporate profits and other sources where reports to government are indirect or non-existent. Tax specialists and accountants have many ways to hide income for the wealthy, such as offshore accounts and shell companies. Income under-reporting increases with the “opaque” or difficult to track nature of the income source. The IRS estimates that 55% of the most opaque income goes unreported, costing the Treasury hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

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The IRS has had a hard time catching tax cheats because Republicans who controlled the presidency from 2017 to 2021 and Congress for several years before that constantly rattled the agency’s budget. The IRS budget has shrunk by about 20% over the past decade, leaving it short of auditors, support staff and modern computers. A recent The Washington Post exposes detailed outdated manual processes that the IRS must use because its software and hardware are decades old. Some systems were manufactured by companies that were no longer in business. Audit rates have fallen 64% for the wealthiest Americans since 2010, and 50% for the largest companies.

Unless you’re a tax cheat like Al Capone, you don’t have to worry about the IRS having more resources. (Photo by Daily Herald Archive/National Science and Media Museum/SSPL via Getty Images)

The Cut Inflation Act, which Biden signed into law on August 16, provides $80 billion in additional funding to the IRS over the next decade. The agency says it will use the money to hire thousands of new employees, update its technology and improve customer response times.

Republicans are hysterical. “Do you earn $75,000 or less? The Democrats’ new army of 87,000 tax officials will come and get you,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. tweeted on August 9. A House Republican group claims ordinary law-abiding workers will face 710,000 new IRS audits. The Wall Street Journal editorial page laments a new “Wave of IRS auditsabout to hit the middle class. All of these claims are making the rounds in the conservative media.

Are the Democrats really dumb enough to use their slim majority in Congress to harass middle-class voters with unnecessary tax audits that will produce next to no revenue? If they are, they deserve to be removed from office and probably will be.

The IRS needs to target the big fish

Here’s what’s likely to happen instead: The IRS will gradually strengthen and overhaul its antiquated technology. It will take time. The labor shortage could hamper hiring, and it’s notoriously difficult to upgrade government IT systems. Maybe in a few years, the $80 billion investment will start showing a positive return, which can only happen if the IRS targets the big fish. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $80 billion in additional funding could generate $200 billion in additional tax revenue over a decade, for a 250% return on investment. Other estimates put possible revenues at $700 billion.

If it wanted to, the IRS could use these new resources foolishly. This could drive out low- and middle-income Americans who earn some or most of their income in cash, as underreporting cash income is a way to avoid taxes. It could also drive out low-income workers claiming the earned income tax credit, as some of those filers make mistakes on their tax returns and inadvertently under-report their income.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the IRS will not increase audits for those earning less than $400,000 a year.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the IRS will not increase audits for those earning less than $400,000 a year. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

But that would be extremely stupid at a time when Americans distrust government and one of two political parties is openly hostile to the agency whose job it is to collect federal tax revenue. Republicans will be watching for exactly this type of mistargeting and trumpeting every instance they can find. Political operatives will spin false stories of outrage about government thugs tormenting humble citizens.

Misinformation is already circulating. These “87,000 new IRS agents” are not exactly the army of tax thugs Republicans claim they will be. The IRS could hire that many people over the next 10 years, but many of them would be replace at least 50,000 IRS workers who will be retiring. Only a few of the new recruits would be listeners. Others would work in technology, support or other departments. Some can help relieve the huge backlog of unprocessed tax returnsso that Americans due for a refund can get their money faster.

Nor will there be 710,000 new audits of working-class Americans. This figure comes from hand-picked data and faulty assumptions altered to project a tax agency gone crazy. PolitiFact is assessing the claim”mostly wrong.”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, whose department oversees the IRS, said in a August 10 Letter to IRS Commissioner that the new resources “should not be used to increase the share of small businesses or households below the $400,000 threshold that are audited from historical levels. Instead, enforcement resources will focus on high-end noncompliance. Yellen argued that better technology and data analysis should allow the agency to avoid targeting the wrong people and more effectively identify filers most likely to cheat.

Could she be lying? Uh, okay, of course. But why? It would be counterproductive for the IRS to harass low-income taxpayers who don’t have a lot of money in the first place, while continuing to let wealthy fraudsters off the hook. Its reputation would worsen further, if possible, and the backlash would be brutal in both political parties, leaving the agency without defenders.

What the IRS should and almost certainly will do is use the new resources to see where the money is: among the wealthy filers and the big corporations who collect most of the unreported income. Congress and external oversight bodies should pay close attention to ensuring the IRS uses these new resources to improve tax compliance where it matters most. If it works, it should make the tax system a bit fairer and maybe even improve trust in government a bit. The taxman should only be your enemy when you stiffen him.

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Traveling for work? 12 smart strategies to control your spending https://indigodreams.net/traveling-for-work-12-smart-strategies-to-control-your-spending/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 13:00:48 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/traveling-for-work-12-smart-strategies-to-control-your-spending/ Business travel is a great opportunity to build new relationships and close deals. However, between transportation, meals, lodging, and other day-to-day expenses, it’s easy for a traveling professional to rack up a hefty bill. To help busy travelers find ways to cut costs while traveling for business, a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) members […]]]>

Business travel is a great opportunity to build new relationships and close deals. However, between transportation, meals, lodging, and other day-to-day expenses, it’s easy for a traveling professional to rack up a hefty bill.

To help busy travelers find ways to cut costs while traveling for business, a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) members answered the following question:

“As business travel resumes, what advice would you give to professionals looking to cut back on expenses when traveling for work? Why?”

Here are their top recommendations.



1. Keep ancillary costs low

“It’s tempting to buy Wi-Fi to work on a plane, but sometimes it’s more cost-effective to wait until you get to the hotel and be able to use the free Wi-Fi. Also, if you are on a business trip, you need to balance the cost of food and resist the temptation to be a tourist. Instead, travel as if you live in the area, buying only the essentials. ~ Ron Lying, ContentMender

2. Hire an assistant to help you

“Hire a virtual assistant who will have the time to do their research well, find the best flight and hotel deals, and plan the trip for you. Many executives are extremely busy and often choose more expensive travel options to save time and energy. Instead, hire a remote virtual assistant who can help you with all the planning details and whose time would always pay off. ~ Blair Thomas, eMerchantBroker

3. Buy economy class tickets

“One way to reduce travel costs is to opt for lower class airlines and plane seats. Flying first class is fine, but you don’t have to go from one point A to point B. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your expenses, this is a simple and effective way to start. ~ John Turner, SeedProd LLC

4. Plan ahead and make an itinerary

“Plan ahead. Try to take public transport. Stay connected. Book your flights and hotels as soon as possible. Compare prices and choose the most profitable option. Create an itinerary. Make a list of all the places you will visit and map out the route. This will help you budget your time and money accordingly. ~ Candice Georgiadis, Digital Day

5. Say “no” to last minute plans

“Be aggressive when saying ‘no’ to unnecessary last-minute travel plans. To the extent that unplanned trips can be avoided, it is best because such trips are the most damaging to the wallet. By planning your travel schedule in advance and prioritizing video conferencing tools over last-minute trips, you can significantly reduce costs. ~ Akshar Bonou, The personalized movement

6. Research your options

“Do your research and plan the trip accordingly. Try to find the best and most affordable options, whether it’s an airline, hotel, car rental service, or anything else. Knowing your options is better than making hasty decisions. This allows you to spend your funds smartly and efficiently by deciding what adds the most value without breaking the bank. ~ Stephanie Wells, Formidable shapes

7. Create a documented budget

“Creating a budget for your business trip and sticking to it helps. A budget controls your spending and ensures that you are spending on necessities and not luxuries. Having things documented also helps you plan your next trip better by avoiding mistakes you made previously. ~ Jared Atchinson, WPForms

8. Find a hotel outside the city

“One of the easiest ways to save money when traveling is to make sure the hotel you’re staying at isn’t in the most expensive part of town. I had the chance to save a lot of money traveling by avoiding the expensive parts of town. Instead, I recommend checking into your hotel before leaving the airport, and if it’s in the expensive part, try to find one that isn’t.~ Kelly Richardson, infobrandz

9. Book your trip in advance

“One tip I would give is to book your trip in advance. This way you can compare prices and find the best deals. So start by planning your trip at least a few weeks in advance. This will help to save money and reduce your business travel expenses. You can also deliberately choose more affordable travel dates if you look early enough. ~ Blair Williams, MemberPress

10. Partner with an airline

“If you’re someone who has to travel frequently for work, you might want to consider partnering with an airline to reduce your expenses. Many enterprise-level companies have taken advantage of this option, and you can too. By doing so, your employees will benefit from corporate discounts and fly at a negotiated rate. Sometimes they can even get extra benefits. ~ Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

11. Join Different Pricing Apps

“A simple tip is to join a few pricing apps like Expedia or Priceline. You can get really good discounted rates, and the discounts add up the more you use them. These websites allow you to compare prices and amenities and help you greatly if you have to stop unexpectedly in a city you do not know. ~ Baruch Labunski, Secure Rank

12. Be loyal to your favorite places

“Show loyalty to your favorite hotels, airlines, car rental companies and more. You’re more likely to be picked up by a company when you show brand loyalty rather than jumping on every trip you take. Purchasing within a brand’s ecosystem will alert you to special offers, promotions and benefits. These add up over time and get worse as your travels continue. ~ Marie Harcourt, CosmoGlo

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