AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHe baked for others.That’s a big reason why she put Michael Webber in her list of favorites on iHeartVolunteers, the dating site for service-minded people looking for love–he baked for the Peace Corps volunteers who would come through the town in Cambodia where he was serving.“I really wanted somebody who valued hospitality, volunteerism, and the world being bigger than one’s self,” says Alexandria Price, also a former Peace Corps volunteer. “I could tell from his profile that he was sincere.”So Price, a 33-year-old international development professional, gave him a shot. Even though she was living in Connecticut at the time and, from what she could tell, he was in China teaching English, she sent him a message. Her experience on other dating sites prior to iHeartVolunteers had been mixed: Match.com was too overwhelming, the sexual expectations of Tinder too off-putting, and Christian Mingle was too…well, you get the point.Price and Webber sent emails back and forth. They talked on Skype. They met in person, because coincidentally, Webber hadn’t left yet for China and was living in San Diego where Alex had family. Their first date was in a café – Webber brought her a batch of red velvet cookies – and that encounter kickstarted a love affair that has now lasted almost a year.“She’s honest, caring, sensitive, incredibly hard working, and a total dork. What’s not to love?” Webber says. “I remember looking at engagement rings like a month after we’d met. When you know, you know.”Webber is now in China; Price is finishing a tour of Nepal with her job. Through regular Skype dates they’ve become the ultimate digital couple, maintaining their love across oceans. They’re getting married today, on Valentine’s Day.“I’m not surprised this happened so quickly,” said Shelly Zenner, co-founder of iHeartVolunteers.Chris and Shelly Zenner, founded iHeartVolunteers“Volunteers share interests and core values such as compassion, a sense of adventure, flexibility and most importantly the desire to help improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live,” says Chris, Shelly’s husband and co-founder. “Having so much in common right off the bat is a huge advantage when looking for a meaningful relationship.”While there are other sites out there that do a similar sort of thing – CorpsSocial and YourCauseOrMine, for example – iHeartVolunteers stands out by not only giving 10% of their profits to the volunteer’s affiliated project or organization but by verifying the person’s volunteer experience to suss out phonies.CHECK OUT: Penniless Artist in India Falls in Love, Rides Bike to Sweden to Be With HerTo prove who you say you are, a third party screening company created by the Zenners contacts the organization and ask them straight up if you’ve donated your time or not – and the people on the other line never know it’s a dating site who’s calling.The dating pool has 600 potential volunteers to choose from so far, scattered here and there in almost every U.S. state from Colorado to Connecticut – and some live as far away as Liberia, Kenya, and Uganda.Aside from its built-in lie detector, iHeartVolunteers prides itself on being low cost. Active volunteers in long-term immersion programs such as Americorps are always free, and as the community grows, subscriptions will cost anywhere from $15.95 per month to $59.95 for six months.RELATED: Patient Gets Engaged to Marine Who Gave Her Best Gift of All–LifeEventually, they’re looking to host in-person events and offer volunteer opportunities as dates you can choose from. After seeing your date in action, if you don’t want to continue the relationship, at least you can say you did something good for the day.Past or current volunteers are currently welcome to sign up for a free three-month subscription no matter where they live in the world.Playing Cupid to the socially conscious, the Zenners hope to not only unite altruists like themselves–the pair actually fell in love while serving in the Peace Corps together– but actually increase volunteerism in the world.ALSO: 4 Ways To Manifest Your Soul Mate And Give Up Looking for ‘Perfect’“Good people meeting good people are likely to do more good together,” Shelly says.They might just increase the pool of volunteers too, with couples maybe raising children attuned to community service.Celeste Hamilton Dennis is an editor at the digital arts activism publication, OF NOTE Magazine, and a freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny have been told by manager Unai Emery they are unwanted and must find “another challenge” before the end of the European transfer window, or face the prospect of bit‑part roles if they remain at Arsenal beyond 2 September.Emery’s ultimatum means both players have just a week and a half to find new clubs and, despite interest in Mustafi from Monaco and in Elneny from Turkish Super Lig sides, no deal has been struck. Emery said a fortnight ago he had spoken to Mustafi about the defender’s future and reiterated in clearer terms that it was in his best interest to depart.“They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches,” Emery said. “But they know the situation and really I am wishing the best for them. I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.”Mustafi started 31 of Arsenal’s Premier League games last season but was widely criticised for his role in several weak defensive showings, particularly towards a calamitous end to the campaign. He was booed by supporters during pre-season and a way back has never looked likely. Elneny was involved 17 times across all competitions and has scant prospect of serious involvement in the first team if he does not move on.“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season,” Emery said. “I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.”Related
BANGOR, Wis. – Wehrs Machine and Racing Products gives gift certificates to IMCA special drivers for a sixth consecutive season in 2017.In addition to the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, the list of 80 designated specials includes events for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Fifty dollar gift certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received.Information about the complete line of products available from the Bangor, Wis., high performance parts manufacturer can be obtained by calling 877 460-7211, as well as on Facebook and at the www.wehrsmachine.com website.“This has been a successful program with Wehrs Machine and IMCA drivers from all across the country have benefitted from it,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Renewing it just adds value to our special events program and more drivers will continue to be the beneficiaries.”
The U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with Swain County Health Department and Clay County Health Department present the Smoky Mountain Medical Innovative Readiness Training. This clinic will provide medical, dental and optical care to residents ages 2 and up at no cost. The Smoky Mountain Medical Mission will be held on August 2nd – 10th at Swain County High School and Hayesville High School. Registration will start at 8 am and will be first come, first served. Please prepare for potentially lengthy wait times. There will be a cut off for each service. We advise that you come early to registration.Veterinary services will be offered August 8th-10th in Swain County at Swain County Recreation (Upper Fields). This will be for small animals and will include vaccinations and deworming only. Please bring a collapsible chair and water. Wait times may be lengthy.In 2014, Swain County Health Department hosted a similar IRT Mission in conjunction with Murphy Medical Center. During this mission over 8,000 individuals and 2,600 animals were served .
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Features#web A one year follow up on a study of social media adoption at 500 of the fastest growing companies in the US has found that familiarity with and use of blogs, podcasting, wikis, online video and social networking has skyrocketed in 2008 to nearly double what it was in 2007. 77% of respondents now report at least some use of a social media tool in their business.The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research performed the study for Inc. Magazine and their findings confirm what previous studies have argued as well: social media use is now a major, mainstream activity.The FindingsThe study was written up on Robin Good’s excellent blog Master New Media.According to the study’s authors, “26% of respondents in 2007 felt that social media is “very important” to their business and marketing strategy. That figure rose to 44% in approximately one year. It is clear that this group of fast-growing companies considers the use of social media as a central part of its strategic plan.”Social networking is the most familiar of the technologies. In 2007, wikis were the least familiar but they have since leapfrogged over podcasting. It’s notable that the study’s authors found much more extensive use and growth in use in the fastest growing 500 US companies than they found in the Fortune 500, the largest companies. It would be a logical fallacy to argue that the fastest growing companies are growing fastest because of their use of social media, but it could be a factor. It could also be the case that insurgent companies have a greater incentive and proclivity to experiment than incumbent industry leaders.Three interesting charts from the study can be found below, followed by links to related studies and a few thoughts. Related Posts See Master New Media for the full write up on the Inc. 500 report.Top image from Robert Sanzalone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Related recent studies include Universal McCann’s findings that half of adults in the US now use some form of social media online and the April prediction from Forrester Research that “Enterprise 2.0” will become a $4.6 billion industry over the next 5 years.What does this mean? It means that when you tell people you write, read or listen to blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks and online video – if they give you a funny look, it is now officially them that’s a freak, not you. Are these tools really as useful as so many people appear to believe they are? That’s another question, but at least we’re getting a healthy number of people and businesses trying them out.Another relevant data point to keep in mind might be analyst firm Gartner’s “Hype Cycle,” though. If this graph accurately expresses business sentiment then adoption doesn’t equal satisfaction. Qualitative analyst studies like this are always very controversial, though. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Vector Security is accepting applications for its 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31, 2017. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals – or those who have an interest in loss prevention – seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF’s Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.- Sponsor – In 2012, the program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of ten LPQ and ten LPC scholarships will be awarded to US-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.“We are pleased to collaborate with the Loss Prevention Foundation once again to support loss prevention education and certification,” said Michael T. Grady, LPC, executive vice president, Vector Security. “We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong.”He added, “Over the years, LPQ and LPC certifications have become immensely popular and well-respected. Through our scholarship program, we’re honored to assist worthy individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification.”Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.Vector Security has awarded 184 scholarships totaling $189,345 since the program began in 2009. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Thieves make off with $27K of tech gadgets in another daring heist [Viral Video]Crystal-clear surveillance video shows how a group of young men made off with a small fortune worth of Apple products. The four only needed mere seconds to steal 26 items totaling $27,000 Saturday morning at the Fresno, California, Apple Store inside Fashion Fair Mall. Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department said the group took, “Various iPhones, the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and 8, and even the new iPhone X was taken in this grand theft. “ Just as quickly as they arrived, the young men in hoodies wasted no time, ripping out the tethered electronics from display tables throughout the store as customers and Apple Store employees looked on.One of the thieves, with an arm full of laptops, scurried past a group of frightened teenage girls. “One customer stood by the door to prevent them from leaving but was knocked out of the way,” said Hudson. According to police, the suspects never displayed any weapons. Investigators are reviewing the surveillance footage from inside the store to see who the young men are, and if the crime might be connected to a similar robbery in downtown San Luis Obispo last month. “There are other reports, of other places, other cities in California that have had these kinds of takeover thefts,” said Hudson. “So we are looking into (this crime) being connected to other crimes, at any other Apple Stores outside of Fresno.” [Source: ABC7 Eyewitness News]Two arrested in counterfeit currency schemeTwo people from California were arrested Monday after police said they were purchasing goods from businesses across the Salt Lake Valley using counterfeit currency and then returning the goods for real cash. Clinton Curry, 34, and Helena Joyce Lucky, 32, each of San Francisco, were booked into Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of forgery and possessing a forgery device, according to jail records. Both Curry and Lucky were arrested at a Home Depot parking lot after the store’s loss prevention associate called police, according to Cottonwood Heights officer Jeff Potter. Potter said Curry and Lucky had been at the store Sunday and purchased about $300 to $400 worth of tools using fake currency.- Sponsor – They then went to a Home Depot in Salt Lake City and returned the goods for real cash. A loss prevention associate at the store discovered that the money was fake and took a security camera screenshot of Curry and Lucky, Potter said. The LP associate then alerted other Home Depot stores across the Wasatch Front, according to Potter. The two returned to the store Monday and the loss prevention associate recognized them and alerted police. Potter said it appeared the two, identified as Curry and Lucky when they were arrested, had returned to the store to purchase more goods with fake currency. Police recovered $2,900 in cash and about $2,000 in fake currency after Curry and Lucky were arrested, Potter said.He said the quality of the print job would have made it difficult for a cashier to notice a bill was fake at a quick glance. “It looked like it was printed maybe off a laser printer — some high-end printer,” Potter said. “The bills looked actually pretty good for what they were. If you just looked at them side by side, it was actually hard to tell. You actually had to pick up the money, feel it and take that half-second to look at it to be able to tell it was fake.”Police also recovered recent receipts and items from a JCPenney, Designer Shoe Warehouse and Macy’s in the Salt Lake Valley, which they believe may have also been purchased with counterfeit cash, Potter said. He said additional counts might be added against Curry and Lucky as other agencies investigate possible fraud claims. Potter added he wouldn’t be surprised if the two had used fake currency on their way from California to Utah. “They rented a car and drove up from San Francisco,” Potter said. “There’s probably a slew of stores from here to San Francisco that’s got fake cash in it.” Neither Curry nor Lucky have any previous criminal history in Utah, according to court records. [Source: KSL News]Theft ring nabbed in $3,000 lingerie caperFour Chilean nationals face charges in the theft of over $3,000 in lingerie from a Victoria’s Secret store in Thousand Oaks, California, officials said. The incident happened Thursday at The Oaks mall when the suspects walked into the store as couples, officials said. One couple distracted the clerks while the other couple put the lingerie into a shopping bag and walked out, authorities said. Rodrigo Gajardo, 32; Felipe Viveros, 24; Ursula Guerut, 29; and Anastassia Saavedra, 26, were arrested on Friday in connection with the theft, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.They were arrested at a motel in Mission Hills. Inside two rooms, deputies found stolen lingerie, hundreds of clothing security sensors and shopping bags lined with aluminum foil that authorities say is commonly used to thwart store security sensors. This isn’t the first such case. In February a mother-daughter duo dubbed “The Panty Bandits” were arrested after a months-long spree across California that netted them over $250,000. One of the stores the duo hit was the Thousand Oaks store. [Source: NBC4 Los Angeles]Four suspects arrested: Authorities find hundreds of fraud credit cards and ID’sFour suspects were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga, California, after a search by authorities found hundreds of fraudulent credit cards and identifications, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The Rancho Cucamonga Police Departments Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) served a search warrant with assistance from detectives and patrol deputies in the 9200 block of Milliken Avenue.Upon entry, deputies came in contact with three men and two women. Once the subjects were detained, a fourth man, Malachi Gittens, arrived at the location but fled when deputies attempted to make contact with him, the Sheriff’s Department said. Gittens was quickly found and taken into custody. During a search of the residence, investigators recovered an identity theft lab, the Sheriff’s Department said. The residence contained card readers, card label makers, two credit card embossers, hundreds of fraudulent credit cards, fraudulent identifications and about $11,000 in cash.The four male suspects were then arrested and transported to West Valley Detention Center. Jamaw Chapman, Joseph Patrice, and Jody Petrus were booked on fraudulent and forgery charges. Gittens was booked for allegedly obstructing/resisting an officer. An outstanding suspect named Jonathan David Ortiz is a person of interest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 800.78.CRIME (27463). [Source: Fontana Herald News]Manager fired after tackling gun theft suspectThe manager of Tallahassee’s Academy Sports was fired Tuesday after tackling a suspect accused of stealing a handgun last week. The suspect also allegedly threatened to shoot people. Dean Crouch, 32, was the store manager who stopped Jason White from leaving the store with a .40-caliber pistol from the firearms counter on June 29. “Academy has decided to, instead of treating him like the hero he is, they terminated his employment effective immediately because he put his hands on Mr. White,” Crouch’s attorney Ryan Hobbs said.Just hours before he was taken into custody, White stole two handguns from Cash America Pawn, according to Tallahassee Police. White asked to look at the handgun at the firearms counter. He was handed the gun, then ran toward the front door. Crouch, who court records say observed the transaction at the counter, and another employee tackled and subdued White at the exit doors and recovered the gun, a stolen backpack, five boxes of ammunition and two magazines for the Glock.White was taken into the store’s office while police were en route. It was there that he admitted to stealing the gun and threatened to shoot people with it. Court records indicate those threats, but do not mention threats to kill police officers as Crouch’s attorney claims. White, according to court records, said an unknown person was threatening him and his family and he wanted the gun to “kill him.” “He repeatedly said ‘I stole and I admit to it’ and ‘I will steal again when I get out of jail,’” officers wrote in their report.Hobbs said his client is considering a lawsuit for wrongful termination. The way he sees it, Crouch may have saved lives by stopping White. “This is not something that happens for Mr. Crouch in his everyday life,” Hobbs said. “I think he was thinking there is a man running out of the store with a gun in his hand with his coworkers following from the firearm area screaming ‘Stop that man.’ Something had to be done and he was the one that was going to do it.” Academy Sports spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook said she could not comment on specific personnel matters or policies. However, Crouch’s actions and his termination were handled in accordance with the Texas-based company’s policies.“While the incident ended without injury, actions inconsistent with corporate policies were taken,” she said. “We addressed the matter with the local store and individuals involved.” Crouch worked at the store for more than two years and is now married with a family and has no way to support them. Hobbs said maybe the corporate policy should be revisited. My instincts tell me they are concerned more about people like Mr. White suing them for being stopped in the course of a theft than they are about rewarding or acknowledging in a positive manner that Mr. Crouch may have saved lives.” [Source: WFMY2 News]Burglary suspect to stand trialThe Taft, California, man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Kmart in February has been ordered to stand trial. Randy Eugene Stark, 46, faces one felony count of commercial burglary. He has pleaded not guilty. Stark is accused of hiding in the store when it closed for the night on February 25. When store employees left, he started placing jewelry in a bag, Taft Police said. Stark’s plan was thwarted when he set off a burglar alarm.Police entered and searched the store and found him hiding near the jewelry department. Several display cases had been pried open and items removed, police said. Police found several bags with merchandise valued at $11,321 in them. That was the sale price of the jewelry that had been heavily discounted for the store’s going out of business sale. The actual retail at normal prices would have been much higher, police said. Stark has been held without bail since his arrest. In addition to the burglary charge, he several warrants, including a no-bail warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. [Source: Taft Midway Driller] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Napoli have announced their squad to face Milan in Serie A tomorrow, with Allan back in but Arkadiusz Milik out. Allan missed the 0-0 draw with Genoa before the international break, having been an alleged leader in Napoli’s rebellion against President Aurelio De Laurentiis. However, the midfielder returns on the day it is claimed by Corriere dello Sport that he apologised to Vice-President and Aurelio’s son Edoardo. On the other hand, the Partenopei are without any recognised left-backs as Mario Rui and Faouzi Ghoulam are unavailable, while Milik needs more time to recover from an abdominal problem. Napoli squad to face Milan: Meret, Ospina, Karnezis; Koulibaly, Manolas, Luperto, Di Lorenzo, Hysaj, Maksimovic; Zielinksi, Fabian, Allan, Gaetano, Elmas, Younes; Lozano, Llorente, Mertens, Insigne, Callejon Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/