17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As in most cultures, shopping and gift-giving are important parts of the holiday season for many Hispanics. According to recent research by ThinkNow Retail, 33 percent of Hispanics say they will be spending more this holiday season than they did last year, compared to 30 percent across all markets. Some other interesting findings from the study include:–About 41 percent of Hispanics plan to pay for most of their holiday purchases with a debit card, higher than any other market. Cash and credit tie for second among Hispanics at 24 percent each.–Smartphones will be the most commonly used device for making online holiday purchases among Hispanics. About 62 percent of Hispanics will use a smartphone, compared to 50 percent across all markets. Laptops, on the other hand, will be the device used the most overall across all markets.–On average, Hispanics plan to buy about 35 percent of their holiday purchases online and about 46 percent in-store.For credit unions serving Hispanic communities, it’s important to understand holiday purchasing behaviors to better tailor marketing offers, as well as products and services. Even more important, however, is the understanding of specific motivations. That level of intelligence allows your teams to create a deeper connection between the credit union and its community. continue reading »
Aurora, IN—An incident reported on a Facebook post shared by numerous community members, that allegedly occurred at the Aurora Walmart Friday evening in regards to a possible abduction, has been investigated by the Aurora Police Department.While officers say no criminal acts were observed or reported. The officers do agree that the activity appeared to be suspicious and the person(s) that made the post absolutely did the right thing in making law enforcement aware and alerting the general public to always be aware of your surroundings. No one was harmed, threatened or attempted to be abducted as some are suggesting.The Aurora Police Department strongly urges anyone to call 911 immediately whenever something doesn’t seem right.
The report noted the incident fueled David West’s comments hinting at behind-the-scenes drama that occurred earlier in the season.”We’re so tight, people don’t even know what we went through,” West said after Game 4 of the series. “They trying to find out. …Y’all got no clue. No clue. That tells you about this team that nothing came out.”Per The Athletic:According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Warriors dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in mid-March that was the root of West’s infamous comments. An outside vendor who handled the team’s food on a daily basis contracted a contagious form of the disease, then survived a life-threatening challenge before eventually returning to work with the team. Golden State’s second consecutive championship almost didn’t happen.According to The Athletic, which cited sources with knowledge of the situation, the Warriors dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in March before going on to defeat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in June. Well, it was bad enough that the majority of Warriors players and some members of the basketball operations staff took vaccination shots in response to the medical threat. Worrisome enough that one team practice was relocated to nearby Oracle Arena while the team’s practice facility in downtown Oakland was, in essence, sanitized. Significant enough that the dining room at the practice facility that is only open to players, coaches, and basketball operations personnel was shut down for a short time for cleaning, with players eating elsewhere temporarily.Meningitis, an infection that causes swelling in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, can be fatal.Expect players and coaches to be questioned about their struggles with the illness and how they coped with it after they visit the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday.
Investigators believe the spayed French bulldog was approximately two years old.It did not have a collar or microchip.Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Animal Cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich at (561)742-6210, or to make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Officials with the Boynton Beach Police Department say they have launched an animal cruelty investigation, after finding an abused dog in a cardboard box outside an elementary school earlier this week.The animal later died from its injuries.Police said an officer responded to a call about a dog in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary on Northeast 26th Avenue on Wednesday. The French bulldog could barely walk and foamed at the mouth.The officer took the dog to a vet, where the staff discovered that the dog had a large wound in her chest near her front leg and also showed obvious signs of neglect.In addition, the dog suffered from seizures and brain swelling and died during the night, according to police.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2016)–Sent to the front from the rail in her first-ever start on a sloppy track, undefeated Songbird responded with a brilliant gate to wire performance in winning Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith. Last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly, Songbird covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and is now unbeaten in seven starts for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Jerry Hollendorfer. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she’ll now be pointed to the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 6.Pressed into the first turn by Forever Darling, who was ridden by Martin Pedroza, Songbird settled into her customary high cruising speed and was completely in charge through fractions of 23.34, 47.17, 1:11.21 and 1:37.13.“She’s just incredible,” said Smith, who’s been aboard for all seven wins. “I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do.“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn, but once again we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.”With a staggering $751,734 bet to show on her, Songbird was dispatched as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite in a field of seven sophomore fillies and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.“I had a little bit of anticipation with the off track, wondering if she could handle it or not,” said Hollendorfer. “We didn’t want her slipping, but she didn’t slip, so that’s good…We have the point race (Kentucky Oaks) coming up, so if we have good fortune and she stays sound, we’ll try to go to Kentucky and win that one.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mokat ran on for the place, finishing a neck in front of She’s a Warrior. Off at 14-1, Mokat paid $4.60 and $3.00.She’s a Warrior, who was handled by Gary Stevens, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Forever Darling. Off at 22-1, She’s a Warrior paid $4.20 to show.
The Jacks are moving toward filling their football head coaching vacancy, with plenty of interest reported in the position.The national listing officially closed on April 2 after being open for 30 days, and a search committee is currently sorting through the applicants.According to interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins, 79 candidates have applied for the job, which came open after longtime head coach Rob Smith stepped down in January.And that’s a number that has impressed the AD. …
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors are wrestling with two contradictions about DeMarcus Cousins as they process losing their marquee free agent that presumably would have made the path to another NBA title run smoother.The Warriors expect the end of Cousins’ three-month tenure here after an MRI showed that the center suffered a torn left quadriceps muscle.“He will not need …
18 August 2010 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is working on rolling out an online Identity Document (ID) verification system that is expected to cut down on document fraud in the country. The project will give the South African Social Security Agency, banks, insurers and retailers, among others, real-time access to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) in order to verify the identities of current and prospective clients. Hanis stores South African citizens’ ID numbers, fingerprints and photos. Accessing Hanis will enable these sectors to conduct on-the-spot verification of the fingerprints of clients against the information stored in Hanis. “This will make it difficult for people who have fraudulent IDs to use them,” Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni told a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to Apleni, the system will be up and running by the end of this year. The department signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre in this regard in March. This comes in light of the escalating ID fraud. On Monday, the police arrested three men in connection with 588 fraudulent IDs found hidden in a roof of a house in Eldorado Extension 9 in Johannesburg. The police were looking for a man in connection for attempted murder. When they searched his home, they found the fraudulent IDs hidden in his roof. The man and two others were arrested. Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said their rapid response unit also found two car radios and suspected stolen car parts hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. The Police also confiscated 1.5 kilograms of dagga. “When they searched the house they found the ID books wrapped in plastic in the ceiling. The suspect told us that he bought them from an official at the Department of Home Affairs in Roodepoort. The suspect said he was planning to sell them,” Mariemuthoo said. The police suspect that the man was selling false ID books to people who crossed the South African border illegally. Mariemuthoo said their forensic team would check his mobile phone calls to see if he had communicated with any Home Affairs officials. Welcoming the arrest, Apleni warned officials who were teaming up with criminals that they would face the full might of the law. The department would also conduct its own investigation to find out how the IDs fell into the hands of the suspects. “The arrests once more underline our conviction that working together with our law enforcement agencies, we can make serious inroads in our fight against crime and corruption,” Apleni said. The suspects, who are South African citizens, were due to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday. Source: BuaNews
MOST READ That’s a statement on Los Angeles’ passion for mixed martial arts, but it’s mostly a testament to the quality of a show that compelled fans to travel countless miles to Vegas — and then about 250 miles more to LA.UFC 232 is headlined by Jones’ return to the sport in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title. The penultimate bout is featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s superfight with bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in perhaps the best matchup in women’s MMA history. The big-name undercard includes former UFC champions BJ Penn, Carlos Condit and Andrei Arlovski, along with former title contenders Chad Mendes and Cat Zingano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefWith such an irresistible slate of fights, the UFC is closing out the year with style — even if it’s under weird circumstances for the fans and fighters.“It’s not an easy decision to make,” White said. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make moves. You’re not going to make everybody happy. You can’t make every fan, every fighter happy. We did everything we could to make it better.” FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Jon Jones, left, pushes Alexander Gustafsson out of the way during a news conference about their light heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. UFC 232 is on track to sell out the Forum in Inglewood just six days after the end-of-the-year show was moved from Las Vegas to Southern California. That is a testament to the quality of a card headlined by Jones’ return to the UFC against Gustafsson. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)INGLEWOOD, California — Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both financial and otherwise, when he moved its traditional end-of-the-year show from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days’ notice to keep Jon Jones on the card despite his latest positive drug test.Some hits are more damaging than others, however. According to White, UFC 232 is going to sell out the famous Forum on Saturday night, even though tickets only went on sale Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “I was hated, and turning it all off is the easy way to deal with it,” said the 31-year-old Jones, who is fighting for only the third time in nearly four years of his athletic prime.“Financially, I didn’t have to fight anymore. I could afford to delete my social media accounts and just ride off into the sunset. But I didn’t want to do that. I still want to compete and be the best.”He returns to fight Gustafsson (18-4), who provided Jones with the toughest fight of his life in 2013. Jones won the decision, but was battered and humbled by the Swedish contender.Gustafsson has stewed over the loss for years, and he was infuriated by Jones’ latest doping troubles. He labeled Jones a cheater Thursday and vowed to make the former champion “eat everything he says on Saturday night.”“You put illegal stuff in your body, but it won’t help you this time,” Gustafsson said. “I’m ready to end this. I’ve learned how to dig deeper.”The other championship bout at UFC 232 is every bit as compelling as the main event thanks to the bravery of Nunes (16-4), who is moving up 10 pounds to challenge the most feared women’s fighter in MMA history.Justino (20-1) hasn’t lost a fight since 2005, battering every contender with her peerless power and athleticism. She has long been reluctant to fight Nunes because she is a fellow Brazilian, but changed her mind after Nunes repeatedly called her out.“After everything she has said, I know that if I beat her now, nobody back (in Brazil) will look at me like I did the wrong thing,” Justino said. “She is asking for it, so she can get it now.”Nunes scrapped her way to the top of the bantamweight division and subsequently battered Ronda Rousey into retirement. Although she is an obvious underdog, Nunes believes she can claim Cyborg’s mantle as the greatest female fighter.“This is for the (title of the) baddest woman on the planet,” White said. “I love this fight. I’ve wanted this fight for a long time. Anytime you can put a fight together between two champions, I love that.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Not every fighter will agree after getting a shrunken paycheck due to California’s state income tax. White flatly said the UFC won’t compensate the fighters for any lost income due to the move.But the pay-per-view audience still gets a stacked show headlined by the first fight in nearly 1 1/2 years for Jones (22-1), the self-sabotaging superstar who tested positive for very low levels of an anabolic steroid earlier this year.The result isn’t considered a failed doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but the Nevada Athletic Commission wanted a hearing on the matter in January. Its California counterpart had no such qualms, prompting the UFC’s extraordinary move.Jones has made innumerable mistakes outside the octagon, but that bad-boy persona combined with his brute brilliance in competition has made him irresistible to many fight fans. According to Jones, some root for his success, while others yearn for his failure with similar passion — but both camps buy his fights.Jones claims he thought about quitting the sport while he spent the past year pounding a heavy bag in his garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He reclaimed his light heavyweight title in July 2017 with a win over Daniel Cormier, only to lose it again due to another failed doping test.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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