2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy for my ISA today

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The market’s recent decline has sent shockwaves through the investor community. After 10 years of relative stability, the sudden bout of volatility has caught many investors by surprise. However, this could be an excellent opportunity for investors with a long-term time horizon. The volatility has thrown up some fantastic bargains, especially for income seekers.With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 dividend stocks that appear to offer value after recent declines.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…British American TobaccoShares in global tobacco giant British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) have slumped in value this year. After this decline, the stock is trading at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 9.2. The shares also offer a market-beating dividend yield of 7.2%.These metrics suggest the company is struggling, but that’s not the case. According to recent trading updates from the business, revenues increased by 5.7% in 2019, and analysts are expecting further growth this year. The City has pencilled in an earnings rise of 12% for 2020, up from 7% in 2021.These numbers imply the underlying operation is robust, despite what the market might be saying. As such, the stock’s current valuation appears to offer a wide margin of safety, at current levels. It also seems as if the dividend yield is secure for the time being. The distribution is covered 1.5 times by earnings per share, which gives management plenty of headroom to increase the payout further in the years ahead.There’s also plenty of cash available to reduce the company’s debt pile. Indeed, last year the operation produced £2bn of free cash before the payment of dividends.Overall, these figures suggest British American could be a great addition to your income portfolio.M&G PLCM&G (LSE: MNG) appears to be one of the cheapest stocks in the FTSE 100 right now. The savings and investment company is dealing at a P/E of 5.5 and supports a dividend yield of 7.6%. Further, the stock is trading at a price-to-book (P/B) ratio of just 0.6.The question is, if the stock is so undervalued, why are investors avoiding the business? There seem to be two main reasons behind the undervaluation.First of all, M&G is still a relatively new business that’s only been a public entity since the end of October 2019. Moreover, the company hasn’t, as of yet, published any results. It seems the market is waiting for further information before taking a position.It also seems investors are giving M&G a wide berth because analysts are forecasting a decline in earnings this year. This is only a projection at this stage, and we’ll have further information when the company publishes its first set of results as an independent entity.The issues above appear to be temporary factors. Therefore, long-term investors should focus on the group’s income and growth potential rather than short-term market uncertainty.M&G is one of the world’s largest asset managers, which gives it an edge over competitors as well as impressive economies of scale. That isn’t going to change anytime soon. What’s more, management has already confirmed the company will hit the City’s dividend targets over the next 12 months. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy for my ISA today Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 7th March, 2020 | More on: BATS MNG Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

Apopka Youth Works training future firefighters, EMT’s and physicians

first_img Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentApopka Youth WorksCity of Apopka Previous articleComing to Netflix in MayNext articleNelson takes a big lead in fundraising Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From The City of Apopka  Ten high school seniors from Apopka took the first steps yesterday in a progressive career education program that will make them nationally certified emergency medical technicians by the end of this summer.The new course is provided free of charge through a cooperative partnership of the City of Apopka and the Apopka Fire Department, CareerSource Central Florida and the Orlando Medical Institute College of Health Sciences. The students are part of Apopka Youth Works – a summer employment and career education program helping 100 high school juniors and seniors from the Apopka area.Most of those 100 students will work for seven weeks this summer at various local businesses, learning employment skills and earning weekly paychecks paid through Apopka Youth Works. They first will undergo a week of employment and financial management training from Valencia College and the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Dollarwise Program.That is where the 10 AYW students – all from Apopka High School – are different. They are choosing to forego the summer jobs and weekly paychecks to take on a much bigger career challenge. They are enrolling in an intensive educational program with a much bigger financial benefit – completely tuition-free, college-level training to earn EMT certification, which will lead them into careers as firefighters, nurses and – some hope – doctors.“This is a wonderful new opportunity for Apopka Youth Works, which has grown from 32 to 100 students in only its third year,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who created Apopka Youth Works as a pledge to help Apopka’s youth. “These students are challenging themselves like never before to get a head start on medical and firefighting careers. Better yet, they are Apopka students who will do it right here without leaving their hometown. That is pretty amazing.”Classes will meet three times a week for ten weeks at Apopka’s Gilliam Training Center, and with instructors from the fully accredited OMI College of Health Sciences. Two other days each week will be dedicated to internships.Students will earn a total of 300 hours of classwork along with hands-on training at the Apopka Fire Department and at Florida Hospital Apopka. When completed, they will be tested to become certified emergency medical technicians and emergency vehicle operators.The students met for the first time Wednesday at the Gilliam Training Center for an introduction to OMI and its founder, Felix Marquez – a longtime firefighter/EMT who has taught emergency medical services for more than 20 years. Marquez currently works with the City of Orlando Fire Department. He previously worked with the New York Fire Department. He also served two tours in the military.Students submitted applications for Apopka Youth Works earlier this year. The program will begin in Apopka on June 5th.last_img read more

Survey on trends in Web sites for membership organisations

first_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Individual giving Research / statistics Survey on trends in Web sites for membership organisations  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 July 2004 | News Web agency NetXtra is running a survey to determine trends in Web sites for membership organisations and is seeking further responses.The survey closes on 21 July 2004 so there is still time to take part. If you do, and NetXtra say it will only take about five minutes to do so, you will receive an e-mailed report of the survey’s findings and conclusions on ideas such as how to increase membership, improve member retention, increase revenues, provide more services cost effectively, and reduce administration costs. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Marketers spend more on retention rather than acquisition

first_img  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Marketers spend more on retention rather than acquisition Research by Pitney Bowes in September has found that UK marketing professionals are for the first time committing more of their budget to customer retention rather than acquisition.Pitney Bowes surveyed marketers at the top 1,000 companies in the UK, and found that 53% of all marketing budgets are now spent on retaining existing customers, an increase of 9.5% since 2003.Charities are still lagging behind other sectors such as the retail and hotel industries, which spend 57% of the budgets on customer retention. Charities are spending 47%, although that has risen from 39% in 2003. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics While most sectors have seen an increase in the proportion of budgets spent on customer retention, the mail order and travel industries have both experienced a drop. The mail order industry spends 42% on retention, down from 56% in 2003, and the travel industry spends 47%, down from 52%. Howard Lake | 10 November 2005 | Newslast_img read more

Five graphics tools that are alternatives to Canva

first_img2. Stencil  638 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 5. CrelloCrello design for animationFounded in 2017, Crello is the one tool that does match Canva and in some ways exceed it. While some graphics tools have sought to emulate Canva, Crello has a distinct look, and sections that are its own. For example, its ‘inspirations‘ tab is packed with current, seasonal content, which helps give you an overview of different approaches to a topic, rather than simply a range of template options for a particular social channel like Facebook or Twitter. Currently, for example, it has been displaying 4th July holiday content for its American audience.Crello states that it is adding new designs to its templates on a daily basis, following major trends and a global event calendar, with an average of 700+ templates added every month.Its weekly email to users is packed with ideas for new approaches to content.In terms of output, its templates cover social media, blogs, ads, and print.Crello certainly offers more than other tools when it comes to animation and video. Canva’s animation option for example has been in beta status for a while, and works well, but on some creations it just can’t seem to be applied. Crello’s dedicated animation maker offers “hundreds of ready-to-use animated templates, objects and backgrounds”. 3. SnappaSnappa was launched in 2015, with the company being based in Ottawa, Canada.It offers over 5,000 templates and more than one million HD graphics and images. Buffer integration is available in the two paid-for subscriptions, Pro ($10 a month, paid annually) and Team ($20 a month). As you’d expect, the latter fee is what you need to pay if you want collaboration or multi-staff access to the tool.You can upload your own graphics and logos, if you wish. You can also ‘magically resize’ content you create: for example you can resize a Twitter post as a Pinterest pin.Snappa presents itself as a quick and easy tool for non-designers. It also contrasts itself with other tools, for example being, in the words of some of its users, “less overkill” than Photoshop and “less clunky” than Canva.Snappa seems to focus on social media content only, with templates for the various channels available, together with some standard display advert sizes. It doesn’t, like Canva for example, offer a range of templates for printed content like posters, business cards, and greetings cards. On the other hand, it does offer the facility to create content in custom sizes.  637 total views,  1 views today Five graphics tools that are alternatives to Canva If you’ve come on one of my Graphic Traffic training courses you’ll have come across the tremendously useful graphic design tool Canva. Indeed, if you look at charities’ social media feeds you’ll no doubt have spotted many images or animations created using Canva. Canva is very useful and easy to use, but it is not the only image editing tool available, so here are five alternatives to this popular tool that charities might want to consider. One of them is arguably ahead of Canva in some key ways. Stencil describes itself as offering “ridiculously simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses”. To which we can add “and charities”.It has over 190,000 customers and highlights the speed with which it can be learned and used to create images. Over five million images have already been created with the tool. The front page of its site features just some of them, with the title “Create images like these in seconds”.It offers over 2 million royalty-free images, 800+ templates, over two thousand Google web fonts (plus you can upload your own), over two million graphics and icons, and 37 different sizes for the various social media channels and their constituent image options.As well as browser extensions it is also possible to integrate Stencil with a WordPress site, adding the facility to upload photos and images and add a text overlay to these. This proves useful in terms of creating featured images for posts.Stencil is integrated with Buffer, which means that images created using it can be scheduled to be published on social channels at a time of your choosing.Anyone can start using Stencil for free. The free account lets you save up to 10 images /month and upload up to 50 images a month. The Pro and Unlimited options cost £9 and £12 a month respectively, when paid annually. Advertisement Other graphics toolsThere are plenty more tools I could have reviewed here, given time. The above were chosen primarily because of their drag-and-drop style and somewhat similar appearance.Tools that charities might also consider include:• Picmonkey• Adobe Spark• DesignBold• BeFunky• Fotor• Desygner• Fotojet• Gravit Cloud• Venngage – an all-in-one design platform that helps businesses communicate complex, boring, or data-heavy information, visually.  Howard Lake | 9 July 2019 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 4. EasilEasil offers drag-and-drop functionality Crello offers a free account, with 6,000 design templates, and 4,000 free photos and images, plus the facility to upload one custom font and 100 images. In all it offers a built-in library of more than 80 million photosIts $79.99 Advanced option gives you a lot more, from 12,000 premium design templates (updated weekly) and 20,000 premium photos to 20,000 premium design elements.The Pro plan at $199.99 a year is when you get access to the video options, with over 5,000 video design options (updated weekly), access to 2,000 premium video files and 4,000 animated elements, and a resize option for any animation – a useful tool for switching between square and rectangular video for example.Just 18 months after its launch Crello had passed one million users. Two of its early adopter charity clients are Being ME , which works for women’s empowerment, and Real Choices, a pregnancy resource centre in Everett, WA, USA. Crello should now be even more usable on mobile devices, now that it has launched its iOS app. This lets users create content in 20 design formats including specific formats for Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, and Youtube. Canva is the incumbent, and I continue to use its paid-for option, but Crello has already begun offering more functionality, especially in the area of animated content, so I am currently comparing them to decide which I will settle upon. 1. CanvaCanva‘s attraction is its drag and drop functionality, large array of royalty-free photos, and its range of templates and styles that ensure that you create images that are in the optimum size for any social media channel. Your images will look right on Twitter, Instagram (whether as a post or a story), as a Facebook post, or as a YouTube channel header. You no longer need to remember the different optimum sizes for each channel.Canva’s arrival on the scene in 2012 was also popular with early adopters amongst charities because it offered this powerful yet easy-to-use tool at no charge. Professionals and for-profits could switch to the paid-for pro version.This popularity increased when Australia-based Canva introduced its Canva for Nonprofits programme, making it available to organisations outside Australia, including the UK. Qualifying nonprofits and charities could acquire the full pro version for free. This offered functions like collaboration amongst multiple users and maintaining brand consistency in outputting content.Canva is available via an app, and works surprisingly well even on a mobile phone screen, unlike some other graphics tools. Easil is produced by another Australia-based company. It’s drag-and-drop functionality “helps you create visual content that’s SO good, it looks like a Pro designed it.”It highlights in particular its function of letting organisations keep their brand assets at their fingertips. From header and body fonts, to trademarks and multiple colour palettes, Brand Kit is always up to date and ready to use.” In addition, its Brand Restrictions function lets you “define which layers, elements, fonts, colours and images can be edited”. As such Easil presents itself as a digital asset management solution as well as a graphics editor.It is available in a free version, for individuals and for evaluation, and two paid-for versions. The $7.50 per month Plus option offers 7,500+ all inclusive templates, and the $59 Edge option offers twice the number of templates plus a great deal more functions and content. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 These are the kinds of tools I share in my Graphic Traffic training course. Find out more and book your place on the next one (online of course since March 2020) via UK Fundraising’s training courses. Tagged with: infographic Marketing visual marketinglast_img read more

Public meeting to discuss anti-social behavior to be held in Kincasslagh tomorrow night

first_imgNews Previous articleBuncrana Town Council unanimous in support for Malin Head CoastguardNext articleTwo murder accused blame each other for beating Malin man to death News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – October 12, 2012 Twitter A public meeting is to take place tomorrow to discuss anti-social behavior in the Keadue, Belcruit and Kincasslagh area.There have been two meetings involving gardai, the HSE and local community groups, with spokesperson Michael Mc Giolleaspaig saying that it is now time for the public to be brought into the discussion.He says those responsible are from the area, and a community response is necessary to deal with what’s been a growing problem over a number of years.And Mr Mc Giolleaspaig has said there has been more incidents in the past week, but local Gardai are cracking down….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/mich.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Public meeting to discuss anti-social behavior to be held in Kincasslagh tomorrow night 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

School buses for secondary students to run at 50% capacity

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter School buses for secondary school students will operate at 50 per cent capacity when they return.In a statement this evening the Department of Education says it is in discussions with Bus Eireann about the plans.It follows the most recent advice from NPHET on public transport policy.Primary school transport will proceed as planned with additional measures and hygiene requirements in place. Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA School buses for secondary students to run at 50% capacity WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Previous articleNew limits on gatherings introduced in Northern IrelandNext articleOne more Covid-19 death and 136 new cases confirmed in Ireland News Highland Google+ Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – August 20, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Some social welfare payments being reverted back to weekly

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Facebook By News Highland – July 27, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A number of social welfare payments which were being given out fortnightly due to the pandemic are reverting to being paid weekly.They include one-parent family payment, working family payment, illness benefit, jobseeker’s allowance and jobseeker’s benefit.Most of these customers will start to get their weekly payment from the week beginning the 17th of August, with some getting it from the week starting the 10th of August.The Department of Social Protection says some will still be paid fortnightly, including those in receipt of pensions, carer’s allowance and carer’s benefit. WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Google+ Previous articleOver 100 people had PUP stopped for travelling abroadNext articleDonegal fishing vessel ordered to leave waters off Tory Island News Highland Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Some social welfare payments being reverted back to weekly Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Vandals target Brundidge holiday tradition

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Vandals target Brundidge holiday tradition Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip Book Nook to reopen “The workshop wall was knocked down and it took some pushing to do that because it was put up good,” he said. “Some of the wood frame was broken and the stakes that held the wall in the ground were broken. The tin roof was bent and had to be replaced.”The most damage was done to Santa’s elves that are original to the display.“All of the elves were damaged and one was totally destroyed,” Reynolds said. “They weren’t just pushed over. They were kicked and broken.” By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Troy library hosts storytime with Santa Santa Claus is coming to the Troy Public Library to hear the wishes of all the good little boys and… read more Email the author Published 11:30 pm Monday, December 2, 2013 Britt Thomas, Brundidge city manager, said the vandalism was an act by mean-spirited people.“There was not much good in their hearts,” Thomas said. “Santa and his elves are all about kids at Christmastime. These decorations are part of the Christmas tradition in Brundidge and have been for several generations.”Thomas said that, if found, those responsible for the vandalism will “absolutely be prosecuted.”Anyone with any information about the vandalism of the city’s Christmas display are asked to contact the Brundidge Police Department at 735-3333. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Photo by Jaine Treadwell | Brundidge city workers clean up and repair the Christmas display at the library Monday morning after an attack from vandals.On Thanksgiving night, vandals damaged the Santa’s Workshop display that has been a part of the downtown Christmas decorations in Brundidge for nearly half a century.Monday morning, city workers were busy repairing the damage to the classic display at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library on South Main Street.Jerry Reynolds, supervisor of the city’s electric department, said the damage to Santa’s Workshop was extensive. By Jaine Treadwell Reynolds said vandals also pulled the ribbon that was wrapped around some of the light poles from which the city’s antique string lights are hung.“They broke some of the blue light bulbs on the down poles and unscrewed and took some of the other bulbs. They will all have to be replaced,” Reynolds said. “It probably took about five minutes to do all that. They didn’t just run and kick and keep going.”Reynolds said vandals damaged the city’s Christmas displays last year.“They broke the antlers off the reindeer and took the little baby doll out of the manager at Galloway Park,” he said. “So, this was not the first time. We need to find out who’s doing this and they need to be held responsible.”last_img read more

Investigators examine missing Iowa jogger’s Fitbit data as search continues

first_imgRob Hess/ABC News(BROOKLYN, Iowa) — Investigators in Iowa have zeroed in on missing jogger Mollie Tibbetts’ digital footprint, including her Fitbit — which can capture GPS data — as they work to solve her mysterious disappearance.Tibbetts, a 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, went jogging the evening of July 18 in her rural town of Brooklyn, Iowa, and never returned. She was reported missing the next day.“She probably has on her Fitbit because she never takes it off,” her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, said. “She uses it for the sleep tracker and for all her runs.”Jack last saw his girlfriend July 16, he said. The next day, he went to Dubuque for his job at a construction company, while Tibbetts stayed at his house alone and watched his dogs, Jack said.Going for an evening run, he added, was part of her regular routine.“For a 20-year-old to go missing and completely kind of fall off the grid as far as social media, cell phone, banking activity, that kind of thing — it’s obviously a very suspicious and very serious matter,” Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, said.“She’s very well-connected through social media, cellphone, exercise equipment,” Mortvedt said, “so we are trying to use that, obviously, to our advantage to gain any information that we can.”Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel added: “We do believe that there’s going to be some useful information [from the Fitbit data] but [we are] not willing to share that.”Fitbit Inc., which makes the activity trackers, declined to comment.Police are also looking at surveillance video from businesses in town that are along the route Tibbetts she usually jogs, the sheriff said.“She was kind of a creature of habit,” Mortvedt, of the state Division of Criminal Investigations, said. “And about the same time every evening she’d go for a run during daylight hours; well before dusk or dark, and she was seen Wednesday evening on one of her normal routes.”In this close-knit farming community of about 1,500 people, everyone knows everyone, Sheriff Kriegel said. But the rural area makes the search difficult.“We’re surrounded by farm ground: corn and soybeans. Right now the corn is probably eight, nine feet tall. The only way you can search it is basically walk down every other row,” he said. “It’s difficult. Even the planes flying over have a difficulty looking down in the corn rows.”Meanwhile, Tibbetts’ family is searching every field and every creek in town as they anxiously hope for answers.One of Tibbetts’ brothers, Scott Tibbetts, said he believes his sister is “fighting her best to get back home.”“She’s a better fighter than anyone I know,” Scott Tibbetts said. “So whatever situation she’s in, it’s not like she’s going to sit there and give up.”Mollie Tibbetts’ boyfriend and brothers are not suspects, Kriegel said.Anyone with information can call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more