A federal grand jury indicted a married couple from North Carolina for tax fraud, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing false tax returns. The government alleges that the couple failed to report gross receipts on their tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – an amount the government estimated totaled over $1 million from the period of 2005 through 2011. The indictment also alleges that the couple stole merchandise from LifeWay Christian Stores and Hobby Lobby and then knowingly sold the stolen merchandise online at prices less than retail value, and were charged accordingly.TaxGirl columnist Kelly Phillips Erb said “That’s right. [they] went to Christian-oriented stores, stole Christian-oriented merchandise and then sold it online without reporting the sales to the IRS. That would literally be a multitude of sins.”For more information about eBay’s GAP team, click here- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology In its early days, Twitter was supposed to help people send text messages to small groups of friends to easily organize dinner plans and keep friends updated about your status. Twitter’s mission quickly changed, but Fast Society, developed by New York-based startup onebluebrick, is getting back to solving just this problem: How can you quickly update a group of friends through text messages in order to organize dinner plans or stay in touch during a concert? Thanks to the company’s newly released iPhone app, this is now easier than ever before – and you can even use the app to share your exact location.The first thing we noticed while testing the app was how easy to use it is. To get started, you simply select for how long you want your group to last (between three hours and three days), add the friends you want to your group and start chatting. All the members in the group will automatically receive a text message that lets them know that they are now part of the group and some basic instructions for how to use the service. To use Fast Society, your friends don’t have to sign up for the service. If your friends are using an iPhone and have the Fast Society app installed, they can also privately share their location with you. Besides location sharing, no other part of the service depends on the iPhone, and it is fully SMS-based. You can also use the service’s mobile page from your smartphone to access your groups and start a new one. frederic lardinois Related Posts Free and Hassle-Free Conference CallsAnother nice feature of Fast Society is that you can set up a free conference call with just one click or by sending a text message (“call”). You and your friends will instantly receive a text message with a phone number to call. As the system automatically recognizes your phone number, there is no need to type one of those long access codes that can make dialing in to conference calls such a hassle.All the Features You Need – And No MoreAs the company’s co-founder Matthew Rosenberg told us last week, restricting the length of how long each group can stay active was a very deliberate decision. After all, you are not likely to go out with the same group night after night and managing multiple groups can quickly become arduous (though Rosenberg told us that Fast Society may offer an enterprise version or the ability to buy more time as an in-app purchase at a later point). Overall, Fast Society looks like a winner to us. It’s extremely easy to use and solves a real-world problem. The team clearly focused on stripping the app down to the basics while still covering all the necessary features to make it useful, and the free one-touch conference calls alone are worth the price of entry. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Pivot LinkPivotLink, like a number of provider, uses in-memory analytics to analyze big data. The goal is to provide business intelligence capabilities to business users. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting KognitioKognitio provides a data warehouse service that allows customers to run large-scale data analytics projects on a pay-per-use basis. Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts The Success Factorsacquisition of YouCalc shows the shift that is happening in the enterprise workspace. It’s not just the analyst who uses business intelligence applications. More so, it’s the every day employee who needs way to access information, make sense of it and see it in a visualized manner.It’s almost as if the spreadsheet is getting pushed to the background. It’s complexities are being broken down into easy-to-read charts and tables that provide insights and tell a story about the business.The shift is leading to a boom in SaaS-based business intelligence applications such as YouCalc, which allows companies to important data from third-party applications and create reports. Success Factors will use YouCalc for what it calls “Calculator in the Cloud.” Customers will use third party data from services like Salesforce.com and integrate it with data from the Success Factors platform.SaaS-based business intelligence services are reaching a wider audience. But also, the services provide capabilities that offer value to a more advanced community.The other dynamic is cost. It often costs more than six-figures to install data warehouses on-premise. SaaS based services provide business intelligence that smaller companies may now afford.Here are five services that may merit further exploration.BirstBirst recently launched smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and RIM Blackberry devices. The move demonstrates the company focus on making business intelligence accessible to most business users. IndiceeIndicee provides the ability to create mashup environments for users. Indicee promotes the ability for people to make reports faster without having to cut and paste information, deal with software they do not really understand or wait in line for an expert to do the heavy lifting. It handles multiple types of data and integrates with leading ERP applications. alex williams GoodDataGoodData is similar to YouCalc, providing the capability to do analytics on applications such as Salesforce.com, Netsuite and Zendesk. It uses the term “collaborative analytics,” to describe its service. It essentially has features for creating reports that analyze data from business apps but also third-party consumer services such as Facebook. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Google#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts A few weeks ago, we reported on some demographic information about the first wave of Google Plus adopters. Bime, the data visualization firm who conducted the study, found that early Google Plus users were mostly young American men working in technology (surprise!). The Bime study used profile data from Find People on Plus, a third-party directory of Google Plus users, except for the age numbers, which were pulled from comScore numbers.Bime has just put out an updated visualization that breaks down Google Plus demographics including the month of August, now that the service has had some time to grow. This survey covered 10 million users, more than twice the size of the previous one, and some things haven’t changed. About 70% of Google Plus users still identify as men, and the vast bulk of them are American. One major shift has taken place, though: While the updated post doesn’t have the age numbers (which came from a different dataset last time), the occupation data show that students have overwhelmingly displaced tech workers, though all the same tech jobs as before dominate the rest of the top spots. Bime’s findings about the student takeover conflict with some research we’ve covered since the first Bime study, but the methodology of this Experian Hitwise study was a little strange. It tracked 10 million people by rather different measures, creating “word clouds” to identify demographics by the descriptor words they use for themselves. It found that Google Plus usage in its “Colleges and Cafes” demographic has declined significantly since launch, while “Seeking Singles” and “Kids and Cabernet” — defined as “Prosperous, middle-aged married couples living child-focused lives in affluent suburbs.” — have increased. That would seem to totally contradict what Bime found. Bime uses self-reported data from user profiles, though, and this Experian Hitwise study, to the extent it makes sense at all, uses some highly advanced semantic analysis where simple profile fields would seem to suffice. So let’s assume that the huge growth in people calling themselves “students” is more believable than the decline in people using a cloud of words some algorithm defines as “student-y.” Two other trends jump out from the new data. User growth is steady and more or less linear week over week, but 83% of users in this study are classified as inactive. Bime doesn’t know how this is defined, so we’ve asked Find People on Plus for comment and will update with the response. Find People on Plus has admitted that its directory can only see public posts, which makes this measurement unjustifiable, and it is renaming this data field as a result. If it’s true, though, that means that only 2.5 million people from the sample are really using Google Plus. Furthermore, Bime admits that its own interpretation of the data was unclear. Out of this voluntary sample of 10 million, only 2.5 million are using the service. Neither of these studies seems dependable enough to draw conclusions about overall activity on the service. It was a voluntary sample, though it was still a large one, and the respondents were mostly male students and geeks (which, for the record, is a term of affection at ReadWriteWeb).Are you on Google Plus? Has your use declined since you joined? Let us know in the comments. jon mitchell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
From Sajjad HussainIslamabad, Aug 16 (PTI) Pakistans Army chief General Raheel Sharif today confirmed the death sentences of 11 “hardcore terrorists” who were convicted by special military courts for their involvement in killings of senior police and military officials and sectarian violence in the country.They were awarded death sentence by the special military courts which were set up following the Peshawar school attack of Dec 16, 2014 to expedite punishments against people convicted under terror charges.A military spokesperson saidthat those found guilty by the courts were involved in “heinous offences”.”Today Chief of Army Staff confirmed death sentences awarded to another 11 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism,” it said.Those convicted included militants who had killed a senior police officer in Balochistan, DIG Fayyaz Sumbal, and armys Major Majeed.Other convicts were involved in sectarian killings, kidnapping and killing of civilians and personnel of Frontier Constabulary and army.They were also charged with the crimes of destroying schools and communication infrastructure.It is not clear when and where their trials were held and completed, as army courts operate in secrecy due to fear of retaliation by militants. PTI SH SUA AKJ SUA
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is expected in Monaco to negotiate a transfer to the French Ligue 1 club from Chelsea, sports daily L’Equipe reported Saturday. Fabregas and his agent Darren Dein will meet Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasyliev although a source told AFP that the move has not yet been finalised. Fabregas, 31, played four seasons at Arsenal from 2003-2007 alongside current Monaco coach Thierry Henry. He moved to Chelsea in 2014 but does not figure in the future plans of coach Maurizio Sarri having played just six times all season.Related News England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in London On Saturday, Fabregas made a tearful farewell to Chelsea fans in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge where he had a penalty saved. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever EPL: I almost forgot to claim match ball, says Chelsea’s hat-trick hero Pulisic Sixth straight win lifts Chelsea to 2nd spot
On the next interview you go on, I recommend that you take some control.Don’t let the hiring manager ask all the questions; ask your own!A good hiring manager will welcome your curiosity.Here are some examples of useful questions to ask the interviewer:1) Would you please describe purpose/mission statement & set of values?2) What are the company’s greatest challenges (or priorities) your company faces right now?3) Who would I report to and how does our team fit within the rest of the company structure?3) Who are the shareholders/owners of the company?4) What is the path to earning more responsibilities?5) How are priorities set?6) How does feedback work…how often will I receive feedback on performance?7) How does compensation work? Is salary the only component, or are their equity or bonus/commission programs? What opportunities are there for me to grow your compensation?When searching for a good job, it’s even more important to get your questions answered than just answer the employer’s questions.
England beat West Indies in day-night Test by an innings and 209 runs – as it happened England cricket team Since you’re here… The Observer Share on WhatsApp Cricket Stuart Broad Jermaine Blackwood gives West Indies hope for future despite absent friends Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Jermaine Blackwood, the spirited, gifted and quirky little right-hander from Jamaica, whose maiden Test century came against England two years ago, was the solitary batsman to resist in that first innings, which he did with some style. Sound defence was eagerly punctuated with a few exotic strokes, including the first two sixes of the match, off Moeen Ali and a rather more startled Broad. Blackwood would finish unbeaten on 79.Soon West Indies were in a hopeless situation when Kyle’s younger brother, Shai, was bowled by Toby Roland-Jones, who soon had Shane Dowrich lbw – it must have been out since Marais Erasmus raised his finger without reference to the third umpire. Jason Holder stayed with Blackwood longer than most but an alert piece of wicketkeeping accounted for him. Jonny Bairstow caught the delivery from Moeen and, unlike just about everyone else on the pitch, he had spied or heard a tiny nick, which was confirmed by the review system. Two wickets from Broad, another run-out and West Indies were coming out for another go.They could not do any better. Powell edged the first ball he received from Anderson to first slip and then Roland-Jones retained the happy knack of picking up wickets even though he seemed to be posing no great threat. One of his virtues, beyond his perseverance, is that he is not frightened to bowl a relatively full length. Soon Kyle Hope flicked and missed and was lbw. Then Shai, caught at second slip by Joe Root, became Stokes’s first victim of the match.The contest between the fancy-dressers in the Hollies Stand and the stewards over whether they could get their big white rubber ball back (they did eventually) was now more riveting than the one between the bat and the pink ball out in the middle. England v West Indies 2017 Read more For a while Kraigg Brathwaite lived up to his reputation as the most adhesive batsman in the West Indies side. As he did so the Keystone Cops in the crowd linked hands with the Fred Flintstones in a conga; so too did the Donald Trumps and a large band of Mexicans. But there were no good omens for West Indies. Just before “tea” at 7.10pm another review, inspired again by Bairstow, found Brathwaite to be lbw to Moeen.After that interval the wickets just kept coming; Blackwood was neatly stumped by Bairstow off Moeen; then the magic returned for Broad with two wickets, Chase and Holder, in two balls bringing him level with Botham. The dismissal of Dowrich took him to 384. No, he would not like to have a rest at Headingley next week, when we will have to reset our alarm clocks. West Indies cricket team Joe Root ‘extremely privileged’ to play with England history-makers Moreover the zeal with which Warwickshire CCC have overseen this country’s first day-night Test cannot be faulted. In some ways it has been a triumph. The stands have been filled with an alacrity that is only rivalled when the Australians are in town; on Saturday another 23,000 came along. Warwickshire have delivered an excellent pitch; there have been cheerful stewards in abundance and a warm welcome has been extended everywhere. To use the (relatively) modern vernacular: they have controlled their controllables rather well.You are right to sense a “but” coming along. Warwickshire cannot be held responsible for the chilliness or dampness of the weather or the decision of many punters to go home early on the first night – there was also an early exodus on Saturday, despite the imminence of victory. It is not really their fault that the Hollies Stand gradually becomes a venue for those who, in another life, would like to be in a Neil Diamond/ Tom Jones tribute act. However, the biggest “but” relates to the necessity for there to be a gripping, unpredictable contest on view for any sporting occasion to be deemed a success, no matter what time of day it starts. And here at Edgbaston there has not been a meaningful contest.Resuming on 44 for one, the West Indies were bowled out for 168 in their first innings and 137 in their second on a surface that possessed very few demons on the first two days and not that many more on the third. In fact the first wicket to fall on day three, that of Kyle Hope, came about because a delivery from Jimmy Anderson did misbehave. Unexpected bounce surprised Hope and the ball looped gently from the shoulder of his bat into the hands of Ben Stokes in the gully.However, the next dismissal was self-inflicted and set the pattern for the day. Kieran Powell had batted excellently before the rain on Friday night but here he pushed the ball to mid-on and set off for an ill-conceived single. He had not hit the ball as hard as he thought and Anderson swooped. The throw hit the stumps with Powell a long way from home.Anderson hit the stumps again soon after, this time as a bowler, and Roston Chase was the victim. The West Indies had slumped to 47 for four and thereafter it was just a case of how much damage limitation was possible for a side that were lamentably out of their depth. The end was swift, cacophonous and melodramatic. On a day when 19 wickets fell, all of them West Indian, England sped to victory by an innings and 209 runs; Stuart Broad became the second-highest wicket-taker among Englishmen, overtaking Sir Ian Botham, as Joe Root’s team earned themselves a couple of days off, during which the pace bowlers will be keen to emphasise that rotation really is not such a good idea. They all want to bowl against these tourists. So from an English perspective there is much to celebrate. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Real Madrid Giggs keen to help Bale overcome injury woes Dejan Kalinic 11:45 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Gareth Bale Wales Primera División The new Wales boss feels his experience could help the Real Madrid attacker get over his injury worries Wales manager Ryan Giggs believes he can help attacker Gareth Bale overcome his injury woes.Bale, 28, has struggled with thigh and calf injuries this season, making just eight La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.Giggs, who played until he was 40 in an incredible career with Manchester United, feels he may be capable of helping Bale with his persistent problems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s about passing on your knowledge that you experienced as a player,” he said.”I’ve got plenty of that obviously – the different things you will come up against.”So, that might be a conversation because everyone wants a fit Gareth Bale, and everyone wants a fit Welsh national team so you have your best players to pick from.”Since moving to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013, Bale has managed at least 40 games in all competitions in a season just twice.
An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time Become a Grill Master this Summer with the Best Grilling Accessories All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations If you’re looking to throw the ultimate cookout party of the summer, there are many facets that go into a successful mission— but none as forceful as this Darth Vader grill.The Darth Vader Grill, design by Burned By Design, features a hinged lid, stainless steel mesh behind the eyes, and two grilling levels. But, because it’s the baddest grill in the galaxy, there’s more of course. The go-to grill-choice of the dark side also sports a swivel on the upper grill for precise, easy, and complete triumph over any slice of meat.Burned By Design resides on the outskirts of the UK’s steel city, Sheffield. The grilling guru is an award-winning designer, Alex Dodson, who’s known for taking a theme and setting it ablaze with hand-crafted wood burners and fire pits. His projects aren’t limited to Star Wars grills, but the force is something to be reckoned with.This Darth Vader themed burner is not exactly “for sale,” as each piece is hand made to order. However, with a little will-power and about 20 weeks of patient lead time, it can be obtained.BBD will accept requests for existing designs, including the Darth Vader grill, as well as consider new commissions for a themed grill you may fancy through email or on their Facebook page. Each item must be backed with a £50 UK only deposit.Any questions regarding pricing in your specific currency, international shipping rates, or anything else, can be found easily on their website.If you’re digging the Vader grill, you may also get a kick out of the Death Star Grill. Unfortunately, the galaxy’s ultimate grilling weapon is currently out of stock, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out. Besides, what other grill can annihilate a planet and a whole meal in one day?