Nate Cassel, Sandra’s grandson, and his friend decided to give one last search effort. They figured that she had to be somewhere around her apartment building.On the morning of Monday, July 8th, Cassel, Shawn Willis, and two other friends set out into the woods behind his grandmother’s building. “He wanted to go look in the woods—I woke up this morning with the same idea: Let’s go search the woods in the neighborhood,” Willis told WSOC-TV.HERO: Youth Charges Straight Into Fire To Save his 8-year-old Niece: ‘I’d do it again… even if I died’After hiking about a quarter mile through the woods behind her apartment, Cassel and his friends discovered his grandmother lying facedown in a creek. He feared the worst, and called the police and his family to share the news. As he approached her though, she raised her arm; she was alive.She later told officers that she had fallen while going for a walk.Thanks to the her grandson’s love and dedication, Sandra Adams will make a full recovery and live to enjoy more walks through the park.(WATCH the WSOC interviews below…)Be Sure And Share The Inspiring Rescue Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA North Carolina grandmother’s typical daily walk turned into a 5-day missing-persons search after her frightening disappearance last week—and thanks to her grandson and his friends who decided to search “one last time,” tragedy was averted.Sandra Adams’ family went to spend time with their grandmother on a Friday morning, only to discover her missing. They had last seen her two days before, but were worried, so they reported her disappearance to the police.The Charlotte police department and family members searched for days, but had no luck finding the 69-year old woman, so the team gave up their search.
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Michael Rodgers KANSAS CITY– The Indians will try to get back to their winning ways against the Royals for game two of three in the series. Coming into tonight’s game the Tribe have lost their last three games including a 5-4 walk-off last night.Time: 7:15 pmPitching Matchup: Corey Kluber (16-6, 2.74 ERA) vs. Heath Fillmyer (1-1, 4.57 ERA)TV: STOOnline: MLB.TVRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Indians Radio Network Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansCorey KluberJose RamirezKansas City RoyalsMLB
Share This!With the opening of Rise of the Resistance, many of us are feeling a swell of pride for the Resistance and the light side of the Force. But, if you prefer the dark side, there is a new hope for you. Three new baseball caps landed at Mouse Gear in Epcot, each one sporting a sharp look for the dark side.Darth Vader and Luke battle trucker-style cap $27.99Darth Vader Walt Disney World baseball cap $24.99Stormtooper baseball cap $29.99Star Wars baseball hatsStar Wars baseball hatsStar Wars baseball hats – lightsaber battleStar Wars baseball hats – lightsaber battleStar Wars baseball hats – Darth VaderStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperThe Darth Vader cap has “Walt Disney World” embroidered on the back, with the Galactic Empire emblem on the underside of the bill. The Stormtrooper cap does not have anything embroidered on the back, but has the First Order emblem on the left side and the word “Stormtrooper” on the underside of the bill.Are any of these caps enough to make you show some love for the dark side?
Ray Maota Kourage Athletics aims to be the official sponsor of Kenyan athletes in 10 to 20-years, giving sportswear giants Nike and Adidas stiff competition. (Image: Wikipedia) One of the t-shirts available now has the Kourage graphic on it. T-shirts from Kourage retail at US$39 (R317). (Images: Kourage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Markl Kourage Athletics: Founder RELATED ARTICLES • Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Environmental activist laid to restA Kenyan company has developed a local brand of sportswear for the country’s range of elite athletes, ensuring that when they compete internationally, their gear reflects a sense of national pride and commitment.Kourage Athletics was launched in July 2011 and is the only athletics apparel company of its kind in Kenya.Hussein Kurji, designer and head of operations for the company said: “There are a lot of Kenyan athletes and you always see them wearing Nike and Adidas, and not something from their own country.“We do have quite a good track record when it comes to running, so why not match that with an equally big clothing brand?”So far no major stars have been approached by the company to promote the brand, but it is hoped that in 10 to 20 years it will become their gear of choice.For now, Kourage will associate with youth organisations with a focus on sport.The company is the brainchild of Chris Markl, a professor of economics and political science at Florida State College in the US.Markl said: “I always wondered why ‘ethical’ clothing lines were so focused on concentrating operations in America or Europe. There are incredible designers and entrepreneurs in impoverished countries.“To create real economic development, an apparel company needs to create as many economic linkages in a poor country as possible.”With every purchase of a Kourage garment, revenue is injected back into the Kenyan economy. This helps sustain jobs and create wealth for local communities.Kourage also hopes to inspire entrepreneurship. Kurji said: “We hope the entrepreneurship spirit of Kourage will show other young talent that if you have the courage and perseverance, you can achieve what you want to.”From Kenya, by Kenyans for the worldKourage Athletics is designed, manufactured and managed in Kenya by locals, so by purchasing their apparel, one is investing in the Kenyan people.Its clothing is produced at Viva Africa, a Kenyan-owned and -operated factory, which also produces other types of branded garments.Viva Africa employs 200 people, the majority of whom are women.Conditions at the factory are good, and the area in which employees work is kept well-lit and cool. They work 45-hour weeks with an hour-long lunch each day. They are also paid well above the country’s minimum wage, according to Markl.Best performance, best fitKourage garments are modern, fashionable and use the same type of quick-dry fabric that leading sports brands like Nike and Adidas use.Kurji said: “We combine the fit of your favourite t-shirt with the best performance fabric in the world.“We tested Kourage garments under extreme conditions, in snow on Mt Kenya and in the heat of the Rift Valley plains. Kourage garments are perfect for any athletic endeavour.”For the launch, 1 000 t-shirts were produced by the company with different graphics and designs.The sportswear company is planning on increasing its line by adding hooded sweatshirts and running shorts, which it hopes will boost sales.Creation of KourageMarkl spent 1 000 hours planning how to start the company, which included liaising with Kenyan factories, photographers and graphic designers.Liaising took place over the internet and by phone as he is still based in the US.Markl strategised in great detail before making his first trip to Kenya in 2009.Once in Kenya, he met up with five entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who are now Kourage’s key employees specialising in photography, fashion, production and graphics.Markl invested US$25 000 (R203 000) in the enterprise and although he says he works over 50 hours a week on Kourage, he does not get paid.Having only seen a $5 000 (R40 000) return on investment so far, Markl says jokingly: “One day I would like that money back but as long as I don’t give up, we’re fine.”
Startups and small businesses in the US have a history of driving innovation. But they are in trouble. Patrick Barnhill, President of Specialist ID, said that “small businesses are more innovative because of their company structure. The small structure allows for quick decision-making without the hassle of going through layers of approval, which can slow down company processes. Small businesses also have to be more creative than their larger counterparts due to a much smaller budget. This forces out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.” John Dearie, executive vice president for policy at the Financial Services Forum, said that “new businesses are disproportionately responsible for the innovation that drives productivity and economic growth, and they account for virtually all net new job creation. I would say, as a policy person, this is nothing short of a national emergency.” But starting a company is risky and takes some amount of funding which is often difficult to get. Americans are becoming more complacent. Economist Tyler Cowen said that “these days Americans are less likely to switch jobs, less likely to move around the country, and, on a given day, less likely to go outside the house at all the economy is more ossified, more controlled, and growing at lower rates.” Small businesses and startups in the US are struggling. Studies by the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution have found that the number of new businesses declined in the US 44 percent since 1978. More businesses are shutting down rather than starting up.
Wolves scout Lyngby youngster Frederik Wintherby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyngby youngster Frederik Winther is being watched by Wolves.Ekstra Bladet says Wolves had a scout posted to watch the 18 year-old in action against Brondby.The talented defender has impressed with Lyngby this season.A January move for Winther is being considered by Wolves, though they’ll face competition.RB Leipzig and Salzburg are also watching the teen. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
While college football fans around the country grab their popcorn and wait for the latest Jim Harbaugh jab thrown in the direction of Nick Saban – or vice versa – ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith decided to chime in on the discussion, and he wasn’t pulling any punches. Tuesday morning during ESPN’s First Take, Smith let it fly, pointing out that, in terms of winning, one of these coaches isn’t even in the same discussion as the other. First Take posted the video to YouTube. Harbaugh’s college football coaching career is just getting started, but he does have quite a bit of winning to do if he wants to catch up to Saban. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”
Opening Act, an innovative nonprofit that provides free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, has announced that Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) will helm Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine for Opening Act’s 9th Annual Benefit Play Reading at New World Stages on April 21st, 2015.Leon, who has long supported and advocated for arts in education, said, “When the stars align with a great playwright, children, and education, I’m there.”Headlining the event are actors Anika Noni Rose (Tony Award-winner, Caroline, or Change), Tonya Pinkins (Tony Award-winner, star of Caroline, or Change), Wood Harris (The Wire), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black), Patina Miller (Tony Award-winner, Pippin), Anthony Chisholm (Tony Award-nominee, Radio Golf), David Zayas (Dexter), and Michael Mastro (West Side Story). The event was cast by Emmy Award-winner Alexa Fogel (The Wire).“We are thrilled to be working with such great talents – from Kenny to Lynn to our incredible cast – to bring attention to the need for impactful theater programming for New York City teens,” said Suzy Myers Jackson, Executive Director of Opening Act. “Our programs give students an opportunity to have their voices heard and celebrated, often for the first time, and our impact goes far beyond artistic achievement; our students tell us over and over again they wouldn’t have graduated high school if it weren’t for Opening Act. This event is critical to our ability to make those stories continue to happen in our city.”The annual event is supported by Opening Act’s Artistic Advisory Board, which includes actors Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Kristen Bell (Frozen), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Jean Smart (Designing Women), and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live).In addition to student and celebrity performances, this year’s event will include a post-show reception with a 3-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu for VIP ticketholders at limited Chef’s Tables, sponsored by Naturally Delicious and Dark Horse Wines.Reports have shown that instruction in the arts is positively correlated with higher student grades and rates of college enrollment. However, in low-income areas like the South Bronx and central Brooklyn there exists a severe arts shortage. In fact, more than 42 percent of schools without a full-time, state-certified arts teacher are located in those areas. Opening Act strives to fill this void by providing their programming free of charge to these schools. Over ninety percent of Opening Act’s programs are located in the South Bronx and Brooklyn.Opening Act is an innovative nonprofit that brings free, long-term theater programs to 32 of New York City’s most under-served public high schools. Through theater, Opening Act students gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life. Opening Act’s vision is to see that every New York City public school student has access to an artistic space where they can develop commitment, community, and leadership through their artistic achievement. Please visit www.openingact.org to learn more.9th Annual Play Reading of Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine to benefit Opening Act will take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. New World Stages is located at 340 W. 50th Street in Manhattan.Tickets are:$225 Event Ticket (Performance, Pre-Show Reception with Open Wine Bar and Hors d’oeuvres, Post-Show Champagne and Dessert);$550 VIP Ticket (all perks of Event Ticket, plus priority seating for performance & access to VIP Post-Show Reception with 3-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu – includes a Rising Star Sponsorship to support one student in Opening Act’s Adopt a School Program)For tickets – www.telecharge.com or 1 800-447-7400
To coincide with Independence Day, the Ad Council, R/GA and an unprecedented group of brands launched “We Are America,” an extension of the iconic Love Has No Labels campaign, explaining that love for country is love for the people who make up this country.Behind the scenes images – John CenaThe new PSAs, featuring WWE Superstar John Cena, continue to further the campaign message of acceptance of all communities regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. Love Has No Labels encourages audiences to recognize their implicit bias – biases that live in our subconscious – in order to promote inclusion. “We Are America” invites everyone to submit their photos to demonstrate the true diversity that makes up America. Upworthy, a 2015 campaign launch partner, shared “We Are America” on its social platforms and will be creating a series of videos launching in the coming months to help further the campaign message.Video: We Are America ft. John Cena | Love Has No Labels | Ad Council“I am proud to be part of the Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, ‘We Are America’,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “This campaign sends an important message of acceptance that truly embodies the spirit of America.”The new PSAs, created by R/GA, encourage people to define their love of country as love of all Americans. The long-form video and TV spot feature Cena walking through a diverse neighborhood while talking about how the real average American is likely different than the person viewers may imagine. By enumerating some of the many labels Americans proudly use to define themselves – Latino, disabled, lesbian, Muslim, senior citizen, African American and others – the video concludes that to love America is to love all Americans. An advisory board of nonprofit partners, including The Perception Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, lent their expertise to ensure that the PSAs represented diverse perspectives and addressed the issue of implicit bias. In addition to the television and online videos, the integrated campaign includes out of home and print advertising, all of which are running entirely in time and space donated by the media.“At a time when it feels hard for our country to find common ground, we need to remind audiences that to celebrate America is to celebrate all Americans. We’re so proud to continue the Love Has No Labels message as part of the July 4th holiday and throughout the year,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “‘We Are America’ illuminates what we already know – that Americans today cover the full spectrum of age, sexuality, ability, race and religion. And this message is just as important now as ever.”“It’s a privilege for us to continue working with the Ad Council. Like last year, the power of the campaign came from its honesty. To celebrate the real America is to celebrate the real people that make up this country,” said Nick Law, vice chairman, global cco, R/GA. “As someone who moved to the U.S. 22 years ago, I’ve benefited from the openness and generosity of this country. And it’s this inclusive spirit that now makes me proud.”To accompany the PSAs, the campaign launched a Portrait of America photo tool allowing users to create custom gifs that highlight the diversity of America. Love Has No Labels encourages users to submit their own photos which are combined with other users’ images to create an animated sequence of portraits. The gifs will reflect the true diversity that makes up America today and users are encouraged to share them across social channels with #WeAreAmerica. The gif generator is prominently featured on the redesigned campaign website. Through Stackla, a content marketing platform, the new homepage aggregates and highlights portraits of Americans from all backgrounds. HelpsGood, a social good-focused digital agency, will post messaging on the campaign’s social channels to encourage users to share stories representing “We Are America” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The campaign brand partners, including founding partners The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, P&G, Unilever and State Farm, and recent partners, Google and Johnson & Johnson, are supporting “We Are America” by promoting content across their channels. In time for the launch of “We Are America,” Google joins this group of brand partners to advance the reach and impact of the PSAs. In addition to funding the campaign, brand partners will show their support during the year through on and offline activations including, social influencer programs, social messaging, employee engagement, events and more.Upworthy featured “We Are America” on its social channels yesterday and will be producing a series of additional videos celebrating the diversity of America throughout the year.“Upworthy is thrilled to support the Love Has No Labels campaign again this year. Our mission is to change what the world is paying attention to, and this campaign helps draw attention to the diversity at the heart of America. We are all America, and we are all part of the same story,” said Eli Pariser, co-Founder of Upworthy.The fully integrated campaign also includes support from key partners including Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed and WWE. Through a Facebook ad unit, people can participate in the campaign directly from Facebook. People will be able to visit LoveHasNoLabels.com and share their #WeAreAmerica photo from within the ad unit after watching the video. Additionally, Twitter launched a new custom Love Has No Labels emoji (available through August 4th) for #WeAreAmerica or #LoveHasNoLabels. When the hashtags are used in a tweet, a custom emoji of diverse holding hands will appear representing unity, love and the diversity of Americans. Twitter will also promote the emoji through donated media support. As part of a content series around the campaign message, Buzzfeed will develop posts that aim to inspire all Americans to reflect on their own assumptions of what the “average American” looks like. In addition to John Cena’s participation, WWE will also utilize its global platforms including WWE Network, television broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media to support the campaign.Love Has No Labels, a digital-first campaign, first launched nationwide in February 2015. The initial video, filmed on Valentine’s Day, featured real people in diverse relationships spanning different backgrounds and encouraged viewers to question their assumptions of what constitutes friendship, romantic love and family. Since the campaign’s first video debuted exclusively on Upworthy, it has been viewed over 160 million times making it the 2nd most viewed video in 2015. As a result, there have been over 2.7 million sessions on lovehasnolabels.com, where visitors were offered a quiz to examine their own biases. Additionally, more adults report discussing discrimination and prejudice and saying that they are regularly accepting and inclusive of others, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Ad Council and conducted by Ipsos, Public Affairs. To date, the award-winning campaign has received nearly $27 million in donated media.