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August 26 National Dog Day!!

TODAY August 26 is National Dog Day, a celebration of man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Founded in 2004, National Dog Day is intended to be an observance to both honor your pets and remember how many dogs still need to be rescued, according to the holiday’s website.

Between 37 and 47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, which shakes out to about 80 million dogs total, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The most popular breeds are retrievers, German shepherds and bulldogs.

Whether you’re celebrating your pup with an extra treat, a long walk or an end-of-the-day cuddle session, make time to paws and read these quotes, collected from Goodreads, Dogtime and BrainyQuote:

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ? Charles M. Schulz

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ? Josh Billings

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” ? Dean Koontz

 

“Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine?” ? Gabrielle Zevin

French bulldog puppies pose at a press conference at the American Kennel Club in New York on Jan. 31, 2014.  Getty Images

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” ? Charles de Gaulle

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ? Andy Rooney

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” ? Doris Day

It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor.” ? Kate DiCamillo

“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” ? Jill Abramson

“To show too much joy in a place such as this would be unseemly but, as he padded toward her, his tail was extended in a manner which would make wagging possible should all go as expected.” ? Eva Ibbotson

“Cry Havoc!  And let slip the dogs of war.” –William Shakespeare

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” — Dave Barry

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” — Cesar Millan

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” — Ben Williams

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” — Gene Hill

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” ? Robert Wagner

“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” ? Caroline Knapp

“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” ? Konrad Lorenz

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

“Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time.” ? H.G. Bissinger

EMV, Credit Cards and Retailers

Great Customer Service, training, working smart….. all are things that are routine for an inspired employee! These skills and actions will be more important than ever.
The transition is October 1. Will your retail business be fraud safe? or Fish food?

What fraudsters do now, and the potential outcome of their criminal acts, depends a lot on preparations merchants have in place, Bruemmer says. “Of all the breaches we’ve serviced, 80% of the root causes were due to employee negligence,” he says. Though published reports may cite state-sponsored intrusions and criminals, “the real root is an employee not doing his or her job, or doing something stupid,” he says.

That may be exactly what the criminals are counting on, especially during the transition from magnetic-stripe cards to chip cards. “There have been some well-publicized cases where administrators clicked on a spear-phishing link, or they turned a nonproduction server into a production one when they shouldn’t have, or didn’t turn on a firewall,” Bruemmer says. With spear phishing, criminals are able to get some information about targeted victims ahead of time, making it harder for the victims to discern an e-mail is fraudulent.   — excerpt from Digital Transactions,  Lying in Wait, Cyber Thieves Lick Their Chops in Anticipation of EMV Shift , August 20, 2015

some reading material for you:

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Honoring our Military & our Veterans

I write about Veterans and honoring our military service personnel often…. yes, and it is easy to see why. These soldiers put everything on the line, they work every day to make our country strong and safe. There is no “Day Off” for what they do.  Our Service people are just like you and me –  – but what they do and learn is hard to even comprehend. They suffer for it sometimes with PTSD or exhaustion, missing family and being far away. This is more than a job, it is a calling. Let’s honor our active duty Service Military, our Veterans and our Emergency Workers.

Rob is in Kuwait right now, serving as a firefighter. I find that it helps to keep busy….. what to do?  There are so many volunteer opportunities. Blue Star Moms is an amazing organization. Shipping “care packages” to our troops. These packages include snacks, books, magazines, toiletries, small hotel bottles of shampoo/conditioner, cream, flashlights, pens, pencils, cards, games and much more. Talk about feeling good? When these boxes go into the mail, We all feel great! There are many other service groups where you can help – Wounded Warriors, American Legion,  and special events like this one: Walk with the Warriors September 1-11.

 

** Don’t know what to say to a person in uniform? “Thanks for Serving” works just fine.

There are Veterans in your workplace, in your community and in your life. It is easy to say THANK YOU. Memorial day, Labor day, also November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA and several other countries. Anytime is a good time to acknowledge a veteran.

Articles on our Veterans — please take a look. 

Coming Home link. These are joyous videos of our soldiers returning home.  that families have shared. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, they are all different. They all make  me want to hug my son.

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I Will Walk. Join Me?

This September, a team of wounded veterans from around the United States will come together to climb and summit Gannett Peak, standing at 13,804 in Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains. You can support the 2015 Warriors to Summits team by pledging to Walk with the Warriors to ensure that the team knows they are not walking through their journey alone.

Join the campaign by selecting a team to be a part of, now through September 14, 2015; in doing so, you are

  • taking the No Barriers’ Warrior Strong Pledge
  • committing to walk in the team’s footsteps.
  • I have pledged and donated …. now the shoes meet  the road (so to speak), I’d love some company, come out and walk with me!
  • Here is my link to my page with more information, pictures and a way to donate if you wish. 
  • I’ll be adding more pictures and tracking my progress too.

The Gannett Peak team will walk approximately 50 miles, we ask that you set your own walking goal for the September time period. In addition, you have the option to join a Wells Fargo regional team and help fundraise so No Barriers can help fund more programs like Warriors to Summits. To track your steps, you can sync a pre-owned Fitbit or earn a Fitbit to sync when you reach your first fundraising milestone.

If you don’t want to join a team, please consider making a donation in support of the men and women who have served our country so valiantly.

Learn more about Warriors to Summits and No Barriers programs by visiting our website at WarriorstoSummits.org. Here you’ll find team updates, warrior bios and videos and come September, live tracking as the team climbs that you won’t want to miss!

QUICK FACTS

Length of Campaign: Now – November 30th, 2015

Meet the Warriors!

Participant Joining Period: Now – November 11th (Please be aware that if you join after November 11th, we may not be able to ship your Fitbit in time to track your steps during the campaign length.)

Walk in the warriors footsteps: September 4th – September 14th (the same time the Gannett Peak team will be climbing.)

Gannett Peak Summit: The 2015 Warriors to Summits team will summit on September 11th, 2015*

  

Denver Police are Rewarding Good Deeds

Caught in the ACT???……. doing something good! Denver PD is handing out $10 gift cards for Pizza. wow!

The Police Department has teamed up with a local Pizza place  to reward good behavior like ARTICLE HERE….. crossing in the cross walk with the light and other good deeds. The Denver PD handed out 500 cards.

What a yummy recognition idea! Yeah for Denver Police and Pizza– what great teamwork.

      

 

 

source: KLOVE radio

August 19 National Potato Day!!!

There are all sorts of “potato inspired” ways to participate!!! Sometimes sending a fun note to highlight a “special day” brings a smile to your team! Recognition efforts can get very serious, but a lighthearted note is a great team builder too! It is fun to select something that your team cares about, a local mascot or some theme within your company or group. Here is a way to celebrate National Potato Day – send an email, with a picture and some links. There are “National days”, months to celebrate many historical events and activities and many occasions to consider.

This is a fun example of informal recognition.
http://www.idahopotato.com/recipe.php
http://www.potatorecipes.us/
http://bigspud.com/

Point Montara Lighthouse

Do you know your local history?

Would you like to liven up your weekly meeting?

  • You could try an information  “scavenger hunt” (Where is Point Montara?”)
  • Or a give a list of certain attributes and have your team guess “what am I?”.   (30 feet tall and made from cast iron)
  • You could try a “would you rather?” (Would you rather be adrift in a boat in the middle of the sea OR see a lighthouse but not have any oars to row towards it?)

No matter which idea you choose, it is easier to create these events around a theme, and local history is a fun way to involve your team.  These brain teasers are a fun Team Activity!

How about this? Ask your team:  What has shined a light since 1881? What was located in Cape Cod and Point Montara? Where is Point Montara anyway?

Image result for point montara lighthouse address    Point Montara was originally established in 1875 as a fog signal station. Although nearly 90 vessels had met with the business end of the jagged rocks off Montara by the mid-1800s, it wasn’t until two high-profile incidents in 1868 and 1872 that Congress was finally propelled into action.
The first light at Point Montara was established in 1900, and consisted of a red lens-lantern hung on a post. A new fog signal building was built in 1902, and a fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed in 1912 on a skeleton tower. The light was electrified in 1919. Finally, in 1928, the current cast-iron, 30-foot tower was installed to house the Fresnel lens.

In 2008, it was discovered that the current Point Montara lighthouse is much older than previously thought. It was built in 1881 and erected on Wellfleet Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where it stood until the light station was decommissioned in 1922. From Cape Cod, the lighthouse made a 3,000-mile journey to Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay, where it waited in a depot until finally being installed at Point Montara in 1928. It is currently the only known lighthouse to have stood watch on two oceans.

During World War II, the Point Montara light station housed military units including the K-9 Corps. Men and dogs would patrol the beaches below. A mobile artillery unit was also housed here. After the war, the station was served by three Coast Guard keepers until it was automated in 1970.

Automation led to the abandonment of the buildings, which fell into disrepair due to the harsh coastal weather and vandalism. Through partnerships between the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, the U.S. Coast Guard, California State Parks, and the California Coastal Conservancy, the facility was renovated to become a hostel, and opened its doors to travelers in 1980. Since then, the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel has welcomed thousands of guests from around the world every year.

Location:

8800 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037
(650) 728-7177

EMV Chips are Here

Many small business are thinking they will pass on joining the EMV hoopla…. but EMV is more than that!

Small business owners unprepared to accept EMV chip cards infographic. Alt: Small business owners unprepared to accept EMV chip cards infographic from Wells Fargo

The cost of card fraud in the U.S. is estimated at $8.6 billion per year. EMV chip cards will help arrest fraud and is coming to the places where you buy gas, groceries, movie tickets, and many other products and services. There are many ways to defraud consumers, but it happens even when you use your card at  brick and mortar stores, not just when you use online stores.

 

According to Payments Leader, an online industry publication, about 40 percent of the world’s credit and debit cards have the chips and 70 percent of the machines outside the U.S. can read them.

 

Europe has been using this for years….. and wondering why are we so slow! EMV gaining attention in the U.S. with the LIABILITY SHIFT taking place Oct. 1. That’s when merchants will become liable for any fraudulent transactions if they don’t support EMV. Before that date, banks and  card issuers are liable. Do YOU want to pay for fraud? Do you want to spend your time explaining to your customers what happened on their last cc charge? It makes sense to take a look and get prepared for this transition.

Check out this link from Wells Fargo

 

This info-graphic is really clear and concise - Take a look.

 

Good to Know: 5 Things you can do to protect your Card from Skimmers

 

 

500 SF Bay Area Low-income Residents to get Training

GREAT News! Nonprofit Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), the Bay Area’s leading employment and training provider, received a grant to provide low-income and minority residents the professional skills needed to obtain stable jobs that can lead to life-changing careers. The grant will specifically fund career pathway programs that address the critical skill-building needs of people living in poverty with minimal work experience, long-term unemployed individuals and at-risk youth.

Corporate grants help finance the BankWork$ program, JVS’ new technology training program for long-term unemployed and the Summer Jobs Plus program for at-risk youth. BankWork$ is an 8-week national program that prepares adults from low-income and minority communities for careers in the financial services industry.

“The economic divide is growing in the Bay Area, making job search and career pathway programs vital,” said Abby Snay, JVS Executive Director. “Helping people secure the kinds of jobs that can support families over the long-term is good for business, good for those seeking jobs and, ultimately, good for our community.”

JVS is a nonsectarian nonprofit that has combatted unemployment for 40 years in the Bay Area. Their award-winning programs throughout San Francisco, the East Bay and the North and South Peninsulas help people build the skills and employer connections they need to find work and transform their lives.

Location in SF:

225 Bush St #400, San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600

Contractor, Employee….Gig, Career

There are so many ways to work temp, or on-call or freelance, almost as many words to describe what kind of work you want – job-share, remote, on-site….. It affects benefits, customer service, consistent products, pay rate and fairness.

In past months, there’s been increasing pressure to shift the relationship from contractors to employees. There have been lawsuits against Uber, where a single driver was able to win business expenses, but also we’re seeing American Presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton suggest she’ll be influencing startups to provide fair wages and benefits to workers, while Jeb Bush takes Uber rides in SF promoting the service and free market capitalism.

Jeremiah say: Want to learn more? You can check out my full body of work on the Collaborative Economy, which includes reports, graphs, databases, lists, frameworks, info graphics, essays, and points of view. Jeremiah Owyang is an informative industry watcher…. you’ll love his newsletter.

 

 

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