Woman, 30 seeks dating profile manager from Craigslist to help her find romance

 

So much swiping, so little time. Co-founder of graphic-design firm hires agent to help sort through profusion of dating choices available on the Internet.

Cherilyn Lee is looking for love, but says work hardly leaves her time to swipe and type.

As an experiment, Cherilyn, the 30-year-old co-founder of a graphic-design company in Vancouver, hired a part-time “dating profile manager” on Wednesday through an ad in the jobs section of Craigslist.

As dating sites and apps multiply, she isn’t the only one looking for an Internet dating agent. A few companies specialize in spicing up the dating profiles and managing the online romantic pursuits of clients who lack the hours, energy or perhaps charm to arrange dates themselves.

VirtualDatingAssistants.com and PersonalDatingAssistants.com provide customers with ghostwriters who treat the art of seduction like a lucrative science.

These firms didn’t appeal to Cherilyn because they seemed impersonal and aimed at men who have trouble wooing a date. Flirting is not her problem, she said, but her time is precious. So she looked for her own cupid on Craigslist.

“No, this is not a joke,” her ad said.

Her matchmaker will gain access to her personal information, photos and dating profiles on Tinder, OkCupid and the relatively new app, Happn. The successful candidate will be paid $12 per hour to find potential suitors, flirt and line up dates.

“If you find a match that leads to a meaningful relationship, you’ll get a bonus,” the ad promised. “If it turns into a real deal I’ll double the original bonus.”

Applicants had to commit to work for two months (seven hours per week) and undergo a police background check (on Lee’s dime).

In less than three weeks, she received about 30 email applications and interviewed eight people, all women between 19 and 35, she told us over the phone.

Choosing a dating profile manager wasn’t easy. After much deliberation, she hired a college student whose artistic interests dovetailed with her own. That person didn’t wish to be interviewed.

Cherilyn, who was born in Singapore and moved here to study visual art at Humber College in 2007, spent less than a year on matchmaking sites and apps before outsourcing the work.

“When I was looking at my data usages from last year, I managed to swipe like three gigs on Tinder. I surprised myself,” she said.

As the co-founder and creative director of a graphic-design company, Cherilyn works more than 60 hours per week. At the office, she recently discovered the joy of delegating and plans to apply the same lesson to her private life.

“That’s what I do with other projects: I hire designers, developers, writers. Why not hire a dating manager?” she said.

Wise or weird? Let us know what you think!

70-year-old hasn’t eaten sugar for 28 years, looks incredible

If you’ve ever contemplated whether going sugar-free is worth it, then here’s a little inspiration for you.

Carolyn Hartz gave up the white stuff almost 30 years ago after years of being ‘addicted’ to sweets.

And today, the 70-year-old has a body most women half her age would kill for – which she puts it down to following a no-sugar diet.

‘I have been sugar-free for 28 years,’ she tells us.

‘It was difficult at first as I was a sugar addict but I believe it is one of the most important reasons I have been able to keep myself healthy and keep my body in shape.’

So how has she managed to keep to it?

‘I make sure I eat protein with every meal, especially breakfast. It stops the cravings.’

She also says it’s crucial not to deprive yourself of the food and drink you love, but to be careful about ‘portion size’.

‘We know our metabolism slows down as we get older,’ she says.

‘It just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder.

‘I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.’

Instead of sugar, she uses a sweetener called Xylitol – an all-natural sugar substitute, which can be found in berries and some vegetables.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that Carolyn is the founder of a sweetener company so although being sugar-free has massive benefits, she obviously would put her age-defying looks down to using sweeteners over sugar.

Apart from ditching the sugar and managing the portions, Carolyn says that sleep is the next most crucial element to staying fit and well.

She aims for at least eight hours a night and says that she has done for most of her life.

‘It is when our body heals and rejuvenates,’ she explains.

Living in Australia, Carolyn also swears by wearing suncream every day under her makeup and never sunbathes.

‘I am very aware of the damaging effects of the sun and I had this reminder when I had a cancer removed from my nose when I was only 30.’

Her most crucial piece of advice for those of us in our 20s and 30s?

‘Be happy for everyone and never worry about your age. Train yourself to see the glass as half full. The day is partially sunny, not partially cloudy.’

Hairdresser does a horrendous job and isn’t even sorry

When you visit a hairdresser, it’s always wise to bring in a photo for your hairdresser to use as a reference.

But you should be warned, that won’t always help you, as one woman found out.


The photo she bought in vs the end result

Sarah Landry has vigorously slammed a Western Vancouver salon for ‘ruining her hair’.

Ms Landry visited the salon on Monday and brought with her a reference photo of a woman with beautiful balayage.

She spent five hours in the salon only to discover her hair looked nothing like she’d hoped. She was also made to pay $200.

During her visit, Ms Landry says her hair became brittle and started to break off, which is when she became upset and refused to pay the bill.

‘I asked for balayage and showed them a photo, then expected to walk out with the finished result,’ she wrote on Facebook.

But we found out that there was more to the story…

The hairdresser in question was said to have already handed her notice in and it was in fact her last day at the salon..

Have you ever had to work in customer service? If you have, we all know those customers who you just want to shout at, deny all their requests or dream up some ways of how you could hypothetically cause them pain..

Just me…? I doubt it!

After speaking with the hairdresser herself, she simply said, “I am not even sorry, she was a horrible woman and I am glad I don’t have to deal with these people anymore”

We spoke to the salon to get a response, which they were cautious to provide.

‘We have offered to fix Ms Landry’s hair, free of charge of course. Our stylist has now left after working with us for 6 years – we could never have predicted this.’ a salon representative said.

We very much doubt that Ms Landry ever wants to return to the salon to be honest!

Always have a proper consultation with multiple hairdressers or one that you trust. Especially if you are undergoing a drastic change.

Oh – and always be polite to people who could get the ultimate revenge!

Search for Haitian boy results in hundreds of children Rescued from human trafficking rings

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — It was Super Bowl Sunday. Across America, people were having parties, eating hot wings and watching the big game.

Meanwhile, in Haiti, a group of Americans docked a yacht outside a small resort for what appeared to be a pre-game party on the beach. But their minds were not on football; they were on children.

Timothy Ballard and his team at Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), a nonprofit organization that fights human trafficking, worked undercover pretending to purchase young girls for sex. A Super Bowl party was the perfect disguise to lure in suspected human traffickers.

“They were so grotesque,” Ballard said, “talking about 10-year-old kids and what they were going to do; talking about them like they were selling computer parts.”

Ballard said the men sold him 20 minors as young as 11 years old and nine 18-year-olds — all of them trafficked for sex. “These kids were the subject of child pornography, videos that were being distributed outside of Haiti. Some of the kids had been branded as property,” he said.

When police arrived, they arrested nine men from three separate human trafficking rings and liberated 29 victims.

Ballard’s team has been conducting missions like this in Haiti for more than three years. They originally went to the country looking for Gardy Mardy, an American born in St. George, Utah, who was kidnapped outside an LDS church building in Haiti shortly before his third birthday.

OUR’s very first bust rescued 28 children from an illegal orphanage where kids were being sold. Ballard said he was humbled by Guesno Mardy’s reaction when he told him his son was not found in that initial attempt. He remembers the father saying, “If I have to lose my son so that your team could come and rescue these 28, that is a burden I am willing to bear.”

The search for Gardy led to more busts throughout Haiti and into the Dominican Republic. “We’ve rescued over 100 kids just on that island,” Ballard said, “and we’re on that island because of Gardy.”

Guesno Mardy is now a regular volunteer on the OUR team, serving as an interpreter and a liaison with Haitian police, but his satisfaction is bittersweet. He runs an orphanage in Haiti where some of the victims rescued by OUR now reside.

“When I think about it, myself caring for other people’s kids and knowing that my own child is at the hand of criminals, not being protected or loved, it is painful,” Guesno Mardy said. “But I understand it is part of my trial on this earth and I bear it.”

Guesno Mardy and his family have shed a lot of tears over the last seven years. Gardy would be 10 years old now.

“I’m just hoping and praying that we’ll find him alive, in whatever condition that might be at the moment. I’d be happy with that,” Guesno Mardy said.

With each bust OUR makes, Ballard remains optimistic they will find the first child they set out to save.

“We continue to look for Gardy. We’ll never stop,” Ballard promised. “What we’ve realized is the more that we look for this little boy, the more time we spend on this island, the more kids we end up rescuing.”

Since its inception a little over three years ago, OUR has rescued more than 600 victims in 15 different countries. Ballard said they’ve also helped police arrest about 280 traffickers and pedophiles.

The Pope Opened A Free Laundromat For The Homeless In Rome

At a new laundromat in the center of Rome, no one needs quarters. The Pope Francis Laundry–opened by the Pope himself–is a place where homeless people and others struggling with extreme poverty can wash and dry a load of laundry for free.The laundry is meant to “restore dignity to so many people who are our brothers and sisters,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski said in a press release from the Vatican. “One of the greatest difficulties for those who live on the streets, along with that of finding food, a place to spend the night and public baths, is to wash and dry the clothes they wear, in many cases the only ones they own.”Inside a former hospital near the Vatican, run by the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, the facility has six washers and six dryers donated by Whirpool, and a free supply of detergent from Procter  Gamble. A barbershop, showers, and health care facilities will be added on-site later.[Photo: Whirlpool Corporation EMEA]It might be the first laundromat opened by a pope, but it isn’t Pope Francis’s first effort to help the homeless. In 2014, for his 78th birthday, the pope handed out 400 sleeping bags, each emblazoned with the Vatican’s coat of arms, to homeless people in Rome. In 2015, he turned a space next to St. Peter’s Square into showers for the homeless and a barbershop that offers free haircuts and shaves on Mondays, and arranged for a homeless man to be buried in the Vatican. In 2016, at the canonization of Mother Teresa, the pope invited 1,500 homeless people to have seats of honor (and free pizza) at a luncheon.The new laundry is one of a handful of projects that try to address the challenge of clean clothes for homeless people. In the U.S., volunteers from an organization called Laundry Love partner with local laundromats to offer free services at certain hours to people in need. The project started after founders asked a homeless man what he needed, and he said, “If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being.”During a Laundry Love session, which typically lasts two to five hours, volunteers either pay for someone’s laundry or, in some cases, the laundromat offers the free use of a machine or two. Other laundromats donate the proceeds from particular machines to the nonprofit. While people wash and dry their clothes, volunteers get to know them, and also often offer services such as tutoring for children or assistance with a job search.“Dignity is built,” Laundry Love co-founder and national director Greg Russinger tells Fast Company. “Relationships are built…all you have is free time inside a laundromat.” (One of the organization’s supporters,  Los Angeles Episcopal Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce, says she shared the idea with Pope Francis, which may have been part of the inspiration for the new Roman laundry).In Australia, a nonprofit called Orange Sky Laundry engineered a washer and dryer that can fit in the back of a van. Volunteers drive the vans–now a fleet of 11–on streets in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and other Australian cities, offering homeless people free loads of laundry.Still, it’s a basic necessity that many people struggle to afford–and may be even more difficult to access for people who are on the verge of homelessness or not yet connected with other homeless services. In the 14 years that Laundry Love has operated, it has seen clear evidence of the need: to date, the program has helped nearly 750,000 people do a million loads of laundry.“We have a large constituency of people who are going through the wringer,” says Russinger. “They’ve lost jobs, they’ve lost houses, they’re in their cars or low-income hotels, nobody knows about [their homelessness] because if they shared about that, they could lose whatever job they might have. There’s a large constituency of people . . . that most people don’t see and think about. That’s who we see.”Pope Francis’s new laundry might inspire others to also help. “I just appreciate the fact that he’s jumping on and recognizes that clean clothes matter to people, whoever they are, wherever they come from,” Russinger says. “I think it matters.”

Muslim driver delights Jewish passengers with ‘Passover bus’

A Muslim bus driver in Jerusalem decided to craft a holiday surprise for his ultra-Orthodox passengers and transformed his vehicle into a “Passover bus” with aluminum foil, flowers, and even a miniature Seder table.

Ihab drives his bus on the 77 line in Jerusalem, explained simply to Ynet, “I wanted to make my passengers happy so that we’ll feel love for at least one day, in the hope that it’ll stay forever.”

The passengers of Line 77 were greeted with flowers and balloons and a whole bus interior covered with aluminum foil. In the center of the vehicle was an improvised Seder table, and one of the passengers even found the Afikoman, receiving dinner for two as a prize.

Ihab didn’t really know how render a bus (or anything else) kosher for Passover. “I don’t really understand that, because I’m not from the Jewish sector,” he said. “But a guy who works with me, Nadav Azariah, helped organize the ‘Seder night’—he set the table and bought the groceries.

“I thought about what to do. I bought flowers, I bought balloons, I decorated the bus, and it was beautiful. People were happy. I was moved, and the passengers were touched.”

This is not the first time that Ihab has delighted his Jewish passengers: “I also decorated the bus on Purim,” he said with a smile.

DJ Paul Oakenfold performs gig at Mount Everest base camp to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

DJ Paul Oakenfold has performed a gig at Mount Everest base camp to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake. He described the experience as “exciting and scary” but said that he spent months preparing for it.Music: “Tokyo” by Paul Oakenfold, Perfecto recordsProduced by Jamsheda Young and Joshua Lim

Whale rescued from fishing nets puts on beautiful show for tourists off the coast of Cornwall

A humpback whale rescued after being trapped in fishing nets for several hours has shown no ill effects from her ordeal by putting on a stunning show for tourists.

The 20-tonne mammal – known as Doris – thrilled onlookers as she frolicked off the coast of Cornwall at Falmouth Bay.

Sightseers on a local wildlife cruise were treated to the sight of the gentle giant breaching the surface a total of 25 times.

Keith Leeves, who has run AK Wildlife Cruises for many years, described the moment as ‘pure joy’.

He said: “We know it’s the same whale that got herself entangled in nets in Devon because we could see rope burn marks on her.