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[2007-02-09] Dating show spin-off matches BU singles, raises money for children's charity
Sorority Gamma Phi Beta had its hands full playing matchmaker for select Boston University students last night at the George Sherman Union's BU Central.Mingled Out, modeled after the early '90s MTV dating show "Singled Out," drew approximately 150 attendees and raised money for Camp Fire USA, an organization that helps send children to camp to learn life skills.The event featured three male contestants and two female contestants, each who had an opportunity to pick their date after a series of three themed rounds. The contestants sat blindfolded while the participants competed to be their date [...]
[2007-02-09] Dating site deals in disease-free dates
Looking for love in the twenty-first century can be complicated. But, a new match-making website claims that it can help you find your soul mate - who's also disease-free. Right beside likes, dislikes, career, ambitions, you can now peruse a potential partner's sexual health status. The matchmaking website www.checktonight.com says it will issue a digital seal of approval to subscribers who test free of HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis C and genital herpes. In order to be given a clean bill of health your doctor must send your test results to the online data base with the infor [...]
[2007-02-09] A speed-dating event took place last night in New York City with very unusual criteria
The 40 men all had to be wealthy, and the 40 women all had to be beautiful. Jimmy Cyrus is a 25-year-old New York City bachelor who works 16-hour days. He also happens to be wealthy, an asset that made him eligible for the Natural Selection speed-dating event open only to "rich guys" and "hot girls." Cyrus, who works in real estate, was one of nearly 150 well-to-do single men in the running for the Manhattan matchmaking event. If he made the cut, the ticket costs $500. But for that steep a fee Cyrus may have a chance to meet Heather Tierney, a 27-year-old entrepreneur living in New York, [...]
[2007-02-09] Russian dressing
Vera Wang went half a world and an entire century away seeking inspiration for her fall collection. The designer mixed a simple neutral palette and spare shapes with diamond embroidery and military insignias in her show yesterday afternoon. Some was meant to evoke the Romanoff court; some the Russian Bolshevik worker.Boston-born designer Joseph Abboud found himself on the other side of the runway yesterday, sitting second row at Badgley Mischka’s show. Invited to view the beaded lame dresses and furs by his spinning buddy Kristen Scott, Abboud said he rarely gets into New York City anymore.He’ [...]
[2007-02-08] Western Isles revealed that more women than men were escaping to the mainland.
A remote chain of islands issued an urgent appeal for women yesterday. A study in the Western Isles revealed that more women than men were escaping to the mainland. Research found that the number of child-bearing women there could fall by almost 25 per cent over the next 12 years. It also revealed that more than 70 per cent of those moving to the islands were male. More than 26,000 people live on the principal islands of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, North Uist, South Uist and Barra, but young women outnumber men only on Benbecula. The study commissioned by Western Isles Council concluded that [...]
[2007-02-08] All that's needed is to be online.
Love is in the air, or at least through computer servers hooked into cyberspace.All that's needed is to be online.Since 2000, the eHarmony Web site has more than 14 million international registered users. According to the online dating service's site at www.eharmony.com, between 10,000 and 15,000 new users register every day.A 2005 Harris Interactive survey found that more than 90 eHarmony marriages occur on an average day in the United States, said Lou Casale, eHarmony's vice president of corporate communicationsMatch.com boasts more than 15 million members in 240-plus countries since the Web [...]
[2007-02-08] Dating experts offer tips to jumpstart you into the fast lanes of love.
All is fair in love and war. And the battle is no more fever pitched than this time of year. After all, who wants to be dateless in Delco on Valentine's Day?Seems many "dating experts" have an angle, a program, a secret love potion to attract the opposite sex - all in the name of dinner and a movie on V-Day. One of the quickest ways to make a love connection is the 60 Second Art of Attraction. Dating expert Sean Newman explains the process. "You have 60 seconds on the clock. In the first 15 seconds, you have to make the woman feel something. How are you walking? Are you smiling? Are you look [...]
[2007-02-08] Online dating is more than just a click away
I can't help but admire Patty Hanford and Bob Picciano.Not just because the Hanford's Catering owner and Curves of Colfax owner, respectively, have attended umpteen meetings and given their expert advice these past two months to ensure the success of Wednesday's inaugural Sweethearts' Ball.I already appreciate the handful of Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers feverishly working on the inaugural party/benefit.Why I especially admire Patty and Bob is that now, when census data shows that married couples comprise the minority of American households for the first time, as reported by the N [...]
[2007-02-08] LOVING couples in Haringey are being asked to put their hands in their pockets - to help others find happiness in their lives.
The North London Relate Centre, which has a base in Bounds Green Road, Wood Green, has launched the unusual fundraising drive - donate for love - as a way for couples to show their appreciation of the work Relate does and help it to continue helping others who aren't so lucky.Centre manager Martin Earl said: "I am appealing to those in the area who feel the security and love that comes with a long and happy partnership. "We ask you to make a donation to help us to continue to support those who aren't so fortunate and may face difficulties.Happy"We're not just about supporting those in vulnerab [...]
[2007-02-08] Describing a single woman as zero is incorrect
Lithuania’s Office of Equal Opportunities ombudsman urged the country’s Education Ministry to remove from schools a textbook that discriminates against single women. “We believe that describing a single woman as zero in a textbook is incorrect, and [we] are convinced that textbooks with such descriptions should not be used in the education process,” Valdas Dambrava, spokesman for the ombudsman’s office told The Baltic Times. The Lithuanian language textbook, in use since the beginning of 2006, contains an extract from a story by Serbian playwright and satirist Branislav Nucic, which is designe [...]
[2007-02-08] An internet Romeo who fleeced lonely women out of more than £100,000 has been forced to pay his victims back by police.
An internet Romeo who fleeced lonely women out of more than £100,000 has been forced to pay his victims back by police. David Davies, 52, contacted wealthy women from all over the world on dating sites and persuaded them to part with their life savings by spinning them a story that their future lay together. Charismatic and persuasive, he pretended to work for the SAS and lured them with imaginary tales of his top secret work. But as soon as the money was transferred, Davies, of Belper, Derbys, dropped them and moved on to another conquest. Derbyshire Police instigated criminal proceed [...]
[2007-02-08] One-quarter of single people believe it's OK to tell white lies while searching online for companionship.
One-quarter of single people believe it's OK to tell white lies while searching online for companionship. That's according to a recent survey by Engage.com, a Web site where singles invite family and friends to play matchmaker. More than 600 single adults answered questions about manners and behavior: 24% said it's OK to tell white lies online. Of those surveyed, more men than women, 30 percent vs. 19 percent, think untruths are OK. 12% disliked the practice of retouching photos. 11% said it wasn't right to post outdated photos. 21% said income was the primary subject that singles said it [...]
[2007-02-08] Unless you take speed dating literally, there's little hope of snagging your one and only in time for Valentine's Day.
But before you overdose on an entire heart-shaped box of chocolates or end it all with the thorns from a bunch of long-stemmed red roses, take heart ... there's always next year. 24 hours went looking for love in all the right places to help send a little cupid dust your way in time for 2008. NARROW DOWN THE PLAYING FIELD "SWM, 32, enjoys long walks on the beach and conversation," may sound sweet but would it matter if he was five foot one? If you're wasting energy and entire evenings on someone who's not your type, let alone on the same planet, then it's time to get specific. FastLife [...]
[2007-02-08] ONLINE dating is mechanical and efficient, reflecting modern society
But not in a bad way, Ms Jarvis, a representative of online dating website RSVP.com.au, said. “Trawling through a bar or relying on meeting through friends, it’s not working for people so they’re turning to quite an efficient, technological-driven way of dating. “They’re making compensations because they’re busy and having to turn to efficient means of meeting.” As online dating nears its 10th anniversary, Ms Jarvis said it allowed participants to have pre-prepared talking points on their first dates. This eliminated much of the uncertainty of dating – including awkward silences. “The benefit [...]
[2007-02-08] Finding a potential date in a smaller town is more difficult
Finding a potential date can be hard anywhere, but in a smaller town such as Las Cruces, the task is even more difficult. Luckily, Las Cruces is blossoming and more and more places to meet people are popping up. But just because you find a place with many people your age doesn't guarantee you're in the right environment to approach them. Some of us are too shy to strike up a conversation with someone we find interesting. Others can't seem to find those magic places crammed with singles our age. Or you're looking for someone serious but keep finding people only looking for a hookup. Or vice v [...]
[2007-02-08] The wedding of Vancouver couple Maobong Oku and Zack Banwell, held in Calabar, Nigeria, in December 2006, was full of ceremony and symbolism.
At most weddings, all eyes are on the bride. The groom’s responsibilities are minimal: show up on time, keep the duds clean, make sure the best man has the ring, and don’t mumble the “I do”. For Zack Banwell, the role of groom was a bit more daunting. His December 23, 2006, nuptials were held in the former slave-trading port city of Calabar, Nigeria, the birthplace of his fiancée, Maobong Oku. Banwell’s responsibilities at the wedding included presenting Oku’s family with a goat. This was his mea culpa, Banwell says, slightly abashedly, for having a son, Etebong, with Oku out of wedlock. [...]
[2007-02-08] Queer couples do have a few differences compared to straight couples.
Who said queer love doesn't last a lifetime? It appears that with an increasing number of lifelong same-sex commitments the tragic days depicted in The Well of Loneliness and A Boy's Own Story are fading into the melodramatic shadows of the past. Blossoming in its place are new dramas and comedies of the present and future – long-term couples and families with children underfoot. A new report entitled "The Close Relationships of Lesbians and Gay Men," by noted same-sex relationship researcher Letitia Anne Peplau, Ph.D., and graduate student Adam W. Fingerhut at the University of California, [...]
[2007-02-07] Website has given us a glimpse into the slightly scary world of online romance
Seems that companies are all too happy to reveal the bizarre nature of some of their customers or users. Last week BT revealed its top 10 quirky consumer helpdesk calls, and now dating website SnogLondon.com (what, all of it?) has given us a glimpse into the slightly scary world of online romance (or lack thereof). Simon Dale, who owns the site, says, ""We try to filter out the spam, the scams and the downright bad before it ever makes it onto the website. Some are unimaginatively predictable, the simply bad: 'Lking 4 a fittie for fun tonite', and a thousand, not very different variations on [...]
[2007-02-07] Those who use online dating services think it's OK to stretch the truth
While living in Oakmont, Colleen Sullivan recalls meeting a man through an online dating service a few years ago."He looked nothing like the photo he sent," she said. "Actually, I think he sent me a photo of someone else." Ms. Sullivan, who now lives in Duluth, Ga., believes it's wrong to lie online. But not everybody thinks so. In fact, one-quarter of single people believe it's OK to tell white lies while searching online for companionship. That's according to a recent survey by Engage.com, a Web site where singles invite family and friends to play matchmaker. More than 600 single adult [...]
[2007-02-07] Survey Says Many Online Daters Lie About Weight, Height
If you're hoping for Cupid's online arrow, then watch out for tall stories and wide fabrications. A new study says online daters, both men and women, usually fib about either their height or weight, and sometimes their age. Using a new method that measured the actual difference between profile information and reality, the study revealed that men systematically overestimated their height, while women more commonly underestimated their weight, said Jeffrey Hancock, an assistant professor of communication at Cornell University and the lead author on this study. "Surprisingly, age-related [...]
[2007-02-07] On Tuesday, dozens of Nashville singles will take part in a nationwide effort to break the world record in speed dating.
On Tuesday, dozens of Nashville singles will take part in a nationwide effort to break the world record in speed dating. The sold-out party will be held Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. at the Green Hills Grille in Cool Springs . Couples will have six minutes to get to know each other. After each six minute date, couples mark their scorecards with a "yes" or "no," noting whom they would like to hear from again. Participants are sent results within 24 hours, with each person receiving a list of potential suitors. If you are single and interested, this is not your only chance, visit Cupid.com for info [...]
[2007-02-07] For singles you have to know what you're shopping for before you hit the market and you have to be looking for the right things.
It's the month of love and WCCO-TV is getting with the program by taking a look at finding love, keeping love or rediscovering one that maybe needs a little spicing up. For singles, Dr. Phil said you have to know what you're shopping for before you hit the market and you have to be looking for the right things. "The only way to do that is by dating that I know of," author John Friel said. "There's no book, there's no seminar. The only way to do it is to get in and do the process of dating." That's not exactly what a lot of singles want to hear."It can also be a headache," a woman said. Dating [...]
[2007-02-07] Some tips for those who is seeking marital bliss
"I know a little something about this Valentine's Day thing," says Barrington resident Dr. Scott Haltzman. "Every once in a while my wife reminds me that I have to do something." It just goes to show that even an expert on happy marriages needs a little guidance from his one true love. Last year Dr. Haltzman, a Brown University psychiatrist and marriage counselor, published a book, "The Secrets of Happily Married Men." Now he's set up a website (http://www.happilymarriedwomen.com/) to collect feedback from the fairer sex for another writing project. "The (first) book stirred a lot of inter [...]
[2007-02-07] Would marriage ease pressure?
Some college students or college graduates want to ease the employment pressure by getting married. Zhang Jie, manager of the Mengyuan Matchmaking Agency, said the number of people who come to the office to look for potential spouses had increased by 30 percent compared with one month ago. "Every day, about 10 customers come into our office, and two of them want to marry quickly," Zhang said. "About 8 percent of them are college graduates. At our branch office in Haidian District, college students account for 10 percent of the total customers, a higher proportion than in other districts in [...]
[2007-02-07] After years of trying to find a bride within the Samaritan community, Yair Coen found a mail-order bride - from Ukraine
"There are no women better than Samaritan women," says the 45-year-old Mr Coen, standing beside his blonde 22-year-old Ukrainian wife, Alexandra. "But I had no luck. I was forced to go overseas." For almost 3,000 years the Samaritans, an ancient people descended from the Kingdom of Israel, have been a continual presence in the Middle East. Once there were 1.5 million Samaritans in the region, but following centuries of forced conversion and persecution the community now numbers just 704. Warm welcome Within the tiny population, the issue of marriage is of extreme importance to the Sa [...]
[2007-02-07] There are those who do not believe that the institution of marriage is under assault.
There are those who do not believe that the institution of marriage is under assault. There are those who do not believe that same-sex marriage is a knowing attempt to undermine the nature of marriage. There are those who do not believe that many homosexuals bear a particular animus for heterosexual marriage, and have designs beyond mere tolerance. Then there are those of us who live in the real world. In Washington, proponents of same-sex marriage, under the banner of the falsely named Defense of Marriage Alliance, have proposed a state ballot initiative that would require straight marrie [...]
[2007-02-07] Can Love Take Truth?
In days prior to indoctrination reality, men and women didn’t place extracurricular sex above love, nor did they confuse love for lust – at least not as an acting rule of thumb. Relationships tended to develop over time and intentional relating. Marriage was considered to be the entrance into adulthood and children the physical and permanent expression of love and marriage. Today, such notions are absurd. Marriage is demonized and children are “mentally ill.” They were not mentally ill, however, prior to the techno-political-NGO reality created by global social designers. Calling our children [...]
[2007-02-07] Men shouldn't 'decide' to find someone
Single men are starting to cave. My friend Will told me he wants a girlfriend.Will, 23, is the epitome of bachelor life. In previous years Will dated frequently, but the girls he dated were less than great. They were the typical psycho girlfriends; the ones who pick screaming fights and come back crying hours later. I'll never forget when he made dinner for his girlfriend. The night ended with her plate shattered everywhere. Mashed potatoes were smeared on the walls after she threw her meal across the room. Since then Will moved to Colorado hoping to snowboard instead of date. For years his pl [...]
[2007-02-07] A 22-year-old Roy man has been charged with raping a 17-year-old girl he met through an online chat line and dating service.
A 22-year-old Roy man has been charged with raping a 17-year-old girl he met through an online chat line and dating service. William Anthony Hargrave faces one count of first-degree felony rape and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday. Hargrave was booked into the Weber County jail on Thursday. He has since bailed out after posting a $20,000 bond. Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said the girl met Hargrave on the Internet through the Livelinks chat line and dating service. The two exchanged e-mails and phone numbers, and Hargrave arranged to meet her at the end of November, [...]
[2007-02-07] 10 worst dating disasters
You somehow got it together to ask this person out – after much gnashing of teeth and many sleepless nights. The big evening approaches, but somehow you have a feeling things might not work out the way you hoped. So what are the ten worst dating disasters? Car accident. There is something worse than a car breaking down, and that is having an actual accident. And I am not talking small dent here. The souvenir that your date would like to have from the evening out, is probably not a shattered kneecap or a broken arm. A chaperone. An unexpected third person, like a mother or a cousin, can swiftl [...]
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