24 juin 2010

SonyStyle Stores Show Shoppers How To Personalize Gifts

NEW YORK - Sony Electronics senior VP Christine Belich has some tough tiffany accessories. As head of the company's visual merchandising team, it's her task to make the windows of SonyStyle's 42 stores stand out from their neighbors' in upscale malls and in the tony Midtown Manhattan shopping district where the flagship shop is located.

This past holiday season Belich and her team outdid themselves with intricately constructed vignettes conveying the theme of "Create to Give." The flagship store on Madison Avenue featured six separate displays that highlighted Sony products while suggesting ways to personalize gifts by preloading cameras, digital media players and e-book readers with photos and content.

Planning began in April for the effort, tiffany bracelets was supplemented with how-to brochures and online video blogs. All the displays were created in-house, with separate versions developed for the mall stores.

"We wanted to give a value-add to our customers this year by showing personalized ways to give Sony products," Belich said.

The holiday windows were updated after tiffany cufflinks with post-holiday sale messaging, and ran through Jan. 6.

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The American Council on Education has given ALBRIGHT COLLEGE silver necklaces for winning one of its 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility. The award will allow Albright to expand and enhance flexible career paths for faculty.

The AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND received $40,000 from the Kalliopeia Foundation for scholarships. The award will provide scholarships for "tribal college students pursuing a teaching degree with the intent to serve as American Indian Language instructors."

ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY received a $192,595 grant from the National Science Foundation to support its "Guiding General Chemistry Laboratory Toward a Green Revolution" project, which is designed to involve freshmen taking general chemistry in group problem solving on issues related to the environment.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, MONTEREY BAY has received a silver pendants grant from the Lumina Foundation for education. The grant will be used to improve the effectiveness of remedial English and math courses at CSUMB, Monterey Peninsula and Hartnell colleges.

CAL POLY POMONA received a $248,043 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to train dietetic students to meet the needs of the Latino community. The grant will allow human nutrition and food science undergraduates to take new courses that develop Spanish-language skills, knowledge of Latino culture and food and health issues.

Dr. Richard Houghton awarded approximately $384,000 to the COASTUNE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION. The gift is intended to benefit students needing assistance with basic skills, learning a second language or pursuing a career.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY with a $225,079 grant to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.

The National Park Service awarded $500,000 to silver rings UNIVERSITY to restore cottages on the campus that are more than 70 years old. The NPS offered the grant in compliance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to assist LU in preserving its Cottage Row Historic District.

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The Virginia Lottery issued the following news release:

When Vera Dodson of Collinsville received a small box from her son-in-law for cheap rings, she thought it might be a piece of jewelry. Instead, it was ticket #140601 in the Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle. When she checked the winning numbers after the New Year's Day drawing, she realized the ticket was worth $25,000.

"I looked at it and kept looking at it and said, 'No, this can't be right!'" she told Lottery officials.

The ticket was bought at Nani's Corner, located at 4900 Kings Mountain Road in Collinsville.

Her ticket was one of six $25,000 winning tickets in Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle and one of two bought in Collinsville. The others were bought in Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Radford and Jarratt. Three tickets won the top prize of $1 million each. Those tickets cheap tiffany purchased in Yorktown, Richmond and Burke. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. A total of 330,000 tickets were printed for the raffle.

Ms. Dodson, who is retired, said her winnings will help pay for a previously planned cruise.

Nearly 95 cents of each dollar spent on the Virginia Lottery by players goes back to the Commonwealth in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retailer commissions. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $4 billion for Virginia's public schools. The latest annual profits of $439.1 million currently represent about 7 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. In 21 years, the Lottery has sold more than $21.1 billion in tickets, silver bracelets more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions and paid more than $11.6 billion in prizes to players.

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles issued the following news release:

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children in the United cheap money clips. To the surprise of many, most children are not properly buckled up. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges parents to take no chances by having your child's safety seat inspected and properly installed. The Department is hosting an event today to help parents and caregivers do just that.

On Friday, Nov. 13, Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Florida's departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Transportation and Health; Leon County Emergency Medical Services; and Safe Kids are working together at DHSMV's headquarters, located at 2900 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, to inspect child safety seats for the public. CPS Technicians will be on site from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ensure that all child seats are properly installed. In addition to this service, DHSMV offers low-cost child seats and boosters for low-income parents who qualify.

Last year, as DHSMV implemented credit card transactions in all state-run offices, American Express agreed to donate a quarter for every credit card transaction that used an American Express card to fund child safety seats. As part of today's safety seat event, cheap necklaces Express donated $10,000 to the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Board to purchase 200 child safety seats for families in need.

"The Department is pleased to partner with American Express and the FHP Advisory Council on this important program that will protect hundreds of children who travel on our roadways," said DHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones. "As we approach the holiday season, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is safety."

Approximately eight out of every 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly, which in a crash could result in the same injuries as not using a seat at all. That is why the Department offers free inspections and installations, like those done at today's event in Tallahassee. To locate a member of the DHSMV team in locations throughout the state who can help check your child's seat and answer questions, visit. If your child's seat is expired, recalled or in poor condition, the Department recommends getting a new seat. The Department provides child safety seats at a discounted price for those who cannot afford one. For more information about the program, call (850) 617-2379.

Families who wish to have their child's seat inspected should bring the child seat and the vehicle in which the seat is or will be installed.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides cheap pendants safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.


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The Office of Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment issued the following cheap earrings release:

Consumerline and nidirect have teamed up to answer consumers' questions about their rights, when returning unwanted or faulty Christmas presents.

Consumerline, part of Trading Standards Service, in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, will hold a one hour session on the NIDirect website next Thursday, 14 January, to answer individual queries.

If people want to know their rights in relation to a specific situation then they can email nidirect before 12 January. Consumerline expert, Stephen Thompson, will post a response on the website, on Thursday, 14 January, at 2:30 pm.

Stephen Thompson said: "There are robust protections in place to support consumers, but it is important that more people are aware of their rights.

"Knowledgeable consumers are cheap jewelry more likely to get a fair deal, save money and get the right result when unsatisfied with their purchases. This is especially important during the current economic climate, when every penny counts."

Names, email addresses and any other personal details from enquirers will not be published and they will not be used for any other purpose. The responses will remain on nidirect for four weeks.

Some possible scenarios:

you've been given a gift which you want to return but you have no receipt

you've been given an expensive present which is faulty

you want to know what you're entitled to when you want to return a gift which is now on sale at a lower price

you've received a present which is the wrong size

you've been given a broken present which you want replaced, but you've only been offered repairs

you've bought something online that doesn't match its description

you've bought something online cheap key rings is second hand or faulty and want to know who is liable for the postage and packaging

you ordered an item online which didn't arrive in time for Christmas.

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Open Your Gift

In the United States, a soon-to-be married couple usually registers at a major cheap bangles store for the gifts they would most like to receive for their wedding. They choose the pattern of china they like, the glassware and silverware. They list small appliances and other useful items for the home they desire. Friends and relatives choose gifts for the couple from among these items, and the store keeps track of whether or not someone else has already purchased them. It is a very efficient system, not at all the way the Spirit gives gifts.

There is no predictability about how the Spirit distributes the various charisms. One might ask God for a particular gift, and it may or may not be granted. A totally unexpected gift might land in one's lap, bringing surprise and delight - something you might never have thought to ask for, something that ends up a perfect fit! Sometimes there are unsolicited gifts that can seem like white elephants; they are tucked away until a time when they can be "re -gifted."

In the second reading today, Paul lists a whole array of gifts the cheap bracelets gives, each one carefully chosen for the individual for whom it is intended: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment, tongues, interpretation. We might picture the Spirit delighting in choosing a gift for each one - a gift that weds the recipient to the Holy One and impregnates each with God's fruitful power. None of the Spirit's gifts are meant to be kept under wraps. They are always meant to bear fruit, not only in the recipient's life, but also in service toward others.

The wedding scene in today's Gospel depicts Jesus as hesitant to open his Spirit-given gifts in public. He thinks the time has not yet come. But, as his mother rightly discerns, the need is urgent. Like all prophets, Jesus is reluctant and objects, just as Jeremiah protested that he was too young, and Moses avowed that he could not speak well. Jesus' mother, however, seems to take on the role of the wedding planner. She works behind the scenes, using her gifts of insight and knowledge, setting the stage for the sign that Jesus will perform. She knows that the time has come for her son to offer his gifts publicly to bring the marriage between humanity and divinity to consummation.

Just as a wedding is only the beginning of a lifelong love affair, so the sign Jesus performs at Cana is the beginning of the many signs that revealed his glory. It is also the beginning of the disciples' belief in Jesus, who himself is the bridegroom, as John the Baptist acknowledges (Jn 3:29). The gift of Jesus himself is one that far cheap cufflinks any other that we could have on our "wish list." BARBARA E. REID


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The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Louisville Field necklaces issued the following press release:

The United States Attorney's Office and the FBI jointly announced today that Louis D. Green, 39, of Erlanger, Ky. was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay a restitution fee of over $500,000 for stealing gift checks from a Cincinnati company and transporting them to Kentucky for deposit.

In September of 2009, Green pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that while he worked for Convergys Inc. he fraudulently ordered gift checks that were intended to reward other Convergys employees. Rather than give them to employees, he money clips them and then cashed the checks himself.

Green's theft occurred hundreds of times over a three year period resulting in a loss to Convergys of over $500,000.

Under federal law, Green must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and, upon release, will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

James A. Zerhusen, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Timothy D. Cox, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI jointly made the announcement today after the sentencing.

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UC Santa Barbara alumnus Tunc Doluca and his wife, Lale, have made a bracelets gift to the campus to establish an endowed chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Doluca Family Chair will support the teaching and research of a distinguished scholar specializing in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, which will help strengthen pioneering research in this important field.

"Analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits provide the vital link between real world signals, such as sound, temperature, and sight, for example, and today's powerful digital signal processors," said Tunc Doluca, president and chief executive officer of Maxim Integrated Products, an international corporation specializing in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor products. Doluca earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from UC Santa Barbara. He holds 11 mixed-signal design patents.

"These integrated circuits are found in all electronic equipment," Doluca explained, noting that the United States is currently the leader in analog and mixed-signal product development. "Maintaining this leadership demands a steady flow of engineering students, especially with advanced degrees, with the training and passion to develop these products," he added. "My graduate studies and teaching assistantship at UCSB achieved just that for me. The endowed chair will support faculty so as to attract, cufflinks, and instill passion in students in the field of analog and mixed-signal design."

Larry Coldren, acting dean of the College of Engineering, said the Doluca Family Chair "will strengthen a key area in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, insuring renewed strength in research and teaching in a discipline vital to the economy of California as well as the nation in general."

Endowed chairs are highly prized academic positions established with philanthropic gifts. They enable a university to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and to develop more fully a field of study by providing chair holders with ongoing unrestricted financial support for enhanced research and instruction.

"The Doluca Family Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering will allow the department to recognize the contributions of an outstanding faculty member in the area of analog and mixed-signal design and to expand our teaching and research efforts in this already well-established area," said Jerry Gibson, department chair. "Generous gifts such as the Doluca Family endowment help us to sustain our momentum as we continue to move up in the rankings of the top 20 departments in the nation. This endowed chair will also provide a reminder of the earrings achievements of Tunc Doluca and his commitment to UCSB."

The Dolucas reside in Saratoga.


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Soldier on leave from Iraq pays tribute to son's gift of life

1st Lt. Eric Van Hecke and his wife, Jennifer of Monticello, Minn., put the final touches on a tiffany, Dec. 23, of their son, Jack, who was a tissue donor in 2006. The floragraph, a memorial portrait made of floral materials, was part of the Donate Life float in the internationally-televised Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day.

Van Hecke, a physician's assistant with the 204th Area Support Medical Company, returned to the U.S. on leave from a tour of duty in Balad, Iraq, to take part in this special recognition of his son's gift of life.

At only 15 months of age, Jack Van Hecke was killed in a tragic accident. Upon his death, Jack's heart valves were donated and saved the life of a little girl in Minnesota. In honor of Jack's gift of tissue donation, LifeSource is honoring the Van Hecke family as part of the largest public celebration of the gifts of organ and tissue donation - the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Reflecting on the thought of tissue donation, Van Hecke said, "What keeps me going is the thought that part of him is out there somewhere and a part of him is affecting another life. What's so fitting is that Jack donated his heart valves ... he was able to help another child. When he or she is at school and runs their first mile ... or runs the court at basketball it's going to be his heart that's going to help them do that. To me that's the best part of this. It's truly remarkable."

"Initially I didn't want anything more to bangles to Jack," said Jennifer Van Hecke. "I didn't want him to go through another surgery and literally in the next second I thought of that other mom ... that wants "Jack" back. At that moment, yes, of course, he will be a heart valve donor."

The float, themed New Life Rises, features a phoenix, the mythical symbol of life coming out of death, rising into the sky and represents those who give life in their passing and the people whose lives are renewed by their gifts.

"From a bed of nurturing flames," illustrates the LifeSource Web site, "the majestic phoenix rises anew, its tail feathers adorned with 76 floragraphs depicting loved ones who gave life to those in need. The bird soars high above 24 float riders - all transplant recipients, living donors, and family members of deceased donors - seated along a monument inspired by the National Donor Memorial's Wall of Names.

A garden inspired by the memorial's Wall of Tears leads the float with 2,000 dedicated roses, each carrying a personal message of love, gratitude and hope to a donor, recipient or candidate for transplant."

LifeSource, Jennifer Van Hecke's employer and sponsor of Jack Van Hecke's floragraph, is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest, serving communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.

According to LifeSource, more than 100,000 men, women and children in the United States are rings waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Thousands of individuals are in need of a tissue transplant. The numbers continue to grow each year; every day more than 100 people are added to the national transplant waiting list and 18 people die while waiting for needed organs and tissues.


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