Indianapolis, Ind. (PRWEB) November 24, 2008
National brands are hopping on the holiday sleigh at Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) to welcome smart shoppers, Santa Claus and his elves to a truly festive season of shopping.
This year, Simon will transform a trip to the mall – and a visit with Santa – into a celebration that gives shoppers a chance to take advantage of the free gifts and coupons, holiday television programming and much more offered by holiday sponsors this year.
While at the mall, families can also sign up for the Simon Kidgits Club or pick up a Simon Giftcard, the goof-proof gifting choice of the season.
Kids and their moms and dads can celebrate the arrival of the holidays with a trip to Santa’s Village, where photos and other activities for the whole family await them. Families can also enter to win a special at-home visit from Santa through the “Make a New Holiday Memory” sweepstakes, offered at Simon.com.
And this year, a visit with Santa Claus isn’t just reserved for the kids: Now animal lovers can now share the magical experience of the season with their four-legged (or dual-winged) friends through photos with Santa, provided by Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s all-new movie, Beethoven’s Big Break, available on DVD December 30th, 2008. With an all-star cast including Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernies), Moises Arias (Hanna Montana), Rhea Perlman (TV’s Cheers) and more, Beethoven’s Big Break is jam packed with more action, more laughs and more surprises than ever before!
“This holiday season, Simon Malls are bringing brands and shoppers together for fun and interactive festivities close that are sure to lighten up the heart of even that holiday Scrooge,” said Cathi Weiner, senior vice president of Simon Brand Ventures, the business-to-consumer arm of Simon Property Group.
“Smart shoppers walking through Simon’s mall doors this year will have a great time participating in our special holiday events, while taking advantage of the hot sales and deals as well as variety of selection, all under one roof,” added Lisa Bennett, Assistant Vice President of Business Development of Simon Brand Ventures.
National sponsors Sears, ABC Family, Duracell, Underwriters Laboratories, Simon Malls lighting and safety sponsor, and Gymboree will be setting up shop to sprinkle shoppers with coupons, free samples, safety tips for the holidays and giveaways straight from Santa’s magic sack.
“The parents’ mantra during the holidays is ‘Don’t forget the batteries’ because part of the joy in their child’s holiday is having toys and games that stay powered throughout the season,” said Pat Vesay, assistant brand manager for Proctor & Gamble’s Duracell brand. “Simon Malls provide a unique, creative and fun environment for reaching our consumers, and we can’t wait to connect with them while they’re doing their shopping or getting that traditional portrait with Santa.”
Sears will serve as presenting sponsor of the Simon Santa experience at all participating properties, distributing special coupon offers, while associate sponsor ABC Family plans to spread holiday cheer with highlights from its 25 Days of Christmas programming. Gymboree will distribute 20-percent-off coupons, and Underwriters Laboratories will provide safety tips for the holidays as families prepare for the season.
About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers
St Margarets, Twickenham, London (PRWeb UK) November 30, 2009
Children in the St Margarets and surrounding area are from now, until after the St Margarets Christmas Fair on Sunday 6 December, able to post their letters to Santa without fear of postal strikes or delivery disruptions getting in the way. The service is looking for a 48 hour response rate.
Following a letter received from Santa earlier this month, the St Margarets Traders Association have agreed to help Santa and his trusty elves with the huge amount of post he receives from boys and girls in the St Margarets area. Once Santa has replied to a child’s letter, it will be whizzed back to St Margarets (via Elf Air) where the traders have arranged for his replies to be available for pick-up by the local children. Christmas made easy!
Santa wrote in his latest letter to the St Margarets Traders Association:
“My postbag from St Margarets is always bulging with letters from the local boys and girls so I really am grateful for the assistance. Thank you local traders of St Margarets for all your help!”
Look-in Video in Crown Road, St Margarets, have one of Santa’s special North Pole post boxes so the boys and girls can post their letters to him.
Santa goes on to say:
“Give me a couple of days and I’ll promise to send a reply back to every boy and girl who writes to me. The special postbox will be available for use for a time after the St Margarets Christmas Fair, so the children should have plenty of time to be able to plan and then write their letters to me.”
Look-In Video has appointed Mr. Jag as Santa’s Chief St Margarets Christmas Postmaster. Mr Jag’s job is to sort all of the replies from Santa and have them ready for the boys and girls to collect.
Please see the Santa Mail notice board at Look-In Video, St Margarets, or visit:
http://www.mystmargarets.com/santa.php for further information on this special Santa delivery service.
The website also has more information on the St Margarets Christmas Fair and updated information on the Christmas competitions christmas competitions] and other events in the area. Be sure to re-visit the site every few days for the latest additions.
About the St Margarets Traders Association:
The St Margarets Traders Association currently represents 55 local businesses and aims to promote and protect the unique and vibrant St Margarets shopping area.
The Association has strong links with local schools and community groups and works with the community to provide family fun and entertainment at the Crown Road summer and Christmas Fairs. The traders association organises the Christmas trees, lights and decorations that help to make Christmas in St Margarets so special. It also aims to help charities in the area.
St Margarets Traders Association
28 Crown Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames, UK, TW1 3EE
About Look-In Video:
Local store for DVD and games rental, ink cartridge refills, key-cutting, DVD/CD disc repairs and much more.
Mr Jag (Santa’s Chief St Margarets Christmas Postmaster)
40 Crown Road, St Margarets, Twickenham. London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames, UK, TW1 3EH
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm, 7 days a week. Call on 44(0)20 8892 2505
Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 17, 2010
The Harris Law Firm’s strong commitment to the community is reflected in the many ways our attorneys and staff donated their time
Colorado Legal Services: CLS provides legal services for low income Coloradans. (coloradolegalservices.org)
The Adoption Exchange: AE connects children in foster homes with permanent and loving families. (adoptex.org)
The Max Fund: This non-profit no-kill animal shelter provides medical care for injured pets with no known owners, and then finds them new homes when they have recovered. (maxfund.org)
Law Line 9: The Denver Bar Association runs this free legal program in conjunction with Channel 9 News. (9news.com)
Mi Casa: The Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association sponsor Mi Casa’s “Legal Night,” a free opportunity for people to meet with a Colorado family law attorney. (micasadenver.org)
The Horse Protection League: Because HPL’s primary purpose is the prevention of equine abuse, this wonderful organization provides tender loving care for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. (cohpl.org)
Food Bank of the Rockies: Founded in 1978, FBR supplies food to more than 900 hunger-relief programs. (foodbankrockies.org)
The Denver Rescue Mission: DRM provides shelter, food, clothing, and education to Denver’s homeless. (denverrescuemission.org)
Arapahoe House: The Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, affordable, and effective services for individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. (arapahoehouse.org)
Underwearness: Underwearness is an annual event organized by downtown professions seeking to help disadvantaged children obtain underclothing, one pair at a time! (underwearness.org)
Ronald McDonald House: This organization is a home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing life saving treatments at nearby Children’s Hospitals. (rmhc.com)
About the Harris Law Firm
Established in 1993, The Harris Law Firm is one of Denver’s largest family law firms and employs a team of 12 skilled attorneys. In addition to Colorado divorce and child custody and support issues in Colorado, The Harris Law Firm also handles marital agreements, and issues regarding maintenance, paternity, grandparents’ rights, and step-parent adoptions.
For more information on The Harris Law Firm, including articles written by our family law attorneys, please visit our Web site: Harris Family Law
Director of Business Development
The Harris Law Firm
Hicksville, NY (PRWEB) October 19, 2010
DirectAdoptions.com, a new social networking website designed to offer an alternative to costly and complex agency adoptions, had more than 130,000 hits during its first month of activity, according to Urchin, a website stat counter. DirectAdoptions.com was founded in response to concerns about the high cost and complexity of agency adoptions.
Social media and other online platforms already play an active role in the adoption world. Using social media in the pre-adoption search is widely accepted among prospective parents, who are using networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as personalized websites, to search for and connect with willing, appropriate birthmothers.
Thousands of websites created by adoption agencies and professionals, bloggers and others, offer services, support, information, opinions and provide online discussion opportunities. Searches using the keyword adoption on Google and other search engines numbers in the millions.
For many prospective adoptive couples, who may have spent years seeking a successful match for adoption, services offered by adoption agencies and other professional facilitators may be inadequate and cost-prohibitive. Many couples have responded by establishing their own viral internet marketing campaigns, all in the effort to engage with birthmothers and find a match for adoption.
DirectAdoptions.com has differentiated itself by offering an online community to which both prospective parents and birthmothers belong. They can meet, interact on their own terms and timeline, and decide if they would like to take steps toward adoption. The site also includes forums, chats, groups, profiles, friends, photo galleries and calendars as a way to establish a unified community, provide peer support, and offer information and resources.
http://www.DirectAdoptions.com was founded by adoptive parents to address the fact that for many adoptive couples, the adoption process can be frustrating, costly, and fraught with obstacles. It is committed to providing a process that offers the advantages of simplicity and affordability. Supported by member fees from prospective parents, DirectAdoptions.com is not an adoption agency or facilitator, and does not make matches or arrange adoptions, provide counseling, screen members or offer a wider array of pre-adoption services.
DirectAdoptions.com is endorsed by The National Adoption Foundation http://www.nafadopt.org, which was also founded by adoptive parents in 1994 who saw the need to address the fact that many prospective adoptive families and individuals with limited resources require financial support and assistance to meet the costs associated with agency adoptions.
DirectAdoptions.com urges users of social media to be especially careful to take steps to protect themselves, make full use of all available professional resources and follow applicable state child adoption laws.
The release of the movie The Social Network is further evidence of just how deeply Facebook and other social media have permeated our culture, influenced our social behavior and affected our families.
New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011
The United Nations Foundation and the inter-agency coordinating group UN-Energy, together with several leading service providers and advocates, today championed a UN effort to raise awareness about the critical importance of extending modern energy services to the billions who still lack them.
Worldwide some 2.7 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, and 1.4 billion have no access to electricity, with one billion more having access only to unreliable electricity networks.
More than a hundred business and investment leaders gathered today at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance roundtable on energy access and climate finance to discuss new ways to expand energys reach among the worlds poorest. The event is a critical forum to connect policy advocates and investors to outline the manner in which modern energy services can be provided, and the means needed to pay for them.
The years designation was established in a December 2010 UN General Assembly resolution and was endorsed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech to the World Energy Forum in Dubai earlier this year. During the year, a number of events will be held around the world to demonstrate both the need for and benefits from increasing access to energy. Throughout 2012, member states, with assistance from UN agencies, will create National Coordinating Committees to raise awareness about the issue and available solutions, and chart a course for reaching universal access by 2030 a goal set last year by the Secretary-Generals Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. Without electricity and fuel to power machinery and lighting there is little hope of achieving the health, education and environmental improvements set forth in the Millennium Development Goals.
The obstacles to energy access are not technical. We know how to build power systems, design modern cooking stoves and meet energy demand efficiently. What is missing is a global commitment to move energy access up the political and development agendas, declared Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization. The Year affords an unparalleled opportunity to focus attention and secure commitments from governments, private businesses, academia, civil society, international organizations and NGOs.
Energy is the oxygen of commerce and wealth creation; it is essential to economic development. Modern energy powered the industrial revolution and raised the productivity, living standards and wealth of countless millions. Developing countries need that same opportunity to improve their peoples lives, said United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth. The visibility of the Years activities will make a strategic contribution that programs and partnerships will depend on for eventual success.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance is pleased to be working with the United Nations Foundation and UN-Energy to push forward the Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which has been announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, said Michael Liebreich, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Providing energy to those who need it the most is a vital step to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and improving the living conditions of billions of people around the world. We are committed to supporting This Year and the goal of universal access to cheap, clean, safe energy.
The development stimulated by increased energy access will not only benefit those in developing countries, said Harry Verhaar, Senior Director, Energy and Climate Change, Phillips Lighting. This growing prosperity will also increase demand for modern products and services creating new markets for which we can all compete.”
Broader access to electricity and modern fuels is a means for women’s empowerment, access to education, health care, and prosperity and, through sustainable technologies, such as solar panels and clean and efficient cookstoves, lives are saved and our environment protected, said Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The Year will summon much-needed attention to the issue and set in motion the programs and commitments necessary to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030.
Energy access for the poor using sustainable energy solves two pressing problems – poverty and climate, explained Harish Hande, Managing Director of SELCO-India. 2012 being the Year of Sustainable Energy for All provides a perfect platform for corporates, government institutions, NGOs and individuals to make sure that the present 4 billion underserved poor in the world join the mainstream – resulting in a socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Many international humanitarian and development goals have yet to be reached, due in large part to a lack of access to electricity and modern fuels. In the developed world, energy’s essential role in life and commerce is made clear every time a storm knocks out power: no ability to heat, cool or light homes or businesses, cook or refrigerate. Once power is restored these worries are ancient history. But such conditions are the daily norm for billions in the developing world, where fuel to power agricultural machinery, irrigation systems and medical equipment is scarce and costly; goods and crops cannot reach beyond local markets; production and learning come to a halt when the sun sets; and life-saving vaccines cannot be adequately stored.
The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and the goal of reaching universal access to energy by 2030, are the result of consistent leadership from the Secretary General, and are based upon recommendations from a 2010 report of his Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.
For more information please visit: http://www.unfoundation.org/SEFA2012 or contact John Anthony at 202.277.2103 or via email at janthony(at)unfoundation(dot)org.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.
San Jose and Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2011
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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) December 09, 2011
While school buses are the safest way to transport children to school, children are lost every year after missing the bus or exiting at the wrong stop. Zonars new ZPass+ provides parents a new level of comfort and assurance through instant notifications when their child boards and exits the school bus.
Zonar, provider of electronic fleet inspection, tracking and operations technology, designed ZPass+ to coincide with its award-winning, patented ZPass solution. With ZPass, students are issued a unique RFID identification card. As the student passes the ZPass reader upon boarding and exiting the bus, the time, date and location are transmitted to a secure database.
ZPass integrates with Zonars HD-GPS technology that captures data in four dimensions including latitude, longitude, time, and speed at every data collection point. This provides administrators with a clear view of the bus path, each stop and start, and even the time, date, and location at which the door was opened. School districts access the vehicle and ridership data via a secure web browser connection to ensure the safety of bus-riding students.
ZPass+ now provides specific student rider information to parents through a password protected website. After setting up an account, parents can create notification preferences by cell phone text message and email. Freeport School District #145 in Freeport, IL was part of a pilot program for ZPass+ and is offering the service to parents.
ZPass+ is an excellent tool for parents. Calls to the transportation department are no longer necessary, because parents have that information on their cell phones, said Dallas Rackow, director of transportation for Freeport School District. Student ridership tracking with ZPass provides us with a level of security and confidence we didnt know was possible. It has eliminated the anxiety associated with locating a child that didnt get off the bus.
This new technology is especially useful for children walking to and from a bus stop and for special needs children. Parents can now better coordinate pick up and drop off knowing precisely when the bus has arrived.
Earlier in 2011, ZPass was recognized with the internationally-known Edison Best New Product Award in the Innovative Services for Health, Wellness and Safety category. We are excited to extend the information and value provided through ZPass to parents with the new ZPass+, said Chris Oliver, Zonars V.P. of Sales & Marketing. Throughout the past decade, Zonar has innovated technology to increase fleet safety and efficiency. ZPass+ is a significant milestone as parents not only have greater peace-of-mind, but can also use the information to more efficiently coordinate their childs school transportation.
Parents can access ZPass+ only if the school district offers the program. When a school participates, parents visit http://www.zpassplus.com to set up an account using their childs ZPass card number.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) December 22, 2011
Rich Harris, the President and Managing Partner of The Harris Law Firm, believes that giving back to our community means we are creating a better place to live. Rich has always encouraged members of the firm to change the world one deed at a time by sharing their resources with those who are less fortunate. Motivated by Richs strong example, and his commitment to making a difference, the family law attorneys and staff at The Harris Law Firm spend much of their time participating on non-profit boards, getting involved in community events, volunteering with charitable organizations, offering pro bono services, and raising funds for those in need . The Harris Law Firm believes that communities are made great by those who give.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver – Maya Angelou US Author and Poet (1928 – )
2011 Community Service Activities Report
The Adoption Exchange – The Adoption Exchange was established in 1983 by concerned social workers and child advocates with the shared belief that every child deserves a stable family and a safe home. AE works tirelessly to connect waiting children with stable, permanent families. adoptex.org
Animal Legal Defense Fund – For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. aldf.org
Arapahoe House – Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, affordable, and effective services for individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. arapahoehouse.org
Breakthrough Kent Denver – Established in 1995, Breakthrough Kent Denver has a dual mission. (1) The organization helps to ensure that underprivileged Denver students graduate from high school and go on to college. (2) Breakthrough Kent Denver trains high school and college students to become urban educators. breakthroughdenver.org
Children’s Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House – For the past three decades, Ronald McDonald House
(PRWEB) March 07, 2012
iiNets Compliance Manager, Rebecca Moonen, said that while mobile phones provide convenience, peace of mind and a wealth of information, guidelines, that both parents and their children agree on, should be set from the get go.
Its as simple as sitting down together and talking through the features and functions of the phone to minimise any risk when your kids are surfing the Internet or if their phone is lost or stolen, Ms Moonen said.
(PRWEB) May 16, 2012
Metadata Technology North America, Inc. (the Company) is pleased to report that it has recently completed the application process for Amazon GovCloud, a region of the Amazon Web Services infrastructure designed to allow US government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Combined, GovCloud and AWS comply with a wide range of security regulations including ITAR, FIPS 140-2, FISMA, SSAE 16/SOC1 (formerly SAS-70 Type 2), ISO/IEC 27001, PCI DSS Level 1, and HIPAA regulations. These conditions are commonly required for the storage and processing of non-public use statistical data. GovCloud is physically and logically accessible by US persons only.
Access to GovCloud is a significant step forward enabling our company to offer US government agencies and partners secure cloud services for providing access to sensitive data., said M. Pascal Heus, Vice-President and Head of Research of Metadata Technology North America, Inc., adding Given the growing demand for statistical data, the ability to deliver secure and scalable infrastructures is essential to complement our data and metadata management products and services..
As an initial project around GovCloud, the Company is collaborating with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) towards the deployment of a pilot platform for members of the Statistical Community of Practice and Engagement (SCOPE) task force. SCOPE aims to provide a collaborative community for US statistical agencies to produce relevant, accurate, timely, cost-effective data and insightful research disseminated through shared state-of-the-art best practices to support data-driven decisions.
Aiming at replicating the existing NORC Data Enclave services in a cloud environment, the facility will provide secure remote access to statistical data and offer a wide range of analytical and knowledge sharing services. Through this effort, SCOPE hopes to improve the quality and consistency of statistical data products offered to the general public by government agencies.
Metadata Technologys roles in this project are to help deploy and host the infrastructure in the cloud, and to provide technical expertise and services around data and metadata management. Note that although the platform will provide a secure work environment, sensitive data will not be used for this initial pilot.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides agencies and businesses with an infrastructure web services platform in the cloud. With AWS you can requisition compute, storage, and other services on demand, gaining access to a suite of secure, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure services as your agency or business needs them.
The Statistical Community of Practice and Engagement (SCOPE) is a task force established by, and operates under, the auspices of the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) statutory Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP). The focus of SCOPE is to provide a collaborative community for statistical agencies to produce relevant, accurate, timely, cost-effective data and insightful research disseminated through shared state-of-the-art best practices to support data-driven decisions. Through this collaboration, the Federal statistical community will identify best practices for all aspects of statistical research and analysis.
The NORC Data Enclave provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorized researchers can access sensitive microdata remotely. It provides partner organizations a secure platform where they can both host and build a research community around their data. NORC Data Enclave currently serves more than 250 researchers and hosts confidential data for numerous Federal agencies and foundations.
NORC at the University of Chicago, established in 1941, is one of the largest social research organizations in the United States. NORC conducts numerous research projects involving opinion survey and other data collection and technology strategies. NORCs projects are focused in a number of topical areas: society and culture; economics and population; education and child development; health studies; substance abuse; mental health; criminal justice; statistics and methodology; and technology. Within each area, NORC designs and implements surveys and other data collection strategies, conducts advanced statistical and other analysis, provides technical assistance and applies advanced technologies.
Metadata Technology North America Inc. is a privately owned eGovernment data management and information technology solution provider. The Companys mission is to facilitate production, open access, and improve the quality and use of statistical and scientific data. It specializes in products and services leveraging XML technology, metadata standards, and related best practices. Its key personnel include globally recognized experts in the area of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), and the management of socio-economic data, health data, and official statistics.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the Company and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of other agencies and individuals.