March 31, 2007
GOODYEAR BLIMP CONTEST
Photo: In this photo provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, students from UCLA, Georgetown University, Ohio State University and the University of Florida prepare to board the Goodyear blimp to participate in the Goodyear "Get There" Blimp Shot Contest on Friday, March 30. Flying 500 feet in the air aboard the Goodyear blimp "Spirit of Innovation," each contestant was given an opportunity to "shoot" a regulation basketball at a hoop target measuring 100 feet in diameter.
Photo: In this photo provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Jennifer Hanson from Georgetown University returns from her winning shot aboard the Goodyear blimp as part of Goodyear "Get There" Blimp Shot Contest on Friday, March 30. Hanson and three other students from UCLA, Ohio State University and University of Florida each had an opportunity to shoot a regulation basketball at a hoop target measuring 100 feet in diameter while flying 500 feet in the air aboard the Goodyear blimp.
Photo: In this photo provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Stacey Freyer from Ohio State University prepares to participate in the Goodyear "Get There" Blimp Shot Contest on Friday, March 30. Freyer and three other students from UCLA, Georgetown University and University of Florida each had an opportunity to shoot a regulation basketball at a hoop target measuring 100 feet in diameter while flying 500 feet in the air aboard the Goodyear blimp.
March 30, 2007
Grand Canyon Skywalk Celebrates Public Opening : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The Grand Canyon Skywalk, suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, opened to the public on Wednesday, March 28, 2007.
LAS VEGAS, March 30 -- Almost 2,000 people visited Grand Canyon West, home of the new Skywalk, on Wednesday. The Skywalk is the first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway suspended more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extending 70 feet from the canyon's rim.
The first excited visitors lined up to watch as members of the Hualapai Tribe and founder David Jin cut a ribbon to officially open The Skywalk. After a celebratory countdown, guests were then welcomed onto the glass. Awed reactions ensued, with guests declaring The Skywalk to be amazing, beautiful and the experience of a lifetime. At the Grand Canyon West Airport terminal, visitors from all over the world lined up to purchase tour packages and be among the first to take a walk on the Skywalk. |GlobalGiants.com|
Located at Grand Canyon West's Eagle Point, The Skywalk is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The cost of walking on The Skywalk is $25 in addition to the purchase of a Grand Canyon West tour package. The Spirit Package, $49.95, is the lowest-priced option and includes the Hualapai visitation permit, access to all points of interest at Grand Canyon West including Guano Point, Hualapai Ranch and Eagle Point, choice of an all-you-can-eat buffet or cowboy cookin' and photo opportunities with Hualapai Members. To maximize visitors' experience, a limit of 120 people are permitted on The Skywalk at any one time. To avoid scratches and slipping, shoe covers are handed out prior to walking and guests are not allowed to bring carry-on items on the glass. Although cameras may not be taken on The Skywalk, photos are available. Lockers are provided for guests to store personal belongings.
Upon completion, the visitor's center will include a museum, movie "The Making of the Skywalk," a VIP lounge and gift shop as well as private indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, special events and weddings. Several restaurants and bars will be available, including The Skywalk Cafe, a high-end restaurant with outdoor patio and rooftop dining on the edge of the canyon. The second floor of the visitor's center will provide access to The Skywalk glass walkway.
Any media who would like to visit Grand Canyon West are invited to attend a guided media tour, offered every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Media tours will accommodate a limited number of people and reservations must be made in advance. All media inquiries should be directed to Amanda Hill at 702-254-5704.
Grand Canyon West is located approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nev., and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Ariz. Attractions available at Grand Canyon West include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings depicting multiple tribes, The Hualapai Market, and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with horseback and wagon rides. Grand Canyon West is the only location throughout the entire Grand Canyon where visitors can access the river and water recreation activities at the bottom of the canyon via helicopter tours. In addition to boat tours on the river, Hummer tours are available along the rim of the canyon and through private areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. There are more than 30 tour and transportation companies that service Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV, and Hummer. In addition, Park & Ride services are available from Dolan Springs, Ariz., a one-hour drive from Las Vegas. The Hualapai operate the only one day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon as well as a Lodge on Historic Route 66.
To book reservations, view a complete list of activities or receive maps and directions, visitors may log on to www.destinationgrandcanyon.com or call 1(877) 716-WEST (9378). The Hualapai Tribe, consisting of approximately 2,000 Hualapai members, owns nearly one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon's western rim. The capitol of the Hualapai Reservation is Peach Springs, Ariz.
Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner Changing How Passengers Travel Around the World : GlobalGiants.com
SEATTLE -- The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner (Longer Range) has a maximum range of 9,450 nautical miles (17,500 km), making it the worlds longest-range commercial jetliner. The Worldliner is capable of connecting virtually any two city pairs around the globe with nonstop service. The 777-200LR is the fifth and newest 777 model. The airplane first entered service with Pakistan International Airlines in March 2006. |GlobalGiants.com|
Washington, D.C. Springtime Blooms : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The blooming of the cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of spring both in Japan and the United States. Cherry blossom festivals in the United States are a spring tradition that dates back to gifts of cherry blossom trees from the Japanese to communities in the United States as a symbol of friendship. The most prominent Cherry blossom festival in the U.S. happens each year in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place March 31 through April 15 this year, celebrates Japan gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C. in 1912. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 29, 2007
Audi Announces 2008 R8 U.S. Pricing : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The all-new 2008 Audi R8 will start at $109,000 when it launches this fall.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Audi of America, LLC has announced that pricing for the all-new 2008 R8 sports car. The R8 with a six- speed manual transmission will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $109,000 when it launches this fall in the United States. Models equipped with the six-speed R tronic automatic gearbox will start at $118,000. |GlobalGiants.com|
Denmark: Prince Christian's First Day of School : GlobalGiants.com
Fredensborg, Denmark - Little Prince Christian arrives for his first day at public pre-school daycare. Prince Christian is the son of Crown Prince Frederik and second-in-line to the Danish throne. (ZUMA Press) |GlobalGiants.com|
Virgin Records: Joss Stone Launches British Invasion of America : GlobalGiants.com
Introducing Joss Stone Debuts at Number 2 on Billboard Album Chart and Goes Top 10 in More Than 15 Countries.
British Soul Star's Introducing Joss Stone Is the Highest Chart Debut Ever for a Female British Artist in the SoundScan Era.
Photo: Joss Stone Debuts at # 2 on Billboard Charts. (Photo: Virgin Records, Paul Conroy)
NEW YORK -- With her album's Number 2 debut on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart this week, soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone leads a bona fide British chart invasion by female artists that includes KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse. Introducing Joss Stone, the Grammy-winning star's third album, sold 118,000 copies in its first week, and is not only a personal best for Stone, but the highest-ever chart debut by a female artist from the U.K. since Billboard began deriving chart information from Nielsen SoundScan data in 1992. Worldwide, the album has gone Top 10 in more than 15 countries.
Introducing Joss Stone, which features special guests Common and Lauryn Hill, has received glowing reviews since its release by Virgin Records on March 20th.
Introducing Joss Stone was produced largely by Stone's main musical collaborator, Raphael Saadiq (The Roots, Macy Gray) and features lyrics written or co-written by Stone herself. "It's the first album that is truly me," the 19-year-old Devon, England, native says. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist." |GlobalGiants.com|
Scholastic Releases Both Front and Back Covers of Highly Anticipated 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' : GlobalGiants.com
NEW YORK -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company has released both the front and back covers of the highly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," J.K. Rowling's seventh and final Harry Potter book due in stores on July 21st at 12:01 a.m. Once again, the cover art was created by Mary GrandPre, the illustrator of all six previous U.S. editions of the Harry Potter books. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 28, 2007
GM's Rick Wagoner Talks To President George Bush : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner talks to President George Bush (right) next to an E85-capable Chevrolet Impala as Vice President Dick Cheney (l to r), Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Energy Secretary Sam Bodman look on Monday, March 26, 2007 in Washington, DC. President Bush met with the leaders of GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler at the White House. (Lauren Victoria Burke for General Motors) |GlobalGiants.com|
GM's Rick Wagoner, Ford's Alan Mulally, And President George Bush : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner (left) talks to the media as Ford CEO Alan Mulally (center) and President George Bush look on Monday, March 26, 2007 in Washington, DC. President Bush met with the leaders of GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler at the White House. (Lauren Victoria Burke for General Motors) |GlobalGiants.com|
PROMOTING CHINA: Russian and Chinese Presidents Open the Year of China in Russia : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Chinese president Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin, L-R, shake hands as they pose for a photograph in the State Kremlin Palace at the opening of the Year of China in Russia. (ITAR-TASS / Dmitry Astakhov) |GlobalGiants.com|
EU: European Police Raid Government Buildings in Corruption Investigation : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: European Flags flutter at the entrance of the European Commission's Berlaymont building at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 27, 2007.
Police in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Italy launched simultaneous dawn raids today in a corruption investigation involving European public servants. More than 150 police took part in over 30 raids, including at the European Commission's premises and the European Parliament in Brussels, in which investigators seized numerous documents. (GERARD CERLES/AFP/Getty Images) |GlobalGiants.com|
CARMAX RECEIVES GREEN BUILDING DESIGNATION : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: CarMax's home office in Richmond, Virginia receives national green building certification. CarMax is the largest retailer of used cars in the USA. |GlobalGiants.com|
US Postal Service Helps Drive Development of Alternate-Fuel Technologies : GlobalGiants.com
Demonstrates Zero-Emissions Mail Delivery Vehicles at White House Event.
Photo: Julie Rios, Director of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Postal Service, talks to President Bush about the Postal Service's 30 zero-emissions electric trucks, which deliver mail in New York City. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman looks on.
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The U.S. Postal Service has a long history of exploring cleaner, more energy-efficient, and more cost- effective ways to deliver the nation's mail. And, as such, it has acquired the nation's largest fleet of alternate-fuel vehicles -- some 38,000 cars, trucks and minivans -- powered by electricity, compressed natural gas, liquid propane gas, ethanol (E85), biodiesel fuel, and hydrogen fuel cells.
To help promote the development of alternate-fuel technologies as well as to encourage the availability of alternate fuels, the Postal Service participated in a White House event today, demonstrating the technology behind a hydrogen fuel-cell minivan and an electric two-ton truck -- both zero- emissions mail-delivery vehicles.
An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the USA, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. The US Postal Service has annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 27, 2007
Bindi Irwin Hosts New Series BINDI: THE JUNGLE GIRL on Discovery Kids Channel : GlobalGiants.com
Animal Planet Special MY DADDY THE CROC HUNTER Premiering Friday, June 8.
Photo: Terri and Bindi Irwin, Copyright Discovery Communications Inc/Best Picture Show 2007. (Discovery Kids Channel)
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 27 -- While most people know Bindi Irwin as The Crocodile Hunter's irrepressible daughter, those closest to her know that she deeply believed in her father's mission to protect wildlife. So in early 2006, Bindi and Steve Irwin began filming BINDI: THE JUNGLE GIRL to help get more children interested in wildlife conservation. Despite Steve's untimely death later that year, Bindi and her mom Terri, with the support of their family, friends and staff at Australia Zoo, decided to carry on Steve's legacy and finish filming the series.
Discovery Kids Channel has now announced that BINDI: THE JUNGLE GIRL premieres Saturday, June 9, at 5 PM ET/PT as a weekly series.
In BINDI: THE JUNGLE GIRL, Bindi introduces viewers to the wonderful world of wildlife from her cozy treehouse set high up in the rainforest. While interacting with a wide variety of animals from koalas to elephants to snakes, Bindi explains how all animals -- both cute and not-so-cute -- need to be respected and protected.
In addition, the night before Bindi's new series premieres on Discovery Kids Channel, Animal Planet presents MY DADDY THE CROC HUNTER, in which Bindi, with her mom's help, hosts her very first special and shares her personal look at growing up with her famous dad, The Crocodile Hunter. |GlobalGiants.com|
JAPAN: Japan on Edge as Aftershocks Continue to Threaten : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Aftershocks jolted the west coast of central Japan on Monday, keeping residents on edge a day after a strong earthquake killed one person, injured nearly 200 and flattened homes.
Sunday morning's 6.9-magnitude quake, which struck the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) west of Tokyo, destroyed houses, buckled roads, triggered landslides and cut off water and electricity supplies to thousands of homes. (Reuters) |GlobalGiants.com|
AIRBUS A380 CRUISING AT 1,500 FEET ABOVE WASHINGTON, DC : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The Airbus A380 could be seen over DC skies during the last US stop on A380's proving run. The All New Double-Decker Airbus A380 made its last stop in Washington, DC, Monday, 3/26 before heading back to Europe. Dulles International Airport was the fourth airport to see the A380 in one week. (Eric Long, Photographer, National Air and Space Museum) |GlobalGiants.com|
March 26, 2007
Nissan to Introduce Tiida in Europe : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The Nissan Tiida - available in four and five door versions.
TRAPPES, France, March 26 -- Nissan Europe announced today that it will introduce the Tiida model to Europe from June 2007. The Tiida marks the latest addition to Nissan's current model line-up following the recent launch of its latest C-segment, cross-over vehicle, the QASHQAI.
As part of the Tiida launch strategy, Nissan carefully studied the individual European markets to identify the countries where there was a concentration of loyal customers of Almera and Primera who would consider purchasing a similar model in the future.
Tiida will therefore be distributed in the markets where there is strong demand for such models. These markets include: Baltics, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. As part of the launch strategy, Nissan may, at a later stage, study the possibility of introducing the model to further markets in Europe.
The name Tiida is derived from a word in a Japanese dialect meaning 'ever-changing tide' and sits between NOTE and QASHQAI in terms of price. It will appeal to the customer looking for a more conventional type of car and places an emphasis on traditional values such as comfort, interior space and ease of use. |GlobalGiants.com|
Siemens Railway Systems at the UITP (International Union of Public Transport) World Congress in Helsinki : GlobalGiants.com
Siemens will be presenting its railway systems at the UITP (International Union of Public Transport) Congress in Helsinki in May. According to Siemens, its railway systems are environmentally friendly and use less energy. |GlobalGiants.com|
President Bush Tours Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant: GlobalGiants.com
Photo: On March 20, President Bush toured Ford's Kansas City Assembly plant where America's first SUV hybrid electric vehicles and E85 F-150 trucks are built. Here, the President addresses more than 300 employees gathered for the event. |GlobalGiants.com|