March 25, 2007
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO LAUNCH DIET COKE PLUS™ : GlobalGiants.com
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola North America has announced that it will launch Diet Coke Plus™, a sparkling, calorie-free beverage with vitamins and minerals. In addition to providing refreshing taste, Diet Coke Plus is a good source of vitamins B3, B6, and B12, and the minerals zinc and magnesium.
Diet Coke Plus will be available throughout the U.S. in April in retail stores where other Diet Coke products are sold.
Each eight-ounce serving of Diet Coke Plus provides a good source of Niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc and magnesium (15% Daily Value [DV] for Niacin, B6 and B12, 10% DV for zinc and magnesium). Diet Coke Plus is the newest member of the Diet Coke family, which includes the flagship Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Diet Coke with Lime, Diet Cherry Coke, and Diet Coke Sweetened with Splenda.
The launch of Diet Coke Plus will be supported by an integrated marketing plan to drive awareness and trial. Introductory communications will carry the tagline "Great Taste Has Its Benefits" and will let consumers know that they now have another way to enjoy Diet Coke -- one that tastes great and contains several essential vitamins and minerals.
To commemorate the launch of Diet Coke Plus, special limited edition 12-ounce "sleek cans" of Diet Coke Plus will be available at select retail locations in New York City and Los Angeles while supplies last. |GlobalGiants.com|
NEWSWEEK COVER : APRIL 2, 2007 ISSUE : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The April 2 Special Issue of Newsweek (on newsstands March 26), "Voices of the Fallen," tells the story of the Iraq War in the words of America's dead. In letters, journals and e-mails, the war dead live on, their words testament to the realities of combat. With the bluntness of warriors facing mortal danger, they speak in voices alternately brave, fearful, cynical and tender. Theirs is the human story of war. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 24, 2007
President Bush Gets A Closer Look At The Saturn Aura Hybrid : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: President Bush gets a closer look at the Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid vehicle while touring the General Motors Fairfax (KS) Assembly Plant with GM Group Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labor Gary Cowger (l to r), Plant Manager Paul Marr and UAW Local President Jeff Manning in Fairfax, Kansas. Bush is visiting the Fairfax plant while promoting his energy initiatives. (General Motors Photo/Susan McSpadden) |GlobalGiants.com|
Berlin Zoo: Polar Bear Cub Makes Debut : GlobalGiants.com
Polar bear cub 'Knut' drinks from a pond during the bear's first public presentation at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Friday 23 March 2007. Hundreds of visitors and journalists attended the event. (Deutsch Presse Agentur) |GlobalGiants.com|
March 23, 2007
Milka Duno and CITGO Racing Join IndyCar Series With SAMAX Motorsport for 2007 Season : GlobalGiants.com
MIAMI, March 23 -- Milka Duno, the first woman in history to win a major international sportscar race in North America, and CITGO Racing, announced today at Homestead-Miami Speedway that they will compete in the 2007 IndyCar Series with SAMAX Motorsport. Duno will drive the No. 23 CITGO Racing/SAMAX Motorsport Dallara/Honda/Firestone in ten IndyCar Series events this season, including the 91st Indianapolis 500. She also plans to compete at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Chicago.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. |GlobalGiants.com|
Spanish Broadcasting Re-Launches LaMusica.com Entertainment Portal : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: (L-R) Gabriela Ordonez and Rene Solorio.
MIAMI, March 23 -- Spanish Broadcasting System ("SBS") (NASDAQ:SBSA) announced today important upgrades to its portfolio of Internet properties, including the re-launch of its leading entertainment portal www.lamusica.com, as well as the re-branding of all of the Company's radio station Web sites. These strategic initiatives are part of SBS's ongoing Internet strategy, and include sleek upgrades to the look and feel of the Company's Web sites that will serve to enhance the overall entertainment experience for SBS online users.
LaMusica.com is a leading destination for up-to-the-minute Hispanic news and entertainment information. As part of the Web site's re-launch, SBS has completely revamped the site's user interface, including new and improved Internet graphics and links, as well as an upgraded video player, all of which more closely represent the Web site's dynamic appeal. In-line with these upgrades, the Company has appointed former "Mira" magazine photo editor Gabriela Ordonez to head-up the photo department at LaMusica.com.
In addition, with content development lying at the core of the Company's Internet strategy, LaMusica.com has unveiled a new slate of online print, video and music content that more effectively leverages SBS's radio and TV programming and its deep pool of entertainment and news talent. In-line with this initiative, SBS has appointed journalist Rene Solorio to lead LaMusica.com's entertainment news division. Rene is a former editor of the American Publishing Group, and an experienced entertainment journalist in Mexico. In his new role, he will oversee the development of the site's news and entertainment content, while also serving as an editorial contributor to SBS's Miami television station, Mega TV Channel 22.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic- controlled media and entertainment company in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in the top Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, including the #1 Spanish-language radio station in America, WSKQ-FM in New York City. |GlobalGiants.com|
Volvo S80 Named 2007 AutoMundo Magazine Car of the Year : GlobalGiants.com
AutoMundo, the premier US Spanish-language automotive enthusiast publication, today named the all-new Volvo S80 as its 2007 Car of the Year. The prestigious accolade which appears in the magazine's April issue, follows the S80's recent debut in the U.S. marketplace and echoes what others are saying about Volvo's first V8-powered luxury sedan.
The S80 was selected for its revolutionary design, dynamic and youthful driving attributes and Volvo's legendary safety systems. "The new 2007 Volvo S80 was really the obvious choice," commented Jorge Koechlin, President and Editor-in-Chief of AutoMundo. "As the company's first V8-powered car, it really breaks the mold of what AutoMundo has come to expect of Volvo's cars." |GlobalGiants.com|
March 22, 2007
Airbus A380 - World's Largest Aircraft - Shows Its Stuff to New York City : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: The world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, takes off Wednesday morning from New York's John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport. The plane visited the U.S. this week for the first time.
NEW YORK, March 22 -- The 555-passenger, double-deck Airbus A380 created a stir across the U.S. this week, starting with Monday's dual landing at LAX and JFK airports. The planes were in the U.S. for the first time for a series of route-proving exercises. First delivery of the A380 is slated for October 2007 to Singapore Airlines.
Photo: NYC Mayor Bloomberg visits Airbus A380 at JFK -- world's largest aircraft in town for Route Proving Exercise. Airbus' Engineer Fernando Alonzo and COO John Leahy lead tour.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the visiting superjumbo Airbus A380 at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Wednesday morning, shortly before the 21st Century double-decker widebody took to the skies over the Big Apple in a short demonstration flight for a group of invited guests and media. Shown here in a walk-around tour with Airbus Chief Flight Test Engineer Fernando Alonzo (l) and Airbus COO Customers John Leahy (r), Mayor Bloomberg, a recognized aviation enthusiast, visited the exterior and interior of the world's largest passenger aircraft. The 555-seat A380 touched down in the U.S. for the first time on Monday, with dual landings at JFK and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The A380 offers unparalleled comfort, economic efficiency and environmental friendliness to the commercial airline industry, which expects to see a near tripling of passengers worldwide over the next 20 years. The A380 departs JFK Wednesday evening but will return to the U.S. Sunday night. On Monday, March 26, Washington Dulles International Airport will host a group of invited guests in a tour and demonstration flight around the Washington area.
Photo: New York's Police and Fire Departments salute A380 with appearance of vehicles donated by Airbus in 9-11 recovery effort.
In recognition of the strong relationship between Airbus and the New York City Fire and Police Departments and Airbus' contributions to both in 9-11 recovery efforts, America's first rescue unit, Rescue One, brought their custom-built fire and rescue truck, along with the NYPD's specially built lighting truck to JFK. Also on display was a Police Fire and Rescue vehicle from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Airbus COO-Customer John Leahy joined representatives of the various agencies in position outside the Airbus A380. The police and fire equipment was waiting to salute the Airbus A380 as it landed Wednesday at JFK following a brief demonstration flight around New York. Airbus donated the $750,000 Rescue One apparatus and the $450,000 NYPD lighting truck in 2002 as part of the aircraft manufacturer's efforts to help New York's emergency teams recover from their devastating losses on September 11th. The double-deck A380 visited JFK this week as part of its first visit to the United States in a route proving exercise that brought the world' largest commercial jet to JFK, Chicago O'Hare, LAX, and Dulles International Airport. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 21, 2007
Boeing 747-8 Launch Customer Cargolux Orders Three More 747-8 Freighters : GlobalGiants.com
SEATTLE -- Boeing today announced that launch customer Cargolux has placed a follow-on order for three Boeing 747-8 Freighters, valued at $845 million at list prices, and added two options.
This brings the Luxembourg-based cargo operators total 747-8 Freighter order to 13 airplanes, two options and 10 purchase rights. |GlobalGiants.com|
Konica Minolta Launches Next-Generation bizhub Line of MFP Products : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Introducing the next generation of bizhub from Konica Minolta. The revolutionary new line of network-enabled, multi-function peripherals (MFPs) is designed to offer true monochrome copier replacement and important performance enhancements. (Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|
First SANYO Digital Video Camera to Use Next-Generation AVC/H.264 Video Technology: GlobalGiants.com
SANYO Xacti CG65 Features Superior Video Quality and 25% Smaller File Size for Faster Sharing of Clips on Web Pages, Video Blogs and Popular Video Websites.
CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 20 -- Set for an April U.S. debut, the pocket-sized Xacti CG65 is SANYO's first digital video camera to feature next-generation video compression technology, designed to produce excellent video quality while reducing MPEG-4 file size approximately 25%. The slim and stylish CG65 is an ideal video camera for people who want to easily upload and share video clips with friends and the world at large via web pages, vlogs, podcasts and popular video sharing websites. |GlobalGiants.com|
High-Tech Glass From Saint-Gobain Makes Grand Canyon View Possible : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Glass-Bottomed Skywalk Unveiled over Grand Canyon: Visitors who have marveled at the Grand Canyon's vistas will now have a dizzying new option: a glass-bottom observation deck allowing them to gaze into the chasm beneath their feet. The Skywalk, unveiled Tuesday, is being touted as an engineering marvel. The glass-and-steel horseshoe extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge with no visible supports above or below. (WENN Photos)
HUALAPAI RESERVATION, Ariz., March 20 -- The new Grand Canyon Skywalk, the u-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, makes it possible for the first time for visitors to take in incomparable views of the western edge of the Grand Canyon. What makes this engineering marvel possible is the durable and ultra-clear glass that was designed and produced by Saint-Gobain, the world's leader in glass technology for more than 300 years.
Saint-Gobain -- which employs 24,000 people in the United States, many of them through its building materials subsidiary CertainTeed -- manufactured the low-iron Diamant(R) glass for the floor of the Skywalk at its Cologne, Germany, plant. It was processed into laminated glass at three of its European subsidiaries. The deck, approximately 10 feet wide and 70 feet deep, is made of laminated tempered glass more than two inches thick, produced in 46 pieces that were shipped directly to the western edge of the canyon. Each piece of glass is held in place by connectors specifically designed by Saint- Gobain for the bridge. The floor glass includes structural interlayers of DuPont SentryGlas(R) Plus for optical clarity and strength.
According to Roger Watson of Saint-Gobain Glass Exprover, the business which oversees architectural glass export to nations throughout the globe, the Diamant glass in the Skywalk contains a significantly lower amount of iron oxide than regular glass, which means that it is exceptionally clear, appearing virtually invisible to visitors and giving them a completely unobstructed view of the natural wonder.
The glass deck is supported by outer and inner steel beams anchored into solid stone in the wall of the Grand Canyon. The Skywalk is said to support approximately 100 pounds per square foot, can withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, and 100 mph winds.
Headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain has more than 200,000 employees throughout the world, including 24,000 in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to its leadership in glass for architectural products, the company is the world's largest supplier of building materials and is a major manufacturer of abrasives, ceramics, and other high-performance materials. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 20, 2007
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band End Tour with Sold Out : GlobalGiants.com
Shows at Detroit Rock City's Legendary Cobo Arena.
Photo: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band accompanied by Olympia Entertainment representatives.
DETROIT, March 19 -- The City of Detroit proved yet again that it is home to the greatest rock and roll audiences in the world when Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band ended their 50-city tour Saturday, March 17. In front of a lively sold out crowd, Seger enjoyed a return to both his hometown and Cobo Arena. "It was another historic performance at the legendary Cobo Arena," said Bill Lee, Olympia Entertainment's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. |GlobalGiants.com|
Chris Cornell to Showcase 'Carry On' : GlobalGiants.com
Eleven-City North American Jaunt Offers Career Retrospective.
Photo: Chris Cornell. Photo by Max Vadukul.
LOS ANGELES, March 19 -- Fresh from the studio and eager to hit the road to promote the June 5th release of his upcoming album, Chris Cornell announced select US tour dates beginning on April 6 in Las Vegas, NV at the Vegas Grand Prix. For the first time onstage, Cornell will dig into the vault performing songs from his 13-album career including Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, as well as premiering tracks from his upcoming release Carry On (Suretone/Interscope). |GlobalGiants.com|
Electric Car Maker ZAP Releases Concept Drawings of New ZAP-X Crossover SUV : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Electric car pioneer ZAP released design drawings of a new electric crossover SUV called ZAP-X engineered by Lotus. |GlobalGiants.com|
WHIRLPOOL DUET : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: It's full steam ahead for the laundry room: Whirlpool(R) brand unveils the Duet(R) steam dryer, a first-of-its-kind laundry innovation that relaxes wrinkles and removes odors from clothing, making them ready-to-wear in minutes. The event took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, NY, Monday, March 19, 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 19, 2007
168 HOUR FILM PROJECT : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: DRIVEN TO DELIVER: (Los Angeles) Deejay-turned-director Frank "the freeway editor" Lozano gets chauffeured to and from his gigs by his line producer Arlene Sacco so he can squeeze in final editing on his "Walking High" documentary on the Compton youth flight school for the speed-filmmaking contest, the 168 Film Festival. |GlobalGiants.com|
America Watches East Tennessee Newlywed Win $2.5 Million Grand Prize Package During Live HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2007 : GlobalGiants.com
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., March 19 -- Always considered lucky when it comes to winning sweepstakes, 69-year-old Robert O'Neill was still surprised that the luck of the Irish was with him Sunday night when he learned that he was the winner of the 2007 HGTV Dream Home located in the Bridger's Cache Community of Winter Park, Colorado. O'Neill, who recently retired as Postmaster in Brandon, Florida, moved to upper East Tennessee to be closer to friends and family. He and his wife of six months were having dinner out with his son's family and friends when HGTV's Joan Steffend came out of the kitchen at a local restaurant bearing the news along with dessert. His surprise at receiving the news was broadcast around the country as part of HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2007, a live television special that aired on Sunday, March 18, 2007.
O'Neill, whose name was drawn from more than 41 million entries, took home the grand-prize package with a retail value of $2.5 million. In addition to the fully furnished, custom-built Rocky Mountain home that features more than 3,000 square feet of flooring from Lumber Liquidators, the grand prize package includes a matching Doggy Dream Home, an all-new 2007 GMC Acadia and a $250,000 cash prize from LendingTree.com.
One of the most successful consumer promotions in cable TV history, the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway(SM) involves sponsorship from national advertisers including GMC Division, General Motors Corporation, Lumber Liquidators, The Iams Company, LendingTree(R), Inc., Bayer, BISSELL(R) Homecare, Inc., JELD- WEN, Inc., Moen Inc., The Sherwin-Williams Company, Staples, California Closet Company Inc., Ethan Allen, Sub-Zero Freezer Co., Inc. & Wolf Appliance Co and Hunter Fans.
HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 91 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 18, 2007
PLATINUM STUDIOS: 'WORLD'S LARGEST COMIC BOOK' : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, of KISS, and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (center), chairman of Platinum Studios, are presented with the Guinness World Records(TM) certificate of "World's Largest Comic Book" for KISS Comics Group's "KISS 4K DESTROYER EDITION" - unveiled at Wizard World Los Angeles. |GlobalGiants.com|
NEWSWEEK COVER: MARCH 26, 2007 ISSUE: GlobalGiants.com
Photo: In the March 26 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, March 19): "Exercise and The Brain." Newsweek examines the latest research and science that shows exercise can make you smarter. In addition to making your brain run more efficiently, there are clues that it can also stave off the beginnings of Alzheimer's, ADHD and other cognitive disorders. Also: what's next for Attorney General Gonzales and Iraq's Dora Farms, four years after the first U.S. strike. |GlobalGiants.com|