March 17, 2007
SUMITOMO COMMUTER RAIL CAR : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Rendering of the NICTD new gallery Type EMU commuter rail car. (Sumitomo Corporation of America) |GlobalGiants.com|
ARQUITECTONICA NEW SCIENCE CENTER: GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Commemorating the 4th anniversary of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy, the Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica unveils its design for the Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center in Downey, Calif. The bold architectural design for the 18,000-square-foot Science Center features a distinctively shaped, shimmering silver skin, an exciting double-height lobby, and interactive exhibits. According to Arquitectonica, the design embodies the aspirations and ambition of astronauts exploring space. |GlobalGiants.com|
Disneyland Resort's Famed Pirates of the Caribbean Celebrates 40 Years of Swashbuckling Fun on March 18 : GlobalGiants.com
The Attraction That Inspired a Worldwide Movie Phenomenon Has Hosted Nearly 315,000,000 Guests.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disneyland Resort will mark a 40-year milestone of swashbuckling adventure Sunday, March 18, when the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction celebrates its 40th anniversary.
PHOTO: NO ESCAPE -- In one of the most memorable scenes in 'Pirates of the Caribbean', a dog holds the keys, and the futures of some undesirables in his mouth. The classic moment was recreated in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The landmark Disney attraction opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. on March 18, 1967.
In addition to entertaining several generations of would-be buccaneers, the original Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean has inspired versions in other Disney theme parks as well as a worldwide movie phenomenon. The Sunday anniversary will be observed with in-park autograph signings by Walt Disney Imagineers involved in the creation of the attraction, and with the debut of some new collectible Pirates-themed items.
Nearly 315,000,000 Disneyland guests have experienced the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction since its 1967 opening. The ever-popular Disneyland icon, the last one created under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself, launched a wave of pirate mania that has circled the globe. |GlobalGiants.com|
SeaWorld's New Killer Whale Show 'Believe' Wins 'Thea' Award : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: A SeaWorld trainer performs with Shamu in a recent performance of "Believe," the parks' award-winning new killer whale show.
ST. LOUIS, March 16 -- SeaWorld's "Believe," the most ambitious killer whale show in the parks' 42-year history, has been honored by TEA, a trade association for the themed attraction industry, with a Thea award for outstanding achievement in a live show. The award was presented in the association's 13th-annual gala in Anaheim, Calif.
"Believe" premiered in 2006 in SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla., San Diego, Calif., and San Antonio, Texas. The show, which combines new killer whale behaviors with elaborate set pieces, music, choreography and state-of-the-art multimedia, opened to rave reviews from SeaWorld guests.
SeaWorld is operated by Busch Entertainment Corporation, the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. BEC operates nine U.S. theme parks, including Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Fla., Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Va., Discovery Cove in Orlando, Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. near Philadelphia, Water Country USA in Williamsburg and Adventure Island in Tampa. BEC will open Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, in Orlando in 2008. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 16, 2007
Hawaii's Low Fare Airline Expands With Launch of go!Express : GlobalGiants.com
HONOLULU -- go!, Hawaii's low-fare interisland carrier, today announced expansion of its route network in Hawaii with the launch of go!Express, operated under a code share agreement with Mokulele Airlines. Beginning April 16, go!Express will offer 12 flights per day between Kona and Kahului, Kahului and Kapalua, and Kapalua and Honolulu.
To celebrate the launch of this exciting new service, go! is offering one-way fares on all interisland flights for just $19*. This special fare may be purchased from March 16th through March 23rd and is applicable for travel through April 23rd, 2007.
These incredibly low go! fares can be booked online beginning March 16th at www.iflygo.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-IFLYGO2.
go!Express will feature new turbine engine Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft which offer first class comfort including 34" pitch, reclining, leather seats and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment.
go! operates 60 flights a day from its Honolulu hub to Lihue, Kahului, Kona, and Hilo using a fleet of modern regional jets. go! operates state-of-the-art Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft outfitted with comfortable leather interiors, no middle seats and quiet cabin. |GlobalGiants.com|
New Cordless DUALphone for Skype with Wideband Audio and Superior Sound Quality : GlobalGiants.com
CeBIT- HANNOVER, Germany, March 16 -- RTX now launches the new DUALphone 3058 with superior audio quality, colour display and speakerphone.
In 2004 RTX launched the first DUALphone for Skype(TM), one the most popular cordless Internet USB phones ever. Now RTX launches the second-generation of this device.
The new DUALphone 3058 is a cordless Internet phone and ordinary telephone in one. It is designed to work with Skype, the popular internet communications software with more than 171 million users worldwide. A broadband Internet connection is needed.
The DUALphone 3058 is a cordless USB phone that is connected to a regular telephone socket and works with Skype by using the USB port on a PC. Users are then free to make cordless Skype calls with the handset anywhere in the home or office. The handset's colour display shows whether other Skype users on your contact list are available. If they are, users simply have to press the Skype button to talk to them for free.
To reach friends or colleagues who are offline or do not use Skype, users can simply use the ordinary landline via the Public Switched Telephone Operator connection as normal. Alternatively, you can make cheap SkypeOut(TM) calls to landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world. Skype users can also purchase an optional SkypeIn(TM) number that allows them to receive calls from regular telephones via Skype. |GlobalGiants.com|
High-speed Line (LGV) for Lorrain France Inaugurated : GlobalGiants.com
Lorraine Builds Its Future at High Speed.
PARIS, March 15 -- On March 15, 2007, the Lorraine Region inaugurated, along with French National Railways (Réseau Ferré de France), the first phase of a high-speed rail link (Ligne Ã Grande Vitesse) connecting Vaires-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne) to Baudrecourt (Moselle-Lorraine). Starting in June 2007, the East European TGV will cover the first 300 kilometers of the LGV at a record speed of 320 km/hr. On this occasion, the longest ever string of Bengal lights lit up the LGV's route with 3,000 red torches. A spectacular hot air balloon sporting the colors of Lorraine illuminated the Jaulny viaduct (Meurthe-et-Moselle). |GlobalGiants.com|
March 15, 2007
Boeing Implements 787 Vertical Fin Moving Line : GlobalGiants.com
PHOTO: FREDERICKSON, Wash., March 14, 2007 -- Employees at the Boeing Frederickson Composite Manufacturing Center (CMC) transfer into place a skin panel sub-assembly on the main box of the first production 787 vertical fin during implementation of a pulse moving assembly line. Depicted left to right in the foreground are Art Valenzuela and Ed Sherman, CMC assembly mechanics. Guiding the rear of the skin panel onto the main box are, from left, Eric Zapletal, assembly mechanic, and Mike Halbert, team leader for the crew of 787 major assembly mechanics. The Boeing Composite Manufacturing Center rolled out its first 787 vertical fin on March 14, a key milestone leading to the beginning of airplane final assembly in Everett, Wash. |GlobalGiants.com|
WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS PRESIDENT EDGAR BRONFMAN MEETS UN SECRETARY-GENERAL : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: World Jewish Congress President Edgar M. Bronfman meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, March 13, 2007, New York. Left to right: Shai Franklin, WJC Director of International Organizations; Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chairman, World Jewish Congress American Section; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Edgar M. Bronfman; Stephen E. Herbits, WJC Secretary General. (UN Photo/Mark Garten) |GlobalGiants.com|
Former Hewlett Packard Chair to Plead Guilty : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Ex-Hewlett-Packard chair Patricia Dunn and three other defendants are expected to plead guilty to wire fraud charges stemming from the company's controversial probe of leaks from its boardroom, the California Attorney General said Wednesday. Dunn and the other defendants were expected to formally offer the plea during a hearing in Santa Clara Superior Court. But the court won't accept the pleas immediately, according to a statement from California Attorney General Jerry Brown. (MCT) |GlobalGiants.com|
March 14, 2007
CHRYSLER 'DRIBBLE FOR A DODGE' : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Raymond Eisbrenner of Plymouth, Mich., (right) proved to have the best bouncing streak after 16 hours and 6 minutes in the "Dribble for a Dodge" contest at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Eisbrenner out bounced 25 other contestants, including Atlanta's Anthony Locke, to win a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab with HEMI engine and two tickets to college basketball's championship game, which he gave to Locke. Dodge created its own brand of madness as it kicked off National Truck Month and "No Charge HEMI(R)" promotion with the basketball dribbling endurance contest. |GlobalGiants.com|
US AIRWAYS CELEBRATION : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: CEO Doug Parker and US Airways employees celebrate a profitable 2006. |GlobalGiants.com|
New Computer Game Simulates Global Conflicts : GlobalGiants.com
Strategy First Releases MAKING HISTORY(R): The Calm & The Storm.
MONTREAL -- Introducing what may be the first computer game with equal appeal for devoted gamers and the general public, Strategy First, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silver Star Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSTR) , today announced the launch of "MAKING HISTORY: The Calm & The Storm."
MAKING HISTORY is a contest of economics, warfare and diplomacy, challenging players to maneuver through the largest mine field ever created: World War II.
The new multiplayer strategy game is now available at major retail outlets across the U.S. and Canada, including Best Buy, CompUSA, Game Stop and Electronics Boutique. MAKING HISTORY can also be purchased and downloaded at Steam (www.steampowered.com).
Using World War II as the playing field, MAKING HISTORY puts you in charge of real nations confronting annihilation or triumph, with the outcome depending on how you handle history. Skills challenged and honed during game play: International relations, industrial and workforce strategy, political acumen, military planning and action, national defense versus domestic programs, and much more. |GlobalGiants.com|
"MAKING HISTORY is a challenge of brain cells, not just bullets," says Dave McCool, CEO of Muzzy Lane Software. "Players can test new ideas about history, to see what could have happened if world leaders chose a different path. In reliving history you start to think about current global conflicts; being in charge of a nation, dealing with cause and effect on a worldwide scale. It's fun and incredibly eye-opening at the same time."
Over three years in development, MAKING HISTORY represents a new standard for computer games. The Artificial Intelligence in MAKING HISTORY is armed with detailed behavioral models of more than 80 nations playing out across 800 land and sea regions around the world.
Unlike other WWII games, players are not forced to choose sides with the Axis or the Allies. Alliances are shaped and shattered based on unique national interests. And each country is precisely modeled with its real-world economic and military strengths, political ideology, diplomatic tendencies, even its level of technical advancement. Within each country, the major regions feature accurate terrain, infrastructure, natural resources and industrial capabilities.
Operating MAKING HISTORY is smooth and simple thanks to an integrated control panel, a veritable heads-up display of dynamic maps, resources and action areas.
Special Edition New Beetle Convertible Now Available at US Local Dealers : GlobalGiants.com
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the limited edition Triple White New Beetle convertible is now available at dealers. Only 3,000 customers will have the opportunity to own this special edition.
The Triple White New Beetle convertible features a unique Campanella white exterior, a white interior, and white convertible roof boot. The Triple White New Beetle convertible takes its color palette from the original Super Beetle convertible of the late 70s. This modern day rendition includes 17-inch 'Oktopus' alloy wheels, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, white leatherette seats and center armrest. Also included are black carpeting, floor mats and door panels along with Sirius Satellite Radio. Another distinctive feature of the Triple White New Beetle convertible is the special front seat headrests ingrained with the New Beetle convertible icon.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.
2007 Intel STS Scholarship Winners : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: First place winner Mary Masterman, 17, of Oklahoma City, Okla., (center); second place John Pardon, 17, of Chapel Hill, N.C. (left); and third place Dmitry Vaintrob, 18, of Eugene, Ore. (right), celebrate winning the 2007 Intel Science Talent Search. Intel Chairman Craig Barrett presented the top three winners with college scholarships of $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000, respectively. These top threeÃŠaward recipients were chosen from an applicant pool of more than 1,700 American high school seniors. |GlobalGiants.com|
March 13, 2007
HYUNDAI TO UNVEIL CONCEPT GENESIS : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Concept Genesis (shown here as an advanced development sketch) will make its world debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show on Weds. April 4. Concept Genesis hints at design direction for a future rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan from Hyundai. |GlobalGiants.com|
Boeing, Volga-Dnepr Group Announce Order for Five 747-8 Freighters : GlobalGiants.com
SEATTLE -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Moscow-based freight company Volga-Dnepr Group today announced an order for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters with purchase rights for an additional five airplanes. Air Bridge Cargo, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, will operate the airplanes valued at $ 1.4 billion at list prices. With this order, Volga-Dnepr becomes the seventh customer announced for the new 747-8 Freighter, joining Atlas Air, Cargolux, Emirates, Guggenheim Aviation Partners, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Korean Air. Air Bridge Cargo will use the freighters for its growing cargo business on routes to Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Europe. |GlobalGiants.com|
The New York Times ''Win a Trip With Nick'' Essay Contest : GlobalGiants.com
The objective -- increasing awareness of Africa among young people in the USA.
Photo: Africa: Tanzania: Black Headed Heron at Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
NEW YORK -- The New York Times has announced that today it will begin accepting submissions for the second "Win a Trip With Nick" essay contest. The contest was conceived of by Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Op-Ed and TimesSelect columnist. The objective -- increasing awareness of Africa among young people. As he did in 2006, Mr. Kristof will choose one college or graduate student to accompany him on a reporting trip to Africa. This year, he will also select one middle- or high-school teacher to join the trip.
Any student 18 or older who is attending an American college, university or graduate school, and any teacher currently working in a middle or high school in the United States, is eligible to apply for TimesSelect's "Win a Trip With Nick." Interested individuals should visit www.nytimes.com/winatrip to submit an online application.
Also beginning on March 13, subscriptions to TimesSelect will be available for free to all registered college students and faculty with a .edu in their e-mail addresses. "We want students to have unfettered access to the full, rich content of The New York Times, especially the varied opinions expressed by the 22 columnists whose voices are heard through TimesSelect," said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager, NYTimes.com. |GlobalGiants.com|
Lifting Chinese Tiger Trade Ban a Death Sentence for Wild Tigers Says WWF : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Any easing of the current Chinese ban on trading products made from tigers is likely a death sentence for the endangered cats, according to a new report released today by World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC -- the wildlife trade monitoring program of WWF and IUCN. (WWF-Canon/Martin Harvey)
The report warns that Chinese business owners who would profit from the tiger trade are putting increasing pressure on the Chinese government to overturn its successful 1993 ban and allow domestic trade in captive-bred tiger parts for use in traditional medicine and clothing to resume.
The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. |GlobalGiants.com|
GIRL SCOUTS TREE PLANTING CEREMONY : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger, Girl Scouts from the Greater New York area and Bernard J. David, Director of nonprofit The Future of Life, Inc. kick off the 95th anniversary year of Girl Scouting with a tree planting ceremony, launching nationwide events celebrating Girl Scouts' tradition of building leadership through action that makes the world a better place. This spring, Girl Scout councils will plant up to 30,000 trees donated by The Future of Life. |GlobalGiants.com|