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May 25, 2007

BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club : GlobalGiants.com

BMW PGA Championship


Photo: Michael Campbell of New Zealand hits out of a bunker during the Second Round of the BMW PGA Championship at The Wentworth Club on May 25, 2007 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty) |GlobalGiants.com|


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ACURA DESIGN STUDIO OPENS : GlobalGiants.com

Will Lead to Creation of Future Acura Vehicles.

ACURA DESIGN STUDIO


Photo: A member of the media photographs the new $15 million Acura Design Studio which officially opened its doors, Thursday, May 24, 2007 in Torrance, Calif. The new facility will play a key role in the development of new concepts and designs that will lead directly to future Acura products. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Disney Cruise Line Arrives In Europe, Begins First-Ever Mediterranean Cruises : GlobalGiants.com

DISNEY CRUISE LINE


Photo: In grand Spanish style, the Disney Magic cruise ship was greeted by a fireworks spectacular in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday night, May 24, 2007. The event signals the start of Disney Cruise Line's first-ever Mediterranean voyages. The Port of Barcelona will serve as homeport for the Disney Magic this summer as it embarks on brand new 10- and 11-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship To Open New Shoe Floor: 10022-SHOE : GlobalGiants.com

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue New Shoe Floor. A 70 foot long Murano glass curtain is illuminated from the ceiling.

Saks Fifth Avenue has announced its plans to greatly expand its New York store's designer shoe salon, which will move to the completely redesigned eighth floor. The dramatic new space will be named 10022-SHOE, referring to the eighth floor's dedicated zip code. 10022- SHOE is slated to open with a gala celebration this September. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Jordin Sparks Is Your Newest American Idol : GlobalGiants.com

Jordin Sparks


Photo: American Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ performing THIS IS MY NOW during the American Idol Season 6 Finale Show at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, May 23, 2007. (Lester Cohen/WireImage) |GlobalGiants.com|


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May 24, 2007

DaimlerChrysler's 'smart' now an Official Global Partner of Live Earth : GlobalGiants.com

24-hour, concert series on all continents to combat global warming.

Partnership announced today in Stuttgart by DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, SOS/Live Earth founder Kevin Wall and singer Katie Melua.

Daimler Chrysler Earth

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Photo: Katarina Witt, Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management DaimlerChrysler and Head of Mercedes Car Group), Katie Melua.

Stuttgart, May 24, 2007 -- “Open your mind” - and combine an exciting lifestyle with environmental protection: smart is supporting the Live Earth concerts and “Save Our Selves – SOS” campaign against global warming launched by Founder Kevin Wall and Partner former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. DaimlerChrysler is with smart the world’s only automaker serving as an official partner of the Live Earth concerts, which will feature more than 100 headliners on July 7, 2007. smart is providing the official shuttle service for all artists and other celebrities participating in Live Earth.

The objective of the Live Earth concerts is to mobilize more than two billion people to play an active role in climate protection. The nine concerts will offer a total of 24 hours of live music at venues in Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hamburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York. They will be broadcast in more than 120 countries on TV, the radio and the Internet. The events will feature performances by internationally renowned rock and pop stars including The Police, Madonna, Genesis, Bon Jovi, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sheryl Crow. |GlobalGiants.com|


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36 Million Licensed Americans Unfit To Drive According to GMAC Insurance Study : GlobalGiants.com

Failure Rates Double in 3rd Annual GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test.

Cars


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ST. LOUIS, May 24 -- Results from the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test indicate that one in six drivers on the road -- roughly 36 million licensed Americans -- would not pass their written DMV exam if taken today. The third annual survey by GMAC Insurance gauges driver knowledge of the rules of the road by testing licensed Americans on actual questions from state DMV license exams.

"All Americans need a refresher course when it comes to basic driving rules," said Gary Kusumi, CEO and president, GMAC Insurance - Personal Lines. "Being a safe driver is about conduct, judgment and knowledge. We're hoping this year's results encourage people to arm themselves with the knowledge they need to stay safe." |GlobalGiants.com|

According to this year's results, New York drivers ousted Rhode Island by ranking last in all 50 states and the District of Columbia on driver knowledge. Idaho, on the other hand, topped the list and dethroned Oregon's tenure at first place as the most knowledgeable drivers in the United States. While the national average score was 77.1 percent, New Yorkers had an average of 71 percent and the highest failure rates (36 percent); Idaho had an average score of 81.7 percent. In general, geographical regions ranked similarly to previous years, with Arkansas, Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin ranking in the top five and New Jersey, Washington, DC, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the bottom five among all states.


Points of interest drawn from the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test include:

• With Age Comes Wisdom: The older the driver, the higher the test
score. Drivers 35+ years old were most likely to pass.
• More than half of respondents (55 percent) don't know how many feet to
signal before making right or left turns.
• More than 2 in 5 drivers (46 percent) are unaware of the meaning of a
diamond-shaped sign (warning sign).
• Fortunately, nearly all respondents (98 percent) know what to do when
an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches, what to do when
hydroplaning and the meaning of a solid yellow line.


Survey Says: Geography Means Everything

• Illinois, Georgia, DC, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Rhode
Island and Massachusetts were the least knowledgeable states overall,
with average scores lower than 75 percent.
• Idaho and Alaska were the most knowledgeable, with average scores over
81 percent.
• Regions displaying the highest failure rates were the South Atlantic
(20.8 percent) and New England (15.7 percent).


Where are the most knowledgeable drivers in the nation? The following is a complete list of state rankings for the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test.

1 ID ....... 18 MO ....... 33 FL
2 AK ....... 19 DE ....... 36 ME
3 MN ....... 19 NV ....... 37 NH
4 WI ....... 21 VT ....... 37 MS
5 KS ....... 22 CA ....... 37 TN
6 WA ....... 23 HI ....... 40 CT
7 SD ....... 24 TX ....... 41 VA
8 MT ....... 25 MD ....... 41 LA
9 OR ....... 25 AL ....... 43 WV
10 IA ....... 27 AR ....... 44 GA
11 NE ....... 28 MI ....... 45 IL
12 WY ....... 29 KY ....... 46 PA
13 OK ....... 30 UT ....... 47 RI
13 IN ....... 31 OH ....... 48 MA
13 NC ....... 31 CO ....... 48 DC
16 NM ....... 33 SC ....... 48 NJ
17 ND ....... 33 AZ ....... 51 NY


The test was administered by TNS, a major market information resource and provider of custom research and analysis. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Marriott International Rebrands The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center : GlobalGiants.com

After a year of renovation, the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center comes back rejuvenated.

MARRIOTT


PARIS, May 24 -- The 757-room Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, the largest hotel convention center in Paris, was rebranded by Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) following a complete refurbishment of all guest rooms, public spaces, restaurant and bar facilities. Marriott Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.W. Marriott Jr., was in Paris to commemorate the opening of the hotel and to celebrate his company's anniversary with some of the 1,000 associates of Marriott's eight hotels in France. |GlobalGiants.com|


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The World Class Pianist Helene Grimaud is the New Brand Ambassador for Montblanc : GlobalGiants.com

MONTBLANC Helene Grimaud

Helene Grimaud is acknowledged as one of the best pianists of her generation. She has been named one of the international brand ambassadors for Montblanc and the new face of an extensive advertising campaign.

Helene Grimaud, who now lives outside of New York City, is originally from Aix-en-Provence. Her sensitive playing, passionate intensity and unusual interpretations have made her a classical musician of world renown. Helene Grimaud was 15 years old when she won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1985 with her playing of Rachmaninovs Second Piano Sonata. Today she appears with all the leading symphony orchestras of the world from the London Symphony Orchestra to the New Yorker Philharmonic.

The Montblanc advertising campaign with Helene Grimaud is being introduced worldwide in all leading magazines. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Sony Delivers Big Sound in Micro Home Theater System : GlobalGiants.com

Delivering big sound in a small package, Sony yesterday introduced the DAV-IS10 micro home theater system.

SONY


The 5.1 channel home-theater-in-a-box system features five tiny speakers -- each about the size of a golf ball. The system, matched with a compact, single disc DVD/CD player/receiver, includes a unique subwoofer that helps the tiny speakers create sounds typically reserved for full size speakers.

While the system features small speakers, it packs all the power of conventional home-theater-in-a-box systems with 450 watts of total system power. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Artist Clark Hulings NY Show : GlobalGiants.com

CLARK HULINGS

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Photo: A hopeful buyer adds his name to the box for Clark Hulings' painting "Two Roses" at J.N. Bartfield Galleries' exhibit and sale of Hulings' one person show "Timeless Beauty: Pursuing Life's Textures".

NEW YORK -- The noted American master, Clark Hulings, opened his first one-person exhibition and sale in New York City in 40 years at J. N. Bartfield Galleries May 22 evening to an enthusiastic gathering of collectors who had traveled from throughout the US to try to acquire one of his recent paintings. It was Hulings' first one-person show since 1999 and everything sold immediately.

In an unprecedented procedure for the New York gallery, the paintings were offered at set price by draw from intent-to-purchase slips. Eager collectors filled boxes under the paintings with the slips, or submitted them absentee from California to Maine.

Of the collection of 37 oils created by Hulings over the past three years, fifteen will be auctioned at Morris & Whiteside Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC, on Saturday evening, 2 June. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Louis Vuitton Cup : GlobalGiants.com

Louis Vuitton


Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand leads Spain's Desafio Espanol in the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, May 16, 2007. (AFP)


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May 23, 2007

Jaslene Gonzalez Makes the Cut for CoverGirl : GlobalGiants.com

CW's America's Next Top Model Winner Signs as CoverGirl Model.

COVERGIRL JASLENE


CoverGirl has welcomed "CW's America's Next Top Model" cycle 8 winner, Jaslene Gonzalez, into the CoverGirl family. Jaslene, the first ever Latina to win the competition, received a $100,000 CoverGirl cosmetics contract under which she will appear in a print ad for CoverGirl TruShine Lipcolor, a year's representation by Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page spread in Seventeen magazine.

Jaslene, a 21 year old Chicago native of Puerto Rican heritage, proved to be a viewer favorite during the season, as evidenced by her being voted CoverGirl of the Week. Her ability to master the runway and captivate the cameras convinced judges she was worthy of the CoverGirl model contract. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Bank of America's Mobile Banking Now Available Anytime, Anywhere to More Than 20 Million Online Customers Across the U.S. : GlobalGiants.com

Completion of Rollout Gives Bank of America Customers Ability to Manage Their Finances 'On the Go' Through Cell Phones and Smartphones.

BANK OF AMERICA MOBILE


Bank of America has completed the rollout of its secure Mobile Banking service -- enabling more than 20 million Online Banking customers to manage their personal finances 'on the go.' Consumers across the USA now can use their cell phones and smartphones to check account balances, pay bills and transfer money.

Bank of America began rolling out Mobile Banking service to consumers in March and now is providing the service to more than 20 million online customers across the country. Using the Web browser built into most current cell phones or smartphones, consumers can:

• Check balances on their checking, savings and credit card accounts, as
well as mortgages and home equity lines held with Bank of America.
• Pay their bills and e-bills.
• Transfer money between accounts and to other Bank of America customers.
• View transactions for checking and savings accounts, mortgages and home
equity lines, including posted and pending transactions.

Mobile banking from Bank of America is secure. Customers are protected with the bank's SiteKey (R) security service, as well as its Zero Liability Online Banking Guarantee. To help protect customer information, the bank has developed a unique end-to-end security feature that ensures information remains encrypted when sent between the mobile phone and the bank. |GlobalGiants.com|


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COTY INC: JOSH HOLLOWAY, FACE OF DAVIDOFF COOL WATER FRAGRANCE : GlobalGiants.com

COTY INC JOSH HOLLOWAY


LONDON -- Coty Prestige, a division of Coty Inc., is welcoming Josh Holloway as the new face of the Davidoff Cool Water fragrance (worldwide except North America).

The new advertising campaign (television & press) will break across Europe and the UK at the beginning of July 2007.

Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by François Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry. Today, Coty Inc. is the world's largest fragrance company and a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of US$2.9 billion. The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Baby Phat, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloé, Chopard, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Jette Joop, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Kenneth Cole, Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nautica, Nikos, Phat Farm, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood. The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes adidas, Aspen, Astor, Calgon, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Desperate Housewives, Esprit, Exclamation, Isabella Rossellini, Jovan, Kylie Minogue, mary-kateandashley, Miss Sixty, Miss Sporty, Pierre Cardin(2), Rimmel, Shania Twain, Stetson, the healing garden and Vanilla Fields. |GlobalGiants.com|


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May 22, 2007

FORD BLOWN AWAY : GlobalGiants.com

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Photo: LONDON, May 22, 2007. Blown Away ... .Balloons carry full-sized cars over the rooftops of London in the filming of Ford's new Mondeo ad. The long format ad will premiere across most European countries during the UEFA Champions League final on May 23rd. 1400 balloons and 80 cylinders of helium were used while shooting the film. (FORD) |GlobalGiants.com|


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U.S. Gas Prices Hit Record High for 10th Day in a Row - $3.20/Gallon : GlobalGiants.com

US Gas Prices


Photo: A gas pump handle is seen at an Exxon gas station in Portland, Oregon April 26, 2007. Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday its first-quarter earnings rose over 10 percent as higher profits from its refining and chemical units outweighed lower oil and gas prices. REUTERS/Richard Clement |GlobalGiants.com|


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Dassault Launches the New Falcon 2000LX : GlobalGiants.com

Dassault Falcon 2000LX


Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2007 - Today, at the 7th Annual EBACE Convention, Dassault announced a new addition to the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000LX. Based on the popular Falcon 2000EX, the 2000LX will feature a range of 4,000 nautical miles at Mach .80 and a best-in-class climb speed to 41,000 feet in just 18 minutes. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Ricoh Sustainable Development Award Presented to Three Students at Intel ISEF 2007 Special Awards Ceremony : GlobalGiants.com

RICOH SUSTAINABLE


Photo: Ricoh Sustainable Development Award winners (from L to R) Danielle Lent, Emily Levine and DJ Ray Horton pose with Robert Whitehouse, director, Environmental Management and Product Compliance, Ricoh Americas Corporation, at a special awards ceremony at Intel ISEF 2007.

Ricoh Americas Corporation presented three high school students with the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2007 hosted by Agilent Technologies during a special awards ceremony in Albuquerque on Thursday night. The students will share a $50,000 scholarship from Ricoh Americas Corporation.

The three students who received top honors at the ceremony were DJ Ray Horton of Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, Colorado, for his four year study on the biological control of a common corn crop parasite and Emily Levine and Danielle Lent of Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett, New York, for their research on optimizing recycled polymer blends using supercritical carbon dioxide.

The Intel ISEF is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science and is held every year in May. Intel ISEF brings together over 1,500 students from around the world to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, and scientific field trips. This year's event was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Russian, Croatian and US High School Programmers Win TopCoder Championship at Purdue University : GlobalGiants.com

First World Championship for TopCoder High School Members Sees Eastern Europe Prevail in Individual and Team Tournaments.

TOPCODER


Photo: TopCoder High School Champion Yury Petrov of Saint Petersburg. (Topcoder, Inc.)


TOPCODER


Photo: Team V. Gimnazija of Zagreb, Croatia. (PRNewsFoto/Topcoder, Inc.)


TopCoder(R), Inc., a leading online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software developer, has announced the winners in the first ever TopCoder High School global programming tournament hosted by Purdue University on May 19th 2007.
Forty-seven elite competitors from the U.S., China, Russian Federation, Australia, Poland, Romania, Kazakhstan, Canada, Bulgaria, Croatia and the Ukraine representing themselves, their schools and their countries competed in a challenging contest of computing skills for a share of $50,000 in scholarship awards.

Purdue University was founded in 1869 and is one of the largest four-year universities in the United States. More than 38,000 students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, three territories, residents abroad, and 126 foreign nations study at the West Lafayette campus, and more than 30,000 are enrolled at other campuses and locations. |GlobalGiants.com|


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