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Corporate gifts are great contributors in building strong relationships with business associates and clients. The idea can be further extended to corporate gift baskets that can be considered as significant business tools. What makes the business gift baskets popular is the fact that they can be customized to meet your business-specific marketing needs. Moreover, the gift baskets given as corporate gifts can be prepared from generic items and can still leave that mark of impression. Here are some exclusive ideas to customize and present the corporate gift baskets.

Top Corporate Basket Gift Ideas

–Gourmet wine and cheese corporate gift baskets have been one of the earliest ways to build strong business relations.

–Office stationary gift baskets can consist of items like notepads, stamp pads, pens and pen stands, paper weights, file covers and other items.

–Glassware gift baskets are appreciated as wonderful corporate gifts to impress your business clients.

–Sports gift baskets, especially those based on golf themes, are also popular as corporate gifts.

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–A gift basket consisting of gift certificates like health club memberships, museum tickets and passes to upcoming concerts can also make a unique corporate gift basket.

When to Present Corporate Gift baskets?

Corporate gift baskets can be presented on different events and occasions that are of great importance from a business point of view:

–Festival celebrations like Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving as well as New Year parties can be considered as right occasions to present corporate gift baskets.

–Annual company functions and company trade shows are other eligible events to think about corporate gift baskets.

–Presenting gift baskets on the launch of new products and services is again a wonderful idea.

–Business achievements and success on getting a new business project are among other celebrations for giving away corporate gift baskets.

Making Most Out of Corporate Gift Baskets

In order to make the maximum out of the corporate gift basket ideas, you can think of giving a personalized or customized touch to them. Here are some ideas in this direction:

–You can print your company information like name, contact address and website information on various items included in the corporate gift baskets.

–Company logos and taglines can also be engraved on the items collected in the gift baskets.

–A note of appreciation can also be included in the things you want to print on the corporate gift basket items.

Business Specific Ideas

Corporate gift baskets can be prepared on the basis of business owned by you. For instance, if you are involved in bakery business, cookies and coffees can be considered as wonderful items for preparing a gift basket. Similarly, a publishing business house can think of including items like calendars and stationary items in the corporate gift basket.

Corporate gift baskets can help you reinforce business relations with old clients and also, build new relations with prospective clients. In fact, these business gift ideas have become instant success as effective marketing tools among small as well as big corporate houses.

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Tatra Mountains –A Slovakian man who was trapped in his car under an avalanche, has escaped by urinating on ice to melt it. The man—who had 60 half-litre bottles of beer with him in the car—literally drank his way to safety.

“I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it,” he said.

Rescue workers found the man still drunk on a mountain path in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains four days after his Audi car was buried.

“It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I’m glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there,” he said.

He first planned to shovel the ice from outside his window, directly into his car, but soon realised that he would run out of room in his car before he would be able to reach the top.

Snowfalls of levels not seen since 1941 have fallen over parts of Europe over the past week. Some places have registered more than 3 meters of snow in 24 hours.


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

A car bomb that exploded at about 20:00 MDT Thursday (01:00 Friday UTC) in a violent area of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico killed several people and injured more.

Police spokesman Jacinto Seguro said Friday that Mexican federal police received a call that an officer was dead. Seguro went on to say, “When they went to check the car, there was a dead body in there, dressed up like a police officer, but it wasn’t one of ours. They put him in a civilian car but dressed him up in a municipal police uniform. That’s when the bomb went off. It’s like an act of terrorism.”

Federal police spokesman Ramon Salinas said the blast killed two officers, a paramedic, and one civilian, although Mayor Jose Reyes said that only three died. At least six others were injured, although reports have said the total injured may be as high as sixteen. Four remain in the hospital, including three paramedics and one civilian.

Mexican authorities say it was a car bomb, but counter-terrorism experts are still unsure as to what caused the vehicle to explode. Intelligence expert Fred Burton said, “For this to be an improvised grenade attack, in some capacity, it doesn’t surprise me.”

The Juarez cartel, one of the two drug-traffickers in the area, claimed responsibility for the bombing in a graffiti message. “We have more car bombs,” the graffiti said.

Ciudad Juárez has a history for trafficking drugs to the United States, especially into Texas.

Before the explosion, the police arrested a suspected leader of the Juarez cartel, Jesus Armando Acosta Guerrero.

This year more than 7,000 people have died as a result of drug-related violence in Mexico since this year began. Attorney General Arturo Chavez on Friday said nearly 25,000 people have died in the last three and a half year period.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

A public memorial for the victims of the plane crash that occurred last Saturday where the Polish president, Lech Kaczy?ski along several members of the Polish government died, was attended by 100,000 citizens of the country in Pilsudski Square of Warsaw.

A gigantic white platform having a giant cross across the centre was constructed in the area which had photos of the victims, including Maria Kaczy?ski, the first lady of Poland and many high ranking Polish officials. The names of the deceased were read, beginning with the president and his wife, as their only daughter, Marta and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of Lech Kaczy?ski and former prime minister of the country, looked on. Former President Lech Walesa, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and interim president Bronislaw Komorowski were also present. The audience held Polish flags held together with black ribbons and observed a two minute silence before emergency sirens and church bells rang out.

“Our world went crashing down for the second time at the same place,” acting President Komorowski said about the crash, which occurred near Russia’s Katyn forest, where thousands of Polish soldiers were killed during the second World War. Prime Minister Tusk called the crash “the greatest tragedy in Poland since the war.”

It marked the beginning of two days of ceremonies. A funeral Mass for the first couple will follow the memorial. The funeral will be held at St. John’s Cathedral at 6 p.m. local time (16:00 GMT) in Warsaw.

The coffins of Lech and Maria Kaczynski were taken to the St. John’s Cathedral for the evening Mass. They will be flown to Krakow Sunday morning for the state funeral, Presidential Palace spokesman Jacek Sasin stated.

“During those few days when the palace was open, some 180,000 people came through the palace” to pay their final respects, he said. Some of them waited for as much as 14 hours in the queue, he added. Teresa Winkler, 76, was one of the mourners who said that she came to pay respect to a President “who took care of the people forgotten by society,” such as aging soldiers and activists.

“He was a real patriot and a real Pole,” Winkler said. “I am afraid it will be hard to find another president like Kaczynski,” she noted. Several other groups came to honor the first couple for their work for the nation.

A state funeral for the first couple is slated to be held on Sunday; however, some world leaders canceled their plans to attend it. The principal cause for this was that several European airports remained closed, owing to volcanic ash that hovered in different parts of the continent.

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Finnish President Tarja Halonen canceled their plans to visit Warsaw for this reason. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia were also among those who canceled their trip. Heads of state of Egypt, Macedonia, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and Pakistan also canceled their plans to attend the service on Sunday.

American President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were still expected to arrive. Czech President Vaclav Klaus had stated that he would come to Krakow via train and car, while the presidents of Slovakia and Slovenia said they would arrive by car.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-chan also canceled his plans to attend the state funeral while Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, was unable to travel from Rome to deliver a memorial Mass on Saturday.

The first couple, along with other Polish dignitaries, died when their plane went down in heavy fog after hitting the tops of trees on approach to Smolensk, Russia. They had been on their way to attend a memorial for thousands of Polish army officers who were killed in 1940 by the Soviet Union.

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Breast Chicken Recipes: Chicken with Peaches

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Brandy Summers

Sweet peaches and brown sugar create a wonderful flavor surprise in this chicken dish.

3 chicken breasts, split

1/2 cup flour

1 salt and pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon oil

1 1/2 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

16 ounces peach halves, drained

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Shake chicken pieces in a zipper bag filled with flour, salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, combine the butter and oil. Brown the chicken in the butter/oil mixture. Place browned chicken in 3-quart baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the orange juice, vinegar, sugar, basil, and nutmeg, and pour mixture over chicken.

Cover and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Baste often. Place peach halves between chicken pieces, baste well, and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.

=> Lemon Chicken Recipes: Grilled Lemon Chicken

Chicken breasts, mixed with tangy lemon and peppers, adds zippy flavor to this dish.

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

In a bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, red bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Set aside 1/4 cup of the mixture to use for basting.

Place chicken in the bowl, and marinate at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat grill for high heat. Lightly oil grill grate.

Drain and discard marinade from the bowl. Place chicken on the grill. Cook 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear, basting occasionally with the reserved marinade.

=> Simple Chicken Salad Recipe: BBQ Chicken Salad

Chicken salad takes on a whole new flavor with the addition of barbecue sauce and sweet corn.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1 ( 8.75 oz.) can sweet corn, drained

1/4 cup barbeque sauce

2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise

Directions

Preheat grill for high heat. Lightly oil grate.

Grill chicken 10 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cool, and cube.

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, red bell pepper, onion, and corn.

In a small bowl, mix together the barbeque sauce and mayonnaise. Pour over the chicken and veggies. Stir, and chill until ready to serve.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

All around Australia, ordinary people have celebrated Australia Day. Australia Day, on January 26 each year, is commemorated as Invasion Day by many indigenous Australians. In 2009, it coincided with Lunar New Year, celebrated by many Asian cultures.

Thousands of people have celebrated Australia Day with barbecues, concerts and boat races. Police expected half a million people to flock to the Hyde Park and the Harbour.

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Melbourne‘s Australia Day Parade was a multicultural event with many ethnic groups marching. Notably absent was the city’s Vietnamese community, who chose to celebrate the Lunar New Year independently.

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From 4:30 pm local time, police in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast received calls from residents about loud drunken parties. Police arrested at least five people in a Noosaville park with another unit needing backup at Gympie Terrace (Noosa).

But, it was not all bad news for Sunshine Coast residents as thousands showed up to watch the “dunny races” at Aussie World. The crowd cheered as the final got under way. Maroochy Roos Australian Football team won.

A dunny race is contested by four people pushing an outhouse, an outdoors toilet, on wheels.

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South Africa defeated Australia in their Limited Overs International in Adelaide, wrapping up the series of five cricket matches in the process. Batting first, Australia were all out for 222 runs off 48 overs. South Africa easily made the 223 target with more than 11 overs left.

“Once again, as has happened in the first three games, we lost wickets in a clump in the middle of the innings,” Australian captain Ricky Ponting said. The match’s highest scoring batsman was AB de Villiers with 82 runs not out.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

An NBC employee won US$266 million from the California Lottery‘s Mega Millions drawing.

The winner, wishing to remain anonymous, will receive $165 million in total, after federal taxes, reports spokesperson for the lottery Cathy Doyle Johnston.

David Reese, a KNBC assistant manager, was informed by the winner around 2:30 local time Wednesday. Reese told the employees working the night shift to keep the name a secret until the winner wishes to step forward.

Reese said the winner worked for NBC as a freelancer for four years, and her husband was laid off two weeks ago.

L & L Hawaiian BBQ in Pico Rivera, California, sold the winning ticket with the numbers 9, 21, 31, 36, 43, and the “Mega Number” 8. Danny He, the owner of the BBQ, will receive $1 million from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.

According to lottery officials, there was a 1 in 175,711,536 chance in winning with all six numbers with 38 other states and the District of Colombia playing as well.

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Why and Where to Buy Used Mahindra Cars

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Simon Jain

Buying the used cars has lots of merits. The prices of used cars are significantly lower than the new cars. Millions of used cars are being demanded in the market annually. In India around 60% of population belongs to the middle class group. Today car has become the need of every family. So its not easy for them to buy the car from showrooms and they opt for the used cars to fulfill their needs.

There is a wide range of used cars are available in used car section. Car should be buying according to the family size. If in your family there are more than four members then you should choose the used Mahindra Scorpio car. It is the most spacious, strongest and powerful car by Mahindra and Mahindra. The Mahindra Scorpio car has embedded with astonishing features and has the excellent engine power. The car is good for both family as well as commercial purposes. The one major advantage of buying used Mahindra Scorpio is that a well maintained and good used Mahindra car has embedded with all the same features as you get in a new car.

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You can easily get the well featured used Mahindra Scorpio car of 2005 model with 80, 000 runs in only Rs. 5 00, 000 and also the features associated with this used car are Air Conditioning, Rear Air Conditioning, Leather Interior, Alloy Wheels, Cassette Radio, CD Player, Cruise Control, ABS, Remote Alarm Control, Power Steering, Power Lock, Power Windows almost same as new car features.

As per the huge demand of used cars many leading car players has established the used car outlets in all over India such as Maruti True Value, Honda Auto Terrace, Ford Assured, Toyota U Trust and many more. Similarly, Mahindra has established its used car outlets in several cities of India with the name of First Choice and promising to give the good quality of used cars with best services. The company will pan to have more than 300 outlets in five years time. This certified used car outlets will offers a good deal with peace of mind. These outlets also offer the best market price along with warranty period and the entire car are inspected by the trained technicians.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The government of the United Kingdom has banned the export of the ADE 651, which is advertised by the manufacturer, ATSC Ltd., as a hand-held “remote portable substance detector.” However, critics say it is just a “glorified dowsing rod.”

In a statement, the Department for Business said, “Tests have shown that the technology used in the ADE651 and similar devices is not suitable for bomb detection. As non-military technology it does not need an export license, and we would not normally need to monitor its sale and use abroad.”

The statement went on to say, “However, it is clearly of concern that it is being used as bomb detection equipment. As soon as it was brought to the attention of the Export Control Organisation and Lord Mandelson we acted urgently to put in place export restrictions which will come into force next week. We will be making an order, under the Export Control Act 2002, banning the export of this type of device to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Adding, “The reason the ban is limited to these two countries is that our legal power to control these goods is based on the risk that they could cause harm to UK and other friendly forces.” The statement closed by saying, “The British Embassy Baghdad has raised our concerns about the ADE651 with the Iraqi authorities.”

Meanwhile, the Avon and Somerset Police have arrested the managing director of the manufacturer, ATSC, 53-year old Jim McCormick on suspicion of fraud. McCormick is a former police officer from Merseyside. He has been released on bail.

These two events come after an investigation by the BBC’s Newsnight program where they tested and revealed the device as a fraud.

The device, manufactured by ATSC Ltd. which operates from a former dairy in Sparkford, Somerset, contains an antenna attached to plastic hand grip which is attached to black box. It requires no battery or other power source, and is supposedly powered solely by the user’s static electricity, the manufacturer claims. It can supposedly detect minute traces of explosives, drugs, human bodies, money, and even elephants provided it has the right card.

The black box of the device is intended to read “programmed substance detection cards” that are supplied with the device. The device supposedly works on the principle of “electrostatic magnetic ion attraction”.

Newsnight brought the device to Sidney Alford, a renowned explosives expert who advises all branches of the UK military. Alford opened up the card reader of the device which was empty. Alford said, “Speaking as a professional, I would say that’s an empty plastic case.” Alford believes that the selling of the device is “absolutely immoral”. He added, “It could result in people being killed in the dozens, if not hundreds.”

They then brought the “programmed substance detection cards” to the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. The cards were examined by Dr. Markus Kuhn. When the layers of the card were peeled away, it was found that cards contained nothing but RFID security tags.

“There is nothing to program in these cards. There is no memory. There is no microcontroller. There is no way any form of information can be stored,” said Kuhn. Adding, “These are the cheapest bit of electronics that you can get that look vaguely electronic and are sufficiently flat to fit inside a card.”

The device along with several others has been previously tested by Sandia National Laboratories in the United States. The test concluded that “none have ever performed better than random chance.” The United States Department of Justice has warned law enforcement agencies against buying the device.

The device first came to light in November of 2009, by The New York Times after an increasing amount of car bomb attacks were occurring in Iraq, including the devastating bombing on October 25, 2009, that killed 155. The bombers drove through checkpoints that were equipped with the ADE 651. However, the American magician and skeptic James Randi has been skeptical of the devices since at least October 2008. He offered a $1,000,000 prize if someone could prove the device worked.

Despite what was brought to light by the Times, the Iraqi Interior Ministry stood by the device. Major General Jehad al-Jabiri, who is the head of the Ministry of the Interior’s General Directorate for Combating Explosives, said, “Whether it’s magic or scientific, what I care about is it detects bombs.”

In response to the tests by Sandia Labs and the warning from the Justice Department, “I don’t care about Sandia or the Department of Justice or any of them. I know more about this issue than the Americans do. In fact, I know more about bombs than anyone in the world,” the general said.

Even after the Newsnight program earlier this week, the Interior Minstry still stands by them, “We conducted several tests on them, and found them successful. In addition, we have a series of achievements officially documented by the Baghdad operations centre, from all the provinces, which establish that these devices detected thousands of bombs, booby-trapped houses and car bombs, and we’ve noticed a reduction of bombing activities to less than 10 per cent of what it was,” said General al-Jabiri.

Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani even chimed in saying, “The thing is, the instrument is being operated by a user. Not all those who use the instrument are fully trained, the user needs to be alert and adept at using it.” The interior ministry has spent over $85 million on the devices, which cost from $40,000 to $60,000, much higher then price given by ATSC, $16,000, despite being warned by the ministry’s inspector general, Aqeel al-Turaihi.

“There was corruption associated with this contract and we referred to this and submitted our report to the Minister of the Interior,” al-Turaihi told Reuters. He added, “We said that the company which you made a contract with is not well-regarded internationally in the field of explosives detectors, and the price is very high and not commensurate with the abilities of this device.”

Meanwhile Iraqi Members of Parliament have called the Iraq Security Forces to stop using the devices. Hussain al-Falluji, a Sunni MP, said, “I proposed to parliament the withdrawal of these machines from service, the formation of an investigative committee and that Iraq recover its money.” Others in parliament are backing his suggestion.

Iraqi citizens are also criticizing the devices. Aqeel Yousif Yaqoub, a 39 year-old man who was caught in the October 25th bombing, said, “If they were effective, how did the suicide car bomb reach this area?” Another man, a perfume salesman named Malik Farhan, noted in June 2009 that the device was attracted to his perfumes.

Farhan said, “They stop us every time. There’s nothing we can do.” Jasim Hussen, an Iraqi Police officer, said, “The vast majority of the people we stop, it’s because of their perfume.” Another officer, Hasan Ouda, added, “Most people now understand it’s what gets them searched, so they don’t use as much.” McCormick said in email, “cheaply manufactured perfumes and some cosmetics” contain trace amounts of the explosive, RDX.

Other police officers have been doubtful of the device. “I didn’t believe in this device in the first place. I was forced to use it by my superiors and I am still forced to do so,” said one police officer who spoke anonymously to the New York Times because he was not authorized to speak. Another officer blamed corruption: “Our government is to be blamed for all the thousands of innocent spirits who were lost since these devices have been used in Iraq.”

McCormick still stands by the device, saying, “I have tested it in practice and it works effectively and 100% reliably.” McCormick also talked to the The Times of London saying, “We have been dealing with doubters for ten years. One of the problems we have is that the machine does look a little primitive. We are working on a new model that has flashing lights.” However, an associate of ATSC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of possible retaliation, said, “Everyone at ATSC knew there was nothing inside the ADE 651.”

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