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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/29/12 -- Remember the excitement of opening a new door on your Advent calendar each day? You've seen Advent calendars before - but not like the Giant Tiger ADVENTure Calendar! We're making counting down the days to Christmas more fun and rewarding than ever. From December 1 to December 25, enjoy daily surprises when you open a door on our online ADVENTure Calendar available at Behind each door you will find daily surprises from games to ringtones to amazing in-store savings. Be sure to sign up for daily reminders and announcements so as not to miss out on the great deals. Tis the season for giving, so give yourself something to look forward to! A very merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! Giant Tiger has been a proud Canadian company since...... FOREVER! About Giant Tiger: Giant Tiger is the l... (more)

Deck the Halls With Reduced-Calorie Baking

MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/12 -- (Family Features) From sugar plums to sugar cookies, the holidays may well be the sweetest season of all. But when all of that celebratory goodness comes with extra calories, the most wonderful time of the year suddenly becomes less sweet. Fortunately, there are ways to trim calories in your favorite recipes this holiday season without sacrificing flavor. Simple substitutions for higher-calorie, higher-fat ingredients can help make a big impact. Follow these easy tips to convert original recipes -- like Grandma's famous apple crisp, sweet potato casserole or cut-out sugar cookies -- into great-tasting, reduced-calorie treats: 1. Substitute the Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness, structure and moistness to baked goods, but the calories add up at 760 calories per cup. Try a natural sugar substitute specially formulated for baking, su... (more)

Chocolate Lovers and Chocolate Leaders See Rare Opportunity to Own the Market’s Most Valuable Domain Name in Time for Valentine’s Day

Sedo, the world’s largest domain name marketplace and monetization provider, today announced that it will broker the sale of and its accompanying business. The availability of the valuable “category killer” domain name represents a rare and unique opportunity for an entrepreneur or chocolate brand of any size to secure a premium place on the web. is the largest online marketplace for fine chocolates, a distinction it quickly earned after its launch. With the premium and recognizable domain name as its foundation – and no additional marketing spend – the site has grown to include 250 vendors and over 5,000 products. “The domain name and address is one of the most sought after plots of virtual real estate on the Internet,” said Andrew Miller, Managing Director of “It is the global equivalent of the best address ... (more)

Harry & David Donates 875 Trees to State Parks in Ohio

MEDFORD, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 03/20/14 -- Harry & David, America's trusted expert in handcrafted gourmet gifts, announced today that it is continuing its award-winning sustainability efforts by donating 875 dwarf pine trees to ten Ohio State Parks. Because farming and stewardship of the land is the heart of Harry & David's business, the brand makes it a priority to find a suitable home for unused goods and produce, working closely with state and local agencies to repurpose its products. The parks selected for donations range in location all over the state of Ohio, and include Malabar Farm State Park, Findley State Park, Dillon State Park, Blue Rock State Park, Muskingum River Parkway State Park, Buckeye Lake State Park, Hebron State Fish Hatchery, Mohican State Park, Beaver Creek State Park and Cowan Lake State Park. "Harry & David's thoughtful donation goes a lon... (more)

Mission Point Resort Celebrates 2014 with Season Opening Getaway Packages

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Mich., rated one of the top 10 islands in the world, reopens for the spring season on May 1 with getaway packages to delight travelers looking for the best ways to enjoy the scenic, car-free island. Mission Point's packages highlight the many memory-making activities available at the Resort and around the Island for families, friends, and foodies. All the getaways include round-trip ferry tickets on the Arnold Line and daily breakfast in Chianti, our signature restaurant. Family Fun Getaway The activity-packed two-night getaway is a great value, and includes golf at the Resort's 18-hole executive putting greens, all lawn games (tennis, croquet and bocce ball), half-day bike rentals; and admission to Island favorites such as the Butterfly House, Fort Mackinac, and the Richar... (more)

El Convento Boutique Hotel Lists Eight Great Family Finds in Antigua, Guatemala

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 -- El Convento Boutique Hotel opens its 26 spacious suites to welcome families to enjoy the UNSECO World Heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala. El Convento is an ideal base for families to explore the cultural, historical and natural wonders of one of the most popular destinations in Central America. Along with strolling along cobblestone streets and learning about the rich history of Antigua, there are many ways families can enjoy sun-filled days. Here are eight ways for families to fill days in the enchanting city of Antigua, Guatemala: Tour the town's sweet spots. Antigua has many stops for families to learn the history of cacao and the cacao tree. Along with visiting an artisanal chocolate factory or partaking in a chocolate workshop, there are several places around town to satisfy your sweet tooth. Meander through t... (more)

GrubHub Year In Review Reveals 2014 Takeout Trends

CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- From doughsants to ramen burgers and waffle tacos, 2014 was a big year for food fads. And with a new year around the corner, GrubHub analysts set out to identify which food trends left the biggest mark on takeout in 2014.  According to year-over-year order data*, sharable dishes – including Skillet Cookies, Poutine, Jumbo Pretzels and Brussels Sprouts – saw some of the biggest order spikes in 2014, while Cupcakes, Turkey Burgers and Curry dishes declined in popularity. To uncover top trends in 2014 takeout dining, analysts examined two years' worth of GrubHub order data from its network of 30,000 restaurants in more than 800 U.S. cities. Findings identify both the dishes with the largest increase in GrubHub orders over the last year, as well as the takeout foods declining in popularity. 2014 GrubHub Takeout Trends 2014 GrubHub ... (more)

Saxo Bank's 10 Outrageous Predictions for 2015

LONDON, December 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, today releases its annual set of 'Outrageous Predictions' for the year ahead. These are 10 unlikely events, even if their risk is under-appreciated, that would have significant consequences for global markets should they come to pass. This year's predictions include the notion of a UK exit from the EU after a landslide gain by the UK Independence Party in the country's general election. Other outrageous predictions include Mario Draghi quitting the European Central Bank to become Italian president, a UK housing market crash, and the eruption of Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga, which could cancel Europe's summer in 2015. Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank, comments:   "2015 will be a tough year, but potentially also the year we look back at as the lo... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

HTML5 WebSocket Security is Strong

This is a two-part blog post that discusses HTML5 WebSocket and security. In this, the first post, I will talk about the security benefits that come from being HTTP-compatible and the WebSocket standard itself. In the second post (coming soon) I will highlight some of the extra security capabilities that Kaazing WebSocket Gateway offers, things that real-world WebSocket applications will want to be fully secure. A WebSocket connection starts its life as an HTTP handshake, which then upgrades in-place to speak the WebSocket wire protocol. As such, many existing HTTP security mechanisms also apply to a WebSocket connection — one of the reasons why the WebSocket standard deliberately chose the strategy of being HTTP compatible. Unified HTTP and WebSocket Security Thanks to the HTTP/WebSocket unified security model, the following is a list of some standard HTTP securit... (more)

Amazon Makes the Cloud Sticky

Stateless applications may be the long term answer to scalability of applications in the cloud, but until then, we need a solution like sticky sessions (persistence) Amazon recently introduced “stickiness” to its ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) offering. I’ve written a bit about “stickiness”, a.k.a. what we’ve called persistence for oh, nearly ten years now, before so I won’t reiterate again but to say, “it’s about time.” A description of why sticky sessions is necessary was offered in the AWS blog announcing the new feature: Up until now each Load balancer had the freedom to forward each incoming HTTP or TCP request to any of the EC2 instances under its purview. This resulted in a reasonably even load on each instance, but it also meant that each instance would have to retrieve, manipulate, and store session data for each request without any possible benefit from lo... (more)