Archives for February 15, 2012

Today In History – February 15, 2012

1900 – The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.

1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.

1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.

1933 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.

1942 – During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.

1943 – “My True Story” was heard for the first time on ABC radio.

1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.

1953 – The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.

1961 – A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people.

1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.

1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.

1982 – During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.

1985 – The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay.

1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.

1991 – The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming thier countties to free-market economies.

1995 – The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail.

2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.

Taylor Morrison Opens Interactive Home Models in Houston, TX: Every Home Built With an Interactive Package

In a Taylor Morrison Interactive Home a homeowner, without taking a step, can screen visitors at the door, change the music, and control their home from the palm of their hand. Taylor Morrison includes home automation in every home they build.

HOUSTON, TX, February 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Home buyers are seeing, hearing and playing with high-tech features showcased in Taylor Morrison Interactive Home models grand opening in rapid order this spring at communities in Houston, Texas. Taylor Morrison Interactive Homes utilize integrated, high-tech modules and systems that can be tailored to a family’s lifestyle and budget. Taylor Morrison is the first production builder to offer integrated high-technology in every home as an included feature at no additional cost to the consumer.

Taylor Morrison has experienced the magic of interactive home automation through the Innoventions Dream Home exhibit located in Disneyland Park. The exhibit was developed by the Disneyland Resort in collaboration with Taylor Morrison, Microsoft and HP to create a “high-tech, high-touch” experience in an integrated environment.

“It’s fascinating to see aspects of the The Innoventions Dream Home come to fruition in homes we build. From a sales perspective, high technology is exciting because it’s not widely available in our price point and demand is growing,” said Amy Haywood-Rino, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Houston division. “That’s why we asked Michael Garfield, The High-Tech Texan, to be the voice for our Interactive Home. Michael has a knack for making new technology both fun and accessible,” said Haywood-Rino.

The High-Tech Texan, aka Michael Garfield, is the go-to resource for easy-to-understand commentary, answers and recommendations for technology and consumer products. Based in Houston, Garfield began his career on NBC-TV and continues today with daily radio programs on KPRC Radio 9-5-0 and TV appearances. Garfield will do endorsements during his radio show, radio spots, and broadcast live from Taylor Morrison Interactive Home models.
Taylor Morrison has chosen Connect One as the premiere integrator of the Taylor Morrison Interactive Home in Houston. Interactive packages are designed for various product lines. Packages include an LCD command center display, security camera, intercom, home audio, and remote access via an I-phone, I-pad or tablet. According to Haywood-Rino, Taylor Morrison plans to include Interactive Home packages in all homes in Houston at no additional cost to the consumer. A technology specialist will work with buyers to customize their interactive packages during the Design Studio process.

Taylor Morrison Interactive Home models are open at five communities in the Houston area; the Positano model at Avalon at Cinco Ranch in Katy, the Florence and Meridian models at Mar Bella in League City, the Tuscany at Avalon at Telfair in Sugar Land , and the Carrington at Southern Trails in Pearland. Models will open by mid-year at Churchill Farms, Fall Creek and Avalon at Riverstone. Packages displayed in each model vary by community, floor plan design and price range.

The Positano is a new design from Taylor Morrison’s Inspired Series; a collection designed specifically for multigenerational families. The Meridian, grand opening at Mar Bella, is a brand-new multigenerational design available at a lower price point. The home has multiple options including a second master suite on the second floor.

“The American Dream experience at Taylor Morrison is really about people and the bonding relationship they have with architectural elements, technological conveniences and personal experiences in their home. We believe every homeowner wants modern features that will make their life easier, safer and more energy efficient. The Taylor Morrison Interactive Home will change the way people interact with their home and live every day. It’s just the beginning.”
Taylor Morrison is currently building homes priced from the $100,000 to over $1 million in 21 locations in the Houston area. The Houston division is located at 5353 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Suite 190, Houston, TX 77041, 713-598-3000. Visit Taylor Morrison on the web at and Taylor Morrison Houston on Facebook. To learn more about the Interactive Home by Taylor Morrison, go to
About Taylor Morrison Taylor Morrison was named the No. 1 private homebuilder in the United States in 2010 and 2011 by Builder magazine and builds a wide range of product for discerning home buyers across the country. With more than 130 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas, Taylor Morrison offers first-time, mid-market and mid-to-upscale housing in both master-planned communities and urban infill neighborhoods. The company also operates one of Canada’s largest homebuilding companies, Monarch, in Ontario, Canada, where it builds single-family homes and high-rise condominiums in Toronto and Ottawa. For more information, visit

About The High-Tech Texan (Michael Garfield) Michael is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelors degree in Communications, Radio-TV-Film. He began his broadcasting career in the late 1990’s on the Houston NBC-TV affiliate and now hosts syndicated segments across a dozen U.S. markets. Michael provides industry news and insight to radio stations in Houston and other cities. He regularly appears at conferences to speak about the Internet, issues that affect cyberspace and the paradigm shift of using new technology and products to better peoples’ lives. “The High-Tech Texan Show with Michael Garfield”, 9-5-0 KPRC-AM in Houston, features industry guests, listener call-ins, product reviews, tips and opinions.

About Connect One Security ConnectOne Security provides professional sales, service, and installation on interactive security solutions as well as home entertainment and technology products. Connect One has served Houston’s finest homebuilders and homeowners for over 20 years. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Einstein Movers: “Don’t Trust A Dummy With Your Stuff”

With only 12 months of business under their belts, owners Derek and Randi Shaw are raising the bar in the moving industry by thinking outside the box. Their unique take on customer service, versatility, and staffing really set them apart.

OTTAWA, KS, February 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Occasionally, not very often, but occasionally a moving company comes along that is poised to set an industry on its heels. “Don’t trust a dummy with your stuff” is their slogan and Einstein Movers is their company. Less than 12 months in business and hundreds of satisfied customers later, owners Derek and Randi Shaw are proving they have a strategic plan to take their moving company to the next level.
“Customer service, flexibility and options are very real competitive advantages for us. We take the word customer service very literally and always try to go above and beyond for our customers” says Randi part owner and better half of the husband and wife Einstein Movers team. Derek, the other half of the team says; “We’ve always try to think outside the box and do things differently when it comes to our moving company. We chose not to take the contemporary route given the industry’s track record, and so far, our customers have been nothing short of ecstatic about what we’re offering!” It’s this kind of customer service and versatility that is making Einstein Movers first year in business extremely successful.
Derek and Randi are quick to give kudos to all their employee’s and team members. “Our staff is unbelievable, without them none of this would be possible. Our movers and supervisors are some of the strongest and most hardworking guys around. Our moving specialists are put through an intensive training program so they know all the ins and outs of the business. Our entire staff really prides themselves in our ability to provide the best moving services out there, and to just say this has been a team effort wouldn’t be giving them all the credit they deserve.” Einstein Movers is a family owned company that believes in 100% honesty and reliability. “We also believe the key to any successful company is that every staff member feels there is always opportunity for growth. We always encourage our employees to strive and grow within the company and we feel it’s because of this our guys can and will outperform any other moving crew. The better our guys perform, the happier our customers are and everybody wins!.”
Randi says, “We’re pretty flexible with what we offer. We will transport a single item, or we can move and entire office building. Sometimes our customers just need an extra hand unloading a washer from the back of their pickup. Sometimes we have customers request that we provide everything including boxes, packing supplies, labor and a truck! Whatever our customers need we deliver.” You may request labor only or that Einstein Movers provide the moving truck and all moving equipment. They will also provide packing assistance if requested. Derek, who is very hands on and sometimes plays the role of production manager goes on to say; “We wrap every item with a quilt-pad at no extra charge to our customers. Then once we’ve transported every item to its new destination, we will gladly reassemble all items that have been disassembled for safe travel, and place them where designated.”
Einstein Movers provides full-service moves the majority of the time. However, a service that sets them apart from other moving companies is that they also offer labor only moves. Derek goes on to say; “If a customer already has a truck and just needs extra man-power we will go load them for an hourly rate. We will even go unload them if requested. We find that most moving companies if they load your belongings will not unload your items unless you pay for a full service move. But customer service isn’t just a sector of our company it’s the company as a whole. Providing the absolute best customer service is what we’re all about and people appreciate that we go the extra mile and are easy to work with. We pride ourselves in doing the things our competitors won’t!” Continuing to come up with services and features that set Einstein Movers apart from the rest of the competition is what keeps Derek and Randi up at night. “We want to be a ‘different kind of moving company’ and we are really passionate about that.”
So far it appears that Einstein Movers is fulfilling their mission every day. Derek says; Our mission is all about delivering the best moving service out there, while at the same time playing our part in helping put America back to work. Building this company with talented people whose lives have been directly affected by the unemployment crisis is something we feel good about doing.” Derek goes on to say; “Consumers who call us and utilize our service or services are playing a significant role in helping Einstein Movers fulfill our mission and our employee’s truly appreciate that!”
Einstein Movers is a full-service moving company with locations in Kansas City, KS and San Diego, CA. For further information on services offered, please contact us at 785.915.9335 or 619.630.7510.

Spend a Wonderful Valentine’s Day with Your Partner by Availing Special Deals from the Montcalm London City

pending a wonderful Valentine’s Day can really be fun and exciting. Montcalm London city is currently offering great packages for lovers like you.

LONDON, ENGLAND, February 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — This is the month of love, and why don’t you make plans to celebrate the special month and the special day with the greatest awe and splendor. Wondering how? Well, one of the best things that you can do in this context is to come to London where you would plenty of valentine offers and packages being offered by different hotels.
At the same time, you can also expect to participate in large numbers of events that would take place in the same month. The Montcalm London City would supposedly give you the best offer and the best facility to enjoy this special month in a grand style.
You should not miss out the opportunity to come to the dining rooms of Chiswell Street, because on the special occasion of the Valentine, you can get a chance to win a luxurious night stay at the Montcalm London city. You would have to do one thing for getting this opportunity. You would have to book a table for two in advance in the dining rooms of Chiswell Street on the Valentine’s Day.
With booking, you would be able to enjoy a unique dinner of five course romantic meal with the special person in your life. In course of dining, two diners would be selected randomly from there and would be offered a free night stay in the Montcalm London city. Who knows you might also be lucky enough to be the winners, and enjoy a free night stay at this wonderful place with your partner.
Apart from winning a free night stay, you would also get the opportunity to win a free complimentary breakfast served right at you bed to make your morning special. At the Chiswell Street dining Rooms, there are many other facilities that you can expect to get. You can enjoy the afternoon tea of the gentleman at $20 per person.
You can also get tea tox afternoon tea at $18 per person at the same dining rooms of Chiswell Street. In addition to that, you can also enjoy the facilities of complimentary broadband internet accessibility in any room, along with the accessibility of Wi-Fi rooms in the public areas.
What can be better than the fact if you can get complimentary access to the Club Lounge as well as the business centre for guests staying in the club room and other rooms of higher categories? The best thing is that for all these facilities the rates are absolutely affordable and it would be worth the value of your investment. You would indeed be able to spend a memorable Valentine Day this year.
Apart from enjoying the special offers for the Valentine, you can also enjoy the event of the Franchise Show 2012 in London that would take place on 24th and 25th February at excel London. If you take part in this event, you would get the perfect opportunity to know about the franchise world and meet many different brands. You can also find franchisees within your budget, and make sure that you do not miss out this wonderful event at any cost. You would get the opportunity to learn a lot about the industry.
There are many other additional deals and offers that are given by the hotel at different times of the year. The hotel might also give you special reward for staying more, and if you book in advance, you might also get some additional discounts, through which you can enjoy a comfortable stay while at the same time getting the opportunity to save a lot.
With so many deals and offers, you shouldn’t delay any further. Check out the necessary information on the dinner and the stay from the official site of the hotel, and accordingly book for the dining table on the special day. Even if, you are not selected for a free night stay, you would at least be able to enjoy a wonderful romantic dinner.
About the Montcalm London City:
This is a renowned and reputed group of hotels located in London. The hotel authority is well known not only for the huge array of customer services that it offers, but at the same time, it is also well known for the special deals and discounts.
For more information, you can log on to or you can also call 020 7614 0100.

Reverse Migration of Manufacturing Jobs is Subject of Offshore Group Podcast

Total cost of ownership trends precipitate manufacturing jobs shift.

TUCSON, AZ, February 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Offshore Group recently sat down to speak with Harry Moser. Moser is the founder and director of the non-profit Reshoring Initiative. The efforts of this organization are aimed at facilitating the return of good paying manufacturing jobs to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of ownership.
When all costs are taken into consideration, including logistics, transportation and the carrying cost of inventory (among others), it often makes economic sense to repatriate manufacturing jobs from distant geographies such as the Far East.
Taking into consideration certain economic factors, however, Moser recognizes that some Mexico manufacturing will occur as a result of the trending of the movement of jobs from the Far East. Cases such as these will present opportunities for American manufacturers to participate in the supply chains of these factories through the provision of components, equipment and machinery, and raw materials. According to Moser, “When production is performed in the Far East, a very small percentage of material inputs are U.S. sourced. My first choice is the U.S. Canada and Mexico are clearly second: far better choices than Asia in terms of benefiting the U.S. economy.”
Those interested in listening to this “reshoring” podcast in its entirety can do so by clicking on the link.
About The Reshoring Initiative
The Reshoring Initiative helps manufacturers and suppliers recognize the total cost of ownership, i.e. the profit/loss impact of both offshoring and domestic sourcing. Using the tools offered by the Reshoring Initiative at instead of focusing solely on price or labor rates, manufacturers can make the right sourcing decisions to reduce their total cost of ownership of parts and tooling, improve their balance sheet and make product innovation more effective.
About The Offshore Group
The Offshore Group is the largest provider of outsourced business support, “shelter” services in Mexico. Currently 61 businesses operate at The Offshore Group’s three Mexico manufacturing industrial parks in the State of Sonora, the city of Saltillo, Coahuila, and at the Group’s Vangtel subsidiary in Hermosillo. Vangtel offers Mexico shelter services to companies that occupy the call center, IT development and BPO markets, while the International Logistic Solutions Company (ILS) is a leading provider of supply chain services. The Offshore Group has recently initiated operations in Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara. Listen to more Offshore Group podcast by visiting its channel on iTunes.