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6 Inventive Ways Businesses from Facebook to McDonald's Are Helping You Celebrate Valentines [Video]

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Whether you’re in love with love, think that Valentine’s Day is a craven cash grab designed to make single people feel miserable or something in between, it does lend itself to some fun, with many businesses getting into the spirit of the holiday.

So break out the chocolate and check out what companies are doing in the hopes that customers will be their valentine.


BREAKING: MC Hammer Gets Official #TupacDay

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Though ‘Pac was not born in Oakland, he continuously showed love to the Bay Area city throughout his life, crediting the city for making him the man he is, and, of course, getting his start with the Oakland-based group, Digital Underground.

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Gatesman Adds To Executive Leadership And Names Susan English As SVP, Director Of Public Relations And Social Media

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Agency’s Nationally Ranked Public Relations Practice Strengthens Talent with New Addition

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Gatesman, one of the Northeast’s premier marketing communications agencies, has expanded its executive leadership team with the hiring of Susan English as Senior Vice President, Director of PR and Social Media. English will oversee the agency’s nationally-ranked public relations and social media team across all client accounts.

“Susan is a force of positive energy, collaboration, leadership and strategy, and she’s a perfect fit for Gatesman,” said agency president, Shannon Baker. “Public relations, social media and influencer relations are some of the fastest-growing areas of our business, and I’m confident Susan will continue to build the reputation and capabilities of our team with a steadfast focus on innovative client solutions.”

Before being elevated to the role of president, Baker led Gatesman PR to be one of the leading independent public relations practices in the nation. Since 2013, the team has consistently and steadily climbed O’Dwyer’s PR Top 100 rankings, and in 2016 they landed several major account wins including global medical device manufacturer Tobii Dynavox, national c-store retailer Thorntons and leading CPG company Starkist. To close out the year, the team was recognized with more than a dozen awards from IABC, the Addy’s and PRSA for its successful and results-oriented client work. And to follow its 2015 recognition as PRSA Agency of the Year, Gatesman PR earned the title of PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2016 Team of the Year based on client results, agency growth and new business wins.

English was tapped to lead the high-performing team following a three-month long national search and brings 18 years of experience in public relations and marketing strategy to Gatesman. Throughout her career and within the industry, she has established a reputation as a creative and strategic counselor with strong leadership capabilities. She is also widely recognized for building teams that consistently deliver results-driven programs across broad marketing disciplines to achieve clients’ business goals. Her global perspective, creativity, passion and marketing savvy position her in an ideal way to be a key contributor at Gatesman as the worlds of advertising, public relations, social media and technology converge. Keep Reading

Phoenix Investors Acquire Whirlpool Corporation Property in Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Company known for breathing new life into legacy industrial properties takes ownership

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Feb. 22, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Whirlpool Corporation announces the sale of its remaining manufacturing building and surrounding land in Fort Smith Arkansas to an affiliate of Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors. It will be the first Arkansas project for the real estate group and will include a complete renovation of the former Whirlpool Complex suitable for use by warehousing, industrial or manufacturing companies.

Phoenix Investors’ portfolio totals approximately 17 million square feet across 22 states. Over the last three years Phoenix Investors has acquired six former Whirlpool plants as part of its core business of revitalizing former manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Ultimately, this strategy leads to positively transforming communities and restarting the economic engine in the communities in which Phoenix operates.

“Phoenix Investors is a company that understands the opportunities that exist in the Fort Smith, Arkansas marketplace,” said Jeff Noel vice president Communications and Public Affairs of Whirlpool Corporation. “Officials with Phoenix Investors are looking forward to working directly with Tim Allen and his team of local economic development professionals along with members of the Arkansas Economic Development Corporation, and leaders of the City of Fort Smith.” Keep Reading

“You Might Die Young” Without the Fiduciary Rule Personal

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Personal Capital Calls for Protecting Your Retirement

“You Might Die Younger” Without the Fiduciary Rule According to Personal Capital

SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ 360WiseNews/ — The White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said this about the Fiduciary Rule in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday: “We think it is a bad rule.  It is a bad rule for consumers.  This is like putting only healthy food on the menu because unhealthy food tastes good but you still shouldn’t eat it because you might die younger.”

“Encouraging people to die younger is one way to solve our retirement crisis,” said Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital.  “But we think a better way is to encourage people to save responsibly and invest well, so they’re able to live a long life in financial security.”

The Fiduciary Rule is a rule developed by the Department of Labor, which has jurisdiction over retirement accounts, over many years with the input of most of the major financial institutions in the country.  It requires providers of retirement accounts to act in the best interest of their customers, rather than the best interest of the brokers and brokerage firms.

“It’s inarguable that we should act in the best interest of our customers,” said Harris.  “And, unsurprisingly, that’s what customers want, too!  An overwhelming majority of the 1.3 million registered users of our financial advisory software and services that we’ve spoken to express a vital interest in being treated this way.”

“Underfunded retirement is the most serious financial disaster waiting to befall both current and future retirees and the nation itself, because the burden to support people in retirement will ultimately fall on all of us as taxpayers,” said Personal Capital Vice Chairman Mark Goines.  “And it’s tragic that providers of retirement accounts, who benefit from tax advantages bestowed by Congress to encourage retirement savings, so often charge high fees and put participants in inappropriate investments for the benefit of their own bottom lines.”

Personal Capital already is and always has been a fiduciary of its customers’ money.  The firm offers the leading personal finance management and financial planning software for free to anyone with an Internet connection or mobile phone, available at on the web and on the Personal Capital app for iPhone, iPad and Android.  Importantly, it also offers human advice deeply integrated with best-in-class financial software.  Personal Capital’s mission is simple: “Better financial lives through technology and people.”

About Personal Capital

Personal Capital is the smart way to track and manage your financial life. Personal Capital combines award-winning online financial tools that provide unprecedented transparency into your finances with personal attention from licensed financial advisors. The result is a complete transformation in the way you understand, manage and grow your net worth.

Marianne Ahlmann | Personal Capital | [email protected]


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TODAY IN HISTORY FOR JANUARY 31ST US Launches First Satellite Into Orbit and More

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Highlights of Today in History: US launches first satellite into orbit; Libyan intelligence officer convicted of Pan Am 103 bombing; US Soldier executed for desertion during World War II; Norman Mailer born; Franz Schubert born.

January 31, 1958:

America enters the Space Age, successfully launching its first satellite into orbit: Explorer One.

It happens just months after the Soviet Union launches Sputnik — the very first satellite into orbit.

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TODAY IN HISTORY FOR JANUARY 24TH Ted Bundy – Thurgood Marshall And More

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Highlights of Today in History: James Marshall finds a gold nugget;Winston Churchill dies;Ted Bundy is executed;Thurgood Marshall dies;John Belushi born.

In northern California, James Marshall finds a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill — a discovery that sparks the Gold Rush the following year.


In London, former British prime minister Winston Churchill — who led his nation through the dark days of World War II — dies at age 90.


Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.

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Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness

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“The stars are brilliant at this time of night
and I wander these streets like a ritual I don’t dare to break
for darling, the times are quite glorious.

I left him by the water’s edge,
still waving long after the ship was gone
and if someone would have screamed my name I wouldn’t have heard for I’ve said goodbye so many times in my short life that farewells are a muscular task and I’ve taught them well.
There’s a place by the side of the railway near the lake where I grew up and I used to go there to burry things and start anew.
I used to go there to say goodbye.
I was young and did not know many people but I had hidden things inside that I never dared to show and in silence I tried to kill them,
one way or the other,
leaving sin on my body
scrubbing tears off with salt
and I built my rituals in farewells.
Endings I still cling to.

So I go to the ocean to say goodbye.

He left that morning, the last words still echoing in my head
and though he said he’d come back one day I know a broken promise from a right one
for I have used them myself and there is no coming back.
Minds like ours are can’t be tamed and the price for freedom is the price we pay.

I turned away from the ocean
as not to fall for its plea
for it used to seduce and consume me
and there was this one night
a few years back and I was not yet accustomed to farewells
and just like now I stood waving long after the ship was gone.
But I was younger then and easily fooled
and the ocean was deep and dark and blue
and I took my shoes off to let the water freeze my bones.
I waded until I could no longer walk and it was too cold to swim but still I kept on walking at the bottom of the sea for I could not tell the difference between the ocean and the lack of someone I loved and I had not yet learned how the task of moving on is as necessary as survival.

Then days passed by and I spent them with my work
and now I’m writing letters I will never dare to send.
But there is this one day every year or so
when the burden gets too heavy
and I collect my belongings I no longer need
and make my way to the ocean to burn and drown and start anew
and it is quite wonderful, setting fire to my chains and flames on written words
and I stand there, starring deep into the heat until they’re all gone.
Nothing left to hold me back.

You kissed me that morning as if you’d never done it before and never would again and now I write another letter that I will never dare to send, collecting memories of loss
like chains wrapped around my veins,
and if you see a fire from the shore tonight
it’s my chains going up in flames.

The time of moon i quite glorious.
We could have been so glorious.”
Charlotte Eriksson


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