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Nov. 12, 2009
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California City Council to Take Up Banning Styrofoam at Big Events
from San Jose Mercury News
Having moved earlier this fall to ban plastic and most paper grocery bags, the San Jose City Council in California will be asked to ban Styrofoam at special events on city property with more than 1,000 people. The plastic bag ban, if passed next year, would make San Jose the largest city in the nation to enact such a prohibition. More

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"Overzealous" Yankees Fans Throw Personal Data Instead of Confetti During Victory Parade
A report from ESPN reveals that while the New York Yankees were celebrating their record 27th World Series with a victory parade, some "overzealous" fans apparently got carried away and tossed unshreded documents containing sensitive personal data such as social security numbers out of windows instead of more traditional confetti. More

Coalition Builds to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall's Fall
from The Washington Post
Daniel Barenboim, who was in town the night the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, is joining Bon Jovi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa and Hillary Clinton to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The program comprises an excerpt from Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin," Arnold Schoenberg's "A Survivor From Warsaw," the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and a piece by the composer Friedrich Goldmann. More

Fears of Flu a Cash Cow for Makers of Sanitizers
from The Globe and Mail
Corporations love being associated with superstar athletes, big-time movie stars or popular rock bands. But H1N1? The global H1N1 flu pandemic is proving to be a marketing bonanza for many companies that have turned the virus into sponsorship frenzy. More

Can Eventbrite Shine in Ticketmaster's World?
from The New York Times
For big rock concerts and sporting events held in huge venues, Ticketmaster dominates the landscape. For the kind of event you might find promoted with a flier on a telephone pole, there's a budding start-up called Eventbrite. More

Sponsorship Turbulence Amid Qantas Cuts
from The Age
Sponsorship deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars hang in the balance after Qantas wielded the axe, chopping the company's internal sponsorship department. After an internal review of the airline's marketing, several staff have been told ''delivery of Qantas sponsorships has been outsourced to an external agency." More

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Hero Pilot Named Grand Marshal of 2010 Rose Parade
from The Los Angeles Times
Hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has been named grand marshal of the 2010 Rose Parade, officials said. Sullenberger gained international fame for successfully landing his passenger plane on the Hudson River in New York City. The Tournament of Roses announced the selection on its Facebook page. More

Free Wi-Fi Abounds with Holiday Sponsorships
from TidBITS
The twinkle of the holiday season is already upon us as companies are climbing over each other to pick up the tab for Wi-Fi access at hotspots that typically charge a fee, including two of the most expensive venues: on planes and at airports. More

Successful Outcome for Tourism in Berlin
from The Business Traveler
More than 2 million visitors flocked to the German capital to celebrate the anniversary "20 Years since the Fall of the Wall." They set a new record for tourism in Berlin. On Nov. 9 alone hundreds of thousands of Berliners and their guests gathered for the anniversary celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate. More

Crowd Management Guidelines for Black Friday
from fiber2fasion
As one of the busiest shopping days of the year approaches, retailers are focusing on one key component of their holiday plans: crowd control. With the help of several retailers and their loss prevention teams and law enforcement officials, the National Retail Federation has released crowd management guidelines in addition to a step-by-step checklist for retailers planning for holiday crowds. More


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