Thursday, July 31, 2008
Short Sale Restrictions
A short sale is generally a sale of a security by an investor who does not actually own the stock. To deliver the security to the purchaser, the short seller will borrow the security. The short seller later closes out the position by returning the security to the lender, typically by purchasing securities on the open market. In general, short selling is utilized to profit from an expected downward price movement, to provide liquidity in response to buyer demand, or to hedge the risk of a long position in the same or a related security.
The SEC has traditionally held the belief that protections against abusive short selling are important for issuer and investor confidence and has enacted prophylactic rules designed to curb manipulative behavior. For information on short sale restrictions — and short sales generally — please read Key Points About Regulation SHO, which the staff of the Division of Market Regulation prepared. This document describes short sales (including naked short sales), discusses legal and compliance issues, and provides links to helpful resources. If you scroll down to Section V, you’ll also find answers to the questions investors most frequently ask about short sales.
In addition, Rule 105 of Regulation M governs short sales immediately prior to offerings where the sales are covered with offering shares. Specifically, Rule 105 prevents persons from covering short sales with offering securities purchased from an underwriter, broker, or dealer participating in the offering if the short sale was effected during the Rule's restricted period, which is typically five days prior to pricing and ending with pricing. Its aim is to promote offering prices that are based upon open market prices determined by supply and demand rather than artificial forces. In this way, the Rule safeguards the integrity of the capital raising process.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Every boss wants employees who do their jobs well. But even among highly competent employees, there are distinctions. Here are 10 tips for making sure you're on the boss's A-list:
1. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Especially at the beginning of your relationship -- that is, when either you or the boss is new to the job -- err on the side of giving your boss too much information and asking too many questions.
"There's no such thing as a dumb question," says Marianne Adoradio, a Silicon Valley recruiter and career counselor. "Look at it as information gathering."
Don't keep up the constant stream of communication unless your boss likes it, though. It's best to ask directly whether you're giving the boss enough information or too much.
2. Acknowledge what the boss says. Bosses appreciate "responsive listening," says John Farner, principal of Russell Employee Management Consulting. When your boss asks you to do something or suggests ways for you to improve your work, let her know you heard.
3. Collaborate. When your boss has a new idea, respond to it in a constructive way instead of throwing up roadblocks.
"Be willing to brainstorm ways to get something done," says Michael Beasley, principal of Career-Crossings and a leadership and career development coach.
4. Build relationships. You'll make your boss look good if you establish a good rapport with your department's customers, whether they're inside the company or outside. Bring back what you learn -- about ways to offer better customer service, for example -- to your boss. This is also helpful for your own career development.
"Everybody wins in the long run," Adoradio says.
5. Understand how you fit in. Is your boss detail-oriented, or someone who keeps his head in the clouds?
"The boss's personality is just incredibly important," says Norm Meshriy, a career counselor and principal of Career Insights.
Equally important is understanding what your boss wants in an employee. It may be, for example, that a boss who is detail-oriented will expect his employees to be as well. But a boss who has no time for details may actually appreciate an employee who does.
6. Learn the boss's pet peeves. If your manager has said repeatedly that she hates being interrupted first thing in the morning, don't run to her office to give her a project update when you first get in.
7. Anticipate the boss's needs. Once you have worked with your boss for a while, you should be able to guess what information he will want before approving your purchase order, for example.
If you provide it ahead of time, "that's a gold star," Farner adds.
8. Think one level up. You still need to do your own job, of course. But when managers consider who deserves a promotion, they look for people who understand the issues that their bosses face.
9. Open yourself to new ways of doing things. When your boss comes to you with a new idea, don't simply dismiss it. If you don't think it will work, offer to discuss it further in "a mature, responsible, adult-like way," Beasley says.
10. Be engaged in your work. Arguing with your boss over every request is not a good strategy, but neither is simply shrugging your shoulders and agreeing with everything your boss says. "The manager would like to see an engaged individual," Beasley says. That means both showing enthusiasm for your work and speaking up when you see room for improvement.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Free Attractions in Las Vegas
Raging battles, fierce beasts, sweet treats -- Vegas has something to delight everyone. If you're looking for a free Las Vegas attraction not listed on this page, check out our comprehensive list.
The Aquarium at the SilvertonLocated within the cozy Silverton Hotel, a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium provides entertainment on a scale one can enjoy only in Las Vegas. More info
Bonnie & Clyde Getaway CarThis display at Primm Valley Resort & Casino not only includes the original car that the infamous robber couple of the 1930s died in, but also the shirt Clyde died in, old Barrow family photos and a few handmade items manufactured by Clyde himself in prison. More info
CBS Television City Research CenterEver thought you could do the job of a network executive, deciding which shows are put on the air and which ones end up in the waste bin? The network jobs are hard to come by, but you can weigh in on the decision-making process by letting your opinions be known at the CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand. More info
Conservatory at BellagioCrafted by a team of 100 horticulturalists, the Bellagio's conservatory features elegant, elaborate arrangements of plants and flowers in its bright, airy atrium. More info
Ethel M Chocolate FactoryEthel M Chocolates panders to the sweet tooth in all of us. Located seven miles from the Strip, its free admission entices us to the factory, through which many a visitor goes for a behind-the-scenes look at the candy-making (and tasting) process. More info
Fountains at BellagioEvery evening, a water and music show plays again and again in the spectacular fountains filling the quarter-mile-long lake in front of the Bellagio. More info
Fountain shows at CaesarsNo civilization put on a greater spectacle than ancient Rome, and now you have a chance to witness the glory for yourself at Caesars Palace's fountain shows. More info
Fremont Street ExperienceThe Fremont Street Experience will have you dancing in the street with its $70 million light canopy and 540,000-watt sound system. More info
Las Vegas Preview StudiosTake part in the advertising and product testing of a wide array of products, including movie trailers, television shows, slot machines and even food. Become a part of the process and give your opinion on the latest products. More info
Lion Habitat at MGM GrandOne look into the MGM Grand's lion habitat and you'll be hooked. The majestic cats command adoration whether they're chasing a large ball, licking their immense paws or just lyin' around. More info
Marjorie Barrick MuseumWith displays of Western culture, desert life and the history of ancient Mexico, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History is both educational and vibrant. More info
Masquerade Village at the RioIt's Mardi Gras Vegas-style at the Rio's Masquerade Village. Revelers are immersed in the sights and sounds of the world's most famous carnival. More info
M&M's WorldM&M's World may be the most delicious attraction in Vegas. And judging by its scores of visitors, M&M's World must be doing something right. More info
Neon MuseumThe open-air museum was created by the city of Las Vegas to preserve these vital pieces of Vegas history. More info
The Sirens of TIPart muse, part temptress, part pirate, watch as the Sirens of TI battle a band of pirates in Sirens' Cove, located at the front entrance of the popular hotel and casino. More info
StreetmosphereThe Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian adds a little 'Streetmosphere' to the shopping experience, providing fun and entertainment for all that visit. More info
Sunset StampedeTake a symphonic journey through the Wild West at Sam's Town. More info
Volcano at the MirageEvery hour after dusk, the Mirage volcano explodes forth for crowds of curious Strip onlookers. More info
Wildlife Habitat at the FlamingoThe Flamingo's brilliant neon sign is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable on the Strip. And visitors can take a closer look at the creatures who inspired the bright display at the hotel-casino's very own wildlife habitat. More info
My two kids enjoy:
The Lied Discovery Museum - A fun place for the kids to make a few scientific discoveries and do what kids do best. Play.
Las Vegas Springs Preserve- Stroll through desert trails, indoor interactive exhibits and various gardens. You will be impressed by this place and your children will have plenty of fun.
Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus - Rollercoaster, water ride and carnival games. Yeah, the kids will hate it. You should consider spending at least 4 hours to play at Adventuredome. See some pictures of Adventuredome
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay - The Aquarium is nice but it can be expensive relative to other aquariums across the country. They do continue to improve the aquarium and it is looking very impressive.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Aldi Inc - 1200 N Kirk Rd, Batavia, IL 60510 -
Buy.com:NEW SALE REP# or = headquarters office in CaliforniaBuy.com new phone no 1800-800-0800
Best Buy CORPORATE number:
FYE.com (new number)If you're calling about an order place prior to 2/1/07, at some point you'll be prompted to press 1. Don't - you'll be transferred to an out-of-service number. Press 2 and you'll get a CSR.FYE rebate center number
Kohl's:Kohl's Department StoresCustomer Service Toll Free Number:N56 W17000 Ridgewood DriveMenomonee Falls, WI 53051
Get Human Database
Office Depot/OD corporate office:Office Depot/OD rebate center:
Targus Customer Service: 1-877-4TARGUSTargus Rebate Center:
Contact Circuit City
ColumbiaHouse/BMG Office NOT AUTOMATED SERVICE
Circuit City9950 Mayland Dr.Richmond, VA 23233Customer Service:Fax:
Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre ParkwayMountain View, CA 94043Phone :Fax :
John Milliron, Executive Response SupervisorPhone:Fax:
Mikele ErvinExecutive Response SpecialistOffice of the Chairman, President, and CEOCircuit City Stores, ext. 63221
Mary Louise RobertsCircuit City Legal DepartmentMary_Louise_Roberts@CircuitCity.com
Anna Marie HendersonCircuit City Legal Counselamhenderson@kaufcan.comFax:
-File a complaint with the Better Business Bureauwww.bbb.org
-File a complaint with your credit card company
-File a complaint with your state's Attorney General's office
-File a complaint with Virginia's Attorney General's office. This is where Circuit City's corporate office is located.www.oag.state.va.us
-If Circuit City still does nothing, file charges in Small Claims Court.
-GetHuman IVR database- Listinf of hard to find numbers, and how to talk to a human.
RebatesHQ phone:; fax:Parago :
Yahoo! Toll Free and Fax NumbersToll Free USA: (This may be the billing department)Toll Free USA:Toll Free Canada:Direct Number:Yahoo Fax Number:
Sabrent: Normally impossible to reach...this seems to be a direct line. Support Phone Number:
Sonic Impact:Phone Number: 619-232-2555Fax: 619-232-7037Company
Message edited by: dushyant on 2008-05-21 19:14:11 CDT
Friday, July 11, 2008
2 pounds red potatoes
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups pitted Calamata olives, roughly chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with 1 inch of water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil, then uncover, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then cut into 1/2-inch chunks, slip the skins off and place the potatoes in a large nonreactive (stainless-steel, glass or plastic) bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, olives and onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the olive vinaigrette and the parsley to the potatoes and toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 4 servings
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I'm a new soul I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take.
But since I came here felt the joy and the fear finding myself making every possible mistake
I'm a young soul in this very strange world hoping I could learn a bit about what is true and faith.
But why don't please trying to comunnicate finding just in love is not always easy to make.
This is a happy end cause' you don't understand everything you have done wise everything so wrong
This is a happy end come and give me your hand I'll take your far away.
I'm a new soul I can do this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take but since I came here fellt the joy and the fear finding myself making every possible mistake
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
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