"...The fully-enclosed shopping mall did not appear until the mid-1950s. The idea of a regional-sized, fully-enclosed shopping complex was pioneered in 1956 by the Austrian-born architect and American immigrant Victor Gruen. This new generation of regional-sized shopping centers began with the Gruen-designed Southdale Center, which opened in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina, Minnesota, USA in October 1956. For pioneering the soon-to-be enormously popular mall concept in this form, Gruen has been called the "most influential architect of the twentieth century"...
Rocketboom: Chuck Olsen Visits The Mall of America
Mall Of America
Mall of America GROWING!!
"Watch this video and learn more about the Mall of America Phase II expansion. Show your support and get more details by visiting www.mallofamericaphase2.com"
My Favorite Minnesota - Shopping - Shoes Fashion Sales
My name is Caroline Ryan Gibbs and I live in Maple Grove, Minnesota with my husband and two sons. My general rule with regard to shopping is shop OFTEN. There is very little that I don't like to shop for...shoes, furniture, jewelry, home accessories, shoes and shoes. It's a chance to spend time with my sisters or girlfriends. Gifts for friends are really fun to buy. I try to match their personality and provide a personal touch to each gift selected. I love to shop at malls, but really enjoy finding a small, specialty shop or boutique not found anywhere else. Shopping is usually combined with other activities like car rides to view changing fall colors, visiting a town we haven't seen before or lunching at a favorite lakeside bistro. It all enhances the experience."
"..Minnesota is the home to some of the best malls in the country. When you think of malls in Minnesota most people think of the Mall Of America. Sure the Mall Of America is huge but Minnesota also features many other quality shopping malls in Minnesota. What makes the Malls in Minnesota great is that they are constantly growing and evolving. From our new outlet malls like the Outlets in Albertville to the old but recently renovated Brookdale Mall in Brooklyn Center. Each Minnesota mall over the years is sort of a living entity surrounded by other stores in Minnesota. In case you are looking for a mall in Minnesota I'll list the big ones and their host city. You can find better directions to these Minnesota malls on their web pages below...
Related Sites: Albertville Outlet Mall - Albertville Premium Outlets, Shopping, theprimeguide.com "Find impressive savings at 100 outlets including, Adidas, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Axria, Coach, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. You will find a complete list of all shops at the Albertville Premium Outlets below. The Albertville Premium Outlets are located between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. " Albertville Outlet Mall: Shop to Your Heart’s Delight
by admin quickshoppingmall.com "..If you plan your schedule well, you will be able to go to every store for each of their great bargains or deals. It is easy to go from store to store and the entire area can be explored with ease. There are two major parts – the Plaza and the Promenade.
The Plaza houses up to 65 stores while the Promenade, being a smaller area, houses about 35 specialty shops. It is easy to get around the area too, with the shuttle that goes around the center during weekends from 11AM to 6PM.
When you go to the Albertville Outlet Mall, you will surely not go home empty-handed. For sure, everyone can find something that he likes with all the choices he has. Stock up on gifts or buy something for yourself and a loved one. It will be difficult to contain one’s shopaholic self when you step inside this outlet mall.
You can get additional discounts if you sign up online first for their VIP Club. Members of this group enjoy instant access to coupons and a voucher. These coupons will give you something more you can save, so it is really worth it to go online first before hitting the Albertville Outlet Mall... Albertville Outlet Mall Coupons, centralminnesota.momslikeme.com "..Did you know that if you register for the newsletter to the Albertville Outlets, you can print your own coupons from stores there? I didn't know it either until tonight....
Go to this link- https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/viplounge.asp
and fill out the info needed, address, email, username and password. Then you will get an email you will need to confirm and then you are set to print coupons for various stores in the outlet mall. You can also choose a few other outlet malls around the USA to get coupons for. I chose a few FL ones I know we hit when we visit Florida....
Happy Shopping!.. Winnipeg on outlet mall radar
U.S.-based Tanger to open centres across Canada
By: Murray McNeill
Posted: 01/26/2011 1:00 AM | winnipegfreepress.com
Grocery stores sell food and other items like cards and flowers. Most people go the the grocery store at least once a week. Grocery stores are usually in large one-story buildings. There are many parking spaces for cars in front of the buildings. Most grocery stores are open seven days a week. (3 pages)"
"She was the teen model on MTV's 8th & Ocean who wasn't afraid to to be a Christian in the fashion industry. Now Britt Koth shares her faith with The 700 Club.
For additional information about Christian fashion models, please visit:
Models for Christ: Christians in the Fashion Industry
"Ten shopping malls rank as the world's largest, based on the amount of "Gross Leasable Area"--the number of square feet the property has for revenue-generating activities like retail, dining and amusements. Asia is home to eight of the world's 10 largest malls, six of which were built in the last three years. Rankings are based on statistics from Eastern Connecticut State University, which compiles data from mall management companies."
World's Largest Shopping Malls
The world's largest shopping mall, in Guangzhou, China
"South China Mall built in 2005 that now sits almost entirely empty.
The full story from PBS is here http://video.iptv.org/video/1218530801#"
The biggest shopping mall ever so far
"The mall has earned the nickname Great Mall of China, owing to its total area of 7.3 million square feet (680,000 square metres) over six floors. At 1.5 times the size of the Mall of America, Golden Resources Mall is the world's largest shopping mall"
#3- SM Mall of Asia Manila ( TV AD )
SM Mall of Asia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is a shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall chain owner and developer in the Philippines. SM Mall of Asia is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia and the 4th (Ref. Forbes' World's 10 Largest Shopping Malls) largest shopping mall in the world. It has a land area of 42 hectares and has a gross floor area of an approximate 390,193 square metres (4.20000×106 sq ft) and 407,101 square metres (4.38200×106 sq ft) of total area. The mall is located in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines near the SM Central Business Park, the Manila Bay and the southern end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. The mall attracts a daily average foot traffic of about 200,000 people. SM Mall of Asia's reign from being the largest shopping mall in the Philippines from 2006 was taken over by SM City North EDSA when it was redeveloped in 2008 having the Mall of Asia to 2nd place....
"The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the Burj Khalifa complex, the 20-billion-dollar project has 1,200 shops. Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.
Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on November 4, 2008, with about 600 retailers, marking the world's largest-ever mall opening in retail history. However it is not the largest in gross leasable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall, which is the world's largest, Golden Resources Mall, CentralWorld, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
The Dubai Mall has recorded a visitor turn-out of more than 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening. The Dubai Mall hosted over 37 million visitors in its first year of operation, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week."
Fashion model 4 Christ - now a modern missionary
"Mario St Francis was once a fashion model who is now a missionary who travels the world speaking to audiences about Jesus Christ and being proud to be a Catholic Christian.
His travels have taken him to 4 continents, over 15 countries, 75 cities, and he has addressed groups in 3 languages on his own and others he speaks to with a translator.
All on a mission to bring Christ to others... to as many as possible.
"From Hollywood to Holy-wood", it is a diverse mission including being a big brother to youth to working in film productions and PR. Regardless of what it is, the mission is to bring the light, life and love of God to others. To share what was given. To "Pay it forward". To GO out into the world and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Now dedicated to a life for God he not only travels but he frequents the Sacraments as much as possible. He attends mass almost daily, reconciliation/confession bi-weekly, he strives to pray the rosary daily and reads faith enriching books and more."
Breaking footage : China's Brutal Labor Camps, Part 1
"Uploaded on Sep 23, 2008
This is Masanjia Labor Camp, also referred to as the Ideology Education School of Liaoning Province. Practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual practice as well as house Christians are held here, often without trial or formal sentencing.
Forced labor is one of the tactics used here to reform what the Communist Party considers improper political or spiritual beliefs. Prisoners at Masanjia often work from 5am to midnight. Sometimes, they're forced to work through the night without sleep. If they are given a chance to rest during the day, it's on the factory floor.
Mealtime means a few scraps of cornbread, and maybe some congee or a tiny portion of vegetables. Then it's back to work.
In this footage, eight Chinese prisoners can be seen straightening electrical components called diodes. Not shown here is some of the other work they're forced to do, including manufacturing Halloween decorations—like skulls and plastic tombstones—for export to the United States. Some prisoners have to handle toxic substances without protective gear, causing itching, throat pain, and lung problems over time.
In this place, not every prisoner is able to survive the conditions.
Mr. Dong Chen was a Christian from Fuxin city in Liaoning Province. Because of his affiliation with an underground church, he was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor. As told by his fellow prisoners, in December of 2007 he became severely ill with high blood pressure, and was sent home to be hospitalized. But after a week, his family could no longer afford medical treatment, so Dong was taken back to Masanjia labor camp and resumed his heavy workload. On the afternoon of May 25, 2008, he vomited and lost consciousness. Prison guards ignored him for several hours, until he died at around 9pm. He was 56. Labor camp officials later told Dong's family that he had died from natural causes.
This is just one of many examples of life and death within China's labor camps. Other such camps are scattered throughout China. Although it's impossible to get an accurate official count of how many prisoners are being held in these camps, human rights groups estimate it's in the tens of thousands or more.
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"Julie Keith was unpacking some of last year's Halloween decorations when she stumbled upon an upsetting letter wedged into the packaging.
Tucked in between two novelty headstones that she had purchased at Kmart, she found what appeared to be a letter from the Chinese laborer, who had made the decoration, pleading for help.
Samsung in hot seat over abusing Chinese workers
The letter reads: "Sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever."
"I was so frustrated that this letter had been sitting in storage for over a year, that this person had written this plea for help and nothing had come of it." Julie Keith told Yahoo! Shine. "Then I was shocked. This person had probably risked their life to get this letter in this package."
The letter describes the conditions at the factory: "People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month)." That translates to about $1.61 a month.
The letter was found inside this packagingKeith, a mom who works at the Goodwill in Portland, Oregon, did some research into the letter. "I looked up this labor camp on the internet. Some horrific images popped up, and there were also testimonials about people who had lived through this camp. It was just awful."
Horrified, Keith took to Facebook. She posted an image of the letter to ask friends for advice. One responded with a contact at Amnesty International. Keith made several attempts to alert them about the letter, but the organization never responded.
With no response from various human rights organizations, Keith took her story to The Oregonian. "The reporter, Rachel Stark, got through to Human Rights Watch, but I had no luck."
This is not the first time a letter like this has turned up. Just this week, another plea was found written in Chinese on a toilet seat and posted on Reddit. Commenters on the website have questioned the letters' authenticity.
Though the letter lists the address of the specific camp, officials at Human Rights Watch were unable to verify the authenticity of the letter. However, Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, told The Oregonian that the description was consistent with their research. "I think it is fair to say the conditions described in the letter certainly conform to what we know about conditions in re-education through labor camps."
The concern over the conditions laborers must endure in China and other countries first came to the public eye in the 1980s with the use of sweatshops to make Nike sneakers. Since then, according to an article recently published in The New York Times, Nike "has convened public meetings of labor, human rights, environmental and business leaders to discuss how to improve overseas factories."
Tech companies, like Apple and Hewlett Packard, are being made to be accountable for their labor practices. After receiving a great deal of criticism, Apple is now making public statements that they are aware of the harsh conditions in China and are taking steps to improve them.
As for Julie Keith, she had a general idea about the conditions in Chinese labor camps, but this letter has been a dramatic eye-opener into the stark reality of the issue. "I was aware of labor camps. I knew they had factories but I had no idea of the gravity of the situation. I didn't realize how bad it could be for people."
Finding the letter has made Keith more aware of the origin of many products sold in the United States. "As I was doing my Christmas shopping this year, I checked every label. It's virtually impossible to avoid purchasing things made in China as over 90 percent of our goods are made there. But if I saw 'made in China,' this year I asked myself, 'do I really need this?'
China Slave Labor Camps- Petcha Kutcha
"Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012
Prairie G2 World History Project
Santa's Workshop - Inside China's Slave Labour Toy Factories.flv
"Uploaded on Dec 9, 2011
ometimes we have no choice, we work till dawn. When you work all night you become dizzy and your eyes hurt because you can't take any breaks. SANTA'S WORKSHOP takes you to the real world of China's toy factories. Workers tell us about long working hours, low wages, and dangerous work places. Those who protest or try to organize trade unions risk imprisonment. Low labor costs attract more and more companies to China. Today more than 75% of our toys are made in China. But this industry takes its toll on the workers and on the environment.
The European (and American) buyers blame bad conditions on the Chinese suppliers. But they say that increasingly hard competition gives them no option. Who should we believe? And what can you do to bring about a fairer and more humane toy trade?
Apple Corporation Uses Slave Labor to Build iPhones
"Uploaded on Sep 28, 2011
"Apple: Rotten to the Core". A film by Grant J. Kidney | http://www.GRANTJKIDNEY.com
Trendy folks love Apple. But is this slick, fan-boy company really all that "hip"? If slave labor is the new "awesome", then by all means, Apple rules!!!
Important source of information: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-02/foxconn-workers-in-china-say-meaning...
Produced, directed, and edited by Grant J. Kidney. Original sound design and score also by Grant J. Kidney.
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iPHONE FACTORY SUICIDES!
"Uploaded on Aug 19, 2010
iPhone-maker rallies workers after China suicides
In Shenzen China, workers who typically spend their weeks putting together iPhones and other gadgets packed a stadium
at their campus on Wednesday, they shouted slogans as they rallied in an attempt to raise morale after a pattern of suicides
at the company's factories.
The outreach to workers shows how Foxconn Technology Group has been shaken by these suicides
as opposed to the bad press they attracted.
Louis Woo stated,"For a long period of time I think we were kind of blinded by our success,"
Louis Woo is a special assistant to Terry Gou, whom is the the founder of Foxconn's parent company.
Since then the company has already hired counselors, raised wages, and actually installed safety nets on the buildings to catch potential jumpers.
Job rotation will also take affect so workers can do different tasks and group assignments so workers don't feel so isolated.
Mission to end India's child slave labour
"Published on Jul 6, 2012
Thu, Jul 5: It's the dark side of India's manufacturing industry that some organizations are trying to end: child slave labour. Tom Popyk tags along on a sweatshop raid.