Diamond Producers Association Appoints Managing Director for North America

The Diamond Producers Association, or DPA, has appointed Kristina Buckley Kayel as its North American managing director.
Buckley Kayel previously served as vice president of communications, North America for Van Cleef & Arpels. She has also held marketing and public relations roles at Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo and Baccarat.
Beginning her new role on Feb. 4, Buckley Kayel will be responsible for creating new marketing strategies that further the organization’s “Real is Rare” motto.
“Kristina’s experience in the fine jewelry sector, along with her comprehensive communications expertise, business acumen and creativity, gives her a unique industry perspective. We are excited to have her join the Diamond Producers Association and work with us to strengthen and build upon our mission in the United States,” DPA chief executive officer Jean-Marc Lieberherr said of the hire.
The DPA was founded in 2015 by seven of the world’s biggest diamond-mining organizations as an industry-saving measure. Lab-grown diamonds are on the rise and Millennials have proven averse to the diamond tradition — weary of their conflict-riddled past and high price tag. Thus, the mining companies sprung to action, looking to reingratiate themselves with younger generations.
The DPA’s ‘Real is Rare’ campaign was launched in 2016 with the goal to teach Millennials

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How California Utilities Are Managing Excess Solar Power

The Golden State is ramping up renewable energy as it pledges to be a bulwark against the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel policies. But first it has to figure out what to do with all the excess power it generates.
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Haspel Names Swillie Managing Director

Will Swillie has joined Haspel as executive vice president and managing director. The newly created position will be based in Baton Rouge, La., where the seersucker pioneer is headquartered.
Swillie has more than 27 years of industry experience in traditional retailers, e-commerce sites as well as wholesale. The Louisiana native most recently served as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of Stein Mart, where he was in charge of the men’s sportswear business. Prior to that, Swillie was the division president of Clad, a luxury web site dedicated to contemporary men’s wear that was a joint venture between J.C. Penney Co. and Esquire magazine. He had also been director of brand management for Rue La La, an Internet company where he launched the men’s business in 2010. He has also served as a men’s buyer for both Neiman Marcus in Dallas and Ralph Lauren in New York City.

At Haspel, Swillie will oversee sales, merchandising, licensing, marketing and brand building. He will oversee the company’s operations in both Baton Rouge and New York.
He reports to Laurie Aronson, president and chief executive officer of Haspel. “We are so pleased to welcome someone so experienced, connected and motivated to the Haspel team,” Aronson said. “Will is an inspiring

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Building and Managing E-Book Collections

Building and Managing E-Book Collections


Are you looking for a best practices guide to developing policies and procedures for acquisition, purchase, collection development, cataloging, and retention of e-books? Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e- book publishing industry and its effect on library’s selection and budget process, this how-to provides a thorough treatment of collection development issues, including the selection process and development policies, the use of approval plans, patron-driven acquisition, and practical solutions for creating your e-book collection policies. Chapters on budgeting and licensing covers ownership versus leasing models, the differences in licensing options from the major publishers and aggregators including information on digital rights management, and strategies for success in retention, access, and budgeting. The cataloging and selection chapters are the largest in the book. The “selecting e-books” chapter discusses: * e-book purchasing models * file formats and publisher/aggregator e-book platforms8 * an examination of display devices (e-readers) The technical and access services section gives you: * Best practices in cataloging e-books to include metadata. * Insight on incorporating value added features such as adding excerpts from the text, book covers, and links to related resources. * Guidance on library web page and online catalog access. * Assessment and evaluation strategies through circulation statistics, print collection selection and usage, and user satisfaction. You’ll also gain valuable insight on the e-book’s impact on the publishing industry, scholarly communication, and its integration into future technologies and social media. Offering multiple perspectives from electronic resource professionals at world-renowned libraries such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, Duke, and Northeastern, this book provides a comprehensive and well-rounded e-book education. Success stories highlight ea

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Alternative Therapies for Managing Diabetes

Alternative Therapies for Managing Diabetes


Alternative Therapies for Managing Diabetes, by health writer David Drum, is a well-researched look at alternative therapies which may help people control diabetes in conjunction with good medical treatment. The book has chapters on vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbal medicines which may be useful in controlling high blood sugar and other symptoms of diabetes. Exercise, body work, new dietary strategies and more controversial therapies such as chelation therapy and DSMO are included. Alternative Therapies for Managing Diabetes includes chapters on the benefits of meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, social support, yoga, tai chi, music therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, flower remedies, light therapies and magnets, therapeutic touch and even spiritual healing. Includes a comprehensive resources section with freshly-updated Internet links and a comprehensive bibliography.”Alternative Therapies for Managing Diabetes is a useful and comprehensive look at alternative therapies for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. David Drum examines more than two dozen therapies and presents a great deal of available research in a factual manner. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in “going a little farther” along the road to self-managing their diabetes.”-Terry Zierenberg, RN, CDE, is a former program coordinator for the Diabetes Care Center at Tarzana-Encino Hospital in Los Angeles, pediatric diabetes educator at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, a Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Education Manager with MiniMed, Inc, a Clinical Education Specialist with Dexcom, the continuous glucose monitor company, and the co-author of the Type 2 Diabetes Sourcebook.

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Managing the Mystery Collection

Managing the Mystery Collection


Unravel the mystery of fostering a vibrant mystery collection for your library patrons! Whodunnit? Managing the Mystery Collection: From Creation to Consumption reveals just who is responsible?for providing high-quality library mystery collections to fans. This resource takes you through the complicated process, from creating a mystery story to getting it to the library bookshelf and your patrons?all with clear explanations and no plot twists. Authors, readers, critics, scholars, and librarians give you an interdisciplinary inside look at the production and collection of one of the most popular genres in literature, the mystery. This unique book comprehensively explains how a mystery story journeys a surprisingly winding way to reach an avid reading public. No red herrings here though. Acquisitions and collection development resources are provided along with effective strategies that will help librarians to sift through the clues on how to bring life to their mystery collections. Examinations of various subgenres of the mystery are provided, such as romance and Native American mysteries, as well as an enlightening discussion of the links between mysteries, libraries, and interest groups. Managing the Mystery Collection brings you: mystery writer Barbara Fister describing the creative process insights about Sisters in Crime?an organization that promotes mysteries authored by women?and its special relationship with libraries and librarians a detailed introduction to buying and selling books online Web and print resources guidance for the acquisition of mysteries for the younger mystery reader development of a collection of ethnic mysteries the creation of special collections of Sherlock Holmes and author Conan Doyle extensive listings of subgenre titles and details of popular series an organization that networks creators, fans, and scholars of detective and mystery fiction and more! Managing the Mystery Collection: From Creation to Consumption solves.

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The Diabetes Revolution: A Groundbreaking Guide To Managing Your Diabetes

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Written by an international authority on diet and diabetes, this diet and exercise program is based on long-term clinical experience and, unlike many other diabetes diet books, has been proven to control and prevent diabetes.
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5 Detailed Tips for Managing Your Wedding Budget From Day One

There are ways to plan your wedding, and your wedding budget, in a way that will help you spend what you intended to spend IF you approach things the right way from the very beginning. However, if you get engaged and decide you’re going to throw an extravagant wedding and tell everybody about it before you’ve fully researched your plan, you may find yourself either in over-your-head, or embarrassed when you have to change the plans.

It’s best to keep your wedding plans close to the vest until your major contracts are signed and you’re ready to mail out the Save-the-Dates. That way, if you decide it’s too much money to invite all 150 people on your guest list, or if your parents don’t end up contributing as much as you were counting on, you can still change the big plan before you’re overcommitted.

And it must be said that no matter how well-planned a wedding budget you have, you must be prepared for overages. What that means is that you need to fight the urge to spend money on unnecessary items until you decide you have plenty of money for all the mandatory stuff. That includes things like buying a second wedding gown for the reception, crazy lighting and bringing in a professional photo booth for the guestbook. All of that stuff you’re doing on the side adds up and takes away from your personal financial padding that you might need for those extra things that pop up at the end with a wedding. Like those extra 20 guests you never thought would accept your invitation. It happens.

Since I’ve spent so much time preaching that you can stay on budget, I’m going to give brides and grooms five really detailed tips here that you should seriously take to heart as you start your planning, and before you’ve started signing away your life and ordering invitations. Once you’ve let that horse out of the barn, it’s really hard to put it back without feeling humiliated or losing money. Better to start off on the right foot.

First, make your guest list. You cannot choose your wedding venue and budget before you know how many people you are inviting. You can’t work backwards like “let’s see what we’re have to spend and then decide who to invite.” Budget planning doesn’t work that way. You need 1) an actual invitation list, and 2) a guestimate of attendees to start with so your planner or vendors can give you numbers.

Second, decide where you’re getting married. Research the destination and your wedding planning options. Discuss a budget with an experience professional wedding planner (including the planning fee) and decide if you can afford it. If you are hearing budget estimates double what you were planning or are able to spend, stop right there and find a different destination.

Hint: Finding a less experienced planner who will promise you that she can plan it for half the money is stupid if somebody with years of experience gave you their best guestimate. We have no motive to lie to you. We want you to hire us. But we have a professional reputation that prevents us from accepting clients who can’t afford the wedding they describe during consultation.

Third, the first thing to choose is your venue after you’ve nailed down your destination. It will determine your catering (in-house or outside caterer), your accommodations and your overall game plan.

Fourth, choose your food and beverages. Your biggest number in your wedding planning is the food and beverage cost for your wedding reception, and also for any other catered affairs you may be having (welcome parties, rehearsal dinners, beach parties or brunches). Choose your menus and get your bids as early as you can so you can set the money aside in the budget. It might turn out that you can’t do that day-after brunch, so don’t tell everybody you’re hosting it until you have the numbers pinned down.

Fifth and most importantly, make smart decisions as you hire all your other vendors. I’m talking about the photography, cake music, flowers and décor that you choose. A live band is AT LEAST twice as much as a DJ in most cases. You can spend anywhere from $ 800 to $ 8,000 on your photographer (especially if you’re importing them from Oregon for your Caribbean wedding). Lots of delicate flowers that require special handling and aren’t usually found in tropical climates for all of your nine bridesmaids can put you over the edge pretty fast too. Choosing chairs that are more than three times as expensive as the other option is a budget buster too. Some of these decisions you’ll have to make earlier (what kind of music?) but others, like how much to spend on flowers, can wait til you have a better idea of your overall budget. Might also make you think twice about adding the sky lanterns, the sparklers, the sunglasses and other silly things you found on Pinterest at 3 am.

Look, a budget is flexible. It has to be. You should be aware that when you sign a contract, you are making a commitment. Up to that point, it’s flexible while you get bids and decide HOW you want to spend your money. We “rob Peter to pay Paul” all the time as numbers shift. But controlling your guest list is a huge part of staying on budget. It can be done. I watch clients successfully come in within in five of their target all the time. However, it’s unlikely you’ll really have 40 guests if you actually sent 175 invitations.

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

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