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Albertus Maximus And Casino Drive In Dubai Cup: American-Based Duo Will Chase Favored Argentine Champ Asiatic Boy

Six American-based Thoroughbreds, five of whom are on-the-board luke warm favorites, will challenge Asiatic Boy, the United Arab Emirates’ Triple Crown champion of 2007 who won the UAE Derby that year to complete his triple. The Argentine-bred returned in 2008 to run second to Curlin in the Dubai World Cup race.

Asiatic Boy Makes Another Try at World’s Richest Race

Current betting odds from the United Kingdom have Asiatic Boy, trained by South African Mike de Kock, a 3-1 favorite to take the Cup in his second time around. Betting in the UAE is illegal. United States odds will not be the same as those recorded by Ladbrokes in the UK.

Held annually at Nad al Sheba race course, the Dubai carnival is the richest Thoroughbred race meeting in the world. The World Cup alone is a $6 million purse. Last year, breaking from Post 12, the fabulous Curlin won the race by a record margin of 7-1/4 lengths, and was just 0.65 of a second behind the race’s speed record of 1:59.50 set by Dubai Millennium in 2000. Well Armed, who will try again on Saturday, placed third closing on Asiatic Boy.

March 28 Dubai World Cup Lineup

PP — Odds —– Horse (country) —– Trainer —– Jockey

  • 1 — 40-1 —– Muhannak (IRE) —– R. Beckett —– Jockey, R. Moore
  • 2 — 33-1 —– Arson Squad (USA) —– R. Dutrow, Jr. —– E. Prado
  • 3 — 10-1 —– Snaafy (USA) —– M. Al Muhairi —– R. Hills
  • 4 —– 3-1 —– Asiatic Boy (ARG) —– M. de Kock —– J. Murtagh
  • 5 — 33-1 —– Happy Boy (BRZ) —– M. bin Shafya —– A. Ajtebi
  • 6 — 25-1 —– Gloria De Campeao (BRZ) —– P. Bary —– J. Leme
  • 7 — 10-1 —– Well Armed (USA) —– E. Harty —– A. Gryder
  • 8 —– 4-1 —– Casino Drive (USA) —– K. Fujisawa —– K. Ando
  • 9 — 66-1 —– Joe Louis (ARG) —– J. Barton —– W. Ramos
  • 10 —- 5-2 —– Albertus Maximus (USA) —– K. McLaughlin —– A. Garcia
  • 11 — 33-1 —– Muller (ARG) —– N. Bruss —– W. Marwing
  • 12 — 40-1 —– Anak Nakal (USA) —– N. Zito —– J. Bravo
  • 13 — 66-1 —– Paris Perfect (SAF) —– N. Bruss —– B. Faydherbe
  • 14 — 10-1 —– My Indy (ARG) —– S. bin Suroor —– L. Dettori

Full Dubai Meeting Card

  • 9:40 a.m. ET — Godolphin Mile — $1 Million
  • 10:15 a.m. ET — UAE Derby — $2 Million
  • 10:55 a.m. ET — Dubai Golden Shaheen — $2 Million
  • 11:55 a.m. ET — Dubai Duty Free on turf — $5 Million
  • 12:40 p.m. ET — Dubai Sheema Classic on turf — $5 Million
  • 1:30 p.m. ET — Dubai World Cup — $6 Million

More American Based Entrants At Dubai March 28

The Godolphin Mile attracted eight USA entrants, including a Triple Crown race hopeful from 2008, Gayego. The others are Cat Junior, Summer Doldrums, Two Step Salsa, Tiz Now Tiz Then, Brave Tin Soldier, Informed, and Dijeerr.

Stars Indian Blessing and Kip Deville are in the lineup for the Dubai Golden Shaheen and the Dubai Duty Free, respectively.

Kentucky Derby hopeful Desert Party, will go in the UAE Derby.

Gender Violence Facilitates AIDS: Violence Against Women Needs to be Addressed

In Stephen Lewis’s talk (this talk will be cited ad nauseam in future articles, because, yes, it really was that good), he cited gender violence as a key issue that needs to be addressed in order to solve the problem of AIDS. On the surface, it would appear that gender violence plays a role by transmitting HIV directly, that is through forced intercourse. However, on further analysis, the relationship between HIV and gender violence is much more complex. The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and the World Health Organization have released a comprehensive bulletin outlining the role of gender violence and the spread of HIV.

Aside from direct transmission, gender violence facilitates the spread of AIDS, by essentially limiting a woman’s options and self-efficacy. Violence against women, more often than not, is carried out by men that are known to the women and are, in fact, usually the partners of the women. The threat of violence looming over a relationship can hinder a woman’s ability to negotiate with her partner. Women who are abused are less likely to be able to insist upon condom use as a condition of intercourse with their partners. Such a request is often answered with further violence.

Abused woman are less likely to be able to access HIV/AIDS resources including HIV testing. A request for money or permission to get tested can result in violence as it can be construed as a sign of infidelity on the part of the woman or as an insult to the man. A woman who is faithful to her husband/partner would not need testing and to imply that the man’s extramarital activities could have garnered him HIV is not usually well-received.

To add to the risk, men who are abusive towards their partners are also more likely to engage in sexual activities outside of the relationship and to be infected with sexually transmitted infections. Abusive partners tend to be older than the women. This age difference not only sets up a situation for inequity within the relationship, but also means that these older men are likely to have more sexual experience and therefore, would be at a greater risk of HIV infection.

Gender violence also has consequences for the way a woman views herself. A history of violence predisposes a woman to make riskier sexual choices. This is particularly true for younger woman. The earlier that a woman experiences sexual violence in her life, the earlier she will become sexually active.

The consequences of gender violence are complicated and impact many parts of a woman’s life. Because of its widespread effects, gender violence must be addressed if AIDS is to be curbed. However, there is no simple answer. Solutions need to address many spheres including gender equality, the economy, and education systems among others.

Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas: Could Yellow Jacket Be Sleeper Pick of NFL Draft?

What’s notable about Thomas is that with those 46 catches, he produced 1,154 yards, averaging a remarkable 25.1 per reception. Those numbers do gain some special attention.

Before entering the NFL draft, Thomas played for — a team that rarely puts the ball in the air. But when the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense did use the pass, chances were excellent that the ball was going to Thomas.

Tech threw 168 times last season, an average of only 12 per game. Of the mere 78 completions, Thomas was on the receiving end 59 percent of the time. He caught eight of the Yellow Jackets’ 11 touchdown passes.

His prospects for NFL stardom, however, have been highly in question this winter, as he was not being projected as a first-round selection in the April 22-24 NFL draft. He was not named as one of the top 32 prospects by ESPN’s Scouts Inc., nor mentioned as one of Scout.com’s top 50.

NFL Draft Scout.com. rated Thomas as the No. 49 prospect and the No. 5 wide receiver in its Feb. 5 rankings. But at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Thomas has impressive size for a wide receiver. If he can prove that he has ideal NFL speed, his value could skyrocket.

The Strengths of Demaryius Thomas

Thomas is a big, strong guy who can outmuscle and outleap defenders, break tackles and block with great effectiveness. He’s also an explosive runner once he hits stride.

Thomas also has big hands, long reach and good body control. He can’t be compared to Calvin Johnson, the Georgia Tech alum who’s attained NFL stardom after being a No. 2 overall draft pick in 2006, but his overall physical package certainly makes him a possible sleeper selection.

During his solid three-year career at Georgia Tech, Thomas earned praise as a hard worker who responds well to coaching.

The Weaknesses of Demaryius Thomas

The main doubts surrounding Thomas involve his speed. Does he have enough burst to succeed as a pro wide receiver, or should he just bulk up a bit and be a tight end? Reports on his 40-yard dash time were vague entering the NFL combines, ranging from 4.5 to 4.6.

Draft analysts also question Thomas’ route running and his lack of experience in a pro-style offense. They also wonder if his statistics weren’t actually helped by playing two seasons with a run-first team. After all, opposing defenses were very rarely set up to stop the pass.

How Demaryius Thomas Rates Against Other WR Prospects

Thomas makes most lists as one the top 10 wide receiver prospects in the draft, and is sometimes ranked as one of the top five.

Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant has been a near-unanimous choice as the No. 1 wide receiver, but there’s little agreement over who comes next. USC’s Damian Williams, LSU’s Brandon LaFell and Illinois’ Arrelious Benn have also being highly rated.

The list also includes Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard, Texas’ Jordan Shipley, Clemson’s Jacoby Ford, Missouri’s Danario Alexander and Tulane’s Jeremy Williams as well as Thomas.

Thomas’ worth will be enhanced if he can produce a strong performance at the combines, which are scheduled for Feb. 24-March 2 at Indianapolis. Perhaps the most important number could be the time he posts in the 40-yard dash.

Recap: Hell’s Kitchen Season Six, Week Three: Another Aspiring Chef Gets Sent Home by Gordon Ramsay

A week after Lovely and Tennille were spared from elimination, Hell’s Kitchen continues with Chef Ramsay assigning partners for this week’s challenge. The challenge, he reveals, is to make the perfect sausage. After several borderline tasteless jokes about the men and their meat, the teams start pumping out chains of six-inch sausages.


The red team takes an early lead, while Robert and Jim remain the only pairing incapable of producing a single link on either side. In what may be a Hell’s Kitchen first, the trailing team does not mount a comeback to tie the score, and the ladies easily get the victory. So while the men head off to clean the dorm as their punishment, the members of the red team enjoy a German-themed night out.

Losing the challenge proves to be more than Robert can handle, as he explodes during the punishment when Chef Scott tells him that his passion should show during the challenges and not afterward. One broken broom later, the aspiring chefs get some sleep in preparation for the next day’s dinner service.

Dinner Service in Hell’s Kitchen

During prep, Dave gets a phone call regarding his broken wrist and is told that the fracture will require him to wear a cast that would cut short his stay in Hell’s Kitchen. However, he meets with Chef Ramsay and tells him that he wants to stay and compete.

Back in the kitchen, Chef Ramsay picks Ariel and Jim to be greeters during service. As the doors open, a flood of diners enters Hell’s Kitchen, including a vast array of “where are they now?” celebrities like Tom Green, Nick Lachey’s less famous brother, and one half of Kid ‘n’ Play.

Tek struggles with the capellini, and John O’Hurley (current host of Family Feud) sends his pasta dish back to the kitchen, saying it tastes like a cow’s salt block. Tennille gets her team back on track, further redeeming herself after two straight weeks of near elimination.

On the blue team, however, Andy’s inability to produce satisfactory lamb slows down the men’s progress and sends Robert into another frenzy, as he “overcommunicates” his frustration with Andy.

While Tennille shows improvement in the kitchen this week, her partner in near elimination, Lovely, continues to prove that she does not belong in this competition, and Chef Ramsay does not hesitate to point this out whenever possible.

Midway through service, Dave returns from the hospital and jumps on the dessert station. Chef Ramsay comments that, even though he has just one hand that he can use, Dave is “working quicker than anyone.”

Rush to the Finish Line, Elimination

Chef Ramsay then states that the first team to finish all of their tickets will be the winner. Both teams rush to finish their final three tickets, but Andy rushes too fast and tries to send out raw chicken. Ultimately, the mistake is meaningless as the blue team still manages to complete service first.

As a result, Sabrina – “the best of the worst” – is given the task of choosing two teammates for possible elimination. Those two candidates end up being Tek and Lovely, the latter of whom is called “more laid back than an ironing board” by Chef Ramsay.

Before making a decision, Chef Ramsay asks Suzanne who she would send home, and without hesitation she names Lovely as the one who should leave the show. Chef Ramsay says he agrees with that decision, and Lovely – or “Useless” as Chef Ramsay says her name should be – takes off her jacket and leaves Hell’s Kitchen.

When Was the Last Time You Used a Gift Card?

Nowadays it seems like gift cards are the replacement for actual physical gifts. While some criticize gift cards as being insincere and not thoughtful, others believe that the greatest gift of all is to give the recipient the freedom to choose their desired product at a discounted price. But do we actually remember to use our gift cards?


With the array of consumer benefits available from various brands, it is hard to keep up with all the gift cards, memberships, loyalty programs and miles programs. According to estimate reports from the Journal of State Taxation, the typical American home has an average of $300 in unused or “unredeemed” gift cards, as they are often mistakenly misplaced, thrown out or only partially redeemed. As a result, this leads to a financial loss for both companies and consumers, as companies lose the potential profit of consumers spending more money on products, while consumers lose their benefits simply for being absent-minded.

Luckily the startup Giift has addressed this problem by creating an online platform where consumers can manage all their gift cards, loyalty programs, memberships and miles programs. Instead of fumbling around your wallet for your latest gift card, you can upload all the benefits online and see the total financial value of them. At the moment the Giift database already includes 1,200 loyalty and card programs, as well as 500 track balance programs in over 50 countries.

Another cool feature is that you can exchange your points or values online – for example, you can exchange the points of your and turn them into miles for your next big trip. Other than that, you can also add your friends on the network to buy, sell or exchange points online.

By creating a digital platform for gift cards and loyalty programs, companies can directly engage with the consumers, as they can easily notify them of upcoming promotions, discounts or offers without spamming their email inboxes. As the website is also available in multiple languages, this eliminates cultural borders and language barriers by creating a global community.

In the end, gift cards and loyalty programs help to build brand loyalty and give consumers more incentive to spend more money on the given brand. However, if the benefits go unredeemed, this defeats the purpose of creating a win-win situation between brands and consumers. As long as consumers remember to use their gift cards and loyalty programs, this will keep both parties satisfied.

Flu Vaccine Helps Prevent Sickness: Vaccination Can Thwart or Lessen Symptoms of Influenza

The influenza vaccination can decrease the risk of contracting the flu, even when the vaccine is received late in the flu season.

Old Man Winter brings snow, colder weather – and flu. The fever, aches, sore throat and cough can dampen any enthusiasm for colder weather, but the flu vaccine can help prevent this cold-weather menace.

The vaccine has been shown to be effective in preventing flu, according to the CDC. Typically, the vaccine is given in October or November, but vaccinations can be given even after December. The flu season can begin in October and go as late as May.

“Vaccination is recommended for anyone who wants to decrease their risk of getting the flu,” said Dr. Jeanne Santoli, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Division. “And while anyone can get sick with influenza, the flu is especially serious for certain groups of people who are at high risk of complications from influenza, including infants and young children, pregnant women, children and adults with chronic medical conditions like asthma, heart disease and diabetes, and adults age 50 and older.”

Influenza, commonly called flu, is a virus spread by droplet – that is, contact with drops of an infected person’s cough or sneeze, including touching something contaminated with drops. Flu is a serious illness and can result in hospitalization or even death. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu, and about 36,000 people die each year from it, according to the CDC.

“Most deaths and hospitalizations are a consequence of complicating respiratory disorders, especially pneumonia,” said Dr. W. Paul McKinney in an interview with Medscape Today. McKinney is a professor of internal medicine and associate dean at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

The vaccine can help prevent the illness, however. There are two types of vaccine – the shot and the nasal spray, according to the CDC. Both help prevent flu, but the nasal spray is approved only for healthy people age 2 to 49. Others, including pregnant women and infants age six months and older, should get the shot. Infants under six months old cannot receive the vaccine; Santoli recommended that their caregivers receive it to protect them.

The vaccines cause the body to develop antibodies to the flu virus. Usually, the antibodies are developed about two weeks after vaccination, according to the CDC. Then, if a person is exposed to flu, the antibodies can fight off the disease.

Charity Cycling Race for HIV/AIDS: Bike Riding – Land’s End to John O’Groats, in aid of South Africa

This isn’t a gentle pedal but a race against time. This six-day challenge is a race against time for the cyclists and a race against the spread of HIV/AIDS for many more people in South Africa.

The endurance road cycle race will take place from 22 – 27 June. Starting from Land’s End the cyclists will travel appromately 145 miles a day for the six-day endurance test.

The Race Against Time is not just the name of the cycle race but reflects the urgency of the situation in South Africa of HIV/AIDS. The need is enormous not only for those who are already affected by the virus but those who may be protected from it.

This year’s Race Against Time team is now complete with 16 cyclists signed up and training hard. The riders are from all over the UK with 6 of the team members coming from Edinburgh. This year two of the team are women; team details may be seen here.

Although the team is full for this year, they will be open for applications for the 2017 race in October. Anyone over 18 is eligible to apply, although the youngest team member so far was 34 and the oldest 70. The registration fee for the race was £250.

The endurance race raises funds for the Bishop Simeon Trust (BST) which funds HIV/AIDS, development and education projects in South Africa. The Trust works in partnership with South African communities and is making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people.

Due to the sponsorship by Sporting Bet, online bookmakers, every single penny of the money raised through The Race Against Time goes to community HIV/AIDS projects, which are improving the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS – especially children.

The race organisers intend to raise at least £20,000 all for the worst affected HIV/AIDS victims in South Africa, particularly orphans and vulnerable children. It is thought that around a million children are now orphans due to the AIDS pandemic.

So far, almost 450,000 people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in South Africa, and 5.5 million people are thought to be infected, with this figure constantly increasing. In some areas up to 50% of the population are said to be infected and it’s estimated that 20% -25% of the entire adult population are infected.

The Stigma of Mental Illness: Combating Harmful Misperceptions

Shunning someone because of an illness seems ludicrous in our day of promising treatments and pink ribbon campaigns. But what if your friend, neighbor, or co-worker had a mental illness? If you or someone you love has experienced mental illness, you know firsthand that society continues to stigmatize diseases of the brain.

What is stigma? The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research describes stigma as a “mark of shame or disgrace” with four components, each component building upon the previous: labeling; stereotyping; creating a division between a superior “us” and an inferior “them”; and discriminating against the person who has been labeled.

How is stigma harmful? Stigma compromises the lives of individuals with mental illnesses. Because of stigma, these individuals may face lack of acceptance, job and housing discrimination, and even verbal and physical abuse. While language and behavior can reflect negative perceptions about mental illness, stigma is not simply about using the wrong word or action. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), at its core stigma is an issue of disrespect.

In a speech to introduce the National Mental Health Anti Stigma Campaign, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services director Kathryn Power said, “Stigma deters individuals from seeking the care they need, and it deters the public from wanting to pay for that care.”

Nobody is immune from stigma’s effects. NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw told USA Today it took all his courage to seek help for depression in the late 1990s. “Stigma is incredibly powerful,” said Bradshaw, who is now an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.

How can I combat stigma? Attitudes are changed one person at a time. Combating the stigma of mental illness begins with you and extends to your circle of friends and beyond.

  1. Start with yourself. Check your perceptions about mental illness. Do you attach labels and stereotypes to persons with mental illness? Are you among the two-thirds of American adults who, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mistakenly believe persons with mental illness can’t recover? Resources such as the National Mental Health Association’s Mental Health America Web site will help you become informed.
  2. Don’t equate individuals with their illnesses. For example, a person with schizophrenia is not “a schizophrenic” and is not defined by the symptoms of that condition. If you have a mental illness, remember that your diagnosis is not who you are. Inform yourself about your condition and your treatment options as you would any other diagnosis.
  3. Reach out to others. Tactfully correct others’ misconceptions about mental illness, and comment on news stories and entertainment media that perpetuate stigma. Offer support to family members or friends with mental illness. If you have a mental illness, you have the right to choose who you’ll tell. You may be encouraged to receive a compassionate and caring response. Help others understand what you want and need from them. If you decide not to confide in people you know, find others who will support you. Confiding in a mental health professional is a significant step, and he or she may refer you to a support group where you’ll meet others who understand your experience.
  4. Work for change. Anyone can be an advocate. Support legislation advancing mental health care, and write letters when you encounter negative portrayals of mental illness in the media. Join or donate to an organization that supports mental health awareness and treatment. The National Mental Health Association’s Advocacy Network is a good place to start.

The High Prevalence of Mental Illness in Prisoners

Many studies have assessed the prevalence and types of prisoner mental disorder. Two of the most comprehensive and recent are Singleton, et al (1998) in their research on ‘Psychiatric morbidity among prisoners in England and Wales’ and Stewart in his paper on ‘The Problems And Needs Of Newly Sentenced Prisoners: Results From A National Survey’. Their results are summarised below, supporting again that essentially rates are extremely high!

Recent Facts and Figures on Mental Disorders in Prison Populations

The following is an overview of mental health conditions affecting the prison population:

 
 

  • Personality Disorder: 60.5% (Singleton) and 60.0% (Stewart).
  • Psychosis: 11.25% (Singleton) and 10.0% (Stewart).
  • Neurotic Symptoms: 58.50% (Singleton) and 36% severe, 82% one or more symptom (Stewart).
  • Drinking: 49.00% (Singleton) and 36.00% (Stewart).
  • Drug Dependence: 47.25% (Singleton) and 69.00% (Stewart).

Is Appropriate Mental Health Care Available in Prisons?

The most shocking statistics however are the small number of those offenders, who actually request or receive care for their mental disorder within the criminal justice system.

Bonta, Law & Hanson, suggest in the target of the correction service, as its name suggests is to rehabilitate deviant individuals to the point where they are deemed corrected and able to re-enter society without re-offending. As part of this rehabilitation, the underlying mental health disorders must be addressed. Mentally disordered offenders should be entitled to and receive the same quality of mental health care as the general population, however Brooker and Ullman found the reality is that serious deficits remain.

Diamond et al looked at ‘Who Requests Psychological Services Upon Admission to Prison?’ and reported only a mere 11% of individuals requested help with mental health problems upon admission. Singleton et al, found equally low numbers who actually received treatment during prison with 15.5% for men and 26.5% for women. This highlights a large gap between those identified to need help and those requesting and receiving it.

Why do Mentally Disordered Individuals end up and Remain in Prison?

Shift looked at ‘Improving Media Reporting of Mental Health’ and found that deeply ingrained prejudiced attitudes within society support the view that mentally disordered individuals are unpredictable and violent. The stigma attached to mental disorder results in individuals often being overlooked, turned away or intimidated when approaching mental health services before incarceration. Subsequently many mentally disordered offenders committing only minor non-violent offences, end up in the criminal justice system due to lack of access to alternatives.

In addition the lay view that mentally disordered individuals generally will be criminal, is the even stronger view that those who have already committed a crime once, are likely to violently reoffend. This acts to keep these individuals in prisons, further increasing numbers.

However this claim seems unsubstantiated. Firstly a reminder that many mentally disordered offenders are incarcerated for non-violent crimes to begin with. In addition Bonta, Law & Hanson, suggested that mentally disordered offenders have no higher likelihood of violent recidivism when compared to rational criminals. Also Rice and Harris (1992) studied the recidivism of schizophrenic and non-schizophrenic offenders, a mental health disorder with a particularly high level of stigma and misunderstanding against it. They found those with the mental disorder were actually less likely to reoffend.

Does Mental Disorder Predict Crime?

Stigma and irrational fears act to prevent individuals seeking treatment before incarceration, and to lower the chance of release once they enter the criminal justice system. Once inside these individuals have poor access to appropriate mental health care maintaining the figures.

So are people with mental disorders really more likely to commit crimes? Or do prevalent stigma and irrational fears explain why so many individuals with mental disorders end up in the criminal justice system, and keep them there?

Babies R Us Offering Trade-In Deal on Baby Gear: Parents Can Bring in Used Baby Items in Exchange for Coupon

 
 

Babies R Us and Toys R Us stores nationwide are offering a great program for parents called the “Great Trade-in”. Parents can bring in old baby gear and trade it in for a coupon for 20% off a new baby item.

Out With the Old Baby Gear

Parents can bring in used or worn out car seats, strollers, travel systems, high chairs, play yards, bassinets or even cribs to get the coupon for a new item in any of these categories. There are some restrictions related to manufacturers as not all brands are participating in the event. Participating manufacturers include Eddie Baurer, Evenflo, Graco, Britax, Jeep, Baby Cache, Baby Trend, Bertini, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Nature’s Purest by Summer Infant, Delta, Sorelle and Baby Italia.

Parents should remember that the coupon is only good for items in the allowable categories listed above. Parents should also note that the 20% off coupon is valid only on the day of the trade-in.

Day-Care Centers May Also Benefit From Trade-In Event

Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores may also be willing to allow bulk trade-ins from day-care centers or other child-care organizations. The flyer indicates that daycare centers that are interested in trading in old items for the coupon should contact their local Babies R Us or Toys R Us store for details.

 

Ensuring Safety for Children

By offering a percentage off of new baby gear, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are attempting to get the unsafe or worn out baby gear out of circulation to ensure safety. Many parents may regularly shop at thrift stores or garage sales for baby gear because of the cost. Most thrift stores and garage sales make no safety guarantees on baby products that are sold. This program can be a great alternative for parents.

In addition to thrift stores and garage sales, many parents obtain car seats or cribs as hand-me-downs, especially in rough economic times. These hand-me-downs may not be in compliance with updated safety features or the parent may have missed a safety recall. Older models may also have some unseen wear and tear on them that may also cause some safety issues.

This is an especially good program for parents who have more than one child and were planning on using older baby items for additional babies or children. Although older baby items may not have been recalled, newer baby gear may have additional safety features. With all of the new baby items out there and the advances in technology, parents have no reason to skip this offer.

If parents have questions related to this program, they should contact their local Babies R Us or Toys R Us store for details.

 

 

 

Baby Diaper Coupons: Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Seventh Generation—Free Baby Deals

Never buy another package of disposable baby diapers without a coupon. Use the Sunday coupon circulars, coupons through the mail, or online coupons to keep up with your baby’s diapering needs. Like baby formula coupons, these discounts can save new parents plenty.

Log on to diaper company Web sites

All of the major diaper suppliers—Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Seventh Generation—offer club memberships or online deals that may include coupons or the option of printing coupons from their Web sites.

Join Pampers.com and get coupons mailed to your home in addition to email newsletters, free samples and other promotional offers. Members can also participate in the “Gifts to Grow” program, which rewards customers with points for purchases of Pampers diapers, training pants and wipes. Cash in accumulated points for prizes that range from books to scooters. Check out the Wal-Mart samples Web site to get a free Pampers diaper sample and a free Goodnites Sleep Boxers sample.

The Huggies Baby Network also emails members a newsletter with pregnancy and baby tips and advice. Special offers, samples and coupons come in the mail.

The makers of Luvs brand of diapers are a bit more stingy than their competitors when it comes to offering coupons. According to the Luvs Web site, the company doesn’t want “moms to have to clip coupons in order to save, so we make sure Luvs moms are getting a low price on our diapers every day.” (Don’t dads buy diapers, too?) Luvs does not offer coupons on its Web site, but periodically provides them in Sunday circulars, in Luvs packages, by mail, and in retail stores. Register at Luvs.com to receive special offers and baby-related newsletters.

Eco-friendly Seventh Generation makes chlorine-free diapers and offers free coupon downloads from its Web site. To print coupons, customers first must download a Microsoft Windows Plug-in program, available at the site.

Tap your coworkers, friends and family

Ask your colleagues and family members to clip and save the diaper coupons from their Sunday newspaper circulars. Babies use about 2,000 to 3,000 diapers a year, so you can never have too many coupons. Most people are happy to spend a few seconds cutting out a coupon that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin.

Buy coupons on eBay

Enterprising clippers sell their coupons on the auction site, often combining deals to make the offer attractive for buyers. An eBay bidder can get five $2-off Huggies coupons (a $10 value) for about $2.50. If you bid on coupons on eBay, however, watch for the coupon expiration date. You may have only a couple of weeks to use these offers.

Tip: Combine your coupon with a store sale

Increase your savings by using your coupons when your local store advertises a sale on your favorite brand. Stock up, if you have the chance. Diapers have a long shelf life.

Don’t forget to watch expiration dates and organize your diaper and grocery coupons in an organizer. Shop for diapers with your infant hands free with a stylish baby