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We've just refreshed our hotels and guesthouses in Ilinois section as well as the tour guides and car rental in California categories. Several new articles are also up for your review. So drop by before you fly!

Heal Sendai

As an incentive to donate, The Cornerstones of World Business is offering 50% OFF on all prices with proceeds to be donated to the citizens of Sendai via the Japanese embassy. To benefit from this action and help those most in need, please use the contact us form and write “Help Sendai” plus your company’s details and our sales person will get in touch with you shortly thereafter.

Help heal the damage done by the worst earthquake in Japanese history Here is a list of charities and relief organizations you can support in order to help bring aid to those affected by the quake and subsequent tsunami:

  * The American Red Cross has set up a special designation for disaster relief efforts in Japan. To donate, click here, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to instantly donate $10.

  * International Medical Corps says it is putting together relief teams and supplies to aid Japan “and other affected countries.” Donate here.

  * GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

  * World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund.

· You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross by sending a text message with the word "REDCROSS" at 90999. The donation will be charged to your next wireless phone bill.

  * Click here to donate to AmeriCares’ emergency relief response.

  * Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.

  * Reminder: Google’s Crisis Response Center / Person Finder.

Other corporate incentives:

· American Airlines is offering 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for donations of $50 or more and 500 AAdvantage miles for donations of $100 or more to the American Red Cross.

· The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) provides relief services to animals affected by disasters. Donate here.

An opportunity for Ad agencies

The Cornerstones of World Business is seeking sales partners in: Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and USA. Eligible companies must have at least 2 full time employees with keen marketing acumen, an established business history of over 2 years and an existing client base.  Partner companies receive a handsome commission on sales and their primary objective is to promote within their business community, give our clients a more tangible say in what direction the website takes (i.e. act as lightningrods for customer feedback) and generally lend a more personal, reachable touch to our international relations with clients. Becoming an affiliate is a great way to earn extra revenue for your advertising agency or consultancy firm while networking and improving your business relations, contact us to learn more.

Calling all event organizers

Work is underway to compile an international calendar of business events for 2011. Whether you represent resorts in Malta, accommodation in Riga, hotels in New York, conference halls in London, meeting venues in Houston or another facet of the event and exhibition organizing industry, submit your event for a free listing within our international business directory.
Our directory also provides excellent media sponsorship support to select events; event organizers are welcome to contact us for consideration.


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Rezidor to manage the biggest hotel chain in Baltics

10 Reval Hotels owned by the Norwegian company Linstow will join Rezidor portfolio

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces a management agreement with the Norwegian real estate developer Linstow for 10 Reval Hotels in the Baltics (Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania) and in Russia. The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow will come into effect on June 1, 2010 and includes 3 hotels in Riga, 2 hotels in Tallinn, 2 hotels in Vilnius, and 1 hotel in each Kaunas, Klaipeda and St. Petersburg – adding a total of 2,367 rooms to Rezidor's portfolio. 6 hotels will be rebranded as Radisson Blu and 4 as Park Inn.

"We are delighted and proud that Linstow, Reval Hotels owner, has chosen Rezidor as a business partner", comments Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. "Reval Hotels is the leading hotel chain in the Baltics. This portfolio agreement gives Rezidor, which is the number one among the international hotel operators in Russia, a strong market position in the Baltics, too. We will be able to substantially strengthen our position in the key markets of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, where we already are present with our upper upscale brand Radisson Blu and a total of 760 rooms", continues Ritter.

Rezidor will open a new supervisory and support Regional Office in Riga, while Linstow will continue to own and develop the properties. All 1,200 hotel employees will remain in their present positions, and there will be no change in terms of employment, benefits or employee relations. Guests will be benefiting from the same flexible pricing as before. Corporate accounts will maintain the same contracted rates as signed, while Reval Hotels First Client members will have an opportunity to enjoy global benefits by joining Rezidor's loyalty program "goldpointsplus".

"After developing and building up the Reval Hotels chain in the Baltics, Linstow now wishes to focus on its core role as a real estate developer and real estate investor. As an internationally renowned hotel player in expansion, Rezidor has a very strong sales organization and presence with well known brands in all markets outside the Baltics and St. Petersburg that are important to bring new customers to our hotels. The management deal therefore assures further revenue growth for our hotels in both the Baltics and Russia. This will happen through, among other things, more effective marketing of the hotels," says Per Mortensen, CEO of Linstow.

The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow, subject to regulatory approval, covers the following properties:

  1. Reval Hotel Latvia in Riga/Latvia (571 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  2. Reval Hotel Elizabete in Riga/Latvia (228 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  3. Reval Hotel Ridzene in Riga/Latvia (95 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  4. Reval Hotel Olympia in Tallinn/Estonia (390 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  5. Reval Hotel Central in Tallinn/Estonia (245 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  6. Reval Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius/Lithuania (291 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  7. Reval Inn Vilnius in Vilnius/Lithuania (84) will become a Park Inn
  8. Reval Hotel Neris in Kaunas/Lithuania (206 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  9. Reval Inn Klaipeda in Klaipeda/Lithuania (84 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  10. Reval Hotel Sonya in St Petersburg/Russia (173 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu and be Rezidor's second property of this brand in town.

Event Calendar 2010

Checkout the recently added and regularly updated Event Calendar 2010 section and read more about the hotels and conference halls under Articles section. Recently added Business Event Calendars for Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Malta, Lithuania, Ireland and Estonia we welcome your suggestions and comments.

BELIEF press release 02/2010

The 6th BELIEF Brainstorming Workshop entitled "Global Research Communities: success criteria for future impact" will be organised back-to-back with the eResearch2020 Workshop in Brussels on the 24th-25th February 2010 - For further details please visit

The workshop aims at fostering discussions revolving around the hot topic of how to measure the impact of e-Infrastructure. In doing so, appropriate methods, impact assessment criteria and tangible metrics are called for, whereas new governance models, regulations and policies need to be established to support such activities in a sustainable manner.

In this light, during the meeting a special focus will be paid on the required governance models, and ways of engagement of new user communities.

Participation at the event is free of charge, key e-Infrastructures players are kindly invited to register on-line at

BELIEF press release 12/2009

BELIEF-II (Bringing Europe’s eLectronic Infrastructures to Expanding Frontiers - Phase II) is an EU FP7 project spanning over 24 months, start date 1st April 2008, with the aim of supporting the goals of e-Infrastructure projects to maximise synergies in specific application areas between research, scientific and industrial communities.


Zero-In Magazine: Building Insights; Breaking Boundaries

Submit your articles for Issue 4!

Zero-In showcases the research and development activities in the world of e-Infrastructures and is a forum for news, comment and analysis on this exciting new research paradigm.

The audiences
of the publication include national and international policy makers as well as key projects and individuals using or developing e-Infrastructures across the world. Zero-In was launched in January2009. Each issue of Zero-In has a "thematic" section, a feature on "insights from the global virtual research community", and a ‘diary' section for news. For further information on the previous issues please visit:

The "thematic" section of this fourth issue will focus on Governance issues for e-Infrastructures

For this fourth issue the BELIEF Editorial Team looks forward to receiving your articles on the following topics, split into these three sections:


  • Articles from Europe and from overseas countries focusing on Governance issues for e-Infrastructures


  • 1 article focusing on Outreach strategies for greater adoption
  • 1 article focusing on Emerging technologies within the European distributed computing infrastructures (cloud, virtualisation)
  • 1 article focusing on e-Infrastructures for Culture and preservation
  • 1 article focusing on e-Infrastructures for Industrial - Finance, Manufacturing, Logistics, Applications
  • 1 article focusing on User Communities: best cases from outside Europe
  • 1 article focusing on Standards


  • e-Infrastructure News and Events are welcome for the diary section! Feel free to send them to to be included in the next publication

Prospective authors are invited to submit an expression of interest by sending a short abstract (approximately 100 words) reporting recent developments and opinions, analysis and visions in the field of e-Infrastructures for the section you choose. When submitting your abstract, please make clear which section you would like it to feature in.

The Review Panel will coordinate the selection of the abstracts and, once accepted, authors will be notified and invited to send the full papers. These will be evaluated by the Review Panel which may request any eventual adjustments by the authors.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts should be 100 words in length and submitted to
  • Once your abstract is accepted, corresponding final papers should be no more than 700 words in length and submitted to
  • Final articles should include further details for readers to go into more depth on the topic, such as published papers, web addresses, phone and email details of project interfaces.
  • Final submitted papers should be written in English. They should include 5-10 keywords
  • Contributions should not have been previously published.
  • Note that our readers prefer accessible analysis, opinions and outlines of projects' value, rather than technical project descriptions.

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday 15th December 2009

Abstract acceptance notification deadline: Monday 4th January 2010

Full papers submission deadline: 20th January 2010

Authors should submit their abstract at

Kind Regards,
BELIEF Editorial Team

Leaps and bounds

New features added in the past month! German and Latvian languages are now available to browse all the directories. The Canadian Business directory is in progress - now you can browse hotels, motels and pensions located in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and other regions of Canada. Several new articles about the economy and business in Central and Eastern Europe have also been published for your reading pleasure. Check back often for new content and business opportunities!

Read interesting articles!

Available in the article section. Tourism and Travel: The Bane Of Riga's Restaurants; Real Estate Business: Editor's Focus: Eye on Latvian Real Estate (part 1 of 2); Cultural Events: Magical Sounds of Japan at an Amber Sunset; East European Economy:  Baltic Tiger: In the Eye of the Storm and Latvia: Milestones on the Road to Economic Recovery. Free-lance writers with something interesting to say  are welcome to contact the Editor – if your article is published, you could win a Membership for your business.

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Naturally, if you want to get serious about promotion, upgrading your corporate profile to a Membership will greatly benefit your company's chances of finding clients through The Cornerstones of World Business (CSW). Members have the possibility to recommend and exchange links with other companies within the directory, thereby amplifying their presence and reach.

We pride ourselves on listing hand-picked, pro-active companies that network energetically to better business for all SMEs. Becoming a Member will automatically prioritize your company profile's listing so that users of CSW can find it quickly, use it more effectively and Members have the tools they need to interact with other companies. In other words, a Membership consolidates your company's online image and provides you with an auxiliary webpage that sells your product or service and promotes your website.

Please note that we will only exchange links with websites that we deem worthwhile — link farms and sites of questionable content need not apply. We will also not exchange links with websites that have a Page Rank of 2 or below.

The new face of success!

The Summer 2009 upgrade has finally arrived! We have taken huge steps to enhance and optimize your online experience, save you searching time and maximize the promotional power of your corporate profile. Start NETworking today: just do a search for your company, when you find it contact us to gain access or, if it's not listed yet, register for free and get busy with business! We have paved your way with great promotional and networking tools such as My Cornerstones user and company profile, company rating, inter-member company recommendations advanced search, and numerous other useful features.

The corporate profile has been expanded to allow Full Members to list opening hours, vacancies, special offers and extra addresses! In addition to priority listing and listing in 2 categories, Full Members' profiles also get a short description within the listing, a slide-show-style picture gallery, service icons, the possibility to recommend 5 other companies and much more!

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