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The Mayo Clinic Diet is an interactive website designed to help you lose weight and keep it off.

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The Mayo Clinic Diet is an interactive website designed to help you lose weight and keep it off. The site was developed by Mayo Clinic staff including clinical nutritionists, and doctors specializing in endocrinology, psychology, preventative medicine, and weight management.

The focus of the diet is less about losing weight and more about “changing habits” for a lifetime of healthy living and eating. The diet is set up in two phases:

  • “Lose It!” is a jump-start phase designed to help people lose up to 6-10 pounds in the first two weeks.

  • “Live It!" the maintenance phase that helps you lose 1-2 pounds per week until you have reached your goal weight.

The Mayo Clinic Diet online is based off of the eponymous bestselling book that contains the same “Lose It! Live It!” principles, plus recipes, food journal and more.

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  • Developed by a team of doctors and nutrition experts at one of the renowned medical facilities in the world
  • Incorporates lifestyle changes you can actually maintain
  • Program is designed for you with options for custom creation
  • Simple healthy recipes provided
  • Exercise options are given, as well as opportunities for self-challenges
  • Includes food tracker, weight tracker and exercise tracker
  • Contains a variety of supportive articles
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  • Currently there is no app; one is reported to be in the works (July 2014)
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The Mayo Clinic Diet uses your current weight, height, activity level, and weight loss goal to quickly ascertain your recommended daily caloric intake. Using this calorie number, a meal plan is immediately created that includes three healthy balanced meals and two snacks per day. The diet encourages whole grains, fruits, vegetable and lean protein.

For those who like to follow a pre-set plan, the meal schedule is already in place and even includes a weekly shopping list. For those who like to switch it up a little, meals can easily be swapped and replaced with others that follow the same healthy guidelines.

Food journaling is encouraged as a way to curb emotional eating and make sure dieters stay on track.

EXERCISE

The Mayo Clinic Diet has a comprehensive but easy to use fitness plan that encourages safe, realistic daily exercise goals for beginners. It offers several fitness “challenges” for moderate exercise enthusiasts. The Food and Fitness Journal keeps track of each individual's daily progress.

In addition, the website provides a complete library of articles that address all aspects of weight loss including how to avoid muscle fatigue, defining metabolism, getting the family to exercise together, preventing injury, and much more.

Much like the diet's approach to nutrition, the Mayo Clinic Diet even includes a weekly exercise planner that has workouts for cardio, yoga, and strength training already built in. Not sure what you want to do for exercise that day? Consult the planner for quick guidance that shows the number of daily reps for each activity.

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The Mayo Clinic Diet is accessed via a visually-stunning website that’s incredibly easy to use. Site designers were mindful of their intended users in several ways:

  • The dieter’s personalized plan appears right on the homepage.
  • No searching for food journals or food lists.
  • Each section is clearly defined and contains more than enough information to satisfy bookworm dieters who want to educate themselves about the entire process.

The core message of The Mayo Clinic Diet is that weight loss is only part of looking better and feeling better in your own skin. Their approach is positive, and one that focuses on the entire mind/body aspect of losing weight, keeping it off, and most importantly, making the behavior shift a lifelong mission rather than a short term goal.

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(AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) buy montblanc pens On the occasion of Barack Obama's 53rd birthday, we decided to review each and every one of the 274 gifts given to the president between 2009 and 2012 by foreign countries and their leaders. (Gifts like the blanket in the image above aren't included, but 13 other blankets from other countries are.) The lists are maintained by the State Department's Protocol Gift Unit , which has not yet released the 2013 gift list. So we used what we had, breaking each gift down by donor, by value, and, yes, by quality, ranking them all on a scale from 1 to 100 and sorting them. (The full list is at the bottom of this post.) montblanc fountain pens First, the top-lines. Counting only gifts given to the president or to the president and other members of his family, foreign countries and their representatives have given Obama over $717,000 worth of stuff since he was inaugurated. (The first gift came on inauguration day, from Mexico. It was a book and a piece of art.) According to our index of all of the gifts, the best swag came in 2011. Discount Montblanc Pens On Sale mont blanc pens It's really a funny collection of presents, for which, were you asked To what sort of person was this gift given?, you'd likely have a wide variety of responses. Argentina gave Obama a silver dagger in a display box in 2012, perhaps confusing the president with their 13-year-old nephew. Britain gave the family a shawl and some kids clothes in 2009, playing the role of America's eccentric aunt. China offered a vase and pin set emblazoned with "Expo 2010 Shanghai China," like an exhausted dad picking something up on his way out of the convention. montblanc pen outlet Most of the gifts are art or vases or rugs, the sort of generic stuff that we imagine wealthy people lay on each other at mansion-warming parties. You have to feel sort of bad for some of the countries, clearly giving things that they hoped would end up as part of White House tours but instead were likely relegated to wooden crates in warehouses . To cut to the chase: Here are the top- and lowest-rated items on the lengthy list. We will admit some prejudices: electronics were rated poorly, generic furnishings were given middle-of-the-pack ratings, and things involving dogs were rated well. (Disagree? Click here .) And so: The five best 1. A five-inch Aztec calendar in silver, given by Mexico in 2012. Mexico is very good at giving gifts, as it turns out. Why did this particular gift earn top marks? Because: 1. Aztec calendars are cool. 2. A five-inch silver piece is not chintzy. 3. They gave this in 2012 , when the world was at peak end-of-the-world mania. This gift was  on-trend . Nicely done, Mexico. 2. A Maori club, given by New Zealand in 2011. The full description: "11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone." Which sounds cool. Now, go look at it . We rest our case. 3. A ping-pong table, given by the UK in 2012. The United Kingdom's gifts were a bit scattered, but the ping-pong table is a winner. You can see it here , as part of an article complaining that it was made in China. The Obamas didn't set the thing up in the White House, it seems, but it should have. The White House could use a more chill vibe. 4. Four bottles of tequila and a silver ark in a trunk, from Mexico in 2009. Four bottles of tequila. That is a good gift. If you're curious what happened to the booze, the State Department offers a hint: "Perishable Items Handled Pursuant to U.S. Secret Service Policy." Presumably meaning like this . 5. A stainless steel watch, a brooch, and a ceramic dog bowl from the Czech Republic in 2009. The Czech Republic got a gift for Bo. It wasn't the only country to do so, but that is adorable. The five worst 270. A Blu-Ray disc set in a wooden display box, given by Russia in 2010 Thanks, Russia. 271. A Samsung Galaxy Tab and a stereo video cable and a Galaxy Tab charger from South Korea in 2010. "Do we have a gift for Obama?" "What? You were supposed to bring it!" (agitated fumbling) "Driver, are there any Verizon stores between here and the White House?" 272. A Creative MP3 player and "uGoGo electronic pulse massager" from Singapore in 2010. Who was giving MP3 players as gifts in 2010? This was three years after the iPhone came out, which, even if your country isn't making iPhones, you should at least recognize. You know who gave MP3 players as gifts in 2010? Grandparents who got hustled by jerk salespeople at Best Buy. And we're not going to discuss the massager. 273. A CD holder and some CDs, given by Russia in 2009. Again, thanks, Russia. 274. A swag bag for the game "Witcher 2" from Poland in 2011. "Witcher 2" was a well-received video game that came out around the time of the gift and was made in Poland. OK, fine. But, Poland went a bit over the top in pitching the game to the president. To wit: DVD: "Best of the Witcher 2: Video Trailers for President Barack Obama." "Witcher 2" gift box, with three golden "Witcher 2" coins. A "Witcher 2" book. "Witcher 2" stickers. A 5.5″ x 6.5″ x 3″ ivory-colored bust of "Witcher 2" character "Gwynbleioo." This is an incomplete list. The president, we believe, did not put the Gwynbleioo bust in the Oval Office. Poland did come through with some vodka, but that can't make up for the rest of it. The next time Obama was in Poland, by the way, he couldn't help but mention the gift . He was apparently not being sarcastic. Before we dump the entire 274-gift ranking on you, two other bits of data. Value of gifts No country spent more money on gifts than Italy (thanks, Silvio!), and it wasn't even close. One-fifth of the value of all of the gifts came from Italy, which is pretty impressive, given how poorly Italy's gifts were rated. Our average rating As above. Again, we gave every gift a rating from 0 to 100 (though the high was actually 83 and the low 7). Then we averaged the values for all of the gifts, by country, giving the map above. The best gifts, on average, came from New Zealand. The worst, from Singapore. But honorable mention to Denmark! Denmark  on two separate occasions gave Obama signed portraits of its Queen and prince. "Here is a picture of me" is a bad gift once. But twice? Come on, Denmark. Anyway, here's the full listing. See something that's worse than a "Witcher 2" gift set? No, you don't. The complete ranking 1. Mexico, 2012 : 5″ wide Aztec calendar stamped on a pure silver coin weighing one kilogram. 2. New Zealand, 2011 : 11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone, carved by Aden Hoglund, and contained in a 16″ x 7″ x 3″ wooden presentation box. 3. UK, 2012 : Custom Dunlop table tennis table with United States and United Kingdom decals, inscription, and paddles. 4. Mexico, 2009 : Four bottles of tequila, presented in display boxes. Wooden trunk containing a silver ark with a decorative ceramic design on the front and silver bells on each side. 5. Czech Republic, 2009 : Stainless steel watch with an accompanying historical booklet; brooch decorated with a red design; white ceramic dog bowl. 6. France, 2011 : Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron pitched over his head in the moment before striking a ball. Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron out in front in a followthrough posture. Black Hermes golf travel bag with canvas cover and carrying strap. 7. France, 2011 : Reusable grocery/tote bag, orange with a large white dandelion on the side; Book and CD, title: "G20," by Laurence Jenkell. Book, title: "±5 Metres: Sos Editions Oceans," by Joe Bunni. Book, title: "Around the World," by Laurence Jenkell. 11″ x 7.5″ x 3″ black leather folding toiletry bag, made by Lancel. 200 Euro souvenir "G20" coin, in a blue protected sleeve, and housed inside a small blue packet with "Monnaie de Paris" written in gold on the outside. Silver watch with black wristband made by B.R.M. 8″ x 5″ x 1″ brown leather woman’s wallet with embroidery on the sides made by Lancel. His and hers white, belted Dior bathrobes with "Dior" embroidered on the breast pocket. 8″ x 13″ x 18″ black leather "Gra-Valise Petit Voyage" suitcase made by Lancel; 7″ x 12″ x 16″ brown and orange leather purse with embroidery on the side made by Lancel; 7.5″ x 11.5″ black leather clutch purse made by Christian Dior. 17″ tall Plexiglas sculpture, entitled "Wrapping Flag Candy USA," depicting an upright "Tootsie Roll" with an American flag patterned wrapper, on a 6″ x 6.75″ x 0.75″ clear Plexiglass base, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Box of Duroc Danner chocolates. Perfumes from the town of Grasse. Chateau d’Estoublon olive oil. Men’s Dior hygiene products. 8. Germany, 2009 : 14″ x 14″ Bauhaus chess set, with a lightly-colored wood board and pieces carved into the shape of their allowed movements on the board, contained in a carrying box with sliding top, designed by Josef Hartwig. 9. Poland, 2011 : Waterman Expert II black lacquer ball point pen with gold color trimmings. Black 64GB iPad 2. 10. UK, 2011 : One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "M" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "S" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. 13″ bone-shaped chew toy with United Kingdom flag. 11. Sri Lanka, 2011 : Six pouches of coffee contained in a 14″ x 9.5″ x 5″ wooden box, interior is red velvet and divided into six compartments, each containing a small wicker box, includes a depiction of the American flag with an eagle in the foreground made from precious and semiprecious stones, includes a 9″ x 7″ frame with a gold plaque. Diamond-shaped cufflinks, made from 10-karat white gold and inset with nine blue sapphires each, presented in a 5.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.5″ wooden box. 12. Armenia, 2010 : 16″ × 16″ walnut chessboard with walnut and sterling silver chess pieces, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "He Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease." 9.5″ dark green bust of author William Saroyan on brown stone base with inscription, presented in a wooden presentation box. Bottle of 100 year old Ararat brandy, presented in wooden presentation box. 13. Czech Republic, 2009 : Gold medal created by the Czech mint featuring an image of President Obama. 14. Philippines, 2011 : Bamboo bicycle, handmade by the Bambike Company. 15. Jamaica, 2012 : Earthenware ceramic head sculpture by Jamaican artist. Gold lapel pin reading "Jamaica 1952–2012". 16. Portugal, 2010 : W&J Graham’s Port 1961 Single Harvest Tawny Port set, containing wine in red leather bottle holder and an informational booklet, presented in a rectangular wooden box that has "Graham’s Single Harvest 1961" carved into top and sides. Set of four Atlantis crystal wine glasses and one crystal decanter presented in 11″ × 23″ × 10″ wooden box. Two bottles of Quinta de Noval 2008 Vintage Porto wine. Bronze water-dog statue on wooden base 17. Spain, 2009 : Book entitled "Barcelona & Catalonia"; framed currency entitled "The United Colonies, Four Dollars", printed in Philadelphia in 1776 and documents of the Santa Fe Capitulations in a grey velvet case. 18. Senegal, 2011 : Black leather briefcase and black leather portfolio, both with sterling silver pieces mounted on the leather engraved with "Barack H. Obama." 19. Algeria, 2009 : Four boxes of dates and twelve bottles of wine. 20. Zambia, 2010 : 37″ × 29″ copper fire screen of an eagle, made by Gastone craftsmen 21. EU, 2009 : Graf von Faber-Castell "Perfect Pencil." 22. Mongolia, 2011 : Book, title: "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens," by Jack Weatherford. Three Mongolian cashmere sweaters in pink and green, and purple and brown pattern; 16″ x 27.5″ framed artwork of the First Lady’s name in Mongolian calligraphy. Large Gobi Mongolian oatmeal-colored cashmere shawl. 23. Germany, 2011 : Kramski putter set, includes: 35″ HPP 340 putter with two protective club head covers, teal HPT 40 training console, HPS 30 Aim Aid set, book title: "The Kramski Putt Philosophy". 24. Ireland, 2012 : Crystal bowl centerpiece. 27″ tall bronze statue of James Hoban. Certificate of President Obama’s Irish heritage. Two silver shamrock charm bracelets. Lamb’s wool scarf. Lamb’s wool blanket. 25. Netherlands, 2009 : Orange Batavus "Holland on the Hudson" bicycle with an extra bike seat. 26. Brunei, 2010 : Lustre necklace with 1″ × 1″ inscribed "Globe Crest" pendant. 5 DVD box set, title: "The Day the Universe Changed." 21″ × 12″ black, unbranded, rubber container with rubber handles. 1.5 quart "Heath" brown teapot with copper handle and two matching mugs. 19″ × 13″ × 10″ wooden trunk with metal decoration on top. Somma grey blanket with darker grey floral pattern, presented in a brown cloth display box. Book on the Earth’s ecosystems. One Fanciful "Bountiful Buffet" gift basket. 11″ × 5.5″ Tozai brown glass vase with leaf designs. 12″ × 8″ ceramic jar with 13 ounces of "Di Camillo" biscotti. "Bonifanti" Panettone bread. Luci de Stelle 1000g, in blue hexagonal box. Harney & Sons whole leaf tea, in silk satchels. Five 2.5 ounce Modern Alchemy votive candles, in black presentation box. Black display box containing scented D.L. & Company "Gingembre" candle in glass container. Island Heritage tin of chocolate covered macadamia nut shortbread cookies. 27. UK, 2009 : Black and gold pen with a wooden pen holder, made from the wood of the HMS Gannet in Chatham; book entitled "Churchill and America" by Martin Gilbert; book entitled "Churchill: A Life" by Martin Gilbert; book set entitled "Biography of Winston S. Churchill," by Martin Gilbert. 28. Portugal, 2010 : Antique gold-colored Museu de Marinha Portugal astrolabe with inscribed wooden stand, in a wooden presentation box 29. France, 2011 : 10.2″ x 7.1″ Hermes orange cotton canvas travel case. 36″ x 60″ Hermes cotton terrycloth beach towel, printed with umbrellas and towels beach scene. 7.5″ handmade Forge de Laguiole letter opener with wooden handle in 9″ brown leather case. Both are enclosed in a 14″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ black presentation box with Forge de Laguiole printed in white. It is a special G8 edition with "G8 France 2011, Nouveau Monde, Nouvelles Idees" and shape of the Eiffel Tower engraved. Box of chocolates. 30. Mexico, 2009 : Book entitled "The Aztec Calendar and Other Solar Monuments" by Eduardo Matos and Felipe Solis; one metal Aztec calendar on a wooden display stand. 31. Switzerland, 2012 : 6″ x 4″ custom, solid oak music box by Reuge with dark stain, brass hinge, and brass parts. 32. France, 2012 : 25″ x 34″ set of 20 engraved prints of the 2005 edition of the Turgot map of Paris. Beige patent personal items bag. Woven beige leather wallet. Beige leather tote bag. Sothys bath products. 33. Northern Ireland, 2010 : 39″ × 31″ canvas of graffiti letters spray-painted on black gloss, title: "Twenty First Century City," by Ben Eine. 34. France, 2009 : Bronze replica of a sculpture by Edgar Degas, entitled "Halted Horse." 35. Canada, 2012 : 27″ x 40″ painting, title: "Enemy in Sight," by P. Rindlisacher, depicting a naval scene from 1813. 36. Australia, 2011 : Green and white 2GB iPod Shuffle. Sherrin Match Australian football. Red, white, and blue Western Bulldogs Australian Football League on a field jersey; Red, white, and blue "U.S. Footy" football jersey with "USA Revolution" on the front and "25" on the back. Handcrafted 2.5″ x 4″ x 6″ Dragonfly silver ash wood trinket box with "Wood Works Gallery" sticker on bottom, presented in brown box with "Australia" sticker on top. 37. Switzerland, 2010 : Longines silver-colored watch with brown band, presented in brown presentation box. Red leather dog collar and leash with silver-colored fastenings 38. Poland, 2010 : 4.5″ × 6″ black and white ceramic Cmielow dog figurine, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "Fryderyk Chopin." 2.5″ × 3″ circular miniature portrait of Chopin in a Burl Veneer frame. Two holiday ornaments. 39. China, 2010 : White "Flying Pigeon" electric bicycle. 40. Philippines, 2009 : Set of white mother-of-pearl cufflinks with blue sapphires in 18 karat white gold in a box made from shells and leather. 41. Colombia, 2012 : Silver figure representing oversized coffee bean. 29″ long decorative sash. Hardcover book, title: "Un Pais de Opportunidades". 42. Ireland, 2009 : Limited edition copy of "Beowulf"; painting entitled "Bogland" by Mark Dwyer; four books; limited edition Waterford crystal bowl. 43. Malawi, 2009 : Two gilt framed portraits of the President and First Lady, carved in wood. 44. Tanzania, 2009 : 3′ tall handcarved ebony wooden sculpture. 45. Italy, 2009 : Francesco Basile gold watch. 46. Tunisia, 2010 : 12″ round silver-colored tree statue with scented black decorations, in a red presentation box. 47. Jordan, 2009 : Six decorative ceremonial weapons presented in a glass case. 48. India, 2011 : 20″ octagonal white marble table top with design of inlaid blue and yellow flowers, and octagonal stand decorated with blue and red flowers. 49. Mexico, 2011 : 31.5″ x 39″ oil painting, title: "The Celebrate" by artist Rene Jimenez, depicting a turkey’s face and neck, float-mounted in a red wooden frame. Large painting made up of nine panels titled "The Day and Night— in the White House" by Rene Jimenez, depicting Thanksgiving at the White House. 60 polychrome prints of the painting "The Day and Night—in the White House," each in a white envelope with a black monochrome image of the U.S. Capitol. 50. Brunei, 2012 : Silver filigree bowl with raised floral designs around the bowl, pedestal base, a polished band around the center with inscription, and lid with knob on top. 51. Brazil, 2011 : 10″ diameter wooden globe by Eduardo Eleuterio with a cutout of Brazil. Photo album containing 37 photographs of the President during his visit with President Rousseff of the Federative Republic of Brazil, photo album has a hardcover and a medal that reads "Republica Federativa do Brasil/15 de Nov. de 1889". 52. Germany, 2009 : Pair of 18 karat rose gold cufflinks in the shape of shields; Meissen porcelain tray. 53. France, 2011 : 15″ x 12″ black leather "Neo Igor" Louis Vuitton men’s business bag with luggage tag attached and embossed with "B.O." 54. France, 2010 : Three bottles of 1961 Chateau Bages wine. Two 9″ × 13″ leather folders with facsimile letters of credece presented by Benjamin Franklin to Louis XVI, King of France, in 1778 and facsimile letters from Benjamin Franklin to Charles Gravier De Vergennes, dated 1781. 55. Ivory Coast, 2011 : Traditional Chief’s robe (Kita), from the Akan People. 56. Lebanon, 2010 : 32.25″ × 24.5″ watercolor of Arabic calligraphy by artist Samir Sayegh. Book, title: "Memoirs of Letters". 57. Indonesia, 2011 : Special edition book, title: "The Colors of Harmony: A Photography Journey" by Ani Yudhoyono. Two silver sculptures of birds mounted on a maroon velvet stand. One bird is 7″ tall and 4″ long and the other bird is 4.5″ tall and 6″ long. Piece is encased in a 15.25″ x 3.5″ x 8.5″ glass case and housed in a 17.25″ x 5.25″ x 10.75″ orange decorative canvas box. Red hand embroidered batik scarf with a multicolor floral design. 58. Burma, 2012 : 30″ x 18″ framed painting of a city at sunset, painted by donor. 59. China, 2009 : 39″ x 49″ wooden framed and matted fine silk embroidery depicting a portrait study of the First Family. 60. Mongolia, 2012 : 41″ long saber with 34″ blade, silver filigree handle and sheath. 61. Ireland, 2010 : Two first edition volumes of William Yeats books, published in 1906 and 1907. 62. Ghana, 2009 : Six pieces of kente cloth and two glass bead jewelry sets, each consisting of a necklace, earrings, and two bracelets. 63. Nigeria, 2011 : 12″ x 8″ x 6″ gold-colored bust of woman, on a 6″ x 6″ x 2″ wooden base. 64. Iraq, 2011 : 12″ x 8″ silver tray, engraved with a scene of a palace, labeled "Iraq," and floral and geometric decorative pattern. The tray is sealed under glass in a leather display case, all held in 13″ x 9.5″ x 2.25″ leather box. 65. Vatican City, 2009 : Large red linen portfolio containing ten lithographs of the fountains of the Vatican; Bible in a burgundy leather case; book entitled "Vatican City"; two children’s hats; children’s puzzle; children’s wrist watch. 66. Iraq, 2009 : Large silver vase with images of palm trees and sphinxes; Iraqi soccer team jersey. 67. Russia, 2009 : 4.5″ × 5.5″ gold-colored religious relic with a stand, in a brown wooden presentation case. 68. Brunei, 2011 : Small enamel keepsake box. One bag of coffee. One candle. Six steak knives. Four Christmas mugs. Book, title: "The Fifty Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer," by J. Jorgensen. Glass "PEACE" plate. Small stainless steel tea infuser. Small stainless steel sugar bowl. Small stainless steel cream receptacle. Stainless steel coffee pot. 7″ tall crystal candlestick. 14″ high handmade shaker box. Bowl made from "Innervisions" Record by Stevie Wonder. 14″ x 11″ painting, title: "A Forest," artist unknown. Small white keepsake box. Decorative shell display plate. 7″ x 7″ shell picture frame. 10″ x 10″ Chinese checkers plate. 15″ x 15″ glass plate with game board painted on it. Large brown basket. Set of three faux books in multiple colors. 69. France, 2011 : Lacoste white classic men’s polo shirt. Limited-edition "HOPE" fountain pen and Ligne 8 lighter from S.T. Dupont, each in a cherry blossom design, and contained in a 6.5″ x 6.5″ black box with "G8 France 2011" on the top. Bottle of Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge. S.T. Dupont black and silver fountain pen, presented in a 8.5″ x 4.5″ black case. Six black glass goblets in a plastic display case and contained in a 30″ x 18″ red box; 14.35″ tall blue-gray glass sculpture of Bucephalus, Alexander the Great’s horse. 70. El Salvador, 2010 : Four piece metal sculpture of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on horses, by Alfredo Melara Farfan. 71. France, 2011 : 3″ gold coin, "Deauville" embossed with scene of the ocean and an umbrella on the front and "Barack Obama" engraved with several scenes of Deauville on the back, enclosed in 3.5″ x 3.5″ presentation box with a clear plastic display stand. 36″ x 36″ Hermes silk Deauville scarf, with design of a scene of horse race in gray, blue, and brown. 72. Canada, 2010 : 17″ sugar maple-wood bowl signed by Don Thur. 24″ × 16″ handcrafted glass tree in a green frame. 73. Finland, 2010 : 9.5″ blue glass bird, hand-blown by Iittala craftsmen. 74. Malaysia, 2011 : 6″ x 6″ x 2.25″ ornate pewter jewelry box with velvet interior, presented in a 9″ x 9″ x 4″ blue velvet box. 75. Germany, 2009 : Black leather Montblanc briefcase. 76. China, 2011 : Bronze 48″ statue of Abraham Lincoln by the artist Yuan Xikun, includes a red leather booklet describing the gift. 77. Nigeria, 2010 : Chris Aire gold cufflinks with centered citrine gemstone bordered by band of diamonds. 78. Gabon, 2011 : 14″ blue mask sculpture by Daum, on a 10″ black and silver stand, enclosed in 34″ x 16″ x 13″ red box. 79. UK, 2009 : Book entitled "A Carnegie Anthology"; book entitled "Scottish Estate Tweeds"; one Johnstons cashmere sweater. 80. Honduras, 2010 : Two gold-colored Milla Guirst Joyeros cufflinks with Mayan designs, presented in a yellow presentation box. 10.5″ snakeskin purse with silver-colored plate and Mayan design 81. Russia, 2009 : Antique brass Samovar. 82. Japan, 2009 : 16″ x 27″ framed Japanese calligraphy. 83. Turkey, 2009 : Two cufflinks made by Sevan Bicakci; blue and silver glass vase. 84. Bulgaria, 2012 : 9″ diameter gold wreath of oak leaves and acorns. 85. Pakistan, 2009 : 26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Obama. 86. Mongolia, 2011 : Book, title: "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World," by Jack Weatherford. 19" tall bronze statue depicting a man riding a horse, on an 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″ granite pedestal, presented in brown suede bag. 87. Egypt, 2010 : 4.5″ × 3.5″ Bible in Arabic with metallic cross on cover. Book, title: "Our Common Christian- Islamic Heritage." 16″ × 16″ white tote bag. 88. Czech Republic, 2011 : 9″ decanter, made of Czech glass, in a 7″ x 10″ red presentation box. 89. South Sudan, 2011 : A 7″ x 9″ plaque congratulating the President on his election a wooden box. 23″ x 11″ ebony black rhino. 15″ hand-etched bowl with an image of Africa and African animals. 90. Benin, 2012 : 26″ tall wooden royal seat from Benin. Ten samples of cloth made in Benin. 29″ x 42″ painting of Benin landscape, artist unknown. Ten samples Dutch cloth. 91. Czech Republic, 2009 : Set of six handmade wine glasses, and a book entitled "The Story of Prague Castle." 92. Poland, 2011 : CD, title: "The Historical Recordings," by Paderewski, enclosed in a brown leather book. Silver Waldmann brand pen from the 17th Meeting of Presidents of Central European States, enclosed in a 3.5″ x 8″ black leather box. 4.5″ x 6″ wall plaque of Paderewski, enclosed in a 7.5″ x 8″ blue box. Five bottles of flavored liquors by Nalewski Staropolskie. 93. Italy, 2012 : Book, title: "Archimede Seguso," by R. B. Mentasti. Parabolic glass bowl with gold coloring. 94. Malaysia, 2010 : 32″ × 34″ traditional hand-woven portrait of President Obama. 32″ × 34″ traditional handwoven portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. 95. Australia, 2011 : Book, title: "That Deadman Dance" authored by Kim Scott. Book, title: "Truth" authored Peter Temple. Book, title: "Breath" authored by Tim Winton. 22″ x 13″ framed collection of historic Australian ANZUS stamps. Custom-made, authentic Akubra Cattleman hat tanmark brown, made of pure fur felt with dark brown leather trimmings. 17″ x 17″ framed black-and-white commemorative historical picture of a ship, with plaque commemorating 60th Anniversary of the ANZUS Alliance. 96. UK, 2011 : 48″ x 70″ tapestry with eagle and American flag design made by The Rug Company and enclosed in a canvas bag with teal and orange designs. 97. Israel, 2009 : Bronze statue of a girl releasing a flock of doves. 98. Kuwait, 2009 : Mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli gilt bronze box. 99. Tunisia, 2010 : 20″ × 16.5″ high purple and yellow leather and wooden ottoman with brown wooden circular legs containing 16″ × 6″ and 14″ × 4″ purple and yellow wooden containers. Six bottles of Vieux Magon wine. Eight bottles of Tunisian Olive Oil. Box of dates. 100. France, 2011 : Large, black Hermes golf accessory bag including set of lock and key, and extra strap in bottom compartment, presented in cream colored drawstring bag. 101. Japan, 2010 : 5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 4″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 3.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 2.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup, presented in a wooden presentation box. 32″ × 27″ framed facsimile of letter written by President Abraham Lincoln to His Majesty the Tycoon of Japan in 1861. 102. Russia, 2009 : Painting entitled "Natalia Pushkina" by Alexander Pavlovich Brullov, reproduction of a portrait of Alexander Pushkin’s wife; porcelain doll designed by Anastasia Chizhova; framed replica of the address by the people of North American States to Alexander II; reproductions of letters between Emperor Alexander II and President Lincoln; lace tablecloth with twelve matching placemats; porcelain tea set made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Saint Petersburg. 103. Mexico, 2012 : 10″ black wooden coyote suspended in metal display box. Coca-Cola bottle decorated with beads. Book, title: "Rastros Irrastreables, Artwork by El Nacho." Two collared buttondown shirts, one white and one white with blue stripes. Round silver cufflinks by FCO OTERO. Wooden chest with lock housing five bottles of liquor. 104. Iraq, 2009 : Two handwoven decorative rugs; one framed portrait of a woman wearing a green dress; one framed portrait depicting two women and a man surrounded by birds. 105. Ukraine, 2010 : White blouse with beaded floral design, in maroon velvet presentation box. 106. Peru, 2010 : 54″ × 12″ Kuna vicuna-brown scarf, presented in wooden presentation case with a silver label. 107. Indonesia, 2010 : Two wooden "Asta Kriya" shadow puppets. Two 19″ × 16″ framed photographs commemorating the First Family’s visit to Indonesia. Three-piece red and gold colored medals, presented in a wooden presentation case with an honorary diploma. Three shirts. 108. Ghana, 2009 : 31″ x 47″ portrait of President Obama with an American Flag. 109. Brunei, 2012 : Scented candle. Pewter and silver picture frame. Book, title: " Wildness Is the Preservation the World," photos by E. Porter and text by H.D. Thoreau. Book, title: "Everyday Heroes," by K. Fried. Book, title: "Where Miracles Are Born and Squandered," by T. Lane. Two ceramic bowls with stars and stripes. Two ceramic mugs with stars and stripes. Cutting board. Pottery vase. Wooden bowl from Hawaii. Christmas wreath. Hanging stained glass sign reading "Obama 2012." Glass plate painted with red and black checkerboard. Handcrafted painted game table. Large brown trunk. 110. Philippines, 2011 : 7″ tall Baynihan centerpiece made of cast aluminum in nickel plate with a black granite stone base, portraying men carrying a traditional home. 111. Palestinian Authority, 2009 : 25″ x 29″ framed painting of a tree; eight books. 112. Panama, 2011 : 14-karat gold bird-shaped cufflinks, presented in 3″ x 2″ x 1.5″ blue leather jewelry box. 5″ x 9″ wood and sterling silver eagle sculpture. 113. Pakistan, 2009 : Large cream-colored rug with fringes. 114. Greece, 2010 : 7.5″ × 1.5″ sterling silver chain bracelet, in a navy presentation box. Variety of Korres liquid facial products. 115. India, 2010 : Two 10″ × 12″ miniature paintings depicting a small indoor gathering, presented in blue velvet presentation boxes. Three gold-colored cloth ornaments. 116. UK, 2011 : 15 piece "Sun & Moon" china set, Traditional Arts, Ltd., in white with gold leaf accents, includes 9″ x 9″ x 5.5″ tea pot with top, 5″ x 4″ x 3.5″ creamer, 4.5″ x 4″ x 4″ sugar cup with top, six 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ tea cups and six 5.25″ saucers, all enclosed in blue 15″ x 15″ x 10″ presentation box; 11″ x 15″ framed photograph of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with their signatures on white matting, and enclosed in green presentation box marked "Ettinger London." 117. Russia, 2010 : Two 4″ Imperial porcelain painted eggs with porcelain bases, presented in yellow presentation boxes. Book, title: "An Attempt at a Pictorial Account of a Trip Across North America". 118. Tunisia, 2011 : 100″ x 65″ handmade traditional woven Tunisian rug, design is geometric and primarily red with black, yellow, white, and blue accents. 119. Burkina Faso, 2011 : 27″ brass statue of a woman carrying a water jug on her head and a small child on her back. 25″ brass statue of a man wearing a conical hat and carrying a stick over his shoulders that suspends two water jugs, each jug and "rope" is detachable from the statue. 120. China, 2009 : Porcelain sculpture of five oxen. 121. Sri Lanka, 2010 : 20″ × 20″ painting of First Family in a wooden frame with semi-precious stones and a presentation plaque 122. Brunei, 2009 : Four books. Fiorentina Italian leather backgammon set, presented in a 17″ × 9″ presentation box. Baccarat crystal figurine, presented in a 7″ × 4.5″ red presentation box. Thinkashmir Scialli Charles black cashmere shawl. Plush stuffed animal. Two framed photo prints from the Providence Picture Frame Company. 28″ × 23″ dark brown wicker basket with white and red-colored bow tied to handle. Three scented Persian candles in individual 5″ × 3″ white boxes. 123. Indonesia, 2010 : Book, title: "Exquisite Indonesia: The Finest Crafts of the Archipelago." 80″ × 152″ red, blue, and tan batik cloth, presented in a brown presentation box. 80″ × 152″ red, teal, and tan batik cloth with large bird design, in a brown presentation box. 124. China, 2011 : Blue-glazed porcelain hand figurine with a small bird in a yellow display box. 125. Afghanistan, 2010 : 312″ × 117″ burgundy and red carpet with intricate patterns and cream-colored fringe. 126. Jordan, 2011 : Two 11″ sterling silver filing lamps with 10″ shades, enclosed in 16″ x 12.5″ x 12″ brown presentation box. 127. Italy, 2009 : Large book of original artwork, photographs, and text by artist Marilena Ferrari, with a Renaissance- style stone carving cover. Gold-painted box containing certificates of authenticity for accompanying artwork. Goldpainted box containing bookmark and magnifying glass. Gold-painted box containing hand-written full version of the Star Spangled Banner in custom ink and calligraphy. Large gold leaf painted box housing all items. 128. Colombia, 2012 : Two woven, multi-colored fabric bags. Small woven handbag with beads and long handle. Book, title: "Silvia Tchesrassi photography," by J.C. Obando. Book, title: "La´grimas de Ame´rica" by artist C.C. Daza. 129. Jordan, 2010 : 11″ × 6.5″ silver jewelry box with red and black mosaic on top. Book, title: "The Mosaics of Jordan" 130. Azerbaijan, 2010 : Set of two brass and crystal tea cups, presented in a blue velvet display case. 72″ 49″ Garabagh Magical Knots Azerbaijani rug made by AZER–ILME Co. Ltd., presented a matching red carrying case with inscription. Book, title: "Azar-ilma". 131. Argentina, 2012 : Silver ornament dagger in a black display box. 132. Haiti, 2009 : 3′ x 3′ framed portrait of the President and First Lady by Petit-Bois Ancener; 5′ x 5′ portrait of the President by Petit-Bois Ancener. 133. Italy, 2009 : Two men’s Belstaff jackets; one women’s Belstaff jacket. 134. Brazil, 2011 : 51″ x 40″ digital C print photograph, by artist Vik Muniz, titled "Marat (Sebastiao)," depicting man using arranged items in the style of David’s "Death of Marat." 135. Suriname, 2011 : Book, title: "Suriname Discovered," by: Toon Fey. Royal Mint 2000 Millennium 22 carat gold coin that reads "Suriname 100,000 Gulden" on one side, and "Suriname" on the other. 136. Senegal, 2010 : 40″ × 70″ black wool shawl with colorful stripes. 16″ black handbag with colorful stripes. 64″ × 28″ black lace shawl with white trim. Senegalese white shirt with black trim. Senegalese white linen robe with black accents. Pair of Senegalese white linen drawstring pants. 137. Jordan, 2011 : 1″ x 7″ x 9″ Porcelain sculpture of Jordanian archway on a black pedestal, presented in dark brown and beige leather-topped box. 138. Malaysia, 2011 : 36″ x 94″ purple batik with blue fringe, and a silver, green, orange, red, and blue pattern. 36″ x 94″ pink batik with white fringe and a silver, purple, blue, green, and orange pattern; Two books, title: "The Discerning Voice of the First Lady Rosmah" contained in cardboard book sleeves. 139. Mauritius, 2009 : 30″ x 41″ wooden replica model of the USS Constitution; Swarovski crystal figurine entitled "Dalmally—Tropic Sun." 140. Colombia, 2011 : Sterling silver water jug and cup in a blue leather presentation box. 141. Japan, 2009 : Five sterling silver cocktail forks; piece of orange decorative brocade cloth. 142. Italy, 2009 : Oil on canvas painting entitled "Le Changement." 143. China, 2011 : 72″ x 24″ gray, blue, and green cashmere scarf, made by 1436 Erdos. 144. Ireland, 2011 : Leather-bound book, title: "Daniel O’Connell: The Man who Discovered Ireland," authored by Professor Patrick Geoghegan. 21.5″ x 29.5″ black and white photograph of President John F. Kennedy addressing Irish Oireachtas, formatted in white matte board in a black frame. Fred Curtis Crystal presentation bowl with American flags engraved alongside a shamrock above inscription commemorating St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock ceremony at White House, presented in black box with "Fred Curtis Crystal" written on sides and on top. 145. Vatican City, 2009 : Gilt framed and matted mosaic depicting St. Peter’s Square; decorative gold coin with the inscription "Benedict XVI Pont Max Anno IV" with the profile of Pope Benedict the XVI; booklet entitled "Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions"; book entitled "Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI"; silver keychain. 146. Tibet, 2010 : 30″ × 54″ multicolored Tibetan scroll depicting a Buddhist deity on a gold-colored inlay. 26″ × 124″ white-patterned Tibetan shawl. 5.75″ × 7.5″ silver and cream-colored cardstock with written inscription. 147. Thailand, 2012 : Stationery set of varying paper sizes, envelopes, and letter opener, held within painted black wooden box. 148. Indonesia, 2011 : Book, title: "The Footprints of Time: Menapak Waktu," by Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Brown, white, and black bag with a black zipper, and a red and white ribbon rosette on front. Book, title: "Iwan Tirta Batik," by Sebuah Lakon. Book, title: "Dhenok: The Semarangan Wedding Arts & Culture," by Ineke F. Priyo. Book, title: "The Journey: Batik Pesisr from Semarang, Kendal, Demak & Kudu," by Ieneke F. Priyo. Iwan Tirta private-collection shawl, men’s shirt, with blue, brown, and white Indonesian batik design depicting birds. 149. Afghanistan, 2009 : Large oval blue lapis bowl, presented in a blue velvet presentation box. 150. Turkey, 2009 : 14″ green glass vase with gold crescent and star designs, made by Palabahçe. 151. China, 2009 : 3′ x 6′ wooden framed watercolor on paper depicting a landscape with limestone cliffs. 152. Turkey, 2010 : 9.5″ sterling silver Tombac Ottoman Collection portable writing set with pen and ink case. 11″ × 5″ 24-carat gold plated Tombac Ottoman Collection bowl. 153. Czech Republic, 2010 : 14″ hand-blown Moser glass plate with 24-carat gold border. 154. China, 2010 : 12.5″ Jun purple and gray porcelain vase with a round wooden base, in a wooden presentation box. 155. Ukraine, 2010 : 18″ × 62″ embroidered beige tapestry with red floral motif, presented in a maroon cylinder with a gold and red embroidered crest. 156. Pakistan, 2010 : 26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Barack Obama 157. India, 2009 : Burgundy rug with a foliate motif. 158. Chile, 2011 : 5″ tall condiment pot and a silver utensil, both made of Chilean silver. 159. Kazahkstan, 2010 : 9.5″ bowl made of silver, jasper, kahalong, and fianit, in a green and tan presentation box. 160. Russia, 2010 : 83″ × 43″ framed oil painting of a carnival winter scene by K.V. Kiselev. 161. Mexico, 2009 : Book entitled "The National Palace of Mexico"; red and brown artwork made of Olinala´ lacquer. 162. South Korea, 2012 : Circular gold pin. Pink beaded bracelet. Three flower hair pins. Samsung digital camera. Security Summit silver coin. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. 163. India, 2010 : Book, title: "The Life of Mahatma Gandhi," by Louis Fisher. 28″ × 15″ bronze-colored bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Brown and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 15″ gold-colored "Diviniti" wooden frame and plaque of Rashtrapti Bhawan New Delhi India. 41″ × 57″ portrait of President Obama. 164. Brunei, 2009 : Three hardcover books. Two paperback books. Mara Fine Silver silver-plated tea caddie. 64 oz. fluted silver-plated pitcher. 9″ Cricklewood crystal oval vase. 24″ diameter tin plated copper tray. 4.5″ bronze Sona vessel with gold finish and a blackened-aluminum resting ring. Knit purple blanket with orange and green fabric. 16″ × 24″ black tray 165. Brunei, 2011 : 8″ x 7″ silver octagonal box with floral/leaf design, in glass case inside a yellow box with knob, and includes a pendant of the seal of Brunei Darussalam. 166. Kazahkstan, 2011 : Bronze, three-legged candlestick holder on a 6.25″ circular stone base, atop the three legs sits ring depicting a camel caravan and ram heads. 167. Laos, 2010 : 20.75″ × 32″ framed silver-colored metal panel with an etching depicting a city in Laos. 168. New Guinea, 2011 : 29″ x 8″ x 15″ ebony wood carving of a mask on four legs. 169. El Salvador, 2011 : 20″ x 18″ x 5″ wooden mask carved into shape of a jaguar head on a 24″ x 12″ x 5″ wooden base with a gold-colored plaque on bottom describing the piece. 170. Ireland, 2010 : Anthology of Irish poetry, signed by six Irish poets. 171. China, 2011 : 14″ red and gold colored vase in red presentation box. 172. Mauritius, 2011 : 35″ x 26″ oil painting, depicting the Rempart Mountain in the Republic of Mauritius, signed by "Ashley 2011," in a silver frame with an engraved plaque. 173. Mexico, 2011 : 13″ tall beige clay ceramic vase with black and red designs made by Antonio Veloz, presented in green box with Mexican flag colored ribbons. Paperback Book, title: "Mata Ortiz Ceramics: Artes de Mexico, Numero 45″. 174. Afghanistan, 2010 : 80″ × 148″ brown and blue patterned rug. 175. Jordan, 2010 : Three 13″ glass vases with gold-colored stripes and wooden toppers, in black presentation boxes. 176. Thailand, 2010 : 12″ silver-colored tray with dragon-shaped handle, presented in a blue presentation box. 177. Russia, 2012 : 8″ x 10″ painting of winter landscape, artist unknown. Book, title: "Rostov Enamels," by V. Borisova. 178. Burma, 2012 : Silver-tinted goblet with pointed lid and flower etchings. 179. South Korea, 2011 : Book, title: "The Uncharted Path: An Autobiography" authored by President Lee Myung-bak. 12.5″ white porcelain plate, with painted images of the President and First Lady, contained within a 14″ x 14″ x 6″ mahogany box with golden turtle latch and iridescent depictions of birds. 14″ x 5.5″ 10.5″ black lacquer box inlaid with mother of pearl, and box is decorated with iridescent scenes of sailboats, birds, and scenery of the landscape of the Republic of Korea, both contained inside a 15″ x 6″ x 11.5″ blue presentation box. 180. China, 2009 : Large porcelain jar; decorative fan with images of butterflies; small white and pink tea set; one green and blue glass jar in the shape of a kneeling water buffalo. 181. Trinidad and Tobago, 2009 : Black Bosca leather briefcase; CD entitled "The Fifth Summit of the Americas 2009"; DVD entitled "Cepal Publications 2008"; five books about Trinidad and Tobago. 182. Russia, 2012 : 13″ tall x 17″ diameter white porcelain vase with black and red divergent pattern and images of the White House and Kremlin on opposite sides, artist unknown. Photo book of the Medvedev presidency. 183. Philippines, 2010 : 12″ × 8″ brown accessory box with four silverplated bulls on bottom. 184. Saudi Arabia, 2010 : Three Bijan silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in silk presentation boxes. Five Brioni silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in red presentation boxes. Black Brioni silk tie in a red presentation box. Stefano Ricci silk tie in a red and black presentation box. Blue and pink Stefano Ricci silk tie with matching handkerchief in a red and black presentation box. Five silk ties with matching handkerchiefs in white presentation boxes. Two striped Eddia silk ties in pink presentation boxes. Blue Francesco Smalto silk tie in a pink presentation box. Blue Lanvin silk tie with matching handkerchief in a blue presentation box. 20″ × 14″ × 8″ gray briefcase. 185. Singapore, 2009 : 16″ × 23.75″ metal panel with cityscape view of Singapore, presented in a wooden box with a plaque on the top that reads "APEC Singapore 2009." 9.5″ × 6.75″ × 2.75″ bronze abstract sculpture in a braided motif inscribed, "From the 2009 APEC Conference in Singapore," presented in a fitted wooden presentation box. 186. Brazil, 2012 : 32″ x 39″ framed cross-stitch art of the President and First Lady by artist G. Alves. 31″ x 19″ painting on wood, title: "Ensala," by F. Galeno. 187. India, 2010 : 30″ × 42″ painting of bodhisattva on black and gold-colored scroll, presented in a 36″ blue presentation box. Red and gold-colored silk three piece Sari. 6″ × 9″ red and gold-colored beaded Sari handbag. 11″ × 13″ beige and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 9″ blue booklet with floral pattern and gold plated image of Parliament. 188. Malaysia, 2010 : 4″ × 7″ silver-plated box with floral design and gold-colored flower with red stone, presented in a blue velvet presentation box. Book, title: "Najib: Beginning of a Legacy Commemorating One Year as Prime Minister of Malaysia" 189. Saudi Arabia, 2010 : 18.5″ clock with a gold-colored horse and two palm trees on a green and silver-colored marble base, in a green presentation box. 190. Qatar, 2011 : 30″ circumference gold and silver base with silver statues of two wild goats and a tree with gold clock hanging from it, depicting a desert scene. 191. Azerbaijan, 2012 : 54″ x 39″ pure wool hand-woven rug artwork, title: "Magic Knots" in leather carrying bag. Blue, purple, and orange silk head shawl. 192. Ireland, 2011 : CD, title: "Black is the Earth," by artist Adele O’Dwyer. Book, title: "Living Under the Hatch," by Barry O’Riley. 34″ x 70″ flag of Offaly, in green, yellow, pink. Book, title: "Stories from a Sacred Landscape: Croghan Hill to Clonmacnoise," by Caiman O’Brien. 8cm x 8cm x 20cm three dimensional model of High Cross at Burrow, enclosed in black presentation box. Book, title: "Offaly History and Societies," edited by William Nolan and Timothy P. O’Neil. 18-karat Sterling silver pendant and two necklaces, in green presentation box. Pen and ink artist’s depiction titled, "Church of Ireland at Templehorry, Welcome President Obama," in a 46.5″ x 34.5″ black frame. 193. Thailand, 2009 : Silver box imprinted with the insignia of the Kingdom of Thailand. 194. Saudi Arabia, 2009 : Large desert scene on a green veined marble base featuring miniature figurines of gold palm trees and camels; large gold medallion with the Royal seal in a green leather display box; large brass and glass clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre in a green leather display case. 195. Ireland, 2011 : 14.5″ x 8.5″ x 2″ green copper Marquette, entitled "Equality Emerging" on gray marble base, enclosed in a 10.5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ wooden box. 196. Indonesia, 2011 : Hand-carved wooden sculpture in blue display box. 197. France, 2011 : Set of seven Bonpoint Paris perfume, skincare lotion, and soap products presented in a rectangular zip up white box that says Bonpoint on the inside flap. 198. Philippines, 2012 : 18″ hand-woven Buntal fiber box with laminated rainbow shell lid and bone handle on a mahogany stand. 199. Pakistan, 2010 : 8″ × 5″ sterling silver bowl, presented in a green presentation box 200. Jordan, 2010 : Two 11.5″ R & Y Augousti stingray and goldcolored candlesticks, presented in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box. Two 4.5″ × 4.5″ stingray and mother of pearl jewelry boxes, in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box. 201. Cambodia, 2012 : 6″ tall x 4″ wide short silver vase with raised decorative designs. 202. China, 2012 : Basketball in custom red, white, and blue coloring, autographed by donor. 20″ x 79″ replica painting, title: "Five Oxen from the Tang Dynasty," by H. Haung. 203. Palestinian Authority, 2009 : Bottle of olive oil. 204. Germany, 2012 : Book, title: "Berliner Philharmoniker: Im Takt Der Zeit," published by the Berlin Philharmonic, including 12 compact discs featuring their historic concerts. Crystal Theresienthal candy dish. 205. Afghanistan, 2011 : Large Afghan rug in mostly tan, black, brown, and green geometric patterns. 206. Vatican City, 2009 : 15″ blue glass jar with a silver design. 207. Spain, 2010 : 6.25″ × 6.25″ silver plate engraved with royal signature, in blue presentation box. 208. Afghanistan, 2011 : 52″ x 85″ red Afghan rug with blue trim and white tassels. 209. UK, 2011 : Red leather-bound book, title: "A Selection of Papers From the Royal Archives 1834–1897," encased in a 19″ x 16″ x 2″ red leather box. 210. Austria, 2012 : Silver desk set by Rozet and Fischmeister. 211. India, 2009 : Book entitled "Stories from the Panchatantra"; book entitled "Ancient Tales of Wit and Wisdom"; book entitled "The Puffin Treasury of Modern Indian Stories"; book entitled "A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India"; book entitled "The Gandhi Collection: History in the Making: The Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy." 212. Turkey, 2011 : 19″ x 12″ ornate silver serving tray with mirror inset, in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box. 16″ x 5″ 6″ ornate silver serving dish in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box. 213. Turkey, 2009 : 10″ x 6″ gold vase. 214. Colombia, 2012 : Large, high-quality book, title: "Cien Años de Soledad," by G.G. Marquez, with hand-drawn pictures presented in wood and canvas case. 215. Kyrgyzstan, 2010 : 31″ × 26″ black and tan leather artwork of birds, trees, and other objects in a gold frame. 216. Italy, 2009 : Book entitled "I Vetri di Archimede Seguso dal 1950 al 1959"; pair of blown glass candleholders and a glass fruit bowl. 217. Germany, 2009 : Five Ascot ties in assorted colors and two Krefelder Seidentuch silk scarves. 218. Northern Ireland, 2009 : Belleek handcrafted basket. 219. Italy, 2011 : Book, title: "L‘Italia Unita: 150 anniversario Unita d’ Italia." 220. China, 2010 : 11″ × 9″ "Expo 2010 Shanghai China" blue vase with a floral pattern and image of the Shanghai skyline, in a presentation box. 10″ × 8.5″ framed "Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Colorful China Pavilion Pin Set" 221. Azerbaijan, 2012 : 2' x 3' rug in flower and octagon design and multiple colors. Six hand-cut crystal glasses with gold tinted base and handle. 222. Turkey, 2009 : Silver bowl with a raised floral motif. 223. Germany, 2009 : Meissen tea set with a floral design; book entitled "Meissen in Meissen." 224. Russia, 2012 : 8″ x 11″ silver chalice with ornate blue designs on bowl and base. 225. Japan, 2009 : Mikimoto desk clock; black basketball jersey. 226. Indonesia, 2010 : Nine paperback books and eleven hardcover books about Indonesian history and culture. Two Periplus travel maps of Indonesia. 74″ × 43″ orange and black silk tapestry. 76″ × 46″ orange and black silk tapestry. 227. Indonesia, 2011 : Black leather and multi-colored batik-bound padfolio, embossed with "19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, Bali—Indonesia, 17–19 November 2011" in gold lettering, accompanied by an ASEAN writing pad, a silver bookmark decorated with a "Bali Dancer," an Indonesia 2011 lapel pin, and a Montblanc pen, all contained in a gold-colored presentation box. ASEAN Summit green batik Leader’s shirt in orange, red, black, white, gold, and green. 31″ x 23″ framed oil portrait of the Chiefs of State who attended the East Asia Summit in Indonesia in November 2011 with the words: "East Asia Summit in Indonesia November 2011." 228. Italy, 2009 : Large crystal table with an image of the American Flag. 229. India, 2011 : 24″ x 34″ elaborate black rug with gold color and floral bead detailing. 230. Georgia, 2012 : Traditional Georgian headpiece of black wool, silk, and gold embroidery. One copy of the Georgian constitution. Copy of Georgian declaration of independence in display case. 231. Bahrain, 2010 : 8″ × 10″ Christolfe silver picture frame with a photograph of President Obama at a table with officials of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 232. Canada, 2011 : Basketball, signed by 2010–2011 Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team, in a 10″ x 10″ hardplastic display case, presented in a 14.5″ x 22.5″ green leather- bound box that has the Prime Minister seal on the top. 23.25″ x 18.25″ golden-framed 19th Century antique map of North America, surrounded by drawings of North American Indians, beavers, and other images, and drawn by Tallis & Co. 233. Burkina Faso, 2009 : Three multicolored shirts and two full-length cloth garments. 234. China, 2009 : Chinese porcelain vase with a blue and white floral motif. 235. Mexico, 2011 : Two volume set about the diary of Frida Kahlo, printed by the Bank of Mexico. This volume is a limited edition of 3000 for three Mexican art museums. Volume One: "Transcriptions," bound in 1⁄4 leather, is a Spanish language transcription. Volume Two: "Poems," bound in full embossed blue leather, is a 92-page full-color facsimile of one of Kahlo’s diaries. 236. Qatar, 2011 : 11″ x 20″ x 12″ wooden display case containing a small sword, the top of the case displays the seal of the State of Qatar and reads, "Fight Against Corruption." 237. Morocco, 2009 : Nine books related to the history and culture of Morocco. 238. Morocco, 2011 : 5′ x 4′ framed black and white photograph of a child looking down and wrapped in an American flag, given to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 239. Kazahkstan, 2010 : 5.5″ × 5″ × 1″ lacquered wooden box with "OSCE Kazakhstan 2010" label, containing a 2.5″ diameter medallion of 199.37 gram gold alloy. 240. Italy, 2009 : Twelve silk ties. 241. Mauritius, 2009 : Painting entitled "Mauritius—A Haven for Peace and Harmony," by Daniele Hitie. 242. Czech Republic, 2012 : 5″ tall x 3.5″ wide red etched Egerman crystal vase with four small feet and leaf designs. 243. Brazil, 2009 : Silver tray with a floral design; ceremonial plaque; four CDs; two informational booklets. 244. China, 2012 : 14″ tall vase with lotus pattern in white and blue. 245. Brazil, 2011 : Personalized "Penalty" white soccer jersey with one diagonal black stripe and "Electrobras" in blue on the front. Personalized "Olympikus" red and black striped soccer jersey. Personalized "Fluminenso" green and red soccer jersey with white collar. Personalized "FILA" black and white striped soccer jersey with black collar with "Neo Quimica Genericos" on the front. Personalized yellow Nike Brazil soccer jersey with one horizontal green stripe across chest. Two DVDs, title: 5x Favela Agora por Nos Mesmos. Two DVDs, title: Orfeu. Book, title: "Memorias de um Sargento de Milicias/Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant." Book, title: "Casa Velha/The Old House," by: Machado de Assis. Paperback book authored by Manuel Antonio de Almeida. Book, title: "A Alma Encantadora Das Ruas/The Enchanting Soul of the Streets," by: Joao do Rio. Two sets of DVDs, title: "Unidade de Policia," distributor: Governo Rio de Janeiro. 246. Denmark, 2009 : 9.5″ × 12″ wood-framed photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. Set of two books on Danish history. 247. Croatia, 2010 : Gena black three-piece suit 248. Jordan, 2011 : Wooden candle holder comprised of two spheres on top of one another with white designs containing candle in center; Wooden candle holder comprised of three rectangular figures on top of one another with white designs. 249. Russia, 2009 : 50″ x 62″ rug with an image of President Obama. 250. Israel, 2010 : 16″ × 10.5″ deluxe edition of hardcover book, title: "Great is Peace" 251. Saudi Arabia, 2012 : 10″ tall x 12″ wide gold-plated clock with mother of pearl face and horse figure on the base. 252. Australia, 2012 : Australian flag presented in custom box made of Australian wood. 253. Russia, 2011 : 11″ x 10″ wooden box, lined with green velvet, has "the President" and "Barack Obama" embossed on top of a green name plate, contains a DVD titled, "Formula of Power" with the President’s picture on the front of the case. 19.125″ x 17.8125″ miniature enamel painting of the Moscow Kremlin, enclosed in a copper frame. 254. UN, 2011 : 9″ diameter Tiffany & Co. Revere Pewter bowl, engraved with "Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General United Nations" on one side and the Secretary’s signature and United Nations logo on the other, presented in turquoise cloth bag with "Tiffany Co" printed on top. 255. Thailand, 2012 : Royal Bone Chinaware tea set. Framed photograph of President Obama and the Prime Minister. 256. China, 2012 : 16″ tall antique yellow vase with flower design. 257. Denmark, 2009 : Book entitled "Restoring the Balance"; book entitled "The Military Balance 2009." 258. Turkey, 2012 : Book, title: "President Abdullah Gu¨l: In His Own Words." 5″ tall silver bowl with Turkish star and moon on top rim. 259. UK, 2009 : Purple shawl made with Harris Tweed Hebrides fabric; assorted children’s clothing including three shirts, two pairs of sunglasses, two skirts, one belt, one blazer, one pair of jeans, and two wooden bead necklaces. 260. China, 2009 : 12.75″ × 7″ cylindrical "Franz Collection" vase featuring high relief blue iris leaves against a cream color background. 261. China, 2009 : 7″ x 11″ red and white porcelain vase by Franz with purple and pink flower design across the front. 262. Azerbaijan, 2012 : Book, title: "Azerbaijan." Book, title: "Azerbaijan: The Land of Tolerance." Book, title: "Azerbaijani Carpets Garabagh Group," by V. Muradov. Six gold cups with blue and silver engraving. 263. Kuwait, 2010 : 10″ × 8″ Christofle silver photo frame, in a brown presentation box. 2″ Nieman Marcus picture frame. 264. Italy, 2009 : 16.5″ × 12″ Pineider brown leather briefcase embossed with seal of the 2009 G8 Summit with a yellow dust bag and black handling gloves. Navy silk tie. Plastic watch. Book, title: "L’Aquila: Saving an Art City." Office supplies with 2009 G8 Summit seal. Book, title: "G8 Now". 265. Denmark, 2011 : 9.5″ x 12″ signed and framed photo of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. 266. UK, 2009 : One framed photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; one framed photograph of Prince Phillip. 267. Singapore, 2010 : Creative Aurvana Live! black headphones. Creative pocket video camera. Creative noise cancelling earbud headphones. 268. South Korea, 2009 : Two purple Samsung compact digital cameras. Two pieces of pink decorative brocade silk fabric. 269. Japan, 2010 : One titanium cup presented in wooden box with "APEC 2010, Naoto Kan, Prime Minster of Japan" imprinted on top of cover. Black Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 digital camera in a blue and black cardboard box. 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Windows to New Worlds
17-Year, $23 Million Museum Project Offers Universe of Exploration for S.C. Students
By Kara Meador Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
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After 17 years of planning, fundraising, designing and building, the South Carolina State Museum’s new Windows To New Worlds project officially opens on Aug. 16. It includes a planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and an exciting and collaborative approach to education that can reach every school and give every student a chance to reach for the stars. We were there the day a critical piece — an antique telescope that has been retrofitted with digital capabilities — was moved into place. Here’s a look behind the curtain.
This 1926 refracting telescope is with more than $2.3 million. Photo by Sean Rayford
Through the Looking Glass
The South Carolina State Museum has housed historic artifacts since opening in 1988, but on this day in June the museum is making history in South Carolina.
The museum’s $23 million Windows To New Worlds renovation project —17 years in the making — is coming to fruition, but not before a handful of people complete a tedious task.
On the fourth floor of the museum, a forklift gingerly elevates a 1926 refracting Alvan Clark telescope 15 feet in the air. While the vintage telescope dangles from two heavy canvas straps, a handler on a step ladder works to attach the telescope to a gigantic base called a pier with a series of large gears that resemble sun dials. The telescope is worth more than $2.3 million dollars.
No pressure.
“It’s a lot of mass and it’s a lot of moving mass, so there’s a little bit of nervousness, but we have a pro with us today,” says Tom Falvey, the museum’s director of education.
Three massive legs support the telescope to make sure the device doesn’t shake or lose alignment. Museumgoers will get their first glimpse of the gigantic tripod three stories below when they enter the first-floor lobby. Each leg of the tripod is 42 feet tall and weighs more than 11,000 pounds.
It’s hot. The only moving air wisps through plastic sheets blocking a large opening in a fourth-floor wall. A glimpse outside reveals a viewing terrace that will make for some fantastic star gazing. It also offers a great view of the city.
Back inside, men guide the pieces of the telescope together underneath another obvious new addition to the museum. A 5,000-pound observatory dome was hoisted on top of the State museum in April, altering the shape of the museum and the Columbia skyline.
With prior experience planning and building a $22 million theme park in Michigan and 20 years at Six Flags Astroworld in Texas, State Museum Executive Director William Calloway has never shied away from mammoth undertakings, but even he is awed by scope of this project.
“It looks great on paper, but until you see it get built, you really don’t understand the size and the scale of it,” Calloway says. “Even though I’ve done this for a long time, I was surprised at how big it is. How impressive it is, what a ‘wow’ factor it has.”
It takes more than an hour, but the telescope is eventually safe and secure. Staff members are overcome with emotion. Some tears are shed as they see the last major piece of the puzzle needed to make the renovation project click into place.
In addition to the refracting telescope, museumgoers will be able to view an antique telescope collection donated by a local amateur astronomer named Robert Ariail. The oldest telescope in the collection dates back to 1730.
Artist's rendering
Opening New Vistas in Education
South Carolina Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes, who led the groundwork for development of the laser, actually worked on the very same refracting telescope that’s being housed at the museum when he was a professor at Columbia University in New York City in the late 1940s. The university donated the vintage instrument to the State Museum.
“Imagine looking through the same telescope that Charles Townes looked through during his days at Columbia,” Tom Falvey, director of education, says. The museum is modernizing the instrument with gears, computers and digital eyepieces, so any kid in the state can actually log on to a computer and direct the telescope to a specific location and see the images.
The fully digitized telescope will play a central role in the museum’s new distance learning and onsite STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives. 
“It will be the first time that remote access of a telescope will be provided free-of-charge to classrooms across an entire state,” says Anna Kate Twitty, public relations manager.
Falvey and Executive Director William Calloway are both excited about the prospects.
“For a kid to know that he or she is controlling the instrument and seeing the images and then talking live to an astronomer — I mean, that’s really special,” Falvey says.
Calloway sees a big boost in accessibility.
“A lot of kids, schools and families around the state can’t afford to come to Columbia,” he says. “This is a way that we can reach out to those kids.”
In addition to providing a hands-on approach to getting South Carolina students more interested in science and technology, workforce development was also a big consideration when developing the educational aspects of the renovation project.
Photo by Sean Rayford
Fueling Imagination
If you park in the front lot at the State Museum, it looks as if the moon has been captured and placed in a enormous crystal box. The large sphere is the planetarium. The sight is captivating in itself, but it’s hard to get a feel as to how big the attraction is until you enter.
When you do, you are engulfed by a 55-foot dome-shaped screen; the theatre seats 145 people.
Imagine looking at the night sky when Sherman marched on Columbia in February of 1865: With the planetarium’s state-of-the-art software, State Museum officials can recreate sky and star positions up to 1 million years into the past or the future.
“It will be a great way for educators to tie in history with astronomy and science,” Public Relations Director Anna Kate Twitty says.
The museum’s partnership with NASA will allow students and visitors to see real-time spacecraft launches and interact with astronauts on the International Space Station.
But the planetarium is more than just an odyssey into space; the museum also plans to offer out-of-this-word laser light shows where people can rock out to music from bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
Boeing and NASA are both major contributors to the observatory. Boeing is a major South Carolina employer and NASA’s administrator Charles Bolden is a Columbia native.
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4D Theater: Can You Feel It?
Museum Director William Calloway says he’s excited to see the reactions when people first experience 4D.
What’s 4D?
Anna Kate Twitty, public relations director, explains: “It combines a film experience with real-life sensations.”
Imagine a 3D movie tornado, but instead of just seeing it, you can feel the wind or the raindrops. Condensed versions of popular flicks like The Polar Express and Ice Age will be shown. This is the only permanent 4D theater in the state.
When you combine all of the elements of the renovation project under one roof, Twitty says the museum will make history again.
“It will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to have an on-site and online observatory and classroom, a digital planetarium and theater, a 4D multi-sensory theater and an outdoor viewing terrace all in one place.”
What a Place for a Party
The museum is counting on rental space to be a major revenue generator, too.
The Planetarium Lobby, newly created meeting rooms and even the fourth floor Observatory and Terrace will be available for small dinners and receptions. The Cotton Mill Exchange museum store will be expanded.
Storytellers of South Carolina
Windows To New Worlds is slated to open to the public Saturday, Aug. 16. The museum staff expect to have more than 100,000 students visit the museum in the 2014-15 school year — an increase of 35 percent. School groups are admitted free.
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done before then, but nobody said adding a new chapter to South Carolina’s history would be easy.
An army of workers in hard hats and neon vests has stripped the old Cotton Mill building that houses the State Museum, uncovering original brick walls and hardwood floors dating back to the original 1893 building.
The Windows to New Worlds Project marries the old with the new, creating a storyline.
“The State Museum is current, it’s competitive, it’s unique, but it’s also history,” says museum Executive Director William Calloway. “We still are the storytellers of South Carolina, so this helps us tell our story in a different way. Through our films in the theaters, through our new exhibits, we can weave a wonderful story.”
For information on admission, hours of operation, exhibits and more, visit scmuseum.org.
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Apps for Kids
By Free Times Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
Endless Numbers
Originator Inc. ($4.99), Android and iOS
Ages: 3-5
The adorable monsters of Endless Alphabet return in this fun early math skills app. Ride along on the ferris wheel as the monsters guide you through numbers, counting and simple addition. Tapping the numbered cars on the wheel leads children through activities that teach number recognition, basic addition and counting by twos, fours, fives, etc. The activities are highly intuitive and don’t pressure users to come up with correct answers, so children are able to navigate the app easily and at their own pace. Each number is made engaging with a combination of fun voices and fantastic artwork. Silly animations that link with each number, like the six-armed monster doing a wiggly disco dance, are sure to provide plenty of giggles. — Sarah Cameron, Richland Library
Reading Rainbow
RRKidz Inc., Free to try, $9.99 monthly subscription, iOS and Kindle (expansion to Android planned)
Ages: 3-9
Want to introduce the world of Reading Rainbow to your own kids? Hosted by LeVar Burton, this app received Common Sense Media’s 2014 ON for Learning Award. Children can choose books based on their interests and can travel to faraway lands via video field trips. There’s also a parental dashboard where parents can track their child’s reading progress. While you can try this app for free, there is a subscription cost for unlimited access: $9.99 per month or $29.99 for six months. Books and videos are added weekly and there are hundreds of books just waiting to be explored. — Heather Green, Richland Library
Sparklefish
Whosagoodboy Partners (Free), iOS and Nook tablet
Ages: all
Sparklefish is mad libs with a twist: say a noun, verb or adjective into your device and the app records your additions, inserts them into a pre-recorded narrative, and plays back the recording complete with participants’ contributions! Both educational and hilarious, this game can be played as a group or solo. — Jessica Gemmill,
Richland Library
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Books: Number One Sam; The Lost Boy; Wolf Children
By Free Times Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
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Number One Sam
Greg Pizzoli
Disney/Hyperion Books, 36 pages, $16.99
Ages: Pre-school
Retro-inspired illustrations and a great story make this title a winner. Sam is No. 1 at everything when it comes to racing. So on the day of the big race, no one is more surprised than Sam when he loses. Pizzoli does a beautiful job exploring what it feels like to lose and the pressure to win. Readers also get a chance to see Sam discover what’s more important than winning. A great book to share, this title might strike an extra chord with children focused on perfection or winning. — Heather McCue, Richland Library
The Lost Boy
Greg Ruth
Scholastic/Graphix, 189 pages, $24.99
Ages: Tweens
When I saw this new graphic novel appear on our shelves, I had to take it home. I finished it in one sitting because I couldn’t wait to solve the mystery of Walter Pidgin, the lost boy. The story actually begins years later with Nate discovering Walter’s tape recorder under the floorboards of his new house. As Nate listens to Walter’s story, a world beyond the one that he knows is revealed — a world where insects ride dogs, dolls come to life and a growing evil resides. It soon becomes clear that Nate and his neighbor, Tabitha, must discover what happened to Walter and save the world as they know it. Tweens and teens are sure to devour this gripping graphic novel. The only problem is that it will leave you wanting to know what happens to Nate, Tabitha and the rest of their new friends. — Heather McCue, Richland Library
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki
Mamoru Hosoda and Yuu (illustrator)
Yen Press, 528 pages, $26
Ages: 13 and up
This graphic novel, an adaptation of the animé film Wolf Children, tells the tale of Hana, a young woman in college who falls for a man who is secretly a werewolf. They marry and have children, but soon into their happy union, the father is killed in an accident, leaving Hana to raise two werewolf children without a clue as to what they need. The story switches between the perspectives of Hana and her children, showing how growing pains for one family member affect the others. This is ultimately a sweet story that encourages family ties while acknowledging the gulf, whether natural or supernatural, that separates generations. — Thomas Maluck, Richland Library
These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Disney/Hyperion, 384 pages, $17.99
Ages: 13 and up
After their luxury space ship falls from hyperspace, two survivors find themselves stranded on a deserted planet. Lilac and Tarver share their story of survival, hope, and love through alternating chapters as they navigate the empty terrain and uncover the eerie mystery that lies beneath the planet’s surface. Fast paced and beautifully written, These Broken Stars will leave you eager for more. — Brittany Crowley, Richland Library
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Music & DVD Reviews: Raffi; Secret Agent 23 Skidoo; Wild Kratts
By Kevin Oliver Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
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Raffi
Love Bug
Rounder Records
Several generations of children have grown up with the artist known as Raffi. From my experience as a young parent myself, I saw his “Baby Beluga” permanently imprinted in my family’s brains. He has been active and popular as a children’s musician for nearly four decades. Love Bug is his first album of original material in more than 10 years, but he’s hardly forgotten how to entertain and enthrall his tiny listeners.
Raffi is totally focused on his target audience, children. Like Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers, that means he’ll probably not appeal that much to mom and dad. But the kids will be fascinated and fully engaged from the moment he starts singing. Raffi’s songs are rendered in a gentle acoustic folk style that’s melodic but not overpowering for little ears; he sounds like a big kid himself most of the time.
With 16 new songs here, there is something for everyone to enjoy, from the ‘do what your parents tell you’ tune “Mama Loves It,” which makes a great clean-up-time song, to the mellow reggae groove of “Cool Down Reggae,” a perfect one to put on when it’s time to wind down and relax.
Raffi’s place as a perennial children’s favorite is secure, and this collection will serve to introduce his music to yet another new generation of young listeners.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
The Perfect Quirk
Underground Playground Records
Too many children’s music albums tend to be music about kids instead of for them, but North Carolina hip-hop children’s musician Secret Agent 23 Skidoo understands how to make music that’s inclusive and appealing to children without talking over their heads.
His musical vehicle of choice is a blend of hip-hop and funk that allows for call-and-response vocals with a batch of kids — among them his daughter, dubbed MC Fireworks. Those additions come out most prominently on “3 Pointed Back,” an indictment of the popular kid activity of pointing at others with your finger (“Every time you do that you have three pointed back”). It is set to a scratch track and trap drums straight out of a Jurassic 5 album. Other guests include Craig Griffith from The Verve Pipe, who adds blues harmonica to the classic child fantasy of “PJ’s All Day,” and Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman as a vintage boxing announcer on the story-rap “Pillowfight Pillowfort.”
Skidoo’s hip-hop is unusual for ‘kid-hop’ in that it doesn’t sound forced or fake; he leans old school (think Sugarhill Gang or Kool Moe Dee) and throws in some rhythmic variety in the form of polka, reggae and Motown-style tunes that will have kids and parents bobbing their heads to the beats.
Wild Kratts
Tiny Trouble
DVD, PBS Kids
With STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects being the buzzword for primary educators these days, a series like PBS’ The Wild Kratts is a great way for kids to be exposed to science, biology and more in an entertaining format. The series follows Martin and Chris Kratt, scientists who are a combination of Marlin Perkins of Wild Kingdom and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, but they have an advantage neither of those TV stars could have imagined — their Creature Power Suits allow them to get up close and personal with their animal friends.
There’s a bumbling bad guy to provide conflict and storylines in which the Kratts use their suits to help save the animals from various fates. Some “hey, watch this” moments from the Kratts provide comic relief, but underneath everything are strong lessons about how animals use science in their own natural lives. This short DVD collects two episodes of the series for about an hour’s worth of educational entertainment.
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The Balancing Act Between Retirement and College
Walking the Responsibility Tightrope
By Heather Green Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
Is forfeiting a sustainable retirement worth saving our children from student loan debt?
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Being a parent means putting your kids first. Right? This can certainly be said for the many Americans who are sacrificing their own retirement in order to fund their kid’s higher education. Is forfeiting a sustainable retirement worth saving our children from student loan debt? Is it possible to have both?
According to the Social Security Administration, most Americans believe that winning the lottery is the best retirement savings strategy. With college costs rising 40 percent since 2004, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a class in financial literacy might be a better investment. That’s especially true when we consider a 2014 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute that found 43 percent of Americans believe that they will not have enough money to comfortably retire.
Ellan Jenkinson understands these challenges first hand. She and her husband have three children ranging from 2 to 17, with their eldest, Lily, going off to college in the fall. They admit that they are not as financially prepared as they had hoped.
“Honestly, we haven’t been able to save much at all for any of our kids’ college since we’re still paying off our own student loans,” Jenkinson says. Money has been the deciding factor when looking at higher education options.
The Jenkinsons are definitely not alone. Anita McCray says she was not able to put large amounts of money away for her two boys because of mortgages and debt. On the up side, she and her husband are trying to build up their retirement savings. Her eldest son recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, where in-state tuition tops $10,000, and McCray admits that the reason he went there was because he received a substantial scholarship.
Lily’s picks were also based on finances and scholarships. Spending her junior and senior years at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities gave her an edge since the staff places emphasis on finding grants and scholarships. Lily says she never thought about saving money for college until her senior year but plans on saving some of the money she’s earning this summer for college expenses.
How far in advance should parents save for both college and retirement? Katherine Stewart, a financial services specialist for Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, advises that it is never too early to begin saving.
“Whether it’s for retirement, college, or just a rainy day fund, beginning to save early allows you to benefit from compound earnings,” she says.
Georgia Coleman is doing just that. She and her husband started a Future Scholars 529 plan, a state-sponsored investment where savings grow tax-free and are limited to education expenses, around their son’s first Christmas. Like the Jenkinsons, Coleman is paying off her own student loans so there is not much money in her son’s Future Scholar account yet.
“Right now, we feel it is wiser for us to concentrate on saving for retirement and paying off debt,” she says.
Jenkinson and McCray also share this savings strategy. When asked if any of them had ever thought about cashing out 401ks or retirement accounts to pay for college, all three families said no.
“Never — you can borrow money to attend school, but you cannot borrow money to live on in retirement,” McCray says.
Stewart advises against digging into retirement accounts to pay for college. Fees and penalties are expensive and there are smarter alternatives such as financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans.
To many of us, sustainable retirement seems like a dream — something that we have all heard about, seen others’ achieve, but do not think is realistically possible. Due to increases in life expectancy, not only are we living longer, but our retirement age is increasing. The Social Security Administration suggests that Social Security only replaces 40 percent of your average income and retirees will need 70 percent or more of pre-retirement earnings for retirement.
So how do we achieve a balance? While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Stewart says retirement should take priority over college savings and recommends speaking with a financial adviser about options.
“There’s something to be said for making your own way in the world,” Coleman says. “I think my husband and I value what we have more because we put ourselves through school and worked for every bit of it. As far as retirement, it is like putting your own oxygen mask on before your child’s.”
Is Traditional College Right for Everyone?
In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported 15.7 million students attending four-year institutions and 13.8 million
in two-year colleges.
Before you make life-changing decisions about financing college, make sure you consider whether it’s the right option.
Advantages of two-year schools
Less expensive
Industry-focused
Enter workforce earlier
Specialized, hands-on training
Flexible for nontraditional students
Can be a springboard to a four-year school
Advantages of four-year schools
Higher median earnings
Increased lifetime earning potential
Increased job opportunities
Increased exposure to life experiences
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Fostering a Sense of Wonder
Whether It’s Staring into Space or Playing in the Dirt, Kids Need Creative Space
By Kara Meador Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
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Looking up at the stars from the rocky terrain outside her Western New York home fascinated a young Cass Runyon.
“I was always curious about why the stars are there,” recalls Runyon, now a college professor and director of the South Carolina Space Consortium. “How did the moon form? Is it the same as the Earth?”
She can trace her love of science to a camping trip with her family where she listened to the Apollo moon landing on the radio.
“I couldn’t see it on TV, but I could visualize what they were describing,” she says. “Hearing Neil Armstrong saying he’d taken his first steps. I was bitten after that.”
Inspiration. Where does it come from? How do kids decide what they want to be when they grow up?
“Kids get inspired by so many things,” says Bridget Miller, an assistant professor of early childhood science education at the University of South Carolina.
“I’m watching a little boy and a little girl digging in the dirt right now,” she says.
It’s a common scene, but Miller sees more. She says that when you watch kids play, you see their creative juices flowing; you see how they think creatively and gain confidence.
Then, adults step in.
Parents, teachers and coaches want to help, but sometimes wind up doing more harm than good. As adults, we want to make sure kids do it right, do it better, win.
Let’s face it: As parents, we don’t want to see our children fail. That’s when we start failing our children, according to the experts.
“That’s one of the most difficult things to teach my students,” Miller says. “They want to step in and help the children out — and I say let the children draw their own conclusions. More often when a child is left to finish a project, it is a better design or more efficient than when an adult finishes it for them.”
Exposure is Key
Runyon and Miller agree that somewhere around middle school, a child’s inherent creative instincts start to wane. It’s the time when science and math can take a backseat to socialization. Runyon says it’s also the time where standardized testing becomes a big deal to teachers, parents and kids who are trying to make the grade.
“The way our educational system is set up can restrict a child’s ability to be creative,” she notes.
Poverty also plays a role in how kids are inspired. Kids whose families don’t have a lot of resources often lack the ability to expose their children to opportunities. Some kids simply don’t know that certain paths exist.
Runyon is working with Tom Falvey, education director at the South Carolina State Museum, in an effort to expose kids from all walks of life to science and technology through the museum’s newly created Windows to New Worlds project. Windows to New Worlds, slated to open to the public Aug. 16, includes distance-learning opportunities. Kids who live in rural communities will be able to dial into the State Museum’s new telescope through special software and a computer. Some students will even be able to talk with astronauts working on the International Space Station.
Columbia has a number of inspirational natives that kids can look up to, Falvey says. “We have Nobel Prize winners right here in Columbia [Kary B. Mullis – 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry] and we have folks like astronaut and NASA administrator Charles Bolden [a Columbia native] — great heroes who do great things. So it’s not out of anyone’s reach and I think that there’s an opportunity to come and see something magical. I know it’s inspired a lot of people in the past and that’s what our goal is.”
Runyon recalls visiting with students in South Carolina’s poor, rural schools known as the “Corridor of Shame.”
“I tell them to keep the dream alive,” she says. “It’s an old cliché, but it’s so true. I tell kids to find their dream and keep it alive. Don’t give up on yourself.“
What Can You Do?
How can you foster your kid’s creative juices and help shape him or her into a person who loves to learn?
Miller says let kids be kids. It’s OK to let your little Spidey wear his costume grocery shopping, or to let your princess make mud pies. Experts advise encouraging kids to create in their own way and if they fail (gasp), chalk that up as a valuable learning experience, too.
Oh, and if you work in an interesting field, look for opportunities to share your experiences in area preschools and local school districts. You never know who you may end up inspiring.
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The Great Vaccination Debate
Public Health Officials Urge Compliance, But Some Parents Disagree
By Elizabeth Catanese Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
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Summer’s almost over: Time to tear your house apart looking for your kids’ shot records to assure the school that, yes, little Jimmy has the required immunizations. It’s a basic public health measure — one which, while a general pain in the ass (or arm or leg), keeps all of us safe from polio, measles and diphtheria, and nine other diseases that terrified and afflicted our grandparents.
Or not.
While South Carolina currently requires immunization against 10 diseases (12 for day care), nearly 12,000 students were unvaccinated or had no proof of vaccination in the past school year. This doesn’t even count homeschooolers whose parents choose not to vaccinate — which studies suggest happens at a much higher rate than it does in the general population. And the trend is growing: Since 2009, the number of unvaccinated children in South Carolina public schools has increased by 50 percent.
It’s not like these diseases exist only in the dim past: Once near-eradicated, many communicable diseases are on the upswing.
In 1999, South Carolina saw only 26 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) but last year, there were 486 — some from an outbreak at Clemson Elementary School.
Measles, once nearly eradicated, is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control reported that through May, there have been 288 cases in the U.S. A 2013 measles outbreak in North Carolina led to 23 confirmed infections, along with 115 quarantine orders. South Carolina has had no cases in recent years, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. But the agency reports that in outbreaks around the U.S., “about 87 percent of the unvaccinated cases were found to have a personal-belief exemption to vaccinations.”
Knowing all this, who would deny their children protection?
Jennifer Reinhardt, a Columbia mother of two, speaks for many in the anti-vaccination movement when she says, “I don’t believe they’re effective and I’m alarmingly against the ingredients.”
Like many, she says most measles and pertussis cases occur among the vaccinated — a point the CDC refutes — and says that “every disease out there is less scary than the vaccine for it.”
The idea of her children contracting pertussis is scary, she says, but she’s not as concerned about the measles: “There was an episode of The Brady Bunch where they all had measles.”
Like other vaccine-refusing parents, she believes in strengthening the immune system naturally: eating organic, unprocessed foods, staying active, and using alternative medicines when necessary. She doesn’t worry about unvaccinated children attending public school, though she is choosing to homeschool.
Laura Stuck also refuses vaccinations for her 22-month-old daughter.
“The fear of side effects outweighs my fear of her catching the disease for a majority of them,” she says. She keeps her daughter healthy by staying home with her and limiting contact with people she calls “high-risk” like child care workers, medical professionals and frequent travelers.
“The most high-risk exposure she gets is the mall play area once a month or less, which is cleaned twice a day,” Stuck says. And like many vaccine refusers, she doesn’t feel that pharmaceutical companies are honest about shots’ side effects: “I think they definitely don’t tell the public the entire truth.”
Big Pharma hiding the truth about vaccines? Local medical professionals don’t buy it.
Dr. Elizabeth Boggs, obstetrician and mother to a 1-year-old boy, says she vaccinates her son because “the science behind it is sound, and I believe that I am an important part of public health.”
Jim Beasley, public information director for DHEC, agrees: “By vaccinating themselves and their children, they are doing everything they can to keep their family and communities healthy.”
Vaccine refusal, Boggs says, “creates a gap in public health… the fewer vaccinated people, the easier it is for vaccine-preventable diseases to spread.”
Another local mother of two, Claire Houle, points to other reasons to vaccinate. During a polio outbreak in the 1940s, she says, “my father was sent away for the summer to keep him from possible infection. He told me about waiting on the train platform alone, traveling by himself, but more afraid of polio than of being alone.”
Despite this, Houle believes that unvaccinated children should still be allowed in public school, because “inclusion is an important part of public ed.”
Dr. Boggs agrees — and despite her disagreement with vaccine deniers, she believes they have a right to public education.
Regardless of your stance on vaccination — or unvaccinated children in public schools — you’ve still got to produce some documentation before the school year starts. For most parents, that means calling the doctor’s office to get shot records.
Of the state’s 742,325 students enrolled in K-12 public schools last year, 5,900 did not have complete evidence of vaccination, 1,487 children were medically exempted and 4,761 kids received a religious exemption. Religious or medical exemption forms can only be obtained at a public health office.
The state might let your kid avoid shots. But no way can they skip the paperwork.
Facts about communicable diseases
Vaccines required for students: 9 (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chicken pox). Daycare attendance requires an additional two vaccines (Haemophilus influenze type B and pneumococcal).
SC Pertussis Cases in 2013: 210, 127 in children under 18
SC Influenza Cases, 2013: 923, 240 in children under 18
SC Chicken Pox Cases, 2013: 186, 135 in children under 18
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Free Times Family Magazine / Activities /
Shaking Up School Fundraising
Does the Old Model of School Fundraising Still Work?
By Anne Postic Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |
Many parents, rather than work the complicated equation, just write a check.
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How are your math skills? Decent? You probably have a teacher to thank, but teachers are not given nearly enough money to stock their classrooms, nor do many schools have enough funds to upgrade technology, buy sports uniforms or purchase supplies. How can they make up the difference? We need a formula for neighborhood fundraising.
Here goes:
x (Pitch Quality) + y (How Well I Know the Kid’s Parents) + (How Many Times My Kids Have Sold to Them) — 2 (How Many Times the Parents Pretended Not to Be Home When My Kids Knocked) + 4 (How Underfunded the School Is) + (Cash on Hand — How Much I Need for Coffee or Whatever) — (The Age of the Kid, Since the Older the Kid, the Easier They Will Take Rejection) — .5 (How Unhealthy the Thing Is) + 0 (How Much I actually Need or Want the Thing) ÷ How Many Kids Will Be Knocking = z
Z = how much you should spend, and x and y are on a scale of one to 10. Confused?
You should be, because the formula is needlessly complicated — just like school fundraising.
Be harsh when figuring x and y, because they play a major part in how much you have to fork over. A cute kid can’t always work a sales pitch, and one invitation last year for porch beers does not a best friend make. Ask yourself the hard questions: How would this kid do in a Disney audition? Would her parents bring a casserole if my dog died? And do not fail to compute the last value — how much you need and want the thing — then multiply it by zero, because that’s exactly how much this element factors into your decision. See? Easy!
Many parents, rather than work the complicated equation, just write a check. Or sell the stuff themselves, leaning on grandparents, who are easily charmed, and office mates who have hit them up on behalf of their own underfunded offspring.
There’s another applicable formula. It’s simple, and it applies to most door-to-door selling fundraisers:
x ÷ 2 = y, where x = the cost of the damn thing to you, and y = the money the school actually gets for each item.
That’s without factoring in the volunteer hours by willing parents, and the hours the kids spend peddling their wares. Would you rather pay $20 and get nothing, or $40 for eight chocolate bars that leave a film on the roof of your mouth that you have to brush twice to remove?
Motivating kids is daunting. Only a few crave new educational materials and, let’s be honest, most of them are selfish little pills who take everything for granted. They sell for the limo ride, the pizza party or the BMX bike.
My own kid, or so I thought, was motivated by something better.
“Mom!” he announced. “I’m going to sell a TON of cookies! I can win beets!”
I was impressed. The fundraising horror stories were lies. His school worked with local farmers to provide something useful and healthy to the most motivated sellers, and they had gotten them excited about beets. I love beets, so I was more than willing to help.
Alas, the beets in question were not edible roots, but fancy headphones, produced by Dr. Dre. My son did not win Beats, though he did get to go for pizza in a limo.
Prizes can be a powerful motivator, but what about the kids who don’t have as much access to suckers? Not every child has grandparents who can afford overpriced goods, or parents who can make up the difference. Some children don’t live in neighborhoods where going door to door is safe. Not every student will feel like he or she did their part, and the prizes go to a select few.
There are also prizes for group efforts in the classroom. Elise Carson Mullins chaired fundraising for two schools. While there were kids whose parents didn’t allow them to participate, Mullins says, “I imagine those kids got pressure in their classroom from friends and maybe teachers.”
Should a 7-year-old be made to feel bad for not participating? No, but it happens.
While sales-based fundraisers succeeded, Mullins noted that reaching out to business partners in the community netted a lot of money for a lot less work. One successful fundraiser came about when a bank donated $3,000 to print school T-shirts, which the school then sold for $10 apiece.
Next time your kid comes home with an order sheet, be brave. Say no. Just don’t be surprised when you get the phone call from an enthusiastic parent asking you to join the PTO and offer some suggestions of your own.
New Ideas: Fundraising Without Child Labor
Community business partners
Sales of school spirit items
A coffee and doughnut kiosk at the school drop-off line. Guaranteed cash.
Box tops, y’all
Auctions of donated items, including artistic collaborations from each class, sure to end in a bidding war
Straight up cold calling parents and begging
An old-school bake sale, with cookies and coffee after drop-off. The parents even get to socialize for a few minutes.
Exploit alumni. Know of a graduate in a popular local band? Ask them to play a show to raise money for their alma mater.
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So, Your Child Bombed Out of School?
Schools, Corporate Centers and Private Tutors Offer Parents a Range of Options
By Elizabeth Catanese Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
By Elizabeth Catanese
School’s out, and Junior’s grades weren’t exactly top of his class — or even in the middle. Actually, the words “below grade level” have been bandied about. Maybe your daughter’s A’s aren’t straight enough, Junior’s C’s are the gentleman’s variety and you fear they’ll both end up under the Gervais Street Bridge some day, begging for change from Vista shoppers.
Marginal grades are no joke — and Junior’s not alone. In 2013, the National Education Association found that only 35 percent of South Carolina fourth-graders are proficient in math and 28 percent in reading — and those numbers drop by several points for eighth-graders. Almost a full quarter (23.5 percent) of the state’s high school students fail to graduate on time. So Junior’s need for remediation is nothing unusual. But if you want to shore up his knowledge over the summer or get him a jump on next year’s, where do you turn?
All local districts offer options for high schoolers to make up one or two course credits. Richland One maintains face-to-face instruction at C.A. Johnson, while other districts have credit recovery programs that take place online (though attendance at a brick-and-mortar site is still sometimes required). In most cases, students need to have legitimately failed a course to enroll. Your best bet: Call your school’s guidance department, ask some questions and expect to fork over $100 to $125 per credit.
If your child isn’t actually failing, but still needs a summer pick-me-up, you have other options, including Sylvan Learning Center, Kumon and Mathnasium. Most work like this: Students are tested and evaluated, and there is a discussion of their grades, their needs and your goals. This culminates with a detailed learning plan tailored to fill the gaps in your child’s knowledge, according to the specifically designed curriculum and teaching method unique to that center. It’s worth your time to browse their teaching philosophies before you shell out the cash.
And shell out you will. Sylvan’s testing alone costs $199, with sessions at $47.99 each — and they usually recommend two a week. (And don’t expect that your child will learn algebra in two weeks if he didn’t learn it over the course of a year.) But don’t despair — there’s financing available. You’re paying for what are usually certified teachers who have proven success and a familiarity with Common Core standards. And it all comes with a 3-1 student-teacher ratio, which would be unheard of in a public school classroom.
“We don’t want [the students] back,” says local Sylvan representative Tricia Wade. “We love them, but we want to help them become independent workers and thinkers.”
Sylvan demands heavy parental involvement, with a touch-base meeting for every 12 hours of tutoring and daily homework.
Mathnasium works much the same way. Like Sylvan, introductory testing identifies gaps in a child’s knowledge; Mathnasium’s testing is both written and oral. A learning plan is developed, with students doing worksheets that build to mastery. With a 4-1 student-teacher ratio, the tutor can, as local franchise owner Jason Elliston says, “step back” and “not hover.”
“We make math make sense,” he says, with Mathnasium methods focusing on “number sense” rather than letter grades and rote memorization. “Just like a gymnasium works out the body, we want to work out the mind.” But he’s honest: depending on the gaps in your child’s knowledge, he may not be able to bring him to grade level over one summer. “If his gaps are too far back, we may not get there,” he says. And this isn’t a nickel-and-dime operation. Rates are monthly, rather than per session, with drop-ins welcome.
As the center expands, Elliston and his wife, April, plan to hire more teachers and enlarge their course offering, which now runs from second grade to Algebra II.
Another option is to bypass the world of binders, standardized testing and learning prescriptions with a private tutor. A tutor offers one-on-one instruction where and when Junior needs it. You can hover or stand back. And unlike a corporate center, a private tutor can tailor lessons. Local mom Janet Walkup prefers using a private tutor for her son because of flexibility and cost — significantly less than a corporate center’s, without the tacked-on testing fees.
So where do you find someone who is (a) qualified, and (b) not a convicted felon/serial killer? Ask Junior’s teachers, his guidance office and his buddies’ parents for tutors who pass muster. Email local university departments, but be wary: Graduate degrees don’t magically confer teaching skills.
When it comes to finding tutors online, Eduboard.com and Wyzant.com are reputable sites, and there are many others, also; just make sure to do your homework. Check references to rule out unqualified pretenders, look for specialists (writing tutors rather than writing-and-10-other-subject tutors), and negotiate expectations beforehand. Make sure their teaching style meshes with your kid’s learning preferences.
Expect to pay anywhere from $25 per hour on up for quality help.
Whatever you choose, public school teachers, corporate learning center representatives and private tutors all cite hard work as the determining factor in any child’s success. If your child wants to get into Princeton or just avoid a life of vagrancy and crime, the first lesson to learn is: Yes, you can, if you put in the effort.
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Smart Apps for Smart Moms
10 Apps to Help You Keep Life on Track
By Amanda Ladymon Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Armed with an endless to-do list, moms are always on the go.
You would probably call me “old school”: I have two paper calendars where I jot down schedules and accomplished tasks in the kitchen, along with a spiral day planner, and tons of Post-it notes with to-do’s scattered around the house.
Sometimes, it has proven less than efficient, as wayward scraps of paper disappear. And communicating and scheduling for other family members continues to grow more complicated. With a new wave of tech-savvy apps readily available — and free in many cases — I started looking for a more streamlined approach.
My first search led me to Cozi, an all-inclusive tool for family life and planning for both computer and mobile devices. The Cozi dashboard lets you manage multiple calendars, keep task and shopping lists, and get quick tips on a variety of topics like green living, travel planning and nutrition. Signing up was easy and quick. The web page layout and accessibility is very user-friendly and, in a way, fun — even for the less tech-savvy. This app works on both your home computer and mobile device, syncs up with multiple family users, and is the highest rated “all-inclusive” family app.
If you have more specific interests or needs, here are 10 free apps to help you keep your family healthy, happy and on time.
Financial Tracking
Mint
mint.com
You link Mint (created by financial services company Intuit) to your bank accounts, credit cards, investment accounts, and insurance companies. Mint pulls in all your transactions and offers methods to categorize your spending and track financial goals. The Wall Street Journal calls it “the best online tool for personal finance.” Available for home computers and all mobile devices at mint.com.
Child Tracking
GPS Tracking Pro
gps-tracking.android.informer.com
With over 5 million downloads and a 4.5-star rating, this Android app makes locating loved ones via cell phone easy. Using a GPS map, each family member has a user icon — it’s easy and free. Android only. Search child-tracking app in Google Play on your mobile.
Medical
WebMD Baby
webmd.com
I’ve used this app for researching ailments of my daughter, who is under 2. Both the website (webmd.com/baby) and the app have the same information. Mobile app available for Android and iOS.
iTriage Mobile Health
itriagehealth.com
iTriage is a mobile database that allows you to check symptoms and gather information about potential illnesses or conditions. Also offers one-click access to urgent care centers and free clinics, as well as one-touch dialing for emergency situations. You can take iTriage further by creating an online account, linking your medical information as well as your providers so everything you need as reference is always in your pocket. Free for iPhone, iPad and Android.
I’m Expecting
healthymagination.com
This is my second pregnancy and second app I have used. I enjoy getting the weekly updates on development stages and upcoming doctor visits. You can also track and record symptoms, weight gain, belly bump pics and more. Available for Android and iOS.
Shopping
ShopSavvy
shopsavvy.com
This highly regarded app helps you shop and price compare with barcode scanning system to help you decide if you want to purchase locally or online. Caters to users as a personalized shopping experience. Available for home computers, Android and iOS.
Grocery IQ
groceryiq.com
Similar to Shop Savvy, but meant just for grocery shopping — make your list, organize items by aisle in your favorite store, barcode scan, price compare and more. Available for home computer, Android and iOS.
Miscellaneous
Google Calendar
google.com/calendar
If you want the easiest way to keep an online calendar that can be privately shared with anyone of your choosing, this is it. Available for home computer, Android and iOS.
Mom Maps
mommaps.com
Need to find a fun, kid-friendly activity or place to go? This is the app for you. Use anywhere using a GPS or navigation-based system. Available for Android and iOS.
Pandora
pandora.com
Love it. Use it daily. This streaming, personalized online radio app offers child-protected stations, including Disney Movie songs, classical music, and much more. Use it on your home computer or any mobile device.
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Honda Cars of Columbia
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(AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) discount montblanc pens On the occasion of Barack Obama's 53rd birthday, we decided to review each and every one of the 274 gifts given to the president between 2009 and 2012 by foreign countries and their leaders. (Gifts like the blanket in the image above aren't included, but 13 other blankets from other countries are.) The lists are maintained by the State Department's Protocol Gift Unit , which has not yet released the 2013 gift list. So we used what we had, breaking each gift down by donor, by value, and, yes, by quality, ranking them all on a scale from 1 to 100 and sorting them. (The full list is at the bottom of this post.) Mont Blanc Online Outlet Store First, the top-lines. Counting only gifts given to the president or to the president and other members of his family, foreign countries and their representatives have given Obama over $717,000 worth of stuff since he was inaugurated. (The first gift came on inauguration day, from Mexico. It was a book and a piece of art.) According to our index of all of the gifts, the best swag came in 2011. Cheap Pens Mont Blanc For Sale mont blanc buy online It's really a funny collection of presents, for which, were you asked To what sort of person was this gift given?, you'd likely have a wide variety of responses. Argentina gave Obama a silver dagger in a display box in 2012, perhaps confusing the president with their 13-year-old nephew. Britain gave the family a shawl and some kids clothes in 2009, playing the role of America's eccentric aunt. China offered a vase and pin set emblazoned with "Expo 2010 Shanghai China," like an exhausted dad picking something up on his way out of the convention. montblanc fountain pen Most of the gifts are art or vases or rugs, the sort of generic stuff that we imagine wealthy people lay on each other at mansion-warming parties. You have to feel sort of bad for some of the countries, clearly giving things that they hoped would end up as part of White House tours but instead were likely relegated to wooden crates in warehouses . To cut to the chase: Here are the top- and lowest-rated items on the lengthy list. We will admit some prejudices: electronics were rated poorly, generic furnishings were given middle-of-the-pack ratings, and things involving dogs were rated well. (Disagree? Click here .) And so: The five best 1. A five-inch Aztec calendar in silver, given by Mexico in 2012. Mexico is very good at giving gifts, as it turns out. Why did this particular gift earn top marks? Because: 1. Aztec calendars are cool. 2. A five-inch silver piece is not chintzy. 3. They gave this in 2012 , when the world was at peak end-of-the-world mania. This gift was  on-trend . Nicely done, Mexico. 2. A Maori club, given by New Zealand in 2011. The full description: "11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone." Which sounds cool. Now, go look at it . We rest our case. 3. A ping-pong table, given by the UK in 2012. The United Kingdom's gifts were a bit scattered, but the ping-pong table is a winner. You can see it here , as part of an article complaining that it was made in China. The Obamas didn't set the thing up in the White House, it seems, but it should have. The White House could use a more chill vibe. 4. Four bottles of tequila and a silver ark in a trunk, from Mexico in 2009. Four bottles of tequila. That is a good gift. If you're curious what happened to the booze, the State Department offers a hint: "Perishable Items Handled Pursuant to U.S. Secret Service Policy." Presumably meaning like this . 5. A stainless steel watch, a brooch, and a ceramic dog bowl from the Czech Republic in 2009. The Czech Republic got a gift for Bo. It wasn't the only country to do so, but that is adorable. The five worst 270. A Blu-Ray disc set in a wooden display box, given by Russia in 2010 Thanks, Russia. 271. A Samsung Galaxy Tab and a stereo video cable and a Galaxy Tab charger from South Korea in 2010. "Do we have a gift for Obama?" "What? You were supposed to bring it!" (agitated fumbling) "Driver, are there any Verizon stores between here and the White House?" 272. A Creative MP3 player and "uGoGo electronic pulse massager" from Singapore in 2010. Who was giving MP3 players as gifts in 2010? This was three years after the iPhone came out, which, even if your country isn't making iPhones, you should at least recognize. You know who gave MP3 players as gifts in 2010? Grandparents who got hustled by jerk salespeople at Best Buy. And we're not going to discuss the massager. 273. A CD holder and some CDs, given by Russia in 2009. Again, thanks, Russia. 274. A swag bag for the game "Witcher 2" from Poland in 2011. "Witcher 2" was a well-received video game that came out around the time of the gift and was made in Poland. OK, fine. But, Poland went a bit over the top in pitching the game to the president. To wit: DVD: "Best of the Witcher 2: Video Trailers for President Barack Obama." "Witcher 2" gift box, with three golden "Witcher 2" coins. A "Witcher 2" book. "Witcher 2" stickers. A 5.5″ x 6.5″ x 3″ ivory-colored bust of "Witcher 2" character "Gwynbleioo." This is an incomplete list. The president, we believe, did not put the Gwynbleioo bust in the Oval Office. Poland did come through with some vodka, but that can't make up for the rest of it. The next time Obama was in Poland, by the way, he couldn't help but mention the gift . He was apparently not being sarcastic. Before we dump the entire 274-gift ranking on you, two other bits of data. Value of gifts No country spent more money on gifts than Italy (thanks, Silvio!), and it wasn't even close. One-fifth of the value of all of the gifts came from Italy, which is pretty impressive, given how poorly Italy's gifts were rated. Our average rating As above. Again, we gave every gift a rating from 0 to 100 (though the high was actually 83 and the low 7). Then we averaged the values for all of the gifts, by country, giving the map above. The best gifts, on average, came from New Zealand. The worst, from Singapore. But honorable mention to Denmark! Denmark  on two separate occasions gave Obama signed portraits of its Queen and prince. "Here is a picture of me" is a bad gift once. But twice? Come on, Denmark. Anyway, here's the full listing. See something that's worse than a "Witcher 2" gift set? No, you don't. The complete ranking 1. Mexico, 2012 : 5″ wide Aztec calendar stamped on a pure silver coin weighing one kilogram. 2. New Zealand, 2011 : 11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone, carved by Aden Hoglund, and contained in a 16″ x 7″ x 3″ wooden presentation box. 3. UK, 2012 : Custom Dunlop table tennis table with United States and United Kingdom decals, inscription, and paddles. 4. Mexico, 2009 : Four bottles of tequila, presented in display boxes. Wooden trunk containing a silver ark with a decorative ceramic design on the front and silver bells on each side. 5. Czech Republic, 2009 : Stainless steel watch with an accompanying historical booklet; brooch decorated with a red design; white ceramic dog bowl. 6. France, 2011 : Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron pitched over his head in the moment before striking a ball. Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron out in front in a followthrough posture. Black Hermes golf travel bag with canvas cover and carrying strap. 7. France, 2011 : Reusable grocery/tote bag, orange with a large white dandelion on the side; Book and CD, title: "G20," by Laurence Jenkell. Book, title: "±5 Metres: Sos Editions Oceans," by Joe Bunni. Book, title: "Around the World," by Laurence Jenkell. 11″ x 7.5″ x 3″ black leather folding toiletry bag, made by Lancel. 200 Euro souvenir "G20" coin, in a blue protected sleeve, and housed inside a small blue packet with "Monnaie de Paris" written in gold on the outside. Silver watch with black wristband made by B.R.M. 8″ x 5″ x 1″ brown leather woman’s wallet with embroidery on the sides made by Lancel. His and hers white, belted Dior bathrobes with "Dior" embroidered on the breast pocket. 8″ x 13″ x 18″ black leather "Gra-Valise Petit Voyage" suitcase made by Lancel; 7″ x 12″ x 16″ brown and orange leather purse with embroidery on the side made by Lancel; 7.5″ x 11.5″ black leather clutch purse made by Christian Dior. 17″ tall Plexiglas sculpture, entitled "Wrapping Flag Candy USA," depicting an upright "Tootsie Roll" with an American flag patterned wrapper, on a 6″ x 6.75″ x 0.75″ clear Plexiglass base, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Box of Duroc Danner chocolates. Perfumes from the town of Grasse. Chateau d’Estoublon olive oil. Men’s Dior hygiene products. 8. Germany, 2009 : 14″ x 14″ Bauhaus chess set, with a lightly-colored wood board and pieces carved into the shape of their allowed movements on the board, contained in a carrying box with sliding top, designed by Josef Hartwig. 9. Poland, 2011 : Waterman Expert II black lacquer ball point pen with gold color trimmings. Black 64GB iPad 2. 10. UK, 2011 : One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "M" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "S" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. 13″ bone-shaped chew toy with United Kingdom flag. 11. Sri Lanka, 2011 : Six pouches of coffee contained in a 14″ x 9.5″ x 5″ wooden box, interior is red velvet and divided into six compartments, each containing a small wicker box, includes a depiction of the American flag with an eagle in the foreground made from precious and semiprecious stones, includes a 9″ x 7″ frame with a gold plaque. Diamond-shaped cufflinks, made from 10-karat white gold and inset with nine blue sapphires each, presented in a 5.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.5″ wooden box. 12. Armenia, 2010 : 16″ × 16″ walnut chessboard with walnut and sterling silver chess pieces, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "He Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease." 9.5″ dark green bust of author William Saroyan on brown stone base with inscription, presented in a wooden presentation box. Bottle of 100 year old Ararat brandy, presented in wooden presentation box. 13. Czech Republic, 2009 : Gold medal created by the Czech mint featuring an image of President Obama. 14. Philippines, 2011 : Bamboo bicycle, handmade by the Bambike Company. 15. Jamaica, 2012 : Earthenware ceramic head sculpture by Jamaican artist. Gold lapel pin reading "Jamaica 1952–2012". 16. Portugal, 2010 : W&amp;J Graham’s Port 1961 Single Harvest Tawny Port set, containing wine in red leather bottle holder and an informational booklet, presented in a rectangular wooden box that has "Graham’s Single Harvest 1961" carved into top and sides. Set of four Atlantis crystal wine glasses and one crystal decanter presented in 11″ × 23″ × 10″ wooden box. Two bottles of Quinta de Noval 2008 Vintage Porto wine. Bronze water-dog statue on wooden base 17. Spain, 2009 : Book entitled "Barcelona &amp; Catalonia"; framed currency entitled "The United Colonies, Four Dollars", printed in Philadelphia in 1776 and documents of the Santa Fe Capitulations in a grey velvet case. 18. Senegal, 2011 : Black leather briefcase and black leather portfolio, both with sterling silver pieces mounted on the leather engraved with "Barack H. Obama." 19. Algeria, 2009 : Four boxes of dates and twelve bottles of wine. 20. Zambia, 2010 : 37″ × 29″ copper fire screen of an eagle, made by Gastone craftsmen 21. EU, 2009 : Graf von Faber-Castell "Perfect Pencil." 22. Mongolia, 2011 : Book, title: "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens," by Jack Weatherford. Three Mongolian cashmere sweaters in pink and green, and purple and brown pattern; 16″ x 27.5″ framed artwork of the First Lady’s name in Mongolian calligraphy. Large Gobi Mongolian oatmeal-colored cashmere shawl. 23. Germany, 2011 : Kramski putter set, includes: 35″ HPP 340 putter with two protective club head covers, teal HPT 40 training console, HPS 30 Aim Aid set, book title: "The Kramski Putt Philosophy". 24. Ireland, 2012 : Crystal bowl centerpiece. 27″ tall bronze statue of James Hoban. Certificate of President Obama’s Irish heritage. Two silver shamrock charm bracelets. Lamb’s wool scarf. Lamb’s wool blanket. 25. Netherlands, 2009 : Orange Batavus "Holland on the Hudson" bicycle with an extra bike seat. 26. Brunei, 2010 : Lustre necklace with 1″ × 1″ inscribed "Globe Crest" pendant. 5 DVD box set, title: "The Day the Universe Changed." 21″ × 12″ black, unbranded, rubber container with rubber handles. 1.5 quart "Heath" brown teapot with copper handle and two matching mugs. 19″ × 13″ × 10″ wooden trunk with metal decoration on top. Somma grey blanket with darker grey floral pattern, presented in a brown cloth display box. Book on the Earth’s ecosystems. One Fanciful "Bountiful Buffet" gift basket. 11″ × 5.5″ Tozai brown glass vase with leaf designs. 12″ × 8″ ceramic jar with 13 ounces of "Di Camillo" biscotti. "Bonifanti" Panettone bread. Luci de Stelle 1000g, in blue hexagonal box. Harney &amp; Sons whole leaf tea, in silk satchels. Five 2.5 ounce Modern Alchemy votive candles, in black presentation box. Black display box containing scented D.L. &amp; Company "Gingembre" candle in glass container. Island Heritage tin of chocolate covered macadamia nut shortbread cookies. 27. UK, 2009 : Black and gold pen with a wooden pen holder, made from the wood of the HMS Gannet in Chatham; book entitled "Churchill and America" by Martin Gilbert; book entitled "Churchill: A Life" by Martin Gilbert; book set entitled "Biography of Winston S. Churchill," by Martin Gilbert. 28. Portugal, 2010 : Antique gold-colored Museu de Marinha Portugal astrolabe with inscribed wooden stand, in a wooden presentation box 29. France, 2011 : 10.2″ x 7.1″ Hermes orange cotton canvas travel case. 36″ x 60″ Hermes cotton terrycloth beach towel, printed with umbrellas and towels beach scene. 7.5″ handmade Forge de Laguiole letter opener with wooden handle in 9″ brown leather case. Both are enclosed in a 14″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ black presentation box with Forge de Laguiole printed in white. It is a special G8 edition with "G8 France 2011, Nouveau Monde, Nouvelles Idees" and shape of the Eiffel Tower engraved. Box of chocolates. 30. Mexico, 2009 : Book entitled "The Aztec Calendar and Other Solar Monuments" by Eduardo Matos and Felipe Solis; one metal Aztec calendar on a wooden display stand. 31. Switzerland, 2012 : 6″ x 4″ custom, solid oak music box by Reuge with dark stain, brass hinge, and brass parts. 32. France, 2012 : 25″ x 34″ set of 20 engraved prints of the 2005 edition of the Turgot map of Paris. Beige patent personal items bag. Woven beige leather wallet. Beige leather tote bag. Sothys bath products. 33. Northern Ireland, 2010 : 39″ × 31″ canvas of graffiti letters spray-painted on black gloss, title: "Twenty First Century City," by Ben Eine. 34. France, 2009 : Bronze replica of a sculpture by Edgar Degas, entitled "Halted Horse." 35. Canada, 2012 : 27″ x 40″ painting, title: "Enemy in Sight," by P. Rindlisacher, depicting a naval scene from 1813. 36. Australia, 2011 : Green and white 2GB iPod Shuffle. Sherrin Match Australian football. Red, white, and blue Western Bulldogs Australian Football League on a field jersey; Red, white, and blue "U.S. Footy" football jersey with "USA Revolution" on the front and "25" on the back. Handcrafted 2.5″ x 4″ x 6″ Dragonfly silver ash wood trinket box with "Wood Works Gallery" sticker on bottom, presented in brown box with "Australia" sticker on top. 37. Switzerland, 2010 : Longines silver-colored watch with brown band, presented in brown presentation box. Red leather dog collar and leash with silver-colored fastenings 38. Poland, 2010 : 4.5″ × 6″ black and white ceramic Cmielow dog figurine, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "Fryderyk Chopin." 2.5″ × 3″ circular miniature portrait of Chopin in a Burl Veneer frame. Two holiday ornaments. 39. China, 2010 : White "Flying Pigeon" electric bicycle. 40. Philippines, 2009 : Set of white mother-of-pearl cufflinks with blue sapphires in 18 karat white gold in a box made from shells and leather. 41. Colombia, 2012 : Silver figure representing oversized coffee bean. 29″ long decorative sash. Hardcover book, title: "Un Pais de Opportunidades". 42. Ireland, 2009 : Limited edition copy of "Beowulf"; painting entitled "Bogland" by Mark Dwyer; four books; limited edition Waterford crystal bowl. 43. Malawi, 2009 : Two gilt framed portraits of the President and First Lady, carved in wood. 44. Tanzania, 2009 : 3′ tall handcarved ebony wooden sculpture. 45. Italy, 2009 : Francesco Basile gold watch. 46. Tunisia, 2010 : 12″ round silver-colored tree statue with scented black decorations, in a red presentation box. 47. Jordan, 2009 : Six decorative ceremonial weapons presented in a glass case. 48. India, 2011 : 20″ octagonal white marble table top with design of inlaid blue and yellow flowers, and octagonal stand decorated with blue and red flowers. 49. Mexico, 2011 : 31.5″ x 39″ oil painting, title: "The Celebrate" by artist Rene Jimenez, depicting a turkey’s face and neck, float-mounted in a red wooden frame. Large painting made up of nine panels titled "The Day and Night— in the White House" by Rene Jimenez, depicting Thanksgiving at the White House. 60 polychrome prints of the painting "The Day and Night—in the White House," each in a white envelope with a black monochrome image of the U.S. Capitol. 50. Brunei, 2012 : Silver filigree bowl with raised floral designs around the bowl, pedestal base, a polished band around the center with inscription, and lid with knob on top. 51. Brazil, 2011 : 10″ diameter wooden globe by Eduardo Eleuterio with a cutout of Brazil. Photo album containing 37 photographs of the President during his visit with President Rousseff of the Federative Republic of Brazil, photo album has a hardcover and a medal that reads "Republica Federativa do Brasil/15 de Nov. de 1889". 52. Germany, 2009 : Pair of 18 karat rose gold cufflinks in the shape of shields; Meissen porcelain tray. 53. France, 2011 : 15″ x 12″ black leather "Neo Igor" Louis Vuitton men’s business bag with luggage tag attached and embossed with "B.O." 54. France, 2010 : Three bottles of 1961 Chateau Bages wine. Two 9″ × 13″ leather folders with facsimile letters of credece presented by Benjamin Franklin to Louis XVI, King of France, in 1778 and facsimile letters from Benjamin Franklin to Charles Gravier De Vergennes, dated 1781. 55. Ivory Coast, 2011 : Traditional Chief’s robe (Kita), from the Akan People. 56. Lebanon, 2010 : 32.25″ × 24.5″ watercolor of Arabic calligraphy by artist Samir Sayegh. Book, title: "Memoirs of Letters". 57. Indonesia, 2011 : Special edition book, title: "The Colors of Harmony: A Photography Journey" by Ani Yudhoyono. Two silver sculptures of birds mounted on a maroon velvet stand. One bird is 7″ tall and 4″ long and the other bird is 4.5″ tall and 6″ long. Piece is encased in a 15.25″ x 3.5″ x 8.5″ glass case and housed in a 17.25″ x 5.25″ x 10.75″ orange decorative canvas box. Red hand embroidered batik scarf with a multicolor floral design. 58. Burma, 2012 : 30″ x 18″ framed painting of a city at sunset, painted by donor. 59. China, 2009 : 39″ x 49″ wooden framed and matted fine silk embroidery depicting a portrait study of the First Family. 60. Mongolia, 2012 : 41″ long saber with 34″ blade, silver filigree handle and sheath. 61. Ireland, 2010 : Two first edition volumes of William Yeats books, published in 1906 and 1907. 62. Ghana, 2009 : Six pieces of kente cloth and two glass bead jewelry sets, each consisting of a necklace, earrings, and two bracelets. 63. Nigeria, 2011 : 12″ x 8″ x 6″ gold-colored bust of woman, on a 6″ x 6″ x 2″ wooden base. 64. Iraq, 2011 : 12″ x 8″ silver tray, engraved with a scene of a palace, labeled "Iraq," and floral and geometric decorative pattern. The tray is sealed under glass in a leather display case, all held in 13″ x 9.5″ x 2.25″ leather box. 65. Vatican City, 2009 : Large red linen portfolio containing ten lithographs of the fountains of the Vatican; Bible in a burgundy leather case; book entitled "Vatican City"; two children’s hats; children’s puzzle; children’s wrist watch. 66. Iraq, 2009 : Large silver vase with images of palm trees and sphinxes; Iraqi soccer team jersey. 67. Russia, 2009 : 4.5″ × 5.5″ gold-colored religious relic with a stand, in a brown wooden presentation case. 68. Brunei, 2011 : Small enamel keepsake box. One bag of coffee. One candle. Six steak knives. Four Christmas mugs. Book, title: "The Fifty Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer," by J. Jorgensen. Glass "PEACE" plate. Small stainless steel tea infuser. Small stainless steel sugar bowl. Small stainless steel cream receptacle. Stainless steel coffee pot. 7″ tall crystal candlestick. 14″ high handmade shaker box. Bowl made from "Innervisions" Record by Stevie Wonder. 14″ x 11″ painting, title: "A Forest," artist unknown. Small white keepsake box. Decorative shell display plate. 7″ x 7″ shell picture frame. 10″ x 10″ Chinese checkers plate. 15″ x 15″ glass plate with game board painted on it. Large brown basket. Set of three faux books in multiple colors. 69. France, 2011 : Lacoste white classic men’s polo shirt. Limited-edition "HOPE" fountain pen and Ligne 8 lighter from S.T. Dupont, each in a cherry blossom design, and contained in a 6.5″ x 6.5″ black box with "G8 France 2011" on the top. Bottle of Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge. S.T. Dupont black and silver fountain pen, presented in a 8.5″ x 4.5″ black case. Six black glass goblets in a plastic display case and contained in a 30″ x 18″ red box; 14.35″ tall blue-gray glass sculpture of Bucephalus, Alexander the Great’s horse. 70. El Salvador, 2010 : Four piece metal sculpture of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on horses, by Alfredo Melara Farfan. 71. France, 2011 : 3″ gold coin, "Deauville" embossed with scene of the ocean and an umbrella on the front and "Barack Obama" engraved with several scenes of Deauville on the back, enclosed in 3.5″ x 3.5″ presentation box with a clear plastic display stand. 36″ x 36″ Hermes silk Deauville scarf, with design of a scene of horse race in gray, blue, and brown. 72. Canada, 2010 : 17″ sugar maple-wood bowl signed by Don Thur. 24″ × 16″ handcrafted glass tree in a green frame. 73. Finland, 2010 : 9.5″ blue glass bird, hand-blown by Iittala craftsmen. 74. Malaysia, 2011 : 6″ x 6″ x 2.25″ ornate pewter jewelry box with velvet interior, presented in a 9″ x 9″ x 4″ blue velvet box. 75. Germany, 2009 : Black leather Montblanc briefcase. 76. China, 2011 : Bronze 48″ statue of Abraham Lincoln by the artist Yuan Xikun, includes a red leather booklet describing the gift. 77. Nigeria, 2010 : Chris Aire gold cufflinks with centered citrine gemstone bordered by band of diamonds. 78. Gabon, 2011 : 14″ blue mask sculpture by Daum, on a 10″ black and silver stand, enclosed in 34″ x 16″ x 13″ red box. 79. UK, 2009 : Book entitled "A Carnegie Anthology"; book entitled "Scottish Estate Tweeds"; one Johnstons cashmere sweater. 80. Honduras, 2010 : Two gold-colored Milla Guirst Joyeros cufflinks with Mayan designs, presented in a yellow presentation box. 10.5″ snakeskin purse with silver-colored plate and Mayan design 81. Russia, 2009 : Antique brass Samovar. 82. Japan, 2009 : 16″ x 27″ framed Japanese calligraphy. 83. Turkey, 2009 : Two cufflinks made by Sevan Bicakci; blue and silver glass vase. 84. Bulgaria, 2012 : 9″ diameter gold wreath of oak leaves and acorns. 85. Pakistan, 2009 : 26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Obama. 86. Mongolia, 2011 : Book, title: "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World," by Jack Weatherford. 19" tall bronze statue depicting a man riding a horse, on an 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″ granite pedestal, presented in brown suede bag. 87. Egypt, 2010 : 4.5″ × 3.5″ Bible in Arabic with metallic cross on cover. Book, title: "Our Common Christian- Islamic Heritage." 16″ × 16″ white tote bag. 88. Czech Republic, 2011 : 9″ decanter, made of Czech glass, in a 7″ x 10″ red presentation box. 89. South Sudan, 2011 : A 7″ x 9″ plaque congratulating the President on his election a wooden box. 23″ x 11″ ebony black rhino. 15″ hand-etched bowl with an image of Africa and African animals. 90. Benin, 2012 : 26″ tall wooden royal seat from Benin. Ten samples of cloth made in Benin. 29″ x 42″ painting of Benin landscape, artist unknown. Ten samples Dutch cloth. 91. Czech Republic, 2009 : Set of six handmade wine glasses, and a book entitled "The Story of Prague Castle." 92. Poland, 2011 : CD, title: "The Historical Recordings," by Paderewski, enclosed in a brown leather book. Silver Waldmann brand pen from the 17th Meeting of Presidents of Central European States, enclosed in a 3.5″ x 8″ black leather box. 4.5″ x 6″ wall plaque of Paderewski, enclosed in a 7.5″ x 8″ blue box. Five bottles of flavored liquors by Nalewski Staropolskie. 93. Italy, 2012 : Book, title: "Archimede Seguso," by R. B. Mentasti. Parabolic glass bowl with gold coloring. 94. Malaysia, 2010 : 32″ × 34″ traditional hand-woven portrait of President Obama. 32″ × 34″ traditional handwoven portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. 95. Australia, 2011 : Book, title: "That Deadman Dance" authored by Kim Scott. Book, title: "Truth" authored Peter Temple. Book, title: "Breath" authored by Tim Winton. 22″ x 13″ framed collection of historic Australian ANZUS stamps. Custom-made, authentic Akubra Cattleman hat tanmark brown, made of pure fur felt with dark brown leather trimmings. 17″ x 17″ framed black-and-white commemorative historical picture of a ship, with plaque commemorating 60th Anniversary of the ANZUS Alliance. 96. UK, 2011 : 48″ x 70″ tapestry with eagle and American flag design made by The Rug Company and enclosed in a canvas bag with teal and orange designs. 97. Israel, 2009 : Bronze statue of a girl releasing a flock of doves. 98. Kuwait, 2009 : Mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli gilt bronze box. 99. Tunisia, 2010 : 20″ × 16.5″ high purple and yellow leather and wooden ottoman with brown wooden circular legs containing 16″ × 6″ and 14″ × 4″ purple and yellow wooden containers. Six bottles of Vieux Magon wine. Eight bottles of Tunisian Olive Oil. Box of dates. 100. France, 2011 : Large, black Hermes golf accessory bag including set of lock and key, and extra strap in bottom compartment, presented in cream colored drawstring bag. 101. Japan, 2010 : 5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 4″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 3.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 2.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup, presented in a wooden presentation box. 32″ × 27″ framed facsimile of letter written by President Abraham Lincoln to His Majesty the Tycoon of Japan in 1861. 102. Russia, 2009 : Painting entitled "Natalia Pushkina" by Alexander Pavlovich Brullov, reproduction of a portrait of Alexander Pushkin’s wife; porcelain doll designed by Anastasia Chizhova; framed replica of the address by the people of North American States to Alexander II; reproductions of letters between Emperor Alexander II and President Lincoln; lace tablecloth with twelve matching placemats; porcelain tea set made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Saint Petersburg. 103. Mexico, 2012 : 10″ black wooden coyote suspended in metal display box. Coca-Cola bottle decorated with beads. Book, title: "Rastros Irrastreables, Artwork by El Nacho." Two collared buttondown shirts, one white and one white with blue stripes. Round silver cufflinks by FCO OTERO. Wooden chest with lock housing five bottles of liquor. 104. Iraq, 2009 : Two handwoven decorative rugs; one framed portrait of a woman wearing a green dress; one framed portrait depicting two women and a man surrounded by birds. 105. Ukraine, 2010 : White blouse with beaded floral design, in maroon velvet presentation box. 106. Peru, 2010 : 54″ × 12″ Kuna vicuna-brown scarf, presented in wooden presentation case with a silver label. 107. Indonesia, 2010 : Two wooden "Asta Kriya" shadow puppets. Two 19″ × 16″ framed photographs commemorating the First Family’s visit to Indonesia. Three-piece red and gold colored medals, presented in a wooden presentation case with an honorary diploma. Three shirts. 108. Ghana, 2009 : 31″ x 47″ portrait of President Obama with an American Flag. 109. Brunei, 2012 : Scented candle. Pewter and silver picture frame. Book, title: " Wildness Is the Preservation the World," photos by E. Porter and text by H.D. Thoreau. Book, title: "Everyday Heroes," by K. Fried. Book, title: "Where Miracles Are Born and Squandered," by T. Lane. Two ceramic bowls with stars and stripes. Two ceramic mugs with stars and stripes. Cutting board. Pottery vase. Wooden bowl from Hawaii. Christmas wreath. Hanging stained glass sign reading "Obama 2012." Glass plate painted with red and black checkerboard. Handcrafted painted game table. Large brown trunk. 110. Philippines, 2011 : 7″ tall Baynihan centerpiece made of cast aluminum in nickel plate with a black granite stone base, portraying men carrying a traditional home. 111. Palestinian Authority, 2009 : 25″ x 29″ framed painting of a tree; eight books. 112. Panama, 2011 : 14-karat gold bird-shaped cufflinks, presented in 3″ x 2″ x 1.5″ blue leather jewelry box. 5″ x 9″ wood and sterling silver eagle sculpture. 113. Pakistan, 2009 : Large cream-colored rug with fringes. 114. Greece, 2010 : 7.5″ × 1.5″ sterling silver chain bracelet, in a navy presentation box. Variety of Korres liquid facial products. 115. India, 2010 : Two 10″ × 12″ miniature paintings depicting a small indoor gathering, presented in blue velvet presentation boxes. Three gold-colored cloth ornaments. 116. UK, 2011 : 15 piece "Sun &amp; Moon" china set, Traditional Arts, Ltd., in white with gold leaf accents, includes 9″ x 9″ x 5.5″ tea pot with top, 5″ x 4″ x 3.5″ creamer, 4.5″ x 4″ x 4″ sugar cup with top, six 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ tea cups and six 5.25″ saucers, all enclosed in blue 15″ x 15″ x 10″ presentation box; 11″ x 15″ framed photograph of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with their signatures on white matting, and enclosed in green presentation box marked "Ettinger London." 117. Russia, 2010 : Two 4″ Imperial porcelain painted eggs with porcelain bases, presented in yellow presentation boxes. Book, title: "An Attempt at a Pictorial Account of a Trip Across North America". 118. Tunisia, 2011 : 100″ x 65″ handmade traditional woven Tunisian rug, design is geometric and primarily red with black, yellow, white, and blue accents. 119. Burkina Faso, 2011 : 27″ brass statue of a woman carrying a water jug on her head and a small child on her back. 25″ brass statue of a man wearing a conical hat and carrying a stick over his shoulders that suspends two water jugs, each jug and "rope" is detachable from the statue. 120. China, 2009 : Porcelain sculpture of five oxen. 121. Sri Lanka, 2010 : 20″ × 20″ painting of First Family in a wooden frame with semi-precious stones and a presentation plaque 122. Brunei, 2009 : Four books. Fiorentina Italian leather backgammon set, presented in a 17″ × 9″ presentation box. Baccarat crystal figurine, presented in a 7″ × 4.5″ red presentation box. Thinkashmir Scialli Charles black cashmere shawl. Plush stuffed animal. Two framed photo prints from the Providence Picture Frame Company. 28″ × 23″ dark brown wicker basket with white and red-colored bow tied to handle. Three scented Persian candles in individual 5″ × 3″ white boxes. 123. Indonesia, 2010 : Book, title: "Exquisite Indonesia: The Finest Crafts of the Archipelago." 80″ × 152″ red, blue, and tan batik cloth, presented in a brown presentation box. 80″ × 152″ red, teal, and tan batik cloth with large bird design, in a brown presentation box. 124. China, 2011 : Blue-glazed porcelain hand figurine with a small bird in a yellow display box. 125. Afghanistan, 2010 : 312″ × 117″ burgundy and red carpet with intricate patterns and cream-colored fringe. 126. Jordan, 2011 : Two 11″ sterling silver filing lamps with 10″ shades, enclosed in 16″ x 12.5″ x 12″ brown presentation box. 127. Italy, 2009 : Large book of original artwork, photographs, and text by artist Marilena Ferrari, with a Renaissance- style stone carving cover. Gold-painted box containing certificates of authenticity for accompanying artwork. Goldpainted box containing bookmark and magnifying glass. Gold-painted box containing hand-written full version of the Star Spangled Banner in custom ink and calligraphy. Large gold leaf painted box housing all items. 128. Colombia, 2012 : Two woven, multi-colored fabric bags. Small woven handbag with beads and long handle. Book, title: "Silvia Tchesrassi photography," by J.C. Obando. Book, title: "La´grimas de Ame´rica" by artist C.C. Daza. 129. Jordan, 2010 : 11″ × 6.5″ silver jewelry box with red and black mosaic on top. Book, title: "The Mosaics of Jordan" 130. Azerbaijan, 2010 : Set of two brass and crystal tea cups, presented in a blue velvet display case. 72″ 49″ Garabagh Magical Knots Azerbaijani rug made by AZER–ILME Co. Ltd., presented a matching red carrying case with inscription. Book, title: "Azar-ilma". 131. Argentina, 2012 : Silver ornament dagger in a black display box. 132. Haiti, 2009 : 3′ x 3′ framed portrait of the President and First Lady by Petit-Bois Ancener; 5′ x 5′ portrait of the President by Petit-Bois Ancener. 133. Italy, 2009 : Two men’s Belstaff jackets; one women’s Belstaff jacket. 134. Brazil, 2011 : 51″ x 40″ digital C print photograph, by artist Vik Muniz, titled "Marat (Sebastiao)," depicting man using arranged items in the style of David’s "Death of Marat." 135. Suriname, 2011 : Book, title: "Suriname Discovered," by: Toon Fey. Royal Mint 2000 Millennium 22 carat gold coin that reads "Suriname 100,000 Gulden" on one side, and "Suriname" on the other. 136. Senegal, 2010 : 40″ × 70″ black wool shawl with colorful stripes. 16″ black handbag with colorful stripes. 64″ × 28″ black lace shawl with white trim. Senegalese white shirt with black trim. Senegalese white linen robe with black accents. Pair of Senegalese white linen drawstring pants. 137. Jordan, 2011 : 1″ x 7″ x 9″ Porcelain sculpture of Jordanian archway on a black pedestal, presented in dark brown and beige leather-topped box. 138. Malaysia, 2011 : 36″ x 94″ purple batik with blue fringe, and a silver, green, orange, red, and blue pattern. 36″ x 94″ pink batik with white fringe and a silver, purple, blue, green, and orange pattern; Two books, title: "The Discerning Voice of the First Lady Rosmah" contained in cardboard book sleeves. 139. Mauritius, 2009 : 30″ x 41″ wooden replica model of the USS Constitution; Swarovski crystal figurine entitled "Dalmally—Tropic Sun." 140. Colombia, 2011 : Sterling silver water jug and cup in a blue leather presentation box. 141. Japan, 2009 : Five sterling silver cocktail forks; piece of orange decorative brocade cloth. 142. Italy, 2009 : Oil on canvas painting entitled "Le Changement." 143. China, 2011 : 72″ x 24″ gray, blue, and green cashmere scarf, made by 1436 Erdos. 144. Ireland, 2011 : Leather-bound book, title: "Daniel O’Connell: The Man who Discovered Ireland," authored by Professor Patrick Geoghegan. 21.5″ x 29.5″ black and white photograph of President John F. Kennedy addressing Irish Oireachtas, formatted in white matte board in a black frame. Fred Curtis Crystal presentation bowl with American flags engraved alongside a shamrock above inscription commemorating St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock ceremony at White House, presented in black box with "Fred Curtis Crystal" written on sides and on top. 145. Vatican City, 2009 : Gilt framed and matted mosaic depicting St. Peter’s Square; decorative gold coin with the inscription "Benedict XVI Pont Max Anno IV" with the profile of Pope Benedict the XVI; booklet entitled "Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions"; book entitled "Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI"; silver keychain. 146. Tibet, 2010 : 30″ × 54″ multicolored Tibetan scroll depicting a Buddhist deity on a gold-colored inlay. 26″ × 124″ white-patterned Tibetan shawl. 5.75″ × 7.5″ silver and cream-colored cardstock with written inscription. 147. Thailand, 2012 : Stationery set of varying paper sizes, envelopes, and letter opener, held within painted black wooden box. 148. Indonesia, 2011 : Book, title: "The Footprints of Time: Menapak Waktu," by Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Brown, white, and black bag with a black zipper, and a red and white ribbon rosette on front. Book, title: "Iwan Tirta Batik," by Sebuah Lakon. Book, title: "Dhenok: The Semarangan Wedding Arts &amp; Culture," by Ineke F. Priyo. Book, title: "The Journey: Batik Pesisr from Semarang, Kendal, Demak &amp; Kudu," by Ieneke F. Priyo. Iwan Tirta private-collection shawl, men’s shirt, with blue, brown, and white Indonesian batik design depicting birds. 149. Afghanistan, 2009 : Large oval blue lapis bowl, presented in a blue velvet presentation box. 150. Turkey, 2009 : 14″ green glass vase with gold crescent and star designs, made by Palabahçe. 151. China, 2009 : 3′ x 6′ wooden framed watercolor on paper depicting a landscape with limestone cliffs. 152. Turkey, 2010 : 9.5″ sterling silver Tombac Ottoman Collection portable writing set with pen and ink case. 11″ × 5″ 24-carat gold plated Tombac Ottoman Collection bowl. 153. Czech Republic, 2010 : 14″ hand-blown Moser glass plate with 24-carat gold border. 154. China, 2010 : 12.5″ Jun purple and gray porcelain vase with a round wooden base, in a wooden presentation box. 155. Ukraine, 2010 : 18″ × 62″ embroidered beige tapestry with red floral motif, presented in a maroon cylinder with a gold and red embroidered crest. 156. Pakistan, 2010 : 26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Barack Obama 157. India, 2009 : Burgundy rug with a foliate motif. 158. Chile, 2011 : 5″ tall condiment pot and a silver utensil, both made of Chilean silver. 159. Kazahkstan, 2010 : 9.5″ bowl made of silver, jasper, kahalong, and fianit, in a green and tan presentation box. 160. Russia, 2010 : 83″ × 43″ framed oil painting of a carnival winter scene by K.V. Kiselev. 161. Mexico, 2009 : Book entitled "The National Palace of Mexico"; red and brown artwork made of Olinala´ lacquer. 162. South Korea, 2012 : Circular gold pin. Pink beaded bracelet. Three flower hair pins. Samsung digital camera. Security Summit silver coin. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. 163. India, 2010 : Book, title: "The Life of Mahatma Gandhi," by Louis Fisher. 28″ × 15″ bronze-colored bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Brown and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 15″ gold-colored "Diviniti" wooden frame and plaque of Rashtrapti Bhawan New Delhi India. 41″ × 57″ portrait of President Obama. 164. Brunei, 2009 : Three hardcover books. Two paperback books. Mara Fine Silver silver-plated tea caddie. 64 oz. fluted silver-plated pitcher. 9″ Cricklewood crystal oval vase. 24″ diameter tin plated copper tray. 4.5″ bronze Sona vessel with gold finish and a blackened-aluminum resting ring. Knit purple blanket with orange and green fabric. 16″ × 24″ black tray 165. Brunei, 2011 : 8″ x 7″ silver octagonal box with floral/leaf design, in glass case inside a yellow box with knob, and includes a pendant of the seal of Brunei Darussalam. 166. Kazahkstan, 2011 : Bronze, three-legged candlestick holder on a 6.25″ circular stone base, atop the three legs sits ring depicting a camel caravan and ram heads. 167. Laos, 2010 : 20.75″ × 32″ framed silver-colored metal panel with an etching depicting a city in Laos. 168. New Guinea, 2011 : 29″ x 8″ x 15″ ebony wood carving of a mask on four legs. 169. El Salvador, 2011 : 20″ x 18″ x 5″ wooden mask carved into shape of a jaguar head on a 24″ x 12″ x 5″ wooden base with a gold-colored plaque on bottom describing the piece. 170. Ireland, 2010 : Anthology of Irish poetry, signed by six Irish poets. 171. China, 2011 : 14″ red and gold colored vase in red presentation box. 172. Mauritius, 2011 : 35″ x 26″ oil painting, depicting the Rempart Mountain in the Republic of Mauritius, signed by "Ashley 2011," in a silver frame with an engraved plaque. 173. Mexico, 2011 : 13″ tall beige clay ceramic vase with black and red designs made by Antonio Veloz, presented in green box with Mexican flag colored ribbons. Paperback Book, title: "Mata Ortiz Ceramics: Artes de Mexico, Numero 45″. 174. Afghanistan, 2010 : 80″ × 148″ brown and blue patterned rug. 175. Jordan, 2010 : Three 13″ glass vases with gold-colored stripes and wooden toppers, in black presentation boxes. 176. Thailand, 2010 : 12″ silver-colored tray with dragon-shaped handle, presented in a blue presentation box. 177. Russia, 2012 : 8″ x 10″ painting of winter landscape, artist unknown. Book, title: "Rostov Enamels," by V. Borisova. 178. Burma, 2012 : Silver-tinted goblet with pointed lid and flower etchings. 179. South Korea, 2011 : Book, title: "The Uncharted Path: An Autobiography" authored by President Lee Myung-bak. 12.5″ white porcelain plate, with painted images of the President and First Lady, contained within a 14″ x 14″ x 6″ mahogany box with golden turtle latch and iridescent depictions of birds. 14″ x 5.5″ 10.5″ black lacquer box inlaid with mother of pearl, and box is decorated with iridescent scenes of sailboats, birds, and scenery of the landscape of the Republic of Korea, both contained inside a 15″ x 6″ x 11.5″ blue presentation box. 180. China, 2009 : Large porcelain jar; decorative fan with images of butterflies; small white and pink tea set; one green and blue glass jar in the shape of a kneeling water buffalo. 181. Trinidad and Tobago, 2009 : Black Bosca leather briefcase; CD entitled "The Fifth Summit of the Americas 2009"; DVD entitled "Cepal Publications 2008"; five books about Trinidad and Tobago. 182. Russia, 2012 : 13″ tall x 17″ diameter white porcelain vase with black and red divergent pattern and images of the White House and Kremlin on opposite sides, artist unknown. Photo book of the Medvedev presidency. 183. Philippines, 2010 : 12″ × 8″ brown accessory box with four silverplated bulls on bottom. 184. Saudi Arabia, 2010 : Three Bijan silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in silk presentation boxes. Five Brioni silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in red presentation boxes. Black Brioni silk tie in a red presentation box. Stefano Ricci silk tie in a red and black presentation box. Blue and pink Stefano Ricci silk tie with matching handkerchief in a red and black presentation box. Five silk ties with matching handkerchiefs in white presentation boxes. Two striped Eddia silk ties in pink presentation boxes. Blue Francesco Smalto silk tie in a pink presentation box. Blue Lanvin silk tie with matching handkerchief in a blue presentation box. 20″ × 14″ × 8″ gray briefcase. 185. Singapore, 2009 : 16″ × 23.75″ metal panel with cityscape view of Singapore, presented in a wooden box with a plaque on the top that reads "APEC Singapore 2009." 9.5″ × 6.75″ × 2.75″ bronze abstract sculpture in a braided motif inscribed, "From the 2009 APEC Conference in Singapore," presented in a fitted wooden presentation box. 186. Brazil, 2012 : 32″ x 39″ framed cross-stitch art of the President and First Lady by artist G. Alves. 31″ x 19″ painting on wood, title: "Ensala," by F. Galeno. 187. India, 2010 : 30″ × 42″ painting of bodhisattva on black and gold-colored scroll, presented in a 36″ blue presentation box. Red and gold-colored silk three piece Sari. 6″ × 9″ red and gold-colored beaded Sari handbag. 11″ × 13″ beige and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 9″ blue booklet with floral pattern and gold plated image of Parliament. 188. Malaysia, 2010 : 4″ × 7″ silver-plated box with floral design and gold-colored flower with red stone, presented in a blue velvet presentation box. Book, title: "Najib: Beginning of a Legacy Commemorating One Year as Prime Minister of Malaysia" 189. Saudi Arabia, 2010 : 18.5″ clock with a gold-colored horse and two palm trees on a green and silver-colored marble base, in a green presentation box. 190. Qatar, 2011 : 30″ circumference gold and silver base with silver statues of two wild goats and a tree with gold clock hanging from it, depicting a desert scene. 191. Azerbaijan, 2012 : 54″ x 39″ pure wool hand-woven rug artwork, title: "Magic Knots" in leather carrying bag. Blue, purple, and orange silk head shawl. 192. Ireland, 2011 : CD, title: "Black is the Earth," by artist Adele O’Dwyer. Book, title: "Living Under the Hatch," by Barry O’Riley. 34″ x 70″ flag of Offaly, in green, yellow, pink. Book, title: "Stories from a Sacred Landscape: Croghan Hill to Clonmacnoise," by Caiman O’Brien. 8cm x 8cm x 20cm three dimensional model of High Cross at Burrow, enclosed in black presentation box. Book, title: "Offaly History and Societies," edited by William Nolan and Timothy P. O’Neil. 18-karat Sterling silver pendant and two necklaces, in green presentation box. Pen and ink artist’s depiction titled, "Church of Ireland at Templehorry, Welcome President Obama," in a 46.5″ x 34.5″ black frame. 193. Thailand, 2009 : Silver box imprinted with the insignia of the Kingdom of Thailand. 194. Saudi Arabia, 2009 : Large desert scene on a green veined marble base featuring miniature figurines of gold palm trees and camels; large gold medallion with the Royal seal in a green leather display box; large brass and glass clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre in a green leather display case. 195. Ireland, 2011 : 14.5″ x 8.5″ x 2″ green copper Marquette, entitled "Equality Emerging" on gray marble base, enclosed in a 10.5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ wooden box. 196. Indonesia, 2011 : Hand-carved wooden sculpture in blue display box. 197. France, 2011 : Set of seven Bonpoint Paris perfume, skincare lotion, and soap products presented in a rectangular zip up white box that says Bonpoint on the inside flap. 198. Philippines, 2012 : 18″ hand-woven Buntal fiber box with laminated rainbow shell lid and bone handle on a mahogany stand. 199. Pakistan, 2010 : 8″ × 5″ sterling silver bowl, presented in a green presentation box 200. Jordan, 2010 : Two 11.5″ R &amp; Y Augousti stingray and goldcolored candlesticks, presented in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box. Two 4.5″ × 4.5″ stingray and mother of pearl jewelry boxes, in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box. 201. Cambodia, 2012 : 6″ tall x 4″ wide short silver vase with raised decorative designs. 202. China, 2012 : Basketball in custom red, white, and blue coloring, autographed by donor. 20″ x 79″ replica painting, title: "Five Oxen from the Tang Dynasty," by H. Haung. 203. Palestinian Authority, 2009 : Bottle of olive oil. 204. Germany, 2012 : Book, title: "Berliner Philharmoniker: Im Takt Der Zeit," published by the Berlin Philharmonic, including 12 compact discs featuring their historic concerts. Crystal Theresienthal candy dish. 205. Afghanistan, 2011 : Large Afghan rug in mostly tan, black, brown, and green geometric patterns. 206. Vatican City, 2009 : 15″ blue glass jar with a silver design. 207. Spain, 2010 : 6.25″ × 6.25″ silver plate engraved with royal signature, in blue presentation box. 208. Afghanistan, 2011 : 52″ x 85″ red Afghan rug with blue trim and white tassels. 209. UK, 2011 : Red leather-bound book, title: "A Selection of Papers From the Royal Archives 1834–1897," encased in a 19″ x 16″ x 2″ red leather box. 210. Austria, 2012 : Silver desk set by Rozet and Fischmeister. 211. India, 2009 : Book entitled "Stories from the Panchatantra"; book entitled "Ancient Tales of Wit and Wisdom"; book entitled "The Puffin Treasury of Modern Indian Stories"; book entitled "A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India"; book entitled "The Gandhi Collection: History in the Making: The Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy." 212. Turkey, 2011 : 19″ x 12″ ornate silver serving tray with mirror inset, in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box. 16″ x 5″ 6″ ornate silver serving dish in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box. 213. Turkey, 2009 : 10″ x 6″ gold vase. 214. Colombia, 2012 : Large, high-quality book, title: "Cien Años de Soledad," by G.G. Marquez, with hand-drawn pictures presented in wood and canvas case. 215. Kyrgyzstan, 2010 : 31″ × 26″ black and tan leather artwork of birds, trees, and other objects in a gold frame. 216. Italy, 2009 : Book entitled "I Vetri di Archimede Seguso dal 1950 al 1959"; pair of blown glass candleholders and a glass fruit bowl. 217. Germany, 2009 : Five Ascot ties in assorted colors and two Krefelder Seidentuch silk scarves. 218. Northern Ireland, 2009 : Belleek handcrafted basket. 219. Italy, 2011 : Book, title: "L‘Italia Unita: 150 anniversario Unita d’ Italia." 220. China, 2010 : 11″ × 9″ "Expo 2010 Shanghai China" blue vase with a floral pattern and image of the Shanghai skyline, in a presentation box. 10″ × 8.5″ framed "Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Colorful China Pavilion Pin Set" 221. Azerbaijan, 2012 : 2' x 3' rug in flower and octagon design and multiple colors. Six hand-cut crystal glasses with gold tinted base and handle. 222. Turkey, 2009 : Silver bowl with a raised floral motif. 223. Germany, 2009 : Meissen tea set with a floral design; book entitled "Meissen in Meissen." 224. Russia, 2012 : 8″ x 11″ silver chalice with ornate blue designs on bowl and base. 225. Japan, 2009 : Mikimoto desk clock; black basketball jersey. 226. Indonesia, 2010 : Nine paperback books and eleven hardcover books about Indonesian history and culture. Two Periplus travel maps of Indonesia. 74″ × 43″ orange and black silk tapestry. 76″ × 46″ orange and black silk tapestry. 227. Indonesia, 2011 : Black leather and multi-colored batik-bound padfolio, embossed with "19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, Bali—Indonesia, 17–19 November 2011" in gold lettering, accompanied by an ASEAN writing pad, a silver bookmark decorated with a "Bali Dancer," an Indonesia 2011 lapel pin, and a Montblanc pen, all contained in a gold-colored presentation box. ASEAN Summit green batik Leader’s shirt in orange, red, black, white, gold, and green. 31″ x 23″ framed oil portrait of the Chiefs of State who attended the East Asia Summit in Indonesia in November 2011 with the words: "East Asia Summit in Indonesia November 2011." 228. Italy, 2009 : Large crystal table with an image of the American Flag. 229. India, 2011 : 24″ x 34″ elaborate black rug with gold color and floral bead detailing. 230. Georgia, 2012 : Traditional Georgian headpiece of black wool, silk, and gold embroidery. One copy of the Georgian constitution. Copy of Georgian declaration of independence in display case. 231. Bahrain, 2010 : 8″ × 10″ Christolfe silver picture frame with a photograph of President Obama at a table with officials of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 232. Canada, 2011 : Basketball, signed by 2010–2011 Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team, in a 10″ x 10″ hardplastic display case, presented in a 14.5″ x 22.5″ green leather- bound box that has the Prime Minister seal on the top. 23.25″ x 18.25″ golden-framed 19th Century antique map of North America, surrounded by drawings of North American Indians, beavers, and other images, and drawn by Tallis &amp; Co. 233. Burkina Faso, 2009 : Three multicolored shirts and two full-length cloth garments. 234. China, 2009 : Chinese porcelain vase with a blue and white floral motif. 235. Mexico, 2011 : Two volume set about the diary of Frida Kahlo, printed by the Bank of Mexico. This volume is a limited edition of 3000 for three Mexican art museums. Volume One: "Transcriptions," bound in 1⁄4 leather, is a Spanish language transcription. Volume Two: "Poems," bound in full embossed blue leather, is a 92-page full-color facsimile of one of Kahlo’s diaries. 236. Qatar, 2011 : 11″ x 20″ x 12″ wooden display case containing a small sword, the top of the case displays the seal of the State of Qatar and reads, "Fight Against Corruption." 237. Morocco, 2009 : Nine books related to the history and culture of Morocco. 238. Morocco, 2011 : 5′ x 4′ framed black and white photograph of a child looking down and wrapped in an American flag, given to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 239. Kazahkstan, 2010 : 5.5″ × 5″ × 1″ lacquered wooden box with "OSCE Kazakhstan 2010" label, containing a 2.5″ diameter medallion of 199.37 gram gold alloy. 240. Italy, 2009 : Twelve silk ties. 241. Mauritius, 2009 : Painting entitled "Mauritius—A Haven for Peace and Harmony," by Daniele Hitie. 242. Czech Republic, 2012 : 5″ tall x 3.5″ wide red etched Egerman crystal vase with four small feet and leaf designs. 243. Brazil, 2009 : Silver tray with a floral design; ceremonial plaque; four CDs; two informational booklets. 244. China, 2012 : 14″ tall vase with lotus pattern in white and blue. 245. Brazil, 2011 : Personalized "Penalty" white soccer jersey with one diagonal black stripe and "Electrobras" in blue on the front. Personalized "Olympikus" red and black striped soccer jersey. Personalized "Fluminenso" green and red soccer jersey with white collar. Personalized "FILA" black and white striped soccer jersey with black collar with "Neo Quimica Genericos" on the front. Personalized yellow Nike Brazil soccer jersey with one horizontal green stripe across chest. Two DVDs, title: 5x Favela Agora por Nos Mesmos. Two DVDs, title: Orfeu. Book, title: "Memorias de um Sargento de Milicias/Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant." Book, title: "Casa Velha/The Old House," by: Machado de Assis. Paperback book authored by Manuel Antonio de Almeida. Book, title: "A Alma Encantadora Das Ruas/The Enchanting Soul of the Streets," by: Joao do Rio. Two sets of DVDs, title: "Unidade de Policia," distributor: Governo Rio de Janeiro. 246. Denmark, 2009 : 9.5″ × 12″ wood-framed photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. Set of two books on Danish history. 247. Croatia, 2010 : Gena black three-piece suit 248. Jordan, 2011 : Wooden candle holder comprised of two spheres on top of one another with white designs containing candle in center; Wooden candle holder comprised of three rectangular figures on top of one another with white designs. 249. Russia, 2009 : 50″ x 62″ rug with an image of President Obama. 250. Israel, 2010 : 16″ × 10.5″ deluxe edition of hardcover book, title: "Great is Peace" 251. Saudi Arabia, 2012 : 10″ tall x 12″ wide gold-plated clock with mother of pearl face and horse figure on the base. 252. Australia, 2012 : Australian flag presented in custom box made of Australian wood. 253. 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