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Sport Chalet launches Treasure Hunt challenge for divers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Los Angeles – Sport Chalet said Tuesday it has launched its fourth-consecutive Treasure Hunt dive, which invites certified scuba divers to participate by diving to find six sunken treasure bars hidden in diving locations off the northern and southern California coasts and in a special marine destination in Arizona.

From June 25 to 18, Sport Chalet will release one clue every Tuesday and Thursday to help divers identify the secret locations of the six gold-painted treasure bars; clues will be posted online and in all participating Sport Chalet retail stores.

In conjunction with TUSA, Aqua Lung, BodyGlove, Sherwood, Mares, Pelican, Watershot and Atomic Aquatics, Sport Chalet will officially drop the treasure bars into the water on July 8, giving divers from California and Arizona a chance to collect several clues before diving for the prizes.

"At Sport Chalet, our experts aim to bring our customers extraordinary experiences when it comes to pursuing the sport they love. Sport Chalet was built on diving, so our Treasure Hunt dive is the perfect opportunity to reward our customers for their loyalty to not only Sport Chalet, but also to the underwater world of Scuba diving," said Craig Levra, chairman and CEO of Sport Chalet.

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K.Ward says:
Jul-10-2013 07:33 am

We're heading to the location
We're heading to the location to join the treasure hunting underwater. Me and my team already joined an event like this at scuba diving Cebu event. The whole experience was very exciting and I really enjoyed such event. I learned so much from it and I hope I can use my experience for this treasure hunting event.

K.Ward says:
Jul-10-2013 07:33 am

We're heading to the location to join the treasure hunting underwater. Me and my team already joined an event like this at scuba diving Cebu event. The whole experience was very exciting and I really enjoyed such event. I learned so much from it and I hope I can use my experience for this treasure hunting event.

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Walmart announces 10 new solar installations in Maryland

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday it has completed solar projects at eight Walmart stores and two Sam’s Clubs across the state of Maryland that will generate clean, renewable electricity.

In partnership with SolarCity, the retailer has installed over 3.1 megawatts of generation capacity at the eight store locations. The energy produced by the new solar installations will generate approximately 4.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually — enough energy to power nearly 370 homes — and are expected to supply between 5% to 20% of each store’s overall electricity use.

This new series of solar-power systems in Maryland bring the total number of Walmart and Sam’s Club locations with SolarCity installations to almost 150 across multiple states, with additional locations in the works. Last year, SolarCity installed Walmart’s largest solar-power system at its distribution center in Buckeye, Ariz.

"Solar power makes sense for Walmart, and it makes sense for Maryland," said David Ozment, Walmart’s senior director of energy. "We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy, including solar panels, at our stores in Maryland and throughout the country."

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Consumer confidence in June rises more than expected

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York – A report released by Bloomberg on Tuesday said that confidence among American consumers in June surpassed expectations, climbing to the highest level in more than five years.

The Conference Board’s index rose to 81.4, beating Bloomberg forecasts of 75.1 and reaching the highest point since January 2008. The index reached 74.3 in May.

“Unambiguously, the economy is showing signs of improvement despite sizable fiscal drag,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, N.Y., told Bloomberg.

The Conference Board’s figures are in line with the recently released Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which has been hovering at or around a five-year high reached in late April.

“Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions than they were at the beginning of the year,” Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement. “Expectations have also improved considerably over the past several months, suggesting that the pace of growth is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up.”

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