- BURMA STILL BANNED: The Senate and House have approved a resolution to extend a ban on all imports from Burma, also known as Myanmar, for another year. President Bush signed a bill banning all imports, mostly apparel, in July 2003 in response to a crackdown by the country's military dictatorship on the elected opposition. Deteriorating human rights conditions had prompted U.S. apparel importers to voluntarily halt business with Burma, where the military has invested in garment production.

- TIME FOR A CURE: For the second year, Guess Watches has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization to offer a G2G Sparkling Pink Guess watch. Retailing for $100, the watch is an adjustable bangle style with a steel linked bracelet adorned with G Guess logos. It's decorated with 81 pink Swarovski stones designed in the shape of the breast cancer ribbons. From September until March, Guess and Guess Watches will guarantee a minimum donation of $25,000 to the charity in honor of breast cancer awareness. In addition, Guess and Guess Watches will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from each watch sold. They are available at Guess retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada and guess.com. Last September, Guess introduced its first Sporting Pink watch to support the breast cancer charity, and the following month it became the number-one selling watch at Guess retail stores. Since the initial collaboration, Guess and Guess Watches have donated $54,700 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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