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Marios Lekkas > Greek God April 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Fashion.
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Marios Lekkas is one of Greece’s top male fashion models. Lekkas started modeling when he was 23 years old. He has appeared in many Greek and international fashion magazines and events. Most recently he has booked the campaign for Nine West World Wide with Fernanda Tavares photographed by Cliff Watts. He is currently being represented by Ace Models in Greece and DNA in New York.

marioslekkas.jpg Fall 2005 Mens Dolce & Gabbana

Born 4 May 1980, Athens, Greece
Birth name Marios Lekkas
Measurements 38-31-39 (US); 96-76-97 (EU)
Height 188 cm; 6′ 3″
Collar 39
Suit 48/99
Shoe size 45 / 11
Eye color Blue
Hair color Black
Ethnicity Greek
Website Ace Models > http://www.acemodels.gr/modelpage.asp?id=657

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Quiksilver Europe to launch first ‘innovation contest’ April 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Sports.
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Athletes from all around the world are called to take part imagining the future of board and outdoor sport.

Quiksilver Europe is proud to launch the first edition of the Innovation Contest, the annual futuristic competition opened to progressive and passionate athletes everywhere, from professionals to amateurs.

On May 10, 2007 the contest will start with 4 months given to applicants to submit their best futuristic ideas or product concepts within the outdoor, board sports lifestyle category.

The product concepts submitted will be judged on real future innovations in design and technology, which has been, developed with users’ needs in mind and the lifestyle pursuits during sports and leisure activities.

To participate, applicants easily connect via: http://innovationcontest.quiksilver-europe.com or www.quiksilver-europe.com

The submission is simple, contestants can visualise and write about an innovative idea. Required files for each project submission are composed by 1 to 8 image files (Jpeg, 500kb max per image) illustrating the concept and 1 text file (Word or Pdf, 100 kb max) explaining the idea, the function and the characteristics.

September 27, 2007 a prestigious jury composed by celebrated leaders in the fields of design, sport and innovation will judge the 30 finalist and elect the 3 winners.

Awards of the contest > Presentation of the project at the ISPO Show in Munich on February, 2008. Winner > 1st prize 5000 €, 2nd prize 3000 €, 3rd prize 2000 €.

Panda launches new Vista-compatible antivirus, firewall April 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet Safety, Internet Software, Microsoft.
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Panda Software has launched a new Vista-compatible version of Panda Antivirus+Firewall 2007.  This version includes a new system for blocking malicious URLs and a specially-designed tool for stopping malware that uses rootkit techniques to hide.

Panda Antivirus+Firewall 2007 customers can download the new version for free from http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/Antivirusfirewall2007 .

Windows Vista compatibility is one of the key features in this version, and Panda Antivirus+Firewall 2007 is also compatible with Windows XP 64 bits, Tablet PC and Media Center.

“Windows Vista has been presented as one of the safest operating systems. Nevertheless, several vulnerabilities have been found that can be exploited to infect PCs running this operating system. It is therefore advisable to have additional protection that completes and increases Vista security,” explains Jaime Herrero-Velarde, director of Consumer Marketing at Panda Software.

“One of the features that can be improved is the firewall. Vista includes a built-in firewall,  but it doesn’t have all the functions that complete protection requires. Panda Antivirus+Firewall 2007 includes intrusion prevention against WiFi networks, malware detection, default scanning of inbound and outbound traffic and a complete Intrusion Detection System,” says Herrero-Velarde.

Panda Antivirus+Firewall 2007 incorporates a system for blocking malicious URLs. This tool prevents users accessing web pages designed to carry out phishing attacks or those containing spyware, making the task of combating threats more effective.

The new solution from Panda Software also features specially-designed technology to protect from rootkit-using-malware.  Rootkits are programs used for concealing the processes of malicious codes, making it more difficult to detect. To improve protection against these tools, Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2007 detects files associated with hidden processes and those infected with rootkits and marks them as malware to delete them.

Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2007 provides maximum, automatic and permanent protection against all types of malware and hackers. It doubles the security of PCs with TruPrevent Technologies, protecting against unknown viruses and intruders.

Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2007 also offers additional protection against numerous other types of threats: it includes firewall technologies to defend against hacker attacks, even in WiFi networks, and protection against phishing and spyware by blocking malicious URLs. It also offers Tech Support 24h-365d, 24h-SOS virus and daily updates.

Cereals may reduce risk of coronary heart disease April 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News, Health.
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Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major cause of death and ill health. One of the risk factors for CHD is elevated blood levels of total cholesterol and of low density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Trials lasting 4 to 8 weeks indicate that including wholegrain oats in your diet may lower total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major cause of death and ill health. One of the risk factors for CHD is elevated blood levels of total cholesterol and of low density lipoprotein cholesterol. Existing observational studies indicate that wholegrain cereals may reduce the risk of CHD, possibly by reducing cholesterol levels.

A Cochrane Systematic Review identified ten trials that assessed the effect of giving wholegrain foods to adults. Of these studies, eight used wholegrain oats. The trials involved a total of 914 adults who had at least one major risk factor for CHD. All were short-term studies lasting only 4 to 8 weeks and involved small numbers of people; most were wholly or partly funded by companies that had interest in cereal products.

“Well-designed, adequately powered studies are now needed to evaluate the effects of long-term consumption of oats,” says Dr Sarah Kelly of the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough.

The review concluded that there is enough evidence from wholegrain oats to suggest that healthcare professionals could recommend oats as part of cholesterol reduction programmes.

The Researchers also point to an inconsistency in the use of the term ‘wholegrain’. “Some reviews of wholegrain products include studies conducted with dietary fibre or oat bran and have referred to these refined products as wholegrain. There is a need for greater clarity and consistency between the terms wholegrain, bran, germ and fibre in published research.”

Diageo’s progressive adult beverage portfolio expands April 24, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Drinks & Beverages.
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When enjoying these new products, and all its products, Diageo reminds its adult consumers to drink responsibly.

With the hot summer months approaching, Diageo North America announced exciting product news from its fast-growing and industry-leading Progressive Adult Beverages (PAB) category. These flavored malt beverages are arriving just in time for this key selling period, with the popular Smirnoff Raw Tea brand launching nationwide, including a new Green Tea flavor, as well as new offerings being added to the Smirnoff Ice and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay portfolios, Pomegranate Fusion and Pineapple Colada, respectively.

“To maintain our leadership position in the PAB category, we need to continue to expand our product offerings to a consumer base that demands innovation and variety,” said Mark Breene, vice president, Diageo Progressive Adult Beverages. “We had our consumers in mind when we began developing these new flavor combinations, and we feel this expanded range of flavors addresses their evolving tastes and desire for selection.”

Available nationwide this spring in grocery and convenience stores, Diageo’s new PAB products include >

> Smirnoff Raw Tea > Due to popular demand, the tea-flavored malt beverage, which has only been available in the Northeast, will be offered nationwide in May in three flavors: Lemon, Raspberry and the previously unreleased Green Tea.  All are non-carbonated and made from real tea with natural fruit flavors for a refreshingly clean and invigorating taste.  Available in six-packs, they will have a suggestedr retail price of approximately $7.49.

> Smirnoff Ice Pomegranate Fusion > Smirnoff Ice Pomegranate Fusion is the latest flavor to be added to the popular Smirnoff Ice line of flavored malt beverages. The refreshing flavor and rising popularity of the pomegranate fruit created the perfect opportunity for this exciting new offering. Blending flavors of pomegranate and other fruits, Pomegranate Fusion is the newest addition to the Smirnoff Ice line. Available in six-packs and variety packs, they will have a suggested retail price of approximately $7.49.

> Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Pineapple Colada > Parrot Bay Tropical Malt Beverages, from the iconic Captain Morgan brand, announces Pineapple Colada as the latest flavor addition to the line, which already includes Sunset Surf, Matava Blue, and Wave Runner. The Pineapple Colada flavor is a mix of tangy pineapple and sweet coconut, with a malt base. Six-packs will have a suggested retail price of approximately $7.49, and the product will also be available in variety packs.

When enjoying these new products, and all its products, Diageo reminds its adult consumers to drink responsibly. As the world’s largest spirits, wine and beer company, Diageo is committed to social responsibility and the responsible marketing of its brands. The Diageo Marketing Code is one of the most stringent in the industry. Diageo is a founding member and major supporter of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization whose programs are designed to combat drunk driving and underage drinking.