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Welcome to BlogWorld & New Media Expo May 16, 2007

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The first and only tradeshow, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media.

If you are currently blogging, vlogging, podcasting, producing some other form of new media content, thinking about joining the exciting industry of new media or just want to know what this whole blogging phenomena is all about then you need to be at BlogWorld.

The inaugural event will take place in Las Vegas November 8th and 9th at the Las Vegas Convention Center with an exclusive corporate only conference November 7th. 

Related Links > http://www.blogworldexpo.com

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Webby Awards showcase best of the Internet May 16, 2007

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Hidden among the millions of websites with their billions of pages, there are many remarkable examples of what the Internet can offer. These are Internet locations which demonstrate great creativity, technical excellence, and often a commitment to change the world or correct great injustices.

Some of the websites are the product of an individual’s brilliance or vision and many others are the creations of large companies. Great movies are recognized by the Academy Awards and the music industry lauds its luminaries at the Grammy Awards. The finest sites on the Internet are celebrated at the annual Webby Awards.

Since the Internet is a fairly new medium, this is only the 11th year that the Webbys have been presented. Honouring notable websites was an assignment handed to Internet designer and reporter Tiffany Schlain in 1997 by The Web magazine. She raised barely enough money to hold the event and only managed to give out a statue in 15 categories. In 1998 The Web magazine ceased publication and everyone was laid off, except for Tiffany and her one staffer, Dave Skaff, who continued to work on the awards presentation. It’s obvious by the growth of the event that Tiffany had come up with a winning formula. The Webby Awards now attract interest from all over the world. The judging is carried out by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (www.iadas.net) which includes Internet luminaries and celebrities such as musician David Bowie, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airlines, and Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons.

The awards are presented in numerous categories within several areas of websites: interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile, which designates websites written to be displayed on a portable device such as a cell phone. This is the first year that online film and video has had its own category which reflects the increasing role of the Internet as an entertainment medium.

The presentation of the Webbys will be in June at a gala ceremony to be held in New York City but the nominees and winners have already been announced and listed at the Webby site (www.webbyawards.com). The best entries were selected from more than 8,000 nominees by the panel of judges. A second winner in each category was determined by online voting by Internet users and is called the People’s Voice Winner. The really nice thing about these awards is that, unlike the Academy Awards and various music awards, it’s very easy to see all of the winners and runners-up without leaving home or having to buy anything.

Perusing some of the 70 categories and viewing the nominees can be informative, often entertaining, and occasionally awe-inspiring.

The winner for Activism this year is called Green My Planet (www.greenpeace.org/apple) by Greenpeace International and its aim is to get Apple, the maker of Ipods and Macs, to stop polluting the planet with toxic materials found in its products. Interestingly, Steve Jobs of Apple has recently announced that Apple will move to phase out the worst chemicals in its product range. Other sites in the Activism category range from those attempting to save the planet to protecting refugees of war.

Many websites look pleasant, but two websites have astonishing blends of artistry and technology. Jonathan Yuen’s personal site (www.jonathanyuen.com) won for the best use of animation or motion graphics and is beautiful in its understated use of Flash technology, soft music, and black and white graphics. It’s hard to describe the wizardry at work in the first two “ways” at the Ten Ways site (www.interacttenways.com/usa) from Getty Images, which was a runner up in the Art category.

The Internet is so often depicted as the root of many evils, which is why the Webby Awards are so important for showcasing the technical brilliance, creativity, and social conscience that make up the best of the Internet.

Prince Harry will not be sent to Iraq May 16, 2007

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prince_harry.jpg  Prince Harry is “very disappointed” but will not quit the army, Clarence House later said.

Prince Harry will not be sent with his unit to Iraq, Britain’s top general said Wednesday, citing specific threats to the third in line to the throne.

Sir Richard Dannatt, the army chief of staff,  said the changing situation on the ground exposed the Prince to too much danger. “There have been a number of specific threats, some reported and some not reported, that relate directly to Prince Harry as an individual,” Dannatt said. “These threats exposed him and those around him to a degree of risk I considered unacceptable.”

Clarence House, the office of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, issued a statement declaring Harry’s disappointment that “he will not be able to go to Iraq with his troop deployment as he had hoped.” “He fully understands Gen. Dannatt’s difficult decision and remains committed to his army career,” the statement said. “Prince Harry’s thoughts are with the rest of the battle group in Iraq.

The Defence Ministry had long said the decision would be kept under review amid concerns for the security of Harry, a second lieutenant, and other soldiers serving with him. The 22-year-old Prince is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

Harry would have been the first member of the British Royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982. There have been reported threats by Iraqi insurgents to kill or kidnap the Prince, including claims his photograph had been widely circulated among insurgents.

Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana, the late Princess of Wales, has been a frequent face on the front of Britain’s tabloid newspapers, which have constantly covered his party-going lifestyle at glitzy London nightclubs.

Camilla on holidays in Greece without Prince Charles May 16, 2007

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is enjoying a vacation without Britain’s Prince Charles, amid reports that the couple argued over the use of their private jet.

The Prince allegedly decided to remain at home since he believed using their private jet to fly to Greece would make a mockery of his efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Duchess, who recently had hysterectomy, reportedly told her husband she needed to use the jet, rather than board a chartered flight, due to her recent health problems.

Charles, 58, traditionally accompanies his wife for a week-long trip to the Aegean every summer. But this year he stayed behind despite having no official duties scheduled for this week. Camilla, 59, enjoyed a cruise of the sunny Greek isles with her friends aboard Greek billionaire Spiros Latsis’s private yacht on Tuesday night.

Environmentalist Charles vowed at the start of the year that Clarence House would make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and release a ‘green’ transport plan. The Prince already canceled his annual Swiss skiing trip in a show of dedication to the cause. Earlier this year, Charles was criticized for jetting to the U.S. to collect an award for increasing environmental awareness.

Fiber is Sexy! May 16, 2007

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Dietitians often recommend eating snacks that are 100 calories or less as part of a healthy lifestyle, yet finding such snacks that are truly satisfying can be hard to do.

What comes to mind when you think of fiber? LightFull Foods, creators of the LightFull Satiety Smoothie, wants people to think “Fiber Is Sexy!” Why? Because getting the proper amount of fiber in your diet really does help you to feel and look your best. That’s because fiber helps to provide sustained energy, eliminates toxins from the body, aids digestion and may help to lower bad low density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Unfortunately the average American eats only half the recommended daily allowance of 24-30 grams of fiber each day. And while 65 percent of people try to eat foods that are high in fiber, 88 percent of people do not know the number of grams of fiber recommended per day for a healthy body, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Fiber Council.

Fiber + Protein = Satiety > The good news is more than 78 percent of the survey’s respondents recognize that fiber helps keep you feeling full and 72 percent know that fiber helps with weight management. In fact, fiber plays a big part in making the all-natural LightFull Satiety Smoothie so surprisingly-filling. Packed with five-six grams of fiber and six grams of protein, LightFull Satiety Smoothies keep people feeling full and satisfied for two-three hours on average, and for only 90 little calories! Satiety (rhymes with society) is being full to the state of satisfaction. While satiety-enhancing foods recently were cited by Datamonitor as a top 2007 food and beverage trend, dietitians have long recognized that foods high in fiber and protein provide more satiety for fewer calories. That’s because fiber and protein helps to slow digestion and prolong the release of the hormone that triggers the “I’m full” feeling in the brain.

Dietitians often recommend eating snacks that are 100 calories or less as part of a healthy lifestyle, yet finding such snacks that are truly satisfying can be hard to do, especially with the slew of 100-calorie portioned junk foods currently flooding supermarkets. With LightFull Satiety Smoothie, finding a delicious, convenient, nutritious and satisfying snack that’s 100 calories or less is no longer a challenge!

“In order for a snack to be filling and satisfying, as well as healthy, it’s important to look for foods that are relatively low in calories while high in fiber and protein,” says nutritionist Sophie Pachella, founder of Eatstrong, a New York City-based performance nutrition practice. “For only 90 calories, LightFull Satiety Smoothies fit the bill and are also all-natural and free from artificial sweeteners.”

Unique All-Natural, Low-Calorie Sweetener Blend > Part of what makes LightFull Satiety Smoothies so unique is that they are both low-calorie and all-natural. In fact, LightFull smoothies have less sugar than a glass of plain milk and are sweetened with a blend of erythritol, a low-glycemic sweetener that’s 70 percent as sweet as sugar, occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and has zero calories; a smidge of evaporated cane juice; and in LightFull’s fruit flavors, real fruit puree. LightFull Satiety Smoothies are also an excellent source of calcium, low-glycemic and gluten-free.