After the Games, Olympic Venue City Comes to Life

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Nearly 3 billion people watched the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on television. Those who tuned into the long track speed skating competition received what was probably their first view of Richmond, British Columbia, the city that hosted the competition in its Richmond Olympic Oval.
But as visitors to the games can attest, there’s more to Richmond than the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Games gave visitors a chance to discover a unique city with plenty of dining, shopping and multicultural attractions — and more are following in their stead. The city is fast becoming a growing tourist destination with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.
Richmond, which is located where the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River meet, is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), a vibrant city center and the new Canada Line rapid transit system, which connects visitors to Richmond and Vancouver in under 25 minutes.
The city offers attractions all its own. Richmond’s 65 percent Asian population results in one of the most authentic Asian food scenes in North America. On Alexandra Street, which is known colloquially as “Food Street,” visitors can enjoy dim sum, as well as Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghainese, Northern Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine. Richmond has over 375 Asian restaurants and three modern Hong Kong-style malls, where a day of shopping can include a tea ceremony and karoake.
History buffs won’t want to miss picturesque Steveston Village. The historic fishing village has two national heritage sites, as well as London Heritage Farm, which recreates life in Steveston from 1880 to 1930 with furniture, clothing, quilts, farm implements and a garden. Today, Steveston houses the largest commercial fishing fleet in Canada, not to mention boutiques, views and local seafood. Animal lovers should book a whale-watching tour to see orcas, as well as seals, sea lions and porpoises.
There are opportunities for recreation as well. In the months following the Olympics, the city transformed the Richmond Olympic Oval into a sports and wellness facility, where families can take a walking tour or get involved in other activites. Visitors can also enjoy 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces, including 80 kilometers of interconnecting dike trails, cycling routes and walkways.
For more information, visit www.allinrichmond.com.

New Website Caters to News Junkies, Political Right

For those political junkies that can’t seem to get their fill of what’s happening inside the Beltway, a new website may be just enough to satisfy.

Armstrong Williams, a self-described conservative columnist, television and radio host and political activist recently launched www.rightsidewire.com. The site, Williams says, will offer full feature stories, opinions and commentary, well as fresh insight and perspectives from not only his niche audience (the Republican right or the African American minority perspective), but from all voices of society.

In addition, the website will allow for social media interaction, daily blogs from contributors, the latest articles and links on current trends and culture, and live streams of his radio and television shows.

Top Three Reasons Why TV Remote Controls Are Frustrating to Use

The average U.S. household has five remote controls. In fact, many households have 10 or more. But despite being introduced over 50 years ago, TV remote controls still maintain a basic design that can be frustrating to use.

Below are the top three reasons why TV remote controls are frustrating to use:

#3 – Commonly used buttons are too small, making their use awkward. The most commonly used buttons are frequently the smallest buttons. They also are usually surrounded by lots of other small buttons. This is especially problematic in low light.

Automation Saves Pool and Spa Owners Time, Money

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Automation Saves Pool and Spa Owners Time, Money

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(NewsUSA) – No one would purchase a television without a remote, yet many people install pools without bothering to get them automated — a move that can cost …

Patty Duke Family Reunites for Dinner: Medicare on the Menu

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Patty Duke is back – and this time she’s brought the entire family. The cast of the Patty Duke Show reunited for dinner and to create a series of public service announcements to promote Social Security’s new online Medicare application.

You can view the television spots at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

Patty Duke and her television family entertained American households on the Patty Duke Show in the 1960s. Now, they want to serve families again -; by telling them just how easy and fast it is to apply online for Medicare -; even if they are not ready to retire. The application takes less than 10 minutes.

Even if you decide to wait until after you’re age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare at age 65. If you’d like to begin your Medicare coverage, you should apply within four months of reaching age 65.

It’s important to note that people who already receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare.

Why apply online? Because it’s fast, easy and convenient. You don’t need an appointment, and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. You don’t even have to do it all at once. Our secure technology ensures your information will be kept private.

If you’re within four months of turning age 65 or older, what are you waiting for? As Patty Duke and her television family will tell you, it takes less than 10 minutes! Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov and select the “Retirement/Medicare” link in the middle of the page.

And be sure to catch TV’s most famous identical cousins and the whole family for dinner at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

Patty Duke Family Reunites for Dinner: Medicare on the Menu

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Patty Duke is back -; and this time she’s brought the entire family. The cast of the Patty Duke Show reunited for dinner and to create a series of public service announcements to promote Social Security’s new online Medicare application.
You can view the television spots at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.
Patty Duke and her television family entertained American households on the Patty Duke Show in the 1960s. Now, they want to serve families again -; by telling them just how easy and fast it is to apply online for Medicare -; even if they are not ready to retire. The application takes less than 10 minutes.
Even if you decide to wait until after you’re age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare at age 65. If you’d like to begin your Medicare coverage, you should apply within four months of reaching age 65.
It’s important to note that people who already receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare.
Why apply online? Because it’s fast, easy and convenient. You don’t need an appointment, and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. You don’t even have to do it all at once. Our secure technology ensures your information will be kept private.
If you’re within four months of turning age 65 or older, what are you waiting for? As Patty Duke and her television family will tell you, it takes less than 10 minutes! Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov and select the “Retirement/Medicare” link in the middle of the page.
And be sure to catch TV’s most famous identical cousins and the whole family for dinner at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

Make a Smooth-ie Sell For the History Books

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In 1949, Americans watched in amazement as William G. “Papa” Barnard, the founder of Vita-Mix, liquefied eggshells, whole vegetables and whole fruit (seeds included) in his powerful stainless-steel whole-food blender. A super-salesman and pioneer in whole-food nutrition, Barnard proclaimed the healing power of Vita-Mix whole-food meals in a compelling pitch that made the phones ring — and made history.

In the early days of television, it was not unusual for companies to create shows, including children’s programming, strictly for product placement. But the infomercial — a feature-length product demonstration — was new. In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association, Papa Barnard starred in the first infomercial to air in the United States.

Infomercials have come a long way — as has Papa Barnard’s product, the Vita-Mix machine. Today’s Vita-Mix 5200 performs the work of 10 kitchen appliances. The blenders make ice cream, grind grains into flour, knead dough, liquefy whole fruits into juice and make piping hot soups, no stove required — the blades generate heat as they spin at 240 miles per hour.

The blender’s many functions certainly lend it to demonstration. Every year, in the U.S. alone, Vita-Mix demonstrates its machines in over 2,000 county fairs and shows.

To keep Papa Barnard’s spirit alive, Vita-Mix launched its “Pitch Me!” video contest. Fans can create and submit videos showcasing their Vita-Mix skills. The winner may become the next great Vita-Mix TV demonstrator, receiving a Grand Prize of $10,000 and may each get the chance to star in upcoming Vita-Mix television commercials and web-based videos.

“We think ‘Pitch Me!’ is the perfect way for us to find creative people to reinterpret the Vita-Mix demonstration in their own way.” says Dan Kleps, senior manager at Vita-Mix.

Contestants will be voted on by the public and chosen by Vita-Mix for their creativity, popularity and the overall quality of their video. Highly rated submissions may air on television to publicize the contest. Vita-Mix will give away $20,000 in prizes, including the $10,000 grand prize.

For more information or to submit a video, please visit www.vitamixtv.com.

End-of-the-Year Television Provides Priceless Entertainment

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It’s official…the countdown through the holiday season has begun. We’re crossing off the days until malls are adorned with lush, green holly and glimmering lights, “White Christmas” plays repeatedly over the loudspeaker in department stores overflowing with merchandise, and children’s faces light up with joy as they spot Santa on the pavilion intently listening to wish lists.

But with dwindling finances and a troubled economy on many minds, saving money is sounding much better than giving it. With exchanging gifts on the back burner this year, simpler family traditions can help keep the warmth of the season alive.

American families can gather for holiday dinners, whether they’re eating pizza on paper plates or turkey on precious antique china. They can form coalitions to feed the homeless in soup kitchens on cold winter nights, and can even gather in the living room for a cozy night of one of the most popular pastimes -; watching favorite seasonal television specials.

According to Nielsen Media Research, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is one of the most-watched television shows of the holiday season, bringing in 13.75 million viewers in one prime-time showing in 2007. Other favorites include: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” But there’s one genre of television that offers entertainment with a bit of historic nostalgia: those memory-jolting end-of-the-year countdowns.

Multiple broadcast television outlets have been known to host end-of-the-year countdowns that highlight the year’s history through one or many angles. For example: the most popular sports events, celebrity shock moments, game show wins, fashion flops and music. Every year, Great American Country (GAC) broadcasts its “Top 50 Videos” special, showcasing the most popular country music videos of the year.

Once again bringing entertainment to your living room, GAC will air “Top 50 Videos of 2008,” every night beginning Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s countdown will be hosted by Taylor Swift and will highlight the year’s most popular music videos in country music. Country music fans can vote for their favorite videos and find more information on the countdown at www.gactv.com.

Through participating in simple pastimes such as watching special television countdowns with family, people throughout the nation can build memories to last a lifetime, without over-extending economy-stricken budgets. The season’s most important message -; that of sharing love and lending a helping hand -; will undoubtedly be heard loud and clear as the days until 2009 continue to pass by, and citizens look past traditional gift-giving into what the holidays are truly all about.

Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied on Road Trips

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – On the road, drivers must deal with constant traffic concerns, including glaring sunlight, blinding rain, traffic jams, street signs and other drivers. But one distraction you might not have thought about is your kids.

According to AAA, more than 1.5 million crashes have involved some kind of driver distraction, and 24 percent of crashes occur because of drivers having to deal with children in the back seat. Here are a few ways to keep the kids occupied the next time you hit the road.

* Books and children’s magazines: Time passes quickly when children are engrossed in a story. Take this opportunity to teach your children the importance of reading. If your kids can’t read in the car, try books on tape or compact discs.

* Crafts: Have the kids put together scrapbooks with items from the trip. Pack instant cameras, glue sticks, markers and construction paper to get them started.

* Puzzles, board games and cards: At first these activities might seem unfit for road trips, but many newer versions are designed for travel. These games either come in compact cases or with magnetic boards to keep pieces from being lost in the vehicle.

* On-screen entertainment: Increasing numbers of consumers are purchasing vehicles with liquid crystal display TV screens for passenger viewing. Today, not only can your kids play video games and watch DVDs in the car, they can catch their favorite television shows as well.

The TracVision A5, created by Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, lets you watch live television while on the road. This in-motion satellite television system has a low-profile antenna that mounts to the roof of the car and a compact satellite receiver stored in the trunk.

Compatible with DirecTV service, it provides hundreds of channels of satellite television and music. It’s also designed to be part of a versatile entertainment system that can include DVD players, VCRs, video game systems and digital video recorders.

The system sells for about $3,500. The monthly satellite service fee varies depending on the package selected but is similar to home programming. For more information, visit www.kvh.com.