A penchant for healthy food can be trained: study

A penchant for healthy food can be trained: study

(Relaxnews) – In a small, preliminary study, researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital found it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy foods over calorie-laden, additive-rich fare. “We don’t start out in life loving French fries […]

02.09.2014 · Filled under: Books, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Online ·
Notebooks and tablets high on back-to-school shopping lists

Notebooks and tablets high on back-to-school shopping lists

(Relaxnews) – As students head off to college for the start of the academic year, more than half will do so with a new tablet or notebook. Computers and the internet have revolutionized learning and as devices get smaller, lighter and more and more mobile, the benefits are becoming clearer to see — so much […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Nicki Minaj tops, Iggy Azalea climbs global social media chart: Starcount

Nicki Minaj tops, Iggy Azalea climbs global social media chart: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – After taking a spot on last week’s social media chart by Starcount, Nicki Minaj climbs to the top spot for the week of Augut 25-31, riding the wave of the popularity of her new “Anaconda” video and her success at last week’s MTV VMAs. Australian artist Iggy Azalea is a new addition to […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
PHL peacekeepers passed land mines in ‘greatest escape’

PHL peacekeepers passed land mines in ‘greatest escape’

MANILA, Sept 1 (Mabuhay) – Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said not one soldier was hurt when they pulled off “the greatest escape” in Golan Heights to flee the Syrian rebels. Catapang revealed the soldiers, who were surrounded in position 69, fled around Sunday midnight (Syrian time) […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Speaker Emeritus Perez, Cong. Takano each to receive Public Servant Advocate Award at AAPI Awards Banquet Sep. 26

Speaker Emeritus Perez, Cong. Takano each to receive Public Servant Advocate Award at AAPI Awards Banquet Sep. 26

Los Angeles, Calif. –Asian Enterprise celebrates its 21st year of hosting the annual Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with Wells Fargo Foundation and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as Title Sponsors. This  much-awaited awards banquet is supported by a number of Fortune 500 Companies and gives recognition to outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs who rise above economic challenges, as well as […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Romney for US president in 2016? Iowa poll puts him on top

Romney for US president in 2016? Iowa poll puts him on top

WASHINGTON  (AFP) – Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney after all. The two-time Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly stressed over the past year that he is not interested in a third shot at the White House. But an Iowa poll released Wednesday suggests that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to President […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino: I will celebrate the end of my term

Aquino: I will celebrate the end of my term

MANILA (Mabuhay) — In a seeming indication that he is currently not inclined to extend his term, President Benigno Aquino III has already detailed his plans for the day he will step down from the country’s top elective post. During a light moment in his interview with Bombo Radyo aired on Thursday, Aquino said he […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Apes’ back on top

Worldwide box office: ‘Apes’ back on top

(Relaxnews) – Thanks to its opening in China, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” returned to first place at the global box office for the weekend ending August 31. The sci-fi movie earned $52 million worldwide over the period, including $47 million in Chinese theaters. The sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Concert tours for the season ahead: Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John

Concert tours for the season ahead: Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John

(Relaxnews) – The summer festival season is drawing to a close, but for some major artists the touring season is just getting under way. Before the year is up, Lorde, Lady Gaga or one of these other artists may be coming to a venue near you. Lorde September 5 – November 1 North American/New Zealand […]

01.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas’ modern tech

Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas’ modern tech

(Relaxnews) – Due to set sail this fall, the cruise operator’s new flagship will be outfitted with several high-tech innovations for a more enjoyable journey. A luggage tracking app, robotic bartenders and apps that let crew members keep track of passengers’ individual preferences are among the new technologies coming to the Quantum of the Seas. […]

30.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Offbeat, Online, Photos, Science & Technology ·
Joaquin Phoenix still in the running to play Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Joaquin Phoenix still in the running to play Marvel’s Doctor Strange

(Relaxnews) – Denying other rumors on the subject, including recent speculation that Daniel Radcliffe would play Marvel’s sorcerer, Collider reports that negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix are about to cross the finish line. Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt… The rumor mill has churned out the names of several in-demand actors (and […]

30.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Rag & Bone reveals campaign videos with Winona Ryder and Michael Pitt

Rag & Bone reveals campaign videos with Winona Ryder and Michael Pitt

(Relaxnews) – In July, Rag & Bone shared images of Winona Ryder and Michael Pitt posing in Coney Island for its latest campaign. Now the fashion label has revealed two new videos starring its celebrity spokesmodels. Rather than posing side by side for the Fall-Winter 2014-15 campaign, Michael Pitt and Winona Ryder were shot individually by Glen Luchford, resulting […]

29.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘The one with the free coffee’ – Central Perk hits NY

‘The one with the free coffee’ – Central Perk hits NY

(NEW YORK-AFP) – It’s been 20 years since “Friends” took the world by storm. And to celebrate, New Yorkers can indulge their love of comedy and coffee in their very own Central Perk. It was the celluloid coffee shop where for 10 years Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler captivated millions with their revolving-door […]

Barbie unveils her Instagram account

Barbie unveils her Instagram account

(Relaxnews) – After Man Repeller and Garance Doré, Barbie is the latest fashion icon to bring her lessons in style to Instagram. The blondest of dolls made her debut on the social network Wednesday under the handle@BarbieStyle. Just like real-life fashionistas, Barbie shares style inspirations and details from her own wardrobe, including #OOTD photos (for […]

What to expect at Apple’s upcoming event

What to expect at Apple’s upcoming event

(Relaxnews) – After months of speculation, the world’s most secretive consumer technology company has finally sent out the official invites to an event on September 9, where the unveiling of the iPhone 6 is expected to take place. But what exactly will Tim Cook announce when he takes to the stage at the Flint Center […]

29.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
‘Sons of Anarchy’ star choice for ‘King Arthur’

‘Sons of Anarchy’ star choice for ‘King Arthur’

(Relaxnews) – Guy Ritchie’s tale of medieval legend, “King Arthur,” looks like it’s found its main man, with Charlie Hunnam of biker gang series “Sons of Anarchy” said to be Guy Ritchie’s preferred choice. Idris Elba (“The Wire,” “Thor”) is another tip for the film and, if secured, Hunnam will be teaming up with Elba […]

28.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Apple sends out invites to Sept. 9 event

Apple sends out invites to Sept. 9 event

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to an event on September 9 near its Silicon Valley headquarters, amid rumors the tech giant will unveil a new iPhone and maybe a wearable device. The famously secretive company offered scant clues in emailed invites that showed the date in large numbers over the words: […]

28.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Youth Olympics: China showcases future stars as curtain falls

Youth Olympics: China showcases future stars as curtain falls

(BEIJING-AFP) – Up to 2,000 performers will feature at the closing ceremony for the Youth Olympics in China’s Nanjing city Thursday after 12 days of competition that showcased the sporting superstars of the future. No official medals table is published for the multi-sports event which focuses on a programme promoting friendship and sportsmanship, rather than […]

28.08.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
Vampires and Lycans to return in ‘Underworld’ reboot

Vampires and Lycans to return in ‘Underworld’ reboot

(Relaxnews) – Although the fourth and latest “Underworld” movie was released just two years ago, Lakeshore Entertainment is already working on a reboot of the vampire franchise, which starred Kate Beckinsale. Since the release of the first movie in 2003, the franchise earned a total of over $460 million at the global box office, including […]

28.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Batman or Birdman? Venice fest opens with superhero film

Batman or Birdman? Venice fest opens with superhero film

(VENICE-AFP) – The Venice film festival opened with a bang on Wednesday with a brilliant superhero dark comedy that delves into the cinema and theatre worlds to explore the drug that is fame. The first flick to compete at the world’s oldest film festival, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
NYFW: Rebecca Minkoff asks for opinions on Instagram

NYFW: Rebecca Minkoff asks for opinions on Instagram

(Relaxnews) – To prepare her next runway show, the American designer is soliciting input from her Instagram followers. On September 2, Rebecca Minkoff will post two looks from the label’s latest collection to Instagram. Followers will then be invited to vote for the one they prefer, and the look that has the least votes will simply […]

Jumbo iPad rumors resurface

Jumbo iPad rumors resurface

(Relaxnews) – Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch version of its industry-defining tablet and that it is expected to go on sale early next year. Reports of an iPad ‘Pro’ with a display size closer to that of a notebook are nothing new. Rumors about its upcoming release hit fever pitch back […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
More than 10,000 took their oath as new US citizens in downtown Los Angeles

More than 10,000 took their oath as new US citizens in downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles and Southern California on Wednesday welcomed 10,065 newly naturalized citizens in a solemn but celebratory event for the thousands of immigrants at the Los Angeles Convention Center in South Hall “H-J.” The candidates, lawful permanent residents who have met all the requirements for citizenship, represented nearly 150 countries, including those […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Walking Dead’ star to hunt a ghost with Nicolas Cage

‘Walking Dead’ star to hunt a ghost with Nicolas Cage

(Relaxnews) – Sarah Wayne Callies has joined the cast of “Pay the Ghost,” a thriller due to enter production next month. At age 37, the actress is in the limelight more than ever before. After breaking through in her role as Sara Tancredi on “Prison Break” and later playing Lori Grimes on “The Walking Dead,” […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Crowdfunding comes to the wine industry

Crowdfunding comes to the wine industry

(Relaxnews) – Filmmakers, tinkerers and IT innovators aren’t the only ones turning to the internet to fund their projects. Through a new platform dubbed Fundovino, the crowdfunding principle has now made its way to the winemaking industry. Just as foodies seek out CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs to support local farmers, many wine enthusiasts are on […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Instagram launches time-lapse video app for iPhone

Instagram launches time-lapse video app for iPhone

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram on Tuesday launched an application for capturing time-lapse videos using Apple mobile devices. The Hyperlapse “app” was designed to let people easily make high-quality time-lapse videos even while moving around with a smartphone, according to Instagram. Hyperlapse videos can be saved on mobile devices and shared on Instagram. […]

27.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Facebook cutting out click bait

Facebook cutting out click bait

(Relaxnews) – The world’s most popular social network announced on Monday that it has decided everyone would be much happier if their Facebook newsfeeds weren’t cluttered with links to potentially spammy articles that give users no real idea of content until they’ve clicked through. Facebook says that these sorts of posts, which demand a user […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Watch the top moments of the 2014 Emmy Awards

Watch the top moments of the 2014 Emmy Awards

(Relaxnews) – Presented Monday night and hosted by Seth Meyers, the Emmy Awards once again named “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” as the top shows in their categories. But more than a forum for recognizing excellence, the prestigious ceremony is also one more opportunity for celebrities to entertain us, as seen in these highlights from […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
LG first to offer OLED ultra-high-definition TVs

LG first to offer OLED ultra-high-definition TVs

(Relaxnews) – Just weeks after announcing the availability of its first curved ultra-high definition LCD TVs, the company has just brought the world’s first OLED ultra-high-definition television sets to market. Until now, the only ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV sets on sale — curved or flat — have used LCD panels which are fine but which need […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Games, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Grape-slinging food fight marks end of grape harvest in Spain

Grape-slinging food fight marks end of grape harvest in Spain

(Relaxnews) – If you’re a hardened wine snob, you might want to stop reading right about now. Because in what could be considered unthinkable for serious oenophiles, La Raima involves flinging wine grapes at each other in a messy, purple, sticky food fight. You could call it the fruitier version of Spain’s infamous Tomatina. Only […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Corruption, dispute with China cause PHL to slip in peace index

Corruption, dispute with China cause PHL to slip in peace index

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Despite the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro earlier this year, the Philippines has slipped further down the pole in terms of peace. The Philippines ranked 134th out of 162 countries in the Global Peace Index for 2014, down five notches from last year. The country remains one of […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Jeepney may serve as Pope Francis’ Popemobile during PHL visit

Jeepney may serve as Pope Francis’ Popemobile during PHL visit

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines this coming January may take on a stronger Filipino flavor as organizers consider ferrying him around in a jeepney. Former Ambassador to the Holy See Henrietta de Villa, a member of the preparatory committee, said this is one of the options they are considering. “Nothing is […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto ‘exclusively dating’

Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto ‘exclusively dating’

They are not yet a couple but Erik Santos has finally confirmed that he and fellow singer Angeline Quinto are now exclusively dating. “Exclusively dating kasi wala namang iba,” Santos said in an interview on “Kris TV” on Wednesday. Asked if he would still allow Quinto to date other guys, Santos replied: “Okay lang kung […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Aquino slams naysayers in Heroes Day speech

Aquino slams naysayers in Heroes Day speech

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Stay away from people who pretend to push for reforms but are in fact peddling lies, President Benigno Aquino III said on Monday. Aquino, who led the celebration of National Heroes Day, said that while many nameless Filipinos strive to contribute to the country’s development, there are some who instead sow discord. […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Big hits, notable misses on Emmy red carpet

Big hits, notable misses on Emmy red carpet

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Monday nights were never supposed to be this fun. The best of American television graced the red carpet at the annual 66th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles — moved from a Sunday to Monday for scheduling reasons — and there was no doubt what the dominant theme of the evening was in […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
2014 Emmy Awards: the essential highlights

2014 Emmy Awards: the essential highlights

(Relaxnews) – The 66th Emmy Awards took place Monday night, honoring “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” once again in the top categories. Below is a recap of the ceremony. “Breaking Bad” goes out with a bang Widely regarded as one of the best TV series of its time, AMC’s drama ended last year after five […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Pacquiao dismisses Algieri threat in Macau

Pacquiao dismisses Algieri threat in Macau

By Daniel HICKS MACAU  (AFP) – Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Monday dismissed his next opponent, undefeated American Chris Algieri, as merely an “okay” fighter as the build-up began to their upcoming contest. Pacquiao (56-5-2) will put his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on the line against 30-year-old former kickboxer Algieri (20-0) on […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
For the proposed new PHL criminal code, Spanish terms were removed, criminal liability age lowered

For the proposed new PHL criminal code, Spanish terms were removed, criminal liability age lowered

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The revision of the 80-year-old Revised Penal Code has finally been completed after three years of drafting, and is now ready to be endorsed to Congress for passage. Among the changes proposed in the draft were the removal of Spanish terms like reclusion perpetua, and the lowering of criminal liability age to […]

25.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
American football aiming for international audience via YouTube

American football aiming for international audience via YouTube

(Relaxnews) – With interest in Major League Soccer on the rise in the US, American football is looking to gain recognition abroad. College ball will soon be spiraling into the international airwaves as the Pac-12 conference launches its own YouTube channel. In lay terms, that means 12 universities in the western US will be showcasing […]

25.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Online, Sports & Recreation ·
Miley Cyrus wins top prize at MTV Video Music Awards

Miley Cyrus wins top prize at MTV Video Music Awards

(INGLEWOOD, United States-AFP) – Miley Cyrus won the award for Video of the Year for her hit single “Wrecking Ball,” at Sunday’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards outside Los Angeles. The singer beat out Beyonce and her husband JayZ, nominated for “Drunk in Love,” as well as Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCV for “Fancy,” and […]

25.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
London hotel collaborates with Jimmy Choo for designer tea service

London hotel collaborates with Jimmy Choo for designer tea service

(Relaxnews) – Fashionistas with a sweet tooth in London may want to put The Berkeley on their agenda, as the luxury hotel has teamed up with Jimmy Choo to offer an English tea service inspired by the shoe designer. To create the edible ‘Choo collection,’ pastry chefs pored over the brand’s iconic shoes and accessories […]

US TV season rich in mystery and horror

US TV season rich in mystery and horror

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – As American TV viewers await the Emmy Awards honoring last year’s programs, the new season opened this summer and it is rich in stars, horror and mystery. The glitzy names being served up include the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Clive Owen, Guillermo del Toro, Liv Tyler and Halle Berry. One program, “The […]

25.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Beverly Hills hotel launches ‘Pretty Woman’ package

Beverly Hills hotel launches ‘Pretty Woman’ package

(Relaxnews) – Know the lines to the Julia Roberts movie “Pretty Woman” off by heart? The Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills has launched a weekend package that allows guests to recreate key moments from the movie. As the primary filming location for the 1990 film, the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire played a supporting role […]

Gamification ever-present in fitness apps, but does it work?

Gamification ever-present in fitness apps, but does it work?

(Relaxnews) – An increasingly sedentary lifestyle in which people can’t put down their mobile devices has led app developers to believe there could be a pot of gold in motivating people to exercise by means of gamified fitness, though researchers says the gaming aspect could have limited long-term success. “It’s just been assumed that gamified […]

NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space

NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space

(Relaxnews) – NASA has launched a crowdsourcing project in an appeal to the public to help identify some of its 1.8 million archive photos. Hundreds of thousands of images taken from the International Space Station of cities on the planet have been added to a public gallery as part of “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography […]

Madonna clothing, lyrics to hit auction block

Madonna clothing, lyrics to hit auction block

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Madonna memorabilia including nude photographs of the Queen of Pop will go on sale in November at an auction that will also include some of her most famous outfits and some of her lyrics. The Marilyn Monroe-inspired gown and jewelry that Madonna donned in her 1984 “Material Girl” music video will also […]

23.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Microsoft to unveil new Windows software: report

Microsoft to unveil new Windows software: report

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8. The US software titan could hold an event as early as the end of September to provide a look at a version of what is […]

23.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Zero-gravity flights to embark on worldwide tour for astronaut wannabes

Zero-gravity flights to embark on worldwide tour for astronaut wannabes

(Relaxnews) – For all the wannabe astronauts and thrill seekers in the world, a zero-gravity commercial airline may be headed to the skies near you, allowing you to channel your inner Chris Hadfield — or Sandra Bullock. Bookings have opened for the S3 ZeroG, a modified Airbus out of Switzerland that will hit up destinations […]

The app has overtaken the internet

The app has overtaken the internet

(Relaxnews) – Consumers now spend more time consuming digital content via smartphone and tablet apps than they do via surfing the web — either on a handset or on the desktop. The average US smartphone user now spends 88 percent of his or her time when using a handset within an app and just 12 […]

22.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
MAC unveils ‘The Simpsons’ makeup collection

MAC unveils ‘The Simpsons’ makeup collection

(Relaxnews) – Announced some time ago, the makeup line inspired by America’s longest-running animated series has finally made its debut. MAC presents the highly anticipated collection in a series of new photos. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved yellow family, MAC has created a makeup collection devoted to its matriarch, Marge Simpson. And […]

22.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Photos ·
Spielberg developing series based on ‘Minority Report’

Spielberg developing series based on ‘Minority Report’

(Relaxnews) – The filmmaker and prolific TV producer has brought in “Godzilla” screenwriter Max Borenstein to write a series based on his 2002 sci-fi action movie, according to the Wrap. Adapted from the eponymous short story by Philip K. Dick, “Minority Report” was well received by audiences and critics. Headlined by Tom Cruise and Colin […]

22.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Kate Moss directs Lara Stone in a short for Vogue UK

Kate Moss directs Lara Stone in a short for Vogue UK

(Relaxnews) – After going behind the lens as a photographer, Kate Moss has moved on to the director’s chair with her first short film. Titled “The Wolf in Her,” the video has a runtime of 2:30 and was released as a companion to the magazine’s September issue. Last year, Vogue UK announced that Kate Moss […]

Sacramento patient  isolated for Ebola testing

Sacramento patient isolated for Ebola testing

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in isolation at a hospital in Sacramento, California, health group Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday. “We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center […]

21.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders  13,000 evacuation orders

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders 13,000 evacuation orders

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – Californian authorities said Tuesday they have issued more than 13,000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction. Some 600 firefighters were battling the blaze that so far has burned some 1,200 acres (500 hectares), according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. With […]

21.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett board ‘The Jungle Book: The Origins’

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett board ‘The Jungle Book: The Origins’

(Relaxnews) – Just after nabbing Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the tiger Shere Khan, Andy Serkis’s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling work has picked up two more A-list actors, the Hollywood Reporter reveals. “Batman” star Christian Bale will lend his voice to Bagheera the panther, while Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett will be heard as Kaa the snake […]

21.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Watch celebrity chefs take the ALS ice bucket challenge

Watch celebrity chefs take the ALS ice bucket challenge

(Relaxnews) – A growing list of chefs around the world have joined the viral ice bucket challenge for ALS, including Gordon Ramsay, Rene Redzepi, Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain. The list of participants has been growing thanks to chefs nominating fellow chefs. In a friendly rivalry, Ripert, chef of the Michelin-starred New York restaurant Le […]

Adidas miCoach stats could soon be coming to an app near you

Adidas miCoach stats could soon be coming to an app near you

(Relaxnews) – New pages on the Adidas website oriented towards app developers indicate that Adidas might soon be opening its miCoach platform for compatibility with other apps. It’s likely the miCoach tools for fitness tracking and perhaps even coaching will soon be accessible from many apps unrelated to Adidas. MiCoach is the platform of Adidas’s […]

Pharrell Williams’s hat to go on show at the Newseum

Pharrell Williams’s hat to go on show at the Newseum

(Relaxnews) – The hat that sparked a social media sensation when worn by Pharrell Williams to the Grammy Awards earlier this year is now set to go on display at the Newseum, Washington DC. Designed by Vivienne Westwood, the “Buffalo Hat” proved to be such a talking point that the singer later sold it on […]

Reality TV series to follow Nick and Drew Lachey as they open bar

Reality TV series to follow Nick and Drew Lachey as they open bar

(Relaxnews) – Brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, who first shot to fame in ’90s boy band 98 Degrees, will be starring in a new reality TV series chronicling their attempts to open a bar in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Set to premiere in 2015, “Lachey’s Bar” will follow the pair as they fulfill a […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, International Stars, Music ·
George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge, dares Bill Clinton

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge, dares Bill Clinton

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 (AFP) – Former president George W. Bush took the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge in support of Lou Gehrig’s disease research Wednesday, and challenged his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton to do the same. “To you all that challenged me, I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Parents of US journalist Foley praise their ‘fearless’ son

Parents of US journalist Foley praise their ‘fearless’ son

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 (AFP) – Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists, with his parents praising their “fearless” son. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video of Foley’s beheading late Tuesday, including from French journalists who revealed they […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Pacquiao-Algieri promo tour begins

Pacquiao-Algieri promo tour begins

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 20, 2014) – Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing ‘s only eight-division world champion, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri, who has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside the […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Local News, Promotions, Sports & Recreation ·
Former gov’t officials: No to term extension for president

Former gov’t officials: No to term extension for president

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) urged the administration not to pursue amendments to the Constitution at this time, reminding the President that such announcements in the past have had undesirable consequences. In a statement, the group led by former Education Undersecretary Isagani Cruz said similar statements in the past were met […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
ASEAN integration to have positive impact on youth

ASEAN integration to have positive impact on youth

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) will have a positive impact on youth, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said Friday. He made this statement while speaking before attendees of the first-ever “ASEAN Youth Dialogues” sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Goldberg also told the 100 […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Minecraft, Xbox names join Ice Bucket Challenge

Minecraft, Xbox names join Ice Bucket Challenge

(Relaxnews) – Accepting a dare from “Minecraft” creator Markus Persson, the Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, underwent a stone cold drenching in the name of charity and goodwill. Markus Persson, whose “Minecraft” has sold tens of millions of copies across PC, console and mobile, underwent the Ice Bucket Challenge himself on August 17, having been […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Games, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Juliette Lewis plays a frustrated suburban mom in ‘Kelly & Cal’

Juliette Lewis plays a frustrated suburban mom in ‘Kelly & Cal’

(Relaxnews) – The trailer for Jen McGowan’s dramatic comedy starring Juliette Lewis has hit the internet. Honored with an SXSW Gamechanger Award last March, “Kelly & Cal” features Juliette Lewis as a former punk rocker settling into her new life as a suburban mom. Nostalgic for her past life, she meets Cal (Jonny Weston, seen […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Keanu Reeves to play hitman in ‘Rain’

Keanu Reeves to play hitman in ‘Rain’

(Relaxnews) – According to Deadline, Keanu Reeves has joined the expanding list of movie stars crossing over to the small screen. The actor will be the executive producer and star of “Rain.” Adapted from the “John Rain” thriller book series by American author Barry Eisler, the drama will follow a Japanese-American hit man, played by […]

20.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Summer break film selection: ‘Ida’

Summer break film selection: ‘Ida’

(Relaxnews) – Catch up with a recent film experience in our summer series. Today, 2013 film “Ida,” about a young orphan on the trail of her family’s history. On the verge of committing to life in the nunnery where she was brought up, Anna is required to visit any remaining family first. Setting out for […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Worldwide box office: ‘The Expendables 3’ crushed by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Worldwide box office: ‘The Expendables 3’ crushed by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

(Relaxnews) – Although highly anticipated, the third film about the adventures of Sylvester Stallone and his muscled friends only grossed a disappointing $31.2M in its first weekend. Already illegally downloaded over 2 million times, did “The Expendables 3” suffer because of piracy? While the two first films hit the jackpot, the new movie only $16.2M […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
The National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers

The National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers

By Michael Mathes WASHINGTON  (AFP) – The National Guard is a centuries-old militia network that has served crucial roles in several US security operations, testing its mettle in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as on riot-plagued streets back home. Its Missouri units deployed on Monday to help police in the heartland town of Ferguson, the […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Marathon PHL film wins Golden Leopard at Locarno

Marathon PHL film wins Golden Leopard at Locarno

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippine director of an international award-winning movie returned home Monday to presidential accolades and the challenge of finding an audience for his five-hour film. Lav Diaz, whose movie “From What Is Before” scooped the coveted Golden Leopard prize at the prestigious Locarno film festival in Switzerland at the weekend, said his […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
PNoy inaugurates DAP-funded bridge in Cagayan

PNoy inaugurates DAP-funded bridge in Cagayan

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Monday inaugurated a P600-million bridge in Cagayan partially funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Aquino led the ceremonial unveiling of a marker on the bridge located in Tuao town, named after his slain father, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino III. The 300-meter Ninoy Aquino […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Escudero says govt should takeover MRT Holdings for better service

Escudero says govt should takeover MRT Holdings for better service

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Monday proposed a government takeover of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 so the public can get better service from the mass transport system. His statement came less than a week after an MRT train went out of control and slammed through a steel a barrier at […]

19.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Awe-inspiring inline skating locales

Awe-inspiring inline skating locales

(Relaxnews) – One way to feel the breeze on a hot summer day is to create it by strapping on your inline skates and zooming into motion. We’ve found some places around the world, including scenic trails and motor raceways open to inline skaters, that could make for an unforgettable summer. That’s right, motor raceways […]

18.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation ·
Hollywood continues to explore Marilyn Monroe’s life

Hollywood continues to explore Marilyn Monroe’s life

(Relaxnews) – Variety reported last week that Lifetime is preparing a miniseries on Marilyn Monroe. The drama will join an ever-expanding list of movies and TV productions focusing on the iconic actress. Fascinating during her lifetime, the star is at least as much so 52 years after her death. Born Norma Jean, the American actress […]

18.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Fiction helps build empathy in children, says researcher

Fiction helps build empathy in children, says researcher

(Relaxnews) – At the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention, which wrapped up the week in Washington, DC, York University psychologist Raymond Mar led a presentation on the important and oft forgotten role of narrative fiction, highlighting its ability to instill empathy. Taking into account the opinions of others, anticipating their reactions and realizing their […]

18.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Aquino hints at second term

Aquino hints at second term

By Mynardo Macaraig MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said he may try to change the constitution and serve a second term in office, a stunning announcement in a nation haunted by dictatorship. The Philippines’ constitution restricts presidents to serving a single term of six years, designed to stop a repeat of dictator […]

18.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Read all about it: News you can wear

Read all about it: News you can wear

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Even if you don’t open a newspaper, turn on a television, log on to a computer or pull out a smartphone, you can get news — from wearable technology. As wearables gain traction, news purveyors are eyeing these devices for their potential to deliver headlines and more to people who want to stay […]

17.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
MoMA focuses on film this fall

MoMA focuses on film this fall

(Relaxnews) – MoMA New York has unveiled its fall film exhibition program, taking in an almost-lost 1930s classic, an evening with artist Christopher Williams and the largest-ever US retrospective of Georgian cinema. The museum will present 1932 motion picture Sidney Lanfield’s “Hat Check Girl” after collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox to preserve what is thought […]

17.08.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Fil-Ams enjoy fun, exciting activities at 9th edition Ambassadors tour

Fil-Ams enjoy fun, exciting activities at 9th edition Ambassadors tour

By Manny V. Ilagan MANILA – Another ‘FUN’ homecoming full of exciting activities marked this year’s 9th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour to the Philippines (ACGTDT). Despite the threat of Tropical Depression Inday brewing at the northeast of the Philippines area of responsibility, the 9th ACGTDT, held from July 28 to 31, was […]

17.08.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
Elvis shooting target sells for $27,500

Elvis shooting target sells for $27,500

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A paper target riddled with bullets fired by Elvis Presley at his personal shooting range sold for $27,500 at the first auction of Elvis artifacts hosted by his estate. It was the surprise turn at the inaugural Auction at Graceland, a highlight of the ongoing Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee marking the 37th […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Music ·
US sends 130 more military advisors to Iraq: Hagel

US sends 130 more military advisors to Iraq: Hagel

SAN DIEGO (AFP) – The United States has sent 130 more military advisors to northern Iraq to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis there, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. “I recommended to the president and the president has authorized me to go ahead and send about 130 new assessment team members up […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Pollution, whales prompt shipping slow-down in SoCal

Pollution, whales prompt shipping slow-down in SoCal

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – Concerns about pollution and endangered whales in southern California have prompted six global shipping companies to try slower speeds in exchange for cash incentives, environmental groups said. The companies agreed to slow down – from typical speeds of 14-16 knots down to 12 knots or less – in exchange for $2,500 […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
Delays in balikbayan box deliveries continue as port congestion worsens

Delays in balikbayan box deliveries continue as port congestion worsens

LOS ANGELES – With the port congestion in Manila worsening and inspections by the Department of Homeland Security in US ports continuing, the delivery of balikbayan boxes will continue to experience delays of at least two weeks, a senior official of the Philippine American Shippers Association said on Monday. “There is just no way balikbayan […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Intel to use ‘big data’ to battle Parkinson’s disease

Intel to use ‘big data’ to battle Parkinson’s disease

SAN FRANCISCO  (AFP) – US computing giant Intel announced Wednesday it was joining an effort to battle Parkinson’s disease with new big data and wearable technologies to improve research and treatment. Intel said it would work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research—created by the “Back to the Future” Canadian-American actor – on […]

Geologists warn of mega quake for north Chile

Geologists warn of mega quake for north Chile

PARIS  (AFP) – North Chile is at risk of a mega earthquake after a tremor in April released only some of the tension building along a high-risk fault zone since 1877, researchers said Wednesday. Two studies published in the journal Nature said the 8.1-8.2 magnitude quake that shook the city of Iquique, killing six people […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
God is the guardian of undocumented children

God is the guardian of undocumented children

By Andrea Acosta El Pregonero (Translated by Elena Shore) SILVER SPRING, Md.,   – While children cross the border alone, their parents in the United States are going through intense anxiety – and the only thing they can do is pray to God to protect their kids along the journey. Each successful trip is God’s […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
R2-D2-like robot butler rolls out at Cupertino hotel

R2-D2-like robot butler rolls out at Cupertino hotel

(Relaxnews) – Not far from Apple’s corporate campus, a major hotel brand has hired what it calls the industry’s first robotic butler, described as Wall-E, Rosie and R2-D2 all rolled into one. Aloft Hotels, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group, will on August 20 be introducing its latest hire, A.L.O., a roving cyber […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
The feature that next-generation planes may go without

The feature that next-generation planes may go without

(Relaxnews) – Windowless airplanes appear to be the future of travel, with yet another design firm removing the cumbersome portals in its renderings of the next-generation jet. In its drawings for the IXION airplane, Technicon Design France, based near Paris, imagines a jet that would be free of individual windows, a move that would reduce […]

Michael Jackson aims to be King of Twitter with video

Michael Jackson aims to be King of Twitter with video

(NEW YORK, United States-AFP) – Five years after his death, Michael Jackson is back with a new video that breaks new ground by premiering on Twitter. The late King of Pop — who pioneered music videos in the 1980s with the advent of MTV — had written the song “A Place With No Name” with […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
Cast of ‘Love Boat’ to help Princess Cruises fete 50th birthday

Cast of ‘Love Boat’ to help Princess Cruises fete 50th birthday

(Relaxnews) – To help fete Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary next year, the company has tapped the cast of the iconic 1980s TV series “Love Boat” to serve as its global ambassadors. It was the show that popularized the notion of cruising with its weekly plots of romantic escapades and amusing little adventures and misadventures aboard […]

‘The Interview’ with Seth Rogen and James Franco edited to satisfy North Korea

‘The Interview’ with Seth Rogen and James Franco edited to satisfy North Korea

(Relaxnews) – Sony ultimately caved to threats from the North Korean government and returned to the editing room with its upcoming comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, “The Interview” stars James Franco and Rogen as an American talk show host and his producer. The two men wind up […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Powers Rangers to morph into theaters in 2016

Powers Rangers to morph into theaters in 2016

(Relaxnews) – Announced in May, the new film adaptation of the famous 1990s TV series now has a release date: July 22, 2016. Produced by Lionsgate and Saban, the feature is scripted by Robert Orci (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and by “X-Men: First Class” screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. It will explore the origin […]

15.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Home & Garden, International Stars ·
Robin Williams blazed animation trail with ‘Aladdin’

Robin Williams blazed animation trail with ‘Aladdin’

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Robin Williams may be best remembered for the legion of fast-talking comedic roles which lit up both television and movies during his glittering show-business career. Less well-known is the fact that the 63-year-old, who died from an apparent suicide on Monday, almost single-handedly began the trend of stars lending their voices to animated […]

15.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Beijing chides US for urging claimants to ‘freeze’ actions on South China Sea

Beijing chides US for urging claimants to ‘freeze’ actions on South China Sea

BEIJING  (AFP) – Beijing accused the US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the region, the foreign ministry said Monday. The remarks by Foreign Minister Wang Yi came at an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) overshadowed by disputes over the strategically […]

13.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
British Airways launches animal channel to de-stress passengers

British Airways launches animal channel to de-stress passengers

(Relaxnews) – British Airways has exhausted every last cat and dog pun to launch its latest in-flight entertainment program, which will use man’s best friends in the aim of getting passengers to “paws and relax.” That’s the name of the airline’s latest in-flight channel, which will become available on long-haul flights beginning in September. “Paws […]

Lucky Magazine joining with e-commerce site BeachMint

Lucky Magazine joining with e-commerce site BeachMint

(Relaxnews) – Condé Nast has announced the creation of The Lucky Group, a new joint venture that combines Lucky Magazine with the BeachMint e-commerce platform in a move that adds to an emerging trend for web experiences that combine content with shopping. Set to launch in early 2015, The Lucky Group will feature Lucky’s tone of […]

Robin Williams leaves behind four upcoming features

Robin Williams leaves behind four upcoming features

(Relaxnews) – The actor’s death will be mourned by all of Hollywood and by generations of fans. It’s a small consolation, but it’s something: Robin Williams left behind a few productions that have not yet hit theaters. Williams was recently seen alongside Annette Bening and Ed Harris in “The Face of Love,” which had a […]

13.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Microsoft launches a celebrity-tracking app for the iPhone

Microsoft launches a celebrity-tracking app for the iPhone

(Relaxnews) – Snipp3t automatically follows the lives of those in the public eye, collecting and aggregating news about them and pushing it to your smartphone. All you have to do is choose who you want to follow. Using the free app is pretty simple. It includes profiles for over 100,000 “celebrities” by which Microsoft means […]

Lady Gaga unveils new Steven Klein artwork for Eau de Gaga

Lady Gaga unveils new Steven Klein artwork for Eau de Gaga

(Relaxnews) – With her new Eau de Gaga scent coming later this season, the singer has unveiled glamorous artwork on her social media channels. Gaga took to her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to show off another sneak peak at her second fragrance, Eau de Gaga. The big news is that the singer managed to bag legendary fashion photographer Steven Klein for […]

13.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
RNs to strike August 14 at three Bay Area hospitals

RNs to strike August 14 at three Bay Area hospitals

Safe Staffing, patient care key concerns at Napa’s Queen of the Valley, Sutter Tracy, and Watsonville Community Registered nurses at three Bay Area hospitals, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Watsonville Community Hospital will strike on Thursday, August 14 citing common concerns about safe staffing and other patient care needs. […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
New ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour launches for book’s 60th annivesary

New ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour launches for book’s 60th annivesary

(Relaxnews) – Hardcore fans of “The Lord of the Rings” are being courted in a new luxury travel package developed to mark the trilogy’s 60th anniversary and the upcoming release of the final cinematic installment of “The Hobbit.” It’s called “The Ultimate Lord of the Rings Tour,” an 11-day trip that’s meant to indulge every […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
POEA orders recruiters to submit updates on OFWs in Ebola-hit countries

POEA orders recruiters to submit updates on OFWs in Ebola-hit countries

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Recruitment agencies that deployed land-based overseas Filipino workers to countries affected by the Ebola virus to submit regular updates on the OFWs’ status. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said this covers recruiters that sent OFWs to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “Using (an) OFW Monitoring Form, all recruitment agencies which have deployed […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino admin satisfaction rating all-time low

Aquino admin satisfaction rating all-time low

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration was at its all-time low in June 2014, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. The survey conducted from June 27 to 30 this year, among 1,200 respondents, showed a 16-percentage drop, from +45 in March 2014 to only +29 in June […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Oscar-winner Robin Williams’ film and TV legacy

Oscar-winner Robin Williams’ film and TV legacy

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning US actor and comedian known worldwide for roles that ranged from a cross-dressing dad in “Mrs. Doubtfire” to a New England prep-school teacher in “Dead Poets Society,” was found dead Monday at age 63. Williams came to fame on the small screen but quickly worked his way into […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Robin Williams tributes

Robin Williams tributes

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Tributes to Robin Williams after the actor’s death from suspected suicide on Monday: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. “He made us laugh. He made us cry. He […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Actor Robin Williams dead from suspected suicide

Actor Robin Williams dead from suspected suicide

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, has died from suspected suicide after a battle with depression, triggering an outpouring of grief and tributes for one of the most beloved entertainers of his generation. The 63-year-old star of blockbusters such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Mrs Doubtfire” was found dead […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Researchers Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain. The so-called “neurosynaptic” chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the scientists say. The […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ open on top

Worldwide box office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ open on top

(Relaxnews) – With $93.7 million in revenues, the heroes in a half shell unseated “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the global box office for the weekend ending August 10, according to Rentrak. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the latest adaptation of the comics, rose to the challenge and outperformed “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the global box office […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
For good conversation, mobile devices should be neither seen nor heard: study

For good conversation, mobile devices should be neither seen nor heard: study

(Relaxnews) – Researchers from Virginia Tech’s department of urban affairs and planning probed the question of whether the mere presence of a cell phone could affect the quality of in-person social interaction. Viewed as a tool for accessing an expansive social network and a compendium of information, such a device can be a visual distraction, […]

PASADENA mayor to unveil first meter of the real change movement’s donation meter program

PASADENA mayor to unveil first meter of the real change movement’s donation meter program

PASADENA, Calif. – The public is invited to join Mayor Bill Bogaard, Flintridge Center officials and community leaders for the unveiling of a new “donation meter” program, the Real Change Movement, at Fuller Theological Seminary, 180 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The Real Change Movement is the first […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Tech gear for on-the-go adventurers: a shape-shifting ultra-portable speaker

Tech gear for on-the-go adventurers: a shape-shifting ultra-portable speaker

(Relaxnews) – Whether you’re off in a remote destination or whether you just want to be prepared for everything and anything tech-wise on your camping trip , you’ll have to choose your gear wisely: There is no shortage of creativity in the market for Bluetooth speakers, but Jarre Technologies has made its mark with one […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Science & Technology ·
Beauty tutorials: getting the eyebrows right

Beauty tutorials: getting the eyebrows right

(Relaxnews) – Celebrities like Cara Delevingne (with her full pair) and Katy Perry (with her recent “no eyebrow” look) are putting a new focus on eyebrows. One of the key facial features to get right, many tutorials skip through the eyebrow stage at a merry canter. Here are three videos that take you on a […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Crowdsourcing shows promise as weight-loss method: study

Crowdsourcing shows promise as weight-loss method: study

(Relaxnews) – Crowdsourcing, a modern day term for obtaining the opinion or help of a large community, could be the answer to making permanent, healthy changes in diet, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of South Carolina found that participants rapidly take on a near expert level of nutrition savoir-faire as they […]

‘Girl Meets World’ renewed for second season

‘Girl Meets World’ renewed for second season

(Relaxnews) – Encouraged by the success of the spin-off show’s first season so far, Disney Channel is giving “Girl Meets World” a second round of episodes. A follow up to the 1990s teen comedy “Boy Meets World,” the contemporary version follows Riley, the daughter of high school sweethearts Cory and Topanga, still played by Ben […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Romance novel covers inspire new MAC collection

Romance novel covers inspire new MAC collection

(Relaxnews) – When it comes to creative themes for makeup lines, MAC is never short on ideas. The latest proof is its “A Novel Romance” collection, inspired by the literary genre known for its sultry cover illustrations. With its latest makeup collection, MAC has captured the over-the-top sensuality and sentimentality of the romance novel genre, […]

11.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Books, Entertainment, Photos ·
‘The Flash’ gets a quick intro in new teaser

‘The Flash’ gets a quick intro in new teaser

(Relaxnews) – Two months before premiering its new superhero series, the CW uploaded a new teaser in which Barry Allen introduces himself as “the fastest man alive.” First introduced as a character on “Arrow” last December, the super-fast superhero has already proven he can win over viewers: one of the two episodes with the Flash […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘Avengers’: Black Widow spin-off already scripted

‘Avengers’: Black Widow spin-off already scripted

(Relaxnews) – On Twitter, screenwriter Nicole Perlman revealed that she has indeed written a movie centered on the Marvel character played by Scarlett Johansson in “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers.” Perlman, who co-wrote “Guardians of the Galaxy” with James Gunn, specified in a tweet that she wrote the “Black Widow” screenplay in 2010-2011 but is “not […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Women are the most committed mobile gamers

Women are the most committed mobile gamers

(Relaxnews) – Forget the stereotypes: when it comes to smartphones and tablets, women spend more time and money on games and show greater too. Taking a sample of successful games that are played on a combined 1.1 million devices globally, Flurry, the apps analytics company, found that women make 31% more in-app purchases than men […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Games, Online, Science & Technology ·
Modern-day pirate movie ‘South China Sea’ aims for Tom Cruise

Modern-day pirate movie ‘South China Sea’ aims for Tom Cruise

(Relaxnews) – According to Deadline, the star has been offered the lead role of a modern-day American pirate in this action movie described as “Fast & Furious” on water. Produced by Millenium Films (“The Expendables”), “South China Sea” will be helmed by the Swedish duo Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, who directed the 2012 fantasy […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Helen Mirren stars in latest food-centric blockbuster

Helen Mirren stars in latest food-centric blockbuster

(Relaxnews) – Throw in a smattering of A-list actors, a dash of seductive, visual food porn, and a sprinkling of bucolic scenery and you get the recipe for cinematic success, an increasingly popular Hollywood trend whose latest culinary film stars Helen Mirren — and a lot of amazing Indian food. Set for US release August […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Food & Dining, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Batman and Superman get ahead of Captain America

Batman and Superman get ahead of Captain America

(Relaxnews) – To avoid going head to head with “Captain America 3” in theaters, Warner Bros decided to shift the release of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” forward by around a month. Initially, both films were set to bow on May 6, 2016, meaning that the superheroes would have given each other some serious […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Uber rolls out carpooling social experiment for cheaper rides

Uber rolls out carpooling social experiment for cheaper rides

(Relaxnews) – Uber has jumped onto the car-sharing wagon with the launch of UberPool, which teams up riders taking the same route. The concept works much like the existing Uber private car initiatives, letting users book a ride directly from their smartphone via its app. Once a request has been made, the app finds a […]

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Louboutin shoes to arrive in October

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Louboutin shoes to arrive in October

(Relaxnews) – The shoes that caught fashionistas’ attention on the red carpet of the “Maleficent” premieres are about to hit the streets. Created by Christian Louboutin in collaboration with Angelina Jolie for her recent press tour, the limited edition Malangeli shoes are now available for pre-order at the brand’s five flagship stores in Paris, Hong […]

07.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Matthew Rhys to play Bradley Cooper’s rival in gourmet chef movie

Matthew Rhys to play Bradley Cooper’s rival in gourmet chef movie

(Relaxnews) – The star of “The Americans” has just boarded the Weinstein Company’s upcoming feature set against the backdrop of the French gourmet restaurant scene. Currently untitled, the movie is headlined by Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, a Paris-based chef who is trying desperately to earn his third Michelin star. Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, who […]

07.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Food & Dining, Hollywood Stars ·
Gwyneth Paltrow fronts new campaign for Boss Ma Vie

Gwyneth Paltrow fronts new campaign for Boss Ma Vie

(Relaxnews) – The American actress appears as the face of the new women’s fragrance from Hugo Boss. Following on from Boss Nuit and Boss Jour fragrances, Jason Wu, Artistic Director for BOSS Womenswear, has unveiled the latest Hugo Boss women’s scent, Boss Ma Vie, with a new campaign fronted by Gwyneth Paltrow. Wu dressed Paltrow […]

07.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
American office slave with no holidays? You might want to move to France

American office slave with no holidays? You might want to move to France

(Relaxnews) – An online petition calling for “vacation equality” in the US has shed light on the major differences in vacation time around the world and may make you want to move to France. Especially if you’re an American, Canadian or Japanese worker. Because while workers in Canada and Japan get 10 days of paid […]

07.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
MAC reveals details of Viva Glam collection

MAC reveals details of Viva Glam collection

(Relaxnews) – Barbadian singer Rihanna is readying a second drop of the Viva Glam collection designed to raise money for the men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. MAC has unveiled a frosted metallic mauve-colored lipstick and “Lipglass” as part of its second collection with Rihanna for the Viva Glam project, due to arrive next month. […]

06.08.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Liam Neeson to run from the mob in April 2015

Liam Neeson to run from the mob in April 2015

(Relaxnews) – Initially slated for a February release, the action thriller “Run All Night” is now due in US theaters on April 17, 2015, Warner Bros has announced. After the “Taken” films and the more recent “Non-Stop,” Liam Neeson will confirm his status as an action movie star once again in “Run All Night,” in […]

06.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jennifer Connelly takes female lead in ‘American Pastoral’

Jennifer Connelly takes female lead in ‘American Pastoral’

(Relaxnews) – The actress has joined the cast of the forthcoming film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel, The Wrap reports. Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce will helm the feature, in which Jennifer Connelly will co-star opposite Ewan McGregor. Production is slated to begin in March 2015. Part of Roth’s “American Trilogy,” “American Pastoral” examines the […]

06.08.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Chasing the K-pop dream

Chasing the K-pop dream

(SEOUL-AFP) – “Time to get up girls!” The call comes at 6:00 am as it does every morning, pulling Ray from her bunk bed at the start of another 16-hour day in search of stardom. Ray and the five other young women sharing a small Seoul apartment make up the K-pop band “Billion” — which […]

06.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
‘Alice in Wonderland’ sequel in production

‘Alice in Wonderland’ sequel in production

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Production begins this week on the highly anticipated sequel to Tim Burton’s blockbuster reinvention of “Alice in Wonderland” — with the same A-list cast as the 2010 Oscar-winning film. Burton is co-producing but not directing “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,” in which Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and […]

06.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Americans react to Canadian snack foods in viral video

Americans react to Canadian snack foods in viral video

(Relaxnews) – A Buzzfeed video of Americans reacting to Canadian snack foods has gone viral, with more than 1.2 million hits since being uploaded over the weekend, for introducing viewers to foods like nanaimo bars and poutine under a barrage of cheeky commentary. It doesn’t start off well for the contingent of Canadian food representatives. […]

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Revilla, Cambe

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Revilla, Cambe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan First Division on Monday ordered the suspension of Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and his senior staff, Atty. Richard Cambe, for 90 days in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. “Accused Revilla and Cambe are hereby suspended from their respective positions as Senator and Director III of Senator […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
TFC Europe launches ‘Juan EU Konek’: Inspiring Stories of Pinoys in Europe

TFC Europe launches ‘Juan EU Konek’: Inspiring Stories of Pinoys in Europe

LONDON, United Kingdom  – ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) explores the rich and varied stories of Pinoy expatriates in Europe in a new, monthly magazine program, Juan EU Konek. Airing every first Sunday of the month on TFC in Europe and Middle East and on TFC.tv worldwide,Juan EU Konek brings to life the passions, adventures and success stories of […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Local News, Promotions, Services ·
Harrowing journey turns into US deportation nightmare

Harrowing journey turns into US deportation nightmare

By Mariano Andrade NEW YORK  (AFP) – Evelin’s two daughters – who just arrived in the United States illegally from Central America – are facing deportation and so the concerned mother recently trekked across New York City to seek free legal advice. Evelin, who is 35 and undocumented herself, joined 200 others, including 100 unaccompanied […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL govt tightens watch on entry of exotic animals to prevent Ebola

PHL govt tightens watch on entry of exotic animals to prevent Ebola

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government has tightened its watch of the entry of exotic animals from abroad, especially from some areas in Africa, to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on government radio the Department of Health has sent advisories to […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ conquer worldwide box office

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ conquer worldwide box office

(Relaxnews) – Marvel’s intergalactic superhero team claimed the top spot at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending August 3, grossing $160.4 million. Meanwhile, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” crossed the $1 billion threshold in terms of cumulative revenues. During its opening weekend in 43 territories, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was particularly successful in the […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Mozart’s Salzburg finds big business in ‘Sound of Music’

Mozart’s Salzburg finds big business in ‘Sound of Music’

(SALZBURG, Austria-AFP) – For almost 50 years, “The Sound of Music” has captured the imagination of movie-goers and musical fans with its catchy tunes and lovable characters set against the stunning Austrian Alps. And this has proven to be big business for the city of Salzburg, where the real-life singing von Trapp family lived and […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
‘Big Bang Theory’ actors set for big payday

‘Big Bang Theory’ actors set for big payday

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The three main stars of popular US television sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” have reportedly reached lucrative new pay deals, ending a delay to the start of production on the show’s eighth season. Emmy winner Jim Parsons, along with co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, have roughly tripled their salaries and will […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Elijah Wood headed for witch hunt

Elijah Wood headed for witch hunt

(Relaxnews) – The actor has just joined Vin Diesel in the cast of “The Last Witch Hunter,” a supernatural thriller to be helmed by Breck Eisner. Slated to begin lensing next month, the movie will star the “Fast and Furious” actor, who is also a producer on the project, as an immortal witch hunter forced […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Congressional leaders introduce health equity bill

Congressional leaders introduce health equity bill

WASHINGTON – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) welcomed today’s introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (HEAA). The bill, introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, builds on the strengths of the health care reform law and provides additional tools to address health and health care disparities affecting minority and […]

04.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘The Mummy’ resurrection delayed due to ‘Huntsman’

‘The Mummy’ resurrection delayed due to ‘Huntsman’

(Relaxnews) – The sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which has just been dated for an April 22, 2016 release, will delay the reboot of “The Mummy,” Universal has announced. The monster movie is now slated for release on June 24, 2016. In the interest of giving both films a better chance at a big box office opening, […]

03.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Boaters in Michigan get jet ski pizza delivery service

Boaters in Michigan get jet ski pizza delivery service

(Relaxnews) – An enterprising restaurateur in Michigan is making life easy for summer boaters by offering a pizza delivery service on his jet ski, for boat-to-boat service. Instead of docking at his eatery The Long Lake Grocery, boaters out on the water can simply pick up their smartphone, place their order, and wait for pizza […]

03.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
‘FIFA 15’ gameplay trailer highlights better agility, control

‘FIFA 15’ gameplay trailer highlights better agility, control

(Relaxnews) – A few weeks ahead of the soccer game’s much-anticipated release, EA Sports has uploaded a new video showing off the improvements to player movement and control. After showcasing “FIFA 15′”s enhanced visuals, namely through a realer-than-real depiction of Lionel Messi and some intense action scenes, and pointing out the emotional intensity of reactions from players and […]

02.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Games, Online, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Watch: Katy Perry’s pop art video for ‘This is How We Do’

Watch: Katy Perry’s pop art video for ‘This is How We Do’

(Relaxnews) – After teasing the clip with a series of visuals, pop star Katy Perry has released the full video for “This is How We Do,” a pop-culture-laden romp set in a typically candy-colored Katy Perry universe. The video is directed by Joel Kefali (Lorde’s “Tennis Court”) and brings in imagery in the form of […]

02.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

(Relaxnews) – The company’s first standalone app offers one-tap self-destruct messaging but only to smartphone users in New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. Instagram says that those countries were chosen for the initial launch because of their geographical diversity and because they are regions with high messaging app use. So, once the bugs are ironed […]

Samsung launches world’s first flexible TV

Samsung launches world’s first flexible TV

(Relaxnews) – If you want an ultra-high-definition TV but can’t decide on a flat or curved screen, the Samsung UN78S9B might be just the thing. And that’s because its 78-inch screen goes from flat to concave curve, on command. Demonstrated for the first time at the 2014 International CES in January, the TV has gone […]

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
George W. Bush writes bio of his US president dad

George W. Bush writes bio of his US president dad

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Former US president George W. Bush has written a “personal biography” of his presidential father, said Crown publishers Wednesday, which announced it will release the book in November. Crown announced that the biography of ex-president George H. W. Bush will be released on November 11 — Veteran’s Day holiday in the United States. […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, International Stars ·
Fashion films of the week: Dolce & Gabbana, Margiela, Chanel

Fashion films of the week: Dolce & Gabbana, Margiela, Chanel

(Relaxnews) – Dolce & Gabbana put party wear in the treetops; intricate couture details from Maison Martin Margiela; and a glimpse of Karl and Cara at work: here’s our latest pick of the best fashion films from three of the biggest brands out there: Dolce & Gabbana The Italian brand has released “Arborea,” a fashion […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, Music, Online, Videos ·
‘Live in Levi’s’ campaign anchored in everyday life

‘Live in Levi’s’ campaign anchored in everyday life

(Relaxnews) – This summer, the brand that invented blue jeans over 140 years ago launched a new advertising campaign inspired by ordinary people and everyday situations. There’s a good chance the new Live in Levi’s ad will remind you of something from your own life. In fact, it was made to do just that. Departing […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Jude Law dances in his latest role as spokesman for whisky

Jude Law dances in his latest role as spokesman for whisky

(Relaxnews) – Want to see Jude Law dance? In a cinematic ad for Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the British actor dons his dancing shoes and flashes his seductive, swoon-worthy gaze at the camera in his role as a ‘gentleman with a wager.’ It’s a six and a half minute short film that also stars Italian […]

Alternative ‘Stairway to Heaven’ mix to be released

Alternative ‘Stairway to Heaven’ mix to be released

(LONDON-AFP) – Led Zeppelin is to issue an unreleased version of their most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven”, the legendary rock band said Tuesday, after more than four decades hidden in the vaults. The alternative mix of the epic track will be released alongside a reissue of the British heavy rock group’s untitled fourth album, […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Pool of the day: Olympic architectural splendor in London

Pool of the day: Olympic architectural splendor in London

(Relaxnews) – Where are the chicest pools on earth? This summer we’re bringing you the hottest places to cool down, unwind, and take a stylish dip. Today we’re in London, swimming in the shoes of former Olympians and architectural greats. Name: London Aquatics Centre Location: London, UK What’s the story? Superstar architect Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre has […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Home & Garden, Online ·
Glasgow mixologist creates cocktail with 71 ingredients for Commonwealth Games

Glasgow mixologist creates cocktail with 71 ingredients for Commonwealth Games

(Relaxnews) – In homage to the Commonwealth Games currently underway in Glasgow, a local mixologist has created a monster cocktail made with 71 ingredients sourced from every competing Commonwealth country. For his Commonwealth Cocktail, Mal Spence of the Kelvingrove Cafe in Glasgow used exotic ingredients like Tanzanian cloves, dragon fruit from Belize and galangal from […]

No opposition from Makati RTC over Napoles’ jail transfer order

No opposition from Makati RTC over Napoles’ jail transfer order

MANILA (Mabuhay) -— The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) does not object to the Sandiganbayan’s move to transfer alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles to the female dormitory of Camp Bagong Diwa. Sandiganbayan third division Associate Justice Samuel Martires on Monday said the anti-graft court received a comment from the Makati RTC Branch 150 […]

30.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US firm lauded for decision to pull out training video that negatively depicted Filipinos

US firm lauded for decision to pull out training video that negatively depicted Filipinos

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Community today lauded a California-based company for its decision to delete a scene in its customer service training video that negatively portrayed Filipino healthcare workers. CRM Learning of Carlsbad, California, said it will also withdraw the training video from the market after the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Nurses Association of America […]

30.07.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
Government to continue investing in people, says Palace official

Government to continue investing in people, says Palace official

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said the government will continue to prioritize uplifting the lives of the people following the release of UN Development Report that assesses income, education and life expectancy of the nation. “When it comes to that, it’s really in continuing to invest in human capital,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in […]

30.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
OkCupid admits toying with users to find love formula

OkCupid admits toying with users to find love formula

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – OkCupid on Monday said it messed with members’ minds a bit in a bid to refine the formula for finding love at the online matchmaking service. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder made a case for the practice in a blog post titled “We Experiment on Human Beings” which came on the heels of […]

Lea Michele joins ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for final season

Lea Michele joins ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for final season

(Relaxnews) – Known for her lyrical stylings on “Glee,” the actress is shifting gears for a role in an episode in the gritty biker series’ seventh season. Lea Michele shared her big news on Twitter (@msleamichele): “I’ll be appearing on an episode of my favorite show @SonsofAnarchy! Thank you so much @Harparbar & @sutterink #SOAFX,” […]

29.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer scores record YouTube views

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer scores record YouTube views

(Relaxnews) – Released just five days ago, the trailer for the adaptation of E.L. James’s sultry book has already piqued the curiosity of over 36 million internet users, allowing it to claim the best opening week of any trailer released in 2014. The colossal buzz surrounding the three “Fifty Shades” books grew to new proportions […]

Google Glass to make its official operatic debut

Google Glass to make its official operatic debut

(Relaxnews) – Selected cast members, musicians and even stagehands will be donning the smart headset during a special production of Puccini’s “Turandot” starting on Wednesday. Italian opera company Teatro Lirico di Cagliari has a reputation for innovation, boasting its own Research and Technology Centre, and in order to bring a new level of interactivity and […]

29.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
Liza Soberano bags lead role in ‘The Bet’

Liza Soberano bags lead role in ‘The Bet’

Young actress Liza Soberano has finally landed a lead role in the upcoming Star Cinema movie “The Bet,” which is based on the Wattpad book. Soberano admitted that there came a point when she got worried about being typecast as the third wheel just like her past roles in her previous television and movie projects. […]

29.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
PHL welcomes 100 millionth baby

PHL welcomes 100 millionth baby

MANILA (AFP) – A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation. The child, Jennalyn Sentino, was one of 100 babies born in state hospitals all over the archipelago who received the symbolic designation of […]

29.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Footballer James Rodriguez tops global social media chart: Starcount

Footballer James Rodriguez tops global social media chart: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – Soccer star James Rodriguez, who took home the Golden Boot at the World Cup, is once again the talk of social media after being recruited by Real Madrid. The Colombian midfielder scored a total of six goals and was responsible for two assists throughout the World Cup, earning the Golden Boot as the […]

Marvel announces ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel

Marvel announces ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel

(Relaxnews) – The first movie is not even out in theaters yet, but Marvel has already announced that the second episode will arrive in 2017. Although it may seem somewhat precipitous, Marvel’s announcement at Comic-Con of a “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel is based on the largely positive response from the press to the movie’s […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Batman V Superman’: Wonder Woman revealed

‘Batman V Superman’: Wonder Woman revealed

(Relaxnews) – Director Zack Snyder unveiled the first photo of the female superhero as portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the upcoming movie “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.” A few images from the teaser screened at San Diego’s Comic-Con have also made their way to the web. The buzz is building around Zack […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
‘Ant-Man’: details unveiled on Evangeline Lily and Corey Stoll’s roles

‘Ant-Man’: details unveiled on Evangeline Lily and Corey Stoll’s roles

(Relaxnews) – The two actors revealed through their TV roles on “Lost” and “House of Cards” were recently added to the cast of Marvel’s comedy feature. Now details have surfaced on their characters in “Ant-Man.” Evangeline Lily will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the first scientist to put on […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Aquino: Job enormous, but I’m determined to serve weaves DAP early into his fifth report to the nation

Aquino: Job enormous, but I’m determined to serve weaves DAP early into his fifth report to the nation

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino managed to weave in justification for the discredited Disbursement Acceleration Program early into his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday. He also began his report to the nation with yet another swipe at the past administration, citing the corruption, dismal economy, low investor […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Bangsamoro Law, econ bills top House agenda for second regular session

Bangsamoro Law, econ bills top House agenda for second regular session

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and several economic bills including the Fair Competition Act, will be the top priorities of the House of Representatives in the second regular session, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Monday. In his opening speech, Belmonte urged Congress to fast-track the passage of […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
North American box office loves ‘Lucy’

North American box office loves ‘Lucy’

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Director Luc Besson’s action sci-fi thriller “Lucy,” about a woman turned superhuman by using 100 percent of her brain, debuted at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday. In its first weekend out, the film whose title role is played by Scarlett Johansson, earned $44 million in ticket sales […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jaguar reveals new details on XE sports sedan

Jaguar reveals new details on XE sports sedan

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of an official unveiling in London on September 8, Jaguar has released additional information on its highly anticipated XE. The new sports sedan will be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October and is expected to hit dealerships sometime in 2015. The XE project, announced at the latest Geneva Motor […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta creates Cookie Shot knock-off

Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta creates Cookie Shot knock-off

(Relaxnews) – In yet another sign that New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel is an undisputed international trailblazer in butter and sugar, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta has launched a not so subtle knock-off of his Cookie Shot. And called it, well, the Cookie Shot. Because unlike the Cronut, which is trademarked, Ansel hasn’t sought […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Could you go 99 days without checking Facebook?

Could you go 99 days without checking Facebook?

(Relaxnews) – Facebook came under fire recently for experimenting with 700,000 of its users’ moods by altering their newsfeeds, but an interesting counter-experiment that makes the site the subject of investigation is taking the Internet by storm. “99 Days of Freedom” sees users stay away from Facebook for 99 consecutive days, filling in a “happiness […]

28.07.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Ben Affleck is a despondent Batman in new photo

Ben Affleck is a despondent Batman in new photo

(Relaxnews) – Unveiled for San Diego’s Comic-Con, a new close-up shows the Dark Knight’s bowed head and furrowed brow. After a few photos released on Twitter last spring, the new portrait is the latest look at “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which is due in theaters in 2016. Visitors to Comic-Con can also take […]

26.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
British royal childhood memories go on show

British royal childhood memories go on show

(LONDON-AFP) – A special exhibition on childhood in the British royal family is to open at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, featuring well-loved toys spanning 250 years including a gadget-laden miniature James Bond supercar. The Royal Childhood exhibition at the London palace features more than 150 objects, including cherished outfits, family photographs and private film footage. […]

26.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment ·
Turn off the TV when kids aren’t watching, say researchers

Turn off the TV when kids aren’t watching, say researchers

(Relaxnews) – Researchers at the University of Iowa say children’s social and emotional development is enchanced in the absence of a television playing in the background while they’re doing something else, like playing a game or interacting with friends and family. After looking into the impact of television on young children’s cognitive development, they also […]

26.07.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
SoCal prepares for the biggest surfing competition in the world

SoCal prepares for the biggest surfing competition in the world

(Relaxnews) – Top world surfers are making their way to Huntington Beach, California, recognized worldwide as Surf-City, USA, for a chance to qualify for coveted spots on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. Expected to draw a crowd of over 800,000 and bring over 20 million dollars to the Orange County, California economy, […]

26.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Online, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
PHL World of Champions of Performing Arts pay courtesy call on Consul General Herrera-Lim

PHL World of Champions of Performing Arts pay courtesy call on Consul General Herrera-Lim

Los Angeles – World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) Philippines’ National Director Gerardo Mercado accompanied by Mr. Jed Madela paid a courtesy call on Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim on 16 July 2014. Jed Madela is the first Filipino to win the “Grand Champion Performer of the World” title in 2005. Jed was a featured guest […]

25.07.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

WASHINGTON (AFP) – More than 10 million uninsured people in the United States have signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama’s reform plan since 2013, said a study out Wednesday. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine show a “significant” decline in the uninsured rate for adults aged 18 to 64. […]

25.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
America is top of the global spam league

America is top of the global spam league

(Relaxnews) – It might not have won the FIFA World Cup, but when it comes to sending spam email, the USA is the undisputed world champion. According to the latest Sophos ‘Spampionship’ report, for the fourth quarter in succession, the US is home to the most spam-sending computers in the world, responsible for 24.2 percent […]

Steamy ’50 Shades of Grey’ trailer hits the internet

Steamy ’50 Shades of Grey’ trailer hits the internet

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, Universal Pictures UK uploaded one of the most anticipated trailers of the season, which is as suggestive as fans of the novel could have hoped. On the heels of the teaser shared by Beyoncé earlier this week, the advertising campaign for “50 Shades of Grey” is heating up with the release of the […]

24.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Nokia intros most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device yet

Nokia intros most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device yet

(Relaxnews) – With a retail price of €99 (around $135), the Nokia Lumia 530 promises to make Microsoft’s mobile operating system accessible to a wider clientele. In light of its low price, it’s no surprise that this four-inch Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone is not 4G-ready. In terms of components, the Lumia 530 comes with a […]

24.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Everything you need to know about Comic-Con 2014

Everything you need to know about Comic-Con 2014

(Relaxnews) – Now a decades-old tradition, Comic-Con San Diego is the world’s premiere celebration of geek culture. The event takes place this year from July 24 to 27. Created in 1970 and originally dedicated to comic books, Comic-Con has expanded its purview to include movies, TV shows, mangas and video games. The event has become […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Games, Hollywood Stars ·
Marathon 18-hour Shakespeare play dazzles Avignon

Marathon 18-hour Shakespeare play dazzles Avignon

(AVIGNON, France-AFP) – An 18-hour version of Shakespeare’s epic “Henry VI” ended to sustained applause early Tuesday at France’s top arts festival in Avignon, marking a triumph for the play’s 32-year-old director. The daunting task involving 21 actors, 150 characters, seven intermissions and 10,000 verses took a decade to come to fruition, director Thomas Jolly […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Books, Entertainment ·
‘Hunger Games 3’: Johanna and Peeta pose for the Capitol

‘Hunger Games 3’: Johanna and Peeta pose for the Capitol

(Relaxnews) – On the eve of Comic-Con San Diego, where the first official trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One” will be screened, Lionsgate unveiled two new animated posters. Like the movie’s first teasers, which were addresses from President Snow, these latest promotional materials are disguised as propaganda for the Capitol. President Snow (Donald […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to team for ‘By the Sea’

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to team for ‘By the Sea’

(Relaxnews) – For the first time since meeting on the set of the 2005 movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be seen together on the silver screen in “By the Sea.” Jolie is the driving force behind the production: after writing the screenplay, she will direct the film and star […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Will Ferrell to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘Manimal’

Will Ferrell to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘Manimal’

(Relaxnews) – The TV series, which was canceled after one season in 1983, will be adapted for the silver screen. Just like Bruce Wayne, Dr. Jonathan Chase is a rich lady’s man with a secret: he can change into any animal he wants (he prefers black panthers and hawks). Two years ago, Sony bought the […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Obama strengthens gay, transgender workplace rights

Obama strengthens gay, transgender workplace rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday outlawing federal employment discrimination based on gender identity and strengthening other LGBT protections. Supporters of expanded anti-bias protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have sought legal action for years, but in the absence of legislative moves by Congress, […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino, Ka Eduardo Manalo unveil marker for Ciudad de Victoria

Aquino, Ka Eduardo Manalo unveil marker for Ciudad de Victoria

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III and Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo Manalo on Monday unveiled the marker of Ciudad De Victoria, home of the Philippine Arena, the world’s largest indoor arena. Among the government officials spotted accompanying Aquino were Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. The ceremony […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
VP Binay links plunder complaint to 2016 presidential elections

VP Binay links plunder complaint to 2016 presidential elections

MANILA, July 23 (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said the plunder complaint filed against him has no factual basis and linked to the 2016 presidential elections where he is seen as the frontrunner based on the recent surveys. Binay said the complainants are all local political opponents of the Binays in Makati […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
More than 40 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash: officials

More than 40 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash: officials

By Amber WANG TAIPEI, July 23, 2014 (AFP) – More than 40 people were feared dead in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. Taiwan’s transport minister said 10 bodies had so far been recovered from […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Design destination: London

Design destination: London

(Relaxnews) – You might not think of London as a summer destination but the city empties out in August, leaving plenty of space to browse its street markets, check out its galleries and unwind on its roof terraces. The ever-evolving UK capital has plenty to keep design-lovers busy over the course of a long weekend. […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Xiaomi announces new $13 wearable tracker

Xiaomi announces new $13 wearable tracker

(Relaxnews) – One of two important produ cts recently unveiled by the brand, the Mi Band goes beyond the call of duty for the typical fitness tracker. In addition to tracking health metrics that include exercise and sleep, it acts as a security device for Xiaomi‘s recently announced MI 4 smartphone. Holding the device in the […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Sports & Recreation ·
Blake Lively’s lifestyle website and store goes live

Blake Lively’s lifestyle website and store goes live

(Relaxnews) – Hollywood actress Blake Lively has launched her foray into the world of lifestyle blogging and curating with her website “Preserve.” “Part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor,” Preserve features a selection of American crafts and artisanal products, ranging from jewelry and candles to sauces and preserves. “Everyone has a story to tell,” writes […]

Shanghai co. to build 19 IMAX cinemas across China

Shanghai co. to build 19 IMAX cinemas across China

(Relaxnews) – The Shanghai Film Corp breaks into the world’s top five IMAX partners after commissioning 19 more cinemas able to host the super large-screen format. The deal means that SFC will up its total count of IMAX sites from 3 to 22, with “a significant number” set to complete by the end of 2015, […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
Facts and figures on child migrants heading to US

Facts and figures on child migrants heading to US

By Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON (AFP) – The arrival of huge numbers of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern US border has overwhelmed authorities in the United States lacking the financial and legal means to curb the illegal influx. President Barack Obama has insisted new arrivals will be sent home, but it remains unclear how […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Philippine sect opens ‘world’s largest indoor arena’

Philippine sect opens ‘world’s largest indoor arena’

(MANILA-AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world’s largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect. The $175-million Philippine Arena, which can seat 55,000 people, was hailed as a showcase that will serve as a major venue for concerts and sports events as […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Philippine News ·
Supper club salvages foods destined for the dump

Supper club salvages foods destined for the dump

(Relaxnews) – In line with the growing movement to reduce waste and rethink the value of food worldwide, a supper club in Brooklyn is hosting monthly dinners created from old, ugly, overripe fruits and vegetables that would have otherwise been destined for the dumpster. The Salvage Supperclub is the latest dining experience created to underscore […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Lanvin campaign with Edie Campbell a family affair

Lanvin campaign with Edie Campbell a family affair

(Relaxnews) – Even when you’re a successful supermodel, it’s not every day you get to pose with your extended family for the campaign of a major luxury brand. But that’s exactly what Lanvin invited Edie Campbell to do. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the young British model’s family is a particularly interesting one. Between […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Photos, Videos ·
Demi Lovato the new face of Skechers

Demi Lovato the new face of Skechers

(Relaxnews) – The US sneaker brand has signed up pop singer Demi Lovato for a mix of print, web and TV commercials for its women’s line through Fall 2016. “My generation grew up with Skechers,” said Lovato, explaining the appeal of the campaign for her. The 21-year-old New Mexico born singer of “Give Your Heart a […]

Shakira leads a soccer-dominated social media top 10: Starcount

Shakira leads a soccer-dominated social media top 10: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – Soccer players are enjoying the residual effects of the recent World Cup, with several players showing up on Starcount’s global social media chart for the week of July 14-20. The list is topped by Shakira, who scored a huge win on Facebook last week. Shakira announced to her fans on Friday that she […]

Wedding belles: a century of bridal fashion goes on show in Manchester

Wedding belles: a century of bridal fashion goes on show in Manchester

(Relaxnews) – It’s one of the most important elements of any bride’s big day: the fantasy wedding dress. Now the changing face of the most romantic garment of them all is the focus of a UK design exhibition this summer. “Something Blue” explores British bridal fashions over the past hundred years from 1914-2014. Featuring 18 […]

21.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Makeup: waterproof essentials for summer

Makeup: waterproof essentials for summer

(Relaxnews) – For many of us, summer means spending more time at the pool, beach or lake. And to withstand all of that water, summer makeup needs to be particularly effective. For those planning a seaside vacation or a day by the water, here’s a rundown of some of the waterproof essentials to pack in […]

21.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Beyoncé unveils first look at ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Beyoncé unveils first look at ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

(Relaxnews) – On Instagram, the pop star posted the first teaser for the adaptation of the best-selling novel. While the trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” is slated for release on Thursday, July 24, Beyoncé decided to kick off the promotional campaign a few days earlier. These first 16 seconds of footage don’t reveal much, […]

21.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Music ·
MAFFAA’s Noli Me Tangere, The Opera at the Kennedy Center on August 8-9

MAFFAA’s Noli Me Tangere, The Opera at the Kennedy Center on August 8-9

By Angelita  Felixberto Washington D.C. : For the first time, Jose Rizal’s famous novel “Noli Me Tangere” will be staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as an OPERA on 8-9 August 2014. The opera will be presented at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists (MAFFAA) in coooperation with its […]

21.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Happenings ·
Three new boards to catch totally different waves this summer

Three new boards to catch totally different waves this summer

(Relaxnews) – Surfers are carving new turns and old tricks on a new wave of boards that reflect the sport’s eco-friendly culture and even give wobbly newbies a chance to experience the thrill with reduced chance of wipe-outs. For those who thought it wasn’t possible to hang ten or even catch a wave, Spain-based Aquillahas developed […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, Photos, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Raquel Zimmermann poses for Paule Ka

Raquel Zimmermann poses for Paule Ka

(Relaxnews) – For the fall-winter 2014 season, the French ready-to-wear brand Paule Ka chose Raquel Zimmermann as the face of a retro-chic campaign. The Brazilian supermodel posed for the Swedish photographer Andreas Larsson, and the result is a black and white campaign that is all about elegance. Between oversize bows, a 1950s-style suit and impeccably […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, International Stars, Online, Photos, Videos ·
A golden phone pays homage to Gustav Klimt

A golden phone pays homage to Gustav Klimt

(Relaxnews) – After paying tribute to Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh, luxury phone manufacturer Mobiado has turned its attention to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, a key representative of the Art Nouveau movement in Vienna. The brand’s new gold-plated smartphone is available now in a limited edition. The smartphone’s brass casing is plated in 24K […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Science & Technology ·
Makers of Glow launch pregnancy app

Makers of Glow launch pregnancy app

(Relaxnews) – Glow, a data science company geared towards women’s reproductive health and education, this week launched its new app, Glow Nurture. The company’s first app, Glow, dedicated to fertility tracking and helping women conceive or avoid pregnancy, is said to have aided more than 20,000 users in just one year and was among the 2014 Webby […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Online, Science & Technology ·
Color Me launching Korean-style electric make-up applicator

Color Me launching Korean-style electric make-up applicator

(Relaxnews) – A new American start-up is looking to revolutionize the way women in the West apply their makeup. Color Me is an electronically operated automatic sponge that vibrates at 15,000 pulses per minute to mimic gentle finger tapping as it buffs and blends foundation into the skin. The product, created by entrepreneur Leah Ashley […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Local News ·
Violence, loophole drive C. American kids’ exodus to US

Violence, loophole drive C. American kids’ exodus to US

SAN SALVADOR  (AFP) – The wave of Central American children making the risky journey to reach the United States is being driven by violence in their home countries and a loophole in US law, analysts say. The exodus of minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has become a humanitarian crisis and overwhelmed the United […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino critics slam yellow ribbon drive

Aquino critics slam yellow ribbon drive

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Progressive lawmakers slammed President Aquino’s call for supporters to wear a yellow ribbon. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said wearing yellow means support for the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) or being “pro-presidential pork barrel.” He said the President’s speech where he warned the Supreme Court of a clash between the executive and the judiciary […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Typhoon Glenda leaves, kills at least 13

Typhoon Glenda leaves, kills at least 13

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The first typhoon of the Philippines’ brutal rainy season shut down the nation’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people across the country and cutting power for millions. Ferocious winds from Typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) tore roofs off houses, overturned cars and ripped down electricity lines in the megacity of […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Do women talk more than men? It depends on the situation: study

Do women talk more than men? It depends on the situation: study

(Relaxnews) – Equipped with technology devices called sociometers to track social interactions, a team of researchers from Northeastern University in Boston attacked the common stereotype that women are more talkative than men, finding that different group settings yield different results. Researchers worked with men and women in two different social settings. In the first, conversation […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Watch: Karlie Kloss warms up in Nike’s latest looks

Watch: Karlie Kloss warms up in Nike’s latest looks

(Relaxnews) – After being announced as the face of Nike’s Fall 2014 women’s collection, American model Karlie Kloss features in a new video posted by the brand. In the same line as the new Nike Pro sports bra line, the new collection aims to respond to the multiple demands of cross-training and respond to athletes’ […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
‘Mommy’ trailer promises feel good film with darkest underbelly

‘Mommy’ trailer promises feel good film with darkest underbelly

(Relaxnews) – Cannes Jury Prize winner “Mommy” increases its public profile further still with a three-minute insight into its layered plot and arresting characters. Steve’s the troubled kid whose future hangs in the balance, Diane his mom, a widow, struggling to keep a lid on him, and Kyla the neighbor who miraculously manages to bring […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘Heroes’ reboot to revolve around new characters

‘Heroes’ reboot to revolve around new characters

(Relaxnews) – The miniseries “Heroes: Reborn” will focus primarily on a new cast of characters, creator Tim Kring revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. As fans of the late NBC series “Heroes” speculate on which stars could return for the reboot — Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto and Ali Larter have already stated they will not […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Gerard Butler is new face of Boss Bottled

Gerard Butler is new face of Boss Bottled

(Relaxnews) – The Scottish actor will take up a new role in the autumn as the star of a Hugo Boss fragrance campaign. Butler’s appointment, which sees him replace the American actor Ryan Reynolds as the face of Boss Bottled, was posted on the brand’s Facebook page on Thursday. The 44-year-old Scottish star will appear in TV […]

17.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US economy growing across nation: Fed Beige Book

US economy growing across nation: Fed Beige Book

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US economy has continued to shake off its winter sluggishness with all regions of the country seeing expansion, the Federal Reserve said in a report Wednesday. Seven of the 12 regions surveyed recorded only “modest” growth, while five notched “moderate” growth, the Fed said in its latest Beige Book report, based […]

17.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
What flavor of chocolate are you? Cadbury unveils Facebook-powered vending machine for personalised taste experience

What flavor of chocolate are you? Cadbury unveils Facebook-powered vending machine for personalised taste experience

(Relaxnews) – What does your Facebook profile say about you? It’s a question many people worry about in this day and age, but chocolate maestro Cadbury has come up with a fun form of social analysis. The “Joy Generator” is a Facebook-powered vending machine which analyzes your social media profile and distributes a free chocolate […]

Christian Bale in line for Travis McGee adaptation

Christian Bale in line for Travis McGee adaptation

(Relaxnews) – First in a series of 21 novels, James Mangold’s adaptation of “The Deep Blue Good-by” would see “The Dark Knight” and “Exodus” star Christian Bale as roving vigilante for hire Travis McGee. The deal is not yet done, but Bale is in discussions with 20th Century Fox to take the lead role as […]

17.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Love stories by Baccarat: luxury crystal house releases elegant film trilogy

Love stories by Baccarat: luxury crystal house releases elegant film trilogy

(Relaxnews) – Luxury French crystal house Baccarat has released a trilogy of three short films dealing with the topic of love to celebrate its 250th anniversary. Each of the three movies has been shot by a female director, with the stories taking place in Paris, London and New York. Aside from romance in various forms, the common […]

17.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Commercial break: Hallmark, Apple and Wendy’s

Commercial break: Hallmark, Apple and Wendy’s

(Relaxnews) – Hallmark signs up puppies to deliver its mail, Apple employees celebrate Pride, and Boyz II Men get emotional about a Pretzel burger. Here is our round-up of the most interesting ad campaign videos this week. Is this the cutest puppy video on earth? Hallmark Cards is giving customers in Australia the chance to […]

Aquino admin vows to step up service delivery efforts

Aquino admin vows to step up service delivery efforts

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration has vowed to step up its delivery of essential services to Filipinos and institutional reforms. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma bared this initiative after a recent survey conducted by the Pulse Asia indicated a decline in President Benigno S. Aquino’s national ratings in the second quarter […]

15.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Neymar, James Rodriguez remain atop Starcount’s global social media chart

Neymar, James Rodriguez remain atop Starcount’s global social media chart

(Relaxnews) – In a final burst of World Cup fever across social networks, Colombian player and Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez remained high atop the Starcount global social media chart for the week of July 7-13, while Brazilian star player Neymar continued to dominate the chart. James Rodriguez had been widely expected to win the […]

Rachel Weisz could join Michael Fassbender in ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Rachel Weisz could join Michael Fassbender in ‘The Light Between Oceans’

(Relaxnews) – The actress is in talks for the female lead in director Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s best-selling novel. An international best-seller, the Australian author’s first novel will soon make its way to the big screen with an all-star cast. In addition to Michael Fassbender, who will play the male lead, the production […]

11.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Restaurant chain invites Kickstarter potato salad sensation to create recipe

Restaurant chain invites Kickstarter potato salad sensation to create recipe

(Relaxnews) – Canadian restaurant chain Jack Astor’s is hoping to cash in on the phenomenal Kickstarter potato salad frenzy by inviting the man leading the internet sensation to develop a recipe for its menu. Jack Astor’s, a casual restaurant chain with 39 locations across Canada and New York state, wants to throw Canada’s first Potato […]

11.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
OneRepublic backs ‘The Giver’ with trailer soundtrack

OneRepublic backs ‘The Giver’ with trailer soundtrack

(Relaxnews) – Two time Grammy Award nominated band OneRepublic lifts the profile of August’s sci-fi adaptation “The Giver” starring Brendan Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Summarizing the main plot thrust of the film (and the Lois Lowry novel upon which it’s based), a brief trailer sees Brendan Thwaites’s Jonas start to uncover […]

11.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
‘Divergent’ threequel gains ‘The Maze Runner’ writer

‘Divergent’ threequel gains ‘The Maze Runner’ writer

(Relaxnews) – The third and final part of the “Divergent” series, “Allegiant,” has brought in Noah Oppenheim to turn Veronic Roth’s young adult novel into a two-part screenplay. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1” is scheduled for cinemas in March 2016 and its conclusion for March 2017. And as The Hollywood Reporter notes, at this stage […]

11.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ grow up in new teaser

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ grow up in new teaser

(Relaxnews) – New footage has been released for the Michael Bay-produced action movie, including scenes of the young turtles learning the ways of the ninja. With less than a month to go before “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” hits US theaters, the movie’s promotional campaign is in full swing. A few days after the release of […]

11.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
New York museum to host first sleepover for adults

New York museum to host first sleepover for adults

(Relaxnews) – The American Museum of Natural History in New York is aiming to recreate the Ben Stiller film “Night at the Museum” by hosting its first-ever sleepover — for adults. Only instead of hot chocolate, guests will sip on champagne. And instead of Disney animated films, guests will be challenged to contemplate their place […]

10.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Adidas and Marina Abramović make performance art film to celebrate World Cup

Adidas and Marina Abramović make performance art film to celebrate World Cup

(Relaxnews) – German sportswear giant Adidas has teamed up with world famous performance artist Marina Abramović to explore the concept of teamwork ahead of the grand finale of the 2014 World Cup. A reworking of her 1978 performance in collaboration with Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen) titled “Work Relation,” the film sees three groups of people performing […]

Enjoyment of exercise enhances results: study

Enjoyment of exercise enhances results: study

(Relaxnews) – New research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab says that those who “think fun” while exercising are likely to eat less afterwards than those who exercise simply for the end result of weight loss. In the quest to prove that one must enjoy the journey, not just the destination, researchers led 56 […]

10.07.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Obama seeks $3.7-B to stem illegal border entries

Obama seeks $3.7-B to stem illegal border entries

By Michael Mathes WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Tuesday requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with a surge of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America. Obama said the funds – a far higher sum than he signaled he would request late last month—would help ease an “urgent […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US airport checks focus on electronic devices

US airport checks focus on electronic devices

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Plane travelers who can switch on their cellphones or other electronic devices will be able to take them aboard as part of new security measures, US authorities said Sunday. US-bound travelers from Europe and the Middle East have faced tighter airport security in recent days over fears that Al-Qaeda-linked militants are developing new […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Why Piolo is excited about ‘Hawak Kamay’

Why Piolo is excited about ‘Hawak Kamay’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although he has done a number of television shows in the past, Piolo Pascual said he is still very excited about his upcoming family soap, “Hawak Kamay.” Pascual said the new ABS-CBN series will focus more on the family as compared to the past projects he’s done. “First of all, I’m working […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
AARP launches search for America’s top boomer talent with Boomer Superstarcontest powered by American Idol Live!

AARP launches search for America’s top boomer talent with Boomer Superstarcontest powered by American Idol Live!

Contest will search for undiscovered baby boomers with star quality and amazing voices WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling all Baby Boomers looking to become America’s next big singing sensation!  AARP is launching a national search to make one lucky person’s dream a reality while showing that talent is ageless. Powered by American Idol Live!, AARP’s Boomer […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Contests, Entertainment, Happenings, Music, Online ·
Museum dedicated to Chinese roast duck opens in Beijing

Museum dedicated to Chinese roast duck opens in Beijing

(Relaxnews) – A museum dedicated to one of China’s most iconic foods, roast duck, has opened in Beijing. To fete its 150th anniversary and promote the brand, restaurant chain Quanjude, which has served its signature roast duck to dignitaries and heads of state, opened the doors to the museum that features more than 500 items […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
World Cup 2014 semi-final leads to new Twitter record

World Cup 2014 semi-final leads to new Twitter record

(Relaxnews) – Twitter reported a record number of tweets during the World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany, which the Germans won 7-1. Some 35.6 million tweets were posted to the social networking site during the game, far surpassing the previous record of 25 million tweets reached during the 2014 Super Bowl. Germany’s fifth […]

Philippines’ largest airline joins shark fin ban

Philippines’ largest airline joins shark fin ban

(MANILA-AFP) – The Philippines’ largest airline Cebu Pacific said Wednesday it has ceased carrying shark fins, becoming the latest carrier to impose a ban as part of global conservation efforts. “We are banning shark fin carriage effective immediately as we learned that unsustainable shark fishing and our carriage of shark fin is not aligned with […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Philippine News ·
Karlie Kloss stars in multi-angle film for Donna Karan

Karlie Kloss stars in multi-angle film for Donna Karan

(Relaxnews) – For Fall-Winter 2014, New York City-based designer Donna Karan has chosen to celebrate three decades in the fashion industry with an innovative new fashion film starring American model Karlie Kloss. Directed by fashion photographer and artist Steven Sebring, “Woman in Motion” was shot with 100 cameras to capture the 21-year-old model from every angle […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Plummet 41 storeys on world’s newest and tallest drop ride

Plummet 41 storeys on world’s newest and tallest drop ride

(Relaxnews) – For 10 terrifying seconds, the world’s tallest drop ride will send riders down a hurtling descent equal to 41 storeys at speeds of up to 145 km an hour. It’s called Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom and it opened over the US Independence Day long weekend at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Photos, Videos ·
New J.K. Rowling story shows Harry Potter at 34

New J.K. Rowling story shows Harry Potter at 34

(LONDON-AFP) – Fictional boy wizard Harry Potter made his first appearance in seven years on Monday, featuring as a nearly 34-year-old with grey hairs in a new short story by author J.K. Rowling. In an article on her “Pottermore” website that is supposedly written by a gossip columnist, Harry and his friends reunite for a […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
Does the collapse of a US bakery chain mark the end of the cupcake era?

Does the collapse of a US bakery chain mark the end of the cupcake era?

(Relaxnews) – News that the largest chain of cupcake stores in the US has crumbled makes it official: the cupcake, as a dessert trend, is dead. That’s the conclusion of the internet, which is abuzz after The Wall Street Journal reported that Crumbs Bake Shop bit the dust Monday, shuttering all 78 stores in 12 US states […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Syjuco wants Aquino impeached over DAP

Syjuco wants Aquino impeached over DAP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. said he submitted to the House of Representatives an impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a statement on Monday, Syjuco said Aquino should be impeached for “bribery,” “betrayal of public trust,” […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Neymar and James Rodriguez top Starcount’s global social media chart following World Cup face-off

Neymar and James Rodriguez top Starcount’s global social media chart following World Cup face-off

(Relaxnews) – Brazilian footballing superstar Neymar retains his crown as king of Starcount’s chart of the most popular people on social media for the week of June 30-July 6. New to the top ten is Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, whose team was knocked out of the World Cup on Friday July 4 during the quarter […]

Paris haute couture: highlights from Chanel

Paris haute couture: highlights from Chanel

(Relaxnews) – On Tuesday Karl Lagerfeld presented the French brand’s Fall-Winter 2014 haute couture collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. In this latest Chanel haute couture line, the palette consists mainly of dark shades: grey, black, red and touches of royal blue dominated, outside of a few looks in stark white or mauve, as […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Photos ·
‘Transformers 4’ now China’s biggest ever film

‘Transformers 4’ now China’s biggest ever film

(Relaxnews) – The second week box office take for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is enough to make Paramount’s film the biggest of all time in China. Standing on US$222.7m after its second weekend on release, the movie is already outpacing the lifetime revenue of James Cameron film “Avatar” (US$221.9m), notes The Hollywood Reporter. It’s a resounding […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·