Find a Diner en Blanc event near you and learn to play the game

Find a Diner en Blanc event near you and learn to play the game

(Relaxnews) – When Francois Pasquier came up with the idea to host a picnic with friends and dress up in white to find each other, he had no idea it would become an international phenomenon. Now in its 26th year, Diner en Blanc — a flash mob concept in which people dress up head to […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Maria Sharapova is new face of Avon

Maria Sharapova is new face of Avon

(Relaxnews) – The Russian tennis star has been named as the face of the cosmetics brand’s new fragrances for men and women. Two new fragrances for men and women, both titled Luck, are being fronted by the latest Avon lady, this year’s French Open champion Maria Sharapova. “I am excited to represent Avon Luck, a […]

Zanjoe vows Bea will be his last girlfriend

Zanjoe vows Bea will be his last girlfriend

The reason actor Zanjoe Marudo has yet to propose to girlfriend Bea Alonzo is because he is still saving up for their future. Marudo explained he is more concerned about securing their life after the wedding than on planning his proposal to Alonzo. “Kumbaga hindi naman ‘yun ang pinaghahandaan ko. Hindi ‘yung proposal or ‘yung […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Cantor leaving US House leadership after shocking defeat

Cantor leaving US House leadership after shocking defeat

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Eric Cantor, the Republican star unexpectedly bounced from the US Congress by a political novice, said Wednesday he will step down as House majority leader. “While I intend to serve out my term as a member of Congress from the 7th District of Virginia, effective July 31st I will […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Carson celebrates Juneteenth with music and festivity

Carson celebrates Juneteenth with music and festivity

The City of Carson and the Carson Cultural Arts Foundation will be presenting non-stop entertainment and fun activities for the entire family as it hosts the 2014 Juneteenth Rhythm and Blues Celebration on June 14. The festivities will take place from 11 a.m.

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Commercial break: Nike, Dove and WestJet

Commercial break: Nike, Dove and WestJet

(Relaxnews) – Nike ramps things up for the World Cup, Dove reminds us of the best ‘Dad’ moments and WestJet airline goes above and beyond the call of duty to help out a family. Here is our round-up of the most interesting ad campaign videos this week: Nike Football: The Last Game ft. Ronaldo, Neymar […]

Iron supplements recommended alongside treatment for heavy periods

Iron supplements recommended alongside treatment for heavy periods

(Relaxnews) – A recent study concluded that anemic women and women undergoing treatment for menorrhagia could further improve their health and overall quality of life by taking iron supplements. A research team led by Dr. Pirkko Peuranpää from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hyvinkää Hospital in Finland worked with 236 women undergoing treatment […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
BMW announces Individual 6 Series Gran Coupé Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW announces Individual 6 Series Gran Coupé Bang & Olufsen Edition

(Relaxnews) – Promising to combine the design and engineering prowess of both companies in a single object of desire, only 10 Bang and Olufsen Edition BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupés are set to roll off the production line. As well as being rare, they will also be incredibly fast, thanks to a special competition […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Motoring, Music, Science & Technology ·
Bus company Greyhound marks centennial anniversary with mobile tour

Bus company Greyhound marks centennial anniversary with mobile tour

(Relaxnews) – Greyhound, the biggest intercity bus company in North America, will be feting its 100th anniversary by dispatching mobile museums throughout the US that may harken old memories for those who’ve crisscrossed the continent the old-fashioned way, before the days of bargain-basement airline tickets. The cross-country tour will include two buses converted into mobile […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online ·
David Fincher and Rooney Mara could reteam for ‘Red Sparrow’

David Fincher and Rooney Mara could reteam for ‘Red Sparrow’

(Relaxnews) – Two years after “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the director and the actress could soon reunite for another collaboration, Deadline.com indicates. After adapting the book by Swedish crime novelist Stieg Larsson, David Fincher is circling an adaptation of a spy novel by Jason Matthews. Published in June 2013, “Red Sparrow” focuses on […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jennifer Lopez to perform at World Cup opener after all

Jennifer Lopez to perform at World Cup opener after all

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony after all, FIFA said Tuesday, two days after it announced “production issues” would prevent her traveling to Brazil. Lopez, who recorded the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, will perform […]

Get to know Brazil World Cup host city Brasilia

Get to know Brazil World Cup host city Brasilia

(Relaxnews) – For one month, Brazil will be putting its best cleated foot forward as the world turns its attention to the bustling, colorful country for the duration of the FIFA World Cup. For the uninitiated, it’s also a prime opportunity to become acquainted with the richly diverse economic powerhouse. Brasilia is one of 12 […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

(Relaxnews) – Instead of balling himself up in the fetal position and trying to squeeze in some shut-eye under the glare of fluorescent airport lights, or idly window shopping at 3 am, one stranded traveler in Las Vegas decided to use his time productively by shooting a music video documenting his loneliness to Celine Dion’s […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
No relief for aged-out kids

No relief for aged-out kids

Court says adult sons and daughters of US citizens not protected by CSPA LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2014 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) decries today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio (formerly Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio),involving the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The Court has ruled that […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Elegantly Casual Sushi & Oyster Bar Repalces Seafood Grotto Inside State’s Largest Resort/Casino, Pechanga Resort & Casino

Elegantly Casual Sushi & Oyster Bar Repalces Seafood Grotto Inside State’s Largest Resort/Casino, Pechanga Resort & Casino

— Pechanga Resort & Casino Presents All New Restaurant and Menu at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar — As part of Pechanga Resort & Casino’s multimillion dollar renovation through the fall and winter of 2013, Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar welcomes guests into its inviting ambiance filled with inventive seafood selections married with a whimsical […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
French chef Anne-Sophie Pic opens informal deli-style location

French chef Anne-Sophie Pic opens informal deli-style location

(Relaxnews) – The only female chef in France with three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic is known primarily for her high-end gourmet restaurants. But from Tuesday, June 10, her cuisine will be accessible at lower prices through DailyPic, a new casual spot in Valence, France. “DailyPic is a high-quality cafeteria as I’ve always imagined it. Fresh, […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
McCartney postpones start of US tour after illness

McCartney postpones start of US tour after illness

(LONDON-AFP) – Paul McCartney has postponed the start of his US tour, due to begin on Saturday, as he recovers from an illness that forced the cancellation of gigs in Japan and Korea last month. “I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again,” the 71-year-old […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Father-teen relationship may benefit from a little outside help, study says

Father-teen relationship may benefit from a little outside help, study says

(Relaxnews) – When teens in conflict with their fathers consult others for advice, the response may lead to improved well-being and create a stronger parent-child relationship, according to Dr. Jeff Cookston, psychology professor and department chair at San Francisco State University. The study, published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, surveyed 392 families, observing the […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Molecule discovery may lead to improvements in treating depression

Molecule discovery may lead to improvements in treating depression

(Relaxnews) – Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have identified a new molecule present only in humans and primates, low quantities of which could indicate depression. Further research could lead to new treatment options. The molecule, called miR1202, regulates the reception of an excitatory neurotransmitter called glutamate, says Dr. Gustavo Turecki, a psychiatrist at the […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Christine Love, first Fil-Am to sing Star Spangled Banner in Dodgers Filipino Heritage Night June 13

Christine Love, first Fil-Am to sing Star Spangled Banner in Dodgers Filipino Heritage Night June 13

The Los Angeles Dodgers is hosting its 5th Annual Filipino Heritage Night on Friday, June 13 at the 56,000-seater Dodger Stadium. This is to honor the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day (June 12). Christine Love, a two-time winner of an Aliw Award, will be singing the Star Spangled Banner on the said Filipino Heritage Night. Through […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Happenings ·
British comedian and actor Rik Mayall dead at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall dead at 56

(LONDON-AFP) – British actor and Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult series “The Young Ones”, died on Monday aged 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a generation of viewers in the 1980s, became one of Britain’s best-known […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars ·
US designer Vince Camuto readies latest scent, Amore

US designer Vince Camuto readies latest scent, Amore

(Relaxnews) – The American designer has unveiled a new, limited edition fragrance. Vince Camuto was inspired by “sensuality, femininity, affection and admiration,” according to the brand, for a new fragrance named Amore, designed to remind you of the feeling of first falling in love. “I wanted to create a scent women would fall in love with […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

(Rio de Janeiro-AFP) – Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez has pulled out of the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil, FIFA said Sunday, four days before the tournament kicks off. Lopez, who recorded the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, had been due to perform with them […]

Chanel presents summer makeup line in new video

Chanel presents summer makeup line in new video

(Relaxnews) – The French brand spotlights its new makeup collection in a new campaign video shot by the fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo. In March, Chanel revealed details on its latest summer makeup collection, Reflets d’Été (“summer reflections”). Today, the luxury brand has shared a first look at the campaign for the new line, featuring the […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
‘Mars, Venus’ author warns over sex in online world

‘Mars, Venus’ author warns over sex in online world

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free Internet porn is “like taking heroin,” while online cheating websites can also lead to sex addiction, Gray said. […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness ·
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ dominates worldwide box office

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ dominates worldwide box office

(Relaxnews) – The Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi film rose to the top of the worldwide box office over the weekend ending June 8, besting “Maleficent” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” according to Rentrak. Showing in 64 territories, “Edge of Tomorrow” grossed $111.1 million over the weekend. The sci-fi feature, in which Tom Cruise plays a […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
New Piaget jewelry collection honors France’s first empress

New Piaget jewelry collection honors France’s first empress

(Relaxnews) – This week the Swiss brand presented a new high-end jewelry collection inspired directly by Joséphine de Beauharnais and her love of nature. The French empress was particularly fond of roses — a passion shared, of course, by Piaget. Glamorous, highly feminine, yet also modern, the Rose Passion collection includes 100 pieces from the […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations ·
Psy goes from ‘Gangnam’ to hip-hop style in new song

Psy goes from ‘Gangnam’ to hip-hop style in new song

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Psy, who set off a global sensation with “Gangnam Style,” tried out a fresh sound Sunday as he released a hip-hop tale of drunken debauchery co-starring rap legend Snoop Dogg. Entitled “Hangover,” the South Korean star’s new song returns to the “Gangnam Style” theme of material excess but eschews the giddy K-Pop […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
YSL to launch new fragrance Black Opium this fall

YSL to launch new fragrance Black Opium this fall

(Relaxnews) – Yves Saint Laurent has unveiled Black Opium, a more rebellious and sensual variation on the classic fragrance launched in 1977. The new elixir will be available from August 26. No less than four world-class perfume artists were called in to develop this lush oriental fragrance. Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Honorine Blanc and Olivier […]

08.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
‘The Stand’ to become 3-hour epic

‘The Stand’ to become 3-hour epic

(Relaxnews) – Stephen King’s “The Stand” is to have its cinematic adaptation realized as a three-hour epic with “an amazing A-list cast” according to “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone. “We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board,” Boone told New York Magazine’s Vulture. “Every single one […]

08.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Japan Airlines intros summer menu by Hiroki Yoshitake

Japan Airlines intros summer menu by Hiroki Yoshitake

(Relaxnews) – Through August 31, first-class and business passengers on Japan Airlines will enjoy meals by the chef and co-owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Sola in Paris. In first class, caviar, smoked salmon and beef tenderloin are among the high-end dishes travelers will enjoy. Business class passengers, meanwhile, will savor foie gras mousse and sauteed lobster, […]

08.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
World’s tallest roller coaster planned for Orlando

World’s tallest roller coaster planned for Orlando

(Relaxnews) – Orlando is set to become home to the tallest roller coaster in the world, with plans to build a thrill ride equal to a 27-storey drop. Riders of The Skyscraper, set to be built at a sprawling retail and entertainment complex in Orlando called Skyplex, will experience a heart-pumping drop from 570 feet […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment ·
The meal of kings might be no golden egg for dieters, study says

The meal of kings might be no golden egg for dieters, study says

(Relaxnews) – Researchers at the University of Alabama say skipping breakfast does not hinder weight loss, despite popular belief — although it doesn’t help it either. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, examined the impact of recommendations to either skip or eat breakfast in 309 moderately overweight adults between the ages of […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
How technology is reshaping how Americans dine

How technology is reshaping how Americans dine

(Relaxnews) – It’s official. More and more US diners are become unabashed food pornographers. According to market research firm Mintel, 13 percent of Americans who dined out in the past month and who use social media reported posting a food or drink photo on sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In hard numbers, that translates […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
BMW reveals new X6

BMW reveals new X6

(Relaxnews) – The new flagship sports activity vehicle promises better performance, handling, better looks and a host of premium features as standard. The X6 is a very puzzling car. On paper, it shouldn’t work. It attempts to combine the best elements of a sportscar — sleek looks, acceleration and handling — with the most notable […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
Research sheds new light on how bilingual children learn words

Research sheds new light on how bilingual children learn words

(Relaxnews) – At an age where learning similar-sounding words can be challenging, research says children learn best from people who share their linguistic experience, regardless of whether they are mono or multilingual. Parents raising children to be multilingual often worry about whether the abundance and variety of language can hinder the learning process. But a […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Hugo Boss Fall-Winter 2014 campaign revealed

Hugo Boss Fall-Winter 2014 campaign revealed

(Relaxnews) – The first campaign under new creative director Jason Wu features model Edie Campbell and Hollywood actor Scott Eastwood. Twenty-eight-year-old actor Scott Eastwood, the son of silver screen legend Clint Eastwood, appears in slick Hugo Bossmenswear in a new advertising campaign for the German luxury label. “I was honored to be chosen to represent BOSS. […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden ·
Alexander Wang teases first Balenciaga scent

Alexander Wang teases first Balenciaga scent

(Relaxnews) – The creative director has unveiled B Balenciaga, the first fragrance from the French brand since Wang’s arrival at the house. The latest scent from Balenciaga is set to arrive in mid-October. “I really wanted to do something quite pure, as I see it as a step forward for the house. It was exciting working on […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Japan’s SoftBank unveils ‘family member’ robot

Japan’s SoftBank unveils ‘family member’ robot

(URAYASU, Japan-AFP) – Japan’s SoftBank on Thursday unveiled what it billed as an “emotional” humanoid robot that will entertain customers at the mobile carrier’s phone outlets — and maybe become a member of their family. Company president Masayoshi Son joked around with the talking, dancing and singing humanoid named Pepper at an event just outside […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Disney planning live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie

Disney planning live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie

(Relaxnews) – The studio is bringing in Bill Condon to helm its next live-action fairy tale adaptation, Variety indicates. Disney continues to draw inspiration from its catalogue of animated movies for new live-action remakes. After releasing a new take on “Alice in Wonderland” directed by Tim Burton and, more recently, the box-office hit “Maleficent” based […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
The best US eateries for dining alongside Ashton Kutcher and Drake

The best US eateries for dining alongside Ashton Kutcher and Drake

(Relaxnews) – Want to dine like the stars or increase your odds of seeing one? Urbanspoon has collected the best restaurants for celebrity sightings in a culinary map to the stars. Compiled from user data, reviews and expert commentary, the list of top 50 restaurants and cafes for star-gazing spans nine cities across the US, including […]

US private job creation falls in May: ADP

US private job creation falls in May: ADP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US private sector churned out a net 179,000 new jobs in May, a disappointing fall from April, payrolls company ADP said Wednesday. It was the lowest level in four months, and suggested US economic growth remains in second gear. The May figure was down 36,000 positions from April’s total, with a […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Clinton says she’s ‘moved on’ from Lewinsky scandal

Clinton says she’s ‘moved on’ from Lewinsky scandal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hillary Clinton, on the cusp of a possible White House bid, says in an interview that she has “moved on” from the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that consumed the last two years of her husband’s presidency. Clinton spoke to People Magazine, which made her its cover story in editions to hit newsstands […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Naomi Watts joins three ‘Divergent’ sequels

Naomi Watts joins three ‘Divergent’ sequels

(Relaxnews) – The actress has signed up for three sequels to Neil Burger’s “Divergent,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. For “Insurgent,” the first follow-up to “Divergent,” Robert Schwentke (“Red”) has taken over from Burger in the director’s chair. Shailene Woodley, Theo James and other original cast members will reprise their roles, and Octavia Spencer (“The […]

05.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from […]

Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

(Relaxnews) – A list of the ‘smartest cities in the world’ provides a glimpse of what the future could — and should — look like, be it zero carbon communities or heavily connected, smart destinations. Editors at CN Traveler have rounded up a few of the most innovative destinations they call ‘the world’s smartest cities’ […]

The most generous — and cheapest — tippers in America

The most generous — and cheapest — tippers in America

(Relaxnews) – The average American diner leaves an 18 percent tip when satisfied with their dining experience, according to a Michelin survey. After polling 2,000 US adults, the survey, carried out by Harris Poll, found that most diners (70 percent) said they leave between 15 to 20 percent for good service. The findings come at […]

05.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Mark Wahlberg in talks to re-team with Will Ferrell

Mark Wahlberg in talks to re-team with Will Ferrell

(Relaxnews) – The two actors are expected to co-star in “Daddy’s Home,” a new comedy feature from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Four years after playing a pair of incompetent cops in Adam McKay’s action comedy “The Other Guys,” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are in talks to reunite, Deadline.com reports. In […]

05.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
5 Brazilian dishes to try during the World Cup

5 Brazilian dishes to try during the World Cup

(Relaxnews) – While visiting Brazil for the World Cup, soccer fans can take advantage of the opportunity to discover the country’s rich and varied cuisine. Reflecting its warm climate and multicultural heritage, Brazil’s cuisine is a colorful blend of Portuguese, African and Native American ingredients and influences. Here is a sampling of five signature dishes […]

Dolce & Gabbana releases summer ice cream with Magnum

Dolce & Gabbana releases summer ice cream with Magnum

(Relaxnews) – Want to invest in one of the hottest summer trends from Dolce & Gabbana without ponying up thousands of dollars? The luxury fashion label has lent its brand name to ice cream maker Magnum to collaborate on a limited edition summer launch. The Pistachio White Dolce & Gabbana Magnum bar is made with […]

Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning play ‘Very Good Girls’

Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning play ‘Very Good Girls’

(Relaxnews) – The trailer for the first film directed by producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal has hit the internet. The two young actresses play Gerry and Lilly, two teenagers who make a pact to lose their virginity the summer following high school graduation. But their friendship is put in jeopardy when they both fall […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘Jupiter Ascending’ moved to February 2015

‘Jupiter Ascending’ moved to February 2015

(Relaxnews) – July’s action spectacular “Jupiter Ascending,” the Wachowskis’ next film, is now expected in February 2015 after Warner Bros elected to allow more time for special effects work. “With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” the studio’s chief of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman, told Variety, corroborating Deadline‘s own […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Queen’s new state coach encapsulates British history

Queen’s new state coach encapsulates British history

(LONDON-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II rode to the opening of parliament on Wednesday in a brand new Australian-built state coach that encapsulates nearly a thousand years of British history. Crafted over nearly a decade, the gilded Diamond Jubilee State Coach is only the second new horse-drawn state carriage to be built in more than 100 […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Ready for hologram-projecting smartphones?

Ready for hologram-projecting smartphones?

(Relaxnews) – Forget Retina displays or even 4K smartphone screens — next year’s premium handsets could come with the ability to create high-resolution three-dimensional holographic projections. The breakthrough, by US company Ostendo Technologies, could also mean that there’ll be little if any need for virtual reality headsets either. And that’s because it has managed to […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Angelina Jolie hints Cleopatra could be her last role

Angelina Jolie hints Cleopatra could be her last role

(Relaxnews) – While making the rounds to promote “Maleficent,” the actress has indicated her desire to scale back her acting career and focus on writing, directing and UN humanitarian work. At a new career high, as “Maleficent” opened atop the worldwide box office, the 37-year-old has made further statements hinting at her definitive retirement from […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Study shows how parents can protect kids from cyber-bullying

Study shows how parents can protect kids from cyber-bullying

(Relaxnews) – An annual study conducted by security software firm McAfee and released this week indicates that parents can play a key role in keeping cyber-bullying to a minimum among teens. A total of 1,502 pre-teens and teens in the United States, aged 10 to 18, were interviewed over a two-week period in April of this year. […]

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

By Shaun Tandon, Jerome Cartillier WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday proposed ordering cuts of up to 30 percent in carbon emissions from power plants in President Barack Obama’s most ambitious action yet on climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency gave states the leeway to choose their own plans but said that they […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Free People hunt down the stars of tomorrow

Free People hunt down the stars of tomorrow

(Relaxnews) – The American fashion brand has announced the winners of a new ‘Open Call’ talent contest designed to hunt out the latest styling, photography and modeling talent. Working with IMG Models and famous fashion talent agency Jed Root, Free People hunted for emerging stars with an open call contest. The winners appear in the brand’s June […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ receives three new 30-second trailers

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ receives three new 30-second trailers

(Relaxnews) – A trio of half-minute trailers for Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” profile different aspects of the late June action movie. “Forge” reminds viewers of the formidable Lockdown, a prowling hitman of a Transformer whose face extends into a giant gun, and “Help” revolves around Mark Wahlberg’s discovery of Autobot leader Optimus Prime […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

(Relaxnews) – A pop-up Pestaurant event will be serving up an assortment of winged, hard-shelled and antennaed bugs in a dozen cities around the world to promote the consumption of edible insects. From Cape Town to Paris and Washington D.C.,  Pestaurant events will challenge squeamish palates unaccustomed to the food staple popular in Asia and […]

Intel: tablets and 2-in-1s are the future of computing

Intel: tablets and 2-in-1s are the future of computing

(Relaxnews) – As the lines between desktop and notebook and between notebook and tablet continue to disappear, Intel wants to be the company that leads consumers into the next era of personal computing. During Intel’s Computex Taipei 2014 keynote address on Wednesday morning, the company’s president, Renée James, outlined Intel’s vision for this future and […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Ford shows off ‘smart’ Mustang at Taiwan tech show

Ford shows off ‘smart’ Mustang at Taiwan tech show

(TAIPEI-AFP) – US auto giant Ford showed off its new Mustang at Asia’s biggest tech fair Tuesday, billing it as “the smartest Mustang to date”, with voice controls and early warning collision systems. Due to go on sale in Asia-Pacific in 2015, the slick sports car can connect to drivers’ mobile apps using a platform […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Motoring, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Krispy Kreme UK creates World Cup-themed donuts

Krispy Kreme UK creates World Cup-themed donuts

(Relaxnews) – Krispy Kreme in the UK is trying to cash in on World Cup fever by sprinkling its chocolate custard donuts with gold dust to make the shape of a soccer ball and pitching them as ‘Golden Balls.’ The donuts will be available in a special ‘pop and play’ game box that comes with […]

World Cup primer: Brazil’s top models

World Cup primer: Brazil’s top models

(Relaxnews) – All eyes will be on Brazil this month ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup, but it’s not just the country’s football that gets pulses racing! Here’s a run-down of five of the country’s established fashion talents, who have dominated fashion pages and runways over the last decade. Gisele Bündchen Any list of […]

Xian Lim ready to take ‘Captain Barbell’ role

Xian Lim ready to take ‘Captain Barbell’ role

ACTOR Xian Lim said he is ready to suit up and play a superhero once ABS-CBN chooses him as the next Captain Barbell, the fictional character created by the late novelist Mars Ravelo, on primetime television. “Ngayon ko lang talaga narinig pero may nakikita ako na online voting. The supporters get really excited to the […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Lancôme to launch luxury edition of La Vie Est Belle

Lancôme to launch luxury edition of La Vie Est Belle

(Relaxnews) – The French cosmetics brand will soon introduce a more intense, haute parfumerie-inspired version of the women’s fragrance launched in 2012. La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu will arrive in August. Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo, the same noses behind the first editions of La Vie Est Belle, developed this more intense, high-end variation. The […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars ·
Smart lifestyle takes centre stage at Asia tech show

Smart lifestyle takes centre stage at Asia tech show

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Asia’s largest tech trade show will be a battleground for smart innovations when it kicks off in Taiwan Tuesday — from car systems which warn when you are driving badly to a toothbrush-style camera that films the user’s teeth. More than 1,500 exhibitors, including some of the world’s leading technology brands, will set […]

5 tips for getting kids to eat more fruit

5 tips for getting kids to eat more fruit

(Relaxnews) – Summer is around the corner, and there is no better time of year for enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. Between juicy melons and colorful berries, the season offers something for even the pickiest eaters. But even in the summer, getting children to eat enough fruit can be a challenge. Only 2% of American […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Maleficent’ overtakes ‘X-Men’

Worldwide box office: ‘Maleficent’ overtakes ‘X-Men’

(Relaxnews) – Disney’s new live-action adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” lived up to the studio’s expectations during its opening weekend, grossing $170.6 million and claiming the top spot at the worldwide box office, according to Rentrak. “Maleficent” overtook “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($128.2 million) at the box office for the weekend that ended June 1. […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Shakira leads, Emma Watson joins global social media chart: Starcount

Shakira leads, Emma Watson joins global social media chart: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – Pop star Shakira remains at the top of Starcount’s global social media chart, and British actress Emma Watson joins the list for the week of May 26 through June 1. Shakira has dominated social media in recent weeks and can attribute her standing this week to Facebook activity — she got 554,310 likes […]

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

(Relaxnews) – A heart-stopping, stomach-churning selfie taken atop Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue has gone viral for its vertigo and awe-inducing vantage point. It’s being described as perhaps the most epic selfie ever, and for good reason: With the permission of Brazil’s tourism board, Briton Lee Thompson climbed to the top of the country’s most […]

The team to follow on Twitter during the 2014 World Cup

The team to follow on Twitter during the 2014 World Cup

(Relaxnews) – The company might not like admitting it, but the number-one conversation on Twitter isn’t dictated by Justin Bieber, but by the beautiful game and, as the 2014 World Cup prepares to kick off on June 13 in Brazil, that conversation is only going to get louder. So just like an international manager, we’ve […]

New ‘True Blood’ trailer: Sookie’s dangerous love triangle

New ‘True Blood’ trailer: Sookie’s dangerous love triangle

(Relaxnews) – A few weeks ahead of the vampire series’ return to the small screen, HBO has released the second trailer for the seventh and final season of “True Blood.” The last cycle of “True Blood” episodes premieres June 22, and HBO is working overtime to make sure no one forgets it. In a new […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
James Cameron outlines ‘Avatar’ as Disney World attraction

James Cameron outlines ‘Avatar’ as Disney World attraction

(Relaxnews) – “It’s going to have floating mountains. It’s pretty cool,” says Cameron of “Pandora: The Land of Avatar,” a new theme park area due to open at Florida’s Walt Disney World in 2017. That park name comes from the lips of James Cameron, who was present at the Hero Complex Film Festival on May […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
JFAV calls on Fil-Am youth orgs to join HFT Kalayaan 2014 Parade

JFAV calls on Fil-Am youth orgs to join HFT Kalayaan 2014 Parade

Los Angeles – More and more organizations have joined as the preparations for the 2nd Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan 2014 Parade on June 07, 2014 revs up. with 2 weeks to go on its D-Day. This developed as the Justice for Filipino American Veterans National Coordinator and also 2nd Historic Filipinotown Parade Coordinator Arturo Garcia called on the different […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Fil-Ams urged: Invest in the PHL

Fil-Ams urged: Invest in the PHL

ATLANTA – Saying prospects for the Philippines have never been brighter, a high-level business delegation from Manila called on Filipino-Americans to also do their share by playing an active role in maintaining the country’s upward trajectory. In their meeting with members of the Filipino-American Community in Atlanta, members of the 3rd Private Sector-Led Philippines Investment Roadshow […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
U.S.A. and Canadian permanent residence applications can be filed at same time

U.S.A. and Canadian permanent residence applications can be filed at same time

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I live in New York and I have visited Canada several times. I am in the process of applying for my USA greencard but I am worried that it may take too long leaving me with nothing at the end. Can I apply for Canadian permanent residence at the same […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Tech agenda: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Tech agenda: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

(Relaxnews) – What will the company unveil — a smartwatch, a smart home platform, new Macs or something completely different? Apple’s WWDC June 2-6 San Francisco, California, USA Apple’s annual developers conference will see the company demonstrate its latest software innovations and the improvements it has planned for its desktop and smartphone operating systems. However […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Online, Science & Technology ·
Gourmet dining comes to luxury sailing yachts

Gourmet dining comes to luxury sailing yachts

(Relaxnews) – Starting this summer and through to October, Star Clippers is inviting celebrity chefs and sommeliers to board its luxury sailing cruises to concoct gourmet menus. Passengers aboard the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer this summer will sail the Mediterranean in the company of world-class chefs including Bea Schulz, Otto Koch and Marcus […]

01.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Fans to savor local fare during World Cup matches

Fans to savor local fare during World Cup matches

(Relaxnews) – Bolo de rolo, acarajé, cocada… FIFA will be offering a selection of Brazilian specialties in and around stadiums during the World Cup. Soccer fans at the World Cup in Brazil will have multiple options when it comes to refreshments. The official menu will be available at stands in and around the stadium, as […]

Milla Jovovich designs a new collection for Marella

Milla Jovovich designs a new collection for Marella

(Relaxnews) – The Italian brand has presented a series of campaign images starring actress and model Milla Jovovich, who poses for a new capsule collection called Marella art.365. The face of the ready-to-wear brand since Spring-Summer 2012, Jovovich now lends her image to the brand-new capsule collection, available exclusively for the season. The Marella art.365 […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
New study charts relationship between age and marathon times

New study charts relationship between age and marathon times

(Relaxnews) – Here’s some heartening news for older marathon runners: According to a new study out of Spain, the average 60-year-old runs marathons in about the same time as a sprightlier 18-year-old. That’s the conclusion out of the University of Madrid, where researchers charted the relationship between marathon running times and the age of elite […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation ·
Katy Perry reveals Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution fragrance

Katy Perry reveals Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution fragrance

ews) – The American popstar has unveiled the latest in a line of fragrances. Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution by Katy Perry is set to hit counters in July. Concocted by Pierre Negrin of Firmenich, the scent opens with pink freesia and pomegranate before opening up with middle notes of sandalwood, orange flower and jasmine petals. […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Hunger Games’ to become mobile game

‘Hunger Games’ to become mobile game

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – “The Hunger Games” is becoming a mobile game. Interactive entertainment company Kabam announced Friday that it agreed with film studio Lionsgate to make a title for play on smartphones or tablet computers based on the dystopian books and films. San Francisco-based Kabam specializes in mobile games that are free-to-play, instead bringing in […]

AirAsia India set to fly from June 12: CEO

AirAsia India set to fly from June 12: CEO

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – Asia’s largest budget carrier AirAsia will start flying in India from June 12 with a new no-frills airline, its group chief executive said Thursday. Malaysia-based AirAsia won approval from India’s regulators in March last year to set up the airline in a joint venture with the giant Tata group and entrepreneur Arun […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Can perfume make you appear more attractive?

Can perfume make you appear more attractive?

s) – Want to instantly boost your attractiveness? Spritz on a nice perfume and you may have just upped your stock. In a very small study funded by Unilever and carried out by neuroscientists and psychologists in the US and Sweden, women’s faces were rated as more attractive in the presence of a pleasant odor, […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Fashion films of the week: Topshop, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo

Fashion films of the week: Topshop, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo

(Relaxnews) – Here’s our selection of this week’s best fashion films. Topshop http://youtu.be/Y9SjTkg3pDc Released to celebrate the London brand’s latest designer collaboration (this time with Ashish), Topshop has released a short film directed by Joe Conrad Williams. Mary Charteris stars as the mysterious blonde with music by Danglo. Chanel http://youtu.be/7oEA5lp1QDE Gisele Bündchen stars in a […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Online, Videos ·
Psy’s new music video to be unveiled June 8: report

Psy’s new music video to be unveiled June 8: report

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Fresh from conquering YouTube by surpassing two billion views with his mega-hit “Gangnam Style,” handlers for Psy say the release of a follow-up video is just a week away, according to a report Saturday. The Wall Street Journal said the music star’s next song — a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg — […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Apple buys music star Beats for $3 bn

Apple buys music star Beats for $3 bn

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Apple, seeking to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector, said Wednesday it was buying Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth $3 billion. The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
Official ball for the World Cup final goes on sale Sunday

Official ball for the World Cup final goes on sale Sunday

(Relaxnews) – Adidas has unveiled the ball that will be used on the field at Rio De Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium during the FIFA World Cup final. Inspired by the colors of the World Cup trophy, it will hit stores on June 1. With its gold and green hues, the Brazuca Final Rio matches not only […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Bordeaux promoter named Asian Wine Personality of the Year

Bordeaux promoter named Asian Wine Personality of the Year

(Relaxnews) – The title of 2014 Asian Wine Personality of the Year has been given to a well-known figure in the world of wine, who has helmed the position of Grand Master for one of the most prestigious wine societies in the world. At Vinexpo in Hong Kong this week, Vincent Cheung, a lawyer by […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
GMA Int’l joins PHL Independence Day Celebration in NY

GMA Int’l joins PHL Independence Day Celebration in NY

GMA International partners with the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) to further enrich the parade, street fair, and cultural festival in New York that is the Philippine Independence Day Celebration through the presence of top Kapuso artists Tom Rodriguez and Heart Evangelista. The Philippine Independence Day Celebration showcases the best authentic Philippine cuisine, customs, and products. It draws crowds of around 100,000 Filipinos […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Happenings ·
‘Significant delays’ found in treatment of US veterans

‘Significant delays’ found in treatment of US veterans

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US military veterans were subjected to “significant delays” at a government clinic where up to 1,700 of them may have been kept off waitlists, said an inspector’s report released Wednesday. With a swirling scandal over treatment of wounded warriors growing into a political timebomb for President Barack Obama, the Veterans Administration launched […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Learning in youth may help brain later on, study says

Learning in youth may help brain later on, study says

(Relaxnews) – A study examining the brain cells of young rats suggests that using your brain at a young age — especially as an adolescent — may impact how the brain functions later in life. Rutgers behavioral and systems neuroscientist Tracey Shors, who co-authored the study, published this week in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, found […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
MIT study sheds new light on sperm cell functioning

MIT study sheds new light on sperm cell functioning

(Relaxnews) – Looking to learn what distinguishes the “lucky” one, a team of scientists observed the passage of sperm through man-made micro-channels. Their findings could lead to advances in artificial insemination. Through micro-channels of varying length and width, scientists were able to adjust the flow of fluids in order to observe the sperm’s swimming capacity […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Give up cigarettes for good on May 31

Give up cigarettes for good on May 31

(Relaxnews) – Anytime is a good time to quit smoking, but if you’re looking for extra motivation, why not resolve to give up the bad habit on May 31, which the WHO has declared as World No Tobacco Day? And going cold turkey isn’t the only option. Here are five methods to keep in mind […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

(Relaxnews) – Modular furniture made of robotic components that can reshape themselves according to users’ desires could be the home accessories of the future. Scientists at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with Roombots, an adaptive mechanical furniture concept. The pieces can move and change functionality endlessly. For example, stools that […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
‘Maleficent’ exposes roots of Disney’s wicked witch

‘Maleficent’ exposes roots of Disney’s wicked witch

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The wicked witch who has haunted generations of children in Sleeping Beauty has been brought grippingly to life by Angelina Jolie, in a modern retelling seeking to humanize the fairytale she-devil. “Maleficent,” released on Friday in the United States, amounts to a towering tribute to Jolie, who produces and stars in the […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Zagato reveals unique Lamborghini

Zagato reveals unique Lamborghini

(Relaxnews) – The 5-95 Zagato is a special commission based on a Lamborghini Gallardo intended to mark the legendary Italian coachbuilder’s 95th anniversary. And during that time, the Milanese company has been called on by a veritable who’s who of already exotic car makers to create something even more special. Zagato has worked its magic […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
Beauty tutorials: get the best looks from Cannes

Beauty tutorials: get the best looks from Cannes

(Relaxnews) – Here’s our pick of the best beauty looks from the film festival in Cannes, which drew to a close this weekend, and how you can replicate them at home. Blake Lively – loose braid  http://youtu.be/S7a1aBxTEkk At the opening of the festival the American star wore her hair in an over-the-shoulder loose braid. For […]

FX shares trailer for new horror series ‘The Strain’

FX shares trailer for new horror series ‘The Strain’

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of the premiere of its new vampire-themed thriller on July 13, FX has finally released a longer promo video offering some insight into the show’s plot. After weeks of making do with nothing but a few very mysterious teasers, devoted fans of Guillermo del Toro can finally view a longer trailer for […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
McDonald’s Brazil releases special World Cup sandwiches

McDonald’s Brazil releases special World Cup sandwiches

(Relaxnews) – If the US were a burger, it would surely be made with a double patty of Angus beef, barbecue sauce, bacon and cheddar. That’s according to McDonald’s Brazil, which has created seven team sandwiches for the World Cup. Only available across Brazil, the limited-edition sandwiches have been created for fans of Argentina, Brazil, […]

Cartier turns Déclaration into new eau de toilette

Cartier turns Déclaration into new eau de toilette

(Relaxnews) – After launching Déclaration and Déclaration Cologne, the French luxury brand has concocted a light eau de toilette variation on its iconic fragrance. Each year ahead of the summer, several leading names in perfume introduce new fragrances designed for the warm season, often highlighting citrus notes. In line with this tradition, Cartier has unveiled […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Can Invisivision kick start a cinematic revolution?

Can Invisivision kick start a cinematic revolution?

(Relaxnews) – At first glance, they might look like the 3D glasses that ushers hand out at the local multiplex every time the latest installment of a superhero franchise hits the big screen, but they could revolutionize everything from traditional visual storytelling to gaming and advertising. It’s a big boast, and to prove that it’s […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Film, Games, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
A flight of imagination: researchers test mind-controlled flight

A flight of imagination: researchers test mind-controlled flight

(Relaxnews) – Never mind autonomous cars. German scientists are well on the way to developing a mind-controlled plane. In his 1977 genre-defining techno-thriller, “Firefox,” Craig Thomas tells the story of a top-secret Russian fighter plane that can be operated via a pilot’s thoughts and an Anglo-American plot to steal it. Despite being dismissed as closer […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Science & Technology ·
Science not only for men, says Obama

Science not only for men, says Obama

(AFP) –US President Barack Obama on Tuesday launched a push to get girls interested in science and technology, warning the country would miss out if it did not attract women to those fields. “There’s so much talent to be tapped if we’re working together,” Obama said at the annual White House Science Fair, where students […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A top US military official on Wednesday called for better missile defense cooperation between Japan and South Korea, in the face of strained ties between America’s two closest Asia allies and a belligerent North Korea. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their own missile defenses and to strengthen regional missile […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Browndition album launch May 30 at Gerry’s Grill Artesia

Browndition album launch May 30 at Gerry’s Grill Artesia

One of Southern California’s leading Filipino-American bands is holding an album launch event this coming Friday, May 30, at Gerry’s Grill Artesia at 9 p.m. Browndition, a Los Angeles-based Filipino band known for their OPM pop music, is made up Kris Ivan Bacani (Vocals/Guitars), John Loveres (Vocals/Bass), John “Keisy” Hicban (Keyboards) and Jayson Vera Cruz (Drums). […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Happenings ·
“X-Men” scores franchise best atop US box office

“X-Men” scores franchise best atop US box office

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The mutant superheroes from the latest blockbuster “X-Men” film pulverized rivals at North America’s box office this weekend to record the franchise’s biggest ever opening, industry figures showed Monday. “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a time-bending movie already a hit with critics, debuted with a three-day $90.8 milllion, or $110.6 million including […]

28.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Olympics: Japan sport chiefs greenlight huge stadium

Olympics: Japan sport chiefs greenlight huge stadium

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese sports chiefs on Wednesday gave the greenlight to a new $1.6 billion stadium for the 2020 Olympics, all but dashing the hopes of campaigners who say the building and its price tag are too big. The government-affiliated Japan Sport Council, which will run the 160 billion yen new National Stadium, decided to […]

28.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Obama back home after surprise visit to Afghanistan

Obama back home after surprise visit to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) ─  President Barack Obama was back in Washington on Monday after a lightning 32-hour trip to Afghanistan to visit US troops. Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, when military war dead are remembered and military personnel and veterans are honored. The president is scheduled to host a White House breakfast for […]

28.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Lovi Poe speaks about infidelity, love

Lovi Poe speaks about infidelity, love

ACTRESS Lovi Poe shared she will not tolerate infidelity. This June, the actress will top bill “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” opposite Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. In the story, Lovi plays the role of Shiela, a young woman who hails from a conservative family in Cebu. She will meet Dantes’ […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
PHL, Indonesia sign ‘model’ maritime border accord

PHL, Indonesia sign ‘model’ maritime border accord

MANILA (AFP) – Indonesia and the Philippines on Friday signed a maritime border accord, hailing it as a model for peacefully settling increasingly tense territorial disputes in the region. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the agreement, the result of 20 years of negotiations, showed that the escalating rows in the South China Sea could […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Kimye’ become unofficial ambassadors for Tourism Ireland

‘Kimye’ become unofficial ambassadors for Tourism Ireland

(Relaxnews) – First “Game of Thrones,” then the world’s favorite astronaut Chris Hadfield, and now Kimye. Tourism Ireland is having a field day with news that the most famous couple on the planet right now — US reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West — have chosen to spend their honeymoon […]

The top 10 beaches in the US

The top 10 beaches in the US

(Relaxnews) – A beach in Hawaii with a clean safety record, far from the madding tourist crowds, has been named America’s best beach for 2014 by a professor who specializes in coastal research and is best known as Dr. Beach. This year, Stephen Leatherman gave Duke Kahanamoku Beach, located on the west end of Waikiki […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
FOX delivers first trailer for ‘Red Band Society’

FOX delivers first trailer for ‘Red Band Society’

(Relaxnews) – Produced by Steven Spielberg, this American remake of a Spanish dramedy will bring its dark humor and emotional sincerity to FOX this fall. To pique viewers’ curiosity, the network has unveiled the first trailer for “Red Band Society.” The new comedy explores a subject that is seldom treated with humor on American TV: […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

(Relaxnews) – The Italian luxury brand has teased details of a new eyewear campaign starring up-and-coming Canadian singer Kiesza. “Hideaway” singer Kiesza was the star guest at a Fendi party in Cannes that celebrated the ‘secret’ Fendi video that will appear in June, starring the pop star and showing off the Fendi Color Block Sunglasses collection for […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online, Videos ·
Penélope Cruz poses in Lancôme’s new mascara campaign

Penélope Cruz poses in Lancôme’s new mascara campaign

(Relaxnews) – The luxury cosmetics brand called upon the Spanish actress to represent its new mascara, Grandiôse, which will hit makeup counters from the end of August. A longtime Lancôme spokesmodel, seen namely in ads for the Trésor fragrance, Penélope Cruz is the face of the first campaign for the brand’s new Grandiôse mascara, shot […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
Asian countries with the most award-winning hotels and restaurants

Asian countries with the most award-winning hotels and restaurants

(Relaxnews) – India boasts bragging rights to being home to the highest number of top-rated restaurants and hotels in Asia, according to users of the largest travel review website in the world. After tallying up the number of hospitality businesses with the largest number of Certificate of Excellence awards in each country, the number crunchers […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Philippine ‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta Live at Pechanga Theater on June 14

Philippine ‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta Live at Pechanga Theater on June 14

Multi-awarded Filipino actress and singer, Sharon Cuneta, is holding a comeback concert at the famous Pechanga Resort & Casino Theater in Temecula, California at 8 p.m. on June 14. Pechanga Resort & Casino is well-known for hosting the best and the brightest Filipino entertainers and performers such as veteran actor Richard Gomez and OPM (Outstanding […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Happenings, Hometown ·
Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

(NEW YORK-AFP) – It’s Sunday night and Giuseppe Marrone is teaching perfect strangers how to make perfect gnocchi as they slurp on Spritz cocktails in his New York apartment. The 29-year-old would-be restaurateur who once worked at The Ritz has thrown open his home to foodies hungry for the ultimate niche experience: the New York […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Vinegar: the next superfood?

Vinegar: the next superfood?

(Relaxnews) – Between the balsamic, sherry and red wine vinegars on our salads and the alcohol vinegars in our cleaning products, the applications for the acidic liquid are virtually endless. But can vinegar be considered a health food? A report published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in the Journal of Food Science shows that certain […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
World’s most expensive drinks on menu in $1.27 million tour

World’s most expensive drinks on menu in $1.27 million tour

(Relaxnews) – The world’s most expensive and outrageously extravagant drinking tour, billed at $1.27 million USD and created for serious oenophiles and spirits aficionados, includes a glass of champagne from a collection worth half a million dollars — and a diamond. Dubbed the Ultimate Drink Connoisseurs’ Holiday, the tour takes guests on an around-the-world trip […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival

Best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival

(CANNES-AFP) – Some of the movie world’s best known and most influential actors, writers and directors have been on the French Riviera for the past 10 days for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Here is a selection of some of the most memorable quotes from the film fest which awards its top Palme d’Or prize […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Quidditch coming to life at US documentary festival

Quidditch coming to life at US documentary festival

  (WASHINGTON-AFP) – Muggles, take note: a documentary about Harry Potter fans playing real-life quidditch is about to get its world premiere at a top US film festival. “Mudbloods” follows a California university team’s journey to the Quidditch World Cup, bringing the fictional schoolboy wizard’s favorite contact team sport to life — complete with straw […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘X-Men’ opens on top

Worldwide box office: ‘X-Men’ opens on top

(Relaxnews) – “Days of Future Past,” the seventh film in the mutant action franchise, outperformed the previous six in terms of global opening weekend revenues. Bryan Singer’s blockbuster grossed $261.8 million worldwide during the weekend ending May 25, according to Rentrak. With its monster opening, the latest chapter in the “X-Men” saga easily took first […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Luxury Parisian hotel traces link to the Beatles in photo exhibit

Luxury Parisian hotel traces link to the Beatles in photo exhibit

(Relaxnews) – Beatles fans who are Paris-bound this summer may want to add the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V to their itinerary, as the luxury landmark — where the band wrote one of their most iconic songs — will pay tribute to the music legends in a photo exhibit. The photos, taken by Harry Benson, […]

Support for gay marriage in US hits 55 percent

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fifty-five percent of Americans now approve of same-sex marriage, the highest level ever, according to a Gallup public opinion poll released Wednesday. Recalling how support for marriage equality broke the 50-percent mark in 2012, Gallup said its latest result was “further evidence that support for gay marriage has solidified above the majority […]

23.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

By Boonradom Chitradon BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s military hosted ground-breaking talks Wednesday between warring political rivals after the army chief imposed martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another “Ukraine or Egypt”. The opposing camps and other top officials met for more than two hours under heavy guard in Bangkok in what […]

23.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Are you eating your protein the wrong way?

Are you eating your protein the wrong way?

(Relaxnews) – For optimal muscle mass, the results of a new nutritional study suggest that Westerners need to rethink the way they distribute their protein intake throughout the day. Here’s what the average American diet looks like: a carb-heavy breakfast, a sandwich or salad at lunch, and an overly large serving of meat and protein […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
The best ice creams for Memorial Day

The best ice creams for Memorial Day

(Relaxnews) – To mark upcoming Memorial Day in the US, ice cream maker Baskin-Robbins has released a patriotic flavor studded with candy stars, Oreo cookie bits and strawberry-flavored stripes. Behold the Oreo Independence flavor, created as a thank-you message to US troops both at home and abroad, says the ice cream brand. Vanilla ice cream […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Could red wine fight cavities?

Could red wine fight cavities?

(Relaxnews) – For wine lovers, the results of a new study provide even more reason to pour a glass of red wine guiltlessly, after scientists found that it could be good for your teeth. According to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine contains antimicrobial elements that were found to help […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Facebook shift steps up privacy for new users

Facebook shift steps up privacy for new users

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Facebook on Thursday unveiled a change to its privacy policy aimed at limiting the data shared by new users who may be unfamiliar with the huge social network. The shift means that new users posting on Facebook will share data only with friends, not the general public, unless they change privacy settings. […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online ·
US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Thanks to the generosity of a US forklift truck dynasty, pop star Katy Perry will soon take pride of place in the dignified National Portrait Gallery in Washington. “Cupcake Katy,” an oil-on-linen portrait by New York artist Will Cotton, will go up on June 18 as part of a rotating display of recent […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Obama aims to lure more foreign travelers

Obama aims to lure more foreign travelers

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – President Barack Obama will move Thursday to reduce airport waiting times for foreign travelers arriving in the United States in order to boost tourism, the White House said. Obama will visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York to discuss tourism, two years after establishing the goal of making the United […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
‘Batman vs Superman’ given official title and logo treatment

‘Batman vs Superman’ given official title and logo treatment

(Relaxnews) – Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been set for a May 2016 head-on collision with “Captain America 3,” but this is the first time that Warner Bros has addressed it by its mandated name. With Snyder at the helm, having directed Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel,” Ben […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Could ‘electroceuticals’ soon replace drugs?

Could ‘electroceuticals’ soon replace drugs?

(Relaxnews) – Engineers at Stanford University have developed a new technology that permits deeper, permanent implantation of microchip devices, paving the way towards a new field of health in which electronics could replace drugs. They have created a wireless charge system for medical implants, circumventing problems of size and charge that previously limited the battery’s […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Two meals a day may be best for Type 2 diabetics: study

Two meals a day may be best for Type 2 diabetics: study

(PRAGUE-AFP) – Eating a hearty breakfast and lunch might benefit people suffering from Type 2 diabetes who are now encouraged to go with up to six small portions a day, according to a new study. “We compared the efficiency of the classic model with five or six small meals a day with that of two […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Don’t tell kids why their veggies are good for them, study suggests

Don’t tell kids why their veggies are good for them, study suggests

(Relaxnews) – A recent study led by Dr. Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business indicates that children who are told certain foods will make them stronger, smarter or taller are less likely to want to eat them. “We propose that young children infer from messages on food instrumentality that if […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Skywatchers in the United States and Canada could see a one-of-a-kind meteor shower late Friday night and early Saturday, astronomers say. Never before have astronomers witnessed the debris trail behind this particular comet, and a sea of white lights could dash across the night sky for hours. Or not. “The problem we are […]

Alexa Chung signs as face of Nails Inc.

Alexa Chung signs as face of Nails Inc.

(Relaxnews) – The fashionista is the new face of the nail lacquer specialists and will create a six-shade collection for the brand. To celebrate Nails Inc.’s 15th anniversary, the London-based brand has signed TV host, writer and general fashionista Alexa Chung as the face of a new advertising campaign. Set to launch in August, Chung […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars ·
Beckham suffers fresh blow to Miami stadium plans

Beckham suffers fresh blow to Miami stadium plans

(MIAMI-AFP) – David Beckham’s hopes of seeing his new Miami football team play at a prime spot at the port of Miami were Tuesday all but blown out of the water in a major setback for the former Manchester United idol. The ex-Real Madrid and England midfielder wants to build a $250 million state-of-the-art open-air […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Affluent travelers pick Burj Al Arab as world’s best hotel

Affluent travelers pick Burj Al Arab as world’s best hotel

(Relaxnews) – The Burj Al Arab in Dubai, best known for its sail-like silhouette, has been named the best hotel in the world by readers of The Telegraph’s luxury magazine Ultratravel. In addition to taking the title of best hotel in the Middle East, the luxury hotel in Dubai beat Claridge’s in London, the Four […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Wanna Marry Harry? US show flirts with royalty, ridicule

Wanna Marry Harry? US show flirts with royalty, ridicule

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Drastic times call for drastic action. Is Britain’s newly single, media-shunning Prince Harry really so desperate for a wife that he asked an American TV channel to fix him up? Well no. But that’s the fantasy being peddled to 12 pretty, ultra-competitive American women chasing after one very plummy Brit with ginger […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars ·
Healthy aging may be a question of taste

Healthy aging may be a question of taste

(Relaxnews) – Two recent studies indicating that changes in one’s tasting capacities could affect overall health and longevity have the potential to disprove the old cliché that what tastes good isn’t necessarily good for you. Tests conducted on fruit flies at the University of Michigan concluded that sweet tastes had positive effects on lifespan whereas […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Tweak: now you can do the washing up without getting your hands dirty

Tweak: now you can do the washing up without getting your hands dirty

(Relaxnews) – Scraping leftover bits of food out of the sink is probably the worst part of washing up. But a new, deceptively simple invention could eliminate the need to get your hands dirty. ‘Tweak’ is a silicon disk that fits into plug holes and collects food waste while draining liquid. The disk can then […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Vatican bank audit finds 202 suspicious deals in 2013

Vatican bank audit finds 202 suspicious deals in 2013

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican bank’s stepped-up internal monitoring has led to a sharp rise in suspicious transaction reports – from just six in 2012 to 202 in 2013 and collaboration with foreign financial authorities has increased sharply. “It means that the reporting system starts working, is working,” Rene Bruelhart, director of the Vatican’s […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on its way to silver screen

Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on its way to silver screen

(Relaxnews) – Horror movie writing and directing duo Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard have penned the screenplay for an adaptation of the 1992 novel, Deadline.com indicates. More than two decades after its publication, “Gerald’s Game” could finally join the long list of Stephen King novels that have inspired Hollywood. Currently selling at Cannes, the adaptation […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Japan’s Hitachi unveils joking robot

Japan’s Hitachi unveils joking robot

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese scientists unveiled a robot with a sense of humour Tuesday, and claimed it was capable of knowing when its jokes had fallen flat The pint-sized roller-skating EMIEW2 — pronounced like the flightless bird — is able to have a short conversation with a human being, without being given a script. The red […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really offer the best of both worlds?

Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really offer the best of both worlds?

(Relaxnews) – The latest addition to Microsoft’s growing tablet range boasts a 12-inch screen, an all-day battery and a perfect blend of productivity and entertainment use. At the official launch event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella set the scene by explaining that the reason why the company moved into the tablet […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Games, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Full list of top-ranked “Cities of Opportunity”

Full list of top-ranked “Cities of Opportunity”

(Relaxnews) – A list ranking the most dynamic, innovative and livable cities has put London in the top spot. In Pricewaterhousecooper’s sixth edition of its “Cities of Opportunity” ranking, the British capital was deemed the highest performing city for topping three of the 10 categories examined. The indicators fall under a trio of overarching ideas: […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
New food terms added to Merriam-Webster: pho, poutine and turducken

New food terms added to Merriam-Webster: pho, poutine and turducken

(Relaxnews) – It’s taken a while for editors at Merriam-Webster dictionary to legitimize it, but the Frankenstein-ish, cannibalizing American holiday dish that stuffs a boneless chicken into a boneless duck into a boneless turkey has finally been recognized as a real word. In addition to “turducken,” other food terms admitted into the 2014 edition of the […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Scientists discover why olive oil lowers blood pressure

Scientists discover why olive oil lowers blood pressure

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The secret to the Mediterranean diet may be in the salad. Eating unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil, along with leafy greens and other vegetables creates a certain kind of fatty acid that lowers blood pressure, scientists said Monday. These nitro fatty acids are formed when consuming spinach, celery and carrots that […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Jackie Chan vehicle ‘Skiptrace’ finds director

Jackie Chan vehicle ‘Skiptrace’ finds director

(Relaxnews) – Renny Harlin is in negotiations to helm the action comedy, which is currently being shopped in Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival has a reputation for accelerating the development of international film projects, and “Skiptrace” is the latest example. Following the departure of Sam Fell (“ParaNorman”), action movie specialist Renny Harlin (“The Legend of […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
China violates ‘Declaration of Conduct’: Aquino

China violates ‘Declaration of Conduct’: Aquino

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday accused China of violating the “Declaration of Conduct” it signed in 2002, after it allegedly began reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Manila last week publicly accused Beijing of large-scale reclamation activity at Johnson South Reef, which is also claimed by […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Funny man Carell astonishes Cannes in dark, twisted role

Funny man Carell astonishes Cannes in dark, twisted role

(CANNES, France-AFP) – America’s funny man Steve Carell had the Cannes Film Festival gasping in disbelief Monday when he delivered an “astonishing” performance as a deranged, sinister millionaire in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”. Based on the true-life 1996 murder of Olympic wrestling medallist Dave Schultz by John du Pont, a member of the family dynasty behind […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Biometrics for all: Samsung looking to expand fingerprint scanning

Biometrics for all: Samsung looking to expand fingerprint scanning

(Relaxnews) – Samsung is planning to integrate fingerprint scanners into all of its smartphones and tablets and not just save the technology for flagship phone customers. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the company’s senior vice president, Rhee In-jong, confirmed that Samsung wants to add the extra layer of security to all of its mobile devices […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Android Silver tipped for February

Android Silver tipped for February

(Relaxnews) – A new range of premium smartphones from a host of different manufacturers based on Google’s specifications is expected to launch in early 2015. Reports that a new project, codenamed Android Silver, set to replace the current Nexus line of pure Android smartphones and tablets first surfaced at the end of April. And now, […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Stradivarius enters makeup market

Stradivarius enters makeup market

(Relaxnews) – The international apparel brand is taking on a new challenge this season with the launch of a makeup collection in the entry-level price range. The new line will be available in Stradivarius stores from June. Guaranteed paraben free, the new line includes luscious lip balms in different flavors (melon, tutti frutti, cherry, watermelon), […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Abu Dhabi’s International Showbiz Expo announced at Cannes

Abu Dhabi’s International Showbiz Expo announced at Cannes

(Relaxnews) – With the backing of “American Psycho” and “Badlands” producer Ed Pressman, the International Showbiz Expo was announced at Cannes with an October 20-22 schedule planned for this year’s debut. It’s an opportune moment for Abu Dhabi to announce its suitability as a host for international film productions, with “Star Wars Episode VII” having […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
L’Oréal Paris launches new makeup testing app

L’Oréal Paris launches new makeup testing app

(Relaxnews) – At the Cannes Film Festival, the official makeup brand of the event has unveiled an innovative augmented reality app that allows users to try on its cosmetics before buying them. For those who love testing out new makeup looks, there is nothing like having an entire collection of eyeshadows, lip colors and mascaras […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Nissan to present Pulsar sedan on May 20

Nissan to present Pulsar sedan on May 20

(Relaxnews) – The Japanese manufacturer will present its new 5-door sedan, the Pulsar, on Tuesday, May 20. Described as a compact family car, the new model is slated to hit European dealerships in fall 2014. Following the success of the Qashqai and X-trail in the crossover and SUV markets, Nissan decided to adopt the same […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
How children of ‘tiger moms’ and European-American moms differ

How children of ‘tiger moms’ and European-American moms differ

(Relaxnews) – Asian-American “tiger mothers” may be better at motivating their children to complete difficult tasks, but children raised in the US by European-American mothers could be described as more independent. Those are some of the findings of a new study that builds on the conversation started in 2011 when self-proclaimed tiger mom Amy Chua […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

(Relaxnews) – Canadian actress Sarah Gadon was caught off guard by a gust of wind during a photo call for David Cronenberg’s “Maps of the Stars.” Surprised and visibly amused by the situation, she holds down her floral print skirt under the eyes of the cameras. cl/lwt

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Oscar de la Renta holds a one-off show in Singapore

Oscar de la Renta holds a one-off show in Singapore

(Relaxnews) – The New York City-based designer went on a Singapore fling over the weekend with a show in the Asian financial powerhouse. Oscar de la Renta showed 60 looks at the one-off runway show, including dresses from the designer’s Autumn-Winter 2014 collection as well as some of his world famous bridal gowns. The show by […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations ·
Louis Vuitton presents Resort 2015 collection in Monaco

Louis Vuitton presents Resort 2015 collection in Monaco

(Relaxnews) – The Parisian luxury brand and creative director Nicolas Ghesqière were given a royal reception in Monaco. With the city-state’s Grand Prix next weekend and the ongoing Film Festival in nearby Cannes, Monaco is having something of a moment in the sun. Louis Vuitton picked Monte Carlo to celebrate its new designer’s second collection for the […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars ·
Beauty tutorials: colored eyeliner

Beauty tutorials: colored eyeliner

(Relaxnews) – Celebrities including Nicole Richie (who matched her mauve hair and eyeshadow on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Paper Magazine) and Lena Dunham (who wore the look to the Met Ball) have been spotted rocking bright colored eyeliner. Here’s how to replicate the look at home: Colored eyeliner & smoky eye […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online, Videos ·
Need a World Cup room? Try a slum… or love hotel

Need a World Cup room? Try a slum… or love hotel

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – For those who think Rio’s hotels seem a tad expensive at the World Cup, there are always alternatives — perhaps a room in a “love hotel” or in a “pacified” slum. Brazil’s picturesque former capital will welcome some 400,000 of the 600,000 foreign tourists expected to throng the country during the […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
New York raises minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

New York raises minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

(NEW YORK-AFP) – New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 on Sunday, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behavior among residents. The law, signed November 19 shortly before former mayor Michael Bloomberg finished his second term, had a six-month waiting period before it came into effect — but its impact […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
San Miguel seeks to build $10-B Manila airport

San Miguel seeks to build $10-B Manila airport

(MANILA-AFP) – Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel is seeking to build a new international airport for Manila in a project worth $10 billion, the company confirmed Thursday. San Miguel, which owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure that reports of its bid to build the four-runway […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

By Shingo Ito TOKYO (AFP) – Nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe set out his case Thursday for beefing up pacifist Japan’s rules of engagement, saying he wants the armed forces to be able to enter battle in defence of allies. Citing a rising climate of disquiet in north and southeast Asia, Abe said Japan needs […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Obama warns of narrow window for immigration reform

Obama warns of narrow window for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned Tuesday a narrow window remained to pass immigration reform before mid-term elections, seeking to keep alive perhaps his last hope for a major second-term domestic achievement. Obama told police chiefs and top law enforcement officers that bitter party politics ahead of November’s polls would threaten hopes of moving […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
San Miguel seeks to build $10 bn Manila airport

San Miguel seeks to build $10 bn Manila airport

(MANILA-AFP) – Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel is seeking to build a new international airport for Manila in a project worth $10 billion, the company confirmed Thursday. San Miguel, which owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure that reports of its bid to build the four-runway […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Relais & Chateaux hotels throwing 60th anniversary dinners worldwide

Relais & Chateaux hotels throwing 60th anniversary dinners worldwide

(Relaxnews) – To help Relais & Chateaux fete their 60th anniversary this year, some of the most luxurious member hotels, castles and manors will be hosting a series of special events and dinners around the world. The anniversary marks a milestone for the hotelier group, which now counts 520 members in 64 countries. From now […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Out of status applicants in U.S.A. eligible to apply

Out of status applicants in U.S.A. eligible to apply

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I read that Canada’s immigration program is open and that there are many occupations in demand in Canada. I’m an experienced engineer and my wife is a manager. I believe we are qualified but need your final opinion. Most importantly, I am hesitant to apply because I am out of status here […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Rising soccer star Oscar poses for Calvin Klein

Rising soccer star Oscar poses for Calvin Klein

(Relaxnews) – The up-and-coming Brazilian soccer star is the latest footballer to show off his talents in a high-profile underwear and jeans campaign. Twenty-two-year-old Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, best known as Oscar when he plies his trade for Chelsea Football Club and the Brazilian national side, is something of a favorite with the fans. Now […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Lily Collins named as face of Chanel-owned knitwear label Barrie

Lily Collins named as face of Chanel-owned knitwear label Barrie

(Relaxnews) – The Scottish cashmere house has announced the launch of a Paris store and a first ready-to-wear collection, fronted by British-American actress Lily Collins. Based in Hawick, Scotland since 1903, Barrie was bought up by the French luxury giant at the end of 2012. Now the daughter of British rocker Phil Collins, rising star Lily Collins, […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars ·
Demand for bigger smartphone screens is growing

Demand for bigger smartphone screens is growing

(Relaxnews) – Over one third of new handsets shipped over the last three months featured a display of 5 inches or more — that’s a 369 percent jump in terms of demand based on the same period in 2013. As well as absolute numbers — an incredible 279.4 million handsets shipped over the first quarter […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Science & Technology ·
Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million

Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million

(GENEVA-AFP) – A spactacular blue diamond, the largest in its category, fetched a total of $23.79 million (17.35 million euros) at a Christie’s auction in Geneva on Wednesday. The sale of the 13.22 carat rock known simply as “The Blue” came a day after Sotheby’s sold a 100-carat flawless yellow diamond for $16.3 million — […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden ·
John Rocha to retire from LFW

John Rocha to retire from LFW

(Relaxnews) – The veteran designer will no longer show at London Fashion Week. The Dublin based designer has announced his retirement from the London runway in an exclusive interview with Vogue. Born in Hong Kong, John Rocha has been showing his collections in London since 1985 but will not be back this September. Citing a desire to live his […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden ·
Dior Resort 2015 mixes European and American influences

Dior Resort 2015 mixes European and American influences

(Relaxnews) – Belgian designer Raf Simons took Christian Dior to Brooklyn this week. “America is a constant inspiration for me,” explained Simons. “The pop culture, the energy, the fluidity… there is just something so alive here. What I always like in America is that there is such a melting pot of styles.” Unveiled at the […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden ·
WantedDesign New York: the highlights

WantedDesign New York: the highlights

(Relaxnews) – The fourth edition of the WantedDesign show is set to hit New York later this week, offering an international design perspective through a series of interactive installations, pop-up stores, conferences and workshops. We take a look at the highlights of this particular NYCxDesign event. The Conversation Series A three-day platform and dialogue supported by contemporary […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Times Square transformed into a giant stage with New York vintage chair exhibition

Times Square transformed into a giant stage with New York vintage chair exhibition

(Relaxnews) – New York is buzzing as the second annual NYCxDesign festival gets into full swing, and now Times Square is poised to get a slice of the action, thanks to a new exhibition made up of revamped vintage chairs. “Street Seats” comprises a selection of reclaimed chairs found on the city’s streets, repainted in taxi-cab yellow […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Italian director chosen for Pope Francis biopic

Italian director chosen for Pope Francis biopic

(Relaxnews) – Daniele Luchetti will helm the Spanish-language feature adapted from the book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (“Francis: The People’s Pope”), Variety reports. Production on “Call Me Francesco” is slated to begin this summer in Argentina with Daniele Luchetti in the director’s chair. Producer Piero Valsecchi said the feature will be released around […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
CBS shelves ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off

CBS shelves ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off

(Relaxnews) – “How I Met Your Dad” will not make its way to the small screen after all, at least not on CBS. The network decided to scrap the comedy, making way instead for “The McCarthys” and “The Odd Couple.” The buzz surrounding the “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off was not enough to save […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
When it comes to male longevity, size does matter: study

When it comes to male longevity, size does matter: study

(Relaxnews) – Here’s some good news for gents who may have been robbed of a few inches in height: A new study shows that shorter men may live longer. In fact, according to data culled from researchers out of the University of Hawaii, the taller the men, the shorter they lived. The reason? Shorter men […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
New visa law to make travel to Brazil easier for foreigners

New visa law to make travel to Brazil easier for foreigners

(Relaxnews) – In an attempt to promote foreign tourism to Brazil, the government has approved new measures that will allow visitors to apply for tourist visas online and reduce wait times. For foreigners, that means a simplified application process and eliminating the need to travel to a major urban city in search of a Brazilian […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
ABC offers first look at Steven Spielberg-produced ‘The Whispers’

ABC offers first look at Steven Spielberg-produced ‘The Whispers’

(Relaxnews) – Before bringing its alien invasion thriller to the airwaves in early 2015, the network has released the first official trailer. “The Whispers,” previously known by its working title “The Visitors,” depicts an alien invasion in which extraterrestrial forces use children to dominate the planet. In particular, the show follows two FBI agents investigating […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
SCE reminds customers to conserve electricity during extended heat wave

SCE reminds customers to conserve electricity during extended heat wave

Round-the-clock use of electricity puts strain on electrical grid ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 14, 2014 − With a week-long heat wave peaking between today and Friday and triple-digit temperatures in many areas, Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers of the importance of energy conservation. The heavy demand could also cause equipment failure, which could lead to outages for some […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Services ·
New Harry Potter ride re-enacts escape from Gringotts bank

New Harry Potter ride re-enacts escape from Gringotts bank

(Relaxnews) – New details have emerged on the latest Harry Potter attraction in Florida designed to recreate one of the most action-packed scenes of the movie series: a dramatic escape from the vaults of the Gringotts Wizarding Banks. Described as a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the latest […]

Zaha Hadid Architects releases new images of Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong

Zaha Hadid Architects releases new images of Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – Zaha Hadid Architects has released a film and series of photographs exploring the group’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT), which opened in Hong Kong earlier this year. Part of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design, the 15-storey curved tower accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff and comprises design studios, labs, workshops and exhibition […]

New test for chemicals suspected to damage sperm

New test for chemicals suspected to damage sperm

(PARIS-AFP) – German and Danish scientists on Monday said they had identified dozens of chemicals, including some used in hygiene and consumer products, that interfere with male fertility by damaging sperm. Writing in the journal EMBO Reports, the team said a third of 96 compounds they tested using a new technique had an adverse effect […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Red wine ingredient no magic pill for health: study

Red wine ingredient no magic pill for health: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US researchers may have found a flaw with the “French Paradox,” or the notion that people who drink red wine can somehow avoid the pitfalls of a high-fat diet. A study out Monday found that resveratrol — one of the highly touted antioxidants in red wine — did not help people live longer. […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman in new photo

Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman in new photo

(Relaxnews) – After teasing a photo of the Batmobile a day earlier, the director behind the “Man of Steel” sequel tweeted the first image of Ben Affleck in the Batman costume. Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) had suggested he would reveal more of the Batmobile yesterday, but fans were pleasantly surprised when the photo revealed not only the Batmobile […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
New ‘Transformers 4’ stills show Optimus Prime, Bumblebee

New ‘Transformers 4’ stills show Optimus Prime, Bumblebee

(Relaxnews) – Paramount has released the poster and new stills from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth feature in the series directed by Michael Bay. The new images of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, two of the good guy robots known as the Autobots, made their debut in the latest issue of Empire. Part of a […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Motorola launches Moto E

Motorola launches Moto E

(Relaxnews) – The first handset from the company since it was sold to Lenovo, the Moto E offers an excellent balance of performance and price and could be the ideal entry-level phone for any consumer anywhere in the world ready to dump their feature phone in favor of their first smart handset. Motorola has planned […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Rolls-Royce reveals the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection

Rolls-Royce reveals the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection

(Relaxnews) – Inspired by the world water-speed record-breaking exploits of Sir Malcolm Campbell, the new collection of convertibles showcase the levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail that set Rolls-Royce apart from all other companies in the luxury car market. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is a special bespoke series that will only […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
US overtakes France as wine consumption declines: industry body

US overtakes France as wine consumption declines: industry body

(PARIS-AFP) – Global wine consumption fell marginally in 2013 and the United States outstripped France as the top consumer, the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV) said Tuesday. Consumption dipped 1 percent last year to 238.7 hectolitres of wine in the global market worth 73 billion euros ($100 billion). The United States was the […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
New L’Oréal makeup line celebrates 2014 Cannes Film Festival

New L’Oréal makeup line celebrates 2014 Cannes Film Festival

(Relaxnews) – With L’Or Lumière, the new makeup collection honoring the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25), L’Oréal Paris chose to highlight gold and light (“or” and “lumière” in French). As it has for the past 17 years, the official makeup brand of the festival will be present on the Promenade de la Croisette to […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment ·
Rice or wheat? How grains define cultural identity

Rice or wheat? How grains define cultural identity

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Ever wondered why cultures can be so different, with Westerners more focused on the individual than people in the East? Psychologists said Thursday that the divide may come down to which crops are historically farmed in different regions. This “rice theory,” described in the journal Science, holds that people who traditionally grow paddy […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Asia Argento presents ‘Incompresa’ ahead of Cannes

Asia Argento presents ‘Incompresa’ ahead of Cannes

(Relaxnews) – The trailer has been unveiled for the Italian actress and director’s third feature-length film, which will be screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. After “Scarlet Diva” (2000) and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” (2005), Asia Argento returned to the director’s chair to helm “Incompresa” […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics

Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Self-styled King of Pop Michael Jackson returns from the grave again this week with a second posthumous album of songs recorded before his death in 2009. “Xscape” goes on sale in the United States Tuesday, after being released in various European countries at the weekend and on Monday. Critics have already hailed […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Sandwich index names Geneva the most expensive city in the world

Sandwich index names Geneva the most expensive city in the world

(Relaxnews) – Geneva, Switzerland has emerged as the most expensive city in the world according to a club sandwich index created to serve as a barometer of the most affordable cities. After looking at the average price of club sandwiches on hotel menus in major cities around the world, a survey by Hotels.com found that […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
US, PHL marines hold drills on flashpoint South China Sea

US, PHL marines hold drills on flashpoint South China Sea

By Teodoro Aljibe SAN ANTONIO (AFP) – Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines Friday, as a row escalates between Beijing and its smaller neighbors over the strategic waters. The drills, part of annual war games between the two countries, came after Vietnam said […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2014 (AFP) – Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

10-nation group rebukes China’s bullying tactics By Martin Abbugao NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders have expressed “serious concern” over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing. Vietnam and the Philippines led a successful push for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to deliver […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Miss Philippines USA organization and Fan TV Global Network present a one of a kind fundraiser for kids

Miss Philippines USA organization and Fan TV Global Network present a one of a kind fundraiser for kids

Glendale,Ca. – The 4th annual Fashion for A Cause is set on May 24th , 2014 in Hollywood, California benefiting Bantay Bata or Child Watch program that provides relief and surgery to sick children with medical cases in the Philippines.   Executive director and fashion designer Lou Razon (www.lourazondesigns.com) , promises a one-of-a-kind event that […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Films competing in Cannes new talent section

Films competing in Cannes new talent section

(PARIS-AFP) – The Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition showcases up-and-coming talent. Here are the 20 films chosen to compete before the jury headed by Argentine scriptwriter, producer and director Pablo Trapero as well as the films to be screened out of competition at the event: – Opening film: “Party Girl”, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Online ·
Trailer: Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in ‘And So It Goes’

Trailer: Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in ‘And So It Goes’

(Relaxnews) – The trailer has been released for Rob Reiner’s new romantic comedy, headlined by the two Oscar winners. The director behind “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Bucket List” is returning this summer with “And So It Goes,” a romantic comedy about a crotchety egomaniac who may have met his match. Michael Douglas plays […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Forever 21 launches new, even lower-cost fashion store

Forever 21 launches new, even lower-cost fashion store

(Relaxnews) – The American retailer has unveiled a new store concept in California. Known as F21 Red, the new store concept, which launched on Saturday at the Azalea Shopping Center in South Gate, California, is designed to offer fans of the brand even lower prices. The main Forever 21 stores are, of course, already targeted at the so-called […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden ·
Movie heavyweights line up in race for Cannes glory

Movie heavyweights line up in race for Cannes glory

(PARIS-AFP) – Cannes will roll out the red carpet on Wednesday for the start of the world’s biggest movie festival, with a line-up of directorial big guns poised to go head-to-head in a year of comebacks, swansongs and star debuts. Heavyweights David Cronenberg, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
How to find the perfect rosé wines

How to find the perfect rosé wines

(Relaxnews) – Rosé wines, sometimes known as blush wines, are often the ideal accompaniment for a summer barbecue. But between those produced in California, France, Australia and even Corisca, there are countless rosés, and it can be difficult to make the right choice. Here are six tips to keep in mind when browsing the rosé […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
McDonald’s debuts new fry concept: shake and season

McDonald’s debuts new fry concept: shake and season

(Relaxnews) – McDonald’s US has imported a popular concept from its franchise cousins in Asia that will allow customers to punch up their fries with different seasonings. After debuting in Hong Kong in 2005, the first Shakin’ Flavor Fries has hit restaurants in Northern California, where customers can season their fries with flavors like garlic […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Washington Monument to reopen after nearly 3 years

Washington Monument to reopen after nearly 3 years

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Washington Monument, one of the US capital’s most recognizable sights, was to reopen Monday, three years after sustaining damage from a rare earthquake. The popular tourist attraction is the US capital city’s tallest building at 555 feet (170-meters). The obelisk, built in honor of the first US president, George Washington, was closed […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars ·
LG pads out tablet range

LG pads out tablet range

(Relaxnews) – The company’s G Pad line, which existed as a single 8.3-inch tablet back in September, is swelling to four models, each with a different display size. Last autumn, LG kicked off a big advertising campaign focusing on the G Pad ahead of its official reveal at the IFA, and the fact that at 8.3 inches, […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
New romantic comedy Chasing Athens by Fil-Am journalist released

New romantic comedy Chasing Athens by Fil-Am journalist released

Expat life and love lessons collide in debut novel by Marissa Tejada   (Athens, GREECE) – Greece’s economic crisis, culture and landscape inspired award-winning journalist Marissa Tejada to set her first novel, Chasing Athens, in the Mediterranean country where she moved to several years ago. E-book romance publisher Musa Publishing released the romantic comedy as part […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Books ·
Eurovision winner says bad planning behind tepid sales

Eurovision winner says bad planning behind tepid sales

(COPENHAGEN-AFP) – Despite winning hands down at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Danish singer Emmelie de Forest has struggled to find commercial success in her native Denmark. “I had too much to think about. You have so much to think about when you win Eurovision,” said de Forest, who this year will perform the official […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
The Cannes Film Festival in figures

The Cannes Film Festival in figures

(PARIS-AFP) – Here is a statistical snapshot of the May 14-25 Cannes Film Festival: — 1,700: The feature-length films submitted to the festival of which 18 are in the competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, and 20 in the new talent “Un Certain Regard” section. — 19: The number of 18-carat gold […]

150 tech companies press government for net neutrality

150 tech companies press government for net neutrality

WASHINGTON (AFP) − Google, Facebook, Amazon and other online giants warn that the Internet faces a “grave threat” if service providers are able to prioritize or restrict usage based on negotiated payments. In a joint letter Wednesday, some 150 companies told the Federal Communications Commission its proposed rules over net neutrality would permit phone and […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Renewed trust and confidence in PHL reflects on Filipinos abroad

Renewed trust and confidence in PHL reflects on Filipinos abroad

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, May 10 (Mabuhay) – The renewed trust and confidence of the foreign investors in the Philippine economy also reflects on Filipinos working and living abroad. Esperanza Ordoño-Saw, marketing manager for Global Sky Company Limited in Myanmar, said more foreign entrepreneurs are now willing to look into possible investment opportunities in the […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – A troupe of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas is set to descend upon Hong Kong this June, as part of an ongoing campaign by the WWF. ‘1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation’ will see the pandas grace the city’s top 10 landmarks as part of the government’s ‘conserving central’ initiative. The 1,600 […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

(Relaxnews) – As the dialogue on the shameful amount of food waste grows louder, US developers are in the midst of creating an innovative new app that will allow retailers and restaurants to sell their leftovers and overstocked products to consumers. Currently being tested in New York, PareUp aims to divert perfectly edible foods from landfills — […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
BMW launches special edition M5 to mark its 30th birthday

BMW launches special edition M5 to mark its 30th birthday

(Relaxnews) – It might look like a standard M5, but don’t be fooled. It is the most powerful and one of the most exclusive cars that the company has ever built. Often an anniversary or ‘special edition’ is nothing more than a beautified standard car. It might come in a new paint finish and plastered […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
Over 10 million WiFi hotspots worldwide by 2018

Over 10 million WiFi hotspots worldwide by 2018

(Relaxnews) – The number of WiFi hotspots around the globe, which stood at 4.2 million in 2013, is expected to skyrocket to 10.5 million by 2018, according to ABI Research. Currently, Asia is home to the vast majority of these hotspots (68.9%), far ahead of Latin America (12.3%), Europe (9%) and North America (8.7%). China […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Online, Science & Technology ·
Marc Jacobs launching Daisy Dream for summer

Marc Jacobs launching Daisy Dream for summer

(Relaxnews) – The New York City-based designer has concocted a new flanker scent for his popular Daisy fragrance. First launched in 2007, Daisy is one of Marc Jacobs’s most popular perfumes. Inspired by daisies and blue skies, the brand has launched a new light, floral and fruity version of the scent, which comes packaged in a pale […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Limes are a hot commodity in US as prices skyrocket

Limes are a hot commodity in US as prices skyrocket

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Sitting in a Mexican bar in the US capital, Maria complained that “using lemon instead of lime in a margarita is like using onions instead of garlic.” But lemon margaritas just might be coming to a cantina near you, thanks to the skyrocketing price of limes. “The prices started to shoot up in […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Travelers reveal their brand loyalty for toiletries and gadgets

Travelers reveal their brand loyalty for toiletries and gadgets

(Relaxnews) – Canon is the most popular brand of camera slung around travelers’ necks; Pantene is the most common shampoo bottle to line the tubs of hotel bathrooms; and when it comes to choosing the backpack that will accompany them on their cross-European adventure from one hostel to the next, travelers trust The North Face […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
‘Batman vs. Superman’ delays Ben Affleck’s next project

‘Batman vs. Superman’ delays Ben Affleck’s next project

(Relaxnews) – Initially slated for release in December 2015, Ben Affleck’s forthcoming feature “Live by Night” is now expected to arrive in theaters almost one year later, in October 2016. Warner Bros announced that it has pushed back the release of “Live by Night,” which Ben Affleck is set to direct. The delay was seen […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
MAC & Maleficent collection hits the web May 8

MAC & Maleficent collection hits the web May 8

(Relaxnews) – The cosmetics brand has teamed up with Disney to create a new capsule line for the new Disney movie starring Angelina Jolie. MAC‘s Maleficent line, inspired by the darkness of the title character’s sinister look, is available to order online in the US from Thursday, May 8. The collection includes a lipstick, longwear […]

TV’s Power Rangers morphing into film

TV’s Power Rangers morphing into film

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – More than 20 years after taking children’s television by storm, the Power Rangers are morphing into the movies. In a statement, production house Lionsgate said Wednesday it is partnering with Saban Brands, which owns the rights to Power Rangers, to develop “an original live-action feature film based on the iconic Power Rangers […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film ·
Pair of ‘Princess Diaries’ books after 5-year break

Pair of ‘Princess Diaries’ books after 5-year break

(Relaxnews) – Meg Cabot is returning as author of “The Princess Diaries” in 2015, but this time will focus on Mia Thermopolis’s life as an adult. Just like her fans, Mia has grown up, and “Royal Wedding” sees her prepare for marriage to long-term beau Michael. At the same time, it emerges that Mia has […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment ·
‘Jurassic World’ gains Andy Buckley of ‘The Office’

‘Jurassic World’ gains Andy Buckley of ‘The Office’

(Relaxnews) – Discovered during the US’s run of workplace comedy “The Office,” Andy Buckley is participating in the fourth entry to the dinosaur franchise started in 1993. Buckley joins Omar Sy, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan in facing up to Universal Pictures’ selection of dinos. Colin Trevorrow (of Sundance’s 2012 […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Is sharing housework the key to marital bliss?

Is sharing housework the key to marital bliss?

(Relaxnews) – Building on previous research about the link between household chores and happy relationships, a new study finds that the key is in agreeing from the get-go on how the work should be divided. Several studies have suggested that splitting household chores can go a long way toward maintaining a happy marriage, including a […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness ·
Quantifying how pets improve health

Quantifying how pets improve health

(Relaxnews) – Two leading tech companies hope to prove the link between owning a pet and leading a healthier life by bringing together the data they collect from their activity tracking products. Whistle, the health and activity monitor for dogs, has integrated with UP, the wristband, app and platform from Jawbonethat helps people track everything from […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
US Supreme Court allows prayer at government meetings

US Supreme Court allows prayer at government meetings

By Chantal Valery WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld citizens’ right to pray at government meetings, in a divided decision which said the practice did not violate religious freedoms. The court’s five conservative justices said “the nation’s history and tradition have shown that prayer in this limited context could coexist with […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

SEOUL (AFP) – New satellite imagery confirms continued activity at North Korea’s main nuclear test site that is consistent with preparations for an atomic detonation, analysts said Wednesday. Images taken on Tuesday show particular activity near the entrances to the two completed tunnels in the South Portal area of the Punggye-ri test site, the Institute […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Show moms, grads your love but tie down those metallic balloons

Show moms, grads your love but tie down those metallic balloons

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Sixty-six percent. It would be a great number in an election. Unfortunately, it reflects a one-month spike in power outages caused by metallic balloons. Since the month of May and its celebrations of Mother’s Day, graduations and proms has arrived again, Southern California Edison (SCE) urges its customers duringNational Electrical Safety Month to keep the balloons secured […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Services ·
Harvey Weinstein to relaunch Charles James brand

Harvey Weinstein to relaunch Charles James brand

(Relaxnews) – Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein confirmed that he would be reviving the Anglo-American couturier’s label. After rumors surfaced Tuesday that the movie mogul would be spearheading the revival of the historic brand currently on display at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, couture fans got understandably excited. Now it’s been confirmed that the deal has […]

07.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars ·
US-PHL launch war games after Obama pledge

US-PHL launch war games after Obama pledge

By Jason Gutierrez MANILA (AFP) – Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises on Monday after US President Barack Obama vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Can coffee help you stand up to your boss?

Can coffee help you stand up to your boss?

(Relaxnews) – Regardless of the strength of their convictions, employees have a hard time standing up to their bosses and co-workers when they are fatigued. So it should come as no surprise that a recent study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggests coffee as a way to resist succumbing to unethical pressures in the […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Young blood: elixir of youth?

Young blood: elixir of youth?

(PARIS-AFP) – Young blood may hold the long-sought cure for the decline of the ageing brain, according to research which showed injections of juvenile mouse blood boosting learning and memory in older rodents, scientists said Sunday. Multiple blood transfusions from three-month-old mice, the equivalent age of 20 to 30 years old in humans, yielded improvements […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Disney develops 3D-printed interactive speakers

Disney develops 3D-printed interactive speakers

(Relaxnews) – Scientists at Disney Research have developed a way to create electrostatic interactive loudspeakers in almost any form, thanks to a new 3D printingmethod. Speakers in the shape of anything from a rubber ducky to an abstract spiral could be easily manufactured, thanks to the technology unveiled at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Meadham Kirchhoff & Penhaligon’s: behind the scenes for Tralala

Meadham Kirchhoff & Penhaligon’s: behind the scenes for Tralala

(Relaxnews) – The Anglo-French design duo and French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour have revealed the creative processes behind their new fragrance for Penhaligon’s. Meadham Kirchhoff is one of London’s hottest emerging labels, which made it all the more exciting when we first heard it would team up with one of the city’s oldest perfume houses. To […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to reteam for new movie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to reteam for new movie

(Relaxnews) – The celebrity couple is planning to work together on a new film written by Angelina Jolie herself, according to Deadline.com and the Hollywood Reporter. The project would be the pair’s first professional collaboration since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005. Brangelina in a movie? The idea is likely to pique the interest of […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Oscar-winner Sally Field gets Hollywood star

Oscar-winner Sally Field gets Hollywood star

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Oscar-winning US actress Sally Field finally got a star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame on Monday, more than three decades after she earned her first Academy Award. The 67-year-old joked about her roller-coaster career spanning five decades, including her Oscar-winning performances in 1979’s “Norma Rae” and 1984’s “Places in the Heart.” […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
How to reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation

How to reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation

(Relaxnews) – Is the electromagnetic radiation from our mobile phones harmful? From a scientific standpoint, the jury is still out. But for those who prefer to be on the safe side, there are a few ways to adapt one’s mobile phone habits to limit exposure. Keep the phone away from your head A Bluetooth headset […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
A case for selfies

A case for selfies

(Relaxnews) – A new set of protective cases for the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 aim to simplify snapping a self-portrait. Their maker, iLuv, claims that they are the first in the world to feature a wireless remote shutter release, meaning that there’s no need to hold your phone at arm’s length in front […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Online, Science & Technology ·
Take a virtual ride of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Take a virtual ride of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

(Relaxnews) – Disney has put the final touches on the ride it’s billing as the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in Orlando, a ride that will take guests on a twisty, scenic roller coaster ride through a gemstone-studded mine and by the hearth of the quaint dwarf cottage. The completion of the Seven Dwarfs Mine […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Online, Videos ·
Hundreds show up at PHL embassy open house

Hundreds show up at PHL embassy open house

Now many Americans know why ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 6,000 people, most of them Americans, got to know why it’s more fun in the Philippines after the Philippine Embassy opened its doors to the public for the first time and regaled them with dances, music and, of course, Filipino […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·

LA County to host used oil recycling event in La Puente

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will host a free used motor oil and used oil filter recycling event at San Angelo Park, 245 San Angelo Avenue, on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exchange for turning in their used oil, participants will be rewarded with free oil […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Happenings, Hometown, Local News, Motoring ·