‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

(Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria-AFP) – When “Silent Night” was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats. Such though was the destiny of “Stille Nacht”, premiered to a modest […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Christmas, Entertainment, Holidays, International Stars, Music ·
New cyberattack targets in 2016

New cyberattack targets in 2016

(Relaxnews) – Schools, iPhones, connected devices and Wi-Fi networks are all potential targets for cybercriminal attacks in 2016, according to WatchGuard Technologies, a business security solution provider. Schools need better protection  The quantity of data collected on children and students is constantly increasing, due to open network environments in schools and universities. They are likely […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Harbin, China gets new opera house

Harbin, China gets new opera house

(Relaxnews) – Beijing-based MAD Architects have completed construction of the Harbin Opera House in the northern Chinese city of Harbin but it is not yet open to the public. It is part of the Harbin Cultural Island project, which consists of the opera and a cultural center located along Harbin’s Songhua river. The complex covers […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Nutrition trends 2016: go back to basics with ancient foods and algae

Nutrition trends 2016: go back to basics with ancient foods and algae

(Relaxnews) – As we continue to shun modern-day artificial ingredients and GMOs in search of more natural products, 2016 will see nutrition go even more back to basics with a variety of ancient fruits, grains, and even algae. Here we break down for you why and how to add them into your daily diet to give your health a […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·

New York, Washington bask in warm winter weather records

New York, United States | AFP |   Shorts instead of scarves: New York City and the Washington area shattered or matched warm weather records Sunday for December 13, less than two weeks before the usually chilly Christmas holiday. In New York City, some people headed out in light summer clothes to revel in midday temperatures in Central Park […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, U.S. News ·

EU diplomats warn US over visa threat

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals. After the November 13 terror strikes in Paris and as part of wider anti-terror efforts, the US House of Representatives voted […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Grandma’s magic remedy:’ Mexico’s medical marijuana secret

‘Grandma’s magic remedy:’ Mexico’s medical marijuana secret

By Sofia Miselem Mexico City, Mexico | AFP |   – When her legs ache, this Mexican grandmother rubs them with marijuana-infused alcohol. She is well aware the homemade remedy defies the country’s cannabis ban, but her family has used the concoction to treat ailments since she was a child, handing it down the generations. “I really have a […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·

Elected leaders die younger, says study

Paris, France | AFP | – Politicians may achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a prime minister or president,  but in doing so may face the Grim Reaper somewhat sooner than the expected. So suggests an offbeat study in the Christmas edition of the British medical journal, The BMJ. Researchers led by Anupam Jena, an associate professor in health […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Google’s Year in Search 2015: ‘Agar.io,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7,’ Caitlyn Jenner

Google’s Year in Search 2015: ‘Agar.io,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7,’ Caitlyn Jenner

(Relaxnews) – The annual review of top trending search terms has been released, with Google revealing that its search engine users submitted the most queries for basketballer Lamar Odom, French magazine Charlie Hebdo, video game “Agar.io,” and blockbuster film “Jurassic World.” Three films, two people related to the celebrity Kardashian family, two video games, two […]

Car companies making the connection at CES

Car companies making the connection at CES

(Relaxnews) – In recent years the International Consumer Electronics Show has been reenergized as an event for providing consumers with a peek into the automotive world of the future and at this year’s show, which opens its doors on January 6, a new record is expected in terms of the number of automakers in attendance. […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
Are Online Auctions the Future of Art Sales?

Are Online Auctions the Future of Art Sales?

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, December 17 Christie’s Paris auction house wrapped up an entirely online auction. This is the first time that Christie’s Paris has curated an online auction. The trend is growing and may be revolutionizing the industry. Many auctions are now available only online. Christie’s got in early and first began online only […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Art, Science & Technology ·
Apple insider becomes chief operating officer

Apple insider becomes chief operating officer

(San Francisco-AFP) – Apple on Thursday made shifts to its executive team, naming its first chief operating officer since Tim Cook moved into the chief executive job some four years ago. Jeff Williams became Apple’s chief operating officer, formalizing a role some contend he was already handling at the California-based technology colossus. Williams joined the […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Aquino’s satisfaction rating down in SWS Q4 survey

Aquino’s satisfaction rating down in SWS Q4 survey

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III’s public satisfaction rating suffered a nine-point drop from +41 in September to +32 this month, results of the fourth quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed. The survey conducted from December 5 to 8 among 1,200 adults nationwide found 58 percent were satisfied, 16 percent […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Vitamin D levels should be boosted for intense sporting activity to avoid fractures

Vitamin D levels should be boosted for intense sporting activity to avoid fractures

(Relaxnews) – An American study reports that active individuals who enjoy high-impact sports such as running may need higher vitamin D levels to reduce the risk of stress fractures. If you practice sport regularly and you prefer high-impact activities, this latest American study, published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, advises you to […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation ·
Matteo hopes to have concert repeat

Matteo hopes to have concert repeat

After his sold-out show at the Music Museum recently, Matteo Guidicelli is hoping for a repeat of his concert next year. “Astig! Sold out kami tapos sobrang saya. Almost three hours ‘yung show. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng nanood ng concert,” he said. “Kung nagustuhan nilang lahat, may repeat sana in the future. Baka next […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Jessa Zaragosa prepares for comeback concert

Jessa Zaragosa prepares for comeback concert

After a 12-year absence from the concert scene, singer-actress Jessa Zaragoza is getting ready for her comeback solo show. Zaragoza announced that she will be mounting her solo concert “I Am Me” on January 5 at the Music Museum in Greenhills. She said it’s the time for her to go back to her passion, which […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama voiced fresh determination to destroy the Islamic State on Monday, vowing to kill the group’s leaders and win back territory in the Middle East. Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

TACLOBAN CITY  (Mabuhay) – Typhoon Nona left Northern Samar with at least one dead, after it unleashed its wrath on Monday that caused widespread power outages and communication network paralysis. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) identified the casualty as Pascual Ancente Jr., 31, of Allen Northern Samar. The victim died due […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·

Social media link to attacks poses conundrum

By Sophie Estienne San Francisco, United States | AFP |   – Pressure is growing on social networks to play a bigger role in finding and weeding out jihadists and others looking to recruit members and plot deadly attacks. But it’s more complicated than it sounds: networks like Facebook and Twitter support free expression, and filtering our bad actors […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Urgent aid needed to fight ‘super’ El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney, Australia | AFP   – Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report Monday. Calling for an urgent up-scaling in relief to save lives, the charity said 4.7 million people faced hunger, poverty and disease in the […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·