Ireland passes EU’s first tobacco plain packaging law

Ireland passes EU’s first tobacco plain packaging law

(Dublin, Ireland-AFP) – Ireland on Thursday became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal action. Under the new rules all forms of branding, including logos and colours will be banned and all products will have have a uniform packaging […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Korean delicacy: Raw horse meat and coagulated pork blood

Korean delicacy: Raw horse meat and coagulated pork blood

One of the things I enjoy about traveling is discovering delightful dishes from different cultures. I have traveled to South Korea a total of four times, so far; and when I recall those trips, one of the memories that stick out are those involving food. Here are my top 4 gastronomic highlights: 1. Korean Street […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Columnists, Destinations, Jannelle So ·
No rematch clause for Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight deal – execs

No rematch clause for Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight deal – execs

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite earlier reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was pushing for a rematch clause in the contract, the superfight with Manny Pacquiao is confirmed to be a single-bout affair now that the official announcement has been made. Showtime Vice-President Stephen Espinoza disclosed the detail shortly after the American boxer declared the fight “a […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Football: FIFA to move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar

Football: FIFA to move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar

(Doha, Qatar-AFP) – The 2021 Confederations Cup will not be held in Qatar, FIFA announced on Wednesday. Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, said the tournament will be played “in an Asian country”, but Qatar had been ruled out because of its climate. The tournament, which pits the following year’s World Cup hosts and the World […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Drunk in love: Rats recover when given oxytocin

Drunk in love: Rats recover when given oxytocin

(Miami, United States-AFP) – The love hormone, known formally as Oxytocin, may have another unexpected effect. When tested on intoxicated lab rats, it helped them act as if they were sober, international researchers said Monday. The tests have only been done in lab rats so far, but those injected with oxytocin and fed alcohol seemed […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Millions in China on the move after Lunar New Year

Millions in China on the move after Lunar New Year

(Beijing, China-AFP) – Vast numbers of Chinese were heading back to their workplaces Tuesday as the Lunar New Year holiday drew to a close, with state media reporting a record near-10 million railway trips expected. Chinese tradition dictates families gather in their home towns before the annual celebrations begin — on February 19 this year. […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, Lunar New Year ·
Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions

Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions

(Relaxnews) – Google on Tuesday revealed a microsite celebrating the 1,000 user-made projects that have been submitted to Chrome Experiments. Called Experiment #1000, the new interface at 1000.chromeexperiments.com lets you explore the games, art and other creative coding endeavors that have been shared since the project started in 2009. Submissions can be viewed by timeline or using […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
New Pee-wee Herman film to get Netflix premiere

New Pee-wee Herman film to get Netflix premiere

(Relaxnews) – Production begins in three weeks on “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” the new film from Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow featuring iconic character Pee-wee Herman. Apatow (“Anchorman,” “Bridesmaids”) and Reubens worked together on the project and will produce the film, which was written by Reubens and Paul Rust (“Arrested Development”). John Lee (“Broad City,”” Inside […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Lady Gaga books ‘American Horror Story’ gig

Lady Gaga books ‘American Horror Story’ gig

(Relaxnews) – Mother Monster is joining the cast for the fifth season of anthology series “American Horror Story.” Lady Gaga’s character has not been revealed but she is to star in the FX series’ upcoming run. Series regulars such as award-winning actress Jessica Lange are widely expected to return. The multihyphenate musician has previously appeared […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Paul McCartney to cap two-year tour with US festival

Paul McCartney to cap two-year tour with US festival

(New York-AFP) – Paul McCartney will headline the Firefly Music Festival in the United States in June in what could be the finale to the ex-Beatle’s two-year tour. Firefly, which takes place in the woods of Delaware, has rapidly grown since 2012 as it seeks to give the US East Coast a version of a […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
A bionic hand in many ways as good as a graft

A bionic hand in many ways as good as a graft

(Vienna, Austria-AFP) – European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant, but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had suffered injuries in car and climbing accidents to the “brachial plexus” — […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Albay guv blasts Xian Lim for rejecting promo materials

Albay guv blasts Xian Lim for rejecting promo materials

“NO FORGIVENESS deserved.” This was the reply of Albay Governor Joey Salceda to television actor Xian Lim’s apology over his refusal to accept promotional materials during his trip in the province. On Thursday evening, social networking site Facebook was abuzz with comments after Salceda posted a supposed message from a certain “Atty. Carol” in connection […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
PHL, French leaders to discuss ‘terrorism’: spokesman

PHL, French leaders to discuss ‘terrorism’: spokesman

Manila, Philippines | AFP | French President Francois Hollande will discuss international terrorism when he meets his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino this week, a spokesman said Sunday. The French leader’s state visit from Thursday-Friday will focus on climate change but the recent attacks in Paris have also brought security to the forefront, said Aquino spokesman Herminio […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US Marine enters no plea

US Marine enters no plea

But murder trial will proceed vs L/Cpl. Pemberton By Joel Guinto Olongapo City, Philippines | AFP |  – A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refused to enter a plea on Monday as he sought to have the case dismissed, but his trial will go ahead nevertheless, lawyers said. The court overseeing proceedings […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Cebu visit included in Ambassadors’ Basic Tour 2015; 10th ACGTDT edition launched

Cebu visit included in Ambassadors’ Basic Tour 2015; 10th ACGTDT edition launched

Los Angeles – The Philippine Consulate General and the Department of Tourism in Los Angeles launched on 17 February 2014, the 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) to the Philippines scheduled for July 6-10, 2015. The 10th ACGTDT is a joint project of all Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States (Agana, Chicago, Honolulu, […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Local News ·
Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads

Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – Hollywood’s A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown’s top fashion parade. Beyond the icy color palette, another trend for the ladies was lots of pearls and beads. Many of the gowns seen on the red […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Oscars 2015: battle of the designer labels

Oscars 2015: battle of the designer labels

(Relaxnews) – Fashion’s most famed houses vied for the world’s attention at Sunday night’s red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards. Red carpet favorites Chanel, Valentino, Elie Saab, Alberta Ferretti and Alexander Mcqueen provided some of the most flashbulb friendly looks, but two labels owned the event. This year, two design houses clocked up multiple red carpet […]

‘Birdman’: a dark satire about the world of showbiz

‘Birdman’: a dark satire about the world of showbiz

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – “Birdman,” which won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, is a quirky black comedy about the dark side of fame in the entertainment industry, starring Michael Keaton in the performance of his career. The film directed by Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was the big winner of the night, taking four Oscars […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – The Academy Awards hailed the 50th anniversary of its all-time greatest musical Sunday, recruiting Lady Gaga to gracefully sing a medley of memorable tunes from “The Sound of Music.” Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the cinematic tale of the musical von Trapp family in Austria and their mischievous governess is […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Complete list of Oscar winners

Complete list of Oscar winners

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – Here is the complete list of winners at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday: Best picture: “Birdman” Best director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” Best actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” Best actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” Best supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” Best original […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·