A Myanmar site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the first time

A Myanmar site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the first time

(Relaxnews) – The Pyu city states have joined the prestigious UNESCO list. They now feature among the 1,000 places on Earth that are on the World Heritage list. The three cities, Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra, are located in the dry Irrawaddy River zone, the country’s main river. They are the remnants of the Pyu […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study

George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study

(Relaxnews) – For parents hoping to guide their offspring in the right direction, an innovative study points to stories with positive outcomes as a helpful tool. The study, published in Psychological Science, concludes positive moral tales like “George Washington and the Cherry Tree” work better at instilling a sense of honesty than “Pinocchio” or the “Boy Who […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Unique Ferrari F12 TRS breaks cover

Unique Ferrari F12 TRS breaks cover

(Relaxnews) – If you thought the La Ferrari was rare or special, think again. It only costs $1 million and the company plans to build 499 of them. The Ferrari F12 TRS, on the other hand, is a unique creation, based on the company’s equally wonderful F12 Berlinetta and built exactly to a client’s specifications. […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
World Cup’s winners, losers converge in hip streets

World Cup’s winners, losers converge in hip streets

(SAO PAULO-AFP) – You’ve chewed your nails nervously while watching a pulsating World Cup game and now it’s time to savor victory — or maybe drown your sorrows. You’re in gigantic Sao Paulo, you’re hip, you’re wearing your team colors and, above all, you’re thirsty. Head for the heaving, bottle-strewn streets of bohemian quarter Vila […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Sports & Recreation ·
Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

(Relaxnews) – On June 25, the A-list couple will kick off their “On The Run” tour in Miami, Florida. A few days before the tour starts, Forbes Magazine has provided figures for the concerts, ranking them as the most successful tour ever after U2′s “360.” Jay Z and Beyoncé are surpassing the Rolling Stones and Madonna in […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Offbeat ·
Two new Red and Black editions for the Ford Fiesta

Two new Red and Black editions for the Ford Fiesta

(Relaxnews) – Ford has announced the launch of two new Red or Black editions of the Fiesta with a new 140 hp version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for September 2014. Ford has unveiled the Red Edition, a new version of the Fiesta. It will only be available as a three-door model and will have […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Get to know Brazil’s World Cup host city Fortaleza

Get to know Brazil’s World Cup host city Fortaleza

(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. On Saturday, June 21, Germany […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Online, Videos ·
New prep advice for patients: stock up on good gut bacteria

New prep advice for patients: stock up on good gut bacteria

(Relaxnews) – For patients receiving stem cell transplants, some simple but important precautions to promote the proliferation and diversity of healthy gut bacteria could be imperative. Recent research links this “friendly bacteria” to post-transplant stem cell survival rates. The community of microorganisms in the digestive tract, also called “microbiota,” is an important part of the […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Kids with strong ties to parents create better friendships: study

Kids with strong ties to parents create better friendships: study

(Relaxnews) – Not only do strong parent-child bonds mean that kids are more likely to be attentive to friends, they’re also more assertive in the face of difficult peers, say researchers at the University of Illinois. As a first step in their study, researchers assessed the relationships between 114 children and their mothers. Parents were asked […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Study suggests self-shiatsu for shut-eye

Study suggests self-shiatsu for shut-eye

(Relaxnews) – A recent study suggests shiatsu massage could work as a non-pharmacologic sleep aid, particularly for those with insomnia derived from chronic pain. Researchers at the University of Alberta conducted a pilot study in which they concluded self-administered pressure techniques of shiatsu, the traditional Japanese massage, could be an effective solution to insomnia. “We […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
The Penguin and Catwoman in new ‘Gotham’ teaser

The Penguin and Catwoman in new ‘Gotham’ teaser

(Relaxnews) – Prior to the launch of its new fall series, Fox has unveiled a teaser focusing on the villains of “Gotham.” The prequel to Batman’s adventures, “Gotham” shows a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) who has just lost his parents, but it mostly concentrates on Commissioner James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie (“The OC”), […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Judge’ trailer

Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Judge’ trailer

(Relaxnews) – The “Iron Man” actor stars in “The Judge,” whose trailer promises plenty of emotion and humor. The film will be released on October 10. Directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers,” “Clay Pigeons”), “The Judge” tells the story of Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a successful New York lawyer who returns to his hometown […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Zachary Quinto to play a mystery role in ‘Girls’

Zachary Quinto to play a mystery role in ‘Girls’

(Relaxnews) – Pictures showing the actor during the filming of the show’s fourth season were recently published in the press, forcing HBO to confirm the news. While the network may have confirmed Zachary Quinto’s presence alongside the show’s creator and main actress Lena Dunham, it did not comment further on his role. It would seem, […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Man From Reno’ takes LA Film Fest’s top award

‘Man From Reno’ takes LA Film Fest’s top award

(Relaxnews) – Asian-American crime thriller “Man from Reno” wins the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Narrative Award, with “Stray Dog” and “Los Angeles” also scooping jury awards; category winners include French-Chinese project “Butter Lamp” and France’s “The Runaway.” Directed by Dave Boyle of “White on Rice” and “Surrogate Valentine,” produced by Ko Mori, starring Ayako Fujitani […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

(Relaxnews) – Japan and Greece from Group C played Thursday night at Natal’s Arena das Dunas stadium. To support their team, some Japanese fans dressed up as gigantic trophies, managing to resemble the traditional headdresses worn by Japanese brides. mp/sbs/ss

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
US and British World Cup visitors spending the most: Visa

US and British World Cup visitors spending the most: Visa

(Relaxnews) – International Visa cardholders have been burning a hole in their cards in Brazil, charging $27 million USD during the first few days of the FIFA World Cup. According to the “Visa Everywhere Travel Report,” foreigners in Brazil plonked $27 million in travel spending on their debit, credit and prepaid Visa cards between June […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Sports & Recreation ·
‘Be more friendly’: France unveils measures to boost tourism

‘Be more friendly’: France unveils measures to boost tourism

(PARIS-AFP) – France on Thursday unveiled plans to boost tourism and said it needed to eradicate its surly reputation as the world’s top destination for foreign visitors faces increasingly stiff competition. Speaking at the close of a national conference on tourism, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that the government had fixed a target of attracting […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Eastwood film reveals strains behind ‘Jersey Boys’

Eastwood film reveals strains behind ‘Jersey Boys’

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Jersey Boys” has become a global stage show triumph, but Clint Eastwood’s new film version highlights the rivalries, shady dealings and hit records of 1960s megastars The Four Seasons. The movie, based on the hit Broadway musical, shines a spotlight on what singer Frankie Valli and guitarist Tommy DeVito got up to […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Harry Potter actor, ‘Happy’ singer win Hollywood stars

Harry Potter actor, ‘Happy’ singer win Hollywood stars

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams are among some 30 celebrities who will get a star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame next year, organizers announced Thursday. Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Jim Parsons and Amy Poehler also joined the honorees chosen for recognition on the sidewalk along Tinseltown’s […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry said, […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·