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 ·
Ben & Jerry’s launches ‘Saturday Night Live’-inspired ice creams

Ben & Jerry’s launches ‘Saturday Night Live’-inspired ice creams

(Relaxnews) – The folks over at Ben & Jerry’s, who love a good TV and pop culture tie-up, have launched two new ice cream flavors to help US variety show “Saturday Night Live” fete its 40th anniversary. Inspired by two popular SNL sketches, the Vermont-based ice cream maker has launched Lazy Sunday and Gilly’s Catastrophic […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
LA mayor fetes Stanley Cup win…with expletive

LA mayor fetes Stanley Cup win…with expletive

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set tongues wagging when he used an expletive on live television as he celebrated the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup triumph, forcing TV bosses to apologize. Garcetti said he did not want children to repeat what he said when he took the microphone at a victory rally […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Kids with musical training show better brain ‘management’: study

Kids with musical training show better brain ‘management’: study

(Relaxnews) – Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital worked with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and found early musical training enhances the areas of the brain responsible for executive functioning. Also known as cognitive control or supervisory attentional system, “executive functioning” refers to brain management, not unlike the corresponding corporate term. This is the top of […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Jared Leto in talks to replace Will Smith in ‘Brilliance’

Jared Leto in talks to replace Will Smith in ‘Brilliance’

(Relaxnews) – The Academy Award-winning actor could star in fantasy thriller “Brilliance” instead of Will Smith, according to Variety. “Brilliance” takes place in a world where around one percent of the population is born with unusual physical or cognitive abilities. Jared Leto is in talks to star as one of these “brilliants,” Nick Cooper, an […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

(Relaxnews) – World Cup fever is officially upon us, but one inventive artist prefers to use her footwork skills for a different purpose. Malaysian artist and designer Red Hong Yi has created a giant mural of international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi using a soccer ball instead of a paintbrush. Footage of the creative process […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Offbeat, Online, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Move over macaron, there’s a new French pastry in town

Move over macaron, there’s a new French pastry in town

(Relaxnews) – If the Cronut is the new cupcake, the éclair is the new macaron. And there’s perhaps no better time to revisit the traditional French pastry than National Chocolate Eclair Day in the US on June 22, a holiday that may have mysterious origins — no one really knows how or when it started […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Food Videos, Free Recipes, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
McDonald’s Canada uses sustainable fish for Filet-O-Fish sammies

McDonald’s Canada uses sustainable fish for Filet-O-Fish sammies

(Relaxnews) – It’s not the most popular menu item at McDonald’s. But news that Filet-O-Fish sandwiches sold across Canada are now sustainably sourced may offer more choice for green, pescetarian and socially-conscious consumers. McDonald’s Canada is following the lead of McDonald’s in the US and Europe in using sustainable fish certified by the Marine Stewardship […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley park to open next month in Florida

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley park to open next month in Florida

(Relaxnews) – Universal Orlando has announced that the latest addition to its Harry Potter theme park will open July 8. Diagon Alley, the cobblestoned village where witches and wizards shop for provisions like wands, telescopes and magnifying glasses, will open next month after much fanfare. One of the most highly anticipated attractions is the multi-sensory […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Lacoste L!VE unveils its first fragrance

Lacoste L!VE unveils its first fragrance

(Relaxnews) – Lacoste L!VE, a ready-to-wear range by Lacoste targeting teens and young adults, has just launched its first perfume. Just like its clothing line, the new men’s fragrance claims to be modern, creative and urban. Its release ties in with an interactive digital campaign headed to social networks worldwide from July to mid-September. The […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Apple quietly launches new cut-price iMac

Apple quietly launches new cut-price iMac

(Relaxnews) – The new 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor but, more importantly, with a price tag of just $1,099. That makes it a whole $200 cheaper than the current entry-level iMac yet, apart from the chipset, which isn’t exactly premium but is no slouch either (it has a […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
First look: James McAvoy for Prada

First look: James McAvoy for Prada

(Relaxnews) – The Scottish actor is the latest thespian to star in a menswear campaign for the Italian luxury label. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the Golden Globe-nominated actor stars in the Fall-Winter 2014 campaign for Prada. Described by the brand as “a charismatic and unpredictable conspirator, an introspective hero who brings an effortless intimacy and individuality […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars ·
Anna Kendrick to help spearhead ‘Trolls’ revival

Anna Kendrick to help spearhead ‘Trolls’ revival

(Relaxnews) – Dreamworks Animation has landed the star of “Pitch Perfect” for the first entry in what’s to become a revival of the Trolls toy franchise. Popular during the 1960s and then relaunched in the 90s, the collectible Troll dolls are being positioned for a comeback. TV series “Trollz” might not have taken off, but […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Cheapest airlines found in Asia: report

Cheapest airlines found in Asia: report

(Relaxnews) – No-frills airline Firefly out of Malaysia has emerged as the cheapest carrier in the world, according to number crunchers at a flight comparison site. After averaging the cost of one-way ticket prices operated by low-budget airlines around the world, Whichairline.com has deduced that the cheapest airlines are located primarily in Asia, with Firefly […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations ·
An astronomical caffeine high: new coffee machines serve espresso in space

An astronomical caffeine high: new coffee machines serve espresso in space

(Relaxnews) – When you’re an astronaut and space is your main address for months at a time, home comforts become more important than ever. According to Italian astronauts, one of the hardest material comforts to leave behind on Earth is a hot espresso. However, aerospace company Argotec, coffee brand Lavazza and the International Space Station have been working […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Mazda celebrates 25 years of the MX-5 with special edition

Mazda celebrates 25 years of the MX-5 with special edition

(Relaxnews) – Promising a host of special exterior and interior features, the Anniversary Limited Edition will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered examples and example number one will be making its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26. And it’s fitting that Mazda, a Japanese carmaker, has chosen a UK event […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring ·
YouTube Music to pass on indie labels

YouTube Music to pass on indie labels

(Relaxnews) – There’s good news and bad news for those of us who were looking forward to YouTube’s rumored arrival in the music streaming market. The good news is that the company has confirmed it’s getting ready to launch a service that will compete with everyone from Spotify to Beats Music. But the bad news […]

Will.i.am partners with Coca-Cola for 3D printer with a difference

Will.i.am partners with Coca-Cola for 3D printer with a difference

(Relaxnews) – The Black Eyed Peas frontman and self-styled tech entrepreneur is promoting a new compact 3D printer from 3D Systems that is as focused on recycling as it is on creativity. That’s because filament (i.e., 3D ‘ink’) for the Ekocycle Cube printer is made up from, among other things, discarded Coke bottles. Each cartridge contains material […]

Leo Messi’s jersey scores on eBay

Leo Messi’s jersey scores on eBay

(Relaxnews) – With the World Cup in full swing, online auction platform eBay has made an inventory of the soccer-related purchases users have made since last March. According to its ranking of the most popular jerseys, Argentine player Lionel Messi is on top, just above Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Since March, over 13,000 flags and […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, International Stars, Sports & Recreation ·
Brazil scoring World Cup tourism goal

Brazil scoring World Cup tourism goal

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – Four days after the host nation set the ball rolling with a win over Croatia, Brazil is also winning off the pitch and hitting its World Cup tourism goals, the government said Monday. “The balance sheet for the first few days of the World Cup is generally very positive,” Tourism Minister […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Sports & Recreation ·