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 ·