French wine harvest off to flying start

French wine harvest off to flying start

(RIVESALTES, France-AFP) – The first grapes of France’s 2012 wine harvest have been picked here with producers predicting a vintage of high quality, at least in this sunny corner of the eastern Pyrenees. A dry and sunny July was good news for local wine-makers after some unsettled weather earlier in the year, although yields are […]

10.08.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Amazon floats textbook rental service for college students

Amazon floats textbook rental service for college students

(Relaxnews) – Forget film rentals, the next big thing for college students is going to be book rentals, at least if Amazon’s US arm has anything to do with it. The online retailer claims savings of up to 70% and, at the end of the rental period (a 130 day semester), the books are returned […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
Samsung launches its new super-size Galaxy Note

Samsung launches its new super-size Galaxy Note

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it had launched a super-size version of its Galaxy Note smartphone, the latest salvo in its battle with Apple for the multi-billion-dollar handheld market. The Galaxy Note 10.1, which went on sale on Monday in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, is almost twice as wide as […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Apps, News, Science & Technology ·
Humans would be also-rans in all-species Olympics: study

Humans would be also-rans in all-species Olympics: study

(PARIS-AFP) – Human beings would be made to look decidedly unimpressive were animals allowed to compete in the Olympics — outperformed by the likes of kangaroos, gorillas and ostriches, a science paper said Saturday. Usain Bolt, currently the world’s fastest man, may just be able to outrun a Dromedary camel but would trail the cheetah, […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: News, Sports & Recreation ·
Thailand woos Middle Eastern health tourists

Thailand woos Middle Eastern health tourists

(BANGKOK-AFP) – Thailand will offer 90-day visas on arrival to citizens of six Middle Eastern countries for private health treatment in a bid to boost its status as a medical tourism hub, officials said Tuesday. The visas will be available to nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provided […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Lifestyle ·
Pink is new addition to Cover Girl family

Pink is new addition to Cover Girl family

(Relaxnews) – Pink has been named Cover Girl’s newest spokeswoman and is set to appear in the beauty brand’s print advertising campaign for Fall. The singer, known for her feisty song lyrics and edgy style, brings a touch of attitude to the current Cover Girl lineup — which includes country star Taylor Swift, television personality […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Lifestyle ·
Women: a glass of wine could protect your bones

Women: a glass of wine could protect your bones

(Relaxnews) – New research finds that one or two glasses of wine a day helped protect older women from thinning bones as well as drugs did. In a study announced August 2, a review team from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research found regular moderate intake of alcohol after menopause helped maintain bone strength. […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle ·
How to tell a Cornish pasty from the frauds

How to tell a Cornish pasty from the frauds

(Relaxnews) – While shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and fish and chips may be unofficial national culinary institutions in the UK, the county of Cornwall, England boasts ownership rights on another British favorite, Cornish pasties. As the location of the 2012 summer Olympics, Great Britain is enjoying the international spotlight and, like every other Games […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Bong Revilla: Lani won’t run for Senate

Bong Revilla: Lani won’t run for Senate

Amid speculations that Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado will run for Senate in 2013 elections, her husband, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., said there is no such plans. “No, she’s not running for senator,” Revilla stressed in an interview during the first day of shooting for his film “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Ako,” with […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Malacañang appeals to informal settlers to heed government’s advice

Malacañang appeals to informal settlers to heed government’s advice

MANILA, Aug 4 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Friday issued an appeal to informal settlers still living in danger zones and areas that were already washed out by floods to heed government’s advice and allow themselves to be transferred to a safe compound for their safety. President Benigno S. Aquino III has personally visited these families […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Aquino strongly condemns simultaneous attacks by Muslim rebels on installations

Aquino strongly condemns simultaneous attacks by Muslim rebels on installations

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration strongly condemned the simultaneous attacks of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) forces on military installations in different areas in Maguindanao and North Cotabato on Sunday. “The attacks initiated by this lawless group during Ramadan only demonstrate their disrespect for this holy month of our Muslim faithful, and […]

09.08.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Caloric burns for top Olympic sports

Caloric burns for top Olympic sports

(Relaxnews) – While deskbound office workers can’t compete, Olympic athletes are mean, metabolic machines, burning 15 to 20 calories a minute (which adds up). Still, if the London Games has sparked your athletic appetite, here are the calories you can expect to burn for top summery sports. On Friday, The Huffington Post US version served […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Death toll from PHL floods rises to 51

Death toll from PHL floods rises to 51

MANILA, Aug 6, 2012 (AFP) – The death toll from over a week of floods in the Philippines rose to 51 as rain continued to pour, causing dams to overflow and forcing more people to flee their homes, officials said Monday. The number of deaths, previously at 45, rose as more bodies of missing people […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Arroyo faces trial over NBN-ZTE deal

Arroyo faces trial over NBN-ZTE deal

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) – Former President and now Pampanga 2nd District congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will face trial on October 1 for approving the $329-million national broadband network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp. The Office of the Ombudsman sued Mrs. Arroyo for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, saying that the NBN […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: News ·
PHL lawmakers to speed birth control vote

PHL lawmakers to speed birth control vote

Manila, Aug 6, 2012 (AFP) – Philippine legislators said Monday they were set to terminate heated debates on a controversial birth control law after President Benigno Aquino III urged its speedy passage. Congressman Edcel Lagman, the main proponent of the bill, said Aquino met with leaders of the House of Representatives and expressed his desire […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Watch: the ‘barefoot professor’ on how to run

Watch: the ‘barefoot professor’ on how to run

(Relaxnews) – If you’ve jumpstarted your running program this summer, Harvard biology professor Daniel Lieberman shares his basic guidelines on achieving good form and remaining injury-free in a new video posted on YouTube this week. Lieberman, dubbed the “barefoot professor,” is a famous face to barefoot running afficionados, and he studies all things barefoot running […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Dinner of champions: Beef in Newcastle brown ale and pan haggerty

Dinner of champions: Beef in Newcastle brown ale and pan haggerty

(Relaxnews) – With London being the epicenter of the universe at the moment and all things Britannia given the international spotlight, Relaxnews will be bringing readers classic British recipes over the course of the Olympics. For a British-themed family dinner night, try braising a beef brisket in Newcastle brown ale with onions, carrots, garlic and […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes, Kitchenomics ·
Valentino set for major haute couture expo

Valentino set for major haute couture expo

(Relaxnews) – A new exhibition focusing on Valentino’s haute couture designs will open at London’s Somerset House this November, it was announced last week, with famous creations including the vintage gown worn by Julia Roberts as she accepted her 2001 Oscar to appear in the collection. Over 130 gowns spanning the Italian creator’s career will […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Lifestyle ·
Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study

Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study

(PARIS-AFP) – Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday. Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle ·
London tourism rates plunge during Olympics

London tourism rates plunge during Olympics

(LONDON-AFP) – The London 2012 Olympics appears to be deterring tourists from the capital’s centre after warnings of travel chaos and overpriced hotel rooms, according to key industry figures. Many businesses complain they are being sidelined as tourists make a beeline for the Olympic Games and avoid the capital’s other attractions and shopping destinations, while […]

08.08.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Lifestyle, Money & Business ·