Forbes names Jennifer Lopez ‘most powerful’ star

Forbes names Jennifer Lopez ‘most powerful’ star

(NEW YORK, May 16, 2012 (AFP)-AFP) - Jennifer Lopez is the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes magazine Wednesday in a rankings based on a combination of earnings, press coverage and Internet presence. Lopez headed the 100-strong list, up from 50th last year, while her American Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest was 29th. Lady Gaga, the pop singer, came […]

23.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Asia’s architectural treasures ‘vanishing’: specialists

Asia’s architectural treasures ‘vanishing’: specialists

Ayutthaya in Thailand – ©AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (NEW YORK-AFP) – Asia’s architectural treasures, from a Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan to an ancient city in China, are in danger of vanishing under a tide of economic expansion, war and tourism, experts said Thursday. The Global Heritage Fund named 10 sites facing “irreparable loss and destruction.” […]

22.05.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Philippines goes after sea turtle restaurants

Philippines goes after sea turtle restaurants

(CEBU, Philippines-AFP) – The Philippines on Monday said it would form a special task force to go after restaurants selling the meat of protected sea turtles. The eight-member team was created after news reports revealed the proliferation of roadside restaurants in the central island of Cebu serving dishes made from the government-protected marine animals. “The […]

22.05.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
The wines of China: a look at the country’s wine-producing regions

The wines of China: a look at the country’s wine-producing regions

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – As more wine is being downed in China each year, vineyards are starting to spring up around the country as winemakers – both Chinese and international – begin to test the local ground. A recent study by Vinexpo – the major wine industry fair which is set to hold its Asia Pacific […]

22.05.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Record-breaking Sky Tree opens to visitors

Record-breaking Sky Tree opens to visitors

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – An estimated 200,000 people braved heavy rain in the Japanese capital on Tuesday to take part in the opening of the record-breaking Tokyo Sky Tree. The tallest free-standing communications tower in the world and the second-highest building ever constructed, tourism officials have high hopes that the 634-meter tower will attract visitors to the […]

22.05.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Upcoming video game releases: ‘Mario Tennis Open,’ ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’

Upcoming video game releases: ‘Mario Tennis Open,’ ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’

(Relaxnews) – Mario dons his tennis shorts, elite soldiers move in for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and mythical medieval adventures beckon in Dragon’s Dogma. Mario Tennis Open (3DS) North America: May 20, Everyone European regions: May 24, 3+ Japan: May 25, A (all ages) Expect to see Mario, Yoshi, Bowser, Peach and chums take to the court for […]

21.05.2012 · Filled under: Games ·
Microsoft launches social network So.cl, claims not to compete with Facebook

Microsoft launches social network So.cl, claims not to compete with Facebook

(Relaxnews) – While Facebook is busy reveling over its recent IPO, Microsoft has quietly taken its own social network, So.cl, out of beta and opened it up to users around the globe. So.cl (pronounced “social”) is technically not a Facebook competitor. The experimental research project developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs was designed to help students […]

21.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Futuristic transport device comes closer to production

Futuristic transport device comes closer to production

(Relaxnews) – Honda has revealed what looks like a near-production version of its sophisticated personal mobility solution. The UNI-CUB can best be described as a one-wheeled scooter, allowing the rider to sit down and remain on the device as it balances itself while moving. Billed as allowing the ‘same freedom of movement in all directions […]

17.05.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day to take place in 488 cities

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day to take place in 488 cities

(Relaxnews) – Food crusader Jamie Oliver has succeeded in recruiting 800,000 people to participate in his inaugural Food Revolution Day which is set take place in 488 cities around the world this weekend. Meant to draw attention to the growing epidemic of obesity and poor diet and nutrition in the developed world, Oliver is challenging […]

17.05.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Kitchenomics ·
Disco legend Donna Summer dead from cancer: family

Disco legend Donna Summer dead from cancer: family

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Grammy-winning disco legend Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle with cancer, aged 63, her family said in a statement. The singer, who shot to fame in the 1970s with hits including “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls,” before songs like “She Works Hard for the Money” in the 1980s, died in Florida, […]

17.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Serve a Salad Kids Will Flip For

Serve a Salad Kids Will Flip For

(Family Features) A refreshing salad should be quick, easy, and full of delicious in-season produce. With its countless possibilities for add-ins, a fruit and pasta salad fits the bill perfectly as a dish the whole family will love to prepare and eat. Mom or Dad will need to start things off by cooking the pasta […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes, Videos ·
Summer app selection: crowdsourced weather, tennis results and sunscreen alerts

Summer app selection: crowdsourced weather, tennis results and sunscreen alerts

(Relaxnews) – Follow film and fashion at Cannes, enjoy the Euro 2012 football and take in some tennis at Roland Garros, or simply check the weather and get away from it all with this selection of some of the coolest, most interesting and downright fun applications for iOS and Android devices as selected this month by […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
British chef Gordon Ramsay opens Las Vegas restaurant

British chef Gordon Ramsay opens Las Vegas restaurant

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has opened up a new restaurant at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, his first in the US gambling hub. Multiple Michelin star holder Ramsay, who already has restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, joins several famous rivals, including Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, who […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Mickey Mouse gives gay marriage thumbs up in Japan

Mickey Mouse gives gay marriage thumbs up in Japan

(TOKYO-AFP) – Just days after US President Barack Obama came out in favour of gay marriage, another supporter of homosexual unions emerged in Japan: Mickey Mouse. Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popular Tokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Eight rivieras from around the world (that aren’t French)

Eight rivieras from around the world (that aren’t French)

(Relaxnews) – As the Cannes film festival gets underway, the French Riviera will once again be under the spotlight, in every sense of the word. But there are plenty of places around the world which offer its glamorous holiday mix — here, a selection of eight of the best. English Riviera The warmth of the […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
One billion international tourists in 2012: UN agency

One billion international tourists in 2012: UN agency

(MEXICO CITY-AFP) – More than one billion tourists will take a trip this year crossing an international boundary, a threshold never before reached, UN officials told a meeting tourism ministers gathering in Mexico this week. “We will have more than a billion tourists, that means one-seventh of humanity. This has never happened in history,” said […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

Lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

10 photos (Relaxnews) – Outfits on style sharing community Lookbook have a particularly grungy edge this week, with Dr Marten boots, laddered tights and studs dominating the top rated looks. ©LOOKBOOK.nu/Camille C. Special uses : Use only for LOOKBOOK.nu Mega Woman Look by Camille C., “24 year old Fashion Designer/Blogger from Manila.” Find out more about her style athttp://lookbook.nu/camille_c […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Twitter index: Tweeps wish Pinoy Big Brother a happy birthday, would trade basketball player Carlos Boozer

Twitter index: Tweeps wish Pinoy Big Brother a happy birthday, would trade basketball player Carlos Boozer

(Relaxnews) – Tweeps are listing on Friday the numerous things they would trade American basketball player Carlos Boozer for if they had a chance after his less than fantastic on-court performance during Thursday night’s game. “If the Bulls had to do it all over again, I think they’d choose setting $80 million on fire over […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
‘Farmville’ sequel unearthed on the Filipino version of Facebook

‘Farmville’ sequel unearthed on the Filipino version of Facebook

(Relaxnews) - Farmville 2 is on the way, according to Tech Crunch, alerted to the existence of its apparent beta test Big Harvest on the Filipino version of Facebook. It sports the same isometric viewpoint as Farmville, while graphics have been considerably enhanced. If true, Farmville would be only the second Zynga game to generate a direct sequel, after Mafia Wars. […]

16.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Cool drinks to keep Japan chilled this summer

Cool drinks to keep Japan chilled this summer

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – With Japan’s notoriously hot and sticky summer just around the corner, drinks firms here are releasing new products designed to keep consumers cool. Perhaps the most eye-catching new beverage is Kirin Mets Cola, created by the company behind one of Japan’s most famous beers, that is billed as the world’s first health-food cola. […]

11.05.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·