Aquino lauds sari-sari store owners

Aquino lauds sari-sari store owners

MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) – Even the lowly sari-sari store contributes to the Philippine economy. President Aquino acknowledged the contributions of the micro, small and medium enterprises to the national economy, saying the retail industry accounted for 13% or P1.3 trillion of the country’s 2011 gross domestic product. Aquino made the remarks as he kicked […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
China’s new complaint about bugs in PHL fruits puzzles agriculture exec

China’s new complaint about bugs in PHL fruits puzzles agriculture exec

MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) — A new complaint from China about bugs in Philippine fruit exports has puzzled Philippine agriculture officials, who said there had been no similar complaint from other countries importing same products. Bureau of Plant Industry Director Clarito Barron said the latest complaint involving mealybugs in Philippine papayas and pineapples came on […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Tom Ford and Victoria’s Secret among winners at 40th Fifi Awards

Tom Ford and Victoria’s Secret among winners at 40th Fifi Awards

(Relaxnews) - Glee actress Jane Lynch hosted the 40th Fifi Awards in New York May 21, with big winners at the event — dubbed the fragrance industry “Oscars” — including designer Tom Ford and US lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. Famous faces in attendance at the annual ceremony, which honors the fragrance industry’s creative achievements, included Jessica Stam, […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Apple still top global brand as value jumps: survey

Apple still top global brand as value jumps: survey

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Apple has extended its lead as the world’s most valuable corporate name with a strong 19 percent increase in its so-called brand value, a survey showed Tuesday. The research firm Millward Brown Optimor, a unit of advertising and communications giant WPP, found that Apple’s brand value increased 19 percent to $182.9 billion, […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business, Science & Technology ·
Worst US city for traffic gridlock? Honolulu

Worst US city for traffic gridlock? Honolulu

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Los Angeles has something of a bad reputation for traffic jams, with its perennially snarled freeways.But, surprisingly, it’s not the worst US city for gridlock, says a new study. That dubious honor goes to .. Honolulu. Commuters in the Hawaiian paradise capital spent some 58 hours not moving in their cars last […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Paul McCartney music video to open for ‘The Intouchables’

Paul McCartney music video to open for ‘The Intouchables’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – In his directorial debut, Paul McCartney tapped the talents of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp to star in his music video for “My Valentine,” which will be screened in US cinemas to accompany the French hit The Intouchables this weekend. The black and white 3-minute film shows split-screen images of the two actors using […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Top health/fitness apps: fertility trackers, headache relievers, and fitness model six-packs

Top health/fitness apps: fertility trackers, headache relievers, and fitness model six-packs

(Relaxnews) – Top apps this week include an app that tracks your basal body temperature, one that uses binaural brain wave therapy to cure headaches, and another that helps you achieve fitness model Adrian James’s eviable abs. Details on some of the top iTunes apps by country/region for the week, chosen from among the top […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Top six germy places in your office

Top six germy places in your office

(Relaxnews) – Heading to the office break room for lunch? A new study suggests giving it a good cleaning first. While coexisting with microbes is a necessary fact of life, here are the top six germ hotspots in your office, according to a new study announced Wednesday. Backed by American cleaning and paper product manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Professional, the […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
DODGER STADIUM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTED BY STATE FARM WILL BE CELEBRATED ALL SEASON LONG

DODGER STADIUM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTED BY STATE FARM WILL BE CELEBRATED ALL SEASON LONG

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers announced today plans for the season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary presented by State Farm. This year marks the 50th year of the establishment of Dodger Stadium, an indelible Los Angeles landmark that greatly impacted the fabric of the city of Los Angeles, solidified the Dodger franchise in Southern California and offset […]

25.05.2012 · Filled under: Local News, Sports & Recreation ·
Images of the week: Manila, New York, Tokyo

Images of the week: Manila, New York, Tokyo

11 photos ©AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez Hong Kong Visitors look at a painting by Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang titled “Brother and Sister” during the soft opening of the Hong Kong International Art Fair in Hong Kong on May 16, 2012. ©AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY New York An installation view of part of “SPACE […]

23.05.2012 · Filled under: Photos ·
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 ·