Asia’s tuk-tuks providing a wheel boost to Africa

Asia’s tuk-tuks providing a wheel boost to Africa

Omnipresent on the chaotic streets of Mumbai, Jakarta and Bangkok, Asia’s three-wheeled “tuk-tuk” has now come to Africa — and with a two-fold bonus: providing much-needed jobs and slashing accidents. Cheap to run and safer than the traditional motorcycle taxi, the auto-rickshaw is an increasingly common sight trundling along the traffic-choked streets of the continent’s […]

08.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring ·
Depression linked to genes inherited from Neanderthals: study

Depression linked to genes inherited from Neanderthals: study

If you can’t seem to quit smoking, or have a tendency to become depressed, you might be able to blame your Neanderthal heritage. After a massive study linking tens of thousands of modern people’s medical records to their genetic histories, certain genes inherited from Neanderthals have been linked to psychiatric disorders, blood clotting and addictive […]

15.02.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Monrovia, Liberia (AFP)  – Former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday he will keep giving lucrative speeches “to pay our bills” while wife Hillary Clinton runs for the White House. Defending his charity work on a trip to Africa, Clinton said Hillary told him no foreign official has sought to […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Brad Pitt in talks to join Angelina Jolie’s next movie

Brad Pitt in talks to join Angelina Jolie’s next movie

(Relaxnews) – After “By the Sea,” shot in August 2014, the actor could collaborate with his wife once again in “Africa.” For her fourth feature as a director, Angelina Jolie has chosen “Africa,” a biopic of archaeologist Richard Leakey, who became known for his dedication to protecting elephants from poachers in Kenya in the late […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jolie to direct film about Kenya conservationist

Jolie to direct film about Kenya conservationist

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Angelina Jolie is to direct a “sweeping epic” film about veteran Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey’s fight with ivory poachers, the studio behind the movie said Friday. The Oscar-winning actress — whose latest film as director, “Unbroken,” is out in December — will go behind the camera once again for “Africa,” with a […]

20.09.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US House approves bill averting gov’t shutdown

US House approves bill averting gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 (AFP) – US lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend funding for federal operations into December, likely preventing a repeat of last October’s disastrous government shutdown. Faced with the need to act before fiscal year 2015 begins on October 1, members of the House of Representatives voted 319-108 to keep government funded at […]

17.09.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Italy named world’s top destination by Condé Nast readers

Italy named world’s top destination by Condé Nast readers

(Relaxnews) – For the second consecutive year, the boot-shaped nation was named best overall destination in the Readers’ Travel Awards conducted by Condé Nast Traveller UK. With an overall rating of 94.49/100, Italy was ranked first among destination countries according to readers of the prestigious magazine, which is known as a key influencer in the […]

05.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Sacramento patient  isolated for Ebola testing

Sacramento patient isolated for Ebola testing

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in isolation at a hospital in Sacramento, California, health group Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday. “We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center […]

21.08.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL govt tightens watch on entry of exotic animals to prevent Ebola

PHL govt tightens watch on entry of exotic animals to prevent Ebola

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government has tightened its watch of the entry of exotic animals from abroad, especially from some areas in Africa, to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on government radio the Department of Health has sent advisories to […]

05.08.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Super’ banana to face first human trial

‘Super’ banana to face first human trial

(SYDNEY-AFP) – A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers said Monday. The project plans to have the special banana varieties — enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

(Relaxnews) – A pop-up Pestaurant event will be serving up an assortment of winged, hard-shelled and antennaed bugs in a dozen cities around the world to promote the consumption of edible insects. From Cape Town to Paris and Washington D.C.,  Pestaurant events will challenge squeamish palates unaccustomed to the food staple popular in Asia and […]

Oscar winner plans TV drama about Italian-American pope: report

Oscar winner plans TV drama about Italian-American pope: report

(ROME-AFP) – Italy’s Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino plans to make a debut television series entitled “The Young Pope” about Lenny Belardo — a fictional first-ever Italian American pontiff, an Italian daily reported on Tuesday. The name of the actor who will play the Catholic leader in the eight-part 50-minute series has not been revealed but […]

09.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

On going Display UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History UCLA Campus www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/intersections Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online. Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: […]

29.03.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Happenings ·
Madonna preparing to direct third film

Madonna preparing to direct third film

(Relaxnews) – The pop icon plans to return to filmmaking with “Adé: A Love Story,” a drama about two star-crossed lovers. After “Filth and Wisdom” (2008) and “W.E.” (2011), Madonna plans to helm a film adapted from Rebecca Walker’s partially autobiographical novel, which was published in the US last fall.  The Hollywood Reporter broke the […]

27.03.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Islands to visit now before rising sea levels bury them

Islands to visit now before rising sea levels bury them

(Relaxnews) – They’re jewels of the oceans, small paradisiacal islands and atolls that rise up in the middle of the sea often developed for the pleasure of holidaymakers seeking tropical getaways. But they won’t last long. Hyperbole? Not for the scientists who’ve been sounding the alarm for years on the dangers of rising sea levels; […]

21.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Marian Rivera savors showbiz success

Marian Rivera savors showbiz success

SHE has made a name for herself in the local entertainment scene for her talent and beauty. But unknown to many, Kapuso actress Marian Rivera is also making waves in Vietnam, Cambodia and maybe, in parts of Africa. In November last year, the GMA-7 Primetime Queen visited Vietnam to appear on several shows in Today […]

29.01.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Scorpions, beetles on menu at Paris bar

Scorpions, beetles on menu at Paris bar

(PARIS-AFP) – At a tiny bar in Paris’s Montmartre district, chef Elie Daviron is happy to admit his new menu has disgusted some clients while others need two or three drinks before they can face it. Amid the guacamole, chicken tikka and chili hotdogs, the young chef is conducting a “gastronomical experiment” with what he […]

02.11.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe, US on Sunday

Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe, US on Sunday

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States on Sunday as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The round shape of the Earth explains why some viewers in west Africa will see a total eclipse, while others in the […]

02.11.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Science & Technology, World News ·
Zimbabwe mulls ‘Garden of Eden’ to boost local tourism

Zimbabwe mulls ‘Garden of Eden’ to boost local tourism

(HARARE-AFP) – Zimbabwe is planning a low-budget entertainment park in the resort town of Victoria Falls to boost local tourism, a cabinet minister said Friday. “We want to bring the Garden of Eden to Victoria Falls, where flora and fauna can co-exist,” Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi told AFP at the end of the United Nations […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, World News ·
World tourism shows surprise spurt

World tourism shows surprise spurt

(MADRID, Community of Madrid-AFP) – International tourist numbers surged by 5.2 percent to nearly half a billion people worldwide in the first half of 2013, beating earlier expectations, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation said Monday. The growth was higher than expected, with 494 million international tourists spending at least one night abroad in the […]

27.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·
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