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  • Enchanting video presents latest Nina Ricci fragrance (VIDEO)

    January 30, 2014 3:30 AM 16

    A new video captures the enchanting and delicious allure of La Tentation de Nina by Nina Ricci. — AFP picPARIS, Jan 30 — Launched on January 20, La Tentation de Nina was designed by the French fashion house in collaboration with legendary pastry maker Ladurée. Now, Nina Ricci has released a short video that captures the magical mood of the new fragrance

  • Marcel Wanders’s Wonders

    January 30, 2014 12:18 AM 17

    It took some time for the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders to get his professional bearings. He attended four art and design schools, ultimately graduating from one in Arnhem, in the Netherlands, in 1988 (with honors). Then his career took off. In the 1990s, he joined the influential collective Droog Design, and in 2001 he was a founder of the furniture

  • Krabi poised to become one of Thailand's hottest destinations

    January 29, 2014 8:12 PM 28

    THIS seaside town in southern Thailand has seen an explosion in tourism recently, and airlines are taking note. Listed among the New York Times' "52 Places to Go in 2014," the coastal town has been flooded with visitors lately, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The TAT Krabi Office notes that hotel occupancy rates in the area have averaged

  • Animations hit Japan’s top-grossing movie in 2013

    January 29, 2014 7:31 AM 24

    File photo shows Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki answering a question during his press conference in Tokyo on September 6, 2013. His last work, ‘The Wind Rises,’ a historical fantasy film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. — AFP picTOKYO, Jan 29 — Animation features topped Japan’s most grossing movies in 2013, with Hayao

  • Lorde rocked by onslaught at Auckland Airport

    January 29, 2014 12:34 AM 25

    Grammy-winning singer Lorde has let fly at media and some fans after an enthusiastic welcome home at Auckland Airport that she has described as “sad”. In a barrage of angry tweets, Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, attacked media for “almost” pushing herself and her family over and the “lecherous gaze” to which she is subjected. But just as soon as she launched

  • Glasgow 2014: Peter Nicol defection to England

    January 28, 2014 11:50 PM 33

    TUCKED out of sight on the professional squash scene, Peter Nicol did so much for Scottish sport globally that before Chris Hoy and Andy Murray came along, he was up there with the most prolific individual athletes the country had produced. When it came to the Commonwealth Games, however, when the mainstream spotlight was turned upon him, Nicol’s flexible

  • Media Prima streaming music portal unveiled

    January 28, 2014 12:50 PM 25

    Media Prima Radio Networks has teamed-up with the Malaysian media giant’s digital arm to launch a new streaming music platform. ‘Tonton Music’ builds on the successful Tonton video portal which has over 3.5 million registered users and over 1.5 million monthly unique visitors. By March, more than 700,000 songs will be available including the Hot FM, Fly FM and one FM playlists

  • Who Does Hip-Hop Belong To?

    January 28, 2014 11:30 AM 34

    After Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Macklemore sent a public apology via text to Kendrick Lamar, whom he had just beaten out for best rap album. Macklemore, who is white, bested four black musicians, including Mr. Lamar, in winning his award in this historically black music genre. Should Macklemore be apologizing? Did he “rob” the other award contenders? Is this just another

  • Ice-Watch dresses up in Pantone Color of the Year 2014

    January 28, 2014 9:14 AM 38

    For the second consecutive year, the Belgian watch maker has partnered with Pantone, an authoritative expert on color, to present a watch in this year's signature hue. The Pantone Color of the Year 2014 is Radiant Orchid, a rich fuchsia with purple and pink undertones. The new Ice-Watch model in this shade will pair nicely with Spring-Summer 2014 fashion

  • Spirits, sacrifice at Morocco Sufi festival

    January 28, 2014 6:33 AM 36

    January 28 2014 at 08:29am By Simon Martelli Mghrassyine, Morocco - Sorcery, plate-smashing and animal sacrifice are not often associated with Sufi festivals, but they all feature at a popular annual pilgrimage to a Moroccan shrine linked to the “queen of the genies”. In the town's main square, to a chorus of trilling pipes and banging drums, spectators