January 2012

  • pyra
19 Jan 2012 - 2:06pm
MADRID: Tunisia, Egypt and Japan are working hard to lure back visitors who steered clear of their countries last year due to civil unrest and an earthquake, officials said at a world tourism fair.   Popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt ousted long-term rulers but also scared off tourists from the popular north African sunspots, while Japan's...
  • afri
18 Jan 2012 - 1:27pm
PARIS: Africa's middle-class has tripled over the last 30 years, with fully one in three now considered above the poverty line but not among the wealthy, according to the African Development Bank.   In 2010, 34.3% of the African population, or 313 million people, were classified as middle-class, compared with 26.2% or 111 million people in...
  • babe
17 Jan 2012 - 1:59pm
SINGAPORE: A black maternity dress accentuates the football-size bulge in Cassandra Cheong's abdomen, proudly proclaiming her status as an imminent mother of a "dragon baby". Cheong, 26, has been carrying her daughter for 38 weeks and is due to give birth after January 23, the start of the Year of the Dragon which comes every 12 years in the...
  • sus
16 Jan 2012 - 4:06pm
BEIJING: Despite a major safety scandal in 2008, China's demand for milk is surging as people grow wealthier, but the country's poorly kept and often under-nourished dairy herds are struggling to keep pace.   Mass milk consumption has grown rapidly in China over the past three decades and today yoghurts and dairy smoothies -- particularly...
  • conc
16 Jan 2012 - 2:47pm
PARIS: Stricken luxury liner Costa Concordia may have been big enough to house swimming pools and restaurants but its very size might have complicated evacuation and rescue efforts, industry experts said.   "What jumps out at me, is the size of this liner," said Jacques Loiseau, chairman of the French Association of Ship Captains.   ...
  • ajay
15 Jan 2012 - 3:10pm
NEW DELHI: When a group of women from Uganda embarked on a trip of a lifetime to India, little did many of their friends and families at home know that a secret surgical mommy makeover was on their itinerary. The three mothers from the east African nation meticulously planned their month-long tour around surgical procedures in New Delhi that...
  • mods
14 Jan 2012 - 2:43pm
RIO DE JANEIRO: Only a handful of black models sashayed down the catwalk at this week's Rio fashion show, sparking fresh calls for quotas to ensure greater diversity in a country where more than half of the population is of African ancestry.   Some 24 labels displayed their latest designs at the Rio de Janeiro winter 2012 fashion week, that...
  • phone
13 Jan 2012 - 4:08pm
LAS VEGAS: You're at work when you get word of unexpected dinner guests. No problem. Smart appliances to the rescue.   In a world made possible by innovations unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, you could whip out your smartphone on your bus or train ride home.   You use the virtual joystick to steer...
  • kas
12 Jan 2012 - 5:47pm
LAS VEGAS: Tired of walking? An American inventor has designed a pair of motorised shoes.   The battery powered high-tech footware called "spnKiX" resemble a cross between a ski boot and a roller skate with oversized wheels and are among the gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here.   A user straps the motorised...
  • deng
12 Jan 2012 - 3:00pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman Thursday expressed concern over the 26 per cent rise in the number of dengue fever cases in the country in the first week of the new year, up by 90 to 440 compared to the last week of last year. Therefore the people, especially those in states affected by floods, should regard...