Last von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' fame dies
Sunday, February 23, 2014

WASHINGTON - Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last survivor of the Austrian musical family whose escape from the Nazis was immortalized in "The Sound of Music," has died, her half brother told US media on Saturday. Von Trapp, 99, died at her home in the northeastern US state of Vermont on Tuesday of natural causes, Johannes von Trapp told CNN. ...

Stigma thrives for India's 60 million disabled
Thursday, February 20, 2014

NEW DELHI: More than 20 families came to Shanti Auluck's home here with their sons, keen at first to arrange a marriage with her daughter in an age-old Indian custom.
But with each visit came apologies and a change of heart. All of the families were turned off by the fact Auluck also has a son with Down Syndrome.

Malaysia tops survey of "halal holidays"
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SINGAPORE: Malaysia is the world's friendliest destination for Muslim travellers, according to a survey released Tuesday, but Japan has shown most improvement as it ramps up efforts to cash in on a growing market.
Malaysia was followed by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia in this year's rankings for "halal" friendly holiday destinations released by Singapore-based Muslim travel specialist Crescentrating....

More Singaporean women falling prey to web love scams
Friday, February 14, 2014

SINGAPORE: Soaring numbers of Singaporeans -- mostly women -- are falling victim to Internet love scams police said in a Valentine's Day warning that criminals are exploiting lonely hearts increasingly turning to the web to find partners.
The number of people robbed by online con artists faking romantic interest before tricking people out of money jumped 62 per cent between 2012 and 2013, police said in an annual crime briefing....

Booming business for Japan's love hotels
Thursday, February 13, 2014

TOKYO: From rooms kitted out like medical clinics where couples can play doctors and nurses to grottos where it is permanently Christmas, Japan's "Love Hotels" cater to almost every taste, offering a few hours of reasonably-priced privacy in a crowded country.
And with the kind of occupancy rates that most hotels can only dream of, even during economic...

Malaysian consumers prefer cash over credit cards - Nielsen
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- A global survey by Nielsen shows that Malaysians are among the least confident people in the world when it comes to shopping online with six out of 10 consumers preferring cash as their daily spending method.   This was due to concerns over cyber-safety whereby they were either hesitant or would not shop online and use their payment card details on a smartphone or tablet device although their personal information was protected....

Social media fuels 21st century fashion revolution
Monday, February 10, 2014

NEW YORK: It may be stilettos at dawn to get a ringside seat at this city's most exclusive fashion shows, but forget the fur-clad heiresses, today's VIP is the Internet.
The explosion of social media is perhaps the greatest revolution in fashion since Mary Quant's mini skirt, transforming the industry's branding and fan base.

NASA bets on private companies to exploit moon's resources
Sunday, February 9, 2014

WASHINGTON - NASA -- building on successful partnerships with private companies to resupply the International Space Station -- is now looking to private entrepreneurs to help exploit resources on the moon. In its latest initiative, unveiled in late January, the US space agency is proposing private companies take advantage of NASA's extensive know-how, its engineers and access to its installations to help design and build lunar robots....

Chelsea top, but Mourinho still wary of City
Sunday, February 9, 2014

LONDON - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that Manchester City should still be considered Premier League title favourites despite seeing his side top the table for the first time since September. Chelsea have signalled their title intentions in a potentially season-defining week, winning 1-0 at City before prevailing 3-0 at home to Newcastle United on Saturday. ...

Fraud scandal turns Spaniards against their royals
Friday, February 7, 2014

PALMA: Spain's royal family used to be a cherished part of the scenery on the picturesque island of Majorca. Now a fraud scandal has made them more like a blot on the landscape.
For the royals, the island has turned from a place of sunbathing and yacht cruises to the centre of a scandal that has landed King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina in court for questioning on Saturday....

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