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Jan 16, 2013

Healthy hotels, rise in ancient therapies expected in 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Healthy hotels, wellness tourism and the holistic medicine system Ayurveda are expected to be the among the top spa trends in 2013, according to a report that tracks the $73 billion global industry.

Gyms, pools and spas are standard at many hotels, but international chains and boutique inns will be enhancing offerings by adding customized services like jogging routes, in-room workouts, sleep programs, and gluten-free and vegan menus.

Jan 9, 2013

U.S. Franciscan friars go digital, accept prayer requests via text

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States is offering the faithful a new way to pray in the digital age by accepting prayer requests via text messages.

The Friars of Holy Name Province, who staff 40 parishes and have colleges, soup kitchens and food centers along the eastern seaboard, as well as groups in Peru and Tokyo, are among a few religious groups offering this type of digital service.

Jan 6, 2013

‘Texas Chainsaw’ movie kills rivals at North America box office

Jan 6 (Reuters) – The return of the bloody “Texas Chainsaw”
franchise sliced up movie box office rivals with a surprise win
over the weekend, grabbing an estimated $23 million in U.S. and
Canadian ticket sales.

The new “Texas Chainsaw 3D” pulled past Quentin Tarantino
Western “Django Unchained,” the second place film from Friday
through Sunday with $20 million. No. 3 movie “The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey” grabbed $17.5 million.

Jan 3, 2013

Ecuador ranked top nation for U.S., Canadian retirees

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With its low cost of living, balmy climate and cheap property prices, Ecuador has been ranked the top foreign retirement destination for North Americans for the fifth consecutive year.

The South American nation bordered by Colombia and Peru scored the highest marks in’s annual ranking of the best places to retire.

Dec 19, 2012

Westminster Dog Show expands venue, adds two new breeds

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is expanding its venue and adding two new breeds, the Russell Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound, for a total of 187 that will vie for the Best in Show.

For the first time in its 137-year history, the two-day show on February 11-12 will be held at two venues. In addition to Madison Square Garden, it will be extended to Piers 92/94 on the Hudson River, so dog lovers can get up close and meet their favorite breeds.

Dec 18, 2012

Half of people around globe optimistic about economy: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With less than two weeks left in 2012, half of people around the world think the global economy will improve in 2013 and many plan to ring in the New Year with family and friends and improve their finances and health, a new survey shows.

The Ipsos poll released on Tuesday revealed that Indians, Brazilians and Indonesians were the most optimistic that the economy will improve next year, with more than three quarters giving it a thumbs up.

Dec 17, 2012

Gabby Douglas, Adele among brightest young stars -Forbes magazine

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Fashion designer Carly Cushnie,
actress Kate McKinnon and videogame creator Kim Swift may not be
household names yet, but they are destined to do great things
and will be tomorrow’s young stars, Forbes magazine said on

Along with Olympic Gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas,
rapper Wiz Khalifa and researcher Josh Sommer, they have been
chosen by the magazine for its “30 Under 30″ list of top
achievers under 30 years old in their fields.

Dec 16, 2012

‘Hobbit’ film sets December record in US, Canada debut

Dec 16 (Reuters) – “The Hobbit” brought home a big box
office treasure over the weekend, setting a December movie
record with $84.77 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales as
legions of fans turned out for the long-awaited big-screen
return to Middle Earth.

The 3D movie directed by Oscar-winning “Rings” filmmaker
Peter Jackson is the first of three films based on a 1937
classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Warner Bros. is aiming to build
on the success of the “Rings” series, one of Hollywood’s biggest
franchises with $2.9 billion in global ticket sales.

Dec 13, 2012

Teen fashion blogger branches out with book

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Tavi Gevinson has accomplished
more in her 16 years than most people double her age.

The style blogger, writer and darling of the fashion set
launched a fashion blog from her suburban Chicago home before
she turned 12. Two years later it was getting 50,000 hits a day
and she was a fixture in the front row of fashion shows in New
York, Paris and Tokyo.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. women make slow progress into boardrooms, executive jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, only 16.6 percent have seats on the boards of Fortune 500 companies and the number has barely budged since 2005, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The Catalyst 2012 F500 Census, which annually tracks women in top positions in companies, showed progress is painfully slow for women seeking the top spots in corporate America, with only a 0.5 percent rise from the previous year.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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