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Year of the Snake may smile on Psy, but health woes could bite   TAIPEI: The coming lunar Year of the Snake is likely to smile on South Korean rapper Psy with increased prosperity, but he will need to leave Korea to make money and could risk exhaustion.   As Chinese communities around the globe prepare for the lunar New Year on Feb 1, which ushers in the Year of the Snake, a Taiwanese fortune teller predicted a mixed bag of luck for famous "snake" people around the world. Copyright Reuters, 2013

Beyonce brings out Destiny NEW ORLEANS: Pop diva Beyonce thrilled the Super Bowl crowd Sunday with a pyrotechnic half-time spectacular that doubled as a much-anticipated Destiny's Child reunion.   Fireworks burst into the sky from the Superdome field just vacated by the game-leading Baltimore Ravens and lagging San Franciso 49s as the 31-year-old chart-topper took the stage with "Crazy in Love."   Blowing a kiss to the live television camera after her opening number, she looked relieved to get the much-hyped, 15-minute show ...

Japanese kabuki star dies after leukaemia fight        TOKYO: Japanese kabuki star Ichikawa Danjuro has died after a long battle with leukaemia, his family said Monday. He was 66.   Danjuro, whose real name was Natsuo Horikoshi, passed away at a Tokyo hospital late Sunday after suffering pneumonia, compounded by a compromised immune system.   "He looks finally relieved," Ebizo, Danjuro's 35-year-old son and also a kabuki actor, told reporters. "His final days of battling against the disease were tough."   His death came just two months after the ...

Zombie love story LOS ANGELES: "Warm Bodies," a romantic comedy featuring a warm-hearted zombie, lured teenage girls to the theater, collecting $20 million in ticket sales in the US and Canada to take the box office title on a weekend dominated by Super Bowl parties and football watching.   Playing in more than 3,000 theaters, the odd pairing of a pale-faced zombie with his breathing girlfriend faced little competition among new films and easily mauled last weekend's winner "Hansel and ...

The bug that lays the golden egg PARIS: Among the more peculiar organisms that inhabit our Earth exists a bacterium that turns water-soluble gold into microscopic nuggets of solid gold, scientists said Sunday. Chemists have often pondered why the germ Delftia acidovorans is frequently found on the surface of tiny gold nuggets.   Its presence led scientists to speculate it may be creating the particles from soluble gold -- ions of gold that are dissolved in water.  But the puzzle was how D. acidovorans ...

PNCA to hold Kashmir Solidarity Day on Monday   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and Ministry of Culture have planned a number of colourful activities to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day here on Monday.   The event is being organized at PNCA auditorium on 10:00am, whereas the children from various institutions will present Kashmiri songs and Tableau.   Puppet show for children will also be presented by National Puppet Theatre of PNCA which depicting the stories on issues related to Kashmir and its importance for ...

Ben Affleck wins top prize at DGA awards         LOS ANGELES: Three week before the much-anticipated Oscars, US film director and actor Ben Affleck won a new top prize for his film "Argo," a thriller about the rescue of American hostages in Iran.   "There was a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, I didn't know what was going to happen and I thought 'I should be a director!'. And so I did it, and I worked very hard," Affleck said ...


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