Burberry & Tencent Team Up for “Social Retail Store”

Burberry partnered with Chinese tech giant Tencent to launch a luxury concept store using social media interactions. The British retailer opened its first “social retail store” on July 31 in Shenzhen, China’s technology hub. The store is the first stage of the partnership, positioning Burberry, which has 61 stores in China, as an innovator among Chinese shoppers, who make up …

Riders of Manila’s Famous Kalesas Forced to Sell Horses

Only a handful of horse-drawn carriages can be seen still navigating the streets of Manila amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as some of their riders have been forced to sell their horses and return to the provinces. But there are some who chose to stick things out, like Lolo Laylo, one of the city’s remaining kutseros whose usual routes include Manila’s …

Police Discovers Ancient Roman Artifacts in Spanish Seafood Store

Authorities inspecting a seafood store in Spain discovered ancient Roman containers, called amphorae, some of which could have been created in the first century and recovered from shipwrecks off the Mediterranean coast. Some 13 Roman amphorae and a metal anchor from the 18th century were found. They were uncovered by surprised officers during a routine check of the storage and …

Slave Trader Statue Replaced With One of A Black Lives Matter Protester

Last month, Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the UK made headlines when they toppled a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the River Avon. Now, the city has an entirely new figure being celebrated: a protester. British artist Marc Quinn erected a statue depicting a woman with her fist raised in a Black Power salute …

Valentina Sampaio is Sports Illustrated’s First Trans Model

In 2017, Valentina Sampaio became the first trans woman on the cover of Vogue Paris. Two years later, she was the first openly transgender model to hired by Victoria’s Secret. In 2020, the 23-year-old from a fishing village in Brazil continues to break barriers by becoming the first transgender woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The …

Wealthy Use Private Jets to Fly During Pandemic

The aviation industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic but the demand for private flights has soared in recent months. A report in The Sunday Times in the UK has revealed that global business trips have fallen by 96 percent but the world’s wealthiest are still flying on private jets. Bookings at global air services group, Air Partner, went …

Rescued Animals FB Group Helps Rice Cake Vendor

A Facebook page for stray and rescued animals is going the extra mile in helping a “puto” or rice cake vendor in Consolacion town, northern Cebu take care of her pet dog. Hope for Strays, set up by couple Gea Ybarita and Kevin Biera, with their friend Christine Maiki, in June last year aims to help stray animals by doing …

South Korea’s ‘Sentimental Tattoos’ Trending

Showing tattoos in public is taboo in South Korea where tattoos are seen as gangster symbols. Also, the deeply rooted Confucian culture discouraged people from altering the bodies they received from their parents. The art form has gradually gained mainstream attention in this conservative country as softer, more delicate designs began appearing on the scene. A Korean-language search for “sentimental …

Merriam-Webster Changes Definition of Racism

The American reference dictionary Merriam-Webster will change its definition of the word racism at the suggestion of a young black woman, who wanted it to better reflect the oppression of people of color. Kennedy Mitchum contacted Merriam-Webster, which has published its dictionaries since 1847, to propose updating the term. The recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa said she ” …