Jan 12, 2016

Honda, Volvo take top awards at Detroit auto show

After a few years of Detroit domination, two foreign automakers have nabbed 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year honors. A panel of about 55 independent automotive journalists selected the Honda Civic and Volvo XC90 on Monday. The winners were unveiled at ...

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Nov 25, 2015

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

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Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humor and sarcasm. “I’m speechless. … This is so wonderful!” Kotani, ...

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

Oct 13, 2015

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

New Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton is an optimist about economic progress but his theory that poor countries’ development could be accelerated by cutting international aid has triggered controversy. In his 2013 book “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality,” Deaton, ...

Cities, firms clean up with wins at Japan's first toilet awards

Sep 5, 2015

Cities, firms clean up with wins at Japan's first toilet awards

A total of 28 municipalities and businesses have received the government’s first toilet awards for promoting clean, safe and comfortable public lavatories while also improving women’s lives through better sanitation. “Although there are diverse policies relating to food, we have few opportunities to discuss ...