The yen’s depreciation helped Toyota Motor Corp. double its fourth-quarter net profit. The automaker posted a net profit of 313.9 billion yen ($3.17 billion), compared to the 121 billion yen in the same period last year. Toyota gained an annual operating profit of 1.32 trillion yen ($13.32 billion), with an operating margin of 5.98 percent,
Queen Elizabeth II will skip the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka this November. This is the first she’ll miss the biennial gathering since 1971. The 87-year-old monarch has long been a major supporter of the 54-nation Commonwealth. It brings together presidents and prime ministers from the British Empire’s former colonies. But for
Jill Smokler, mother of three and author of Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) feels so stressed out these days. “You always hear about the mommy wars, but I feel like we’re judging ourselves more harshly than anyone else,” she says. What she also finds taxing, strangely enough, is the number of her children.
The first hater of 12-year NBA center Jason Collins’ announcement of his homosexuality broadcasted his disgust. ESPN reporter Chris Broussard said downright that Collins is a sinner and all NBA players who share his sexual orientation are in rebellion to God. Broussard’s fiery commentary was aired in last Monday’s edition of Outside the Lines. This
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 87th birthday with little fanfare last Sunday, April 21, 2013, where she spent the day in private while Prince William’s wife, Catherine, was proudly showing off her baby bump. This year’s birthday celebrations is a special and eventful one for the monarch as she will mark the 60th
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the national museum of arts and history founded in 1800, reopened to the public after undergoing a 10-year refurbishment worth €375 million ($489 million). Spanish architect Cruz y Ortiz lead the renovation of the museum. He brought back the original design of architect Pierre Cuypers who completed the project in 1885. Rijksmuseum is
McDonald’s is under fire for a PR failure that is sure for an unapproved ad that went public that is sure to keep customers from saying “I’m lovin’ it.” The print ad, found as a poster on the Boston metro, is a spin on mental health and depression PSAs. The ad reads, “You’re not alone.
Cooking can be hard to learn, but finding out how to do it is easier if you have the right tool. That’s the goal of Feast, David Spinks’ brainchild which aims to help clueless cooks learn how to whip up their own food in their own kitchen. With Feast, Spinks cuts down the quizzes and
Rapper LL Cool J told Jay Leno in the Tonight Show that the song Accidental Racist was not perfect but he felt good about starting a national conversation. The rapper admitted the he was not surprised that the song got such reaction. He explained that he cannot defend the song but he can clarify his
United Nations aims to eliminate deaths from pneumonia and severe diarrhea, usually among the poor in Africa and South Africa by 2025. This is through the integrated strategy that includes better sanitation and newer vaccines. The new 10-year plan, which will cost $6 billion, intends to stop 2 million children under five from dying from