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Vodka to blame for high death risk in Russian men

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Russian men who down large amounts of vodka – and too many do – have an “extraordinarily” high risk of an early death, a new study says.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Sin tax law effects: Smokers find way to scrimp on cigarettes, share sticks with friends

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While smokers would readily share a stick or two to an acquaintance in the past, these days, smokers have become stingy with their cigarettes, due to higher retail prices brought about by the sin tax law. AFP FILE PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

Forgot to buy your cigarette or did you suddenly run out of a stick to light? Think twice before asking somebody to hand you one. More likely, fellow smokers would tell you they have run out of sticks, too.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Risking life and limb to make Philippine ‘vodka’

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In this photo taken on November 15, 2012, tapper Eugenio Andaya, pours his harvest of coconut sap to be used in a local wine called 'tuba' the raw material for Lambanog in Tayabas, Quezon Province, south of Manila.  With their huge copper vats and open fires, little-known backyard liquor makers have toiled for generations in Philippine coconut farms to distill the country's answer to Russian vodka. Extracted from the sap of the coconut, the "lambanog" was once considered a lowly peasant's drink whose potency they claim puts those of well-known liquors and spirits around the world in the shade.  AFP  / JAY DIRECTO

With their huge copper vats and open fires, little-known backyard liquor makers have toiled for generations on Philippine coconut farms to distill their equivalent of Russian vodka.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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