WHO is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it’s the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Magnetic mines are blamed for the damage, though there have been claims of torpedo use. Last month, four moored tankers were slightly damaged, though none seriously. This time the attacks were more damaging but apparently not lethal. A few cynics have even suggested Israel may be behind the tanker attack to provoke war between Iran and the United States – a key Israeli goal. Or maybe it’s the Saudis whose goal is similar. The Gulf is an ideal venue for false flag attacks. One thing appears certain. President Donald Trump and his coterie of neocon advisers have been pressing for a major conflict with Iran for months. The US is literally trying to strangle Iran economically and strategically. By now, Israel’s hard right wing dominates US Middle … [Read more...] about Will the real bombers please stand up!
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SINGAPORE: Irish rock band U2, one of the world’s best-selling acts, will bring The Joshua Tree Tour to Singapore on Nov 30, promoter LiveNation announced on Friday (Jun 14).Members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr will perform live in Singapore and Seoul for the first time, as well as Tokyo, where the band last performed in 2006 for its Vertigo Tour.It was announced earlier this week that U2’s New Zealand and Australia shows have sold out.The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 celebrates the band’s seminal album, which was first released in 1987. It will feature the complete album, played in sequence, alongside a selection of highlights from the band’s extensive repertoire.The tour opened in Vancouver in May 2017. The tour has so far seen sold-out stadiums in North America and Europe, including a hometown concert in Dublin in front of 78,000 fans.The original album, which yielded hits such as With Or Without You and Where The Streets Have No Name, sold more … [Read more...] about U2 announces date of first concert in Singapore
After crying myself to sleep the first few nights, I soon learned to revel in my new persona — that of a superhero on a mission to eradicate shoplifters. Hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” The fact that he was from Canada is incidental and had no bearing on the unbelievable decision I made when I moved there two years ago. I felt life was, indeed, a sport, and so, armed with Mr. Gretzky’s wisdom, I took a deep breath and went for the shot. Not many people would, at midlife, uproot themselves from an already comfortable environment, not to mention a highly successful career and reasonable standing in Manila society, and attempt to create a new life from scratch. Never mind that the target destination was a First World country. The operative word here is “midlife” — when ways are set, habits formed and learning new tricks is a painful process. I was working for the biggest lifestyle … [Read more...] about From glam fashion maven to… OMG, a brave new life
By Natalie Wong Bloomberg Thu., May 2, 2019 A one-bedroom condo plus den listed at $648,000 in Toronto’s east end has been sitting on the market for weeks. A similar unit in the same building priced $69,000 cheaper ended up selling way over asking. Whether it’s an apartment in a glitzy new skyscraper or a mansion in exclusive Forest Hill, pricing has become paramount as Toronto heads into the busy spring property season. As the market stabilizes after a year of plunging sales, condos sales are a mixed bag and big detached homes are hard to shift. “The right product, in the right location, at the right price will get lots of interest and likely multiple offers,” said real estate agent Justin Wu, who’s handling the condo that’s still on the market. “Others take more work to sell.” Home sales in the Toronto region have dropped 37 per cent from their peak in 2016 while prices are down 4.4 per cent since maxing out at $815,200 … [Read more...] about Toronto real estate market faces spring test
By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Mon., April 29, 2019 VANCOUVER—Online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti-Semitism that saw a record-breaking number of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted in 2018, according to a new report from B’nai Brith Canada. Western Canada, in particular, saw anti-Semitic incidents skyrocket last year. The number of incidents in British Columbia more than doubled to 374 from 165 in 2017, just behind Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which together had a 142.6 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 compared to 2017, to 131 from 54. “We are experiencing a disturbing new normal when it comes to anti-Semitism in this country, with expressions of anti-Jewish hatred surfacing in regions that are typically less prone to such prejudices,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. British Columbia had the third highest total number of anti-Semitic incidents behind Quebec, with 709, and … [Read more...] about Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada fuelled by online hate: B’nai Brith