MANILA -- While performing before a crowd of oldies but goodies and original Pilipino music fans a couple of years ago, the sexagenarian Jim Paredes quipped: “I used to smell marijuana from the audience every time the Apo Hiking Society performed during our younger years. Now I smell Salonpas!” In some cultures it is impolite to ask about one’s age but this brings us to this running joke among followers of original Pinoy musicals: If “Sa Wakas” is for hipsters and millennials, or those in their late teens up to mid-30s, and the ongoing “Rak of Aegis” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo” are for titos and titas, or those in their mid-30s to late-40s, then could “Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!” be for the lolos and lolas of Manila? “The songs of Apo have been covered by Parokya ni Edgar, Ely Buendia, Gary Valenciano, Rachel and Hajji Alejandro, and many others,” noted Jonjon Martin, dramaturg and co-writer of ““Eto Na! … [Read more...] about News As musical opens, can fans expect a reunion of Apo Hiking Society?
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By Jim Rankin Feature Writer Tues., July 3, 2018 Toronto police “substantially” overestimate how competent they are at dealing with intercultural issues, which can result in members believing they “get it” and misread conflicts between police and Toronto’s diverse population, reveals a report based on a voluntary survey of more than 800 staff. The report, commissioned by the Toronto Police Service, paints a service-wide profile of an organization that has a “fuzzy sense of what intercultural competence looks like and what culturally responsive policing involves.” Outside consultants, including a former Toronto police board member, completed their report in March 2015 — amid intense controversy over racially skewed carding and an aggressive anti-violence unit that is now disbanded — but the report was never made public. The Star obtained the 135-page report and 270 pages of appendices in a … [Read more...] about Secret report sheds light on Toronto police culture
By Amy Dempsey Feature Writer Fri., May 11, 2018 Seven minutes. It’s the time it takes to grab a coffee and find a park bench, or pause to catch up with a neighbour, or pay a lunch tab and head out into a sunny day. In seven minutes on April 23, a man driving a rented cargo van struck more than two dozen pedestrians on a north Toronto sidewalk, and left everyone asking why. That one broken human could destroy so many lives is a difficult thing to accept. As Toronto struggles to make sense of what happened, the killer’s motive has been the subject of much speculation. In the weeks since the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man now facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder, has been cast as a symbol of toxic masculinity, a “disturbed individual attempting to exorcize private demons” and a “random loon.” Was Minassian a true believer in the misogynist incel movement referenced in a screed … [Read more...] about ‘I was like, how did he get a van?’ Inside the life of Alek Minassian, the Toronto van rampage suspect no one thought capable of murder
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.