DUBAI: After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. This spring, he sold his luxury townhouse and jetted off to the desert sheikhdom of Dubai to start a new life with his family. There was no turning back, he said. The French business magnate’s super wealthy foreign friends were doing the same, driving an unprecedented surge in sales of Dubai's most-exclusive properties. “Here in Dubai, there’s only one strategy: Business as usual,” said Reech, the chairman of an eponymous group that owns real estate and financial technology companies. The philosophy is simple: “Let's make sure everyone's vaccinated and keep everything open." “Of course that attracts people like me," he said. As vaccines roll out unevenly worldwide and waves of infections force countries to extend restrictions, foreign buyers flush with cash have flooded Dubai's high-end property market, one of the few places in the world where they can dine, … [Read more...] about Dubai luxury home market soars as world’s rich flee COVID-19 pandemic
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Photo: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images Truth or Dare is a snapshot of stardom in 1991, before fame was something that existed in people’s pockets. Pop documentaries have surged in the past decade, with many younger artists striving to make their own versions of Truth or Dare . Try as they might, Beyoncé , Taylor Swift , Billie Eilish , Lady Gaga , Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato , Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes , and Coldplay can’t quite replicate the novelty of early-’90s Madonna. (Time will tell whether Pink , Nicki Minaj , Rihanna , or Alicia Keys can do any better.) Maybe that’s because Truth or Dare wasn’t initially designed to be so personal. What began as a traditional concert film ripened when director Alek Keshishian observed the seven dancers, two backup singers, and dozens of attendants in Madonna’s retinue. What came next was less a celebrity-branding ploy than an organic peek behind the Blond Ambition Tour’s … [Read more...] about The Oral History of Madonna’s
Cutting human sources of methane would be a quick win for the climate, according to a new United Nations report. Roughly halving emissions of the greenhouse gas from human activity, often with existing, cost-effective solutions, would reduce the future rise in global temperatures by around 0.3C by the 2040s, it is claimed. The analysis was carried out by the UN Environment Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Scientists have hailed the strategy as a "win-win" because it would reduce global warming and simultaneously improve human health and the economy. Levels of methane in the atmosphere have doubled since pre-industrial times. Advertisement It is a potent greenhouse gas that is 10 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. According to the UN's Global Methane Assessment, human activity results in around 380 million tonnes of methane being released into the atmosphere every year. … [Read more...] about Cutting human sources of methane would reduce global warming and improve human health – scientists
IMAGE: Chelsea's Timo Werner celebrates scoring their first goal against Real Madrid with teammates during the Champions League semi-final in Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into a Champions League final showdown with Manchester City as they outclassed Real Madrid to win 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate triumph at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. German striker Werner, who has endured a stuttering first season at Chelsea, put them in control when he nodded in one of the easiest goals of his career in the 28th minute after fellow German Kai Havertz had struck the bar. Thirteen-times European champions Real, who had come through each of their last three Champions League semi-final ties, had been second best for much last week's first leg which ended 1-1. Even with talisman Sergio Ramos back after missing the home leg they were outplayed by Thomas Tuchel's side again as the German continued his stunning … [Read more...] about Chelsea outclass Real Madrid, face City in Champions League final
STATE pension payments will be something you receive if you've reached a certain age in later life. The state pension is different to your workplace or a private pension , and when you can start receiving the pay-out depends on when you were born. In May 2014, the government changed how the state pension system works , with the goal of making it simpler. In order to get a state pension you need to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs), and have built up a minimum number of years' worth. How much is the state pension? Men born on or after April 6, 1951, or women born on or after April 6, 1953, will be able to claim the new state pension. For those who reached the state pension age before April 6, 2016, you’ll be getting the old state pension, known as the basic state pension. The full new state pension is £175.60 per week, but the actual money you get will depend on your National Insurance record. If you've accrued NICs under both the old and new … [Read more...] about How can I check my state pension and what age can I claim it?