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Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernize the conservative petrostate--- but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban. Women in Riyadh and other cities began zipping around streets bathed in amber light soon after the ban was lifted at midnight, with some blasting music from behind the wheel. "I feel free like a bird," said talk show host and writer Samar Almogren as she cru...Keep on reading: Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 25th, 2018

Saudi overturns ban on women driving

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabian women celebrated being able to drive for the first time in decades Sunday, as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s wide-ranging drive […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tires screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back. For Saudi women, such adrenaline rushes were unimaginable just weeks ago. Speed-crazed women drivers are bound to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Lifting the driving ban: What it means for Saudi women

Finally! Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers has been lifted. This is a first for the country and 'brings the ultra-conservative Gulf nation into line with the rest of the world.' B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Driving ban on Saudi women ends

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive on Sunday, June 24, overturning the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform that is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --- Cradling her four-month-old daughter, Nour Obeid scans the car showroom and heads to the mid-sized SUVs. In the past, a woman looking to buy a car in Saudi Arabia would focus on the features in the back, but Obeid is checking out the driver's seat, picturing herself doing grocery store runs or school drop-offs. This Sunday, the kingdom will lift the world's only ban on women driving, a milestone for women who have had to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis and ride-hailing services to get to work, go shopping and get around. The move could help boost the Saudi economy by ensuring stronger female participation in the workforce, ...Keep on reading: Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Saudi women rev up motorbikes as end to driving ban nears

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine – Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes at a Riyadh sports circuit. But ahead of the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24, women gather weekly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

First Saudi women get driving licenses

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday, June 4, began issuing its first driving licenses to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on female motorists . Ten Saudi women swapped their foreign licenses for Saudi ones in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Saudi Arabia prepares to outlaw sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, a move campaigners hailed on Tuesday as a “paradigm shift” in the deeply conservative Islamic kingdom, which is set to lift a ban on women driving within weeks. Source link link: Saudi Arabia prepares to outlaw sexual harassment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of [...] The post Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Saudis detain women s advocates ahead of driving ban lift

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi authorities have arrested 7 prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women .  Without naming those detained, Saudi Arabia's state security apparatus said 7 people had been arrested for "attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom... and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on Tuesday, May 8. "All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established," Bassami was quoted as saying in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban

      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --- Saudi Arabia says it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years. It's the latest move as part of the young crown prince's efforts to socially reform the country. The kingdom says a resolution was passed on Monday paving way for licenses to be granted to commercial movie theaters. Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980's during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving next year and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment ...Keep on reading: Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted – BBC News

Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted – BBC News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Saudi textbooks still promote violence, hatred against Jews, women, homosexuals — study

A comprehensive analysis conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) showed that Saudi government-published textbooks for the 2018-2019 academic year continue to teach anti-Semitic incitement and hatred. This finding comes contrary to Saudi Arabia's promise to the United States government in 2008 that the vitriolic passages would be removed from its textbooks, as the textbooks today still hold such passages in the Saudi educational curriculum. The report was published by ADL this November, titled "Teaching Hate and Violence: Problematic Passages from Saudi State Textbooks for the 2018-19 School Year" as per their news release on Nov. 19. The report revealed the texts, tran...Keep on reading: Saudi textbooks still promote violence, hatred against Jews, women, homosexuals — study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Saudis release Filipina cleaners held after police raid on Halloween party

DUBAI — Saudi Arabia has released 19 Filipina women detained in a raid on a Halloween party in Riyadh, a senior diplomat said on Wednesday, which the authorities said was prompted by complaints of loud music and frightening costumes. Online videos which posters said were filmed at the event held at a rented resort over […] The post Saudis release Filipina cleaners held after police raid on Halloween party appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

AP interview: Rosberg expects F1 merger with electric series

By Rob Harris, Associated Press Highlighting fresh concerns about global warming, Nico Rosberg foresees an eventual merger between the fuel-guzzling Formula One championship and the more environmentally friendly, electric motorsport series. The German driver retired from F1 after winning his only title in 2016, and he has since invested in the four-year-old Formula E championship, which he said is now worth 750 million euros ($870 million). While F1 remains more attractive to sponsors and fans, the upstart series is showing increasing commercial appeal. Heineken, which already sponsors F1, was announced on Monday as the official beer and cider backer of the electric street racing championship under a five-year deal. That unified approach to marketing across both series points to a future where they join forces. "Maybe we will never even get to that point (where Formula E is bigger than F1) and we will just see a merger between Formula One and Formula E before that," Rosberg said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday. "When the moment comes that Formula One needs to go electric, which will happen, maybe you will just see a merger then." They already share ownership through American entertainment and broadcasting magnate John Malone's companies. Liberty Global was already the biggest shareholder in Formula E when Liberty Media bought F1 in 2017. "The step for Formula One to go electric will be a big and difficult one," Rosberg said. "If that ever happens." It might become inevitable, with a fast-warming planet to be protected, and sports conscious of its role. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a gloomy report last week which said the difference between life and death for multitudes of people around the world could be whether world leaders find a way to reduce future warming caused by humans by less than a single degree Fahrenheit. "It's a real problem out there in the world and we need to do what we can as fast as possible to help all together," Rosberg said. "If the whole world is selling and driving electric cars," he added, "it doesn't make sense for Formula One to be combustion engines, so that moment will come. The advantage is that Formula One and Formula E have the same owner." Although the cars are quieter compared to the ear-splitting, fuel-guzzling engines in F1, the new Gen 2 models which run faster and longer have been introduced. Nissan and BMW will be debuting on the grid when the fifth Formula E championship begins in Saudi Arabia in December. There has also been a high-profile signing for the series: Former F1 driver Felipe Massa racing for Venturi, the Monaco-based team co-owned by actor Leonardo Di Caprio. Stoffel Vandoorne announced on Monday he is also making the switch from F1, joining the Mercedes-linked HWA Racelab Formula E team after leaving McLaren at the end of this season. Rosberg is already looking forward to the following season when Mercedes-Benz and Porsche appear on the grid. "That will be a spectacle everyone will want to watch," Rosberg said. "They need to showcase their electric technology in Formula E. None of them can afford to lose.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: 2 poomsae bronze medals on Day 1 for Philippines

JAKARTA—The Philippine men’s and women’s taekwondo poomsae teams settled for bronze medals after yielding to traditional powerhouses during their semifinal matches at the start of the taekwondo competitions in the 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Assembly Hall here on Sunday. An opening for the gold medal match presented itself for the men’s troika of Dustin Jacob Mella, Jeordan Dominguez and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. after they defeated Iran in the quarterfinals, 8.339 vs 8.100. But the trio rammed into the Great Wall, losing in the semifinals to China’s Zhu Yuxiang, Hu Mingda and Deng Tingfeng, 7.830 - 8.180, to settle for the first bronze medal of the Philippine delegation. The same fate befell the triumvirate of Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto and Janna Dominique Oliva, who failed to make it to the championship round after bowing to Unifed Korea’s Gwak Yeowon, Choi Dongah, Park Jaeun, 7.110-8.020, also in the semifinals. “Hard luck. We lost in the semifinals, but we are very proud of the teams,” said Philippine Taekwondo Association national head coach Igor Mella. The men’s team began their ascent to the semifinals after defeating Saudi Arabia in the Round of 16, 8.180-7.640 before securing the quarterfinal win over the Iranians. The women’s team won over host Indonesia in the quarterfinals, 8.070-8.040, after edging Hong Kong, China in the round of 16, 8.000-7.490. Other Philippine bets in the individual poomsae were not as lucky as Reyes and Jocelyn Ninobla both failed to advance. Reyes was eliminated by Thailand's Pongporn Suvittayarak, 8.08-8.32, in the quarterfinals after he advanced to the last eight by eliminating Ruslan Manaspayev 8.08-7.08 in the round of 16. Ninobla fell by the wayside in the round of 16 to Vietnam's Tuyet Van Chau, 7.89-8.11. The men’s team’s semifinal tormentor China went on to settle for the silver after bowing to Unified Korea’s Han Yeonghun, Kim Seonho and Kang Wanjin, even as the Koreans’ female side was upset by Thailand’s Chomchuen Kotchawan, Phaisankiattikun Phenkanya and Sirisahakit Omawee, 8.200 to 8.210. The women’s volleyball team, meanwhile, got waylaid by powerhouse Thailand, 22-25, 12-25, 15-24, at the Gelura Bung Karno Volleyball Hall—a score line that did not actually reflect the Thais’ superiority in the event. Hagen Topacio, on the other hand, overcame a shaky start but came storming back to score 71 points and wind up in a tie for third with six others after the first three rounds of shooting’s trap event at the Jakabaring Sports City range here on a bright and sunny Sunday.   Also in Palembang, the country’s top junior player Jeson Patrombon was in vintage form on Sunday, starring in the country’s twin victories at the Jakabaring Sports City courts.Patrombon opened the country’s campaign in the men’s singles with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Timor Leste’s Nazario Fernandez Gusmao then teamed up with Francis Casey Alcantara in the afternoon in dispatching Qatar’s Jabar Al Mutawa and Mubarak Zayid, 6-4, 6-2, in doubles play. But the first-time partnership of Alberto Lim Jr. and Marian Jade Capadocia suffered a stinging 4-6, 4-6 loss to the seventh-seeded Indian tandem of Khamran Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan in the mixed doubles. Two Filipino riders will vie in the downhill event of cycling’s mountain bike event on Monday but they may end up using only one bike. The Trek MTB bike of John Derick Farr--and also that of women’s cross country top bet Ariana Thea Patrice Dormitorio—remained in transit because of the mess at the NAIA caused by a Xiamen Airways Boeing plane that belly-landed last Friday. “If worse comes to worst, Derick could be borrowing Lea’s [women’s entry Lea Denise Belgira] bicycle for the downhill race tomorrow [Monday],” Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez, the PhilCycling’s MTM commission chairman, said. The Travel Department of the Philippine Sports Commission burned the wires since Saturday afternoon to determine the whereabouts of the bicycles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Saudi official says Canada dispute won’t affect oil sales

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women's rights activists will not affect the ultraconservative kingdom's oil sales to Canadian customers, the Saudi energy minister said Thursday. The remarks by Khalid al-Falih show the limits of the ongoing quarrel and may calm some of the bluster surrounding the dispute that suddenly erupted Monday over Canadian diplomats' tweets asking the kingdom to release the detained activists. A statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted al-Falih as saying oil sales are not affected by politics as there is a "firm and longstanding policy that is not influenced by political...Keep on reading: Saudi official says Canada dispute won’t affect oil sales.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's new assertive foreign policy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Because I can: ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –  Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I've already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia's first female drivers for Careem. The Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman's September announcement of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018