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How Did Hair Become a Political Statement?

There is a notion that if you change your hair, you're probably going through something. The common instance is during breakups, just like Bea Alonzo inOne More Chance. But recently, it seems that some hairstyles are starting conversations from sexism, body image, to other political matters. So how are hairstyles defining today's society in the past few years? Here are a few examples. Female superheroes' long hair With the popularity of superhero movies and shows, female characters like Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel are given the attention they deserve. However, Racked brought up an argument that fighting with flowing, untied hair is both inconvenient and sexis...Keep on reading: How Did Hair Become a Political Statement?.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 11th, 2018

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

JERUSALEM --- Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism, and ideals of masculinity.   For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands of history. Facial hair also reflects social mores in many communities. In some cases, it can reflect political views.   Nowhere is this more visible than in Jerusalem's Old City, where bearded ultra-Orthodox Jews, Christian clerics, and devout Muslims all come into contact in a densely packed mix of some of the wo...Keep on reading: Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Railroading of House report on quarrying feared

NUEVA Ecija Gov. Czarina “Cherry” Umali has expressed fears their political rival is exerting efforts to fast track a report of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability holding the Umalis liable for the alleged anomalous quarry operations since Oct. 15, 2017. She made such statement after receiving… Source link link: Railroading of House report on quarrying feared.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Railroading of House report on quarrying feared

NUEVA Ecija Gov. Czarina “Cherry” Umali has expressed fears their political rival is exerting efforts to fast track a report of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability holding the Umalis liable for the alleged anomalous quarry operations since Oct. 15, 2017. She made such statement after receiving….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

HNP: No intention of recruiting members outside Davao Region

          The regional political party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has no intention of recruiting members outside the Davao region.   Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) on Friday advised their supporters outside of the Davao Region to form their own local parties or join other national parties.   The statement was… link: HNP: No intention of recruiting members outside Davao Region.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 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

IOC disappointed UN won’t grant North Korea sports exemption

LAUSANNE, Switzerland --- IOC President Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea. The International Olympic Committee's request was rejected by the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee. Bach says "this makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to bring athletes from all over the world together to promote understanding and friendship regardless of political background or any other differences." In a statement, Bach added that "it is all the more disappointing because the exemption asked for the easing of restrictions on sporting equipment only for a very limited number of athlet...Keep on reading: IOC disappointed UN won’t grant North Korea sports exemption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Zimbabwean soldiers beating up opposition, rights group says

Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, while a joint statement by the United States, European Union and others condemned the "eruption of violence.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Cayetano a political snake amid China row – Trillanes

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slammed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for questioning his backdoor negotiations with China during the 2012 Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) standoff. In a statement on Sunday, August 5, Trillanes said Cayetano knew about his role as the Philippines' backdoor negotiator with China , which sent ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Sen. Leila M. de Lima s statement on the looming arrest of Makabayan Bloc leaders

August 2, 2018. 8/2/18 Wala nang pagpapanggap si Duterte sa pagsupil sa lahat ng kanyang kritiko. Hindi bago sa atin ang political persecution na nagsimula noon kay Marcos, sinundan ni Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA), at ngayo’y ipinagpapatuloy ni Duterte. Noong naupo siya bilang Pangulo, inuna nya akong inusig,… Source link link: Sen. Leila M. de Lima's statement on the looming arrest of Makabayan Bloc leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

ConCom: House shakeup shows need for proviso in Charter vs. turncoats

SOME members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked with proposing amendments to the 1987 Constitution said that political turncoats, such as those seen recently in the Lower House, would have a harder time if the federal constitution they’ve crafted is approved. In a statement, ConCom spokesperson Ding Generoso said that the draft constitution that has… link: ConCom: House shakeup shows need for proviso in Charter vs. turncoats.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

Missionaries of the Assumption: A Statement of Concern and Indignation on the continuing injustices against the Indigenous Peoples

We are called to respond to the situations of misery and injustice, wherever we work and whatever our specific tasks may be. The poor are always at the centre of our concerns. We believe that the poor, especially among the indigenous peoples, are not only those who do not have the means to satisfy their material needs, but also those who, on the level of human dignity, are excluded from full social and political participation and unable to exercise their right to self-determination, to decide for themselves......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Style Inspo: Simplicity Is Key Became The Biggest Fashion Statement At 'SONA2018

See what our lawmakers and their loved ones donned at this annual political ocassion......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Few good options on anthem protests for NFL owners

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. The league's attempt to turn responsibility for disciplining protesters over to individual teams backfired on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins tried to categorize raising a fist or kneeling during the anthem as "conduct detrimental to the club." That gave them the right to punish a player with a fine or up to a four-game suspension — one game more than Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston got when he was accused of groping an Uber driver. Hours after The Associated Press reported on Miami's rules, the NFL and the players union issued a joint statement saying they were putting any anthem conduct policy on hold to see if they could come up with a compromise. But the owners aren't left with many good options to diffuse the controversy, especially with President Donald Trump eager to fan the flames. Here's a look at some of them: LEAVE IT TO THE TEAMS The Plan: The league's solution, which the NFL Players Association challenged, was to allow each team to determine whether to punish its own players for protesting during the anthem. The policy adopted in May by team owners subjected clubs to fines and required players to stand if they are on the field during "The Star-Spangled Banner," though it allowed players to stay in the locker room if they wished. This would have given hard-line owners in conservative regions a chance to clamp down while allowing teams in more liberal areas to let their players have their say. As it turned out, all it did was punt the ball down the road. The Winners: None. With players punished in some cities and protesting freely in others, there would always be plenty to complain about for those inclined to do so. And everyone seems inclined to do so these days. The Losers: NFL owners. Any punishment is destined to divide the locker room and the fandom; should a team actually suspend a significant contributor, it would only be hurting itself. And the guarantee of unequal treatment between and within teams would surely keep the issue in the news for yet another season. GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY The Plan: Ask players to stand at attention during the national anthem, and hope that they do. The Winners: Players, who would retain the ability to call attention to causes they believe in, namely racial inequality and police brutality . And President Trump, who gets applause any time he attacks the protesting players as he stumps for Republicans in the November midterm elections. The Losers: NFL owners, or at least those like Houston's Bob McNair who have chafed at the notion of the "inmates running the prison." They lose control and remain a subject of Trump's ridicule. KEEP PLAYERS IN THE LOCKER ROOM DURING THE ANTHEM The Plan: Players can't protest during the anthem if they aren't on the field during the anthem. Or so the theory goes. But the demonstrations were never about the anthem itself; it started as a way for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and expanded into a league-wide us-vs.-them after Trump's hollered at one rally: "Get that son of a bitch off the field." The Winners: Fans who were triggered by the sight of players kneeling during the song. And players, who could surely find another forum for their protests. The Losers: NFL owners. The president has already said this isn't patriotic enough for him, so there's little hope of him easing up on his criticism. And it would cost them the connection to the flag and country they have worked hard to cultivate. COMPROMISE The Plan: Other sports worked with their players so that they didn't have to protest to be heard. Maybe the owners make a donation to the players' pet projects, play a video on the scoreboard, or otherwise give them a forum for their concerns. The Winners: Players. It's not about the protest, it's about the cause. The Losers: NFL owners. Even if they could stomach the loss of control, the political intrusion on the sport is bound to alienate some fans. STOP PLAYING THE ANTHEM BEFORE GAMES The Plan: Join almost every other country in the world and skip the forced display of patriotism that demands players stand at attention while fans check their phones, finish their hot dogs or take the opportunity to visit the bathroom. If teams want to honor the military or local first-responders, let them do so free from marketing deals. The Winners: Fans who don't consider the anthem an integral part of the sports experience, giving them another 90 seconds in to spend in game day traffic without missing anything. The Losers. NFL owners. Concessionaires. And a whole generation of American Idol also-rans......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: When politics is poured down the Cup

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/18 July) – World Cup 2018 fever may have died down, but some controversies are lingering like a virus simply gone dormant. Don’t think that the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riot made the only significant political statement in the month-long tourney. Four members of the group invaded the pitch during the cup […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PDP-Laban to hold historic meeting with North Korean party

MANILA, Philippines – Ruling Philippine political party PDP-Laban is set to meet with its North Korean counterpart in an effort to forge "a more meaningful relationship" between Filipinos and North Koreans.  In a statement on Sunday, July 15, PDP-Laban said this is the "first-ever visit by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday, July 3, confirmed it has ordered 3 Methodist missionaries to leave the Philippines because two allegedly overstayed in the country while all of them engaged in "political activities." In a statement, the BI said the following Methodist ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

STATEMENT: Seek Peace and Pursue It

(Statement of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform on the GRP-NDFP peace process) The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) is saddened by the latest development in the peace process. Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in a statement during a forum of peace advocates, said the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

God’s Folly

If there is one way to describe President Duterte is that he can be consistent. I am not talking about his political agenda or economic plan, but about his recent statement calling God stupid. Saying those words is consistent with how his administration treated people. His lack of respect towards God is seen in his actions and policies. The outrage that many people felt following his tirade against God and the Catholic Church is valid. We hear about those who denounced Duterte as blasphemous while others were strong to defend the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Another attempt at church-mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, June 18, a clergy statement said. With the death toll from almost daily street violence now at 180, opposition groups and Catholic bishops walked out of the discussions, accusing the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018