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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

Rep. Quimbo no longer running as Marikina mayor

Marikina 2nd District Rep.Romero"Miro"Quimbo is no longer gunning for the mayoral post in the city. The third-termer congressman announced this in a statement on Wednesday. "Nais kong ipaalam na nakapagdesisyon na po ako ngayong umaga na hindi na ako magpapatuloy sa hangaring maging Punong Lunsod ng Marikina," he said. (I want to inform everyone that I have decided this morning that I will not continue my candidacy for the mayoral post of Marikina.) He said he would be focusing on the reorganization of the opposition political party, Liberal Party (LP). "Napakahirap na desisyon ito ngunit pinipili kong isantabi ang aking mga personal na pangarap sa ngayon upang tumugon s...Keep on reading: Rep. Quimbo no longer running as Marikina mayor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Binay vs Binay scenario in Makati mayoral race close to becoming reality

The city of Makati is headed for a possible face-off between members of the Binay political family, after former vice-president Jejomar Binay Sr., the family’s patriarch, said that he will not intervene in the growing schism between his children Abigail “Abby” Binay-Campos and Jejomar “Junjun” BinayJr. The older Binay in a statement to the media […] The post Binay vs Binay scenario in Makati mayoral race close to becoming reality appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

DFA lauds PH election to UN Human Rights Council

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday hailed the election of the Philippines to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. The Philippines gained 165 out of 192 votes during the elections at the UN General Assembly last Friday. It became one of the 17 member states that earned a seat in the council from 2018 to 2020. Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano acknowledged the human rights advocates but also denounced who are "morally corrupt." "We thank human rights advocates around the world, but also condemn a few who are morally corrupt and who use human rights for political and financial gain," Cayetano said in a statement. He added that, desp...Keep on reading: DFA lauds PH election to UN Human Rights Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

‘No corruption in P1.6-B Isabela road project’

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Isabela provincial government denied allegations of corruption hurled against them by their political opponents in connection with the P1.6-billion Ilagan-Divilacan road project. Vice Governor Antonio Albano also clarified, in a statement made over a local radio station, that the project costs only P1.6 billion and not more than P2 billion as… link: ‘No corruption in P1.6-B Isabela road project’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Comelec releases calendar for 2019 elections

  One week before the start of the filing of candidacy, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released the calendar of activities for the 2019 elections.   In a statement on Wednesday, the Comelec set the election period from January 13, 2019, until June 12, 2019. Election day was set for May 13.   Comelec said that candidates for senator and party-list groups participating in the Party-List System of Representation could start campaigning from February 12 to May 11.   Political campaigning is banned on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.   For candidates for the House of Representatives, and elective regional, provincial, city and mun...Keep on reading: Comelec releases calendar for 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Wrong move

Predictably, like clockwork, the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte immediately jumped at the opportunity to score him for his jest that supposedly acknowledged extra-judicial killings. Of course, the yellow-backed political opposition as well as its allies in the mainstream media went gaga over Duterte’s statement, trumpeting that it would boost the case against him before […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

‘Don’t take Duterte admission on extrajudicial killings seriously’–Palace

THE statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that the only “sin” he has committed in his political career was allowing extrajudicial killings (EJKs) “should not be taken seriously,” Malacanang said on Friday. In a speech during the oath-taking of new career executive service officers in Malacanang, Duterte underscored his fight against corruption, saying he was never a [...] The post ‘Don’t take Duterte admission on extrajudicial killings seriously’–Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Son also rises: Sonny Angara is new LDP head

Published @ 12:21 p.m., Sept. 22, 2018 | Updated @ 12:03 a.m., Sept. 23, 2018 Sen. Sonny Angara has taken the helm of the political party once led by his father, less than eight months before the May 13, 2019, midterm general elections. Angara was named new president of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) that his father, the late Sen. Edgardo Angara, cofounded in 1988 when the Peping Cojuangco wing of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan merged with the Lakas ng Bansa party of former Speaker Ramon Mitra. In a statement, Angara said that as LDP president, he would continue the centrist policies his father pursued. Angara stressed education, universal heal...Keep on reading: Son also rises: Sonny Angara is new LDP head.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Angara is new LDP president

                Senator Sonny Angara has been elected as the new president of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), the political party formed by his father, the late Senate President Edgardo Angara in 1988.     In a statement released on Saturday, the senator described his election as the… link: Angara is new LDP president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Trillanes names members of legal team

  Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV has formed a team of legal luminaries close to two weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte voided the opposition lawmaker's amnestyand ordered his arrest. "While I believe that the illegal voiding of my amnesty and the cases filed before the Makati Regional Trial courts related to this are part of Duterte's political harassment, I have talked to some of the best legal minds in the country who are willing to stand for the rule of law," Trillanes said in a statement on Thursday. "They believe that if this illegal act would not be corrected, our country's democracy would be in peril," he added. Trillanes said among the lawyers who wi...Keep on reading: Trillanes names members of legal team.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Trillanes amnesty revocation: ‘Duterte reinventing the law’

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is “reinventing or redefining the law to suit political agenda,” Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday, September 4. “'Toe the line or get out of the way’ is the unmistakeable message. Who’s next ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Egypt raises prices of foreigners’ passes into archaeological sites, museums

Cairo --- Egypt has raised the price of passes that allow foreign tourists entry into archaeological sites and museums in Cairo and Luxor. Thursday's statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the hikes, which take effect Nov. 1, affect the Cairo Pass and the standard Luxor Pass. Each will cost $100, up from $80, for regular visitors and $50, instead of $40, for students. It says the premium Luxor Pass, which includes access to the 19th-dynasty tombs of pharaoh Seti I and queen Nefertari, will cost $200, up from $160 and students will pay $100 instead of $80. Cash-strapped Egypt has been struggling to spur its tourism industry decimated by political turmoil following a 2011 upri...Keep on reading: Egypt raises prices of foreigners’ passes into archaeological sites, museums.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Cardema as NYC chairman ‘a waste taxpayers’ money,’ youth group claims

A youth group on Tuesday denounced the appointment of Ronald Cardema, leader of the Duterte Youth Movement, as chairman the National Youth Commission (NYC) and claimed that the move was a waste of public funds. "With the Duterte Youth leader at the helm of the NYC, Spark views his appointment as a waste of taxpayers' money and must be immediately confronted with protests," youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) said. In a statement on Tuesday after Malacaang announced Cardema's appointment, Spark alleged that the new NYC chairman does not reflect the interests of the Filipino youth. "Self-serving, political appointments continue to hinder genuine youth representati...Keep on reading: Cardema as NYC chairman ‘a waste taxpayers’ money,’ youth group claims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 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