A Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Primer: The state of the regions by stats IF FEDERALISM is the answer, what is the question? If federalism is the solution, what is the problem? Indeed, where are the people in the debate and what motives or reasons drive the pitch to shift? And what good, bad, and ugly tidings does federalism signal? For the last two years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his political allies have mounted a fevered sales pitch to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift to a federal system of government. But until last week, they did so absent a single consensus draft on how exactly they want to revise which Charter provisions for what reasons, and for how long and how much. The system, they say, has neglected the poor regions and needs fixing. But the irony is they ask people to buy into federalism by dangling more of the same fix-it treats of old-style politics -- more money for the regions and more power or extended … [Read more...] about News Unpacking the federalism gambit: What’s in it for citizens?
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By Briony Smith The Kit Fri., May 18, 2018 I am not dainty. Despite a lifelong yearning to be the most elegant queen, I have mostly made peace with the fact that I am clumsy, frizzy-haired, prone to shouting, and forever lugging around an alarmingly large handbag overflowing with 25 pounds of trash. My irritatingly chic Zimbabwean mother, bless her, drilled into us the strict manners of her colonial forebears: Sit up straight (“picture an elastic band pulling you up to heaven!”), no elbows on the table, respect your elders. At boarding school, the nuns bestowed her with the best etiquette award, for God’s sake. After years away from her steely influence and a general slackening of standards during communal Smith holidays, I have devolved into a posture-less cretin, slumped over the table at mealtimes and showing a startling disdain for public decorum at most times. This is why, I assume, my editors chose me to visit an etiquette expert in advance of … [Read more...] about Brush up on your etiquette before the royal wedding
Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more travel stories and videosSINGAPORE: The first time I ever encountered a Japanese Toto toilet was in a manga café in Singapore’s Robertson Quay. As life-changing experiences go, it ranks way up there with the time I flew to Chicago to watch an actual Oprah show, and when I discovered the dermatological joys of Dr Sandra Lee, aka Dr Pimple Popper, on YouTube.I still remember walking into that little bathroom. It was tiny, though someone had gone to some effort to doll it up with a little bottle of fragrance sticks and small wooden-framed pictures of kittens. But it was the toilet bowl that caught the eye because it had an unusual number of tubes and attachments, not least a panel with lots of soft buttons, Japanese characters and a couple of icons that showed the letter ‘w’ over a stylised fountain of dots.I was done with the task at hand in a few seconds, but was then forced to spend … [Read more...] about Ode to the glorious Japanese toilet
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley released a declassified version of a January letter in which he and committee member Lindsey Graham referred Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele to the Department of Justice for criminal charges. The letter appears to undercut two key assertions made in a bombshell memo released by the House Intelligence Committee last week, which purports to show the DOJ and FBI abusing their surveillance authority to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser. Former intelligence officials and legal experts also said the letter seems like a political stunt meant to discredit Steele, rather than the information contained in the dossier. The Senate Judiciary Committee entered the heated memo wars on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, when committee chairman Chuck Grassley released a declassified version of a criminal referral he and fellow committee member Sen. Lindsey … [Read more...] about The Senate Judiciary Committee just declassified a letter that offers critical clues about the Steele dossier and the Nunes memo
caption The colorful Porto, Portugal, is one of the friendliest places on the list. source Time Out Time Out’s City Life Index, a survey of 15,000 people in 32 global cities, has been released, and it shows which ones promise the most fun and excitement in 2018. The survey, conducted by Tapestry Research, questioned residents on a variety of aspects of city life. It ranked cities in categories across food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability, happiness, and liveability. It also “found the key factors that make residents find their city exciting,” from dining out often to feeling proud of where they’re from. Scroll down to see the 32 most affordable, friendly, and fun cities in the world, ranked in ascending order along with their overall scores: This article was originally published on January 31, 2018. 32. Istanbul (87.1) — Istanbul residents are proud of their unique city and its history but largely are still not … [Read more...] about The 32 most fun, friendly, and affordable cities in the world