SINGAPORE: Every two months, Madam Sarlin Ahmad travels about an hour and a half by bus and MRT train from her home in Woodlands to a home salon at Tampines, just to do her hair – even though there are plenty of decent salons near her place.The salon that she frequents, run by Winnie Lai, accepts only females. And it has found a pretty niche clientele – the more conservative Malay-Muslim women who prefer a private environment without men around. “There is a market (for such salons) that are not open to public view. Some people are shy,” said Mdm Sarlin. “When we go to a salon outside, everyone knows what you’re doing. Here, they cannot see.”The salon is in Mdm Lai’s home, a HDB executive maisonette that looks just like any of the other flats along the quiet corridor.During the Hari Raya period, business gets especially brisk. Customers come seeking hair treatments, and many, like Mdm Sarlin, become such close friends that they … [Read more...] about Trust and respect: Why Muslim women are this home salon owner’s biggest clients
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Nova -- young, black, and a member of Los Angeles's homeless population -- is sick of looking feminine and wants a part-shaved, mainly dreadlocked hairstyle that can appear a little more manly when the occasion demands. Mainstream hairdressers are often inadequate, unable to let Nova express a complex gender identity that falls outside of the traditional binary male-female classification. Nova has come to Project Q, a mobile salon offering free haircuts to homeless "genderqueer" people across Los Angeles, as well as crucial support or advice on combating bullying and developing self-esteem. "Not a lot of barbers will want to work with someone that they perceive as a woman, to cut their hair short, because they don't know what they're doing," said 31-year-old Madin Lopez, Project Q's founder. "They try to leave it more feminine and try to make it pretty (around) the face." Project Q's customers, like Lopez, mainly classify themselves as genderqueer or "non-binary" -- meaning their … [Read more...] about Project Q, the Californian genderqueer salon ‘saving life’
The White House may be the most famous building along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, but there’s a lesser-known government residence next door that has played a role in US history and American diplomacy for decades. The Blair House, just steps from the north lawn of the White House, is the official presidential guest house. Since World War II, it has acted as the “world’s most exclusive hotel,” hosting heads of state, royalty, and presidents-elect. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are staying there for three days during their official state visit – President Donald Trump’s first. While the White House remains the main meeting location for US presidents and their foreign visitors, the guest house carries significance. Take a look inside Blair House. Blair House is the official presidential guesthouse. source Alex Wong/Getty It’s just across the street from the White House, at … [Read more...] about Inside the presidential guest house — the ‘world’s most exclusive hotel’ that’s bigger than the White House where Macron is staying during his official state visit
House resolution urges return to peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF (philstar.com) - March 25, 2018 - 2:35pm MANILA, Philippines – More than 60 members of the House of Representatives have filed a resolution to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with communist rebels, which they said has had the most progress in the last 25 years. According to House Resolution 1803, peace talks during the Duterte administration "have reached "remarkable and unparalleled headway." Peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which represents the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, resumed in 2016. "Aside from the draft of [the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms], drafts were being crafted for the Comprehensive Agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms," the resolution reads, adding "this was the farthest advance in the … [Read more...] about House resolution urges return to peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF
By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 I once took Omarosa for a haircut. At 11:30 at night. Lost in the crevices of my memory — it’s amazing what gets buried during a lifetime of gallivanting — the vignette only rose up again rather recently, while watching America’s consummate villain morph, amazingly, into a surrogate for her boss from The Apprentice when he ran for prez; eventually move into a staff position at the White House; summarily lose said position in classic operatic fashion and then live to tell the tale (or spill the tea, as the kids say) over the last couple of weeks on Celebrity Big Brother. My time with the schemer — scanning my own archives — started one eve in 2005, at Sassafraz here in Toronto, where I went to interview Omarosa and, whereupon, she talked piously about Eleanor Roosevelt (yes, really), and ended with a night out on the town (because: YOLO). At one point, running into … [Read more...] about Omarosa has gone from reality TV to the White House and back again. What comes next?