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Friday, 7 May 2021

Female Army soldiers will now be allowed to wear their hair in ponytails and braids in all uniforms - but men STILL can't grow beards

 Female soldiers will be able to wear their hair in ponytails and braids while in all uniforms, the US Army has announced. 

In a press released Thursday, the Army revealed they had updated their grooming policy to approve the new hairstyles to make things 'more practical for our female soldiers'. 

'It allows them flexibility in a tactical environment, while maintaining a professional appearance in garrison,' the release read. 


Female soldiers were previously required to wear their hair up in a bun.  

It has recently been claimed by some soldiers that tight hair buns can trigger hair loss and other scalp problems for women. 

Larger buns needed to accommodate thick or longer hair can also make a combat helmet fit badly and potentially impair good vision.    

Female soldiers will be able to wear their hair in ponytails and braids while in uniform, the US Army has announced
The Army released these two photos in a press release Thursday, showing new acceptable hairstyles for women

Female soldiers will be able to wear their hair in ponytails and braids while in uniform, the US Army has announced. The Army released these two photos in a press release Thursday, showing new acceptable hairstyles for women 

Female soldiers were previously required to wear their hair up in a bun. It has recently been claimed by some soldiers that tight hair buns can trigger hair loss and other scalp problems for women

Female soldiers were previously required to wear their hair up in a bun. It has recently been claimed by some soldiers that tight hair buns can trigger hair loss and other scalp problems for women

Under the new policy, hair must 'be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or secured in either a bun, single ponytail, two braids or a single braid' which 'may be worn down the center of the back in all uniforms'. 

However, female soldiers are prohibited from having that 'extend past the bottom of the shoulder blades while at the position of attention'. 


The update comes just three months after the US Army announced a slew of other changes to their grooming policies for female soldiers.  

The Army announced women would be able to wear earrings, lipstick and nail polish while in uniform.  

Army Sgt. Maj. Brian Sanders told reporters at the time that the panel recommending the new grooming changes considered a variety of factors, including cultural, health and safety issues. 

'At the end of the day, our women are mothers, they're spouses, they're sisters, they definitely want to be able to maintain their identity and that´s what we want to get after,' he stated.  

Under the new policy, hair must 'be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or secured in either a bun, single ponytail, two braids or a single braid' which 'may be worn down the center of the back in all uniforms'

Under the new policy, hair must 'be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or secured in either a bun, single ponytail, two braids or a single braid' which 'may be worn down the center of the back in all uniforms' 

In a press released Thursday, the Army revealed they had updated their grooming policy to approve the new hairstyles to make things 'more practical for our female soldiers'

In a press released Thursday, the Army revealed they had updated their grooming policy to approve the new hairstyles to make things 'more practical for our female soldiers'

The update comes just three months after the US Army announced a slew of other changes to their grooming policies for female soldiers. The Army announced women would be able to wear earrings, lipstick and nail polish while in uniform

The update comes just three months after the US Army announced a slew of other changes to their grooming policies for female soldiers. The Army announced women would be able to wear earrings, lipstick and nail polish while in uniform 

The changes were made in the wake of a directive by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who ordered a new review of military hairstyle and grooming policies last July. 

Despite increased flexibility in the grooming standards of female soldiers, male members of the US Army will not be allowed to wear earrings and they still have to shave. 

However, men will be able to wear clear nail polish and  be able to dye their hair. 

The colors for both genders are limited to 'natural' shades. Prohibited colors include blue, purple, pink, green, orange or neon.

'These aren't about male and female,' said Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, the Army's top enlisted leader during a Facebook Live presentation in February.

'This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.' 

Despite increased flexibility in the grooming standards of female soldiers, male members of the US Army will not be allowed to wear earrings and they still have to shave

Despite increased flexibility in the grooming standards of female soldiers, male members of the US Army will not be allowed to wear earrings and they still have to shave 

Crooked former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, 77, is ordered BACK to prison two days after he was released on furlough less than a year into his six year sentence

 Crooked former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been ordered back to prison just two days after he was released early less than a year into his 6.5-year sentence for corruption. 

Silver, 77, was released Tuesday on furlough while awaiting a decision over whether he could serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.  

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he will now be returned to federal prison after federal authorities denied his request.


Silver had been locked up in Otisville prison in Orange County, New York, over a corruption scheme where he took $800,000 in payments from real estate developers dating back as far as 2005. 

As one of the most powerful state officials in New York, he avoided prison for many years before he was finally put away for his crimes last August.

Crooked former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (pictured in July leaving US District Court in New York after his sentencing) has been ordered back to prison just two days after he was released early less than a year into his 6.5-year sentence for corruption

 Crooked former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (pictured in July leaving US District Court in New York after his sentencing) has been ordered back to prison just two days after he was released early less than a year into his 6.5-year sentence for corruption

Sources told NBC New York, Silver could be back behind bars as soon as Thursday afternoon. 

His return to prison comes after the US attorney's office in Manhattan, which prosecuted Silver's case, said it had notified the Bureau of Prisons that it had opposed Silver's release. 

Other New Yorkers also blasted his early release this week.  

Nick Langworthy, the New York State Republican Chairman, called it a 'gross miscarriage of justice and slap in the face to every New Yorker.'

'He abused his power to personally profit to the tune of $4 million,' Langworthy said Tuesday.

'New Yorkers need to send a message that they are fed up with corrupt politicians escaping accountability while taxpayers are left holding the bag.' 

Meanwhile, Guardian Angels' Curtis Sliwa was seen putting up posters reading 'Send him back to Jail' at Silver's apartment building. 


The Federal Bureau of Prisons didn't provide details or a reason for Silver's transfer out of prison earlier this week. 

A spokesperson had told The New York Post Silver was still 'designated' to Otisville Prison, but added that it has the power to transfer inmates to their homes on furlough.

'We can share that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has authority to transfer inmates to their home on furlough for periods of time while they may continue to be considered for home confinement designation,' a spokesperson said in a statement.  

Congress gave the Justice Department expanded powers during the coronavirus pandemic to release inmates on furlough and home confinement to prevent them from catching the virus behind bars.

Silver's supporters have said he is in failing health and suffering from multiple medical conditions that make him more vulnerable to the virus. 

Guardian Angels' Curtis Sliwa arrives to the doorstep of Sheldon Silver's New York City home and puts up posters of 'Send him back to Jail'

Guardian Angels' Curtis Sliwa arrives to the doorstep of Sheldon Silver's New York City home and puts up posters of 'Send him back to Jail'

Sliwa put up the posters calling for Silver to be returned to federal prison this week

Sliwa put up the posters calling for Silver to be returned to federal prison this week

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He was pictured being pushed in a wheelchair into his Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by his wife Rosa Mandelkern and Rabbi Akiva Homnick. 

Homnick said he was focusing on Silver's health and would not answer other questions about his return to prison Thursday.

Homnick said earlier this week that the 77-year-old had 'serious' ongoing health issues. 

'At this time the family is asking for privacy to deal with Mr. Silver's medical issues which he has some serious ones that are ongoing,' Homnick told City & State. 

'He's expected home momentarily.' 

Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan, was once one of the three most powerful state officials in New York. 

He was first voted into the Assembly in 1977 before leading it for more than two decades before his abrupt ouster in 2015 after the corruption allegations emerged.

He was ultimately convicted in a scheme that involved a type of illegal back-scratching that has long plagued Albany.  

Silver leaving federal court in New York in May 2018 over his corruption case

Silver leaving federal court in New York in May 2018 over his corruption case  

He was released Tuesday on furlough while awaiting a decision over whether he could serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement

He was released Tuesday on furlough while awaiting a decision over whether he could serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement

He supported legislation that benefited real estate developers he knew. In return, they referred tax business to a law firm that employed Silver, which then paid him fees.

Appeals kept Silver out of prison for years. His initial 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal before he was convicted again in 2018. 

Part of that conviction was then tossed out on another appeal, leading to yet another sentencing in July.  

At his sentencing, Silver's lawyers had begged the court to allow him to serve his sentence under home confinement, rather than at a prison, because of the danger of contracting a fatal case of COVID-19. A judge turned him down.

The Bureau of Prisons moved more than 7,000 federal inmates to home confinement, according to Bureau of Prisons statistics obtained by ABC. The agency released nearly 25,000 prisoners to their homes since last March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the bureau's guidelines, priority for home confinement is supposed to be given to those inmates who have served half of their sentence or inmates with 18 months or less left and who served at least 25 per cent of their time, ABC reported. 

But the bureau has discretion about who can be released. 

Silver had been locked up in Otisville prison in Orange County, New York, (above) over a corruption scheme where he took $800,000 in payments from real estate developers dating back as far as 2005

Silver had been locked up in Otisville prison in Orange County, New York, (above) over a corruption scheme where he took $800,000 in payments from real estate developers dating back as far as 2005

Thursday, 6 May 2021

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Are YOU guilty of being 'cheugy'? Inside bizarre new term being used to describe millennials who love out-of-date trends - from phrases on clothing to Herbal Essences shampoo

 The slang term 'cheugy' — used to define someone who follows out-of-date trends  — has taken off and become the new 'basic' after being coined by a Los Angeles high school student nearly a decade ago. 

Hallie Cain, 24, from Los Angeles, introduced the word on TikTok on March 30, explaining that graphic tees and hats, Herbal Essence shampoo, and Instagram captions like 'thank u, next' are all cheugy (pronounced chew-gee).

While the Gen Z-associated term seems to be geared toward millennials and the things they like, the copywriter — who is on the cusp of being a millennial, herself — pointed out that a person can be cheugy at any age. 


New slang: Hallie Cain, 24, from Los Angeles, introduced the word cheugy on TikTok on March 30. Cheugy is a term used to define someone who follows trends that are no longer in style

New slang: Hallie Cain, 24, from Los Angeles, introduced the word cheugy on TikTok on March 30. Cheugy is a term used to define someone who follows trends that are no longer in style

FYI:  Cain explained that graphic tees, 'girlboss' energy, and Herbal Essences are all cheugy. Gaby Rasson, a 23-year-old software developer in Los Angeles, coined the term in 2013

FYI:  Cain explained that graphic tees, 'girlboss' energy, and Herbal Essences are all cheugy. Gaby Rasson, a 23-year-old software developer in Los Angeles, coined the term in 2013 

'Okay, TikTok, I have a new word for you that my friends and I use that you clearly are all in need of,' Cain said at the start of the TikTok, which has become a slow-burning success with over 640,000 views. 

She went on to reference videos mocking 'people who get married at 20 years old' or have 'girlboss energy,' saying there is an all-encompassing word to describe them: cheugy.  

'It's the opposite of trendy, stylish in middle school and high school — maybe, maybe not. The timelines don't really matter. It's no longer in style,' she explained.  'It's used when someone follows these out-of-date trends or something falls into that category.' 

Cain used the green screen function on TikTok to pull up the 2018 Urban Dictionary definition of the term as well as the Cheug Life Instagram page, which is dedicated to all things cheugy. 

The New York Times’s tech culture reporter Taylor Lorenz published an in-depth article on the origin of the word and its spread on TikTok last week. She spoke to Cain and Gaby Rasson, who coined the term, among others. 

 

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The new basic? The Cheug Life Instagram page is dedicated to all things cheugy

The new basic? The Cheug Life Instagram page is dedicated to all things cheugy

Cheugy checklist: The slang term can be used to describe a person of any gender or age, but similar to the term 'basic,' it is mostly associated with millennial women

Cheugy checklist: The slang term can be used to describe a person of any gender or age, but similar to the term 'basic,' it is mostly associated with millennial women

Don't do it: Cheesy Instagram captions are cheugy, according to Cheug Life

Don't do it: Cheesy Instagram captions are cheugy, according to Cheug Life 

Rasson, a 23-year-old software developer in Los Angeles, told Lorenz that she started using the word as a Beverly Hills High School student in 2013. She was looking for a word to describe people who were off trend.  

'It was a category that didn’t exist,' she said. 'There was a missing word that was on the edge of my tongue and nothing to describe it and "cheugy" came to me. How it sounded fit the meaning.'

Rasson's classmates and camp friends started using the word, and then they brought it to their college campuses with them. 

Abby Siegel, 23, a producer and former student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, told Lorenz that everyone in her sorority knows the word — which she learned at a summer camp that Rasson had also attended.     

The word is mostly associated with women, with things like chevron prints, Gucci double 'G' logo belts, and Rae Dunn pottery all being deemed cheugy — but men can be cheugy too. Sneaker culture and Barstool Sports are also decidedly cheugy, according to the people Lorenz interviewed. 

Millennial TikToker @Rod has done a deep dive into the new identifier in a series of TikToks on Wednesday, sharing that blanket scarves, energy drinks, and cloth flip-lips are cheugy
Millennial TikToker @Rod has done a deep dive into the new identifier in a series of TikToks on Wednesday, sharing that blanket scarves, energy drinks, and cloth flip-lips are cheugy

Millennial TikToker @Rod has done a deep dive into the new identifier in a series of TikToks on Wednesday, sharing that blanket scarves, energy drinks, and cloth flip-lips are cheugy

Owning it: 'Girls Next Door' alum Holly Madison, who is a Gen Xer at age 41, has embraced the word and filmed her own video naming the top cheugy things she loves
Owning it: 'Girls Next Door' alum Holly Madison, who is a Gen Xer at age 41, has embraced the word and filmed her own video naming the top cheugy things she loves

Owning it: 'Girls Next Door' alum Holly Madison, who is a Gen Xer at age 41, has embraced the word and filmed her own video naming the top cheugy things she loves

Unlike its predecessor, 'basic,' the term isn't meant to be negative. In fact, any person of any age with any income can be cheugy. What's defined as cheugy is also subjective. 

'Everyone can be cheugy,' Siegel said. 'Everyone has something cheugy in their closet. We didn’t intend for it to be a mean thing. Some people have claimed that it is. It’s just a fun word we used as a group of friends that somehow resonated with a bunch of people.' 

However, that hasn't stopped some people from seeing it as another Gen Z attack on millennials. Over the past year, Gen Zers have mocked millennials for wearing skinny jeans, rocking side parts, and using laughing emoji. 

Cain's video in conjunction with Lorenz's New York Times piece led the word to spread like wildfire over the weekend. 

'People love to bash this specific type of person, a privileged white person, and especially sorority types,' Lorenz told Vox. 'Any time you can name that backlash or articulate it, it pops off.'

Caching on: People have been taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on the term as well as examples of things they deem to be cheugy

Caching on: People have been taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on the term as well as examples of things they deem to be cheugy

Millennial TikToker @Rod has done a deep dive into the new identifier in a series of TikToks on Wednesday, sharing that blanket scarves, wood signs as home decor, energy drinks, and cloth flip-lips are cheugy. His first video defining the term has been viewed more than two million times.  

'Girls Next Door' alum Holly Madison, who is a Gen Xer at age 41, has embraced the word and filmed her own video naming the top cheugy things she loves, including a sun hat with words, Disney as an adult, and tiny cardigans. 

Meanwhile, people have been taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on the term as well as examples of things they deem to be cheugy.    

'If I could buy stock in a word... cheugy is going to go up in value to be one of the words of the year,' one person tweeted.

'Cheugy is getting married at 24 and having His & Hers bath towels in THAT font. You know what I mean,' someone else shared.  

But not everyone is on board with the term. One Twitter user insisted: 'I will not learn what cheugy is. I will let it pass me by, like a river flowing past a stone. I am at peace.'