Fashionistas furious over Berlusconi link

Fashionistas furious over Berlusconi link

930_milanMILAN (Reuters) – Italian fashionistas on Wednesday hit back at foreign media reports that their latest creations were for “bimbos” inspired by the sex scandals surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s private life.

In reviews of Milan’s spring/summer 2010 womenswear fashion shows on Monday, the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune had linked the abundance of short and sexy dresses this past week to the 73-year-old prime minister.

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Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex

SINGAPORE, Sept 30 — Young people in the Asia Pacific region need to get over taboos on talking about sex, with a survey showing most don’t know much about contraception while a third do not discuss it with their partner.

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President Yudhoyono instructed to celebrate “batik party” to show off the world after Unesco’s recognition of Indonesia cultural heritage

President Yudhoyono instructed to celebrate “batik party”

to show off the world after

Unesco’s recognition of Indonesia cultural heritage

Indonesia’s president is pressing the country’s 234 million people to wear batik clothes to celebrate a triumph over Malaysia in a poisonous feud over cultural heritage. The UN cultural organisation Unesco is set this week to add Indonesia’s method of making the cloth – through a laborious process of wax-dipping and dying – to its list of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Working mums’ kids likely to lead unhealthier lives: study

Working mums’ kids likely to lead unhealthier lives: study

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Children whose mothers work are less likely to eat healthily or exercise as often as children with stay-at-home mums, according to a British study that is likely to raise the hackles of working mothers.

The UK Millennium Cohort Study looked at the dietary habits and physical activity of more than 12,500 children from the age of nine months to the age of five.

It found that, regardless of ethnicity, maternal education or job level, children whose mothers worked part or fulltime were less likely to eat fruits or vegetables at meals or as snacks.

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Skinny friends may make you eat more

 Skinny friends may make you eat more

NEW YORK, Sept 30 — That friend who stays thin despite eating anything and everything is not just annoying. He or she might also wreck your diet, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, Canada, found that when college students watched a movie and ate snacks with a companion, the students typically followed a thin friend’s lead when she overindulged.

However study participants used more self-control when snacking with a heavier companion who overate.

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Najib shows his funny side to Forbes

Najib shows his funny side to Forbes

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 —Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak went on a humour offensive last night as he sought to win over potential investors from around the world who had gathered for the annual Forbes CEO Conference here.

Najib showed that apart from his political acumen, he was no slouch either when it came to comedy delivery as he bantered with Forbes magazine CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes in an open dialogue.

Forbes had kicked off the conversation by asking what is the prime minister’s stand on Malaysian English versus American English.

“We speak English but we also understand American,” replied Najib to much laughter and clapping.

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Secularism is the concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs.

In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions. (See also Separation of church and state and Laïcité.) In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact unbiased by religious influence.[1] (See also public reason.)

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