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'Walk of shame' Philippine mayor provokes outrage

A Philippine mayor who forced a man to walk in public with a sign saying he stole fish was denounced by the government's rights body Wednesday amid online outrage. In a clip shown by local ABS-CBN television and uploaded on the video sharing site YouTube, the unidentified man had his hands bound behind his back with a bag of dried fish hanging from the knot, and a poster stating "I am a thief" taped to his shirt front.

Social contact, regular exercise key to living longer

Social contact and regular exercise are key to aging well and living a longer life, according to newly presented research. In fact, feeling extremely lonely can increase an older person's chances of premature death by 14 percent, an impact nearly as strong as that of a disadvantaged socioeconomic status, according to John Cacioppo, psychology professor at the University of Chicago. He noted that a meta-analysis of several studies published in 2010 showed that social isolation had twice the impact on the risk of death as obesity.

City councillors in Saskatoon inch toward bylaw to bully the bullies

SASKATOON - City council in Saskatoon has voted to proceed with a draft bylaw aimed at cracking down on bullies. The vote came at a Monday meeting where a number of presenters told council that such a bylaw would give police another tool to help root out bullies. Retired Saskatoon police officer Brian Trainor, who now gives anti-bullying lectures in schools, says a bylaw would provide some middle ground between a Criminal Code offence or a stern finger-wag when dealing with bullies.

City councillors in Saskatoon inch toward bylaw to bully the bullies

SASKATOON - City council in Saskatoon has voted to proceed with a draft bylaw aimed at cracking down on bullies. The vote came at a Monday meeting where a number of presenters told council that such a bylaw would give police another tool to help root out bullies. Retired Saskatoon police officer Brian Trainor, who now gives anti-bullying lectures in schools, says a bylaw would provide some middle ground between a Criminal Code offence or a stern finger-wag when dealing with bullies.

Speed appeal: top male cyclists rated more attractive

Women rate top male endurance cyclists more attractive than lower-ranked ones even without knowing who they are, a finding that sheds light on the mating game, a scientist said Wednesday. Evolutionary biologist Erik Postma of the University of Zurich selected portraits of 80 cyclists who took part in the 2012 Tour de France, one of the most gruelling events in sport, and asked participants in an online survey to rate the faces for attractiveness. A total of 816 people took part in the vote, nearly three-quarters of whom were women.

Study says English boosts young Hispanics' self-esteem

Denver, Jan 24 (EFE).- Young Latinos with a good command of English and who converse easily with non-Latinos improve their academic performance and raise their self-esteem, because these social skills allow them to access resources and information that promote their economic and social mobility, according to a recent study.

India vows to 'restore dignity' of diplomat strip searched in US

"I must admit that I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, in a hold-up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity," deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade said.

Britain looks to Asia to manage 'national shame' of elderly care

Hundreds of thousands of elderly Britons are being ignored by society, the health minister said on Friday, saying people should look to Japan and China for lessons on how to manage this "national shame". Surveys suggest 800,000 people in England are "chronically lonely", while five million people say the television is their main form of company, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. "A forgotten million who live amongst us -- ignored to our national shame," he said. Like many countries, Britain is struggling to deal with the challenge of its ageing population.

UN begins discussion on C. Africa draft resolution

The UN Security Council began consideration Thursday of a draft resolution by France that attempts to strengthen a pan-African force in the Central African Republic. The poor, landlocked nation plunged into chaos earlier this year when a coalition of rebels and armed movements ousted president Francois Bozize in March. The International Support Mission for the Central African Republic (MISCA), placed under the auspices of the African Union, has been tasked with aiding the government during its transition.

French Senate votes to ban 'Mini Miss' beauty contests

The French Senate has approved a proposal to ban beauty contests for girls under 16 to prevent what a parliamentary report called the "hyper-sexualisation" of children. The proposal, contained in an amendment to a broader law on sexual equality, was backed by the upper house of parliament on Tuesday. The sexual equality law returns to the lower house National Assembly for a second reading in November and it is not certain that the proposed ban on so-called "Mini Miss" contests will be retained.
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