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US court allows student to keep nose stud for religious reasons
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, June 10, 2011

A high school student in the United States will be allowed to wear a nose stud to class so long as she is with a religious group that practices body modification. Officials with the Johnston County Schools in North Carolina have dropped their appeal of a federal judge's order allowing Ariana Iacono to attend class with the nose piercing. The school dress code forbids facial piercings, but Iacono belongs to the Church of Body Modification, where piercings and tattoos are part of religious practice. AP

Facebook staff are most stressed

Facebook employees are the youngest, the most satisfied - and the most stressed among workers at big American technology companies, a survey found. Facebook had the lowest median age, 26, as well as the highest portion of female workers, 33 per cent, among nine of the industry's top businesses, according to a Seattle-based research firm. At Facebook, workers make about US$59,100 to start, 49 per cent more than the national average. But that extra pay comes with a dose of pressure, with employees indicating their work was "highly stressful", tying them with Amazon's workers. Bloomberg

Lingerie jobs for Saudi women  

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree limiting work in lingerie shops to Saudi women only in a bid to reduce high female unemployment in the conservative kingdom. The state-owned news agency said the king also made employment at certain industrial facilities, including drug manufacturers, exclusive to Saudi women, and backed a programme to encourage production by families. Saudi women have long complained they feel uncomfortable having to buy lingerie from men and would prefer female sales assistants. The decree gave officials one month to implement the decision. Unemployment among Saudi women is estimated at about 30 per cent. AFP

Housing woes bad for romance 

Housing pressure has resulted in 24.8 per cent of China's urban youth postponing marriage, and another 21.3 per cent holding off having children, according to a survey by the Xiaokang Magazine and Tsinghua University. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents, mainly youth aged from 25 to 35 living in or sharing cramped city flats (above), said they would not like to get married if they had to rent. Many youths living in first-tier cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, said they might relocate to second- and third-tier cities because of the high prices of houses. Xinhua

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