A government elementary school in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu recently organized an event in which a motorcyclist rode over the outstretched hands of students lying on the ground and a plank placed over a girl exposing the children to serious harm.
The celebrations marked the birth centenary of the late chief minister K Kamaraj. It was meant to be a 'bravery show', but it resulted in gross violation of child rights, virtually putting them at risk of incurring serious injuries. The show began with a batch of students displaying their karate skills. Then came the shocking event. The incident evoked strong protests from child rights activists, who want the government to sensitize the teaching fraternity, particularly those in rural areas, on basic rights of children.
Ironically, the event was organized in consultation with the parents-teachers’ association of the municipality elementary school at Keezhperumpakkam in Villupuram on a day when a trust managed by the family of higher education minister K Ponmudy came forward to distribute free uniforms and stationery items to the students. It was the minister’s wife, present as chief guest, who stopped the school authorities from continuing their ‘daring stunts’. ‘‘After witnessing a couple of events, the minister’s wife directed us to stop the show. We abruptly ended the programme,’’ said parents-teachers’ association treasurer M Elangovan.
Headmaster Ramanujam, who took charge in December 2008, maintained that the event was organised with the unanimous consent of the parents-teachers' body.
Most beauty queens would go pale when asked about cosmetic surgery. But face lifts, breast implants or other "body work" are the requirements for contestants of the Miss Plastic Hungary pageant.
"Ever had plastic surgery to become beautiful? Are you proud of your body? Would you like to put yourself to the test?," says the website www.missplastichungary.hu which advertises the pageant, planned for October 9.
A Hungarian company is planning to stage the beauty contest, which it says is the first of its kind, for women who have had cosmetic surgery in a bid to do away with the stereotypes still attached to beauty operations in Hungary.
The contest is open to women aged 18-30 or above 30 in the "dame" category. More than 100 entrants have already signed up.
But a plain botox injection will not suffice.
"The entry requirement is a surgical procedure done under general or local anesthesia," said Reka Bodis, press director of the pageant.
"Unfortunately, people in Hungary are still rather negative about ladies who have had (cosmetic) surgery and there are also a lot of stereotypes going about," Bodis said. "We are not seeking to promote extremely large breasts and the like."
She said the idea first came up about 10 years ago, but back then the pageant could not take place for lack of what she called "sufficient material."
"In those days, there weren't that many beautiful girls who have had plastic surgery, but now we can almost say (the idea to have such a contest) is quite natural," Bodis said.
Affordable prices and the quality of service available at private clinics have recently made Hungary a popular destination for cosmetic surgery patients.
Medical tourism website Treatment Abroad, which caters to the needs of British clients, touts Hungary as offering "a range of excellent healthcare which visitors can take advantage of at a much lower price than in the UK."
It says a face or neck lift can cost around 5,000 sterling in Britain, whereas in Hungary it costs a mere 2,000 excluding flights and lodging.
While the Miss Plastic pageant is primarily aimed at Hungarian contestants, foreigners with a residence in Hungary may also apply.
"The whole thing is about harmony, that's what the contest seeks to emphasize," Bodis said.
"Let's not forget that there are ladies who have had new perspectives open up for them thanks to plastic surgery, who could get rid of their complexes with an operation and can now have a more complete life."
UPDATE:10 OCT 2009
Winners of the Miss Plastic Hungary beauty pageant, queen Reka Urban (centre), first runner-up Edina Kulcsar (right), and second-runner up Alexandra Horvath (left), smile together after the contest in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, October 9, 2009.
More Update: Mega boob implants caused Blonde Alexandra Horvath, 23 to trip over her high heels.
The silicone boob implants caused Alexandra to lose her balance as she tried to walk in her high heels
The favourite in this weekend's Miss Plastic beauty contest has been toppled - after her mega boob implants caused her to trip over her high heels.
Blonde Alexandra Horvath, 23, tore a ligament when she fell after passing the breast examination stage of the contest with flying colours.
Alexandra had joined 19 other finalists for the oddball contest to find the world's top plastic surgeon in Hungary where low prices and modern clinics attract tens of thousands of patients from all over the world every year.
The silicone boob implants caused Alexandra to lose her balance as she tried to walk in her high heels - tearing a ligament and ending up in hospital.
Alexandra had just got through the breast examination stage where the top docs had congratulated her proud surgeon Dr Tamas Rozsos on the lack of any surgical scars - and was demonstrating her superstar qualities on the catwalk when the accident happened. She toppled over and tore a ligament in her foot. Onlooker Laszlo Feher said: "Everyone was admiring her bodywork and then she started to topple - no-one was near enough to reach her and she fall badly. She was taken to hospital by ambulance."
A pal said: "She had not got used to the extra weight on top and her new hair extensions got in her eyes - she just lost her balance and tore a ligament in her foot badly."
1. Two-thirds of people report that they fall in love with someone they've known for some time vs. someone that they just met.
2. There's a reason why office romances occur: The single biggest predictor of love is proximity.
3. Falling in love can induce a calming effect on the body and mind and raises levels of nerve growth factor for about a year, which helps to restore the nervous system and improves the lover's memory.
4. Love can also exert the same stress on your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses — pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate.
5. Brain scans show that people who view photos of a beloved experience an activation of the caudate — the part of the brain involving cravings.
6. The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth.
7. The "Love Detector" service from Korean cell phone operator KTF uses technology that is supposed to analyze voice patterns to see if a lover is speaking honestly and with affection. Users later receive an analysis of the conversation delivered through text message that breaks down the amount of affection, surprise, concentration and honesty of the other speaker.
8. Eleven percent of women have gone online and done research on a person they were dating or were about to meet, versus seven percent of men.
9. Couples' personalities converge over time to make partners more and more similar.
10. The oldest known love song was written 4,000 years ago and comes from an area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
11. The tradition of the diamond engagement ring comes from Archduke Maximillian of Austria who, in the 15th century, gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.
12. Forty-three percent of women prefer their partners never sign "love" to a card unless they are ready for commitment.
13. People who are newly in love produce decreased levels of the hormone serotonin — as low as levels seen in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Perhaps that's why it's so easy to feel obsessed when you're smitten.
14. Philadelphia International Airport finished as the No. 1 best airport for making a love connection, according to an online survey.
15. According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing a long-term partner; that provides the best chance that you'll make a love match.
16. Every Valentine's Day, Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet took place, receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
17. When we get dumped, for a period of time we love the person who rejected us even more, says Dr. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University and author of Why We Love. The brain regions that lit up when we were in a happy union continue to be active.
18. People telling the story of how they fell in love overwhelmingly believe the process is out of their control.
19. Familiarity breeds comfort and closeness … and romance.
20. One in five long-term love relationships began with one or both partners being involved with others.
21.Having a romantic relationship makes both genders happier. The stronger the commitment, the greater the happiness!
A jealous husband hired THREE hitmen who carried out FOUR murder attempts on his wife - but she miraculously survived all of them! Norbert A. (31) and Noemi A. had been teenage sweethearts. “I loved her undyingly,” he said after being caught. The pair's marriage didn't last long. Norbert said: “She told me that she was too good for me.”
Noemi A. (31) was almost killed by her husband's three hitmen four times.
Noemi wanted to lead a luxurious lifestyle with a nice house and an expensive car and fell in love with her husband’s business partner (54).
For Norbert A. there was only one choice: REVENGE!
He took out three life insurance policies in his wife’s name worth €770,000. Then he went looking for contract killers. The first two hired assassins were from the Hungarian mafia, but the pair refused to do the job. They demanded €50,000 to keep quiet.
The financial advisor then hired three men to strangle his wife with a cable in an underground car park. But all three attempts failed. The first time Noemi did not appear, the second time they were disturbed by school kids and the third time a neighbour showed up.
One of the trio of assassins, Konrad N. (26), decided to go it alone. He disguised himself as a parcel deliveryman, rang the doorbell and attacked the 31-year-old, but she managed to escape. He was imprisoned for three and a half years.
The assassins eventually gave up. But in a bizarre twist, Noemi A.’s husband not only faces trial in Munich for incitement of murder but is already in jail for murdering one of the Hungarian killers who tried to escape.
A floral dress for $1.49? Adorable new shoes for under $4? Wow, prices have really come down. Oh wait: This sale took place in 1928.According to the Inflation Calculator, what cost $1 in 1928 would cost a bit over $12 today. These clothing ads from 1928, portray an ideal female form that is wildly different than the one we have today. Note the straight lines (no hips or boobs) and very short hair cuts:
German pop sensation Kim Petras is blonde, cute and just 16 - but she used to be a boy!
Kim has been tipped as the next big thing in Britain where her music is particularly popular. Her new single ‘Die For You’ is the hottest tune on the UK's airwaves.
But at 16 she became the youngest person ever to have undergone a complete sex change and now Kim, or Tim as she used to be known, has attracted the interest of the British tabloids.
Kim first recieved attention when she uploaded a music video onto MySpace in 2007. A year later she released her debut single ‘Last Forever’, but it is her unusual life story which has caught the public’s imagination.
Tim knew early on in life that she was really a Kim!
The schoolgirl from Bonn started hormone therapy three years ago. Her parents supported her, but not everyone had sympathy for the teenager who felt she was born in the wrong body.
She relates some of her experiences and anxieties in her songs.
She said: “Earlier at school people said stupid stuff all the time. But it’s different now. I’ve moved to a private school.”
In October 2008 she completed the final big step in the sex change procedure. “The complete transformation is behind me now. Since then I am an actual girl.”
And what about her love life? “I’ve been in love with boys since I first started school, but at the moment I am single.”
UPDATE: 7 MAY 2010
Kim Petras up close and personal at the Comet awards
Teenage pop sensation Kim Petras is to work as a back stage reporter to cover this years Comet awards.
The job will see Kim walking along the red carpet to interview celebrities accompanied by her own film crew from an Australian TV station.
She will also have her own photographer after she signed a deal with the Europics photo agency where editor David Rogers explained: "Internationally and especially in the UK there is massive interest in Kim - and we have already signed several deals for exclusive coverage with magazines in the UK - America and Australia."
give it a try and do my best."
Kim has appeared on television shows anTalented Kim, who is still at school when not in the studio, said: "I am really honored that I was asked to cover the event -- and I'm really excited about going there to meet all the big names in the German music business."
Seventeen-year-old Kim, who has already worked as a model and been photographed by Benetton and as the face of the German hairdressing Unisex chain, said she was looking forward to being behind the camera rather than in front of it.
She said: "I am not claiming to be a journalist but if it gives me the chance to meet some of the really big names in the music business here that will be at the Comet awards then I'm happy to give it a try and do my best."
Kim has appeared on television shows and in magazines all over the world but has so far turned down requests to perform from London through to Rome while she continues to finish the material for her new album - and in order to make sure she has something worthwhile to show her fans.
At the age of 15 she was discovered by a music producer via Youtube, who went on to produce and release her first songs. Kim was also the power behind her first music video for her single "Die For You" that she wrote, and helped to produce, direct and star in.
Now she is producing her debut album with the producers of Bionic Ballroom (Michael Jackson, Ofra Haza, Thomas D) and delivers new demos she has composed herself to her team weekly - and there is a sneak preview of this exciting new work on her Youtube Videos, using an instrumental intro.
As an artist with not a euro spent on promotion or other marketing she has notched up millions of visitors - with her personal my space page along scoring a million without any friend adder systems. Her blog videos on her Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/kimmilinlein) have scored thousands of hits often within hours of going live.
Her channel already has more than 1 million hits, and hosting for her homepage is having to be upgraded because it is unable to handle the requests from everything from the media through to old fans and new fans eager to know more.
Kim has certainly seen enough of the camera from one side and is keen now to go the other.
UPDATE: 10 July 2010
Sex swap pop girl´s model role
Sex swap pop sensation Kim Petras has been signed up as the body ambassador of a top fashion label. Kim - who became the world's youngest ever gender swap patient aged just 12 - has teamed up with German designer Lennart Wronkovitz to launch his new collection in Berlin this weekend.
Born a boy Kim - seen here wearing Lennart's designs - shot to fame last year with a series of raunchy singles and videos. Now she's posing for a sizzling set of modeling pictures for the 17-year-old designer that will show off her curves and his clothes for his Wronko label.
"I've done some modelling for him already and his clothes are really cool, new and modern," said Kim, from, Cologne, Germany.
"They show that he’s very creative and has his own ideas. All these patterns like flashes and shoulder pads and drastic colours and cuts.
"His fashion is exactly what I'd choose privately as well as in public – they are absolutely my style. Extravagant but a little street wear at the same time. Arty and cool," she added. But both stars still have to fit their careers in with their schoolwork, revealed Kim.
"Both of us don’t have as much time for school as other people because we do projects on the side. I told him about my music, he told me how he started and stuff. It was super interesting," she explained. Kim has already modelled for one of Germany's lead hair salons but said: "'I'm really looking forward to supporting the label."
"It's amazing that Lennart in his age has already designed and made his own collection. "His dad is a doctor and he runs his studio from the surgery. He's a special, dedicated guy," she added. And Lennart explained: "I am delighted to be working with Kim."
"She's this unique personality and that fits with my unique designs. She is really youthful, crazy and feminine. "She is also super self-confident and a personality that just shines. In addition she's really friendly and cool. I'm really looking forward to working with her."
Women will spend almost one year of their lives deciding what to wear, a study found. Choosing outfits for work, nights out, dinner parties, holidays, gym and other activities means the average female will spend 287 days rifling through their wardrobe.
The biggest chunk of that time is used up picking a killer ensemble for Friday or Saturday nights out or selecting the right clothes for a holiday. Experts found on average women spend 16 minutes every weekday morning deciding what to wear and around 14 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
A spokesman for clothes giant Matalan, which compiled the results after polling 2,491 women, said: "What you wear has a direct impact on how you feel about yourself and it is important a woman feels exceptional in her outfit.
"Whatever the occasion your clothes portray an image and we understand this is fundamentally important to women."
The study - which was based on an adult lifetime from the age of 16 to 60 - found most women will spend around 20 minutes deciding what to wear before hitting the town on a weekend night.
Week nights out can take up to 20 minutes a time too.
Deciding on what clothes to take on holiday uses up to 52 minutes each time.
While on holiday, ten minutes a morning will be taken up trying to find an acceptable outfit with another ten minutes spent picking evening clothes.
On top of that dinner parties, Christmas parties and black tie events - at around 36 minutes a time six times a year - adds up to three and a half days.
The study also found on average women will try on two outfits each morning before coming to a final decision. And one in two women spend 15 minutes the night before work working out what to wear.
He may be the world’s most powerful man but even Barack Obama is not immune to the charms of a nice bottom! At the G8 summit in Italy, he was snapped apparently checking out the perfect curves of a young lady.
And French President Nicolas Sarkozy (54) was looking on in amusement
So who was the lady in red who caught the eye of Obama - or should that be O-BUM-a?
Mayora Tavares is at the centre of the 'O-bum-a-gate' affair - the 'did he or didn't he' look question that is being hotly debated around the world.
Her name is Mayora Tavares, she is 16 and she comes from Brazil. Mayora was at the G8 summit in Italy as part of the J8 – a group of 53 people aged between 14 and 17 who have been meeting in Rome since the start of the week. The group were there to discuss how the lives of young people around the world can be improved.
After they presented their results and ideas on Thursday to their senior counterparts, the delegates had a group photo with them when Obama (47) was snapped.
But now Mayora has found herself at the centre of 'O-bum-a-gate', the 'did he or didn't he' question that is causing controversy around the world.
Video evidence has thrown doubt on the fact that Barack Obama was checking her out. But it now doesn't look good for President Sarkozy...
UPDATE: 22 July 2009
"what kind of jeans does Obama wear?" U.S. president Barack Obama said "he hates to shop" after his baggy pants were mocked as "mom jeans."
During an interview on NBC's "Today Show" Tuesday, he answered the fashion critics and defended himself.
Obama was in the poor-looking jeans when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game in St. Louis last week.
In the interview, Obama acknowledged that he "looked a little frumpy," but added he hates to shop and that "those jeans are comfortable."
"For people who want a president to look great in tight jeans, I'm sorry," he said.
The interview has however sparked renewed interest in the infamous jeans.
Searches surged on "Obama's mom jeans" and "Obama wears mom jeans," and even a few queries on "what kind of jeans does Obama wear?" could be seen.
It is said that some brave souls are looking to copy the president's devil-may-care look.
A top-class restaurant was opened inside a prison in Sutton, Surrey, Britain, according to media reports Tuesday.
The restaurant, The Clink, is the first commercial one behind the bars in the country.
Diners can have a two-course meal there for just six pounds (ten U.S. dollars) after they book in advance and obtain Home Office approval and security clearance. And they have to make do with plastic cutlery for security reasons.
The food is cooked up from the freshest ingredients, much from the prison's own garden, and to the highest standards. The chefs, waiters and kitchen porters are all inmates.
The Clink was the idea of High Down's catering manager Alberto Crisci, who said the aims were to rehabilitate prisoners and give them the skills to obtain jobs on release.
He stressed discipline was tougher than anything seen on a show like Hell's Kitchen.
The Clink offers a memorable dining experience. Patrons enter via the prison gates, following a security check, and cross a yard to a barred door. There, patrons enter a sixty by seventy feet dining room, illuminated by computer controlled lighting. From the reception area’s ten foot etched glass panel, customers will be led by a prisoner-turned-waiter, to prisoner-designed and built tables and elegant seating, set beneath an exhibition of British prisoner artworks. The restaurant seats eighty customers at eight tables, served by ten inmates. Working with The Clink's designer, Derek Taylor, the furniture in The Clink has been designed and constructed by prisoners, hand crafted and signed by the inmate carpenter who produced the piece. An elevated area behind etched glass provides a smaller group of customers with privacy, while offering a clear view of the open plan food preparation area. Food served daytime is principally wholesome and healthy British fare, with two sittings at breakfast (0630 – 0930) and lunch (1200 – 1400), primarily for staff and visitors. Invited groups and specialist events generate exquisite gourmet menus, using the finest locally sourced ingredients. 'The Clink will give each prisoner A genuine opportunity to meet future employers ...' - Chef Alberto Crisci While security at HMP High Down remains the primary concern, new systems have been introduced to ensure the appropriate screening of prisoners, staff and patrons. The Clink project and its associated educational courses will benefit hundreds of prisoners over the coming years. With nine more prisoners at work in the kitchen (under the guidance of Chef Crisci and his ex-prisoner chef trainee), the open plan feature includes a Moltenia bespoke stove and a state of the art food preparation area.
Four British women made history on Tuesday by becoming the first all-female team to row across the Indian Ocean, spending 79 days at sea.
The group, which calls itself the Ocean Angels, reached the finishing line in Port Louis, Mauritius, early Tuesday.
The women set out from Western Australia to compete in the Woodvale Indian Ocean Race in April.
'Shore Angel' Amy Green with rowers Fiona Waller and Jo Jackson in London last November as they were preparing for the race
Fiona Waller, 34, Elin Davies, 32, Jo Jackson, 28, and Sarah Duff, 25, undertook the challenge in aid ofbreast cancer research.
“To say it’s been tough is an understatement but what an adventure,” skipper Waller said. “We have seen the best and the worst of the Indian Ocean.”
The women rowed in pairs for two hours on, two hours off, meaning that they never had more than two hours sleep at a time.
Of the 10 boats that began the race, only five made it past the halfway mark and before this year’s race only two men had ever completed it. The Ocean Angels aim to raise £50,000 for Breast Cancer Care in completing the feat, and skipper Fiona Waller, has herself fought cancer. The same race was won by a male British team on June 26. During the 79 days onboard their 29ft (8.8m) rowing boat, Pura Vida, the women rowed in pairs for two hours on, two hours off, meaning they have had no more than two hours sleep at a time.
They have also had to contend with rough seas with frequent swells of over 50ft (15.24m), hurricane force winds and intense heat, along with dangerous marine life including sharks. Winds of up to 30 knots (Force 6/7) and waves of around 16ft battered their boat and smashed an oar, leaving them with just two left.They had also been living off cold food in recent days, after running out of gas used to reheat their meals.
Ms Waller said: "I can't believe we've finally made it - the first all female crew to row across the Indian Ocean "To say it's been tough is an understatement but what an adventure. We have seen the best and the worst of the Indian Ocean.
"I'm really proud of what we've achieved both in terms of our world record and also the money we have raised for Breast Cancer Care."
She added: "I saw my mother, Elisabeth, go through and eventually die from breast cancer in 2000.
"I was also diagnosed with cancer just after my 30th birthday so I have seen the impact this disease can have.
"We'd like to thank all our supporters and sponsors for helping us all the way to the end".
OBESE residents in Basildon are to be paid to lose weight in the first Pound-for-Pound scheme in the UK.
Under the slogan, “We are looking for big losers”, the local health authority is inviting 100 volunteers to take part in a pilot scheme which will see them paid £1 in Asda shopping vouchers for every pound they lose in weight.
The project is the first of its kind in the country and follows a similar initiative in America.
If successful it could be rolled out across the UK.
Sarah Stanton, 36, a care worker, of Sunnedon, Vange, is one of 16 who have already signed up for the scheme.
The married mum-of-four, who weighs 14stone 7lbs, says she hopes the incentive will help her to shed about two-and-a-half stone.
She said: “I saw the poster and just thought, ‘Why not?’ “I have gone on a load of diets before and they have not worked, so I thought I’d give it a go.
“I’m not excessively overweight, but I am overweight and I just want to get fit and healthy.”
The scheme has been commissioned by NHS South West Essex in response to a growing obesity problem among adults.
Recent health studies have found a quarter of the district’s adult population is obese and is ranked “significantly worse” than the national average.
Health profiles released on Tuesday also reveal only one in ten adults is getting enough exercise, and over three quarters don’t have a healthy diet. The scheme will start in September and be run by Basildon Council’s cultural services department.
It will see volunteers given advice on how to lose weight, such as walking to the local shops, and then told to return three months later for a weigh-in.
As well as the shopping vouchers, those taking part will be offered the chance to feature in a glitzy photo shoot.
Organisers say this represents better value for the NHS, rather than paying about £75 a month for gym memberships which often go unused.
To be eligible to take part, volunteers must submit their height and weight statistics and be found to have a worrying Body Mass Index rating.
The Pound-for-Pound programme is part of the Get Out There scheme, which aims to introduce more than 50 activities across the district to encourage healthy eating and exercise.