The Biggest Loser

"The Biggest Loser" can be translated as "the most to lose." And the word "loser" here is a completely different meaning. The fact that in this reality show participants are trying to "lose" extra weight in the struggle for a cash prize. It seems to lose more weight to get more money.

Medical professionals generally advise against losing more than about two pounds a week. Rapid weight loss can cause many medical problems, including a weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and dangerous reductions in potassium and electrolytes.

Some contestants have claimed that dangerous weight loss techniques were common among contestants.
“Contestants can get a little too crazy and they can get too thin,” she said. She said contestants are medically checked and disqualified if they are dehydrated or are found to be taking drugs or diuretics. “That is the worst part of the show,” she said. “ It’s just part of the nature of reality TV.”



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West Aceh police checkpoints and raids against jeans and tight skirts

Police special forces for the implementation of sharia on women and girls of the city of Meulaboh to cover the offending clothing with tunics in accordance with Islam. Police bring more than 20 thousand coats to be distributed free in public places.

The women of the District of West Aceh can no longer wear jeans or tight skirts, considered indecent and against Islam. From yesterday in the city of Meulaboh, Wilayatul Hisbah (special police for the enforcement of Sharia), are patrolling the streets forcing people wearing the offending clothing to wear a tunic tailored to Islamic rules. The restrictions also affect men, who can not wear shorts in the tropical country.

Ramli Mansur, head of the district, said: "To enforce the Sharia, for the next days the special police will carry out raids against women who offend Islamic law." He adds that agents have purchased more than 20 thousand coats to be distributed in public places and created a series of checkpoints along the roads to the city to stop travellers.

The manoeuvre is the result of the new rules for the application of Islamic law introduced in December 2009. It has attracted the criticism from moderate Muslims and human rights activists, who see the application of Islamic law as a form of terrorism.

The province of Aceh, a famous tourist destination, is also the province where Sharia law is applied. In recent years the majority of Islamic restrictions were applied at the behest of Islamic religious authority. The current governor Irwandy Jusuf is a former leader of Free Aceh Movement Group (GAM), a movement for the independence of the island and over the years has always opposed the application of Sharia in the province.



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Triumph Inspiration Awards.

Every year, Bunka Fashion School holds the Triumph Inspiration Awards. The show always shows their most wild and innovative designs. This year was no exception with the crazy underwear that was displayed.
From a swan bra to a suit of armor, the designs were outrageous. The plush lip underwear was particularly interesting. Bunka Fashion School never makes a dull show.

Models display lingerie designs with themes of "bubble" and "the woods" at the Triumph Inspiration Awards Japan lingerie design competition at the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo May 21, 2010. The competition was held for students in a quest for a fresh perspective of lingerie. The winner of the Japan competition will take part in the international final taking place in London, the organization said.



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Arab-American from Michigan crowned 2010 Miss USA

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title.The beauty may also be the first Arab American, immigrant, and possible Muslim to win the Miss USA title.

The 24-year-old Miss Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown.

She told reporters later that she believed she had won after glancing at pageant owner Trump as she awaited the results with the first runner-up, Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.

"That's the same look that he gives them when he says, 'You're hired,'" on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice," she said.

"She's a great girl," said Trump, who owns the pageant with NBC in a joint venture.

Fakih took top honors at the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.

Fakih, an Arab-American from Dearborn, Mich., told pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic school. Her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

Pageant officials said historical pageant records were not detailed enough to show whether Fakih was the first Arab American, Muslim or immigrant to win the Miss USA title. The pageant started in 1952 as a local bathing suit competition in Long Beach, Calif.

Fakih told reporters she sold her car after graduating college in Michigan to help pay for her run in the Miss Michigan USA pageant.

In a moment that was replayed during the broadcast, Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in her gown because of the length of its train. But she made it without a spill and went on to win.

"I did it here, I better not do it at Miss Universe," she said. "Modeling does help, after all."

Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.

During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it's costly.

"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," Fakih said.

Woolard handled the night's toughest question, about Arizona's new immigration law. Woolard said she supports the law, which requires police enforcing another law to verify a person's immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally.

She said she's against illegal immigration but is also against racial profiling.

"I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America," Woolard said. "So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law."

Miss Virginia USA Samantha Evelyn Casey was the second runner-up, Miss Colorado USA Jessica Hartman was third runner-up, and Miss Maine USA Katherine Ashley Whittier was the fourth runner-up.

Most of the field of contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were eliminated just after the pageant began and the entire group danced onstage to "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha.

A panel of eight judges, including NBA star Carmelo Anthony, Treasure Island casino-hotel owner Phil Ruffin and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, were judging the girls throughout the night.

After 15 contestants strutted in swimsuits, five were eliminated. Another five were eliminated after the evening gown competition.

Miss Nebraska USA Belinda Renee Wright won the Miss Congeniality award, roughly one week after her father was killed in a farm accident. Miss Alabama USA Audrey Moore won Miss Photogenic after an online fan vote.

The pageant aired live to East Coast viewers on NBC.

The competition, which is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant, was hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales.


Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih is seen pole dancing in a stripper event hosted by a radio show in 2007
The competition consisted of solely women who were fully clothed. For the contest, strippers showed female listeners how to pole dance, with the grand-prize winner earning a cash reward. That winner was indeed Rima Fakih.



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UK couple hold Shrek-themed wedding

A UK couple came up with a stunning theme for their wedding. The idea originated when they saw the first film on their first date- a Shrek themed wedding!
Tracey and Vivian Williams, who had a novel theme for wedding says that their friends made jokes on them that they looked like a cartoon couple and then the idea originated. They did not take offense at the comparison to the animated comedy characters and instead took it as a challenge to treat the friends with the same themed bash.

British Tracy Hughes, 53, and his 33-year-old bride Vivian Williams, were covered in green paint and costume and wigs at their wedding. They became huge fans of the animated film "Shrek" while watching it on their first date and decided to have a "Shrek"-themed wedding. They married in front of their family and friends who were also dressed as cartoon characters.

The bride daubed herself in green body paint, fake ears and a bright red wig to make the conversion to Princess Fiona. The costume of the bridegroom was a bright checked trousers and he also painted himself in green colour.
The couple paraded through the streets in a horse-drawn carriage, after they were married at Bridgend Register Office. Guests and family members also joined in and dressed up as characters from the animated film.

“When we got together, Shrek was the first film we watched. We got addicted to Shrek and Fiona soon after,” says Tracey.

“People always said we looked like the characters when we went on nights out. Even though Shrek and Fiona are both green ogres, we didn’t take offence because we like them so much. Everyone said I made a lovely Princess Fiona and Viv was the perfect Shrek,” adds the bride.

She also reveals that her husband was happy to join in with his bride's wishes.

“Neither of us needed persuading at all. We were both as keen as each other,” states Williams.

British Tracy Hughes, 53, and his 33-year-old bride Vivian Williams, were with their family and friends at the "Shrek"-themed wedding.

“Everyone joined in for the wedding. The best man was dressed as Monsieur Hood, my dad was Lord Farquaad, my mother was the Fairy Godmother, and the maid of honour was Snow White,” Tracey explains.


Tokyo couple married by robot in rooftop wedding

The I-Fairy conducts the wedding for the happy couple

Japan has hosted the world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot.

The automated creature, known as the I-Fairy, oversaw the wedding of Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue in the capital, Tokyo.

The couple decided to use the robot as they are both connected with Japan's thriving robotics industry.
Since robots had brought them together in the first place, they said, having one officiate at their wedding was a natural choice.

During the ceremony, I-Fairy - which has flashing eyes and plastic pigtails - instructed the groom to lift the bride's veil for the kiss.

The wedding took part in a rooftop restaurant in the Japanese capital.



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Billionaire Finds Perfect Son-in-Law

A 78-year-old South Korean bilionaire has picked the "perfect" son-in-law after an advert on the internet attracted 400 applicants.
Mr Kim, a property magnate who is worth some 40 billion won (£24 million), used an online matchmaking agency to ask men aged between 37 and 42 to apply for the hand of his 38-year-old daughter.

He specified that the ideal candidate should have grown up in a happy family, have a good character and a stable job.

"Rather than a man from well-off family or of great ability, I want someone who is sincere and hardworking," Mr Kim said.

Ten candidates were interviewed after the advert was placed in July and the most eligible, a 41-year-old named as Mr Lee, was introduced in October to Mr Kim's daughter, who works for a design company. The couple is now set to tie the knot on Saturday.

"Lee showed little interest in my assets. I also liked the fact he is cheerful and magnanimous," Mr Kim said.

Sunoo, the matchmaking agency responsible, said Mr Lee works for one of the country's industrial conglomerates and has a master's degree from a university in Seoul.

Lee Woong-jin, the chief executive of Sunoo, said: "At the time, some of the candidates were upset by criticism that they were gold-diggers.

It is very fortunate that the daughter has found the right man."

Mr Lee's romance agency allows clients to be exacting in their requirements. Candidates list every detail from their height, weight, blood type and smoking habits to their monthly salary and academic qualifications of their entire immediate family. A computer algorithm then calculates their desirability, grading them on their job prospects, attractiveness and schooling and producing pinpoint advice on the age and attributes of a likely match.

"Our site is not a place for Cinderellas, people with illusions of finding a prince or princess. Our emphasis is on being scientific and practical," according to Mr Lee.

However, a wealthy 49-year-old Korean woman who advertised for a husband last May has not yet found a soulmate, despite receiving 390 responses.



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Two days in jail for wearing an inappropriate T-shirt

Jennifer LaPenta, 19, of Round Lake Park, was cited for contempt of court and sentenced to two days in jail for wearing an inappropriate T-shirt in the Lake County Courthouse.

A Round Lake Park woman was held in contempt and jailed for two days for the message on her T-shirt.

The message was: "I own the (female body part), so I make the rules."
Jennifer LaPenta, 19, was released from the Lake County Jail Tuesday.

"They should be out looking for people who are breaking the law, not arresting someone wearing a T-shirt," LaPenta said.

Associate Judge Helen Rozenburg charged LaPenta with contempt of court for wearing the garment in her courtroom Monday. LaPenta was sitting in the gallery waiting for a friend's case to be called when the judge called her forward.

Rozenburg asked LaPenta if she thought her shirt was appropriate.

LaPenta said she told the judge that it would have been inaprorpriate had she been the defendant.

Rozenburg immediately sentenced her to 48 hours in jail and had her cuffed, LaPenta said.

LaPenta contends that she never went to bond court or got to call her mother.

"They just threw me in jail. They never told me what I was going to jail for," LaPenta said.

LaPenta said that she had been at a gym Monday when her friend asked her for a ride to the courthouse. She was wearing sweat pants and that T-shirt when she was cuffed and jailed.

"All the officers thought it was hilarious -- it was humiliating," LaPenta said.

LaPenta said she bought the shirt in the gay section of Spencer's. She said she is openly homosexual and said the judge was a "homophobe" for putting her in custody for wearing the shirt.

"I'm shocked that the judge took the actions she did. She could have asked her to remove her shirt or leave the courtroom," said Peter Kalagis, LaPenta's attorney. "To me, that was an extreme action."

LaPenta said the judge did not give her an opportunity to turn her shirt inside out or exit the courtroom.

Rozenburg said she could not comment on this case.

Chief Judge Victoria Rossetti confirmed that it was at the discretion of the court to determine what behavior constitutes contempt. She also said she could not comment on the case.

Kalagis said it was too early to determine if a civil suit would be filed. He did say that they planned to sit down with the judge and discuss the matter to ensure this did not happen to anyone else.

"Her merely wearing the shirt didn't inferfere with the administration of justice," Kalagis said.



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Brit bride wins world´s worst wedding dress

It's the wedding list no bride wants to appear on.

But fashion critics have asked their readers to vote on a revealing online guide to the ugliest wedding dresses ever worn down the aisle.

Every girl wants to look like a princess when she walks down the aisle, but from the looks of one wacky bride's dress, she may have seemed more like the court jester.

According to Austrian Times, a British woman's wedding gown was voted the ugliest dress ever by the Hungarian magazine Life Style.

'We've had entries from all over the place. France, Ireland, Britain, Germany, everywhere where Hungarians are living at or have been at a wedding," Peter Urban, the editor of the publication, told the news source.

The bride's horrific choice in wedding wear had a gigantic, poofy bottom and was adorned with an overwhelming amount of stars. It was reportedly passed down from an Egyptian family.

Other finalists included a woman whose dress barely covered her bosoms, and another wedding gown which would have been more appropriate at a strip club than a church.

"I think the general verdict was the less flesh on show, the better," said Urban.

We say wear what you like on your big day, but remember to stay classy. You don't want to upset grandma.



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