Dubai offers emirate’s top dieters $5,400 in gold coins for weight loss

DUBAI – Dubai’s government will pay residents in gold for losing those extra pounds as part of a government campaign to fight growing obesity in the Gulf Arab emirate.

he 30-day weight-loss challenge was launched on Friday to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

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Many eat too much after breaking the fast, tucking into traditional dishes loaded with fat and sugar that can push their daily calorie intake well above levels outside of Ramadan.

For every kilogram dropped by August 16, contestants who register from Friday can walk away with a gram of gold, currently worth about $42, Dubai’s civic authority announced as part of its ‘Your Weight in Gold’ initiative.

The top three dieters can win gold coins worth up to 20,000 dirhams ($5,400). The contestant has to lose a minimum 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) to qualify for the contest.

“Participant must have excess weight to reduce and stay away from unhealthy methods to lose weight and should be present on the final day to measure weight,” Dubai Municipality said in a press release.

Health officials in Dubai, the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, and in neighboring Gulf nations, are spending millions to control obesity among their citizens.

Oil wealth and high household incomes have led to overeating, high-sugar diets and a heavy reliance on cars for getting around, leading to an explosion of diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.

Five of the 10 countries where diabetes is most prevalent are in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an umbrella organization of more than 200 national associations.

Dubai is known for its larger-than-life offers. It has a history of giving away luxury cars and yachts in lucky draws and is home to one the largest gold markets in the region. The emirate even has gold vending machines in shopping malls. ($1 = 3.6730 UAE dirhams)

Source: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/19/dubai-offers-emirates-top-dieters-5400-in-gold-coins-for-weight-loss/

Hedge Funds Gold Shorts To Get Massacred

Today whistleblower Andrew Maguire stunned King World News when he said that hedge funds which are heavily short gold will get massacred and may in fact go under. Maguire, who recently appeared in the CBC production “The Secret World of Gold,” also spoke about extraordinary events taking place at the LBMA, where bullion banks are in serious trouble once again. Below is part two of a three part series of extraordinary written interviews that will be released today with Maguire on King World News.

Maguire: “The LBMA bullion stocks are thin. For example, the LBMA delivery conditions were extended from 2 days to 5 days. Why do you think this little known decision to extend delivery times was made at the request of the bullion banks? The fact is that the gold market has been in tight supply for some time now.

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There is just very little physical (gold) for sale in size at these current levels. In the past I reported leased gold regularly appeared at the (London) fixes, where the Bank of England would step in at the clearing hour, after the fix, to lend metal to meet these delivery shortfalls….

“Much less of this is now happening. Many of these accrued positions, they already can’t be paid back within the originating terms. So on a short-term basis they have to be rehypothecated, further rolled out, and they match even further out forwards and futures (contracts).

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/19_Andrew_Maguire_-_Hedge_Funds_Short_Gold_To_Get_Massacred.html

LBMA Now Staring At Another Gordon Brown Abyss

Today whistleblower Andrew Maguire warned King World News that the LBMA is now staring dangerously into the abyss once again.  Maguire, who recently appeared in the CBC production “The Secret World of Gold,” described this stunning situation as “very similar to the abyss that Gordon Brown stared into when the Bank of England was forced to bailout Goldman Sachs 13 years ago.”  Below is part one of a series of extraordinary written interviews that will be released today with Maguire on King World News.

Maguire:  “The mainstream media has this myopic focus on the over 600 tons of GLD redemptions, while in reality we are witnessing massive bullion demand far in excess of these relatively small ETF redemptions.  This bullion demand is actually putting enormous pressure upon immediately deliverable LBMA bullion stocks.

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What is notable, Eric, is that since the ABN AMRO bank default became public, it forced that defensive attack by the Fed and the Bank for International Settlements….

“I know we talked (on KWN) about it right as it happened, and it forced that defensive attack.  It was a desperate attempt to bail out an imminent collapse of the largest bullion houses in London.  And despite an over $400 rigged decline in the gold price, Eric, here we are back full circle, with the bullion bank inventories again under stress.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/19_Maguire_-_LBMA_Now_Staring_At_Another_Gordon_Brown_Abyss.html