The History Of White Wedding Gowns

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By Linda Zona

When looking back at history, marriages and weddings have changed significantly since earlier times. When a couple got married in medieval times, it was not simply a union between the bride and groom. It often encompassed the marriage of two families or even two businesses. The wedding gowns that were worn by the bride were considered a status symbol that represented the status and position of the brides family. The type of material and colors of the wedding gowns, especially among the upper class and nobility, were meant to show the importance of the couple’s families.

In the years that followed, brides continued to be adorned in silk, satin and furs along with displaying many bold colors in their wedding gowns. The bride’s wedding dress continued to be a representation of the social status, and those of lesser stature wore gowns that were similar in design to those worn by the wealthy, but made from materials of lesser value. The length of the train often determined the wealth of the brides family, as well as the amount of material used in the wedding dresses.

In more recent history, brides were wearing wedding gowns designed after those of popular culture at the time. This was the trend in the western world after the turn of the 20th century. For example, during the 1920s a bride would often wear a short gown, resembling the dresses of the so-called “Roaring 20s” with a long train in the back.

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It wasnt until around 1940 that wedding gowns reverted back to the designs of the Victorian age. This is the style that is currently being worn by the modern day bride. The color of wedding gowns prior to the wedding of Mary, Queen of Scots would have been designed with bold colors of purple and reds. When the queen married Francois II of France, she became the first bride to wear white. It was considered as a slap in the face to the French, because at that time white was the national color of mourning in France.

However, white wedding gowns did not really catch on until the wedding of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The official wedding picture of her wearing a white gown was widely publicized and prompted many brides to choose white as the color for their own gowns. The amount of material used in the gown remained a symbol of the brides status in life with many of the brides from poorer families wearing simple church dresses in white.

Throughout history, white wedding gowns were considered a sign of innocence and purity, and somewhere along the line was thought to symbolize virginity. This notion has slowly faded and most brides choose white wedding gowns regardless of the current circumstances of the couple. It is not unusual for white to be worn during second and even third weddings allowing the bride to have a white-themed wedding.

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French court suspends burkini ban

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

On Friday, France’s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the woman had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


Man disguised as Darth Vader robs bank

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

A man dressed as the Star Wars antagonist Darth Vader robbed a bank in Setauket, New York. The robber was dressed in a character themed mask and blue cape. Armed with a hand gun, the robber stole an undetermined amount of cash from the Chase bank branch.

The robber entered the bank saying that he was robbing it. Customers initially thought it was a joke and began laughing. Detective William Lamb of the Suffolk County Police Department said that one customer attempted to tackle the robber and was attacked. He can be seen in the background of surveillance photographs. The robber then approached a teller and demanded cash while brandishing a weapon.

This robbery is the latest in a string of odd bank robberies in the New York metropolitan area. Yesterday the New York Police Department arrested a man who robbed banks while carrying flowers and potted plants. Police are also looking for an apparent cross-dressing robber who held up a bank in Long Island.

Some People Buy Gold Or Diamond Jewellery From Online Stores Impressed By Its Design And Exquisitene

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Some people buy gold or diamond jewellery from online stores impressed by its design and exquisitene



Some people buy gold or diamond jewellery from online stores impressed by its design and exquisiteness while some are highly discerning that they check every nook and corner for flaws. There are people who choose jewellery by deeply analyzing what is unique about the craftsmanship. It is for those people that local and online jewellery stores are coming up with new diamond jewellery designs with incomparable craftsmanship. Enigma collection is the best example of such collection. The following article showcases the specialty of this unique collection,

The Exceptional Factor: Every jewellery collection has a certain factor that makes it stand distinct from others. Likewise, the Enigma collection also has one. The specialty about this collection is that it has a distinct setting that is not visible to the naked eyes. Several diamond stones are skilfully clustered together in this setting. However, when you look into the setting, it appears as a single large, shimmering diamond. This diamond jewellery design marks exceptionality.

A Few Picks: By now, the stunning workmanship of the Enigma collection would have impressed you deeply. Let s see a few picks,

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Traditional Charm: The Enigma floral diamond ring, which is made up of 18K yellow gold is a great pick for those who wish to sport a classic look. The ornate design along with the unique diamond setting exudes traditional charm that grabs the attention of the passersby.

Contemporary Elegance: Wish to look fashionable? Then, choose diamond jewellery designs that are ultramodern. The Swizzle Solitaire diamond pendant, Enigma channel-set diamond earrings and Enigma crossover band in 18K white gold are a few examples of this kind. Wear them and step out in style!

Go Trendy: The Enigma collection also has diamond jewellery designs that are simply modish. The best example would be the Enigma baguette & princess diamond pendant. The angular diamond-cluster setting will make heads turn when you walk down the streets.

Two-Tone Sophistication: Some people have a special liking for white and yellow gold blend. For such people, the Enigma collection provides diamond jewellery like the Enigma diamond earrings. Also, try picking the Enigma diamond & blue Sapphire pendant in 18K yellow and white Gold.

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Toowoomba, Brisbane City take out Roller Derby wins on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Caloundra, Queensland — Wikinews attended a roller derby event at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium on Australia’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday. The event, entitled Winter Whackdown, featured the hosting association — the Coastal Assassins Roller Derby (CARD) — fielding two teams, the Toowoomba Range Renegades and the Brisbane City Rollers Punk Blockers.

Upon arrival, the spectators were still filing into the stadium.

Ace Invaders 90
Toowoomba Range Renegades 263

The opening bout between the CARD Ace Invaders and the Toowoomba Range Renegades started around 5:15pm local time (0715 UTC). The Range Renegades won 263 points to 90.

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Blood Diamonds 127
Brisbane City Rollers Punk Blockers 215

The second bout between the CARD Blood Diamonds and the Brisbane City Rollers Punk Blockers started around 7:30pm (0930 UTC). The Punk Blockers won 215 points to 127.

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No Teletrack Payday Loans: Loans For People With Bad Credit

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By Mario R. Churchill

Payday loans are now the most viable options undertaken by most people who are experiencing financial emergencies. It is a short-term loan that intends to handle an urgent need for cash until their subsequent payday. This new system of lending doesn’t involve a credit check which is a very good privilege for debtors with bad credit. Application for this kinds of loans are usually done online just over the internet. What makes this loaning convenient is the promptness of the depositing of money into the debtors bank account which is approximately 24 hours or sometimes even less.

To explain further Teletrack is a method that is employed to examine the applicant’s credit history and checking account. This system exposes to the loan agency the applicant’s flaw in his credit history such as outstanding checks in opposition to current loans, any imminent court judgments, files for bankruptcy and any other related problems with the credit history. These loan agencies don’t have the exigency to authenticate the information imparted by the prospective borrowers since payday loans do not encompass large sum of money other than the fact that these are only short-term loans.

Payday loan agencies suggest instant cash advance for a temporary period, typically ranging from 2-3 weeks. In comparison to traditional loan companies, payday loan agencies offer higher interest rates in order to give a faster service and to cover any risk that may be encountered in the procedure.

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Applying for a no teletrack payday loan

The only thing needed is to accomplish a form containing personal data, employment facts and selected bank account of the borrower. Some lenders who offer no teletrack payday loans obligate the borrower to fax some documents like: the most recent paycheck, a copy of the driver’s license or a banks statement or an electricity bill. In order to be eligible for this kind of loan you must be a US citizen over 18 years of age and must be a full employee of a certain company. Some lenders obligate that you should be employed with the identical firm for the past 6 months. Others require a minimum monthly income of $ 1,000 with all the taxes already deducted. These loans also necessitate checking or savings account that has a debit service. Since the process is apparently easy and simple that checking you credit rating is uncalled-for therefore giving you a probability of almost 100% to be approved.

As soon as you application is approved you can immediately and directly get your money transferred into your checking account. In lieu of these no teletrack payday loans, you won’t have to worry about rigid timings because everything is subject to your decision. Not to mention that you can take advantage of applying for it at perfectly any time you would want to.

Issues on repayment

Repayment of your loan is indicated on your application form but usually it’s the time when you get to accept your next paycheck. The lending companies instantly debit the fund and the fee from your account. In the event that you would need more time to repay your loan, you can always ask for an extension few days preceding the automatic debit. Early payment though is advised so as not to accumulate any added fees. This kind of loan could be a savior but also a burden if not paid on time.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

South African prosecutors charge ANC leader Jacob Zuma with corruption

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Saturday, December 29, 2007 


Corruption-related charges have been brought against Jacob Zuma, the newly-elected leader of the African National Congress (ANC), according to his lawyer. A trial is scheduled to begin on August 14, 2008.

The charges stem from an arms deal with a French company, which is alleged to have involved bribes and fraud. Zuma’s financial adviser at the time, Schabir Shaik, was convicted in 2005 of attempting to solicit a bribe of US$72,500 per year from the arms company on Zuma’s behalf and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Zuma was fired as deputy president in 2005 by South African President Thabo Mbeki due to the scandal.

Two-term ANC leader Mbeki recently lost an ANC leadership contest to Jacob Zuma, who garnered about 60 percent of delegate votes in his win.

Zuma had been charged with corruption in 2005, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds. Michael Hulley, Zuma’s defence lawyer, indicated that they will strongly contest the new charges in court. Hulley also suggested that the South African government’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and its anti-organised crime division known as The Scorpions, have carried out a smear campaign against Zuma.

“These charges will be vigorously defended, in the context of the belief that the Scorpions (NPA) have acted wrongly and with improper motive calculated to discredit Mr. Zuma and ensure that he play no leadership role in the political future of our country,” said Michael Hulley in a statement.

Given that the ANC has been the governing party in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, it is likely that Jacob Zuma could become the next president after general elections in 2009. Zuma has said, however, that he would resign if he was found guilty by the courts.

Care Home Equipment For Every Day Use

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As all of you will have undoubtably gathered, the country is in pandemonium and frenzy of late, the cause of this being the ungodly amount of snow that seems to have covered our once drab and barren land. To some this is a very charming change of scenery, snow being a comfort to see outside on a cold day, but to others, it is an annoyance and hardship that can have harmful and devastating consequences.

Snow not only causes accidents and falls for some folk, A & E being rife with victims of the \\’charming\\’ weather conditions, but it can drastically effect the elderly and disabled who in the best of weathers find living from day to day a hardship without a certain amount of help. Mobility equipment and nursing facilities are essential when extreme weather conditions are in full swing, the reasons for this being far more than simply aiding those who are vulnerable to physical accidents.

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The equipment that exists to aid mobility ranges from stationary apparatus such as beds and chairs, to lighter, more manoeuvrable pieces, such as hoists and lifts etc used in more moderate cases. The weather affects those who suffer from disability or sever old age in different ways, but snow is both extremely cold and treacherous to travel on, making it especially dangerous to those who would usually seek mobility equipment.

Levels of mobility impairment range from a lot to a little, and because of this, the severity of equipment designed to help ranges also. For those who simply find it difficult and a strain to perform day to day activities, no matter how minor these may be, there is a large amount of physical aids that can help people such as this live life that bit easier. Mobility equipment is after all, designed to help mobility for those who struggle to do so, and pieces such as patient hoists, stairlifts and mobility scooters help people perform otherwise hard and tedious tasks.

For those in more sever and extreme situations however, equipment changes and differs in its levels of aid. For those who are physically unable to walk or have trouble lying down because of any back or spinal injury, low rise nursing beds are a common piece of apparatus designed to aid comfort, practically and of course, safety. Mobility equipment in such sever cases as a nursing bed is usually very durable and hard wearing, designed in such a way as to be totally safe and secure for any patient / user. Nursing beds are designed in such a way as to provide comfort for those who find it hard to rest their bodies, low rise designs in particular being such a way in which people can access it easily. In such cold weather as this start of the year has brought, sufficient mobility equipment is vital considering the risks that exist for people in need of physical and mobile aid.

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Jersey child abuse case ‘was not covered up’

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

Frank Walker, the chief minister of Jersey, a United Kingdom Crown dependency off the coast of Normandy, France, denies that there was a cover up after a child’s remains were found.

The allegations of a cover-up stem from statements by Stuart Syvret. Syvret, the former Minister for Health and Social Services for Jersey, said that “It’s a continuum that we see. It’s a culture of cover-up and concealment and tragically the recent evidence is just the latest manifestation of that.”

It has come to light that Edward Paisnel, a notorious pedophile, used to visit the Haut de la Garenne children’s home dressed as Father Christmas. Paisnel in 1971, was given a sentence of 30 years for 13 counts of assault, rape and sodomy.

Syvret says he was dismissed from his ministerial position after highlighting the “torture” of 11 to 16-year-olds in the island’s care homes. He claimed he was “sacked for whistleblowing”.

Police are currently investigating twenty-seven cases of child abuse on the island and recently discovered the body of one child at a care home Haut de la Garenne in St. Martin, and with a potential six sites in the area where more bodies may be located. The home was closed in 1986 and since 2003 it has served as a youth hostel.

Jersey’s deputy police chief, Lenny Harper said “Part of the inquiry will be the fact that a lot of the victims tried to report their assaults but for some reason or another they were not dealt with as they should be.”

Harper added that “no evidence of a cover-up of any Jersey government” has been found. “We are looking at allegations that a number of agencies didn’t deal with things as perhaps they should.”

Syvret has encouraged the government of the United Kingdom to assign independent judges to oversee any cases that result from the investigations.

Builders originally uncovered a body at the care home in 2003 but it was only since an operation investigate child abuse started in 2006 that progress has been made. An ex-minister of the States of Jersey, the parliament of the island, has criticised the handling of the case, stating that abuse cases were mishandled.

Walker told senators that all necessary resources would be use to find the abusers. “None of us imagined that children in Jersey could be abused and mistreated in the way that is being suggested,” the BBC have quoted him as saying. “I express my shock and horror that these things have apparently happened within our island.”

Specialist police from the United Kingdom have been investigating after an enquiry turned up 140 sources verifying the claims of abuse.