Lucia and Marcus learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife. When they return from college and suddenly announce their marriage plans, they discover that their competitive and egotistical fathers can wreak serious havoc on their special day. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guess if the alpha dads will survive to make it down the aisle. Lucia's mother is planning "her" dream wedding and the only levelheaded one in the bunch is Angela, the groom's father's best friend and lawyer. With only weeks to plan their wedding, Lucia and Marcus soon discover the true meaning of love and find there is truth to the saying - that when you marry someone, you marry their entire family.
Soon after it was announced that megastar Amitabh Bachchan will not be hosting the upcoming season of popular reality show Bigg Boss, rumours have been rife that none other than SRK is likely to take up the job.
Exploring StoneHenge 2010, 'Virtually'.
Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK, which was erected in stone sometime around 2300 B.C. has an entranceway built so that the stones are aligned with the first rays of light from the Solstice Sunrise and is a popular gathering point for modern Druids, Pagans and others on Midsummer's Morning.
Fairies, Elves and Other spirits are also thought to be abroad on this Solstice, especially in the evening, as celebarted in Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which presents Oberon and Titania as the fairie King & Queen.
The Celebration of Summer Solstice at Stonehenge is a particularly popular among Contemporary Pagans, Druids and others who believe the Summer Solstice carries deep mystical and religious significance as the Wedding of The Sun & The Earth, and has been a center of dramatic controversy in the recent past.
Whilst celebrations were thought to be held there as long as 10,000 years ago, from 1972 until 1985, the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge had become free festivals "rife with drugs, alcohol, and celebrants climbing and defacing the stones"...
Archaeologists and Conservationists who regard Stonehenge & similar sites as treasures to be protected and preserved, along with English Heritage, the Government entity responsible for the site, therefore banned all Solstice celebrations at the site in 1985 after the inflammatory confrontation between Pagan/New Age 'celebrants' and Police that came to be known as
the 'Battle of Beanfield'(the place where it occurred).
This 15-year ban was lifted in 2000 and English Heritage who manage access and parking etc for the occassion, estimate that over 20,000 celebrants regularly attended the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.
Said Arthur Pendragon, a Druid leader...
"We see Stonehenge more as a temple than as a monument... as a living landscape, to be used to celebrate the seasons and quarter days [solstices and equinoxes]. Druids want to use sacred sites as they were originally intended."
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Rumours have been rife about Kaminey couple Shahid-Priyankas patch up for long now. But, before anything could be officially confirmed about the duos relationship status, theres a twist in the tale. Shahid has now become really fond of Southern beauty Asin.
Take a tour of Dingle Peninsula in Ireland – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
In southwest Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula is rife with beauty and history.
Its spectacular seaside cliffs are world famous.
Dingle's enigmatic Gallus Oratory is a 6th Century Christian church.
Ancient Celtic tombstones dot the green landscape.
Stone ruins overlook the bay.
There's the Minard Castle that sits amidst the rolling hills.
At every turn, ancient and natural wonders lie waiting to be discovered.
The loss of a child is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent and the pain of a parent whose child commits suicide is almost unimaginable yet, suicide that results from bullying, bullycide is rife in our schools.
Take a tour of Bezin Castle in Poland – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
The remarkable Bedzin Castle in southern Poland stands strong and imposing against the city of Bedzin.
The first building to stand on this defensive site was erected in the 11th century.
This structure was replaced in the 14th century by the present day austere stone fortress.
The castle was originally an integral stronghold for the Kingdom of Poland.
When it was first constructed, the castle was attached to the surrounding city walls, some remnants of which still stand.
Bedzin Castle still remains as a reminder of an era rife with invasion and military threats.
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Its a story rife with allegations of theft -- and a game of Google said, Bing said.
"Google is firing some serious accusations at the search engine Bing today. Google says Bing is copying its search results. It says it did some tests to prove it. Microsoft, which owns Bing, denies copying anything from Google." (ABC)
Those "tests" were really what Google calls a “sting operation”, put into effect to confirm its suspicions that Bing was stealing Google’s secret formulas.
Mashable reports, Google created fake results for misspelled words users would never search. When these same results started showing up on Bing -- Google cried foul.
But CNN reports, not only isn’t Bing phased by the so-called sting -- it’s taking the high road.
“Bing did not deny that it took Google into account when producing its own search results, but suggested they were only one factor among many... [Bing vice president Harry Shum] shrugged off Google's sting as ‘a creative tactic by a competitor, and we'll take it as a back-handed compliment.’”
Jameson Berkow of London’s Financial Post puts Google on the spot for being so up in arms- asking, “How can the company which makes its information public be upset about ‘stealing?’”
“Considering the Google business model is one of open-source access to its products - lest we forget smartphone makers the world over can access the immensely valuable Google Android platform entirely for free - the company’s outrage over this issue is perhaps difficult to understand. The words childish and juvenile have been tossed around quite liberally in various online commentaries on the story …”
CBS’ Larry Dignan says, keep in mind --- in this age of technology, everything is copied to some extent.
Here he lists several examples showing that even Google’s ideas came from somewhere.
But in the bigger picture, Dignan says this dispute means Google sees a valid competitor in Bing.
“There's no way Google would give a rat's ass how its public results were being used if it wasn't worried about Bing ... “
On a similar note Business Insider’s Dan Frommer gives Microsoft credit where credit is due --- at least it’s trying to copy the best.
“Yes, it's embarrassing how Microsoft got caught -….Yes, it's even more humiliating knowing that Microsoft burns about half a billion dollars a quarter on Bing, only to find out that some of that ‘investment’ is developing the ‘copy Google’ part of the algorithm. But it's actually not stupid. Because, let's admit it, everyone copies everyone. So if you're going to copy, at least copy the best, no?”
So what do you think? Is Bing taking a fake swing at the search engine thing? Or -- doth Google protest too much?
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A public split between a duo the Russians have dubbed “the tandem.” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his predecessor Vladimir Putin put out seemingly conflicting statements on the allied military intervention in Libya.
Putin harshly criticized the UN’s invasion of Libya on Monday saying, “it resembles a medieval crusade.”
Compare that to President Medvedev’s statement later:
“In no way is it acceptable to use expressions that in essence led to a clash of civilizations such as crusades and so forth. This is unacceptable.” (euronews)
International analysts say the statements illuminate the split between Medvedev and Putin on foreign policy. An expert explains to Christian Science Monitor...
"Putin, given his past [KGB] experience, is inclined to a conspiratorial view... Medvedev, on the other hand, does not think in cold war terms.”
But in the same article the director of an independent Moscow think tank says there’s no real conflict between the leaders.
“It's like Medvedev is Putin's lawyer, he follows him around and cleans up his speech.... Basically, it just means the tandem is working as it was designed. The West sees the good Medvedev trying his best, while other constituencies are reassured by Putin.”
A columnist for Russian news agency Ria Novosti says Russia was one of five countries that didn’t vote on the UN resolution to authorize attacks in Libya. He says it’s another sign of Russia’s lack of unified stance on foreign policy.
“Sitting on the fence only puts the country in a strange position, showing that its authorities cannot agree when confronted with serious problems and lack a coordinated policy. This is particularly damaging in view of the growing chaos across the world.”
But CNN says this split can be a precursor to next year’s presidential elections, even though both politicians have said they would not stand in each other’s way.
“The public smackdown was political catnip in Moscow. The two men, whom Russians refer to as ‘the tandem,’ both could be candidates for president in 2012 but neither is announcing yet he will run. Speculation is rife over who might go first -- and when.”
Russian newspaper Pravda also points out the lack of real conflict and claims the story was exaggerated by the media.
“There is a certain media pool in Russia, which has been working for the break up of the tandem since 2008.”
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Technically it’s the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
But getting filming of The Hobbit off the ground in New Zealand -- has been a novel unto itself.
After setback on top of setback, Director Peter Jackson has called for quiet on the set.
Quiet, MTV reports, after a number of problems plagued creation of the film.
"Production on "The Hobbit" has been rife with its share of problems since Jackson first presented the idea to adapt it back in 1997...Jackson and New Line Cinemas were involved in a legal battle that eventually relegated Jackson to executive producer ...Then director Guillermo del Toro agreed to come onboard...but in May 2010, he said that he couldn't continue...even after Jackson was again confirmed as director...there were union disputes..that almost forced "The Hobbit" to relocate to a different filming area."
With hardly a frame shot, talk has already turned to just how expensive this epic prequel will be. 3News reports, the New Zealand government has offered huge tax breaks to keep the film in Kiwi territory.
Rachel Tiffen: "But it is not hard to understand why security is so tight. The two Lord of The Rings prequels are costing around $680 million to make, with perhaps a billion over time to our economy and the Government's pledged incentives and tax breaks of $100 million."
Fans only care about the box office. And from Middle Earth -- to the ends of the earth -- Hobbit fans everywhere are rejoicing at the idea of this film. Or, so says, Coventry Telegraph’s The Geek Files.
"There's been a worldwide sigh of relief ...Jackson has also launched a Facebook page which includes two new images of the filmmaker on set."
Movieline notes, it’s taken 75 years -- to get The Hobbit from the page to the screen, and we’re not there yet.
“...it’s easy to forget just how long this movie has been in production — and the minor miracle it is that not only is The Hobbit being filmed, but Peter Jackson is behind the camera.”
But don’t expect The Hobbit to find its way to the box office anytime soon. The BBC interviewed actor Martin Freeman who plays Bilbo Baggins. Freeman says, like all odyssey’s, this one, will take some time.
"There are some bits of bad luck associated with it. We're all very optimistic about it. We're ready to go - just as soon as 2015 comes around."
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The people of Nigeria turned out to vote in parliamentary elections despite violence at polling stations. Some analysts say this latest election is the freest in Nigeria’s recent history.
But a BBC News correspondent reports violence is still a big issue in some parts of the country.
“In Maiduguri an explosion at a polling station...killed at least three people - including a female police officer guarding the ballot box - and the presiding electoral officer … In Lagos, some people complained of being unable to vote after not finding their names on the register.”
There are more than 73 million registered voters in Nigeria, and a reporter for Al-Jazeera explains the citizens feel they need to vote for a better life - despite the violence.
“Nigeria is actually the world’s sixth largest oil producer, exporting two million barrels a day. But 80% of people live below the poverty line. Unemployment is rife. Constant electricity and running water are scarce in most of the nation. Many blame the country’s political leadership for mismanagement.”
International observers point to this election as being the freest since the end of military rule in 1999. A West African professor tells Nigeria’s The Nation - the ruling People’s Democratic Party committed election fraud in the past.
“President Goodluck Jonathan’s repeated assurances of credible elections...is a welcome departure from the ‘do-or die’ stance of his ruling PDP in the past. This should contribute to a significant attenuation of the dangerously high political temperature.”
A writer for Nigeria’s newspaper The Punch says overall, this election demonstrated that Nigerians are ready to take control of their political destiny.
“Security agents deployed to the streets and polling centres appeared to be coming to terms with the ethos of democracy. They kept to the background and unlike in the past were not part of the problems of voters this time around.”
The AFP reports the ruling PDP will lose seats, but it’s unclear if the party will lose the majority. Presidential and state gubernatorial elections are planned for later this month.
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Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them.
Teen suicide is rife in this country. Bullying and teen suicide have now almost become one and the same thing. Recently carried out research now shows a new catchword which is fast becoming a trend within schools and this is word is bullycide.
GET SHE WATER is a multi-layered road film about four disturbed acquaintances, each living alone in Los Angeles, who team up to assist a member of their alliance make good on a promise to his father. Lenny Mayo is called on to personally transport his father's corpse five hundred miles in a bizarre funeral procession from Louisville, Kentucky all the way up to a small town in northern Michigan. If Lenny gets his dad into the family plot, per the Will's direction, he can collect his inheritance. The journey swiftly produces events that shift us into a world rife with Mayo memories. Two distinctly embedded American cultures collide. GET SHE WATER shows how one unlikely command, devised by a dead man supposedly bent on settling some old score, may actually exact unlikely friendships out of that simple order, and lead to something more valuable than any of them considered before taking the old man, and his big trip, on.
*******www.theclaimsconnection******/ppi-claims/reclaim-mortgage-ppi.html - Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance, or 'MPPI', is insurance designed to cover your mortgage payments in the event of sickness or redundancy.
In 2009, the Financial Services Authority, or 'FSA', ordered mortgage lenders to pay back £60 million in MPPI refunds to borrowers, due to price hikes that were not properly disclosed. Firms also agreed to re-instate policies which had been cancelled due to the price hikes.
MPPI was also part of the general PPI mis-selling scandal. Poor sales practices by mortgage lenders included failing to explain that the policy was optional, implying that it was compulsory and failing to disclose the cost of the policy separately to the overall mortgage.
Lenders also failed to discuss crucial aspects of the policy, such as the exclusions and limitations, resulting in it being sold to many borrowers for whom it was unsuitable.
The FSA has had significant concerns regarding second charge and secured loan PPI, especially single premium policies. Mis-selling in this sector was rife, with high numbers of customer complaints, high rejection rates by firms and high overturn rates by the Ombudsman.
It's had fewer concerns regarding regular premium first charge MPPI. There've been fewer complaints in this sector than about other types of PPI, with lower reject and overturn rates.
Further, the amount of money involved with a mortgage, and the consequences of default, make PPI a more attractive proposition alongside mortgages than with other products. Lenders are, therefore, more likely to argue that MPPI was suitable for the customer's needs.
Nevertheless, although there was a lower risk of mis-selling in the first charge mortgage PPI sector, mis-selling was still common and the FSA's measures still apply.
You should bear in mind that MPPI was generally not as expensive as other types of PPI. This might affect the amount of any refund.
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