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21/01/2016

Wynnsong 16 implementing age, dress policies but city wants more

While new policies on age and dress could be implemented at the Wynnsong 16 multiplex theater in west Mobile, some city officials are hopeful more changes are still in the works.

And they also want Carmike, Inc. – the parent company that operates hundreds of theater complexes nationwide, including the Wynnsong – to communicate better with the city's Police Department and the Mobile City Council.

The requests come about one month after a melee broke out in the theater's parking lot on Christmas night that involved hundreds of youths and resulted in four teenagers suffering non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Police Chief James Barber, on Tuesday, acknowledged he had spoken with Carmike officials about heightened security at the cinema but that follow-up interviews were more difficult with top corporate officers.

"We are still waiting on that follow-up meeting," Barber said, anticipating that discussions between police and Carmike could take place within the next "two to three weeks."

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"We are dealing with a large corporation with 300 cinemas," he added.

Wynnsong reportedly is imposing a curfew beginning on Feb. 1 restricting youths from visiting the complex after 8 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 21 years old. On Wednesday, there was no sign on the cinema's front door detailing the age policy.

The only public notices on display detailed dress and conduct codes: Sagging pants and lewd attire is prohibited as is profanity, loitering, and loud music. Another posted sign notifies attendees that back packs, packages or bags are subject to inspection and that guns and weapons are not allowed.

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Councilwoman Bess Rich, who represents the west Mobile area where Wynnsong is located and is head of the council's Public Safety Committee, said she first learned of the theater's self-imposed regulations from a TV news report.

She said on Wednesday that she hoped Barber had more details about Carmike's new policies. Also, she said she remains hopeful that Carmike officials travel to Mobile and meet with the committee. Carmike's corporate headquarters is located in Columbus, Ga.

"The movie theater experience represents a big part of our residents' entertainment venues, and has a ripple effect on other businesses," Rich said. "I am still hearing that residents are uncomfortable about going to Wynnsong. It is important that anything which changes people's opinion that their security and safety is provided for, will go a long way for them supporting the business in the future."

Carmike has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

"I do hope that the Public Safety Committee ... will have an opportunity to meet with the upper management to discuss security of patrons," Rich said. "Not in a punitive manner, but one where the council is informed and can understand exactly how the security policies and program to be implemented by Carmike helps to encourage confidence and our residents attendance."

Rich's committee met with Barber on Jan. 5 to discuss the Christmas incident in which youths – ranging in ages from 8 years old to 18-year-old adults – congregated in the parking lot for hours. Police have said that as many as 400 juveniles were gathered outside the cinema complex during the evening.

At around 10:14 p.m., four teenagers were shot leading to an eruption of chose that spilled into nearby businesses and streets. No arrests have been made, but police named 17-year-old Johnny Vail as a person of interest. Vail is being held in jail on unrelated gun charges.

Barber told committee members that he felt Wynnsong's surveillance system was inadequate, and that police were negotiating with the corporate offices about including the cinema in the department's "Project Shield" program.

Project Shield is a new partnership between the private sector and police that allows authorities access to live security camera feeds. Since the program's inception this summer, police have been able to gain access to more than 2,000 surveillance and security cameras city-wide. Popular teen gathering spots, such as Bel-Air Mall, are participants.

Businesses unaffected

Meanwhile, business owners close to the Wynnsong property say they haven't been affected by the Christmas night incident.

"I don't feel like it has affected us," said Laura Farley, manager of Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q. "There are usually cops around."

Jerri Reese, owner of Party Central at the nearby Shoppes of Schillinger, said she generally feels that west Mobile is safe and that the Christmas incident was an anomaly.

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19/01/2016

Picture-perfect wedding of Devanshi Dalmia and Ashiis Goenka in Delhi

There is no stylist here - the ladies of the house have styled the wedding themselves." When Gayatri Ruia, the bride's mami, told us this about the picturesque people and decor at this wedding, we were quite surprised, like everyone else. The nuptials of cool young couple Devanshi Dalmia and Ashiis Goenka on Sunday were a meticulously planned event, conceptualized and driven by the power ladies of the family, Abha and Sharmila Dalmia. Devanshi's dadi 'Abhaji', as everyone calls her, Sharmila, her mother, and Gaurav Dalmia, her father, had not a spare moment over the past few days. Despite running around all day, the older Dalmia matriarch was flawlessly dressed, not a hair out of place, and Sharmila's famous good taste dictated every little detail of the stunning wedding - from the temple bells and potlis at the entrance to the masses of flowers artificially planted into acres of grass. Sangeeta Goenka, Ashiis' mother, was complimented for her jewellery, especially her striking nath.

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Power ladies: While Gaurav Dalmia and Sanjay Goenka, the dads, had not a spare moment either, it was the ladies who dominated the event. Devanshi's nani, Amla Ruia, told us that the women really drive the weddings. "The ladies take all the decisions, look into all the nitty-gritties, even the tiniest details. You have to choose from all that's available online, find the best people to execute it, and then micro-monitor the execution itself. The ladies of Dalmia House stood through the night to make sure that the venue looked like this." Gayatri, her daughter-in-law, did stress that the men were an equal part of the preparations, but agreed that weddings like these were the ladies' "tour de force". Old-school, heritage saris and the most elegant ensembles and jewellery marked them out. Gayatri herself got her lehenga stitched using her mother-in-law's old Banarasi brocades and wore her bor (Rajasthani tika). Avantika Dalmia, the bride's aunt, completed her traditional look with a maang tika and elaborate nosering. Even the younger women are now closely monitoring what the grandmoms and moms and moms-in-law wear. "It's coming back into fashion now," Gayatri agreed. From jadau necklaces to old minakari chokers, the family heirlooms and jewels were on full display, including in the bride's ensemble.

Kejri goes Marwari too! The most talked about guest was Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who spent a lot of time with MH Dalmia. Members of the Marwari community surrounded the CM at the dinner table, and discussed everything from the odd-even rule to Kejriwal's proficiency in Marwari. When asked to say something in Marwari, Kejriwal said, "My parents speak that at home, but I am still learning. Abhi toh Punjabi seekhni hai," hinting at AAP's Punjab ambitions. But in his imperfect Marwari, Kejriwal did try, saying, "Mane Marwari bolni koi na aawe!"

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15/01/2016

These 8 Plus Size Wedding Gown Designers Are Perfect For Body Positive Brides

The wedding industry is notorious for a lot of things, and it gets a bad rep for a lot of them. Often times the extravagant costs cause criticism, but perhaps one of the most legitimate critiques is lack of body diversity in fashion and planning tools. Thankfully, these eight plus size wedding gown designers are helping to alleviate a bit of the frustration plus size brides feel. With sizes that can range from zero to 32, they're letting all brides know that no matter their body size or shape, there's a wedding dress perfect for them.

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As a plus size (soon-to-be) bride looking through bridal magazines, bridal blogs, and planning tools, it's been more than slightly discouraging not seeing women who look like myself. While every body type deserves representation, the vast majority of representation in the wedding industry is of smaller bodies, and as a result, bridal fashion tends to cater to those straight bodies. For me, that's the most significant issue when it comes to plus size brides.

Not only does wedding fashion often seem to implicitly exclude larger bodies, it completely bypasses bodies outside the typical 14-24 range. In my research, finding gowns that go beyond a size 24 is not a simple task. While there have been strides made in many avenues of the fashion industry — like the rise of the extended size bikinis courtesy of incredible women like GabiFresh — the wedding industry seems to be lagging behind more so than most.

These designers and brands, however, have an incredible range of sizes in styles that are just simple the "flattering" a-line that plus-size ladies are often told to wear. Some have even begun to feature plus size women in their ads. So, if you're a plus size bride seeking a gown, don't fret —these brands are crazy size-inclusive.

Allure Bridals

Not only are Allure gowns completely gorgeous, but they offer a specifically plus size line as well as offering their straight size styles in plus sizing. To top that off, they extend to size 32! Basically, Allure is doing so much right.

Mori Lee

Mori Lee's Julietta line features a stunning array of wedding gowns that reach size 28. Like Allure, Mori Lee features all styles and silhouettes for your bridal desires.

Roz la Kelin

Roz le Kelin gowns are nothing short of breathtaking, and their plus size line is one of the most incredible on the market. Plus, these gorgeous gowns come in a size 44. Roz le Kelin for the win!

Watters WToo

While some of the Watters labels only go to size 15, the Watters WToo Curve line extends to size 32! Yes for size inclusive and plus inclusive sizing!

Alfred Angelo

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