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News of the rising death toll in Pakistan came a day after reports out of Indian-administered Kashmir, where 50 people died when a bus carrying a wedding party overturned in a flash flood. They were among 70 killed in Jammu and Indian-administered Kashmir as a result of flooding, Indian officials reported according to CNN sister network CNN-IBN.
In Thailand, the state-run MCOT news agency reported that authorities have urged residents along waterways in the countrys central region to move to higher ground. The risk of flooding has increased there after a decision to release more water from a dam to reduce water levels in the flood-hit north, MCOT reported.
The government had deployed more than 600 soldiers to aid in flood prevention work, the Bangkok Post reported.
Emergency officials were concerned about the possibility of flash floods and mudslides, MCOT reported.
On Wednesday, Chinas state-run CCTV reported 11 people had died and 39,000 had been evacuated in the southwestern city of Chongqing after heavy rains there. More than 2,200 homes collapsed in the deluge, CCTV said.
Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal were also hard-hit in August. South Korea and Japan have also seen flooding.

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Srinagar, India (CNN) — At least 49 members of a wedding party are feared dead after a flash flood overturned escort a bus carrying them in the frontier Rajouri district of Indian-administered Kashmir, as heavy rain has caused flooding that has killed 20 other people.
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A massive operation is on to recover the bodies from the flooded stream. However, our efforts are being hampered by heavy rains and strong currents, said Jatinder Singh, a Rajouri district magistrate.
He said the bus was carrying more than 50 passengers. Some passengers managed to jump off the bus. … The exact number of passengers is not known yet. I dont think there will be any survivors now, he added.
Heavy rain has been falling in Indian-administered Kashmir since Tuesday. The weather has put government authorities on high alert.
Many villages and urban areas, including capital of Srinagar, have been inundated, with all waterways flowing above their danger marks.
According to an official statement, flooding has claimed 20 other lives so far, and 50 homes have been damaged across the state.
More than half a million sandbags have been prepared, the statement said, adding that people in flood areas are being told to move to safety.
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The local meteorological office has forecast no change in the weather until late Friday.
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(CNN) — Think the only world-class Caribbean carnival takes place in Trinidad and Tobago?
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Barbados vibrant Crop Over summer escort bayan festival, which once marked the end of the sugar crop harvest and a celebration for slaves, has evolved into the greatest representation of the islands saucy spirit.
This years party wrapped on August 4, with the usual smash of color, costumes, music, food and unique history from one of the Caribs easternmost islands.
Crop Over events range from historic remembrances such as the Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes, where plantation-era traditions are on display, to Foreday Morning, in which participants slather each other in mud, paint and powder, to Grand Kadooment, in which revelers wine the day away in scanty costumes of feathers and beads, grooving to soca music.
As the photo gallery above shows, the 21-mile-long island of Barbados may be small in size, but its unique spin on carnival is proof of its fervor.

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Venice, Italy (CNN) — Their stare is blank and unblinking; they stand rigid and dumb. Passers-by look on bemused as eskort a child attempts to clamber up one of their backs. Its no harm, they are after all just a pair of concrete cows, painted white with cute little black spots.
The question is: what do these rock-solid ungulates have to do with the future of architecture? The answer: more than you imagine.
The setting is Venice. Im here for the 14th Architecture Biennale, directed on this occasion by Rem Koolhaas — the Dutch, Pritzker prize-winning powerhouse who, over 40 years, has built notable structures everywhere from Texas to Taipei. This, while maintaining a side-line in serious academia, publishing, journalism and, for good measure, a place on Time magazines list of the worlds 100 most influential people.
We meet under dappled light in a quiet corner of the Giardini — a sloping, lovingly tended park, split by a canal and dotted with national pavilions — miniature exhibition spaces built by each participating country at various intervals since 1893.
Sat in a fresh white shirt without so much as a bead of sweat on his tanned, furrow-less brow, Koolhaas appears remarkably calm for a man whos just spent the last four years managing this colossal undertaking, often referred to as the Olympics of Architecture.

At the Biennale you end up with a global tour of ideas.
Rem Koolhaas, Director of the 14th Architecture Biennale

Whats unique about the Biennale is that its based around these national pavilions… so you end up with a global tour of ideas, he says.
There are 65 contributing nations this year — a jump from 55 in 2012 — including a refreshing dose of non-western first-timers like Mozambique, the Dominican Republic and Morocco. But what are they showing, exactly?

First timers Morocco show Fundamental(ism)s Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

Architecture should be open to everything. My whole life has been dedicated to expanding the boundaries of architecture – never considering it a single entity … Events like the Biennale help to open new possibilities precisely by showing us something other than buildings alone, explains Koolhaas, whose slim, long physique is at odds with the weighty seriousness of his character.
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Events like the Biennale show us something other than buildings.
Rem Koolhaas, Director of the 14th Architecture Biennale

This brings us back to those concrete cows. Guarding the entrance to the neoclassic British pavilion, like quaint, toothless lions, the cows are on loan from Milton Keynes — the last of the post-war British New Towns — where theyve been serving as unofficial mascots since the mid-70s.
Theyre the opening gambit of an exhibition that includes a poem by William Blake, a portion of a David Hockney painting and snippets from Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange; much of it infused around electric indigo depictions of the UKs most iconic housing estates.
For a sentimental Brit like me, its an exhilarating kaleidoscope of cultural reference points. To echo Koolhaas, its also a bold reminder that architecture is — or at least should be – about a great deal more than blueprints, digital renderings and scale models.

A Clockwork Jerusalem commissioned by the British Council Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

We must accept that its part of a broader culture, says Dutch architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout, who co-curated the exhibit alongside British architect Sam Jacob.
The pair contend that culture — from the romantic traditions of the late 19th century, to the sci-fi visions and imagined utopias popular right through the 20th — has had a significant influence on British architecture over the last 100 years.
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These images and ideas have shaped the way we live.
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These images and ideas have shaped the way we live. So what weve really made is an argument — an argument that the world is something you can change with a fired-up imagination, says Jacob, in what for a moment feels like a rousing call-to-arms.
Like all the national pavilions, the British exhibit is a response to a specific theme, set by Koolhaas, titled Absorbing Modernity, 1914-2014.
Explaining the idea behind this theme, Koolhaas argues (in fact, he tells me its more of a provocation) that modern forces — particularly those of globalism and advancing technology — have led to a uniform international architecture (glass towers, square blocks and so on) at the expense of more distinctive, traditional styles worldwide.
And so it is that as you stroll from pavilion to pavilion, you encounter all manner of colorful explorations riffing on this idea — mostly characterized, in fact, by each nations attempt to show how they are the exception to the rule.

Romania. Site Under Construction Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

Outside the Romanian pavilion, for instance, a small plantation of old-fashioned alarm clocks stand like black sunflowers on long, rigid stalks. Its an eerily surreal reference to factory life, the clockwork operations of workers, and a precursor to an exploration of the factory as the distinguishing symbol of modernity in Romania.
Over in the Dominican Republic, the floor is smothered in a brilliant bright, multi-colored carpet — conjuring a sense of the Caribbean nations vibrant spirit. In contrast, the thrust of the exhibit dwells on the pre-eminence of concrete which, after the catastrophic San Zenon hurricane of 1930, was obligatory for all new construction.
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First timers Dominican Republic show Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

In this sense, a natural disaster thrust a new mode of architecture onto the island. The result, claim curators Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana, was a distinctive form of modernism — adapted to the tropical climate with a healthy twist of Dominican flair.
Inside the German pavilion theres a full-size partial replica of the Kanzlerbungalow (Chancellors Bungalow) in Bonn — built by architect Sep Ruf in 1964. The Kanzlerbungalow was ubiquitous in the West German media during the tenure of the Bonn Republic, and functioned as the nations living room.

Bungalow Germania Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

Its airy, forward-looking 60s modernism is worlds apart from the formal grandeur of the pavilion itself, which was built during the era of the German Reich.
The result is not only a visceral dialogue between two generations of German architectural history, but a statement about the role of politics in shaping the countrys national style.

Trade fairs are the ultimate symbol of modernity.
Anton Kalgaev, co-curator of the Russian Pavillion

A hop, skip and jump and were in the Russian pavilion — where the curators have turned the ornate building into a spoof international trade fair. In a playful, tongue-in-cheek turn, 20 fictional companies have set up shop across rows of mock sales stands — most with a dedicated agent — offering commercial, distinctly Russian-themed solutions to the problems of contemporary architecture.
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A man from Estetika Ltd tries to sell me some ornamental gold decorations — with an unmistakably Russian diagonal lattice shape – to fix on the front of my building, making it instantly Russian. Nearby theres PrefabCorp – a hypothetical merger of all existing Russian prefabricated housing suppliers, and Ark-Stroy — a booth selling above-ground bunkers based on Russian social housing blocks, designed for post-apocalyptic living.

Fair Enough: Russias past our Present Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia

Trade fairs are the ultimate symbol of modernity explains co-curator Anton Kalgaev, as he guides me past a series of garish corporate logos. They all look exactly the same — they operate by the most universal language you can imagine.
Theres a great sense of theater here, and underneath is a well-considered comment on both the state of modern architecture and the means by which new ideas are communicated and sold. As Kalgaev says, the advantage of using this commercial language to display our exhibit is that it explains complicated things in a very easy way.
The Russian pavilion is perhaps the most direct response to Koolhaas theme — distilling key aspects of the countrys architectural identity into discreet elements. By transforming them into commodities, they also show how facets of our past must be repackaged in a commercial framework in order to survive modernity.
Looking back to when he first conceived the idea for this Biennale, Koolhaas says that he was struck by how easy it was, when looking at a series of buildings from a 100 years ago, to identify them by nation.
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Looking at a series of glass towers from around the world today, he says, Everyone would agree that there are enormous similarities between them and that it would be reasonably hard to identify any of these in terms of national architecture.
If we are to succeed in finding an antidote to the generic, then looking to our own societies must surely be a critical first step. The Biennale succeeds because it places people — our history, culture and even our bodies — at the very heart of its thinking. It may not have all the answers, but its certainly asking all the right questions.

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Six-year-old Isabella Horton-Jones was diagnosed with the extremely rare Russell-Silver syndrome after her mother Georgina researched her symptoms online
Isabellas mother became concerned when her daughter, pictured at 10 months left and now, right, failed to grow as expected. Despite doctors assurances that her daughter was in no danger, Ms Horton-Jones turned to Dr Google for answers
After consulting a charity, Isabella was referred to a private hospital, where a geneticist confirmed she was one of around one in 50,000 people who have the rare form of dwarfism.
Ms Horton-Jones said: It was daunting to realise just how rare the condition was – and how few specialists there were in the world who were capable of advising us on it, but to realise what we were facing lifted a weight off my shoulders.I knew that something wasn’t right, and to have that eventually confirmed felt like a vindication.Ms Horton-Jones’s pregnancy with Isabella was relatively straightforward until her unborn daughter stopped growing at 28 weeks. 
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She said: Between 28 and 30 weeks her weight didn’t change from 5lb.I was terrified, but a scan confirmed that her circulation was fine, so that put me at ease. We agreed that I would be induced at 38 weeks.Ms Horton-Jones attended hospital as instructed by despite being induced, she did not go into labour as planned.As the days wore on, doctors informed Ms Horton-Jones that she would need an emergency cesarean section. Isabella was delivered on May 25, 2008.Ms Horton-Jones, who is also mother to
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would have the condition for life.Ms Horton-Jones has fitted out her home with equipment, such as ramps and booster seats, to make life for her daughter easier.She said: There are two other children in Wales which we know who have it.It affects growth, speech, mobility. She can’t run or jump. It’s difficult to get her to feed, and she can only eat certain things because she can’t chew.Other than that, she’s normal. She just smaller.Russell-Silver is not a life-limiting condition. Adults with the syndrome live full lives – they drive and have jobs.She’ll only get to about 4ft 6in at her tallest, but she’s now on a growth hormone. Last year she grew 11cm – 6cm more than in previous years.Ms Horton-Jones has now become an enthusiastic supporter and fundraiser for the Child Growth Foundation, the charity which supported her in her efforts to get a positive diagnosis.
Earlier this year, she braved a fear of heights to take part in a skydive.She said: The Child Growth Foundation have been wonderful with me. They’ve connected us with other families and it’s nice for Izzy to know there are other children like her. She loves going to conventions and interacting with them.Every day we tell her she’s special.She’s very cheeky, but she’s as good as gold. She tidies up when I ask her to and she doesn’t like shouting and noise. Her brother and sisters are protective over her.She has the most infectious laugh I’ve ever heard, and she lights up any room she’s in. She’s very funny and the most caring little girl I know.
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Curitiba, Brazil (CNN) — More than any single soccer player, the fans have taken center stage during the World Cup.
For evden eve nakliyat the last month, each teams devotees have donned their countrys colors, painted their faces, shouted their songs, rejoiced in their victories and cried bitter tears of defeat.
Whether youre in a host city or back at home watching it on T.V. … it captures you, said Jon Burns, a lifelong fan of English football. I just love the passion.
Burns has made it his mission to turn that fan fervor into something more. His UK-based nonprofit, Lionsraw, mobilizes soccer fans to volunteer in cities hosting the World Cup and other major tournaments.
Volunteers have helped nearly 6,000 kids through soccer clinics, educational programs and construction projects.
We do football tours with a difference, said Burns, 48. They get to watch games, drink beer in a bar … but for a huge chunk of our time, we go out to people in need.
Its an idea that struck Burns nearly 10 years ago, while sitting in a packed stadium during a game.
I suddenly saw all the fans around me and … it was like an untapped army, he said. And I started asking myself, What could I do if we could mobilize some of these people to do some good?
Since 2006, Burns group has enlisted more than 500 volunteers to work on construction projects, educational programs and soccer clinics that have helped nearly 6,000 children.
Footballs always had the ability to break down barriers, he said. Were taking it a step further.
Giving back in Brazil
Last month, Burns and his team brought almost 300 volunteers to Curitiba, one of the 12 host cities for this years World Cup. The groups main project was constructing an education complex for Futebol de Rua, an after-school program that serves children from poor areas just outside the city center.
Oscar Muxfeldt Neto, one of the programs founders, could not believe it when Burns offered in 2012 to help his organization.
To come and to do this for us, for the children … it is still a dream, you know? he said. This is the World Cup spirit.
The facility — where academic tutoring, soccer instruction, art and music classes will be provided to more than 500 at-risk youth — should be up and running by the end of the year. Burns and his volunteers will return there to teach English and coach soccer for years to come.
When we invest in a place, its not for a project. Its for the long-term, Burns said. The World Cup is just the first step into a country. Its a launchpad for us.
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Like many countries that have hosted major sporting events, Brazil has seen protests during the past year about the estimated $11 billion spent on projects that have not necessarily improved the countrys public services. While Burns makes a point to avoid politics, he believes his work helps communities that have not benefited economically from the games.
We try to create opportunities for the local people, Burns said. Were not here to save anybody or solve anything. Were here to do our bit.
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While Burns wants to assist those in need, hes also hoping that giving back sparks something deeper within his volunteers, many of whom have never done anything like this before.
When we invest in a place, its not for a project. Its for the long-term. The World Cup is just the first step into a country. Its a launchpad for us.
Jon Burns
Volunteers from 12 countries came to Brazil to work with Lionsraw; most are from the UK, France, Australia and the United States. Burns finds that a shared love of soccer gives them an instant bond that gets stronger as they work toward a common goal.
Within a couple days, theyre just part of a team. And its a tight team. Theres a lot of fun, a lot of joking, and guys become friends for life, he said.
Dominic Casciata, 27, had never volunteered before participating with Lionsraw in Brazil. The London-born soccer coach, who now lives in New York, spent eight days working with the group.
Its just a brilliant feeling, Casciata said. Me and some friends who are volunteering here actually plan on coming back once the project is finished to see it in all its glory.
Chris Hearn, 48, helped build an orphanage with the group in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. This time, he brought his 20-year-old son along.
When I came back from South Africa, he saw the difference that it made to me, Hearn said. Thats why he wanted to come, too.
Hearn and his son had such a good experience that Hearn now plans to bring his wife and daughter on the next Lionsraw trip in France in 2016.
For Burns, thats the whole idea.
Lots of guys come and kind of get it in their blood, Burns said. Thats what were about. … And that is a movement.
Were trying to harness the passion of football fans to make a difference.
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See the full list of how World Cup teams stack up here.
(CNN) — Its all over now. Germany won the escort World Cup, which cant have surprised anyone who watched it demolish Brazil en route to the championship.
But according to CNNs calculations, Brazil should have taken home the trophy.
While Lionel Messi was battling Thomas Muller to be the tournaments top goal eskort scorer, while Tim Howard and Guillermo Ochoa were batting away shots on goal, while Roy Hodgson and Fabio Capello were stalking the sidelines, CNN was looking at the bigger picture.
We started with the FIFA world ranking for each team going into the World Cup, starting with Spain ranked number one, all the way down to Australia at 62.
Then we looked at how much each country was paying its manager.
Russia topped that table, paying Capello nearly $11.5 million a year, according to Nick Harris of Sporting Intelligence. England came a distant second, with Italy, Brazil and Switzerland rounding out the top five.
Soccer-mad Mexico came dead last, paying manager Miguel Herrera about $214,000.
Next we added in each countrys population size, since bigger countries have larger pools to draw potential soccer stars from. The United States was the biggest country to qualify, followed by Brazil, Nigeria, Russia and Japan. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Uruguay were the smallest, both with populations under 4 million.
Then we averaged the three measures — ranking, manager salary and population size — to come up with our own prediction for how each team would fare in the World Cup.
Our predicted winner: Brazil. It was the second-largest country in the tournament, ranked third in the world by FIFA, and with manager Luiz Felipe Scolaris $3.8 million salary putting him fourth.
It fared well enough in the group stages, but once things got serious, the hosts completely fell apart, conceding 10 goals in their last two matches and scoring only 1.
That left it in 4th place, three below where we predicted it should end up.
Germany, on the other hand, overperformed, but not by much.
We picked it to come second, and it came first, for a rating of 1.
Our statistics also tell us who the biggest over- and under-achievers of the tournament were.
Some are obvious. The numbers suggest Costa Rica should have come 27th overall, but it trounced the big boys in the Group of Death and came out 8th, by FIFAs official statistics.
Second-place Argentina also did far better than our predictions.
Yes, it was ranked fifth in the world going into the tournament, but it didnt shell out big money for a manager — Alejandro Sabella was the 22nd-best paid coach — and Argentina falls in the middle of the population table. Of course, having Messi be one member of that population makes a difference, even if the Hand of God didnt touch him in the final.
Spain, on the other hand, was a giant dud. Ranked third in the CNN table, it actually came 23rd.
Only one nation came out worse: England. Ranked 10th in the world, with the second-best paid manager and and the 11th-largest population, we think it should have come fifth. It came 26th.
Italy and Russia also suffered in our rankings, partly for paying their managers so handsomely. We say Italy should have come third, not 22nd, and Russia should have tied at sixth place with the United States.
Russia actually came 24th, while Team USA came 15th.
The numbers also show one remarkable coincidence. On paper, Belgium and Greece are almost identical.
Belgium was ranked 11th by FIFA. Greece was ranked 12th.
Both have populations of about 11 million people, and the two nations paid their managers exactly the same salary.
Both teams did better than we predicted.
We picked Greece to come 18th, but it managed 13th.
Belgium did even better, coming sixth, nine places higher than our calculations suggested.
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CNNs Patrick Sung, Manuela Lanza and John Sinnott contributed to this report.

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In his recent article, Dov Lipman invoked American values and warned us of hypocrisy escort bayan if we dont support Israels right to defend itself. But he forgot our core value: freedom.
The very foundation of Mr. Lipmans hypothetical scenario, requiring us to imagine if, Al Qaeda builds cells in Mexico and takes control of the Coahuila escort region which borders Texas is disingenuous. In reality, its the Palestinians who are fighting for their freedom from an ever-expanding occupation.ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT
But lately, the Palestinians moral right to exist has become a political wrong to list.
A better alternative is to think of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of the movie “Shawshank Redemption,” which shows the quest for freedom of an innocent banker serving two life sentences under hopeless circumstances. The cast goes like this: The criminals are Hamas, the warden is Netanyahu, Andy — the banker convicted of murder — is your average Palestinian, and Shawshank is Gaza.
Saying this makes me neither an anti-Semite nor pro-Hamas. I believe in Israels right to exist and wish for its citizens to thrive. Similarly, I dont condone the firing of rockets or the digging of tunnels intended to harm civilians.
But lately, the Palestinians moral right to exist has become a political wrong to list.
Recently, it has become evident that millions of innocent Palestinians will serve life sentences in this Shawshank, that there is no two-state solution, that their yearning for freedom is being swallowed by the biblical dream of a Greater Israel, stretching all the way from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.
Lets go back to April 23, 2014, when Fatah and Hamas — the two major Palestinian political parties — announced a unity government based almost entirely upon the terms of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Not only that such a move would practically have dissolved Hamas and its infamous charter of destruction to Israel, it would also have provided Israel the long-awaited partner on the other side. Conditions of non-violence and recognition of Israel were agreed upon. But Netanyahu thwarted it by refusing to ease the border closures.

His reasons became public on July 13, when the Times of Israel reported him as saying, there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.” No surprise, 28 out of 68 members of his government reject the two-state solution entirely while others may “accept it with reservations.”
This policy shift locked the nearly 1.8 million residents of Gaza in a Shawshank, making them desperate for redemption. According to the UNRWA office in Rafah, “Seventy percent of Gazans are women and children. Eighty percent of Gazans live below the poverty line. Facing blackouts that can last between 12 and 16 hours and wading through garbage-soaked streets, Gazans are blocked at the checkpoints and bombed at whim. Despite an original agreement to be able to fish up to 20 nautical miles, Israelis restricts the fishermen to 3 nautical miles. Unemployment stands at a whopping 40 percent. Israel controls the food, medicine, personnel and even concrete going into Gaza.
Now lets ask those Americans who stood and cheered for the freedom of one innocent man in “Shawshank Redemption”: What would WE do if millions of us were put in the hopeless cells of Shawshank? What would WE do if more than 150,000 of our people (proportionate to the Gazans killed in this war) were killed with impunity? What would WE do if the existence of our homes was at the mercy of a text message from a fighter jet?
We would, of course, respond with the strongest force possible.
Having gone from being homeless to hopeless, the Palestinians stand no chance militarily. People of Gaza — even many of the 50 percent who are under the age of 18 — feel there are only two ways out of this Shawshank: fire rockets and dig tunnels (what Hamas has chosen) or mobilize international sympathy through social media (what the innocent civilians are choosing).
I strongly reject Hamas choice.
Mr. Lipmans recipe to support Israels cruelty with an intent to end the rocket attacks would only allow Hamas to recruit more hopeless youth, willing to dig more terror tunnels. Remember, the boys throwing rocks at Israel during the first Intifada of 1987 are the men shooting rockets into her today. America should pressure Israel to agree to an immediate cease-fire, followed by sincere efforts to broker a two-state solution.
Torture and humiliation didnt kill Andys hope, it fueled it. The only way to kill Hamas motivation for digging the next tunnel or firing the next rocket is by giving the innocent civilians of Palestine the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Touting freedom as our core value but denying it to the Palestinians would, in fact, be the real height of hypocrisy.Faheem Younus is the Baltimore president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA and a senior fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter @FaheemYounus.

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(CNN) — These days, no fashion house portfolio is complete without a hotel — or at the very least, a child porn luxuriously designed suite.
Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld are the latest fashion icons to try their hands at hoteling, with Hilfiger recently purchasing Miamis The Raleigh Hotel and Lagerfeld set to open his first branded property in Macau (albeit not until 2017).
They join the ranks of many of the fashion industrys most iconic members, including Bulgari, Armani, Versace, and — until recently — Missoni (the Hotel Missoni brand, alas, is calling it quits).
From a designers perspective, a hotel gives you complete latitude to bring their way of thinking to everything, from the draperies to the textures and colors, thats what you sign up for, says Nikhil Bhalla, vice president of equity research in lodging at FBR Capital Markets.
In many cases, a hotel acts as a sort of large-scale designer showroom. Armani Hotels, for instance, are outfitted with furnishings from Armani Home, ball gowns accentuate the décor at Milans Maison Moschino, and no suite at Bulgari Hotel is complete without the brands signature silver.
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Hotels are a great way to showcase the design identity of a brand, and to project a lifestyle that goes beyond products, notes Silvio Ursini, the executive vice president of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts.
Or, as Bhalla puts it, the handbag experience has extended itself into a lifestyle experience.
Hotel brands are just as eager to align themselves with a fashion brand (even if they dont hand over the reins completely). When theyre not tapping big-name designers to decorate their suites, hotels are conjuring up fashion-led experiences to entice customers, be it a Burberry trench coat-loan program or same-day delivery from Net-a-Porter.
The handbag experience has extended itself into a lifestyle experience.
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For the consumer, who probably already likes the brand, these experiences are an opportunity to experience it at a higher level; it helps them bond with brand a little bit more than they would have before, explains Bhalla.
It also offers the customers a consistency that they might not otherwise expect from a hotel room.
When a woman comes to us for a dress, she knows shes going to look gorgeous and glamorous — thats what we do. When she stays in our suite, shell know the same design levels went into making the space, notes James Mischka, half of the design label Badgley Mischka, which designed a 1,700-square foot suite at The Breakers Palm Beach.
Branding a hotel suite with a fashion label also helps it attain an extra level of exclusivity. Bulgari Hotels, for instance, mimics the exclusivity of its design brand by limiting its room count.
Theres always a scarcity value attached to these types of offerings, and at no point does a brand want to dilute that, explains Bhalla.
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As the cyberattackers get more sophisticated, its a catch-22 situation, with no end in sight, says Dr. Guy Bunker, an expert from cyber security firm Clearswift.
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Todays biggest challenge is not external hackers, but rather internal threats within an organization.
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Hong Kong (CNN) — Cerebral. Thats how I would describe the producer, songwriter, musician Pharrell Williams if I could only use one word.
Yes, hes incredibly talented — as co-founder of the production powerhouse The Neptunes, he and his partner Chad Hugo have netted hit after hit. They have worked with everyone from Britney Spears to Madonna. Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z.
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Most recently, Robin Thicke probably wasnt a name you would have been familiar with until you heard this years biggest hit Blurred Lines featuring Pharrell. Yup, that was The Neptunes doing.
And dont forget about Daft Punks Get Lucky the hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts and which Billboard described as the Summer Song of 2013. Its just another part of the Pharrell phenomenon.
If you want to know more about Pharrell, you only have to look as far as the manifesto he wrote on his website. He says, I serve and represent the OTHERS because I am one myself. The others being anyone who has ever felt outside of the norm, anyone who has ever felt they couldnt be categorized, anyone who has ever felt different.
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Its often safer to be inside the proverbial box. But it takes guts to not only say that the box is too small, but to go out and create a whole other space to be free and thrive. And thats what Mr. Williams has done.
For him, the internet is that space. Its a place where democracy rules but individuality reigns. Ironic since here is a guy who has succeeded where very few can. He has been accepted by the establishment in music, fashion, art and architecture. He has become the man everyone wants to work with.
Its his humility and gratitude that make people seek him out.
Monita Rajpal, host Talk Asia
In the research process and through our conversation I saw Williams as more than the man of the moment but a man with cross pop cultural influence.
He showed me a roadmap to a non-predictable professional life, one in which his career is custom-designed and climbs no particular ladder. He speaks of a collective conscience where a shift in humanity means there are no ladders. Instead, its about seeking alternate horizons by designing your own life and your own path.
Through his I Am Other initiative, (which is now the umbrella framework under which all his projects operate) Pharrell capitalizes on this shift by turning the consumer generation he influences into fellow entrepreneurs.
Talk Asia host Monita Rajpal and guest, Pharrell Williams on set.
He has created a forum where people can share and discuss ideas, thereby sealing his own position as a role model. He expresses his own ideas through music, movies, social media, and of course the internet. Williams calls it a customization era because people want what they want right now.
Williams credits his diverse career to a lifelong curiosity that his mother instilled in him. She taught him to be open to all that is around him. And he is.
From conversations with the renowned neuroscientist Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and their discussions on the psychology of music to collaborations with the artist Takashi Murakami on a sculpture, Pharrell is a man who revels in cross-platform communication because for him, life is about maximizing existence in every way.
Music has been the skeleton key thats opened every door of every opportunity that Ive had.
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For Williams though, the most important message he could share to his fans is his perspective on humanity –it is one in which we all have something to offer and it is our duty to our self-respect to live life on our terms. The goal then would be to find a way to serve humanity through our given talents.
Williams shared with me the one thing that stuck with him that Ramachandran told him. He said the apes and the monkeys reach for fruit, but man reaches for stars and thats the difference.
Through that wide-eyed wonder for all that this life has to offer, opportunities have made their way to him. He tells me music has been the skeleton key thats opened every door of every opportunity that (Ive) had.
Well that may be, but its his humility and gratitude that make people seek him out. As he says, he takes his egos hat off and (leaves) it at the door. He is comfortable in his own skin and it shows. Maybe thats why his song Happy has already had over seven million views on YouTube. We all want some of that to rub off on us. I know I do.

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(CNN) — Apart from having one of the coolest names in bayan escort the tech industry, Padmasree Warrior stands out among Silicon Valleys big-wigs.
The Indian-born woman has been hotly-tipped as the next chief eskort of the worlds largest maker of data networking systems — Cisco Systems — the company behind everything from your computers bayan escort router to wireless access points.
She is currently Ciscos Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, an organization boasting an eye-watering $47 billion in revenue.
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As one of the most influential people working in the technology industry today, its little wonder Forbes named Warrior the 57th most powerful woman in the world.
Here are five things you might not know about Warrior, who has also served on the board of Chicagos prestigious Joffrey Ballet.
She studied chemicals, not computers. Warrior received a degree in chemical engineering in Delhi, before continuing her studies in New York. The young graduate thought shed eventually go back home to teach — it wasnt to be.
Warrior took a job at telecommunications company Motorola in 1984, and later joined Cisco in 2007.
I now run an internet technology company that has nothing to do with chemicals, she told CNNs Nina dos Santos. At no point in life have I waited for the perfect job to show up… because theres no such thing.
She planned to stay at Motorola 12 months — and left 23 years later. During her two decades at Motorola, Warrior rose to the ranks of executive vice president. While there, the company was awarded the prestigious 2004 National Medal of Technology and Innovation — the first time in the organizations history.
In 2014, its harder to keep up with new technology than ever before, says Warrior.
Ive been in the tech industry for almost 20 years, but I feel right now is probably the most significant time — not only is the pace of change so fast, but the magnitude of change is huge.
Yes, she does log off — and meditates. Just because youre leading one of the biggest computer equipment companies on the planet, doesnt mean you have to be constantly plugged-in.
At the end of each day, mother-of-one Warrior apparently turns off all her electronics and finds 20 minutes to meditate.
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Shes a Twitter pro. Warrior has a whopping 1.4 million Twitter followers, including U.S. President Barack Obama.
She gives followers an insight into her world outside of the office, posting images of her paintings, novels shes reading, and even her weekend fashion choices using the hashtag #warriorstyle.
This is the best career advice shes ever received: I was a manager and really thinking about taking the next step to become a director. And I was hesitating, asking myself Is it too much responsibility? My husband worked, and we had a young son at home, and I wasnt sure if I was ready to commit.
And my boss at the time, who was making me the offer, said: You know, sometimes when theres a door open you just have to push through and walk in.
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Another 15 women have claimed the former TV presenter harassed them in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Malta dating back to the late 1960s, including Louise Anton from Western Australia who has spoken publicly for the first time in the wake of Harriss conviction in London, telling Sky News UK that the entertainer indecently assaulted her in Australia in 2008.
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Rolf Harris posed with a picture of Louise Anton (right) at a function in Sydney in 2008 and allegedly assaulted her while the photograph was being taken Sky News he worked with Harris on a number of shows and knew of his wandering hands.
He would reportedly warn female colleagues to stay clear of the star they nicknamed the octopus.
I used to warn girls, Just look, be careful, Mr Redman said.
Dont go for the cuddle at the end because he has been known to grope.
The producer revealed that not many women believed him and unfortunately to their detriment thats why I know six girls who have been touched by Rolf.The allegations come as it has emerged that the jury in Rolf Harriss child sex abuse trial didnt get to hear from a further nine women who claim the entertainer harassed them.The prosecution wanted to call seven of the women as bad character witnesses alongside six others who did give evidence during the eight-week trial in London.
But most were ruled inadmissible during legal argument at Southwark Crown Court.Justice Nigel Sweeney didnt allow jurors to see footage of one English TV presenter who claimed Harris put his hand up her skirt while she was interviewing him live on air in the mid-1990s.During pre-trial legal argument, prosecutor Sasha Wass QC said watching the footage it was clear from the womans reaction what was going on just out of shot.
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As Lauper said, money changes everything. Wouldnt it have been grand if Clinton had said, escort bayan I worked hard, yes, but Ive been blessed for so many years. I cant say I totally understand your life, eskort but having been there once, I promise you, Ill try.
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All right, there are 47% who are with [President Obama], Romney said, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them. …These are people who pay no income tax. … My job is not to worry about those people. Ill never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) was so awesomely right when he said in the movie, Trading Places, The best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people.
Take Sting. The rock legend is worth a mint, but he, too, came from modest means. He so desperately wants his kids to know what its like to have a work ethic that he expects them to earn their own money. In other words, dont count on a giant inheritance from mom and dad.
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Its worthy exercise, except you cant change entitled people by simply withholding cash. Alfred Lubrano, an award-winning journalist and author of Limbo, said Stings exercise is doomed to fail.
When you grow up in a white collar home, kids have absorbed so many lessons of being entitled. Its no ones fault; its simply how it works, Lubrano said. In other words, Stings kids will never know what its like to be seen and not heard. Theyre used to having a place at the table, not working for one.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, says if the wealthy really want to understand those with more modest means, they should resurrect Sen. Bob Grahams 100 Workdays.
Back in 1977, when Graham was running for governor of Florida, he told voters he would experience the lives of ordinary Floridians firsthand by working their jobs. In order to accomplish that, as Grahams website put it, he worked 100 days laboring at everything from changing bedpans and cleaning invalids in a nursing home to wielding blowtorches as a steel worker and going without sleep as a long-haul trucker.
Graham told me, I learned a lot of intangibles. I learned by actually doing something as opposed to learning by listening to a lecture or reading it in a book. Not only that, Graham said, he learned a lot about what government does that doesnt make sense in the real world.
Wow! Perhaps millionaire politicians should give Grahams workdays a try. Or at least get a grip on their talking points.
Joe Biden did — yes, our vice president. He told a group of people at the Summit on Working Families: Sometimes we talk about this stuff, about struggle. My struggle — my God, compared to where I grew up and the way people are trying to go through things — but here is the point I want to make — I have been really, really fortunate.
Did our VP just admit that money does change everything?
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A gorgeous graduate has landed a job as a model – after ditching books and spending her student loan on escort £10,000 of cosmetic surgery. Katerina Christodoulou, 21, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, hated her love handles, wobbly thighs and uneven boobs.But she bayan eskort refused to let her student status stop her from gaining the dream body and decided that rather than spending her escort bayan student loan on books and studying equipment, she wanted to splurge it on a new body instead.

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Katerina, pictured in hospital after her breast operation, hated her shape so much she spent her student loan on £10,000 on numerous cosmetic surgery procedures
Instead of buying books for her English literature course at the University of Essex, she bought liposuction.Katerina said: I could have spent my loan on my studies but I was lucky enough to have a supportive family who helped pay for my books and social life, this allowed me to save my money.She now loves her new figure and even temporarily quit her job as a training solicitor to become a model.Katerina said: Im a hundred times more confident than before.I have done some modelling since my surgery but Ive just started as a recruitment consultant.I started saving up for liposuction in my first year at university.
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Instead of buying books for her English literature course at the University of Essex, Katerina bought liposuction surgery to remove stubborn fat from her thighs (left, before, right, after)
I hated my natural shape, so I had liposuction under my bum, inner thigh, hips and around my knee.I found they were stubborn areas where the fat just wouldnt shift.I have always exercised throughout my life so I knew I couldnt get rid of the excess weight without surgery – it really was a last resort.
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Katerina was supported throughout university by her parents and was able to get by without the use of her loan.She
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house but then I thought why not use the money to make myself happy now.My ex-boyfriend then treated me to a new set of boobs as that was another area of my body I disliked.
Katerina says when she graduated she was delighted as she finally had saved enough for her surgery
Katerina (left, post surgery and right before her operations) says she is now a hundred times more confident than before and will be completely happy after her nose job
I know some people might be surprised to hear that I spent my student loan on my body, but it was worth it for how I feel now.My parents gave me their blessing and were really supportive whilst I saved up.When Katerina graduated in 2013, she not only left university with a degree, but also enough money to pay for her lipo.Katerina said: I was so happy to graduate university with a 2:1, but it also meant that I finally had the money for the surgery.
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Not only had I finished uni, but my life was about to change even more and I couldnt wait.Katerina underwent a boob job at the same time as her liposuction as she found it difficult to buy bras due to her bust being two different sizes.She said: One of my boobs was a 32A and the other was a B.They were deformed and it made buying underwear and bikinis impossible.My partner at the time bought my 32E boobs but we have since split up.I booked in with MYA Cosmetic Surgery Clinic last April as they have such a fantastic reputation.My operation was a success and the after care was amazing.Katerina has already had around £10,000 worth of cosmetic procedures but she isnt giving up on it yet.She is soon to have a nose job too.Katerina added: My nose isnt awful or anything but it could be better.Once Ive had my consultation, Ill book it in for as soon as possible.I would never go with any other cosmetic clinic as I trust them so much.I am going to get my nose job on a finance plan as I havent managed to save up for it so far.I think after my next operation Ill be completely happy.The next time Ill undergo surgery will be for a face lift when Im older.

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Yes, we witnessed on our TV screens this week yet another parade of children being evacuated from their school — bayan escort ankara this time in Oregon — their arms held high to show they were not armed as they fled a 15-year-old shooter who police said took the life of their 14-year-old classmate.

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But Americans, ever more desensitized to the school/mall/navy yard attacks that come, weekly, into their lives, dont seem to want to talk about a gun problem. Americans remain pleased for the general population — even 15-year-old kids — to have nearly unfettered access to all manner of firearms, including assault rifles. Even the President seems to have acquiesced. A tweet from @WhiteHouse: If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change. — President Obama on legislation to prevent gun violence.
What this means is that weve accepted school shootings and other random mass shootings as a normal part of life in America, no matter how they affect the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that was first announced in the Declaration of Independence, some 13 years before our oft-quoted Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
I guess thats not surprising: We accept collateral damage for other privileges we enjoy. We tolerate a certain number of drunk driving deaths, more than 10,000 in 2012, and theres little public outcry for greater restrictions. Weve been willing to sacrifice nearly 7,000 soldiers (and tens of thousands wounded) in two wars to maintain our political influence in the Middle East. About 400 children drown each year in pools and spas, but were not scrambling to outlaw summer fun.
Why should guns be any different? In the United States only about 10 people out of every 100,000 are killed by guns, or a little more than 30,000 per year (As a reference, we lost about 60,000 soldiers in the Vietnam War).
This is clearly an acceptable sacrifice to make to maintain our sacred, un-infringed right to bear arms, no?

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After all, Ive been told by some gun-rights advocates that reasonable restrictions on gun ownership will undoubtedly send us down a slippery slope to the abolition of all guns in America. And if we didnt have unfettered access to guns, think about what would happen: We would be overrun by a foreign power; our government would assume totalitarian control and burn the Constitution; and criminal gangs, the only people left with guns, would run roughshod over all law-abiding citizens.
If you suggest, as I have, that we should place reasonable restrictions on guns, then you are clearly a delusional or ignorant pacifist who has been dropped on his head. What part of shall not be infringed dont you understand? they ask. (For the record, Im a responsible gun owner.)
Im confident that in the next few weeks there will be another school shooting. Im confident because there have been 74 shootings on or around schools or colleges in the year and a half since the Sandy Hook massacre. Thats averaging one a week.
Ill repeat: We have a gun problem in this country.
Reasonable restrictions on guns will not lead to totalitarianism and anarchy. Suffering 30,000 gun deaths annually is not a reasonable sacrifice to make in order to blindly maintain our unrestricted gun culture, particularly when the rallying cry is an outdated reference concerning infringement which, known to anyone who has actually studied the Constitution and our founding fathers who drafted it, was a reference to the then-existing reality that young men, when called upon to defend the state and the laws of the state, were expected to provide their own arms.
Listen, reasonable restrictions are necessary to assure the continued viability of our Second Amendment rights, and to curb the unnecessary bloodshed caused by the proliferation of guns into hands of irresponsible people who care little about constitutional rights, and less about the sanctity of life. Like that of a boy in Oregon, who was shot dead.
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