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Three is a Trend: She's Blushing

Three is a Trend: She's Blushing | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it
The latest fashion news, trends, hottest designers, runway models, beauty looks, celebrity red carpet and fashion week coverage from Harper's BAZAAR's blog, BAZAAR Report. In a season dominated by black — even on the runways of those oft-celebrated for their deft approaches to print and color — a muted pink hits not unlike a warm breeze during a bristling winter. The rich blush walked the runway on a modified shift at Simone Rocha, on a color-blocked fur at Fendi and on an embellished peplum pencil at No.21. It's unabashedly feminine and a welcome anomaly. Read more: click on the image above.
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Awesome color combo! On Monday, my color pallate was a simple muted pink top paired with a black peplum blazer and skirt suit. It worked out beautifully.

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No peace between Israel and Gaza, as diplomats rush in

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Gaza City (CNN) -- Washington's top diplomat landed in Israel on Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for an "immediate cessation of hostilities."


Feverish striving by diplomats to reach a cease-fire has been fruitless, as the Palestinian death toll rose to 652 Wednesday, according to a spokesman for Gaza emergency services.

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As blood continued to flow in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry burned the candle at both ends to try to stop it, making calls until 3 a.m. to all sides.

On Wednesday, Kerry planned to shuttle between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Abbas' Fatah party has long controlled the Palestinian government in the West Bank, while Hamas has controlled Gaza. The two groups -- which have engaged in violent battles in the past -- recently announced another effort at a joint government.

Earlier Wednesday, Kerry met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, already on the ground working to stop the bloodshed in Gaza.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said a child was killed in Gaza every hour on Monday and Tuesday.

U.N. slams possible 'war crimes'

The United Nations humanitarian chief said both sides in the conflict may be guilty of war crimes.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday.

"I unequivocally reiterate to all actors in this conflict that civilians must not be targeted. It is imperative that Israel, Hamas and all Palestinian armed groups strictly abide by applicable norms of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. This entails applying the principles of distinction between civilians and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives; proportionality; and precautions in attack. Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity."

Some Israeli officials rejected Pillay's statements about Israel. "She would be better advised to seek credible first-hand information rather than making intolerably biased statements based on newspaper clippings," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, according to The Jerusalem Post. He added that Pillay's "embarrassingly shallow and populist affirmations ... do a huge disservice to actual human rights."

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel

More than 60 tunnels found, Israel says

The Israeli military, meanwhile, said it hit more than 187 targets overnight, and most of them were in Shaja'ia. The Israel Defense Forces has warned residents of the neighborhood to flee multiple times and has accused Hamas of ordering them to remain in their homes.

An IDF force found another "terror access shaft" in Gaza on Wednesday, Israel said. Inside it were weapons, maps, and IDF uniforms, "all intended for the execution of terror attacks against Israel."

The IDF also "attacked several militants emerging from a tunnel opening" in southern Gaza, Israel said. "Since the beginning of the ground operation, more than 60 access shafts leading to some 28 tunnels were uncovered."

Palestinian ambulances shelled

Palestinian ambulances have been shelled, Gazan medics have complained. On Wednesday, the IDF said militants used one to escape the Israeli military.

The International Committee of the Red Cross prepared to go into Shaja'ia early Wednesday. The neighborhood is "partially demolished," the ICRC said.

But things were calm.

"While no formal ceasefire in the area has been announced, an informal pause appears to be in place for now," it said in a tweet.

U.N. workers' close call

Fighting shifted to Tuffah, east of Gaza City, on Wednesday.

Hamas fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an Israeli personnel carrier, it said. Israeli soldiers died in the clash, Hamas said.

An Israeli strike hit a mosque in Gaza City, killing one person and wounding 45 more.

Hamas uses schools, mosques, and hospitals for terror operations, Israeli officials say.

On Tuesday in Gaza, as Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters gunned for each other, U.N. workers trying to help civilians found themselves in the middle.

Incoming tank shells "believed to be from the Israeli military" thumped their building, an unoccupied girls' school, where the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees had housed 300 civilians.

It was at least the second shell hit in two days.

The school took fire the day before, and U.N. staff were on site to inspect that damage when shells hit again, putting their lives in danger, the UNRWA said.

The Israeli military has previously accused militants of hiding weapons in U.N. shelters, though there was no specific such claim in this incident.

In another vacant UNRWA school, workers found hidden rockets Tuesday, the second such discovery since fighting began.

In Jerusalem, Netanyahu showed Ban, the U.N. secretary-general, a collection of rockets that had been fired into Israel.

Ban called the evidence "quite shocking" and called for an immediate end to the attacks. But he also chided Israel over its military campaign, saying it "will not increase Israel's stability and security in the longer term."

No backing down

In addition to the deaths, another 4,200 people have been wounded since Israel's Operation Protective Edge started on July 8 with an airstrike campaign, a Gaza emergency services spokesman said.

The IDF added a ground offensive last week to root out Hamas attack tunnels leading to Israel. And the death toll has jumped, as Hamas has refused to back down or talk about a cease-fire.

Hamas has said it is holding an Israeli soldier it captured in an ambush on an armored personnel carrier Sunday. Six other IDF soldiers died in the ambush.

On Tuesday, the Israeli military released the soldier's name -- Sgt. Oren Shaul -- but said it was "working to identify his body."

Israeli media reported that Shaul was missing and presumed dead.

Kerry's frustrations, opportunities

Kerry has been frustrated in his efforts for nine months to build peace between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.

Gaza and Hamas, which the United States considers to be a terrorist organization, present a tougher set of variables.

It's hard to tell if the military or political wing of Hamas is in charge, said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator.

But Kerry may be able to get a foot in the door, making use of a Hamas weakness: Its government is too financially strapped to care for its own people.

"Hamas leaders believe they need to show something tangible for the death and destruction their missiles have produced in Gaza," Miller said.

The United States has already pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, Kerry said Tuesday.

That might not sit well with Israel, which on Tuesday accused Hamas of diverting aid to build attack tunnels into Israel.

"Just yesterday, heavily armed Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel 200 meters from a kindergarten," Israeli U.N. representative David Roet said on Tuesday.

Hamas has also been able to put some pressure on Israel to negotiate, Miller said.

Rising casualties could dent public support for Operation Protective Edge. And Hamas has proved deadlier than in the past, with tunnel attacks in Israel and tougher ground battles against Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

"They have inflicted more fatalities on the Israel Defense Forces than they did in the entire three-week war of 2008-9," Miller said.

On Tuesday, Gazan militants also inflicted a financial wound.

A Hamas missile landed a mile from the runways of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv. The close call was enough to prompt airlines around the world to stay away from Israeli tarmacs.

Much of Israel's income comes from tourism.

Can Kerry end the Gaza-Israel bloodshed?

Diplomats' mantra

Diplomats seem to be on the same page in their overarching approach to a possible cease-fire.

Kerry summed it up after a meeting Tuesday in Cairo.

"I intend ... to work to see if we can find a way forward, a way that ends the violence and then addresses the underlying causes of this crisis," Kerry said.

Egyptian and Arab League officials have already urged Hamas to accept a cease-fire, then enter dialogue to discuss its broader concerns, but Hamas has turned down their previous proposal.

Negotiators hadn't consulted its leaders, Hamas said.

It wants a broad deal, including the release of recently detained Palestinians and the easing of border restrictions. Border crossings into Israel and Egypt are closed, and Gazans are locked into their narrow strip of land, which critics have called a large open-air prison.

Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President, echoed the demand Tuesday in a televised speech.

"We want to reach a cease-fire agreement that will end all hostilities and end the siege of Gaza," he said.

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"The United States has already pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, Kerry said Tuesday.

 

That might not sit well with Israel, which on Tuesday accused Hamas of diverting aid to build attack tunnels into Israel.

 

"Just yesterday, heavily armed Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel 200 meters from a kindergarten," Israeli U.N. representative David Roet said on Tuesday."

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The prettiest hair inspiration Pinterest has to offer

The prettiest hair inspiration Pinterest has to offer | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

We spend way too much of our free time on Pinterest -- whether hunting for design inspiration for our apartments or an outfit to inspire our next shopping trip -- so naturally...

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Train with bodies of victims of downed Malaysia jet arrives in Ukraine

Train with bodies of victims of downed Malaysia jet arrives in Ukraine | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

The crash site itself, in farmland held by the pro-Russian separatists who the West accuses of shooting down the plane, remained unsecured five days after the disaster — another source of frustration for officials around the world eager to establish the facts of the case.

After an overnight journey, a refrigerated train carrying the bodies pulled into a station in Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation center. Government spokesman Oleksander Kharchenko said Ukraine "will do our best" to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Of the 298 people who died aboard the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight, 193 were Dutch citizens.

In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers were discussing whether to impose more sanctions in response to the disaster. Europe and the United States have imposed targeted economic sanctions against Russia for supporting Ukraine's five-month insurgency that began after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by protesters in February.

The rebels control a swathe of territory in two eastern provinces, and have battled Ukrainian troops with heavy weapons including tanks and missile launchers that the West says came from Russia. Russia denies supporting the insurgency.

The sanctions so far have focused on individuals instead of entire sectors of the economy, though the EU was moving already to broaden them before the downing of the plane. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that the jet's destruction on Thursday has drastically changed the situation, and that the Russians cannot expect continued access to European markets and capital if they continued to fuel a war against another European country.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed "terrorists supplied by Moscow" for shooting down the airliner, killing all aboard. He said he hoped the EU will impose beefed-up sanctions on Russia. His call for an arms embargo was a direct challenge to France, which is building two warships for the Russian navy.

At the crash site near the village of Hrabove, a few rebel fighters accompanied observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The farmland where the wreckage is scattered was otherwise unguarded and unsecured. Even the red-and-white tape that had sealed off the fields had been torn away.

In some places, the smell of decay and flies suggested the presence of remains under the wreckage, and observers said Monday that not all bodies had been recovered.

About 70 villagers, most of them older women wearing headscarves, gathered across the road from the site to sing Ukrainian Orthodox hymns at a memorial service led by several black-robed priests.

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The yin-yang philosophy

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Four Main Aspects of Yin and Yang Relationship

1. Yin-Yang are opposites
    They are either on the opposite ends of a cycle, like the seasons of the year, or, opposites on a continuum of energy or matter. This opposition is relative, and can only be spoken of in relationships. For example: Water is Yin relative to steam but Yang relative to ice. Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing balance.

2. Interdependent: Can not exist without each other
    The Tai Ji (Supreme Ultimate) diagram shows the relationship of Yin & Yang and illustrates interdependence on Yin & Yang. Nothing is totally Yin or totally Yang. Just as a state of total Yin is reached, Yang begins to grow. Yin contains seed of Yang and vise versa. They constantly transform into each other. For Example: no energy without matter, no day without night. The classics state: "Yin creates Yang and Yang activates Yin".

3. Mutual consumption of Yin and Yang
    Relative levels of Yin Yang are continuously changing. Normally this is a harmonious change, but when Yin or Yang are out of balance they affect each other, and too much of one can eventually weaken (consume) the other.

Four (4) possible states of imbalance:
        Preponderance (Excess) of Yin
        Preponderance (Excess) of Yang
        Weakness (Deficiency) of Yin
        Weakness (Deficiency) of Yang

4. Inter-transformation of Yin and Yang.
    One can change into the other, but it is not a random event, happening only when the time is right. For example: Spring only comes when winter is finished.

Source: http://www.sacredlotus.com/theory/yinyang.cfm

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