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Children Living In A Mexican Prison

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There are not words to describe this prison. It is the dirtiest, darkest, and most overcrowded place. The conditions of the ‘streets’ inside the prison were broken and grimy and always covered with trash and dirty water. Behind the ominous barbed wire and high concrete walls of the Santa Martha Acatitla prison in Mexico City, sits a cheerful nursery school with colorful walls, a maze of swings and slides and a playgroup of giggling toddlers. The inmates at the female penitentiary include women serving sentences for murder, drug dealing and kidnapping. There are also about 50 children, living inside the prison with their incarcerated mothers. Iron gates and menacing guard towers loom over sand piles and jungle gyms; outside the mini oasis of a daycare, life is that of a high-security penitentiary. Inside the prison, moms serving long sentences dread the day when their children are tossed out upon turning 6, and many struggle financially to care for them while they are there.

Here you have this seemingly unthinkable scenario and a story screaming to be told in way that disgusts, but also all these glimpses of beauty and gentleness popping up between harsh lines, as if maternity and human instinct know no bounds. Brute and hardened, tattoo-covered women smuggle in weapons and drugs and lash out at each other in the classroom, then melt into calm while in the presence of a child. In working on this piece, I strove to consciously capture these moments of softness, while still conveying the truths of the rough scene they were found in.
Many inmates were ‘homeless’ inside this prison. The mass of humanity milling around was intimidating at first. It was impossible to stay together as a group when moving around the prison. If one of us were to be intentionally separated from the group, we would not have immediately noticed. The free and convicted were walking around together.
Surrounded by various rooms, dormitories, workshops and prison cells. The majority of prisoners are housed in windowless, concrete dorms of about 50 x 20 feet. The prison authority provides no blankets, no beds, and no mattresses: nothing.  When you sleep, you pull up a corner of the concrete floor. Over time and with the help of family, the prisoners have constructed their own little rooms made of a wood frames to which are attached blankets granting some semblance of privacy. The stalls are about 4 x 6 feet, some of which are furnished with beds, cooking equipment, shelving for clothing and one even had a TV although I have no idea how the electrical system was accessed.

Design Hermes Luxury Yacht

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Certainly one of the most radical boat designs I’ve ever seen. The two companies unveiled a real-size model of the 38-metre wide vessel late last month in Ancona, Italy. Unusually the width of the yacht is almost two thirds of its 190ft length. Instead of a traditional tapered stern, the WHY has a sheared off appearance, with a 30metre ‘beach’ running along the back. This gives access to a naturally-lit spa, that includes a traditional Turkish Hammam.   It’s not like the usual stern of a boat, it’s more like the real beach of an island; a beach which is protected from the wind and the waves, where you can really relax.’ The naval architect Mauro Sculii said the strange dimensions gave a great stability to the boat. The boat, which is built on three decks, also features a 25metre swimming pool on the bow that hug the contours of the helipad. Inside ‘adaptable living spaces’ are organised around a salon that contains a cinema, a music room, a library and a dining room that opens on to the sea.

The lucky owner has their own 200-square-metre suite that covers the entire third floor and has sweeping views of the sea from its private terrace. Up to 12 guests can stay in the five sumptuous suites on the second floor and their every wish would be carried out by a 20-strong crew. The yacht will cruise at 12knots with a maximum speed of 14knots. Impressively the makers claim it could make four Atlantic crossings without any major maintenance. Any eco-conscious buyer can be reassured that the ship has been designed with three large sky lights and 300 square metres of windows to give a maximum amount of natural light. It will also be fitted with an ultra-low consumption LED lighting system. Solar panels covering the roof and sides of the vessel will help save at least 200 tons of diesel fuel a year. The yacht also comes equipped with waste management systems made to handle both organic and inorganic waste. It will be the first yacht for Hermes who have previously helped design a luxury helicopter and a collection of smart cars

Unique Tourist Travel In The Luxury Boat Kettuvalloms

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These unique boat Kettuvalloms are one of the most important tourist attractions of India, it’s like time travel into a quiet morning of another century. Kettuvalloms have almost everything: bedrooms with terraces, balconies with comfortable seating, bathrooms and even kitchen with private chef. It is some sort of floating hotel for tourists wishing to get acquainted with the memorable sights of India. The Kettuvallom or ‘boat with knots’ is so called because the entire boat is held together with coir knots only – not a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of huge planks of Jack wood  or ‘Aanjili’ and joined with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels.  A portion of the Kettuvallom is covered with a canopy made of the wood from the arecanut tree and bamboo mats and coir and served in the old days as a rest room and kitchen for the crews. Kettuvalloms were formerly used for the transport of goods like rice, spices and coir from the isolated villages of the interior to the towns.  A Kettuvallom, which measures from 20 – 25m in length and from 4m – 4.5m across, can hold up to 30 tons of cargo. Two men punting at each end with long bamboo poles moved these huge barges. With the advent of roads, bridges and modern transportation, these Kettuvallom gradually disappeared from use. There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in Kettuvallom construction.

Made with wooden planks, joined and stitched together with coir ropes and painted on the outside with cashew nut shell oil or fish oil. A distinctive feature of the Kettuvallam  is the design suggesting the possible Chinese influence. These Kettuvallams were used for transporting huge quantities of heavy materials from one place to other. In certain areas Kettuvallams are still used for transferring Coconut Husk, Sand and other goods.  In earlier days since all places were not well connected by roads, Kettuvallams  were the main source of transportation through the Kerala backwaters. It took long journeys ranging from 5 to 6 days, sometimes weeks even to transport things.  Kettuvallams equipped with all modern facilities and requirements are called Houseboats. The houseboat has a living room, a sunbathing deck, and bedrooms with attached European style bath and a kitchen. The boat has solar lamps and fans. Without experiencing and enjoying a houseboat cruise, the trip to Kerala will not be a complete one.
Kettuvallams, the large traditional houseboats are converted into floating luxury dwelling units. These house boats are available in all sizes and shapes, the most popular accommodation type being a suite, having one or two bath attached bedrooms, one living room, kitchenette, an open lounge, deck and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide. The houseboats are generally powered by a small outboard engine, allowing one to cruise along the backwaters. A recent innovation is a small conference room in a houseboat.

The Ideal Garden For Your House

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Gardens are a perfect place for you to refresh your mind and soul. It really brings you peace and serenity with the nature’s entire beauty –flowers, plants, water, and wind. There is no doubt that gardens make a home beautiful. If you are planning to decorate your garden but don’t know how to do it, I might have some tips for you. And I hope this information will be helpful to you the way it has helped me decorate my own garden. If you like spending your time outdoors in the midst of nature and you have always dreamed of transforming that rooftop of yours into a wonderland then you’ve got to get some ideas rolling. To create a terrace garden requires planning in advance and some hardwork.

Plan your terrace décor according to the surrounding environment and the climate of your place. If your building is surrounded by tall buildings around it, you would have to screen off your terrace for privacy. You can have a partially covered terrace for using it during rains. There’s a variety of material to choose from for the flooring – cement, smooth turf, flagstones, hollow clay building tiles, redwood or cypress blocks and un-mortared brick. Burnt bricks are preferred as they don’t turn into mud like normal bricks due to drainage. Spread a wire mesh over the bricks before pouring the soil. To ensure proper drainage, the floor should be slopy and it should have drainage chambers with pipes at various points leading to the main drainage pipe.

When choosing terrace garden plants you should keep in mind that they don’t have a tap root system which will grow deep into the building. Instead use fibrous root plants. The growing soil for plants should be rich in soil rite or peat moss. You can grow plants like Indian bamboo, palms, money plant, peach, lime and orange in big pots or planters. Cacti are also a good choice as they are low-maintenace. To add class and color to your terrace garden add flowering plants like sunflower, roses, orchids, chrysanthemum, etc. Bonsais are adorable and take up less space. You can make your own little vegetable garden with plants like tomato, curry leaves, brinjals, basil, etc. You can also put a small waterfall or a fountain by the corner. Plant on in your multipurpose terrace garden as you absorb the beauty and serenity around you.

The Largest Ship In The World-Allure Of The Seas

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At a length of 361 meters, the Allure of the Seas is almost four American football fields long. It has a beam that is 66 meters long and its height from sea level 72 meters. The gross weight of the vessel will be 225,000 tons. At full capacity, the Allure of the Seas will accommodate 6,320 passengers and a crew of 2,100. It will have 16 passenger decks and 2,704 cabins. The brand new sister ship of the world’s largest cruise liner narrowly passed under a Danish bridge Saturday, a feat that required smooth seas and adjustable smokestacks, officials said. Ship  measures around four football fields and accommodates 8,300 people, including crew members. The cruise liner measures 1,200 feet from bow to stern, and its height from sea level is 236 feet. Aside from a two-deck high dance hall, a 1,380-seat theater and an ice skating rink, a number of pools, spas, gyms, it also houses bars, restaurants and cafes as well as a shopping street with a park with trees. A brand new featureis the H2O Zone, or the “sprayground” which has colorful fiberglass sculptures shooting jets of water, geysers shooting from the ground and water cannons. There’s even a lazy river and waterfall inside! At night, this area, with the integration of an incredible lighting system, will be transformed into a sculpture garden. Royal Caribbean says, “there’s nothing like the H2O Zone on any other cruise ship today.”  The Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship under construction is nearing completion in Turku, Finland. By the end of October 2010, it will be delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. and will make its maiden voyage in December 2010.

Luxury Property Lufthansa A380

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Lufthansa has unveiled the “world’s quietest first class” cabin, but it’s the bathrooms on the A380 that has reviewers gushing. The luxurious First-Class bathroom features wide vertical mirrors and a five-star hotel-style vanity area. The bathroom is fitted with separate wash, changing and toilet areas. In a bid to provide a peaceful journey the A380 cabin includes sound-absorbing curtains   which partition off the cabin  and sound-absorbing carpet to block footstep noise. The A380 has 526 seats in total, 8 First-Class cabins, 98 in business and 420 in economy, and replaces overhead luggage bins with a lockable floor-level cabinet. First-Class seats are 2.07m long and 80cm wide, while Economy seats have 79cm of leg room.The A380 has 526 seats in total eight First-Class cabins, 98 in business and 420 in economy   and replaces overhead luggage bins with a lockable floor-level cabinet. The Lufthansa A380′s maiden flight will take the German soccer team to South Africa for the World Cup. The first commercial flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo is expected to take place on June 11. First-Class travellers will be expected to fork out around $12,200 for the pleasure.

Amazing Courtyard Homes In Costa Rica

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This luxurious paradise in Costa Rica is one of the amazing garden of the house plans that I have ever seen. With 4,000 sq. ft. of indoor living space and 2,000 sq. ft. of outdoor entertaining areas, the house takes advantage of environment, located on the crest of a coastal canyon with the Pacific Ocean crashing below and the Costa Rican jungle all around. An outdoor living space features a large infinity pool that flows from under an open sky to a roofed indoor courtyard, blurring the boundary between indoors and out. This wood, five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom coastal home accommodates eight and includes a caretaker’s quarters to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger during your stay. Even when you’re indoors, vast open windows, terraces and decks evoke the feeling of being outside. Made for entertaining and relaxing, this luxury home boasts “tiki-chic” decor that lends the house a casual atmosphere perfect for you and seven lucky friends on vacation.

The Ideas Modern Curtain For Your Perfect Living Room

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Choosing living room curtains, drape, soft furnishings and window treatments can give a new look to your living room. An appropriate curtain design for the living room depends on your Decor and color theme, your budget and your size and shape of the living room and its windows and doors. If you have a certain curtain design in mind, choose your material carefully as all fabrics and patterns do not go well with all curtain designs. An overhanging layered curtain will have to use a different fabric and material than a pleated simple curtain design. The windows and doors of the living room that open outside on the road or garden and have the possibility of public seeing your curtains from outside should use double-sided curtains, so that there is no wrong side to your window and door treatments and your curtain looks equally good from inside and outside.

To see whether the drape you chose really goes well with your living room decoration theme or not and how will it look at different times of the day, take a small piece of fabric and attach it to the place where you want to hang the curtain. This will help you to determine the look of the living room curtain depending on the amount of sunlight and other lightings at different times of the day and how well it goes with your Decor. Most people ignore lining the curtains due to time and money constraints but lining the curtain, not only increases the life of the curtain and protects its colors and fabric from outside weather conditions but also improves the drape of the curtain and improve the insulation property of the curtain of keeping the cooling or the warmth of the room inside it.

Living room curtains do much more than blocking the sunlight and maintaining your privacy in beautifully designed living rooms. They are also useful as camouflaging tools for architectural defects and awkward windows in your living area. Hanging curtains in right fabrics and patterns in different ways can make your window look larger, smaller, wider or narrower than it really is, add height to the living room or give an oriental or romantic feel to the living room. There is no golden rule that says that you have to follow the exact shape of your window while hanging your draperies. Fix your pelmet near the ceiling and let the curtains extend from ceiling to the floor to add vertical height to your living room or extend the pelmets on both side of the windows to give your window a wider look.

Fancy tiebacks and tassels can make your present curtains look more attractive and draw attention to them. You can use net fabric and contrasting curtains to add liveliness and color to your living room or just change the look of your old and existing curtains by changing the curtain pole, making a new interesting pelmet for your curtain, hang them in a different manner or add swags and valances to your living room curtains in contrasting colors. Screens, shutters and blinds such as roller blinds or modern Venetian blinds in contemporary and modern living rooms often replace traditional curtains. Creative and artistic living room setups sometimes do away with curtains altogether and highlight their windows for making just one more artistic statement.

Luxury Hotel Silken Puerta In Madrid

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The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is an idea of freedom come true, a gathering space merging different cultures and ways of interpreting architecture and design. A masterpiece that awakens guests’ senses, that breaks the mould by using different colours, materials and shapes. A 5 Star Luxury Hotel that ushers guests into innovative spaces, a bold departure from the usual. A compilation of designs from 19 different architects, this eclectic luxury hotel features two contemporary restaurants, a bar, a nightclub, a fitness center, and a heated indoor swimming pool. The 12 guestroom floors were each created in the vision of a unique international architect giving the rooms individualized design and décor. All rooms include complimentary wireless Internet access.

The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is a space that invites people to dream – a neverbeen- attempted-before project that has brought together nineteen of the top architecture and design studios in the world from thirteen different countries. Originality, luxury, innovation and formal freedom define a hotel that awakens its guests’ senses. Each of the floors showcases a different concept in hotel rooms. All play with different materials, colours and shapes to create spaces that bring together the best in avant-garde design and architecture, where creativity and the freedom to develop each of the spaces has been the hallmark.

The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is an eclectic, daring space that does not sell comfort short. Rooms with luxury in their finest detail that entice guests to search for new forms, to interact with them, to touch, to see, and even to breathe and smell… In short, to utterly enjoy a unique space that stands out especially for its quality and wide range of services. 12 different floors, 12 ways of understanding the architecture and the design. A hotel that is unique in the world.

An Unusual House Made Of Wood-Clingstone

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103-year-old Clingstone mansion set on a rock island in Narragansett Bay is owned by Boston architect Henry Wood. Even though the all-wood home with 360-degree view of the ocean is quite old and rough it’s still warm and beautiful. Three stories tall house features 23 rooms, 10 of which are bedrooms. Even though the house is quite expensive to maintain because of it’s made of wood, it still use modern technologies to cut pay bills. Solar panels heat the water, and a wind turbine on the roof generates electricity. Rainwater is collected in a 3,000-gallon cistern, then filtered, treated and pumped through the house for cleaning purposes. Besides that, Clingstone house use the latest technologies in filtering seawater and the most up-to-date composting toilets. The house is maintained by an ingenious method: the Clingstone work weekend. Held every year around Memorial Day, it brings 70 or so friends and Clingstone lovers together to tackle jobs like washing all 65 of the windows. Anne Tait, who is married to Mr. Wood’s son Dan, refinished the kitchen floor on one of her first work weekends. In wintertime, the House on a Rock stands out in the icy gray seascape. The house was abandoned in the 1940’s until it was bought by Henry Wood.