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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Edition 19: Make your room look larger

he Nest
With summer time approaching, it is time to rearrange the rooms. Your home is not going to expand but with few tricks, you can make it appear larger. Maximize your square footage with these room-expanding tricks.

Add Multipurpose Pieces
Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a great way to streamline a room. An ottoman with built-in storage lets you tuck away blankets and books, and also makes a compact footrest.
Paint With Light Hues
Dark colors may seem design-friendly, but they make rooms look smaller. The lighter the shade is, the more open your space will appear, so stick to pale blues, grays, greens, yellows, and creams.
Reflect Your Room
Wall-to-wall mirrors may seem like a ’70s design leftover, but adding a little glass opens up the area and reflects light. On a budget? Cruise flea markets and garage sales for bargains.
Space Things Out
Automatically think you’ll make your room look bigger by shoving furniture against the wall? Sometimes a piece looks better at an angle or surrounded by space. Give your furniture breathing room, whether it’s angling your bed or floating your sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it.
Fold It Up
Dining tables that can be made smaller or larger with removable or drop leaves let you make the most out of a combined living-dining area.
Go Monochromatic
Expand your room by painting the walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white, and beige. Or pair a bright white with a white that's tinted with yellow or blue so you can use the deeper hue on trim and detailing.
Make Your Ceiling Pop
While you’ve probably heard that a clean, white ceiling will open up a space, giving your ceiling texture with bright colors and fun fixtures draws your eye upward, creating the illusion of height in a room
Get Perspective
Leaving your windows uncovered will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad's got depth -- and reveal the natural beauty of the landscape outside.
Think Big
It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? Well, you’ll actually create an airier atmosphere by displaying one prominent item -- from a statement sofa to a curved armchair -- rather than putting tons of tiny pieces everywhere.
Color Code
In a small space, even your favorite items can quickly look like clutter unless you give them a little structure. Arranging knickknacks, books, and vases by color will make everything appear more streamlined.

Are Women Safe In Pune?

News Desk
There is a spurt in the crimes against women in Pune. As the city is shell shocked to witness four rapes in a week, the faire sex seems to be a soft target. The specific types of rising crime against women in the State are maternal deaths from violence, crimes against Dalit women and sex selection resulting in female foeticide.
According to results of studies done by NGO, Tathapi, which works on issues of women and violence, burns constituted the highest single cause of death in Maharashtra among women in the reproductive age group (15–34 years), accounting for 20 to 24 per cent of deaths in this age group. Most cases are reported as accidents. According to Tathapi, the rate of death of such “accidents” is much higher than from tuberculosis of the lungs or complications in pregnancy.
According to police officials, quick urbanisation and non-availability of enough number of police personnel are the chief causes of the primary reasons for steady increase in incidences of rape in the city in last ten years. A total of 257 cases were recorded between 2000 and 2004 and 380 cases between 2005 and 2009.
However, there was a decline in the number of rape cases from 91 in 2008 to 66 in 2009. Even the molestation cases are also on the rise. The total number of rape cases in the last ten years is 637 whereas the molestation cases are 785.
Activist Vihar Durve, who sought the statistics under Right to Information (RTI), says that it’s not just rape and molestation cases that have gone up, but most other crimes including dacoity and murder have also increased.
Neelam Gorhe, Member of Legislative Council, says that there are several shortcomings in the way investigations are conducted in rape cases. She said, “There is a need for systemic change in the administration. Rapid urbanisation of Pune in particular creates a necessity for better vigilance, especially in areas like Aundh, Baner and Hinjewadi. But nothing of that is seen even after making demands repeatedly. Rape has not been on the agenda even of political parties”
The recent incidents became more upsetting because well educated women became victims of the crime. This has raised the question over Pune’s position as safest city for women.

60 minutes: Keep Your Children Active

Health Day
It's easy to help your children get their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
For starters, join them. That's the best way to persuade kids to be active. And you can share the fun and health benefits, too.
The group also suggests that adults:
• Encourage children to get on their bicycles, roller skates or blades and scooters. Make sure they wear helmets and protective pads.
• Teach children to walk as often as possible, such as to a friend's house, to the store, around the mall or any other place where it's safe to walk. If they don't have a particular destination, suggest that they take the dog for a walk.
• Turn up the music and dance. It doesn't have to be formal or perfect, just have fun.
• Organized sports aren't the only way to enjoy team activities. Children can meet with a few friends to play street hockey, shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball or toss around a football or baseball. Check neighborhood recreation centers for open gym times and for activities such as tennis or swimming.
• Teach children how to get younger kids doing active things such as hopscotch, jump-rope, tag, hide-and-seek, kickball, T-ball, hula hoops or kite flying.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a partnership of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

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