New Zealand All Blacks Partner With UNICEF

first_imgNew Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF have announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.The partnership between NZR and UNICEF brings together two of the most highly-respected global brands, harnessing the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for the world’s most vulnerable and excluded children.The new partners share a common vision of sport and play as essential to the health, happiness and wellbeing of children and young people, and as key tools for teaching strong values and important life skills. Both organizations also believe in the power of sport to inspire and unite people behind a common goal, in this case, children.NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew explained that by forging an international partnership with UNICEF, New Zealand Rugby would be playing a part in bringing attention to the important issues UNICEF tackles.“Making a meaningful difference to people’s lives beyond the action on the field is a commitment we take very seriously. Our teams spend a great deal of time away from home and by supporting UNICEF we are ensuring we can use the power of rugby and the All Blacks to connect with people wherever our teams play.”UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “In our work we see firsthand how sport can change the lives of even the most disadvantaged children – children in poor communities, children living through emergencies and conflicts, children with disabilities – helping them overcome challenges, restoring a sense of normalcy, and providing the simple joy of play.“We are excited to welcome New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks family to #TeamUNICEF and look forward to working together to get more disadvantaged children off the sidelines and into the game.”The All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, New Zealand Women’s Sevens, Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Under 20 teams will contribute to UNICEF’s work as they play rugby around the world. They are joining UNICEF’s existing team of international sports partners and ambassadors, including FC Barcelona and Manchester United and sporting champions David Beckham and Serena Williams. UNICEF also works with sporting bodies such as the International Olympics Committee and is an official partner for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.In New Zealand, All Blacks Conrad Smith, Charlie Faumuina and Tony Woodcock marked the launch at an event at Melville Intermediate School in Hamilton, where the team was based ahead of Saturday’s test match against England.Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director of the New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF New Zealand) said, “Children are at the heart of UNICEF’s partnership with New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks, so it’s fantastic that children from Melville Intermediate can meet their heroes and take part in this exciting event.“UNICEF New Zealand already works closely with schools in New Zealand to help kids learn about sport and fair play, and we are also proud to have the support of All Black legend Jonah Lomu as an Ambassador. The New Zealand Rugby teams have an incredible following around the world and we look forward to seeing the impact their support will have for children on a global scale.”To celebrate the partnership launch, New Zealand Rugby is auctioning off a limited edition signed Dan Carter framed jersey to mark his 100 Test caps. The auction will run on www.allblacks.com until 28 June, 2014. All funds raised from the auction will go to UNICEF.Throughout the partnership, the All Blacks will also raise funds at www.supportunicef.org/allblacks. As well as supporting UNICEF’s global work for children, the All Blacks partnership will have a special emphasis on UNICEF’s 100% immunization campaign which aims to reach every child with life-saving vaccines.last_img read more

TV vets Nicholas Campbell and Daniel Kash join cast of Jerusalem

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Philip Riccio, co-artistic director of the Company Theatre, is also in the cast as are several Shaw and Stratford Festival vets, including Diana Donnelly (Shaw’s Dancing at Lughnasa), Michael Spencer Davis (Stratford’s Timon of Athens) and Katelyn McCulloch (Stratford’s Treasure Island).READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A couple of veteran TV, movie and theatre actors are joining Kim Coates in the Canadian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.Toronto native Nicholas Campbell is known for Da Vinci’s Inquestand Da Vinci’s City Hall on TV, Through the Leaves and Festen onstage, and Goon and Cinderella Man on film.Montreal-born Daniel Kash has appeared onstage in Toronto, Stratford and New York, as well as in films like Aliens and RoboCop, and TV series including The Strain and Orphan Black. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Truck rams into security post in Mullaitivu killing soldier injuring another

A truck crashed into an Army security post in Mullaitivu killing one soldier and injuring another.The Army media unit said that the mini lorry (Canter), going at high sped, crashed into a military sentry point killing one soldier on duty and injuring another. The vehicle had lost control and crashed into the sentry point.Private H.P.S Pathirana of the 6 Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) lost his life on admission to the Mullaittivu Hospital. Staff Sergeant S.D.R Dissanayake of the 6 SLCMP received injuries. Mulliyaweli Police are conducting investigations. read more

Turning headlines into cash the white whale for Twitter

Twitter may be the megaphone for the leader of the free world, but the company’s headline omnipresence has yet to turn into a long sought after pot of gold for the company.In the near term at least, it appears that is the way it will remain.A lean profit outlook sent shares of Twitter Inc. plunging 9 per cent at the opening bell Thursday.Donald Trump has used Twitter like no other world leader, firing out broadsides and accolades in rapid succession, generating headline after headline with 140-character missivesThe response on Twitter has exploded, but that has not done anything to pump up profit numbers for the San Francisco company and growth, as it has been for years, remains elusive.The social media website expects between $75 million and $95 million in adjusted earnings this quarter before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. That’s a far cry from the $191 million that Wall Street had been expecting, according to a survey of industry analysts by FactSet, and investors scrambled to get out of the way of the falling stock even before markets opened.Its growth is a shadow of rivals Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Revenue growth has been stalled for more than two years and the company is cutting costs and shuffling executives.“2016 was a transformative year as we reset and focused on why people use Twitter: it’s the fastest way to see what’s happening and what everyone’s talking about,” said CEO Jack Dorsey, who rejoined the company in late 2015 with hopes of reviving it.For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Twitter had 319 million active users, up 4 per cent from a year ago. Facebook has about 1.86 billion monthly active users.Trump’s election has created a more active landscape for Twitter. Average daily active usage rose 11 per cent compared with the same time last year, which Twitter can point out to advertisers.In a charged political and social environment, the company is balancing its position as a platform for free speech while curtailing hate speech and bullying.This week, the company announced three additional measures to control rogue users, including identifying past abusers and banning them from using new Twitter handles.But reversing profit trends is what matters on Wall Street, and the company took a beating Thursday.Losses for Twitter Inc. swelled to $167 million in the fourth quarter, from $90.2 million in the previous year’s quarter, as revenue inched up 1 per cent to $717.2 million.Per-share earnings of 16 cents in the quarter, was 4 cents better than expected, but that was overshadowed by its outlook.Advertising revenue fell slightly to $638 million in the fourth quarter, and the company said tough competition and Twitter’s push to re-evaluate its product portfolio could affect future revenue growth.The company didn’t offer a revenue forecast for the first quarter, but it said it expected advertising sales growth to continue to lag audience growth in 2017.Live video is another selling point that Twitter is trying to drive home because of the potential ad dollars.The company says it streamed more than 600 hours of live premium video from sports, news and entertainment events during the quarter, drawing 31 million unique visitors.R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said there were some green shoots in user engagement, and he called video a silver lining.Shares of Twitter plunged more than 12 per cent, or $2.31, to close Thursday at $16.41.___This story has been corrected to reflect a 140-character limit, not 130 words. FILE – This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter announced Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the company is struggling to convert its headline omnipresence into cash and its profit expectations going forward is sending investors scattering. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 6:15 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Turning headlines into cash, the white whale for Twitter read more

The Ridiculousness Of Conference Tournament Locations In 6 Maps

To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina. read more

Soldier shot dead on exercise named as Pte Conor McPherson

first_imgPte McPherson was killed on Otterburn ranges in NorthumberlandCredit:Crown Copyright Both police and Ministry of Defence officials have launched investigations into his death, which sources said was believed to have been an accident. No arrests have been made.Lt Col Alasdair Steele, his commanding officer, said: “He was hugely committed about his career in the Army, he had aspirations to join the Machine Gun platoon and attend a junior leadership course at the start of next year. Soldiers training on Otterburn ranges Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “He constantly drove to develop himself physically and was well liked among his peers for his sharp wit and sense of humour.  However,  Private McPherson’s true passion was to his parents and his older sister – he was part of a very close knit family, and his great joy was spending time with them at the weekends and over leave.” A soldier shot dead during a night time live firing exercise has been praised as hugely committed and capable.Pte Conor McPherson of 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland was shot in the head during small scale infantry exercises on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.The 24-year-old from Paisley in Scotland joined up two years ago.last_img read more

Saudi oil tankers among ships targeted by sabotage attacks

first_img Image: PA 27 Comments Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah. May 13th 2019, 10:35 PM Share9 Tweet Email Short URL Saudi oil tankers among ships targeted by ‘sabotage attacks’ The ships suffered “significant damage” but none of the crew members were harmed. Monday 13 May 2019, 10:35 PMcenter_img Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah. Image: PA https://jrnl.ie/4633316 FOUR SHIPS, INCLUDING two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in mysterious “sabotage attacks” that have further inflamed Gulf tensions amid a standoff between the United States and Iran.A United Arab Emirates government official said the Saudi oil tankers Al-Marzoqah and Amjad were attacked off the emirate of Fujairah along with the Norwegian tanker Andrea Victory and an Emirati ship, the A. Michel.The Andrea Victory’s managers, Thome Group, said the tanker had a hole in the hull area “after being struck by an unknown object on the waterline”.The crew were unharmed and the ship was not in any danger of sinking.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom’s two tankers suffered “significant damage” but there were no casualties or any oil spill.Neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE gave details on the nature of the attacks or accused anyone of responsibility.The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the Emirates would probe the “deliberate sabotage” of the ships.‘Alarming’In the face of growing international concern, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned visit to Moscow to head to Brussels instead for talks with European officials on Iran.Tehran called for an investigation into yesterday’s “alarming” attacks off the Emirati coast and warned of “adventurism” by foreign players to disrupt maritime security. Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Source: PABritain said there was a danger of conflict erupting “by accident” in the Gulf. US President Donald Trump warned Iran would “suffer greatly” if it does “anything”.“I’m hearing little stories about Iran,” Trump said at the White House. “If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake. If they do anything they will suffer greatly.”The United States has already strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to alleged Iranian threats.Saudi Arabia, the Islamic republic’s regional arch-rival, condemned “the acts of sabotage which targeted commercial and civilian vessels near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates”, a foreign ministry source said.“This criminal act constitutes a serious threat to the security and safety of maritime navigation and adversely impacts regional and international peace and security,” the source added.The United Nations called for restraint from all sides.“We are concerned about the heightened tensions in the region. We call upon all concerned parties to exercise restraint for the sake of regional peace, including by ensuring maritime security,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.- © AFP 2019.  15,994 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mediator le fonds dindemnisation sera instauré le 1er septembre

first_imgMediator : le fonds d’indemnisation sera instauré le 1er septembreLe fonds d’indemnisation pour les victimes du Mediator sera mis en place dès le 1er septembre. Le décret l’instaurant a été publié, ce jeudi, au Journal officiel. Le fonds sera géré par l’Office national d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux (Oniam).”C’est une étape essentielle dans l’indemnisation des victimes qui vient d’être franchie”, a déclaré ce jeudi, le ministère de la Santé dans un communiqué. En effet, le décret instaurant le fonds public destiné à indemniser les victimes du Mediator a été publié au Journal officiel. Très attendu, le fonds sera donc mis en place dès le 1er septembre et pourra recueillir les premières demandes à un “guichet unique géré par l’Office national des indemnisations des accidents médicaux (Oniam)”.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Concrètement, les demandes seront examinées au cas par cas, dans un délai de six mois, par un collège d’experts qui se chargera de déterminer les dommages et les responsabilités. Les membres du collège, dont un cardiologue, un pneumologue, un médecin proposé par les associations de malades et un médecin proposé par Servier, seront nommés par arrêté, explique l’AFP. Une fois l’avis de ces experts prononcé, l’Oniam le soumettra aux laboratoires Servier qui feront une proposition d’indemnisation, dans un délai de trois mois. Une indemnisation intégrale des victimes S’il refusent d’indemniser les victimes, elles seront indemnisées par l’Oniam qui pourra néanmoins saisir la justice pour se faire rembourser par les laboratoires. “Dans ce cas, le responsable pourra se voir appliquer une pénalité de 30% pour ne pas avoir accepté la demande initiale”, a expliqué le ministère avant de préciser : “Ce dispositif permet une indemnisation intégrale des victimes tout en garantissant leur droit d’intenter une action pénale si elles le souhaitent.”Lors d’un entretien accordé au Figaro lundi, Xavier Bertrand avait demandé à Servier “de collaborer pleinement à l’indemnisation des victimes”. Néanmoins, l’un des avocats des victimes, Me Charles Joseph-Oudin a émis des “doutes très sérieux” quant à la “volonté de Servier de coopérer”, expliquant que les victimes étaient toutefois davantage en “recherche de reconnaissance de la culpabilité de Servier que dans une recherche d’argent”.Le 4 août 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wenger advises PSG to sign Ramsey

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has advised Paris Saint-Germain to sign Aaron Ramsey.The French champions have reportedly joined Bayern Munich in the race for the signature of Aaron Ramsey and have received rave reviews from his old boss Arsene Wenger, Metro claims.Ramsey is out of contract next summer and is expected to leave the Gunners after they surprisingly withdrew their contract offer despite months of positive talks.It had been reported that Ramsey’s destination is Munich, but reports in France claim PSG have been advised to try and sign him by Wenger.The former AS Monaco manager who signed Ramsey back in 2008, has a good relationship with PSG’s owners and has been linked with the sporting director role at the club.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Wenger has met with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel previously and talk of singing the Wales international came up, with Wenger Le Parisian’s fears.Arsenal are reportedly mulling over whether to cash in on Ramsey when the transfer window reopens in January should they receive a good enough offer.Though the 27-year-old can begin negotiating a pre-contract agreement to leave  free as soon as the window opens.Bayern are understood to have held talks with the former Cardiff MSN’s representatives with Ramsey demanding around £200,000 in weakly wages as well as a huge signing-on fee.last_img read more

Top National Guard General Tells Senators Reprogrammed Funds Needed or Training Canceled

first_imgNational Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that the service will have to reduce training and possibly cancel weekend drills unless the roughly $193 million in training accounts is replenished amid the southern border mission, Stars and Stripes reported.“If we don’t reprogram funds back into our training accounts, (we) will have to make modifications within our current appropriations that will either reduce our training opportunities or do things like cancel drill weekends to find the money,” Lengyel testified.There are currently 2,079 Guard members on the border.“Canceling drill weekends will impact readiness,” Lengyel said. “I will tell you that our hope is that the department finds funds available inside the department that are re-allocatable so that we don’t have to do that.”Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WCTV Seeking Help With Wildcats Sports Coverage

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Interested in being a part of Wildcat Sports coverage on WCTV?Wilmington Community Television is holding a meet-up on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 6pm to 7pm, at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street).This meet-up is designed to bring together people who have covered games in the past with those who might be interested in the future. Learn about what’s involved and meet the staff members (Marty and Adam) who are coordinating coverage.This is open to students, parents, or just people in the community who want to be a part of the crew from time to time.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

2020 Karma Revero will set buyers back a few thousand dollars more

first_img1:13 Now playing: Watch this: 48 Photos Karma Revero: 5 things you need to know Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2017 Karma Revero: Hybrid sedan is back from the dead and better for it More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2017 Karma Revero Share your voice 0 The new internal-combustion engine works with two electric motors and a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery for a total driving range of 360 miles. The pure electric range sits at 80 miles, which is up from 50 miles in the previous-generation Revero. Performance also jumps to 536 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. Those figures are up from 403 hp and 981 pound-feet of torque and 0-60 mph happens in 4.5 seconds instead of 5.4 seconds previously.While the powertrain is the 2020 Revero’s biggest change, the design is slightly updated with redesigned panels, new seats inside and a tweaked center console with added storage. The interior also hosts a new touchscreen system, new audio architecture for sound performance and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic detection is part of the options roster.Karma is taking preorders for the new Revero now and deliveries are set to start in the fourth quarter of this year. 2017 Karma Revero looks like a Fisker, but much improved underneath Enlarge ImageThe Revero is a mighty expensive plug-in hybrid. Karma Following its debut at Auto Shanghai this past April, Karma has revealed how much it will cost to put a 2020 Revero in your driveway. Long story short, it’s not an inexpensive car.Neither was the first-generation Revero, either. The original Revero cost $131,400 after a mandatory destination charge. The 2020 Revero with its updated looks and powertrain adds $5,000 to the price. Karma said in its Thursday release the latest model commands a $135,000 MSRP but did not disclose destination. We assume that figure will stay the same or increase slightly.The $5,000 increase perhaps bakes in some value over the outgoing car when reading through the 2020 Revero’s spec sheet. This time, there are still electric motors that drive the wheels at all times, but the range-extending gasoline engine comes from BMW. Specifically, it’s a turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in the BMW i8. While Karma likes to call the Revero “all electric,” that’s not exactly the case. Instead, the engine never actually drives the wheels, but when the batteries are out of juice, it powers the electric motors. At the end of the day, there’s no mechanical connection to the engine but it’s not a pure electric car.last_img read more

AK Celebrating Turkish culture in Anchorage

first_imgRabia Duddy belly dancing at a Turkish cultural event in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Republic of Turkey is about as far as you can travel from Alaska on the other side of the globe. The country of nearly 80 million people straddles the edges of Europe and Asia, with a Mediterranean climate, and a rich history as the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Again, not a lot of parallels with Alaska. But both places have food and dance at the center of their cultural traditions.Listen nowAt the Wildberry Theater in Anchorage on a recent Saturday night, Engin Kılıç sharpened a long knife next to leg-sized cone of meat rotating near a flame.“Makes it sharper,” he explained. “Gets dull very easily.”Kılıç (who’s last name means ‘sword’ in Turkish) was slicing thin strips of meat and heaping it onto pillowy flatbread. It’s a dish called döner, which is was once just an inexpensive street food — almost like the Turkish equivalent of a hot-dog cart– but has spread around the globe and become ubiquitous in world capitals. The meat here is layers of beef and lamb pressed together and marinated for a full day.“As it cooks, as you can see, its dripping. All that fat is dripping, so it keeps the whole meat very moist,” Kılıç said.Cooking döner is a bit of a kitchen hobby for Kılıç, who taught himself out of curiosity. He plated the food up as part of a sold-out cultural event called Tables of Istanbul. It’s an evening of food, belly dancing, and a documentary by a sociology professor.“If someone had told me 23 years ago that one day I would live in Alaska, I would never have believed them,” says the film’s narrator, Prof. Zeynep Kılıç, as the screening began.Kılıç grew up in Ankara, but got her doctorate in the U.S. A few years ago, she moved to Anchorage for a job at UAA, in part to be closer to her brother Engin — the same amateur chef slicing döner. In the film, ‘Tables of Istanbul,’ Prof. Kılıç uses her own experience as an immigrant missing Turkish cuisine as doorway into examining the country’s phenomenally complex culinary traditions.“I just realized that my scholar self was a very critical…like, ‘food imperialism,’ and ‘racialization of ethnic food,’” Kılıç tossed out. “Then my regular self in the kitchen was like, ‘I eat baklava, yay!’”For years, Kılıç would invite friends over and cook. People would often ask questions about the foods she was making. So she’d give an answer.“And then there was all this, like, ‘oh my god, I’m telling people all this stuff about Turkish cuisine, but I don’t know anything about it.’ I just know what my mom showed me,” Kılıç laughed. “People treat as if your word is the last word if you’re the only Turkish person they know.”Her film looks at restaurants and foods around Istanbul, Turkey’s enormous cultural capitol. Kılıç looks at the historical and class dimensions of different foods, and where they fit into the ways people come together to eat. The setting is Turkey, but it’s the kind of curiosity and awareness about food she believes can be applied anywhere.“It’s not just about Turkish food, if anybody around the table can start thinking about ‘what does my table represent?’ Is this about me being Jewish and eating Kosher food? Or is this about me being Muslim and eating halal food? Or is this about being Alaskan and eating the fish that I fished last summer?” Kılıç posed. “I think these are universal questions.”After the documentary ended, there was a second round of belly-dancing. In an elaborate costume with colorful, swirling veils, jangling metal talismans, and flashes of bare flesh, the main dancers’ hips ricocheted back-and-forth in time with a rapid drum. It was like watching the choreography to a music video, but with muscle movements one might not even know existed.The performance was led by Rabia Duddy, who arrived in Anchorage in 2002 after growing up and studying dance in Turkey.“It’s not a burlesque, it’s not a ballet,” Duddy said of belly-dance. “It’s a truly phenomenal dance form…you become a live instrument on stage.”Like a lot of immigrants, Duddy acutely missed the things that were common place in her home culture. As a response, she made a little sliver of Anatolia in Anchorage teaching belly-dance, which was a challenge. For example, figuring out how to put highly specific bodily movements into language — a different language, no less.“Omuz atma,” Duddy offered, as an example, “meaning shoulder shimmy. Or shoulder accent. It took a while.”Duddy estimates there are about 50 Turks in Alaska, mostly in Anchorage, and she knows the majority of them. In 2013, she decided to undertake a personal initiative, and began organizing events to bring Turks together and expose more people in Alaska to Turkish culture.This particular night is bitter sweet: it’s one of the last gatherings Duddy is putting on before she and family move out of state this summer.“It’s emotional” Duddy said. She’d like to see the community she’s helped bring together continue convening for celebrations and special occasions. “I’m hoping (they) continue to have gatherings like this.”For now though, as guests filed out and the last desserts were scraped from their trays, Duddy felt accomplished with how many people came to eat, learn, and watch a little belly-dancing.last_img read more

Several mandals along Krishna stare at flood menace

first_imgVijayawada: The entire Krishna river course area downstream Pulichintala project is facing flood threat following the huge inflows from upstream areas. According to officials, all the reservoirs on the river are still receiving copious inflows from upstream areas. Nearly 7.5 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Pulichintala project to Prakasam barrage and the same is being released into the sea. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us A breach developed to Krishna flood bank at Kolluru in Guntur district as the officials failed to take precautionary measures by identifying the weak points on the flood banks. Several villages in Krishna district, especially the low lying areas in Jaggaiahpet, Nandigama, Ibrahimpatnam mandals are facing submergence threat. The river view guesthouses of VIPs including former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s residence at Undavalli are facing flood threat. Already, hundreds of houses which are located inside the Krishna flood bank at Krishnalanka in Vijayawada city were inundated by floodwater. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Similarly, floodwater entered several island villages in Kolluru and Bhattiprolu mandals in Guntur district. The Krishna river bund got breach near at Pesarlanka village. Though the bund has weak points which breached in the past too, but the officials neglected to take precautions by strengthening it. As of inflows, Srisailam reservoir has 8.65 lakh cusecs of inflows from upstream areas on Friday while the same is being discharged into Nagarjunasagar. Around 200 tmcft water is available in Srisailam reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 215 tmcft. Advertise With Us Similarly, 301 tmcft water is available in Nagarjunasagar reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 312 tmcft. It is getting 7.5 lakh cusecs of inflows and the same is being discharged to Pulichintala project. As much as 7 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Jurala project and it has been getting the same quantity of inflows. Around 7 tmcft water is available in the project as against its total capacity of 9 tmcft. Both inflows and outflows are 5.5 lakh cusecs in Narayanapur reservoir, which has now 25.35 tmcft water as against its full storage capacity of 37 tmcft. The first reservoir on Krishna river Almatti is still receiving 5 lakh cusecs of inflows and the 105 tmcft water is stored in the reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 129 tmcft. Meanwhile, ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, P Anilkumar Yadav, Velamapalli Srinivas and several MLAs of YSRCP focused only on the flood at former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s residence instead of monitoring flood regulation operations. Indeed, there is a flood regulation manual in the water resources department. The government machinery should take precautionary measures based on the flood levels. Especially Krishna river bunds are in a weak condition in two locations one at Amaravati capital location and near Kolluru mandal. The official machinery did not visit the locations. The places got breaches in the past as per the records of the water resources department. Moreover, the ministers have not visited the flood-prone areas, instead indulging politics on whether Naidu’s residence has submerged or not. One senior official of the water resources department refused to discuss flood management operations which ought to be the main issue in the current situation.last_img read more

Toshiba says it is not considering ending PC production

first_imgToshiba Corp said on Tuesday it was not considering withdrawing from personal-computer production and selling its Hangzhou factory in China.The comment by a Toshiba spokesman followed a report by the Sankei newspaper that said the Japanese conglomerate is planning to pull out of PCs as it restructures its business following a massive accounting scandal.The Sankei said Toshiba, Fujitsu Ltd and VAIO are in talks to merge their PC businesses. Toshiba would consign production of its Dynabook brand to Fujitsu and VAIO factories while it focuses on design and development, helping it cut costs, the paper said.last_img read more

Crazy Mohan death Tamil actorwriter passes away at 67

first_imgCrazy Mohan with Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutActor and playwright Crazy Mohan passed away after suffering a massive heart attack on Monday, 10 June. He was declared dead at around 2 pm at Cauvery Hospital in Chennai. He was aged 67.There were confusions over the death as some media outlets claimed that he passed away even before the formal announcement.  Based on the reports in Tamil Media, a few celebrities that include actor Siddharth posted condolence messages on Twitter. After realising the blunder, he deleted it and wrote, “Hearing news that #CrazyMohan sir is still critical. Several news outlets have tweeted about his passing. Kindly delete the tweets. Let us hope he comes out of this. ❤️. [sic]An engineer by profession, Crazy Mohan was fond of writing skits since his college days. His first full-fledged stage play was Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam. Indeed, ‘Crazy’ became the prefix to his name, thereafter. Mohan’s talent was spotted by legendary filmmaker K Balachander, who adapted his play Marriage made in Saloon to a film called Poi Kal Kuthirai and asked him to write dialogues for the film. His inimitable pun and fun made him the favourite writer of Kamal Haasan for his comedy films. Sathi Leelavathi, Kaathala Kaathala, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Indian, Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Panchathanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS among many other films that they had joined hands.Although he used to get plenty of offers from films, Crazy Mohan preferred theatre to films. He wrote over 30 plays, besides many plays for TV. Here is Crazy, Siri Siri Crazy, Siri Gama Padhani, Maadhu Cheenu, Nil Gavani Crazy, Crazy Times and Vidaathu Siripu were his teleplays. He has also penned 100+ short stories.Mohan also acted in many films that include Arunachalam, Chinna Vathiyar, Indian and Naan Ee (2012).Celebs Condole his Death: Many celebrities have mourned the death of Crazy Mohan on Twitter. Check out their condolence message below:Siddharth: Heartbroken. This is a loss that will take forever to sink in. Deepest condolences to the family. There will never be another #CrazyMohan sir. Prayers for his soul.KhushbuSundar ❤️ ❤️ ❤️: News just coming in about the demise of #CrazyMohan .. they could not revive him very unfortunately.. a genius has left behind a legacy.. deepest condolences to his family.. may his soul rest in peace..Radikaa Sarathkumar: Will miss him #CrazyMohan , very sad.Prasanna: Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense non stop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss uChandramouli.P.S: A major part of my childhood memories left today. You’re in a better safer happier place #CrazyMohan sir you will be missedlast_img read more

Twitter Now Lets You Add GIFs Photos Videos to Retweets

first_img Twitter has announced an exciting new feature.No, not an edit button. Rather, users can now retweet with GIFs, photos, and video.“People come to Twitter to share their thoughts on interests, events, and news, and we wanted to give them more ways to express themselves,” the company’s design team wrote this week. “Also, you asked for this.”In a series of behind-the-scenes tweets, Twitter revealed its three-step process from problem to solution.After experimenting with different configurations, the final layout features a “clearer visual hierarchy” with condensed inner tweet and avatar, as well as a simple box container for easier interacting. So what’s the final design look like? • Clearer visual hierarchy with a condensed inner Tweet• Including an avatar in the inner Tweet to give more context helping you quickly see who’s talking • Simple box container for easier interacting We hope you enjoy it! pic.twitter.com/11bRXn3dbk— Twitter Design (@TwitterDesign) May 6, 2019“Another update is coming soon to make retweets with media more interactive and easier to read,” the Twitter Design account said. “We’re also exploring more ways to help people express themselves. Stay tuned.”New media retweets are available now to the general tweeting public.The company’s experimental platform “twttr,” meanwhile, is making great strides toward a better social network for all.A sort of testing ground for fresh conversation designs, twttr began rolling out in March to its first wave of users, and received an update last month. Renovations include a swipe gesture to “like” tweets, thread labels indicating the original poster, and improved visibility in dark mode.Users can expect these prototyped functions to eventually make their way into the permanent Twitter experience, though when or in what form remains to be seen.For now, you’ll have to settle for Game of Thrones GIFs and Avengers memes.“The most exciting part of this project was that we were working on a feature that many people asked for,” the engineering team wrote on Monday. “We’re very excited to launch this feature across Twitter, and we can’t wait to see it being used by all of you.”This is a fun little update, sure. But people would really rather the firm just add an edit button and ban Nazis. How about that Edit button? pic.twitter.com/XHCfPVtBi3— David Shares (@DavidShares) May 6, 2019 Stay on target We’d be more excited if you just ban nazis.— John (@johnboy6125) May 6, 2019 tbh the update I was waiting for was less nazis— Kevin Crafts (@kevincrafts) May 6, 2019 Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature WHERE IS THE EDIT BUTTON — как шлюха (@marcellus00) May 7, 2019 How many times do we have to ask for no nazis before you listen?— Mason Sklar (@masonsklar) May 6, 2019Co-founder Jack Dorsey in February teased a five- to 30-second delay in sending, allowing folks a few moments to annotate. And all the way back in 2016, he hinted that an edit button—one with a five-minute window—was at the top of the network’s wish list, along with bookmarks and safety and reporting options.Two of the three have since been released. Fingers crossed for the trifecta.More on Geek.com:You can Now Follow Only 400 Accounts Per Day on TwitterNew Twitter Camera Makes Capturing Breaking News EasierThis KonMari-Inspired Twitter Unfollow Tool Sparks Joy in Melast_img read more

Delhi Medical Council probing negligence against two pvt hospitals

first_imgThe Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has started inquiry into a Guwahati resident’s complaint of “medical negligence” on the part of two city-based private hospitals, which led to his wife’s death. “We have started an enquiry into the matter. We will seek documents related to the case from the respective hospitals and examine them. The allegations are serious and need to be looked into,” said Girish Tyagi, Registrar at DMC. The complainant, Ankuran Dutta, has also written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who in turn has forwarded his complaint to the Health Department.  Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airport”We have received the complaint from the Chief Minister’s Office. We will be writing to the two hospitals and get all the documents for further action in the matter,” A K Saini, a senior official at the Directorate of Health Services, said. Dutta’s wife Anamika, an assistant professor at Gauhati University, had undergone a minimal access surgery (gall bladder) on July 17 at Navjeevan Hospital in Pitampura in north-west Delhi. But as her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini, where on July 19 she suffered several heart attacks within an hour and died, Dutta claimed. Dutta has also filed a police complaint. When contacted, a senior doctor at Jaipur Golden Hospital said, “We have spoken to the doctor and he is denying any medical negligence. There is an appropriate body which can comment upon it.” Despite several attempts, Navjeevan Hospital authorities could not be contacted.last_img read more

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Crystal Symphony Serenity are getting new Penthouse Suites – heres a first

first_img Posted by Share Tags: Crystal Cruises LOS ANGELES — Crystal Cruises has unveiled plans for Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Serenity’s multimillion dollar renovations including new suites, dining venues and guest services. The dry dock transformations will be the most comprehensive makeovers to date for the two vessels, says the cruise line.In what the company is calling the ‘Evolution of Crystal Luxury’, this year and next Crystal is investing millions of dollars into new spaces for the ships, and “new standards of innovative luxury”. The plans for Crystal’s two ocean ships are the latest in its brand expansion, which will also see new river yachts, new ocean-going vessels and a privately-owned B777 joining the fleet in the next three years.Crystal Symphony’s redesign is set for Sept. 19 – Oct. 21, 2017 and Crystal Serenity’s for Oct. 14 – Nov. 10, 2018.Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez called Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity “the foundation” of the cruise line. “These ships have earned us not only acclaim from the world’s most eminent entities and publications for more than two decades, but more importantly, the loyalty of the world’s most discerning travellers and travel partners,” she said. “We are committed to continuing their reign as the most luxurious ships at sea by investing in changes and updates that will far exceed our guests’ wishes.”As part of the extensive redesign, several staterooms will be converted into brand new luxurious penthouse categories to take the place of smaller staterooms. There will also be new dining options, “high-tech perks” and what Rodriguez says will be modern, elegant décor updates in many public spaces.New Penthouses and Penthouse SuitesSeabreeze PenthouseSeabreeze PenthouseSeabreeze PenthouseSeabreeze PenthouseSeabreeze PenthouseSeabreeze Penthouse SuiteSeabreeze Penthouse SuiteSeabreeze Penthouse SuiteSeabreeze Penthouse SuiteSeabreeze Penthouse SuiteBoth ships will gain more of the spacious, butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites. Crystal Symphony will see two new categories of accommodations altogether: Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah (12 new suites added) and Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (28 new suites added), both occupying Deck 9, Seabreeze. The new accommodations will boast the same square footage as existing Penthouses and Penthouse Suites (367 square feet and 491 square feet respectively), while Seabreeze Penthouses will be connected by a shared an entryway recessed from the hall.Aboard Crystal Serenity, the 36 additional Penthouses and two additional Penthouse Suites will occupy the current Penthouse Deck 10, and will also offer the same square footage as existing Penthouses and Penthouse Suites (403 square feet and 538 square feet respectively).More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Penthouse accommodations offer guests enhanced all-inclusive Crystal amenities, including butler service and in-room specialty dining. Penthouse guests will also now receive unlimited complimentary dining at the onboard specialty restaurants.The conversion of staterooms into the new penthouse accommodations effectively reduces the ships’ guest capacities – Crystal Symphony to 848 and Crystal Serenity to 980 – and increases the per-guest space ratio aboard the ships to 60.2 and 70.3 respectively. Rodriguez says abundant space throughout its luxury ships has long been a cornerstone of Crystal’s platform, and a key distinction between its ships and competitors.Refreshed Dining OptionsSilkThe Crystal Dining Room, the ships’ centrally located main dining venue, will become Waterside, reflecting the décor and ambiance of the main dining room aboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart. Additional tables for two and four guests will offer expanded options for intimate dining while a new open seating concept invites guests to dine at leisure between 6 and 9:30 p.m., eliminating Crystal’s previous format of assigned seating and reservations. Waterside will also continue to serve breakfast and lunch during current timeframes.The Lido Café on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will take on new life as the Marketplace by day and Churrascaria by night. Both venues will feature an open kitchen concept with dishes made to order. The Marketplace will continue to serve casual buffet style breakfast and lunch options, and will transition to Churrascaria, a stylish casual dinner venue, from 6 to 9 p.m., creating an additional evening option for guests. Churrascaria will feature a Caipirinha as a welcome cocktail and serve a selection of Brazilian-inspired tapas, ceviche, salads and grilled seafood and meats presented by Crystal ‘gauchos’ on sword-like skewers.New to the Crystal menu of onboard restaurants on both ships will be Silk, located in the Trident area of their respective Lido Decks. The contemporary space will offer modern Chinese-inspired fare with family-style dinner plates ideal for sharing, and self-service options for breakfast and lunch that include dumplings, Chinois salad, a soup and noodle bar and other Asian favorites. For the dinner hours between 6 and 9 p.m., reservations will be recommended, although open seating will be accommodated. The Trident Bar & Grill will remain in the adjacent space, serving casual grilled options including burgers and sandwiches.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesSilk Road and The Sushi Bar, the specialty dining venues by famed Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, will be rebranded as Umi Uma – reflecting the Japanese word for Crystal’s seahorses, so prevalent in the cruise line’s branding. The venues will still serve the inspired cuisine of Nobu, prepared by his personally trained chefs, and will remain the only Nobu restaurants at sea.All specialty dining reservations for Umi Uma and Prego will be complimentary for Penthouse guests, while all other guests will enjoy one complimentary evening of specialty dining, with additional reservations available for a modest charge. Reservations are always required for specialty dining venues.Technological UpgradesUpon completion of Crystal Symphony’s dry dock in November 2017, guests will receive unlimited free WiFi throughout any Crystal voyage aboard all Crystal vessels. Crystal’s investment in technological amenities for guests will include hardware and software enhancements to enable expanded Internet connectivity and doubled satellite speed. A new guest portal – Crystal Connect – will be launched and featured on the landing page of onboard Internet connections. The portal enables guests to easily access the Internet, as well as shipboard information including daily menus from each restaurant, daily Reflections, day and evening activities, Crystal Adventures shore excursions and daily port maps. A number of international newspapers will also be available for digital viewing, as well as a library of box office hit movies and Crystal lectures on demand. Crystal Connect will also be available in a mobile application for use on guests’ personal devices.In all rooms throughout the ships – in each stateroom and in all public areas – ultra-thin 42” interactive flat-panel TVs will enable guests to conveniently access their onboard folios, view the Crystal Spa & Salon, Connoisseur Wine Selection, and dining menus, with the ability to make any onboard reservations, reserve shore excursions and order room service. These new interactive TVs will also showcase the latest Hollywood movies and hit TV series. Crystal’s acclaimed Computer University@Sea classrooms will also undergo updates and makeover, further enhancing the technological experience and enrichment for guests.Reimagined Public SpacesThe top-deck, forward Palm Court lounge aboard Crystal Serenity will be entirely redesigned to feature more intimate seating, while Crystal Symphony’s mid-ship Starlite Club, a hub for evening dancing and cocktails, will also be refitted, still with panoramic sea views. Crystal Symphony, Serenity are getting new Penthouse Suites – here’s a first lookcenter_img Friday, April 21, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more