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first_img“Oh, I don’t think there’s any doubt, yeah.”Is the punting competition going to come down to this final game?“For sure because everything is—leaning one way or the other, and it’s hard to do it in altitude. Guy goes out there and kicks it 75 yards, but, yeah, it’ll come down to this game.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter (AP Photo) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires You’ve been forced to play receivers in the past?“Yeah. We need you to play soon and with an injury in training camp you’re playing a lot either in four wides or three wides.”Chad Williams is obviously in that other category?“Yeah, but I think if an injury happened he’d be ready. Once you get into game-plans that offense shrinks so much. You just study 100 plays rather than 1,000 plays and you’re practicing and it’s so much easier for you.”How is Mike Iupati?“He’s doing fine.”Is he doing anything this week?“Uh no. He was out at practice and just ran.”Do you like having just one roster cut?“I love the new rule in the fact that—look at what Denver’s situation is right now with Paxton Lynch hurt. Having four quarterbacks still, that’s the hard decision when you go to 75 is to keep that fourth guy for this game so you don’t have to put somebody back in the game in case there was an injury. It happened to us in Denver two years ago. We dressed one tight end, he got hurt, I think, the fifth play of the game and there was no way I was putting anybody back in the game so we just played four wide receivers the whole game.”How do you assess Blaine Gabbert? TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through; or in today’s case, practice as the team has broken camp and returned to its facility in Tempe.“Alright, we obviously had split practices today. We had a good outdoor session. More about finding out the real condition we’re in. Trying to get 40 plays in pretty quickly in the heat. Went very, very well. Have to go in and watch the other practice on tape. I was outside.” “Short term, it’s been amazing how he could grasp this much information and go play with it fast. Have kept it to where he could play fast in games. In practices it’s a little slower in that you’re throwing everything at him, but I’ve been very pleased with him. Short-term, I’d be very comfortable if he had to play for us. Long-term, if he continues at this rate, he could be a starter.”How will you use your quarterbacks this week?“Blaine will play sparingly in the first quarter and then Trevor (Knight) will take the rest of the game.”How is calling plays this week?“Harold (Goodwin).”How is Nkemdiche?“He’s doing fine.”What do you think of the way Evan Boehm has taken the bull by the horns at right guard?“Yeah, very pleased with him. He got his ass chewed out pretty good today because he wasn’t ready to practice at that speed that everybody else was, and he learned a good lesson.”Has Gabbert done anything that’s surprised you?“Yeah, the amount of information that he could get in and get out. It’s one thing to get it in, other guys just can’t process it. The amount he can get in and process it has been amazing.”Do you think in the right situation he can be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL?center_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With final cuts coming, how do you handle making those decisions?“It’s the worst day in the year. I really can equate it to death in the family sometimes. You get so close to these guys, you work so hard with them and you know it’s a dream that hopefully is not ending. It might continue with another team but a lot of them it’s ending. So, yeah, it’s a very hard day and if it’s a guy that’s been in the organization for us for awhile, I do it personally.”How difficult is it this year with just one cut from 90 to 53?“It’s going to be a hectic day. We’ll bump our team meeting back an hour than when we normally have it just so that we can get everything done before the team meeting.”Any player that perhaps has come out of nowhere to really impress you?“Carlton (Agudosi) has done very, very well. If he doesn’t make the team, he has a chance to be possibly on the practice squad. I don’t think there’s anybody that surprised me knowing what talent on this roster. And really nobody has disappointed either.”You’ve had success drafting wide receivers in the third round. Why do some have immediate success versus others who might need more time?“Opportunity. Really it’s opportunity. You take some for now and then you’re picking some for later, within a year to learn from a guy knowing that it’s possibly going to end for that guy that next year so you’re trying to fill it in. Like Robert (Nkemdiche) and Calais (Campbell). It’s the same thing for the wideouts.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo And according to ESPN, Fitzgerald is on track to break one of the NFL’s biggest records during the 2018 season.The 34-year-old is 92 receptions away from surpassing Tony Gonzalez(1,325) for the second-most in NFL history, and is only 389 yards short of Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time receiving yards list.Although Fitzgerald will be 35 years old when the season kicks off, there is no reason to doubt him. He has at least 107 receptions and 1,023 yards in each of the past three seasons, giving him 1,234 and 15,545 over his stellar 14-year career.He still needs a telescope to see Jerry Rice, who ranks No. 1 on both lists with 1,549 career receptions and a ridiculous 22,895 receiving yards.Fitzgerald owns the NFL record for the most seasons with 90 or more receptions (eight). He also has the record for most receptions (30), receiving yards (546) and touchdowns (eight) in one postseason.Injuries along the offensive line and to quarterback Carson Palmer derailed Arizona’s offense last season, causing a below-average outing for Fitzgerald with 109 catches for 1,156 yards.However, Fitzgerald became only the second player in league history to post at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards seasons in back-to-back-to-back campaigns beyond the age of 30. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It was arguably the biggest news for the Arizona Cardinals this offseason: Larry Fitzgerald is returning for the 2018 season.The news broke back in February, when Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks announced Fitzgerald’s return on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf during Newsmakers Week.Aside from the face of the franchise returning for another season, it meant Arizona’s receiving core would again be lead by a veteran Pro Bowler who holds numerous records.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Drafted third overall by the Cardinals in the 2004 NFL Draft, Fitzgerald has caught a pass from 17 different quarterbacks over the course of his career in Arizona. And with Palmer now retired, that list will continue to grow in 2018.Related LinksCards coach Steve Wilks announces Larry Fitzgerald is coming backCardinals sign second-round pick, receiver Christian KirkFree agent WR Brice Butler agrees to two-year deal with CardinalsCardinals’ quarterback dynamics offers potential for high dramaThe Cardinals signed free agents Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon this offseason, as well as drafted their future franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen.Along with new quarterbacks under center, Fitzgerald will have more help on the outside next season.J.J. Nelson returns after catching 48 percent of his targets last season, trailing only Fitzgerald who reeled in 68 percent of the balls thrown his way.Second-round pick Christian Kirk adds speed and a big-play ability to the receiving core, while former Dallas Cowboy Brice Butler is ready for an expanded role in Arizona’s offense.Opposing teams will have to account for the added depth to Arizona’s receivers group, which could prove to be helpful for Fitzgerald on his quest to move up the rankings. – / 34 40 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Four Seasons Hotels and

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd  have revealed plans for a new development on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The project will debut as part of the development’s masterplan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.Comprising more than 40 hectares of beachfront land, the project site is located along the western coast of the island, approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Naha International Airport. The resort will comprise 12 hectares of the project development land area, with 120 hotel rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. It is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of US$400 million and estimated gross development value of US$1 billion.The masterplan for Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, including planning and landscape architecture, is developed by internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA Inc; Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken will serve as joint architects of the project. Kengo Kuma’s work has been internationally acknowledged and he was recently chosen to design Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games.The vision is to create a destination that portrays the cultural heritage of Okinawa island along with its natural landscape and resources. The resort will be anchored by a resident beach club nestled on the east side, where guests – as well as homeowners – will be able to access the beach. Additionally, the low-density layout of the resort will allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts. The resort facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty dining and lounge, retail shops and recreation facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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All current accommodation packages spa services a

first_img All current accommodation packages, spa services and wellbeing programs remain unchanged from now through to summer 2020, with existing bookings unaffected by the change in management. New programs and packages will launch next year.“As the owners and operator of Anantara Spa, Avani Spa, Elemis Spa Therapy and Balance Wellness by Anantara, Minor Hotels has extensive expertise in delivery of high-end spa and wellness programs. Their award-winning spas and resorts are directed by a team of wellbeing experts who will guide and develop the program offered at the renamed Elysia Wellness Retreat for its next chapter,” Minor Hotels said. Go back to the e-newsletter Craig Hooley, Chief Operating Officer of Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand said: “Our understanding of holistic retreat programs and insights into the health minded traveller is extensive, having operated leading spas and wellbeing programs in our hotels for many years. We are keen to bring our experience to this 18-acre retreat in New South Wales”.It hasn’t been announced which of Minor Hotels’ brands Elysia will partner with, however the Avani brand is a natural choice given it’s growing portfolio in Australia, or perhaps the Polkobin based spa retreat could be the group’s launch property in Australia for Anantara.Golden Door Spa & Health Club in Main Beach, Queensland will continue to be owned and operated by Lasseters International Holdings but will no longer be affiliated with Elysia Wellness Retreat in the Hunter Valley.Packages at Elysia Wellness Retreat start from $1,235 for the two-day program. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.center_img Minor Hotels, the owner of brands including Anantara Hotels Resorts Spas, Avani Hotels & Spas, Oaks Hotels & Resorts and Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, has acquired the Golden Door Elysia Health Retreat and Spa in the Hunter Valley.The 74 villa property will rebrand effective immediately to Elysia Wellness Retreat, named after the famed spa. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Cheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that i

first_imgCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to Ibiza as part of its 2009 summer schedule.Tickets for the new routes, which operate from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, went on sale on Friday (December 5th), with prices starting at £47. The flights will commence on May 21st and operate until October 5th.Commenting on the new Ibiza services, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled division, said: “The success of our flights to Ibiza over the past two years has been staggering and we are delighted to once again be operating flights to the White Isle for summer 2009.”Flights will depart from Gatwick and Manchester five times a week, while four weekly flights will operate from Birmingham.A recent poll conducted by the airline revealed that people in the UK were still willing to book flights to the Mediterranean despite the effects of the credit crunch.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMonarch to launch cheap flights to SantoriniMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Monarch makes Manchester rock of Gibraltar servicesMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.last_img read more

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Summer holiday fun seems like a distant memory As

first_imgSummer holiday fun seems like a distant memory? As the chill winds of autumn start to blow, recapture that post-holiday glow with a short break to any of these charming European cities – all with return flights for less than £50.1. Belfast, Northern Ireland from £31Maritime history buffs, and die-hard fans of Leo DiCaprio (ok, maybe not), will love the €113m Titanic Belfast exhibition. If you didn’t know, it’s the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. Just as in its ship-building days, Belfast is booming, so sample its happening nightlife, from ever-so-friendly spit-and-sawdust pubs to posh restaurants and dressy clubs.2. Brno, Czech Republic from £35The Czech Republic’s second largest city, Brno used to be regarded as Prague’s poorer cousin. It’s not poorer; it’s just cheaper, a lot cheaper, and largely undiscovered by the crowds. Explore cellar bars serving the region’s wine and Czech tapas (pickles, pork and potatoes) while above ground, take a tour of the newly restored Tugendhat Villa. 3. Vilnius, Lithuania from £44If you like your architecture Baroque, you’ll seriously love Vilnius. Get gloriously lost in the mazy streets of the Old Town, gazing upon churches, perusing art galleries like Vartai, and resisting the urge to stop for a beer until at least 11am. If you like your beer, you’ll…4. Ljubljana, Slovenia from £48Lovely jubbly Ljubljana is small on size but not on impact. Students, artists and musicians throng the streets, through the narrow alleys of the Old Town and along the Ljubljanica River. There may not be any major tourist spots in this pint-sized city, but that just leaves you time to sip your coffee in the morning sun at a quiet pavement café. 5. Faro, Portugal from £49Catch the last of the summer sun in laid-back Faro. Even out of season, the Algarve’s capital won’t fail to impress. Lazy afternoons with cocktail in hand, medieval markets, partying on the Rua do Prior or posing on the marina, Faro’s got it covered, whatever you go on holiday for.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 flights for under £5010 flights, 10 city breaks in Europe for fun, sun and shopping.7 flights under £70: here comes the sunOh January – it’s a long month of grey days and dark nights. But fear not, having a trip booked will make this month that little bit more bearable. We’ve found seven flights under £70 so that you can grab a short-haul trip on a shoestring. Plus, you may not…7 flights for under £50This week’s selection of unbeatable deals and inspiring holiday ideas with seven flights to Europe starting from only £24!last_img read more

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Provences winding lanes are perfect for a gentle

first_imgProvence’s winding lanes are perfect for a gentle exploration in a classic 2CV, where top speed is somewhere between “cruise” and “canter”. The Citroën 2CV (Deux Chevaux – two horsepower) has been keeping French farmers on the roads since 1948, and this wonderfully eccentric piece of engineering is just what you want for aimless ambles through Provence’s lustrous landscapes. Search flights to Toulon, in Provence For a unique souvenir of Provence, visit a lavender farm where you can pick your own flowers and have them distilled into an essential oil. The soothing, relaxing scent of lavender will instantly bring back memories of Provence – and it’s one of nature’s greatest remedies. Follow the words of the old song and make your way to Avignon’s 12th-century bridge – officially known as Pont Saint-Bénezet. It’s been centuries since this beautiful bridge reached the other side of the River Rhône, but its ruined graceful arches are a captivating sight. 9. Make your own lavender essential oil Just outside the pretty hilltop village of Le Castellet is the hair-raising Formula 1 racetrack that is home to the French Grand Prix. Experience for yourself the exhilaration of zooming around the track in a racing car – anything from a speedy Lamborghini to a sleek Ferrari. Two wheels rule in Port Grimaud near Saint Tropez during the Harley Davidson Euro Festival from 7-10 June. Don your leathers and join the bikers for four days of live music – including Simple Minds – parties and a spectacular motorbike parade. Discover the timeless traditions of Provence’s rural life, some of which haven’t changed for centuries. Farmers still take their flocks up to the lush green meadows of the mountains to feast on fresh green grass every May – which is a great excuse for a festival. Join the party in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence when thousands of sheep are paraded through the streets before they’re taken to their mountain home. Come to Provence in May and watch the countryside turn a deep shade of red as the poppy fields open in all their glory. You won’t run out of places to picnic as the sound of cicadas lulls you into a blissful state. Take in the sweeping views from the Luberon’s hilltop villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste, Mane and Lurs. Check out these flights to Marseille Check out these flights to Marseille 5 Events in Provence, to add to your listFind out more 6. Go diving off Marseille’s coast 5. Join a night-time grape harvest 7. Dance on the Pont d’Avignon Look for flights to Toulon, in Provence Find cheap flights to Avignon (Provence) Explore the colourful marine life that clings to the wreck of the Saint Dominique, a 19th-century ship that sank off the rocky coast of Marseille. This wild and wonderful world beneath the sea will soon put you under its spell. 2. Follow the transhumance in May RelatedExperience Provence Like a LocalThe sights, sounds and scents of Provence will instantly put you under their spell. But if you really want to get under the skin of this sunny slice of southern France, follow the locals and try some of these experiences.Top 10 Things in Provence for FoodiesWhet your appetite with a taste of Provence’s fabulously rich bounty. All that luscious food and wine will soon have your mouth watering – think of plump red tomatoes, peppery olive oil, creamy goats’ cheeses and succulent slow-cooked lamb. Add to that some of France’s most prestigious and satisfying wines…5 Events in Provence Worth Packing a Suitcase For (Right Now)Provence certainly knows how to put on a festival. All throughout the region, you’ll find celebrations of everything from music to local food – not to mention breathtaking spectacles put on in some of southern France’s most dramatic settings. Here are just a few reasons why you should make tracks… Find cheap flights to Avignon (Provence) 1. Ride a hot-air balloon over the fields of lavender Cheap flights to Marseille 8. Rev up for the Harley Davidson Euro Festival Cheapest month to travel to Marseille Look for flights to Toulon, in Provence Experience Provence, Live like a localExplore now Read more about Provence Fly cheap to Marseille Trace the trail of Provence’s lavender fields from the breathtaking perspective of a hot-air balloon. Time your visit during anytime from mid-June until August to see the vivid rows of purple plants in bloom. You’ll have a choice of several exquisite regions to visit – notably the Luberon, Mont Ventoux, the Verdon and the plateau de Valensole. The scents will make you swoon. After the heat of August, September brings the heady aroma of wine as everyone heads to Provence’s vineyards to harvest the grapes. If you want to avoid the daytime sun, join one of the late-night harvests when the grapes can be kept cool after picking – crucial for the region’s famously dry rosé wines. 10. Rent a 2CV and explore Provence Find cheap flights to Avignon (Provence) Provence Flight Deals, Experience Provence from 31£Check prices now In partnership with Atout France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region Delight your appetite, Top things for FoodiesSee more 4. Drive the Formula 1 Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet 3. Picnic in the poppy fields *DISCLAIMER: Published 18 June, 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.last_img read more

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Opening in late 2009 the ninth property in The Pe

first_imgOpening in late 2009, the ninth property in The Peninsula Hotels’ portfolio fronts the historic Bund with spectacular views of the Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong and the gardens of the former British Consulate, and blends with the historic architecture of its landmark neighbors along the Bund – a UNESCO-designated Modern Heritage Site.The opening of The Peninsula Shanghai heralds the return of parent company The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited to its roots, as it owned and operated four of Shanghai’s most celebrated hotels – The Kalee, Majestic, Palace and Astor House Hotels – in the first half of the last century. With a distinguished heritage as Asia’s oldest hotel company, The Peninsula Hotels is proud that its newest hotel returns to Shanghai, one of the world’s most exciting cities.Superbly located on the historic Bund in the very heart of Shanghai, on the banks of the Huangpu River and conveniently located near the shopping capital of Nanjing Road, The Peninsula Shanghai offers commanding city and garden views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.A homage to Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, The Peninsula Shanghai recreates the look and feel of this glamorous era when Shanghai was feted as “The Paris of the East”, yet also offers the latest in state-of-the-art technology, services and amenities.Guest facilities and services include three superb gastronomic choices, wedding facilities, recreation options, luxury retail shops and other business services including customized airport and transportation service and valet parkingShanghai is celebrated for its glorious Art Deco architecture, and thus The Peninsula Shanghai’s design brief was dictated by this historic architectural movement from the 1920s and 30s in order to blend in with its neighbors on the Bund.However, rather than slavishly imitating the historic designs on the Bund, the New York-based architect David Beer, formerly of BBG/Architects, and Paris-based interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon of PYR pay tribute to the influences and reference of the Art Deco movement with a modern interpretation inspired by Art Deco – simplified, yet using many of the same materials and design motifs.Working with Shanghai’s municipal planning authorities, architects BBG submitted at least 10 building designs before approval was granted. The principal Bund façade rises to 10 stories, then steps back with a series of terraces that skilfully sculpt the massing and proportions of The Peninsula to relate it and pay homage to its historic neighbors. Providing visual continuity through the decades, the exterior of the hotel is clad in granite from the same quarry as many of the other buildings along the Bund.Guestrooms and Suites The Peninsula Shanghai’s 235 guestrooms (including 55 suites) are amongst the largest in Shanghai, with a typical Deluxe Guestroom being 55 sq m (600 sq ft), and most featuring stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the gardens of the former British Consulate. The rooms are elegantly designed to provide luxurious comfort and features, with Art Deco-inspired interiors seamlessly blending traditional Peninsula standards of comfort and state-of-the-art technology with elements of Chinese heritage. Exotic woods, imported stones, black lacquer, carved glass and accents of polished chrome combine to create a luxurious environment where design meets functionality, and Art Deco meets technology. In tones of celadon or cerulean blue and ivory, the interior design incorporates a number of traditional materials used in Shanghai in the 1920s – the rich figures of mahogany and ebony for the loose furniture and millwork, and the dramatic contrasts of black Noir St Laurent and off-white St Talino stones. Carpets are 100% wool and hand-tufted. Polished chrome Art Deco details throughout the room, such as the chandeliers and decorative lamp stands, contrast with Chinese accents, including hand-painted panels on the black lacquer TV cabinet, providing a unique and distinctive sense of place – a signature Peninsula feature in each property around the world.A typical guest room is sub-divided into discreet elements of bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. A “privacy door” allows the bedroom to be closed off from the rest of the room, creating the sense of privacy of a suite in a typical room.The guestroom’s opaque glass door opens to reveal interior space that combines an open plan living room and work area with stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the gardens of the former British Consulate.The spacious, self-contained dressing room and walk-in closet includes a seated dressing table, the signature Peninsula valet box for discreet pick-up and delivery of polished shoes, laundry and dry-cleaning, a large electronic safe, a luggage rack, for two suitcases, Internet radio, weather display panel, and a “nail dryer. “Typical guestroom features also include complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, a bedside panel with remote control capabilities to adjust the room environment with a touch of a button, interfaced Entertainment Centre with a46” LCD television and enhanced international television programming, CD/DVD player with 5.1 sound bar and Internet radio, four-in-one fax/printer/scanner/photocopier machine, dual voltage outlets (110V/220V), individual thermostat and humidity control and a complete Nutrition Centre with a fully stocked mini-bar, Nespresso™ coffee machine and tea-making facilities.The impressive lacquer working desk is complete with modern-day conveniences – high-speed Internet access, international Internet radio, weather panel, iPod docking station and more. The large cream marble bathroom is complete with double vanity, hands-free telephone function, mood lighting, TV/radio, separate bath and rain shower, accented by carved opaque glass panels and an intricate floral carving above the bathtub, hand-carved in limestone to a French design. A spa button beside the bathtub dims the lights, activates the “Do Not Disturb” function on the phone and doorbell and switches on soothing music for relaxation while watching television or simply luxuriating in the tub.Suites Named after The Peninsula Shanghai’s forebears, The Palace, Majestic and Astor House Hotels, the premier suites offer unique attributes to ensure they become Shanghai’s preferred locations for glamour and luxury. The Palace Suite features a magnificent 1,000 sq m (11,000 sq ft) wrap-around terrace, ideal for entertaining – the largest private terrace on the Bund with a marquee for all-weather events, while the Astor Suite’s private terrace features its own whirlpool bath, with both suites offering stunning views over The Huangpu River and Pudong skyline. The hotel’s top suite, The Peninsula Suite, offers a glamorous double-height living space and balcony, with views over the historic Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline.www.peninsula.comlast_img read more

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Country star Shelton comforts mourning Massachuset

first_imgCountry star Shelton comforts mourning Massachusetts school WARREN, Mass. – One of country music’s biggest stars is comforting a Massachusetts school mourning the deaths of three students.Blake Shelton recorded a minute-long message that was included in a longer tribute video to the Quaboag (KWAY’-bog) Regional Middle/High School students who died in a Nov. 6 car crash in West Brookfield.Shelton’s brother died in a crash nearly three decades ago.Shelton said in the message: “I can understand how you guys feel. It’s the worst possible feeling. It’s confusion. It’s anger. It’s just an overall brokenness that’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal.”Shelton learned of the deaths through his mother, who grew up with the father of a member of Quaboag’s school committee.The crash took the lives of 14-year-old Jaclyn Desrosiers, 15-year-old Christian Congelos and the driver, 16-year-old Lena Noonan. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2017 8:13 am PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgTate Britain exhibition to explore van Gogh’s UK years by The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2018 5:58 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – London’s Tate Britain has announced an exhibition exploring how a formative period in Britain inspired Vincent van Gogh.The gallery says the show, due to open next year, will focus on the Dutch artist’s crucial but “obscure” years in the U.K.Van Gogh lived in London between 1873 and 1876 as a trainee art dealer. He later moved to France, and died in 1890 after shooting himself.Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson said Friday that the exhibition is a chance “to reveal the impact Britain had on van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists.”It will contain more than 40 works, including “Starry Night Over The Rhone” and “Sunflowers.”“Van Gogh and Britain” will run from March 27, 2019, to August 11, 2019.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 10:37 am PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, Fox News Channel chief news anchor Shepard Smith on The Fox News Deck before his “Shepard Smith Reporting” program, in New York. Smith has signed a multi-year contract with the network. 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced the contract extension on Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Fox News extends anchor Shepard Smith’s contractcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has signed a multiyear contract with the network.21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced the contract extension on Thursday.Fox News wouldn’t comment on how many years the contract was extended.Smith joined the network in 1996. He anchors “Shepard Smith Reporting” weekdays at 3 p.m. Eastern. He previously anchored “Studio B.” and “The FOX Report.”Before joining Fox News, Smith worked for Fox affiliates in Los Angeles and Miami and several other Florida stations.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2018 5:52 am PDT Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, George Schlatter, left, poses with Chuck McCann at “Still Laugh In: A Toast to George Schlatter” at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actor and comedian McCann, who recorded the famous line “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!” has died. He was 83. His publicist Edward Lozzi says McCann died Sunday, April 9. 2018, of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Chuck McCann, the zany comic who hosted a children’s television show in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and TV, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 83.McCann died Sunday of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital, according to his publicist Edward Lozzi.McCann was born Sept. 2, 1934 in Brooklyn. He became a household name in New York when he took over a variety show, entertaining a generation of children with light-hearted humour and puppets.In 1968, McCann appeared in his first major film: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” He expanded his work into animation acting and created the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, who cried “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!” in commercials for General Mills.He moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and made guest appearances on shows including “Little House on the Prairie,” ”Bonanza,” and “Columbo.”McCann was a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to characters such as Mayor Grafton on “The Garfield Show,” Ducksworth in “DuckTales: Remastered,” and Heff Heffalump in Disney’s “The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.”He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fanning, and two daughters.center_img Prolific voice actor and comedian Chuck McCann dies at 83last_img read more

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Thieves take 300pound sculpture in Chicago

first_imgThieves take 300-pound sculpture in Chicago by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 8:05 am PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – Size apparently didn’t deter thieves from stealing a 300-pound (135-kilogram) sculpture from a former Chicago church.Plamen Yordanov tells WLS-TV that his sculpture, titled “Light Infinity,” was stolen Wednesday while he and his wife were outside the building doing yard work. It’s made of brass and stained glass and shaped like a large ring.The sculpture has been displayed in New York and Chicago and was supposed to go to St. Louis next week for several months. Yordanov wonders if the thieves simply want to make money off the brass.He’s creating an art centre in a burned-out church in Chicago’s Englewood neighbourhood. He says his plans won’t change, despite the theft. The sculptor is challenging the city’s plan to demolish the church.last_img read more

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NEW YORK — The memoir Prince was working on at the

first_img NEW YORK — The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death is coming out Oct. 29.Random House confirmed Monday to The Associated Press that “The Beautiful Ones” will combine Prince unfinished manuscript with rare photos, scrapbooks and lyrics. First announced just weeks before his 2016 death, the 288-page book will include an introduction by New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, whom Prince had chosen as a collaborator. The memoir is an exclusive partnership with the Prince Estate.“‘The Beautiful Ones’ is the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him,” Random House announced.The book will span from Prince’s childhood to his early years as a musician to the cusp of international stardom, using Prince’s own writings, a scrapbook of his personal photos, and the original handwritten lyric sheets for many of his most iconic songs, which he kept at Paisley Park. The book depicts Prince’s evolution through deeply revealing, never-before-shared images and memories and culminates with his original handwritten treatment for his masterwork, ‘Purple Rain.’”Piepenberg’s introduction will touch upon Prince’s final days, “a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated.”Prince died three years ago, on April 21, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57.In 2018, literary agent Esther Newberg told Variety that Prince had completed more than 50 handwritten pages.The book’s editor, Chris Jackson, said in a statement “The Beautiful Ones” was “a beautiful tribute to his life.”“It’s also much more than that: it’s a genuinely moving and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image,” said Jackson, whose other authors have included comedian Trevor Noah and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. “It’s a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself.”Hillel Italie, The Associated Press FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album – Soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death, “The Beautiful Ones,” is due out in late October 2019. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2019 3:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince memoir ‘The Beautiful Ones’ coming out in the falllast_img read more

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November 2 2012On Saturday night October 27th t

first_imgNovember 2, 2012On Saturday night, October 27th, the Red Room at Arcosanti was filled with the sounds of over a dozen women’s voices singing songs with titles like “The Storm is Passing Over.”  The women were all members of the Flagstaff chapter of the Threshold Choir, whose mission is to sing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, many close to dying. The evening started with the building of a fire in the Red Room, and the women sitting in a circle.  Then one woman started singing spontaneously, and the others soon joined her, in a style of rounds or call and response.[the choir in the Arcosanti Vaults; photo by alumna and archive volunteer Ester Meyer & text by workshop participant in the Soleri archives David Chan]A white chair was set in the center of the circle for anyone who wanted to receive the blessing of the music, and several of the women at times sat silently in the chair to hear their fellow choir members sing to them. [the choir in the Arcosanti Vaults; photo by Ester Meyer & text by David Chan]At one point, the lights were turned off and the room was lit only by the fireplace and the light of candles from an altar set in the room; besides candles, the altar also contained mementos from people who had died, and throughout the night the women added to the altar the names and stories of loved ones, pets, and acquaintances who have passed on.[the choir in the Arcosanti Vaults; photo by Ester Meyer & text by David Chan]The Threshold choir visited Arcosanti from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon for rehearsal, and over the course of the three days they sang in the Vault, the Red Room, the Crafts III Tower, and the Music Room, practicing for their mission of bringing “comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying.”[the choir in the Arcosanti Vaults; photo by Ester Meyer & text by David Chan]last_img read more

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June 30 2017Welcome to the June 25 2017 workshop

first_imgJune 30, 2017Welcome to the June 25. 2017 workshop participants.top from left: Alexander Lövgren from Sweden, Alexander’s father Ivan Takacs from Sweden [seminar + wk 2], Vaite Boosieupper middle from left: Chile Chilelli, Rei Champion, Sarah Kelley, Samuel Rayburn, Camille Bechier from France [seminar + wk 2], Aman Sinha from India, Chris Hatherill from Hong Kong [seminar + wk 2]middle from left: Du Hao from UK [wkshp + construction internship], Jennifer Curtis  [wkshp + planning internship], Grant Mueller, Paula Kessler [seminar week] and her daughter Jordy Brown [seminar week]front from left:Christian Sawyer, Jesse Fernandezlast_img read more

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Five remanded after football violence Updated

first_imgThe Larnaca District Court on Monday remanded five men for two days in connection with rioting, attacking people with dangerous objects and causing bodily harm.The five were arrested after a disturbance following the Anorthosis–Apoel match on Sunday in which four police officers were injured. Initially a sixth fan was also arrested but later set free.According to police, about 150 Anorthosis fans gathered in Papanikoli avenue after the game. They had previously started to fight with another group and police intervened.When the group spotted police officers outside the stadium they hurled stones and other objects at them and six of the rioters were subsequently arrested.The remanded men are a 16-year-old from Dheryneia, an 18-year-old from Larnaca, two people aged 20 and 26 from Sotira and a 17-year-old from Paralimni. A 33-year-old resident of Larnaca was arrested for public disturbance but later released.Of the four officers who were injured one was examined at Paralimni General Hospital after he felt a pain in his chest but was released when doctors found he was not harmed, one was diagnosed with an injury to his left wrist at Nicosia General Hospital, one had stitches for a 2cm wound in his right leg and the fourth did not need treatment.Four members of the public reported to police on Sunday evening that they were attacked by Apoel fans after the Larnaca match.The four men, residents of Larnaca, said Apoel fans beat them up.Two of them, a 55-year-old and a 29-year-old, received first aid at Larnaca hospital, the 55-year-old for an injury to his left eye and the 29-year-old for a wound to his forehead.They were released after being treated. You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Tough ministry rudderless after Hasikos resignation Update 3

first_imgInterior Minister Socratis Hasikos submitted his resignation to President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday night citing personal reasons, it was announced on Wednesday.He is to stay on for 15 days after a request by the president.Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Hasikos confirmed that he had handed in his resignation letter saying: “I spoke last night to the president rather than to the cabinet today. I have submitted my resignation. The issues my family has been going through for the last nine months are known. I tried many times with the president [to submit a resignation] to be honest. I tried another three times to quit but the president did not accept my resignation.”“Today however the whole situation leaves me no other choice. The government and the ministry are one thing… I have excellent relations with the president… but on the other hand I have the needs of my family…” he added.It is widely known that Hasikos’ wife is very sick, and last year the minister spent weeks in the UK with her when she had to go for treatment.The president said that Hasikos’ resignation will be a great loss to the government.“I want to express my uttermost satisfaction with the work he has produced. It will definitely be a loss to the government,” Anastasiades said.He added that Hasikos’ resignation concerned “personal matters that no one can prevent”.“He had sought to resign three other times, I begged him to remain in his post but it seems there is no other way”.Anastasiades said that he has yet to decide on who is to replace the outgoing minister.Government spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides told Cybc the president would move to replace Hasikos in the coming days but ruled out any cabinet reshuffle. “Although the issue is the exclusive prerogative of the President of the Republic, there are currently no such thoughts,” he said.There is some concern however as to the interior ministry remaining rudderless as its permanent secretary Costas Nicolaides is due to retire on June 1. According to Politis, the ministry asked for a six-month extension for Nicolaides to help see through the massive programme of reform of local government.“For unknown reasons, the president did not accept the extension of the mandate,” the paper said.Hasikos, who was appointed on March 1, 2013 and has been outspoken on almost every issue under his portfolio – a characteristic that has often seen him butt heads loudly and publicly with detractors – has been a strong proponent of local government reform.Only last month he said the current local authority model in Cyprus is outdated, the number of municipalities is excessive, and they are overstaffed. The financial crisis had uncovered the chronic problems of mismanagement, lack of checks, and overstaffing “which we hid under the carpet in previous years” he said.But local authority reform is just one of the high-profile mandates of the interior ministry. The minister oversees immigration, the citizenship programme, the civil registry, civil defence, the guardianship of Turkish Cypriot properties, refugee issues, the long-running saga of title deeds, town planning, lands and surveys, local district administrations, and the press and information office.Hasikos, a senior member of ruling Disy, who served as the defence minister under Glafcos Clerides from 1993-2003, has at various times been outspoken on the issues that come under his purvey. This has led to clashes with MPs most recently over the rental of Turkish Cypriot properties by Greek Cypriots as holiday homes by increasing the small rent they are charged annually.He also told Strovolos municipal councillors recently to stay out of road-making decisions and stick to the duties assigned to them by law when they decided to reject the government’s plans for Tseri Avenue.His most famous spats have been with Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides.In 2015 they clashed over some issues in the audit chief’s report, after which Hasikos said he would be consulting with the attorney-general on the way in which Michaelides exercises his duties.Hasikos said his gripe with the audit boss was not personal and that Michaelides had a right to defend the contents of his report. But while in other countries no one knew who their auditor-general was, in Cyprus “he was a superstar”.Another dustup in 2015 saw Hasikos and Michaelides go public with a row over the approval of some 800 student visas to Bangladeshi nationals. Michaelides has asked the attorney-general to look into “possible criminal offences” by the interior ministry regarding the approval of visas to students from non-EU countries based on forged documentation.The most recent dispute between the two centred on Michaelides’ complaint that Hasikos held a 60-per-cent stake in a company that won a contract for the renting of a building to the Civil Aviation Department in 2016.Although the company has been renting the building to the department since 2007, Hasikos was not in breach because the contract had been signed prior to his appointment, the minister responded.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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More provocations expected from Turkey as Cyprus pushes ahead with energy plans

first_imgThe government expected Turkey to continue sabre-rattling, as the republic pushed on with its offshore natural gas exploration, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday.A day after a drillship arrived at Block 11, where it is scheduled to carry out exploratory drilling in the coming weeks, the minister said Cyprus will push ahead with its plans despite Turkey’s provocations.“Our understanding is that Turkey will continue to challenge us one way or another,” the minister told state radio. “It is more appropriate to focus on what we do and the best response is to keep a low profile and respond through our actions in the sea.”The well in Block 11, dubbed Onesiphoros West-1, is located some 180km off the island’s southern shores, at a distance of 8km from the boundary separating the Cypriot and Egyptian exclusive economic zones.The drilling site is also around 40km from the Zohr super-giant gas field in Egyptian economic waters, where a 30-trillion-cubic-feet reservoir was discovered in 2015.Based on seismic data, Lakkotrypis said, they did not expect a possible finding to be large.“It is of great importance however, because it is the first drilling in what we call the second drilling cycle in the east Mediterranean, with the focus on the Eratosthenes seamount, and the discovery at Zohr in Egypt,” he said.He added that a discovery north of Zohr would mean a lot in relation with similar structures located inside the Cypriot zone.Turkey has called on Cyprus to “refrain from unilateral measures in the east Mediterranean,” arguing that Turkish Cypriots also had rights.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said an important opportunity was wasted at last week’s failed talks to reunify the island, and warned it was unacceptable that some energy companies were taking part in what he called irresponsible measures by Greek Cypriots.“It is impossible to appreciate that some energy companies are acting with, and becoming part of some irresponsible measures taken by Greek Cypriots. I want to remind them that they could lose a friend like Turkey.”On Tuesday, the drillship, West-Capella was intercepted by a Turkish frigate some 30 miles outside the Nicosia FIR, between Crete and Cyprus, but it was allowed to go through without any obstructions.Turkey had also announced naval exercises in an area west of Cyprus.The area reserved by Turkey begins at a distance of some 14 nautical miles off the Akamas, and covers parts of Cyprus’ offshore blocks 5, 6, and 7.But perhaps Cyprus should be more concerned about a potential deal between Turkey and Israel to build a natural gas pipeline.According to the Times of Israel, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said both countries decided to accelerate efforts to conclude a deal by the end of this year that will enable construction of a pipeline from Israel to Turkey.“We want to build a pipeline stretching from Israel to Turkey in order to able to export natural gas from Israel to Turkey,” Steinitz was quoted as saying, adding that the Israeli gas could be delivered to Europe and to the Balkans through Turkey.Lakkotrypis said Cyprus had no comment on the matter.“We know there are discussions at a commercial and government level. These discussions are not something the Republic of Cyprus can comment on because it concerns these two countries,” he said.He added however, that such a deal would entail agreeing on the sea boundaries and without the involvement of Cyprus, Turkey could not sign.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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US presidents bimonthly report refers to UN efforts to convene Cyprus confernce

first_imgThe efforts undertaken by UNSG Antonio Guterres and his former adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, to convene a Conference on Cyprus, are outlined in the US president`s bimonthly report which covers the period from April 1 to May 31.In the cover note, Charles S Faulkner of the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, notes that UN-facilitated efforts toward a comprehensive solution intensified in this reporting period, during which the leaders and negotiators continued to make progress in settlement talks.The United States is committed to finding a just and lasting settlement reunifying Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, he said.Since the reporting period, the conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland collapsed leaving the talks in limbo until at least the presidential elections in the south of the island in January and February next year have concluded.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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