Time:As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s tempting to check your wall every 10 min. to see if that cute guy from the bar last week has poked you. But a recent Psychological Science study by researchers at the University of Virginia and Harvard says you will probably like him more if he ignores you than if he posts flirty messages.Read the whole story: Time More of our Members in the Media >
Speaking at the Kässbohrer Low-Bed Day last week in Goch (Germany), board member İffet Türken outlined the company’s various growth strategies.It will build a dedicated 60,000 sq m lowbed manufacturing facility at its existing plant in Adapazari, Turkey. It will have an annual capacity of 2,500 vehicles, which Türken said would make it the largest factory of its kind in Europe.”All manufacturing processes will be completed in a single hall, the new lowbed factory will operate according to Industry 4.0 principles with RFID latching crane systems, barcode positioning technology, robot-assisted chassis welding and painting, as well as automatic surface blasting and metallisation carried out in the integrated coating and paint shop facilities.”With the new plant investment Kässbohrer will deliver the highest quality special vehicles that will address meet the needs the challenges of heavy haulage companies.”Türken added that Kässbohrer is also investing at its second European research and development centre, enabling 150 further engineers and researchers to join its ranks, claiming that the centre will be able to develop one vehicle platform every three months, one new vehicle per month and one new variant every week.Kässbohrer reported that it had a strong 2017 and that trend has extended into the first quarter of 2018, which has enabled it become the fourth-largest trailer manufacturer in Europe.In the heavy haulage sector, the company stated that it had grown its market share by 10 percent across the German, Polish, French and Italian markets.At the Kässbohrer Low-Bed Day, the company exhibited its new range of heavy haulage trailers. The fleet included extendable and non-extendable lowbeds, vehicles with hydraulic steering, as well as its redesigned low-loader range. A truck transporter, dubbed the ‘Flex-Carrier’, as well as a heavy-duty middle extendable flatbed platform, were also presented to the market.Kässbohrer’s low-loader series includes units with two and three-axles equipped with hydraulic-steering, hydro-pneumatic suspension, remote steering and auto-alignment options. Heavy cargoes up to 3.7 m in height can be transported.The company’s extendable and non-extendable lowbed series benefits from a range of options including side extension brackets, seven different rear ramp options, advanced load safety features and multiple self-steering axle options. Two pairs of wheel recesses and an excavator arm recess can be equipped to the chassis for the transportation of construction machinery such as backhoe loaders, dumpers and harvesters.Kässbohrer’s extendable flatbed platform semi-trailer series – K.SPA M and K.SPA X – can haul heavy, long, flat and bulky goods thanks to their extendable and flat chassis, variable container positioning combinations and different load safety options. www.kaessbohrer.com
Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after Cyclone Idai Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to Cyclone Idai victims Mozambique confirms cholera cases in Cyclone Idai aftermath Flooded buildings are seen in Beira, Mozambique, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings The National Disasters Management Institute of Mozambique (INGC) announced in the city of Beira on Tuesday that it will deactivate all temporary shelters set up as accommodation centers for the victims of cyclone Idai in the central province of Sofala.Locals affected by Cyclone Idai walk on flooded land in Buzi district outside Beira, Mozambique, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko“With the support of the defense and security forces we are currently setting up plots that will lead to the close of the accommodation center and help people resume their normal lives,” said Paulo Tomas, the provincial delegate of INGC.The INGC official told the press that the government has also been ensuring the distribution of seeds and agriculture inputs to solve food problems, allowing victims to focus on production in their new neighborhood.INGC had set up 114 temporary shelters but only five remain open in the city of Beira and Buzi district, accommodating nearly 3,000 families.Cyclone Idai affected more than 230,000 families and killed at least 400 people in the worst-hit Sofala province alone.From May 31 a donors’ conference will be held in the provincial capital Beira, where the government will be trying to secure 3.2 billion US dollars for the reconstruction process, a figure calculated from the post-disaster assessment recently conducted by the government.Related
Desiderio grateful for Mythical 5 award, eyes Final 4 for UP Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Terrence Romeo hasn’t made a splash so far in his Gilas debut. Photo from Fiba.comDespite the uncertainty surrounding the team at this time, Terrence Romeo is still eager to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas if given the chance.“I’m excited,” he said on Monday during the Chooks-to-Go-Gilas Pilipinas Manok ng Bayan press conference at Makati Shangri-la.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise But for Romeo, all he’s thankful for is that the window is still open for him to represent the country.’“We’re happy because we’re still there and we still have a chance to compete against the younger cadets. At the end of the day, everybody wants to play for the country. Whoever is fortunate to be chosen, the important thing is we’re all united in supporting them. We’ll give our best and give all of our hearts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments “Hopefully, I can still play for the country while I’m still young because that’s always been my dream, because when you get older, as much as you want to represent the country, it’s going to be harder. As long as there’s an opportunity to play for the country, I’ll play.”Romeo previously donned the national tri-colors in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship and the 2016 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where he dazzled the crowd with his scoring outbursts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCoach Chot Reyes announced last month that all 12 PBA teams will lend at least a player each to play alongside the cadets for the Gilas pool for next year’s international competitions.The pool will be announced on January once Fiba Asia irons out its schedule for 2017. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
Passion of the mea culpa: I don’t know if you heard about it, but last week Mel Gibson was arrested for driving drunk and hurling anti-Semitic taunts toward Malibu police. The actor/producer/director asked forgiveness for his actions, but still refuses to apologize for 1994’s “Maverick.”Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that she will wait until a more lasting peace can be agreed to before she would head for Southern California in an attempt to work out a deal between Mel Gibson and the Jewish homeland of Malibu.Wasn’t this obvious? Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously for a $257 million plan to reduce overcrowding in L.A. jails, but some supervisors don’t think spending the money will get to the root of the overcrowding. “It’s not the large number of criminals that are the problem,” said First District Supervisor Gloria Molina. “It’s the arrests. As soon as we get Sheriff Baca to understand that, we can spend the $257 million on something really important. Like trying to figure how the City Council can ask the public to limit their before-council statements to 30 seconds while urging they get four extra years to serve.”Sweet & Low with the french fries, please: Over 75 percent of obese Americans say they have healthy eating habits, according to a telephone survey of more than 11,000 people. About 40 percent surveyed also said they do “vigorous” exercise at least three times a week. The study also found that almost the same percent of obese people felt that answering the phone qualified as “vigorous” exercise and chocolate is exceptionally nutritious. A rose is a rose: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the use of modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as “pizzas” which will now be known as “elastic loaves.” In addition, “nuclear weapons” will be known a “peace pillows,” “war” as “border therapy,” and “positively insane” is now the phrase for “Iranian president.”Middle East solution: Just supply Hezbollah with a homeland where they can kill in peace. Time machine oops: Admitting to a miscalculation, Dodger general manager Ned Colletti mistakenly traded for three-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux. “My bad,” explained the red-faced Colletti. “Clearly, we meant to acquire the much younger Maddux in the prime of his career. It wasn’t until he showed up did I realize we had picked up the over-the-hill 9 and 11 pitcher from the Cubs.” Colletti assured fans that the signings of Don Newcombe and the late Don Drysdale should make them forget the Maddux faux pas.In the “how to ruin a president’s holiday” news: Cindy Sheehan bought land in Crawford, Texas near the president’s vacation ranch. Tsk-tsk: Seems like Fidel Castro’s recovery from abdominal surgery has had some severe repercussions. “We had the exploding Havana cigars all ready,” said one Beelzebub spokesperson. “And no baseball, ever. You know, like Pittsburgh.”Steve Young’s newest wacky novel for 9-12 year-olds, “15 Minutes” (HarperCollins) hits the bookshelves this week.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesGibson No. 2: For Gibson’s eyes only: Other than the battles over where to go to dinner, there seems to be a plethora of wars not started by Jews. Some examples include: War of the Roses, 1455-1485 (not to be confused with the film that actually involved a fictional family that might have been Jewish); the Crusades (as long as you don’t conclude that their existence alone caused them to be slaughtered in Germany, Hungary, France and England); the Late Night Wars (neither Leno nor Letterman is Jewish); and the Neapolitan War, 1815 (battle between the nations of Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, where those who wanted the Chocolate came up empty).But how do I find one? The L.A. City Council approved a plan Tuesday to crack down on nearly 2,000 illegal cab operators in Los Angeles. No details yet, but the central idea for getting rid of all these taxies is to have people actually need one. Gibson No. 3 — Mein Schnaps: Perhaps we got it all wrong. Maybe Hitler just drank too much.Press renovations: The White House will be opening its brand-new pressroom just as soon as it gets the Helen Thomas Memorial Trap Door to work.High times: Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, says his testosterone level is naturally high. Rolling Stoner Keith Richards admits that he has been trying to get off Landis for years.
The “Mobicarte Holiday” package, for instance, offers a prepaid SIM card valid for 14 days after activation and includes two hours of phone calls and 300 SMS to any destination in the world. It also includes 500-megabytes of mobile data and unlimited access to 30 000 WiFi hotspots in France and to GPS navigation systems, Orange Maps. SAinfo reporter The first Nashua Mobile stores with Orange products and brand presence are Sandton City in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria and the Icon Centre and Canal Walk in Cape Town; the products will also all be available through the online store.‘Showcasing continued expansion’ “This partnership showcases the continued expansion of both companies and offers local and international companies greater choice and service,” said Nashua Mobile CEO Mark Taylor. Services include both the online and physical stores offering SIM cards from the Orange footprint, beginning with France and Botswana, for professionals and tourists travelling to countries that Orange already operates in. Nashua Mobile stores will also offer services to Orange customers in South Africa, such as SIM card replacement and the activation of international services, again starting with customers from Botswana and France. “Nashua Mobile offers a large network of some 150 selling partners strategically placed across South Africa, as well as an exceptionally strong brand presence and customer loyalty thanks to their quality of service and expert product knowledge,” Crozier said. “Orange already offers to its roaming customers great deals across its entire footprint, but we will now be able to offer services in a physical space for French and Botswana customers visiting South Africa, where the group is not present as an operator. “In addition, South Africans will be able to better prepare their trips abroad by subscribing to services offered by Orange France or Orange Botswana before they have even left home,” he said. 19 June 2013 French telecommunications operator Orange and South Africa’s Nashua Mobile have signed an agreement to expand the firm’s South African footprint by opening several local retail outlets. Orange entered the South African market in January when it launched an e-commerce store and online portal. The new agreement will extend Orange’s reach to a fully-fledged in-store service throughout the country, with support for inbound and outbound travellers. “This is another world first for Orange in which South Africa is the first market where this is being implemented,” Orange Horizons chief executive officer, Sebastien Crozier, said in a statement last week. “Orange Horizons, Orange’s subsidiary for seeking out new business opportunities in countries where the group is not already present as a mass-market telecommunications provider, target South Africa as a key entry market in the African space and [the agreement] is an important step forward in our overall development strategy.”
Watch for deer on the roads.Capt. John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says November is a big month for wrecks involving those animals.“Most of these folks who are injured are killed are actually in vehicles who take some sort of corrective action and unfortunately they over-correct and they lose control of their vehicle,” Hotz tells Missourinet.Hotz says there were 4,090 crashes involving deer in Missouri in 2018. Six people died.Firearms deer hunting season starts Saturday in Missouri. The Wake Up Columbia interview with conservation agent Tom Strother is here.
Eight key features you may needOnce you know your base strategy, what level of flexibility do you expect from your cloud platform? Here are some points to look at:What level of customization do you need? Can you work with the existing portal or do you need something different for example?What existing identity & access management do you need your cloud to re-use, what authentication mechanism, what approval rules are you familiar with?How do you want your service catalog to be structured? Do you have multiple organizations that each need their own catalog? Are you having different roles each requiring access to different services?Will you deliver all your services from your own cloud platform or are you planning to intermediate and aggregate services provided by external providers.Do you want to use one or more hypervisors? Which features of each hypervisor do you want to be accessible?Do you have a homogeneous resource pool or do you plan to re-use resources already available in a more heterogeneous cloud? Are you planning to allow bursting in case of lack of resource availability?What type of storage and networking are you looking for? How much multi-tenancy do you need? Are you planning to develop a multi-site environment?Are you planning to implement charge-back or billing? If yes, what billing schemas are you requiring? Is it pay-per-use, is it monthly fee? Is it a combination of both? Make sure you understand what you need.Once you have answers to all these questions, you can start identifying whether you go with an integrated cloud platform or develop your own cloud based on best of breed building blocks. You also have a good understanding of the features you need to ensure are available in the platform or the components you choose. Do a thorough analysis of what is available, and do not just take “it can be done” for an answer.What you may want to do is prioritize your requirements as you may have to do some compromises. Maybe an integrated cloud platform addresses 90% of your needs. In that case the question is whether you can live without the last 10%.ConclusionIn this blog post I’ve tried to give you some hints on how you could define what approach to take and what components to use. Regardless of the technology you use, you will have some level of lock-in. So the real question now is how you can immunize the implications. I have five suggestions for you and will highlight those in my next blog entry. I’m privileged to meet with companies and CIO’s on a regular basis. And I don’t know how often I’ve heard people saying they don’t want any vendor lock-in. I clearly understand the fears companies have to hook themselves with a vendor and not be able to take advantage of innovations coming from other sources.But frankly, as soon as we make a choice of technology, we are locked in with that technology. Hear me out. Whether it’s provided by a commercial company or a not-for-profit organization, the situation is the same. We become dependent of that technology. What makes matters more complex is that most innovations are proprietary by nature in the sense that they have been defined outside the control of standards bodies. So, either companies only choose standards and may feel they do not take full advantage of innovations, or they choose innovations and may be left with difficult to maintain technology if the innovation does not latch on.So, rather than discussing whether a company accepts vendor lock-in or not, the discussion should focus on how a company can protect itself through the use of an open environment where technologies from a variety of sources can be assembled. OK for being locked into a technology choice, but then let’s make sure we have plenty of sourcing options for that technology. This is why the open source movement has been thriving since the initial launch of Linux and other such technologies.An integrated cloud platform or DiYThis leads me to a simple question. Are you choosing for an integrated cloud stack or do you want to build your cloud using a best-of-breed approach? It’s not the first time companies were confronted with such dilemmas. I very well remember the early days of ERP. Many companies started with best of breed, but most have integrated packages today. Why? Because ERP used to be a differentiator while now it’s a must have. I still remember a pharmaceutical company that had developed its own network solution and was frantically looking at someone to support it when they realized the cost of keeping the solution alive.I believe we are going down a similar path with cloud. Large companies in industries where IT is at the core of what they do (such as telco and banking) have a tendency to go for best of breed approaches, often based on open source software. About one year ago I asked the CTO of a larger telco who had implemented its own OpenStack-based cloud environment whether this had been cheaper than using an integrated platform. His answer was very interesting. Yes, the license costs of the software was reduced drastically, but he had hired 160 people to implement, integrate, maintain and evolve his cloud offering. So, he concluded, it had not been cheaper, but “we are not locked in with a vendor.”An integrated cloud platform facilitates the implementation and puts the burden of maintenance and support in the hands of the supplier. So, if you go down that route, make sure you choose a company that can provide you the level of support you expect. What do I mean by that? Let me give you an example. A while ago I talked with the head of network operations for a large manufacturing client. They had decided not to rely on the software assets from the large established vendors, but work with small start-ups that carefully listened to the company prior to developing their software. He expressed his frustrations when he realized that the support was actually delivered by the same three engineers that developed the software. So, in case of urgency, he relied on three people, hoping no other customer had a problem at the same time.Three key things to know before you make a choiceBefore choosing what route to follow, there are three key things you should define very clearly:Define what capabilities you want your cloud to have not only at the start, but also three years down the road. This will allow you to highlight the features and functionalities the chosen/designed cloud platform needs to be capable of delivering.Identify the assets (if any) you already have and want to keep. For example, one of the banks I talked to wanted to keep their user identification/authentication platform, so the users would use the same identifier for all their operations.Think through the whole lifecycle of your cloud platform. What are you willing to do yourself and what do you expect from your partners? Do not just look at the building/installation of the platform, but think about support, upgrade, evolution, etc.
Diamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in,Diamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in India’s south central diamond basin where it was purchased by King Henri IV of France for his wife Marie de Medici in 1604 and used it to crown her tiara. After her husband’s assassination she was exiled and escaped to Netherlands where she was forced to part with her possessions and the white rock was acquired by Frederick Hendrick of Orange-Nassau. Hendrick however had to give up the gem soon, using it to seal his son’s wedding to Mary Stuart, daughter of Charles I of England. Stuart used it after her husband’s death to support her brother’s fight to the throne, pawning it to settle her debts. The jewel was now in the hands of Willem III of Orange-Nassau and Mary Stuart II, daughter of the King of England, James II. When the couple ascended to the throne it joined the collection of the Queen of England but went to back to the treasure chest of the House of Orange since the duo died without an heir. It finally came to rest when the newly crowned Prince of Prussia, Friedrich I, purchased it in exchange of all the jewels of his legacy in 1702. The coveted diamond will have a new owner once it is auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva on May 14 for an estimated price of $ 2-4 million (Rs 9 to 19 crore).Boat: Water babyLabelled as the ‘F1 on water’ Cigarette Racing is the only brand which has been permitted to use the coveted Mercedes AMG logo. With the performance traits of the luxury car in its DNA the 50 inch Marauder of the Black Series boasts of a maximum output of 510 horsepower. Its smooth efficiency is in step with its speed thanks to the high revving AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine which delivers stunning pulling power and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The speed boat’s striking black and white exterior is matched with a luxurious Alcantara upholstered interior also used in high end and Formula One cars.Auto: Topless speed Upgrade to a new dimension of open top speed driving with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The brand kickstarted a new chapter of speed driving by designing the world’s fastest convertible. Succeeding the monstrous Super Sport which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/hr, this 1,200 horse power driven car impresses with its precise driving dynamics, extraordinary acceleration and braking, all of which is made possible with its 16 cylinder engine, four enlarged turbo chargers and intercoolers. To support the enhanced power the Bugatti has modified the chassis, guaranteeing the most powerful roadster.Luggage: Travel toughKnown for introducing a material used in body armour as a luggage fabric over 30 years ago, Tumi now launches Tegra-Lite. It uses advanced nylon ballistics to create carriers that are surprisingly lightweight and unparalleled in protection and durability. It also has a patented high impact X-Brace 45-handle system capable of withstanding extreme external forces while adding structural rigidity. The black exterior sturdy travel piece has wheels which enable the loaded case to be manoeuvred easily and is priced between Rs 37,000 to Rs 52,000.Fashion: Sunny side upCloudless skies and a glaring sun announce the arrival of summer, and if the irresistible cool waters are beckoning don’t forget to pack Louis Vuitton’s transversal summer collection which captures the relaxed spirit of the season. Light and natural cotton emerge victorious over luxurious crepes and warm cashmeres and the line is drenched in casual pastel hues. The silhouettes are short and feminine, and contrast with the glamourous oversized sun shades in vogue. Must have canvas totes come in chequer board patterns and can be teamed with flat sandals and chunky wedges. Complete the look with bright bangles and a yacht and flower charm neckpiece.Jewellery: Glam and curvyThe pairing of circular rings and rounded pearls results in a glittering duo with subtle curves which are ‘twice as feminine’. For the Trinity Pearls collection, Cartier swathed the three tints of gold- pink, grey and yellow, bringing together a stunning array of rare pearls which are shortlisted on the basis of their pale pigments, perfect shapes and a satin finish. The lustrous pearls punctuate the inward coiling spiral motion of the rings. Graceful, deliciously light and diaphanous, this range aims to highlight the calibre of pearls and is available with the Cartier Boutique in DLF Emporio, New Delhi.Watch: Time keeperLuxury watch and jewellery brand Chopard’s latest novelty is the Lunar One Grande complication model. Its perpetual calendar with an orbital moon phase display measures the difference between two lunar cycles to a mere 57.2 seconds, which equals one day in 122 years. Gold toned dauphinestyled hands tell time, pointing at the 1960 styled Roman numerals while three sub dials indicate the small seconds, month and day. The 43 mm diameter case in 18 carat rose gold optimises readability and is backed by a sapphire crystal case engraved with founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard’s initials. A classic worth procuring.CalendarDates that mean something.advertisementadvertisementInternazionale Salone de Mobile, a five day event held in Milan is a one-stop shop for furniture, accessories and bathroom fixtures. It celebrated its golden anniversary last year and promises to get more inventive with age.If fancy wheels and super boats are your thing, the ninth edition of Top Marques Monaco with its glitzy shenanigans is the place to be in.An artistic haven for all self confessed culture vultures The Gallery Weekend in Berlin features 51 of the city’s top art galleries for three days.Model behaviourEye candy you can’t get enough of.Lookers who live in the rarified world of fashion; a look at models of the moment.Kate Upton- This all-American girl stands out from the skinny pack with her famed curves. With a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, her own line of designer bikinis, and calls from Hollywood, the 19-year-old blonde seems set to reign.Lara Mullen- This 17-year-old Brit became a permanent fixture on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York over the fashion week season of 2011. The willowy teen was booked to walk for Milanese powerhouse Prada within four weeks of being discovered, and hasn’t looked back since.Laura Catterall- This plus size beauty is on the cover of French Cosmopolitan where she talks about her voluptuous frame and her love of chocolate. The 22-year-old Manchester local who is a UK size 16 is not size shy and is part of a growing new breed of models who are proud of that extra bit of meat on their bones.TalkCool news for a hot summer.Dior dramaHere is one rumour which keeps the grapevine busy; who will be John Galliano’s successor at Dior? The latest name tossed into the ring is Colombia-born Haider Ackermann and glossies including Vogue are abuzz with this latest tidbit. The fashion bible was told by a “source in Paris” that a bouquet of flowers arrived at Dior headquarters addressed to Ackermann. Is it just a case of flowers gone astray? Unlikely say web commentators who are describing it as a perfect match for the avant-garde designer who began as an intern with the couture house.Luxury’s lairThey are among the grand dames of hospitality and now Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza are set to celebrate their 100th birthday. While the Canadian hotel will join the centennial club on June 1, its American counterpart will follow on Aug 19. Opulent celebrations are on the anvil including special offers for patrons, period costume tours and of course plenty of cake.Clash of the TitansTaking a dig at the austere aesthetics of fellow Italian powerhouse Giorgio Armani, the leopard-print loving Roberto Cavalli has compared the design czar’s pet project, the Armani Hotel in Milan, to a “psychiatric hospital”. Cavalli’s damning review was made public during an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica which quoted him as saying, “Between Armani and me there is an abyss. Have you seen that new hotel? It looks like a psychiatric hospital.”Royal connectCharlotte Casiraghi, one of the hottest blue-bloods around town has been snapped up by Gucci. The Princess of Monaco will now have her face splashed across billboards as part of the house’s new Forever Now campaign. Keeping with the brand’s fascination for horses and the fact that Casiraghi is a competitive equestrian, she was clicked in front of a stable by Peter Lindbergh for the brand’s first publicity image. The brand’s creative director Frida Giannini had earlier custommade a line of riding gear for Charlotte, who is the grand daughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly.The spice cellar: Viva ItaliaadvertisementSumedh SinghUp until the last few decades, almost every winery from the south of Italy was known to supply their grape produce to the north as well as other countries, which in turn would process these grapes and produce wines under their own label. With this widely prevalent practice, southern Italy was soon labelled a bulk wine-producing region.But there were some serious wine producing families who were improving the quality of their wine and growing the brand and presence across the globe. Feudi di San Gregoria is one such fine example. Founded in 1986, the label began to recover valuable authentic productions to identify a quality standard that would stand up to the most rigorous market demands.At a time when so-called international grape varieties flooded Italy, Feudi di San Gregorio bravely bucked the trend and placed all bets on its local viticultural heritage: Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Falanghina.While the quality and commitment of Feudi di San Gregorio was enthusiastically recognised by the top authorities in the sector, it was the Gambero Rosso-Slow Food Guide-that gave it the definitive blessing in 1999 by awarding the coveted “tre bicchieri” (three glasses; the most important prize from Gambero Rosso) to a splendid 1994 Taurasi.Over a short period of time, Feudi received 21 ‘three glasses’ and became the most reputed winery in Southern Italy. Feudi di San Gregorio’s Greco di Tufo is the most noble of southern Italian grapes, with origins in ancient Greece. Greco is grabbing eyeballs of some of the most avid connoisseurs for its great structure, well balanced acidity, fine aroma and balance. To the discerning nose, distinct fruity essences- from the sweet notes of French green plums to the crunchy freshness of the pear-are practically unmistakable. The taste has a mineral structure that is distinctive of the Tufo grape.Another top favourite is the Aglianico grape, from the Aglianico vineyards at Feudi di San Gregorio that produce Taurasi, one of the most established, and powerful wine made from the Aglianico grape. Aged for at least 18 months, Taurasi has a lovely fragrance with the aroma of wild cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and anise. The taste is rounded and wellbalanced with sweet, smooth tannins that lend a lingering aromatic finale.While Taurasi has won accolades time and again, it’s not just fine wine but great cuisine that Feudi can boast of. They’ve also established a top restaurant, Marenn, as the ultimate expression of hospitality; the perfect venue to discover and explore the Irpinian and Campanian gastronomic traditions. Marenn received its first Michelin star in 2009. Their passion and belief in native varietals (Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina, Aglianico) has helped them secure a place among the top 10 wineries in Italy. Salut to the spirit of Campania.-Sumedh SinghThe author is a wine connoisseur and CEO, wine division, Aspri Spirits.
Germany Hummels confident Germany can cope without Neuer and Boateng Iain Strachan 21:34 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Germany World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany The Bayern Munich defender is confident the pair can be replaced if they cannot prove their fitness ahead of the World Cup in Russia Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng face a race against time to prove their fitness for Germany’s World Cup campaign, but Mats Hummels feels the reigning champions will be able to replace the key duo.Bayern Munich captain Neuer has been out of action since September due to a broken foot, while his club colleague Boateng suffered a hamstring injury in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April. Goalkeeper Neuer has returned to full training in recent weeks – and will play in an upcoming friendly against Austria – but centre-back Boateng is still working individually during the national team’s pre-tournament training camp. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, fellow Bayern man Hummels spoke of the pair’s importance to Die Mannschaft, but also expressed his faith in the squad’s strength in depth.”Both players are terrific, potentially the best [in their position],” he said.”Not having them on the field is a negative. But at the same time, it allows other players to step up and play that role. The potential for them to [recover in time to] play is still there.”Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona appears the prime candidate to take over from Neuer should he fail to recover, and Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger looms as a possible replacement for Boateng, despite an inconsistent campaign at club level. Hummels, though, was reluctant to identify the specific options at the disposal of head coach Joachim Low. “There are plenty of players on the roster who can step up and fill those gaps,” he said.”Whoever is in the best form and playing their best at the moment will get a chance to prove it in the right moment. I can’t say any more than that.”Germany will arrive at the tournament in Russia as both the holders and one of the favourites, but Hummels is not concerned about the potential for distraction amid the intense scrutiny that will accompany them.”Focus is not a problem for the team,” he said.”We have a system to fall back on, we have belief, we know our roles and how things should progress. Security and confidence breeds focus. I don’t believe we will struggle in that department. “Although mental fatigue [after the domestic season] can be an issue, I don’t think that is the situation. It’s about sticking to what you do. If you conquer an obstacle you can take many more challenges head on.”