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New Era Of Intelligence Vision And Innovation Announced At Microsoft’s Build 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, USA — At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, shared the work Microsoft is doing to embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business.

Nadella showcased improvements to Cortana and announced previews of new cloud services and toolkits designed to understand the world around us and create intelligent bots. Myerson announced that Windows 10 is now running on more than 270 million active devices and unveiled the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update available to Windows 10 customers this summer, featuring new innovations including Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello and gaming.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversations as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

Introducing Cloud Services that Understand, Interactive Bots and the Cortana Intelligence Suite

The Cortana Intelligence Suite (CIS) is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots. Built on Microsoft Azure, these capabilities can be used by developers and businesses to create intelligent end-to-end solutions, including new apps that learn about our world, and bots and agents that interact with people in personalized, intelligent ways.

Microsoft announced new additions to the CIS Today, in preview.

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of intelligence APIs that allow systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication.

Microsoft Bot Framework can be used by developers — programming in any language — to build intelligent bots that enable customers to chat using natural language on a wide variety of platforms including text/SMS, Office 365, Skype, Slack, the Web and more.

Microsoft demonstrated how developers can use these services to transform people’s lives. Seeing AI, a research project under development, shows how these new capabilities can help people who are visually impaired or blind better understand who and what is around them.

Microsoft also released today the Skype Bot Platform, which includes the SDK, API and Workflows all in the new Skype Bot Portal. With this platform, developers can build bots that leverage Skype’s multiple forms of communication, including text, voice, video and 3-D interactive characters.

New Windows Innovations Deliver More Personal Computing and Opportunities for Developers

Myerson announced that the company will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for free to all Windows 10 customers this summer, delivering significant new innovations for consumers and developers on the Universal Windows Platform, including:

An all-new Windows Ink experience allows you to write on your device as you do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world.

New Cortana features enable you to receive proactive guidance from Cortana throughout the day and speak with Cortana, even while your device is locked1, without logging in.

News Windows Hello features extend the security of Windows 10 to multiple devices and to Microsoft Edge, so you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security.

Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history with over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 by 145 percent. Customers have spent more time in Windows 10 than ever before – over 75 billion hours since its launch.

The company also shipped Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition for the first time, extending the Windows experience to holograms and allowing developers to begin helping build the future of holographic computing. Microsoft highlighted commercial customers in several industries who are using HoloLens today, including Case Western Reserve University and NASA.

Other announcements from today include:

All-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform including full access to Cortana’s proactive intelligence and the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK – available today – offering all-new APIs and tools to integrate the latest Windows 10 innovations into apps, including Windows Ink and Windows Hello.

With the Xbox retail dev kit, any Xbox One can be a developer kit, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

Angry Birds Join The United Nations On Day Of Happiness

NEW YORK, USA – Red, the starring animated character voiced by US star Jason Sudeikis in the upcoming “The Angry Birds Movie,” was named Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness today at the United Nations.

The appointment of Red is part of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign to help the world body promote the International Day of Happiness, which is observed on March 20 each year, and encourage people to take action against climate change and its impacts.

The International Day of Happiness recognizes that Gross Domestic Product alone cannot measure the wealth and well-being of a country’s population and a more inclusive, equitable, balanced and sustainable approach to growth and development is key to being happy.

After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Red as Honorary Ambassador for Green, the campaign was presented to hundreds of young people in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.

The presentation included the movie’s US stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph as well as producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder, who asked the attendees for their support to make the Angry Birds happy by doing their part to take action against climate change. They presented the “Help Red Go Green” materials including public service announcements created to support the campaign. By participating in the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign, individuals can make the Angry Birds happy and “Help Red Go Green” by posting photos and messages to show how they are protecting our planet by recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example.

“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world — and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green. There is no better way to mark the International Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all.”

“We are incredibly honored that Red from ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ has been named as the Honorary Ambassador for Green. While Red may still look angry, we know that he’s smiling on the inside. As we say in our ‘Help Red Go Green’ campaign, nothing makes an angry bird happier than a healthy planet. In partnership with the UN, we are very excited to help raise awareness of critical global issues such as climate change,” said John Cohen, producer of “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Despicable Me.”

 

About International Day of Happiness

March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness. In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to growth and development that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples” and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

 

About the United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Today, 193 countries are Member States of the world body.

About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. www.undp.org.

About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org

 

About “The Angry Birds Movie”

“The Angry Birds Movie” will be released in theaters by Columbia Pictures globally in May 2016.

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Hannibal Buress (Daddy’s Home, Broad City), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street”), and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who co-writes and performs the original song “Friends,” the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder. The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, from a story by Mikael Hed & Mikko Pöllä & John Cohen, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

 

About Rovio

Rovio Entertainment Ltd. is a global entertainment media company. Headquartered in Finland and with studios across the world, Rovio is the creator of Angry Birds, the casual mobile game that changed an industry and became an international phenomenon. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a renowned entertainment brand that has branched out into animation, books, licensing and more. The Angry Birds Movie is slated for release globally in May 2016. www.rovio.com

 

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to www.sonypictures.com.

 

Shows: – Event Highlight Package Contains:

1. Press Information

2. Event B-Roll

3. Event Soundbites

4. General Assembly Hall Selects

5. UN Day of Happiness PSA

6. UN Secretary General PSA

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Noosa Festival Of Surfing Has Gone To The Dogs

NOOSA, AUSTRALIA – Pro surfers, amateurs, tandem surfing stars and man’s best friend have descended upon Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia, for the world’s biggest surf festival by competitor numbers.

One of the most popular competitions is the Dog Spectacular. Festival Co-Founder Paul Jarratt said they’re the only festival or surfing event in the world where the dogs surf on a stand up with their masters.

“It’s a wonderful experience for dog and human,” he said. “It’s not really about winning or losing; it’s a celebration of all the good things we love about surfing, the ocean and environment that we are privileged to have in Noosa.”

“I think that’s why we attract surfers and their families from all over the world, we’ve got 20 countries represented this year.”

Kerry Pittman, a first time dog surfer, was bursting with pride for her four-legged sidekick, Kelvin.

“It went pretty well and I’m pretty proud of him for staying on the board for the whole time,” she said. “I was thinking at some point that he was going to jump off but he trusted me enough to stay. We’re going to do it again for sure.”

It’s not just man’s best friend catered for in the 25th year of the festival. Surfers from all walks including, including longboard, shortboard, finless, tandem, stand up paddle boards, and body surfing take part.

People from a wide age range, from under 15 to over 70, also compete and are well looked after, which helps to make the festival one of the most popular events on the global surfing calendar

The event kicks on until March 12th with more than 30 competitions catering for a variety of surfers including longboard, short board, finless, stand up paddle board and more. Visit www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com for the full program.

 

Shows:

00:00 Chris De Avoitiz, Dog Whisperer entering the water

00:08 Dog solo on a surf board

00:22 Chris doing tricks with his dogs

00:30 Shot of 2 surfers and their dogs

00:42 Terry Deddan with his dog

00:56 Gv’s of the surfing dogs

02:36 Interview with Chris Avoitiz, Dog Whisperer

‘Aww, that was fun, small waves but we all had fun.’

02:40 ‘Who won, it’s just a fun thin, I reckon that dog surfing by itself was a crowd pleaser, that’s pretty cool, breaking new ground.’

02:48 Interview with Kerry Pitman (1st time dog surfer) and her dog Kelvin

‘I went pretty well, I’m pretty proud of him for staying on the board for the whole time. I was thinking at some point that he was going to jump off but no, he stayed, he trusted me enough to stay (laugh).’

02:59 Interview with Terry Deddan and his dog

Q – ‘why do you come dog surfing?’

A – ‘Cause the dog wants to go surfing (laugh), he takes me, just loves it, loves getting in the water, when you see her now she’s just excited, looking out at the ocean wanting to go surfing, so yeh, loves it.’

03:17 Drone footage (from licensed operator) vision of the dog surfing

04:12 Water vision of the surfing dogs

04:43 Noosa Beach

04:48 GV’s of the surfing contest

05:06 Vision of the Tandem surfing

05:53 Drone shots of Noosa

06:19 Interview with Phil Jarratt, Co-Founder of the Noosa Festival of Surfing

‘The Noosa Festival of Surfing is unique primarily because it’s not really about winning or losing for that matter. It’s a celebration of all the good things we love about surfing, about the ocean and about the environment that we are so privileged to have here in Noosa. And I think that’s why we attract surfers and their families from all over the world, we’ve got 20 countries represented here this year, it’s almost like the Olympic Games.’

06:47 We are the only festival or surfing event in the world that has this kind of dog surfing, where dogs actually surf on a stand up paddle board with their masters and uh, it’s a wonderful experience, for dog and for humans. But I have to admit that sometimes when we have world champions in the preceding heat and the beach starts to fill up and the champions think people have come to see them and I have to inform them that no, they’re here to see the dogs.’

07:15 Drone sequence of the Men’s Stand up paddle board final

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International Stars At The Closing Of The XVIII Habanos Festival

HAVANA, CUBA – Cuba was witness once again to the largest annual international event celebrating the Habano culture. The festival has come to an end with the celebration of the Gala Evening that paid tribute to the Cohiba brand on its 50th Anniversary, with exclusive tastings of its new releases. The gala hosted 1,200 guests that enjoyed live performances by Cuban pianist and composer, Chucho Valdes; the Spanish flamenco singer, Estrella Morente; and the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler.

This year the traditional humidor auction of seven collector items reached a total of 865.000€ that will be entirely donated to the Cuban Public Health System. This edition has been especially unique thanks to the auction of the first humidor (01/50) of the exclusive special series “Cohiba 50 Aniversario”, which raised 320.000 euros. This humidor is an authentic work of art and a unique collector’s item, and heralds a true innovation in terms of traditional craftsmanship and technical design and development.

During the evening, the “Maestro de Maestros” was chosen in the XV International Habanosommelier Contest. The winner was Juan Jesús Machín from Cuba. Luis Manuel García Urrea (United Arab Emirates) and Pedro Tejeda (Cuba) were runners-up in second and third place respectively.

Finally, the 20th Edition of the Habanos Awards 2015 was held. Valerio Cornale received the award in the Communication category. Dominique Gyselinck was awarded in the category of Business and Manuel Tuero was the winner in the Production category.

This yearly event celebrating the world’s finest tobacco has reached a milestone in its history, reuniting in its 18th edition more than 2,000 participants from over 60 countries, who were able to see and experience the most significant global launches of Habanos first hand.

 

Shows:

00:00 Master class on cigar rolling

00:32 Cuban cigars and Havana Club rum alliance

00:52 Tribute to the cigar rollers gala

01:36 The perfect puff and longest ash contest

03:08 International Contest Habanosommelier

04:11 Closing ceremony of the Habanos festival and Tribute to Cohiba gala:

04:11 Guests arrival and general footage of the gala

05:31 Humidors before being auctioned

05:57 Cuban artists perfomances

06:15 Chucho Valdés performance

06:48 Performance by Spanish singer Estrella Morentes

07:21 Performance by the Oscar-winning Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler

08:25 Auction of humidors

09:20 Winner of the Cohiba 50th Anniversary Special Humidor auction

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The XVIII Habanos Festival Presents The Most Exclusive Cohiba

HAVANA, CUBA – The XVIII Habanos Festival is opening its doors to host the largest international event for lovers of the world’s finest tobacco: the Habano. In this edition, the festival will pay tribute to Cohiba, the most distinguished and exclusive brand of Habanos that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

At the press conference presided by Leopoldo Cintra González, Commercial Vice-President of Habanos, S.A. and Javier Terrés Ercilla, Vice-President of Development of Habanos, S.A., the year’s major launches were presented, such as the Cosecha Reserva 2012 from the Hoyo de Monterrey brand, in its famous Epicure No 2 vitola; the new Magnum 54 from the H. Upmann brand, that will become part of the regular product portfolio within the successful Magnum Range, and the special edition commemorative Cuaba 20 Aniversario and the Cohiba Medio Siglo.

Further to the launch in the regular portfolio, Cohiba has also released two important special editions. The first consists of a special edition of vintage-style humidors limited to 1966 numbered drawers, with the exclusive Cohiba Majestuosos 1966 vitola and in a unique format (58 mm ring gauge x 150 mm length).

Secondly, and the most exclusive presentation of all at the Habano Festival, is the “Cohiba 50 Aniversario” humidor cabinet. This piece is an authentic work of art and a unique collector’s item, and heralds a true innovation in terms of traditional craftsmanship and technical design. The humidor is lined with real Cuban tobacco leaves plated with 24-carat gold leaf. This is a limited series of 50 humidors, all numbered and personalised with the owner’s name. Each humidor contains 50 Habanos with a vitola of the same name, and is also unique in the size of its ring gauge, being the first in the history of Habanos to offer 60 mm (60 mm ring gauge x 178 mm length).

 

Shows

00:00 Havana city footage

00:46 Habanos Festival press conference

01:20 Launching of Cohiba 50th Anniversary Humidor

02:18 Habanos Festival trade fair footage

04:52 Hoyo de Monterrey tribute gala

06:35 Pinar del Rio tobacco farm footage

07:47 Inocente Núñez Blanco, co-chairman of Habanos S.A (in Spanish)

08:15 Luis Sánchez-Harguindey, co-chairman of Habanos S.A (in Spanish)

08:34 Javier Terrés de Ercilla, vicepresident of Development, Habanos S.A (English)

09:05 Laurent Fuchs, CEO of Elie Blue, company that designed the Cohiba 50th Anniversary Humidor (English)

Mar, 02, 2016

 

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Bentley Unveils Its New Mulsanne Model Range

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Handcrafted in Crewe, the new range comprises the Mulsanne, the performance-focused Mulsanne Speed and the all-new, ultra-luxurious Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase with its new extended wheelbase variant offering airline-style seats.

Incorporating elegantly executed styling revisions to give Bentley’s flagship a fresh, modern appearance, the range also benefits from new state-of-the-art chassis technologies to ensure the world’s most refined ride and effortless comfort, while advanced on-board features augment the trademark luxury of the Mulsanne – the ultimate statement of Bentley’s automotive artistry.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world and offers a unique Bentley blend of luxury and performance.

“The three distinct handcrafted models are now available. The Mulsanne, with its understated elegance and sporting purpose, remains the consummate luxury limousine; the Mulsanne Speed is the pinnacle of luxury and performance thanks to its immense power, torque and refinement; and now the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, with its extraordinary airline-style seats and rear-passenger bias, becomes the new benchmark in automotive comfort.”

Flying Spur V8 S – The Sporting Side of Luxury

Bentley also unveils an important new addition to its Flying Spur range, the Flying Spur V8 S. Sitting between the current Flying Spur V8 and the family flagship W12 model, the performance-focused V8 S develops 528 PS and 680 Nm.

Complementing this impressive performance, a new responsive suspension tuning for the Flying Spur V8 S improves handling and body control, while the aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control ensure that the Flying Spur’s legendary refinement is maintained.

The exterior of the Flying Spur V8 S features dark and sporting revisions. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black as standard with an exclusive body-coloured insert which, along with optional dark-tint front lamps and a Beluga gloss rear diffuser, gives the Flying Spur V8 S a dramatic on-road presence.

Inside the cabin, styling is precisely matched to the sportier exterior aesthetic and includes piano-black interior and three-spoke sports steering wheel as standard.

Tuned for power, Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21 PS, developing 528 PS (521 bhp / 388 kW) compared to its V8 sibling’s 507 PS (500 bhp / 373 kW). A mighty 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) is on offer from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the V8’s already impressive sprint time.

The V8 S has a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) with power delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for sure-footed, engaging driving in all road and weather conditions.

Bentayga in High Demand

Also on Bentley’s stand at Geneva is the Bentayga – the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. Combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability, the Bentayga offers a true Bentley driving experience.

Following its high-profile world debut at the Frankfurt motor show last September, customer reaction has been extraordinarily strong to the world’s first luxury SUV.

In response to this high demand, Bentley has increased its first-year production capacity to more than 5,000 cars.

Bentley’s New Motorsport Collection

Inspired by the new Continental GT3 and its impact on the world of motorsport, our Motorsport Collection – debuting at Geneva – is a first for Bentley.

Each piece is created to embody the thrill and energy of the sport, blending contemporary design with the finest materials and craftsmanship. From the trackside style and comfort of our ladies’ and gents’ clothing, to the distinctive designs of our backpacks and lanyards, this new collection is a celebration of the exhilaration of racing – and a sporting heritage that spans decades.

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About Bentley

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

 

Shows: 

00:06- 01:38

GVs Bentley Press Conference

Wolfgang Durheimer:

Let’s welcome to the stage the new Bentley Mulsanne

Kevin Rose:

“It is of course the flagship of our range and represents everything we know about building the world most powerful, most luxurious cars. State of the art chassis systems and mighty V8 power all combined to create our pinnacle flagship model. With the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase we have created a genuine first class experience for the road. It is of course been designed with the rear seat passenger in mind. An additional 250 mm of rear leg room”.

Wolfgang Durheimer:

“I have one more introduction to make today. Joining the new Mulsanne family in tieback of our stand in our Mulliner lounge we have another sensational product; The Mulsanne Limousine by Milliner. This bespoke creation comes with a one meter stretch and opposite facing seats. It demonstrates both the extra ordinary abilities and skills we posses in Crewe and the limitless options our customers can explore with Bentley and Mulliner”.

01:40 – 02:04

GVs of Bentley Mulsanne – Driving Shots

02:04 – 02:21

GVs Bentley Mulsanne EWB

02:21 – 02:41

GVs Bentley Mulsanne Speed

02:41 – 03:02

GVs Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner

03:02 – 03:17

GVs Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

03:17 – 05:32

GVs Bentley Stand

05:32 – 06:33

Interview Kevin Rose, Director Sales & Marketing Bentley Motors

06:33 – 08:30

Interview Rolf Frech, Engineering Chief Bentley Motors (IN GERMAN)

08:30 – 09:17

Interview Uday Senapati, Head of Technical Operations, Mulliner

09:25 END

 

Mar, 01, 2016

 

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