History Lesson! Trace the Timeline of Juicy Drama Wolf Hall

first_img View Comments Starting From the BottomThomas Cromwell was born in 1485 in Putney, England. As a teenager, Cromwell left England, first to be was a mercenary soldier in France, later to work for the wealthy Frescobaldi banking family in Italy. Back in England he began his political career in the employ of the influential Cardinal Wolsey. He would rise to political prominence during one of the most formative times in English history, eventually becoming a member of parliament and an advisor to Henry VIII, making him the second most powerful man in England. He was instrumental in Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon (and thus the Catholic church) and marriage to Anne Boleyn, the death of Catholic stalwart Thomas More and Anne’s eventual beheading—a fate Cromwell met himself in 1540. Casting CromwellWhen playwright Mike Poulton began whittling Mantel’s novels down to two plays, Mantel was on hand to act as “the history police” in an extensive editing process—Wolf Hall the novel would take 24 hours to read aloud and has 100 characters, while the play runs three hours and has a cast of 21 actors, The New York Times. Casting Cromwell was crucial—James McAvoy played him in an early reading—but the role ultimately went to Miles, notably of the British TV rom-com series Coupling. “Ben can turn from charismatic into menace at the flip of a hat, and that’s Hilary’s Cromwell,” said director Jeremy Herrin. “You need to be appalled but amused by him at the same time.” Making (Up) HistoryMany books later, Mantel finally pitched her publisher the idea of a Cromwell novel, loosely tied to the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. “I think it took me half a page of Wolf Hall to think: this is the novel I should have been writing all along,” she said. The book begins in 1500 and ends with Thomas More’s death in 1535. The title comes from the historic home of the Seymour family—Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s third wife and her sister Elizabeth married Thomas Cromwell’s son Gregory. (Mantel also thought it “seemed an apt name for wherever Henry’s court resided”). It wasn’t until Mantel was nearly done with Wolf Hall that she realized the story needed to be a trilogy. Bring Up the Bodies, published in 2012, takes place in less than one year, from the death of Thomas More through Anne Boleyn’s execution. The Mirror and the Light, which will trace Cromwell’s fall from grace and eventual execution in 1540, is set for release later this year. Winner, WinnerNo matter their personal opinions of Cromwell, critics raved. “Wolf Hall has epic scale but lyric texture,” raved The New York Times. “Its 500-plus pages turn quickly, winged and falconlike.” Bring Up the Bodies fared just as well, with critics praising Mantel’s ability to write historical novels that are far from dusty. “She knows that what gives fiction its vitality is not the accurate detail but the animate one, and that novelists are creators, not coroners, of the human case,” said The New Yorker. Mantel won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. When Bring Up the Bodies won the same award in 2012, Mantel became the first British author, and the first woman, to even win the Man Booker Prize twice. Superman or Supervillain?Becoming a literary star didn’t make Cromwell a hero—in his review of Wolf Hall in The New York Review of Books, Stephen Greenblatt compared Cromwell to Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s chief of secret police. Mantel herself has compared him to movie mafia kingpin Don Corleone. But that never dissuaded Mantel. “It wasn’t that I wanted to rehabilitate him. I do not run a Priory clinic for the dead,” she told The Guardian. Her life has changed so drastically since she started “working: with Cromwell that, as she told The Telegraph, “I wish I’d sent him my CV earlier.” It does explain why Ben Miles, who has played Cromwell since the RSC premiered the plays, preps for show time by letting loose on a punching bag in his dressing room. Life Imitates ArtMantel is writing the third Cromwell novel during rehearsals for Wolf Hall on Broadway, and there’s no question that Miles’ performance has helped Mantel shape it. “He’s solved certain problems for me,” said Mantel. “He’s pinned me to the moment and made me think deeply.” The epic theatrical event may seem daunting, but cast member Lydia Leonard put it into juicy perspective. “It’s kind of like House of Cards meets The Sopranos,” she told Broadway.com. “A dangerous, dangerous place to be.” “It’s a great story of success and survival against the odds,” added Miles. Both assured us that the fast-paced political drama is plenty modern for today’s audiences—as long as those seeing both parts in one day follow Nathaniel Parker’s sage advice and make a dinner reservation between shows! For hundreds of years, Thomas Cromwell was a villainous footnote in the spectacular story of Henry VIII, until Hilary Mantel turned a spotlight on the humble lawyer-turned-royal right hand and shrewd, ruthless political manipulator in her wildly successful novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Now those books, re-christened Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two for the Broadway stage, are bringing this epic, six-hour fictionalized history full of lust, passion and power grabs to the Winter Garden Theatre on April 9, starring Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. A Meteoric RiseMiles has been with the project since it premiered at Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in early 2014, and moved quickly to the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End that May. RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran questioned plans to adapt Mantel’s novels for the stage when it was announced that the BBC was planning a mini-series adaptation starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey—but that TV adaptation, initially scheduled to air in late 2013, arrived on American televisions in March of this year. The RSC premiere sold out, and the West End transfer broke box office records for a straight play and is currently nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Play, and the original cast is readying to open on Broadway. Wolf Hall Part One A Writer Prepares”I only became a novelist because I thought I had missed my chance to become a historian,” British author Hilary Mantel told The Paris Review. “I suppose if I have a maxim, it is that there isn’t any necessary conflict between good history and good drama.” Mantel had also studied to be a lawyer until she could no longer afford the tuition. She was working in a Manchester shop in the ’70s when she began writing her first novel about the French Revolution, but telling the story of Cromwell was already on her mind. “I got myself stuck in the 18th century; my career had developed its logic,” she said. “I had to come to a point where I could just stop and say: I’m going away to learn the Tudors, and I will be back in approximately five years.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015last_img read more

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Uruguayan Troops Close Military Base in Haiti

first_imgThe Soldiers then turned the Military base over to the United Nations in Haiti, which in turn donated it to the local government. MINUSTAH has helped Haiti cope with a variety of security and humanitarian challenges. For example, the mission played a key role following the January 2010 earthquake which registered 7.2 on the Richter scale — a temblor which killed between 160,000 and 220,00 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers, and damaged about 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings. As part of a plan to draw down the Military component of MINUSTAH, the Uruguayan Soldiers — “after eight years of outstanding performance” — permanently closed the Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalo Martirené Base located in the Mirebalais area on February 4. As of January 31, there were 1,459 Uruguayan Soldiers and police officers working on UN peacekeeping missions, including MINUSTAH, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), according to the Troop and Police Contributors report issued by the UN. Providing security Uruguayan Soldiers working with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) recently relinquished control of a Military base in the Caribbean nation. The closing of the Military base coincides with a reduction in the contingent of Uruguayan Troops in MINUSTAH. The country has contributed Troops and police officers to the peacekeeping mission since June 2004, and at one point had four bases in Haiti. In 2010, the South American nation had 1,200 Soldiers in Haiti; but in early January, Uruguay reduced its contingent of Soldiers in the mission from 700 to 250. “Currently, the Military component no longer plays a leading role. It has adopted a secondary role in support of the Haitian authorities’ actions on security, developing infrastructure, humanitarian actions and improving the living conditions of its population.” “In 2010, with the earthquake, the Military component [MINUSTAH] had to adapt its role to the new situation. It then began to prioritize humanitarian actions, rebuilding the country and improving the living conditions of the population – all of this without forgetting, of course, the security levels that had been attained,” MINUSTAH commander Lieutenant General José Luiz Jaborandy Jr., told Diálogo in January. Providing security MINUSTAH has helped Haiti cope with a variety of security and humanitarian challenges. For example, the mission played a key role following the January 2010 earthquake which registered 7.2 on the Richter scale — a temblor which killed between 160,000 and 220,00 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers, and damaged about 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings. Uruguayan Troops have contributed to MINUSTAH in a variety of ways, such as fighting gangs and common criminals, protecting and improving the environment, providing assistance to people who had to live in outdoor camps when the earthquake destroyed their home, and building new highways, according to Julián González, a researcher with the Political Science Institute of the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Other peacekeeping missions By Dialogo March 13, 2015 Haiti is not the only country where Uruguayan Troops are participating in international missions. Uruguay and Peru’s Soldiers are helping provide security and domestic order to the local civilian population as part of an effort by 21 MINUSTAH nations, who have provided more than 5,000 Soldiers at the request of the Haitian authorities. A reduction in Troops Haiti is not the only country where Uruguayan Troops are participating in international missions. The Soldiers then turned the Military base over to the United Nations in Haiti, which in turn donated it to the local government. In light of the dismantling of the Martirené Base in early February, the remaining 250 Uruguayan Troops in Haiti gathered in Morne Casse — where the country’s remaining base is located, and where they’re scheduled to stay until December 31. “Currently, the Military component no longer plays a leading role. It has adopted a secondary role in support of the Haitian authorities’ actions on security, developing infrastructure, humanitarian actions and improving the living conditions of its population.” Closing and dismantling the base was a protracted effort involving 80 Troops working night and day for 28 days. With the support of other contingents — such as the Bolivian Company (BOLCOY), the Brazilian Battalion (BRABAT), the Brazilian Company of Engineers (BRAENGCOY), the combined Chilean and Ecuadorean Company of Engineers (CHIECUENGCOY), the Guatemalan Company of Military Police (GUAMPCOY) and the Paraguayan Company of Engineers (PARAENGCOY) — they removed vehicles and packed sensitive equipment to return to Uruguay. Ninety percent of the Troops who serve in the Uruguayan Armed Forces have participated in a foreign mission at some point; the country has historically provided more Troops per capita for UN peacekeeping operations than any other. A reduction in Troops The closing of the Military base coincides with a reduction in the contingent of Uruguayan Troops in MINUSTAH. The country has contributed Troops and police officers to the peacekeeping mission since June 2004, and at one point had four bases in Haiti. In 2010, the South American nation had 1,200 Soldiers in Haiti; but in early January, Uruguay reduced its contingent of Soldiers in the mission from 700 to 250. In light of the dismantling of the Martirené Base in early February, the remaining 250 Uruguayan Troops in Haiti gathered in Morne Casse — where the country’s remaining base is located, and where they’re scheduled to stay until December 31. “In 2010, with the earthquake, the Military component [MINUSTAH] had to adapt its role to the new situation. It then began to prioritize humanitarian actions, rebuilding the country and improving the living conditions of the population – all of this without forgetting, of course, the security levels that had been attained,” MINUSTAH commander Lieutenant General José Luiz Jaborandy Jr., told Diálogo in January. As of January 31, there were 1,459 Uruguayan Soldiers and police officers working on UN peacekeeping missions, including MINUSTAH, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), according to the Troop and Police Contributors report issued by the UN. Other peacekeeping missions Ninety percent of the Troops who serve in the Uruguayan Armed Forces have participated in a foreign mission at some point; the country has historically provided more Troops per capita for UN peacekeeping operations than any other. As part of a plan to draw down the Military component of MINUSTAH, the Uruguayan Soldiers — “after eight years of outstanding performance” — permanently closed the Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalo Martirené Base located in the Mirebalais area on February 4. Uruguay and Peru’s Soldiers are helping provide security and domestic order to the local civilian population as part of an effort by 21 MINUSTAH nations, who have provided more than 5,000 Soldiers at the request of the Haitian authorities. “We will keep the Uruguayan Companies (URUCOY) grouped at the Batalla de las Piedras Base, always ready to nobly raise their flag wherever they are needed in the service of peacekeeping,” the Uruguayan Army reported in a statement. Uruguayan Soldiers working with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) recently relinquished control of a Military base in the Caribbean nation. Uruguayan Troops have contributed to MINUSTAH in a variety of ways, such as fighting gangs and common criminals, protecting and improving the environment, providing assistance to people who had to live in outdoor camps when the earthquake destroyed their home, and building new highways, according to Julián González, a researcher with the Political Science Institute of the University of the Republic of Uruguay. “We will keep the Uruguayan Companies (URUCOY) grouped at the Batalla de las Piedras Base, always ready to nobly raise their flag wherever they are needed in the service of peacekeeping,” the Uruguayan Army reported in a statement. Closing and dismantling the base was a protracted effort involving 80 Troops working night and day for 28 days. With the support of other contingents — such as the Bolivian Company (BOLCOY), the Brazilian Battalion (BRABAT), the Brazilian Company of Engineers (BRAENGCOY), the combined Chilean and Ecuadorean Company of Engineers (CHIECUENGCOY), the Guatemalan Company of Military Police (GUAMPCOY) and the Paraguayan Company of Engineers (PARAENGCOY) — they removed vehicles and packed sensitive equipment to return to Uruguay. last_img read more

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Government to help pay interest on mortgages, car loans

first_imgThe government will broaden its loan interest subsidies to include mortgage loans (KPR), automotive loans (KKB), and loans taken out by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as part of a debt relief program for those affected by COVID-19.The government is working with the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to prepare a debt relief program, according to a statement by the OJK issued on April 30.“The OJK welcomes and supports the government’s relief program related to the provision of loan interest subsidies for borrowers from banks and financing companies,” the statement read. “In the middle of that declining income, the expenses remain the same,” he said.He added that the loan relief program was “good news” for banks and financing companies because “If [they did] not [get the subsidies], they would be experiencing a great amount of pressure from non-performing loans (NPL)”, which could erode the banks’ capital.The country’s banking industry recorded an NPL rate of nearly 2.8 percent in February, the highest since May of last year, but the OJK said the risk profile of Indonesia’s financial institutions was still under control despite the high NPL rate.Paul Sutaryono, a banking observer and former assistant vice president of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), told the Post on Monday that the loan interest subsidy would limit banks’ losses from NPLs.The two experts agreed that the relief program would complement earlier loan relaxation programs, including the loan restructuring policy. In March, the OJK announced it would relax debt quality assessments and restructuring requirements for loans of up to Rp 10 billion (US$666,666).The rule stipulates that banks are allowed to classify loans as good loans despite declining quality.“They support each other. Banks are benefitting from the policies because they can restructure [loans], while at the same time there is also a subsidy so that not all [loans] have to be restructured,” Piter explained.However, he noted that there could be a liquidity problem as the banks’ cash flow would decline as a result of loan restructuring and payment deferrals.The OJK reported that the Indonesian banking industry’s liquidity and capital were at sufficient levels. The ratio of liquid assets to non-core deposits was 112.90 percent, well above the 50 percent threshold. The capital adequacy ratio, which measures the bank’s financial strength, was 21.77 percent.Bank Central Asia (BCA) executive vice president of secretariat and corporate communications Hera F. Haryn told the Post on Monday that the bank was “committed to fully support the various policies issued by the government and the banking authority, one of them being the countermeasures related to COVID-19”.Mandiri corporate secretary Rully Setiawan echoed that support.“We are waiting for the technical policy direction regarding this plan from the relevant ministries and institutions,” he told the Post in a written statement on Monday.Topics : The announcement said borrowers with loans classified under “collectability one” (current) and “collectability two” (special mention) were eligible for the subsidies, as well as automobile loans under Rp 500 million and housing loans of type 21 and type 22 for properties of up to 70 square meters.The payments will be given for six months, from April to September of this year. The interest subsidies for loans under Rp 500 million will be 6 percent for the first three months and 3 percent for the remaining three months. For loans between Rp 500 million and Rp 10 billion, the interest subsidies will be 3 percent for the first half of the stimulus period and 2 percent for the second half.Experts have said that the subsidy will help not only borrowers, many of whom are under pressure as a result of the economic impacts of the COVID-19, but also banks and financing companies that are facing missed payments and rising defaults on loans.Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia economist Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the loan interest subsidy would help reduce the strain on consumer purchasing power, as the pandemic had hit almost every sector and people were grappling with decreases in – or an outright loss – of income.last_img read more

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Bakamla drives Chinese coast guard vessel off North Natuna waters

first_img“Bakamla is currently coordinating with the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister and the Foreign Ministry regarding the matter,” the agency reported through its written statement on Sunday. KN Nipah 321 is one of the patrol ships Bakamla deployed for Operation Cegah Tangkal (Prevent and Repel) over the western maritime zone. The operation started on Sept. 4 and is set to continue until November.“The main purpose of this operation is to guarantee sea security in each prioritized maritime zone,” Bakamla chief Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia said earlier this month as quoted by kompas.com.In 2016, an international tribunal dismissed the nine-dash line as legally baseless. In addition, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) also dismissed China’s nine-dash line and it granted Indonesia sovereign rights to explore and exploit natural resources in its EEZ.Topics : The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) has driven off a Chinese coast guard vessel that entered Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea near Riau Islands without authorization.The vessel, Chinese coast guard ship 5204, was detected by Bakamla patrol ship KN Nipah 321 through an automatic identification system at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday.According to the agency, the Chinese ship insisted that it had the right to patrol around the so-called nine-dash line – China’s geographic expression in the South China Sea that denotes China’s traditional fishing grounds. One of the nine dashes slices through waters north of the Natuna Islands.last_img read more

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Two Top Caribbean Hotels — Secret Bay Resort & Villas and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort — Won Multiple Five-Star Awards at 2019 International Property Awards

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNews Two Top Caribbean Hotels — Secret Bay Resort & Villas and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort — Won Multiple Five-Star Awards at 2019 International Property Awards by: – November 6, 2019 Fort Young Hotel. Photo credit: macocaribbean.comBest Hotel Architecture – Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort (Redevelopment)Best Hotel Interior – Palisades Restaurant, Fort Young Hotel & Dive ResortBest New Hotel Construction & Design – Fort Block, Fort Young Hotel & Dive ResortBest Leisure Architecture – Zing Zing Restaurant and Gommier Spa, Secret BaySecret Bay, Dominica’s award-winning, ultra-luxury, all-villa resort, and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, the ‘Nature Island’s’ landmark waterfront hotel and dive resort located in the vibrant capital city of Roseau, have won The Five-Star Award in multiple categories for their stunning design and architecture by the 2019 International Property Awards, Americas Division.Both properties are part of GEMS Holdings Limited, an impact-driven Caribbean-based company dedicated to managing and developing world-class, sustainable luxury properties and businesses in the hospitality and tourism markets. This announcement comes on the heels of Secret Bay being awarded the Green Globe Certification, one of the highest standards for sustainability worldwide, and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort announcing its 30th anniversary.In partnership with GEMS, ARGO Development Studio, the architectural and design firm behindboth Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resorts’ expansion and newest amenities, wasrecognized in the following categories:● Best Hotel Architecture – Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort (Redevelopment)● Best Hotel Interior – Palisades Restaurant, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort● Best New Hotel Construction and Design – Fort Block, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort● Best Leisure Architecture – Zing Zing Restaurant and Gommier Spa, Secret BayARGO was responsible for designing Zing Zing Restaurant, Secret Bay’s first-ever seated diningexperience overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and the resort’s Gommier Spa, a three-walled treehousestylewellness retreat, perched on the cliffside and enveloped in nature. The firm also oversaw the design for Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, including the expansion of the hotel’s Fort Block rooms, from 32 to 60 guestrooms, along with a reimagined aesthetic of the hotel and the new Palisades Restaurant, the resort’s signature waterfront, fine dining eatery.“We’re very proud of our luxury-meets-sustainable design at both Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel& Dive Resort, so it’s an honour to have each property recognised by such a prestigiousorganization,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of GEMS Holdings Limited. “ARGO did an incrediblejob executing our collaborative vision and is very much deserving of this accolade from theInternational Property Awards.”“ARGO Development Studio was delighted to be awarded Best Hotel Architecture, Best HotelInterior and Best New Hotel Construction and Design in relation to Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resortand Best Leisure Architecture for Secret Bay from the International Property Awards,” said DavidCampion, ARGO’s managing director.“We are honoured to have worked with GEMS on the shared vision for Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and to have made a contribution to the improvement of the hospitality industry in Dominica with our involvement with these two prestigious establishments. This celebration is one we share with all who were involved in the success of these projects.”The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companiesoperating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award isa world-renowned mark of excellence, judged by a highly experienced team of professionals whocover the whole range of property disciplines.About Secret BaySecret Bay is a limited collection of six freestanding, secluded and sustainably crafted villas that areimmersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea.Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities and stunningarchitectural design, Secret Bay is a unique tropical hideaway. Since opening eight years ago, SecretBay has received numerous accolades, including: Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels, Condé NastJohansens’ Best Green Hotel in the Caribbean & Pacific, Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice” forTop Resorts in The Caribbean, Fodor’s Finest Hotels, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, andTripAdvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice” for Best Small Hotels in the Caribbean for multiple years.ContactSecret Bay at +1 767.445.4444 or [email protected] For more information, visit:http://secretbay.dm/About Fort Young Hotel & Dive ResortLocated on the water in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the country’sonly downtown hotel, affording guests unmatched proximity to the “Nature Island’s” vibrantculture, delicious cuisine, exhilarating activities and some of the island’s most prized attractions,like Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail,and world-renowned diving. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort offers a luxurious sense of seclusion,fine dining and meeting facilities. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort can be reached at 767-448-5000or [email protected] ARGO Development StudioARGO Development Studio is an international award-winning architectural practice specialising ina design and construction process called Building Information Modelling (BIM). This process allowsARGO to design, cost and construct intelligent buildings in a 3D virtual environment.ARGO has offices in Dublin, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with projectoffices in St. Maarten and Tortola. ARGO’s core team consists of architects, architecturaltechnologists, graphic designers, interior designers, project managers and construction engineers,and offers a full range of design development services. 152 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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