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Gowalla Follows Foursquare’s Lead with Real-Life Incentives

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#news#NYT#web mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market After recent announcements by Foursquare of partnerships with big time players like Zagat, the New York Times and Bravo, Gowalla is fighting back with its own major media partnership. Gowalla and the Travel Channel announced today that the two companies will be working together to offer “the integration of proprietary Travel Channel content into Gowalla’s social networking service.” Along with another deal, Gowalla has started to connect the virtual with the real, a direction we think will be key in succeeding in the location-based app arena.According to a press release, the agreement will begin with tomorrow’s premiere of “Food Wars” on the Travel Channel. In much the same way that Foursquare began offering special badges and information on venues featured in Bravo’s television shows, Gowalla will begin adding new features based on the locations in the show. Here’s the company’s explanation:The first content integration will focus on the new series, Food Wars, a new Travel Channel offering where blindfolded participants choose sides to determine “Who Makes The Best Dish In Town.” Food Wars pits the nation’s most famous culinary rivals against one another for a final showdown, where a blind taste test will settle the debate. Locations used in the series will be integrated into the Gowalla platform and Gowalla users will be able to check in and find specific show information, along with the details of the culinary showdown that was filmed there, pick up Items specific to the show, and be awarded specially created passport stamps. Gowalla also quietly released an Android version of its app this weekend, which is currently available for download in the Android Marketplace. This comes just in time for SXSW Interactive, which is bound to have thousands of techies roaming Gowalla’s hometown of Austin. As the CNET article on the deal points out, Gowalla has led rival Foursquare in the funding realm, with $8.4 million in Series B funding last year. And while we do like the look of Gowalla, Foursquare offers real-life incentives, such as discounts at certain locations for becoming mayor. Well, just in time for the aforementioned SXSW, Gowalla will have some real-life incentives too – Austin’s homegrown Sweet Leaf Tea.Now, the Sweet Leaf deal isn’t quite up to par with a Zagat partnership, but it’s one to keep in mind over the next couple of weeks nonetheless, as you’re wandering Austin’s streets and growing more dehydrated by the moment. (Yes, we know how much beer you really drink.) According to Gowalla’s blog, there will be virtual Sweet Leaf Tea cans around town that will be redeemable for the real thing, so keep an eye out. Gowalla’s first foray into integrating its virtual collectibles with real-life goods came in early January, with its partnership with InCase, a maker of iPhone cases, among other things. As part of that deal, users could collect different InCase-branded virtual items and when they checked in at Apple stores, they had a chance of winning an iPhone case upon checking in. So just by going to a location, you were entering a contest for a real-world prize.And really, it’s this sort of thing that we think will keep apps like Gowalla afloat. Long after the shininess of “checking in” and collecting “virtual goods” for their own sake wears off, real-life incentives will be there. Whether they come in the form of information, as is the case with the Travel Channel deal, or in the form of tasty sweet goodness, as with a can of Sweet Leaf Tea, we’re going to need something more than a virtual beatnik to keep us checking in everywhere we go. And of course, letting our friends know where we are, and vice-versa, is great, but if one company gets into the real-life game and another doesn’t, guess which one we’ll probably be playing.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Kolkata Opposition rally: Rahul Gandhi backs Mamata Banerjee for ‘show of unity, hope’

first_imgA carefully drafted message from Rahul Gandhi on Friday supporting “Mamata di” for her “show of unity and hope”, followed by a letter of solidarity from Sonia Gandhi on Saturday left the State Congress nervous as the party is fighting Trinamool Congress tooth and nail in West Bengal.Mallikarjun Kharge, party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, said there was no clash of interest between the State unit and central leadership. “The issue of having or not having an alliance [with Trinamool in Bengal] will be decided by the local unit of the party. Let us not confuse between the national exigencies and the requirement of the parties at the State level,” Mr. Kharge told presspersons. Trinamool has poached nearly two dozen of Congress’ MLAs in the State in last three years.“Did not Akhlesh ji and Mayawati ji fought against each other in Assembly election in U.P.? But now they have come together and shared seats,” he said. “This rally marks an important attempt to galvanise leaders across the political spectrum to fight the arrogant and divisive Modi Government,” Ms. Gandhi wrote in the letter, which Mr. Kharge read out at the unity rally..The party won more than 40 seats in the 2016 Assembly election. Pradesh Congress Committee chief Somendranath Mitra also clarified: “supporting united opposition against the BJP and fighting Trinamool in the State are two separate issues.”last_img read more

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Two big festivals add zing to Berhampur polls

first_imgThe election carnival in Odisha’s Berhampur has coincided with two big festivals — the 32-day-long biennial Thakurani Jatra and 21-day-long Danda Nata festival — adding to the excitement of the residents. The Thakurani Jatra festival, famous for its colourful carnival spirit, started in the early hours of Saturday. The 21-day-long Danda Nata festivities will continue till April 14 and voters of Berhampur will exercise their franchise for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on April 11.Decked up in colourful flags of Danda Nata, Thakurani Jatra and those of various political parties, Berhampur looks ready for triple celebrations.During the next two weeks, three types of processions will be an everyday affair in the city. The Thakurani Jatra Ghatam will be taken out to different streets of the old town area during evenings. The march of Danda Nata troupes holding hundreds of flags has already begun.Song and dance showsNight-long folk dance and opera shows are part of Danda Nata being held in different areas of the city. Political roadshows and street-corner meetings have added to the excitement.“The noise caused by blaring sound systems used for Danda Nata, mixed with that of election campaign loudspeakers, will surely give us a headache,” said Sunita Behera, a housewife. The threefold festivities in Berhampur is expected to increase voter presence on the polling day. “Usually residents of the city working outside and married daughters return to their parental homes during Thakurani Jatra and Danda Nata. It is expected to increase voting to some extent on April 11,” said BJP leader Manoj Patnaik.last_img read more

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It Will Not be Peaceful For Metta In OKC

James Harden and Metta World Peace will meet again tonight.Tonight will not be so pleasant for Metta World Peace in Oklahoma City.  And he does not plan to make it any easier.Instead of showing remorse about violently elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden three weeks ago – an act that earned the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward a seven-game suspension – the former Ron Artest said he will not offer an apologetic handshake to Harden.That only will make the booing he will hear every time he touches the ball.Why won’t he show more contrition?“I don’t shake hands with substitutes,” he said.Harden, who won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award last week,  was not fazed. “I’m not worried about him or what he has to say,” Harden said.World Peace told reporters that mebers of the Thunder intentionally ignore the pre-game ritual of players shaking hands as a sign of mutual respect. “I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands … Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either.”Lakers captain Kobe Bryant admitted the OKC fans will use the situation as motivation. “The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace’s return). I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do.” read more

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Contract Signing for Construction of Police Fire Station for Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items:grand bahama, hurricane francis, hurricane jeanne, Patrick McDonald Construction Company, Police Fire Station Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahamians, in particular, will not soon forget the names “Francis” and “Jeanne”. For too many, the effect of these back-to-back hurricanes remains very present in their lives. For too many, recovery has been long and hard; and for too many, hope has been a tough option. Because of this, my visits to Grand Bahama are taken as occasions to renew hope and to encourage positive attitudes in a people that I know to be among the most resilient of Bahamians. I am, therefore, very pleased to be here to witness this event, which will restore and enhance a work environment befitting this District’s hardworking team.Unfortunately and unexpectedly, in 2004, Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne brought irreparable damage to the landmark metal, pre-fabricated fire station located at East Settlers Way. Officers and staff, I am advised, continue to execute their duties from cramped accommodations in the former Mobile Division Headquarters. The challenges of economy have caused delay of what Government committed to do since 2012. That delay, though, has not translated to denial. Grand Bahama will have a new state-of-the-art Police Fire Station from which officers can serve the population well into the future – and very soon.Today, I am very pleased to witness the execution of a contract in the amount of $6,109,999.75 between the Government of The Bahamas and Patrick McDonald Construction Company to construct the new Police Fire Station for Grand Bahama. The contract period is not to exceed 70 weeks. The terms of the contract is the standard Government Long Form contract with some modifications.The journey toward today began with the invitation of three (3) building contractors located in Freeport, Grand Bahama to submit competitive bids. Initial bids were submitted and publicly opened at the Ministry of Finance Tenders Board Meeting in Nassau on 16th December 2014.A Tender Report was prepared by the Quantity Surveying Firm Veritas Consultants Ltd, and the same was presented to the Tenders Board earlier this year. A recommendation was made to Cabinet for consideration. A decision was subsequently made, and today, we bring to you the product of Cabinet’s decision.The purposed Police Fire Station Project will be designed and built on approximately three (3) acres of relatively flat land at Fairfield East on the corner of Sergeant Major Drive and Settlers Way, East Freeport. The Government of The Bahamas appreciates then kind donation of this land by the Grand Bahama Port Authority.The Station features an 11,660 square foot main Administrative Building, two-storey and masonry structure. The ground floor will house the daily administrative offices for its staff, as well as a reception area with public restrooms. There will also be a police training room, an operator’s office, police locker room, exercise room, day room, dining room, and kitchen. Additionally, there will be a First Aid Room for staff that may fall ill or sustain injury during working hours.The upper floor will house police dormitory for both male and female police officers. There will be eight (8) single bedrooms, two double bedrooms and five bunk beds for male officers. The female officers will be provided housing with four (4) bunk beds, separate bathrooms, changing areas, and showers. A common laundry room will serve all officers.Adjourning the Administrative Building is a single storey masonry fire garage will house four fire trucks and have some support spaces for storage, tools, and lockers. A grease pole will connect the garage to the dormitory level of the main building.There will also be standalone masonry buildings to service the fire trucks and other police vehicles associated with the police fire station.Patrick McDonald Construction Company submitted the lowest and comprehensive bid at tender. We thank the unsuccessful companies that participated in the process. We thank the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Branch for your tolerant professionalism. Above all, we thank Grand Bahama for your patience. Hope remains alive and well.ENDHon. Philip E. Davis, Q.C., M.P.Deputy Prime Minister/Minister29th May 2015 Recommended for you Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopenslast_img read more

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Lea Michele Bebe Rexha To Serve As American Idol Duet Partners

first_imgNews Luis Fonsi, Sugarland and Cam also among those slated to perform with top 24 contestants on the popular singing competition TV show Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 5:01 pm Who knew when “American Idol” left the air in 2016 after 15 seasons it would be back for our viewing pleasure so soon? Now we’re just days away from the show’s reboot, and we’ve got some new intel on what viewers can expect from the singing competition we know and love.On March 2 “American Idol” announced the celebrity artists who will be joining the top 24 show contestants for a special evening of duets sometime in April. These include Banners, Aloe Blacc, Bishop Briggs, Cam, Colbie Caillat, Luis Fonsi, Andy Grammer, Lea Michele, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Sugarland, and Allen Stone.Previously announced judges for the series include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, with Ryan Seacrest reprising his esteemed role as host.Will you be watching? The season premiere will air March 11 on ABC.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Lea Michelle, Bebe Rexha Join “American Idol” lea-michele-bebe-rexha-serve-american-idol-duet-partners Lea Michele, Bebe Rexha To Serve As “American Idol” Duet Partners Facebook Twitter Email last_img read more

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Alphabets Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Photos Track your health and step up your game with these smart shoes (pictures) Apple reading • Alphabet’s Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Watch Series 4 $349 Wearable Tech Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) • See It Apple Tags $399 Walmart See It See it Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Verily is reportedly working on smart shoes. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Your shoes may very well be your next fitness and health tracker.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, has been reportedly working on smart shoes that can track your weight and movements and detect falls. As reported by CNBC, the Verily has been showing off a prototype pair to potential partners to co-develop the shoes.Sudden changes to a person’s weight can indicate health problems like congestive heart failure. Having a pair of shoes that can accurately track your weight could be a way to alert a person of a more serious condition as soon as it’s detected.The trend of wearables that can detect falls is nothing new. Last year, Apple launched its newest Apple Watch, which can detect when the wearer loses their balance. French company Helite makes protective jackets and vest for skiers, cyclists and motorcycle riders that inflate when a fall is detected. Helite also makes the Hip’Safe a belt for elderly people that inflates airbags to protect their hips in a fall.And Verily isn’t the only company working on beefing up shoes. Nike unveiled last month the Adapt BB, the latest iteration of its self-tying shoes. As if the Back to the Future-style tying wasn’t smart enough, Nike’s shoes pair up with your phone in order to collect data, make adjustments and even get software updates.It’s not known whether the smart shoes project is active or not. However, Verily isn’t the first company to pursue smart footwear. The French company E-vone announced a pair that can also track weight and detect the wearer taking a spill at CES in 2018. Verily did not immediately respond to a request to comment.First published Feb. 1, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. PT.Update Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. PT: Added more background information on smart shoes. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy See All 3 Google Apple Alphabet Inc. How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinementslast_img read more

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5 states of India go to polls

first_imgUttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav waves to the crowd during a joint election rally with the Congress party Vice president in Agra. Photo: AFPMillions of Indians began voting Saturday in regional elections seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party after his controversial move to ban all high-value notes last year.Five Indian states will elect new governments over the next five weeks in a multi-phased election, with voting kicking off in northern Punjab and coastal Goa in the west.Modi’s bold move to ban the notes that made up 86 percent of the currency was aimed at curbing widespread tax evasion, but has also dented growth and caused widespread pain to the millions of Indians who lack access to formal banking.His personal popularity has remained high well into his first term, but the elections are being seen as a test of its endurance.In a tweet Saturday morning, the Hindu-nationalist leader called on voters in the first phase to exercise their right to vote.“Urging people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the Assembly elections,” he said.Residents were seen queueing outside polling booths across both states, where more than 40 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect a total of 157 legislators.Massive security arrangements were in place to ensure violence-free voting, with hundreds of thousands of security forces personnel on guard outside pollings stations.Modi’s party is likely to lose out in Punjab, where it has been in power alongside its regional alliance partner since 2007, but also where a turnaround for the centre-left opposition Congress Party is possible.Rahul Gandhi, the 44-year-old Nehru-Gandhi family scion who is seen as the party’s next head, has pulled out all the stops to revive its fortunes, facing criticism after a series of state election defeats.“It is the most important election for the Congress party which needs a victory on its own,” said Nistula Hebbar, political editor with The Hindu newspaper.“The erosion of its political support has been spectacular. More than anyone, Rahul Gandhi needs a standalone victory to silence critics both outside and within the party,” she added.Big testBut the biggest test for Modi will be in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh (UP), where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won big in the 2014 general election.The state is important because it sends the highest number of MPs to the upper house of the national parliament, where the BJP currently lacks a majority.The northern state of Uttarakhand and Manipur in the northeast will also elect new governments, with results for all five states due on 11 March.“The immediate conclusion that can be drawn for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is whether the larger politics behind demonetisation… has worked or not,” Kanchan Gupta, commissioning editor with ABP News, told AFP.“It would also be a reflection on whether in these two-and-a-half years, the national government has been able to perform with a credibility that overwhelms the performance of individual state governments.”Modi needs to win state elections to gain more seats in the nation’s upper house of parliament, which has blocked reforms seen as crucial to fuelling the economic growth it has promised voters.Most members of the upper house are indirectly elected by state legislatures.A stellar performance by Modi’s party in UP propelled him to national victory in 2014 and the state offers its best chance to take more seats in the upper house.“The BJP swept Uttar Pradesh with the largest chunk of MPs in 2014. A defeat here would signal that there has been erosion of support for Mr Modi,” said Hebbar.last_img read more

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UPDATE Mueller Using DC Grand Jury In Russia Probe Source

first_img Share APSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and top aides to the Trump campaign, a source with knowledge of the investigation confirms to NPR’s Peter Overby. The source did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mueller, a former FBI director, was using a grand jury. The latest development signals the former FBI director’s investigation is “growing in intensity,” with the grand jury beginning work in recent weeks, the Journal reported.A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment to NPR.Ty Cobb, a recently appointed White House special counsel focused the on Russia probes, said in a statement provided by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that he wasn’t aware Mueller had started using a grand jury.“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly….The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”President Trump has maintained there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign during the 2016 election. And Trump has, at times, cast doubt on the determination of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behind various efforts to interfere in the election, including the hacking of emails belonging to Democratically-aligned individuals and organizations and the strategic release of those emails at key points in the campaign last year.But in a statement Wednesday announcing he had signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Trump said he supported “making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt” and some media reportshave indicated the president has looked into ways to undercut or even fire Mueller.“With respect to the impaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the President is under investigation,” Jay Sekulow, a lawyer on the president’s outside legal team, told NPR’s Tamara Keith.The revelation that Mueller’s investigation is utilizing a grand jury comes as CNNreports investigators have zeroed in on “Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward,” with sources telling them that the “web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign.” That includes ongoing investigations into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.But Mueller dipping into Trump’s own personal finances is exactly what the president argued to the New York Times last month would be a “violation” of the scope of investigation delineated at the time Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department.Reuters is also reporting that grand jury subpoenas have been issued regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who Trump Jr. was told would have incriminating information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.last_img read more

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Forensics Report Shows What Guns Are Mostly Used For In Harris County

first_img 00:00 /03:59 Listen DmyTo/Getty Images/iStockphotoLess than a month ago, Devin Kelley walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire killing 26 people.An armed neighbor wounded Kelley who later turned his gun on himself.State Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested on Fox News that good people with guns might stop the bad ones.“If it’s a place where somebody has the ability to carry there is also the opportunity that the gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people,” Paxton said.But how often does that happen, that a bystander saves the day with a gun?That question was just one of many we wanted to look into. For some answers we talked with Ashraf Mozayani.“Very very low number you are looking that somebody protects themselves with the gun,” she said.How would Mozayani know?For years, she saw the result of gun fire first-hand when she worked at the medical examiner’s office. “I have been the lab director and chief toxicologist for Harris County Institute of Forensic Science or at that time we called the medical examiner’s office from 1996 to 2012,” she said.If someone died in Harris County and required an autopsy, Mozayani was a part of a team analyzing the report.“In any medical examiner office every morning you usually sit at the table and see every case that comes to the office,” she said.Mozayani said she rarely saw a report of a fatality where someone used a gun in defense.“It’s not that many and those people that are protecting themselves with a gun are usually well trained police officer or someone off duty,” she said.So, if people are rarely using guns for protection, how were they being used when someone was killed?We found the most recent statistics in the 2016 annual report from where Mozayani used to work, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.In Harris County last year, there were 478 homicides,  people killing other people.Knives, clubs, and strangulation were used in some but in the vast majority, a gun was the weapon,  accounting for 371 of those 478 homicides.In cases of people killing themselves, guns accounted for 285 of the 500 suicides in Harris County last year.“For the victims of suicide it is firearm,”Mozayani said. “It’s about 60 percent of them is firearm.”Mozayani pointed us to a particularly troubling stat, she says when children died from injuries in Harris County, the leading cause was a gun.Last year, guns killed 33 kids. That’s more than any other single cause, including drownings, even car accidents.Next, we asked Mozayani about exactly what kinds of guns are used in Harris County. “So pistols is about more than 60 percent of the cases that come to the lab,” she said.So, handguns as opposed to the semi-automatic rifles used in mass shootings including those in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas.Mozayani says in the 16 years she worked in the medical examiner’s office, she never saw any cases near the horrific magnitude of those.It was instead a day-in-day-out continuous stream of gun-caused death.And how did that make Mozayani feel about guns?“I am a gun owner and that happened exactly after the Ike flood,” she said. “I was alone in the house. I was very very afraid.”So, she got a gun for protection.Mozayani said it just comes down to being a responsible gun owner.“It’s very important who has the gun and how to keep the gun and what kind of gun they have,”she said.Mozayani is now a professor of forensics at Texas Southern University.She  plans to have her PhD students do a study next year on trends in gun ownership and gun use in Houston. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more