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Langham Hospitality Group Offers “Double the Extra Mile” Group Meeting Offer for Seco

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Back by popular demand, international luxury hotel operator Langham Hospitality Group presents exclusive offer “Double the Extra Mile” to reward event planners and organisers booking qualified events at its properties between November 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 for meetings taking place from November 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.

The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai
All participating properties* across the globe will be offering qualified group and event planners double takethelead points or earn up to 130,000 miles from any of the six selected frequent flyer/ travel reward programme partners. The reward is exclusive for qualified events with a minimum revenue of US$6,500. More details on the offer can be found at
Simon Manning, Vice President — Sales & Marketing for Langham Hospitality Group said: “Meeting planners can benefit from ‘Double the Extra Mile’ offer as they enjoy our bespoke service and innovative solutions. They are assured that their events are meticulously taken care by our team of professionals.”
takethelead is a dedicated online event platform that provides members with a one-stop, personalised service created to take care of every single detail of their event – including planning, logistics, dining and entertainment.
For more information on takethelead rewards — visit
*Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel is not a participating property in this promotion.
About Langham Hospitality Group
Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents.
It takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was opened in 1865 as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties.
The brands include the luxurious Langham and Langham Place, the upscale Eaton Luxe, midscale Eaton Smart and the award-winning Chuan Spa.
Currently 28 member hotels are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
Langham Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.
Reservations for either Langham or Eaton properties can be made by logging onto
Our properties:
The Langham, London

The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Huntington,
Pasadena, Los Angeles
The Langham, Chicago (opening soon)

The Langham, Auckland
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Sydney

The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai
The Langham, Yangtze, Shanghai
The Langham, Shenzhen
The Langham, Haikou, Hainan (opening soon)

Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport
Langham Place, Dalian (opening soon)
Langham Place, EDZ, Guangzhou (opening soon)
Langham Place, Guangzhou (opening soon)
Langham Place, Ningbo Culture Plaza, Ningbo (opening soon)
Langham Place, Rio Carnival, Qingdao (opening soon)
Langham Place, Xiamen (opening soon) China (continued)
88 Xintiandi, Shanghai

Eaton Luxe, Nanqiao, Shanghai
Eaton Luxe, Xinqiao, Shanghai (opening soon)
Eaton Luxe, Rio Carnival, Qingdiao (opening soon)
Eaton Luxe, Shajing, Shenzhen (opening soon)

Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong

Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Eaton Smart Hong Kong

Eaton Smart, New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel

Eaton Luxe, Nirwana Bali (opening soon)
For further information contact:
Fiona Szeto
Director of Public Relations (Asia)
Langham Hospitality Group
Tel: (852) 3552 3846
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Source: Langham Hospitality Group

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November 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Announces the Signing of a Jin Jiang Hotel in Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province

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SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. officially announces the signing of their new hotel with Yangzhou Xinyi Investment & Development Co., Ltd. in Yangzhou city, Jiangsu province, China. The hotel is scheduled to open by October 2013.

This Jin Jiang International Hotel in Yangzhou city, Jiangsu province, covers a ground of 25, 599 square meters, and the hotel itself covers a total area of 52,423.4 square meters.
The hotel is located in the developmental zone of Jiangdu district in Yangzhou, a city with a long history and strong economic and cultural center. It is positioned as a 5 star luxury hotel and will provide high service standards to both tourists and business travelers a like.
There will be 389 well-appointed rooms with an average size of 45 square meters for the majority and are all equipped with modern amenities. The hotel will feature an array of additional recreational facilities, restaurants, lounges, and extensive meeting and banqueting facilities to cater to a variety of banquets, conferences and events.
Mr. Bernold O. Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company, stated during the signing of the contract,
“We are excited about this Jin Jiang branded hotel that is to launch next year in Yangzhou as it will join and compliment another one of our hotels [under the Marvel brand], also due to open next year in Yangzhou. This will thus showcase the versatility of our product range to cater to a wider range of customers with different needs, in addition to further strengthening our presence in the region.”
About Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company
Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company, the largest star rated hotel management group in China, has a portfolio which includes 111 star rated hotels and 34, 000 hotel rooms spread across China. The company is part of Jin Jiang Group and together with their sister company Jin Jiang Inn and Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the group privately owns and operates a collection of over 900 hotels ranging from premium upscale five star to economy hotels with a room inventory of over 190, 000 in more than 200 cities across China. In 2011, the Jin Jiang Group was ranked as the 9th largest chain globally amongst 325 top hotel companies worldwide in HOTELS Magazine’s annual ranking of the largest hotel chains in the world.
Every Jin Jiang hotel is a memorable reflection of the destination’s unique style and culture. Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company, with their qualified hotel management background and passion for excellence, dedicates itself to offering reputable hospitality services to their valued customers. With experience originating from the 1920s, its core competitiveness has accelerated in recent years. Together, the professional corporate and hotel management teams have extensive international hospitality experiences and backgrounds. This renowned company is rapidly growing in China and continues to advance towards expanding globally and building an internationally known brand presence and awareness.
Source: Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company

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November 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Canoeing in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Korea: The Successful End of “2012 Chuncheon Mulle-gil Festival”

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SEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

• “2012 Chuncheon Mulle-gil Festival”Successfully Progressed From October 19th to the 21st in Mulle-gil • Admiring Scenery of the Beautiful Chuncheon Lake in Canoes and Enjoying Camping, Canoe Contests • Foreign Tourists Also Marveled at the Beautiful Scenery of Chuncheon Lake in a Unique Wood Canoe

Mulle-gil Company, a corporation in Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do of Korea held “2012 Chuncheon Mulle-gil Festival” from the 19th to the 21th, November along Uiamho, a large lake. This corporation has developed a new tour program called Mulle-gil and has become a finalist in the Tourism Venture Contest organized by Korea Tourism Organization.

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Mulle-gil is a travel program similar with Olle-gil of Jeju Island and Dule-gil of Jiri Mountain where people can enjoy the scenery while walking along. Mulle-gil is a representative canoe travel program of Korea and it became a representative experience attraction of Chuncheon-si in only one year after the opening. Chuncheon is a popular filming location of various dramas which have promoted the Korean wave, such as Autumn Fairy Tale and it is also well-known as a tourist attraction that foreign tourists must visit.

The peculiar thing about Mulle-gil is that it is an experience program through which people can enjoy watching the scenery of the lake and canoeing by looking around Uiamho Lake in wood canoes. Also in foreign countries, there are travel programs through which people can experience canoeing, mostly in canoes made of plastic or tube. However, Mulle-gil offers canoeing in a self-manufactured wood canoe at an affordable price.

Three thousand tourists, including about one hundred foreign tourists, have visited the “2012 Chuncheon Mulle-gil Festival”, and could enjoy canoe experiences such as making canoes, canoe contest, and cultural performances while camping around Uiamho. Especially, foreign tourists who are already familiar with the canoeing culture also complimented the fact that people can go canoeing while enjoying the charming autumn scenes of the lake in Chuncheon, which is different from lakes in other countries.

Canoe Slalom, Canoe Freestyle, and Canoe Marathon took place as part of the canoe contest. Canoe Slalom is a competition about turning around a buoy and reaching the finish line, so people could experience dynamic canoeing. Freestyle is a competition that players show their canoeing technique quite freely to the music by the time appointed. Canoe Marathon took place in a 20km course, passing through the island and bridge of Uiamho and coming back.

Mulle-gil is a new tour program which was awarded in the Tourism Venture Contest of Korea Tourism Organization, and people can enjoy it in Chuncheon Uiamho, Gangwon-do, of Korea. The price is $27(US) per two people. Inquiry:

Going around the autumn scene of Korea in canoes!!

Korea Trade Organization

Korea Trade Organization is a global public enterprise that promotes Korea as a world class travel destination for the purpose of improving quality of life in Korea and spread Korean culture worldwide through the strengthening and development of the tourism industry.

Media Contact: J.H.Kim +82-2729-9636

SOURCE  Korea Tourism Organization

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November 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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The WiMAX Forum(R) Extends WiMAX Advanced Roadmap to Support Multiple Radio Access Technologies

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CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — This week at the 4G World Conference & Exposition, the WiMAX Forum® announced an updated industry roadmap supporting the continued evolution of the WiMAX ecosystem. Recognizing Service Providers’ need for flexibility to manage an ever-increasing demand for broadband data, the WiMAX Forum embraces a network evolution path to accommodate harmonization and coexistence across multiple broadband wireless access technologies within a WiMAX Advanced network.

The WiMAX Forum® today is publicizing an extension to its roadmap, WiMAX Advanced, which leverages WiMAX’s all-IP broadband data network capabilities to enable WiMAX operators to access a broader ecosystem of devices and radio access technologies to more easily operate within a multi radio access network environment. WiMAX Advanced will allow WiMAX operators flexibility to support additional broadband wireless access technologies and devices beyond WiMAX Release 1 and Release 2.0.

“WiMAX has always stood for innovation, open standards and low IPR costs,” stated Dr. Mohammad Shakouri, Chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “Our focus is to preserve these fundamental values of the WiMAX Forum and continue to build a powerful and broad ecosystem that addresses the needs of operators and customers worldwide.”

“To further its philosophy of openness, the WiMAX Forum’s updated roadmap supports a vision of harmonization across available technologies that enable operators to adopt multiple radio access technologies within their service offerings,” stated Declan Byrne President of the WiMAX Forum.

“UQ Communications is proud to be part of the WiMAX ecosystem,” said Fumio Watanabe, CTO of UQ Communications and Member of the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors. “We welcome the advancement of the WiMAX roadmap towards harmonization and efficient coexistence with additional broadband wireless technologies. UQ is pleased that the updated roadmap supports the flexibility to enable further expansion of the value of our successful BWA services and existing WiMAX network.”

“As a leading operator to deliver Malaysia’s fastest 4G mobile broadband network and the world’s first converged voice and data (Voice over WiMAX) services, YTL strongly supports further advancements in the WiMAX standards,” said Ali Tabassi, COO of YTL Communications and Member of the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors. “The WiMAX Forum Board of Directors supports this effort, and is proud of the WiMAX Forum’s further contributions to the wireless broadband industry.”

“Samsung is delighted by the WiMAX Forum’s continued innovation around the WiMAX standard,” said IP Hong, Vice President of Global Marketing at Samsung. “WiMAX Advanced is a positive development that will be welcomed by operators and vendors worldwide.”

“As the creator of the world’s first dual 4G WiMAX + LTE single-chip solution, Sequans applauds the WiMAX Forum’s WiMAX Advanced initiative,” said Georges Karam, President & CEO of Sequans Communications.

“GCT Semiconductor congratulates the WiMAX Forum on its WiMAX Advanced announcement,” said Dr. Kyeongho “KH” Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of GCT Semiconductor, Inc. “GCT has developed some of the world’s most advanced 4G solutions including single-chips for WiMAX Release 2.0 and WiMAX/TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE multimode, and we look forward to continuing to participate in this expanded ecosystem.”

“The Taiwanese ecosystem is excited to see the WiMAX Forum’s updated roadmap, and see growth in devices and new markets,” said Dr. Cheng-Wen Wu, General Director of ITRI/ICL & Vice President of ITRI and Member of the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors. “Taiwan will continue to support the WiMAX ecosystem with world class devices in addition to our continuing work in advanced applications for WiMAX in vertical markets such as smart grid, high speed rail and public safety.”

“This enhancement of WiMAX Advanced is a strong step toward securing the future of WiMAX technology by offering greater flexibility to its ecosystem,” stated Paul Senior, CTO of Airspan Networks and Member of the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors. “As a leading equipment vendor for the 4G ecosystem, Airspan Networks strongly supports the WiMAX Forum’s effort to continually evolve WiMAX and ensure it remains an attractive option for carriers and vertical applications.”

“As a founding member of the WiMAX Forum, Alvarion has always supported the technological innovation promoted by the WiMAX Forum and sees this WiMAX Advanced effort as a continuous effort to evolve and address the future needs of our markets,” stated Mark Altshuller, CTO , BWA Division at Alvarion and Member of the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors. “The extended roadmap will enable existing and new WiMAX operators to leverage a greater ecosystem of devices and ensure a stable foundation for future deployments.”

The WiMAX Forum’s updated roadmap is a comprehensive effort to leverage the inherent flexibility of the WiMAX standard to provide affordable wireless broadband across multiple industries worldwide. The WiMAX Forum reiterates its full commitment to its main projects and member ecosystems as it relates to Mobile WiMAX Release 1, Release 2 and WiMAX vertical markets including WiGRID and AeroMACS. The WiMAX Forum also believes that the revised roadmap enables the Forum to better serve and extend the existing member ecosystem, and strengthen its effort to deliver on its Mission and Vision.

For more information on WiMAX technology or this announcement, please contact Alessandra Rocha, WiMAX Forum New Market Development & PR Coordinator at

About the WiMAX Forum®
The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon IEEE Standard 802.16. The WiMAX Forum’s primary goal is to accelerate the adoption, deployment and expansion of WiMAX technologies across the globe while facilitating roaming agreements, sharing best practices within our membership and certifying products. WiMAX Forum Certified® products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. The WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. For more information, visit

For more information on the WIMAX Forum please contact Alessandra Rocha at

For more information, contact:
Alessandra Rocha
New Market Development & PR Coordinator
+1 (858) 605-0978


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November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

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Etihad Airways to Expand Services in East Asia with Hong Kong Codeshare

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will commence codeshare services to Hong Kong in February 2013 in partnership with Air Seychelles, subject to regulatory approval.
The three weekly return services between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong will be operated by the airline’s equity and codeshare partner, Air Seychelles. The new codeshare expands Etihad Airways’ network in Greater China, following the launch of services to Beijing in March 2008, to Chengdu in December 2011, and Shanghai in March this year.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Hong Kong’s fast growing economy and booming middle class have brought a remarkable increase in the number of travellers in recent years.
“The new service connects two of the world’s leading international financial and tourism centres, a move we believe will stimulate the growth of commerce and trade between the UAE and China, the UAE’s second largest trading partner.”
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “We see Hong Kong as a significant driver for future tourism growth in the Seychelles, so we are positioning Air Seychelles to seize the opportunity and support this vital market.”
The flight schedule will provide leisure and business passengers from Hong Kong with seamless connectivity through Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi, to key destinations across the GCC and to key destinations in Europe including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Ireland.
The schedule also allows two-way connectivity between Hong Kong and the Seychelles, supporting a booming tourism industry on the archipelago.
The Seychelles is a visa-free destination, meaning all visitors can receive visas on arrival. Seychellois citizens are also not required to have visas for travel to Hong Kong.
“With our 40 per cent equity stake in Air Seychelles, it makes strong commercial sense for us to work together on opportunities where cooperation is possible. The resulting synergies bring about significant efficiency benefits for both Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles,” Mr Hogan added.
Air Seychelles will operate an A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration on the route, with 18 Pearl Business class and 236 Coral Economy class seats.
Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, currently operates a three times weekly service from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport to Hong Kong.
Abu Dhabi – Hong Kong schedule: (all times local)
Flight Departs Departure
Time Arrives Arrival Time Frequency Duration
(HM86) Abu Dhabi (AUH) 21:20 Hong Kong (HKG) 08:40 +1 Three per week: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 7.3hrs
(HM87) Hong Kong (HKG) 18.00 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 23:30 Three per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.5hrs
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 67 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit:
About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and Mauritius, operated by its new A330-200 aircraft. Air Seychelles also offers more than 160 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder. For more information, please visit:
Source: Etihad Airways

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November 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

Asia Jet & Jet Edge International Announce Collaborative Fleet Expansion

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Asia Jet, the Hong Kong based Charter Management and aviation leader in Asia, has joined forces in a strategic relationship with Jet Edge International; one of the fastest growing Charter Management Companies in the US. The deal makes Jet Edge the exclusive aircraft operator for all Asia Jet aircraft under their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registry.
Asia Jet has been duly appointed the exclusive sales and marketing agent in Asia for Jet Edge’s U.S. based fleet which it now offers within its charter program, to its Asia based clients when they require US domestic jet charters. Asia Jet also enjoys a shareholding partnership with Jet Edge, and Asia Jet’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Walsh was recently appointed to Jet Edge’s Board of Directors.
“We evaluated a number of potential aircraft charter management companies to work with in the U.S. and found that Jet Edge International had the right mixture of experience and expertise to satisfy our requirements and our clients’ needs,” said Walsh. “We decided to take it one step further and invest in Jet Edge as we are pleased with the early results and progress to-date and look forward to growing our aircraft management presence and product offerings in Asia with the assistance of Jet Edge.”
“We’ve been working on this business plan over the past 12 months together, as we knew that China would be a future growth area for our company,” said Bill Papariella, president of Jet Edge International. “Asia Jet and their shareholders have provided a significant existing platform from which we can grow and execute our strategy. With four aircraft already available I expect Asia Jet, in coordination with Jet Edge, to grow our collective businesses exponentially, but also responsibly.”
With their collaboration, the two companies have built a business model that provides private aircraft owners in Asia with a strong, sustainable and flexible platform, as well as expanded fleet access to large cabin jets for private jet travelers in both the Pacific Rim and the United States. Immediately available for charter in Asia are four Gulfstream aircraft: a G-IVSP; a G300 and two G200s, with multiple aircraft in the pipe-line thanks to significant interest from local aircraft owners who wish to have their assets managed efficiently.
All aircraft in the Asia Jet fleet under FAA registry will be operated and maintained on Jet Edge’s Air Carrier Certificate, while Asia Jet will continue to be responsible for the sales and marketing of its on-demand charters, card programs, aircraft acquisition, consultancy and aircraft management services.
Papariella added, “We are excited to finally capitalize on a business plan that was well thought out prior to adding aircraft. Asia Jet has spent significant amounts of time, energy and capital to develop a strong business model that has sustainable elements and we are pleased to support their long term vision.
In addition, the recent investment proves we are committed to becoming a substantial regional partnership for the medium to long term through our deepening ties. Our collective goal is to be the leaders in Asia, and I have no doubt that Mike Walsh and his team will achieve this goal.”
With one of the largest dedicated charter fleets of heavy jet aircraft in the US, Jet Edge offers clients an exceptional combination of experience, safety and performance in the most popular business jets, with new aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2013. The Jet Edge fleet currently includes Gulfstream V, Gulfstream 450, Gulfstream IVSP, Gulfstream IV, Gulfstream 300, Gulfstream III, Gulfstream 200 and Lear 45 aircraft.
About Asia Jet
Asia Jet, headquartered in Hong Kong has been the preferred charter service company in Asia since its establishment in 2008. The Asia Jet brand has been the symbol of top class service and safety in the Asia region; serving distinguished clients through its jet card membership, consultancy, aircraft acquisition, on demand charter and aircraft management services. The Asia Jet team contains a wealth of knowledge spanning over 20 years in the industry and intimately understands the Asian client expectations. Its consistent high standards fulfill the promises made to their clients each and every time they fly. For more information on Asia Jet, please visit
About Jet Edge International
Jet Edge International, a Bard Capital Company, has quickly become a leader in private aviation and one of the fastest-growing, full-service integrated private jet management and service companies in the US. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Jet Edge International offers individuals and companies 365-day-a-year guaranteed access to multiple jet types, with unparalleled and award-winning safety programs. For more information on Jet Edge International, please visit
Asia Jet
Source: Asia Jet

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November 1, 2012 at 10:20 am