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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, March 27, 2017


The Ottomans built six clock towers in what was then Palestine, marking the silver anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s rule of the empire

Before there were wristwatches, and certainly before there were cellphones, centrally located clock towers helped citizens keep track of time. A big bell in the tower (like Big Ben in London) chimed the hour, and a large clock face provided a visual aid.

Nowadays, people don’t depend on clock towers to tell time, of course. But the structures are a beautiful testament to the history of timekeeping and to architectural styles of bygone days.

The Turkish Ottomans constructed more than 100 clock towers throughout the empire in honor of the 25th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Abdul

The presence of Chabad is ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Jewish tourists and residents

The temperature is in the mid-80s right now in New Caledonia. The sun beckons, the sea sparkles, and the Jewish community . . . well, it’s small.

An estimated 250 Jews live in this archipelago in the Southwest Pacific out of a total population of about 268,000. It is the 91st country/territory to have a Chabad center.

Among its newest inhabitants (for now, part-time) are Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi

Spring has sprung and summer is on rapid approach. Now is the time to plan a respite to a warm and balmy destination where sun, sand and serenity are abundant. Here are seven sunny getaways where endless relaxation, recreational and gastronomic opportunities await.

1. One of my favorite Mexican destinations is Puerto Vallarta.

Whether you are traveling solo, coupled or with family, there is something for everyone with such activities as windsurfing, sailing, whale watching, zip lining

Ireland-based low-cost airline Ryanair and the Israel Ministry of Tourism announced that the airline will begin serving a series of new routes in the coming months seven from Tel Aviv to a variety of European cities and eight from the new Eilat Ovda airport to Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Kaunas.

“The significant entry of Ryanair operations into Israel is good news that will make an immediate contribution both in terms of increasing incoming tourism and in reducing the cost of flights in

Some 2.9 million people visited Israel last year, a 3.6-percent rise over 2015.

A few weeks ago, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism released a report summarizing international travel to Israel in 2016, with the largest influx of visitors coming in the last quarter of the year.

Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin attributed the increased travel to the government’s significant investment in targeted marketing initiatives and outreach to “new markets.”

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