The company in charge of all Tiber River cruises has suspended operations indefinitely, claiming the waterway is just too dirty.”We’re ashamed of the Tiber’s state of abandonment,” a Rome Boats spokesperson has said.According to the spokesperson, the last time the river was cleaned was in 2008 and Rome City Hall is denying responsibility for the Tiber’s upkeep (a still used 1906 law has deemed the waters of the Tiber as ‘maritime’ and not ‘communal’ and therefore not the city’s responsibility), the AFP reported.Rome Boats has run river cruises along the Tiber, Italy’s third longest river, since 2003, but with the river’s stone embankments now grey with pollution and rubbish collecting at the river bank, the company’s spokesperson said the cruises will not commence “out of respect” for tourists and locals alike.“Everyone can see it since trees along the Tiber are covered in plastic bags and other rubbish every time the river overflows,” the spokesperson said.From the chatter on TripAdvisor the cruises may not be missed as the narrowness of the river and the high embankments don’t recommend themselves to all visitors. The Tiber, itself, however is still rated well, ranking 320 out of the 530 Roman attractions reviewed on the site.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A. Cruise company ashamed of Tiber’s “abandonment”.
Mahwah, New Jersey – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyleJaguar celebrates its 75th anniversary today with the debut of the limited edition 2011 Jaguar XKR175 Coupe at the McCalls Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center during the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend. This is the first appearance of the exclusive sports car in North America.The XKR175 is powered by a supercharged V8 with 510hp and 461 lb-ft of torque and top speeds raised to an electronically-limited 174mph. To ensure that the XKR175 remains stable at high speeds, a revised aerodynamic package incorporates a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler providing increased balance and a reduction in lift. New 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Ultimate Black exterior paint adorn the car’s exterior.Inside, door sill tread plates reading “XKR175 – 1 of 175” greet the driver and passenger while the leather is finished in Warm Charcoal with Cranberry stitching, all accompanied by Piano Black wood veneer.Production of the XKR175 is limited to 175 vehicles at an MSRP of $104,500 (including destination charge). There will be 15 Jaguar XKR175 models for the Canadian market as well.www.jaguar.com