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2020 Ford Expedition reintroduces countryposh King Ranch edition


first_img 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth 0 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 76 Photos Review • 2019 Ford Expedition Review More about 2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum 2018 Ford Expedition Max Platinum: Large and luxurious More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum: Large scale meets upscale 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang Ford Share your voice 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags Ford Enlarge ImageFord’s largest SUV is set to once again be crowned a king … of the ranch. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Last seen in 2017, the King Ranch name is coming back to the Ford Expedition, and it may be a tempting upgrade for buyers looking for just a little more bling.For the 2020 model year, Ford order guides show the big SUV will once again offer the King Ranch edition, slotting between the Limited and Platinum trims. Effectively, it might be a nice little half-step for buyers looking for extra gear without taking a full step into the expensive Platinum trim.CarsDirect, which first reported on the order guide on Friday, said the Expedition King Ranch will set a buyer back $74,290 after a mandatory destination charge. Adding four-wheel drive will cost an extra $3,130. It’ll also be available for both the standard Expedition and the larger Expedition Max; the latter will start at $76,985 including destination. Since Ford isn’t ready to show us the King Ranch just yet, all we can do is describe what’s set to differentiate the model from other Expeditions. Per the order guide, the exterior will sport a Stone Gray trim on the bumpers, roof rails and a set of power running boards. To beef things up further, there’ll be a set of 22-inch six-spoke aluminum wheels with painted pockets, too. Taking a seat inside the Expedition King Ranch will reveal loads of King Ranch branding, naturally. The interior will be awash in Del Rio leather with King Ranch logos embossed on each row of seats. The same logo will be present on the floor mats and aluminum door plates. A 360-degree camera with a split-view function will be standard equipment and the power-folding mirrors will match the rest of the exterior’s Stone Gray look.Ford hasn’t detailed the 2020 Expedition’s changes yet, but you can bet it will be keen to underscore the King Ranch’s return when it’s ready. SUVs 5:47last_img read more


SoftBank Partners Eye 20 billion Investment in Indian Solar Projects


first_imgJapan’s SoftBank Corp, together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn, will invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India, in one of the biggest investment pledges to date in the country’s renewable energy sector.SoftBank, which previously said it would invest $10 billion in India over time, said on Monday the companies had agreed a minimum commitment of generating 20 gigawatts of energy.SoftBank will have majority control in the newly formed company, SBG Cleantech, with Bharti and Foxconn as minority stakeholders.”India has two times the sunshine (of) Japan,” Softbank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son told reporters in a conference.”The cost of construction of the solar park is half of Japan. Twice the sunshine, half the cost, that means four times the efficiency.”Son said the timeline for investments would depend on state and central governments and on acquiring land needed for the plants.The rapidly falling cost of solar power, expected to reach parity with conventional energy by 2017, has ignited interest in its potential in India, as the country steps up its own efforts to encourage investment in renewable energy.Despite more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India relies on coal for three-fifths of its energy needs, while solar supplies less than 1 percent.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has looked to industry for help in funding what government advisers hope will be a $160 billion push into renewable energy over five years.Modi aims to make India one of the world’s largest renewable energy markets, targeting 100,000 MW of output by 2022 from just 3,000 MW currently. But analysts say India’s target will be difficult to reach, given weak finances of electricity distribution companies that would buy in solar energy and the slow pace at which land for plants is made available.On Monday, Son said Foxconn would help with planned solar equipment for the projects. The companies are looking at manufacturing equipment in India, a further boon for Modi who has sought to boost the portion of equipment made at home.”India can become probably the largest country for solar energy,” Son said.last_img read more


Sexual harassment case against Sirajuddoula shifted to tribunal


first_imgSM SirajuddoulaThe case filed against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa for sexually harassing his student Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, was shifted to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday.Feni senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain shifted the case fixing 9 July for the next hearing.On Wednesday, the court took cognisance of charges brought against SM Sirajuddoula after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the charge-sheet.The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case.Meanwhile, night guard M Mostafa of the madrasa testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday in murder case filed over the killing of Nusrat.Tribunal judge Mamunur Rashid fixed 7 July for the next hearing.On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more


Four Black Political Pioneers Pen Book of Their Lives


first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterHistory has many sides. But some angles are rarely covered. This Friday, Jan. 25, Washingtonians get a rare glimpse into the interior and exterior lives of four of the most powerful African American women in politics.“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” (St. Martin’s Press) tracks the stories of Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore, (With Veronica Chambers) in a book that is part memoir, an ode to friendship and an insider’s tome to the political landscape over the last few decades.Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore, authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” will be holding a book signing at Politcs and Prose in Northwest, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 25. (Twitter Photo)The authors will sign copies of their book from 7 – 8 p.m. at Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW.According to book’s website: “The lives of Black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years—Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore—a group of women who call themselves the “Colored Girls.” Like many people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common threads. For most of the Colored Girls, their story starts with Jesse Jackson’s first campaign for president. From there, they went on to work on the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”Each woman helped shaped the political system we participate in today. Brazile, was a renowned political strategist and former Interim Chair of the Democratic Party. Currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, she is the author of the {New York Times} bestseller “Hacks.”  Yolanda Caraway heads the Caraway Group, Inc., which is instrumental in shaping the Democratic party. Leah Daughtry served as CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee in both 2008 and 2016. She is also a preacher, organizer and public speaker. Minyon Moore also served as CEO of the Democratic National Committee. Also under President Clinton she held several positions from assistant to the President, to director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and director of White House political affairs.Veronica Chambers, who also contributed to the book, is the editor of The New York Times archival storytelling team. She penned the memoir “Mama’s Girl” and co-wrote “Yes Chef” with Marcus Samuelsson.The book’s title was a poignant take on the theatrical piece “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf”  by writer Ntozake Shange, one of the most celebrated pieces of work about Black women that went on to Broadway and was also turned into a motion picture.Even though the book was published in October, the journey of these four women can not be understated now when 39 of the 110 women serving in Congress are women of color. In fact, according to the database BlackWomenInPolitics.com, 468 black women ran for public office in 2018. Just this week Kamala Harris announced she was running for President.This event is free and open to the public.last_img read more


Agri dept stocks seeds for alternate farming in wheat blast affected areas


first_imgKolkata: The state Agriculture department has ensured sufficient stock of seeds for alternate farming in January and February, at wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, held a high level meeting at Hanskhali block in Nadia on Monday, in which senior district officials, representatives of Zilla Parishad and MLAs were present. He also visited a farm at the same block. The initiative to keep the stock of seeds for cultivation in January and February has been taken so that farmers get the same on time and can utilise it properly for maximum yield. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe step to stock the seeds for farming in January and February was taken while carrying out the task of distributing the seeds among farmers for cultivation in the current season. The state government has taken steps to distribute seeds free of cost for alternate farming among farmers, on whose agricultural land wheat cultivation cannot be carried out for the time being due to wheat blast. It was in 2017 when wheat blast disease had hit around 1,000 hectares of agricultural land in Nadia and Murshidabad districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Agriculture department had taken immediate steps. The cultivation of wheat in the area was also stopped for the next two years and in such a situation, the Mamata Banerjee government had decided to initiate distribution of seeds of mustard and pulses for alternate farming, to support the farmers in the area. The steps had helped to check the disease from spreading and officials of the state Agriculture department have been in regular touch with farmers in the area, to extend necessary help to them. Banerjee said: “Distribution of seeds for the current season has been completed on time and sufficient stock of seeds for cultivation of alternate crops in January and February has also been ensured.” It may be recalled that the Agriculture minister and top brass of the state Agriculture department had repeatedly visited the wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad. Moreover, necessary steps were taken to ensure that farmers do not face any problem when they cannot cultivate wheat. Steps were also taken to set up pulse processing mills in the region, so that farmers do not have to take their yield too far for processing. The state government has also ensured completion of distribution of compensation among farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorms. Following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, distribution of the compensation has been completed within October 15. In Nadia, around 10 blocks were affected due to hailstorms and 62,000 farmers have received the compensation. A compensation of Rs 22.05 crore has been distributed among farmers in the district.last_img read more


Theatre Institution or a stepping stone


first_img“Despite the onset of cinema and the explosion in the digital space, theatre has still not lost its sheen,” says Rakesh Bedi, a highly acclaimed actor known for his contributions in the theatre, film and television industry. He feels that approximately 3000 years old art form – which has always been a powerful medium of expression – just cannot be replaced by the new emerging media.But what makes it stand out from the rest?Bedi feels the secret lies in theatre’s responsibility of reflecting the reality of society. “Just like cinema, the theatre also tries to show the real face of the society. However, cinema is obliged to situations that are commercially prevailing and thus may not have the complete liberty. Theatre definitely portrays the real face of society and people enjoy seeing their own reflection on stage”, says Bedi, who has been working for 10 years in the industry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut above all, what’s interesting to note is how theatre is catching the eye of millennials. They are no more interested to sit back as the audience but are willingly exhibiting their enthusiasm through active participation. Is that because theatre is being used as a launchpad for aspiring actors who wish to become a part of the showbiz industry? Though theatre has produced uncountable talented gems including Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi Rajkummar Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who later went to explore the film industry, It doesn’t seem ethical to use the platform as a stepping stone to enter the world of showbiz. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBedi however does not find any harm in it.”I don’t see any harm if some youngsters join theatre as a stepping stone towards cinema or any other career in the world of media or television. But youngsters must understand that it is not a stepping stone but an institution and space where you practice your art. Theatre gives artists a platform to experiment with various subjects, improve their craft and experience subjects which may not be available if they are doing just cinema,” explain Bedi, who is in the town to perform ingenious, funny and brilliantly crafted masterpiece, ‘Wrong Number’. The play will bring together actors like Tanaaz Irani, Delnaaz Irani, Avtar Gill, Kishwar Merchant, Rajesh Puri and Rahul Bhuchar. Despite the growing popularity, theatre as a full-time profession is still considered to be a risk in India. Pointing towards the reasons behind the insecurity, Bedi further said, “The mind-set of people has been to watch theatre for free since they don’t want to buy tickets. They might buy expensive tickets for cinema but still hold back when it comes to buying expensive theatre tickets. However, the mind-set is changing now and especially in a city like Delhi, I have seen it change over the past 15 years. Audiences in the metros are willing to spend money if the content, performances and the production is good. But a lot of change needs to occur in the mind sets of those living in smaller cities. Immense hard work is being done by theatre enthusiasts and production houses to promote theatre aggressively across India.”The veteran actor is extremely excited and looking forward to the first performance of ‘Wrong Number’, which will be staged on May 20 at the Kamani auditorium. Sharing his joy, Bedi stated, “All the actors in the play are well known to me for many years as we have worked together on different projects at different times. Working with them feels like home. There are a lot of incidents that I would like to share but frankly, the fun of this play was that the entire cast went beyond the confines of the script and that’s what makes this play extremely special.”last_img read more


Sanitation worker killed in accidental firing


first_imgKolkata: A man was killed when a bullet fired accidentally from the service revolver of the security guard of Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Egra and hit him in his head.The tragic incident happened when the security guard of Aftab Ali was cleaning his service revolver. The temporary sanitation worker Tarun Gharai, who died because of the firing, was declared brought dead at the local hospital. The police have arrested Pradip Singh, who is the security guard of Ali for his involvement in the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources the incident took place in the barrack of security guards for VIPs when the victim was engaged in adda with Singh and some of his associates. Gharai was seated just in front of Singh when the incident took place. Gharai wanted to have a look at the revolver of Singh when the bullet got misfired with the hand of the latter getting pressed against the trigger. The bullet hit his head and he fell down on the ground due to its impact. He was first rushed to Egra super speciality hospital and was soon referred to Medinipur Medical College Hospital. However he succumbed to his injuries in the way. The police has slapped a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Singh. SDPO Ali could not be contacted for comments.last_img read more