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 5:47
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian subsidiary of Toyota, will showcase its much-hyped Etios Cross at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi.The vehicle, which was unveiled in Brazil and Argentina in November, has been spotted testing on Indian roads for quite some time. The car – a restyled version of Toyota Etios Liva hatchback – will come powered by the same the 1.4 liter, 68 bhp diesel engine or the 1.5 liter, 89 bhp petrol engine. According to reports, the car is based on the Etios Liva though the exterior flaunts an overhauled look.The Etios Cross looks sportier than the Etios Liva and is expected to come with features like a new front bumper and diamond cut 10-spoke alloy wheels. When launched, the vehicle will take on the likes of Volkswagen Polo Cross and Fiat Punto Cross.Meanwhile, Toyota has launched two new variants of its premium hatchback Etios Liva, dubbed VD and VD SP. Previously Etios was available in four variants – JD, GD, GD Safety Package (SP) and TRD Sportivo.Toyota Etios Liva VD comes at a price of Rs. 6.72 lakh, while the VD SP variant is priced at Rs. 7.12 lakh. The engine specifications of both models remain the same as 1.4-litre motor which can churn a power of 67 bhp with peak torque of 170 Nm.The Auto Expo 2014 is speculated to see the unveiling of around 20 new cars. Auto majors like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford, Audi, Chevrolet, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are all said to be getting ready to dazzle at the event.
1st span of Padma bridge installed on Saturday. Photo: Sazid HossainThe span installation work of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge began today, Saturday, with the first-ever span of the much-talked-about bridge installed around 10:15am this morning.The span was installed on pillar No. 37 and 38 at Jazira end of Shariatpur.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was present at the site and inspected the work himself.According to the bridges division of the road transport and bridges ministry, the 150-metre wide span weighing over 3,000 tonnes was hooked onto a crane on Sunday last and it took two days to take the span to the certain place.Bridges division officials said as much as 42 such spans will be installed to build the bridge.They said the construction work of some 16 pillars is currently underway.
Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Zubar Ahmad, one of the killed rebels during his funeral at Shopian, south of Srinagar, India on 1 April. Photo: APA security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule have shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after deadly protests and fierce fighting killed 16 combatants and four civilians.Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region Monday and are patrolling streets in anticipation of anti-India protests and clashes.Authorities have also clamped a curfew in the old parts of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, the urban centre of protests and clashes against Indian rule.India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the territory in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. They demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
Long-standing Black churches are disappearing from the nation’s capital one at a time, the culprit – residential only parking. As the city’s new, mostly White residents push for special neighborhood parking, they are inadvertently forcing churches out of the District of Columbia, city officials and church members said.On K Street in Washington’s southeast neighborhood, two churches have been demolished since August. In their places are empty, gated plots of land waiting to be developed into condominiums. Word of God Baptist Church, once located at 1512 K St., SE, and nearly century-old Mount Paran Baptist Church, two blocks away, have sold their properties and relocated to Prince George’s County in Maryland. City officials said many other churches have done the same including, Metropolitan Baptist Church, a church attended by former President Bill Clinton.As apartment buildings replace old businesses and homes, parking is getting tighter in the District. Now, residents can petition for exclusive street parking, known as resident zoned parking. Once a street is zoned, vehicles without the appropriate zoning sticker are limited to only two hours of parking during the hours designated on the sign. As a result, one person’s solution becomes another’s problem.Edward E. Doxen III, a community outreach specialist in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Frank Wiggins for 6E03 in Ward 6 agreed parking is a major issue for Washington churches. “There are known problems in the past couple of years where people had to pay $250 for coming to church on Sunday,” Wiggins said. “People have to decide between coming to church and getting a ticket. That hurts the church, especially if those parishioners are living in Maryland.”Not only is Sunday parking an issue for church members, but also during the week, said the Rev. Dwayne Gilliam of Word of God Baptist Church. “Residents made it challenging at times,” Gilliam said. “There were instances where they called police to ticket us, not just Sunday, but during the week when we had classes, like Bible study or prayer meetings.”Deacon Paul London, president of the missionary ministry at the church, said he received at least two tickets attending either a Bible study or prayer meeting. “We had to go down to the police station and explain to them that we park there because of Bible study,” London said. “They kind of eased up on the ticket writing, but they started again when the community started complaining.”According to London, over the past 15 years, members of various churches have been moving out of the District because of high taxes and expensive real estate. Suburbs outside the city are more appealing because of the affordability.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Black population in the southeast region of the District was about 55 percent in 2000. The White residents made up 41 percent of the population. As of 2014, the White population increased to 60 percent. The Black population decreased to 34 percent.Stacey Smith, a member of Word of God Baptist Church for about two decades, says about 70 percent of the congregation is from outside the District, which meant that members were traveling from Maryland to participate in Sunday service and other events. “When we saw the changes in our neighborhood, it became very difficult,” Smith said. “We would argue, fight, try to get permits for us to park there. It felt like they were trying to push us out. There were a lot of handicap signs in front of our church. So our members couldn’t even park there. That went on for the last two years we were there.”Though the issues with parking might have been a nightmare, members said they have benefited from the churches relocating. Officials at Metropolitan Baptist Church, now in Upper Marlboro, Md. near the Washington professional football team’s stadium, said because of the move they are closer to their members and they have a larger facility. Member Phyllis Davis said she is extremely pleased that she is now five minutes away from church.Word of God Baptist Church is also closer to the congregation and has expanded dramatically. According to Deaconess Janet Humphrey, the church administrator, the new site is about four times bigger than the old site. The K Street site was a one room church, squeezed between townhouses. It could seat about 100 people.The new church in Prince George’s County has balcony seating and a basement that houses the fellowship hall. The church now has its own parking lot and is surrounded by trees and grass. Across the street there is a soccer field and in the back, there is a playground just a couple of steps from the church.“We have more opportunities,” Smith said. “In our old location we had two buildings, the church and then an apartment building right next to it. Now we’re all under one roof; the children don’t have to be in a different place,” she said.Gilliam said the church is planning to expand its programs and services for the community. “The pastor had some visions of a school and daycare and things like that,” he said.The church’s fellowship hall and a new boy scouts program serves the University Park community, he said.London said things are much better. “Everything seems more tranquil,” he said. “Now the kids have a place to run, and I have yet to see a ticket. So, we’re happy.”
It has been only two months since Google reported a bug discovery in one of the Google+ People APIs, which affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts, initiating the shutdown of Google+. Yesterday, Google+ suffered another massive data leak that has impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. This has led Google to expedite the process of shutting down Google+. The access to the Google+ API network will be cut off in the next 90 days and it will shut down completely in April, rather than August next year. In a blog post on Google, David Thacker VP, Product Management, GSuite stated that this bug was added as a part of a software update introduced in November and immediately fixed. However, people are upset that the data leak was disclosed now. The software bug allowed apps that requested permission to view profile information of a Google+ user (name, email address, occupation, age etc), were granted permission even when set to not-public. In addition, Thacker mentions, “apps with access to a user’s Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly.” However, user financial data, national identification numbers, passwords, or similar data typically used for fraud or identity theft, was not given access to. Google discovered the bug as part of its standard testing procedure and says there is “no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused.” Google says it’s begun notifying users and enterprise customers who were impacted by the bug. Thacker also says maintaining users’ privacy is Google’s top concern. “We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs.” People on Hacker news were highly critical of this data leak and expressed concerns on the kind of organization Google is turning out to be. “I’ve been online since Google was a new up and coming company. There is a world of difference between the civic-mindedness of Google back then and Google now. Google has gone from something genuinely idealistic to something scary and totalitarian. If you aren’t of the same “tribe” as the typical Googler, then basically, you’re a subject.” “So, how does Google, which we all trust with our precious data end up messing up like this several times in a row?If this is the company with the best security team in the world does that mean we should simply abandon all hope” “They could have done soo much more with Google+ … The hype was real up until launch. Really wish they had done things a little differently. Oh well… With all these leaks, I’m actually really glad they weren’t successful with this.” Read Next Google reveals an undisclosed bug that left 500K Google+ accounts vulnerable in early 2018; plans to sunset Google+ consumer version. Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Marriott’s Starwood guest database faces a massive data breach affecting 500 million user data