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
Damage to a store is revealed after the stolen truck, which was driven through a crowd outside a department in Stockholm. Photo: AFPSweden early Saturday arrested a man for a “terrorist crime” hours after a beer truck ploughed into a crowd outside a busy department store in central Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15.The man was arrested “on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder,” Karin Rosander, a communications director at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, told AFP.Police said earlier on Friday after the attack that they had detained the man who “matched the description” of a photo released of a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and military green jacket.But they did not confirm if he drove the truck.According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, the same man is a 39-year-old of Uzbek origin and a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) group.If confirmed as a terror attack, it would be Sweden’s first such deadly assault. The 15 injured included children and nine people were “seriously” wounded, health authorities said.Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he had strengthened the country’s border controls.“Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never,” he said.The attack occurred just before 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) when the stolen truck slammed into the corner of the bustling Ahlens store and the popular pedestrian street Drottninggatan, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.Pictures taken at the scene showed a large blue beer truck with a mangled undercarriage smashed into the Ahlens department store.Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic.“A massive truck starts driving … and mangles everything and just drives over exactly everything,” eyewitness Rikard Gauffin told AFP.“It was so terrible and there were bodies lying everywhere… it was really terrifying,” he added.The truck was towed away in the early hours of Saturday.TrappedPolice cars and ambulances rapidly flooded the scene after the attack, as central streets and squares were blocked off amid fears that another attack could be imminent.Helicopters hovered overhead across the city, sirens wailed, and police vans criss-crossed the streets using loudspeakers to urge people to head straight home and avoid crowded places.But with the metro system and commuter trains shut down for several hours after the attack, other streets heading out of the city were packed with thousands of pedestrians trying to find a way home.Haval, a 30-year-old sales clerk who didn’t want to reveal his last name, was in the metro at the time of the attack.His train stopped immediately and he had to get out, along with all the other passengers.They walked along the street before being ushered inside a nearby hotel for safety.“We were suddenly trapped inside a hotel and there was the worst kind of horror in there,” he told AFP.“We were scared, we were scared something else would happen, he added.‘Bleeding to death’Marko was in coffee shop near the scene with his girlfriend when he saw the truck ram into the store.“He hit a woman first, then he drove over a bunch of other people … We took care of everyone lying on the ground,” he told Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet.Hasan Sidi, another passerby, told Aftonbladet he saw two elderly women lying on the ground.He said people at the scene urged him to help one of the women who was “bleeding to death”.“One of them died… I don’t know if the other one made it,” Sidi said.“The police were shocked. Everyone was shocked.”‘You can’t break us’In an editorial, Sweden’s biggest broadsheet Dagens Nyheter wrote: “What we feared for a long time finally happened.”“The fear and panic right after the incident was inevitable. The images from the attack were terrible,” the paper said.But Stockholm managed to stay “cool-headed” even though the attacker struck “Sweden and Stockholm’s heart”, it added.Friday’s attack was the latest in a string of similar assaults with vehicles in Europe, including in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice.The deadliest came last year in France on the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.Last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam known to British security services, killed five people when he drove a car at high speed into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding the parliament building.And in December, a man hijacked a truck and slammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.In 2014, IS called for attacks on citizens of Western countries and gave instructions on how they could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over in vehicles.
“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.”
Posted by Share Thursday, November 29, 2018 Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, said: “We are delighted to be offering our customers even more resort choices in the latest tropical destinations. The new Riu Palace Costa Mujeres is a great addition to our lineup of top-rated properties in the up and coming and highly sought-after luxury enclave of Playa Mujeres. With direct Sunwing flights available from 19 airports coast to coast, we’re pleased that so many of our customers will be able to take advantage of this new resort this coming winter.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterRiu Palace Costa Mujeres’ dining scene includes the pool restaurant, Tastes, as well as Mexican, Japanese, Italian and fusion cuisine in the themed restaurants Zarape, Japan, Roma and Krystal. TORONTO — RIU Hotels & Resorts’ 19th property in Mexico – and its second in Costa Mujeres – has opened its doors.A year after Riu Dunamar made its debut comes the all-inclusive Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, with 670 rooms, 24-room service and free WiFi throughout the resort.As the exclusive vacation provider of RIU Palace Hotels and Resorts, Sunwing offers exclusive RIU-topia perks at the property including welcome cocktails, unlimited reservation-free dining, spa credits and more, in addition to RIU Palace inclusions such as 24-hour room service, daily champagne breakfasts and poolside wait service, for clients booking their vacation package with the Signature Collection by Sunwing. Tags: Costa Mujeres, Openings & Renovations, RIU Hotels & Resorts RIU Hotels & Resorts CEO Luis Riu says the layout of Riu Palace Costa Mujeres’ restaurants, bars and square on the upper floors of the complex give guests direct views over the sea, the pools and gardens and the beach. “With this new hotel, we wanted to fulfill a wish expressed by some of our most loyal customers: to have clear views of the Caribbean while they enjoy food and cocktails. To do this, the building has been designed in an innovative way, creating terraces, dining rooms and cozy corners on the first floor to improve our guests’ experience,” he says.The new resort also has five pools (two with swim-up bars) and a reserved area on the beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas. There are also varied entertainment programs for adults, sports activities with RiuFit and art with RiuArt, as well as live shows, a gym and a spa.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America Guests can also take advantage of Pacha nightclub, RiuLand kids’ club and Splash Water World at neighbouring Riu Dunamar.Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, part of the Riu Palace line, is located by the beach of Bahía de Mujeres, a stretch of white sand and crystalline waters about 30 km north of Cancun’s hotel district. Guests can explore the Isla Mujeres turtle conservation centre, the pre-Mayan ruins of El Meco and the archaeological remains found at El Rey.RIU opened its first Mexico resort, Riu Yucatan, in Playa del Carmen in 1997. With this new launch, the hotel chain now offers nearly 11,000 rooms in Mexico, with resorts in Playa del Carmen (6), Cancún (4), Costa Mujeres (2), Los Cabos (2), Riviera Nayarit (3), Mazatlán (1) and Guadalajara (1). Riu Palace Baja California in Los Cabos, will be RIU’s 20th hotel in Mexico. Travelweek Group Riu Palace Costa Mujeres opens on Mexico’s Caribbean coast << Previous PostNext Post >>
August 1, 2000Time to peal the peaches! An Arcosanti synergy brings us all together in the Cafeto start the process of making delicious peach products. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
June 26, 2002 Bright and early,theconstruction crew prepares to pour two precast panels. Pours aredone early in the day to avoid the mid-day heat which is a difficultyfor both the workers and the wet concrete. [Photo & Text: MS] >>From left>> Workshoppers Maya Glavin, Jason Curtis, Eleanor Mayer,>>and Jenny Lee in protective bodysuits pause for a moment from loading>>the concrete truck. Saftey is the highest priority on the Arcosanti>>construction site. [Photo & Text: MS] The formwork for thetwo precast panels. The concrete is poured onto a thin layer of silt inthe bottom of the form to achieve an earth-tone textured finish thatcomes with this unique process. Forms can take anywhere from a few daysto several weeks to assemble, depending on complexity. [Photo & Text:MS] The forms arestrategically assembled on top of the slab to minimize the distancethat each panel will have to be hoisted once it has cured. Here thebucket is being lowered and filled for the next load. [Photo & Text:MS] Pouring the concreteinto the form from the suspended bucket. [Photo & Text: MS] Planning intern AniaGorka and habitat manager Dave Tollas await directions from the slab.[Photo & Text: MS] The crew must workquickly in the low humidity of the Sonoran desert. Here the crew splitsand begins pouring the second panel while simultaneously finishing offthe first. [Photo & Text: MS] The finished panel.At Arcosanti all precast panels are poured with concrete rated at 3000psi. It will take two weeks until the concrete hardens to eightypercent strength and can be moved. [Photo & Text: MS]
A strong performance in broadband helped boost Swedish cable operator Com Hem’s full-year 2016 performance, with revenue up 4.4% to SEK5.2 billion (€550 million) and underlying EBITDA up 5.3% to SEK2.47 billion.The operating results were boosted by strong Q4 demand for broadband, with 13,000 broadband customer additions, taking the operator’s broadband total to 700,000 revenue-generating units.On the TV side, Com Hem grew its TiVo advanced TV base by 6,000 customers in the quarter, taking it to 38% of the overall digital TV base. Overall, digital TV RGUs gew by 3,000 in the quarter, while fixed telephony RGUs dropped by 12,000.Com Hem saw a slight increase in churn as its shed low-value TV customers, Consumer ARPU remained at an all-time high of SEK371.Com Hem said its integration of digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Boxer was well underway and going according to plan.The operator plans to increase the profitability of Boxer’s base by expanding the service’s availability with a fibre launch in the first quarter. The operator said it had the expertise and experience to turn a well-known TV brand into a profitable broadband provider. Boxer has a significant customer base in the single dwelling unit market, and the company believes it can use the Boxer brand to make further inroads into this market outside Com Hem’s own current expansion programme in the SDU market.The operator reiterated its prediction of mid-single digit annual revenue and EBITDA growth for Com Hem this year, while Boxer is expected to add SEK300 million in underlying EBITDA this year and then grow at the same rate as the rest of the group.
Altice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free.Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” on the occasion of the company’s financial results this week, according to BFMTV, one of the channels owned by NextRadioTV.Lombardini expressed his shock that the company was being asked to pay for channels that are available free-to-view elsewhere. He said that NextRadioTV had demanded payment for BFMTV, RMC Découverte and Numéro 23.Lombardini called on the government and regulators to take a stand, and argued that changes should be made to the law to forbid channels available free on digital-terrestrial TV from demanding payment from operators.Altice – which competes head-to-head with Free in the telecom market – was one of the first operators to sign up to a deal with TF1, which has been in conflict with other operators including Free over its demand for retransmission fees.Iliad this week posted solid results on the back of continued strength in mobile and fixed broadband, but saw its share price hit by reduced profits from fixed telephony.The company posted revenues of €4.988 billion for the year, up from €4.722 billion, and EBITDA of €1.777 billion, up from €1.676 billion. While profitability in mobile increased significantly, EBITDA from the fixed business was negatively affected by a rise in unbundling fees, costs associated with Free’s fibre rollouts, costs associated with the enhancement of its TV offering by the addition of the TV by Canal Panorama offering, and by promotional discounts.Separately, Altice has announced that it is in exclusive talks with Paris-based carrier services group Tofane Global about the sale of its international wholesale voice carrier business in France, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. The move is the latest in a series of disposals by Altice as it seeks to shore up investor confidence after sharp falls in its share price late last year.