Most of the people riding electric scooters around Copenhagen glide like swans, bodies motionless and serene with heads tilted into the sunshine. I am the ugly duckling, wobbling and jerking while I struggle to figure out exactly how this two-wheeled contraption works. Where do I put my feet? How hard do I thumb the accelerator? And how on earth am I meant to indicate left and press the brake with my left hand at the same time? It doesn’t take long to start gliding, even if I don’t feel very swanlike, or to notice that people in Denmark have found all sorts of less conventional ways to use e-scooters since they were introduced in January. Couple after couple perch together, heels of their feet barely balancing on the footplate. A traveller presses his suitcase between his knees while he crosses the junction near Tivoli Gardens. Two teenagers dart along the footpath outside the city’s central station, nipping between pedestrians. “I’ve seen a guy sitting on … [Read more...] about Invasion of the electric scooter: can our cities cope?
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THE COCAINE THAT WASHES IN FROM THE SEA The last man you come across in Mexico can be found at the following coordinates: 18º 12’ 9” N and 87º 50’ 36” W. He is almost always there working on his rooftop terrace. His name is Don Luis and his home faces the Caribbean Sea beyond the ubiquitous mangrove swamp. If you walk five minutes to the right, you are in a different country, but if you go left, you are in Xcalak in an hour – the first town within the Mexican border. Don Luis is a muscular 58-year-old with dark hair and a moustache, and whose isolated dwelling is situated on one of oddest borders in the world. It is a line that divides a 99-kilometer strip of land into southeast Mexico and Belize, otherwise known as a key, which runs parallel to the Belize coastline. A military base marks the division between the countries. Mexico has 62 kilometers with barely a soul on them while Belize owns 37 kilometers crammed with tourists. The last man in … [Read more...] about The dark side of the Caribbean
Paul A. Eisenstein CNBC Published 8:20 AM EDT Jun 27, 2019 At a time when U.S. automotive sales have begun to decline for only the second time since the Great Recession, demand for pickups — and the prices some die-hard fans will pay for them — has defied gravity. Manufacturers like General Motors are updating their lineups more frequently than ever, increasing the number of trim packages, powertrain options and creature features, like Apple CarPlay, projected displays and infotainment systems. That’s kept pickup prices rising at a rapid rate, especially for full-size models like the Chevrolet Silverado. Prices for full-size pickups have increased from an industry average of $32,557 in 2010 to $44,181 in 2018, according to data compiled by research firm J.D. Power and Associates. That rose, again, to $45,260 for the first five months of 2019. And they’re about to rise again, if Chevy has anything to do with it. Luxury in a pickup: Massaging seats, … [Read more...] about Chevy working on new Silverado pickup truck to sell for $100,000
If you're looking for a great day out for all of the family in South Wales then you're in luck as there are so many choices you can make. Whether you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, want to make learning fun or are keen to discover more about the history on your doorstep, there are so many places to visit. Here, in no particular order, we bring you some of our favourite attractions for all the family that you can enjoy, stretching from east to west Wales... 1. Swansea Plantasia It's had a £1.1m revamp and is now a truly multi-sensory experience so you will feel like you're in the amazon rainforest rather than at a Swansea retail park. Swansea Plantasia now provides visitors with all the sights, sounds and smells of a real rainforest. Other new attractions include a rope bridge spanning the "rainforest" floor, which gives visitors a bird's eye view of the attraction, and a tunnel which you can crawl through and see an ant colony. If you fancy getting up close and personal … [Read more...] about 50 of the best family days out in South Wales
Swansea-based contruction firm Dawnus - a word which means talent in Welsh - had a meteoric rise. The company was only founded in 2001 and within six years it had a turnover of nearly £200m a year. The rise was dizzying - with the company doubling in size every year. Turnover in 2002 of £2m grew to £8m in 2003, £16.5m in 2004, £31m in 2005, £43m in 2006 and £64m in 2007. Growth then stalled during the financial crisis remaining between £60m and £70m for two years. Yet some directors changed and it resumed again hitting £135m in 2011 and a peak of £176m in 2012. However - despite winning major public sector contracts - that top line figure had dwindled to £118m in its most recently published accounts for 2017. Now the company faces administration with firms around the UK saying their are owed tens of thousands and employees wondering where their next pay check is going to come from. Despite repeated attempts nobody at Dawnus … [Read more...] about The rise and fall of Dawnus: How a multi-million pound company collapsed