Just before sunset near Page, Arizona, a parade of humanity marched up the sandy, half-mile trail toward Horseshoe Bend. They had come from all over the world. Some carried boxes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, others cradled chihuahuas and a few men hid engagement rings in their pockets. But just about everyone had one thing at the ready: a cellphone to snap a picture. Horseshoe Bend is one of the American west’s most celebrated overlooks. From a sheer sandstone precipice just a few miles outside Grand Canyon national park, visitors get a bird’s-eye view of the emerald Colorado river as it makes a U-turn 800ft below. Hundreds of miles from any large city, and nestled in the heart of south-west canyon country, Horseshoe Bend was once as lonely as it was beautiful. “It was just a local place for family outings,” recalls Bill Diak, 73, who has lived in Page for 38 years and served three terms as its mayor. “But with the invention of the cellphone, … [Read more...] about Crisis in our national parks: How tourists are loving nature to death
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Business is suddenly bustling for Maher Saleh’s online food delivery service in Ramallah, the Palestinian Territories’ economic capital. A few months ago the company, called Wajbaat, had just around eight orders a day; now Saleh’s business is reaching 5o and more. What changed? 3G internet finally came to Palestine. Before January, when Israel allowed Palestinian telecommunication carriers access to 3G networks in the West Bank, Saleh was glued to his office Wi-Fi in case new orders came in from Wajbaat’s website. Now the 38-year-old can work while walking or hiking with his delivery people on an app to streamline service. But Saleh, who studied business in the United Kingdom, faces other barriers that no amount of internet can overcome. He can’t easily extend beyond the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as his workers need coveted permits from the Israeli military to enter Jerusalem and beyond. The food, anyway, would likely spoil during the wait at … [Read more...] about The West Bank now has 3G–can it boost the Palestinian tech sector?
Updated 4:13 pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018 Photo: Daniel Leal Olivas, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince William joins military veterans now working for the National Health Service, as he visits Evelina London Children's Hospital in London. Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June 2018, the first British royal to make an official visit there. (Daniel Leal Olivas/Pool via AP) less FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince William joins military veterans now working for the National Health Service, as he visits Evelina London Children's Hospital in London. ... more Photo: Daniel Leal Olivas, AP Prince William to visit Jordan, Israel, West Bank in June 1 / 1 Back to … [Read more...] about Prince William to visit Jordan, Israel, West Bank in June
Parkway Bank and Trust Co., already the naming-rights holder on Rosemont's entertainment district, is extending its brand across the Tri-State Tollway to what's fast becoming another sprawling village entertainment complex. The Harwood Heights-based bank has acquired the naming rights to the Rosemont-owned women's softball stadium and indoor sports dome, located west of the tollway and north of Balmoral Avenue. The area will become known as Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The village recently inked a three-year deal with the bank, in which it agrees to pay $100,000 a year, with the option to extend the contract for two additional years.Last October, officials approved a three-year deal to rename the 200,000-square-foot village entertainment district Parkway Bank Park. Parkway is paying Rosemont $600,000 a year, under terms of that agreement.Next week, crews are set to affix two large decals -- measuring 27-by-125-feet and 40-by-40-feet -- to the outside of the dome, and replace a … [Read more...] about Parkway Bank gets naming rights for Rosemont sports complex
The Philadelphia Phillies are on track to move forward with plans that would create a set of permanent barricades around Citizens Bank Park. Billed as a project to preempt potential terrorist attacks, the security measure would involve installing bollards and a combination of permanent and removable barricades at the curbsides of the ballpark. Upgrades would be placed on a reinforced foundation along the north footway of Pattison Avenue, the west footway of Darien Street, the south footway of Phillies Drive (formerly known as Hartranft Street) and the east footway of Citizens Bank Way. A City Council bill authorizing the plan is now under consideration and would allow the Phillies to construct the perimeter in time for the start of the 2019 season. The need for the perimeter was identified in response to vehicular attacks that have occurred in crowded destinations around the world. Ten people were killed and 15 others injured in Toronto last month when a man drove a van into a group … [Read more...] about Phillies plan to build security perimeter around Citizens Bank Park