As of late, Cassina, a pioneer in Italian furniture and design, revealed a collection designed by Virgil Abloh. At first glance, patrons might not view this selection of building blocks as furniture, but the duality of these crate shaped fixtures says otherwise. The art pieces are meant to adapt to the space around them. Displayed as a simple nightstand or merged together to create a modern bench, the utility of these boxes are dynamic.
Cassina showcased this assortment at their location in West Hollywood. Guests were thrown off by the fitments, but after testing the product, they proved to be pretty snug. Attendees also had the honor of hearing from Cassina’s CEO Luca Fuso who had a lot to say about their vision. Fuso explained how the company and late designer intended for an industrial look suitable for a home or office setting.
Abloh’s inspiration derived from a subwoofer used as a seating arrangement. It represented the interior decor from the community he grew up in. A place where music and comfort were brought together as one.
As per its name, Modular Imagination, the furniture was supposed to depict an ambiguous look where it could be placed off to the side by itself, or act as an additional section. You can purchase this item in all Cassina stores ranging from $2,115 to $3,295 depending on the single or double variations.
Virgil Abloh was an American fashion designer known to be one of the most creative individuals of this generation, and for starting one of the most influential brands titled Off-white. Raised in a small town in Illinois, Abloh had the artistic ability ingrained in him. He learned how to sew from his mother who was a seamstress, and his father taught him about color palettes. After graduating with his degree in architecture, the young artist took up an internship at Fendi alongside rapper Kanye West.
Working with the infamous rapper, Abloh started receiving a lot more attention. In 2018 he founded his luxury fashion house Off-white. This was the first step to his main-stream success. The young creative was collaborating with brands like IKEA, Nike, and much more. In 2018, he was given the crown to take creative direction of the most luxurious brand in the world, Louis Vuitton. It is safe to say he was an inspiration to all age groups, and an imperative for moving fashion forward.
The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover P530 First Edition is a clear definition of a successful product and one of the most stunning vehicles on the market, attracting the attention of car enthusiasts as well as the general public. This new British SUV model showcases non-hybrid and new hybrid engines with adopted rear-wheel steering and new accommodative seven-occupant seating. The P530 provides a range of customizations for customers including notable options between short and long wheelbases, luxury and comfortable amenities, and a split rear tailgate.
The first edition of this enhanced Rover was designed for both a breathtaking melding of function and design that reconstructs the previous models. Lead designer, Gerry McGovern, and his team reimagined an icon. Gerry and the team indeed successfully crafted a remarkable fifth-generation Range Rover P530 and arrived at classic sleek, pared-down elegance. Imagine 23-inch veers uniquely filling the arcs and “the hidden” vertical rear light. Check out the vertical taillights that appear when illuminated that indeed make a difference for the rear. The switchgear is more upscale, sleeker, and softer than previous models. For the first time, the first edition Range Rover has an additional third-row feature that expands the previous linear design, making the interior a show stunner.
Most importantly, short and long-wheel-based designs have a choice of four, five, or seven-seat interiors. The P530 comes with an engine capacity of 4.4 liters with a V8 Twin –Turbo petrol design, automatic transmission of eight-speed, drivetrain equipped with intelligent all-wheel intelligent driveline dynamics, a classic exterior color sunset gold satin, interior trim fitted with perlino semi-aniline leather, and Pirelli-285/40 R23 A/S tires. The new model is also equipped with an electrified powertrain that provides PHEV that conjoins the advanced Ingenium petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor, empowering the car to function as a full petrol engine or electric vehicle when necessary. Engine includes an intercooler and twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection engine with a displacement of 268 in3, 4395 cm3, power of 523 hp @ 6000 rpm and Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm.
This First Edition tech advancements include the finest materials to craft a conducive haven for all passengers, making each journey a memorable and wonderful experience. Talk about the works – a steering wheel modernized with electric power-assisted steering, rack, and pinion all-wheel steering, a 13.1-inch Pivi pro touchscreen designed as an instructions center platform, hard buttons for HVAC, and rotary controllers. Driven modes and off-road functions like crawl control, hill descent, and low range provide flexibility for any driving occasion. Additionally, the SUV has Android Auto and wireless Apple Car play, Meridian sound, improved seats, and Alexa voice control. Meridian sound comes with the third-generation dynamic noise dissolution system, which displays engine sounds transmitted to the cabin, tire noise, and wheel vibration for a full sensory trip. The engine sound transmitter generates a canceling signal and includes a duo of 60 mm breadth speakers fixed on the head support of the four main passengers’ seats for a beautifully personalized ride. The new model standard wheelbase is equipped with front and rear suspension. The front suspension has a double wishbone with a virtual swivel axis and split a lower arm, electronic air suspension. To contrast, the rear suspension has five-link axles, electronic air, and suspension.
The 2022 P530 was crafted with peerless refinement and effortless performance. It has an inclusive line-up of unconventional 6 and 8-container drivelines, either an advanced chargeable turbo of 4.4L “hot-vee” V8 thrusting out 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft or mild-hybrid chargeable turbo of 3.0L straight-six making 406 lb-ft of torque and 395 ponies. There’s even a straight 6-cylinder with an advanced 48v mild hybrid Ingenium petrol and diesel engine with a 39.2kWh battery operated containing lithium-ion, which has a 105 kW electric motor integrated with transmission and a usable capacity of 31.8kWh. The recent model’s performance on the road is smooth and delivers seamless wafting, which separates it from the previous models. To top it off, it can blend serene road trip rides with enhanced body control. On the pavement, the P530 will hover over broken pavements, melting large suspension movements and neutralizing small ones to shake down the needle of the chassis briefly. It provides electrified performance with a comprehensive line-up of advanced powertrains that brings new levels of capability to Land Rover‘s flagship SUV and efficiency compared to past fleets.
Bolster an electrified performance with two new Extended-Range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrains providing up to 113km/70 miles of EV range and extraordinary efficiency. The vehicle has two main charging options: a DC rapid charger, which provides an efficiency of 0-80 % in under an hour, and an AC home charger which provides an efficiency of 0-100% in five hours. Notably, the extended Range PHEV uses three driving modes: save mode, EV mode, and hybrid mode. Save mode preserves the battery level to be used later while hybrid mode optimizes energy efficiency between petrol and electric power.
Advanced rear-wheel steering has improved tighter turning stability above 50km/h which can reduce its turning circle. Touch control makes shifting from the second-row seat to the third-row seat easy; all you have to do is tap the touch control to activate the rear sliding and tipping forward function. Generally, there’s advanced, responsible and sustainable interior options. The interior offers customers a more comprehensive range of finishes and materials, such as innovative tactile Ultra fabrics and textiles. The new model SWB and LWB have new auto-folding load space covers behind the first, second, and third rows with a sheathable design that moves back when the upper tailgate is unlocked. The load space provides a more spacious load area for the convenience of the customers.
To add, it comes with unique technical specifications of HF 523, a torque lb-ft 553, top speed of 155 mph. The P530 is available in a Sunset Gold Satin finish and offers various exterior colors. Other features entail a tailgate events suite with leather cushions, wireless device charging with a phone signal booster, blind spot assist, traffic sign recognition, and an adaptive speed limiter.
Target Audience/ Pricing
In short, the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover P530 First Edition is a perfect match for someone who is looking for luxurious amenities and willing to incur extra 100,000 dollars for a unique Range Rover experience. Due to its improved occupant capacity, the automobile caters to individuals with large families looking for spacious load space areas and additional seating.
The Range Rover P530 First Edition is your option if you want something more exclusive and pricey. The model’s price depends on customers’ preference; a standard wheelbase will cost you approximately $263,700 – $333,410.
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Australia’s pioneer of plant-based dining, Shannon Martinez, to join renowned mixologist, Andrea Gualdi, to helm newly refreshed Alibi Bar & Dining
Shannon Martinez, the powerhouse behind two of Australia’s most prolific plant-based businesses, Smith & Daughters and Lona Misa, will join renowned mixologist Andrea Gualdi, to lead the evolution of Alibi Bar & Dining, her first foray in Sydney.
Alibi Bar & Dining, located on Woolloomooloo’s famed Finger Wharf, will relaunch in late January with a brand new plant-based Mediterranean-inspired offering set inside a newly refurbished, ‘indoor-alfresco’ dining room.
Martinez said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Alibi’s new direction. This will be my first project in Sydney, and I look forward to bringing a taste of plant-based Latin cuisine to the bay side and giving Sydneysiders their own version of Smith & Daughters. I love working with Ovolo; our venture in Melbourne, Lona Misa, holds an extremely special place in my heart and I’m super excited to be able to continue this relationship in a new part of the country”.
Diners can expect a passionately crafted menu that leans heavily on Martinez’s Spanish heritage. To be implemented by award-winning, executive chef Jiwon Do (formerly Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar, Wellington), the menu will include Martinez’s signature dishes.
Ovolo’s creative beverage director, renowned mixologist Andrea Gualdi (ex-Maybe Sammy), has curated a fresh and sustainable drinks menu that takes inspiration from the Mediterranean style of drinking. The extensive drinks list is set to include a collection of cocktails that pay homage to Mediterranean G&Ts and spritzes, high tea cocktails, zero proof options and a range of beers. The wine list will be sustainably sourced from smaller Australian producers using Mediterranean varieties, with around 30% of the wine list to be vegan friendly.
Designed by award-winning interior design and architecture studio, Luchetti Krelle, the enchanting glasshouse structure exudes a sense of natural theatre and brings the outdoors to an indoor environment with thriving greenery, patterned mosaics and rattan seating. It’s a magical setting for guests to enjoy world-class drinks alongside garden-fresh Mediterranean cuisine served with flair and finesse.
About Ovolo Hotels
Ovolo Hotels is an independent hospitality company that owns and operates a collection of individually designed hotels. Founded in 2002, this family-owned and privately-operated business now runs four hotels in Hong Kong, and six hotels across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Ovolo also recently launched a new brand, Mojo Nomad, in Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong. Mojo Nomad is a cohabitation concept for global nomads that combines travel, lifestyle and community at its core and will be entering the Australian market in the near future
SAHARA Las Vegas announces its roster of events and promotions for January, which includes New Year’s festivities, exclusive offers for CES attendees, winter specials at Amina Spa, as well as featured dishes. Meanwhile, players will want to ensure they enroll in SAHARA’s Infinity Rewards membership program to take advantage of the casino’s January gaming promotions.
Highlighted specials, promotions and events follow:
TWO-DAY NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA
SAHARA Las Vegas invites guests to ring in 2023 with a two-day New Year’s extravaganza. On New Year’s Eve, attendees can celebrate with a select open bar, live music, DJs, go-go dancers, illusionists and other Instagrammable moments. The evening will conclude with a New Year’s countdown at AZILO Ultra Pool at midnight, and guests will be able to view fireworks launched from the surrounding area. On New Year’s Day, guests are invited to enjoy SAHARA Las Vegas’ recovery station at The Tangier with endless Bloody Marys and mimosas. The select open bar package is currently available for $115 plus taxes and fees. All guests must be 21 years or older with a valid I.D. to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY AT THE TANGIER
For guests looking to indulge with endless Bloody Marys, The Tangier will also offer a distinct unlimited Bloody Mary package for $30 per person. Guests can enjoy Bloody Marys from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1.
NATIONAL PEKING DUCK DAY AT THE NOODLE DEN
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, visitors are invited to celebrate National Peking Duck Day at The Noodle Den. As the national dish of China, The Noodle Den will offer Peking Duck Wraps to guests, featuring two pieces for $12.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY AT ZEFFER’S CAFÉ
Zeffer’s Café invites guests to savor their signature blueberry pancakes for $17 in celebration of National Blueberry Pancake Day on Saturday, Jan. 28.
CASBAR Lounge Featured cocktails available in January for $13:
Classic ’23 Martini – Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky, Jägermeister Cold Brew, simple syrup and espresso.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Margarita – Teremana Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, smoked cherry syrup and lime juice.
Hipster’s High Ball – The Botanist Gin, rosemary syrup, peppermint bitters, Q Elderflower Tonic
Featured cocktails available in January for $13:
Gingerbread Old Fashioned – World Reserve Bourbon, gingerbread syrup and Angostura bitters.
Pineapple Punch – Mount Gay Barrel Rum, Cointreau, chipotle pineapple syrup and lemon juice.
Blueberry Mule – Stoli Blueberi Vodka, simple syrup, lime juice and hibiscus ginger beer.
Chickie’s and Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar
Available from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Chickie’s and Pete’s will offer the patty melt as its burger of the month. Including an 8-ounce smashed burger patty topped with Swiss cheese, diced onions, diced jalapenos and spicy aioli on toasted rye bread, this burger will be available for $20.
Available now through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Chickie’s & Pete’s will have a special Surf and Turf dinner featuring an 8-ounce prime flat iron steak with maître d’ butter and a 3-ounce Maine lobster tail with a side of crabfries.
WINTER SPECIALS AT AMINA SPA
Available now through Monday, Feb. 27, Amina Spa invites guests to relax and rejuvenate with a variety of winter-inspired services and specials. For $55, visitors can enjoy a 50-minute Peppermint Pedicure, including a soothing peppermint-infused foot soak, moisturizing scrub, trim, cuticle cleanup and polish of choice. To rejuvenate the skin’s natural radiance, Amina Spa features the Very Berry Chocolate Facial. This 50-minute treatment includes an antioxidant cranberry cleanser and moisture-rich chocolate mask for $125. Guests interested in indulging in a full body massage can partake in the 50-minute Warm Gingerbread Massage for $125. This treatment, perfect for relaxing this holiday season, includes warmed oils with hints of gingerbread to soothe tired muscles and nourish dry skin.
CASINO PROMOTIONS Birthday Kiosk Game
Infinity Rewards Members can swipe at the kiosk during their birthday month for a chance to receive prizes such as free slot play, point grants and dining credits.
Infinity Rewards New Member Kicker
Upon signing up for a new card, all new Infinity Rewards Members may earn points for additional prizes including up to $150 in free slot play.
Play to Earn Year of the Rabbit Coin
From Sunday, Jan. 1 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Infinity Rewards Members can receive one Year of the Rabbit Coin by earning either 500 base slot points or 500 tier credits while supplies last. Members can also receive a second Year of the Rabbit Coin for earning either 1,000 base slot points or 1,000 tier credits. A maximum of two redemptions per Infinity Rewards account may be earned during January while supplies last.
$50,000 Press for Cash Drawing
All Infinity Rewards Members may earn entries daily from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 25 for drawings each Saturday during the promotional period. Members can participate in the promotion by playing video poker, reel slots and table games. Players will receive 50 free electronic entries by swiping at the kiosk each day during the promotional period. Players must swipe on Saturdays between 5 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. to activate their entries for each Saturday drawing.
10x Multiplier on Reels on Mondays and Tuesdays Every Monday and Tuesday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can swipe at the Infinity Rewards kiosk from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. to redeem the slot reel machines multiplier.
January Diamonds Kiosk Game
Every Monday through Thursday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can earn 50 base slot points or 50 tier credits on table games. Guests can participate in the promotion once per day. Prizes include free slot play, point grants, dining credits and match play.
Play to Earn Gift Card Giveaway Every Thursday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can win one $50 Amazon gift card by earning 5,000 base slot points or 5,000 tier credits on table games. A maximum of one $50 Amazon gift card may be earned each Thursday while supplies last.
To find more great deals and promotions across the resort and learn more about Infinity Rewards, visit saharalasvegas.com.
ABOUT SAHARA LAS VEGAS
SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit saharalasvegas.com and stay connected on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
SMCU PALACE@KWANGYA’ TO BE BROADCAST GLOBALLY FOR FREE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY NCT, aespa, Girls’ Generation, Red Velvet, EXO, SUPER JUNIOR
FIRST-EVER SM SUSTAINABILITY FORUM TO BE HELD PRIOR TO CONCERT
SM Entertainment will hold its annual online global concert ‘2023 SMTOWN LIVE : SMCU PALACE@KWANGYA’ on December 31 at 8 pm PT/11 pm ET. The event will be available to watch on SM’s YouTube, Beyond LIVE, TikTok, Instagram, and more platforms worldwide.
The concert will feature performances by artists including KANGTA, BoA, TVXQ!, SUPER JUNIOR, Girls’ Generation’s TAEYEON and HYOYEON, SHINee’s ONEW, KEY, and MINHO, EXO’s SUHO, XIUMIN, CHEN, CHANYEOL, D.O., KAI, and SEHUN, Red Velvet, NCT 127, NCT DREAM, WayV, aespa, GOT the beat, and more, along with exciting collaborations and DJ sets.
Opening the event, SM leaders and soloists will collaborate on “The Cure,” the new title track from the winter compilation album 2022 Winter SMTOWN : SMCU PALACE, released December 26, which features a positive message of sustainable solidarity.
‘SMTOWN LIVE’ is SM’s global concert series that has been held in major cities around the world since 2008, as well as SM’s massive virtual country ‘MUSIC NATION SMTOWN’ through the 2012 virtual national declaration ceremony.
Meanwhile, SM will hold the inaugural SM Sustainability Forum, which will discuss climate change issues faced by modern society and the role of K-Pop and Hallyu (Korean Wave) in the sustainable development of the world, speaking with experts in various fields including culture, environment, and society.
The forum is a first-of-its-kind event among Korean entertainment companies, and will feature SM’s founder and Chief Producer Soo-Man Lee, Professor Jae Chun Choe, Sam Richards, Laurie Mulvey, Dafna Zur, and EXO’s SUHO. The event will be held prior to the concert at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET on December 31, and broadcast live on various platforms including YouTube, Beyond LIVE, TikTok, Instagram, and more platforms worldwide. SM will also share plans to host a “Tree-planting K-pop Festival” presented by Lee, and release a campaign song project starting with SMTOWN winter album double title track “The Cure” with a message of sustainable solidarity.
Meanwhile, SM formed an ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) working-level consultative body in May 2022, and is actively working on sustainability management by becoming the first Korean entertainment agency to join the U.N. Global Compact (UNGC) in June 2022, and publishing its first sustainability report in November 2022.
Could you tell me what THC-O is? This lesser-known cannabinoid delivers just as much punch as the more well-known cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It might be the key to unlocking more precise and powerful therapeutic benefits for consumers. Want to find out more about this fascinating molecule and its possible benefits? Read on to find out what THC-O is and why it’s gaining popularity in cannabis products!
THC-O Is a Potent Form of THC
Many cannabis enthusiasts may initially respond with astonishment or confusion upon hearing about a cannabinoid that is said to be three times as potent as THC. THC-O is a super-potent, almost psychedelic cannabis derivative that can be up to 300 percent more powerful than even interstellar THC. This compound is of interest to anybody interested in medicinal, alternative, or cutting-edge cannabinoids. When it comes to the psychoactivity of cannabis, THC-O is the most powerful type of THC. When THC is exposed to oxygen, a more powerful compound called THC-O is created. You should do some more research and read more about THC-O and reviews of the best THC-O carts on Nature & Bloom by the best experts on cannabis. THC-O can be used to treat medical conditions.
THC-O is effective in treating a variety of medical conditions, including pain, inflammation, and nausea. The range of medical ailments recognized by individual states as being treatable with THC is wide. THC-O can treat various medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, seizures, stress disorder, or even chronic pain. Consuming THC-O will relieve anxiety and stress.
THC-O Is Non-Addictive
THC-O, in contrast to other THC compounds, does not cause addiction or negative side effects. There is still much discussion over whether or not marijuana has any therapeutic value. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved a small number of THC drugs for the treatment of nausea in chemotherapy patients. Medicines using isolated and purified compounds from the marijuana plant were seen as more promising by researchers than using the plant itself. Neither medical marijuana nor marijuana used for fun is thought to cause physical dependence, but psychological dependence is a real possibility.
THC-O Is Legal in Many States.
In a strictly legal sense, THC-o is allowed in the US. Because of its strong hallucinogenic effects, THC-O has been dubbed “the psychedelic cannabinoid” by its devotees. But in essence, it’s produced from hemp that is allowed to be cultivated and sold in the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill. To that end, THC-O-containing products have entered the market as recreational drugs and are now seeing explosive growth in places where cannabis is prohibited.
Similar to the situation with other cannabinoids, it appears that many people have been advocating for a regulatory framework that would not only make cannabis available to the public legally but also establish standards for the quality and safety of cannabis products, thereby eliminating the market for any potentially harmful or illegal substances. Even though our knowledge of cannabis and its parts has grown, the plant’s potential as a medicine is still not widely known.
THC-O Is Available in a Variety of Forms
There are numerous ways to consume THC-O, including oils, tinctures, capsules, and edibles. Edibles, also known as “medibles,” range from the well-known “pot brownie” to THC-infused gummies and lemonades. They are a potent and effective alternative to smoking cannabis. Find out more about producing edibles. Just be sure to move slowly and start slowly!
Unlike edibles, which require weighing and measuring, dosing accurately with medical cannabis pills, capsules, and tablets is simple and quick. People who aren’t sure about medical marijuana or just don’t like the idea of smoking it might like this better because it’s a more traditional way to take medicine.
THC-O is heated to a point where the cannabinoids and other components are released into the air, creating a vapor that is then breathed. Since it doesn’t produce smoke, it’s less obvious to onlookers, safer for your lungs, and can be used with a variety of materials, including oils, resin, and concentrates.
There has been a rise in the use of THC-O among cannabis consumers, although it is still not widely available. In the past few years, several companies have put products on the market that contain THC-O. However, consult your doctor before purchasing any of the THC products.
There are a few things to consider when purchasing branded products online. As a customer, there is always a risk and danger when it comes to buying online. But if you protect yourself and get as much information as possible, the risks are very low.
Let’s take a look at the risks to be aware of when buying branded products from an online store.
Will my order arrive much later? Will my order (or the present I ordered) arrive before Christmas? These are the most common questions that are being asked by millions of people, especially during the Christmas holidays. Everyone wants to get their orders on time, but most people prefer to shop at the last minute. That is why it is beneficial to use shipping services like MyUS. In addition to the top brand shopping opportunities it offers, MyUS also provides a fast shipping service, regardless if you need your items delivered to the UK or any other country. MyUS has been in business for many years, and during that time it has developed a sterling reputation for fast and efficient delivery. Customers need not worry about their items arriving late when MyUS is handling the delivery. They will receive their orders promptly and on time.
Shopping for top brands can give you the best shopping experience, but having your items delivered on time is an entirely different story. Timely delivery remains one of the most important aspects of shopping today, so it’s integral that you make sure yours arrive on time.
What You See Vs. What You Get
When making an online purchase, the customer has no control over the product’s operation or quality.
Many internet users are not aware of how much time, money, and effort are invested in marketing campaigns, product photography, and marketing itself.
Simply search “online shopping fail” or “Aliexpress fail” to show how drastically the advertised and delivered products might differ. The good news is that this risk can be mitigated using a variety of strategies.
For instance, there are online stores that give customers a free return policy and a 6-month warranty on all items, proactively reducing the risk.
These businesses even go one step further and provide a guarantee for your purchases.
To reduce this risk, significant corporations and premium brands have increased the statutory right of cancellation from 14 to 30 days. Such precautions are willingly taken because they increase the customer’s sense of security when making a purchase.
Personal risk mostly refers to the improper use of personal information, such as the unintentional exposure of an email address.
The personal danger was more significant before the Privacy Regulation went into effect, but it shouldn’t be dismissed in the age of cookies and marketing emails.
However, customers should think about the vendor’s credibility and whether their personal information is indeed secure before purchasing from an unidentified seller.
Risks and Dangers
In either event (pandemic or not), speak with your shippers and estimate a delivery date.
Additionally, it is excellent to always obtain a tracking ID once you place an order so you can follow the product’s delivery virtually in real-time.
Time lost in the event of a dispute should also be taken into consideration. Here, a reputable company should give you prompt attention and avoid ignoring you.
Potential purchasers view financial risk as the risk that has the biggest impact on their decision to buy. All of the customer’s worries and considerations regarding what will happen to the money paid in the event of a return or claim fall under the category of financial risk.
The store is secure. Is it necessary for me to provide my credit card information here?
Think about all the internet purchases you made from merchants you may not have known all that well. But the price in that online store was just the best, and you truly wanted the item that was being sold there. Regardless of that, make sure to check their return policy and make sure that you will be able to get your money back if you are not satisfied with the product or it doesn’t show up at all. You need to read all the information available on the site because branded products tend to be more specific. You don’t want to waste money on fake sites.
In its fifth generation, the original hybrid boss redefines sustainability with style and grace in large part because of its lower center of gravity and longer wheelbase.
Even in its prime, the 2023 Toyota Prius paints the perfect picture at a precise price. With six USB-C, wireless Apple CarPlay × Android Auto in tandem with 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, it is probably the most attentive as well as an intuitive vehicle in its category.
The cockpit is more contemporary than its predecessor: digital cluster above the steering wheel, 12.5″ multimedia display, and overall functional design.
Arriving at 57 mpg with a bigger 2.0 L in-line engine offering 60% more power, the vehicle has more torque, thanks to the constantly changing E-CVT. Dial in different distributions for a stiffer steering alongside AWD is more than conducive for pinching into corners.
Ergonomics, coupled with an eco-architectural skeleton, it will no longer be alien to an urban environment.
The Legacy Continues
When the Toyota Prius made its groundbreaking debut in 2000, it changed the automotive industry forever. The high-tech sedan ushered in a new generation of vehicles that combined an electric motor with a high-efficiency engine. That unmatched legacy continues with the recent reveals of the all-new 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime.
As the most fuel-efficient Prius to date, the 2023 Prius has a EPA-estimated 57 miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating (LE FWD model), bringing accessible electrification to drivers everywhere. The 2023 Prius Prime also adds to the innovative nameplate. Now after a decade in production, this plug-in hybrid model continues to offer customers the flexibility of getting around town on zero-emission battery power or hybrid mode for fuel-efficient road tripping. What’s more, it also offers extra performance and technology, enhancing an already enticing package.
Without question, both the 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime are key vehicles in Toyota’s diverse electrified portfolio as the company works to achieve carbon neutrality. Available in a variety of grades to complement customers’ personal tastes and lifestyles, both vehicles are ready to uphold Prius’ legacy as a respected and sought-after global nameplate.
Read on to learn about the top five things that make the 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime innovative additions to the eco-sensitive Prius family.
Modern and Mindful Design
Built on the second-generation TNGA-C platform, both vehicles offer a low center of gravity and increased rigidity compared to the previous generations. The result? A wider stance and lower driving position that feels nimble yet comfortable. The 2023 Prius will be available in LE, XLE and Limited grades, and the 2023 Prius Prime will be available in SE, XSE and XSE Premium grades, respectively. No matter the grade, they all provide a smooth ride.
The attractive features don’t stop there. Both vehicles’ exteriors boast modern, polished designs. Each possesses a piercing silhouette with sporty yet sleek exterior styling. With an aerodynamic flair, the 2023 Prius and Prius Prime feature a roofline 2 inches lower compared to the prior generation for a more athletic look. The vehicles are 1 inch longer and nearly 1 inch wider in the rear, adding to the aesthetic appeal.
For both the 2023 Prius and Prius Prime, the position of the battery is also optimized, with placement under the rear seat for enhanced luggage capacity.
The Prius Prime also blends its cool aesthetic with a bit of star-powered tech: a solar roof. This on-board charging feature uses roof-mounted solar panels to recharge the Prius Prime’s battery when parked. The panels deliver supplemental power to accessory functions, like air conditioning, when driving. A clever design conceals the electrodes for a seamless, glossy appearance.
Drivers can expect enhanced acceleration and effortless handling when they get behind the wheel of both the 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime. Both have larger 2.0L engines and newly developed lithium-ion batteries. New for 2023 Prius, the battery pack is smaller and lighter and achieves a 15% increase in output compared to the previous-generation nickel metal battery.
The 2023 Prius Prime’s battery has been improved as well. The new, larger lithium-ion battery is projected an all-electric estimated range increase of more than 50% over the previous estimated range of 25 miles. The EPA figures are expected to be available in Spring 2023.
Superb dynamic performance is a key benefit of the 2023 Prius all-wheel-drive (AWD)-equipped vehicles due to the capable Electronic On-Demand AWD system. It uses a motor to drive the rear wheels, enabling stable driving performance when starting off and when driving on slippery road surfaces such as snow. What’s more, the 2023 Prius has three drive modes: NORMAL, ECO and SPORT. In ECO mode, the drive force response to accelerator operation is suppressed slightly to modulate the throttle and enhance fuel economy. In POWER mode or SPORT mode, the drive force in the low to mid-accelerator operation is increased to help enhance throttle responsiveness.
Top-Notch Tech Capabilities
The 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime are designed and equipped with the tools to make life easier and more convenient — thanks to the available 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system feature. The drivers of both vehicles will also have the opportunity to access a wide range of enhanced connectivity and convenience features. The system is capable of Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to keep things up-to-date.
Users can interact with the system through intuitive touch and voice activation controls. With the available Connected Service Drive Connect, drivers and passengers have access to Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist. With Intelligent Assistant, simple phrases like “Hey Toyota” awaken the system for voice-activated commands to search for directions, find points of interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures and more — all hands-free.
To sonically elevate the journey, the eight-speaker JBL® Premium Audio system comes standard only on the 2023 Prius Limited grade and the 2023 Prius Prime XSE Premium grade. With the use of Clari-Fi® technology, the system is also able to breathe life into compressed digital music formats, enhancing the audio experience.
Safety and Convenience Features
Safety is one of Toyota’s priorities. The Toyota Safety Sense generation, TSS 3.0, which comes standard, helps the 2023 Prius and 2023 Prius Prime uphold those high-quality standards. This suite offers an array of active safety systems that include the existing systems available on the prior generation Prius; but they also include some additional enhancements and capabilities, all of which are designed to help keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe.
To help drivers prevent collisions, the Safety Sense comes with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The system is designed to detect preceding vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists while providing audio and visual alerts. Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) is a feature that works in collaboration with the Pre-Collision system. It can help detect and warn drivers of vehicles that are approaching or positioned near or in adjacent lanes.
Another noteworthy feature is the Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which adds a fourth following distance setting to the previously available three. Enhanced vehicle detection allows for the ability to detect more than one preceding vehicle, as well as vehicles in adjacent lanes. This is designed to help the system provide smoother, more natural speed adjustments, especially when the driver changes lanes.
There have also been enhancements to Lane Tracing Assist. This system now helps provide more space between vehicles being passed by cars in adjacent lanes. It works by offsetting the vehicles’ driving paths with minor steering adjustments while helping to keep the vehicle within its lane.
Another feature that’s been enhanced is Road Sign Assist. It has expanded sign detection capabilities that now include certain intersection signs and warning signs, like pedestrian crossings.
Proactive Driving Assist is new to Prius and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of technologies. When system operating conditions are met, the vehicle’s camera and radar are designed to provide gentle braking into curves or braking and steering to help support driving tasks such as distance control between a preceding vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist.
The Rear Cross Traffic Alert is designed to help detect vehicles that are approaching from either side while pulling out and alerting drivers with a visual and audible warning.
Collectively, all these features and amenities work to help create a dynamic driving experience that’s stylish, convenient and, most importantly, designed to help with safety.
As Toyota continues its commitment to finding highly efficient and zero emission solutions that fit customers lifestyles across the U.S., the 2023 Toyota Prius and 2023 Prius Prime will be a part of a lineup that looks to move “beyond zero.” As a symbol of that commitment, the 2023 Prius will be the first Toyota vehicle to wear a new “Beyond Zero” badge, a global effort to achieve carbon neutrality in Toyota products, manufacturing and beyond.
For more information on the Prius and Prius Prime, please see the vehicle press kits.
Bhutan is all set for its first ever debut at the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, which will be held in New Orleans on January 14, 2023. Tashi Choden, 24, was crowned Miss Bhutan in June at the third edition of Miss Bhutan, with the last event held more than a decade ago.
Stunning, outspoken, intelligent, confident and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Tashi is thrilled to represent her country at one of the world’s biggest international beauty pageants. She sees this as an opportunity to learn from her fellow delegates, but more importantly, to represent Bhutan on a global stage.
Born to a Bhutanese mother and a Tibetan father, Tashi was raised in Nagaland, India until the age of three. Tragedy struck and she lost her father when she was only four years old, and a decade later she lost her mother as well.
Even before winning the Miss Bhutan title, Tashi was a successful model and actress. She began modeling at the age of 15 when she came across Project Bhutan, a Bhutanese modeling agency based in Thimphu, where she started taking part in shows and pageants. She also established herself as an actress through movies like Singye and Nyingtob.
Personally, Tashi sees beauty pageants as a journey of discovering herself, through which she has become a strong, passionate and driven young woman. It is also a platform where she can be the voice of the youth, represent her country to the outside world and advocate for causes that are close to her heart, like LGBTQ+ rights. She believes she can take Bhutan to the top. Tashi embodies the energy of the youth of Bhutan in the 21st century, forging her own path and taking her country to the global stage.
“I knew I had the passion, the motivation and the right reasons to want to win the Miss Bhutan pageant, and it was a beautiful journey of celebrating my identity. Miss Universe to me is an opportunity to represent my country. As a global event watched by millions of people, I see this as a great platform to help share the voice of my country, highlight our beautiful land, and advocate for important causes. Bhutan is going through a period of major transformation, and I’m so proud to be part of this. I believe in the future of our country and everything that we can achieve together,” Tashi Choden concluded.
Pictured: (header image) Tashi Choden, Miss Bhutan 2022; (inset images)
headshot of Tashi Choden; Tashi Choden with an LGBTQIA+ flag
ABOUT THE TOURISM COUNCIL OF BHUTAN
The Tourism Council of Bhutan is responsible for the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in Bhutan. It works to share the Kingdom’s remarkable places, people and experiences with conscious travelers, guided by the principles of high-value, low-volume tourism.
The New York Botanical Garden Celebrates the Holiday Season Day and Night with the 31st Year of the Holiday Train Show and the Return of NYBG GLOW, N.Y.C.’s Largest Outdoor Holiday Light Experience, Expanded for Its Third Year
NYBG GLOW Takes Place on Select Evenings Through Saturday, January 14, 2023
The Holiday Train Show (left) returns for its 31st year at The New York Botanical Garden, and NYBG GLOW (right), New York’s largest outdoor holiday light experience, has been expanded for its third year. (NYBG Photos)
The Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—returns to The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), where it has been making memories for more than 30 years. Visitors will marvel as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as leaves, seeds, twigs, bark, acorns, cinnamon sticks, and pine cone scales. As day turns to night on select dates, families and friends can start a new holiday tradition exploring the Botanical Garden’s festively illuminated landscape and enjoying food, magical experiences, and more at NYBG GLOW, the expanded outdoor color-and-light experience. It will be the perfect night out this holiday season.
The Holiday Train Show is now open and will be on view through Monday, January 16, 2023. NYBG GLOW will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on select nights through Saturday, January 14, 2023.
Featuring a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Haupt Conservatory, the Holiday Train Show includes such famous New York landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and many other favorites, all crafted by the creative team at Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky. This year’s exhibition features a brand-new version of an old favorite—the George Washington Bridge—with more intricate detailing and lighting. The new replica took Applied Imagination’s artists approximately 1,000 hours to create.
A new feature of this year’s exhibition is interpretive signage that explores some of the plants used to create the Holiday Train Show replicas. The signage will link to exclusive content in the Bloomberg Connects app that tells these plant stories, using preserved plant specimens from NYBG’s William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, the largest plant research collection in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly eight million specimens. The new Holiday Train Show signs draw a connection between the botanical roots of NYBG’s cherished exhibition and its Plant Research and Conservation program.
More than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track in the Holiday Train Show. American steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, and modern freight and passenger trains travel along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and across soaring bridges such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Visitors can enjoy the Holiday Train Show during the day or see favorite buildings light up at night under the glow of the Haupt Conservatory. Combination tickets to the Holiday Train Show and NYBG GLOW are once again available.
Returning for its third year, NYBG GLOW offers visitors the opportunity to discover the beauty of NYBG’s landscape and historic buildings, breathtakingly illuminated across the Garden. Building upon sold-out evenings the past two years, NYBG GLOW, New York City’s largest outdoor holiday light experience, expands across even more of the Garden’s magnificent collections, including an all-new display of 60 glowing orbs in the water feature of the Native Plant Garden. During these special evenings, NYBG’s iconic sights and buildings, including the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, become dramatic, glittering canvases. Thousands of energy-efficent, choreographed lights and sound and picture-perfect installations create a spectacle not to be missed. Beverages and light fare will be available at one of NYBG’s outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up, and professional sculptors will create intricate ice carvings inspired by the Garden’s winter landscape.
NYBG GLOW will take place on the following dates: Friday, December 9; Saturday, December 10; Sunday, December 11; Thursday, December 15; Friday, December 16; Saturday, December 17; Thursday, December 22; Friday, December 23; Monday, December 26; Tuesday, December 27; Wednesday, December 28; Thursday, December 29; Friday, December 30, 2022; Sunday, January 1; Saturday, January 7; and Saturday, January 14, 2023.
Seasonal Programming Features Fun for All Ages
The following programs will round out a visit to the Holiday Train Show:
During Evergreen Express in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, children can pretend to ride the rails aboard our child-sized play train and caboose, hike winter trails to discover evergreen trees and their amazing plant parts, and design a giant-sized bird’s nest using evergreen boughs. For guided activities, they can explore pressed plants with images from NYBG’s William and Lynda Steere Herbarium featuring mounted conifer specimens and mount their own pressed conifers or make a winter woodland animal out of pine cones. During Storytime at the Swamp Oak Story Spot, young visitors can hear a winter-themed story read by Children’s Adventure Garden staff. There is also a new story book walk featuring the book Snow Birds by Kirsten Hall with pictures by Jenni Desmond, which celebrates the birds that stay around for the winter months. Guided Activities: Weekdays, 1:30–5:30 p.m.; weekends, holidays, and school breaks, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Storytime: Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday holidays, 2:30 p.m.
Inspired brass and percussion performances by local musicians fill the air during Sounds of the Season in the Leon Levy Visitor Center. Daily December 23–24, 2022, and December 26, 2022–January 1, 2023; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit our website at nybg.org
Victoria and Robert Zoellner
Alpine Associates Management Inc.
Digital experience provided by: Bloomberg Philanthropies
LuESTHER T. MERTZ CHARITABLE TRUST
Providing leadership support for year-round programming at NYBG
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