Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Audi invested in Silvercar back in 2015, but recently purchased the rental company wholly in 2017. Before the purchase, the brand exclusively supplied the company with a fleet of A4 sedans. And yes, the Silvercar rental vehicles come in a silver color. As part of the premium rental experience, the company also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot activated in each vehicle, in-car GPS and SiriusXM satellite radio at no extra charge.Audi buyers and lessees who take advantage of the program will also find zero mileage caps and no additional costs for car seat rentals, either. There’s just one catch: an owner will need to use the free rental days within three years of their purchase or lease. 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 3 More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 3:06 General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Review • 2018 Audi Q5: Audi’s second-gen Q5 is lighter, more efficient and better to drive on- and off-road Car Industry Luxury cars 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Car Industry Silvercar rental cars are — wait for it — all silver! Audi Perhaps incentives alone aren’t enough to push you to pull the trigger on a new Audi. How about seven days worth of rental cars tossed in? That’s the German luxury brand’s latest pitch to buyers.The company announced its “Always Audi” program and said in a Monday release that each 2019 or newer Audi model will come with seven Silvercar rental days with any purchase or lease. The rental days can be used one at a time or in blocks for flexibility. The idea is to make sure Audi drivers don’t need to leave the comforts they’ve become accustomed to behind when traveling. Silvercar offers a fleet of A4, A5 Cabriolet, Q5 and Q7 models at 26 locations across the US. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow More about 2018 Audi Q5 49 Photos 52 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Preview • 2018 Audi Q5: Taking the best of Q7 and shrinking it down Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Post a comment Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 18 Photos 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. The Audi A4’s Traffic Jam Assist tech makes commuting… 18 Photos 26 Photos Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 12 Photos Audi’s Q7 gets big updates for 2020 Audi Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments
Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh’s democracy is now well-protected and it has earned the capability to face any disaster.“Our economy has stood on a solid ground and democracy is well-protected … we’ve been able to ensure fundamental rights of the people like food, clothes, housing and education,” she said.The prime minister made the comments before media after exchanging Eid greetings with the cross section of people, including party leaders and workers, professionals, judges and foreign diplomats at her official Ganabhaban residence here this afternoon.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now economically developed and the people’s purchasing capacity has increased and their living standard has improved significantly.She said the literacy rate and the people’s average life expectancy have gone up and Bangladesh got recognition as a developing country thanks to various steps of her government.Putting emphasis on maintaining the continuation of the development, the premier said the country had to cross many hurdles to earn this success.“We’ve to also cross many barriers in future to advance the country and it’s natural … we keep capability to face any disaster,” she added.The prime minister reiterated her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free country by 2021 and developed and prosperous country in South Asia by 2041.“The people of the country will also celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 by establishing Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free country,” she said.“We want that we could move on the world stage by keeping our head high and we’re building the country in this way and Insha Allah the country will advance in that way,” she added.At the outset of her speech, Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen and expatriate Bangladeshis on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr. “I want that the people will live in joyous environment throughout their life and it’s my wish that they will live beautifully,” she said.She also paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, four national leaders, three million martyrs and two lakh mothers and sisters who sacrificed their life for the cause of the country.The gate of the Ganabhaban was opened for visitors at 9.30am when people from all walks of life started coming after their Eid prayers and waited in a long queue to meet the prime minister. On the occasion the big lawn of Gonabhaban was tastefully decorated.Leaders of different political parties, parliament members, freedom fighters, educationists, senior journalists, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and different professional and trade bodies as well as the cross section of people including beggars and destitute exchanged Eid greetings with the prime minister.Agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, LGRD minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, AL presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Muhammad Faruk KhanDr Abdur Razzak and Sahara Khatun, central leaders Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ashim Kumar Ukil, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan were present, among others.Like previous years, some of the visitors took the programme as an opportunity to draw attention of the top executive of the country to their woes and sufferings and sought her intervention and support to resolve those problems.Later, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with judges of the Supreme Court, senior civil and military officials and ambassadors and high commissioners of different friendly countries at a separate programme on Ganabhaban lawn.Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and the chiefs of the three services attended the function.
Close-up map locating the area where a ferry capsized in the Philippines. AFPRescue teams in the Philippines resumed their search for survivors Friday after a ferry carrying more than 250 passengers capsized, with at least five confirmed dead.The accident occurred in rough waters off the main island of Luzon Thursday as the Mercraft 3 keeled over en route to a remote island.The 206-tonne vessel had been given the green light to sail as Tropical Storm Tembin gathered pace over the southern Philippines nearly a thousand kilometres away, as there were no storm alerts in the local area, the coastguard said.But a survivor told local radio that the ferry was forced to stop at sea due to large waves and strong winds, before it started taking in water from the bow and tipped over.Filipino ferries, which seasonally brave rough seas in the Pacific typhoon belt, are notorious for overloading.Some 252 people have so far been pulled to safety, with the death toll up to five.The coastguard had earlier said only 251 passengers and crew were on board, but confirmed the vessel had a 286-person capacity.Officials gave no explanation for the discrepancy but acknowledged the boat had carried more than the 251 people listed on its manifest.Rescuers are yet to determine how many are still missing, Efren Ritual, a rescue official in the town of Infanta, said.“The search will continue because there are still people here looking for their missing relatives,” he told AFP by telephone.Local fishing boats and the Philippine navy were assisting in the search, according to the coastguard office in Manila.The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, is plagued by poor sea transport, with its badly regulated boats and ships prone to overcrowding and accidents.The latest incident occurred 30 years after another Philippine ferry, the Dona Paz, collided with an oil tanker in a pre-Christmas accident south of Manila that claimed more than 4,000 lives in the world’s worst peacetime disaster at sea.
Countries like Bangladesh may lose competitive advantage in attaining economic growth to come out of poverty by creating mass urban employment in the garment industry, a Bloomberg article says.It has pointed out that automation is making textile manufacturing less labour-intensive.“This is a crucial question because as technology advances, there’s a concern that the traditional path out of poverty might be closing,” reads the article titled “Bangladesh Versus India in the Development Race”.The author, Noah Smith, observed that technological advancement might cause the industry to migrate back to rich countries like the US, “where labour is expensive but capital is relatively cheap”.“The developing world is at risk of premature deindustrialisation. If Bangladesh fails due to competition from rich-world robots, it will bode ill for countries such as Ethiopia that are looking to hop on the escalator to prosperity,” the article said.“That would leave India’s service-centric development model as the only feasible path.”It mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the process of rising wages in developed countries and shifting of low-tech, labour-intensive manufacturing industries to counties with cheaper workers.This economic development path, the article pointed out, “has no doubt come at a real human and social cost — Bangladesh’s workers suffer harsh working conditions and many industrial accidents, including a horrific factory collapse in 2013 that killed more than a thousand people.”“But overall, the tried-and-true industrialization strategy seems to be working.”Referring to some economists’ argument, the article said automation “hasn’t closed off the traditional path, and that there is still plenty of work for industrious people in poor countries.”It raised a twin question: “Will Bangladesh, with its traditional approach to growth, catch up and overtake India? Or has India stumbled upon a new development model that cuts out the need for a country to do a stint as the workshop of the world?”The article further observed that Bangladesh is scrambling to diversify into more valuable manufacturing industries such as autos and electronics.Smith explained that although the leaders of Bangladesh and India have similar goals, the difference in the country’s development models is making for an interesting experiment.“If Bangladesh grows faster, it will suggest that manufacturing, starting with textiles, is still the ticket to industrialisation; but if Bangladesh falters and India sustains its growth, it will imply that poor countries should look to services first,” the author concluded.
Kolkata: The state Forest department is taking measures to increase the green cover in the state that is rapidly depleting due to urbanisation.”The loss of green cover is a world-wide concern and we have to address this issue along with reducing pollution and controlling carbon emissions. The present forest cover in our state is only 14 percent. We have to take it up to 30 percent and make the state a better place to live in,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said at the inaugural programme of the 16th edition of Flower Fair, popularly known as Phool Mela at Eden Gardens on Thursday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStressing on planting trees as the only alternative to bring down carbon emissions, Hakim said 40 percent of state population is suffering from Asthma because of depleting oxygen content. Under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Hakim has created a separate department of Urban Forestry at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He had held several meetings with the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust that own a reasonable amount of land in the city and have a kept a proposal in front of them asking to allow the civic body to plant trees on vacant lands not used for any commercial purposes. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDifferent agencies from both Centre and state have been asked to take up plantation on their own or they can also urge the civic body to take up such initiatives on their behalf. State Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman said his department has recently handed over 1,000 saplings each to all MLAs in the state urging them to plant them in their respective areas. “We have planted 20,000 saplings and had distributed the same on last year’s Vanmohatsav in July. We are also conducting awareness programmes to inform people that stale flowers can be recycled and put into good use including generating employment. Discarded Marigold flowers are being used in some parts of the state for manufacturing Abir during Doljatra and Holi,” the minister said. The Flower Fair at Eden Gardens that kicked off on Thursday will continue for three days.
By: The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Argentina, Strike Argentina strike halts flights, trains, buses Thursday, May 30, 2019 BUENOS AIRES — Much of Argentina came to a standstill Wednesday as a strike to protest government austerity measures grounded hundreds of flights, halted bus and train lines and forced the closing of banks, courts and many schools.The country’s main grains ports were also shut and hospitals offered only emergency services during the 24-hour strike organized by labour unions to protest the policies of President Mauricio Macri, who is seeking re-election in October. Those include the firing of workers and the slashing of government subsidies that have shot up the costs of transportation and utility rates. Argentines are also fed up with a stubborn recession, a devaluation of the currency and one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Authorities estimated that about 330 flights from the country’s flagship carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas, were cancelled and some 37,000 passengers were affected by the walkout, which also forced the ‘Recopa’ final between soccer clubs River Plate and Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense to be postponed to Thursday.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyUnion leaders said it was the largest strike that they had organized since Macri took office in 2015 promising to end poverty and tame high consumer prices. They say government policies have led to the closing of some 14,000 small and mid-size companies while Argentines continue to lose purchasing power to an “alarming” inflation rate of about 50% a year.Unions and left-leaning organizations cut some roads leading into the capital city and distributed food to show what they say is increasing hunger.“We’re sick of the low salaries, the halt of activity in the industry,” said unionist Ruben Garcia.The government rejected the strike, saying it only affects Argentina’s economy and that the stoppage is a political measure by union leaders who aspire to public office. Share