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CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Transshipment Port

first_imgPlans for Jamaica to become a major transshipment and logistics centre have been significantly expanded with a further US$1.5 billion investment from the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, made the disclosure during his opening presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7.“This development has the potential to have a significant impact on the future of the Jamaican economy,” he stated. [RELATED: Local Contractors to Benefit from Major Infrastructure Development Programme]Dr. Davies informed that the project will see the establishment of a transshipment port, the construction of various manufacturing facilities, the development of a major IT facility, the development of a cement plant and the possible development of a power plant to provide electricity to the industrial complex. The development is also expected to result in the employment of 2,000 construction workers to be followed by over 10,000 permanent jobs, most of which will require high-level skills.The Minister also noted that the extension to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which has been signed by CHEC and the Port Authority of Jamaica, will last for another year to allow for all the relevant studies to be conducted, including environmental assessments.He said the project will be a direct investment of CHEC and its parent company, China Construction and Communications Company (CCCC). “The administration is extremely excited about the prospects for this massive investment plan and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that it materialises,” he said.In the meantime, Dr. Davies explained that given the range of the planned project, the investors are now seeking a much larger location than Fort Augusta. The new site, he said, must be in excess of 6,000 acres.He said the government will ensure that all the required environmental impact assessments for the initiative are carried out, noting that no aspect of the development will be carried out without full authorisation from the various regulatory authorities, in particular, the National Environment and Planning Agency.Furthermore, Dr. Davies said the government will be working closely with CHEC to ensure that all preliminary work is completed within a year, leading to actual developmental work beginning in fiscal year 2014/2015.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

USC Loses Starting CB Isiah Wiley To Academics

A University of Southern California football roster still in flux because of ongoing NCAA sanctions became a bit clearer on Friday with the announcement that starting cornerback Isiah Wiley had been ruled ineligible for the season.Trojans coach Lane Kiffin delivered the news, while also adding that linebacker Marquis Simmons and cornerback Brian Baucham had each been cleared to play.Top-ranked USC has until Monday’s first day of fall semester classes to have its roster trimmed to 75 scholarship players as mandated by their NCAA punishment for recruiting violations.Kiffin declined to say exactly how many players were on scholarship, but said the Trojans were hovering a few below the maximum limit allowed.“We’re definitely not over,” Kiffin was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times. “I’ll leave it at that.”Wiley, a senior who had transferred from Arizona Western Community College last year, started the final six games last season after both Torin Harris and Anthony Brown suffered season-ending injuries. Wiley recorded 39 tackles, four pass deflections and one fumble recovery to shore up the spot opposite All-Pac 12 cornerback Nikell Robey.Wiley had not been practicing or attending workouts while his status was determined.“We didn’t want to invest a lot of time in guys that weren’t sure whether they were going to be here,” Kiffin said. “Now, all of a sudden, we’d be sitting here … going ‘Now what do we do’“The blow is not so big, I think, because of the way we went about it.”Wiley is not expected to remain enrolled at the school.Simmons had also sat out all of preseason practice while awaiting word about his academic status. The fourth-year junior, who is coming off neck surgery, is expected to bolster USC’s linebacking corps and special teams.Baucham had been ruled academically ineligible last season, but was singled out by Kiffin during spring practice as one of the most improved players on the team.The Trojans open the season next Saturday when they host Hawaii. read more

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2019 Hyundai Veloster recalled over faulty drivers door latch

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 46 Photos 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. Hyundai,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. 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 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 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. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is entertaining yet affordable 10 Photos More about 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Preview • 2019 Hyundai Veloster: Newly matured, yet proudly odd hatch 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. 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. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Tags Share your voice 18 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 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.  Recalls Hyundai General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 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. 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 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 81 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Enlarge ImageThe Veloster’s driver’s side door could open in the event of a crash. Hyundai Hyundai’s redesigned 2019 Veloster is being recalled due to faulty door latch housings, according to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released Tuesday. This recall affects 12,438 vehicles in the United States.According to NHTSA’s recall notice, the Veloster’s driver’s side door latch housing can become damaged in the event of a side-impact crash, which would allow the door to open. This is hazardous because, as NHTSA says, “the door opening could result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.”This problem was first discovered in 2018, when he Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted its side-impact crash test on the 2019 Veloster. “During the crash, the door latch housing and locking cable became damaged causing the door to open,” NHTSA said in its safety recall report (PDF). Hyundai replicated the test and could not produce the same results, but nevertheless “began working on an ‘enhancement’ solution to improving the crashworthiness of the IIHS side impact rating,” according to the report.Hyundai is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem, and the official recall campaign is expected to begin on June 14. Be sure to check Roadshow’s how-to guide to see if your vehicle is affected by this (or any other) open recall. 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.center_img Hatchbacks More From Roadshow More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Review • 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review Tags 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: A true hot-hatch contender 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 69 Photos 49 Photos 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. 12 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 5:09 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry 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. 26 Photos 0 Comments 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 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. Post a commentlast_img read more

FM Arun Jaitley defence allocation is satisfactory says Solar Industries director R

first_imgPIB IndiaUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 274,000 crore for the defence sector in Union Budget 2017-2018 on Wednesday. This allocation will allow Rs 86,000 crore to be used for capital acquisition, reports noted.Read: Union Budget 2017 Highlights: Here is FM Arun Jailtley’s speech, key takeaway is Income Tax cutsThe current Budget, however, marks a nominal increase in defence allocation when compared with that of last year’s, which was Rs 2,49,000 crore. This marks an overall 5.8 percent increase in the defence budget, which barely meets inflation and salary hike requirements, the Economic Times reported. In comparision, however, the Budget of 2016-2017 saw an increase of 11 percent.Jaitley also proposed a centralised defence travel system, where the soldiers and the officers would be able to book tickets online and thus saving them the time and energy from waiting in the queues along with the civilians. Further, it also announced the creation of a web-based pension distribution system for the defence personnel.Nevertheless, R D Vakil, Director of Solar Industries India Limited, whose company is India’s largest manufacturer of Industrial Explosives and Explosive Initiating Systems and has been involved in manufacture of warheads composition, HMX and RDX components, composite propellants for various rockets and missiles called the defence allocation in Budget 2017-18 as “satisfactory.”Speaking to International Business Times, India he however wished that the “Government would have given some sops like interest subvention to the defence sector similar to given in the housing sector.” He also believed that the government “should consider giving tax breaks and financial assistance to attract more investments in the defence segment.” On the question of the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he believed that it “will definitely help the nation to enhance its defence preparedness.” There were predictions that the Union Budget 2017-2018 would see the defence sector taking a back seat with many blaming it on demonetisation too. Experts had earlier noted that at least 10 percent increase was required to keep up with the inflation and the country needed huge money to take forward its armed forces modernisation process.The Defence Ministry had come under pressure due to its under utilisation of allocated funds. It had returned Rs 35,000 crore from its capital allocation for the previous four years.last_img read more

3542m textbooks being distributed

first_img.Some 354.2 million textbooks are being distributed among the students of primary to higher secondary-level across the country in 2018 academic year, reports UNB.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid distributed books at the complex of Azimpur Girls’ School and College at 10 am on Monday. Primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman provided free text books among the students at Dhaka University Playground.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the distribution of free textbooks among students up to the secondary level for the academic year 2018 on Saturday.last_img read more

Remove the word Kumari from Kabinnama HC rules

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to exclude the word ‘Kumari’ (virgin) from the No 5 column of Kabinnama (marriage document) form and insert ‘unmarried’ instead of it. The HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Khizir Ahmed Choudhury passed the order after disposing of a rule in this regard. The court also asked the authorities concerned to insert married, unmarried or divorced (marital status) in No 4 (ka) subsection of the form in the case of male. Lawyers ZI Khan Panna and Ainunnahar Siddiqua stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Amit Talukdar represented the state. Ainnunahar said the word ‘kumari’ is a privacy matter and the writ was filed as per the right to privacy. In September, 2014, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the No 5 column of Kabinnama should not be declared illegal and discriminatory. It also sought explanation as to why Kabinnama will not be amended excluding the word ‘Kumari’ and mentioning the marital status of male. Supreme Court lawyer Belayet Hossain said the word ‘Kumari’ should not exist in the No 5 column of ‘Kabinnama’ as it hurts honour and privacy of a person. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Naripokkho and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) on September 7, 2014 filed the writ petition with the High Court. Secretaries to the public administration ministry, religious affairs ministry and the director general of printing and publications directorate were made respondents to the rule.last_img read more

Louisiana floodwaters are receding operations returning to normal

first_img BATON ROUGE – Louisiana has been hit recently by several floods, which has prompted the Louisiana Office of Tourism to keep a close eye on any lasting impact on international tourism.According to an official release, flood-affected areas fell within the corridors of major rivers, tributaries and waterways in the regions around Baton Rouge and Lafayette southward. The city of New Orleans, the Louisiana gulf coast, the central and northern regions of Louisiana as well as most of the geographic area of Louisiana were not affected by floodwaters.Just as the floodwaters came quickly, the waters are receding quickly, and the small percentage of tourism attractions, overnight accommodations and restaurants impacted statewide have resumed or are quickly returning to normal operations. Subsequently, major transportation arteries that were temporarily impacted by flooding have been reopened.“The New Orleans CVB and the entire New Orleans hospitality industry is working tirelessly to assess the needs of those negatively impacted and support them through an aggressive materials drive and delivery program. We are committed to help those damaged areas rebuild, just as we received help to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The time has come once again to lean in to do whatever can be done to help those in need,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthSome state traveller welcome centers, state parks and state museums in the flood-affected areas saw woes ranging from temporarily restricted accessibility to limited damage to structures and amenities directly in the floodwaters’ paths. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will provide an update on those facilities once the immediate needs of flood-affected Louisiana citizens have been addressed, once floodwaters have completely receded and once assessments can be made to properties on a site-by-site basis.“The Louisiana Office of Tourism continues to assist our citizens that have been affected by these horrendous natural disasters across south central Louisiana,” said Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston. “However, if you have business or leisure travel planned to the unaffected areas of the state, Louisiana still offers a plethora of authentic experiences to the traveling public.”For more information go to Louisiana floodwaters are receding, operations returning to normal Posted by Share Travelweek Group Thursday, August 18, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more