Government Officials Meet with CHEC/NWA on Mandela Improvement Project

first_imgThe Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the Office of the Prime Minister Audrey Sewell last evening (October 3) convened a meeting with the management of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the National Works Agency (NWA) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Collette Roberts Risden and her team.CHEC was represented by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Zhimin Hu and Head of NWA EG Hunter.The meeting was called to discuss the current work stoppage on the Mandela Highway Improvement Project under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).During the meeting, the Government officials noted that no formal complaint has been made to the Ministry of Labour of a dispute between the workers and CHEC. However, resolution of the matter is necessary in the national interest.In that regard, the Government officials requested information on rates paid to workers and whether CHEC is complying with industry standards.CHEC assured the meeting that rates are paid based on industry standards. The CHEC officials also noted that work on the Mandela Improvement Project continues even though approximately 20 drivers are not operating in a normal fashion.The management of CHEC assured the meeting that it will continue its work to ensure that the December deadline for the completion of the Mandela Highway project is met.The Government will continue to monitor the situation.last_img read more

Star Treks Nichelle Nichols Becomes Founding Celebrity For STARPOWER

first_imgNichelle Nichols – best known as ‘Uhura’ in Gene Roddenberry’s iconic television show ‘Star Trek’ – has announced her role as a founding celebrity and launch partner of STARPOWER, the largest philanthropic endeavor in social media history, to benefit and support her favorite charities.Video: Nichelle Nichols – Welcome to StarPowerNichols, who volunteered with NASA to promote recruitment of women and minorities into the space agency, is joining forces with STARPOWER to harness the power of her fans online to raise funds and awareness for deserving charities that continue those missions she cares so much about. Effective immediately Nichelle Nichols will be hosting fan events, offering giveaways, signings, competitions, and more to fans that follow her through her STARPOWER account.Fans of Nichelle and of Star Trek can JOIN here.“Nichelle Nichols is a woman of many historic firsts,” said Terri Hitchcock, CEO of STARPOWER. “She has broken boundaries throughout her entire career. From her role as the first African-American woman to play a non-stereotypical television lead, to her pioneering work in the space program, Nichelle has chosen to take on a new historic undertaking with the launch of STARPOWER. We’re truly honored that she’s chosen to join us.”“StarPower makes it possible to share with my fans in ways I’ve always wished I could do, said Nichols, speaking from her Los Angeles home. “I’m excited to not only have a closer relationship with my fans than ever before, but to be doing it for my favorite causes.”Nichols is noted for her dedication to her fans whom she calls ‘many of her best supporters, her cheerleaders, and her very close friends’.Nichols continues to tour the world, attending conventions and performing on stage for both her own work, and for Star Trek. “I wish I could spend more time with each and every one of them,” says Nichols, “and now, thanks to StarPower, I can.”Nichols’ charitable recipients include The Technology Access Foundation which works to aid and equip minority students for success in college and life through an education in the sciences and engineering, and the Planetary Society which sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurtures creative young minds, and is a vital advocate for our future in space.last_img read more

The 2019 NBA Draft Class Is Short By Basketball Standards

Neil Paine contributed research. It isn’t that bigs are no longer effective in the pace-and-space modern NBA. As we previously noted, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP two seasons ago stood 6-foot-10 or taller, a high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. This season, it was up to 26 players.In a league that seemingly gets longer by the minute, it’s telling that switchability — rather than height — is expected to dominate this year’s draft. This year’s NBA Finals pitted 6-foot-7 Draymond Green against 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, and although the latter won the championship, the incoming archetype more closely mirrors the former. If things play out as ESPN’s latest mock draft suspects, this year’s lottery will feature a bevy of oversized guards, guys capable of being slotted at either guard or wing, bigs with the lateral quickness necessary in modern NBA defense … and one 7-footer.No longer can bigs be immobile. They must now move laterally at a high rate, tread water against guards on pick-and-roll sets and defend multiple positions on the interior. Positional flexibility is here to stay — look no further than Thursday night’s draft. A year after an NBA draft dominated by very large human beings, the draft class to be announced Thursday night should look a lot … shorter. Big men are obviously still alive and well in the NBA, but this class illustrates that the league now focuses on positional flexibility and finds itself firmly rooted in a style of play that prioritizes shooting, spacing and length over height.According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, there isn’t a single player taller than 6-foot-7 projected to be taken in the first five picks and just one 7-footer forecast for the lottery. The average height of the projected Top 10 selections is 78.8 inches, or nearly 6-foot-7. While that may be well above the national average, by NBA beanstalk standards this would be the fifth-shortest Top 10 of any draft since 1985. It’s also a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when 7-foot-1 DeAndre Ayton went No. 1 overall, five of the first seven selections were bigs,1That list doesn’t include 6-foot-7 Luka Doncic, who is among the league’s tallest point guards. and six lottery picks were at least 6-foot-10. This season, only one projected lottery pick exceeds 82 inches.But just because this year’s draft has downsized doesn’t mean the incoming crop is all Lilliputian guards. The class is full of versatile wings, and surefire top selection Zion Williamson is an athletic marvel unlike anyone in recent memory. In fact, this draft class is perhaps the clearest encapsulation of the league’s transition away from the lumbering frontcourt.Take Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, for example, who is 6-foot-8 and among 20 players invited to sit in the green room. Last season, coach Mark Few tasked him with protecting the rim. Clarke proceeded to set the single-season blocks record and was the backline of the most dominant shot-blocking unit Few has had in his 20 years in Spokane. “I’m not 7 foot,” Clarke told FiveThirtyEight, “but I have really, really good timing by the basket. Even though I’m 6-8, I feel like I play like I’m much taller.”Juxtapose that with Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 skyscraper who will likely become the tallest player in the NBA since Yao Ming.2The son of Manute Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, is not the tallest person in this draft class. Bol Bol is only 7-foot-3. He’s coming off one of the most efficient scoring careers in the history of college basketball, but there’s a fairly good chance that he won’t be drafted Thursday night, a notion that would stun front office execs of yesteryear.Indeed, there was a time when the most coveted player in an NBA draft was a 7-foot, back-to-the-basket force, capable of controlling the game on both ends of the floor. From 1980 to 1992, nine of the top overall selections were at least 6-foot-10, with seven3Joe Barry Carroll in 1980, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, Patrick Ewing in 1985, Brad Daugherty in 1986, David Robinson in 1987 and Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. checking in at 7 feet. But the NBA has changed in myriad ways since the draft was first televised in 1980. Nowadays, even the positions are different, as the 1-5 designation has largely be replaced by three options: guard, wing, big. As such, the coveted prototype for each classification has changed dramatically.“Most high school and college coaches would tell a big to stay back and protect the rim,” said Justin Zormelo, a personal trainer who specializes in analytics and has trained NBA All-Stars. “As you can see in the NBA, you can’t do that anymore.”Slow and plodding — like Roy Hibbert — is out. Quick, long and athletic — like Giannis Antetokounmpo — is in. It’s no coincidence that most of the players in the top half of this draft have been lauded for their ability to switch on defense or play multiple positions on the floor.“Being able to move laterally is important,” Zormelo said. “Understanding your length. Being able to play in different areas of the floor rather than just setting up in front of the basket. Developing a shooting touch. This is now critical.”Let’s look at the Top 5 frontcourt selections in this year’s draft: Williamson, De’Andre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya, Jaxson Hayes and Rui Hachimura. Their average height: 80.8 inches. Compare that to previous years, and there’s a clear disparity. read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night

first_img April 20, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres will conduct Autism Awareness Night at today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in an effort to raise awareness and support individuals and their families who are affected by autism.Representatives from various autism awareness and sensory inclusive groups will participate in a baseline ceremony and a representative will ring the Mission Bell.A ticket package including a donation to the autism organization Autism Speaks is available at www.padres.com/autism.Autism Speaks seeks to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.Autism Awareness Night comes during World Autism Month. In connection with Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks began a public awareness campaign April 2 encouraging parents to have children screened for autism early and seek a diagnosis if necessary.“We are committed to creating a more inclusive world for people with autism, and that starts with early screening and timely intervention so that people with autism can live their fullest lives,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “There is considerable work to be done in overcoming obstacles that may delay a diagnosis — the first step toward improved future outcomes. With this new campaign, we hope to give families the tools they need to identify early signs, feel empowered to get their children screened and seek support if they need it.”The campaign includes the websites ScreenForAutism.org and DeteccionDeAutismo.org, which have resources for parents.According to an April 2018 report from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children at the age of 8 were identified with autism spectrum disorder.A report from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention released April 11 found a growing number of 4-year-olds were identified with autism spectrum disorder, increasing from one in 75 in 2010 to one in 59 in 2014, the most recent year studied.“The CDC data for 4-year-olds are an important addition to our understanding of autism prevalence,” said Tom Frazier, Autism Speaks chief science officer. “The estimated prevalence of ASD in 4-year-olds is an underestimate, with many children without an intellectual disability being identified later. These findings suggest that ASD is even more common than indicated by the mostrecent CDC prevalence report for 8-year-olds.”In his proclamation declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, President Donald Trump declared “we must continue to support Americans with ASD” and “the safety of all Americans with ASD is a priority of my administration.”The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed into law by Trump on March 23, 2018, included Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2018, which expands the existing federal emergency alert program to include people with ASD and other cognitive disorders who wander from safety.The law also authorizes funding for tracking technologies and specialized training for caregivers to help prevent and respond to instances of wandering.The law was named for two boys diagnosed with autism who wandered away from supervised settings and drowned.“I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by individuals with autism and find ways to support those with autism and their families,” Trump wrote in his proclamation. KUSI Newsroom, Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night Posted: April 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Media Company of Tomorrow One Executives Take

first_imgOne of our keynote presentations at the virtual FOLIO: Show Virtual last week included a panel of leading executives in the industry, including F+W Media CEO David Nussbaum. Nussbaum gave one of the most provocative responses during the hour-long discussion, essentially saying that print advertising is an irrevocably declining source of revenue, and that companies that don’t recognize that do so at their own risk. As it turns out, Nussbaum jotted down some notes to the questions I asked the panelists to consider in advance. Here are Nussbaum’s notes, with the questions that prompted his thoughts. Q: When will the industry see some recovery?A: This is totally unclear, but there is a sense that we have found the bottom of the market. However, with consumers still under siege (credit difficulties, high unemployment, no or low salary increases), it is hard to see what the impetus will be for growth.Q: What will the recovery look like?A: I don’t think it will be ad driven. But rather, we’ll see an expansion of marketing budgets looking for “non-traditional ways to reach buyers.” That will mean everything from custom content solutions, to one-to-one marketing, and expanding our portfolio around our core brands to create new, profitable products and subscription services, like Webinars, which are a growing part of our business. Q: Will we see the robust industry health of 2005 to 2006 again?A: I really don’t know.Q: How will the business be different going forward?A: In a few ways.     1. Print advertising will continue to be a no growth-to-declining business.2. Events will rebound, but event producers will need to find a way to mitigate the high costs of exhibiting. 3. High quality and unique content, always at a premium, will be even more important as the Holy Grail of dollars for content will become even more intense. 4. Staff size will be kept lean, with those making it through the recession owning a wider variety of skill sets than those who came before. We need to be bringing new talent to the industry from outside our standard recruitment channels, and producing new ideas across e-commerce, retail, social media. There’s no limit to what we can learn. 5. Online advertising rates will continue to erode, but engagement will be at a premium. 6. Social networks, location-based marketing, custom content selection—these will all be critical for future media providers. And those who aren’t already building their communities may get left behind.Q: Are media companies being disintermediated on the reader side through social media and blogs?A: Yes and no. Yes in that there is much more competition for community building, for content presentation and for lead generation. No in that media companies are becoming strong participants in the blogosphere and in using social networks to both build community and drive traffic to sell stuff. F+W and other enthusiast media companies have a unique advantage in that our communities already exist, created around a common interest or goal. Being of and in the community, and respected and trusted though our own blogs, positions us well. Social media interactions are the key. Q: What are the most important things media companies can do now? Adjust organizational structure? Change their approach to content creation? Layoffs? Debt reduction?    A: Media companies need to find a way to focus as vertically as possible, make community building the core of existence, ensure that staff is cross-trained, fleet of mind,  and willing to adapt to radical change comfortably. Portfolio management is critical. Organize your resources around the core communities and properties with the most opportunity for success. Q: What will the media company of 2012 look like?A: Community focused, really good at demographic analysis, excellent at nurturing around verticals, diverse in terms of product offerings and delivery systems, Web centric, advertising will be considered gravy, customers pay for content and contribute to the creation of content. Q: What is the most important lesson og the 2007-2009 recession?A: The sheer desire of people to adapt and to participate in tomorrow. I have really been impressed with the willingness of people to learn and to change.last_img read more

Cardi B Is The First Female Rapper To Earn Two No 1

first_img Twitter News Considering the underwhelming number of female musicians who have made big chart moves in recent years, we can only hope the success of “I Like It” starts to turn things around. Because in the words of Cardi B herself: “Yeah they call me Cardi B, I run this s*** like cardio.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Cardi B Earns Second No. 1 Hit cardi-b-first-female-rapper-earn-two-no-1-hits Email center_img Her infectious track “I Like It” has risen to make chart-topping history Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 2, 2018 – 3:36 pm When we talk about the glass ceiling for women, sometimes there’s those people who think, “Nah, that’s not a thing anymore.” Wrong. Case and point. Today Cardi B made music history as the first female rapper to ever notch two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits. It took until 2018 for a woman to break that record. But hey, we got here.Off her debut studio album, Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B’s “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny just hit No. 1. The track samples Pete Rodriguez’ 1967 tune “I Like It Like That,” and its Latin trap feel is infectious. Cardi B previously earned a No. 1 hit with the GRAMMY-nominated song “Bodak Yellow,” also from her debut album. Now a two-time chart topper, the New York native has surpassed other female rappers with one No. 1 hit, including Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, Shawnna (as a featured artist), and Iggy Azalea.If you think that’s the only record Cardi B notched, think again. According to Billboard’s calculations, she is the first artist since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2013 with two Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers from their debut album. She’s also the first solo artist with two Hot 100 hits since Bruno Mars in 2010 and 2011. And she’s the first female solo artist this decade to earn two No. 1 hits since Lady Gaga in 2009. Cardi B Is The First Female Rapper To Earn Two No. 1 Hits Facebook last_img read more

NHTSA deepens investigation of 123 million airbags for potential defects

first_img Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda Kia Hyundai Mitsubishi Toyota 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. 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.  Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe underlying alleged defect is wildly different from the problem that created the Takata scandal, but it could still impact crash safety nevertheless. Caspar Benson/Getty Images The mess of the Takata airbag-inflator scandal is still fresh in the automotive industry, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a different airbag supplier, covering millions of parts across six different automakers.NHTSA announced this week that it has expanded an investigation into potentially defective airbags. The parts come from the supplier TRW, now known as ZF-TRW. There are 12.3 million such parts installed in cars with model years ranging from 2010 and 2019. Right now, these parts are installed in vehicles from Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota. The regulatory body has not produced a full list of affected vehicles at this time.The potential issue stems from the supplier’s airbag control unit, which crunches sensor data to determine whether or not to deploy a vehicle’s airbags in the event of a crash. The control units, as NHTSA writes in its report, “may suffer electrical overstress due to harmful signals produced by the crash event.” In layman’s terms, this defect may cause the airbags to not deploy when they should.NHTSA’s report points out that Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia have all issued prior recalls for vehicles with this specific part. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation also found two front crash events involving Toyota products with these parts. Thus, the agency has expanded its investigation to include not only the supplier, but also any manufacturer that has made use of the potentially faulty parts.Investigations are the first step in a process that could turn into a recall. If NHTSA finds that there is a serious problem that could affect vehicle and passenger safety, then it can compel suppliers and automakers to recall vehicles with the flawed parts.  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. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 81 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Tags 18 Photos 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. 0 More From Roadshow 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 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 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. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 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 Photoscenter_img 52 Photos Share your voice null General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 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. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 12 Photos More From Roadshow 71 Photos Car Industry 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 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. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,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. 49 Photos 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 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 10 Photos Share your voicelast_img read more

Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid go wild on a Yacht Photos

first_imgBella Hadid walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.Getty ImagesBella Hadid and Kendall Jenner sure know how to have fun. The pair was spotted living it up on a yacht in Monaco. Apparently, they have spent the last two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival have now moved down the coastline ahead of the F1 Grand Prix.Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner showed off their assets in glamorous ensembles, with Bella modelling a plunging mustard yellow pencil dress and Kendall stunning in a bronze lurex jumpsuit. Both models looked camera ready as they let their hair down. Reportedly their faces were preened to perfection and painted with expertly applied make-up.Bella and Kendall seemed to be having the time of their lives on the yacht. They were joined by Kris Jenner, who shared a glass of wine with Bella as they looked deep in conversation. Bella Hadid recently landed in some hot water for her Calvin Klein ad which featured her kissing CGI Instagram model Lil Miquela. Calvin Klein reportedly apologized for the ad when Bella Hadid was accused of ‘queerbaiting’ because she shared a kiss with a fake woman in a commercial despite being heterosexual herself.’We understand and acknowledge how featuring someone who identifies as heterosexual in a same-sex kiss could be perceived as queerbaiting,’ the brand wrote in a statement posted to its Twitter page.  Kendall JennerGetty Images’As a company with a longstanding tradition of advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, it was certainly not our intention to misrepresent the LGBTQ+ community. We sincerely regret any offense caused,’ they concluded. The CGI Instagram model in question, Lil MIquela was created in 2016 as an Instagram personality by a startup called Brud, which TechCrunch valued at $125 million early this year. It looks like Bella is recovering nicely from the Calvin Klein snafu. The after shower video might have been her way of letting fans know that she is doing well.Kendall Jenner recently broke up with her boyfriend Ben Simmons. But she isn’t letting a break-up bring her down. The model seems to be moving on from her ex. Bella on the other hand seems to be going strong with her boyfriend The Weeknd. You can check out the pics here: Bella Hadid and Kendall on a yacht in Monaco. #KendallJenner #BellaHadid pic.twitter.com/5ffkmRbpGV— gibellxk (@nicki_lima14) May 25, 2019last_img read more

Using labour arbitrage to bring in Indian workers a mistake Cisco chief

first_imgJohn ChambersReutersTaking people from India to the US on work visas to take advantage of lower labour arbitrage may be a mistake, and companies must look at creating jobs in both countries, Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said on Thursday.Chambers is in India to announce the creation of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) which he says will take the relationship between the two countries, their companies and people to the next level, financial daily Economic Times reported.”You can’t go in and take a whole bunch of H1-B visas and displace American workers for a lower cost. That is just a mistake,” Chambers said. “The jobs which are being created have to be created in both the countries. It is not a win-lose (situation); both the countries can have dramatic job creation by working together,” he added.He said there are many examples of partnerships between two companies that have led to more jobs in both the US and India, and there is a need to communicate such instances better, rather than rare cases of job losses that are an exception. That’s an area where the avatar of US-India Business Council (USIBC) will be able to help by constant messaging etc., Chambers said. John Chambers and Narendra ModiReutersThe 67 year American executive has been a long-time supporter of India and an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I see the Prime Minister as one of the top leaders that I have ever met in my life. He has got a vision and a strategy; he knows how to execute them for India’s 1.3 billion people,” Chambers told to Mint in an interview.Asking about his working relations with present government, he said Modi knows how to form win-win partnerships that most people don’t. “He is moving faster than any leader in the world. I would give India an A in terms of progress over the last three years,” Chambers added.last_img read more