DDME office robbed again

first_imgThis is the second year running the DDME office, which is also the hurricane command center for the country, has been burglarized. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Still that was not enough to stop thieves breaking in and stealing critical operational equipment at the office in Provo.  Police confirmed to Magnetic Media the crime which happened over the National Heroes Day holiday weekend. The fiends who broke in through the side door took TVs, computers and even the response back pack kit.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith Tropical Storm Colin drenching Tampa as we are only seven days into the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season; the significance of the Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies becomes more apparent.  Related Items:last_img read more

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Fords Mobile Service van could bring oil changes to your front door

first_img Share your voice 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Tags 0 Preview • Review • 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Post a comment The 2020 Ford Transit is more useful than ever Ford Few owners relish taking time out of their day to drive over to a car dealership for routine maintenance. Imagine, instead, the convenience of having technicians show up at your home or office and service your car on location. That’s exactly what Ford is currently trying with a pilot program called Mobile Service at a handful of dealerships in California.The idea is simple: Ford has specially outfitted Transit vans with everything a technician would need for most basic services, including a full array of tools and the parts needed for the services scheduled. The vans are set up for things like oil changes, battery changes, software updates, tire changes and brake jobs. Customers would schedule a service appointment ahead of time and the van would drive to them — potentially saving time customers would have spent sitting in a service bay’s waiting room.Enlarge ImageSoon Ford’s service techs could come to you, rather than the other way around. Ford The benefit to a dealership is twofold, Jason Sprawka, Ford director of customer experience in North America, told journalists at a preview Wednesday: The dealership can increase the amount it’s earning on service and free up technicians and service bays at the dealer. The company also suggests the service might attract buyers from other brands.Ford has some experience with this type of service, as the company has been operating a small fleet of mobile service vans for commercial vehicles in the UK since 2017. Tesla also runs a fleet of mobile service vans that, like Ford’s trial, provides some services remotely.The Mobile Service program would be separate from Ford’s existing roadside assistance program. Technicians involved would receive extra training on face-to-face customer service, the company says. At a normal service bay, a service writer is the go-between for customers and technicians — but with the Mobile Service van, the tech must do everything from greeting to accepting payments.After the initial trial in California, Ford plans to expand the Mobile Service pilot program to other dealers in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. Ford says it “will decide later” whether to expand the program further based on results.Just like Ford’s new loyalty rewards program, the Mobile Service program is all about improving the experience for Ford’s owners — hopefully keeping them happier with their purchases and thus within the company’s ecosystem for longer. “It’s all about making life for our customers simpler and worry-free,” said Elena Ford, the automaker’s chief customer experience officer.It’s also a way for Ford to counter the stereotype that dealer services are “inconvenient and expensive,” said Frederiek Toney, president of Ford’s customer service division. More From Roadshow Ford 15 Photos Car Industry More about 2019 Ford Edge SE FWDlast_img read more

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BMWs M division will get plugin hybrid first full EV after 2025

first_imgBMW As BMW works to electrify more and more of its products, we can’t help but wonder how this will affect the company’s M performance arm. The Vision M Next Concept, which debuted Tuesday, gives a conceptual glimpse at what’s possible. But the reality is, a fully electric M car is still many years away.”Beyond 2025, there will be also possibly M BEVs,” Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of engineering, said in an interview Tuesday. Rather than a full EV, “a power PHEV is next for M.”Fröhlich says an M-branded plug-in hybrid would likely weigh between 3,500 and 3,800 pounds, and would have around 600 horsepower. For reference, the current M5 sedan has 600 horsepower, but weighs 4,370 pounds.”Weight is key,” Fröhlich said.A fully electric M would no doubt be much heavier, simply because of the added weight of the batteries needed to achieve M-tastic performance. The company’s EV development car, called “Lucy” internally, makes 720 horsepower, but also weighs 5,300 pounds.”M is not about longitudinal acceleration only,” Fröhlich said. Lighter weight makes for better handling, and that’s a key component to every M car. 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. More From Roadshow 69 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 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. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0 Share your voice 49 Photos 26 Photos 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. 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 81 Photos Car Industry 3 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 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. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Performance Cars Hybrids Electric Cars 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustlecenter_img Comments 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.  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. BMW,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. 71 Photos Tags BMW Vision M Next concept doesn’t let the robots take over completely 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 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. BMW Share your voice 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. 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. 68 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 52 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 18 Photos More From Roadshow 12 Photoslast_img read more

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Road crashes kill 7 injure 18

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least seven people were killed and 18 others injured on Friday and Saturday in separate road accidents in five districts, according to UNB.In Panchagarh, the driver and his assistant of a brick-laden tractor were killed as their vehicle veered into a pond beside Panchagarh-Dhaka highway in Paikpara of Boda upazila on Saturday.The deceased were tractor driver Mansur Ali, 42, son of Makbul Hossain of Shukurur Dokan in Mithapukur and his assistant Chhatrish Chandra, 38, son of Alsia of Vimpukur village in Boda upzila.The accident took place in the evening, leaving the duo dead on the spot.In another accident, two motorcyclists sustained severe injuries as a speeding truck hit their vehicle in Barrister Bazar area in the district town in the evening.The injured–Abdul Salam, 45, son of Nindu Mahan of Natunbasti in the district town and his wife Munni Akhtar, 38, were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.Three passengers of a human hauler were reported to be injured in another road crash at Moinaguri Camp in the town.In Thakurgaon, two people including a minor died in separate road accidents in Ranisankail and Sadar upazila.The deceased were Habibullah, 6, son of Tayab Ali of Chandanhot village in Ranisankail upazila and Abdul Awal, 32, son of Saikat Ali of Haripur upazila.A micro-bus hit Habibullah while he was crossing a road in Ranisankail around 2:00pm killing him on the spot, said Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Ranisankail police station.In another incident, Abdul Awal died when a tractor hit his motor-cycle killing him on the spot and injuring his wife in Shibganj area of Sadar upazila, said Ashikur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.In Naogaon, a man was killed while two others sustained injuries as a bus hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw on Potnitala-Sapahar Road in Patnitala upazila around 7:30am.The deceased was Dudu Mia, 50, driver of the auto-rickshaw.Officer-in-charge of Patnitola police station Porimal Kumar Chakrabarti said they seized the killer bus but its driver managed to flee.The injured were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex.In Dinajpur, at least 11 people were injured in two separate road crashes in Sikdarhat and Mohanpur Bridge areas in the district.A tractor collided head-on with a motor-cycle injuring two, according to the Police Control Room of the district.The duo was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from a local hospital as their conditions deteriorated.In another incident, a tractor hit a micro-bus injuring nine people while it was coming from Fulbari to Dinajpur near Mohanpur Bridge around 1:30pm.In Lalmonirhat, two motor-cycle riders were killed on Friday night as a Burimari-bound train crushed their motor-cycle at Kakina Kazirhat Rail Crossing in Kaliganj upazila.The deceased were Abul Kalam Azad, 37, son of Abu Bakar of Gongachora upazila in Rangpur and Alikuzzaman Titu, 42, son of Abdul Gafur of the same area.Officer-in-charge of Kaliganj police station Makbul Hossain said after the accident police in association with the officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence took the duo to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where physicians declared them dead.last_img read more

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Netanyahu says discussed Syria Iran with Trump

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on 8 July 2018. Photo: ReutersIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he discussed Syria and Iran with US president Donald Trump ahead of the latter’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.In remarks to the Israeli cabinet, Netanyahu said he spoke by phone on Saturday with Trump and that the US president reiterated his commitment to Israel. In Helsinki on Monday, Trump will meet Putin, Damascus’ big-power backer and a regular interlocutor with Tehran.last_img read more

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Housing lives and more

first_imgThe fourth edition of Home Expo India gears up in the Capital and will be commencing on April 16 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. Organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, it displays home furnishings, textiles, furniture, houseware and decoratives. The show will e comprise three sub-shows — Indian Furnishings, Floorings and Textiles Show (IFFTEX), Indian Furniture and Accessories Shows (IFAS) and Indian Houseware and Decoratives Show (IHDS). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 500 participants (including marts) will be displaying the best of their products offering a large number of overseas buyers three premium sourcing opportunities under one roof. The products on offer will be right from ready products to a choice in materials, components, hardware and accessories.  “The most important aspect of Home Expo India is the confirmation from large number of top buyers from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany,  Denmark, Greece, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon,  Netherland, Norway, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, UAE and UK  to visit and source this show”, said Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEPCH has been successfully organising Asia’s largest Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) – Spring and Autumn for the past 21 years. The events promote exports of Handicrafts from India to various destinations. Over the years, IHGF has acquired the reputation of ‘One Stop Sourcing Event’ amongst the overseas buying community and ‘most effective marketing medium’ amongst the Indian exporting community.  EPCH will lay special focus on specialties of select regions of India in this show. There will be separate pavilion of products from North Eastern Region. On display will be home accessories, home furnishing, made ups, fabrics, shawls, textiles, gifts, trimmings and embellishments.  Handmade silk carpet, jute mats, houseware accessories and bags, furniture and furnishing textiles and gifts and fashion jewellery and accessories will also be exhibited. Another important aspect of the Home Expo India 2015 is the thematic exhibition of handicrafts products developed by artisans of SC category and artisans and craftpersons from mega clusters Lucknow, Bareilly and Bhuj. The objective of this thematic exhibition is to explore International market for their products and to have the opportunity of interacting directly with the overseas buyers.  They will be displaying houseware, decorative, gifts, Christmas, candles, incense sticks, home textiles, furnishing, floor coverings, fashion jewellery, accessories  and bags, cane and bamboo.Home Expo India 2015 is expected to generate great business deals for direct import and also for tie- ups, collaborations, alliances and joint ventures for product development, product innovation and international sales.last_img read more

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Senior citizens must be protected against all abuse

first_imgKolkata: The state Women and Child Development & Social Welfare department on Saturday observed the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by holding a joy ride on tram cars for about 70 senior citizens who are members of the Kolkata Police’s Pronam project. The two trams left Dharmatala Tram Depot in the morning and travelled along the heritage pathways of the city of Kolkata.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the common people to treat senior citizens with care and respect, and protect them against all abuse. “Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Senior citizens must be treated with care and respect, and protected against all abuse. The Bengal Govt is constructing a housing complex for senior citizens called Snehodiya in New Town. We have also set up a park exclusively for them,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state-level programme was flagged off by Minister of State for Women and Child Development Shashi Panja. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several initiatives for the welfare of the elderly and have constituted the Maintenance Tribunal and Appellate Tribunals for trying their cases. These are operating in all the districts in the name of “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007”. There are also old age homes run by the government and different NGOs. Mobile medicare units and multi-service centres for older persons are managed by NGOs in different districts with financial aid from the government. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare is the nodal department under the state government for implementing the various schemes and programmes for improving the condition of older persons. According to reports, the global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 102 billion in 2025. Around four to six percent of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.last_img read more

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