Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #VerificationCentres Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest led the verification process for FNM Members of Parliament prior to participating in the weekly Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday.The men were two of 15 Cabinet Ministers to take advantage of the verification opportunity as Public Treasury Department staff are stationed at the Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre to conduct the process for public service employees there. Other honourable ministers verified yesterday were: Brent Symonette, Carl Bethel, Desmond Bannister, Jeffrey Lloyd, Marvin Dames, Frankie Campbell, Dionisio D’Aguilar, Michael Pintard, Darren Henfield, Senators Dion Foulkes, Kwasi Thompson and Elsworth Johnson.It was explained in a BIS media release that Cabinet Ministers, Romauld Ferreira, Lanisha Rolle and the Brensil Rolle are off island while Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands had already completed his verification. #VerificationCentres were established since August 8 and public sector workers who do not register by end of the month, will have their salaries interrupted, though not ceased, until they do get verified. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 12 Photos 0 52 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. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 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. 18 Photos Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Tags 10 Photos 71 Photos 2017 Karma Revero looks like a Fisker, but much improved underneath 49 Photos Share your voice 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 Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 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 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering More From Roadshow 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 69 Photos Share your voice 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Our first look at the “all-new” Revero. Karma Automotive Karma Automotive might have been quiet for some time, but at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, the California-based automaker will have plenty to talk about. Karma on Thursday revealed a teaser photo showing the 2020 Revero, the second generation of the car that was derived from the Fisker Karma. The car debuts at Auto Shanghai in early April.The 2020 Karma Revero will apparently be “faster, smarter” than the outgoing Revero, and the company also promises it will be “even more stunning in design.” It’s not clear from the shadowy teaser photo exactly how the car’s design will change, but we’re eager to see the apparently “all-new” model. Interested parties will be able to get behind the wheel soon, too, as Karma says the 2020 Revero will be offered to buy or lease in the second half of this year.Powertrain and other mechanical specs for the new car remain a mystery. The existing, first-generation Karma Revero is a plug-in hybrid that Karma says has 50 miles of all-electric range, 403 horsepower and 981 pound-feet of torque.The introduction of the new Revero is the final pillar in what Karma is calling its “Shanghai Big Three.” The company will also use the Chinese show to reveal an all-electric concept car called the Vision, as well as a concept designed with famed design house Pininfarina.Today’s teaser comes with the news that Karma has also invested $7.5 million to upgrade its powertrain research and development facilities at its headquarters in Irvine, California. New tech, including test cells and dynamometers for both gas engines and electric motors, will allow Karma to further its development of “electric motors, generators and range-extended powertrains” in-house, instead of contracting that work to outside companies. It’s a signal that Karma is serious about developing more new models going forward. 26 Photos 3 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. 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. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 81 Photos 48 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow Car Industry Comments Hybrids Luxury cars Sedans,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. 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. 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. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 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. Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value
A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 26, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileUpdate at 3.40 PM: The BSE Sensex closed 106 points higher at 30,570 and the NSE Nifty ended at 9,438, up 10 points. The Sensex had touched intraday high and low of 30,712 and 30,516. Stocks that led the index rally included ITC, L&T and Adani Ports. On the BSE, 31.49 lakh shares of ITC changed hands while the volume was much higher at 3.59 crore on the NSE. The stock closed 6.21 percent higher at Rs 303.65, after rising to an intraday high of Rs 304.90.Original story:The first full-fledged day of trading after finalisation of GST tax rates saw many stocks losing sharply on the stock exchanges even as FMCG stocks led by ITC gained in a big way. Aviation stocks Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Interglobe Aviation lost on account of hardening crude oil prices after oil exporting countries (both OPEC and non-OPEC) agreed to extend output cut.At around 3.10 pm on Monday, SpiceJet was down 7.16 percent to Rs 101.85, Jet Airways was trading 8.02 percent lower at Rs 477 and Interglobe Aviation (owner of budget carrier IndiGo) was down 2.41 percent at Rs 1,039 even though the BSE Sensex was up 92 points at 30,556.On Monday, Brent crude was trading 50 cents higher at $54.11 a barrel in the morning while the US light crude was up 50 cents at $50.83, translating into gains of more than 10 percent from the month’s low, news agency Reuters reported.The spike in prices is due to a committment by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries such as Russia that the Novemer-December 2016 agreement to cut supplies by 1.8 million barrels per day (of which, 1.2 million by OPEC members) will be extended by another six to nine months.”The decision (to extend cuts) seems to be almost a done deal,” the agency quoted Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB Markets, as saying. OPEC members and other oil producers will be meeting in Vienna on Thursday. OPEC President Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.ReutersOther stocks that plunged sharply included State Bank of India (down 4.36 percent to Rs 295), Bank of India (down 11.48 percent to Rs 158), Union Bank of India (down 3.78 percent), IDBI Bank (down 3.63 percent), Bank of Baroda (down 3 percent), Punjab National Bank (down 2.48 percent), Fortis Healthcare (down 4.52 percent) and Piramal Enterprises (down 2.30 percent).Top gainers included ITC, United Spirits, Future Retail, Thermax, TTK Prestige and Titan Company.SpiceJet is also expected to report drop in Q4 revenues and net profit. ICICI Securities said in a note last month that net profit will fall 60.2 percent to Rs 72 crore and net sales to Rs 1,678 crore, on a sequential basis. For the third quarter, the Ajay Singh-owned budget carrier had reported 24 percent YoY fall in net profit to Rs 181 crore. A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 8, 2014.Reuters file
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2017. Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) policies have helped buoy banking stocks. ReutersBanking and financial institution stocks have been outperforming the market from December when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) began pumping liquidity into the economy, despite some bad debt woes. HDFC Bank may have emerged as the best bet for equity investors as it has helped deliver for top fund managers more growth than the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50. No wonder that four of the five equity mutual funds that topped the 11.7 per cent growth of the National Stock Exchange’s (NSE) benchmark index, which rose from a low of 10,488 on December 10 close to mark a high of 11,761 on April 3, had HDFC Bank as one of the top three stakes on their portfolios.Since former bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das took over as RBI governor from Urjit Patel, who left after strident criticism by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over a liquidity squeeze that smothered economic growth, the central bank has taken a series of measures to help build liquidity in the market. The economy’s liquidity is vital for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is heading the coalition government of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), in the general election 2019.The RBI added to the liquidity by reducing the repo rates twice by 25 basis points each. It is making available to the government dividend to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore, a substantial part of which has gone to recapitalise the ailing public sector banks that have been victims of bad loans and banking scams including by some high-profile economic offence fugitives who fled the country. Foreign institutional investors (FII) have sustained a healthy net fund inflow through the first three months of the year, sustaining a long due market rally.From October 31, 2018, low of 1885, HDFC Bank rallied to top 2,332 on April 1, 2019. The stock has come off the highs during the last two weeks, with the chart last week showing signs of a reversal, closing the week on Friday at 2,265 after hitting a high of 2,272. HDFC Bank building. The top private bank has been one of the top three stocks on the portfolios of four of the five funds that beat the benchmark index in growth since December 2018.ReutersNifty Bank has been doing well over the last two quarters with the sectoral benchmark hitting an all-time high of 30,648 on April 1, 2019. After a consolidation over the past two weeks, technical experts say another uptrend is in sight unless there is some grave election campaign goof-up on the part of the ruling party. The daily chart is showing the bullish inverted hammer on April 11, and closed the week on Friday at 29,938, coming off the day’s high of 30,000. With the RSI (relative strength indicator) reigning above 60 showing strong momentum and price action above the Ichimoku cloud, experts suggest the prices must be headed north.Of the five funds that the Economic Times surveyed last week, the HDFC Multicap Fund, IIFL Focused Equity Fund, Franklin India Focused Equity, and SBI Focused Equity Fund had HDFC Bank as one of the three top stocks on their portfolios. Only HDFC Equity Fund did not include the bank stock. The HSBC Multicap Fund, which has Rs 516 crore assets under management (AUM) achieved 13.14 per cent growth while IIFL Focused Equity Fund with Rs 164 crore AUM notched up 16.33 per cent growth, according to the report. SBI Focused Equity Fund with Rs 3,580 crore AUM came with returns to the tune of 13.11 per cent while Franklin India Focused Equity handling Rs 7,445 crore achieved returns of 13.84 per cent. Only the Rs 22,503-crore HDFC Equity Fund’s 12.95 per cent returns were managed without HDFC Bank on its portfolio.
.A rickshaw puller was stabbed to death by some unidentified miscreants near the Hindu goddess Kali’s temple in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat early Wednesday.The deceased is Santu Das, 29, son of a certain Raghunath Das of Sonarpatti Kundupara in the district town, reports UNB.A group of miscreants swooped on Santu and stabbed him indiscriminately while passing through the Sweeper Patti area around 12 am, leaving him dead on the spot, said sadar police station officr-in-charge Maminul Haq.The motive behind the killing could not be known immediately, he added.Police, however, detained Joy, 31, a sweeper by profession, for interrogation in this connection, he said.
The internal email obtained by the AFRO is crisp and to the point. A Baltimore police lieutenant orders subordinates to submit statistics every two hours recounting the number of car stops, warrants and citizen contacts for each officer under their supervision. It is a demand for an immediate statistical tally of what an officer does, or does not do while on the job.“Starting today, every 2 hours you are to collect stats from each officer” the lieutenant writes. “If you have an officer that gives you nothing,” the email continues, “then give that officer specific direction of what you need from them.”The email then lists a variety of activities that supervisors should measure and submit for evaluation including checking in on residents on the city’s gun offender registry and initiating field interviews.It’s a document that suggests the Baltimore Police Department has not completely forsaken statistics as a metric for measuring officers. It’s a controversial strategy tied to past policies like Zero Tolerance that makes some law enforcement experts leery and has been at the heart of the criticism of contemporary policing as far too dependent on numbers.Baltimore police spokesman T.J Smith confirmed the authenticity of the email, but says it is well within the purview of a commanding officer to manage his staff as he or she sees fit.“This was sent by a commander of a shift who has the ability to command his officers in the manner in which he sees appropriate,” Smith told the AFRO in an email.“Officers should be constantly focused, and he is holding them accountable to that. The commander is following up on his direction by asking for information to confirm that his direction is being met.”But other law enforcement experts say the policy hearkens back to statistics driven policing that departs from recent efforts by the department to reconnect with residents, especially in the aftermath of a damning report by the Department of Justice that found the Baltimore police had engaged in discriminatory and unconstitutional tactics.“When your strategy is stat driven, it can separate the officer from the community because policing becomes all about numbers,” said Sgt. Louis Hopson, the lead plaintiff in a landmark civil rights lawsuit against the BPD.“I think it shows that they don’t have a comprehensive city-wide plan to address crime, this is just going back to old dynamics,” Hopson added.Indeed, the memo seems at odds with recent remarks by Police Commissioner Kevin Davis about the department’s long-term strategy. Particularly when he announced the formation of a team focused on targeting repeat offenders. Davis justified the move, in part, by citing an overworked patrol division constantly answering calls for service, a division he characterized as hardly in need of statistical monitoring.But Smith defended the email arguing it does in fact jibe with the direction of the agency, especially the email’s focus on taking guns off the streets.“This commander reiterated the focus- gun offenders (and) wanted persons and activity,” Smith said. “I think this is certainly one of the areas of direction the Commissioner has been focused on.”Some say an emphasis on producing statistics could have unintended consequences. Doug Colbert, law professor at the University of Maryland’s Francis Carey School of Law, said the memo’s ambiguous wording could leave officers confused and prone to generate numbers that don’t always produce the best results.“It’s a poorly worded memo that could be interpreted that command is not pleased with what officers are doing and expect them to do more,” Colbert explained, after reviewing the email.“But they’re not saying we want you to have more conversation with the community, this is more punitive type of law enforcement.”