Fortis reports 276M thirdquarter profit revenue up from year ago

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. reported its profit edged down compared with a year ago, when it received a one-time boost as its revenue improved by seven per cent.The electric and gas utility says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $276 million or 65 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result was down from $278 million or 66 cents per share a year ago when the company received a $24-million break fee related to the termination of its Waneta Dam acquisition.Revenue totalled $2.04 billion, up from $1.90 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Fortis says it earned 65 cents per share, up from 61 cents per share a year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $2.135 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story (TSX:FTS)last_img read more

Unemployment rate dips slightly in October

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – There was a slight dip in unemployment numbers last month.However, overall, Statistics Canada says there was little change. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, .The rate edged back down to its four-decade low, as job growth was essentially flat and fewer people looked for work.In British Columbia, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in October, from 4.2 per cent the month before. B.C. had the lower rate across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the highest at 12.7 per cent.Jobs miss:“Employment was little changed in October” says Statscan. Consensus estimate was for a gain of 15,000. “The unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work.”— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) November 2, 2018According to Statistics Canada, the country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, but the numbers were too low for the agency to consider them statistically significant.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The jobs report also says year-over-year average hourly wage growth, which is closely watched by the Bank of Canada, continued its steady decline in October to 2.19 per cent — its weakest reading since September 2017.Experts have expected wage growth to strengthen in the tightened labour market _ but it has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.The report also says a dip in the labour force participation rate helped nudge the jobless rate down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September to match the reading’s 40-year low for the seventh time in last 12 months.last_img read more

Judge refuses to overturn 47 billion talc powder verdict

first_imgST. LOUIS — A Missouri judge has denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $4.7 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who said the company’s talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, in a ruling Wednesday, cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by Johnson & Johnson.Burlison wrote that company executives knew of the presence of asbestos in the baby powder but misrepresented the safety of the product.A jury in July awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial.Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it will appeal. The company says Burlison has denied similar motions in prior cases that were ultimately overturned.The Associated Presslast_img read more

TMC to lodge complaint with EC against intimidation by CRPF

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.last_img read more

British PM Mays Brexit deal rejected for third time

first_imgLONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc. Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc. The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.” “The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said. The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a percent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977. THIRD FAILURE It was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.last_img read more

BJPs new religion is poles apart from Indias culture tradition

first_imgDarjeeling: “There are some people who have come out brandishing maces and swords to ask for votes. Whose heads will you crack with the maces? Whose throats will you slash?” questioned Mamata Banerjee on Saturday. The TMC supremo ended her 10-day-long campaign trail in North Bengal with a rally at the Baghajatin Park in Siliguri. Addressing a mammoth gathering, Banerjee stated that a political party has imported a new religion that is poles apart from the culture and tradition of Bengal and of India. This is being used to suppress others. This is not religion, it is fascism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Religion is not about discrimination nor is it war. Religion teaches us humanity, it teaches us tolerance. Recently, there is a new religion being taught by a group of intolerant bigots. They have created a new religion which is disintegrating and blemishing our society. Just by sporting saffron, one does not become a saint. The colour saffron stands for sacrifice. It is about integrity,” retorted Mamata Banerjee. “BJP, you are answerable. You have to be accountable. Don’t do politics with religion. Don’t try to hide behind religion. Don’t be escapists. The TMC does not have to use religion as a poll plank. We have never done that,” stated Banerjee. The Chief Minister’s oblique remarks were directed at BJP on the day when the saffron brigade took out rallies on the occasion of Ram Navami sporting weapons. Even Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP president was seen brandishing a mace and a sword in one such rally. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe TMC supremo also appealed to the masses not to vote for the CPI(M) and Congress in Bengal. “They are a spent force here and will not be able to achieve anything. Votes should not be split. The party in power in a particular region should be supported with the main aim of ousting the BJP from Delhi,” stated Banerjee. She stated that despite being a national party, the TMC has not fielded candidates where other regional parties are strong. “I ask my CPI(M) and Congress brothers and sisters here, what is the use of voting for the CPI(M) and Congress here in Bengal? Support them where they are strong. Here TMC is strong. Vote for TMC here so that we can win all 42 seats and oust the BJP in Delhi. TMC did not field any candidate in Kerala where the Left is strong,” explained Banerjee. The TMC chief reiterated that she will not allow the NRC nor the Citizenship Amendment Act to happen in Bengal. “Modiji, respect the Army. Respect their sacrifice. Don’t drag them into politics,” she urged.last_img read more

Amit Shah slams Omar Abdullah over his separate PM for JK remark

first_imgDaltonganj (Jharkhand): Slamming National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his statement seeking a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir, BJP president Amit Shah Saturday said J&K is an inseparable part of the country. As long as the BJP exists, Jammu and Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India, the BJP president said while addressing an election rally here. “Kashmir is Maa Bharats ‘Mukut’ (crown of India) and nobody can snatch it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP president also said, “We will remove Article 370 from J&K, if you make Narendra Modi the prime minister again.” Article 370 of the Constitution grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah’s question, “Should there be two prime ministers for one country?”, evoked a deafening ‘no’ from the crowd. The BJP has given the nation Modi as prime minister and the security of the country has been strengthened ever since, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K During the UPA government’s 10-year rule, terror groups from Pakistan used to target India continuously, the BJP chief said. Under former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistans alia, malia and balia (referring to terrorists) used to come and take away the heads of jawans after killing them, Shah claimed. “Even today I cant forget Hemrajs beheading and the disrespect shown to him. But ‘Mouni Baba’ Manmohan Singh had not even uttered ‘ohh’!” he said. Lance Naik Hemraj of 13 Rajputana Rifles was killed and beheaded by Pakistani soldiers on January 8, 2013 in Poonch sector of Jammu & Kashmir. “We cannot compromise with the security of the nation. Pakistan wants to separate Kashmir from India. We will not allow it. “Pakistan se goli aayegi to yahan se gola jayaga (if a bullet comes here, a shell lands there),” the BJP president said. “When the nation rejoiced with sweets following the February 26 Balakot air strike, a pall of gloom descended on the Congress and Pakistan,” Shah said. He ridiculed Congress leader Sam Pitroda for saying that “some boys” had committed a mistake and dropped bombs, and there should be talks between the two neighbouring countries. When terrorists from Pakistan struck the CPRF convoy in Pulwama killing 40 personnel, the country was seething with anger, Shah said. Aware of the 2016 surgical strike conducted by India, Pakistan had deployed personnel and tanks on the borders with India, “But Modi ji… instructed our Air Force on the 13th day (of the Pulwama attack) and our brave Air Force personnel entered Pakistan territory targeting terrorists,” Shah said. Criticising the opposition alliance, Shah alleged that whenever they were in power, they had indulged in “massive corruption” and even made an independent MLA (Madhu Koda) chief minister of Jharkhand in 2006. Seeking to know from Congress president Rahul Gandhi, RJD president Lalu Prasad and JMMs working president Hemant Soren about their PM candidate, Shah said each day they will have a different prime minister, with Sunday being a holiday. “Jharkhand is endowed with rich mineral resources, but the people were poor. In the last five years, the BJP governments at the Centre and the state have ushered in development in rural and urban areas, uplifted the poor, farmers, dalits and tribals,” Shah said. In Jharkhand, the condition of roads has improved, electricity has been provided to people and work on Mandal dam is on, he said. The Mandal dam, work on which began in 1972 but was stalled since 1993, is now being built on North Koel river under Barwadih block in Latehar district. Outlining the other welfare measures, the BJP leader said cooking gas and ovens, housing and toilet facilities have also been given to the poor, he said. The BJP leader was here to campaign for the party’s sitting MP Vishun Dayal Ram, the former state police chief.last_img read more

An Inconsistent Strike Zone Hurt Both Teams in Game 3

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner. read more

Simeone braced for difficult match against Sporting

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is braced for a challenging time against Sporting Lisbon for the return leg of their Europa League tieThe two sides previously met at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano last week for the first leg with Atletico capitalising on two mistakes from the visitors to seal a 2-0 win.Heading into the second leg at Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade, Simeone acknowledges the challenge that the Portuguese side will pose for them.“We’re going to face a team that will give it their all and will count on the support of their fans,” said the Argentine, according to the club website.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We’ll have to seize control of the match.”The Atletico coach revealed his admiration for his counterpart Jorge Jesus and knows the kind threat the Sporting coach can give his side.“[Jesus] is an important and intelligent coach. He’s going to do everything he can to try and turn this tie around,” said Simeone.The 47 year-old knows that Atletico were fortunate in the first leg: “They’re a very competitive team. They suffered an early goal in the Wanda Metropolitano and in the end of the match, they had chances to score,” he continued. “It’ll be a tough and intense match.”last_img read more

Icardi insists Inter were deserved winners

first_imgInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insists the team deserved their victory over rivals AC Milan on Sunday.The Nerazzurri ran out 1-0 winners against Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan to secure their seventh straight win in all competitions.Mauro Icardi, who scored a stoppage-time winner against the Rossoneri insists it was just what Inter Milan deserved.The Argentine striker headed home the only goal from Matias Vecino’s excellent cross in the second minute of added time to clinch his side a fifth straight league win.The victory lifted the Luciano Spalletti’s men up to third in the table, six points behind league leaders Juventus.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“You need to win the derby. We’ve been saying it to ourselves all week. We had to win,” Icardi, whose last-minute penalty won the corresponding fixture for Inter last season, told Sky Sport.“We created plenty of chances, we had a goal ruled out for offside and we hit the post.”“We deserved to win considering the chances we had and then if the win arrives like it did, at the death, then it’s even better.”last_img read more

Passage by Kareem Mortimer wowed audiences at the Portland Maine Film Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMore from the film scene for the Caribbean, this time a director’s choice award for Bahamian film maker Kareem Mortimer. The Bahamian film, simply called: Passage wowed audiences at the Portland Maine Film Festival… Passage’s win in Maine was the latest in a string of laurels that the short has earned. Its success on the festival circuit includes a win in the open category of the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, On Location: Grand Bahama Island and Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Clarence Rolle of the Bahamas Film & Television Commission accepted on behalf of Mortimer. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Pochettino doesnt mind if Eriksen leaves Tottenham

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, already revealed that his squad won’t make a huge drama if Christian Eriksen ends up leaving.Tottenham Hotspur has been struggling lately with the dilemma of not knowing if midfielder Christian Eriksen will extend his contract or leave, the Danish player has many offers on the table and there is no certainty that he will remain at the club regardless of what Mauricio Pochettino does.The Argentine manager is well aware of this and has already hinted that the club won’t mind letting him leave if things don’t work out, essentially confirming that they don’t consider him an integral part of the Spurs.“Football is so dynamic, always changing every day. It’s not only your decision but the player’s decision,” said Pochettino via Four Four Two.“Now is a moment to enjoy our present. Players like him are focused on doing a good job and the performances that we need. A decision is going to happen at the end of the season or the next few days.”“Football is so dynamic: it’s about decision, decision, decision, decision. We hope we are going to take the best decision for the club, that the player can take the best decision for their future and the club.”“It’s about negotiation, about many things that happen. Football is so dynamic; you always need to move on.”Pochettino took the time to reflect on how well the squad has grown in the last few years under his tutelage, almost daring Eriksen to leave and regret it for the rest of his career.“We created together a massive platform. The players are enjoying that platform; the fans are enjoying it,” he added.“Four and a half years ago, it was a difficult start for everyone. Every single press conference in the first six months was about ‘how’: ‘How [to] reduce the gap to the top six? How [to] reduce the gap to the top four? How to be competitive in the big games, be consistent, how, how, how, how?’”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The last step is the most difficult. It looks so close, but sometimes it’s not so close. That’s why it’s tough to keep going, but we have the energy and we want to try.”“We are competing with big, big sides. We believe in our quality and in the way that we play but when you compete in the Premier League, it’s always difficult,” he continued.“We need to be ready again to compete against Bournemouth. If we are able to cross that line, to stop thinking of that [last] result and be focused and consistent in the next game, maybe we are ready to win [a trophy].”“But this season is a challenge. I told you in the first press conference after the World Cup that this would be the most difficult season for us.”“We’re in a very good position, in the last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the [EFL] Cup, we haven’t started the FA Cup but we’re third in the Premier League.”“The circumstances were not the best to start the season, but we fight a lot and we’re doing a fantastic job, but you need to start to prepare the game against Bournemouth because the competition doesn’t wait for you. You need to show again your quality,” he concluded.Christian Eriksen pic.twitter.com/y6sxvYYVQT— dantt (@noamsupernova) December 25, 2018last_img read more

2019 TV buying advice Get a 2018 TV now or wait for

first_img iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice 8.3 No idea Quantum dots, more dimming zones 8.2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice The best TVs of CES 2019 Vizio P-Series Best new feature Vizio P-Series Quantum I’m guessing LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, coming soon, won’t perform significantly better than the 2018 versions seen here. Sarah Tew/CNET The last big TV sale event of the season, the Super Bowl, is now behind us, and ahead lie a bunch of brand-new 2019 models to tempt shoppers. Late winter and early spring are when most of the new TVs hit store shelves and online, and some are even available now. If you want a new TV now, perhaps one thought is “I shouldn’t buy an obsolete 2018 TV now when new ones are just around the corner.” Allow me to add a complexifier or two. A 2018 TV bought today is not obsolete. TVs are a mature technology and most will do everything you need for years to come. The improvements on many 2019 TVs will be minor compared to 2018 models available now. For most of this year, you’ll pay more for a 2019 TV than you will for the roughly equivalent 2018 model. The earliest you can expect 2019 TV prices to fall to 2018 levels is mid-November 2019. If you’re OK waiting until November and Black Friday season to buy your 2019 TV, then by all means do so. You’ll probably get the best deal on a new TV.  7.0 2 Now playing: Watch this: TVs 13:20 None Brighter, more dimming zones, 75-inch size available 2019 TV comparisons No Yes 8.6 2018 CNET rating Sony X900F But if you want a new TV now and missed your opportunity to snag something in the last few months on-sale, you face a conundrum. Will the 2019 version coming soon be a better choice than 2018 version you can buy now? I can’t actually answer that question for sure until I review the new TVs and compare them directly to the older ones. But in my years of doing just that as a TV reviewer at CNET, I’m willing to take some educated guesses now. No Samsung Q8 Comments Processing Viewing angles, processing No Vizio M-Series Quantum Tags Processing Samsung Q9 Quantum dots, more dimming zones Yes Yes LG OLEDB8P AirPlay 2, HomeKit Sony X950G Viewing angles, processing Samsung Q80R iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Vizio E-Series The best TVs at CES 2019 Vizio V-Series Katz’s guess: Significantly better picture? 6.9 No 7.7 2019 TV series 8.7 Vizio M-Series AirPlay 2, HomeKit Built-in Alexa AirPlay 2, HomeKit 2018 TV series 8.0 7.5 None No Yes 8.1 Armed with the information from the chart above, you can get some idea of what the TVs of 2019 will bring to the table compared to their predecessors, and hopefully make a more informed decision. And if you’re looking for more info on 2019 TVs, here the latest I have on 2019 TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. Some stuff to keep in mind: Again, these are just guesses based on manufacturer info and my past experience testing TVs. I haven’t seen any of the 2019 TVs in person beyond brief glances at CES, let alone subjected any to a full CNET review with measurements, side-by-side comparisons and the whole bit. I say “significantly better” because even those TVs that get a “No” could show slight improvements. For example, improved processing on the C8 last year did produce a somewhat better picture than the B8 in my tests, but it was so minor that I still chose the less-expensive B8 as CNET’s Editors’ Choice for high-end TVs. Just because I’m guessing a 2019 TV will have a better picture doesn’t mean the 2018 version isn’t worth buying. I’m guessing the successor to the TCL 6 series (whatever they end up calling it) will be a better performer for example, but the 6 series is still an excellent choice and remains CNET’s Editors’ Choice for now. Speaking of TCL, it’s the only maker on the chart above that hasn’t specified model numbers for most of its 2019 TVs. Hence the “TBD” and “No idea.”Unless you’re rich, no 2019 8K TV is worth waiting for. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a Dolby Atmos user who needs eARC, no 2019 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 features is worth waiting for. A handful of new 2019 TVs lack immediate predecessors I reviewed, yet could still be excellent choices for some buyers this year. They include the Samsung Q70R (the cheapest Samsung with full-array local dimming, or FALD), the Hisense R8 (an inexpensive Roku TV with FALD) and of course LG’s rollable OLED. The bottom line? All of this advice will evolve as I review new 2019 TVs, the 2018 models start selling out and the 2019 TVs fall in price. As always, waiting until later in the year will help you make a more informed decision. But if you can’t wait, here are the best TVs to buy right now. 8.7 Vizio P-Series Quantum X LG OLEDC8P TCL 5 TCL S405/S305 TBD AirPlay 2, HomeKit Samsung Q90R Yes 61 Photos 8.1 LG OLEDB9 TCL S425/S325 Far-field mic for hands-free voice TBD Brighter Vizio P-Series Quantum Quantum dots, more dimming zones None TCL 6 No Share your voice Picture quality improvements Built-in Alexa TBD 2018 vs. 2019 TVs compared: Buy now or wait Here are all of the TVs CNET reviewed in 2018 (with overall ratings) and all of their nearest 2019 successors. I’ve noted the major improvements, based on TV manufacturer information available now, for both image quality and features. Finally, I guess whether the 2019 TV’s picture quality will be any better than its predecessor. LG OLEDC9 last_img read more

2020 Gladiator gets the Easter Jeep Safari concept treatment

first_img 68 Photos Tags 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. 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 Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concepts blend throwback style, modern performance 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal A new J6 in the form of a two-door Jeep Gladiator? Yes, please. Jeep It wouldn’t be springtime without Fiat-Chrysler’s annual Easter Jeep Safari concepts. And hot on the heels of the 2020 Gladiator launch, Jeep revealed a pair of sketches Tuesday previewing two new Moab, Utah-ready takes on the Wrangler-based off-road truck.The first one, pictured above, appears to be a Jeep J6 redux, as evidenced by the badge on the lower quarter panel. That means we could be seeing a short-cab, long-bed Gladiator, maybe with some sort of optional over-the-bed canopy. Look closely and you’ll notice this concept doesn’t have hinges for the rear door, like on the production Gladiator.Easter Jeep Safari ConceptBig mud tires: an Easter Jeep Safari staple. Jeep Jeep’s second Gladiator concept uses the standard truck’s four-door arrangement. With its huge mud tires, this one appears to be some sort of off-road monster, and if previous Easter Jeep Safari concepts are anything to go on, we bet it’ll have some kind of big power upgrade under the hood.Jeep will officially reveal its 2019 concepts in the coming days, before they all head to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari festivities from April 13 to 21. While you wait to see what Jeep has in store for this year, hop in the wayback machine to remember what the company rolled out for last year’s Easter Safari. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 49 Photos Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Jeep 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.  2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 26 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. 71 Photos 52 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Concept Cars Trucks 12 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 10 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 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 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 69 Photos 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 Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 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. More From Roadshow 7 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments 18 Photos News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator costs $2,100 more than a Wrangler Share your voice Car Industry 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 3 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Jeep,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. 0 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. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

A small Kia pickup truck might be in the works

first_img 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 14 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos 81 Photos 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. Tags Kia Trucks Car Industry 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. Hyundai Kia,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. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 52 Photos 49 Photos 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 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. Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 26 Photos 3 69 Photos 12 Photoscenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Tags 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 71 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. Enlarge ImageKia’s new truck could share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, seen here in concept form. Hyundai We’ve long known that Korean automaker Hyundai is working on a pickup truck, previewed by the Santa Cruz concept in 2015. Now, a new report from Australia’s CarsGuide suggests Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, could be getting in on the pickup action, too.”Work has begun” on the new truck, according to Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith. He told CarsGuide the Kia pickup could launch around 2022 or 2023.Interestingly, while Meredith acknowledges the existence of Hyundai’s forthcoming pickup, it’s not immediately clear if the two are related. The Santa Cruz will use a unibody construction, not unlike the Honda Ridgeline, but CarsGuide believes Kia’s offering will be more robust — Meredith says the platform is “brand-new.””We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab — what we’ve requested is the full gambit for the ute,” Meredith told CarsGuide.It seems somewhat silly that Hyundai and Kia could be developing two separate truck platforms, but of course, crazier things have happened. Let’s not forget the Kia Borrego, which used an honest-to-goodness, body-on-frame truck platform — something the Hyundai brand never did. 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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 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. 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. 68 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Hyundai’s first US pickup expected to look like its 2015 Santa Cruz concept Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google 1 Share your voice Comment 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 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. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVlast_img read more

BNP wants solution not conflict Moudud

first_imgMoudud AhmedSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has said his party is trying to reach an understanding with the government for the sake of better elections in the country.Saying that the BNP will contest the next parliamentary polls, he made clear the party’s position that they want elections under such a government which would have no political ambition.”That’s why, we’re tryng to reach an understanding with the govenment,” he said at a programme in Faridpur on Friday.Moudud, a standing committee member of the BNP, pointed out that the BNP did not hold any protest demonstration in the past two years to create confidence in the ruling camp.”We didn’t do anything (protest demonstration) which can embarrass the government,” he said adding that they hoped that the Awami League govenment would show democratic attitude to reciprocate the BNP’s gesture of doing peaceful politics.The BNP leadership has been demanding fair elections to be held under an election-time neutral government.Moudud emphasised that “the BNP wants solution, not conflict”.He made the observations while replyng to questions from journlaists after distributing scholarship among students at Palli Kabi Jasimuddin’s home at Gabindapur village of Ambikapur union in Faridpur.The BNP leader said, “The BNP does not do vindictive politics. If the government does not come to an understaniding, it would mean that it is afraid of facing trial for their corruption and plundering of resources once they are out of power.”Moudud, a former vice president and law minister, alleged that the government has no accountability. “Killing, plundering and rape are going on unabated in the country,” he added.Moudud Ahmed went on to say, “We’ll try to reach the understaing until the last moment. If the government does not respond to our demand, there is no alternative to movement.”last_img read more

Court takes charges into cognizance over assaulting woman by policemen

first_imgA Jhenaidah court on Tuesday took cognizance of the charges against eight police personnel over assaulting woman, demanding extortion and giving threat to evict a family from their land, reports UNB.The court also ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the incident and submit its report within 30 days.Golam Sheikh of Hamdampur village of Shailkupa upazila filed a complaint petition with the court of Shailkupa judicial magistrate Kazi Ashrafuzzaman against sub-inspector Ilias Mollah of Kochua investigation centre and seven others police personnel.Later, the court took the cognizance of the charges and ordered PBI to look into the matter.The court also ordered the authorities concern to ensure the security to the defendants.According to the court statement, the accused police personnel went to the ancestral home of Golam Sheikh and tried to evict them.The accused also assaulted the wife of Golam Sheikh while she was trying to protest the cops.The police personnel also carried out vandalism at the home and demanded extortion of Tk 100,000 from them.last_img read more

37kg gold seized from Mathabhanga river

first_imgMap of ChuadangaMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh seized 320 gold bars weighing around 37 kilogrammes from the Mathabhanga river along Nastipur border in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga on Wednesday noon.Being tipped-off that a consignment of gold would be smuggled to India through the border, BGB members took position around no 80 pillar since the morning, said Iman Hasan, a commanding officer of BGB battalion.The BGB team challenged three people who were moving around the pillar around 3:00pm, he said.Sensing danger, the trio threw three bags they were carrying into the river and crossed into the Indian territory swimming across the river, reports UNB.Later, the paramilitary force members retrieved the three bags and found 320 gold bars inside those, Iman said.last_img

AL wins in Rajshahi Barishal BNP ahead in postponed Sylhet result

first_imgAHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Ariful Haque ChowdhuryThe Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports UNB.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended.The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken.In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League mayoral contestant AHM Khairuzzaman Liton bagged 165,096 votes to defeat his nearest rival Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul of BNP who polled 77,700 in all the 138 election centres.Returning officer Syed Amirul Islam announced the results around 11:45pm.In Barishal, AL candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah came out victorious getting 107,363 votes while Mujibur Rahman Sarwar of BNP received 13,135 in 107 centres out of total 123.Returning officer Mujibur Rahman announced the results around 11:50pm.In Sylhet, the announcement of the results was postponed as the number of votes in two centres where voting was suspended is higher than the difference between the two leading candidates’ tallies.BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury bagged 90,496 votes in 132 centres out of total 134 while AL’s Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran got 86,870 votes.Ariful was leading by 4,628 votes while the number of voters in the two centres is 4,787.Under such circumstances, returning officer Mohammad Alimuzzaman postponed the announcement of the results around 11:45pm.Earlier, voting in the elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations was held amid election boycott, allegations of rigging, ouster of polling agents and other irregularities.The balloting that started at 8:00am continued till 4:00 pm.Bringing various allegations of irregularities, including driving out of its polling agents and stuffing ballot boxes, BNP said the ‘naked vote rigging by the ruling party got exposed in Barishal, Sylhet and Rajshahi city corporations.”We’ve been talking about the government’s blueprint over the elections in the three cities since the beginning of the electioneering, and it got exposed nakedly today,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.In Barishal, BNP mayoral candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) contestant Abul Kalam Azad and Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Obaidur Rahman Mahbub boycotted the polls, alleging widespread vote rigging and other irregularities.AL candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah cast his vote at government Barisal College Centre at 8am, while BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar at Sayeda Mojidunnesa High School at 8:15am.Sarwar, however, boycotted the polls bringing the allegation of vote rigging. He announced the decision at a press conference at Barishal Press Club at noon.Besides, Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Obaidur Rahman Mahbub and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) contestant Abul Kalam Azad pulled out of the election race citing the same allegations.Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal candidate Manisha Chakrabarty and Jatiya Party candidate Md Iqbal Hossain turned down the elections.Manisha said her polling agents were driven out of the voting centres while votes rigged at many centres.They demanded the Election Commission to postpone the polls due to vote ‘rigging’ by ruling party men.Sarwar claimed that his polling agents were obstructed from entering at least 70-80 centres.He alleged that ruling party men stuffed ballot boxes in most centres with the help of law enforcers. “The government has destroyed the country’s election system. This can’t continue.”The BNP candidate said he called upon the Election Commission to postpone the polls, but it did not pay heed to it. “We condemn the Election Commission’s role and we’re boycotting election.”In Rajshahi, Awami League’s AHM Khairuzzaman Liton cast his vote at Satellite Town High School around 8:30am.BNP mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul refrained from casting his vote protesting irregularities in the city corporation election.The BNP mayoral candidate took position in front of Islamia College polling centre in the city’s Binodpur area protesting the ouster of the party’s polling agents from different polling stations.Bulbul also alleged that BNP supporters were obstructed from casting their votes.He also demanded the presiding officer make public how many ballot papers were there at the centre and threatened not to leave the place until he gets the account of the ballots.Replying to a question from journalists, Bulbul said, “It’s pointless to cast vote in such a country where there’s no democracy. I don’t want to create any problem. Which centre will I visit? Where can I resist rigging? So, I’ve taken a position right here and seeing the irregularities silently.”In Sylhet, BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury cast his vote at Roynagar Government School at 8:30am and AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran at Government Pilot School Centre under 18 No ward at 08:45am.Councillor candidate and Jubo League leader Rimad Ahmed Rubel along with his supporters allegedly captured the polling centre at Khasdabir Government Primary School at 50 No ward around 9:45am and stuffed ballot boxes locking the door. Then voting in the polling centre had been suspended for an hour.Besides, voting was suspended at Shahjalal Jamia Islamia Kamil Madrasah polling centre at Pathantula for 15 minutes following a clash between the activists of Awami League and Jamaat-e-Islami, said presiding officer Jamil Ahmed.Meanwhile, police fired shots in the air at Kazi Jalal Uddin High School centre in 18 No ward around 11am as the supporters of two councillor candidates captured the centre.The voting came to a halt following the incident. A vehicle was also vandalised.BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury alleged that his agents were kicked out from two polling centres.He came up with the allegation after visiting Chandu Shah Centre around 9:45 am.The two polling centres are Chandu Shah Dakhil Madrasah and MC College Shishu Biddalya under 21 No ward, he said.The city elections are the last major polls before the next general election expected to be held in December this year.last_img read more

Popup catering over Eid

first_imgEid meals ready for deliveryEverything shuts down for the Eid holidays, even most eateries. So those who normally eat out or buy their meals on the way home, are forced to cook for themselves during Eid or depend on friends and relatives for their meals. For those who cooking is not a routine task, this becomes quite a hassle.But that’s what business is all about, supplying where there is a demand. And so Mekhla, Salsa Bili and Sharmin Jahan and others like them grab the opportunity to cook and home deliver food during Eid and other holidays when the city comes to a standstill.These culinary entrepreneurs pop up on the social media. A news media person, Sirajum Munira, posted a note on an online shopping platform asking if anyone could deliver food on Eid and the day after.She said, “All food shops close down for Eid. But for us who work throughout the holidays, this can be a problem. That’s why I looked for someone who can supply meals at this time.”Sirajum Munira’s post revealed many who were ready to home deliver food during Eid. Salsa Bili Jannat was one of them. Salsa Bili used to be a presenter and a researcher. As a mother of a young child, it is much easier for her to work from home. Her business is quite new, meeting the demand for those who need cooked meals. Now she has opened her own online page.She said, “I cooked for about 40 people during Eid. I have similar orders for the day after Eid too.”How does it feel having to work while everyone else is on holiday? Salsa Bili said, “I would be cooking anyway for my own family, so I just cook a bit more. That solves the customers’ problems and I can earn some money too.”Salsa’s customers are her acquaintances. Housewife Bijoya is a regular client. She said, “We get perfect homemade food here and it’s a big help during the holidays when everything is closed.”Like Salsa Bili, Sharmeen Jahan Chowdhury is also an entrepreneur. She used to be quite happy cooking at home and looking after her family. She never imagined taking up any such initiative. It was her son, a university student, who first hit upon the idea of channelling his mother’s skills into a business. He opened a Facebook page for her. Just two months into the business, Sharmeen Chowdhury’s kitchen already supplied 20 persons’ meals for Eid and has another 40 orders for the day after.“It feels good to be doing something,” said Sharmeen.“My customers come back again and again with orders. I feel a connection with them and it also feels good to be able to cook for them on Eid,” she added.Mekhla is there for those stranded without such food facilities on Eid. She is hearing-impaired but her husband Mahdi Masud was determined not to let this interfere with her work. She has a Facebook page now, Mekhla’s kitchen and regularly gets orders. Her husband and two sons deliver the food. She received meal orders for 300 people this Eid. “Mekhla began the food service just out of fun, but the business is now flourishing. This is an income for the family and it has also built us good relations with so many people,” said Mahdi.Delivering food to the homes is one of the main problems of this business. The existing courier services are unwilling to deliver food. So either the client has to come and pick up the food or the supplier delivers it. That’s why the business doesn’t expand too much, but they are happy with the way things are.Jesmin Akhter makes sweets, halwa and other desserts. Her daughter Salwa Mustafa lives abroad, and so Jesmin found herself with ample spare time on hand. That’s when she started making desserts. Her daughter opened a Facebook page for her called Mithai Monda. She makes the sweets and delivers them herself by car.Jesmin said, “I would make sweets for my daughter when she lived here, now my customers are my kids! They love my sweets on various festivals and that makes me happy.”*The report has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more