zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker.Senior ship officers employed by the company aboard the Ridgebury Alexandra Z discharged oily waste into the ocean by flushing the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment sensor with fresh water.This flushing of the sensor tricked the system into detecting a much lower effluent oil content than what was actually being discharged. These senior officers then falsified the vessel’s Oil Record Book, recording that 87,705 gallons of oily wastewater had been discharged properly through the pollution prevention equipment.The company admitted to illegally dumping the oil cargo residues and oily bilge water directly into the ocean and falsifying Oil Record Book entries to conceal the illegal dumping.Interorient Marine Services Limited pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 33 U.S.C. § 1908(a), for failing to accurately maintain the Ridgebury Alexandra Z’s Oil Record Book. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company will pay a total fine of USD 2 million and serve a 4-year term of probation, during which all vessels operated by the company and calling on U.S. ports will be required to implement a robust Environmental Compliance Plan.The vessel’s captain, Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, was charged in a six-count indictment by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Louisiana on Nov. 29, 2018, for his involvement in this case. The indictment alleges that Birzakovs directed circumvention of the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment, falsified records, obstructed justice, made false statements, and conspired with other crewmembers to falsify the vessel’s Oil Record Book. The charges are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Atlantic also is getting ready to launch the Atlantic Wire, an opinion news aggregator slated to go live later this month. Kinsley will not be part of the team that manages the Wire, the spokesperson said. The Atlantic has named Slate.com founding editor Michael Kinsley editor-in-chief of a new digital media property the publisher expects to launch in 2010. His appointment is effective September 21.An Atlantic spokesperson declined to divulge any details surrounding the digital initiative the publisher is quietly developing, other than to say it will be “a separate property under the Atlantic Consumer Media umbrella.” In addition to his digital duties, Kinsley will write a regular column on media for the print edition of the Atlantic. Most recently, Kinsley served as a columnist for the Washington Post. He also has served as editor of The New Republic and Harper’s.
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. Comments 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Enlarge ImageThe pod might be autonomous, but there’ll be a pilot making sure the pod gets where it needs to. Stop & Shop Later this year, instead of prebagged groceries arriving at your doorstep, you might end up with an entire grocery aisle, ready for the pluckin’.Stop & Shop announced this week that it intends to deploy a small fleet of driverless grocery delivery vehicles in and around the Boston area. Beginning this spring, the pods won’t be like other delivery services — they will offer consumers a selection of produce and meal kits, and folks can pick what they want, like they were in the produce aisle at the store.”[M]any of our customers want the opportunity to make their own choices when it comes to fresh produce, and we’re proud to be the first retailer to engage with Robomart to address our customers’ needs with their cutting-edge solution,” said Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop, in a statement. Robomart, a San Francisco-based startup, will be supplying the vehicles for the pilot program.Read more: The best meal-kit delivery services Here’s how it will work. Using a smartphone app, Stop & Shop customers can request a visit from Robomart’s vehicle. When it shows up, they’ll walk outside, unlock the doors and pick the produce and products they want. All that’s left is to close the door and walk away. The vehicle itself uses RFID tech to determine which products have been purchase, and it’ll email the consumer a receipt. This setup is a little different than what Kroger and Nuro are running in a pilot program, which requires the consumer to pre-order groceries online, with a bagged order eventually arriving at their door.While the vehicle is referred to as driverless, it’s technically driverless in the sense that the vehicle doesn’t have a driver inside of it. The electric pods will actually have a remote pilot in charge of moving them around. They’ll be periodically restocked so consumers don’t have mostly empty pods showing up with a dearth of produce. 4 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow Share your voice 1 Car Industry Auto Tech,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 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 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. 52 Photos Share your voice Car Industry 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 18 Photos 49 Photos 18 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 26 Photos 68 Photos 12 Photos Tags 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 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. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2018 GMC Terrain Denali: Chrome and tech come at a price 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 69 Photos Ford’s ‘self-driving’ delivery vans bamboozle the public for good reason 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Tags 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 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. 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. 71 Photos Comment 81 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. 2019 Toyota RAV4 review: A lovable SUV, but rough around the edges 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 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. 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible 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.
Moudud AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will not go to the general election if their conditions are not fulfilled, reports UNB.”We’ll participate in the elections to the city corporations. But that doesn’t mean we’ll also join the national election if our conditions are not fulfilled. The ruling party won’t be allowed to hold a lopsided election this time,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani) at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 41st death anniversary of great national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the current parliament must be dissolved 90 days before the next general election, and the polls will have to be held under a non-party neutral government.He said Awami League should not fear a fair election under a neutral government as the party thinks it has huge popularity. “Arrange the election under a neutral administration so that people can exercise their right to franchise as per their wish.”The BNP leader said their party will join the national election if a proper atmosphere for a credible election is created.Referring to the victory of their party candidates in the last elections to Gazipur, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations, Moudud said Awami League could not take their defeat in those polls easily. “That’s why those mayors couldn’t enter their offices even by two years. If this is the case what is the use of joining polls?”
A Screen grabAnti-tobacco group Progga has labelled the proposed national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal as anti-public health and ineffective to reduce tobacco consumption, reports UNB.”The budget leaves cigarette tax rates and price slabs untouched which will benefit tobacco companies,” Progga executive director ABM Zubair said in a statement on Friday.He said that considering factors such as inflation and increase in per capita income, the hike in tobacco price will do “absolutely nothing” in encouraging low-income people to cut tobacco use and discouraging potential new users and the youth from lighting up.The budget also keeps the existing 45 per cent corporate tax on cigarette, bidi and smokeless tobacco companies. The 2.5 per cent health development surcharge on the income of tobacco businesses is also in place.He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s directive was to build a tobacco-free nation by 2040 by adopting a strong tobacco taxation policy.”Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not reflect the directive of the prime minister and frustrates the anti-tobacco activists,” Zubair said.