Stars To Help Kick Off Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles

first_imgCelebrities such as Elton John, Carson Daly, and the members of the rock band No Doubt will kick off the Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshots.Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Loveline,” along with his wife, Susan Pinsky, will serve as co-chairs. A party to launch the auction will be held at Bar Celona restaurant in Pasadena on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The online auction runs from May 22nd through June 1st to coincide with Foster Care Awareness Month, which raises awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system. Hillsides, a Los Angeles children’s charity, based in Pasadena, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshot. This year Hillsides is celebrating its centennial, so they are expecting participation to be greater than ever.Other celebrities who have participated include Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Faith Hill, James Franco, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Ellen Pompeo, John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Adrian Grenier, Nancy Grace, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Dave Koz, Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Markie Post, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werkheiser, Samantha Harris, cast from The Bold & The Beautiful and many more.Guests who bid on May 22nd will get a chance to view celebrity shoes, purses, belts and other accessories as well as set visits and signed scripts until the auction’s closing date on June 1st. Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack Huang and Karen Tanji, who is on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house-made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh.Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures that Hillsides can create lasting change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families.To learn more about the Foster Soles Celebrity Charity Auction or Hillsides, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Dakota Fanning Lights Empire State Building With Save The Children

first_imgSave the Children Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning lit the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.Dakota Fanning Lights The Empire State Building For Save the ChildrenMarked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children is raising awareness of these issues and illuminating the need to educate and empower girls around the world.Fanning was joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York Tri-State area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. The Empire State Building will light up today at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.“Worldwide, girls are far more likely to miss out on school, marry too early and grow up too fast,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “People often talk about women’s empowerment, but that begins with girls. Together, we need to do more to ensure every last girl has a childhood, and a better and brighter future. That’s why today, on International Day of the Girl, Save the Children is shining a light on girls.”Throughout the world, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.“Every girl deserves to follow her dreams no matter where she comes from or what her circumstances are,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “The first step in doing that is bringing attention to the barriers girls face globally. The second step is empowering young girls to reach their full potential. This is why I am here today, honoring International Day of the Girl and lighting up the Empire State Building with Save the Children.”Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.last_img read more

Exclusion from draft NRC wont affect voting rights for LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Allaying the fears of over 40 lakh persons whose names were not included in the draft Assam NRC, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that exclusion will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.The top court asked the ECI to clarify what action it will take if a person’s name is not included in the final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on July 31, but it features in the electoral rolls. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khana asked the ECI to provide it with the data by March 28 about the addition and deletion of names from voters’ list as revised in January for 2017, 2018 and 2019. At the outset, the bench asked the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the court, what will be the status of the persons whose names do not feature in the draft NRC but feature in the electoral rolls. On March 8, the apex court had asked the poll panel secretary to appear before it for Tuesday’s hearing in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The secretary replied that exclusion will not have any bearing on the voting rights of such individuals. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the ECI, said it had already been stated this in 2014. He pointed out that the court should not entertain this petition filed by Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen, residents of Assam, as contrary to their claims, their names were never deleted from the electoral rolls in the past three years. The bench said it would further hear the matter on March 28. The apex court had sought personal appearance of the ECI secretary as, despite a notice being issued on February 1, no one had appeared to represent the poll panel. The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voter list included some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election. The plea also submitted that there was a second category of people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the previous Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for the inclusion of their names in the voters’ list. The third category of people included those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as the Guwahati High Court. The court’s order was stayed by the apex court. The fourth category of people comprised those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court.last_img read more

Rabat to Host AU Peace and Security Council Seminar

Rabat – Rabat will convene the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on May 9 and 10 for a seminar on “Improving the working methods of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.”Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mohammed V University of Rabat are organizing the two-day event to reaffirm Morocco’s determination to tailor the PSC’s work to counteract the many challenges and threats facing the continent in peace, security, and conflict prevention, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Elected to AU’s Peace and Security Council in January, Morocco promised to give special attention to terrorism prevention, fighting violent extremism, and post-conflict reconstruction. The seminar will include four roundtables and a closing session and aims to tackle the challenges hindering the continent’s development as well as discussing measures to curb those issues. The seminar will also cover measures to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the council, to strengthen the role of the PSC mediation and conflict prevention.Since April, Morocco has held a seat in the PSC for a two-year term. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time noted that Morocco’s strategy will also prioritize socio-economic development and South-South cooperation, which constitute bedrock principles of the union, as well as a “condition sine qua non for peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.”As a member of the PSC, Morocco also aims to fight human trafficking and to ensure food and environmental security on the continent. read more

Iranian President wants ties with Lanka enhanced

For his part, Rohana Jeet, who submitted his credentials to President Rouhani, said that Sri Lanka is determined to deepen its close and friendly relations with Iran at the bilateral and international levels. The envoy further said that Iran plays a leading role in the region as well as the world, adding that his country welcomes the conclusion of nuclear talks between and world powers and that Colombo is seeking to develop its ties with Tehran in various fields.Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for enhanced relations between Iran and Sri Lanka following a final nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers and the ensuing lifting of anti-Iran sanctions, the Tasnim news agency reported.Speaking at a Sunday meeting in Tehran with Sri Lanka’s new ambassador to Iran, Rohana Jeet, President Rouhani stressed that Tehran and Colombo should boost their bilateral ties with the improved conditions that would be available after the nuclear agreement takes effect and the sanctions are lifted. He further described the existing relations between Iran and Sri Lanka as good, underscoring that the two countries should make all-out efforts to improve ties based on the existing potentials. read more

Annan appalled by brutal murder of Red Cross worker in southern Afghanistan

A statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York said Mr. Annan was appalled to learn of the brutal killing yesterday of Richard Munguía, a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the southern Afghanistan province of Uruzgan.”Mr. Munguía, a 39-year old water and shelter engineer, was shot by unidentified assailants while en route to the town of Tirin Kot, near Kandahar, where he was assigned to improve the water supply,” statement said.”The Secretary-General finds it reprehensible that humanitarian workers committed to help people in need are targeted,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Annan expects the authorities to make every effort to find and detain those responsible for this criminal act.”The Secretary-General wishes to extend his deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Munguía and to his colleagues at the ICRC,” the statement said. read more

Annan calls on Security Council to set up compliance regime against child

The report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan notes improvements in protecting children from war recruitment and abuse as important organizations have adopted many of the standards advocated and the estimated number of child soldiers has declined in the past 18 months to 300,000 from 380,000.An international compliance regime would list all offending parties, whether from the government or rebel side, in all situations of concern, whether or not those situations are on the agenda of the Security Council, the report says.The major violations would be recruiting children as soldiers, abducting, maiming, or killing them, subjecting them to rape and other sexual violence and attacking schools and hospitals.The situation for children has notably improved in Afghanistan, Angola, the Balkans, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste, it says. On the other hand, it names 54 offending parties and says situations of concern remain in Burundi, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.For widespread and unacceptable patterns of violation, the Security Council should take such measures as imposing travel restrictions on leaders, excluding them from future governance structures or amnesties, arms embargoes and military assistance bans and restrictions on the flow of financial resources, the report says.Other “destinations for action” would be the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, regional organizations and, as the first line of response, the national governments within whose borders the children are endangered, it says. read more

Video of this weeks Town Halls now online

Video of this week’s two Town Halls is now available online for faculty and staff.Held Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, the sessions were the latest in a series of Town Halls held on campus to discuss the future of the University.Senior administration spent time during each event discussing Brock’s new Strategic Plan, as well as implications faced by the University as a result of the Government of Ontario’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Tuesday’s Town Hall can be found by going to this link, while Wednesday’s Town Hall can be viewed at this link. Both require viewers to log in with their Brock employee username and password.The slideshow used in the Town Hall presentations is available on SharePoint by logging in with a Brock employee username and password.The Town Halls come in the midst of the University’s annual budget process, which continues Friday, when the budget will be presented to Senate’s Planning, Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee. The committee will have an opportunity to submit questions regarding the document to be answered by Friday, March 29. At that point, the committee will be asked to pass a motion for Senate’s consideration at an April 10 meeting that “the budget is consistent with the academic policy of the University.” read more

Gangs and sexual exploitation pushing more teenagers into care warns Childrens Commissioner

Responding to the figures, Ms Longfield said: “There are an increasing number of teenage children in the care system and too many of them are ‘pin-balling’ around the system, changing home and family, school and social worker.“Often they have the most complex and expensive needs. In one local authority, 20% of the entire children’s services budget is being spent on just ten children. This is completely unsustainable.“It is clear that we have a care system which is playing catch up. The new norm is shifting so that fewer babies and very young children are being taken off parents who cannot cope. Instead it is teenagers who are being taken into care because they are experiencing issues such as criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, and parents being unable to protect them.”She added: “The result is a care system that is struggling to cope and which in turn is not providing the stability that many highly vulnerable children need. We should be alarmed that one in ten children in care moved home four or more times in three years. These children are being denied the chance to put down roots, to feel part of a family and to settle at school. It is not surprising that they are often the ones most at risk of exploitation.“All children in care have a right to expect that the state does all it can to improve their chances of growing up in stable and loving environments.” The Stability Index was launched in 2017 and is an annual measure of the stability of the lives of children in England and Wales. It records data on the number of times children in care move home placement, school or social worker. For the first time this year, it has recorded figures for each council.The data reveals that older children are six times more likely than children under 13 to be living in residential or secure children’s homes, and nearly half are living in privately-run accommodation.It also found that there was a large increase in the number of over 16s entering care during the year. This number grew by 25% between 2013/14 and 2017/18 – much higher than for any other age group. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 children in care (23%) is now over 16. A further 2 in 5 (39%) are aged 10-15.These changes have transformed the children’s care model from one based on very young children living in foster homes, to one where more and more older children are entering care and needing more specialist homes. The Children’s Commissioner said that these are teenagers who are significantly more likely to have the following issues flagged up by social workers: child sexual exploitation (6 times more likely), going missing from home (7 times more likely), gangs (5 times more likely), trafficking (12 times more likely) and child drug misuse (4 times more likely). Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned.   Credit:Katie Collins /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned. The “explosion” in the number of older children entering the care system over the last five years has sparked concern that the stability of the care system is under threat.The latest government data reveals how the profile and needs of children in care has changed over, driven by a growing share of older children and teenage care entrants who have more complex needs and potentially more expensive living arrangements. The Children’s Commissioner’s annual Stability Index shows how the number of teenagers (aged 13 or over) in care rose by 21% between 2012/13 and 2017/18, while the number of number of 0-5 year olds fell by 15%. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England is today warning that councils and the Government “have yet to catch up with this new normal” of an increasing number of teenagers “pin-balling around the system” – which she claims is “unsustainable”.She warned that services are struggling to cope with rising numbers of teenagers being taken into care because they are experiencing issues such as criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, and parents being unable to protect them.There were 16,620 children aged 0-5 in care in 2012 however this dropped to 14,090 children in 2019. In contrast there were 37,730 children aged 10 and above in care in 2012 – a figure which rose to 47,040 in 2018. For those aged 16 and above, 13,580 were in care in 2012, and by 2018, this figure increased to 17,330. Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned.    read more

8 of the best quotes on the opening day of the 2013

first_img8. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Gary Sweeney is like little boy lost in the Galway back line’Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan7. Joe Brolly – ‘Galway are not serious about their football. All flash and no substance.’6. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Get off the stage Joe. Get off the soapbox’5. Pat Spillane – ‘Jamie Clarke is the Messi of Ulster football’Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne4. Joe Brolly – ‘Their manager (Paul Grimley) is cluelessPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy3. Pat Spillane – ‘The real top teams would have gone on there to score 10 goals and 100 points’2. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Joe (Brolly) is like a cross between Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa’1. Joe Brolly – ‘You both picked Galway. Sweet mother of all the Brolly’s’And have some pity for Michael Lyster who was trying to referee for the afternoon…Your ‘Andy Moran Back In Action From Injury’ Pics Of The Day11 reasons we’re glad The Sunday Game is backlast_img read more

Transport Minister defends bus route privatisation plan

first_imgTHE NEW MINISTER for Transport says that privatising bus routes will give a better service to customers.Paschal Donohoe has sent a letter to the heads of the National Bus and Rail Union, who have been vociferous in their opposition to privatisation.In the letter, the Minister says that it was his belief that the National Transport Authority will put around 10% of the routes out to tender.However, he says that Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus are not being privatised and “will not be over the lifetime of this government”.He said that the purpose of the tendering was “to secure a better service for bus users at the same cost”. For a larger version, click hereFor a larger version, click hereHe says that the 10% marks very little threat to the existing networks and can “improve efficiency. He adds that the staff of either company would be protected should they “not be successful in the competitive process”.The NBRU’s Dermot O’Leary says that the union met the NTA on Wednesday and outlined their stance on staffing issues.“Whilst we have agreed to attend at further engagements we would earnestly hope that the NTA would reflect on its position and realise that the pursuance of this policy will result in a bad deal for workers, commuters and the exchequer, maintaining a position of attacking our members jobs will inevitably lead to industrial conflict.”Read: Protests called off as bus routes privatisation row heads to the LRCRead: Network Noel reads mean tweets about himselflast_img read more

Google Offering Flight InFlight Holiday WiFi

Hey America,it’s time for Google’s annual Holiday present. Thesoftware giant is once again getting into the spirit of the season by offeringfree Wi-Fi to holiday travelers. The company is teaming up with Virgin America,Delta, and AirTrain, offering free Wi-Fi on all domestic flights from those airlinesbetween November 20th and January 2nd (so no free Wi-Fifor our ces trips. Boo).The promotion is officially being sponsored by the Chrometeam, though using the browser isn’t necessary to take advantage of the service–whichis good news for travelers, seeing as how the company’s market share in thespace is still well behind Microsoft and Mozilla.AdChoices广告 The free Wi-Fi willreach roughly 15 million air travelers. Last year’s sponsorship had a largerwindow–from Nobember 10th to January 15th. Google hasalso opted not to continue last year’s offering of in-airport free Wi-Fi. read more

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft heading to the ISS on November 30

first_imgThe scaling back of NASA‘s operations into space has left the door open for the private sector to take a more active role in future missions. One such private company taking full advantage of that is SpaceX, and it has just received approval for a mission to the International Space Station later this year.NASA has given SpaceX a launch date of November 30 which will see the Dragon spacecraft used to transport cargo to the ISS. The mission will combine two sperate missions SpaceX had planned called COTS Demo 2 and COTS Demo 3, with a dock at the ISS happening 9 days after launch.The mission will use the Falcon 9 two-stage liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene-powered rocket in what will be its third flight. SpaceX intends to take full advantage of the launch by adding extra payload to the Falcon 9’s second stage, which is carried out after the Dragon capsule has separated. More testing after all, means more data and quicker developments for future missions.If successful, SpaceX will be the first private company to dock with the ISS. It will also fill an essential role for NASA in providing a transport service to the ISS as part of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.The Dragon space capsule can carry up to seven astronauts and sits on top of the Falcon 9 rocket. Once released outside of Earth’s atmosphere it has a hinged nose that opens to reveal a Common Berthing Mechanism used for ISS docking. If everything goes to plan that mechanism will be connecting to the ISS sometime early in December.Read more at SpaceXlast_img read more

Bicycles take on new life

first_imgDouglas Jewell, 53, sits in a new bicycle repair and retail shop at Vancouver’s Open House Ministries homeless mission and loosens some corroded gears on a blue Schwinn touring bike to make it road-ready.“Somebody probably left it in a barn or outside, and the gears froze up,” Jewell says. “I’m fixing it up, so it’s a good, safe, functional bike when it goes through those doors. It’ll be almost like new when we sell it.”The proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the homeless shelter, which provides a safe place to live and job training for about 300 homeless families each year, says Viki Landsverk, the shelter’s operations manager.Before Jewell began volunteering at the bicycle shop, he hadn’t held a job in two decades.Wheel Deals• What: A bike repair and retail shop that raises money for Open House Ministries homeless family shelter.• Where: 915 W. 13th St., Suite 3.• Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.• Information: 360-737-0300; http://www.sheltered.org.“I volunteer here to try to get job experience, so I can put it on my résumé. I came into an inheritance about 25 years ago. It should’ve lasted the rest of my life, but it didn’t.”Named Wheel Deals, the bike shop at 915 W. 13th St. Suite 3 is the mission’s latest effort to raise money for the nonprofit organization’s operations while providing clients with job training and work experience. The shop opened in early June with about eight workers, all mission residents, and has repaired and sold about 100 bikes so far.last_img read more

944 to Launch Editions in Atlanta Detroit

first_imgAccording to 944 Media CEO Marc Lotenberg, acquiring Six Degrees “gave us the opportunity to measure unfamiliar markets and decide the best method to introduce 944 among our target demographic.” 944 publishes editions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Orange County, California.This month, Inc. magazine ranked 944 Media number 768 on its annual ‘5000’ list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the U.S. 944 ranked number 11 in the media category, making it the second fastest-growing magazine publisher on the list.Earlier this year, Lotenberg was named to the 2009 FOLIO: 40, under the C-level visionaries category. Not long after being named one of the fastest-growing magazine publishers in the U.S., 944 Media said it is expanding its brand further by launching editions in Detroit and Atlanta in October.The launches—which will carry circulations of 20,000—bump 944’s portfolio to nine fashion/lifestyle titles.As part of the expansion, 944 said it will cease publication of monthly culture and style magazine Six Degrees, which the company acquired this spring. Six Degrees published editions in Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and Las Vegas.last_img read more

Mitsubishis growth plan More dealers more marketing more awareness

first_img Comment More From Roadshow Mitsubishi 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Tags Share your voice 18 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport looks bolder than ever 1 Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has enjoyed a successful few years. The company just posted its sixth consecutive year of sales growth, ending 2018 at just over 118,000 cars. That was good enough to put Mitsubishi ahead of Lincoln and Volvo, for instance, but it’s still small overall, and less than the sales from brands like Acura, Lincoln and Cadillac. However, MMNA president and CEO Fred Diaz is optimistic about increasing those figures, he said at a presentation with journalists on Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “We feel that we can effectively double our sales from where they are right now,” he said.Enlarge ImageCEO Fred Diaz has previously worked at Nissan, Ram and Chrysler. Mitsubishi Specifically, Diaz said he hopes to double — or at least come close to doubling — last year’s sales number in three to four years’ time. One of the keys to that will be adding more dealers. Mitsubishi currently has 367 dealers nationwide, having added 45 in the past year. But that only covers about 61% of the US market, Diaz said, and he wants to grow until Mitsubshi dealers cover closer to 90% of the country.”We need some bigger dealers in bigger metro markets,” he said. “I would say that somewhere between 475 and 500 is probably the sweet spot of where we want to go.”The other half of the mission to boost sales is just getting people to think about the Mitsubishi brand or even stop in at a showroom. Right now, Diaz said that for most car shoppers, “we’re not even on their consideration list.”2020 Mitsubishi Outlander SportEnlarge ImageThe redesigned Outlander Sport is the first model to wear Mitsubishi’s new design language. Jake Holmes/Roadshow “We need to increase awareness. The marketing budget got really small,” he said.That small budget made it hard for Mitsubishi to compete with the ad buys of giants like Ford, Nissan and Toyota. So buying TV ad space is “like whispering when other automakers are shouting.” Instead, Diaz said Mitsubishi will continue to focus on digital marketing, under the direction of new Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner.”We’re definitely putting a much larger percentage of our budget to digital marketing than we ever have,” Diaz said. 2018 Mitsubishi MirageEnlarge ImageSales of the tiny and affordable Mirage were up 8.6 percent in 2018 — even as sales of traditional cars in general fell. Mitsubishi At the same time, Diaz doesn’t want to rush to grow Mitsubishi just for the sake of growth. The company has been down that path before, hitting as many as 650 dealers and 354,000 annual sales in the US in the early 2000s — before sales tumbled to closer to 50,000 units annually. Instead, the aim is for steady growth while keeping the financial figures in a good place.”We aspire to be what I would classify as small and beautiful,” he said. “A small company, not necessarily one that does over a million units a year, but also one that has dealers and a corporation that have beautiful financial statements.”Finally, Diaz noted that the alliance between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan is already bearing fruit in terms of saving money on shipping and buying some commodities on a larger scale. But he promised the best is yet to come as Mitsubishi introduces new vehicles based on shared components.”In the not-too-distant future, you’re going to start seeing actual products that we’ll build on Alliance platforms,” he said. “I’ve seen those vehicles in Japan… and I’m really, really excited.” 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Mitsubishi Car Industrylast_img read more

CM Jagan explains plans to have four capitals to Amit Shah

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy visited the national capital to participate in the Inter-State Council meeting headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday. During the tour, CM YS Jagan has met with Home Minister and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat and explained about his plan to create four new capitals for the state. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us According to News18 report, YS Jagan is mulling to establish Vizianagaram, Kakinada, Guntur, and Kadapa as the new capitals of the state in a bid to decentralize development. The Chief Minister highlighted the proposal to make Amaravati as only the administrative capital, while developing the other four cities. For which the government has decided to set up Regional Development Boards. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us With the recent flood to the Krishna river, many raised concerns over Amaravati being chosen as the capital. Minister Botsa Satyanarayan said that Amaravati lands are suitable for the capital. However, these comments have heated the state politics, where the government is facing the protest from the opposition parties and common public.last_img read more

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

first_imgScreen grab taken from a AFP video showing Brazilia police and military presence at the border in the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima after residents attacked the two main makeshift camps of Venezuelan immigrants and burned their belongings, leading them to cross the border back into their home country, on 18 August. Photo: AFPBrazil’s president Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbour.The move comes after residents in the border town of Pacaraima clashed violently with Venezuelan migrants, driving them out of makeshift camps.Temer met at his presidential palace in Brasilia with key ministers, including those of defence, public security and foreign affairs to discuss Brazil’s response to the crisis.The situation in Pacaraima, on the opposite side of the border to the Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen, was calm following Saturday’s violence, in large part because almost all the Venezuelans had been forced out.“More than 1,200 Venezuelan migrants returned to Venezuela,” after Saturday’s violence, a spokesman for a Brazilian migration task force told AFP.On average, some 500 Venezuelans cross daily into Brazil but on Sunday, the “flow was much lower than the previous days,” the spokesman said.“The city looks deserted today, it’s very quiet because police reinforcements have arrived and the markets are reopening,” said a local in the town of around 12,000, who did not wish to be identified.The public security ministry announced it was sending a contingent of 120 troops as well as a health specialists to join teams in the area on Monday.Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil over the past three years as they seek to escape the economic, political and social crisis gripping their country. Caracas was set to roll out radical new measures on Monday to curb runaway inflation, including issuing new banknotes.Brazil is the main destination for Venezuelans fleeing their country because it is one of the few countries in the region not to require them to produce a passport.The latest tensions began early Saturday, hours after a local merchant was robbed and severely beaten in an incident blamed on Venezuelan suspects, in Pacaraima, where an estimated 1,000 immigrants had been living on the street.Dozens of locals then attacked the immigrants’ two makeshift camps and burned their belongings, forcing the Venezuelans back across the border. Shots were fired, stores were shuttered and debris littered the streets.“It was terrible. They burned the tents and everything that was inside,” said Carol Marcano, a Venezuelan who works in Boa Vista and was on the border returning from Venezuela. “There were shots, they burned rubber tires.”Roraima state Governor Suely Campos made a plea to temporarily close the border and asked Brasilia to send security reinforcements to “face the increase in crime” she links to Venezuelans in the region, particularly in the capital Boa Vista.Meanwhile, Caracas called on Brazil Saturday to provide “corresponding guarantees to Venezuelan nationals and take measures to safeguard and secure their families and belongings.”Ecuador and Peru tighten controlsTensions are rising in Latin America over migration triggered by the crises in Venezuela and in Nicaragua, where president Daniel Ortega has led a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.Peru and Ecuador are halting immigrants at the border by requiring them to present passports-which many lack-instead of identity cards.Last week alone, 20,000 Venezuelans entered Peru, authorities say. On Sunday, 18 undocumented Venezuelans were detained in the capital Lima, according to police.Peru’s passport measures go into effect 25 August-and the government has also narrowed the window for Venezuelans to apply for a temporary work permit, which it has granted for the past two years.Previously, applications were open to Venezuelans who entered Peru by 31 December, and the deadline was 30 June, 2019. But now, only Venezuelans who enter Peru by 31 October can apply-and they have until 31 December to do so.Colombia has said it fears that Ecuador’s border controls, which went into effect Saturday, will leave thousands of Venezuelans stranded in Colombia, from where an estimated 3,000 cross every day.Argentina also announced tougher new measures to counter an influx of migrants. Horacia Garcia, head of the migration department in Buenos Aires, said stricter new measures would come into force next month.The United Nations estimates that 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis looking for work and to escape poverty, and Colombia has given temporary residence to more than 800,000.Brazilian federal police estimate about 500 Venezuelans enter Brazil every day. In the first semester of this year, around 56,740 requested refuge or temporary residence.Meanwhile, Nicaraguan migrants fleeing months of deadly unrest faced similar difficulties.In San Jose, Costa Rica, hundreds of people took part in sometimes violent protests Saturday using Nazi symbols to repudiate Nicaraguan migrants.last_img read more

Father and Son Killed by Police Were Allegedly Planning Mass Shooting in

first_imgMatthew V. Wood Jr., 43 (left), and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18. (Photos/Baltimore City Police Department Handout)Police say a father and son shot and killed by two Baltimore police officers were planning a “mass shooting” in East Baltimore.Matthew V. Wood Jr., 43, and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18, were preparing what could have been a mass shooting, according to police commissioner Kevin Davis.“We could have had a mass shooting on our hands where several innocent lives could have easily been taken,” said Davis at a press conference on April, 1.Police identified the policemen that fired the 56 shots as Officer Norman Jones and Sergeant Joseph Wiczulis. Police indicate that no shots were apparently fired by either Wood or Johnson.Wood and Johnson are both from northeast Baltimore, and each has a history of gun charges.Wood was sentenced to probation for three months after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in October and Johnson was free on a $100,000 bail awaiting trial on charges of possessing a firearm as a minor and possession with intent to distribute a controlled or dangerous substance, among other charges, according to court records.Wood and Johnson were reportedly affiliated with the Black Guerrilla Family gang.Johnson graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School last year, a representative for the school confirmed, and would have turned 19 April 4.last_img read more