What You See… But Can’t Get (3/6/15)

Stein: Cool cars Americans can’t buy;’ S.C. to get Sprinter plant; Ghosn on ‘Apple car'; Colorado Z71 Trail Boss.

Modular Motors are capable of up to 18 MW output.

Comprising 4- and 6-pole variants with outputs ranging from 16 MW at 10 kV to 18 MW at 6 kV (50 Hz), Simotics HV M high-voltage motors have 800 mm shaft height and support options that allow precise adaption to individual applications. Ex p or Ex n variants are suitable for use in areas subject to explosion hazards, and other variants are available for use in temperatures down to -50°C or applications with vibration requirements in line with API standard.

California’s drought is a multinational business problem

General Mills, Coca-Cola, Driscoll’s, KB Homes, Levi Strauss, Symantec, and Gap Inc. join in a Ceres-led effort to press the state to innovate and conserve its way around the problem.

Is It Ever Too Late to Save a Marriage?

Naturally, with a name like “Focus on the Family,” our organization places a strong emphasis on building thriving marriages. An “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as they say. The best course of action is always to take steps to head off problems before they start.

But for many couples, helpful suggestions and well-meaning nudges to “be proactive” are already too late. The relationship has dried up. One or both spouses feel like the love is gone. The connection that led them to the wedding altar in the first place has been replaced by disappointment, hurt feelings, and resentment.

That was the story for Mark and Angie Pyatt. They had reached a low point in their marriage. They had fallen out of love, were miserable, and neither one felt much hope that their relationship could be rescued.

Their story is not unique. We hear from couples every day who feel they are dying emotionally. If you and your spouse are in a similar place, you can probably relate to the sense of dread that hangs over a marriage in that condition.

Mark describes it as being thrown into the deep end of the pool and suffocating under water. Spouses become so desperate, they’ll do anything to break through the surface.

To them, the decision is as simple as, “I can stay in the pool and die, or I can do whatever necessary to get air.” That often translates into having an affair or asking for a divorce. Obviously, those aren’t God-honoring choices, but they show the desperation couples feel when their marriage is drowning.

Those struggles also highlight a challenge that often accompanies seeking help. Moving forward with the marriage when all hope seems gone can be like asking a person to go back underwater to suffocate all over again.

That’s why we brought the National Institute of Marriage (NIM) under the umbrella of Focus on the Family. Our goal is to provide couples with the wisdom and healing they need to bring their marriage out from under the water. And it works.

Mark and Angie Pyatt should know. They’re our guests on today’s program, “Healing Marriages One Couple at a Time.” With God’s grace, Mark and Angie pulled their marriage from the brink. Now they work with NIM and help other couples who are facing similar difficulties as they were years ago.

And they’ll tell you, no matter how hopeless you feel, it’s rarely too late to save your marriage. Most of the couples who contact NIM are at the end of the rope. It’s estimated that 75 percent of them believe, “This is our last chance. Either we get help or our marriage is over.” In fact, many of the couples have already filed for divorce.

But the percentage of people who attend one of their intensives and remained married is 85 percent.

So if you’re feeling hopeless and are contemplating divorce – or maybe you’ve even filed the paperwork – I encourage you to reconsider for a moment. With a little guidance from our team of experts, God can intervene and transform your marriage in ways that may seem impossible to you right now. Give our National Institute of Marriage a call at 1-866-875-2915 or visit online at nationalmarriage.com.

In the meantime, join us for our program with Mark and Angie Pyatt on your local radio station. Or hear their story any time online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.

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Putting Spotlight Back on Cars (3/5/15)

Audi R8 steals show as product, not economics, takes center stage in Geneva; VW’s cheaper EV; Tesla saving energy.

Technology Rewires Your Child’s Brain. Here’s How to Help Avoid That

Note: Tonight’s the last night to catch “The Drop Box” in theaters. Make your reservation online now – a portion of the proceeds goes directly to help fund Pastor Lee’s ministry. It’s an opportunity to learn, be inspired and be part of the solution. –JD

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Technology is a way of life for kids. They use it for everything from simple communication with family and friends to entertainment to school-related tasks.

And the numbers prove it. In the course of just one minute, YouTube users upload 48 hours of new video content. Facebook users share over 680,000 pieces of content. More than 2 million Google searches occur. And over 200 million email messages are sent. And did you know teenagers send on average over 3,000 texts every month?

Many experts believe all that technology is influencing our children’s belief systems and, with it, their behaviors. Their brains are being re-wired to believe that choice is a fundamental right, instead of a privilege. Give them an instruction at home or at school, and they believe they have the right to choose between other options.

In addition, computers, videogames, and mobile devices are inhibiting their ability to invest in real relationships with real people.

All of which begs the question: How can parents help their child avoid spending too much time online?

Some parents react by swinging the pendulum in the opposite direction and pulling the plug on technology altogether. That could be an appropriate consequence if the problem grows severe enough, but I wouldn’t recommend that it be the first step. Instead, it’s usually best to help your child develop the ability to manage their own technology use.

For example, a great place to start is giving them reasonable time limits.

We also want to model proper time management ourselves. It’s hard to convince a child the importance of limiting their time online if the parent doesn’t limit theirs.

Also, consider replacing the “bad” with something “good.” In other words, the hours your child no longer spends with technology need to be replaced with a positive alternative, like books, puzzles, or activity outside.

And don’t forget the most powerful thing you can do: be actively engaged in your child’s world. Teach them how to live with balance, and they’ll learn a skill that’ll positively impact their life far beyond their use of technology.

If you’re noticing more and more screens lighting up your home, I think you’ll enjoy our discussion our program, “Managing Technology’s Impact on Your Kids.”  Today we’re running part two of this helpful broadcast. Our guest is author and founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc., Dr. Kathy Koch.

Join us on your local radio station. Or listen any time online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.

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Mercedes Midsize Van Debuts (3/5/15)

Metris hits U.S. roads in Oct.; restyled Fiat 500?; Audi WiFi push; impact of IIHS; Ford brings classic toy to life.

Storage Bin controls inventory and minimizes parts handling.

Measuring 9¼ x 6 x 5 in., AkroBins® Model 30237 can be used back to back as 2-bin Kanban solution on 18 in. deep shelves. Bin is molded of industrial-grade polymers and is resistant to weak acids and alkalis. One-piece construction is water, rust, and corrosion-proof. Designed for use in any setting, bin can be used alone or with Akro-Mils’ steel shelving, wire shelving, hanging systems, and pick racks to create complete storage and organization system.

Audiences Love #TheDropBox and Raise Thousands for Pastor Lee’s Ministry

“The Drop Box” started its three-day limited run last night showing to capacity crowds and exceeding all expectations. We are humbled by this response and overwhelmed by God’s graciousness.

photo 2All in all, the film debuted in 727 theaters across all 50 states. More than 100,000 tickets have already been sold. The response was so great many people were shut out of the film last night, so I encourage you to reserve your spot for tonight and tomorrow before more showings sell out!

Not only did this movie about a South Korean pastor saving “unwanted” babies do great at the box office, #TheDropBox hashtag lit up social media as well. Moviegoers called the film “incredible,” “inspiring” and “beautiful.” On Twitter, one viewer said it was “a moving tale of a man who defines heroism caring for those who define true beauty.”

photo 1BOne of my favorite comments came from Stefani, a Virginia mom. She shared that “The Drop Box” is, “an amazing film … you CANNOT walk away the same way you went in!”
Overall, #TheDropBox hashtag reached more than 3.4 million users yesterday alone. On Facebook, posts about the movie reached at least another 2.6 million and had more than 75,000 likes, comments and shares.

It’s exciting to see how this outpouring of support translates into practical help for children in need. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to support Pastor Lee’s ministry. In addition, moviegoers who want to help orphans in both the U.S. and globally are encouraged to contribute to the Global Orphan Care Fund. Half of those proceeds will support Pastor Lee’s work in South Korea, with the other half going to Focus on the Family’s Wait No More program.

In a very real way, this movie is helping to save and transform lives of vulnerable children in need. It’s an honor to be a part of something God is using so powerfully.

photo 2BBy the way, audiences aren’t the only ones impressed by “The Drop Box”; critics’ reviews have also been very favorable.  The Washington Times shared the film’s goal of raising awareness of orphans; World Magazine called it an “incredible” documentary that centers on “one father’s unconditional love.” Religion News Service wrote it is a “stunning and moving documentary” that’s “imaginative in its storytelling.”  Christianity Today said the film was a “triumphant story” of one man’s selfless sacrifice.

Did you see it? If you did, please let me know what you thought. And if you didn’t, there’s still time!

“The Drop Box” will run tonight and tomorrow. To buy individual or group tickets, visit www.thedropboxfilm.com.

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Audiences Love #TheDropBox and Raise Thousands for Pastor Lee’s Ministry

“The Drop Box” started its three-day limited run last night showing to capacity crowds and exceeding all expectations. We are humbled by this response and overwhelmed by God’s graciousness.

photo 2All in all, the film debuted in 727 theaters across all 50 states. More than 100,000 tickets have already been sold. The response was so great many people were shut out of the film last night, so I encourage you to reserve your spot for tonight and tomorrow before more showings sell out!

Not only did this movie about a South Korean pastor saving “unwanted” babies do great at the box office, #TheDropBox hashtag lit up social media as well. Moviegoers called the film “incredible,” “inspiring” and “beautiful.” On Twitter, one viewer said it was “a moving tale of a man who defines heroism caring for those who define true beauty.”

photo 1BOne of my favorite comments came from Stefani, a Virginia mom. She shared that “The Drop Box” is, “an amazing film … you CANNOT walk away the same way you went in!”
Overall, #TheDropBox hashtag reached more than 3.4 million users yesterday alone. On Facebook, posts about the movie reached at least another 2.6 million and had more than 75,000 likes, comments and shares.

It’s exciting to see how this outpouring of support translates into practical help for children in need. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to support Pastor Lee’s ministry. In addition, moviegoers who want to help orphans in both the U.S. and globally are encouraged to contribute to the Global Orphan Care Fund. Half of those proceeds will support Pastor Lee’s work in South Korea, with the other half going to Focus on the Family’s Wait No More program.

In a very real way, this movie is helping to save and transform lives of vulnerable children in need. It’s an honor to be a part of something God is using so powerfully.

photo 2BBy the way, audiences aren’t the only ones impressed by “The Drop Box”; critics’ reviews have also been very favorable.  The Washington Times shared the film’s goal of raising awareness of orphans; World Magazine called it an “incredible” documentary that centers on “one father’s unconditional love.” Religion News Service wrote it is a “stunning and moving documentary” that’s “imaginative in its storytelling.”  Christianity Today said the film was a “triumphant story” of one man’s selfless sacrifice.

Did you see it? If you did, please let me know what you thought. And if you didn’t, there’s still time!

“The Drop Box” will run tonight and tomorrow. To buy individual or group tickets, visit www.thedropboxfilm.com.

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