May 3

‘We drove through hell but we’re lucky’: Couple who lost home in fire recounts harrowing escape with 4 kids

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARADISE, Calif.) — A Paradise, California, couple made a harrowing escape from the deadly Camp Fire with their four young children, describing it as driving “through hell.”When the blaze neared, Michelle and Daniel Simmons piled their kids — ages 8, 7, 2 and 1 — into their car to flee for their lives.They grabbed their wedding rings, a stuffed animal and a blanket.“It was so hot and so hard to breathe,” Michelle Simmons told ABC News. The children “were really scared. They kept asking a lot of questions.”“There was a woman on the side of the road running with her baby. I just replay the image over and over. She was barefoot,” she said. “I think the worst part for me, personally, was seeing the community, seeing everybody panicking.”Daniel Simmons described it as “traumatic,” adding, “There were a couple moments where I didn’t think we were gonna get out.”It took them about two hours to get out of Paradise as Michelle Simmons’ hometown burned around them.Once they reached safety, Michelle Simmons said she took the kids out of the car, hugged them and cried, feeling overwhelmed with thanks that they were OK but sadness that they’d never have their home back.The family is together and safe, with the exception of two of their cats who remain missing.“We drove through hell but we’re lucky,” Daniel Simmons said. “There’s so many other people who went through worse.”At least 48 people have died in the Northern California Camp Fire, now the the deadliest on record in the state. The blaze has burned over 130,000 acres and nearly demolished the town of Paradise.Michell and Daniel Simmons’ home is one of the many in the town now burned to the ground.Daniel Simmons said his employer has been extremely supportive, providing them with a hotel room and rental car. But they said many of their neighbors are not as lucky.“I can see people staying and sleeping in their cars,” Michelle Simmons said. “Everyone’s homes are destroyed. These people need so much help.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

September 24

Didi Resources Appointed as New Piaggio and Vespa Distributor in Malaysia

first_imgDidi Resources Sdn. Bhd. has been appointed as the new Piaggio and Vespa distributor in Malaysia.The announcement was made by the Piaggio group. As such, Didi Resources will take over the role from Naza Primera Sdn. Bhd. The news follows the announcement made by Naza Primera yesterday.Read: Naza Premira to Stop Vespa OperationsMr. Gianluca Fiume, Chairman & General Director of Piaggio Vietnam cum Executive Vice President Asia Pacific 2 Wheeler, said, “The appointment of Didi Resources is part of Piaggio’s business strategy to group the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands under a single entity to maximize efficiencies across all aspects of the business and reinforce customer commitment in Malaysia. With the Piaggio Group brands under one roof established under the Motoplex concept, we are able to better offer a wider range for potential customers who seek an enriching Italian two-wheel experience backed by style, technology, superior performance and rich heritage. We look forward to collaborating closely with Didi Resources to push forward the brands to greater heights.”According to Mr. Rewi Hamid Bugo, Chairman of Didi Resources Sdn. Bhd, “In addition to handling Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, we are very honoured to be presented with this opportunity to manage Piaggio and Vespa, the premium scooter brands which have transformed the concept of individual mobility and freedom. With this acquisition we can now manage Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi under the iconic Motoplex concept of the prestigious Piaggio Group for the Malaysian market. Didi Resources is firmly committed to strengthening the positioning of the brands by intensifying marketing and communication efforts, offering dedicated aftersales support, affirming the communities, and ensuring that engagement with the brands is continuous in the light of a competitive two wheel environment in Malaysia.”Motoplex is the most innovative retail model for the two-wheeler industry and enables importers and dealers to leverage the potential of the Group brands and products in the same outlet. Each Motoplex store provides the full offer of the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands in a single location, together with services, accessories, merchandising and entertainment, to give customers an exciting global overview and a unique experience of the two-wheeler world.Launched in 2015, the Group has already passed the significant milestone of 500 Motoplex stores open around the world in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, alongside the traditional distribution network. Among the main cities in which Motoplex Stores have been opened are New York, Bangkok, Tokyo, Milan, Pune, Malta, Madrid, London, Berlin, Vienna, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Sydney, Jakarta and Bali.The official appointment of Didi Resources as sole importer and distributor for Piaggio and Vespa will take effect from 1 January 2020. Plans for the construction of the Motoplex are underway with the launch scheduled in early 2020. A complete listing of Vespa dealers is available on–Ads– The news follows Naza Primera’s announcement to cease Vespa operations. A Motoplex concept shop will also be opened to offer all brands under the Piaggio Group umbrella.center_img Didi Resources Sdn. Bhd. has been appointed as the new Piaggio and Vespa distributor in Malaysia.last_img read more

September 23

Argos Take Down Lady Reddies on Thanksgiving Day, 81-74

first_img Sabrina Stambouli (Photo by Ron Besser) Share Argos Take Down Lady Reddies on Thanksgiving Day, 81-74center_img FAIRBANKS, Alaska  – West Florida women’s basketball improved to 3-1 on the season with a 81-74 win over Gulf South Conference West Division rival Henderson State on a zero-degree Thanksgiving Day in Alaska. The Argos opened the North Star Invitational with four Argos in double-digits, led by Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla/Winthrop) who poured in 24 total points. Drake was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the perimeter, and also went perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Tiffany Williams (St. Petersburg, Fla./North Florida) turned in a total of 16 points, followed by Sabrina Stambouli (Quebec City, Quebec/Dawson) with 11 and Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas/North Shore HS) who totaled 10. As a team, the Argos shot 46.7 percent from three point range and 47.3 percent from the field. The Argos battled hard with Henderson State in the first half, with Drake scoring the first West Florida points on her first three of the night. Drake continued on a nine-point run, giving UWF a 9-2 lead before HSU went on a 10 point run for a 12-9 lead. The squads exchanged the lead six times in the half, but HSU attempted to pull away with a 35-31 score. With 19 seconds on the clock, Drake drained a final three to send the Argos to the locker rooms just down by one, 35-34, at the half. Senior Jessie Ivey (Jay, Fla./Jay HS) opened the scoring in the second half, setting the pace with a three-pointer. The score tied four times in the first five minutes before UWF took a definite lead that they would hang on to for the entire half. All of Williams’ 16 points came in the half, after both Drake and Ivey fouled out, while Kirstin McIntyre (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Florida Southern) also stepped up in the half, scoring seven points and grabbing four boards. The Argos outscored the Lady Reddies 47-39 to claim the 81-74 victory.The Argos are back in action in Alaska on Friday afternoon at 2pm against Gannon University. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more