It was Friday morning, and eight members of the sales staff at Felix Chevrolet were gathered around the table for a weekly seminar led by Darryl Holter, the boss of the venerable downtown Los Angeles dealership.



a truck is parked on the side of a building: A Chevrolet Bolt, the company's electric vehicle, is fitted with a battery at a GM assembly plant in Michigan. Automakers are preparing for a sea change in consumer acceptance of EVs. (Duane Burleson / Associated Press)


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A Chevrolet Bolt, the company’s electric vehicle, is fitted with a battery at a GM assembly plant in Michigan. Automakers are preparing for a sea change in consumer acceptance of EVs. (Duane Burleson / Associated Press)

This may be one of the more unusual educational efforts in Southern California. The students get weekly reading assignments, on which they’re quizzed, just as in regular schools. But the topic is unusual: how to sell customers on electric cars.

The working-class Latinos who make up Felix’s core market haven’t been early adopters of novel products such as EVs. The obstacles include the perception that EVs as more expensive than conventional cars

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By Katharine Houreld



a group of items on a table: FILE PHOTO: Somali Puntland forces display weapons seized in a boat on the shores of the Gulf of Aden in the city of Bosasso


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FILE PHOTO: Somali Puntland forces display weapons seized in a boat on the shores of the Gulf of Aden in the city of Bosasso

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

The findings by a Geneva-based research group, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, could further complicate attempts by Somali transfer companies to retain access to international banking services.

Though they provide a lifeline to millions in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, few banks will do business with them because of the risk of falling foul of international transparency and anti-money laundering regulations.

Asked about the report, the Central Bank of Somalia, which regulates money transfer firms, said it was

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NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

The findings by a Geneva-based research group, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, could further complicate attempts by Somali transfer companies to retain access to international banking services.

Though they provide a lifeline to millions in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, few banks will do business with them because of the risk of falling foul of international transparency and anti-money laundering regulations.

Asked about the report, the Central Bank of Somalia, which regulates money transfer firms, said it was unaware of the transfers but would investigate and was in general making progress in countering terrorism financing.

Contacted by Reuters, the four companies said they adhered to global “know your

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Tata Motors has questioned the latest numbers released by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) that showed it trailing Mahindra & Mahindra in the commercial vehicle segment.

According to the data collected by FADA based on vehicle registrations by various auto dealers, Mahindra & Mahindra’s market share in the commercial vehicle category has skyrocketed to 40 per cent in August 2020 from 23.5 per cent last year even as Tata Motors’ share has shrunk to 26 per cent from 42 per cent in the same period.

While Tata Motors claims that this market share data have limitations in reflecting actual sales, as all vehicle dealers are not members of FADA, Mahindra & Mahindra says it has outperformed the industry due to its well-thought strategy.

FADA is the apex national body of automobile retail. It is only for the second time — after July 2020 — that FADA is releasing

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