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Fishing the North Coast: Chetco fall kings on the decline

first_imgFall Chinook salmon returning to the Chetco are on the decline, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing some pretty drastic cutbacks. In a press release issued on Monday, the ODFW is proposing temporary harvest limits and closures for coastal wild fall chinook fisheries due to low escapement in 2018 and poor forecasts for this year.Preseason forecasts show fewer than 1,300 wild spawning Chinook will return to the Chetco, which is below the minimum needed to keep the …last_img


South African vehicle sales grow strongly

first_img5 June 2012South African new vehicle sales grew by 20.7% year-on-year in May, climbing to their highest level in a year, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reported on Monday.The total number of cars sold jumped to 50 229 from 41 625 units in May 2011. It was also above the growth rate in industry total sales of 9.4% for the first five months of this year.New car sales in May were strong at 34 820 units, an improvement of 20.8% compared to the 28 821 new cars sold at the same time last year. Strong sales were assisted by new model introduction and an improvement in stock availability.“The year-on-year growth momentum in May new car sales had improved, rising to its best level in the past eight months, with year-to-date new car sales 11.3% ahead of the corresponding five months of 2011,” Naamsa said in a statement.“New car sales during May 2012 recorded the highest daily selling rate since June 2007.”Out of the total reported industry sales of 47 717 vehicles, 90.3% represented dealer sales, 4.3% sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.8% industry corporate fleet sales, and 1.6% sales to government.Continued improvements expected“From a seasonal perspective, sales to car rental companies should improve from June 2012 onwards as the car rental industry starts to re-fleet,” noted Naamsa.Sales of new light commercial vehicles improved 21.5% from last year, while the medium and heavy truck segments recorded an 18.1% and 12.7% increase respectively.Most manufacturers in these sectors reported strong order books going forward.Exports of South African-produced motor vehicles also showed improvements, with a 2.5% increase from 22 060 vehicles in May 2011 to 22 620 this year. Industry export sales were expected to improve over the balance of the year.The ongoing improvement in the financial position of consumers, low interest rates, continuing improvement in vehicle affordability and new model introductions would lend support to the domestic market, Naamsa predicted.“Continued growth in consumer expenditure and public sector infrastructural investment would also support domestic new vehicle sales,” the organisation said.“The recent sharp depreciation in the exchange rate was also likely to result in pre- emptive buying over the next few months as consumers sought to purchase vehicles to avoid the possible impact of the lower exchange rate on new vehicle prices.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


Initial details of trade relief announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released initial details for a trade assistance package to support farmers and ranchers struggling with oversupply and low prices due to international trade conflicts. The agency plans to allocate as much as $16 billion, including $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). In a press conference President Donald Trump promised quick action for the nations’ farmers.Secretary Sonny Perdue also praised the measure.“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes. In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump,” Perdue said. “The plan we are announcing today ensures farmers do not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners. Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them.”In an effort to not influence planting decisions, USDA says that MFP Payments will be on a per acre planted basis in 2019. Producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, soybeans, and wheat (among others) will receive a payment based on a single county rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to those crops in aggregate in 2019. Dairy producers will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history. Hog producers will receive a payment based on inventory for a timeframe to be released later.These payments will be made in three rounds with first set to be paid in late July or early August. USDA says that this depends on the practicality of turnaround after the Farm Service Agency crop reporting is completed by July 15. If conditions warrant, the second and third payments are expected to be made in November and January, respectively.Additionally, USDA has designated $1.4 billion for commodity purchases through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) as well as $100 million for the development of new export markets through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP).Agricultural groups across the board were supportive, and appreciative, of the measures.“Farmers in Ohio, and across the country, are experiencing a lot of difficulties right now. Weather is preventing a lot of farmers from getting their crop planted, market prices continue to struggle, and the damage done to ethanol demand have impacted farmers negatively,” said Jon Miller, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association president.OCWGA has worked in tandem with the National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers to encourage additional actions the Administration could take to open global markets and provide more certainty to corn farmers.“We look forward to seeing the specific details of what President Trump announced today, and we look forward to continuing to grow a crop that helps feed, fuel, and produce fiber for the world.” Miller said.last_img read more


Treat for girls: Male actors who bared all for magazine covers!

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Keen to put behind disappointment of World Cup snub: Ajinkya Rahane


Bruce Willis Auctions Fifth Motorcycle For Charity

first_imgCalling all motorcycle enthusiasts – you can be the new owner of one of Bruce Willis’ motorcycles.The action film star donated five motorcycles from his garage for an online auction to benefit military, past and present, through the national 501c3 nonprofit, Boot Campaign. Now up for auction is a 1972 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster with a reverse shifter. Place your bid now through December 3, 2013 on Charitybuzz.This is the final bike being auctioned from Willis’ personal collection so don’t miss your opportunity to own this beautiful Harley. San Diego Harley Davidson recently restored the motorcycle. Renovations include: new carburetor, intake, and manifold, cleaned up wiring, new exhaust system, new battery, and new tires.Born on a military base in Germany, Bruce Willis has a long-standing commitment to supporting U.S. Forces. “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” said Bruce Willis. “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”The fifth and final bike of Bruce Willis’ five donated motorcycles will be auctioned online starting on November 5, 2013 at Charitybuzz.Motorcycles from Willis’ collection that were previously auctioned to benefit the Boot Campaign include: 1956 Cushman Eagle, 1988 Yamaha TW, 1991 Yamaha XT 350, 2005 Ducati 1000DS.The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return, and supporting their transition home. The Boot Campaign cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism, and provides assistance to military, past and present, and their families. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives – Jobs, Housing, Wellness, Urgent Assistance, and Family Support – that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.last_img read more