FOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries says the shutdown and restart of their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them financially in the most recent quarter, but the near future should be bright as people are turning to recreational products like motorhomes during the economic recovery. The Forest City-based outdoor lifestyle manufacturer today reported a fiscal third-quarter net income loss of $12.4 million after reporting a $36.2 million profit in the same time period a year ago. Winnebago CEO Michael Happe says the third quarter was a uniquely challenging time for the company. “Despite our third-quarter financial results being significantly impacted by COVID-19, we were pleased with the relative performance of our diverse and balanced portfolio during this unprecedented market cycle. We learned a great deal in this short period and it has served as a catalyst to reinforce the strengths of our business model in terms of our manufacturing processes, supply chain relationships, variable cost model, dealer partnerships, and especially the resilience of our premium brands.” Happe thanked his employees for their response to the COVID-19 environment as they continue the process of returning to work in a thoughtful and safe manner. “In the face of uncertainty and dynamic market conditions, our teammates continue to demonstrate resilience, determination and care daily as we balance productivity and efficiency with safety and health. There have been countless moments of inspiration as our employees make cloth masks, face shields, contribute to fellow employees’ assistance funds, and engage our communities with acts of charity to help their neighbors.” Happe says recent indicators signal a strong recovery this summer for outdoor recreation products. “From camping and RVs, to fishing and boats, consumer interest in the outdoors and investments in these discretionary durable goods products have been robust. There has been much discussion about the influx of new consumers to these outdoor spaces, both in terms of purchases, but also in the more experiential rental and sharing sides of the outdoor business. As the states continue to carefully manage the openness of their communities and activities, Americans are voting with their wallet and time that the outdoors is the place to be.” Happe says with a refreshed lineup of high-quality motorized RVs and the recent purchase of Indiana motorhome manufacturer Newmar, the company is better positioned to more effectively compete in the high-end motorhome market, and the motorhome segment is more balanced and competitive than ever before. “The acquisition of Newmar has already resulted in gains toward restoring our motorhome business to a leadership position by adding it’s highly respected luxury brand to our portfolio. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the integration of Newmar into the Winnebago Industries portfolio is proceeding as planned. The company remains focused on ensuring that Newmar further expands it’s industry-leading position in the high-end motorhome market.” Winnebago posted overall revenues for the quarter of $402.5 million, a decrease of 24% compared to $528.9 million for the same period last year.
Day six round-up – The Final:Conor Gough produced a sparkling performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.The 16-year-old from Stoke Park beat 20-year-old Callum Farr from Northamptonshire County 3&2 in the final to add to the McGregor Trophy and the British Boys’ titles he won last year.Gough spent much of the early part of the season studying for his GCSEs but clearly the enforced break has had no detrimental effect on his golf.He began the morning round of the final by hitting a 350-yard drive down the first and then holing out from 12-feet for a birdie and seven holes later he was three up after a birdie on the 6th and an eagle on the 8th.20-year-old Farr claimed his first hole of the day when he birdied from just off the front of the green at the 10th but he could never quite reel in his opponent and he was four down heading into lunch before he won the 18th with a par.Farr started the second round strongly by winning the first with a birdie and the second with a par but he found himself three down again after dropping shots at both the 4th and the 5th. Thereafter the pair were to share eight birdies between them before Gough sealed victory with a testing four-foot downhill putt for a par on the short 16th.“It feels great to win,” said Gough moments after holing the winning putt. “I played really well. I love match play and as soon as I got through the stroke play qualifier I knew I had a good chance.“I’m proud of myself. I’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so I hope I can keep things going.“I’ve got the Boys’ Home Internationals next week and then the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s the same format as this so hopefully I can put in another good performance.”It was impossible not to feel for England “A” squad member Farr who has now reached the last four and the last two in the past two years without tasting success.“I hit the ball better this afternoon but just couldn’t get the putts to drop,” he said. “I’m disappointed but Conor is a very good player and he deserved to win because he played a lot better than me.“I got to the semi-final last year and now the final so maybe next year will be my year,” he added.Day five round-up:England internationals Conor Gough and Callum Farr will contest the final of the 2019 English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.After coming through 36 holes of stroke play and five rounds of match play the 16-year-old from Stoke Park and the 20-year-old from Northamptonshire County are the last two men standing and will be battling it out to lift a trophy won in the past by a series of illustrious players including Nick Faldo, Paul Casey, Mark James, Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett.Reigning Boys’ Amateur champion Gough beat Chelmsford’s Curtis Knipes 3 & 2 in their quarter-final and then in the afternoon was in remorseless form as he defeated 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage 4 & 3 in semi-finals.The highlight of the match came at the 604-yard par-5 eighth where Burnage holed out for an eagle from 50-feet only to see his younger opponent follow him in from ten. Gough was four under par when the match ended on the 15th.Farr played both his quarter-final and his semi-final without dropping a single shot to par.He beat Gough’s English Boys’ team colleague Enrique Dimayuga 4 & 3 in the morning and then withstood a dogged challenge from Rochford Hundred’s Bradley Bawden before beating him 2 & 1. Farr played the more consistent golf from tee to green but his Essex opponent, who has just graduated from the University of Memphis, holed several clutch putts to keep him in the match before he overshot the 17th green and had to admit defeat.The final starts at 8.30 tomorrow morning. See the scores come in as they happen here.Day four round-up:Saunton’s Jake Burnage remains on course to claim his second major title of the season after beating Buckinghamshire’s William Shackleton 5 & 4 in the fourth round of the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Burnage, who won the St Andrews Links Trophy earlier in the year, will now play Jack Floydd from Haywards Heath for a place in tomorrow afternoon’s semi-final. Floydd beat Lewis Hinton from Foxhills 8 & 6 in their fourth round match.Conor Gough’s bid to add to last year’s British Boys’ title continues after he beat this year’s Lytham Trophy winner Josh McMahon, from Wallasey, 5 & 4 in their fourth round match and the 16-year-old from Stoke Park will now come up against the in-form Curtis Knipes, from Chelmsford, in tomorrow morning’s quarter-final. Knipes, who played in The Open at Royal Portrush, claimed a 2 & 1 victory over experienced international Tom Sloman from Taunton & Pickeridge.Gough is not the only member of next week’s England Boys’ Home International team left in the draw because Walton Heath teenager, Enrique Dimayuga, defeated Wakefield’s Daniel Bradbury 2 & 1 in their fourth round match and will now play Northamptonshire County’s Callum Farr who ran out a 3 & 2 winner over Jason Stokes from La Moye.The other quarter-final match in the bottom half of the draw will feature Bradley Bawden, from Rochford Hundred, against Joe Harvey from The Kendleshire. Bawden beat Chelmsford’s Arron Edwards-Hill 3 & 2 while Harvey emerged with a 2 & 1 victory over Ben Rhodes from Woodhall Hills.Watch how things unfoldDay three round-up:Leading qualifier, Jake Bolton, from Ogbourne Downs Golf Club in Wiltshire, is through to the third round of English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Bolton beat the host club’s Bobby Leopold by one hole in their second round match and will now face Lewis Hinton from Foxhills tomorrow morning for a place in the last sixteen. Hinton beat Calcot Park’s Melan Dhaubhadel 2 & 1 in the second round.There are some intriguing matches in the third round with St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage facing Matty Lamb, his nearest challenger at the Home of Golf, and fellow English international Tom Sloman coming face-to-face with Alex Fitzpatrick from Hallamshire.In the second round, Burnage, from Saunton, beat Kendleshire’s Haider Hussain 4 & 3 while Lamb, from Hexham, won by the same margin against Belton Park’s William Hopkins. Sloman, from Taunton & Pickeridge, progressed with a 3 & 2 victory over Cole Betteridge from Sherwood Forest and the result was the same in Fitzpatrick’s match against David Houlding from Moortown.Other big names to progress included Lytham Trophy winner Josh McMahon, Harry Goddard, Callum Farr, Ben Hutchinson and reigning British Boys’ champion Conor Gough. The 16-year-old from Stoke Park now plays Cumberwell Park’s Jamie Li in the next round with the winner coming up against either McMahon or Jordan Boulton from Notts in the afternoon.Arguably the biggest surprise in the second round was Tom Plumb’s 3&2 defeat by George Saunders from Meon Valley. The victor’s reward is a third round match against Bradley Bawden from Rochford Hundred.View full leaderboardDay two round-up:Ben Firth, James Wilson and Enrique Dimayuga all shot course records as they qualified for the match play stage of the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Firth, from the Leeds Golf Centre, carded a six-under par 64 in his second qualifying round at North Hants to qualify in second place alongside Walton Heath’s Harvey Byers on five-under par 136 while Dimayuga recovered from an opening 76 at Hankley Common to match Firth’s score at North Hants and make it through in 19th place on 140.Wilson, from Tyneside, had opened with a two-over par 72 at North Hants but moved up to a share of fourth place with Hallamshire’s Alex Fitzpatrick on four-under par 137 after firing a six-under par 65 at Hankley Common.This year’s leading qualifier, who will be the No. 1 seed in the match play draw, was Jake Bolton, from Ogbourne Downs, who shot a 67 at North Hants, one better than his score the previous day at Hankley Common, to finish on six-under par 135.On a day of low scoring, Stoke Park’s John Gough, Yeovil’s Tom Plumb, Saunton’s Jake Burnage and Harry Goddard from Hanbury Manor all shot under par to finish on three-under par 138 while the large group on 139 comprised Chelmsford’s Arron Edwards-Hill, Frilford Heath’s Olly Higgins, Mere’s Jack Brooks, Cumberwell Park’s Jamie Li, Atherstone’s Sam Broadhurst, Hartford’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton and Olton’s Joe MacIwraith.A total of 72 golfers qualified for the match play stage on 144 or better meaning there will be a preliminary round in the morning to determine the top 64 who will start in the first round proper. One player who missed out was defending champion Tom Thurloway, from Chartham Park, who carded a 70 at North Hants to add to his opening 78 at Hankley Common leaving him four shots outside the qualification mark.Day one round-up:Lindrick’s Samuel Rook made a late charge to share the lead after the first round of the 36-hole stroke play qualifier at the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common and North Hants.Rook, playing his first round at North Hants, eagled the 17th and birdied the 18th to share top spot on three under par with Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County), Jamie Li (Cumberwell Park), Harvey Byers (Walton Heath) and Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs). Both Farr and Li also played their first rounds at North Hants while Byers and Bolton were at Hankley Common. The par for the course is 70 at North Hants and 71 at Hankley Common.Sam Broadhurst, from Atherstone Golf Club, a son of former Senior Open champion and Ryder Cup player Paul, is tied on two under par in a group that also includes Harry Crockett (Addlington Palace), Sam Robertson (Chestfield) and John Gough (Stoke Park).Gough’s younger brother Conor, the reigning British Boys’ champion, carded a 69 at North Hants to be in the large group on one-under par.Defending champion Tom Thurloway, from Chartham Park, has left himself with a lot to do to reach the match play stage of the championship after carding a seven-over par 78 at Hankley Common.At the end of the second round, the leading 64 players, and those tied for 64th place, will qualify for the match play stage at Hankley Common. A preliminary match play round will be played to determine the top 64 players if that is required. 3 Aug 2019 English Men’s Amateur Championship – Daily Highlights Tags: English Men’s Amateur Championship
A new Board for the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has been appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The LEITI Board, in accordance with the LEITI’s standards and the Acts of July 2009, is multi-stakeholder in nature, comprising of representations from diverse stakeholder groups, including the Government of Liberia, civil society and private sector.Those appointed to the new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG), according to a statement issued by the LEITI on Tuesday, include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy as chairman, while the Minister of Finance and Development Planning; Mrs. Cecelia T. Danuweli of the Publish What You Pay Coalition; Ezekiel Johnson of the National Labor Congress, and Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority as Board members, Madam Elfreda Tamba.Other statutory members are the Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Internal Affairs; Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority; President of the National Oil Company of Liberia; Ms. Marpue M. Speare of the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia; James Yarsiah of the Right Rice Foundation as well as the member each from the Senate and the House of Representative to be named.Non-statutory members to the new LEITI Board include representatives from Western Cluster, Aureus Gold, Gold and Diamond Brokers and Dealers Association of Liberia, ExxonMobil, Liberia Timber Association and Golden Petroleum as well as Chief Zanzan Kawor, Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia.The new Board will serve for three years, providing strategic and policy direction and overseeing the EITI process in Liberia.Responding to the announcement of the appointments recently, LEITI Acting head of Secretariat, Konah D. Karmo, thanked President Sirleaf for what he termed, “her commitment to promote transparent resource management in Liberia.”Mr. Karmo said the reconstitution of the LEITI Board is cardinal for the Liberian EITI, especially given that the country is expected to face validation very shortly.It may be recalled that few weeks ago, Mr. Karmo during a brief meeting with the President, highlighted current developments at the LEITI Secretariat and called on the Government and stakeholders to urgently address prevailing challenges, one of which was the constitution of a new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the LEITI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Paynesville Mayor Pam Belcher-Taylor and CHAP officials at the launch of “Love Liberian Rice” CampaignThe Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), recently launched the “Love Liberian Rice Campaign,” which aims at improving food security in the country through rice production, processing and marketing.Launched at the Paynesville City Hall, the campaign brought together distinguished personalities, including officials of government, foreign nationals, private sector actors and representatives of local farmers.Montserrado District #2 Representative, Jimmy Smith, who launched the campaign on behalf of the Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, described the initiative as laudable, and called on all Liberians to support the process.Smith then expressed the government’s willingness to support CHAP to make the program a reality. He promised to purchase 200 bags of the rice produced by CHAP, as his contribution to promote the campaign.Paynesville City Mayor, Palm Belcher-Taylor, also lauded CHAP for the program, and pledged L$85,000 in support of the Campaign as well.Mayor Belcher-Taylor said for any investment to be sustained, the people must take ownership. Therefore, “we encourage every Liberian to contribute to the campaign by making minimum contribution, because we want it extended to the U.S., Europe and Asia,” she told the participants.CHAP Executive Director, Robert Bimba, who provided the overview, recalled how Liberians, especially rural dwellers, are contributing to the rice campaign.According Bimba, the initiative aims at soliciting a volunteer contribution of US$1 from each individual, mainly those that are engaged into agriculture activities, “so that proceeds generated from the campaign will be used to purchase farming implements to empower smallholders’ farmers.As part of the initiative, Bimba said approximately, 5,000 smallholder farmers, mainly women, are expected to benefit from seed rice under the program this year. According to him, the distribution of seed rice has already begun with smallholder farmers in Bomi County, and is expected to be extended to other beneficiary counties.Bimba said prior to the exercise, CHAP has taught the farmers with improved technology in the “System of Rice Intensification” to increase the production of rice.“We will have 3,000 tons of milled rice by mid-July for the local and international markets. Liberians outside the country are highly encouraged to contributed to the success of this program,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GAW Practice Game…The Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) team gave the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots something to worry about after completing a stunning practice match on Monday evening.GAW Captain Shoaib Malik gets forward during his inningsThe practice match, which was the first of two, saw the Warriors side being pitted against some of Guyana’s best senior players.With the players divided into two teams, the “Shoaib Malik XI” with the likes of Captain Malik, young powerhouse Shimron Hetmyer, Luke Ronchi and newbie Chris Green took on the “Jason Mohamed XI” which featured Akshaya Persaud, Devendra Bishoo, Sohail Tanvir and Trevon Griffith.Shimron Hetmyer launches one of many maximumsPlaying in wet conditions, the “Malik XI” took to the pitch first with openers Ronchi and Rutherford going at the ball from ball one. However, Ronchi went early for nine, but that paved the way for some exciting batting from local boy Hetmyer. With his intentions made clear, the Berbician managed to form crucial partnerships with his fellow Guyanese Rutherford and Captain Malik. After several big hits, it took some magic from Warriors’ go-to-bowler Tanvir in order to send Hetmyer back to the dugout for 66.Captain Shoaib Malik and Shimron Hetmyer have a chat between oversNevertheless, Malik (47) and Rayad Emrit (10) pressed on to take the score to 187 from their allotted 20 overs.Newcomer to the team, Chris Green, soon had his time to shine as he stepped up to bowl the first over to the Mohamed XI. The South African, coupled with Guyanese Devendra Bishoo, stifled the Jason Mohamed-led side, with both of them picking up two wickets a piece.Shimron Hetmyer turns one down the leg sideAt the end of the match-up, Coach Johan Botha could be seen smiling and commending the players on a job well done.The Warriors will put their skills to the test one last time before the beginning of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018, with another practice match scheduled for 18:00h (6pm) today at the Providence National Stadium.
“We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family,” PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced in a statement.Confirmation of Buffon’s move came after he had arrived at PSG around midday accompanied by his doctor. He was also seen at the American Hospital in the nearby suburb of Neuilly.Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season.He will be officially unveiled as the latest teammate of PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and company on Monday.The first signing since German Thomas Tuchel took over as PSG manager in May said he was thrilled at his new job outside Italy.“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision,” he said.“I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.”The serial French champions’ overriding ambition is to finally be crowned European champions, something which has also eluded Buffon in his stellar career.“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong,” said Al-Khelaifi.Al-Khelaifi suggested Buffon and PSG were an ideal match.“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.”Ironically, given his and the club’s desire to finally sate their Champions League hunger, Buffon is unavailable for PSG’s opening three European matches next season.That’s as a result of the ban handed down by UEFA for his red card and attack on referee Michael Oliver after Juve’s dramatic Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.Buffon had been charged both with breaching UEFA’s “general principles of conduct” over his outburst and also for his red card for dissent.The last-eight clash between holders Real and Juventus was decided by a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after the Serie A champions had staged a remarkable comeback to wipe out a 3-0 first-leg deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.But Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the penalty decision, lashed out at Oliver’s decision to award the spot-kick, saying the English official had a “rubbish bin for a heart”.He joins a PSG keeper roster comprising Kevin Trapp, who was part of Germany’s squad at the World Cup, and Alphonse Areola, who is with semi-finalists France in Russia.Buffon won nine Serie A titles with Juventus and four successive Italian Cups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signs for Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Jul 6 – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year deal, the French Ligue 1 champions announced on Friday.The 40-year-old 2006 World Cup winner joins the big-spending Parisian side days after his contract with Juventus ended in June.
Benfica flyer Eduardo Salvio AC Milan have joined Sunderland in the race for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio.The Argentina international scored 13 goals last season and his performances have attracted interest from a number of suitors.Sunderland have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old and some reports had even claimed they were ready to make a £21m bid.However, according to A Bola, the Black Cats will have to fight off competition from Italian giants AC Milan.The Serie A side have identified Salvio as one of their top targets this summer and they have made contact with Benfica over a possible transfer.As well as Milan and Sunderland, Monaco have also expressed an interest. 1
ESB crews are working to restore power to homes in Ballybofey and Stranorlar tonight after a lightning strike.The company says it is hoping to restore supply before 2am.Around 200 homes remain to be connected. TWIN TOWNS LIGHTNING STRIKE CUTS POWER TO HOMES was last modified: February 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyESBpower cutsStranorlar
Local Donegal republican and spokesperson for the Drumboe Commemoration Committee, Hughie Doherty, has announced details of this year’s Easter Commemorations in the county.And he has called on those of all political persuasions to come out and pay tribute to all those who have their lives in the pursuit of Irish freedom.Mr Doherty said “Every year, Irish republicans across Ireland and around the world gather to remember our friends and comrades who gave their lives in the pursuit of Irish freedom. “We also wear the Easter lily to honour the men and women of 1916 and all those patriots who gave their lives in every phase of struggle.“However we don’t just do so as an act of remembrance alone but also to recommit ourselves to the cause for which they died and to rededicate ourselves to achieving the vision set out in the 1916 Proclamation.”He added that now, more than ever, we need to see implemented the principles of equality and sovereignty set out over a century ago.“We want to ensure that a United Ireland of Equals is the lasting legacy of the men and women of 1916 and all our patriot dead. “I am also delighted to announce that Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh will address the main (Drumboe) county commemoration in Stranorlar. Rose is a fantastic orator so I hope hundreds will again come a long to hear her speech.”List of commemorations in DonegalAughnashinan- Letterkenny – Easter Sunday – 11amDrumoghill – Manorcunningham – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonGlencolumcille – Easter Sunday – 10.30am Buncrana –Easter Sunday – 12.30pmCastlefinn – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonGweedore – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonDonegal republicans announce easter Commemoration details was last modified: March 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:commemorationsEasterHughie DohertySinn Fein
Following four consecutive victories, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team will travel to the Bay Area this weekend to face a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents as it aims to climb to the top of the league standings.The road trip begins Thursday against Cal State East Bay at 7:30 p.m. and will wrap up Saturday as the Jacks take on Cal State Monterey Bay at 3 p.m.The Lumberjacks (7-3, 13-5) kept their perfect home record alive last week, winning their eighth and …