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RV shipments surge as Americans opt to carry home with them to avoid airports, hotels

RV shipments surge as Americans opt to carry home with them to avoid airports, hotels

first_imgBy contrast, shipments in April were down more than 82% from a year ago and down nearly 30% in May.”We didn’t anticipate this turn being as strong as it has been,” said Craig Kirby, the group’s president. “People don’t want to fly, they don’t want to stay in a hotel. In an RV, you can cook your own meals and sleep in your own bed.”Kirby said his group expects more people to start using RVs as mobile offices as well. Some manufacturers are developing RVs “with dedicated workspaces that allow for the desks and other systems to be stowed away once work is over,” he said.One indication that the upturn is a response to the pandemic is the large number of first-time buyers, Kirby said. Surveys of RV dealers indicate most buyers, between 50% to 80%, depending on location, are first-time purchasers. A year ago, that share ranged between 25% and 35%. RVs are also attracting more younger buyers. While shipments are strong, the mix of RVs is heavier on towable and smaller motorhome models, rather than often much-pricier big motorhomes. Shipments of towable RVs was up nearly 13% last month.Major players in the industry also have flagged the turnaround.”We have seen an incredible rebound in retail demand and dealer demand since early May across all our businesses,” Winnebago Industries Inc Chief Executive Michael Happe said on a conference call last month.Investors have cottoned onto the trend, too. Winnebago shares are up nearly 11% this year versus a 2.4% decline for the S&P 500. Shares of rival Thor Industries Inc. are doing even better, gaining 38% this year. Topics : Call it the turtle solution to wanderlust in the age of COVID-19.Eager to travel – but wary of hotels, airplanes and restaurants – more Americans are taking their homes with them everywhere they go, reviving a recreational vehicle business that had been devastated by shutdowns earlier this year.Wholesale shipments of RVs posted their highest monthly total in June since October 2018, according to the RV Industry Association, the industry’s main trade group, marking a sharp reversal after months of deeply depressed business. In data provided to Reuters, the group tallied 40,462 units shipped last month, a 10.8% increase over a year ago.last_img read more

Danny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

Danny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

first_imgDanny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Danny Murphy has urged Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ following their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.The Gunners came from behind to beat Frank Lampard’s side 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday and lift the FA Cup for a record 14th time.In-form USA international Christian Pulisic fired Chelsea ahead after just five minutes but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice either side of half-time to complete Arsenal’s comeback win.Murphy was impressed by Arsenal’s performance in the final and paid tribute to the ‘remarkable’ job Arteta has done at the Emirates since replacing Unai Emery as manager in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the former Premier League and England star still believes Arsenal’s squad needs a shake-up and says Arteta should sign sign another centre-back and a midfielder this summer.‘Mikel Arteta is a winner and what he has done at Arsenal in a short space of time is remarkable,’ Murphy wrote in a column for MailSport.‘He still needs to add at least one centre-half and possibly another midfield player to take this team to the next level but the first priority has to be keeping what he has, as Jurgen Klopp did at Liverpool last summer. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Aug 2020 9:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Comment Advertisement Arsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:16FullscreenArsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’https://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-3-2-watford-mikel-arteta-crazy-game-2217854/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Both managers deserve plaudits and the biggest compliment I can give them is that the game itself on Saturday was a proper cup final.‘Apart from a brief lull in the second half, it was exciting and high tempo all the way. And the best team on the day lifted the trophy.’Murphy also urged Arsenal to secure a new deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, who has impressed on loan for the Gunners this season.He added: ‘It is crucial for the Mikel Arteta project that Ceballos stays beyond this season, whether it is another loan from Real Madrid or a permanent transfer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Watching Ceballos in the flesh really crystallised how important he is. His courage on the ball in tight situations allows Arsenal to play out from the back as Arteta wants. It is no longer Granit Xhaka on his own.‘What I like about the Spaniard is he is progressive with his passing. He always looks forward first.‘He is the one who plays those penetrative passes short and long. Aubameyang and his team-mates further forward are the beneficiaries.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: RB Leipzig troll Timo Werner after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to ArsenalMORE: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final win Advertisementlast_img read more

In Brief

In Brief

first_imgn Vietnam Railways and Chinese Railways have agreed a timetable for the restoration of through Hanoi – Kunming passenger services by the middle of this year. A three-car train will initially run through once a week.n Mexico’s Transport Ministry has invited bids for a 50-year concession to run the second of FNM’s three main regional rail networks. Technical bids and development plans for the Pacifico Norte must be lodged by June 19 and financial bids by June 28. FNM’s 3950 km Noreste network is due to be handed over to the Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana consortium on May 15.n Russia’s Ministry of Railways signed a contract with Adtranz in March for the supply of electrical equipment for a fleet of EP-10 EMUs. Under an agreement signed in November 1996, 80% of the work will be done locally, at the Yekaterinburg Power Transformer Plant and at factories in St Petersburg, Saransk and Novocherkassk.n GEC Alsthom and Fiat Ferroviaria signed an accord on March 17 for joint promotion of tilting trains in the British market. Ex-BR inter-city franchisees Great North Eastern Railway and Virgin Rail have called tenders for a total of 48 trainsets.n The European Commission has appointed Halcrow Transmark to undertake market research and benchmarking studies for world best practice in order to advise on methods of improving the profitability and productivity of Europe’s railways.n Estonian Railways handed over responsibility for domestic passenger services to spin-off operator Edelaraudtee AS (South Western Railway) on March 7. ER will continue to handle Tallinn commuter services and international trains. n China’s Guizhou province is seeking US$600m to fund the construction of a local railway from Longchang to Huangtong; the work will be managed by the Bijie Office of Railway Construction.n Oresundskonsortiet awarded a DKr133m contract to Banverket Industriedivisionen in Malmlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: Swiss scheme tenders CHF150m property mandate

Mandate roundup: Swiss scheme tenders CHF150m property mandate

first_imgThe deadline for applications is 20 December. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.Merseyside invests in Albion Capital’s private equity fundThe £9bn (€10.3bn) Merseyside Pension Fund has invested in Albion Capital’s asset-backed private equity fund, Albion Real Assets Fund (ARAF). The scheme has committed £10m.ARAF is a continuation of Albion Capital’s asset-backed investment strategy and focuses on investing in operational businesses underpinned by assets with intrinsic value and working with proven management teams.Adam Chirkowski, investment director at Albion, said: “ARAF’s initial investments in fibre optic broadband and wedding venues are similar in that we have been able to identify opportunities in strong, exciting niches and invest in order to grow them to scale.”Albion targets sectors with strong societal drivers that have resulted in substantial unmet demand for premium physical assets and infrastructure, and creates value by building a group of these assets, Chirkowski added. A Swiss pension fund has tendered a mandate via IPE Quest.The asset owner is seeking for a manager to run a CHF150m (€134m) core real estate multi-manager mandate.Managers should have at least CHF2bn in assets under management in real estate. Applicants should state performance data to 30 September 2019, gross of fees.Their track record should be at least five years, but a minimum of 10 years is preferred.last_img read more

House and land in prized school zone up for grabs

House and land in prized school zone up for grabs

first_imgThe property at 282 Ham Rd, WishartAn ageing, lowset house on a whopping 2019sq m block near one of Queensland’s top performing schools will go to auction on Saturday.Described as a “gold mine” of potential, the property is being marketed as “Santa’s biggest present to the market place this year”.The property is located at 282 Ham Road in Wishart, and is just four houses away from Mansfield State High School. Mansfield State High School is one of Queensland’s top ranking schoolThe school is one of the top ranking public high schools in the state, scoring 99 out of 100, and is second only to Brisbane State High School.With a score of 99, its academic ranking is up there with some of the state’s most expensive and exclusive private schools including Anglican Church Grammar School, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Brisbane Boys’ College, All Hallows’ School and Somerville House. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMitch Schenning of Master Agents, who is marketing the Wishart property, said they had 12 potential registered bidders for the auction, with another seven buyers in the wings. The auction is expected to attract a range of buyersProperty records show the property was last bought for $110,000 back in 1988, but the median house sales price in Wishart has skyrocketed since then, and now sits at $722,750.And very few, if any, of those houses would come with such a huge block.“You just don’t find gems like this very often — an older house that can be knocked down on a huge block with so much potential,” Mr Schenning said.He said he expected to see frenzied bidding when the property goes under the hammer at 10.30am.center_img The kids could walk to schoolHe said those interested buyers were families keen to buy in to the school catchment and small developers who knew the value of the area.“There is no DA (development approval) on it as yet but you can see what can be done, with a lot of subdivisions nearby,” he said.Of the ma and pa buyers, Mr Schenning said they were locals, people from interstate, and families from a range of cultures. last_img read more

Houston demands sermons on gender identity, gay marriage

Houston demands sermons on gender identity, gay marriage

first_imgFox News 14 October 2014The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons/last_img read more

Grenada PM announces cabinet changes

Grenada PM announces cabinet changes

first_img Share NewsRegional Grenada PM announces cabinet changes by: – June 13, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman ThomasST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A cabinet reshuffle in Grenada, reports of which were downplayed last week by Information Minister Glen Noel, has now taken place.Changes in portfolios involving MPs Glynis Roberts and Sylvester Quarless were announced on Tuesday evening in a nationally televised address by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.Roberts, former minister of labour, social security and ecclesiastical affairs, is being made minister of environment, foreign trade and export trade, the prime minister disclosed.Quarless will have labour, social security and ecclesiastical affairs added to his social development portfolio.A local TV station had broken the news of the pending cabinet changes that was also carried by other media outlets, including Caribbean News Now.However, Noel immediately denied having knowledge of such a reshuffle.He said no medium had called him to discuss the matter nor had he been “officially informed” of any pending government reshuffle.“I don’t know anything about it,” Noel said last week.It is the fourth cabinet reshuffle since Thomas and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) were voted into office in July 2008.In Tuesday’s address, the prime minister also commented on a cash donation he received into his personal bank account on behalf of the NDC in January.The issue, first raised by the opposition New National Party (NNP), has been a main topic of discussion among Grenadians.Thomas, who has released a photocopy of a bank declaration he signed for receipt of US$50,000 from a corporate resident of the British Virgin Islands, said he had violated no internal rules of his party, infringed none of the country’s laws, nor were any of the tenets of his moral standing compromised.Thomas said he wanted to dispel all appearance of “connivance and cover up”.The money was given for work of the NDC and, according to the prime minister, he has insisted that the money be used for its intended purposes.Thomas said there is no requirement that the US$50,000 should be deposited into a specific account of the NDC.Meanwhile, the NNP, which originally claimed that a top government official had received US$150,000 from a donor in Saudi Arabia, has still not produced any documents to support its claim.NNP representative, Terry Forrester, would only say that the evidence would be made public in “due course.”He said documents in possession of the NNP are now in the hands of the party’s attorneys.Caribbean News Now 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

PCN mourns Ndidi Nwosu

PCN mourns Ndidi Nwosu

first_img President of PCN, Brig. Gen. Emico Eruwa, while commiserating with the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation and the family of the deceased, said the death of Ndidi Nwosu, a Paralympic gold medalist and world record holder came to him as a rude shock and has thrown the entire Paralympic family into a mourning mood. “I am shocked and saddened by the sad news of Nwosu’s death which has thrown the entire Paralympic family into a sad mood. This is a young woman full of life and has been representing Nigeria very well internationally only to be snatched away by the cold hand of death. ” Secretary-General of PCN, Isa Suleiman his condolence message, said Ndidi Nwosu who competes in 73kg weight category, was a role model to the present generation of Para Powerlifters and described her demise as a big loss.Advertisement Paralympic Committee Nigeria, has expressed its sadness over the death of Nigerian Para Powerlifter, Ndidi Nwosu who passed on recently. “Nwosu , was a lifter that other athletes want to emulate due to her hard work and approach to duties. No wonder she is holding the world record even to death” According to Suleiman, Ndidi Nwosu who died on March 1, 2020, was the Paralympic world record holder. She also won a gold medal for Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Mexico 2019 Wold Cup among others. Read Also:Tokyo 2020: We shall try our best for Nigeria – New Powerlifting exco She died after a protracted ilness following complications arising from the spinal cord injury she sustained at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.Aged 43, late Ndidi Nwosu is survived by her husband Ikechukwu Nwosu and two children. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Loading… last_img read more

Chidozie Awaziem celebrates first fruit of fatherhood

Chidozie Awaziem celebrates first fruit of fatherhood

first_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave ChurchesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Super Eagles defender, Chidozie Awaziem, is the latest father in town as his wife has just delivered a wonderful bouncing baby girl. Awaziem who played on loan at Leganes of Spain during the 2019/20 La Liga Santander season, having temporarily left FC Porto of Portugal broke the news on social media. He wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of himself carrying the baby: “I cant explain the way I feel right now…thank you God for giving me Christel, latest Dad in town.” Awaziem and fellow compatriot, Kenneth Omeruo’s Leganes were relegated from the La Liga after playing out a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in their last fixture of the campaign.Advertisement read also:La Liga: Awaziem’s Leganes vs Eibar relegation battle end goalless Sevilla are reportedly very much interested in landing the signature of Awaziem who is waiting for further decisions from his parent club, Porto concerning his immediate future. Awaziem was rated among the best players for the season considering his superb performances after he featured 26 times for the Cucumber Growers in the Spanish top-flight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Matthew H. Wissel

Matthew H. Wissel

first_imgMatthew H. Wissel, age 56 of Batesville, died Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his residence.  Born June 20, 1963 in Batesville, he is the son of Elvera (Nee: Harpring) and Harvey Wissel Jr.  He was a carpenter and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1461. He served in the Army’s 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, part of the 2nd Armored Division  referred to as “Hell on Wheels”, from 1982 until 1988.Matt was a special man of many talents and could repair just about anything.  He also possessed a quick wit and a unique sense of humor.  Known for his generous and kind heart, Matt was ready to help anyone in need.  Those who crossed his path certainly never forgot him.  He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.He is survived by his mother Elvera of Batesville; sisters and brothers-in-law Monica and Chris Hooten, Alyssa and Ron Dickey Jr., Sheila and Tim Kieffer, all of Batesville as well as nieces and nephews.  In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by brothers Nathan and Damien Wissel.Visitation is Tuesday, November 19th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 20th at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris with Rev. Shawn Whittington officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.last_img read more