A welcome increase in the global maize output estimate, in light of prolonged dry weather in maize-producing South America, was announced in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report, out yesterday (12 January).The estimate has been raised by 0.5 million tonnes (Mt), compared to December’s figure, and now stands at 868Mt (2010/11: 827Mt). The figure for global demand was estimated at 865Mt.The report said world production was mostly unchanged, with larger production in the USA, Ukraine, the EU and Russia largely offsetting the lower crops prospects in Argentina. For wheat, estimates for global production and consumption estimates were also raised slightly. Production was seen at 691.5Mt (2010/11: 651.7Mt), while demand stood at 677.3Mt (2010/11: 652.0Mt).
Gift cards make great gifts. They are convenient, easy to use and readily available online and in stores. However, to avoid giving a gift that keeps on taking, thoroughly read and understand the disclosures that come with the card.A gift cards looks like a credit card with a magnetic strip that stores information about the card’s value. Some cards can only be used at one retailer. Some can only be used at stores in a particular mall or shopping center, and others can be used anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Cards now good for five yearsThanks to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, gift cards are a better idea than in the past. The act established new rules to protect consumers from excessive fees once charged by some retailers and banks.Money on gift cards must now be good for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. Value added to a gift card must also be good for five years from the date the money was added. If the five years run out and unspent money remains on the card, you can request a replacement card at no charge.The new law requires clearer disclosure of any fees at the time of purchase. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before making your purchase, and send them along to the recipient with the gift card. Include the receipt in case the card is lost or stolen. No more penaltiesMaintenance and usage fees are restricted. You cannot be charged for using the gift card, not using the gift card, card maintenance or adding money to the card unless the card has not been used for more than 12 months. Whether giving or receiving gift cards, be sure you understand how they work. Consumer advocates recommend cards from specific retailers over cards offered by banks. Bank cards can be redeemed wherever credit cards are accepted, but tend to come with more and higher fees. Watch for hidden fees. You may be charged to check your balance even in the first 12 months, so be sure to keep track of how much you spend. Watch for delayed fees that kick in if the card has not been used for 12 consecutive months. Register cardsDo not lose your gift card. If a gift card is lost or stolen you may not be able to replace it. Some retailers charge a replacement fee, provided you have proof of purchase such as a sales receipt and the ID number of the card. Registering your gift card with the issuer often provides extra protections.If you receive a gift card, register it with the issuing bank or retailer. Information about how to register your card should be included with other card details. If not, check the website of the issuer for information about how to register your gift card. Some issuers will not replace lost or stolen gift cards unless they are registered.Use the card promptly. About ten percent of gift cards are never redeemed. Unused gift cards return more than $9 billion back to retailers.
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Written By WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 14:38 IST AEW Dynamite Highlights: Moxley Defeats Spears, Jericho Gives A Speech This week’s AEW Dynamite ended with a bang as Jon Moxley made his in-ring debut on TNT, and faced ‘The Chairman’ Shawn Spears in the event. This week’s AEW Dynamite ended with a bang as Jon Moxley made his in-ring debut on TNT, and faced ‘The Chairman’ Shawn Spears in the event. Fans saw AEW world champion Chris Jericho coming to the ring and delivering an excellent speech, before going to fight Dustin Rhodes and Hangman Page in the main event of Dynamite with Sammy Guevara. Riho and Britt Baker also faced Emi Sakura and Bea Priestley in a tag team match, which showcased some character-defining moments. Apart from that, this week’s AEW consisted of some epic matches and segments which may help the wrestling show to grow even bigger.Also Read l AEW News: Chris Jericho to defend his World Championships titleAEW: Jon Moxley vs Shawn SpearsJon Moxley made his TNT debut opposite Shawn Spears who was accompanied by Tully Blanchard. Moxley took control of the match early on and started punishing Spears both inside and outside of the ring. Spears however then took control of the match by throwing Moxley into the ring steps. Spears then delivered some chops and a tope suicida to the debutant. Moxley fought back and even serviced a near-fall. Moxley then gained some momentum and finished the game by delivering a Paradigm Shift. After the match, Kenny Omega entered the ring and with weapons in hand. As Omega was about to charge to Moxley, Pac came from behind and attacked Omega with a steel chair.Also Read l AEW Dynamite Preview: Jericho and Guevara to face Runnels and PageAEW: Dustin Rhodes and Hangman Page vs Sammy Guevara and Chris JerichoLast week when everything broke loose in the main event, Page was nowhere to be found and he has no excuse for why he didn’t come out to help his partner. But Dustin was right there to help his brother and The Bucks. This week Dustin came to the ring with vengeance in his mind and unloaded on both Jericho and Guevara after the match started. Page then came in and continued the punishment by suplexing Jericho and later Guevara. A little distraction from Jericho allowed, Guevara, to take control and drop Page on top of the turnbuckle. In the later part of the match, Rhodes took over the match after delivering a series of clothesline to his opponent. He then went on to pin Jericho but Hanger interfered the match by knocking Rhodes while Guevara distracted the referee. Jericho then delivered a Judas Effect and won the match.Also Read l AEW Dynamite news, results from the inaugural episode of the new showAlso Read l Chris Benoit’s son David reveals why he wants to wrestle for AEW SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 10th October, 2019 14:38 IST LIVE TV Adil Khan FOLLOW US
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Copalis Beach has been added to the previously announced tentative April razor clam opener. We appreciate your patience as we conducted one additional set of marine toxin tests to ensure the clams are safe to eat. The results are expected no later than April 16. The results of the first round of required testing are below. The specific details of the tentative upcoming opener are:April 19, Thursday, 9:46 a.m.; -0.9 feet; MocrocksApril 20, Friday, 10:37 a.m.; -0.7 feet; MocrocksApril 21, Saturday, 11:34 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 1 p.m.)April 22, Sunday, 12:38 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 2 p.m.)More information can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html
The two rinks meet Wednesday morning in Draw 4 with a shot at advancing to the A event final in the evening against the winner of Jim Cotter and Glen Jackson and the top spot in the Page Playoffs.Against Joanisse, Johnson took control of the game by scoring two in the sixth and eighth ends. He finished the 2015 finalist off with a steal of one in the ninth.Meanwile, Craig and Geall exchanged body blows throughout the contest with Geall rallying back from a 6-3 deficit by scoring a triple in the ninth end.In the tenth, however, Craig was able to keep the ice clean enough to get his single point to secure the win.In other B event games, Jason Montgomery of Victoria outlasted Will House of Richmond 8-6; Daniel Wenzek of Langley, with Nelson Fred Thomson on the rink as a spare, blasted Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 9-3 and Jeff Richard of Kelowna got back into the win column by outlasting Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10. Richard won the game the hard way, scoring two in the ninth before stealing a pair in the tenth end.Action continues Thursday with draws scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.