Small ball leads to big win for NoHum Giants in opening round of Area One tourney

first_imgArcata >> If executed correctly, “small ball” can lead to big things.As it typically applies in baseball, the term relates to offenses that bunt, steal, squeeze and hit-and-run their way to scoring or “manufacturing” runs.In Wednesday’s opening-round of the 17U American Legion Area One Tournament, the Northern Humboldt Giants utilized small ball for big effects.Down 3-0 early in the game, the Giants scored nine-straight runs to down the Chico Blues 9-4 and advance to Wednesday’s winner’s …last_img read more

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London fund to invest in BEE

first_img2 February 2006London-based firm Blackstar Investors is to help fund black economic empowerment (BEE) deals in South Africa to the tune of £35-million (R380-million), signalling that foreigners are growing increasingly comfortable with investing in the country and in empowerment financing, Business Day reports.This is in sharp contrast to five years ago, when a first round of empowerment deals in mining battled to find foreign support.“It shows foreign understanding of empowerment and the risks and rewards that go with financing it has grown,” says Business Day.The company’s local arm, Blackstar Managers, is to identify opportunities for investment. Blackstar, listed on London’s alternative AIM market, is the first fund of its type and an “endorsement” of the BEE process by leading members of the international investment community, managing partner Andrew Bonamour told the newspaper.He said a number of institutions and hedge funds had invested in Blackstar, including Fidelity, Eton Park, Merrill Lynch Schroder and JP Morgan. The company was previously known as Illuminator plc.Bonamour told Business Day that international hedge funds had a mandate to invest a portion of their capital in emerging markets.BusinessMap director Reg Rumney said empowerment charters and the Department of Trade and Industry’s recently released empowerment codes had given foreigners a lot more investment certainty. Empowerment deals worth R40- to R50-billion were struck in 2005.“Certainly there is a role for private equity financing because there is an enormous amount of activity,” Rumney told Business Day.Blackstar expects to finalise its first transaction later in February, putting forward the capital needed by empowerment partners to buy a stake in a company operating in the resources sector.Bonamour said Blackstar was aiming at providing a percentage of financing required for empowerment deals up to about R25-million. Blackstar plans to play an active role in managing investments and will help its black partners with due-diligence studies and negotiations.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Handy Bt trait table for U.S. corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most corn hybrids planted in the U.S. contain one or more transgenic traits for weed or insect management.  There are many different available traits, which can sometimes cause confusion about a hybrid’s spectrum of control or refuge requirements. The Handy Bt Trait Table provides a helpful list of trait names and details of trait packages to make it easier to select and understand products and their refuge requirements, and read company seed guides, sales materials, and bag tags.  This year’s table was authored by Dr. Chris DiFonzo at Michigan State University with contributions by Drs. Kelley Tilmon (OSU) and Pat Porter (Texas A&M).A new column has been added to the table in 2017 to address local or regional performance issues in cases where there are documentedfield-level insect populations which are less susceptible to or resistant to a given Bt protein.  An insect is listed in this column only if ALL of the Bt proteins which should control it in a product are ‘ineffective’ somewhere in the US or Canada. Ineffective ratings are based on published lab assays and/or field research from field corn, sweet corn, and cotton. University extension specialists or local educators can assist in determining if you are in an area where reduced effectiveness was reported. On a broader scale, this column is intended to alert growers and consultants to potential management problems, influence seed selection, and encourage field scouting.The Handy Bt Trait Table can be downloaded here, along with a list of citations documenting performance issues here.last_img read more

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There’s No Escaping What’s Trending on the New Twitter iPhone App

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Twitter has just released a fairly substantial update to its iOS applications. There are some nice new features here: a cleaner interface for composing your Tweets, an easier tool for uploading photos, auto-shortening for links (to the official t.co shortener), and autocomplete for usernames and hashtags. It also appears to include a fix to one of the things I found most irritating with the older version of the iPhone app: that old, read Direct Messages perennially appeared as unread.But there’s an addition to the app that Twitter describes as “very cool” that I find much less so. It’s a Quick Bar, and it appears at the top of your timeline. The Quick Bar highlights what’s currently trending on Twitter, and you can swipe the bar in order to see additional topics. The trends right now include (no surprises here) #winning, Charlie Sheen, and #tigerblood. Also trending, Google Hotpot. That’s a promoted trend today, coinciding with Google’s announcement today that you can Tweet your Hotpot reviews from within the Google Maps app on Android.Although the Quick Bar is no more intrusive than a lot of ads you’ll find in mobile apps, I’ll admit, it’s annoying. It hovers at the top of your timeline, no matter where you scroll. You can’t turn it off. (You can, however, turn off local trends, another new feature that uses your location to deliver you information about what’s popular in your vicinity.) For users of the Twitter app (and the Tweetie app before it), it may be the first time they’ve seen ads in their Twitter streams. Some other (unofficial) Twitter apps have long been ad-supported, and it feels like the new Quick Bar feature is a portent of more advertising to come. The Quick Bar is only on the iPhone version of the app. For now. Tags:#twitter#web audrey watterscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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