Redwoods downs Napa Valley in OT, punches ticket to Kris Kringle championship

first_imgMen’s junior college basketball: Redwoods 94 Napa Valley 88 (OT)Drew Gillette made a layup as regulation time expired to force overtime, Zac Claus led the way for the Corsairs with 21 points and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team clinched a berth in the championship-round of the Kris Kringle Tournament with a 94-88 win over Napa Valley, Friday night at Santa Rosa Junior College.Down five points with 15 seconds to play Claus connected on a 3-pointer to set up Gillette’s …last_img

Rolls-Royce invests in SA alloys

first_img22 May 2007UK-based Rolls-Royce has taken up a 15% stake in South African alloy manufacturer Avalloy, while partnering with the company to open the first superalloy plant in the country and the first to be built globally in the last 15 years.Superalloys are used in applications in aviation, automotive engineering, oil drilling, the medical industry and a host of other high-technology industries.According to Business Report, the plant – at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa industrial site at Pelindaba in North West Province – will use locally mined nickel, cobalt and chrome to produce up to 3 000 tons of superalloys a year, with the potential for further expansion.Speaking at the official opening of the facility on Monday, Avalloy chairman Julian Williams said: “The message from us today is that the government’s beneficiation initiatives make good business sense and that local beneficiation can be an attractive investment.”Rolls-Royce director of international affairs Ralph Murphy said in a statement that the group was delighted to be sharing in the vision of the new facility, as well as to be able to demonstrate its continued support for industrial participation in the country.Murphy told Business Report that Rolls-Royce would buy about 20% of the superalloys it used in its aircraft engine production from Avalloy. The group will work with Avalloy to ensure that its products meet international standards, as well as help the company find new customers.Avalloy chief executive Gerry Robbertze told Business Report he was upbeat on the outlook for the company, given a superalloys market characterised by excess demand which is expected to grow steadily over the next few years.“We are confident that we can expand our role in this dynamic market by offering our customers the highest quality southern African products,” Robbertze said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

An open letter to the Seed Industry regarding the efficacy of Cry1F Bt against western bean cutworm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This open letter was prepared by the undersigned extension entomologists from the Great Lakes Region regarding the efficacy of the Cry1F (Herculex 1, TC1507) trait on western bean cutworm (WBC; Striacosta albicosta). We strongly urge seed companies to remove the designation of “control” for this pest with regard to this toxin.At the time Cry1F received regulatory approval in 2001, western bean cutworm was found in the far western Corn Belt (Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming), with occasional movement into western Iowa. Indeed, EPA’s original Biopesticide Registration Action Document (BRAD) for Cry1F Bt corn, published in August 2001, did not even mention WBC. Instead, the following language was used: “The registrant-submitted data indicate that Cry1F protected corn offers excellent control of European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, black cutworm, and suppression for the corn earworm.”References to Cry1F giving “excellent protection” against WBC began to appear in marketing literature only after Iowa State University entomologists documented its eastward range expansion and the first economic damage in that state. Presumably this rating was based on a limited number of lab assays and field trials done in pure Bt stands, not Refuge-in-a-Bag hybrids.The rapid eastward range expansion of WBC across the central Corn Belt into the Great Lakes Region resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of WBC-infested acres in a short time period. This created a large-scale “efficacy test” of Cry1F hybrids to (as stated in the BRAD) “provide highly efficacious control of key Lepidopteran pests,” “reduce the use of more toxic chemical insecticides” and “reduce levels of mycotoxin in corn.” In all these regards, Cry1F has failed in our states. This season in particular, the level of larval infestation and damage is troubling in both single and pyramided Refuge-in-a-Bag hybrids from multiple seed companies.Wherever Cry1F is challenged by WBC, it fails to provide observable benefit to producers. We have collectively fielded dozens of phone calls and emails, and visited numerous fields; we know that our agribusiness contacts and seed industry agronomists have responded to many more, and corn acres were sprayed with both insecticides and fungicides (most too late and with little hope of benefit). People are frustrated and angry and, more importantly, yield was lost. Growers purchased Cry1F hybrids with the understanding that the trait provides “control,” thus negating the need to scout for egg masses or larvae in those fields. When the visible manifestations of damage became apparent late in the season, such as the intense ear-feeding we witnessed, it was far too late for rescue treatments.As the fall progresses and damaged corn is harvested, additional issues are sure to arise regarding quality and mycotoxin levels. The severity of the latter will largely be dependent on weather conditions favorable for ear mold development. What is certain is that many damaged ears are primed for fungal colonization and quality loss.As extension educators and specialists, we can no longer refer to Cry1F as providing WBC control. In fact the opposite is true, and our extension recommendations (including the Handy Bt Trait Table) will be changing to classify Cry1F hybrids for WBC the same as non-Bt, Cry1Ab, or double/ triple pro hybrids, all of which provide no control. In other words, we believe that Cry1F fields must be scouted for egg masses and sprayed with foliar insecticides if needed, the same as a non-Bt corn. Western bean cutworm is now the PRIMARY Lepidopteran ear pest in many parts of the Great Lakes region. For growers in our states, the costs of scouting and spraying Cry1F corn negates a major reason they purchased and planted a hybrid with the trait in the first place.Before growers make seed choices for 2017, we again urge the seed industry to acknowledge the reality of what is happening in the field, and to reclassify Cry1F in hybrid fact sheets, technical use agreements, and other educational materials. This would reduce grower expectations of Cry1F and allow local agricultural professionals to deal with their customers in a more truthful manner, in a way that allows for protection against yield loss. We also urge the industry to regard western bean cutworm as a primary, not a secondary, pest. Doing nothing risks alienating those close to the situation, including field agronomists, consultants, university extension staff and (most importantly) corn growers themselves who have a vested interest in finding effective pest management solutions for a growing world.Sincerely,Dr. Chris DiFonzo, Michigan State UniversityDr. Christian Krupke, Purdue University Dr. Andy Michel, The Ohio State UniversityDr. Elson Shields, Cornell UniversityDr. Kelley Tilmon, The Ohio State UniversityDr. John Tooker, Pennsylvania State Universitylast_img read more

MidWest GeoBash 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”A Lackey’s “Thank You” after Attending a Mega-EventApril 1, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Sometimes a simple match won’t do for a Mega-Event fireGroundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly 20 Mega-Events worldwide. Justin Dover aka dova dov, attended the Mega-Event Midwest GeoBash 2012 (GC34GFG) The Mega-Event took place in Wauseon, Ohio. Justin has served as a Lackey since 2009 and is an engineer in IT – basically he’s one of the hamsters. Here’s Justin’s account of his adventure.Justin Dover aka dova dovBy Justin Dover:Working at Groundspeak for nearly three years, I’ve had a few opportunities to travel.  My most recent adventure was to the great state of Ohio for the 8th annual MidWest GeoBash.  For the fourth year in a row, the event has been held over four days at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, OH.  This venue supports several hundred campsites with access to RV hookups and shower facilities.I selected this destination over other options because of the hype for MWGB around the office.  Over the years, dozens of Lackeys have attended, and they each have stories that seemed almost too good to be true.  Lackey Raine accompanied me on this trip to make it his fifth time attending.  His previous experience and knowledge of regular attendees made for a comfortable and unforgettable experience.  When we arrived we were immediately whisked away via golf cart to meet up with main organizers, dubbed “the big three”:  Mike (Trippy1976), Sonja (-Eleanor-) and Pete (The Moop Along).  They explained the history of the event, why themes play an important role and the several venues that had come before the now permanent home at FCF.  It’s amazing how successful this non-profit event has become, and it’s all made possible through the hard work of numerous of volunteers and generous donations.Mega-Event sized JengaDuring the day, this event is like most others that I’ve attended.  Cachers walk around socializing, filling out geo-bingo cards and getting to know interesting and sometimes random facts about each other.  For the past several years, there has been a geocoin Texas Hold-em poker tournament where the buy-in is three unique, unactivated geoicoins and the lot is split among the top three finishers.  Other activities include a campfire cook-off, poker run and tons of opportunities to log new finds.Lackeys Raine and Justin at MidWest GeoBashWhat happens when the sun goes down is what separates the event from many others.  Each night, at 10pm, Matt (Lord Elwood) comes out wielding a propane ditch burner and captures the attention of the masses located near the front of the encampment.  This location holds the moniker of “Area 51”, and is typically better known for pyrotechnics, adults unwinding and rekindling friendships over a drink. With torch still in hand, the rounds are made to each of the fire pits and the wood is engulfed in flame faster than thought possible.There were other activities going on like life-sized Jenga.  Either way, you will not leave Area 51 thirsty and you will most certainly not be bored.  I felt right at home among Midwesterners. Everyone I encountered was friendly, fun, and knows how to have a great time.  As the saying goes at MidWest GeoBash “First of the day!” And I hope I get to say it again next year, especially since the theme of MidWest GeoBash 2013 is Mardi Gras.Closing Ceremonieslast_img read more