Arcata native Wyatt Tucker strikes out season-high 11, Crabs top Wildcats 6-4

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first_imgArcata >> Wyatt Tucker sat in the dugout Wednesday night and watched another local, Hoopa Valley native Junior Davis, twirl one heck of a final start to the summer. Two nights later, the roles were reversed. The performance, however, was just as impressive. Tucker, who led Arcata High to its first-ever North Coast Section title in baseball in 2016, struck out a season-high 11 and allowed all of five hits in six innings of work in the Humboldt Crabs’ 6-4 win over the Auburn Wildcats on a …last_img


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first_imgVineyards in the Durbanville Wine Valleyin the Western Cape, with Table Mountainin the distance. South Africa’s wineexports rose 32% in volume and 42% invalue from 2007, to 45.2-million casesvalued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of five wine-producing countries to join forces to form the New World Wine Alliance. The alliance plans to challenge European Union (EU) rivals under this banner. Europe is currently the world’s largest wine producer and exporter.So-called New World wines are produced outside the traditional European wine-cultivation areas in countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Chile, the US, New Zealand, Mexico, and Australia, which is the current market leader in the UK.The new alliance includes South Africa, New Zealand, California, Chile and Argentina – all of which will use their partnership as a marketing tool to further penetrate the global wine market and see off competition from European countries.This does not negate the fact that the five countries are still competitors in the market, but an alliance spokesperson said that all members will ultimately gain by sharing experience and best practice.“We have already benefited from each other enormously by exchanging viticultural and cellar research as well as innovations in packaging, marketing and logistics,” said the spokesperson.Official launchThe group will be officially launched at the next Prowein international wine and spirits trade fair, taking place over three days in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March 2010. In a world first, they will also exhibit their wines there as a joint force.The annual wine showcase, one of the most important trade shows on the wine calendar, attracted around 3 000 exhibitors in 2009, along with about 35 000 delegates and visitors from some 50 countries. Press coverage was extensive, making Prowein the ideal platform to launch the new wine alliance.Not only will the partners be exhibiting at the same pavilion, but together they will hold talks, seminars, presentations and workshops with relevant experts in the field.The pavilion’s theme, Down to Earth, suggests the main issues to be covered: sustainable wine production, management of scarce natural resources, management of climate change, cool-climate viticulture, organic wines, as well as market-related topics such as branding, building consumption sales, and icon wines, or wines of exceptional quality.Eastern focusAustralia has not joined the alliance because it has shifted its focus to the East. China is the world’s biggest single wine market in terms of population, as it is for beer, and the demand there for wine is growing. It is also the world’s sixth-largest wine producer.A 2008 report issued by China Wines Information predicts that wine imports into China will top US$870-million (R6.8-billion) by 2017 – a five-fold increase from the 2007 figure of $184-million (R1.4-billion).Challenging the EUMeanwhile, the New World Alliance will stand together as a unit to rattle EU winemakers. In 2006 the EU proposed a shake-up of its wine sector, prompted by growing competition from the New World, dwindling wine consumption in the region, and a fear that imports would eventually outstrip exports.New regulations were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in April 2008, and are set to revamp the way the EU wine market is managed. The main focus areas are the reduction of the large quantity of unsold wine, which a few years ago was the equivalent of an entire year’s production, and the productive reallocation of funds to boost the competitiveness of European wines.For instance, the EU plans to stop paying producers for surplus cheap table wine and will instead divert this large slice of the EU wine budget into producing and marketing quality wines.Steady growthThe five partners of the alliance have all seen recent growth in exports despite the world-wide recession, and will continue to focus their efforts on the promotion of the New World as a source of top-quality wines and oenological innovation.In the period 2007 to 2008 all alliance members reported healthy export figures. South Africa’s exports rose 32% in volume and 42% in value from 2007, to 45.2-million cases valued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, Argentina’s 23.8-million cases exported were an increase of 14% in volume and 28% in value from 2007, and Chile’s exports rose 10% in value but decreased 3% in volume. Nonetheless, the 65.4-million cases were worth $1.4-billion (R11-billion).New Zealand saw 10.9-million cases leaving the country, an increase of 19%. The Antipodean country is famed particularly for its Sauvignon Blanc, and in June 2009 the country’s Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc became the top seller of its kind in the US.Exports from the US, of which 90% came from California, totalled 55-million cases worth $1-billion (R7.8-billion), an increase of 8% in volume and 6% in value.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWine on the wild side Wine exports break new recordsSA wine a US presidential hit Useful linksWines of South AfricaWines of ChileWines of ArgentinaNew Zealand wineCalifornia Wine InstituteEuropean UnionNew-World WinemakerProweinlast_img read more


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first_imgJunior Tushar Shahani shocked second seeded Ranjit Singh in four games to enter the men’s final of the Otters Club Vedanta Squash Open here on Saturday.Shahani, who lost in the semi finals of the under-19 event held concurrently a few hours earlier, won 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the semi-final contest.He will meet 3/4 seeded Abhishek Agarwal in the summit clash following the latter’s 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 verdict over Sandeep Jhangra, seeded in the 9/16 slot, in the other semi final tie.In the women’s semi-finals, Aishwarya Khubchandani’s dream run came to an end when 3/4 seed Sanya Vats overpowered her 11-7, 12-10, 11-7.Top seed Urwashi Joshi took her appointed place in the final as she breezed past 5/8 seed Radhika Rathore 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 in the other semi final.Results (all semi finals): Women: Urwashi Joshi [1] bt Radhika Rathore [5/8] 11-8, 11-3, 11-6; Sanya Vats [3/4] bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-7, 12-10, 11-7.Men: Abhishek Agarwal [3/4] bt Sandeep Jangra [9/16] 11-8, 11-5, 11-6; Tushar Shahani bt Ranjit Singh [2] 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.Also Read | Singapore Open 2019: Nozomi Okuhara thrashes PV Sindhu in one-sided semi-finalAlso Read | Singapore Open: PV Sindhu seals semifinal spot; Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth knocked outAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more


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first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – Mounties in Richmond, B.C., say it appears criminals have added Bitcoin ransom to the growing list of manoeuvres to swindle money from unsuspecting victims.Officers responded to a report of an abduction on July 16 where a victim said they had received a call from a person demanding money for the safe return of their partner.Police say the threat was taken seriously because the cellphone call was from their partner’s phone number and the victim then transferred $10,000 into a Bitcoin machine in Richmond.The victim’s partner was later located unharmed and unaware of the supposed abduction.Cpl. Dennis Hwang says police are warning that criminals are trending towards more sophisticated techniques in gathering personal information from their victims.Hwang says the most widely demanded forms of payment related to the scams are iTunes and gaming gift cards or Bitcoin.last_img read more