Tigers drop to 6-3 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — D.C. Everest scored three times in the top of the first inning, and it proved to be enough as the Evergreens topped Marshfield 5-1 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield scored once in the bottom of the first inning and had plenty of other chances to make it closer but could not convert.The Tigers had two runners on in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings but could not muster another run against D.C. Everest pitcher Miranda Gajewski.Two dropped pop-ups in the bottom of the seventh kept Marshfield alive before Everest was finally able to record the final out. Gajewski finished with seven strikeouts and scattered six hits in the complete-game effort.“She’s (Gajewski) been great all four of our years,” Marshfield coach Dan Costa said. “I’m biased because I think (Megan) Donahue is the best pitcher in the league, but if Donahue’s not, (Gajewski) is. She throws hard, has a good changeup, spins it well off the plate, and they do a good job mixing it up inside and outside.”Kaitlyn Konrardy had a double for the Tigers, who fall to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 11-8 and 8-2 in conference play.Marshfield will play at the Escanaba (Mich.) Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 5, Tigers 1D.C. Everest 300 000 2 – 5Marshfield 100 000 0 – 1WP: Miranda Gajewski. LP: Megan Donahue.Top hitters: DC, Rachel Plautz 2×4, 2 runs; Miranda Ostrowski 1×3, 2 RBIs. M, Kaitlyn Konrardy 2B.Records: D.C. Everest 11-8, 8-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 10-4, 6-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
12 August 2009Trading in currency options is set to become easier and more accessible with the introduction of South Africa’s first currency options market maker, Absa Capital, which the JSE believes will increase participation in its well-established currency derivatives market.Though currency options were launched in South Africa in September 2008, options traders had to find their own market maker to execute the trade.“We anticipate that the introduction of Absa Capital as a new market maker and the on-screen pricing functionality will make trading currency options more attractive to the market,” Yield-X general manager Warren Geers said in a statement this week.Dollar/rand optionsTo begin with, market making will be on the dollar/rand currency options, with the minimum size per trade being 10 contracts.Like currency futures, currency options allow investors to hedge their currency exposure, but differ in that they come with a “built-in insurance policy”, where the investor is able to resign a contract at any point in the contract term.“The flexibility that options offer investors is especially relevant during volatile financial times,” explained Geers.Exceeded growth expectationsDespite global economic conditions, the JSE’s Yield-X market has exceeded growth expectations. Year-on-year, for the first six months of 2009, Yield-X has grown 122% in value of trades, and much of this growth can be attributed to currency futures, which have grown by 205%.The value of trades in currency futures currently stands at more than R88-billion since inception, while the value of trades in currency options currently stands at approximately R1-billion.“Our participation should bring much needed liquidity to the currency options market and as such, facilitate the participation of more and more retail, but also institutional investors in this space,” said Absa Capital’s Justin Nichols.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Whenever I talk with HR pros about social media and technology, there’s one question that regularly comes up.“How do you find the time to get everything done?”Technology isn’t supposed to make things more complex and time consuming. It’s supposed to help us do our jobs faster and more efficiently. One of the tools I use every day to help me stay on top of what’s happening in my industry and profession is an RSS reader.Some of you might be wondering – What’s an RSS reader? RSS stands for rich site summary or real simple syndication. Anytime you see one of those orange buttons with what looks like a radio wave, the site has an RSS feed available.RSS allows you to put all of your reading in one location. And it’s not your email inbox. If you’re not currently using RSS, here are a few reasons you might want to consider trying it out.Time – You’re a busy person. You don’t have time to visit websites every day to see what’s new. With RSS, you select your fave sites and when they post something new, it will automatically feed into your reader. Also many readers have apps for your smartphone and/or tablet so you can read away from your office. And others give you the ability to read offline.Productivity – Since RSS readers put content in one place, it allows you to be incredibly productive. Let’s say you want to read ten blogs. And, the last thing you want is to receive ten emails every time the blog updates their content. You shouldn’t have to say, “I’m only going to subscribe to five blogs, because I can only handle five emails.” With an RSS, you can subscribe to as many or as few sites as you wish.Research – Your boss has just asked you to put together a presentation on employee engagement for the Q3 managers meeting. With an RSS, you can flag content from your reader for a future date. So when you see an interesting article on employee engagement, you can tag it for your presentation.Organization – I have varied interests. I like reading business blogs and food blogs. With an RSS, I can organize them so each type of content is separate. I read the business ones first thing in the morning so I’m up on what’s happening. Then the food blogs at night.Before I started writing HR Bartender, I had no idea what RSS was. Over time, I’ve found so many great blogs that I want to read…RSS became a necessity. Alton Brown once said, “Organization will set you free.” It’s true and RSS can help you do it.Do you use an RSS reader? Let us know which one in the comments.