first_imgField surveys of free-living terrestrial microarthropods were made during the 1994–95 summer at four sites in northern Marguerite Bay (Anchorage Island, Lagoon Island, Léonie Island, Rothera Point; c. 68°S, 68°W) and three on southern Alexander Island (Two Step Cliffs, Fossil Bluff, Ablation Valley; c. 71–72°S, 68°W). Detailed site descriptions are presented, as little previous information exists. Twenty species (four Collembola, 16 Acari) were recorded from the Marguerite Bay sites, with a maximum of 17 species at one site. A further four species (one Collembola, two Acari, one Diptera) have been recorded from the same area by other authors. Species diversity at these sites, in particular Léonie Island, is as great as at any known site elsewhere in the maritime Antarctic, although the total area of terrestrial habitat available is small. Individual species and total population densities are also similar to, if not greater than, published studies from the South Shetland and South Orkney Islands. None of the species is new to the maritime Antarctic, although the distributions of several are extended southwards. Only nine species (maximum seven at one site) were found on Alexander Island, concurrent with decreases in population densities to levels similar to those found in many continental Antarctic studies. This still represents a high species diversity for such a high latitude site. The richness of two sites, Ablation Valley and Mars Oasis (Two Step Cliffs), is unlikely to be repeated elsewhere on Alexander Island. The Alexander Island fauna is clearly related to that of the maritime Antarctic, as all except one species occur at more northerly sites elsewhere on the Antarctic Peninsula, and none in the continental Antarctic. One species, Friesia topo (Collembola), is known only from Alexander Island.last_img read more

first_imgI baked my first sponge cake today. This may sound strange, seeing as I have had a cake business for six years. However, very shortly after moving to Australia a year ago, I was having a discussion with my neighbour about the perfect sponge cake, and how her family compete with each other to get the lightest and fluffiest. I rapidly concluded from her description of the procedure that her idea of a “sponge cake” was not the same as mine. This was not your classic Victoria Sponge of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. The Australian Sponge cake is what I grew up to call a fatless sponge, using mainly cornflour, and no butter or margarine. What we call a sponge, the Aussies call a butter cake.It turns out that my neighbours are not the only ones who compete to produce the most perfect specimen either. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a grand occasion, held every year, in the same vein as a British agricultural show, but on steroids. Each year, bakers come together to show their masterpieces, be it a beautifully decorated cake, banana bread or a perfect sponge – so perfect, in fact, that they are not allowed any marking from cooling racks to spoil their aesthetic beauty.Winning at the Royal Easter Show is a huge achievement. I have been lucky enough to befriend Laura Saad, who owns Couture Cupcake Creations, located in the Oatlands Region of Sydney. Laura has been attending the Easter Show since she was a child in a pushchair, and would stand in awe in front of the cake-decorating cabinets; it was from then that she knew what she wanted to do for a career and always said she would have her cakes in these cabinets.Laura entered the Perishable Goods category and the Decorated Cakes category and her hard work and dedication paid off in 2012, when she won Bronze awards for her labours. So what does this mean for Laura? She says “The Royal is the most prestigious competition around. A blue ribbon means you are the best of the best and clients are very impressed by this;, they get their own piece of my ribbons when they purchase my products”.I think this stands for all bakers. Having won the Best Presented Cupcake Category in 2011’s National Cupcake Championships, I tend to agree with Laura; these accolades boost our confidence as bakers and give us a chance to show our best work. A staggering 40 hours were put into Laura’s beautiful cupcakes, and these were 40 hours well spent for her business.I asked Laura if she was intending to enter again. “Sure am!” she said. “I will be putting my application form in by Christmas; which reminds me you should enter…” Maybe sometime, Laura.However, my first attempt at an Aussie Sponge was a flop, so I doubt I’ll be entering THAT particular category.To view Laura’s work, please visit her website: www.couturecupcakecreations.comRecipe – Aussie sponge CakeTry your hand at creating the perfect Aussie Sponge Cake2 heaped teaspoons of plain flour1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda1 level teaspoon cream of tartarCornflour4 eggs, at room temperature165g caster sugar1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan). Grease two 8″ round cake tinsPut plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar on weighing scales. Make the rest of the weight up to 120g with cornflourBeat eggs and sugar on a high speed for 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat for 30 seconds to combine.While eggs are beating, put the flour mixture through a sieve three timesGently fold in the flour mixture. Divide mixture between the 2 tinsPlace in the oven on the centre shelf and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the sponge springs back when touched or is coming away from the side of the tinTake sponges out of the oven. Turn sponges out from tins onto the cooling racks. Allow sponges to cool completelyFill with your preferred filling>> Back to Blogzone>> Visit Victoria Sponge’s websiteAbout Victoria ForwardVictoria Forward has just returned to the UK after two years in Australia, and is setting up cake business “Victoria Sponge”, in Buckinghamshire. She previously ran Let Them Eat Cake in the UK for six years providing celebration cakes / cupcakes, cake decorating courses and workshops. In 2012 she won the award for Best Presented Cupcake at the British Baker National Cupcake Championships. Victoria is married with 2 children.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust opened the academic year on Wednesday during the time-honored tradition of Morning Prayers in Appleton Chapel, explaining the importance of Harvard’s 375 years of history through the words of one of America’s most beloved everyman philosophers: catcher Yogi Berra.“The future, Yogi Berra is said to have observed, isn’t what it used to be,” said Faust, a longtime baseball fan. “That is because we are living in a future our predecessors in this remarkable institution worked to create for us.”As Harvard prepares to mark its 375th anniversary with a yearlong celebration highlighting its rich history and its dedication to teaching, learning, innovation, and research, Faust encouraged listeners to call to mind the University’s distinguished past as a way to envision its bright future.Faust said history is a great teacher that imparts vital lessons about change and continuity, perspective and opportunity, and “offers us the foundation for imagining a different world and understanding what it takes to build it.”The daily ritual of Morning Prayers dates back to Harvard’s founding in 1636. During the academic year, members of the Harvard and Cambridge communities gather daily for a brief service of reflection and song in the serenity of the chapel in Memorial Church. As is customary, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir performed, led by Edward Elwyn Jones, the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster.The daily ritual of Morning Prayers dates back to Harvard’s founding in 1636. During the academic year, members of the Harvard and Cambridge communities gather daily for a brief service of reflection and song in the serenity of the chapel in the Memorial Church.Faust said Harvard’s history calls to mind the great responsibility that comes with a great education, “the privilege to contribute to purposes larger than ourselves.”Citing such noted Harvard alumni as John Adams, John F. Kennedy, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Rich, Charles Sumner, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Helen Keller, Faust reminded listeners of their predecessors and their important contributions to the arts and to creativity, equality, human rights, public service, and intellectual discovery. She also mentioned those whose names are listed on the walls of the Memorial Church and Memorial Hall, who gave their lives in wartime service to the nation.She urged the audience to consider the art of the possible by remembering the dedication of those past and present.“To have a history,” Faust said, “is to have a context — for both insight and action. It is to know that we, and those who have preceded us, have been dedicated to using knowledge to invent a future.”“History,” said Faust, “is where the future begins.”To read the full text of President Drew Faust’s Morning Prayers.last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center has been awarded to Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza, and Esther Htusan of The Associated Press for their investigative report “Seafood from Slaves.”The Associated Press uncovered extensive use of slave labor in the Thai seafood industry, which supplies major U.S. supermarkets, restaurants, and food suppliers, such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sysco, Nestle, Whole Foods, and Red Lobster. The investigation led to the freeing of more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, the jailing of perpetrators, congressional hearings, and the proposal of new laws. The U.S. State Department used the series as part of its decision to give Thailand the lowest rating for human trafficking and has discussed the findings during diplomatic talks.“‘Seafood from Slaves’ is investigative journalism at its best,” said Thomas E. Patterson, the Shorenstein Center’s interim director. “The story was extraordinarily difficult to uncover and its impact on people’s lives and public policy will last far into the future.”Additionally, the Shorenstein Center awarded the Career Award for Excellence in Journalism to Walter Isaacson. The Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded to Harold Holzer for “Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion” and to Erik Albæk, Arjen van Dalen, Nael Jebril and Claes H. de Vreese for “Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective.”last_img read more

first_img Love and Information Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Related Shows The cast includes Phillip James Brannon, Randy Danson, Susannah Flood, Noah Galvin, Jennifer Ikeda, Karen Kandel, Irene Sofia Lucio, Nate Miller, Kellie Overbey, Adante Power, John Procaccino, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Maria Tucci, James Waterston and Zoë Winters. View Comments Love and Information marks Churchill’s seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. The play is a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters using wit, candor and nimble use of language as they try to make sense of what they find out. Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed Love and Information will now run through April 6 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Directed by James Macdonald, the off-Broadway show, which was first produced at London’s Royal Court, opened February 19 and had previously been scheduled to play its final performance March 23.last_img read more

first_imgColchester, VT: Summer is growing season for food, and this year, it’s the same for MyWebGrocer, the online world’s leading services provider to grocery retailers. MyWebGrocer is expanding in two ways by adding additional staff to their home office in Colchester, Vermont, and by opening a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina.In describing the new hires, MyWebGrocer CEO Rich Tarrant said, “Pardon the pun, but you could say we had a shopping list of the types of people we wanted to hire, and we not only got everything on it, we got more. I always say that even though we employ and rely on the latest technologies, it’s top-notch people who drive our success.”The Operations Department has added two new employees. As Operations Analysts, Jessica Bilodeau and Clare Walker are in charge of customer support, product maintenance, and store setup. “We pride ourselves on our customer service,” said Director of Operations Heather Drake, “and Jessica and Clare are people our customers already love working with.”Sarah Masuzzo has joined the MyWebLink team as Marketing Coordinator upon her graduation from Worcester State College in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Sarah will handle public relations and ad operations, as well as marketing and sales support for MyWebLink, a division of MyWebGrocer.In addition, Laura Sutherland has joined MyWebGrocer as Vice President of Strategic Accounts after a very successful career at News America, and will also be in charge of opening the company’s new office in Charlotte, NC. Sutherland will work with the sales team to provide MyWebGrocer’s new and existing customers with the latest on-line technology, tools and services. Curt Alpeter, Senior Vice President of Sales said, “In our business, continual innovation is what gives us an edge. Laura will help us maintain that edge in providing the best and most current web solutions to our clients.”Tarrant expressed excitement about MyWebGrocer’s steady expansion, “The growth we have seen over the last few years is exciting. When we started this company in 1999, we were a small business with a single idea: to bring e-commerce to the grocery vertical. As I look at us today, we have become the leading provider of internet solutions to the grocery vertical and we continue to expand our offerings with new applications- most recently social networking tools and video applications. It gives me great pride that through it all we have kept the same core values in place; providing our customers with the latest technology and services available.”About MyWebGrocer:Founded in 1999 by Rich Tarrant, MyWebGrocer is a privately held company based in Burlington, Vermont, and is the industry leader in e-commerce and Internet marketing solutions to grocery retailers nationwide. “We Make Online Shopping Work,” by providing web site design and hosting, email, online circular, recipe, personalization and e-commerce services to more than 80 major retail grocery chains nationwide. With close to a decade’s worth of experience, MyWebGrocer has the tools and resources to make your web site and e-commerce initiatives efficient, effective and profitable. For more information please visit http://www.mywebgrocer.com(link is external).About MyWebLink:MyWebLink builds the convergence of convenience and commerce, providing the tools on which a progressive business is built. Leading retail organizations like Kraft Foods, Campbell’s, NetGrocer, and Newman’s Own rely on MyWebLink to power business-critical applications that increase revenue, reduce costs and streamline operations. For more information please visit http://www.myweblink.com(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgFraud is a complex and insidious crime that is growing harder to detect by the day. In the age of social media, fraudsters have access to unprecedented volumes of personal information online – and they are putting this information to work.“If you look at Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn and other social media avenues, you can see how easy it is to understand people at a level that was never possible before,” said Karen Postma, SVP, product-fraud and contact center, CO-OP Financial Services. “Breaches involving insurance companies, social media sites and email servers send even more detailed information into the hands of fraudsters – and this type of information benefits them tremendously.”According to Postma, there are several common strategies fraudsters use to access account data – here are five of the most challenging for credit unions to address:Phishing Like a ProSocial engineering is on the rise, says Postma, and fraudsters are getting better at it. “Phishing has been out there for years, but the way it looks and feels is different today,” she said. “Whether by email, text messaging or phone, in the past fraudsters could be very pushy, tipping people off to their intent.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgHundreds of credit union industry leaders and stakeholders are in Washington for NAFCU’s 2017 Congressional Caucus, which kicks off today with an address by association President and CEO Dan Berger and will focus attendees, lawmakers, regulators and more on issues of top concern to credit unions nationwide.Drawing one of the largest audiences since 2007, the Congressional Caucus is NAFCU’s credit union lobbying event of the year. More than two dozen lawmakers from the House and Senate are slated to speak this week, along with top regulators from the NCUA, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration and more.Caucus is an opportunity for credit union representatives to meet face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators to discuss top credit union issues; more than 200 meetings on Capitol Hill are scheduled. Key issues this week are data security, preservation of credit unions’ tax exemption, regulatory relief, repeal of the Durbin interchange amendment and housing finance reform. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img The Saints may feel aggrieved they did not leave south Wales with all three points after Adam Lallana had an effort ruled out for handball following an error by Michel Vorm just before half-time. Nathan Dyer went closest for the hosts as Maya Yoshida cleared his effort off the line, but in truth neither side showed sufficient quality in the final third to craft a winner in what was, for large parts, a tepid game. Press Association Southampton edged closer to Premier League survival as they ground out a goalless draw in a lacklustre encounter at Swansea.center_img Not that Southampton will mind too much. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now eight points clear of the drop zone, and are well-placed to secure survival having been written off in some quarters at the start of the season. Swansea made a promising start, with their movement causing the visitors problems without creating any clear-cut opportunities. The best early chance fell to Jonathan de Guzman. Pablo Hernandez’s pull-back fell behind Michu to the Dutch international, but several Southampton defenders were out quickly to block. Luke Moore then narrowly failed to get on the end of Dyer’s cross as Saints struggled for a foothold in the early going. But Pochettino’s men grew into the game, with the industrious Jack Cork forcing Vorm into the game’s first save with a hopeful effort from the edge of the box. Vorm made an excellent stop to deny Jay Rodriguez after 25 minutes, getting down low to hold the volley after Rickie Lambert had teed up his colleague. Vorm continued to be the busier goalkeeper and had to be at full stretch to deny Lambert his 15th goal of the season, the Dutchman tipping over a free-kick that was arrowing into the top corner. But the keeper blotted his copybook seconds later, failing to hold a simple Rodriguez cross for Lallana to bundle in, only for the whistle to go for handball against the Saints midfielder. Hernandez engineered another promising situation on the hour as he skipped past Nathaniel Clyne and put a teasing ball across the six-yard box, but there were no white shirts lurking to tap in. Swansea went closer still six minutes later. Lallana let the ball run loose inside his own area and Michu pounced to set up Dyer, but Yoshida got himself in the right place to clear off the line. Southampton dropped ever deeper and packed the midfield as the pressure increased and Daniel Fox survived an ambitious handball appeal as he blocked substitute Ki Sung-yueng’s volley. Artur Boruc then made two excellent saves as he denied De Guzman and Dyer when the pair were in on goal. And with time running out the visitors almost snatched a winner. Ki was muscled off the ball by Steven Davis, but Vorm sharply held Emmanuel Mayuka’s effort. last_img read more

first_imgBurnley have announced the permanent signing of winger Michael Kightly from Stoke, subject to approval. The 28-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Turf Moor, has secured a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Kightly is manager Sean Dyche’s first signing since the Clarets secured promotion to the top flight. He told the club’s website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com: “As soon as we secured promotion to the Premier League last season, I wanted to make sure that I signed. “Coming in on loan is usually difficult but it only took a few weeks here to get settled and it is great to be a permanent Burnley player now, as opposed to a loanee. “It took a while to get it over the line but now it is all secured I’m really pleased.” Kightly played a key role in Burnley’s successful 2013-14 campaign and scored five goals in 38 appearances. The Basildon-born player began his career in non-League football before joining Wolves and later having a loan spell at Watford. He joined Stoke in the summer of 2012 but was allowed to move to Burnley a year later. Kightly said: “At the tail end of last season I felt like I was getting back to my best and if I can carry that into next season then I will have a good campaign. “It’ll be a tough start to the campaign with Chelsea at home but you can look at that in two ways and we’ll certainly start with a positive mindset. “People might write us off, but we’re certainly not here to make up the numbers and hopefully we can surprise a few people again.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more