Description and quantification of field attack rates by predatory mites: An example using an electrophoresis method with a species of Antarctic mite

first_imgPolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and subsequent esterase staining provide an alternative to immunological methods for investigating the diet of microarthropods which cannot be observed directly. Attack rates in field populations of Antarctic microarthropods by the predator Gamasellus racovitzai were calculated by proportional and quantitative analyses of electrophoresis results. Results were quantified by transmission densitometry and a digestion curve for ingested prey esterases was defined. An exponential decay model of digestion, incorporating meal size, was used, and a method potentially enabling both the time since feeding and the composite meal size to be estimated for individual predators is described. These methods are applied to samples of predatory mites collected from the Antarctic Peninsula. Although estimated attack rates were low, about 0.1–0.3 prey per predator per day, they may be sufficient to cause severe local reduction in prey density.last_img read more

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Competition: Win tickets to Common People 2016

first_imgCommon People Festival is to take place this coming May Bank holiday weekend (28th and 29th May) on South Park, Oxford.With Duran Duran and Primal Scream headlining, as well as acts including Katy B, Craig David’s TS5, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes and Ghostpoet, the festival, curated by Bestival’s Rob da Bank, is not to be missed.Cherwell are giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win two tickets for the Oxford-based festival. To enter, take to Twitter to answer the following question:“Who on the line-up for Common People would you most like to see live?”All tweets must include your answer, and mention @CherwellMusic and @CommonPeopleOx as well as the hashtag #commonpeopleClosing date: Midday Friday 6th MayThe winner will be drawn at random and announced on the afternoon of 6th May via the @CherwellMusic account. One entry per person. Get tweeting!last_img read more

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Ditty’s secures international contracts

first_imgBiscuits and oatcakes from Northern Irish bakery Ditty’s are gaining an international following after the company secured new export contracts with companies in New Zealand and London, and began talks with potential customers in France and Hong Kong.The Castledawson company has started shipping Ditty’s branded shortbread and oat biscuits to New Zealand-based Viva Corporate Gifts, after the hamper company discovered the range online.“They contacted us by e-mail and we have since shipped the full range of Ditty’s sweet shortbread and savoury oatmeal biscuits to Viva for their Christmas hampers. It’s another exciting new market for Ditty’s and we look forward to seeing it grow and develop,” said MD Robert Ditty.The bakery has also gained a new listing for its full range of biscuits with butcher Jack O’Shea’s, which has stores in Knightsbridge and Brussels, plus a concession in Selfridges, Oxford St. Ditty’s is also currently in negotiation with a French independent retailer, as well as a with a distributor based in Hong Kong, who supplies into the wider Chinese market. The company already supplies Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason and Paxton & Whitfield in the UK.last_img read more

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Our Customer Journey from Big Data to AI

first_imgAnalytics – A journey to AIArtificial intelligence (AI) has been around in concept since the 1950s when Arthur L. Samuel, created a learning algorithm that allowed a machine to beat the local state checkers champion.  Yet, it took the largest supercomputer at that time and all its compute power to run that single algorithm to teach the machine how to play.The barrier to entry was so high it was out of reach for most business and research facilities, thus it never took off. Fast forward to today—the game has changed; the cost of compute and the amount of data will be the catalyst that enables customers to implement AI. The barrier to entry is much lower and customers believe AI will lead the Digital Transformation.Thanks to Moore’s Law compute has become vastly more economical. This, married with innovations like GPUs, FGPAs, TPUs and other accelerators, has allowed the enabling technology to be more affordable and powerful enough to analyze data at scale.At the same time, as business has become “real-time”, the window of relevancy of the data has shrunk – and the time to make decisions has become critical to making those decisions successful. And as data and data sources have exploded, AI has become economically and technically viable for customers, and a differentiator in their own operations, security, and business objectives.This inflection point has also given rise to a powerful new career field,  Data Science.  Data scientists utilize these compute platforms and scientific methodologies to provide data-driven insights that directly impact the business they support.The Data Science JourneyThe Data Science jouney began with performing data analytics leveraging universal data warehouses.  Dell EMC was already helping customers with designs that provided ready-to-use infrastructure with tuned performance, partnering with Apache Hadoop distributors.  As our customers have matured on their Hadoop implementations with growth in clusters, more experimentation is taking place and there is a need for integration with business intelligence tools and streaming analytics.  This journey centers on unleashing the power of analytics to bring data to life within the shortening windows to achieve more “real-time” insights.  These steps advance data science toward machine and deep learning.How is Dell EMC helping?Dell EMC’s experience positions us to help customers develop AI strategies and projects within their organizations. The Dell EMC portfolio remains in line with common methodologies for exploration and application of machine learning to a given problem. Starting with a small subset of data from a larger data set, we can start our investigation and understanding of our data set. Once a model is developed we can scale the training process from a single instance of compute on to a cluster of n+1 nodes, and carry that model on through to production once satisfied with our results. Based on our history with Hadoop and HPC, Dell EMC has the ability, credibility and experience to help customers minimize risk while maximizing the value of their data as they move toward the application of machine learning in their businesses.Dell is announcing the next step in the analytics journey with Ready Solutions for AI with a concentration on machine learning and deep learning workloads. With these Ready Solutions, Dell EMC is providing the most optimized and stable solution stack for customers implementing machine learning and deep learning. Dell EMC’s objective is to help organizations enable their data scientists to actually do data science, and provide a platform that helps operationalize the underlying platform for organizing data more efficiently. This is exactly what Dell EMC does well – optimizes and integrates a compute, storage and networking stack for particular use cases, in this case, AI.But wait, there’s more…Dell EMC is also augmenting the solution with data science tools, model definition and training on through to deploying these models in production to enable data scientists to accelerate training, inferencing and algorithm development.  Some highlights include Data Science Provisioning Portal on Bright Computing, radically simplifying cluster deployment with a single intuitive point-and-click GUI. Dell EMC Data Science built on top of Cloudera Data Science Workbench, enables a containerized data science environment will all the libraries, frameworks, set-up scripts for customer-specific use cases. And the Dell EMC Data Science Engine enables data scientists to start leveraging frameworks on top of Hadoop and Spark without any CLI.Dell has scaled this engagement model for many diverse environments and will provide consulting services to assist with data discovery, data flow and curation.What’s Next?Investigate the website and follow me @kshatzka to learn more.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Darren Criss, Lindsay Mendez & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to grab a glass (OK fine, three bottles) of wine, kick back and read the Lessons of the Week! As usual, some really weird stuff happened. Check out what we learned about puppet sex confessions, Jell-O baths, glittery beards and more below.Corey Cott Stage-Doored GroffsauceBefore Gigi star Corey Cott became Broadway’s (self-proclaimed) number-one sex symbol, he was a hardcore theater nerd, just like us! He even waited at the stage door for a photo with Jonathan Groff in his Spring Awakening days. Keep the blackmail adorable photos coming, Corey! Remember, we’re all in this together.Erich Bergen Has a Puppet Sex DenWe’re pretty sure the wild puppet sex in Hand to God is meant to be shocking, but a bunch of Broadway stars were surprisingly cool with it on opening night. Especially Jersey Boys movie star Erich Bergen, who joked that he has a 50 Shades of Fuzz-style puppet dungeon in his apartment. You were just joking, weren’t you Erich? Uh, weren’t you?Wanna Sing Like Lindsay? Eat ChipsLindsay Mendez revealed a strange tip on Broaway Nosh: Lay’s potato chips help coat the throat before singing. Hmm, this gives us an idea. We think we’ll try eating chips before “Defying Gravity.” It’s time to try eating chips before “Defying Gravity.” And nobody in all of Food Emporium is ever gonna bring us down!Chip Zien Goes Au NaturelWe had no idea It Shoulda Been You papa Chip Zien was such a rebel! On Sierra Boggess’ video blog, the Into the Woods alum revealed that he never wears makeup on stage—even though his dressing roommate Edward Hibbert has a bunch he could borrow. So Chip, guessing you won’t be playing Hedwig, Lola or Frank-N-Furter anytime soon?Sutton Foster Is a Fine WineThe Tony winner has been making lots of new friends lately—first, she met her new pal Frida (um, not Kahlo) on TV’s Younger, and then she spent the morning hanging out with the hosts of Today, where she revealed that she and Frida are not actually 26, but aging gracefully, like a bottle of Cabernet. We’ll drink to that. Everybody rise!Kelsey Grammer Chills in His UndiesAhoy! The Rockettes are the only ones that don’t wear pants. Finding Neverland star Kelsey Grammer’s cozy pirate hideaway is also a trouser-free zone. Not only is there a skull-and-crossbones flag and more treasures from the sea, it’s so comfy, the captain takes off his hook and drops trou. Box-arrrrs or briefs, Kels?Gary Barlow Bathed in Jell-OKelsey Grammer isn’t the only guy from Finding Neverland who likes to show some skin. We did some digging and found this video of composer Gary Barlow from his early Take That boy band days, featuring the singer-songwriter stripping and covering himself in Jell-O and whipped cream, as one does. Any chance we’ll see an encore performance on opening night, Gary?James Corden Is Basically Idina MenzelThe new host of The Late Late Show has been hitting it out of the park so far—he even pulled out his best Idina Menzel impression when he dueted with Josh Gad on a medley of Frozen songs. Wow James, you can really belt! Now eat some Lay’s potato chips and sing “Defying Gravity.”You Can Now Spy on Broadway.comCalling all theater fans and creepy voyeurs: You can now go all Rear Window on the Broadway.com offices! We’re obsessed with Periscope, the awesome app that lets you create live broadcasts on your phone. Get completely unconfirmed gossip, impromptu star interviews, new Oreo flavor reviews and fangirling sessions at Broadway.com HQ every weekday at 5:00 PM EST. Warning—we’re a little crazy. (But at least we keep our pants on.)Darren Criss’ Hedwig Has a BeardThe Glee star isn’t just adding new lines and jokes when he takes over in the hit rock musical—he’s also going to be the first Hedwig in history to keep his facial hair. He told Broadway.com he might grow a handlebar moustache and put glitter in it for his debut as the transgender rock goddess. Darren, we know you’re kidding about the beard thing, but don’t even joke about messing with your eyebrows, OK? Twitter will explode. Darren Criss View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

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‘Having a voice is very important’: Vestal stakeholders improve the town they love

first_imgThis meeting was part of a series of meetings mandated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo signed an executive order back in June requiring municipal police departments to hold meetings with the community to “increase the effectiveness of the criminal justice system”. Lynn Parker, who owns a business in the town, said he wasn’t surprised the meetings were productive given the close-knit nature of Vestal. “Any apprehension that I might have had personally going into this was immediately wiped away,” Lt. Streno told 12 News. “It’s a nice varied demographic of people from different backgrounds, different ages, different walks of life, different life experiences, so in my opinion it turned out to be a really good community stakeholder committee.” VESTAL (WBNG) — On Thursday, the Vestal Police Department met with community stakeholders to build stronger ties in the town.center_img While initially skeptical of this process, Lieutenant Christopher Streno said he was blown away by the community’s openness and willingness to learn. “Vestal is a very positive community. There’s a lot going on in the community, we’re very supportive of each other,” Parker said.last_img read more

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The UNWTO expects a faster recovery of domestic tourism than international travel

first_imgGiven the value of domestic tourism and current trends, an increasing number of countries are taking steps to grow their markets, the UNWTO reports. This new note provides case study initiatives designed for stimulating domestic demand. Includes initiatives aimed at marketing and promotion, as well as financial incentives. Examples of countries taking targeted steps to increase the number of domestic tourists include: Domestic tourism to encourage recovery The report also shows how in most destinations, domestic tourism generates higher revenues than international. In OECD countries (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), domestic tourism accounts for 75% of total tourism expenditure, while in the European Union, domestic tourism consumption is 1,8 times higher than foreign consumption. Globally, the largest domestic tourism markets in terms of expenditure are the United States with nearly $ 1 trillion, Germany with $ 249 billion, Japan $ 201 billion, the United Kingdom with $ 154 billion, and Mexico with $ 139 billion. Recognizing the importance of domestic tourism, the specialized agency of the United Nations announced Third in a rowu information notes for tourism called “Understanding domestic tourism and exploiting its opportunities”. Namely, UNWTO data show that in 2018 the eye was realized 9 billion domestic tourist trips worldwide which is six times more than international tourist arrivals (1,4 billion in 2018). The publication identifies the ways in which destinations around the world are taking proactive steps to grow domestic tourism, from offering bonus vacations to workers to providing vouchers and other incentives to people traveling to their own countries. According to UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, the UNWTO expects a faster recovery of domestic tourism than international travel, and given the size of domestic tourism, this will help many destinations recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic while protecting jobs, livelihoods and enable the return of social benefits offered by the tourism offer. Initiatives to strengthen domestic tourism Source: UPhoto: Facebook UNWTO U Italy the Bonus Vacanze initiative offers families with incomes up to € 40.000 a contribution up to € 500 to be spent in accommodation for domestic tourism.Malaysia awarded $ 113 million in travel discount vouchers for domestic tourism expenditures, as well as tax breaks of up to $ 227.Costa Rica is everything holidays 2020 and 2021 moved to Monday to make Costa Ricans enjoy long weekends and to extend their stay on trips around the country.Francuska je launched the #CetÉtéJeVisiteLaFrance campaign (“Visit France this summer”) highlighting the diversity of destinations across the country.Argentina she announced creation of a scientific institution for domestic tourism to get a better profile of Argentine tourists.Thailand will subsidize 5 million hotel accommodation nights at 40% of the usual room rates for up to five nights. How do travel restrictions are starting to ease Globally, destinations around the world are focused on growing domestic tourism, and many offer coco incentives to encourage people to explore their own country. As expected World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), domestic tourism will recover faster than international travel, which is an opportunity for both developed and developing countries to recover from social and economic impacts pandemic COVID-19.last_img read more

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Sky Germany attracts record audience for Bundesliga restart

first_imgIn addition, 2.45 million viewers watched the ‘Konferenz’ – a simultaneous live broadcast of the five afternoon games, where coverage moved from stadium to stadium.In the day’s main game, Erling Braut Haaland scored the first Bundesliga goal since mid-March to help Borussia Dortmund rout rivals Schalke 4-0 and stay in the title race with Bayern Munich, who play Union Berlin away on Sunday.A spokesman for the German Football League (DFL) told AFP the matches were televised by more than 70 broadcasters worldwide, all on previously-agreed deals.With Bundesliga matches played behind closed doors in near-empty stadiums, Sky Germany broadcast the ‘Konferenz’ on its free-to-view Sports News Channel. The restart of the Bundesliga behind locked doors on Saturday attracted over six million viewers watching in Germany, a new record for broadcasters Sky, according to specialist website DWDL.de. When the German league resumed on Saturday afternoon after a two-month break due to the coronavirus, Sky had 3.68 million viewers watching the matches on its subscription TV channels in Germany.The domestic figure is more than double the usual audience for a typical round of Saturday matches. The idea was to discourage fans in Germany from meeting up to watch matches in places with a Sky subscription.When Saturday afternoon’s games kicked-off, Sky Germany had a market share of 27.4 percent on their pay-to-view channels and 18.2 percent on their free channel.In the target group of 14-49 year olds, the total market share was “over 60 percent”, according to DWDL.de on Sunday, a record for Sky Germany.Having been granted permission to restart after the German government approved the league’s strict hygiene guidelines, the Bundesliga is the first top European league to resume.There are hopes the leagues in Italy, Spain and England can restart next month while the French league season has already been scrapped.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Toowong unit with plenty of potential

first_imgThe outdoor space at 1/29 Holland St, Toowong.The apartment features three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a two- car secure garage with internal access. The floor plan is versatile and will appeal to a large range of buyers including those who need extra space downstairs for a hobby room, rumpus room or office.There are separate front and back patios plus a courtyard. The apartment at 1/29 Holland St, Toowong is in a boutique complex.THE owners of this Toowong unit live in Sydney and are reluctantly selling due to family circumstances.LJ Hooker Brisbane West selling agent Wanda Stephens said the sellers had an eye for good real estate and recognised the enormous potential of the Toowong Village development when buying 1/29 Holland St brand new in 2001.“This has been one of their safest investments because it has always attracted high quality, long term tenants being within a short walking distance of shops, restaurants and transport to the city including buses, trains and the City Cat,” Ms Stephens said.“The mainly owner-occupier residents have been meticulous when it comes to maintaining their boutique complex of only seven townhouse-type apartments.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The living area at 1/29 Holland St, Toowong.Ms Stephens said: “Due to family circumstances, the owners must now reluctantly sell at a time when they feel the Brisbane property market is about to take off”.One of the property’s owners David Hughes said it was hard to believe the value in Toowong compared with suburbs 5km from Sydney’s CBD where prices were almost three times higher for similar properties.“Historically, the market in Brisbane is a few years behind Sydney so now is not a clever time for us to be selling this great apartment but we have no choice,” he said.last_img read more

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Motorcycle hits man crossing road

first_imgILOILO City – He was crossing the roadwhen a motorcycle hit him. Police reports showed a motorcycledriven by 30-year-old Mar Jhon Deximo of Barangay Badiang, New Lucena, Iloilohit Solis while he was crossing the road around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The 69-year-old Wildredo Solis sustainedinjuries on the body, police said. He received treatment at the Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao district. center_img The suspect was arrested and now detainedin the lockup cell of the New Lucena police station, facing charges./PNlast_img

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