Long-term survival of human faecal microorganisms on the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgHuman faecal waste has been discarded at inland Antarctic sites for over 100 years, but little is known about the long-term survival of faecal microorganisms in the Antarctic terrestrial environment or the environmental impact. This study identified viable faecal microorganisms in 30-40 year old human faeces sampled from the waste dump at Fossil Bluff Field Station, Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Viable aerobic and anaerobic bacteria were predominantly spore-forming varieties (Bacillus and Clostridium spp.). Faecal coliform bacteria were not detected, indicating that they are less able to survive Antarctic environmental conditions than spore-forming bacteria. In recent years, regional warming around the Antarctic Peninsula has caused a decrease in permanent snow cover around nunataks and coastal regions. As a result, previously buried toilet pits, depots and food dumps are now melting out and Antarctic Treaty Parties face the legacy of waste dumped in the Antarctic terrestrial environment by earlier expeditions. Previous faecal waste disposal on land may now start to produce detectable environmental pollution as well as potential health and scientific problems.last_img read more

Cake decorations company picks up new distributor deal

first_imgTruly (UK) has been appointed UK distributor for Chinese decorations company Quality Sprinkles, through its Twist Ingredients brand.Following a meeting between the two companies at a UK trade fair, the company took its first delivery of stock over Christmas, explained Niki Thompson, director, Truly (UK).It is currently selling 40 different lines, in 2kg bags, but may increase the range further if the initial lines are successful.Quality Sprinkles produces a range of natural, vegetarian, gluten-free and certified halal and kosher sprinkles, hundreds and thousands and sugar crystals.“We have been contacted and asked for gluten-free products a lot, and Halal to some degree,” said Thompson, who said that not many customers even knew such kosher products existed, “so it tends to be a surprise that we actually have them”.“It’s a small part of the business at the moment, but a new area we are expanding into,” she added.Truly (UK) is a family-run business based in Shropshire, predominantly supplying small and medium-sized bakeries, as well as chocolatiers and ice cream and yoghurt makers.The business was launched by Louise Gough and her sister Niki in 2010, with the Twist Ingredients brand launched two years later. It also has a retail brand called Scrumptious, which it sells to delis and home bakers.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Yonder Mountain String Band At Stubb’s In Austin 2/3/18

first_imgPhoto: Stephen Olker Last night, Colorado-based jam-grass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band continued their ongoing winter tour with a stop at outdoor amphitheater Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX. The jamgrass juggernauts made up for the cool temperatures with a smoking-hot show, delivering an impressive mix of originals and covers. Up next, Yonder Mountain String Band heads to George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR on Tuesday, before heading west for the remainder of their tour. For a complete list of upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band tour dates, head to the band’s website.You can enjoy a beautiful gallery of photos of Yonder’s New York performance below courtesy of Stephen Olker.Yonder Mountain String Band | Stubb’s Bar-B-Q | Austin, TX | 2/3/18 | Photos by Stephen Olker Load remaining imageslast_img read more

She Came, She Ate, She Conquered! Tony Winner Cady Huffman’s And She Can Cook Too! Debuts at 54 Below

first_img Star Files View Comments Hungry? Grab a seat at Cady Huffman’s new cabaret show And She Can Cook Too!. The Tony winner’s performance will take place January 14 at 54 Below. That’s one-night-only to chow down on some hilarious and touching crooning from the star of The Producers and The Nance! Nathan Lanecenter_img Most recently seen on Broadway alongside Nathan Lane in The Nance, Huffman won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ulla in The Producers and later revived the character for a season of HBO’s comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. She received an additional Tony nomination for The Will Rogers Follies. Other stage credits include Steel Pier, Dame Edna, Big Deal and La Cage aux Folles. Additional film and TV Credits include Law and Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Frasier, Mad About You, One Life to Live and Submissions Only. As well as starring on Broadway, Huffman is a regular judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Huffman debuts her new one-woman show about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her grandmother’s burnt toast and tomato sandwiches to Iron Chef Michael Symon’s lamb heart tartar, Huffman has eaten it all, loved it all and gone back for seconds. Joining long time collaborators Eugene Gwozdz on the piano and Roger Cohen on drums, get ready to laugh, maybe cry and definitely sing along to the foodie tunes of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Cy Coleman and many more!last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sienna Miller’s Creepy Cabaret Dreams & More

first_img Lots of People Watched The Last Five Years on the Couch Honestly, if you didn’t spend Valentine’s Day crying into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while wearing these PJs and watching The Last Five Years, you did it wrong. The film took in $42,042 in its (very) limited theatrical release, but also hit the top spot on the iTunes Independent Film chart and ranked eighth overall. Congrats to the little off-Broadway musical that could, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan and (of course) Wayne the Snake! The 39 Steps Team to Return for Off-Broadway Bow The original creative team behind The 39 Steps on Broadway will return for the forthcoming off-Broadway revival at Union Square Theatre. Reuniting with director Maria Aitken are the original productions lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Mic Pool and set and costume designer Peter McKintosh. The Patrick Barlow comedy will performances will begin on April 1 and open officially on April 13 (instead of the originally reported April 9). Is There a Marcia in the House? Tony and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden will head to the small screen for the upcoming CBS pilot Code Black. According to Deadline, Harden will play Christa in the medical drama, a soccer mom-turned-doctor who lost her son to cancer and now works at LA County Hospital with her fellow—albeit younger—residents. The series is based on the 2013 documentary of the same name. View Commentscenter_img Sally Struthers, Annie Golden & Mary Testa Will Get Cheery The York Theatre Company will host a two-night-only public developmental reading of Cheer Wars, a new musical by Gordon Leary and Karlan Judd. Hunter Foster will direct a cast that features Sally Struthers, Annie Golden and Mary Testa, as well as Britney Coleman, Molly Hager, Stephanie Hsu, Amy Linden, Alyse Alan Louis, Michael Dean Morgan, Robb Sapp and Dana Steingold. The tuner follows the rivalry between two cheerleading-obsessed coaches and their also-cheering daughters. Performances will take place on February 19 and 20 at Theatre at Saint Peter’s. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the Holiday weekend. Sienna Miller Dreams of a Culinary Cabaret Screen favorite Sienna Miller returns to Broadway tonight as Cabaret’s next and final Sally Bowles. She recently stopped by Good Morning America to discuss the role, saying she coincidentally got her Great White Way inspiration from Birdman, starring Oscar nominee and her Sally predecessor Emma Stone. “In the book, she’s supposed to be bad,” Miller says of the Kit Kat Klub headliner. So if she doesn’t exactly nail a note here and there, it’s totally a character choice. Take a look she discusses her bizarre show-related nightmares (including one involving a chef hat), and reveals that her first night on will be her first time on stage with her co-star Alan Cumming!last_img read more

William Popp Begins Performances in Sara Bareilles’ Waitress

first_imgWilliam Popp Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Commentscenter_img Waitress William Popp will bring the heat to Waitress when he makes his Broadway debut as the evil (spoiler!) Earl on September 23. He steps in for the A Bronx Tale-bound Nick Cordero in the Tony-nominated tuner. Headlined by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the Diane Paulus-helmed musical is baking up a storm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Star of off-Broadway’s Sleep No More, Popp’s TV credits include Power, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, The Americans and the upcoming Time After Time.Waitress marks five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles’ stage-writing debut. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and book by Jessie Nelson, the tuner follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches (and a new doctor comes to town), she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast also includes Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris and Ryan Vasquez.last_img read more

Operation Horus Seizes More Than 33 Tons of Marijuana

first_imgBy Anderson Gabino/Diálogo October 14, 2020 Brazilian Military Police from the Border Operations Department (DOF, in Portuguese), with support from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s Secretariat of Integrated Operations (Seopi/MJSP, in Portuguese), carried out Operation Horus in Mato Grosso do Sul state on August 26, resulting in the largest drug seizure in Brazil’s history. Two people were arrested as they transported the drug.Authorities seized close to 33.3 tons of marijuana found in multiple packages inside a truck, in Maracaju. Prior to this, in May, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police had seized the largest amount of marijuana, 28 tons, also in Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border with Paraguay.DOF director, Military Police Lieutenant Colonel Wagner Ferreira da Silva, highlighted the importance of the seizure. “Operation Horus of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, along with other strategies of our Secretariat of Public Security, dealt a major blow to criminal organizations that operate on the borders. It breaks a criminal cycle and decapitalizes organized crime, impeding that its dividends return against society in the form of violence.”The large number is also reflected in the annual total of seizures in the state. With few months left in the year, the total of drugs seized on the roads by DOF alone is more than 146 percent of the total seized the previous year. In 2019, authorities seized 73 tons of marijuana. Between January and August 2020, more than 180 tons of the drug have been seized.“This result demonstrates how aligned the institutions are, as well as the level of professionalism and commitment of all the participants,” said Eduardo Bettini, Seopi/MJSP general border coordinator.Since the start of Operation Horus in Mato Grosso do Sul in September 2019, the state has been leading in drug seizures. Security forces have already kept about 333.5 tons of drugs off the streets.last_img read more

Challenge for Children donations are rolling in

first_imgChallenge for Children donations are rolling in The Florida Bar’s Challenge for Children has raised $165,000 as of late August for Florida Bar Foundation programs to help children with legal needs.While Bar President Miles McGrane said he had hoped to raise as much as $250,000, Foundation officials said they are thrilled to get the money.Foundation President Andrew O’Malley, addressing the Bar Board of Governors last month on Foundation activities, said about 1,000 more lawyers contributed to the Foundation because of the campaign.“This will allow for more funding around the state for children’s services,” he said.McGrane said at least a few more contributions are expected and although his goal of $250,000 was not met, Foundation officials “have convinced me if I get $175,000 I should stop campaigning.”The Bar has also set up an area on its Web site where lawyers can volunteer to help nonprofit and civic organizations that assist children, McGrane said. Lawyers can click on the “For the Children” button on the Bar’s homepage, www.flabar.org, and it will take them to a page where they can sign up to be matched with a children’s group.On related Foundation matters, O’Malley said the group was happy the legislature appropriated $1.5 million for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, even though that was $500,000 less than last year when the program began. The foundation will be working with lawmakers, he said, to find a permanent source of funding for the program.The Foundation is also expanding its fellows program, which recruits new members who donate $1,000 to the organization. O’Malley said the program had a very successful start in Tallahassee with 149 new members, and a second campaign was set to be launched in Miami by early this month. September 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Challenge for Children donations are rolling inlast_img read more

Purposeful talent development: Maximizing your mentor relationship

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Have you ever had or been a mentor? If not, you are missing out. Regardless of your experience or whether your organization offers a program, this is a relationship you should seek.No one is too good to have a mentor, and all of us can build on our current abilities. Plus, we all have knowledge and skills to offer. Building a mentor relationship—whether formal or informal—empowers those involved to develop.As CUES President/CEO John Pembroke writes in the CUES Guide to Effective Mentorship (a benefit of membership), “mentees get value in a mentorship … however, in the best mentoring relationships, mentors get value as well.” Regardless of your role, your mentoring effort will be enhanced by implementing the tips below.last_img read more

Success with virtual employee onboarding

first_img continue reading » COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of everyday life, with one of the most notable being work environments. Financial technology providers and credit unions across the country have quickly adapted to some or all employees working from home, leveraging technology and new strategies to virtually accomplish what was once done in person. This can be difficult enough for existing employees; however, onboarding new employees during this time brings its own set of unique challenges.To overcome these obstacles, the people and culture team at Sensibill, a Toronto-based provider of everyday financial tools like digital receipt management and SKU-level data that help institutions better know and serve their customers, shifted focus to building an engaging and effective remote team, ensuring that new team members were welcomed, included and positioned for success through a new virtual onboarding process. Credit unions looking to improve their virtual employee onboarding experience might want to consider emulating the tactics below.1. Contactless Laptop and Swag DeliveryWe might not get to meet new teammates in person, but they can still expect a swag and laptop delivery! Determining how to get desks, chairs, laptops and additional monitors to our team has been challenging, but personal door drop-off guarantees that our team is well-equipped for success with their home offices right away. Hugh Theodore, senior product manager at Sensibill, says having the necessary hardware and care package before his start date was a great welcome that allowed him to hit the ground running from day one. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more