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Invasive species present a risk to Antarctic ecosystems by altering community structure and function. Reports of non-native invertebrates are increasing at Antarctic sites subject to tourism industry and national operator activity. Furthermore, dispersal of existing non-native species to other Antarctic sites may greatly expand their distributions and increase the spatial scale of potential impacts. Consequently, non-native species occurring near logistical hubs present an enhanced risk. The non-native Collembolon, Hypogastrura viatica, was introduced to Léonie Island, Ryder Bay, near the logistical hub of Rothera Research Station, Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, at some point before 1993, but no attempt had been made to assess the extent of its distribution in the local area. In this study, we surveyed the regularly frequented islands of Ryder Bay and Rothera Point to attempt to assess the continued presence and distribution of this species. Hypogastrura viatica was not identified amongst the 36,796 Collembola specimens extracted from 138 samples taken from the islands and Rothera Point. With no evidence of the continued presence of this non-native Collembolon in the local area, either H. viatica has become extinct or has such a restricted spatial distribution that our monitoring programme failed to detect it. In light of these results, existing local biosecurity measures will be maintained as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of further anthropogenic dispersal of this potentially invasive Collembolon as well as of any other species imported unintentionally in future.
Soaring food-to-go sales have driven a 9.2% rise in reported revenue for Greencore’s UK and Ireland operations.The business, which yesterday announced its exit from the cakes and desserts market, said revenue from its food-to go business alone had risen 12.2% in the 13 weeks to 29 December 2017.Food-to-go revenue rose 11.4% excluding the impact of the acquisition of the Tasties of Chester manufacturing facility in Heathrow last summer.The performance has been driven by a combination of underlying market growth and previously announced new business wins with some of the company’s largest customers.Greencore’s investment in the UK division had eased following “substantial spending” over the past two years. Its key remaining project, to refurbish and extend its Warrington ready meal facility in Warrington, is due to be completed next quarter.The company reported that the sale of its Hull cakes and desserts business, and previously announced closure of its desserts facility in Evercreech, would not impact earnings, although there would be a charge of £15m to the income statement in its 2018 results.Overall group revenue – including the US division – rose 53.6% on a reported basis to £640.5m in the quarter.US sales rose 297.0% to £255.1m, primarily driven by the acquisition of Peacock Foods in December 2016. Excluding Peacock, revenue rose 5.1%.Greencore said it expected to deliver strong growth in the current financial year, adding it was “well positioned to drive improved profitability, cash flow and returns over the medium term”.That company also announced it has appointed Helen Rose, chief operating officer of TSB Banking Group, as a non-executive director with effect from 11 April 2018.”Helen will bring deep operating knowledge, with a detailed financial focus and valuable experience of the food industry,” said Greencore chairman Gary Kennedy. “Helen’s appointment will complement our strong, experienced Board and executive team.”
The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced two purchases on its official website. The first is for the submission of bids for photo and video recording on the topic of nautical tourism, and the second is the bid for the development of the conceptual design, organization and implementation of the awards ceremony within the project “Annual Croatian Tourist Awards” at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar from 24 to 25 October 2018In the first procurement for nautical tourism, the deadline for submission of bids is 10.09. to 12.00, and for the organization of the DHT awards ceremony in Hvar, the deadline for submission of bids is September 10.09.2018, XNUMX.1. Invitation to submit bids for photo and video recording on the topic of nautical tourism2. Invitation for submission of bids for the development of the conceptual design, organization and implementation of the award ceremony within the project “Annual Croatian Tourist Awards” at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar from 24 to 25 October 2018.
EAGLE, Neb. – Entries for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals are already in hand from 11 states.More than 100 drivers are anticipated to compete at the fifth annual event Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Eagle Raceway.Sprint Nationals begins with an open house and practice on Thursday, Aug. 31. The starting field of 27 will be determined through qualifying on Sept. 1 and 2 and in last-chance qualifying on Sept. 3.Sunday’s main event pays $2,500 to win and a minimum $1,250 to start, plus a generous number of contingency awards.Friday and Saturday qualifying features both pay $700 to win while Saturday’s Jake Ita Memorial pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.The “B” feature purse sponsored by IMCATV is $1,000 for the first non-qualifier (10th place finisher) and $500 to start.All other non-qualifiers receive a minimum of $250 for Sunday with added non-qualifier sponsorship money. Therefore, non-qualifiers are guaranteed at least $450 for the entire weekend as long as they take a green flag each night.New this year is the requirement that drivers must have competed in a minimum of three IMCA RaceSaver events in 2017 to be eligible for Sprint Nationals.Drivers who pay the $15 early registration fee receive a free reserved pit stall as long as they are available. Registration is $50 after Aug. 24.Pit passes are $25 each night.Adult grandstand admission is $13 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and $18 on Sunday. A three-day grandstand pass is $35 and can be purchased by calling the Eagle Raceway office at 402 238-2595.Sprint Nationals is presented by Precise Racing Products and NMC Cat Rental Store. Information about the event format is posted on the track’s www.eagleraceway.com website.