Whoopie pies or whoopie cakes have now migrated from the US to the UK. A well-known London store apparently cannot make enough of them.Where the original idea for whoopie cakes comes from remains a mystery, but it appears to be a toss-up between New England and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. One thing we do know is they have been baked for many years. One story goes that the Amish made these cakes from left-over batter as treats for the children. When the children discovered them in their lunch bags, they would shout, “Whoopee!” This may not be true, but it certainly sounds plausible.Whoopie cakes were originally prepared from two small sponge drops that were chocolate-flavoured. These were filled with marshmallow and shortening, blended together to form a white cream filling. At Unifine it was felt that this concept not only fitted the company’s products, but also the hand-held snack culture that has developed here in the UK.Unifine has created eight versions, which were launched at the Baking Industry Exhibition in Birmingham earlier this year. The one below has been developed especially for this British Baker article. It’s a blend of chocolate sponge drop bases filled with raspberry mousse and delicious raspberry fruit compôte.Fresh Raspberry Whoopie CakeMethod1. Pipe chocolate cake batter onto a silicone mat or paper2. Bake for 8 -10 minutes at 190ºC, allow to cool, then turn half of them over ready for filling3. Pipe a border of raspberry mousse around the edge of the upturned bases and then fill the centre with raspberry compôte4. Place the tops on and drizzle with chocolate icing and decorate with fresh raspberries.5. Refrigerate well to allow the mousse to set. Then enjoy!
Paola Arlotta, a professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, a principal investigator at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an institute member at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has been awarded the George Ledlie Prize by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for her work studying the embryonic brain in health and disease.George Ledlie’s bequest, in 1927, instructed that the honor be given every two years to the Harvard affiliate who since the last prize “has by research, discovery, or otherwise made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind.”“Still early in her career, Paola Arlotta has already had a profound impact on the world of developmental neurobiology,” said Harvard University Provost Alan Garber. “Her groundbreaking discoveries have challenged received wisdom and directly contributed to new conceptual frameworks in the field.”“I am profoundly honored to have been selected to receive this prestigious award,” said Arlotta. “I am very grateful to all the colleagues who have made my work possible, and have inspired me to dare in my path to discovery. This award is dedicated to my husband and children, for their enduring support and love every day.”Arlotta investigates how the brain develops and what happens to it when development goes awry, such as in autism spectrum disorder and other conditions. Her work focuses on the cerebral cortex, which controls some of the brain’s most complex functions, including language, sensation, and cognition.“Our brain is largely built in the embryo, through one of the most impressive, orchestrated processes in biology,” said Arlotta. “I want to understand how the many types of neurons present in the cerebral cortex are generated, how they wire together and interact with a myriad of other cell types to build functional circuits, and how neurons are maintained for the life span of the organism.”Her early work challenged a major assumption in neurobiology — that the identity of central neurons is set in stone during the formation of an embryo and cannot be changed — by reprogramming the identity of one neuronal class into another. The finding was both transformative in the field, paving the way for fresh thinking on the meaning of neuronal identity, and a possible first step toward innovative therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.In 2014, close observation of axons and myelin led Arlotta to another fundamental discovery. Contrary to the then-accepted understanding of brain myelination, which held that each nerve cell used a “universal profile” to distribute myelin along axons, Arlotta found that distinct types of neurons “choose” to myelinate their axons in distinctly different ways.The discovery, which evolved through collaborative work with Jeff Lichtman, Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, altered how neuroscientists think about neuronal communication, forcing a reconsideration of myelin’s role in allowing complex brain behavior.Most recently, Arlotta achieved an advance in the field of modeling brain development in a dish, when her group generated brain “organoids,” tridimensional structures that resemble some basic aspects of brain development in health and disease.“We still have a very primitive understanding of how our brain develops and functions,” she said. “Consequently, our understanding of human neurodevelopmental disease is very primitive. Human brain organoids generated from cells of patients carry extraordinary potential to serve as transformative models to understand and develop treatments for prominent human neuropathologies, like neuropsychiatric disease.”Beyond work in her own laboratory, Arlotta and other University researchers were recently awarded a BRAIN Initiative grant by the National Institutes of Health to comprehensively catalog cell types, genes, and regions inside the mouse brain. New tools and technologies have revolutionized neuroscience in recent years. The grant winners hope their work will establish a guide for fellow researchers, broadly impacting many fields of study.In his support of her nomination, Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, highlighted Arlotta’s ability to see past traditional borders within her field and break new ground.“Professor Arlotta’s work is emblematic of her drive to take on some of the most ambitious questions, without respecting artificial boundaries imposed by field, expertise, or technology,” said Smith. “Her history of innovative work and true discovery in neurosciences makes her an outstanding recipient of the Ledlie Prize.”Previous winners of the Ledlie Prize include Joanna Aizenberg, for her work in chemistry, engineering, and biology; Michael Brenner, for his work in theoretical modeling in physical sciences and engineering; and Robert Burns Woodward for his research in organic chemistry.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced today that over 90 percent of all eligible Harvard Kennedy School students have committed to registering to vote as part of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a University-wide campaign to build a stronger culture of voting among Harvard students.The Ash Center, which helped coordinate the Kennedy School’s participation in the Harvard Votes Challenge, worked with teams of students across the School to meet its ambitious goal of having 90 percent of students eligible to vote in the United States sign up with TurboVote, an online voter registration and notification platform developed by HKS alumni. As of Oct. 24, 510 current HKS students participated in the challenge.“We set this goal to test the proposition that if a community, campus, or organization really sets its sights on the ambitious civic goal of registering nearly everyone, it can be done,” said Archon Fung, the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at Harvard Kennedy School. “In the last midterm election in 2014, only 24 percent of eligible Harvard students voted. I hope the results of the Harvard Votes Challenge encourage other campuses and communities all around the country to embrace their civic responsibility to foster political participation for everyone.”Teresa Acuña, associate director for democratic governance programs at the Ash Center, helped coordinate much of the HKS contribution to the challenge. “This challenge shows what is possible when there is institutional support around civic engagement met with the organizing power of students,” she said. “We are moving into a robust get-out-the-vote campaign and we’re going to continue the hard work of ensuring that everyone who participated in the challenge cast their vote on Nov. 6.”About the Harvard Votes ChallengeThe Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan, University-wide effort that is challenging Harvard Schools to do their part to increase voter registration and participation among eligible students.About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and InnovationThe Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu. Read Full Story
A dozen seniors in the East Asian Studies concentration gathered recently to present their thesis research to an audience of faculty, staff, and fellow students. Limited to 10 minutes apiece, these presentations challenged thesis writers to condense complex topics and convey their research findings to an audience with diverse backgrounds.Diversity was a key feature of this year’s Colloquium on Feb. 14. Many of the presenters are pursuing allied concentrations with EAS and other departments, including Government, Philosophy, Social Studies, History, Earth and Planetary Science, Anthropology, and Statistics. This varied lineup reflects a growing trend among Harvard undergraduates: combining EAS with other fields in order to create a well-rounded yet highly specialized concentration.Attendees expressed surprise at the multitude of topics on display, ranging from a study of Singapore’s healthcare system, to Dōgen’s view of morality and the self, to urban planning in Lingang, a Chinese “ghost city,” to a 3D petroleum systems evolutionary model of the Qaidam Basin in China. One presenter, Yong-Han Poh, also organized an exhibition connected with her thesis work through the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies — “Life in Singapore: Views from Migrant Workers.”A complete list of participants and topics can be found on the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations website. Read Full Story
This year, the number of web-connected devices around the world is estimated to hit about three for every person living: more than 20 billion gadgets, cars, smart speakers, and more. Already in use are some that help with tasks like driving, life-saving surgery, and reminding us to replace the milk in our fridge, said Fran Berman, a data scientist who studies how technology is increasingly part our daily routines and rewriting the way we live.The Internet of Things, or IoT, as the expanding web-based network of sensors, cameras, smart systems, computing devices, machines, and appliances is known, will yield incredible benefits, while also introducing new problems around privacy, security, safety, and sustainability, said Berman, currently the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow. “It is going to change everything,” she said. “The question becomes: Is the Internet of Things a future utopia, or is it a future dystopia?”It’s a question that keeps her up at night.“How do we make sure that the IoT is good for us and good for the planet?” asked Berman, professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., during a recent conversation in her Radcliffe office. “How do we promote ethical behavior in autonomous systems? How do we promote privacy and protections? Because if we are not doing that, then the technology is not serving us. And at the end of the day, we want the technology to serve us; we don’t want to serve the technology.”During her fellowship, Berman is developing a framework of “choice points” where policy, design, public awareness, and other interventions can promote an IoT that maximizes benefits, minimizes risks, and is good for the planet and society. With the help of three Harvard undergraduate research assistants, she is using the self-driving car as a case study to imagine what that framework might look like.,During the fall semester Berman and her team did a deep dive into the social, environmental, legal, and other impacts of self-driving cars both now and in 30 years, when they are expected to be everywhere.“This semester we plan to create a report and a graphic about the ‘impact universe’ of self-driving cars to demonstrate the extraordinary reach of IoT devices. Self-driving cars will not only change transportation but will also have impacts on land use, infrastructure, the workforce, policy and law, e-waste, use of rare materials, and a variety of other areas,” said Berman. She hopes the project will help promote a socially responsible IoT via recommendations for policymakers and raising public awareness, and to that end she is planning a book that expands on her Radcliffe work.Developing such a complex framework, she knows, will require input from government, academia, business, and the general public, not to mention time, research, and hard data. Currently only California requires companies piloting autonomous cars on public roads to report the number of times the driver has to take over, known as disengagements. For many, ceding control of their steering wheel to a computer is a frightening concept, and there are reasons to worry. Hackers have exploited security vulnerabilities to take control of self-driving cars, and vehicles fully or partially operating with computer assistance have been involved in fatal accidents nationwide — though crashes represent only a small fraction of the overall trips logged.Compiling the data to determine risk will go a long way to understanding those risks and securing public support, she says. So will protections that ensure that the data the car captures about its passengers remains private, said Berman, who notes that ensuring all the desired safeguards may require expansion of federal regulators like OSHA and creation of new agencies to promote public safety and security of IoT devices.Berman’s project is tackling a range of thorny questions, including who is responsible for a crash when cars operate without a human driver; what it will mean for a police force that no longer needs to stop speeding motorists; how the layout of a city may change if demand for parking spaces plummets or disappears; and how manufacturers can make cars as green as possible, along with the impact of those design decisions. “The self-driving cars of 2050 are envisioned to be pods weighing hundreds of pounds instead of thousands of pounds,” she said. “Platoons of self-driving cars will have many fewer accidents, but when you’ve jettisoned the safety equipment to make the car more eco-friendly, individual accidents may be more severe. There are many trade-offs.” “At the end of the day, we want the technology to serve us; we don’t want to serve the technology.” — Fran Berman Researchers are creating an AI system that can mimic human clinical decision-making Building a better med student Researchers propose a new field of study to explore how intelligent machines behave as independent agents Berman has gained some real-world experience during her time in Cambridge by taking rides with her Harvard physicist friend Alyssa Goodman in Goodman’s Tesla, often in autopilot mode. The Tesla system requires drivers to touch the wheel frequently to prove they are awake (though videos have surfaced and gone viral that show drivers who appear asleep while cruising down roads, apparently on autopilot), and the car receives regular software updates that improve its performance. With more computer-operated cars that drive strictly according to the rules on the road in the coming years, driving safety, said Berman, will only improve.Computer-science concentrator Emilia Cabrera ’21, one of Berman’s undergraduate research assistants, said being part of the project has helped her see the IoT in an entirely different light.“I’ve obviously known about this technology, but I’ve never been considering it in the way I’ve been considering it this year,” said Cabrera, adding that the public-interest angle to Berman’s research will ground her future computer-science decisions.Perhaps not surprisingly, Berman herself isn’t a total IoT convert just yet. Privacy concerns are keeping her from getting a virtual assistant or connected doorbell in her house any time soon. “I have to say that besides my computers and my iPhone, currently the smartest thing I have at home is myself. I don’t have a smart fridge, or Alexa, or any other smart-home devices because there are no consumer protections on privacy and often inadequate security. In the last few years, an Alexa shared information inappropriately and some smart refrigerators helped take down the internet.“Until we create and enforce policy and legislation that makes these devices secure and private and transparent enough, I probably won’t buy them. But I’m hoping to help us get there.” Related What artificial intelligence will look like in 2030 The science of the artificial New report examines how AI might affect urban life
Image by AD Simko/WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE — Returned absentee and affidavit ballots from the June 23 primary elections will be counted and added to election night totals this week.Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram report 5,431 Democratic Presidential Primary absentees were mailed out and 4,276 have been returned, with an additional forty-four affidavit ballots.Election Day returns found 1,351 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A percentage total of 23 percent of Democrats voted and of that total, 75 percent of all Democrats voting cast their ballots from home. Democratic absentee/affidavit ballots were opened Wednesday following confirmation from the NYS Board of Elections that no voters transferred their voter registrations to another county. Once totaled, the votes will be certified and sent to the state to add to statewide and congressional district totals.A total of 341 Busti Town Republican absentees were mailed out and 268 have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Election Day returns found 278 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A total of 25 percent of Republicans voted and, of that total, 49 percent of Busti Republicans cast ballots from home. Republican absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 9 a.m. Thursday, and a winner of the Busti Republican Town Council Primary will be determined. There were 19 Libertarian State Committee absentee ballots mailed out for a western New York 8th Judicial District run off to determine area leadership for the party. A total of eight ballots have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Libertarian absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.“We will be counting about 5,300 absentee and affidavit ballots using our high speed absentee ballot counter this week for the primary,” said Abram. “Our paperwork will be completed for this election on Thursday.”“We received plenty of absentee counting practice earlier this month when we counted over 15,000 school election ballots for eleven county school districts. The remaining seven school districts hand counted,” added Green.Final totals will be available at the votechautauqua.com immediately following the tabulations. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Here’s a First Look at Aaron Tveit in Created EqualHallelujah! We can get a peek at Aaron Tveit’s new movie: The trailer for Created Equal has arrived. As previously reported, our Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit is starring in the Bill Duke-directed film. Based on the novel by R.A. Brown, the movie focuses on a woman who sues the Catholic Church after being denied the right to become a priest based on her gender. Tveit plays Thomas Patrick O’Reilly, the lawyer she hires to take on the Archdiocese of New Orleans for discrimination. There’s still no release date, but there is a car chase as well as several shots of Tveit in a suit. Enjoy! Miranda’s Tight with MerylSure, he’s earned Tony Awards, a Grammy, a Pulitzer Prize and a few Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. He’s hosted Saturday Night Live. He garnered a 2017 Oscar nomination; even if he doesn’t EGOT this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda will have plenty of other chances with the number of film projects he has lined up. However, his BFF status for Meryl Streep may actually be his greatest accomplishment. LMM recently spoke to The New York Times about working on Mary Poppins Returns with Streep, saying she advised him on her favorite British accent. “She said Thatcher. Thatcher was a self-created persona. She took elocution lessons and made up her own accent,” Miranda said. We’re excited to see what the certified genius does next—like maybe post a photo of him and Streep grabbing fro-yo or something else besties do.Angela Lansbury Joins Mary Poppins ReturnsSpeaking of legendary female performers in Mary Poppins Returns, five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury has signed on to the Rob Marshall-helmed project. Deadline reports that she will join Miranda, Streep, Emily Blunt and Ben Whishaw in the film as the Balloon Lady, a character from author P.L. Travers’ beloved childrens book series about the magical nanny. We’re 100% sure Alexandra Silber will attend the film’s first midnight showing (perhaps with her cat). The sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.Bryan Cranston & More to Honor Frank LangellaAs previously announced, four-time Tony winner Frank Langella will be honored with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre at Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017 Spring Gala. The guest list is super starry: Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston will present Langella with the award, and the evening will include performances from Kelli O’Hara, Santino Fontana, Jane Krakowski, Nikki M. James, Will Chase, Ingrid Michaelson, Betsy Wolfe, Andrea Martin, Constantine Maroulis and Kristolyn Lloyd. Dear Evan Hansen scribe Steven Levenson and stage and screen stars Alec Baldwin and Kate Walsh will also be in attendance. The event is set to take place on February 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. ‘Created Equal’ View Comments
Even apple juice can make you sick. What can you trust anymore?For one thing, apple juice.It’s natural enough to feel a little wary about apple juice now. The deadly E. coli0157:H7 bacteria were found in juice from an Odwalla plant in California. At least 50people were infected there and in nearby states.But it’s easy to feel safe drinking apple juice, say experts with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.The Odwalla juice wasn’t pasteurized, said Extension Service foods specialist JudyHarrison.”Pasteurization, which is a heat treatment, kills E. coli and otherdisease-causing microbes,” Harrison said. “It also gets rid of yeasts and moldsthat could cause spoilage.”On the grocery shelf, at room temperature, juices come in small, aseptic boxes and inbottles and cans, she said. They come in bottles and cartons in the refrigerator case andin frozen concentrated form in the freezer section.Citing the National Food Processors Association, Harrison said all of the juices storedat room temperature on the shelf have been heat-treated.”All shelf-stable juices have been heat-treated,” she said. “Those arejuices that don’t require refrigeration before opening.”Those products are safe, she said. The juice was heat-treated, although the labelsdon’t have to say that.Frozen concentrates have also been heat-treated. So have the juices in refrigeratedcartons or bottles that say “made from concentrate.””The NFPA says the vast majority of juices even in the refrigerator case have beenheat-treated,” Harrison said.If you’re not sure about a certain product, she said, check with the retailer. And lookfor the 1-800 number on the label.What about the juice that isn’t heat-treated?”Some juice products contain the preservative, sodium benzoate,” Harrisonsaid. “That has been shown to be more effective with some strains of E. coli thanothers and at certain levels of acidity. Sodium benzoate may limit the time E. coli cansurvive in cider. But it may still survive up to two weeks.”Pasteurization is the surest way to protect the safety of fruit juices,” shesaid.Most of the cider in north Georgia apple houses is pasteurized, said Tommy Irvin,commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.”Probably 90 percent of the apple cider sold in north Georgia comes from three bigproducers that all pasteurize their juice,” he said.Most of the rest comes from three apple houses near Ellijay. And the DOA inspects themregularly, along with other apple houses.Each has recently been tested for E. coli, too. And each, as Irvin expected, testedclean.”They had no cattle pastures in the orchards,” he said. “And they’reusing only first-grade apples. They don’t use cull apples. So we didn’t suspect anyproblem.”Apple house inspections are vigorous.”We inspect them routinely for sanitation,” Irvin said. “Apples are alsoincluded in a random sampling program for pesticides as well as routine bacteriologicalanalyses.”To be sure about a juice product at a Georgia roadside stand, he said, find out if theyhave a DOA license. That means they’re routinely inspected.To be perfectly safe, though, just look for one word: pasteurized. “A product thathas been pasteurized provides the ultimate degree of safety,” Harrison said.
Lewis Hamilton clinched a record-equalling seventh F1 world title by winning the Turkish GP on Sunday; Sir Jackie Stewart backs Mercedes driver for knighthood: “He’s now a seriously top-line sportsman in the world… I think he certainly deserves it” Last Updated: 16/11/20 11:34pm Damon Hill says it is remarkable how Hamilton has been able to produce such high standards season after season “Seven world championships, more races than anybody else – this guy is better than anyone else in the world. He truly is a fantastic ambassador for Great Britain.”Hamilton fired an ominous message to his rivals after his victory in Istanbul – insisting he’s “just getting started” in Formula One. Damon Hill, who also won the Formula One world championship in 1996, says Hamilton has been “extraordinary” since winning his first world title in 2008.“I think he relishes the opportunity to show how much better he is than everyone else and he certainly did that yesterday,” Hill told Sky Sports News. Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood after winning a record-equalling seventh world title – Advertisement – 0:31 2:56 Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Hamilton is now an all-time great – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 0:33 Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle believes Hamilton is ‘one of the greatest’ sports stars Great Britain has produced 1:18 Damon Hill says it is remarkable how Hamilton has been able to produce such high standards season after season Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood after winning a record-equalling seventh world title Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves to receive a knighthood for his achievements in Formula One.Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles on Sunday after clinching victory in the Turkish Grand Prix.He is now statistically the most successful driver in Formula One history – having already held the records for most race victories, pole positions and podiums.Three-time world champion Stewart, who was himself knighted in 2001, believes Hamilton should be honoured for his achievements in the sport.“I’ve been privileged to get a knighthood myself and it took me a wee while apparently to get a knighthood in comparison because I was retired from motor racing by the time my knighthood came along,” Stewart told Sky Sports News. Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle believes Hamilton is ‘one of the greatest’ sports stars Great Britain has produced “But certainly Lewis deserves it. He’s now a seriously top-line sportsman in the world and that’s a wonderful thing to have, and the fact that he is British is the most important thing of all, with regards to the knighthood is concerned. I think he certainly deserves it.”Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has also backed Hamilton for a knighthood and insists the former McLaren driver is one of the greatest sportsmen the country has produced.“Lewis appeals to a huge amount of people. He’s the only true global star in motor racing and head and shoulders above everybody else,” Pringle told Sky Sports News.“He’s one of the greatest sportsmen this country has ever produced and we need to start recognising that as a country. He’s notably among the peers who have all been knighted and he hasn’t been and I question that. Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Hamilton is now an all-time great “I think it’s very difficult to appreciate how exhausting it is to pull yourself together every year, year on year, to fight for a World Championship because it’s one to thing to be a racing driver and compete in Formula One, but it’s quite another to have the expectation that Lewis has created for himself every year.“That means dealing with the questions from us guys, the press, and also the requirements for sponsors and travel and organisation of your life because you can’t just turn up to a hotel and walk in the front door – he’ll never get anywhere!“It’s exhausting to do, what 13 seasons now he’s done in Formula One, and that’s hard work in itself, but to keep going and keep fresh like he has done is extraordinary.“He is saying there basically he feels fresh as a daisy so that is bit of a warning to everyone else.” – Advertisement –
Arsene Wenger backing Arsenal to overcome Napoli in the Europa League Comment The Frenchman will be rooting for his old club in the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has warned Napoli they face a difficult test against his old side Arsenal when the two teams meet in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.The Gunners were handed a very challenging route to the final, drawn against Napoli in the next round and either Valencia or Villarreal in the semi-finals should they overcome the Serie A runners-up.Wenger says he will be rooting for Arsenal when the two sides meet in April and believes they will pose a huge test for Napoli to overcome. Advertisement Arsenal saw off in Rennes in style, but Napoli will be a far tougher test (Picture: Getty)The French side won the first leg against the 10-man Gunners but the north Londoners blitzed their opponents in the second leg at the Emirates, winning 3-0 on the night in scintillating fashion.That game is Arsenal’s last outing in March, with FA Cup fixtures meaning their weekend match is postponed, and they will head to Dubai for warm-weather training after the international break before a run of games against Newcastle, Everton, Napoli and Watford.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Wenger was also full of praise for current Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti (Picture: Getty)‘I will be an Arsenal fan on the night of game against Napoli, just as I have been during all their matches this season,’ the Frenchman told Italian newspaper Il Mattino.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Emery doesn’t need any advice from me. I am a huge fan of Carlo Ancelotti, he’s one of the greatest technicians of all time, a true master in the way he works with his teams.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But Arsenal are a great team and for Napoli it will be a very difficult task to knock them out.’Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Rennes. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Mar 2019 2:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Advertisement