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first_imgAr mhaith leat a bheith i d’aisteoir i Ros na Rún?Tá siad ar thóir an chéad réalt mhór Ghaeilge eile.Tá dráma Gaeilge TG4 ‘Ros Na Rún’, ar thóir aisteoirí nua Gaeilge. Má tá cúpla focal agat agus suim agat san aisteoireacht, seo é do sheans a bheith páirteach i gceann de na sraitheanna drámaíochta is mó sa tír. Tabharfaidh aisteoirí faoin seit céanna is a thug Stephen Fry, seit ar a mbíonn aisteoirí a bhfuil aithne mhór orthu anois – go deimhin féin cá mbeadh an lucht féachana gan Séamus, duine de mhór-charachtair an tsobalchláir agus atá ann le seacht mbliana déag. Is go leor scéalta móra le teacht, bí cinnte go dtabharfar dúshlán na n-aisteoirí nua agus leis sin beidh deis acu cur leis na scileanna atá acu.I measc na scéalta ó chuaigh an sobalchlár ar aer, bhí an chéad phóg homaighnéasach ar theilifís na hÉireann, scéal faoi dhéagóir a bheith ag iompar clainne, dúnmharú, drugaí agus mealladh na mban agus na bhfear!Le scéalta maithe ag teacht aníos ar an mbaile beag, tá foireann Ros na Rún ag cuardach aisteoirí fir agus aisteoirí mná don chéad séasúr eile.Reáchtálfar éisteachtaí ar seit Ros na Rún sa Spidéal i gCo. na Gaillimhe. Beidh Gaeilge líofa riachtanach do gach uile pháirt.Reachtálfar éisteachtaí ar an:Dé Luain 14 agus Dé Máirt 15 Aibreán 2014Má tá suim agat éisteacht a dhéanamh, seol do CV chomh maith le grianghraf a tógadh uait le déanaí chuig [email protected] Ros na Rún i dteagmháil leat ina dhiaidh sin maidir leis na héisteachtaí. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil, glaoigh ar 091 558400.AR MHAITH LEAT A BHEITH I D’AISTEOIR I ROS NA RÚN? was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:acting rolesAR MHAITH LEAT A BHEITH I D’AISTEOIR I ROS NA RÚN?TG4last_img read more

Best of InstagramBest of Instagram

first_imgShare This!It’s Monday! Are we happy or sad about this? Let me know in the comments!This week, Daisy Lauren brought us to both Universal Orlando AND Walt Disney World. Check out her photos below!If you’re new to this weekly series, I post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment featuring YOU, our subscriber.May 29, 2018May 31, 2018(Answer in the “Top Comments” section!)June 1, 2018 June 2, 2018June 3, 2018Top Comments of the Week!I was SO impressed with how many of you knew where this photo was taken. Serious WDW fans right here!Should this article inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplanslast_img read more

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — September 16, 2019This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — September 16, 2019

first_imgShare This!Happy Monday, Walt Disney World! It’s been another wild week of tropical maybes around Central Florida. If you love a lot of “high uncertainty” around your weather forecasts, maybe Orlando is the right place for you! This week we’ve got more peak-hurricane season shenanigans, some progress on the slow march into fall, and the summer 2019 climate report. Let’s go.Dorian Out, Humberto In (Sort Of)Last Sunday we were watching Hurricane Dorian speed up the Atlantic coastline without so much as waving goodbye. The storm was remarkably disruptive for a cyclone which didn’t make landfall in Florida, and its effects on our local weather were pretty long-lasting. Dry air left in the hurricane’s wake was slow to be replaced by more typical humidity. We had a run of extremely hot, dry days with low humidity and no rain. Here’s why that happened:Florida’s rainy season climate is self-fueling—once it’s humid enough to rain every day, the daily rain keeps it humid enough to continue raining every day. It’s a perpetual rain machine… until something interrupts it. Hurricanes leave dry air in their wake. Earlier in the summer, when daytime heating is at its most intense, all it takes is the repeated influx of the sea breeze and lake breezes from our larger lakes to get the humidity levels back up and storms firing again.Deep blue skies over Frontierland during our hot, sunny week post-Dorian.When the rain machine is interrupted later in the season, like mid-September, it takes a little help from the outside to get the humidity back up to levels that support daily rain. We’ve lost two hours of sunlight energy since the summer solstice. Things are starting to get creaky. The tropical air associated with the wave that became Tropical Storm Humberto was the instigator, in this case. But as Humberto pulls away, we are going to see a few more dry days.This Week in Walt Disney World WeatherAs Humberto moved away through last night, the quickly moving rain bands we’ve been experiencing all weekend will subside. In its place? You guessed it: fairly dry air. An uneventful week is expected, with dry air holding on through Tuesday, and just a 30-40% chance of afternoon storms for Central Florida Wednesday-Thursday. Highs will be around 90-92 daily, with higher heat index readings, and around 75 at night.By the end of the week and into the weekend, a surface ridge should develop which will bring onshore winds from the Atlantic. This will boost our rain chances back to normal scattered activity. Atlantic flows often bring us late-day storms which cluster close to the western side of property, so while it’s too soon for a weekend forecast, that’s my speculation. Highs should moderate to around 88 degrees once some cloud cover and showers return. Lows will drop to 70-73 at night.Tropical UpdateSeptember is peak hurricane season, and the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are definitely in production mode. The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of development outside of Tropical Storm Humberto, which is moving away from Florida.This week’s map looks active, but only one disturbance is of interest to Florida weather. Courtesy NOAAOf these, only one is of interest to Florida, and that’s a broad area of disturbed weather over the central Atlantic. As it tracks slowly west-northwestward over the coming week, this disturbance will find favorable conditions for development. It’s expected to become a tropical depression by the end of the week. Long-range models have had a lot to say about this storm, but I think we’re all learning that unless we’re within the 1-3 day model, it’s just not worth getting fussed about. Check back in a week.The Gulf of Mexico disturbance is expected to move inland over Texas without further development.Summer Climate ReportAnyone who visited Walt Disney World this summer will agree with this statement from the National Weather Service in Melbourne: “summer 2019 was warmer and generally wetter than normal across east central Florida.”Influenced by a ridge which remained parked over south Florida most of the summer, a moist flow of tropical air from the southwest kept most of our summer days extra-stormy. It also pushed back the east coast sea breeze or at least delayed it on many days, which meant the temperature kept rising when cooler ocean air should have been flooding our area in mid-afternoon. All of those days when it was 94 and still getting hotter at 4 p.m.? That’s when the southwest wind was in control.And so for most of the summer, temperatures were near or above normal, with some records broken for both high temperatures as well as warm minimum temperatures. Orlando’s average temperature for the season was 83.3 degrees — this includes both high and low temperatures for one daily average, and it’s one degree above normal.The rainfall for Orlando in particular was just about on target, with 22.25 inches of rain recorded at Orlando International Airport. Here are some more fun stats from the airport’s reporting station from 92 days of summer:Thunderstorms were reported on 68 daysParty Cloudy conditions were reported on 75 daysFair conditions were reported on 3 daysThe average relative humidity was 74%The highest wind gust was 67 mph and it was recorded on June 12 in a regular, every day thunderstorm… not a tropical system!While summer might technically be over on the calendar, it’s still rainy season in Florida for another month. But temperatures are starting to moderate already. With the days beginning to shorten, nights will begin to cool more and it will take longer to heat up during the morning. “Very light jacket every now and then” season is almost here! What questions do you have about fall or winter weather at Walt Disney World? Ask them here!last_img read more

Junior cyclists fly SA flag highJunior cyclists fly SA flag high

first_img“The team worked very hard for Shaun-Nick and it was amazing to see how big junior cycling is here. The entire race was broadcast live on national radio and got plenty of TV and print media coverage,” remarked Nick Bester, who was in Spain to assist with team support. At the end of the four-stage International Cycling Union 2.1-graded tour, Bester, the son of former Comrades Marathon star Nick Bester, was in fact tied on time with Ibai Salas of the Navalcarnero team, but the Spaniard was awarded first place based on the fact that he’d had better stage placings than Bester. The team, which comprised Bester, Kruger, Meintjes, Van Zyl, Gouws, Jennings, Stefano Maiorana and Bradley Mitchell, ended third in the team competition. “Congratulations too to those riders who helped make this effort a team contribution and well done to Louis Meintjes and HB Kruger, also of the Toyota Supercycling Academy, who also finished the tour. StunningBester and his South African teammates started the high-profile event off by stunning the European riders, mostly from Spain and Italy, when they took the first three places on stage one, an 85.6-kilometre leg from Los Corrales to Mercadal. Van Zyl secured the win ahead of Christopher Jennings and Bester. Bester managed to avoid the illness and the crash and held his own against some aggressive opposition to finish ninth on the stage to take over the race lead. SAinfo reporter ‘We’re making an impression’“But I’m still happy with second in such high quality company,” Bester said. “My teammates were great with their support, and the Europeans are all talking about the South Africans now, so we’re making an impression.” “I couldn’t believe it,” said a disappointed Bester. “To lose the race on the final stage only by a count back was heart-breaking. On the final category two climb on the last stage, Salas attacked Bester, who was isolated from his teammates after they’d buried themselves for him earlier on. Bester thought his hopes of victory had vanished until his teammate Johann van Zyl rode across to him at the summit and helped pace Bester to the finish. That gave the South Africans all the major jerseys – yellow and points (both Van Zyl) and King of the Mountains (Jennings) – as well as the lead in the team competition. Stage two was a nightmare in comparison. Van Zyl and Jennings both fell ill overnight with food poisoning and Jennings, along with teammates HB Kruger and Rian Gouws, all went down in the same crash! Salas had a 45-second lead on Bester at the base of the descent, which Van Zyl and Bester reduced to 12 seconds at the finish.center_img 23 June 2009 “We rode so hard for the last 10 Ks. We just couldn’t ride any harder,” explained Bester. “But in the end it just wasn’t enough. One second quicker and I would have held onto yellow.” Yellow jerseyDespite their illness and injuries, the South African team helped Bester as best they could to hold onto the yellow jersey for stage three. With a 12-second advantage over Salas the scene was set for a dramatic final stage, an 84.9km leg from San Felices to Los Corrales. But it was to be the Spaniard’s day and he finished fifth, exactly 12 seconds ahead of Bester. Up there with the best in the world“We have thought, but not known for sure that our riders are up there with the best in the world and now we have proof!’ Shaun-Nick Bester, racing for the national team, became the first South African junior male to finish on an overall podium at a top-graded international road cycling tour, when he claimed second place at the Vuelta al Besaya in Spain on the weekend. Hendrik Lemmer, Director of the Cycling South Africa Road Commission, said: “It is great to see riders from all three big junior teams in South Africa putting local rivalries aside and working as one for success as a national team in Europe. “Shaun-Nick is a dedicated and extremely talented rider. His hard work is paying off and we look forward to more great results from him and the rest of the squad on their European campaign. “We realise this is a ‘special vintage’ and we need to look after these riders now and into the future.” Salas and Bester both had a final time of eight hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, with Bester’s third place on stage one his highest finish. Salas was third on stage two and second on stage three. Shaun-Nick Bester is a member of the Toyota Supercycling Academy and the Academy’s manager, Ian Wilson, was thrilled by his outstanding performance: “This is great news for the Academy and junior cycling in South Africa!” he said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Rise of Agile ManagementThe Rise of Agile Management

first_imgIn 2001, seventeen people met to discuss alternatives to old-school, documentation driven waterfall software development processes – and what emerged was the Agile Manifesto. The Agile Manifesto outlined new values and principles for software development. As we’ve seen the move to cloud computing and global development teams, every company is now a tech company. Everything from Nordstrom to Jeep, Amazon to SoundCloud – from Walmart to Skype – from Expedia to Delta, companies have all moved to an agile development process, which has radically changed delivery cycles – and the focus on the user experience is unprecedented.Given the impact on the production practices in the tech industry, can these practices influence the way managers or HR professionals operate? Here are a select few of the values and principles:Working software over comprehensive documentationResponding to change over following a planContinuous DeliveryRequirements can change, even late in the gameBuild projects around motivated peopleSustainable PaceSelf-Organizing TeamsReflect, Tune, and AdjustWe are living in a time of great change. Globalization, smart devices, ubiquitous connectivity, social media, and the influence of technology on virtually every industry are all changing the way we work.Management as a discipline is influenced by these fundamental changes. Command and control hierarchies have been disrupted. A new generation is entering the workforce and we need to think about how management and HR professionals respond to the needs of “the user” just as agile development has shown the way. As Professor Julian Birkinshaw of London Business School explains, “we need to rethink how management works by focusing on the needs and aspirations of the managed, rather than on the perspective of the one doing the managing.”We can look to agile principles for guidance. These have served the technology industry well in the move from boxed software to rapid iteration to build cloud services – and will serve managers as we move from Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z.How might self-organizing teams might work in your industry? Are there things you can do to create centers of gravity to allow motivated people to opt-in to special projects? How do you recruit new and diverse talent? How do today’s leaders remain adaptable with their plans and how do they create an environment where a new hire has the opportunity for immediate input?We are entering a new age, where machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data are all influencing and changing the way we operate.As this revolution moves forward, it’s important that HR professionals take an agile approach – thinking about the “customer” – the “lives of the managed” – and how can managers iterate and rapidly innovate in the way they manage to help motivate next gen workers to deliver great value and experiences.As an HR professional – how are you challenging the managers to adopt agile practices – to focus on the lives of the managed, to take feedback and iterate. What are the measures and heuristics you look at to guide future direction to build more effective organizations?last_img read more

HTC Jumps on the Location-Based Coupon BandwagonHTC Jumps on the Location-Based Coupon Bandwagon

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Location#mobile#NYT#web dan rowinski Location-based coupons are hot. There were rumors today of daily deals provider Groupon partnering with Foursquare to target deals at check-in users, and now an unlikely player, device manufacturer HTC, is looking into location-based coupons.In a podcast interview with GPS Business News, Cedric Mangaud, VP of value-added services at HTC, said, “we want to be part of this story.” HTC is working on adding value to the user experience on its devices through GPS, and Mangaud sees mobile location coupons as a prime target. Deals are a scorching market and the shakers are moving quickly to keep pace. As an original equipment manufacturer, what will HTC’s play in the space look like? “I won’t be able to mention any deadlines for the moment but of course it is something that is key when you look at the market and how the market is moving right now and I think that is a great opportunity within retail activity and brining user and customer to the point-of-sale is something key,” Mangaud said to GPS Business News. “There are different things on the market such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Facebook Deals and others. Of course, we want to be part of this story. We want to bring the best to the user and we are working on how to implement in the best way these kind of offerings.”It is hard to see HTC going it alone in the coupon arena. Daily deals require a sales force with a large inventory of businesses wanting to do deals to make it work. HTC is an OEM, groups coupon sales is a bit outside the purview of its business model. There are also retailers and users to consider. Retailers are constantly being pitched by vendors, advertisers and now the likes of Groupon and LivingSocial and it hard to see them wanting to add yet another deal, this one from a smartphone vendor with limited market penetration.It would make a lot more sense for HTC to partner with either Groupon or LivingSocial who already have the group-buying infrastructure in place, at least in the United States.“GPS is a key feature for us and a key differentiator within the services,” Mangaud said. “When you see the key services on the Web, one of the key differentiators we could use through the GPS are these key features.”It is smart of HTC to focus on “value added services”? The Android ecosystem is crowded with OEMs looking to stand out and HTC has a big battle on its hands with Samsung and Motorola to be leaders in the space. Mangaud also said that HTC has created its own maps, turn-by-turn and traffic products independent of Android/Google and Windows Phone and Microsoft. Photo: Cedric Mangaud via GPS Business News Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Conditions were similar to a day-night Test, says Sanjay BangarIndia vs Sri Lanka: Conditions were similar to a day-night Test, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndia assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said the team looks forward to playing in challenging conditions like it experienced on Thursday at the Eden Gardens, ending at 17 for three on a rain-hit day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka. (Virat Kohli’s disastrous run in Tests at Eden Gardens continues, out for a duck vs Sri Lanka)Recalling their Test win against New Zealand here last year, Bangar said the current Indian side thrives on challenges.”We are happy to play on wickets like this. A team doesn’t really want to play on easy conditions. We challenge ourselves and most players are open to such challenges. We want to continue improving as a team,” said Bangar after the day’s play in which just 11.5 overs could be bowled due to wet conditions.”It was a similar wicket last year, after it was relaid. We played the Test really well and applied ourselves. We are ready for the challenge.”Bangar rued that rain interruptions did not help them to consolidate their innings after a bad start.Only one-hours’ play was possible in two curtailed sessions and Sri Lanka made the most of it with Suranga Lakmal striking thrice without conceding a run in six overs.”The conditions were pretty tough for batting and what didn’t really help us was we did not get an extended passage for play wherein you had 15-20 overs bowled at a batsman in a particular fashion. It didn’t allow our batsmen to get into a rhythm,” felt Bangar.advertisementBangar hoped they would bounce back as the match progresses.”We have got all bases covered as the game goes into fourth and fifth day. There would be dents in the wicket because of the dampness. There will be variable bounce which may come into play. Both spinners are really vital to us. We have got swing and seam and the pace that is required.”Both the teams also agreed to make use of the floodlights to get maximum out of the day”It was similar to a day-night Test. It didn’t seem to be a day Test. At times under such circumstances, playing with a red ball becomes pretty tough. It’s more difficult to pick the red balls.”Bangar said it’s about grinding out of the situation and respecting the condition.”The amount of times you are going to get beaten plays on your mind. The best approach is to forget the previous ball and accept that you got beaten on a number of occasions. You may not really play elegantly but you will have to grind it out as those are equally important runs.”He however refused to blame the top three KL Rahul (0), Shikhar Dhawan (8) and Virat Kohli (0).”You can’t really fault them for shot selections. All credit to Lakmal who put the ball in right place and let the wicket did the rest. He used the conditions that suited him.”Dhawan got out while trying to break free as he attempted a drive only to drag the ball onto the stumps.”He’s a stroke-player, he backs himself to play shots and whenever the shots come off it really looks great. At times they can change the course of the match in a matter of 15 overs.”You want a player like Shikhar to play in his own fashion. Every batsman has individual style of play, we don’t want to curtail their style of play.”At close, India’s last two specialist batsmen – Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) – were are at crease.Bangar said India have quality all-rounders in wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make the difference towards the end of the innings.”The quality of all-rounders gives a lot of depth in lower order batting and also bowling option to get 20 wickets in a Test. It has worked well in two and a half seasons and we have won mainly because of our composition,” he said.last_img read more