first_imgLeading casting director Maureen Hughes of RTE’s Love Hate gangster drama is to begin her search for new Irish film star at an upcoming Donegal film festival.Maureen’s unique casting experience which encompasses TV, film and theatre is unparalleled in Ireland and she is one of the most successful casting directors in the country.Now Maureen plans to launch the search for a new star – at the Disappear Here Film Festival in Ballyliffin.A spokesman said “We are so delighted to be bringing Maureen to Ballyliffin next week for an audition workshop and we can now exclusively reveal that she is hoping to find the lead actor in her next big feature film during her time here.”Maureen is looking for a young actor with a playing age of 15/16 to play a really interesting lead role in the forthcoming first-time feature by Antonia Campbell-Hughes, who will also direct.The film will shoot in Ireland next Spring 2020 and the title of the film is ‘It Is In Us.”THE BOYPlaying age of 15/16, the Boy is a beguiling mix of fearlessness, youthful innocence and wild energy. He is forthright and confident but never arrogant. Different to other teenagers who are drawn to drink and nightlife, this boy is drawn to nature and wildlife..  He is a daredevil. But never showy.If anyone suits this brief, Maureen would love to meet them. The audition will be a 3 minute interview on camera with Maureen on Sunday 28th September and there is no need at this point to prepare any script. Previous experience a plus but not a requirement.If you or someone you know fits this brief, please email: ‪Asst@Maureenhughescasting.com‬Love Hate casting director looking for Donegal star for new film was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:BallyliffincastingDisappear HereLove HateMaureen Hugheslast_img read more

first_imgAlan Higgins will fight in Finland this weekend in the Kilburn middleweight’s second professional bout.The 24-year-old, who was originally scheduled to appear at York Hall in Bethnal Green, will now take on Richard Hadju of Hungary at the Seinäjoki Arena.The switch came about because Higgins’ trainer CJ Hussein also works with Finnish cruiserweight Juho Haapoja, who is making a defence of his European title on the bill.Higgins enjoyed an impressive debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at York Hall in July.See also:Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsHiggins wins on professional debutFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really nice to get to see a different culture and try new things here. And we’re really growing not only as players but also as individuals.”Valdez, who suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Women’s Volleyball Thailand League earlier this year, practiced with her new team on Thursday.The Filipino volleyball star will also be playing with a familiar face in Thuy as they competed against each other in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Attackline Volleyball Team 💕 pic.twitter.com/v14ZlZKfDk— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) October 6, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PHOTO from Team Alyssa V’s Facebook account.Alyssa Valdez was officially introduced as the newest member of Chinese Taipei volleyball club Attack Line on Friday along with Vietnamese star Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.Valdez, who is playing for second club team outside of the Philippines, will suit up for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League from October to December.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “I’m really thankful to be here for this opportunity and I’m really excited playing with them and learning a lot of things from them,” said Valdez during the presser on Friday as posted on her Facebook account. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is more to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League than winning the title.Spots in state and national representative teams are also up for grabs.For Touch NSW general manager Dean Russell, the NTLs and its showpiece event, the Elite Eight Series, is a chance for NSW to reinforce their dominance over the rest of the states, in particular Queensland.At the State of Origin Series last September, the Maroons and Blues went head-to-head in a thrilling three-game series across 13 divisions.NSW won the overall series seven divisions to six but Queensland had the last laugh.The Maroons won two of the three opens divisions – the men’s and women’s – two games to one.It left a bad taste in the Blues’ camp, a taste that won’t go away until the two states meet again next year.“To be honest we were pleased to get the win but we weren’t happy with the way we performed as a state,” Russell said.“We have now reviewed that, we will be looking at putting together stronger teams again next year and this Elite Eight process is part of that.”Four teams in the Elite Eight Series are from NSW, while three are from Queensland and a combined side featuring players from outside of those states called the Alliance.NSW teams won the inaugural biennial series in both the men’s and women’s opens divisions in 2011.Russell is hoping history can repeat itself.“It is the best of the players in NSW who are available. Unfortunately not all of our players are available this year but we still have a great calibre of players here,” he said.“Both in the men’s and women’s categories we will be looking at both the Mets teams and the Country Mavericks teams. They are both pretty solid and have strong players, they have some excellent attacking and defensive options both ends of the field. “In the women’s, don’t be surprised if the NSW Scorpions cause a few upsets along the way, they have a really strong line-up of up and coming players and the Rebels teams are both development teams.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksState versus statelast_img read more

first_imgElderly residents learned how to surf the web and use and understand digital applications and devices on Nov. 9 at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center, in the Deanwood neighborhood in Northeast, Washington, D.C. The free event was sponsored by AT&T.About 25 residents attended the class at the center. There are plans for the two entities to hold another class for seniors in 2018, according to a company representative. The class was part of AT&T’s Digital You initiative, which is designed to help wireless users of all ages use their devices safely and responsibly.Senior residents in D.C. attended an event at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center in Ward 7, to learn about technology. (Courtesy photo)The Pew Research Center reports that 34 percent of older internet users have little to no confidence using devices to perform tasks online, and many more of them agree they usually need help setting up and figuring out the new applications or devices.That’s why employees from AT&T locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia along with other organizations joined together to show seniors how to use smartphones and tablets and also ways to safely navigate the web.“As technology has become more integral to how we live, it is important that our seniors have the skills and tools to access it. Whether it is staying connected with their children and families, or accessing opportunities, partnerships like this one with AT&T will help our seniors successfully navigate a more technologically connected world,” D.C. Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden said in a statement.During the program seniors were given tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of online fraud and scamsSenior residents in D.C. attended an event at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center in Ward 7, to learn about technology. (Courtesy photo)Tony Dixon, president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) said learning the proper way to use devices cuts down on the chances of being scammed.“Wireless phones, tablets, and related technology give people access to more helpful information than ever before. However, when exploited, such technology can also expose individuals to harmful online scams,” Dixon said. “Events like the one organized by the Faunteroy Center and AT&T empower people with the tools and information they need to avoid these scams while educating them on how to protect themselves against becoming unwary victims of such crimes.”last_img read more

first_imgAs Kevin Kolb recovers from dealing with a turf toeinjury, backup quarterback John Skelton is preparing tostart Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Skelton is coming off a home victory against the St. LouisRams, but going on the road in Philadelphia will present amuch greater challenge. “It will be a hostile environment, although he got anopportunity to do that last year so it won’t be completelynew to him,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Comments   Share   Skelton started two games on the road last season, losingcontests against Carolina and San Francisco. Skelton made good a good impression with his team lastweek and looks to build off of his first start.“There were plays to be made out there that were left onthe field, there were some simple things,” Skelton said.“On the other hand, there were some plays where we didwell.”Skelton was 20-35 and threw for 222 yards and a score.More importantly, he did not throw an interception, whichwill be key in playing a tough Philadelphia defense. “They have a lot of talent, a lot of speed across theboard, if we can handle their front four we should beokay,” Skelton said.Skelton could win over a lot of critics with a win overthe heavily favored Eagles, but he already has plentysupport from his teammates.“I think he’s going to do a good if Kevin can’t go,” widereceiver Larry Fitzgerald said, “we’re going to rallyaround him and try to help him.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_imgAndrew BarronGerman cable operator Primacom has named Com Hem chairman and former Virgin Media COO Andrew Barron as chairman, replacing Wolf Waschkuhn.Waschkuhn will stay with the company and remains a member of the board. Barron is the third senior cable network executive to join the primacom Board in recent months with Marcel Nijhoff, previously the Chief Commercial Officer of Ziggo, joining in January 2015 and Renaat Berckmoes, the former Chief Financial Officer of Telenet, joining in November 2014.Joachim Grendel, primacom CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew as the new Chairman of our Board. His extensive experience of the European cable media sector will complement that of our newest Board members Renaat and Marcel and be of great benefit to the business as we continue with our successful growth strategy. Our ability to attract three such senior cable media executives to the Board reflects the significant strategic progress made by primacom over the last few years, as demonstrated most recently in the publication of our results for 2014 which showed accelerated growth in revenues, earnings and customer numbers.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement CoinPesa on Monday launched CoinPesa Champion Referral Program; its own Initial Coin Offering (ICO) pre-sale with the aim of getting more Ugandans on the cryptocurrency band wagon. The program uses Blockchain technology to create digital assets through tokenization and provides a way for users to generate an actual tangible asset and sustainable incomes from their continued usage of the exchange.“As a digital currency exchange, our mission goes beyond just simply providing a point of access for users to access cryptocurrency. We want to offer a platform that can be used to realize new possibilities, where users can access valuable financial services and uplift themselves through sustainable revenue generation opportunities,” CoinPesa, CEO Suleiman Murunga said in a statement.The CoinPesa Champion Referral Program is a direct system where users are paid a commission for every successful reference into the platform. It has been designed to allow the program participants to build sustainable incomes around their community development activities. The ICO-pre sale will give users the ability to purchase the CoinPesa Token (CPXT) which is a utility token that they will use to pay for various services on the platform such as trading fees. – Advertisement – “We decided to have this program in order to get the community involved and vest in the growth of our platform. We recognize job creation and value addition as key areas of impact for us as an exchange. The region has one of the highest youth unemployment rates. Our program provides a platform for people to get into cryptocurrency trading to create sustainable working tools for the community that would then help them access revenue channels and improve their livelihoods,” said Murunga.[related-posts]Blockchain technology allows digital information to be distributed but not copied thereby creating the backbone of a new type of Internet. This new technology has gained global attention that it has built trust into systems used for transfer of value information such as money and intellectual property.Experts believe Blockchain technology can be used in Uganda, to address challenges in the country like authentication of land titles, eradicating the problem of counterfeit drugs entering the country and authenticating of university degrees.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduDoes evolution select for faster evolvers?Study: Horizontal gene transfer adds to complexity, speed of evolutionIt’s a mystery why the speed and complexity of evolution appear to increase with time. For example, the fossil record indicates that single-celled life first appeared about 3.5 billion years ago, and it then took about 2.5 billion more years for multi-cellular life to evolve. That leaves just a billion years or so for the evolution of the diverse menagerie of plants, mammals, insects, birds and other species that populate the earth.New studies by Rice University scientists suggest a possible answer; the speed of evolution has increased over time because bacteria and viruses constantly exchange transposable chunks of DNA between species, thus making it possible for life forms to evolve faster than they would if they relied only on sexual selection or random genetic mutations.“We have developed the first exact solution of a mathematical model of evolution that accounts for this cross-species genetic exchange,” said Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy.The research appears in the Jan. 29 issue of Physical Review Letters.Past mathematical models of evolution have focused largely on how populations respond to point mutations – random changes in single nucleotides on the DNA chain, or genome. A few theories have focused on recombination – the process that occurs in sexual selection when the genetic sequences of parents are recombined.Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is a cross-species form of genetic transfer. It occurs when the DNA from one species is introduced into another. The idea was ridiculed when first proposed more than 50 years ago, but the advent of drug-resistant bacteria and subsequent discoveries, including the identification of a specialized protein that bacteria use to swap genes, has led to wide acceptance in recent years.“We know that the majority of the DNA in the genomes of some animal and plant species – including humans, mice, wheat and corn – came from HGT insertions,” Deem said. “For example, we can trace the development of the adaptive immune system in humans and other jointed vertebrates to an HGT insertion about 400 million years ago.”The new mathematical model developed by Deem and visiting professor Jeong-Man Park attempts to find out how HGT changes the overall dynamics of evolution. In comparison to existing models that account for only point mutations or sexual recombination, Deem and Park’s model shows how HGT increases the rate of evolution by propagating favorable mutations across populations.Deem described the importance of horizontal gene transfer in the work in a January 2007 cover story in the Physics Today, showing how HGT compliments the modular nature of genetic information, making it feasible to swap whole sets of genetic code – like the genes that allow bacteria to defeat antibiotics.“Life clearly evolved to store genetic information in a modular form, and to accept useful modules of genetic information from other species,” Deem said.The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.last_img read more

first_imgWELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Auckland Blues have pulled off a major coup by signing All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett on a four-year contract, enticing him away from the Wellington Hurricanes and securing the playmaker they have needed for more than a decade.The twice World Player of the Year, has also signed a new deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) that runs until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.Barrett’s wife Hannah is from Auckland and local media had reported he would be moving there permanently anyway, with the Hurricanes holding out hope he might commute to Wellington during the Super Rugby season.”There were many reasons but ultimately it’s a family decision, it was the best thing for Hannah and I,” Barrett told reporters in Auckland on Friday. AdChoices广告”It is a big thing to sign anywhere for four years but the underlying thing was that I wasn’t ready to go offshore and I knew that I had plenty left in the tank to give New Zealand rugby.”The 28-year-old’s contract allows him an extended break after this year’s World Cup and before he joins the Blues midway through the next Super Rugby season, while he also has an option to pursue a short-term deal in Japan.Barrett said he had considered commuting from Auckland but felt that he could probably only sustain that for a year.”It was certainly a possibility, but family is first in my opinion, no matter what job you are doing,” Barrett added. “Commuting for four years would put a strain on any job.”Barrett’s move to the Blues, who won the last of their three Super Rugby titles in 2003, could help spark an upturn in the team’s fortunes after a moribund decade.They have not made the playoffs since 2011 and have consistently been the worst-performing New Zealand franchise in the intervening eight years.The Blues have struggled to find a flyhalf capable of driving the team around the field since Carlos Spencer left in 2005 and they almost enticed All Blacks great Dan Carter to the team towards the end of his career.”It’s huge for our club,” Blues coach Leon MacDonald said.”As well as getting a world-class player, our young first-fives will flourish with the opportunity to train and play alongside Beauden, and I am sure he will be an immediate fan favourite at Eden Park.” (Writing by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney) Related News Rugby 21 Apr 2019 Rugby: Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup – Henry {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Rugby 09 Jun 2019 Barrett laid low by stomach bug, says Hurricanes coach Rugby 07 Jul 2019 Mo’unga magic adds fuel to All Blacks flyhalf debate Related Newslast_img read more