first_imgLETTERKENNY has been given a much-needed jobs boost with the announcement of 75 new jobs for the town.The South Carolina-headquartered company is to invest in a 40,000 sq ft expansion of its Lisnennan facility.The investment is supported by the Government via IDA Ireland. Zeus Industrial Products is a developer and manufacturer of precision polymer extrusions, including specialist fluropolymer tubing solutions, for a range of industries.Established in 1966, the company is privately held by the original founder Frank P Tourville and employs 1,200 people worldwide. The company established operations in Ireland in 2005.“Our experience of doing business in Ireland has been a positive one,” said the company’s general manager for Ireland Séamus Hughes.He said the decision to expand its operations here was due to growth in its customer base in Europe. “We are very excited about our expansion plans and I look forward to finding the right calibre of staff to ensure our continued success here,” Mr Hughes added.EndsFirst posted: 13.00 Thursday Dec 16th: Updated 10.00 FridayALWAYS FIRST WITH THE GOOD NEWS: 75 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 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)last_img read more

Julia’s Best Week Ever, February 23, 2017: A Wonder-ful Week

first_imgWhile we were eating, I realized that we had booked the room so long ago that I couldn’t remember what type of room we had booked. When the rooms were ready, we walked inside to see what our accommodations would be.Because I’m afraid of heights, I rarely get much use out of a verandah, but seeing that the Wonder does not have the window seat with the large porthole, I almost wished that we had booked a verandah room. For three nights, this was ideal for us–for a longer cruise, I think we might go for a verandah. One of our suitcases had arrived, but we all wanted to explore instead of unpack. In particular, we all wanted to see the kids’ space on board, the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab. I spent most of my time gawking at the new Avengers room.Our daughter was all about Andy’s Room from Toy Story, which was very different from the other ships she had been on–especially the Slinky Dog slide.I could have spent a lot of time wandering around the clubs, including lots of nods to Disney parks overseas.Before long, it was time for the safety drill and the sailaway party. Farewell, Port Canaveral!We wandered the ship a bit more before heading to our first night’s dinner at Tiana’s Place. All the buzz I had heard about this restaurant made me super excited. If you are on the Wonder, this is the one meal that you absolutely should not miss. The food was spot-on, the entertainment was wonderful, and the entire immersive experience was one of the best experiences I’ve had on Disney Cruise Line. And you never know who might show up, too.Our daughter also enjoyed the meal, and went all grown-up by ordering from the adult menu for her entrée, and her dessert.If there’s anyone in Disney merchandising reading this, please sell those water glasses from Tiana’s Place! They came in all sorts of festive colors and were really well made. (At first I thought they were plastic, but they really are glass.)The next morning was a sea day, and we woke up to a sunrise of blinding light.We took a pretty quiet day overall. Our daughter spent time in the kids’ club, and we had brunch at Palo planned. Getting there was a little interesting as we ran into some…trouble…in the elevator.Brunch at Palo was exceptional as always. If you have the option to do it, I prefer it to dinner at Palo. Having so many small dishes to try is my speed, and I still manage to eat way too much.For the afternoon, we spent some time lounging around the pool, and I may have snuck in a nap somewhere along the line.Night 2 was my daughter’s favorite event, Pluto’s PJ Party, so she knew she wanted to skip dinner at Triton’s. Because we hadn’t seen that night’s show (Disney Dreams), we had hoped to all go and see it, but Lily really needed a nap. I told my husband to go along and see it without me, and I watched it on the TV in the room. Overall, I didn’t feel that I missed much by skipping it. Overall, it wasn’t my favorite show.After dropping our daughter at the kids’ club, we headed to Tritons. Overall, the meal was good, but I was really waiting for the dessert–the Grand Marnier soufflé–which is one of my favorite desserts of all time.Our table had a beautiful view of the mosaic in Triton’s. Our server told us that five ladies from Italy made the entire mural over a period of a few months. It is truly stunning work.That night was Pirate Night, which seemed to be a shorter version of the show that I was used to from the Dream and the Fantasy. Still, nothing beats having Mickey zip line onto the ship.The next morning, I woke up incredibly early. We had arrived at Castaway Cay very early, and were already docked before dawn. I couldn’t resist the chance to get some sunrise shots at Castaway Cay, so I stumbled up to the upper decks (literally, tripping a bit on one of the stairs) for some pictures.I wasn’t the only person up there at that hour either.Once the announcement was made that we could go ashore, we headed down and took Lily to the kids’ club on shore while we headed out to Serenity Bay. On the way, we saw a lot of the Castaway Cay 5k runners finishing up their run.The water was a little cold for us to really get in, so we decided to walk down a hiking trail for a while. I have no idea where the trail eventually ends, but after what felt like a little over a mile, we turned around.Off to the side of the trail, I noticed this odd item. Perhaps this is a Geocache site? Anyone know?The water had warmed up a little bit, so we did a short walk on the beach. Serenity Bay truly earns its name every time we visit.Eventually, we picked up our daughter and grabbed some lunch on the island. We saw a hummingbirds, and lots of these small birds, which I think are called “bananaquits” (or sugar birds). They really do love fruit juices.Eventually, we headed back to the ship to get a bit of rest before the afternoon’s activities.The newest stage show on the Wonder is based on Frozen, and because it was expected to be incredibly popular, they had an afternoon matinee. I really loved having the afternoon show, and wish that it could be done for other shows during the cruise.For our final night, dinner was at Animator’s Palate. In general, this is my least favorite restaurant on board the ships, but the show on the Wonder is different–and has some extra special magic to it.Three-night cruises are always so short. Just when you start to relax, the cruise is coming to an end. Still, it is a very useful break from day-to-day life and I’m so thrilled that we’re able to take them. Having now sailed on a smaller ship, I would gladly book a longer cruise on one again. Even though there didn’t seem to be as much to do, the crew on board were the best that I had experienced anywhere in Disney Cruise Line. (Special shout out to our head server Kendell–by far the best of the best when it comes to Disney!) One last “see ya real soon”, and it was time to call it a night.There’s so much more I’d love to share and show, but that will have to wait for another time–or another cruise. It’s time to get back to “real life”, but getting off the ship and knowing that we’re headed to Walt Disney World’s backyard does help the sting of leaving.So wherever you are, or wherever you go, keep making your week the Best Week Ever! Share This!Living as close as we do to the parks has huge advantages. Relaxed lifestyle. Ability to go to Disney for a quick visit whenever we want. Being surrounded by people who really “get” the magic. It does have the disadvantage that going to Walt Disney World, even when staying on property, doesn’t have that same “vacation” vibe that we used to get when visiting from elsewhere. It’s still magical, but a different kind of magic. Every once in a while, it is important for us to recharge that vibe, and our preferred method for doing so is a Disney cruise. It also has the added benefit of keeping us (mostly) out of contact with work. This year, our goal is to do an Ultimate Grand Slam of all four Disney ships in one year. In the past, we’ve only done the “big ships” — the Fantasy and the Dream. Because of this, I was very excited to see how a “small ship” like the Wonder would stack up. After picking our daughter up from school, off we went to Port Canaveral. We arrived around noon and the terminal was fairly empty.Within moments, we were on board and chowing down at Cabanas while waiting for our room to be ready.last_img read more

Interclue – New Web Previews App Launches

first_imgBack in January, Alex Iskold reviewed a number of ‘web previews’ tools – including Browster, Cooliris, Snap and Sphere. A couple of others are iReader and Blogrovr, although the latter is more about delivering content than previewing it. We’ve reviewed several of these web previews products before – e.g. see our post about iReader. Essentially all of these apps aim to save you clicks, by providing a preview of the web page behind a link. Sometimes this type of technology is intrusive, but a lot of times it is useful – because it allows you to check out a preview of the content without clicking through. Indeed a month or so ago we implemented Snap previews on Read/WriteWeb, and I myself regularly use it to preview the blogs of commenters (for example).So now Interclue has joined what is a reasonably crowded market – and as yet a market where there is little evidence of profitablity. Browster has already bitten the dust. So what makes Interclue different? Like iReader it is a browser add-on that provides more information about a link, including a text summary of the content. Here is an example: richard macmanus Tags:#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Interclue is very nicely implemented and it doesn’t interfere with my browsing. By default you have to hover over or click the little icon to the right of the link to see the content preview, which is much better (in my view) than automatically popping it up when the user passes their mouse over the link. You can modify this behavior, including hover time. Also there is a lot of handy information packed into the previews – a useful text summary, plus some stats about the web page. It also has a tagcloud and digg count, two very nifty features for web 2.0 savvy users.The current service is free, but CEO Seth Wagoner says there will be a premium subscription based service too. He says it will make Interclue “3-5 times faster and bring you even more clues per pixel.”Check out the Interclue blog for more info, but also try it out and see what you think. Overall I’m definitely impressed with the implementation of web previews in Interclue, but – as with its competition – it remains to be seen if Interclue gets a steady revenue stream. It is a handy tool, but is it one users will pay for?A final note, this is a web app that hails from New Zealand (where I live). Nice to see web 2.0 startups beginning to pop up here – there are others I have my eye on too. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Promises Delivered

first_imgFigure 2 – Source: Intel internal measurements with preliminary Nehalem-EX results.My friends, this 55x result is off the chart from our promises of years ago!  Does performance matter?  We think so.  In so many ways, the quicker a job gets done or the more responsive a server is, the quicker a solution is found or more satisfied the end customer becomes – improving ROI or allowing for more options to be explored in the same amount of time.  That’s how we hope to fulfill our promise.There a lot of benchmarks and metrics, some probably useful, some not – but what’s important to you?  What do you look for when deciding whether to buy a “big iron” computer or a couple of smaller standard ones?  Let us know! Figure 1- Source: In the multi-processor space, we’re seeing the same trend.  Our upcoming launch of the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor (codenamed “Nehalem-EX”) is a WOW – even bigger than the 5500 series launch (formerly “Nehalem-EP”).  We’ve already disclosed some details – like delivering greater than nine times the memory bandwidth available to the applications over the 7400 series (formerly “Dunnington”), and we also talked publicly about being able to drive three times the number of transactions in database workloads.  The recent SuperComputer trade show (SC’09) had more discussion supporting that indeed this is a processor to keep an eye on for even HPC workloads – compute demand continues to be insatiable for researchers. Intel woke up many years ago and realized that if we didn’t keep sharpening our skills and a laser focus on delivering better experiences for our customers that they would go away.  And they started to.  So, a promise was made (and kept to-date) that we would deliver performance that mattered to our customers.  This turned into the “tick-tock” model where we shrink our manufacturing process every other year and on the alternate years we introduce a new microarchitecture.  You probably already have been reading about the multiprocessor segment (MP or EX-expandable servers as we call them internally); and you likely have heard rumblings about “Nehalem-EX”, but I wanted to let you know what I’ve seen on the performance side to-date.I dug up this old chart from 2007 (originally in a press briefing from 2004) talking about how we forecasted performance gains expected over the next 5 years or so (and no, we didn’t sandbag J).center_img By Frank Jensen, Performance Marketing EngineerData Center Group Marketing, Intellast_img read more