Welsh triathlete Non-Stanford is confident she can make the maximum of her first ever World Cup win following a winter disrupted through injury.

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The 28-12 months-vintage gained the Chengdu event in China and will now compete in her first World Series triathlon of the season in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday.

“For me, the weekend turned into about getting again into racing and refocusing greater than the victory itself,” she said.

“Winning offers me a bit more self-assurance going into the World Series.”

Saturday’s event is raced over an Olympic distance which includes a 1.5km swim, 40km motorbike experience, and 10km run – four times the gap of the race in Chengdu.

The 2013 global champion will compete along with fellow Briton Vicky Holland, who pipped her to Olympic bronze in Rio, and 2016 global champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, who are also competing in the World Series for the first time this season after overcoming accidents.

“The level at the World Series is that lots higher than the World Cup,” stated Stanford.

“The area is pretty stacked and that’s exciting which you exit there and in fact get to check yourself in opposition to the excellent that triathlon has to provide.

“It’s absolutely going to be hard and no longer as smooth as it turned into at the weekend. I do not think the victory will come quite as easily.

“I just need to go out there and do an Olympic distance, see where I’m at and what we ought to paintings on for the relaxation of the season.”

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Stanford is decided to compete for Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
The Chengdu event consisted of two activities held over days and Stanford, who had no longer raced on the World Cup circuit due to the fact that 2011, did no longer count on victory.

“The format of the race was unusual and I wasn’t sure at all how I could do. You should have finished first or remained in that situation.

“I made some clever selections whilst I changed into racing. I stayed quite calm that is important in that sort of race which is so fast.

“It’s very short decisions inside the warmness of the instant and I managed to make accurate decisions at the proper time and that helped me to the pinnacle of the podium.”

Swansea-born Stanford, who completed fourth at ultimate summer time’s Olympic Games in Rio, has continued a difficult few months.

“I got a small tear in my Achilles back in November and restoration from that hasn’t been truthful,” Stanford instructed BBC Wales Sport.

“I didn’t do any proper running until quit of February, so it hasn’t been smooth at all. It hasn’t been my pleasant iciness of education and that is why I absolutely surprised myself on the weekend.”

Stanford overlooked out on the 2014 Commonwealth Games through harm and has her sights set at the Games on the Gold Coast next April.

“The essential aim for this season is to make certain I affirm my selection for the Commonwealth Games subsequent year,” Stanford said.

“I become genuinely devastated to miss out at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. To sit down on the sidelines and watch become pretty tough.

“It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to represent Wales at the Commonwealths.

“It, in reality, got here onto my radar before the Olympic Games ever did.

“It could be a unique moment to position at the Welsh package and get the flag flying for us.”

Leading People in the VUCA World

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Warren Bennis, an American scholar and a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership Studies said that success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. Especially, we are now moving into the digital age and everything moves very fast. If we cannot keep up with those changes, we will be left behind. This article will explore 4 key areas to deal with the fast-changing world.

American Military used an acronym called VUCA to describe extreme conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq. It stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Actually, VUCA does not exist only in Afghanistan and Iraq, it can be found in countries, townships, families and organizations. It is everywhere and always gives a hard time to leaders.

  • Volatile: Things are not very easy to predict like before. With the new technology, the world becomes like a big village and smaller. Everything can happen at any time in anywhere.
  • Uncertain: Nothing is permanent and today’s business world is full of uncertainty. If we want to make decisions only when we know things very clearly, we may never make decisions in this fast changing world.
  • Complex: Almost all situations are very complicated in the business now a day. Leaders are facing many problems and challenges related to many rules and regulations which need to be compliance with, a lot of requirements, product issues.
  • Ambiguous: Everything is unclear and vague. Unclear situations, policies, rules & regulations make leaders confused. It is very hard for leaders to make clear decisions.Therefore, a leader must understand the word VUCA that is used to describe extreme conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leaders must create another VUCA in order to deal with the VUCA that is meant for the extreme conditions. They are Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility.
  • Vision: Since the future is not easy to be predicted, leaders must have a clear vision where they want to go. A leader without having any sense of direction will fail in the long run.
  • Understanding: Leader must be able to understand the situations where there is full of uncertainty. Leader must understand their business, the situations they are in, and people who they are dealing with.
  • Clarity: Most of the business situations are complex and complicated, leaders must be able to see things clearly and create clarity. They must be able to clarify things which are not sure or unclear.
  • Agility: When things are unclear and vague, it will very hard for leaders to make decisions. Therefore, the leader must have the agility and must have the ability to move quickly and easily.

Gwyddbwyll and Tallowed, Ancient Welsh Board Games

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Long before chess came to Europe from India, the British Celts were playing board games where the object was to capture a central ‘king’ piece. Two variants of this game existed, Gwyddbwyll and Tallowed.

Gwyddbwyll, literally meaning ‘wooden wisdom’ (and thus it is related to the Irish game Fidchell) and is known predominantly from mythological sources. Indeed, the game features in three of the Welsh epics known as the Mabinogion: The Dream of Magnus Maximus, Peredur son of Efrawg and the Dream of Rhonabwy.

In terms of popular belief, gwyddbwyll is played on a 7×7 board and this ties in with the Ballinderry Game Board found in 1932 during the excavation of a “crannog”, or lake dwelling at Ballinderry, West Meath, Ireland. It seems that the game was played with a king and four princes (or defenders) against eight opponents (or raiders).

The king is placed in the center of the board, flanked by four princes. The aim of the game being to move the king to the safety of one of the corner squares. Eight attackers are evenly spaced along the edges of the board. The king wins by moving from the central space to one of the corners of the board and only the king is allowed to enter the central space at any time. The king loses if the attackers surround him or if all the princes are lost. Capture of the princes or attackers is accomplished by blocking the opponent’s piece between two of your own. However, a piece can move in between two opposing pieces without being captured. Each piece can only move one orthogonal space at a time (ie only forwards or backward). If not occupied by the king the center square counts as an additional ‘man’ ie any piece (except the king) sandwiched between it and another piece is captured. The king can also be captured at the edge of the board by only three opposing pieces. Which means that if the attackers are down to only two men the king’s side has won by default.

In contrast, Tallowed (literally peg-board [though the name can also be derived from tall ‘to throw’, referring to the die with which the board is played]) is known from historical sources. It is described in the Cyfrraith Hywel Dda (The Laws of Hywel Dda) which specifies the value of a tow RDD which shall be provided to various members of a king’s court (and which they may neither sell nor give away) as well as the value of the king’s tow lbw RDD; the latter “is worth six score pence, and that is shared thus: sixty pence for the white forces, and … thirty pence for the king, and … three pence and three farthings for every man”. Which would seem to imply that the game was played with a king and eight ‘princes’ or ‘defenders’ against sixteen ‘attackers’?