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Throwing Light on the Dark Side

first_imgHuffington Post:Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there may have been someone who had not heard of “the dark side.” But I seriously doubt it. Whether you are a Star Wars aficionado or not, there is no doubt that these hugely popular movies have saturated the culture and the common vocabulary. As Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi explained to the innocent young Luke Skywalker in the original 1977 film, the once-virtuous Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, his destructive power fueled by rage and hate. The dark side is all the galaxy’s evils rolled together.Of course, Star Wars creator George Lucas did not invent the metaphor of the dark side. Not even remotely. From Shakespeare to the Bible and other sacred texts, darkness has been inextricably linked with malevolence and condemnation, and light with goodness. But why? Where does this seemingly universal metaphor come from, and how does it shape our psychology?One popular idea is that metaphors are rooted in basic sensory experience. The dark side may help us understand and communicate abstract ideas like immorality and evil, but the metaphor gets its power from our actual perceptions of the world around us. At least that’s the theory, which University of Kansas psychological scientist Promothesh Chatterjee and his colleagues decided to put to the test in a couple of simple laboratory experiments.Read the whole story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Ethiopian Airlines hails online-visa platform

first_imgEthiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplane with registration ET-AOO as seen in Brussels National Airport Zavantem in Belgium. Ethiopian Airlines ET / ETH is Ethiopia ‘s flag carrier and owned by the government. The airline uses as a Hub Addis Ababa Bole International airport ADD HAAB. The airline is a member of Star Alliance. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplane. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The Ethiopian Airlines Group on Thursday commended Ethiopia’s recently introduced e-visa platform for augmenting the East African country’s potential as a conference hub.“In the past few years, Ethiopia has taken significant strides towards making travel simple and seamless. The launch of an e-visa service for all international visitors is chief among the measures taken,” Ethiopia’s flag carrier said in a statement issued on Thursday.Ethiopia’s e-visa service, which was introduced as part of a national initiative to transform Ethiopia’s tourism sector, “allows international tourists to enjoy hassle-free visa processing which saves their time, energy and cost,” the statement read.The online visa application platform was launched by Ethiopia’s immigration authorities in partnership with the Ethiopian Airlines Group in June last year, with an aim to facilitate visa application procedures for international visitors.“The online service has made travel to Ethiopia convenient, dependable and easy,” Ethiopian Airlines said, adding that between July 2018 and June 2019, tens of thousands of travelers have secured their visa online to attend conferences in the East African country.The airlines also stressed that Ethiopian government ministries, regional and international organizations as well as non-governmental organizations are “already reaping the benefits of online visa services for conference participants.”Ethiopia’s e-visa service allows conference participants to process their visa online by uploading the invitation letter on the e-visa website, once conference organizers issue authorized invitation.The online visa application platform also allows applicants to pay visa processing fees through online payment solutions, as part of its ambition to ease visa application procedures.Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, which hosts the headquarters of different regional, continental and international organizations such as the African Union (AU) Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, is a key place in Africa’s socio-economic and diplomatic meetings and conferences.“With convenient e-visa service, expanding conference facilities, and an ever-growing flag-carrier with seamless service, Ethiopia is set to hold a prime spot on the global map of conferences and exhibitions in the years to come,” Ethiopian Airlines Group said.“The e-visa service marks a quantum leap on the part of Ethiopia, and underscores the country’s commitment to easing its visa services for international tourists who travel to the country,” the airlines added.Related Ethiopian Airlines hires chinese cabin crew Ethiopian Airlines to facilitate visa acquisition for Chinese travelerscenter_img Ethiopian Airlines to double fleet by 2025last_img read more

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Tipp Ladies Footballers win All Ireland Intermediate Final

first_imgTipperary Ladies footballers have made it a treble for the Premier County today in Croke Park.The slippery conditions may have made the game more challenging with several missed oppotunities.However, it couldn’t stop the march of the Tipperary players as they blitzed their way to a 2-16 to 1-14 finish against Meath. It means that Tipperary’s Ladies Footballers will now be reinstated to senior rank.Speaking on Tipp FM after the game Marie Murray talked about the effect Aisling McCarthy’s second half goal had. Photo courtesy of Tipperary Ladies Football last_img read more

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PLAYER RATINGS: James Rodriguez leads the way again as Real Madrid beat Almeria

first_img Asier Illarramendi (6): Better than he was against Celta Vigo. Didn’t manage to last the game, though.  29/04/2015 Isco (6): Lovely pass in the build up to the final goal, but he will have been disappointed to have started on the bench.  Fabio Coentrao (7): Considering how little he’s played this calendar year, this was another reliable performance from the Portuguese international. However, Marcelo is likely to come back in at the weekend.  Sam Marsden Keylor Navas (6): Looks like a different goalkeeper to the one that shone for Levante last season. Admittedly he had little to do here, but he doesn’t give off a great deal of confidence. Iker Casillas will be back in goal on Saturday. Toni Kroos (8): No other player had more touches than Toni Kroos who, after James, was the best player on the pitch. Not only did he have the game largely under control, but he got forward to create the second goal.  James Rodriguez (8): The Colombian once again lit the way for Real Madrid to claim the three points. Not only did he open the scoring on the stroke of half time, but he oozed class on the ball. He’s arguably been Madrid’s best player since coming back from injury. He’s definitely been their best player over the last two games.   Nacho n/a CEST Raphael Varane (7): With Sergio Ramos suspended, Varane started alongside Pepe. As with Pepe, he just about managed to deal with what was thrown at him. With a trip to Sevilla on Saturday, it will be interesting to see what defence Carlo Ancelotti chooses.  Substitutes Pepe (7): Was not overly troubled, but managed to keep Almeria out — and the away side did look quite good going forward at times in the first half.  Javier Hernandez (7): After starring in the last two matches against Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid, the Mexican enjoyed a quiter night here. He was occasionally involved in the action, but rarely able to trouble Almeria goalkeeper Ruben. In fact, he didn’t have a shot on target. But he kept going and set up Arbeloa’s goal late on.   Jese Rodriguez (6): More than anything this was about minutes for the young forward. After such a long time out injured, they all count at the moment. Played a good pass to Kroos in the lead up to the second goal.    Cristiano Ronaldo (6): Maybe, like Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal, he should have taken a yellow card in the last game and missed this one through suspension. At first it looked like he’d scored Madrid’s second, but replays showed it was an own goal. Blazed over late on when a pass to Hernandez may have been the better option.  Lucas Silva (6): More minutes to aid his adaption. Upd. at 21:55 Alvaro Arbeloa (7): Scored the final goal, but even before then had actually been good linking play on the right flank for Real Madrid. In terms of assists, and now goals, he’s having a productive season. last_img read more

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GCH Men take Bronze in National Track and Field League Finals

first_imgThe Galway ladies squad managed by Sarah Finnegan finished eighth in the League ,and there were some excellent performances for a young county squad including a wins for Veronica Burke in the Walk, as well as solid performances from sprinters Laura Ann Costello, in the 100 and 200m, and Nicole King – fourth in the 400m.Also point scoring for the team were Shannon Lee over 3k, Niamh Hennelly over 1500m, and Rachel and Sarah Finnegan in the hurdles and long jumps, while Laura Cunningham placed 3rd in the High Jump and 4th in the Javelin and Caoilin Milton in the Shot and Roisin Flynn in the relays also added vital scores for the County squad. The GCH men’s team took a superb bronze team medal in the Premier Division at the National Track and Field League Final, held in Tullamore Stadium on Sunday 7th August last.Only Clonliffe Harriers and Crusaders finished ahead of the city squad in what was their best ever League performance. The GCH men’s squad under manager Brendan Glynn had a mixture of experienced National champions and up and coming youngsters, and this proved the right mix to take a well-earned podium spot. The city club had wins on the day in the Shot Putt and Weight throws from  Sean Breathnach , National Shot champion, and from Linas Mitkas in the Discus. There were great performances throughout the whole team, including from  sprinter Cillin Greene  who was  second in the 200m,  Bryan Ndego who was  3rd in the High jump,  Seamus Leddy who placed  3rd in the race walk, and  Cliff Jennings, third in the Pole vault. Keith Fallon took on two distance races and  placed  fourth in the 1500 and  fifth in the  5000m.Robert Meagher was 6th in the 400 m as was Jack Dempsey in the 100 m. Brendan Staunton was  5th in the Hammer and 6th in the  Javelin , while Kelvin Samson placed 3rd in the Triple Jump and  8th in the  400 hurdles. Henrique Nvokolate was 5th in long jump and Andrew O’Donnghaile placed 4th in the 3000m steeplechase, while both relay squad also performed dwell to ensure the Harriers of a superb bronze team medal. National Track and Field League Final – GCH take bronze National Half MarathonThe 2016 National Half marathon championships took place Sunday morning last in Dublin, with a fantastic performance by Galway City Harriers athlete Gary Thornton, who placed second in 71 minutes and won National silver just behind Brian McMahon and was ably backed up by in the Senior team by Gerry Carty, who took Bronze in the Over 45 category running 1 hr 20 mins, and Lloyd Malcolm on 83 minutes.GCH ladies had a great day with a National gold medal from Grainne Ni Uallachain who ran 1hr 28 mins to claim a great category win at over 40 level. Athenry AC placed fourth in the senior ladies’ team and were led home by marathon medalist Jane Ann Meehan, who finished fourth overall.  The GCH Over 50 women’s team of Carmel Brannigan, Mags Sheridan and Barbara Bergin also took medals as they took second place and were just pipped by Mayo AC.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The 31st successful running of the Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k, 2016.Saturday the 6th of August saw another highly successful running of the Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k Race, organized by local club Galway City Harriers. This year almost 3,000 runners, joggers and walkers gathered to take part in the city’s largest annual road-race – an event that has become the jewel in the crown of Galway City racing events and is now one of the biggest races in the country.There was great excitement and enthusiasm throughout the city streets from runners and onlookers alike on Saturday evening in the buildup to the race,  and the iconic route through the city streets, Salthill and the Claddagh has clearly  captured the hearts of Galway locals and visitors, as thousands  lined the streets to watch the race unfold.There were difficult running conditions on the evening with winds whipping up at the start, and as the gun went at 7pm, a small lead group of athletes formed with Sergio Ciobanu, Jake O’Regan, Craughwell young stars Jamie Fallon and Damien O Boyle, and Northern Irish runners Andrew Annett, Lyndsay Gordon and Seamus Lynch in the front. After the 2km mark, O Regan and Ciobanu put in a huge surge and dropped the pack, and the duo fought out a great battle for much of the rest of the race. Ultimately it was the strength of Irish international Sergio Ciobanu from Clonliffe Harriers which told, as he stormed home down the Prom to claim the coveted top spot this year, winning his first Streets of Galway 8k, in a time of 24.25 and he was followed by Jake O’Regan (24:36), from St Johns in second place Seamus Lynch (25:27) from Newcastle AC in Down came in shortly after to come in third.The ladies section saw some top class racing from a field which included many Irish internationals and top local runners.  A three-way battle for victory took place with the leaders together until almost 7km, and eventually first home was Siobhan O’Doherty (27:19) from Borrisokane AC, (also the 2013 winner). An excellent race from Caroline Crowley (27:24) from Crusaders saw her come in second, while Loughrea lady Laura Shaughnessy (27:38), now with DSD finished third.The race was a huge success overall and the Harriers would like to thank all involved, from the Radisson a sponsors, the 300+ volunteers and club members who assisted in the months and days before the race, the Gardai, ad City Council and others who made it yet again a Streets to remember.last_img read more

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Man Utd Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women: Live stream, TV, kick-off and teams

first_img💪 #SpursLadies: Morgan, Green, McLean, Hector, Wiltshire, Dean, Schillaci ©️, Wynne, Addison, Naz, Neville. Subs: Gibbon, Leon, Meiwald, Haines, Baptiste, Vyse. #COYS pic.twitter.com/Bmin4YxDrU— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) November 4, 2018 MANCHESTER UNITED WOMEN hope to keep the pressure on Tottenham as the Championship’s two unbeaten sides go head-to-head on Sunday.The visitors currently sit top of the table having won all of their games so far whilst Casey Stoney’s side are unbeaten but have drawn one and have a game in hand.1 Casey Stoney’s side have been impressive so far this seasonCredit: PA:Press AssociationWhat time is kick-off?This game takes place on Sunday, November 4.It will be held at the Leigh Sports Village.Kick-off time is 12.00pm.Most read in women’s footballRacing TipsHOT OFF THE PRESSDon’t miss The Sun’s each-way thief and NAPs for today right hereDEIDRE’S CLASSIC PHOTO CASEBOOKSingle mum Penny avoids telling her date about baby PoppyMYSTIC MEGJuly 27: Passion is full-on and might ask a lot of you - but is worth the effortMIXED DOUBLESTennis legends Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg set sail with partners in IbizaHIT & RUN ‘MURDER’Woman, 38, ‘killed in hit & run’ after getting into van as man arrestedBLADE SHUNNERSAshley Banjo reveals Dancing On Ice could ditch studio audience in 2021ICE CREAM OF THE CROPNadiya Bychkova reveals sensational body while relaxing on holidayMOVING FASTWhite Lines’ Laura Haddock goes house-hunting with boyfriend Tom Rhys HarriesWhich channel is it on and can I live stream it?MUTV can be viewed through the Sky and Virgin Media digital platforms for an extra £7 per month.You can also stream the game through MUTV’s digital service. This costs £5.99 for a months pass, or £34.99 annually.What is the team news?#MUWomen team to face Tottenham in today’s @FAWC_ game (kick-off 12:00 GMT): Chamberlain; Harris, A. Turner, M. Turner, Greenwood (c); Palmer, Zelem, Toone; Hanson, Sigsworth, James. Subs: Bentley, Green, Galton, Devlin, Arnot, Hartley, Smith. pic.twitter.com/GKo4ym0usZ— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) November 4, 2018last_img read more

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England star denies he has asked for a move away from Premier League strugglers

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Jack Butland has denied he wants to leave Premier League strugglers Stoke City.The 24-year-old assured Potters fans’ on Twitter he had not asked for a transfer, promising to fight to secure the club’s top-flight future.“Before this spreads any further, I haven’t told the club I want to leave, I’m focused on doing everything I can to keep the club in this division!” Butland posted on social media.Stoke have dropped into the relegation zone after just one win in eight Premier League encounters, but Butland insists new manager Paul Lambert has the squad redoubling their efforts in training.“I’m really pleased with the improvement in performances recently and we are finally feeling as though we are in games and could be picking up points,” Butland told Stoke’s official website.Butland joined Stoke from Birmingham in 2013, and is expected to make the England squad for the summer’s World Cup in Russia. 1 Could Butland be set to leave Stoke at the end of the season? last_img read more

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Are Great CEOs Great Leaders?

first_imgIn my mind, the best CEOs are usually the ones who are in a race to the future – they’re obsessed with defining the future because they can’t stomach the thought of reacting to a future created by their competitors. During his era, Steve Jobs was miles ahead of every other forward thinking CEO in that race. Somehow he was able to see the unseen, and marshal Apple’s resources to deliver the innovative products that fulfilled his view of what lied ahead. In the process, Apple became the most valuable corporation on the face of the earth. That established Steve Jobs as the greatest CEO of our time. But was he the greatest leader of our time? Apple shareholders would surely say yes. Former subordinates, who suffered under his autocratic and abrasive style, might differ. Theoretically, the principles and personal characteristics that constitute great leadership should mirror those of greats CEOs – but not always. Here’s why: 1.      By definition, the person who fails to deliver quantitative business results for the company he leads is not a great CEO (of that company). That does not preclude the individual from being a great leader and a great CEO somewhere else. Reportedly, John Scully was the top of his class during his Pepsi years. Then he moved to Apple and failed miserably. Same leader, different result. 2.     Companies, markets, and the categories in which they compete can be exceedingly dissimilar. Fundamentally, the leadership style or the skillset required of a CEO in one environment may be the kiss of death in another. Is a “turnaround” artist right for a profitable, steady bureaucracy? Can a good “start-up” CEO guide a mature organization? Are shareholders looking for a builder or a banker? 3.      CEOs can exhibit some odd leadership characteristics and still get the job done.One has to wonder if Apple would have been as successful had Steve Jobs not been ruthless, impatient, emotional, stubborn, intense, and controlling. On point number 3, I’m the first to admit that if I could go back, I would have done a few things differently during my years in the corner office. For starters, I would have injected more fun into a culture that was intensely competitive, but unnecessarily serious. Secondly, I treated everyone the same; at the time I justified my behavior as fair and equitable leadership. It was also “easy” leadership because I led without much regard to filtering the intensity of my personality. On reflection, I should have paid attention to the unique personalities of my management team and made some adaptations that would have allowed their business lives to be even more fulfilling. In the final analysis, would these improvements in human resource strategy have made any difference to the company’s performance? The answer to that question is an unequivocal, “No”. On the other hand, these adaptations would not have hindered the result. The most important question a CEO must answer is still, “What should we do?” Once he or she has taken care of that, the next question is, “How should we do it?” This is the question that affords the opportunity for a leader to provide satisfaction to his or her followers during the long journey to a purposeful destination.last_img read more

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Cognitec Adds Advanced Video Investigation Tools to FaceVACS-VideoScan

first_imgThe video screening and analytics technology from Cognitec, FaceVACS-VideoScan, now allows users to perform complex searches on persons appearing in real-time camera streams and stored media files.The 5.3 product version introduces a user-friendly interface to quickly import sets of video and image files and then carry out detailed investigations. For example, security and law enforcement agents can upload videos recorded at a specific location and time to track possible participants in a crime.Users can find a person enrolled in an image database or search for an unknown person and locate their appearances in multiple videos. Person searches can also make use of filters that specify age ranges, gender, ethnicity and glasses.- Sponsor – As a component of the FaceVACS-VideoScan product, Cognitec offers a highly specialized IP video camera with built-in face detection and tracking technology. The camera provides optimal image quality for real-time face recognition, even under challenging conditions, while requiring low computing hardware and bandwidth resources. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Video – Laiya Asks What Is It About Philly: Jeff Bradshaw

first_imgJeff Bradshaw(Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC) Jeff Bradshaw may be more soul than you can handle, but you’ll definitely be up for the challenge. The first time I laid my ears on the sounds of Jeff, I was at a Jill Scott show. He was part of her new horn section. From the moment he blew into his trombone, you could tell there was something different in him. The combo of Philly mixed with a church and musical upbringing, seeped from his pores.  So much so that he has to dance it out as he blows into his horn.   His debut album on Hidden Beach Records – home to his North Philly sister Jill Scott – Bone Deep exploded with all types of great soul sounds, including some super soulful voices like Creative Ambassador Carol Riddick, Glen Lewis, Ndambi, Bilal and Jill Scott.  He has this way of pairing the perfect vocalist with the perfect song. Unlike other horn and vocal collabos you’ve heard, Jeff has a way of actually getting his horn to sing.  If you don’t believe me just give it a listen and you may hear his horn enunciate actual lyrics!  And, if you cant understand what the horn is saying, Jeff might just sing it for you.  Needless to say, I am more than ready for his second studio album, which is also a double album called, Bon Appetit and Introducing Brass Heaven (Jeff’s other project, a full brass brand). I caught up with Jeff at the video shoot for his new single, “Til Tomorrow” with Philly’s own Miss Jade and a Philly cousin, Raheem Devaughn. I asked him, “What is it about Philly?” Check out what he had to say.last_img read more

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