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Teamwork and the power of ‘owning’

How do you get people to give something their best? You’ve got to make it *their* business. You’ve got to let them 'own' it by including them in the decision-making process and make them feel like they’re making some kind of input with regards to the direction the team is taking. That inclusiveness produces better results and creates more fulfillment for everyone on the team. It means surrounding yourself with the right people, listening to them and collaborating with them from start to finish.
By Adedayo Ademuwagun
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I finally quit teaching. And I am so much happier. – Tiffany Connolly –

It wasn’t the kids. It wasn’t the act of teaching. It was the politics of teaching that made me quit after 10 years. I resigned from my full-time teaching job at the end of the 2018 school year to start a writing business (read: to make way less money and be totally insecure financially). Even though I’m living off spaghetti and toast, my days are so much more fulfilling. I apologize in advance to the teachers who may read this and think that I am an entitled adult who doesn’t want to put the
By Tiffany Connolly
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Bankrupt Puerto Rico Ships Inmates to Mainland U.S.

In April, a bankrupt Puerto Rico released a fiscal plan called A New Vision outlining structural reform ideas to help the commonwealth achieve financial solvency. The Vision includes a jarring proposal, a plan to reduce the island’s overhead by shipping its inmates to the mainland United States. Erik Rolón, Puerto Rico secretary of corrections supplemented the release with the assurance that shipments would be voluntary, requiring inmate consent as well as preference as to their location — thoug
By Simone Chèrie
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Here to Stay: A Look into the Lives of Berkeley Firefighters

What are your thoughts when you think of your local firefighters? We wanted to explore what UC Berkeley students think when they are asked about the lives of firefighters. So, we chased after a story that aimed to address any potential disconnects between community perceptions and the realities of firefighters’ lives.
By Sarah Belle Lin
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Depression and Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Depression is a common mental illness. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people suffer from the disorder, worldwide. Depression may seem like someone being sad for a little but it’s much more complex than that. The illness can manifest itself in depressives in various ways. For some it could be in the form of becoming withdrawn or having a lack of energy, whilst another may show no visible signs and ultimately appear perfectly fine whilst breaking down inside.
By Jaylen Pearson
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My Cricket World XI

Over the years, several cricketers have captured the imagination of the public. In this article, I list my personal cricket World XI based on players who played the game when I was most in tune with the going-ons of the game. They are several top players who just missed the cut and perhaps on another day I would choose differently. Ali Cook faces the first ball of the game. England’s all time leading Test run scorer, Cook burst on the scene in 2006 recording a half-century and a century in hi
By Gursimran Hans
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Ukrainian fashion illustrator’s project gets praise from British Vogue

On July 31, the same day British Vogue released a photograph of their latest September issue, Ukrainian illustrator Alina Zamanova, along with her work partner Maria Veronica, announced a flashmob for artists to create their own interpretations of the iconic cover. The flashmob saw dozens of submissions flooding the Telegram channel of The Unique Illustration. But most importantly it caught the eye of the British Vogue.
By Maria Romanenko
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Why The Campaign Against Social Media Won’t Work

Lawmakers demanded that technology firms do more to fight “shocking” foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics on Wednesday, a day after Facebook identified a new influence campaign tied to November’s elections. Since May, major companies such as Facebook and Google have adapted some of their privacy practices even beyond the mandate imposed by the E.U. to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. But Privacy hawks remain unsatisfied, pressuring the Trump administration is e
By Simone Chèrie
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I knew it would end in divorce. I married him anyway.

Happily married doesn’t exist when you are with an alcoholic. I knew that — but I still tried. I didn’t cry out of happiness when he proposed. I didn’t cry at our wedding (and I cry at every wedding). I didn’t even want to write/say vows. So we didn’t. Throughout our engagement I remember thinking, we can always get divorced. But every time I had that thought, I pushed it away, and tried to have a positive attitude — somehow I was going to make this work. Why did I marry a man I didn’t love?
By Tiffany Connolly
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Keto and the Pursuit of Strength: A Story on Willpower and Deadlifts

The ketogenic diet can potentially be called the new fad diet of our time, and perhaps even a rebirth of the titanic Atkins monster itself. While there are plenty of folks who swear by the efficiency of the diet itself, academic evidence suggests that it’s not a perfect cure-all in the least. In fact, as early as January of this year, US News and World Report determined that it was tied with the worst of diets for an individual to choose from (the other being the Dukan diet). For those who are
By Eric E. Smith
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16 most iconic Cricket Grounds in the world

Cricket is one of the world’s oldest sports and one steeped in tradition and heritage. Hundreds of grounds have hosted international and domestic cricket at the top level of the game but a select few stand out among the rest as being the most iconic. From vibrant colour to historical moments, I’ve picked out 16 of the most iconic in the world. Located on one of the most important ports in the West Indies, St. John’s is noted for its’ hard and dry pitch which favours batsmen. Several of the W
By Gursimran Hans
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Death of 24-year old Maurice Granton raises familiar frustrations on ‘fleeing’

Surveillance video released Wednesday shows an officer fatally 24-year-old Maurice Granton as he tried to run away. Granton’s family attorneys say the footage challenges the Departments’ original account of the incident, in which they say Granton was ignoring orders to stop, and threatened officers with a weapon. The Granton shooting comes after several high-profile cases of officers using deadly force to stop suspects of misdeameanor crimes and traffic violations. The shooting remains under in
By Simone Chèrie
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What is Going on in Ontario’s Municipal Elections? – Alicia Mirtsos –

There’s a whole lot of information about the changes Doug Ford has made in recent days to Ontario’s municipal elections. On top of being an act of bad faith (by not including local politicians or members of the public), municipal campaigns are already underway. I, like many Ontarians, am concerned with what this means not only for this election, but for future elections should Doug Ford remain in power. This decision is brash, and I can’t support anyone who thinks that the solution to any proble
By Alicia Mirtsos
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Decoding Blockchain: Applications for Small Businesses

Blockchain is the latest disruptor in the world of technology. Many are already calling it Internet 3.0 and Cloud 3.0. But despite its fame, a lot of people are still unaware of what blockchain really means. Although many can ignore this technological milestone, small businesses can really benefit from this and should know what blockchain is all about.
By Ahilesh Kumar
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7 Killer Reasons Why Going Keto is Just the Diet You Need (The Last Two Might Surprise You!)

Passing wind a lot lately? Feeling low and undetermined in your life? Skin problems? General malaise? You might very well have a sensitivity to carbohydrates, sugar and whatever else toxic the powers-that-be stow away in our food nowadays. Here are 7 great reasons why you should consider going keto ASAP.
By Eric E. Smith
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Capitalism Corrupted: The Holidays Edition – Lucy Turner –

Disclaimer: I am not advocating for the abolition of capitalism, and believe that capitalism can offer many freedoms that many other forms of government do not. However, Capitalism is something that isn’t perfect, and in fact, causes a lot of harm. Let’s at least start to accept that the flaws so that we can fix them. Ah, the holidays. Most people view them as a time of happiness and festivities, as well as a time of stress. We all feel obligated to spend this time getting people great (or not
By Lucy Turner
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How Japanese pop culture represents a fantasy image of homosexuality

Queer representation in Japanese pop culture is distinctive because unlike other cultures, it is a fantasy image created and consumed by both gay men and heterosexual women. As queer theorists Mark J. McLelland and Thomas Baudinette argue and I observe, homosexual relationships in manga (Japanese comics) are influenced by both heteronormative values and the sexual and emotional repression of Japanese women and queer people. By examining the history and culture of the two main genres of queer manga — Shounen Ai and Bara — this essay will explain why queer representation in Japan is so flawed and not entirely considered an example of “gay text” by queer theorists.
By Julian Rizzo-Smith
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Enabling the Disabled Gamer

With the growing popularity of video game discourse in mainstream media, a new Microsoft accessory is raising awareness for players with limited mobility to the wider gaming community. As Steve Spohn, the Chief Operating Officer of the North American-based disability gaming charity organisation, AbleGamers, tells me, there are one billion people worldwide who identify as having some form of disability, and assumedly, more than 33 million of them enjoy some form of gaming.
By Julian Rizzo-Smith
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The Atomic Boom of Japanese Animation Sci-Fi

What makes Japanese animation so special, second to its imaginative and creative visuals, is its ability to predict the future of science fiction while also grounded by Japan’s 20th century history. When creating some of the most beloved anime of all time, creators Katsuhiro Otomo, Hayao Miyazaki and Osamu Tezuka drew upon the bleak cultural impact of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in World War II and the consciousness of Japanese people post-WWII.
By Julian Rizzo-Smith
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