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Study suggests that attractive candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives are more likely to win votes

first_imgEmail Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sharecenter_img LinkedIn A study published in American Politics Research suggests that the electoral success of U.S. House candidates is partly based on perceptions of their physical attractiveness.Psychology research has long demonstrated the existence of a “beauty premium”, whereby physically attractive people receive benefits in various areas of life. One of these areas is politics, where attractiveness has been linked to electoral outcomes.Study authors Sebastian Jäckle and his team wanted to build off this research in several ways. They designed a study to explore whether the simple attractiveness of a candidate’s face is most important for electoral success, or whether it is the competence and likeability associated with their face that matters. They also considered how other features, such as gender, may affect the interplay between appearance and vote choice. A survey presented participants with photos of candidates for the 2016 U.S. House of Elections. To eliminate the interference of pre-existing judgments, a German sample was recruited and participants were asked to disclose whether they recognized any of the candidates.Each participant was shown 30 pairs of faces and asked to rate which of the two candidates they found most beautiful, most likable, and most competent.Researchers found that attractiveness — but not likeability or competency — had a positive effect on a candidate’s vote share. They report, “A change in perceived attractiveness from 0 to 1 (i.e., from no one rating the winner as more attractive to 100% rating the winner as the more attractive candidate) increases the distance in the first votes between the winner and the runner-up by 11.97 percentage points.”Remarkably, this advantage was true even when controlling for factors like partisanship, presidential votes, total money spent on the campaign, and the economic state of a given district.There are several proposed mechanisms for this attractiveness advantage when it comes to electoral success. As the researchers describe, “During campaigns, pictures of the candidates are readily available (e.g., from campaign posters or newspapers) and the electorate uses these pictures as “thin slices” (Ambady & Rosenthal, 1992) of information to infer personal traits of the contestants which they cannot readily learn about otherwise.”This creates what researchers call a “halo effect”, where the easily accessed trait of appearance taints an observer’s judgments of other traits. Thus, people may subconsciously make inferences about a candidate’s other attributes based on their perceptions of the candidate’s appearance.Interesting, attractiveness was only important to success when it came to male-only districts and mixed-gender districts. In female-only districts, attractiveness did not affect vote share, but likeability did.“At this point, we can only speculate why likability seems to work as an evaluative dimension for women, but not for men,” the researchers discuss. “One option might be that the attractiveness heuristic at least in politics works differently for men and women. While voters seem to have no problem basing their decision in male only or mixed districts on the role-unrelated factor beauty, this is not the case for female candidates.”Jäckle and colleagues describe the profound implications of their findings for electoral candidates. “Candidates aware of the mechanism could actively try to shape their appearance and thus boost not only their attractiveness rating but also their chances at the elections. Our data show that, for example, a simple change from wearing glasses to contact lenses could already make a difference.”The study, “A Catwalk to Congress? Appearance-Based Effects in the Elections to the U.S. House of Representatives 2016”, was authored by Sebastian Jäckle, Thomas Metz, Georg Wenzelburger, and Pascal D. König.last_img read more

Horse Sport Ireland appoints new CEO

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Horse Sport Ireland appoints new CEO Ronan Murphy has been appointed CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, replacing Damian McDonald who held the position since the foundation of the organisation in 2006 until December 2016.Horse Sport Ireland is the national governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland and has the responsibility of maintaining the Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse Studbook, issuing passports, marketing the Irish equine industry globally as well as co-ordinating education and high performance programmes.Murphy (pictured left), is joining HSI from Makeway Ltd., the Waterford based Agri-Technology Supply Company. Previous to this he held the position of CEO in Weatherbys Ireland which is the Keeper of the General Stud Book and DNA testing laboratory in Ireland. He was also the director of the TB Studbook for Weatherbys GSB in the UK. Murphy previously worked in Hermitage Genetics, a Kilkenny-based company specialising in performance genetics.Speaking after the appointment was announced, Ronan Murphy said: “It’s a privilege to be joining the team at Horse Sport Ireland at this exciting and strategically important time for the Irish Sport Horse industry. I am looking forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to deliver our strategic plans, build a sustainable industry and to ensure the continued success of the Irish Sport Horse sector around the world.”Ronan, who is a breeder and competitor in both polo and Show Jumping disciplines, earned a first-class honours degree in agricultural science before completing a masters in equine reproductive physiology.Horse Sport Ireland chairman Jim Beecher paid tribute to interim CEO James Kennedy while welcoming Murphy to the team.“I am delighted to welcome Ronan to the dedicated team in Horse Sport Ireland, Ronan brings with him a wealth of experience from the equine and agriculture industry, he is a proven leader and is the right person to bring the organisation forward. I would like to thank and recognise the work of interim CEO James Kennedy who has managed the organisation for the last four months. I am also grateful to James for staying on in this position during the coming months.”Ronan Murphy is expected to take up his position before the end of August. 1 June 2017, 12:42 Horse Sport Ireland appoints new CEO Tags:last_img read more

Tobins are right on ‘Q’ with national award

first_imgThere was delight all round for Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny at a gala ceremony in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, where the winners of The National Q Mark Awards 2019 were announced.The highest accolade a business in Ireland can achieve, the National Q Mark Awards are given only to companies who reach peak standards of quality and excellence.Tobin’s is a customer-focused, locally owned and operated service station comprising up-to-date convenience store, deli and car wash. The outlet is well-renowned for its superb staff, service and standards. At the black-tie event on Friday night, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Healy, Tobin’s was pronounced as this year’s winners in The Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety, Recognised for Excellence – Forecourts category.Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA, the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of Quality standards, congratulated the team:She said “This isn’t the first time that Eddie and Annette have taken their team to the top of the Q for high standards of Hygiene and Food Safety. A truly remarkable result…from a truly remarkable team”!The station’s Deli Manager Marian McGarrigle was thrilled. She said “This is a fantastic achievement for our dedicated staff and our business. It also reinforces with our customers that we continue to achieve and maintain excellent standards for food safety. We are proud that the standards of hygiene and food safety that we continuously deliver are worthy of this prestigious national award”.The team at Tobin’s can now proudly display their award on the premises, to let customers and staff know that they’ve earned their place at the premium level of Irish enterprise.Almost 120 companies battled it out for the titles this year, in the drive to win one of what have become known as Ireland’s Oscars of business excellence.The winners of this year’s awards were selected from a list of more than 110 nominees, which was carefully scrutinised by a team of 14 judges from the worlds of enterprise, food safety, academia and more.Tobins are right on ‘Q’ with national award was last modified: October 1st, 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:Q MarkTobinslast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 wants to make 4K TV mainstream: Here’s how it fares against competition

first_imgXiaomi kicked of its first launch of the year in India and the company wanted to make sure it went all in. Not only did the Chinese manufacturer launch the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, but it also (finally) brought its highly popular and much requested TV to the Indian market as well. Yes, the Mi TV 4 has now been launched and will look to take on the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG in a brand new segment in the country.The Mi TV 4 was first unveiled at CES 2017 last year and is touted as the company’s thinnest TV to date. Xiaomi’s Mi TV line has been well-received in China and has been a popular product request from Mi fans in India. Xiaomi, which is known for making products at a affordable prices, launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4 in China at CNY 3,999 (approx Rs 38,000). This is arguably a great price for a 4K UHD TV and it is this affordability that fans in India were waiting for.The 55-inch Mi TV 4 has been launched at Rs 39,999 in India, which is similar to its China pricing. From a price perspective, this is noticeably cheaper and a lot more affordable than similar 55-inch 4K TVs from popular premium brands like Sony, Samsung and LG. This makes the Mi TV 4 a lot more accessible to a wider audience than its competition, which is what the company aims to do. In fact, the price of the Mi TV 4 will also give low-end TV manufacturers like TCL and VU a few reasons to be concerned as well.advertisementXiaomi Mi TV 4 vs the rest: Price, design specificationsAt Rs 39,999, the Mi TV 4 is one of the cheapest 55-inch 4K TVs in the Indian market. Not only is is considerably cheaper than premium brands like Sony and Samsung, it is also noticeably cheaper than what brands like Vu and TCL offer. To compare, Vu’s 55-inch 4K UHD Smart TV on Flipkart can be found for roughly Rs 50,000 while a similar TV from TCL will cost you around Rs 59,000. Xiaomi’s newest TV has the best chance as of now to make 4K TVs mainstream in the Indian market and simply blows the competition away at this price.If you look at 55-inch 4K UHD TVs from brands like Samsung, Sony and LG, you’ll see price tags north of Rs 80,000 going beyond Rs 1,00,000. 4K TVs are yet to reach mainstream popularity since content for it is still very limited, which is why such high prices can put off a lot of people. Brands like LG and Samsung do offer great displays as their panels are quite impressive. Notably, all Mi TV 4 models use Samsung or LG panels so you can be assured of a good display with accurate and vivid colours. At Rs 39,999, the Mi TV 4 is one of the cheapest 55-inch 4K TVs in the Indian market.The Mi TV 4 in China comes in three versions – 49-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch. In India, the Mi TV 4 will only be offered in 55-inch as of now. As far as design goes, the Mi TV 4 looks stunning and is very much what you would expect from a TV today. It sports a frameless display and comes with a custom Samsung 4K SVA (Superior Vertical Alignment) panel with 3840×2160 pixel resolution and a contrast ratio of 6000:1.One of the more attractive qualities about the Mi TV 4 is its ultra slim design. At 4.9mm in thickness, Xiaomi’s TV is ridiculously slim and there isn’t a brand out there right now that can offer a TV as slim as the Mi TV 4 at this price point. For the sake of comparison, the Mi TV 4 is about 37 per cent slimmer than the Mi Mix and 30 per cent slimmer than the iPhone 7. Add to that, the Mi TV 4 weighs just under 20kg which makes its one of the slimmest and lightest high-end TVs one can buy. Sadly, Xiaomi did not launch the modular version of the mi TV 4 that keeps the motherboard and speaker separate from the display.Xiaomi’s TV runs Xiaomi’s PatchWall software based on Android OS which is an AI system that will predict content based on what you watch. The OS has been tuned to suite the Indian market. The Mi remote that comes with the box will come with basic functionalities and will not support voice as of now, but Xiaomi has confirmed that a voice-enabled remote will be sold separately at a later date.ALSO READ: Xiaomi’s 55-inch Mi TV 4 is slimmer than an iPhone X and offers 4K HDR for just Rs 39,999advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Amlogic T968 Cortex-A53 processor coupled with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. You get 2GB of DDR4 RAM and 8GB flash storage. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0, along with two 8W speakers with support for Dolby audio and DTS. However, the 55-inch model does not come with Dolby Atmos sound. The 55-inch TV comes with 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 Ethernet port along with the standard AV, analog and audio out ports. Most of these are pretty basic and you will see similar offerings from other brands as well.Let’s talk about contentIn today’s day and age, content is everything. We live in a time where we depend heavily on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar among others, which is why most modern smart TVs come with these apps built-in. 4K TVs will offer you stellar visuals provided that the video is in 4K. However, 4K content is still minimal and the best these TVs offer right now is that they are future-ready. Content will slowly but surely move towards that high-resolution so as a consumer you will need to wait before you can see most of your favorite shows in 4K. Xiaomis TV runs Xiaomis PatchWall software based on Android OS which is an AI system that will predict content based on what you watch.The Mi TV 4 supports 4K but it sadly doesn’t support the two streaming platforms that do support 4K content – Netflix and Amazon Prime. The company says it is open to working with them in the days to come, but as of now you won’t find these apps on the TV. Xiaomi has joined with a total of 12 content partners to offer Indic content like Hotstar and Voot to offer 500,000 hours of content spread across 15 Indic languages, but the biggest problem is that these platforms lack 4K content. At best, they offer 1080p content, which will likely disappoint a lot of consumers who are going to expect at least some 4K content if they’re buying a 4K TV.On the other hand, most 55-inch smart TVs from Sony, LG and Samsung natively support Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, especially those running Android TV or Smart Hub. This puts the Mi TV 4 at a disadvantage. The biggest problem Xiaomi’s TV will be facing as I see it is with regards to 4K content as of now. Even normal 1080p content tends to lack clarity and detail on a large 55-inch screen. Even streaming devices like Chromecast or Amazon FireTV Stick that are available in India don’t support 4K HDR so you’re out of luck even there. But they do offer Netflix and Prime Video apps, if you’re interested.A Mi TV 4 with a seperate streaming device would still be more cost effective than purchasing a 55-inch 4K Smart TV from other brands. However, doing so kind of takes away the whole point of a built-in Smart TV. Of course, the easiest hack to view 4K content is to download it on to an external hard drive and connect it to the TV, but that’s quite a tedious task in itself.advertisementThe Mi TV 4 is Xiaomi’s bid to get a bite out of the TV segment in India, and at Rs 39,999, the company will look to make a dent in a manner similar to what it has achieved with its smartphones. Whether Xiaomi is able to shake up the TV sector which is currently divided between premium brands like Sony, LG and Panasonic and affordable brands like TCL, Micromax and VU will remain to be seen.last_img read more