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Plato

Plato was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought, the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is considered the pivotal figure in the history of Ancient Greek and Western philosophy, along with his teacher and his most famous student, Aristotle. Plato has often been cited as one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality; the so-called Neoplatonism of philosophers like Plotinus and Porphyry influenced Saint Augustine and thus Christianity. Alfred North Whitehead once noted: "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."Plato was the innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. Plato is considered the founder of Western political philosophy, his most famous contribution is the theory of Forms known by pure reason, in which Plato presents a solution to the problem of universals known as Platonism.

He is the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids. His own most decisive philosophical influences are thought to have been along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics Pythagoras and Parmenides, although few of his predecessors' works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself. Unlike the work of nearly all of his contemporaries, Plato's entire body of work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, the works of Plato have never been without readers since the time they were written. Due to a lack of surviving accounts, little is known about education. Plato belonged to an influential family. According to a disputed tradition, reported by doxographer Diogenes Laërtius, Plato's father Ariston traced his descent from the king of Athens and the king of Messenia, Melanthus. Plato's mother was Perictione, whose family boasted of a relationship with the famous Athenian lawmaker and lyric poet Solon, one of the seven sages, who repealed the laws of Draco.

Perictione was sister of Charmides and niece of Critias, both prominent figures of the Thirty Tyrants, known as the Thirty, the brief oligarchic regime, which followed on the collapse of Athens at the end of the Peloponnesian War. According to some accounts, Ariston tried to force his attentions on Perictione, but failed in his purpose; the exact time and place of Plato's birth are unknown. Based on ancient sources, most modern scholars believe that he was born in Athens or Aegina between 429 and 423 BC, not long after the start of the Peloponnesian War; the traditional date of Plato's birth during the 87th or 88th Olympiad, 428 or 427 BC, is based on a dubious interpretation of Diogenes Laërtius, who says, "When was gone, joined Cratylus the Heracleitean and Hermogenes, who philosophized in the manner of Parmenides. At twenty-eight, Hermodorus says, went to Euclides in Megara." However, as Debra Nails argues, the text does not state that Plato left for Megara after joining Cratylus and Hermogenes.

In his Seventh Letter, Plato notes that his coming of age coincided with the taking of power by the Thirty, remarking, "But a youth under the age of twenty made himself a laughingstock if he attempted to enter the political arena." Thus, Nails dates Plato's birth to 424/423. According to Neanthes, Plato was six years younger than Isocrates, therefore was born the same year the prominent Athenian statesman Pericles died. Jonathan Barnes regards 428 BC as the year of Plato's birth; the grammarian Apollodorus of Athens in his Chronicles argues that Plato was born in the 88th Olympiad. Both the Suda and Sir Thomas Browne claimed he was born during the 88th Olympiad. Another legend related that, when Plato was an infant, bees settled on his lips while he was sleeping: an augury of the sweetness of style in which he would discourse about philosophy. Besides Plato himself and Perictione had three other children; the brothers Adeimantus and Glaucon are mentioned in the Republic as sons of Ariston, brothers of Plato, though some have argued they were uncles.

In a scenario in the Memorabilia, Xenophon confused the issue by presenting a Glaucon much younger than Plato. Ariston appears to have died in Plato's childhood, although the precise dating of his death is difficult. Perictione married Pyrilampes, her mother's brother, who had served many times as an ambassador to the Persian court and was a friend of Pericles, the leader of the democratic faction in Athens. Pyrilampes had a son from a previous marriage, famous for his beauty. Perictione gave birth to Pyrilampes' second son, the half-brother of Plato, who appears in Parmenides. In contrast to his reticence about himself, Plato introduced his distinguished relatives into his dialogues, or referred to them with some precision. In addition to Adeimantus and Glaucon in the Republic, Charmides has a dialogue named after him; these and other references suggest a considerable amount of family pride and enable us to reconstruct Plato's family tree. According to Burnet, "the opening scene of the Charmides is a glorif

Brad Wilson (politician)

Brad R. Wilson is an American politician and a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 15 since January 1, 2011, he lives in Kaysville, with his wife Jeni and their three children. Wilson earned his BA in business administration from Weber State University. Wilson is the CEO of Destination Homes, a residential homebuilder in Utah. Prior to Destination Homes, Wilson was Vice President with American Express Financial Advisors with responsibility for Utah operations. Wilson is a member of the Utah Chapter of the Young President's Organization, he has served as the Chair of the Davis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Chair of the Davis Economic Advisory Council, board chair of Children's Aid Society of Utah. Wilson was named as one of Utah's Top 40 under 40 Business Professionals, he serves on the National Advisory Council for Weber State University and on the Construction Industry Advisory Council for Brigham Young University. He has a business degree from Weber State University and is a graduate of the College of Financial Planning.

Wilson was elected in November 2010, serves as the Speaker of the House. During the 2016 legislative session, he served on the Business, Economic Development, Labor Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Business and Labor Committee and the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee. Wilson passed six of the ten bills. Wilson floor sponsored eight Senate Bills. 2014 Wilson was unopposed in the Republican convention and faced Democrat Rich Miller in the general election. Wilson won with 5,861 votes to Miller's 1,339 votes. 2012 Wilson was unopposed for the June 26, 2012 Republican primary and won the November 6, 2012 general election with 11,278 votes against Democratic candidate Gibbs Smith, who had run for the seat in 1996, 2000, 2002. 2010 When District 15 incumbent Republican Representative Douglas C. Aagard left the Legislature and left the seat open, Wilson was one of two candidates from among four chosen by the Republican convention for the June 22, 2010 Republican primary, winning with 1,727 votes and won the November 2, 2010 general election with 7,794 votes against Democratic candidate Sherri Tatton.

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Issa Abu Issa

Issa Abdul Salam Abu-Issa is a business magnate from Qatar. He is the chief executive officer of Salam International Investment Limited; as the head of one of Qatar’s largest and best-established companies with six decades of heritage, Issa Abu-Issa led the transformation of Salam from being one of Qatar's major family-owned businesses into a public shareholding company which operates both locally and in the Middle East Region. Salam International Investment Limited is one of the region's best-known entities and is a public Qatari Shareholding Company listed in the Doha Securities Market, it has been voted as one of Forbes Middle East’s Top 200 companies in the Middle East Region. Soon after college, Issa Abu-Issa began overseeing his company's diverse investments operating over 33 business units in the fields of Technology and Communications and Development, Luxury and Consumer products and Industry, Investments and Real Estate. Salam International Investment Limited's operations extend over Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.

On the international front, he holds membership in the World Economic Forum and The Arab Business Council. Issa Abu-Issa is ranked 43rd in the Arabian Business Qatar Power List 2012. Apart from being the chairman of the board of directors of Salam International Investment Limited and Salam Bounian, he is the Secretary General of the Qatari Businessmen Association, a leading non-governmental organization playing a vital role in serving Qatar’s business community and raising Qatar’s trade profile internationally. Issa Abu-Issa is a member of the board of trustees of Al Shaqab Equestrian Academy Qatar and a Member of the board of directors at Palestine Investment Bank, Amwal Invest, Vice Chairman of Serene Real Estate in Lebanon and has most been appointed as co-chairman of the Turkish-Qatari Business Council, he was re-elected to be on the board of directors at Salam International. Abu Issa studied in and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the United States International University in San Diego, California, USA.

In 2009, he was interviewed by producer Ricardo Karam. He was a guest speaker at the 2011 Takreem Arab Achievement Awards. Under Abu Issa's leadership, SIIL has experienced much development. In 2006, due to the rise of capital and expansion, the company planned to build new office buildings and towers in Lusail. In 2009, SIIL planned to pick up a stake in the Jumana Tower building at The Pearl-Qatar; the company planned to establish a new investment bank in Lebanon along with other shareholders with a $30 million capital