Tenacious D Packs Festival Supreme Lineup With Music And Comedy Blend

first_imgNow in its fourth year, Tenacious D continues to impress with their annual Festival Supreme event. Set for October 29th at the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds in Los Angeles, CA, the festival has announced a great lineup that mixes music, comedy, comedian musicians, and more.The lineup includes Flight of the Conchords, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Patton Oswalt, Mac DeMarco, Sarah Silverman, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Nancy Whang, Eric Andre Live!, Music of Wet Hot Summer and so much more.You can see the full lineup on the poster below, and head here for more details.last_img read more

Barkley is ready to move on

first_imgIt was “Competition Tuesday” at Howard Jones Field, and the offense and defense were entangled in a fierce battle at the end-of-practice scrimmage.The end result was a 8-7 victory for the offense — by all accounts a much closer score than the 47-20 loss the Trojans suffered at the hands of the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.Lessons to learn · Pete Carroll said freshman quarterback Matt Barkley and other young USC players will learn from the trying season. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanDon’t remind them.“I hate losing,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said. “It’s really terrible to see our team go down and it kills me inside. You try your best not to show it, but from this point on we’ve moved on.”Barkley has, at a minimum, two years left as a Trojan. USC coach Pete Carroll said after practice Tuesday that 2009 will surely serve as a learning experience for Barkley and Co.“The experience of this season will pay off for a number of years for our guys,” Carroll said. “The challenges we’ve had, the games that we’ve played, the settings that we’ve been in — we’ll always be able to utilize that as long as these guys are here.”uOn the injury front, redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford sat out of practice with a sore knee Tuesday, leaving Howard Jones Field early.“His knee was sore coming out of the weekend,” Carroll said. “He got banged on it, and it’s still too sore to push it right now. He had X-rays over the weekend, but it’s still very sore.”Junior running back Joe McKnight also stayed on the sidelines with a sore hamstring, which Carroll described as minor.“We’re just making sure we don’t extend it and allow it to nag all through the week, so we’ve got to rest him for a couple days here,” he said.If either of the two can’t suit up against Arizona State, it’s likely that redshirt junior running back C.J. Gable will pick up the carries.Gable registered more than 100 carries during both his freshman and sophomore seasons, but has carried the ball only 16 times this season.“C.J.’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “He’s been waiting, and he’s done a great job of being patient about it.“He can answer that call. He’s done it for years, and I know he can now.”Middle linebacker redshirt sophomore Chris Galippo returned to practice Tuesday showing no ill effects from a neck injury.Carroll said Galippo was 100 percent recovered.uArizona State freshman linebacker Vontaze Burfict was a USC verbal commit for much of the recruiting process before switching to the Sun Devils on Signing Day amid concerns he wouldn’t qualify academically at USC.Now, Burfict is the starter at middle linebacker for Arizona State and the centerpiece of a young defense.“He’s a young guy that’s really trying to make an impression,” Carroll said. “He’s really a physical player, and he runs sideline to sideline. He’s a good-looking prospect, fantastic-looking player, and he’s only gonna get better as he grows within their system.”Burfict was the highest-ranked high school prospect to ever sign a letter of intent with Arizona State.“He’s a beast and he plays hard,” Barkley said. “He doesn’t stop. I’m excited to see him play. From the tape we watched, he plays like a crazy man.”last_img read more

UEFA relaxes financial fair play rules amid coronavirus crisis

first_imgMeanwhile, UEFA has said it wants a harmonised European transfer window this summer closing on October 5, ahead of next season’s Champions League and Europa League group stages.Following its latest executive committee meeting held via videoconference, UEFA said clubs would have until October 6 to register players for the group stage of next season’s European club competitions.On Wednesday it was announced that the 2020-21 Champions League would start on October 20, with the Europa League group stage starting two days later.The summer transfer window in Europe usually closes at the start of September, although individual countries do not all follow the same dates.Football is still adapting after the current season was interrupted in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA has already permitted countries to open their transfer windows up to four weeks before the delayed season has been completed, although any new signings would not be eligible until next season.Several countries are only just resuming competitions, with the seasons in the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga not set to finish until late July. Italy’s Serie A will not now finish until early August.On Wednesday UEFA announced that this season’s Champions League would be completed with a “final eight” straight knock-out format in Lisbon from August 12 to 23.Similar formats have been adopted for the latter stages of the Europa League, in Germany, and the women’s Champions League, in Spain.Share on: WhatsApp UEFA wants the transfer window across Europe to close on October 5Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | UEFA has opted to temporarily soften its financial fair play (FFP) rules to help clubs impacted by the economic fall-out of the coronavirus crisis, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday.FFP rules mean that, over a three-year period, clubs competing in European competition are not permitted to lose more than 30 million euros ($33.7m).However, given the damage done to the footballing economy by the interruption to the sport caused by the pandemic, UEFA has agreed to a loosening of the rules which, it says, “aim at addressing the actual problem which is revenue shortfall due to COVID-19 and not financial mismanagement”.It means that clubs will be given longer than usual to show they have met payments owed on transfers and salaries, while “the assessment of financial year 2020 is postponed for one season, and will be assessed together with the financial year 2021”.These measures do not impact on decisions already taken before the crisis, so for example French club Marseille are still set to be punished after they were referred in March to the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body for not complying with an agreement to balance their books.Manchester City have been banned from Europe for two years and handed a 30 million-euro fine for serious breaches of FFP regulations between 2012 and 2016.The English club have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, which will announce its judgement on the case in July.The FFP rules were brought in to combat growing debt in European football.Assessments began in 2011 when European clubs reported overall losses of 1.7 billion euros. In contrast, according to UEFA’s most recent annual “benchmarking” report, the 700 top-tier clubs across the continent made a combined profit of 140 million euros in 2018.– ‘Harmonised’ transfer window –last_img read more

2010 torch relay route announced

first_imgThe torch relay route for the 2010 Winter Olympics was announced on Friday.The torch’s journey will begin in Victoria, and travel to 266 communities in BC, and more than 1000 across Canada.There will be no international relay leg, only Canadian communities as far reaching as St. John’s, NFLD, and Alert, Nunavut. – Advertisement -By the end of the 106-day relay, the torch will have travelled 45,000 kilometres by land, sea and air, and come within an hour’s drive of 90 per cent of the Canadian population. And yes, the torch will visit Northern BC, including stops in Prince George, Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John.For a complete and interactive map of the relay route, visit http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/torch-relays/the-route/interactive-map/-/58040/17ckajb/index.htmlAdvertisementlast_img read more

Will Dodgers’ interest in Bryce Harper impact Giants’ pursuit?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–After months of downplaying their interest in free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, a Giants contingent featuring Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy tried to sneak into Las Vegas at the beginning of February.Their mission to remain undercover during a meeting with Harper and agent Scott Boras was unsuccessful, leading to weeks of speculation over whether the Giants would commit to a long-term …last_img read more

49ers at Rams, behind enemy lines: 5 questions with opposing beat reporter

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Los Angeles Rams beat writer Kevin Modesti of the the Southern California News Group had to say about Sunday’s 49ers visit to the Rams:Question: What is the Rams’ vibe amid a two-game losing streak and could their popularity be waning in L.A. so that a bipartisan crowd will fill the Coliseum?Modesti: It’s safe to say the Rams and their fans are shocked to face a pivotal game against the 49ers in Week 6. Before their sloppy loss to Tampa Bay, they Rams had never …last_img read more

What Do a Toucan, an Oyster and a Spider Have in Common? Bio-Engineers’ Drool

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If we want to build more robust, lightweight materials, two researchers say, look to nature.In Science, Meyers and McKittrick, who have been in the biomimetics field for a decade (see PhysOrg), laid out the design specs for new artificial materials inspired by animals.Spider silk is extraordinarily strong, mollusk shells and bone are tough, and porcupine quills and feathers resist buckling. How are these notable properties achieved? The building blocks of the materials listed above are primarily minerals and biopolymers, mostly in combination; the first weak in tension and the second weak in compression. The intricate and ingenious hierarchical structures are responsible for the outstanding performance of each material. Toughness is conferred by the presence of controlled interfacial features (friction, hydrogen bonds, chain straightening and stretching); buckling resistance can be achieved by filling a slender column with a lightweight foam. Here, we present and interpret selected examples of these and other biological materials. Structural bio-inspired materials design makes use of the biological structures by inserting synthetic materials and processes that augment the structures’ capability while retaining their essential features. In this Review, we explain this idea through some unusual concepts.Meyers & McKittrick delineated the following challenges for materials engineers: self assembly, multi-functionality, hierarchy, hydration, mild synthesis conditions (e.g., room temperature), optimization, and self-healing.  For inspiration, they looked to the beak of the toucan, the feathers of birds, oyster shells, spider silk, porcupine quills, and the skulls of longhorn cowfish.  Strong, lightweight, durable – life has mastered all seven design specifications.  Engineers don’t have to use proteins as long as they follow the methods used in nature.  “Mother Nature gives us templates,” said McKittrick. “We are trying to understand them better so we can implement them in new materials.”Meyers pointed out that biomimetics has a long history.  “Bio-inspired designs have been a part of science and engineering for a long time—from the legend of Icarus, to Leonardo Da Vinci‘s flying machines, inspired by birds, to modern-day materials such as Velcro, Meyers pointed out” in PhysOrg.  Only in the last decade or so has the field really taken off, with new research labs, journals and dramatic successes with more on the way all the time.In other Biomimetics news, (1) Science discussed efforts to copy what microbes do so easily—splitting hydrogen molecules.  Hydrogenase enzymes are the envy of fuel cell designers but molecular biologists still don’t know quite how they work so effectively at room temperature.  (2) PNAS featured “Biomimetic Buildings” in a review that is part engineering, part art, and part Thoreau.  Architect Charles Lee’s exhibit of a biomimetic house is currently on tour as part of exhibition entitled Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention.  (3) Finally, Science Daily talked about “Cell Circuits Remember Their History: Engineers Design New Synthetic Biology Circuits That Combine Memory and Logic.”  By building logic circuits in the genes of bacteria, MIT researchers hope to create “long-term environmental sensors, efficient controls for biomanufacturing, or to program stem cells to differentiate into other cell types.”The future is in biomimetics, not Darwinism.  The quaint Victorian myth has no place in this exploding field.  Get with the program, Charlie worshippers; it’s all about design now.last_img read more

Planning for your Child’s Special Needs: Applying Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

first_img4.) Encouraging resilience: Teach children about emotions – have them point out how they feel perhaps by using a smiley face rating scale or flash cards.Supplement the pointing by verbal prompts such as: “When my face looks like this I am feeling…” or “Today I feel like…” Written by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.Major General Paul D Eaton – retired of the United States army states that “the future of our kids will be greatly enriched and enhanced if we infuse their earliest years with sensitive and thoughtful skills that will help them develop into a healthy, connected, and constructive generation of adults.”.The sensitive and thoughtful skills Major Eaton is referring to constitute social-emotional learning.  Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”Children with disabilities often find themselves struggling emotionally. Specifically, they tend not to be accepted by their peers, and they display shortcomings in the way they interact with peers and adults. Further, they have difficulty reading nonverbal and other subtle social cues.Some children with more severe cognitive impairments may lack age-appropriate social understanding of complex interactions. Further, students whose language is impaired may have appropriate understanding of social situations but may have difficulty communicating effectively with others.It is important therefore to teach children with disabilities the skills to recognize emotions, experience empathy, pursue goals and effective navigate interpersonal relationships (CASEL, 2012).Parents/guardians can encourage social-emotional learning in their homes by:1.) Being deliberate: Use progressive supports –Help your child identify a sibling’s emotions or of someone they see on television. – “Julie seems sad.”Ask leading questions – “Why do you think she is sad?”; “how can we make her smile?”Suggest solutions – “Maybe you can ask to play with her.” 2.) Using Scaffolding: ReferencesSupporting the Emotional Needs of Kids with DisabilitiesRaising Caring, Confident, Capable Children Take the time to debrief and teach SEL. Demonstrate and describe:Sharing (cooking and sharing dinnertime with family members, passing on the tv remote for someone else’s favorite program etc.)Kindness (helping a family member find something, organize for school next day)Friendship (visiting with friends at home, having a game night with friends)Cooperation (willing to change schedule to accommodate a family member’s needs)Teamwork (sharing chores, cleaning up together etc.)Sharing your feelings (“I feel upset right now”, “this makes me so happy”) 3.) Modeling SEL at home: 5.) Reviewing the school day: What was one cool thing you learned today?What is one question you didn’t get to ask today that you would like answered?What was your most favorite activity today, why?What was one thing you did with someone else today that you really enjoyed?What was something you learned today that can help you at home?What do you think we will learn next? 6.) Validating expression of child’s emotions: When emotions are expressed, do ask questions (for e.g. “what’s wrong?”; “You seem so happy today, I like it, what’s up?”)When emotions are expressed, don’t:Invalidate – “stop crying”Minimize – make the child laugh for examplePunish – impose time-out etc. Reading stories that evoke emotions:“What do you think Johnny is feeling right now?“What can Johnny do to make himself feel better?”“What did you learn from the story about how Johnny felt during…” Building feelings of competency and mastery – “that is the best work, so well done!”; “Look how far you have come…”Encouraging optimism – “I know our amusement park trip got canceled because of rain but you know we have a lot fun indoors everyday and we will postpone the park to another day!”Teaching children to reframe – “I am sorry our picnic got canceled, how can we make a picnic indoors?”Disarming with charm – “You seem really upset, would you like to talk about it, get a glass of water, put your head down for a bit?”Modeling resiliency – “ I feel bad that I got sick and we couldn’t go on our vacation last week, but I am happy to be well again and we now have a whole new plan for next time.”last_img read more

You and Your Stupid Politics

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are reading this post, it means my beloved The Sales Blog is back online after being taken down by Anonymous. Apparently, they took down Go Daddy for supporting SOPA and similar anti-freedom legislation.Earlier this year Anonymous hacked Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose services I subscribed to, and stole my credit card. I’ve heard Anonymous uses your credit card to make charitable donations, but that’s not what they did with mine. They see Stratfor as helping serve forces that they oppose.A few weeks ago, Chick-fil-a managed to make it into the news by sharing their opposition to same-sex marriage. They drew a lot of opposition from people that support same-sex marriage and a lot of support for their beliefs from people that share their view. They believe they have a religious duty to oppose same-sex marriage.Because this blog is important to me, I now want to switch hosting providers. Go Daddy’s political decisions are interfering with my business decisions. They made a political decision to support SOPA, they were vocal about their support, and I believe they even threw some money behind that support. They lost a lot of customers for making that decision. Now they have to live with the consequences of that decision as businesses that want their sites to remain up come to understand that Go Daddy is a target.I have written this warning a couple times. But I’ll repeat myself since we are getting close to another Presidential election.You are free to support whatever political party or candidate appeals to you. You are also free to support whatever cause you believe deserves your support. You are even free to share your opinions with the world here on the Internet, on the back of your car, or when you are sitting across from them in meetings.But you are not free from the consequences of your decision to publicly share your politics.Some people will support your opinions. Other people may buy from you in spite of disagreeing with your opinions. But some people won’t do business with you because of your political opinions. The more political you are, the more you will offend people that don’t share your politics.No one will know your political opinions unless and until you share them. If your politics have nothing to do with what you sell, you aren’t obligated to share them. You aren’t changing anyone’s mind about their political beliefs, but you might be changing their mind about buying from you.Be political if you want to, but be thoughtful and be careful. There are people counting on you.QuestionsWhat are the risks of sharing your political opinions?What are the benefits of sharing your politics?How does advertising your politics help you make more sales?After you know your client shares your politics, is it okay to talk politics with them?last_img read more

How Not To Be A Sales Poseur

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now My friend Mike Weinberg says “No one defaults to prospecting.” What he means is that when salespeople have time between calls or meetings, they don’t automatically pick up the phone and start prospecting. And he’s right about this.When I was a young salesperson, there was only the phone. Every morning, I secluded myself in an office and made prospecting calls. I started making calls at 8:15 AM, and I stopped for lunch at Noon, when I’d usually go to a restaurant with my peers. After lunch, I’d start making calls again until it was time to go home.As I made calls to every number in the business section of the phonebook, I wrote down every “good” lead on an index card. If someone told me that they used what I sold, they were a good lead. The next day, I’d flip through all of those index cards, knowing that they were better than the numbers in the phonebook. Then I started back through the phonebook. No targets. No business intelligence. No social networks. No LinkedIn. No research.It was prospecting. All day. Every day. And then the appointments came. And after I made a sales call, it was back to prospecting. Lots of people were better salespeople than I was. No one made more calls. Prospecting was my default.As a young salesperson, no one had to tell me to prospect. I didn’t know what else I should have been doing. And there still aren’t many real choices available to you. When you need new business, you make your calls.Don’t be a sales poseur. Pick up the telephone.I made two cold calls today. Dave Brock and his team make calls every week.last_img read more