Members Of Umphrey’s McGee, Zappa Band Join Forces For Frank Zappa Tribute [Gallery]

first_imgA full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Adam Sandler Shreds In Emotional Chris Farley Tribute Performance From Netflix Special [Watch]

first_imgChris Farley left this incarnation 21-years ago yesterday, December 18th. The comedian and actor is still remembered by fans today thanks to his infamous skits on Saturday Night Live, and his roles in films like Tommy Boy and Beverley Hills Ninja. Adam Sandler shared a musical clip from his recent Netflix special to his Facebook in remembrance of his old friend on Tuesday, which features the comedian playing his guitar and singing quite the lyrical tribute to Farley.The performance is included on ADAM SANDLER: 100% FRESH, which arrived onto Netflix back on October 23rd. Sandler has always been known for incorporating his musical abilities and love for silly rock songs into his comedy bits, but his tribute to Farley is one of the more memorable performances shared so far. Sandler starts the song by informing the audience that it’s a very special one and means a lot to him and the comedy community.Sandler and an accompanying pianist begin the rock ballad following some lovely opening licks from his Fender Stratocaster and establishes Farley as the lyrical subject almost immediately. He spends the next six minutes sharing stories of his late friend and describing him as a “One Man Party”, while a video tribute containing highlights from Farley’s career begins to play on the screens behind the stage.Some of the memories of Farley revisited in his lyrics range from his friend’s worries over his substance abuse, to how he used to play pranks on SNL castmate David Spade. Sandler also references the last time he and his friends all hung out with Chris was during Tim Meadows‘ wedding party, and emotionally admits in the lyrics that “Nothing was harder than saying goodbye, Except watching Chris’ father turn to cry.” The musical highlight of the performance is when Sandler steps on his overdrive pedal for a 60-second guitar solo beginning at the video’s 2:00-minute mark.Adam Sandler – Chris Farley Tribute – Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh[Video: Netflix]Fans can also click here to revisit another one of Sandler’s more uplifting musical tributes, which took place back in 2015 in celebration of David Letterman’s then-impending retirement from late night television.last_img read more

Charity trustees risk overspending endowments, report warns

first_imgThe study used the WM Common Investment Fund universe – with total assets of £4bn (€4.7bn) as at 31 December 2012 – as a proxy.The results show that even a small over-distribution or under-distribution can have a significant effect on the real value of a portfolio over 20 years.With 2% taken out of the portfolio above the 3% sustainable level, its value would be reduced by 33% over the period.Conversely, under-spending by 2% per annum would add nearly 50% to the real value of the portfolio after 20 years.By reviewing all 10 and 25-year periods over the last 113 years, Newton found that holding more in equities increases the overall probability of maintaining the purchasing power of invested capital, albeit at the cost of greater volatility in the short term.However, even over 25-year cycles, no combination of asset allocation and withdrawal rate gave an implied 100% probability of maintaining the real purchasing power of capital.Over a 10-year horizon, there was a one-in-five chance even an all-equity portfolio distributing just 2% per annum would have failed to protect the real value of an average charity’s capital.The research also finds that charities can significantly reduce the volatility of their income by adopting a ‘smoothing’ withdrawal policy.This sets annual spending as a percentage of the average of several years’ (say five) portfolio values, rather than just operating according to a year-by-year framework.To ensure a sustainable distribution rate, the report suggests a number of practical approaches trustees should consider: The judicious use of spending reviews to bring spending back towards a sustainable 3% levelSpending income, but not capital, and investing for greater levels of capital growthManaging the downside in investment returns by actively managed strategiesUsing a formula to smooth withdrawalsAndrew Pitt, head of charities at Newton, said: “The current financial backdrop is increasingly challenging the assumptions investors make about future returns. The key question for charity trustees is: what is a reasonable level of annual withdrawal to take from a portfolio without depreciating its long-term value?“Our research shows what constitutes a sustainable rate of withdrawal for a charity to make from its investment portfolio. The most important implication of our analysis is that charity trustees should address this topic as part of the regular review of their portfolio.”The report can be downloaded here. UK charities spending more than 3% of the value of their long-term investment portfolios each year face a significant risk of eroding the real value of their capital, according to a report.While many charities are withdrawing 4% of their capital every year – in the belief that investment returns will maintain the purchasing power of their remaining endowment – the report says this may be unsustainable if the real value of capital is to be preserved.“Sustainable Portfolio ‘Withdrawal Rates’ for Charities”, from Newton Investment Management, suggests the typical portfolio operated by UK charities, made up of 60% equities and 40% bonds, has generated a long-term return of just 3%.Withdrawing 4% a year will therefore reduce the real value of a portfolio by one-sixth over 20 years.last_img read more

Cat-like instincts: Andrew Wilson brings steady presence to middle of up-and-down Missouri defense

first_imgThough the Missouri defense has been streaky all season, consistency hasn’t been a problem for linebacker Andrew Wilson.The redshirt junior is third on the team with 63 tackles and has forced four fumbles, tied for the team lead and sixth in the nation. In Missouri’s quadruple-overtime 51-48 win over Tennessee last week, Wilson tallied eight tackles, five of which were solo. He also batted down a pass on a two-point conversion attempt to force the decisive final overtime.Wilson and the Missouri defense, ranked 52nd in scoring defense allowing 25.1 points per game, take on Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Both the Tigers (5-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) and the Orange need one win to become bowl eligible.Wilson had a breakout year as a sophomore in 2011. He was named to the All-Big 12 second team and Independence Bowl Defensive MVP in a win against North Carolina.“I did feel like I contributed in a big way and the guys knew that I was someone who could be counted on,” Wilson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also said that when it is his time to make a play he reacts with his instincts and fundamentals.Those elements helped Wilson lead the team with 98 tackles last season. He did most of his damage when he moved to middle linebacker after teammate Will Ebner was sidelined with a concussion in the first game of the season.Ebner’s return has caused Wilson to move back to the outside, but with more than 60 tackles through 10 games, he is displaying his versatility to play at any position.Dave Steckel, Missouri defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, said Wilson possesses great instincts and has a “nose for the football” because of his ability to instantly appear wherever it goes.“Coach is always preaching, ‘Run to the ball,’ so I’m always running to the ball like all our other players do, and I just end up being in the right spots,” Wilson said.Wilson’s defensive pressure and instincts run in the family. His father, Jay, also played linebacker for Missouri from 1980-83 and left as the school’s all-time leading tackler.“He always wanted me to go here, but he never pressured me,” Wilson said. “I know he was real happy when it worked out for me to come here though. He’s a huge part of any success I have; I learned almost everything about football from him.”Wilson acknowledges his father as one of the driving forces of his success, but Jay says his playing style differs from that of his son, reiterating that Andrew is in a league all his own when it comes to tackling.“The biggest difference in our games is that I was probably pulling players down while, as you can see, he’s really jacking them up,” Jay said.Wilson’s hard-hitting nature has earned him the “Team Hammer Award” two years in a row. Coaches vote on it and give it to the player who made the biggest hits throughout the season. With a defensive roster that includes fellow linebackers Zaviar Gooden and Donovan Bonner, that’s no easy feat.Head coach Gary Pinkel credits Wilson’s defensive prowess to his success and says he is as good as anyone when it comes to tackling. He also said he knows he is always going to get the maximum effort at every snap.Wilson stated that part of his inspiration for his playing style is derived from Ebner. It works well for him when they can play off each other during games.“(Ebner) said you’ve got to be mean out there and really not like the people you’re playing against,” Wilson said.Wilson says that is just an on-field persona. The game’s intensity and the need to make stops on defense is fuel for his passionate play.Ebner said that playing alongside Wilson is like having an extra appendage, someone he’s able to trust, especially when they’re in need of a big defensive play.“Andrew is about as dependable as you can get, he is everywhere he needs to be on every snap,” Ebner said. “He knows what his job is and he gets it done. He’s really determined and if something bad happens, he doesn’t get rattled.”With their move to the SEC this season, the Tigers have had no time for nerves; they’ve had to step up to the learning curve quick to succeed in this conference.“It’s a whole different league, whole different group of teams and players; we’re not used to these offenses,” Wilson said. “We’ve been working on them, but we still have to get better.”Wilson said the Tigers’ defense is a cohesive group. It’s that bond that allows the defensive players to communicate so well during games.He reiterates that there are 10 other guys on the defensive side of the ball, and he wouldn’t have the opportunity to make plays without their contributions.“We’ve got a lot of great players on our defense, and I’m just one of them,” Wilson said. “I play hard and try to be in the right spots.” Comments Published on November 14, 2012 at 1:39 am Contact Jasmine: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

3 Career Lessons From Olympic Athletes

first_imgWith opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics tomorrow, we’re about to be fascinated by stories of individuals who have the vigor and dedication to truly excel at their passions worldwide. It’s a likely story for Olympic athletes, but what about us common folk who are working to excel at our decidedly less flashy desk jobs?Believe it or not, we can learn a lot from these larger-than-life athletes when it comes to cultivating a successful career and personal brand. Although their training and workout tips are obviously helpful, when it comes to career, work, and life goals, we can actually derive a lot of wisdom from these passionate individuals and apply their lessons to our own lives. Check out these three career lessons we can learn from Olympic athletes:1. Remember to search for purpose and meaning.Many Olympic athletes have been dedicated to their sports since childhood, but it’s okay if you aren’t yet sure where you want to end up. You don’t have to have a singular, set goal in mind for your career—although if you do, great! The key is to identify what kind of work you’ll truly feel engaged and excited about. What types of activities do you naturally gravitate toward? When you have free time, what do you find yourself doing, reading or thinking about?There’s no reason to pursue a career in a field you’re not passionate about, despite external factors like pay, prestige, or other people’s expectations. If deep down you know you were born to be a muralist, don’t settle for a job you’ve been pressured into by society. If you’re doing something you love, you’ll be more likely to excel at it, anyway.2. Always keep your mental health in check.Although any sort of career comes with its frustrations, Olympic athletes have to be the epitome of sound mental health if they want to effectively deal with the competition and tough training that comes with their profession.If you’re prone to bouts of frustration when it comes to your career and work, learn what sorts of things trigger these emotions and work to tackle the issue before you’re overwhelmed. While Olympians are dedicated to keeping tip-top physical health to help their teams excel, they know their hard work is for nothing if they aren’t happy themselves.3. Don’t just go through the motions—advocate for change.Too many people fall into autopilot once they’ve landed a job. Many end up feeling like their actions don’t translate to the greater good.To combat such a mentality, it’s important to be a constant advocate for change and improvement where you see fit. Thanks to the work of gender activists, Saudi Arabia will include female athletes in their Olympic lineup for the first time ever. And when both Australian and Japanese officials came under fire for affording their men’s team better travel privileges than the women’s team, the female athletes knew it was important to continue for excellence and fairness regardless: “When we won the World Cup, our seats were changed to business class for our return flight,” said Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. “I hope we can produce a good result again and be treated the same way.”It can be easy to get hung up on the excitement of the Olympics without thinking critically about how their professional integrity could relate to our own lives. Take these lessons with you as you gear up to enjoy the games.What are some other career lessons we can learn from Olympic athletes? Share your thoughts below.last_img read more