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Gaius Mucius Scaevola

Gaius Mucius Cordus, better known with his cognomen Scaevola was an ancient Roman youth mythical, famous for his bravery. In 508 BC, during the war between Rome and Clusium, the Clusian king Lars Porsena laid siege to Rome. Gaius Mucius Cordus, with the approval of the Roman Senate, sneaked into the Etruscan camp with the intent of murdering Porsena. Since it was the soldiers' pay day, there were two dressed people, one of whom was the king, on a raised platform speaking to the troops; this caused Mucius to misidentify his target, he killed Porsena's scribe by mistake. After being captured, he famously declared to Porsena: "I am Gaius Mucius, a citizen of Rome. I came here as an enemy to kill my enemy, I am as ready to die as I am to kill. We Romans act bravely and, when adversity strikes, we suffer bravely." He declared that he was the first of three hundred Roman youths to volunteer for the task of assassinating Porsena at the risk of losing their own lives."Watch", he is said to have declared, "so that you know how cheap the body is to men who have their eye on great glory".

Mucius thrust his right hand into a fire, lit for sacrifice and held it there without giving any indication of pain, thereby earning for himself and his descendants the cognomen Scaevola, meaning "left-handed". Porsena was shocked at the youth's bravery, dismissed him from the Etruscan camp, free to return to Rome, saying "Go back, since you do more harm to yourself than me". At the same time, the king sent ambassadors to Rome to offer peace. Mucius was granted farming land on the right-hand bank of the Tiber, which became known as the Mucia Prata; the story of Mucius inspired a punishment in Rome's Colosseum for condemned prisoners where they would be forced to reenact this tale. Dante Alighieri refers to the sacrifice of his hand within the Divine Comedy. In Paradiso Canto 4: 82–87, along with St. Lawrence, Mucius is depicted as a person possessing the rarest and firmest of wills. Jean-Jacques Rousseau mentions in Book One of his Confessions that as a child, he attempted to replicate Mucius' action by placing his hand over a chafing dish.

At the age of twelve, Friedrich Nietzsche, attempting to prove to his classmates at Schulpforta that the story could be true, burnt his outstretched palm over a book of burning matches without expression of pain and was only saved from serious harm by the school's prefect. Gordon Scott portrayed Mucius in the sword-and-sandal film Hero of Rome, loosely based on this story. Since 1991 Spanish cultural association Fuerzas de Choque Extraordinarii from the Carthaginians and Romans festivities of Cartagena has Gaius Mucius Scaevola as their commander; the band The Atomic Swerve wrote and recorded a song about Gaius Mucius, entitled "Lefty Scaevola", for their 1999 album, Giant Planet-Eating Robots. Et facere et pati fortia Romanum est Mucia Týr

Co Adriaanse

Jacobus "Co" Adriaanse is a Dutch football manager and former footballer. As a professional player, Adriaanse played for six seasons with De Volewijckers and a further six seasons with Utrecht, retiring from football at age 29. Adriaanse began his managing career with Zilvermeeuwen in 1979, after four years he joined AZ for the first time as scout and youth trainer. After a year, for the 1984–85 season he resumed his coaching career with two four-year stints with PEC Zwolle and FC Den Haag, where he would be sacked for the first time, he was chosen to direct the youth side of Ajax, a position he would occupy for five seasons. Willem II followed in his career, after ending his first season fifth place, achieved a second place and the title of best Dutch team of the year; this meant that Willem II, a team better known for finishing in the bottom half of the Dutch league, would be playing in the Champions League. The Champions was a bridge too far for Willem II, the team ended up last in the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, after failing to achieve a European spot, Adriaanse resigned on 20 May 2000.

Adriaanse returned to Ajax as manager, but after a third place season he was released early in the next season, on 29 November 2001, after some poor results. During his tenure, he made a number of controversial statements to the press – he called the chairman of PSV a "talking lampshade", most famously said of Marco van Basten, "A good horse does not make a good rider." After beginning the 2002–03 season without a club, Adriaanse was signed to AZ in November 2002. A tenth-place finish in the first season was followed by a fifth-placed finish, which allowed the Alkmaar team to join the UEFA Cup in the 2004–05 season. There, the club upset Spanish side and top contenders Villarreal in the quarter-finals before being knocked out on away goals in the semi-finals by Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the final minute of extra time. In the Eredivisie, AZ performed above expectations, finishing third after topping the league for a week at the end of the first half and spending most of the second in second place.

Adriaanse again coined a number of colourful phrases while at AZ, the best known being "Scoreboard journalism", "Cheese viewers", "Woonerf football" and "Evening footballer". After much speculation and his stated desire to leave the club, on 24 May 2005 Adriaanse was presented as the new manager of Portuguese club Porto, became the fourth manager to sign for the Portuguese side since the departure of José Mourinho. In the first season as Porto coach, he achieved the "Dobradinha" for the first time since the departure of Mourinho, winning the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal. On 9 August 2006, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Porto. Four months he became coach of Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk. On 17 May 2007, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Metalurh Donetsk with four games to play in the Ukrainian Premier League. On 27 August 2007, Adriaanse signed a one-year deal with Al-Sadd and resigned as coach on 28 January 2008. On 13 March 2008, Adriaanse signed a two-year deal with the Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg and he left the club after the end of his contract on 30 June 2009.

On 12 January 2010, it was confirmed Adriaanse's appointment at the helm of the Qatar Olympic team. His Middle East stint, lasted only 14 months, as his contract was terminated by mutual consent in March 2011. On 20 June 2011, Twente announced on their website to have appointed Adriaanse as new trainer in place of departing manager Michel Preud'homme. In his first official match with the club, Adriaanse won the Johan Cruyff Shield against former team Ajax. On 3 January 2012, halfway through a one-season contract, was terminated by Twente. In the 2014–15 season, Adriaanse acted as technical advisor at Utrecht, he decided to leave the club at the end of the season when manager Rob Alflen announced his resignation. Adriaanse gained a lot of fame in the Netherlands after qualifying for the Champions League with the average Dutch club Willem II, it was more impressive, because Willem II played attacking football, a style Adriaanse has adopted throughout his managerial career. Adriaanse is famous for his controversial training approach.

At Willem II, he once ordered his whole squad to follow him by car, while they drove 13 km away from their training ground. At a remote spot, all players had to give their car keys to Adriaanse, he drove back to town, while the squad had to run in front of his car. Back at the training ground, the players got their car keys back. Since their cars were still parked far from the training ground, they all had to walk back another 13 km. At AZ Alkmaar he once ordered the whole squad to search for Easter eggs during a training session, they looked for an hour until Co Adriaanse revealed there were no eggs hidden. Adriaanse had these strange training methods at the start of his career, because when he was a youth trainer at Ajax, he sometimes ordered his players to lie on the ground. A teammate would run over the bodies; because of all these infamous incidents, Adriaanse is sometimes nicknamed "Psycho Co". 1986: Promoted to the Eredivisie with PEC Zwolle. 2009: Winner of the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg.

2011: Winner of the Johan Cruyff S

Erin McGraw

Erin McGraw is an American author, known for works of fiction, both short stories and novels. Her generous, genial works depicts familial relations with cold-eyed optimism, her first book, the story collection Bodies at Sea, features a range of characters from a coal miner to college professor who engage in surprising actions. Her next story collection, Lies of the Saints, which explores themes including marriage and parenthood through quirky stories about endearing misfits, was described by The New York Times as a "gratifyingly substantial" work featuring "savvy, sardonic women"; the Good Life, which features characters battling daily demons of envy and disillusionment while somehow maintaining an abiding optimism. Her novels include The Baby Tree, The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, which draws on her own family history to describe the price one woman pays for independence, Better Food for a Better World, the story of six idealistic college friends who band together to open the Natural High Ice Cream parlor only to find life intruding on their dreams, until ….

Her short work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the corporations of MacDowell and Yaddo. Born and raised in Redondo Beach, California, McGraw received her MFA at Indiana University and has lived in the Midwest since. Now an emeritus member of the faculty, McGraw taught in the MFA in Creative Writing program at the Ohio State University alongside her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins, until her retirement; the Baby Tree The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard Better Food for a Better World Bodies at Sea Lies of the Saints The Good Life Author website

Principle of maximum caliber

The principle of maximum caliber or maximum path entropy principle, suggested by E. T. Jaynes, can be considered as a generalization of the principle of maximum entropy, it postulates that the most unbiased probability distribution of paths is the one that maximizes their Shannon entropy. This entropy of paths is sometimes called the "caliber" of the system, is given by the path integral S = ∫ D x ρ ln ⁡ ρ π The principle of maximum caliber was proposed by Edwin T. Jaynes in 1980, in an article titled The Minimum Entropy Production Principle over the context of to find a principle for to derive the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; the principle of maximum caliber can be considered as a generalization of the principle of maximum entropy defined over the paths space, the caliber S is of the form S = ∫ D x ρ ln ⁡ ρ π where for n-constraints ∫ D x ρ A n = ⟨ A n ⟩ = a n it is shown that the probability functional is ρ = exp ⁡. In the same way, for n dynamical constraints defined in the interval t ∈ of the form ∫ D x ρ L n = ⟨ L n ⟩ = ℓ it is shown that the probability functional is ρ = exp ⁡.

Following Jaynes' hypothesis, there exist publications in which the principle of maximum caliber appears to emerge as a result of the construction of a framework which describes a statistical representation of systems with many degrees of freedom

Stan Cliburn

Stanley Gene Cliburn is a retired professional baseball player and current manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was previous the manager of the New Britain Bees and the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, from 2006 to 2009. Cliburn has managed in the Arizona Fall League and at other levels in the minor leagues, he is the twin brother of former Major League pitcher Stu Cliburn, who remains a coach in the Twins' farm system. Cliburn was most the manager of the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League, an independent baseball league. Cliburn played one season in the majors with the California Angels in 1980 during which he appeared in 54 games at catcher, but he would play in over 948 minor league games during his fourteen-year playing career. After his playing career ended Cliburn was hired as a manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates' New York-Penn League team, he spent the next 12 seasons managing in the Pirates system, the Texas Rangers system, for the Alexandria Aces of the independent Texas-Louisiana League.

From 2001 to 2005, Cliburn was the manager of the New Britain Rock Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. His pitching coach at New Britain for those five seasons was his twin brother Stu Cliburn. On October 18, 2005, Stan Cliburn was named as manager of the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Twins, it was believed that Stu would not be promoted along with Stan. In his first season at the helm in Rochester, Cliburn guided the Wings to a 79–64 record and came within one game of winning the Governors' Cup, the championship of the International League; the 2006 season proved to be the most successful of Cliburn's tenure in Rochester. The team's record declined in each successive season following the playoff run falling to 70–74 in 2009. Additionally, following the 2008 season, Stan was separated from Stu for the first time in eight years as Stu was reassigned to New Britain for 2009. On September 21, 2009, the Minnesota Twins announced that they would not renew manager Stan Cliburn's contract for the 2010 season.

According to Twins farm director Jim Rantz, the change was made as part of an "overall directional change, being implemented throughout the minor-league system."After having success managing in the Arizona Fall League Cliburn was hired as the manager for the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association of Independent Professional Baseball where he served as manager for three seasons. Cliburn returned to managing in 2015 when he became the manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. On December 15, 2015, Cliburn returned to New Britain as the first manager of the new Atlantic League team the New Britain Bees after the departure of the MLB-affiliated Rock Cats. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Retrosheet Venezuelan Professional Baseball League

Digitalis canariensis

Digitalis canariensis is a member of the genus Digitalis. It is called Canary Island foxglove; this species is part of section Isoplexis, temporarily accepted as an own genus. The synonym Isoplexis canariensis is still established. In general data concerning the state of Isoplexis-species differ depending on the source currently. Individuals of these species are evergreen plants that grow up to 150 cm tall; the plant has lanceolate-ovoid leaves. The leaf margin is sawn. In the upper part, the leaves are arranged like a rosette; the inflorescence is a cluster of orange-reddish, 3 cm large flowers with short petals and noticeable upper lip and lower lip. Bird pollination was documented; the fruit is a capsule. Digitalis canariensis contains cardenolids. Medical use is documented. For reasons of species conservation it is to refrain to influence wild stocks. Digitalis canariensis is endemic to the Canary Islands, it grows in woody areas of Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma