Just two weeks after their coveted run at Madison Square Garden, the beloved jam band Phish headed South for their second annual trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Heading into their only scheduled shows of 2017, Phish performed a strong opening night for the fans who made the trip down to Mexico.The band opened with their anthemic “Free”, as the lofty track encapsulated the freedom of the beachfront performances. The band continued with a nature-esque theme through the early part of the set, as they played Mike Gordon’s “Yarmouth Road” before bringing out “Sand” and the “Theme From The Bottom,” Phish then veered into their first cover of the night, “Funky Bitch,” before rocking out on tunes like “Undermind” and “NICU”. They continued the set with the relative-rarity, “Horn,” before closing out the first set with an all-out funk rager in “Wolfman’s Brother.” All the while, drummer Jon Fishman donned a “luchador” Mexican fighter mask that matched his well-known blue-and-red donut pattern, only bringing up the energy for the exciting performance.Watch “Free” below, courtesy of LivePhish.As to be expected, Phish let loose with a jam-heavy second set that focused on improvisational work from all four band members. They opened the set with the thematically appropriate “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing,” a number that waded into minor-key dissonant melodies before cruising into the funky rock rhythm of “The Wedge.” With the backdrop of palm trees in lieu of the band’s recent LED displays, songs like “The Wedge” truly found their place on the beach in Mexico.Watch “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” below, courtesy of LivePhish.The set continued with “Fuego,” a true highlight of the performance. This version of “Fuego” veered quickly into exploratory territory, as Phish worked into a melodic and uplifting jam session that was highlighted by Page McConnell‘s light touch on the keys. This was an all-time version of “Fuego,” approaching 20 minutes and veering heavily into uncharted waters.Phish ultimately reeled in the second set with a familiar “Prince Caspian,” keeping the melodic and lofty energy high throughout the lighthearted number. They continued to deliver some great jamming within the song “Twist,” which included a tease of the popular, and all-too-appropriate song, “Tequila.” Trey Anastasio worked out the melody, seemingly on the fly, but kept locked in the groove throughout the duration of the “Twist.”As the “Twist” jam continued to build, Trey gradually shifted the song into another great tune, “Seven Below.” The mellow vibes of “Seven Below” kept fans on their toes, before the band brought the set back into a classic from their catalog, “Golgi Apparatus.” The song was absent from the recent MSG run, and certainly brought smiles to the faces of those in attendance. They closed out the set with the absolute rock energy of “Run Like An Antelope,” a perfect ending to a great, flowing set of music.The encore saw the band bring out another rarity, “Contact,” a fun song from the Junta days. Finally, they ended the show with a ballad, choosing “Bug” as the last song of the encore. Though a slower song, Phish milked “Bug” for all that it’s worth, ending the night with an uplifting jam to send the fans home smiling.Phish will return to Riviera Maya for two more shows during this exciting run. Check out the Phish.net setlist, below, as well as a full gallery from photographer Chad Smith.Setlist: Phish | Barcelo Maya Beach | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/13/16Set 1: Free, Yarmouth Road, Sand, Theme From the Bottom > Funky Bitch, Undermind, NICU, Horn, Wolfman’s BrotherSet 2: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > The Wedge > Fuego > Prince Caspian > Twist > Seven Below > Golgi Apparatus > Run Like an AntelopeEncore: Contact, Bug Load remaining images
0Shares0000Marcel Desailly of France tackles Philemon Masinga (L) of South Africa during a 1998 World Cup group match in Marseille © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 13 – Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died Sunday aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.Retired South Africa captain Lucas Radebe, who played with Masinga at then English top-flight club Leeds United in the 1990s, said the country has lost a “great legend”. “For us as Africans it was a great experience,” Radebe told the BBC. “We were not used to the weather and we struggled a little bit — we kept each other warm at times.“Phil was a big hit with the team and the players. I looked up to him and I think he inspired me the most. It was absolutely great the way he adapted to the situation.“He was easy to get along with and he was most respected at the club as a person.”Football association president Danny Jordaan said: “We have lost a giant of South African football. This is a sad day and I am gutted.“I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits.“Before saying goodbye, I promised ‘Chippa’ that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero has gone.”Former Leeds team-mate Noel Whelan tweeted: “Really sad news to learn that a guy I spent so much time with, laughs and games together, has passed away.“He was not just a friend and strike partner but one of the nicest, kindest guys I’ve met, was a pleasure and privilege to have known and played with you Phil.”A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.Masinga ran on to a pass from midfield and slammed an unstoppable shot over the Congolese goalkeeper before a capacity 80,000 crowd, including then president Nelson Mandela.Masinga was part of the South African ‘golden generation’ that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations just four years after an apartheid-induced international ban was lifted.Bafana qualified for the 1998 and 2002 World Cup tournaments, but the national team has been in steady decline since.He played for local clubs Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns before moving abroad in 1994 to join Leeds.Masinga also played for St Gallen in Switzerland, Salernitana and Bari in Italy and Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates.The attacker scored 18 goals in 58 international appearances between 1992 and 2001.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Jason Verrett said his “body feels good,” and that could make his signing Thursday with the 49ers a very good thing for a suspect secondary.Verrett’s tenure with the Chargers was waylaid by shoulder and knee injuries, and just when he was ready to return to form last season, he tore an Achilles at the start of training camp. “A lot of dark moments dealing with a lot of the …
SANTA CLARA — Here are key observations to the 49ers initial, 53-man roster following today’s 1 p.m. deadline:— Running back Jerick McKinnon: He will miss a second straight season because of a right knee injury that’s sent him onto injured reserve. He is not eligible to return under the short-term IR designation because he was not on the initial 53-man roster. He had three setbacks in the past six weeks. He tore his ACL last Sept. 1 in practice, an hour or so after the 53-man roster got set …
One key requirement of the stimulus-funded Weatherization Assistance Program is that agencies in each state meet certain goals by September 30 to qualify for further federal funds. Their goals were set last year, when the state agencies submitted their WAP proposals for approval by the Department of Energy.By December, all participants knew where they stood, or should be standing.However, implementing a vastly expanded weatherization program has time and again proven to be not only new turf for those involved but more challenging than many of them could have imagined. One of the front-running contenders for the WAP Laggard of the Year title is, according to findings released by an independent auditor, California, which has otherwise led the nation in deployment of more-stringent construction code and other environment-friendly initiatives.Getting a grip on controlsEvidence of California’s struggle to gear up its bureaucratic infrastructure came to light this week in a report by the California State Auditor, Elaine Howle, who noted that as of December 1, the state’s Department of Community Services and Development had yet to develop internal spending controls and had attempted none of the 15,000 weatherization retrofits it would need to complete by September 30 to qualify for a second installment of stimulus funds – in this case $93 million. (Should it meet its deadlines, the state would receive a total of $186 million in stimulus funds for WAP services.)The CSD’s director, Lloyd Throne, told the Associated Press pretty much what weatherization officials in other states have said about their programs’ slow starts: it’s better to fully establish ground rules and safeguards before going into the field. And the litany of program-setup issues in California really weren’t much different from those elsewhere: confusion over wage rules and difficulties in establishing and scaling up protocols for program oversight and implementation.The CSD hangs toughThrone’s outlook echoed that of his counterparts in other states when he added that “service providers throughout the state are working hard to do their part and have been fully supportive of (the) program’s underpinnings of transparency. CSD is confident it will meet its goals and objectives for the benefit of California’s low-income communities.”Since December 1, the state has completed upgrades in 221 homes, about 1.5% of its goal. Obviously, weatherization activity in the state is expected to accelerate dramatically over the next few months.
Former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday appeared all set to become Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha after his appointment as Leader of Congress in the Upper House.Anand Sharma, another minister in UPA-II, was made Deputy Leader of the party, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.Since Congress has the requisite number to claim the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, 65-year-old Azad would be the natural choice.Congress has 67 members in the 245-member House, thereby meeting the requirement of having ten per cent of the total strength of the House to get the post of Leader of the Opposition.The two key appointments come on the back of the party making Mallikarjun Kharge, a senior Dalit leader from Karnataka, the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh the party’s Deputy Leader in the Lower House.Azad, who contested the Lok Sabha election from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and lost by over 60,000 votes, is a party veteran and one of the senior most members in the Rajya Sabha.Congress has announced the name of its Chief Whip and whips in Lok Sabha, while the same for the Rajya Sabha are yet to be announced.Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the two Congress MPs from Madhya Pradesh, was made the Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, while Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son and lone MP from the state Deepender Singh Hooda and Kerala MP K C Venugopal were appointed as whips in the Lok Sabha.advertisementIn the Rajya Sabha, names of Azad, Digvijay Singh and Anand Sharma were doing rounds for the post of Leader of House.Dwivedi said, “The Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi, exercising her authorisation by the Constitution of the Congress party in Parliament, has nominated Azad as Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha and Anand Sharma as Deputy Leader.”
Premier League Collymore: My head exploded after Newcastle winner! Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 08:01 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Newcastle United Liverpool v Porto Porto Newcastle United UEFA Champions League Videos This weekend sees a clash at Anfield between two teams who played out arguably the greatest Premier League match of all time 22 years ago The scene: Anfield. The date: April 3, 1996. Two teams meet in what will go down as the greatest Premier League game of all time.That game provided the arena for Liverpool and Newcastle’s barnstorming attempt to keep pace with Manchester United in the title race.Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle, wavering. Liverpool, inconsistent. Both relentlessly entertaining. Both committed to attacking football. It was a thriller; a special night under the lights with goals coming right at the start and right until the very end. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There in the middle of it all, Stan Collymore. An assist right out of the traps for Robbie Fowler. A poacher’s goal to get Liverpool back level. And right at the death… a pass from John Barnes and an iconic Anfield ending in front of the Kop.“Wherever I go in the world it staggers me how many people come up and talk about that game,” Collymore tells Goal. “I’ve just been putting on Instagram the mural around the corner and there are loads of comments: Collymore closing in!” Martin Tyler’s commentary for Sky Sports that night remains one of the most recognisable soundbites in the competition’s history. “People have asked me many times: “How do you feel?” and I say my head exploded. It just does. The noise was deafening. The banners all suddenly start to go up. Kevin Keegan draped over the advertising hoardings. So many iconic moments.”It might be hard to believe now given their relatively insecure Premier League status but a generation ago Newcastle were the top flight’s great entertainers. Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and new signing Faustino Asprilla thrilled crowds at St James’s Park and took the Magpies right to the brink of the title under ex-Liverpool hero Keegan.“I remember being on the training ground at Melwood a couple of days before and it being impressed upon us by Roy Evans how important the game was to stay in the title race, that we could score against Newcastle because Kevin Keegan’s philosophy was: ‘they score three, we score four’,” says Collymore.“And it was all set up to be a classic. Two very attacking teams, two teams that weren’t great at defending.“I don’t remember being particularly nervous. I think it was just more excitement to try and get out there and narrow the distance between us and Manchester United.”I think Newcastle struggled in some games quite early. We scored after a minute or so.“I remember the assist for Robbie Fowler. I used to break down the left quite a lot and put a cross in for him. He scored after two or three minutes. And then they got back into the game and the first goal. Then it was Jason McAteer down the right, who was really good crosser of the ball.“I just flung my leg out, hit it and thought if I could get an assist and a goal on the night and we can win the game, happy days.“But even now I have to pinch myself when again I watch the game and how it ended. Andy Gray said this in his commentary: ‘Stan Collymore’s been chucked out onto the left wing, nobody can see him, John Barnes can!’ I’m literally out of camera shot because Ian Rush came on the pitch, played up front with Robbie Fowler and I got stuck out onto the left wing.“And I just remember Barnesy and Rushy dicking about on the edge of the box, it was like what are they doing? I was like pass it and John Barnes did. And I didn’t think anything other than just get this shot on target.“If you look at the goal again, it beats Pavel Srnicek at his near post. Anybody tells you that you’re supposed to shoot across the goalkeeper. It left my boot and could quite easily have gone into the side-netting and we wouldn’t be having this conversation and it would have been an entertaining 3-3 draw.“But the noise from the Kop and to score a winning goal at the Kop End in such a big game was incredible. It really was incredible.”The context of the game gave an added depth to its infamy. Newcastle had been as many as 12 points clear at the top of the table in January but entered the Anfield showdown in horrific form.Liverpool had an outside chance of reining in United but would have to make sure they kept the pressure on. This was a club accustomed to winning titles down throughout the decades but were at the outset of a league trophy drought now stretching to 28 years.“If you compare it as a 90-minute football match to any other game that’s been played at Premier League level, I honestly don’t think you’ll find one from minute one to the last kick of the game that had so much quality, so much attacking talent, so many very good goals and performances,” says Collymore.“That’s why we’re here now. It still endures 20 odd years later. A game between two teams that neither of them won the title.”As it transpired Newcastle finished five points behind United with Keegan melting down a few weeks later on live TV, declaring he would “love it” if his side beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to the title. Liverpool went on to lose the following weekend at Coventry and ended up third. Neither of the great entertainers a match for the consistency of United, experts at grinding it out.“This is why neither team won the league even though both were equally talented to the Manchester United side at that point,” says Collymore. “The difference was they had somebody in Sir Alex Ferguson that took the defensive side of the game particularly seriously.”Liverpool’s culture was built on trophy wins from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Their younger generation of fans might only have a passing notice of what the club were like in their heyday. But even in 1996, when moments of success were fresh in the mind, this one game, worth only three points, was worthy of being savoured.“In 1996 that Liverpool were still quite by some way ahead of Manchester United in terms of European titles and domestic titles. Liverpool as a sporting city wasn’t prone to overstating things. But the day after the game they had in all of the tabloids celebration editions of the paper.“It probably wasn’t until a couple of days after that we realised how good the game was and players from both sides were talking about it. And you think: well if John Barnes has said that’s as good as he’s played in then you know it’s a pretty good game.”Stan Collymore was speaking with online betting site BetStars. #Callit at BetStars