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June 16, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 Melanie May | 29 August 2017 | News Advertisement WaterAid is taking a different approach with its latest DRTV campaign, with ads aimed at inspiring people to donate by showing them the positives of clean water, rather than the hardships of doing without.Good Agency has created a collection of DRTV ads for WaterAid, aimed at making the public feel good as well as ready to support the charity. The first ad, First Drop, launched on 1st August, and is a celebration of clean water. It focuses on the joyous moment when six-year-old Gibou embraces the first drop of water from the tap that had only just been installed in his village by WaterAid. It was filmed in Foindu, in the Kenema District of Sierra Leone.Charley Day, Fundraising Manager at WaterAid said:“Reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water means inspiring a huge number of people to help. To do that, we wanted to break the pattern of traditional charity advertising and show the positivity of clean water, rather than the huge problems of living without.” Tagged with: DRTV Fundraising ideas WaterAid launches feel-good DRTV campaign to encourage support  455 total views,  1 views today  456 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img May 19, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statistics Freedom of expression October 26, 2018 Cameroon’s presidential election: RSF denounces press freedom violations Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Organisation News © ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 31, 2021 Find out more A few days after Paul Biya’s reelection, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) assesses the exactions against journalists during the presidential election. Follow the news on Camerooncenter_img to go further News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court April 23, 2021 Find out more News CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statistics Freedom of expression RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the many press freedom violations during this month’s presidential election in Cameroon, in which Paul Biya was reelected on 7 October for a seventh term with 71.28% of the votes, according to the results announced two weeks later, on 21 October.Several journalists were arrested on 21 October while trying to cover a peaceful march in Douala that was called by an opposition parliamentarian to protest against alleged electoral fraud, and was banned by the sub-prefect. Prince Fogue, a reporter for the daily Le Messager, Reuters correspondent Josiane Kouagheu and Kouagheu’s driver were arrested, taken to different Douala police stations and then released.“The arrest of these journalists underlines the climate of fear that the authorities have imposed in Cameroon,” RSF said. “By preventing coverage of an election-related opposition demonstration, President Paul Biya’s administration is showing that it does not allow the media to work properly and freely. These latest press freedom violations do not bode well for the situation of journalists and media during President Biya’s seventh term.” The day the results were announced was also marked by many Internet disruptions. A report by the organization Netblocks quoted Internet service providers as saying access to WhatsApp and Facebook was very restricted if not impossible.Election-day violenceMany journalists were unable to cover the voting on election day. Many voting stations demanded a special press accreditation for election coverage that had been issued by the communication ministry. This included the voting station at a public school in Bastos where Biya and members of his government went to vote. The prefect in the Biafra region also denied many journalists access to voting stations. The special press accreditation was also required in order to attend hearings on post- election disputes and the Constitutional Council’s announcement of the results. According to the information obtained by RSF, a reporter for La Voix du Centre, Yelva Eyono, was also detained for several hours of the police in Yaoundé.Press freedom violations were especially numerous in the English-speaking parts of the country. In Buea, the capital of South-West Region, a car belonging to the Cameroon Tribune newspaper was attacked by separatists who wanted to disrupt the election. According to the National Union of Cameroonian Journalists (SNJC), reporters working for Mutations, Le Messager and La Nouvelle Expression were threatened by government officials, who accused them of pro-opposition bias in their reporting. The authorities have posed a serious threat to journalists during Biya’s previous six terms as president. Last March, a journalist was physically attacked and humiliated by the transport minister’s bodyguards.Cameroon is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Newslast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts to go further Organisation RSF_en January 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New online censorship campaign extinguishes last flicker of Olympic torch Reporters Without Borders regards the campaign against Internet porn that China launched on 5 January as just a pretext for reinforcing online censorship. More than 90 websites have so far been blocked, but some of them have no pornographic content. Foreign ministry spokesperson Jian Yu nonetheless insisted today that “China takes a positive and open minded attitude toward the management of the Internet.” “The online Great Wall no longer suffices for the government, which is using porn as a pretext to block websites where people express themselves freely,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Internet users have shown they know how to breach the Great Wall and the government’s persistence proves that it fears the Internet’s appropriation by Chinese citizens.” The press freedom organisation added: “The Olympic torch is now definitely extinguished and the government’s much-vaunted liberalisation is no more. The campaign against political dissidents is now out in the open.” The government began its campaign on 5 January by ordering Google and Baidu, China’s two most popular search engines, to “take more effective measures” to combat online porn. But in practice the campaign is much broader and is also targeting political and human rights content. Amnesty International reported yesterday that its website, which was rendered accessible in China on 1 August, a week before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games, has again been blocked. Brushing aside the allegation, Jian Yu of the foreign ministry said this kind of accusation was made by people who “are ignorant of China’s situation.” Bullog (, a political blog portal, has been inaccessible since 9 January. The portal’s editor, Luo Yonghao (罗永浩), has posted a note that includes the text of the directive issued by the Beijing Bureau of Information calling for its closure. The directive says: “The website is publishing a lot of negative information in the public domain. We already asked it to correct this, but the site has still not taken any effective measures. It is now necessary that the hosting organisation block the domain name – HOLD domain name” The portal groups some well-known political websites and blogs, some belonging to people such as Ran Yunfei 冉云飞, Baozuitun 饱醉豚, Liao Wendao 梁文道 , Ai Weiwei艾未未, Wang Xiaoshan 王小山, Mo Zhixu 莫之许, Wu Yue San Ren 五岳散人, Shi Nian Kan Chai 十年砍柴 and A Ding 阿丁. all signatories of Charter 8, a manifesto calling for democratic reform inspired by Charter 77, the manifesto issued by Czechoslovak dissidents in 1977. Bullog was already suspended in October 2007, but Luo Yonghao managed to get it reopened by promising the authorities to be “vigilant about site content.” The government meanwhile announced today that it wants to reinforce the state media such as CCTV and the news agency Xinhua. Writing in the Communist Party’s ideological newspaper, which sets the political priorities each year, Propaganda Bureau chief Liu Yunshan said: “It has become urgent for China to ensure that our communication capacity matches our international prestige.” As a result, China is planning to spend 17 billion yuan (2 billion euros) on boosting the influence of these two news media.——-Read Ran Yunfei’s article published in The Guardian News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information center_img ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

June 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNewsLocal NewsIAA gives Clare jobs boostBy admin – June 16, 2009 609 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img Twitter Email THE Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has announced the recruitment of twelve trainee radio officers for its radio communications centre at Ballygirreen, Co. Clare.This is the first time that the IAA has undertaken to train its own radio officers as most recruits formerly came from the merchant navy. Ballygirreen HF radio communications have been provided to aircraft on the eastern half of the North Atlantic from Ballygirreen for more than 70 years. Commenting on the new jobs announcement, Eamonn Brennan, chief executive, IAA said: “The IAA needed to recruit trainee radio officers so as to be prepared for retirements which are due to take place over the next few years.” The trainees will undergo a year long intensive training programme and once qualified will provide radio communications between air traffic controllers and the pilots of more than 1000 aircraft which cross the North Atlantic every 24 hours. Previous articleThree detained over Hannon murderNext articleRyanair blames tourist tax for cuts at airports adminlast_img read more

May 31, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img  Print This Post About Author: Marissa M. Yaker Share Save California Statutes of Limitation 2019-01-17 Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Print Features Statute of Limitations and Demand Letters in the Sunshine State Previous: A Closer Look at TRID Next: The Industry Pulse: Update on Indisoft, Trott Law P.C., and more… Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Steven Hurley Steven Hurley is the Supervising Attorney of Foreclosure for the State of Florida for Padgett Law Group. His practice focuses on foreclosure and commercial litigation with a concentration in the areas of real estate and creditors’ rights. Hurley handles bank and lender representations, including loan servicing and default-related legal services ranging from loss mitigation to foreclosure, evictions, replevins, and litigation. Hurley recently served as a contributing attorney on a Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of PLG. Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Marissa M. Yaker, Esq. is an attorney with Padgett Law Group (PLG). Her practice is primarily focused on creditor’s rights and foreclosure, an area of law in which she has actively practiced for five years. Yaker sits on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and recently served as a contributing attorney on a United States Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of PLG. Yaker is licensed in the state of Florida and is based out of PLG’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office. Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: California Statutes of Limitation The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the January issue of DS News.The prime purpose underlying Statutes of Limitation is to protect defendants from unfair surprise and stale claims [Major League Baseball v. Morsani, 790 So. 2d 1071, 1074–75 (Fla. 2001)]. When trying to adhere to the purpose behind the Statute of Limitation, many decisions focus on when the clock for the Statue of Limitation began to run: i.e., at the time the demand letter was sent pursuant to paragraph 22 of the mortgage, when the demand letter expires, or at the time of filing suit. The law is now clear that Statute of Limitation begins to run at the time of filing suit when the mortgage contains an optional acceleration clause. [Bank of America, N.A. v. Graybush, 253 So. 3d 1188 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018]—the Supreme Court of Florida is currently deciding whether it will accept jurisdiction of this case]. The next question that was of much debate was whether a servicer could sue on an aged default, under the premise that a default under the terms of a mortgage is a continuous default.After many conflicts, most of the Districts Courts of Appeals in Florida have agreed that a servicer can bring suit on an aged default as long as the complaint alleges “the default date, and all subsequent payments.” [Note, however, that the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Velden v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 234 So.3d 850 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018) disagrees that you can bring suit on an aged default.] This leads to the last question. If a servicer can bring suit on an aged default, can a servicer collect on all amounts due and owing, including those outside of the five-year statute of limitations? While the law is not yet settled, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has answered this in the affirmative. So while it may have taken a few years, Statute of Limitation is starting to become clearer in the State of Florida. Borrowers also recently prevailed at trial due to a servicer’s failure to provide proof that the demand letter was properly mailed [in the case of Torres v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Case No. 4D17-2727 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)].That case established that evidence that a demand letter was drafted is insufficient, by itself, to establish that it was, in fact, mailed. Rather, the mailing must be proven by producing additional evidence such as proof of regular business practices, an affidavit swearing that the letter was mailed, or a return receipt. If the evidence comes by way of witness testimony, the witness must have personal knowledge of the company’s general practice in mailing letters. Mere reliance on the boarding process to prove that the notice letter was mailed is insufficient. January 17, 2019 2,751 Views Home / Daily Dose / Statute of Limitations and Demand Letters in the Sunshine Statelast_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJohn Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A man has been charged with manslaughter in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.Tyler Austin Miles, 29, was booked into the Wyandotte County Detention Center Friday morning on one count of involuntary manslaughter, jail records show. His bond was set at $50,000. According to Schlitterbahn, Miles was the operations director for the park.Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed on Aug. 7, 2016, after something went wrong when the child rode on the park’s 168-foot-tall Verruckt (German for “insane”) water slide. The Verruckt was the largest of its kind in the world at the time. It was closed indefinitely following Caleb’s death.Esteban Castaneda told ABC News in 2016 he first heard a “boom” on Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s Verruckt water slide, which is promoted as the world’s tallest.He then saw a raft come through, and “immediately after the raft … you see a body,” he said.He said there were two women sitting in the back of the raft with blood on them.Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.Caleb’s parents spoke to ABC News last year. His father, Scott Schwab, said that in the months after the tragedy, the family members, especially the three surviving brothers, soothe themselves by watching videos of Caleb.“There’s times when it’s like, I can’t look at that right now, and there’s other times when you can’t sleep and you want to look at it,” Schwab said.Last year, the Schwab family reached a settlement of an undisclosed amount with the park’s owners and the ride’s manufacturer that will go to Caleb’s brothers, attorneys for the family, Mike Rader and Todd Scharnhorst, told ABC News.The Schwab family has not yet commented on Friday’s news.Miles was due in court Friday afternoon. He has not yet entered a plea.A statement from the company to ABC Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV read: “We are deeply disappointed to learn that any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt. Our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone. The safety of our guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Our families enjoy our waterparks and its rides and attractions. We have set the highest bar for safety in our industry.“Our staff, since we opened Schlitterbahn Kansas City, has demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. Our team has been conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. We are shocked by any allegations of impropriety or negligence on the part of anyone associated with Verruckt.“Throughout his employment with us, our operations director, Tyler, demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. He was conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. Tyler left us in September to accept great opportunity; we were sorry to see him go and wished him well. We stand by him and are shocked by these allegations.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It was another hot day across much of the U.S. on Friday, including the parts of the Northeast, where the region’s first official heat wave of 2019 was recorded.Philadelphia and New York’s LaGuardia Airport both reached 93 degrees on Friday, while Newark, New Jersey, reached 90. It was the third day in a row of 90 degrees or higher in these locations, making it an official heat wave.Meanwhile, in the Plains, temperatures were up into the upper 90s from Texas to Nebraska, including 100 degrees in Concordia, Kansas. Chicago recorded its first 90-degree day in 2019, while, at Chicago Midway International Airport, it was day three of 90-degree heat.The heat still has a grip on a large part of the nation from the southwest to the central U.S. and into the Northeast. The heat index will exceed 100 degrees from Kansas to Minnesota, where heat advisories have been issued with heat and humidity approaching dangerous levels. New excessive heat alerts are being issued for Minneapolis, as the heat index could approach 105 degrees on Sunday.The heat index will rise into the 90s across from the Carolinas and into parts of southern New York. The heat index should reach 94 or 95 degrees in Philadelphia and New York City on Saturday.In the Northeast, a storm system is approaching from the west. The trailing cold front will begin to interact with the hot and steamy air that is settled along the Interstate 95 corridor. As a result, the atmosphere will be primed for severe storm activity Saturday afternoon from Washington, D.C., to Boston, including Philadelphia and New York City.After temperatures reach the 90s early Saturday afternoon, storms will begin mid-afternoon and last into the early evening hours. It is likely that severe thunderstorms — capable of damaging winds, hail and lightning — will cover the I-95 cities later Saturday. Due to the higher levels of humidity, storms have the potential to quickly drop a lot of rain, and create localized flash flooding.Additionally, many people are seeking relief from the heat at the shore, and therefore they will need to be extra vigilant as storms develop Saturday afternoon.Behind the cold front, temperatures will drop significantly — in some cases, nearly 20 degrees. Humidity will also decrease.However, a peek ahead shows that the heat wants to return to the eastern U.S. very quickly with all indications that temperatures will be near, or into, the 90s for parts of the Northeast by the middle of the week. Additionally, there are strong signals for significant heat across the southeast U.S. heading into the Fourth of July holiday.It is becoming more likely that parts of the northeast U.S. will see a hot, steamy, sunny and stormy holiday weekend.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

April 20, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgQuantum technologies represent a new generation of high-performing devices. Quantum technologies could easily solve problems that would stump any existing supercomputer and tackle challenges that we can’t meet any other way. Examples include simulating molecules to transform drug discovery to treat diseases, using sensors to see round corners and through walls, and helping engineers detect scentless gas leaks invisible to human eyes.UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: Experimental quantum science is set to become a commercial reality through planned joint government and industry investment of over £350 million, taking projects from research stage to product testing.Total investment through the National Quantum Technologies Programme will pass a major £1 billion investment milestone since its inception in 2014. The investment has secured the UK’s status as a world-leader in quantum science and technologies, keeping pace with the US and China.The milestone comes as government confirms a £153 million funding boost through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This has been more than matched by industry, with over £200 million of investment expected from the private sector.Industry spending on quantum research and development through the fund will overtake government investment for the first time – showing business is confident in the commercial potential of the UK’s world-leading research. This milestone shows the UK is moving in the right direction towards our target in the modern Industrial Strategy to invest 2.4% of GDP in research and development by 2027.Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: This milestone shows that Quantum is no longer an experimental science for the UK. Investment by government and businesses is paying off, as we become one of the world’s leading nations for quantum science and technologies. Now industry is turning what was once a futuristic pipedream into life-changing products. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action – taking the most innovative ideas from our world-leading researchers and showing how they can be applied, from diagnosing diseases to detecting gas leaks. The UK is a world leader in quantum technologies. The funding announced today builds on the great progress we have made and lays the foundations for a quantum technology industry here in the UK. It will ensure that we remain at the forefront of this exciting and evolving field and that we realise its potential, from improved healthcare to more accurate and reliable navigation, that is fundamental to so many services.center_img experimental quantum science is set to become a commercial reality thanks to government investment industry funding for quantum innovation programmes will overtake government investment for the first time combined investment hits a £1 billion milestone, showing the government’s modern Industrial Strategy is boosting investment and helping the UK lead the world in new technologies In the coming months, a new programme board will be set up, alongside an expert advisory group to set the strategy for the next phase of the National Quantum Technologies Programme, looking at developing technologies and identifying market opportunities.Industry leaders have formed an independent Quantum Technology Leadership Group to represent the needs of industry with government and look at the commercial activity and economic impact of quantum technologies. The group will be co-chaired by Dr Trevor Cross, group chief technology officer at Teledyne e2v and Dr Graeme Malcolm, CEO and co-founder at MSquared Lasers.Today’s £1 billion funding milestone was part of a speech made by Science Minister Chris Skidmore during London Tech Week.The speech on emerging technologies is the third in a series of speaking events from the minister on how the UK will reach its ambition to invest 2.4% of GDP on research and development by 2027.Also in his speech today the Science Minister said he wants to ensure future investments in High Performance Computing deliver benefits across research and innovation, including tech start-ups and SMEs. The government will work with UKRI and Tech UK on UKRI’s e-infrastructure strategy to engage with tech-SMEs on how they can access high-performance computing for the benefit of their businesses.last_img read more

April 20, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWaitrose has revealed that like-for-like sales were down by 1.3% in its first half, as it insisted cut-price techniques were not hitting profits. In its half-year results for the period ended 1 August 2015, its online grocery gross sales were also down by 13%, which it attributed to promotions in-store.However, gross sales grew by 1.1% in the period to £3.18bn. Underlying profit at Waitrose (excluding exceptional items) was up, rising 0.6% year-on-year to £0.8m.The John Lewis Partnership insisted that price-matching and its Pick Your Own promotions scheme were not hitting profits. Pick Your Own launched in June, allowing myWaitrose card customers to choose 10 items from around 1,250 to buy at a 20% discount. Around 700,000 customers have signed up to the scheme.Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “This has been a solid first half for the partnership in a difficult market.”A statement said the company expected conditions to “remain difficult, especially in grocery where there is little sign of any price inflation”.Mayfield continued: “However, I expect sales in both Waitrose and John Lewis to perform comparatively well against the market, helped by promising new ranges and online capability.” He said the group expected to see a “further reduction” in net debt.last_img read more

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto: Andrew Blackstein On Friday night, Phish made their triumphant return to New York City’s Madison Square Garden, opening up their sold-out four-night run of New Year’s shows at The World’s Most Famous Arena. Flying high off of an incredibly creative and well-received Las Vegas Halloween run, the seasoned four-piece picked right up from where they left off in early November, delivering a high-octane two-set performance. Everyone in the Manhattan arena felt the feelings they’d forgotten, as Phish worked through some impressive second-takes on Kasvot Växt material, and also brought back memories of 2017’s untouchable 13-night Baker’s Dozen run.Phish got the show on the road with “We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains”, or as some have already started to refer to as “WACTOOB”, immediately bringing the sold-out crowd back to the brilliance the band first unveiled at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, and also counted as a first for many in attendance. The second delivery ever of “We Are Outcome To Live Our Brains” had some serious girth to it, as Trey Anastasio got his chance to take the jam out twice as far, clearly indicating his intents for another rowdy night in arguably Phish’s favorite venue.Following a brief pause, “Martian Monster” came next, as Vermont’s finest quartet locked into the tune’s signature infectious groove. Anastasio once again took things into his own hands, spitting out some firey hot guitar licks, with Page McConnell following closely behind. It was evident Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon were loose and ready to attack, as the rhythm section anchored the band’s uncontainable energy moving forward with “Axilla”. The standard “Axilla” led way to “Free”, as the Madison Square Garden crowd immediately silenced themselves and locked in with the four masterminds on stage.Gordon laid down his first bass-bombs of the night leading into “Free”, as a breezy sensation drifted across the room, accompanied by Anastasio’s opening lyrics. With Fishman strutting his stuff into a contagious hi-hat centered rhythm, Anastasio quickly looked to his pedalboard, charging into a roaring guitar solo.  A solid take on “The Wedge” was next, before Gordon led his bandmates into “Meat”. Friday night’s rendition of “Meat” was particularly slowed down and funky, with the band utilizing their rhythmic breakdowns as a creative outlet for Anastasio and McConnell to bounce off of.Following a final segment of Page hammering away on his grand piano, the jam smoothly segued into “Ghost”, as Trey stared directly into the center of the venue’s ceiling with a deadly glare in his eyes. Trey and Page took no time to move away from the compositional structure of “Ghost”, quickly finding themselves in some delicate interplay, as all four members eventually locked in and slowed down the groove. Longtime lighting designer Chris Kuroda left the latch unhooked throughout the night, rocking his ever-evolving monstrosity of a light rig in all dimensions, as rainbow beams blasted the enthusiastic crowd.As “Ghost” fizzled out, the band quickly hopped into “Sparkle”, which led way to the somewhat rarity “If I Could, despite being played 2 shows prior in Las Vegas. Anastasio, Gordon, and McConnell shined as a vocal unit, belting out, “flipping backwards through the doors and through the windows”, before moving forward with “Maze”. Following Anastasio’s opening lyrics, Fishman and Gordon paved the way for McConnell to blaze into his solo on the clav, before quickly hopping in between his grand piano, dazzling the crowd with an electric whirlwind of a solo. Fishman continued to hold down the pocket, as Anastasio let it all hang out with a tenacious, ever-evolving solo. A rocking take on “Walls Of The Cave” brought Phish’s ambitious first set to a close.Following a brief set break, Trey let out the opening riff for “Set Your Soul Free”, immediately setting a launchpad for his bandmates to dive head-first into Type II territory. “Set Your Soul Free”, which was debuted earlier this summer at the Gorge, allowed McConnell to flex his chops on the keys, as the band soared into a blissful, free-flowing segment. Fishman continued pushing forward, with Anastasio jumping around between his complex assortment of effects. Up next was the glorious return of “Swept Away” into “Steep”, played for the first time this year, and last played at Phish’s  “maple” themed night during their now iconic Baker’s Dozen run.Although the segue didn’t contain an extended jam à la Baker’s Dozen, the Madison Square Garden crowd was bouncing around the room, as Phish stealthily whipped out their second 2018 Halloween song back into the mix with “The Final Hurrah”. In similar suit as the show opening “We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains”, Phish took “The Final Hurrah” out for a silky-smooth ride, ambitiously pushing deep into improvisational territory. The band was beaming with shit-eating grins from ear-to-ear, as they showered the crowd with the beloved recent debut, adding an extra element of funk-fueled treatment.Following a quick chance to catch their breaths, the band moved into “Fuego”, setting the mood for the remainder of the evening  which was chock-full of free-flowing psychedelic Phish. Trey and Page made sure to keep things rolling, as Page powered through a continuous path of explosive work on his grand piano. The band continued down their heavily-focused exploratory path with “Shade”, before moving into a noteworthy take on “Bathtub Gin”. Friday night’s “Gin” encompassed the band’s deepest desires to continue pushing their creative bar with scents and subtle sounds of their Halloween show, before bringing the second set to a close with “Possum”. The soul-drenched one-two punch of “Bouncing Around The Room” and “Slave to the Traffic Light” in the encore slot suggests that Phish is ready to continue their quest of burning Madison Square Garden down.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/28/2018Set One : We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains, Martian Monster, Axilla > Free, The Wedge, Meat > Ghost > Sparkle, If I Could, Maze, Walls Of The CaveSet Two: Set Your Soul Free > Swept Away > Steep, The Final Hurrah, Fuego > Shade > Bathtub Gin > PossumEncore: Bouncing Around The Room, Slave To The Traffic Light Load remaining imageslast_img read more