Noi’s career-night all for naught against No. 23 Oklahoma, 76-74

first_img + posts Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ printOklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle banks in the game-winning shot over TCU center Kevin Samuel two two seconds to play in Norman. Photo by Melissa Triebwasser.Despite a career-high 30 points on 8-12 three-point shooting from Kouat Noi, TCU men’s basketball fell to the Oklahoma Sooners 76-74 Saturday, dropping to 1-2 in conference play.“He did a lot of great things, hit the shots and set the screen on the play to tie it up that got Alex [Robinson] a wide-open look,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Obviously we felt could’ve and should’ve won the game, but we didn’t.”The loss drops No. 25 TCU’s road losing streak against ranked opponents to 48 games.“We have to defend better, 49 percent from the field for them was clearly the difference,” said Dixon. “We had opportunities, our execution down the stretch was pretty good with our three three-pointers out of timeouts with plays that we ran, but we didn’t get the stops we needed to get.”The Sooners made 17 of their 25 free throw attempts while the Horned Frogs converted on 12 of their 16. TCU shot 35 percent from the floor while Oklahoma hit on 49 percent of their looks from the field.“It is difficult, but we have nobody to blame but ourselves,” said Robinson. “They shot a high percentage from the field, it’s not what we thought our identity was coming into Big 12 play. We have to do better defending.”The key statistics Dixon lamented about following his team’s second-straight, single-digit road defeat was rebounding and second-chance points. Despite outrebounding the Sooners 42-36 with 17 offensive rebounds, they only scored eight points off their extra opportunities.“We have to finish better, finish stronger, and not look for calls,” said Dixon. “We need to a better job finishing through contact.”The first half was a back-and-forth affair until Noi caught fire. He sparked a 13-0 TCU run in which he drilled three consecutive shots from behind the arc. Guards Desmond Bane and Robinson would cap the run with lay-ups, which put the Horned Frogs up nine, 36-27, with 6:29 remaining in the half.TCU forward Kouat Noi celebrates after hitting one of his career-high eight three-pointers. Photo by Melissa Triebwasser.TCU would take a six-point lead into the locker room, 43-37, but the Sooners scored eight of the first nine points to begin the second half, which evened the contest at 44 with 16:11 to play.Oklahoma took their first lead of the second half at 48-47 with 13:45. All five Oklahoma starters scored during their 11-4 run. Noi would return the lead to TCU, 52-51 after hitting his sixth three-pointer with 11:17 remaining.TCU secured a 71-69 lead with less than a minute to play, but a turnover by guard RJ Nembhard resulted in a three-point play for Sooner guard Christian James after converted his running and-one lay-up. James finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Trailing by three, 74-71, and the clock winding down, Robinson drilled the game-tying three-pointer from the top of the key with 16 seconds remaining. Robinson finished with 16 points in addition to eight rebounds and four assists.Oklahoma answered with forward Kristian Doolittle banking in a jumper from the right block with 2.8 seconds, which gave him 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds.“It’s disappointing to us as we’ve gotten beat in the post the last two games with Lawson and now Doolittle,” Dixon said. “I’d like to be more physical, but we had guys in foul trouble, which is a challenge. Our defense was good at the beginning of the year, but it’s let us down the last two games and it wasn’t good enough in the win against Baylor. Doolittle went at us with a lot of post-up finishes around the rim and he drove it to the rim as well. Give him credit.”In the final seconds, guard Kendric Davis attempted a running three-point attempt for the win but it grazed the front of the rim. Noi inbounded the ball to Davis and said the play was designed for him to get the ball back, but there ended up simply not being enough time on the clock.“There’s not a lot of time with 2.8 seconds, we got a shot at the rim, which was a pretty good look considering the timing of it all,” Dixon said. “They trapped the ball, which we knew would happen, Kendric split it and got as good of a look as you could get with how much time we had.”TCU’s next opportunity to snap their two-game losing streak is Tuesday back at Schollmaier Arena against West Virginia. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Linkedin Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Twitter Twitter Facebook Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle banks in the game-winning shot over TCU center Kevin Samuel two two seconds to play in Norman. Photo by Melissa Triebwasser. Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Previous articleFootball and basketball players are on the move this monthNext articleHoroscope: January 15, 2019 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Sweden: Right to information must prevail in trial for filming ferry wreck

first_imgNews RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more Shipwreck Victims Memorial (photo: AFP/Raigo Pajula). June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan SwedenFinlandEstoniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment SwedenFinlandEstoniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the right to information should prevail in the case of a Swedish documentary filmmaker charged with “violating a burial site” for filming the underwater wreck of a ferry containing the remains of hundreds of people who died when it sank in 1994. center_img to go further News Organisation News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says October 12, 2020 – Updated on February 9, 2021 Sweden: Right to information must prevail in trial for filming ferry wreck Update: On 8 February 2021, the Gothenburg court ruled that Henrik Evertsson and Linus Andersson were not guilty of “violating a burial site” when filming the M/S Estonia shipwreck.Henrik Evertsson, the co-director of a new documentary series entitled “Estonia: the Discovery that Changes Everything,” and a member of his crew, camera operator Linus Andersson, are facing the possibility of two-year jail sentences in an unprecedented trial due to begin in Göteborg in January.The series, which Discovery Networks began broadcasting on 28 September, examines the circumstances in which the ferry, the MS Estonia, sank in international waters in the Baltic Sea while on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm on 28 September 1994. A total of 852 people, mostly from Sweden, Estonia and Finland, died in what was the worst maritime disaster since the Titanic.The filmmakers’ underwater camera discovered a 4-metre hole in the side of the ferry’s hull that casts doubt on the official version whereby it sank because of a flaw in its bow door. The documentary includes interviews with the families of victims who also voice doubts about the findings that an international commission issued in 1997.The hole in the side of the hull was filmed by a remote-controlled camera operated by Andersson that was attached to an underwater vehicle. During the underwater filming, which was supervised by the Finnish coastguard, the remote vehicle and its attached camera never went inside the wreck, which was officially declared to be a burial site under an agreement between Sweden, Finland and Estonia in 1995.“The documentary made by Henrik Evertsson and his crew is a response to the request of many of the victims’ families to continue investigating the causes of the shipwreck and find out what really happened on that terrible night in September 1994,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s EU and Balkans desk. “We ask the prosecutor and court to ensure that the fundamental right to information prevails. This journalist acted in the public interest.”RSF Sweden president Erik Halkjaer said Evertsson had shown the vital role that journalism can play in informing the authorities. “Regardless of the origin of the hole in the wreck that this series revealed, this documentary has led the Swedish, Finnish and Estonian governments to regard the discovery as extremely important, to the point of opening new inquiries,” Halkjaer said.Sweden is ranked 4th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

US Supreme Court Rejects Trump-Backed Texas State’s Suit To Invalidate Results In Favor Of Joe Biden

first_imgForeign/InternationalUS Supreme Court Rejects Trump-Backed Texas State’s Suit To Invalidate Results In Favor Of Joe Biden LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Dec 2020 7:48 PMShare This – xIn a major set back to Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election results against him, the Supreme Court of the United States of America rejected a legal challenge attempted by the State of Texas backed by Trump to undo the election results in favour of Joe Biden in four states.The suit sought to invalidate the election results in the states of Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.In…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a major set back to Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election results against him, the Supreme Court of the United States of America rejected a legal challenge attempted by the State of Texas backed by Trump to undo the election results in favour of Joe Biden in four states.The suit sought to invalidate the election results in the states of Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.In a short order, the Supreme Court observed :”Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections”.”The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution”, the Court said.While the majority held that Texas had no right to bring the suit itself, two of the court’s conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they would have allowed Texas to sue but would not grant any other relief.US Supreme Court dismisses suit brought by State of Texas(backed by Donald Trump) seeking to invalidate the election results in favour of rival Joe Biden in the four states of Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.#USElections2020 @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/1VG1TQdfpn— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) December 12, 2020 According to a report by the AFP , the suit filed by Republican attorney general of the state, an ally of Trump, alleged that the results in the other four states were “unconstitutional” because of their heavy use of “fraud-prone” mail-in votes during the coronavirus pandemic.Before the hearing, Trump had posted a tweet urging the Supreme Court to show “wisdom and courage” to support what he called the “most important case in history”.”If the Supreme Court shows great Wisdom and Courage, the American People will win perhaps the most important case in history, and our Electoral Process will be respected again!”, his tweet said.If the Supreme Court shows great Wisdom and Courage, the American People will win perhaps the most important case in history, and our Electoral Process will be respected again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020 Update : Trump reacted angrily to the verdict by tweeting “The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!”The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020 Next Storylast_img read more

Blaze tears through senior community in Florida

first_img@MartinFLSheriff/Twitter(STUART, Fla.) — A large fire ripped through a senior-citizen condominium community in South Florida late Monday, injuring two people and destroying at least 10 units at the property.Emergency officials responded to Cedar Pointe Villages in Stuart, Florida, around 8 p.m. after getting calls that one of the complex’s two-story buildings was engulfed in flames, authorities said.The Martin County Sheriff’s Office deemed it a “serious fire” by 9 p.m. and tweeted video from the scene as firefighters battled to contain the blaze.One section of complex was “completely engulfed” before the fire was contained, authorities said. Fire officials shut off power to the entire grid due to safety concerns.“Firefighters are going door to door making sure everyone is out of the apartment building,” the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.Two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. The victims’ injuries were unclear but most likely related to smoke inhalation.Cedar Pointe Villages, a community for people 55 years or older, consists of 62 two-story buildings divided into eight villages. The resident who lives in the building that caught fire told authorities it was caused by a lit cigarette, according to local news outlets. Authorities have not confirmed that and still are investigating.“We interviewed the gentleman who lived in the corner apartment where it started,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told WPTV. “His initial statement is that he was smoking a cigarette, he dropped it, the next thing he knew there was smoke in his apartment. A neighbor saw the smoke and the flames and called 911.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘I woke up when I heard a lot of screaming’: survivors recall fatal Arkansas bus crash

first_imgBrian Emfinger/LSM(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Ty’Jier Terrell says he woke up to screams and the sight of his fellow youth-football teammates bleeding as their charter bus rolled down an embankment just outside Little Rock Arkansas.“I woke up when I felt something hit my head,” 13-year-old Ty’Jier told CBS affiliate station WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. “Everybody was screaming, crying.”The Arkansas State Police were continuing Tuesday to investigate why the bus went off Interstate 30 near Little Rock, Arkansas, early Monday morning as Ty’Jier and his teammates were headed home to Memphis from a youth football championship game in Dallas, Texas.The driver, identified by state police as 66-year-old Eula Jarrett of Tennessee, told investigators she lost control of the bus, but it remains unclear why she lost control, officials said. Investigators said the weather was clear and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.Police said the bus careened off the highway about 2:40 a.m. and rolled down an embankment, coming to a rest on his right side.Asked if driver fatigue could have played a role in the crash, a state police official told ABC News that investigators “are taking into consideration all potential contributing factors that may have played a role in causing the bus to leave the roadway.”Killed in the crash was 9-year-old Kameron Johnson, according to the Saline County, Arkansas, coroner. At least 45 other children and adults were injured, many of them suffering broken bones, contusions and head injuries.Police said the injured children ranged in age from 8 to 13 and were members of the Orange Mound Youth Association in Memphis.Ty’Jier suffered a gash on the right side of his head that required 18 stitches to close.“I was scared ’cause everybody was bleeding and I had a lot of blood all over my T-shirt before I changed at the hospital,” Ty’Jier said.He said he escaped from the bus through an emergency hatch in the roof.Damous Hailey, one of the coaches on the bus, told the Associated Press that he was sitting behind the driver when the bus began to swerve, leave the roadway and tumble down the steep embankment.“When the bus started flipping, the kids were hollering and we were trying to calm them down,” Hailey said, sitting in a wheelchair at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas. “I was holding on, trying to make sure I didn’t get thrown out.”Hailey, who suffered injuries to his right leg and side, described the crash as “horrific.”“You can imagine what happened when these kids were thrown around when their bus went flying at 50 mph into the forest,” he said.The charter bus is owned by Scott Shuttle Services of Somerville, Tennessee. Representatives of the company did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.Records show the bus company, which operates five vehicles and employs seven drivers, has previously been fined $3,250 in 2015 for violating federal license and periodic inspection regulations, according to records obtained by ABC News from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.In May, the company failed a basic driver fitness compliance review after one of its drivers was found not to have proper licenses to operate a bus, according to records. The company was fined $3,490.One of Scott Shuttle Services’ buses was also involved in a minor crash with another vehicle in November 2017 in Jackson, Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued.Hours after Monday’s the wreck, students at Coleman Elementary School in Memphis were told that their classmate, Kameron Johnson, a third grader, was killed.“You just saw heartache. You saw our hearts broken. You saw tears. You saw hugs,” Nickalous Manning, superintendent of Aspire Public Schools, told reporters.“It’s hard to put into words what this young person, what the future had for him. But he’s definitely a young person that’s near and dear to our hearts,” Manning said of Kameron. “He made a huge impact on our school.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

George Floyd’s brother testifies in ‘spark of life’ phase of Derek Chauvin murder trial

first_imgDNY59/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The jury has heard extensively about George Floyd’s drug addiction, but until Monday little had been shared to humanize the man prosecutors say died in the most inhumane way.Prosecutors winding down their murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, called Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, to the witness stand to provide what is known in Minnesota as “spark of life doctrine” testimony.Stemming from a 1985 state Supreme Court case, Minnesota is rare in permitting such personal and often emotional testimony from loved ones of an alleged crime victim in advance of a verdict. In most states, such testimony is reserved for victim impact statements during sentencing if there is a conviction.Prior to the start of the trial, prosecutor Matthew Frank told Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill that he planned to invoke the doctrine during the trial, allowing the prosecution to call witnesses to testify about Floyd as a brother, son, father and friend.“This puts some personal nature back into the case for somebody who’s treated so impersonally in an unfortunately biased system,” Frank told Cahill.Philonise Floyd attempted to do just that, describing his brother’s upbringing in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and at the Cuney Homes public housing project in Houston. He described his brother’s fondness for Nintendo video games, his prowess in playing basketball and football in high school and college, and his love for their late mother, Larcenia Floyd.He described his brother as a “big momma’s boy,” who had a special relationship with their mother, who died in 2018.“Being around him, he showed us like how to treat our mom and how to respect our mom,” Philonise Floyd testified.During one point in his testimony, Philonise Floyd was shown a photo of his brother as a child hugging their smiling mother while lying in her lap. He began to cry and paused his testimony to wipe his eyes with a tissue and compose himself. He then explained why the month of May has become so bittersweet for him.“On May 24, I got married and my brother was killed on May 25, and my mom died on May 30. So it’s like a bittersweet month because I’m supposed to be happy when that month comes,” Philonise Floyd said, his voice cracking with emotion.He said as a child, he looked up to his older brother, George, who he referred by his middle name, Perry. He said his brother was a standout athlete at Jack Yates High School in Houston, where he played basketball and football, and taught him how to play the sports.He said his brother would always make sure he was dressed and ready for school and had lunch to take with him, adding that George Floyd often made banana mayonnaise sandwiches “because he couldn’t cook.”“He just was a person everybody loved in the community. He just knew how to make people feel better,” Philonise Floyd, a 39-year-old truck driver, testified.He said that when their mother died in May 2018, George Floyd was emotionally crushed that he was in Minnesota and not at her side in Houston.“So, that right there it hurt him a lot. When we went to the funeral, George just sat there at the casket … and he would just say ‘momma, momma’ over and over again,” he said, recalling the same cries his brother repeated as he was dying under the weight of Chauvin’s knee on his neck.“I didn’t know what to tell him because I was in pain, too,” he said. “We all were hurting and he was just kissing her and kissing her. He did not want to leave the casket.”Prior to Philonise Floyd testimony, Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Floyd family, told ABC News that Floyd’s loved ones were looking forward to this portion of the trial. He said they wanted to add context to the man Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson has repeatedly maligned.Nelson has argued and questioned witnesses on whether Floyd’s drug addiction and heart diseases more likely caused his death than the actions of Chauvin and three other officers involved in his fatal May 25, 2020, arrest.“As you can imagine no one in the country is more invested in the outcome of this case than the family,” Merritt told ABC News.The “spark of life” testimony will followed a week in which the Floyd family has had to endure the most graphic testimony yet of medical experts offering a second-by-second description of Floyd’s death and how his body was dissected during an autopsy.“George Floyd has become a hashtag. He’s become a rallying cry, but the family wants the jury to know that he was a person, that his life had value, that if he wasn’t assaulted in the way he was, that he could have led a productive life, that family members relied on him,” Merritt said. “How that evidence is going to come in is going to be very important to this family.”The “spark of life” doctrine emerged from a 1985 case in which a defendant charged with killing a police officer argued to the Minnesota Supreme Court that the prosecutor prejudiced the jury with a speech about the officer’s marriage and childhood upbringing that was so emotional the judge had to order a recess.The state Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors could present evidence that a murder victim was “not just bones and sinews covered with flesh, but was imbued with the spark of life.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas police officer ‘ambushed,’ shot at traffic stop; suspect in custody: Officials

first_imgDaniel Tadevosyan/iStock(BURLESON, Texas) — A police officer was shot ‘multiple times’ during an early morning traffic stop in Burleson, Texas.A man was captured in Texas Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot a police officer during an “ambush” at a traffic stop overnight, authorities said.Jerry Don Elders, 39, allegedly fired multiple shots at a Burleson police officer when he approached Edlers’ car for an equipment violation at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell said.The officer is “alert” and in stable condition, Cordell said. Authorities believe he was shot three times.“He had a through-and-through shot to his neck,” Cordell said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “It’s an amazing story. … It could have been a very different outcome.”After the shooting, Elders and two others who were in the car with him fled the scene, Cordell said.The suspects’ car then caught on fire and they abandoned the vehicle, he said.Authorities believe one of the suspects went to a home and carjacked a resident, police said.“At 8:44 a.m. this morning, a female arrived at the Joshua Police Department … with gunshot wounds,” Cordell continued.She was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead, he said.Elders — who allegedly abandoned a car and was found in a wooded area near Gainesville, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon — was “likely involved in the death” of that woman, Cordell said.“There was a second subject with [Elders in the wooded area],” Cordell said. “We don’t know for sure who that is. They are continuing to search for that person.”As for the third person in the car during the shooting of the officer, Cordell said, “We know who they are. We’ve been in contact with them.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK Warship Welcomes Head of OPCW-UN Joint Mission Aboard

first_img HMS MONTROSEWhilst alongside in Limassol, Cyprus on 13 February, HMS Montrose welcomed on board Sigrid Kaag, the Head of the Joint Mission set up by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations (UN), to remove and destroy the ingredients used for the manufacture of Syrian chemical weapons. February 17, 2014 View post tag: Warship View post tag: OPCW-UN View post tag: Mission Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Warship Welcomes Head of OPCW-UN Joint Mission Aboard View post tag: Head View post tag: Joint View post tag: welcomes View post tag: UK View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval The Commanding Officer and crew of HMS Montrose should be proud of their courage and commitment which speaks volumes for the UK’s vision for international peace and security.She visited the ship to recognise the UK’s part in the Danish-led Operation RECSYR (REmoval of Chemical weapons from SYRia), in which HMS Montrose has been taking part since early January, and to hold talks with the Commander of the RECSYR Task Group, Commodore Torben Mikkelsen of the Royal Danish Navy.Since arriving in the Eastern Mediterranean, HMS Montrose has been working alongside warships from Denmark and Norway to carry out escort and protection duties of two merchant vessels who are transporting the chemicals from Syria for onward destruction, a mission that has also seen close co-ordination with Russian and Chinese warships who are also operating in the area.Talking about the role that his ship has had over the last month, the Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose, Commander James Parkin Royal Navy discussed with Ms Kaag how the ship is working very closely with her Danish and Norwegian allies to ensure full protection of the merchant vessels transporting the chemicals.He explained “The Task Group as a whole operates seamlessly together. Having been re-tasked from operations in the Persian Gulf, my Ship’s Company and I are all honoured to be part of an operation of such global significance.”After a discussion with Commodore Mikkelsen, Ms Kaag was taken on a guided tour of the Type 23 Frigate with demonstrations being given of the work of the bridge, operations room and the Lynx helicopter, all of which showcased the capabilities of the ship in a wide range of potential scenarios.During her visit, Ms Kaag thanked everyone in HMS Montrose for the vital part that they have been playing in the operation of the coast of Syria.She said “The United Kingdom’s contribution to peace and security through its significant contribution to Syria’s chemical weapons elimination and destruction, is most meaningful and significant.”“The Commanding Officer and crew of HMS Montrose should be proud of their courage and commitment which speaks volumes for the UK’s vision for international peace and security.”In an interview with journalists after her tour, Ms Kaag went on to say, “Just looking at the maritime component alone under the terms of the Moscow agreement, with the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Denmark, Norway and of course the United Kingdom, this is a unique multinational effort with several different countries working together to achieve a shared goal.”After she departed, Commander Parkin said, “It has been a tremendous honour for Commodore Mikkelsen and I to have hosted Sigrid Kaag on board HMS Montrose today, and I remain very proud of the contribution that we have made over the past month to Operation RECSYR.“My ship and my sailors are trained to a very high standard and we remain extremely confident of our ability to deal with any scenario that may arise.”The Devonport-based Frigate deployed from the UK in August 2013, and is due to return home around Easter, after she is replaced in Operation RECSYR by another Royal Navy ship.[mappress]Press Release, February 17, 2014; Image: Royal Navy UK Warship Welcomes Head of OPCW-UN Joint Mission Aboard Share this articlelast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Talks About The Night Phish Partied With Prince At Paisley Park

first_imgThe members of Phish have long been Prince fans, getting their start around the same time when Prince was peaking in his popularity during the 1980’s. While Phish has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” many times over, and even “1999″ on New Year’s Eve 1998, the band’s ties to the Purple One run even deeper than covering his music.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Trey Anastasio recalls a singular night – November 11th, 1996 – that Phish and Prince crossed paths. The entire band was invited to Prince’s Paisley Park mansion when they were in town for a show in Minneapolis.Anastasio recalls the intimate crowd, which included Ziggy Marley, Boyz II Men and a couple hundred others. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” said Anastasio. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” At the party, Prince plugged in and played some tunes with his band. Anastasio recalls the music vividly. “It was really cool. He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it. He stepped back, and I remember thinking that everybody tries to play like James Brown’s rhythm guitar player. Jammy guys do it a lot, and they all get it wrong, myself included. He was playing the most badass little rhythms with the drummer as soon as he got out of the spotlight. I was so fascinated by what he was playing. That’s when I noticed what a great guitar player he was.”He continued to muse over Prince’s musical abilities in the interview. “The guy had the best bands… They were unbelievable. And that’s a skill in itself. Zappa didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Prince didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Bandleading is an art form. I have a little bit of experience in this, and let me tell you, I always admire people who consistently have great bands. Prince had figured out a way to hire really unique, really talented, really tight bands. And it’s easy to get one. But try getting two or three. That’s different. It’s horrible that he’s gone. I was heartbroken. He was way, way too young.”While Anastasio never got to meet Prince, he was certainly in awe of his talents. “I don’t think he would have known who I was, but it didn’t matter.” He also called it “an unforgettable night.” RIP, Prince.last_img read more

Arcade Fire Just Played Their First Show Since 2014 In Barcelona

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Arcade Fire setlists Canadian rockers Arcade Fire have some summer dates on the docket, but the band officially kicked off their touring with their first show of the year in Barcelona. After a two year absence from the road, the band hit the famed club Razzmatazz for a rocking start to great times ahead.The band brought out a number of their classic tunes throughout, spanning their catalog with passion. Though Will Butler recently mentioned that a new album could be out by early 2017, the band chose not to play new music. Still, they treated fans to an excellent performance and got the ball rolling for summer ahead.Check out some fan-shot videos from the show, as well as a full setlist, below:Ready To StartReflektorRebellion (Lies)My Body Is A CageNormal PersonWake Uplast_img read more