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Today, Pink Talking Fish has announced the dates for their extensive upcoming fall tour, which will see the band joined by The Giant Country Horns during their two-night Colorado run. The multi-band tribute act, which blends the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish in a high-octane musical cocktail, also has a number of dates on the calendar, with the tour spanning from the end of August through mid-December.The beginning of their fall tour finds Pink Talking Fish running through a number of previously announced festival appearances, including Boston’s Rock On! Concert Cruise (8/31), New York’s Adirondack Independence Music Festival (9/2), Massachusetts’ Wormtown Music Festival (9/14–16), Ohio’s Resonance Music & Arts Festival, and Massachusetts’ Spirit Of Shrewsbury Fall Festival (9/29).The band’s headlining club performances begin in earnest on October 3rd at South Carolina’s Charleston Pour House. This first show in Charleston kicks off a four-night run across the South that spans till October 6th, with stops in Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; and Asheville, NC. Next, the band heads to the mid-Atlantic, moving through Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina before heading to California on October 24th for an appearance at Solana Beach’s Belly Up followed by a performance at Hangtown Music Festival. Briefly returning to the East Coast on October 27th, Pink Talking Fish rounds out their October dates in Asbury Park, New Jersey, for “Convention Hell” at Convention Hall—a special concept show during which the band will specifically pay tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.Pink Talking Fish will head to Las Vegas at the start of November to complete their previously announced Halloween run at Vinyl Las Vegas. These shows will serve as late-night Phish afterparties with distinct concepts for each performance. On November 1st, Pink Talking Fish will perform their “PTF Is Bowie” concept—which combines the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Phish, and David Bowie—in celebration of Phish’s David Bowie musical costume during their 2016 Halloween experience. On November 2nd, Pink Talking Fish will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Phish’s impromptu performance of Dark Side Of The Moon.The band picks up their fall tour on November 21st, hitting Hartford, Connecticut’s Infinity Music Hall & Bistro before continuing on to Portland, Maine’s Aura on the 23rd. A stop in Buffalo, New York, on November 28th precedes a performance at Detroit’s The Magic Bag and a two-night run at Columbus, Ohio’s Woodlands Tavern on November 30th and December 1st. From there, Pink Talking Fish heads to Colorado, where the group will join forces with The Giant Country Horns—the famed horn section that joined Phish during the Vermont quartet’s 1991 summer tour—during shows in Fort Collins and Denver on December 6th and 7th. Finally, to close out their fall tour, Pink Talking Fish rounds things out with a show in Chicago on the 14th and Pittsburgh on the 15th.For more information and ticketing, head to Pink Talking Fish’s website here. read more
President Barack Obama urged young people to stay involved in the political process Monday during a conference call with student journalists. “You’ve got to take the time to find out where does your congressional candidate stand on various issues, where does your Senate candidate stand on various issues and make an educated decision and participate in this process — because democracy is never a one-and-done proposition,” Obama said. “It’s something that requires sustained engagement and sustained involvement. And I just want to remind everybody of that.” The Observer was one of many student publications to participate in the conference call, which Obama called in order to discuss issues facing students and other young Americans. Obama began by outlining his administration’s plans to improve higher education. He listed three goals, which are to make college more affordable, to ensure higher education prepares students to enter the workforce and to encourage students to finish college. “The key here is that we want to open the doors of our colleges and universities to more people so they can learn, they can graduate and they can succeed in life,” Obama said. Obama’s message was one of optimism, and he expressed confidence that students would be able to find jobs upon graduation. “Things are real tough for young people right now,” he said. “But having said that, if you are getting a college degree, if you’ve got skills in math and science or good, sound communication skills, there are still jobs out there even in a tough environment.” And while improving the economy should help stop the inflation of college costs, a certain amount of the burden lies on universities themselves, Obama said. “You guys have to be good consumers, and your parents have to be good consumers, and we’ve got to offer you more information,” he said. “You should know where your tuition is going. There should be a pie chart at every university that says, out of every dollar you spend in tuition, here’s where your money is going.” The conference call was part of a whole day in which the administration addressed the issue of education at different levels. Monday morning, Obama appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about public education reform in elementary and secondary schools. Monday afternoon, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke at NBC’s “Education Nation” summit in New York City, where she emphasized the importance of community colleges in higher education. The conference call also came at the beginning of a national tour of colleges for Obama and Biden. Obama is scheduled to speak at a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuesday, and Biden is scheduled to speak at Penn State Tuesday. Obama said the goal of those visits is to underscore the importance of young voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. “You can’t sit it out,” Obama said. “You can’t suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so, on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections where we’ve got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans.” read more
New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday recalled the 2016 World T20 clash against Australia when M.S. Dhoni made him “run like in a fitness test”.“A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test,” Kohli tweeted the image of the epic game played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali where he can be seen celebrating the victory while being on his knees while Dhoni is walking towards him.The match Kohli is referring to was a virtual quarter-final match between India and Australia in World T20 played on March 27, 2016 which the Men in Blue won by six wickets and proceeded to the semi-finals.Kohli was the star of the match, as he stuck at one end and scored an unbeaten 82 off just 51 deliveries to help India register a famous win.In their run chase of 161, India was struggling to keep up with the required run rate and had lost three wickets for 49 runs in 7.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh was struggling to run between the wickets. However, Virat Kohli built his innings running quick singles and doubles and Yuvraj was almost hobbling between the wickets.Yuvraj got out in the 14th over with India at 94 in 14 overs and then Dhoni, who is counted among one of the best runners between the wickets in world cricket, came to the crease.The duo shared an unbeaten 67-run stand for the fifth wicket and took India across the line.India, however, failed to lift the T20 World Cup trophy as they were defeated by the eventual champions, West Indies in the semi-final. IANSAlso Read: Hiring Indian Players to Tackle, Kohli and Boys Becoming a TrendAlso Watch:APCC to provide all legal support to genuine citizens excluded from final NRC list read more
Anthony Joshua Tottenham Stadium is the ‘front runner’ to host Anthony Joshua’s mandatory clash with Kubrat Pulev in the summer.The state-of-the art arena is likely to see off competition from the Emirates and Twickenham, with AJ determined to have the fight in London.Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports: ‘He’s made it very clear to me, I want to come home. I want to box in London next. ‘We’re very close. I had a meeting with AJ last night. We’ve had offers in from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, America, Turkey.‘I’ve been to Madison Square Garden, I’ve been to Saudi Arabia, bring me home. Forget the other offers, bring me home.‘He wants to fight in London in June. We’re on the verge of making that happen now.‘Spurs is the front runner and that’s what he’s asked me to do. We’ll be delivering that for him.’Joshua made his triumphant comeback with a victory against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, a choice of destination that provided a superb financial deal but drew plenty of criticism.There were widepread accusations of ‘sportswashing’ and Joshua now wants a return to home comforts.The heavyweight world champion is used to massive stadium fights, and while the 62,000-seater has an inferior capacity to Wembley, it would still provide a red hot atmosphere for the former Olympic champion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Al Skinner appreciated the gesture, but he still felt somewhat out of place.Sitting among Atlantic Coast Conference coaches and officials at the league’s spring meetings in 2004, none of the decisions being made had any effect on Skinner or Boston College. With another season in the Big East remaining for the Eagles, Skinner had no interest in focusing on ACC issues.‘I realized they were talking about things that, yeah, I may be involved in, but right now it really didn’t impact me, so I had to concentrate on the Big East and prepare for that,’ the former BC men’s basketball head coach said. ‘I think they were trying to be cordial and extend a hand. … But the business at hand, for me, was the Big East.’Skinner was entering his seventh year at the helm when Boston College defected from the Big East to the ACC in October 2003, less than four months after Miami and Virginia Tech made the same move. The primary reason that fueled the ACC’s raid of the Big East was to expand from nine teams to 12, which would allow for two divisions of six teams. Most importantly, it would create a football conference championship game, with the aim of raising television revenue for the conference.While the three schools benefited from the move to the ACC, the coaches and players at each felt the disappointment of losing the familiarity of opponents and rivalries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut what they lost in sentimentality, they gained in competitiveness and convenience. For Miami and Virginia Tech, the change in conferences meant a less daunting travel schedule.‘The primary reason for us was that we’re right in the middle for the footprint of the ACC,’ Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver said. ‘One of the main reasons for us was that we are now in a bus league. We cut down tremendously on our travel expenses.’The ACC extended invitations to Virginia Tech and Miami at the same time in June, hoping to build greater television revenue with the addition of two illustrious football programs. At the time, Miami president Donna Shalala expressed disappointment that Boston College and Syracuse were not also offered invitations because the school would have benefited from increased exposure in the Northeast.At first, Miami hesitated to accept the offer while it determined potential revenue gains that would come from leaving the Big East, according to a USA Today article published June 27, 2003.For Virginia Tech, though, the decision wasn’t nearly as difficult. Weaver said when the Hokies received the invitation, they didn’t need to consider it too deeply to figure out whether or not it was the right move. Virginia Tech knew immediately that it had a brighter future in the ACC than it had in the Big East.‘We were more concerned as an institution that we should be a part of the ACC expansion,’ Weaver said. ‘Now that there was an expansion effort underway, we felt it was in our best interest to put our best foot forward and move to the ACC.’Because the decisions were made at the top of the institutional hierarchy for all three schools, coaches and players were left in the dark about their teams’ future. And for former Miami women’s basketball coach Ferne Labati, moving away from the Big East wasn’t easy to accept.‘It was sad because the whole idea with teams over a period of time in conferences is the camaraderie you develop in your conference,’ Labati said. ‘I really enjoyed every aspect of being in the Big East. From the commissioner on down, I thought it was a class organization.’Labati said she remembers being called into a meeting with the other Miami coaches and being told the school was moving to the ACC. She had never been told a move was being discussed, which left her shocked that an era she cared deeply about was ending.In Labati’s 17 seasons at Miami, the Hurricanes made nine postseason appearances and had five consecutive 20-win seasons. But they struggled in their one and only season in the ACC under Labati, going 13-16 overall and 5-11 against conference opponents.Labati and her players missed seeing the familiar faces on other teams, and especially longed for the rivalry games with Connecticut and Georgetown.So much of what had defined Labati’s time at Miami had disappeared.Sitting in that meeting with Shalala and then-Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee, Labati and her fellow coaches were asked their thoughts on the move. While there was certainly disappointment, they could only believe Dee and Shalala when they said it was the right decision for Miami.‘When I was at the University of Miami, it was all about the teams,’ Labati said. ‘It was all about the university. It was all about the athletic department. … So we just felt that if the president and the athletic director felt that it was in the best interest of the university, then it was in the best interest of us.’For Skinner, even when Boston College made the move official, he couldn’t get himself to entertain the idea of coaching in the ACC. The switch in conferences created an odd feeling for Skinner, who was essentially a member of two different leagues but only coaching games in one.Now, coaches at Syracuse and Pittsburgh are left in a similar position. Skinner said he’s certain SU men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim and Panthers men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon aren’t giving any serious thought to what life will be like in two years.‘I’m sure Jamie and Jim are just thinking about, they may even have two years in this league. That’s what they’re going to concentrate on,’ Skinner said. ‘They’re not going to think about what the future holds because who knows what it does. Something can change drastically, and all of a sudden, you’re not in that scenario.’While he said he missed the regular-season games with some of Boston College’s Big East opponents, Skinner found it most difficult to deal with no longer playing in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.Both he and his players missed playing on that type of stage, especially with the increased exposure that week brought to the program.‘I think anyone that is a part of the Big East loves going to New York to play in the Big East tournament,’ Skinner said. ‘From a status standpoint, from the crowd, from the historical standpoint, it’s a great environment. It’s the one time of the year when college basketball captures the biggest city in the country.’But in a new league and in a new tournament, Skinner had to practically start from scratch in building up BC’s credibility. Despite the team’s previous success, Skinner said he wanted to make sure the ACC teams knew that Boston College would bring that level of play with it.In the Eagles’ first appearance in the ACC tournament in 2006, they lost to Duke 78-76 in the championship game. That, Skinner said, proved to his new conference that Boston College was as strong as every other team and would remain competitive for as long as he was the head coach.It’s the exact same position Boeheim and Dixon will find themselves in a little more than two years from now, providing both are still at their respective schools and are forced to wait the full 27 months before officially moving to the ACC. They will lose the storied tradition and history of the Big East, but the start of a new chapter in the ACC will present a new set of challenges for their programs.For now, though, Skinner said they can’t get caught up in what’s going to happen in 27 months. There are still too many Big East games to be played for both schools to look that far down the road.‘You need to take care of business at that time,’ Skinner said. ‘And when the transition is official, then you can entertain the idea.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman read more