After two long years, Phish returned to Las Vegas, NV for an exciting four-night run that leads into the holiest of jam band holidays, Halloween. After a brief fall tour that has been highlighted with great playing, Big Boat material and a sit-in from the Grateful Dead’s own Bob Weir, all eyes have been on Vegas. Fortunately, Phish got started with a bust-out heavy opener to set the pace for the weekend to come.The band introduced their four night stand at MGM Grand with a nod to their 2014 Halloween trip to Las Vegas. The space ship immediately blasted off; excitement was in the air with the initial notes of “Martian Monster.” With “No Men In No Man’s Land,” Trey Anastasio came down hard with the gritty licks. The band picked up on it, and fed from the fruits of their own energy. Off the bat, the spirit was high, and then the band kept things exciting with two big bust outs in a row! They broke into the first “Dogs Stole Things” since 2012 (182 shows) and the first “Beauty of My Dreams” since 2010 (227 shows), and these led into the relative rarity and crowd favorite, “Destiny Unbound.”While the audience was initially a bit apprehensive toward the new song “Home,” the Big Boat tune evolved into an excellent jam, complete with Mike Gordon bass bombs galore. Los Lobos’ “When The Circus Comes” was a nice sentimental moment in the first set, but it was the impressive “Steam” that really picked things up at the MGM. The standard “The Wedge” came next, and the set closed with a solid “Walls of a Cave.” Coming off of a highly energetic introduction, the crowd sank right in with the flow of the show.The second set began with a rarity, “Crimes of the Mind,” which hadn’t been played since 2009 (283 shows). Phish extended that energy into an improv-heavy “Golden Age,” reaching a next-level 25-minute mark worth recording, then shuffling into a dimension that brought “Simple” to a “Light” for the ages. Joy track “Twenty Years Later” provided a breath of fresh air, before “Blaze On” and “The Squirming Coil” became an excellent end to the second set.The band returned for a brief “Bouncing Around the Room” before closing with Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold As Love.” The TV On The Radio original, “Golden Age”, was the absolute takeaway, especially after their previous, jam-less show in Grand Prairie, Texas. The improv-heavy 25+ minute jam more than proved that Phish is still on their game, with three more nights to look forward to.Watch full videos of the first night, courtesy of Tom Rowles on YouTube. You can navigate through the playlist using the icon on the top left.Check out the full setlist from Phish at the MGM below, courtesy of Phish.net. Viva Phish Vegas!Setlist: Phish at MGM Grand Garden Area, Las Vegas, NV – 10/28/16Set I: Martian Monster, No Men In No Man’s Land, Dogs Stole Things, Beauty of My Dreams, Destiny Unbound, Limb By Limb, Home, When The Circus Comes, Steam > The Wedge, Cavern, Walls of the CaveSet II: Crimes of the Mind, Golden Age > Simple > Light > Twenty Years Later > Blaze On, Squirming CoilE: Bouncing Around The Room, Bold As Love[Photo via Dave DeCrescente]
British champion Lauren Taylor has been ruled out of an automatic place in the 2012 US Women’s Open Championship following an error by the USGA. Earlier this month the USGA announced that, as British champion, Lauren would be exempt into the Open. This week they contacted the 17-year-old England international to apologise and explain that the news was incorrect. The exemption will go instead to the winner of the 2012 British championship – who will claim her title in Carnoustie on 30 June, just five days before the US Women’s Open tees off at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin. John Petrie, the chief executive of England Golf, commented: “It’s both a deeply unfair and a rather impractical decision. Having announced Lauren’s exemption and published it on their website it is just plain wrong to withdraw it. “Given the two events are just days apart, it rather assumes that a player will have booked flights and accommodation on the off-chance of winning the British title, which is in itself a physically and mentally draining week – not ideal preparation for a Major. The sensible solution is for the 2011 British amateur champion to play in the 2012 US Women’s Open and so on.” The news has created dismay and disbelief among Lauren’s 1600-plus Twitter followers. Among those asking the USGA to reconsider or issue a special invitation are Sky Sports Golf and Golf World. Meanwhile, Lauren is accepting the news, keeping a low profile and has tweeted: “There are always speed bumps in the road to success. But you will come back stronger.” Her mother, Jackie, remarked: “Lauren is taking the news well and dealing with it with the maturity we know she possesses, having won such a great title at such a young age.” Lauren was 16 when she won the title and became the youngest-ever British champion. Her achievement was recognised before millions of television viewers when she went on to win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Picture Courtesy of: CalCarson Golf Agency 29 Feb 2012 USGA error rules Lauren out of US Open
Facebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mathnasium of OlympiaMathnasium of Olympia is now open for business, offering fun and effective after-school math programs for children in grades K-12.The center, located at 4331-B Lacey Blvd., operates on the core belief that virtually any child can become great at math. The Mathnasium Method™, implemented at more than 400 Mathnasium centers in the U.S. and abroad, is a unique program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and personalized instruction in a way that makes sense to them. “Mathnasium of Olympia focuses solely on math, so we know how to teach it in a way that really connects with kids. Mathnasium centers across the country have helped struggling students develop into ‘A’ students and ‘A’ students go on to even greater achievements. Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting as well as extraordinarily useful, both in terms of succeeding in school and for the valuable life skills it provides. We are thrilled to be able to bring our Mathnasium Method™ to the parents and children of the Olympia area,” said Jennifer Chevalier, Owner of the Mathnasium of Olympia franchise.For students, the Mathnasium experience begins with a highly detailed assessment of each child’s strengths and weaknesses, which is then used to create a customized learning plan. Personalized instruction from Mathnasium of Olympia’s highly trained and caring instructors assures that each student fully understands key concepts before moving on to the next.Importantly, the Mathnasium Method™ includes a number of approaches to make math fun and interesting. It uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques to help children really understand math and has been developed over more than 40 years of practical experience with thousands of students.Rather than sending children home with additional piles of homework, Mathnasium of Olympia focuses on teaching children what they need to know while they are present at the center. Unlike many learning centers, students can get help with their school homework at the center and can also use their time to help prepare for important standardized tests.To find out more about Mathnasium of Olympia, please contact Jennifer Chevalier, owner of the Olympia Mathnasium franchise, at (360) 688-9963, or visit http://www.mathnasium.com/olympia.About MathnasiumMathnasium Learning Centers, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, specializes in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. Students go to Mathnasium year-round to catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. The proprietary Mathnasium Method™ is the result of 40+ years of hands-on instruction and research. Franchising since 2003, Mathnasium has become one of the fastest growing educational franchises, with a new center opening each week. There are more than 400 Mathnasium franchises in the U.S. and abroad. www.mathnasium.com
The Female U18 BC Cup is the first stage in the formation of Team BC which will participate at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. The top players selected from the U18 BC Cup advance to the U18 Provincial Camp in Lake Cowichan May 16 – 19. Dawson, McAuley and Huisman are part of the Kootenay Wildcats Female Hockey team.A former Nelsonite, Emma Hare, who now lives in Winfield and played last season with Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, was also selected to the U18 BC Cup.The opening two days of the U18 BC Cup consist of practices, team building and fitness testing. The remainder of the weekend will consist of games where players are evaluated on their performance. BC Hockey’s Female Under 18 level is the third and final stage of the High Performance Program.It is an opportunity for the top players in the Province to train and compete at an elite level and is meant to introduce players to the beginning of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. A handful of local female hockey players have been invited to the 2014 Female U18 BC Cup in Salmon Arm from April 23 – 27.Nelson’s Merissa Dawson along with Stephanie McAuley of Trail and Kimberley Huisman of Fernie were invited to the jamboree format event, featuring four teams.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence U18 squad last season, finishing the season with 53 points.Prince Albert coach and GM Bruno Campese played his minor hockey in Nelson before going on to a successful career in the WHL.This is the second player Campese has sent to the Leafs.Earlier this season, towering defenceman Cody Paivarinta was sent to Nelson to develop for another shot at the WHL. The Abbotsford native has five points in seven games with Nelson.Nelson plays three games this weekend, two at home Friday (Castlegar) and Saturday (Spokane) before completing the set Sunday in the Sunflower City against the Rebels. The Nelson Leafs appear to have landed another diamond in the rough compliments of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.The Raiders have re-assigned 16-year-old left winger Dylan Williamson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise after the Calgary product played in five exhibition games.