Phil Lesh Plots Busy Weekend Of Sit-Ins At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is keeping himself busy these days, whether its performing with his own band or sitting in with the many groups that perform at his venue, Terrapin Crossroads. The San Rafael, CA locale will see Lesh play with a number of groups next weekend, as he’s been announced for shows during three consecutive nights at Terrapin.The first comes next Thursday, April 7th, when Lesh joins North Mississippi All-Stars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson & The Cooperators. Lesh and Dickinson have a long history together, as they’ve collaborated many times in the past. On the next evening, April 8th, Lesh will play with Americana band Goodnight, Texas, and his son Grahame Lesh’s band Midnight North will open.Finally, Lesh will perform with Jason Crosby & Friends on April 9th, which features venue regulars Stu Allen, Scott Law, and Jay Lane. Jason’s brother Chris Crosby will play bass when Lesh isn’t sitting in. Basically, this looks to be a Phil & Friends set, just one where Lesh doesn’t perform for the whole show.The Lesh-filled weekend looks to be a great one! More information here.last_img read more

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Naval Special Warfare Operators Assist Honduran Military in Establishing Elite Maritime Unit

first_img NSWTE-A also focused its efforts on partner nation self-sustainment strategies when seven FEN members were selected as future instructors, shadowing NSW counterparts during all training evolutions. This mentorship provided each Honduran instructor with the competence and confidence to conduct future selection courses and internal sustainment training unilaterally. Outside of the physical and technical training that is associated with a special operator, NSWTE-A focused on creating a team of communication specialists within the FEN to become experts in Harris radio technologies, a skill set that is lacking in most Central American units due to the lack of expertise. During a recent six-month deployment, members of Naval Special Warfare Task Element-Alpha (NSWTE-A), a deployed maneuver element attached to Naval Special Warfare Unit-FOUR (NSWU-4) in support of Special Operations Command South, partnered with their Honduran counterparts to train and increase the military capacity of the newly established Honduran Fuerza Especiales Naval or (FEN). The FEN is a maritime unit of Special Operators capable of combating transnational organized crime in and around their waterways. “The unique task organization, presentation of functional skill sets, and development of unit pride and esprit de corps has effectively paved the way for continued Honduran led training and operations in the future in order to keep their borders secure against transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking,” said the NSWTE-A officer in charge. NSWU4, stationed in Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, Va., and in support of SOCSOUTH, headquartered at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., designed and implemented a comprehensive training and maintenance plan to build the FEN into a strong counter-narcotic force. Organizational departments were also created to include assault, boats, communications, engineering and training with a senior officer and enlisted advisor assigned to each department. To compliment the efforts of the Navy SEALs, members from Naval Special Warfare Special Boat Team 22 also spent a month with counterparts from NSWTE-A training the FEN in basic watercraft maintenance skills and procedures, nautical chart familiarization, boat vectoring and intercepting techniques, small boat handling tactics, and long-range navigation exercises. With a rate of 86 people killed for every 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world according to statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report in 2011. center_img By Dialogo February 08, 2013 Some of the conditioning assessments included an eight-mile log physical training event and a six-nautical mile ocean swim across the Bahia de Trujillo. After completing these physical and mental hardships to become a member of the FEN, the 45 qualified individuals continued through more rigorous and operationally-focused skills training, which completed their transformation into a disciplined and dedicated team capable of providing the Honduran Fuerza Naval a capable maritime branch of special operations. Ten operators from SEAL Team 18, attached to NSWU-4, spent six months training and observing the FEN in a multi-disciplinary approach, resulting in 45 highly qualified Honduran Special Operators by the end of the two, eight-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s) style training. These courses were modeled after the BUD/s selection training done by the U.S. Navy SEALs in Coronado, Calif. “In my whole military career, I can only remember three times when radios were used successfully on a mission,” said the FEN’s commanding officer. He added that the skills learned during this training should improve the success rate of radios during military movements. With a murder rate four times higher than Mexico, these alarming numbers depict a nation where violence is part of everyday life. Many of these casualties are linked to narcotics trafficking, where Honduras and other Central American nations are used as a transit point from South America into Mexico and the U.S.; the preponderance of these illicit activities enter the region by maritime. “The combination of SEALs and Special Boat Operators provided the FEN with arguably the best maritime training available within USSOF”, said the NSWTE-A officer in charge. last_img read more

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ICC World Cup 1992 World Cup: ‘Cornered Tigers’ Pakistan create glory Down Under

first_img New Delhi: After the first four editions were played in the Northern Hemisphere, the ICC Cricket World Cup shifted to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. There were several other firsts in this tournament as well. It was the first edition to be played in Australia and New Zealand. It was the first tournament where teams had coloured clothing. It was also the first time that the World Cup was played with the white ball and it was also in this edition that two new balls were used in the match. Significantly, the cricketing world welcomed the return of South Africa back into the fold after 21 years of isolation due to apartheid. This meant that the tournament was played with nine teams and involved a round-robin style of matches.South Africa started the tournament with a bang as they dazzled the world with their pace bowling, batting and fielding, exemplified by Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes. Australia, the 1987 champions, started disastrously while India also stumbled. New Zealand displayed their might in home conditions but the World Cup was typified by how Pakistan bounced back. highlights Pakistan lost their first three games in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.The 1992 World Cup was held for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. Imran Khan won the 1992 World Cup in what was his last game.  Imran Khan considered one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket and who was coaxed out of retirement to lead the side for the 1992 World Cup, had his back to the wall. Pakistan was hammered by the West Indies and they lost to arch-rivals India and South Africa. In Adelaide, they were bowled out for 74 by England but they were rescued by rain. However, Imran’s ‘cornered tiger’ quote before the game in Perth against Australia galvanised Pakistan and they won the remaining games to enter the semi-final.New Zealand also rode on Martin Crowe’s brilliance and the efficiency of their bowlers in Gavin Larsen, Chris Harris, Rod Latham and Willie Watson, who was dubbed Dibbly, Dobbly, Wibbly, Wobbly. England was strong while South Africa defied the odds and reached the final. In the first semi-final, New Zealand’s dream run was ended thanks to a brilliant 60 off 37 balls from Inzamam-ul-Haq while South Africa was denied by the rain-rule against England in Sydney.In the final, Imran’s 72 helped Pakistan reach 249/6 and a brilliant spell of bowling from Wasim Akram, who took 3/41 including two in one over helped Pakistan beat England by 22 runs to win the World Cup for the first time. The 1992 World Cup represented the ultimate fightback and in the end, the most mercurial team won it.Most runs: Martin Crowe of New Zealand. Runs: 456. Average: 114Most wickets: Wasim Akram of Pakistan. Wickets: 18. Average: 18.77Venues: Australia and New Zealand For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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