In just 8 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. Over the years, The Garden has become the de facto home court for the Phish from Vermont. To date, the band has played the storied midtown room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable shows they’ve ever played. As per tradition, the band will live stream all four nights of the upcoming run.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesIf you’re unable to make the shows at MSG, there will be live webcasts running for all four nights of Phish’s New Year’s run. The concerts will be streamed in both SD and HD formats, with pre-order available here via LivePhish.com. If you’re missing the run completely, there are discounted rates for bundle packages.With so much going on surrounding the Garden during this special time, we put together a rundown of some of the best pre- and post-parties around town. Check out the full guide here, and see you soon!
An international team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the Leon Levy Expedition Ashkelon announced this week in Science Advances the findings of a study to determine the provenance of the Philistines, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies on ancient bone samples unearthed during a three-decade excavation in Ashkelon. Analyzing genome-wide data retrieved, for the first time, from people who lived in Ashkelon during the Bronze and Iron Age, the team found that a substantial proportion of their ancestry was derived from a European population. This European-derived ancestry was introduced in Ashkelon around the time of the Philistines’ estimated arrival in the 12th century B.C. “This genetic distinction is due to European-related gene flow introduced in Ashkelon during either the end of the Bronze Age or the beginning of the Iron Age. This timing is in accord with estimates of the Philistines’ arrival to the coast of the Levant, based on archaeological and textual records,” said Michal Feldman of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, leading author of the study. According to Daniel M. Master, director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon and head of the archaeological team, the new genetic input from the direction of Southern Europe was found in bone samples taken from infants buried under the floors of their homes, as was the custom. “These infants were not travelers, they are the result of immigration and family building, thereby indicating that their parents did indeed come to the region from overseas in the 12th century B.C.” These genetic results are a critical step toward understanding the long-disputed origins of the Philistines.From 1985 to 2016, the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, a project of the Harvard Semitic Museum and under license from the Israel Antiquities Authority, took up the search for the origin of the Philistines at Ashkelon, one of the five “Philistine” cities according to the Hebrew Bible. The excavations culminated in the discovery (2013-2016) of the first Philistine cemetery ever to be found. Led by its founder, the late Lawrence E. Stager, and then by Master, the team found substantial changes in ways of life during the 12th century B.C.E. which they connected to the arrival of the Philistines. Many scholars, however, argued that these cultural changes were merely the result of trade or a local imitation of foreign styles and not the result of a substantial movement of people. This new study represents the culmination of more than 30 years of archaeological work and of genetic research utilizing state of the art technologies, concluding that the advent of the Philistines in the southern Levant involved a movement of people from the west during the Bronze to Iron Age transition. Read Full Story
Geneva “Jo” Lester 88, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday December 25, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born February 22, 1930 in Corbin, KY, of the late Vernon Ingle and Rachel (Combs) Ingle.Jo attended the First Baptist Church of Aurora.She enjoyed flower gardening, vegetable gardening, and canning in her youth. Jo also enjoyed quilting and embroidery. She often took in, and cared for stray animals.Jo is survived by son, Frederick A. Lester of Aurora, IN; daughter-in-law, Sherry L. Zinser of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Mathew and Anthony Zinser; and great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Logan, Jonah and Layla Zinser.She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Chester R. Lester and her sisters..Friends will be received Friday, December 28, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm with Pastor David Charles officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the SIEOC. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was buoyant after his side maintained their perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying with a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands. First-half strikes from Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty secured the points, while Roy Carroll’s superb one-handed penalty save from Frodi Benjaminsen ensured a clean sheet. The 10,049 fans who crammed into the two operational stands at a Windsor Park in the early stages of redevelopment might have enjoyed more goalmouth action after the interval, but after winning in Hungary last month it was all about the points for O’Neill. “I didn’t ask Carl in to speak to the lads,” he said. “We’ve had Rory McIlroy in the hotel with us this week as well but the players had to make do with my words of wisdom instead. “It’s great when you see people like that around – and we had (record goalscorer) David Healy at the hotel last night too. “The lads are always glad to see him. There’s a really good atmosphere around at the minute and it’s one that we need to keep going.” O’Neill eased concerns over McAuley, who was substituted early in the second half in mild discomfort, but confirmed his West Brom team-mate Chris Brunt would not be travelling to Greece with the squad on Sunday. “On another night we might have kept Gareth on but we had to look to Greece. He was hobbling a bit, he collided with the post, but we got a great performance out of Gareth again,” said the manager. “I emphasised in the last campaign that he was probably our best performer and he showed again how vital he is to us tonight. “He’ll be vital again in Greece, so we’ll wrap him in cotton wool and make sure he’s ready to play on Tuesday. “Brunty would have played but unfortunately he nicked his groin on Thursday morning and has returned to his club.” His side top Group F after two games, having opened a campaign with back-to-back wins for the first time since 1968. “The target off the back of the game in Hungary was to take three points and we did that with a really strong performance,” he said. “We’re delighted with the performance and the three points. We have six points from two games but it’s a little bit early to be looking at the group, that’s for the supporters to enjoy. “For us, the campaign is about momentum and getting that as early as possible. “Had we not taken three points here it would have diminished the significance of Budapest and we haven’t allowed that to happen.” O’Neill had tasted only one victory in two and a half years prior to this campaign and cut a relieved figure after seeing off a so-called minnow for the first time. Previous attempts against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan had ended in embarrassment, with two points from a possible 12 against the pair. And although there was no shortage of local star power on hand in Belfast this week, with world champion boxer Carl Frampton paraded before kick-off at Windsor Park and a certain Ryder Cup star sharing the side’s digs, O’Neill kept the motivational duties in house. Press Association
INDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as they fell to Duke 68-63 in Monday night’s national championship game.The entire game was an absolute battle, as teams traded buckets and blows for 40 minutes.In the first half, neither team could pull away as a six-point scoring margin for Duke was the largest of the period. Duke freshmen forwards Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow both were limited in the first 20 minutes due to foul trouble, but the Blue Devils were able to ride 50 percent shooting in the first half and keep it close.Predictably, in such an even matchup, the two teams went into the second half tied at 31.In the second half, the Badgers hopped out to an early five-point lead and were riding that momentum to start the half. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig came out hot, scoring five points and assisting on a Kaminsky bucket in the first three minutes of the period.However, despite the foul trouble and struggle to hit shots early on, Duke would not go down without a fight.Turning PointWith 13:25 left in the second half, a Kaminsky layup put the Badgers up 48-39 with 13:25 remaining in the second half and Wisconsin was rolling with both Winslow and Okafor in foul trouble.However, following a Duke timeout, freshman Grayson Allen decided it was his time to shine and he single-handedly took over the game, scoring the next eight points for Duke and putting the Blue Devils right back into the game. Duke rallied around the freshman, as his play gave his team back the momentum and confidence they needed to close out the game.When you knew it was overThis game was a battle from wire-to-wire, and with taking into account the unpredictability of the NCAA tournament, you really did not know it was over until the final buzzer sounded. It was only then where Duke could officially celebrate their fifth national title under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.Wisconsin Player of the GameFrank Kaminsky – 21 points (7-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and 12 rebounds in 39 minutesOne of the greatest players to ever put on a Wisconsin uniform played in his final game Monday and he still put together an outstanding performance on the biggest stage. He never shied away from and outplayed Okafor on both ends of the floor and was as good as he has been all season. Unfortunately, for Kaminsky and the Badgers, it just was not enough in the end. Duke Player of the GameTyus Jones – 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and five rebounds in 37 minutes.Tyus Jones torched the Badgers for 22 points in their first matchup in December, and the Duke freshman did it once again on Monday night. Jones hit big shot after big shot, including the dagger three-point shot that put the Blue Devils up eight points with just 1:24 remaining. On a night where neither Okafor nor Winslow were able to produce, Jones stepped up when Duke needed him to most.The End of an EraBoth Kaminsky and fifth-year senior guard Josh Gasser played their final games as Badgers, and it is likely that both will be remembered as two of the best to ever play in a Wisconsin uniform.Gasser is just the second player in UW basketball history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in a career. He was also one of the best on-ball defenders in the country and the heart and soul of Wisconsin’s team.Kaminsky finished in ninth place on Wisconsin’s career scoring chart, as his 21-point performance on Monday night gave him 1,458 for his career, and he set Wisconsin’s single-season scoring record with 732 points, topping Alando Tucker’s 2007-08 season. The senior was also a consensus first-team all-American and a winner of the AP National Player of the Year, the Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson trophy, all of which recognized him as the best college basketball player in the nation.Foul PlayFor as long as they have been under head coach Bo Ryan, Wisconsin has never been a team that fouls a lot.This, however, was not the case Monday night.In the second half alone, Wisconsin committed 13 teams fouls after having just two in the first. Those foul calls ended up being the defining aspect of the game, as Duke shot and made 10 more free throws than the Badgers and committed just six fouls in the second half.Best Team Ever?The loss was not the most ideal way for Wisconsin to close out this season, but that loss was just the Badgers’ fourth all year and prior to tonight’s game, UW had won 21 of their last 22 games.When into perspective, the argument can be made that this is the best team Wisconsin has ever put on the court despite not ending the season with a championship.Their 36 wins are a school-record, and they fell just one win shy of the Big Ten Conference record of 37 set by Illinois in 2004-05. On top of it all, their final victory this season came against a then-undefeated Kentucky team.No matter which way you put it, this season was a historic one for the Wisconsin Badgers.QuotableJosh Gasser on what the season means for him at this point:“You know, the relationships we build with each other, you know, that’s the stuff that I’m proud about. We had a heck of a season. The stuff we accomplished. Sometimes, you know, life’s not fair.”Bo Ryan on the officiating:“Both teams are always going to feel that there’s a question or two. So it’s just the way the game’s player. But I’ve been with these guys a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of basketball. Sometimes games are played differently, and you have to go with the flow.”Sam Dekker on the loss:“Congrats to Duke. I’m proud of our guys. I’m blessed to be on this team. I’m disappointed in myself for my performance tonight. I gave it my all, and I couldn’t be prouder to be on this team. I’ve never felt closer to a group of guys, and this one hurts.” Bo Ryan on Frank Kaminsky:“He’s going to get even better. But what he did in his years at Wisconsin will be remembered for a long time.”