Next Wednesday, June 8th, a Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground will get together for a tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA. With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show looks to be one of the most tight-knit tributes to the late Zappa around.For those of you who can’t make it to Hermosa for the webcast, there’s still hope. LiveList, a group that provides quality streaming services for various shows, has announced a promotion. If 500 people sign up to watch the webcast, then LiveList will provide a free stream! All you have to do is register here for the show, and of course you can browse their massive database of live streamed shows in the process.If you like what you see, then be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music around. For tickets and more details, you can head here.
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 12 (PTI) An angry China today rejected as “null and void” the verdict of a UN-backed international tribunal which struck down its claims over the South China Sea saying Beijing has no “historic rights” in the disputed area.China “neither accepts nor recognises” the ruling of a tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the request of the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.”The award is null and void and has no binding force,” it said in a statement minutes after the five judge tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration delivered its judgement striking down Beijings claims of historic rights over the area, strongly disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea (SCS) shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards. China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, the statement quoted by state-run Xinhua new agency said.”China has territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea,” said a separate statement titled Statement of the Government of the Peoples Republic of China on Chinas Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests in the South China Sea.”China is always firmly opposed to the invasion and illegal occupation by certain states of some islands and reefs of Chinas Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands) (called by Philippines as Spratleys), and activities infringing upon Chinas rights and interests in relevant maritime areas under Chinas jurisdiction,” it said.advertisementChinas strong reaction came after the tribunal struck a blow to its claims over almost all of the SCS, saying that its much touted nine-dash line has has no legal basis.Striking down the core of Chinas claims over the 90 per cent SCS based on historic rights, the tribunal ruled there was no legal basis for China to claim “historic rights” to resources within the SCS falling within its claimed nine-dash line, which is based on a Chinese map dating back to 1940s.It concluded that “to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the SCS, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention” (UN Convention on the Law of Seas.”The tribunal also noted that, although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands inthe SCS, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over thewaters or their resources,” it said.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality, has been asserting that its emperors have discovered the islands hundreds years ago and have been exercising control over the area throughout the history.But its claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they hardly have exclusive economic zones (EEZ) provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise. MORE PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZH
Experience an unforgettable seven-day tour of Bangkok, northern Thailand and Luang Prabang. Be enchanted by the exotic beauty of Phuket. Recline in the comfort of the most luxurious hotels in each location. Travel in the exquisite privacy of a personal Cessna Citation jet in the company of expert local guides who provides an exceptional insight and connection to the local people and culture.DAY 1 After arriving in Bangkok and checking in to your hotel to freshen up, your guide will escort you on a tour of the grandeur and majesty of Bangkok’s Royal Grand Palace. See the throne halls and marvel at the golden domes ceilings and mysterious Emerald Buddha. Overnight at Four Seasons Bangkok.DAY 2 After breakfast, depart from Bangkok by private jet to Chiang Rai. On arrival, visit the bustling trading town of Mae Sai, view ancient ruins at Chiang Saen, and take an exhilarating long-tailed boat ride along the mighty Mekong River. Get a fascinating insight into the Golden Triangle’s dark history at the Hall of Opium museum before checking in at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa.DAY 3 Watch the early morning mist rise above the mountains of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then the day is yours to explore the pleasures of Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa. Relax by the pool, visit the babies at the nearby elephant camp or take a stroll with 160 acres of lush bamboo jungle.DAY 4 Transfer from the resort for your journey by private jet to Luang Prabang, the most beautiful town in Laos, which boasts a unique blend of temples and colonial buildings set between two rivers and a range of limestone mountains. After checking in to La Residence Phou Vao, enjoy a fascinating day of sightseeing around this UNESCO World Heritage Site and a traditional pun pa lunch.DAY 5 Rise early at dawn to experience life as a local by watching monks in saffron robes collecting their alms before returning to La Residence for breakfast. Later, participate in the traditional Baci ceremony that is at the heart of Lao culture. If time allows, head to the market for some last-minute shopping before departing to the airport. Fly by private luxury jet to Phuket. Overnight at Anantara Phuket Resort & SpaDay 6 A day of leisure to enjoy the tranquillity and laid-back luxury of your private Pool Villa at Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa. Relax by the pool, take a stroll along the secluded Mai Khao beach or try your hand at one of the array of water sports on offer.Day 7 Depart from the hotel to Phuket Airport for your flight.Package includes: – Flight on private Cessna Citation CJ3: Bangkok – Chiang Rai; Chiang Rai – Luang Prabang; Luang Prabang – Phuket -Tours and transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking guide -Activities as mentioned -Entrance fees for mentioned visits -Accommodation at selected hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang and Phuket in half-twin sharing room with daily breakfast