For the record, this is clearly just a rumor. However, when the son of Frank Zappa puts the words Phish and “whole night of my Father’s music” next to each other, well, let’s just say our interests are piqued.In a new interview with the Missoulian ahead of Dweezil Zappa’s upcoming performance at The Wilma, Dweezil Zappa was asked about how Frank Zappa would feel about the feuding between the Zappa siblings. The guitarist responded, “I think he would be horribly disappointed at how everything has been handled by my mom, and now my brother and sister… Phish can do a whole night of my father’s music, and they don’t get a cease and desist letter, but I do?”Phish has never done “a whole night” of Frank Zappa music in their career. Of course this is speculation, but really the only time it would make sense for them to do a night of Zappa’s music would be at their upcoming Halloween performance.The band is very strongly influenced by Frank Zappa; though only one song is officially in their repertoire (“Peaches En Regalia”), Jon Fishman released a Zappa Picks compilation album a few years ago. The band also strongly considered a Zappa album for their Halloween show in 1995, but, according to Phish.net, “insanely complex overdubs, potentially offensive lyrics, and several tunes (esp. “Watermelon in Easter Hay”) that Zappa had requested never be performed live again” caused the band to reroute their practices to The Who’s Quadrophenia for that show.Additionally, there is the timing to consider. The “cease and desist letters” didn’t become a part of Dweezil’s life until this year, so it stands to reason that this comment refers to something that has happened recently, as opposed to an older reference. Furthermore, the band’s decision to play on a Monday for Halloween must mean that they have something in store for the performance.On the other hand, Dweezil – who probably isn’t as nerdy about Phish stats as we are – could just be making a sarcastic comment to emphasize his point. Phish more or less swore off of musical costume sets when they broke from tradition with the Wingsuit set of 2013, and continued that new trend with their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds performance in 2014. While the Halloween show could be a Zappa tribute that doesn’t pick on a particular album, this could all just be nothing but the hopes and dreams of Zappa/Phish fans blowing a quote out of proportion.While we won’t really know until we’re handed a “Phishbill” on October 31st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, it’s certainly fun to speculate about what might be planned for that fateful evening. Until then, we have three nights at Dick’s and a whole fall tour ahead! See you there!
According to 2008 census data, the latest national numbers available, 15 percent of Georgians live in poverty. The state ties Arizona for the 14th highest percentage of residents living in poverty in the U.S. In southwest Georgia, 39 of the regions’ 41 counties are considered persistently poor. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will use an AmeriCorps VISTA grant to help the area’s impoverished residents get a hand up.Working in the countiesThrough the three-year grant, four full-time employees will be hired to work across southwest Georgia. Two will be hired to work on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga. Each position is charged to address specific needs in the home county. In addition, they will support Georgia 4-H by helping write grants, market programs and work with fund and volunteer development. VISTA employees will partner with UGA 4-H faculty, too, to address poverty issues and help reach underserved audiences like Hispanics in Colquitt County and military families in Houston County. Others will work to resolve poverty issues in Sumter and Lowndes counties.A generational problem“You don’t have to look very far to see the harsh realities of persistent poverty anywhere in Georgia,” said Laura Perry Johnson, 4-H program development coordinator for UGA Extension in southwest Georgia. “But, southwest Georgia disproportionately suffers from pervasive generational poverty. Extension has worked to address these issues across the state with particular emphasis in southwest Georgia. The partnership between AmeriCorps VISTA and Georgia 4-H will strengthen our ability to deliver programming that strives to break that cycle.”AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.Head Start and Upward Bound are two of VISTA’s most recognizable programs. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups. They create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.Positions filled this summerThe six current positions are open for applications. Johnson hopes to have all the positions filled by July 30. Each position includes a monthly living allowance, a relocation allowance, health insurance coverage, childcare assistance for eligible workers and a choice of an education award or monthly stipend. “The most valuable benefit,” Johnson said, “is the training, professional development and documented experience the workers gain through the experience.” Application information is available online. Or, contact Johnson at [email protected] Learn more about AmeriCorp VISTA at www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp
Oil and gas operator Ithaca Energy has entered into agreements to acquire all the Greater Stella Area (GSA) licenses in the North Sea and associated infrastructure interests of Dyas UK Limited and Petrofac.FPF-1; Source: Ithaca EnergyThe Ithaca-operated Greater Stella Area is located in the heart of the Central Graben area of the Central North Sea, on the UK Continental Shelf.Oilfield services provider Petrofac said on Friday it has signed an agreement to sell Petrofac GSA Holdings Limited to Ithaca Energy for a total consideration of up to $292 million to reduce its debts.Petrofac GSA Holdings Limited owns Petrofac’s 20% interest in the Greater Stella Area development and its 24.8% interest in the FPF1 floating production facility. It also owns Petrofac’s long-term receivable from the GSA joint operation partner.Petrofac said that, under the terms of the agreement, Ithaca will pay approximately $145 million by or on completion and a further $120 million of non-contingent deferred consideration in the period 2020-2023. A further $28 million of contingent consideration is payable depending on field performance.The transaction is expected to complete in 1Q 2019 and is subject to several conditions precedent, including completion of Ithaca’s acquisition of Dyas UK Limited’s 25% interest in the Greater Stella Area development and its shares in the FPF1 Company in accordance with the agreement executed by Ithaca and Dyas, also on Friday.Ithaca’s output to increaseAs a result of the transactions, Ithaca’s pro-forma 2018 production is forecast to increase by approximately 50% to 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with pro-forma 2018 unit operating costs forecast to reduce to approximately $18 per barrel of oil equivalent.By obtaining full ownership of the GSA fields and also the FPF-1 floating production facility, Ithaca said on Friday it will benefit from both the value of the hydrocarbons produced from those fields as well as the income generated by the FPF-1 for the provision of host processing services for third party production from fields such as Vorlich and any potential future satellite feeder fields.Petrofac estimates that the transaction will result in a post-tax impairment charge of approximately $55 million. Proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce gross debt. Petrofac will continue to provide Duty Holder services to the FPF1 floating production facility on a life of field contract.Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive, Ayman Asfari, said: “This disposal marks a further milestone in our journey back to a capital-light business and, along with recently-agreed transactions in Mexico and Tunisia, marks the significant progress we are making on our stated strategy.”