A muted market response

first_img A muted market response Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp THE Treasury has made a decent start to its austerity measures. The Budget appears well-balanced despite the fact there were hints of give-aways as the government looked to shore up confidence. Marginal improvements in income tax and the changes to petrol duty may help, although we did see a wobble in shorter term growth forecasts. This certainly didn’t support the pound. But the fact that there is confidence the deficit and inflation will be reined in over the mid-term seems to help. If there was one surprise today, it was perhaps the bonus tax facing the energy companies. While this still needs to be refined, it has the scope to raise as much as the banking levy. And with the expectation that crude will remain above $100 a barrel, suggestions from the chancellor that the tax will be withdrawn when oil falls below $75 a barrel seem irrelevant. Needless to say, reaction amongst the UK’s blue chip stocks has been somewhat muted and even the big energy companies’ stock prices closed with little change. The reduction in corporation taxes as the government attempts to make it more attractive to keep companies headquartered in the UK is another step to aiding economic recovery. Shareholders haven’t responded with much fanfare. But earnings from the FTSE 100 are so diversified globally that what happens in the UK alone is unlikely to drive the kind of big market reaction some may have been looking for.David Jones is IG Index chief market strategist Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap whatsapp Share Wednesday 23 March 2011 9:09 pmlast_img read more

DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgDN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileDN Meyer Plc manufactures and sells high quality paint for the residential, industrial, automotive, marine and construction sectors in Nigeria. Products in its extensive range include decorative paint, wood paint, vehicles finishes, industrial and marine coatings, road lining paint, roof coating and tube coating. The company also produces a range of tile adhesives. DN Meyer Plc has business interests in selling and renting residential apartments and building and restoring properties. Founded in 1940 and formerly known as DN Meyer Plc, the company changed its name to Meyer Plc in 2016. The company’s head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. DN Meyer Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

UK Fundraising is 12 years old today

first_img  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Research / statistics UK Fundraising is 12 years old today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img We’ve been busy over the past year: we’ve added new services including guest columnists in the form of blogs, offered downloadable resources to buy, begun a section of expert advice, instituted the DIY news release service we call the newswire, and we’ve also revived the book review email list, now used by over 4,000 people.We’ve partnered with organisations such as the Institute of Fundraising, Charities Aid Foundation, Action Planning, and Haymarket as their online media partner for a wide variety of events.We’ve also run more of our own free and popular Perfect Pitch events in London covering Gift Aid, funding, innovative fundraising, and donor retention and management.For the early years of UK Fundraising’s existence, it was a one-person operation. Nowadays, however, there is a growing team of people involved in the development and updating of the site. So, it’s about time you were introduced to them:* Penny Stephens contributes news items to UK Fundraising. (At last, some of you might say – a proper journalist writing on UK Fundraising).* Paul Artherton writes the news items for the Ireland fundraising section, covering Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland* Paul Gardner at WebbedIT created and develops the content management system that the site runs on. He also seems to be permanently available to sort out any technical problem that crops up on the site.* Craig Methven, Derek Wheeler and Rachel Cutler at Blunt Arts ensure job vacancy and supplier directory adverts are published rapidly. They’ve also helped with the technology behind the blogs, and have helped restore sections of archived news that didn’t quite make it from the last version of the site to the new one.* Our network of bloggers now consists of Sarah Hughes, Ian MacQuillin, Lewis Honney, and Kevin Kibble. And we’ve got quite a few more bloggers lined up whom we’ll announce in the new year.* Of course, the site would not get far without the excellent work of Lindsey Hood and her colleagues at Advertisingsales.co.uk who help ensure that this site stays free to access and yet makes a decent profit. Let’s see if Lindsey makes it into next year’s list of the most influential people in fundraising…The site receives many helpful tips and useful support from many people and organisations but two people who have been particularly helpful this year are Sarah Hughes at Charity21 and Jenny Turner at Turner PR.So, as you’ll see, while the site still runs on one full-time staff member, there is a valuable network of people contributing to its daily services.But the site’s success and longevity is also down to its many users, and advertisers, who freely contribute tips, advice, news ideas, and other content – so thank you!One other achievement that we’re pleased about: we’re once again back in first place for searches for “fundraising” on Google.com. (We’ve never yet dropped from first position for that search on Google.co.uk).And of course we’re still proud that we’ve built and run this site without any of the voluntary sector infrastructure money that is now available to charities and other organisations. Although we do occasionally wonder what more we might have achieved with a couple of doses of £150,000 or thereabouts…We’re still excited about future plans to improve and develop the site. Without giving too much away, expect more opportunities to contribute your thoughts and expertise; navigate your way round the site; and find and keep up to date with only the sections and issues that interest you.Do you have any ideas or suggestions for the site? Let us know, and we’ll see if the site can accommodate them as it gets close to its teenage years… UK Fundraising is celebrating its 12th anniversary today. That’s 12 years of publishing free news and information for fundraisers online.Long-time readers and users of the site will know that we like to celebrate the site’s birthday by giving something away to readers. This year is a little different as we’re running our latest Perfect Pitch event today in London, covering information and communications technology.The event, like other Perfect Pitch events, is free to attend, so that will have to be this year’s freebie. If you missed the event, then feel free to sign up to the next one on 21 February 2007 on direct/email marketing and donor retention/management. Advertisement Howard Lake | 30 November 2006 | Newslast_img read more

Legislative elections become nightmare for independent and opposition journalists

first_img Incidents during the run-up to the elections Receive email alerts Independent and opposition journalists were prevented from entering voting stations or taking photos of them although the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) had said all journalists had the right to do this. Kamal added: “The prime minister believes that independent media are needed to protect our democracy and national security. We are aware of the recent incidents and we have decided to ask the interior ministry to investigate them and identity those responsible for the attacks.” “I am really concerned about these press freedom violations, which were too many to count,” said Halgurd Samad, the editor of Livin, Iraqi Kurdistan’s leading magazine. “There was no justification for all these attacks. We want to help the authorities to combat corruption and establish the rule of law, but they want us to stop criticizing. They attack us because they fear our power, they fear that our coverage of corruption could fuel opposition.” News In Halabja district, in Sulaymaniyah province, a reporter for the opposition TV station KNN was attacked by security forces while filming PUK polling violations. Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Election Day – 7 March Shwan Sidiq, a reporter for the magazine Civil, was attacked by police in Erbil. “While I was busy taking photos, security forces accosted me, roughed me up and took my camera,” he told Reporters Without Borders. Awene reporter Hemn Mamand was attacked by KDP security forces outside the citadel in Erbil while photographing a KDP motorcade on the evening of 4 March. “When the motorcade passed in front of the citadel, they stopped the traffic, causing a huge traffic jam,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I took some photos for my newspaper but, when they saw me, they came and beat me, insulting me and my newspaper. They said I was a traitor for criticizing them. They took my camera but returned it when I showed them my IHEC press card.” Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Akar Fars and Rzgar Muhsin, two journalists working for Yekgirtu’s TV station in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, were attacked and badly beaten by security forces, who took their camera, defaced the station’s logo and detained them for 20 minutes. Ibrahim Ali, Livin’s correspondent in Erbil, was prevented from taking photos although he had press ID that had been approved by the IHEC. Hemn Mamand, Awene’s reporter in Erbil, received a threatening phone call from an unidentified phone number. RSF_en Rudaw’s reporter Ari Othman was attacked and injured in Erbil by a group of men in civilian dress. Polling day was a black day for press freedom with many physical attacks and threats against independent and opposition media. Reporters Without Borders is aware of the following cases: March 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Legislative elections become nightmare for independent and opposition journalists Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” A crew working for KNN (a TV station owned by the Movement for Democratic Change/Gorran, the leading opposition coalition), was attacked by individuals while trying to film an incident on the road from Mahkmur to Erbil on 5 February. When the police arrived, they arrested reporter Mariwan Mala Hasan and cameraman Mufid and held them for several hours for allegedly insulting the people who attacked them, the Gorran website reported. to go further Zirak Kamal, from the Union of Kurdistan Journalists and a media adviser to Kurdistan’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Saleh, also criticised the use of threats and violence against the media even if he insisted that the authorities were doing all they could rein it in. “We ask all the journalists to file complaints in the courts,” he said. “We are ready to do our best to help them. The courts are independent and everyone should respect their decisions.” Residents helped Rabar Uzer, a reporter for the official website of the opposition Kurdistan Islamic Union/Yekgirtu, to escape when PUK security forces tried to confiscate his camera and beat him in the city of Sulaymaniyah. Journalists working for Yekgirtu-owned Speda TV in Bazyan (a district of Kalar) were attacked by PUK security forces. Security forces harassed the journalists accompanying Salahadin Bahadin, the head of Yekgirtu, when he went to vote. Bahadin issued a statement condemning the violence. Organisation Referring to the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the two parties that have until now controlled the Kurdistan Regional Government, Samad added: “The KDP and the PUK target us because our reporting worries them. The independent media are the only ones able to expose the corruption, the power games and the political deals.” Political rivalry and tension prompted by the 7 March legislative elections in Iraqi Kurdistan resulted in a wave of violence against independent and opposition journalists in the days preceding the election and on election day itself. Journalists describe it as the most harrowing period since the US invasion of Iraq in April 2003. Three journalists with the weekly newspaper Hawlati – Ara Ibrahim, Soran Ahmed and Surkew Mohamed – were attacked by KDP gunmen when they took photos of KDP militants threatening people on the street in Sulaymaniyah on 4 March. Ibrahim told Reporters Without Borders the gunmen hit them with the butts of their Kalashnikov rifles, took their cameras and detained them for half an hour at the KDP’s 4th branch office in Sulaymaniyah. The journalists have filed a complaint against the branch. News Anwar Sabah, a reporter for the satellite TV station Payam, was prevented from filming election-day incidents in Erbil. Kawa Garmiyani, the newspaper Awene’s reporter in the city of Kalar, in Sulaymaniyah province, was beaten by security forces and prevented from taking photos. Another Speda TV crew was prevented from filming the special voting on 4 March in the district of Sharazur, in Sulaymaniyah province. PUK security forces raided Dang (Voice), a Kalar-based radio station that criticises the PUK, on 3 March, smashing its equipment and then closing it down. Station manager Jaza Muhamad told Reporters Without Borders: “The security forces came and closed our radio on the pretext that we do not have a legal permit. We do have permission. The real reason is our criticism of the status quo in Kurdistan and the corrupt political parties. We are independent and impartial. They broke most of our equipment. They did that just to shut us up.” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Two journalists working for Speda TV – Bilal Sa’id and Ahmed Mir (who is aged less than 18) – were assaulted by police in Kalar, in Sulaymaniyah province, while filming PUK electoral fraud on the evening of 4 March, when special voting took place. “The police gave us a very bad beating, then took our mobile phone and ID and have not yet returned them,” Sa’id told Reporters Without Borders. News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Suspect in decades-old murder, rape cold cases in Maryland identified through DNA: Police

first_imgMontgomery County, Maryland, Police Department(ROCKVILLE, Maryland) — The man behind a 1989 rape and a 1994 rape and murder in suburban, Washington, D.C., has finally been identified through DNA and genetic genealogy, according to local police.But the suspect, Kenneth Earl Day, died in 2017 in West Virginia at the age of 52, the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department said Friday.Police allege Day raped a woman who was walking in Rockville, Maryland, on June 25, 1989.Authorities said he was also behind the rape and strangulation of Le Bich-Thuy, whose body was found near her Rockville home on October 3, 1994.DNA was recovered at the scenes and authorities determined the same suspect committed both crimes, police said. But when the suspect’s DNA was entered into CODIS — the Combined DNA Index System, a law enforcement database — there was no match, and the cases went cold, police said.In 2017, cold case detectives reached out to DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs, and using the suspect’s DNA left at the crime scenes, Parabon analysts created a composite of what the suspect might have looked like, police said. Investigators released that image to the public, hoping someone would recognize him, police said.Then, Parabon used the suspect’s DNA in a novel investigative technique known as genetic genealogy.Genetic genealogy takes the DNA an unknown killer left behind at a crime scene and identifies the suspect by tracing the family tree through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to public genealogy databases.This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using DNA submissions to law enforcement databases like CODIS, in which an exact match to the suspect is needed in most states, according to CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon.The first public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 identification of the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Since then, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than three dozen suspects in violent crimes, said Moore.Once investigators zeroed in on Day as the suspect through genetic genealogy, detectives took a sample of Day’s DNA from his autopsy and investigators found it was a match to the suspect’s DNA from both crime scenes, police said.Investigators are looking to determine if Day was connected to any other unsolved crimes. Police ask anyone with information about him to call the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, Cold Case Section at 240-773-5070.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hawaii: Island Transformed One Year Later

first_imgDon Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One year after the Kilauea Volcano began a months-long eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island, many residents are still struggling to return to normal.On May 3rd, 2018, the volcano began an eruption that would last more than 100 days, sending lava billowing out of the ground and out toward the Pacific Ocean — enveloping homes and roads and anything else that crossed its path.Volcanic smog, known as “vog,” emitted by the fissures threatened nearby residents with dangerous sulfur dioxide. Explosions and the release of giant ash plumes prompting evacuations of homes.Last Dec. 5, officials announced that 90 days had passed without surface lava activity on Kilauea – meaning it had reached the milestone set by the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program to certify the end of continuous volcanic activity. At last, the recovery could begin.In total, the lava flow destroyed more than 700 homes, and displaced more than 2,000 people. There were no deaths, but some were injured by debris, including Darryl Clinton, whose leg was shattered after lava hit his shin. A tour boat was also hit by a lava bomb, a large rock tossed through the air in a volcanic explosion, injuring 23 people at the site where the lava from the volcano was spilling into the ocean.Nancy Seifers, a resident of the Kapaho neighborhood that was inundated by the flow of lava, was one of a few dozen people in the area who did not lose her home. But while her home is standing, it is unlivable, and there is no water or electricity in the area, she said.When officials reopened the neighborhood, the roads were covered in lava and the only way Seifers could access her property was to charter a helicopter, at a cost of up to $450, or brave a 90-minute hike over hardened lava.Seifers adding that she and her neighbors who have homes still standing have chipped in more than $7,000 to build a temporary road on private property so they can access more easily access their homes.“It’s been a blessing to be able to go back in there, but without services or help, we can’t all really return,” Seifers told ABC News. Seifers did not have insurance and, at the age of 70, she has had to return to work as an educator in order to put a roof over her head.She says she loves the area and wants to return to her home one day.Susan Kim had just purchased a home in Kapoho Vacation Land in February, and by June, it was consumed by lava. She says she knows it was a risk buying property in the area, but “everywhere you go on the Big Island is different and it’s something about the air, the clouds, the climate that is very special there.” A lot of the community wants to rebuild, but many people will want to take a buyout if one is offered. Kim said.Meanwhile, the county is working to complete temporary road construction on Highway 132 by early October, according to Alexandra Slous, the Kilauea disaster recovery program coordinator.The current estimate for damage to infrastructure, including roads, water-lines, and parks, is more than $236 million, and there is a large economic impact as well from the loss of farms, small business decreased revenues and closures, and decreased tourism revenue.The county expects to have a long-term recovery framework laid out by the end of 2019, said Slous.The county secured $22 million from Hawaii’s governor and $60 million in state legislature funds, as well as more than $2 million in federal grants to kick-start the recovery process. But residents say they are still waiting to see those funds be put into action.Meanwhile, while most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has now reopened, the summit overlook remains closed because of damage from thousands of earthquakes, including a 6.9 magnitude quake during the first week of the eruption.Scientists are still on the ground studying the months-long event, and will be processing data from it collected from this event for years to come, they say. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey continue to go into the field, monitoring the ground cracks and checking for any signs of change, as well as monitoring gas emissions, which remain below detectable limits at this time.More than one billion cubic yards of lava flowed during the event, creating 875 acres of new land – larger than Central Park in New York.But while the volcano is currently in a “quiet” stage, geologists say it remains very much an active volcano and note that it has been erupting for more than 30 years.“Just because it’s quiet now, we must not lose site of the fact that Kilauea is an active volcano and it will erupt again,” said Janet Babb, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Simulating the 128 ka Antarctic climate response to Northern Hemisphere ice sheet melting using the isotope-enabled HadCM3

first_imgWarmer than present Antarctic and Southern Ocean temperatures during the last interglacial, approximately 128,000 years ago, have been attributed to changes in north‐south ocean heat transport, causing opposing hemispheric temperature anomalies. We investigate the magnitude of Antarctic warming and Antarctic ice core isotopic enrichment in response to Northern Hemisphere meltwater input during the early last interglacial. A 1,600 year HadCM3 simulation driven by 0.25 Sv of meltwater input reproduces 50‐60 % of the peak Southern Ocean summer sea surface temperature anomaly, sea ice retreat and ice core isotope enrichment. We also find a robust increase in the proportion of cold season precipitation during the last interglacial, leading to lower isotopic values at the Antarctic ice core sites. These results suggest that a HadCM3 simulation including 0.25 Sv for 3,000‐4,000 years would reconcile the last interglacial observations, providing a potential solution for the last interglacial ‘missing heat’ problem.last_img read more

News story: UK secures change to international aid rules

first_imgOnce a country reaches the World Bank’s High-Income threshold for three consecutive years, under the OECD DAC rules they are not considered ODA-eligible.The new ‘reverse-graduation’ mechanism means that British Overseas Territories and other Caribbean islands badly damaged by hurricanes could requalify for aid in the future if their economy is sufficiently badly affected. The rule change could benefit the UK when it assists with the economic recovery and reconstruction of nations hit by natural disasters.The UK government has always been clear that in times of crisis, nothing will hold us back from helping the British territories. The ODA rules have not and will not hamper the UK’s response to humanitarian crises. The new mechanism could help protect a country’s hard-fought development gains and prevent it from slipping into long-term economic decline due to severe natural disasters in the future. The British public are strong supporters of providing help in the wake of disasters, including long-term reconstruction. They want to help people, especially when they are from nations we have close ties to Not being able to pay for that help from the aid budget, because a nation’s economy was doing well, before a hurricane, earthquake or other disaster hit, was illogical and had to change. Britain has never fallen short in our support of countries in need – either through sending aid, our Armed Forces or reconstruction support. This significant rule change means that in future we may be able to use our aid budget to pay for that longer term, reconstruction support This gives the UK more options in how it can help a nation recover and become more resilient to shocks. I think the public would agree that is what our aid budget should be used for. This is a major victory for the UK which has led the charge in securing this change. We will continue to press for further reforms to these important rules to ensure we are able to use the aid budget in the most sensible way. The UK has secured a significant change to the international aid rules which would allow high income countries, which experience economic shocks, caused by crises and natural disasters, to apply to receive ODA.It comes after the UK was the driving force for change when many Caribbean islands, including some British Overseas Territories, were left devastated by two category five hurricanes in autumn 2017, Irma and Maria.At the time, there was no system in place for such countries to automatically requalify for aid if their economies were badly hit in such circumstances. Countries would only requalify for aid if their economies were so badly hit, their economies dipped under the World Bank High Income threshold.Because of the UK’s campaign for change, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which is made up of 30 leading donor nations, has agreed a new ‘reverse-graduation’ mechanism.This means countries that have graduated from being eligible for aid will now be able to receive assistance if their economies worsen and fall below the World Bank threshold.Such countries would be eligible for aid related to long-term economic recovery and reconstruction, rather than humanitarian assistance.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:last_img read more

Beloved Comedian And Phan Harris Wittels To Be Honored During New Festival Dubbed Harris Phest

first_imgBeloved phan, comedian, writer, musician, and Parks and Recreation executive producer Harris Wittels, who died in 2015 following a drug overdose, will be honored at a new memorial festival year dubbed Harris Phest. Wittels was a gifted comedian and known Phish fan, serving as our favorite tour guide through the cosmos (sorry) as cohost with Scott Aukerman on the Earwolf podcast Analyze Phish. The phestival is being organized by his sister, Stephani Wittels-Wachs, and will take place on April 20th–Harris’s birthday–in Houston, Texas, at 8th Wonder Brewery.As a tribute to Wittels on what would have been his 33rd birthday, the day will serve up things that Wittels would have loved, such as a performance by Phish cover band A Live One, stand-up comedy shows, and a special-edition Humblebraggot Beer, named after Wittels introduced the word “humblebrag” into the common lexicon with his 2012 book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty. The day will also serve as an exhibition of Wittels’ hilarious work and gift of comedy, with selections from his book, best tweets (@twittels), and Parks and Recreation clips also showcased throughout the day.Proceeds for the event will go toward the Harris Wittels Fund, which supports Houston’s High School For The Performing And Visual Arts. You can get more information about Harris Phest here. Rest in peace Harris, you are missed. [H/T A.V. Club]last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Shares Emotional Note In Memory Of Childhood Friend Chris Cottrell

first_imgEditor’s Note: We originally ran this post with the headline “Trey Anastasio Shares Hilarious Mushroom-Fueled Story In Emotional Tribute to Childhood Friend.” We recognize now that this took a tone which was inappropriate for the topic at hand, and we regret that this headline came off as being disrespectful toward Mr. Cottrell and his friends and family. In the time since this piece’s initial publication, we’ve amended the headline, which you can read above. We sincerely apologize to those who knew him and the Phish family at large for this error in tone.On Saturday night, Trey Anastasio lost one of his oldest and closest friends, Chris Cottrell, also known as Co-taaage. The two of them attended Taft boarding school together and heavily influenced each other’s musical tastes. Cottrell died of adrenal cancer last night, leading Anastasio to pen a lengthy tribute to his lifelong friend.The post includes heartfelt memories of Cottrell, reasons that made him such a good friend, husband, and father. The post also includes a few Phish-related stories that are hilariously wonderful, including a mushroom-fueled prank on the night before the Primus “Harpua” show in which Children of the Corn actor Courtney Gaines and Trey elaborately switched places while watching the horror movie and place Cottrell into a terrifyingly hilarious situation. The stories Trey tells in the post below will make you smile from ear to ear, as he tributes a man that clearly left huge fingerprints in Phish history.Rest in peace, Chris. You can read the full post by Trey Anastasio below:My lifelong friend Chris Cottrell died tonight from adrenal cancer. My heart is truly broken. He leaves two beautiful daughters, Ayla and Kiara, his loving wife Amanda, and two brothers, Hamm and Trow.Chris was a deeply caring father, husband and friend, and at the same time, Chris was a true badass, as tough as nails on the outside, while Inside he had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. Chris and I were like blood brothers from the age of 15. Chris was always the first friend who would call when times were hard, he always knew exactly what to say, and more importantly, what not to say. He was also hilarious, and right up until his last day was cracking all of us up, including his nurses, who all loved him. He died surrounded by his loved ones in the comfort of his home.Chris was a wicked skier, and In the early 90s the four of us in Phish even sponsored him when he competed in the extreme skiing competition. He planned on skiing the competition in Fish’s dress, naked underneath, with the dress flapping up in the air as he went down the mountain. That didn’t actually end up happening, but we all had a good laugh picturing it, and he did well in the competition that year, despite wearing regular ski clothes. Chris loved elk and deer hunting in Colorado, and especially loved spending long hours above the tree line, he loved being up in the mountains. He also loved surfing, and he and Amanda loved spending time in Costa Rica, surfing, and being by the ocean. When our kids were all little, Chris took our families on 3 day rafting and camping trips out west. We’d go kayaking, and he was also an expert fly fisherman. He would take me fishing and I would never catch anything…while Chris would end up with 12 fish. It was like he could sense where they were hiding behind the rocks- he was in tune.Chris’s fingerprints can be found on the world of Phish and TAB. If you look in the liner notes of the live TAB album “Plasma” you’ll see that Chris was a co producer, helping me pick which tracks would make the cut. The song “Push on till the day” is packed with references to our countless adventures together. It begins with the line “C Cott is a friend of mine”, and among other things it includes a reference to “The Back of the Worm” which was heard at a Phish show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 97 but actually came from the night before that, when Chris and I were wandering aimlessly thru the dark streets of Amsterdam at 3am, completely lost and cracking up, when we both suddenly stopped in our tracks and realized at exactly the same moment that there were giant 100 foot long sand worms swimming just below the surface of the water in the canals right next to us. It was a horrifying thing to realize, but there was nothing we could do…the worms were there, and that was the end of it. So I looked sheepishly at Chris and sort of mumbled, “I think you know where you are….” and he replied, “…..you’re on the back of the worm”…which started us off laughing, whispering back and forth as we walked quickly away, “I think you know where you are…you’re on the back of the worm!” the chant continued all night and into the next day…right up onto the stage the next night. Stuff like that used to happen all the time with Chris. He lived in Boulder in the 80s and early 90s, and whenever Phish would come to town, which was quite a lot, we had a ritual where we would circumnavigate the entire city of Boulder, walking for hours at night, just talking and laughing. Chris and I both loved Jimi Hendrix so much…and we would always crank Band of Gypsies or Red House or some other Jimi track on the stereo when we were together, really loud, standing in front of the speakers together, and Chris, (whose nickname for me as “stain”, because my last name is Anastasio, which morphed into “Ain Stain”, which morphed into “stainus on the ainus”, and then into simply “stain”).. would lean into my face while Jimi ripped, at ear bleeding volume, and he would yell…. “stain!!! Listen to that sustain!”Meaning… not just sustain of one note, but the way Jimi always kept the energy flowing like a torrent…like whitewater rafting, how he would sustain, a roaring rapid of sustain. So when I walked onstage at the countless shows where Chris would be hanging backstage, he would always say to me, just as I walked out, “Stain!….. sustaaaiiiin!”Even when he couldn’t be at the show I’d often call or text him before the show and say, “Co-taage! (My nickname for him.. taaage is pronounced “taj” like in Taj Mahal) I’m gonna sustaaiiin!” And he’d say something like “well done, grasshopper”.If you are ever in Crested Butte, there are many gorgeous homes in that town that Chris built. He had his own construction company, and built beautiful luxury homes, including his own, which was breathtaking, and always spotlessly clean.For the last decade of his life Chris was a grower in California. He loved and cared for his plants like a doting father, like they were his babies, watering and spraying for hours and hours every evening and early morning, building solar powered watering systems, or special air transfers and lighting systems for the indoor grow, dealing with pests, weather changes etc…He always took enormous pride in everything he did, and it showed…and of course he was a caring, loving expert as a grower too. Mostly, Chris loved Amanda, deeply and unconditionally. They had a rare and beautiful relationship. He was unwavering in his love for her, and she for him. It was such a heartwarming thing to witness. When he got sick, all he ever talked to me about, other than how proud he was of his beautiful daughters, was Amanda, and how he wished she did not have to go thru this.This post is way too long, so forgive me, but I guess I don’t care…because I’m so heartbroken, and I just want to share one more memory, if you will indulge me.Sometime in the mid 90s Mike was driving up the highway when he picked up the actor Courtney Gaines hitchhiking. Courtney was well known for playing the character of Malachi in Children of The Corn, with his wild red hair, he was the one who hacked everybody up.Mike started to contemplate a crazy gag, and at band practice and the gag came into focus.. So the next time we played in Vegas, we rented a giant suite with a balcony and a piano, and we invited tons of friends to a huge party in the room…Mike even hired two opera singers… The gag was this…Courtney and I bought the exact same clothes, because with my long red hair at the time, Courtney and I looked similar… we each bought an identical bright blue blazer, pants and shoes. Chris was chosen to be the target of the gag, because this was going to be so scary that we needed a person who wouldn’t have a heart attack when it happened, and Chris was literally the only person we could think of who would be able to withstand it.After taking some mushrooms just to add to the fun, I took Chris out gambling for a couple of hours while the party raged on in the room. Chris of course had no idea that Courtney was there…I was supposed to bring him back at exactly 2:45 am, which I did…When Chris and I got back to the room, everyone had left and we were alone, even though secretly they were all hiding up on the balcony looking down at us. There was a large screen TV placed in front of the couch and Children of the Corn was playing on the TV. Chris and I sat down on the couch…it was very dark in the room, except for the light from the TV, and just as we sat down, Courtney begin hacking furiously…with that weird curved blade thing and horror music blaring…at that moment I excused myself to go to the bathroom, Courtney and I switched in the bathroom, and Courtney returned to my seat on the couch dressed in the exact same clothes I’d been wearing, wearing my glasses, with his shaggy red hair, and sat right down next to Chris…the whole party and the opera singers, (who were instructed to scream at the top of their lungs at the exact moment that Chris screamed) were watching from above.Adding to the weirdness was the fact that Courtney is a professional actor, so he sat down next to Chris on the couch and then turned and made eye contact with him, with a horribly scary “I’m gonna kill you” face that i could see from the bathroom, and was so scary that even I was scared…this was only moments after I had been sitting next to Chris in the exact same spot…and meanwhile in the background, “movie Courtney” was hacking up a storm, with the movie cued to the exact worst spot. Chris stood up and started slowly backing away in terror and confusion…trying to get a handle on what was happening…at which point I sort of panicked because I felt worried that it was just all too much, so I ran out, thinking I’d make it would easier for him, but in reality, that’s when he really lost it because now there were two of me, in the dark, dressed identically, but one was Malaki.Anyway, my favorite part of this whole story is that by the next night Courtney and Chris had become pals, and while we were playing the show I kept seeing the two of them running around drinking and partying together (it was the Primus Halloween Harpua show), and that says more about Chris than anything. He loved the whole thing.We will all miss you Chris.[photo via Trey’s Facebook of Chris and Trey backstage at Red Rocks in 2001]last_img read more