The Top 5 Puma Power Moments of All Time

first_imgFriday Sep 12, 2014 The Top 5 Puma Power Moments of All Time The preview image to this video might be a little misleading, and as much as we’d like to see a Top 5 Chabal Moments clip (take note, Sean), this Rugby HQ Top 5 features top quality tries and great play from Los Pumas, Argentina over the years.They take it way back to show Hugo Porta slotting drop kicks off both feet, feature the famous try scored in the 2007 Rugby World Cup against France, and we get to relive Martin Landajo’s sensational score in 2012. Señor Maloney even weighs in with a bit of Spanish.The Wallabies host Argentina on the Gold Coast tomorrow, with the visitors looking to spring an upset after some physically imposing performances so far in this year’s Rugby Championship.View more Rugby HQ Top 5 compilations hereADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Top 5 compilations Related Articles 240 WEEKS AGO The Top 5 Biggest Hits of the Year 242 WEEKS AGO The Top 5 BLOOPERS of the Year! 244 WEEKS AGO Powerful Top 5 ‘Tongan Thor’ moments From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Macmillan volunteers thanked at special Buckingham Palace reception

first_imgMacmillan volunteers thanked at special Buckingham Palace reception About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Macmillan Cancer Support thank you Volunteers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 16 February 2018 | Newscenter_img  113 total views,  1 views today Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers went to a special reception at Buckingham Palace this month to celebrate their efforts.180 volunteers from across the country were invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace and recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales, Macmillan’s Patron, for their hard work and achievements. The volunteers invited were a mixture of people who have won a Macmillan volunteer award over the past three years and other people Macmillan’s volunteer managers thought should be put forward. They also included staff from the charity’s corporate partners Argos, Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, Boots, Wilko, M&S, Travis Perkins and npower.Sam Schiaffino and Linda Owen from npower have been supporting Macmillan’s Buddy Scheme for four years. They regularly help people affected by cancer both practically and emotionally, lending a hand with the shopping or sitting down for a cup of tea and a chat. Eve Oliver and Donna Brown, also from npower, have been offering their support on the telephone, spending an hour a week speaking to cancer patients.Schiaffino said:“It was a fantastic night and I am so proud to be one of the volunteers recognised out of so many people who volunteer for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was an absolute honour to be invited to Buckingham Palace to meet and speak to HRH The Prince of Wales. It’s definitely something I will never forget and will cherish forever.”Main image: Macmillan npower volunteers Advertisement  114 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7last_img read more

Palestinians, allies bring struggle to D.C.

first_imgMany thousands of people demonstrated for Palestine May 29 in Washington, D.C., calling for a end to U.S. aid to Israel and a global grassroots campaign to #SanctionIsrael for its unrelenting violation of Palestinian rights and occupation of Palestinian lands. The protest was called by American Muslims for Palestine and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, and it was endorsed by more than 100 organizations of diverse constituencies.A massive crowd rallied for Palestine at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 29.As people converged on the Lincoln Memorial, speakers demanded the U.S. government sanction Israel for its deadly attacks on Palestinians, including the war crimes committed during its latest attack on Gaza. During the Israeli May 9-20 military assault, at least 254 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1,910 were wounded, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.Rockets of the Israeli forces — fired from the protection of the “Iron Dome” funded by the U.S. — wreaked massive destruction on the already devastated infrastructure of Gaza. The Biden administration is currently proceeding to license $735 million in weapons sales to Israel, despite public outcry as well as unprecedented opposition from some members of Congress.Jinan Shbat, national organizer for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), noted the significance of pro-Palestine actions in the U.S. in terms of the size and diversity of a crowd that included Jewish, African-American and other ethnic and religious groups. “For so long, our tax dollars have funded the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,” she said. “We came today so we can say it loud and clear to this administration that we as Americans will no longer be complicit in funding these atrocities.” (Arab News, May 30) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Corn and Soybeans as Cover Crops? Purdue Agronomists Offer Prevent Plant…

first_img Corn and Soybeans as Cover Crops? Purdue Agronomists Offer Prevent Plant Options Facebook Twitter By Purdue University News Service – Jul 7, 2019 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn and Soybeans as Cover Crops? Purdue Agronomists Offer Prevent Plant Options Farmers who weren’t able to plant because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring will benefit from the recent announcement by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), who recently changed the haying and grazing date restriction for prevented planting acres.This announcement enables farmers who plant cover crops on prevented plant acres to hay, graze, ensile, or chop those fields earlier than November 1. For 2019, RMA will allow farmers to make forage on prevent plant acres after Sept. 1.Keith Johnson, professor of agronomy, said some producers with prevent plant acres are considering using corn or soybeans as a cover crop, a practice recently approved and supported by the Extension Field Crop and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Specialists.“Farmers recognize that corn and soybeans have positive characteristics as a cover crop, since both crops can canopy quickly, reduce soil erosion, and scavenge nutrients,” Johnson said.The late planting date includes additional agronomic recommendations for this 2019 forage harvest. Tony Vyn, professor of agronomy, said that even with the expectation of normal weather conditions for summer and fall, adapted corn hybrids might not reach one-half milk line (a crucial stage of development) before a killing frost occurs.“A one-half milk line in the kernels during the grain filling stage corresponds with a whole- plant moisture content essential for proper ensiling through lactic acid-based fermentation,” Vyn explained. “Silage made too wet will result in seepage and poor quality” he added.Green chopping the standing corn is also an option, but daily harvest is required to have day-to-day uniformity of the ration being fed to livestock. Wet soil conditions can interrupt the process.Using short-season hybrids for a given region is recommended. However, Purdue Plant Pathologist Darcy Telenko explains short-season hybrids, especially planted late, have a risk of higher levels of infection from foliar disease, so scouting for disease throughout the growing season is important.“It’s important not to fertilize, especially nitrogen. Also, remember seeding rates should not be increased if the ultimate goal is forage, and stored grain with GMO traits cannot be used a cheaper alternative seed source,” Telenko said.“It’s also a good idea check with your seed dealer to see if the GMO traited seed corn you plan to plant is approved as a cover crop. From the standpoint of early canopy closure, 15” rows are preferred over 30” she added.Extension Soybean Specialist Shaun Casteel reminds farmers that treated soybean seed that cannot be returned to the seed dealer is a suitable cover crop source after checking to make sure the GMO-traited seed soybean varieties are approved for cover crops.“Farm-stored, treated soybean seed saved for 2020 planting will have reductions in germination potential, as well as a loss in seed treatment efficacy,” Casteel said.“Full season soybean varieties, for a given region, are preferred since they will produce more vegetative biomass and delay pod development and seed fill. Vegetative biomass is usually maximized halfway between R5 and R6 growth stages, though seed viability in the older pods and will likely begin at the point when harvested before leaf yellowing – with the approximate growth stage of R7, when the soybean is a viable forage source,” he explained.“Producers should consider the long-term rotation of a given field and evaluate the positives and negatives for choosing either of these two crops,” said Casteel.He encourages farmers to ask questions like, ‘Do I have soybean cyst nematode?’ ‘If so, am I planting a variety that will help reduce the population.’It’s also important to keep in mind that some cover crop species may help reduce the SCN population. Casteel prompts farmers to make future considerations, as well, including how the corn or beans planted will result in additional disease pressure in future years.“Farmers need to think and consider ramification for the present and the future, including researching e better cover crop species available that will help break up a corn or soybean cycle for at least one year.“Be sure to check seed and seed treatment labels to ensure that the seed source is approved for forage production and also be aware that previously applied herbicides can have a potential carry-over impact on cover crop germination, and select cover crop species to be planted accordingly,” he encouraged.Greg Bossaer, assistant program leader for agriculture and natural resources, Purdue Extension urged farmers to keep Crops Insurance Agents informed and get final approval for prevent plant, cover crop plans.“Additional information on cover crop species for prevent plant acres are available, so we urge growers to consult with their local ANR Extension Educator or NRCS personnel,” Bossaer added. 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Dungloe Hotel workers still awaiting wages

first_img Twitter Dungloe Hotel workers still awaiting wages By News Highland – December 6, 2012 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Previous articleCounty Board reportedly told to offer 5 euro tickey levy refundNext articleMan admits raping woman in Derry college grounds News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Workers at The Ostan Na Rosann Hotel Dungloe says a promise that they would be paid wages which they say are owed to them, has not been fulfilled.It was confirmed this week that the hotel is to close for the winter season due to what management describe as ‘the current climate’Management maintain that the hotel will re-Open in the spring.A number of workers claim they are owed over €10,000 in wages. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Justice Anant Manohar Badar Sworn In As Kerala HC Judge

first_imgNews UpdatesJustice Anant Manohar Badar Sworn In As Kerala HC Judge LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 Jun 2020 9:39 PMShare This – xJustice Anant Manohar Badar, formerly a Judge of the Bombay High Court, has sworn in as Judge of the Kerala High Court today.Pursuant to the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendation dated April 27, 2020, the Central Government had notified the transfer of Justice Badar last month.The swearing in ceremony took place at Banquet Hall in the High Court at 9.30 am today and the same was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice Anant Manohar Badar, formerly a Judge of the Bombay High Court, has sworn in as Judge of the Kerala High Court today.Pursuant to the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendation dated April 27, 2020, the Central Government had notified the transfer of Justice Badar last month.The swearing in ceremony took place at Banquet Hall in the High Court at 9.30 am today and the same was streamed live. The Chief Justice S. Manikumar administered the oath to the judge. In the light of Covid-19 pandemic and the Government guidelines, the participants were limited to the minimum. Justice Badar joined the Maharashtra Judicial Service and was recruited as a District Judge in November, 2000. He worked as an Additional District & Sessions Judge at Akola and Wardha; Member, Industrial Tribunal at Nagpur and Principal District and Sessions Judge at Pune. He also worked in the Registry of Bombay High Court as Registrar (Vigilance). He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on March 3, 2014 and was made permanent in March, 2016.  Next Storylast_img read more

UAPA- Delhi High Court Rejects Plea Against Extension Of Period Of Investigation And Detention Of ‘Suspected Al-Qaeda Operatives’

first_imgNews UpdatesUAPA- Delhi High Court Rejects Plea Against Extension Of Period Of Investigation And Detention Of ‘Suspected Al-Qaeda Operatives’ Srishti Ojha31 Jan 2021 2:11 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Delhi on Thursday refused to set aside the Trial Court’s order directing extension in the period of investigation and custody of the accused for a period of 45 days with directions to the investigating agency to expedite the investigation. A single Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar heard the plea by two accused NajmusSakib and Al Mamun Kamal against order passed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Delhi on Thursday refused to set aside the Trial Court’s order directing extension in the period of investigation and custody of the accused for a period of 45 days with directions to the investigating agency to expedite the investigation. A single Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar heard the plea by two accused NajmusSakib and Al Mamun Kamal against order passed by Special Judge, NIA, Patiala House Court extending the period of investigation and their detention by 45 days under the UAPA Act and remanding them to judicial custody. The Court observed that extension was given by Trial Court after considering the progress of investigation as only a 45 days extension was granted as opposed to the 90 days extension sought by the investigating agency. It also noted that justifiable grounds were made out by the investigating agency in the application filed for seeking the extension. The petitioners, including a 22-year old students and 36-year old wage labourer were arrested from their permanent residence in West Bengal along with 10 other accused arrested for allegedly planning anti-national and terrorist activities. They have been accused of the “suspected offence” of belonging to a group of “jihadi terrorists” inspired by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, and planning terrorist activities at several locations in India. According to the Investigating Agency, during the investigation involvement of the petitioners along with 10 other persons has emerged and many incriminating material and documents were seized after searches were conducted at their respective addresses in September 2020. It has therefore emerged that the petitioners conspired with other accused persons to recruit members to the group which was inspired by the ideology and affiliated to terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. The High Court noted that the application seeking extension clearly depicted the reasons for not completing the investigation in 90 days, and has disclosed the progress made in the investigation. The Court found no force in contention of the Petitioner Counsel that the filing of the application 7 days prior to the expiry of 90th day clearly showed the malafide and had been done only with the sole purpose to deny the statutory bail to the petitioner. The Court clarified that the UAPA Act provides for extension of period of investigation for a further period of 90 days i.e. totalling to 180 days and only when the prescribed period of completing the investigation is expiring and the investigation is still not complete is when the application seeking extension is filed. Therefore if the application is moved much prior to the period prescribed for completing the investigation, it would clearly be premature.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Want to join the Space Force? There won’t be an academy

first_imgPhototreat/iStock(WASHINGTON) — So, you want to join the Space Force?According to new details in the Pentagon’s legislative proposal for the nation’s newest military service, there are no plans for a separate Space Force Academy. But the Pentagon will work to move personnel into the service over the next several years.The legislative proposal outlines cost estimates, organizational details, and personnel plans for the Space Force, which will be housed under the Air Force. But it will now be up to Congress to authorize those plans in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and bring Space Fore to life.“This is an historic moment for our nation,” said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in a statement on Friday. The Department of Defense’s legislative proposal to establish the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces is a strategic step towards securing America’s vital national interests in space. Our approach follows President Trump’s bold vision for space and commits resources to deliver more capability faster, ensuring the United States can compete, deter, and, if needed, win in a complex domain.”Here’s how the Pentagon hopes to stand up Space Force.Despite no service academy, recruiting will be keySenior defense officials said on Friday that while the legislative proposal does not recommend the establishment of a Space Force Academy, there will be a strong emphasis on recruitment. This will likely take the shape of a personnel and training center, officials said.When Space Force is complete, the Pentagon believes it will have about 15,000 personnel, including enlisted, officers, and civilians. Most of these people will be transferred into the Space Force from the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.Still, at 15,000, the Space Force will be the Pentagon’s smallest service.“It’s a small but mighty group,” one official told reporters.Timeline, cost, and structureThe Pentagon’s plan estimates it will cost $72 million in fiscal year 2020 to establish Space Force headquarters at the Pentagon with about 200 personnel. Then, beginning in 2021, space-related units from the Air Force will transition under the Space Force, followed by space personnel from the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps in 2022.“It will take some time,” one official acknowledged.The Pentagon estimates that total additional cost growth over those first five years will be about $2 billion. Once Space Force is fully up and running, additive costs will be about $500 million per year, officials said, which is about 0.07 percent of the Defense Department’s annual budget.The new service will have an Under Secretary for Space who reports to the Secretary of the Air Force, as well as a four-star Chief of Staff of the Space Force who will sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.It was only one year ago when President Donald Trump first mentioned the concept of a new space-focused military branch.“Space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, the air and sea. We may even have a Space Force,” Trump said during a speech to troops at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California last March.“We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force,” the president said, adding, “I was not really serious, but then I said what a great idea.”The current structure for Space Force is not the “separate but equal” branch that Trump had originally directed, but officials said that the current legislative proposal allows the Space Force to be elevated to its own department if at some point that decision is made in the future.In the meantime, the fate of the Space Force lies with Congress.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports over 180,000 new cases

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 85.6 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Jan 05, 6:52 amRetired CT state trooper who was among first to respond to Sandy Hook shooting dies of COVID-19A retired Connecticut State Police trooper, who was among the first to respond to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has died of COVID-19, officials said.Patrick Dragon, 50, of Brooklyn, Connecticut, died Saturday at Hartford Hospital in the state’s capital, according to the Connecticut State Police, which announced his death in a Facebook post Monday night.The Foster Police Department in the Rhode Island town of Foster, where Dragon was working as a dispatcher, confirmed his death “after a valiant battle with COVID.”Foster Police Chief David Breit described Dragon as “a great person, kind, caring and a friend to all who met him.”“There are not enough words, to describe the kind of a person that Patrick was,” Breit wrote in a Facebook post Sunday morning.The East Brooklyn Fire Department in the Connecticut town of Brooklyn, where Dragon served for 34 years, most recently as a deputy chief, also announced his death.“We cannot express how deeply he will be missed and wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Dragon family,” the department wrote in a Facebook post.Jan 05, 4:31 amSeychelles records first death from COVID-19Seychelles has recorded its first death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The patient was a 57-year-old Seychellois man who was hospitalized on New Year’s Eve at a COVID-19 isolation and treatment center on Perseverance Island, just north of the capital Victoria. He died from complications of his illness on Sunday evening, according to a press release from Seychelles’ Ministry of Health.“This is the first such death occurring in Seychelles and comes amid an uptick of new COVID-19 cases,” the health ministry said in a statement. “This first loss is deeply felt by all the health workers and community in general. It further strengthens the resolve to intensify efforts to prevent further transmission.”In the wake of the country’s first coronavirus-related fatality, Seychellois health authorities announced a string of new restrictions at a press conference Monday, including the closure of all public swimming pools, retail stores and many restaurants. Grocery stores and hardware shops can remain open.Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan warned that the “situation is deteriorating,” with more than a dozen new cases confirmed over the previous 24 hours.“It is easy to put COVID-19 under control if we all take precautions,” Ramkalawan told reporters Monday. “We should all be wearing our mask, it is an easy thing to do.”Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago located off the coast of East Africa with a population of just under 100,000, has reported 322 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 05, 3:20 amUS reports over 180,000 new casesThere were 180,477 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Monday’s tally is less than the all-time high of 297,491 new cases, which the country logged on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,903 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 3,750 on Dec. 30, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 20,823,345 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 353,621 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Jan 05, 2:45 amMexico approves Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccineA COVID-19 vaccine developed by England’s University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been authorized for emergency use in Mexico.Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), a decentralized regulatory body of the country’s health ministry, announced its decision to approve the shot in a statement Monday evening.Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard took to Twitter to praise the approval, calling it “very good news.”It’s the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the Latin American nation. Mexico authorized a vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech for emergency use on Dec. 11, just before the United States did so as well.Mexico has reported more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 127,757 deaths, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CD Review: The Duke Spirit- Neptune

first_imgYou Are Here records3/5 The Duke Spirit have been toiling away tirelessly in the three years since the release of their moody garage-rock debut Cuts Across The Land, touring unceasingly, raising their profile in indie rock circles to the point at which the follow up is hotly anticipated, even if it is unlikely to be setting the album charts alight. Neptune shares in parts the same rough, propulsive post-punk sound of Cuts Across The Land but it’s actually these tracks that hamper the album and the thoughtful, poppier songs that present a much more appealing sonic pallet in today’s post post-punk times. ‘Dog Roses’, with its skeletal piano riff and tumbling guitars, focuses on the futility of living in the past: ‘But memories/Well they’re not real/There’s nothing there’. The sweet, boy-girl heartbreak of ‘My Sunken Treasure’, replete with backing ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and echoing percussion, sounds remarkably like the girl groups of Phil Spector, but with enough individual flair not to sound like a weak impersonation. Unfortunately these tracks are outnumbered by more generic squally guitars and formulaic rhythms – mostly pretty forgettable. The almost title track, ‘Neptune’s Call’, is particularly uninspiring. On the positive side, there are a couple of other exceptions, most notably the bold, broody and defiant ‘This Ship Was Built To Last’ which is a highlight of the album. Starting with a ‘Dazed and Confused’ style trudge, it gradually morphs into anthemic territory, accompanied by lyrics reflecting the watery imagery of the whole album (ironic considering the album was recorded in the middle of the Californian desert.) The song ends with the full-bodied climax of wailing saxophone and dissonance. On the whole, however, Neptune remains more of a transitional record, a testing of the waters, and one that hopefully indicates less turbulent sailing in the future.last_img read more