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Dave Matthews Band Brings Back ‘Christmas Song’ For First Time Since 2014 In Boston [Video]

first_imgDave Matthews Band continued their 2018 fall arena tour on Friday night with a performance at Boston’s TD Garden. The show saw (and heard) the veteran rock band continue to mix in new material from their latest studio album, 2018’s Come Tomorrow, in addition to selections from their 25-year-old catalogue including the surprise return of a seasonal deep cut.The night began up with Dave and his band running through “Everyday” and “Funny The Way It Is” before going into Come Tomorrow track “That Girl Is You”. They continued with some of their older material from 2002’s Buster Stuff with the tour debut of “Bartender”, followed by fall tour staple “Grey Street”. After the newer “Again And Again”, Matthews took his Boston audience outside of the DMB realm for a few minutes with a cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”, which has already been played twice on the fall tour thus far. The second half of the set was filled with a mix of the more popular fan-favorites, including the audience interaction-friendly “Warehouse”, “The Space Between”, “Where Are You Going”, and “Crash Into Me”. The set would come to a close with the classic live pairing of “Pantala Naga Pampa” and “Rapunzel”.One of the biggest surprises of the night came during the encore when Dave came back out to the stage with just drummer Carter Beauford and guitarist Tim Reynolds for a stripped-down version of “Christmas Song”. The holiday-friendly tune initially appeared on their 1993 debut album, Remember Two Things, and hadn’t been played by the band in more than 300 shows. Needless to say, the song’s return was well-received by the fans in the audience, as heard in the video below.Dave Matthews Band – “Christmas Song” – 12/7/2018[Video: blassgeoffrey]Dave Matthews Band will continue their fall 2018 trek at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 11th. Tickets for remaining four shows on the band’s 2018 schedule can be purchased through their official website. Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | TD Garden | Boston, MA | 12/7/2018Set: Everyday, Funny the Way It Is, That Girl Is You, Granny, Bartender, Grey Street, Again and Again, Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover), Come On Come On, Say Goodbye, Warehouse, Belly Belly Nice, The Space Between, Louisiana Bayou, Where Are You Going, She, Crash Into Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > RapunzelEncore: Christmas Song, All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Fraud ring leader sentenced in $69 million scheme

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Seven years after two Pennsylvania credit unions detected suspicious account activity that led federal investigators to uncover a $69 million tax refund scheme, justice finally caught up with one of the leaders of the national fraud ring last week.U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone in Erie, Pa.  sentenced Doherty Kushimo, 56, of Providence, R.I. to eight years in federal prison on Sept. 18. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identify theft. He was ordered to pay $335,725 in restitution.Kushimo was sentenced in Erie because in 2012 the $302 million Widget Financial Federal Credit Union reported to the FBI that there were accounts opened by a person living outside of Pennsylvania and that each account application contained stolen identify information, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and telephone numbers. Federal investigators determined Kushimo opened some of those accounts.last_img read more

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Why the Dangotes, Danjumas, Alakijas, Atikus Should Consider Sports Philanthropy

first_imgLast Sunday, while observing events as a neighbour celebrated the birth of their new baby, I noticed a rather intriguing spectacle. About eight teenage boys gathered outside the venue uninvited and boisterously danced to the loud music, basically entertaining guests in the hope of getting served some food. Fortune smiled on them as the organisers rewarded their industry with some food and drinks. It was a rowdy session, but these young boys could dance up a storm almost oblivious of the reality of their own challenging circumstances. Watching the scene from a distance, I momentarily forgot the frustration of being forced to endure hours of noise on a day one should be resting, and wondered about how much talent these youngsters had and how easily it could all go to wasteI n a few years, the reality of compulsory bills will hit them and not a few will be heading for careers as motor park touts and other forms of menial labour. Some may become career political thugs, while others take to crime – from the petty to the deadly. Hopes of acquiring genuine work skills to feed themselves and their families are usually dim; this sort simply sees the wealth but not the sweat in how it is made. Many also feel the wealth is ill-gotten and simply are on a queue for their turn to do act. If society does not step up to engage them in a positive and respectful way, we will all be in danger soon enough. Frighteningly, our exploding population means we don’t have much time on our hands. Credible estimates show that by 2050 we may be faced with about 265m youth, with the majority of them poorly educated, poorly skilled and pretty much like the young men at the party.Sports can help change things. Those youngsters should be practicing to make their school teams to annual state or national championships in any one of a variety of sports. We have proven to be a nation with sports pedigree, and we are probably denying potentially world-beating talents a chance to make history. For decades now, our leaders have not understood what to do with sports, but then the government can use some help from the private sector. Nigerians who have a few billion naira to spend on corporate social responsibility and philanthropy should take a second look at sports and chime in for the greater good.The names listed in my headline are known to be wealthy philanthropists who have spent heavily on different schemes to help the less fortunate among us. What one hardly sees, however, is philanthropy that invests in sports, despite its ability to put people of all ages and across all socio-economic groups to productive work. While much of sports philanthropy comes from highly paid athletes giving back to society, many corporations and foundations recognise the powers of sport and invest in initiatives that promote values that sports bring to societies, like fair competition, merit, compassion, leadership, unity, resilience, healthy and disciplined living and so much more.The great thing about sports though is how it can engage millions of people both in the amateur and professional ranks. Despite only a few people ever getting to the very top of sports, sports still engage large numbers of people from very early in their lives to their twilight years. In 2012 when South Africa was thinking about its football future, then CEO of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Robin Petersen showed how football alone engaged three million people in the country. According to the Brand South Africa website, Petersen said at the time that he was “looking at new ways to fund development, so that the 330 local football associations, the 20000 clubs and the three-million players in South Africa, as well as schools, will become a breeding ground for new talent.”Nigerian philanthropists must begin to think more about developing communities around the country through sports. Establishing sports centres like football parks, tennis and basketball courts, swimming centres, can help whole communities embrace sports; and as a result work together for unity, peace and progress. Initiatives like these would reduce crime, increase consciousness for healthy living and good education, as well as enhance collaboration. They would also create jobs for coaches, officials, small businesses and especially players, who the more they play the more they want to reach the top of the sport globally.While building a hostel or administrative block in a school is great for the students, a sports centre can produce talents that influence millions of people around the world. We must work to stop our increasing army of unengaged youth from being fertile ground for political schemers and criminals. We must also stop those who never want us to forget that we are different tribes, different religions, different cultures, and different worldviews. Ask anyone about who beat Argentina 4:2 in an international football friendly on Tuesday, and the answer, delivered with pride, would be Nigeria – the diverse but inclusive country where although our tribes and tongues differ, in brotherhood we stand. 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