first_imgLast night, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros made a stop at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre, following a two-night run at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Weir worked through a number of Grateful Dead, Ratdog, and Bob Dylan tunes, while also inviting up a special guest to assist on bass.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros opened up the first set with “Hell In A Bucket”, before working through solid takes of “Mama Tried” and “Tennessee Jed”. Bob Weir appears to be on his “A” game this opening week of Wolf Bros inaugural tour, leading bandmates Don Was and Jay Lane with precision and infectious energy. Next, Wolf Bros worked through a pair of Ratdog tunes, “Even So” and “October Queen”, before dishing out the first Bob Dylan cover of the evening, “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. “Peggy-O” led way to a rocking rendition of “Deal”, with Weir nailing the Jerry Garcia tune’s lead vocals.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Deal” 10/20/2018[Video: Rich Saputo]Bob Weir & Wolf Bros returned, opening up the second set with “Good Morning, School Girl”, before throwing a curveball with a cover of Donovan’s 1966 hit “Sunshine Superman”. Next, Weir and company rolled through a dark and psychedelic rendition of “Dark Star”, before moving into another beloved Ratdog tune, “Two Djinn”.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Sunshine Superman” – 10/20/2018[Video: Rich Saputo]Bob Weir then invited up Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld to help out on another Bob Dylan cover, “All Along The Watchtower”. With two basses on stage, the four-piece added a sweet touch to the classic Dylan tune, as Wilkenfeld intently followed Weir’s every move. The second set’s final segment featured a roaring rendition of Weir’s “Throwing Stones”, before wrapping things up with “Days Between” and “Not Fade Away”. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, the third and final Bob Dylan cover of the evening, served as the show’s encore, as Bob Weir & Wolf Bros invited Wilkenfeld back onstage to assist the trio on the tune.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Throwing Stones” > “Days Between” > “Not Fade Away” – 10/20/2018[Video: Chris Rhine]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ maiden voyage continues Tuesday, October 22nd at Portland, Oregon’s Keller Auditorium. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information on the Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour, head to Weir’s website.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Upcoming Tour Dates10/22 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium10/23 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre10/24 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center10/29 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/1 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium11/6 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre11/8 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre11/9 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/12 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore11/15 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre11/19 – New York, NY – Beacon TheatreView All Tour DatesSetlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | Arlington Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA | 10/20/2018Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Even So, October Queen, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Peggy-O, DealSet Two: Good Morning, School Girl, Sunshine Superman, Dark Star, Two Djinn, All Along the Watchtower, Throwing Stones, Days Between, Not Fade AwayEncore: It’s All Over Now, Baby Bluelast_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Injuries have robbed the Giants of several key contributors throughout the season, but Joe Panik is the first position player to be sent to the disabled list for two separate ailments.Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik was diagnosed with a “mild-to-moderate” groin strain while trainer Dave Groeschner said the injury could leave the club without one of its starting infielders for the next three weeks.Panik arrived in the clubhouse Tuesday and said he’s still sore after injuring …last_img read more


first_imgFor some strange reason football is synonymous with Bengal, although Goa and Kerala will claim equal suzerainty over it.In the early 1980s, I landed in Kolkata having grown up in Delhi. Imagine my horror, when I, a cricket junkie, found Kolkata was completely football crazy. The towering statue of Goshto Pal on the maidan, at the very intersection where the holy trinity of the megalopolis football craze converged – Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting – was nothing short of a pilgrimage for a neophyte like me. Having played football in school and a more bruising form later in the tea plantations, I too trooped to the makeshift stadia to make my tryst with the Kolkatan version of the beautiful game. And the passion on display was unbelievable – Shyam Thapa with his bicycle kick, the speedy Subhash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya tall and stately in defence, Gautam Sarkar, Mohd Habib, Mohd Nayeem and many more were part of a fabled pantheon worshipped by all of us.ArtistryBut this flirtation with football was to receive a rude jolt. Two Iranians landed in the city – Majid Bakshar and Jamshed Nassiri – and they opened up a whole new playing style. Nassiri was the poacher in the strike zone while Majid was the playmaker and ball passer. They made a fantastic combine, Majid with the flair, daredevilry and derring-do in the mid field, making the play for his compatriot Nassiri who struck home with dexterity and timing. The duo came from the province of Khuzestan and Majid even represented Iran in the 1978 World Cup played in Argentina. Both came to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue higher studies, but were spotted by talent scouts and recruited by East Bengal. Subsequently, they joined Mohammedan Sporting Football Club and Kolkatans flocked to the maidans.advertisementThe duo’s entry into the football cauldrons of Kolkata was a defining moment in Indian football. Football supporters were astonished at the artistry with which the two Iranians played the game in stark contrast to the the rest of the league. This first glimpse of real football was ‘revolutionary’ a term that may be politically incorrect given that Kolkata was then in the throes of Leftist rule. The end came swiftly as the more talented of the two – Majid – was debilitated by substance abuse. He returned to Iran, while Jamshed stayed on in his adopted city Kolkata.Jolt number two came with the advent of the Nehru Cup in Kolkata in 1982. My memory of that tourney was of the Uruguayan player who could throw the ball into the D such was the power of his throw. The robust playing style, the smart set pieces and the sheer agility of the Uruguayan players was a delight to watch as they vanquished China 2-0 to win the inaugural tournament. The Uruguayans had shown all too well, why the South American style was a killer app in world football. Two years later in 1984, Poland showed their hard tackling man-to-man marking style and defeated China. Kolkatans awoke with a start to the pace and speed on display in the Nehru Cup final.BrillianceThe final decapitating blow to the ‘art form’ practiced on Kolkata’s maidans came with the introduction of live television which beamed pictures of the 1986 football World Cup for the very first time. India’s love affair with the World Cup football tournament started in 1982, when for the first time the semi finals and final had been telecast live on Doordarshan. There was also deferred telecast of some of the earlier round matches. Brazil’s brilliance in that tournament, showcased by the attacking flair of Zico, Socrates, Falcao and Toninho Cerezo, won them many supporters. In the eighties, the majority of India supported Brazil.Over the years that changed. In 1986, for the very first time the entire World Cup was telecast live in India. With Mexico being the hosts the tournament gained notoriety. Almost overnight, pocket dynamo Diego Maradona became a star with fans all across the globe, and Kolkata being no exception. Whatever bad feelings Maradona may have created with his ‘Hand of God’ goal, he erased with the second, ensuring the quarter final between England and Argentina will never be forgotten.OutsidersThe goal, which was voted the “Goal of the Century” in 2002 on the FIFA website, saw Maradona running past five English players before scoring. With 20 minutes to go, the introduction of John Barnes as a substitute changed the tide of play in England’s favour, as he pinged in cross after cross into the Argentine penalty area and with just nine minutes left, England striker Gary Lineker got onto the end of one and scored. Lineker almost repeated six minutes later but was unable to reach the ball thanks to a timely block by Olarticoechea: 2-1 to Argentina remained the final score line.advertisementThe goals made Maradona a superstar. In the semi finals, he struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2-0. The final against Germany did not see the same magic but Maradona did enough to see his country home. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from him gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina.Argentina’s victory managed to turn Kolkata’s world upside down. Maradona’s staggering display of running, passing and goal scoring was viewed as a tour de force and since then, nothing has remained the same. Now, whenever Kolkata, Goa, Kerala or other urban agglomerates in India go gaga over football – be it EPL, Champions League or the World Cup – it reminds one of Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Deewana. This iconic song from the Bollywood film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain, which literally means that you are dancing at some unknown person’s wedding, is something Indian fans have had to do, World Cup after World Cup, as Indian football has remained on skid row. Consigned to the rubbish heap of history, it will be some time before the nation can take part in the beautiful game, on the world stage.last_img read more


first_img Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference. Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference.The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, have confirmed their attendance, in addition to some seven industry ministers, technocrats, manufacturers, distributors and micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) groups across the region.Dubbed ‘Collaboration for Caribbean Sustainability’, the conference will present opportunities for small-business associations to better serve and support economic growth, while creating a space to address areas critical to the sustainability and livelihood of MSMEs within the region.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (July 5), President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), Hugh Johnson, said the three-day event will include meetings, plenary and breakout sessions focusing on MSME financing; policy framework to facilitate growth locally and regionally; and matters related to trade within the region.“We think it’s high time for the small players within the region to get to know each other, to come together and to forge a path for themselves, along with the regional Governments, to get businesses among themselves moving,” he argued.Mr. Johnson pointed out that the small-business sector, key stakeholders, policymakers and technocrats will discuss best practices and initiatives that will allow for greater collaboration with businesses in the Caribbean; regional competitiveness to increase economies of scale; and the removal of impediments to trade among member States.Day one of the conference will facilitate registration, the opening ceremony and a mini-expo which will showcase the products and services of small-business operators within the region.Days two and three will feature three sets of concurrent breakout sessions.Topics for day two include managing the business risk for survival and sustainability; formalising businesses for increased market access; tendering government contracts; equity financing options for small business; and gaining competitive advantage through improvement in information and communications technology, and physical infrastructure.Discussions on day three will focus on free movement of skilled labour within CARICOM; registering businesses regionally; developing the human capital to increase global competitiveness; creating a regional venture capital fund for MSMEs; and MSME policy impact on enterprise culture.There will also be closed sessions for the Ministers and technocrats to discuss critical issues impacting the region.Key participant at the conference will be President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Jonathan Ortmans.Regional groups will include The Caribbean Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL); Caribbean Farmers Network and Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP).“We will have experts from around the region discussing these issues in detail, so that we can present meaningful, tangible deliverables that can propel the sector forward. So, it is about creating workable solutions to move the MSME sector forward,” Mr. Johnson said.The SBAJ, in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, will be hosting the conference, with major sponsorship from the Jamaica National Group, RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, Flow, Development Bank of Jamaica, Caribbean Development Bank, the Spanish Court Hotel, and Caribbean Airlines.Other partners include the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).For more details on the upcoming conference, persons may visit: www.caribbeanmsmeconference.com; email [email protected] or call 978-9191. The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, have confirmed their attendance, in addition to some seven industry ministers, technocrats, manufacturers, distributors and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) groups across the region. Story Highlights Day one of the conference will facilitate registration, the opening ceremony and a mini-expo which will showcase the products and services of small-business operators within the region.last_img read more