There’s no denying that the Gorge Amphitheatre is a magical venue, as the George, WA locale’s natural beauty was only accentuated by the smooth tones of the Dave Matthews Band last night. The DMB began a three night run at the storied grounds as part of an annual tradition that dates back to 2006. The band has hit the Gorge every year since 1996, and, with excitement at an all time high, the band delivered a great opening night show after opening sets from The Lone Bellow and Lake Street Dive.DMB opened with “The Best Of What’s Around” for the first time since 2013, and the hits kept on coming. “Big Eyed Fish” segued into “Satellite,” before tunes like “Stay or Leave,” “Seven” and the newer song “Bob Law” kept the party going. The band also had a special guest join them, as Carlos Malta sat in for three songs during the main set: “What Would You Say,” “Lover Lay Down,” and “Recently.”The band closed out their show with a great two-song encore that featured “Oh” and the only cover of the night, Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” Check out the full setlist.fm setlist, posted below. [Photo by aaron.cropper/Instagram] Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport homeless shelter’s employees weren’t paid for months—and in one case, nearly two years—auditors found, prompting the Nassau County Comptroller to expand the review to all taxpayer-funded shelters.The audit of Eager to Serve, Inc.’s Sunshine Residence found hourly rates paid to employees were less than the rates mandated by the Living Wage Law—$15.50 an hour without health benefits, or $13.58 with health benefits—for 11 employees from 2012 to 2014 for a total of $4,899, according to the comptroller’s office.“The audit findings are not only very disturbing but may also underscore more extensive issues with the quality of housing provided to our neediest residents,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said. “We intend to open a more extensive audit of the Homeless Shelter Industry on the quality of shelter being provided with taxpayer money.”The county paid the Sunshine Residence more than $650,000 between 2012 and 2014, Maragos said. As a result of the audit’s findings, county officials worry that other homeless shelter funding has been misused.“We intend to fully comply with all rules, laws and mandates and have our attorneys and accountants regularly ensuring compliance,” Levada Felder, executive director of the Sunshine Residence, wrote in her response to the audit’s findings.Discrepancies were found between the numbers of hours employees worked based on their pay stubs versus the hours shown on timesheets, auditors found.Since the audit was completed, Felder started a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Sunshine Residence.In addition, she has posted a “Wish List” for the shelter, asking for people to serve the roles of volunteer coordinator, babysitter, carpenter, cleaners, decorators, gardeners, and painters and for donated goods which include bricks, car seats, a new computer, cribs, dishes, metro cards, office furniture and a working car.
– Advertisement – The Premier League has announced that all fixtures until at least the New Year period will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.The announcement signals that the Premier League has decided to discontinue its initiative to make games available through a pay-per-view model.- Advertisement – In a statement, the league confirmed: ‘Working with our broadcast partners, and with the support of clubs, all matches will be shown via existing Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and BBC services. Details of the first additional selections covering the period until the end of November are announced today. December and January selections will follow in due course alongside our usual UK live matches.‘There is a full schedule of Premier League games over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans. These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.‘The agreement will be reviewed in the new year following consultation with clubs, broadcast partners and in line with any decisions made by Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.- Advertisement – Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Kick-off 12.30pmAston Villa vs Brighton – Kick-off 3pmTottenham v Man City – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsManchester United vs West Brom – Kick-off 8pmSunday November 22Fulham vs Everton – Kick-off 12pmSheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsLeeds United vs Arsenal – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsLiverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 23Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsFriday November 27Crystal Palace vs Newcastle – Kick-off 8pmSaturday November 28Brighton vs Liverpool – Kick-off 12.30pmMan City vs Burnley – Kick-off 3pmEverton vs Leeds – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsSunday November 29Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsChelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsArsenal vs Wolves – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 30Leicester City v Fulham – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsConfirmed Premier League fixtures on Sky SportsSat Nov 21: Tottenham vs Man City – Kick-Off 5.30pmSun Nov 22: Sheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 22: Leeds vs Arsenal – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 22: Liverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pmMon Nov 23: Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pmMon Nov 23: Wolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pmSat Nov 28: Everton vs Leeds – Kick-Off 5.30pmSat Nov 28: West Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-Off 8pmSun Nov 29: Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 29: Chelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 29: Arsenal vs Wolves – Kick-Off 7.15pmMon Nov 30: Leicester vs Fulham – Kick-Off 5.30pmMon Nov 30: West Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-Off 8pmMore fixtures to follow in due course ‘The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.’Following the rearrangement of the Premier League’s fixtures, Sky Sports will broadcast 13 live games over the remaining two rounds this month, including Liverpool vs Leicester on Sunday November 22.November’s Premier League rearranged scheduleSaturday November 21- Advertisement –
Now a foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao has come to represent a new generation of diplomatic hawks in China, challenging the restraint that long characterized the country’s engagement with the world, according to a dozen current and former ministry officials and government researchers who spoke with Reuters.Their emergence has caused a rift with the old foreign policy establishment, amid worries that increasingly assertive rhetoric could put the country on a dangerous collision course with powers like the United States, they said.The shift followed instructions that President Xi Jinping issued diplomats in a memo last year, calling on them to show more “fighting spirit”, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.”This is the first time since 1949 that the ‘new hawks’ have the power to reshape China’s diplomatic policy,” said Qin Xiaoying, who was a director of the ruling Communist Party’s international propaganda department and is now a researcher with the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies in Beijing. Diplomats returning from overseas postings don’t usually receive special attention at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a vast government bureaucracy with thousands of staff.But when Zhao Lijian, a diplomat known for his pugnacious social media presence, finished a posting in Pakistan in August, he received an enthusiastic welcome in Beijing. A group of young admirers at the ministry gathered at his office to cheer his return, according to two people familiar with the matter.That admiration was fuelled in part by a Twitter spat he had engaged in a month earlier with Susan Rice, the national security adviser to former US President Barack Obama. Each accused the other of being “ignorant” and a “disgrace”. Driving the shift is the widespread feeling among many Chinese that the United States wants to contain China’s rise. Aggressive pushback by diplomats on issues that provoke nationalistic sentiment, like the protests in Hong Kong or the coronavirus outbreak, has proven popular domestically.Most people who spoke with Reuters for this article declined to be named given the sensitivity of the matter.In response to a request for comment by Reuters, the ministry said Chinese diplomats from all age groups are determined to “resolutely safeguard” national sovereignty and security.”We will not attack unless we are attacked,” the ministry said, citing a slogan from founding leader Mao Zedong. “But if we are attacked, we will certainly counterattack.”Zhao, 47, did not respond to requests for comment.A spokeswoman for Rice, the former US national security adviser, said she would not be available for comment. The US State Department did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.Handwritten message Xi gave his instructions about adopting a tougher stance in the face of international challenges, like deteriorating relations with the United States, in a handwritten message to diplomats last year, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave the same message to officials attending the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the ministry’s founding, Reuters reported in December.Over the past year, more than 60 Chinese diplomats and diplomatic missions set up Twitter or Facebook accounts, by Reuters’ count, even though both platforms are banned in China, often using them to attack Beijing’s critics around the world.Zhao this month promoted a conspiracy theory on his personal Twitter account that the US military brought the coronavirus to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began late last year.US President Donald Trump escalated the spat, infuriating Beijing by repeatedly citing the “Chinese virus”.The new Chinese assertiveness is a response in part to Washington’s more confrontational stance towards China under Trump, according to Chinese diplomats.”Why can the Americans criticize us constantly, and we can’t scold the US? Nobody likes to be educated all the time,” said a diplomat who helped one embassy set up its Twitter account.Among China’s new Twitter warriors is Zhao’s boss, Hua Chunying, who became the ministry’s top spokeswoman last year and began tweeting last month. A rising star, Hua spent several weeks last year at the Central Party School, which trains officials destined for promotion.The Twitter aggression is aimed not only at Washington.In Brazil, Chinese Ambassador Yang Wanming shared a tweet, later deleted, calling the family of President Jair Bolsonaro “poison” after his son blamed the “Chinese dictatorship” for the coronavirus pandemic.China’s embassy in Peru blasted Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa for “irresponsible” comments after the 83-year-old
Facebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. – Brightly colored dragon boats and 32 local and regional teams vying to paddle those vessels to victory will return to Budd Bay Inlet in Olympia Saturday, April 27, for a day of fun and fierce competition at the 8th annual Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival.More than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which will take place 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Port Plaza in Budd Inlet. The day-long event, presented by the University in cooperation with the Washington Dragon Boat Association, is free and open to the public. Some 750 participants will paddle their way through the annual Dragon Boat Races as part of the day’s activities. The paddlers are members of teams from universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies, community organizations and local businesses, hailing from Seattle to Portland.Dragon boat racing dates back to fourth-century China, commemorating famed poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Today, dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate culture and community.“Friendly competition and having fun while learning about another culture’s time-honored traditions make the Dragon Boat Festival an eagerly anticipated event for the University and surrounding communities,” says Josephine Yung, Saint Martin’s vice president of international programs and development.Saint Martin’s University has been actively involved in education and cultural exchanges with China since 1995. Each year, members of Saint Martin’s faculty travel to China to teach international business, accounting and general education courses. Saint Martin’s students regularly participate in China study tours and internship opportunities in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zhuhai. In addition, about 50 students from China are currently studying at Saint Martin’s University.Following welcoming remarks at 9 a.m. by Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., and Rick Panowicz, honorary chair of the Dragon Boat Steering Committee, the festival will kick off at 9:10 a.m. with the traditional “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony, a blessing of the dragon boats. The races will begin at 9:45 a.m., and will consist of three heats and three divisions. The participating teams include the competitive division teams of Paddles of Fury and Wasabi Kraken; the intermediate teams of Seattle Flying Dragons and Sun Dragons Paddling Club; and the community teams of City of Tumwater and Apple Therapy Dragons. The festival will be broadcasted by 94.5 ROXY.In addition to the races, there will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, martial arts performances and music. A lion dance will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The competitions will conclude at approximately 5 p.m., and the closing and awards ceremony will begin shortly after the races end.Organizations throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond are supporting the Dragon Boat Festival, including: Port of Olympia; the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; 94.5 ROXY; the Academy of International Education (AIE); Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University (ASSMU); Puget Sound Energy; Olympia Federal Savings; Print NW; Thurston County Visitor and Convention Bureau; Thurston County Chamber of Commerce; Thurston County Economic Development Council; Olympia Area Chinese Fellowship; U.S. Commercial Services of Seattle and Tacoma; Washington State Department of Commerce; Washington State China Relations Council and World Trade Center, Tacoma.For more information about this event, visit www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat or contact the Office of International Programs and Development at 360-438-4504.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
Reece Hunt and Team BC won a bronze medal at the National Women’s U18 Championship Sunday in Regina.The Nelson Minor Hockey product and Team BC teammates defeated Ontario Blue 5-3 in the medal match.Ontario Red defeated Team Quebec 4-1 in the Gold Medal Final.Winning the bronze medal ties BC’s best ever finish at the National Women’s U18 Championship. BC previously won bronze at the 2005 edition of the tournament in Salmon Arm, BC.Alex Allan (Abbotsford) led Team BC with a pair of goals with singles going to Allison Borrow (Penticton), Shay-Lee McConnell (Port Alberni) and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove) shorthanded. Team BC led 2-1 after one period and 3-2 following 40 minutes of play.Hunt, the lone player from the Kootenays to make the team, earned player of the game honours in Team BCs 9-1 loss in semifinal action to Ontario Red.Hunt scored the lone goal for Team BC in the contest.Team BC opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Team Manitoba. After dropping a tough 4-3 decision to Team Quebec, Team BC advanced to the playoff round with a 3-1 victory over Team Alberta.Hunt is the second Nelson Minor Hockey grad in handful of years to play for Team BC at the Women’s Under-18 Championship. Defenceman Aimee DiBella represented BC at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Que.Hunt, the younger sister of Nelson Leafs forward Sawyer Hunt and American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds player Dryden Hunt, now returns to club team Kootenay Wild of the BC Female AAA Midget Hockey League.In eight games with the Wild Hunt has scored one goal while registering six assists for seven points.Kootenay Wild are currently tied for third in BCFMHL standings with eight points.Kootenay returns to action Friday in Coquitlam with a weekend set against league-leading Greater Vancouver Comets.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2015)–Jockey Corey Nakatani has been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for examination following a spill during the running of Sunday’s, fifth race, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.Nakatani, 44, who was aboard number seven, Bilger’s Sapphire, who appeared uninjured, clipped heels with number 13, Bullwinkle Babe, at the top of the stretch, just before the horses were set to cross over the main track.Santa Anita stewards Tom Ward, Kim Sawyer and Luis Jauregui reported that Natakani was conscious and moving his extremities. According to Nakatani’s agent, Tony Matos, Nakatani was complaining of pain in the area of his collar bone.A nationally prominent rider for more than 25 years, Nakatani is a finalist on this year’s ballot for racing’s Hall of Fame.