Dark Star Orchestra Wields Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” Guitar In Boston [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Cole Last Friday, Dark Star Orchestra had some special news for their Boston fans, announcing that lead guitarist/vocalist Jeff Mattson would play Jerry Garcia‘s iconic “Wolf” guitar during the band’s upcoming performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Known for recreating past Grateful Dead shows in their entirety, the long-running tribute act added extra significance to the show by replicating the Dead’s own Boston performance from November 13th, 1978, during which Garcia also played “Wolf.”Dark Star Orchestra Taps Donna Jean Godchaux For Red Rocks DebutGarcia’s legendary Wolf guitar was auctioned off last June at the Brooklyn Bowl for a whopping $1.6M winning bid from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History. The guitar was auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the previous owner matching the winning bid, making for a whopping $3.2M donation at the end of the night. The auction also served as the vehicle for an all-star performance billed as Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits that saw Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Cass McCombs all get the chance to play Wolf before it went to its new home.However, Wolf’s new owner, Brian Halligan, is clearly generous with his recently purchased prize guitar. In the time since, he’s lent out Wolf to a number of musicians, including to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton, who played it throughout a show in December. Now, you can add Dark Star Orchestra to that list.Check out a gallery of photos from DSO’s performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre with Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar below via photographer Kevin Cole/Old King Cole Photography.Dark Star Orchestra’s spring run continues tonight and tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The shows will be webcast via The Relix Channel. For a full list of the band’s busy summer of tour dates, head to their website.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA | 5/10/18Set One: Promised Land; They Love Each Other; Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues; Peggy-O; Cassidy; Tennessee Jed; Minglewood Blues; Stagger Lee; Jack StrawSet Two: Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin’s Tower; Samson & Delilah; Friend Of The Devil; Playing In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Playin’ In The Band-> Around & AroundEncore:: U.S. BluesFiller: White Rabbit; Werewolves Of LondonNotes: Recreating Grateful Dead’s 11/13/78 show at Boston Music Hall. Jeff Mattson played Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar for the entire show.Dark Star Orchestra (w/ Jerry’s “Wolf” guitar) | Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA | 5/10/18 | Photos: Kevin Colecenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Marc Wood: Pay360 – Meeting 2018’s compliance demand…

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Marc WoodAs industry operators are being further pressured to improve their AML and compliance disciplines, all stakeholders face a tough balancing act in servicing betting consumers’, verification, customer services, payment and UX options. Speaking at BOFCON2018, Marc Wood Head of Gaming at Pay360 details how industry leaders should approach 2018’s AML and Compliance conundrum_____________________SBC: Hi Marc. In 2018, why has AML and Fraud Prevention become the prevalent topic for all industry stakeholders?  Marc Wood: AML and Fraud protection has always been a fundamental part of running an effective online gaming business. What has changed over the last couple of years is the impact of massively increased regulatory scrutiny by the UKGC, new data protection legislation such as GDPR and the recent multi-million-dollar fines of not having robust enough policies, systems and procedures in place.Another recent relevant industry issue not specifically AML and Fraud related, but associated, has been under the scrutiny of the gaming affiliate networks and operator responsibilities in a general “compliance” context.I think that there is a genuine industry concern that in 2018 we may see not just fines being levied, but licence suspensions could be on the cards and it may be a significant sacrificial lamb operator(s), to make the point. SBC: Are the industry’s recent AML failures a social responsibility or operational matter. Is it essential to make a clear distinction when labelling AML procedures?  MW: Yes it is correct to make a distinction, there is a fine line between aggressively growing the business and encouraging people to gamble more from a social responsibility perspective, but also being able to stop potential money laundering or fraudulent activities. They are separate problems and require different policies, procedures, data and systems to solve.For example, not being able to flag up a situation where a player who maybe earns £30k a year, is stealing money from their employer and spends £100’000 plus playing Bingo makes the industry look rather foolish.Similarly, being able to distinguish between a fraudster and someone who is just in over their head and is a Problem Gambler has to be solved. So the issue is understanding who the player is, their social and economic background and having auditable automated systems in place to be able to help operationally.SBC: As a digital payments specialist, how does Pay360 work with industry stakeholders to create AML and Fraud Prevention best practices? MW: Our strategy over the last two years has been to work with gaming stakeholders to expand our pure payments processing and legacy fraud detection making available a wide range of over 60, third-party data assets. This creates a flexible decision-making platform called Optimise to enable the automation and audit of AML, Fraud, Bonus Abuse, Source of Funds and Problem Gambling issues. SBC: What prevalent factors, values and dynamics, would you advise industry operators to research when planning AML procedures? Where do you feel industry stakeholders are currently blindsided?  MW: I think the industry suffers from the use of legacy backend platforms that do not make the automation, monitoring, triggering and investigating of potential breaches easy. Sadly this results in a significant expense in manual processes needed in place to execute the AML policy and procedure which can be error-prone.It is important also to note that it’s not only the problem of legacy systems but also of internal legacy processes. Due to perhaps lack of support and flexibility to adapt to what is needed operators can be blindsided by the legacy tools, processes and data they use. To truly tackle the problem operators need to be open to new approaches and not try and squeeze a new process into the wrong structure.As for researching, in my view the current situation will only get more difficult, the UK has been particularly aggressive, but other licencing authorities throughout the world will follow and soon. The issue outside of the UK and to be understood, is what can actually be done in particular countries especially with the availability of third-party data and information sources to help in ensuring the execution of AML etc procedures.  SBC: The industry’s AML concerns, take place during a period when consumers are more aware of their personal data and online profile. How does Pay360 create effective payment services/solutions that do not breach customer data concerns?  MW: Pay 360 has a wide range of online, physical payments, fraud & risk management solutions designed to ensure compliance with current and future data protection legislation. Our goal is to enable our customers to implement appropriate payment solutions that either minimise or in some cases remove the likelihood of breaching data protection laws entirely. As an aside across other industry sectors we serve we have seen a massive focus in the last year of the impending GDPR legislation, surprisingly this does not seem to be taken as a real problem in the gaming sector, and that deadline is only a couple of months away on May 25th. SBC: You are speaking on industry operational disciplines at the BOFCON 2018 conference. What do you want delegates to learn about effective AML procedures? MW: To provide a discussion forum, which enables delegates to understand what is and importantly what is not possible to do to improve their AML, Fraud and Compliance needs. Using data and analytics-driven approaches to reduce the likelihood of breaches and avoid the resultant bad PR, brand damage, cost of fines and protecting gaming licences.______________Marc Wood – Head of Gaming – Pay360 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

Luke Walton’s presence attracted Luol Deng to the Lakers

first_imgThe phone calls flooded his agent’s inbox, an obvious indication that Luol Deng still commands plenty of interest through 12 NBA seasons.But aside from the generous four-year, $72 million offer the Lakers threw his way, there marked a few other factors that enticed Deng to sign his deal with a purple and gold pen.Beyond the Lakers’ rich history and the joy of living in Los Angeles, Deng also found some appealing qualities playing for Lakers coach Luke Walton.“I was really excited about the system and also the role that I would play,” Deng told Southern California News Group. “I’m able to play as hard as I can on the court and lead these guys, while also being a voice in the locker room.” Humble pieD’Angelo Russell’s emergence shrunk in the presence of an All-Star. Portland guard Damian Lillard handed the Lakers a 109-106 loss in overtime after scoring 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting and a 6-of-9 clip from 3-point range. Russell finished with 12 points and one assist while shooting 6 of 21 from the field and 0 of 9 from 3-point range. He missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer before overtime, while Jordan Clarkson missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer to force double overtime.The Lakers stayed competitive because of double-digit efforts from Clarkson (15 points), Nick Young (14), Julius Randle (13 points) Timofey Mozgov (11) and Marcelo Huertas (11). Meeting of the mindsWalton said he and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak planned to talk following Tuesday’s exhibition about possible roster cuts. It’s not currently clear if the Lakers plan to field their full 20-man training camp roster for Thursday’s exhibition against Sacramento in Las Vegas.Giving backThe Lakers and Pechanga Resort & Casino hosted the “Hoops for Troops” clinic before Tuesday’s exhibition. There, former Lakers forward Brian Cook led a series of shooting, dribbling and other skills for 50 U.S. Armed Forces servicemen and women. The Lakers, which also hosted the event last year, will also have clinics exhibitions in San Diego (Oct. 19) and Anaheim (Oct. 21).“These guys have their lives on the lines for our country. There’s not much more you can do that’s heroic than that,” Cook said. “For them to play where Kobe [Bryant] and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and the other greats have played, it’s awesome to give back.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Not all has gone according to plan for Deng, who missed two exhibition games after he bruised his left knee last week in practice while colliding with forward Anthony Brown. Deng started in Thursday’s exhibition against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. But Walton planned to offer Deng limited minutes for precautionary reasons.“The goal is to get in shape by the time the season starts,” Deng said. “And to get guys to recognize what I can and can’t do on the floor and vice versa. It’s all about getting the team better.”The Lakers believe Deng will make the team better as their starting small forward after averaging 15.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds through his NBA career. Deng also will serve as a mentor for rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who Walton will not start right away partly so Ingram can adapt to the physical demands of the NBA’s 82-game schedule.That does not mark the only reason, however, why Deng has liked Walton’s coaching approach.“He’s new to coaching, but he has a positive mindset,” Deng said. “The way he coaches, he really respects players and demands respect back.” last_img read more