The inaugural Fool’s Paradise is set to bring the heat to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1st and 2nd, with genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, musical workshops, yoga, and more just steps from the ocean. The festival’s lineup is jam-packed, featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Goldfish, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (George Porter Jr. + Neal Casal + Ivan Neville + Eric Krasno + The Shady Horns) and a whole lot more!When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, some late night ragers are going down across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. On April 2nd, a very special late night show brings the two-day event to a close, while also bringing the mysterious Fools For Funk supergroup to life. The long-awaited lineup for Fools For Funk includes: Adam Deitch (drums, Lettuce/Break Science), Adam Smirnoff (guitar, Lettuce), Cory Henry (keys/bass, Snarky Pupppy), Nigel Hall (vocals, keys), Weedie Braimah (percussion, The Nth Power), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet, Lettuce/Shady Horns), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone, Lettuce/Shady Horns) and special guests TBA. What a way to close out the weekend!Tickets for the late night shows are available here for just $25. The full late night lineup includes Vulfpeck and Break Science on Friday, as well as Goldfish and The Fools For Funk on Saturday.Additionally, limited camping options and VIP hotel packages are still available, but they’re moving fast! More information can be found on the official Fool’s Paradise website.Fool’s Paradise Late Night Lineups:Friday, April 1:VulfpeckBreak ScienceSaturday, April 2:GoldfishFools For Funk Supergroup ft. Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Council of Sports-NCS has issued standard operating procedures guiding on the recommended minimum requirements that competition organizers and participants should consider if the government okays resumption of sports activities.World over, the sports industry is one of the areas that were greatly affected by the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease which saw several events, competitions and activities were canceled or postponed.However, there has been an urge to resume or kickoff the events under strict guidelines following aspects like social distancing, regular checkups and playing behind closed doors.Dr. Donald Rukare, the chairperson of NCS says although sports activities are yet to get clearance to restart, they wanted to act proactively and also show the authorities how ready they are but also assuring safety and health of all people involved in different games.The NCS general secretary Dr. Patrick Bernard Ogwel notes that while developing the guidelines, the council has made risk categorization of sports activities based on transmission risk determined by social distancing capability, the number of players involved, nature of facilities, ventilation of facilities, level of physical contact, equipment use and attendance of fans.There are three categories; low, medium and high-risk sports. Low-risk sports are said to be activities that can be conducted with social distancing, individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.This area has a total of eighteen activities including; athletics, motorsport, swimming and golf among others. According to Dr. Ogwel, the council has recommended that activities in this category can be allowed to restart soon than later.“We think that they don’t present many risks. As the ban is to be lifted, we think sports activities also need to restart and can be done gradually starting with low-risk sports moving forward,” he stresses. He said golf has been allowed by the state to restart and motorsport is also being considered. There are also medium category sports that involve sustained close contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants, intermittent close contact or group sports or sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants. This category has gymnastics, lawn tennis, weightlifting, hockey, badminton, chess among others.In the third category are higher-risk sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, a lack of significant protective barriers and a high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants like football, baseball, netball, rugby among others.Dr. Ogwel shares that when the government allows sports activities to be staged, they expect each federation or association to also develop specific standard operating procedures that are unique to the individual sports.Some of the general requirements put in place before sports activities can resume include availability of hand-washing sanitizers on numerous points at a given sports facility, putting in place signage of hygiene facilities, providing first aid and designated medical services that can trace for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.In the same development, Ogwel notes that although several federations have been requesting for sports relief funds, currently the council doesn’t have funds to this effect but they have initiated discussion with the government to offer support where necessary more so in providing personal protective gears.Sports is one of the fast-developing industries in Uganda employing tens of thousands both directly and indirectly. In recent years, the industry has been moving in the right truck attacking investments. However, there are fears that the pandemic will greatly harm the sector which largely depends on supporters who may for long not be allowed to be part of different games.******URNShare on: WhatsApp
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Patrick Bamford will not be in his thoughts until the end of his season-long loan at Middlesbrough.The 21-year-old striker has scored 17 goals in 31 Championship starts this season, helping Boro climb to the top of the table following Friday’s win over Norwich City.Bamford, who scored eight goals in 14 starts for Derby County last term, has been tipped to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer and become part of the squad.But Mourinho said: “He has a chance to be promoted with Middlesbrough.“That’s why he is there, to develop himself and to help Middlesbrough. This is the only thing that matters.“We think these last three matches and the possibility of an extra two or three in the play-offs are very important for his development.”See also:Costa could be available for Arsenal clashOscar is not for sale, Mourinho insistsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The functionality of the da Vinci surgical robot is improved by the different heads that can be attached to the flexible arms.(Image: da Vinci Surgery)MEDIA CONTACTS • Craig DoonanAccount Manager: Leap Communications+27 21 785 3683.RELATED ARTICLES∙ South Africa lead in mHealth∙ Low-cost ultrasound for moms, babies∙ R13.8m surgical centre for South AfricaSulaiman PhilipSurgeons have a saying; ‘If you cut you cry.’ It’s an exhortation to them to take special care and time, especially when performing procedures where space is restricted.Over the past 15 years robotic surgery has developed and evolved as a surgical tool to improve surgical technique in procedures where precision is of the utmost importance. Technology now makes colorectal, gynaecological, urological, cardiac and thoracic procedures less invasive, reducing the risk of complication and speeding up healing time.Until now South African patients were deprived of these benefits, but with the unveiling of the first da Vinci robotic surgery system in South Africa, surgery has taken a giant leap forward.At the unveiling at Pretoria’s Urology Hospital on Wednesday, 2 October, Dr Lance Coetzee, senior consultant urologist and chairperson of the Hospitals Research Committee, acknowledged the cutting-edge innovation of the system by joking, “Robotic surgery is not surgery by robot.”In robotically assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and operates robotic arms that manipulate miniaturised tools inserted into the patient’s body through small incisions. For surgeons, whose expertise is based as much in practice and touch as in training, sitting at a console remotely operating robotic arms is an unfamiliar feeling that requires getting used to. Hence, the R17-million cost of the surgical system covers not just the equipment but the specialist training by skilled surgeons certified in its use.Dr Coetzee, who is one of just four South African surgeons qualified to use the system, says an added advantage is that it can be used as a training tool. A miniature lighted camera is able to stream the procedure to multiple monitors, allowing the system to be used to up skill surgeons.“We consider ourselves to be a centre of excellence on the continent; the strict grading system for surgeons was an important consideration for us before we decided to adopt and introduce robotic surgery to South Africa.”BenefitsRobotic surgery benefits include less scarring, pain and blood loss; fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery. In tighter spaces the flexible robotic arms can work more precisely than a surgeon so the traditional large incision is no longer necessary.“The arm mimics the movement of the human wrist so it’s like having a miniature hand inside the abdominal cavity,” Coetzee explained.For his colleagues, it is the precision of the instruments that makes the system popular.“For a prostate surgeon working with delicate male organs the precision you can achieve is the system’s major advantage.”Thomas Dunbar, managing director of medical supply company Earth Medical, says the future of robotic surgery will see medicine moving beyond the limitations of the human hand and eye.“One day a surgeon will be able to perform surgery without even touching the patient.”Sarel van der Walt, managing director of the hospital, believed his doctors when they said that robotic surgery would be a godsend but his concerns were costs. Scepticism from medical aids over the technology did not help make his decision easier.“In the end it came down to this; the technology costs slightly more than conventional surgery but the benefits to patients are multiplied.”The robot in Pretoria has been christened Mthombo – meaning “pure drinking place by a river” in Zulu. The da Vinci surgery system has been used in over a million operations since it first came on the market 13 years ago and will be used in South Africa for the first time on 21 October.
Alabama Football/InstagramAlabama is ready for football.Are you?You will be after watching the following hype video.The Crimson Tide released this, “Who is ready for some Alabama football?” hype video on Instagram.Check it out:Alabama, No. 1 in both the preseason polls, opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
MONTREAL – A Swedish prosecutor says he is considering appealing Wednesday’s acquittal of a Russian employee in the Swedish branch of train maker Bombardier for aggravated bribery in one of the country’s biggest corruption cases to date.“We’ll definitely consider that at this point,” Thomas Forsberg said from Stockholm.Prosecutors have three weeks to decide whether or not to appeal the court decision, but will likely make a decision by next week, he said in an interview.The Stockholm District Court said “it could not be proven” that Evgeny Pavlov, an employee of Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB, “has promised or offered an unfair advantage, which is a prerequisite for the existence of a bribe.”Pavlov had been accused of bribery to win a contract for a signalling system with a contract value of around US$340 million. He was facing a six-year jail sentence and deportation.In a statement, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it was “pleased with the outcome” in court.“Bombardier had always denied any allegation of criminal wrongdoing, and we are happy to see the court’s conclusions in this regard,” spokesman Simon Letendre wrote in an email.In 2013, Bombardier was part of a consortium awarded a contract to supply signalling equipment for a 500-kilometre (300-mile) track along a corridor connecting Asia and Europe to Azerbaijan Railways.“He has been acquitted. This is really positive,” his lawyer Cristina Bergner told The Associated Press, adding she had not been able to speak to her client yet.When Pavlov was released Oct. 4 after seven months in jail, “we knew he would be acquitted.”He was arrested in March and ordered held in pre-trial custody to prevent him from fleeing or tampering with evidence. Emails seized in October 2016 during a search of Bombardier offices in Sweden were considered evidence in the case.Bergner had repeatedly said her client is innocent.The court said prosecutors “have not proved that … there was expectation that the official would affect the railway authority in the procurement.”Forsberg said he was more surprised than disappointed by the verdict.He said the preliminary investigation is still ongoing and charges against others could still be laid next year.“We will continue our efforts investigating this in localities and any other people from Bombardier who might be involved,” he added.___With files from The Associated Press and Julien Arsenault. Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
HALIFAX – Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary has been ordered to pay legal fees to a philanthropic organization that is suing him over allegations he backed out of a speaking engagement and cost the group more than $25,000.The decision, handed down Wednesday by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Mona Lynch, rejects O’Leary’s attempt to dismiss the suit or move it to another jurisdiction, and awarded $3,500 in costs to the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The chamber had been seeking $12,000 in costs, while O’Leary suggested legal costs of $1,000 after failing to have the suit dismissed after a half-day hearing last Dec. 7.In her analysis, Lynch said she was made to consider facts around the wealth of O’Leary, the brash star of the ABC show “Shark Tank” and former panellist on CBC’s “Dragon’s Den.”“The plaintiff asks me to consider that the defendant is a wealthy man who touts himself as a leading high-tech entrepreneur and investment guru; who prefers to be called ‘Mr. Wonderful’; who professes his knowledge and love of money; and who derides the death of money,” her decision reads, noting that she had never watched the show “Shark Tank.”“The award of costs that is just and appropriate in the circumstances and would do justice between the parties is $3,500.”The decision is part of a broader suit against O’Leary by the chamber’s Nova Scotia branch, which alleges that O’Leary reneged on a promise to be keynote speaker at the group’s gala event in Halifax on May 18, 2017.The group’s statement of claim, filed last Dec. 8, contends that O’Leary committed in February 2017 to speak at the Cedar and Maple Gala fundraising dinner in Halifax.It says the group set about booking a space and printing promotional materials for the event with O’Leary, who was in the midst of a leadership bid for the federal Conservative Party.But, the 10-page claim states that O’Leary abruptly pulled out of the speech without warning.Gavin Giles, who is representing the chamber in the proceedings, said O’Leary had another change of heart and agreed to speak only if a minimum of 50 members pledged to donate $1,550 to the Conservative party, “with 90 per cent of each donation being funnelled back” to O’Leary’s leadership campaign.That statement says he again withdrew when the chamber refused to agree to the conditions.The group says it had to seek out another speaker — author David Chilton — at a cost of more than $25,000, which it is seeking to recover from O’Leary along with other damages and costs.In his statement of defence, O’Leary’s lawyer Christopher Madill denies all of the allegations against his client and says the suit should be dismissed.It states that O’Leary agreed to give the address on Feb. 4, 2017, on the understanding that it would raise a minimum of $40,000 at $1,550 per person for his political run.“The defendant says that he agreed to give a keynote speech in consideration for the plaintiff organizing a major fundraising event for the defendant’s political campaign,” the defence states.“The plaintiff completely and unequivocally failed to honour its contractual obligations under the agreement.”Madill was not immediately available for comment.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who hasn’t been seen in nearly two months. 45-year-old Leona Lee Hommy was last seen in Grande Prairie on March 11th. Hommy is described as Caucasian, standing 5’5” tall, weighing 140 lbs., with red hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a hat, coat, and pants, though police do not know the colour of her clothing.There is a concern for Hommy’s well-being, and the RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible. Anyone with information about Hommy or her whereabouts asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. Photo by RCMP
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of FSJ seeks to amend the Cemeteries Bylaw and Council asked for the City to consult with the local Funeral provider for input on the desired changes and return with a report.The City presented a request for a change to Bylaw 2433 at the Committee of the Whole meeting with a presentation developed from a 2016 Master Study and comparison to other communities.The City seeks to change the Bylaw in several areas which included, the Cemeteries operational hours, prices, ornamentation and the language used in the Bylaw. Councillors were concerned with the requested time change. Current hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm and want them changed to the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. The concern is that the new hours could put additional financial stress on a grieving family if there were to be a reduction in working hours causing overtime charges when dealing with interment.During the City Council meeting, Council directed the staff to consult with the local funeral provider for their input on the presented changes and to bring back a report that also includes a better outline for cost recovery, timeframes for an increase per year based on other communities and the Master study.