On Friday night, Trey Anastasio kicked off Trey Anastasio Band’s fall tour with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Paying tribute to the victims of the recent concert mass shooting in the city, Trey Anastasio Band first offered an a capella rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, also featuring the group’s horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey on vocals, marking the first time the band has ever performed the number.Trey Anastasio Band Honors Vegas Victims With Debut Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” & 2 OriginalsThe Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has shared pro-shot video of the performance, which you can watch below:[photo by Erik Kabik]
Meanwhile, some hospitals say they are running out of beds, particularly in South Florida. Dr. Nicholas Namias, chief of trauma and surgical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, one of the state’s largest, said converting regular rooms into COVID-19 rooms requires them to have negative airflow to prevent the virus’s spread. Barring that, hospitals at least need to have the capability to isolate patients. Florida passed the 300,000 mark of confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday and reported more than 100 daily deaths for the third time in a week, prompting state Democratic leaders to accuse Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of not acting aggressively enough to stem the virus. Also Wednesday, Walt Disney World reopened its Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened Saturday. The parks were the last of Orlando’s major parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened last month. Calvan reported from Tallahassee. Associated Press reporters Cody Jackson in Palm Beach Gardens, and Mike Schneider in Orlando, contributed to this report. Florida’s rolling seven-day average for deaths is now 92 per day, triple the 31 posted a month ago, just before the toll began creeping up and then exploding last week. Hospitals reported Wednesday morning that they are treating 8,276 coronavirus patients, a jump of 84 from Tuesday. As of Tuesday, Florida had the No. 2 death rate in the country, slightly behind Texas, which has 25 percent more residents. “There is failed leadership in the governor’s office,” State Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson said during an online news conference shortly after health officials reported 10,181 new confirmed cases. The new report brings the total number of confirmed cases to 301,810 since the outbreak began in the state March 1. The governor’s “hands-off approach is not working,” Gibson said. “He’s losing the war against the pandemic, and that means the people of the state of Florida are losing the war against the pandemic.” – AP The Democrats called on DeSantis to not push for schools to reopen. “We cannot even control an outbreak of lice in our schools, so how are we going to control not spreading this virus?” Sen. Janet Cruz asked. During a state school board meeting Wednesday, DeSantis reiterated his education commissioner’s decision to reopen Florida’s schools next month, saying children are highly unlikely to become seriously ill from coronavirus and don’t frequently pass the virus to others. Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon warned that DeSantis’ failure to act could lead to reclosing the state’s economy, which would prolong the economic misery that has gripped much of the state. “It would be foolish not to listen to the parents,” the governor said. Still, he has been criticized for refusing to issue a statewide order requiring masks in public places. He says that should be left to local officials because some counties, such as Miami-Dade, are more hard-hit than more rural, less-populated counties, which have few cases. Several counties and cities now require masks. DeSantis has defended his coronavirus response. He frequently cites his decision in early March to ban nursing home visitations, saying it saved lives compared to New York, where 700 per day were dying in April. He also says his close relationship with President Donald Trump has gotten Florida needed equipment, drugs and support. All parks are capping attendance, requiring reservations and checking the temperatures of all employees and guests. Masks are being required.__ He did say that precautions need to be taken to protect teachers and other adult staff, and that online classes need to remain available for children whose parents want them to stay home. Florida’s schools closed in mid-March. “It’s only going to get worse,” he said. Republicans outnumber Democrats 23-17 in the Senate. A healthcare worker walks around a car to test a passenger at a drive-through Covid-19 testing site in Florida. | AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee The state recorded 112 deaths Wednesday, the third time in the past seven days it has reported more than 100—a mark that had only been topped once before last week. The state has now recorded 4,626 COVID-19 deaths. “We’re getting to the point where it’s going to be full,” Namias said. “We have gridlock and we won’t be able to take patients and they’ll just be stacked in the ERs.”
The 2019 Iowa State Fair’s Big Boar tipped the scales yesterday (Thursday) at 1254 pounds. They call him Captain.“We wanted to come up with a name that had authority.” That’s Tricia Britt of Monticello. It’s the first time she and her husband, Bryan, have entered one of their boars in the biggest of big state fair contests.“We’ve never been here before and we’ve never watched the ‘Big Boar’ show, but we knew about it,” Tricia Britt says. “Brian has a cousin that has done it.” Captain, who is three-and-a-half years old, was the heaviest of six boars entered in Thursday’s State Fair competition. Each entrant was paraded into the Swine Barn’s show ring and weighed as a crowd on bleachers watched and cheered.
One of Liberia’s minor sports, boxing, is suffering from what a boxing fan told me, an Ebola virus.He said for boxing to survive, it might need a concerted effort to set things straight.“When was the last time you heard of a boxing bout in this country?” he said. “I bet you cannot find the date, eh?”A visit at the headquarters of the Liberia Boxing Association, right by the Sports Commission, on Broad Street yesterday afternoon did not reveal much for aspiring boxers to hope for.Two young kids were warming up in front of a mirror; a boxer was relaxing on a chair and a young woman was jumping rope, perhaps to put control her weight.“We don’t even have a ring to engage in boxing,” the boxer, said. “Boxing is just suffering if not already dead in Liberia.”Perhaps so, but what he did not know is that boxing is among the minor sports that has suffered from government and corporate support.“Over a year ago,” the boxer said, “we had a ring that we mounted at the Sports Commission for our activities.”That was in fact more than two years ago. Now there is no ring and despite the interest of few young people for the sport, there is nothing suggesting a future for the boxing.And yet, “We want to participate in the African Youth Championship in Botswana,” he said.He admitted to the Daily Observer that without intensive local training and bouts to test a boxer’s readiness for competition, it does not make much sense to send a team of Liberian ‘boxers’ to represent the country abroad.“It is not done that way,” he said, “but we don’t have a way out of it.” That hopeless admission was the struggle the late boxing legend, Baby Joe Boker, carried many years without success.“The best support for boxing has always come from the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a knowledgeable boxing fan. “Which were periodic seminars that were never complemented by the Liberia Boxing Association due to poor management.”The Daily Observer learned yesterday that interested boxers, ages from 15-18 are being trained at its gym, near the Sports Commission; it does not suggest that the sport will receive any revival in the near future.“Without a ring and other materials that make the sport attractive,” the boxer said, “let’s consider boxing is dead for now.”It is also sad that Liberian boxing does not have any heroes, and there is no record about those who succeeded in life through boxing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The court had on August 17 refused to relax conditionsThe court had on August 17 refused to relax conditions put earlier by the Bombay High Court like barring youth below 18 years of age from participating in Dahi Handi festival and capping the height of the human pyramid at 20 feet.The SC bench rejected the contention that the festival had the colour of popular sport and there should be no cap on the height of the pyramid since the court has already barred youth below 18 years of age from taking part in it.A fresh plea was filed in the apex court by Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak in a last ditch attempt to get over the restriction, which was also turned down by the apex court.Voicing reservation over the court directions on Dahi Handi celebrations, the Shiv Sena said the government should have come out with an ordinance reversing the order.Sena said the police, instead of going about their duty of catching criminals, will now have to roam around places to ensure the implementation of the SCs guidelines and keep a watch on the height of human pyramids and age of govindas.The SC order had also stirred sharp reaction from dahi handi organisers, who contended that the restrictions would hamper the grandeur of the celebrations. PTI AVI MM ARS NM SRY