Country Star Jason Aldean Addresses Vegas Shooting, Honors Tom Petty On SNL [Video]

first_imgCountry star Jason Aldean was onstage performing at Route 91 Harvest Festival when every music fan’s worst nightmare came true last Sunday in Las Vegas. During county superstar Jason Aldean‘s set at Route 91 Harvest Festival, a shooter opened fire on the thousands of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street from the concert’s grounds, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500 more.On Saturday night, Aldean made an unannounced appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he spoke about the Vegas shooting and the subsequent fallout during the show’s cold open. The singer wore his emotions on his sleeve, stoically yet sincerely addressing the millions watching.“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said. “So many people are hurting and they’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family. I want to say to them, we hurt for you and we hurt with you,” he continued. “You can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”Following his brief statement, Aldean and his band counted into a particularly appropriate cover of Tom Petty‘s Full Moon Fever (1989) classic “I Won’t Back Down.” This week, the world also said goodbye to Petty after he suffered a heart attack and passed away on Monday, October 2nd, the day after the Vegas shooting. Aldean’s rendition of the defiant anthem was both a fitting tribute to the late legend and an earnest message of hope after the horrifying events in Las Vegas a week ago.Below, you can watch Jason Aldean perform Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” on SNL in the wake of the horrific mass shooting during his performance in Las Vegas last weekend:Aldean’s appearance on SNL, hosted this week by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, marked the Georgia native’s first public performance since the shooting. He canceled three scheduled concerts on his They Don’t Know Tour this weekend out of respect for the victims and is set to return to the road on October 12th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.last_img read more

Hurricane Irene could impact dengue fever outbreak in Bahamas

first_img Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — Hurricane Irene could potentially fuel the dengue fever outbreak in The Bahamas, according to Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour.He explained that the system could impact the government’s response to the outbreak. However, the minister added that the storm could also help the government get a handle on the outbreak.“The ministry is concerned because the hurricane is coming — not just because it’s a hurricane but in regards to the dengue outbreak,” Neymour said.“There are positives and negatives to a hurricane in that if there are high winds, the winds may blow the mosquitoes away and not allow them to reproduce. It could also assist in the further outbreak in that regard. So a hurricane could assist but at the same time it offers challenges with fogging exercises. The high winds may impact fogging,” he explained.On its current path, the eye of the storm is expected to pass over New Providence between Wednesday and Thursday morning.Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis told The Guardian on Monday that more than 3,000 people have contracted the virus to date. However, he noted that not all of the persons who have dengue fever received medical attention and therefore would not have been added to the count.And with the health care facilities already inundated with patients, any increases in the dengue fever outbreak could further strain the public resources.However, Minnis said the Ministry of Health is preparing for that eventuality.“Though we may have strained resources, we find that opening the clinics on the weekends specifically for dengue cases is very, very helpful in reducing the burden,” he said. “If the need arises we would do what is necessary. If more clinics need to be opened we will make them available. We are finding that our policies are working, and the staff is performing well. So we will continue on this track.”Neymour said the Department of Environmental Health is also prepared to expand its fogging exercises.In the meantime he said heavy fogging exercises will continue.However, he advised residents to continue to empty containers around their homes, especially after bouts of rain.Minnis said residents should also spray their homes and businesses with mosquito repellents during closing hours as an extra precaution.He said all medical facilities are being sprayed to avoid contamination.The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of the virus. Fever, muscle pain, eye pain and headaches are some of the symptoms associated with the virus.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporter Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Hurricane Irene could impact dengue fever outbreak in Bahamas by: – August 24, 2011last_img read more