We could not be more excited for the first annual Fool’s Paradise – a funk-fueled destination beach event hosted by Lettuce – at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida on April 1 & 2, 2016.When the amphitheatre lights go down, the party is not over. In addition to Late Night events featuring Vulfpeck, Break Science, Goldfish and a ‘Fools of Funk’ supergroup, Fool’s Paradise is excited to announce “Fool Moon,” a new late-night offering at St. Augustine music scene staple (and grilled cheese emporium), Planet Sarbez.Less than two miles from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, each Late Night will feature blowout sets by Jacksonville powerhouse Herd of Watts; on Friday they’ll be joined by Gainesville reggae-funk monsters Morning Fatty, and on Saturday MANẎFEST will kickstart the night, with Orlando’s rock machine The Groove Orient shutting it down.Building on the energy from their Fool’s Paradise sets (Herd of Watts, Morning Fatty, Groove Orient), these after-dark shows will feature live painting, special guests, and a unique art-house ambience, easily making this a “must” for everyone’s weekend plans.Tickets for the main festival are still available but going fast, with extremely limited VIP and hotel packages remaining. Fool’s Moon will be a $10 cover at the door, separate from festival and package ticketing. For more information, head to the event group.Tickets for Fool’s Paradise are moving quickly, and they can be found here!
On Saturday evening, a helicopter carrying Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other passengers crashed shortly after take-off, killing everyone on board.The incident, which happened just over an hour after the Foxes had secured a 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham, has stunned the footballing world and left the 2015-16 English champions in a state of shock. “Under the UK regulations this consultation lasts for 28 days.“Representations made by those consulted are given due consideration before the publication of the final report.“Most field investigation reports are published within 12 months of an accident occurring.” Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/f/1f/leicester-city-tributes_trx3pj7vku2o1j7pce1gdmfbs.jpg?t=-1159829098&w=500&quality=80 “If you lose your tail rotor it’s almost impossible to recover from,” he said.”You can’t get out of it. It would be more luck than judgment if you were to survive.”It could have been a human factor, it could have been pilot error or poor maintenance that led to something.”While Rowlands admitted that his “gut feeling” was a mechanical issue, he added that there were “so many things it could have been”.Speculation that a police drone might have been the cause of the crash has been put to bed, however, by Leicestershire Police, who revealed on Twitter that it was not in flight at the time. The AAIB has appealed to witnesses who have videos or photographs of the crash to contact Leicestershire Police.It was later reported by Sky that investations found that the crash was caused by a pin that had come loose in the tail rotor control mechanism, resulting in the helicopter becoming unstable and preventing the pilot from being unable to control it.Further investigations into the incident showed that the pilot’s pedals became loose from the tail rotor, causing the aircraft to make an uncontrollable right turn before immediately spinning and falling, crashing into the ground in flames.There was a “build-up of black grease” on one componenent of the mechanism linking the pedals and tail rotor, causing it to become disconnected.When will the cause of the Leicester helicopter crash be known?It could take many months to discover the exact cause of the crash due to the painstaking nature of the investigation that the AAIB will have to undertake.“The site phase is only the start. Once everything has been documented and photographed, and witnesses have been contacted, the wreckage is usually recovered and transported to our facility in Farnborough,” it explained.Once in Farnborough, the wreckage is studied in detail, which involves various tests and can even include flight simulator sessions.“This phase of an investigation can take several months for an accident involving a light aircraft and potentially more than a year for a major accident,” according to the AAIB.However, a ‘special bulletin’ from the organisation is released within a month of a major accident investigation to provide details of initial findings. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/cc/7b/leicester-city-helicopter_15uwqdogo79o21rm57rvhaphud.jpg?t=-1167179906&w=500&quality=80 The full report on the crash will, however, only be published when the AAIB is satisfied it has done all it can to ascertain the cause of accident and it will not put a timeframe on how long that may take, though they are optimistic it will be under a year.“When we have analysed the evidence, drawn conclusions and are making safety recommendations, a draft report goes through several stages of internal review within the AAIB,” it said.“We are then required to issue a confidential draft report to those that have been involved in the investigation and also those whose reputation may be affected by our report. Tributes have poured in for those who lost their lives in the incident, with former Leicester star Riyad Mahrez dedicating the winner he scored for Manchester City against Tottenham on Monday to a man he described as “such a good human”.Questions have naturally arisen as to how tragedy struck and what exactly caused the incident, and while an investigation is already underway, it could be months before an answer is delivered.What could have caused the Leicester helicopter crash?The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is the body that looks into civil aircraft accidents in the UK, was on the scene shortly after the crash to begin its investigation into the incident.It has deployed inspectors who will cover the four accident investigation disciplines of engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.The AAIB has confirmed that it has recovered the flight data recorders from the wreckage and the inspectors began studying the recorder on Monday. It also revealed that it was “subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire”.”The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise,” freelance photographer Ryan Brown told BBC Radio Leicester.”The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then [a] big fireball.”Speaking to the BBC, Jim Rowlands, a former RAF Puma crew member, said that he believes the incident was caused by an issue with the tail rotor, which prevents the helicopter from spinning around.
In May, NASA announced via Twitter its plan to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024. For a four-year stretch beginning in 1969, the United States sent six manned missions to the moon and a total of 12 men walked on its surface. The last of these left the moon in December 1972 and no one has set foot there since. Going back now is about unfinished work; the plan is to make it so that people can stay on the moon and eventually get to Mars.On a recent Saturday in the visitors clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, a handful of Oakland Athletics players were bantering about the conspiracy theory that the moon landings were a hoax. Really, relief pitcher Chris Bassitt was doing most of the talking, playing the role of a skeptic. “Look at this,” he said, passing his phone to a teammate to show him a picture. “I don’t trust that thing to get me to Walmart.”MORE: Dodgers give rookie silent treatment after first two homersThe photo is of the Apollo Guidance Computer. It’s more than 1,000 times less powerful than the average iPhone, and Bassitt questioned whether it really could aid in a trip all the way to the moon. His phone made the rounds through the A’s clubhouse, most of them humoring Bassitt enough to keep the banter going. Bassitt might have been half-serious. The clubhouse was sleepy for a team that had just drubbed the White Sox 7-0 the night before. Maybe he just wanted to rile things up a little. Maybe the debate helps disguise the team’s feelings about a return trip to the postseason.Like NASA’s eventual Mars plans, the A’s have some unfinished business of their own.Last year, Oakland finished with 97 wins and a wild-card spot. Against the Yankees in the American League wild-card game in the Bronx, they went down 2-0 in the first inning, the experiment of using an opener and changing pitchers often throughout the game ostensibly failing on the way to a 7-2 loss. After an excellent regular season, they were one-and-done in the playoffs.The home crowd of almost 50,000 in New York that night was intense, and the pressure and excitement was harder for the Oakland players to bear because they hadn’t been in a game like that before.”It was just kind of overwhelming,” outfielder Khris Davis told Sporting News.But there’s a good chance they’ll be back to the wild-card game, and the question in the clubhouse is whether they’re in better shape to handle it. Right now, the A’s trail the Astros in their division by 10 games, but they’re only a couple of games out of the wild-card hunt. There’s a lot of season left, but Oakland could be making its third trip to the American League wild-card game in six seasons. In 2014, the A’s played the Royals in the one-game playoff and lost by one run, scored in the 12th inning. That year, they used the trade market to get pitchers Jon Lester and Jason Hammel, both of whom pitched in the wild-card game. Lester started and gave up six runs, and Hammel gave up the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 12th. Last season, the A’s used six pitchers in the wild-card game, three of whom aren’t on the 2019 team. The hope is that they have built the right roster combination this year to do more than lose a one-game playoff — to handle their unfinished business.”I think we took that experience and just kind of built some confidence knowing we could get to the playoffs,” Davis said. “And I think this year it’s more about getting deep into the playoffs. Maybe taking another step.”After last year’s run, the A’s let go of pitchers Jheurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and Fernando Rodney, and hitters Jonathan Lucroy and Jed Lowrie. In their place, they added shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Robbie Grossman and relief pitcher Joakim Soria via trade and free agency during the winter. In July, they traded for starters Homer Bailey and Tanner Roark. And now they’ve reportedly signed Matt Harvey as well. It’s a revamped group that represents a shift away from the philosophy that came up short in 2018.”We know we have a deep lineup offensively, but the way we’re using the pitchers has been different,” infielder Marcus Semien said.MORE: As 2019 rookie hitters pile up numbers, a look at past classesThe A’s used an opener frequently late last season, but that practice has essentially gone away this year. With the starting rotation they have, it would be unlikely that they would turn to an opener again in a wild-card game.But even so, is this year’s team better equipped for the win-or-go-home playoff? That might have a lot to do with the intangibles the new players bring. Their postseason experience can help temper the anxieties of the other players who have not gone through a long postseason run. Almost all the guys signed during the offseason and traded for this summer have played through the postseason to some degree. Profar with the Rangers, Grossman with the Twins, Bailey with the Reds, Roark with the Nationals, and Harvey with the Mets. But the wild-card game is the antithesis of how the rest of the season is structured, when it’s all about winning one series at a time. The wild card gives teams one chance to advance. “It has added pressure because you know that one mistake may lead to the season being over instead of just a game being over,” Semien said. “So it’s the season, not the game.”There’s little to no margin for error, or at least the players can feel that way. Davis said that he and some of the others felt last year’s wild-card game going by too quickly, getting away from them before they could settle in.”Not having been there, that’s where the pressure came,” Davis said. “The intensity of every single pitch. Just knowing that it’s only one game added to that pressure. The intensity of Yankee Stadium was a tough place to play.”That’s a common refrain among A’s players. Semien agreed that playing in New York made things tougher. “The crowd was pretty hostile. [The Yankees] got out to a lead and they had the crowd behind them,” he said. “That stuff matters.”A couple of months before the last astronaut left the moon in 1972, the A’s won their first of three straight World Series championships. A feat matched or beaten by only the Yankees. As things stand now, the A’s have about six weeks to secure their return trip to the postseason and address their unfinished business and take the next step. The right roster moves have arguably been made, and now the hope in the Oakland clubhouse is that those are enough. And that some good fortune breaks their way.”It’s a crapshoot. You’ve just got to hope the good things happen on your side,” Davis said. “Baseball is so unpredictable.”