As you might have heard, there has been an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) Coronavirus that originated in the Hubei Province in China. This virus is contagious and person to person spread has been confirmed.
To date, nearly 6000 cases and close to 200 deaths have been reported globally. No cases have been reported in South Africa, but we are monitoring the situation and the National Department of Health (NDOH) has instituted measures to detect symptoms at important ports of entry.
Bonitas (SA) will also assist the various healthcare providers, facilities and stakeholders through continuous engagements to ensure that they are mitigating risks and implementing measures for early detection.
Signs and symptoms
For confirmed novel Coronavirus infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms, to people being severely ill. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and these progress to severe illness signified by varied symptoms, including severe respiratory illness to multiple organ failure. The risk of being infected is higher for patients who may have underlying medical conditions.
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the novel Coronavirus infection, and the best way to prevent infection is to avoid close contact with people who show signs and symptoms of the virus; and implementing standard infection control precautions.
The following standard precautions should be followed:
Assessing your risk
Airports, harbours and train stations have been identified as high-risk areas where lots of people are around. If you plan on travelling through these ‘hubs’, we advise you to take extra precautions like wearing protective masks to minimise your risk.
As a Bonitas (SA)member, be sure to activate your Travel Insurance Benefit before you depart. Also be mindful of coming into contact with returning travellers from affected areas, especially those with flu-like symptoms.
The immediate health risk, based on current information, to the general South African public is low. But we urge you to take the necessary precautions when travelling to affected areas.
“Bewitch me, darling.”
“I’ll bewitch you in a minute. I’m busy.”
They can keep me in prison
but they can’t keep my face from breaking out.
Back when we had the million-seller Tennessee Birdwalk
there were only a million people in the world.
In an old theater that had mice, Misty said, “Down-on-their-luck show mice.”
SONG. “They tried to sell us egg foo young.”
COUNTRY SONG. “Cranky, I’m Cranky for feeling so lonely.”
WARNING: Bears can go 35 mph… Faster if they’re in a car.
There’s a fly in here! I thought this was a No-Fly Zone!
It’s sunny, beautiful. and in the 50s here in Florida.
Makes me feel almost alive!
Our car only makes left turns. I’m never gone long.
HEARD ON THE ARK: “All hens on deck!”
EXCITEMENT IN A SENIOR COMMUNITY… The unexpected pregnancy.
MY NEW INVENTION… The Suppository Gun.
MY SELF-HELP BOOKS… “The Power of Positive Whining.
“Build a Mechanical Squirrel in Your Garage.”
THE LIMO. Misty and I once bought a raggedy old limousine for $90.
We needed transportation and would rather look eccentric than poor.
To add to the effect, we colored it powder blue with house paint and a brush.
At a gas station, two tough guys said they knew the car
and we owed them big money. We’d never been there before in our life!
I floored it and sped away at four miles an hour.
TO A HECKLER: “Why don’t you get a toupee with a brain in it?
A friend said, “I bet you never have a dull moment at your house.”
I said, “I’m having one right now.”
At Christmas, our phone never stops ringing!
It’s those four calling birds!
My dad had a mole on his nose. He had it tattooed to look like a fly.
I’m getting my elbows pierced
so I can wear cuff links with a short-sleeved shirt.
Aunt Bess could jump 3 feet straight up without bending her knees.
My dad talked to himself a lot. Nobody knew it because he was a ventriloquist.
A cashier demanded that I prove I’m NOT eligible for a senior discount.
On Thanksgiving, I enjoy catching squirrels and dressing them up as Pilgrims.
No more chicken for me. The feet get caught in my throat.
Misty said, “My hair looks like a drowned rat.”
I said, “No. It looks like a nice rat.” She laughed.
I’m heading for the roundhouse. They can’t corner me there.
Following their recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Brooks & Dunn are getting back in the saddle and returning to stages across the nation for their first tour in ten years.
Kicking off May 15 in St. Louis, Missouri, the Brooks & Dunn Reboot 2020 Tour will find Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn reuniting for 18 headlining dates from Texas to Massachusetts, wrapping up September 19 in Chicago. The now-legendary hitmakers stepped away from large-scale touring in 2010 following a highly publicized farewell run, but have since found it hard to retire for good. They soon embarked on a popular Las Vegas residency with Reba McEntire, and in 2019 released the Number One selling Reboot collaborations album.
“So much for ‘we quit,’ huh?” Dunn jokes in an official statement. “That horse that we were afraid of riding into the ground apparently didn’t share our sentiment … he gotta fire in his belly raring to go another round or two. I like the ring of it … ‘Brooks & Dunn ride again!’”
“The memories of playing live are what has kept the fire burning for us,” Brooks adds. “Performers who have had the kind of nights like we’ve had with our fans, can never really let that go. Live is where we’re most at home, and it’s gonna feel good to be back in the saddle, let’s rodeo! We’ll see y’all out there on the trail.”
Tickets for the Reboot 2020 Tour will first be available as part of the Live Nation Country Megaticket, with more information coming soon.
Country duo Maddie & Tae will embark on a headlining concert run this spring, announcing the dates and cities for their Tourist In This Town Tour. Kicking off April 15 in Baltimore, Maryland, the trek marks Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye’s first headlining tour in five years and follows a whirlwind 2019 spent in support of Carrie Underwood’s lengthy Cry Pretty 360 Tour. The duo’s eight-city run will give them a chance to present new material bound for an upcoming full album release, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Avenue Beat.“Feels so surreal to be going out on a headlining tour, especially with our new record,” said Dye in the Tour’s official announcement. “These songs are our raw unfiltered stories, and we can’t wait to tell them live.”
“We’ve waited five years to go back out on a headlining tour. We are so excited to see our beautiful fans singing all of this new music,” added Marlow.
Tickets for Maddie & Tae’s Tourist In This Town Tour go on sale Friday (January 17) at 10 a.m. local time, and the “Die From a Broken Heart” duo will also hit the road with Lady Antebellum this summer on the Ocean 2020 Tour.
After 20 years of country stardom, Rascal Flatts will ride off into the sunset this year, announcing their Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour. Marking the end of a transformative era in the format, the hit-making trio revealed their surprise decision on CBS This Morning Tuesday (June 7), saying it was time for one last “thank you” to their fans. “I know, it hurts us, too,” said frontman Gary LeVox as he broke the news.
“When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places, and gifts we would encounter,” LeVox (49) followed up in a statement and said this,
“The greatest feeling ever is being told that our music has been the soundtrack to their lives.” LeVox
What greater gift can an artist receive than to be told ‘I got married to “Bless The Broken Road,”’ or ‘We played “My Wish” at my graduation.’ That ‘“What Hurts The Most” is the song that made me love country music for the first time,’ or ‘“I’m Movin’ On” helped me get sober’ or even that ‘“Changed” made me call my family again after not talking to them for years.’ That’s why we create music and the reason we can’t wait to celebrate this incredible 20-year journey all year, with our fans who we love dearly. I don’t know what God has in store for the future, but I am excited to see what He has planned!”
“We’re really looking forward to getting to spend this entire year loving on our fans, and thanking them for allowing us to have the most amazing career over the last 20 years,” added the band’s, Jay DeMarcus. “While it is, of course, bittersweet, it is so important to us to celebrate what our music has meant to their lives, as well as what the fans have meant to us.
There is no sadness here, just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings. Rascal Flatts’ music will live on forever, because of our fans, and this year is all about them!”
“Dreams do come true … and we are three walking examples of this truth,” guitarist Joe Don Rooney said.
“I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve pursued our dreams together and with courage, hard work, and dedication we’ve been able to cultivate our dreams into reality; it’s simply incredible! There’s no doubt we have been blessed way beyond belief and we can’t wait to spend the rest of 2020 expressing our love and appreciation to all of our devoted fans, music industry friends and our families for believing in us and playing a major role in our path to here, said Joe.
“I personally can’t wait to shine a light on my brothers Jay and Gary this year, and make another mountain of new memories with them.” Joe Don Rooney
The group — which holds the title of the most-awarded country act of the last decade — began their journey in 2000, mixing solid country themes and musicianship with the crossover pop of the Y2K boy-band era. They went on to score 17 No.1 singles, and in 2006 was the best-selling musical act on the planet (of all genres).
Kicking off on June 11 in Indianapolis, the trio’s farewell tour will visit 25 cities across the U.S., wrapping with an emotional show in West Palm Beach, Florida, October 17. Tickets will be available first as part of the Live Nation Country Megaticket, with more information coming soon.
The biggest question being asked every year around the world by millions of Elvis Presley fans, is the King Of Rock ‘n Roll really dead? Well is he? Yes, he is really dead, no, he is still pretty much alive, well in which category do you fall in. Now for me, I don’t know, but I would really want to believe he is still alive, don’t you? Oh, come on, if you wish he were dead, you are one of the few non-Elvis fans, and truth be told I have not met one Elvis fan who wishes he was not still alive. The internet is full of articles and even some pictures of Elvis Sighting all over the world, even at your local Walmart. So with all the so-called proof of “The King Of Rock ‘n Roll still being alive, then why do some believe he passed away just over 40 years ago, on August 16, 1977. I mean did he or didn’t he perform live, well sort of, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra just the other day. All I can say is if he is still alive we wish him well and grant him the peace he so very well deserved and organized for himself, while still thanking him for the music that rocked the world.
At Sounds Like Nashville, we pride ourselves on bringing our readers updates about the latest and greatest songs coming out of Music City. Whether it’s a new single from the biggest superstar or the debut track from a new artist, we hope to bring fans a wide range of what’s hot in country music.
At the top of each month, our staff selects their personal favorite new songs and updates SLN’s ongoing 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist. This month, Sounds Like Nashville has an array of new tunes from country’s biggest hitmakers and brightest rising stars. Three star-studded collaborations make the cut, with Thomas Rhett, Jordan Davis and Blake Shelton each enlisting the help of close friends to sing on their latest tracks. Fresh off her No.1 single with Brantley Gilbert, Lindsay Ell is back at it, releasing “I Don’t Love You,” an ode to moving on but not forgLindsay Ell – “I Don’t Love You”
Thomas Rhett – “Beer Can’t Fix” ft. Jon Pardi
Jordan Davis – “Cool Anymore” ft. Julia Michaels
Blake Shelton – “Nobody But You” ft. Gwen Stefani
Simon Lescart woke up on his last day,
plugged in the coffee maker,
and sat down at the computer to check his email.
There was the usual spam and forwarded jokes,
which he deleted without reading.
The sixth message subject line read “Final Notice”,
and the sender was an acronym, “T.P.T.B.”
He started to dump it as spam, but for some reason he clicked it open.
The message was this: “NOTICE OF EXPIRATION.
“Dear Mr. Lescart,
“This is an automatic reminder that your life expires at midnight tonight.
Please do not try to reply to this email.
Have a nice day.
Very truly yours,
The Powers That Be.”
Simon tried to reply anyway,
but his email bounced back from the “unknown recipient”.
He knew it must be a stupid joke,
but he couldn’t stop thinking about it
as he fought the city traffic on his way to work.
What if this really was his last day?
He’d often heard the old saying,
“You should live every day as if it were your last.”
What should a person do on his last day, anyway?
Get drunk? Smell some flowers? Confess his sins? What?
He didn’t have much of a family to visit,
just a brother up in Akron and an ex-wife in Atlanta.
They hadn’t spoken in years.
He couldn’t think of any old sins offhand.
Maybe he should commit some?
He knew that the weird email was a fraud,
but he decided not to go to work today, just in case.
He pulled off at an exit and got back on the expressway,
going the other way, toward the ocean.
This is nuts, he thought.
He couldn’t think of anything really important to do,
befitting a persons last day on the planet,
so he just sat on the beach for most of the day and drank a few beers.
He felt a little nervous, like a high school truant,
but he also felt something else he couldn’t define. Was it freedom?
He had some guilt too, for wasting the day looking at the ocean.
Someone sat down beside him.
The man was obviously homeless,
in his ragged black suit and dirty torn sneakers.
The man said, “Are you okay, friend? You look kinda lost.”
Simon said, “That’s an odd word… ‘Friend’.
Now that you mention it, I guess I don’t have any of those.
Just a bunch of acquaintances.”
“Maybe you never really tried”, said the man.
“I’ve been pretty busy”, said Simon.
“You must have accomplished great things, being so busy”, the man said.
“No great things. Just keeping even. Paying the bills”, said Simon.
“Do you think you have any great things in you”, asked the man?
Simon said, “Maybe. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.
If I had the time I’d do things differently.”
That’s when the chest pain struck and the world faded to black.
He heard voices. “What Happened?” “Get back!”
He was being carried.
Then a blinding light above. People working over him.
“We’re losing him! CLEAR!”
Then a huge shock and the world was gone again.
The smiling nurse said, “Welcome back. You’ve had quite a day.”
“What time is it”, he asked?
“Almost midnight”, she said.
“I have to call my brother”, he insisted.
“We’ll contact him for you. You can talk to him in a few days.”
“I wish I HAD a few days”, he said!
A cell phone rang.
“That sounds like mine”, he said. “Where is it?”
“It’s beside your bed, but you need to rest.”
He reached for it, but she stopped him.
“I’ll answer it for you”, she said. “Lie back down!”
She said, “It’s just a text message.”
“What does it say?”, he groaned.
The letters on the cell phone screen said this:
Will 2020 bring us all peace and prosperity or doom and gloom? No one can really tell. If it is left up to the politician and the ones who rule the world then I have not much hope for any of us. The current rulers of the world, and I am not talking about the governments, have only their own selfish and evil interests at heart and will never create a world of peace and goodwill for us all. There is talk about war everywhere, even good people are not left alone to live their lives in peace and are manipulated and forced daily into a new way of thinking. Yet it seems there is nothing the ordinary man woman or child can do to change that.
I am starting to understand why God finally decided to destroy the world. For he knew there was no way the people would change, so the best was just to wipe everyone out and start again with Noah and his family. For if all that is prophesied in the Bible comes true then looking around me is it not time for the world to be destroyed again and this time by fire? I for one would never be able to make that call, can you ? I, as do many other people who live between all the heartbreak and sorrow of each new day have to find a happy place somewhere, even if it’s in our hearts. For if we are happy in our hearts no one alive can change that. We believe that our God will sort out the good from the bad, and as stated in our Our Lords Prayer, deliver us from evil.
“As we all stand on the eve of a new year are we better off in many ways than our own good people were a hundred years ago ?”
Over a 100 Years ago the world was at War, a war started only for the sake of successfully changing the world from the old order to the new order. The first World War where thousands upon thousands of young men were to die, for no other reason but to change the world from the old to the new. Britain won that war with the help of their allies which included my Grandfather who was a Corporal in that war. It is so sad, that he could have died in the great war for Britain, Europe and America. Yet today, I who proudly carry his name cannot leave South Africa and go and live and work in the very countries my Grandfather fought to protect and almost gave his life for, how fair is that?
More Than a 100 years ago the Boer Nation name, identity and heritage was to be changed, by their invaders Great Britain, to the Afrikaners. This was done to forcefully divide and conquer forever the Boer Nation, and cover up Great Britain’s Holocaust and hide the war crimes against the Boer Nation. It is just over 100 years ago since the British murdered over 30000 Boer children, half the Boer Nations children and raped and killed almost 10000 Boer woman in Nazi like concentration camps in the Republic’s of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, now stolen from the Boer Nation and included into the new lawless 2020, South Africa. That war was started so that the gold that was discovered in the Republic of the Transvaal could be taken by the invaders, and that at all costs. Thousands of good people from Britain and South Africa, yes both sides of the war, just like you and me, died for that plan to have worked, and as always, it did.
So today are we really a little better off than we were 100 years ago? After all we are not being invaded by marching armies any more, we are just being killed in the safety of our own beds in our own home towns and cities. We should be thankful that at least we don’t all have to go to a foreign country to be killed anymore.
With all that said, today there are Millions of people living on this planet, and the ones like you and me, hopefully, will all take a positive attitude and be thankful that our ticket has not yet been called. For now we are all hopefully safe and happy in our own little space, perhaps like me, not my happy space, but nevertheless safe for now, living and breathing on this wonderful planet we all call home.
In closing I want to stress that I am not negative or depressed about the future, I am just someone who thinks he knows what is real, what is not real, what is a fact and what is not a fact. People who live in a dream world always wake up shocked and traumatized by reality.
I wish every single living person on this entire planet a wonderful and happy New Year and if you are intending to do something bad to someone take the time to consider this, that today it is them you do it to, tomorrow it will be you they do it too and you can take that to the bank.