Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19 after outing with Elon Musk, Joe Rogan


Comedian Dave Chappelle has coronavirus.

The diagnosis comes days after the 47-year-old was spotted out and about with a group of high profile celebrities, including fellow comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, the world’s richest man Elon Musk and musician Grimes.

Chappelle was photographed with the group at the Stubb’s Amphitheatre in Austin Texas on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports.

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Chappelle has quarantined since receiving his diagnosis and has not experienced any symptoms, his representative told TMZ on Thursday.

Since receiving the result, the comedian has been forced to cancel a string of upcoming tour dates in Austin. Ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund, TMZ reports.

Chappelle has not yet made a comment on his positive diagnosis.

A number of celebrities in the US and Australia have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, including Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, who were diagnosed in Queensland.

Hollywood actor Liv Tyler also revealed she’d contracted coronavirus on New Year’s Day and had since recovered from the virus.



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Officer rejected suggestions to evacuate NSF Dave Lee, who died of heat stroke: Coroner’s court


SINGAPORE: The supervising officer of an 8km fast march for national service trainees repeatedly turned down suggestions to immediately evacuate national serviceman Dave Lee Han Xuan, who was unable to walk properly and was drooling at the end of the march.

The details of the incident, as well as the supervising officer’s multiple breaches of protocol, came to light on Wednesday (Jan 13) at the opening of a coroner’s inquiry into CFC Lee’s death.

According to an investigation report by the police, Captain Tan Baoshu assessed that Corporal First Class (CFC) Lee was suffering from physical exertion rather than heat injury and rejected a suggestion to evacuate him to the medical centre, asking them to wait.

He also rejected a suggestion to administer an intravenous drip on CFC Lee, who was disoriented, unable to swallow liquids and breathing heavily.

CFC Lee was evacuated only 40 minutes later, which a medical expert testified was “really too long”, and later died of heat stroke with multiple organ failure, aged 19.

The court heard that CFC Lee had started the march along with the other servicemen at 6.45am on Apr 18, 2018. He appeared well and could talk to his superiors in the last few kilometres.

During the final two kilometres, he informed a First Sergeant that he had a cramp in his calf and was allowed to stop to stretch. He continued to take breaks in the course of the final stretch.

CPT Tan, the officer commanding of Support Company, 1st Guards Battalion and the supervising officer of the march, joined CFC Lee in the last 300m of the march.

CFC Lee crossed the finish line at 8.25am, within the required 84 minutes after accounting for the mandatory rest period, and dropped to his knees.

FELL TO HIS KNEES AT COMPLETION OF MARCH

He had his timing recorded and was helped to a rest area, but was swaying as he walked there and his speech was slurred, the court heard.

He was observed to be incoherent, unresponsive, drooling from the mouth and breathing heavily. His equipment was removed and his uniform unbuttoned. On CPT Tan’s instruction, ice packs were applied on his neck, armpits and groin and water poured on his face.

CFC Lee was also sprayed with water from a mobile cooling unit, but he was unable to swallow isotonic water administered to him, with the liquid flowing out from his mouth.

CPT Tan observed that CFC Lee was disoriented, unresponsive, breathing heavily and unable to follow instructions. However, he assessed that he was suffering from physical exertion rather than heat injury.

When someone suggested to evacuate him to the medical centre, CPT Tan told him to wait as CFC Lee was suffering from physical exertion and would recover. He failed to order CFC Lee’s immediate evacuation, breaking protocol that states soldiers suspected to be suffering from heat injury should be immediately evacuated.

CPT Tan also rejected another suggestion to administer an intravenous drip, which is also stipulated in guidelines for unconscious casualties or those who are unable to drink water.

HE DIRECTED THAT CFC LEE BE COVERED WITH GROUND SHEET

Instead, CPT Tan directed that CFC Lee should be covered with ground sheets, as his arm felt cold. He was covered from the neck down with the ground sheet, and later from the pelvis down.

Fifteen minutes after CFC Lee first collapsed, CPT Tan gave his approval to dismiss the safety vehicle, saying that CFC Lee could be evacuated via a stretcher. He did not check CFC Lee’s condition before doing so.

The dismissal of the safety vehicle was contrary to guidelines for the fast march, which stipulate that the vehicle must remain on site for responsive evacuation.

At about 8.45am, an off-duty medic who was walking past the parade square came across CFC Lee and attended to him. He assessed him and told CPT Tan that he should be evacuated to the medical centre immediately.

CPT Tan told him that they should wait for another five to 10 minutes to see if his condition improved. The medic applied an oxygen mask to CFC Lee, as he was wheezing. 

At 8.50am, another person urged CPT Tan to evacuate CFC Lee without further delay, but CPT Tan responded that they should wait for another five minutes. 

CFC Lee was finally placed on a stretcher at about 9am and taken by foot to the medical centre, arriving at 9.05am. His temperature had not been taken at any time between his collapse and his arrival at the medical centre.

ARRIVAL AT MEDICAL CENTRE

He had a temperature of about 42 degrees Celsius at the centre and was attended to by three doctors who treated him with two cycles of a body cooling unit and applied ice packs.

Despite the treatment, CFC Lee’s temperature remained at 42 degrees Celsius and when he started to foam at the mouth, he was evacuated to Changi General Hospital.

He arrived there at about 9.50am with a temperature of 41.6 degrees Celsius. He was intubated and treated with two pints of ice-cold IV drips, but found to have organ damage from heat stroke.

He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit, but his condition continued to deteriorate, and he later showed brain dysfunctions and his prognosis was subsequently deemed terminal and irreversible with likely brain damage.

He was pronounced dead on Apr 30, a few weeks after the march, with the cause of death being multiple organ failure from heat stroke. The police said in their report read out in court that they do not suspect any foul play in the death of CFC Lee.

The delay of his evacuation was a contributing factor to his death, said the police.

After the incident, six SAF servicemen were fined by a military court over the case. CPT Tan was charged in the State Courts in October 2018 for causing CFC Lee’s death by a rash act not amounting to culpable homicide.

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However, CPT Tan was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in early February last year. A spokesperson for the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said CPT Tan had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He died a few weeks later in February 2020, aged 31.

Medical expert Kenneth Heng from the emergency department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, who was hired to provide an independent expert opinion on the case, testified that the first aid rendered to CFC Lee at the scene could have been improved.

He could have been moved to a shady area, had his shirt removed completely and fanned to help sweat evaporation, said Dr Heng. An IV drip could have been administered, and covering him with a ground sheet was “counter-productive” as he would not have been able to sweat.

EXPERT EXPLAINS HEAT STROKE

Explaining heat stroke, Dr Heng said it is the most severe heat stress of all with temperatures elevated beyond 40 degrees Celsius and mental or neurological deficits.

CFC Lee had been subject to physical exertion from the fast march and demonstrated neurological problems such as drooling, disorientation and slurring of speech, said Dr Heng.

His elevated temperature was due to heat produced by his muscles during the march, with the environment, humidity and temperature contributing to this. He was not able to lose enough heat to keep up with his heat generation.

“Heat stroke leads to multi-organ failure,” explained Dr Heng. “There are three main mechanisms. First – direct damage to the cells because of heat – the cells of every organ are affected. Second – because of dehydration and low blood pressure, blood to organs … is also affected. The final thing is that because of cell damage, there’s toxins released, and this causes an inflammatory cascade. So it’s a vicious cycle that worsens multi-organ failure.”

Dr Heng said the priority in heat stroke is to reduce temperatures as quickly as possible. Guidelines state that it should be reduced to below 39 degrees Celsius within 30 minutes.

“There’s limited things you can do at the scene, so evacuation to a medical centre with a body cooling unit should be the priority,” he said. “It was 40 minutes to evacuate (CFC Lee), which was really too long.”

He said a 10 to 15-minute delay would have been reasonable. He was unable to comment on CFC Lee’s “survivability in terms of delay”, but said research has shown that if blood pressure is corrected, mortality decreases from 33 per cent to about 10 per cent.

Responding to the coroner’s questions, Dr Heng said there did not seem to be anything in CFC Lee’s medical records that would have predisposed him to this sort of injury.

Other circumstances that could have contributed to the heat stroke include CFC Lee’s exertion the night before as well as his reduced rest. The night before, instead of having seven hours of rest as required, CFC Lee and his fellow servicemen were punished for various infractions and made to do activities including bear crawls, sprints and push-ups without the knowledge or sanction of supervisors.

However, Dr Heng said CFC Lee did not appear to be sick before the march and was not on any medication. He said it is difficult to identify any precursor symptoms that might have identified the condition, adding that the cramp CFC Lee suffered was fairly non-specific.

The coroner said she would consider the evidence and deliver her findings on Jan 27.

SUBSEQUENT STEPS TO IMPROVE HEAT INJURY MANAGEMENT

In the wake of CFC Lee’s death, a Committee of Inquiry was convened to investigate the incident, and several recommendations were proposed to minimise recurrences. 

These include reinforcing heat injury management, highlighting to commanders the need to adhere to regulations and guidelines and strengthening the decision-making process on evacuation.

An external review panel commissioned by the Ministry of Defence in May 2018 found that SAF’s heat management measures were generally sound and aligned with prevailing industry practices.

READ: Death of NSF Dave Lee: SAF to enhance prevention, management of heat injuries following review

The panel suggested several additional measures such as fine-tuning the work-rest cycle, improving heat injury awareness and addressing impediments to self-reporting that might discourage soldiers from speaking up when they feel unwell. 

The panel also emphasised that early recognition of heat injuries was the most important of their recommendations, and said all have key roles to play in recognising signs and symptoms in fellow soldiers. 

First aid should be rendered and casualties evacuated as soon as possible, with commanders and medics erring on the side of caution as it is difficult to accurately determine the degree of heat injury. When in doubt, all suspected heat injury cases should be transferred to a medical facility, said the panel.

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NRL 2020: Penrith Panthers grand final speech, Dave O’Neil, Nathan Cleary


Penrith stars reportedly didn’t like a speech from their own chairman in the lead-up to the 2020 NRL Grand Final.

In a report which claims the position of Panthers boss Dave O’Neill is under threat, players reportedly thought their chairman overstepped the mark by addressing them with an impassioned speech before their loss to the Melbourne Storm.

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A report from rugby league reporter Danny Weidler in The Sun-Herald claims O’Neill is on the nose with some sections of the Panthers dressing room.

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The divide was reportedly evident when O’Neill went out of his way to address the players following their final captain’s run training session the day before the decider.



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Rugby news, Wallabies: Dave Rennie, Michael Hooper, Argentina, Tri-Nations


Matt Burke says the Wallabies’ 2020 Tri Nations campaign, while not a complete failure, has prompted a re-evaluation of whether the team is truly capable of taking their game to another level.

It was a series of false dawns, with a close call against the All Blacks and tight win at Suncorp followed up by disappointing losses.

Dave Rennie blooded promising rookies in an exciting sign for the future but Burke says the Wallabies may have to face the brutal reality check that they cannot go to another level.

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Australia vs Argentina, Dave Rennie, Reece Hodge, rugby news


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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has lamented his side’s “dumb errors” after Australia finished their calendar year with a second-consecutive draw against Argentina.

The Wallabies secured the Tri-Nations wooden spoon after a 16-16 draw against the Pumas at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday evening.

Ironically, Australia would have won the title if they had mustered back-to-back wins against Argentina, who for several years have been considered the weakest side in The Rugby Championship.

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“What was a draw paying today? $1.15 maybe,” Rennie joked after Australia’s third draw in six Test matches.

“It feels a little bit different than the draw a couple of weeks ago, mainly because we found ourselves down on the scoreboard by 10 at one stage and by seven when we got a red card.

“The boys did show a lot of character to fight their way back into that in challenging conditions and kicked smart in the second half and able to squeeze out a draw and almost steal it again.”

Australian referee Angus Gardner awarded four cards in Saturday’s Test match, including a shock red card for Wallabies forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto in the 60th minute.

But considering Australia boasted 70 per cent possession and 79 per cent territory, Rennie understandably perceived the draw as another missed opportunity.

Reece Hodge of the Wallabies.
Reece Hodge of the Wallabies.

“I think all of those games shouldn’t have come down to a last-minute penalty attempt,” Rennie said.

“The Argentinians are very good at hanging in games — they don’t play an enormous amount of footy and the conditions probably suited them a fair bit tonight and we had to resort to a fair bit of kicking.

“There’s no lack of heart and no lack of effort, but we’ve got to be way more clinical.

“We’ve defended pretty well over the last few weeks, so we’ve made strides in that area, but as I’ve talked a bit, about our discipline was disappointing tonight.

“We allowed them to squeeze us a bit, and we made some dumb errors and got punished for it.

“We won one out of six if you look at it from that perspective … it’s disappointing but I guess we’ve got an understanding of where we’re at.”

For the third time since October, Wallabies fullback Reece Hodge missed a long-distance penalty goal in the dying minutes, denying an Australian victory.

“I feel for him because he kicked pretty well,” Rennie said. “The quality of that conversion from out wide to level it up and there wasn’t too many people lining up to take that shot.

“So yeah, it would have been nice if he was able to convert that, but it is what it is.”

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Wallabies, Australia vs Argentina, Michael Hooper captain, news, rugby, Dave Rennie


Michael Hooper bluntly rejected suggestions his time as Wallabies captain is coming to an end as the gutsy flanker prepares to lead the Australian side for the final time in 2020.

Speaking to media ahead of Saturday’s rematch with Argentina, Hooper shut down lingering rumours he might give up the armband – or potentially have it taken away – with a passionate defence of his captaincy.

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Tri Nations, Australia Wallabies vs Argentina Pumas: official teams, Dave Rennie, Reece Hodge, Noah Lolesio, James O’Connor


James O’Connor will return to the Wallabies starting XV at fly-half after overcoming a knee injury that kept him out of Australia’s draw with Argentina two weeks ago.

O’Connor’s injury forced coach Dave Rennie to shift Reece Hodge into the No. 10 jersey.

Hodge remains in the side, shifting to fullback and forcing Tom Banks out of the side for Saturday’s clash at Bankwest Stadium.

He makes up the back three which contains Tom Wright – one of the Wallabies’ finest performers since his tryscoring debut in Brisbane – and Marika Koroibete.

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Tri Nations, Australia Wallabies vs Argentina Pumas: Teams, Dave Rennie, Noah Lolesio, James O’Connor, Reece Hodge


Unless records are smashed this week, the All Blacks will be lifting the Tri-Nations trophy and Australia’s drought will continue.

But don’t go trying to tell the Wallabies that Saturday’s meeting with Argentina in anything less than a mere formality.

“We’re taking this game as a must win game for us,” the returning James O’Connor said.

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James O’Connor’s Wallabies return leaves Dave Rennie with Reece Hodge selection headache


“Being an older player now, you put a lot of work into your body off the field and you just want to do the little things right.

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“I came into this campaign and I was given a lot of responsibility and I was very happy with how my game was moving forward and my game was progressing and how we were growing as a team.

“To be cut short and forced to watch from the sidelines, it was very tough.”

O’Connor’s calming presence was sorely missed in the record breaking loss to the All Blacks in Sydney – when untried debutant Noah Lolesio started at five-eighth – but in the fortnight since, Reece Hodge has done an admirable job at No.10.

In O’Connor’s eyes, the Rebels star has done enough to earn a start elsewhere in the backline.

“I think he’s definitely earned his spot and [should] stay there [in the starting XV],” O’Connor said.

“I’m not a selector so I won’t be pretending where I would put him but I have my ideas and we will see where that plays off. He definitely deserves to be out on the field somewhere.

“In saying that, we still have some really damaging centres that have been doing a really good job for us and the back three as well.

“I’m happy I don’t have to make that decision.”

The makeup of the Wallabies backline is certainly a conundrum for Rennie.

Hunter Paisami has started to built a powerful pairing with Jordan Petaia in the centres and while the Wallabies started their campaign viewing Hodge as a centre – or a back-up five-eighth – the one position Rennie has not been able to find the right man for is fullback.

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Tom Banks hasn’t set the world on fire and Hodge’s top notch form at No.10 – as well as his reliable strike rate off the kicking tee – could prove valuable against an Argentinian side that seeks to turn every Test into an arm wrestle.

Whether Rennie opts to keep Hodge in his starting XV remains to be seen but O’Connor isn’t expecting an enormous overhaul, despite the Tri Nations trophy now being all but out of reach.

“We’re taking this game as a must win game for us,” he said. “It’s very important for our campaign moving forward and for moving forward as a group.

“We’ve spoken about it a lot. It’s not just about finishing the year in this way.

“It’s almost about spring-boarding us into this whole campaign.

“It’s been a huge year for us with COVID, coming together, new coaches, new group, and I think one thing we haven’t spoken about a lot is there has been huge growth – off the field and on the field.

“Now it’s just about transferring it and those little margins – ticking the scoreboard over.”

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Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85


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Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85.

Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday.

Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films.

Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”

Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember the bad guys.”

Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West Country accent was considered less ideal, and his lines were dubbed by James Earl Jones.

Prowse donned Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983).

He expressed some regret that, thanks to Vader’s mask, “I can walk around with complete anonymity.”

“All actors crave recognition and I’d like to have some like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo,” he told The Associated Press in 1980. “Fortune tends to follow fame.”

Prowse also worked as a trainer for other actors, helping Christopher Reeve prepare to be the Man of Steel in hit 1978 film “Superman.”

Prowse was also known to a generation of British children as the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero in a series of road safety advertisements during the 1970s and ’80s.

He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor “loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP”

“Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter.

“As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote. “Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest.”

Prowse is survived by his wife Norma and their three children.



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