GOP-led Kentucky panel keeps Gov. Beshear impeachment alive

first_imgFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative panel has dismissed two petitions calling for the impeachment of Kentucky’s governor. But the committee on Friday kept alive another effort by citizens seeking the Democrat’s ouster. The petitions seek Beshear’s impeachment for his restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. The House panel requested more information from Beshear as it reviews the remaining petition against the governor. Kentucky’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the governor had the authority to put restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to contain the coronavirus. A petition seeking the impeachment of the state’s Republican attorney general is still pending.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Merry Christmas!

first_imgLike no other, the Christmas season is inextricably wound to music. From the traditional to the secular, Christmas is tied to music more than any other time of year.When else can you wander around, alone or with a group of your closest friends, and stop outside random people’s homes to sing to them and have the residents not think you have a screw loose.And everyone seems to have their favorite carol or album. As carols go, I don’t think it gets any better than “Carol Of The Bells.” And my favorite records are listed down below.I recently chatted with some of my musically minded friends about their favorite Christmas tunes.The album was entitled A Treasury of Christmas. It featured the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby, but the artist that stood out for me was Mahalia Jackson singing “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Through the crackling needle, I remember hearing Mahalia reach down deep and sing it from the gut. That was my first taste of black gospel soul. It moved me so that I sang that song on my Christmas Eve nights in a balloon-stuffed gospel robe. Needless to say, it was a hit. In my own mind, at least.Seth Walker, Singer/SongwriterMy favorite Christmas album of all time is Vince Guaradli’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yes, everybody knows it, but that’s because it’s the best ever! My second favorite is a compilation called Soul Christmas, originally released in 1968. Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, King Curtis, Clarence Carter . . . . oooh, yeah. You need this one in your life.Holly Bowling, PianistI’m not a big aficionado of Christmas music, so I always struggled to come up with appropriate stuff when I had a local radio show. My favorites tended to be goofy stuff, like “Winter Wonderland” by The Roches, sung in a thick, Bronx accent. Or “Run Rudolph Run,” which the Grateful Dead a few times in December of 1971, with Pigpen singing. It’s a perfect Chuck Berry song, and although Chuck performed it, he didn’t write it. It was written by Johnny Marks, who also gave us “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and other classics.David Gans, Singer/SongwriterPerhaps no tune better represents the joy and celebration of the season than The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers doing “Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn.” Recorded in 1929, Vaudevillian band leader Frankie Half Pint Jackson and band give the gift of raw energy, vigor, and freedom in a Christmas tune unlike any other. The first time I heard this record, it nearly knocked me out of my chair.Kris Truelson, Bill & The BellesChristmas In The Hills, by Larry Sparks, is the album that got me back into Christmas music after years of bah humbug. It would be easy for a bluegrass Christmas album to be cheesy and boring, but Mr. Sparks put together a very interesting collection of both secular and religious songs for this one. Standout include his unique take on “White Christmas,” “BEautiful Star of Bethlehem,” and  “Joy To The World,” along with killer versions of “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” However, my personal favorite might be “Away In A Manger,” with its long instrumentals out front followed by great quartet singing at the end. As usual, with Larry Sparks there is plenty of funky and interesting guitar work throughout the record, along with his one-of-a-kind crooning and harmony singing.Jacob Groopman, Front CountryAs for me, the Christmas sound is really defined by none other than Bing Crosby. Nothing is better during the yuletide season than a fire in the fireplace and Bing’s take on “White Christmas” in the background. Also high on my list are the Christmas albums from David Grisman and 60s surf rock legends, The Ventures. I scored both of these on vinyl early this month and both have been wonderful additions to the sounds of the season.Here’s wishing to each and all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for tuning in to Trail Mix this year. This marks the last post of 2016, but Trail Mix will be back in January with a brand new set of tunes.Happy Holidays!!last_img read more

Bronx Zoo says woman who snuck into lions den could’ve been killed

first_imgThe Bronx Zoo says the woman who is seen in a now-viral video trespassing inside its lion enclosure on Saturday could have been killed.“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death, a Bronx zoo spokesperson said. “Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff, and animals safe.”The unidentified woman is seen a video taken by a bystander at the exhibit dancing and waving her hands seemingly taunting the lion.According to the NYPD, The Bronx Zoo filed a complaint for criminal trespass.It is unclear how the woman got over the barrier or how long she wasNeither the woman nor the lion were injured in the incident.last_img read more

GBA’s Michael Parris U-16 championships…

first_imgWright named `Best Boxer’, FYF champion gymESSEQUIBO Boxing Gym’s (EBG) Shanquincy Wright, for the second consecutive year, has been named the Michael Parris Under-16 `Best Boxer’ after two consecutive victories in the Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) Demerara Distillers Limited one-day tournament which was staged on Sunday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.The tournament which was anticipated to attract over 40 boxers from across Guyana failed to live up to expectations with regard to the number of gyms and pugilists, as only the EBG and Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) gyms were represented by quite a few boxers. There was a lone pugilist from the Pocket Rocket Gym.At the end of the day’s proceedings, the FYF gym was named the Best Gym, dethroning EBG who won the inaugural title in 2015.Isiah Moore (left) son of former Guyana world-rater Leon `Hurry Up’ Moore absorbs an overhand right from Junior Hyman in their 105-109lb division contest. Moore went on to win by a TKO. Isiah Moore (left) son of former Guyana world-rater Leon `Hurry Up’ Moore absorbs an overhand right from Junior Hyman in their 105-109lb division contest. Moore went on to win by a TKO.Wright, who won the `Best Boxer’ award last year with two convincing victories, returned this year a more polished boxer, compliments of his coach and former national intermediate champion Clifton Moore.In the opening fight of the day’s card, Wright made light work of his FYF opponent M. Moore, a debutant in the 70-74lb group, then came back later in the afternoon to beat his gym mate Deron Williams, thereby securing the `Best Boxer’ award.Wright showed great potential for a 14-year-old as he outclassed Williams in every department, out-boxing Williams who, when he tried to step up the pace of the fight, Wright was equal to the task and never backed away and deservedly won the `Best Boxer’ award.Another outstanding boxer on show on Sunday was Isiah Moore, son of former Guyanese world-rater, Leon `Hurry Up’ Moore who contested the 105-109lb category for the FYF gym and came out victorious over Junior Hyman (EBG) with a TKO victory.Young Moore, like his father, looked classy and vicious at the same time and seems to be one to watch in the future.In other results, FYF’s Travis Inverary secured a points win against his gym mate Q. Harris in a 75-79lb division bout. In the 120-125lb division, Delroy Elcock (EBG) beat his gym mate Shaquille Wright on points, while S. Graham (FYF) defeated his gym mate M. Beckles in a 65-69lb division co0ntest.In the In the 90-94lb division, it was a case of another contest between two gym mates and saw M. Sukhra (FYF) coming out on top of J. Thompson.The 105-109lb division saw J. Ross (EBG) secure a TKO against his gym mate S. Hutson, while Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym’s lone entrant Omar Pollard scored a points decision win against Delroy Elcock (EBG) in their 110-114lb match-up.In the 150-157lb division, S. Wither (FYF) defeated Brian Harris on points.Meanwhile, the GBA’s national intermediate championships will be held from September 9 to 11 at a venue to be announced.last_img

Show Us the Money, Joshua Camp Tells Wilder

first_img$50M UNIFICATION FIGHTAnthony Joshua wants to “see the money” before agreeing to Deontay Wilder’s $50m (£35.9m) unification fight offer, Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed THURSday.American heavyweight Wilder posted a video on Twitter showing WBO, IBF and WBA titles holder Joshua, 28, saying he would accept the fight for $50m. But Hearn said he must be convinced the money “exists” before agreeing to the bout “in either London or Vegas”.The offer came via an email directly from WBC champion Wilder, said Hearn.In a video interview on Wednesday, Hearn also said:The offer “feels like a PR move” but they are “definitely interested”He would not rule out allowing Wilder’s team to pick the fight’s date and locationA meeting between both fighters and their advisors is set for FridayPreviously Wilder, 32, said “all the money is in the bag so I expect you will be a man of your word”.Wilder’s Manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to ESPN that an offer had been made.Finkel also said the offer contains no rematch clause and that it would be the next fight for each boxer, taking place between September and December at a venue of Wilder’s choosing.“It’s a great move from Deontay. It makes everyone say: ‘You’ve got to take the fight now’,” added Hearn.“We really want to do the fight in the UK because we’ve built something special there.“But if there’s substantial money to do it elsewhere we will definitely look at it. In my opinion it’s got to be in the UK or possibly Vegas.“It’s not a case of we sign the contract and they go and raise the money. If you’ve got it – show us it and then we can talk.“I spoke to AJ – he knows the situation but we want to know if it’s real. We want to see the money and know were it is.“There’s a real strong chance this fight could happen – we’re not looking to be difficult.”Hearn said earlier this month that the WBA has ordered the Briton to enter into negotiations with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.Wilder added: “Tell Eddie Hearn to let you personally check his email this time. By the way, I sent your manager Rob McCracken the email as well.“I am looking forward to our meeting in the ring.”Unbeaten Joshua added the WBO belt to his collection after a unanimous points win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff on 1 April, while Wilder beat Luis Ortiz in his last fight in March.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

People of Mostar celebrated the Victory of Croatia

first_imgNational team of Croatia last night defeated the best team of Spain with a result of 2:1 at the EURO in France, thus ending on the top of the Group D.Fans of Croatia celebrated the victory against the current champions of Europe until late night hours, and similar situation was in some parts of BiH. Hundreds of fans from Mostar went out to the streets with shirts, requisites and flags of Croatia to celebrate the victory.(Source:

Reputed wife of dead dredge owner testifies

first_imgAn emotional Onica Butts took to the stand on Friday at the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI), where she recounted the trauma she and her children felt following the death of her reputed husband, Dax Arokium.Former Attorney General, Anil NandallArokium was a third-year student at the University of Guyana (UG) pursuing engineering and the owner of the mining dredge at Lindo Creek, where eight miners were killed on June 21, 2008.Butts recollected seeing Arokium on June 6, 2008, at her parent’s home, when he was preparing to travel to Lindo Creek. At that time, she was four months pregnant with their son. The couple had a three-year-old daughter at the time.Butts said she last communicated with Arokium on the day he arrived at Kwakwani, as he awaited transportation into Lindo Creek and received the news on June 21, 2018, of his and his co-workers’ deaths. She said she did not believe the reports and further explained that due to the state of her pregnancy, Arokium’s family decided to withhold the details of his death and what transpired at the mining camp, from her.She said that no one from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) contacted her and following months of receiving very little information regarding her reputed husband’s death, she made the decision to visit the then Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee to seek answers.Freddie KissoonThe family held a memorial service on June 28, 2008.It was years later that the Lyken Funeral Parlour provided the family with information as to where Arokium was buried, after which they visited the location, she said.After the birth of her son, Butts said the family was exposed to counselling. However, she pointed out the fact that the re-opening of the case has negatively impacted her son’s studies.Meanwhile, Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, in an invited comment, told this newspaper that on Phagwah day, as he was powdering Justice Donald Trotman and exchanging Holi pleasantries, he used the occasion to respectfully caution him not to allow his Inquiry into the Lindo Creek Massacre to become a pantomime.“My attention was to a news report which suggests that Freddie Kissoon appeared before the Commission. Every intelligent Guyanese is aware of Kissoon’s morbid obsession with the PPP and more particularly, Bharrat Jagdeo. But someone needs to tell Freddie Kissoon that for his own credibility, his rantings on the PPP and Jagdeo, must suffer reasonable restraint. Unfortunately, on this occasion the burden is mine to bell the cat.”Kissoon in his testimony on Friday, told the Commission that in “his journalistic investigations revealed that it was geographically impossible for the notorious Fine Man gang to murder the eight miners at Lindo Creek, in June 2008.”Nandlall said that this testimony raised a few questions for him.“1) Why Freddie Kissoon never disclosed this to the police when the incident occurred? 2) Why Freddie Kissoon refuses to disclose the details of this “journalistic investigation”? 3)Why does Freddie Kissoon not explain what information he received from this “journalistic investigation” and from what source, that made it “geographically impossible for the notorious Fine Man gang to murder the eight miners at Lindo Creek in June 2008”? 4)Why does Freddie Kissoon not explain who his sources are who supplied him information that “the security forces and the then PPP government had great involvement in what transpired at Lindo Creek 10 years ago”? 5)Why does Freddie Kissoon not reveal the identity of the alleged person whom he claims informed President Bharrat Jagdeo of the whereabouts of the gunmen?He added that unless these questions are answered, this remains another quest by Kissoon in his perennial search for relevance and importance in our society.“I can appear before that Commission tomorrow with a story that is 10 times more convincing than Freddie Kissoon, replete with a pretension of knowledge of what transpired and prevent any testing of my fabrication by the utilization of concepts such as “lawyer-client” privilege etc. Would the Commission accept my testimony as credible? Freddie must think that he lives in an extraordinarily stupid society, to believe that he can pull off such asinine stunt,” Nandlall declared.last_img read more