Live entertainment coming to Johnson City after NYS approval

first_imgThe live entertainment is also the first of it’s kind to be approved by New York during the pandemic, pioneering the way for drive-in activities across the state. (WBNG) — In just a few short weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy local, live entertainment, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. X-Cite wrestling is transforming the Oakdale Mall into a drive-in hub. Live wrestling, drive-in movies, and other outdoor events will start in August, after X-Cite received approval from the state. “This is big because nobody else will be able to do it with an audience, unless they can figure out how to properly do it as a drive-in,” said X-Cite Owner Jonathan Musok.center_img Musok says the drive-in entertainment will pave the way for how sports could look throughout the pandemic. He says social distancing and strict guidelines will be maintained for all audiences and wrestlers. For more information on how you can buy tickets, visit their website. The first wrestling event is set to kick off on August 22.last_img read more

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When the pool looks so enticing it’s hard to leave the lounge

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoEverything a modern entertainer should be: spacious, relaxing, with room for a creative cook.“That Hendra location has been a real mover in the market over the last few years,’’ Mr Ferguson said.He said the opening of the nearby Racecourse Village Shopping Centre on Nudgee Rd was promoting interest in the area.The property on 407sq m is attracting interest from families but Mr Ferguson said it would suit a double income no kids couple as well.“The bedroom configuration is good for families with large living areas,’’ he said. There are four expressions of interest on this 16 Hartz Court, Parkinson house which is being sold for the first time.At 12.30pm the gavel moves to Coorparoo, 4km southeast of the Brisbane CBD, where this original Queenslander at 21 Rossmore Ave was built 90 years ago. SEE BRISBANE’S SUNDAY AUCTION LIST When you have to sleep, why not do it here in style! Welcome home! This 29 Lilley St, Hendra property could be yours on Saturday.It is a feature that will capture the attention of bidders at this Saturday’s auction.Ray White’s Dwight Ferguson has received one pre-auction offer on the four bedroom house and has one pre-registered bidder with two to three interested parties for the auction that starts at 10am.“It also has that real cool contemporary design internally.“The pool is built into the view from the entire living room.” >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<center_img We love this aquatic touch, bringing the pool into the house via lowset windows that stretch along the side of the house.A TRIPTYCH of glass captures the inground pool and brings it into the living area of our auction house of the week, 29 Lilley St, Hendra. Being offered for sale for the first time in 90 years is 21 Rossmore Ave, Coorparoo. SEE BRISBANE’S SATURDAY AUCTION LIST At 11.30am, auctioneer Mark Frater will invite bidding for 16 Hartz Court, Parkinson, a four-bedroom house with separate living areas, a study, two and a half bathrooms and inground swimming pool.last_img read more

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MOHAMMED ALI: The Last of the Camelot Giants

first_imgTRIBUTE TO A LEGENDBY PROFESSOR A. BOLAJI AKINYEMINigerian Minister of External Affairs, 1985-87My generation by which I mean the generation which came into political and social consciousness in the 1960s was lucky in the sense that we had many real heroes, men and women from whom we drew inspiration, who made us feel that the best was within reach and that God’s mission on earth was achievable by doing good. They did not come any greater than John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrick Lumumba, Nelson Mandela, Kaduna Nzeogwu, Francis Fajuyi and yes, Mohammed Ali (the Greatest boxer of all times.). It was also the age of independence for African states, an age that liberated not just territories but the can-do spirit of the whole world.It reminded us of the can-do and elevating atmosphere prevalent in the court of King Arthur and his knights of the roundtable. That Court was known as Camelot.But it was also an unfortunate generation because we watched helplessly as each one of our heroes was assassinated, overthrown, and incaserated. It was a generation that watched as dreams were aborted. We watched as the dreams of independence turned into the nightmare of massacres, genocide, civil wars and kleptocracy.Now, the last of the Camelot Titans, Mohammed Ali is gone, just gone.I met Ali only once in Lagos during the Shagari period. The United States under Jimmy Carter was trying to organize a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games then due to be held in Moscow. Mohammed Ali was sent by the Carter Administration to lobby African States to join in the boycott. I was still at the Institute of International Affairs as the Director-General and Professor Isaya Audu was the Foreign Minister. I turned up in Professor Audu’s office on appointment only to be told to wait a while as an unexpected visitor had shown up. Soon, the door opened and I leapt up as Ali floated out in a boxing posture as he exited the Foreign Minister’s office. Then we shook hands. Professor Audu said jokingly that Ali should seek to persuade me about the Moscow boycott. That Ali went on diplomatic missions on behalf of the United States showed that even though he was against the Vietnam War and was against racism in the United States, he was not against the United States. He had a presence and a charm that masked the gritty determination of his beliefs. Ali showed a more profound and nuanced opposition to racism in the United States than most of the leaders of the anti-discrimination movements. The singular act of changing his name from Cassius Clay Jr. to Mohammed Ali sent a more powerful message as a symbolic message than a thousand marches. Ali was probably, actually definitely, not aware of the linkage between Islam and Arab slave trade in Africa. A later awareness of this in his later years might account for his switch from Sunni Islam to Surfism (another variant of Islam). Ali was a master of the grand gesture, gestures timed for maximum effect. Without a university education, not to talk of any specialization in psychology, he used psychology to devastating effect against his opponents before they even climbed into the ring.Ali, the master performer, elevated boxing from the basement of the poor to the sitting room of royalty and billionaires. Boxing will miss him; sports will miss him; humanity will miss him.He survived in spite of the fact that he did not play safe. He took on the American system when in 1964, he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Mohammed Ali after joining the Nation of Islam otherwise called the Nation of Islam and when he refused to fight in the Vietnam War. Those who took on the system especially in 60s and 70s usually paid with their lives as one hero after another got hunted down by the invisible forces that form the underbelly of rapacious and vicious system. Mohammed Ali survived.The death of our heroes, speaking for my generation, did not kill our dreams.  Those who kill often do not realize that dreams cannot be killed. They sow seeds that germinate over time and hopefully serve to inspire another generation. You said you were the Greatest. So say we all. Your death brings to mind the immortal words of John Donne in his poem “For whom the bell tolls” when he wrote “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls, it tolls for thee”Good night Mohammed AliProfessor A. Bolaji AkinyemiJune 5, 2016Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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