Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m ashamed to be associated as an alumni of Niskayuna High School. I read in the Oct. 7 Gazette: “Niskayuna Central School District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. issued a statement just after noon Friday stating that the national anthem will not be played at the high school pep rally Friday afternoon, as has been the custom in past years.The statement read in part: “After careful thought and consideration by our administration, and after meeting with members of our student body, it was decided that the national anthem would not be played as it has been in the past. This is an event focused on school spirit and unity, and there was a concern that given the intensity of this issue and the diversity of viewpoints, that this event could turn what is supposed to be a positive experience for our students into a negative one.”What a cowardly and unpatriotic statement. I’m calling for the immediate removal of Superintendent Tangorra. A person in that leadership role shouldn’t be in a position to influence our children. His statement claims that in the interest of the diversity of viewpoints, the anthem will not be played. Has he disregarded the viewpoint of the majority of students and Americans? Why is a patriotic viewpoint being discriminated? Why does he insist on soiling our freedom and flag and national pride by refusing to continue the traditional playing of the anthem at pep rallies? The students should be taught respect and honor, not encouraged to participate in an act of such disrespect. Freedom of speech is of utmost importance, but what the superintendant has done here is extinguish that freedom of speech. He’s denying the majority of the students rights to express their love of country when putting their hand over their heart while playing our anthem, as has been tradition.I will never support NHS fund-raisers or any other event sponsored by NHS until the superintendant has been removed or issues a statement of apology and reverses his deplorable, yes deplorable, actions banning our national anthem. His statement and actions are a disgrace and are cowardly. We all should be ashamed.Joseph WolfeOrmand Beach, Fla. (formerly of Niskayuna)More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
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By Christian RadnedgeLONDON (Reuters) – Olympic champions the United States reclaimed their women’s 4x400m relay world title as Jamaica suffered more injury heartbreak in the World Championships final on Sunday.Twenty four hours after Usain Bolt sensationally pulled up in his relay event, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby slowed down clutching her leg 20 metres into her second leg and went to ground, ending Jamaica’s reign as world champions.Jamaica had been in the lead, but American Allyson Felix surged clear of the field to open up a 15-metre gap in a superb split of 48.7 seconds.Team mates Shakima Wimbley and individual 400m champion Phyllis Francis duly extended the gap to win gold in a world leading time of 3 minutes 19.02 seconds.Felix enhanced her record as the most decorated athlete in World Championships history by winning her 11th gold to equal Bolt’s haul. It was her 16th medal overall.The 60,000 spectators inside the London Stadium were on their feet as Britain finished second in 3:25.00 to clinch silver, an upgrade from their bronze at the Olympics last year. Poland came third in 3:25.41 to claim bronze.McLaughlin-Whilby had to be taken off the track in a wheelchair and her withdrawal meant there was no farewell run for Novlene Williams-Mills.The 35-year-old, who made her debut in this event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens where Jamaica won bronze, overcame breast cancer in 2013 and won six World Championship medals overall.She was due to take the baton from McLaughlin-Whilby for her final run but was left stranded on the start/finish line due to her team mate’s misfortune.
After several months of hot verbal exchanges, in the media, Ghana’s two most popular boxers on the local scene, Bukom Banku (Brimah Kamoko) and Ayittey Powers have signed on with Box Office Promotions for a non-title bout on April 25 in Accra.A signing ceremony at the Accra Stadium, earlier today, was characterized by chants of various local cheer songs in the local language Ga by fans of both Banku and Powers. The verbal exchanges between the two boxers ahead of signing the contracts were clean and devoid of the earlier heated taunts that flooded the airwaves.Both boxers periodically took turns at each other throughout the signing ceremony to brag about their quality. “Right now the fight is on and I have been promised many presents including a house and a car and I will make sure I Ayitey Powers doesn’t go beyond the seventh round. The President John Mahama has promised me a car and while some ministers have assured me of a house as my winning present so I will never disappoint them,” Banku said confidently.Powers on the other hand said he will stop Banku in the sixth round. “I am the king of pound for pound boxing and I will make sure I teach Banku a lesson. I will knock him out. I won’t say much but will make sure that I shut him up one and for all.” Previous attempts by Banku’s former managers Golden Mike Promotions, to put together this bout failed as Powers, who was then in Australia, gave what were considered unrealistic terms. After month of swinging negotiations, both boxers agreed on the Joy Sports Link, a discussion show on Joy FM to fight.According to Alex Ntiamoah who is in charge of Box Office Promotions, the bout for now has been arranged as a 12-round non title bout while his outfit negotiates with some sanctioning bodies for a title. At age 33, Bukom Banku (Brimah Kamoko), is undefeated in 26 bouts and has recorded knockouts in 20 of them. He annexed the then vacant WBO Africa Cruiserweight title after a knockout win over Pascal Ndomba of Tanzania in January 2012. Before that, he had a stint with the WBO Africa and WPBF Light heavyweight titles.Previous attempts by his former promoters, Golden Mike to get a major world title bout with champion Nathan Cleverly failed.Ayitey Powers has won 18 times, lost 23 times and drawn once with his biggest achievements being the West African Middleweight title. He has lost his last six bouts and among which was the WBA Pan African Cruiserweight titles after losing unanimously to Daniel Baff in Australia last year. Both boxers are expected to share a total purse of over 40,000 Ghana cedis.
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