first_imgCategories: 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 perfectlast_img read more

first_img2 Zimbabweans Face Charges over Death of Cecil the Lion Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting Lion Zimbabwean authorities say they have suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favored by hunters after the killing of Cecil the lion. An international hunting organisation has suspended the membership of the US hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in ZimbabweSafari Club International, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, issued a statement saying memberships for Walter Palmer and his guide in Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, will be on hiatus until investigations into the lion’s death are complete.Bronkhorst is facing criminal charges in Zimbabwe over the July 1 killing of the beloved lion named Cecil, who was drawn away from a wildlife preserve and shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal.The Safari Club said “those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law”.Palmer, who is a dentist in the US, advised his patients to seek care elsewhere as he remained in hiding amid protests at his clinic.The-55-year-old has faced protests at his clinic in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he offers general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified on Tuesday as a party to the lion’s death.He is an active big-game hunter, with many kills to his name, some of them registered with hunting clubs.Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, a hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court accused of helping Palmer kill Cecil.The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat with the black mane was lured into the kill zone and denied “a chance of a fair chase”.The Zimbabwean men were accused of aiding Palmer, who reportedly paid £32,000 to track and kill a lion.During the night-time hunt, the Zimbabwean men tied a dead animal to their car to draw the lion out of a national park, said Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.The American is believed to have shot the lion with a crossbow. The wounded cat was then tracked for 40 hours before Palmer fatally shot him with a gun, Mr Rodrigues said.A professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst, was accused of failing to “prevent an unlawful hunt”. Court documents said he was supervising while Palmer shot the animal.Bronkhorst was released on £640 bail after appearing in court in Hwange, about 435 miles west of the capital Harare. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.A second man, farm owner Honest Trymore Ndlovu, also appeared in court but was not charged and released from custody, his lawyer said.The court documents made no mention of Palmer as a suspect.Using bait to lure the lion is deemed unethical by the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, of which Bronkhorst is a member. The association has since revoked his licence.“Ethics are certainly against baiting. Animals are supposed to be given a chance of a fair chase,” Emmanuel Fundira, the association’s president, said. “In fact, it was not a hunt at all. The animal was baited, and that is not how we do it. It is not allowed.”It was not entirely clear whether baiting is allowed by Zimbabwe law. Mr Fundira said the practice was both unethical and illegal. The conservation group Lion Aid says it is unethical but not expressly forbidden.Relatedcenter_img Charges against Cecil the lion hunter dropped by a Zimbabwean courtlast_img read more

first_img The Toffees turned to one of the most respected managers in world football after sacking Marco Silva in December, with the team languishing in the relegation zone approaching the midway point of the season. Everton have climbed up to 12th in the Premier League standings with Ancelotti at the helm, and still have an outside chance of finishing in the top seven if they can put together a strong run in their remaining nine fixtures. The 60-year-old tactician has already set about stamping his own mark on the squad, and Digne believes a spot at Europe’s elite table beckons if Everton can continue on their current trajectory. Pressed on his main ambition when football resumes following the coronavirus pandemic, the Toffees full-back told Sky Sports: “To finish in Europe for sure. We have to finish very high. “If we could finish in Europe, it would be best for the club and the fans. We are building something, we are building a project. We have very good players.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… “In a few years, they have bought a lot of players, they have invested a lot. We have to finish in the top four, top five, and to play the Champions League.” Digne went on to express his belief that the winning mentality Ancelotti has instilled into Everton’s squad, combined with the support of the fans at Goodison Park, holds them in good stead to achieve something “very special” in the coming years. “We are building a very good project,” he said. “We can do something very special and very good. “We can do better than last year (eighth) and maybe finish in Europe this year. We have something special at Goodison Park. We have the fans, they are behind us every time, everywhere. “We have something special in the club because we are a big family and if we can transform results on the pitch, it would be amazing. read also:Ancelotti: Milan not afraid of foreigners “Everybody is giving their best and we will see what happens. We have to keep this mentality and to do our best every time and I am sure we will finish very high.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Carlo Ancelotti can take Everton to the Champions League, according to Lucas Digne, who says the club are “building a very good project” under the former AC Milan and Chelsea boss.last_img read more

first_imgThe start time for Syracuse’s second-round NCAA tournament matchup has been moved to noon from 2 p.m. due to impending weather forecasts.The eighth-seeded Orange (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) face Dartmouth (9-4-5, 5-1-1 Ivy) in a rematch of last year’s NCAA tournament second round game at SU Soccer Stadium. In that game, the Orange came from behind for a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Ben Polk and Louis Cross.The Big Green is coming off a first-round win against St. Francis (Brooklyn), in which Dartmouth needed a goal in the second overtime period to advance by a score of 1-0.Dartmouth hasn’t allowed a goal in over four games, a period lasting almost 400 minutes. The last time a team scored on the Big Green was Harvard’s 80th-minute tally on Oct. 29. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

first_imgThe United Kingdom government announced on Wednesday the launch of the recruitment process for a new central bank governor to replace current chief Mark Carney, who will step down in January 2020. Carney, who took up the post in July 2013 and has extended his term twice in order to guide the economy through Brexit, will have stayed in the post for more than six years by the time of his departure.Praising Carney’s work, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said “his steady hand has helped steer the UK economy through a challenging period and we are now seeing stable, low inflation and the fastest wage growth in over a decade.”“In today’s rapidly evolving economy the role of governor is more important than ever. Finding a candidate with the right skills and experience to lead the Bank of England is vital for ensuring the continuing strength of our economy and for maintaining the UK’s position as a leading global financial center,” Hammond said.According to the advertisement on the Cabinet Office’s Public Appointments website, the annual remuneration for the job will be 480,000 British pounds (621,500 U.S. dollars) during the expected eight-year tenure. Panel interviews are scheduled to take place this summer.The successful candidate must demonstrate that she/he can lead, influence and manage a complex and powerful financial institution, inspiring confidence and credibility within the bank, throughout financial markets, in the wider public arena and on the international stage, it said.Potential candidates will have substantial experience of working at the most senior level in a major bank or other financial institution or of working in, or being involved with, central banking, it said.Andrew Bailey, head of the Financial Conduct Authority, is seen as the most qualified British public sector candidate, according to The Financial Times. Ben Broadbent and Jon Cunliffe, deputy governors of the Bank of England; Shriti Vadera, who chairs Santander UK; Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics; and Raghuram Rajan, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, are also seen as possible candidates, the newspaper said.The governor chairs the Bank of England’s three main policy committees, which oversee the UK’s monetary, financial and prudential policies. The governor also represents the bank internationally, including at the G7, the G20, the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A sign is displayed outside the Bank of England in London, Britain August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo/File Photocenter_img London best pest control last_img read more