Remove superintendent over anthem decision
“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?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation 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:
Ashgrove fire damaged Queenslander to go under the hammer
The kitchen is completely untouched by the fire damage and in full working order.Ms Knight, her partner Nick Barlow and their five children had lived in the home since 2011.“It’s a roomy family home with a great outdoor entertaining area,” Ms Knight said.On the lower level are three bedrooms, a laundry, storage room, rumpus room and separate kitchen and dining, which opens out to an alfresco dining area The home at 214 Acacia Drive, Ashgrove, was damaged by fire and now up for sale.THIS 1950s Queenslander might be a little burnt out but could be the perfect project for a keen renovator.The two-level 214 Acacia Drive home at Ashgrove was damaged by fire in October 2017 but buyers are being urged not to be turned off, with the home still structurally sound.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17Seller Leana Knight said the fire destroyed the garage and the upstairs living area, but said there was an engineer’s report that outlined the damage in detail.“A bathroom was also destroyed as well as smoke and water damage in other parts of the house (but) there is no structural damage to the house,” she said. The bathrooms are modern.The home is across the road from Marist College Ashgrove and there is a bus stop nearby.Ms Knight said they enjoyed making use of walking tracks in the area.“We have dogs and loved to go for walks on nearby walking paths,” she said. The floorplan of 214 Acacia Drive, Paddington. The extent of the damage upstairs.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019and the pool. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, one with an ensuite.There is also a living area and bathroom but these were damaged by fire, although the polished timber floorboards remain mostly intact. The rear of the house and pool are picture perfect.Ms Knight said they had many standout memories in the home, with most of them out in the backyard.“We had lots of barbecues with our family and spent a lot of time outdoors in the garden and swimming pool,” she said.The family has since relocated to London.
Dutch regulator forced to pay €4.8m after failing to convince high court
The high court said it noted that the gold had been sold in three stages, against a price that rose in each phase.SPVG had based its claim on having divested all of its holdings against the maximum market value.Eric Lutjens of law firm DLA Piper, the scheme’s legal adviser, said: “It is not unreasonable to assume the pension fund could already have sold its gold in an earlier stage. However, we are very pleased with the verdict.”A spokesman for the DNB, however, described the ruling as “disappointing”.He said the regulator would assess the verdict and consider a possible “follow-up”.Meanwhile, SPVG has decided to liquidate itself and transfer the pension rights of its almost 3,000 participants to the €18bn industry-wide scheme for the printing sector, PGB, as of 1 October.Last year, the scheme lost 11.2% on its investments, as it missed out on rising equity markets due to a relatively large stake in government bonds.As a consequence, the scheme was forced to cut pension rights by 4.35%, despite an additional contribution from the employer of €7.5m, along with an extra €4.2m as a “dowry” for joining PGB.At the time, it also guaranteed payment of the amount the pension fund expected to receive from the DNB. The Dutch regulator (DNB) has been ordered pay the pension fund of glass manufacturer Vereenigde Glasfabrieken €4.8m in compensation for having forced the scheme to divest most of its 15% gold allocation. In 2011, the DNB instructed the pension fund, SPVG, to reduce its gold allocation to 3% after deeming the investment a concentration risk – and gold a “speculative commodity without any intrinsic value”.Gold prices soared after the forced divestment, and SPVG subsequently estimated its losses for missing out on the value increase at €9.5m, in addition to €1.5m for related costs. The DNB has failed to convince a Rotterdam-based court – and the now highest court in the Netherlands – that the glass scheme invested irresponsibly.
Christian parents lose custody of daughter after refusing to support her ‘transition’ to male
LifeSite News 14 February 2018Family First Comment: A very very disturbing ruling from Ohio (US) that should concern every parent…“The girl’s medically-affirmed depression, anxiety, and dysphoria indicate that she is in no position to make decisions which would result in permanent physiological changes. “It does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” – parent’s lawyer. Ohio government authorities forced parents to give up legal custody of their daughter after the mother and father said they opposed the girl’s decision to identify as a ‘boy’ and transition to being ‘male.’The Hamilton County Job and Family Services took legal custody of the teenage girl, 17, who, according to court records, suffers from gender dysphoria. The teen is currently living with her maternal grandparents. The girl’s name and the names of her parents are under court seal.The minor was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria after being hospitalized in 2016. Doctors decided that because she wants to identify as a male, she should be given testosterone and sex “change” drugs.But the girl’s parents objected, arguing that they did not think that such “treatment” was in their daughter’s best interest.A juvenile court judge will determine if parental rights for the minor should be entirely stripped.At stake are parental rights and who will make medical decisions as the legal guardian for the youngster. A decision is expected by Friday.Pro-transgender doctors pressured the court in closing arguments, saying a ruling must come quickly, claiming that the girl needed opposite-sex hormones or else she may kill herself. Medical witnesses said that the parents’ rejection of their daughter’s decision to identify as a male has made her suicidal. They termed the girl’s circumstances a life-or-death situation.The court heard arguments that the girl’s pro-transgender grandparents should take over custody. “We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind” regarding sex change hormones, while “the parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it,” the court-appointed guardian for the girl argued.The parents testified that they only desire what is best for their daughter. Their attorney Karen Brinkman summarized their view of the case: “If the maternal grandparents were to be given custody, it would simply be a way for the child to circumvent the necessity of parents’ consent,” Brinkman told the court.Brinkman reasoned that the girl’s medically-affirmed depression, anxiety, and dysphoria indicate that she is in no position to make decisions which would result in permanent physiological changes. “It does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time,” Brinkman observed.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/christian-parents-lose-custody-of-daughter-after-refusing-to-support-her-tr
Schneider Avoids Jail Time, Felony Conviction
The hearing for the Sunman Clerk Treasurer who used a town credit card for personal purchases avoided jail time and a felony conviction.Kris Schneider, 54, was in front of Special Judge Jon Webster from Jennings County on Friday morning. Webster ruled to drop the Official Misconduct Class D felony charge to a Class A misdemeanor.If Schneider had faced the felony charge, she could have received a prison sentence between six months and three years and up to a $10,000 fine. The class A misdemeanor resulted in one year of reporting probation.Schneider had made full restitution prior to her December 2012 arrest, which may have contributed to her receiving the lesser sentence. According to the Osgood Journal, Schneider used Sunman’s credit card to make personal purchases amounting to $3,600 between 2009-2011.She has served as the town clerk for 23 years, but it remains unclear if she will continue to hold office after Friday’s conviction.The Osgood Journal indicated that the presiding judge will send a sentencing order to a committee that will consider if it warrants a dismissal from office.
Glover, Murty, Logue get first wins of season at Marshalltown
In another green to checkers contest, Murty started 10th, claimed the topside as his own again and overtook then leader Dusty Vis at lap nine. Son Dallon followed his dad’s lead, rim riding his way to second place after starting ninth. Kyle Everts came from eighth starting spot to finish third. Glover led all 15 laps of the caution-free Late Model main and did so going away. Last week’s winner Dalton Simonsen finished second and Logan Duffy took third. By Joyce Eisele Curtis Glover led start to finish in winning the caution-free IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 3) – Three drivers scored their first wins of the year Friday at Marshalltown Speedway, Curtis Glover in the IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Johnathon Logue in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Tom Berry Jr. made it two in a row in the IMCA Modifieds and Kaden Reynolds became a perfect 4-for-4 in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks after starting 12th. The ninth starting Logue made the bottom side work to his advantage, finding just enough moisture to make it work in his 18-lap event. Logue caught leader Brayton Carter, making the pass with four laps remaining, and then sailed to victory. Carter finished as the runner up while Jenae Gustin came from eighth to finish third.
Pogba tests positive for coronavirus
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus, said France manager Didier Deschamps.The 27-year-old will have to self-isolate for 14 days. He will miss France’s Nations League game in Sweden on September 5 and the home game against Croatia three days later.However, Pogba could be eligible for selection for United’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19.His club said: “Everybody at United wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”Pogba will be replaced in the France squad by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.“I’ve completed, at the very last minute, a change in the list,” Deschamps said on Thursday. “Paul Pogba, who was previously on the list, unfortunately for him he carried out a test yesterday which was returned as positive this morning.”Tags: CoronavirusManchester UnitedPaul PogbaUEFA Nations League
Carroll rescues point for Hammers
Carroll was West Ham’s only change at Southampton, who brought Danny Fox and Adam Lallana in for Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez. Morgan Schneiderlin received the afternoon’s first booking after going down easy under a challenge from Kevin Nolan. Ricardo Vaz Te the flashed a 25-yard drive just over. Fox was booked for a sliding challenge on Guy Demel. Fox was then easily turned on the wing by Vaz Te, whose pull back would have been turned in by Nolan had it not been for Jos Hooiveld’s intervention. Ramirez floated in a free-kick to the backpost and the Saints forward prodded goalwards, only for Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to superbly tip onto the post. Suggestions the ball was over the line were waved away by referee Mike Dean, who soon booked Carroll for repeated dissent. Carroll flashed a strike inches wide after Saints failed to clear their lines in the 56th minute. The hosts took advantage of that miss by taking the lead just three minutes later. Boruc’s long ball up field was only cleared by James Tomkins as far as Ramirez, who went through to net his fifth of the season. However, the visiting fans did not have to wait long for something to cheer as West Ham won a free-kick on the edge of the box and O’Neil played it short for Carroll to fire low past Boruc via a slight deflection off Steven Davis. Southampton brought on Rodriguez for Adam Lallana in a bid to find a winner. Carroll saw a low strike stopped by Boruc as he searched for his second, before coming back to deny Rodriguez at the other end. The visitors saw handball appeals against Hooiveld waved away late on, before Rodriguez tested Jaaskelainen from distance. Press Association The on-loan 24-year-old missed last weekend’s trip to parent club Liverpool and made an immediate impact on his return to Sam Allardyce’s starting line-up. Having proved a nuisance all afternoon, the £35 million striker fired low past Artur Boruc to deny Southampton a fourth win on the bounce. Carroll fired just wide 10 minutes into the second half and the hosts soon capitalised, with club record signing Gaston Ramirez netting. The lead was to last just seven minutes, though, as Carroll found the net after firing home a short free-kick from Gary O’Neil to earn the east Londoners a point. Andy Carroll earned West Ham a hard-fought point from a 1-1 draw in miserable conditions at Southampton.
Mertesacker hails Gabriel arrival
Press Association “We suffered a lot at times with injuries, but also with results. We want a very deep squad and we look much better now,” said Mertesacker, who continues to skipper the side in the absence of injured midfielder Mikel Arteta. “We have that competition in our team and have an addition with a centre-back now, so I think we have a deep and good squad at the moment.” Gabriel watched from the Emirates Stadium bench as Arsenal demolished Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend and is expected to be involved in the squad again for Saturday’s north London derby at Tottenham. Mertesacker, who took some time to settle alongside Laurent Koscielny following an £8million switch from Werder Bremen on deadline day in August 2011, believes the Brazilian has the qualities needed to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League and Europe, where Arsenal will face Monaco in the last 16. “He is a talent and I think we will get him to the level he needs because he has that potential,” said Mertesacker. “From my point of view, it is very promising because we were short at the back, especially in the centre position. We suffered a lot and had to change so many positions. “It was a needed position to get everyone going and keep him on his natural position is very important.” The likes of Francis Coquelin and Chuba Akpom, the 19-year-old forward set to agree a contract extension, have both impressed in recent performances. The 24-year-old Brazilian arrived from Villarreal in a £13.5million deal and will provide some much-needed cover at centre-half. Mertesacker believes it is just the acquisition which Arsenal needed, having seen the likes of Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers and full-back Mathieu Debuchy, now set for another spell out injured, having to step into a makeshift central role earlier in the season. Mertesacker, 30, believes having such young talent ready to step up to the challenge can only be positive. “They have played an absolutely fantastic role and will get the experience now,” the German said. “That is really important, when there is an injury crisis, they can step up and can have a real impact. You could see (against Villa) that they are able to do that.” Arsenal could move just three points behind second-placed Manchester City with what would be a sixth successive victory on Saturday lunchtime. Mertesacker, though, maintains it is very much still a case of taking things one match at a time. “It is not our major focus at the moment to look forwards too much,” he said. “Next we have a very important away game. We are very close to each other in the league, are two London rivals. “Last season we did quite well at White Hart Lane, so will try to repeat that. “But now they have a new manager and there has been some change in the squad. “It will be a good game, with an early kick off, so we need to be fresh.” Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker believes the signing of Gabriel Paulista has given the squad enough depth to last the distance and challenge for honours again this season.
Johnny Sexton ‘pretty down’ after World Cup quarter-final hopes ended
Press Association Ian Madigan will start Sunday’s Argentina encounter, thrust into the biggest game of his life – with Ireland coach Simon Easterby backing the 26-year-old to excel amid the maelstrom. “Johnny Sexton trained fully yesterday,” said Easterby. “He had a bit of tightness in there, he was sent for a scan and it showed the strain. “He was pretty down on himself after last weekend having to come off and being the guy he is, he was exactly the same when he found out he couldn’t make it this week. “He did everything he could. “He trained yesterday and unfortunately it’s one of those things. “In his position as well it’s difficult when you’re kicking, at goal and drop-outs and things like that, with a groin issue. “You all saw what Ian Madigan did last week against France, he showed what he’s capable of, and we know he can do it again.” Ireland ruled Sexton out of their last-eight Pumas battle on Saturday morning, after the linchpin fly-half pulled up after training on Friday night. The 30-year-old fought tooth and nail to be ready for Ireland’s sixth World Cup quarter-final, but lost that battle despite head coach Joe Schmidt declaring the Leinster star 100 per cent fit on Thursday afternoon. Ulster’s Paddy Jackson takes a seat on the bench as Ireland chase their first-ever World Cup semi-final. Ireland have drafted in scrum-half Isaac Boss as their replacement for injured Ulster centre Jared Payne, in a bid to offset Sexton’s loss. Ireland are holding out hope Sexton could be fit for semi-final weekend, but obviously have not projected their plans too far at this point, mindful that Argentina pose a considerable threat on Sunday. Sexton hobbled out of Ireland’s 24-9 victory over France in Cardiff last weekend after just 25 minutes. The Leinster pivot immediately turned his attention to trying to beat that groin problem in time to face the Pumas. Sexton effectively lost that battle on Friday night, forced to accept he just could not reasonably take the field this weekend without jeopardising his own and his team’s full preparedness. Everything Ireland produce, plot and plunder revolves around Sexton, from line-kicking to backline steering, to pinpoint goal-kicking. Never before had Madigan dominated a Test match like his performance against France, but Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip backed his new fly-half to boss the backline once again. “Johnny’s a massive loss to us, of course,” said Heaslip. “I know Johnny’s gutted but he’s also helping Ian prepare and doing everything for that. “But you’ve just got to play with the hand you’re dealt with. “He didn’t react well, and we heard last night he went off to get checked what the news was. “It doesn’t change the gameplan at all with Ian in there. You saw last week when Johnny came off Ian stepped in and we all get the same gameplan we run through the week. “He stepped right in and did a great job. Ian’s taken his opportunity every time he’s been called up, and he will do that again. “It’s not ideal but it is what it is. “We never talk about individuals as such, but we talk about the strength individuals can bring to the group. “Granted Johnny is probably one of the best out-halves out there, but playing with Ian for the last couple of years he’s no slouch either. “Everyone’s stepping in and taking their opportunity, and they deserve it.” Sexton’s absence further dents Ireland already-depleted resources, squad captain Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony out of the tournament with injuries and Sean O’Brien banned for punching France’s Pascal Pape last week. O’Connell has had surgery to repair his torn hamstring, while O’Mahony headed back to Cork for examination on his torn knee ligaments. New skipper Heaslip said both men are back in the Ireland camp, with O’Connell set to address the squad ahead of the Argentina match. “Paul’s making his presence known,” said Heaslip. “He’s almost being carried around like a king, guys getting his dinner and things like that! “Johnny’s up there, Paul’s up there, and Pete (O’Mahony) is gatecrashing for the weekend too. “You want someone like Paul around, he’s a boost for the lads.” Distraught Johnny Sexton broke down on realising his groin problem would rule him out of Sunday’s quarter-final clash with Argentina.