Site not right for Holocaust museum

first_imgRe March 26 article, “Couple opposes planned museum”: I agree wholeheartedly with Bob and Sheila DiSarro that the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Museum does not belong in a residential neighborhood, nor should it be put next to a Catholic cemetery.Look, without a doubt the Holocaust was one of the worse cases of man’s inhumanity to man and should never ever be forgotten. This is just not the location for it.On the other hand, if Niskayuna approves this site, the Catholic Diocese could donate more land and erect a memorial for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of some of the sickest individuals in this country.Maybe it could include a wall of shame listing the names of the priests who committed these atrocities. Then again, there’s probably not enough room left in Niskayuna for such a wall.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

USC professor receives official recognition for poetry

first_imgDana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, was named the recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry on Tuesday.Gioia will be presented with his award on Feb. 19 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The University of the South, which administers the award, cited Gioia’s poems as well as his impact on poetry in its decision to grant him the award.“He, more than any other poet chosen [for the award] in 28 years, has supported poetry in more roles than just as a writer,” said Leigh Anne Couch, managing editor of the Sewanee Review. “In his time with the [National Endowment for the Arts] and as [a] teacher, he has highlighted the role of poetry in American society through his lectures and his activism on the page, as well as in his actions.”Along with his poetic skills, Gioia is also well-versed in other fields. According to a USC press release, for years Gioia was known as the “business poet” because he earned an MBA from Stanford University, and later became the vice president of marketing for the General Foods Corporation.Gioia attributes his unique approach to poetry to his childhood in Los Angeles. He was raised by a Sicilian father and a Mexican mother, and was the first in his family to attend college.The poet mentioned that much of his success stems from his unique background. In addition to the Aiken Taylor Award, Gioia won the American Book Award for his third collection of poems, Interrogations at Noon.“When growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, how can you not recognize the cultural energy around you?” Gioia said in a press release. “How do you transform that level of intensity to the solely verbal form that poetry requires?”Gioia has released four poetry books, translated two collections of poetry, written three collections of criticism and three opera libretti. He has been an editor for numerous anthologies and handbooks.As a recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award, Gioia joins a group of 27 previous award recipients, such as W.S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks and Billy Collins.“The award is given to a formal American poet to support formalism and all of its different [devices] in American poetry,”  Couch said. “[Gioia’s] formalism pushes against the structure and he is a poet at the height of his career.”last_img read more

Our Lady’s Templemore ‘driven’ to win Harty Cup

first_imgThe Tipperary school face St Colman’s Fermoy in the decider of the prestigious Munster schools hurling competition.They lost last year’s final against Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick.Our Lady’s coach Noel Fogarty says that defeat has been a huge motivating factor in this season’s campaign.last_img

Vijender Singh to defend titles against African champion Ernest Amuzu

first_imgIndian boxing star Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23.Unbeaten in nine fights so far Vijender was last seen in action in August when he defeated China’s No.1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali to claim the WBO Oriental title.”I am really excited on having my 10th fight in India in the Pink City of Jaipur. I am training hard in the ring for the last two months and still have three weeks to go for my next fight, so looking forward to winning the third title fight in a row,” the Olympic bronze medallist said.Announcing the launch of his new promotional company –Vijender Singh Promotions, he said, “the company will encourage the new talents and provide them a chance to be a part of a big show.Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu will also be looking to win the 26th pro fight of his career. He has won 23 fights, 21 of them Konckouts, and lost only two in his pro career.”So far Vijender has not faced any tough and experienced opponent like me, I am sure that after facing me in the ring he will realise how tough pro boxing is,” the 34-year-old boxer said.”I am ready and fully prepared to defeat Vijender Singh in the early 3-4 rounds Knockout win,” he added.It will be a change of venue for the boxer given that his previous bouts have took place in the metro cities of Mumbai and Delhi.advertisement”I do not want to fight in the metros, I want to take the sport to small towns, so middle-class families can to also see the matches,” he said.”I am sure it will be an exciting fight night for the people of Jaipur and I am confident that sports fans will come out in large number to support me when I compete for my third title fight,” he added.last_img read more

Giants Squish The Fish, 31-24

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. somehow slipped 5 yards behind the secondary.That turned out to be the winning margin for the New York Giants.Beckham’s 84-yard touchdown reception put the Giants ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go, and they forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Dec. 14.New York’s Eli Manning went 27-for-31 for 337 yards and four scores. His passer rating of 151.5 was his highest since 2009, and his 87 percent completion percentage was a career best.The Giants (6-7) broke a three-game losing streak and are tied with the Redskins and Eagles for the lead in their woeful division.“It’s a must-win, a playoff game for us,” Beckham said. “They’re all playoff games.”The Dolphins (5-8) were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, extending their postseason drought to a franchise-record seven consecutive years.“Obviously this is not where we want to be,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said, “but here we are.”In celebration of the franchise’s 50th season, the Dolphins introduced their 50 greatest players at halftime. The not-so-great 2015 Dolphins topped 20 points for the first time since October, but couldn’t keep up with Beckham.He had seven catches for 166 yards and the game’s final two scores. The 100-yard game was his sixth in a row, a Giants record.“They got it to a star player, and he made plays for them,” Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said.Beckham missed one series when he went to the locker room due to cramps in both calves, but didn’t let that slow him down. And with the score 24-all, he took advantage of broken coverage to score the go-ahead touchdown.Cornerback Jamar Taylor and seldom-used safety Shamiel Gary were the closest defenders, but Manning hit Beckham in stride at midfield and he sprinted to the end zone for his 12th TD this year.The Giants plotted the play at the team hotel before the game.“We got the coverage we wanted,” Manning said. “We thought it would be a big play, but I didn’t think he would be that open.”Miami safety Reshad Jones blamed miscommunication. “The corner was supposed to follow up and go over the top,” Jones said, “which he didn’t.”Beckham outplayed his close friend and former LSU teammate, Miami’s Jarvis Landry, who made 11 catches for 99 yards but was flagged for a costly personal foul penalty with his team trailing in the fourth quarter.Beckham made a 45-yard reception to set up a touchdown and had a 6-yard scoring catch. The latter pass was initially ruled incomplete because Beckham was out of bounds, but the decision was overturned by a replay review that made the score 24-all.His final catch, a diving grab on third down at midfield, sealed the victory with less than two minutes left.“Obviously his performance is something we all expect,” Landry said. “He’s just continuing to do what he does.”Manning led a touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the first half covering 80 yards, including 45 on a long pass to Beckham, to make it 17-all. The receiver on the 5-yard pass for the tie: Will Tye.Tannehill threw for 236 yards and burned a blitz by throwing deep to Kenny Stills for a 47-yard score that put Miami ahead 24-17. But Tannehill overthrew an open Landry behind the Giants’ secondary with his team trailing and less than five minutes to go.“Those are the ones you’ve got to make,” Tannehill said.The Dolphins were hurt by 12 penalties and seemed reluctant to run the ball, as has been the case most of the year. Lamar Miller rushed for 89 yards, including a darting 38-yard touchdown run after making Jason Pierre-Paul miss, but carried only 12 times.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more