Letters to the Editor for Friday, Feb. 1

first_imgPaper unfair to fired school bus monitor John Jankowy is a friend of mine whom I have known for many years. Everything written in Steven Cook’s articles in the Clifton Park weekly and The Daily Gazette paint him negatively. John is one of the most generous and nicest people you could meet.So what did the bratty kids do on the bus that provoked him to say, “I give up. I’m just going to shoot you guys, that’s all.”John did use inappropriate language, but one might ask why they have bus monitors in the first place. Every bus driver will tell you it is for safety reasons and to help them concentrate on the road. When we went to the towing lot with $210.60 in hand (cash only, thank you), the invoice included a $35 kickback to the city.Apparently, the police have an incentive to impound cars indiscriminately to benefit their employer. The car was returned in a damaged condition, but we’ll fix it ourselves rather than get back into that corrupt morass.The moral is that if you’re a crime victim in Schenectady, the criminal justice system will bend over backwards to maximize your expense, frustration and inconvenience. The thief gets all the due process and the victim gets all the penalties. Criminal? Yes. Justice? Forget about it.Rudolf PETERSENKathleen PetersenSchenectady I think The Gazette has impugned a very nice man without fully understanding the situation. John even apologized to the kids, and they knew there was no danger.The school district did the right thing (by terminating him). However John is a good man whose impatience with bratty kids got the better of him. I put this issue in much the same vein as the Covington Catholic school reporting, where people rushed to make a story to meet their own agenda and did great harm to the students and their school. I hope people will relax a little and remember that we are all in this together.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCitizens victimized by criminals and cityOn Jan. 20, a thief took our car for a joy ride. He was arrested by Schenectady police, who logically should have called us to come and collect the car. No such thing happened. Instead, they impounded it and refused to release it on the pretext that it was evidence. The authorities showed utter indifference to anyone’s needing to get to work, take children to day care, go to a doctor or shop for food. We didn’t even get the courtesy of a call to tell us where the car had been taken, but had to track it down for ourselves.After four days of repeated calls to the towing company, the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office, we got our car released.Incredibly, no one took action until the thief and his counsel agreed to return our property!  last_img read more

Arsenal were ‘knackered’ in derby draw with Tottenham – Per Mertesacker

first_imgPer Mertesacker has revealed that Arsenal’s players were “knackered” as they laboured to a draw at home to rivals Tottenham. “Over a short period you can replace a couple of players, but with two games a week – and the intensity will not lessen – you need a lot of players who can replace each other and come and give energy. “That is important. It is how we beat Bayern Munich, Theo (Walcott) played for 75 minutes and then Olivier (Giroud) came on and gave us a different style and had a massive impact on the game. We need game changers. “That is why with injuries we suffer a bit, but I’m convinced that after the international break we will have more options and therefore more confidence. “At times we need to give more and be more convincing with our game plan. There is room for improvement but we are in a good position and we want to continue that unbeaten streak. “Obviously with players coming back we will gain some more energy. You could see today how great it was to have Gibbs on the bench – he gave us a big lift we he came on, he was fresh and gave everyone a lift with the goal.” One concern for Wenger will be the travel times for the likes of Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina, who will link up with Chile and Colombia respectively, while fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny has been called up by France and could come up against Gibbs, who is in Roy Hodgson’s England squad. But if they and Arsenal’s other internationals come through unscathed, the FA Cup holders will be in a strong position to continue their Premier League title tilt in the run-up to Christmas. Press Association The Gunners had Kieran Gibbs’ first Barclays Premier League goal in more than three years to thank for rescuing a point after Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead in the north London derby. Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium was not enough to take second-placed Arsenal to the top, but means they remain unbeaten in the league since defeat at Chelsea on September 19. This result came on the back of a 5-1 Champions League thrashing against Bayern Munich and, with seven injured players on the sidelines, Mertesacker believes those who are in the side have been feeling the strain. “It was fun to play but we all looked a bit knackered, especially in the first half,” he said. “We gave absolutely everything to get a draw here and we will enjoy next weekend off, a few of us, then back to duty the next week. “We stayed with the same line-up as against Munich apart from Gabriel, and even (Tottenham) played on Thursday but they looked fresh in the first half and then suffered in the second. “It is difficult to explain but to sum it up both teams gave their all on the pitch and that is why it was a joy not only to watch and a joy to play, especially in the second half.” Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could all return soon after the international break to ease the injury concerns of manager Arsene Wenger, who conceded ahead of the game he was worried by the sheer number of players on the treatment table. Mertesacker, too, feels there is only so long the Gunners can paper over the cracks, with the World Cup winner looking forward to welcoming his team-mates back. “It is very important (to have them back),” he said. last_img read more

Dodgers’ Russell Martin goes to injured list with flareup of lower back issue

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Martin is on anti-inflammatory medication and Roberts said the team will be better to assess how much time he will miss after a few days’ rest.“Hopefully in the next coming days, it will dissipate,” Roberts said.To replace Martin on the active roster, the Dodgers promoted Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gale was 2 for 6 in three games with OKC to start the season. He was the choice over top catching prospects Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith because of the limited playing time available. Austin Barnes started eight of the first 13 games and will assume even more of the workload with Martin sidelined.“(Gale) is a great receiver and can execute a gameplan,” Roberts said. “I see him (Barnes) taking down the night games and Rocky with the day games. But we can change.“We’re going to lean on Austin but obviously still need to be mindful because we still have a long way to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think we know the type of player he is,” Roberts said. “Obviously to go out there and do it is a different thing. But our intent all along … you have him up here as a young player to get at-bats, to get starts.”Before the four-game series in St. Louis, Roberts said he planned to give off days to Justin Turner, Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger. Bellinger is the only one left and will likely not be in the starting lineup for the day game Thursday – meaning another start for Verdugo.“We’ve had a lot of conversations about giving himself the best chance to have success as a young player in the major leagues, a bench player and that’s to prepare and have a routine every day, to be ready for whatever is asked of him,” Roberts said. “So when things of – he should be starting more and this and that – gets cloudy in someone’s head, it gets foggy and that’s where it starts to go down. So for a young player to have clarity to go along with his enthusiasm, that leads to success.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 1-0, 6.75 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Michael Wacha, 0-0, 1.54 ERA), Thursday, 10:15 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img ST. LOUIS — A lower back problem that has bothered him at times flared up again and landed Russell Martin on the injured list Wednesday.The 36-year-old Martin was sidelined briefly during spring training with the same issue and blamed it on overdoing a hitting drill. This time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it flared up while Martin was taking ground balls during the team’s pre-game workout.“Talking to Russ, he’s had it happen before, most recently in spring training,” Roberts said. “It’s something where there wasn’t one specific incident. He was taking ground balls like he does all the time. Ball right at him, just bent over and it just sort of spasmed on him.“From what he says, it typically takes him a week to get back. So for us, it was a no-brainer with the IL.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Gale has played in 17 big-league games with the San Diego Padres (2015 and 2017) and Dodgers last year (three games).INJURED LEFTIESClayton Kershaw was scheduled to travel back to St. Louis on Wednesday and rejoin the Dodgers after pitching six innings for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Roberts said the Dodgers have not decided yet whether Kershaw will start for them Sunday or Monday.“We’ll see which day makes the most sense,” Roberts said. “But the next step is to pitch for us.”Rich Hill is scheduled to throw a three- or four-inning sim game when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday. The next step will likely be a rehab start in the minors next week and possibly activation from the injured list after that.“That’s what I expect to happen,” Roberts said. “Because his arm strength is good. I saw his bullpen yesterday, he’s throwing the heck out of it. To have one sim game, up and down a few times, see how he responds – I don’t see why he wouldn’t be ready to go out on a rehab and come back to us.”Hyun-Jin Ryu threw on flat ground Wednesday, testing his injured groin muscle. He will do the same on Friday in Los Angeles, likely with more intensity simulating his delivery.“He said he feels good,” Roberts said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and we’ll put him in a bullpen to get down the slope. Then hopefully he’ll be ready to go.”DOOGIE DAYSAlex Verdugo made his fourth start in six games Wednesday. The rookie outfielder started the season with seven hits in his first 16 at-bats, five for extra bases. But Roberts said that didn’t necessarily earn him more playing time.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Pregnant woman dies in Berbice crash

first_imgA pregnant woman died on Monday evening at the New Amsterdam Hospital after the driver of the car in which she was traveling, lost control and slammed into a utility pole.The accident occurred at Number Two Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) and has left another passenger hospitalised.Dead: Donnis HigginsThe driver is currently assisting Police with the investigation.The dead woman has been identified as Donnis Higgins of Lot 103 Semple Street, Hopetown Village, WCB.Reports are that Higgins was one of the two passengers in the car at the time of the accident. Eyewitnesses say the car slammed into a utility pole and then a fence after it missed a sharp turn on the road.Moments after the accident, an ambulance which was already carrying a patient from the Fort Wellington Hospital collected both passengers.According to reports, when the ambulance arrived at the New Amsterdam Hospital, persons gathered and watched helplessly as both mother and foetus fought for their lives.The car in which the pregnant woman was travellingThe woman was taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit; however, after several hours of trying, doctors were unable to save the mother and her unborn child.Higgins was a mother of one and a former clerk attached to the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA).The other passenger in the car at the time of the accident, Daniel Harrynarine, was admitted to the same hospital. According to the 24-year-old, he joined the vehicle at Cotton Tree to go two villages away, but only made it past one village.“I was going to Number Four when I catch a taxi going to Number Four. I don’t know if the driver slept away or what, but the driver just run off the road by a turn and go straight into a fence,” the injured man said.His brother Chandrica told this publication that he received the news and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital.He explained that he saw the injured woman being attended to by doctors and heard her screaming as he searched for his brother.Meanwhile, a Police source explained that the driver of the motor car, bearing registration number HB 3101, Lancelot Ferguson, 45, of Belladrum, WCB, claimed that he did not know what happened.According to the source, the driver claimed to suffer from hypertension. B (Berbice) Division Commander Ian Amsterdam said the driver was not found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.last_img read more