Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI want to thank the person who turned in my purse at Delmonico’s Restaurant on Dec. 6.I left it at restaurant and am glad to say there are nice people left in this world.Thank you, once again.Norlene GagewaySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online
The Toffees host their Merseyside rivals on Sunday after their impressive fightback saw them win 3-2 at West Brom on Monday after falling two goals behind. Romelu Lukaku’s brace and Arouna Kone’s strike at The Hawthorns sealed their comeback to lift Everton to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and above Liverpool. Press Association Boss Roberto Martinez has warned Everton their form means nothing ahead of the derby with Liverpool. They have beaten champions Chelsea at Goodison Park this season and are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, having only lost to Manchester City so far, but after their Hawthorns heroics Martinez insisted it will count for nothing on Sunday. “Our performance against Chelsea set the standards of what we want to achieve at home but as you can imagine the derby is completely different, it doesn’t matter if you go into it with momentum or not,” he said. “The derby in itself brings that extra emotion and extra meaning to the game. We’re happy we won but not because it’s going to give us momentum into the derby, we’re happy because when you are the last game in the week it’s a real opportunity to show that in the table. Those three points were extra significant to us.” Martinez also refused to condemn James McCarthy after the midfielder was booked for diving in the area in the second half. McCarthy had burst into the box and went down with Craig Gardner closing in but replays showed there was no contact. ” In that situation James is trying his best to get into a goal-scoring position and maybe he was expecting contact,” said Martinez. “I don’t encourage my players to do that but sometimes mistakes happen as a player. “The referee saw it and he handled it very well. Sometimes you are expecting something and you gamble and it happens. I don’t give it any more importance than that.” Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had given the Baggies a 2-0 lead after 54 minutes but Lukaku struck back instantly after Dawson’s header before Everton scored twice in the final 15 minutes. It was Berahino’s second goal since his strike threat this month, after West Brom rejected bids from Tottenham, but boss Tony Pulis is now concerned with injuries to defenders Gareth McAuley (calf) and his replacement Jonas Olsson (groin). Pulis said: “I don’t think it helped we lost Gareth on Sunday and Jonas has come in and got injured 15 minutes into the game. We lost our two ‘No.5s’ in the game. Olsson looks like he’s done his groin, which is a worry, and with him and McAuley out we are struggling really.”
Eagles United and Silver Shattas reach semi’sBy Joe ChapmanREIGNING champions Silver Shattas were held to a nil-all draw by an improved showing from Kwakwani Strikers but still advanced to the semi-finals of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football championship.Meanwhile, Eagles United 2-1 win over Botafago also ensured that they moved into the semi-finals when play continued on Friday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground .Eagles entered the final four play-offs after showing continued good form to come from behind to remain unbeaten.D. Francis was able to send his side into the lead in the 27th minute as Botafago looked set to build from their 4-1 roll over of Hi Stars.However, Eagles after trailing at the end of the first half 1-0, would knot the scores at 1-1 through Kwesi Quintin in the 39th minute.As the game continued with both sides looking for the deciding goal after the second half began, it would be Eagles’ Kellon Primo who struck home the decider in the 76th minute of play.This made it 2-1 and the game would remain the same when the final whistle came, as Eagles United now seek a place in the final.However, Botafago still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they would face Topp XX in a battle among the second best teams from their groups to advance with the three top teams from the three groups.The second game saw champions, Silver Shattas, being held to a 1-1 draw which would allow them to remain unbeaten after their first game win against Topp XX by a 3-1 margin and this nil-all draw.The championship will continue next Wednesday when Blueberry Hill faces Net Rockers in the first game to complete play in Group C.That game will decide who goes through as Blueberry Hill have a win while Net Rockers a drawn game, with Amelia’s Ward Panthers the third team in the group, out after a draw and a loss.