Jay Street decision sets bad precedent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Martinez relaxed over Barry future

first_img “It (speculation with other clubs) doesn’t change anything. I trust him implicitly,” said the Toffees boss. “He has incredible human values. He’s a person who needs to make footballing decisions. “He’s enjoyed an incredible career and is in a position that he can choose where his football happiness is going to be. “From the beginning Gareth was a massive target of ours: he was available in the summer for other clubs and he decided to come to Everton. “We did everything to bring him to the club and the relationship was to make sure he could go back to his very best, enjoy his football and have a big role at Everton. “We were very clear with what we wanted from Gareth – to put him in an environment where he could be important, we could use his experience and he could enjoy his football. That was always the case for this season. “Our agreement was in the summer we would sit down and it would be a question of what is best for Gareth.” Defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday was only Everton’s fourth in the league and on the three other occasions they have bounced back with a victory and Martinez expects a similar response at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. The 32-year-old’s impressive form at Goodison Park, having been deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City, has started to attract interest from other clubs with Arsenal the latest to be linked. But while Martinez believes Barry is playing well enough for an England recall, he is confident there is no need to bring forward planned talks on the player’s future ahead of a summer when he will become a free agent. Everton manager Roberto Martinez trusts midfielder Gareth Barry to make the right call when his loan spell expires at the end of the season. “There is a real unity in the dressing room which is wrapped up with incredible character and great tenacity,” he said. “There is a difference between performing badly and needing another game to perform well – this is not the case as we performed really well at the weekend and we didn’t get what we deserved. “It is another test for us to react. The character and the personality of this dressing room has never been in doubt, it is one of the biggest strengths we have.” Martinez plans to give on-loan Monaco striker Lacina Traore, who arrived last month with a hamstring injury, his debut from the bench. “Lacina is progressing really well and I didn’t expect him to be available just yet but it is just giving him match-fitness,” he added. “I think he will be involved somehow but he is not ready for 90 minutes. “He will have a massive role to play in our final games so it is giving him the opportunity to be on the pitch at the right time.” Meanwhile, Tony Pulis believes Crystal Palace’s survival fight is about continuing momentum, keeping calm and focusing on themselves rather than being concerned by the other clubs fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Pulis takes the Eagles to Everton after accumulating 19 points from his first 13 Premier League games in charge to lift his side out of the drop zone and towards the safer end of a congested bottom half of the table. With 13 fixtures remaining Palace require 14 points to reach the 40-point barrier so often associated with Premier League safety. “We took over in a very difficult situation and the run that we’ve been on has been absolutely fantastic,” said Pulis, who was appointed Ian Holloway’s successor in November. “But it’s only taken us three points above the relegation zone. We have to maintain that. “It’s probably going to go right to the wire. If you get 40 points you’ve got a massive chance of staying up. “There’s 10, 12 clubs involved in it. It’s just keeping your nerve. “It’s playing every game and if you win a game and pull away a little bit, don’t get carried away; if you lose a couple of games and you get dragged in, don’t get too down and too despondent. “We’ve got to fight and scrap to get over that line – we’ll do that. “I’m not concerned about what other people are doing. I’m just concentrating on what I can affect – and that’s the players I’ve got and the team I manage.” Pulis made some shrewd signings in the transfer market last month and saw two of them score in Saturday’s defeat of West Brom, when Tom Ince and Joe Ledley netted on their debuts. “The big worry is that they don’t hit the ground running,” added Pulis, who has no fresh injury concerns. “In the position we haven’t got a lot of time for them to settle in. “It’s nice that Joe and Incey scored and Scott (Dann) played in a winning team. We’re pleased.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Marcus Stroman blasts Randal Grichuk: ‘Continue to underachieve and talk s— about teammates!’

first_imgResponded Stroman: “My day is beyond great. Good luck playing for a nation that now knows your true colors. Have a splendid day my G!”My day is beyond great. Good luck playing for a nation that now knows your true colors. Have a splendid day my G! pic.twitter.com/pS2zH5tn9g— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) July 11, 2020Stroman, now a member of the Mets, was a central figure for the Blue Jays organization before being dealt to the “Big Apple.” He posted a 3.76 ERA in six years with Toronto.Grichuk, meanwhile, signed a five-year contract extension with Toronto last April. Marcus Stroman tore into former Blue Jays teammate Randal Grichuk via Twitter on Saturday after Grichuk backed an accusation about Stroman’s prior treatment of minor league players.Grichuk said an allegation from Aubrey Huff that Stroman once kicked 30 younger teammates out of a weight room so he could skip rope by himself “was a known story around players in the Jays team/system.” Stroman then wrote a scathing response that touched on Grichuk’s disappointing on-field play in 2019.”You’ve done nothing but talk about me behind my back,” Stroman wrote. “Consistently. I’ve always kept my mouth shut and let it slide. Ask YOUR teammates and Canada who they [would] rather have on their team… you or me. I already know the answer. Continue to under achieve and talk s— about teammates!”You’ve done nothing but talk about me behind my back. Consistently. I’ve always kept my mouth shut and let it slide. Ask YOUR teammates and Canada who they rather have on their team…you or me. I already know the answer. Continue to under achieve and talk shit about teammates!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) July 11, 2020MORE: Yasiel Puig has new free agent suitorGrichuk, who has been part of Twitter feuds with fellow players before, opted not to fully engage with Stroman afterward. Stroman then made sure to get the last word.”Haha keep thinking that’s true,” Grichuk wrote. “Don’t be mad at me because I liked a tweet that was the truth. Have a good day my man.”last_img read more