Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs you know, Mother Earth, Earth Day is today, April 22. On this day many of your children join together to celebrate you. We Earthlings engage with others in projects to clean up our litter and waste, to plant trees and flowers, and to care for our corner of this planet that we call home. There are so many ways to do this, so many opportunities. You must be very excited and heartened to see us being good stewards and kin to the rest of creation. On this day, we pay attention, we take responsibility, we look at the harm we have caused and we work together to heal some of these hurts. Then Monday will come. For many of us, awareness of this amazing web of life will fade away fast. We will return to our habits of wasting the resources that you provide for us. We will refuse to recycle. We will plunder and squander the habitats of our kin creatures. How can we begin to live in a way that makes every day your day?For us who live in Schenectady, a gift to you would be to recycle. In my neighborhood, I see very few recycling bins out on “trash day.” There is lots of garbage that will go into your belly, the Earth (you know, we call this the landfill). Your children need to see that recycling is so important, especially since our “landfills” are filling up and we will need more of your precious space to dump our stuff. We need to realize that one use throw-away products are so wasteful.Another gift to you would be to stop littering. I live near Central Park. The amount of trash that is tossed on the ground makes me cry. I can only imagine how you feel.So, dear Mother Earth, enjoy your special day. We can only hope and pray that more of the members of your human family will make everyday Earth Day.LINDA NEILSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is targeting a final-day win over Aston Villa to ensure the club will be playing Europa League football next season. Press Association Sherwood’s side currently sit sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and go into their last game of the campaign knowing that a point against Villa is enough to keep Manchester United behind them and secure European qualification. With constant speculation over his future, it remains unclear if Sherwood would be the man to lead Tottenham into next season. But the 45-year-old knows that qualifying for the Europa League is something that is of vast importance to a club like Spurs. “It is a huge game,” he said. “We want to finish with maximum points if possible, we know they are going to be tough, they carry a threat on the counter attack and are better away from home than they have been at home. “I will be guaranteeing to our fans that I will be selecting a team that want to play for Tottenham in this last game and want to be playing in the Europa League next season. “I think that is hugely important for a club like Tottenham. Everyone aspires to be in the Champions League but we know how difficult it is to actually achieve that. “We’ve got a big squad of players and when they’re all fit…they need a games programme and I think the Europa League gives them opportunities to play games, keep themselves mentally prepared and physically ready.” Kyle Walker will not feature for Spurs. The England defender will still be hoping to go to the World Cup but a pelvic injury means he is again unavailable to Sherwood this weekend. Winger Andros Townsend (ankle) remains sidelined along with club-record signing Erik Lamela (back) while Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Etienne Capoue (foot) will hope to be involved after returning to training. Meanwhile, Paul Lambert has no idea if he will still be Aston Villa manager next season. Speculation surrounds both his future and that of the club in general, with American owner Randy Lerner rumoured to be considering selling up. Lambert describes Villa’s survival in the Barclays Premier League this season as his greatest managerial achievement following another difficult campaign in his second year at the helm. Last weekend’s victory over Hull secured their top flight place and allowed thoughts to start turning towards next season and beyond. However, Lambert’s most common answer at Friday’s press conference ahead of the trip to Tottenham was “I don’t know” as members of the media grilled him on the future. Asked whether he thinks he will still be at Villa Park next season, Lambert said: “I don’t know. I’ll say it once and once only: I don’t know what the statement from the chairman is going to say. “I don’t know when it’s coming out. I know as much as you do at the minute. But I’ll respect whatever Randy’s got to say. I don’t have one problem. “My job is to keep this club up and protect everybody else and that’s what I’ve done. “I don’t know when it’s going to come out or what’s going to be said. I’ll just see what happens.” He added: “It’s not something Randy and I talk about every minute of every day. We don’t do anything like that. “I know there’s going to be a statement but that’s it. I’m a football manager, not a business person. But it’s his club and he’ll do what he thinks is right for this club.” Lambert believes his reputation has been enhanced during his two years at Villa regardless of what Lerner decides over the future of both the manager and the club in general. “Number one, I fully intend to be here next season. “Number two, my directive was to keep the team in the Premier League. “Number three, it’s been the hardest season ever but it’s never plain sailing in football management and that’s why I say it’s the greatest thing I’ve achieved. “I won promotions at Norwich from League One to the Premier League but I still class this as the best thing I’ve done.” Villa hope striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be fit for the game. The striker missed the midweek 4-0 defeat at Manchester City with a knee injury but Lambert hopes he will have recovered in time for the trip to north London. Winger Marc Albrighton (groin) is a doubt while the likes of Jores Okore, Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak are still absent with long-term injuries.
Published on February 24, 2014 at 12:26 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ It was certainly hard to swallow for Syracuse.A game that typified the grit of this year’s senior class wasn’t supposed to be decided by a fluke deflection.But with 2:29 left in overtime, Rochester Institute of Technology defender Melissa Bromley tipped a shot that deflected off the left shoulder of goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater. It trickled into the net to give RIT (16-15-3, 11-7-2 College Hockey America) a 2-1 victory over Syracuse (18-13-3, 9-8-3) in front of 527 fans at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday on the Orange’s senior night.“Some of it’s just a bounce here, bounce there as evidenced by their winning goal,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It just hit our player in the back and bounced in.”With the win, RIT secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming CHA playoffs, while the Orange got bumped to the No. 4 spot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will still host in the first round, but this is not how seniors Drinkwater, Margot Scharfe, Cara Johnson, Caitlin Roach, Brittney Krebs, Sadie St. Germain and the injured Kallie Billadeau wanted to end their final regular season.“It’s frustrating when it bounces off our own teammate, but what can you do,” Drinkwater said. “It’s just bad luck.”The game started off in favor of the Tigers 29 seconds into a Syracuse powerplay early in the first period.Kourtney Kunichika corralled a puck at the blue line cleared from the corner by teammate Emilee Bulleid. She carried it the length of the ice, outskating two Syracuse defenders, firing a shot that deflected off the center of Drinkwater’s left leg pad.The deflection fell right back to Kunichika’s stick, and she buried the shorthanded goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.With 8:20 left in the first, RIT leading scorer Kolbee McRea went down hard and dislocated her shoulder. She needed medical attention and wouldn’t return to the game.Luckily for the Tigers, the absence of McRea didn’t cause any serious damage, as their defense was able to repeatedly block shots fired at goal by the Orange.“We shot a lot of pucks straight into them,” Flanagan said. “We have to be better against teams that pack it in and try to stay in shooting lanes.”The majority of the second period was uneventful, as neither team managed a serious chance on goal.With less than two minutes remaining in the frame, RIT’s Marissa Maugeri toe-dragged two Syracuse defenders, finding herself 1-on-1 with Drinkwater.But she lifted the puck just over the top right corner from close range, keeping the score at 1-0 heading into the third.With 8:07 left in the game, the Orange was finally able to breakthrough courtesy of a Nicole Renault power-play goal.The sophomore found herself in space in the right circle after a pass from Akane Hosoyamada and wristed home the puck to even the score at one.“I got a really nice pass from the slot,” Renault said. “I just saw the opening and shot it, but I think it helped get our momentum back up.”For the remainder of regulation, neither side was able to manage a goal, as Drinkwater and RIT goaltender Ali Binnington were each stalwart in net.Midway through overtime, though, the Tigers were able to find a slight opening atop the right corner of the net, sending the visitors’ contingent into a frenzy.“There was just a fluky goal we lost there at the end,” Renault said. “It was a shame because we were playing really well.”The Orange has to turn right around, though, as it hosts the CHA playoffs starting next Friday. Said Drinkwater: “There’s nothing really you can do about it but just bounce back.” Comments