Quins star eyes top-four finish

first_imgNick Evans has targeted a top-four finish for Harlequins this season.The fly-half’s flawless kicking helped his team to a 29-24 victory over London Irish in Saturday’s Premiership opener at Twickenham.Morale in the Quins camp is high after last season’s Amlin Challenge Cup success and Evans declared: “Top four, that’s where we want to get to – that’s our ambition.AdChoices广告“We’ve got a taste for winning trophies now, but we’re not going to come out saying we’re going to win this and that, so top four is what we’re aiming for.“I came over here to win trophies, with a young squad when I arrived. But you can throw that away now – we’re not a young squad anymore. We’ve been together for three years, so maybe some are young in age but not experience.“We’ve played in finals, gone to Munster and things like that. Trophies are what we’re here for and I enjoy rugby when we’re winning.”Quins’ winning start to their campaign was somewhat marred by a sickening injury to the unfortunate Tom Guest.The stand-in number 8, who spent most of last season out of action, had his arm broken in two places in a collision with Chris Hala’ufia.last_img read more

Harsh Penalties for both Greece and BiH for Incidents on the Match

first_imgThe match between BiH and Greece, which was played in Athens, was marked by a dramatic draw 1: 1 and the loss of two points and a series of incidents, and the peak of the night was the banner: “Knife, Wire, Srebrenica”. A little later was raised the flag of Serbia as well.Representatives of the Football Association of BiH intervened immediately at the break where they drew attention to the nationalist and racist writings of Greek fans.The penalty, which will follow for the Greek Football Association will not be small because the main motto that UEFA propagated for years is “No to racism.”A source from the Football Association of BiH said that Greek politicians who attended the match tried to explain to our representatives that there were people from Serbia, but they received a clear answer:“You from Europe should not remind us on our wounds that hurt us, because just when the situation in BiH calms down, someone from Europe reminds us again.Besides the great failure of the organizers who allowed a large number of pyrotechnic means and because of the irresponsibility of individuals, BiH will also pay a penalty which shall not be less than 50,000 CHF.Fans ignited the torches followed after the goal by Miralem Pjanic, and the match was stopped for several minutes.Although many people will say that it is the failure of the organizers and that they should bear the blame, it is well known that UEFA has no mercy and that BiH will also pay the price of burning the torches in the stadium.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more

Palm Beach County Making Plans to Address Possible Coronavirus Spikes

first_imgPalm Beach County leaders are reportedly in the process of putting together a response plan in case of a coronavirus case spike, as restaurants and shops get back to business.The county is developing statistical benchmarks that could indicate a resurgence of the virus, thereby potentially leading to a return to restrictions or even another lockdown.Commissioner Melissa McKinlay is surprised the state Department of Health has not created such metrics, despite Palm Beach being the state’s third most-populated county.“It was frightening to learn that something similar does not exist — at least to the knowledge of our public health director — of any such document at the state or federal level,” she explains.Draft benchmarks being developed by county officials would flag a resurgence whenever five-day increases occur with the testing positivity rate, as well as with the COVID-19 death rate and hospital admissions. They also include more subjective measures to consider, such as the availability of testing, contact-tracing capabilities, and social-distancing compliance.The commission plans to review those measures collectively to determine whether there is an actual resurgence at any point.Palm Beach County began allowing restaurant dining rooms and retailers to reopen on May 11 with reduced capacity. Beaches in the county reopened last Monday.Dr. Alina Alonso, director of Palm Beach County’s health department, told commissioners last week that the county is still not testing enough people or ensuring that social distancing is actually occurring in restaurants and other reopened businesses.“We are supposed to be monitoring to assure social distancing is taking place,” Alonso added. “It is not. The way they are doing it now, we could have this triple in a week.”The benchmarks for reopening in Gov. DeSantis’ plan include a downward trend of flu-like and COVID-19-like illnesses; downward trajectory of documented COVID-19 cases or a downward trend of the percentage of tests that are positive; and a capability to treat patients in hospitals and a robust testing program for health care workers.LATEST OPERATIONAL UPDATES FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY. https://t.co/VXJAwn0b08#COVID19PBCUpdate #COVID19PBCSafety #PBCStrong pic.twitter.com/Yd2Yk39JvR— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) May 23, 2020 “The state should continually review any sudden unexplained spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases, while factoring in increases in testing and monitor any increases in hospitalizations,” the governor’s plan states. “In extreme situations, the governor may deploy a geographically targeted response in consultation with public health officials.”Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche, who was among those who pushed to reopen the county, wants to see more detailed metrics. To that end, he has contacted the governor’s chief of staff asking for more guidance to be developed.“Subjective decisions about this aren’t appropriate,” says Valeche. “You need to have an objective measure. We have made too much progress to let this get out of control.”Officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties say they currently do not have benchmarks to trigger another lockdown, although they continue to track statistics on new cases, testing, hospitalizations and deaths.Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner believes metrics are useful, but does not want to create mandatory triggers that would put the county back into a lockdown.“I am not comfortable with that,” he explains. “We can have the machine run the county then. Ultimately, it is the policymakers that have to authorize it.”Dr. Alonso warns, “I want to make sure if we are not going in the right direction we can put a brake on it before it is too late.”last_img read more

Fundraising Efforts Under Way for Monmouth Beach Former CEO

first_imgBy John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – Despite everything he’s gone through, Jim Fuller is grateful.“I’m grateful I’m alive; I’m grateful for having a close family” who have provided him with a place to live, Fuller said this week, nearly a week after his lifetime home was destroyed by fire, leaving him homeless and losing just about all of his worldly possessions.Fuller, 58, a quadriplegic who requires the use of a wheelchair, said he’s most appreciative that neither he nor anyone was injured in the blaze and especially “by the outpouring of support” he’s received since then, he said. “It’s just amazing to me.”Fuller’s home, 13 River Ave., was overcome by flames at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan 28. He had been in his third floor bedroom at the time watching the end of a basketball game. With his disability, if not for his live-in caregiver, Bob Kern, Fuller said he might not have survived the fire.Nearly a week after the fire, “It looks like the house is a total loss,” said Laurie Escalante Hernandez, Fuller’s niece.The house – “It was the home I grew up in, my mother grew up in,” said Hernandez, and where Fuller has lived since he was a small child – has been home to family members for 55 years.“It’s been passed down from generation, to generation,” Fuller said.Unfortunately, with the mortgage long paid off, Fuller had let the homeowners insurance lapse, leaving him and Kern homeless.“He’s lost everything he had,” Hernandez said.In the early hours of Jan 28, Monmouth Beach Fire Company , Sea Bright Fire Rescue and many other fire company volunteers faced fire and ice at Jim Fuller’s home. Photo by Tina ColellaFuller and Kern are now living with Fuller’s sister, Joyce Escalante at her South Road home.Area residents have come to his assistance, providing some clothing, some furniture and other items. And Hernandez has begun a gofundme.com page – Help Jim Fuller Rebuild – hoping to help her uncle eventually return home.As of Wednesday afternoon, 166 people have contributed $15,930.The 3,090 square-foot River Avenue home was built in 1905 and is assessed at $733,600, according to Monmouth County tax records.Along with the cash donations, “People have been sending really nice messages,” on the website, Hernandez said. Initially after the fire, while Fuller is a “calm, a pretty optimistic guy,” she sensed, “He was not taking it well,” having lost his needed hospital bed and his computer along with his clothing and personal effects.But the messages “really made all the difference,” Hernandez believed, with Fuller providing personal responses to them.“It brings tears to my eyes,” as he read the messages, Fuller said.Fuller was a freshman at Rutgers University in 1974 when he suffered an accident that required three months in the hospital and six months in a rehabilitation facility and leaving him paralyzed. He learned to drive and went to work as the borough chief financial officer and tax collector, retiring in 2012, after 33 years.“People have been really great,” Hernandez said, noting some are working to get Fuller a new hospital bed and computer. And Fuller said a local contractor offered his services to close off the property with the destroyed home.There’s still a long way to go and Fuller acknowledged “I try not to think too far in the future,” but he and his family remain hopeful that he’ll be home again.last_img read more

Phelps Loses Again at Nationals

first_imgIRVINE, California — Tom Shields upset three-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps by one hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships on Aug. 8.Shields touched in 51.29 seconds, tying for the second-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps was second in 51.30, losing for the second time in as many events this week; his biggest meet since making a comeback in April.“I’m somebody who can’t stand to lose,” Phelps said. “I don’t care if it’s by a hundredth or by five seconds. This will definitely motivate me.”Four of the seven quickest times in the world were recorded in the morning preliminaries, led by Phelps’ 51.17. But he couldn’t keep it together in the final against Shields, who also won the 200 butterfly earlier in the meet.Phelps is still likely to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month, but he could have guaranteed himself a trip to Australia with a win in the event that he calls “my baby.” He finished next-to-last in the 100 freestyle on Aug. 6.The 18-time Olympic gold medalist has two events remaining this weekend.Tim Phillips was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 52.21.Phelps was seventh after one lap and was closing hard on Shields in the closing stages, but his decision to glide to the wall rather than take another stroke cost him.“It just cut all of my momentum,” he said. Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said, “It was pretty terrible.”Phelps didn’t feel like his usual self walking on deck, while Shields confidently looked at the stands and then at his California teammates, who cheered him on during introductions.“Normally I’m very relaxed and very ready,” Phelps said. “Like Bob said, it’s probably just because I’m not used to being in this kind of shape or this kind of feeling going into a meet.”Bowman suggested Phelps was nervous, which may strike some as odd because he’s the most decorated Olympian, with 22 medals.“It’s not fitness, but it’s the knowledge that he’s getting up here against these guys who are on fire,” the coach said. “He knows what he’s done to get here and it ain’t what he used to do to get here.”Phelps knows it, too. “If I want to go 50-point then I need more — I need more training, I need more endurance, I need to feel more comfort with my stroke,” he said. “There are just a lot of things that need to happen. I understand that.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more