Courtesy John Feal/Feal Good FoundationBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For the last 19 years, Sept. 11 has cast a lingering shadow on John Feal.The Nesconset, New York resident and former construction worker suffered long-term health damage from working at Ground Zero and endured the emotional pain of seeing his fellow responders die from ailments contracted at the pile.Feal told ABC News that despite all of those hardships, one of the biggest challenges he’s had to face was COVID-19, which he contracted in March.“Nothing scares me at all, but COVID scared me,” he told ABC News.Feal is one of the more than 1,400 Sept. 11 survivors and responders who have contracted the coronavirus so far as their compromised immune systems, particularly their ailing respiratory symptoms, make them more susceptible to the virus, according to health officials. As of Aug. 21, at least 191 have been hospitalized and 44 have died, according to data from the World Trade Center Health Program.A program representative said the data represents a sample and not the complete number of the program’s patients or the total coronavirus case numbers from the community.“Every 9/11 survivor I know is looking over their shoulder thinking ‘Am I going to get cancer?’” Feal said. “Now they are looking over their shoulder twice thinking, ‘Am I going to get cancer, or am I going to get COVID?’”Feal, the founder of the non-profit advocacy group the Feal Good Foundation, is sounding the alarm on COVID-19: a drive shared by other responders and survivors.Since the spring, they have been using their voices and their experiences to convince more people to heed health warnings. The 9/11 community is also working to honor the 19th anniversary of the attacks amid the pandemic.Early WarningsMichael Barasch, an attorney who has worked with Feal and the 9/11 responder community for better health care, told ABC that responders really began to pay attention to the coronavirus in late February when cases in the U.S. began to rise.Barasch said he was particularly concerned for his clients because among the most common ailments seen among the women and men who worked at Ground Zero were respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD.“What’s even scarier is if you had cancer and chemotherapy you have no immune system. So if you do have coronavirus, it’s a death sentence,” he told ABC News.Barasch said he had heard from some members who weren’t taking the health warnings too seriously, especially face coverings, because of mixed messages in the media and rhetoric from elected officials.“It was bad enough that the federal government lied to the community when they said the air was safe,” he said during the Aug. 26 interview. “Fast forward 19 years and our federal government tells people, ‘It’s not bad. You don’t need to wear the mask,’ and we have over 175,000 people dead.”Feal said he was walking on eggshells during those early months. Over the last 19 years, he’s had 30 surgeries related to Ground Zero health problems, including an injured foot, scarred lungs and acid reflux. He also donated a kidney to a stranger in 2007.“I took it seriously. I knew a virus like that would compromise our symptoms,” Feal said.On March 12, two days before New York recorded its first COVID-19 death, Feal and Barasch released a video on Barasch’s Facebook page warning everyone about the virus.“Those in the 9/11 community need to be vigilant, proactive and heed the advice of the CDC,” Feal said in the video. “This is no longer a joke. We can all place memes on Facebook, but what is most important is that you listen to the advice that is given.”‘Like I was living underwater’Feal said he learned just how vulnerable he was about two weeks after he posted the warning video on Facebook.Despite wearing a face covering, social distancing and washing his hands, he began to feel feverish. He developed a rough cough and other COVID-19 symptoms. After he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia at a hospital, Feal said he stayed at home but the symptoms got worse, and a coronavirus test confirmed he had the virus.Feal recalls having aching skin, and he said there are moments during his battle against the virus that he doesn’t remember.“I felt like I was living underwater and I had to come up every couple of moments to catch my breath,” he said.After nearly three weeks, Feal said the symptoms subsided and he eventually tested negative. He said his family watched with great worry during his ordeal, especially during the recovery period.Feal said his regular functions did not come back overnight and every part of the recovery was a fight.“The last thing to come back was my breathing,” he said. “I feel lucky, really lucky.”Caring for the sick while vulnerableBarasch said responders and survivors have another concern on their minds: What happens when their loved ones contract the virus?Their vulnerable status makes it dangerous for them to care for a family member who contracted the disease.“A lot of first responders are scared,” he said.Michael O’Connell, 44, retired from the fire department in New York in 2009 after he was diagnosed two years earlier with sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that he said he contracted while working in Ground Zero.O’Connell told ABC News that except for essential needs shopping, he stayed at home once the pandemic began, but that changed once his senior citizen mother contracted the disease in mid-March.“She probably went through it for a month but the most severe symptoms were for two weeks,” he said. “Her most difficult time was at night when she couldn’t sleep.”Although his mother recovered from the virus, O’Connell said it was heart-wrenching for him not to be at her side during the quarantine period due to his condition.“Through the winter and into this whole pandemic we were put through the wringer,” he said. “I’m always one of the guys who throws his name in the hat anytime someone asks for help…but with this, we were definitely very fearful.”O’Connell said other responders share this concern, particularly for their sisters and brothers who are answering 911 calls. He said several members at his old Queens firehouse contracted coronavirus.“When you hear that people are normally healthy human beings are dying because of this disease, it becomes an eye-opener,” he said.Calls for cautionFeal and other 9/11 responders said this fear motivated them to use their voice to help fight the pandemic.Feal himself donated plasma eight times and his organization has provided relief supplies to essential workers in New York. The most important mission for him was to call on the public to unite and take the precautions seriously.Through social media posts and videos, and interviews with local press, Feal has urged anyone that can listen to his voice to wear a mask, socially distance and listen only to medical experts.“I don’t care if you’re wearing a flag on your car, you’re not patriotic if you’re not wearing a mask,” Feal said.Barasch said that he is confident that Feal and other responders have been making a difference in changing attitudes on the pandemic. He noted that the responders have always been upfront about the health dangers that came at the hands of their altruism.“They have a lot of credibility,” Barasch said. “People are sympathetic to what they are going through and I think they can change a lot of minds.”Feal said the community’s message of unity is no different than the one made after 9/11. His group has worked with elected officials and celebrities like John Stewart to pass federal bills, like the 911 Victim Compensation Fund, which provided health aid to any 9/11 responder who was hurt.Feal said COVID-19 precautions will be part of the community’s message during this year’s anniversary, even if they won’t have a physical stage to tell their story.A different memorial serviceDue the coronavirus, the annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan will be scaled back.According to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, there will be no stage or live readings of the names of the dead this year. Instead, a recording of a previous reading will be played.Survivors, first responders and their families are still allowed to be present during the ceremony, but they will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing in the eight-acre space.“The heart of the intentions was the health and safety of everyone and giving a lot of thought to the members of the 9/11 community who is at risk,” Olivia Egger, a spokeswoman for the memorial told ABC News. “None of these decisions were made lightly and [they] were made in consideration of the community.”Barasch said many in the 9/11 community were disappointed in the new ceremony regulations but in the end came to an understanding of the situation. The one thing they were not happy with was the initial cancellation of the Tribute in Light, according to the attorney.But on Aug. 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped in and provided the necessary health resources and personnel to ensure the Tribute in Light didn’t skip a year.Feal said he completely understood both the memorial’s strict regulations and the frustrations from his fellow responders, especially since the community has lost dozens of its members over the years. For them, the ceremony was the only time they got together and with hundreds dying every year.“There’s a group of 10 guys and they get together every year, and one year there’s only eight left, and the next year there’s only five left and they’re dying off,” Feal said.Feal hopes that the country will use the anniversary as a turning point in the pandemic, recalling the days after the attacks where New Yorkers of all backgrounds and ages put aside their differences and united to help pick up the pieces.“If we were to bottle Sept. 12 and we learned to live like everyone did that day, the pandemic would go away a lot faster,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Little wonder some observers have started to question Moyes’ suitability to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, even if most match-going fans are sticking with the Scot for now. Pallister is too, having been convinced Moyes was the right man to inherit one of the biggest jobs in the game, even if he had never won a major trophy. And, once Moyes gets in the men he wants to strengthen his squad, the former United defender is confident he will prove it. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, Pallister said: “He will get it right. “I can understand why people are writing Manchester United off but I am not going to change my mind. “For me David Moyes was the right man to take over the job. I still think that. “You have to give him time to understand what the club is all about. “Sir Alex Ferguson said you have to give him time. Everybody understood that. Press Association Gary Pallister insists Manchester United got it right by appointing David Moyes as manager. “A big transition is taking place. It is not something that is going to happen overnight.” Indeed, Pallister has not given up on United’s clinching a top-four spot, especially since the club record £37.1million arrival of Juan Mata. “Mata is a great signing,” said Pallister. “He will have a terrific career at Manchester United. “I am sure once he gets used to the new players and they get used to him, they will create a lot more chances than they have done previously. “It hasn’t gone to plan so far but there are still enough games left to make it a good season. “We have every chance of getting a top-four slot and a good game coming up against Olympiacos in a few weeks with a great chance of getting through to the following rounds of the Champions League. “Then in the summer I think he will buy more players. “Manchester United will be back. I am certain of that, vying at the top of the league and looking for trophies.” However, Pallister does acknowledge this season’s problems are a new experience for an entire generation of United fans, who have known nothing but success. He does though. For when the 48-year-old signed for the club from Middlesbrough in 1989, they were in the middle of what would have been their worst season since they were relegated had it not been for that 1990 FA Cup win, after which Ferguson enjoyed so much success. “I remember my first year at Manchester United,” said Pallister. “At one stage we were a defeat away from going into the relegation zone. “We got so much stick for being the size of club we were and not winning the championship for 26 years. “The the senior professionals, Bryan Robson and Mal Donaghy, told the young lads to keep doing their jobs and it would come right. “Ryan Giggs was one of those young lads then. Now he will be imparting that same experience to people like Adnan Januzaj, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.” United are enduring a desperate campaign, crashing out of both domestic cup competitions in surprising circumstances and suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at Stoke on Saturday. That result has left the Red Devils seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, with their chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League fading fast.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has denied reports his club are close to agreeing a deal with QPR for Alex.The Brazilian defender was recently transfer-listed by the Blues and looks certain to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes.He is among a number of centre-backs being considered by QPR, but Villas-Boas played down suggestions that the player’s move to Loftus Road is imminent.AdChoices广告“There have been ongoing talks,” he said.“Alex has generated interest from a lot of clubs. But an offer that is acceptable? Not yet.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
ADAM SCHORR/Herald photoAt first glance, this year’s stat sheet for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey may look a bit confusing.Leading the team in scoring with 12 points is junior Jamie McBain, a defenseman. Right behind him in second and third are blueliners, sophomores Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh with nine and eight points, respectively.So where has the production from the forwards been?“Sometimes it makes you a little bit frustrated, like, ‘Come on, forwards,’” Smith joked. “But it’s not even like that because the forwards are actually the ones that are feeding us.”Upon closer inspection of the defensive corps UW head coach Mike Eaves has been blessed with, the numbers begin to make more sense.Among the six Badgers who typically see time on defense, five were drafted in the NHL’s first or second round. McDonagh was drafted the highest of the group, taken 12th overall in the 2007 draft by the Montreal Canadians. Smith was taken just 15 picks later in that same draft by Detroit.Jake Gardiner, a freshman from Minnetonka, Minn., was a first rounder in the 2008 draft, going 17th to the Anaheim Ducks. McBain (Carolina Hurricanes) and Goloubef (Columbus Blue Jackets) were both taken in the second round of their respective drafts.With so much professional potential in one locker room, one might think there would be a lot of boasting among the young defensemen, but Smith said that’s not the case.“Sometimes we joke around about it,” he said. “But everybody’s pretty modest about it, and they don’t really talk about it too much.”With the level of talent Wisconsin has at its disposal defensively, Eaves knew it was just a matter of time before they produced.“Our most talented guys — in terms of natural ability — are there,” Eaves said of his defense.It took a few games for the unit to click, as the Badgers allowed 23 goals in their first four games. Over the past two weekends, however, UW has earned its first three wins of the season — allowing just four combined goals in those three victories, including a shutout Saturday against Michigan Tech.“Coming into the season, we knew we were a very offensively talented group,” McBain said. “As of late, I think we’re just keeping it simple. We’re throwing pucks at the net.”Part of what has contributed to the recent success of the defensemen — and the Badgers along with them — has been their ability to convert on the power play. Saturday against the Huskies, Wisconsin scored five of its six goals with the man advantage. McDonagh notched one of those tallies, and Smith assisted on three of the five power play goals.“The power play was doing really well. … I think that was the main thing,” Smith said. “We’ve got [Blake] Geoffrion in front of that net. He screens the goalie and it’s so hard for a goaltender to see the puck. He got a stick on a few of them.”Geoffrion scored twice in Saturday’s 6-0 victory, but was assisted both times by the duo of Smith and McBain, who recognized the forward’s ability to make plays happen.“Blake’s doing a great job in front,” McBain said. “The one-time was working for us Saturday.”It was McBain and Smith that anchored UW’s top line of defense, and the chemistry between the two was evident: four of Wisconsin’s nine goals on the weekend were a direct result of the duo. Aside from assisting on Geoffrion’s two goals, it was Smith’s pass that set up McBain’s third-period goal Saturday, and they both picked up an assist on John Mitchell’s goal Friday night.“As of late, it’s just kind of a confidence in each other,” McBain said. “We’re learning how to read off one another; we’re learning where each other is at, kind of getting a feel for each other’s game. It’s working out for us. I know when the puck’s in his hands, he’s going to do something special with it. He’s going to be looking for me, too.”Of the freshmen defensemen, none has made a bigger impact early on than Gardiner, who already has six points on the season. Gardiner hasn’t always played on the defensive side of the puck, however. The 2008 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year switched from forward to defense as a senior in high school — a move he feels has helped him find his way near the top of the scoring leaders.“I’m pretty much an offensive defenseman,” Gardiner said. “I’m trying to take it down a notch and play more solid defense and be more calm once I get more comfortable.”Gardiner’s natural ability with the puck has even impressed the assistant captain McBain.“He’s just got the ability to skate,” McBain said. “He’s so fast and he’s so agile both ways. You don’t see that a lot of times on defense. When he gets that puck, it’s fun to watch him.”The Badgers finished last season with forwards making up the top four scorers — Kyle Turris, Ben Street, Blake Geoffrion and Michael Davies. Yet, here they are 10 games into the 2008-09 season with Geoffrion as the only forward in the top five.But while they’re having success now, the blueliners know the scoring could easily shift.“I think it’s all going to even out,” Smith said. “The forwards are going to jump up there, for sure. I think we’re going to have one, maybe two, in the top five scoring for defense because we’re so talented.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 For the 22nd-straight year, Syracuse will host its Central New York rival, Colgate, at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 22, according to an SU Athletics release.The Orange has won all 21 meetings, in addition to 27 others before that. It will the be the 167th all-time meeting, of which Syracuse has won 121.Last season, Colgate finished 13-18, good for seventh in the Patriot League.Here’s how Syracuse’s schedule looks to date:Exhibition: Carleton (Canada), Nov. 2, TBDExhibition: Adrian, Nov. 10, TBDCalifornia (2K Classic at Madison Square Garden), Nov. 20, 9 p.m.TBD (2K Classic), Nov. 21, TBDLoyola (Md.), Nov. 25, TBDHoly Cross, Nov. 28, TBDAt Michigan (Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge), Dec. 2, TBDSt. John’s, Dec. 6, TBDLouisiana Tech, Dec. 14, TBDAt Villanova (Wells Fargo Center), Dec. 20, TBDColgate, Dec. 22, TBDLong Beach State, Dec. 28, TBD *AdvertisementThis is placeholder text*Not announced by SU Athletics Comments
Sorry I’m late on this one.OSU swept Texas this weekend, which Aaron Schnautz will have more on shortly, and they did it first with a walk-off bomb in Game 1 on Friday night.Oh yeah, it came in the 18th inning.This is what 18 innings of Big 12 baseball looks like: Not nearly as pretty as that walk-off.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s biggest need in its 2018 recruiting class is running back, but the staff isn’t dwelling on its inability to land a commitment in this cycle and is already looking to the 2019 class with a new offer on Wednesday to University Lab High School (Louisiana) standout Tyrion Davis.Davis is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound standout from Baton Rouge — the heart of LSU country — so it should come as no surprise that he’s already pledged his loyalty to the Tigers with a verbal commitment back in June.AdChoices广告Already with offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida, Arizona State and others, Davis is a consensus four-star talent and ranked by 247Sports as the No. 14 running back in the 2019 class.“Tyrion Davis is a high-major running back prospect and one of top overall 2019 prospects in Louisiana,” Scout analyst Gabe Brooks said of the new OSU target. “He combines good size with impressive balance and cutback ability. He’s a vertical runner, but flashes impressive run-finishing strength as he lowers his pads for contact. He shows good top-end speed, especially for his size. Davis owns the size and athleticism to become a strong in blitz pickup and receiving out of the backfield with more opportunities to develop those skills.”Davis seems pretty set on staying in-state, announcing he was “100% committed” to “#RBU” in his initial commitment to LSU. But as we’ve seen many times with recruits, minds can change and different situations can be enticing — especially if there’s early playing time available. But pulling a player of Davis’ caliber out of the heart of Baton Rouge would be a pretty significant feat for running backs coach John Wozniak.
Italy Nantes will not stand in Ranieri’s way if manager is offered Italy job Harry West 00:33 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Italy Ligue 1 Nantes The club insists that there has been no formal approach yet from the Azzurri, but admitted they would not stop the trainer moving on Nantes would allow Claudio Ranieri to follow his dream and speak to Italy regarding the vacant manager’s job, should the Azzurri come calling.Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November after the 1-0 play-off loss to Sweden meant the four-time World Cup winners failed to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1958.Luigi Di Biagio, the Under-21 boss, has been handed the reins on an interim basis while the Italian Football Federation seeks a permanent successor, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini reportedly in the frame. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Ranieri, who joined Nantes ahead of this season, said he will leave if offered the Italy job, and the Canaries’ president Waldemar Kita says the club will not stand in his way.”If the situation presented itself, which is not the case, I would discuss it with him of course because he is a gentleman who has a huge experience in international football,” Kita said, in quotes reported by L’Equipe.”And I would understand in some way that a high-level career ends on an opportunity that will not be presented twice.”So we would have to analyse it and see how we can organise it to not leave the club in a difficult situation on the day that it would be decided, but for now, that is not the case, there are several candidates. Claudio Ranieri pic.twitter.com/iKlWzbV0OU— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 19, 2018″Taking a team from his country is a dream for any coach and I don’t like to curb someone’s career. We would have to adapt, and do what we can do.”
Daniël De Silva Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 0: Hosts end 11-match winless run Ryan Benson 20:51 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix A-League Having not won since early December, Central Coast Mariners put a difficult period behind them with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. Central Coast Mariners ended an 11-match winless run by beating rock-bottom Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in the A-League on Friday.The Mariners had not won since beating Perth Glory 1-0 on December 3, their third win in four at the time, and they squandered a two-goal lead at Adelaide United last time out.But there was to be no denying them this time, as Daniel De Silva scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time, prodding home Andrew Hoole’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Phoenix responded well initially after the break, with Roy Krishna hitting the crossbar from distance, before then finding the side-netting a few minutes later.FULL TIME | @CCMariners win their first game in 82 days!Highlights: https://t.co/0snRqiI9dV#CCMvWEL #ALeague pic.twitter.com/yRykxUFlp2— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) February 23, 2018But the home side held firm to claim their first victory of 2018, leaving them six points adrift of the play-off places.
Bayern München Morata is the best player I’ve ever faced – Kimmich Niklas König Last updated 1 year ago 17:24 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Bayern München Bundesliga Freiburg v Bayern München Freiburg Videos The 23-year-old right-back has lifted the lid on his toughest opponent and who he believes the best player of his generation to be Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich has claimed that Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata rates as the toughest player he has ever had to face.Morata has been criticised for his recent performance with the Blues, yet when he played with Juventus, Kimmich felt that he was a tough presence to cope with.Indeed, he believes the 25-year-old was so good that he rates him higher than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, who he has also faced in Champions League action. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It was very tough to play against him because he has a very strong body, he is very fast and has a good technique,” Kimmich said, answering questions fans posed to him via Goal. “So it wasn’t easy to play against him.”Meanwhile, the 23-year-old right-back found it tricky to pick an outstanding player of his generation.“I think there are a lot of good players,” he said. “Neymar is not that old but he’s not my age. Paul Pogba is two years older than me and Paulo Dybala I think is one year older than me.“For me, Kingsley Coman is a greater player, but he’s one year younger than me.“I think we have a good generation with a lot of very good players.”Kimmich also passed comment on other subjects, such as who is his greatest coach ever and his preference between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Watch the video above to discover his answers.