Koeman welcomes Rodriguez return

first_imgSouthampton assistant boss Erwin Koeman has hailed the return of forward Jay Rodriguez after 16 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury. Press Association And while Koeman hailed Rodriguez’s re-emergence he is clearly aware that it will still take time before he returns to the form which had been expected to earn him a World Cup berth last summer. Koeman said: “I think for him it was a big victory to start because he had trained for six weeks already with us and he made some minutes so he was ready for it. “But after that long period of being out for maybe 15 or 16 months, I have to say he played very well.” Koeman – who was standing in for brother Ronald who could not travel due to rupturing an Achilles – also admitted his side face a big test if they are to continue to defy the exertions of a Europa League campaign. Koeman was pleased with the way Saints finished stronger at St James’ Park – with Sadio Mane missing two glorious chances to claim victory in injury time – but knows the tougher tests are to come. With a gruelling Europa League group-stage campaign looming if his side see off Denmark’s FC Midtjyllands over a two-legged play-off, Koeman admitted: “It will be hard but first before the group stage we have to play two more games against a good opponent, so then we will see.” Meanwhile Newcastle boss Steve McClaren believes his side showed glimpses of a strong fighting spirit in the way they hit back from conceding an early goal to Graziano Pelle to take the lead shortly after half-time. It was a particularly encouraging sight for McClaren who admitted pre-season preparations had not gone entirely to plan with the Magpies losing three of their last four warm-up games prior to the big kick-off. McClaren said: “We learned so much and I think once we get our fitness levels up as the weeks go on this will certainly give us something to build on, not just for the team but the whole squad. “I think the key thing is we went a goal down to their first shot on goal and when we went a goal down in pre-season we have not had the belief to come back from that. “But what a great response – they kept playing, they kept composed, they kept patient and they kept creating chances and it was a great boost for us to get back in the game just before half-time.” Rodriguez made his first Barclays Premier League appearance since being stretchered off against Manchester City in April 2014 as his side started the season with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle. The 26-year-old England international missed a scoring chance in the first half but showed plenty of encouraging signs before being replaced by Shane Long in the 65th minute. last_img read more

ITF announces plans to resume play on four tours

first_imgLONDON: The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced initial plans to resume play on four of its tours — ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the ITF Seniors Tour, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour. No provisional dates have been announced for the Seniors Tour or the Wheelchair Tennis Tour but the committees for each has decided there will be no resumption of play until at least August 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Tennis Tour Juniors and the Beach Tennis World Tour are expected to start in the week commencing August 31. Men’s and women’s events on the ITF World Tennis Tour are scheduled to resume in the week commencing August 17. “This year has been a challenging one for all of us in the tennis world, and while we are all eager to resume the tours as soon as possible in order to restore playing and earning opportunities for players across the world, we must ensure that we take the appropriate steps to make events as safe as possible when they restart,” said ITF President David Haggerty. “We remain in constant communication with our member national associations and will continue to support event hosts as the tour resumption dates draw nearer,” he added. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Kenny Basumatary, Actor & Director with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Niagara seeks revenge on Monmouth

first_img Associated Press February 14, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Marcus Hammond has averaged 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds to lead the way for the Purple Eagles. James Towns is also a key contributor, maintaining an average of 11.5 points per game. The Hawks are led by Ray Salnave, who is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds.SOLID SALNAVE: Salnave has connected on 42 percent of the 100 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 30 over his last five games. He’s also converted 87 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Hawks are 0-6 when they score 63 points or fewer and 13-4 when they exceed 63 points. The Purple Eagles are 0-11 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 8-5 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST RATIOS: The Purple Eagles have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Hawks. Niagara has an assist on 31 of 66 field goals (47 percent) over its past three outings while Monmouth has assists on 31 of 70 field goals (44.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Both Monmouth and Niagara are ranked at the top of the MAAC when it comes to ball security. The Hawks are ranked second in the conference and have committed a turnover on 18.4 percent of their possessions this year, 13.2 turnovers per game. The Purple Eagles are ranked first with a turnover percentage of 15.8 percent, 10.6 per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMonmouth (13-10, 7-5) vs. Niagara (8-16, 6-7)Gallagher Center, Niagara, New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Monmouth goes for the season sweep over Niagara after winning the previous matchup in West Long Branch. The teams last played on Jan. 24, when Niagara made only 12 free throws on 21 attempts while the Hawks hit 21 of 26 en route to an 82-71 victory.center_img Niagara seeks revenge on Monmouth For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Officer shot dead in Irvine

first_imgA Dept. of Public Safety officer and his fiancee were found late Sunday dead from gunshots in a parked car in Irvine, Calif.In memoriam · Dept. of Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence and his fiancee were found dead in their car Sunday evening in Irvine. – Courtesy of the Dept. of Public SafetyThe victims, who were found in the vehicle at about 9:10 p.m., were identified as Keith Lawrence, 27, and Monica Quan, 28. Gunshots were not reported that night, and the bodies were only found after a passerby noticed Lawrence slumped over the steering wheel, according to police. Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate the crime as a double homicide, not a murder-suicide.Lawrence joined DPS in August 2012 and at the time of his death was assigned to patrol operations, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle. Quan was an assistant basketball coach for the Cal State Fullerton women’s team. Previously, the two had attended Concordia University in Irvine, where they both excelled in college basketball. After college, Lawrence graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Academy and was an armed officer.DPS Chief John Thomas released a statement Monday regarding the shooting.“It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of a member of the DPS Family, PSO I Keith Lawrence,” he wrote.Though Lawrence was only with DPS for a short period, Thomas commended his efforts to help protect the USC community.“During his brief tenure of service here at USC, Officer Lawrence proved to be an honorable, compassionate and professional member of our department and the Trojan Family,” Thomas wrote. “We are a better department and the USC Campus Community is a safer place as a result of his service.”Thomas also called on the department and others to remember Lawrence when acting as public safety officers and officials, also asking to keep “Keith and his fiancee’s families in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve and begin the healing process.”“Please continue to espouse those same values of honor, commitment to duty, professionalism and compassion as we continue to add to his legacy and those that we all share as members of the law enforcement public safety community,” Thomas wrote.last_img read more

Kotoko lifts Super Cup

first_imgAsante Kotoko were on Sunday crowned champions of this year’s Super Cup after beating FA Cup champions, Medeama, 3-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.The 2012/2013 Premier League champions attacked throughout the game to bury their opponents under an avalanche of goals.The stadium went into a frenzy as skipper Mike Akuffo lifted the trophy.It was Medeama who made early incursions to unsettle Kotoko but lacked precision upfront.When the champions managed to warm themselves into the game, they seized control of the midfield and using the flanks to their advantage took the lead in the 24th minute through Seidu Bancey.The Porcupine Warriors increased the tally five minutes later as defender Abeiku Ainooson sneaked past his marker to find the back of the net.last_img

Joy Sports Ghana football review: Jan-June 2015

first_imgAfter bringing to you a review of the major sporting events in the first six months of the year, Joy Sports zooms further into football in Ghana. In this #JoySports special wrap, we highlight the major football events in Ghana and that which the various national teams were involved in.AFCON 2015The 30th edition of the continent’s premier cup competition initially scheduled for Morocco, but later played in Equatorial Guinea was especially important for Ghana’s Black Stars. This was because the team wanted redemption following its shameful appearance at the last major tournament, Brazil 2014.It was also important because it was the first major test for Ghana’s new coach, Avram Grant. The Israeli had been appointed six weeks to the start of the tournament.Before the games Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan had contracted malaria ahead of the competition and many pundits believed Grant’s decision to take him along to the competition was a risky one. There was also the controversy of travelling to Spain for preps. Was the Mediterranean climate a good idea given that the tournament was slated for tropical Equatorial Guinea? The topsy turvy storyAhead of the competition, there was little interest in the Black Stars’ campaign. Apart from the public’s animosity following Brazil 2014, the country had been plunged into a bitter electricity crisis which saw many miss some games.A 2-1 loss to Senegal in the opening group game did little to help the team sway public support. Many on Ghana’s social media space blatantly wished for the team to fail and were happy at the result. This very un-Ghanaian attitude from fans towards their much-beloved team must have spoken volumes to the players as in their next game, Gyan – after mildly recovering from malaria – scored a dramatic 89th minute goal to win the game for Ghana 1-0. Ghana’s next game saw the Stars’ triumph over South Africa, 2-1. The team’s progress into the knockout stage saw a slight return of positive vibes from Ghanaians. Ghana seemed to be on a good run after recording an impressive 3-0 win over Guinea in the quarters.The bubble seemed destined for a bust after a gruesome attack from Guinea goal keeper, Naby Yattara on the Stars skipper. This was close to the end of the game when Ghana was already leading by three goals. Gyan was forced to miss the semi-final with the hosts.The madness of the hosts That match marred all the successes the country had achieved; hosting a continental tournament with less than three months of preparation. The home fans pelted the Ghana team with bottles and other objects as the team made their way to the dressing room after half time when Ghana was leading by two unanswered goals.With police protection, the team came back onto the field and scored another goal. The Ghana fans at this point were being attacked by the home fans. The supporters were forced to abandon their seats and come just behind one of the goal posts to escape the objects being thrown at them. The match resumed after about a half-an- hour break. Ghana went on to the final to face neighbours the Ivory Coast. After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time, it had to be settled on penalties. After the Ivorians had missed their first two penalties, it was assumed Ghana was on its way to win a title after three decades of trying. Or so we thought. Ghana let that opportunity slip when both Afriyie Acquah and Frank Acheampong missed their penalties. Almost a repetition of the 1992 final, it went all the way to 17 kicks. A visibly reluctant Ghana keeper, Razak Braimah, fell for the cunning antics of opposition goalie; Bubakar Barry who faked injury right before Braimah’s kick.Between the time it took for his medics to attend to him and the kick, the mind game seemed to have worked as Braimah missed. A miraculously recovered Barry stepped up and hit home to win the cup for the Elephants for a second time in a 9-8 penalty shootout.Once again, Ghanaian hearts were broken because of penalty kicks. After  Aside the silver medal, Ghana came out with many of the tourney’s individual awards. An inconsolable Dede Ayew won highest goal scorer with three goals and two assists; Christian Atsu with the player of the tournament and newcomer Kwesi Appiah won the Fair Play Award.Some of the stand-out players from the competition on the Ghana team side were midfielders Mubarak Wakaso and Afriyie Acquah and youngster Baba Rahman. The trio with their brilliant performances appear to have cemented their place in the Ghana squad of Avram Grant.The competition proved that Christian Atsu was not an over-rated player but one that needed more play time especially at his club. Equatorial Guinea were unsurprisingly handed a meagre punishment of one closed door home match and a $100,000 fine.After all, they saved CAF from the embarrassment of not being able to stage its showpiece event.   Local Black StarsWith the senior team coming so close in the Afcon, it was expected that the CHAN team will do Ghana proud in the COSAFA Cup in May. Despite the impressive run of the senior men’s team, the local Black Stars prematurely exited the COSAFA Cup as an invitee after playing just one game. Disaster all round.Hearts, Kotoko crash out of AfricaThe First Capital Plus Premier League was not short of drama. In February, Hearts of Oak stunned arch rivals Asante Kotoko at the latter’s home grounds. Didi Dramani was shown the door after the 1-0 loss to Hearts.During Didi’s reign, the Porcupines had won two league titles and an FA cup. He was replaced by David Duncan who had not won any major title. But Kotoko’s woes continued as the club crashed out of the CAF Champions League once again.After the El Eulma game in which they crashed out, a GFA Status Committee member, Kofi Manu aka Blue Blue, alleged that the players do not give themselves the necessary rest. He asserted that the players spent their nights “making calls, browsing the web and [most importantly] watching porn.”Great Olympics continued their woeful Premier League campaign despite the return of football “veterans” Richard Kingson, Godwin Attram and Dan Quaye. On the upside, the Accra-derby proved it had the potential of pulling a big crowd – by Ghanaian standards – as an impressive 15,000 fans thronged the national stadium to watch Hearts and Olympics play a thrilling goalless draw game.The U20sThe Men’s under-20 team went to Senegal for the Africa Youth Championship where they got the bronze medal. Their semi-final finish ensured an automatic entry into the World Cup in New Zealand. After topping their group, the Satellites faced Senegal in the Round of 16 where they lost 3-0 to the Senegalese.Despite the disappointing finish, some members of Ghana’s squad have been spotted for their brilliance. They include Clifford Aboagye, goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi and skipper Owusu Bempah. World Cup winning coach, Sellas Tetteh, continues to enjoy the Football Association’s support despite calls for his sacking from some quarters. Black Queens, Meteors in AAGAlthough, the Black Meteors qualified to play in the All Africa Games along with the Black Queens, they have failed to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The Queens are still in contention, though as they have some qualifiers to play.Brazil 2014 ghost hauntsThe Presidential Commission set up to look into Ghana’s bad showing at Brazil 2014 presented its findings. But before then, the government released a White Paper in which it rejected some of the commission’s findings, including a call for former Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to refund misappropriated monies.Elvis, who cried at a commission sitting in 2014, vehemently denied wrongdoing. The Ghana FA accused the Dzamefe Commission of “witch-hunting” and threatened legal actions after some damning allegations were made about them.The FA is unhappy that the commission described an Equipment Officer, who was paid 100, 000 dollars, as a “ball boy” in order to provoke public outcry.The 399 page report, which would set anyone interested in reading it back 120 cedis, remains contentious as it has come under fire from many analyst for merely exposing graft in the football administration (which is unsurprising to ordinary Ghanaians) but failed to proffer solutions to the identified. ALSO..The six month period also saw former skipper Stephen Appiah hang his boots in a well-attended send-off game in Accra. Appiah, 34, is however expected to continue in the game on the technical side. Andre Ayew, who took over Appiah’s number 10 shirt, signed a transfer move from his boyhood club, Marseille to Swansea City where he would taste EPL action for the first time. Jones bows outThe period unfortunately saw the passing away of a man credited for the rise of many of Ghana’s footballing giants. Cecil Jones Attuquayefio was part of the Ghana team that won the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations. The coaching legend was responsible for the grooming of the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Kwadwo Asamoah. Jones died aged 70 in Accra after battling throat cancer.He died on May 12.Let’s not forget how a redeemed Black Stars beat visiting Mauritius 7-1 in June during Afcon 2017 qualifiers. The game saw first international goals for Jeffery Schlupp and David Accam.Wonder what the next six months will bring us? July – December will definitely give us even more headlines.–Kwasi Gyamfi is with the #JoySports team. Follow on Twitter @KG_Asiedu. Get more with the #JoySports hashtag on Facebook/Twitter. Additional reporting by Gary Al-Smith–last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram eager to build off Summer League growth

first_img“The biggest thing for him was understanding where shots were going to come from,” Robertson said. “It’s a new system and a new game. Just being more comfortable. He’s a physical player. He’s not of the greatest build. But he plays physical.”So it would only seem natural that the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Ingram would consult Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. After the former Seattle Supersonics drafted Durant No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant overcame concerns about his thin frame enough to become a seven-time NBA All-Star.Ingram “absolutely” plans to seek Durant’s advice, but not for the reasons that seem obvious.“What I learned the most is it’s not about the body type,” Ingram said. “It’s about your skill level and what you can do on the basketball court. If you can score the ball, I think everything becomes a lot easier for you.”Durant perfected those qualities pretty well.He has led the NBA in scoring in four separate seasons. He has collected MVP awards for the NBA regular season (2014), All-Star game (2012) and FIBA World Championship (2010). He has scored 17,566 points through 10 NBA seasons.“Learning from him, he scores the ball so well,” Ingram said. “On the defensive end, he uses his length and blocks shots. I think going through this process, I want to learn from eventually all these guys.”As he had done in Summer League, Ingram then plans to use those lessons to sharpen his craft. For a young player seemingly consumed with working hard, it only seems natural he will follow this quest when mostly everyone else is resting. LAS VEGAS >> Everywhere Brandon Ingram turned, he could have easily noticed the finality approaching.The passionate Lakers crowd that dominated these Summer League games appeared smaller. After exerting his scoring superiority, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell dressed in street clothes and sat on the bench. And no matter the outcome, the Lakers would no longer play any more games here.Yet, the Lakers’ 92-88 loss to the Utah Jazz in their consolation game on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center showed how Ingram’s work has just started.Without Russell’s playmaking, Ingram assumed a larger offensive role. So Lakers summer league coach Theo Robertson drew up plays that ensured Ingram would receive more looks in the post and along the wing. After averaging only five points per game on 31.6 percent shooting in the first four games, Ingram responded with 22 points on a 9-of-13 clip. “I felt comfortable,” Ingram said. “I got off to a slow start. It kind of gave me motivation to try to push the team and get buckets and get it on the defensive end.”Ingram also has another source of motivation that will keep him busy while most of his summer-league teammates will enjoy some rest. Starting on Monday, Ingram, Russell and Lakers third-year forward Julius Randle will train with the U.S. Men’s Select team at UNLV. Then, that team will practice against the U.S. Men’s Olympic team.Ingram’s bucket list on what he wants to accomplish there seemed detailed.“To learn from the top players in this league,” Ingram said. “That’s very important for me coming into this league and trying to adjust to the physicality and pace of this game. I want to see how they score so easily and on the defensive end how they get after it.”After all, the No. 2 pick only described his Summer League stint as “okay,” noting he could have both improved his marksmanship, defensive impact and pace. Friday’s game marked the first time both Robertson and Ingram believe he played with enough aggression. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lane Johnson agrees to record contract with Philadelphia Eagles

first_imgNFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: AFC, NFC standings for Week 13The Eagles have now moved to secure the 29-year-old’s future, handing him a new deal that aims to have him remain with Philadelphia for the next four years.According to media reports, the contract is worth $72 million, with $54.595 million guaranteed, following on from new deals for Johnson’s teammates Brandon Brooks, Jake Elliott and Rick Lovato. Lane Johnson has signed a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that reportedly makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.Drafted fourth overall by the Eagles in 2013, Johnson has gone on to become a two-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion. “It’s smart,” Johnson told the Eagles’ official website. “They know what they’re doing. Ultimately, they want to build a good football team for a long time and core players is where it starts.Let’s fly, @LaneJohnson65! #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/tytUHHUrCm— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 29, 2019″I’m excited to be with Brandon, Jake and Rick, and there will probably be a few others coming up, too. It’s a blessing being around a lot of great people every day. It’s a lot of fun.”Johnson missed Week 12 while in the NFL’s concussion protocol but is expected to return to face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.last_img read more

Jensen leads the Logan Trophy by six

first_img His closest challenger is former Lancashire county player Gareth Hastie (Royal Lytham & St Annes) who round in level par 70 today for a three-over total.  It helped him to a score of 72 and a total of eight-over comfortably making made the cut which fell on 12-over. Altogether 50 players qualified for tomorrow’s final round.  8 Jul 2017 Jensen leads the Logan Trophy by six The key to his scoring has been to leave the driver in the bag. “I haven’t hit a driver once in the last two days, just a two-iron or a three-wood. You’ve got to keep it in play.”  Minnikin (pictured right) also got off to a bad start and was four over after seven, despite a birdie on the first. “I was thinking I might be going home,” he said.  Instead, he gave himself repeated birdie opportunities and played the back nine in three-under, signing off with a birdie on 18 for 71. “I also had a bit of good luck,” he added, recounting how he made par on the 9th despite his ball clattering into the trees. Woburn’s Stephen Jensen beat par again today to take a six-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the Logan Trophy at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire.  He birdied the last for 69, which he added to his opening 68 for a three-under total, saying: “I tried to play within myself. This is not the kind of golf course you can attack.”  Today he kept his score going with a strong short game and good putting. “I made some good up and downs when I had to, holed some clutch putts when I had to – and tried to enjoy the experience.  Also sharing third place is Geoff Harris (Formby, Lancashire) who played elite amateur golf in his university days and was a pro for eight years, returning to amateur ranks three years ago.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Senior international Stephen East (Wike Ridge, Yorkshire) returned identical scores, remarking: “I played well in places but was also a bit scrappy.” He got his score to two-under after 11, but then had three bogeys in a row. However a strong finish with birdies on 16 and 18 helped him secure his 70: “You’ve got be patient, it’s a devil of a course.” center_img Jensen (pictured top) agreed: “It’s quite stressful. I play reasonably difficult golf courses and they give you more of a chance than this one.”  The round also provided the second hole-in-one of the championship. Norfolk’s Iain Yule (Thetford) played a smooth six-iron to the 163-yard 16th for his first ace in competition.  Tomorrow he enters uncharted territory. “I’ve never been in the lead in this kind of tournament so it’s new for me. My mind set is ‘whatever will be, will be.’ I don’t do this for a living, I do this for fun and that’s how I will try to treat it – and I’ll try to keep it going.”  He started slowly, dropping three shots in the first three holes, but concentrated on hitting greens and was rewarded with pars and three birdies in the rest of his round. His remark summed–up a common theme among the players in the English men’s open mid-amateur championship. Beau Desert is tough and the competitors are quick to describe the challenges of its thick rough, running fairways and the swales in the greens. “You always need luck in golf, but you need a bit more here!” was one comment. Cumbria county player Richard Mewse (Workington) beat par with 69 for his four-over total, helped by first-class iron play. He made all his birdies from within 8ft and said: “This was the best I have struck my irons for a while. I didn’t miss many greens and had no three putts, which is pretty good round here.”   This is his first outing in the Logan, having turned 35 last year, and today he added level par 70 to yesterday’s 74. “Yesterday I frittered shots away and today I tried to learn the lessons,” he said. “I probably got a little defensive on the back nine but I’m not out of it and I keep trying to tell myself there’s a low score out there!”  Click here for full scores  Behind him is a group of four players on four-over, including Northumberland’s Andy Minnikin (Alnmouth), who is a friend of George Logan – the man behind the trophy. last_img read more

Shrewsbury Firm Goes Mano-A-Mano With Germs

first_imgBy John Sorce |SHREWSBURY – During the worst flu season in recent memory, a borough company is offering a product featuring antimicrobial technology that it hopes can change the way people deal with germs.The product, Zoono, acts like an “invisible glove,” leaving behind a protective barrier when it dries. It is especially useful as a hand sanitizer. It lasts up to 24 hours on the skin and 30 days on a hard surface, according to the company.“The way I like to look at this is we are changing the world one hand at a time,” said Thomas French, president and CEO of Zoono USA, headquartered in the Revmont Park complex at 1151 Broad St. The five-person office oversees U.S. distribution of the product manufactured in South Carolina and packaged in Monroe.When Zoono is applied to surfaces and dries, the micro-thin coating firmly bonds to the surface.The company likens it to putting down a layer of a million “pins” that attach to the surface and attract, puncture and either kill or inactivate germs on impact. The process is called “lysis” but the company says it can be understood like a “pin popping a balloon.”“By putting a barrier between you and germs, either on surfaces or on hands, you’ve materially reduced what is the cycle of infection of sharing germs,” French said, explaining the barrier eliminates the possibility of bacteria building up an immunity, like so-called “super bugs.”French, a resident of Rumson with a background in sales and marketing, first got involved with Zoono two years ago when local investors approached him with the idea of launching the New Zealand product in the U.S. He was skeptical at first, but the idea really grew on him. “I didn’t know anything about chemistry when they asked me but the more I looked at their idea… you can tell how excited I am about hand sanitizer,” French said. “It is truly that exciting to me even now, two years later.”In order for a hand sanitizer to be compliant with the Food and Drug Administration, it needs to kill 99.9 percent of germs in 60 seconds and must include either ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. Zoono uses the latter, because it does not require alcohol and it dissolves in water, French said. It is safe for people, pets and plants, according to the company.Zoono products are sold online and in some local pharmacies. A hand sanitizer twin-set costs $9.99.“The way an alcohol sanitizer works is it will dehydrate the germ,” French said. “It extracts all of the water from the cell that is the germ and it shrivels up and can no longer function. It kills the germ by dehydrating it, but that’s only good as long as the alcohol is still wet on your hand, which is a matter of seconds, then it goes away. Your hands may be germ-free at that point, but as soon as the alcohol dries and you touch the next thing, you’ve started the process of recontamination.”Zoono is going after the $1.2 billion U.S. disinfectant market. Although focused primarily on their hand sanitizer, the company also produces various other products, including an aerosol to contain odor-causing germs, wound cleanser and acne medication, and surface products that can be sprayed on tables, walls and devices. A 20-item Zoono product line is available for purchase on Amazon.com, ranging from $9.99 for a set of two 50 ml GermFree24 foam hand sanitizers to $74.99 for the GermFree24 1000 ml two-pack hand sanitizer plus touch-free dispenser.“If you get a scrape or something, you spray this on there,” French said about the GermFree24 nonstinging wound cleansers, which are sold as a set of two for $9.99 on Amazon. “It will kill the germs, but it will also set up this barrier so that more germs won’t get onto that broken skin.”The product is also sold online at Walmart.com and CVS, under the co-branded name CVS Health Advanced Antiseptic. Locally, it can be purchased at Rumson Pharmacy, Little Silver Family Pharmacy and Red Bank Family Pharmacy.One place you might be surprised to find Zoono is the Shrewsbury Car Wash.“They love the product because the aerosol is a beautiful way of treating the car,” said French. Detailers have discovered that if they spray the product and blast the air conditioning, it gets rid of bad odors, like spilled milk. “It actually kills the germs that cause the odor, and it doesn’t have an odor. It just smells fresh and clean, instead of piney or ocean breezy,” French said.He said it also works on moldy basements, kitchen odors, stinky cleats and goalie gloves. With three boys who play lacrosse, French said he can verify this claim from personal experience.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more