“We’re doing a lot of humanitarian type missions. We’re doing a lot of support to civil authorities. We’re setting up tents for hospital overflow. Setting up tents for roadside testing sites,” said Haun. “It’s kind of an escape from the daily. And I think people really need that right now. A lot of people are getting cabin fever and there’s just a lot of stress with the pandemic going on. A lot of uncertainty with jobs. So it just lets you set that aside for a few minutes,” he said. “It’s a lot of work to get the mission up and running, to get people broken into teams,” he said. “Whatever the local systems can’t handle, we try to plus them up so they can focus on what they do best.” Haun says he mainly works in the task force headquarters, making sure soldiers’ needs are met. Sergeant First Class Chris Haun is from the Southern Tier and was sent down to the New York City area in the second week of March, helping out on the front lines. While Haun is making a difference nearly 200 miles away, he’s also making a difference in some lives back here at home. Spreading both hope and joy through singing, while providing a short break away from reality. Haun says music allows people to transport themselves to a different time and place, something that may be needed right now. (WBNG) — Members of the National Guard are being deployed to New York City, the nation’s hot spot for COVID-19. “It helps me connect with people, I think it helps people connect with me,” said Haun. Haun served a six year contract in the Army Reserves and then re-enlisted into the National Guard in 2014. He has been posting videos of himself singing and playing guitar on his Facebook page while in New York City. “Even if it’s not the whole song isn’t maybe what you’re feeling, if you can connect even with a piece of it I think it does its job,” he said.
Everton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to a pain-free second half of the season after returning from two ankle operations. Press Association “Getting on in a couple of games was good psychologically and it was good just to be in and around the first team again. “It had been a long time. Seven months is a long time to be out and so there are going to be little ups and down and I can’t expect to be perfect at the moment but I am really happy with where I am at. “Hopefully there will be more opportunities to tick more boxes and get more minutes and that one on Saturday was a big one for me getting 90 minutes, it was a full game and required me to manage myself through that.” Another player trying to remain optimistic is forward Steven Naismith, who has not featured in a league match since he was hauled off at half-time of the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United. Everton rejected a bid from Norwich late in the summer and there is a possibility he will move on when the window reopens in January but the Scotland international still hopes he has a part to play at Goodison Park. “I’ll speak to the manager and see where we’re at but I am just focused on the Christmas run, there are so many games and it might be the chance I need,” Naismith told the Liverpool Echo. “Come the middle of January I may have played every game since and it’s no longer being talked about. “I have learnt in football than things can change in an instant. “After my first season at Everton, I was being written off and people didn’t think I was worth my place in the squad. “But a year later I was playing well and played nearly every game throughout the season, so football is so fickle and can change so quickly.” The 31-year-old played his first 90 minutes since May in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich and having got through that test he is now focused on the future. “This last 10 days or so I’ve felt great, everything I’ve done there has been no reaction and I’m close to being pain-free. I’m in a positive place,” said the England defender after a game for the Under-21s and two substitute appearances for the first team helped his comeback from surgery.