H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: ICU strain, Chan on speed of spread, Mexico’s projections, Colombia’s chief ill, flu video vote

first_imgAug 31, 2009H1N1 cases may strain ICUs this winterExperience to date suggests that the novel H1N1 flu may put a heavy burden on intensive care units (ICUs) in coming months, said critical care specialists quoted in a Canadian Press report today. ICUs in some of the hospitals hit hardest by virus nearly ran out of specialized equipment and skilled staff. The Public Health Agency of Canada has scheduled a meeting this week in Winnipeg to discuss the problem.http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9013059.htmlAug 31 Canadian Press storyMexico predicts 1 million cases in next flu waveMexico’s government projects that 1 million of its citizens will become ill this winter with the novel H1N1 virus, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported today. The country’s health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova, said on Aug 28 that the number of cases is stable for now, with about 80 to 100 infections reported each day. He said the government is working on emergency plans on school closures, social distancing measures, and hospital preparations.http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=342571&CategoryId=14091Aug 31 Latin American Herald Tribune storyWHO chief: H1N1 spreads at ‘unbelievable’ speedDr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, told France’s Le Monde newspaper that the novel H1N1 virus “spreads at an unbelievable, almost unheard-of speed,” according to an Aug 29 Agence France-Presse (AFP) story. She said the virus can travel as far in 6 weeks as other viruses travel in 6 months and estimated that up to 30% of people in densely populated countries are at risk for infection. Chan also noted that about 40% of deaths are in previously healthy young adults.http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090829/hl_afp/healthfluwho_20090829132344Aug 29 AFP storyColombia’s president ill with pandemic fluColombian President Alvaro Uribe became ill with flulike symptoms on Aug 28 while addressing South American leaders at a summit in Argentina and was diagnosed yesterday as having the pandemic H1N1 virus, The Guardian reported today. He has continued working in partial isolation via phone and internet. So far no illnesses have been reported in other leaders or in Uribe’s travel group.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/31/uribe-alvaro-colombia-swine-fluAug 31 Guardian storyHHS opens public vote for flu-prevention videoThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has invited the public to help pick the best video in its Flu Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The top 10 videos, chosen from among 240 entries, have been posted on YouTube, and the public is invited to view the 30-second spots and vote their choice. The winner will receive $2,500 and see the video broadcast on national television.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/08/20090829a.htmlAug 31 HHS news release with link to PSAsKuwait postpones kindergarten startKuwait’s education ministry said yesterday that the country will delay opening kindergartens for 2 months to curb the spread of the novel H1N1 virus, AFP reported today. The measure will also apply to nurseries and schools that serve students with special needs. Other schools will reopen at the usual time, the last week of September.http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=312015&version=1&template_id=37&parent_id=17Aug 31 AFP storyCVS stores to offer seasonal flu vaccineThe CVS pharmacy chain today announced that seasonal flu vaccine will be available starting tomorrow at 500 of its stores, according to a company press release. Vaccine will be available to adults and children over 18 months without an appointment. The chain said it will host about 9,000 flu clinic events starting Sep 15. With novel H1N1 vaccine expected to reach providers in October, the US CDC has said that people should receive the seasonal vaccine as soon as it’s available.http://info.cvscaremark.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvspharmacy-and-minuteclinic-encourage-americans-protect-themselves-early-seAug 31 CVS/Caremark press releaselast_img read more

Brum boss set to spark development boom

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Paschal Chukwu a ‘big difference’ in Syracuse’s monumental win over No. 1 Duke

first_imgYet, the biggest shock about Chukwu’s bounce back second half wasn’t because of his 7-foot-2 stature defending the paint. He grabbed nine offensive rebounds and added a double-double.Chukwu knew that when SU drove inside the paint, Williamson and Bolden would inch out, trying to block the shot. While they succeeded — the duo had nine blocks — more shots from the Orange hoisted past their outstretched reach than expected.As the ball skied in the air, Chukwu would find himself alone. A cutter from the weak side or a small guard would try and find his way to the rim, but Chukwu moved his body to stay in front. And with his stark height advantage, offensive rebounds came easier.“One of the hardest things to do in basketball is come off the bench in situations like that,” senior point guard Frank Howard said. “But he’s a fighter.”The biggest moment of Chukwu’s career, and of Monday night’s game, came in the final minutes of overtime. He stood at the free-throw line, Syracuse clinging to a three-point lead with 1:19 remaining, its largest advantage of the game. Chukwu took a step back and looked at the scoreboard.“I knew that we needed this shot,” he said.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerHe released the ball surrounded by five Duke players, not another SU player in sight. It bounced inside the rim before rattling down. Chukwu slapped his hands together. The Orange had a two-possession lead and added a second free throw, too.Thirty seconds later, Howard drove down the right alley before hoisting the ball up toward the rim. “A perfect pass,” Chukwu called it. The ball soared toward Chukwu, who caught the ball and slammed it home.It capped off a breakout night for Chukwu, one that began as disastrous as his season has been. But, when Syracuse needed it most, and the Orange sure did as overtime progressed, it wasn’t Tyus Battle or Elijah Hughes providing the spark. It wasn’t Oshae Brissett or Howard, either. It was Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 backup center.“I just try not to let that get in my head,” Chukwu said. “Just be patient and wait for my moment to be called and go out there.”His number was called on Monday night, and unexpectedly so, it was Chukwu that lifted Syracuse over top-ranked Duke when it was needed most.“We all knew he’d step up at some point and contribute,” Howard said. “Something huge like this tonight.”“We knew he was due.” DURHAM, N.C. — The blood on Paschal Chukwu’s nose, though small, symbolized the scrappiness he’d been through.He was tasked with defending Zion Williamson and Marques Bolden, Duke’s big men, both shorter, yet stronger than the 7-foot-2 Chukwu. All three scored in double figures, played at least 30 minutes and registered double-digit rebounds.But on Monday night, it was Chukwu that came out of the battle inside the paint victorious. He grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, and blocked three shots in Syracuse’s (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) monumental 95-91 upset of No. 1 Duke (14-2, 3-1) inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. For the first time in 91 games, a No. 1 ranked Blue Devils team lost on their home floor to an unranked opponent. And Chukwu was a huge reason behind it.“He was a big difference,” Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim said. “If he plays like that, we’re a different team.”It had been a tumultuous journey for Chukwu. His role changed from starter to reserve to not playing against Clemson in Syracuse’s first half of its season. It seemed as though conference play would be the ultimate demise of the senior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerA 7-0 run to open the game from Duke prompted Boeheim to sub in the 7-foot-2 big man. He quickly grabbed two offensive rebounds, only to turn the ball over on both occasions. Boeheim signaled toward Bourama Sidibe. Chukwu walked over toward the bench.Three fouls from Sidibe and foul trouble from starter Marek Dolezaj gave Boeheim no choice: Chukwu needed to play. Williamson constantly attacked the paint, and Bolden’s physicality around the rim made it hard to contest shots up close. Chukwu, like the rest of SU’s front court players, picked up three fouls in the first half.The same struggles that haunted Chukwu all season picked up right where it left off early on Monday. He had been criticized by Boeheim during the year and rarely played big minutes against tougher opponents. Duke was the hardest test of them all.But when Chukwu checked in nearly six minutes into the second half, the foul-prone center’s defensive attitude changed.“I didn’t worry about fouling out,” Chukwu said. “I just kept doing what (Boeheim) told me. When they get in there, just help. They’ll have a tough time with the length. I didn’t slow down.”Instead of attacking the paint, Duke resorted to shooting deep ball after deep ball, and to no avail. Despite Williamson scoring 35 points — making one 3-pointer and 10 free throws — the Blue Devils made just five shots inside the arc in the final 19 minutes with two blocks from Chukwu in that time. He didn’t leave the court for the rest of the game.More Coverage Syracuse pulls off monumental, resume-boosting upset road win over No. 1 DukeA look at the plays that led to Syracuse’s upset Fans react to 95-91 win over No. 1 DukeSuperlatives from Syracuse’s 95-91 win over No. 1 DukeGallery: Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke, 95-91 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2019 at 12:29 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Commentslast_img read more