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Federal officials offer new pandemic guidance for businesses

first_imgAug 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today released new guidance to help businesses prepare for an expected resurgence of novel H1N1 activity during the upcoming influenza season, a document that clarifies how long sick workers should stay home and suggests ways to keep employees safe and business disruptions at a minimum.The recommendations were released at a news conference at US Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, DC, and streamed live on the government’s flu Web site, where the guidance document is posted, along with a communication tool kit for businesses and employers. The guidance runs about 10 pages.Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said the business community can help limit the impact of the flu pandemic on society, but they need to strike the right tone with employees. “In America, we love to praise the puritan work ethic, but we praise common sense and responsibility for the health of coworkers and the productivity of companies,” he said.Locke said the new guidance suggests that companies adopt flexible, nonpunitive sick-leave policies that support one of the most important measures for preventing the spread of the virus: staying home when sick. The recommendations advise against requiring a doctor’s note for returning to work, because such requests are likely to further stress an overburdened healthcare system.Locke also emphasized the document’s advice for businesses to plan now for spikes in absences as well as possible school closures. “A little planning now ensures that the economy withstands whatever the H1N1 virus throws at us this fall,” he said.Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, said until a novel flu vaccine is available, employers can help mitigate the impact of the flu this fall by encouraging target groups to receive their seasonal flu vaccines. She said she hopes businesses will do some outreach ahead of time to encourage employees, especially those in high-risk groups such as pregnant women or young workers, to receive the novel H1N1 vaccine when it is available.She encouraged businesses to keep in touch with their local health departments, because flu conditions can change rapidly.One of the key components of the guidance is a recommendation on when employees who have had flu-like symptoms can return to work: 24 hours after fever ceases without assistance from fever-reducing medication. That new recommendation reflects revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released on Aug 6, on how long those who are sick with novel flu should stay home. Earlier recommendations urged people to stay home for 7 days after illness onset or for 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever was longer.Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said federal officials expect novel H1N1 activity to pick up again as school resumes and that now is the time for businesses to review and tweak their pandemic plans. “You’re dealing with a tough economy and may not have had time to think through what a bad flu season really is,” she said.Dual preparedness levelsShe said she has been traveling the country this summer meeting with critical infrastructure businesses to discuss pandemic preparedness issues. Earlier this week she spoke with oil and gas industry representative on the Gulf Coast. “The country needs to be prepared, but it also needs to be resilient,” she said.The guidance document urges employers to plan for two scenarios: a continuation of the level of novel H1N1 activity that was seen in the United States during spring and summer or a more severe outbreak. In the more moderate scenario, the recommendations say employees who have flulike symptoms at work should be separated from other workers and advised to go home. If sick employees can’t be separated from cowokers before they go home, they should be given a surgical mask if they can tolerate wearing it.If the pandemic becomes severe, the recommendations urge businesses to consider actively screening employees who report to work and devising alternative work environments for employees who are at high risk for flu complications. For example, pregnant women or those with underlying medical conditions could be allowed to telecommute or be reassigned to duties involving minimal contact with other employees, clients, or customers. A severe pandemic might also warrant social distancing measures in the workplace or cancellation of nonessential business travel, the document says.Guidance draws praiseTim Woerther, cochair of PandemicPrep.org, a preparedness consortium based in St Louis that includes business, government, education, and organizational groups, told CIDRAP News that the federal guidance contains much of what businesses with continuity plans already know, but he said the document is useful because it spells out what steps are important for companies that perhaps aren’t as prepared.”It’s good that the guidance contains the sorts of things that we should be doing daily, and it’s good to see federal officials endorsing these things for private industries,” Woerther said.He said the guidance is likely to be well received because it is flexible and doesn’t include mandates for businesses.See also:Aug 19 HHS press releaseAug 19 CDC and HHS business pandemic planning guidanceAug 6 CIDRAP News story “CDC shortens stay at home for those with flu symptoms”last_img read more

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Ugly ducklings await magical transformation

first_imgAnd the kitchen at 39 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is a classic colonial cottage which is within walking distance of the Caxton St shops and Given Tce.The home is described as liveable in its current condition, with a separate lounge, dining area and kitchen.There are ceiling fans and it is on a 240sq m block of land with a yard to the side of the house which provides off street parking for up to four cars.It is listed through Brad Munor of Position Property Services.At 5-7 Clarence St, South Brisbane, an eight-bedroom home, eight-bathroom home is listed for immediate sale.It is described as a development opportunity as it is on a 850sq m block of land which is zoned as low-medium density residential.The property is currently leased as seven self-contained flats with a holding income of $98,000 per year.It is listed through Dr Paul Howe and Ranal Charan of Oxbridge Real Estate. 5-7 Clarence Street, South Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auNOT everyone is able to find their perfect property right from the start.But if you don’t mind putting in a little bit of elbow grease and have lots of imagination, these are the perfect properties for buyers to transform into homes that will become something really special.They aren’t far from the city and they all have good bones, they’re just crying out for a bit of a makeover.At 46 Hansen St, Moorooka, the two-bedroom house is due for auction on September 1. It is being sold as part of a deceased estate and is described as a “quaint cottage” in the heart of the suburb. And the bathroom will need some work.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt is within walking distances of shops, schools, parks and buses. Subject to council approval, the site could potentially be redeveloped. Neal Young of Raine & Horne Moorooka is the agent for the home on a 607sq m block.Even closer to the city is a three-bedroom home at 39 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace, which could also do with a refurbishment.The home is scheduled for auction at 10.30am today. 39 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace. Picture: realestate.com.aucenter_img An internal shot of 39 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace. Picture: realestate.com.au It has original features at 46 Hansen St, Moorooka. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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Hunt furious over referee decisions

first_imgReading forward Noel Hunt has blasted the match officials after his side fell to a 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Villa fell behind after Nathan Baker put through his own goal, but strikes from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor secured a vital three points for Paul Lambert’s side and leaves Reading 19th in the Barclays Premier League table, with only goal difference keeping them off the bottom. Hunt was left aggrieved by both decisions that went against him, with referee Jonathan Moss and his assistants coming under fire from the former Dundee United frontman. “There is no excuse, he (goalkeeper Brad Guzan) just punched me in the back of the head and got the ball and you wouldn’t get away with it in rugby,” Hunt said. “I was trying to see where the ball was coming from and my chest is off, but my feet behind. The linesman’s position was shocking and he was two or three yards behind it.” The task of securing top-flight survival does not get any easier for Brian McDermott’s side, who face trips to league-leaders Manchester United and Champions League-chasing Arsenal in their next two fixtures. center_img The defeat means the Royals have lost their last four league fixtures, but Hunt reckons the team’s performance was undermined by poor decisions from the officials. The Republic of Ireland international, 30, felt he should have been awarded a penalty in the first half and also bemoaned an offside decision that ruled out his effort following the interval. “I’ve seen the offside and I’ve seen the penalty on me in the first half and it’s a disgrace,” he told the Reading Post. “It’s a joke that he has not given it, I don’t know what he is looking at, but these decisions are embarrassing. It makes the game a different game.” last_img read more

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Lambert: Sinclair has still got it

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists Scott Sinclair can still cut it at the top despite his Manchester City career stalling. He has started just three times since a £6.2million move from Swansea in 2012 and had an unsuccessful loan spell at West Brom last term. Lambert believes, though, the ex-Chelsea trainee has got the quality to revive his career in the Barclays Premier League. “I know the lad from his Swansea days. I know exactly what he can do, he was top, top class in that side.” he said. “It’s been a hard move for him going to Man City, but the year he had at Swansea in the Premier League he was outstanding. “So he has got it in him, he can be a real good player. “The Man City move has probably been a bit different to what he imagined. “He got his move to City and things have happened there but in his time at Swansea he was in excellent form.” But Lambert would not be drawn on whether Villa, who go to Leicester on Saturday, had made an offer for the 25-year-old. “It is what it is at the minute. It is unfair of me to comment on someone that is not here,” he said. Lambert does not have a set transfer budget at Villa, instead working on a case-by-case basis with chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox. He is hunting creative players to give Villa a cutting edge and score more goals after just 11 in 20 league games but insisted they will not spend big. “Everyone knows the situation and where the club is, it’s not changed from last year,” said Lambert, who confirmed skipper Ron Vlaar is out for up to six weeks with a knee injury. “If something can be done which isn’t going to put the club in a position of madness and not going to financially hurt the place then the chairman will be good on that front.” Press Association But the manager remained tight-lipped over a bid for the former Swansea star. Sinclair has been linked to Villa Park with his Etihad stay seemingly over after only four appearances this season. last_img read more

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McCoy’s Golden goal

first_img “He seems to like Galway, but when he’s right I think he can handle anything. “You wouldn’t have thought he’d have come this far, but his runs in the novices races last year were all nice. “This year we missed out the early part of it for a couple of small reasons and he was probably a little bit short for his first run at Christmas. He came on from then. “Last year (in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham) he just didn’t get the message quick enough. He dwelt a bit at the start and jumped very deliberately, which left him with a bit to do. “When he got travelling right he seemed to finish well.” While McCoy is happy to ride Carlingford Lough, he has a healthy respect for Holywell, whom he knows particularly well as an inmate of Jonjo O’Neill’s yard and he was aboard the eight-year-old when he won his prep race at Kelso. He said: “I think Holywell has a very good chance if the ground dries out a bit. “He really improves this time of year and the most important thing is to have good Cheltenham form. “That is a big plus for any horse and he has won there the last two years. “He won well at Kelso and it was the first time he felt like the horse he is. “He’s had little niggling injuries, but the horse is physically better this time. “If I was not riding Carlingford Lough I would rather ride Holywell than any other horse.” O’Neill believes the ground, as well as the application of blinkers, are the key to Holywell. He said: “He needs really good ground, mainly because of his jumping as he’s not that big. “When the ground is a bit soft, it is a bit hard for him. “When you put the blinkers on him, he seems a different horse, especially on good ground. “He won at Kelso and did what he had to do. It was nice to see him win like that. “The ground was a bit softer than we wanted, but AP was happy with him and he’s come out of the race really well.” McCoy will again be sporting the famous green and gold silks as he bids adieu to the Gold Cup arena. Trainer John Kiely is hoping Carlingford Lough can provide the perfect send-off. He said: “It was a wonderful day (at Leopardstown). Whether he’s as good as the English horses, we’ll have to wait and see. “I’m happy with him, he came out of the race well and he has his work done. “I ride him all the time at home. You couldn’t have a nicer horse to ride, that’s why I ride him. “Anybody in the game would like to be in this position, Fortunately, I am, having horses for JP. You need good horses to take you there. “The first day he won at Roscommon he did it easily and (although) it took him a while to get the message, he kept on improving all through his career. “He was always easy to keep right. He just had one or two little niggly problems along the way. We just had to have patience with him. Press Association Tony McCoy’s Irish Hennessy victory aboard Carlingford Lough sparked emotional scenes at Leopardstown last month, but there will barely be a dry eye in the house if the duo can repeat the trick in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. The win came just 24 hours after McCoy had announced his plan to quit the saddle at the end of the current campaign and Carlingford Lough now has the honour of providing the 19-times champion jockey with his final mount in the Festival feature. McCoy scored a first blue-riband success aboard Mr Mulligan in 1997 before adding to his tally with Synchronised in 2012, a win he holds dear to his heart as it was a first Gold Cup for his boss JP McManus. last_img read more

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Pulis puts knowledge to good use

first_imgTony Pulis admitted his West Brom side had used his inside knowledge of former club Crystal Palace to find a way of beating the Eagles at Selhurst Park on Saturday. An early James Morrison header put the Baggies in a strong position and they defended well as Palace looked to hit back, wrapping up a vital 2-0 win courtesy of a Craig Gardner strike that sees Pulis’ men move eight points clear of the relegation zone. It ended a four-game winning streak for his former side as the Welshman enjoyed victory on his first return to south London since his departure on the eve of the current campaign. With Alan Pardew’s Palace squad little-changed since then, the current Eagles boss said leading up to the game that Pulis’ inside information would give the Welshman a “huge advantage” – and the West Brom manager revealed his side had worked on things in training that could give them the edge. “We worked on a couple of things in respect to what I thought Palace would do – we worked during the week on that,” he said. “We scored from a corner that we have worked on, which was really pleasing. I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half and then Gardner’s strike to make it two-nil was crucial really in lots of respects. “I thought we were resilient and defended well and in the end I thought we deserved the points.” Pulis was not mentioned by Palace chairman Steve Parish in his programme notes with tensions in their relationship believed to be at the heart of his exit – but the Palace supporters gave the 57-year-old, who won the manager of the year award last season for guiding them to 11th, and it was something Pulis appreciated. “Obviously it is lovely coming back to a former club,” he said. “It is funny coming here, we played Stoke here last year and I had a great reception from the Stoke fans and to come here and get that today from the Palace supporters was first class. “You never know (what kind of reaction you will get) – the fans did well for me last year and I hope I repaid them a little bit in respect to what we did in the dressing room and on the pitch. Press Association “It is a good club. It has got unbelievable potential and I mean that. The supporters are wonderful and they have a good manager. They can push on – if Alan is given the money and the opportunity to push this club forward this club could be a good, good club.” The win may have moved West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone but Pulis still wants to collect at least another four points before the end of the season. “I have just spoken to them (the players), we lost to Leicester and QPR at home, and we needed a 90 minute performance and they were resolute and determined,” he added. “Their concentration levels were good on the basis that we still need the points to stay in the league. I said to them afterwards, give me 40 points – I think it has been a good season for us that is what we should be aiming for.” Pardew tasted defeat for just the fourth time in the league since taking charge at Palace and conceded his players had been caught out by Pulis’ awareness of their short-comings. “That was a weakness in our set up that Tony exploited,” he said. “It’s a feather in the cap for them that set-play. It was well-worked. Their guy took (Jason) Puncheon to the edge of the box where he is not comfortable marking there. “It’s something we’ll have to look at going forward. It’s a good day for West Brom. We won’t go away from what we do, we try to pass it, try to find a way through, try to solve problems, get crosses into box. In another game we get a goal and it’s a different game. “I couldn’t fault my team, we tried everything we could but couldn’t unlock them or find a way through. It’s difficult to win five Premier League games in a row and today we came up short.” last_img read more

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Tulsa looks to extend streak vs UConn

first_imgTulsa looks to extend streak vs UConn Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUConn (11-10, 2-6) vs. Tulsa (15-6, 7-1)Donald Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Tulsa looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over UConn. In its last five wins against the Huskies, Tulsa has won by an average of 3 points. UConn’s last win in the series came on Feb. 13, 2016, a 75-73 victory. ___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.com February 5, 2020center_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Tulsa’s Brandon Rachal has averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jeriah Horne has put up 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. For the Huskies, Christian Vital has averaged 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals while Alterique Gilbert has put up nine points and 4.3 assists.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have given up only 56.1 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.CLUTCH CHRISTIAN: Vital has connected on 30.8 percent of the 117 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 25 over his last three games. He’s also made 90.2 percent of his free throws this season.SLIPPING AT 70: UConn is 0-6 when it allows at least 70 points and 11-4 when it holds opponents to less than 70.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Tulsa is a perfect 11-0 when it holds an opponent to 65 points or fewer. The Golden Hurricane are 4-6 when opponents score more than 65 points.LAST FIVE: UConn has scored 66 points while allowing 67.2 points over its last five games. Tulsa has averaged 69 points and given up just 53.8 over its last five.last_img read more

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The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests

first_imgMonday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule. The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests June 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.center_img Associated Press The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Carter-Williams posts another stellar performance, steadily leads offense in win over Providence

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The triple-double watch has become routine. With each successive game, there comes a point in time where it seems inevitable that Michael Carter-Williams will creep closer and closer toward the elusive achievement, his supreme athleticism, ability to penetrate and court vision tormenting every opponent.And Wednesday was no different, as the Syracuse point guard quietly scored 17 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. He has yet to reach the triple-double plateau (his closest effort fell one rebound short earlier this season), but his command of the game is tight as a vice whenever he is on the floor.He played 38 minutes in Syracuse’s 72-66 win over Providence on Wednesday, amassing those impressive numbers while committing but a single turnover that came after the game was comfortably in control in the final minutes. It was but another ho-hum performance for a player whose average night is among the nation’s best.“Michel is such a key for us,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I’ve never had a situation where a kid who has never played — well I did once. I had a guy named Sherman Douglas that never played and he was pretty good as a sophomore. He made first-team (All-Big East), and this kid is headed in the same direction.”The two most striking aspects of Carter-Williams’ game on Wednesday were his ability to torment man defenses with dribble penetration and two crucial 3-pointers — one in each half — when his team desperately needed them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the most part on Wednesday, the Friars played a 2-3 zone defense. But they switched to man briefly in the second half, and Carter-Williams promptly blew by his defender and found Rakeem Christmas for a dunk and a foul (Christmas made both free throws) on back-to-back possessions.Immediately, Providence abandoned the man defense.“Every time they went man-to-man he made them pay,” Boeheim said. “He got in the lane and he got two guys dunks off that. He’s really good. He’s playing certainly as well as you could hope for in the first opportunity to play in college. He’s had a lot of big games for us.”And on a night where James Southerland and Brandon Triche couldn’t hit water from a ship, it was ironic that Carter-Williams, a player who opponents leave open intentionally because of his streaky-at-best jump shot, nailed two of the game’s biggest 3-pointers.In the first half his 3 cut the Providence lead from eight to five with less than four minutes to go. And in the second half he nailed a shot from the top of the key with the shot clock winding down and the score tied.“Michael did hit some big shots,” C.J. Fair said. “He’s not afraid of taking big shots, and for you to be a good player you can’t be afraid. Even though his shot hasn’t been falling lately, he stuck with it and knocked down some big ones.” Comments Published on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Cooney falters on final play as Syracuse comes up short

first_img Related Stories LOST IN THE MOMENT: Familiar poor shooting dooms Orange 61-56 in Final Four loss to MichiganCohen: Triche, Southerland leave Syracuse with mixed legaciesFair provides Syracuse with another remarkable performance in season-ending loss to MichiganDespite size advantage, Syracuse dominated on glass in loss to MichiganMichigan successfully cracks Syracuse zone in 1st half Facebook Twitter Google+ ATLANTA — Mike Hopkins sat inside a locker in the back-right corner of the room. His suit jacket hung on a hook to the right of his face. He was dazed. Misty-eyed.The Syracuse assistant coach spoke quietly as he explained the final play of the game, detailing what was supposed to happen before turning to what went wrong.The season wasn’t supposed to end with the ball in Trevor Cooney’s hands, the redshirt freshman guard forced to hurl a right-handed runner at the rim out of desperation. It should have been with Southerland, the sharpshooting senior who was silent for 38 minutes before scoring five quick points to give the Orange life when its season seemed dead.But that all went wrong when Michigan played six seconds of perfect defense to preserve a 61-56 win and earn a spot in the national championship game. The most important possession of the season went up in flames with a backup guard thrust into a precarious position.“If Michael Carter-Williams and them were in there it would be a little bit different,” Hopkins said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly they weren’t. Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche, Syracuse’s two starting guards who handle the ball almost exclusively, both fouled out. It left the keys to Cooney, a sparsely used role player unfamiliar with the point guard position.The situation was as follows: Syracuse down 59-56 with 15 seconds left. Head coach Jim Boeheim calls timeout.It was designed for Cooney to bring the ball up the court and find Southerland, who had two options based on how Michigan defended him. He ran off a double screen and could either pop out for a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer — something he had done dozens of times this season — or he could change direction and go back door for a quick two.“He had two options,” Hopkins said. “Then the guy just popped. So he went back door and Trevor was stuck.”As Southerland curled off the screen, a Michigan defender was there to greet him. He tried to go back door, and that was covered as well.It meant Cooney, a player in his first NCAA Tournament and only on the court due to foul trouble, would have to create on his own. He drove right, opting for a two-point basket instead of a 3, and flung up a runner against an arriving double team.The shot clanged off the rim. Michigan got the rebound. The game was over.“The best play probably should have been shooting the 3. He’s a great 3-point shooter,” Triche said of Cooney. “You either want to just go early if you have 19 seconds left and maybe get two points with 12 seconds left. But once it got eight seconds and he didn’t find James, he probably should have put it up and shot a 3.”Tim Hardaway Jr. snared the rebound and threw the ball ahead to Jordan Morgan for an emphatic slam with two seconds left.Michigan was off to the national championship game. Syracuse was off to the airport.“Trevor had no choice,” Boeheim said. “That was it. He had no choice. He did the best he could in that situation.” Commentscenter_img Published on April 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more