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Three negatives and a positive: Problems with coronavirus tests in China


first_imgTopics : Finally, at least, he had an explanation for why he felt so terrible. “I felt like I was dying. You can’t imagine how it feels.”His case is not unique. Similar instances in China and elsewhere have compounded concern over the accuracy of coronavirus testing, even as authorities push for testing as key to handling the crisis.Unreliable testing could undermine strategies not just for stopping the virus but for opening up locked-down economies, as pressure grows on governments around the world to ease restrictions.More than 2.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally and about 177,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.Wuhan, where the new coronavirus emerged late last year, has recorded 50,333 cases and 3,869 deaths as of April 21, accounting for the majority of China’s cases.Nucleic acid testing, on samples swabbed from the back of a patient’s throat or respiratory tract, for the virus’ genome, is the main way cases are detected.The test is not easy to administer and, experts say, and mistakes do happen, such as if too small a sample is taken or if the swab misses a virus-hit spot.”The limitations of these tests need to be recognized, and the need to run regular tests if we want assurance that someone is truly negative, and that they remain so over a period of time,” said Andrew Preston, a lecturer in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath.Testing times There is little consensus on what proportion of nucleic acid tests yield false negatives.A survey by Chinese doctors in February looking at samples from 213 patients suggested a false-negative rate of about 30%.Media has also reported cases of people testing negative repeatedly before finally getting a positive result.In February, the People’s Daily newspaper reported on a woman who had fallen ill with pneumonia but tested negative for the coronavirus four times. A fifth test was positive.Wuhan authorities have started testing residents for antibodies. China is conducting an epidemiological survey in nine regions in an effort to determine the full extent of asymptomatic infections and immunity levels.He said he first got tested on March 1 when his chest congestion worsened though he had no fever or cough.X-rays showed his lungs had white blotches, similar to those found in coronavirus patients, but his nucleic acid test was not positive so a hospital declined to admit him.As a precaution, a committee that manages his housing compound put him in quarantine for 14 days.Later, two more hospital tests came back negative so he turned to traditional Chinese medicine and other drugs.Finally, on March 28, he took a fourth nucleic acid test, which was again negative, but he was also tested for antibodies and got confirmation.”I told my story to a doctor and he said ‘you’re so lucky you didn’t die’,” he said in his apartment, where boxes of various medicines were scattered about.His wife, who he lives alone with, has shown no coronavirus symptoms though she has not been tested.He said he believed he was immune and not infectious, though he’s taking no chances and wears an N95 mask and a face shield when going out.”If there’s any possibility that I’ll infect others, I’ll harm them,” he said. “That’s why I’m taking these precautions.” Still, he did not challenge the three negative tests at the time. After all, his wife did not fall sick.But he could not shake off the nagging suspicion that he had the coronavirus and in late March went to a hospital in Wuhan for more tests, including one for antibodies.This time he tested positive.”I didn’t expect it,” the 52-year-old vegetable seller said as he showed Reuters a copy of his test results – positive for antibodies showing exposure to the coronavirus.center_img Trader He Ximing in the Chinese city of Wuhan says he has no idea how or where he caught the coronavirus or why repeated nucleic acid tests showed he didn’t have it.He was not a coronavirus patient, doctors told him, even though he had been having difficulty breathing with what he described as smothering chest congestion from early February.But his condition worried the authorities enough to get him sent to a quarantine center.last_img read more


How to capitalise on the Premium Lager category throughout the seasons


first_imgIntroducing the third ‘Shelf Talk’ by HEINEKEN UK – a series of reports, shedding light on key opportunities in the category and offering tips on how stores can grow their cider and beer sales.The third issue looks at the booming Premium Lager category, observing the key trends shaping the category, providing tips on which sub-categories to stock, and takes a look at the tactics retailers can use to maximise sales. The build-up to winter presents a huge opportunity for premiumisation, so we hope you find this report useful!Below are just some of our findings to give you a taster of what to expect from the full report: Want to find out more? Click here to view the full report.The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com. More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice.last_img read more


Mothers ‘undervalued’ for childcare contribution


first_imgTVNZ 8 Feb 2012A new report into childcare in New Zealand is calling for an overhaul of the system to provide more support for “undervalued” mothers. The report, Who Cares, commissioned by the family group Family First NZ, was prepared by UK psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He argues that attending daycare for an extended time, and the consequent separation from parents, is a significant source of stress for many young children which could have potential long-term consequences for their health as adults. “There is growing evidence of profound beneficial neurobiological effects a mother’s physical presence has on her young child that cannot be achieved by anyone else, including paid childcare workers,” he said. “Mothers have been undervalued. New Zealand should undergo a timely and long overdue re-evaluation of motherhood.” Among his recommendations, Sigman says paid parental leave should be extended to allow parents more time with their children, and the Government’s preference for childcare facilities should be scrapped in favour of providing more help for stay at home mums and dads. “Terms, such as ‘family-friendly policies’, ‘flexi-hours’ and ‘maternity leave’ often amount to meeting the needs of the parent and the economy, not the child,” he said. Family First is welcoming the report, saying it provides important insight into the value of early childhood education – a service the Government has invested heavily in. “This report provides compelling evidence that the political and policy focus has been on the needs of the economy and the demands on mothers, rather than on the welfare of children and the vital role of parents,” National Director Bob McCoskrie said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mothers-undervalued-childcare-contribution-4713949 Peter Reynolds (Early Childhood Council CEO) looks at the report into childcare of  the Children’s Commissioner. (Gives it a B- !!)http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mothers-undervalued-childcare-contribution-4713949/videolast_img read more


June 15, 2017 Police Blotter


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Shute, Rust rule IMCA Modifieds at Stuart’s Fever Heat 100


first_imgTyler Soppe led early on but Brayton Carter stormed into the lead on lap six and went on to the easy $1,000 win in the Friday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod headliner. Soppe held on for second with Johnathon Logue third. Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Cox; 3. Jason Kohl; 4. Hemmingsen; 5. Bennett; 6. Hidlebaugh; 7. Ayers; 8. Chuck Madden Jr.; 9. Dixon; 10. Fusselman; 11. Jerry Richards; 12. Korbin Nourse; 13. Nick Foster; 14. Wahl; 15. Pahlka; 16. Leonard Loftus; 17. Coady. Bunch made his move on lap four and went on to the $400 Friday win over Jake Benischek and Fiebelkorn. Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Damon Murty; 3. Brad Derry; 4. Jay Schmidt; 5. Keith Simmons; 6. Mike Albertsen; 7. Brandon Pruitt; 8. Buck Schafroth; 9. Devin Smith; 10. Dallon Murty; 11. Josh Daniels; 12. Marcus Fagan; 13. Corey Piffer; 14. Anthony Goldsberry; 15. Kellie Drury; 16. Bob Daniels; 17. Brian Blessington; 18. Chad LeGere; 19. Brock Badger; 20. Chris Pruitt; 21. Jeremy Getler; 22. Ben Walding; 23. Jeffrey Larson; 24. Robbie Merkle. Zevenbergen worked the bottom side of the track Saturday and on lap 19 it would pay off as he took over the top spot and drove off to weekend sweep. Jay Schmidt finished second with Dallon Murty third. Dennis and Braaksma ran up front before Rust raced ahead for the $1,500 checkers. Already on the All-Star ballot, he was chased across the stripe by Braaksma and Dennis third.  By Josh Reynolds Curtis Miller didn’t make it easy for Bunch to repeat as they were door-to-door at the white flag in Saturday’s Mach-1 Sport Compact finale. Derry and Damon Murty put on quite a battle for second but it was all Zevenbergen out front in the Friday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car show. Todd Shute earned opening night IMCA Modified honors, along with $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, at Stuart Speedway’s Fever Heat 100. (Photos by Jim Zimmerline) Sport Compacts – 1. Bunch; 2. Curtis Miller; 3. Fiebelkorn; 4. Lange; 5. Caine Mahlberg; 6. Richards; 7. Masterson; 8. Shawn Hein; 9. Ryan Brown; 10. Owen Richards; 11. Ashton Blain; 12. Tim Cude; 13. Kimmel; 14. Pinckney; 15. Austin Barnes; 16. Hurley; 17. Casen Keller; 18. Keaton Wenzel; 19. Mills; 20. Jeriray Croy; 21. Josh Modde; 22. Nathan Castellano; 23. Michael Love; 24. Benischek; 25. Zander Steiner. After a late caution erased his Saturday pass for the front, he was fastest in a two-lap shootout and crossed the stripe in front of Cox and Jason Kohl. He worked his way into the lead Friday on the 10th circuit and won ahead of Brandon Cox and Chuck Madden Jr.  Sept. 20 Feature Results Miller made a run but it was Bunch at the line by about two feet for the $600 prize. Miller settled for second with Fiebelkorn third. Madden left town with a pair of $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checks.  Zevenbergen earned $1,000 on opening night and $1,500 on night two. Cody Thompson grabbed the lead near midway and drove off to the $1,500 Saturday win. Tyler Inman finished second with Soppe third.  Modifieds – 1. Todd Shute; 2. Jesse Dennis; 3. Ethan Braaksma; 4. Jeremy Mills; 5. Joel Rust; 6. Matthew Meinecke; 7. Josh Gilman; 8. Jimmy Gustin; 9. Nick Roberts; 10. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 11. Scott Simatovich; 12. Scott Bash; 13. Tony Hilgenberg; 14. David Brown.  Shute used the top side of the track to lead all 25 laps and take the dominating win on Friday, putting his name on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with the $1,000 victory. Stock Cars – 1. Zevenbergen; 2. Schmidt; 3. Dallon Murty; 4. Mike Nichols; 5. Brandon Pruitt; 6. Schafroth; 7. Damon Murty; 8. Josh Daniels; 9. Bob Daniels; 10. Daniel Hilsabeck; 11. Todd VanEaton; 12. Matthew West; 13. Dusty Van Horn; 14. LeGere; 15. Piffer; 16. Bryan Snell; 17. Chris Pruitt; 18. Derry; 19. Calvin Lange; 20. Gettler; 21. Badger. Northern SportMods – 1. Brayton Carter; 2. Tyler Soppe; 3. Johnathon Logue; 4. Doug Smith; 5. Tyler Inman; 6. Jake Sachau; 7. Mitchell Morris; 8. Dusty Masolini; 9. Cam Reimers; 10. Cody Thompson; 11. Brandon Patava; 12. David Schwartz; 13. Dustin Lynch; 14. Ryan King; 15. Chris Burke; 16. David Johnson; 17. Colton Nelson; 18. Jeremy Van Ede; 19. Tommy Hensley; 20. Bryan Morris; 21. Brett Vanderheiden; 22. Blair Simmons; 23. Jeremiah Reed; 24. Robert Moore. Jesse Dennis finished second and Ethan Braaksma third. Modifieds – 1. Rust; 2. Braaksma; 3. Dennis; 4. Shute; 5. Mills; 6. Gilman; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Simatovich; 9. Garett Wilson; 10. Scott Bash; 11. Hilgenberg; 12. Austin Paul; 13. Ashley Schaaf; 14. Chris Snyder; 15. Roberts. STUART, Iowa (Sept. 20-21) – Todd Shute and Joel Rust were IMCA Modified winners while Elijah Zevenbergen, Corey Madden and Mitchell Bunch each swept Fever Heat 100 feature events at Stuart Speedway. Sport Compacts – 1. Mitchell Bunch; 2. Jake Benischek; 3. Tyler Fiebelkorn; 4. Logan Richards; 5. Curtis Masterson; 6. Jade Lange; 7. Terry Hurley; 8. Kristopher Pinckney; 9. David Kimmel; 10. Bruce Hower; 11. Trey Mills; 12. Bubba Brown.  Northern SportMods – 1. Thompson; 2. Inman; 3. Soppe; 4. Cam Meyer; 5. Masolini; 6. Reimers; 7. Matt Webb; 8. Patava; 9. Lynch; 10. Mitchell Morris; 11. King; 12. Hensley; 13. Moore; 14. Matthew Munton; 15. Bryan Morris; 16. Simmons; 17. Reed; 18. Logue; 19. Colton Nelson; 20. Carter; 21. Zach Hovell; 22. Vanderheiden; 23. Garrett Nelson.  Sept. 21 Feature Results Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Brandon Cox; 3. Chuck Madden Jr.; 4. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 5. Zach Hemmingsen; 6. Shane Butler; 7. Kevin Bruck; 8. Tanner Dixon; 9. Eric Knutson; 10. Shane Palmer; 11. Richard Pahlka Jr.; 12. Jason Fusselman; 13. Jamie Coady; 14. Rusty Gyles; 15. Solomon Bennett; 16. Matthew Wahl; 17. Adam Ayers. last_img read more


IMCA Modifieds are Batesville bound for Sept. 24-28 Race For Hope


first_imgThe 71-lap feature will be halted for a fuel stop on lap 40. IMCA sponsors supporting the event include AFCO, Hoosier, Schoenfeld Headers, Shaw Race Cars, Performance Bodies and Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. Spectator admission $20 Wednesday through Friday and $25 on Saturday. Pit passes are $30 Wednesday through Friday and $40 on Saturday. Race For Hope will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Drivers who don’t advance to the nightly feature earn points in one of four (B-C-D-E) non-qualifier races.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; sponsor awards will be presented and driv­ers introduced beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the race program to follow.  Saturday’s main event is a qualifier for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and E3 Spark Plugs Arkan­sas State points will be awarded. The track website is www.batesvillemotorspeedway.com.  Batesville Motor Speedway’s third annual Race For Hope 71 is Sept. 24-28, with $15,000 paid to win and a minimum of $2,000 to start the main event. More than 60 drivers will earn at least $1,000 during the Saturday, Sept. 28 program alone.  BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the biggest races for IMCA Modifieds will also benefit two area non-profit organizations this season.  Saturday’s “D” main pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $400 to start, the “C” main pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $600 to start, and the “B” main pays $4,000 to win and a mini­mum of $1,000 to start.  Top two finishers in each of 15 heats on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday advance to qualifying features that send the top 10 finishers to the inside, middle and outside rows, respectively, of Satur­day’s 30-car starting grid. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. for practice and time trials on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Practice begins at 6:30 p.m. and time trials start at 8 p.m. Pit passes are $20 while admission to the grandstand that even­ing is free. This year, a portion of the proceeds from Race For Hope 71 will be donated to the Miracle League of Arkansas and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County.last_img read more


Moyes won’t give up on top-four finish


first_img “We have not got a great record against Stoke so it was great to get over the line. “It is great that we are going into April and people are still talking about Everton having a chance of a Champions League spot. Okay, it is a big call and a long way away but we are in with a chance and what we will try to do is finish as high up the table as we can. We believe we are in there. I don’t think we have ever been out of it.” Stoke have now won just once in 12 league matches and are only four points above the relegation zone despite their 13th-place position. “I thought the last two away games, Newcastle and here, we have deserved something out of the game and it is just disappointing,” said boss Tony Pulis. “You can’t fault the players’ commitment. I thought we played some good football at times and I don’t think the players get the credit for the football we do play. “We had chances but the disappointing thing is we haven’t put them in the back of the net. “I have been managing for a long time. I know for a fact, in our fifth year in the Premier League, our performances have been much better than the previous four years away from home but we haven’t got the results. It has been that sort of season for us where we’ve been closer to winning games and being in games than we have before.” Everton manager David Moyes believes his side are still well in the reckoning for Champions League qualification after a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke. The match was decided by Kevin Mirallas’ scintillating 70-yard run and finish in the first half and built on the morale-boosting win over champions Manchester City a fortnight ago. It lifted the Toffees to within four points of fourth-placed Chelsea and, with Tottenham in third to play next week, there is further opportunity to put a dent in their rivals’ chances. “I am nearly as pleased with that result as I was with the one against Manchester City a fortnight ago,” said Moyes, whose side had not beaten the Potters since October 2010. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Late Reus equaliser means Dortmund beat Real to top spot


first_img(REUTERS) – Real Madrid failed to win their Champions League group for the first time in four years when a late goal by substitute Marco Reus allowed Borussia Dortmund to equalise and clinch a 2-2 draw yesterday.Zinedine Zidane’s side looked to be on their way to securing first place in Group F when Karim Benzema knocked in Dani Carvajal’s cutback in the 28th minute and the French striker stretched their lead by nodding in James Rodriguez’s cross in the 53rd.Dortmund hit back on the hour with a close-range finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a goal-line clearance from Reus stopped Cristiano Ronaldo restoring Real’s advantage shortly afterwards.The Germany international, who had begun the game on the bench after falling ill on Tuesday, tapped in a low cross from Aubameyang to complete the comeback and score his third goal in two Champions League games.Real equalled a club record of 34 games without defeat in all competitions but the late equaliser left a sour taste on what had been a night of celebration.Dortmund finished top of the group with 14 points, two ahead of Real, who will play the second leg of their last-16 tie away from home for the first time since 2012/13.last_img read more


Khan spins way to 15-wicket match haul in Everest first-division victory


first_imgLEG-spinner Amir Khan spun his way to a whopping 15 wickets and his Everest Cricket Club team to an innings and nine runs victory over GNIC when action in the GISE Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall First-Division competition continued over the weekend at the Everest ground. Everest batted first after they lost the toss on Saturday, but were able to put together a workman-like total of 256, with Ritchie Looknauth leading the charge with 70 (6X4s, 1X6).Ronaldo Renee supported with 45, while Khan added 37 and David Williams 30.Premchand Sookdeo finished with 3-62 for the visitors. By the close of play, GNIC were on 96-4 with Khan having already claimed 4-26 from 10 overs.On Sunday, the visitors folded.  They lost their last six first inning wickets for 34 runs as they succumbed for 130 in 44 overs.  Khan continued from his first-day dominance by taking four additional wickets to finish with figures of 8-31 from 17 overs.The home team then enforced the follow on and Khan again did the damage.  He grabbed 7-39 from 12 overs to help dismiss GNIC for 117 from 33 overs. Along with Khan, who took wickets at regular intervals, Looknauth also picked up three wickets.last_img read more


TRACK : One-track mind: Lewis escapes tough upbringing, graduates from SU to achieve lifelong goal


first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img The timetable attached to Shamel Lewis was five months – or less.People from his hometown of Riverhead, Long Island, questioned if he’d last even that long at Syracuse. With every heart-wrenching experience Lewis went through growing up and his troubles as a teenager, lasting even a semester at SU would be a miracle.‘It was a timeline. It was like a time capsule. They all had times on me when I would fail,’ Lewis said. ‘… And I knew people had expectations and said, ‘You would never succeed, you’re incompetent, you’re not adequate, you will just fail.”Those people were wrong. Lewis has been at Syracuse for five years and will graduate with a degree in sociology Sunday.It’s a day many in his situation never see. Lewis lived in multiple homes and endured a childhood surrounded by violence and drugs. Stability is rarely a word Lewis uses to describe his life. Survival is one he’d find more appropriate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSurvival got him to this point: running for the Syracuse track and field team. With sports and a strong pillar of support backing him along the way, Lewis has defied the odds, which were overwhelmingly stacked against him.His journey is one his hometown thought would never unfold. Lewis had every reason to fail, but ultimately, he triumphed.‘You could talk to my former teachers and they would be like, ‘How the hell did you get to Syracuse University? When did you change?” Lewis said. ‘That’s all I heard. When did this happen? How? It was just like a mystery man. It’s so crazy.’***Jill Tapper was in her first year teaching in a contained classroom for kids with emotionally disturbed classifications in 1999. A 10-year-old Lewis was among her first students.Tapper remembers the school psychologist warning her that the students in her classroom would go nowhere in life.‘You know five years down the road all these kids would be in jail,’ Tapper recalls being told. ‘That’s where this is going.’‘No, no. That’ll never happen,’ Tapper responded. ‘They’ll see the light.’But Lewis did little to back up his teacher’s claim. By third grade, he had a probation officer.When Lewis played football in seventh grade, the coach kicked him off the team for behavioral problems.No one wanted to deal with him.‘Thinking back now I have no idea why I did that,’ Lewis said. ‘…Why was that me? What made me do all of that?’One answer to Lewis’ inability to control himself was the place he went home to every day. Some days, it would be different from the last.His father was absent his entire life. His mother, Patricia, battled demons that derailed her life. When he was 8, he witnessed her getting high off crack cocaine. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, she wasn’t capable of caring for Lewis and his two older siblings.By age 5, he was living with foster parent Betty Trent. It was a new home, but still unstable.He once witnessed a shooting within the Trent household because of a family conflict. The victim lived, but Lewis never forgot the blood spattered on the floor.‘It’s a rusty smell,’ Lewis said. ‘Even to today, I can still remember it.’And the violence was even imposed on Lewis at times. When he misbehaved, he was beaten with a belt or a switch.‘From age 5 up,’ Lewis said, ‘it was a long struggle there.’The struggle carried over to school, where Tapper endured tough times with Lewis. Still, he was one of the only ones in his class to go on to do better things.‘I’d have to probably say the only one who came out of there unscathed is him,’ Tapper said.***Lewis survived with the help of his ‘peeps’ – his support system of people who kept an eye out for him.Tapper was one of those people. So were his football and track coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. And the families of Michelle Nadue and Cindy Reiter, who took him in during high school.By high school, Lewis was fed up with his living situation with the Trents, so he packed up the little he had and moved in with a friend’s family, the Reiters. Throughout the next four years, Lewis lived in about three or four different homes.‘It was like jumping all around,’ Lewis said.Lewis would go over to the Reiters’ for dinner a couple of days a week. Then a few more, and before Cindy Reiter knew it, Lewis was like one of her three other sons.Coinciding with his steadier lifestyle, Lewis excelled in athletics.Loverde, who coached and taught him in high school, urged him to play football. Loverde knew he’d succeed and hoped it would keep him out of trouble.‘I used to use this term with him: ‘Shamel, remember you can be a different branch. You don’t have to be on the same tree,” Loverde said. ”You can start planting your own tree and grow a branch.”Lewis started competing in track his junior year and dominated immediately. He was the Suffolk County champion in the 100- and 200-meter events in both the winter and spring seasons his junior and senior years.Lewis finally stayed off the streets.‘I could be home selling drugs right now, staying wherever they accept me,’ Lewis said. ‘Just getting by, and is that the life I wanted?’ Lewis said. ‘That’s a life I feared.’It was a life his older brother, Alexander Diaz, embraced.Diaz has spent the last six years at Upstate Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Franklin County, N.Y. He was convicted of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony.Lewis had a different mindset. Before he reached high school, he knew he wanted to go college. Loverde said Lewis could have succumbed to negative influences around him, but he chose to fight through the adversity.‘That’s one of the things that makes him so special,’ Loverde said.***After one semester at Syracuse, Lewis almost blew it. For the first time, Lewis was forced to do work on his own without the special accommodations he received in high school.‘It was a culture shock,’ Lewis said. ‘All the kids around me are brilliant. They’re all smart, 3.0, 4.0 in high school, dean’s list. That wasn’t really me.’It showed in Lewis’ low GPA, which got him kicked out of SU after his first semester. His only shot at returning was an appeal letter detailing his life story.That emotionally charged letter got him readmitted to SU and gave him another chance. He hasn’t disappointed since.There have been frustrations along the way in his track career, where he has struggled to find his form. He once considered quitting and trying out for the SU lacrosse team.Lewis stayed the course, though, and while he never quite reached his full potential, his contributions go beyond the starting blocks and finish line.‘He’s certainly someone who’s helped us build our program and our group,’ SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. ‘Any sprinters or hurdlers younger than Shamel, he’s had a hand recruiting them.’***Lewis doesn’t hesitate to answer when asked a simple question: With every obstacle he has encountered, if he could, would he change anything?‘I wouldn’t take even a second back,’ Lewis said. ‘Even the worst moments because I believe by taking one thing back, I wouldn’t be the person I’d be right now.’The person Lewis will be Sunday is a graduate of Syracuse University. He’ll be a five-year track athlete with plenty to be proud of.For an athlete who came from despair, the opportunities for the future are endless. But Lewis still knows doubters will probably remain.He has come to take it in stride. The timestamp for his failure and the tags attached to him have long expired.His story is still unfolding, but he knows he has already defied the odds.‘Who would have thought Shamel Lewis going to Syracuse University would be graduating?’ Lewis said. ‘No one.‘And it’s just a story for the people back home because no one would have thought.’dgproppe@syr.edulast_img read more