NEWS SCAN: E coli beef recall, AAP flu vaccine guidance, Tamiflu-resistant H1N1, DoD budget cuts, vaccine-autism ruling

first_imgAug 30, 2010E coli illness cluster prompts ground beef recallA Pennsylvania ground beef producer, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., on Aug 28 recalled 8,500 pounds of ground beef after Maine and New York officials linked the meat to an Escherichia coli O26 illness cluster, according to a recall notice from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). So far officials have identified two case-patients from Maine and one from New York. Illness onsets ranged from Jun 24 through Jul 16. The meat, contained in 14-pound chubs, was produced on Jun 11 and shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut and Maryland for further distribution and were repackaged into consumer-sized packages and sold under a variety of retail brand names. The products bear the establishment number “EST 9400” inside the USDA inspection mark. E coli O126 is one of six non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) strains that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regards as adulterants in primal beef cuts. USDA officials are considering if they should regulate the non-O157 STEC strains in beef products.Aug 28 USDA recall noticeAAP issues updated flu guidanceThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) today updated its guidelines for preventing and treating influenza in children, including recommendations on vaccines and antivirals. The guidelines, which appeared online today in Pediatrics, mirror the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s stance that all children 6 months or older should receive the seasonal flu vaccine, which contains the 2009 H1N1 strain. It also includes a decision tree on which children require two doses (those younger than 9 years old who are inadequately vaccinated), and which require one. The AAP also reinforces that the only antiviral drugs routinely recommended for flu treatment or prophylaxis in children are oseltamivir and zanamivir, to which the flu strains most likely to circulate in the Northern Hemisphere this fall and winter (2009 H1N1, seasonal H3N2, and influenza B) are predominantly susceptible.Aug 30 Pediatrics abstractStudy: Tamiflu-resistant 2009 H1N1 passes fitness testsTrials to assess the pathogenicity and transmissibility of oseltamivir-resistant 2009 H1N1 viruses in mice and ferrets suggest that the resistant strain is as fit as counterparts that are sensitive to the drug, according to Japanese researchers. The group, which includes Dr Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a virologist from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, reported their findings in PLoS Pathogens. In testing the susceptibility of the resistant viruses to antiviral drugs, they also explored the effect of two new antivirals, CS-8958, a long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor, and the viral RNA polymerase inhibitor favipiravir. The group found that the new drugs reduced viral replication and could be promising candidates to help fight 2009 H1N1 viruses. They also concluded that their findings support concerns about overuse of antiviral drugs.Aug 26 PLoS Pathogens abstractReport: US Defense Department eyes cuts to help fund HHS vaccine initiativeThe US Department of Defense (DoD) plans to divert about $1 billion from its “weapons of mass destruction” programs to help pay for new efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to boost the development and production of vaccines, according to an Aug 27 report by Global Security Newswire (GSN). A Pentagon budget document obtained by GSN said the move will reduce DoD spending on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense programs by $1.07 billion between fiscal years 2012 and 2016. The document described the step as part of the DoD response to the White House’s new vaccine initiative. As noted in the story, HHS issued a report Aug 19 outlining plans to overhaul the nation’s biodefense, or medical countermeasures, program, which includes plans for building several centers for the advanced development of vaccines and other countermeasures and for quickly boosting vaccine production capacity. The GSN story said the DoD move will cut funds for biological and chemical detection systems, gear to decontaminate skin after exposure, systems to coordinate military operations in response to an attack, and protective clothing. In addition to the $1.07 billion, another $442 million will be trimmed from DoD CBRN programs in efficiency measures required by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the report said.Aug 27 GSN reportAug 19 CIDRAP News story on HHS biodefense plansUS appeals court affirms ruling that vaccines don’t cause autismThe US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, affirmed on Aug 27 an earlier ruling that there is little or no evidence that vaccines cause autism, according to an Aug 28 Associated Press (AP) report. Although numerous studies have found no link between vaccines and autism, more than 5,500 families have sought compensation for autism through the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The latest ruling came in the case of Michelle Cedillo of Yuma, Ariz., who has autism, inflammatory-bowel disease, and other disorders that her parents blame on a measles vaccine she received at the age of 15 months, the AP reported. In rejecting the parents’ petition last year, Special Master Denise Vowell of the US Court of Federal Claims wrote that the evidence purported to link autism with vaccines is “weak, contradictory and unpersuasive,” the story said. In the latest ruling, the appeals court wrote, “We have carefully reviewed the decision of the special master, and we find that it is rationally supported by the evidence, well-articulated and reasonable.” The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy criticized the ruling, saying it involved “government lawyers . . . presenting government-funded science to government judges, with no jury and no normal rules of evidence.” The AP story noted that the Court of Federal Claims also concluded earlier this year that thimerosal, used as a preservative in some vaccines, does not cause autism.Aug 28 AP story on court rulingAug 30 statement by Elizabeth Birt CenterFeb 12, 2009, CIDRAP news story on 2009 rulinglast_img read more

Despite technological progress, many property issues remain constant

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Law firm websites ‘trail other sectors’

first_imgCity firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and international firm DLA Piper have scored the highest in a survey of legal websites – which the authors say reveals that law firms have much to learn from other sectors. Of 30 law firms surveyed by Last Exit, a digital strategy agency which benchmarks websites in different business areas, 18 had sites rated as mediocre and 12 as good. None achieved an excellent rating. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy was runner-up behind the joint winners, but the rest of the magic circle faired poorly, with Freshfields, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance and Linklaters all rated as mediocre. Kent Valentine, Last Exit’s engagement director, said that law firms are ‘quite behind’ businesses such as utilities in the way they design websites. Visitors to sites are often faced with too much information that is poorly presented, he said. ‘It’s a confusing experience trying to navigate masses of information that is not clearly signposted.’ The legal sector is in danger of appearing out of touch and overly introspective if its web presences do not move with the times, he said, blaming the management structure of parts of the sector. ‘Law firms don’t always listen to their marketing department,’ Valentine added.last_img read more

Helsinki – Tallinn tunnel feasibility studies commissioned

first_imgEUROPE: Two consortia have been appointed to study the feasibility of the FinEst Link proposal to build a 92 km under-sea railway tunnel linking Finland and Estonia.A consortium of Ramboll Finland, Sito, Strafica, Urban Research and Pöyry Finland will estimate passenger and freight volumes and undertake a cost-benefit study. This will inform a future decision about whether there is a case for a tunnel, or whether it would be better to focus on developing the current maritime services and improving transport connections to the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn.A second report examining the technical and economic feasibility of the tunnel, the construction and maintenance costs and how to link it to the wider transport system will be produced by Sweco, WSP and Amberg Engineering. There were 10 expressions of interest in the contracts. ‘We received high-quality offers from large planning groups that have international expertise in carrying out large transport projects and assessing their impacts and, moreover, have local expertise in both countries’, said Kari Ruohonen, FinEst Link Project Manager at Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, on February 15.The FinEst Link project is led by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council in co-operation with Helsinki City Council, Finnish transport agency Liikennevirasto, the city of Tallinn, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Harju County Council. The studies are being supported by the EU’s Interreg Central Baltic programme, with a budget of €1·3m over two years.Previous preliminary estimates have put the cost of the tunnel at between €9bn and €13bn. It would be significantly longer than the 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel, 54 km Seikan Tunnel and 50 km Channel Tunnel, but shorter than the 120 km Päijänne Tunnel which supplies the Helsinki region with water.last_img read more

Year of Young People on tour

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe mobile youth centre My Pod has been rebranded as part of the region’s celebrations for the Year of Young People 2018.The Council is keen to get My Pod out to as many events and communities as possible over the summer to help share the message of the Council’s Year of Young plan and to promote opportunities on offer for local young people. The Year of Young People aims to celebrate the personalities, talents and achievements of young people across our region and showcase the best of Dumfries and Galloway to the rest of Scotland.Over the next 6 months, young people in communities across the region will be offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences as part of a programme of grassroots activities, include activity days, taster sessions, volunteering, community projects, and trips. 6 months into the year, the region has already hosted a number of signature events including the Under 20s World Ice Hockey Championships and the LGBT National Youth Gathering. More exciting youth events are planned for the rest of the year, including Youth Beatz, the National Young Leaders Festival, and a show stopping closing event for the region. My Pod is a popular attraction at all for events, providing a seating area for young people, youth information, games consoles, DJ decks, its own electric supply, and inflatable games. My Pod is available for all kinds of community events throughout the year to promote opportunities for young people aged 8 to 25 years to get involved. Councillor Adam Wilson, Young People’s Champion, said: “My Pod is already a valuable and well used resource in our Youth Work Service so it is only right that it is re-branded for the Year of Young People 2018. My Pod is seen regularly at events and is always a popular attraction. I’d encourage any organisation organising an event to book now.” To book My Pod for free for your event, email read more

St Joseph businessman described as a community man

first_img Justine Joseph, whose body was fished out of the sea in St Joseph on Thursday 16 April 2015, was a director of Starring and Son’s Limited.A businessman from the community of St Joseph, who died on Thursday, has been described as a community man. Justine Joseph, whose body was fished out of the sea in St Joseph on Thursday 16 April 2015, was a director of Starring and Son’s Limited. His body was fished out of the sea about 11:30 am, hours after he began his regular morning sea bath. “His body was fished out of Saint Joseph earlier today and it was a very shocking moment for the entire community,” Parliamentary representative of St Joseph Kelver Darroux told Dominica Vibes.“He was not just a resident of St Joseph, but he was a friend of mine and one can understand when you receive this kind of news that a friend has drown, the impact that it can have on the entire community,” Mr Darroux said of Joseph. He added that based on Joseph’s contribution to the community and his personality “he will be greatly missed”. Mr. Darroux said the passion that Joseph shared for his community is something that everyone will remember for. “He a very enterprising individual with very positive ideas and whenever he was on the block in St Joseph speaking, you would always want to listen to hear what he had to say cause he always ensured that his community was a better place”.“He would admonish a number of the young men in the community to do something positive in their lives and to ensure that St Joseph will continue to remain one of the top communities in the country,” Mr Darroux stated. Meanwhile, marketing manager at Starring and Son’s Limited Carlos Charles said Joseph will be remembered for his steadfastness in undertaking his work. Dominica Vibes News 256 Views   no discussions LocalNews St Joseph businessman described as a community man by: – April 16, 2015last_img read more

OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly

first_imgThe Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal has rebuked former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas for intentionally disregarding his constitutional obligation as a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal ruled today, March 12 th, 2020, that Dr. Denzil Douglas, who was elected on February 16 th, 2015 as the member of the National Assembly representing the Constituency of St. Christopher No. 6, is required to vacate his seat with immediate effect as a penalty for ignoring the law set out in the Constitution in relation to qualifications for being a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal’s bombshell judgment, which indicates the gravity of Dr. Douglas’ offence, was made by reason of his own act of acknowledging allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, namely the Commonwealth of Dominica.What Dr. Douglas did is strictly prohibited in the Constitution in Section 28(1)(a) and in the National Assembly Elections Act in Section 6(1)(a).The Government’s appeal was heard by Chief Justice the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, as well as Justice of Appeal the Hon. Mde. Gertel Thom and Justice of Appeal [Ag.] the Hon. Mr. Paul Webster.“The main issue for this Court’s determination is whether Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, is under an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, in terms of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution, and is therefore required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in accordance with section 31(3)(c) of the Constitution,” the Chief Justice noted before giving a ruling on the case.The Chief Justice stated, in part: “The cumulative effect of my conclusions is that Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, placed him in clear breach of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution.  As a matter of law, the consequence in the terms of section 33(3)(c) follows.  That consequence is that, Dr. Douglas is required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in Saint Christopher and Nevis.”  Hon. Thom and Hon. Webster both concurred.On July 30th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica issued a diplomatic passport to Dr. Denzil Douglas, who subsequently travelled to at least five countries on it.  The diplomatic passport, which records Dr. Douglas as being a citizen of Dominica, has an expiry date of July 29 th, 2020.In 2017,  speaking in the Honourable House of Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Attorney General the Honourable Vincent Byron Jr. announced that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis was preparing to go before the court with regard to the foreign diplomatic passport matter embroiling Dr. Denzil Douglas. The attorney general said then “Mr. Speaker, this government is deeply concerned that we should have someone who sits in our Parliament who is in a position to be disqualified.”Accordingly, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal ruled today that Dr. Denzil Douglas has reached his expiry date as a Parliamentary Representative in St. Kitts and Nevis, as he must therefore step down from the National Assembly with immediate effect.According to Section 36(7) of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Constitution, the Court of Appeal is the final court that can rule on questions of membership in the National Assembly.  This is therefore the final decision on the matter of Dr. Douglas’ divided loyalty and his sworn allegiance to Dominica.Link to Release I will contest the upcoming general elections from constituency number 6,” says Dr Douglas(WIC News)Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court in St Lucia gave a ruling today to uphold the appeal made several months ago related to the possession of diplomatic passport seeking leader of opposition Dr Denzil Douglas to vacate constituency number 6 as a parliamentarian. LocalNewsPoliticsRegional OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly by: – March 12, 2020 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Former St Kitts & Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas Share 380 Views   no discussions During a press briefing, Dr Douglas said “We are very surprised, and we disagree with the judgment and to the questions asked and answers given by my team, however, we accept the judgment. Which ends the legal process and we now start in the political process of this judgment.”Douglas also asserted that there would be no appeal in the higher court as he already vacated his seat of constituency number 6. “There is no appeal for the higher court; I no longer will serve the people of constituency 6 for this term, which is already ended. In result, I will not be sitting in the parliament for the next 2-3 days or weeks.Related to his participation in the upcoming general elections, leader of opposition said that he would contest the next general elections from the constituency number 6 whenever the elections are called.“The judgment does not preclude me in any way from seeking the election by the people of constituency number 6.”Addressing another point, Dr Douglas emphasized on people not to get fooled by the current government. “Let us not be fooled, as current government will attempt to try to use this judgment to further delay the elections by giving you an impression of calling by-election first,” he added.It is evident in the election history that whenever the elections are on the peak, the by-election is not an alternative for that. Most of the times, by-elections do not take place if the general elections are due any near in upcoming weeks or months.Further, Dr Denzil L Douglas clarified that even before the first trial diplomatic passport was not in his possession as it was already returned to the government and people of Commonwealth of Dominica. “I do not hold the passport now, did not even hold it when the trial was on.”In clear reply to a question related to his position asked in the press conference, Dr Douglas said: “I will remain the leader of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.”“Although, I must emphasis, I do not intend to hold on to Prime Minister’s position until I die, succession planning will be in place and soon be executed, so we move on to the next level.last_img read more

NFL players to showcase passion for Fuel Up to Play 60

first_imgThe NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign allows players the opportunity to publicly highlight the causes that are most important to them through personalized designs and messages on their cleats. Ten players, including eight who serve as Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassadors, have chosen to feature their commitment to the program. Fuel Up to Play 60 was created 10 years ago by the dairy checkoff and NFL to improve health and wellness in schools across the country.advertisementadvertisement“It’s great to see these players put their passion for Fuel Up to Play 60 and children’s health and wellness priorities on full display,” said Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey, who serves as chair of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff. “NFL players and dairy farmers are very united in this cause, and our 10-year partnership has delivered healthy change in kids’ lives across the country.”All 32 NFL teams are involved with Fuel Up to Play 60. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,000 player visits have taken place at schools involved in the program.“There is nothing more important to our country than dairy farmers. … They contribute so much, and we are proud to partner with them,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in September.Players will display Fuel Up to Play 60 messaging and logos or Holstein-patterned prints on their cleats. They will share images of their cleats and information about their cause on their social media channels ahead of the games using the hashtag #mycausemycleats.The players and their respective Twitter and Instagram handles are:advertisementJustin Pugh, Arizona Cardinals (@JustinPugh/@justinpugh67)Nate Ebner, New England Patriots (@nateebner/@ebs43)Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos (@jsimms1119/@jsimms1119)Morgan Moses, Washington Redskins (IG: @morganmoses_76)Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (@MattBreida/@mbreida22)DJ Reader, Houston Texans (@djread98/@djread)Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills (@horribleharry99/@harrisonphillips99)Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins (@lastname_baker/@lastname_baker)Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs (@mitchschwartz71/@mitchschwartz71)Dontrell Hilliard, Cleveland Browns (@D_Hilliard26/@d_hilliard26)The checkoff also will share information via its Twitter and Instagram properties: @FUTP60.The NFL is producing television spots that will air during game broadcasts and highlight different players’ causes. The 49ers’ Matt Breida will be included with a message on the importance of youth health and wellness. The spots will also be shared across the NFL’s social media channels.Players will have the opportunity to raise money for their cause by auctioning their cleats off at One-hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to the player’s charities.Since its creation, Fuel Up to Play 60 has awarded more than $48 million in grants that have improved school wellness. Many of these efforts have moved more dairy. Schools used grants to implement programs that improved breakfast participation, including providing access to smoothies, coffee and hot chocolate, plus grab-and-go opportunities that allow students to eat in the classroom. Since 2010, efforts such as these have led to an additional 1.2 billion pounds of milk use at schools.  —From Dairy Management Inc. news releasePHOTO: Shoes that will be worn by Mitchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs. Photo courtesy of Dairy Management Inc.advertisement Ten National Football League (NFL) players will vividly showcase their passion for the farmer-created Fuel Up to Play 60 program during games played on Dec. 8.last_img read more

GAME NOTES: Argos ready to take on No. 2 Alabama Huntsville

first_imgGAME NOTES: Argos ready to take on No. 2 Alabama Huntsville Share UWF (18-12, 7-4 GSC) faces No. 2 Alabama Huntsville (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball program is back on the road this weekend and will face the second rank team in the nation in Alabama Huntsville. The Argonauts will face off with the Chargers Friday, March 14 for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. CT and then take on UAH on more time on Saturday, March 15 for the series decider at 1 p.m. CT.Live CoverageLive Stats at No. 2 UAHLive Audio at No. 2 UAHGame NotesWeek SevenWeekly RecapThe Argonauts are returning to conference action after sweeping Union (Tenn.) University at home last weekend. UWF defeated the Lady Bulldogs in game one 8-0 in five innings and in game two 4-3. West Florida then came out the next day and downed Union 4-1.The Argos also played a midweek match-up against NAIA opponent Morningside before the weekends play. UWF swept the Mustangs two games to zero at home. West Florida is currently on a five game winning streak, their second longest of the season.Leading the way for the Argos during the week was senior Caroline Kaston (Niceville, Fla.) who hit .563 in five games, including three RBI and one double with four stolen bases.GSC Pitcher of the WeekUniversity of West Florida senior softball pitcher Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas) has been named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week. This marks the first time the Argonaut has earned this award this season and the second time in her career.She earns the award after she made four appearances over the weekend and tallied four wins with one coming in relief. She only allowed four runs over 22 innings pitched, and struck out a league high 18 batters while only walking four all weekend.Bailey started off her week with a win against Morningside, March 4, and then pitched a two hit complete game in the series opener against Union (Tenn.). She then picked up the win in game two after pitching four innings in relief and only allowed two hits. The senior started the last game of the series where she pitched all seven innings, only allowing one run and six hits.So far this season, Bailey is 9-5 with a 2.68 ERA and is second in the GSC in wins, third in strikeouts (63), and sixth in ERA and innings pitched.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Argos Look For Second Straight Road Win Tuesday At Spring Hill

first_img Print Friendly Version LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATSPENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball (4-0) will travel to Mobile Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off vs. Spring Hill College (2-1). The contest will be West Florida’s second on the road this season.The Argos are coming off back-to-back wins vs. Miles College last week. UWF downed Miles 84-66 in the UWF Field House Wednesday, staying perfect on the young season behind a monster effort from Darryl Tucker, who exploded for 13 points, 5 blocks and 22 rebounds, the second-most in a single game in UWF history. Shondell Jackson led the team in scoring with 16 points, and five Argos finished in double figures.UWF men’s basketball made it two victories vs. Miles College, overcoming a 39-34 halftime deficit Saturday evening in the Knox-Windham Gymnasium to win 74-58. The Argos were led by DJ Thorpe, who scored a game-high 19 points, and Tucker, who notched his third straight double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.UWF women’s basketball will also be in action Tuesday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Center on the campus of Spring Hill. The UWF women’s team will open play at 5:30 vs. Spring Hill with the men’s contest to follow. The games will be the first time in 2017-18 that the UWF women and men have played back-to-back contests on the same floor.TAKING A ROAD TRIP* The Argos opened the season with three straight wins at home vs. Albany State, Fort Valley State and Miles. The team traveled to Fairfield for a rematch with Miles Saturday, bouncing back from a halftime deficit to get a 74-58 victory.* UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer on the team’s first road test of the season: “It was a good road game for us to try to grow up a little bit, to learn to play through some adversity. It was a good win in a tough environment.”* Last year, UWF men’s basketball posted a record of 8-7 in road games and 1-0 on neutral courts. Under third-year head coach Jeff Burkhamer, the Argos are 11-18 in road games. The Argos have won five of their last seven regular season road games dating back to Jan. 28, 2017.* West Florida will once again play away from the UWF Field House this weekend. The team travels to the Valdosta State Thanksgiving Classic in Valdosta, Ga. Nov. 25-26. The Argos take on Webber State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and then play Fayetteville State at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.* The Argos are a perfect 3-0 in program history on trips to Spring Hill and 2-0 on trips there under Burkhamer. The team scored an 81-69 win at Spring Hill Feb. 24, 2016 and an 85-75 victory there on Nov. 30, 2016.* After the trip to Valdosta, the Argos will be at home for four straight games to open GSC play Dec. 2-18.SCOUTING SPRING HILL* The Badgers are 2-1 on the season. They notched a victory vs. Shorter (73-70) as part of the GSC-SIAC Crossover Challenge on Nov. 11 and beat Pensacola Christian College at home 104-61 Nov. 16. The team has suffered its only official loss (59-54) to Union as part of the GSC-SIAC Crossover Challenge Nov. 10. The team has played exhibitions vs. South Alabama, Samford, and, most recently, Nicholls State, dropping all of them. The team will take part in another exhibition at New Orleans Nov. 24.* Spring Hill is coached by Aaron Niven. This is his fifth season as the head coach of the Badgers. He has a career record at Spring Hill of 38-78.* The Badgers went 10-18 overall last year and 9-8 in SIAC play, their best record in conference play under Niven.* This year’s SHC squad features four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and four freshman. Senior Walter Massey was a preseason All-SIAC pick.* The Badgers are currently being led by Brandon Fischer and Deandre Lacy, who have each averaged 12.0 points over the team’s first three games. The well-balanced Badgers are getting 11.0 PPG from Massey and 10.0 PPG from Andrew Dotson and William Lloyd.* Spring Hill is currently outscoring opponents 77.00-63.33. The team is shooting 50% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. The Badgers average 36.3 rebounds per game and are being led individually by Lloyd (6.0 RPG).* UWF is 6-0 vs. Spring Hill since 2014. The Argos have won each of the last three matchups by 10-plus points.TUCKER CLEANING UP THE GLASS* Darryl Tucker enjoyed a historic performance Wednesday in the UWF Field House. Tucker snared 22 rebounds vs. Miles College, the second-most in a single game in program history. Only Elbert Jones, who posted 25 rebounds on Nov. 27, 1995 vs. LaGrange had more. Tucker also became just the third Argonaut since 2009 to accumulate five blocks in a single game.* Tucker has accumulated at least nine rebounds and led the Argos in the category in every game this season. UWF is 12-2 over the last two regular seasons when Tucker leads the squad in rebounding.* He ranked 9th in the GSC with his 7.6 rebounds per game in 2016-17. He was a major part of a UWF rebounding unit that finished second in the GSC with 13.3 offensive rebounds per game.GSC/NCAA LEADERS* Tucker currently leads the GSC with 13.8 rebounds per game, close to five more per contest than KJ James (Valdosta State), who currently ranks second with 9.0 RPG. Tucker ranks second in the GSC with 2.3 blocks per game. As of Nov. 16, Tucker ranked tied for 5th in rebounds per game and tied for eighth in blocks per game NCAA DII men’s basketball.* Rashaan Benson currently ranks third in the GSC with 5.8 assists per game and is fifth with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.1. As of Nov. 16, he ranked tied for 22nd in NCAA DII men’s basketball in total assists.* DJ Thorpe is third in the GSC with 2.5 steals per game. He is currently shooting 45.5% from the field, which ranks him 15th in the GSC.* Moter Deng is 14 of 15 from the line so far this year. His 93.3% efficiency from the stripe ranks him third in the GSC.* West Florida has surrendered 65.0 PPG so far this year, the fourth-best mark in the conference. The 12.5-point average margin of victory is also the fourth-best mark in the GSC.* UWF leads the GSC with 40.5 rebounds per game. The Argos have the third-best turnover margin in the GSC, currently at +3.00 per game.* The Argos have held opponents to a 38.6% shooting mark from the field, the third-lowest percentage in the conference.ABOUT UWF* Third-year head coach Jeff Burkhamer has gone 31-28 at UWF, which includes last year’s record-setting 20-9 campaign. He is 249-181 as a 4-year college coach and 404-222 all-time in 22 seasons as a head coach. His 30-plus years’ coaching experience includes his NCAA, Junior College and Continental Basketball Association career.* UWF returns seven letterwinners and four starters from a year ago, when the team set the school-record for wins in a season with 20 and shattered the record for conference victories, going 14-8 in the Gulf South Conference.* Last year, the Argos finished in the GSC top five in a number of categories, including scoring offense (78.9 PPG, 3rd GSC), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.15, 3rd GSC), offensive rebounds (13.3 per game, 2nd GSC, 26th NCAA Div. II) and free throw attempts (724, 2nd GSC, 38th NCAA Div. II).* UWF is currently on an 11-game home winning streak dating back to a Jan. 2, 2017 victory over North Alabama.* The Argos are seeking a 5-0 start for the second consecutive year.GSC PRESEASON COACHES POLL* UWF received one first-place vote and was picked to finish fifth in the Gulf South Conference preseason poll that was released in mid-October. The Argos received 130 total points and one first-place vote in the poll, finishing ahead of Montevallo, North Alabama, West Georgia, Union, Lee, West Alabama, Mississippi College, Shorter and Auburn Montgomery and just one point behind fourth place Delta State.* Christian Brothers was picked to finish first in the GSC, garnering 158 total points and eight first-place votes. Valdosta State finished second, picking up 144 total points and four first place votes. Alabama Huntsville checked in at third with 139 total votes and one first place vote. Delta State finished fourth but did not receive any first place votes.* Owens Community College transfer Shondell Jackson and Kankakee Community College transfer Latrell Tidwell were selected as UWF’s top newcomers.#ARGOS#last_img read more