Scorpio Bulkers Taking Its Time on 2020 Sulfur Cap

first_imgAt the end of last year, the company acquired ten ships availing of the “stressed opportunities”, which are no longer available on the market, it was stated during the call.Speaking on the potential future orders, Bugbee said that there is no need for Scorpio Bulkers to go out and take new orders.“If we could have done that and if we had that intention, we would have done in the third quarter or fourth quarter as opposed to buying assets that were effective in the water or soon to be in the water.”As explained, the ships need to be ready to reap the fruits from the accelerating demand in the upcoming period and especially moving into 2019 and 2020.However, it is still too early to sign longer-term charters as rates are expected to pick up further.“I can’t imagine any owner would want to give their ships away right now,” Bugbee pointed out.World Maritime News Staff zoom Monaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers is taking the ‘wait and see’ approach when it comes to preparing for the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulfur cap.According to Cameron Mackey, Scorpio Bulkers’ Chief Operating Officer (COO), it is a matter of time before the regulators revisit the scrubber solution and realize that a scrubber takes emissions and instead of putting them into air, actually puts them into the sea.“So, we have a healthy skepticism that regulations, as they are now, will not be changed or modified, and that’s one of the greatest risks that any ship owner has in undertaking an expensive capital project against things: it’s the risk that regulations change, either in implementation or around the technology. And this, by the way, is proven to be true with the recent misadventures in ballast water treatment regulation,” Mackey said in a conference call on Tuesday.Furthermore, there is skepticism that the available technology is adequately designed and resilient, especially on the back of case studies of those who have installed scrubbers that prove otherwise.“The final big risk, of course, is relative pricing and availability of the different fuels once you get to 2020,” Mackey added, stressing that these are the key concerns that stand in the way of making any long-term decision on the issue at the moment.“We are taking our time to make sure that any decisions we might make is thoughtful and takes into consideration these risks and how they might change.”Scorpio Bulkers made a huge recovery in 2017, axing its loss from USD 124.8 million posted in 2016 to USD 59.7 million.“The company was brought back from the dead,” Robert Bugbee, the company’s president, said during the call.Commenting on the situation on the market, Bugbee said the company was “really confident in this market recovery, but we’re not cavalier, ” as the process is in its early stages.“This quarter is very much a transitional quarter; it’s the worst quarter that we expect in a year (…) Once Chinese New Year finished within two or three weeks, we and the rest of the industry expect things to move upwards.”last_img read more

Eniram Inks MoU to Participate in Project Forward Initiative

first_imgzoomNew generation of bulk carriers developed by Project Forward. Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä Eniram, part of Finnish technology group Wärtsilä, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Athens-based Arista Shipping to participate in the Project Forward initiative.Led by Arista, the project has developed a dry bulk carrier vessel that features “an unprecedented high level of energy efficiency.” The carrier’s design is based on LNG fueled propulsion.Under the MoU, Eniram will assist in the development of monitoring and optimization tools.“We are delighted to be a part of this exciting project, which will create a vessel with the levels of performance and sustainability needed as the marine industry enters a new era. Our input will help ensure that operational visibility will be maximised, and that the new ships can operate at optimal efficiency,” Giannis Moraitakis, E&A Business & Sales Development Manager at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.As informed, the vessel design will enable compliance with all known, applicable, and anticipated regulations proposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These include the Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025, SOx post 2020, and NOx Tier III without any after treatment.“Project Forward represents a milestone for the shipping industry, since it brings a substantial discontinuity to traditional ship design and performance. The project establishes LNG as a global marine fuel, and we welcome Eniram’s involvement (…) The aim of the project is to arrive at a fully elaborated decision support tool, which will be extremely valuable in enabling us to predict, monitor, optimise, and also demonstrate the actual performance of the vessels,” Antonis Trakakis, Technical Manager at Arista Shipping, explained.Wärtsilä is also a part of the project team, contributing with LNG propulsion technology. The propulsion design concept is to be based on an arrangement featuring just two highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines without additional gensets. Other parties involved include Finnish ship designer Deltamarin, the Houston-based classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and GTT, the French LNG membrane containment system designer.Earlier this year, Arista Shipping signed a letter of intent with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (YZJ) to build a series of up to twenty bulk carriers to the new design. The Kamsarmax vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2023.last_img read more

Stars Launch PSA For Dementia Friends Campaign

first_imgAlzheimer’s Society, working with Public Health England, has launched a major new advertising campaign.Video: ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ — PHE Dementia Friends advert (140secs)Among the stars who appear in the new video are Chris Martin, Lily Allen, Lesley Manville, Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess, Simon Pegg, Pixie Lott, Hugh Dennis, Alesha Dixon, Paul O’Grady, Fiona Phillips, Ruth Langsford & Eamonn Holmes, Michael Vaughn, Ruth Jones, Huey Morgan, Tim Wheeler, Leighton Baines, Antonia Thomas, Sir Terry Pratchett, Meera Syal, Angela Rippon, Josette Simon, Levi Roots and Sam Bailey.Video: Behind the scenes of the PHE Dementia Friends advertThe campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and encourage individuals and businesses to sign up to Dementia Friends.Head to and you can become a Dementia Friend through an online route or by signing up for a Dementia Friends session in your community. Over 100,000 people have already become Dementia Friends through attending a 40 minute session. Now, with added online routes to becoming a Dementia Friend and this advertising campaign, we’re on course to recruit more than one million Dementia Friends across England by March 2015. This runs alongside our Dementia Friends programmes in Wales and Northern Ireland.Dementia Friends increases public awareness and understanding and encourages people to take action to support people with dementia and those who look after them. It’s a really important part of our work to help people with dementia live well in their local community.last_img read more

Lanka welcomes Cannes award for refugee movie

Sri Lankan government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the award could draw international attention to the new administration’s efforts at reconcilation with Tamils following the war that ended in 2009. “I am glad that the Tigers’ use of child soldiers has come to light,“ Senaratne said. “With the publicity from this movie, I expect more interest in our reconciliation efforts.”The film’s lead actor, Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, himself a former Tamil Tiger child soldier who escaped the fighting and secured asylum in France over two decades ago, has said his character, Dheepan, was about “50 percent“ autobiographical.The Tigers, who are still outlawed by most Western nations, were crushed in a major military offensive that ended in May 2009. At elections in January, President Maithripala Sirisena unseated strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, who drew international condemnation for his refusal to investigate the alleged abuses.Since coming to power, Sirisena has lifted bans on at least two local film productions based on civilians caught up in the conflict.During his decade-long rule, Rajapakse had branded war-themed local productions “unpatriotic” because they allegedly portrayed security forces in a poor light. But the rout sparked allegations that thousands of mainly Tamil civilians were killed or went missing. “We have a new government which is serious about reconciliation, ensuring justice and addressing the problems of the minorities.”Senaratne said the movie touched on the use of child soldiers during the war by Tamil Tiger rebels who were known for their suicide bombings. “The movie talks about a situation (in Sri Lanka) decades ago. It is not the current picture. It is very different now,” Senaratne, who is also the health minister, told AFP. Sri Lanka’s government on Monday hailed the awarding of Cannes’ top prize to a film highlighting the plight of the Tamil minority during the island’s civil war, saying authorities were working to redress past injustices, the AFP news agency reported.“Dheepan”, a French movie about a former Sri Lankan soldier’s struggles in a French ghetto after fleeing the separatist war, captured the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or prize on Sunday. read more

Maritime Link too risky for Nova Scotia power customers energy regulator told

HALIFAX – A revised agreement to proceed with the Maritime Link project should be rejected because it imposes too much risk on Nova Scotia ratepayers, the province’s consumer advocate told the energy regulator Thursday.John Merrick said the agreement between Nova Scotia energy company Emera (TSX:EMA) and Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned energy company, contains too many restrictions and qualifications.“It clearly puts on ratepayers a risk that shouldn’t be there,” he said Thursday after taking part in the first day of the latest round of public hearings on the megaproject. “They shouldn’t have to incur a risk of cost overruns for this $1.5-billion project.”Merrick said he reached that conclusion after posing questions at the Utility and Review Board hearing to officials from both Emera and Nalcor.The Maritime Link would see Emera build a subsea cable that would link Nova Scotia with Newfoundland, allowing Nova Scotia Power to buy energy generated by the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant, under construction in Labrador.Under the agreement, Nova Scotia ratepayers would pay for the Maritime Link through their electricity bills.Nalcor has a 35-year deal with Emera to supply Nova Scotia with 20 per cent of the energy from Muskrat Falls in exchange for paying 20 per cent of the costs of the $7.7-billion project. However, Merrick and other critics of the project have questioned how much it would cost Nova Scotia Power to buy energy in excess of the 20-per-cent block.The Utility and Review Board hearing is focusing on whether Emera has secured a commercial guarantee from Nalcor for access to cheaper market-priced power over and above Nova Scotia’s 20-per-cent block. Secure access to cheaper power would make the project the cheapest energy option for Nova Scotia, but just barely, the board has said.Rick Janega, president of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, told the hearing that Emera has met the board’s key condition.“This agreement goes well beyond creating confidence,” he said. “We absolutely believe it creates a first choice for Nova Scotia.”But Merrick told the board that the agreement would not allow Nova Scotia Power to buy enough market-priced power.Later, Merrick took an even dimmer view of the project, saying outside the hearing Emera is wrong to ask Nova Scotia ratepayers to foot the bill for the Maritime Link, mainly because it doesn’t provide good value for their money.“It just isn’t a normal transaction,” he said, adding that Nova Scotia Power, a subsidiary of Emera, shouldn’t be involved in building energy megaprojects.Merrick said the Maritime Link would likely be built even if the regulator rejected the deal, removing the risk for ratepayers.Emera CEO Chris Huskilson said the Halifax-based company is assuming a great deal of risk in the project.“It’s a massive project,” he said outside the hearing room. “Just getting the project up and running is something that will take some time, effort and risk.”He said the project represents the cheapest, long-term energy solution for the province, and if the agreement is approved, Nova Scotia would get the market-priced energy it needs.“Both Emera and Nalcor have stepped up and have said there is now contractual certainty that the energy will be there,” he said.Huskilson also said that even if there is an energy shortfall from Labrador, Emera has committed to building more wind turbines or other green energy projects to meet its commitments.Premier Stephen McNeil said he is concerned by the unanswered questions about the deal.“I think it’s important that if you want ratepayers to take the risk, we need to ensure we know what that final deal looks like,” he said after the weekly cabinet meeting. “We need to figure out what the board says, and what commitments are being made by the utility towards ratepayers and does it make sense. So we leave the option open for us as a government to continue being a part of this conversation.”Nelson Blackburn, the province’s small business advocate, said the answers to his questions also led him to conclude Emera has not met the board’s key condition on market-priced power.“They haven’t really complied at all,” he said after appearing at the hearing.He said Merrick’s complaint about risks for ratepayers is valid but was addressed at an earlier hearing. Maritime Link too risky for Nova Scotia power customers, energy regulator told AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 10:56 am MDT read more

Central African Republic Security Council appeals to rebels to lay down arms

In a statement presented by Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration of Chad, which holds the body’s December presidency, the Council condemned “the continuous cycle of provocations and reprisals by armed groups, both inside and outside of Bangui; the threats of violence, human rights violations and abuses and international humanitarian law violations committed by armed elements”. The 15-member Council also reiterated its grave concern at the threat to peace and security arising from the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. It also underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international humanitarian law. It urgently appealed to the international community to mobilize additional resources, noting that a total amount of $321 million is still required to cover the needs identified within the framework of the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan and Regional Refugee Response Plan, to alleviate the humanitarian crisis. The Council stressed that the restoration of lasting peace and stability in the CAR is contingent upon economic recovery, with concrete prospects for youth employment. In this context, the Security Council welcomed employment generating projects. Council Members reiterated the important role of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA) in providing support for security sector reform and commended the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Babacar Gaye. In that regard, the Council urged the Secretariat and MINUSCA to accelerate the deployments of its civilian, police and military capabilities in CAR, in order to reach its full operational capacity as soon as possible. The Council also took note of the final communiqué of the High-level meeting on the Central African Republic (CAR) held under the auspices of the Secretary-General in New York on 26 September 2014 as well as conclusions of the 6th meeting of the International Contact Group on the CAR held in Bangui on 11 November 2014.Transitional Authorities must take concrete action, with the full, effective and equal participation of women, towards an inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue and reconciliation process, the Council reiterated, urging Transitional Authorities to accelerate inclusive preparations for the Bangui Forum on National Reconciliation scheduled for January 2015. Members also urged all actors of the electoral process, including the Transitional Authorities and the National Elections Authority (NEA), to accelerate preparations in order to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections that allow for the full and equal participation of women, internally displaced persons, and CAR refugees, no later than August 2015. Meanwhile, signatories to the Brazzaville Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities of 23 July 2014 must fully implement its provisions, in particular articles 4 and 8, the Council reiterated, calling on the International Mediation, led by President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the African Union (AU), and the UN to facilitate the early conclusion of an agreement on the disarmament of the armed groups. Affirming that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable, the Council noted the opening by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 24 September 2014 of an investigation on alleged crimes committed since 2012 and welcomed the ongoing cooperation by the CAR Transitional Authorities in this regard.It also welcomed the signing on 7 August 2014 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Urgent Temporary Measures, which describes, in particular, the establishment of a national Special Criminal Court in charge of investigating and prosecuting the serious crimes committed in CAR and called for the immediate implementation of this MoU. Members reiterated its appreciation to neighbouring countries for hosting approximately 420,000 CAR refugees and called on Transitional Authorities, humanitarian personnel and all relevant actors to establish favourable conditions for the voluntary and dignified return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees The international community must continue to support Central African Republic and provide urgent financial contributions to support national dialogue and reconciliation as well as the restoration of the judicial and penal chains in order to fight against impunity, the Council stated. read more

October new car registrations up as market stabilises

Registrations in the last three months have increased by 0.9% versus 2010, whilst over the last six months they were down 1.5%. This period of relative stability follows a weak start to the year that has left registrations over the year-to-date down 4.5% to 1,688,038 units. 1Fiesta7,3081Fiesta84,506 Mkt share ’1153.4%45.4%1.2%40.8%54.6%4.6% 20111,688,038846,444820,13921,455723,532876,64087,866 Best sellersOctober % change2.6%0.3%5.4%5.2%-4.3%7.9%9.7% SMMT’s sales type data showed the fleet market grew in the month, whilst the fall in private volumes was less pronounced than in previous months. OctoberTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 10Jazz2,47210MINI30,305 Year-to-date Mkt share ’1150.1%48.6%1.3%42.9%51.9%5.2% Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 20101,767,154799,732947,70119,721841,570839,78885,796 % change-4.5%5.8%-13.5%8.8%-14.0%4.4%2.4% 2010131,49571,87958,1061,51057,52068,3335,642 7Polo3,2897Polo39,944 Gain in October is welcome, but outlook remains uncertainNew car registrations rose for the second time in the past year in October. The 2.6% growth saw the market up 3,449 units to 134,944. This was almost 7% and nearly 9,000 units ahead of SMMT’s forecast for the month, but volumes remain almost 20% off the level recorded in 2007, prior to recession. October looks set to account for 7% of annual volumes, on par with the average share recorded from 1999-2010. 3Focus5,2033Corsa67,259 4Golf4,4004Golf54,413 2011134,94472,10761,2481,58955,04373,7126,189 9Qashqai2,7899Qashqai33,552 The market remains on track to achieve SMMT’s full year forecast of 1.923 million units. The market is expected to be stable in 2012, at 1.96 million units. Consumer confidence remains fragile and forecasts for UK GDP growth have been revised down. Like others, we look to government to shore up confidence and unlock growth, notably through the Autumn Statement due on 29 November.Click through to download the full October 2011 new car registrations news release and data tables. 8Insignia2,92383 Series37,314 The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in both October and over the year-to-date. 5Astra4,1595Astra53,201 The VW Golf was the best selling diesel model in October. Demand for diesel and alternatively fuelled cars was stable during the month, whilst petrol cars – helped by growth in small car segments – picked up. Registrations in October were buoyed by a sharp recovery in the small car markets, with the Supermini segment up 17.4% and the Mini segment up 4.7%. The Dual Purpose segment also rose on the back of new model launches. 2Corsa6,3002Focus72,875 63 Series3,6646Insignia41,309 Mkt share ’1045.3%53.6%1.1%47.6%47.5%4.9% Mkt share ’1054.7%44.2%1.1%43.7%52.0%4.3% New car registrations rose by 2.6% in October to 134,944 units, the second increase in three months.New car registrations over the first 10 months of 2011 were down 4.5%, at 1,688,038 units.Market on track to achieve full year total of 1.923 million units, but caution remains over 2012.“October’s new car market rose 2.6% on last year – a positive result despite the uncertain economic climate,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks are working hard to offer consumers value for money through improved fuel efficiency, low running costs and innovative finance. We expect market conditions to remain challenging and hope the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this month will help to boost economic growth and consumer confidence.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion Selecting Ohio State footballs Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an iconic place that attracts more than three million people annually. It features four 60-foot tall granite carvings of the faces of former presidents of the United States — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.The historic significance of the four presidents cannot be disputed. Although there have been many important figures in American history, these four have unique legacies that make them worthy of having their faces chiseled into a mountainside.Often people talk about creating a hypothetical “Mount Rushmore” for other disciplines outside of American history. This is especially common in the world of sports.For example, last year LeBron James was asked who he would include on a NBA version of Mount Rushmore. With so many great players and coaches in the league’s history, the task of choosing just four can be tough. But it is fun to find out which four individuals people consider to be the cream of the crop.I will take on that task and narrow down my top four legends to be included on a Mount Rushmore of Ohio State football.OSU is regarded as one of the marquee programs in college football, with eight national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners and 79 consensus All-Americans. The task to sort through all of the legends from the program’s history and then dwindle them down to select four was at times difficult. But I believe I have found the four most worthy Buckeyes to be carved into the hypothetical granite.I will break down each of my four choices with reasons why I nominate them to the imaginary monument. With a program that has such rich history, there will be deserving individuals who who have been left off, but I only could choose four. Here they are:Woody Hayes- Head Coach, 1951-1978This one wasn’t all that difficult. I would go as far as saying it was a no-brainer to include Woody Hayes. He was the head coach of OSU for 28 seasons, and under his leadership, the program soared into the category of elite. Hayes guided the Buckeyes to five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles. He also coached 58 All-Americans. During his tenure, the Scarlet and Gray went undefeated twice.Hayes’ career at OSU ended in controversy when he punched a Clemson player in the final minutes of the 1978 Gator Bowl, but he was known throughout his time in Columbus to be an incredible leader of the young men he coached. The positive stories surrounding his leadership should — and in my opinion do — overshadow the incident with the Clemson player that got him fired. Hayes is truly a college football coaching legend.He had his trials and tribulations, but a career winning percentage of .761 and five national championships speak for themselves. He helped solidify the Buckeyes as a premier program. No Ohio State football Mount Rushmore would be complete without a carving of Hayes donning his famous large-framed glasses and black hat with a bold scarlet block O outlined in white. To me, his contributions to the program make him 100 percent deserving.Archie Griffin – Running Back, 1972-75Like Hayes, this one was not too agonizing of a selection. Hayes is OSU’s most decorated coach, Griffin its most decorated player. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the award’s 79-year history, Griffin — who was coached by Hayes — first won it as a junior in 1974 when he amassed 1,772 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns. He won his second Heisman in 1975 when he totaled 1,620 yards from scrimmage in 1975 and four touchdowns.Griffin’s Buckeyes made four straight trips to the Rose Bowl, including a victory over Southern California in 1973. He is the only player to lead the Big Ten in rushing for three consecutive seasons. He finished his career with the Scarlet and Gray with a school-record 5,589 rushing yards.In 1986, he was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. His No. 45 has been retired by Ohio State. In 2014, he was named the All-Century Player of the Rose Bowl Game. Hayes said of Griffin, “He’s a better young man than he is a football player, and he’s the best football player I’ve ever seen.”I believe Griffin is the best player to ever wear scarlet and gray. Buckeye Mount Rushmore would not be complete without him on it.Eddie George, Running Back, 1992-95Before, I said the task of choosing four people to hypothetically carve out of granite was “at times difficult.” It was. This is where it began to get difficult. The first two choices — Hayes and Griffin — were almost obvious. The final two required much more thought.Eddie George got the nod for the third spot on the fictional monument. He suited up for the Buckeyes from 1992 to 1995, having at least three touchdowns in all four of his seasons. George emerged during his junior year when he rushed for 1,442 rushing yards — ninth most in school history — and 12 touchdowns. But his 1995 campaign solidified his spot in Buckeye history and on the OSU Mount Rushmore.George captured the Heisman Trophy for his performance during the 1995 season, and rightfully so. He tallied 2,344 yards from scrimmage — 1,927 of those rushing — and 25 total touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards in a school record 12 of the Scarlet and Gray’s 13 games. His 314 rushing yards against Illinois set another school record. Additionally, George had three games over 200 yards rushing in the regular season — another school record. He currently sits behind Griffin in second place for most rushing yards in school history, with 3,768.Finding a season better than George’s 1995 one in Buckeye history would be tough. He dominated competition and carried the team to a 11-2 mark. Those opposed to George being carved into the imaginary granite might point to his 1-3 record in bowl games and a 1-2-1 record against Michigan. Those arguments are fair, but the Buckeyes did finish inside the AP’s Top 20 during each of George’s four seasons, which proves the teams still were successful. He had two exceptional seasons as the featured back, in 1994 and 1995. His senior season was pure dominance. In my opinion, it is arguably the most impressive individual season in OSU history, and because of that, I could not leave George off of the Buckeye Mount Rushmore.Bill Willis, Offensive and Defensive Line, 1942-44The final spot came down to a few people — Urban Meyer, Howard Cassady and Jim Tressel —  but in the end, Bill Willis emerged as the most deserving. Willis, who is most likely the least-known individual on the list, started for three seasons for the Buckeyes from 1942 to 1945. He played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his tenure. Willis helped the Scarlet and Gray capture the program’s first national championship in 1942.During his junior and senior seasons in 1943 and 1944, Willis was selected as an All-American. As a senior, he was a part of an undefeated OSU team.Being a lineman — especially from the 1940s — makes statistics more difficult to come by, but Willis’ impact is still easily accessible. When he was voted an All-American, Willis became the first African American from OSU to receive such an honor. He was not the first African American to suit up for the Buckeyes, but he was the first one to become a star.After finishing his career in Columbus, Willis joined the Cleveland Browns in 1946, making him one of the first African Americans to play professional football in the modern era. He went on to have a largely successful professional career.He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and 1977, respectively. His No. 99 was retired by OSU in 2007.Willis was truly a pioneer in the game of football during his time wearing scarlet and gray and beyond. His accomplishments and legacy certainly make him deserving of the final spot of the Ohio State football Mount Rushmore. read more

Fear of closure continues at Irish Seed Savers as fundraising slower than

first_imgTHE FUTURE OF the Irish Seed Savers Association remains uncertain as a fundraising campaign launched last month struggles to gain momentum.The group, who aim to conserve ‘Ireland’s very special and threatened plant genetic resources’, launched an appeal campaign in last month in an attempt to stabilise the organisation.They say a total of €250,000 is required to ‘ensure Irish Seed Saver’s survival’, and detail that the money will be spent on various measures including buying property they are currently renting and improving their ability to sell seeds and trees.An Indiegogo online campaign has raised less than €10,000 of the €100,000 aim, with a week left to go.The organisation has secured hundreds of varieties of plant since it was founded in 1991 by Anita Hayes, including over 140 varieties of apple tree and 50 varieties of potatoes.Staff hours and wages have been reduced in recent years after three successive cuts to a grant received from the Department of Agriculture.“We already operate on a huge amount of volunteer hours,” marketing coordinator Geraldine Tobin told What we are aiming for is to secure Irish Seed Savers into the future and make it sustainable “I don’t know how we could manage if the goal is not reached”, she said.Irish Seed Savers also operate a seed bank, launched by President Michael D Higgins last year, and where over 600 ‘rare and endangered vegetable varieties’ are stored.“It’s unique, it’s what know as a living seed bank,” Toibin said, “Each year, we grow out the seeds to allow them to adapt to small changes in Ireland’s climate.”“Seeds from Ireland are naturally quite strong due to our particular climate”, she added.President Michael D Higgins at the launch of Irish Seed Saver’s seed bank. (Image: Irish Seed Savers)It has been estimated that Ireland has lost as much as 75 per cent of its biodiversity over the past 100 years, meaning that many plant varieties are either at risk of being lost or already have been — and studies into some of these forgotten varieties has led to unexpected results.“A study by Irish Seed Savers found that one heirloom variety of tomato, the Caro Rich, found that it had over ten times the normal amount of beta carotene”, she said.“Other varieties which have not yet been studied, could yield surprise findings like this”, Toibin added, saying that the non-governmental organisation aims to continue such research if funding is secured.Read: Forestry Inventory finds 10.5% of Ireland’s total land area is forest >last_img read more

Varadkar willing to consider different approach to secure Ibrahim Halawas freedom

first_imgWe both agreed that it is evident the approach taken to date has not been successful, notwithstanding the best efforts of the diplomats of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the ministers and the outgoing Taoiseach. 183 Comments Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 5:01 PM Jun 8th 2017, 5:01 PM 22,039 Views Varadkar willing to consider ‘different approach’ to secure Ibrahim Halawa’s freedom Halawa has spent almost four years in jail without trial. Nosayba (left) and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, on Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre, Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share58 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nosayba (left) and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, on Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre,center_img Fine Gael Leader and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar. Source: RollingNews.ieVaradkar said he would need to be fully briefed on whatever other approach is agreed upon.He said he would have to “consider the pluses and minuses of a different approach”.I think it is fair to say that Minister Zappone and I are on the same page on that… we want this Irish citizen that is being detained without trial to be released.The Social Protection Minister, who is soon to become the next Taoiseach, said he also needs to ensure that any change in their actions are not “counter productive”.Read: Leo says he won’t be ‘best friends’ with Micheál Martin but it’s time to start afresh>Read: Public health could be ‘at risk’ from exposure to microplastics in drinking water> I did say I would be willing to consider a different approach. LEO VARADKAR HAS said he is willing to consider a different approach to secure the freedom of Ibrahim Halawa.Halawa has spent almost four years in jail without trial. Recently, the Irish government said it has stepped up its diplomatic efforts to secure his release.His next trial date is set for Tuesday, 4 July.In her talks with the new Fine Gael leader, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said she wants more to be done.She said despite the good work by department officials and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, a new approach was needed by the Irish government in order to reach its goal.Speaking to reporters today, Varadkar said he had a “good discussion” with Zappone on the matter. Image: PA Archive/PA Images This is an Irish citizen who is being detained without trial now for three years so I don’t think anyone can deny that the approach to date has not yet been successful. Short URL By Christina Finnlast_img read more

What You Need To Know About The Coming Showdown Between Trump And

first_imgSaul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller leaves following a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol last year.The Russia imbroglio has brought Washington, D.C., to a crossroads that could have historic implications for President Trump and the nation.Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview Trump about what he knows and why he has acted in the way he has. The president and his attorneys have all but ruled that out. The president denies any wrongdoing.Which side will blink?If Trump and the White House stick by their decision not to give Mueller an interview, the special counsel has a choice of his own: Will he accept the arguments made by Trump’s attorneys that he already knows everything Trump could tell him and stand down?Or will Mueller choose a path seldom traveled and issue a subpoena to try to compel Trump to sit for an interview?Here’s what you need to know about how we got here — and what might come next.Trump has made a key admissionThe president’s attorneys now acknowledge — despite earlier denials by the White House — that he dictated a statement to The New York Times about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower at which his top campaign deputies hosted a delegation dispatched by the Russian government. (Read more about that meeting here.)The meeting followed an offer of help to Donald Trump Jr. from the Russian government via a series of intermediaries. When the Times was on the verge of reporting on the meeting, Trump Jr. initially said — in the statement written by Trump senior — that the meeting was mostly about “adoptions.”Later, Trump Jr. released the emails in which the session had been organized. Last month, it became clear that the Russians used the meeting to give Trump aides a political opposition research tip, although not one, according to the accounts of the participants, the Russians had initially promised about Hillary Clinton.Why does this matter?For two reasons: First, Trump’s direct involvement is important if Mueller is building a case that the president has been engaged in a pattern of deception or other behavior that amounts to obstruction of justice. Prosecutors might group this together with other examples since Inauguration Day.And second, it raises questions about how closely Trump has been involved all along with the contacts between people in his campaign and Russian operatives. Trump has said he wasn’t aware that Russia was attacking the presidential election in 2016 or that his aides were interacting with Russians at that time. Trump himself has been described as not a target of the FBI’s investigation.But the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed last month that, as Trump Jr. was arranging the meeting at which he hosted his Russian guests, he made two phone calls to a blocked number. Trump Jr. told senators he didn’t remember with whom he spoke. Trump senior is known to have used a blocked number.If Mueller’s investigators established that Trump Jr. did, in fact, phone his father, that could suggest that Trump senior knew at the time of the meeting at least that it was taking place. That raises questions about how much else Trump knew about the overtures the Russian government had been making to his campaign since spring 2016.If Trump did know about what was happening — even if neither he nor his aides actually conspired with the ongoing Russian active measures — that might have given him an incentive to frustrate efforts by FBI investigators to find out about what his campaign aides had done or what he knew.Mueller’s investigators want to ask about all this.Trump’s lawyers are fighting an interviewTrump’s lawyers have been resisting confidentially and they’ve also been litigating their case in the press.Trump’s legal team argues not only that Trump did not break the law that prohibits obstructing justice, but that, in short, he cannot commit that crime: His actions as president all have been within the authority afforded him by the Constitution, the lawyers say.If he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to lay off the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, that was within Trump’s power, they argue, because he can end any investigation for any reason. And the Constitution also gives Trump the privilege to fire Comey or nearly anyone else under him in the executive branch, the president’s legal team says, for any reason.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump waves to visitors as he walks across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House on Friday.And Trump not only couldn’t have obstructed justice, according to this line of argument, the president argued on Monday that even if he had broken any law, he has the power to pardon himself. Trump, in claiming that privilege, stopped short of saying he might use it, and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said separately that the president recognized that pardoning himself might bring on a severe political backlash.All the same, the manifold claims about executive power appear to add up to a message to the special counsel: Trump has not and cannot do anything wrong in this context and even if he had, he has the authority to make all this go away.So what comes next?Option 1: Mueller waves offThe special counsel’s office simply could drop its request for an interview with Trump. Mueller then could do whatever other work he believes he has set out for him.No one knows whether Mueller intends to file charges against other people in the Russia case — for example, to indict the Russian cyber-operatives who stole emails from the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in 2016 and then arranged for them to be released to embarrass their targets.Mueller also must compile a written report about the Russian attack on the 2016 election and the subsequent events. The governing regulations oblige Mueller to submit his report to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, but Rosenstein has no obligation of his own to give the report to Congress or make it public. (The regulations do, however, appear to require Rosenstein to notify the chairmen and ranking members of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees when the special counsel’s investigation is concluded.)If, however, the investigation results in a book-length “Mueller Report,” as there have been major reports by past congressional committees or special prosecutors, it could eventually find its way into the light of day.At the very least, Mueller finally might tell the full story of the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election, about which many questions remain. If Mueller has found no wrongdoing by the president, he also could clear Trump and the nation could move on.Or if Mueller discovers wrongdoing, he could put the onus for action on Congress or voters; it would be up to the democratic process to deal with Trump if Mueller argued the president had transgressed somehow. The Justice Department might also signal whether it planned to file charges against Trump once he no longer was president — either because he had been removed by Congress, voters or his term limit — given the orthodox view within DOJ that it cannot indict a sitting president.Option 2: Mueller plays hardballIf the president won’t agree to an interview that Mueller felt would address his questions, Mueller’s office could obtain a subpoena from a grand jury. That would seek to compel Trump to sit for the interview, but no one knows what might happen next.In the case of President Bill Clinton, the White House responded to a subpoena by negotiating an interview in the White House with independent counsel Ken Starr. Clinton agreed to appear before the grand jury via closed-circuit TV, rather than having to physically go to a federal courthouse. Starr withdrew the subpoena.So although presidents have done interviews with high-level investigators in the past, the legal assertions that Trump’s lawyers have made about his powers and privileges have never actually been tested in a court battle in modern times.Could Trump invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to give evidence that might incriminate him?Of course. But there are political implications — in the past, Trump has criticized taking the Fifth as a de facto admission of guilt.Could Trump try to fight a subpoena?Yes. If Trump’s attorneys were determined to fight, they could ask a federal judge to throw out the subpoena. They could make arguments like the ones they reportedly made in their letter to Mueller’s office: that, first, the Constitution confers on the president unique powers and responsibilities that protect him from a subpoena and, second, that the special counsel’s office has already received all the information it would get from Trump in other ways.That puts the ball in Mueller’s court. Giuliani said on Sunday that although the door isn’t completely closed to an interview, he and Trump are strongly leaning against one — as has been the case for weeks. No matter what happens, no meeting between Trump and Mueller’s team would take place until after Trump’s planned summit in Singapore on June 12, Giuliani said.How long might a legal battle take?There’s no telling — even if the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments about the matter on an expedited basis given the importance of the case.The high court would stand at a crossroads of its own: If it recognized Trump’s assertion that the president can reject a subpoena, it would be a historic vindication and add yet more power to an office that has been gaining in its reach since President Franklin Roosevelt.If the Supreme Court ordered Trump to appear before a grand jury — either in person or in a Clinton-like arrangement via video — that would be a historic move all on its own.That could take months or years, but the relevant decisions by Trump, his lawyers, Mueller and his office could take place within the next few weeks.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Family Separation Policy Starts Dividing Republicans Border Patrol Agent Suggests Minors Are

first_img(2/3) Senator @JeffFlake and I have written to the Administration to ask for more information about this policy, but we already know two things: First, from the experience of previous Administrations, it does not act as a deterrent to use children in this fashion.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 17, 2018 Share Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis.It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018 (3/3) Second, and much more important, it is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents unless there is evidence of abuse or another very good reason. We need to fix our immigration laws, but using children is not the answer.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 17, 2018Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over one of his favorite issues. The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure with key proposals supported by the president. The White House has said Trump would sign either of those.This pressure is coming as some White House officials have tried to distance themselves from the policy. “Nobody likes” breaking up families and “seeing babies ripped from their mothers’ arms,” said presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.Conway rejected the idea that Trump was using the kids as leverage to force Democrats to negotiate on immigration and his long-promised border wall, even after Trump tweeted Saturday: “Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!”Asked whether the president was willing to end the policy, she said: “The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board.”To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is “using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall. And it’s an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress.”Schiff said the practice was “deeply unethical” and that Republicans’ refusal to criticize Trump represented a “sad degeneration” of the GOP, which he said had become “the party of lies.”The House proposals face broad opposition from Democrats, and even if a bill does pass, the closely divided Senate seems unlikely to go along.Trump’s former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Steve Bannon argued that effort risked alienating Trump’s political base and contributing to election losses in November, when Republicans hope to preserve their congressional majorities.center_img Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018 Democrats have turned up the pressure over the policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” in a guest column for the Washington Post Sunday. Mrs. Bush made some of the strongest comments yet from a Republican:  “I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote. She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called “one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about the situation as well, and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.Meanwhile, on Monday, Washington D.C.-based Politico tweeted a video with whom they identify as a chief border patrol agent who elaborated about the family separation policy and its implementation. The border patrol agent suggested that part of the uproar about the policy has been created by media report, and that many of the teenagers in the hosting facilities are “adults in another countries.” He said that these kids “have been working for years, may or may not (have) been associated with gangs”, and that these are not like the children ” that live next door to you.””Every policy we have mandates kids be kept in the least retrictive situations possible,” a chief border patrol agent said, also noting that the way border authorities deal with minors is often exaggerated by the media.— POLITICO (@politico) June 18, 2018Department of  Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen refused Monday to apologize for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents. Speaking at a meeting of the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans Monday, she rejected criticism accusing DHS of inhuman and immoral actions. “We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.Nielsen said that releasing parents with their children amounts to a “get out of jail free card” policy for illegal immigrants.The administration pushed back amid rising criticism from both sides of the political aisle but underscoring the emotional tension, first lady Melania Trump, who has tended to stay out of contentious policy debates, waded into the issue. Her spokeswoman said that Mrs. Trump believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.” “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.The signs of splintering GOP support come after longtime Trump ally, the Rev. Franklin Graham, called the policy “disgraceful.” Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents.Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said Monday on CNN that it “doesn’t feel right” for the Trump administration to blame Democrats for separating parents and children at the southern border as a way of pressuring Democrats into negotiating on a Republican immigration bill.Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy.“What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you,” she said. “That’s traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country.”(1/3) This morning, I joined @margbrennan on @CBS’s @FaceTheNation to discuss immigration and the Russia investigation. I do not support the Administration’s policy that is leading to the separation of children from their parents.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 17, 2018last_img read more

Full Show Early Voting and Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Oct 23 2018

first_img 00:00 /33:24 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X center_img On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: More than 63,000 in-person ballots were cast in Harris County on Monday, a reportedly record-setting turnout for the first day of early voting in the midterm election. With mail-in ballots, 115,601 votes have been cast in Harris County so far. A local political scientist weighs in on voter turnout so far.Also this hour: This year’s flu vaccine should be about 20 percent effective, according to tests from Rice University bioengineer Dr. Michael Deem, who joins us to discuss how the vaccine works and who should get it.And we learn about an art project that’s bringing pay phones back.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listenlast_img read more

US Rep John Ratcliffe Will Not Become Director Of National Intelligence

first_imgBut since Trump’s announcement, Ratcliffe has been in hot water for supposedly exaggerating parts of his biography, like his role as the leader of an immigration crackdown while he was a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Texas. Ratcliffe vehemently defended his record.In his own thread of tweets, Ratcliffe said he was grateful to Trump for “his intention to nominate me,” but was withdrawing from consideration.“I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve,” Ratcliffe said.“However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue,” he said. “The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue.”Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor first elected in 2014, was mayor of Heath before successfully unseating the late Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, then the dean of the Texas delegation. This isn’t the first time Ratcliffe has been said to be under consideration for a position in this administration. In November, he was on a short list of possible replacements for fired U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019 Leah Millis/ReutersU.S. Rep John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on July 24, 2019.U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, will remain in Congress instead of replacing Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump wrote. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people….“….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”On Sunday, Axios broke the news of Trump’s intent to nominate Ratcliffe, citing sources who said Trump was thrilled by the Texas congressman’s admonishment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing. Sharelast_img read more

Set to open its doors in early 2021 IHG has annou

first_imgSet to open its doors in early 2021, IHG has announced the new Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, a flagship for Holiday Inn in New Zealand, following the signing of an agreement with property owner QLong Investments Limited.The 182 room build will be located within a few minutes’ drive from Queenstown Airport and close to The Remarkables Ski Field, and will feature an all-day dining and bar venue, as well as large meeting facilities and a gym for guests.Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Senior Director of Development – Australasia, said: “Holiday Inn is famous for bringing special experiences to guests around the globe. With a company focus on growing our brands into regional areas, we are thrilled to partner with QLong Investments to bring a stunning new Holiday Inn to New Zealand. Our existing hotels in Queenstown are performing extremely well, and this new Holiday Inn will complement them perfectly, along with the upcoming Holiday Inn Express which will open in 2020.”The hotel will make a significant contribution to the growth of Remarkables Park, adding a unique point of difference to the 150-hectare multi-use retail, resort, residential and recreational zone. Holiday Inn will be located a few hundred metres from the retail and commercial centre of the Park, which is currently home to 65 businesses. There are also plans to add student accommodation, more residential, a retirement village, childcare, hospital, and a jet ferry service connecting Remarkables Quay to Queenstown Bay and parks and trails. hotelsIHGNew ZealandQueenstownskiThe Remarkableslast_img read more

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first_imgThursday, December 27Related LinksRaiders’ win leaves Cardinals alone atop 2019 NFL Draft orderLarry Fitzgerald clarifies Ndamukong Suh’s friendly eye-pokeDoug & Wolf Week 17 NFL power poll: All Saints in the final week of 2018• How Are Russell Wilson And The Seahawks Doing This? (Deadspin)With Sunday night’s win against the Chiefs, the Seahawks improved to 9-6 and locked up a playoff spot for the seventh time in Pete Carroll’s nine seasons as head coach.This was not exactly an easy-to-predict development.Injuries and age had taken their toll, so the defensive core of the roster—Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman—was blown up, while Earl Thomas landed on IR soon after an extended holdout.• Seahawks-Cardinals preview: Jim Moore is done underestimating Hawks ( Seahawks have been underestimated all year, but is a matchup with the Cardinals finally the time to have real expectations about the playoff-bound team?• Seahawks have Pro Bowl punter Michael Dickson practicing drop-kicking field goals, just in case (The News Tribune)Seeing Sebastian Janikowski hobble off the field in their latest game has the Seahawks preparing a rarely seen alternative for field goals and points after touchdowns.Their rookie Pro Bowl punter drop-kicking them.That’s what Michael Dickson was doing Wednesday at the start of the team’s indoor practice open to the media. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • Seahawks trying to match NFL record for fewest turnovers (AP)Of all the records the Seattle Seahawks have accomplished during Pete Carroll’s tenure, he may not be more proud than what they can accomplish this week.The Seahawks enter Week 17 having committed just 10 turnovers all season, with five of those coming in the first two weeks in losses to Denver and Chicago.If Seattle can make it through the regular-season finale against Arizona without committing a turnover, it would join the 2010 New England Patriots and 2011 San Francisco 49ers as having the fewest turnovers in a 16-game season.Wednesday, December 26• Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to multi-year contract extension ( Seahawks announced Monday the team signed head coach Pete Carroll to a multi-year contract extension.“I am excited to announce that we have extended Head Coach Pete Carroll through the 2021 season,” Seahawks chair Jody Allen said in a statement. “This will continue the championship culture that we have created in Seattle.”• Pete Carroll’s Seahawks ‘right where we want to be’ (“I think we’re right where we want to be. We’ve seen a style before in the past with 24 (running back Marshawn Lynch), he had it. We got it again. And wait until you really feel the impact of the whole (running back) group. We didn’t get to have Rashaad (Penny) last night; he and Mike (Davis) are pounding away. It’s got some substance to it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Saturday, December 29• Why Pete Carroll says he’s “going for it” Sunday, not resting Seahawks starters for playoffs (The News Tribune)Oh, yes, Pete Carroll believes momentum for the playoffs is real. And vital.Maintaining momentum is why the 67-year-old coach has spent the past week vowing to treat the Seahawks’ relatively meaningless regular-season finale Sunday against Arizona (3-12) at CenturyLink Field as he has every other “championship opportunity”—what Carroll loves to call every game.“Not changing anything,” he said.• Keys to the Game: What the Seahawks have to do against the Cardinals to earn their 10th win (The Seattle Times)The Seahawks have a playoff bid sewn up. But there is still plenty to play for Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals — getting to 10 wins for the sixth time in the past seven years, beating Arizona at home for the first time since 2014 and most important, assuring the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs and a game at Dallas in the wild-card round.Here’s a look at some keys for the Seahawks on Sunday.• Seahawks will undergo changing of the guard on Sunday (Seahawks Wire)The Seattle Seahawks have utilized a prolific running attack this season, thanks in part to the play of their offensive line. Unfortunately, Seattle could be without both their starting guards, J.R Sweezy and D.J. Fluker, on Sunday when they close out the regular season against the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals have pride to play for. They also have a first overall draft pick to lose.Meanwhile, their opponent in the 2018 regular season finale has nothing to prove and little to play for. The Seattle Seahawks (9-6) clinched an NFC Wild Card berth with a 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday but can retain some rhythm by preparing against Arizona (3-12) like any other regular season game.Heading into the NFC West showdown in Seattle this Sunday, here’s a look at the key storylines coming out of the Pacific Northwest. “I ended up messaging Rashaad and just letting him know that I’m here for him.”Since then, Penny and Johnson have talked multiple times every week. Johnson’s red and white Cardinals jersey hangs neatly in Penny’s locker, an outlier in an ocean of Seahawks gear.• Nobody took the Seahawks seriously three months ago. Everybody should now (Seattle Times)Sunday, the Seahawks played what might have been their best game since beating the Patriots in Foxboro two years ago. They had their way with Kansas City on offense, contained MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes on defense, and made an array of SportsCenter-worthy plays.This wasn’t a case of the Chiefs own-goaling themselves or getting robbed by the officials. This was a case of Seattle manhandling its foe in front of the whole nation.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Pete Carroll previews Seahawks-Cardinals ( Seahawks are 13.5 point favorites over the three-win Cardinals, but they could also be entering another game short a couple starters on their offensive line. Head coach Pete Carroll joined KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Friday morning to preview the game and offer a few injury updates.• Pete Carroll insists looming playoff game won’t impact how Seahawks prepare for Cardinals (Seattle Times)Starting left guard J.R. Sweezy won’t play Sunday when the Seahawks close out the regular season against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday due to a foot/ankle injury suffered last week against the Chiefs.Seattle also listed five other players as questionable, including starting right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring), running back Rashaad Penny (knee) and free safety Tedric Thompson (ankle). Seattle coach Pete Carroll said will all be re-evaluated following workouts before the game Sunday.“We’ll have an Olympics going on out there on the field if you want to come out early,’’ Carroll said to reporters following Friday’s practice.Carroll, though, insisted that any decisions on whether players will play will be made solely on whether the player in question is healthy enough to go. Coach Pete Carroll already indicated that Sweezy won’t suit up on Sunday, while saying that Fluker will be a gametime decision. With a playoff spot already locked up, Seattle could look to give Fluker extra rest – although Carroll is not a fan of resting his players.Friday, December 28• O’Neil: Seahawks chasing something meaningful Sunday vs Cardinals — consistency ( one is wondering what direction Seattle is going anymore. The only question is how quickly they can get back to being a viable Super Bowl threat, and while a victory over the 3-12 Arizona Cardinals isn’t going to convince anyone that the Seahawks have arrived, Seattle’s going to post the kind of victory that will make you at least wonder how deep into January they may go.• Clayton: What to watch for in Seahawks’ regular season finale vs Cardinals ( an 0-2 start, the Seahawks have won nine of their last 13 games. If they have a good offseason of acquisitions, they can start thinking of getting back to the 11- and 12-win level, which puts them back in the Super Bowl mix. The key is trying to catch the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.Here is what’s ahead in the regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. 3 Comments   Share   • Clayton: Turnaround from 0-2 start complete for playoffs-bound Seahawks ( it stands, the Seahawks should be able to be the No. 5 seed in the NFC, setting up a trip to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the first round. After an 0-2 start to the season, the Seahawks went on a 9-4 run in which they pounded the ball on the ground to become the league’s best running team.Considering how bad they were for two years with the running game, that’s an amazing accomplishment. To a certain degree, they have re-established their home-field advantage. The Seahawks have a 5-2 record at CenturyLink Field with one game remaining against Arizona.• How Cardinals’ David Johnson helped Seahawks’ Rashaad Penny navigate a rocky rookie season (Seattle Times)“(Rashaad’s older brother) Eli Penny was a running back here with me, and he told me that his brother was coming out of college and he was going to be a high draft pick,” explained Johnson, the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals, in a phone interview with The Times last week. “He wanted me to just talk to him about being in the league and how to transfer over to being a professional and having responsibilities now — paying bills and how to manage money and how to control people that are suddenly trying to be involved (in your life). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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