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2016 Election Observer: Bill McGurn

first_imgEditor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this 11th installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asks former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, current member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and 1980 alumnus Bill McGurn about the significance of American Catholics in this election. Rachel O’Grady: Starting off a bit on rhetoric, as a former speechwriter for President Bush, what are you noticing about speeches and rhetoric in this election?Bill McGurn: On rhetoric, I recommend the Lincoln-Douglas debates — remember, Lincoln lost that election. The speeches are long and vivid. It’s not likely they would succeed in the age of the televised sound-bite. In our day, few campaign speeches are remembered past Election Day. Whichever your party, in office you have it harder because you can no longer simply paint a flowery vision of your proposals or a dark picture of your opponent’s. Once president, your choices have real consequences and trade-offs. A great speech deals with these realities and transcends them, whether it’s the Gettysburg Address or [Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Act] speech.ROG: What is the significance about Catholicism and, obviously, particularly American Catholicism in this election? Beyond that, what’s the impact and/or significance of the VP picks for both candidates?BMG: Tim Kaine embodies a decades-long effort, prominently encouraged by institutions such as Notre Dame, to make a safe space for pro-choice Catholic Democrats. Mr. Kaine is what you get: an affable man who treats as sacred a Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that a) outrageously short-circuited the democratic process and b) ushered in the killing of tens of millions of the most defenseless members of our society. Too often abortion is treated as a single issue. In fact, it has proved the beachhead for an entire ethic that is hostile to life, hostile to marriage and, as we see from the contraceptive mandate, increasingly hostile to religion, religious Americans and religious institutions.  So rather than leaven the American experiment, liberal American Catholicism has spent the last four decades accommodating itself to the secular zeitgeist, largely because of their surrender on abortion. When you point this out, the answer is almost never to defend their position but to raise phony claims of moral equivalence that Republicans are “just as bad.” It’s all very sad.ROG: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are arguably (and polls have agreed) the two most disliked presidential candidates in history. What’s the significance of that? BMG: Absolutely. Hillary Clinton’s negatives are sky-high. But Donald Trump’s are higher still. November’s election may well be decided by who turns off more rather than who attracts more. Meanwhile, Americans will watch the presidential debates the way they watched a Mike Tyson fight: to see if someone’s going to bite off the other side’s ear.ROG: Terrorism, and in particular ISIS, has been a major talking point in this election. With your experience under President Bush, what is your take on the importance of terrorism and war in this election?BMG: Barack Obama entered office with the view that the fight against terrorism is an issue of law enforcement, not war, and Mrs. Clinton supports that. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump each talk tough on ISIS, but each has also campaigned against the “unnecessary” Bush wars in the Middle East. Mr. Trump talks tougher and will speak of [Islamic] terror, but thus far he has not offered a foreign policy that draws sharp and substantial distinctions with Mrs. Clinton’s, especially in the Middle East.ROG: Turning it back to students and campus here, what do you think is the most important issue for students? What is gong to impact students the most, post election?BMG: Students share the general interest in a safe and prosperous and hopeful America. But because students are young and starting out, they have a greater stake in a dynamic economy that gives people at the bottom hope and gives all citizens the confidence that they can make a better life for themselves and their families. Except for those who are already wealthy and well connected, you won’t get this with 1.1 percent economic growth we now have.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Bill McGurn, Donald Trump, hillary clinton, Tim Kaine, Wall Street Journallast_img read more

FDA panel favors new BSE-related rule on blood donations

first_img The FDA’s Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee voted 12-3, with one abstention, to recommend against blood donations from people who have received transfusions in France, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. But the panel voted 15-0, with one abstention, to reject a plan to ban donations from people who had received transfusions anywhere in Europe. See also: According to the AP story, committee member Richard T. Johnson, a Johns Hopkins University neurology professor, said the panel would “look pretty silly” if a vCJD case in the United States were linked to a French transfusion. The FDA estimates that barring blood donations from recipients of French transfusions would eliminate 1.4 of 10,000 donors, according to the issue summary. Barring donations from anyone who received a transfusion anywhere in Europe would eliminate 3 in 10,000 donors. “During its peak period, the Euroblood program represented one third of the New York area RBC [red blood cell] supply and approximately 2.0% of the total US RBC supply,” the document states. Without a massive investigation, the recipients of that blood are “largely untraceable.” Barring blood donations from people who received transfusions anywhere in Europe “would not address the US recipients of Euroblood since 1980,” the report adds. The recommendation was prompted by reports that two Britons might have contracted vCJD, the human equivalent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, after receiving blood transfusions from people who later fell ill with the disease, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents.center_img The FDA document suggests that many Americans have received blood from European sources unknowingly. From the early 1970s until 2002, much of the New York City area’s blood supply was imported from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the report says. The FDA recommended in 2002 that blood banks not take blood and plasma donations from people who received blood transfusions in the United Kingdom after 1980. Most of the approximately 150 vCJD cases reported worldwide have occurred in the UK. The two vCJD cases apparently linked with blood transfusions were reported in 2003 and 2004. FDA issue summary prepared for advisory committee meeting France has had nine cases of vCJD and reported last year that blood from an infected person was given to 10 people and used in medical products, the AP report said. French authorities recommended in 1998 that blood not be accepted from people who have had transfusions, according to the FDA issue summary prepared for the committee meeting. Feb 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – To help prevent the spread of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United States, a federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that anyone who received a blood transfusion in France after 1980 should not be allowed to give blood.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 22

first_imgYounger and newer is not always betterYour recent editorial on LIFO states: “The practice, […] not only deprives students of the best teachers, but also prevents districts from maximizing savings by forcing them to keep underperforming higher-paid teachers at the expense of newer teachers who generally earn less pay and benefits.”This editorial drips with the assumption that younger and newer is better than older and experienced. I have crossed paths with a few teachers in my life, pretty much daily, and I know you are wrong.Imagine I placed you in a classroom with 25 rambunctious 5-year-old kindergartners and then left you on your own. No problem, right? Because you are the newer, younger model. If you have any problems, perhaps the teacher next door with 30 years of experience might give you a tip or two.James FogartyNiskayunaLook closer at flaws of socialist policiesFor historical context Mr. Ruddiman, regarding his Dec. 13 letter (“Socialist ideals are helping Americans“), needs to understand that Stalin’s form of governance was an absolute failure.Citizens starved and froze under the inability to find the funds to provide for, as Stalin termed, “all citizens.”The politically connected never suffered for the 40-plus years of Socialist ruling.After the Berlin Wall was removed, the majority of socialists citizens couldn’t wait to head west.This may be the future Mr. Ruddiman has in mind for the United States, but I am sure he is in the minority.Maybe he should read about the state of the Russian economy today as compared to ours.Like his hero Stalin, Bernie Sanders became a millionaire while employed by the government, not in the private sector.Michael SheedySchenectadyHonor the rule of law, not one political partyWe learned as children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and to the Republic for which it stands.The flag also stands for the Constitution, the governing document for the country. The Constitution establishes checks and balances among the three branches of government. No branch is infallible or free of being observed and examined by the other branches or by the people of the nation as a whole.In our complicated system, allegations can be presented, examined, investigated and, when necessary, presented for trial, appeals and review under the law. One branch, the executive, is claiming powers and privileges beyond anything seen before. The chief executive is asserting freedom from due oversight by the other branches, not only for himself but also for departments and agencies, under his authority as he chooses.The political party controlling part of one branch, the Senate, has the power to confirm judges.That branch has made its highest priority to fill the third branch, the judiciary, with persons handpicked committed to rule in favor of the policies of one party. Thus, the entire system of checks and balances is being systematically degraded by a plutocratic oligarchy.Our representatives pledge an oath to support and defend the Constitution. The pledge is to the country and Constitution, not a political party or a man.We the people should expect our representatives to honor their pledge to the country and Constitution and the rule of law.Paul ZawistowskiBroadalbin More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDemocrats must stop wasting Trump’s timeI see that the Democrat/liberals are determined to create more wasted time for our president. They are concerned that his amazing success in recovering from the mess that they made must be stopped.This man who is fighting to bring us back to honesty, decency and fairness must be reversed, and he must be punished.Nevermind that he has helped more folks get back to work (lowest unemployed many have ever seen).  “CNBC’s Cramer On Jobs Report: “These are the best numbers of our lives.” He is too dangerous to be allowed to continue.All the silliness that Nancy Pelosi and her liberal majority are accusing him of have been done before on a regular basis by his predecessors including her favorite, Obama.Of course, that was OK; he was a Democrat.Pelosi should be stopped. She should be told to get back to work and let the Congress be more productive. She is wasting our money on her personal vendetta.Wake up friends. Tell the world that we won’t allow this any longer.Don KnuthBallston SpaTalk is cheap. Take  action to get changeOn Dec. 17, Schenectady expected to get up to six inches of snow.The following day,  people were no doubt complaining all over the city about the lack of proper snow removal.However, except for approximately six of those people, not one has the right to complain. Why, you might ask? Because on Dec. 9, that is how many people exercised their right to speak at the City Council meeting. Full disclosure, as I was battling the flu, I was unable to attend myself. But thanks to Councilman Vincent Riggi for making sure my comments were put on the record. I host a YouTube show and my sign-off is always the same “Don’t just comment, act.”The people of Schenectady sadly do not.We have horrendous participation both at meetings and the ballot box. If you want change, then you must demand it of your leaders.Time to put up or shut up. Don’t just comment. Act.Edward SmithSchenectadylast_img read more

Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ with William Saliba ahead of transfer from Saint-Etienne

first_img Comment Advertisement Phil HaighMonday 17 Jun 2019 1:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link25Shares William Saliba is edging closer to a move to Arsenal (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsenal have reached an agreement with William Saliba over a transfer to the Emirates, but must now agree a fee with Saint-Etienne, according to reports in France.The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old defender in recent weeks, as have Manchester United and Manchester City.However, it looks like Unai Emery’s side have won the race for the Frenchman, with Foot Mercato reporting that they have agreed a five-year deal with the teenager.That agreement has only been made with the player, though, and the signing is not confirmed as a deal is yet to be stuck with his club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe French side are believed to want around £26m for the talented youngster, although Arsenal will be doing their best to drive that price down as they have a very limited transfer budget this summer, thought to be less than £50m. Advertisement Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ with William Saliba ahead of transfer from Saint-Etienne Saliba has caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)The highly-rated teenager only extended his contract at Saint-Etienne in April after impressing for the first team over the last season.A club statement read: ‘This Tuesday, William Saliba has extended his two-season contract with his training club which he is now bound until 2023.‘A pledge of confidence placed on the qualities of the young man of 18 years whose benefits reflect an irreproachable state of mind.‘His extension of contract also proves the ambition of the club.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySaint-Etienne have requested that the defender be loaned back to the club when a deal has been done, but the Gunners are keen to keep hold of Saliba and quickly promote him into the first team.Former Arsenal full-back Lauren said of the young talent: ‘Yes, he looks a very good player,’ speaking to‘Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.‘He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!’MORE: Chelsea hero Didier Drogba aims cheeky dig at Arsenal for losing Europa League finalMORE: Arsenal miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco due to £30m transfer feelast_img read more

David Luiz urges Arsenal to stick to their philosophy ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace

first_imgDavid Luiz has called on Arsenal to improve against Crystal Palace (Picture: AP)David Luiz has called on his Arsenal teammates to stay true to their philosophy as they look to bounce back from Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United against Crystal Palace.Arsenal were left stunned by the newly-promoted Blades at Bramall Lane as Lys Mousset’s first-half strike handed the home side a famous victory against Unai Emery’s side.The Gunners returned to winning ways in the Europa League on Thursday but they delivered another unconvincing performance in a 3-2 win over Portuguese side Vitoria.Pressure is mounting on Emery following an indifferent start to the campaign but Luiz is adamant that Arsenal will improve and can challenge for titles.ADVERTISEMENT David Luiz urges Arsenal to stick to their philosophy ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 11:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arsenal returned to winning ways against Vitoria Guimares on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)‘We have to be honest about what went wrong, but we also have to be calm,’ the 32-year-old told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s only our second defeat this season. We are doing many things well. We have to keep believing in our philosophy, we have to keep believing in our team, which is the best way for us to improve.‘Football is about the end, not the beginning, so let’s see how we finish at the end of the season in May. We have to win, we always have to win.‘If you want to achieve big goals, you have to think about winning, winning, winning. It’ll be tough against Crystal Palace but we want the three points.‘I want to win titles with Arsenal, that’s why I’m here.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPalace are just a point and place behind Arsenal in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to the Emirates and won 3-2 in the corresponding fixture last season in April.It is the first time that Wilfried Zaha will come up against the Gunners since their interest in him during the summer but Roy Hodgson insisted they were never close to signing the Ivorian.‘I believe that the money that was offered which was widely reported was reasonably accurate, and of course that was way below our valuation,’ he said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transfer

first_imgLyon rejected a number of offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar this summer (Picture: Getty)Kevin Campbell has spoken of his disappointment after Arsenal failed to get a deal over the line for Houssem Aouar this summer but told the midfielder he will be ‘next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu’.Arsenal head coach Arteta made it clear he was keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park at the start of the transfer window but had only added central defender Gabriel Magalhaes to his first-team squad with just hours left on the clock ahead of Monday’s deadline. Multiple bids were rejected for Aouar as Lyon stood firm over their €60million (£55m) asking price and 22-year-old attacking midfielder will remain in France for the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The Gunners got a deal over the line for Atleti midfielder Partey on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Arsenal did, though, strike a last-ditch deal for Thomas Partey, 27, after activating a £45m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid and the Ghana international should be in line to feature when Arteta’s men face Manchester City in two weekends’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Campbell is confident Aouar will still be on Arsenal’s shortlist of transfer targets as the France international has the creative game that Arteta craves in midfield.‘Who is next? Houssem Aouar, we missed you. We didn’t get you this time!’ the former Arsenal striker said on YouTube channel The Highbury Squad.‘Whether we can get you in January, I’m not sure. But I’m sure you’re next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu.‘Somebody like yourself to add to the quality of that midfield, attacking, creative side.‘You hopefully will be a Gunner at some stage in the future.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisement ‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transfercenter_img Lyon were demanding an eye-watering fee of £55.5m for Aouar (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith said it was a ‘real shame’ when it became clear Arsenal’s hopes of landing Aouar were over this summer.‘They have been linked with Aouar from Lyon for a while,’ the ex-Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.‘It sounds like that’s dead and that’s a real shame. ‘He’s that creative player like Mesut Ozil was for a long time and Santi Cazorla was for a long time. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When you have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front, you need good service.‘A creative player is what they are missing. They have solid midfielders but lack a player with that vision.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel ArtetaMORE: Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Gold Coast mega mansion hits the market with a $11.8 million price tag

first_imgMichael Kuhne who has just put his mansion on the market. Picture Mike Batterham“We had 35 plasterers working on the ceilings alone and six engineers involved. “They used a post-tension system that allows 20m-plus spans in the vast open plan living spaces without any columns or beams.”And he even drew some inspiration from Gold Coast theme parks. The Paradise Point mansion has a ‘secret agent room’ and plenty of space for a boatIT’S the Gold Coast mega mansion that’s fit for 007 agent James Bond.The Runaway Bay residence complete with an indoor squash court and “secret-agent room” has hit the market at $11.8 million. The pool overlooks the waterfront.A 12-seat cinema, wet bar, 10-car basement and gym are among its luxury features.All levels can be accessed by a glass lift which opens to an internal grotto with a 7m high waterfall in rocklike feature walls. The ‘secret agent room’The concealed room, accessed by a 4 tonne hydraulic door, is set within the exterior wall of the property allowing jet skis to easily access the water. A sight to behold- 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay.Michael Kuhne has decided the time is right to farewell his luxurious four-level home on Shearwater Esplanade. Michael Kuhne relaxing poolside. Picture Mike BatterhamAs well as a pontoon, there is also a double jet ski garage and wet room, likened to a “secret-agent James Bond room”. center_img No expense has been spared in the build of the home.Mr Kuhne said it took two-and-a-half years to build his family home — he engaged three architects to complete the build and interior design.“It was a huge project but I loved every stage of it,” he said. Michael Kuhne got his architects and engineer to head to theme park Wet‘nWild to find out how they constructed their rock walls. Picture Mike Batterham“I asked one of my architects and engineer to head down to Wet ‘n Wild to find out how they constructed their rock walls,” he said. “From this we then designed my indoor waterfall feature.” Michael Kuhne is his indoor squash court. Picture Mike BatterhamFor the more active residents there is a pool bordering the waterfront and a full-size squashMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agocourt that doubles as a basketball court.“The kids and I have had a ball growing up with the squash court, which has helped us keep fit,” Mr Kuhne said.“We’ve also played a lot of basketball there as a family.” Michael Kuhne has put his Runaway Bay mansion on the market at $11.8 million. Picture Mike BatterhamHe said he and his family had created many happy memories in their home, but the time for change had arrived. “The kids have all grown up and are ready to move out, so it’s time to downsize but I would like to stay in the area,” he said.last_img read more

QLD home tops national ‘most viewed’ list this week

first_imgThe large main kitchen in the home with room enough for two families. The house itself was also significantly larger than most Brisbane homes, at just under 1,000 sqm, with two of its bedrooms in a self-contained guesthouse, Mr Bradley said.“So it suits people with extended families, dual living, or you could have your home office, or business.” Travel time to the city was about 45 minutes during peak hours and about half an hour off peak.“We’ve had a bit of everyone (interested), with enquiries from Sydney and Melbourne this week and quite a few locals who have been looking for the right type of acreage.” This Bridgeman Downs home topped list for the nation’s most viewed homes.A SPRAWLING Queensland home was the most viewed house in the country in the past week, latest industry data shows. The eight-bedroom, five-bathroom, 10-car space home has a secondary access to the site which opens up the possibility of future subdivision of the 1 hectare site. Agent John Bradley, who’s marketing the property with colleague Matt Briggs of Place Aspley, said it was a “fantastic home”.“The fact that it’s a level flat 2.5 acre block” made it very popular, he said. “Normally for 2.5 acres you’d get goat country (hilly), but this is flat.” The property has a large outdoor entertainment offering including a large salt water pool. The billiard room is off to one side, perfect for cordoning off as a wing for teenagers. Mixed bag of houses to go under the hammer One in five expect to rent for life QLD house market to lead: NAB Interestingly, the property already has a second driveway. “Pending council approval, you could split it and sell off a block immediately or could have a family member to build on it,” Mr Bradley said.Some buyers were also attracted to the fact that the house was ready to move into. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“A lot of the acreage properties in Bridgeman Downs were built a while ago and the houses need work to update. You can spend up to half a million once you buy a property to upgrade it, but this house is pristine, you just walk in and enjoy it.” A private courtyard leads to the pool area. The house, in Bridgeman Downs in Brisbane’s north, was the most viewed residential listing on in the past seven days, data released this morning found, followed by a property at Coopers Shoot in New South Wales, a home in Croydon Victoria and another in Stirling, South Australia. (See list below). The home sits on a flat 2.5 acre block. MOST VIEWED IN THE LAST 7 DAYS: 1. 334 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs, QLD 2. COOPERS SHOOT HOME MOST VIEWED IN NSW 3. 20 Plymouth Rd, Croydon, VIC 4. 10 Melrose Ave, Stirling, SA 5. 7 Bessington St, South Arm, TAS 6. 60 Avanti St, Mermaid Waters, QLD 7. 42 Livingstone St, Glengowrie, SA (Source: Lions guarding the main entrance to the sprawling home. The kitchen in the guesthouse is as big as many main kitchens. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The property also has a salt water inground pool, a shed with work space, 5.64 kW solar power system, two solar hot water systems and water tanks with a capacity of 66,000 litres.Meanwhile, this most viewed property online in the Northern Territory had star appeal this week.The unique property in Humpty Doo got plenty of attention, but it is not the first time all eyes were on the Territory address.The home featured on television’s Instant Hotel, and while it didn’t win the show it has been an instant hit with buyers.last_img read more

EMO to Build Merkur Service Base in Eemshaven

first_imgMerkur Offshore, the developer of German Merkur offshore wind farm, has signed a long-term contract with the Dutch subsidiary of EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) for the construction of a service base in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.EMO will build a 600 m² warehouse, affiliated offices covering 500 m² spread across two floors, as well as the terminal logistics.Merkur Offshore will be carrying out part of its maintenance and service works for the 396MW offshore wind farm from Eemshaven as of spring 2018.GE Renewable Energy, who will supply the wind turbines for Merkur, will use the entire infrastructure for the upcoming years.EMO’s terminal covers an area of 33,000 m² and is directly connected to the waterfront.The offshore installation is already well underway at the offshore construction site, with the first monopiles installed in April of this year, and the first transition pieces arriving to Eemshaven on 20 October.Merkur will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.last_img read more

Late Model awards new to Hyperco IMCA program for 2020

first_imgThe top three eligible finishers in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions and in national point races for Karl Kustoms Northern and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods earn product certificates good for two SNS Conventional springs.  PONTOTOC, Miss. – IMCA Sunoco Late Model competitors are in the running this season for new awards from Hyperco. “IMCA is an incredible organization with great competitors across the country. After 23 years of supporting the series, it’s grown more into a relationship than a partnership,” said Hyperco’s Justin Cockerham. “All manufacturers should do as much as we can to give back to the organizations and racers who support us all and this is a great way to do just that. I look forward to seeing everyone at this track throughout the year!”  Hyperco begins its 23rd year of IMCA sponsorship and continues awards in five other divisions this year as well.  To be eligible, drivers must compete with at least one Hyperco spring and display two Hyperco decals on their race car to be eligible; Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers are also required to complete and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Hyperco awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. “Our Late Model members will continue to be a focus of the Hyperco program, but opening it up to national points expands the pool of racers who stand to benefit,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We appreciate the course Hyperco is taking with this program and are excited about the 2020 racing season.” The eighth-place finisher in 2020 national point standings for the fast-growing division receives two Conventional SNS springs from the Pontotoc, Miss., high performance suspension components manufacturer. Both the ninth- and 10th-place driver get single SNS Conventional springs. Information about Hyperco high performance products and the company’s network of dealers is available at the website, by call­ing 800 365-2645 or 662 488-4567 and on Facebook.last_img read more