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1. Indiscriminate fishing gear killing thousands of threatened or endangered sea turtles. Gear like drift gillnets and trawls trap and drown turtles, causing them to die a cruel and painful death. Turtle excluder devices can decrease these senseless deaths of sea turtles by 97 percent – but we need laws at the state and national level requiring fisherman to use them. How much pressure we can apply on these government officials depends on how much you can support our efforts right now.
There are three days left before 2015. Renew your commitment to Oceana now and your tax-deductible gift will help fund our work to protect sea turtles and our oceans around the world >>
2. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Despite Shell’s disastrous attempt to drill off the coast of Alaska in 2012, the company remains determined to drill in the Arctic regardless of the threat to the environment. Thanks to your support, Oceana has helped keep Shell out of the Arctic for the last two years, but we need you again now to keep polar bears safe from the threat of oil spills.
Click here to renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect polar bears from potential oil spills caused by Shell’s reckless pursuit of drilling in the Arctic Ocean >>
3. Barbarically slicing off sharks’ fins – just for soup. The brutal practice of shark finning has caused some shark populations to decline by as much as 99 percent in the last few decades. With Oceana this year you helped uphold shark fin bans in a number of U.S. states and told GrubHub to take shark fin off the menu. But there’s still much work to do to protect our sharks by eliminating shark fins from the marketplace.
Will you renew your commitment to Oceana today to help take shark fin off the menu in 2015 >>
4. SEISMIC BLASTS. Used to located oil and natural gas deposits below the ocean floor, seismic blasting off the United States East Coast threatens the few remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales with hearing loss. For these whales, which rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce, this could be a matter of life or death.
Renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from seismic blasting in 2015 >>
5. Know what seafood you’re eating? Think again. You could unknowingly buy frozen shrimp not meant for consumption but display in decorative tanks – that’s just one example of the sort of seafood fraud Oceana uncovered this year. Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and seafood fraud will continue to lead to overfishing, rip off consumers and hurt honest seafood businesses in 2015. But with your support, Oceana can continue to expose these abuses and help ensure that all seafood is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled. Don’t you want to know what you’re eating?
These challenges are great – but that only means we need to be greater. For the sake of the oceans’ amazing wildlife, mesmerizing underwater habitats, and for ocean lovers everywhere, I hope you can support us as we look to 2015 and the work ahead.
The Truth Behind Angora Fur: LINK
Dairy Farm Exposed in Eyewitness Footage: LINK
Sheep Killed, Left to Die for U.S. Wool: LINK
Sheep Punched, Stomped on, Cut for Wool: LINK
Baby-Monkey Experiments Exposed: LINK
Horse Racing Exposed: LINK
OAKLAND, Calif. – After arriving in San Francisco Wednesday evening, the Maryland football team hit the field for its first practice in the Bay Area at Laney College Thursday afternoon in preparation for its matchup with Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday.
In an effort to keep the team on a normal routine, Thursday’s practice resembled a normal Tuesday game-week practice for head coach Randy Edsall’s squad.“It is a normal Tuesday practice for us,” said Edsall. “That is one of the reasons we can out when we did. We came out yesterday to get acclimated so we could get right into our weekly routine. This will be a normal Tuesday for us, and tomorrow will be a normal Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and so on. It puts us right into game mode. We already put the game plan in back home and practiced that. Now we are going to do the same thing here. We hope there is a lot of retention, they are sharp, they are crisp and we can go out and get things done we need to get done to prepare for a very talented and tough opponent in Stanford.”
Tuesday’s practice opened with special teams work specifically kickoff return before moving into some individual work. Practice closed with four team sessions, a bout of 7-v-7 and extra point and field goal work.
At the conclusion of practice, former Terp Jon Condo, currently with the Oakland Raiders addressed the team along with former Morgan State, Baltimore Colts and Raiders star Raymond Chester. Each player shared a few words of wisdom as the Terps prepare for the Cardinal.
Maryland returns to the practice field Thursday morning before heading downtown for the Foster Farms Bowl press conference and a trip Alcatraz in the afternoon.
Maryland and Stanford are set for a 10:05 p.m. ET kick off Tuesday from Levi’s Stadium.
Terps Head to Bay Area for Showdown with Stanford
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland is set to meet Stanford for the first time in program history in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is set for 10:05 p.m. ET on Dec. 30. It is Maryland’s second bowl berth in as many seasons and its 26th all-time.
This is Maryland’s second appearance in San Francisco’s annual bowl game. The Terps traveled to the Bay Area in 2007 when the bowl was known as the Emerald Bowl. Maryland fell to Oregon State, 21-14.
Maryland has played some of its best football away from home. The Terps have won five road games this season, the most in the Big Ten, and the highest total for a Maryland team since 1984. The Terps have won seven of their last nine games away from home.
Maryland’s matchup with Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN and streamed live onWatchESPN at 10 p.m. ET. Dave Flemming (pbp), Greg McElroy (color) and Shelley Smith (sideline) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network with Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard on ESPN Radio and SiriusXM channel 84. For a listing of ESPN Radio affiliates in your area, click here.
MARYLAND SEASON AWARDS
Head coach Randy Edsall handed out the 2014 team awards Monday afternoon. Here is a list of this year’s recipients.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1 – Kicker Brad Craddock became Maryland’s first-ever Lou Groza Award winner when he was presented the honor at the 2014 Home Depot College Football Awards. Craddock has made 18-of-19 field goal attempts this season.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Quarterback C.J. Brown recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing performance in the regular-season finale against Rutgers. Brown rushed 107 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 195 yards and two scores. For his career, Brown is now responsible for 57 touchdowns and is Maryland’s all-time record holder. Brown currently has 6,898 total offensive yards for his career, which ranks second all-time. Brown is within striking distance of becoming only the second player in Maryland history to eclipse 7,000 total offensive yards for his career and passing Scott Milanovich (7,111) for the all-time mark.
On The Offense
POUND THE ROCK
On The Defense
LOCK IT DOWN
GET TO THE QUARTERBACK
Senior Andre Monroe is Maryland’s active career leader in sacks. The product of Upper Marlboro, Md., has 24 career sacks including a team-high 9.5 this season.
On The SPECIAL TEAMS
Junior kicker Brad Craddock, the 2014 Lou Groza Award recipient, has made 49 career field goals and has scored 248 career points.
For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to http://www.umterps.com on the Internet.
Terps Address Media Ahead of Clash with Cardinal
Edsall was joined by Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, kicker Brad Craddock and linebacker Cole Farrand at the event.
After opening remarks from Cavalli and Reese, Edsall took the mic and addressed the gathered media to express the team’s excitement to be invited to San Francisco for their final game of the season.
“It’s been a great time [in San Francisco ] so far,” Edsall said. “It’s been an experience for us in our first year in the Big Ten. Different conference. Different venues to play in. I thought our kids handled it well. We overcame advirsity because of the leadership and will of our players.”
Following introductions by Edsall and Shaw, the media met with the student-athletes. Brown was excited to lead the Terrapins into Santa Clara in his final game at Maryland.
“Being here for as long as I have, these last practices have been emotional. I’ve kind of reflected and I’ve had a great time. I’m trying to go out for the seniors, myself, my family and the University of Maryland and get this win.”
Farrand believes the team has had a great set of practices leading up to its trip west and will be ready to play the Cardinal Tuesday night.
“We’re loving the weather,” Farrand said. “It’s really nice and I think the guys are feeding into that. We’ve had great practices this week. Everyone is really excited.”
Maryland’s players and coaches will take advantage of the sunny skies when they visit the world famous Alcatraz to close out Saturday’s activities.
The Terps and Cardinal are set for a 10 p.m. ET kick off from Levi’s Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 30.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
My son was shot and killed at UC Santa Barbara in May of this year.
Why did Chris die? He died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. I said it the day after my son was murdered, and sadly it’s still true today.
What has changed is that millions of Americans like you have stepped up to demand more of our country and its elected officials: Not. One. More.
And it’s working. Here in California, with the help of Moms Demand Action, we passed a law that will temporarily suspend somebody’s access to guns if they’re found to be a threat to themselves or others — somebody like the man who killed my son. We can take winning strategies like this all across the country, but only with your support.
I’m asking you to join me in supporting Moms Demand Action with a year-end gift. With your support, we can save lives. Please join this fight before Wednesday’s end-of-year deadline.
Moms Demand Action and Everytown are doing something no one else has ever done before.
I’ve seen the passion that powers this movement up close. I’ve shared hugs and tears with others whose lives have been turned upside down by gun violence.
Moms Demand Action has given me a chance to share Chris’s story and a platform from which I can work so that fewer parents have to experience this pain.
Our work is fueled by gun violence survivors, moms, dads, and concerned citizens — and it’s backed by cutting edge research and policy analysis. Because of this movement, the NRA is losing its grip on our country’s state houses.
Help us move forward in 2015. Lives depend on it. I’m asking you to show your support with a year-end donation right now — before the Wednesday night deadline:
As the father of a young person killed with a gun, I know that it’s not enough to just want change. We must work hard and keep the pressure on in 2015.
Thank you for your care and support,
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Best of 2014 And while you are looking back at what we did in 2014, I’m already looking ahead to what we can accomplish together in 2015.
In case you missed them, here are some of my favorite news articles, stories, and media clips from the past week. Please read and share!
- The Physicians Committee’s Best of 2014. Thanks for helping us make this a year of great success and progress!
- What are the Eight Reasons Why 2014 Was The Year Of The Vegetable? Find out on the latest Physicians Committee BuzzFeed post.
- What does Physicians Committee dietitian Cameron Wells, M.P.H., R.D., eat on a typical day? Find out in The Washingtonian.
- Your guide to going gluten-free. Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., shares tips on The Dr. Oz Show.
- Physicians Committee experts tell the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that the 2015 guidelines should “focus on plant-based recommendations for improved health while also continuing to consider the impact to the environment.”
DOWNLOAD PDF > PCRM 2014 ProgressThe Physicians Committee led an international grassroots effort to convince the Taiwanese government to shelve plans for rabies experiments on beagle puppies. The beagles were spared!View a slideshow of highlights and download our progress report here.
Rallied with more than 400,000 supporters at the People’s Climate March.
Won three new national monuments, totaling more than 900,000 protected acres.
Turned out a record number of supporters at the EPA’s clean power rule hearings.
Petitioned — successfully — for Google, Facebook and eBay to leave ALEC.
Blocked the Keystone XL pipeline yet again.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball team will face Oakland in its final non-conference game Saturday at 5 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
WATCH: BTN – Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Sirius 108/XM 192, ESPN 980, 105.7 FM.
TICKETS: Buy Tickets Here
STATS: Live Stats
SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for updates
• Jake Layman was tabbed Big Ten co-Player of the Week, announced Monday. Layman, who tied his season-high in points (21) and posted a career-best in rebounds (11), led No. 17 Maryland (11-1) to a 73-64 win at Oklahoma State Sunday. A junior from Wrentham, Mass., Layman connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts, made 3-of-5 3-point attempts and recorded his first double-double of the season. Layman has also scored in double-figures in all 12 games for the Terps this season.
• The Terps’ No. 15 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 represents Maryland’s highest ranking in the polls since Jan. 2, 2006 when Maryland was ranked 14th. Maryland is the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin.
• Maryland is 6-1 since Wooden Award nominee Dez Wells broke his right wrist against No. 13 Iowa State at the CBE Classic. The Terps are outscoring opponents by nearly nine points a game, led by double-figure scoring averages by Jake Layman (17.3), Melo Trimble (16.6) and Richaud Pack (11.3).
• Maryland is a stellar 20-4 in the month of December under head coach Mark Turgeon, including a 4-1 mark in 2014.
• Oakland is 4-9 overall and is led in scoring by Kahlil Felder who paces Oakland with 16.8 ppg. Corey Petros provides an efficient second option, sporting a field goal percentage of 60 percent. Head coach Greg Kampe is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball. This is the first meeting between Oakland and Maryland.
terps snag road win at oklahoma state
• Jake Layman tied a season-high with 21 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds as No. 17 Maryland beat Oklahoma State 73-64 on Sunday to improve to 11-1.
• Layman was three-for-five from three-point range and the Terrapins were 10-for-25 overall from long range. It is the first double-double this season for Layman, who has scored in double-figures in all 12 games in the 2014-15 campaign. FreshmenMelo Trimble and Jared Nickens had 16 and 11 points, respectively, while Richaud Pack had a season-high 10 rebounds.
• Oklahoma State has lost just five times in 198 non-conference home games dating to 1987.
layman named big ten co-player of the week
• Maryland junior forward Jake Layman earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the league announced on Dec. 22.
• Layman shared the honor with sophomore forward Troy Williams of Indiana.
• Layman, who tied his season-high in points (21) and posted a career-best in rebounds (11), led Maryland to a 73-64 win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 21. A junior from Wrentham, Mass., Layman connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts, made 3-of-5 3-point attempts and recorded his first double-double of the season. Layman has scored in double-figures in all 12 games for the Terps this season.
• Layman is the second Maryland player to garner co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, joining freshman
maryland climbs the polls
• With seven-consecutive victories to start the season, the Maryland men’s basketball team landed back in the top 25 for the first time since the 2009-10 season on Dec. 1.
• Maryland, which is ranked 15th in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll, boasts its highest ranking
• Maryland’s showdown with Oakland (4-9) will be its first-ever meeting with the Golden Grizzlies.
• Kahlil Felder paces Oakland in scoring at 16.8 ppg. Corey Petros provides an efficient second option, sporting a field goal percentage of 60 percent. The senior also pulls down 8.2 rpg.
• Forward Jalen Hayes earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Dec. 22 after scoring 16 points in an overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
• Greg Kampe is the third longest tenured head coach in Division I basketball, behind Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski. He has led Oakland to three NCAA Tournament appearances since the program moved to Division I in 1997.
terps hot in december under turgeon
• Maryland is 20-4 in the month of December since head coach Mark Turgeon’s arrival in the 2011-12
• The Terps were 6-0 in 2011 and 2012 and are off to a hot start in 2014, with a 4-1 mark heading into Saturday’s tilt with Oakland.
corralling the cowboys in stillwater
• Maryland picked up a marquee road victory on Dec. 21 at Oklahoma State its last time out.
• The Cowboys were limiting teams to 35 percent from the field prior to Sunday’s matchup, but Maryland, behind junior forward Jake Layman, connected on 45 percent of its field goal attempts from the field and an impressive 55 percent in the second half.
• Oklahoma State has lost just five times in 198 non-conference home games dating to 1987.
Season Preview: Terps Think B1G in 2014-15
• With a top-10 recruiting class and his most experienced team in four years as head coach at Maryland, Mark Turgeon has the Terrapins poised for its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.
• Maryland, which finished 17-15 last season, boasts a balanced team featuring a mix of veteran leadership and key newcomers. Among the leaders is 2013 ACC-All Conferece and USBWA All-District III selection Dez Wells, who changed his number to 44 to honor a deceased former teammate for his senior season. Wells is joined by seniors Evan Smotrycz and Jon Graham and sophomore Damonte Dodd in the frontcourt, in addition to junior Jake Layman on the wing.
• Turgeon also hauled in the ninth-best recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com, showcasing McDonald’s All-American point guard Melo Trimble (Upper Marlboro, Md.), shooting guard Dion Wiley (Oxon Hill, Md.), guard Jared Nickens(Monmouth Junction, N.J.) and forward Michal Cekovsky (Slovakia, Europe).
Get to Know the Big Ten Conference
Friday, December 26, 2014