TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama has not lost a game all season and they are not projected to do so. However, in the event that the Crimson Tide do fall before the College Football Playoff, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum has a prediction for what happens next.In an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up!, Finebaum speculated that a loss at this point would not prevent Alabama from getting in.“If Alabama loses a game, this week vs. Mississippi State, in two weeks to Auburn or the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia, I think they’re still getting in,” Finebaum said.Finebaum explained that the voting committee’s decision to only drop two-loss LSU to No. 7 after their 29-0 home loss to Alabama indicates that the Crimson Tide “has a mulligan.”This should make everyone extremely happy.The selection committee is telling us Alabama will still reach the CFB Playoff with a loss: https://t.co/6ZYJnwSkzC pic.twitter.com/SVxfBTrfwo— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) November 7, 2018The Crimson Tide are overwhelming favorites in many of their remaining games. They are 24-point favorites this weekend against Mississippi State.Alabama is slated to face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The game will be a rematch of last year’s thrilling National Championship Game.Additionally, betting lines are already out for Alabama in the College Football Playoff. They are favored by at least a touchdown against Clemson, by 14 points against Michigan, and by 20 points against Michigan.
zoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation called the recent moves by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) an open attack on trade unions “which is in clear breach of the country’s international commitments.”As explained by the ITF, the condemnation came as the PCA sought to use the courts to close down the ITF-affiliated Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC – Panamanian Tugboat Captains’ Union).ITF President Paddy Crumlin said: “The PCA is currently seeking to appeal against a Labor Relations Board decision which was taken as a result of a Supreme Court decision in 2009 and, in doing so, to seek de-recognition and invalidation of the UCOC. The PCA’s petition also calls for the Supreme Court to immediately suspend, as a precautionary measure, the recognition of the union pending its final decision and to seize and freeze the union’s assets.”ITF general secretary Steve Cotton described the move as a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organization (ILO) principles of freedom of association which the Panamanian government rightly adopted.“The PCA is acting like a state within a state. It is impossible to avoid the suspicion that behind its legal submission is a particularly drastic attempt to avoid having to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the UCOC – with a side helping of revenge for trade unions’ rightful attempts to question the PCA’s behaviour,” he said.In August of this year the ITF and four Panamanian trade unions, including the UCOC, made a formal complaint to the ILO over the PCA’s behaviour. According to ITF seafarers’ section chair David Heindel, the PCA’s move is at least in part motivated by that complaint.“It also looks like an attempt to distract attention from the delays and problems with the opening of the third set of locks in the canal and to cover up the substantial safety and operational issues arising from the waterway’s current operation,” he added.Press Release
zoom Houston-based American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published the world’s first guide for SOx scrubber ready vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuilds for future outfitting with a SOx exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS).The ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels formalizes the process for clients who wish to plan for retrofit of a SOx scrubber at a future date by providing a detailed review and approval and an associated notation.The SOx Scrubber Ready notation is in addition to ABS EGCS notations that may be assigned for vessels fitted with an exhaust emission abatement system, including SOx scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction systems and exhaust gas recirculation arrangements for NOx emission control, in accordance with the ABS Guide for Exhaust Emission Abatement.“The decision to build a new ship or retrofit an existing one is not simple due to uncertainty with the entry into force of the 0.5% global sulfur limit and cleaner fuel alternatives such as LNG,” said ABS Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Howard Fireman.“The new ABS SOx Scrubber Ready notation provides a unique approach to future-proof assets, to implement cost-effective retrofits and to demonstrate a commitment to environmental performance.”In addition to the new ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels and Guide for Exhaust Emission Abatement, ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems.