Related posts:President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Cuban migration in Central America in limbo after Nicaragua refuses to budge Ecuador requires Cubans get visas to dissuade them from using country as springboard to US Murillo also claimed Thursday that allowing the Cubans to proceed would “expose them to a series of risks.” Prompted by pressure from Costa Rica following aCuban migrant crisis on its border with Nicaragua, representatives from the Latin American countries transited by Cubans on their way to the United States are set to meet in El Salvador next Tuesday, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry.Foreign ministers from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba and member states of the Central American Integration System, or SICA, are scheduled to meet on Nov. 24 to discuss a “humanitarian corridor” proposed by Costa Rica, as well as other possible solutions to the influx of Cuban migrants traveling illegally through the isthmus.“The countries have responded positively and in solidarity,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González told reporters on Thursday. “They understand that there is a humanitarian aspect in play here that needs to be addressed holistically by the entire region.”González said the countries are seeking a “stable, long-term” solution to the migration conflict that started at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama and has since moved to the north at Peñas Blancas, along the Nicaragua border. Currently 1,100 Cuban migrants are at that northern border, staying in six different shelters set up by the National Emergency Commission, the Costa Rican Red Cross, and other public and private organizations, according to a video from Casa Presidencial on Thursday.See: President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis A group of 150 Cubans at a shelter in Costa Rica are served hot coffee on Nov. 17, 2015. Ezequiel Becerra/AFPGonzález said the meeting should not be seen as an invitation for more Cubans to leave the island and cross the isthmus illegally.Nicaragua confirmed its assistance late Thursday afternoon.On Thursday morning, Nicaragua’s first lady and spokeswoman Rosario Murillo read a statement to government-controlled media again accusing Costa Rica of provoking the humanitarian crisis at the border, the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa tweeted. Murillo said Costa Rica was “politicizing the wave of Cuban migrants for its own purposes” and that the country “wants to play the victim and wrap itself in the flag of human rights.” Costa Rica countered by saying Nicaragua’s actions to block the Cubans would force them back into the hands of smugglers, where they would not be safe or protected.Some 2,000 Cuban migrants have entered Costa Rica with temporary transit papers after the country temporarily closed its border to the migrants following the dismantling of a human smuggling ring on Nov. 10.Gladys Jiménez, assistant director of Costa Rica’s Immigration Administration, told The Tico Times that the government will continue issuing seven-day transit visas for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, Costa Rican officials said they expect up to 300 additional Cuban migrants a day to arrive at Costa Rica’s border with Panama.David Boddiger contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Murillo’s claims are the latest dustup in an ongoing diplomatic row between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after the Nicaraguan military refused to let several hundred Cubans enter the country without legal permission, confronting the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday, Nov. 15.Costa Rica, which says it has worked with Nicaragua in the past on facilitating transit visas for migrating Cubans, accused Nicaragua of politicizing a humanitarian crisis and antagonizing border police with heavily armed soldiers. Costa Rican police stationed across from the Nicaraguan soldiers were ordered to disarm to prevent the situation from escalating, Costa Rican officials said on Tuesday.The Nicaraguan first lady’s accusations appear to overlook several diplomatic discussions in recent months – spearheaded by Costa Rica – to address the pending Cuban migrant crisis. As recently as Oct. 2, Central American immigration officials signed an agreement backed by SICA and the International Organization for Migration to respond to the increase in Cubans arriving at borders here from South America.The agreement, based on recommendations from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, included several commitments, among them to “control at borders the entry of Cubans by registering those with a legitimate passport and to provide for the orderly and regulated passage through the countries of the region, in conjunction with national legislation an international commitments.” It was signed by Nicaragua’s Assistant Director of Immigration José Anibal Sobalvarro, along with immigration officials from the other Central American countries.Read the Oct. 2 Central America immigration agreement, signed by Nicaragua (in Spanish): #Nicaragua acusa a #CostaRica por provocar crisis humanitaria de cubanos varados en Peñas Blancas.— La Prensa Nicaragua (@laprensa) November 19, 2015 “El Gob. de #CostaRica quiere victimizarse y abanderarse como defensor de #DDHH ” #Nicaragua #CostaRica— La Prensa Nicaragua (@laprensa) November 19, 2015
When the 2015 NFL schedule came out, many pointed to the Week 17 showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale as a sort of NFC West Championship Game.Turns out, it’s not really that important a game after all.The Cardinals wrapped up the NFC West two weeks ago and the Seahawks are also in the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Of course, there is a rivalry between the two teams, so Sunday will feature two organizations still trying to beat each other. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Thursday, December 31• Suddenly, the Seahawks’ fate seems tied to Marshawn Lynch (ESPN.com)If this is Lynch’s final go-around with the Seahawks, it’s playing out exactly how one might expect.• Seahawks won’t have Marshawn Lynch for regular-season finale; Michael Bennett’s status unknown (MyNorthwest.com) • Pete Carroll anticipates Marshawn Lynch will be back with team Mon. (ESPN.com)We won’t see Lynch on Sunday, but the Cardinals could see him again in the playoffs.• Russell Wilson credits part of durability to swimming routine (ESPN.com)There’s no doubt about how elusive Russell Wilson is in the pocket and the quarterback for the Seahawks has oddities in his training regiment like massages and swimming.• Sure, he can run, but Russell Wilson is poised to shatter Seahawks season passing marks (Seattle Times)“Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could break the team season records for touchdown passes, passing yards and completion percentage.”• Injury to J.R. Sweezy means rookie Mark Glowinski could start at guard for Seahawks Sunday at Arizona (Seattle Times)Friday’s injury report lists Sweezy as out on Sunday, which means that Glowinksi will likely get his first career NFL start. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Saturday, January 2• Seattle Seahawks: 5 players to watch Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (Seattle Times)With the injuries the Seahawks have, the supporting cast will need to step up. That includes RG Mark Glowinski filling in for J.R. Sweezy and TE Chase Coffman replacing Luke Willson.• Cardinals have more incentive than Seahawks in regular-season finale (MyNorthwest.com)The Cardinals can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win and a Panthers loss, which gives them far more incentive in Week 17 than the Seahawks. The best Seattle can do is the No. 5 seed and with an offensive line missing starters, there is a debate regarding how long Russell Wilson should stay in the game Sunday.• Playing Russell Wilson vs Arizona embodies Pete Carroll’s approach with Seahawks (MyNorthwest.com)Despite the risk in playing Wilson, Pete Carroll is going to play the star quarterback. Seattle saw a 5-game winning streak snapped last week in a 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.All week, we’ll keep you up to date on everything going on with the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare for their annual trip to University of Phoenix Stadium to face the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires • How Seahawks’ Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett work together (ESPN.com)Over and over, Bennett and Avril would refer to how one player stayed outside, and the other moved down and in, and how one man helped the other to make a play. It was yet another illustration that football is the most interdependent sport, and if you don’t embrace that on the field, you don’t have much of a chance.• Seahawks remain on pace for a number of impressive stats as final game nears (Seattle Times)It’s time for another look at the Seahawks’ weekly stats and where they rank as we head into the final game of the regular season with Seattle still on track to break or near a number of franchise records.• Was Seahawks’ loss to St. Louis just a misstep or a sign of regression? (MyNorthwest.com)Was the Seahawks’ clunker of a performance a sign that their second-half turnaround wasn’t quite as real as it appeared, of regression toward their early-season form?Or was that 23-17 loss to the 6-8 Rams – as coach Pete Carroll characterized it – merely a bad day at the stadium, a one-week slip-up for a team that had been playing its best football of the season?• Revisiting the Seahawks’ preseason pursuit of guard Evan Mathis (MyNorthwest.com) 0 Comments Share Marshawn Lynch’s return will have to wait at least another week. And if there is any good news with the running back’s continued absence, it’s that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it will only be another week.• Wednesday Practice Report: Four Seattle Seahawks Do Not Participate To Open Week 17 vs Arizona Cardinals (Seahawks.com)The Seahawks first practice report of Week 17 is out and it includes one player not previously noted by the team or head coach Pete Carroll.• Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin continuing to excel despite more attention (MyNorthwest.com)Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been receiving all kinds of attention during his record-setting touchdown reception streak – during games, in the media, and even off the field.• Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch gets trademark approved for phrase, ‘I’m just here so I won’t get fined’ (SeattleTimes.com)A phrase originally aimed at not losing money can now put money in Marshawn Lynch’s pockets. Top Stories Friday, January 1 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Seahawks didn’t lose much in terms of playoff positioning on Sunday.They did lose the momentum they had gained during their five-game winning streak, and after falling 23-17 to St. Louis, the biggest question heading into the final week of the regular season is whether Seattle lost much in the way of confidence.• How Week 17 will decide Seahawks’ first-round playoff opponent (MyNorthwest.com)The Seahawks are guaranteed a playoff berth.But then we already knew that. Just where the Seahawks will be playing, however, remains very much up in the air after their six-point loss to St. Louis. In fact, Sunday’s games didn’t eliminate any potential sites for Seattle’s wild-card game.There are three possibilities that will be depend on the outcome of two games in Week 17: Seattle (9-6) at Arizona (13-2), 1:25 p.m. and Minnesota (10-5) at Green Bay (10-5), 5:30 p.m.• What people are saying after Seahawks lay an egg in loss to Rams (SeattlePI.com)After a month and a half of offensive excellence, the Seahawks attack couldn’t get anything going against a stout (but by no means dominant) Rams defense. The offensive line reverted to its early season form, meaning the Marshawn Lynch-and Thomas Rawls-less running back corps couldn’t get anything established on the ground while quarterback Russell Wilson took a beating. The Seahawks’ offensive line didn’t play well on Sunday against St. Louis.That was better than Broncos guard Evan Mathis, though. He barely played at all Monday night.Six snaps. That was the total playing time for the former Pro Bowl guard who visited the Seahawks before the regular season started before ultimately choosing the Broncos, signing a one-year deal that will pay him about $3 million.Tuesday, December 29• Ranking the Seahawks’ potential NFC opponents based on matchups (ESPN.com)Going into Week 17, the field in the NFC is set, but the only seed that’s locked up is Washington at No. 4.The Seattle Seahawks will go in as the fifth or sixth seed, meaning they’ll need to win at least two games (most likely three) on the road to get back to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year.• Could Seahawks assistant Tom Cable get a head coaching gig? (ESPN.com)• Are Seahawks’ offensive-line struggles a trend or an aberration? (Seattle Times)That’s the question the Seahawks’ offensive line will answer, one way or the other. The Seahawks’ next opponent, the Cardinals, sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers nine times Sunday.• Three Things from the Seahawks’ loss to St. Louis (MyNorthwest.com) Wednesday, December 30• How the Seahawks are attacking defenses downfield (ESPN.com)Russell Wilson is averaging 8.41 yards per attempt, which ranks third. And while the offense stumbled Sunday against the St. Louis Rams — largely because of protection issues — the Seahawks have done an outstanding job of generating big plays through the passing game.