Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team based in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference West division, they joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll. Since 2002, they have played their home games at CenturyLink Field, located south of downtown Seattle, they played home games in the Kingdome and Husky Stadium. Seahawks fans have been referred to collectively as the "12th Man", "12th Fan", or "12s"; the Seahawks' fans have twice set the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event, first registering 136.6 decibels during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in September 2013, during a Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints a few months with a record-setting 137.6 dB. The Seahawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, thus attract support from a wide geographical area, including some parts of Oregon, Montana and Alaska, as well as Canadian fans in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, Kenny Easley have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame or wholly for their accomplishments as Seahawks. In addition to them, Dave Brown, Jacob Green, Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, Jim Zorn have been inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor along with Pete Gross and Chuck Knox; the Seahawks have won three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both NFC Championship Games, they have appeared in three Super Bowls: losing 21–10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, defeating the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first championship in Super Bowl XLVIII, losing 28–24 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. As per one of the agreed parts of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the NFL began planning to expand from 26 to 28 teams. In June 1972, Seattle Professional Football Inc. a group of Seattle business and community leaders, announced its intention to acquire an NFL franchise for the city of Seattle. In June 1974, the NFL gave the city an expansion franchise.

That December, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of the franchise agreement by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, representing the Nordstrom family as majority partners for the consortium. In March 1975, John Thompson, former Executive Director of the NFL Management Council and a former Washington Huskies executive, was hired as the general manager of the new team; the name Seattle Seahawks was selected on June 17, 1975 after a public naming contest which drew more than 20,000 entries and over 1,700 names. Thompson recruited and hired Jack Patera, a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, to be the first head coach of the Seahawks; the expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976, with Seattle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alternating picks for rounds selecting unprotected players from the other 26 teams in the league. The Seahawks were awarded the 2nd overall pick in the 1976 draft, a pick they used on defensive tackle Steve Niehaus; the team took the field for the first time on August 1, 1976 in a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in the newly opened Kingdome.

The Seahawks are the only NFL team to switch conferences twice in the post-merger era. The franchise began play in 1976 in the aforementioned NFC West but switched conferences with the Buccaneers after one season and joined the AFC West; this realignment was dictated by the league as part of the 1976 expansion plan, so that both expansion teams could play each other twice and every other NFL franchise once during their first two seasons. The Seahawks won both matchups against the Buccaneers in their first two seasons, the former of, the Seahawks' first regular season victory. In 1983, the Seahawks hired Chuck Knox as head coach. Finishing with a 9–7 record, the Seahawks made their first post-season appearance, defeating the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card Round, the Miami Dolphins, before losing in the AFC Championship to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders; the following season, the Seahawks had their best season before 2005, finishing 12–4. Knox won the NFL Coach of the Year Award.

In 1988, Ken Behring and partner Ken Hofmann purchased the team for a reported $80 million. The Seahawks won their first division title in 1988, but from 1989 to 1998 had poor records. In 1996, Behring and Hoffman transferred the team's operations to Anaheim, California–a criticized move, although the team continued to play in Seattle; the team relocated, was in bankruptcy for a short period. The NFL threatened Behring with fining him $500,000 a day if he did not move the team's operations back to Seattle. In 1999, Mike Holmgren was hired as head coach, he would coach for 10 seasons. The Seahawks won their second division title, as well as a wild card berth in the playoffs. In 2002, the Seahawks returned to the NFC West as part of an NFL realignment plan that gave each conference four balanced divisions of four teams each; this realignment restored the AFC West to its initial post-merger roster of original AFL teams Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, Oakland. That same year, the team opened its new home stadium, Seahawks S

South Greenford railway station

South Greenford railway station is in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, is on the Greenford branch in Travelcard Zone 4. It is 1 mile 58 chains down the line from West Ealing and 8 miles 24 chains measured from London Paddington, it and the trains serving it are operated by Great Western Railway. The station is located on the A40, south of Greenford Green, north-east of Greenford Broadway, just west of Perivale; the Greenford branch of the Great Western Railway had been used for regular passenger services since 1904, but the halt at South Greenford did not open until 20 September 1926. The station's platforms were taken from Trumpers Crossing Halte railway station when it closed six months prior. Named South Greenford Halt, the suffix was dropped on 5 May 1969. At present, signage on the station carries, in an alternative name for the station; the alternative name is "West Perivale". The normal service from the station runs every day except Sunday until about 2100 with two trains per hour towards Greenford and two trains per hour to West Ealing, where there are connections to Paddington station via Ealing Broadway and to Heathrow Airport.

The station is unmanned. Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys to and from South Greenford; as well as the passenger trains serving South Greenford, the Greenford branch carries freight traffic waste and aggregates as well as some empty passenger stock movements. A Chiltern Railways service, operating a parliamentary train, nonstops this station from South Ruislip to West Ealing, back to High Wycombe. In 2015/2016, it was ranked as the third least used station in Greater London with 62,184 entries and exits; as of 2018/2019, it is the least used station in London with 28,084 entries and exits. London Buses route 95 serves the station. Train times and station information for South Greenford railway station from National Rail


Medinyà is a town in the comarca of Gironès in Catalonia. Between June 2015 and January 2018 it was an independent municipality, but has now reverted to forming part of the municipality of Sant Julià de Ramis; the town is located at the junction of the GI-514 roads. In 2014 it consisted of 852 residents. A highlight of the town is Medinyà Castle; the first recorded mention of the town is in 1017, in correspondence from Pope Benedict VIII to the monastery at Banyoles. The documents lists the municipalities controlled by the monastery; the writer Hans Christian Andersen mentioned the town in his 1862 travel book "I Spanien". In 1972 the town was absorbed into Sant Julià de Ramis. On 4 June 2015 the municipal independence of Medinyà was recognised and it recovered its original territory, which includes the villages of Santa Fe de la Serra, Tomet and Vall-llobera. In September 2017, the Spanish Constitutional Court declared the creation of the municipality unconstitutional due to insufficient population, as requested by the Spanish Government of Mariano Rajoy.

The Catalan government at the time disputed the judgement and said they would continue to recognise Medinyà, but following the takeover of government by the Spanish state it was confirmed that the reversion would be enforced. Official website Government data pages