German ships save 701 migrants in the Mediterranean

first_img View post tag: Op Sophia German ships save 701 migrants in the Mediterranean View post tag: German Navy July 7, 2016 Two new members of the Operation Sophia taskforce, German Navy ships Datteln und Werra, saved 701 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea on July 5.German Navy minehunter Datteln was the first to spot migrants 100 kilometers northwest of the Libyan capital Tripoli.Moments later, the tender Werra spotted four rubber boats five kilometers away. Upon receiving orders by the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (I.M.R.C.C.) in Rome the two ships proceeded to rescue the migrants.Datteln pulled 45 people from a wooden boat while Werra embarked a total of 520 people from four rubber boats.The tender subsequently embarked further 136 migrants from MV Astral, another ship taking part in life saving efforts in the Mediterranean. This meant the tender had 656 migrants on its deck which had to be brought to the Sicilian port of Augusta where they would be handed over to authorities.The migrants’ boats were sunk as they were rendered as an obstacle at sea. Back to overview,Home naval-today German ships save 701 migrants in the Mediterranean Authorities View post tag: EUNAVFOR Share this articlelast_img read more


Moody’s: Munis, Co-Ops Face Major Risks From Coal Plant Closures

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:Credit ratings giant Moody’s is warning that a big chunk of the nation’s electric utilities are at risk…because of the transition toward renewable energy, which is occurring despite President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement.The report, issued Tuesday, says not-for-profit public power and cooperative utilities, which generate and transmit electricity, are facing “rising risks” from the transition to less carbon dioxide-emitting power plants, because they own most of the coal plants across rural America.The company has begun examining the effects of climate policy on the utility sector through the lens of the Paris Agreement. Moody’s found that Trump’s withdrawal from the accord a year ago will be limited because of “customer preferences and technology trends.”In addition, utilities “have consciously transitioned towards cleaner generation, even in states politically opposed to carbon regulations, because of low natural gas prices and the declining cost of renewables,” the report found.Nevertheless, the biggest risk to publicly owned utilities comes if they shut down their coal plants but still have to pay for them.The report says the public utilities and co-ops are facing the same challenges that their for-profit counterparts are facing, driven by a combination of state and local policies and customer preferences. But public power and co-ops don’t have the resources to move as quickly to build more low-carbon renewable energy resources and are much more dependent on coal because of their locations.More: Electric Utilities At Risk From Climate Goals Despite Paris Exit, Moody’s Says Moody’s: Munis, Co-Ops Face Major Risks From Coal Plant Closureslast_img read more


Bracey lifts Louisiana Tech past Southern Miss 80-49

first_img DaQuan Bracey registered 17 points as Louisiana Tech routed Southern Miss 80-49 on Monday night in a Conference USA opener for both teams.Kalob Ledoux had 15 points for Louisiana Tech (10-3, 1-0), which won its fourth straight game. Derric Jean added 12 points, and Amorie Archibald had 12 points and nine rebounds.The Bulldogs entered ranked No. 21 in the nation in field-goal defense and held Southern Miss to 35% on 20-of-58 shooting, including 0 of 16 from 3-point range.Tyler Stevenson had 12 points for the Golden Eagles (4-10, 0-1).The teams match up again on Saturday in Ruston, La. Written By Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 11:30 IST Bracey Lifts Louisiana Tech Past Southern Miss 80-49 DaQuan Bracey registered 17 points as Louisiana Tech routed Southern Miss 80-49 on Monday night in a Conference USA opener for both teams. COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 31st December, 2019 11:30 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Regulators say economic impact of casinos tops billion-dollar mark again

first_imgALTOONA — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission renewed the licenses for the 19 state casinos it oversees during their meeting Tuesday in Altoona.Racing and Gaming administrator Brian Ohorilko also released the economic impact information on the casinos for the last calendar year. “Over $1.1 billion has been attributed to the Iowa economy as a result of the casino industry in 2019,” according to Ohorilko. He says the figures include all the funds generated and expenses paid to operate the facilities.“This would include things that are required statutory payments — like taxes — but also expenditures for various supplies, construction, payroll expenses, and charitable contributions,” Ohorilko says. “And so, when added together as a whole the impact for 2019 exceeded one-point-one billion dollars.”Ohorilko says the IRGC has a policy that requires the casinos to seek Iowa vendors first. “Of that $1.1 billion, a significant amount of that money was spent with Iowa vendors or folks that reside in the state of Iowa. That is also something that commission focuses on, asks the operators to do,” he says. Ohorilko says 90% of the money spent in 2019 went to Iowa vendors.The casino industry impact has topped the one billion mark for several years. Ohorilko says that was even more impressive this past year after a tough winter saw business way down early on. “Last year was a tough year for the industry due to weather and flooding,” Ohorilko says, “what has been nice to see — at least early on in January, February, and early March — numbers are up.”He says the increased traffic this year is due in part to a milder winter. “But also we think some of it is attributed to sports wagering being offered in the state,” Ohorilko says. Sports betting began in mid-August and betters are required to register at a casino before they can bet, which casino operators say has helped bring in new customers.last_img read more