USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US

first_img View post tag: ACX Crystal November 24, 2017 US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) got underway from her forward-deployed homeport in Yokosuka to travel to the US for repairs.The destroyer departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on November 24 to meet heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf and begin her journey to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where it will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries.Fitzgerald was towed to deep water to begin the heavy lift process, which is expected to last several days.In the months prior to her departure from Yokosuka, technicians and shipbuilders at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka made significant progress in preparing the ship for the journey, including dewatering, defueling, hull and superstructure repairs, and placing key systems in layup maintenance.In October, she was moved from dry dock to a pierside location in anticipation of the move.Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on June 17. Seven sailors lost their lives and the ship suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: HII Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Fitzgerald USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US Share this articlelast_img read more

Home crunch triggers FTSE bookmakers’ Australian arms race

first_img FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has lit-up the Australian gambling market, by confirming that it has entered ‘in-depth discussions’ with Crown Resorts to acquire its controlling 62% stake in online betting subsidiary Crownbet.The cumbersome merger of Tabcorp-Tatts has dominated the Australian betting industry’s agenda and context in 2017, however, seeking to expand its international assets William Hill may have moved to trigger an ‘Australian arms race’, as FTSE betting giants are pressured to deliver international growth.Closing on Friday, UK news sources revealed that FTSE competitor Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), was also in discussion with James Packer’s Crown Resorts with regards to acquiring Crownbet, an asset deemed ‘non-core’ by Packer who has chosen to focus on Crown Resort’s new Australian casino developments.Moving forward, PPB governance desires to support its ‘fast-growth’ Sportsbet Australia division, which reported a 29% revenue uplift during Q3 2017, becoming Australia’s leading online wagering destination.Outgoing PPB Chief Executive Breon Corcoran has labelled Sportsbet Australia, as the betting group’s ‘shining star’ for international development and growth a key corporate objective for inbound PPB leader Peter Jackson (former WorldPay CEO).Facing tougher UK home market prospects, with significant incoming regulatory change, stricter advertising standards/practices, increasing costs, and all-around domestic GDP and Sterling forecasts downgraded (Brexit impacts). FTSE betting governances are being pressured by investors to deliver true international enterprises, making Plc bookmakers less reliant on home comforts.Ladbrokes Coral which is currently ‘reviewing all strategic options’ with regards to its corporate future, has fresh eyes on the Australian betting market, having appointed Jason Scott as new Ladbrokes Australia CEO this August.The lucrative Australian betting market, will not only become a ‘FTSE bookmaker playground’. As last week, the governance of Stockholm-listed European online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc revealed that it would significantly increase its marketing spend and coverage within Australia.Henrik Tjarnstrom, Kindred Group CEO stated that his company would now seek to expand its Australian digital services, as the established multi-market operator aims to enhance group revenue channels by creating lucrative assets ’beyond Europe’.Though Tabcorp governance, may have finally gained the ACT merger approval to combine its enterprise with Tatts, Australian analysts’ are all in agreement that the legacy operator faces its biggest threat from digitally shrewd and well-funded European players.Nevertheless, although Australia may appear a golden destination for FTSE players, industry stakeholders have been warned that regulatory concerns are growing with regards to betting exposure, much like home these concerns have become a political point of contention and conflict.The increased international attention is welcomed by industry investors and analysts seeking new ground. However, as market activity heats up, it is unlikely that all European players will survive the rugged and brutal reality of Australia’s betting terrain. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Iowa COVID deaths hit new one-day high, schools get $71M in federal relief

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa has passed the 10,000 mark in total confirmed COVID-19 cases.Governor Reynolds made the announcement at her news conference earlier today, saying there were 408 new cases to give Iowa now a total of 10,111.Iowa has also surpassed the 200 death mark. 19 more deaths have been reported for a total now of 207. “We know that the virus causes the most serious illness for older adults and those with underlying conditions. Iowa’s deaths are consistently among this most vulnerable population. 56% of the deaths are residents of long-term care facilities, and despite the many proactive steps taken early on to protect our most vulnerable Iowans, preventing COVID-19 from impacting long-term care facilities is extremely challenging.”)Reynolds continued to emphasize the expansion of testing in the state, which she says will enable the state to begin to phase in businesses and activities that were put on hold while mitigating the spread of the virus. “Testing more Iowans provides us more information about the virus activity across the state, and it allows us to respond in a very targeted way to contain and manage the virus, especially in areas where activity is increasing or is already high. As General Correll says, ‘we’re fishing where the fish are’, so it’s no wonder that our daily case counts have grown over the last few weeks.Reynolds says it’s also important that Iowans don’t totally focus on the number of positive cases, but also the hospital capacity and the ability to take care of Iowans who may need hospitalization. “The fact is that we can’t prevent people from getting the COVID-19 virus. If we weren’t testing in these areas, people would still have the virus and without being tested, diagnosed and isolated, it could spread even further.”=== Iowa’s schools are getting a federal grant of more than 71-million dollars to help address costs related to the pandemic. Iowa Department of Education director Ann Lebo says the money comes at a critical time. “My team has been hard at work to develop and launch an application process so we can quickly and efficiently get these critical funds to our schools. I’m happy to announce that schools can access the application today through the the CASA system.” Schools will have until the close of business Monday to apply. Lebo says every one of Iowa’s 327 school districts will get a piece of the pie for programs ranging from online learning to mental health services.last_img read more