Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shark Week has come early to Long Island.A 16-foot, 3,456-pound Great White shark named Mary Lee is swimming about two to three miles off the coast of Jones Beach and Fire Island on Tuesday before swimming farther offshore the next day, according to researchers that are tracking her.“After a quick jaunt at the Jersey Shore, great white shark Mary Lee continues north,” OCEARCH, the nonprofit group of scientists that tagged her, said on its Facebook page. “Where do you think she might be going? New York, New York or Cape Cod, Massachusetts?”READ MORE: Does Long Island Need a Shark Alert System?Mary Lee started swimming eastbound past Jones Beach after turning right off the east end of Long Beach at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, pinged again at 8:37 a.m. off the Fire Island Inlet and then pinged a third time off Robert Moses State Park on FI at 10:36 a.m., the tracker shows. She then doubled back and pinged at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday farther off Jones Beach before zig-zagging shortly before noon, when she was tracked swimming southeast away from LI off the coast of Montauk.Since OCEARCH tagged Mary Lee off Cape Cod on Sept. 12, 2012, she has swam nearly 20,000 miles from New England to Florida to Bermuda and back again, the group said. The tracking device attached to her dorsal fin records her location whenever she surfaces long enough to send a signal to GPS satellites.The web-savvy shark has a Twitter profile tweeting locations where her GPS tracking device pings. Researchers believe that she may have recently given birth. She last visited LI when she pinged off the coast of East Patchogue in January 2013, her tracker shows.OCEARCH tracks dozens of sharks besides Mary Lee in an effort to better understand the protected species, as well as improve public awareness of the predators made infamous by Jaws, in which the character Captain Quint was based on Frank Mundus, the legendary Montauk shark fisherman-turned-conservationist.Although there have been no reported surface sightings of Mary Lee, it is not uncommon for various species of sharks to swim off the coast of LI. A dying basking shark washed up in 2009, several harmless basking sharks forced a brief swimming ban in Westhampton Beach in 2011 and another shark was spotted off Atlantic Beach in 2013. Dolphins that were mistaken for sharks also caused a scare at Robert Moses State Park two years ago.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has awarded Ørsted the right to connect 900MW offshore wind capacity to Taiwan’s power grid.The selected projects are the 605MW Changua 1 and the 295MW Changhua 2. The two projects are one of the eleven selected by the ministry in the first auction round. In total, 3,836MW of grid capacity was awarded to the eleven projects.The company will deliver the first large-scale commercial offshore wind projects in the Changhua region and connect 900MW to Changhua’s total available grid capacity of 1,000MW in 2021.The next step for Ørsted’s projects, which are located in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua County, is to obtain the establishment permit and to secure the feed-in-tariff by signing a power purchase agreement with Taipower.The projects are expected to be built in 2021, subject to Ørsted’s final investment decision.Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Wind Power, said: “This is a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re proud to be trusted with this important and large assignment, which will be a landmark in Taiwan’s ambitious transition to renewable energy.”Ørsted has obtained site exclusivity on four offshore wind sites located between 35 and 60km from the shore of Changhua County. The four sites, which have a total potential capacity of 2.4GW, received environmental impact assessment approvals in February 2018.The remaining 1.5GW allocated across three projects can participate in future auction rounds, the developer said. Taiwan’s government has announced that it expects to auction up to 2GW of offshore wind capacity in June 2018.Ørsted is also the co-owner of Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, Formosa 1. Subject to the owners’ final investment decision, Formosa 1 will be extended from its current 8MW capacity to 128MW in 2019.Matthias Bausenwein, General Manager for Ørsted in Asia-Pacific, says: “Ørsted is fully committed to deliver world class wind power plants for Taiwan on time to accompany the ambitious green energy targets in Taiwan. We’ll collaborate closely with central and local governments, and, as outlined in our grid application, we’re determined to build up the local supply chain, engage in local communities and transfer knowledge to Taiwan while developing local talent.”
Share A business survey carried out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that UK gambling firms have been divided in their response to Coronavirus restrictions, with only one-third of corresponding companies accessing government support.DCMS’ survey, entitled The Coronavirus Impact Business Survey, suggested that the majority of gambling companies were land-based, however the specific details of who was surveyed has not yet been revealed.Of those surveyed, 20 operators had not signed up to the government’s furlough scheme. Three gambling companies had furloughed between 50% and 74% of staff, while 32 had furloughed between 75% and 100%.30 gambling companies revealed that they had taken a 100% revenue hit since the lockdown, in stark contrast to the 2 which had seen revenues increase or remain the same.14 of the gambling companies surveyed had seen revenue drop between 50% and 99%, while eight companies reported revenue decreases between 1% and 49%.But despite these figures, 37 of the companies surveyed revealed that they had not requested government support or taken any further mitigating measures compared to 19 which had.Betting shops in England were given the green light to reopen their doors on Monday after being closed since 23 March. One of the largest divisions that became apparent in the DCMS survey was the future prospects for trading.Responding to questions on how long companies estimate that they can continue to trade, 20 companies believed that the future of their business was under threat – while 20 revealed that they were not concerned about future trading.9 betting companies estimated that without further financial backing from the government, they could continue trading for one to three months. 20 bookmakers believed that they could continue trading for three to six months with additional support, while a further 20 believed they could trade for longer than six months.A further five were uncertain as to how long they could continue to operate, while two had already shut their doors.The survey comes at a difficult time for the betting industry, with a number of operators having to shift a large portion of their operations into the online space. With rising costs of rent on UK high streets and a three month hiatus of live sport, UK bookmakers will have to find new ways to mitigate these impacts.Whilst DCMS’ survey is limited by its pool of gambling respondents, the true impact of COVID-19 disruptions will be revealed by sector Plcs publishing their interim trading statements during the June-to-July period.Industry observers are awaiting betting Plcs to announce their trading results, following the three-month blackout of the global sports calendar. Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles
Ghana’s Under 23 side, the Black Meteors, have arrived in Cairo ahead of their U-23 AFCON campaign.The Meteors have been drawn in group A along with hosts Egypt, Mali and Cameroon for the tournament which also serves as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Ibrahim Tanko’s side will be hoping to finish in the top three, in order to book a ticket to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004.The Black Meteors will begin their campaign against Cameroon on November 8.