Border Patrol erects more tents in the Rio Grande Valley to house asylum seekers as surge continues

first_imgBy Julián AguilarThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org Since October 2018, when the federal government’s current fiscal year began, more than 460,000 undocumented immigrants have been apprehended on the southern border, already surpassing 2018’s fiscal year total of 396,579. That total includes about 101,860 family units and 19,000 unaccompanied minors in the Rio Grande Valley, according to CBP statistics.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. “The longer illegal aliens remain in custody, the harder it can become to sustain our operations but housing the migrants in these tents is the default solution,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said in a statement. “This is the reality of what happens when we simply cannot handle the influx of migrants arriving.”The announcement comes after CNN published photographs of migrants, including children, sleeping on the concrete grounds of Border Patrol facilities. Photographs of the new facilities provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show military-style structures that can be built quickly and moved to locations as they are needed.That’s different from the facility opened Donna, which is a larger structure equipped with showers and separate dormitories. A similar structure opened in El Paso the same week.A spokesperson with the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that he couldn’t say how many people the new tents will hold but that they are similar to a tent set up in March in El Paso that can hold hundreds of people. Related story: Government to house more immigrants in tents at the border Just two weeks after U.S. Border Patrol agents began housing asylum-seeking migrants in a new tent facility in Donna, the agency announced Friday it had reached capacity and the agency will construct four additional temporary facilities in two other Rio Grande Valley cities.The facility in Donna was completed the first week of May and can hold 500 undocumented immigrants after they are apprehended or turn themselves into Border Patrol officials.But in a new release Friday, the agency said agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector had 8,000 migrants in custody, a result of the continued “waves of migrants fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.” The additional structures are being built at Border Patrol stations in McAllen and Rio Grande City.last_img read more

Grieg Star completes refinancing

first_imgLoans with original expiry set for 2017/2018 were extended with five or more years, with new expiry in 2022 or beyond. The refinancing was completed with five European banks.Together with a sale and leaseback transaction completed earlier this year, a total of USD400 million of financing facilities has now been refinanced, said Grieg Star.The shipping line operates 45 open hatch and dry bulk vessels, of which 31 vessels are on the balance sheet. The completed refinancing ensures long-term financing for all ships owned by the company.In addition to extending maturities, the USD400 million refinancing will entail a cash release of more than USD50 million. Grieg Star stated that the added liquidity will, together with existing liquidity reserves, ensure strong cash reserves and financial strength going forward.Grieg Star added that it has previously secured financing of newbuilding commitments and currently has no unfunded future capital expenditures.”We are very pleased to have received continued support from quality financiers like DNB, Nordea, SR-Bank and ABN AMRO, including establishing new relationships with Credit Suisse,” said Grieg Star ceo Camilla Grieg.”This refinancing reflects our strong bank relationships and the importance of having capital sources available in a challenging market like what we see today.”  www.griegstar.comlast_img read more

2010 Morgan Keegan GSC Baseball Tournament Time Change

first_img2010 Morgan Keegan GSC Baseball Tournament Time Change Share Photo courtesy of Ron Besser center_img CLEVELAND, Miss. –  Today’s game against the University of North Alabama which was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT has been moved to 4:30 p.m. The time change comes as a result of the rearrangement of the brackets. The losers’ bracket will play the first two games of the day before allowing the winners’ bracket games to be played, starting with the Argos matchup against North Alabama at 4:30 p.m.Complete 2010 Morgan Keegan GSC Baseball Tournament BracketFor more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Soldotna Offers Virtual Storefront Improvement Program Grants

first_imgShe added that there are 15 $1,000 grants available, and that it’s easy to apply: “It’s a very easy application process. You can go onto Soldotna.org/storefront, also, you can check out our e-news blast or just give me a call and I’ll direct you to where you need to go, and you can apply for 75% of eligible costs to improve your website. This includes web design services, purchase of domain names, security certificates, maintenance agreements, and just improving the functionality of an existing website.” Guidelines and applications are now available for the Virtual Storefront Program. Shannon Davis, Executive Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, says that this is an extension of the city’s longstanding program rewarding businesses for improving their brick-and-mortar storefronts: “The City of Soldotna has done such a fantastic job of really trying to dig down and figure out ways to help their businesses during this time. They have done the Storefront Improvement Project for years now, where they give grants to businesses who are wanting to improve the way the outside of their business looks. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been nimble, as so many of our businesses have, and they’re now accepting applications for a Virtual Storefront Improvement Program.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna seeks to partner with local business owners to share the cost of establishing or improving an existing business website, as well as any integrated social media and marketing programs, to increase their online presence. The Virtual Storefront Improvement Program seeks to expand the marketplace for local goods and services by assisting businesses develop or expand their online presence.  The City will contribute 75% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $1,000.last_img read more