Rabat – Members of the royal navy rescued 424 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean on the night of Sunday, August 4, through to Monday morning.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that, according to military sources, most of the irregular migrants are sub-Saharans.The list of the rescued migrants includes 53 women and 16 minors. The migrants were on board several damaged makeshift inflatable boats. The Coastguard provided the rescued migrants with first aid before they transferred them to various ports across Morocco.The operation comes after royal navy members rescued 63 sub-Saharan migrants from a damaged ship off the north-eastern coastline of Morocco on August 4.Recently, Morocco has been facing more pressure from irregular migration, urging the government to intensify its efforts against irregular migration attempts.Morocco’s help in managing border control and the abortion of irregular migration attempts resulted in a “significant decrease” in the migration pressure on Spanish coasts, reported Spanish news outlet ABC.Morocco has foiled more than 40,300 irregular migration attempts since January 2019.Thousands of migrants leave the African continent via Morocco every year using risky methods to reach Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that 12,443 migrants arrived illegally in Spain via the sea route between January and July 2019.
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO.Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Sports President David Levy to oversee both.Tsai’s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NBA’s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise.He already had purchased 49% of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021, but pushed up that timeline for full ownership of the team.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsBrian Mahoney, The Associated Press
“The ride performed exactly as it is designed to do. In line with our well-rehearsed procedures, guests were assisted from the ride.At no point was guest safety compromised.”The incident happened near the Smiler rollercoaster, which crashed two years ago. A total of 16 people were injured on the ride when the carriage hit the one that had come to a halt on the track.Two of those seriously injured – Leah Washington, 17, and 20-year-old Vicky Balch – each had legs amputated following the smash.Last month, passengers were trapped on the ride for as long as 45 minutes after it stopped due to a technical fault. so glad I didn’t go on oblivion, they’re rescuing people off 😩 @altontowers pic.twitter.com/Snr674EQXh— jess (@jssbrry) July 25, 2017 “The passengers were looking around and they were very anxious to step off the ride and onto the stairs because it’s quite a high fall,” he told MailOnline. “The ride was going up the top then it stopped at the top at an angle and then they were sitting there for quite a while.”I could see people in helmets with ropes going up to release them from their seats because the ride was completely stopped. There’s not much space so they were connected to emergency crews by the rope.”An Alton Towers spokesperson said the ride was stopped after a minor technical fault was detected. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. More than a dozen passengers were escorted off the Oblivion rollercoaster at its highest point on Tuesday because of a “technical fault”. The incident at the Staffordshire theme park happened one month after a similar stoppage on the nearby Smiler rollercoaster, on which four people were badly injured in a crash two years ago. Staff climbed to where the ride had stopped and attached harnesses to the passengers before leading them to safety.One witness Alex Heasman-Bailey, 16, said he heard a “clunking noise” as the Oblivion ride suddenly came to a halt shortly after 3pm. “This afternoon Oblivion stopped after a sensor on the ride detected a minor technical fault. ‘Oblivion’ rollercoaster at #AltonTowers breaks down mid-ride. Emergency recovery crew having to free people from the ride. pic.twitter.com/pz4F86S9w9— Alex Heasman- Bailey (@AlexHeasmann) July 25, 2017