Narcotics Agents Ran An Undercover Drug Sting At Widespread Panic’s Tour Closer

first_imgWhile Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!last_img read more

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Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery efforts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Utility Endesa SA said it could speed up investments in wind and solar power as the Spanish government emphasizes green spending to boost its economy, while the coronavirus is leading to only minor delays in its construction program.“The company has already resumed construction on all its renewable farm projects and remains fully committed to the investments envisaged in [its] strategic plan,” CEO José Bogas said May 4 in a statement on Endesa’s first quarter, which saw profits excluding extraordinary effects rise 59%.In February, the company announced it had more than 5 GW in new installations ready to be built, mostly over the next three years. Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italy’s Enel SpA, which also owns Endesa, announced April 27 that it had started building a 50-MW solar power plant in Spain’s Seville province.“We are even considering speeding up the planned investments, especially in wind and solar plants, to help jump-start the economy by creating jobs and generating wealth,” Bogas said.Spain has been among the hardest-hit countries in Europe by the coronavirus, but Bogas said on an earnings call that Endesa is expecting only minor delays with some renewables parts sourced from a Chinese equipment provider. This will delay capital expenditure in some smaller projects but not affect 2020 earnings, Bogas said.While renewables production rose considerably during the first quarter, thanks in part to a recovery in hydropower production, output from Endesa’s four remaining coal plants in Spain, with a combined capacity of nearly 4,600 MW, was about 90% lower than in the same period in 2019, Bogas said, dragging down total mainland production by 13%. The CEO reiterated that the market conditions for coal in Spain are “completely uneconomical” and “remain unfixable” due to structurally low gas and rising carbon prices, meaning Endesa would not reverse its decision to close the plants by the end of 2021.[Yannic Rack]More ($): Endesa’s renewables plans could accelerate, despite minor delays due to COVID-19 Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery effortslast_img read more

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Salah shines as clinical Liverpool see off Porto

first_imgPORTO (Reuters) – A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday that teed up a last-four clash with Barcelona.The Reds, who eased through 6-1 on aggregate, held off Porto in the early stages before Salah and Sadio Mane combined for the Senegalese to put them ahead with their first shot on target following a VAR review.Egypt striker Salah doubled the tally after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped it up late on. Porto had briefly reduced the arrears through Eder Militao, but having lost the first leg 2-0 at Anfield, they never seemed in a position to overturn the deficit.Barcelona advanced on Tuesday when they won 3-0 in their second-leg against Manchester United, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory.Five-times European champions Liverpool, who had produced a scintillating display to beat Porto 5-0 in the last-16 at the Dragao stadium last season, had a totally different approach this time. They soaked up the pressure as Porto made an adventurous start, with Jesus Corona curling a powerful shot just over the bar in the opening minute.Juergen Klopp’s side looked temporarily toothless, but they were just waiting for their moment — which came in the 26th minute. Mane latched onto a cross from Salah to beat Iker Casillas from close range but he was initially flagged offside, only for referee Danny Makkelie to check the VAR.After a two-minute review, the goal was eventually given.Facing the huge task of scoring four goals to qualify, Porto looked stunned, despite having attempted 15 shots before the interval.Salah, who endured a goal drought in March, confirmed he was getting close to his best again when he coolly slotted the ball past Casillas after collecting a perfect diagonal through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 65th minute. It was Salah’s first Champions League goal since December, and his first away from Anfield in the competition in 12 months.Militao soothed the home fans’ suffering a little, beating Roberto Firmino in the air to head home in the 69th minute.Brazilian Firmino, who had started on the bench as Klopp handed a rare start to Divock Origi, made it 3-1 with a downward header with 13 minutes left and Van Dijk headed home a fourth from a corner eight minutes later. Tottenham Hotspur will face Ajax Amsterdam in the other semi-final tie.last_img read more

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