December 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today FS Siroco Hosts Meeting with Somaliland Representatives FS Siroco Hosts Meeting with Somaliland Representatives SOMALILAND REPRESENTATIVES ONBOARD FS SIROCOOn Sunday, 15 December 2013, EU Naval Force French flagship, FS Siroco hosted a meeting with Somaliland representatives, including Vice President Abdirahman Abdallahi Ismail Saylici. “We welcome this engagement with EUCAP Nestor as it will pave the way for technical cooperation in the field of maritime security. “The visitors were welcomed on board by Mr Etienne de Poncins, Head of Mission of the European Union’s maritime security capacity building mission, EUCAP Nestor, and the new Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean.The event which took place at sea off the coast of Berbera, was an opportunity to highlight the complementary work of the European Union missions in the Horn of Africa and how they work together with regional states and entities to help strengthen security and local capacities.In line with the European Union’s comprehensive approach to the region, the meeting was also seen as a stepping stone for technical cooperation between EUCAP Nestor, Atalanta and Somaliland. Somaliland plays an important role in countering piracy in the region by deterring pirates’ activities on land, and is therefore seen as an important partner in strengthening regional maritime security. During the meeting, a joint plan of future activities and programmes proposed by EUCAP Nestor was established and endorsed by the participants.“It was an honour for EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force to host the Delegation from Somaliland today” says Mr de Poncins. “Mentoring, advising and training as well as providing light equipment, are the core activities of EUCAP Nestor in the Horn of Africa region” he continues. ”Our future presence in Hargeisa will make it easier to coordinate these activities with Somaliland and to plan and carry out training and workshops. We are excited to develop further partnership with Somaliland and committed to deliver on time programmes and equipment as discussed during the meeting. They will reinforce maritime security in the region as a whole”Currently EUCAP Nestor activities related to Somaliland are dealt with by staff based in Nairobi, with support from the headquarters in Djibouti. The mission is in the process of establishing an office in Hargeisa that will enable EUCAP Nestor to support Somaliland on a more permanent and efficient basis.Previous EUCAP Nestor training, such as the investigation of maritime crime training for the Somaliland Coast Guard in November, has taken place on board EU Naval Force ships at sea. In the future, the intention is for EUCAP Nestor to have police, legal and maritime experts deployed on a rotating basis to Somaliland in order to work together with their counterparts to design and run mentoring, advisory and training programmes. A maritime security course, with links to the World Maritime University, is also proposed for next year.Speaking about the meeting, Vice President Abdrihman Abdillahi Ismail Zeylai added “We welcome this engagement with EUCAP Nestor as it will pave the way for technical cooperation in the field of maritime security. Somaliland is committed and is an active partner in the fight against piracy and has done a lot through its small resources, but we request EUCAP Nestor to seek the mandate, apart from training and capacity building to provide us material support to complement our contributions on the fight against piracy.”EUCAP Nestor is a civilian mission mandated to assist countries in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean region to develop and enhance their own maritime security. The mission also aims to develop land-based coastal police forces and judicial capabilities in the region.EU Naval Force deters, prevents and represses acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force ships protect World Food Programme vessels delivering aid to Somalia and AMISOM shipping. EU Naval Force ships also contribute to the monitoring of fishing activity off the Somali Coast.[mappress]Press Release, December 16, 2013; Image: EU Navfor Authorities Share this article
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How much damage did disruptive financial services companies cause your credit union last year?While CUNA Mutual Group Chief Economist Steve Rick did not quantify how much disruptive financial services startups hurt individual credit unions in 2014, he told an October online conference audience they had certainly harmed credit unions overall.Rick presented his research and perspectives on economic disruption and credit unions to CUNA Mutual Group’s online Discovery Conference Oct. 21, 2015. continue reading »
Catherine Uong, a freshman majoring in business administration, sings a solo during the Vietnamese Student Association’s 33rdAnnual Culture Night: “Call on Me: The Tie that Binds.” The show was held in Bovard Auditorium on Friday night and featured Vietnamese songs, dances, commercials and performances. Traditional Vietnamese dresses and a lion dance were also showcased.Heather Lee | Daily Trojan
South Africa’s position on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance improved from fifth to fourth thanks to improvements in the economy and infrastructure development. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa• Buy local to build South Africa’s economy• Agoa open up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs• Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway• G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economyShamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s economy is on the mend, if the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is anything to go by.The country’s level of sustainable economic opportunity score improved to 71.9 points out of 100, up more than three points on the previous year. Out of 52 African countries surveyed, South Africa came out second in this particular category, behind Mauritius, which has 79.7 points.The sustainable economic opportunity category is divided into four sub-categories: public management, business environment, infrastructure, and rural sector. These analyse 31 features that make up a country’s economy, such as fiscal policy, level of bureaucracy, access to water for low income and rural populations, and road, rail and air transport.The 2014 Ibrahim Index, published on Monday, 29 September, ranks a country’s overall governance within the African context. It is based not only on economic opportunity but also on safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, and human development. Taking all these categories into account, South Africa’s overall position also improved, from fifth in 2013 to fourth this year.The index is named after billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul Mo Ibrahim. He established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, and created the index the following year . Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, Mo Ibrahim, warned major African states like South Africa to remain vigilant and avoid complacency. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation) Infrastructure development boostedBrand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola was encouraged by this year’s results, particularly regarding the improvements the country has made in infrastructure development. “Good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively,” he pointed out.In the index, South Africa’s infrastructure development score shot up from 67.5 in 2013 to 77.1 this year. The country now ranks third in this category behind the Seychelles and Mauritius. This comes after the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) also announced South Africa’s improvement in infrastructure development. In the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015, the country moved up from 66 to 60 out of 144 countries. In the IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook, South Africa improved by three places from last year to 55.Despite these advances, Matola was concerned by the drop in rule and safety – from seventh in 2013 to eighth this year – and in participation and human rights – from third last year to fourth. “These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment,” he said. African governance improvement too slow – IbrahimWriting for the Institute for Security Studies weekly online newsletter, Independent Newspapers’ foreign editor, Peter Fabricius, said the Ibrahim Index suggested overall governance in Africa was slowing down.According to the index, governance on the continent rose by just 0.9 points out of 100 over the last five years, whereas before 2009 it improved by 1.2 points. “African governance as a whole has improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, resulting in this slight net improvement,” wrote Fabricius.For Ibrahim, Africa was still progressing but “the story is complex and doesn’t fit the stereotypes”. He also warned that the continent should remain vigilant, avoid complacency and adopt Afro-realism as a stance instead of Afro-pessimism or the current Africa Rising narrative.“More pertinently perhaps,” wrote Fabricius, “the index suggests that Africa still has a long way to go, and has to move much faster, if it is to overcome its chronic problems of poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After postponing a vote on immigration compromise legislation, the U.S. House of Representative’s voted 213-211 to approve H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill on June 21.“By approving the 2018 Farm Bill today, members of the House recognized the serious economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers across the country,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “As crafted by Chairman Conaway, this bill recognizes what is working well, but it also makes much-needed improvements in risk management and crop insurance programs at a time when farm-income levels have slumped to decade lows. This would not have been possible had it not been for Speaker Ryan making the farm bill a congressional priority, and for all the hard work invested in the process by Chairman Conaway and other members of the House Agriculture Committee.”The vote brings the possibility of a timely farm bill this year a reality, said Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president.“Today’s vote means that American cattlemen and women are one step closer to having the certainty they need to continue running their operations and contributing to rural economies. We are glad the House-passed bill addresses a number of priorities for producers, including authorization and funding for a national vaccine bank that prioritizes Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) prevention,” Kester said. “The bill also strengthens conservation programs and improves USDA’s foreign market development activities. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and all those who voted ‘yes’ deserve a great deal of thanks for their support.”With Senate Ag Committee passage of their version of the 2018 Farm Bill last week, there is progress but still much to be done.“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in passing their 2018 Farm Bill through the House of Representatives,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “No doubt, there is still much work to be done on this legislation in both chambers of Congress, and USDA stands ready to assist with whatever counsel lawmakers may request or require.”Not everyone is pleased with the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, however.“Farmers Union is disappointed by many components of the House’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Family farmers and consumers alike require strong safety nets, farm sustainability measures, and accessible markets. The need is especially pronounced as farmers struggle amidst a prolonged downturn in the farm economy and significant market volatility as a result of tensions with international trading partners,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “We stand ready to work with members of Congress throughout the conference process to improve this legislation to meet the needs of family farmers and our food system.”
Results of new research are ‘astonishing’To reach this conclusion, the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, and kWh Analytics looked at previously uncounted production from household-sited systems, what they call “behind the meter” systems.“The results are astonishing,” Greentech Media reports. “We estimate that actual solar production is 50 percent higher than the previous best estimates of solar production. In the 12 months ending in March, solar energy systems in the U.S. generated 30.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity. EIA’s utility-only estimate for the same period is 20.2 million megawatt-hours.”What do the numbers mean?Collectively, solar-generated electricity in the U.S. is enough to meet the annual demands of Hawaii, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Alaska combined.In California, Arizona, and Hawaii, solar now provides more than 5% of total consumption.U.S. solar production is more than what 16 individual states and the District of Columbia now consume.The report notes that accurate information about renewables is “the lifeblood of effective regulatory and policy decisions at all levels of government.”“Also,” the report adds, “it’s just nice to give full credit to the 174,000 solar workers in the U.S. who work every day to build our energy future. Every megawatt-hour counts. Every megawatt-hour from solar saves 172 gallons of water, displaces 1,500 pounds of CO2 emissions, and provides energy people can feel good about.” Current reporting practices by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the California Independent System Operator show sharp increases in the amount of solar electricity produced in the U.S., but they overlook the output from the small, house-sized systems of nearly 700,000 solar customers.The result, Greentech Media reports, is that solar production is probably 50% greater than previously thought.In late June, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute issued its own report in which it said the EIA has consistently underestimated the amount of renewable energy coming online. But this new report makes the distinction between distributed generation and projects larger than 1000 kW AC, data which is captured on EIA’s Form 923.“The information from these forms provided a fairly accurate view of U.S. generation when the electricity grid was made up almost entirely of central power plants,” Greentech Media reports. “But now the data gaps are growing.”Distributed photovoltaic systems represent about 9.2 gigawatts-DC in capacity, or about 45% of total solar capacity, the report says.
You don’t have to know how electricity works in order to use it. You just have to know how to turn on or off whatever devices you want to use the runs on electricity. You don’t have to know how an automobile works in order to drive a car either. You don’t really need to understand how gravity, electromagnetism, or the second law of thermodynamics works to feel their effects.Sometimes the fastest way to produce results is to use a system that someone else built based on the knowledge that they have. You don’t always have to spend countless hours learning and trying to understand what others have already paid the price to learn. You can just take the shortcut.My good friend Chris Brogan has studied community building using the social media toolkit for decades. I want to use these tools, but I don’t want to learn everything from scratch (or make all the mistakes), so I can just do what Chris recommends.My friend Charlie Green has studied trust for decades. He’s the world’s foremost authority on trust in selling. I could invest 20,000 hours trying to learn everything the Charlie already learned. Or I could just read and study everything that Charlie has written or sign up for his coaching.There’s nothing wrong with learning on your own. By all means, study. Go deep. Learn! There’s also nothing wrong with making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. But there’s also no reason not take the shortcut that is studying people who have already know want to know and modeling what is successful.Most of the time you don’t need the depth of knowledge and understanding that the master’s have gained to start producing better results, you can just model their actions and behaviors. You can start getting the same results. You can do it a lot faster, with a lot fewer mistakes, and with a lot less effort and energy.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) attempts to break a tackle during the first half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their 2016 season with an explosion of offense, routing the visiting Bowling Green Falcons 77-10. Junior H-back and running back Curtis Samuel did more than his part.Dubbed the team’s No. 1 playmaker by Meyer in August, Samuel touched the ball 22 times on 13 carries and nine catches. Either out of the slot, out wide or next to redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the backfield, Samuel was undoubtedly the go-to player for coach Urban Meyer’s offense.Samuel’s first score came at the end of the first quarter when he caught a pass over the middle from Barrett, then dashed another 60-some yards to the end zone, putting OSU ahead 21-7.Samuel said he saw a one-on-one opportunity with the safety and knew that he can win that battle.“You see that matchup, the way we train in this program, we feel like we can win that matchup 100 percent of the time,” he said.OSU opened the second half with the ball featuring a strong dose of the Brooklyn, New York, native. Samuel caught a 37-yard pass from Barrett, then two plays later Barrett found Samuel for a 21-yard score, and the rout was on.Samuel carried the ball three times on the next drive for OSU, ending in a 12-yard scamper off of redshirt freshman right tackle Isaiah Prince to pad the score to 49-10. Samuel had seven touches for 100 yards in the third quarter, five touches for 106 yards in the first quarter and 10 touches for 56 yards in the second quarter.Meyer said he didn’t envision 22 touches for Samuel before the game, but was more than pleased with the workload he handled.“I had 15 (touches) in mind,” Meyer said. “He’s a tremendous talent and it was great to see him have success. He’s the first true hybrid I’ve had in awhile.”Samuel carried the ball 13 times for 84 yards and a score, while he caught nine passes for 177 yards and two scores.Last season, it was no secret OSU would rely on Ezekiel Elliott to take up a considerable amount — if not all — of the workload. Samuel was Elliott’s backup, but even he hardly touched the ball. Defenses could gameplan against OSU’s run game, but this season, opposing defenses have to account for more than one, or two, or three guys to get the ball out of the backfield.Redshirt freshman Mike Weber held his own rushing for 136 yards on 19 carries, but simply having Samuel — or even senior H-back Dontre Wilson — in the backfield taking snaps next to Barrett or straight from the center provides new challenges for defenses that Meyer and Co. didn’t present last year.Weber even made the comparison of him and Samuel together in the backfield to a fairly successful duo from USC.“Lendale White and Reggie Bush,” Weber said. “If we can get there, I think we could even be better. We could be a really good one-two punch.”While the confidence is sky high, the likelihood of Samuel and Weber reaching that level is unlikely. But the speed and athleticism might be comparable, especially with Wilson taking reps with Barrett in the backfield and in the wildcat formation.For now, Samuel is content with his performance but quickly pointed out he should have hit a few holes better than he did today. But to the naked eye, Samuel was the most dominant performer on an offense which fed off of his explosiveness.“The great thing about Curtis (Samuel) and Dontre (Wilson) is that they’re able to do so much. They’re able to find mismatches on the opponent’s defense and try to exploit those things,” Barrett said. “We always try to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”After Samuel’s performance on Saturday, it appears he will have a massive role at nearly every skill position on offense. Samuel believes he has had that capability since his arrival in Columbus in 2014.“I feel like I always had the skill set and mentality to go out there and be a great player,” Samuel said. “It was just up to my coaches to feel whenever I was ready. This year they give me the ball a little more and I’m excited about it.”