EU NAVFOR Force Commander Holds Talks on Improving Security, Stability in Somalia

first_img View post tag: News by topic March 8, 2013 View post tag: Force View post tag: Talks View post tag: holds Back to overview,Home naval-today EU NAVFOR Force Commander Holds Talks on Improving Security, Stability in Somalia During a port visit to Djibouti by Spanish EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) flagship ESPS Méndez Núnez, and warship ESPS Rayo, Force Commander Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes held meetings with other EU leaders to demonstrate the commitment of EU NAVFOR to work together with other missions towards a common goal of improving security and stability in Somalia.On Sunday 3 March, Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes hosted a meeting on board ESPS Rayo with Admiral Jacques Launay, the Head of Mission for EUCAP Nestor. EUCAP Nestor is a civilian mission aimed at strengthening the Rule of Law in Somalia, with an initial focus on the regions of Puntland and Somaliland, and developing the maritime capacities of Djibouti, Kenya, and the Seychelles. Afterwards, the Force Commander hosted a meeting on board ESPS Méndez Núnez with Mr Maciej Popowski, the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Mr Walter Stevens, who is the Head of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) at EEAS. During the meeting Rear Admiral García de Paredes highlighted the success that Operation Atalanta and other counter-piracy forces are having in the High Risk Area, with pirate attacks down from 176 in 2011 to 35 by the end of 2012. However, the Force Commander reiterated that there is still much work to be done by those involved in countering piracy off Somalia, with the recent disruptions by EU NAVFOR demonstrating that pirates still have the will and means to deploy to sea.Following the meeting a number of EU ambassadors and diplomats based in Djibouti, along with representatives of the embassies of the US and Japan, local authorities, the Commander of the French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ) and the Head of Mission of EUCAP NESTOR, came on board ESPS Méndez Núnez for lunch.In the afternoon Djiboutian and Somali journalists were welcomed on board. They were briefed on counter-piracy operations off Somalia and given the opportunity for a question & answer session with Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes, Mr Maciej Popowski and the Head of the EU Delegation in Djibouti, Mr Joseph Silva. Mr Popowski completed his regional visit with a call to the Support Element Atalanta (SEA) facilities and the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachments at the Air Base.On 4 March, Rear Admiral García de Paredes paid a visit to the Commander of the French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ), Brigadier General William Kurtz. The EU Naval Force Commander thanked General Kurtz for the permanent support to the German and Spanish MPRA Detachments provided by the French Forces in Djibouti. The EU NAVFOR MPRA detachments play a crucial part in Operation Atalanta by gathering and providing intelligence information and pictures.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 8, 2013; Image: EUNAVFOR EU NAVFOR Force Commander Holds Talks on Improving Security, Stability in Somalia Authorities View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Somalia View post tag: Navy View post tag: improving View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Stability View post tag: Commander View post tag: Security Share this articlelast_img read more

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Man arrested for Marshall County stabbing Sunday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Man arrested for Marshall County stabbing Sunday Pinterest A man is being charged with a stabbing in Marshall County last weekend.Police were called to the 11000 block of Upas Road Sunday morning where they found a victim suffering from a stab wound. They were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.WNDU reports officers located the suspect at the scene. Troy Antonides was arrested for Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Google+ Previous articleSchool bus and sheriff’s vehicle collide in Steuben County, two injuredNext articleCrash along U.S. 12 kills one, injures two others Brooklyne Beatty By Brooklyne Beatty – October 14, 2020 0 511 Facebook Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ TAGSarrestedBattery with a Deadly Weaponmarshall countystabbingTroy AntonidesUpas Road last_img read more

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moe., Kyle Hollingsworth & The Nth Power To Play Pisgah Brewing Anniversary Show

first_imgOn Saturday, April 22nd, the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC will celebrate its 12th anniversary with a blowout day filled with musical performances. The brewery has just announced their lineup, with moe., Kyle Hollingsworth Band and The Nth Power all scheduled to perform.moe. will be playing two sets at the event, with Kyle Hollingsworth and The Nth Power each delivering a set to get the party into high gear. With great music and high quality Pisgah beer on tap, there will be no shortage of great times ahead!Check out more information on the Pisgah official website.last_img

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Open innovation challenge seeks solutions to type 1 diabetes

first_imgThe best scientific insights, which ultimately may lead tothe solution of the world’s great puzzles, do not always come from the expertsin the fields in question. Sometimes they come from outliers who approach aproblem from an entirely new perspective — just as unknown English clockmakerJohn Harrison demonstrated that longitude could be determined by using an accuratetimepiece and not, as almost all experts predicted, by the study of astronomy.So suppose the intellectual power of the entire Harvardcommunity, more than 55,000 faculty members, students, and staff members, inall of the University’s schools and affiliated hospitals, was applied to amedical problem?That is the premise of an innovation contest launched by the Harvard Catalyst, anonline hub for cross-disciplinary scientific work. The challenge is to definenew hypotheses and unaddressed questions concerning type 1 diabetes. The bestnew ideas will receive prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.TO PARTICIPATEIN THE CHALLENGE, GO HEREIn an email to the entire Harvard community, Jeffrey Flier,dean of the Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Lee Nadler, dean for Clinical andTranslational Research and director of the Harvard Catalyst, wrote:“Growing evidence shows that innovation often happens at theintersections of disciplines, frequently initiated by individuals who may nothave expertise in the exact problem at hand. Innovation contests haveincentivized cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing and solution development forscientific problems in non-academic communities. Supported by an ARRA grant,several Harvard University schools and InnoCentive.com (a global platform forinnovation contests) are launching a series of such contests in the area ofhealth-related innovation.“For our first challenge, we are asking the Harvard community to share‘out of the box questions and proposals” related to any of the many facets ofjuvenile (type 1) diabetes. We seek testable questions and ideas about type1diabetes that could help define problems or new areas requiring exploration andresearch. Type 1 diabetes was selected because it carries enormousmedical and socioeconomic consequences.  This challenge solicits yourideas but does not require that you have the expertise, laboratory or otherresources to answer the question. We are excited by the possibilities of thisexperiment, and ask you to participate by applying your insights to a problemthat may not be in your domain.  We also encourage diabetes specialists topropose their unexplored ideas.”Eva C. Guinan, director of the Harvard Catalyst LinkagesProgram and an associate professor of pediatrics at HMS, who is working closely on the project with Karim Lakhani, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, said, “This experimentsolicits ideas from everyone in the community, regardless of their field ofexpertise and independent of their ability to undertake the research projectthemselves. While this sort of approach has been very successful in thefor-profit world, we need to explore how to best implement it in ourcommunity.”In a cover email accompanying the Flier-Nadleremail, Harvard President Drew Faust offered the hope that “many of you willparticipate. Even more,” Faust wrote, “I hope that, in the spirit of this novelproject, we will continue to multiply the means to connect the remarkablepeople and ideas across Harvard in imaginative and powerful ways.”Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Instituteand a scientist whose research is focused on type 1 diabetes — a disease thatafflicts his son and daughter — praised the challenge, saying “It willpotentially bring hundreds of fresh sets of eyes, with radically differentperspectives, to a problem that has long stymied researchers and impacts thelives of millions.”At the most basic level, the idea is that somewhere in thevast Harvard community there may be something like a pre-doctoral candidate in thehumanities who has a child with Type 1 diabetes, and has an astute observationabout the disease that he has never been able to share with anyone in diabetesresearch. Or there may be a chemist who has made an observation that isdirectly applicable to diabetes research, but because her work has nothing todo with diabetes, that connection never occurred to her.Lee Nadler called the innovation challenge — the first ofwhat it is hoped will be many such challenges — “an exciting experiment, andunlike most conventional experiments, we know that at least one outcome will bepositive.”“I have no question,” Nadler said, “that this challenge willadvance the Harvard Catalyst’s primary goal of drawing researchers all acrossthe University out of their individual disciplines to think about problems more broadly, inmulti-disciplinary ways. We cannot predict whether this will produce ideas thatwill impact diabetes, but it will teach us whether broadcast search is a viableaddition to our approaches to solving complex problems.”Dean Flier, whose research career has been focused on theseemingly intractable challenges posed by diabetes, said he is “excited on twolevels by this exciting Harvard Catalyst challenge. As a scientist, I see thishaving the potential to bring the intellectual power of some 55,000 members ofthe greater Harvard community to bear on the puzzle of diabetes, increasingexponentially the possibility someone will come up with innovative ways tosolve some of the problems of diabetes once and for all. And as dean, Isee this experiment in open innovation and scientific social networking as yetanother innovative approach by the Harvard Catalyst to increase the power ofcollaborative science and translational research at Harvard.”last_img read more

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Best Mountain Towns Reader Poll 2013

first_imgVoting has WRAPPED for the 2013 Best Mountain Towns poll!Thanks to wall who voted! Winners will be announced in our November issue. The second annual Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine Best Mountain Towns poll is back, but this year we added a twist. We want to know your favorite town in four categories: Best River Town, Best Trail Town, Best Music Town, and Best Beer Town.You can check out the winners from last year’s Best Mountain Towns reader poll here. Is your town tops in the Appalachians? Vote to find out!Best Trail Town[poll id=”42″]Best River Town[poll id=”41″]Best Beer Town[poll id=”43″]Best Music Town[poll id=”44″]last_img

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Coram Man Tried to Use Taser on Officers, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A parolee has been arrested for trying to use a taser on a pair of Suffolk County police officers that he stole the weapon from during a traffic stop in Central Islip over the weekend, authorities said.The officers stopped a Lexus for an equipment violation when found the driver, Dwayne Murray, had a loaded handgun and drugs in the car at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Willow Street at 6 p.m. Friday, police said.That’s when the 23-year-old Coram man started fighting with the officers in an attempt to flee, stole one of the officers’ tasers from his gun belt holster and aimed it at the officers, but could not get it to work, police said.Murray threw the taser to the ground and was subdued after additional officers responded to the scene.The officers and Murray were treated and released from Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for non-life threatening injuries.Murray, who was on parole for assault and armed robbery, charged with criminal possession of a weapon, robbery, menacing, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.His bail was set at $50,000 cash or $250,000 bond.last_img read more

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Rocky Point Man Gets 2 Years for Head-on Drugged-driving Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rocky Point man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for driving while high on heroin when he crashed head-on into another vehicle, seriously injuring a woman in Shoreham two years ago.Denis Karachopan had pleaded guilty in 2013 at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, heroin possession and failure to stay in lane.Police had said that the 24-year-old was driving his BMW westbound on Route 25A when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit an eastbound Nissan shortly after 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 2013.Investigators discovered heroin and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The victim suffered two broken legs and other injuries, but her then-3-week-old infant, who was also in the car, was not hurt.Prosecutors had recommended a six-year prison term for Karachopan.Judge Richard Ambro also sentenced Karachopan to three years of probation and suspended his driver’s license for six months.last_img read more

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Consumers hungry for EMV information

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr So much of a successful EMV chip card rollout strategy depends on cardmember education. Although the physical changes credit cards are going through are subtle, the transaction experience is unique depending on the merchant.Consumers are primed for the information, particularly because awareness does not always equal satisfaction. According to a recent survey, one in five consumers say transaction time is their top concern when using an EMV-enabled credit or debit card. This underscores the importance of helping cardmembers understand those few extra seconds to insert rather than swipe are predicted to have a tremendous impact on fraud prevention.Aside from sharing the “why” of EMV migration with your cardmembers, it’s important to send a heads-up on how to use the card, especially with what has become a varied user experience. Here are a few pointers to consider sharing as your financial institution issues EMV chip cards: continue reading »last_img read more

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Create a positive borrowing experience for your members

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Harmonie Taddeo Harmonie Taddeo is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Northwest Federal, a 3.2 billion federal credit union located in Herndon, VA.  In her capacity as Vice President … Web: nafcu.org Details Credit unions occupy a space crowded with banks, finance companies, loan brokers, payday outfits and now, fintechs. While we generally have better loan rates and terms, that’s not always what keeps the credit union top of mind when someone needs financing. Often convenience and ease of application process matter more to our borrowers. Is the loan process easy to navigate? Does it move at a good pace? Is it convenient? Can a member apply on a mobile device?What are we doing to deliver a positive borrowing experience?Given all the competition, from traditional financial institutions to non-traditional online options, why should members choose your credit union for their next loan? Here are three ways to begin:Make it convenient. How easy is it to apply for a loan at your credit union? Can members apply 24/7 from their mobile devices? Do they always have to visit brick-and-mortar, or can they conduct the entire process online?Make it fast. How quickly can a member obtain the funds he or she needs? Home buyers, for example, need their funds within a finite period of time. Is your mortgage closing process seamless and efficient?Make it easy. What is required from application to funding? Are you using automation to pull in information, or is your member forced to give you the same history for each transaction – as if they are using your credit union for the first time, every time?There are many opportunities for credit unions to improve the application and borrowing experience, and opening a dialog with vendor partners and industry experts can provide valuable insight on how to do that.I’ll be engaging with some of these experts during a panel discussion at NAFCU’s Lending Conference, which takes place Nov. 6-9 in San Antonio. Over four days, this conference will explore recent regulatory and strategic developments in mortgage lending, credit card and auto lending, the economy, what millennials want, how to meet the challenges of fintech and much more.It’ll be a great week filled with content and insight on how credit unions – and credit union members – can excel in today’s diverse lending space. I’m excited about this new conference, and hope I get to see you there.last_img read more

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Fortress joins Soros to bid for £2bn PFI plan

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