JEMAD Receives Briefing on FFG Numancia’s Role in Atalanta

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Staff View post tag: Briefing The Chief of the Spanish Defense Staff (JEMAD), Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, visited FFG ‘Numancia’ on July 1st. The ship is deployed in Djibouti and integrated in EUNAVFOR’s operation ‘Atalanta’ since April 6th, fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean.Once on board, JEMAD addressed the ship’s crew on behalf of the Minister of Defense and on his own behalf, to thank on their endeavors and congratulate them for the success of the operation. He encouraged them not to lower their guard despite the fact that piracy is now in its weakest moments.Before concluding the visit, the commanding officer of the ‘Numancia’, Commander Luis Díaz-Bedia, briefed JEMAD on the details of the operation within which 31 vessels have been challenged and searched, and two medical evacuations were also arranged. So far, the ship has been 101 days out of base since her departure from Rota Naval Base sailing nearly 20,000 miles in 84-day  runs.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy July 5, 2013 View post tag: ATALANTA JEMAD Receives Briefing on FFG Numancia’s Role in Atalanta View post tag: Numancia View post tag: Spanish View post tag: FFG View post tag: Naval View post tag: JEMAD View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: chief View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: role View post tag: receives Back to overview,Home naval-today JEMAD Receives Briefing on FFG Numancia’s Role in Atalanta last_img read more

NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt details 2016 priorities and more

first_imgEach year top organizations worldwide set their goals and priorities to meet or exceed over the next 12 months. One needs to have a plan to succeed these days. And NAFCU, being no different, has set its priorities for 2016 to continue its concerted efforts in advancing the credit union movement — especially on Capitol Hill. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Foster’s Fairplay: Time for a change

first_img TRACK AND FIELD GLORY DAYS MONEY IN SPORTS The sport of track and field continues to enjoy days of glory. Jamaican sprinters are the envy of the world. The quarter-milers are ganging up for a return to the days of the Helsinki 1952 Olympics foursome. The Racers and MVP track clubs are churning out quality athletes, some to the benefit of adopted countries to whom they have redirected their allegiance. Through the dreams of a few coaches, dedicated to sharing the spotlight – and Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell must be mentioned – world-class throwers are emerging. Jamaica, with sports aficio-nados gaping in disbelief, qualified three discus men to be at the Beijing World Champs last year. Having two of our male sprint hurdlers making the final at that elite event was both startling and spoke to good days ahead in the discipline for that gender. The women had accomplished that time and again. None other than five-timer at the Olympics, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, with the added benefit of a political platform, said recently on social media that more medals than the 12 mined at London 2012 could be expected this summer in Rio. All that said, where is Foster’s Fairplay taking its highly respected readers this week? The image of West Indies cricket, built on the real version, is taking a severe beating. One has to be prepared for a verbal broadside from friend and fellow analyst, Oral Tracey, for the usage of the word ‘real’. He is known and respected in the arena of comedy. However, he sees nothing comic in his often-stated view that Test cricket, as a spectacle, is like a three-dollar bill – non-existent. However, that scenario is not of immediate concern to this column. Followers of sports Jamaica-style still hold fond memories of the world dominance of West Indies cricket. To avoid confusion with the versions in which regional teams claimed three titles recently, the reference is to the Test format. With the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz having a significant player input, the breathtaking brilliance touched three decades. With minimal threats to the ascendancy established under skipper Clive Lloyd to be continued with Viv Richards at the helm, there were series whippings administered one after the other. Scheduled five-day matches, being completed in three days, became a feature. The most fearsome foes, England and Australia, were flattened at home and abroad. The former suffered on two occasions what was first called a whitewash – five Test match batterings to nil. In short order, to highlight the ethnicity of the victors, the term ‘blackwash’ was coined. All this came to a sad end in 1995, when the Aussies injected their earlier conquerors with a losing serum. The effect is long and lasting. Debate as to what went wrong continues to rage. Taking the parlous state of Test cricket into active consideration, one fears a trickle over into the sport that is now bringing such joy to our people. It is also advertising the nation and its attributes to the world, who is watching on television, when the little rock called Jamaica blows away the most powerful nations on the global stage. The Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce breakout in 2008 in Beijing and their prolonged maintenance of tenure at the top rung have taken effect. All actors have been alerted to the reality that there is money in the sport and in copious quantities. There is a host of cloak and dagger games being played out with the ‘innocent’ athletes as the carrot. Allegations state that they are being forced into contracts with them as the silent partner. Uncaring coaches, the big cash returns superseding sound judgement, are left unmolested to exploit the talents of their charges. Shoe companies, too, play their role. The sickening effect mushrooms as parents and guardians are in need of the newly injected funds to keep household pots on the fire. What is missing is the knowledge required to be able to properly monitor the coaches, who them as their meal ticket to prosperity. Someone or organisation has to either ‘bell the cat’ or ‘sound the trumpet’ on these questionable activities threatening to destroy the Beijing 2008 template. The case rests, as the show of hands is awaited. – Send feedback to [email protected]last_img read more

College ropers beat the pros in Reno

first_imgReno >> A couple of kids who had never been to the esteemed Bob Feist Invitational handily dominated the 39th edition of the richest one-day open roping in the world.On Monday, 21-year-old Zac Small of Welch, Oklahoma, and 20-year-old Wesley Thorp of Throckmorton, Texas, roped six steers in 42.71 seconds to split $124,000 in the overall purse plus $6,000 in two of the six rounds. They also claimed a truckload of first-place prizes that included Coats saddles, Gist buckles, Myler bits, Best …last_img read more

SA business school rated Africa’s best

first_img15 May 2012 The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has taken top ranking among African business schools in the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education survey, announced on Monday. GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide for nine consecutive years in the 13-year-old Financial Times survey, which presents a global benchmark for providers of executive education.The customised ranking is compiled using data from two sets of online surveys – one for schools, another for clients. Business schools are asked for details of a number of top clients, who are then invited to complete an online survey about the school that nominated them.For GIBS, top clients comprising not only leading South African corporates but also top multinationals operating in the rest of Africa and abroad participated in the survey.“This is a tremendous achievement for GIBS and clearly places us among the best business schools in the world,” Professor Nick Binedell, dean of GIBS, said in a statement on Monday.“We live by our ethos of aiming to significantly improve the competitive performance of individuals and organisations through business education, and this accolade will drive us to continue to improve our programmes even further in line with the ever changing economic landscape,” Binedell said.GIBS took 43rd spot overall, making it the only African business school to place in the top 50 schools worldwide. Of the 13 scoring areas, the Financial Times ranked GIBS at 47th for Open Enrolment programmes – which are open to all executives – and at 42nd for programmes tailor-made for specific companies.GIBS was rated 1st in the world for “future use”, defined as whether the client would be using GIBS for future executive education.“Business schools play an increasingly significant role in today’s fast-paced, dynamic world, and it is important to get such feedback from executives so that we can ensure that our programmes meet the highest standards possible on a global scale,” said Shaun Rozyn, GIBS’ executive director for corporate education.Sapalast_img read more

Farm groups pushing for a farm bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The two largest farming groups in the United States called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee.Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are asking Senate and House conferees to move quickly. Everything from commodity price supports to childhood nutrition, soil and water conservation, trade promotion and more depend on swift passage.“America’s farmers and ranchers persevere even in the toughest times, but the farm economy has gone from bad to worse,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Tariffs and stagnant global demand for commodities have left the agriculture economy in the worst shape we have seen since the farm crisis of the 1980s. Lender surveys and our own experience tell us spring could bring a wave of farm closures unless there’s major improvement in the marketplace.“Farmers and ranchers need the certainty that the farm bill provides to maintain the food security that all Americans want and need. It is more important than ever that Congress get the job done.”AFBF and NFU, together with more than 150 other organizations, also sent a letter to the Senate and House Agriculture committees asking the farm bill conference committee to pass an on-time, five-year farm bill before the September 30 expiration of the 2014 farm bill. A copy of the letter is attached.“Family farmers and ranchers are in need of certainty right now,” said Roger Johnson, NFU President. “Low farm prices due to international trade disruptions, commodity market oversupply, and domestic policy uncertainty are putting significant financial strain on farmers. If Congress is to provide real relief and certainty to those who feed, clothe and fuel our nation, as well as continue the important environmental sustainability work and diverse market promotion of past farm bills, they need to pass a strong farm bill before Sept. 30.”last_img read more