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NATO, Djibouti Enhance Cooperation

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today NATO, Djibouti Enhance Cooperation View post tag: Cooperation Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Enhance View post tag: News by topic View post tag: africa View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: Djibouticenter_img NATO and the Republic of Djibouti have enhanced their cooperation, by concluding on 22 April 2015 an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Djibouti in support of the Alliance’s counter piracy operation, Ocean Shield, in the Gulf of Aden. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, and the Republic of Djibouti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, signed the agreement.The establishment of a liaison office will facilitate greater operational, logistical and administrative coordination. It will also provide the basis for further dialogue between NATO and the Republic of Djibouti on potential partnership activities in areas of common and mutual interest, including the maritime dimension. Djibouti is an active regional partner in the international efforts to prevent and deter the threat of piracy. It is also a strong supporter of the NATO Ocean Shield operation.Ocean Shield was first established in August 2009 and has been subsequently renewed. The current mandate will run until the end of 2016. Since the launch of Ocean Shield, NATO has been working in close cooperation with other actors in the region including the European Union’s Operation Atalanta, the US Combined Task Force 151 and individual country contributors. No successful pirate attacks have been conducted in the area of operation of Ocean Shield since May 2012.[mappress mapid=”15744″]Image: NATO View post tag: NATO View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Ocean Shield NATO, Djibouti Enhance Cooperation April 22, 2015last_img read more

Start Your Journey off on the Right Foot in Morehead-Rowan County

first_img Step into your next adventure in Morehead-Rowan County today.  Fishing, water sports and days at the lake are part of the Morehead-Rowan County experience as well. The largest in northeastern Kentucky, Cave Run Lake offers more than 8,000 acres of open water, 200 miles of shoreline and more than 150 species of fish to catch. This fisherman’s paradise boasts a few challenging fish like the notorious musky, but it is also home to the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black crappie and white crappie. Chances are you’ll reel in something you want to take home after a day on the water. Cave Run Lake and the adjoining Licking River provide paddle boating and kayaking opportunities year-round. Daily pontoon or houseboat rentals make it easy for friends and families to set out for adventures of all kinds. Whether you’re interested in fast-paced fun like boating and jet-skiing or simply soaking up the sun, there’s always a good time waiting for you beyond the shoreline.  Morehead, an official Kentucky Trail Town, is an ideal destination for outdoor lovers of all kinds. Nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest, with Cave Run Lake nearby, outdoor adventures can be found on and off the water. Morehead-Rowan County is home to more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, making it the perfect place to experience the beauty of northeastern Kentucky on foot, bike or horseback. “By far my favorite thing about Morehead, and hardly any other community has it, is you literally wake up, you open your door, and you are in the forest,” said Jordan, a local avid hiker. Local hikers love Morehead because a trail is always close by. The Sheltowee Trace NRT runs right down Main Street! Sign up to receive our adventure planning pack! Here, you can wake up, open your door and walk into the forest. Follow the sound of the waves to the lake. Spend a day or two completely immersed in the beautiful mountains and lakes here in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the gateway to Eastern Kentucky. Warm up with an uphill trek to Lockegee Rock and take in the beautiful, scenic view. Grab your pack or walking stick and head to the Sheltowee Trace northern terminus for a day-hike with Mother Nature. Head out to Cave Run or stroll along the Eagle Lake Loop Trail and enjoy where land meets the waves. Regardless of preference or skill level, spring is the best time to start your journey in Morehead-Rowan County.  Outdoor exploration season is here, folks. These Appalachian mountains are breathing, blooming and well on their way to growing into that lush, green forest everyone loves to explore. When you visit Morehead-Rowan County, you’re one step closer to adventure. last_img read more

Tim Duncan

first_imgWith all the hoopla surrounding the big NBA players’ names, Tim Duncan does not usually come up.  All he does each year is lead his team to winning seasons.  Last year he led San Antonio to the NBA Championship.  He was definitely the MVP of this series.The League MVP was Kevin Durant, and the most popular player is LeBron James.  Of course, any time people are asked on a quiz show about an NBA player, Michael Jordan is still always one of the top choices.  The media does not like the steady players.  They always go for the most spectacular.Going into this year, Duncan has played 1270 games of which 234 have been in the playoffs.  Thirty-four of these games have occurred in the final championship series.  He is still quite vague on how much longer he will continue playing.  Even though he has slowed down some, he is still quite a force in the NBA.last_img read more

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaCity of Olympia Mayor, Stephen Buxbaum, is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation.Throughout the month of April, WaterWise Olympia residents are encouraged to make their pledge to water conservation at  Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities pledged to reduce their annual consumption of drinking water by nearly a billion gallons.Mayor Buxbaum says, “By saving water, our community saves energy, money and valuable resources.  That’s why I am encouraging you to take the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation this month.”This non-profit campaign is presented nationally by Toyota and the Wyland Foundation, with support from the Environmental Protection Agency and National League of Cities. The Wyland Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways and marine life.The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins.  Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes, including a Toyota Prius V, water saving home products, home improvement gift cards and more.City of Olympia residents have done an excellent job in using our precious drinking water efficiently.  In fact, citizen’s efforts resulted in exceeding our 2009-2014 Water System Plan goal of reducing consumption by 5% per connection, with a 9% reduction in water use.  That’s over 98 million gallons!  Olympia residents have demonstrated their commitment to water conservation and deserve to be recognized.  Make your pledge today!Did you know that about 400 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. daily?  Or that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day?  For our Top 10 indoor and outdoor Water Wise tips, visit read more