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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

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Badgers let another win slip away

first_imgMATT FLEMMING/Herald photoEAST LANSING, Mich. — During its tumultuous start to the conference season, the University of Wisconsin football team seemingly found a different way to lose each game.There was the second-half collapse at Michigan, the final drive against Ohio State, the blowout against Penn State and getting run over in Iowa. After punch after punch, one would have thought the Badgers had lost in virtually every conceivable way.After Saturday’s disaster, you can add another way to that list.Up 11 points with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter and seemingly in control, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and the UW sidelines were flagged for back-to-back penalties, causing the momentum to shift drastically in the other direction.In the following minutes, Michigan State scored the game’s final 12 points to cap a stunning comeback on a 44-yard Brett Swenson field goal with seven seconds remaining to stun Wisconsin, 25-24, at Spartan Stadium.“We have to play well enough to overcome certain obstacles, and that’s on us,” senior tackle Mike Newkirk said. “It’s disappointing. It’s heartbreaking. It’s been trying times here.”When John Clay scampered untouched for a 32-yard touchdown with just over nine minutes remaining, the Badgers (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten), leading 24-13, looked as if their season was beginning to turn around.Before they could blink, Wisconsin began to unravel, and it started with the attitude of its head coach.After the ensuing kickoff, the Badgers were flagged for a delay of game penalty after, according to safety Jay Valai, he unintentionally bumped into the linesman while heading onto the field.The five-yard penalty drew the ire of Bielema, who was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, moving the start of the Michigan State drive from their own 36 to UW’s 44.“They said our defensive unit went on the field too fast, [and] we hadn’t been warned or told to be aware of that,” Bielema said about the first penalty. “When I asked what the cause for the foul was, [the linesman] told me he was being interfered with to do his job. I told him that in my opinion, he wasn’t doing a good job, and that’s what drew the 15-yard penalty.”Those 20 bonus yards got the ball rolling for the Spartans (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), as the 75,121 Michigan State fans finally had something to start cheering about. Running back Javon Ringer, who had been stymied all afternoon by UW’s defensive front, managed to bully his way in from two yards to score his second touchdown of the game, which cut the lead to five after MSU unsuccessfully attempted a two-point conversion.After a UW three-and-out, the Spartans tacked on a 50-yard Swenson field goal to cut the lead to one with five minutes, 16 seconds remaining.After an eight-play drive by Wisconsin milked the game clock down to one minute, 19 seconds, the Badgers watched the Spartans drive 56 yards down the field in only eight plays, as Swenson’s leg sent the Badgers to their fifth loss in the last six games.“We really respect Coach Bielema, and obviously, he feels horrible about the penalty,” junior safety Chris Maragos said. “At the same time, we’re out on the field, and it should never come down to penalties. We need to do our job and make sure we’re holding our own.”Until the midway point in the fourth quarter, it looked like it was going to be the Badgers’ day. Wisconsin out-gained Michigan State on the ground (281 yards to 25), overall (430-312) and sacked Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer three times.More importantly, the Badgers jumped on the scoreboard first, as Dustin Sherer connected with Garrett Graham on a one-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.After Michigan State drove twice inside the 30-yard line and settled for just two field goals, the Badgers, with just 1:49 on the clock before halftime, added some insurance.Running the two-minute offense efficiently, Sherer went 4-for-7, including a 36-yard pass to Nick Toon that set up a 31-yard Philip Welch’s field goal to give UW a 10-6 halftime lead.The Badgers padded their lead in the third quarter lead when P.J. Hill found the end zone for the first time in four weeks, running 10 yards through the left side to extend the lead to 11.The big lead was short lived, as the Spartans marched down the field in just one minute, 14 seconds, capping their drive when Ringer bullied his way through the Badger defense for the first of two two-yard touchdowns.The Badgers answered with Clay’s 32-yard touchdown rush to get the lead back to 11. But after Bielema’s penalty, it was all downhill.“It’s not something that is a real great thing to experience, the snowball effect going against you out on the field,” Newkirk said. “They beat us on the pass and knew what they had to deal. We forced them into a situation that we didn’t think they would want to be in, and they were still able to come through.”last_img read more

NFL beer vendor arrested for charging $724 for two beers at Dolphins game

first_imgThe vendor was employed by Rocket Man, a Kentucky-based subcontractor that places vendors in stadiums. They are easily recognized by their lime green shirts. Rocket Man issued a statement regarding the incident:”As the chosen provider of walking vendors across dozens of stadiums, we take the matter of security extremely seriously, and train and monitor our vendors to safeguard our customers. Our onsite supervisor contacted the authorities immediately upon learning of the overcharge on what was Mr. Collier’s unauthorized personal device. The credit card company issued a full refund and the guest incurred no loss. The suspect’s employment has been terminated. As this is an open legal action, we cannot offer further comment.”To make matters worse, the Chargers beat the Dolphins 30-10 to bring Miami to 0-4 on the season. WEEK 5 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadMiami-Dade police said Collier used a Square card reader to scam the unsuspecting fan and faces charges of grand theft and using a skimming device. Luckily, the Dolphins fan received a notification from his bank, alerting him of the outrageous ;charge to his credit card, which included the vendor’s name. Attending NFL games can be expensive; from the tickets, food and drinks, fans should expect to drop a pretty penny to take in a game.But one vendor at Hard Rock Stadium for Sunday’s Chargers-Dolphins game took it to an extreme by charging a criminal amount for beer — literally. According to the Miami Herald, 33-year-old Nathaniel Collier was arrested for charging one fan $724 for two beers. While there isn’t a set beer price at the stadium, they typically range from $5-$15 at Dolphins home games.last_img read more

London Foursomes win for Wentworth teenagers

first_img Teenagers Annabel Dimmock and Inci Mehmet have underlined their formidable partnership with victory in the London Foursomes at The Berkshire. The pair, from Wentworth, added the title to the Surrey scratch foursomes, which they won last year. On both occasions they beat Worplesdon’s Lisa McGowan and Katie Fewster in the final. The teenagers didn’t play the 18th hole at all during the competition, and were only once taken to the 17th.  Their opponents included British senior champion Felicity Christine and her Woking partner, Maggie Lowe. During the event they beat Castle Royal 5&3, Henley 9&7, Ellesborough 2&1, Woking 5&3, Guildford 6&5 and Worplesdon 4&3. Annabel and Inci are both 15 and both are members of England’s Select South Squad. Image: Inci Mehmet and Annabel Dimmock (centre) with Wentworth ladies’ captain Fiona (left) and fellow member Irene Brien 2 Apr 2012 London Foursomes win for Wentworth teenagers last_img read more