Portugal Hands Over Force Command of EU NAVFOR Counter Piracy Operation to the Netherlands

first_img View post tag: over View post tag: Netherlands View post tag: News by topic View post tag: EU Back to overview,Home naval-today Portugal Hands Over Force Command of EU NAVFOR Counter Piracy Operation to the Netherlands View post tag: Command View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Hands View post tag: Force Earlier yesterday, Tuesday 6 August, Commodore Jorge Novo Palma Portuguese Navy handed over the Force Command of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta to Commodore Peter Lenselink Royal Netherlands Navy during a change of command ceremony aboard NRP Álvares Cabral in the Port of Djibouti.Deputy Operation Commander of EU Naval Force Rear Admiral Jean Martens presided over the handover.The outgoing Force Commander reflected on a very successful four months in command:“During the past four months there were no confirmed attacks on merchant vessels within the area of operations and it has been over a year since the last ship was hijacked by pirates.  Also the protection of World Food Programme aid ships by EU Naval Force warships has ensured that over 21,000 tonnes of food and other aid have been safely delivered to the Somalia people. To all the units that have been part of EU NAVFOR force, the crew of the flagship and the Force Headquarters staff, I want to express to all of you that is has been an honour and a privilege to work with you and share the accomplishment of our mission.”During Commodore Palma’s time as Force Commander, the EU Naval Force continued to strengthen links with regional states and continued with the maritime  capacity building programme throughout the area of operations.  EU Naval Force also hosted a meeting between members of the Somali Federal Government and the EU on board NRP Alvares Cabral off the coast of Mogadishu.  NRP Alvares Cabral was the first EU Naval Force ship to visit the port of Mozambique.The new Force Commander Commodore Peter Lenselink will command the EU Naval Force from the Dutch Warship HNLMS Johan de Witt for the next 4 months.  During the handover ceremony he stated, “I am very honored to fulfill this important task.  It is my intention to continue to command the operation in the same proactive and engaging way as my predecessors, vigorously executing the mandate of EUNAVFOR operation Atalanta . It is also my intention to work as closely as possible with the other EU missions that operate in the region, EUTM and EUCAP NESTOR, in order to support the EU’s comprehensive approach”.Following the transfer of command, the Deputy Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR, Rear Admiral Jean Martens, thanked Commodore Palma for his achievements and welcomed Commodore Lenselink.  He went on to say that:“We should always remember that the reduction in pirate attacks is entirely reversible until Somalia is able to police and protect its own waters. The European Union Naval Force will advise Somalia in developing a maritime security strategy and will continue to deter and disrupt piracy. At the same time, we will help support the EU’s comprehensive approach to Somalia in cooperation with other EU Missions and the other counter piracy operations from NATO and Combined Maritime Forces.”The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from many nations as well as representatives from the Djiboutian Authorities, other EU Missions and representatives of the units of EU Naval Force.EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EUNAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.[mappress]Press Release, August 7, 2013; Image: EU NAVFORcenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Portugal Portugal Hands Over Force Command of EU NAVFOR Counter Piracy Operation to the Netherlands View post tag: NAVFOR View post tag: operation August 7, 2013 View post tag: piracy View post tag: Counter Share this articlelast_img read more

Sticky year

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s not the best year to be a Georgia beekeeper.On top of worries about colony collapse disorder, a newly detected virus, varroa mites and hive beetles, Georgia honey producers have had to deal with south Georgia fires, drought and poor honey flows.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist and honeybee researcher Keith Delaplane expects numbers to be down this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service reported 2006 honey sales at $5.4 million. Delaplane doesn’t expect 2007 to equal that.”The mountains did well,” he said. “I think we got a decent sourwood honey crop.”But smoke from the forest fires hurt south Georgia.”Some growers say they didn’t get good fruit-set because the smoke was happening right when they needed the bees to be pollinating,” he said. Beekeepers use smoke to disorient bees and calm them. The forest fires acted as an unanticipated deterrent to bees’ flight.Despite the many problems, one bad thing is missing from the worry list for most Georgia beekeepers. The Israeli acute paralysis virus hasn’t affected the state’s bees the way it’s hit U.S. states.Scientists have pinpointed the virus, new to the United States via Australia, as one of the causes of colony collapse disorder, which was first found in fall 2004. CCD’s symptoms were disappearing bees that fled normal-looking hives without leaving dead behind to autopsy.The researchers who identified Israeli acute paralysis virus in the U.S. are “very careful to call it a marker” of colony collapse disorder, Delaplane said. “But the stats are very convincing, with literally every colony showing symptoms of CCD also harboring the virus. We don’t find data that plain usually.”IAPV hasn’t been much of a problem in Georgia, thanks to the state’s status as a queen bee producer. “We don’t have a lot of Australian queens coming into Georgia,” he said.But that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t going to spread.When the embargo was lifted on bee imports in 2004, it was the first time Australian bees had entered the U.S. since the 1920s. With no signs of problems, Australian colonies were presumed safe. And they were, even with IAPV, because the varroa mite hasn’t made it to Australia.”There’s evidence that the virus doesn’t express symptoms until the varroa mites feed on the bees,” Delaplane said. The varroa mite first showed up in the U.S. in 1987.With no vaccines for IAPV and no cure for varroa mites, the next best thing might seem to be to keep sick bees separate. But for some beekeepers, that would spell economic death.”The tail that wags the dog is the California almond industry,” Delaplane said. “It’s a huge mixing pot.”Tractor-trailers cart beehives to acres-wide parking lots, allowing billions of bees to mingle. Besides diseases and mites, the constant work that starts with the almond crop wears bees out.And now that IAPV has been associated with CCD, “I think there will be some backlash from this,” Delaplane said. “I think some beekeepers are going to say ‘you can’t keep sacrificing my bees at the altar of your almonds.'”As beekeepers nationwide worry about what’s next, the USDA is setting aside $4 million to study the problem. Delaplane is hoping it will allow entomologists to focus more attention on bee viruses and “bring us up to speed where we need to be with viruses,” including other bee viruses.”Old Israeli literature shows that some of their bees have a genetic resistance to IAPV,” he said. “We always keep coming back to genetic resistance. It’s a powerful tool the industry is slow to adopt because bee breeding is seen as neither profitable nor effective.”Delaplane and his U.S. colleagues are facing the 163-page USDA grant paperwork together. If awarded the grant, they’ll divide their responsibilities according to expertise.”Mine is treatment thresholds for damaging pests,” such as varroa mites, he said, “and the impacts these parasites have on pollination.”last_img read more

Hogge aces Nor-Cal feature at Antioch

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. (June 28) – Bobby Hogge IV fought his way to the top, picking off the highly competitive field of drivers one by one in winning Saturday’s Nor-Cal Challenge Series main event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Antioch Speedway. “I had some problems in the middle of the race,” Hogge said in victory lane. “I almost spun out once.”Coming from 12th starting position in the 16-car field, Hogge watched as a battle waged for the lead between Kellen Chadwick and Ryan McDaniel. One row behind, it was archrivals Nick DeCarlo and Troy Foulger, racing so evenly both cars appeared as one. “Nick and I were side by side for 18 laps,” said Foulger. “It was great to be able to race like that.”With three laps to go, Hogge made a daring move coming out of the second turn passing a cluster of cars on the inside to work his way to the top. “I just went straight off the bottom,” he said. “I kept the left front nearly on the infield. The track had three grooves. It was excellent.”Hogge caught Chadwick after two tries on caution flag restarts. “I knew I had to have a good start to get Kellen in the first and second turn,” Hogge explained. “With the track being dry-slick, I needed good momentum to roll through the turns.”The victory was good for $1,000. Hogge was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Foulger also discovered there were three grooves, using the discovery to shake off DeCarlo. “I went all the way to the top of the track,” Foulger said. “It was the only way to get around Nick.”Foulger challenged Hogge right to the finish. McDaniel took up the battle with DeCarlo and edged him to finished third. DeCarlo held off fifth place finisher Chadwick. Feature results – 1. Bobby Hogge IV; 2. Troy Foulger; 3. Ryan McDaniel; 4. Nick DeCarlo; 5. Kellen Chadwick; 6. Randy McDaniel; 7. Brian Cass; 8. Chris Sieweke; 9. Raymond Keldsen; 10. Terry Kaiser; 11. Dan Gonderman; 12. Terry DeCarlo Sr.; 13. Mike Salazar; 14. Carl Berendsen; 15. Dean Devolder; 16. John MacDougall; 17. Sean O’Gara.30last_img read more