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Hillary ignored mandatory IT security training – did your credit union?

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Talk about timely. As I was preparing to write an article on IT Security training, it was reported that Hillary Clinton ignored the mandatory IT and cyber-security training, as did many of her counterparts in the state department during her tenure as Secretary of State. This is in no way a political blog post on my part, but merely a segway into discussing IT security training in credit unions.  This recent report is only fueling the fire behind her email woes:Glaring shortcomings in cyber-security training throughout the State Department on former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s watch reflected a pervasive anti-security “culture” she encouraged there…Acting State Department Inspector General Harold W. Geisel issued six critical reports that charged top officials did not submit themselves to the department’s mandatory “security awareness training” during Clinton’s tenure…Senior officials from deputy assistant secretaries to chiefs of missions at U.S. embassies did not submit themselves to regular training sessions as required by the department and government-wide standards, according to Geisel… continue reading »last_img read more

Dolphins on verge of playoffs despite scandal

first_imgMiami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)By now the Miami Dolphins’ season was supposed to be over, with little left to do but make sure quarterback Ryan Tannehill still had all his body parts and the NFL had an answer for what really went on in the locker room.But something happened on the way to another losing record. Something clicked just when everything seemed to be falling apart after a 300-pound offensive lineman left the team saying he had been bullied.Columnists, opponents and fans questioned the team’s leadership, saying the coaches had ceded control to guard Richie Incognito and his bad-boy antics. But instead of imploding, the Dolphins came together. Instead of tanking, they found ways to win.“Kind of a blessing in disguise,” tackle Bryant McKinnie said.Now the Dolphins are squarely in the playoff hunt, a surprise team peaking at just the right time. With two very winnable games left they control their own destiny in a season when they couldn’t even control the locker room.Players say coach Joe Philbin’s calm response to the November crisis put them on the winning path.“Adversity is either going to make your team strong because the leader is going to rally and pull everyone together, or make you disintegrate because the leader is panicking,” said Patrick Lencioni, who writes on leadership and team building in business. “Clearly he did not panic.”The team was floundering even before Jonathan Martin walked out and Incognito was sent packing. The Dolphins had lost four straight games to fall to 3-4, and the uproar over bullying threatened to further fracture a fragile team.Owner Stephen Ross expressed his outrage.“Changes need to be made,” he said.But changes weren’t made, at least big ones. Replacements were brought in for Martin and Incognito and they proved capable. The coaching staff remained intact and general manager Jeff Ireland still has his job.But as NFL investigators traveled to Miami to interview everyone about what Incognito said or did to Martin, other things began to change.Miami started to win. The line, with backups replacing Martin and Incognito, gave up fewer sacks and opened up more room to run.And on Sunday, a fill-in safety playing his first NFL game intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal an upset over New England and put the Dolphins in the driver’s seat for their first playoff appearance in five years.“With all the distractions, everybody still wanted to win,” McKinnie said. “We found a way to remain focused.”No stranger to adversity, Philbin was still mourning the accidental death of his 21-year-old son days earlier when he was given his first head coaching job in the NFL in January 2012.His total focus became rebuilding the Dolphins. A four-game losing streak this season didn’t shake his plan, and neither did the scandal.“He laid that plan out from the very first day he was here, and he never wavered from it,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “Amidst all of the peripheral things that have been going on here during the course of the season, he just stayed the course each and every day and provided the leadership to the players in the team meetings and to the staff in the staff meetings about, ‘Hey we are doing things the right way. We are going to continue to move forward and try to build the best organization in the NFL.’ Nothing has ever changed.”In the process the stoic Philbin has gone from being on the chopping block to being mentioned as a possible coach of the year candidate.“I haven’t heard any of that,” Philbin said. “Again, we are all concentrating as a team and an organization. This is important. We talked about the fourth quarter and playing well in December. These guys have been hard at it since July 21st. We need to finish this season strong.”Lencioni, who wrote the book “Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” said it could be that the bullying and team leadership was not as bad as thought. That’s certainly the perception of Dolphins players, who stuck up for Incognito.“If the media is tough on them and they’re sticking together, that’s a unifying force,” Lencioni said. “But it requires credibility on the part of the coach. If the coach is a jerk with no credibility then the whole ‘Us against the world’ thing probably implodes.”With four wins in the last five games, the Dolphins have a chance to be remembered for more than having a bully in the locker room. It could be the rare team that becomes unified in the face of controversy.Instead of worrying about the loss of Martin and Incognito, players have embraced the personnel they have. That includes safety Michael Thomas, who was picked up off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Patriots.Many of his new teammates said they didn’t even know who No. 31 was until he picked off Tom Brady with seconds remaining to seal a game that the Dolphins of old would have probably lost. That didn’t stop them from embracing Thomas in celebration.“Teamwork really is a huge competitive advantage when you can actually make a team play like a team. They may have less talent on the field now but they have a better team,” Lencioni said.“And that may be the real story of the Miami Dolphins of 2013.”last_img read more

Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in tests

first_imgAdvertisement vg5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs24d3fWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egfoqx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bgroWould you ever consider trying this?😱cCan your students do this? 🌚bteohRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former England captain, Michael Vaughan believes that only Virat Kohli’s Indian team has the qualities to defeat Australia in their own backyard. The Aussies dominated in both the T20I and Test series against Pakistan as the visitors couldn’t match the former’s lethal pace attack. The hosts beat a dismal Pakistani side 2-0 in the T20I series before whitewashing them again in the Test series.Advertisement Getty ImagesFollowing Australia’s second Test victory, Vaughan twitted: “This Australian Team in these conditions are going to take some beating … Only India have the tools to do so at this stage… #AUSvPAK.”Advertisement Spinner Nathan Lyon scalped five wickets as the Kangaroos brushed aside Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in the final Test of the two-match series on Monday.“Really happy. Barring few slip-ups in the field yesterday, we played excellent cricket over the last two matches. We came back from England, we felt, we were getting better all the time. We wanted our batters to score big runs, when your six seven and eight are not facing lot of balls then your top-order is doing fine. David (Warner) and Marnus (Labuschagne) have been unbelievably good.” Aussie skipper Tim Paine said at the post-match conference. Advertisementlast_img read more

RiverCenter Envisions Renewed Riverfront, Transit Village

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK –At Red Bank RiverCenter’s third strategic planning meeting, municipal planning consultant Bill Fontana revealed a draft of a vision statement local business owners and stakeholders hope will secure a bright future for the borough’s downtown business district.The one-sheet statement identified six transformative strategies to help Red Bank thrive over the next decade, but came coupled with a warning.“I will tell you, that is a lot (of strategies),” said Fontana, the executive director of the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Downtown Center, a nonprofit organization that provides revitalization help to downtown districts across the nation.“There are not a ton of towns that can take six strategies and really be effective in implementing all of them. I think that is a bit of a concern and something we need to talk to the Red Bank RiverCenter about,” said Fontana to the several dozen stakeholders who attended the meeting held at the Two River Theater.Despite his caution, Fontana said all six strategies were valid options for the borough to capitalize on.They include:A Reimagined and Reinvigorated Riverfront: The strategy aims to build upon the borough’s historic connection to the Navesink River – as well as its proximity to the Jersey Shore – by providing greater access to year-round active and passive activities on the water, as well the lush green space along the river’s bank, including the development of boating sites, riverfront dining and living options, and water-based recreation.A Regional Center for the Arts and Creativity: With the Count Basie and Two River theaters garnering so much attention and further support provided by art galleries, performance venues and live music settings, the borough has become one of the state’s most notable artistic hubs and could serve as a more accessible destination for artists of all mediums to find a home.A Place for Unique Dining and Shopping Experiences: Diversity in retail and dining options is key for the borough, which could expand on its offering of the latest fashions, finest jewelry, the best in home decor and an already storied antique district to provide an even more unique and immersive shopping and dining experience.An NJ Transit Village: Utilizing its historic and architecturally significant train station and surrounding structures and capitalizing on its proximity to New York City, the borough’s central business district could create roadways that are more friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters and motorists, appealing to those in search of a more residential living experience.A Center for Health and Wellness in Central New Jersey: With Riverview Medical Center positioned nearby, the borough could seek commercial, retail and experiential opportunities for those in search of well-being and good health, transforming Red Bank into a regional epicenter for health and wellness.A Center for Financial Services: The borough’s location near major centers of trade and commerce, as well as the significant disposable income of residents and patrons from surrounding communities, make Red Bank a viable candidate to become a dynamic hub for banking and financial services.The strategies were derived from a series of surveys and questionnaires that helped gauge the local perception of the borough.Fontana revealed the results of those community outreach efforts at Red Bank RiverCenter’s (RRRC) Aug. 13 strategic planning meeting, findings he said informed the creation of this vision statement draft, and spoke to the organization’s wishes to make the borough a destination for experiences.“I think what Jim (Scavone) and the folks on the Red Bank RiverCenter board were interested in was this whole idea about making Red Bank a center for experiences, whether those are art experiences, theater experiences, concerts, street fairs, escape rooms. These are all tactics and things that will happen as a result of buying into the vision statement,” Fontana said.Fontana said a full-scale commitment to the vision statement from business owners, stakeholders, borough officials and government leaders is the only way it will come to fruition.“I will tell you, unequivocally, the things that keep communities from attaining their vision are always, always, always organizational issues. It is rarely a question of money, because if you have a good plan, people will fund your effort. But if you fight over things and don’t have your act together, there just aren’t enough resources anymore to support initiatives if everyone isn’t rowing in the same direction,” Fontana added.Fontana said he’s confident interested parties could work together toward this common goal, a sentiment shared by RRRC executive director James Scavone, who cited the recent partnership between his organization and the Borough of Red Bank.According to Scavone, the entities will work together to complete a study on the municipality’s alarming parking situation, which was identified via survey and focus group discussion as a potential pitfall that could derail the RRRC vision.“I think over the past year we’ve definitely seen a shift in the relationship between the RiverCenter and some members of the borough and, more recently with this study, it’s become even more apparent,” Scavone said. “I think we’re in the right moment in time for this partnership to take fuller form and help effect some of the changes we talked about tonight.”RRRC will hold its final strategic planning meeting Monday, Oct. 15 following a Sept. 24 parking study meeting at the Red Bank middle school.This article was first published in the Sept. 13 – 19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Wire to wire Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf title for Birchbank’s Tyler McKay

first_imgHowever, McKay played the afternoon round in one over par to finished the tournament one under par and three shots better than Braden McKay. Moroney finished third in the tour championship and secured top spot for the season in the 17 and 18 year division. Braden McKay was top player in the 15 and 16 year division and Aiden Browell took home the trophy for the 14 and under division. Carson Arcuri from Granite Point was awarded the prestigious Emily Beauchamp Award.  This is given to the player who best demonstrates ability, sportsmanship, dedication and improvement. A number of local juniors will be continuing their competitive schedules very soon.  Tyler and Braden McKay will be attempting to qualify for the US Junior next week.David Launier, Brenan, Tyler, Braden, Carson and Isaac Janzen will all be playing the BC Junior Golf Championships July 2-5 at the Revelstoke July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpufJeff Ashton and Jake Kolodychuk will be playing in the BC Juvenile August 20 – 22 at the Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.. Tyler McKay concluded the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit the way he started – with a victory.The Birchank golfer fired a 1-under-par 107 to edge Brenan Moroney and capture the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf title Sunday at the Balfour Golf Club.The tour championship was originally scheduled to be 36 holes, but was shortened to 27 holes.  McKay opened the day with a first round two under par score of 70, three shots better than Braden McKay’s 73 and nine better than Moroney.  Only Moroney and Braden McKay had a mathematical chance to catch Tyler McKay for Player of The Year. last_img read more

Nelson U18 Selects strike gold at Kamloops Slurpee Cup

first_imgThe Nelson Selects overcame a ton of adversity to capture the gold medal at the Slurpee Cup this past weekend in Kamloops.Jaden Dyck scored the only goal in the final to power the Selects to the U18 Boy’s title with a 1-0 win over Chilliwack Attack.“I was especially pleased with this result given that Kamloops is always a high-end, difficult tournament and our group of boys had never previously won a medal there,” said Nelson coach Kerry Dyck.Dyck said the squad banded together after suffering a loss of players due to injury.“We suffered some adversity, with a combination of other commitments and injuries resulting in us being down to only 11 players, and hence no subs, for the final game, which determined the gold medal,” he said. Nelson opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over European Football School.Milo Baranyai-Sheppard scored the only goal in the game for Nelson.The Selects then bounced Mission elite 3-1 on goals by Aaron Abrosimoff, Jaden Dyck and Josh Fogal.The lone blemish came against zone rival Kootenay East as the Cranbrook based squad defeated Nelson 1-0. Kootenay East finished second in the tournament.“The boys really dug deep and rose to the occasion, playing what I felt was their best game of the year, with a solid performance from all 11 and a great team effort,” Dyck said of the final game.Hunter Lloyd, a 16-year-old keeper from Christina Lake, was in goal for the entire tournament for Nelson.Lloyd was thrust into the starting lineup after the Select regular keeper was lost for the season due to a torn rotator cuff.“Hunter, though younger, is a fantastic keeper and we are really appreciative of him playing with us,” said Dyck.last_img read more

FAVORED CALCULATOR COMES OFF BENCH TO WIN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE UNDER ARROYO, JR.; MILLER TRAINEE WINS BY A HEAD WHILE GETTING 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.64

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Unhurried early, heavily favored Calculator was next to last among a field of six older horses with a quarter mile to run and finished gamely at the rail to prevail by a head under Norberto Arroyo in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature, run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Trained by Peter Miller at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, Calculator, who had been away since July 23, got the distance in 1:13.64.“I’m relieved,” said Miller, who sits atop the Santa Anita trainer standings with 24 wins.  “We had a rough ride and a rough trip…The one (pacesetter Cautious Giant, with Corey Nakatani) tried to make it tight (at the rail, the final eighth of a mile).  I think Norberto had ’em measured…Norberto’s strong suit is getting him to relax and finish up and that’s what he did.“He’s had bad feet, so I’d like to give this him a shot to be a good grass horse.  I think this horse could be a top miler on grass.”A close third in the Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes here last March, Calculator was subsequently second, beaten a head in the Grade I, seven furlong Carter Handicap on April 9 at Aqueduct and he was a close second three starts back in the Grade II Churchill Downs on May 7.Off today at 3-5, Calculator paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.Owned by Richard C. Pell, the 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by In Summation improved his overall record to 12-3-4-3 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $483,260.Cautious Giant, who carried both Hawkedon and Aotearoa wide at the dirt crossing three sixteenths of a mile from home, was second best by 2 ¼ lengths over Aotearoa and at 5-1, paid $4.20 and $2.80.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Aotearoa was off at 4-1 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.41, 45.36 and 1:07.84.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Love in the air as Police FC host Wakiso Giants FC

first_imgPolice FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru was tipped to take over at Wakiso Giants FC before the season started. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Police FC vs Wakiso Giants FC StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Tuesday, 29-10-2019 @4:30LUGOGO – Police FC will host Wakiso Giants FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Tuesday afternoon.The Cops have had a trying start to the season and are yet to gain momentum as they sit second from bottom.After 8 games, the Cops have collected just two points and know they need to start winning games as soon as possible.Currently, they are on a three game losing run including a 2-1 loss to Busoga United in their last game.The game is special in one way or another to Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru.Mubiru is a close friend to Wakiso Giants FC owner Musa Atagenda and the latter was highly tipped to take charge of the Purple Sharks this season but in a twist of events, he declined the role, opting to remain at Police.However, with Police already embroiled in the relegation battle, that will all be forgotten for at least 90 minutes.Speaking ahead of the game, Mubiru highlighted the desire for his side to collect maximum points.“We are targeting victory on Tuesday because we desperately need points, noted Mubiru.“We know that the season is still young but one needs to collect points as soon as possible so as to avoid the dog fight.“Wakiso is a good team with loads of good players but we want the points and hopefully we get them at the end of the day.For Wakiso, their form has been wobbly since the season started.After getting seven points from their opening four games, Kefa Kisala’s side has managed just six from a possible 15 from their last 5 games.Wakiso Giants have won just two of their last five games.Currently, they sit 8th on the log with 13 points.Ahead of the game, Kisala anticipates a tricky contest.“They are desperate and that makes it a tricky game,” he said.“Despite failure to collect points, they have been playing well and they have a good coach but we are ready.”Wakiso heads in to the game with team Captain Yasin Mugabi returning from a long injury lay off and could start in goal. Tom Masiko is also in contention to feature after missing the 2-1 win over Proline while Yasin Mugume started training with the team. Ayub Kisaliita remains the key absentee from the game as he still nurses a knee injury.Match Facts This will be the first competitive game between the two sides.Police come into the game having won just one of their first 8 games (D1 L6).At home, the Cops have taken just a point from their first three games.For Wakiso, they head into it having won just two of their last five games (D0 L3).Away from home, the Purple Sharks are yet to win a game, drawing once and losing the other three.The other games on Tuesday -Express FC vs Busoga United @4:30pm-BUL FC vs Bright Stars FC @4:30pm-Kyetume FC vs Vipers SC @4pmComments Tags: abdallah mubirukefa kisalapolice fcUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giantslast_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: The worst ways to sabotage your own haircut

first_imgThis week, the team at Mavericks in Letterkenny are sharing secrets from the barbershop floor in their guide to getting the haircut you actually want:We got a lot of guys asking us about last week’s column in the shop, in particular, a few guys asked what is the worst thing that a client could do sabotage their own hair cut. So, we decided to share these few tips with you this week.Over Doing It It is a given that some men will have a small bit of product in the hair. However, the Mavericks cannot come up for a reason to have half a tin of Dax in the hair the day that a man plans to get his hair cut. A small bit of product will dissolve with a bit of water, but too much product creates all sorts of problems. Hair doesn’t lift in the correct manner, scissors do not cut it properly, trimmers get blocked and push the hair instead of trim it. The bottom line is, your hair cut can not possibly be as good as what it should be. It is ok for Mavericks as we can wash our clients hair conveniently if required but a lot of barbershops are not kitted out professionally and do not have the facility of washing hair. Great haircuts at Mavericks Barbershop LetterkennyIn DisguiseWant to distort your hair before you get it cut? Then wear a cap before you go into the barbershop. If your hair has a dent in it right around your head then there is the chance that this track will still be around your head after the cut and it may be slightly longer or shorter than it should be! Again, an experienced barber will know how to deal with this, but do you want to take that chance?Mavericks Barbers LetterkennyPoor PostureA barber uses the floor several times through out a hair cut. They cut , create sections, draw fade lines, etc parallel to the floor and this is amongst other techniques. If your posture is poor, then your head will not be in the correct upright position. So gents shoulders back, and looking straight ahead, eyeballing yourself in the mirror.A Moving TargetA 3 year old not realising that if he wants a good hair cut he should stay still is one thing, but when a grown man is all over the shop and he has asked the barber for a skin fade which is 40 minutes of real detailed work, then he doesn’t have much of a chance of nailing it to a moving target. Getting a great haircut requires effort from both the client and the barber, these are a few pointers for the client, but none is more important that what was referred to in last week’s column, clear communication between the barber and client resulting both parties, 100% clear on the desired outcome.Mavericks Barbershop LetterkennyA few honourable mentions to other things that a client should not do while the barber is carrying out some detailed work on you:😉 Jump up to celebrate your team scoring a goal on a Saturday afternoon😉 Turn you head to look at him every time you talk 😉 Sneeze😉 Cough or ANY MOVEMENT when getting a cut throat shave😉 Nod your head to a good tune in the barber shopThe Mavericks are always on hand and will give you their advice on what is possible for you, so call in and treat yourself to the best haircut a man can get. Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop) and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter www.twitter.com/mavericksbaber…or better still call in and treat yourself to the haircut you deserve!Recap on Part One of this column here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/02/18/mavericks-barbers-how-to-get-the-hair-cut-you-actually-want/Mavericks Barbers: How to get the hair cut you actually want?Mavericks Barbers: The worst ways to sabotage your own haircut was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Mavericks BarbersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:barbersletterkennyMavericks Barbersmavericks barbershoplast_img read more

Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana: Football, economics and a rising Africa

first_imgCôte d’Ivoire’s unexpected and historic win over Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final correlates, in a non-linear way, with the two countries’ rising and falling economic fortunes in the “Africa rising” narrative of the past 15 years. The district of Plateau in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital and the most populous French-speaking city in West Africa. (Image: United Nations) Emanuele SantiCôte d’Ivoire’s win over Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final was an unexpected and historic victory. The Elephants were certainly not the favourites, but they surprised observers with a repeat of their 1992 victory against Ghana, a match also won on penalties.As an economist and a football fan, I cannot resist drawing an admittedly non-linear correlation between football and economic growth, and revisiting a compelling comparison between the different economic trajectories the two countries have taken in the last decade, and their performance in the most popular sport in the world. The relationship between football performance and economic performance has never been confirmed, although Goldman Sachs found an interesting link between World Cup victories and equity markets. According to their study, a winning nation outperforms the global market by 3.5% in the first month after its victory, although this enthusiasm fades in the months to follow.Watch highlights of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final – Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana:Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are arguably two important protagonists in the “Africa rising” narrative, leading poles of growth and prosperity on the continent. Ghana, in 1957 the first sub-Saharan African country to claim independence from a colonial power, has built some of the continent’s best democratic institutions, and gradually picked up its economic performance. Across the border, from 1960 an independent Côte d’Ivoire rapidly emerged as a regional economic leader in West Africa, thanks to a dynamic and diversified economy.But in the past decade the tide seemed to have turned towards Ghana, which has emerged as a key point of entry for foreign direct investment in Africa. Its dramatically improved business environment and new oil sector has helped boost the economy, making it less dependent on gold and cocoa exports.Watch the penalty shootout in the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations final – Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana:A tale of two countriesI was posted in Ghana in 2005 and became an enthusiastic supporter of both its economic miracle and its national football team, The Black Stars. In the past decade the team has consistently kept a top-four position in successive African football tournaments. It reached the 2010 World Cup quarter-final after a remarkable extra-time victory against the United States. This same period has also marked the first discoveries of oil, and the euphoria was just beginning.Across the border, Côte d’Ivoire found itself in the middle of its lost decade of conflict, which prompted the African Development Bank to move its headquarters to a temporary home in Tunisia. Many businesses also relocated their headquarters, to neighbouring countries such as Ghana and Senegal, which replaced Côte d’Ivoire as new regional hubs. Up to an extraordinary performance in 2006, the Elephants did not even pass the group stage for three consecutive Africa Cup tournaments.A decade later, Côte d’Ivoire is in full recovery. It has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the world for two consecutive years. Building on a highly diversified economy and strong national planning, Côte d’Ivoire is at full throttle, banking on the historical return of African Development Bank to its headquarters and on the recent inauguration of the landmark Henri Konan Bédié bridge in Abidjan. As an African Development Bank employee now based in Côte d’Ivoire and covering the West African region, it’s great to see yet another symbol of “l’emergence ivoirienne”, and feel pride in the bank’s key role as financier of this operation.Watch: The Henri Konan Bédié bridge: Across the border, Ghana is facing challenges linked to a combination of high spending, rising debt and currency depreciation. The “oil dividend” has not yet fully materialised, and the country has frequent power outages. While Ghana has great potential, its growth rate in 2014 is expected to be nearly half that of Côte d’Ivoire.Just as Ghana faced what many thought to be the toughest qualifying group in the Africa Cup, it has had to face many external challenges in its quest for economic development. But just as it lost the Africa Cup final in the cruelty of penalties, its own economic path has seen a few shots go wide, and a few saved by the goalkeeper.Looking ahead, it is not clear whether this victory will give a further boost to Côte d’Ivoire, as the Goldman Sachs study suggests, or to Ghana, which can still claim that the match against its neighbour was one of its best performances.Besides the economic impact, football competitions are social events that reinforce a sense of national identity in many countries. A trophy or even a victory against a football heavyweight makes even the most merciless critic of his own country feel proud. Coming together over a football victory can help Côte d’Ivoire to consolidate its economic growth and peace trajectory.About the authorEmanuele Santi is regional chief economist for the African Development Bank’s West African Department after nearly 15 years of professional experience in development, mostly gained at the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He has worked on over 25 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He holds a PhD in Development Policy from Trieste University/ Paris Sorbonne, a Master in Economic Studies from the College of Europe and an Executive Program Degree on Public Financial Management from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.This article first appeared on the African Development Bank Group blog.last_img read more