30 November 2009The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorization for States and regional organizations fighting piracy off the Somali coast to enter the strife-torn country’s territorial waters and “undertake all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia” provided they have the transitional government’s consent. In a resolution adopted unanimously under Chapter VII of the UN Charter authorizing the use of force, the 15-member body also noted with concern that escalating ransom payments and the lack of enforcement of the arms embargo imposed by the Council in 1992 are fuelling the growth of piracy.It called on all States to fully cooperate with the monitoring group on the embargo and reiterated its appeal to countries and regional organizations with the capacity to do so to deploy naval vessels, arms and military aircraft in the fight again a scourge that has over the years frequently disrupted the delivery of UN humanitarian aid as well as routine shipping. This year the pirates have been operating ever further out to sea, sometimes hundreds of miles away from the coast.Noting the “crisis situation in Somalia,” which has been without a functioning central government and plagued by factional conflict since 1991, “and the limited capacity of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG)” to interdict or prosecute pirates, the Council renewed earlier calls to those States fighting piracy off the Somali coast to help plug the vacuum.They should do so by concluding arrangements whereby countries willing to take custody of pirates, particularly those in the region, would station law enforcement officials on the patrol ships to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of persons detained as a result of the international operations, provided the TFG consents. The Council called on Member States at the request of the TFG “to strengthen capacity in Somalia, including regional authorities, to bring to justice those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate, or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.”Earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that piracy would not be defeated by military means alone. “We will find a solution only by addressing the broader political and security situation,” he said in a message to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), stressing the need to support the “fragile” TFG. He noted that since the start of the international naval escort system two years ago, not a single ship heading to Somalia with UN World Food Programme (WFP) aid has been attacked. “WFP has been able to scale up its operations, providing much-needed food assistance to nearly 3 million people,” he pointed out.
Ohio State junior safety Erick Smith talking to media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 11. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorSixty-one starts departed at safety, yet Ohio State remains confident in their last line of defense. Former Buckeyes Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, who started the last two seasons at safety for coach Urban Meyer, are off to the NFL. The “next man up mantra” has never been more prevalent than this season for OSU. The players that fill the spots left open by Bell and Powell need to be consistent despite what their past seasons have indicated.Junior safety Erick Smith and fourth-year sophomore defensive back Cam Burrows are both recovering from season ending injuries suffered in season last year. Smith is returning after ACL surgery in November, and Burrows underwent surgery on a broken bone in his foot in October. Junior Damon Webb was suspended for five games in 2015 for a reason held internally.“It feels great, man. Just to be back out there and competing,” Smith said. “I’m medically cleared, but I can always get better. The knee is 100 percent. It’s the things around it that I have to strengthen.”Smith—ranked as the No. 6 safety in the 2014 recruiting class—and Burrows—the No. 8 cornerback in 2013—are Ohio natives who came in hoping to play immediately. Burrows took a redshirt in 2013 during his freshman year, but he saw time in 2014 with Smith during his true freshman season.Smith is taking reps at the free safety and strong safety position while not taking part in the nickel package where there are five defensive backs on the field opposed to the standard four.Burrows is currently practicing with the second-string but first-team in the nickel.When Smith was injured in November with Burrows already ruled out for the season, now-redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker moved into Smith’s spot on the depth chart behind Bell and Powell. Hooker was listed as the team’s No. 1 safety into spring camp and associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano mentioned Hooker being a step ahead of other players at that position.In the same fashion as Hooker, the other player mentioned by Schiano was Webb.When asked about his suspension in 2015, Webb was clear that his focus is on this season.“It was last year,” he said. “I just want to leave it in the past.”Webb was recruited out of Case Tech High School in Detroit as the fifth-best cornerback recruit in the 2014 class. In the spring, Meyer asked Webb if he wanted to switch to safety. Without a doubt, Webb transitioned to safety, and he is currently taking reps with the first team next to Hooker.“I feel like my transition has been real good,” Webb said. “The biggest thing was just learning the safety position. Now that I’m playing safety, I have to get used to making the calls, so I had to get used to that.”What the safety unit may be lacking in starting experience, Hooker, Smith, Burrows and Webb are no strangers to competing for starting positions. Smith said that the household names may have left the program, but the talent is still present.“We don’t rebuild, we reload,” Smith said. “We never lower our standards. We know we have to be better if not just as good as the people before us.”Schiano said after Day 5 of practice that the competition is wide open at safety. He added that Smith and Burrows won’t truly feel confident after their injuries until they can perform on the field.“The thing that I like is that they’re working their tails off. They truly are,” Schiano said. “In the spring we played guys at both positions… we’re starting to zero in.”No matter who gets the nod on the first team at season’s start, Smith, Burrows and Webb have the opportunity to make a significant impact in 2016 that wasn’t present in 2015. From injury to suspension, the development in fall camp and the availability of the trio for Meyer and Schiano could be a decisive factor in the potency of the defense.