United States Promises to Transfer Military Technology in Order to Win Contract, Brazil Says

first_img Jobim is currently analyzing the details of the three warplane bids, which include Gripen fighter jets made by the Swedish firm SAAB in addition to Boeing’s F-18s and Dassault’s Rafales, and he said that he will make his recommendation to Lula within twenty days. The United States has promised to transfer the military technology associated with F-18 fighter jets to Brazil if Boeing wins the contract for thirty-six airplanes that the South American country is seeking to buy, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said today. Jobim, who left for Cuba to join President Lula, who will arrive in Havana today, said that one of the sources of tension is the U.S. embargo on the Caribbean island and urged a change in the U.S. policy of isolation. He asserted, in addition, that U.S. cooperation in rebuilding Haiti is helping to lessen the distrust present in the region. Jobim admitted that in the first days following the earthquake there was tension over the respective competencies of the U.S. troops and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), led militarily by Brazil, but he said that the issue was quickly resolved. The administration in Washington “affirms that it supports the project; they’re talking about around 98 percent (technology transfer),” Jobim told the press after a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the bid submitted by the French firm Dassault is ahead in the public competition. “The president (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) has expressed his political predisposition with regard to France, but it’s evident that there has to be a technical foundation for that, and that is precisely what I’m in the middle of working on,” he affirmed. After that, the Brazilian president will submit the matter to the National Defense Council, an advisory body, and after receiving its opinion, will make the final decision. Jobim affirmed that the winning bid should plan for training Brazilian personnel on the new equipment, in addition to technology transfer. In this regard, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has communicated to the Brazilian government that the administration will authorize the handover of “relevant information and the transfer of needed technologies” by Boeing. center_img By Dialogo February 25, 2010 Brazilian President Luiz da Silva is leaning towards France because they promise a full transfer of technology, whatever that means. Why doesn’t the US do the same, since it’s a multi-billion contract and Brazil is the most important player in the region? Gates requested today’s meeting with Jobim, who had initially planned only a visit to New York, and in the meeting the two agreed on a trip by the U.S. secretary to Brazil in April, according to the minister. Jobim also confirmed an upcoming visit by Clinton to Brazil, although he did not give dates. In his meeting with Gates, the Brazilian minister raised the subject of the “deep distrust South America has with regard to the United States,” he explained. Gates admitted this lack of trust, since “there are simply countries that speak ill” of the United States, Jobim said. The Pentagon did not make any statement on the subject. The important thing now is to facilitate financing for rebuilding projects, he said. Brazil has proposed building a small hydroelectric plant with the capacity to generate thirty-two megawatts of energy for Port-au-Prince, with an estimated cost of 200 million dollars. “We need help for this, and the United States is ready to help,” said Jobim, who discussed the subject with Gates and with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, with whom he also met in Washington. Jobim said that he is now analyzing what “those adjectives” mean, having received the U.S. proposal. The other two bids also include technology transfer, even in the case of SAAB, which builds fighters that incorporate parts and systems from various countries, such as the United States, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. last_img read more

Disarmament Plan in Brazil Receives 22,200 Firearms in Four Months

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2011 The Brazilian authorities have collected 22,200 firearms through the disarmament plan relaunched four months ago, that country’s Justice Ministry announced. “We want to collect as many as possible; the more, the better,” Justice Minister José Cardozo said. The ministry announced that approximately 10,828 revolvers, 7,600 pistols, and 3,734 long guns were recovered. The total comes to 20 more than the total turned in between January and May. The Brazilian states that had the best results were Sao Paulo (5,349), Rio Grande do Sul (2,641), Rio de Janeiro (2,602), Pernambuco (1,776), and Minas Gerais (1,572). The Government indemnifies individuals who turn weapons in to the authorities, for which purpose it has available a fund of $6.25 billion, of which $2 billion has been used. Between 1997 and 2008, the Army destroyed more than 1.8 million firearms, according to a study by a private NGO, which revealed that at least 8 million more guns are in the hands of civilians, security forces, and criminals.last_img read more

Why leaders must develop an outward mindset

first_imgYour mindset is the key to your success, your happiness, and your ability to perform at exceptional levels. Your mindset is how you look at yourself and the world around you. An internal mindset is one blind to others, what they need, and how to create collective results.Jim Ferrell, co-founder and Managing Partner of The Arbinger Institute is the author/co-author of multiple bestselling books, including Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace. His latest book, co-authored with Mitchell Warner, is The Outward Mindset.It’s as eye opening and important as his earlier work.I recently spoke with Jim about his research on perspective and personal effectiveness. The ideas in this new book can improve performance, spark collaboration, and accelerate innovation.“The secret to teamwork is an outward mindset.” –Steve Young continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO: We do not need political moves that ignore the fact that we are only stronger together

first_img“Short-sighted unilateral actions will have disastrous consequences in the long run. In general, people have learned how to behave responsibly. Companies and services have set protocols and adjusted their business. Now is the time for those who make political decisions to close the gaps so that we can all progress together” zaključuje Pololikashvili. “It doesn’t have to be this way. Tourism as a sector has a long history of adapting and responding to challenges” naglašava Pololikashvili. As the UNWTO has said since the beginning of this crisis, governments have a duty to put the health of their citizens first. However, they also have a responsibility to protect businesses and livelihoods. For too long and in too many places the emphasis is overly focused on the former. And now we pay the price. “In these uncertain times, people around the world need strong, clear and consistent messages. We do not need political moves that ignore the fact that only together are we stronger and more able to overcome the challenges we face. Those in leadership and influence positions have recognized the importance of tourism for jobs, the economy and rebuilding trust. This is just the first step. Now they have to do everything they can to get people to travel again, following and enforcing all the protocols that are part of the new reality” govori Pololikashvili. Photo: UNTWOcenter_img In recent weeks, global tourism has led the way in finding and implementing solutions that will help us adapt to the new reality while waiting for a vaccine that could be many more months away. Rapid but rigorous testing at ports and airports and monitoring applications can potentially encourage the safe resumption of tourism, all of which builds on the learning curve of individual and social behavior during these difficult recent months, Pololikashvili said. they should be fully accepted, not just carefully researched. Delaying them will be catastrophic and a major risk that could undo all the progress that has been made to establish the tourism sector as a true pillar of sustainable and inclusive development. Between January and May, due to a sudden and sharp drop in tourist arrivals, the tourism sector lost about $ 320 billion, the UNWTO points out. This is three times the impact of the Great Recession 2007-2009, and it only applies to the first five months of the year. Reopening the borders for tourism is a welcome relief for the millions in the entire tourism sector who depend on our sector. But that alone is not enough, he points out Zurab Pololikashvili, the UNWTO Secretary-General, and adds that especially in view of recent announcements and measures that seem to go further and further away from the international coordination to which the UNWTO has been calling since the outbreak of the pandemic.last_img read more

Newmarket ‘twin’ home with old school look to go under the hammer

first_imgReal Estate – Randolph Wijetunge is selling up his Newmarket home. Pic Mark Cranitch.He kept the home more or less untouched over the years, save for a few necessary updates and renovations and a new deck out the back.But he wanted to keep the style of the home more or less with the 1930s style from when it was built. 20 Wilston Road NewmarketWhen it was time for Randolph Wijetunge to buy his first home, he did not need to look very far because the perfect home was just next door.After growing up in a 1930s era character home at 18 Wilston St in Newmarket with his parents and two sisters, he always noticed how similar the house next door was.“It was exactly the same house, just with minor differences,” Mr Wijetunge said. “The exterior was almost exactly the same.” The home is going to auction this weekend.“Even in the kitchen I have kept the VJ panelling so it has kept that look right through,” he said.“The appliances are modern – I like the old and new.”Part of the older design – from the less open floor plan and smaller bedrooms – was very different to modern houses, but he said it added to the overall character.Mr Wijetunge plans to downsize and said it would be an ideal family home. It will be auctioned on-site at 20 Wilston Rd, Newmarket, tomorrow at 2pm through Alan Campbell at One Agency Metro West. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17center_img The vendor did not want to change the retro look of the interiors.He learned that the “twin home” next door was actually constructed by the same builder as his parents’ house, and when number 20 went on the market Mr Wijetunge quickly snapped it up.“I just really loved that area and I liked that house, it just happened that Mum and Dad were next door,” he said.He liked the timber style, which flows from the facade through to the flooring and the VJ walls. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I love the VJ look, I think it has a lot of character,” Mr Wijetunge said. last_img read more

SAAM to Invest USD 85 Mn in Fleet and Infrastructure

first_imgChilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM unveiled its plans to invest some USD 85 million to reinforce its tug fleet and maintain port equipment and infrastructure.The company added that the investment could also cover inorganic growth opportunities that SAAM is constantly evaluating, according to Óscar Hasbún, SAAM’s chairman.The investment comes on the back of the company’s new operating model, launched last year with an aim to make the organization more flexible, modern and efficient. “These efforts will help us streamline operations and continue expanding to strengthen our leadership in the region,” Hasbún added.SAAM revealed the investment as part of its 2017 financial results. For the year 2017, SAAM reported net income of USD 60.4 million, up 11% from USD 54.5 million in 2016.This figure includes USD 26 million in extraordinary items, mainly from the sale of its minority interest in Tramarsa (Peru).Highlights during the year include increased activity at Terminal Terminals Guayaquil (TPG) and the incorporation of the main port on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Puerto Caldera), which helped offset reduced results from the Logistics Division and Chilean port terminals.“In 2017 we concluded a high investment cycle with over USD 500 million in capital expenditures over the last four years, giving us state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment to continue growing,” Hasbún said.Additionally, SAAM elected a new board which will hold office for the next three years. The board will now consist of Oscar Hasbún, Jean Paul Luksic, Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Francisco Gutiérrez and Diego Bacigalupo. Jorge Gutiérrez and Armando Valdivieso Montes were also elected as independent directors.last_img read more

Women’s heart health fitness warning

first_img Share 44 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Women’s heart health fitness warning by: – May 9, 2014 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Only a third of middle-aged women do enough exerciseLack of exercise is the biggest risk factor for heart disease in women aged 30 and above, according to a study.If all over-30s followed recommended guidelines on exercise, nearly 3,000 lives could be saved each year in Australia alone, say researchers.More needs to be done to warn women of inactivity, as it outweighs other risk factors such as obesity, they say.Lack of exercise is a known major risk factor for heart disease, says the British Heart Foundation.A team at the University of Queensland, Australia tracked the health of more than 30,000 women born in the 1920s, 1940s and 1970s.They found smoking had the greatest impact on women’s heart disease risk below the age of 30.However, as women got older and more gave up smoking, it was overtaken by physical inactivity as the dominant influence on heart disease risk.Continuing efforts to encourage people to stop smoking were warranted, the researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.But they said greater effort were needed to promote exercise, which they describe as a “Cinderella” risk factor compared with obesity.“We need a lot more effort to keep middle-aged women active and then keep them active into old age,” Prof Wendy Brown, of the university’s centre for research on exercise, physical activity and health, told BBC News.“If you can do at least 30 minutes and preferably 45 minutes a day, you’ll see huge improvements in your health and reduce your risk of heart disease by half.”According to NHS Choices, adults aged 19-64 years are recommended to do 150 minutes of weekly physical activity, or 30 minutes on five days a week.Commenting on the study, Thembi Nkala, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said physical inactivity was a known major risk factor for heart disease.“Interestingly, this study shows its dominant influence on heart disease amongst women, and suggests a greater need to promote regular physical activity amongst this group,” she said.“It’s important to remember that heart disease is linked to other factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.“It’s essential to manage these too, as the more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of heart disease. ”BBC Newslast_img read more

Bulldogs And Pirates Battle It Out In Swimming

first_imgBatesville Swimming Results at Greensburg.   (12-13)Girls Results.  BHS 106,  Greensburg 64.Batesville is 16-2 on the season. (4-0 EIAC), 12-2 non-conference)Boys Results.  Greensburg 97,  BHS 61.Batesville is 4-9-1 on the season.Bulldogs Event Winners.  (G) Ashley Daulton (100back), Emily Gutzwiller ( 100 fly/500 free),Mary Poltrack (100 free).  (B)  Elliot Main (50 free).  JV Event Winners:  Maggie Schwettman (50 free), Sarah Poltrack (100 free).Career Best Times.  (G) Gwen Martin 500 free, Kate Poltrack 200 free, Hannah Simpson, 200 free, Allison Storms 100 breast.  (B) Spencer Johnson 500 free , Skylar Simpson 100 free.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Courtois given all clear to return

first_img Courtois played on after requiring treatment for a head knock following a first-half collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, before being replaced after further treatment and departing Stamford Bridge for precautionary scans in hospital. A Chelsea statement issued on Monday read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday (Sunday) for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear. “Thibaut was treated for a minor cut to his ear and was released from hospital last night. He is expected to report for international duty (with Belgium) later this week.” Headway, the brain injury charity, has questioned the application of the Premier League’s regulations following the decision to allow Courtois to play on. The Premier League is understood to be happy the rules were correctly applied. Headway chief executive Peter McCabe said on the charity’s website: “The new rules introduced this season were designed to ensure no risks to players’ health were taken. “They clearly state that ‘If there is any suspicion of the player having sustained a concussion, they must be removed from the field of play, and not allowed to return.’ “This incident calls into question whether these rules are working effectively. “It is hard to understand how a concussion was not suspected following the sickening clash.” Courtois was taken off only after liquid appeared to be coming from his ear. McCabe acknowledged the difficulty of making an assessment from television, but questioned why a “safety-first approach” was not applied. He added: “Bleeding from one or both ears is one of the symptoms to look out for that requires an immediate visit or return to hospital following a head injury. “The fact that the bleeding only became apparent 15 minutes after the injury also demonstrates the evolving nature of concussion and highlights why a safety-first approach must be taken with all head injuries.” Chelsea’s first-team squad were afforded a day off by manager Jose Mourinho on Monday as many of the players prepared to join up with their national teams after the Blues extended their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points from Manchester City. Only goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, defender John Terry and striker Didier Drogba, who is currently nursing an ankle injury, will stay behind for training, with all three having retired from international duty. Eden Hazard leaves for Belgium duty, alongside Courtois, on a high after a mixed start to the season. The playmaker, who is expected to sign a new contract shortly to commit to Chelsea, was below par against Aston Villa, but sparkled on occasion against the Gunners, particularly in the run which led to the penalty which he converted himself. Hazard, who was the target of some heavy tackling in the contest, is content to be fouled if it benefits the team. And he believes with Cesc Fabregas over a set-piece, a goal is always possible. “When I get the ball I need to go forward and win free-kicks, win penalties,” the 23-year-old Hazard told Chelsea TV. “If they want to play like this it’s not my problem. They have two against me, okay, but I can create a lot of space for other players. “We can score every game with Fabregas from a free-kick or corner.” Chelsea have dropped two points in their opening seven games – in drawing at Manchester City – and are top of their Champions League Group. Hazard knows there is no margin for error, though. He added: “We have a strong team. We need to concentrate all the time, 100 per cent. “We know we have bad moments in one season, but we need to be focused all the time.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to play on after undergoing precautionary tests following the head injury he sustained during Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Jadeja was fit when we selected him for Australia Tests, says MSK Prasad

first_imgMelbourne: Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad Tuesday made it clear that his committee picked Ravindra Jadeja for the Test series based on the fitness report where he was declared absolutely fit. Jadeja, who had a shoulder stiffness couldn’t feature in the second Test in Perth and coach Ravi Shastri told the mediapersons that the player was carrying the niggle from India.Prasad however wanted to set the record straight on the eve of the Boxing Day Test, which will feature the Saurashtra all-rounder. “On the eve of any selection meeting, the selection committee is given a fitness report of all the players. In that report, Jadeja was absolutely fit. So we picked him. After we picked him, he went and played Ranji Trophy also, where he bowled 60 overs. So there is no question of him being unfit at the time of selection (for Australia),” Prasad said.Also Read | India vs Australia Melbourne Test Playing XI: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay dropped, Ravindra Jadeja returns“Whenever a health issue comes up, we have a group in which it is being placed. All that is looked after by the physio and they have very clearly given it in the statement,” he said.On a different note, Prasad said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return in the T20 squad for New Zealand tour was on expected lines as he was only rested for the six T20 Internationals against West Indies and Australia.“With regard to MS, even while resting also, we categorically told that he was going to be rested for those six matches so that we an give more game-time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. That is the very reason. Now they have played quite a few matches, so we thought that we should bring back MS into the squad,” Prasad reasoned, even though it is clear that Dhoni won’t be part of 2020 World T20 in Australia.Prasad said the decision to drop Rishabh Pant from the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand was to keep him fresh for bigger battles ahead. He assured that the young keeper is still in scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | BCCI announces T20s, ODIs squads for New Zealand, Australia series, MS Dhoni makes return“With regards to Rishabh, given the intensity of this series that we are playing right now, so after this series, we want to keep him fresh. Give him a break and he will have a very good game-time of five matches against the visiting England Lions. Definitely a part of our World Cup plans (sic), Prasad said. The chairman of selectors informed that from now on only 20 players will play till World Cup as they form the core.“As promised, we said that coming closer to the World Cup, we are left with only 13 ODIs. It is more or less the core team. We have zeroed in on 20 members and only those 20 members will be figuring from now on, he signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more