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

On the Beat: Previewing Syracuse vs. Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Security breach: Syracuse focuses on protecting football as turnovers continue to plague team Syracuse football beat writers Chris Iseman and Ryne Gery preview Syracuse’s matchup with Connecticut. Comments Published on October 19, 2012 at 1:00 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Dave Roberts benches Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle in another loss to San Francisco

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, right, lowers his head after giving up a three-run home run to San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, center, follows through on his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria (10) is met at the plate after driving in Buster Posey, right, and Brandon Belt, left, with a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, rounds the bases after his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, right, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, right, smiles in front of teammate Buster Posey after Longoria’s three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 11San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – As the Dodgers have meandered through the first month of the season, losing more often than winning, Dave Roberts referred to the fact that his team was “playing hard” often enough that it felt like it would be accompanied by orange slices and juice boxes.That ended Sunday, midway through another indolent loss – 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants.Roberts benched one of his best players – and it wasn’t Yasiel Puig this time. He went on the DL Sunday. Instead, Roberts yanked Cody Bellinger after five innings, citing a lack of hustle from last year’s Rookie of the Year.“I felt there wasn’t hustle on the play — the ball that he hit 421 feet into right-center field and he cruised into second base,” Roberts said, referring to Bellinger’s leadoff double into an area of right-center field called ‘Triples Alley.’ “I got in the dugout and he said I was out of the game,” Bellinger said. “I didn’t know any reason. Just put on my jacket, went up to the railing and watched the game.”Bellinger was doubled off second on a line drive to shortstop Brandon Crawford after his double and seemed uncertain which play got him pulled from the game. “Who knows? I don’t know. I’m not inside his mind,” he said.Bellinger explained his decision to stop at second on his drive into the gap as caution with the Dodgers trailing 4-0 at the time.“I’ve always played the game hard,” he said. “I kind of took a big swing on the curveball, ended up on my knee. We’re down four runs. I’m not trying to make an out on the bases, going to third. He saw what he saw. It’s all good.“I’m never going to dog that. Obviously it’s ‘Triples Alley.’ That’s what they call it. We’re down four. … That was my reasoning. … It was his decision. I can’t say anything against it.”Bellinger offered that Roberts might be using his young star “to prove a point” to a team that looks very much like its heads are in October – either last year’s disappointment there or in anticipation of getting another chance this fall.“Yeah, it could have been,” Bellinger said. “Like I said, I’m always hustling to beat out ground balls. I feel like I’m always hustling. I don’t know – it just kind of didn’t make sense to me. But I get it as well. He’s trying to prove a point. Being the young guy I got to hustle.”There was little energy left in Sunday’s game as the Dodgers and Giants finished playing 36 innings in just about 45 hours this weekend. The Dodgers lost three of the four games. Their only win in this series came in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader when they pounded out season-highs in runs (15) and hits (20). But they finished the series with only three runs on 10 hits over the final 17 innings of the series, ending another lost weekend in San Francisco with a Blach-out.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Giants starter Ty Blach continued to cast a spell over Dodgers hitters. In 10 career games against the Dodgers, he is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA. Against every other MLB team, he is 7-13 with a 5.14 ERA.The Dodgers managed just three baserunners against Blach as he held them scoreless over the first five innings – a two-out walk in the first inning and, ironically, two hits by Bellinger.Meanwhile, all four of the Giants runs scored in innings that started with Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda retiring the first two batters. In the first, he gave up a two-out double to Buster Posey, filled the open base by walking Brandon Belt then gave up a three-run home run to Evan Longoria. In the third inning, Maeda walked Posey with two outs and Belt drove him in with an RBI double.“Kenta just didn’t have fastball command, for me,” Roberts said. “To go six innings and give up four runs, I think was OK. But early on the three-run homer to Longoria was the difference in the game. He left a slider middle and that was the difference.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For me, I just feel he’s too talented of a player. For a team that’s competing every day and grinding it and you’ve got a right fielder out there who had chills the day prior, throwing up, and he’s diving around out there.”Roberts was referring to Kiké Hernandez who was unavailable for Saturday’s doubleheader due to illness but started Sunday and made two diving catches in right field.“He plays every day and there’s certain expectations for the way we have to play the game,” Roberts said of Bellinger. “When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there that will. It’s pretty simple.”Roberts said he had spoken with Bellinger about the issue before. Bellinger acknowledged that it came after a fly ball he thought was going foul actually dropped in during a game “two or three weeks ago.”The two apparently did not speak much on Sunday.last_img read more

Cubs’ Joe Maddon: ‘Extraterrestrial’ balls, celestial season of home runs

first_imgIt was an unusually chilly night at Wrigley Field as temperatures were in the mid-50s with light rain and breezes blowing in from left field at 7 mph — leaving Maddon even more perplexed. “I don’t know what I’m witnessing, but the way the ball is coming off the bat right now is extraterrestrial,” Maddon told reporters (via NBC Sports Chicago). “It’s an E.T. thing going on out there. It’s crazy. This is my fifth year (with the Cubs), and I know what I’ve seen. Whenever the wind is blowing in like that, you don’t see that. You don’t see that.” Related News Cubs manager Joe Maddon is perplexed by the number of home runs he’s seeing this year. After the Cubs’ 7-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday — which included five home runs in the first four innings — Maddon said he couldn’t believe the way the ball is jumping off the bat in baseball today.  MLB wrap: Ailing Max Scherzer pitching like he doesn’t want to be tradedcenter_img Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers lefty (forearm) hopes to return this season “Difficult conditions, but again — wind blowing in at a gale, it seemed, balls flying out easily,” Maddon said. “The home run that (James) McCann hit, my God, that just took off. You could actually see it from the field. You watch the flags (blowing in), it gets there, then all of a sudden it took off like a UFO. It stood still, then it took off. The first home run of the game, the first pitch, I mean my god, that ball went far.” James McCann rips his third home run in the last four games!#VoteMcCann: https://t.co/YDVa3Wfc7e pic.twitter.com/2CG2Vu58eE— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 20, 2019Asked his thoughts on the baseballs Wednesday night, Cubs starter Jon Lester said: “No comment.””We can sit here and talk until we’re blue in the face about the ball. It is what it is,” added Lester, who worked around two home runs for the win. “Every pitcher in the big leagues has to pitch with it. You can comment on it all you want, but it just sounds like an excuse. I don’t make excuses. Gotta make better pitches.”last_img read more