Lula to decide on fighter jet deal after October elections

first_imgBy Dialogo September 09, 2010 We in Latin America continue behaving stupidly by spending fundamental human resources for the development of weapons. How long are the irresponsible politicians going to use the people’s resources in order to continue the absurd arms race that lead to nothing and with the passage of time will be seen as absurd. Brazil is a “developed” country on the outside, but inwardly it is poor. History and the people should charge the politicians for their irresponsible attitude and for their complete absence of love for the people and humanity. Enough is enough! It must be an honor, to be the host of a program of this importance of which the whole world is interested. A wise and intelligent sale of the 2×1 airplanes – handing it over in my country neither one is possible at any time. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will decide who gets Brazil’s multi-billion dollar contract to build jet fighters, after the October elections but before he leaves office on January 1, his defense minister said Tuesday. The finalists now battling it out in the final stages of the tender are France’s Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden’s Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet manufactured by US giant Boeing. “After the (October 3) elections, the president will study the issue. He’ll make a decision this year, during this administration,” Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said after presiding an Independence Day parade, as quoted by Agencia Brasil news agency. The deal is estimated to be worth between four and seven billion dollars, depending on details of armaments, maintenance and peripheral industrial involvement. Brazil could also end up buying up to another 100 fighter jets from the supplier over the long term. Brazil has made technology transfer the main priority in the tender, so it can produce fighter aircraft itself and boost its aviation industry. To that end, Lula has already stated his preference to purchase 36 French-made, semi-stealth Rafale jets. Lula will call a meeting of his national defense council, and announce his decision after hearing its advice. Throughout the bidding process, however, the president has made it clear the final decision involved politics and was his alone to make. Brazil’s Air Force has stated that from a defensive point of view all three bids meet the requirements of the national defense strategy that was approved last year. Lula’s candidate to succeed him in October, Dilma Rousseff, has taken a commanding lead over her nearest challenger Jose Serra, Sao Paulo’s former governor.last_img read more

Female Combatants

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2013 If this was supposed to be a tribute to honor how far women have come, not only in the armed forces, but in the world, for International Women’s Day, you’ve achieved completely the opposite.This is a condescending, sexist account of how a MAN sees women in “his” arena. Do you all forget that none of you would even be here if it was not for a woman and her period for that matter? Do you forget the GREAT female leaders the world has had throughout history and in combat? Maybe not combat in the front lines the way described in this ignorant article, but definitely throughout history…Disappointed that Diálogo would publish this. The U.S. society has a peculiar cultural acceptance on female combatants. At Arlington National Cemetery, located a few miles away from the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., there is a section dedicated specifically to female participants in armed conflict. The topic has already been approached in a romantic manner, in movies such as G.I. Jane (1997), starring Demi Moore; Private Benjamin (1980), starring Goldie Hawn; among others. Normally, the female gender is presented with equal conditions to perform combat activities. Statistically, men have more physical strength and a higher carrying capacity for weight, when compared to women. This is a physiological difference that must not be ignored. Women also have menstrual periods (which can have psychological influence), and 11% more fat and 8% less muscular mass; we must remember that “combat makes no compromises.” These aspects directly influence performance during the fulfillment of a mission. Obviously, this does not mean that some women cannot have better performances than many men. The democratic regime seeks equal rights for all citizens, on all aspects, including the possibility of risking their lives to defend their country. Based on this premise, at the end of January, the Pentagon authorized female participation in front-line activities. It was not the first time that this occurred; in theory, France, Australia and Germany have already adopted this practice. Besides, in the asymmetric war (which currently prevails), the geo-referenced definition of the battlefield is very difficult; car bombs may be launched at command posts, soldiers are shot by snipers in regions that are considered relatively safe and civilians are kidnapped by terrorists. The U.S. Armed Forces have nearly 1.5 million troops, among which approximately 210,000 are women. However there are no females in Infantry troops, Rangers, and Special Operations, some of them (paramedics, pilots, and aircraft mechanics, among other jobs) have been participating in combat activities since 2001. The Brazilian Army first incorporated women in its ranks in the early 90s, only for support and administrative activities. Later on, female doctors, engineers, veterinarians, and nurses, joined. The Brazilian Army now trains females at the Military Parachuting Basic Course and some have graduated from the Jungle Operations Course. However, the standard requirements for them are lower. Moreover, there are no records of direct participation in combat activities. After a visual review, most likely only the females from professional fields such as medical (licensed vocational nurses and doctors) and communications were in fact employed at the front lines. The job opportunities within the Brazilian troops are rare, which makes it hard to be conclusive on this matter. I was fortunate enough to have trained the first two female jungle warriors in Brazil, at the Jungle War Instruction Center, in 2010, when I was chief of the Education Division. It was not my own initiative, and I had not created the physical qualifications for admission either; I followed orders with a lot of intellectual discipline (and I was against it, as well as the entire instruction team). I sustained that the physical ratings required were significantly inferior compared to those of the males, and even then, only two (out of ten volunteers) were approved. However, the two women who finished the course, performed along with 35 men (who were approved in the male-specific selection process). I want to emphasize that the requirements during the course were the same for all students, and one man quit during the second week. Their physical and intellectual performance as students was equivalent to the males, even when carrying the weight in their backpacks. Later, while in the command of the Sampaio Task Force, for the occupation of the slums known as Complexo do Alemão (2011) and Complexo da Penha (2012), I had female soldiers (military police, dentists, and doctors) in the territory, supporting the Infantry combat groups by performing searches of people at the checkpoint. During this time, their performance was widely praised. I believe that the requirements must be the same for both genders, specific for each type of mission, not only for intellectual evaluation, but also psychological and physical. It is not fair to allow a desperate and under qualified member to join the team, regardless of the gender, in a high risk mission, only to ensure democratic equality. Some activities, even for physically qualified soldiers, may result in severe physical injuries that can be irreversible, such as spinal disc herniation, for instance. Of course there can be missions for which the right profile is a female. All will depend on the situation. Another development that has been creating trouble for U.S. commanders is sexual harassment. Many allegations of rape have gone unsolved (due to difficulty of identification, no material proof, among other matters), but on the other hand, any compliment from a colleague during meal time at the ranch, via text message, comments on social networks, or any joke can be interpreted as sexual harassment. Therefore, I believe that the subject will remain under development and management of the facts by the commanders and counsels, which will lead to an improvement of the female participation in the Armed Forces all around the world. *Fernando Montenegro is a Colonel/R1 of the Brazilian Army, Special Forces, and Airborne Command, specialized in Counterterrorism and, twice commander of a Light Infantry Battalion Task Force This article was originally published on the Operational Magazine website last_img read more

Good news, bad news for credit unions and millennials

first_imgThere is good news and bad news for credit unions and millennials.The good news is that 20% of millennials in the age group, 18-24, use credit unions as their primary financial institution.The bad news is that only 10% of millennials, age 25-34, use credit unions as their preferred financial institution, according to the latest consumer finance trend survey released Thursday by FICO, a San Jose, Calif.-based analytics software company.There’s more bad news. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

How your sales revenue can benefit from an updated coaching strategy

first_img continue reading » LeBron James, Serena Williams, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey: These individuals are some of the most successful of our time. What’s the common denominator? The easy answer is talent, but talent alone isn’t what led these luminaries to where they are today. The true key to their great success is coaching. They each have coaches, mentors, and colleagues that help them develop their natural abilities into something more.Proper leadership and support is vital to the success of your team. Like any athlete or business professional, access tostrong, dedicated leaders is at the core of success for these employees and thus your organization.Help your sales managers become confident and effective leaders by arming them with the proper knowledge and resources. With the right strategies in place, your leadership will:Spot and foster talent and potential in peopleHold staff accountable to high performance and productivity ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

State Police: Two people in critical condition after shots fired in Harpursville

first_img6:52 p.m. UPDATE: ——————————————————————————————— “On Friday night, June 19, New York State Police responded to an incident in Harpursville involving a Broome County employee. The incident is currently under investigation by New York State Police. Ourthoughts and prayers are with the family during this tragic time.” Authorities say Timothy J. Wilcox, 38, shot his estranged wife, Meghan M. Wilcox, 35, before shooting himself. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — New York State Police say a man shot and injured his wife and himself late Friday night in Harpursville. SUNDAY 3:37 p.m. UPDATE: The Broome County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the incident. T. Wilcox is a peace officer with the Broome County Security Division. ——————————————————————————————– In an official press release, it said: Police also say a 16-year-old boy was at the house during the shooting, but was not injured. M. Wilcox is now in critical condition at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, and T. Wilcox has since been flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse where he is also in critical condition. New York State Police say the investigation is ongoing. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — Broome County released this statement regarding the incident. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — As of Sunday, New York State Police say both people involved in the incident remain in critical condition.last_img read more

Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 7:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Advertisement Comment Emery wants to keep Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)‘They compliment each other very good but they can play both, they were playing both and sometimes we are playing one striker or two strikers and another moment with one winger, and one winger and we have a very big possibility with different options with Aubameyang because he can play like a lone striker, like a striker with two and can play on the right wing and the left wing,’ said Emery.‘But, above all, we want to be very, very aggressive in the attacking third and also with moving forward to score with him and when we are deciding to play with another player maybe they are more one to one winger, one to one left or right, or maybe like Mesut. More deep to take the ball and to keep our possession with him in the pitch.’MORE: Lille respond to Manchester United offer for Liverpool transfer target Nicolas Pepe Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfercenter_img Advertisement Aubameyang was the joint-winner of the Golden Boot last term (Picture: Getty)Asked whether the club would consider selling Aubameyang, Emery replied: ‘Not really in our mind. Not really.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are very happy with Aubameyang and we don’t want to sell him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAubameyang played up front with Alexandre Lacazette in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Madrid and the pair both scored in the draw.Lacazette set Aubameyang up for the second goal and Emery admitted afterwards that he’s planning on playing the duo together up top. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has quashed speculation that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could join Manchester United this summer.The Gabon international has been linked with a sensational move to Old Trafford with the Red Devils said to be willing to part with around £60m for the former Dortmund striker.Arsenal signed Aubameyang for around £57m in 2018 but Emery’s working with a tight budget this summer and it was claimed that the striker’s departure could be sanctioned to bolster the Spaniard’s transfer kitty.However, speaking after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Washington on Tuesday, Emery confirmed he wants to keep Aubameyang.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law July 07, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the governor signed the following bills into law:Act 66 – HB 2003, sponsored by Rep. Cutler, authorizes the DGS, with the approval of PHMC & the Governor, to grant & convent to the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society certain lands situate in Fulton Township; & a certain tract of land in Lower Oxford Township.Act 67 – HB 2034, sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Juniata County Historical Society certain lands situate in Beale Township, Juniata County.Act 68 – HB 2035 sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Mifflin County Historical Society certain lands situate in the Borough of Lewistown.Act 69 – SB 1154 sponsored by Sen. Vulakovich, amends the Civil Service Act, in selection of employees for entrance to or promotion in classified service, for ratings of competitors; &, in appointment & promotion, for certification & for selection & appointment of eligibles.Act 70 – SB 1192, sponsored by Sen. Wozniak, authorizes DGS, with approval of Governor, to dedicate to Cresson Township a right-of-way from lands of the commonwealth at SCI-Cresson, situate in Cresson Township, Cambria County, for the purpose of a public roadway.Act 71 – SB 1225, sponsored by Sen Browne, authorizes the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to partially release a reversionary interest and use restriction affecting certain real property situate in the Township of Weisenberg, Lehigh County.Act 72 – SB 1270, sponsored by Sen. Killion, amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act, for powers & duties of the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, for application & qualifications, reciprocity, & certification renewal, licensure renewal & records.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‘Special Christmas’ as English player makes second comeback from cancer

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | English third-tier footballer Joe Thompson will enjoy a “special” Christmas after his second return from battling cancer on Saturday, exactly a year since being diagnosed.The 28-year-old Rochdale midfielder has twice beaten Hodgkin lymphoma and came off the bench for the last 18 minutes of his club’s 1-1 draw with Walsall in League One.He was first diagnosed in 2013 before being given the all clear in 2014, and is now in complete remission again.Thompson’s day almost got even better, but the substitute saw a shot blocked on the line as he made his first appearance since March.“I don’t make promises I can’t keep. Unbelievable feeling be back out there,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone for the support through it all! Thank you to everyone at @officiallydale for ovation it brought a tear and smile to my face …. Christmas made special for me and my family #grateful.“Here Is Fact For You ….. I was diagnosed with cancer to the day a year ago! 365 Days, 12 months, But I want you to understand, don’t underestimate what you can achieve in a year.”Thompson is back with his hometown club, where he made over 100 appearances from 2006-2012.“Joe deserved his place on the bench for the way he has been performing on the training pitch,” Rochdale manager Keith Hill said.“It’s small steps for him. We don’t know how significant his return today was — I’ll tell you in 10 years because it’s about Joe’s life, not his football.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Thurston County Area Propane Gas Check

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0If you have home delivery of propane, your company has probably completed a “Gas Check” on your system.  A Gas Check is a safety inspection of the entire propane delivery system.  This inspection checks for leaks, inspects all propane appliances, and ensures that everything is up to code and in a safe operating condition.Most insurance companies now require Gas Checks to be completed on any new propane account. This includes all situations where new homeowners or tenants move into a home, or anytime a customer switches from one company to another.  Even if your previous company had performed the inspection, by regulation the new company must complete one as well.  While this may seem like an unnecessary duplication, this process does ensure everything is operating safely and limits liability to the new company should anything happen.At Acme Fuel, if a new customer goes on Automatic Fuel Delivery, which I discussed in the last article, we will waive the $99 fee.  If the customer only wants to call for their fuel or shop for prices, we do apply the $99 fee; this way we at least recoup a portion of the cost of conducting the inspection.As always, if you have any questions or would like to sign up for service, give us a call at 360-943-1133 or check the website at www.acmefuel.com.last_img read more

Traffic Delays Due to Car Fires

first_imgOn the first day back to school and work following Labor Day, northbound traffic was stalled on the Garden State Parkway, in the vicinity of Holmdel, around 8:30 a.m. Delays went back for miles.The state’s real-time traffic reporting agency, 511nj.org, said there was an accident with injuries, as well as a vehicle fire. Both occurred in the Express lanes, north of Exit 114As of 10:20 a.m., authorities estimated that the the 29-mile trip from Exit 98, Belmar, to the Raritan Toll Plaza in Woodbridge via the express lanes would take 1 hour and 13 minutes.Were you affected?last_img