US and Brazil Agree on Greater Cooperation in Aviation Technology

first_img The two firms will share information regarding technical aspects of their planes, in order to improve their safety and efficiency, as well as the use of biofuels, among other things. By Dialogo April 11, 2012 This memorandum was signed at the State Department by Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom also signed another memorandum to promote exchanges between the state governments of both countries. Focused on economic and academic cooperation and the world diplomatic agenda, the agreements were signed following the meeting between Obama and Rousseff at the White House. “This significant agreement between two proven aerospace leaders provides real opportunities to reduce customers’ operational costs and enhance fleet efficiency,” stated Jim Albaugh, the president of Boeing. In parallel, they announced that U.S. airplane manufacturer Boeing and Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to “enhance operational efficiency, safety and productivity” for both firms. The Aviation Partnership Memorandum of Understanding offers a space for dialogue in order to “address aviation sector priorities, including technical cooperation on aviation infrastructure, air transportation, and air traffic management technologies,” according to a White House statement. On April 9, the United States and Brazil signed a memorandum of understanding to promote technical cooperation in aviation, one of several agreements signed to coincide with the meeting between President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff in Washington. Among the other agreements signed between the United States and Brazil on Monday, highlights included one that guarantees food security in Haiti and Honduras, two of the poorest countries in the Americas; one on cooperation in science and technology; and one on student exchanges.last_img read more

Colombian Guerrillas Subdue Indigenous Populations with Maduro’s Support

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 29, 2020 The Uwottüja people, who live in Venezuela’s Amazonas state, said in a meeting for indigenous communities that the Nicolás Maduro regime does not address their problems and needs. The communities living near the four rivers (Sipapo, Cuao, Autana, and Guayapo) and the mid-Orinoco sector have decided to defend themselves with their own means from the “silent invasion” by organized armed groups and criminal gangs  and practices of illegal activities in their territories, said the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Wataniba, which does socio-environmental work in the Amazon.“We reject illegal mining exploitation inside our territory and the transit of illicit activities, such as narcotrafficking,” the Uwottüja Council of Elders representative said in March in Pendare, Amazonas. The council also urged the regime to “explain why the armed groups claim to have the Venezuelan government’s authorization to remain in the territory.”“This criminal association began with then President Hugo Chávez, who promoted Maduro in collusion with different military institutions. A bad marriage that systematically violates the rights of all the communities where it operates,” Eduardo Varnagy, an academic at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, told Diálogo. “The illegal Colombian armed groups are [Maduro’s] great associates in exerting political and social control in the country; they subdue the population by threatening them with weapons.”On March 26, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Maduro and his closest accomplices with narcoterrorism, corruption, and money laundering, in addition to partnering with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) to export tons of drugs to the United States. The U.S. authorities are offering $15 million for information leading to his arrest.“The FARC can guarantee the armed defense to keep Maduro in power,” said Varnagy. “Also, several fronts of the National Liberation Army [ELN, in Spanish] and the Colombian People’s Liberation Army operate throughout Venezuelan territory.”At least 28 criminal groups, both foreign and national, engage in narcotrafficking, illegal mining, and terrorism, using weapons of the Bolivarian Army, says the Venezuelan human rights NGO Funda Redes. The indigenous populations in the Bolívar and Amazonas states are the most affected, the organization said.“Venezuela has ceased to be a bridge and has become an international hub of criminal operations,” said Varnagy. “All this with the approval and protection of the Maduro regime,” Javier Tarazona, head of Funda Redes, told Diálogo.The native Venezuelans are exposed to the “terror” generated by these armed groups, who seek to impose obedience, with extortion and murder rates that reach extraordinary peaks in some communities, says the report Violence in Southern Venezuela from Belgian NGO International Crisis Group, which works to prevent wars.“Little by little, the FARC and the ELN have begun to exert territorial control in the country, not only in geographical areas, but also in economic activities, where they protect Russian and Chinese mining contracts for gold, coltan, and diamonds,” Varnagy added. “They force indigenous and traditional communities to migrate to safeguard their physical integrity,” Tarazona concluded.last_img read more

How are your credit union employees doing with work life balance?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr American Workers Shift Focus to their Personal Lives Looking for a Better Work Life BalanceMaybe it’s a sign of an improving economy, but more American workers are shifting their work life balance in favor of life this year.In fact, 54% of workers interviewed recently for staffing firm Robert Half said they have increased their commitment to their personal life over the last year.Only 38% said they were more committed to their career.Younger workers (18-to-34 years old) are showing the greatest increase in commitment across categories. Call it the “get serious” phase of life.But all workers are trying to find the ideal work life balance. continue reading »last_img read more

How to cultivate a mindset of frugality

first_imgMy job leaves me living in a hotel a lot of the time. As I ignored my own packet of makeup removing wipes and used the complimentary one at the hotel last night, I realized that I probably save about $6 a year stretching my own makeup wipes by using the free ones when I’m staying at hotels that have them.I mentally high-fived myself.And then I wondered when it was that I actually managed to rewire my mind so that saving $6 honestly does light up a pleasure center and make me feel pretty good about life for a few minutes (not gonna lie, sugary treats still do the same thing for me, too).It certainly wasn’t always that way. There was a time I wouldn’t have paid any attention to the little freebies that come with a room. I couldn’t be bothered with coupons at all. If something broke, I didn’t spend so much as a second thinking about whether I could fix it.When I came out of graduate school nearly $30,000 in debt, that had to change. Sheer terror is a powerful motivator, but 30 grand takes a while to repay and for that kind of marathon, you need a full mental shift. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ladbrokes Trophy on radar after Siruh’s early exit | Racing News

first_imgSiruh Du Lac may attempt to gain compensation in Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy after his early Paddy Power Gold Cup exit.The seven-year-old failed to complete for the third race in succession when he parted company with Tom Scudamore at the first fence in Saturday’s Grade Three handicap at Cheltenham, on his stable debut for David Pipe.- Advertisement – “He is in the Ladbrokes Trophy and he might go there, or we might just wait and go back to Cheltenham in December for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.” Assessing future plans, Pipe is considering stepping Siruh Du Lac up to three and a quarter miles for the first time on November 28, in a race for which he is a general 20-1 shot.Pipe said: “It was over very quickly in the Paddy Power on Saturday – and there were a few expletives, that’s safe to say!“That’s racing, though, these things happen and he seemed fine after the race.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother unhappy with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move

first_img Skip Ad Read More Read More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother has questioned Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother does not appear to be happy with Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new understands that Arsenal are confident of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the Spaniard after Manchester City’s 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Arsenal had more experienced candidates on their shortlist including former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham last month.But the Gunners are now ready to hand Arteta his first managerial role with the 37-year-old set to leave Manchester City after spending three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Read More Full Screen Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother unhappy with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move / About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Advertisement PLAY SPONSOREDcenter_img Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip 1 min. story However, Arteta’s imminent arrival at Arsenal has not gone down well with Aubameyang’s brother, Willy, who has questioned the decision.Responding to a post on Instagram which claimed that Arteta will be in place as Arsenal’s new manager before their match against Everton on Saturday, Willy Aubameyang replied: ‘Ljungberg Arteta is the same, no experience.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, is already being linked with a move away from Arsenal next summer.The 30-year-old, who replaced Granit Xhaka as the club’s captain in November, will have just one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal at the end of the season.Arteta was on Arsenal’s original shortlist when they wanted to replace Arsene Wenger last year but the Gunners hierarchy opted for Unai Emery who was sacked last month.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s decision to target Arteta has also been heavily criticised by their former midfielder Paul Merson.‘To ask someone with no managerial experience to take charge in the current circumstances at Arsenal is a big ask,’ Merson said.‘But there are also massive question marks over his credentials, massive questions.‘One of the major factors with Arteta being linked with the job is that he’s worked closely under Guardiola, and he used to play at Arsenal.‘Other than the fact he won’t get lost on the way to training, I don’t know what else he brings to the table.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShareslast_img read more

Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

first_imgMore than 40 percent of the world’spopulation has been asked to stay at home to halt the deadly march of a diseasethat has claimed some 33,880 lives. (AFP) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump onSunday abandoned his timetable for life returning to normal in the UnitedStates, extending emergency coronavirus restrictions for another month, whileSpain suffered its deadliest day. President Donald Trump says the United States death rate was likely to increase for two weeks and announced “social distancing” guidelines would be in place until at least the end of April. AFPcenter_img Trump, who had hoped to shortly re-openmuch of the US, said the death rate in the country was likely to increase fortwo weeks and announced “social distancing” guidelines would be inplace until at least the end of April.last_img read more

Iowa lawmakers consider civics test as part of high school graduation requirements

first_imgBatesville, In. — Iowa lawmakers are considering the implementation of a Civics test as a graduation requirement. The test would cover the basics of American democracy, history and the system of government.House Study Bill 573 would require students to score at least 60 percent in order to pass the test. The requirement is the same for legal immigrants seeking citizenship.A 2017 survey conducted by the Annenberg Policy Center revealed more than one-third of U.S. citizens cannot identify what freedom is protected by the First Amendment.If the proposal is adopted testing would begin in the 2019-20 school year.last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Spikers On The Winning Side Versus Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Franklin County Wildcats traveled to Batesville High School for a conference matchup. The Batesville Varsity won in 3 sets 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 extending their record to 4-2 on the season.Leading the team in kills was Katie Bedel with 11 followed by Cayman Werner with 9. The defense was led by Macy Prickel in blocks and Laney Walsman & Regina Gerstbauer in digs. Kylie Laker had another consistent night in setting with a team-high of 21 assists on the night.The Bulldogs will be in action again on Thursday night against the East Central Trojans. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville JV Volleyball Team picked up a solid win vs. Franklin County winning by the scores 25-17, 25-9. Sydnee Schaefer set the pace from the service line hitting all 16 of her serves scoring 13 points including 3 aces. Shelby Westerfeld and Sophie Lee were dominant at the net with 6 and 4 kills respectively. Brayleigh Patterson notched 2 kills on well placed attacks. Kaitlyn Sarringhaus set well in the second set picking up 4 assists. The team’s record is now 4-2. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.‘Tonight wasn’t a total loss, this was a close match and could have went either way multiple times. These girls did struggle with a few serve receive errors and hitting errors but those can be corrected. I am very proud of this teams efforts tonight. They played well.’ Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.’Audrey Reister had 2 ace serves, 1 touch on a block, 4 digs, and 1 assist. Kelly Layton had 2 ace serves, 4 assists, and 6 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 1 ace serve, 2 digs and 2 block. Jalynn Rogers had 1 ace serve, 8 digs and 1 assist. Makyah Richardson had 4 kills and 4 blocks. Rae Ertel had 1 kill and 1 dig. Anna Sacksteder had 4 blocks. Charlotte Barrett had 2 blocks. Mercedez Waddell had 1 kill. Kelsey Vail had 2 digs.We are back at home playing North Decatur this Thursday, Aug 29th. Come out and support your Lady Cats. JV game starts at 5:30 pm. We Are FC!!!Our Franklin County junior varsity lost a tough two sets to EIAC opponent Batesville 25-17, 25-9.This brings our record to 2-2. We will host North Decatur Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.last_img read more

Man attempts to rob a convenience store using a pipe

first_imgOfficials in Fort Myers are currently searching for a man who reportedly attacked a convenience store clerk with a metal object.The incident occurred at a 7-Eleven store on 11700 S Cleveland Avenue just after 1 a.m.Officials say the suspect came into the store with a metal pipe and demanded that the clerk give him money from the cash register, however, the clerk decided to fight back.The suspect then ran out of the store and away from the scene.Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers shared a video on their Facebook page:The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, standing between 5-feet, 5-inches tall and 5-feet-7-inches with a tattoo on the side of his neck.Officials are asking for anyone who believes that they have information about the suspect you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at  800-780-TIPS.last_img read more