Minister Nelson Jobim Calls On Brazilian Business to Invest in the National Defense Industry

first_img Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has issued a call to Brazilian business to invest in the revitalization and development of the national defense industry. According to the minister, unlike in previous decades, the country is currently at a propitious moment for making “a qualitative leap” in this sector, especially following the changes that have taken place in recent years in the national political and economic panorama. For Jobim, the efforts undertaken by the government in the defense arena have sensitized Brazilian political elites to the country’s need to prepare to safeguard its riches, such as its aquifers and its renewable and non-renewable energy-generation resources, such as its pre-salt oil. That factor, linked to other aspects such as monetary stability and Brazil’s increasing international presence, the growth in state investment in the military, and the existence of business groups with available capital that are beginning to invest in the sector, forms the basis needed to sustain the revitalization of the national defense industry, in the minister’s opinion. The invitation to business was issued during a speech by Minister Jobim to members of the Administrative Council of Odebrecht, in São Paulo, a firm that has expanded its activities from construction and infrastructure into the defense sector following its recent acquisition of Metron, a firm specialized in missile production. During the address, Jobim reviewed the initiatives that the government is in the process of adopting in order to improve national defense from an institutional perspective. According to what he had to say, part of those initiatives belong to the state; nevertheless, the involvement of the private sector is required in the investment sphere. From the public-sector perspective, Jobim affirmed, progress is underway in several areas, such as the implementation of a defense articulation and equipment plan and of modifications in tax and budget legislation aimed at giving predictability to the sector. Nonetheless, the effort needed to modify the defense sector’s current state cannot depend solely on the government: “All the actors involved in this process need to contribute to building the desired reality,” he affirmed. By Dialogo May 31, 2011last_img read more

Kitten Found in Car Engine Saved by Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Police officers and good Samaritans rescued a kitten that was stuck under the hood of a parked car in Ronkonkoma on Thursday afternoon.A woman was walking to her car after leaving work at GE Aviation on Arrival Avenue when she heard a meowing from inside her Hyundai Sonata at 2:30 p.m.After she and 10 of her co-workers spent two hours looking under the hood trying to find the kitten, they eventually called police for help.Airport Operations Section and Emergency Services Section officers responded, removed the driver’s side headlight assembly and found the kitten wedged between the battery and front bumper.A GE Aviation employee pulled the cat out of the car at 5 p.m.The black with white kitten, which appeared to be five-weeks-old, was not injured.last_img read more

All-ages summer league brings softball back to the diamond this summer

first_imgThe Deposit/Hancock softball team is signed up. Soon-to-be senior Danielle Seymour says she was the one who brought it to her coach’s attention. Bishop says he’s received interest from high school and travel teams, and individuals. League organizer Lou Bishop said he wanted to give girls the chance to play, giving them back the game they’ve been forced to be apart from for months. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “It was difficult because this year was going to be our building up year, because of course we lost our seniors, and it was going to be hard. We were working all winter all spring, getting together, so we wanted to show what we got,” she says. Seymour’s regular season and travel league were canceled for the summer, so when this league presented itself, the team was thrilled. “We may have to combine some leagues, like the 12 (and under ages) and 14 (and under ages) we may have to combine if there’s not enough interest, but we don’t want to leave anyone out. We want to get everyone playing if they can.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — An all-ages summer softball league is coming to the Southern Tier this summer. “Everyone has the same mentality of, ‘we want to play, we want the game,'” she says. The league is set to begin July 7. The league will run six weeks, and each team will play 12 games. The teams are separated by age group. It is welcome to anyone who wants to play. last_img read more

‘We also have the right’: Indonesian women break taboos in pursuit of sexual pleasure

first_img“We live in a patriarchal culture where a woman is told that her purpose [in life] is to ‘serve’ her husband. I want to tell women that that’s not true… that pleasure belongs to us too,” the 24-year-old told The Jakarta Postearlier this week.“Women and girls have not been given the freedom to talk about sex, leaving them confused. I want to make a safe space for women to talk about sexuality,” said Sisil.And yet, this sense of openness carries over to the real world too, with or without influencers.Jenna – not her real name – is just one of an emerging group of 20-somethings who embodies this progressive way of thinking. The 24-year-old Jakarta-based worker says she does not follow Sisil or other sex educators on social media because she has friends with whom she can comfortably converse about sexuality.“I started masturbating in high school. Back then I kept wondering if what I did as a girl was normal. Only in college when I started talking about it with friends did I no longer feel the guilt of masturbating or reading erotic fan fiction,” she said.Unlike Jenna, 24-year-old Lani – also not her real name –  admitted to having no knowledge of women’s sexuality or any of these struggles before she encountered Sisil and other sex educators like Inez Kristanti, a clinical psychologist who has amassed 145,000 followers on her Instagram account, @inezkristanti.“I did not know before that some women are unable to refuse sex when they aren’t into it, or that foreplay often goes easily ignored by male partners,” said the Semarang-based worker.Lani said she followed sex educators on social media to understand how to keep her sexual and reproductive organs clean and healthy, including when it comes to pursuing sexual pleasure.And although she chooses not to masturbate often out of respect for her religion, Lani said she was eager to learn about her body and explore what she enjoyed so that she could provide guidance to a future sexual partner.Even as a mother of two, Citra Ayu Mustika is widely known for her bold Instagram posts on @olevelove, where she shares tips about breastfeeding and sex with her 163,000 followers.Citra agreed that women need to know about their own bodies and desires and be able to communicate them to partners – sex is not merely about intercourse but also intimacy, she says.Most of Citra’s online following comprises young wives and husbands. Many of these wives have confided in her about their inability to reach an orgasm, even after years of marriage.“Some have even resorted to faking [orgasms] out of fear that their husbands will feel bad,” said the hijab-wearing mother, who is famous for promoting the term “solehot wives” – a married woman who is both solehah (pious) and hot, as in sexy.“Another common problem is that wives are reluctant to ask for sex because of the stereotype that labels sexually assertive women as immoral,” she added.The problem, they say, lies not in the nature of women, but rather, in nurture.Inez said that any healthy woman had the capacity to experience sexual pleasure.“But knowledge about female sexual organs – let alone female orgasms – is lacking in society, because for far too long sexuality has been defined by men,” she said, noting that 70 percent of women reached orgasm through clitoral rather than vaginal stimulation.Furthermore, Inez said, people usually forget or ignore the fact that the most important human sexual organ is the brain. She posits that if a person engages in sexual activity but their head is clouded with fear or anxiety, it will be difficult for them to find pleasure.“Meanwhile, our perception of sexuality is molded by the messages we receive throughout our lives. Sex is often associated with something dirty and sinful,” she told the Post.“We need to start another conversation that sex can be healthy and positive and that everyone including women have the right to it.”Inez, who is also a brand ambassador for condom brand Durex, imparts five pearls of wisdom that she dubs “Eduka5eks”.“The first one is ‘dare to know’ – where we must start knowing our sexual and reproductive organs and finding as much knowledge on sexuality from credible sources,” she said.“The second is ‘let’s talk’ – rather than just keeping the knowledge to ourselves, we should talk about it with the people around us to help spread correct information and [bust] myths around sexuality.“The third is ‘respect each other’, as people have different values regarding sexuality. The fourth is ‘always be responsible’, where we make sure we have all the information we need before making sexual decisions.“And the last is ‘do routine check-ups‘ to examine our sexual health status, if we’re sexually active,” she explained. (aly)Topics : Talk of sex is still taboo in most parts of predominantly Muslim Indonesia, but over the past few years the country has borne witness to a growing conversation on sexuality led by a younger generation of women.These women, not bound by society’s traditionally conservative norms, are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health, advocating for women to find self-pleasure and encouraging women to tap into their sexuality on their own terms – with confidence.From female masturbation to exploring fantasies and orgasms, the Bali-based social media influencer known only as Sisil has produced dozens of YouTube videos on such topics since 2018. She currently has more than 180,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 54,000 followers on her Instagram account, @sisilism.last_img read more