Brazil Has No Expansionist Plans: Defense Minister

first_imgBy Dialogo October 07, 2009 Brazil’s recent increase in defense spending is necessary to protect the country’s resources and not a sign of expansionist policies, the country’s defense minister said. “Brazil has not started an arms race and has no expansionist intentions,” Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said in an interview with Clarin newspaper in Buenos Aires, where he was giving a speech on development and defense. Jobim said the protection of Brazil’s strategic natural resources required a strong defense policy, which has so far included a massive investment in development of an arms industry to improve the Brazilian military’s technical capacity. Jobim said Brazil is well-positioned for the future because of the richness of its natural resources, but be able to protect them. “We have significant energy resources in terms of hydrocarbons and the sea, we have grain production, the Amazon and part of the Guarani aquifer. The big issues for the future will be energy, water and food,” he said. “The question is one of a deterrent capacity, not imperialism.” The defense minister added that Brazil aims to increase its technological capabilities in the fields of space, nuclear technology and cybertechnology so that “the country can say ‘No’ when we need to say ‘No.’last_img read more

Five mistakes women make when trying to find Mr. Right.

first_img 137 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Five mistakes women make when trying to find Mr. Right. by: – April 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share The bar scene, speed dating, online dating. If you’re single and looking for a man, you have probably tried all of these things.After a while, it can seem as if all the good guys are taken and you are doomed to a life of microwave meals for one and reading sappy novels for a romance fix.The longer you are single, the more impossible you may think it is to find the right man. Before you give up forever, make sure that you aren’t making mistakes in your approach to finding Mr. Right.Creating the “perfect” man who doesn’t existThis is one of the most common reasons women remain single. There is absolutely nothing wrong with knowing what you want in a guy, but if you have got your heart set on a perfect man you will be sorely disappointed. You don’t have to lower your standards but you must be realistic. Remember that everyone is flawed, and focus on the things you like about a potential partner instead of the things you don’t.Acting as if you are desperateDo you throw yourself at every man who looks at you? If so, you could be giving the impression that you will settle for anyone. Another mistake you may be making is spending a lot of time on your Facebook profile, complaining about how you wish you had a boyfriend. Just because you are among friends, it doesn’t mean there isn’t someone on your friends list who might be interested in you. Unfortunately, he will run a mile if he thinks that you are simply looking for “a” man rather than “the” man.Trying to rush things alongIt’s a great feeling when you meet a wonderful guy after a long search. However, if you plan on keeping him, it is important to remember to take things slowly. Don’t let your eagerness to settle down ruin what could have been an amazing relationship. Trying to move yourself into his apartment or discussing having children when you have only been dating for a month will only scare him away.Not realizing your own self worthYou have probably heard this a thousand times, but you won’t find a guy who sees how fantastic you are if you can’t see it yourself. Don’t let being single damage your self-esteem because it won’t make the situation any better.Have you ever noticed that when you have a boyfriend, other men start to take an interest in you? It isn’t because they want what they can’t have, it’s because you look happy and secure in yourself. Men are always attracted to women who are comfortable with who they are.Being too worried about your single statusBelieve me, I am familiar with the panic of being single. Up until a few months ago, I was in the exact same position. It wasn’t until I calmed down and realized that stressing about not having a boyfriend wouldn’t make me find one any faster, that Mr. Right came along. I am not a believer that you will find a boyfriend if you stop looking. But if you stop worrying about it, it is a lot easier because you aren’t pinning your hopes on the first guy who looks your way.There is no escaping it –finding Mr. Right is hard work. But once you relax and learn to appreciate who you are and what you already have, your ideal man will find his way to you. Accept that it won’t happen overnight, but make small changes and you will soon find yourself inundated with offers from eligible bachelors!By Karen SandersYahoo Shinelast_img read more

Tough 2022 World Cup Draw for Angola, Togo

first_imgFormer World Cup qualifiers Angola and Togo were given difficult first hurdles to clear when the African preliminary draw for the 2022 tournament was made in Cairo yesterday.The Palanca Negras of Angola were paired with The Gambia while Togo will face the Comoros between 2nd and 10th September in two of 14 two-leg ties involving the lower ranked countries.Since qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany at the expense of hot favourites Nigeria, Angola have made little impact in qualifying competitions for the global showpiece. A Gambian team coached by Belgian Tom Saintfiet impressed in mid-year friendlies, winning away to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Guinea and Morocco.Togo, who also made their only appearance at the World Cup in 2006, thanks in a big way to the goals of Emmanuel Adebayor, have not come close to repeating that feat.African football heavyweights Ghana, Cameroon and Morocco all failed to win in the southern Africa island state of the Comoros in recent years.The preliminary draw included six of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and two, Burundi and Tanzania, were paired.Aggregate winners join the 26 countries given byes, based on the July world rankings, in the six-round group phase from next March.The 10 section winners advance to playoffs, which will decide the five qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia represented Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and none of them made it past the first round.DRAWEthiopia v LesothoSomalia v ZimbabweEritrea v NamibiaBurundi v TanzaniaDjibouti v eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)Botswana v MalawiGambia v AngolaLiberia v Sierra LeoneMauritius v MozambiqueSao Tome v Guinea-BissauS’Sudan v E’ GuineaComoros v TogoChad v SudanSeychelles v RwandaFIRST, SECOND LEGS: Sept 2-10Byes: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Madagascar, Niger, Libya, Mauritania, Kenya, Central African RepublicShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pain strikes top wrestlers

first_imgThe pain wasn’t as bad for Alta Loma’s Alton Clark, who is going to Bakersfield, but only after losing twice and falling to fourth place in the 145-pound bracket. “(Friday) after a first-round bye, he went a long time without fluids,” Braves coach Tom Guenther said of Clark, who lost 15 pounds over the last week to make weight. “(The weight drop) has been a major factor the last two days.” It showed in Clark’s semifinal match against Rim of the World’s Isaac Whisner. Clark, the No. 1 seed in the weight class, took a 4-1 lead in the second period but withered down the stretch. Whisner tied the match to send it to overtime, where he caught Clark off-guard to record a takedown and win 6-4. Then in the third-place match, Clark lost 13-0 to Santa Ana’s Jose Navarro – whom Clark had beaten 5-3 in last week’s qualifying tournament. Still, with a week to recover, Guenther believes he will be fine. “We would like to place next week, and he’s got the potential to be a placer,” Guenther said. Johnson Jr. wasn’t the only wrestler to lose an undefeated record Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson lost during his first match of the day, 19-11 to Bobby Scofield of Dana Hills, the top-ranked 130-pounder in the state. “He looked competitive off the bat, took him down early, then it got out of hand,” Cougars coach Rangi Smith said of Eagleson, who is now 46-1. “He definitely wants another shot at (Scofield).” Eagleson, who had never been to the CIF state meet before this year, finished third. Teammate Corey Castillo is also making his first trip to Bakersfield after placing fifth in at 125. “Fifth in Southern California, this is the toughest region in the state, I feel pretty good,” Castillo said. “The hard work paid off.” With 341/2 points, the Cougars finished 19th in the team standings, won by Temecula Valley with 154 points. Huntington Beach Marina sophomore Victory Anthony, the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983, was eliminated in her first match Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It struck Diamond Bar senior Marcus Johnson Jr. at the worst possible time. With 1:12 remaining in his 215-pound championship match against Oxnard Pacifica’s John Hernandez, Johnson sustained a right shoulder injury that forced him to forfeit the match and ruined his 44-0 season. More significantly, it could keep him out of the CIF State meet for the second straight year. RIALTO – High school athletes, often wrestlers, are apt to denigrate and downplay pain. Pain is “weakness leaving the body,” to quote one popular T-shirt. Sometimes, however, pain is simply too great to ignore, as it was for three of the area’s top wrestlers on Day 2 of the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet Saturday. center_img “We probably won’t be able to tell until we take him to the guy who operated on him (last year),” said Marcus Johnson Sr., the wrestler’s coach and father. Johnson’s left shoulder was hurt at last year’s Masters meet and surgically repaired over the summer. Johnson Sr. said late Saturday the shoulder was still swollen and “really sore,” but that his son wouldn’t visit the doctor until Monday. Etiwanda heavyweight Marcus Austin’s injury was louder and even more damaging. Austin was wrestling Hesperia’s Ryan Hoover, needing only one win to qualify for the state meet, when Hoover sent him tumbling off the mat in the second period. Clutching his left knee, Austin screamed and writhed for more than a minute before being helped off the mat by his coaches. Eagles assistant coach Dave Doughty said the senior had “blown out” his ACL, almost certainly ending his season prematurely. last_img read more