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  • Peru Interested in Ten Super Tucano Attack Planes

    first_img Peru is interested in buying ten Super Tucano light attack planes to patrol its Amazonian borders, the Brazilian defense minister said on February 14, opening a new market for the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer in Latin America. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Celso Amorim following a meeting in Brasilia with his Peruvian counterpart Alberto Otarola to discuss both nations’ efforts to patrol their porous Amazonian borders. “It’s been the subject of talks for some time now (…) It’s in that context that we’re also working with the possibility that ten planes could be present in that sphere,” Amorim told reporters in Brasilia. “It’s not only a matter of a sale, but also an industrial-cooperation agreement with technology transfer,” Amorim told reporters. Otarola did not specify the number of Super Tucanos, but he acknowledged the existence of negotiations with Embraer, the headquarters of which, on the outskirts of São Paulo, he planned to visit. “We hope that these discussions reach a good conclusion,” he said. The sale of ten planes would come to around 150 million dollars, according to a Brazilian government source. More than 60 of the multi-purpose turboprop planes have been acquired by the Armed Forces of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic up to now. Embraer recently said that there was a market in Latin America for another 50 planes. Amorim said that Peru is also interested in buying the Guarani armored vehicle and Embraer’s future KC-390 Brazilian military transport, which will debut in late 2016. Planes like the Super Tucano are ensuring modest profits this year for Embraer, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of commercial planes, which has seen stability in its markets for regional and executive jets. By Dialogo February 16, 2012last_img read more

  • Returns narrow at Sweden’s Folksam, but business volume grows

    first_imgSwedish insurer Folksam, which has both pensions and non-life business, reported a narrowing of investment returns in the first nine months of the year to 2% from 8% and said it was facing many challenges even though it was financially strong.In its interim report, Folksam said its life and pensions parent company Folksam Liv had seen a 25% increase in premiums in the first nine months of the year, to SEK11bn (€1.18bn) from SEK8.8bn in the same period last year.The total return on investments for the company fell to 2% from 8%.Jens Henriksson, chief executive and head of the Folksam group, said: “Although a lot of things are going well for Folksam and we are economically strong, we are also facing a range of challenges.” He said global economic uncertainty, particularly regarding China and other emerging economies, was contributing to turbulence in the markets, and that it was a challenge for the whole industry to make returns in the prevailing low-interest-rate environment.On top of this, there he said there were many regulatory issues high on the agenda.He described the move on 1 January 2016 to the new Solvency II regulatory regime as “another important crossroads lying just ahead for the occupational pensions sector, which could change the industry fundamentally”.In its interim report, Folksam said it was now awaiting a decision expected on 18 November from the Swedish Parliament on a bill on the implementation of the Solvency II Directive in the insurance sector.Among other things, the bill addressed transitional arrangements for occupational pension providers, it said.Folksam and its subsidiary KPA Pension, the local government pension scheme, supported this element of the bill because it meant providers would then not need to change their basic regulation more than once.Total assets at the parent company grew to SEK162bn at the end of September from SEK156bn at the end of December 2014, and solvency was 157%, up from 155% at the end of December.Meanwhile, at KPA Pension, which is 60% owned by Folksam and 40% owned by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL), investment returns dropped to 2.1% over the first nine months of this year from 9.5% for the same period a year earlier.Premium income rose to SEK10.7bn from SEK9.3bn, and assets under management grew to SEK134.6bn from SEK119.8bn.KPA Pension’s solvency was 169%, up from 166% at the end of December.last_img read more

  • GOP lawmakers enact 24-hour waiting period for abortion

    first_imgDES MOINES — The Republican-led Iowa legislature has voted to establish a 24-hour waiting period for abortions performed in the state.Two years ago, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled a 72-hour waiting period was unconstitutional. During debate late Saturday night, Representative Shannon Lundgren of Peosta made it clear Republicans aim for this new proposal to reverse that.“Maybe this will provide an opportunity for the courts to rectify the terrible situation that they’ve created here in our state,” Lundgren said.The chief justice who wrote in the 2018 opinion that Iowa women had a right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution died in November. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has now appointed a majority of the justices in the Iowa Supreme Court. It raises the possibility the court might overturn the previous ruling that has essentially blocked all legislative attempts to restrict access to abortion.Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, said the bill sends a clear message to the Iowa Supreme Court about that 2018 ruling.“The very notion that somehow there’s a fundamental right in Iowa’s constitution is one of the most gross misuses of the power of the gavel,” Chapman said.Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, said the money the state has spent litigating the abortion issue would be better spent elsewhere.“We are talking about an issue that we are not going to solve tonight,” Mathis said. “We may never solve this issue in our lifetime, but we can help kids with mental health in our lifetime.”The 24-hour waiting period emerged as a policy option for GOP lawmakers Saturday after it became clear a proposed constitutional amendment relating to abortion could not pass the Iowa House. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines and all but one Democrat in the legislature voted against the bill.“The interesting thing about it: it’s a 24-hour waiting period and you didn’t even give women 24 hours notice that you would be stripping them of their rights,” Petersen said.The proposal requires a doctor to get written certification from a woman that she is eligible to obtain an abortion, 24 hours before one is performed. According to Representative Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville, 17 other states have 24 hour waiting periods for an abortion.“Waiting periods help ensure that decisions are made not under duress and under undue influences,” Salmon said.Representative Vicki Lensing, a Democrat from Iowa City, argued legislators shouldn’t “second guess” the medical decisions women make.“It is presumptuous, disrespectful and in my opinion insulting,” Lensing said.Representative Heather Matson, a Democrat from Ankeny, said requiring two medical appointments within 24 hours creates hardships for poor women and for women from rural areas who have to travel a greater distance.“The intent of a 24 hour ban is the same as a 72 hour ban…Make it harder for a woman to get the care she needs and she just won’t get it,” Matson said.The bill passed the House late Saturday evening as Democrat Andy McKean joined 52 Republicans in voting yes. Senator Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, opened Senate debate on the measure shortly before 4:30 this morning.“Iowa has a three-day wait for marriage, a 72-hour waiting period after birth for adoption, 90 day waiting period for divorce,” Schultz said. “All of these waiting periods are to ensure Iowans who are making life-long decisions have time to reflect.”The bill passed the senate shortly after 5:30 Sunday morning. Governor Kim Reynolds has not commented publicly on the measure, but she has supported previous abortion restrictions and signed the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill into law in 2018.Erin Davison-Rippey, Iowa Executive Director for Planned Parenthood North Central States, issued a written statement, saying “in the midst of a pandemic and continued momentum for Black Lives Matter,” Republican legislators “remain determined to make it more difficult for Iowa women to obtain,,,reproductive health care.last_img read more