“That intelligence has not been proven to me. It has proven to be enough to worry me. It is not enough to prove that I will take it to court. That is often true in battlefield intelligence,” General Frank McKenzie, the US Central Command Commander, told a small group of reporters while traveling to the region, according to the transcript provided by the Department of Defense.
His comments mark the first time a Pentagon official has answered questions about US intelligence who assess an attempt by Russian military intelligence units to pay the Taliban to kill US troops.
Russian intelligence officers for GRU, a military intelligence unit, offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as a reward if they killed US or British troops there, a European intelligence official told CNN last month.
The official was unclear about Russia’s precise motivation, but said incentives, in their judgment, caused coalition victims. The official did not specify the date of the victim, their number or nationality, or whether this was a casualty or injury.
McKenzie said Tuesday, “I am very familiar with this material, and I am a theater commander and I have the opportunity to see it. I feel very worried.”
“I just did not find that there was a causal relationship there. It worried me, and we took steps to protect extreme forces all the time in Afghanistan,” McKenzie said, adding that he was not convinced that Russia’s gift program was directly responsible for death US personnel.
“You see many indicators. Many of them are troubled; many of them are following up on you. But in this case, there aren’t enough of them there. I sent intelligence back to continue to dig it. And I believe they continue to dig now. , “he added.
The general’s comments came as President Donald Trump continued to doubt intelligence, referring to him recently as a hoax.
Trump tweeted last month that “there were not many attacks” on US troops by Taliban fighters as proof that reported intelligence might be “fake.”
September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.
The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.
Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.
In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.
On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.
Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.
The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.
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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.
According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.
“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.
Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.
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“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.
“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”
Artesia was one of the stops during President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s visit to California, which was the largest head of state trip since Mario Soares welcomed West Coast communities 33 years ago.
The hall received the President during the Festa dos Santos Populares, which he organizes every year in September and this time also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Banda Filarmónica de Artesia. Dozens of musicians and dancers marched through the atrium, singing songs in Portuguese, as residents alternated between clapping their hands and tasting sardines. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa exchanged words and took pictures with the Portuguese Americans. “It’s unusual, the president is always with the people,” Steve Miranda, president of the board of Artesia DES, told DN. “I think it touched everyone’s hearts.”
Zeto Carvalho, adviser to the Azores diaspora and head of SATA Air Açores, stressed the same. “This event is important and of great importance, because the emigrants feel welcome when the president comes here and demonstrates what he has shown here, this affection,” he told DN.
The president promised a visit in 2018 and is doing so this week, at a time when ties between California and Portugal are stronger than ever.
“The Portuguese presence in California, on the one hand, combines exemplary integration, and on the other hand, the spirit of association and connection with Portugal, which is in full view,” said Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco Pedro Pinto. . “Today Portugal is here.”
Located about thirty kilometers from downtown Los Angeles, Artesia has a Portuguese community of several thousand, mostly from the Azores. Surnames such as Rodriguez or Silva are often seen on the shutters of the villas around the hall, and the nearby church of Sagrada Familia still holds a weekly Mass in Portuguese led by Father Luis Proenza.
“Divino Espírito Santo de Artesia, in existence for nearly 100 years, continues to be a model community in the state with the largest Portuguese presence in the US,” said Jimmy Enes. California is, in fact, the state where the most Portuguese – 347 thousand. Accompanied by deputies Eurico Brillante Diaz (PS), Joao Moura (PSD), Rui Paulo Sousa (Enough) and Pedro Filipe Soares (BE), this delegation visits several of these communities, from San Diego and Artesia to San Jose, San Francisco, Gustin and Turlock.
The geographic dispersion in the giant state and the considerable distance to Portugal, with a single direct 10-hour TAP flight between San Francisco and Lisbon, makes maintaining connections difficult. Therefore, the president especially noted the work of the Portuguese salons in California, including Artesia.
“I am happy because you are a great example. So far away from Portugal, you are Portugal,” the President said in a speech almost entirely in English. “We want you to be Portuguese living in the United States, as Americans, never forget that you are Portuguese,” he continued. “I am so proud of you and this association. What you do here year after year.”
The head of state highlighted the number of young people in the Philharmonic Orchestra and in the hall, as attracting new generations of Portuguese descendants is one of the issues that most concern the communities. And he talked about the importance of learning the language, “the fifth most spoken in the world,” which is a constant demand of community leaders.
“We have to improve our Portuguese language skills,” he stressed, pointing to the work being done with the new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Portuguese Alberto Carvalho, who was present at the event.
The Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, Paulo Cafofo, who encouraged associations to apply for new support for associativism, also mentioned this aspect. “The Portuguese government is actively promoting the Portuguese language,” he assured.
For Paula Rocha Diaz, a Portuguese translator who emigrated to Oceanside for 14 years, this is a key moment. “I would like to strengthen the teaching of Portuguese so that the children who grow up here do not lose the language, as happened to my daughter,” he told DN. “Today, for the first time, she said that she was a Portuguese-American,” she said, demonstrating her emotion at being able to sing the Portuguese anthem with her compatriots. “I liked that the president reminded us that we are all part of the Portuguese pride and even though we are far away, Portugal is still in our hearts.”
According to Steve Miranda, with an estimated turnout of 500 to 700 people, the party at Artesia “was a huge success”. Necessary: ”We need to create this enthusiasm so that the younger ones continue to engage in our culture.”
The President understood the task, giving out hugs and listening to the numerous stories of emigrants. “Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal,” he said. “Wherever we go, we take our soul, our traditions with us.”