May 8th, 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree that will facilitate gun ownership for 19 categories, including residents of rural areas, lawyers and truck drivers. Yesterday, Infrastructure minister Tarcísio Freitas launched a package to fight corruption within his ministry and its associated organs. The project will soon be replicated by other government ministries. The president extinguished 55 government boards created by previous administrations, including a 90-member board which dated back from ex-president Lula’s days in government. A new revolutionary software developed by Unicamp researchers will reduce the diagnosis time of Alzheimer’s disease to 15 minutes. Finally, the president of Iran suspends part of the nuclear deal he had signed in 2015, and is promising to resume the country’s uranium enrichment activities.
Take a look at our highlights.
Bolsonaro’s decree facilitates gun ownership for 19 professional categories
Yesterday, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree facilitating gun ownership for 19 professional categories. The decree establishes the “effective need” to carry a firearm for specific people, among them shooting instructors, hunters or gun collectors, and members of the penitentiary administration. Elected members of government, attorneys, gun store and shooting range owners are also on the list. As mentioned by Bolsonaro many times before, the decree also includes residents of rural areas, members of the press covering police actions, child protection service workers, traffic agents, truck drivers and private security officers.
Ministry of Infrastructure launches anticorruption package
Yesterday, the Ministry of Infrastructure, one of Operation Car Wash’s bastions, launched a program to combat frauds and corruption within the ministry and its associated organs. Called Anticorruption Radar, the program – one of President Bolsonaro’s campaign promises – was developed by minister Tarcísio Freitas during the transition from the previous government. The program will be replicated in other ministries, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, for instance.
Bolsonaro extinguishes 55 government boards created by previous administrations
Today, President Jair Bolsonaro revoked 55 federal government boards created by previous administrations, including the Social and Economic Development Council, popularly known as the “Big Council”. Made up of 90 representatives of civil society, the “Big Council” was created in 2003 by then-president Lula to advise him on the creation or improvement of public policies in several areas.
New Brazilian software diagnoses Alzheimer’s in 15 minutes
A new software promises to drastically reduce the average time to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. The innovation, developed by a research done at the State University of Campinas, Unicamp, analyzes MRI images of the patient. It then uses algorithms to compare grey and white matter areas of healthy and diseased brains, and presents a result in approximately 15 minutes. Currently, it may take up to 20 hours to confirm a diagnosis.
Iran suspends part of the nuclear deal and threatens to increase uranium enrichment
Today, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced that his country will no longer abide by key parts of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015, which the US abandoned last year. In a speech on TV, Rouhani said Iran would maintain stocks of uranium and heavy water, used in nuclear reactors, instead of selling them to other countries. He also threatened to resume uranium enrichment processes within 60 days.