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Japan Gets First Female Fighter Pilot In Bid For Gender Quality In A Male Dominated Country.

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Misa Matsushima in the cockpit of an F-15 fighter jet.

Japan has appointed its first female fighter pilot, the latest achievement in the national push for greater gender equality in the traditionally male-dominated country.

1st Lt. Misa Matsushima, 26, joined the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) after graduating from the National Defense Academy in 2014, becoming one of the 13,707 servicewomen who make up a mere 6.1% of all Japanese troops. She finished her training earlier this week, and was officially named a fighter pilot in a ceremony on Friday, said the JASDF in a press release.

“As the first female (fighter) pilot, I will open the way,” Matsushima said to reporters after receiving her certification Thursday. “I would like work hard to meet people’s expectations and show my gratitude to people who have been supporting me. I want to become a full-fledged pilot, no different from men, as soon as possible.”

“I hope to be the one to inspire more people to become a pilot,” she added. Matsushima, who is from the eastern city of Yokohama, got her pilot’s license in 2015, before advancing to fighter pilot training. She will now be stationed at the Nyutabaru Air Base, and begin flying F-15J fighter jets.

The F-15J is a twin-engine fighter designed for air-to-air combat with other jets, capable of carrying eight radar and infrared missiles. It can reach top speeds of Mach 2.5 — 2.5 times the speed of sound, or 1,918 mph. Misa Matsushima receiving her certificate from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

“The first female fighter pilot aircraft of the Air Self Defense Force is born,” said the JASDF in a tweet Thursday. The JASDF didn’t accept women until 1993, when most positions became open to female applicants. However, women were still not allowed to fly fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft until the ban was lifted in 2015, as part of a government initiative to increase the number of women in the workplace, according to the JASDF statement.

Across Japan, women have long been relegated to performing household duties and administrative roles, often referred to as the “mommy” track. However, facing an aging population and shrinking workforce, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged in 2013 to empower working women.

This new “womenomics” policy also reached the military; the Defense Ministry launched a series of initiatives last April aiming to increase the number of women in the Self Defense Forces to 9% by 2030.

By contrast, women make up 16% of the US enlisted forces, according to think tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

However, with previously restricted positions in Japan’s Marine, Air, and Ground Self Defense Forces now open to women, new female leaders have started taking the reins. In March, Japan’s navy appointed the first female commander of a warship squadron, local media reported.

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Man Found With 21 Vaginas In His Freezer Appears In Court

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A man who was allegedly found with 21 pieces of female genitalia in his freezer has appeared in court. Peter Frederiksen, 63, a Danish man living in South Africa arrives in the dock ahead of his bail application.

Frederiksen was arrested back in September after 21 mutilated vaginas were allegedly found in his home. Surgical equipment and anaesthetic drugs were also said to have been found in the property. It’s believed his wife, 28-year-old Anna Matseliso Molise, told police he drugged her and cut off private parts of her anatomy while she was incapacitated.

She was due to testify but was gunned down and killed while leaving her house last month. Police believe most of the victims are from the Lesotho area. Frederiksen, said to own a gun shop, allegedly sedates victims before performing the illegal operations, a police statement said.

It is not clear if the severed vaginas were removed when the women were alive – or indeed if they would have survived the attacks. Masilea Langa, a police spokeswoman, said that Frederiksen had kept a clear and organised record of every body part he had removed since his first victim in 2010.

The gun shop owner was arrested after the body parts were found in plastic freezer bags, confirmed police spokesman Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi. Mr Mulaudzi said one of the victims alerted authorities and police have since appealed to any other women who may have been assaulted by the man to come forward.

He faces charges of sexual assault, intimidation and breaking South Africa’s medical laws. A police investigation was launched enlisting the help of a forensics team.

Source: Metro News

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Pope Francis Changes Lord’s Prayer: Pontiff Changes ‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’ In Jesus’ Prayer

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Pope Francis has changed the Lord’s Prayer after criticising the English translation for implying that God – not Satan – leads people into temptation.

Francis approved an alteration the line ‘lead us not into temptation’ which now reads ‘do not let us fall into temptation’, which is closer to the French translation.

Speaking about the change back in 2017, Francis said: ‘It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.’

The pontiff continued: ‘I am the one who falls. It’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen.

‘A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately.’  The change comes after 16 years of research by Biblical scholars, and corrects what they believe was an error when the prayer was translated.

It is thought that Jesus originally spoke the prayer in Aramaic, before it was translated into Greek and other languages. The English version of the prayer is derived from the Greek translation.

The Greek word in question, eisenenkes, is found in the original New Testament in Matthew 6:13.

Francis also approved changes to The Gloria from ‘Peace on earth to people of good will’ to ‘Peace on Earth to people beloved by God.’

During the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy, President Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti announced the approval of a third edition of the Messale Romano in May, ‘in the wake of the liturgical reform.’ The Bible has been edited many times over the years as errors were discovered with translating the ancient work.

Perhaps the most infamous version, Robert Barker’s King James Bible, published in 1611, omitted a key word from the seventh commandment. In that edition the commandment read ‘thou shalt commit adultery’. The correct version is, of course, ‘thou shalt not commit adultery’.

Source: Daily Mail

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Richest Man In Singapore Reveals His Secret To The Younger Generation—Jesus

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Singapore richest man Phillip Ng

“There is more to life than wealth,” the richest man in Singapore Philip Ng has revealed

The Grapevine has learnt that Philip Ng is considered to be Singapore’s richest man. He has a net worth of  $11.9 Billion and he is not only financially rich but also a certified follower of Jesus. Ng revealed that what made him truly wealthy was not his large amount of money, but his relationship with Jesus Christ.

One of Philip Ng’s mentees Matthew Yao, asked what advice he would give to the younger generation. “Your heart will melt the moment you hear his wonderful answer,” he stated. According to Mr. Ng, he discovered that we are all broken and the only one that can fill the missing piece in our hearts is God – through His son Jesus Christ.

“People try to find that missing piece through the pursuit of money, popularity, alcohol, drugs, sex, achievements, and even in romantic relationships.  However, there is more to this life.  People are searching for better lives and better things, but life will never be better without Jesus.  For He is the only one that can satisfy us.  Real wealth is only found in Jesus,” Mr. Ng said

Mr. Ng chose to share Jesus with the young people instead of sharing about success and business matters.  We have to look deeper inside our hearts. God’s love is more valuable than any riches in this world.  Choose Him and you will discover real wealth just like that which Mr Philip Ng experienced.

By Remmy Atugonza




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