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Thus, the DNI has been ineffectual in coordinating the U.S. intelligence community. Instead of adding yet another bureaucracy to coordinate the existing ones (after 9/11, the president and Congress did the same thing in the homeland security sphere by creating the new Department of Homeland Security to incorporate and coordinate all the government entities dealing with that function), the politicians should have done the opposite. The new enemy, which is not so new anymore, was small, agile cells of terrorists, not the traditional slothful nation states of the Cold War, such as the Soviet Union. In bureaucratic parlance, the terrorist chain of command simple and responsive. To counter this threat, the intelligence community must also be nimbler, not less agile. This means that after 9/11, intelligence agencies and excess personnel should have been pruned, not added.
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Many out of the Anglo-Saxon sphere of influence may not have heard of cricket. But it is India's biggest sport and its players enjoy cult status. India will now build the world's biggest stadium for cricket in Ahmedabad city.
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One of Apollo’s finest, astronaut Gene Cernan, has left Earth for the last time. Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, died Monday, January 16, 2017. “Gene Cernan, Apollo astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon, has passed from our sphere, and we mourn his loss,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden in statement. “Leaving the moon in 1972, Cernan said, ‘As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.’ Truly, America has lost a patriot and pioneer who helped shape our country's bold ambitions to do things that humankind had never before achieved.” In a statement, Cernan's family said he was humbled by his life experiences, and he recently commented, I was just a young kid in America growing up with a dream.
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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of the Gemini and Apollo astronaut: “Gene Cernan, Apollo astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon, has passed from our sphere, and we mourn his loss. Leaving the moon in 1972, Cernan said, ‘As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.’ Truly, America has lost a patriot and pioneer who helped shape our country's bold ambitions to do things that humankind had never before achieved.” According to the family, details regarding services will be announced in the coming days. Note: package may include some silent video.
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The app’s image preview is also top notch, just edging out the S7 for color and contrast accuracy. Google Pixel XL Google has taken inspiration from Apple’s camera app for the Pixel XL , and with similar results. Apart from some nifty photo modes like Photo Sphere for shooting spherical panoramas, and a Lens Blur mode that rivals the iPhone’s Portrait mode, you’ve only got HDR, flash, white balance and exposure compensation to play with. But with so little cluttering the app, it’s a doddle to use. Like Apple, Google has locked out raw image capture from its stock Android camera app, but you can get around this by using a suitable third-party alternative. The native app’s image preview is reasonably accurate, but slightly oversaturated and doesnt provide as realistic a view as the iPhone or S7’s apps. Contrast is also a tad high, which makes for a punchy look, but at the expense of some slightly blown highlights and dark shadows.
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Our goal is to expand Earths social and economic sphere to the Moon, our largely unexplored eighth continent, and enable a new era of low cost lunar exploration and development for students, scientists, space agencies and commercial interests." His plan is to use Rocket Lab USA's Electron rocket to carry the Moon Express MX-1E lunar lander into earth orbit, from where it'll fire its engines and head moonwards, before landing and deploying a booster to travel further about the surface once safely down. Four other teams have their launch contracts in place too, so we could end the year with four separate missions literally racing to get their modules, rovers, landers and cameras to the surface of the moon in order to bag the $20m. Which will make for much better year-end viewing than EastEnders and Call the Midwife. Stuck on Earth? Here's how to photograph the moon effectively
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The colours of the flag and the symbols on it were carefully chosen. Orange was chosen because saffron was associated with the Hindu community , green was included for its significance for the Muslim community . White was added to represent all other communities. When it came to the national anthem, Jana Gana Mana was preferred to Vande Mataram . Although the latter had been used at different moments in the struggle for independence, it invoked spiritual symbolism from the Hindu religion, and this was to be avoided. As India was embarking on its journey as a democracy, it had the opportunity to deliberately opt for inclusive symbols. But of course, this option is not available to most countries of Europe today. So what is there to be learned from the Indian state? The lesson is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
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“Our goal is to expand Earth’s social and economic sphere to the Moon, our largely unexplored eighth continent, and enable a new era of low cost lunar exploration and development for students, scientists, space agencies and commercial interests.” See related Moon Express: First private lunar mission approved for 2017 The dreaming AI hunting for exoplanet atmospheres Space is ruining astronautsperfect eyesight – this could be why Last year, Moon Express became the first private company to be granted permission to conduct a lunar mission. While its first mission will focus on successfully placing its MX-1E lunar lander on the moon’s surface (and firing thrusters to “hop” across the 500 metres needed to secure Google’s Lunar Xprize), the firm’s long-term goals encompass harvesting the moon’s resources. “We know that there are trillions of dollars of precious resources on the moon, and we can now seek to unlock those resources with exponential technologies for the benefit of all of humanity, enabling entrepreneurs to do what only superpowers have done before," Moon Express co-founder Naveen Jain said in a statement.
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From the proclaimed right to be connected to the evolving right to be disconnected, only few years have passed. However in internet sphere, prompted by the fast developing world of technologies, law has to catch up as well. As from...
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The past year was exceptionally fortunate for Iran, the expert said. Annual inflation measured 7.5% at the end of the year. In 2012-2013, it was over 40% GDP grew by 7.4% from March to September 2016, Sazhin said, adding that in the estimate of Iranian economists this is the biggest process of the country’s development over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, military expert and Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Yevseyev said that the year 2016 had been a year of unrealized hopes for Iran. A lot of problems emerge on the way of implementing economic plans, in particular, the normal functioning of the banking system is absent and the internal legislative sphere does not work, he said. However, Iran is considered by many countries as an objective partner, he added.
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Corporations and governments are turning to big data to improve the quality of life for their citizens and customers, as well as improving environmental conditions, public health, public service delivery and citizen engagement. Cutting-edge technologies, like virtual and augmented reality, are the kind of breakthrough innovations that will disrupt business as we know it. Thanks to social media and crowdsourcing storytelling campaigns, we can share stories across borders and invite people to look for a part of themselves in us, around the digital sphere. In this way, we create spaces for people to find their collective voice, and the resources for it to manifest into something great. At SecondMuse, we believe human beings possess intrinsic capacities for altruism and collaboration. Rather than focusing on just a small part of a larger problem, we look to systemic solutions, ways to fix not only one minor obstacle, but to alter the trajectory of the global infrastructure.
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Its a way to reckon with this abusive past and the practices of repression and oppression, and to hear the voices of the victims, says Amna Guellali, the Tunisia director for Human Rights Watch, speaking by phone on Friday. To bring to light some of these horrendous stories, it means everyone has to look at what happened, look at the reality, and not try to put it aside anymore and brush it away from the public sphere. It is by no means a perfect reckoning. Even as victims of past abuses address the nation, some of those rights violations continue. Human rights groups have documented ongoing torture by elements of the security forces, including deaths in custody. Officials from Ben Alis regime remain active in politics, including Tunisias current president Beji Caid Essebsi, who served for years under the dictatorship.
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To not get this Bill its second reading would not be to help any radio operator, it would not be to protect any interest and it would not be to see things develop in a better way. It would merely be to block growth and development of community radio stations and restrict development in this industry in a way that we would find absolutely ridiculous in any other sphere.
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Previously, Trump criticised defence enterprises for overcharging the US government, including the highly publicised story focusing on Air Force One, dubbed by Trump as too expensive. During the press conference on Wednesday, Trump mentioned Lockheed Martin, Ford, and United Technologies amongst the companies whose business practices are harmful to the US economic interests, mainly, in the form of consumer goods being produced overseas and subsequently imported into the US. The drug industry, on its part, has greatly benefitted from the Obamacare reform, which attracted more funds out of Americans' pockets into the sphere of medical services. The bloated budget spending of the past eight years has also resulted in significant redistribution of wealth towards the well-connected Washington lobbies, with pharma being among the biggest.
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And, every time a racially charged incident occurs, we remind ourselves of how far we've come. So, how are we to understand the Obama backlash? How did we end up electing as President of the United States an epically unqualified buffoon who built his political profile on reality TV and birther conspiracies and based his presidential campaign on stoking white racial fear and resentment? Ironically, it appears that our investment in the story of racial progress may played a role. We white people seem to have been blind to the way racial attitudes have evolved until this seething undercurrent of racism erupted into the political sphere. Conventional surveys seem to have missed it, but researchers have known about it for decades. This unspoken form of racism is most commonly known as implicit racial bias, and is measured using the Implicit Association Test (IAT) .