first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Anupam Kher was elated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and says his inspirational words are a great source of energy for him. On Monday, Anupam, who is promoting his film “One Day: Justice Delivered”, took to his Twitter account to share a glimpse of the meeting. “Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, it was an honour and a privilege to meet you,” Anupam posted. “Your vision for India is greatly reassuring and heartwarming. Your inspirational words will always be a great source of energy for me. May you continue to take our country to greater heights,” he added. In the photographs, Anupam can be seen engrossed in a conversation with Modi. The actor opted for an all black look to meet the Prime Minister. Modi is seen in kurta-pyjama. On the work front, Anupam is coming up with his book titled “Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly”. The book will be releasing on August 5.last_img read more

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first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAfter three years of work, a provincial commission has submitted its report with five recommendations to the Quebec National Assembly.The commission’s job was to examine the living conditions of Indigenous women in Quebec in relation to domestic violence and sexual assault.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img

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VIA Rail passenger trains are bracing for a Cross-Canada strike Thursday night.And passengers are starting to look for other ways to get around without their usual trains.And in a late release from the CAW, they says that while contract talks between the CAW and VIA Rail are currently taking place in Montreal, the sides are still far aparton a number of outstanding issues. Bob Orr, Assistant to the CAW National President said that the union bargaining committee is not optimistic that a strike can be avoided at thislate stage in the talks.Al Sweeney is at the Aldershot VIA Rail station and has some reaction.

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Note to readers: this story contains graphic and violent imagery.Brazil is home to the most successful national soccer team in history. As the only team to play in every FIFA World Cup, the Brazilians have won five titles, one ahead of Gli Azzurri from Italy.The country has fielded some of the greatest names in the sport’s storied history: from arguably the greatest player ever, Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, to the likes of Roberto Carlos and Roberto Rivelino. Today, the squad features the phenomenon that is Barcelona forward Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, as well as stars like Chelsea midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior and Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva.The history is there; the talent is there. Brazil is my favorite to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil, but in what world is it acceptable to host one of the largest international affairs in a city rampant with near-warfare between police forces and drug lords?In recent years, numerous stories have come out of Brazil about gruesome murder and corruption. Some might say these issues have nothing to do with soccer, and will not affect the tournament itself.The thing is, the sport has begun to play a central part in these crimes.Back in July, 20-year-old referee Otávio Jordão da Silva stabbed Josenir dos Santos Abreu, a 30-year-old Brazilian soccer player, during a match. The player died on the way to the hospital, but the violence goes doesn’t end there. In retaliation, fans came onto the field and stoned Silva to death, before beheading him on the pitch.Two dead because of a game — no good reasons.Fast forward to Oct. 29 in Rio de Janeiro. The wife of former Brazilian soccer player João Rodrigo Silva Santos made the most horrifying discovery imaginable. Santos had not returned home from work the night before and his wife found his rucksack outside their front door. In the bag was Santos’ severed head.The first crime, the double murder on a soccer pitch, was a direct result of the sport. The death of Santos might not have any direct ties to his time as a soccer player, but the point is that the violence in Rio de Janeiro is out of hand.I never would have heard of these crimes had they not been related to a sport, but they are. In a country that is set to host the biggest event in soccer, violence runs rampant from fans, refs, players and even former players.I would love an opportunity to attend a World Cup, especially in a place which such a rich history in the sport. That said, I would not even consider an all expenses paid trip to the 2014 tournament.The risk is high, and the reward cannot compare.FIFA has made some questionable decisions in recent years, like rewarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, but there is no decision more absurd than allowing this event to take place in Rio de Janeiro.Rio de Janeiro is also set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.While these stories are horrifying, I truly fear for the stories that will likely come out about crimes during the tournament. From locals in Rio, to those traveling in from around the world, how can one not fear for his or her life? read more

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Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterNo. 9 Ohio State trounced Maryland 62-14 Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Though the Buckeyes had the game in hand by halftime, there were several plays that were particularly important in the moment.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in Ohio State’s victory against Maryland.Johnnie Dixon 35-yard gainOn its first drive with 12:49 on the clock in the first quarter, Ohio State faced a third-and-4 at the Maryland 44-yard line. Quarterback J.T. Barrett fired a strike past two Maryland defenders to redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon for a first down, and Dixon ran down the field to the 9-yard line.Ohio State scored three plays later on a Barrett rush. Third-down conversions like that will become more crucial with an increasingly difficult level of competition in the coming weeks.Victor first-quarter TDBarrett’s confidence in his arm and receivers has notably improved since Ohio State’s Week 2 loss to Oklahoma. One of his best passes of the day was a third-and-6 strike to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor in the end zone with 7:14 remaining in the first quarter.On a skinny post route, the 6-foot-4 Victor fought off a cornerback to reel in the throw, which Barrett fit into a tight window from 8 yards. With his frame, Victor is the ideal target for third-down passing situations close to the end zone. If Barrett can fit those throws in there consistently, Ohio State’s offense will continue to find success.Jerome Baker scoop-and-scoreOhio State’s defensive line had arguably its best game against Maryland, and it started early with 9:54 on the clock in the first quarter.On Maryland’s third play from scrimmage, defensive end Nick Bosa drove Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager to the ground and caused a fumble. Linebacker Jerome Baker picked it up and took it to the end for an early 13-0 lead.Baker’s 4th-down sackThe Ohio State offense sputtered in three straight drives — a blocked field goal, a J.K. Dobbins fumble and a 22-yard punt — before Baker made a crucial stop at 6:30 left in the first half.Maryland’s offense stayed on the field for a fourth-and-3 at the 30-yard line. Baker came untouched on the right side of the line to sack Bortenschlager, forcing a fumble in the process and giving the offense some momentum for its next three drives, which all ended in touchdowns.Hubbard stop and third-and-1Leading 27-7 with 4:15 remaining in the first half, Ohio State continued its dominance on the offensive line with a tackle for loss on third-and-1. Maryland running back Ty Johnson had no room to run up the middle, so he attempted to bounce outside where defensive end Sam Hubbard played contain and cut down Johnson in the backfield for a 6-yard loss, forcing fourth down. Ohio State marched 48 yards in four plays, taking all of 52 seconds for another score. read more

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first_img Wed 7:56 PM Share80 Tweet Email3 Artist’s impression of K2-18b Source: ESA/Twitter.comWATER HAS BEEN discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of a planet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it.Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star’s “habitable zone” at a distance – neither too far nor too close – where water can exist in liquid form, scientists reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.“This planet is the best candidate we have outside our solar system” in the search for signs of life, co-author Giovanna Tinetti, an astronomer at University College London said. “We cannot assume that it has oceans on the surface but it is a real possibility.”  Of the more than 4,000 exoplanets detected to date, this is the first known to combine a rocky surface and an atmosphere with water.Most exoplanets with atmospheres are giant balls of gas, and the handful of rocky planets for which data is available seem to have no atmosphere at all.Even if they did, most Earth-like planets are too far from their stars to have liquid water or so close that any H2O has evaporated.Discovered in 2015, K2-18b is one of hundreds of so-called “super-Earths” – planets with less than ten times the mass of ours – spotted by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Future space missions are expected to detect hundreds more in the coming decades.“Finding water in a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting,” said lead-author Angelos Tsiaras, also from UCL.“K2-18b is not ‘Earth 2.0′,” he said. “However, it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: is the Earth unique?”First detection of #water in the atmosphere of a planet within the habitable zone by @HUBBLE_space. Paving the way for future #exoplanet discoveries by the NASA/ESA/CSA #Webb and our #Ariel mission.Details: https://t.co/dUdv1X8nQG(📷: Artist’s impression of planet K2-18b) pic.twitter.com/FykPCmv558— ESA (@esa) September 11, 2019 Working with spectroscopic data captured in 2016 and 2017 by the Hubble Space Telescope, Tsiaras and his team used open-source algorithms to analyse the starlight filtered through K2-18b’s atmosphere. They found the unmistakable signature of water vapour. Exactly how much remains uncertain, but computer modelling suggested concentrations between 0.1 and 50% By comparison, the percentage of water vapour in Earth’s atmosphere varies between 0.2% above the poles, and up to four% in the tropics.There was also evidence of hydrogen and helium as well. Nitrogen and methane may also be present but with current technology remain undetectable, the study said.Further research will be able to determine the extent of cloud coverage and the percentage of water in the atmosphere.With reporting from – © AFP 2019  Short URL By AFP Water discovered for first time on potentially habitable planet This is the first known exoplanet to combine a rocky surface and an atmosphere with water. 48,756 Views Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 7:56 PM https://jrnl.ie/4805376 82 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgThe new Artemission Tunnel on the Corinth-Tripolis motorway was inaugurated last week by the Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias who said that by the end of August the old and the new tunnel will both be open to avoid heavy traffic on the motorway. The old tunnel will close for maintenance and upgrade later in the year. “The 1.4 kilometre Artemission tunnel is a landmark in the Peloponnese. It is the symbol of a new era and development for the area. It is part of the Corinth, Tripolis, Kalamata, Sparta motorway currently under construction.” He noted that there are five motorways under construction totalling 1,417 kilometres. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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first_imgFacebook explique son modèle économique à ses utilisateursPour mettre un terme aux rumeurs qui entourent l’utilisation des données personnelles par Facebook, le réseau social a publié une page d’explications sur sa politique commerciale.Facebook a décidé de finir l’année sous le signe de la transparence. De plus en plus attaqué sur les mystères entourant l’utilisation des données utilisateur, le réseau social a décidé de réagir un grand coup en publiant une pleine page, expliquant de manière très pédagogique son modèle économique, raconte ZDNet.Pour y accéder, pas besoin de se perdre dans l’arborescence du site web, le lien est directement indiqué en première page, au dessus du flux d’actualités. Difficile de la rater ! Durant de longs paragraphes, Facebook tente de clarifier au maximum comment l’entreprise utilise les données collectées.Afin de mettre un terme aux nombreuses informations voulant que la société de Mark Zuckerberg vende ces mêmes données, elle explique: “La vente de vos informations n’est pas dans l’intérêt de Facebook. Et voici pourquoi : Facebook a été créé pour vous permettre de rester en contact et d’échanger avec les personnes qui vous entourent. Si vous ne pensiez pas pouvoir contrôler qui voit quoi, vous n’utiliseriez sans doute pas autant Facebook et vous communiqueriez moins avec vos amis.”À lire aussiPour communiquer, humains et chimpanzés utilisent les mêmes règles… mathématiques !Autre sujet qui fâche, la publicité ciblée plutôt présente sur le réseau social. Facebook n’y va pas par quatre chemins et affirme que “ce sont les publicités qui nous permettent de vous proposer Facebook gratuitement”, tout en nous apprenant que le coût de fonctionnement a été de 1 milliard de dollars en 2010. Les convaincus seront rassurés, les détracteurs resteront sur leurs positions, mais Facebook a au moins pris les devants pour éviter qu’on ne parle à sa place de ses politiques commerciales. Mais cette page web sera t-elle suffisante?  Le 26 décembre 2011 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img The simulation genre has been a pillar of PC gaming for decades, as the robust control mechanisms of PC and mouse let players experience the thrill of flying planes, managing cities and more. Over time, these simulators became more and more esoteric and complicated, with some flight simulators requiring a manual as thick as an actual aircraft’s to comprehend. They also got a lot weirder. In this feature, we’ll dive deep into the burgeoning simulation genre and bring out eleven of the weirdest and worst examples.Robot Vacuum SimulatorPlenty of video games let you play as robots, but they’re mostly murder robots. If you’re looking for something a little more helpful, give Robot Vacuum Simulator from Stolidus Simulations might be right up your alley. The Norwegian developers have really put some thought into how it feels to be a Roomba, limited in your mobility and unable to contend with even the smallest staircase as you steadily glide around a home sucking up dust and dirt. A soothing modern jazz soundtrack caps off the whole experience.See Robot Vacuum Simulator on Stolidus SimulationsOil Platform SimulatorThere’s a whole microgenre of sim games that are all about managing ludicrously complex machines, and Oil Platform Simulator might be the most niche of the lot. Oil Platform Simulator puts you in charge of a startup fossil fuel operation – you must locate a drill site, assemble a platform and then run it at a profit, all through navigating obtuse and clunky menus. Every so often you get to steer a tanker ship arduously back to shore at glacial speeds, hoping you don’t fall asleep at the wheel and cause another ecological disaster.See Oil Platform Simulator on AmazonViscera Cleanup DetailAfter you play through a level of a first-person shooter, have you ever wondered what happens to the blood and gibs you leave behind? That’s where Viscera Cleanup Detail comes in. This oddball indie game casts you as a space station janitor who has to clean up the effluvia of a repulsed – and repulsive – alien invasion. Using only a primitive mop and broom, you have to sweep up and throw away spent bullet casings, scrub alien blood off of walls, replace broken glass in windows, patch bullet holes and more. It’s both incredibly boring and oddly thrilling. The DLC that lets you clean up Santa’s workshop is worth a look as well.See Viscera Cleanup Detail on SteamSoda Drinker ProA less stressful simulation is 2016’s Soda Drinker Pro from Snowrunner Games, which lets you experience the pleasure of drinking a can of soda (or pop, depending on where you live) on a warm summer’s day. Or at least some of the pleasure, because you can’t actually taste it or have your thirst quenched by it. Use the WASD keys to move around the charmingly low-resolution landscape, raise the soda to your mouth with the left mouse button and sip with the right. It’s just that simple. When you’ve finished your cup (illustrated by the SODA meter in the HUD), you’ll be brought to a new drinking location to do it all over again.See Soda Drinker Pro on SteamStreet Cleaning SimulatorPlenty of games tackle the extremely dull subject of “driving very slowly and carefully,” but only one adds in the thrill of pushing trash into the gutters.See Street Cleaning Simulator on AmazonMy Summer CarThere are lots of driving games on the market, but I can confidently say you’ve never played anything quite like My Summer Car. The product of Finnish studio Amistech, it puts you in the shoes of a 19 year old home alone in rural Finland in 1995 with only a hand-me-down car for company. But this isn’t just any car – when you boot up the game, your trusty Satsuma Amp is just a pile of scrap, and you have to assemble the whole damn thing yourself, every nut and bolt. It’s entirely possible to screw it up, too, and leave your amiable burnout with an undriveable chariot. With a wicked sense of humor and tons of style, this is one of the most unique sim games ever released.See My Summer Car on SteamAdvanced Lawnmower SimulatorWhat kind of person would make a game about mowing lawns? The same person who would make it for the antiquated ZX Spectrum computer in 2001. Advanced Lawnmower Simulator is by far the most primitive game on this list. Originally conceived as a hoax in the pages of Your Sinclair magazine in the UK, some wag made it a real deal a month later. Even though you can choose from six different mowers to handle the expanse of grass, they all handle exactly the same because the game has only one control: the M key, which makes the mower roll over one square of the lawn when tapped. We’d hate to see the basic lawnmower simulator.Home ImprovisationOf all the activities that modern man pursues, “putting together Ikea furniture” is pretty close to the bottom of the enjoyment scale. That didn’t stop a team from replicating it in the digital world — in VR even! Home Improvisation gives you dozens of potential furniture items for assembly with one part missing: the instructions. Up to four players can collaborate – or screw things up – to put together tables, bookshelves, couches and more. And, of course, you can let your imagination go wild and use the legs, shelves and other bits to build your own absurd and dangerous furniture contraptions.See Home Improvisation on SteamToilet TycoonBusiness simulators, also called “tycoon games,” have a long and storied history. Games like Rollercoaster Tycoon make the nuts and bolts of accounting fun by letting you build massive, potentially fatal amusement park rides with your profits. Toilet Tycoon… not so much. This bizarre 2006 game from the Netherlands puts you in charge of the public toilets for a small town, pitting your dumper management skills against three AI opponents who are also trying to construct their own toilet empires. You can install different units in each stall, set prices, and go negative by hiring scofflaws to write graffiti and vomit in your competitor’s restrooms.See Toilet Tycoon on AmazonSinking SimulatorFor many of the simulators on this list, they’re born of a simple and pure desire to create something new in the world. If you’re developer Francis Racicot, that’s a deep and abiding need to watch stuff sink. Sinking Simulator is exactly what it says on the tin: a 2D physics sandbox designed to let you set up scenarios where things get swallowed by the merciless maw of the sea. In the game, you can sink anything your mind can imagine — literally; the engine lets you import PNGs and builds physics simulations around them. It’s also hilariously buggy, which is a bonus.Dinner DateThe creation of Dutch designer Jeroen Stout, Dinner Date could be subtitled “Awkward Romantic Anticipation Simulator.” The premise is simple: you play a man named Julian Luxembourg who has prepared a beautiful home-cooked meal for a young lady at his home. Unfortunately, she’s running late, leaving Julian with nothing to do but sit at the table and wait for her. You can sip wine, eat bread, smoke a cigarette or tap impatiently on the table, but your actions have absolutely no impact on whether Meiko will show up or not over the course of the experience’s 25 minute playtime.See Dinner Date on SteamChemical Spillage SimulationCleaning is a recurring theme in many of these simulation games, because for some reason it’s more fun to do in the virtual world than the real one. But rarely do you have the opportunity to scrub up after potentially fatal chemical spills (we hope). Chemical Spillage Simulator is the answer to that. Released in 2013, it recruits you as a novice member of the Special Chemical Disaster Prevention unit, traveling to disaster sites to analyze and collect toxic sludge, gas and other nasty stuff.See Chemical Spillage Simulator on AmazonPC Building SimulatorIf you really want to get meta with your gaming, play PC Building Simulator so you can build a PC in your PC, dogg. Most of these simulators aren’t going to train you for anything you’ll do in real life, no matter how boring, but if you’re reading this site you’ve probably at least considered building a computer from parts. In the game, you play the sole proprietor of a repair shop slash IT department and have to order components and build machines to customer budgets and specifications, all in first-person view. The game quickly became a viral success when it launched on Steam and now boasts dozens of real-life hardware partnerships to make it that much more realistic.See PC Building Simulator on SteamMore on Geek.com:The Complete History of Platform GamesFrom ‘Missile Command’ to ‘Fallout 76’: A History of Video Game Nuclear WarThe Deadliest Assassins in Video Games Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowIn preliminary vote, Murkowski is sole Republican ‘no’ vote on advancing KavanaughLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court advanced one crucial step this morning, but without the help of Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She cast the lone Republican “no” vote on ending debate to proceed to a final vote on confirmation.Three-way race for governor complicates campaign strategiesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThere’s a large early lead for Republicans in requests for absentee ballots.Key Alaska seafood products dropped from list of Chinese tariffsAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerSome of Alaska’s seafood industry has escaped the Trump administration’s trade war with China for now.Former ADN owner reaches settlement in bankruptcy caseZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe former owner of the state’s largest newspaper has reached a settlement in a federal bankruptcy case. The deal comes just over a year after the tumultuous fiscal situation left the paper’s future in doubt.Katmai kicks off ‘Fat Bear Week,’ polls are open Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageKatmai National Park’s 4th annual Fat Bear Week has returned, to – as the park’s announcement put it – “determine which gluttonous giant sits atop the brown bear oligarchy of obesity.”AK: Lt. Gov. Mallott remembers John Active’s contributions to language revitalizationChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelAs the ink dried on Gov. Walker’s signature finalizing the Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency Administrative Order, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott went to Bethel to speak about what the order can do. He also took a moment to recognize public broadcasting’s John Active, who made major contributions to keeping language alive in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.49 Voices: Steve Henrikson of JuneauKavitha George, KTOO – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Steve Henrikson in Juneau. Henrikson is originally from Washington state and has been the curator of collections for the Alaska State Museum since 1988. He will be part of the museum’s Indigenous People’s Day celebration on Monday.last_img read more

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first_imgRepresentational image of workers preparing for laying undersea cable.IBT MediaThe military standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Sikkim sector of the border and the resultant diplomatic sparring could put telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in a spot over its undersea cable project that seeks to connect Chennai and Port Blair.The state-owned BSNL’s ambitious project has apparently raised security fears, according to a report in the BusinessLine. “We have to check all the provisions from a national security perspective,” the business daily quoted a department of telecom (DoT) source as saying.The Union Cabinet had approved the submarine telecom cable project last September to connect mainland India with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at an estimated cost of Rs 1,102 crore.However, the security establishment had expressed concerns about allowing Chinese telecom firms to bid for the project, given the strategic implications, though the defence ministry has put the ball in the home ministry’s court.”It is not up to the Defence Ministry to decide. The Ministry of Home Affairs will take a final call on this issue,” the daily quoted a senior defence ministry official as saying.Besides, Indian telecom suppliers have also voiced concerns against allowing the Chinese to bid for the project. “Chinese companies have their government’s support for such bids. Our government should be wary of giving them tenders that can render us vulnerable later,” an industry source told the BusinessLine. The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association has also written separately to the DoT, asking the government to ensure that Chinese players are kept out. But they need to factor in the reality that given the global bidding for the project, an exclusionist approach won’t work. Some of the companies operating in the undersea cable space include Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, NEC, NSW, TE Subcom and Xtera. The BusinessLine listed Huawei Marine and ZTT Submarine as potential bidders citing sources, while domestic bidders could include Sterlite Technologies, Himachal Futuristic Communications and Paramount Wires and Cables.last_img read more

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first_img“This is not a question of not filling superfluous positions, of which there are many in government,” said Danielle Pletka, senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “This is a question of filling important positions.”Although other departments have a higher share of vacant positions, the sheer number of top-level positions open at the State Department and the high stakes involved in the work there make it especially notable.On Friday, Trump is expected to announce a decision that could upend the Iran nuclear deal, and again, Pletka said, key appointed personnel are not in place to explain the president’s decision to U.S. allies.In the State Department alone, there is no nominee for ambassador to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey. And there is no assistant secretary for arms control or assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation.“Who’s going to take that message to our Middle East allies? We don’t have any ambassadors. Who’s going to take that message to our Asian and European allies?” Pletka asked. “We. Don’t. Have. Those. People.”Also not yet nominated in the State Department: the assistant secretary for Near East affairs and the assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs. The U.S. is engaged in ongoing military operations in both those regions.At the Department of Homeland Security, where Trump just announced a pick for secretary, there are still no nominees for the critical positions of chief financial officer, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deputy administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This comes as Trump is pushing for aggressive immigration enforcement and as numerous states and Puerto Rico are trying to recover from natural disasters.Of approximately 600 key appointed positions throughout the government that require Senate confirmation tracked by the Partnership for Public Service, “President Trump has only about a quarter that are actually in place, and we’re nine months into his administration,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan group.That “is way behind what any prior administration has been able to accomplish and is a big problem,” Stier added.In addition to Trump’s slow pace for naming appointees, the Senate has also been slow to confirm his nominees.And while Trump says he is creating efficiency by leaving positions without nominees, Stier and others say it’s not that simple. Those open jobs are being filled on an interim basis by career civil servants and foreign service officers.“But they are the proverbial substitute teacher; everyone knows you’re not around for the long term,” Stier said. “Whatever decisions you make aren’t going to necessarily stick. You’re not likely to take the long-term view or handle the most difficult issues.”The people put in acting positions are often senior career civil servants with 20 or 30 years working in those agencies, said Jon Alterman, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“They’re just at the point where they do have a lot to lose and they become very risk-averse, and I think you want people to be cautious but you don’t want them to be so risk-averse that they are afraid to act,” said Alterman.He says political appointees, confirmed by the Senate, have a bias toward action and bring fresh ideas. That is something you are less likely to get with a civil servant afraid of running afoul of the White House and ending a career.What Pletka really doesn’t understand is why a president who came to Washington promising to shake things up wouldn’t want to install his own people to help him do just that.“I’m actually just gobsmacked,” said Pletka. “One of the most important things about running for president and about being elected president is that you do get to make your mark.”Political appointees are one of the significant ways past presidents have made their mark on federal agencies.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share With President Trump‘s announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible vacancies at the sub-Cabinet level: hundreds of positions without a nominee, and a president who says he has no intention of filling many of the jobs.“I’m generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be — because you don’t need them,” Trump said in an interview with Forbes Magazine last week. “I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it’s totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people.”Asked about the president’s comment, press secretary Sarah Sanders said that some jobs are in the process of being filled, with candidates going through an intensive vetting process, but that “the president came to Washington to drain the swamp and get rid of a lot of duplication, make government more efficient. And so if we can have one person do a job instead of six, then we certainly want to do that.”As North Korea intensifies its effort to become a nuclear-armed nation, threatening the U.S. and its allies, Trump still hasn’t nominated key people to help develop the U.S. strategy and response. More than half of State Department positions requiring Senate confirmation still don’t have a nominee, including the ambassador to South Korea and the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.Korea and the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.last_img read more

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first_imgMicrosoft Flight, the game to rise from the ashes of Flight Simulator, is going free-to-play and finally taking off this spring. The PC-only game will let players start flying for free around Hawaii’s Big Island in the ICON A5, a new concept small plane aiming for real-world production this year. In true free-to-play fashion, the game features lo-fi graphics (viewable in the trailer below), an option for simple controls, a persistent online world, and social network hooks. Other geographic areas, more planes, and customization options will be among the paid transactions.Still, it wouldn’t be a flight sim without a heavy dose of, well, simulation. So the Hawaiian environment uses local terrain, landmarks, weather patterns, and even foliage to crank up the realism. Redmond also promises that the flight controls can scale up in realism to “match [players’] skill level.” The game is to heavily feature new planes, flight missions, and “daily aerocache challenges” involving exploration of the Big Island. All in all, the experience looks vaguely reminiscent of Pilotwings. Microsoft is still pushing its all-but-dead Games for Windows LIVE platform, so Flight players who link those accounts will get instant access to more stuff including the iconic World War II-era Boeing Stearman prop plane.Interestingly, Microsoft teased Flight back in summer 2010, when we figured there was no reason for the game not to come out by the end of that year. We’ve waited a bit longer, but that wait is just about over. Microsoft Flight will be playable at next week’s CES. We’ll be there, but if you aren’t and want to preview the new flight sim, sign up for the closed beta here.via GeekWirelast_img read more

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