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united states - why shouldn't bbc have to register as a foreign agent?


the majority of the bbc is not government funded. it is important to make this distinction.the bulk of the bbc's domestic programming is funded by the tv licence. this is not a tax, but it is an enforceable charge levied on households consuming broadcast tv.the majority of the bbc's international programming is not funded by the licence fee, but is funded by commercial revenues (advertising etc.).however, the bbc world service is directly funded by the foreign office (uk government department).there are many controversies around the way the bbc is funded (is the license fee a "tax"/how can you "sell" programmes that are made with licence fee funding/where does the world service draw the line between "international development" and "propaganda" etc etc), but it is fundamentally no...






trump hails defense spending amid tensions over budget deal


us president donald trump hails the increase in defense spending in the hotly-contested budget, which was approved until september after republicans cut a deal with democrats. the move was widely criticized by president trump who said maybe the government should not be funded at all. video provided by afp         






defense cuts looming unless congress takes action next month


closevideoprior budget caps threaten current military readiness; lucas tomlinson has more for 'special report.'billions of dollars meant for defense may never make it to the armed forces if congress doesn't act when it returns to work next month.president trump signed a $700 billion defense budget earlier this month, but budget caps put in place in 2011 remain on the books, robbing the pentagon of much-needed money to rebuild the military. that drew concern from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., on capitol hill friday."defense has actually been hit harder under the budget control act than domestic programs have," mcconnell said. "so, i think there's an urgency there."a short-term spending plan keeps the military funded through jan.19, but unless the cuts are repealed n...






michigan indigent defense commission rejects $80.5m in grant requests


a defendant leaves a courtroom at the veterans memorial courthouse in downtown lansing on tuesday, nov. 1, 2016.(photo: lsj file photo)connectlinkedinemailmorelansing – a state panel considering local governments' grant requests for improving criminal defense for the poor has rejected far more requests than it approved.  grant requests from ingham, eaton and clinton counties all were rejected. groups that got a "no" will have 30 days to submit a new plan to the michigan indigent defense commission.  the commission has approved new state standards meant to improve the systems counties and other local governments use to hire publicly funded criminal defense attorneys for defendants who can't afford their own lawyer. in recent weeks, the commission has voted on the first round of l...






can robots learn social etiquette? the defense department thinks so.


humans know to silence a ringing phone when they’re in a quiet library, and to say “thank you” after someone lends a helping hand. now, robots will learn this etiquette as well, thanks to a research project that aims to teach robots manners.by teaching robots such social norms, researchers think the machines could more seamlessly interact with humans. the initial stages of the project were recently completed by a team of researchers funded by the defense advanced research projects agency, a branch of the department of defense dedicated to the development of new military technologies.the researchers studied how humans recognize and react to social norms, and developed a machine-learning algorithm that allows a robot to learn these “manners” by drawing on human data.according to th...






united states - why shouldn't bbc have to register as a foreign agent?


the bbc is a collection of entities, some of which are funded by the british government, some of which are not.the bbc's news output which is available outside of the uk is run by bbc global news, ltd. this company is not funded in any way by the uk government or by the license fee that is paid by uk residents, but strictly by advertising and subscription revenues[1]. it is because of this lack of funding from the uk government, as well as the editorial independence that you mentioned earlier, that means the bbc would not be covered under the foreign agents registration act.as for the bbc's entertainment programming (such as what you'll find on bbc americas), while much of the content is part-funded by the uk license fee (because we enjoy it in the uk as well), it's very difficult to a...






india china and pakistan: us says china likely to build military base in pakista


washington: a pentagon report released on tuesday singled out pakistan as a possible location for a future chinese military base, as it forecast that beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the african nation of djibouti. the prediction came in a 97-page annual report to congress that saw advances throughout the chinese military in 2016, funded by robust defense spending that the pentagon estimated exceeded $180 billion. that is higher than china's official defense budget figure of 954.35 billion yuan ($140.4 billion). chinese leaders, the us report said, appeared committed to defense spending hikes for the "foreseeable future," even as economic growth slows. the report repeatedly cited china's construction of its first overs...






the pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes


a futuristic rendering of what kratos’ semiautonomous drones might look like in combat (courtesy of kratos defense and security solutions)a pentagon effort to incubate businesses in silicon valley may be bearing some of its first fruit, as a san diego company rolls out a set of new drones it says could accompany human-piloted fighters into combat.on tuesday, kratos defense and security solutions officially announced two new classes of drones designed to function as robotic wingmen for fighter pilots. development of the utap-22 mako has been funded by the defense department’s silicon valley laboratory, dubbed diux. separately, the company showed off a larger, 30-foot-long drone backed by the air force called the xq-222 valkyrie, with a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles. krat...






the pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes


a futuristic rendering of what kratos’ semiautonomous drones might look like in combat (courtesy of kratos defense and security solutions)a pentagon effort to incubate businesses in silicon valley may be bearing some of its first fruit, as a san diego company rolls out a set of new drones it says could accompany human-piloted fighters into combat.on tuesday, kratos defense and security solutions officially announced two new classes of drones designed to function as robotic wingmen for fighter pilots. development of the utap-22 mako has been funded by the defense department’s silicon valley laboratory, dubbed diux. separately, the company showed off a larger, 30-foot-long drone backed by the air force called the xq-222 valkyrie, with a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles. krat...






donald trump seeks ‘historic increase’ in us defense spending, cuts elsewhere


by: reuters | washington | published:february 27, 2017 10:11 pm president donald trump (file photo)us president donald trump said on monday he is seeking a “historic increase” in military spending to be funded by cuts elsewhere in government. trump will seek to boost pentagon spending by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid, a white house budget official said.“this budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” trump told state governors at the white house. “it will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the united states of america at a time we most need it,” he said.the u.s. military is already the world’s most...






the pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes


a futuristic rendering of what kratos’ semi-autonomous drones might look like in combat (courtesy of kratos defense & security solutions)a pentagon effort to incubate businesses in silicon valley may be bearing some of its first fruit, as a san diego company rolls out a set of new drones it says could accompany human-piloted fighters into combat.on tuesday, kratos defense & security solutions officially announced two new classes of drones designed to function as robotic wingmen for fighter pilots. development of the utap-22 mako has been funded by the defense department’s silicon valley laboratory, dubbed diux. separately, the company showed off a drone backed by the air force called the xq-222 valkyrie. kratos is promoting the pilotless planes at the paris airshow next week in p...






china: us says china likely to build more overseas military bases, maybe in paki


washington: a pentagon report released on tuesday singled out pakistan as a possible location for a future chinese military base, as it forecast that beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the african nation of djibouti. the prediction came in a 97-page annual report to congress that saw advances throughout the chinese military in 2016, funded by robust defense spending that the pentagon estimated exceeded $180 billion. that is higher than china's official defense budget figure of 954.35 billion yuan ($140.4 billion). chinese leaders, the us report said, appeared committed to defense spending hikes for the "foreseeable future," even as economic growth slows. the report repeatedly cited china's construction of its first overseas naval base in dji...






vulpine on track to get funded


gregmicek|1h ago|news|0|indie gaming site cliqist writes about vulpine's second attempt at kickstarter and how the odds of getting funded look much better this time round pcvulpinecliqist.comread full story >>cliqist.com






saints' invigorated defense makes the nfc a more interesting place


the new orleans defense has been so poor and so pitiful for so long that this saints team was considered another sweet-and-sour bunch. sweet — that’s the offense. sour –- that’s the defense.after all, the saints have posted three consecutive non-playoff, 7-9 seasons where their defense buckled everywhere. sean payton shared this with me over the summer: "i just know that we’ve had our share of 48-40 games and that is something we have to change."games where big-play saints offense was ruined by a fractured defense.new orleans began this season 0-2. the losses were to minnesota, who scored 29, and to new england, who scored 36. the 2017 saints defense was trending on a familiar track.and then this defense found its spine.it held carolina to 13 points in the saints’ first victo...






department of defense admits to running ufo program


the united states department of defense for the first time ever acknowledged the existence of a shadowy program specifically aimed at investigating ufo sightings. the advanced aerospace threat identifications program was started a decade ago at the urging of u.s. sen. harry reid, a dedicated space lover and majority leader of the senate at the time, the new york times reported. it was funded through the department’s $600 billion budget and operated under an annual budget of $22 million. experts spent years investigating reports of unidentified flying objects under the program, which was run by military intelligence official luis elizondo deep within the pentagon’s maze. the bulk of the budget was directed to reid’s friend robert bigelow, a billionaire with enthusiasm...






pentagon, nyc college feud over gallery of artwork made by suspected terrorists


a new york city college is at war with the pentagon over exhibiting and helping to hawk artwork created by suspected al qaeda terrorists at guantanamo bay.thirty-six paintings and sculptures by gitmo detainees have been on display at john jay college, but the department of defense now wants them destroyed, and administrators at the taxpayer-funded school are bracing for a possible seizure of the works.in the last few days, more than 350 people rushed to sign a john jay professor’s online petition protesting a pentagon policy that would see most of the gitmo picassos’ works incinerated.“let them know that burning art is something done by fascist and terrorist regimes — but not by the american people,” reads the petition to the department of defense, president trump and the joint t...






el chapo sees trial pushed back at defense lawyer's request


el chapo’s courtroom showdown will be coming later than planned, a judge said wednesday. joaquin (el chapo) guzman was hurtling for an april trial in which prosecutors say they'll need three or four months to prove guzman’s crimes as the sinaloa cartel leader. but guzman’s lawyer, a. eduardo balarezo, has asked for more time to get ready for the marathon trial. he said the tough task was complicated by reams of materials to digest and the metropolitan correctional center’s restrictive jail conditions on guzman.brooklyn prosecutors in el chapo trial seek anonymous jury “finally, due to mr. guzman’s condition of confinement and his inability to speak with specific family members to request that counsel’s fees be paid, the defense is insufficiently funded a...






cabinet clears 7th pay panel recommendations for 8 lakh central, state varsity t


by: express news service | new delhi | published:october 12, 2017 3:12 am union hrd minister prakash javadekarrelated newsaccepting recommendations of the seventh pay commission, the union cabinet on wednesday decided to hike salaries of about 8 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in higher educational institutions under the ugc and in centrally funded technical institutions.the decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in 106 universities/colleges funded by the ugc/centre, and 329 universities funded by state governments, besides 12,912 government and private-aided colleges affiliated to state universities.in addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 central-funded technical institutions such as iits, iisc, iims, iisers, iiits, ...






the joy-con dog sticker kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded


tgg_overlord|58m ago|news|1|the nintendo switch console will soon launch worldwide. well, that is nothing new under the sun. however, you might not have heard of the neat joy-con dog stickers? well, guess what? the joy-con dog sticker kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded! investmentkickstarterswitchthegg.netread full story >>thegg.net






'defenseless' suns fall to lonzo ball and the lakers


every few minutes the plea of “defense, defense, defense” blares from the loudspeakers at talking stick resort arena.         






'defenseless' suns fall to lonzo ball and the lakers


every few minutes the plea of “defense, defense, defense” blares from the loudspeakers at talking stick resort arena.         






giants defense finally looks how it should in dominant show


this is the defense we expected to see this season — the defense that was supposed to make the giants a super bowl contender.this is the defense that, after back-to-back dreadful outings, we accepted was not what we thought it was.and yet, when we least anticipated it, this defense put together a dominant performance, forcing three turnovers and holding the chiefs in check en route to a 12-9 overtime victory at metlife.the giants entered sunday ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed per game (400.3), and having surrendered 82 combined points in their previous two games — both losses.during the last week, it wasn’t just the skill that was brought into question. it was the effort. ben mcadoo called out several members of the defense, pointing out times those players either gave up ...






judge throws out lawsuit in key virginia house race


stafford, va. — a stafford circuit court judge on tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought over a squeaker house of delegates election that could determine whether republicans hold their grip on the chamber.the lawsuit, filed by the naacp legal defense and educational fund, asserted that local election officials gave “conflicting and misleading instructions” to voters who were required to cast provisional ballots on election day.the lawsuit was just one front in the ongoing struggle for house control, which could turn on three exceedingly close elections. all three appear headed for state-funded recounts. in one of the three, just 10 votes separate the candidates.stafford county circuit court judge victoria willis denied the legal defense fund’s request for an injunction, which would ha...






30 hours: there's no such thing as a free lunch


30 hours 'free' childcare is drawing ever closer and thousands of childcare professionals are in unchartered territory.nurseries and childminders want to make 30 hours to work for parents, but they need better funding to be able to deliver funded places and still sustain their business. our recent childminders fee survey showed that many childminders will struggle to offer funded hours without experiencing a detrimental impact on their small business.in fact our survey has shown that if childminders purely offered funded places for two, three and four year olds, many could soon face closure. the reason for this is the big shortfall between the funding that childcare settings receive from local authorities for these 'free' hours, versus what it actually costs them to run their setting.s...






nets finally prove they can play defense in thrashing of heat


miami — after weeks of playing the worst defense in the entire nba, the nets finally took a good look in the mirror and challenged themselves.then they rose to that challenge and smothered the life out of the heat, drilling them 111-87 in front of a stunned sellout crowd of 19,600 at american airlines arena.“listen, it starts with [individuals]. as coaches we talk a lot about team defense, but it starts with the individual — individual defense and individual pride of guarding your man. so that’s where it starts,” coach kenny atkinson said. “before shell defense starts, before pick-and-roll defense, can you line up with the guy in front of you and defend him? yes, it starts with the individual part.”oh, they lined up and defended the men in front of them all right. certainly b...






house votes to approve roughly $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government fu


the house voted wednesday to approve a roughly $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes more than $15 billion in defense spending and $1.5 billion in money for u.s. border security, setting up a vote later this week in the senate ahead of a deadline to keep the government open past friday. the spending measure, which passed 309-118 and funds the federal government through september, is expected to clear the senate easily this week before budget battles begin anew. some house republicans are already looking ahead to the fiscal year that begins in october as a chance to demand new defense spending and exact greater concessions from democrats in the next round of spending talks.“this marks the beginning of a new era,” said house speaker paul d. ryan (r-wis.) “no longer will the needs...






house votes to approve roughly $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government fu


the house voted wednesday to approve a roughly $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes more than $15 billion in defense spending and $1.5 billion in money for u.s. border security, setting up a vote later this week in the senate ahead of a deadline to keep the government open past friday. the spending measure, which passed 309 to 118 and funds the federal government through september, is expected to clear the senate easily this week before budget battles begin anew. some house republicans are already looking ahead to the fiscal year that begins in october as a chance to demand new defense spending and exact greater concessions from democrats in the next round of spending talks.“this marks the beginning of a new era,” said house speaker paul d. ryan (r-wis.). “no longer will the n...






pakistan orders several foreign aid groups to leave: ngo


authorities have moved to force overseas-funded aid organisations to re-register under stricter rulesislamabad: pakistan has ordered a host of international aid groups to wrap up their operations in 60 days, a global ngo said wednesday, as officials tighten controls on foreign charities in the country.authorities have moved to force overseas-funded aid organisations to re-register under stricter rules that came into force two years ago, leading several to lose their licenses.“we believe that we are one of more than 20 organisations whose registrations have been rejected,” jonathan birchall, the lead communications officer for the open society foundation told afp.the organisation, which is funded by the us billionaire philanthropist george soros and runs a raft of programmes from educat...






detroit lions’ 2016 defense wasn't that bad; they were average


skip in skipxembedxshareclose the best player on the last lions title team was joe schmidt. does that make him the greatest lion of all time? here's our countdown of the franchise's 10 greatest players. video by kirkland crawford/dfp wochitlions defensive end ziggy ansah pressures seahawks quarterback russell wilson in the nfc wild-card game jan. 7, 2017 in seattle.(photo: stephen brashear, ap) 1 connectlinkedinemailmoreeveryone needs to shut up about the detroit lions’ defense being terrible last year.yes, the defense wasn’t good. but it wasn’t awful, either. the lions merely had an average defense.but, for some reason, the defense was scapegoated. the popular narrative became that the defense cost the lions games because it was terrible and in need of a ...






detroit lions’ 2016 defense wasn't that bad; they were average


skip in skipxembedxshareclose the best player on the last lions title team was joe schmidt. does that make him the greatest lion of all time? here's our countdown of the franchise's 10 greatest players. video by kirkland crawford/dfp wochitlions defensive end ziggy ansah pressures seahawks quarterback russell wilson in the nfc wild-card game jan. 7, 2017 in seattle.(photo: stephen brashear, ap) 1 connectlinkedinemailmoreeveryone needs to shut up about the detroit lions’ defense being terrible last year.yes, the defense wasn’t good. but it wasn’t awful, either. the lions merely had an average defense.but, for some reason, the defense was scapegoated. the popular narrative became that the defense cost the lions games because it was terrible and in need of a ...






hero defense announced for xbox one and ps4


neil363|4m ago|news|0|neil writes "what do you get when you let headup games and happy tuesday mix strategy, tower defense and rpg elements? hero defense of course!" hero defensepcps4xbox onethexboxhub.comread full story >>thexboxhub.com






gop mulling ban on the use of politically funded information in surveillance req


some republicans on the house intelligence committee are pushing for a prohibition on the use of politically funded information in applications for surveillance warrants after charging the fbi used a democrat-funded dossier to secure court approval for the monitoring of a former trump campaign adviser.the proposal, which earned swift pushback from democrats, was made during a closed-door meeting of the house intelligence committee held on monday, according to a newly-released transcript of the session. the dispute highlights the extent to which a now-famous dossier alleging president trump has personal and financial ties to russian officials has divided the committee, as the parties quarrel over how congressional panels and federal law enforcement agencies have handled investigations into






jeff hornacek says kurt rambis won’t run knicks defense


kurt rambis is no longer the lone voice of the defense. after his defense devolved into shameful last season, jeff hornacek said the coaching staff will teach as a group this time around, rather than rambis serving as the "one voice," as he was described. "we've worked all summer — all of us — on how we want to do things. and we want to tell guys, 'hey, if you have a question on defense, ask these three guys or ask me,'" hornacek said. "offensively, it's a couple of guys or ask me. we've got a good balance of guys that are working with different positions too. so it's kind of everybody."after struggling on defense last season, the knicks defense will no longer be run by kurt rambis.(phelan m. ebenhack/ap) the knicks were jumbled defensively at the start of ...






defense will be key in vikings-eagles showdown


philadelphia — one team has a suffocating defense. the other has the nfl’s no. 1 unit.defense should win at least the nfc championship.two of the league’s elite defenses go at it sunday when the philadelphia eagles host the minnesota vikings in the conference title game.“they have a great defense, we have a great defense,” eagles linebacker nigel bradham said. “whoever is most complete will win.”the vikings allowed the fewest yards (275.9) and fewest points (15.8) per game. the eagles were fourth in yards allowed (306.5) and fourth in points (18.4).may the best defense reach the super bowl.“typically, when you’re good defensively, you’re going to stay in the ballgames,” vikings coach mike zimmer said. “then you have a chance to win them at the end.”minnesota has t...






canberra non-government schools receive nearly $60 million transition funds


act non-government schools will receive a share in $57.9 million over four years to help them transition to the federal government's new education funding model.the capital's catholic schools face a funding freeze and almost half of independent schools a cut under the legislation, which passed the senate early friday morning. education minister simon birmingham. photo: james hallgonski 2.0 will scrap 27 deals with states, schools and systems in favour of a single needs-based model. over-funded schools will reach the government's school resourcing standard within 10 years and under-funded schools within six.the act's catholic schools, which traditionally benefited from being funded to a socio-economic status score of 101 regardless of each school's actual ranking, have been pa...