first_imgBannon suggested in a video posted on November 5 that FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci should be beheaded, saying they had been disloyal to US President Donald Trump, who last week lost his re-election bid to Biden.“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone,” Bannon said in the video.Facebook removed the video but left up Bannon’s page, which has about 1,75,000 followers. Twitter banned Bannon last week over the same content.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior US officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters.Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of Facebook by President-elect Joe Biden but said the company shared some of the Biden team’s same concerns about social media. He urged employees not to jump to conclusions about how the new administration might approach regulation of social media companies.- Advertisement – Avaaz said seven of the largest pages had amassed nearly 2.5 million followers. Stone said Facebook had removed “several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behaviour tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content.”Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.Zuckerberg spoke on the issue at a weekly forum with Facebook employees where he is sometimes asked to defend content and policy decisions. A staff member had asked why Bannon had not been banned.Another employee asked how Facebook was handling criticism of Facebook by Biden and members of his team. Biden told the New York Times in December last year that he had “never been a fan of Facebook” and considered Zuckerberg “a real problem.”The incoming administration was “not monolithic,” Zuckerberg said. “Just because some people might talk in a way that’s more antagonistic to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that speaks for what the whole group or whole administration is going to stand for.”Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to the $25 million (roughly Rs. 200 crores) “We Build the Wall” campaign. Bannon has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.As Trump’s chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump’s “America First” policy. Trump fired him in August 2017, ending Bannon’s turbulent tenure.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely,” Zuckerberg said. “While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company would take further action against Bannon’s page “if there are additional violations.”Last Friday, Facebook took down a network of other Bannon-linked pages that were pushing false claims about the presidential election, after they were flagged to the world’s biggest social media company by activist group Avaaz.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgGreatham South Flood Alleviation Scheme has been awarded the Large Project Award for projects with a value greater than £5m at the 2019 Robert Stephenson Awards.Other winners included Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works, which won the Medium Project Ward for projects with a value between £1m and £5m, and the River Leven Erosion Project won the Small Projects Award for projects with a value up to £1m.Greatham South Flood Alleviation Scheme in Middlesbrough is a vital piece of the jigsaw in delivering the Tidal Tees Flood Risk Management Strategy, providing flood defenses to 358 homes in an area of high deprivation and 32 businesses including a fuel and energy cluster classed as a nationally critical asset.Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works was designed to instigate a major regeneration of the frontage and improve the protection provided to offer robust defenses against current and future coastal conditions, while returning the promenade back to the asset that it was for the local residents.River Leven Erosion Project aimed to counter the aggressive action of the River Leven which put the road into a critical state by eroding the riverbank to a near vertical face within 2m of the A1044 Leven Bank Road without incidents or closing the road.This year’s winners were revealed by Andrew Wyllie CBE, President of the ICE, at the annual black-tie dinner at Gosforth Park Hotel on 2 May, sponsored by CDM Recruitment Ltd.last_img read more

first_imgEven though George Mason missed the NCAA tournament entirely this year, the Colonials deserve a lot of the credit (or blame) for how the first couple of rounds of the tournament played out. It’s clear now that in their run to the Final Four last season, George Mason used up just about all the magic Cinderella had to offer.This year’s bracket busters never had a chance to surprise the big name teams and ruin brackets across the country. No seed lower than seven advanced to the second round this year (George Mason was an 11 during their Final Four run), and UNLV, the seventh seed in the Midwest, is the lowest-seeded team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In a time of the year defined by upsets, this comes as quite a shock.Sure, there have been glimpses this season of the upsets and surprise performances that have typically made March so mad. Winthrop, after campaigning heavily for a higher seed, scored a first-round upset win over Notre Dame, in a well-played but mostly unentertaining game. For a while it looked like Davidson might beat Maryland, but the Wildcats fell apart down the stretch, and high seeds Wisconsin and Texas A&M survived first round scares from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Penn. The only true memorable upset came when Virginia Commonwealth upset Duke in the first round on Eric Maynor’s jumper with the game clock about to expire, knocking off the Blue Devils to delight of many fans. Other than Maynor’s shot, the first four days of tournament action lacked a marquee moment — a highlight to be replayed every March for years to come — and with no low seeds advancing to the Sweet 16, fans won’t see an underdog pull off an historic win this postseason.As much as it seems like this lack of upsets goes against the trends of March Madness, this is the way the world works. Miracles aren’t a regular occurrence, even in March. For every replay of Bryce Drew sinking Ole Miss with his buzzer beating 3-pointer, CBS should play one of Tennessee dropping 121 points in their blowout of a Long Beach State team that was supposed to be capable of an upset. Logic tells us that the better teams are supposed to win, and that No. 12s aren’t supposed to beat No. 5s — no matter how good bracketologists think Old Dominion is or how easy beating Virginia Tech might be. Like it or not, the favorites are supposed to win, and tournaments like this year’s serve as a reminder of that fact.Without the favorites advancing with ease this year, and nobody filling Cinderella’s slipper, tournaments like last year’s become even more special. Watching a three seed absolutely trounce their first round opponent now makes it all that much sweeter when looking back on 14 seed upsets of years pasts and will make it more impressive when they inevitably happen in the future.Sometimes, the best teams need to win just to prove there is such a thing as an upset. If two 12 seeds always upset two fives, doesn’t that detract from the magnitude of the upset? Picking upsets in your bracket is always more enjoyable when the upsets are unexpected and come from seemingly out of nowhere. Being correct about a 13 seed upsetting a four isn’t all that exciting when half the people in your pool made the same pick. With so few upsets in the first two rounds of this year’s tournament, you can be sure that next year more brackets will feature more favorites advancing, setting the stage for massive gloating when someone correctly picks a hidden Cinderella.Now, with two rounds down and half the field eliminated, the tournament can take one of two paths.First, the tournament can make up for a lack of earlier upsets, by throwing a couple of late curveballs our way. Southern Illinois can make a run to the Final Four, along with Vanderbilt and UNLV. All of a sudden, No. 1 seeds can start to fall and interviews with the tearful Greg Oden and Joakim Noah types can run on SportsCenter. The same experts who told you Oral Roberts was going to beat Washington State will tell you how dangerous they thought USC was all along and how Vanderbilt’s Derrick Byars was the kind of guy who could take over a tournament. And, it would be a lot of fun; together fans would tear up their brackets and once again curse Kansas for falling short, and we’d awe at the fans who somehow correctly picked all four finalists. That’s the first path, and while it seems unlikely this season, it could certainly happen.The second is that a true upset occurs. For the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, we can see all four No. 1 seeds advance. The four best teams in the country can finally get together in the season’s final challenge to determine a champion free of controversy and what-ifs. We can watch as the experts say they were right and be telling the truth for once, and we can watch as at least three or four people in every pool, probably those you’d least expect, pick the final four correctly. We can watch what happens when Goliath takes David’s slingshot and beats him over the head with it. And then we can watch as four Goliaths meet in the same building to determine the absolute best team in college basketball this season. Talk about madness.last_img read more