New BBC boss threatens sack for staff who break social media rules

first_imgHe is also reportedly planning to axe some “left-leaning” comedy shows that are said to be biased on issues such as Brexit.Opposition parties have accused the ruling Conservatives under Prime Minister Boris Johnson of seeking to neuter the BBC.Davie was an executive at PepsiCo prior to joining the BBC as director of marketing in 2005. In the 1990s, he ran for election as a Conservative party councilor in London.At the hearing, he reaffirmed his predecessor’s drive to diversify the BBC’s recruitment from among ethnic minorities.But more broadly, Davie said his “key concerns were not historical issues in terms of left or right politics” but were focused on “audiences and audience values”. Topics : BBC journalists and presenters who violate impartiality rules on social media face potential dismissal under forthcoming new guidelines, the broadcaster’s new director-general said on Tuesday.The guidelines will be published “in the next few weeks”, covering both the BBC’s news department “and beyond”, Tim Davie told a committee hearing of MPs.”We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter. I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination,” he said. One of the stars who may be in Davie’s sights is former England footballer Gary Lineker, the corporation’s best paid presenter, who is an outspoken voice on Twitter.”I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter,” Lineker tweeted in response to a news story about Davie’s remarks.The new BBC boss, who took over on September 1, said that Lineker and others were aware that change was coming, and said “party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making”.In one of his first decisions this month, Davie won plaudits on the right for reversing changes to the last night of the classical music festival the Proms, which had seen the BBC accused of being too “politically correct”.last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS football win, set up AA semifinal showdown

first_img Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool They lined up in the AA playoff bracket after Liverpool repeated its AA-1 division regular-season title and C-NS finished second in AA-2. Knowing that a rematch of the 10-0 Warriors victory on Sept. 13 loomed if both of them won, the two sides did not look ahead.In Liverpool’s case, there was the small factor of rebounding from its lone defeat of the season, a 28-0 shutout at Corning that broke a six-game win streak. At LHS Stadium, the Warriors would confront a West Genesee side that, after a 1-4 start, had won twice in a row to sneak into the post-season.The Wildcats drove inside Liverpool’s five-yard line in the first quarter, only to fumble a snap that the Warriors recovered. That was as close as WG got to an offensive touchdown all night as it was held to just 106 total yards. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Rarely in their interconnected histories have the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams encountered each other with as much as stake as they will next weekend.Thanks to the Warriors’ 21-6 win over West Genesee and the Northstars’ 28-6 victory over Henninger in opening-round games Friday night, these two rivals will battle each other next Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Section III Class AA semifinals at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, with a trip to the Dome and the sectional title game on the line.The last time these antagonists met this late in the season was 1994, when they played in the sectional final (Liverpool won 13-6). A quarter of a century later, they square off for a date against Utica Proctor or Baldwinsville in the Nov. 9 title game. Following that big turnovers, Liverpool steadily put together a pair of first-half drives. Both times, it culminated with senior Jacob Vacco finding the end zone, on a one-yard plunge and then an 11-yard sprint.Staked to a 14-0 halftime advantage, the Warriors wisely kept it on the ground. All told, it gained 371 yards and spread it around as Vacco had 125 yards on 18 carries, with Bryce Mills adding 105 yards on 16 carries as Dakari Mack picked up 71 yards on 11 carries.Not to be left out, quarterback Brendan Mancuso gained 69 yards on five carries. And he answered Hopetan Wellington’s 96-yard interception return for a touchdown on a fake-field goal attempt by scrambling 18 yards for his team’s final TD in the fourth quarter.Up the road at Bragman Stadium, C-NS, coming off its own shutout loss the week before (32-0 to Utica Proctor, where it committed five fumbles), found Henninger to be a difficult challenge at the outset.In fact, it was the Black Knights getting on the board first when it drove to the Northstars’ seven-yard line and had Gavin Cook find Craig Reaves in the end zone in the opening period.From there, though, C-NS clamped down on defense, never letting Henninger score again, which gave the offense a chance to establish a physical presence up front that gradually wore the opposition down.Mike Washington’s five-yard TD run and Andrew Osier’s extra point gave the Northstars the lead for good, 7-6, and it took the second-half kickoff and marched to the goal line again, freshman Farouk Ibrahim finding the end zone on his own five-yard dash.It was a pair of ninth-graders getting most of the carries on C-NS’s next scoring drive, with Ibrahim and La’Quan Lemon splitting the duties as Ibrahim scored again from six yards out.Vincenzo Lattanzio’s interception set up Ibrahim getting a third TD on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter, and now the Northstars could turn its attention to Liverpool and trying to earn its fourth conseuctive trip to the sectional finals.last_img read more

OpTic Gaming partners with AFK Gaming, SoStronk for Indian CS:GO team

first_imgNorth American esports organisation OpTic Gaming has forged a partnership with AFK Gaming and SoStronk that will see a new all-Indian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team be formed.OpTic Gaming and its partners are set to host tryouts for the team, aptly titled OpTic India, from May 7th. Participants will undergo “an extensive evaluation based on psychometric and theoretical tests in addition to role-based and in-game analysis,” according to the organisation.Candidates who make a shortlist will then play numerous matches under the watchful eyes of SoStronk’s Prashant “Aequitas” Prabhakar and Ali “Alicus” Saba, Scouting Director of Infinite Esports and Entertainment – OpTic Gaming’s parent company. The selection process will be wrapped up at the LXG Arena in Bangalore, on May 12-13th.Nick “ashes” Ridgeway, Gears of War Coach for OpTic Gaming and Head of Play Support at Infinite Esports and Entertainment said: “We are very excited to be working alongside the excellent teams at AFK Gaming and SoStronk for our expansion into India. At OpTic Gaming, we are passionate about growing and supporting exciting new regions, so India was a natural next step due to the support of so many Indian fans in both India and around the globe.”Registration for the OpTic India draft is open now. SoStronk’s website, which is the destination for registrants, calls this prospective team OpTic’s Academy team. The five members who make it all the way will be offered “competitive salaries”, a “cutting edge bootcamp”, and access to “top international coaches & analysts”.This move comes just days after OpTic Gaming’s main CS:GO team transitioned to having a full-Danish lineup, acquiring Jakob “JUGi” Hansen and Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer from Heroic.Esports Insider says: Infinite Esports and Entertainment has done some intriguing things since its inception in 2017 – including the GG Esports Academy and the upcoming OpTic Arena – but this may take the cake. Giving an opportunity for budding Indian competitors to join a top tier esports organisation is an exciting move to spectate, never mind be a part of.last_img read more

Evansville’s upset of No. 1 Kentucky sends clear message to college basketball’s top programs

first_imgThis is not the story in 2019. The Evansville victory over the top-ranked Wildcats was a clear message to this season’s most respected teams: You ain’t all that.MORE: John Calipari pitches intriguing “summer league” ideaWhen it was time to rank the teams in the preseason for 2019-20, the top choice was easy. Michigan State began with a reigning first-team All-American, seven of the top 10 scorers from a team that won dual Big Ten Conference championships and reached the Final Four and a well-regarded recruiting class. Before the Spartans even played a game, the second-best of their players suffered a recurrence of a foot injury, and suddenly Sparty was no longer unassailable.Everyone else that even entered the conversation either was highly dependent on the top freshmen from a national recruiting class known to be uncommonly weak or carried significant uncertainties or apparent flaws into the season. No. 4 Duke’s three-man starting frontcourt was entirely composed of freshmen in its Champions Classic victory over No. 3 Kansas. The Jayhawks have three pure post players, none of whom is comfortable playing away from the basket on offense or defense.Kentucky brought back one starter and three other regulars from last season’s Elite Eight team, then complemented that group with another esteemed recruiting class: small forward Khalil Whitney, shooter Johnny Juzang, stretch-4 Keion Brooks and, the jewel of the class, combo guard Tyrese Maxey. All of them should be fine — or better — college players in time. Only Maxey seems equipped to make an immediate, transformative impact.This should not be unexpected, though. You can almost see the sweat stains adorning the various mock drafts that greeted the start of the college season. They’re putting freshmen up high because someone must be at the top of the list. There are only so many international prospects, and there haven’t yet been enough games to determine whether there are a few guys on the order of Buddy Hield or Mikal Bridges among the college veterans.And, truth is, there probably aren’t.It’s one of those years like 2009-10, 2012-13 or 2015-16, when the freshman class just happens to be a little less gifted. Because of the age-limit rule and the premature early entry of many draft prospects, college basketball has become largely dependent on the quality of its freshman class to elevate the quality of the competition.MORE: Explaining James Wiseman’s eligibility issuesWhen the top freshmen are on the order of a Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett in 2018-19, or Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in 2011-12, or when the group as a whole is so powerful a talent like T.J. Leaf in 2016-17 can’t crack the top 15, the quality of play among the championship contenders is greater. Teams know winning a championship is going to require an effort like Duke delivered in 2015, or Virginia just a few months ago.Kentucky entered its Evansville game without starting power forward E.J. Montgomery and with several key regulars playing hurt. That made the Wildcats’ defeat less implausible, but no more excusable. The Purple Aces had to perform well, and the 18 points from guard K.J. Riley and the 17 from Kansas transfer Sam Cunliffe were huge. But they didn’t have to play brilliantly. As a team, the Purple Aces shot 38.3 percent and committed 14 turnovers. They made only 9-of-30 (30.0 percent) from 3-point range.Kentucky’s had games like this with its freshmen before: against the Miami RedHawks in 2009, but John Wall’s astonishing individual talent rescued the Wildcats; against Southern Illinois last year, when Keldon Johnson led UK to a double-digit win in the end. This UK team might ultimately win a championship, but it is not initially overwhelming. There was a time in college basketball’s past that the best teams were so powerful that a result such as Evansville 67, Kentucky 64 was close to unimaginable. This never would have occurred with Indiana’s Hoosiers in 1975, with North Carolina’s Tar Heels in 1981 or with UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels in 1990.It wouldn’t have happened, even, with the Duke Blue Devils of 12 months ago. “We worked for a month, maybe longer, on toughness because I knew that would be a key,” Kentucky coach John Calipari told reporters after the game. “And we reverted today. You saw a team that was way tougher than us. Their guards were more physical and tougher. We couldn’t post the ball… we couldn’t hold position in the post. We couldn’t come off screens… all the toughness.”This wasn’t a miracle. This wasn’t like UMBC’s exquisite execution of No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed Virginia in March 2018. This simply was an upset.It probably won’t be the last of the 2019-20 season, which won’t be a work of athletic art — but it will be a blast.last_img read more