6 On Friday, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said breaking up Facebook would be “a remedy of the very last resort.” This may come as a surprise given that the European Union has typically been more heavy-handed than the US when it comes to regulating Silicon Valley tech companies. Vestager in particular has a reputation for coming down hard on US tech giants, thanks to record-breaking fines she’s handed out to Amazon and Google. Originally published May 17, 9:19 a.m. PT.Update, 11:49 a.m.: Adds comment from EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Comments Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Facebook isn’t secretly listening in on your phone conversations. Really Facebook’s ad targeting has created a creepy image problem it can’t shake EU competition commissioner: Facebook breakup would be ‘last resort’ Sandberg also responded to a recent op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who said Zuckerberg had too much power and that the company should be broken up.”You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don’t address the underlying issues people are concerned about,” Sandberg told CNBC.Facebook, along with other social media companies like Twitter and YouTube, has been called out for not doing enough to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech. Critics have also argued that Facebook’s enormous power needs to be kept in check.Sandberg acknowledged that users are concerned about privacy, but added that every one of Facebook’s engineering and product teams now have systems in place focused on protecting people’s privacy, according to CNBC.When it comes to elections, Sandberg said Facebook is ready for 2020.”We never foresaw Russian interference in the 2016 election … and that’s on us,” she told CBS This Morning. “Going into the 2020 election, we have war rooms in place. We have a working relationship with the FBI and Homeland Security … and we’re all working together.” 5:10 More on Facebook Facebook knows it has hard work to do, says COO Sheryl Sandberg. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook is doing the hard work necessary to protect elections and your privacy. That’s the message from Sheryl Sandberg in interviews with CBS This Morning and CNBC on Friday.Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer, told CBS This Morning that earning back people’s trust will be hard, but that she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will do “whatever it takes” to keep people safe on Facebook. (Editor’s note: CNET is owned by CBS.) Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA, reports UNB.The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MPM Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.Besides, the minister said,1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.He said the foreign ministry usually appoints lawyers, prepare travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.
By BRIAN WITTE, Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A White Maryland lawmaker was censured by the state’s House of Delegates on Thursday for making a racial slur about a legislative district in a majority-Black county, but she said she would not resign despite calls for her to do so.The House voted 137-0 for the body’s expression of severe disapproval against Del. Mary Ann Lisanti.Maryland Del. Mary Ann Lisanti talks to reporters after the House of Delegates voted to censure her on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 in Annapolis, Md., for making a racial slur about a majority-black county. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)“With this vote, we are saying as a body that racial slurs and racially charged language cannot and will not be tolerated by this House,” said Del. Kathleen Dumais, a Democrat who is the House majority leader.In addition, House Speaker Michael Busch is kicking Lisanti off of a legislative committee. The speaker already has stripped Lisanti of a leadership post she held earlier in the week.Lisanti, a Harford County Democrat who is in her second term, apologized earlier in the week to the Legislative Black Caucus and the Democratic House Caucus, as well as publicly in a written statement, after The Washington Post reported she used the slur in reference to Prince George’s County during an after-hours gathering with fellow legislators at a cigar lounge in the state capital after a dinner.Maryland political leaders from both parties and civil rights groups have called for her resignation. After the censure vote, however, Lisanti said she will not resign. She rose in the House chamber to speak, but she was not acknowledged and spoke to reporters outside of the chamber.“To those who have called for my resignation, I say quitting is easy, but not the road to redemption,” Lisanti said. “Quitting this body would in fact be an easy way out.”The resolution the House voted on noted that Lisanti “has publicly admitted to using a hateful and derogatory racial slur while describing a predominantly African American legislative district in Prince George’s County.”Even after apologizing earlier this week, Lisanti expressed some doubt Thursday about whether she used the word, though she said she was taking responsibility for saying it.“It is apparent that some in attendance heard, or thought they overheard, an inappropriate word, and in lieu of reporting the incident in accordance with our newly adopted harassment policy chose to instead contact a member of the media, thus igniting the firestorm that brings us all here tonight,” she said.The situation has caused a considerable distraction this week, as the General Assembly has crossed into the second half of its annual 90-day session.The speaker said he would not allow the House to be “torn apart by hurtful and divisive slurs.”“Delegate Lisanti’s use of a racial slur to describe an entire community is inexcusable,” Busch, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Her actions have caused hurt and disappointment among legislators and the general public. This behavior has become a distraction to the important work that these dedicated public servants do each and every day in the legislature.”Nearly 30 percent of the state’s population is African-American, and 57 members of the 188-member General Assembly are Black.When Lisanti was first asked about the comment by the Post, the newspaper reported that she said: “I don’t recall that … I don’t recall much of that evening.”Asked Thursday about whether she believes she had had too much to drink that night, she said “I do not,” adding she had just had a very long day.The condemnation of the comment came as state government in neighboring Virginia has been embroiled in scandal after Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, acknowledged they wore Blackface in the 1980s. They have resisted calls to resign.
On Wednesday, Critical Role announced that it plans to produce “The Legend of Vox Machina” as a series of four 22-minute episodes. (It originally was envisioned as a single 22-minute special.) Set in the show’s fantasy world of Exandria, the first two installments of the series will be an all-new story about the seven-member Vox Machina team at D&D Level 7 on their first “grown-up” mission, which occurs prior to Critical Role’s first RPG show. The next two episodes pick up the Briarwoods storyline, in which the Vox Machina crew avenge the murder of the rulers of the town of Whitestone and most of their offspring by the evil Lord and Lady Briarwood.With the Kickstarter having topped $5.75 million, Critical Role plans to produce two additional 22-minute episodes on the Briarwoods arc. CR has added additional rewards to backers, and says it will continue to expand content production plans if the campaign hits higher funding levels. At $7.5 million, Critical Role said it will produce two more Briarwoods episodes.Critical Role originally launched in 2015 in partnership with Legendary Digital Networks’ Geek & Sundry; Critical Role last month parted ways with Legendary and now distributes its shows on Twitch and YouTube.“Now this has been highly requested and believe me, for five years it’s been our dream to tell these stories in animation,” Matthew Mercer, who serves as the group’s Dungeon Master, says in the video on the group’s Kickstarter page.For the animated series, Critical Role is teaming with animation studio Titmouse for “The Legend of Vox Machina.” Writer Jennifer Muro (“Justice League Action,” “Star Wars Forces of Destiny”) has signed on to script the special.“The Legend of Vox Machina” is slated for fall 2020 release. Critical Role says it hasn’t settled on a distribution plan right now but is promising Kickstarter backers that they’ll be the first to get access to it. Rewards to backers are slated to begin shipping in May 2020.The Critical Role cast members and their “Vox Machina” characters are Travis Willingham (Grog), Marisha Ray (Keyleth), Taliesin Jaffe (Percy), Ashley Johnson (Pike), Sam Riegel (Scanlan), Liam O’Brien (Vax) and Laura Bailey (Vex), with Matthew Mercer serving as Dungeon Master. Fans of Critical Role — known as “Critters” — have inspired to the team to release books and comic books, stage live events and now an animated series based on the franchise. According to Critical Role, its original proposed budget of $750,000 for a half-hour special was more than any media company they approached was willing to bite on.Rewards dangled to Kickstarter backers of the “Vox Machina” project include downloads of the “Your Turn to Roll” theme song, production art prints, a dice set, playing cards, stickers, character pins, and a plushy of Trinket the bear. Contributors who give $1,000 or more are invited to a private screening of “The Legend of Vox Machina.” Popular on Variety Critical Role’s ardent fans have broken the Kickstarter record for the most-funded TV or film project ever, pledging over $5.79 million — in under four days — for the production of what has morphed into an animated series about a band of Dungeons & Dragons adventurers. And the campaign is set to run for another 42 days.The team behind the popular live D&D role-playing show launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on Monday to create an animated special, “The Legend of Vox Machina,” based on Critical Role’s first campaign. It hit its original $750,000 goal in less than an hour.Now the “Vox Machina” campaign — at $5.79 million from 42,232 backers as of Thursday at 4:10 a.m. PT — has exceeded Kickstarter’s previous record-holder: Joel Hodgson’s effort to revive “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in late 2015. The “MST3K” campaign closed out with a total of $5.76 million raised and led to Netflix picking up the show. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
As Khanna unrolled his life’s hardships and his rise from the streets of Amritsar in 1971 to being a Michelin starred chef in New York infront of the starry-eyed girls, they could not help fawning and talking about how dreamy the host of Masterchef was. One of them even recited a poem she had written on the star chef and his life’s journey and was appraised with a hug from Khanna. However, the voice of reason at the event, Vinod Dua, finally steered the conversation to the book which harbours the taste of Amritsar.Amritsar: Flavours of the Golden City takes you on a culinary and cultural journey through his hometown, Amritsar. From its early days as Ramdaspur to the war of 1971. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’From his mother’s preferred pulao recipe to the gardens of the Ranjit Singh Museum. From the famous Maqbool Road kulchas to his Biji’s favourite hand-churned ice cream recipe. This book is a guide to the city as Khanna knows it.More than just a cookbook, Khanna shares the history and culture of his hometown peppered with anecdotes from his childhood. He examines Punjabi cuisine in its historical, cultural, and spiritual context. For foodies, Khanna provides the definitive guide of the best street-food eateries. This book, featuring stunning visuals, is a must-have for gourmands and non-gourmands travelling to Amritsar.