Thursday, 17 October, 2019

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver heads to China to salvage relationship

'South Park' Has Apparently Been Banned in China Thanks to Its Most Recent Episode; Trey Parker and Matt Stone Respond
Emmett Howard | 09 October, 2019, 16:32

This week it became evident that a few provocative words can cause those strings to tighten.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologising for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week.

Sun Lared's gofundme page adds, "China thinks it can divide and conquer, minimize and diminish fearless voices for change, and continue business as usual by isolating the Rockets".

"Official apology to China from Trey Parker and Matt Stone".

No one has been killed in several months of protests in Hong Kong, although scores - mostly protesters and journalists - have been hurt. The employee was sacked.

While the Houston Rockets may have been a fan-favorite in China due to the eight seasons Shanghai-born former NBA All-Star Yao Ming played with the team, Ross said Morey's tweet has ruined the Rockets' standing, and the team name "is now dirt". And if anything, very much an unintended effect, but I think what we're seeing as a result of Daryl's tweet and Joe Tsai's response, I can tell you, at least speaking for the United States, that there's, I think, far more understanding of the complexity of the issues in Hong Kong than there was heretofore.

2 killed in shooting in eastern Germany, 1 person arrested
The shooting took place in the city's Paulusviertel district near where a synagogue is located, police said. Police secures the area after a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on October 9, 2019.

Google's making it easier to move multimedia between smart speakers
To do, you'd have to open the app from which you're casting your music, then choose the new speaker you want the media casted to. You can move your media across devices through voice commands such as "Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker".

For a Flat Monthly Rate? Tech Giant Considers Super-Bundle
However, there is a catch - a catch 22 - if you drop the Apple subscription, you lose every piece of music you have acquired. We don't know whether this bundle would include other services like News+, Arcade, AppleCare+, or iCloud storage.

American companies have grudgingly accepted all kinds of Chinese rules for years.

The Wells Fargo Center, which plays host to the 76ers and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, allows signs but they must be in "good taste" and management reserves the right to change its policy without notice. But the potential rewards - all those consumers, a middle class that's expected to reach 550 million by 2022 - are just too great to spurn.

To provide some real-world examples of what he means, Ross brought up two situations in which he witnessed discrimination that targeted those from mainland China.

One notable recent exception: South Park, the sardonic, boundary busting Comedy Central cartoon.

"We voice our strong dissatisfaction and opposition to Adam Silver offering as an excuse the right to freedom of expression", CCTV said in its statement announcing the cancellation of the National Basketball Association broadcasts. "What I also tried to suggest is that I understand there are consequences from his freedom of speech and we will have to live with those consequences". Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode Wednesday at 10! "I regret, again, having communicated directly with many friends in China, that so many people are upset, including millions and millions of our fans", Silver said Tuesday while in Japan for a preseason game between the Rockets and Raptors. May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!

The NBA was venturing into new territory in China in the late 1980s, growing the game in a land of more than a billion people where basketball resonated and the bottom line boomed. If users manually type in the URL for what was formerly the South Park thread, a message appears saying that, "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open".

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