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Commentary: Food Bullying Needs to Stop

By on June 14, 2021

first_img Commentary: Food Bullying Needs to Stop SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter By Gary TruittActivist groups have long criticized consumers food choices that don’t meet their agenda. Vegans love to tell those of us who eat meat that we are committing murder. This trend of condemning someone because of the food choices they make now has a name. Food bullying will be a term that will be heard a lot in the coming year. Once considered impolite to criticize someone’s food choices, today it is socially acceptable — even chic — to publicly or on-line shame someone for their food choices. It takes place in the school cafeteria, the local mom’s group, or even the workplace. So, what is behind this trend?Noted author and food-to-fork advocate Michele Payn is currenting researching and writing a book on the topic. She says almost everyone has some kind of a food bullying story, some more extreme than others.  She notes that not all food bullying is verbal but that food labels can also make people feel uncomfortable about their food choices.While food bullying has become more in your face, it is not really new. How many of us remember our mothers telling us to eat some food item we did not want to eat? I remember a battle of wills with my mother who made me stay at the table until I finished my butter beans, something I abhor to this day.Yet, this pales in comparison to the kind of public shaming that takes place today. In our culture, food has joined politics and religion as a subject that divides us. When it comes to arguments over food, not only is it the food choice but also how that product was produced. Was it cage free, locally grown, or organic? When ordering in a restaurant, I have been known to ask for meat with antibiotics or eggs produced in cages. This gets me quizzical looks from my server and a kick under the table from my wife.Payn points out that food bullying also takes place within the farm community. Large producers are criticized by small growers, and organic producers slam those who use conventional means.  She said this kind of bullying is unfortunate because it destroys the trust consumers  have in agriculture.Her book, due out in late 2019, will attempt to help people stop obsessing about their food choices. She stated she is “trying to help people stop stressing about what others think about their eating decisions and to and decide what their own family priorities are around nutrition and food choices.”So, as we begin a new year, perhaps our resolutions should be to not bully people over their food and to exercise a bit more tolerance with the many diverse areas of agriculture that may be different than our own. SHARE Previous article2019 Miss Indiana State Fair Queen from Benton CountyNext articleEgg Industry Adopting New Technology, Facing Same Old Image Problems Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Commentary: Food Bullying Needs to Stoplast_img read more

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Nouvel article

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en News Organisation News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Palestine News June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go further July 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nouvel article PalestineMiddle East – North Africa PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Iran: Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and Rights Groups Demand Moratorium on Executions

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first_img News News News June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Receive email alerts News February 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iran: Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and Rights Groups Demand Moratorium on Executions RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistscenter_img to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Other nations and the UN should speak out against a wave of executions in Iran, the Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said today. Shirin Ebadi and the human rights groups called on the Iranian Judiciary and Parliament to institute an immediate moratorium on all executions.At least 86 people have been executed since the start of 2011, according to information received by the six organizations. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the International Federation for Human Rights, and its affiliate, the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights. At least eight of those executed in January were political prisoners, convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) for participating in demonstrations, or for their alleged links to opposition groups. “The Iranian authorities have shown that they are no longer content to repress those contesting the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by arresting and convicting them – they have shown they will now resort to execution,” Shirin Ebadi said. “They are using the familiar tactic of carrying out political executions at the same time as mass executions of prisoners convicted of criminal offences. These executions may increase if the world is silent,” she added.The increase in executions follows the entry into force in late December 2010 of an amended anti-narcotics law, drafted by the Expediency Council and approved by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Officials have also vowed to step up enforcement measures against drug trafficking. Sixty-seven of those executed in January had been convicted of drug trafficking. The true number of executions may be even higher, the groups said, as there are credible reports that some executions that are not officially announced are taking place in prisons.Another prisoner executed in January was Zahra Bahrami, who had dual Dutch-Iranian nationality. The prosecutor’s office charged her with drug possession and trafficking after she had been arrested for participating in a post-election demonstration. Zahra Bahrami had no right to an appeal, as her death sentence was confirmed by the Prosecutor General’s office. Despite the intervention of the Dutch authorities and calls by the European Union not to execute her, authorities executed her without warning. They did not allow her to meet with her lawyer or provide the legally required 48 hour notice prior to her execution. “The authorities have for years arrested and tried their opponents on politically motivated criminal charges such as possession of alcohol or drugs and illegal possession of arms,” Shirin Ebadi said. “They have imprisoned lawyers and journalists, some of them my colleagues, on such trumped-up charges. Given the sharp rise in executions, the lack of transparency in the Iranian judicial system and recent changes in the narcotics law, there is a great danger that authorities will use ordinary criminal charges to sentence opponents to death.”The recent executions also raise fears for the lives of two men, Saeed Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, believed to have been sentenced to death by Revolutionary Courts following separate unfair trials in which they were accused of “spreading corruption on earth.”On January 30, the Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Ja’fari Dowlatabadi, announced that the death sentences of two unnamed “administrators of obscene websites” had been sent to the Supreme Court for review. Human rights activists in Iran believe that he was referring to Saeed Malekpour and Vahid Asghari. Saeed Malekpour, a 35-year-old web designer and permanent resident of Canada, was sentenced to death at the end of November 2010 for creating “pornographic” internet sites and “insulting the sanctity of Islam”. Prior to his arrest during a family visit to Iran in 2008, he had created a programme enabling the user to upload photos. That programme had then been used to post pornographic images, which he said had happened without his knowledge. He is alleged to have been tortured while being held for more than a year in solitary confinement in Evin Prison.Vahid Asghari, a 24-year-old information technology student enrolled at a university in India, has also been detained since 2008 and reportedly tortured. He is believed to have been tried in late 2010, but the verdict has never been officially announced. There is also concern surrounding the case of Yousef Nadarkhani. Authorities arrested Yousef Nadarkhani, a pastor in a 400-member church in northern Iran, in October 2009. He was sentenced to death in September 2010 for “apostasy from Islam”, despite the fact that no such crime currently exists under Iran’s penal code. His sentence is currently under appeal before the Supreme Court.On January 26 authorities announced that Sayed Ali Gharabat had been executed for “spreading corruption” and “apostasy” in Karoun Prison, Ahvaz, after he, according to authorities, falsely claimed to have communicated with the Twelfth Imam. Twelver Shi’a Muslims believe that the Twelfth Imam is currently in hiding and will return to earth to bring about justice.Freedom of religion and belief is guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), of which Iran is a state party. The covenant includes the right to change one’s religion.Iran executes more people than any country other than China. The hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners currently on death row may include more than 140 who were under the age of 18 at the time they allegedly committed their offence. International law prohibits the execution of persons for offences that they committed while under 18.To put an end to this killing spree, other nations should demand that Iran immediately end these executions and respect its obligations under international law, Shirin Ebadi and the six human rights organizations said.Iran has made consistent efforts to obstruct scrutiny of the situation in the country by international human rights mechanisms over the past five years. In light of that record, Shirin Ebadi and the organizations called on other nations to take advantage of the forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council to appoint a special envoy of the UN Secretary-General with a mandate to investigate and report on human rights conditions in Iran.BackgroundSince 1979, Iran has executed thousands of men, women and even children for a variety of alleged offences.Article 6 (2) of the ICCPR states: “In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime and not contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This penalty can only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court.” Iran has never signed the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, and has voted against successive resolutions by the UN General Assembly calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, most recently in December.Human rights organizations, including the six who have joined this statement, have documented numerous human rights abuses during detention and trials. These violations include psychological and physical pressure, amounting to torture, to force prisoners to “confess” to alleged crimes, the use of extended solitary confinement, and lack of access to lawyers.In addition, the Revolutionary Courts hold most of their trials behind closed doors, despite a requirement under Article 168 of the Iranian Constitution that trials for “political” and “press” offences should be open. In many cases, such as Zahra Bahrami’s, lawyers of those sentenced to death are informed of their clients’ executions only after they have taken place, despite the legal requirement for 48 hours’ notice. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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#Watch New SFI research centre, CONFIRM at UL to create more…

By on June 4, 2021

first_imgFacebook Email Previous articleShannon Foynes Port Company to host conference of major EU transport figures on FridayNext articleCAO decision time – Smart Futures calls on Limerick students to explore the benefits of a career in STEM Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement NewsBusiness#Watch New SFI research centre, CONFIRM at UL to create more than 100 jobs nationwideBy Staff Reporter – May 16, 2018 2946 WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Minister Heather Humphreys TD launched the CONFIRM headquarters at Park Point, University of Limerick. Pic: Sean Curtin True MediaThe Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today, Tuesday, May 16, launched the latest Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre, CONFIRM – a ‘smart manufacturing’ research centre led by University of Limerick (UL) and involving 42 companies.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The centre is funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47 million, making it one of the largest new research and development centres in the country. The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 24 per cent of total economic output – €110 billion in exports.Commenting ahead of the launch UL’s Professor Conor McCarthy, CONFIRM Centre Director, said, “This truly is a game-changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness. The establishment of this SFI research centre will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution. This innovation will enable consumer-driven mass customisation, where future Irish products will be tailored to individual needs and delivered directly to them just hours after placing orders.”Minister Heather Humphreys TD launched the CONFIRM headquarters at Park Point, University of Limerick. The Park Point site, close to the main UL campus had been empty for some time and the university will continue to invest in its rejuvenation over the coming years.“CONFIRM will benefit Ireland through enabling us to compete internationally, generating employment, enhancing student skills, and attracting new investment,” Said Minister Humphreys.She added, “We are delighted to support this centre which will transform manufacturing in Ireland through the expertise of highly-skilled researchers. CONFIRM is one of five new Research Centres to receive funding from the Irish Government through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).”The CONFIRM SFI Research Centre is a consortium led by University of Limerick including the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. The centre will comprise more than 200 researchers in smart manufacturing, including 106 new appointments.The CONFIRM SFI Research Centre is supported by 42 Industry partners including technology providers and end users from the Multi-National Corporation (MNC) and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sectors across Ireland.Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, said, “By enhancing Ireland’s smart manufacturing systems through expert research, CONFIRM, alongside the other SFI Research Centres, will deliver important scientific advances that will enhance our economy, provide excellent training for students and maintain Ireland’s outstanding global reputation.”Speaking about the launch, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, TD, said, “Through impactful research led by manufacturing and engineering experts, CONFIRM will continue the excellent work to date of the 16 other SFI Research Centres, all of which generate value in our economy through education and training, job creation, advancing key sectors and important scientific discoveries. I want to congratulate the researchers of CONFIRM and to wish them the best of luck.” Print Twitterlast_img read more

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Objections voiced to Council plans for anti-fraud and corruption laws

By on May 27, 2021

first_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+ Plans to introduce anti-fraud and corruption laws within Donegal County Council have been deferred over concerns that they aren’t clear and could incriminate councillors.Despite an audit in 2009 highlighting the fact that the council hadn’t such a policy in place, only now is the local authority seeking to introduce the measures.When councillors were called on to sanction the policy this week, agreement couldn’t be reached and the matter was deferred.The proposed anti-fraud and corruption policy will cover all local authorities in Donegal and apply to council staff and elected members.The rules would formally put in place a number of anti-fraud measures – As it relates to staff,  they would have to inform superiors if offered gifts or hospitality or if any outside interests could conflict with their duties.They would also be expected to inform superiors if they thought there was a misuse of council resources or if they suspected fraud.The new rules would also govern councillors – they must be seen to act in a way which enhances public trust and confidence, avoid conflicts of interest and never seek to use improper influence.They will also be expected to treat colleagues and local authority employees with courtesy and respect.The policy wasn’t adopted this week due to objections, most notably from Frank McBrearty Junior.He wants a number of points clarified – He used the example that if he were to make a representation to council staff on behalf of someone he knew, could that been deemed to be breaking the rules deeming someone as having engaged in fraud or corruption.Council officials have agreed to take on board concerns and present a revised document at the next council meeting in September. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterest Previous articleFather of missing Lifford man wants dived search to resumeNext article19-year-old man charged with starting Strabane bookies fire News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Objections voiced to Council plans for anti-fraud and corruption laws Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – July 27, 2011 last_img read more

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Application Under Section 12 Of Domestic Violence Act Not Barred By Limitation Under Section 468 CrPC : Karnataka High Court

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgNews UpdatesApplication Under Section 12 Of Domestic Violence Act Not Barred By Limitation Under Section 468 CrPC : Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber18 May 2021 7:36 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has held that an application made under Section 12 of the Domestic Violence Act is not barred by period of limitation under section 468 of the Criminal Procedure Code. A single bench of Justice KS Mudagal said “When the application under Section 12 of the DV Act is not covered under the term ‘offence’, section 468 of Cr.P.C is inapplicable. Therefore the application of Section 468 of Cr.P.C. to an application under Section 12 of the DV Act is clearly a misconception.” The court noted that Section 468 (1) and 468(2)(b) of Cr.P.C. themselves show that the bar of limitation for taking cognizance is intertwined with an offence. Section 468 of Cr.P.C. comes into picture only if there is an offence. If there is no offence, there is no limitation. The Court said that under Section 12 of the DV Act, domestic violence is not called or treated as an offence. It speaks of court granting relief and not of conviction and sentence. The judgment said “To attract Section 468 of Cr.P.C, essentially the Act alleged must be an offence. Under the DV Act, the offence is not defined, as defined in Section 40 of IPC.” Justice Mudagal opined “Section 12 of the DV Act is only an enabling provision to initiate enquiry to find out whether such act or omission is committed.” Finally it concluded by saying “Section 31 of the DV Act makes it clear that only breach of the protection order or interim protection order etc. passed under Section 12 of the DV Act constitutes an offence and made punishable. Therefore it is clear that the act or omission contemplated under Section 31 of the DV Act is an offence and the application under Section 12 of the DV Act itself is not an offence.” The court passed the order while hearing a petition filed by one Puttaraju challenging the order dated April 11, 2016 passed by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, directing him to the pay an amount of Rs 8,000 per month to his wife and children as maintenance and house rent. The husband challenged the order which directed him to deposit an amount of Rs 4,32,000. The court had directed the amount to be transferred to the magistrate court from where the wife could withdraw the same. The wife filed an application seeking to withdraw the amount which was challenged by the husband on the grounds that the petition was filed 10 years from the date of the alleged domestic incident, therefore the petition itself was not maintainable.Click Hear To Download/Read OrderTagsCriminal Procedure Code(CrPC) Domestic Violence Act #Karnataka High Court Justice KS Mudagal Code of Criminal Procedure Next Storylast_img read more

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Gardai investigate break-in at Convoy National School

By on May 25, 2021

first_img By News Highland – January 15, 2019 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleDonegal Gardai ill-equipped to deal with spike in crime – GlackinNext articleAppointment of Gaeltacht Tourism Officer widely welcomed News Highland Gardai are appealing for information following a break-in at St Bridget’s National School earlier this month in which computing equipment was taken.Sergeant Eunan Walsh says the break-in happened while the school was closed for the Christmas break…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/44eunan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Gardai investigate break-in at Convoy National School Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Highly branched isoprenoids reveal onset of deglaciation followed by dynamic sea-ice conditions in the western Amundsen Sea, Antarctica

By on May 9, 2021

first_imgThe Amundsen Sea drainage sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is widely regarded as acandidate for triggering potential WAIS collapse. The grounded ice sheet drains into the Amundsen SeaEmbayment and is thereby buttressed by its fringing ice shelves, which have thinned at an alarming rate.Satellite-based observations additionally reveal a considerable long-term decrease in sea-ice cover in theAmundsen Sea over the last two decades although the long-term significance of this trend is unclear dueto the short instrumental record since the 1970s. In this context, investigations of past sea-ice conditionsare crucial for improving our understanding of the influence that sea-ice variability has on the adjacentmarine environment as well as any role it plays in modulating ice shelf and ice sheet dynamics. In thisstudy, we apply novel organic geochemical biomarker techniques to a marine sediment core from thewestern Amundsen Sea shelf in order to provide a valuable long-term perspective on sea-ice conditionsand the retreat of the Getz Ice Shelf during the last deglaciation. We analysed a specific biomarker lipidcalled IPSO25 alongside a phytoplankton biomarker and sedimentological parameters and additionallyapplied diatom transfer functions for reconstructing palaeo sea-ice coverage. This multi-proxy data setreveals a dynamic behaviour of the Getz Ice Shelf and sea-ice cover during the deglaciation following thelast ice age, with potential linkages to inter-hemispheric seesaw climate patterns. We further apply andevaluate the recently proposed PIPSO25 approach for semi-quantitative sea-ice reconstructions anddiscuss potential limitations.last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike’s new 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign

By on May 8, 2021

first_img Beau Lund Written by September 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike’s new 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaigncenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Tran / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, currently embroiled in legal proceedings against the league over alleged collusion by owners, has been chosen as the new face of Nike.Kaepernick tweeted Monday afternoon he was picked to helm the esteemed shoe brand’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign — a return to the slogan that made the company famous.The quarterback, who knows a thing or two about the sentiment, tweeted a photo of himself with the quote, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” with the hashtag “JustDoIt.Kaepernick has been the face of controversy in sports since the 2016 NFL preseason when he decided initially to sit during the national anthem as a means of protesting the treatment of minorities, especially by police. After consulting with a former U.S. Army member, Nate Boyer, he decided to kneel in protest before games. He was joined by San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid, as well as others around the league.The 30-year-old started just 11 games in 2016 — one year after starting only eight in 2015 — after leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in February 2013 and signed a $126 million contract in 2014. He opted out of his contract in 2017, though general manager John Lynch told Pro Football Talk he would’ve been released if he’d opted in.In the fall, despite Kaepernick not being signed by any teams, President Donald Trump reignited the fury over his protests during a rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.Trump told the crowd in September 2017, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now?’“You know, some owner … is going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired,’” Trump said.Though Trump didn’t mention Kaepernick by name — and he’s never mentioned Kaepernick on his Twitter account — he’s continued to be the focal point of criticism, mostly by conservatives.Kaepernick, who is still unsigned, filed a grievance against the NFL saying owners colluded to keep him out of the league. Reid, who hasn’t been signed this offseason, also joined the grievance. An arbiter denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the case last week, which paves the way for it to go to trial, Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted.Tennis superstar Serena Williams, a fellow Nike athlete, offered support for her new stable mate after a match at the U.S. Open last week, and echoed those sentiments in a tweet Monday evening.Williams wasn’t the only one who tweeted support for Kaepernick on Monday. Oddly enough, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually advocated for the quarterback on his verified account. The former president, who was in the role from 2005 to 2013, is now a university professor. He sparred with the George W. Bush administration during his tenure, not to mention Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.He had nothing but praise for Kaepernick, though, and advocated him being added to an NFL roster. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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China hits NBA with broadcast blackout after Adam Silver discusses Hong Kong controversy

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first_imgOctober 8, 2019 /Sports News – National China hits NBA with broadcast blackout after Adam Silver discusses Hong Kong controversy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmphillips007/iStock(BEIJING) — China’s state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout Tuesday of all NBA preseason games set to be played in the country in response to league commissioner Adam Silver voicing support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s right to exercise his freedom of expression on the Hong Kong protests.The apparent retaliatory move by China came in the aftermath of a controversy that erupted over a tweet by Morey last week supporting pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.“The long-held values of the NBA are to support freedom of expression, and in this case, Daryl Morey as general manager of the Houston Rockets enjoys that right,” Silver said during a news conference in Japan, where the Rockets are scheduled to play two preseason games against the Los Angeles Lakers this week. “I understand there are consequences. We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech.”Silver said that while he regrets that Morey’s tweet upset the Chinese government and millions of NBA fans in that country, “we are not apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression.”In an earlier statement, Silver said, “It is inevitable that people around the world — including from America and China — will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences.”Shortly after Silver’s comments, China’s state-owned broadcasting network CCTV announced it is immediately suspending plans to broadcast a series of NBA preseason games scheduled to be played in China later this week as part of an effort to use basketball to bridge cultural differences between the United States and China.“We have noticed that Adam Silver, the NBA president who is participating in the event in Japan, responded to the Houston Rockets general manager Morey’s announcement of inappropriate Hong Kong-related remarks,” CCTV officials said in a statement. “We [are] strongly dissatisfied and opposed [to] Adam’s claim to support Morey’s free expression of rights. We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech.“To this end, CCTV Sports Channel of the Central Radio and Television General Administration decided to immediately suspend the current broadcast arrangements of the NBA preseason [China Games] and immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA,” the statement said.The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play games this week in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.Morey took down a tweet with an image reading, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” within hours of posting it as caused an outcry from China.“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” Morey said in a subsequent Twitter post. “I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.”On Sunday, China’s consulate general in Houston urged the Rockets to “clarify and immediately correct the mistakes” made by Morey.Morey’s tweet prompted an angry response from several Chinese companies that sponsor the Rockets, including sporting goods manufacturer Li-Ning and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which both announced they are suspending their relationships with the Rockets.CCTV and internet giant Tencent — who inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games in China — both said they will not show Rockets games.Former Rockets’ star Yao Ming, the catalyst behind the team’s enormous popularity in China and the current president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), announced the CBA would be suspending its relationship with the Rockets.“For those who question our motivation, this is about far more than growing our business,” Silver said in his statement Tuesday.American basketball has a long history in China, dating back to the 1800s when the game was introduced to the country through the YMCA. The NBA is the No. 1 sports league in China and big business for the league with at least 25 marketing partnerships and 200 NBA stores.The Nets majority owner, Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, posted an open letter to NBA fans on Facebook on Sunday expressing his views on the controversy. Tsai wrote that Morey should have understood he was broaching a “third-rail issue” in China with his tweet, but conceded that the NBA executive has a right to “freely express” his opinion.“The one thing that is terribly misunderstood, and often ignored, by the western press and those critical of China is that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens stand united when it comes to the territorial integrity of China and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland. This issue is non-negotiable,” Tsai wrote.During his news conference, Silver expressed support for Tsai’s “right to respond” to Morey’s “right to freedom of expression.”“I can tell you, at least speaking for the United States, I think there’s far more understanding of the complexity of the issues in Hong Kong than there was heretofore,” Silver said. “Sports often serves that purpose that takes people who might not otherwise pay attention to issues in society and … shines a light on them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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