ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison November 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” over an article about Tibet June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders called for charges to be dropped against essayist Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” before the people’s court in Jintang, Sichuan province today for three articles posted online about rioting in Tibet in March 2008 and on the issue of civil liberties. “This charge is astounding. The authorities are unable to hide their obsession with control of news and censorship of publications critical of the Party,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Chen Daojun, an ecology activist from the Sichuan capital Chengdu, was arrested on 9 May 2008, for “attempted subversion of state power” after he joined a protest rally condemning an environmental threat. He had written an article posted on 5 May on a foreign-based Chinese website YiBao (ChinaE) calling for a halt to the operation of a petrochemical plant around 40 kilometres from the city.A score of police officers arrested him at his home which they ransacked before taking him to the police station. The independent writers’ organisation Chinese PEN condemned it as “the latest manifestation of the paranoia of the authorities towards dissidents, ahead of the Olympic Games.”Read the offending articles (in Chinese) http://2newcenturynet.blogspot.com/2008/04/blog-post_7713.html: about events in Lhassa, Tibet in March 2008http://www.fireofliberty.org/article/7867.asp: about anti-western feeling in Chinahttp://www.fireofliberty.org/article/7114.asp: about the policy of the government of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao and the consequences for the rural economy. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China News Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information
On Friday night, funk-soul master Karl Denson made his way to Terrapin Crossroads for a fun-filled Friday night performance with help from venue owner and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Along with a healthy selection of original tunes, the band tore through several crowd pleasing covers like JJ Cale‘s “After Midnight,” Funk Inc.‘s “Chicken Lickin’,” The Rolling Stones‘ “Live With Me,” and a rip-roaring encore cover of “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys. As if that wasn’t enough, Lesh joined in on several songs including Grateful Dead live staples “Viola Lee Blues” and “Shakedown Street.”You can watch crowd-shot live footage of Denson and company jamming out on their “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypys at Terrapin Crossroads below, via the band’s Facebook page:Check out the setlist below via setlist.fm: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action tomorrow night for a sold out show at Volcanic Theatre in Bend, OR. For more information on upcoming Tiny Universe shows, head to the band’s website.On February 24th, you can see pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and Isaac Teel (TAUK) perform a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys at American Beauty NYC on February 24th (tickets are available here).[Photo via Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Facebook]
The Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) has congratulated new Minister for Youth & Sports, Isaac Asiamah on his appointment and successful assumption of office.The Federation in a statement released in Accra and signed by its President, Charles Osei Asibey said the minister having distinguished himself in various capacities relating to the sector as a Member of Parliament, Ranking Member on the Select Committee on Youth and Sports; Chairman of the Select Committee on Youth & Sports and a member of various delegations to conferences and sporting tournaments around the world, has what it takes to develop sports and create opportunities for the advancement of the youth.The Federation, according to the statement, is particularly excited by the new Minister’s intention to give equal attention to all sporting disciplines including Armwrestling.”We in the Armedwrestling fraternity welcomes him wholeheartedly as our new Minister and pledges to offer him the necessary support to enable him succeed”, the statement said.The Ghana Armwrestling Federation is one of the 42 Federations under the National Sports Authority, a member of the Africa Armwrestling Federation (AAF) and World Armwrestling Federation (WAF).
That’s nothing compared to Bryant University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which boasts an undergrad enrollment of 3,499. Three, including Dodgers eighth-rounder Ryan Ward, were chosen in the draft.Then there’s Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, which has four draftees enrolled among its 4,648 undergrads. Go Wolves.Bloodlines mattered again, too. The Dodgers drafted the son of retired catcher/minor league coach Bill Hasleman (Ty), and the son of retired catcher Matt Sinatro (Danny). The Padres drafted Dave Roberts’ son, Cole, who’s committed to Loyola Marymount University.AH, THE NAMESAs always, the draft yielded names that would surely be rejected by a book publisher.A.J. Bumpass (Reds), Michael McAvenue (Cubs), Zane Zurbrugg (Brewers), Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Rockies), Maverick Handley (Orioles), Jaxx Groshans (Red Sox), Kona Quiggle (Tigers) and Jackxarel Lebron (Blue Jays) make a mean lineup. Marcus Lee Sang (Phillies) joins Jack Cust and Ray Shook as the rare professional ballplayers whose names are complete sentences. The Dodgers’ second pick, University of North Carolina infielder Michael Busch, played football and hockey in high school. So did their second-round pick last year, University of West Virginia pitcher Michael Grove. Before he was an outfielder at St. Mary’s College, Dodgers 15th-round pick Joe Vranesh was a tight end/linebacker for Concord De La Salle, the top-ranked high school football program in the country. The Astros’ top pick, Cal catcher Kody Lee, possesses a Federerian background. According to his college biography, Lee played three years of water polo at Vista High (San Diego County) and “counts body surfing, bowling, and golfing among his hobbies.” Being a generalist isn’t enough to rocket a young athlete to the top of a major league draft board, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.The opposite might hurt more.Tommy John, the son of the retired pitcher, expressed this thought to me last year. We spoke on the occasion of the release of his own youth athlete training guide, “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance.” John, a chiropractor based in San Diego, is an advocate for generalists. More than endorsing the long-term benefits of generalizing, John cautioned against the short-term drawbacks of specializing – specifically, the heightened injury risk it presents a youth athlete. The rising rate of Tommy John elbow surgery among baseball players prior to college is the most prominent example, or at least the most personal for John.Though Epstein, a former Sports Illustrated staff writer, began his thesis with the example of Federer, he did not stick to sports. “Studies on the development of musicians have found that, like athletes, the most promising often have a period of sampling and lightly structured play before finding the instrument and genre that suits them,” he wrote.More than any major league team, the Angels seem to be applying this theory to their single-sport specialists. After signing Japanese pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani a year ago, they subsequently employed four more two-way players in the minors: Jared Walsh, Kaleb Cowart, Bo Way and William English. Tuesday, the Angels used their fourth-round draft pick on yet another two-way player, Puerto Rican high schooler Erik Rivera. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut In his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” the author David Epstein began with a premise about sports. Roger Federer played a variety of sports as a child, from skiing to squash, before settling on tennis as a teenager. Tiger Woods famously appeared with a golf club on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a 2-year-old. One began as a generalist, the other a specialist. Each became the best athlete in the world at his chosen sport as an adult. Which path, Epstein wondered, was the more reliable route to a successful career?The title gives away the answer.At the risk of sticking a broad concept where it doesn’t apply, major league draft directors offered a decent endorsement for Epstein’s thesis in this year’s draft. Younger specialists – high school athletes who played only baseball – fell out of favor. Older specialists and younger generalists were in.For proof of concept, look at how two of baseball’s most progressive teams, the Astros and Dodgers, navigated the annual 40-round exercise. Houston used only two of its first 35 draft picks on high school players, the Dodgers two of their first 28. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox “We’re going to give him the opportunity to do both,” Angels scouting director Matt Swanson said. “He enjoys doing both. He did both during the summer. Like what we did with Will English, we’ll allow him to get in the system and let him dictate his career. Maybe they’ll develop both ways. Maybe two or three years from now it will slide one way or another. But when you capture an athlete and give him the opportunity to do both, it’s valuable to them and it’s valuable to us.”Perfect Game USA assigns percentile rankings to pitchers as young as middle school age. The draft suggests these rankings couldn’t matter less.OTHER DRAFT TRENDSGeography never seemed to matter less than it did in 2019.Elon University, located in central North Carolina, boasted an undergraduate enrollment of 6,196 students in the 2018-19 school year. Four of them, including Angels eighth-rounder Kyle Brnovich, were chosen in the draft.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield