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Latest update : 2014-05-01

NBA: Web users applaud Donald Sterling's lifetime ban

In this edition: web users applaud Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA; several US TV shows are pulled from Chinese video streaming platforms; and a stuntman dresses as Spiderman for a Parkour session.

NBA: WEB USERS APPLAUD DONALD STERLING’S LIFETIME BAN

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has announced the National Basketball Association will be imposing a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, over his racist remarks. The ban comes with a heavy fine and has been widely praised online.

Sterling`s life-time ban from the league has certainly set social networks abuzz, hailed on Twitter by several NBA owners, including Mark Cuban and Paul Allen. Important figures in the league who think Adam Silver did what was necessary and praise the way he has handled the affair.

Dozens of professional basketball players past and present have posted similar comments. From Lebron James to Kobe Bryant, to Shaquille O`Neal and also Magic Johnson, many have expressed their relief at seeing an openly racist individual like Donald Sterling being permanently banned from the NBA.

And the decision will no doubt please some of the LA Clippers’ sponsors that, in view of the controversy, had put all ties with the team on hold. Companies like Car Max and Aquahydrate had posted statements on the web publicly slamming Donald Sterling`s remarks, and saying they would not associate with the Californian franchise until exemplary action had been taken against him. 

SUSPENSION OF AMERICAN TV SHOWS UPSETS CHINESE VIEWERS

Since Saturday, Chinese web users trying to watch some of their favourite American TV shows on different streaming platforms, have been greeted with a black screen and an error message. “The Big Bang Theory”, “The Good Wife”, “NCIS” and “The Practice” have all been pulled from China`s mainstream online video services, to the great dismay of fans who have taken to the web to share their disappointment.

“The Big Bang Theory” alone generated a thread of over 300,000 messages on China`s Twitter equivalent Weibo. Web users say they don`t understand the move, saying there is nothing controversial or offensive about this show.

Certain media outlets have expressed a similar viewpoint, and question the motives behind the censorship, as the four series do not contain scenes of violence, or explicit images. In this online article, the Chinese edition of the Wall Street Journal suggests the government does not like the very westernized life style conveyed in these programs.

Content that had apparently not been submitted for validation to the national body tasked with regulating audio-visual programs, under new rules issued by the authorities in March. It comes in the midst of the massive government crackdown on online content initiated a year ago following the appointment of Xi Jinping as China`s new leader. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Somersault Kiss is a new social media video fad in China in which a couple attempts to perform an acrobatic kiss, which sees one half of the couple being flipped over before locking lips. It`s proving pretty popular but it`s also somewhat dangerous. Several people have been hurt whilst attempting a somersault kiss, promoting the Chinese authorities to step in, releasing a statement warning web users of the dangers. 

STATS OF THE DAY

Mosquitos are responsible for 725,000 deaths per year… a staggering figure that makes the mosquito the world`s deadliest animal, way ahead of the shark that kills an average of ten people a year, or the Tsetse fly which causes some 10,000 deaths annually. Bill Gates posted this infographic to his blog last week, to raise awareness about malaria, an infection that mosquitos inject directly into our bloodstream when they bite.

TRAVEL THROUGH TIME WITH GOOGLE STREET VIEW

See the different stages of construction of New York City`s Freedom Tower… or the new stadium in Nice, France… mapping service Google Street View has launched a new app which means web users can take a virtual trip down memory lane. The tool also shows how neighbourhoods and cities looked before and after natural disasters, like Onagawa, Japan for example, hit by a devastating earthquake back in 2011.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Stuntman and superhero fan Ronnie Shalvis dress up as Spiderman for a recent spot of parkour, which involves getting around and over urban obstacles with a fast paced mix of running, jumping, gymnastic rolls and acrobatics… you can watch his impressive performance in its entirety on the “Ronnie Street Stunts” YouTube channel.

By Electron Libre

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