Japan fans hail Hong Kong ‘Goddess of Democracy’ Chow

first_imgShe has been dubbed the “Goddess of Democracy” and found fans among politicians and actors. There is little doubt that Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow is big in Japan.The 23-year-old’s arrest this week was headline news and lit up social media in Japan, far eclipsing the detention of other high-profile figures under Hong Kong’s new national security law.Media-savvy, telegenic and fluent in Japanese to boot, Chow has managed to cut through the relative apathy with which foreign affairs are sometimes regarded in Japan, winning unprecedented attention for Beijing’s crackdown on her home city. Twitter, tunes and takoyaki Chow’s popularity in Japan stems in large part from a savvy campaign directed at the country, which includes running a Japanese-language Twitter account with more than 470,000 followers and appearing in Japanese media.Her language skills have given her rare unmediated access to the Japanese public, and she has endeared herself to many with her love of anime and J-pop music.Chow was released on bail on Tuesday, and told reporters — in Japanese — that the song “Fukyowaon” by J-pop group Keyakizaka46 was playing in her head while she was detained.She also paid tribute to the support she received from Japan, saying in a YouTube live stream that she “felt Japanese people were cheering for her during the arrest”.Chow is also a fan of Japanese food, even sharing pictures of her failed attempts at the popular octopus ball dish takoyaki.Last year, she made Forbes Japan’s list of the 50 most influential social media accounts in the country, alongside a group of mostly Japanese celebrities and public figures.For all her popularity, it is unclear if Chow has had much influence on Japanese government policy.Chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga has made no specific comment on her arrest, though the government has expressed more general concern over the application of the national security law, which outlaws subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion in the semi-autonomous city.Japan had been in the process of rehabilitating ties with Beijing, with Chinese President Xi Jinping previously scheduled to make a state visit this year to cement the warming relations.But the visit has been delayed, seemingly indefinitely, and while the government has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the decision, there has been growing discomfort among some Japanese lawmakers about the country’s relationship with Beijing. Topics :center_img After her arrest this week, the Japanese hashtags “#FreeAgnes” and “#I protest against the arrest of Agnes Chow” quickly went viral, with public figures from across the country’s political spectrum, as well as writers and actors, tweeting their support.Veteran ruling party lawmaker Akihisa Nagashima posted a string of tweets on the arrest, saying Chow had “spent her entire youth for the freedom and democracy of Hong Kong”.Opposition lawmaker Renho, who uses one name, actress Sayaka Akimoto and sports writer Hirotada Ototake were among others who hailed the activist and condemned her arrest.”She’s young but she’s brave,” one Twitter user wrote, with many praising Chow’s Japanese language ability.last_img read more

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short looks to hold formal talks with Sam Allardyce

first_imgSunderland chairman Ellis Short hopes to hold formal discussions with Sam Allardyce over the next 48 hours as he attempts to identify Dick Advocaat’s replacement. The Black Cats hope to have a new head coach – or manager, depending on the job description presented to potential candidates – in post before their next game, the Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom on October 17. Eight days later, they entertain struggling derby rivals Newcastle, a fixture which has seen the last three managers pitched into battle with their neighbours in their second game in charge and win on each occasion. But they are determined not to appoint in haste and get it wrong and if Allardyce, their preferred option, is not keen, they will move on and look to do so quickly. Sources on Wearside have indicated that there has been significant interest in the job vacated by 68-year-old Advocaat last Sunday despite their parlous league position – they lie 19th in the table and are yet to win a league game this season – although a shortlist of front-runners has been identified. Burnley’s Sean Dyche also interests Sunderland, but the compensation package which would be needed to prise him across the Pennines might prove prohibitive even if he could be tempted away from Turf Moor. Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and American Bob Bradley have also narrowed in the betting in recent days, although it is understood neither figures particularly prominently in the names being mentioned within the Stadium of Light. Despite days of speculation, which has seen the former West Ham boss’ odds for the job plummet, there has as yet been no direct contact with the dialogue between the two camps so far effectively limited to talks about talks. However, Press Association Sport understands Short is now in London and wants to know one way or the other if Allardyce, who is still on holiday in Spain, is interested in the vacancy and if so, what would be needed to persuade him to resume his career at the Stadium of Light. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

It all starts tonight for the Wellington Crusader basketball teams…

first_imgThis video was produced by Sam Ledesma and is sponsored by the Bank of Commerce.———by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the Wellington sub-state basketball tournament starting tonight:1. The schedule…Girls: Thursday — Winfield (7-13) vs. Rose Hill (12-8), 6 p.m.; Mulvane (1-19) at Wellington (20-0), 7:30. Saturday, 6 p.m. — Championship.Boys:  Friday — Mulvane (2-18) vs. Rose Hill (6-14), 6 p.m.; Winfield (1-19) at Wellington (10-10), 7:30. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. — Championship.All games are single elimination. 2. The last time Wellington hosted a sub-state tournament… Since building the new high school gymnasium, Wellington has hosted three sub-states including this one. The last one was in 2009. Come early if you want a good parking spot. 3. What’s in store for the Wellington girls… Wellington is ranked No. 2 in the state in both the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and Topeka Capital-Journal polls. But the Lady Dukes have a lot of work to do. Tonight, they must beat a one-win team against Mulvane at 7:30 p.m. If Wellington can get past the Wildcats, then things get really interesting taking on the winner of the other first round game: Rose Hill vs. Winfield. 4. Which team poses the greatest threat for the Lady Dukes in sub-state?… Pick your poison. We will go with Winfield first. The Vikings, as most Lady Dukes fans remember, gave Wellington its closest contest of the year. The Crusaders won 46-43 which came down to a last second missed Viking 3-pointer. That was the game in which the Crusaders went into a stall for almost three minutes trying to lure Winfield out of its zone defense. Winfield is 7-13, which considering how it played against Wellington, seems like an underachievement. Vikings lost to Rose Hill by 12 points after the Wellington game and had big losses to Ark City and Buhler, before winning by one over El Dorado. So this team is most certainly a head scratcher. The Vikings are led by Abby Berthoff which averages 11.3 ppg, and Hanna Winged with 6.9 ppg. This group of seniors were very, very good in middle school. Similar success hasn’t quite materialized in high school, though. But the Vikings will undoubtedly be looking to make some noise together for their final post season run. 5. That brings us to Rose Hill… Wellington has not played Rose Hill this year. The Rockets lost 49-41 to Goddard in the second round of the Haven Tournament before beating Cheney 65-52 for third place. It was clear then that this team will pose a giant hurdle for the Crusaders to leap over during sub-state. The Rockets are 12-8, and have gone 7-1 since that tournament. Their only loss was to McPherson, a 48-41 come-from-behind victory for the Bullpups. Rose Hill has a Derby transfer as well. Kylie Woods scores 8.5 ppg. When she became eligible in January, she was instantly made the Rockets better. The leading scorer is Anna Van Driel that averages 14.1 ppg and Mackenzie Herman, who averages 12.1. What the Lady Rockets will do is match-up zone you to death. This team is very young with just one senior on the roster.6. So where does this leave Wellington?… The Crusaders are no doubt the favorites, but this is post season where everyone has a 0-0 record. The Crusaders have averaged 58.2 ppg this season, with an unreal field goal percentage of 47 percent. Wellington is also currently in line of breaking the state three-point percentage record which was set by the Frontenac girls in 2002. Grace Mitchell leads the league with 21.4 ppg with Lauryn Snipes at sixth with 11.5 ppg, and Avery Rusk seventh with 11.2. The Crusaders are healthy and seemed to have come off playing two of their best games of the season last week. Playing at home in front of a packed house should help as well. 7. A great opportunity for the Wellington boys…Could Wellington get two teams in the state tournament for the first time in its history? The Crusader boys hope to do their part as well. They sport a 10-10 record, not outstanding, but good enough to garner a top seed in this particular sub-state. Rose Hill is sitting at 6-14, Mulvane at 2-18, and Winfield at 1-19. Wellington boys are hoping for a second consecutive state tournament berth after ousting these same two teams last season. The Crusader boys, though, can’t take anything for granted during a season of ups and downs. Last week was proof of Wellington’s inconsistent season. The Gentleman Dukes had an outstanding 62-50 victory over Circle on Tuesday, only to lose 51-48 to Clearwater two nights later – in a game the Crusaders clearly could have won with an average shooting performance.8. What’s in store for the Wellington boys this week… The Crusaders play a Winfield team this Friday that gave the Crusaders fits 70-62 in a regular season game. Granted, it was one of those Tuesday nights for Wellington, but it illustrates what a dangerous team the Vikings can be. Winfield has had an atrocious season, with one victory over Mulvane 67-65 on Jan. 15. Winfield has been playing a young roster all season. 9. And again there is Rose Hill… If the Dukes can get past the Vikings on Friday, and Rose Hill beats Mulvane as expected, that will set up a showdown with Rose Hill in a rematch of last year’s sub-state championship. And like the girls, this is a game Wellington probably should win, but the potential for a loss is very real. Wellington will have to deal with a dual threat of Parker Austin, who averages 13.8 ppg and Brett Bonar with 12.4 ppg. They finished fourth and fifth on the scoring leader list for AV-CTL Div. III. Wellington never played Rose Hill this season, but the two teams have shared plenty of common opponents and have shared similar results.10. So where does this leave Wellington?… When Wellington gets into an offensive groove, it can run with the best of them. The sophomore duo team of A.J. Snipes and Ian King have been averaging in double figures all season. Snipes, the third leading scorer in the league, averages 16.3 ppg. King which is sixth, averaging 12.6. The Phelps brothers have turned in similar stats. Cade Phelps had 9.9 ppg while Connor has 9.3. Obviously, Snipes is Wellington’s go-to player and will need to come up big down the stretch. King, who has 145 rebounds this season, though, may be the key factor in this tournament. His inside game and physicality could lift the Crusaders up to their second consecutive trip to Salina. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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