The Daily Populous

Friday October 11st, 2019 morning edition

image for Houston Rockets Nike merchandise disappears from China stores

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike (NKE.N) stores in major Chinese cities amid the furor surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

People walk past a Nike logo outside its store at a shopping mall in Beijing, China October 10, 2019.

Managers at five Nike stores in Beijing and Shanghai told Reuters during visits on Thursday they had been told in recent days via a memo from management that all Rockets merchandise had to be removed.

Three Nike stores in Shenzhen also kept Rockets merchandise off the shelves, as well as NBA products in general, staff told Reuters by phone.

Three Nike stores in Chengdu, a bustling inland city in southwest China, also removed Rockets products.

At two basketball-themed NBA Playzone family entertainment centers in Shanghai and Beijing opened by NBA China, staff confirmed that Rockets products had been removed.

Major Chinese e-commerce platforms Alibaba (BABA.N) and (JD.O) have taken Houston Rockets merchandise off their sales platforms, including mobile apps. »

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Taiwan leader rejects China's 'one country, two systems' offer

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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen waves during Taiwan's National Day in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10, 2019.

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Trump Asks SCOTUS to Review Obamacare Birth Control Rules

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The Trump administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review an order blocking rules that allow religious and moral objectors to refuse to provide insurance that pays for employees’ birth control.

The administration is asking the court to overturn a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which affirmed a lower court’s nationwide injunction against the opt-out rules.

The president disagreed, saying this conclusion “imperils not only the exemptions in these rules, but the longstanding exemption for churches and (in practical effect) self-insured church plans.”. »