News June 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go further News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the way police officers manhandled, detained and threatened writer and press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo this evening as he was leaving his Beijing home with his wife, Liu Xia, to go and have dinner at someone else’s home. The police grabbed him by the head, neck and arm, led him away and held him for several hours. They finally escorted him back to his home and told him he could not go out.The press freedom organisation stresses its support for Liu, who in 2004 was awarded the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize for defending freedom.“The behaviour of these police officers on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre shows that, 19 years later, the authorities continue to crack down on those who campaign peacefully for the rehabilitation of the victims of the events of 4 June 1989,” Reporters Without Borders said.Liu is a leading human rights figure. His writings include an essay condemning the frequent use of subversion charges – which are brought against many cyber-dissidents – as a “legal aberration.”Liu spent two years in prison after publicly defending the June 1989 pro-democracy movement. He was sentenced to another three years of reeducation through work in 1996 for questioning the Communist Party’s monopoly of party political activity. Help by sharing this information News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more
Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK –– Scoop Jardine says he doesn’t want to know what it would take to beat the Syracuse team he directs every night out. It’s intriguing talk from the point guard who directs the 17-0 Orange, the team that turned what was supposed to be a tough fight for New York City college hoops bragging rights into a 76-59 laugher over St. John’s Wednesday. Fielding questions after coasting to victory for a second time at Madison Square Garden this year, Jardine kept the same blinders on that were there the first time. The mindset that was in the exact same MSG locker room on Dec. 7 when SU pulled away from Michigan State 72-58 in the Jimmy V Classic.It’s the pointed and confident mentality of the point guard who orchestrated the Orange to its second runaway win in its home away from home in a mere 36 days, this time in front of 14,440. ‘I don’t want to know,’ Jardine said. ‘I just want to keep going out there and winning games.’Chalk another one up. This time a whooping of New York City’s territorial team in the arena SU’s leading scorer on the night — Kris Joseph — said the Orange plays its best basketball. An arena where basketball has become easy for SU thanks to that focused, perhaps brash, Jardine-described approach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere is no argument from Jardine, who had 14 points and seven assists on the night, regarding Joseph’s sentiments towards MSG. Because the parallels to that Michigan State game are obvious, starting with a parallel that has been there in a bevy of the Orange’s 17 overall wins. SU (17-0, 4-0 Big East) is doing what it always does by defensively muzzling the opposition, while running sets to perfection on the other end. Whether they be impromptu fast breaks, or specific half-court calls from SU head coach Jim Boeheim on the sidelines.To end the game, the sets came in the form of repeated execution of SU’s ‘5-High’ set, where Jackson flashes to the top of the key, and the Orange offense starts from there. The same set it ended the Michigan State game with.But it only came about because of the SU defense. And in Wednesday’s Garden date, the Orange played perhaps its best defense of the year. From the get-go.‘Our defense was good early, when we really needed it,’ Boeheim said.Just like its start against Seton Hall Saturday — when the Orange scored a season-low 20 first half points — SU struggled offensively, shooting 1-of-6. But the Johnnies were even worse, going 1-of-9 from the field. SU brushed off the rusty start while St. John’s (10-5, 3-2) woes continued to fester. It led to a 35-24 Orange halftime lead. Through the game’s first 33 minutes, the Johnnies tallied only 39 points, while the Orange got its transition game going, amassing 61 points. SU put together a 16-6 run to end the first half. The game felt over.The offense was there because of the defensive will, though. Just ask Joseph. He went 8-of-11 on the night because SU returned from a ‘sluggish’ Seton Hall game – one he didn’t want to talk about – with a stifling defense. A defensive will SU doesn’t want to have, Joseph said. Rather, has to have.‘It’s about the will to want to play defense,’ Joseph said. ‘No one likes to play defense as much as offense.’With 7:20 left in the game, St. John’s only had those 39 points. The ‘5-High’ set was unleashed in full force. Play after play, Boeheim signaled into Jardine the set, raising five spread fingers. No words were needed. The orchestrator knew what to do. So did Jackson, flashing to the top of the key.And Wednesday, just like against Michigan State, the end-game felt easy. It was easy for SU to get what Jardine describes as SU’s ‘drivers’ out of the set – Dion Waiters, Joseph and himself – buckets. It was easy to force St. Johns’ big men to make the wrong decisions every time Jackson vacated the paint.Everything was working. Even when Boeheim screamed at Jardine on a specific play when Jardine passed to the wrong player. But all Jardine could do was get back to the set on the next play. After all, when he messed up on the play before, he cut through the empty paint and received a pass from Jackson for a layup.Too easy. So easy he doesn’t know what to say. Doesn’t want to know what could stop SU from having the breed of game it has seen twice at Joseph’s preferred home.‘Everything was working,’ Jardine said. ‘Today, it was.’[email protected] Published on January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments
Submitted by Concern for AnimalsRob Rice Homes is donating a large amount of barely used furniture from their model homes.Concern for Animals will hold its annual community garage sale on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Rick’s Automotive, 3527 Pacific Ave SE* from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of the group’s biggest fundraising events, it has been significantly boosted this year by a sizable donation of show quality furniture.Concern for Animals is an organization that for 35 years has assisted low income families with the food and medical needs of their pets and rescue animals. The local non-profit depends on donations, membership, small grants and fundraising events like the annual garage sale to fund its programs that include low-cost spay and neutering, emergency medical care and a pet Food Bank.“For at least 15 years the sale has drawn a lot of people looking for real bargains while supporting our mission,” says Janey Hanson, board president of Concern for Animals. “The community goes all out to donate items and attend the event. We couldn’t provide the help for animals and their owners without all of the amazing generosity.”This year, the sale will feature an entire house-full of model home furniture donated by Rob Rice Homes, a regular supporter of the group’s efforts.The new Concern for Animals building was completely remodeled by Rob Rice and his sub-contractors at no charge.“Being animal lovers, Rob and I recognize the incredible work of Concern for Animals,” says Helena Rice, wife of the local builder. “We are thrilled the furniture will help families and seniors care for their pets. We have family members who are rescue animals and we understand the deep bond between pets and their owners. It is a great cause.”Those wishing to donate items for the sale may do so on Thursdays in May between 4:00 pm and 6:00 at Rick’s Automotive location. Concern for Animals will provide tax-deductible donation forms for each donation. Concern for Animals cannot accept clothing, TVs, computers, electronics or workout equipment for the sale. Facebook186Tweet0Pin0 *To get to Rick’s Automotive for donations and the sale, follow Pacific Ave to Fones Road in Lacey. Once on Fones, make a left on to 6th Street and follow the garage sales signs back to a large warehouse with a sign to Rick’s. There will be event garage sale signs that will mark the location.More about the Concern for Animals can be found at www.concernforanimals.org.