Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police

first_imgNews 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 alertscenter_img 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 morelast_img read more

Invest Saint Lucia Rebrands in a New Era of Investment

first_imgChairman of Invest Saint Lucia, Mr. Pinkly Francis CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – Declaring that it has adopted “the Royal Standard” of investment promotion and facilitation, Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) has officially announced its rebranding as a national agency, striving to succeed for the benefit of all Saint Lucians.The unveiling of the new brand took place on Monday, September 30, 2019, during a press event at the Harbor Club, Rodney Bay.Officials of ISL presented the new brand as a “culture change”, rather than just cosmetic change, geared to attract investors who treat Saint Lucia as their own precious home, and not a place just to profit off its people and natural resources.Chief Executive Officer, Roderick Cherry, said that under the new tagline, “Make It Your Own”, a re-focused ISL will promote more aggressively the island’s natural and physical attributes, along with the economic advantages, such as a stable business environment to targeted sectors and investors.“On the international stage, what we have done with our new strategy is to try to focus very clearly on a few areas: tourism development, business process outsourcing, manufacturing and agro-processing. The difference now is that we have recognised what we do well, and we are using that, rather than throwing a wide net, to be very specific on the types of investment we go after,” Mr. Cherry explained.The rebranded Invest Saint Lucia will pay greater attention to local investment, consistent with ISL’s mandate to create economic activity and employment, said Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia, Pinkly Francis. This was necessary, mindful of the perception among Saint Lucians that the entity focuses on attracting foreign direct investment and less on local investment. He said that the facilitation process that ISL provides is the same for national and foreign clients.“An investor can come to Invest Saint Lucia and we will walk you through the entire process – from conceptualization of the idea, through to applying to various government entities for approvals, including concessions from the government. That has always been available to the local investor. They simply do not take advantage of it. What we have done now with our new image is to place more emphasis and make it known to the local investor that our doors are open. We have had a lot of success stories that we facilitated through Invest Saint Lucia. One example is Brice & Company. We have done a lot over the years in ensuring than Brice & Company become one of the large entities in Saint Lucia. We are also focusing on other sectors – the hotel sector, the hospitality sector, ICT. These have always been dominated by foreign direct investments. We have now embarked on developing the Anse de Sable project in Vieux Fort that focuses on creating opportunities for local investment in the hospitality sector.”Mr. Francis and his board were congratulated by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet for ISL’s many initiatives, saying that the brand they had created had been developed from the actual work of attracting investment in Saint Lucia.“Many people confuse brand with what we actually do. I think that ISL has done it backwards here. In fact, they have been doing it for some time, and are now allowing the brand to catch up with what they are doing, and that is really commendable because it is real. At the end of the day there is a tremendous amount of competition that is taking place in the world. If we want to be able to capture our fair share of investment, it means that we are going to have to be more innovative and hungrier than everybody else. We have to make a compelling case as to why somebody would want to come to this country. The job of all of us together is about achieving that… The effectiveness of doing business in government has to change.”ISL rebranding could not be timelier as the Government of Saint Lucia is moving to activate major transformational changes and improvements in the economy. These changes include the expansion of the Hewanorra International Airport, upgrading and building new roads, and the sprucing up of Capital City of Castries. Additionally, all sectors of the economy will continue to benefit substantially from infrastructure improvements in communications, water supply, sewerage and port facilities.The ISL team has scheduled promotional missions and trips in the next few weeks including CHICOS in Jamaica, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to deliver the message to new investors.Royal blue and gold will be ISL’s new brand colours to convey the image of Saint Lucia as a crown jewel. Better inter-agency collaboration, new dynamic marketing materials and an annual investment awards, which will recognize both investors and agencies who have demonstrated excellence in service delivery, are some of the tools that will give expression to the ISL brand.last_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott recalled when Chris Paul beat him in a pre-draft workout

first_imgThe biggest casualty happened in 2004, when Scott guarded Chris Paul in a two-on-two scrimmage.“He lit me up,” Scott said, laughing. “We kept it close, but we didn’t win. At the end, he had the ball and was too tough.”New Orleans then drafted Paul fourth overall, leading the current Clippers guard to apologize to his coach for embarrassing him. “I said, ‘You little (punk). That’s all right. You have to do my workouts now,’” Scott said, laughing. “At training camp, I got him back a little bit.”The 53-year-old Scott has since confined his involvement in pre-draft workouts to just shooting drills. Before Cleveland drafted Kyrie Irving first overall in 2010, Scott competed in spot shooting contests that he admitted Irving won two out of three times. Scott plans to participate in shooting drills against the prospects this summer, too. The rest of Scott’s influence in pre-draft workouts entailed evaluating prospects for the respective front offices. In two-on-two and three-on-three scrimmages, Scott limited the number of dribbles allowed to test the players’ skills in moving off-the-ball and setting screens.“I’ve seen a lot of guys in those workouts,” Scott said. “When we get to three on three, 90 percent of them we can tell if they will pan out to be pretty good.”Paul and Irving are the obvious choices. But Scott also mentioned Deron Williams (whom Utah selected third in 2005) and Klay Thompson (whom Golden State picked 11th in 2011) as other standout prospects. Scott declined to name the 10 percent of players whose promising pre-draft workouts did not translate into a prolific NBA career. “Those guys are the ones who are athletic and can shoot the ball, but he doesn’t think,” Scott said. “If you have to think about everything you do, that’s going to hurt you. If you can instinctively play and be able to move and counter situations, then you know you got a player.” He kept a close eye on the NCAA Tournament, Lakers coach Byron Scott watching a number of players who could accelerate the franchise’s rebuilding project. But Scott downplayed the significance on how those performances will affect which players the Lakers will target in the NBA Draft on June 26, presuming they keep their top-five protected pick. Scott will place higher importance on how those prospects fare in pre-draft workouts. “That is when I get a real good feel if they can play,” Scott said before the Lakers-Clippers game on Tuesday in a designated road contest at Staples Center. “You have a chance to really see if they know how to play basketball.”Scott sometimes experienced that the hard way when he coached the former New Jersey Nets (2000-2004), the former New Orleans Hornets (2004-09) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-13). Scott, who played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers, still felt conditioned enough to participate in two-on-two and three-on-three pre-draft workout drills in New Jersey and New Orleans. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Delray Beach 15 year-old Coco Gauff Loses in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

first_imgFifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff of Delray Beach has lost in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. She was up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff [[ Goff ]] is now playing her round-of-16 match today at Wimbledon. She’s up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Gauff lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.last_img