China strips license from second lawyer for HK activists

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his license as Beijing attempts to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, said he had his license revoked by provincial judicial authorities. Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August were sentenced in December to prison terms ranging from seven months to three years for crossing the border illegally and organizing the crossings. The two other activists are minors. Two weeks ago, judicial officials revoked the license of another lawyer involved in the case.last_img read more

Get “tucker’d” in Tucker County, West Virginia

first_imgEndless family-friendly outdoor adventure makes getting “tucker’d” in Tucker County irresistible. Cool mountain breezes make Tucker County the perfect destination when the local temperatures are heating up and you want to retreat to the air conditioning. Our air conditioning is always provided by nature.Getting to Tucker County is quicker and easier than ever with the completion of Route 48 providing four lanes all the way to the valley from the East.Enjoy activities in the National Forest with epic mountain bike trails or gentle and scenic rail trails. A vast network of well-maintained trails allows firsthand access to a world of natural wonder.Witness the Blackwater River crash nearly six stories over the iconic falls at Blackwater Falls State Park. Take in the breathtaking views at Lindy Point, home of one of West Virginia’s most famous views. Hike the unspoiled backcountry of the Dolly Sods wilderness.Keep the good times flowing with the rushing excitement and gentle pools of the Cheat and Dry Fork Rivers. Make your best summer memories rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking or standup paddleboarding. Or cast your line and reel in a lively smallmouth or mountain trout. Angling opportunities of all sorts abound along Tucker County’s pristine rivers and streams. Be sure not to miss the freshly stocked Blackwater Canyon for some awesome fishing!Enjoy the music, raise your mug and toast the season at one of the area’s three microbreweries—Mountain State Brewing Company, Blackwater Falls Brewery and the newest addition, Stumptown Ales. And you can catch live music anytime at the always-happening, always family-friendly Purple Fiddle.Explore the charming nooks and crannies of the quaint small towns of Davis, Thomas, and Parsons where lively street pubs, corner cafes and eclectic shops provide a warm welcome. To learn more or for a free Travel Guide, visit or call 800-782-2775.last_img read more

Like Madrid, Dominant Nadal, Completes ‘La Decima’ at Roland Garros Â

first_imgHistory was made at Roland Garros yesterday as Rafael Nadal completed ‘La Decima’ at the French Open by beating Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 in the final.Nadal’s victory made him the first man in the Open Era to win the same grand slam on 10 separate occasions, enhancing his right to the nickname of ‘King of Clay’.The Spaniard was unplayable as he swept aside the challenge of Wawrinka, producing a moment for the ages when he sent a laser-guided forehand down the line after scrambling across court to return an excellent backhand from his opponent.He extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the only post-war players among a group of six men to have won a Grand Slam seven times.Despite a 15-3 career record against Wawrinka, and an imperious run to the final over the last two weeks, Nadal still had questions to answer heading into the final.He responded in emphatic fashion, proving he was back to the kind of form that saw off all-comers in Paris for the best part of a decade.Wawrinka’s firepower off both forehand and backhand had seen off world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals, but he could not dominate Nadal in the same way.The Spaniard’s relentless depth and power left Wawrinka trying for his spectacular winners from too wide and too deep, opening up the court for Nadal’s forehand to deliver the decisive blows.A scrappy start from both men in hot conditions saw Wawrinka miss the first break point in game three, and fail to earn another.While the Swiss could not stop leaking errors, Nadal found his rhythm and began skipping around his backhand to fire off forehands, breaking serve at 4-2 and again to seal the set.Four winners and 17 errors from Wawrinka told its own story, and he found himself 3-0 down in the second as Nadal stretched his run to seven games in a row.Wawrinka’s frustration boiled over as he smashed his racquet on the clay – snapping it over his knee for good measure – moments before losing the second set.Another fizzing forehand winner swept Nadal through to a love break of serve at the start of the third and the nine-time champion had too much experience to let such a commanding lead slip.The Philippe Chatrier Court crowd did their best to haul Wawrinka back into the match but Nadal was now simply unstoppable, breaking serve twice more before collapsing in joy when the Swiss netted on the second match point. NADAL’S PAST FRENCH OPEN CONQUESTS§  2005 – beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-1 7-5§  2006 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-4)§  2007 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4§  2008 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0§  2010 – beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4§  2011 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-1§  2012 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5§  2013 – beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3§  2014 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4§  2017 – beat Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-2 6-3 6-1 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more