Mardi 12 octobre 2010

Furious China blocks visit to Nobel winner's wife

BEIJING – China blocked European officials from meeting with the fashion boots wife of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, cut off her phone communication and kept her under house arrest — acting on its fury over the award. As China retaliated, U.N. human rights experts called on Beijing to free democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo from prison. Liu, a slight, 54-year-old literary critic, is in the second year of an 11-year prison term after being convicted of inciting subversion. He was permitted a brief, tearful meeting in prison with his wife Sunday and said dedicated the award to the "lost souls" of the 1989 military crackdown on student demonstrators. In naming him, the Norwegian-based Nobel committee honored Liu's more than two decades of advocacy of human rights and peaceful democratic change — from demonstrations for democracy at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in UGG Knightsbridge Boots 1989 to a manifesto for political reform that he co-authored in 2008 and which led to his latest prison term. On Tuesday, U.S. officials said they were closely following the situation of Liu's wife, Liu Xia. "We remain concerned by multiple reports that Liu Xia is being confined to her home in Beijing," an U.S. Embassy spokesman, Richard Buangan, wrote in response to questions. "Her rights should be respected, and she should be allowed to move freely without harassment." The Beijing public security bureau and the foreign ministry had no immediate comment on why authorities were apparently restricting her movements since she has not been charged with anything. But "soft detention" is a common tactic used by the Chinese government to intimidate and stifle activists and critics. Beijing reacted angrily to Friday's announcement awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu, calling him a criminal and warning Norway's government that relations would suffer, even though the Nobel committee is an independent organization. On Monday, it abruptly canceled a meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday between visiting Norwegian Fisheries Minister Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and her UGG Mayfaire boots Chinese counterpart. European diplomats were prevented from visiting Liu's wife, Liu Xia, who has been living under house arrest since Friday. Liu Xia has been told that if she wants to leave her home, she must be escorted in a police car, the New York-based group Human Rights in China said. She has reported that her phone communications, along with her Internet, has been cut off; both her and her brother's mobile phones have been interfered with, HRIC said. Simon Sharpe, the first secretary of political affairs of the EU delegation in China, said he went to see Liu Xia at her home in Beijing to personally deliver a letter of congratulations from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Sharpe was accompanied by diplomats UGG Lo Pro Button boots from 10 other countries, including Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy and Australia. But three uniformed guards at the gate of Liu's apartment complex prevented the group from entering. "We were told that we could only go in if we called somebody from the inside and if they came out to meet us. But of course, we can't call Liu Xia, because it's impossible to get through to her phone," Sharpe told reporters at the entrance to the compound. The Nobel Committee has sent the official prize documents, including an invitation to the Dec. 10 ceremony, to the Chinese Embassy in Oslo, asking Chinese authorities to hand them over to Liu, said committee secretary Geir Lundestad. In recent days, Beijing has also stepped UGG Elsey wedge Boots up its harassment of other activists, detaining several when they tried to organize a dinner to celebrate Liu's Nobel. Zhang Jiannan, who runs an Internet forum on political matters, told The Associated Press that he and other activists had gone out Friday to celebrate Liu's victory. He was placed under house arrest Saturday and warned by police not to participate in political activities. On Monday, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was the latest to be detained by police, according to his assistant, who did not want to be identified. Pu had sent out a message via Twitter on Sunday that said security officials had showed up telling him not to accept interviews with foreign media. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama criticized China for its response to the Nobel Peace Prize award, saying the government "must change," the Kyodo News agency reported. The Tibetan spiritual leader, who won the prize himself in 1989, sale ugg boots said Beijing must recognize that fostering an open society is "the only way to save all people of China."
Par lagogogo123 - 1 commentaire(s)le 12 octobre 2010
Lundi 11 octobre 2010

Empty ferry ablaze in Baltic Sea after explosion

A 650-foot ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea on Saturday after an sheepskin boots explosion on the upper deck, and firefighting ships were spraying the vessel with water to keep it from breaking apart and spilling some 170 tons of fuel, officials said. There were 249 people aboard who were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the explosion on the Lisco Gloria around midnight. Three were taken to hospitals by helicopter and another 26 were slightly injured, police said. German officials and the ferry said the blast appeared to have been a technical mishap. "The investigation is ongoing, but all indications so Nightfall Boots far suggest that the cause was a technical problem," Schleswig-Holstein state police spokesman Stefan Jung told The Associated Press. TV footage showed a fire on the top deck, while the decks below appeared to be gutted by the fire. "People were lucky because it all happened on a major shipping route, that's why the other vessels were quickly on hand to rescue people," said Ulrike Windhoevel, the spokeswoman for Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven. Authorities allowed the blaze aboard the ship to Sundance II Boots burn because "there's a possibility it could capsize if we continue," a Danish navy duty commander told the AP. No oil had spilled, he said. "At the moment there are four ships at the scene, with more on their way. Their primary purpose is an environmental protection service. If there is an oil spill we can cordon off the scene," said the duty commander, who declined to be named in line with Danish military policy. Windhoevel said firefighters were still spraying water on the ship's exterior to cool it down. "But the firefighters cannot put out the blaze on the ship, because at some point it would sink because of all the water in it," she said. The Lithuanian-flagged ferry was traveling Knightsbridge Boots from the German port of Kiel to Klaipeda, Lithuania, authorities said. Passengers and crew were evacuated by lifeboat and taken by another ferry to a naval base near Kiel, officials and the shipping company DFDS said. The passengers were mostly Lithuanians, DFDS spokesman Gert Jakobsen said. Most of the passengers were taken to hotels for the night, but some drove themselves home, Windhoevel said. Authorities said a four-person team was lowered to the ferry by uggs on sale helicopter and managed to anchor the vessel off the southern tip of the Danish island Langeland to keep it from drifting farther ashore.
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Vendredi 17 septembre 2010

Yankee sleight of hand: Derek deke? Jeter cheater?

Derek Jeter(notes) has a bit part in a box-office hit, cowboy boots and he’s putting those acting skills to good use. The New York Yankees captain, with a cameo in the Will Ferrell comedy “The Other Guys,” gave an Oscar-worthy performance by pretending to get hit by a pitch in a pennant race game Wednesday night. Howling, hopping and hurting—seemingly, anyway—Jeter even got the team trainer to examine his left arm. And then the All-Star often hailed as a model of good sportsmanship took his base. More like stole it, fans in Tampa Bay hollered. “Jeter cheater!” they chanted. Replays clearly showed what really happened: Chad UGG Elsey wedge BootsQualls’(notes) fastball squarely struck the knob of Jeter’s bat, not him. But Major League Baseball doesn’t use instant replay in these situations. For more than a century, ballplayers have tried to bend the rules. Pitchers throw spitballs, outfielders fake catches on balls that bounce, shortstops make phantom tags. This isn’t golf, where players are expected to call penalties on themselves. Coming off the Steroids Era, where cheating often meant illegal performance-enhancing drugs, some actually found a charm in Jeter’s old-fashioned chicanery. Yet seeing the squeaky-clean Jeter involved in Kids Classic Tall Boots Yankee hanky-panky was startling. So was his response. Asked where the ball hit, he readily admitted his sleight of hand. “The bat,” he said, without apology. “It’s part of the game.” To his legion of admirers, Derek’s deke was a savvy play. The bat flew, he spun around, doubled over and convinced the home-plate umpire he’d been plunked. He wound up scoring a key run in the seventh inning. To Jeter’s detractors, it was a cheap trick. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon argued so much he got ejected, though he praised Jeter after the Rays rallied past the Yankees 4-3 into first place in the AL East. “There’s several thespians throughout baseball,” Maddon said. “I thought Derek did a great job, and I applaud it, because I wish our guys would do the same thing.” Both the Yankees and Rays were off Thursday, UGG Coquette Slipper but Jeter Theater played throughout the majors. On the Cincinnati Reds’ telecast of their game against Arizona—a matchup with no direct connection to what occurred at Tropicana Field—there was a fan text poll with this question: Are you OK with the Derek Jeter play? Fans were split on whether it was gamesmanship or farce. Dodgers manager Joe Torre applauded Jeter. “Hell, yeah, he did the right thing,” Torre, Jeter’s longtime manager with the Yankees, said in San Francisco. “It’s not like running a red light. Stuff you can do out on the field, whether you can get away with it, it’s not being immoral. We allow people to steal second base. Anything you can get away with is fine. To me, that’s above board. It’s not like he’s loading his bat.” Batters often try to pretend they’ve been hit by pitches that just miss; it’s something they’re taught to do. But it usually takes them a split-second to start acting, and that rarely tricks the umps. Jeter, however, got right in character, especially after the ball hit the bat and sent vibrations up his arm. He fooled home-plate umpire Lance Barksdale, then managed to sneak a peek to watch Maddon’s dispute. “What can you do? My job is to get on UGG Amelie Sandals base. He said it hit me, so I’m not going to argue with him,” Jeter said. Jeter’s impeccable reputation for fairness and honesty might have helped him sell the call. Next time, pleading his case might not be so easy. A former World Series MVP, the 36-year-old Jeter currently is stuck in one of the worst slumps of his career. With his team trailing by a run, he would take anything. “I’ve been hit before when they said it hit the bat. It goes both ways,” he said. While the four umpires huddled to discuss the call, Maddon was certain the ball had nicked Jeter’s bat and rolled out near the pitcher’s mound. Maddon told Qualls to retrieve the ball and throw to first UGG Handbags base, to get Jeter out. No chance. “Nobody could tell me that the ball hit his hand, in any way, shape or form, or his wrist. But everybody could tell me that the ball hit the bat,” Maddon said. “I really hoped the play would be reversed based on pure, pure logic.” No luck there, either. “Basically it hit the knob and it was a fair ball, and work boots he was out at first. That’s all there is to it,” Qualls said. “He’s Derek Jeter, but you know what? It’s still the game of baseball and he was out, and that’s the play that should have been called.”
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Mercredi 15 septembre 2010

Wenger warns Arsenal not to underestimate Braga

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal must not take victory for granted when uggs outlet they face unfashionable Portuguese club Braga in their opening Champions League group match on Wednesday. Wenger's side have made an impressive unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign and sit second in the table after thrashing Bolton 4-1 at the weekend. The Gunners have been given a favourable draw for the opening stage of Europe's elite club competition, with Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade their opposition in Group H. But Arsenal boss Wenger is well aware those positive domestic performances could cause his players to take more success for granted against a Braga team containing few star names. That kind of complacency has cost Arsenal in the Lo Pro Button boots past and Wenger has no intention of letting his team rest on their laurels ahead of the Emirates Stadium clash. Wenger is right to be wary of Braga, as they finished second in the Portuguese league last season - shattering the traditional dominance of the likes of Porto and Sporting Lisbon on the top spots - and then eliminated Celtic and Sevilla in the Champions League qualifying rounds. "For us a win on Wednesday is vital because I believe the group is much more difficult than people expect it to be," Wenger said. "Braga finished in front of Porto last year. We played against Porto and know they are a good side. Also, they have just kicked Sevilla out in the play-offs. "Shakhtar Donetsk are one of the best European Elsey wedge Boots sides, that is why I believe it is very important we start well at home." Wenger hopes to have Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen available for selection on Wednesday after an Achilles problem ruled him out of the Bolton match. In Vermaelen's absence, French centre-half Sebastien Squillaci made a composed debut following his move from Sevilla. Wenger could also take heart from the way captain Cesc Fabregas struck up an immediate understanding with Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh. With Dutch forward Robin van Persie, England UGG Kids Classic Tall Boots winger Theo Walcott and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner all sidelined for several weeks, Wenger knows his creative lynchpin and leading targetman must function well together if Arsenal are to maintain their flying start. Chamakh scored on his home Premier League debut in the 6-0 win over Blackpool, then struck against Bolton from a Fabregas cross and Wenger believes the former Bordeaux player's style is suited to both the English game and European competition. "Chamakh will adapt well because he is a player who, no matter what game you play, likes to connect with players on the pitch," Wenger said. If they flourish, Domingos Paciencia's Braga, who will be savouring their first ever taste of the Champions League group stage, look unlikely to deliver an early blow to Wenger's bid to win the competition Coquette Slipper for the first time. Arsenal lost the 2006 final to Barcelona and were beaten in the quarter-finals by the same opposition last year. Asked whether he suffers sleepless nights about not wining the tournament, Wenger said: "Certainly, you always do a little bit. It goes through your head like if you have something important to do tomorrow. "But we will try to get that right. You want to do well for people who love the club. For the players, for the fans who love the club.'It goes through your head the day before a game and the day after a game. "We have a good mixture of quality and Amelie Sandals more experience. You know when you see our team play that they are not any more tender. We are equipped to win the Champions League."
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Lundi 13 septembre 2010

River Plate shares lead in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—River Plate beat Arsenal 1-0 ugg boots 2010 Sunday to take a share of the lead in Argentina’s Apertura tournament and look more like a champion than a possible candidate for relegation. Gabriel Funes Mori scored with a second-half header to improve River Plate to 13 points—the same as Velez Sarsfield and Estudiantes, which has a game in hand on the other two. San Lorenzo and Arsenal both have 12 points. River and Arsenal finished with 10 men after River’s Roberto Pereyra and Arsenal’s Pablo Aguilar were sent off just before the final whistle. River Plate is coming off two poor seasons and another weak finish could see the storied club relegated. Relegation in Argentina is based on the results over several seasons Boca Juniors also claimed a much-needed win Sunday. Goals from Lucas Viatri, Martin Palermo and Juan Insaurralde earned a 3-1 victory at Olimpo and eased the pressure on new coach Claudio Borghi after a stuttering start to UGG Mini Boots the season. Boca has only seven points. Elsewhere, defending champion Argentinos Juniors are still without a victory after losing 2-1 at home to Newell’s Old Boys, while Independiente is also winless after being held to a scoreless draw at home against newly promoted Quilmes. Independiente and Quilmes have only three points, and Argentinos and Gimnasia are worse off with only two. In Brazil, Botafogo capitalized on losses by leaders Fluminense and Corinthians to move into third place Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Sao Paulo. Uruguay striker Sebastian Abreu and midfielder Edno UGG Tall Metallic Boots scored for Botafogo, which improved to 37 points—four behind league-leading Fluminense and one in back of No. 2 Corinthians. On Saturday, Fluminense allowed an injury-time goal in a 2-1 loss to Atletico Goianiense in Goiania, its second loss in three matches. Led by playmaker Deco, Fluminense had been dominating the competition but has won only once in the last five matches. Corinthians missed a chance to move closer by losing 1-0 to 12th-place Gremio at Pacaembu stadium, a result that snapped the team’s 10-match winning streak at home. Former Corinthians midfielder Douglas scored the winner with a shot from the top of the area in the 34th to give Gremio its first away victory and extend its unbeaten streak to five matches. Playing without Ronaldo as he continues to try to UGG Short Metallic Boots regain his fitness, Corinthians missed a penalty in the 60th when Brazil goalkeeper Victor stopped the shot from former Boca Juniors striker Iarley. In Mexico, goals from Matias Vuoso and Miguel Layun on Sunday gave America a 2-0 Sunday win over Morelia and the top spot in Group 2 of Mexico’s Apertura tournament. America’s sixth straight game without a loss moved it onto 12 points. Cruz Azul defeated Atlas 3-1 on Saturday to move up to 18 points in Group 3 — the top point total in the league. Santos and Monterrey lead Group 1 with 15 points. On Saturday, Santos were trounced 5-2 by Queretaro and Monterrey defeated Tigres 1-0. Vuoso scored after only five minutes and UGG Argyle Knit Boots Layun got his in the 60th after Morelia goalkeeper Federico Vilar was caught off his line. Horacio Cervantes, Javier Orozco and Christian Gimenez found the net to give Cruz Azul the win at Atlas, which is still looking for its first victory. In Chile, Universidad Catolica defeated Union Espanola 2-0 to take over first place on Sunday. The victory was coupled with Colo Colo’s 3-1 loss to Audax Italiano. Catolica has 49 points and Colo Colo 48 after 23 rounds.
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Samedi 11 septembre 2010

Rooney set for rough Premiership ride at Everton

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney will face the most hostile reception of his cheap boots career when the under-fire Manchester United striker makes his latest return to Everton on Saturday. It is safe to say a trip to his native Merseyside is the last thing Rooney needs after newspaper allegations that he paid two prostitutes for sex while his Liverpool-born wife Coleen was pregnant with the couple's first child. Reports that Coleen has refused to listen to Rooney's side of the story have been seen as a sign he faces a fight to save his marriage, but he didn't seem fazed as he scored for England against Switzerland on Tuesday. It may have helped that Rooney suffered UGG Lo Pro Button boots little or no negative reaction from a sedate crowd in Basel. However, a far more vitriolic atmosphere lies in wait at Goodison Park. If United boss Sir Alex Ferguson decides Rooney is in the right frame of mind to start, he will be exposing the former Everton star to 90 minutes of constant abuse from fans still bitter over their former idol's move to Old Trafford in 2004. Banners reading "Once a blue, now a red, in our hearts you are dead" greeted Rooney on previous visits to Goodison, but that will be mild compared to the reception this time, according to Everton defender Phil Jagielka. "He normally gets quite a bit of stick and I can't see that changing on Saturday," Jagielka said. "It should be amusing but I hope no UGG Elsey wedge Boots one crosses the line because we are all human beings. Sometimes football takes over and you never know what is going to happen." While Rooney and United steel themselves to face Everton, champions Chelsea will expect to extend their perfect start to the season when they travel to West Ham, who sit bottom of the table after three successive defeats. Carlo Ancelotti's side sit top of the table after three victories, including two 6-0 routs of West Brom and Wigan. Yet Ancelotti, who plans a long stay at Stamford Bridge, still wants more from his players and he said: "In football there are a lot of things, a lot of details that you can always improve. Every experience can give you the possibility to improve. "My desire is to be here for 25 years. I don't UGG Kids Classic Tall Boots know if it's possible, but I hope to stay for a long time." Arsenal's hopes of keeping pace with Chelsea suffered a double blow over the last seven days when Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott were both sidelined for several weeks with ankle injuries. Losing two match-winners of that quality will heap pressure on captain Cesc Fabregas to recapture the magnificent form he showed for much of last season, starting against Bolton at the Emirates Stadium this weekend. Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham were UGG Coquette Slipper also hit by injury problems during the international break as England duo Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson were ruled out for up to two months each. With Defoe out, Peter Crouch will return from a back injury when Harry Redknapp's team travel to West Brom, while Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could be on the Tottenham bench after his move from Real Madrid. Six of Manchester City's players starred in England's two Euro 2012 qualifying wins and winger James Milner hopes the feel-good factor will carry over to Eastlands when Roberto Mancini's side face Blackburn. "Most teams who win the title have an UGG Amelie Sandals English core, so it can only be good for us," Milner said. Gerard Houllier will take charge of his first Aston Villa match on Monday when the former Liverpool and Lyon manager's new team travel to Stoke. It promises to be a demanding opener for Houllier, but Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes his counterpart has inherited a fine squad that should flourish in the long-run. "I think he is walking into a football club which has boots melbourne top players and he has been very fortunate to get a great club," Pulis said.
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