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Ali has diet for success: Carter has his eyes on UK Championship title
Uggs for sale Ali Carter reached the World Championship final in May on a diet fuelled by carrot juice, but curry and beer could carry the Crohn's disease sufferer to UK glory in York. The 33-year-old Essex man has been struggling to stay on top of his condition for the last decade, and has recently ditched pills due to the fear they would cause him long-term health problems. However, Carter has no problem sinking pints, providing they are low in wheat and gluten, and mild curries go down a treat with the two-time Crucible runner-up. Now he has the williamhill.com UK Championship title in his sights after knocking out world No 1 Judd Trump's conqueror Mark Joyce 6-2. Former world champion Shaun Murphy, in-form Basildon potter Stuart Bingham and Welshman Matthew Stevens were also winners at the Barbican Centre as the quarter-final line-up began to take shape. Going by the wayside and out of the tournament were a despondent Graeme Dott and his fellow Scot Stephen Maguire, along with Marco Fu. With a curry house just over the road from the tournament venue, Carter, a trim cueman who is also a keep-fit fanatic, does not need to look hard for a curry fix. Inspired by Peter Ebdon, who has committed to a strict vegan diet in recent seasons, Carter downed glass after glass of carrot juice in Sheffield this year, and reported it had a hugely positive impact on his well-being. 'But I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy myself some carrots and stick it in a juicer,' Carter said. "It was just something Peter was doing, I was part of it and we were all having a laugh and it was good. 'I've stopped red meat, which I like, dairy, wheat and gluten. When I'm at home I eat well, salads and fish. I eat curries if they're not too spicy and not too much cream, but it's just a nightmare.
Uggs outlet 'A curry and a lager, yeah. But I try to get in the gym and keep myself trim. I don't live on curry and lager, believe it or not.' Such an indulgence would make Carter sound like a caricature of an old-school snooker player, yet life on a busy sporting tour inevitably means he spends much of his year living out of a suitcase and eating in restaurants. It makes dealing with Crohn's disease, which also afflicts Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and causes inflammation of the bowels, particularly difficult. Carter thought about retiring a year ago, and said after seeing off Joyce: "I don't feel that well presently. In the quarter-finals, Carter will tackle Bingham, who was terrific in seeing off Maguire 6-4 this evening, firstly going 4-2 ahead before being hauled back to 4-4 and then responding with a break of 120 followed by a match-clinching 54. Bingham, due to marry fiancee Michelle at the end of the season, has taken the Australian Open and Premier League titles this year and amassed over £150,000 in prize money. This is an outstanding opportunity to land silverware in one of snooker's premier events, and Bingham said: 'A lot of my success has been overseas and to do it in the UK is massive. 'I'm very happy with my game. I came up against a really good opponent today and came through. I'm over the moon with the result.' Stevens was also a 6-4 winner, surviving a gruelling match against Hong Kong's Marco Fu. Stevens, now 35, won the UK title in 2003 but had not reached the quarter-final stage again until now. He will face John Higgins or Mark Davis next. He said: 'I'll have to play a lot better than that if I'm to go any further.' Murphy impressed this evening in a 6-2 win over his fellow former world champion Dott. The 30-year-old world number four had a total clearance of 130 in a victory that sets up a quarter-final against Mark King or 17-year-old Luca Brecel, who knocked out Ricky Walden last night.
ugg outlet Dott was dismayed by his own performance, with the 35-year-old Scot saying: 'I just don't think I'm the same player I was. I don't think there's anyone else in the top 16 that can play as badly as I can play. 'It's not good enough.' Dott, Crucible champion in 2006, added: 'Hopefully it's not just because of my age. I'd don't know if I've had it. Maybe I'm finished.' The Larkhall man was quick to stress that did not mean he would be retiring, adding: 'Maybe it's just a bad patch but it doesn't feel that way.' The National Audit Office (NAO) says focus must not be lost as many different organisations are involved in post-Olympic projects. The Cabinet Office is leading the running of the legacy. The NAO's Amyas Morse said strong leadership would "ensure the longer-term benefits are delivered." He added: "Few could have envisaged how successful the London 2012 Games would turn out to be. "The construction programme was completed on time and within budget, 11 million tickets were sold and our athletes excelled. "Crucially, the Games passed off without major transport disruption or security incident." Speaking about the post-Games projects, he added: "There has been progress in setting up arrangements to strengthen co-ordination and oversight of delivery of the planned legacy of the Games. "The Cabinet Office will now have to exercise strong leadership to ensure the longer-term benefits are delivered." Public Accounts Committee chairman Margaret Hodge called for "a tight grip on every last bit of expenditure" in the post-Games era. She said: "The momentum that the Games generated must now be harnessed by government to deliver the promised legacy. "The government needs to capitalise on the events of the summer to inspire wider participation in sport, regenerate east London and trigger economic growth. "The Cabinet Office must provide firm leadership and oversight of the many organisations charged with these important tasks."
ugg outlet online And she went on to say that project management and contracting skills "gained by officials must now be deployed elsewhere in the civil service where these skills have often been found wanting in the past". The cost of the Olympic Delivery Authority's programme to build the venues and infrastructure is expected to be around £6.7 billion, compared with the £8.1 billion originally available. The National Audit Office report quite rightly highlights the successes of London 2012 and we are now focused on delivering a genuine and lasting legacy” Final costs will not be known precisely until 2014 but ministers are "confident" the project will come in under budget. The future of the £429m Olympic Stadium is being finalised. And it is still uncertain whether the Games will come in £377m under budget, as estimated, against its £9.3 billion public sector funding package. There was an additional cost of £514m to cover venue security costs for which there was originally no provision. This was after contractor G4S failed to supply the agreed number of security guards, and extra troops and police were deployed to fill the shortfall. London Mayor Boris Johnson hailed the "overwhelming success" of the 2012 Games. He said: "The doomsters and Olymposceptics have been confounded yet again. "This report puts into black and white the scale of the achievement in organising such a successful festival of sport, and pays tribute to the many different players who helped make the Games the greatest show on earth. "I'm determined to build on this momentum to create a lasting legacy which benefits Londoners for generations and provides a blueprint for future host cities to follow." And sports minister Hugh Robertson said Britain can look back with pride "on an outstanding Olympics and a groundbreaking Paralympics, which showed Britain at its best". He said: "The National Audit Office report quite rightly highlights the successes of London 2012 and we are now focused on delivering a genuine and lasting legacy."
Obama tells labor he's committed to 'protecting' middle class on taxes11/13/2012 - 7:46pm | Comments: ()
Obama tells labor he's committed to 'protecting' middle class on taxes
louis vuitton outlet Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a "strong" and "determined" defense of his intent to allow Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans to expire while preserving cuts for middle-income earners, according to conversations with several people who attended a meeting between the president and labor and progressive leaders. The meeting at the White House -- along with a second unannounced meeting with representatives from roughly a dozen groups focused on women's issues -- was the start of a lengthy process of negotiating a resolution to the nation's impending budget crisis. Obama is scheduled to meet with business leaders on Wednesday and congressional leaders from both parties on Friday. Lasting roughly an hour, the meeting included representatives from four of the nation's largest labor unions as well as the heads of six independent groups involved in organizing grassroots support for progressive causes. "The president was very strong on saying there's going to be an end to the Bush tax cuts one way or another," said one participant who requested anonymity to discuss the off-the-record meeting. After disappointing many in the progressive community by failing to keep his promise to let the upper-income tax cuts expire during previous negotiations with Congress, the president seemed to convince many in Tuesday's meeting that this time would be different. "I think that the president is going to play a real leadership role in this in finding a solution," said National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel. "I don't think President Obama is acting any different. I think he's in a very different place with those who oppose him. They don't have any leverage over him anymore."
cheap louis vuitton outlet One participant in Tuesday's meeting who was also involved in last summer's debt ceiling negotiations agreed, "The leverage is all on our side now. I don't know why anyone watching this would think the president should negotiate at all [on tax cuts]." Another participant described the president as "locked and loaded in making sure this is a fair deal." AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that his organization and the others present on Tuesday plan to help the president keep his promise. "The president led with that notion of protecting the middle class," Trumka told reporters following the meeting, noting that Republicans have it in their power to negotiate a compromise that "protects" the middle class. "Are we going to push them on that? Without a doubt we're going to push them on that." Obama was slightly less convincing on his commitment to fight against any and all cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that are pillars of the progressive movement. Many in the meeting expressed confidence in the president's commitment to stand by promises he made to protect entitlement benefits during the campaign, but acknowledged that this process is just beginning. "The danger is not where the president is today. The danger for us is when the negotiations begin where they have to give," one participant said. "The first shots are just being fired." As the lone representative at Tuesday's meeting who was solely focused on protecting entitlement programs, Max Richtman from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said that the message he received was that entitlement cuts offered by the White House during previous rounds of negotiations were no longer on the table.
louis vuitton online store "I got the sense from this meeting that that was then and this is now," Richtman said. "We've had an election. I think the president feels he's in a better position in terms of negotiating, and I got the clear sense that he's committed to protecting the beneficiaries of those programs as much as he could." During the meeting, Richtman argued that Social Security should be separated from any deficit negotiations because the program is in relatively good fiscal health. Richtman said he presented his argument to the president and that Obama agreed Social Security reform should be its own discussion. "The president agreed it should be dealt with on a separate track," Richtman said. "Does a separate track mean two weeks later? I don't know. But he accepted the premise that it was not part of the problem." Others in the meeting felt that the message on cuts to Medicare and Medicaid coming from the president and senior members of his economic team that attended the session wasn't quite so clear. "They were leaving the door open on what they would call healthcare savings, what we would call cuts to vital health care benefits," one participant said. "I think that stuff could come on back if the Republicans were pushing on it, and that would be concerning to us." In separate statements on Friday, both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner struck a bipartisan tone. Speaking at the White House, the president said he was "open to compromise," and would seek to "build consensus" at his meeting with congressional leaders, but he also signaled that compromising on his tax cut position wasn't an option.
louis vuitton shop online On Capitol Hill, Boehner sounded open to increasing revenue and said he didn't want to "box anybody else in" by laying out too specific a plan before he spoke to the president. But he also spoke out against increased tax rates. Recently revealed details of an offer made by Obama to Boehner during negotiations last summer included some healthcare entitlement cuts that were unpalatable to progressives. While some in the meeting expressed fear that those cuts will resurface in order to ensure Republican support of the president's tax proposal, others argue that the playing field has fundamentally changed. "I think at that time what he was exploring was how far are they were willing to go," NEA's Van Roekel said of the so-called 'grand bargain' negotiations between Obama and Boehner. "It's really quite amazing that they would just not do anything without extending the tax cuts for the top two percent. I think the people who were trying to make sure [Obama] wasn't reelected have lost their leverage and now their going to have to deal with the real issues." A somewhat more skeptical attendee of Tuesday's meeting agrees that circumstances have changed, but admitted there likely "going to be some issues on the health care front where we'll disagree with him." "It's a very different bargaining environment now," he said. "He can either take advantage of that environment or not. The president sounded like a guy who has a mandate from the American people and he's going to fulfill it."
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2012, third episode, review11/13/2012 - 7:46pm | Comments: ()
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2012, third episode, review
Uggs on sale “My colleagues call me ‘balls of steel’,” boasted Nadine Dorries during an intimate confessional session – to several million viewers - on the third episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. A slightly unfortunate choice of words given that, minutes later, she found herself chomping down on a lamb’s testicle. Still, her (figurative) balls and her ability to eat (actual) balls have served her well – she won the competitive eating session against whiney Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan and, miraculously, viewers let her off the hook and chose to not vote her to do a third Bushtucker Trial. Perhaps David Cameron has run out of out phone credit? In case you missed it, Dorries also tucked into fermented egg, camel toe, ostrich anus and baked spider in order to win her repulsive challenge against poor, permanently petrified Flanagan. It seems the recession might have lowered the standards of canapés at official party drinks receptions, as Dorries didn’t seem as fazed as one might expect by the selection of delicacies on offer. She even wryly remarked that the hairy spider she nibbled “tastes just like chicken”. Hunger can make you delirious though – after three days in the jungle, her fellow celebrities have even been shakily musing that, at this point, they would probably pay £500 for a packet of biscuits. In fact, Linda Robson claimed that she would stretch to “a full grand”. Clearly once being in Birds of a Feather pays better than one might expect, although if she could genuinely afford to spend £1000 on a packet of Hob Nobs, it seems odd that she would bother going on this relentless nightmare of a reality show in the first place.
Uggs on sale cheap Being in the jungle has had a strange and almost, almost, endearing effect on these ten strangers. So far, they’ve spent all of their time split into two arbitrary groups but now they’ve been forced to merge and they’re not happy about it at all. They might have known each other for mere days, but Linda Robson, Brian Conley, David Haye, Charlie Brooks and Helen Flanagan have turned themselves into a rather dysfunctional family unit (with self-appointed baby daughter Flanagan evidently in the grips of the “terrible twos” phase – perhaps the bit of Wikipedia that says she’s actually 22 is a typo?) and were horrified by the idea of joining forces with the others. The other group is full of more polarising characters, though, like Dorries and Made In Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor. One might think a Harrow-educated socialite would get on swimmingly with a Tory MP but the pair are already niggling each other constantly. That’s good news for viewers – idle chat about the merits of Rich Tea biscuits over digestives punctuated with the occasional bit of testicle-gobbling can only keep us entertained for so long; with no hint of romance so far, this show is reliant on petty squabbles to keep it entertaining. At this point, it seems likely that Taylor (who had a little cry after losing a silly climbing challenge against David Haye - a professional athlete!) and Flanagan (who’s just been voted into her third Bushtucker Trial, purely because she was so useless at the previous two) will be at the root of any childish drama. Or perhaps 80s popstar Limahl and TV chef Rosemary Shrager will stir things up when they join the camp shortly, assuming neither of them are too shy.
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Uggs outlet sale McAfee described how he had hidden in the sand under a cardboard box when police came to his house during routine inquiries following the shooting. He said: “It was extraordinarily uncomfortable. But they will kill me if they find me.” McAfee, a British-born American, has been involved in on-going dispute with Belize authorities, who he has accused of being a "military dictatorship." He claimed that on Friday the Belize authorities had sent "thugs" to poison his dogs Mellow, Lucky, Dipsy, and Guerrero. Mr Faull was known to have complained about the dogs in the past, But, asked if he thought Mr Faull might be responsible for poisoning them, McAfee told Wired: “This is not something he would ever do. I mean, he’s an angry sort of guy but he would never hurt a dog.” McAfee reportedly made $100 million from his developments and owned properties in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Hawaii. He moved to Belize in 2008 and started a new antibiotics company making drugs from plants. When the financial collapse and recession hit he lost most of his fortune, reportedly seeing it fall to $4 million. Last April, the Belize Gang Supression Unit raided McAfee's business looking for drugs and guns. McAfee said officers found guns, which he said were legal, and he was released without charge after being detained for a few hours. He later claimed to a television station that the GSU had killed his dog and taken his passport, and that he was being victimised because he didn't give money to a local politician. He said: "They confiscated my passport, all of the weapons we used for security on the compound, handcuffed me and everyone and for fourteen hours outside in the sun I sat handcuffed without food or water. They murdered my dog in cold blood. "It was unbelievable, unimaginable for a country that was supposedly a democratic country. I had to get the intervention of the American embassy to get released. "This is clearly a military dictatorship where people are allowed to go and harass citizens based on rumour alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained." Other residents said the tattooed McAfee seemed standoffish and not friendly. Real estate agent, Bob Hamilton said: "His physical appearance doesn't really inspire you to go over and make friends with him. He's a little scruffy looking."
David Petraeus affair: Florida twins courted generals and racked up millions in debt11/13/2012 - 7:47pm | Comments: ()
David Petraeus affair: Florida twins courted generals and racked up millions in debt
Cheap chocolate ugg boots uk Twin Florida socialites who are at the centre of the David Petraeus affair gained intimate access to America's military and political elite through their high-rolling lifestyles even as they quietly racked up millions of dollars in debts and credit card bills. Jill Kelley, whose complaint over threatening emails prompted the FBI inquiry that has ensnared two top generals, is mired in lawsuits from a string of banks totalling $4 million (£2.5 million), court filings obtained by The Daily Telegraph in Florida show. Meanwhile Mrs Kelley's identical twin Natalie Khawam – who obtained testimonies to her good character from both Gen Petraeus and Gen John Allen during her own separate legal battle – declared herself bankrupt earlier this year with liabilities of $3.6 million, filings show. The 37-year-old sisters have emerged as central players in the saga gripping Washington's national security establishment since Mrs Kelley was named as the "second woman" allegedly harassed by jealous emails from Paula Broadwell, Gen Petraeus's biographer and mistress. Left to right: Jill Kelley's twin sister Natalie, David Petraeus, Jill Kelley's husband Scott, Jill Kelley, David Petraeus's wife Holly. They also have direct links to Florida's highest political circles, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Miss Khawam once dated Charlie Crist, the state's former governor, a Republican source said, while Pam Bondi, its Attorney General and a close ally of Mitt Romney, attended a function at Mrs Kelley's home. The sisters are also believed to have attended the farewell party for Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the former British ambassador to the US, in Washington last year. Peter King, a Republican congressman for New York who was at the event, told CNN yesterday that he had met Mrs Kelley at "one or two events at the British embassy". An embassy spokesman declined to check, saying that it would take too much time.
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Cheap chestnut ugg boots uk "They are active in the G.O.P. social scene in Florida," said a Republican source. "They are fun, friendly and beautiful people and political folks like them. I guess they've hit difficult times". After being given a certificate at one event naming her an "honorary ambassador", Mrs Kelley is said to have begun using the title without the "honorary" prefix. Miss Khawam, a lawyer, called on their high-level contacts during a bitter custody battle over her four-year-old son in Washington earlier this year. Both Gen Petraeus and Gen Allen sent letters to the court supporting her case to overturn a ruling denying her custody. Informing the court in a September memo that he knew Miss Khawam well and had hosted her for dinner last Christmas, Gen Petraeus testified to having seen "a very loving relationship – a mother working hard to provide her son enjoyable, educational and developmental experiences". Two days later, Gen Allen – who is accused of exchanging thousands of emails with Miss Khawam's sister, Jill – made his own unusual intervention, writing on headed notepaper and signing off with his title as a general in the US Marine Corps. He said that she "clearly loves" her son, adding: "In light of Natalie's maturity, integrity and steadfast commitment to raising her child, I humbly request your reconsideration of the existing mandated custody settlement." Miss Khawam filed for bankruptcy in April this year, filings show. She owed more than $3 million spanning taxes, property debts, legal fees and personal loans to associates – including $800,000 from Mrs Kelley and her husband, who have taken her in at their Tampa mansion.
Cheap brown ugg boots uk Separately she is being sued in Maryland for $100,000 in legal fees and in Florida by her former boss Barry Cohen, a prominent Tampa lawyer, who claims in his lawsuit that she "fraudulently omitted Rolex watches, sable mink furs and a diamond ring" from her bankruptcy filing, which she denies. Mr Cohen's action came in response to a lawsuit against him from Miss Khawam, who accused him of breach of contract and failing to take action to a complaint of sexual harassment. Mr Cohen denies the allegations. MIAMI — President Obama was re-elected Tuesday. Mitt Romney’s campaign conceded defeat in Florida on Thursday. And a few indefatigable politicians are already planning on making pit stops in Iowa. But in Florida, time stood still — until Saturday. After days of counting absentee ballots, the official results are in, at last: To the surprise of no one, Mr. Obama narrowly beat out his Republican rival 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. The state is consumed by finger-pointing and finger-wagging as election officials, lawmakers and voters try to make sense of what went wrong on Election Day and during early voting. A record number of Florida voters — 8.4 million, or 70 percent of those registered — cast ballots. Of those, 2.1 million people voted early, and 2.4 million sent absentee ballots. Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, said he planned to meet with the state’s top election official, Ken Detzner, the secretary of state, to see how Florida could improve the process. And the mayor of Miami-Dade County, where voters endured the state’s longest lines, has formed a task force to find out what went wrong. “We could have done better; we will do better,” Mr. Detzner told CNN on Friday. In some cities, voters waited as long as seven hours to vote on both Election Day and the eight days of early voting before it. While precincts in one area were nearly empty, others were overrun. In Miami-Dade, the last people to vote actually did so on Wednesday morning, two hours after President Obama was declared the winner and following Mr. Romney’s concession speech.
Cheap blue ugg boots uk A few counties also grappled with a larger than usual number of absentee ballots, including a wave delivered at the last minute. The late crush of absentee ballots came after election officials, under pressure from a Democratic Party lawsuit, opted to allow voters to cast absentee ballots in person on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Miami-Dade County received about 54,000 absentee ballots in the final days, which slowed the counting process considerably, the local election supervisor said. Mr. Detzner attributed the long lines to the turnout and the lengthy ballot, which included multiple races and 11 proposed constitutional amendments. But Democrats also faulted the decision by Florida’s Republican-led Legislature and Mr. Scott to change the state’s election law and shorten early voting from 14 days to 8 days, a move they said was meant to discourage turnout out among Democratic supporters. Minorities — and African-Americans in particular — vote early in disproportionately higher numbers. Because early voting can only be held, by law, at libraries, election offices and city halls, counties have a limited number of sites they can use. When lines became too long, many people skipped early voting and decided to vote on Election Day. Last Saturday, when lines outside some places wrapped around buildings and scores of voters had their cars towed, Mr. Scott was asked to use his emergency powers to extend early voting, but he declined. Recognizing the constraints of early voting, election supervisors, who opposed the 2011 changes in the law, have repeatedly requested more early voting sites. “When you are trying to change the rules in the middle of the game, it’s difficult to officiate it without tripping over yourself,” said Daniel A. Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Florida. “I think that’s what’s been happening.”
In or Out, Roethlisberger Could Shape Standings11/13/2012 - 7:47pm | Comments: ()
In or Out, Roethlisberger Could Shape Standings
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Fake lv bags online shop On Tuesday night, Johnson convincingly won the National League Manager of the Year award presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In balloting done before the start of the playoffs, he beat out finalists Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy, whom he once instructed in the minor leagues. Johnson guided the Nationals to their first winning season since baseball returned to Washington and surpassed their 2011 victory by 18 games en route to 98 victories. “Individual awards don’t mean a whole lot to me,” Johnson said. “But you like to see players get recognized when they do something good. Guys really didn’t overachieve. They played up to their potential. And there’s still a higher ceiling there for a lot of the players.” Johnson received 23 out of 32 first-place votes and scored 131 total votes, winning handily over Baker (77) and Bochy (61). Fredi Gonzalez, Bud Black and Mike Matheny rounded out the managers who received votes. Oakland’s Bob Melvin won American League Manager of the Year. Johnson joins Jim Leyland, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella and Melvin as the only managers to win the award in both leagues. Johnson won his first Manager of the Year in 1997 with the Baltimore Orioles. On the day they announced the winner that year, Johnson resigned over a quarrel with owner Peter Angelos. “There’s two ways I could have got fired,” Johnson said Tuesday night. “One, if I don’t win the pennant. Two, if I win manager of the year. I can relax until spring. I haven’t got any immediate calls from the ownership that they don’t want me back.”
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China's Great Political Leap Backward11/13/2012 - 7:47pm | Comments: ()
China's Great Political Leap Backward
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buy fake uggs In certain respects, the language of that report drew closer to the reform language in 1987. The 2002 report raised, for example, the issue of "reforming and improving the party's leadership methods and governing methods." It also talked about "strengthening checks on and oversight of power." Mr. Hu has added nothing to Mr. Jiang's agenda, and if anything he has taken China backward on the issue of political reform. In Mr. Hu's first political report, delivered at the 17th National Congress in 2007, there was a notable cooling in political-reform rhetoric. Most obviously, "political reform" was no longer the title of a report section, as it was consistently in every report since 1987. In this year's report, "political reform" has been reinstated to a section title but the language on the subject is weak throughout. This year's report carries on the practice, begun in 1992, of making the "improvement of the National People's Congress system" the first task of political reform, but it now sounds more banal than ever. How can meaningful reform of local people's congresses occur without addressing the core issue of separating the party and government? That's why there has been no real progress on reform of the National People's Congress system over the past 20 years. Since 2002, it has been routine for top party chiefs in every province to chair their local people's congresses, recentralizing power.
cheap ugg boots online Just like a quarter century ago, real political reform in China requires a change in the party's power structure. This entails tough questions, and even tougher answers, about the origin of power, the independent exercise of power, and safeguards to ensure power is effectively checked and monitored. Instead, Mr. Hu's pronouncement that China "will resolutely not follow Western political models" revives a hard-line phrase that has often presaged a stubborn unwillingness to carry out any sort of meaningful reform. Mr. Qian is director of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong and worked as a journalist in China for more than three decades. Raheem Sterling will be one of three England debutants to start against Sweden on Wednesday night, with Roy Hodgson convinced that the teenage Liverpool forward and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha have committed their long-term allegiances to the national side. Sterling has made only 10 Premier League starts but will become the country's third-youngest post-war player at 17 years and 342 days old – behind Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott – after impressing for the Merseyside club this term. He will be joined by Leon Osman, who in contrast will make his first appearance at the age of 31, and the Tottenham Hotspur centre-half Steven Caulker in the starting line-up at the Friends Arena. Hodgson hopes to blood Zaha and Carl Jenkinson at some stage, with the Football Association expecting to receive the Arsenal full-back's international clearance on Wednesday. Jenkinson has represented Finland at junior level, and Sterling and Zaha are qualified to play for Jamaica and Ivory Coast having been born in Kingston and Abidjan respectively. The Palace player was contacted last week by Didier Drogba urging him to commit to the country he left when he was four. All three players could yet opt to turn their backs on England, with Wednesday evening's game a friendly, but Hodgson has spoken to the trio and is confident they have pledged their futures to their country of residence.
cheap uggs "It is very simple for me: to be asked to play for England is a major honour and a major feather in people's caps," said Hodgson. "I am not interested in people who are deciding whether England is where they want to be or whether they want to be somewhere else. I have spoken to Sterling and Zaha. Both have assured me that they have started with England and that's where they want to end up. "I spoke to Zaha before he joined up and explained we were interested in him but only if he was interested in us. I automatically assume that, if someone played for the Under-19s and Under-21s, I would expect him to cycle here to make himself available to play for the senior team and to thank us for the opportunity. "It seems fairly obvious to me you'd be happy to accept the call-up and that is where you want to play. Perhaps I am too simple. But he has told me that is what he wants to do." The England manager, who will hand Steven Gerrard a 100th cap, had previously spoken to Jenkinson, whose mother is Finnish, and been assured by the Arsenal defender he sees his future with England. "I said to him he'd have more competition to play for us than if he played for Finland, so to be aware of that, but he said: 'No, I want to play for England,'" said Hodgson. "When people are called up I expect them to come running, get on a bicycle and cycle to the training session if they have to, then they shake hands with everyone and tell everyone how happy they are to be there. "All this nonsense about players receiving phone calls and being enticed away; if they are going to be enticed away, they will be enticed away. But if representing our national team is not strong enough motivation for players, then they are not the right players for us." Hodgson will bring Jack Wilshere off the bench in the second half to make his first England appearance since the 2-2 draw with Switzerland in the summer of 2011 and continue his reintegration into the senior teams for club and country. The national manager has spoken to Wilshere's manager at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger, who is content with that arrangement given that the 20-year-old has played only three senior games since returning to action after a 17-month lay-off with ankle and knee problems. The friendly will be the first game to be played in the Friends Arena, where the pitch was laid only five days ago and the roof is to be closed. The fixture offers Sterling, Caulker and Osman an opportunity to impress on this stage after recent encouraging club form. "In some ways Raheem has been the star player for Liverpool and extremely dangerous with his ability to run with the ball, in the games I've seen," said Hodgson. "He and Steven have been playing regularly for the Under-21s and have made that transition. "Leon Osman is the odd one out and has been performing regularly and well for Everton but has been passed over. He has been one of the unsung heroes of a very good team for five years and I thought it was time to give him a chance. It is nice to have him in the team. He is a very energetic player. He is 31, which surprised me as I thought he plays like a much younger man. Let's hope that continues and I won't have to worry about his birth certificate."
A Visionary Director's Sumptuous 'Pi'11/22/2012 - 9:28pm | Comments: ()
A Visionary Director's Sumptuous 'Pi'
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Cheap Ugg Boots Sale UK Once the ship has been wrecked and sunk by an epic storm, long stretches of the action are confined to the lifeboat (where the tiger, as many have noted with reference to Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat," plays the Tallulah Bankhead role). Pi does manage to build a fragile raft to keep his distance from his toothy companion for as long as he can. Still, the all-too-intimate relationship between (vegetarian) man and (carnivorous) beast lies at the heart of the film, and has its spiritual resonances as well as its practical and logistical fascinations. Spiritual resonances were what attracted the interviewer to his subject in the first place; specifically, someone describing Pi's ordeal as "a story that would make you believe in God." Maybe yes, maybe no, but at the very least the story makes you ponder such questions as the mutual empathy of souls, Richard Parker's not excluded; the human will to survive, and humanity's place in the global skein of life. One deeply moving moment comes when Pi, a Hindu who has studied the Muslim and Christian faiths, catches a fish, kills it, weeps for having killed it and says, through his tears, "Thank you, Lord Vishnu, thank you for coming in the form of a fish and saving our lives." Yet it's the spectacle of Pi's journey that makes the most lasting impression. Man and beast must work out an armed truce—first out of need, then out of unstated respect. The tiger's weapons are his teeth and claws; the man has his brain. "Maybe Richard Parker can't be tamed," Pi tells himself, "but with God's will he can be trained."
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Manti Te'o is the heart of Notre Dame11/22/2012 - 9:28pm | Comments: ()
Manti Te'o is the heart of Notre Dame
uggs cyber sale As an inside linebacker at Notre Dame — and the emotional core of his team — Te'o is having the kind of season that players dream about, dominating opponents while lifting the Irish to No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. But football is only part of the story. For all his success, he has endured well-publicized heartache. There have been personal tragedies and the expectations that come with ranking among the best defensive players in the land. This young man from Hawaii, who would just as soon be hanging out with friends and going to church, doesn't particularly like hearing his name in the Heisman Trophy conversation. "I don't like all the noise," he said. "I don't like the spotlight." As the Irish prepare to face USC in their traditional rivalry game Saturday, it seems the past few months have asked much of Te'o, certainly more than just running, hitting and tackling. "When you go through a lot, whether it be on the field or in life, you need to step back," he said. "You need to understand what is important." The bad news came in bunches. The day after Te'o turned 21 last January, his grandfather passed away. A few months later, a cousin died at birth. Then, in September, his grandmother and his girlfriend — who was battling leukemia — died one after the other. Hailing from a large, close-knit family, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound athlete found himself dealing with something he could not outrace or bull his way through. "Young people have this tendency to feel they are invincible," his father Brian said. "Manti had to learn from the experience and find strength around him." Family and friends provided support. So did the Mormon church. And football. "The game has always been his outlet," said Robby Toma, a high school teammate who followed him to Notre Dame. "It's just a way for him to set aside his emotions and go out and do what he loves."
ugg boots black Friday Te'o played through the tough times, never missing a practice. He took the field against Michigan on the day his girlfriend was laid to rest. Notre Dame fans showed up wearing leis in support of their star player that night. He responded with eight tackles and two interceptions in a 13-6 win. "Your mind is not on anything else when you're playing," he said. "I try not to let anything cross over to the field." But as the season progressed, that sort of tunnel vision became more difficult. Football became less of a refuge. The next few weeks will be busy. Once Notre Dame finishes with USC and the regular season, Te'o will hit the road with his coach, Brian Kelly, who said: "We've got a lot of banquets and awards shows to be at." The Butkus, Lombardi and Maxwell awards have Te'o on their list of finalists. Few expect a defensive player to win the Heisman, but he should warrant an invitation to New York. That's what happens to an athlete who combines the size of a linebacker with the quickness and ball-hawking skills of a safety. A player who averages more than 100 tackles a season and has six interceptions this season. Notre Dame has surrendered nine touchdowns under his leadership this fall, allowing opponents only 10 points a game. Trojans fans can only wonder what might have been if Te'o had signed with USC coming out of Punahou High four years ago. "When you get that dominant [middle] linebacker that's the best in the country like that, he sets the tempo not just for the defense but for the whole team," USC Coach Lane Kiffin said. But success cuts both ways, generating a whirlwind of cheering fans and clamoring media. Some young men revel in the attention. It clearly does not suit a kid from the town of Laie, in the northeast corner of Oahu.
cheap uggs black friday sale Meeting with a reporter after practice, Te'o is uncomfortable talking about himself. "I understand it comes with the territory," he said. "But it's definitely something that is hard for me to do and sometimes it gets overwhelming." Even worse, the hype has crept into his thoughts. Five or six tackles don't seem nearly good enough. He feels a need to dictate the action, forcing turnovers, breaking into the backfield on every play. "Sometimes that gets the best of me," he said. "I have to let the game come to me instead of trying so hard." When bad thoughts clutter his brain, when he starts over-pursuing, Te'o must stop and set himself straight. There isn't time for church every day, not with practice and classes and homework. Sundays will have to do. "Church is where I feel most at peace," he said. "Just trying to keep myself grounded." The last few months have brought spiritual growth, learning to trust in God. At the same time, Te'o has rekindled his faith in football, going back to the joy of playing as a kid, the street games with his father, uncles and cousins. "You know when families go outside and play basketball or volleyball?" Brian Te'o said. "Our family would line up and play football. We have a long association with the game." So if you notice the Irish linebacker taking a moment between plays against USC on Saturday, standing apart from his teammates, he might be reconnecting with a childhood vibe. That means blocking out the hype and expectations. Putting aside life's bigger questions. Going back to basics. "I try to limit the amount of things I do," Te'o said. "Try to keep things simple." Amid the fury of the game, the best linebacker in the nation takes a deep breath and tells himself to focus on running, hitting and tackling.
EU budget talks dim after gesture to French, Poles11/22/2012 - 9:29pm | Comments: ()
EU budget talks dim after gesture to French, Poles
cheap uggs Prospects of a deal on the European Union's long-term budget dimmed on Friday after a fresh compromise proposal offered concessions to France and Poland but ignored British and German demands for deeper overall spending cuts. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, chairing a summit of EU leaders to decide on a 2014-2020 budget worth about 1 trillion euros, bowed to pressure from French President Francois Hollande and his Polish counterpart to scale back proposed cuts to farm subsidies and regional development funds. British and German officials said that made a budget deal this week more remote. France and Poland respectively are the top recipients of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies and regional aid money, known in EU jargon as cohesion funds. Jointly, the two spending programmes consume more than two-thirds of the bloc's annual 130 billion euro outlay. Van Rompuy's latest proposal made no further reduction in the overall budget size, according to a document seen by Reuters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after a first day of mostly one-on-one meetings that positions were still far apart and a deal this week seemed unlikely. "I believe that we will move forward a little tomorrow but I have my doubts that we will achieve a result," she said. "There is a high likelihood of a second stage." A British official said it was clear there was a long way to go before leaders agreed on "the right EU budget deal". The compromise restored about 8 billion euros out of 25 billion earlier cut from farm spending, and more than 10 billion euros out of 25 cut from cohesion funds, while keeping the total reduction from original European Commission blueprint at about 80 billion euros.
Uggs for cheap online Hollande said there had been progress, but it was not yet satisfactory and France wanted more farm payments restored. To maintain the overall level of cuts, the proposal included deeper reductions to EU funds for research, overseas spending and cross-border telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Germany wants further cuts of about 30 billion euros, while Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands are seeking an additional reduction of between 50 and 75 billion, officials said. British demands for cuts to the pay and perks of EU officials - regarded by some as overly generous compared with national civil servants - were ignored in the compromise. In a private meeting with Van Rompuy earlier on Thursday, Cameron outlined measures he said would cut some 6 billion euros from the bloc's administration bill, including raising the retirement age for most EU bureaucrats from 63 at present to 68. After briefly outlining his latest plan to the leaders, Van Rompuy suspended the talks shortly after midnight until noon (1100 GMT) on Friday. The negotiations could last into Saturday or Sunday if there is a chance of a deal, and several leaders have cleared their weekend schedules to allow for extended horse-trading. Failure to strike a deal would add to the impression that EU leaders are unable to take decisive action when needed, after endless rounds of wrangling to resolve the euro zone's long-running debt crisis over the past three years. It would further damage the EU's image with its 500 million citizens. The depth of Europe's debt crisis has made the perennial arguments over farm subsidies and rebates all the more bitter, with negotiators now contemplating the first ever real terms decline in future EU spending.
Uggs for sale Gone are any hopes poorer EU states may have had of an increase in funds to cement the bloc's eastward expansion over the last decade. Calls to refocus limited EU resources on new growth-oriented areas have been largely ignored as countries scramble to defend traditional spending areas. The current budget framework was agreed in 2005 in the midst of a credit-fuelled economic boom, and set a maximum limit of 1.034 trillion euros on EU financial commitments for the period 2007-2013 - equivalent to about 1 percent of EU output. The Commission initially demanded a roughly 5 percent increase in spending for 2014-2020, equal to 1.091 trillion euros. But this has already been reduced to 1.01 trillion euros under Van Rompuy's compromise, and is expected to dip below the trillion euro mark in the final reckoning. One issue negotiators fear could derail the talks is toxic debate surrounding Britain's budget rebate, worth 3.5 billion euros last year. Margaret Thatcher won the annual refund in 1984 to reflect the lower share of farm subsidies received by Britain compared with France, Italy and others. EU officials accept that Cameron cannot win the support of Britain's euro-sceptic parliament for any deal that scraps the rebate, and even a proposal to reduce its value may have to be abandoned to win Britain's backing at the summit, at the risk of further alienating other countries. Cameron has threatened to veto a deal unless it is good for British taxpayers. But another veto, less than a year after he blocked a treaty change to allow stricter fiscal discipline in the euro zone, would further isolate Britain in Europe and could increase pressure for it to leave the EU. "Many countries are asking themselves what the hell is happening with Britain? Is it on its way out? In which case, why should we make major concessions?" said one EU official at the summit, speaking on condition of anonymity. (Additional reporting by John O'Donnell, Justyna Pawlak, Robin Emmott, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Catherine Bremer and Andreas Rinke; Writing by Charlie Dunmore; Editing by Paul Taylor and Luke Baker)
Uggs outlet Palestinians in Gaza marked a national holiday on Thursday to celebrate what Hamas leaders said was a victory over Israel, after eight days of intense hostilities ended in a cease-fire on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Across Gaza, Palestinians celebrated, waving flags of Hamas, Fatah and smaller groups such as the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine – as well as the Egyptian flag in a nod at the involvement of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in brokering an understanding between Israel and Hamas. “People are celebrating. I was just having a walk around Gaza. Everyone is taking to the streets after been cooped up for days, waving flags out of cars, or helping with the clean-up,” says Rana Baker, a 21-yearold student of business administration at the Islamic University in Gaza. “The shops are reopening and people are out trying to stock up. I saw people are trying to extinguish fires – some of the buildings are still smoking from yesterday’s air strikes. They’re cleaning up the rubble.” After spending almost more than a week inside, she says, Gazans were spilling into the streets with a celebratory, communal atmosphere. “It’s actually very encouraging what we see on the streets. People are mopping up, and helping shopkeepers fix their stores, people are moving away cars so we can clean up the debris underneath them. People want to restore the calm and make Gaza beautiful again,” she adds. Hamas has triumphantly declared victory in the week-long war, and many Gazans seem to agree. Unlike the devastating war almost four years ago, the three-week-long Operation Cast Lead which ended in January 2009, few Gazans express frustration at Hamas, and said the operation seemed to unify Palestinians rather than divide them. Most Palestinians, she notes, don’t see the conflict as having been touched off by the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari on November 14, but by the shooting by IDF forces on November 8 of Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, a 13-yearold boy. The incident happened near one of the largest smuggling tunnels.
Uggs Cyber Monday “Everybody blames Israel because Israel started the attack,” Baker said. “Basically everybody is really happy that the resistance was able to send a clear message to Israel, that if you want to use violence against us, you have to deal with the consequences. They can’t expect the Palestinian people to fold its hands and watch this unfold. Killing a 13- year-old cannot be washed away.” A celebratory march was planned for the afternoon in Gaza, and there would be further celebrations after Friday prayers, Palestinian sources said. Hamas officials declared victory over loudspeakers around the Gaza Strip, calling on people to come participate in various celebrations, and to go to visit the “families of martyrs” who died in the war. Palestinians said they had no knowledge of any rockets being fired after the ceasefire started. Blogger Yousef Aljamal said that his area, the An-Nuseirat Refugee Camp, had not been too badly hit, but then at 8:30 on Wednesday night, just before the cease-fire went into effect, he saw an air strike hit a building 100 meters away from his home. “The general feeling in the Gaza Strip today is that Gaza won the battle with Israel,” he says. “There is a feeling among people that we survived the latest escalation. Israel decided that it had certain goals for this operation. But the vast majority of people hurt were civilians, so Israel didn’t achieve its goals – and that means it’s a victory for the Palestinian people. Also, Palestinians became more united because of this, with the people in the West Bank standing along with people in Gaza.” Many Palestinians, he says, sensed that Israel gave up before it had reached its objectives – and that Netanyahu had used the conflict to help him in upcoming elections. Drones still buzz overhead, he adds, but otherwise Gaza is quiet – except for the honking of car horns and announcements over mosque loudspeakers. “I was traveling through Jabalya, talking to the driver and passengers in the car, and they were all saying [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and [Defense Minister] Ehud Barak lost the battle. Our driver understands Hebrew and he watched the speeches on TV, and he said, ‘I could see defeat in their faces.’”
Egypt's Morsy gives himself new powers, orders retrials in protester deaths11/22/2012 - 9:29pm | Comments: ()
Egypt's Morsy gives himself new powers, orders retrials in protester deaths
ugg boots uk (CNN) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions, essentially allowing him to run the country unchecked until a new constitution is drafted, his spokesman announced on state TV Thursday. Morsy also ordered retrials and reinvestigations in the deaths of protesters during last year's uprising against strongman Hosni Mubarak. That could lead to the reprosecution of Mubarak, currently serving a life prison term, and several acquitted officials who served under him. The order for retrials could please some Egyptians who've expressed disappointment that security officers and others have escaped legal consequences over last year's protester crackdown by the Mubarak regime. Some demonstrators in Cairo, however -- protesting for a fourth day against Morsy and the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood -- expressed anger over his assumption of more power. About 2,000 people protested Thursday night in and around Tahrir Square, with some chanting "birth of a new pharaoh" and "Morsy the dictator." Political rivals also expressed dismay Thursday evening. "Morsy is taking over the executive, judicial, and legislative powers in his hands, and this is a dangerous path," said the Twitter account of Hamdeen Sabahy, a former presidential candidate. "Morsy has issued immunity to any laws he issues. This is the birth of a new dictator," tweeted Khaled Ali, another former presidential candidate. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, meanwhile, stood outside the general prosecutor's office Thursday to support Morsy's decrees.
uggs uk Morsy declared that any laws or decrees he's made since he took office June 30, and until a new constitution is put in place, are final and cannot be overturned or appealed, his spokesman said on state-run TV. Morsy also declared that a 100-man council drafting a new constitution, plus the upper house of parliament, cannot be dissolved. And he granted the council two more months to finish a draft constitution, meaning the panel has six months to finish. That means Morsy, who earlier this year took over legislative powers from the military council that ruled after Mubarak's ouster, could have at least six months of unchecked rule by decree. The draft constitution would go to a referendum before it is finalized. He also fired Egypt's general prosecutor, who had taken criticism from protesters in recent months because they believe prosecutions over demonstrators' deaths were insufficient. Morsy swore in Talaat Ibrahim as the new general prosecutor on Thursday. Morsy's moves come three days after the start of violent protests in central Cairo, largely by people angry at Morsy's government and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement to which Morsy belongs. They also come amid turmoil in the constitution panel, which has been torn between conservatives wanting the constitution to mandate Egypt be governed by Islam's Sharia law, and moderates and liberals who want it to say that Egypt be governed by principles of Sharia. The announcements also come a day after Morsy helped broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after an eight-day conflict between the sides.
cheap ugg boots On Wednesday, Morsy released a statement saying he had canceled a planned trip to Pakistan -- sending his vice president instead -- to concentrate on internal political developments and the Israel-Hamas cease-fire. Thousands of people have protested in Cairo since Monday, chanting -- for the first time since Morsy took office -- for the toppling of the regime. Some in Tahrir Square held posters saying "No to the Brotherhood," and banned Brotherhood members from entering the square. Some protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails and rocks at police, who have fired tear gas and birdshot at the demonstrators. One person has died and at least 80 have been injured in the protests, according to Mohamed Sultan, a Health Ministry spokesman. Nine police officers have been injured in the clashes so far, said Alaa Mahmoud, an Interior Ministry spokesman. Dozens of protesters have been arrested, said Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El Din. Cameras have been installed around Tahrir Square, its side streets and the Interior Ministry in an effort to determine the identities of people attacking security forces, he announced. Fekri Mahkroub, a criminal court judge in Egypt's Ismailia district, said Thursday night that he was "sad because what President Morsy did is an assault on the legislative and judicial system." "He defies anything the revolution stands for, and his actions are an insult to us as judges," Mahkroub said. "Declaring that his laws cannot be questioned is unacceptable, and we may see a general judicial strike."
uggs on sale Eric Trager, a fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Morsy not only is preventing the judiciary from overruling his decisions, but he also has "insulated the Muslim-Brotherhood-dominated (constitutional panel) from judicial oversight." Depsite the protests in Cairo and objections from political rivals, Morsy -- elected with nearly 52% of the vote in a June runoff against former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik -- enjoys the "best mobilizing capability in the country" in the Muslim Brotherhood, Trager said. "If there's a nationwide movement against this, you'll (also) have a nationwide movement for it," Trager said. After he was elected, Morsy took legislative control from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which had ruled after Mubarak was deposed. Earlier, the council dissolved parliament's lower house, saying parliamentary elections that began in November 2011 were unconstitutional. Morsy indicated in June he would call back parliament, but Egypt's high administrative court upheld the dissolution. Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib El Adly were convicted and sentenced in June to life in prison on charges relating to the deaths of hundreds of protesters after a 10-month trial, while six former government aides were acquitted. Some Egyptians protested the sentences and acquittals. Morsy, who still was running for office, said at the time that he would initiate new investigations if elected. About 840 people died and more than 6,000 others were injured in last year's 18-day uprising, according to Amnesty International.
Referees to discuss action over Chelsea's failure to apologise to Clattenburg11/22/2012 - 9:29pm | Comments: ()
Referees to discuss action over Chelsea's failure to apologise to Clattenburg
cheap uggs for sale The country’s select group referees will discuss on Monday whether they should press for action against Chelsea if the club do not apologise to Mark Clattenburg for their allegations of racism against him, which were dismissed yesterday by the Football Association. There is understood to be a mood of militancy among the match officials group, with some individuals extremely angry that in Chelsea’s statement yesterday there was no apology or even acknowledgement of the distress that Clattenburg has been put through. What action might be left open to them is not yet clear and, although they have proved a group who in the past have been reluctant to protest, the subject of Chelsea will be on the agenda at their regular PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials) meeting on Monday at the FA centre St George’s Park. Last night, the match officials’ union Prospect last night publicly called upon Chelsea to apologise to the referee and pay him compensation, although Clattenburg himself stopped short of doing so personally. There are understood to be talks between PGMOL, and its general manager Mike Riley, and Chelsea aimed at trying to persuade the club to make some kind of apology to Clattenburg. Clattenburg’s representative Alan Leighton said that the charge was based on the 'flimsiest of evidence' and said that the club should never have gone public on allegations made by midfielder Ramires that, during the game at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United on 28 October, the referee had said 'shut up you monkey' to John Obi Mikel.
uggs on sale Yesterday, the FA said that Clattenburg did not have a case to answer and that the testimony of Ramires had not crossed 'the evidential threshold required to bring a charge'. However, the governing body also cleared Chelsea of any malicious wrongdoing in bringing the complaint and said it was right to do so. The club do not believe they have any reason to apologise given their decision was vindicated by the FA. In the judgement of David Waters QC, who considered the evidence gathered by the FA’s governance department, the allegation was, the FA said, 'made in good faith'. 'In this case, the player and club were correct in reporting the matter to the FA and it was appropriate and proper for such an allegation to be thoroughly investigated.' The FA said: 'It is entirely possible for a witness to be genuinely mistaken and convincing in his belief. The FA receives and investigates numerous allegations of misconduct over the course of a season. All allegations are properly investigated. It is not uncommon for investigations to lead to no disciplinary charge being brought.' In a statement yesterday, Chelsea said simply that they accepted “case is now concluded”. There is understood to be a fear among referees that they are offered no protection against such damaging allegations being made public, a point Clattenburg made in a statement following the judgement yesterday. He said: “I know first-hand the ramifications of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go through this in the future.”
cheap uggs Leighton said that the case had never reached such an advanced stage and as well as compensation to Clattenburg called upon Chelsea to make donations to anti-racism charities. He said: 'The charge was based on the flimsiest evidence that should never have got to this stage. It should never have been made public and should have been dealt with confidentially. ”We are not criticising Chelsea because they investigated the complaint —they had a duty of care. Rather the evidence consisted of just one statement and that is why they shouldn't have gone public.“ Mikel was charged with misconduct by the FA for his abuse of Clattenburg in the referee’s room after the game. Chelsea said that the player does not deny the charge but will request a personal hearing 'to explain the mitigating circumstances.' In light of the episode, PGMOL said that they would now record all the dialogue transmitted on headsets between referees and their assistants in order to clarify any possible future complaints. The recordings will not be made public. Speaking for the first time about the allegations, Clattenburg said: 'To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening. 'Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.
cheap ugg boots online The FA laid out a detailed chronology of their investigation, in which Ramires, Mikel and other players, including Ashley Cole, were interviewed. Ramires was interviewed twice. His evidence was considered by the FA to be 'contradicted by other witnesses' and 'not supported by any other evidence'. The FA confirmed that Mikel 'who was much closer to the referee' did not hear anything and the three officials connected to Clattenburg by headsets were 'adamant the alleged words were not uttered'. The FA said that it encouraged players to report discriminatory abuse. "On 5 November 2012, Chelsea FC provided the FA with witness statements. The FA interviewed Ramires and John Obi Mikel. Between 7-8 November, the FA interviewed all four match officials. On 15 November, the FA reinterviewed Ramires to show him previously unseen video footage provided by the club." "Evidence for the allegation came from Ramires, whose first language is not English. [He] explained his instinctive reaction was to seek confirmation from John Obi Mikel as to what the referee said. There is nothing in the video footage to support the allegation. Three witnesses, the other match officials, to whom everything said by referee was relayed, are adamant the alleged words were not uttered." "Having considered Counsel's opinion, and in view of all the circumstances, the FA does not believe there is a case for Mr Clattenburg to answer... Equally the FA is satisfied that the allegation against Mark Clattenburg by Ramires was made in good faith. It is entirely possible for a witness to be genuinely mistaken and convincing in his belief."
fake uggs uk As well as ordering retrials for Mubarak-era officials responsible for violence during the uprising against his rule, the decree shielded from legal challenge an Islamist-dominated assembly writing Egypt's new constitution. It gave the same protection to the upper house of parliament, dominated by Islamists allied to Mursi, and assigned the president new powers that allowed him to sack the Mubarak-era prosecutor general and appoint a new one. It stated that all decisions taken by Mursi until the election of a new parliament were exempt from legal challenge. Presented as a move to "protect the revolution," the decree won immediate praise from Mursi's allies but stoked fears among secular-minded Egyptians that the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies aim to dominate the new Egypt. It seemed likely to deepen the divisions that have plagued the post-Mubarak era. "These decisions will feed discord in Egyptian politics and will be far from creating a favorable climate for restoration of economic growth," said Mustapha Kamal Al-Sayyid, a professor of political science at Cairo University. Leading liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, writing on his Twitter account, said Mursi had "usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh." But Mahmoud Ghozlan, spokesman for the Brotherhood, described the move as "revolutionary and popular." The decree appeared to remove any uncertainty still hanging over the fate of the assembly writing the constitution. The body has faced a raft of legal challenges from plaintiffs who dispute its legality.
fake uggs Critics say its popular legitimacy had been further called into doubt by the withdrawal of many of its non-Islamist members, who had complained their voices were not being heard. The constitution is a crucial element in Egypt's transition to democracy. New parliamentary elections will not be held until the document is completed and passed by a popular referendum. The decree also gave the body an additional two months to complete its work, meaning the drafting process could stretch until February, pushing back new elections. A number of political forces condemned the decree and said the president "robbed the people and institutions of all the rights and powers," in a statement they issued later at night. The move to order a retrial of Mubarak-era officials will likely be popular among those who feel that revolutionary justice has yet to be served. Mubarak, 84, was sentenced to life in prison in June for failing to prevent killings that occurred during the uprising that led to his February 11, 2011 downfall. He has been held in a prison hospital since his sentence was handed down. Critics have faulted the process by which he and other officials were put on trial. One of the problems, they say, was that the Mubarak-era prosecutor general had not been replaced. Mursi had tried to replace Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, the man sacked on Thursday, in October. The move kicked up a storm of protest from judges who said the president had exceeded his powers and was threatening their independence. Mursi got around the problem this time by giving himself the power to appoint a new prosecutor general, Talat Abdullah, whose swearing-in was shown on state television. In a statement broadcast on state TV, Abdullah vowed to "work with colleagues at the public prosecution's office to uphold justice and eradicate oppression." Ali said a new prosecution office would be established to "protect the revolution" and made up of judges who would be given powers to order investigations and collect evidence. Heba Morayef, Egypt director for Human Rights Watch, said: "Egypt needed judicial reform and the public prosecutor is a Mubarak holdover, but granting the president absolute power and immunity is not the way to do it."