A group of Chinese tourists entering Vietnam wearing T-shirts with a Chinese map that violates Vietnam's sovereignty has caused uproar among local public and won global headlines, prompting top tourism officials to urge for actions, but Khanh Hoa Province said it does not know what to do. Officials in the central coastal province said they are aware that it's illegal for someone in Vietnam to demonstrate the nine-dash line, which claims most of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea as China's territory, but there are not yet specific legal regulations to handle the situation. Tran Son Hai, the province's vice chairman, said this was the first time Chinese nationals were caught wearing the controversial outfit to enter Vietnam. The province has an etiquette guide for tourists and a code of conduct warning them against spreading false information about Vietnam's history and culture, but nothing specifically about the nine-dash line. The line has been met with strong opposition … [Read more...] about Vietnam province puzzled with nine-dash line T-shirts brought by Chinese group
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that Kevin-Prince Boateng was wrong to walk off the pitch after he was racially abused during a friendly match in Italy last week. Boateng was followed by his team-mates in leaving the field of play after several players were subjected to racist taunts by fans in a friendly at Italian fourth-tier side Pro Patria last week. Making a stand: Boateng and his Milan team-mates wore anti-racism t-shirts on Sunday Speaking in Dubai on a tour of the Middle East Blatter called for harsher sanctions against racism, but he argued that the ex-Portsmouth and Tottenham man was wrong to leave the pitch. 'Walk off? No. I don't think that is the solution,' said Blatter. 'But the Italian federation have yet to provide FIFA with the report detailing what exactly has happened. On tour: Blatter was speaking in Dubai on Sunday as he travels around the Middle East 'I don't think you can run away, because eventually you can run away if you lose a … [Read more...] about Blatter says Boateng was wrong to ‘run away’ as Milan wear anti-racism t-shirts on Serie A return
Using the name "refurbished outlet" the hardware giant could be selling used products in its own eBay store -- and some states don't have to pay taxes. Maybe it's that Black Friday shopping time of year or maybe Apple is trying an experiment, but it appears that the company now may be selling its refurbished products on eBay. According to 9to5Mac, which noticed the site a few weeks ago, the eBay store has been up for about a month, and many aspects of it exactly mimic Apple's Web store. For example, the refurbished products are the exact same price and come with the same perks as the Apple Store, like a one-year warranty, original OS, and "final quality inspection by Apple." Operating under the guise of "refurbished outlet," this seller has a 99.7 percent approval rating and has received comments like, "Great product, awesome price, Apple backed warranty!! This rocks." Neither Apple nor eBay has confirmed that this is an Apple-run store on eBay, however. As of now, 23 items … [Read more...] about Apple selling refurbished iPads, MacBooks, and iPods on eBay?
Soccer fans who missed out on the official World Cup draws will run a big risk if they buy unauthorised tickets via online auction house Ebay, a German official said Thursday. For security reasons, tickets for the month-long tournament starting June 9 are personalised with the buyer's name, and are not transferable except under special circumstances. But that has not stopped a lively market from developing on the Internet. Asked what advice he would give to a prospective Ebay buyer, German soccer chief Theo Zwanziger said: "I would just warn him he's running a risk. He's going to the stadium under a false name... and he runs the risk he will be turned away." He dismissed a reporter's suggestion that stadium officials would in practice only be able to check a small proportion of fans' identitities. "Why are you so sure? We have a lot of stewards on the spot," Zwanziger said. "If we have indications, firstly that the security situation is critical, and secondly that people … [Read more...] about World Cup fans warned not to buy tickets on Ebay
A shoe advertised as the one Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lost when she was bundled to a car by her bodyguards attracted a Aus$2,000 (US$2,120) bid before it was pulled from eBay on Friday. The navy-blue suede wedge shoe came off Gillard's foot on Thursday in Canberra as she fled angry Aboriginal rights protesters. One of the activists ended up with it and said it would not be returned. "She can't have it, this is going on eBay," she told reporters. The online auction website took a listing for what was purportedly the missing shoe with a starting price of Aus$148. "You are bidding on a used shoe. Please bear in mind also this is a single shoe, not a pair, so it would be difficult to walk in, unless you're the PM," it said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. But it was only online for around 25 minutes before eBay took it down amid concern it was a hoax and because sellers can only list items they own or the owner has given permission to sell. "We know … [Read more...] about ‘Gillard shoe’ put on eBay