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MOSCOW AH8050-701 Homme Nike Air Max 270 Volt Noir , Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia's preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2018 have been going ahead of the schedule, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday.


"Concerning the report I have received...Russia is far in advance," Blatter said when comparing Russia to Brazil on level of preparation of the tournament's infrastructure four years before the event.


He stressed the FIFA "unconditionally" supports Russia's hosting of the World Cup 2018 and the football association "still stands strong for" the games as it "trusts the country's people and its government."


Football could not only unite Russia but show the entire world that football is stronger than any protest movement, RIA Novosti news agency quoted Blatter as saying.


Blatter is participating in the meeting of the World Cup 2018 steering committee here supervised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


As the emblem for the World Cup 2018 is to be unveiled late Tuesday night during a live television show, Blatter said he likes the emblem that represents "Russian heart and soul".


Putin in late August vowed not to let Russia's hosting of the games be threatened by western attempts to isolate Moscow.


The preparations for the event require the implementation of about 300 infrastructure projects in 11 host cities, as well as in 20 more cities included in the visitors' accommodation service program.


The overall cost of the World Cup 2018 is estimated at 20 billion U.S. dollars.


LONDON Homme Nike Air Max 270 Habanero Rouge Noir , April 24 (Xinhua) -- The world's largest annual music festival Thursday announced its 2014 line-up, with the global reach of classical music placed at the heart of its eight-week program.


The 2014 BBC Proms will hold 92 concerts between July 18 and September 13, with most taking place at the 5,000 capacity Royal Albert Hall in central London.


A total of 10 orchestras from around the world will make their first appearances at the Proms, including orchestras from China, Greece AH8050-300 Homme Nike Air Max 270 Clay Vert , Iceland, Lapland, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey.


BBC Proms director Roger Wright told Xinhua Thursday afternoon, "This year we are welcoming the largest number of international orchestras that there have ever been in the Proms."


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"It's the China Philharmonic under music director Yu Long, and they will play a new piece composed by Chinese composer Chen Qigang for the trumpet," Wright added.


The anniversary of the First World War is prominent in the program. Wright said he had chosen pieces written by soldiers from the war, such as Vaughan Williams or George Butterworth Homme Nike Air Max 270 Royal Bleu Orange , who was killed in the war, as well as British composer Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."


Celebrations for the 150th anniversary of German composer Richard Strauss's birth, and the 80th birthdays of two living British composers, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies will also be held during the festival.


Non-classical music will be featured too, with Paloma Faith and Rufus Wainwright giving proms, and The Pet Shop Boys perform the world premiere of their new piece Homme Nike Air Max 270 Midnight Marine , A Man from the Future, based on the life and work of Alan Turing.


There will also be a staged performance of the Shakespeare-inspired musical "Kiss Me, Kate" in its Proms debut.


There are also 12 world premieres, 10 of which are BBC commissions, and 23 European, British and London premieres.


CHANGSHA Homme Nike Air Max 270 Ocean Bliss , China, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- China overwhelmed India 104-58 on the Chinese National Day to take on defending champion Iran in the Asian Men's Basketball Championship.


Japan and the Philippines also advanced into the semifinals, after beating Qatar and Lebanon respectively on Thursday.


The host side set the tone, outscoring India 27-15 in the first quarter. China's point guard, Zhao Jiwei, was hit by Amritpai with elbow on the face that quarter but he still managed to have seven points and three assists.


The second and third quarter witnessed former NBA player Yi Jianlian shining over the rim with several slam dunks. Although Bhriguvanshi Vishesh had eight straight points for India in the last period Homme Nike Air Max 270 Grape Blanche Noir , China already built a huge lead of over 40 points and finished it 104-58.


Yi Jianlian poured in 18 of his 21 points in the first half to lead China on the scoreboard, Bhriguvanshi Vishesh had a match high 22.


Iran, which lost to South Korea in the 2014 Asian Games final, beat the old foe 75-62.


Iran led in rebound 44-20 with South Korea dropping their well-known three-pointer skills with a two-out-of-13 behind the arc.


Hamid Ehadadi dominated the paint with 18 points and 14 rebounds.


Now all eyes are on host China.


"Spectators care more about the game against Iran rather than this one since Iran has been Asian champion since 2009," said Chinese head coach Gong Luming. "As a new team, we will have to challenge the best team to be the best in the future."


Japan outscored Qatar every single quarter to book a semifinal ticket Thursday afternoon.


Takatoshi Furukawa helped Japan with a game high 22 points and five rebounds in the 81-67 victory.


Jason William and Former NBA player Andray Blatche contributed 25 and 24 points respectively in the Philippines' 82-70 win over Lebanon.


The Philippines faces Japan in the semifinals.


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