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Ballon D’Or host apologises as ‘twerk’ request causes storm

first_imgThe incident was a major talking point despite Hegerberg’s achievement in becoming the first winner of the women’s Ballon D’Or, an award which has been handed to male footballers since 1956.Solveig, a musician and radio host, apologised in person to Hegerberg and said he was “astonished” at the reaction.“Guys I’m a little bit amazed, astonished by what I’m reading on the internet,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.“Of course I didn’t want to offend anyone… This was a joke, probably a bad one and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended.”As footage of the incident went viral, British tennis player Andy Murray led the backlash when he thundered: “Why do women still have to put up with that shit?”“What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric?” he posted on Instagram, referring to the winners of the best young player and the men’s Ballon D’Or.“I’d imagine something to do with football.“And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke… it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”Hegerberg, 23, whose goals propelled Lyon to a record fifth Champions League title and their 12th consecutive domestic crown, played down the controversy and said it hadn’t marred her evening.“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that,” Hegerberg said after the show.She added: “He came to see me after and apologised. The Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.”Before the ceremony, Hegerberg told The Guardian that she found it “really frustrating” that sport remains “such a man’s world”.“Sometimes it’s really frustrating, I must say. Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, damn, we’re in such a man’s world,” she said in an interview.“But at the same time I’ve never looked at myself different from men’s football. I’ve always felt the same — I work hard to try to achieve my dreams, like every other girl out there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg (R) stands alongside French DJ and producer Martin Solveig (L) after receiving the 2018 women’s Ballon d’Or award. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 4 – French DJ Martin Solveig apologised and said he was taken aback by the stormy reaction online after he asked the inaugural women’s Ballon D’Or winner Ada Hegerberg whether she could “twerk” live on stage.The awards co-host in Paris provoked a torrent of complaints about sexism with his question about the sexually suggestive dance, which received a blunt “No” from the unamused Norwegian striker.last_img read more

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Gothia Tanker Alliance Adds Second New Chemical Tanker

first_imgImage Courtesy: FKABThe second of six new small chemical tankers ordered by the Gothia Tanker Alliance has been delivered to its owner.Named Ramanda, the tanker was constructed by China’s shipbuilder Avic Dingheng for Sweden-based shipowner Rederi AB Älvtank.Featuring a capacity of 20,000 cbm, the 16,300 dwt unit is equipped with dual fuel engines for LNG operation and is of ice class 1A.Designed by Swedish marine engineering firm FKAB, the vessel concept is named FKAB T24C1 and was developed by FKAB together with the owner Furetank.Two more vessels from the batch are scheduled to be delivered during 2018 by Avic Dingheng.last_img

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Kinder Morgan approval a call to arms says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

first_img(Protest this past weekend in Vancouver against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. The NEB approved the project Thursday with 157 conditions. Photo courtesy: Marlin Olynyk)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe decision by the National Energy Board (NEB) to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project is a “call to arms” said the Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.Stewart Phillip is a well-known opponent of the project and was arrested in the fall of 2014 on Burnaby mountain for protesting Kinder Morgan and says he “absolutely, without question,” is willing to get arrested again.“In many ways, yesterday’s NEB decision will represent a call to arms to the multitude of groups and organizations that are vehemently opposed the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal,” said Phillip. “It will serve to exasperate and escalate an already volatile situation with respect to the grave concerns people have in regard to a catastrophic tanker spill or a mainline rupture along the route.”Although he’s disappointed in the approval that’s coupled with 157 conditions, he said he’s not the least bit surprised the project was given the go ahead. He calls the NEB process “irreparably and deeply flawed.”“In many ways not only is the NEB process completely broken, it’s an absolute sham. And cannot be relied on to deliver responsible decisions with respect to large scale development projects,” he said.Claims that expansion of the pipeline to load more oil to the west coast will benefit the country are a farce, he added.“I want to make something abundantly clear here…the NEB declared this is in the national public interest. I find that to be complete hypocrisy given the enormous public opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposal,” he said.“Let’s be clear, it’s not just Indigenous people’s that are opposed to this project; the City of Vancouver is opposed, the City of Burnaby is opposed, there’s a multitude of environmental conservation organizations that are opposed. The vast majority of the general public have publicized their opposition to this project. The public that the NEB in its self-serving way is catering to is the oil industry and its crony’s in government. It’s a very small interest group,” said Phillip.He said proponents interests were bought and paid for and taken into consideration, however the review process didn’t provide a process for cross examination and was highly restrictive for opponents of the project.Phillip met one on one in a heated meeting with Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr to bring forward concerns, but said it didn’t go over well.“He sat there and he kept repeating the need to grow the economy. And he really wasn’t the least bit interested in talking about environmental considerations and the water.” The Trudeau government announced a three member panel that’s tasked with engaging communities and affected Indigenous groups while reviewing feedback to be provided online regarding the project and project related issues.It’s expected to commence in July and wrap up in November.“The panel members reflect the experience, perspective and understanding of local issues and relationships needed to advise the government as we advance the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project to a final decision in December,” said Minister Carr in an online statement. “Phillip is leery of the new panel because he said one of its members has close ties with Kinder Morgan.“I don’t know who the other two members are but I do know that the former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, Kim Baird is a member. She entered into a contractual arrangement with Kinder Morgan with Ian Anderson (president of Kinder Morgan) himself. She was taken into Kinder Morgan’s House for a year. I believe it to be a conflict of interest,” he said.It’s now up to the Trudeau government to make the final decision in December and Phillip said it’s time for Trudeau to “walk his walk.”“I think he’s in an incredibly difficult place having made those significant commitments to Indigenous Peoples of this country. Without question we expect him to walk the walk…Eloquent public platitudes are not adequate to address the grave concerns we have about the need to protect the natural environment and the constitutional and legal interest of First Nations,” said Phillip.Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation member and Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy Campaigner agrees.“If Canada wants to be a leader on climate, you don’t approve more pipelines, just look at the fires burning out of control in Fort Mac right now- that can be attributed to climate change,” said Laboucan-Massimo.With the federal government’s recent statements in New York at the United Nations to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) she is hoping the government will stand by their word. There are 17 First Nations in B.C. and Alberta opposed to the pipeline expansion.“I’d ask him (Trudeau) to actually adhere to and uphold what he committed to in his campaign trail (to Indigenous Peoples). My worry is that he’s obviously saying a lot of things…we’ll see if he will follow through with his words with action. How they will actually take into account the recommendations despite the fact that this would violate the UNDRIP – (due to) free prior and informed consent and the right to say no.”Last weekend Laboucan-Massimo attended a rally in Vancouver that blocked the entrances to the Kinder Morgan offices and saw hundreds of people attend in protest against the development.For her, it’s about addressing the bigger issue, climate change, in which each pipeline plays a part in further provoking.“My hope is that they’ll (government/industry) actually listen to people but also listen to science. Climate scientists are telling us that we can’t continue to burn fossil fuels. If the Trudeau government in Paris committed to a 1.5 scenario, which would keep global temperatures below 1.5- then building a pipeline like this will keep us locked into a carbon intensive future. It’s a contradiction in so many ways. If they want to continue to build reconciliation and respect with Indigenous peoples in their own homelands, it’s all about listening to the opposition and respecting the UNDRIP.”[email protected]last_img read more

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