Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January

first_img UkraineEurope – Central Asia January 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January News Receive email alerts (Photo: Ukrainskaya Pravda) February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV March 26, 2021 Find out more News Noting that the Ukrainian parliament began a special session today with the declared aim of repealing draconian laws adopted illegally on 16 January, Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the extent of this promise and urges parliamentarians to go all the way.“No guarantee has been given that the massive restrictions on freedom of information adopted on 16 January will be among the measures that are repealed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The official statements continue to be ambiguous and the ruling party’s legislators are free to vote as they wish.“It is possible that parliament will settle for just repealing the provisions that have attracted the most attention, above all, those criminalizing opposition demonstrations, and that all the other legislative measures will be confirmed by a properly-conducted vote.”Justice minister Elena Lukash announced yesterday evening that parliament was preparing to repeal “the laws that have provoked a great deal of debate,” especially those increasing the penalties for mass demonstrations.But she added that the laws “that are not eliciting objections” would be voted again. The concern about her comments is reinforced by the cabinet’s approval yesterday of a bill which would make it easier to block websites and which refers to the system established by the 16 January laws.“The draconian 16 January laws form a single block that has changed the nature of the Ukrainian regime and has led to a popular uprising,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The provisions that drastically limit the population’s right to inform and be informed are an integral part of this block. The complete repeal of these laws is essential if the authorities really hope to extricate Ukraine from the authoritarian road they have taken.”The provisions include the re-criminalization of defamation, direct government control over the Internet, prison sentences for poorly defined “extremist activities” and for gathering information about government officials, the power to block websites without court approval, and mass surveillance. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Organisation September 7, 2020 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2021-01-11 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Expect the housing market in 2021 to “settle somewhere in between where we were before COVID and where we were during COVID,” says Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for’s recent article entitled, “How the Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines Could Help, and Hurt, the U.S. Housing Market.”More homes will be on the market in the coming year, wrote Clare Trepasso for”So desperate buyers won’t need to put in offers and waive contingencies before they’ve even finished touring the properties,” she said.But inventory can only increase gradually.”Some people will feel comfortable listing their home during the first half of 2021,” says Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Zonda, a real estate consultancy. “Others will want to wait until the vaccines are widely distributed. This suggests more inventory will be for sale in late 2021 and into the spring selling season in 2022.” also predicts prices will not dip, but they also will not continue escalating so rapidly.Increased new-construction starts of late will take some of the pressure off the market, reports. There are likely to be fewer bidding wars as buyers have more homes to choose from, they say, citing CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft. “The very rapid home price growth that we have seen over the last few months should start to moderate,” he said. “I expect price growth to slow.”With the rollout of a vaccine, pandemic-induced trends—such as very low interest rates and suburban migration, to name a couple—could begin to reverse.”Rates hit record lows as a response to the wounded economy,” noted Trepasso for “As hiring begins again in earnest and people begin spending again, the economy will improve and rates will likely tick up.”As for the suburban shift, “Don’t write off city living”—that’s advice from Zonda’s Wolf to “The return to a non-socially distanced life brings with it the draw to be around other people again, especially as restaurants, bars, sporting events, and concerts fully open. As the appeal of cities returns, so will strong demand for townhomes and condos near downtowns.”That said, other real estate trends may prove more permanent.Bigger families who have found contentment in the suburbs won’t likely give up their new lifestyles, for one, say the experts.”They can get more square footage for their money in the burbs, perfect for a home office or a spot to home-school the kids in, a yard for the children to play in, and a good school district,” Trepasso reported. “That’s why the suburbs became the place to be during the pandemic. Thanks to Zoom and other technology, they’re likely to stay that way, at least for the foreseeable future.”The realization by many homeowners that increased square footage os the key to at-home happiness also isn’t apt to dissipate anytime opines that the “bigger is better” housing-market mantra could replace “location, location, location.””They’ll have lasting memories of the pandemic,” says CoreLogic’s Nothaft. “People will want to have more space between them and their neighbors.” Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Black Book 2021 Profile: Diaz Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. Next: Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago January 11, 2021 1,426 Views Home / Daily Dose / What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Subscribelast_img read more

Fearful Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

first_imgShortly before Hong Kong was handed back to China, Simon Ng applied for a British National (Overseas) passport, a document he never thought he’d need. Now he is considering whether to use it to emigrate.China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has Ng mulling the prospect of leaving, the first time he has contemplated such action since Britain returned the former colony in 1997.”Back then, like many of my peers, I thought China would reform and there was hope,” the 52-year-old assistant professor told AFP.  Youngsters keen to leaveA recent survey of more than 800 Hong Kongers by the Chinese University found those aged between 18 and 24 reported the strongest desire to emigrate, with over 50 per cent considering it.Yet most of those under 23-year-old, who formed the bedrock of last year’s protests, are not currently eligible for BN(O) status. Recent graduate Asuka Law, 23, was three months old at handover so is eligible for (BN(O) status. She is planning to leave as soon as October, using a scheme Britain offers people under 30 from certain countries to live and work there for two years.She fears the right to dissent will soon disappear from Hong Kong. “I don’t think I have that much time left,” Law said. “It’s hard to do anything more in this city as every single objection will be met with an iron fist.”She said she wants to start a business overseas to help fellow Hong Kongers. “Someone will have to do the job of providing a safety shelter,” she said.Law’s friend Reese Tan, a 25-year old tutor, is also trying the youth scheme.He vowed to continue his “fight for Hong Kong” overseas by joining campaigns for international support.”I am not escaping. Hong Kong will always be my home,” Tan said.  “But now, this is really a dark moment, and the future is quite likely to be even worse.”BN(O) status was the product of an earlier round of similar fears.The run up to the 1997 handover was a febrile time. While Ng was optimistic, many other Hong Kongers worried about what rule by authoritarian communist China might mean for the city’s freedoms and thriving capitalist system. Topics :center_img ‘Path to citizenship’Beijing says the law — which will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature — is needed to tackle “terrorism”, “separatism” and restore confidence in a city rocked by a year of unrest. But critics fear it will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its handover.Britain views the law as a breach of that handover deal and in response has said it will look into extending the immigration rights of those with BN(O) status, including a possible “path to citizenship”.There are currently some 350,000 BN(O) passport holders — a figure that nearly doubled in the last twelve months during as the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters raged.But some 2.9 million people — anyone born before 1997 — are eligible for BN(O) status and Britain has said any citizenship plan will also include them.The announcement has sparked fury in Beijing which has in turn accused London of breaching its handover commitments.In recent weeks Hong Kongers have flocked to sign up, forming queues outside post offices and courier companies to send documents.But Ng says he faces a dilemma — neither his wife, nor their two children have BN(O) status and Britain has yet to say whether family will be included.”I am propelled to leave but I am also helpless, like being pushed into the sea with no boat to board,” Ng said. As a result Britain offered anyone born before handover the option of applying for a BN(O) passport. The document was of limited value. It gave Hong Kongers access to British consular services overseas and permission to travel to the UK for up to six months at a time, but not to live or work there.But it was recognition that Britain had some sort of responsibility to the people who were once its subjects.Now the usefulness of the document could all change after China last month unveiled plans to enact a law banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 15+ years for several charges

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Joey Hersley was convicted and sentenced on July 30th, 2019, in the Decatur Superior Court before Judge Matthew Bailey in seven separate cause numbers. Hersley pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery,  in the first cause and Nonsupport of a Dependent Child, in the second cause for a total of fifteen years executed at the Indiana Department of Corrections.The remaining cause numbers consisted of an additional two years on supervised probation.  The offenses Hersley plead guilty to include Possession of Methamphetamine, Invasion of Privacy in three separate causes, Criminal Trespass, and Disorderly Conduct.Hersley’s total sentence for the seven cause numbers is approximately seventeen years.last_img

Wild oust GM Paul Fenton after disappointing 2018-19 season

first_imgFenton replaced Chuck Fletcher, only the second GM in team history, after he left to become the executive vice president and general manager of the Flyers.Leipold headed the search for a new GM after Fletcher left and interviewed several younger candidates before deciding on Fenton, 59, because of their familiarity. Leipold owned the Predators from 1998-2007, during which time Fenton was an assistant to Nashville GM David Poile for 12 seasons.On top of failing to make the posteason, Fenton made several trades during the season that backfired, including dealing Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund in different deals. Fenton was hired away from the Predators last summer to try and push the Wild further into the playoffs. While Minnesota had made the postseason the previous six seasons, they were able to make it to the second round only twice.However, the Wild’s 2018-19 season was disappointing, with the team failing to make the playoffs at all and finishing the regular season with a 37-36-9 record. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner Chris Kunitz announces retirement, will join Blackhawks’ staffcenter_img The Wild are looking for a new general manager again.The team announced Tuesday that GM Paul Fenton has been fired after only one disappointing season with the team. He was relieved by owner Craig Leipold, who said Fenton was not “the right fit” for the Wild. “After giving much thought to this difficult decision, I informed Paul today that he was not the right fit for our organization going forward,” Leipold said in a statement. “I believe we have a good hockey team, a team that will compete for a playoff spot this year, and I look forward to hiring a general manager that will help us win a Stanley Cup. I would like to thank Paul for his time with the Wild and wish him and his family the best in the future.”The team added that its search for a new GM will begin immediately. In the meantime, assistant general manager Tom Kurvers will serve as interim GM. Related Newslast_img read more

Pitt looks to regroup after humbling loss to Penn State

first_imgPittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi , center, talks with his defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Penn State won 51-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi puts together a penalty chart that he shares with his players the day after every game, hopeful to use each to prevent similar penalties from happening in the future. Narduzzi found his name on the list on Sunday after being flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct in the first half of a sobering 51-6 loss to rival Penn State. He apologized to his players and pledged it was a one-time event.The fourth-year coach hopes he can say the same about the second half the Panthers (1-1) endured while getting drilled by the Nittany Lions, who ripped off the game’s final 44 points and didn’t let up in the final minutes.Narduzzi had made it a point to say in the run-up to the 99th meeting between the two schools that playing Penn State is different from any other game on Pitt’s schedule. That doesn’t mean there’s any difference in the emotions after the outcome. The pain he felt Sunday wasn’t any different from any of the 17 other defeats he’s experienced since taking over.“They all hurt,” Narduzzi said Monday. “I don’t care what they are … it doesn’t matter.”The goal this week will be translating that perspective — that as difficult and ugly as the final 30 minutes against the Nittany Lions were, there is plenty to play for — to his club this week. Pitt opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday when Georgia Tech (1-1) visits. Pitt lost each of the last two years the week after facing Penn State, though both times it was to nationally ranked Oklahoma State.The Yellow Jackets and their unique triple-option provide a different kind of test. Pitt’s biggest challenge will be finding the emotional resiliency necessary to bounce back after a miscue-laden final two quarters in which they were outclassed on both sides of the ball.“Our players didn’t respond to adversity, our coaches didn’t respond,” said Narduzzi, who reiterated that it starts with him.Maybe, but a little help from the passing game would go a long way. Quarterback Kenny Pickett spent most of the night under heavy duress, took four sacks and passed for just 55 yards, barely half of that (32) to wide receivers. Through two weeks, Pitt is 122nd in the country in yards passing.Narduzzi made it a point to defend Pickett, offering a reminder that the sophomore was making just his third collegiate start. At the same time, Narduzzi acknowledged there were receivers who were running open at times and didn’t get the ball due to either the pressure Pickett faced or his reluctance to let it fly.“He’s a great QB,” Narduzzi said. “We’ve got a lot of faith in him. It’s his first time going through something like that.”Still, Pickett wasn’t much in the mood for consolation. When asked after the game if things could have been different if the Panthers had scored on a fourth-and-3 from the Penn State 4 late in the first half, he shrugged his shoulders.“That was a good word you used there. You said ‘coulda.’ Could of doesn’t mean . I don’t want to curse in front of you guys, but, could of doesn’t mean anything. We’ve got to come out and answer and be better.”The sooner the better. The next month includes trips to Central Florida and Notre Dame.“We’re not going to measure anything after a game, one game, two games, three games,” he said. “You are where you are. Everybody’s got goals. Every week this is the most important game.”___More AP college football: and read more

Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among Black women

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Martin and others pointed to a cartoon by an Australian artist as the clearest example of the stereotype facing Black women. Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”Some Black women say they have to worry perpetually about how they’re coming across to make sure they’re not dismissed as angry or emotional. Willingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a Black woman. She and others like her say Williams’ experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.And if they’re not careful, they say, they risk being branded “Angry Black Woman.”“So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too,” said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “As Black women … we’re expected to stay in our lane, that lane that has been created for us. Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem.”The stereotype of the “Angry Black Woman” is alive and well, said Felicia Martin, 36, a federal employee who lives in Brooklyn. She recalls once seeing a white female co-worker cursing and throwing things and not facing repercussions, while she’s been told to calm down for expressing her own upset in a normal tone of voice. “It’s exhausting,” said Denise Daniels, 44, of the Bronx, who works in professional development for educators. “It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost.”Willingham thinks that was part of Williams’ experience on Saturday as well, but that it was also about a career’s worth of frustrations that she has had to endure, such as when the French Open banned the type of catsuit she wore.“I felt it for her. I felt she was fed up, she was tired of this,” Willingham said. “How much is she supposed to take, really? How much are any of us supposed to keep taking?”___Associated Press video producer Noreen Nasir contributed to this report from Washington.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at For more of her work, search for her name at In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Retired professional tennis player Zina Garrison defended tennis player Serena Williams after Williams was hit with three code violations that led to a $17,000 fine at the U.S. Open final, saying some of the chair umpire’s calls were unfair. (Sept. 10)“If I’m upset about something, I should get to express that to you,” Martin said.During Saturday’s championship loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested that and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Many people, Black women among them, echoed Williams’ contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)“A lot of things started going through my head in that particular situation. You know, first and foremost, what was going to be said about her the next day? The typical angry black woman, you know … when she really was just standing up for herself and she was standing up for women’s rights,” said former tennis champion Zina Garrison, who is Black. “A woman, period, is always, when we speak up for ourselves, then you have the situation where people are saying, you know, they’re too outspoken. They’re acting like a man, all of that. But then a Black woman on top of that, the angry Black woman, who does she think she is?”last_img read more

Conner is hot, and the City League legends shall lead the way! (Oct. 24)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter JAMES CONNER has rushed for 453 yards in six games as the Steelers’ feature running back, an average of 4.4 yards per rush, with seven touchdowns. (AP PHOTO):10—Last week in this column you got the Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. The second and third group to go into the Great Hall are legends of the game. Len Gallo – West, Ray Hooper – South Hills, Frank Batista – West, Ralph McDaniel – Peabody and the legendary Irwin twins…Terry and Jerry. And, the champions that make the champions…the coaches of the city! Pat Carmack – Langley, Howard Bullard – Allderdice, and Joe Zeglowitch – Brashear and Oliver. (The final categories next week):09—Speaking of “The Great Hall”… Here’s some information I know you don’t know…I didn’t know…but, I am glad I know now! Good brother Jerome C. Wilson, a very proud South High Alumnus from the class of ’78, reminds us all that on a cold Saturday in 1977 the South High School Orioles put an old school beatdown on the Westinghouse…not so bullish…Bulldogs. As a matter of fact, it was a 22–0…run home…tell your mamma whoopin. The team and the coaches just celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the game. Well, as they say, every dog has its day…or not!!! You can lock this into your City League history book, that day the ‘House did fall. (“Romey-Rome”…We Good?):08—Another week has gone by when Lev Bell said he was coming back to the Steelers and yet another no-show. I know you know how I feel about the subject so here’s your “Top 5” inside the “Top 10” as to why Bell gets an Uber or Zipcar out of town. #5 – There’s no “I” in Team…Offseason and preseason, get all the money the law allows. But when the season starts…all hands on deck. #4 – James Conner has more than earned the spot…190-plus running and receiving works for me. #3 – The offensive line is clicking now with this rhythm. Leave it alone. #2 – you forget Conner is second only to Dorsett at Pitt. Trust me he’s the real deal; and, he runs people over! #1 – Loyalty means something, shouldn’t it? Conner’s here, Bell isn’t…:07—BTW, while you were busy watching the offense get its act together, you didn’t see the defense putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Remember “The O” will come and go but defense wins championships!:06—The Lakers came up short in their home-opener against the Rockets, Oct. 20. OK, yes, short and sweet…I – am – now – officially a LeBron man — he’s – a — Laker. I’m – a – Laker – man – that’s – how – it  — works! Now shutup about it please! And this just in – losing to the Rockets 124–115 in the opener ain’t so bad.:05—Dodgers and Red Sox got it started for World Series bragging rights on Tuesday, Oct. 23. I am a Yankee man after the Pirates’ tent folded, but I think Dodger Blue pitching gets this done in seven. If the Dodgers win, it’ll be their first World Series win since ’88.:04—Your Pitt Panther football team comes off their bye week to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. home kickoff. This is an important game that could help put Pitt in the bowl conversation. I think Pitt wins.:03—Hail to Pitt a little more. The No. 6 ranked Pitt women’s volleyball team got set for a 2017 do-over with #21 ranked Louisville, and they beat them! I know you had no idea. Don’t thank me, that’s what I am here for.:02—Congratulations and continued success to all the little league football programs in the area, with the exception of one bad situation, a great season had by all. To you volunteer coaches and volunteers, what you do matters. You may not see all the benefits now, but you’ve planted a seed for life.:01—Your wait is over! Champions Live Sports and Entertainment Talk Show premieres Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Savoy Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 – show starts at 6:30 till 7:30, free parking, free admission, eating and drinking required, VIPs and sports celebs every week, 50/50 and prizes, streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, premiere guests feature the 2018 City League Hall of Fame Class – 412-628-4856 for info.:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Column: Good and bad in Ballon d’Or twerking uproar

first_imgLuka Modric (center), of Real Madrid, poses flanked by Ada Hegerberg, of Olympique Lyonnais, and Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain, during the delivery of the Golden Ball, on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Paris (AP Photo / Christophe Ena) “It was a joke. You must have a bit of a sense of humor,” he told The Associated Press as gala guests filed out of the domed Grand Palais in Paris on Monday and Hegerberg posed for photos with her heavy golden trophy.But then, as a video clip showing Solveig’s interaction with Hegerberg started to rack up millions of views on Twitter, he understood. Solveig sought out Hegerberg to explain himself and tweeted “sincere apologies.”“I didn’t mean to offend anyone and I didn’t know that this could be seen as such an offense,” he said in a video message.The bad news, as the whole sorry episode showed, is that in 2018, the behavior of men is still overshadowing the achievements of women.And Hegerberg’s achievements are immense. The steely forward is a three-time winner of the Women’s Champions League with French club Lyon. Given her young age and current fearsome pace of 41 goals in 41 games in the tournament, she seems likely to make history like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the men’s side. Already, she set a tournament record with 15 Champions League goals last season — including in Lyon’s 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the final .Hegerberg appeared visibly miffed, shaking her head, responding with a firm “Non” and then turning away after Solveig asked her on stage in French, “Do you know how to twerk?”Had Messi or Ronaldo been standing beside him, it’s hard to imagine the DJ asking them to shake their backsides in the twerking dance made famous by singer Miley Cyrus rubbing against Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.That Solveig did so with Hegerberg immediately struck many as icky.“Why do woman still have to put up with that (expletive)?” tennis player Andy Murray wrote on Instagram. “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.” In this photo taken Monday Dec.3, 2018, French DJ and musician Martin Solveig, left, talks to Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, during the Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or) award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d’Or if she twerked, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — First, the good news: In 2018, a man can no longer disrespect a trailblazing sportswoman on global TV without incurring instant opprobrium.French DJ Martin Solveig learned this to his discomfort when he asked Ada Hegerberg to twerk just after she became the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or and used her victory speech to appeal to girls everywhere to “please, believe in yourself.”Immediately after the awards ceremony ended, with outrage already frothing on social media, Solveig still couldn’t see why his inappropriate suggestion to the 23-year-old Norwegian was causing such upset. Ada Hegerberg, del Olympique de Lyon, festeja con el Balón de Oro, el lunes 3 de diciembre de 2018, en París (AP Foto/Christophe Ena)At the gala for her daughter’s prize moment, Hegerberg’s mother, Gerd, said the impropriety of Solveig’s remark was initially lost on her.“Let him dance with the queen tonight, I was thinking,” she told the AP.But when the meaning of twerk was then explained to her, she reacted with dismay, with an expletive.Hegerberg herself didn’t let the uproar mar her evening. After meeting with Solveig and hearing his apology, she was determinedly cheerful by time she came to speak to waiting reporters.“I wasn’t upset,” she said. “I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d’Or.”The visibility and status that comes with that trophy will give Hegerberg more power to push the cause of women’s soccer. She is already putting that leverage to use. She told the AP in an interview shortly before she picked up her trophy that she won’t play in the Women’s World Cup in June in France because of a dispute with the Norwegian federation. Hegerberg hasn’t played for the national team since last year because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women’s soccer in Norway.“It’s all about how we respect women’s football. I don’t think the respect has been there,” she told the AP. “Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself.”She also expressed frustration with the uneven pace of progress for women. A few hours later, Solveig’s behavior made her words ring true.“Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, ‘Damn, we’re in such a man’s world,’” she said. “That could be in a daily situation, being a woman, to be honest. Outside of the pitch as well. There’s a lot of discussions to take and to bring on the table as a woman in 2018.”___John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him at AP soccer: and read more

Don’t Worry about Your Comcast Service During the Super Bowl

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by ComcastJenniver Wolever at the Comcast Everett XOCComcast has 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane County, so this could be relevant to some of the people who monitor you. We wanted to answer two questions before the Super Bowl.1. Is there still time to get video at home before the game?2. What’s Comcast doing special to ensure the network stays robust so everyone can watch the game?First, Is there still time to watch the game at home if I don’t have TV service now?Yes, there is still time to get what you need to watch the game at home. Our Xfinity service centers have extra equipment on hand. With a self-installation kit, you’ll be set to go. You can find the hours of the closest center here.Second, what’s Comcast doing to make extra sure the game is available to everyone?1. We’ve stopped doing any updates or maintenance that could affect service. Until the game is safely over, the only time Comcast will be touching a line is if it got damaged or cut.2. Our XOC in Everett will have extra staff on hand using cutting edge diagnostic tools, as well as a plethora of screens, to monitor the strength of the network and signals throughout Washington. The staff also expect to be cheering throughout the game as the Seahawks win.3. Starting noon Sunday, we’ll open a “bridge” phone call so anyone in the company can speak instantly to the entire Super Bowl monitoring team. So, for example, anyone in our call centers can report any high call volumes and any technicians can report any damage or issues. (high call volumes being a sign of an issue, of course.)4. Staff will monitor weather reports so if any weather hits an area particularly hard, we’ll be able to get crews there asap. It’s worth nothing that we can only perform fixes in an area after electrical crews have safely completed their repairs.5. We’ll be at @ComcastWA on Twitter with any updates, though hopefully all we’ll be doing is sharing any photos that vacationing employees will be sending us from the game.last_img read more