Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this evening welcomed the Malta women’s football team at Castille.
The team made history a few weeks ago when it ended at the top spot of its group and qualified for the next phase of Fifa’s Women World Cup.
Dr Muscat expressed Malta’s pride in the team’s achievement.
His two children were presented with national team shirts carrying their names.
By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com / @stephgwhiteside
Olympic sponsorship is nothing new; if you’re heading to the London 2012 Olympics, you probably already expect to find plenty of McDonald’s food available (so much for a healthy diet) and know to bring your Visa card if you don’t want to pay cash (It’s the only one they’ll take.) Yet some of the sponsors for the 2012 Olympics seem even more out of step than usual.
BP — yes, that’s British Petroleum — is supporting the U.S. Olympic team in the London 2012 games. The company is also a Sustainability Partner for the London Olympics, a move that seems out of place given BP’s ongoing public image problems after the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. Apparently, with enough money you can buy the right to call yourself whatever you want.
The oddity of a British company sponsoring the U.S. team can’t be denied; while it could be seen as a gesture of international brotherhood in the spirit of the games, BP has been quoted that they made the decision because it will be “mutually beneficial.”
BP hasn’t had the best public image in the U.S. since the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are still assessing the long-term impacts of the oil spill and BP is mired in negotiations over civil and criminal settlements with Justice Department.
BP is facing tens of billion dollars in penalties for the accident. The company is facing between $7 billion and $10 billion in fines for violating the Clean Water Act,