DENIES WRONGDOING PARIS (AP): The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman’s lawyer said yesterday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter. Thibaut d’Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report. Blatter could also face expulsion from world soccer over a US$2 million payment of FIFA money he approved to Platini in 2011. Platini and Blatter face separate hearings before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December. “The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission’s total lack of credibility,” D’Ales said in a telephone interview. “There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions.” Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over cash he got as backdated salary almost nine years after he stopped working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1998-2002. Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money. Blatter has argued that an oral agreement is valid under Swiss law. However, FIFA was also not legally required to pay Platini after five years passed. Eckert is expected to give his verdicts in the cases of Platini and Blatter in December. Any sanctions can be challenged at the FIFA appeals committee and Court of Arbitration for Sport. D’Ales said he was informed of the ethics committee’s request on Monday and decided to make it public after it leaked in the French press. He said FIFA’s aim is to prove that there was no contract between Platini and Blatter. “Obviously, we’ve got the proof that such a deal existed,” D’Ales said. “We will submit it to CAS, which will handle the case within a fairly short space of time.” A spokesman for the FIFA ethics prosecutors declined to confirm what sanction was requested last week. “We are entitled to comment, but we decided for reasons of personality rights and the presumption of innocence not to publish the request,” Andreas Bantel told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “If Mr Platini wants to comment on the request he is entitled to do that.” Platini aims to clear his name and stand as a candidate in the FIFA presidential election on February 26 to succeed Blatter, who is stepping down. Blatter announced his exit plans on June 2 under pressure from American and Swiss federal investigations into bribery and corruption at FIFA. Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over the US$2 million payment as suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.
Red Bluff >> The 11 Days of Round-Up that accompany the Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo officially started with the Cowboy Coffee mixer event Thursday at the Round-Up Museum.“We have a great crowd here and I’m thankful you’re here to help kick off the 11 Days of Round-Up,” said Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan. “The Red Bluff Round-Up is amazing, 96 years now and we’re nearing 100. That will be quite a party. It always is.”What is especially significant about the event is …
A África do Sul, conhecida em todo o mundo como um autentico poço de tesouros, abunda em recursos minerais, produzindo e detendo uma percentagem significativa dos minerais de todo o mundo.A riqueza do pais tem sido construida com base nos seus vastos recursos – quase 90% da percentagem de platina no planeta Terra, 80% de manganes, 73% de cromio, 45% de vanadio e 41% de ouro. So nao temos petroleo bruto e bauxita.O pais e um dos maiores produtores de metais preciosos como ouro e platina e tambem de bases de metal e de carvao. É o quarto maior produtor de diamantes.E os entendidos acreditam que existe ainda um potencial consideravel para descobrir outros depositos de minerios em areas ainda nao exploradas.Posiçao na economiaA posiçao da África do Sul como maior produtor de ouro do mundo – posiçao que manteve durante mais de um seculo – foi ultrapassada pela China em 2007. O ouro, outrora um pilar da economia sul africana, perdeu importancia quando a economia do pais se diversificou.Apesar disso, no entanto, a industria do sector mineiro continua a ser crucial para a África do Sul, com os metais preciosos a contribuirem 65% para as receitas de exportaçao e 21% do total de exportaçoes de bens em 2006. O pais fornece cerca de 80% da platina de todo o mundo.O sector mineiro e, por outro lado, o maior empregador da África do Sul, com cerca de 460.000 empregados e outros 400.000 empregados distribuidos pelos fornecedores de bens e serviços a industria.TransformaçaoPropriedade, acesso e facilidade dos recursos minerais do pais estao regulados pela Lei do Desenvolvimento dos Recursos Minerais e do Petroleo, de 2002, que reconhece a custodia do estado destes recursos.A transformaçao e um ponto chave no sector mineiro da África do Sul. O acesso equitativo aos recursos minerais e as oportunidades foi legislado, com significativa participaçao de individuos tradicionalmente desfavorecidas como assunto da carta de direitos da Capacitaçao Economica da Maioria Negra.Actualmente, mais de 70% da força laboral deste sector e negra, enquanto que menos de 5% tem posiçoes de chefia. O Governo estipulou metas e em 2009 cre-se que todas as empresas mineiras terao 40% de posiçoes de chefia por sul africanos outrora nao favorecidos.Outras metas para os proximos 10 anos englobam a transferencia de 26% de activos mineiros para empresas de proprietarios negros, assegurando que 51% dos projectos mineiros futuros sejam controlados por empresas de proprietarios negros.Pontos fortesSendo um pais maioritariamente mineiro, entre os pontos fortes da África do Sul estao o alto nivel tecnico e a competencia de produçao, assim como actividades de investigaçao e desenvolvimento bastante abrangentes.O pais tem facilidades de processamento de excelente nivel cobrindo aços ao carbono, aços inoxidaveis e aluminio, para nao falar do ouro ou da platina. É ainda lider mundial em novas tecnologias, com um processo absolutamente revolucionario que transforma minerio de ferro superfino de baixo grau em aços de elevada qualidade.Este tipo de beneficio ou acrescento de valor a materias primas antes da exportaçao foi classificada pelo governo como uma area em franco crescimento. Existem oportunidades lucrativas para processo a jusante referente ao ferro, aço ao carbono, aço inoxidavel, aluminio, metais do grupo da platina e ouro.Lideres na industriaDuas das maiores empresas mineiras sao da África do Sul. A BHP Billiton, a maior empresa mineira do mundo, surgiu de uma fusao entre a empresa sul africana Billiton e a australiana BHP.A Anglo American Plc, que tem a sua sede em Londres e uma delegaçao em Joanesburgo, detem varias outras subsidiarias importantes, como a Anglo Platinum, a Anglo Coal, a Impala Platinum e a Kumba Iron Ore.A empresa mineira De Beers, ela propria sul africana, e de propriedade anglo-americana e um consorcio liderado pelo governo do Botswana. O maior produtor mundial de diamantes revolveu 51,1 milhoes de carates em 2007.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweb
Almost four years after the West Bengal government introduced a scheme to adopt animals in the Alipore Zoological Garden, the initiative seems to have lost steam with fewer individuals and companies approaching the authorities for adoption.The animal adoption scheme was announced in 2013 and in 2015-16 the revenue from the initiative increased up to ₹31.65 lakh. But in 2017-18, the money from the scheme dropped to ₹11.75 lakh. “The response is not good. The adoption involves monetary transactions and there are not many renewals,” Alipore Zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta told The Hindu.A closer look at the adoption of animals at the zoological garden indicates that almost ₹11 lakh came from a single source, a non-resident Indian. S.U. Rahaman, whose address in the zoo records was mentioned as Sutton, London, had adopted three tigers, two lions and one leopard.Incentives galoreMost of the organisations and individuals who had adopted the animals after 2014 had not renewed their contract with the zoo. Besides incentives like celebrating the birthday of the adopted animal inside the zoo, the scheme provides opportunity to use the animal’s photograph for publication in newspapers, magazines, in the letter head and website of individual or the institution.Adoption cost of tigers and lions was highest at ₹2 lakh per annum. Birds or porcupines could be adopted at ₹10,000 for a year. V.K. Yadav, member secretary, West Bengal Zoo Authority, said they would write to a prominent chamber of commerce in the city to adopt the animals.
Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.
APTN National NewsLater this month, France’s world famous Cannes film festival will bring the world’s best films together with Hollywood’s “A List” to watch them.And for the first time there will be a film from the Northwest Territories.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.
APTN InFocusShould the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh in on these issues and more as we put 2017 In Focus and look ahead to 2018.The National Inquiry into MMIWGA formal request for an extension was expected by the end of 2017 but that never came. It was seen as another misstep in a year that saw nearly two dozen people leave the inquiry.There was also numerous calls for the commissioners to step down, including lead Comm. Marion Buller.Lynn Beyak and her take on residential schoolsIn the spring of 2017, then little-known senator from Dryden, Ont., Lynn Beyak, said in a speech said some good came out of the residential schools and some of the religious teachers were well intentioned. Just a few weeks ago, she was turfed from the Conservative caucus by party leader Andrew Scheer for posting and refusing to remove racist letters from her Senate website.The coming legalization of marijuanaSome First Nation communities are getting actively involved and looking to set up shop in the marijuana business.But not everyone wants weed in their communities.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:
RCMP continue to investigate the incident. There are no concerns for the safety of the public and no expected travel delays as the incident occurred in a remote location. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Three people have been injured after an industrial explosion near Musreau Lake.On January 18, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP along with emergency personnel responded to an explosion of a compressor building at an oil and gas industrial site west of Musreau Lake, Alberta. Three individuals who were working near the building were injured as a result of the explosion. All three of the workers were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Regional District says there will be no entry into the property while the Evacuation Order is in place.For more information, you contact the Regional District at 250-784-3200.For updates, you can visit the Regional District’s website. CHETWYND, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order due to the Sukunka Landslide in Chetwynd.The evacuation order has been issued for the house and surrounding area at 8657 Highway 29 South.According to the District, the occupants self-evacuated on March 23, 2019.