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.
Rod Ebondo continued to be a beast down low for Centro Escolar University, which crushed Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 105-88, to nail its second win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The Congolese bruiser was excellent from all over the floor, lighting up for 28 points and 23 rebounds. He he was also two blocks shy of a triple-double.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Aside from Ebondo’s presence down low, the Scorpions also stung the Revellers with their lethal three-point shooting, going 12-of-31 from downtown to remain as the lone unbeaten team at 2-0.Orlan Wamar drilled 5-of-8 from three to wind up with 18 markers, seven boards, three assists, and two steals off the bench, Rich Guinitaran got 14 markers powered by four treys, while Judel Fuentes added 14 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Ebondo played his A-game, plus he got the support from our locals,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “We hope we could sustain this kind of game.”CEU didn’t waste time imposing control, establishing a 14-point lead, 49-35, in the second quarter before holding off the numerous rallies from Che’Lu-San Sebastian. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City RK Ilagan led the Revellers (2-2) with 19 points on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.Akari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold for a 98-92 victory in the other game.Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce-back victory.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trainer’s stock also rises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Government is working towards ensuring that Jamaica’s geographical advantage is leveraged to attract a sizeable shipping base, to boost the bunkering sector. The Government is working towards ensuring that Jamaica’s geographical advantage is leveraged to attract a sizeable shipping base, to boost the bunkering sector.This was emphasised by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Caribbean Conference at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel in Montego Bay on April 18.“We want to ensure that players in the bunker supply chain are internationally competitive and that the supply infrastructure can cater to an expanded demand for bunkering,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica is increasingly becoming a significant location for bunkering, driven by a number of factors.These include the projected rise in shipping traffic from the widening of the Panama Canal and the country’s positioning as a major cargo centre; and the country’s distinction of being a premier cruise destination with more than 1.9 million cruise ship stopover visitors.Dr. Wheatley said that with the accommodation of Post Panamax ships and other positive developments in future shipping traffic to Jamaica, the country’s outlook for bunkering is good.He added that Jamaica’s maritime appeal provided “unparalleled opportunities for the establishment of a range of ancillary services to the global shipping industry, as we move towards making Jamaica a major maritime centre in the Caribbean.”According to the Minister, the country’s thrust towards this end will be advanced with the development of a core of ancillary ship-related services which will allow it to capitalise on the cluster effect of a shipping hub.He informed that bunkering, which is the refuelling of ships, is a vital part of the shipping industry and that the Government is seeking to position the country to reap the rewards that are to be gained from the industry. “It is expected that bunker volumes will hit 1.9 million tonnes per annum by 2025, but only if the Government introduces the necessary legal and administrative framework,” he explained.The Minister said the Government is fully supportive of the growth of the bunkering industry and welcomes both local and foreign investors. “We see bunkering as an aggregate of ship-related services that will enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of Jamaica as a premier shipping hub,” he said.The conference was hosted jointly by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and IBIA from April 17 to 19. This was emphasised by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Caribbean Conference at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel in Montego Bay on April 18. “We want to ensure that players in the bunker supply chain are internationally competitive and that the supply infrastructure can cater to an expanded demand for bunkering,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica is increasingly becoming a significant location for bunkering, driven by a number of factors. Story Highlights