Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke’s appeal to cut down his 10-year ban from football was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter’s presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.His appeal was heard in October, and on Friday it was dismissed by CAS.”The offenses found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity,” CAS said in its statement, adding the ban and fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,200) “were wholly proportionate.”The former TV presenter from France was a FIFA marketing executive – being fired once before in 2006 – before becoming then-president Blatter’s right-hand man the next year. He was fired a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal use of private jets.The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA’s appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting deal charge was not proven.Valcke denied all wrongdoing.(With inputs from AP)
Story Highlights She noted that, traditionally, secondary students who move into grades 12 and 13 are required to do the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and earn four units for each of the two respective grades.She said that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is reconfiguring the units at grades 12 and 13 to enable students to attain at least 60 credits as specified by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) in order to earn that associate degree.“So, that is a decision that has been taken and developed by the Caribbean Examinations Council. So all students that are doing CAPE can now have the opportunity to leave with an associate degree, which is two years of college education,” Dr. McLean stressed.The NCE/NCEL training programme was designed to equip principals and Board chairs with the skills needed to effectively influence and guide the strategic direction of their respective schools; increase awareness of the legal and regulatory framework governing public educational institutions; and empower school Boards to effectively interrogate and navigate the various issues.Public Relations Officer of the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL), Toni-Ann Rankine, presents one of the new handbooks for school Boards to Chairman of Greater Portmore Primary School, Troy Bygrave. Occasion was the NCEL/National Council on Education (NCE) training workshop for principals and Board chairs, held at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday, March 12. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, says the introduction of a full seven-year secondary school programme “is a serious game changer for education in Jamaica”. “What it means is that every single child, whether they are at the lowest level or the highest level, the kind of instruction that is being provided will allow them to be brought up to the required level, so that they can at least leave with an associate degree,” she noted. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, says the introduction of a full seven-year secondary school programme “is a serious game changer for education in Jamaica”.She explained that the programme grants sixth-form students the opportunity to leave grade 13 with an associate degree and enables them to move into a tertiary institution to complete their bachelor’s degree in another two years.“What it means is that every single child, whether they are at the lowest level or the highest level, the kind of instruction that is being provided will allow them to be brought up to the required level, so that they can at least leave with an associate degree,” she noted.Dr. McLean was addressing the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL)/National Council on Education (NCE) training workshop for principals and Board chairs held at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday (March 12).Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, reads from the new handbook for school Boards while addressing a training workshop for principals and Board chairs hosted by the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL)/National Council on Education (NCE) at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday (March 12). She explained that the programme grants sixth-form students the opportunity to leave grade 13 with an associate degree and enables them to move into a tertiary institution to complete their bachelor’s degree in another two years. New handbooks for school Boards were also distributed to those in attendance.
A central entity is to be set up to manage the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network of the Government. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the action, which has been approved by the Cabinet, will enable the merger of two critically important entities – the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) and Fiscal Services Limited (FSL). Mr. Paulwell was speaking at the launch of the 100th Community Access Point (CAP) at the Social Development Commission’s office on Port Henderson Road in Spanish Town, on February 20. The central office, to be called eGov Company Limited, will be housed at the Ministry, and will be manned by a Chief Information Officer. “We have to get our telephone costs down, eliminate the various platforms that we utilize as a government and have in place one single but capable platform, which will have the requisite broadband capabilities that can be robust and eliminate inefficiencies and ensure that we cut the cost of government,” he said. Mr. Paulwell pointed to the speed of doing ebusiness with government, and that with the proliferation of smart phones, there should be little need for persons to go in person to government offices to transact business. “That cell phone is for more than just talking; it’s a computer and it can enable the revenue to increase. When you make it easier for people to pay their bills, they will gladly pay, just to forego the inconvenience of long lines,” he said. Applauding members of the community for doing their part in ensuring that the Community Access Point was set up in their area, the Minister called on all to take advantage of the facility, especially the senior citizens. The setting up of Community Access Points is to facilitate internet access by residents across the island.
Shaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsAnother election was held to create a new board for the embattled Indian and Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting.There is hope that the new board will turn things around – but the voting process wasn’t without some heated moments.The tense moments involved board members and voters with ties to the American Indian Movement who some thought were taking over the board and creating their own agenda.“The membership has come to an agreement that only five members of the American Indian Movement will be allowed on the board,” announced Kathy Guimond-Doyle, interim chair of the meeting. “They’re not allowed to wear their patches and they are to swear an oath that they’re protecting the interests of the centre and not their group.”[email protected]