Rabat – FIFA has amended its disciplinary code, under the new rules victims will be heard in person by FIFA judging panels. The new FIFA disciplinary code will go into effect next week.Prior to the reform, FIFA imposed a sanction of five games on players or officials guilty of discriminatory or racist acts. Under the new amendments, sanctions will rise to a 10 game suspension. “Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals,” FIFA said in a statement on Thursday. “FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse, they may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement,” explained FIFA.“For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators, a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,” the statement continued.In addition to imposing a $20,000 fine, FIFA has decided to open hearings to the public, offer legal counsel to parties, and publish the verdicts online at the request of the victim. read more

Sri Lanka has offered Papua New Guinea assistance in the education sector, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today.High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar presented his credentials as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Papua New Guinea Governor General Robert Dadae. The Governor General also highlighted the need to build on economic relations. High Commissioner Skandakumar offered Sri Lanka’s assistance in the education sector.Noting that free education and healthcare have been enjoyed by Sri Lankans throughout the country since independence, the High Commissioner highlighted that despite the protracted conflict, successive Governments have ensured that education and healthcare facilities were provided without disruption to all areas even during that period. The Governor General noted that Sri Lanka was rich in the education sector and PNG has received a large number of Sri Lankan academics as well as teachers in the past. The High Commissioner also briefed the Governor General on other developments in Sri Lanka, and noted that both countries have suffered from the devastating effects of natural disasters in recent times due to extreme climatic conditions.High Commissioner Skandakumar conveyed Sri Lanka’s condolences and empathy with the people of Papua New Guinea on the devastation caused by the earthquake in March 2018 in the remote Highlands region.The Governor General noted that sports is another potential area for future cooperation and given the High Commissioner’s own expertise in the game of cricket requested his assistance to help develop the game in Papua New Guinea where it is gaining popularity. High Commissioner Skandakumar invited the Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka when he is next in the region.The newly appointed Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka PNG Friendship Foundation hosted the High Commissioner to a welcome dinner where the High Commissioner was able to interact with the Sri Lankan community in Port Moresby. (Colombo Gazette) High Commissioner Skandakumar also called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato, and Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Barbara Age. The High Commissioner requested Papua New Guinea to consider visa facilitation for Sri Lankan businesses and proposed to identify synergies through which the two countries could work towards improving trade and economic relations. Enhancing cooperation in tourism, agriculture, human resources development, SMEs, garments industry and interaction between business communities were other areas that were discussed. Following the ceremony at the Government House, the Governor General held a one to one discussion with the High Commissioner and expressed the hope that the two countries could build on the cordial relations. read more

Steps have been taken to speed Norfolk’s application for federal-provincial funding for a new recreation centre in Simcoe.Norfolk council  has given the county’s recreation facilities advisory board permission to hire a consultant to assist with the preparation of a funding application.Council also has empowered the board to hire an architectural firm to prepare preliminary drawings that would help senior funding authorities assess Norfolk’s application.The provincial government announced in August a major funding program for recreational facilities. The deadline for applying is Nov. 12. With similar infrastructure programs in the past, the province and federal government have given priority to projects that are “shovel-ready.”Norfolk’s delegation to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa last month came away knowing that competition for the available millions will be fierce.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin spoke of delegates lined up in hallways with portfolios and project proposals packaged ready to hand over to senior provincial ministers and bureaucrats.“We need to be ready to check all the boxes and cover it,” Martin said at council’s Sept. 17 meeting.Mayor Kristal Chopp said Norfolk must do something  to “push the envelope” and distinguish its application from the pack.“There are a number of applications that are all going for this limited pool of money,” she said.“Whatever we can do – if it’s a matter of spending a few thousands on an architect to prepare the most competitive application possible – this would be worthwhile.”Chopp said the county needs a design for the recreation centre that speaks to Norfolk’s strengths and unique attributes.“The selection of an architect has huge implications for this project.”Council approved in 2018 a $200,000 budget for preliminary work leading to a funding application. Of this, $30,000 has been spent so far.On Sept. 17, council directed the mayor, who is a member of the recreation facilities board, to vet all invoices arising from the board’s deliberations leading to a funding application this fall.Norfolk is exploring the possibility of building a new multi-use facility because much of the county’s recreational infrastructure in Simcoe is aging and in need of costly upgrades. A design has yet to be finalized but the facility council has in mind could cost about $50 million.The previous council passed a resolution stating that Norfolk’s support for a multi-use complex is contingent on securing funding from senior levels of [email protected] read more