77 Days Alone in the Arctic

first_imgFirst on the list is my beautiful wife, who more than anyone, took on the day-to-day grind of having her husband gone for an unknown amount of time while she dealt with two toddlers and the gauntlet of issues that arose in my absence. Trusting her strength allowed me to stay worry-free as long as necessary. My family, brothers, sister, mom, and many close friends and supportive community were there, too, so I knew I could focus on the task before me without anxiety. Hopefully they can find some useful strategies from my experiences that they can reapply to whatever situations they are facing in their life and become more resilient people able to live life to the fullest. If I can be a part of making their lives a bit fuller, I would be happy.  If they could endure what they did and come out loving, happy people, how could I not handle a tiny fraction of the stress they went through? I think having that perspective can help to give you gratitude and hope even in turbulent circumstances.  Definitely nowadays, when we are becoming more and more inundated with distractions and detached from our thoughts, having the ability to reconnect with nature and the natural rhythms of life is invaluable for mental well-being. It is a situation where we don’t even recognize what we have lost—things like community, the pace of life, self-reliance, and depth of thought. Primitive skills and indigenous cultures can really speak into that void.  I learned a lot of practical survival skills from the Evenki. Of course they live in the forest every day, so they have separated the wheat from the chaff quite well as far as skills go.  The 37-year-old has returned to Lynchburg, where he lives with his wife and two kids and leads primitive skills classes. BRO talked to Jonas after taking home the $500,000 prize. Jordan Jonas of Lynchburg, Va., won season 6 of Alone—outlasting military survivalists, world-class hunters, and primitive skills professionals. Key to his success was shooting a 900-pound moose with a bow and arrow—the first person to ever take down a large animal on the show (Jonas later had to kill a wolverine with an axe when it raided his moose meat). Perhaps equally important, however, was Jonas’s sense of humor, enabling him to stay mentally upbeat for 77 days alone in the Arctic.    What do you hope your kids and all your fans remember most about you?  We met at a wedding in Toronto of all places. She had spent a couple years living in China, and I in Siberia, so we hit it off discussing that (and the Gulag Archipelago amongst other things).  Who did you think about most while you were out there? How did you end up in Lynchburg, Va.?  Do you think primitive skills and indigenous cultures have a place in the modern world? After traveling around the country, I settled in Lynchburg due to some work opportunities and the inexpensive housing. We and our friends were able to afford a home without taking on heaps of debt, and many interesting folks were able to move to the area.  JJ: I met up with the Evenki after traveling to Russia to help a missionary friend build an orphanage. The folks I lived with in Russia had been to prison with an Evenk and they became very close. Eventually they introduced me and from there a new path opened.  Can you tell us more about your family history and how that influenced your thoughts and feelings while in the Arctic?  The competition always takes place in some of the wildest and coldest places on the planet—including Canada, Patagonia, and the Arctic. Not surprisingly, many of the competitors hail from northern climes. But one of its most recent winners was from Southern Appalachia. How did you meet your wife? You give her immense credit in your success on Alone. How did you manage missing her and your family while in the Arctic? Did you try to block out too much thinking about them, or did you accept the circumstances and the long separation?  If you’re looking for a binge-worthy show set in the outdoors, Alone strips reality TV to its most primal: 10 people are dropped off in the wilderness with only a backpack and a camera—and an emergency satellite phone to call when they are ready to quit. Whoever survives the longest wins.  He was left in the Arctic with only a few tools to survive the winter. How long did he last? How can I complain about discomfort when my Assyrian grandmother watched six of her seven siblings die in a genocide in the desert? Or when my grandfather watched his village be burned to the ground with his father trapped inside? Could I freak out at some small misfortune when those two endured so much but were not defined by it, but instead developed into joyful, life-giving people? They remained focused upwards and proactively worked to make life better for their descendants. They gifted my dad and 10 other beloved aunts and uncles a life defined by love, hope, and faith—and by doing so granted me the same gift. How has your life changed since winning Alone?  Knowing my family history gave me the invaluable tools of being able to put my own trials into perspective, and also gave me a roadmap for going through them with a positive bend.  Southern Appalachia is a particularly good place to learn to hunt. The abundance of game and the need to control animal populations means that you can create opportunities much more often and thus learn much quicker. Out West, you may only get one shot a year at an animal with a bow. Here there are a lot more opportunities. Hopefully we can make it an even better place to learn by creating some interesting survival courses as we move forward. I managed missing her by putting faith in the strength of our relationship. I knew we would be back together at some point and pick up right where we left off, so I didn’t have to spend extra energy wondering if our relationship would last the trial. Previously, I had spent several long stints in Russia away from her, so it helped put into perspective the time away, and it gave me the confidence that our relationship would remain healthy.  Q&A with Jordan Jonas, Winner of the TV Series Alone Also constantly with me out there was the thought of my dad. Although he passed years ago, he showed me through example how to bear indescribable hardships with an air of joy and gratitude that is a lesson impossible to teach except through example. We all will face suffering on some level, but having been shown how to navigate that with steadfastness and a constantly developing character is invaluable. BRO: Your experiences with the indigenous Evenki people—reindeer herders in Siberia—seemed really important in preparing you for your successes in the Arctic. How did you end up spending time with the Evenki and what did you learn from them? It’s allowed me to shift out of construction and into survival training and adventuring, a long-needed change of pace. Aside from that, things have remained pretty much the same—though I really should update my wife’s 2001 Ford Windstar. Cover photo: Jonas now resides in Virginia and offers wilderness survival training courses. Photo courtesy of Rachel Jonaslast_img read more

‘Night to Shine’ prom event postponed

first_imgNight to Shine is a special prom event for individuals with special needs. It was originally scheduled for Friday night. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The “Night to Shine” event at Chenango Valley High School has been postponed due to inclement weather.center_img 1st United Methodist Church says the event will be rescheduled. However, a postponement date has not been finalized.last_img

The first edition of the national congress exchange MEETEX begins

first_imgReljić notes that the second edition of MEETEX is also planned. “Organizers, partners, and we believe that all exhibitors and customers want and expect the continuation of MEETEX, ie implementation in 2020 and beyond. But at the moment it is our priority and we are fully committed to excellence in the organization and implementation of the first MEETEX”, He concluded. MEETEX team Photo: meetex.eu It is expected that over 1200 business meetings one-on-one will be held during the two working days of the congress exchange, and the working part of MEETEX will be moderated by domestic and foreign experts in the field of business tourism. The participants will also have at their disposal informal socializing, but also an opportunity to experience Zagreb as a high-quality destination for business tourism. The first national congress fair called “MEETEX – Croatian Meeting Experience Summit” will be held in Zagreb’s The Westin from March 19 to 21. The event will bring together 60 foreign business customers, ie specialized agencies, corporations and international professional associations, organized by the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) and the company Innovative Events. Croatia is one of the leading congress and incentive destinations in this part of Europe and certainly has a lot to offer to international buyers and organizers of business meetings. It is important to mention and recall the action plan for the development of congress tourism announced by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli at the end of 2016. According to the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020, the product of business meetings is considered one of the potentially important tourist products of Croatia. Namely, despite occasional oscillations, market trends indicate a globally stable growth of this product, which is reflected in the performance in Croatia, the Ministry of Tourism points out. In accordance with the set umbrella goals, Croatia intends to attract around one million participants in business meetings by 2020 and, by increasing their average spending, have a positive impact on increasing revenues from congress tourism. “This type of stock exchange is extremely useful for Croatian congress tourism because in this way foreign buyers / organizers are brought directly to the destination, which is the best way to personally make sure that our products and services in this segment are very high quality, competitive in European and world markets. and give value for money”, Said Slaven Reljić, PR and marketing manager of MEETEX. The action plan for the development of congress tourism was created in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Institute of Tourism, in order to contribute to achieving global recognition in the tourism market, market repositioning from the destination of sun and sea to offer a variety of authentic content and experiences enriching the tourism production portfolio in order to increase the number of tourist arrivals and tourist consumption. More information about the MEETEX congress exchange can be found HERE. The primary goal of MEETEX is to connect Croatian providers and foreign buyers from the business tourism segment. Among foreign buyers are representatives from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. As many as 72 exhibitors from Croatia will present their offer, and 56 of them will be representatives of hotel companies, PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) and DMC (Destination Management Company) and tourist boards. The other 16 exhibitors will be representatives of companies providing technical and production services in business tourism.last_img read more

Learn to forgive and pray for peace

first_imgWe have heard grieving families cry out, “The killing must stop.” Yet, nothing much changes except to get worse.Others demonstrated their forgiving attitude for us. Within hours of the shooting deaths of five Amish schoolgirls in Lancaster, Pa., the Amish community forgave Charles Roberts, the killer; they also comforted his grieving family, set up a charitable fund for his children and grieved at his funeral.Despite the Amish example and cries of grieving families, our society spirals ever deeper into trouble. Since we can’t change “our bad situation,” I believe that our hope is in prayer for divine intervention. We need forgiving acts and prayers for peace. Prayers from your heart, in your own words, or mine. This peace prayer is a composite of the tenets and prayers of many faiths.Peace pray for all faiths: O God, fill me with thy peace that I may be an instrument of your love. May all humanity recognize their brotherhood and vanquish injustice, violence and war. Oh, Master, may peace and justice fill the earth, as the waters fill the sea, while your glory shines from all nations.Donna LagasseScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWalter “Neal” Brazelle [Dec. 9 letter] recently blamed Americans for “putting ourselves in a bad situation.” I agree with him. But I believe that we can heal our society with a different attitude. Namely, the same one shown by the Scheidt and Martuscello families of Schenectady as they faced the young men found guilty of the deaths of their family members. They faced the men, without ugly, revengeful comments, and hoped they would be better people.last_img read more

India says 20 troops killed in deadliest clash with China in decades

first_imgBut in a statement later Tuesday the army added that 17 more critically injured were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures… [and] succumbed to their injuries”.The Indian army said earlier that there were “casualties on both sides”. China’s defense ministry confirmed the incident had resulted in casualties but did not give the nationality of the victims or any other details.The United States — which has mounting frictions with China, but sees India as an emerging ally — said it is hoping for a “peaceful resolution”, and that it was monitoring the situation closely.The UN called for both sides to “exercise maximum restraint”.Former Indian ambassador to China and foreign secretary Nirupama Menon Rao warned that “we are at an extremely worrisome juncture in the relationship”.”If not handled correctly… [this] can really escalate into something much bigger than we had initially imagined,” Harsh Pant from the Observer Research Foundation think-tank told AFP. The long-running border dispute between Asian nuclear powers India and China turned deadly for the first time in nearly half a century after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a “violent face-off”, the army said Tuesday.Experts warned the high-altitude clash along the Himalayan frontier was a worrying development which could escalate, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.Brawls erupt regularly between the world’s two most populous nations across their disputed 3,500-kilometer border — but no-one has been killed since 1975. Topics : ‘Attacking Chinese personnel’ Beijing claimed Indian troops “crossed the border line twice… provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides”. New Delhi’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava hit back, saying the clash arose from “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo” on the border.The violence followed weeks of hostilities that began May 9, when several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing at Naku La in India’s Sikkim state, which borders Bhutan, Nepal and China.But just last week, China said it had reached a “positive consensus” with India over resolving tensions at the border, while New Delhi also sounded conciliatory.However, Indian sources and news reports suggested that Chinese troops remained in parts of the Galwan Valley and of the northern shore of the Pangong Tso lake that it occupied in recent weeks.The prickly relationship had already been strained when India in August revoked the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir state.That saw the Ladakh region — partly claimed by Beijing — turned into a separate Indian administrative territory.Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s territorial disputes at MIT, said Beijing would have viewed the move as a “direct challenge to China’s sovereignty” over the area it claims.”This may have been one factor leading China to adopt a much more forward posture along the LAC [Line of Actual Control, or the frontier] in the western sector [of the border]” he told AFP.Fravel said both nations would not “want to see a major escalation”, with China’s main security priority still the US.center_img ‘Worrying’ India and China have never even agreed on the length of their “Line of Actual Control” frontier, and each side uses different frontier proposals made by Britain to China in the 19th century to back their claims. They fought a brief war in 1962 in which China took territory from India. Further deadly clashes followed in 1967, but the last shot fired in anger was in 1975, when four Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed along the dividing line in Arunachal Pradesh. In 2017 there was a 72-day showdown after Chinese forces moved into the disputed Doklam plateau on the China-India-Bhutan border.After that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping appeared to ease tensions at two summits.India and China meanwhile have also been engaged in a show of power in the Indo-Pacific, with New Delhi allying with the US, Australia and Japan to check China’s push in the region. Beijing and Delhi blamed each other for Monday’s clash in the precipitous, rocky terrain of the strategically important Galwan Valley, which lies between China’s Tibet and India’s Ladakh.An Indian army source in the region told AFP the incident involved no shooting but “violent hand-to-hand scuffles”. The soldiers threw punches and stones at each other, with Chinese troops allegedly attacking their Indian counterparts with rods and nail-studded clubs during the more than six-hour fight, the Hindustan Times reported.India had earlier put the toll at three dead.last_img read more

Global coronavirus cases rise above 13 million, WHO sounds alarm

first_img“If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way.”The Reuters global tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.Parts of the world, especially the United States with more than 3.3 million confirmed cases, are still seeing huge increases in a first wave of COVID-19 infections, while others “flatten the curve” and ease lockdowns.Some places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne and Leicester in England, are implementing a second round of shutdowns. Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, albeit with a low 1,522 cases, is to tighten social distancing measures again amid growing worries about a third wave. Topics : Coronavirus infections rose above 13 million across the world on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by one million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future, with too many countries headed in the wrong direction.”The virus remains public enemy number one,” he told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.center_img The United States reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections on July 10. In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.The US state of Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours on Sunday, more than South Korea’s total since the disease was first identified at the end of last year. Florida tallied 12,624 new cases on Monday.Coronavirus infections were rising in about 40 US states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.Yet US President Donald Trump and White House officials have repeatedly said the disease is under control and that schools must reopen in the autumn.”The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.”We all want our children to go back to school, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.”Stay at homeHungary has imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel as of next Wednesday in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in new cases in several countries, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Sunday.The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia called on residents of an area that has seen a surge in coronavirus cases to stay at home despite a ruling by a judge who threw out a mandatory lockdown order for the district of 160,000 people.Spain, which has been one of the European countries worst hit by the coronavirus, lifted nationwide confinement last month, when the pandemic seemed to have come under control.Since the first cases were reported in China around the new year, it took three months to reach one million cases. It has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million recorded on July 8.India, the country with the third-highest number of infections, has been contending with an average of 23,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.In countries with limited testing capacity, case numbers reflect only a smaller proportion of total infections. Experts say official data likely under-represents both infections and deaths.last_img read more

EIOPA finalises vision on pan-European personal pensions

first_imgFlexible ElementsGuarantees The paper is the latest step in a European Commission (EC)-led investigation into the potential development of a EU market for personal pension schemes, envisaged as a third-pillar retail product.It takes into account feedback received as part of a consultation carried out last summer on the creation of a standardised PEPP, which in turn built on a preliminary report on PPPs by EIOPA in 2014. Last summer’s consultation and the latest consultation will allow EIOPA to respond to a call for advice by the EC in July 2014.Among responses to EIOPA’s PEPP consultation last summer were a warning of the risk of “regulatory arbitrage” from Brussels-based industry association PensionsEurope. The Dutch government rejected the standardised PEPP idea, while the Dutch Pensions Federation questioned the added value of a PEPP.However, Hans van Meerten, a professor of international pensions law at Utrecht University, flagged new opportunities arising from PEPPs for Dutch pension providers, pension funds and insurers.More recently, investment fund association ICI Global made the development of a pan-European PPP one of its key recommendations in its response to the EC’s call for evidence on the regulatory framework for financial services.It said it was “fully supportive” of the Commission’s work to develop such a product, highlighting the benefits of pooling assets on a cross-border basis for “EU savers and the EU’s capital markets”.EIOPA addressed concerns about regulatory arbitrage in its new consultation paper, noting that avoiding it is one of the reasons why it settled on a standardised PEPP regulated by a complementary second regime rather than harmonising existing Directives.“To achieve a true Single Market for pensions,” it said, “and to overcome barriers to use the efficiency gains of the Single Market and ensuring a high level of consumer protection, it is therefore EIOPA’s view that only a second regime PEPP will be capable of realistically tackling the currently under-developed EU market for cross-border pensions.”Proposed PEPP characteristicsThe supervisory body said research it had conducted, including last summer’s consultation, confirmed its view that a standardised PEPP with a defined set of regulated, flexible elements would be the best way forward. Default “core” investment option It also developed its views on the product, however.It is now proposing PEPP features such as standardised information provision based on the proposals of a key information document (KID) within the PRIIPs (Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products) framework, and standardised limited investment choices and a single default “core” investment option. The investment elements would be to take into account the link between accumulation and decumulation, according to the consultation document.Industry group Insurance Europe said it welcomed EIOPA’s acknowledgement that a PEPP should be “a true pension product” but questioned the proposed treatment of minimum investment periods and the decumulation phase – “the main characteristics of a pension product”.It said the product envisaged by EIOPA needs to feature minimum investment periods, and the decumulation phase given “appropriate consideration” in the product design.“Otherwise, the PEPP could end up being more like a short-term investment, rather than a long-term pension product,” it said. “Of concern is the link that EIOPA’s advice makes between packaged retail and insurance-based investment products and the proposed PEPP, given that the two are not easily compatible.”Consultation: From PEPP to PPPsEIOPA is now seeking views on whether and how its PEPP recommendations could be applied to personal pension products (PPPs) in general.The aim, it said, was to identify how PPPs – and possible EU-wide frameworks for these – could be developed “so they can contribute to meeting the challenges of an ageing economy, the sustainability of public finances and the provision of adequate retirement incomes and foster increased long-term investment”.EIOPA is asking for feedback particularly in relation to:Governance standards for providersHarmonised basis for product governance rulesHarmonised basis for distribution rulesHarmonised disclosure rulesPossible specific additional capital requirementFurther powers for national supervisorsEIOPA noted that PPPs were one of the priority measures for the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union action plan.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to “Consultation Paper on EIOPA’s advice on the development of an EU Single Market for personal pension products (PPP)” Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) Standardised ElementsInformation provisioncenter_img Limited investment choices Switching Cap on cost and charges The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its final advice on the development of a so-called 2nd regime for pan-European personal pension products (PEPPs) and launched a fresh consultation on the back of the recommendations.The new consultation is on how a standardised PEPP could serve as the basis for an EU market for personal pensions products in general.The advice and related questions for stakeholders are set out in a ‘Consultation Paper on EIOPA’s advice on the development of an EU Single Market for personal pension products’, released yesterday.It marks the first time EIOPA has consulted on its advice, according to a spokesperson.last_img read more

Dynagas LNG Partners agrees $480 mln loan

first_imgImage courtesy of Dynagas LNG PartnersDynagas LNG Partners, a partnership formed by Dynagas, said its unit, Arctic LNG Carriers secured a $480 million loan.The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds of the loan facility to repay in full its existing secured indebtedness, pay transaction fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.Credit Suisse Securities and Barclays acted as joint global coordinators, joint lead arrangers and joint book runners of the loan.The Partnership’s current fleet consists of six LNG carriers, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 914,000 cubic meters.last_img read more

OMM hooks CableFish

first_imgCableFish (Photo: OMM) Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has entered into a long-term collaboration with the developer of cable monitoring and subsea systems North Sea Systems (NSS) to bring the CableFish monitoring tool to the market.CableFish Touchdown Monitoring Tool was engineered to overcome issues with damage and suspension during cable installation, as well as to reduce delays and expense, by providing continuous visual and position monitoring of the cable touchdown point at a fraction of the cost of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), according to OMM – subsea services provider for offshore renewables sector.The announcement comes at an important time for the offshore renewables industry, which has been identified as a vital point of focus for Britain as its exit from the EU approaches.A major report by the Government Office for Science Foresight, Future of the Sea, has estimated that the value of the world’s oceans is set to double to £2.14 trillion by 2030, but that the UK will miss out if it continues to rely on traditional industries such as oil and gas.Instead, innovations in emerging sectors such as offshore renewable energy could pave the way to economic growth, echoing the message of BEIS’ Clean Growth Strategy launched at the end of last year.As reported earlier, the developers of the MeyGen tidal array project said in a report for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that ROVs were found not to be suited for the conditions at the site at Pentland Firth, and that using a different cable monitoring system, such as CableFish, to guide the cable lay process would have been beneficial.Rob Grimmond, Managing Director of OMM, said: “In order to harness the potential for economic growth offered by the industry, it continually demands innovation to be competitive and safe in changing environments. Working with NSS to offer CableFish has the potential to help make this possible.”last_img read more

Platini’s appeal thrown out by European Court of Human Rights

first_img On Article 8, the ECHE said: “The applicant had been afforded sufficient institutional and procedural safeguards. “The court dismissed the Article 8 complaint, declaring it manifestly ill-founded.” FIFA have taken legal action to try and recoup the payment made to Platini, who was also detained for questioning in June by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police in Paris. This was as part of a probe into the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar. The former France international and three times Ballon d’Or winner was questioned on “technical grounds”, according to his lawyer William Bourdon. “FIFA has taken note of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to reject the appeal of Mr. Platini, which the Court considered to be manifestly ill-founded,” world football’s governing body said. “This judgment is in line with the decision of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, which was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and also by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. “FIFA will continue to seek restitution of the CHF 2 million unduly paid by former FIFA President Joseph Blatter to Mr. Platini back in February 2011.” Blatter led FIFA for 17 years before he resigned days after being re-elected in May 2015. He was banned for six years for his role in the affair. Read Also:Platini considers return to football after ban Platini, considered as one of the best French footballers of all time, was widely viewed as a likely successor. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has thrown out Michel Platini’s appeal against his ban from football and described his claim as “manifestly ill-founded”. Former FIFA vice President Michel Platini FIFA banned the Frenchman, the former President of UEFA, for eight years in 2015 over an unexplained “disloyal” payment received from former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. This was later reduced to six years on appeal by FIFA, and then again to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). As this suspension expired last year, Platini is free to work in football again. His bid at the ECHR can be seen as an attempt to quash his ban as unlawful and return to the game with his reputation in tact. He argued that the legal proceedings so far have not been fair and also claimed the ban was incompatible with his freedom to exercise a professional activity. Other claims are that evidence used by CAS had been “illegal” while he suggested that FIFA’s adjudicatory bodies were “subordinate” to its executive. Both Platini and Blatter had claimed that the CHF2 million (£1.5 million/$2 million/€1.8 million) payment between the pair was made because of a verbal agreement for work the Frenchman carried out between 1998 and 2002. FIFA’s Ethics Committee dismissed this argument and said it was a “gift” or “undue payment”, and this ruling was upheld by CAS. The ECHR rejected Platini’s claim under three of its Articles, including Article 6 – the right to a fair hearing. Article 7 – no punishment without law – and Article 8 – right to respect for private and family life – were also considered. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Pink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Beinglast_img read more