Former President Blatter banned for additional six years by FIFA over financial wrongdoing

It is the second time Blatter has been banned by FIFA and the latest verdict comes just seven months before his initial six-year ban from all football-related activities was set to expire.

FIFA confirmed Blatter and Jérôme Valcke, the former secretary general of the organisation, have been suspended for an additional six years and eight months and fined CHF1 million (£780,000/US$1 million/€900,000) for financial wrongdoing.

Jepkosgei banned after giving fake evidence for missed test

Jepkosgei, who is ranked 27th in the world in the women's 800m, missed a doping test on March 18 and offered fake evidence in the form of a forged document to explain the whereabouts failure, the AIU said in a statement.

The 29-year-old had informed the AIU that she missed the test because she had been at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, where her sister had been admitted after being involved in a serious car accident.

Jepkosgei is the latest in a long line of Kenyan runners to run foul of anti-doping rules in the past few years.

Barbarians banned

The breach arose when players left their hotel rooms and had dinner in a restaurant without the permission of organisers.

Alex Lewington, Fergus McFadden, Juan Pablo Socino, Chris Robshaw, Richard Wigglesworth and Jackson Wray were given five-week suspensions for leaving the team's biosecure bubble twice and giving a false account of events during the RFU investigation.

Vanuatu bans killing of birds and flying foxes on islands affected by TC Harold

There are reports that the birds were killed either for food or enjoyment of killing these species with sling shots.

The Director General of MoCC, Esline Garaebiti advised that the National Disaster Committee (NDC) had already endorsed the decision that killing of birds and flying foxes is prohibited in all affected islands.

Vanuatu’s North Pentecost chiefs declare marine ban

Fishing of any kind, mining and burning of trees are completely banned in the area.

The ban was initiated following concerns of rapid resource depletion due to unsustainable practices, the Head of the Maritime and Ocean Affairs Division, Tony Tevi, said in a statement.

A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) were on Pentecost to witness the declaration and documentation of the ban.

Russia bids to overturn global ban

RUSADA was declared non-compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] standards over inconsistencies in anti-doping data discovered during an investigation.
Athletes will not be able to compete under the Russian flag at the 2020 Olympics or the 2022 Winter Games, while Russia's place at the 2022 World Cup is also in jeopardy.
WADA said on December 9 it had given Russia three weeks in which it could launch an appeal, and RUSADA supervisory board chairman Alexander Ivlev was quoted on Thursday as confirming there would be a challenge to the decision.

Order to ban more plastic items in Vanuatu

The Order follows the Council of Ministers’ (COM) approval in May this year to extend the nationwide plastic ban to include more items.

As part of the ban, Vanuatu plans to phase out the use of diapers for babies, which contains plastic and takes thousands of years to decompose.

However, in its 5th Ordinary Meeting, COM extended the phasing out of the use of disposable diapers from December 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

This is to allow for more consultations.

Tuvalu bans single use plastic from August 1

It's hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population lives.

Single use plastic bottles under 1.5 litres, plastic plates, cutlery and food wrap are among the items which will not be allowed in to the country from 1 August, according to the Director of the Department of Environment Soseala Tinilau.

Former All Black Jerome Kaino cops ban

Kaino was cited following the incident during the weekend's Heineken Champions Cup game between Bath and Toulouse.

Roberts was briefly knocked out following the 39th-minute incident - Kaino received a yellow card - and took no further part in the Recreation Ground clash that Toulouse won 22-20.

Kaino, who joined Toulouse earlier this year following an 81-cap All Blacks career, appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in Paris after being cited by match citing Commissioner Eugene Ryan. He pleaded not guilty.

Vanuatu minister bans staff from taking govt cars to bars

Matai Seremaiah has also discouraged workers from drunk driving, saying he expected all government vehicles to be in department parking lots at half past four every day.

The Daily Post said Mr Seremaiah called his staff together and announced the ban after two government vehicles were involved in accidents over the Christmas break.

He also ordered a top official to pay for the cost of a vehicle involved in an accident months earlier.