FIFA may punish Russia – Infantino

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Russia will face any “necessary actions and sanctions” after investigators alleged that footballers had suspicious drug-test samples covered up as part of a wider doping scandal in the 2018 World Cup host nation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said yesterday.Five suspicious samples in the Russian men’s under-17 and under-21 national teams in 2013 and 2014 were exposed in emails released earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency, accompanying investigator, Richard McLaren’s, report into Russian doping.Then-sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also in charge of Russia’s World Cup preparations, has been accused of covering up a doping case in the Russian league. FIFA’s ethics committee has said it will examine McLaren’s report and the role of Mutko, who sits on FIFA’s ruling council.WORKING TOGETHERAsked whether he still trusts Mutko, Infantino said: “He is a council member and, of course, we are working together.””If anything has happened with regards to doping cases in football which were covered up and which now are unveiled, then both FIFA as well as UEFA, depending on what the competence is for these particular cases, will be dealing with them and we will take the necessary actions and sanctions,” Infantino told a sports conference in Dubai.”I don’t think we should mix up a doping issue, even if it is a big doping issue, with the organisation for the World Cup which is a completely different thing where it comes to anti-doping in the World Cup. This is a FIFA matter. It will be dealt with by FIFA officials in world accredited laboratories … very probably in Switzerland.”Russia was accused by McLaren of subverting doping procedures at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, with intelligence officers involved in tampering with samples of Russian medal winners.”We will guarantee that the World Cup in Russia will be completely safe when it comes to anti-doping matters or when it comes to doping cases,” Infantino said.last_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgPast The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1300 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3)BAGLONDA (1975)1. #7 BIGBROWNGREYHOPE RHalledeen 54.0 $124.00 $64.002. #6 SURE MAN JJackson 55.0 Neck $247.003. #4 SUPREME MAGIC OWhite 51.0 1-3/4L $176.004. #5 EL CLIENTE AndrePowell3 53.0 1-1/4LFinal Time : 1:23.0 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, 1:15.2Winner: 7yo gr horse – BIG BROWN – HOPES AND FEARSTrainer: MARLON ANDERSON Owner: DIAMONDSBred by SUN VALLEY FARM & BIGBROWN SYNDICATEQu: $956.00 Ex: $1,280.00Trifecta: $1,759.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)HARLEQUIN (1977)*1. #7 LAWS OF THE CODE OEdwards2 50.5 $100.00 $72.002. #4 PEEPING TOM JInnis2 52.0 1-1/2L $87.003. #8 CARTEL KRobinson 56.0 5-1/2L $261.004. #6 KINGONAMISSION OnBeckford4 50.0 NoseFinal Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.1Winner : 3yo rn filly – CODED WARNING – LAWS OF THE CATTrainer : CARL ANDERSON Owner : CARL ANDERSONBred by CARL ANDERSONQu: $236.00 Ex: $330.00D/E: $226.00Superfecta: $8,875.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)SKY TRAIN (1982)*1. #10 ALEXANDER REW OWalker 54.0 $110.00 $59.002. #1 ROCKDALE AntThomas3 50.5 1-1/4L $156.003. #9 SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS JErwin 53.5 2-3/4L $146.004. #4 LUCKY STROKE BebHarvey2 52.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:14.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3Winner : 3yo b colt – TRADITIONAL – PAGEE PRINCESSTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CHRISTOPHER BROWNBred by W.P. V. CHUNG & HOWARD L. HAMILTON (C.D.) & ROBERTQu: $823.00 Ex: $1,036.00D/E: $163.00Superfecta: $4,256.00Rolling Triple: $549.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $600,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NON-WINNER SINCE DECEMBER 8, 2016TRANCE (1984)1. #6 SPEEDY PROCESS JErwin 55.0 $133.00 $50.00*2. #2 REIGN OVER ALL DaneNelson 57.0 6L $50.003. #8 ALDEBARAN SMuir 57.0 2-1/4L $50.004. #10 POCKET MONEY RMitchell 56.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 GIRSHOM, #7 AQUILOFinal Time : 1:16.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.4Winner : 6yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – CONGRATSTrainer: RANDOLPH SCOTT Owner: DELROY WELLINGTONBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQu: $109.00 Ex: $243.00D/E: $334.00 (10-3) $59.00Superfecta: $412.00Rolling Triple: $764.00Race 5 1400 M (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEDISTINCTLY NATIVE (1990)1. #3 RUBY ROSE RHalledeen 54.0 $215.00 $104.00*2. #6 LEEKOUT AndreePowell3 53.0 3/4L $75.003. #1 STORMING FLYER HPottinger2 51.5 Neck $122.004. #5 CODED SECRET DDawkins2 49.0 5-1/2LFinal Time : 1:29.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.0, 1:15.0Winner : 4yo b filly – SORRENTINO – NOONANTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner: STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $162.00 Ex: $457.00D/E : (6-3) $970.00Superfecta: $6,625.00Rolling Triple: $1,900.00Race 6 1500 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM(180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)MILLIGRAM (1992)1. #2 HE’STHEREAL LINKS RMitchell 54.0 $411.00 $260.002. #8 ABOVE THE RADAR AntThomas3 54.0 4-1/2L $203.003. #1 MY FAVORITE DANCER JInnis2 51.0 49/1 11/2 $685.004. #7 TRINI MAGIC SEllis 57.0 9/5 1DNF #3 * COURT CALL JErwin 52.5DNF #9 BRIDLED PRINCESS SMuir 55.0Late scratch : #6 SUNDANCE, #12 CRUCIAL VALORFinal Time : 1:38.0 Splits : 25.1, 49.1, 1:16.1Winner : 8yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – EXOTIC LINKSTrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner: SYDNEY ROMANBred by IAN LODGEQu: $2,450.00 Ex: $4,530.00D/E: $1,426.00 (3-6) $237.00Trifecta: $11,502.00Hi-5 carry-over : $24,709.75Rolling Triple: $6,833.00Super-6: $69,103.90Race 7 2000 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACEAWESOME POWER (2001)1. #8 CRUISE LAVA CRUISE PFrancis 52.0 $2259.00 $190.00*2. #2 SUBBIE BebHarvey2 54.0 2-3/4L $63.003. #5 MAKHI RLunan 55.0 1-3/4L $105.004. #7 BLOOD SONG SEllis 53.5 5LFinal Time : 2:11.2 Splits : 25.0, 51.1, 1:16.0, 1:43.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – MOLTEN LAVATrainer : EVERAL FRANCIS Owner: COOKIE AND SONSBred by FELIX HEATHQu: $1,330.00 Ex: $5,658.00D/E: $37,472.00Superfecta: $25,644.00Rolling Triple: $177,312.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $650,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)I’M SATISFIED (2000)1. #8 KIMBERLY GOLD DDawkins2 51.0 5/2 $191.00 $68.00*2. #10 NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST OWhite 52.0 Neck $59.003. #3 VICIOUS LOOK RWilson 56.0 3/4L $64.004. #7 ABOGADO SMuir 54.0 1-1/4LJF #5 MAMETA MBryan 52.0 18/1Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – PIK A TRIXTrainer : TERRENCE MCWHINNEY Owner: TERRENCE SANCKOBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $250.00 Ex: $841.00D/E: $13,648.00Superfecta: $2,301.00Rolling Triple: $174,618.00Pick-4: Carry-over : $536,022.50Race 9 1820 M (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)SWING BY (2006)*1. #3 VISION OF GOLD OWalker 56.0 $186.00 $92.002. #11 GLYDER CBudhai 52.0 4L $154.003. #12 QUEEN OF BAGDAD JErwin 54.0 1-1/2L $119.004. #7 BROOKLYN WHenry 51.0 2-1/2L5. #5 HEY CHAMP RHalledeen 56.0 NeckJF #9 DREAMING THE CODE OEdwards2 50.5 10/1Final Time : 1:58.0 Splits : 27.0, 52.3, 1:18.0, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo ch colt – FEARLESS VISION – GOOD PROSPECTTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQu: $1,383.00 Ex: $1,812.00D/E: $438.00Trifecta: $4,859.00Hi-5: $191,337.50Rolling Triple: $105,836.00PlacePot 8: $2,862.00 (8 OF 8)THE 43TH RUNNING OF THE JAMAICA 1000 GUINEASRace 10 1600 M (Purse $3,500,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY -FILLIES(Sponsored by )*1. #10 SHE’S A MANEATER OWalker 57.0 $77.00 $54.002. #12 BILINGUAL RHalledeen 57.0 4-1/4L $65.003. #4 MONEY MAGNET BebHarvey2 57.0 2L $86.004. #2 MARLENE MY LOVE DaneNelson 57.0 2-1/4L5. #7 GREAT FAITH ARobles 57.0 4LFinal Time : 1:39.0 Splits : 23.4, 47.0, 1:12.0Winner : 3yo b filly – NATURAL SELECTION – AHWHOFAHTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : WINSTON KONGBred by WINSTON KONGQu: $108.00 Ex: $195.00D/E: $147.00Trifecta: $120.00Hi-5: $4,691.50Rolling Triple: $536.00Race 11 1100 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)ROYAL IMAGE (2008)1. #6 AUNTIE RHONDA JJackson 51.5 $203.00 $94.002. #12 BIG BLACK NATION RMitchell 54.0 2-3/4L $85.00*3. #1 FLYING MACHINE DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L $78.004. #2 BIG MISTAKE OScott4 50.0 1-1/2L5. #7 HEAT IT UP RWilson 54.0 1L NoseLate scratch : #11 SORRENTINOS LEGACYFinal Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.3, 48.1Winner : 4yo b filly – TAQARUB – RACEETrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : DRAVIDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $652.00 Ex: $1,080.00D/E: $495.00Trifecta: $782.00Hi-5: $10,330.50Rolling Triple: $849.00THE 43TH RUNNING OF THE JAMAICA 2000 GUINEASRace 12 1600 M (Purse $3,500,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY -COLTS & GELDINGS(Sponsored by )*1. #11 FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 57.0 $103.00 $65.002. #10 MARKET FORCE BebHarvey2 57.0 1/2L $93.003. #3 SOTOMAYOR LSteadman2 57.0 3-1/4L $107.004. #14 RADICAL DaneNelson 57.0 1-1/4L5. #1 TWILIGHT DREAMS RMitchell 57.0 1LFinal Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.3, 46.2, 1:11.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – FEARLESS VISION – SAYURITrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $330.00 Ex: $476.00D/E: $763.00Trifecta: $440.00Hi-5: $38,698.00Rolling Triple: $1,174.00Pick-4: $3,556.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $328,955.20 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $36,845.50 (8 OF 9); $698.00 (7 OF 9)Carry-over: $2,571,359.70last_img read more

Ambulance missing as TG, Portmore battle in bloody draw

first_img TAKING THE LEAD Portmore United’s coach, Linval Dixon, said that the absence of an ambulance for their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) quarter-final against host Tivoli Gardens, which ended 1-1, at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday, was a big disappointment. Thirteen minutes into the game, Tivoli’s Romaine Breakenridge was shown a red card and had to be taken to hospital after a nasty challenge on Portmore’s Henrico Ricketts, who came out the worse from the collision with a bloody face and at one point appeared to be unconscious. Both players were taken to hospital but had to be transported by regular vehicles. Reports from the Portmore camp are that Ricketts received several stitches and a prescription before being released, but Dixon was clearly disappointed by the situation and is hoping that better medical facilitation will be made for the remaining games. “This is the quarter-final and you need to have an ambulance in case anything major happens, and we fell short in that regard,” Dixon said afterwards. “The home team or competition must be responsible for this (medical). To have no medical people around for a game like this was really disappointing.” Meanwhile, second-half substitute Howard Morris was the hero for 10-man Tivoli Gardens as his late strike earned the host a precious 1-1 draw going into next week’s return leg, which will be played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Two minutes after Breakenridge’s sending off, Portmore United made the most of the numerical advantage as Javon East fired home to give Portmore a 1-0 lead going into the break after dancing his way around three defenders inside the penalty box before comfortably slotting home. After the interval, Portmore United continued to create chances with two great opportunities falling to Malique Foster and East, but neither could convert and send the contest to bed. Tivoli, on the other hand, struggled to create any meaningful chances despite several determined attempts to push forward and gain parity. Coach Damion Gordon, who was growing increasingly frustrated, introduced the former Hydel man, Morris, with over 20 minutes to go, and he hardly put a foot wrong, playing some excellent passes and showing good ball-handling skills throughout his time on the field. However, not many Tivoli Gardens fans expected the 20-year-old to deliver the sort of magic he brought with his right foot, but he brought the house down with a spectacular goal four minutes from time to set up a tantalising second leg. The tricky player received the ball just outside the penalty area on the right hand side and swivelled past his marker before unleashing a fierce shot into the top corner in true prime-time fashion. “As players, we come to show Portmore that we can be competitive. When I kicked the ball and it scored, I ran over to my fans and told them not to worry because Jermaine and Elton are injured and when they come back next week, it is going to be an easy win for us,” Morris stated afterwards. He added that Portmore played a physical game but that their ball-playing skills prevailed. “Portmore came hard, but we showed them that it is not about being physical. It’s about ball work, and we just kept the ball moving until we got the goal,” he added.last_img read more

GAWU responds to APNU/AFC supporter

first_imgDear Editor,Known APNU/AFC supporter, Mr Abel Seetaram, in a letter appearing in the December 12 Guyana Chronicle, was allowed to use that newspaper’s letter columns to pursue a maligned and falsehood-filled attack on our Union. It appears that the letter signer has friends in high places. But that is entirely another story.The GAWU, when considering the utterances written under Mr Seetaram’s hand, debated whether it really should take the time to offer a response. The individual, who is known for his escapades, cannot be even deemed a political featherweight. We, nevertheless, decided to pen this response though knowing that the individual is really no more than a mere hanger-on but his sentiments will likely be read by the Chronicle’s readership and his fiction may well be deemed as the truth.The ‘letter writer’ begins his missive by denouncing the recent protests by sugar workers which, in his little mind, he contends have been politically influenced. Maybe the individual, who may not have even signed his letter, should have prefaced his letter with “once upon a time”. We hate to burst the bubble he lives in but the actions by sugar workers were only fuelled by the atrocious treatment they have received at the hands of the coalition government. Certainly, any rational human being would react in the same manner.We wonder how Mr Seetaram would react were he in the shoes of a sugar worker. How would he feel that he could not afford to buy something nice for his house or to even just add a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the home for the holidays? How would he feel that he could not afford to buy a nice meal for his family or not even a little gift for his children? These, Mr Seetaram, or whoever is the real author, are feelings of the sugar workers at this time. It is now the fifth Christmas they are enduring since their rates-of-pay have remained unchanged. This is their new reality and is apparently is the ‘good life’ they were promised.It is next said that GAWU lost its voice during the PPP/C Administration. It seems like the RDC Councillor has the tendencies of an ostrich and he has probably hidden his head in the ground all that time. The GAWU has never ever lost its voice. Our advocacy on behalf of our membership had never ceased. Of course, when it comes to sugar, we did not have to contend with a heartless bunch as we have now. But our voice allowed workers’ pay and conditions-of-work to be improved. Our voice saw many workers becoming homeowners and sending their children to high school and beyond, a cherished dream for many. Our voice saw justice and fairness prevailing and our voice spoke up on behalf of the industry. So, no Mr Seetaram, we haven’t ever lost our voice but it is because of our voice that you and your ilk are upset that we continue to speak up and speak out?We are told that our voice was not heard when two estates were closed supposedly under the PPP/C Administration. Of course, we have addressed this matter on several occasions, and given what we know of Mr Seetaram, we believe, our time can be better spent than re-hashing what we have explained before.On the NIS, Mr Seetaram, sugar workers know too of our advocacy. Over the years, we have probably represented thousands of workers in regards to the different problems they encounter with the Scheme. At this very time, we are pursuing many matters with the NIS’ local and central offices. Just recently, the NIS agreed with our request to have central engagements with a view to addressing matters more quickly. Similarly, we have continued to actively represent workers’ grievances. Our representation has been successful on several occasions. As a responsible Union, we cannot ignore the workers’ matters which are so germane to our work.Mr Seetaram next criticises, without any foundation, our Union’s leadership. We want to say that the election of the GAWU leadership is done by the Union’s membership through delegates present at our Congresses— which are held in keeping with our Constitution. Certainly, we want to believe the Councillor understands this process. Not too long ago, Mr Seetaram’s own party had elections where certain persons were elected. Of course, we did see concerns being expressed about whether the process was really democratic. We want to tell the letter writer that our Union upholds genuine democratic practices, unlike what Mr Seetaram may be accustomed to.Mr Seetaram, in the letter, also referred to promises to Guyanese. But while he talks about commitments, he apparently does not remember what his colleagues told sugar workers. He does not remember that they said sugar is too big to fail. He fails to recollect that workers were told that the coalition “will not, in any way, close the sugar industry”. We are sure he has forgotten about the twenty per cent pay rise promised. So he should not even be talking about promises.It is clear as day Mr Seetaram and his political colleagues are upset by our reminder of their commitments and our consistent advocacy on behalf of the nation’s sugar workers. The reality is that the shabby and discriminatory treatment that has been meted out to this group of Guyanese cannot be condoned. Did Mr Seetaram and company really expect us to remain silent by these anti-worker practices? Of course, no doubt, our regularly raised voice is what irks them so much. They want to be seen without damnable records when really, they are wolves in sheep clothing.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

LFA Election: Bility’s 2 ‘Trusted Members’ Deserve Scrutiny

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Football Association was reported to have said (Daily Observer, Feb. 25 issue) that nine of members of his current administration are ‘trustworthy, committed and hardworking,” that he is campaigning for them to go with him, which I think he is wrong about two of them.My concern is about at least two members of the team, his vice president for administration, Musa Shannon and vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence.Let me start with Mr. Adolf Lawrence. For the greater of last year, he was under suspension for acts that were inconsistent to the policy of the Liberia Football Association.There were several appeals made to President Bility and I have followed events when Mr. Bility would not budge to change the decision of the Executive Committee to lift Mr. Lawrence’s suspension.Mr. Lawrence is the same Hon. Adolf Lawrence of District #15. He is responsible for the development of his district, and some of those responsibilities include securing more money for sports development, particularly in his district and the country as a whole.When he was suspended by the Executive Committee of the LFA, it was a slap on the face of all those he represents in the House of Representatives.Where was the trust when he was suspended? President Musa Bility gets more explaining to do, if he believes that a man who did not respect the rules of the very association he is vice president, can now be a trusted companion in his next elections.What did Hon. Lawrence achieve for the LFA as ‘vice president for operations’ before his suspension and after his suspension that Mr. Bility can drum into our ears that he deserves to be a trusted candidate?I got a clarification that in other West African countries, lawmakers are part of the football association. So what? Is it not too farfetched that the lawmaker who should encourage his friends in the House for funds for sports development is the same one who does not trust the little ones down there and therefore he must come down to join the party to see the funds’ management? There is no record elsewhere that Hon. Lawrence raised funds at the House for sports development.The next person is vice president for administration, Musa Shannon. With all due respect, Shannon has failed his colleagues, since he, as a former Lone Star player, joined the LFA.What can Musa Shannon show his former colleagues that he did for them? As it was written about him some time ago, the best he has done for Liberian football is the Lone Star’s trip to Iraq. Many of his former colleagues have complained bitterly about Shannon’s cold shoulder and unfriendly attitude.As the only presidential candidate, Musa Bility must have been offered the presidency on a silver platter, but that does not mean that he must carry those who did not contribute much to his administration with him. Stakeholders who have the gavel to vote should weed out those who have done nothing to help the development of Liberian football.Editor’s Note: The opinion expressed here is that of the writer’s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lonestar: Satellite Dish Installed But Not Activated

first_imgAmidst an ongoing investigation by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) into the re-installation of a decommissioned satellite dish by the cellular giant, Lonestar Cell MTN, the mobile operator has released a statement declaring its innocence in the whole saga. Nevertheless, it admitted that it re-installed the decommissioned dish, but has not re-activated it in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County.However, it is yet to disclose why it re-installed said equipment in the first place; and more so, in the very location where it was the first time when it (Lonestar) was asked to decommission it.In its findings, a team from the telecommunication sector’s regulator, LTA, reported that after careful assessment of the three GSM mobile operators’ sites in Nimba and Grand Gedeh, it observed that a microwave dish has been re-installed at the same height and in the same position as the decommissioned microwave dish, which had sparked concern. That dish, which Lonestar had installed, according to LTA, had illegally connected the GSM company to La Côte d’Ivoire.The LTA finding furthered, “In Yekepa, on the old mine by LAMCO, Cellcom and LoneStar Cell MTN dishes seem to have orientation directed away from La Cote d’Ivoireand Guinea”.The report recommended that LoneStar Cell MTN should be requested to provide purpose and function of the newly-installed microwave dish in Toe Town.The LTA and LoneStar Cell have in the past been involved in exchanges over compliance with regulations.In December 2012, the Board of Commissioners of the LTA reached a decision to suspend the operating license of Lonsetar cell.LTA Chairperson Angelique Weeks at the time announced that the decision was taken as a punitive measure resulting from failure of the Lonestar to comply with the LTA’s directive to restore fully interconnection with Comium Liberia, another GSM service provider.The LTA boss has said that this fact-finding mission was carried out in response to a tip off. What is at issue is whether or not GSM Operator LoneStar Cell MTN, without prior authorization from the LTA, reinstalled or reactivated the telecommunications dish, which can be used to supply broadband data capacity from La Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia.In the wake of the “leaked LTA report” while the investigation is ongoing, the LTA is poised to dismantle the telecommunication dish in question, which is mounted on a tower in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County, bordering La Côte d’Ivoire.According to reports, the dish appears to be positioned where a previous Lonestar Cell MTN dish was removed and decommissioned by the LTA in August 2012.Besides that, the LTA is investigating Lonestar on two main counts: one, the LTA’s investigation of Lonestar is to confirm whether the operator received any capacity (connection) from neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire through the decommissioned satellite dish. The Lonestar Cell MTN statement, signed by its Corporate Affairs Executive, Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh, insists that it has done nothing wrong so far.  In a carefully worded statement, the operator said it had “written the LTA informing of its intent to reconnect the previously disconnected telecommunications dish,” although it “has not done so as yet.” However, Lonestar says it “acknowledges that the terms of its current International Gateway License issued by the LTA give the company the right to establish satellite and other links with international carriers and networks.” To this, LTA’s director of public affairs, Jarsea Burphy, has flatly denied.  “Lonestar only admitted that it had erected the satellite dish in question after LTA found out that it was already up. We are now waiting to conclude our investigation to determine whether the dish was reactivated or not.“Lonestar Cell MTN notes that a technical team from LTA visited its facility in January, 2015 and observed that there was no traffic between Lonestar Cell MTN and its sister network in La Côte d’Ivoire. To date, there has been no change.”The other count of the investigation is an allegation that Lonestar is undercutting the price of wholesale bandwidth in the Liberian market, selling one megabyte for US$350, while all other providers are offering this capacity for around US$1,000.  LTA Chairperson Angelique Weeks, in a statement issued Sunday, said that “low prices are certainly desirable, but prices must not be of a predatory nature; thus, an operator may not sell below certain market prices.”  This question recalls the first count, whether Lonestar used its dish near the Ivorian border to access cheaper bandwidth capacity from the neighboring country, rather than using the capacity of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Cable, thereby “undercutting the market”, as LTA suspects. To this, Lonestar says that it has, as “a member of the Cable Consortium of Liberia… invested over 2.5 Million United States Dollars in the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) fiber optic to Liberia and is an effective user of same. It is to Lonestar Cell MTN’s advantage to have all its traffic on the fiber optic, which is why Lonestar remains in active negotiations for the usage of the fiber duct.”“Lonestar Cell MTN, a partner in support of the Government of Liberia’s development agenda will never act in contrary manners that will undermine the government’s agenda,” the operator’s statement said. “Lonestar Cell MTN remains compliant with all of its tax obligations to government and can fathom no reasons while this should ever change.”LTA insists, however, that Lonestar erected a decommissioned dish without commission, and that said equipment “will be taken down the first week in February to ensure that, pending completion of the investigation, there is no capacity coming from La Côte d’Ivoire.”In as much as the LTA previously had the dish removed and Lonestar Cell MTN has not received the National Regulator’s authorization to reinstall it, if Lonestar Cell MTN is found to have reconnected the dish or has been receiving data capacity from neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, this will be a gross regulatory violation with strong punitive consequences. Lonestar Cell MTN has confirmed that the telecommunications dish was indeed reinstalled, but denies that it has reactivated the cross-border connectivity link.The LTA periodically conducts unannounced fact-finding investigations as part of its regulatory function.  Investigations are carried out by the LTA’s trained technicians and findings remain confidential until thoroughly scrutinized and conclusions adopted by the LTA Board of Commissioners.  “These investigations form part of our sensitive sector surveillance operations and are vital to national security,” Chairperson Weeks noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kinsmen Flyers win weekend hockey tournament in dramatic fashion

first_imgThe Flyers showed they were the team to beat as the tournament progressed, going undefeated all the way to the finals, where they met the Peace River Mustangs, a team they consider one of their greatest rivals.The fast pace began with the Mustangs opening the scoring late in the first period. However, the Flyers were determined to even the score, as Noah Lang made a nice pass through the crease to Eric Melnyk, who buried the puck to bring the score to 1-1 as the first concluded.The Flyers found themselves trailing again in the second, as Peace River scored first to jump to a 2-1 lead. However, the Flyers weren’t discouraged by the lead, responding once again, as Devan Minard scored top shelf after a nice setup pass from Chase London.- Advertisement -Despite getting themselves into penalty trouble in the third, the Kinsmen Flyers’ penalty kill stood tall in Peace River, as the team survived countless penalties, not allowing their opposition to score with the man-advantage.With 1:09 left in regulation, Devan Minard got hauled down while on a breakaway, resulting in referees awarding the Kinsmen Flyers a penalty shot. With the potential game-winner on his stick, Minard skated at the net with a head of steam, shooting the puck bar-down, sending the bench and fans into a frenzy of cheers, and providing the Flyers the eventual game winner..The victory was twice as sweet, considering the Kinsmen Flyers had yet to defeat the Mustangs this season.Advertisementlast_img read more

McHappy Day today; proceeds to Child Development Centre

first_imgCome out and join McDonalds of Fort St. John for McHappy Day all day today (May 11) at both McDonalds locations in Fort St. John.If you purchase a Big Mac, Egg McMuffin, Coffee or Happy Meal, one dollar will be donated to the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John.In the past, McDonalds raised over $6,000 for the Child Development Centre and today they can do it again with your help.- Advertisement -Stop by McDonalds and make a donation today.  You can also make an automatic donation by texting “McHappy” to “3-0-3-3-3” to “RMHC Canada” and by “liking” McDonalds Canada on Facebook.Watch for Moose FM and staff out helping at both locations today.last_img read more

Man stabs ex-lover, male companion during argument

first_imgThe police are on the hunt for a jilted lover who allegedly stabbed his ex-lover and a man with whom the woman was having an affair on Wednesday at Hururu Mission, Upper Berbice River.Commander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden LordThe injured woman, 48-year-old Dally Gobin, was stabbed to her left side breast while 40-year-old Leaymond Smith was stabbed to his left side chest. Both of the injured persons are from Hururu Mission, Upper Berbice River.Based on reports received, on the day in question, the now injured duo was imbibing alcohol at Gobin’s house when the suspect showed up without an invitation. This resulted in a heated argument among them.The argument, however, turned into a scuffle and it was at this time that the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt one blow to Gobin. He then turned his attention to Smith and stabbed him once before escaping the scene.After the commotion, neighbours rushed to the aid of the two injured people and they were taken to the Kwakwani Hospital where they were treated and referred to the Linden Hospital Complex where they were admitted in stable conditions.Commander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord on Thursday told Guyana Times that ranks in his Division have intensified the hunt for the suspect, who is still at large.last_img read more

100 Street closed at Alaska Highway

first_imgDetails on the accident or when the intersection will be open to traffic again are unknown. will provide more details as they become available.- Advertisement –last_img