National netballers need Nevers

first_img SUSPICIOUS DOPING The revelations of “suspicious” doping test results from major athletic competitions by an article that appeared in the Sunday Times of England many days ago have brought the expected howls of protest from the IAAF and other organisations, whose main problem seems to be “a who talk?”. The good news is that the World Anti-Doping Authority has immediately launched an investigation into the allegations that athletes with unusual blood test results seem to be doping with impunity. Confirmation of doping from blood test results can only be done after comparing results from that same athlete over time, the main reason for an Athlete Biological Passport, which Jamaica started to collect in 2015. Last Friday, news emerged that Russian female marathoner Lilya Shobukhova, who won the London marathon in 2010 and was runner-up in 2011, had all her results since 2009 annulled because of doping. This athlete was exposed by the Sunday Times article as having ‘extreme blood scores’ for nine years before the IAAF took action in 2014, yet the London Marathon organiser who allegedly paid for the tests was not informed until the publication of the Sunday Times article. London Marathon organisers are now seeking to recover over half a million pounds in prize and appearance money from the disgraced Russian athlete four years after she doped. Trying to find out “a who talk” is not the answer, but a timely and transparent testing process and results management that ensures cheaters are exposed and those who do not cheat are rewarded. FAILURE TO ADJUST TACTICS Our failure lies in the inability of the team to adjust tactics during a game based on the strength and weaknesses of an opponent. This can only be done by the coaching staff. In a preliminary game against England last week, we at home witnessed the ‘same old, same old’ result. Jamaica going off to a blistering start, mesmerising our opponents, leading fairly comfortably, then came failure to adjust tactics, thus an eventual defeat. As a result of that defeat, our Sunshine Girls (who beat Scotland and qualified for the quarter-finals) can still go on to win and confound those who see New Zealand as the best team on show, but in reality, our chances now are much slimmer than when the Girls left Jamaica. What this country needs is coaching by tried and proven experts, who just happen to be available locally! The blatant and barefaced determination of netball hierarchy to refuse to give ‘guru’ Winston Nevers full control of the programme will continue to be our lone obstacle in the quest to be the best in international netball. Every year, every competition, it is the same thing – we play well against Caribbean neighbours, beat the rest of the competition ranked fifth to wherever, lead in our matches against the top-three teams in the world, they adjust their tactics, we don’t, then we crash to a defeat. In the past, it was easy to blame fitness. Not this time. These are the fittest Girls ever sent away to World Championships. Hopefully, netball leaders realise that when pointing an index finger at a supposed cause of our defeat, at least three fingers are pointing directly at them. Jamaica’s team to netball’s World Championships, the Sunshine Girls, has been the fittest, best trained, best fed, best sponsored of all the previous netball teams to any international competition in living memory. The Girls have a new coach and an overseas technical director (well paid) and a support team par excellence. They left Jamaica with a lot of good wishes and support as they sought to challenge world powerhouse teams Australia and New Zealand for netball’s ultimate prize. But first, they have to go through the rounds and qualify for the semi-finals and then the finals. The Jamaicans are ranked fourth in the world, not an achievement to be sniffed at. However, for far too long we have been sometimes third, most times fourth, in these competitions. For me, this is unacceptable as I have always felt that the Sunshine Girls, with the talent displayed and their athleticism, deserve to be number one in the world.last_img read more

Would it be wise to use the US$900M to construct Amaila Falls hydropower?

first_imgDear Editor,It was hard to miss from the bold headlines splashed across several newspapers on April 6, 2018, that our Government has, from all appearances, borrowed US$900 million from the Islamic Development Bank. This, as far as I can recollect, is the largest loan ever contracted by any Government in our country’s history. What’s even worst is that the Administration hadn’t any moral decency to inform the Guyanese people, who are responsible for repaying the borrowed sum with interest, that it was contracting such a large loan. It is the latest in the borrowing spree that the Government has been engaged in and one cannot help but wonder if we have now eclipsed our foreign debt ceiling. Even more obnoxious, for me, is the scant, almost absent, details provided in what the monies secured will be spent on. Wouldn’t it have been wise to use the sum borrowed to construct the Amaila Falls hydropower plant which, from its income, could have re-paid the loan? Nevertheless, every Guyanese man, woman and child has another burden to fetch on their already overburdened backs. Welcome to the ‘Good Life’!Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

LMLE Minister challenges media report:

first_imgLands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo has offered a US$5,000 bounty to any media institution or individual that will provide evidence linking him to an alleged US$3 million bribery intended to relax in his duty to properly negotiate tax obligations payable by ArcelorMittal Liberia.Minister Sendolo made the challenge yesterday at a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia.“I, Patrick Sendolo, have never, did not and will never request any sum, much less US$3 million, from ArcerlorMittal in return for me not performing my statutory duties; and I challenge publishers and broadcasters of local media institutions to produce evidence—the recording and a picture of the meeting—which are supposedly the basis of these scurrilous allegations. And I offer US$5,000 price, payable on demand for any person who will present these alleged facts,” he said.It may be recalled that recently a local media reported that Minister Sendolo, the President’s lobbyist, and ArcelorMittal staff were heard on tape discussing a negotiated US$3 million to bribe lawmakers.The report further indicated that the bribe was intended to influence legislators and key government officials to renegotiate AcelorMittal’s mining contract, give it a tax holiday and a compromised deal on its biomass energy project.The kickback, according to the report, would also grant the multinational company the favorable status of “Most Favored Nation” (MFN) that would blind eyes on non-compliance with the terms and conditions of ArcelorMittal concession agreement in citing a “force majeure” due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia in 2014.Minister Sendolo told journalists that he has worked professionally for a good number of years, locally and internationally, including the last nine years of service in the country, adding, “I believe, with distinction and honesty, in positions of exceptionally high trust and responsibility in this administration. There will, therefore, be consequences for any attempt by anyone to destroy what I have worked for so hard over the years.”He also said that there are many good, responsible and ethical journalists in the country; nevertheless, there are also some who intend to impose a “tyrannical media.”“We patriotic, peace-loving Liberians will not accept this and will resist it with all deliberate ruthlessness that the law allows,” he emphasized.“To demonstrate our seriousness in this regard, my legal teams are already mobilized and fully engaged to take all necessary measures appropriate to demolish this tower of lies which they have erected, and to correct the injustice which I have suffered as a consequence of their malicious and irresponsible publications and broadcast of lies,” he said in a rather angry tone.He said his legal team has already sent out letters to several “offending media institutions,” including the New Democrat, the newspaper that published the alleged bribery scheme.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The search continues for Clayton Russ on Pine River

first_imgClayton and 2 friends were swimming at around 2pm Friday afternoon, when Clayton was suddenly swept under by the strong currents of the Pine River. They were swimming in an area about 3 to 4 km from where the Pine and the Peace River Meet. The RCMP have confirmed that Clayton was not a strong swimmer.On behalf of the family Constable Passarell said the following [asset|aid=180|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Passarell – family of swimmer_1_Pub.mp3] The RCMP Dive team has been called in and will be arriving shortly and will help the search. The Search will continue today until around 9pm and if the RCMP and North Peace Search and Rescue call for it the search will start tomorrow again at 6:30am.Clayton was last seen wearing long red shorts. Police do not believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in this disappearance.Photo: Members of North Peace Search and Rescue work on finding Clayton Russ – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca The search is still on for Clayton Russ, who went missing while swimming on the Pine River.About 26 people from the RCMP, including a Police Dog, Tumbler Ridge Search and Resuce and North Peace Search and Rescue are involved in the search. The search is focused on the area where the Pine River and the Peace River meet. From there the search stretches down the Peace River to the Clayhurst Bridge. In total the search area is roughly 20 miles.- Advertisement -Constable Passarell with the Fort St. John RCMP says they are asking local boaters to stay away from the search area. [asset|aid=179|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Passarell – dont boat_1_Pub.mp3] The use of a helicoper has been called off because they cannot see through the muddy river. At the moment North Peace Search and Rescue says this is still a search for a missing person. Search and Rescue is also not prepared to call off the search at the moment.Advertisementlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. TODAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MULROY GAELS SET FOR START OF MINOR SEASON

first_imgFANAD GAELS NEWS: Membership 2014:Last registration evening in Rabbs Park, Kerrykeel from 6.45 – 7.45pm on this Saturday evening or if you can’t make it, please contact our Registrar especially if you have started training or playing already. Membership rates €30 adult, €15 Student & €10 Under 18. All membership to be in by end of first week in March.Gaeil Fhánada Lotto Results. No jackpot winner. Lotto nos 01,03,05,08,18 B 08. €100 winner P.J. Dorrian, Rosnakill, €50 winner John G. McAteer, Kerrykeel. Next weeks jackpot €2150.MINORSMulroy Gaels (Fanad/Downings) v Cloughaneely in Falcarragh this Sunday 2nd March at 11a.m. (early throw in due to the Donegal game). This is the first league game for this young team. Good luck to the management team and all the players for the season ahead.Training: Seniors, Reserves, U-21s and Minors training continues every Tuesday & Thursdayevenings at 7p.m.in Tria Loch. Reserves first match thisLadies training continues on Sunday mornings at 9.30am.White Collar Boxing:Tickets on sale for our White Collar Boxing Night in the Silver Tassie between Gaeil Fhánada & N. Colmcille on Sunday 16th March 2014 in the Silver Tassie Hotel. Tickets available from our boxers or Rachel or Margaretta. Scrap CollectionFeel free to bring your scrap to either of bins at Fanad Lodge or Shiels Shop Fanavolty which have now been emptied. If you have an amount of scrap to give away please just mention to any committee member and we will get it collected for you.GAA NEWS: MULROY GAELS SET FOR START OF MINOR SEASON was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLUB NOTESfanad gaelsMulroy Gaelslast_img read more

USL REPORT: FOUR STAR COCKHILL TOO STRONG FOR DRUMKEEN UNITED

first_imgCockhill Celtic maintained their strong start to the USL season, when they swept past the challenge of Drumkeen United last night. The game was played on a carpet like pitch on a perfect evening for football.Cockhill started the brighter and took the game to their opponents from the kick off. Cockhill took the lead after 30 minutes when Liam O Donnell crossed for his brother Aiden to finish from close range.Cockhill continued to press for a second but could not find the 2nd goal.Half Time 1-0 Cockhill.Cockhill got a deserved 2nd when Jazza Mc Laughlin blocked an attempted Eunan Kelly clearance and ran from the half way to slot past Mc Cauley in the Drumkeen goal. Cockhill almost got their third but Mc Cauley made 2 great saves from Liam O Donnell and Kieran Mc Laughlin.Cockhill’s 3rd goal came when a Gerry Gill cross was flicked on by William O Connor and the in rushing Malachy Mc Dermott might have got the faintest of touches to make it 3-0.A few different Cockhill players claimed the goal. At this stage the game was over as a contest and substitute Connor Keddy got a great headed goal from a Derek Doherty cross on 85 minutes.Conor Carlin almost got a consolation goal late on for Drumkeen but big keeper Gavin Cullen saved smartly with his feet.Cockhill’s veteran midfielder Liam O Donnell gave an outstanding performance in centre midfield using the ball smartly and lead by example with a high energy performance. USL REPORT: FOUR STAR COCKHILL TOO STRONG FOR DRUMKEEN UNITED was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drumkeen unitedNoticesSportUSL REPORT: Cockhill Celticlast_img read more

Minister Simon Coveney selected as new Tánaiste

first_imgMinister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney has been announced as the new Tánaiste. Minister Coveney takes the seat of Frances Fitzgerald, who resigned from Government this week in the wake of the political controversy regarding garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Coveney is the Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central. His current role carries special responsibility for Brexit in Irish Government. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar nominated his former leadership opponent to the role of Tánaiste today, tweeting that he was “Delighted to appoint Simon Coveney as Tanaiste. This will enhance his position across Europe in our vital Brexit negotiations.”Coveney was appointed Deputy Leader of Fine Gael in June 2017. He became Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade with special responsibility for Brexit in the new cabinet when Leo Varadkar T.D. assumed the role of Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael.Since his first election to Dail Eireann in 1998, Coveney has served as  Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Minister for Defence. He was also elected as a Member of the European Parliament( MEP) in 2004.  Minister Simon Coveney selected as new Tánaiste was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:simon coveneylast_img read more

Closing criminals’ mobile networks

first_img1 July 2009South African mobile phone companies are now required to capture and verify their customers’ names, addresses and ID numbers, under a new law designed to help the authorities to combat crime in the country.Speaking in Cape Town this week, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Amendment Act, which became law on 1 July, was in line with legislation adopted by many other countries.PrivacyRadebe assured South Africans that the law was not designed to enable prying on people’s private lives, but was necessitated by the fact that criminals use mobile phone technology to plan and execute crimes.The new law allows the state to intercept communication only when it has reason to believe that a serious offence has been or will be committed, and on the issuing of an interception direction by a designated judge.Any person found using the interception technology without a judge’s authority would face a fine of up to R2-million, increasing to up to R5-million in the case of a company, Radebe said.18-month windowSouth African mobile phone companies are now prohibited from activating cellular subscriber identity module (SIM) cards without first capturing and verifying personal details, including customer’s names, addresses and ID numbers.The companies also have 18 months to capture and verify their customers’ information. SIM cards for which user information is lacking after this period will be blocked.“If the particulars are not captured within that period, the service provider must terminate the service associated with the SIM card,” Radebe said, adding that service providers that did not comply with the Act would face harsh penalties.Awareness campaignsMobile service providers MTN, Cell C and Vodacom have said they would conduct a marketing campaign to educate consumers about the new Act.Subscribers can expect SMSs, voicemail and as other marketing informing them of what they would need to do in order to comply with the law.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more