Orange Liberia Launches 4G Outside of Monrovia

first_imgOrange Liberia has officially announced the launch of “Liberia’s first 4G LTE network outside of Monrovia.” The company celebrated the launch of the LTE network in Kakata, Margibi County, over the weekend at a colorful program held in the City Hall.Making the keynote address at the launching program, Orange’s Director for Government & Legal Affairs, Mr. William F. Saamoi Jr. told the audience that Orange Liberia was rolling out the high speed internet network in Kakata as part of a larger vision of Mr. Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group and Chairman & CEO of Orange MEA (Middle East and Africa). Said Mr. Saamoi: “During his speech at the launching, Mr. Mettling promised that Orange would begin to invest heavily to ensure that the LTE high speed network would be deployed in all major cities outside of Monrovia. True to that promise, we are here today to officially launch the first ever 4G LTE network outside of Monrovia.”Mr. Saamoi promised that the launch of 4G LTE network in Kakata would be followed by successive launches of new 4G LTE networks in cities across the country.   He stressed that Orange was investing in moving the technology, not only because of the company’s view that ‘Monrovia is not Liberia,’ but also because of the recognition of how the high-speed network will transform the way people live and do business.   “Our dream is that the people of Kakata will now be able to connect with the world, in real time, for business, agriculture, e-commerce, education, health and more without having to leave the comfort of their homes,” Mr. Saamoi said.In response, officials of Margibi County praised Orange for its efforts. Margibi County Superintendent John Buway recognized Orange’s many contributions to the city over time. He recalled support for the C.H. Rennie Hospital during the Ebola crisis as well as Orange’s ongoing support to the County’s community radio stations.   “Orange has always been there for us and this is another example of Orange going the extra mile for the Liberian people,” the Superintendent said.Both the Mayor of the City of Kakata, Mr. Eddie Murphy and Margibi’s District #3 Representative, Hon. Stephen S. Kafi hailed the launch of 4G LTE in Kakata City. Mayor Murphy said: “We appreciate the effort and development. Your presence here today demonstrates that you are truly a company for the Liberian people. We know that this network will certainly make a difference for the people of Kakata.”Hon. Kafi encouraged students in Kakata to take advantage of the 4G LTE service to better their education by using the internet as a library and research tool to enhance their education.As promised, Orange will, over the coming weeks and months, roll out additional 4G LTE sites across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers mailbag: First place now but where will they finish?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Another week in first place, another 49ers mailbag is here to answer questions submitted via Twitter and Instagram:Will game planning be even MORE intense and thorough for the Browns after how they played yesterday ? (@4GenSFFanFam)Browns go for 520 yards, 49ers go back to the drawing board? Nah. They prepare for an all-out assault each week, no matter the opponent. And the 49ers’ game plans sure seem better this year than past seasons – because they’re 3-0.Is Tevin Coleman the …last_img

Chiefs aim for a change of fortune

first_img22 May 2007South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) wrapped up its 2006/07 programme on the weekend with a number of the matches carrying important implications for the 2007/08 season.Most notably, Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-1 to Silver Stars, leaving the Amakhosi outside of the top eight finishers, thus missing out on next season’s SAA Supa 8 competition.Heading into their game against Silver Stars, Chiefs knew they needed a victory to give them the opportunity to defend the title they won earlier this season. However, a lacklustre performance, in which an own-goal made the difference, summed up Chiefs’ season.Stars took the lead on the half-hour mark when Simba Marumo headed in from a cross by Tshepo Ramokala.Own-goalIn the second half, Serge Djiehoua brought Chiefs level with a header of his own, but Kosta Papic’s charges undid the hard work it required to tie the game when defender Simphiwe Mkhonza beat goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez with a header to net an own-goal.The loss brought the club’s league season to an end with the team in ninth place and with a middling record of 11 wins, nine draws and 10 defeats.The side’s goal difference was decent; with a positive difference of 10 it was fourth best in the league. But a ninth place finish was nowhere near good enough for the club’s fans, who expect Chiefs to challenge for titles every season.Coach replacedThe average results cost coach Ernst Middendorp his job at the end of February, but his replacement, Kosta Papic, had no better success than the German; if anything, the Amakhosi’s form dipped even more under him.Maybe it is Chiefs’ reputation as an entertaining team that has hurt the club. They finished the season as the second-highest goal scorers, but much like Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent years, South Africa’s most popular football team is discovering that scoring goals is only part of what the game is about.Look at any title-winning side and you will see it is defence that wins championships.Six clubs had better defensive records than Chiefs, while Bloemfontein Celtic, who clinched eighth place in the PSL after ending their season with a one-all draw against bottom club Maritzburg United, conceded 32 goals, the same number as Chiefs.Fernandez leavingAnd, defensively, matters are not about to get any easier for the Phafeni Glamour Boys. Their highly-rated Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Rowen Fernandez, has confirmed he won’t be renewing his contract when it runs out at the end of June.Fernandez will be making a move to German club Arminia Bielefeld, now managed by former Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp. He has signed a three-year contract.As is so often the case with soccer clubs, it is the coaches that cop the flak when the team doesn’t perform up to expectations. Results not good enough? Change the coach.New coach?It is a “solution” that is often seen in the PSL, and now rumours are doing the rounds that Kaizer Chiefs are interested in Silver Stars’ coach Owen Da Gama – whose team, ironically, was the one that stopped the Amakhosi sneaking into the top eight at the death.Da Gama was named the PSL’s coach of the year in 2006 after leading unfashionable Stars to a fifth place finish in the league. In 2007, he helped the club move up to second place. It was the fourth year of improvement for the team.With their second-place finish, Stars qualified for a place in the African Champions League, but that might not be enough to hold onto their coach if Chiefs come calling. Kaizer Motaung’s club is, after all, the most popular one in South Africa.Papic is not expected to stay on as Chiefs’ coach. A two-year contract hinged on whether or not he could improve the club’s fortunes after Middendorp departed.‘What have you done for me lately’The Serb didn’t get that right, winning only once, and in the “what have you done for me lately” world of the PSL that likely means he won’t be retained. He could be sent on his way as early as this month.Chiefs’ supporters won’t be sleeping any easier either after Mamelodi Sundowns swept to an easy victory in the league. The Brazilians are also through to the final of the Absa Cup, another of the competitions the Amakhosi won in 2006.It seems the gap is widening between Sundowns – backed by the big bucks of mining magnate Patrice Motsepe – and the rest, and Chiefs’ fans want to see the Brazilians’ domination ended as soon as possible.The answerIs a change of coach the answer? Maybe it is part of the answer. However, it seems Chiefs need to look further than what is essentially a solution provided by laying the blame at one man’s feet.Results are achieved by the exploits of players on the field, and that is where Chiefs need to turn things around.Last season, they finished third in the league. The two seasons before that they won the PSL.For a club used to winning silverware, a return to the top is what the fans will be demanding. Nothing less. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

No free food and drinks on short haul BA flights

first_imgBritish Airways has decided to stop providing complementary snacks and drinks in economy class on domestic and short-haul international flights from next year.A glass of water still will be free of charge, but passengers will have to pay for a soft drink, a cup of tea, a bag of chips or a sandwich if they are thirsty or hungry. The practice of charging for food is standard for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet, and WizzAir, but more and more full-service airlines are now copying their no-frills competitors and have started to unbundle their service offering and fares.Current food options on BA short-haul flights in the economy cabin vary depending on the length of the service and time of day. Examples include a choice of twin pack biscuits, crisps, roasted nuts, sesame sticks or raisins on flights of less than two hours, or small salads on flights over that.The airline, a subsidiary of International Airlines Group (IAG), said it is making the changes to its short-haul economy food service after customer dissatisfaction with the current catering on offer.“We know our customers expect a great experience with British Airways. They’ve told us we are experts in flying and service, but when it comes to catering on short-haul flights, they want to choose from a wider range of premium products,” BA chief executive Alex Cruz said. Cruz was CEO of IAG’s Barcelona-based budget Vueling till April.But lots of passengers are not happy with the change and have been venting on Twitter.The move however aligns BA’ s short-haul economy catering policy with all of IAG’s subsidiaries, including Aer Lingus and Iberia that scrapped free food and drinks in the economy cabin on short-haul flights years ago. This makes the on-board catering service on the group’s codeshare flights a lot more streamlined.British Airways contracted Marks & Spencer as its new food supplier on short-haul flights and said products are selected for their flavour at altitude. “Like British Airways, Marks & Spencer is a well-known, premium British brand that is respected and trusted, so it’s an ideal partnership, providing our customers with a choice of products they recognise and value,” according to Cruz.By partnering with M&S “I firmly believe what we are delivering breaks the mould and sets a new standard in short-haul catering,” he added.Element of the new British Airways menu will change on a quarterly basis to reflect the seasons, the airline said, while touting it is the first airline to offer “leading brand sandwiches, all of which are fortified with added fibre and vitamin D.”Menu choices include vegetarian, gluten free and healthy fresh options plus snacks and comfort foods such as a grab-bag sized milk chocolate covered popping popcorn and pretzels, packs of mini oat biscuits and the famous M&S Percy Pigs candies.Prices will range from £1 for a bag of chips up to £4.95 for a spiced chicken with quinoa and rice salad. Soft drinks are priced from £1.50 and alcoholic drinks from £4.Cash payments will not be accepted; purchases can only be paid for via debit or credit card, including contactless transactions. Customers will also be able to pay with points they have accumulated on Avios, the airline’s frequent flying program, via the BA app or with their Executive Club card.The new catering policy is the latest in a tranche of changes to the airline’s short-haul services. Since 2014, 95 short-haul aircraft have been revamped with an updated interior and earlier this year, British Airways also simplified its short-haul fares to just three options: Basic, Plus and Plus Flex. Basic fares are the cheapest and passengers have to pay a fee for checked luggage.The new catering policy – which does not apply to business class— comes into effect for short-haul flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick from January 11, 2017, and from London City and London Stansted by summer 2017.The London-based airline last month already cut its food service on longer haul flights. Instead of two full meals per journey, BA now provides just one meal to passengers in economy class on flights under eight and a half hours and to premium economy passenger on flights of less than seven hours.last_img read more

Searches against govt. officials in 10 States

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday carried out searches in 10 States against senior government officials who face corruption charges in cases registered by various enforcement agencies, including one related to the alleged ‘memorial’ scam during the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. The development comes days after the agency cracked down on shell companies across 16 States as part of the Central government’s drive against black money.On Thursday, the searches were conducted in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Goa, among other States. The Directorate has already registered money laundering cases against the accused persons. One case is linked to some Uttar Pradesh government officials in the alleged ‘memorial’ scam, which caused a loss of ₹ 1,400 crore to the exchequer. “Searches have also been conducted against the then Director General (Health), project engineers and the then Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam director in the National Rural Health Scheme case, in which government servants and ministers had allegedly misappropriated funds. The agency has so far attached properties worth over ₹ 250 crore in the case,” said an official.Another case is against an IAS officer in West Bengal, who had allegedly released funds to the tune of ₹ 60 crore by manipulating tender documents in collusion with some engineers. In Tamil Nadu, searches were carried out against bank officials who had allegedly sanctioned loans for extended credit facilities to private parties without the necessary papers or collaterals.last_img read more

UP and Bihar bypolls updates | We will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P., says Maurya

first_imgThe bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTIlast_img read more