No Diego Costa for Spain

first_imgMADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).last_img read more

LTA Launches Anti-Fraud Grey

first_imgThe Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has launched Anti-Fraud Grey Routes throughout Liberia and seeks a partnership with the media and the general public in the fight against the use of SIM Boxes in fraudulent grey calls.Making the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, Marie G. Harrison, member of the Board of Commissioners, said the issue of SIM Boxes fraud was a serious problem which was causing the Liberian people thousands in revenue losses.She explained that many people were receiving overseas calls appearing on the phone as local numbers, causing the  Government of Liberia to lose revenues as the calls were not being paid for or monitored by the LTA.“Those calls you received are illegally routed calls. The connection between you and the caller was illegally routed away from the GSM providers and government controls; hence the inability of either the GSM companies or the LTA to assess revenue on them.”According to her, all the international calls that appear as local numbers on phones give money to the criminals and causes revenue loss  to the government of Liberia.The perpetrators were using what is referred to as SIM Box and making such money without the knowledge of the GSM and the Liberian government.“This is a piece of equipment the size of a DVD player, which can house dozens of SIM Cards, most of them not being registered with the service provider. This setup is connected to the internet and in coordination with independent overseas telecommunications carriers who route calls to Liberia looking for the least cost route.”Commissioner Harrison stressed that SIM Box fraudsters can offer cheaper rates because they are not a legal entity and have no overhead costs, nor do they pay any taxes to government.She disclosed that the LTA, in partnership with the County Attorney’s office and the Ministry of Justice, including the Liberia National Police (LNP), have arrested SIM Box operators in the past and they are awaiting prosecution through the Ministry of Justice.“Over US$400,000 was lost in revenue from minutes tabulated in just one of the raids. We will have billboards up shortly to reinforce the importance of the operation and numbers received, which will be verified by the LTA team and sent to the respective GSM operator to block.”Madam Harrison used the occasion to urge whistleblowers that are aware of possible SIM Box operations to come forward and inform the LTA.  They will be rewarded for their efforts made.  “This is a national effort and we call on the media to help in disseminating the message to the public.She called on the public to send a free text message to the LTA using the short codes, GRAY (4729) or GREY (4739) if local numbers appear from international calls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more