5G and Horse Talk

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a spate of activist attacks relating to fast broadband technology known as 5G. Avondale JC has reported an incident at its racetrack involving vandalism/graffiti relating to the 5G technology, on the high-profile frontage facing Ash Street, Auckland, a major Auckland thoroughfare in normal times in the city.

5G mobile phone masts have been attacked and damaged in several European countries during the coronavirus crisis, including Ireland, Cyprus and Belgium. In the UK a fair number of masts have been targeted.

5G technology will produce a huge uplift in the amount and speed of data in comparison with existing technology and significantly enable the connection of extremely large numbers of devices not only in industrial and professional applications, but domestic. With the use by governments around the globe of communications technology involving phones for contact tracing and other data-related efficiencies, to react during the Covid-19 lock downs, those fearing a link between the future tracking-power of the 5G communications technologies and mass surveillance have been trying to grow the global opposition to 5G.  It has been reported many of the activists in this space in the UK and elsewhere have claimed the Covid-19 virus may be spread by radio or cell phone tower waves.

In relation to the graffiti on Ash Street during lock down level 4 (photo above) the club President, Allan Boyle, said that as far as the AJC understands it the activism relating to a link between 5G and Covid-19 is misplaced in that there is no technical basis – a hoax. “It is a shame that during a time when the club is under the pump as far as the future is concerned and our finances are severely stretched, we have to put time and money into cleaning up a mess on Ash Street and telling the locals – whoever they are – that they should stay at home and not bother putting fight into 5G issues or false rumours” he said.

At present the Avondale track is not slated for a return to thoroughbred racing at any time into the foreseeable future. Boyle said “We are in full lock down and understand that the governing bodies [of racing] have consulted with trainers about where they want racing held over the next few months, given a limited return from July after the lock down. Avondale hasn’t found favour with their trainers sample and we think some of those trainers have been talking to their horses about this. Certainly in the NZ Trainers Association leading members are fond of talking to horses that are in full work, fit and ready to race, as we understand the organisation. Basically those horses say they will not take kindly to the travelling distance from the Waikato to the Avondale track. But more than that a number of the horses say on Fridays the traffic getting home is diabolical – occasional blockages in the Waterview tunnel or at Manukau on the afternoon leg.”

The President recorded disappointment – as far as he understands the views of those activist horses – that potential starters for an Avondale race meeting will not concede: (1) the quality of the Avondale track;  (2) that it has high-speed fibre;  (3) the fact it gives all horses a fair, winning chance and  (4) never seems to be struck by meeting abandonments.


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