LMTU Proposes New Policy to Govern “Pem Pem” Riders

first_imgFeeling the pain of government’s ban on commercial motorcycling in Ganta, Nimba County, the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) has proposed a new policy to govern commercial motorcycling across the country. The new policy would prohibit persons under 18 years of age from operating commercial motorcycles; that they should now run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to avoid any reoccurrence of motorcyclists being killed under the cover of darkness, as it was allegedly reported in the case in Ganta.Among other measures, each bike must carry a picture of the particular rider assigned to it, as well as names of bike owners; that all motorbikes be painted with a particular color, according to their location; that no unregistered third party be allowed to operate any commercial motorbike.LMTU also called for riders to abide by the rule of law by going through proper periodic training in order to keep them informed of the traffic regulations.While calling on the government to endorse the new policy, they also called for speedy investigation into the death of their member whose gruesome death sparked the recent demonstration in Ganta.The ban on the movement of commercial motorcycling in Ganta has hampered every activity of the youth, most of who depend on it to sustain themselves.The September 30 riot, which led to the ban on commercial motorcycling activities in Ganta by the government, was due to the assaults on a police station, the DEA office and the properties of business man Prince Howard. Mr. Howard, who was accused by the angry crowd for his alleged complicity into the gruesome murder of the cyclist, suffered an arson attack on his Alvino Hotel in Ganta City. An LMTU official told the Daily Observer that the proposed policy would be presented to the Liberia National Police, the Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House Expresses Fear in US$30M Road Fund Case in Supreme Court

first_imgAssociate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh-Impeachment hangs over Justice Ja’nehOn Tuesday, July 10, during the 44th day sitting, Members of the House of Representatives  expressed profound fear over the US$30m Road Fund Case, which is in the Supreme Court and before his honor Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.The lawmakers argued that if the Government of Liberia (GoL) loses the case in the Supreme Court, there will be a “budget shortfall.” Also, the GoL will lose US$15 million from the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC).After about 30 minutes of argument in yesterday’s session, Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah proffered a motion to have the Leadership of the House of Representatives liaise with the Supreme Court ahead of the US$30 million Road Fund hearing.It may be recalled that last year, the  ministries of Finance & Development Planning and Public Works prayed the House of Representatives’ intervention in the unblocking of the National Road Fund in order to allow the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC) to function, use and collect US$30 million from petroleum importers to support the 2017/2018 Budget.In order to contribute to the support of the budget, the IMSC set a US$0.25 road user charge on every gallon of petroleum product brought into the country – and the cumulative sum from these charges is projected to be US$30 million for 2017. Conventionally, the IMSC authorized the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to collect the fees on behalf of the fund.Unfortunately, in an attempt to collect the charges from petroleum importers, Srimex Oil & Gas sought a stay order on the action from the Supreme Court, arguing that the IMSC is acting in contravention of the law.In a communication to the House, the then Acting Finance Minister Alvin. E. Attah, said: “The Justice in Chambers (Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh) granted the petitioner’s request, staying the action and ordering all parties to return to the status quo…”Minister Attah further said: “In view of this, the Road Fund is stalled. We run the possibility of a budget shortfall if this situation persists. It affects our ability to receive the matching fund from the MCC Compact, which would impede on the World Bank’s ability to work with the Liberian government and secure private financing to pave the 215 kilometers road from Ganta to Zwedru as well as the 10km road from Zwedru to Toe Town.”As a way forward, the Acting Finance Minister, at the time, argued that the levels and sources of the road user charges were subject to legislative approval because the Legislature passed the law establishing the National Road Fund on December 12, 2016; and among other things, the law authorized the IMSC to raise money for the fund through road user charges.“It was our assumption that the negotiations and hearings of the budget process between the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Joint Finance, Ways, and Means Committee of the Legislature in determining US$30 million as contribution from the Road Fund to the National Budget satisfied the requirement of the law regarding approval from the Legislature,” Minister Attah wrote.“In view of the above, I am writing to request communication to the following effect: that the leadership recognizes the Ministry of Finance as the IMSC member which shall consult with the leadership of the Legislature. That the budget negotiation process will satisfy the condition of consultation with and approval from the National Legislature and that the Joint Ways, Means, and Finance Committee in setting and agreeing on projections from the Road Fund to the National Budget would convey the Legislature’s approval. This action would allow us to remove the stay order and make the National Road Fund functional and viable.”Furthermore, for his part, Gyude Moore, then Public Works Minister,  also wrote the House of Representatives, saying the IMSC had agreed that of the US$0.50 previously collected as storage fee by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), US$0.25 was set aside as a “road user charge.”Besides Srimex Oil & Gas, Aminata had also challenged the US$0.25 charge from every gallon to support the National Budget.“I am therefore requesting a communication from you [then Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay] acknowledging that there was a procedural lapse, that the IMSC should have formally sought approval for the US$0.25 levy and that nevertheless, this action was anticipated and accounted for in the budgeting process. Any future levy, increase or decrease in the existing levy will have to be formally approved before going into effect,” said Minister Moore.“This would resolve the legal question around the fund and make it functional. It will also allow us to complete our negotiation with the World Bank for the private sector to invest up to US$200 million in our road sector and bring much-needed relief to our people. It will also allow the MCC to match our road fund up to US$15 million as part of the compact.”ImpeachmentEarlier, members of the House of Representative on Tuesday, July 10, threatened to draw-out an impeachment bill against Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh if the Government of Liberia loses the Road Fund Case.Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seboe indicated that losing the Road Fund Case means the country will not benefit through the Budget and the MCC.It may be recalled Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Moses Gray said  his colleagues in the 54th Legislature are soliciting signatures for an impeachment bill against Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. Rep. Gray is a staunch member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).LACC Not A Political InstitutionAlso during the interview, Representative Gray cautioned the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to remain apolitical and professional. He promised that officials of the Executive and Legislature will make asset declaration before the deadline.UP Reacts To Impeachment NewsMeanwhile, the  Unity Party (UP) has reacted to news that some members of the House of Representatives are preparing an impeachment bill against Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.“The Unity Party is very seriously troubled by calls emanating from within the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for the impeachment and subsequent removal of Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh. In his statement on Okay FM calling for the impeachment of Associate Justice Ja’neh, CDC Representative Acarous M. Gray did not give or suggest any reason(s) but would rather vaguely told the journalist that the call for impeachment is based on integrity issues,” UP said through its National Assistant Secretary General for Press, Publicity and Outreach, Mohammed Ali.Ali and the UP blame President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor of also being behind the plot; adding: “If this impeachment and removal were to ever be done, it will put the entire Supreme Court Bench at the mercy of the Executive and will mean a total collapse of our democracy as the independence of the Judiciary will be inevitably compromised. This will be at the taste and satisfaction of the President.”“Second, the call is made because Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh was the only one on the Supreme Court Bench that voted for the nullification of the October 10, 2017 Presidential Election,” Ali also emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Dijk left out of Southampton France camp squad

first_img0Shares0000Virgil Van Dijk has been left out of the Southampton training squad to France. PHOTO/FILE.SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Jul 24- Virgil van Dijk has not been included in Southampton’s squad for a training camp in France as uncertainty over his future continues.The 26-year-old has been training on his own after telling Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino that he wants to leave St Mary’s. Liverpool tried to sign Van Dijk earlier this summer but dropped their interest after Saints reported them to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach.Despite ongoing speculation, Pellegrino maintained last week that Van Dijk is not for sale.“He is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100 per cent,” Pellegrino told BBC Radio Solent.“I need to work with players who are 100 per cent to defend Southampton. It’s easy for me. I don’t want to say too much but we need the player.“I want to help the squad, I want to help Virgil, but we need a player involved in every training session, not just with the body but with the mind on the pitch with the rest of the players.”Netherlands international Van Dijk, who has made 55 Premier League appearances for Southampton, has five years remaining on his contract after signing a fresh deal last summer.The Saints will travel to Evian-les-Bains in France for a week of pre-season training before facing St Etienne in a friendly on Saturday.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everyone will play against Hull, says Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says every player will play agains Hull City.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has assured all his players that they will have a bite of the Hull City cake when the two sides clash in an international friendly at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday.Just like he did against Everton in Tanzania last year, Kerr notes that all players deserve the opportunity to play in the iconic friendly tie after proving their worth in training. “We don’t have a first or a second team. All we have is a strong squad of talented players and each of them deserves to play. We will mix up the squad and have one team each enjoying 45 minutes and give everyone a chance to play,” Kerr pointed out.“We did well against Everton last year and I was sad because I disappointed Joachim (Oluoch) and Jeconiah (Uyoga) who didn’t play but this time, everyone in the squad deserves to play,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against Mathare United on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe British coach has been tinkering with his squad this entire season, fielding what is deemed as his strongest 11 in continental football and playing another different team in the Kenyan Premier League.The gamble has had good success with Gor making it into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup while the team playing in the league has sustained an unbeaten run, leading the standings with a five point gap and two matches at hand.“We have not had much of a choice because of how crazy our fixtures have been. Yes there has been criticism of how we have fielded players but did we really have a choice? I have a group of very talented players and all deserve to play,” Kerr further added.He expects a tough match from Hull and he is excited at matching up against his country-mate Nigel Adkins, the Hull City head coach.“I have known Nigel for long and honestly I am excited to be playing against him. He is a good chap and knows his football very well. I have been made to understand that they have also been watching and analyzing our games so definitely we know they are taking this match seriously,” Kerr added.-Hull name strong squad-Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr congratulates his players after their KPL SUper Cup win over AFC Leopards in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHull land in the country on Friday at 9:45pm and Adkins has named a strong travelling team of 18 who will play on Sunday.Among the notable faces in the squad include former Manchester United forward Will Kean and ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Fraizer Campbell. However, PFA Championship player of the season Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool FC will not travel with the squad.Polish winger Kamil Grosicki has also not been included in the final travelling squad as well as Nigerian midfielder Ola Aina whose loan spell from Chelsea has come to an end.Hull finished 18th out of 24 teams in the Championship after gathering 49 points off 46 games.Hull team to KenyaDavid Marshall, Callum Burton, Dan Batty, Jarrod Bowen, Fraizer Campbell, Billy Chadwick, Max Clark, Adam Curry, Nouha Dicko, Evandro, Brandon Fleming, Tyler Hamilton, Will Keane, Stephen Kingsley, Robbie McKenzie, Tom Powell, Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Winning title will be harder than last year, says Silva

first_img0Shares0000Bernardo Silva says defending the title will be harder than ever for Manchester City © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva claims winning the title this season would be an even better achievement than their record-breaking triumph last term.Pep Guardiola’s side smashed a host of Premier League milestones as they finished 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. And, while they haven’t hit those heights so far this season, City are firmly in the hunt to win the title again.A 1-0 win at Tottenham on Monday lifted them back to the top of the table, above Liverpool on goal difference.It was their eighth win from 10 games and their sixth successive clean sheet, but Silva has the feeling it will be much tougher for City to remain on top this season.“I think it will be harder because last season nobody was expecting us to win as many games and to reach that level of points, so this season the teams know they have to do better to beat us,” Silva said.“Of course it will be very hard, but we will work every game to get the three points and at the end of it try and celebrate winning one more Premier League.“I think either Chelsea and Liverpool are contenders, they are very strong, Arsenal as well.“Even Tottenham, even though they lost, they’re still contenders.”What makes City’s quest slightly easier is the fact they have already visited Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham and have come away unscathed, with seven points.Portugal midfielder Silva says it could be important to have picked up points in these games ahead of the return fixtures, which will come over the title run-in.“I think that’s important to win these games, to have a draw away at Anfield, to win at the Emirates and now here at Wembley, it’s important,” he said.“But still they have to come to play us at the Etihad, which is a bit better for us.“It’s still the beginning of the season and anything can happen, we have to keep strong and with the ambition of winning every game and never relax.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fulham vying with Liverpool, Everton and Saints for Blues prospect – report

first_imgFulham could face competition from Liverpool and Everton for the signing of goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City, the Daily Telegraph suggest.Southampton are also believed to be interested in the 19-year-old, while both Merseyside clubs are said to be considering making a bid.Birmingham reportedly want at least £6m for Butland. The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that Fulham are favourites to sign him.The Telegraph say City also want £6m for highly-rated youngster Nathan Redmond, with Fulham again among the clubs apparently interested.The Daily Mirror say Fulham are keen on Atalanta’s Argentine winger Matias Schelotto.Schelotto apparently has an EU passport so would not require a work permit to play in England.Meanwhile, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have again been linked with summer moves to Manchester United, this time by The Sun.It is claimed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offer both Chelsea players 12-month contracts with the option of a further year.QPR are ready to rival Sunderland and Norwich for Swansea striker Danny Graham, according to the Daily Mail.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is said to be considering making a £4m bid for the 27-year-old.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fulham, Everton and Wigan keen on Spanish keeper – report

first_imgFulham are battling to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, according to The Sun.Everton and Wigan are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old along with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Espanyol are apparently asking for only £1m for Casilla, who left Real six years ago.Harry Redknapp wants talks with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes when the club’s relegation is confirmed, the Daily Mirror report.It is suggested that Redknapp is willing to stay on as manager but equally willing to leave, with a number of clubs apparently likely to be interested in hiring him.Meanwhile, Chelsea are on alert after Napoli striker Edinson Cavani revealed he is considering his future, the Daily Express say.It comes after Cavani told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “I’m fine in Naples, but  there are lots of things to consider.“I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it.”It is claimed Chelsea and Manchester City want the Uruguayan and that Arsenal could make a move for him if their Middle East takeover goes through.City are touted as the frontrunners for the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £60m release clause, with Real Madrid also said to be interested.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UK Home Office Suspends Immigration Scrutiny on Bank Accounts

first_imgThe UK Home Office has suspended immigration checks on thousands of banks accounts in the wake of immigration scandals such as the Windrush controversy that hit the UK government recently, the Guardian reported.The checks were suspended temporarily, according to a Home Office spokeswoman, the report said. “It is vital that the compliant environment protects vulnerable people and appropriate safeguards are built into the measures. However, after careful consideration we have decided to temporarily reduce the scope of the checks being carried out on bank accounts,” the spokeswomen was quoted as saying by the publication. She added that the measure was taken so no one is inadvertently disadvantaged by measures put in place to tackle illegal migration.The Home Office is now in the process of getting in touch with banks and building societies to give them instructions about reducing the scope of the checks. The checks were introduced as part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategies for creation of a hostile environment for illegal immigrants, the report added.UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid on May 15 informed the UK Home Affairs Committee that banks were given instructions at the beginning of the year to ensure that the accounts of “thousands” of people the Home Office had incorrectly identified as illegal migrants to be closed. However, he has now asked the banks to suspend the measure over fears that many people who have been living legally in the United Kingdom may have been targeted incorrectly.“What I have asked officials to do is to contact those banks again and tell them not to go ahead with that until I am more comfortable that we have got it right,” Javid said, Sky News reported. He added that thousands of letters were sent to banks about individuals who the Home Office believed were illegal migrants.“I understand, if I have the dates right, at the start of this year; again, I do not have the number – letters in the thousands were sent to banks on individuals where the department believes they are illegal migrants and to close their bank accounts,” Javid said.According to powers introduced in January this year under the 2016 Immigration Act, banks were required to check the identity of each current account holder against a Home Office-supplied database. In instances where it was suspected that an account was being used by an undocumented immigrants, the Home Office would review it before it asked the bank to take the necessary step which included closing the account.“The Tories seem to be attempting a panicked and piece-meal retreat from their own immigration policy. However, this temporary U-turn applies to just one element of their hostile environment, when the policy as a whole must be ended permanently,” shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was quoted as saying by the Guardian. Related ItemsSajid JavidUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Born in Amritsar Jail, Pak Girl Set to Return After 10 Years

first_img11-year old Hena was born in Amritsar Central Jail in 2006 to Pakistani national Fatima Bibi, who was arrested on May 8, 2006, along with Hena’s aunt Mumtaj for possession of drugs. Fatima and Mumtaj’s sentence is nearing an end and Heena is now set to return to her country after Pakistani authorities cleared her citizenship status on August 21. The Indian government issued a no-objection certificate and cleared files related to their release.On August 21, Pakistan’s high Commission counsellor Fauzia Manzoor visited Fatima Bibi and Mumtaj along with their lawyer— Navjot Kaur Chabba, who is also a woman’s rights activist.  Chabba fought their legal battle for free. Fauzia Manzoor’s visit is part of routine procedure before release of prisoners of this nature.“The court had relaxed Hena out of the case but as she was born in Amritsar there was a technical hitch over her citizenship. Fatima, too, was reluctant to send her back alone. On August 21, the Pakistani counsellor officially endorsed Hena’s nationality and furnished requisite documentation,” The Tribune quoted Chabba as saying.Born in an Indian Jail On May 8, 2006, Fatima Bibi and Mumtaz, from Gujranwala and Sikandarabad in Pakistan, were arrested from Samjhauta Express on charges of drug trafficking. They had claimed they were coming to visit their maternal uncles in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar and that the 400 gram smack found belonged to the passenger sitting next to them. A court subsequently convicted and sentenced them to 10 years in jail. At the time of her arrest, Fatima was pregnant and she eventually gave birth to Hena. Hena has been with her mother for all these years in jail.According to New Indian Express report, a local court had offered to make arrangements for sending the girl to Pakistan after her birth. However, Fatima was firm in her decision to keep Hena with her and not send her back to Pakistan alone. Hena goes to a government senior secondary school near central jail and is now a student of seventh standard.“Pakistan will give new passports to Fatima Bibi and Mumtaj. In Hena’s case, they will provide a passport to her to enter Pakistan for the first time,” Chabba said.Serving the Extra Term Batala-based NGO Sarbat Da Bhala had gathered and paid an amount of about Rs 2 lakh as fine for the duo– this year, to start the procedure of their release. The trio would have been facing two more extra years of imprisonment in case they failed to pay the court fine. Officially their sentence had finished in November 2016 but due to non-payment of fine, they had been serving the extra term.The no-objection certificate from the Punjab government is now awaited to ensure their release from the jail. According to The Hindustan Times report, Manzoor gave ₹2,000 to each Pak prisoner in the jail as Eidi (Eid gift) and urged the state home department to issue NOC at the earliest. The central jail has 53 Pakistani prisoners, including Fatima and Mumtaz. Related Itemsdrug trafficking PunjabFatima BibiFauzia Manzoor Pakistan High CommissionHenaLittle IndiaMumtajlast_img read more