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

India’s top T20I run-scorer Mithali Raj charged-up in smooth World T20 campaign

first_imgMithali Raj is India’s leading run-scorer in Twenty20 Internationals among all men and women cricketers but she is eager to “keep scoring runs for India” and get even better.Mithali, with 2283 runs, leads the T20I run-scorers charts in India, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli behind her with 2207 and 2102 runs. Mithali also surpassed men’s game’s highest T20I run-scorer Martin Guptill (2271 runs). However in the women’s game, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates leads the women’s chart with 2996 runs.Rohit Sharma finished as the second-highest run-scorer in the recently-concluded T20I series against the Windies but went on to overtake Virat Kohli in the charts of India’s leading male run-scorer in the shortest format of the game.Mithali Raj, on the other hand, is currently the fifth highest run-scorer in the Women’s World T20 with 107 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur is fourth with 124 runs while Jemimah Rodrigues is sixth with 93 runs.India have already reached the semi-finals of the tournament but have one last group match against world No.1 T20I team Australia in a battle for the top spot in the group.Upbeat about India’s performances in the Caribbean Islands, Mithali wants this team to win the World Cup.”This team has definitely improved a lot from the last World Cup. A lot of young girls in the team and they want to change the approach in T20s, and I definitely want them to win the World Cup,” Mithali said.Mithali, who is always the player who takes her time to set on the crease because going for strokes, talked about what she specifically worked on in order to improve for T20s.advertisement”You are prepared for 2-3 shots for one delivery and you try and innovate your game to suit the format, you only need to clear the infield in the powerplay to get boundaries and it’s something I’ve worked on and I’m sure that I’ll keep scoring runs for India.”Mithali was hoping for a better wicket in Guyana after they came across a slow and soft wicket during their match against Ireland, where they won by 52 runs to book their top-4 place.”The wicket was quite challenging. It was slow and soft. My partnership with Smriti was very crucial. Hopefully we will get a better wicket in the next game.”Also watch – Ravi Shastri not my yes man, nobody has said no to me more often: Virat Kohlilast_img read more