Feeling 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)
The decision was made after the Mayor and Councillors met with all of the children from Fort St. John’s Majestic Flying Toasters Gavel Club, as well as Gavel Club Counsellor Joyce Hadland-Wesenberg.“They’ve been involved with taking part in the Santa Clause Parade back in November, and also upcoming with Toastmasters Month, we’re going to be doing a lot of advertising for Toastmasters, the young Gavel Club, and we’re also going to be set up on Saturday February 14,” Hadland-Wesenberg explained of their work within the community.Each of the children associated with the Majestic Flying Toasters – aged 9-17 – also had an opportunity to speak directly to City Council.- Advertisement -“During my time with Toastmasters, I’ve written three speeches, and I am currently working on another one about how society has twisted female self-perception on body image,” president of the Flying Toasters Brandon Braun said.Toastmasters International is celebrating 90 years of shaping public speakers, one of them being Councillor Bruce Christensen, and the local chapter is celebrating 20 years in Fort St. John.
0Shares0000Pep Guardiola contract with Manchester City expires in 2019 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Manchester City are planning talks with manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season as the Premier League leaders seek to tie him to a long-term deal, reports said on Monday.City are 11 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United, are on a record run of 16 consecutive wins in England’s top flight and through to the Champions League knockout phase after comfortably winning their group. Guardiola, 46, is half-way through his three-year deal at City but the club hierarchy are reportedly confident the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss can be persuaded to stay longer.Guardiola said last month that he was happy at City and his contract, which expires in 2019, was “not a big issue”.City failed to mount a serious title challenge in Guardiola’s much-hyped first season in England, finishing a disappointing third. They also exited the Champions League in the first knockout round.But the club invested heavily in new players during the summer and look certain to romp away with the Premier League title even though the season still has five months to run.The Times newspaper said there was an acceptance that when Guardiola arrived in Manchester last year he might not stay beyond his three-year deal but there is optimism he will make a longer-term commitment.The report said Guardiola was enjoying working with chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, both of whom previously worked at Barcelona.Guardiola quit Barcelona in 2012 despite four trophy-laden seasons to recharge his batteries.Following a sabbatical with his family in New York, he returned to management in Germany, leading Bayern to three consecutive Bundesliga titles before moving to City in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)