Risky venture: Commercial Motorcyclists Hamper Road Work in Ganta

first_imgThe Chinese road construction company, CHICO, is finding it difficult to smoothly operate equipment in Ganta as commercial motorcyclists continue to use the main road, which is under construction, despite signs displayed to redirect vehicles and motor bikes.All the company does is lay cones and tape, or pieces of planks across the road to stop vehicles from plying the portion of road being worked on. But the motorcyclists, instead of going by the signs, forcefully ride in areas that have been cordoned off, thus causing the machine operators to frequently give way while working.The company also has men standing by the signs to direct motorcyclists and drivers, yet the cyclists continue to demonstrate their intransigence toward the directives of the road workers.Onlookers attracted to the road work were on Saturday, July 11 seen screaming and shouting as the cyclists defiantly drove in-between the road building equipment, and in some instances, narrowly escaped accident.The same continued on Sunday afternoon when the company was demolishing some structures on the road, getting some to blame police for not helping to control the traffic as work goes on.Most of Ganta’s alleys are opened, making it easy for vehicles coming from Monrovia or Saniquellie and Saclepea to bypass the area where work is ongoing.Despite the availability of such alleys to allow for traffic detours, motorcyclists use the main road where construction work is going on, thereby causing impediment to the work.Reacting to the event, Nyan Dookpah, a popular Nimba folk musician, said, “This is the risk they take and, when some of them die in the process, they carry on mob violence and burn people’s vehicles. It is the same [thing] one of them did a few months ago and died while attempting to cross in front of a speeding truck from the side of the road, and at the end, those in the commercial motorcycle business burnt the truck.”Another onlooker reacted, “They are doing this so when any of them dies they will attack the Chinese people equipment to loot and burn it. Now they are not seeing their actions, but as soon as accident takes place, you will see all the motorcyclists coming out with violence.”When the Daily Observer contacted the Ganta City Council on the problem, Administrative Assistant, Bob Emmanuel Paye referred reporter to the Liberia National Police (LNP) Traffic Division responsible to control traffic.Effort made to reach the police did not materialize as the Traffic Commander identified as Nyanamah was said to have gone to the checkpoint along the Saclepea Highway where many vehicles were being directed to attend market in various towns in the week.Meanwhile, motorcycle transport business in Liberia has over the time been quite disastrous despite the higher profits it brings. It has been associated with too many accidents leading to crippling and death of many people.As accidents occur and a motorcyclist becomes a victim, other motorcyclists usually resolve to violence, which leads to destruction of properties including police depots and private vehicles.The situation has led to a strict regulation in Monrovia where commercial motorcycles are no longer allowed in the city center or along main thoroughfares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFOOTBALL: The fabled Maiden City Soccer Academy is bringing their Football Summer Camps to Donegal! Maiden City Academy, is headed by former Nottingham Forest players Paul Kee, and John ‘Bugsy’ Cunningham. The duo have been responsible in the development of Premier League players Darren Gibson and Eunan O’Kane.Shane Ferguson, who started for Northen Ireland against Poland on Sunday, is also a product of Maiden City Academy.The Academy is based in Derry, but they’re bringing their Football Summer Camps to the AURA Leisure Centre, Letterkenny and Portnoo this summer!Maiden City Academy will host SIX summer camps in July and August across the two venues. They will host camps at the AURA on July 4th-8th and again on July 25th-29th.They will then host camps at The Doleman Centre, Portnoo on August 1st -5th and again on August 15th-19th.While they will also return to the AURA in August and have another two camps on August 8th-12th and August 22nd-26th.The cost is just €12 a-day, and kids will be exposed to top-class coaching from some of the best coaches in Ireland with a proven track record of developing technically gifted players in a fun based environment.#MaidencitysocceracademyBRILLIANT MAIDEN CITY SOCCCER SUMMER CAMPS COMING TO DONEGAL was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auradonegalMCSnewsPaul KeePortnoosoccerSportlast_img read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India hammer New Zealand 3-0

first_imgAfter a 2-2 draw against Great Britain in their opening game, India came out with a brilliant performance to beat New Zealand 3-0 in their second match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia on Sunday.Mandeep Singh opened the scoring for India in the 23rd minute of the game midway through the second quarter with a desection. Defender Harmanpreet Singh then doubled the lead just before halftime with a powerful drag flick.He then scored another goal in the same fashion early in the fourth quarter (47th minute) to seal the win for the Men in Blue.Earlier on Saturday, India were held to a 2-2 draw by Great Britain in the opening match of the tournament.Akashdeep Singh (19th minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th minute) scored field goals to give India the lead twice in the match but only to see the Britons hit back through Tom Carson (25th) and Alan Forsyth (52nd).India will now take on defending champions Australia in their next encounter.last_img read more