MOT Toothless on Fare Enforcement

first_imgDrivers in Monrovia are continuing to refuse to abide by new transport fares released by the Ministry of Transport on January 15, 2015, imposing their own fares through “delay tactics” strategy.As a result of their discontent with the lower fares, public transport drivers delay in plying the streets until passengers’ demand for transportation increases before drivers bring their vehicles on the roads.On Monday morning, hundreds of passengers lined Broad Street waiting for transportation to get to their destinations on Old Road, ELWA Junction, and Red Light areas.As a result of fewer commercial transport vehicles on the streets, passengers going to Old Road are charged LD$50.00 by taxi against the approved LD$40.00, while buses are charging LD$30.00 over the approved LD$25.00For ELWA Junction, taxis have been charging LD$60.00 against the approved LD$45.00 while buses were charging LD$30.00 contrary to the approved LD$25.00 since Monday of this week.From Broad Street to Red Light taxis have been charging LD$80.00 as opposed to the approved LD$60.00 and buses are charging LD$45 and $40.00 against the approved LD$35.00.Buses especially have been very scarce on the roads since the lower rates were announced, and through the Federation of Road Transport vehicles, drivers have been charging higher fares.It sparked up last weekend when some passengers opposed to paying LD$25.00 against the approved fare of LD$20.00 from Broad Street to Duala.The case was taken to the police and two FRTUL agents and the bus driver, who is an alien, were charged and detained to be sent to court.  They were charged on the grounds that there was no change in the fares as claimed by them.Drivers have remained reluctant to provide services to the public, claiming that their number of passengers has already been reduced because of Ebola and now the fare is reduced further limiting their profits.They contend that if the fares are reduced, the number of passengers should be increased so they can earn the desired profit they need.Prior to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, taxis took four passengers in the back and one in the front while buses took four to five persons on one long seat intended to accommodate only three persons.For now, three persons are compulsory in the back of a taxi and three persons on a seat on the bus.It is not clear whether the enforcement of lowers fares passengers see to be in their interest will work as drivers are devising delay tactics to increase demand for vehicles and get passengers to pay higher rates.Unlike the past when cars appeared on the roads as early as 5:00 a.m., vehicles begin plying the road at about 6:00 a.m.  By 7:00 a.m. impatient passengers waiting to get to work in central Monrovia are all along the roadside waiting and fighting for cars and willing to pay the higher fares.Vehicles also appear late in the evening at the time people are all along the roadside anxiously waiting to go home. At this passengers have no option but to accept the driver’s self-imposed fare.Meanwhile, as commercial drivers torment passengers in the wake of the transport fare malfunction, public buses run by the National Transit Authority (NTA) are scarcely found in the streets of Monrovia.About two of the Indian donated buses are seen running between central Monrovia and Red Light while the rest run in the rural areas and some are on charter.According to sources of the National Transit Authority (NTA), running outside Monrovia brings in more money to the agency and chartering is soley done in United States Dollar which is more advantageous.A trip on an NTA bus in Monrovia from one point to any destination is LD$15.00.  From Monrovia to Voinjama is L$1,500, Monrovia to Ganta LD$400.00, Monrovia to Buchanan LD$250.00 and Monrovia to Gbarnga LD$300.00.This transportation crisis currently facing residents of Monrovia has led to a total disregard for the newly approved fares by the Ministry of Transport as the ministry is apparently not sufficiently equipped or prepared to enforce the regulation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Campaigners for War Crimes Court Respond to President Weah’s Comment

first_imgAdama Dempster (right) and Hassan Bility at Monday’s press conference.The Human Rights, Justice Campaigners and Victims of Liberia on Monday, November 19, responded to President George Weah’s comments on the establishment of a war and economic crimes court to prosecute past crimes in Liberia, especially whether a war crimes court is needed for peace and development.Shortly after returning from Paris, France, President Weah weighed in on benefits Liberia stands to accrue in maintaining the country’s hard-won peace, reiterating his stance that the world could disintegrate in the absence of peace.He made the comment when he addressed reporters upon arrival at the Roberts International Airport on Thursday, November 15.He added, “Therefore, I admonish all Liberians to continue promoting peace, because without peace, we cannot gain growth and our national agenda will not be implemented. Our history is that we came from war; we need to be more mindful of what we say to each other as well as what we do. We should promote peace, because the entire world is promoting peace.”The President also committed and acknowledged division among Liberians regarding the establishment of a war crimes court, stating that Liberians need to make a determination between maintaining peace and a war crimes court.“We have our liberty,” President Weah further said in response to a reporter’s inquiry about his thoughts on growing calls for a war crimes court, noting, “We all have different minds and views on this issue. Some are calling for a war crimes court; others are calling for reconciliation. What we need to do is to find out what we need as a people. We, the leaders, are under obligation to do for our people and nation what is in their best interest. Liberians need to come together to talk about the advancement of the country.”But the campaigners said the answer to the President’s question is yes, because a war crimes court is the medium through which impunity is addressed for those who bear the greatest responsibility for war-related crimes such as massacres, summary executions, recruitment of child soldiers, sexual violence and atrocities that constitute gross human rights violations against defenseless civilians during the 14 years of unrest.Adama K. Dempster, secretary general of the Human Rights, Justice Campaigners, read the statement on behalf of the group at a news conference in Monrovia, reminding President Weah that the issue of war crimes court is not a matter of choice, but of transitional justice that deals with past human rights violations.Dempster said that a war crimes court is the only way to help assure that development undertaken after the war would not be destroyed in the next war, and the only available deterrent for perpetrators.He said the establishment of a war crimes court will not cause any instability in the country, because they strongly believe that the only threat to peace and security is impunity.Responding to the issue of conducting a referendum to get citizens views before the establishment of a war and economic crimes court, Dempster said: “There is no need for a referendum on the matter of criminal accountability; it just doesn’t go that way in democratic societies.”“The call for a referendum will only delay the implementation of the July, 2018, UN Human Rights committee conclusions that the government should establish a process of accountability for past human rights violations and report back in two years,” Dempster said.He said the Liberian people spoke through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and there is no need for a referendum on the matter, because it will delay UN committee’s request on impunity and past human rights violations by the Liberian government.Dempster called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to brief President Weah in details on the July 2018 Human Rights Committee report, and the US Congress House Resolution 1055, regarding Liberia’s lack of compliance with its human rights and bilateral obligations.The TRCDempster said the TRC, which completed its work ten years ago and conducted numerous hearings as well as taking statements from victims across Liberia and in the Diasporas, recommending the establishment of an extraordinary criminal court to prosecute past “serious crimes.”    He said this year, Liberia witnessed multiple marches in the streets, most recently on November 12, to campaign for the establishment a war crimes court, and petitioned members of the legislature to implement the TRC recommendations, which includes a war crimes court.Dempster said the president should be aware that his recent remarks are interpreted to be against the establishment of a war crimes court, which remains a bitter affront to the TRC’s outcome of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) held in Accra, Ghana, a decision reached by representatives of the Liberian people in 2003.He said it is also against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goal-16 Global Peace and Global Justice and a strong institution of which Liberia is a part calls for access to justice for all.Hassan Bility, executive director for Global Justice and Research Project, said if the government has not publicly made their position known on the establishment of the war crimes court, it is a serious challenge for the country and its people.He said the president’s statement on the war crimes court upon arrival from Paris indicates that he is not in support of ending the culture of impunity, and the government needs to clarify its position.Bility called on the legislature to take steps in creating a legislation, to ensure that there are accountability and justice for those that lost their lives during the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Large percentage of working class without union representation

first_imgWhile workers from the traditional sectors have sought representation from trade unions, there is a large bracket of the working class population in Guyana that remains unrepresented.During the centurial anniversary of trade unionism in Guyana, President of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), Carvil Duncan, recognised that workers were represented owing to strives by Hubert Nathanial Critchlow.However, he said, no one has sought to have private employees and other groups of employees represented, which uncovers the fact that there is much more to be done.“Why is the security service not organised? Why [are] the private education institutions not organised? Critchlow organised the domestic workers and they are organised. We have all these calling centres which have thousands of persons and they are still not organised. We have a lot of work to do,” Duncan iterated.The FITUG President called on other unions to evolve from the traditional methods of representing workers and work towards a new direction.“We are not living in a world of our own in Guyana. Globalisation came…and it left with us a technologically-developed workforce. What are we doing about that? Throughout the Caribbean, unions have been losing members primarily because they have not been focusing in the right direction. If after 100 years, we should now consider focusing in another direction,” the Trade Unionist added.Reconstitution of Labour MinistryAnother burning issue highlighted was the fact the Labour Ministry was dismantled in 2015 and replaced by a department. Holding weighty importance, calls were mounted by FITUG and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) to have the Ministry reconstituted.Duncan insisted to the Labour Minister, Keith Scott, who was amid the gathering, “There is need to have a Ministry of Labour…People are leaving rapidly and more people intend to leave. What’s to happen is the trade unions who will suffer. Do an analysis of what is happening, do your utmost to ensure that this decline reduces and the Ministry starts operating as a Ministry of Labour and not under no other minister,” Duncan expressed.General Secretary of GAWU Seepaul Narine shared similar sentiments, stating he is of the belief that a Labour Ministry is unwelcomed by Government.“The Ministry which existed up to May 2015 has now been relegated to a department after more than 60 years of existence. It seems to us that the Government is vehemently opposed to a Labour Ministry as could be seen by its disagreement with an Opposition-sponsored motion to re-establish the Labour Ministry”.Adding to these challenges, the GAWU representative stated that collective bargaining is one of the promises which remains unfulfilled by the coalition administration.“Another vexing problem we are facing relates to collective bargaining which has received scant attention from the powers-that-be…We heard this before, and to date such promises remain dashed and our law on collective bargaining continues to be disregarded. Could you imagine reading the newspapers and learning from the President of the Guyana Teachers Union that his union was unaware that negotiations were purportedly taking place between the GTU and the Government,” said Narine.Presently, the Department of Labour is controlled by the Social Protection Ministry, which was created in 2015 after the present administration took office.Remembering CritchlowIn 1919, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow founded the British Guiana Labour Union (BGLU) which later sparked the recognition of countless others to advocate for better wages and working hours. At the age of 21, the Father of Trade Unionism rallied persons to demand for an eight-hour working period daily after facing exploitation in the workplace.As such, Trade Unionist Lincoln Lewis shared that Guyanese must recognise these contributions which led to NIS and severance payments, collective bargaining.“The Trade Union Movement, more than any other organisation, has done more work in contributing to welding this nation. This is a proud history that we must recognise, proclaim or all to be aware of…Today in 2019, our challenge must be to recognise our common interest,” he asserted.Lewis, who is also the President of the Guyana Trade Unions Congress (GTUC), reminded that Guyana is on the cusp of unparalleled oil wealth, which must be used to provide unemployment benefits.“As they talk about the windfall they will be getting from oil, it may be the right place for them to put some money in the NIS so when people lose their job, they can get unemployment benefits…We are not tasked with the responsibility of dividing the national pie; ours is the duty to advocate for equitable no-partisan division that elevates the standards of the working class”.last_img read more

Flyers training camp underway

first_imgAfter a season that saw the Fort St. John Senior Flyers win the Coy Cup for the first time in their history, the team returned to the North Peace Arena on Monday night to start preparing for another year on the ice. The Flyers now have two training camp sessions under their belt, and have another two on tap before taking on the Fort Nelson Yeti for two exhibition games next weekend.With every new season comes new faces, and some of those faces will be behind the bench. Andrew Leriger takes over as head coach from Gerard Dicaire after deciding not to return for a third year.Leriger said with having some players skating and others not during the offseason, it’s important to go easy on them at first in the early stages of camp, with conditioning being the central focus.- Advertisement -“Most of the guys have been skating a couple of guys haven’t so I don’t want to hurt them right off the bat. I want to push them a little bit and get a good, full practice in and get their conditioning going. That’s the main thing.”After joining the team in an assistant role towards the end of last year, Leriger said he didn’t want his stint with the club to be a short one.“I quite enjoyed myself last year. I don’t want to be that guy that kind of comes in for a short period of time. I’ll put my time in and give these guys what they deserve as well and that’s a committed coach.”Advertisement The Flyers games against Fort Nelson next weekend are scheduled for October 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and 1 p.m. respectively at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Janelle Morrison optimistic for Ironman Canada

first_imgJanelle Morrison is adding another dimension to her budding triathlon career.The Fort St. John native turned pro in 2009, after posting the fastest female amateur time at the Ironman Canada in 2008.In an interview with Jon Zacks on Friday, Morrison recounted some of her experiences so far in the 2010 season, including getting sick from swimming in a river during ‘Ironman China’ and fighting through a mechanical snafu at the ‘Ironman St. George’ in Utah. Click here to listen to Friday’s interview (runs 9:00)[asset|aid=3118|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=38f8b4464f276cb1083f64ec968de524-Janelle-web_1_Pub.mp3] The 32 year-old bounced back with some strong finishes, including a victory at the Wine Capital of Canada Sprint Triathlon, in Oliver, B.C. Morrison suffered another setback in mid-July, when she injured her foot while trail-running in Penticton. However, she remains optimistic that she will be able to compete at the Ironman Canada Triathlon, set for August 29th. If healthy, she’ll be looking to improve on her emotional third place finish from 2009. But, as well as working to recover from injury, training for her races, and moving from Vernon to Penticton, Morrison is now adding another element to her career – professional coaching.The former Blizzard Bike Club member is joining her own coach, Scott McMillan, to offer cooperative coaching for athletes of all abilities. Using ‘Training Peaks’ software, Morrison is offering her services online, meaning she can work with clients around the world.”A lot of coaching nowadays is done online” Morrison says. “It’s an extremely effective software” she says, adding “I use it myself with my coach.” For more information on her coaching services, or her career, visit www.janellemorrison.com- Advertisement –last_img read more

SARA continues its political harassment

first_imgThe State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has returned to its practice of political harassment; this time by seeking to directly intimidate Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII), the corporate owners of the property which houses the Times Media Group – including Guyana Times newspaper– at Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The state of Sanata Complex upon aquistionOn Thursday afternoon, a notice was received that SARA is seeking to recover the difference between an outside valuation of the Sanata property and the valuation of the official Government valuation entity at the point of sale.In June 2018, SOCU had charged Dr Ashni Singh, former Finance Minister and Winston Brassington, former Chairman of NICL, in relation to the same transaction. At that time, Guyana Times had received a number of threats to stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration.SARA continues to press ahead with this political witch-hunting, despite being fully aware that the act has been challenged in the court.The property was acquired by QAII in a fully transparent manner more than a decade ago, and this was fully ventilated in the press. Billions of dollars have been invested to develop this property and as such, QAII will vigorously defend any issues relating to the transaction.last_img read more

From Dr. Seuss to the Bible, local students value beloved tomes

first_imgSANTA CLARITA — The Friends of the Libraries of the Santa Clarita Valley have announced the winners of The Big Read essay contest. The contest was a kickoff for The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Some 249 local students submitted entries that addressed the question: “If you could save one book from extinction, which book would you select and why?” Winners in the seventh- through ninth-grade division are Alyssa Olinger, Placerita Junior High, “A Thousand & One Gems of English & American Poetry,” first place; Melissa Chang, Placerita, “Slaughterhouse-Five,” second place; and Megan Guthrie-Wedemeyer, Rancho Pico Junior High, “Little Women,” third place. Winners in the 10th- through 12th-grade division are Caitlin Coen, Canyon High School, Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches,” first place; Kristen Caprino, Saugus High, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” second place; and Jennifer Swann, Academy of the Canyons, “The Giver,” third place. Winners in the local college division are Mora Sandeen, “Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged,” first place, and Mary Flubert, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” second place. Sandeen and Flubert attend College of the Canyons. Honorable mentions are Roann Bautista, Golden Valley High, “To Kill a Mockingbird”; Josh David, La Mesa Junior High, “The Aesop for Children”; Holly Nelson, West Ranch High, “The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time”; and Haley Odorizzi, Santa Clarita Christian School, the Bible. Winners were awarded $250 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place; and $25 for honorable mention. Many of The Big Read events are still happening at local libraries. For a list of upcoming local events, visit www.thebigread-scv.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Popular retailer seeks Furniture Store Manager

first_imgJob Vacancy: Cooney’s Home & Garden are seeking candidates to apply for the position of Furniture Store Manager.The ideal candidate should have:1. At least 3 years experience in running a furniture department.2. A proven sales background.3. Be able to work to set targets.4. Be able to manage a sales team & show strong leadership skills.5. Have an understanding of the financials associated with running a department.6. Be customer focussed. The salary is negotiable depending on experience. Please send your CV to philip@cooney-group.com. The closing date for applications is Friday October 20th at 5pm.Job Vacancy: Popular retailer seeks Furniture Store Manager was last modified: October 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cooneys Home and Gardenfurniture store managerjobVacancylast_img read more

SHAY GETS ALL CLEAR AFTER KNEE SCARE

first_imgShay Given has helped the nation breath a collective sigh of relief after he revealed that he is fine for Euro 2012.There had been concern the Lifford man was carrying a knee injury and might struggle to start.But Shay tweeted a message to all of his fans saying that the news is good and that he has to just rest for a few days. Given told of the good news via Twitter. The Aston Villa goalkeeper tweeted: “All good news ref my knee. Just gotta rest for a few days and then back training next week. Thanks for all the kind messages #COYBIG”  SHAY GETS ALL CLEAR AFTER KNEE SCARE was last modified: May 24th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

New contract for Letterkenny’s Dale Gorman at Stevenage

first_imgLETTERKENNY MAN Dale Gorman has been awarded a new two-year contract at Stevenage FC.The 20-year old midfielder has made 18 appearances this season for Boro and scored his first goal away at Barnet in December.The youngster is one of three Northern Ireland Under-21 internationals currently in Darren Sarll’s Stevenage squad. In December 2015, Gorman was given a three-year contract at the club, but today he has been handed a new, improved deal.The former Letterkenny Rovers midfielder joined Stevenage in 2013 as a schoolboy.New contract for Letterkenny’s Dale Gorman at Stevenage was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more