Hassan expects battle with Seebarran in Sport Tuner Class

first_imgTHERE are lots of battles within the war as the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sport’s Club’s National Race of Champions gets going in one week’s time. And one of those is a battle for the Miracle Optical-sponsored Sport Tuner category, which is set to resume on July 21 between Azad Hassan and Raymond Seebarran.Speaking to the media yesterday, Hassan said, “Yeah, I can’t wait to get back in action in the sport tuner class. I think my main competition this year is Raymond Seebarran, not forgetting the return of Roopnarine Dasrat. The top four competitors are within one-tenth of a second from each other.”“I think we are about eight points apart but it’s no big distance that can’t be closed down, come next Sunday.”Hassan says he has a plan for the competition come next Sunday but did not let any details slip.“I’m feeling good heading into the weekend, feeling pretty confident of myself and the car. From the last time out, we’ve made a few minor changes in keeping with the rules.”He noted that the last time out, he had some difficulties but promised his fans that he is more than ready for round two.“I know there were a lot of guys who were looking for better performances from me and the team and I know that this time out, round two, is going to be different.”His car is sponsored by GUYOIL, Buddy’s Entertainment Complex, Toucan Industries, John Lewis Styles and Zyna Furniture and is being prepared by Emran & Raymond Automotive Services under TEAM ER RACING”last_img read more

Austrian government not opposed to Grand Prix without fans

first_img(REUTERS) – The Austrian government is not opposed to this year’s Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring taking place without spectators, Sports Minister and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said yesterday.The first nine rounds of the Formula One season – up to and including the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14 – have been called off due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.That leaves the Austrian race at Spielberg on July 5 as the second still on the schedule after the French Grand Prix on June 28.“We don’t want to get in the way,” Kogler told reporters when asked if the government would allow the race to take place.However, he said it was different to staging a football match without fans because of the number of technical staff involved.The 10 Formula One teams each have around 60 people in the paddock on race weekends while Formula One staff, plus technical and safety officials as well as media and broadcast personnel, would bring the total attending the race to more than 1 000.The number would increase further if the usual support races, such as Formula Two, are also run.Kogler added that travel restrictions could be a bigger hurdle than social-distancing rules.“This must then be considered within the framework of the existing restrictions on entry and exit (into the country),” he said. “I don’t want to anticipate if an exemption will be needed here or there.”last_img read more

Holder’s Windies ready for the ‘unbelievable’

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – The question left Jason Holder somewhat disgruntled.The question asked during the virtual media briefing on Wednesday, was: “The West Indies, you are pretty much on the verge of winning a Test series. I mean it is unbelievable to be saying this, but are the guys gee-ed knowing that they are just one Test win away from winning a Test series in England in some 30-odd years?”Holder heard it stone-faced. He did well to put on a smile as he started to respond, but made it clear that he was not impressed with the usage of one specific word.“Not sure I like the words in terms of ‘unbelievable’,” Holder said, rubbing the back of his head with his two fingers, trying hard to hide his annoyance.“But, look, this series is still wide open. There are 10 days of cricket left. It is one day at a time for us. England are a very good cricket team, they have got some world-class players, so we have got our work cut out in order to win another game.“Again, I don’t like the word you use in terms of ‘unbelievable’, but if that’s the word you choose to use, fair enough.”Whether he likes it not, though, Holder’s team now stand on the cusp of history after taking the series lead in Southampton, a significant achievement in itself.Not since 1995 have West Indies won a Test series against a major Test-playing country – a feat achieved by Courtney Walsh’s team who won 1-0 against New Zealand. But in a series involving three or more Tests, West lndies last emerged victorious under Richie Richardson when they pipped Australia 2-1 to win the Frank Worrell Trophy in 1992-93.West Indies started their training on Monday in Manchester, but not once has Holder uttered the word history in the dressing room or various group chats he has been part of. He wouldn’t say it, but it might be because he does not want to saddle his team with any added pressure.“No, I haven’t mentioned anything about history to the guys. Again, it is hard for us to get caught up in the peripheral stuff. We are here to play cricket. And we are here to win the series,” Holder said.“That’s the only thing I am going to shout to the guys, I’m going to spoon-feed: how are we going to win a cricket game, what do we need to do in order to win a cricket game. I know once the guys share as much information together, to get that end result, afterwards we can look back and we can feel pleased with whatever we achieved as a group.”As much as he would want the pulse of the dressing room to be in check, Holder cannot and will not be able to control the excitement, the emotions, the joy that victory in Test cricket can bring in the Caribbean. The joy is double now in time of the pandemic where the fans are deprived of the pleasure of living a normal life.The Southampton win also had heads of some of the Caribbean states stop all other important work to take a moment to “rejoice” and join the happiness that spread fast and thick on the final day of the first Test on Sunday.Among those who celebrated the victory were three premiers: Mia Amor Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados), Dr Ralph Gonsalves (Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines) and Dr Keith Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada).Talking on the Mason and Guests show, hosted on a Barbados-based radio station, on Monday, all three politicians pointed out discipline, maturity, commitment and pride were the characteristics that stood out in the Southampton victory. Listening to them, from Manchester, in awe and surprise was Holder.Mottley felt she could “cross the ocean” and hug Holder because she was “so, so, so proud” of him. Mottley had seen Holder and his team beat England at Bridgetown in three days last year when West Indies won the Wisden Trophy.According to Mottley, the best part of the Southampton Test came at the end when Holder and John Campbell kept their heads and stayed calm to cross the finish line after Jermaine Blackwood departed five runs short of a deserving century and 11 runs adrift of the target.“You are just carrying us to greater heights,” Motley said. “For me the highlight was just how long you took to make the winning runs, the last 10-11 runs. That said to me that the maturity is there – to understand that unless you finish the mission you have not achieved what is required of you.“You brought that sense of hope in us again that this is a team that is now going to carry us on a pathway to victory because what you showed was the maturity and the discipline to keep the mission in focus.”As for Mitchell, he was not surprised to see the “discipline and approach” of West Indies’ bowling unit. Mitchell said that this West Indies has been “different” because of its commitment to the cause.Gonsalves said he has been “very happy” since the win. “I rejoice in the victory. Cricket is a cultural and sporting institution of our Caribbean civilisation. When I saw that Jason and his team took a lead on the question of Black Lives Matter – and this is a great cause, and great causes have never been won by doubtful men and women – I said these young men are on the right track.And when I saw that the English team were persuaded to join Jason and his colleagues, I said, ‘Well, yes, this is a historic moment’. And I felt a supreme confidence in the whole confluence of circumstances that we were in for a game of historical proportions. And this is what we had.”Gonsalves pointed out that even when West Indies were reeling at 27 for 3 chasing 200 for victory, he remained confident. “I didn’t think at all that this was another West Indian collapse. We had played with such, to use Mia’s words, discipline. We had played with such commitment that I felt it.“There was something in me which said the purposefulness with which the players as a team went about their job that I felt absolutely confident that we are going to make the 200 runs.”Mottley summed up the emotions stirred by the feats of Holder’s men and that had unified the Caribbean. “You have lifted in our hearts a pride even as we face this pandemic (which) is indescribable. We the Caribbean people want to be wind beneath your wings.”Obviously politicians do like to be on the winning side, but the feelings expressed by the three reflect the fact that Holder and his men are not just playing for the result. No matter the result, if the players put up a fight, show resolve and show daring to do the impossible, then the fans will stand by you.On Wednesday, Holder said he was “blown away” speaking in such company. “To be on the show with the three Prime Ministers was great,” Holder said. “Great knowing that they are 100% behind us. Great knowing that they pay so much attention to it. I was actually blown away and amazed at how much they actually followed it and how closely they followed it. It tells us a lot about our Caribbean people. It is great again, to have their support.“The reception that we got not only particularly from the heads of the government but the people in the Caribbean has been tremendous. This COVID period has really put a dampener on things for the world per se.“Things like cricket especially in the Caribbean, unified Caribbean, and it is really good to see how many hearts we have really pleased in the Caribbean so far. But in order to take it a step further now they all want us to win this series. So we have got a lot more to play for.”For Holder and his men nothing is unbelievable.last_img read more

Badger goaltender making impact off field

first_imgOn the field, Michele Dalton led the way for Wisconsin by posting 11 shutouts on the year. Off the field, she’s been a leading member in the effort to combat local hunger.[/media-credit]Every year, a new batch of prospective college students face the task of writing an essay as part of their application. Often times universities pose a question similar to the effect of “How can you influence the community here at X University”?For student athletes, the expectation of impacting the community may be a bit lower than the average student, as they are bound by scholarship to spend sufficient amounts of time training and performing on the field when out of class.But that is not congruent with what redshirt junior goaltender Michele Dalton, of the UW women’s soccer team, has in mind for the student-athletes of Wisconsin.Dalton, who led her team to a third place finish in the Big Ten – earning a second team All-Big Ten selection in the process – is the founder of the Red and White Hunger Fight, the largest campus-wide food drive in the University of Wisconsin’s history. After three years, the RWHF has collected a grand total of 6.5 tons of food to support local residents during the Thanksgiving holiday and is backed by 21 of UW’s sports teams, over 75 student organizations and numerous other institutions in the area.“I think it’s astounding. I think at times we get caught up in looking at athletes as just athletes and not student-athletes and how they help the community,” women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think she should be highly commended for the time she spends to help other people. It’s truly an amazing thing and it affects Madison, Wisconsin, the women’s soccer team, and the athletic department.”“One person can make a difference and I think Michele is showing that.”After coordinating a food drive for a class at her high school in Mt. Prospect, Ill., Dalton came to UW in her freshman year surprised to not find an official campus food drive other than the one organized during homecoming.Dalton wanted to do something similar at UW and began contacting various organizations in the area to begin something she hopes can one day become one of the school’s biggest traditions.That first year, in 2007, was a humble beginning, but it did not deter her efforts, which saw the RWHF launch in 2008.“I met with some people and pretty much everyone I talked to called me an idiot and (said) that I was crazy,” Dalton said. “I really had no clue [what I was getting into].”One of the first people Dalton spoke with was Anne Whisner of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, a meeting which Dalton refers to as “striking gold” as the two still remain close friends to this day.The two worked together to forge collaborations with the Homecoming Food Drive, the Community Action Coalition, WISPIRG, the athletic department and many others to set the food drive in motion for November of 2008.“Those are the kinds of phone calls I like to get,” CAC Food and Gardens Division Manager Chris Brockel said of Dalton’s invite. “For as big as the campus is, sometimes students don’t get involved in their community as much as you’d like to see so it was really heartening to see that.”According to Brockel, the RWHF has served as a valuable community service as the recession calls for more households to donate to.“We’ve gone from, a couple years ago, 85,000 household visits to, probably this year, 125,000 – not something we’d like to see,” he said.The RWHF mode of operation consists of athletes and student volunteers dropping off grocery bags at the doors of houses all over Madison, which are to be collected after seven days, hopefully full of donations.In their inaugural year, the RWHF collected four tons of food, according to Whisner, and with such a positive intake in its first year Dalton can’t help but imagine seeing the program continue to grow into a true campus-wide effort and tradition someday.“I sort of wanted a ‘If you’re coming to UW, you’re doing the Red and White Hunger Fight around Thanksgiving’ type of mentality,” Dalton said. ” We’re a long ways from that but each year we get more people involved.”Wisconsin fell to Marquette in penalty kicks on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament while tomorrow the RWHF will conclude its collection of donations as volunteers will gather at Ogg Hall to help pack boxes of food for its recipients.For a goalie, there’s always extra pressure to perform since their mistakes are easier to notice than any other position. Still though, Dalton has been able to juggle the soccer season with that of the RWHF and schoolwork over the past three years.“I keep them all completely separate,” Dalton said. “When I’m on the field I’m in the moment and I’m playing for my teammates.”As her redshirt junior season ends, Dalton has already begun to concentrate on the RWHF’s long-term sustainability after she graduates. The program is already transitioning into another chapter, as is Dalton, who hopes to continue her humanitarian efforts after school.“I’d really actually like to work for the Red Cross and coordinate disaster relief efforts overseas or something like that,” she said. “Using my leadership ability to continue helping people will definitely always be a part of my life.”last_img read more

Bad Blood: Carl Lokko narrates bitter fallout with former protege Richard Commey

first_imgVeteran Boxing trainer Carl Lokko has revealed that former IBF Bantam weight champion Richard Commey and his manager Micheal Amo Bediako conspired to remove him from his role as trainer for Commey.Lokko discovered Commey when he was 13 and nurtured him through the years until after his bout with Hedi Slimani at the Bukom Boxing Arena in 2017.Speaking on The Tracker on Citi TV, Lokko explained that the manner in which his former protégé sidelined him for greener pastures left him hurt and confused.“He had then signed to Di Bellas promotion house and had to go to the States to complete some paper work.“At the time the trainer he is with now (Andre Rozier) was aware that Commey is my boxer.“We were connected and we were always chatting.“He and I went way back because my quest to be a top trainer started a long time ago.“He was supposed to be the caretaker trainer until I arrived in the United States.That is what Commey’s manager had communicated to me until things changed.“He called me over the phone telling me that Commey wanted to speak to me.“I asked him why he would not do the speaking since he was the manger but he insisted that I speak to Commey instead.“Commey told me that he wanted to upgrade himself as a boxer and thus wanted to train full time with Rozier.“What can I say? I said it was cool because I believed in what I was doing but later he came back saying that he wanted to move fully to the camp of Rozier.“I said wow, when did you have this change of heart.“I cannot suppress his decision so I asked him to consider what people will say because,they know where I came from with him and what we were pushing for but he would not budge.“Finally I told him that I would like to be assistant to Rozier since we could be both upgrade together but he told me that he wanted his privacy.“How can a human being talk like this,” he said”Lokko confirmed that he has lost contact with Commey since their fallout back in 2017.last_img read more

Conway Springs, Caldwell get eliminated from playoffs

first_imgChetopa 76 Caldwell 54In a game that lasted nearly three hours, Chetopa would prove its No. 1 ranking with a 22-point win.Chetopa opened with a 26-6 first quarter lead and then held a 48-20 lead at the half. It was 70-34 after three quarters.The game featured almost 900 yards of offense. Caldwell had 369 while Chetopa had 525 yards. There were a ridiculous 153 plays ran.Colten Ward accounted for eight touchdowns including three passing for the Bluejays. He was 14 of 33 and 226 yards with two interceptions as QB.Chetopa’s Philip Moses had 333 yard and 6 touchdowns.The full stats can be found here: Caldwell-Chetopa playoff statsFollow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes it’s the luck of the draw — or lack there of.  Both Conway Springs and Caldwell’s football seasons came to a screeching halt Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs.Conway Springs was defeated by Class 3A No. 4 ranked Wichita Collegiate 54-36 while Caldwell was beat handily by No. 1 ranked in Class 1A Div. II Chetopa 76-54.It was truly an evening for outrageously high scoring affairs. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentscenter_img Collegiate 56 Conway Springs 34 In the Conway Springs game, the Cardinals got off to great start. Travis Wood scored on the Cardinals first offensive drive to put the visitors in front 7-0. Then Derek Pauly intercepts a Collegiate Austin Waddell pass and takes it 85 yards for the score to make it 14-0.Collegiate, though, scored quickly and pulled within a touchdown 14-7. Conway Springs, which lost its top running back Luke Fisher for the final three quarters, would then take a two touchdown lead on another 1-yard Wood TD run. He would add another touchdown at the 2:57 mark of the second quarter and the Cardinals were in business leading 28-7.But right before half, Waddell threw it in to Jack Copher for a 19-yard touchdown pass for Collegiate and Conway’s Springs lead was cut back to two touchdowns, 28-14 at the half.Then came the second half and if the teams were playing in a dome, the roof would have caved in on the Conway Springs sidelines.In the third quarter alone, Collegiate would score five touchdowns and outscore Conway Springs 35-0. They would coast to a 56-34 victory. The full stats could be found here: Conway Springs – Collegate box score 2014last_img read more

Too soon? Packers put unnecessary pressure on Aaron Rodgers with Jordan Love pick

first_imgWhy so soon? That has to be the question for the Brett Favre-like drama that could ensue in a few seasons. The Packers hastened the plan for life after Rodgers, 36, who led Green Bay to an NFC championship game appearance under first-year coach Matt LaFleur.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe timing, at best, is poor. Green Bay could have added a second receiver, such as Clemson’s Tee Higgins, or a tight end, such as Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet, to supplement Rodgers, running back Aaron Jones and a team capable of getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. They also could have gone defense with a linebacker such as LSU’s Patrick Queen.Instead, Green Bay went after Love — who did impress at the NFL Combine after a solid career at Utah State. He passed for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions as a sophomore with the Aggies before an up-and-down junior campaign where he had 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2019. By most accounts, Love would be considered a project with upside.He’s an intriguing quarterback prospect, but he has already been put in the most unfair position possible. It’s automatically going to create tension with Rodgers, who has been outspoken on Green Bay’s coaching and personnel moves throughout his career. (See: Mike McCarthy, Alex Van Pelt and LaFleur’s joint practices). It puts unimaginable pressure on Love’s development curve, considering the price Green Bay paid to move up in the 2020 NFL Draft to get him.BERNSTEIN: A case for the Love pickRodgers has a right to be upset considering his time is now, and this wasn’t the right time for a luxury pick. It’s a need that Packers could have addressed later in the draft or via free agency. Green Bay drafted Rodgers after a 10-6 season in 2004 before a 4-12 season in 2005 that led to the end of the Mike Sherman era and the beginning of the McCarthy era. This move comes after LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst revived the franchise in 2019. It’s always prudent to think about the future, especially at the game’s most important position. This just seemed like a too-soon move that’s bound to create way too many distracting headlines about Rodgers at training camp. Remember Favre on the airplane in Green Bay? Is that this franchise’s future in two years?This amps up the drama in Rodgers’ final few seasons with the Packers. He is under contract through 2023, but as Drew Brees and Tom Brady have proven, it’s possible for a Hall of Fame quarterback to push their career into the 40s. How many seasons would Love have to wait in order to get his shot? This is only going to create even more questions about the future of a franchise that has thrived on quarterback stability since Favre took over for Don Majkowski in 1992.The Packers have an eye on the future to keep that going. It’s just something they could have waited a little bit longer to address. Cue the quarterback drama in Green Bay, right?The Packers drafted Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, a dramatic move considering Green Bay traded up to get the heir apparent to future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.last_img read more

Nadal will retain number one if he wins Thiem in the quarterfinals

first_imgThe Austrian has improved so much in quick floor. He raised the titles in Indian Wells, Beijing and Vienna. He additionally fought for the title in the ATP Finals in opposition to Tsitsipas (he beat the Greek) after profitable Djokovic, Federer and Zverev. Lately he generated sure doubts in his conferences in opposition to Bolt and Fritz, which he overcame in 5 and 4 units, respectively. In the second spherical he had no issues in opposition to a blurred Monfils, which he had in three sleeves. In precept, Nadal, who educated yesterday on runway 21 of Melbourne Park, in public view, round 3:00 pm, is a favourite. He has gone from much less to extra and his exhibition earlier than Kyrgios helps him. You will need to show it to make the forecasts good. It will be the 14th confrontation between Rafa and Thiem, with a optimistic steadiness for the Balearic (9-4) and a single onerous observe duel that was determined in his favor in the fifth set, in the 2018 US Open quarters, though it’s true that he performed with a latent damage in the proper knee, which induced him to retire in the semifinals in opposition to Del Potro. His rivalry is one of the most frequent in current years and has already occurred in 4 finals, two of them on the clay of Paris. Rafa Nadal is offered on Tuesday (09:30, Eurosport) a recreation stuffed with incentives in opposition to Dominic Thiem (26 years and fifth favourite). To start out, the victory offers him a spot in the semifinals for the seventh time at the Australian Open, 34th amongst the 4 Grand Slams. And if he wins, he will go away Melbourne as world number one, do what Djokovic does on Friday in opposition to Federer. The Serbian would not serve or revalidate the title. Nadal, which has amassed 9,395 would attain 9,755 and its most rival in the rating can solely attain a most of 9,720. As well as, profitable would report a momentary file of wins in majors in opposition to top-5 gamers. It could be the 30th, forward of Federer’s 29 and Djokovic himself, though one of the two would match him two days later.last_img read more

The Betis doctor’s gesture not to saturate hospitals

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 16, 2020 Since it doesn’t train our @RealBetis and we continue to monitor the health of our players at home, I am willing to help any citizen privately with musculoskeletal doubts / problems in order to prevent them from coming to our 🏥 and saturating them. I beg diffusion #I stay at home– JOSE MANUEL ALVAREZ CASADO (@dr_jm_alvarez) March 15, 2020“Since our @RealBetis does not train and we continue to monitor the health of our players at home, I am willing to help any citizen privately with musculoskeletal questions / problems in order to prevent them from going to our hospitals and saturating. I beg for broadcast #YoMeQuedoEnCasas “, says the doctor from Verdiblanco on social networks. José Manuel Álvarez, doctor of the Betis first team, offered himself to citizens through his Twitter profile to resolve any doubts about musculoskeletal problems that they may suffer, in order to help avoid saturating the emergency room and hospitals, at full capacity due to the coronavirus crisis.center_img Dr. Álvarez was in charge of giving the talk to the first-team footballers and the coaching staff led by Rubi last Friday at the Ciudad Deportiva Luis del Sol so that the Verdiblanco professionals could exercise at home. Soccer players are currently following an individualized work and nutritional plan, due to the suspension of group training due to the coronavirus crisis. In the talk, players and coaches were also informed of a series of recommendations to be taken into account according to the standards established by the health authority and the Government to avoid contagion.last_img read more

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