NU stops 5-game slide, nears Final Four

first_imgMOST READ “I’m happy to see that we’re slowly regaining our teamwork and our game is starting to show,” said Santiago in Filipino. “We can still be better but at least we played a good game.”Santiago fired a game-high 22 points while Sato added 13 points, including nine attacks, two blocks and two service aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith the victory, the Lady Bulldogs also eliminated University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas from semifinals contention.Mary Ann Mendrez paced also-ran UE with 14 points while Shaya Adorador chipped in 11. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University ended a five-game losing skid after scraping past much-improved University of the East, 26-24, 26-24, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday bat Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago and Risa Sato showed the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who assured themselves at least a playoff for the last Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Saigon import Scott on loss to Alab: ‘We may have just lost to the champions’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop ‘tested positive’ for EPO

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES In this photo, world 1,500-meter champion Asbel Kiprop runs to win the cross-country mixed relays for the Kenya Police team on February 18, 2017 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi during qualifiers for the national team to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Kiprop vowed on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, to clear his name after reports he has tested positive for the endurance-boosting drug EPO.(AFP FILE PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA)Former Olympic 1500 meters champion Asbel Kiprop has vowed to clear his name after reports he has tested positive for the endurance-boosting drug EPO.Kenyan newspaper The Standard reported a high-profile athlete had failed a doping test, without naming Kiprop.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast All hail the champs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ British newspaper the Guardian quoted Kiprop as saying: “As an athlete, I have been at the forefront of the fight against doping in Kenya, a fight I strongly believe in and support.“I would not want to ruin all what I have worked for since my first international race in 2007. I hope I can prove that I am a clean athlete in every way possible,” Kiprop also said on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKiprop’s agent, Frederico Rosa, told the Guardian he had also heard the rumors but had no further information.The sample is believed to have come from an out-of-competition test taken late in 2017. It would be a serious blow to Kenyan athletics if it is confirmed that the 28-year-old Kiprop – one of the biggest names in the country’s stellar cast of middle-distance athletes – has tested positive for the endurance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO).Kiprop originally came second in the 1500-meter final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was upgraded when Rashid Ramzi tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and was stripped of the gold medal.Kenya has been fighting intense criticism of its anti-doping efforts after more than 40 athletes tested positive over the past five years.Three years ago, Kenya was rated “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) before being reinstated prior to the Rio Olympics.                     /kgaADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao bout on livestream

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Creamline, PayMaya force KO There is a possibility that the bout won’t have a pay-per-view (PPV) component, a huge departure from when Pacquiao faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. three years ago in a blockbuster duel that broke TV records.Arum has reportedly put the blame on Pacquiao’s MP promotions for missing payment deadlines, thereby hampering a PPV deal. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao (left) poses for photographs with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse  after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2018. AFP FILE PHOTOWith just a little more than a week to go before the WBA welterweight championship bout between Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse, there is still no word on the fight’s US broadcast.Top Rank boss Bob Arum, who was tasked with the match’s TV distribution in the US, told ESPN that the fight could be shown on ESPN and its livestream component ESPN+.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco loses to Mono Vampire in Fiba Asia Champions Cup opener Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Video review is used for four potentially game-changing incidents: awarding goals, penalty kicks, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.The lack of video review in this season’s Champions League was highlighted last week when Cristiano Ronaldo was given a red card for the first time in the marquee competition. He was handed a direct red card after he ruffled or tugged the hair of a Valencia defender who he appeared to believe had fallen to the ground too easily.Without video images to consult, the referee consulted with his assistant behind the goal before sending off the Juventus forward.UEFA’s disciplinary panel met Thursday and decided Ronaldo should serve only a mandatory one-game ban for a red card with no additional punishment.UEFA’s introduction of video technology next season leaves unclear the future of those extra assistants beside each goal. That system was promoted by former UEFA president Michel Platini, who strongly opposed giving referees technological aids.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Referee Silvio Mazzoleni points to the penalty spot during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Fiorentina, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)NYON, Switzerland — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup.The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The first UEFA game using technological help for referees is expected to be 14 months after FIFA introduced it at the World Cup in Russia. On Aug. 14 in Istanbul, the Super Cup game will pair this season’s Champions League and Europa League winners.The timetable was hinted at last month by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who has been more skeptical than FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino about the readiness of match officials to use the often-controversial protocols.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We are confident that introducing Video Assistant Referees in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation,” Ceferin said Thursday in a statement.On a breakthrough day for the system, the Asian Football Confederation said it wanted to use video review at “some games” in next year’s Asian Cup. That tournament will be played from Jan. 5-Feb 1 in the United Arab Emirates. View commentslast_img read more

Kaya settles for draw in Vientiane

first_img10-year-old girl upstages older foes for archery gold But Sayfa Aphideth headed home from a tight angle after Kazuo Homma’s teasing cross into the area three minutes from time as the home side salvaged a point.Lao had an early opportunity with Homma denied by the woodwork 10 minutes into the match after Kaya failed to deal with the through ball from midfield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Iloilo side grabbed the lead minutes later with Bedic providing a spectacular finish to a flowing move from midfield that involved the fit-again Jordan Mintah and Yannick Tuason.A stunning away win looked like it was on the cards for Kaya until the 87th minute when Homma sent in the cross that Sayfa headed home. Filipino club Kaya Iloilo marked its return to the AFC Cup by settling for a 1-1 draw with Lao Toyota on Wednesday night in their Group H encounter at New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.Back in the continental competition after a two-year absence, Kaya took the lead in the 18th minute, thanks to captain Jovin Bedic’s unstoppable half volley just inside the box.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Eduard Folayang will go to Japan looking for war vs hometown bet Shinya Aoki

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite facing a whole nation in support of Aoki, Folayang is unfazed with the forthcoming atmosphere since he knows his win over his Japanese foe back in 2016 is still in the air.Folayang (21-6) said his devastation of Aoki (42-8) in their first fight on Nov. 11, 2016 at Singapore Indoor Stadium left a lasting effect that would still be felt come their rematch on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“What I will do is train hard because he knows I’m ready for this fight and that alone has a psychological effect on him,” said Folayang in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway for Team Lakay’s media lunch.https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/636636650124987/ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eduard Folayang is nearly three months back at the top of ONE Championship’s lightweight division and his first defense is against the man that he beat to get to that golden pedestal.The Philippines’ mixed martial arts icon will defend his ONE World lightweight title against Shinya Aoki in ONE: A New Era in a rematch more than two years in the making in a country his opponent  deeply understand—Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View comments “As a citizen of this country I have to do my part because this is the area I’ve excelled at and I will show to the world that the Filipinos can excel in this area,” said Folayang. “This is a very big thing for me because I’m not just carrying myself but I’m carrying all the people.”“It gives me a lot of pride and motivation representing the people around me and of course all my countrymen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ll go there looking for war. I think once he feels fear, it’s in him on how he’ll react.”Folayang annihilated Aoki in their first fight, taking the title via technical knockout after referee Yuji Shimada stopped the fight 41 seconds into the third round.The 35-year-old Folayang made one successful defense of his title against Ev Ting, pulling off a unanimous decision but lost in his next fight via a stunning knockout against Martin Nguyen a day before he got to celebrate the anniversary of his victory against Aoki.Since the loss, Folayang racked up three straight wins all ending in convincing decisions. In the last one against Amir Khan, the Landslide pummeled the Singaporean for five rounds to regain the belt.Folayang also added that he’s traveling to Japan not only as a fighter but as a citizen of the Philippines—a country he vowed to represent in the best way possible.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Air Padda out as Adamson Lady Falcons head coach Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READlast_img read more

Oil Refinery Soon, Courtesy of Sime Darby Plantation

first_imgThe General Manager of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL), Mr. Roslin Azmy Hassan, told reporters last week that even though the company continues to face many challenges as is typical of any company’s early growth and development, SDPL is on the verge of building a modern oil palm refinery in Bomi County, Liberia.“We have completed the feasibility studies for the refinery and so the project will hopefully materialize this year,” he said, adding that building a refinery is part of SDPL’s concession agreement with the government of Liberia.The refinery will further enhance his company’s confidence in Liberia while exposing the country’s investment potential. The refinery will pave the way for the Malaysian oil palm giant to process its raw oil palm into finished goods. The announcement comes as SDPL has already begins scout harvesting some of its oil palm products, which are already ripening.If built on schedule, the refinery will create additional employment for the people in the concession areas. To buttress the general manager’s comments, Already, SDPL has gone over and beyond its call to civic duty, building several schools, clinics, and recreation centers for its employees and their families.Mr. Sharmarhoddin Abu Samah, chief engineer of the refinery, disclosed that SDPL will build a refinery for every 70,000 hectares of land planted by the concessionaire. Mr. Samah, however, told our business desk that the project is cost-intensive and requires some technical steps. The refinery is to be constructed by engineers from Malaysia. Local skills and labor will be prominently featured, this paper was told,The government of Liberia, in 2009, awarded over 220,000 hectares of land to Sime Darby in a concession agreement that has a lifespan of 63 years.A year later in 2010, the company began operations in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties, but were limited to the former Guthrie Rubber Plantation that once commanded no more than 10,000 hectares of land. Community residents and traditional landowners in the two counties have been reluctant to surrender much land to the company beyond those limits, citing “traditional lands” and other constraints related cultural and economics.Though the concession agreement requires that SDPL to engaging in community development programs, which the company is abiding by, the locals are said to be requiring more from the Malaysian investor then it expected.Mr. Hassan admitted to frustrations encountered by his company, but insisted that SDPL’s primary concern—at least for the time being—is to ensure that it reconciles itself with the communities. “We didn’t just come here to do business; we also have a mandate to help out of poverty, the people in the communities that we are investing in,” Mr. Hassan declared.One of such responsibilities is the training of young university students in agriculture and oil palm management. The students are mainly from the University of Liberia; they are being trained at the company’s headquarters in Bomi County.Mr. Hassan told our reporter that SDPL is preparing for a better future as it trains young Liberians to take over the management of the company.“These young people are the ones that will take over this company and manage it tomorrow,” he added. He predicted that the time will come when SDPL will be 100% managed by Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Wins Top US Award

first_imgMadam Dolly Grimes-Johnson, who has dedicated 30 years of her life working in the field of domestic violence in the United States, has been awarded ‘Equal Justice Award’ by the Legal Aid Society (LAS).The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee was founded in 1916 “to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice.”  They are one of the United States’ oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms. They are there to provide free legal assistance to needy Milwaukee County residents with civil legal problems.Madam Grimes-Johnson, a Liberian has served as the Director of Shelter Services for Sojourner Truth House, a shelter for battered women and their children and a program of Sojourner Family Peace Center.Speaking at the 97th anniversary celebration, she said domestic respect is the right of every woman and child.She expressed gratitude for the honor and noted that she was pleased to be acknowledged by LAS.She expressed her appreciation for the love, support, and all the opportunities that have helped her carrier as an advocate against domestic violence.Madam Johnson also commended staff and volunteer at the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Milwaukee Community for their support.She has worked with approximately 23,500 women and children at the shelter and has supervised the 24-hour crisis line that has answered more than 500,000 calls.In 1996, Advocate Johnson joined local representatives from law enforcement and the judicial system to inform a contingent of experts who traveled to South Africa to present and discuss domestic violence issues with their counterparts from four provinces there.The award recipient was responsible for creating programs for the shelter including the job readiness curriculum and the current goal setting and community resource groups.Madam Grimes-Johnson pursues a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.She currently holds both a Masters in Social Work and a MS in Counseling from UWM.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senators Back on Capitol Hill

first_imgNormal official activities returned to the Capitol Building Tuesday, August 5, following a two-week break that afforded Senators to return to their counties for observance of the annual July 26 Independence Day festivities, which had officially been expected to take place in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.The celebration of the Independence Day in those counties was postponed to 2015, due to deplorable road conditions.The Senators were also expected to use the break to carry on awareness and sensitization campaigns on the Ebola epidemic.In preparation for the Senators’ return, the Capitol Building like all Government structures, Monday went through a thorough day-long spraying of offices and the grounds.Early last week, the leaderships of the two Houses asked hundreds of their non-essential staff to go home and stay away from the Capitol Building.According to the decision, those asked to go home will be paid their regular salaries during their leave of absence.The secretariat of the Liberian Senate described the leadership’s decision as a precautionary measure instituted in line with the Government of Liberia’s fight against the spread of the Ebola epidemic.The Senate secretariat said only lawmakers and key essential staffers, including Directors, Chiefs of Staff and executive secretaries would be allowed to enter the premises of the Capitol Building during the period of closure, while serious preventive hygienic measure were being executed.Due to the seriousness attached to the Legislature’s decision, it was decided that during the closure of the building, only the front gate to the Capitol would be opened.It may be recalled that on the eve of their departure for the Independence break on July 22, 2014, the Senators concurred with a House of Representatives’ Resolution that funds earmarked for the official celebrations of the Independence Day in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, be used in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola.However, the uncontrollable debate that ensued prior to the concurrence vote forced Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley to use his gavel several times for order, and only returned when he decided to fine seven lawmakers US$10 each, accompanied with stern warning that he would throw out any Senator that acted rude.”“If you act rude, I will throw you out. Don’t take it for joke; I am not joking.  People are dying all over the country and you people are taking it for joke,” an enraged Pro Tempore Findley thundered. Meanwhile, Gbarpolu Senior Senator J.S.B. Theodore Momo has described as successful the awareness and sensitization campaign in his county.Senator Momo told this newspaper that up to the time he left Gbarpolu Monday, there was no report of new Ebola cases in that part of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drivers, Commuters Ponder Number of Occupants in Vehicle

first_imgThe government of Liberia’s policy on drivers to take not more than three passengers at the backseat of vehicles is said to be enjoyed by most of the drivers and commuters who are now indicating the regulation does not only promote passengers’ safety, but also protects vehicles.The government put the measure into place during the second quarter of the year when the Ebola virus was spreading like a wildfire in the country. The policy was criticized from the beginning, when it was first announced. Many people at the time complained that the government’s action was anti-poor, especially, in a country where most of the people are poor.Monrovia was taken by fire in the first week of the announcement, as some commuters even engaged each other in fist fights for a seat on the bus or taxi. The situation has changed and people are now said to be getting along well with the policy.A cross section of drivers and commuters are beginning to reevaluate their earlier positions,  asking the government to ensure that the measure remains in place even after the Ebola epidemic ends. “It saves the under carriage of my vehicle because I am not allowed to overload it any more as I did prior to the coming into force of this regulation,” said Mr. Omaru Bah.  “You know what? We [drivers] use to take four in the backseat and some of the people use to sit on one another’s laps.” Mr. Bah runs traffic on Bushrod Island, mainly from Duala to Broad Street. He is married with five children and resides on the island.“I enjoy running traffic now because I spend less on servicing  my vehicle now, compared to the past, even though the road is not too good for now.” The fare from Broad Street to Duala is L$45. It was L$30 prior to the announcement of the policy.The government says it took the measure in order to reduce congestion of commuters in vehicles and avoid people coming into physical contact  with each other, a situation it is  said, that could help curtail the spread of the Ebola virus. Coming in physical contacts with infected persons, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, is a major means of transmitting the Ebola virus disease (EVD). But many commuters are now enjoying their rides, especially in taxi cabs, where they admit sitting comfortably without being squeezed to the doors or against each other as they [commuters] did prior to the Ebola outbreak. “It was so good that the government took this decision allowing only three people to the backseat. Little did I know that this policy was in my very interest,” said Mr. Daniel Jackson. Mr. Jackson, a resident of Barnersville Estate, told our reporter that the new policy has helped many to enjoy their ride,  especially commuters travelling fairly long distances. Despite the increment in fare by the government as a result of its three-to-backseat policy, Mr. Jackson and a number of commuters told our Business Desk the increment is reasonable and fair enough to justify. “I don’t have much of a problem with the new fare structure, even though money it is difficult to get money. With God above all, I can afford to transport myself up and down and what is important is that I feel so comfortable when I ride a taxi cab nowadays, especially when I ride a brand new cab.” Even though Jackson and others are enjoying their town ride to town and back, others are feeling the pinch.“To spend also L$150 to and from Redlight everyday is not easy,” said Andrew Kollie, a resident of Crown Hill. Andrew told our reporter that he has his small business at Redlight.But he finds it extremely difficult spending nearly L$150 everyday just on transportation. “The government needs to step in,” he said. “Even though the taxi cabs are sweet to ride nowadays, the new fare structure is eating deep into my profit.”Whatever the case, it appears many people want the policy to remain, but they also want the government to subsidize petroleum products at the end of the Ebola crisis in order to  reduce fares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more