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FRTUL Threatens to Sue Motorcyclists Union

first_imgThe Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) is threatening to take her sisterly organization, the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union, to court over what FRTUL calls disgruntled behavior of commercial motorcyclists, the latest of which included the burning of a 10-wheel truck in Ganta over the weekend.Speaking an exclusive interview on May 18 at the FRTUL Nimba Chapter office, FRTUL interim president for the county, Youjaa Korkor, said motorcyclists’ involvement in burning cars whenever accidents occurred is unlawful and the FRTUL will not hesitate to legal action against LMTU. “We are going to sue the LMTU because their members are destroying our vehicles and at the end of the day nothing will come out,” he said. Korkor said “Though human life is more valuable accident is not something that a driver means to let happen and therefore we should handle accidents through the legal means.”“We condemn those motorcyclists who allegedly carried out the burning of the car and we will not wait to see this action go unpunished,” Korkor warned.On Sunday, May 17 angry motorcyclists went on rampage in Ganta and set ablaze a 10-tire truck, following an accident with a motorcyclist about 9p.m.According to police, the truck marked TT-261 was on its way to Monrovia from Ganta when it collided with a motor bike at the Gbloryee Junction close to the UNMIL fence killing the motorcyclist.Ganta Police Detail Commander Sgt. Parker Y. Howelley told the Daily Observer Nimba that they tried to contain the angry crowd, but were overpowered to set the truck ablaze.“While we were talking with the cyclists to remain calm, they began stoning the car with all sorts of objects at the same trying to loot the truck.”  He said when the pem-pem riders discovered that the goods on the board the truck were not items to be removed or looted (i.e., chicken feed), they diverted their action to burning the truck.Korkor explained that the FRTUL is there to protect all vehicles under their banner as well as all passengers. LMTU Nimba Branch officials were not available for comment.The body of Jerry Paye, the deceased motorcyclist, has been deposited at a local funeral home in Ganta, while a man haunt continues for the suspects, four of whom have already been arrested.The Bain Garr District Commissioner, Ms. Shelley Brown, has shouldered the responsibility as owner of the truck and is now in contact with the victim’s family for other arrangements, the police said.This is the third time for motorcyclists to set vehicle ablaze in Nimba County following similar accident.In 2009, a government jeep carrying some officials from Bong to witness a game in Grand Kru County was set ablaze after it instantly killed a motorcyclist in Ganta.Again, in 2012, a truck was set ablaze in Flompa (Ganta-Seclepea highway) after it collided with a motorbike and instantly killed the rider.In all of these cases, arrests were made but, so far, nothing has happened to those accused of perpetrating said actions.Meanwhile, the FRTUL has vowed to revamp activities at the local branch before the new administration can take office after May 30 elections.  Korkor revealed that there is reduction in transportation fares, between Ganta to Monrovia from L$1,250 to L$1000.  Fares have also been considerably decreased for commercial vehicles linking towns and cities within Nimba County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL MANAGER Jim McGuinness has defended referees over their inconsistency after meeting one of them recently.McGuinness wanted to know why Fermanagh man Martin Higgins had been so “overly sensitive” during the recent league game between Donegal and Laois; the same fixture as this Sunday as the Division Two final at Croke Park. Higgins awarded 28 frees in the first half.“I left the conversation (with Higgins) feeling sorry for the referees,” said McGuinness in today’s Irish Times. “They are under phenomenal pressure. We had the same referee the day we played Meath and my understanding is he got a very, very hard assessment by the assessor. He tried to rectify that the following day and I understand he got a very hard assessment again since that.“There are 26 or 28 referees in a panel and there are 16 of them that will be refereeing in the championship so there are at least 10 who are not going to make the panel so that is pressure first of all.“I was also informed there is a panel of assessors and not all the assessors get to assess in the championship so they have to pick every single technicality out for their points to be high so you are in a position where referees and assessors are fighting for stripes.”McGuinness told the newspaper that managers needed guidance. “I think the GAA should come out and be more transparent with the referees and the assessors. I would say it is not the referees’ fault. They are under phenomenal pressure to make the cut for the All-Ireland series.“In my estimation, the referee is the talking point 70 per cent of the time coming out of the game now because of fussy fouls, wild technical fouls, one foot here, one foot there. It drives supporters, managers and players crazy and there is nothing majorly wrong with the game only it has become really, really technical now which is damaging to the fluency of the game.”McGuinness said GAA was copying English soccer – and this needed to stop.“We have got a cultural identity in this country and these are our indigenous games. We don’t need yellow cards. If you put your foot over the line in a game of soccer the last couple of years they are pulling it up. All of a sudden now in Ireland it is the same thing. We had a fella booked for diving, our full back who if you knew him you would know he wouldn’t do that. That is your full back in the first 10 minutes so there are a lot of things going on that are not reflective of our indigenous sport.”McGuinness confirmed intercounty managers, unlike their rugby counterparts, are not permitted to speak with referees before a game to ascertain what the referee will not tolerate. “There is a wee bit of an ‘us against them’ situation but let’s try and get it right by working together. It’s about respect,” he tells the Irish Times.NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 FINAL: McGUINNESS DEFENDS REFEREES was last modified: April 21st, 2011 by gregShare 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