For the fifth time in Monrovia and its environs, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to endure hardship under mute attitudes of Ministries of Transport and Commerce & Industry.Transportation fares for all destinations in Monrovia and its environs remain perpetually unregulated despite announcement by Ministry of Transport that fares were being dropped due to reduction in prices of gasoline and fuel.The so-called reduction, as far as the prevailing situation is concerned, has not been enforced by the regulatory agencies of the government.Despite the repeated and persistent outcries of the commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians in the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers, the Transport, Commerce and Industries Ministries remain resolutely mute over the situation.Sadly, commercial drivers have for the past six weeks deliberately refused to accept the reduced transport fares for Monrovia and its immediate environs announced by the Transport, Commerce and Industry Ministries.Reductions in the pump price of petroleum products, however, was effected by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) owing to sharp declines in the global sale of petroleum products.Interestingly, repeated and consistent stern warnings from the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Transport with regards to hikes in transport fares have fallen on deaf ears and commercial drivers continue to exhibit defiance.In addition, as a result of the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers and other public service transport providers, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians are seen stranded at several street corners and other bus stations in desperations and anger.Despite the massive waves of public outcries, shock, indignation and unwavering sentiments against the acute shortage of public transport for about 12 years now, the government continues to downplay Liberians’ grievances. “We will continue to defy and ignore all the warnings from the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, because we were not consulted prior to the transport fare reductions in Monrovia,” Drivers at Bob Taylor’s Junction shouted out loudly.Many of the disenchanted and defiant commercial drivers in their 30s and 40s called on the government to reconsider some of the penalties associated with the transport fares’ violations in Monrovia and its environs.In separate interviews with some affected commuters in the three commercially driven communities, they underscored urgent need for swift intervention of the two ministries.Commuter Harris B. Konuwah, 48, said the ministries concerned should swiftly mustered the courage and fortitude to enforce transport fares’ regulations without fear and favor in Monrovia and its environs.“I mean, the big men business must be stopped and commercial drivers violating the transport fare regulations should be dealt with harshly without favor,” Mr. Konuwah stressed.Madam Elizabeth B. Marshall, 45, said she was really disappointed with those two ministries for lack of commitment to enforce transport fare regulations in Monrovia.“I wish to advise the Ministers of Commerce, Transport and Industry to herewith stop issuing empty regulations that lack the practical instruments to enforce same to all categories of Liberians,” Madam Marshall cautioned.She stressed the need for the two ministries to graduate from sugar-coated utterances that have no iota and element of practical realities considering the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
France boss Laurent Blanc is not among the main contenders for the Chelsea manager’s job, The Daily Telegraph reports.Blanc has been touted as an emerging candidate in recent days but a Stamford Bridge source has told The Telegraph he is not high on the club’s list of targets.Instead, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be determined to pursue Pep Guardiola.The paper understands that Abramovich’s advisers have opened a dialogue with Guardiola’s representatives to establish the Barcelona coach’s intentions at the end of this season.Meanwhile, reports in Raul Meireles’ native Portugal suggest Juventus are lining up a £9m bid for the Chelsea midfielder.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The fit-again Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea at Aston Villa, who start with Joe Bennett at left-back in place of ineligible on-loan Blues defender Ryan Bertrand.Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Lowton, Robinson.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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UEFA Champions League Was that the best Man City performance of the Guardiola era? Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 04:57 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Feyenoord v Manchester City Feyenoord The Blues pressed Feyenoord from the off and racked up a comfortable victory thanks to one of the most impressive showings of the Catalan’s reign Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign by putting Feyenoord to the sword 4-0 at De Kuip, the latest suggestion that Pep Guardiola’s side are slowly but surely coming together.The Catalan wants to forge a team capable of switching between different formations and, though not everything has run smoothly so far this season, City are starting to look devastating.They may look a little laboured against massed defences, but they have shown in their two most recent games – hammerings against Liverpool and Feyenoord – that they can be absolutely devastating when given a few yards of space. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Though Liverpool were reduced to 10 men, and would have allowed City to attack anyway, the Blues looked slick. And many will argue Feyenoord did not put up much of a challenge, but in reality Guardiola’s men did not give them the opportunity.Some of the link-up play on Wednesday night was superb, especially when Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were at the heart of it. Though the Dutch champions did not show much of an attacking threat, due largely to City’s high pressing, Guardiola’s defence looked assured both in and out of possession.There is a long way to go, but City still have Ilkay Gundogan to come back into the midfield, and he should make the Blues’ build-up play even smoother.City have a run of winnable fixtures before visiting Chelsea at the end of this month, and it will be fascinating to see how the team evolve in the coming weeks.Watch the video below for the views of Goal’s Manchester City correspondent, Sam Lee, who has been following the team in the Netherlands this week.City next face Watford away in the Premier League on Saturday before heading to West Brom in the Carabao Cup. Home games against Crystal Palace in the league and Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe follow before the trip to Stamford Bridge to take on champions Chelsea.