Hornets lose Carter-Williams for rest of season

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rookie Malik Monk has filled in as the team’s backup point guard the last two games.Carter-Williams has appeared in 52 games and is averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game this season. In 287 career games, he has averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Facebook to stream 25 MLB games in exclusive deal Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Michael Carter-Williams #10 of the Charlotte Hornets looks to pass against John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams needs surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.He suffered a posterior labral tear in his should on March 4 at Toronto.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Cabagnot wants San Miguel to be standard of PH basketball

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETSan Miguel has undoubtedly proven itself as the premier franchise in the PBA.Throughout their campaign, the Beermen have won 25 titles including a Grand Slam in 1989.ADVERTISEMENT And that pride allowed San Miguel to come back and outscore the Hotshots, 14-5, in the final five minutes of the game.Cabagnot had a meager line of seven points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals with his defensive gem sealing the victory.After Magnolia center Rafi Reavis grabbed hold of the rebound, and dribbled a couple of times before passing it to teammate Paul Lee, Cabagnot pounced on the opportunity to swipe and go immediately for a layup that gave San Miguel a 105-99 lead with 51 seconds left.“Nothing good comes easy, to be part of history, we have to go through some adversity,” said Cabagnot, who won his seventh title. “We established our status quo, and we came out with the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sangalang looking forward to future duels vs Fajardo Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES And on Friday, the league’s most storied team achieved a feat no other team in the PBA has done with four straight Philippine Cup championships.San Miguel overcame Magnolia, 108-99, in double overtime in Game 5 to put itself in the record books and make its case as one of the best teams ever in league history.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 crown“We want to be labeled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball,” boldly declared point guard Alex Cabagnot after the Beermen erase a 23-point deficit, 71-48, in the third quarter.“Other than the trophy, other than the financial bonuses that we get, more than anything else, what we have is pride. We got a lot of heart in that team and there are many individuals who won’t back down.”last_img read more

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Back on track

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Impressive Cooley seizes top spot Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Myla Pablo stood front and center for Pocari making 15 points, mostly in the second set that turned the tables for the Lady Warriors after a rusty first set.Maddie Palmer led Pocari with 16 points, while Amelie Love turned in the same output as Pablo for the Lady Warriors, who merged with Air Force this conference.Jeanette Panaga helped up with 18 points, while Angel Antipuesto had six for Pocari.Things were going right for the Spikers after an easy opening frame but they soon lost steam as soon as the Lady Warriors intensified their service game.The Lady Warriors won 11 points off aces compared to just six from the Spikers, on top of having a better reception (37-30) which translated into better first ball numbers and subsequent offense.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Creamline played every inch a title contender when it stopped erstwhile unbeaten leader PayMaya, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19, Sunday night to take a share of the top spot in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Tuguegarao City People’s Gymnasium.It was a big departure from the Cool Smashers’ anemic showing against the BanKo-Perlas Spikers on Saturday, and one that tied them with the High Flyers at 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kuttika Kaewpin scored 17 points, while Alyssa Valdez added 12 for Creamline, which also got eight points from Michele Gumabao—including the match-clinching kill-block off Jerrili Malabanan.Tess Rountree led the High Flyers with 17 points, but failed to get enough help from fellow import Shelby Sullivan who could only score five points.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 crownIn the first match, Pocari Sweat-Air Force finally showed the performance that made it a three-time champion when it defeated BanKo-Perlas, 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22.It was a major bounce for the Lady Warriors who had a dismal start when they bowed to the Smashers on Saturday at the same Tuguegarao gym. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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HD Spikers clinch bronze

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cignal set out to defend its crown, but with an inexperienced squad under coach Edgar Barroga, fell short in the Final Four.The HD Spikers went undefeated in the preliminaries before suffering a tough straight-set loss to F2 Logistics in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Actually, we finished within our expectations,” said Barroga. “Our target is to make the top four since our lineup isn’t as experienced as in the past.”Despite the loss of stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Honey Royse Tubino, Paneng Mercado, Chie Saet and Maica Morada, Daquis refused to give up as she took the cudgels to make sure that the HD Spikers will remain competitive. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Joanne Bunag was the only twin digit scorer for Smart-Army with 10 points, while Dimdim Pacres contributed eight hits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Mench Tubiera of Cignal over Domenique Pacres and Genie Sabas of Smart. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith veteran Rachel Anne Daquis on the firing end, Cignal overcame a gritty stand by Smart-Army, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, to claim third place in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Daquis tallied 18 points and registered 13 digs as the HD Spikers ended their campaign on a winning note in the bronze-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Two Thai aces, Huang tie for Midlands lead Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Rachel responded to my challenges this conference,” said Barroga. “I am very satisfied with her performance.”The HD Spikers put up a tough stand at the net, coming away with 11 blocks, five of which were courtesy of Shirley Salamagos, who had seven points.Cignal also drew a solid performance from Mylene Paat, who scattered 15 points and Mumay Vivas, who picked up 13 hits.Not even a poor second set performance could unsettle the HD Spikers, who found their groove in the third and fourth sets to finish off Smart Army.Still, the fourth-place finish for the Giga Hitters was already a marked improvement from their previous campaign in the PSL Invitationals, where they ended up winless.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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House panel moves to save ethnic games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. During the hearing, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Butch Ramirez, and Games and Amusement Board (GAB) chair Abraham Mitra expressed support for the bill.Ramirez said PSC has already crafted a list of indigenous games in Ifugao and Mindanao, among others. He however added there are more indigenous games in Cagayan, Aurora, Cordillera, and other places in the country.“It’s been long overdue and perhaps we can harmonize the plan of the [bill’s] author,” Ramirez said, adding that regional games featuring indigenous sports could be held initially before national competitions are conducted.Mitra said the GAB would extend assistance if there will be professional competitions involving indigenous sports later on.The bill provides for the inclusion in the budget of an initial P20 million for the implementation of the measure. However, Saranggani Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao said the amount might no longer be necessary if the PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee would be mandated to implement the Act.  /kgaADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NCAA: Altas guards run suicides for missing easy layups in win over Arellano Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 In a statement, Ang Edukasyon Party-list Rep. Salvador Belaro, the bill’s principal author, said the country rich cultural tradition, including indigenous sports, tended to be slowly modified by the onslaught of digital modernization.“Part of our rich cultural heritage are indigenous games such as sepak takraw and the like. The bill seeks to preserve our indigenous games to ensure that future generations of Filipinos can still enjoy them,” Belaro noted.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 ChrissUnder the measure, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), will initiate measures to preserve indigenous games in the country, including their inclusion in the appropriate part of the curriculum in the basic education system of the schools;  the preservation of such games either by documentary or other useful means; and the holding of regular demonstration of such games in national events and appropriate school activities.The NCCA and the DepEd shall also coordinate in promulgating the implementing rules and regulations of the Act. SEPAK TAKRAW. Rhemwil Catana and Johnjohn Bobier of Philippines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe House committee on youth and sports development has approved a bill, which seeks to preserve the country’s indigenous games and ensure that these would be enjoyed by future generations of Filipinos.In a hearing Monday, the committee chaired by Abono Party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella III passed on first reading House Bill No. 6420 or the “Philippine Indigenous Games Preservation Act of 2017”.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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How hard is it to be a basketball player? Just take a look at June Mar Fajardo’s feet

first_imgLATEST STORIES Playing for Ginebra ‘both curse and blessing’ as crowd darlings race to prepare for opener Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Achieving superhuman feats of strength, speed, and stamina for elite athletes take a toll on a human body.There are countless sacrifices these players have to endure to be on top of their game, like having your feet go through the torture of the daily grind in basketball.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar’s size 17 foot.While boxers have calloused and inflamed knuckles for using their hands too much, most basketball players have almost misshapen feet due to constant running, cutting, and jumping.It’s no different for four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, whose feet look like a size 17 version of Lotus Feet’s.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 ChrissBut if having an ugly foot is the price for being the best player of his generation in the PBA, and even of all time, then it’s a small price to pay. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Mikaela Shiffrin prevails despite distractions over her choices

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin poses after winning the women’s slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Maybe Alpine skiing won’t be so lost without Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal after all.One week after Vonn and Svindal retired by claiming medals in their final races, Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher both showed true grit by fighting through debilitating sickness to claim the slalom titles at the world championships that everyone expected them to win.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Amazon Peladao: a soccer tournament unlike any other Vonn also responded to Shiffrin’s message.“What we said was a compliment, that you are capable of winning medals in all events,” Vonn wrote. “No one said it’s easy, Bode and I both know that, as winners in all 5 disciplines. So stick with your decision and go be you. You don’t have to justify anything to anyone.”Shiffrin should have a great opportunity to expand her program at the next worlds, with parallel slalom added to the schedule for the 2021 championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. So will she ever entertain the possibility of competing in every event at a worlds or Olympics?“Perhaps. It’s entirely up to her and how she feels and the schedule obviously dictates a lot of that,” Jeff Lackie, one of Shiffrin’s coaches, said. “Her core events are still slalom and giant slalom. The speed, as successful as she’s been in the past, is still kind of a new thing and she’s taking the opportunities when they present themselves to be conducive to slalom and GS.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Svindal left with two overall titles and 13 medals at Olympics and worlds.Shiffrin also won the super-G — her first major title in a speed event — and bronze in giant slalom.The slalom victory meant Shiffrin became the first skier, male or female, to win the same event at four straight worlds.Still, it was a challenging championships for Shiffrin after Vonn and Bode Miller, her childhood idols, questioned her decision to skip the Alpine combined — an event she would have been the overwhelming favorite to win. Shiffrin then didn’t show up at Vonn’s retirement race.There were also accusations from the coaching staff of Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova that they were denied a chance to train with Shiffrin when many of the slalom specialists went over to Trysil, Norway, midway through worlds — even though it’s common for top skiers to practice side by side.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ When Vlhova won the giant slalom and Shiffrin claimed the slalom, the pair of racers embraced both times and appeared to exchange heartfelt words.“In two weeks of time a lot of stuff can happen. It’s life. Life happens,” Shiffrin said. “There’s a lot of things that happened. It’s just too many things to explain to everybody right now. It would take much too long. But in the moments that it counted, my team and I were able to focus on the true task and the reason we’re here. That’s something special.”Vlhova would not reveal what she and Shiffrin said to each other.“It’s crazy, everybody is asking me what I say to Mikaela. It’s between us, so it’s secret,” Vlhova said with a smile.Add Ted Ligety, the only other American skier besides Shiffrin to win five world titles, to the list of U.S. greats urging Shiffrin to do more and be less calculating with her decisions.“I understand that need or desire to take some time away but I always felt like you got to strike while the iron is hot,” Ligety told The Associated Press. “If you asked me in 2015 if I would only win one more World Cup I would have laughed in your face. You blow out your knee, then you throw your back a couple times and you have back surgery and next thing you know you’re struggling to stay in it.”Ligety, who was unbeatable in giant slalom for a long stretch of his career, has achieved only one podium result in the last three seasons while he’s been slowed by injuries. But back in 2013 when he was at the height of his powers, Ligety swept gold in super-G, combined and giant slalom at the 2013 worlds in Schladming, Austria.“So I’m of the belief that you got to take advantage while you’re healthy and when you’re good, because it goes away pretty fast,” the 34-year-old Ligety said. Shiffrin “seems to have herself under control and have that going so you have to commend her for that. But you never really know. It’s not a sport where you can control every variable.”Julia Mancuso, another well-decorated U.S. skier who ended her career last year because of persistent hip pain, came to Shiffrin’s defense after she posted a long Instagram message explaining her decisions midway through the championships.“Most people forget that it’s actually more difficult to make the decision to skip a race than to enter it. Routine is easy. Going against the grain is tough!” Mancuso wrote. “As we say in the country we come from, ‘Long live the king’ and there will be a new one,” said International Ski Federation secretary general Sarah Lewis, who is British. “There is no question that Marcel Hirscher is wearing that loud and proud at the moment, and Mikaela Shiffrin as well.”Shiffrin and Hirscher are both on course to become the most successful skiers ever in their respective genders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAt age 23, Shiffrin already has 56 World Cup wins, and 29-year-old Hirscher, the seven-time defending overall World Cup champion , has 68.Vonn retired with 82 wins, the best among women and four short of the overall record of 86 held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.last_img read more

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Min.Varpilah Warns against Inflation of Transport Fare

first_imgTransport Minister S.Tornolah Varpilah has warned commercial vehicles’ operators, including taxis and buses, against inflating the cost of transportation in the wake of the recent Liberia National Police (LNP) action banning motorcyclists from using all principal streets and routes in Monrovia.He made the disclosure over the weekend in Monrovia during a press briefing.Minister Varpilah said anyone caught in the act of inflating transportation costs will be arrested by the Liberian National Police (LNP) and taken to court.“We should not use the restriction placed on motorcycles as an excuse for raising transportation prices; anyone caught in the act will be arrested by the LNP and charged by the Liberian Government. The fine paid by any driver that is caught in the act will go into the Government account,” he stressed.The MOT boss promised to work with the Commerce Ministry and LNP in making sure that the rise in transportation fare stops at once.“We have talked with the National Transit Authority (NTA) to increase the use of their buses and extend their trips to four or five times a day; this will help our people get to their various destinations.Discussing the first day of restriction on motorcyclists, Minister Varpilah said “The first day of the restriction recorded no major accidents; this proves that motorcycles in the country contributed to the high rate of accidents.”Giving statistics of the number of motorcycles accident per day, Minister Varpilah accounted that each day prior to the restriction, there were recorded reports of 41 accidents, leaving several wounded and many dead.The Liberian Transport Minister said, the restriction of motorcycles on the main streets is not an issue of bringing embarrassment to the citizens in the country, but rather it is meant to save the lives of both the riders and citizens.He used the medium to inform motorcycle operators that beginning November 10, the Ministry, along with the Liberian National Police, (LNP) will enforce measures that will guide the motorcyclists.“No motorcycle will be  allowed to ply the streets without view mirrors, they must be registered with the Government of Liberia license plate approved by the MOT, riders must wear helmets and reflective jackets and foot wear, not slippers; no motorcycle is allowed to carry more than two passengers including the rider at all times. Anyone caught violating these traffic rules will be arrested and fined, causing their motorcycle to be impounded until said fine is paid into Government revenue before the motorcycle is released,” the MOT boss stressed.The MOT boss described the measures taken by the Transport Ministry and the Liberian National Police (LNP) as great steps to ensuring public safety.Min. Varpilah said the results of the investigations determining the causes of motorcycle accidents, came to the conclusion that they are most often due to excessive speed, driving while drunk, and unruly driving practices.Min.Varpilah thanked the motorcyclists for conducting themselves in the right manner by resisting protest and not defying the law as many thought they would.When asked about the deadline of the motorcycles restriction, Minister Varpilah said, “There is no deadline for the law until we have good roads.”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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