Should the MD and Management of NPA also be Held Liable?

first_imgBy Rufus S. Berry II, MBAI host many dinner parties at my home in both California and in Liberia. Because I serve alcohol, it is my responsibility to monitor how much is being consumed by guests. If a guest is injured or injures someone after drinking at my home, I could be held liable. In order to exercise caution, I provide alternative modes of transportation for guests to ensure their safety and the safety of others.In this light, the Managing Director (“MD”) and management of the National Port Authority (“NPA”), along with Mahammed Kamara (the container truck driver) and owner of the container truck should and must be held liable for the container truck accident that occurred on Saturday, April 8, 2017, that left 4 people dead and 10 others injured The death and injury of these innocent Liberians could have been prevented.The National Port Authority has a duty to the Liberian people to ensure the road safety of transporting cargo. Regrettably, they have failed to keep the Liberian people safe. These extremely unsafe and defective container trucks enter the port and wait long hours to load and transport containers on the streets of Liberia. On numerous occasions while at the port to facilitate the clearance of my private containers, I have seen container truck drivers in the cafeteria/canteen consuming acholic beverages. It is NPA’s responsibility to ensure these container truck drivers are not consuming alcohol before driving. There should be strict penalties in place if caught doing so, or some method of quality assurance to ensure that these activities are not taking place on the premises. The management of the NPA and owners of the unsafe trucks should be aware of their obligations to ensure the safety of the citizens of Liberia, and not the driver’s sole responsibility.The NPA allows these extremely defective and unsafe trucks to leave their premises that are overweight and overloaded with cargo on the streets of the Republic of Liberia, thus putting thousands of lives at risk. The Managing Director, the Chief of Security and the NPA should be held liable along with the reckless driver. What better way to hold the MD and management accountable, than for the victims’ families to file a class action lawsuit against them. Punish them where it hurts most.Both the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Transport should immediately assign agents at the National Port Authority. These agents will work alongside port security to ensure that unsafe trucks are prevented from entering or exiting the premises of the National Port Authority or any of the nation’s seaports.Quite often, when one arrives on the scene of an accident anywhere in Liberia, many are quick to put the blame on a variety of causes: some tend to blame the accident on the work of the devil; others might blame the drivers for over speeding; overloading and doing wrong overtaking; the drivers often cite the poor road networks as the major factor – while government officials tend to put the blame on the poor pedestrians for not being careful on the streets (yet, there isn’t any enforcement mechanism in place to punish drivers who are continuously putting pedestrians legally on the crosswalks at risk). As a matter of fact, I have never seen a police officer cite any driver in violation of the crosswalk or jaywalking law.The bottom line is that our people have always found somebody somewhere upon whom the blame should be shifted at the end of the day. All of these facts, including human error, vehicle breakdowns, non-roadworthy vehicles, poor road conditions and environmental factors like poor weather during the rainy season, which are major causes of accidents in Liberia, could be prevented. These factors could be prevented if the authorities at the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Transport are serious on the need to combat road accidents and keeping non-roadworthy vehicles off the roads. The authorities at these various agencies should also contemplate putting out public service announcements/programs geared towards educating both the drivers and passengers.Many Liberians are asking themselves: What are the Ministry of Transport, the Liberia National Police and perhaps the management of the National Port Authority (in regards to defective and unsafe container trucks) actually doing here in Liberia? On a daily basis, extremely uncouth and dreadful motorcycle taxi drivers (Pen-pen and Keh-keh) are never fined for breaching road safety measures on a regular basis. Also, the Liberian people are seeing countless number of preventable and unsafe truck accidents; our various authorities come out with more alarming figures, yet nothing is done about it. It is always business as usual. Oh Mama Liberia! When will those in authority act in the interest of the Liberian people?Let’s work together to inform the appropriate authority especially the Police, to immediately remove unsafe trucks and abandoned vehicles from our streets. The Police have the power to remove any vehicle that is in breach of local traffic regulations, causing an obstruction, likely to cause a danger, broken down, or abandoned without lawful authority from our streets.Aayy my people! God can’t come down from heaven to help us ooo! We have to do it ourselves, because the life you save may be yours, or that of a parent, child, brother, sister or a friend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe site of the illegal dump at Doneyloop.Donegal County Council has carried out a clean-up of an illegal dumping site at Fearn Hill, Donnyloop.It follows an article on Donegal Daily earlier this week.The illegal site is cleaned up by Donegal County Council this morning.Residents of the area had contacted us to complain of the illegal dumping. This morning staff of Donegal County Council carried out a clean up of this site.The contents included paper, plastic, cardboard, metal, broken furniture and some food remnants.Donegal County Council have said said these contents will be rigorously checked for any evidence that may identify the person or persons responsible for this illegal activity.This area will be closely monitored over the coming months for any further activity. A spokesman for the council said “We would like to thank Donegal Daily and the community for their support in tackling this illegal activity. Every effort will be made to identify those responsible and they will be pursued for disposing of waste in this way.“We would like to remind members of the public that littering or disposing of waste in this way is illegal and you could face prosecution. We would also like to encourage the public to report any illegal dumping activity by contacting us at 074 91 53900 or by using the ‘Report It’ facility on the homepage of our website”The site is left spotless after it is cleaned up by the council.COUNCIL CLEANS UP ILLEGAL DONEYLOOP DUMP AFTER DONEGAL DAILY ARTICLE was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:clean-upDonegal County CouncilDonegal Dailydumpillegallast_img read more

Lambert hails Villa’s hunger after big-spending QPR fall short

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggested that his team’s battling draw at QPR said much about the respective clubs’ transfer policies.Lambert has looked to nurture young talent at Villa, while Rangers are bottom of the table and without a league win this season despite their big spending.“Money doesn’t guarantee success,” said Lambert.“If you can build team spirit and have lads with hunger and enthusiasm it’s great to work with. You’ve always got to have that hunger.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Indian women humiliated 0-10 by Thailand in Asian Games football

first_imgIt was India’s second consecutive defeat after an identical 0-10 drubbing by South Korea earlierIndian women’s team was today taught a football lesson by Thailand in a 0-10 result in their third Group A match at the Asian Games here today.The much superior Thailand women led 8-0 at the interval.India though have qualified for the quarterfinals after they mauled Maldives 15-0 in their campaign opener on September 14.Today’s thrashing at the hands of Thailand was the second consecutive defeat for the Indians after an identical 0-10 drubbing by South Korea in their second group match on September 17.Four goals each from captain Sung Ngoen Kanjana and midfielder Boothduang Wilaiporn and one each from substitutes Sornsai Pitasamai and Seesraum Naphat sealed the issue for Thailand in a one-sided encounter.Such was Thailand’s domination that they surged into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of the match and breezed to a 6-0 lead by the half hour mark.India felt the absence of regular captain Bembem Devi, suspended for the game for a double booking against South Korea, in the midfield as their fleet-footed counterparts got behind the back four more often than not.Stand-in captain Romi Devi and her defensive partners did try to shut it down but in vain.However, the Indian women looked much better in the second half after conceding one goal early on. Striker Bala Devi headed Kamala Devi’s cross from the inside the box in the 78th minute but it went wide. That was the closest India came for goal.advertisementKamala picked out Bala once again with the match nearing final whistle but the tall Manipuri was closed down well by two defenders.Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan saved twice in split seconds to deny Naphat from the penalty spot but the substitute striker drilled low past the Indian keeper in her third attempt to close the match on 10-0.last_img read more