One of the ‘Killer Bean’ bus on Johnson Street yesterday in MonroviaSekou Kamara, a driver of one of the yellow American school buses popular known as ‘Killer Bean,’ says angry residents burning buses whenever there is a tragic accident is not the solution to the problem.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday following the resumption of operation of the buses which were grounded after angry commercial motorcyclists razed one on Battery Factory Road on Monday, Kamara said such an action does not ease the pain of the tragedy.Kamara said bus owners and stakeholders held meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, and the owners agreed to put their buses back on the road.He said the buses have third party insurance coverage and so whenever there is an accident, common sense should lead everyone involved to dialogue in order to resolve the problem.“In the incident on Monday, the motorbike rider ran his bike in front of the bus and because it is a large vehicle, the bus driver could not avoid what happened,” he said.Kamara rejected claims that because ‘Killer Bean’ buses are huge, their drivers don’t provide space for other road users.Sekou Kamara appeals to Liberians to avoid mob action because it does not solve the problem“Sometimes other vehicles and motorbikes try to overtake when the bus driver is not aware of their action,” he said. “So other road users should make sure that whenever they are behind any such large vehicles they should allow some space between them.”Kamara said overtaking any huge vehicle when that driver is unaware is extremely dangerous, “and they must work hard to avoid that.”He said he regrets the death of Victor Morris, who was crushed to death after reportedly crossing in front of the bus on Monday evening.Kamara said all yellow buses were back on the streets early yesterday morning plying their normal routes, including trips to Red Light, Gardnersville, New Georgia, Topoe Village – all on Somalia Drive, and destinations on Bushrod Island.The temporary withdrawal of the buses from the streets caused enough transportation difficulties for commuters, who appealed to commercial motorcycle riders to avoid mob action and allow the Liberia National Police to handle such cases.“The Liberia National Police must be vigorous against mob action,” a commuter told the Daily Observer in an interview on Johnson Street in Monrovia.The yellow American school buses got the name ‘Killer Bean’ from Killer Bean Forever a 2009 computer-animated action film that tells the story of an anthropomorphic coffee bean assassin named Jack Bean, known as Killer Bean, who was a no-nonsense killer who made light use of his enemies. Like the movie, the yellow American school bus “is like a Roadmaster that exerts its position on the road so that vehicles, motorbikes and other road users always stay clear when it is coming,” said a young woman who spoke to the Daily Observer last night. “When the yellow bus, with its huge side, is moving down the road, all vehicles give way,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Beginning January, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be taking steps to remove illegal vendors from the streets of downtown Kingston, as part of measures to keep the city clean. In an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angella Brown-Burke, informed that the corporation would usually take action to remove the vendors close to the end of the year. She noted, however, that this has not worked in the past, as vendors continue to defy the rules to take advantage of the heightened Christmas shopping period. The Mayor alluded that the operation of the illegal vendors has contributed to the pileup of garbage on the streets. She is also blaming merchants for not putting adequate measures in place to ensure the proper disposal of garbage generated during the busy Christmas period. “In as much as I am asking the (National) Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) what additionally they have done to remove the garbage, I am also asking the same question of our merchants, what additionally did they put in place to remove their excess commercial generated garbage?” she questioned. She said that it is the downtown business district that has primary responsibility for disposing of commercially generated waste. In the meantime, Mayor Brown Burke said discussions will be held with the National Water Commission (NWC) with a view to upgrading its sewage facilities in downtown Kingston. “One of the things that I’ll be speaking to the NWC about is their future plans for downtown, because the truth is the infrastructure is old and it cannot manage. It doesn’t have the capacity to take the water and the sewage that are generated … sometimes people who are selling, even merchants themselves, allow some of their garbage to go into the drains and that blocks the drains,” she lamented.
zoomImage Courtesy: Nakilat Qatar-based Nakilat has established a new joint venture with shipping company Maran Ventures, expanding its fleet to 74 vessels.Under the deal, Nakilat would hold a 60% stake in the JV, while Maran Ventures will have the remaining 40%.With 4 LNG vessels managed and marketed by Nakilat under the new JV, the company’s fleet will increase to 74, representing 11.2% of the global LNG fleet in carrying capacity.Currently under construction in South Korea, the four vessels each have a cargo carrying capacity of 173,400 cbm. They are equipped with some of the most advanced technology in the market today, with two of them featuring ME-GI, and the other two X-DF propulsion systems.“This agreement is a step forward for the company as we expand our fleet with additional capacity to meet the growing international demand for clean energy. This has subsequently led to a significant increase in demand for LNG shipping, which we hope will have a positive effect on charter rates,” Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer, said.