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FINALLY the Sports Minister has come out to condemn the black market ticket sales for the Fifa Under-20 women’s soccer tournament. But a little bit too late as the tournament is already into the quarter finals. Genuine ticket buyers were cheated and the call is too late. That should have been addressed when well before the tournament started knowing full well from past experiences.
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QUIET disappointing also to find out that match tickets were sold out but that does not reflect with the number of empty seats one can see on photos and on television. That should have raised the alarm in the first game if the issue of black market sale was a concern.
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TAKE a look around when you are in travelling on the road either in a vehicle or walking and count how many drivers broke simple traffic rules such as no indicator when turning, driving through a red light, making a u-turn when they are not supposed to; stopping in the middle of the road to have a chat with a friend and driving while talking on the mobile phone? You will be amazed at your count.
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A FOOTPATH (also pedestrian way, walking trail, nature trail) is a type of thoroughfare that is intended for use by pedestrians but no other forms of traffic, such as motorised vehicles. They can be paths within an urban area that offer more expedient or safer routes, or rural paths, such as a trail through the countryside.
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IT is either drivers are being ignorant or do not know the difference on which path they are to use when driving their vehicles. Spend at least 10 minutes and you will see drivers forcing their vehicles onto footpaths to park and most times honk their horns expecting pedestrians to give them way. And it has been done by well-educated Papua New Guineans who one would expect to know the difference between a footpath and road.
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AUTHORITIES also should have designed bus-stop terminals along the main highway so the traffic is not affected with buses stopping anywhere on the highway. The Waigani Drive in front of the bmobile Vodafone office is never free of pedestrians except on Sunday. One can spend up to five minutes just saying excuse to those waiting for buses before you get to the end. And it does not help with commuters puffing their cigarette away with no care in the world of who is around them.
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QUOTE of the day: A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others. – Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
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