Ganta exchange continues to climb daily.The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Liberian dollar is rising again, from L$134-6 to US$ 1, in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.The rise of the US$ rate against the Liberian dollar is creating concern among citizens, who recently expressed happiness when the rate dropped below L$120.“Things are getting tough every day and they are not even buying,” said Tantee, a fried plantain seller.“The continuing inflation in the US rate is the chief cause of high prices in both goods and transportation fares,” said a petite trader in Ganta.The streets of Ganta are, however, calm and the movement of goods and services is slow.In most of the stores, the buying rate is around L$136 to US$1, while the selling rate is around L$139 to US$1, which many say the government should find a way to stabilize.“Despite the high rate, we are not even getting the US dollar,” said one Peter, a moneychanger in Ganta.Ganta main business street was seemed very empty during rush hours (4- 6pm)In a similar development, the movement of goods and services at the Ganta border has also slowed down because of what many business people referred to as “too much bureaucracy at the border.”Ganta is one of the busiest commercial cities in Liberia, connecting the country to both Guinea and the Ivory Coast. It is also the meeting point for those traveling to the southeastern parts of Liberia.At present, there is no fixed transportation fare along the Ganta – Monrovia and Ganta – Zwedru highways. The fare was L$500 from Ganta to Monrovia, but it had recently risen to L$800.Ganta to Zwedru is about L$2,500 up from L$2,000 recently.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Spaniard had watched that match from high in the stands as he served out a suspension.But he played down any significance in being closer to the action as Riyad Mahrez scored twice, his first goals for the club, in an emphatic victory which kept them in touch with the Premier League pace-setters.“I don’t play,” said Guardiola, after watching Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan help his team score five or more goals for the 10th time since he took charge before the 2016-17 season.“The managers, we are there to be there when they have little doubts, to support them.“I don’t know what’s going to happen with these guys. It’s the same group, they keep reacting, they are an exceptional group.“But they know when the situation is not good in terms of results, the closer I am to them.“They deserve all my respect. They made me happy the last two seasons, and that’s why, always, I will be with them.”City were 3-0 ahead and cruising at half-time, before Mahrez replaced Aguero on the hour mark and scored twice, his first goals since his move from Leicester in July.The Algerian has only started two Premier League games for the champions and Guardiola admitted he wished he could offer more minutes on the field to both Mahrez and young England hopeful Phil Foden, who also came off the bench in the second half.“It’s good for him to get the first goals,” added Guardiola.“Of course it’s important for him. He came here, he’s an incredibly talented player. He deserves to play more minutes, like Phil Foden.“It’s a pleasure to watch Phil play football and, of course, Riyad as well.“But the season is too long and they have to be ready, prepared, because they are going to play a lot of minutes.”– Slick City –City are now only two points behind leaders Liverpool after emphatically banishing any suggestions their European angst might leak into their domestic form.They toyed with Cardiff for much of a one-sided contest and if they had doubled their scoreline then the Bluebirds, who dropped into the relegation zone, could have had few complaints.“After a not good result in midweek, we responded with the same level we had for the last 12 or 13 months,” Guardiola said.“The first 20-25 minutes is always complicated, not easy, but after one or two goals immediately it was easier.”For Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, the defeat means they are still seeking their first victory of the campaign.They also lost full-back Lee Peltier with a dislocated shoulder, which Warnock expects will keep the defender out for a number of months.Warnock acknowledged the divide in class between the teams and added: “It was a long afternoon. We are finding it difficult at the moment against the top clubs.“But, like I have said before, it’s not going to define our season.“It will knock our chins to the floor for a bit, but the lads have got to get over this and get on with next week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team-mates after scoring his second goal © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Pep Guardiola insisted it was his players who deserved the spotlight after the Manchester City manager returned to the dug-out to inspire a 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff on Saturday.Guardiola was back on the touchline in the Welsh capital and the champions were back in the old routine after their shock midweek defeat at home by Lyon in the Champions League.