News Central African Republic: the difficulties of motorcycle taxis banned from circulating
Barni-Ducati: If Tito Rabat delivers, he will get the best possible material
© Barni Racing Team Tito Rabat wants to win races again after a few mixed years in MotoGP At the Jerez test, WSBK rookie Tito Rabat should have an initial assessment of his position to see what is possible in the Superbike World Championship with the Ducati Panigale V4R of the Barni team. Bad weather prevented the first competition of the year from taking place. But Rabat's goals remain unchanged. The former MotoGP rider is aiming for victories in the Superbike World Championship.
In the Central African Republic, it has been more than a month since motorcycle taxis have been banned for safety reasons, according to the authorities. They suspected some drivers of transporting the rebels who tried to attack Bangui in mid-January. Results for the 38,000 motorcycle taxis in Bangui, everyday life rhymes with hassle and resourcefulness.
With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence Morice
A tin can in hand as a prize pool, Abu Hassan, 20, calls out to the drivers on the outskirts of a hectic crossroads in Bangui to collect some money: “motorcycle taxi, it really became difficult. "
Covid-19: The African Union accelerates in the vaccine race
© ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP The African Union has already secured a total of 670 million doses of vaccine (Illustrative image). As the battle rages on the planet to obtain anti-Covid vaccines, the African Union claims to have secured 400 million additional doses, bringing the number of pre-purchased doses to 670 million. The continent hopes to receive these vaccines as early as April.
Plugging the holes in the tar
To support his family, Abu Hassan had to invent an activity:" I decided to plug the holes in the tar. I found a bucket, some sand, and rented a shovel in my neighborhood. And in return, I ask passers-by for a little something. They give me a little bit of money. Some give 100 francs, 200 francs or better 500 francs. "
Not enough to live with dignity, says his friend Otniel," My motorbike has been confiscated " :" To get by, we do the dirty work. We clear up people's houses, we collect garbage sometimes. All of this is a consequence of the war. "
Driven by necessity, some motorcycle taxis like Jacques have tried to defy the ban on working at their own risk:" My motorbike has been confiscated. I had to negotiate and give a little agent to get it back to me. "
At the headquarters of the Association of motorcycle taxis in the 2nd arrondissement of Bangui, complaints are daily, testifies Jean Kossamake, its president:" Every day, we see calls from these drivers who complain. Really, it's not okay. Besides in the country, everything is expensive now. If you don't work, it's hard. "
Impatience is growing within the profession, especially as everyone here does not know how long this ban will last.
Fewer models, more e-mobility: How ex-Puma boss Jochen Zeitz is now turning Harley Davidson inside out .
Last week, the US motorcycle company Harley-Davidson presented its business plan for the next five years under the leadership of Managing Director Jochen Zeitz. The concept with the name Hardwire is intended to bring the ailing traditional brand back on the road to success. To do this, the company wants to tap into new target groups by developing Harley-Davidson into a lifestyle brand. There should also be changes in the vehicle fleet.