West Point Township Commissioner Miatta H. Flowers has expressed fears over the eventual cholera epidemic the township would face after the abrupt end of the Liberia Maritime Authority Beaches and Waterways Project.In an interview with the Daily Observer Sunday, December 22, Commissioner Flowers said since the project was recently halted there have been a series of reports reaching her office indicating that many residents have reverted to unhygienic practices such as littering and defecating on the West Point beach.“The LMA Beaches and Waterways Project made sure that there was organized security that patrolled the beach every night to ensure that unscrupulous people don’t mess up the beach,” Commissioner Flowers said.She said since the end of the project the beach is no longer protected and with the congestion in the township, the likelihood of a cholera epidemic may not be too far away.“A cholera breakout would cause more suffering, so it is highly necessary for the government to help us before it is too late,” she said.Commissioner Flowers explained, “For the last three years, we have not experienced any threat from cholera, but now my office is worried that if the nearly 550 people now jobless are not returned to their former duties of protecting the beach, we may regress back to where we were before the project.”“I am appealing to the Government of Liberia to reconsider its decision, taking into account the reasons I have raised concerns about, and try to seek funds to continue the project,” she said.She also took time to express appreciation for the LMA Beaches and Waterways Project, which she said ensured that jobless residents in her township were able to help themselves, despite the harsh economy.The LMA recently announced the end of the Beaches and Waterways Project due to financial constraints. The project benefitted nearly 1,985 casual laborers in several slum communities, including West Point, New Kru Town, Popo Beach, and ELWA.At the time of the announcement, the LMA owed three months in arrears, which it settled last Monday.West Point is one of the largest slum communities in Monrovia. Most of its residents use the Mesurado River and the beautiful beach along the Atlantic Ocean to defecate. Residents live in very poor and unhygienic condition, leaving them expose to water-borne disease and malaria.Many of the township’s children play along the beach barefooted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gladbach remained top, ahead of Wolfsburg, who drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig, on goal difference. Both have 16 points from eight games.Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig are all one point behind.Then come four teams on 14 points, including Freiburg, who could have gone top but lost 2-0 at Union Berlin, and Bayer Leverkusen, who could also have taken over first, but lost at Frankfurt on Friday.Schalke have a chance to seize top spot when they visit Hoffenheim on Sunday.In Dortmund, Thorgan Hazard’s first-half strike for the home team against his former club was ruled out by VAR for a tight offside call.Hazard then found a sprinting Marco Reus with a perfect through ball in the 58th minute. Reus slotted home for the only goal of the game.Even though another Dortmund strike was erased by VAR in the 85th minute, the home team finished the game hanging on, adopting a back-five and even a back-six in added time to end a run of three successive draws.“We are very, very happy that our efforts were rewarded with victory today. You could see that the game could have turned in the other direction,” said Reus.Coach Lucien Favre didn’t hide his annoyance with the two tight VAR decisions that went against his side.“That the two goals were not given is not good for football,” lamented the Swiss coach.Dortmund started without 19-year-old attacker Jadon Sancho who was dropped for “disciplinary reasons”.“Jadon is a great kid, but he is still very young,” Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc told German television before kick-off.“The decision was not easy, but there was no other choice. The suspension is only active for today.”German media reported Sancho had returned late from England duty.– Bayern slip up again –Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski drew at Augsburg, one of several contenders to blow their chances © AFP / Christof STACHEReigning champions Bayern, meanwhile, slipped up for the second league match in succession, having lost 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim before the international break.Augsburg grabbed a rapid lead — just as they had in the corresponding fixture last year — when Marco Richter found the net with a sweetly-struck volley just 30 seconds after kick-off, the fastest goal of the season so far.Bayern replied as Robert Lewandowski stretched his scoring streak to eight games in the 14th minute from a Serge Gnabry cross.After a host of missed chances, former Arsenal winger Gnabry then put Bayern 2-1 ahead after 49 minutes.But a strong run in injury time by Sergio Cordova set up Alfred Finnbogason, who finished past Manuel Neuer to earn a point for Augsburg, and put another early dent in Bayern’s title defence.Thomas Mueller missed two chances after coming on as a late substitute after a week of controversy over the fact he has not started a game since September.Timo Werner scored his first goal in five games for Leipzig in a tight tussle against Wolfsburg at the Red Bull Arena.It was not enough. Wolfsburg scored a late equaliser when Dutch striker Wout Weghorst finished a William cross to keep the race at the top close.Wolfsburg are the only unbeaten team in the division.At the Weserstadion, Werder Bremen opened the scoring at home against Hertha Berlin as Josh Sargent’s strike took a deflection on its way into the net in the seventh minute.Dodi Lukebakio hit back in the 70th minute for Hertha to secure a 1-1 draw. He beat three defenders, including Theodor Gebre Selassie twice, in a mazy run from the wing.Union Berlin claimed just the second win of their debut top-flight season by beating Freiburg at a bouncing Stadion an der Alten Foersterei.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dortmund’s players celebrate the offside goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Moenchengladbach in Dortmund, western Germany on October 19, 2019. © AFP / Ina FASSBENDERBerlin, Germany, Oct 19 – Borussia Dortmund beat top-of-the-table Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0 to jump to fourth in the Bundesliga on Saturday, level with Bayern Munich who earlier dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Augsburg.The top of the Bundesliga grew even more congested with the top nine separated by just two points. Of the eight who have played so far this weekend, only Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund have won.