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Broken-down Bridge Worries New Johnsonville Residents

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first_imgThe New Johnsonville Bridge with a vehicle crossing the creek bed and worried residents hoping someone or an organization will come to their rescue.A dilapidated bridge servicing more than 2,000 residents and business entities in New Johnsonville in Paynesville is in urgent need of repair.Residents and several business owners in a SOS appeal told the Daily Observer that as the heavy rains arrive, they are worried about the expected difficulties the weather will bring.Private vehicles, commercial motorcyclists and other users plying the damaged and nearly collapsing bridge are constrained to use both sides of the creek bed to transport commuters of the densely populated community.Our reporter who toured the community recently observed many of the residents and business owners’ anxiety (worry) as the small creek begins to overflow.“Each time there is a heavy downpour, residents including the students remain stranded on either side of the creek for several hours,” resident William B. Harris said.One other situation that worries the residents is that most of them fetch drinking water from the nearby swamps and dilapidated hand pumps constructed by aid agencies two decades ago.According to residents, another added menace to their plight is that there are no social services such as schools, clinics and safe drinking water for such a fast growing population in that part of Paynesville.“Our current appeal goes beyond political boundaries,” teacher Emmanuel Dolo said.The chairman of the New Johnsonville Community, Roland Teah, said over the weekend that the first rehabilitation work on the bridge was carried out in 2012 through the collective efforts of residents and well-meaning partners.“I wish to plead with all Liberians at home and abroad to think about their kinsmen and women and help in the rehabilitation of our bridge before the rainy season comes into full swing,” Mr. Teah said.At the same time, Nurse Eva L. Dorwon, 52, said pregnant women and seriously ill persons continue to encounter serious difficulties reaching the nearest clinic at Mount Barclay.“I want to candidly admit to all Liberians everywhere that if nothing is done before the heavy rains come, a looming disaster should be anticipated at New Johnsonville,” Madam Dorwon warned.Community spokesman Jerry S. Stewart reiterated that their appeal is also directed to all leaders of political parties, humanitarian organizations and Liberians for the rehabilitation of the bridge.“I wish to emphatically state that we are making this appeal in the supreme interest of (helping us remain) connected to our business district of Red-Light Market,” said Mr. Stewart.Stewart also explained that the only Liberian government elementary school at Mt. Barclay is overcrowded due to a “sharp increase in student enrolment.”He envisions hardship for the students getting to and from school during heavy downpours.“We actually want for this damaged bridge to be repaired in order to assist our school going children and childbearing mothers from being late to school and hospital,” Mr. Stewart concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coutinho hits hat-trick as Bayern rout Werder Bremen

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first_img0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho walks off with the match ball after his hat-trick against Werder Bremen © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Dec 14 – Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich signalled their return to form with a 6-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.The Barcelona loanee was everywhere for Munich at the Allianz Arena, chalking up two assists in addition to his three goals as Bayern pulled to within four points of leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach. After Bremen’s Milot Rashica opened the scoring in the 24th minute for the visitors, it appeared it could be another long afternoon for the champions, who had lost their previous two games in the Bundesliga.Two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half however turned the game on its head, with Coutinho and Robert Lewandowski both scoring to fire Bayern into a 2-1 lead.Bayern ran riot after the break, adding four more goals – including two more for Coutinho, one more for Lewandowski and a goal for Thomas Mueller. Coutinho’s second, a brilliant chip over keeper Jiri Pavlenka, came right out of the Brazilian trickster’s top drawer.Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued their superb recent form, winning 4-0 away at Mainz to move two points behind Gladbach.Marco Reus scored his first away goal of the season with a stunning volley from the edge of the box, before Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz all scored in the second half.Sancho has now scored in six games in a row for Dortmund, while Schulz’s goal was his first in Dortmund colours.In Berlin, Hertha registered their first win under former German national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, winning 1-0 over a disappointing Freiburg. A goal from Vladimir Darida in the 53rd minute was enough to see Berlin claim the three points.Struggling Cologne picked up a vital three points at home against nine-man Bayer Leverkusen to take them off the bottom of the table. Leverkusen lost Aleksandar Dragovic and Leon Bailey to red cards in a 15-minute period in the second half and were unable to hold on as Cologne won 2-0.Union Berlin’s recent run of victories came to an end following a 1-1 draw against lowly Paderborn. Union, who had won four of their last five before travelling to Paderborn, started well, scoring through Marcus Ingvartsen in the seventh minute, before Paderborn equalised via Kai Proger in the 33rd.RB Leipzig have the chance to go top in Saturday’s late game when they take on Fortuna Duesseldorf. Gladbach are in action away to Wolfsburg on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more