Contract workers of the Beaches & Waterways Project in New Kru Town have said that they are able to care for their families with the meager salaries they earn from the project.Interviews conducted at the conclusion of the disbursement of four months of arrears at the First International Bank branch on Bushrod Island in Monrovia last week revealed that through the project they are able to provide life’s basic necessities for their families.The contractors said despite the tension in the wake of the Christmas season, the FiBank on Bushrod Island understood their anxieties and worked with them to get their arrears, even after the festive season. “I have been with the project for the last three years,” said an older woman, who identified herself as Anita Doe, “I am able to find food and do a little selling for myself.”Another female worker and a widow, identified only as Ms. Togba, said she is a grandmother of five children. “It is through this work that I care for them and myself.”Many of the young women workers said they are single parents who don’t have any financial support other than what they earn from working with the Beaches & Waterways Project. A majority of the young workers are students, some at various universities, including the University of Liberia.The project now has a total number of 1,701, from a previous total of 1,900. The Borough of New Kru Town has 550 workers, according to Senior Monitor for New Kru Town and Chairman of the Project, Android Young Jr.Young said there are 435 workers from West Point, 335 from ELWA and 381 from Mamba Point.He said the project has made positive impact on the lives of the workers and they are grateful to President Sirleaf, through Mr. Binyah Kesselly (Commissioner, Liberia Maritime Authority), for initiating the project to reclaim Monrovia’s beaches that were polluted with human waste. Young told the Daily Observer in an interview at the Beaches and Waterways Project that the project could not have come at a better time, and expressed the workers’ appreciation to President Sirleaf, Commissioner Binyah Kesselly and former project manager Cecelia Cuffy-Brown for the initiative, and how it has been handled.Commissioner Kesselly had described the project as “reclaiming our beaches one community at a time.”President Sirleaf declared that she “wants to make Liberia a maritime nation by keeping our beaches clean, healthy and attractive” through the Beaches & Waterways Project. The project now has an annual budget to be managed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.The army of contract workers has helped reclaim Monrovia’s beaches and also reduced a number of preventable diseases in slum communities, residents told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2018 Drake Football CommitmentsLandon Albrightson, DL, 6-3, 235, Woodville, Wis. (Baldwin-Woodville)Alex Birchler, TE, 6-4, 174, Red Bud, Ill., (Red Bud)Declan Carr, LB, 6-0, 205, Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East)Patrick Conlon, OL, 6-6, 270, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Buffalo Grove)Jakobe Davidson, WR, 5-10, 180, Hutto, Texas (Hutto)Marcell Ellis, DB, 5-10, 165, Flossmoor, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor)Jonathan Engle, OL, 6-2, 271, Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins)Ryan Erickson, DL, 6-4, 210, Dunlap, Ill. (Dunlap)Ben Gerdes, DL, 6-3, 200, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls)Matthew Hartlieb, HB, 6-1, 205, Mequon, Wis. (Homestead)Johnny Hill, LB, 6-1, 207, Bondurant, Iowa (Bondurant-Farrar)Jake Hoper, DL, 6-4, 270, South Beloit, Ill. (Hononegah)Azri Jackson, OL, 6-2, 267, Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny)Ander Johnson, LB, 6-2, 225, Leawood, Kan. (Blue Valley North)Andrew Kasten, WR, 5-11, 175, Tequesta, Fla. (Dwyer)Zachary Kincade, DL, 6-2, 223, Wood River, Ill. (East Alton Wood River)Kieran Kohorst, DL, 6-4, 210, Mount Pleasant, Iowa (Mount Pleasant)Justin Lamb, QB, 6-5, 180, Parker, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)Ryan Layton, OL, 6-4, 295, Fort Worth, Texas (Timber Creek)Jack Lehmann, OL, 6-5, 265, Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha South)Braeden McLaughlin, OL, 6-3, 283, Edmond, Okla. (Bishop McGuinness)Noah Mick, RB, 6-0, 190, Elkhorn, Neb. (Millard North)Joseph Mitchell, WR, 6-3, 170, Williamsville, Ill. (Williamsville)Daniel Morales, DB, 5-11, 180, Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)Colin Mott, OL, 6-2, 256, Colonial Heights, Va. (Colonial Heights)Eian O’Brien, WR, 6-1, 176, Des Moines, Iowa (Roosevelt)Jackson Ostroski, OL, 6-1, 243, Bixby, Okla. (Holland Hall)Hunter Wendling, QB, 5-11, 165, Maple Valley, Wash. (Stadium)Cole Williams, DB, 6-1, 170, Bartlesville, Okla. (Bartlesville) DES MOINES, Iowa – After securing a letter of intent during the early signing period in December, the Drake University football team received letter of intent from 28 student-athletes to open the national signing period, fifth-year head coach Rick Fox announced Wednesday. The 29 new Bulldogs will join the team in August. The 2018 commitments join a program that is slated to return 12 all-Pioneer Football selections from the 2017 season in which the team posted a 7-4 record and finished second in the PFL with a 6-2 mark. Print Friendly Version “This is an incredibly exciting day that is a culmination of all kinds of hours of work. I can’t even begin to try to imagine how many hours of work by so many people here at Drake to bring in a great group of student-athletes that represent the kind of young man that we look for at Drake University. These young men want to do something great with their lives and want to be at a great educational environment and be a part of our football program to do great things on the football field,” said Fox. “We added 28 guys today in addition to the one that we signed in December. Three of them are from the local area, Johnny Hill who signed in December from Bondurant and then Azri Jackson from Ankeny High School and Eian O’Brien from Des Moines Roosevelt High School both committed today.” Johnny Hill, a Bondurant, Iowa native who committed in December, is joined by 28 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hailing from 12 states; including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Seventeen of the newcomers are projected as offensive players while 12 are defenders.