The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team won their second game in a row Saturday as they defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-8-1, 0-4-1 Big Ten) 1-0 at home.The Badgers have now won four of their last five games and are tied with last season’s win total of five after only eight games, an impressive feat considering the unanimously low expectations for the squad this year.The Badgers (5-2-1, 3-1-0 Big Ten) scored the first and only goal of the game in the 35th minute. Junior middle forward Mike Catalano had a great run to the goal, cruised past his defender and finally dished it off to sophomore defenseman Sam Brotherton, who finished off the play with an emphatic strike straight to the back of the net. It was Brotherton’s first goal and Catalano’s second assist of the year.Brotherton was recently called up to the New Zealand national team and will play in two international games against Mexico and the United States next week. The breakout sophomore will look to make an impact on the global stage in hopes of eventually playing in the world cup.Following the goal, the game transitioned into a defensive battle, with the Badgers outlasting the aggressive Scarlet Knights. Wisconsin continued their early dominance and played great defense the whole game, captained by Badger goalie Phillip Schilling, who tallied three saves in his third shutout of the season. Behind the strong defensive play, the Badgers also kept offensive pressure on the Rutgers’ defenders and were able to close out the close win.Despite the dominant play of Wisconsin, both teams ended the game with 13 shots. The Badgers finished with seven shots on goal and the Scarlet Knights with only three. Both teams committed 14 fouls, but Wisconsin was called for five offside calls to Rutger’s zero.The Badgers extended their perfect home record this year to four and handed the Scarlet Knights their eighth lost of the year.Men’s soccer: Badgers come from behind to defeat Northwestern 2-1 in OTThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team continued its hot start Wednesday night in Evanston, Illinois after the Badgers bested Northwestern Read…With the win, UW’s record is enough to put it at third place in the Big Ten, tied with second place Michigan State and only one game behind conference leader, Maryland.The last time Wisconsin won the Big Ten was in 1995, en route to the program’s only National Championship. The Badgers proceeded to go on an 18-year drought, winning their second in 2013.Wisconsin continues their impressive start to the season against rival Marquette in Milwaukee on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
People investing thousands of dollars in residential buildings near the Atlantic Beach in Duazon risk losing their properties as a result of rampant sand mining there.Prominent government officials including Senator Albert Chea; National Investment Commission Chairperson, Etmonia David Tarpeh; former Gender and Development Minister, Vabah Gayflor; as well as Liberians living abroad have properties in this area.The area is also home to other not-so-affluent-residents, many of who live in makeshift structures.These residents, according to elder William Cooper, are mainly engaged in sand mining for a living, something he said would affect many of the residential areas in the future.Mr. Cooper said a man identified as ‘Bobby’ is the head of the sand mining activity; a situation he said is uncontrollable as those involved in the act are “hostile and disobedient to authority in the vicinity.”John Nimene, a Liberian living in the United States who is erecting his house in Duazon, complained to this newspaper that the high level of sand mining in the area is threatening his structure.He was visibly emotional when he saw the condition created near his house due to sand mining. He said he has invested huge sums of money in the project with the aim to move to Liberia by next year, but believes that the local residents continue to mine sand in the area despite steps instituted by the government to halt their activities.Nimene expressed fear that a similar activity was being carried out in West Point and New Kru Town, where D. Tweh High School is located. These places are currently under threat from persistent waves from the Atlantic Ocean, which has eroded most of these areas.“My concern is about the erosion. See what’s happening in West Point and near D. Tweh. I was in the area four months ago, and what I observed today was not here. The place has turned to be like Bomi Hills when the concessionaires left without putting into place anydevelopment package. The people here are mining the sand near this beach, and when it continues, the ocean is going to destroy our properties,” Nimene expressed.He also identified Bobby as the head miner who allegedly runs a sand mining group who picks up the mined sand during the dark hours of the morning while people are asleep.To prevent Bobby from continuing his sand mining trade, Nimene said he has constructed concrete pillars to prevent trucks from going down the beach for sand.“Since I have built the pillars you see down there,” Nimene said, “the trucks do not go there any longer, but miners bring the sand up here and the trucks take it to customers in town,” he alleged.However, none of the residents could identify the Bobby.Meanwhile, Nimene called on government to enforce the law on mining sand from the beach to save their properties and the environment from future disaster.When the Daily Observer toured the vicinity, our reporter found stockpiles of mined sand, with residents disclaiming ownership for fear of being arrested.One resident told this newspaper that those involved in the mining come during the night to mine, but he cannot give account of them. An official of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy told the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity on Tuesday that government has ordered mining activities on beaches halted in the country.According to the official, sand miners are restricted to river sand instead of the beach, and people caught in violation of the act will bear the weight of the law.“We are going to inform the police to reach the scene and trace those involved in mining activities there,” the LME official said. Meanwhile, sand mining at beaches has been an occupation for many local residents in Monrovia.It may be recalled that a few years ago the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy regulated that builders use river sand instead of beach sand because mining on the beach was inviting disaster posed by the ocean’s waves.In 2012, beach-slum dwellers near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor were made homeless when their houses were leveled by violent waves from the ocean.Maritime beach workers and some local residents attributed the disaster at the time to sand mining.They contended that because people were mining sand near the ocean, the beach was at the level of the ocean instead of higher, thereby causing the ocean to freely flow towards dry land.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)