Cocopa ‘Go Slow’ Turns Violent

first_imgA month long ‘go slow’ at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation on Friday April 1 turned violent after aggrieved workers blocked the main road leading to Saclapea from Ganta, preventing vehicles from plying their regular route.The action forced an ambulance transporting a patient from the Bahn Refugee Camp to Ganta to divert to another route through Karnplay to Ganta.Officers of the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who arrived on the scene tried to disburse the crowd but the situation went out of hand and the police resorted to the use of tear gas. During the confusion, three police officers sustained injuries resulting from stones thrown at them from the crowd.The workers allegedly broke into the main warehouse at the plantation, as well as the only clinic, and looted everything there. When confronted, their spokesman denied that they were involved in the looting. He said they embarked on a peaceful go-slow but when the police arrived and began to use tear gas, the crowd lost it, leading to the looting and disorderly conduct. The Plant’s Operation Manager, Benjamin Saye, and senior staff members of the various departments have since moved to Ganta. Eleven persons, including two women were arrested and brought to Ganta for questioning, but they were later released after Acting Ganta City Mayor Ben Dokpa, upon the instruction of the Supt. Zuagele, stood their bonds. Meanwhile, the situation at the plantation is now calm. Police officers are presently on the plantation to protect other facilities that were not tampered with, the County Police Commander told the Daily Observer.The management is set to pay the workers their arrears today, April 4, as well as recruit a minimum number of workers that it can maintain, Mr. Saye said. The go–slow at the plantation began a month ago, when teachers, nurses and even security officers decided to stop all operations until salary arrears were paid.The workers meanwhile threatened to close the highway linking Ganta and Saclapea if the government failed to address their plight.The management was forced to hire a Community Watch Forum to take control of the facilities until the disturbance was ended.Many of the citizens of Nimba have expressed disappointment in the workers’ action when there was a process already underway to pay them. “Although, we’re in sympathy with the Cocopa workers for the delay in getting their salaries, we’re not in support of taking the law into their own hands,” said an eyewitness at the scene.He added “They were going to get their arrears so they shouldn’t have gone on the rampage.”The recent saga began when the government of Liberia took the plantation from the previous owner, LIBCO due to bad labor practices in 2013.Since then the workers have continued to complain about delays in receiving their wages and monthly rice supply.Recently, the present management, Nimba Rubber Incorporated, issued a distribution of rice to the aggrieved workers to ease the tension while working on the payment of salary arrears which was supposed to start on April 2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FFA Superior Region meets in Chico

first_imgFFA members from all across the Superior Region met in Chico March 16 to celebrate their achievements. Early that morning, FFA members converged at Laxson Auditorium, a large crowd of Blue Corduroy, coming together to recap the events that had occurred that year. New regional officer candidates spoke on stage, and met with the chapter delegates. The California State Officer Team presented their opening theme skit and later awarded the State FFA Degrees to more than 200 recipients. The …last_img read more

49ers Richard Sherman fully expects NFL labor lockout

first_img“I’m going to go out there and cover the guy I’m on and keep … Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman spoke up Thursday as the 49ers’ newly elected player rep and matter-of-factly predicted a 2021 NFL labor lockout.That buzzkill can wait.The 49ers open their season Sunday in Minnesota, and it can’t be understated what it means to also hear Sherman talk about his impending comeback from last year’s Achilles tear.last_img read more

No limit to Lamar Jackson’s greatness, says Michael Vick

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Michael Vick, a man who knows a thing or two about being a dual-threat quarterback, looks at Lamar Jackson and can’t believe NFL scouts didn’t see his greatness.Although the Ravens’ Jackson is on a record-breaking pace while establishing himself as an MVP frontrunner, Vick is still stunned teams weren’t sold on him as a quarterback coming out of Louisville. There was talk among some teams that Jackson would be a …last_img read more

Border Cave opens for visitors

first_img15 January 2004An overnight camp for hikers and archaeology enthusiasts is being built at Border Cave, a Middle Stone Age site in the Lebombo Mountains in northern KwaZulu-Natal with spectacular views over Swaziland.Already in place is an interpretive centre featuring dioramas and models that tell the story of pre-historic human existence at the cave, as well as of archaeological excavations since the 1930s.A self-catering camp consisting of two thatched rondavels (huts), built from locally quarried stone, is due to open in March. One- and two-day hiking routes in the rugged mountain landscape have been mapped out for visitors.The camp will be operated by the local Mngomezulu community, who will also guide visitors to the cave – which overlooks a 500-metre sheer drop into Swaziland – for a modest fee.The first known inhabitants of the “Elephant Coast” took residence in the Border Cave, a large overhang in the remote Ingwavuma district, some 200 000 years ago.Some of the oldest evidence setting human evolution in Africa apart from that of Europe has been found at the Cave, where anatomically modern Homo sapiens remains have been discovered and over a million stone artefacts excavated.Analysis of some of the stone tools has helped scientists to date the introduction of tools crafted into blades and points.In 1942 the Cave yielded the remains of infant, dating back about 100 000 years, buried in a grave with a shell ornament and red stain suggesting that the body had been painted – pointing to a people capable of abstract and symbolic thought who probably communicated in a fairly complex language.If concern with life after death is taken as a sign of religion, then this is also the oldest record of religion on earth.Also discovered in the cave was the Lebombo Bone, the oldest known artefact linked to the basic mathematical activity of counting. Dated to 35 000 BC, the Lebombo Bone is a small piece of baboon fibula which has been carved with 29 notches, resembling the calendar sticks still used by San people in Namibia.Animal bones found at the cave indicate that these prehistoric inhabitants lived on bushpig, warthog, zebra and buffalo.The camp and centre are a project of Amafa/Heritage KwaZulu-Natal, with financial assistance from Tourism KZN.Source: Tourism KZNlast_img read more

SA Airways increases Airbus order

first_imgThis order, combined with the airlines recent lease agreement for six new A330s, will deliver a modern, comfortable, reliable and cost-efficient fleet for South African Airways’ domestic, regional and long-haul services. “It will be a key enabler in South African Airways drive for greater efficiency.” “Because they offer a seamless fit with the other Airbus aircraft types which we operate, the A320s will assist in our efficiency drive and reduce maintenance costs.” 28 May 2010 Operational commonality South African Airways already operates a fleet of 11 A319s, six A340-200s, six A340-300s and nine A340-600s. “The A320 is the most modern and efficient single aisle aircraft available and with continuous improvements we are strengthening the aircraft’s leadership position,” said Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy. South African Airways has ordered five additional Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing an earlier commitment from 15 to 20 of the planes. The aircraft, to be delivered from 2013, will be powered by IAE engines. Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings. “We are delighted that this transaction has the approval of our key stakeholders, the SAA shareholder and board,” SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

R5.5m a record for South African sculpture

first_img13 November 2013History was made at an art auction in Johannesburg on Monday night when Jane Alexander’s Untitled sold for a R5.5-million, setting a new record for a South African sculpture.It was a record for Jane Alexander as well as a record for contemporary art in South Africa.Untitled soared above its pre-sale estimate of R2-3 million at the Strauss & Co evening auction as two buyers bid ferociously against each other until it was finally knocked down at R5.5 million – double the previous record set for a South African sculpture.The piece is the companion work to Alexander’s seminal Butcher Boys, widely considered the most arresting acquisition in the Iziko National Gallery’s collection in Cape Town.Previous recordThe record for a South African sculpture was previously held by Anton van Wouw, whose Bad News sold for R2.2-million in 2010.Alexander’s previous record was also achieved in 2010 for Racework – In The Event of an Earthquake, which sold for just over R1-million. Her West Coast African Angel sold for R682 000 on Monday night.Works by Alexander rarely appear at auction. Stephan Welz, managing director of Strauss & Co said in a statement: “From the moment Untitled came through Strauss & Co’s doors, we knew it was going to generate tremendous interest.”Other highlights of the saleIncluded in Monday night’s “top 10” were two sculptures by Anton van Wouw – Bushman Hunter, which sold for R909 440, and The Scout, which sold for R863 968. Sydney Kumalo’s Horse and Rider sold for R625 000, while Adriaan Hendrik Boshoff’s Summer Fun sold for R568 400.Other highlights included works by Walter Battiss – Atlantic Coast of America II and Watermelon Eater – which sold for R909 440 each.Monday’s sale realised a total of R32-million. South African Art Times reports on other results from the auction:Tretchikoff, Poinsettia: R280 000JH Pierneef, Lanzerac, Stellenbosch: R568 400Bernard Buffet, Bouquet de Pavots: R1.3-millionMarion Burnett, Cape Vulture: R70 000, almost double its estimateIrma Stern, Watussi King: R400 000Rosamund Everard, Barbeton Daisies: R240 000Diederick During, Zulu Maiden with pot: R100 000Robert Hodgins, Bad News General: R320 000Source: Strauss & Co and South African Art Timeslast_img read more

Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly Mailer

first_imgTo DNF or Not To DNF?Geocaching is full of codes and clues to decipher. You can offer other geocachers a clue about a cache before they even begin their search. When you log a DNF (Did Not Find), you’re telling geocachers that the cache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the cache owner know that they may need to check if their cache container is still at the posted coordinates.If you’re a geocacher who logged any of the 8,530,163 DNF’s posted to Geocaching.com so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. So maybe DNF means more than “Did Not Find” — maybe it also means “Doing (the) Next (cacher a) Favor.”Go to the official Geocaching.com Facebook page to discuss your thoughts on logging DNF’s.International Geocaching Day SuccessYou did it! You made International Geocaching Day the biggest day in Geocaching.com history. More than 94,000 geocachers from around the world charged into the wilderness or perhaps walked casually down the sidewalk to find a geocache on August 18. A souvenir for the day could be earned by logging a “Found it” for a physical geocache or an “Attended” on an Event Cache. Thank you to all those cachers who organized the more than 250 events, including 3 Mega-Events, on International Geocaching Day this year.International Geocaching Day is the third Saturday of August each year. Next year it will be commemorated on August 17, 2013Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDNF for the Good of All HumanityMarch 2, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”Turn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”Master the 5 Ways to “Log Your Visit”August 25, 2013In “Maker Madness”last_img read more