Employees of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation in Nimba County have threatened a go-slow action in demand of salary arrears owed them by the management.According to a Labor Sector Report presented at the COCOPA Rubber Unity Development Steering Committee Forum in Sanniquellie recently, the corporation has not paid the employees for the past four months. The report is being quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA).At the forum, Nimba County Labor Coordinator Itoka Quoi, is quoted as saying that the situation at the plantation has claimed the attention of his office, describing it as a looming crisis between the management and employees.Quoi stressed the need for the employees and management to reach a common ground to avoid confusion in the county’s labor sector.At the same time, Nimba County Representative Larry P. Younquoi, in a recent interview with reporters attributed the delay in paying the employees to the lack of subsidy to the company.The Lawmaker noted that the company was facing economic crisis, and promised to prevail on government to speedily intervene to prevent labor unrest in the area.Meanwhile, the President of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation Workers’ Union, Sarpah B. Mahn, has disclosed that the company has also failed to provide the employees with rental, health liability and food supplies for over 19 months.All efforts to get a representative of the COCOPA management to comment on the issue proved futile.One of the senior staffers at the company Monrovia, on condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the COCOPA situation would soon come to pass, since the management was seeking for financial assistance from foreign-based partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For those who can’t go on actual archaeological digs you can now digitally excavate artifacts. When cities dig into the bowels of the Earth to lay new subway tracks, it’s impossible to predict what kind of ephemera will surface in the bulldozers’ wake. The new Metro line in Amsterdam, Holland, begun in the early 2000s, runs along the Amstel River, and endless gallons of water had to be drained and diverted to make room for the new tracks. A trove of items, everything from pottery to books to stamps, retrieved from the site now form a collection known as “Below The Surface”.A brief documentary about the process of digging up the objects, and the collection itself, is presented on the Below the Surface website.Photo by Harold Strak/ Site Monuments and ArcheologySome of the objects are ordinary and not relics of a bygone age: a broken plate, for example; a car’s license plate; a miniature statue of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But other items are extraordinary, such as a pipe cover that has a portrait of Dutch Naval Lieutenant Jan Carel Josephus van Speijk.A 16th century hunter’s belt found by the archaeologists bears the inscription, “I am a hunter and now have what delights me.”Photo by Harold Strak / Monuments and Archaeology / City of AmsterdamThere are hair combs, pots of paints, inkwells, buttons, anchors, and pieces of pottery that have been carefully glued back together. In total, the collection has more than 700,000 items. It took nine years, beginning in 2003, for the metro line to be excavated. Rather than take the items found to landfill, government officials made the wise decision to turn the everyday objects into art.Related Video:This is Colossal explains that it was a joint project between the Department of Archaeology; Monuments & Archaeology, and the City of Amsterdam. The interactive website, Below the Surface, offers detailed insights into how the project began and then unfolded and why archaeologists felt it was a powerful opportunity to explore the city’s history.Photo by Harold Strak / Monuments and Archaeology / City of AmsterdamThe goal was to provide the public with context of how the Amstel River fit into the city’s past and to show those interested how to digitally excavate artifacts. It was once a key artery into Amsterdam’s center that accessed a trading port about 800 years ago.It was a rare chance for scientists and researchers to find physical evidence – and preserve it – that revealed clues about the people who lived in the city over the years and, specifically, those who made their living along the Amstel.On the website’s introductory page, it is noted that the project along the Amstel was unique in several ways. “Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites,” it begins.Photo by Harold Strak / Monuments and Archaeology / City of Amsterdam“It is not often that a riverbed let alone one in a major city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined…Damrak and Rokin (the spots of excavation) proved to be extraordinarily rich on account of the waste that had been dumped in the river for centuries and the objects accidentally lost in the water.”“The enormous quantity, great variety and everyday nature of these material remains make them sources of urban history.” It continues, “every find is a frozen moment in time.”Photo by Harold Strak / Monuments and Archaeology / City of AmsterdamThe building of the Metro line was first considered by the government in the 1960s, but another route was prioritized instead. Furthermore, excavation techniques needed to cope with the soft clay and sand that comprise the soil along the route made the engineering challenge extraordinarily difficult. It took years for those techniques to be developed to the point at which they could be used safely to bore through the materials along the riverbed.Photo by Harold Strak / Monuments and Archaeology / City of AmsterdamNow, the Amstel line and the unique, tremendously varied artifacts the collection offers the public, means it isn’t just moving Dutch folk to and from a destination. Along the way, it teaches them about their history – as a city, a people, and a nation and it teaches people how to digitally excavate artifacts. Fittingly, many of the objects are mounted and on display at the new Rokin line, which opened in July, 2018.Read another story from us: Mudlark Discovers Giant Mammoth Tooth on the Banks of River ThamesThe collection is the best possible outcome, and it is evidence of what can be achieved when commerce, transportation, art, and culture work together toward a common goal.