ETU Workers Protest over Benefits

first_imgWorkers of almost all of Liberia’s Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) have staged a major protest in Monrovia, demanding benefits owed them by the Government of Liberia.The workers, predominantly healthcare practitioners, gathered at the seat of the Liberian legislature early Thursday morning to inform lawmakers about their over four month’s unpaid benefits. According to their spokesperson, Alphonso Wieh, remuneration owed the workers include hazard benefits in the amount of US$5,000 each, as well as three months’ salary arrears.The protesting ETU workers included body baggers, maintenance workers and some members of the burial team from several ETUs run by the Liberian government and its partners in Monrovia.Some of them shouted, “During the heat of the Ebola, we took risk by bagging thirty to thirty-five bodies a day. Now that we survived the danger, why can’t we get our hazard benefits?”“We will continue to stage protests to call public attention until our government can address our plight. We worked along with other international colleagues in these various ETUs and all of them have (been paid) risks and other benefits.  What is wrong with ours that we can’t get payments and benefits,” Wieh said.Government has since termed the protest as a “surprise.” Responding to questions about the protest, Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services Robert Kpadeh said: “We find this as news to us and we will verify that information and properly address it. However, government remains committed to ensuring that workers at all levels are paid what is due them, regardless of status.”Meanwhile, the protest continued into some parts of Monrovia for hours, stalling normal vehicle and human traffic.Liberia is among three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola virus.  At one point, Liberia was the epi-center of the disease, losing nearly 5000 lives.  However, significant progress has been made by government, partners and the citizens in eradicating the virus from Liberia while affected Guinea and Sierra Leone are still struggling to contain the outbreak.Liberia has gone a little over 21 days without a new case and health experts believe with this path, the nation is gradually moving towards the 42-day mark stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be declared Ebola free.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Maximizing anhydrous ammonia applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are under the gun right now to reduce production costs for 2017. This has ramifications wide and far-reaching for farm operations and the companies that serve them. One trend that Verdesian Life Sciences is predicting is a potential uptick in anhydrous ammonia use by farmers due to the fact that it’s the lowest-cost nitrogen source. And, as you know, anhydrous continues to be the nitrogen source of choice for many farmers in the Corn Belt.While picking the right chemical to use is one key part of the equation, making you get the full benefit from that chemical is another part. This is where NutriSphere-NH3® comes in. NutriSphere-NH3 from Verdesian is a new product specifically designed to protect nitrogen applied as anhydrous ammonia from being lost through nitrification when applied using the SureFire Ag Systems equipment.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more information from Dr. Darin Lickfeldtlast_img read more

Experts panel to map path to $ 1 trillion economy

first_imgMaharashtra Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday directed his department to set up a committee of experts for guidance to make Maharashtra a $1 trillion economy by 2025.“As a major contribution to the vision set by the Prime Minister to make India a $5 trillion economy, the State has decided to raise its own economy by $1 trillion by 2025, which is 20% of the country’s target. To achieve this goal we require guidance of national and international economists, experts and visionaries and need to listen to their ideas. Therefore a committee of these experts will be formed to achieve the same,” said Mr. Mungantiwar while directing the planning department to initiate steps.Mr. Mungantiwar, while presenting the State Budget had said that an independent platform would be set up to achieve the goal of $1 trillion or ₹70 lakh crore economy. The committee is expected to suggest plans, schemes and measures to achieve the goal.“For Maharashtra to accomplish 20% share of the target of $5 trillion economy, it is important that the State’s present growth rate is nearly doubled,” he said. The Minister added that industrialists, traders and common citizens have been the part of Maharashtra’s growth till now and it is expected that they would play a major part from now on to achieve the target.last_img read more

New Tech Automatically Optimizes Virtual Events for Any Device

first_imgWith responsive design becoming a priority for content publishers now that consumers are increasingly using tablets and other mobile devices for digital access, the service providers that port that content into other formats are also having to adjust on the fly. On24 this week debuted a new technology that allows its webcasting and virtual event services to be automatically optimized for  mobile devices on iOS and Android. Dubbed On24 Move, the service provides an HTML5-based virtual environment for tablets and a more content-focused view for smartphones. The newly expanded mobile services were developed in response to rapidly increasing access to webcasts and virtual events via mobile devices. Mobile access to these types of events grew 300 percent in the last year, says the company, and is expected to double in the next year. The platform automatically detects what device the user has and serves up the appropriate version of the event. The familiar 3D virtual environments that users see on desktop screens, for example, are configured for tablet screens without the need for back-end adjustments by the client or other third-party vendors. “Our virtual environments are now fully supported across the continuum of computing form factors—smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops—further extending the potential reach of an environment,” says On24 CTO and chief product officer Jayesh Sahasi.last_img read more