– Advertisement – (Left) Edmundo Garcia, Managing Director, Firestone Plantations Company Liberia For Selling Hevea Wood, Furniture; Growing Coffee, Cocoa(PICTURES IN CHATROOM)Firestone Liberia, the oldest and largest rubber plantation company in the country, has been criticized by members of the House of Representatives for being in blatant violations of the 92-year-old Concession Agreement, by selling hevea rubber wood, furniture and growing coffee and cocoa.The Lawmakers said the venturing of Bridge Firestone Liberia into selling hevea rubber woods and furniture and growing coffee and cocoa does not only make them to be in violation but is undermining Liberians who engage in similar businesses and the Liberianization Policy.Members of the House of Representatives made the statement yesterday – Thursday, June 28, during the 41st day sitting when the Management of Firestone Liberia appeared to address itself to the observations and findings by the House’s Joint Committee on Agriculture and Labor as well as Lawmakers from Margibi and Montserrado Counties.The Plenary of the House of Representatives recently endorsed the report submitted by its Joint committee on Agriculture and Labor, recommending that Firestone Liberia be invited to answer to some inquiries as it relates to her operation in the country, of bad labor practice, including underpaying of workers, no overtime for workers and poor living conditions of workers.The Joint Committee also accused the Management of Firestone of lack of electricity, sanitary latrines and deplorable housing conditions.In response, the Managing Director of Bridge Firestone, Mr. Edmundo Garcia admitted producing rubber wood and selling furniture, but said they were “trials” to encourage Liberians to engage in rubber wood furniture. He also admitted that the management is involved in growing cocoa and coffee, but was also a trial and part of the amended documents of Firestone which is before the Legislature to engage in crop diversity.“If the amendment is not passed by the Legislature, we will stop it,” Mr. Garcia said.He however rejected allegations of bad labor practices and providing poor living conditions to employees of the company.Garcia described most of the issues raised in the report of the House committee on Agriculture and Labor as inaccurate and a misunderstanding of the facts.The committee on Agriculture accused the company of bad labor practices, poor living conditions, over-time, lack of safe drinking water and electricity, among others.Responding to the concerns, Mr. Garcia said the company is paying employees at between US$8.30 and US$12.82 per day, excluding over-time and is providing safe drinking water.He said the employees, as per the Collective Bargain Agreement, are tapping 548 to 648 trees per day, contrary to the committee report of 750 to 1,000 per day.On the issue of electricity, the MD of Firestone insisted that the company was providing electricity to the workers but admitted their inability to supply all camps on the plantation as the company generator is producing four megawatts.He admitted having employees as contractors for periods ranging between one to four years, but has started employing some of them and is working to employ the others.Following the explanation of the managing director of the Firestone Plantations Company, the plenary voted to present copy of the report to the management for a comprehensive response within two weeks and also mandated the Management of Firestone to improve on issues where they have gone wrong.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…but Teixeira fears Speaker will bury PPP proposalThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is worried that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, will subvert a motion by the political Opposition, to among other things, reduce the rate of the Value Added Tax from 14 to 12 per cent.The warning bell was sounded by the Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was addressing members of the local business community at the Guyana Business Summit.Teixeira, who was at the time delivering an address on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, said while the PPP has already delivered its motion to the Clerk of the National Assembly, the members were not too optimistic.She indicated that most of the 124 measures outlined as concerns by the business sector were in fact included in the motion sent to Parliament on Monday last – two days before the opening of the Business Summit.Teixeira warned however that given the track record of the Speaker and Government in the National Assembly, the Opposition was not confident that the motion would even be heard this year.She told the business community that the next sitting of the National Assembly should be Private Members Day, often referred to as the ‘Opposition Day’.According to Teixeira, should the Opposition business not be given priority at the next sitting, then it is very likely that the demands of the Opposition would not be heard until sometime next year.Finance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to present to the National Assembly the Budget for 2018.Teixeira was among the Opposition presenters to the Business Summit to highlight the machinations on the part of the PPP in order to bring some measure of relief to the Private Sector and by extension the average Guyanese.The Finance Minister on Monday last announced that there would be no new taxes in Budget 2018, but the Opposition members contended that the 200 new taxes alone that were imposed in the last budget were currently costing Guyanese $10 billion in disposable income.According to a draft copy of the motion seen by Guyana Times, there has been a marked effect on the business community, “there is a marked reduction in the overall demand for goods and services”.The motion attributed this marked reduction to the reduced disposable income, “dwindling sugar and forestry sectors that employ in excess of 40,000 persons directly, the downsizing of many businesses and reduction in investment in agriculture”.
Emery said Alpha Kappa Alpha boasts a membership of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. “The goal of the debutante cotillion is to help young ladies in our community develop strong values, leadership skills, and encourage high scholastic achievement and social graces so that they will become productive citizens in the future,” Emery said. “We hope that these young ladies would reflect 30 years from now and feel that being a debutante was one of the fondest memories of their coming into adulthood.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER About 30 members of local sorority Chi Kappa Omega participated in Saturday’s Mother and Daughter Appreciation Tea at the California Teacher’s Association office. The event was part of debutante season, which concludes with a black-tie cotillion gala at 6p.m. March24 at the John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Chi Kappa Omega is a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a group geared toward college-oriented women that promotes leadership and encourages public service, said Katrina Emery, president of the local chapter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award four times, hit 26 goals in 52 matches for Real Madrid.After being prsented with his latest prize in Barcelona, Messi said: “The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started. I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.“I enjoy the work, the effort, I’m at the best team in the world and play with the best team-mates in the world, so everything is easier.”The ceremony was attended by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as fellow players like Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto.Messi also discussed Monday’s Champions League draw, which pitted Barca against Lyon in the round of 16.“Lyon will be a complicated opponent,” Messi said. “Even if they are not known as one of the strongest teams, they are dangerous as they showed against Manchester City, one of the best teams in the world.“It will be difficult to go through, but the opportunity is there for us. We have several Frenchmen in the team like Samuel Umtiti and Malcom, who played in France, so perhaps they can help as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi hit 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona last season © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 18 – Lionel Messi collected a record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for finishing last season as the top goalscorer in Europe.The striker scored 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Mauro Icardi 1 Arsenal are ready to bid £30m for Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday about the Gunners’ interest in the striker, who was the top scorer in Serie A last season.Arsenal have reportedly watched the Argentina international several times this year and scouts have been impressed by what they’ve seen.That, according to Corriere dello Sport, has led Arsene Wenger to ready a £30m bid for Icardi when the transfer window opens in January.Doubts remain over when striker Danny Welbeck will return and as a result Wenger is said to be eager to bolster his forward line.Inter are reluctant to part with their star man but it is thought an offer of £30m would be enough to tempt them into selling the 22-year-old.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNo, you don’t need to win the genetic lottery to play in the majors. But for the little guy, and even the not-so little guy, to really make it, using highly dangerous drugs was all but required. Naturally, the revelations of the Mitchell Report have sparked outrage among the American public, which is rightfully fed up about the nation’s pastime being tainted by cheating. And there is no shortage of people to blame – the athletes themselves, unscrupulous owners who effectively encouraged the abuse, the union that protected it, the commissioner of baseball, even the federal government, which seemed impotent to stop it. But let’s not forget that we, too – all of us – share in the culpability for this scandal. “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” hasn’t only been Major League Baseball’s policy toward steroid use. It’s been the American public’s, too. Baseball is the quintessential American sport, an athletic representation of the nation at its best. It’s a sport that celebrates teamwork as well as individual accomplishment. It honors tradition and lore. And, making it especially American, it’s uniquely meritocratic among the sports. Unlike football or basketball, where players need to win the genetic lottery just to compete on the field of play at the professional level, baseball is the game where the little guy has a chance. Or at least did. But now the Mitchell Report confirms what everyone knew all along. In baseball, size matters, a lot. As many as half of the players in recent years have been using steroids or human growth hormone to speed up their throws and put more power into their bats. Nothing in the Mitchell Report is new – not even most of the names. The rumors and the evidence have been around a long, long time. Players who were so-so in their 20s suddenly defied the laws of human biology to become Hall of Famers in their 30s. Their physiques ballooned before our very eyes. We guffawed. We joked. But we tolerated. We enabled. Like Major League Baseball and all those it employs, we were having too much fun watching records crumble one after another to answer the hard questions. We came to expect cheating, and so we made our peace with it. If baseball is a reflection of America at its best, it’s also a reflection of America at its worst – a society that can too often value fame, wealth and success over literally everything else. Make an honest, humble living and you’re a schlub. Make a dishonest living as an athlete using steroids, and you’re a celebrity, a hero to millions, fabulously wealthy. For a struggling athlete, who can be a millionaire with steroids or a stockboy without them, the choice is obvious. Ditto for the merely good-enough pro who can get a shot at records-book immortality with the help of modern medicine. We’ve got it all backward. Even now, the names in the news belong to those who cheated, who chose glory over honor. Perhaps when the hoopla has died down, we need another Mitchell Report, one celebrating all the players who sacrificed to do the right thing. These are the real heroes, the real role models – ambassadors of the quintessentially American sport when it really does represent America at its best.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AN award-winning Co Donegal hotel has been ordered to pay a six year old boy €3,500 for a bout of Gastroentritis he suffered after eating at the hotel.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told the boy suffered a 24 hour bout of the condition but has made a full recovery.He had been at Harvey’s Point Hotel with his parents in 2008 when he suffered the food poisoning illness. “The boy is now six but was 18 months old when this happened in 2008,” said counsel for the child Gareth Kinsella.“It was a 24-hour virus and the boy has no recollection of the incident now.”Mr Kinsella told Judge John O’Hagan that neither the boy nor his parents could be in court today as they were ill.But the boy’s grandmother was in court to represent them.Judge O’Hagan said he was sure the illness was ‘dreadful’ at the time and agreed the award and said it would be a good “nest egg” for the boy.DONEGAL HOTEL ORDERED TO PAY €3,500 FOR CHILD FOOD POISONING CASE was last modified: January 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:500 FOR CHILD FOOD POISONING CASEDONEGAL HOTEL ORDERED TO PAY €3harvey’s point
Latest Scottish football news on talkSPORT.com scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 1 The Scottish champions’ first leg against the Norwegian club is set for July 25 at Celtic Park, before an away trip on September 1.And the winners will face AEK in the next round, following Monday’s draw.Brendan Rodgers’ side coasted past Armenian outfit Alashkert 6-0 on aggregate in their first qualifier, as they look to progress through to the lucrative Champions League group stages.Should Celtic move into the next round of qualifying, the matches will take place on August 7/8, with the first leg provisionally set for Glasgow, and the second leg to be played on August 14.MORE: Champions League third qualifying draw IN FULL Celtic will face Greek side AEK Athens in the next round of Champions League qualification should they make it past second-round opponents Rosenborg.
DONEGAL’S ‘No’ vote in the Children’s Referendum is certainly grabbing national attention!The two constituencies roundly rejected the proposed amendment to the Constitution.And on the Frontline programme on RTE1 tonight, it became the subject of debate. Presenter Pat Kenny wanted to know why Donegal “always votes no.”“Donegal normally gets it right,” said one Donegal man on the programme.Ryan Stewart, a VRT campaigner, said he voted ‘Yes’ in the referendum.But another campaigner John McLaughlin: “The Government ignores Donegal; that’s why we vote No.” Student boss John Logue, also from Donegal, said he voted for the amendment, while Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue said there were “genuine issues raised during the campaign.” DONEGAL’S ‘NO’ VOTE TOPS DISCUSSION ON THE FRONTLINE was last modified: November 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL’S ‘NO’ VOTE TOPS DISCUSSION ON THE FRONTLINE
It is an event only established some 2 years ago the thinking back then being a women’s only 5k running for a particular charity linked to and supported by Donegal Co Co and traditionally launched by the Lord Mayor incumbent who is of course on this occasion Frank Mc Brearty.This year the charity is Breast Cancer Care ,the venue Finn Valley Centre Stranorlar, the start time 11am this Sunday. Some 300/ 400 are expected many having already pre registered at email@example.com alternatively enter on the day before 10-30 at the Athletic Club . DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K IN TWIN TOWNS THIS SUNDAY was last modified: April 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K IN TWIN TOWNS THIS SUNDAY