Firestone Operations Threatened over ‘Violations’

first_img– 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)last_img read more

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Ambaka, Matasi lead chase for top SOYA gong

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates the win against Ethiopia during the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – Kenya Sevens star William Ambaka and Harambee Stars keeper Peter Matasi will battle three athletics celebrities for the Sportsmen of the Year accolades during the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (SOYA) gala in Mombasa on Friday.Ambaka and Matasi will be eying to become among the few sportsmen from other disciplines other than athletics to win the coveted during the Soya Gala planned for the iconic Fort Jesus in Mombasa. Some of the other the sportsmen to have won the gong away from athletics are swimmer Jason Dunford (2007) and another Kenya Sevens rugby star Collins Injera (2009).But whether the duo will floor World marathon record –breaking Eliud Kipchoge and compatriots Commonwealth and Africa champions Elijah Manangoi (1,500m) and Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase) is left to be known.Kenya’s William Ambaka races away for a try against Spain on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on 3rd June, 2018. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyAmbaka was Kenya’s top try scorer this season with 31 tries from 155 points in 54 matches, feat that guided Shujaa to break the half-a-century-mark for the first time for 104 points. That saw Shujaa finish eighth in the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series.Ambaka made his first Cap for the Kenya 15 rugby team, the Simbas this season, when he was named in Africa Gold Cup/ World Cup Qualifier squad to face Tunisia and he scored a brace as the Simbas mauled Tunisia 67-0 at RFUEA Grounds.Ambaka also scored two tries despite Kenya Simbas going down 53-28 loss in the Africa Gold Cup decider. He also feature for Kenya Simbas at the other World Cup qualifier at Repechage in France.Matasi kept a clean sheet against Ethiopia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which helped Kenya book their ticket to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years.In the Kenyan Premier League, playing for Posta Rangers before moving to Tusker in mid-season, he kept clean run in 29 matches and saved three penalties.Matasi’s performance attracted the eyes of scouts, signing a three-year deal with Ethiopian top tier side St. Georges.Eliud Kipchoge receives his 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award from president Seb Coe. PHOTO/NN RunningKipchoge, who is the Olympic Marathon champion, started the year strongly with victory at London Marathon in 2 hours, 04 minutes and 17 seconds on April 22, which was the 15th fastest time over the distance, having won at the same course in 2015 in 2:04:42 and 2016 in 2:03:05, missing the world record by eight seconds.Then Kipchoge went for Berlin Marathon victory with a World Record feat of 2:01:39 in September 16 the Germany Capital City. He downed the previous record by one minute and 18 seconds, setting news timeOn his way to the WR and his third Berlin Marathon title, Kipchoge also broke the 30km World Record setting new times of 1:26:45.Despite finishing second at the Kent an trials, Manangoi, the World 1,500m champion, went on to win his maiden Commonwealth Games title in Gold Coast, Australia, clocking 3:34.78 on April 14.Manangoi followed it up with his first African title clocking a Championship Record time of 3:35.20 in Asaba, Nigeria on August 5. Manangoi would end his season in style, winning his maiden World Cup also known as the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech on September 9.The 23-year-old Kipruto has been on a roller-coaster since winning the Olympic 3,000m steeplechase title in Rio in 2016 and World title in 2017 London. Kiprutp won Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast before going for the Africa title in Asaba, Nigeria.Kipruto then retained his Diamond League for his third trophy in style, clocking 8:10.15 while running with one shoe in Zurich on August 30. Kipruto has also won in Rome and Birmingham.Kipruto would finish the season in style, winning his first World Cup (IAAF Continental Cup) in Czech in 8:22.55 on September 8.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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