‘Firestone Liberia Committed to Upholding Rule of Law’

first_imgCompany responds to “inflammatory media reports”The management of Firestone Liberia Inc. (Firestone Liberia) says it is deeply concerned about “recent false and inflammatory media reports” regarding the company’s Liberian leadership and labor practices.In a statement released Thursday, January 31, 2019, Firestone Liberia said “remarks implying that the company’s Liberian managers are responsible for unspecified ‘bad labor practices’ illustrate a very misinformed perspective of Firestone Liberia’s management team, and our managers’ ongoing efforts to maintain the job security and improve the general welfare of our more than 6,000 employees plus their dependents.”Firestone Liberia, the country’s largest private employer and partner to Liberia for 93 years, employs approximately six thousand (6,000) direct employees, of which more than 99.7 percent are Liberian citizens, the statement said. “The management of Firestone Liberia, and its parent company, Bridgestone Americas, hold its Liberian leadership in the highest regard, and have the utmost confidence in their abilities and competency to perform their duties. Firestone Liberia is very proud of its practice of hiring and promoting Liberians up to the highest levels of leadership, where they sit at the table with other company executives and parent company management to shape the company and help lead its direction.”Also, regarding ongoing media reports concerning certain employees who were alleged to have been unfairly dismissed from the company, Firestone Liberia asserts that the company is operating fully within the laws of Liberia, including the country’s Decent Work Act and with great sensitivity to the rights of all its employees.“Despite the company’s significant efforts to find an acceptable solution and compromise to the situation where the employees in question refused to show up for work, a resolution could not be found, and they were terminated, per company policy, for abandoning their jobs,” the company said.The management of Firestone Liberia says it “does not reach decisions such as the termination of employees without considerable thought.” Throughout the decision-making process, management said it informed the employees in question, their union representatives and the Ministry of Labour, that their continued absenteeism would constitute the abandonment of their jobs, and subject them to dismissal as provided by law.“Instead of heeding these warnings,” Firestone Liberia explained, “these two employees refused to return to work, thereby choosing to abandon their jobs while other similarly situated employees returned to work and were granted requested excused time off to perform their union related activities. The return of these two dismissed employees to the employ of Firestone Liberia would be unfair to all others who have faithfully reported for work and is thus not an option being considered by management, and this position has been clearly communicated.”The management of Firestone Liberia says it remains committed to upholding the rule of law, to fair dealing with all employees, and to working in partnership with the government and people of Liberia to enhance the employment sector in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks’ controversial OT game winner has hockey world chirping

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOnce again this postseason, it seems everyone is angry except for the Sharks and their fans after their 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.In the Vegas series, it was the penalty that led to four Game 7 power play goals. Against Colorado, it was a challenged offside call that negated a key Game 7 goal. This time, it appears the officials missed a handpass …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 27, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much happening over the next few days, and that is fine by most of us We stay cold, but will start to see some temperature moderation today. Most of the state should get to above freezing levels this afternoon. We do have another cold push for next week coming, and will have more on that in a bit.  There may be few flurries this morning north of US 6, and again tomorrow late near the Ohio River in far south central Ohio, but in general, we are precipitation free over a majority of the state now through Sunday midday. One exception will be scattered light snow showers that trek through central and southeastern parts of the state Saturday morning into early afternoon. This action will be limited in coverage to maybe 40% of the state — enough to keep us from calling the pattern fully dry, but also not a big problem either.We are tweaking the forecast a bit for Sunday afternoon and evening. WE do see a quick moving batch of light snow coming into the state of that period and lasting through the overnight. By next Monday morning we have all precipitation off to the east. WE can see a coating to an inch or two of snow from that event, with coverage at 80% of the state.Dry and cold weather is back for next week. Our coldest temps are in for Monday and Tuesday behind that late weekend snow threat. We will see single digit lows and highs in the teens to low twenties for that period. The map at right is an updated look at temperatures around Tuesday midday, compared to normal. In that cold air push, we also cant rule out some lake effect snows scattered about north central and northeast Ohio, but snow totals will be relatively light. We keep a dry pattern through next Thursday over the remainder of the state.Next Thursday night into Friday morning minor snows move over the state again, but they stay mostly over central and southern Ohio. We are looking at a coating to an inch from US 30 southward, and only clouds farther north.We start the extended 11-16 day period with dry weather for the finish of next week and for the weekend. Then we still see a good threat of moderate to heavy rains for the 11th-13th. Two waves bring a total potential of 1-4” of rain with 100% coverage.Overall, this is not a bad forecast. The liquid equivalent of the snow threats later this weekend and next week will be limited to no more than .25” combined…which would be below normal for this time of year. Temps stay chilly, with the coldest air of this cycle early next week, but we still look for significant warming for the rains that start around the 11th.last_img read more

Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight

first_imgNBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with Thunder Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao yielded his WBO welterweight title to Horn, who came away with a highly-disputed unanimous decision win.Last week, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has also said he’s going to talk to Pacquiao about possibly calling it quits after failing to stop Horn.However, there is likely a rematch between the two.RELATED VIDEORoach on Pacquiao: Being both fighter and senator ‘might be a little too much’4.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Manny Pacquiao. AFP PHOTO/John GURZINSKIManny Pacquiao doesn’t seem to be leaning toward hanging up his gloves any time soon.Pacquiao’s comments came on the heels of talks about his possible retirement following a shocking loss to unheralded Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: ‘Nothing surprises me now,’ says Pacquiao on WBO fight reviewIn a Facebook post, Pacquiao said the only time he’d consider walking away from boxing is when his passion flames out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao wrote.READ: Marquez ‘surprised’ Pacquiao failed to stop Horn last_img read more

Three Things We Learned from South Alabama

first_imgOklahoma State took care of business on Friday night in Mobile. This game was never really in question, despite a slower start and some sloppy moments on offense. Mason Rudolph made history and OSU’s defense pitched a near shutout.If you’re asking yourself what can actually be learned from blowing out a Sun Belt team? More than you think. Let’s get into it.This defense might be better than we thoughtThis is South Alabama, a Sun Belt school who’s only had an FBS program going on six years. But it’s also a team that went to Oxford and score 27 points on Ole Miss. If it wasn’t for a garbage-time TD from backup tight end Maaseiah Francis, OSU would have pitched that program its first ever shutout.The Cowboys’ front seven was dominant all night, not allowing a single first down until nearly halfway through the second quarter. After a ho-hum first-week showing, several defensive linemen made highlight-worthy plays. South Alabama doesn’t boast the talent level or experience at OL that Tulsa does but there was a tenacity and aggression displayed that was missing from the season opener.What will we see in Week 3? Pittsburgh will provide the biggest test so far with a run-first offense and a transfer quarterback in Max Browne who has struggled early but still has an arm and several weapons.Mason Rudolph needs to stay healthyThis was already a given but over the first two weeks of the season we’ve seen QBs 2 and 3 enter the game for significant stretches and the results have been less than impressive. A 1-for-2 performance for five yards a sack from Taylor Cornelius against Tulsa was followed up by a 1-for-3, 7-yard showing from redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee. Wudtee did show off his wheels with three keepers for 29 yards on the ground including an 18-yard scamper.Do we trust anyone other than Rudolph to not to sustain anywhere near the same success? They are small sample sizes but neither has jumped out a wowed.The good news is that OSU’s new all-time leading passer has been sacked just once through two games. It’s an encouraging development from both QB1 and his offensive line. Yes, I know the level of competition isn’t elite but that same O-Line allowed seven sacks to Southeastern Louisiana and Central Michigan combined in the Weeks 1 and 2 last year.Let’s just cut down on Rudolph’s human-torpedo bit — especially in garbage time against a Sun Belt team.The running game has not quite arrivedAfter an impressive showing against Tulsa, the Cowboys rushing attack started pretty flat and inconsistent against South Alabama. It’s clear that the Jags put an emphasis on limiting that ground game but if you’re the No. 11 team in the country, you should be able to impose your will on South Alabama.As Adam Lunt also pointed out, there was plenty of blame to go around in the first half. Justice Hill didn’t hit the holes with the dynamic pace and fervor we’re used to seeing from him and King made a couple of misreads. We can chalk that up to a true frosh playing in his second game. King still had to most impressive outing and should just get better.But, as Phillip Slavin pointed out, the Cowboys did get it going late and ended with 163 rushing yards on a 4.4-yard average. Two years ago, Mike Gundy would have taken that against any team.ConclusionThe Cowboys are much more talented than either team they have faced. There’s probably a pretty significant talent gap between OSU and Pittsburgh as well. I still want to see what OSU looks like against a team that can go toe-to-toe with them. We might see that against TCU. We might not see it until West Virginia or OU. How they face that challenge makes the difference in another 9-10 win season and an historic one.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more