Firestone: “Headcount reductions will accordingly take place throughout the company’s operations, and include retirements, the discontinuation of certain work contracts, and redundancies.”Two persons who sustained multiple injuries, as a result of acid that was wasted on their chest and neck by the Task Force commander of the Plant Protection Department (PPD) in September 2013, won a US$2 million damages case against the company last Saturday.The PPD is Firestone-Liberia’s private security apparatus.The ruling was brought down by Judge Mardea T. Chenoweth of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, in Kakata, Margibi County. The incident took place in September 2013.Lawyers representing Emmanuel Kollie and George Grigsby instituted an action of “Damages for Wrongful Injuries,” against the Management of Firestone-Liberia, claiming an amount of US$2 million, of which US$750,000 will be awarded to Kollie as general damages.The lawyers further claimed that US$750,000 should be given to Grisby to help him attend to specialized surgery outside of the country.Furthered in their complaint, the lawyers prayed the court to hold liable to pay not less than US$500,000 to their clients as punitive and or exemplary damages.They argued that the US$500,000 is for the suffering, pain, mental anguish of the deliberate and intentional act of cruelty meted against them.However, Firestone-Liberia’s legal counsel, the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, admitted that though acid was wasted on the complainants, the amount of damages was more than the injuries sustained.They also asked the court to dismiss the case.Surprisingly, at last Saturday’s ruling, Judge Mardea T. Chenoweth was publicly heard saying, “relying on the law regarding general and punitive damages, this court has no alternative but to adjudge Firestone’s management liable.”Judge Chenoweth further ruled that “Firestone-Liberia is also adjudged to pay to the victims US$1.5 million representing the aggregate of general damages for such a heinous act, and US$500,000 as punitive damages.”Giving more details about the court’s decision, Judge Chenoweth emphasized that “this court [is] taking recourse to the records; specifically the testimony of Dr. Anthony Quayee’s description of the degree of injuries they sustained. It means that they met the requirements under the law of general and punitive damages.”Dr. Quayee, who treated the complainants, also testified during the case.The judge further ruled that the testimonies of Firestone‘s witnesses suggest that they did the act out of malice,” hence punitive damages is appropriate to prevent an arbitrary and unlawful act,” she added.According to her, if complainants had committed theft and had been arrested, they should have been accorded due process and not have had acid wasted on them.The case emerged when the victims’ lawyers filed a nine-count complaint alleging that they were arrested on September 28, 2013, by officers of the Plant Protection Department (PPD) of the management of Firestone-Liberia.Following their arrest, the Task Force Commander of the PPD, Tamba S. Nathaniel, wasted acid on them, and that some bystander, including Nathaniel himself, realizing the pains they were going through, got assistance by using oil and cassava leaves to reduce their pains.They further alleged that the Task Force commander was an agent of the management of Firestone and as such, the management should be held liable (guilty). Therefore, they prayed the court for judgment of US$2million representing general and punitive damages.In response, Firestone lawyers filed a 26 count response, admitting that acid was wasted on the men, but it was they who provided cassava leaf to reduce the pains.They further argued that thieves in the Division 17 area have wasted acid on some of their officers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has adopted and published a professional ethics and code of conduct policy to guide the behaviors of its staff at every level in the execution of their daily functions.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba stated in a press release that in a bid to achieve the mission and vision of building an efficient and effective revenue administration service consistent with regional and international revenue administration standards, each staff of the LRA must be accountable for adhering to the adopted values and ethical principles, the Revenue Code of Liberia and the Act creating the LRA.The Commissioner General in her introductory message in the Code said it is the responsibility of each staff to read, fully understand, adhere to and sign the Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct, which shall serve as a reference and guidance for their actions.The professional ethics and code of conduct among other things require employees to display honesty, fairness, loyalty and impartiality in the discharge of their duties, avoiding every form of temptation and collusion at the detriment of the state and taxpayers.Employees are compelled to be law abiding, careful with public assets, behave ethically and discharge their duties and responsibilities efficiently as required by the LRA Act as well as other laws, including the Revenue Code of Liberia.The nearly 30-page booklet explains the role and responsibilities of the Authority to its staff and the public and the role of the staff to the Authority and the public, while it also guides employees in executing their functions as it relates to treatment of colleagues, stakeholders, taxpayers, suppliers and the general public professionally.It is a key document upon which the public is expected to measure the staff including the management of the LRA, according to the release. The LRA says a copy of the document can be found on its website, www.lra.gov.lr. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Riders were last ripping around the track July 7 when they were in Worsley. Among the winners at that event were Connor Capelle and Reed MerrickAfter this weekend’s races, riders will move onto Chetwynd for a weekend of races, August 24 and 25.- Advertisement –
But those grim statistics didn’t arrive until the 1980s, when divorce became more common and, in a way, encouraged more, said Stan Charnofsky, who heads the marriage, family and therapy master’s program at California State University, Northridge. Charnofsky said women 35 and older in unhappy marriages used to more commonly stick it out through better or worse because if they didn’t they often had little chance of remarrying. Not for worse But as divorce became more prevalent, women began taking the chance, striking out on their own in search of happiness. Seeing other divorces gave them courage. “Divorce encourages divorce,” Charnofsky said. “So a woman out there who is not happy will take the risk.” RESEDA – Standing under a heart-covered gazebo at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, three married couples said “I do” Wednesday – again. Renewing their vows on Valentine’s Day, the couples, all of them more than 80, tossed white-carnation bouquets into the air and sealed the deal with a kiss. “It feels good – very good – at this day in life to achieve 60 years together,” said 90-year-old Jack Matz with his wife, Marie, 83, by his side. Their long lives together defy today’s more-sobering statistics, with divorce predicted for as many as half of all marriages. And second marriages have just a 46 percent survival rate. And what about unhappily married men? If men aren’t happy in a relationship, they move on. Men also have the idea that they can attract someone else easily enough, Charnofsky said. For 96-year-old Jeffrey Davis and his 95-year-old wife Betty, there was never anyone else. Married for 71 years, the couple held hands on Wednesday as they spoke of the first time they met. It was at a party in Boston. But they fell out of touch until a few years later when they ran into each other at another party. This time something clicked. Their key to successful marriage? “We worked at this,” said Betty Davis. “Sometimes it was difficult. Sometimes it went along well. But we never gave up. No reason to.” Less sickness Couples such as the Davises remain healthier than divorced, widowed people or those who never walked down the aisle, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average length for a marriage today is seven years. The highest divorce rate happens in the first two years and in years 14 to 16, according to the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, a nondenominational, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C. Although sometimes religion or culture helps keep people together, Charnofsky said it’s friendship that endures over time, long after the passion fizzles. “Friendship stays and mellows and develops and grows,” he said. “That’s what makes a marriage last.” One couple is about to put that to the test. Married just over one year, 86-year-old Genia Burman and her husband, Irving Mandel, 88, had tears in their eyes as they renewed their vows with the others Wednesday. When they met at the senior facility, each had a feeling there was something special about the other. He said that when they started to talk, she started to smile. She said he called her up before she ever gave him her phone number. Then he strolled past her room. Burman invited him in. “We lived happily ever after,” said Burman, recalling the story. “We wanted to be together. And that’s what happened.” email@example.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It was just a sixth World Cup goal in his fourth tournament but, combined with a late winner from Marcos Rojo, it was enough to send Argentina through to a blockbuster clash with France.Messi was subdued during a tumultuous first two games in Russia, missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw with tiny Iceland and then vanishing almost entirely from sight in a 3-0 defeat by Croatia.In that game Argentina’s porous three-man defence was badly exposed, leaving the two-time world champions staring into the abyss and sparking rumours of revolt within the squad.The Argentine FA spoke out in support of embattled coach Jorge Sampaoli amid suggestions he would be sacked, with the 58-year-old absolving Messi of the blame for the Croatia disaster.“The way the match was structured against Croatia didn’t suit Messi,” Sampaoli said.Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s first goal against Nigeria © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVWhile Messi’s World Cup hopes were hanging by a thread, eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s stock was soaring after his hat-trick against Spain and the winner over Morocco.Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s most-capped player, shot down reports of strained relations between the players and Sampaoli as the team prepared for their do-or-die Nigeria showdown.“The relationship with the coach is completely normal,” Mascherano said.“Obviously, when we feel uncomfortable about something we speak with him because if we didn’t we would be hypocrites.”– Aguero advice –Argentina’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, secured by Rojo’s thumping volley four minutes from the end, may have prolonged the international career of one of football’s all-time greats.“We were confident that we were going to win the match,” Messi said afterwards. “It is amazing to have won it in this manner. It is a joy and one that we deserved.”While the early exchanges passed him by, it took just one moment of magic to awaken a slumbering superstar, although Argentina’s momentum was fleeting.Messi faded after Nigeria levelled early in the second half, the five-time world player of the year finding himself surrounded by a sea of green shirts.But Rojo’s late heroics ensured Argentina live to fight another day, and it was Messi, not the Manchester United defender, who was mobbed by his team-mates at the final whistle.The rollercoaster of emotions took its toll on an animated Diego Maradona, the Argentina legend tended to by medical staff at the stadium.Questions will continue over Sampaoli’s authority after the coach apparently sought Messi’s advice over the introduction of Sergio Aguero as a late substitute, with Argentina in desperate need of a goal.Messi was also spotted issuing a half-time team talk in the tunnel before the players headed back out for the second period.Regardless of who calls the shots, Argentina now have just three days to prepare for their meeting with a talented France side in Kazan, where they will need everyone pulling in the same direction to keep the dream alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina lived to fight another day © AFP / OLGA MALTSEVABRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Lionel Messi hit his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina narrowly avoided an embarrassing group-stage exit but vast improvements are needed if they are to go much further.Messi’s effort against Nigeria, as he brilliantly cushioned the ball on his thigh before drilling into the far corner, was a tantalising reminder of his talent, largely conspicuous by its absence so far in Russia.
One of Donegal’s best-known designers has returned to live in Ireland.Handbag designer Pauric Sweeney is one of the world’s most iconic handbag designers.Born and raised in Falcarragh, where his parents owned a draper’s shop, Sweeney was educated in Blackrock College in Dublin before moving to America to study architecture. Having spent the past 10 years in Italy, Sweeney has returned to live in Dublin to continue to carve out a career at the high end of the fashion industry.His handbags start at €1,000 and one of his most recent clients was Rhianna.The singer joins a long list of celebrities who are buying into brand Sweeney including Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez.NO wonder he can afford a glass to glass building in the heat of leay Donnybrook.Pauric, who turns 40 soon, says he loves being back in Ireland but cannot get over the price of things here.“The price of food here is immense. I had dinner out and I got a house wine and it was 25 quid.“I am not a socialist but I do believe everybody should be able to afford to go out and have dinner and a bottle of wine,” he said.DONEGAL HANDBAG KING RETURNS TO LIVE IN IRELAND was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Just hours before they were to consider going on strike, City Hall employees approved a new, three-year contract that provides 2.5 percent raises in each year, officials announced Friday.Terms of the deal were worked out Thursday night between local leaders of the Service Employees International Union and city officials. The 84 union employees then voted to ratify the agreement, which also guarantees the city will continue paying 100 percent of workers’ health benefits.“Cooler heads prevailed,” said James Washington, a SEIU field representative. “The timing was superb because the membership would not have gone much longer without taking some serious job action, meaning a strike. “But I didn’t want that, and I don’t think the city wanted that.”City maintenance workers and clerks had been considering meeting Thursday for a vote on possible job actions to push forward the deadlocked talks, Washington said.Instead, their new contract now will be finalized and implemented after Thanksgiving Day. The employees will receive raises soon after, he added.Attorney Richard Kreisler, who represented the city in contract talks, said the City Council made what it considered a fair and equitable final offer Thursday. “It’s fair to say the council approached this in a business-like manner. They looked at affordability and giving service to the taxpayers and came up with this decision,” he said.The employees, who have been working without a contract since June, had held protests at council meetings, demanding the city return to the bargaining table. Officials talks between the two sides broke off last month.In the end, both sides compromised on the size of the pay hike – with union employees backing off their original demand of 5percent raises and the city adding more to its original offer of a 1.7percent increase.City Councilman Ron Beilke said he was happy to have the issues settled. “There is no doubt our employees deserve the raise,” said Beilke. “Now we can move forward.” firstname.lastname@example.org((562)698-0955, Ext. 3028
Perfect moments are, for the most part, fleeting.For the Huskies, the city of Fortuna and lovers of Humboldt-Del Norte League basketball, a perfect moment which spanned 92 days — dating back to the Huskies’ season-opening win on Nov. 29 — came to a close Thursday night. as the No. 7 Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team fell 58-56 to the No. 15 Foothill Cougars (Palo Cedro).The California Interscholastic Federation State Boys Championships (NorCals) Division-III quarterfinal-round loss ends a …
20 May 2013 South Africa and Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday that will enable filmmakers from the two countries to work together in telling the continent’s stories. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Zama Mkosi, CEO of South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, and Kenya Film Commission CEO Peter Muthie. Mkosi said the MOU would help to create a platform for growing Africa’s film industry. “It will provide the two countries access to filmmaking facilities and opportunities, a great prospect of working together to tell our African stories in order to achieve our strategic goal of globally positioning Africa. “As African countries we are steadily earning a place on the global stage, and working together will guarantee joint development of content as well as marketing of both the countries’ films and talent”, Mkosi said. Muthie said the MoU marked “the beginning of a strong relationship that will ensure that we tell authentic African stories. We are also celebrating our first official participation in Cannes and already, opportunities are opening up for our filmmakers.” The National Film and Video Foundation is running a South Africa pavilion as well as hosting an array of networking and presentation events over the 11 days of the festival as it pushes to open up new markets for local filmmakers and attract new investments in South Africa’s industry. It is also hosting market screenings of three South African films at Cannes: Diprente Productions’ comedy Blitz Patrollie, Triggerfish Animation’s new feature Khumba, and Ten10Films’ Black South Easter. SAinfo reporter
15 August 2013The government, police and mining stakeholders have launched a mine crime combating forum to tackle continuing unrest and restore calm in South Africa’s mining sector.The forum, which will be set up first in Rustenburg, Klerksdorp and Brits in North West province, falls under the auspices of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry, entered into by organised labour, business, unions and the government.While tackling unrest in the industry, it will also serve as a platform for information sharing, which it is hoped will lead to improved communication and less unprotected industrial action.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the forum would help ensure that law enforcement agencies acted in a manner that was fair, impartial and objective, and that all care was taken to protect life and property on South Africa’s mines.In a prepared speech for the launch of the forum on Wednesday, on the eve of the anniversary of last year’s Marikana tragedy, Mthethwa said the forum would “act decisively to enforce the rule of law, maintain peace during strikes and other protests relating to labour disputes, ensure protection of life, property and the advancement of the rights of all citizens, including crime prevention measures”.Mthethwa said the forum would also put in place “adequate and appropriate” capacity in the form of detectives and specialist prosecution teams to prosecute cases of violence, intimidation, assault and murder in the mines.It would also prioritise the investigation and finalisation of cases arising from lawlessness in the appropriate, designated courts, as well as oversee the enforcement of municipal by-laws related to gatherings and demonstrations.Implementing the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry was “a must, for the sake of this generation and future generations,” Mthethwa said. “We share a common vision, which is to see a flourishing, productive and secure mining sector that can play a pivotal role in our country’s economic emancipation.”Backing for the forumDelegates at Wednesday’s launch, including National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, organised business and unions, signing a pledge committing to work with the forum.Representatives from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) – the only unions at the launch – committed to work with the law enforcement authorities to prevent labour disputes from becoming violent, including informing the police timeously of any protest or strike action that could potentially require policing.The two unions also committed to condemn and prevent the carrying of weapons during strike action, and take reasonable measures to ensure that members do not carry weapons during strikes.Last month, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Dangerous Weapons Bill, which criminalises the carrying of dangerous weapons in public.The Departments of Home Affairs, Justice, Labour and Mineral Resources, as well as local traditional leaders, are in full support of the forum, as are the mining companies, who added their voices to the call for an end to a spate of sporadic murders on the mines.In the latest incident, a 44-year-old female shop steward was shot and killed at Wonderkop near Marikana on Monday.Call for end to violencePolice Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that a year after the Marikana tragedy, which saw 44 people killed in strike-related unrest, leaders had to ensure that their messages were aimed at achieving and maintaining peace.She also called on communities to partner with police in combating violence.Mthethwa urged all parties to play a constructive role and support the families and the nation at large in the process of healing.“The period was and will remain a sore reflection to all of us as a nation. Nonetheless, we needed to begin to find immediate steps, particularly from a security perspective, to ensure that those who seek to derail our crime reduction efforts do not succeed.”Mthethwa said the government remained committed to the judicial commission of inquiry that was investigating the events that led to the Marikana tragedy, and called on all parties “to respect the processes of the judicial commission and refrain from making irresponsible statements”.The government has taken various steps to bring about stability and improve the lives of communities in the aftermath of Marikana. These are aligned to the Mining Charter, which commits mining companies to help improve the standard of housing on the mines, including upgrading hostels, converting hostels into family units and promoting ownership options.Mthethwa said that while the police, including personnel drawn from public order policing, would continue to monitor Marikana, they had no control over working conditions and agreements privately entered into between miners and mines.“Police officers are not trained to become labour brokers and intermediaries in wage settlements,” the minister said, appealing to trade union representatives and political parties not to politicise mining wage negotiations.Source: SAnews.gov.za