When the mills closed, despite the strike, our workmen had no bitterness towards us. They told us so; said they had to bow to their union, but their blessings were with us. Now we keep to the same philosophy. I have a few poems on my account. You are welcome to read them for part of your study. Favorite poems I wrote are “Lavender Nostalgia” and “Shadowy Dreams”.
Allegations of abuse at the Hytex Apparel factory, which has made garments for Nike for 14 years, were first raised in the media, Nike said.investigation confirms serious breaches of Nike Code of Conduct at the Hytex factory, said Hannah Jones, vice president of corporate responsibility for Nike, in a statement.The factory employed some 1200 workers who met minimum age requirements, but were living in housing and whose passports were withheld, Nike said. Additionally, the factory garnished workers wages, the company said.The Hytex factory supplies T shirts to Nike and other apparel brands.The factory will be subject to additional monitoring from Nike as orders to change policies are implemented, Jones said.Migrant workers will be reimbursed for fees related to employment including agent and work permit fees, and workers who wish to return home will be given return air fare, Nike said.Workers, who will move into Nike approved housing within a month, will be given free access to their passports and to a 24 hour Nike hotline in case of future passport withholding, the company said.Closing the Hytex factory would be a last resort for Nike, Jones said. We cut a factory, we lose our influence to force them to change, she said.Portland, Oregon based Nike said it will review all its contract factories in Malaysia over the next 10 days and require them to implement the same policies as mandated at Hytex.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileWhile trolling the New York Post site for my daily hit of Madonna/A Rod gossip this morning, I stumbled upon Lou Lumenick’s 10th Annual Turkey Awards: a rundown of all of the low points (and high trash) from the past year in film.Though Lumenick managed to gracefully omit his own birdbrained moment of 2008, he deserves a shout out (or at least some heartfelt gobble gobble noises) for his hilarious assessment of some of the silver screen’s biggest offenders this year.One great inclusion is Lumenick’s nod to The Happening, a film so preposterous and wooden it is surely destined for “so bad it becomes good” cult status. Trust me: this movie is worth renting just to see Mark Wahlberg attempting to deliver a serious speech to a potted plant.The year’s not over yet, and I still haven’t rented The Hottie and the Nottie, so there are still many possible contenders jockeying for top spot on my own informal “worst of” list.And so I turn to you, dear readers. I’m dying to hear your thoughts and suggestions on this one: Which movies or performances would get your vote for the worst of ’08?FILM REVIEW: Titanic 3D minute by minuteJames Cameron’s Titanic was always a marathon at three hours and counting.