By David A. YatesThe National Commission on Child Labor has conducted its 9th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting for the elimination of the worst form of child labor in the country.The meeting was held at the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia and it brought together representatives from line ministries of government, employers and workers’ organizations, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, among others.Allen Lincoln, research officer in the office of Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, who spoke on his behalf, said the government through the MOL attaches grave seriousness to the workings of the NSC on the elimination of child labor in the country.He said the government is doing everything possible to encourage members of the NSC to remain involved in the process of accelerating the fight against child labor.During the meeting, the country coordinator of WinRock International/CLEAR II Project in Liberia, James Yekeh, used the occasion to introduce the County Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR) Child Labor II to members of the NCS.Mr. Yekeh said CLEAR II is a four-year United States Department of Labor (USDOL) funded project that cooperates with the government with technical assistance to support the reduction of child labor practices. Using targeted activities, CLEAR II enhances capacity and support meaningful efforts to implement actions to reduce child labor practices in the country.He told participants that CLEAR II has four intermediate objectives to increase the capacity of the government in the fight against child labor. It also provides support to legislation that addresses child labor.Yekeh said the objectives include the effective implementation of national plans of action on child labor; enhanced implementation and improvement in polices and social programs aimed at the reduction and prevention of child labor, such as increasing access to basic education and vocational training; and an increase in social protection services and employment creation.He noted that the CLEAR II Project works closely with labor inspectors from the Ministry of Labor in the implementation of the project.The national coordinator of the National Commission on Child Labor, Ms. Patience S. Heah, urged members of the NSC to attend regular meetings of the committee as a means of uniting efforts in the fight against child labor in Liberia.She informed the NSC members that the National Action Plan (NAP) for the elimination of child labor in Liberia document was validated in February 2017 and is awaiting cabinet’s approval and subsequent launch for implementation.Ms. Heah added that when it is launched, the NAP document will run alongside the government of Liberia’s “Agenda for Transformation” to reduce child labor in Liberia by a least fifty percent by 2030.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Ms. Patience S. Heah, coordinator, National Commission on Child Labor/MOL – Advertisement –
HERO: JASON MCCLAYSIX DONEGAL men behind dramatic near-death incidents have been recognised at the Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony at City Hall, Dublin. Minister John Perry presented the “SEIKO Just in Time Rescue Award” to these rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.The Donegal people honoured included Jason McClay (19) from Kinnegoe, Buncrana; Patrick Moss (20) of Rosbeg; John Patton, Hugh-John McGonigle, the late PJ Patton and the late Larry McGonigle, all of Ballyshannon. “Tragically an average of 140 drownings occur in Ireland every year,” commented Minister Perry, “and although that’s 140 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and rescue skills.“Last year, the 128 drownings in Ireland were lower than the annual average, reason enough to be confident that the work of Irish Water Safety Volunteers and partners in the public and private sector is having the desired outcome – more people enjoying our wonderful aquatic facilities more safely. That said complacency is not an option”, he added.THE DONEGAL SEIKO JUST IN TIME AWARD RECIPIENTS:Mr Jason McClay Around midnight, on the 2nd June 2012, a car had left the road, careered fifty yards through a field and went off a steep drop into the Crana river near Buncranna. Nineteen year old Jason McClay from Kinnego, had been at a friend’s house when he heard the screeching of tyres followed by a loud bang. He left the house and ran down through a field and saw that a car was submerged in the water. Without hesitation, Jason jumped off the 40 ft Ravine. Upon entering the water he noticed a girl who had managed to escape out of the car. Jason swam in through the car window. Visibility was poor as it was very dark and he could not see anyone else in the car. On leaving the car, he noticed a boy and dragged him over to the bank. He then went back and got another boy out and dragged him to safety. There were four passengers in total, all teenagers. Only two were swimmers. Emergency services arrived to the scene. Due to the quick thinking and selfless courage of Jason’s actions, four lives were saved, a story which Donegal Daily first revealed at the time.Mr Patrick MossOn the afternoon of the 27th of December 2011, twenty year old Patrick Moss was taking a walk along the Rosbeg pier when he saw a car enter the water. He assessed the situation and ran to the shore where he entered the water and swam out towards the car which was sinking. He grabbed onto the driver of the car and took her to safety. He placed her into the recovery position until the emergency services arrived.Mr PJ Patton (posthumous award), Mr Larry McGonigle (posthumous award), Mr John Patton, Mr Hugh-John McGonigleIn June of 1955, two men from Ballyshannon set out to bring up their fishing punt, which they had anchored the previous evening. One of the men, Mr McCusker, waded out to it, but he suddenly found himself out of his depth. He tried to swim against the strong current but he could not, his friend tried to reach him but it was too dangerous. Mr McCusker found himself sucked down by the swirling water yet he continued swimming until he broke the surface. He tried to swim towards the “Black Rock” but was taken by the current again. He spotted an old boat wreck and he managed to grasp it and pull himself up. It was extremely cold. He saw men in the distance and waved. He could feel his feet go numb and he knew he had to try to get his circulation back. Four young men, John Patton now age 78, Larry McGonigle R.I.P., Hugh John McGonigle age 78 and P.J. Patton R.I.P., went to the rescue of Mr McCusker. Upon assessing the situation they got a boat and went out into the channel where the water was bubbling up around them. They dropped an anchor and then let the boat out on a rope trying to get close to the wreck. It took them four attempts before they managed to reach Mr McCusker and eventually managed to get him into the boat. The rescue took over one hour.LIFE-SAVING DONEGAL HEROES RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY was last modified: November 27th, 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:BallyshannonbuncranaLIFE-SAVING DONEGAL HEROES RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONYrosbeg
After a unsuccessful and frustrating year of shopping for a home, Cleo Vasquez considered taking her plight directly to sellers by placing an ad in the newspaper. It would be a simple appeal to the empty-nesters who paid about $150,000 in the 1980s for a three-bedroom tract house and who would still make a huge profit selling it for $400,000 – about $100,000 less than the going price in the West San Fernando Valley. “I’m a single mom with two daughters. Please sell me your house in Woodland Hills,” Vasquez’s ad would say. But she figured readers would dismiss her pitch as the rantings of a crazy home shopper, so her search continues the traditional way. Reluctantly, Vasquez took the advice of her Realtor and godfather, Gilberto Cortes, and began looking for a town house or condominium. “My dream is a house with a fireplace, a driveway and no neighbors sharing a wall,” she said. “If I have $400,000 and all the houses are going for $500,000, then I’m out of the market.” Her budget limit now for a condominium is $335,000 – which will allow her to afford the mortgage, taxes, mortgage insurance and homeowners association fees. But even with lowered expectations, Vasquez struggles to find an attractive, secure building in a safe neighborhood close to work. On a recent weekday, Vasquez and Cortes visited a sprawling complex in Tarzana. They opened the door of the two-bedroom unit and were hit with the smell of potpourri. Inside, Vasquez eyed the tile – new and clean – and assessed the kitchen. “The fridge is in the dining area. Why isn’t it in the kitchen? Does it fit in there?” She moved onto the bedrooms and frowned. One bedroom didn’t have a closet. In the bathroom, she flipped the light switch and heard a roar like an airplane engine. “All those cracks, and the mold. There appears to be something in the walls and that fan …” she said, shaking her head. At $334,000 for 960 square feet, Vasquez ruled out the unit. Next, they visited a 1,012-square-foot condo in the same complex, listed $319,000. Although it was larger and cheaper, it had the original kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and it was a probate sale, indicating the owner had died. “This is much better,” she said. “It could work. But I want to know if they died here and, if so, how.” As Vasquez looked around the complex, she admitted she could find a more affordable home in other areas. She’s an office manager for a company in Tarzana that helps physicians set up private practice, so she’d like to buy in the West Valley to be close to work and near El Camino High School in West Hills, where her daughter, Jennifer, is a sophomore. Her family – all five brothers and sisters – live within an hour’s drive, and there’s at least one big birthday, First Communion or holiday celebration each month. Yet she’s also not prepared to give up on the American dream in Los Angeles. “My parents moved here (from Mexico) with myself and two sisters to live a better life and for the optimistic future America has to offer,” Vasquez said. “I love it here. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and something will happen.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I do get disappointed with the fact that, in a couple homes and one condo I’ve bid on, I’ve been outbid by a matter of about $15,000,” she said. “It hurts to see that I’m that close and can’t do it. But I’m not giving up.” Divorced for several years, Vasquez, with her two daughters, Christina, 25, and Jennifer, 15, live with her parents in Arleta. Vasquez chose to move in with them and pay the mortgage on their house, rather than write a check to an anonymous landlord every month. Last year, Vasquez decided the time was right to buy. Interest rates were at 5 percent, and her job was secure. Vasquez calculated that she could afford the monthly payments on a bungalow in West Hills. But she soon found that two-bedroom houses were selling for $20,000 and $30,000 more than the asking price. By last spring, those homes were priced $500,000 and higher.