MOL Ends 9th Meeting on Child Labor

first_imgBy 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 –last_img read more


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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Despite the Cardinals ranking No. 31 in Clay’s win projections at 5.6, the case isn’t completely illogical.David Johnson scored 20 touchdowns in 2016, and if he’s back to form after last season’s wrist injury, the Cardinals’ offense will make a big push forward. The offense also will need competent quarterback play from Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen and another year of production from 35-year-old Larry Fitzgerald. Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson will need to hold down the fort defensively, and the unit will need breakout campaigns from youngsters Budda Baker, Haasan Reddick, Robert Nkemdiche and Markus Golden.As Clay outlines, the talent is there.Related LinksCardinals QB Josh Rosen would ‘love’ as many reps as possible vs. BroncosCardinals’ Tre Boston is adjusting to that desert lifeThe 5: Cardinals position battles of note for their preseason finaleJohnson is one of the league’s best running backs, and a season where he is the league’s best running back is a big wining step for Arizona. Bradford has established himself as a competent NFL quarterback when healthy and no one can discount the talent Rosen has. Add in the consistency of Fitzgerald and that could be enough for a sustainable offense.Defensively is where there’s the most optimism. Jones and Peterson are two of the best players at their positions, but this is not a duo of stars relying on iffy contributions from others like the offense will. Baker, Reddick, Nkemdiche and Golden all have the potential to be game-changers at their position. The chance for big years from those four, as Clay notes, could make Arizona a dominant defense, one that would be good enough for 10 wins. Most importantly, the Cardinals have high-level players across the field. But that, actually, is where Clay pauses for a second and sends us back to reality.The Cardinals have a few stars in the form of Johnson, Fitzgerald, Peterson and Jones, but there are significant problem areas across the starting 22. Quarterback is obviously a gigantic question mark, wide receiver and tight end lack firepower, and the offensive line is average at best. Aside of a strong safety trio, the defense has major concerns at every level.That reality on offense is overly relying on Bradford’s knee or a rookie quarterback and a receiving group beyond Fitzgerald that lacks any sort of reliability at the moment. The offensive line will be hoping for a resurgence from Andre Smith and Mike Iupati or breakout seasons for the younger Mason Cole and D.J. Humphries in order to make a real impact.On defense, the defensive line is without Golden for the time being. At linebacker, a bounce-back year from Deone Bucannon would be a big boost, as would Reddick looking like the player general manager Steve Keim selected at No. 13 overall in last year’s draft. Lastly, it’s no surprise to see the cornerback on the opposite side of Patrick Peterson as a question mark. 8 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The expectations for double-digit wins certainly are not there for the Arizona Cardinals this season.There is some positive buzz surrounding the team locally, but nothing that would suggest any indication a playoff run is coming, as they are tabbed at an over/under win total in Vegas of 5.5.The NFL, though, can be fairly unpredictable, and there is a case for the Cardinals to have a season that shocks many.That’s what ESPN’s Mike Clay looked into, making the case for each team to win at least 10 games. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an interception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)last_img read more