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 –
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The trial’s chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, said if authorities found evidence of abuse Saddam could be transferred to the physical custody of Iraqi troops. The former Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants are on trial for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites after the attempt on Saddam’s life in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad. The prosecution’s first witness Wednesday testified about killings and torture in Dujail. Ali Hassan Mohammed al-Haidari, who was 14 in 1982, said Saddam’s regime executed seven of his brothers. Al-Haidari said that he and other residents from Dujail – including family members – were taken to Baghdad and thrown into a security services prison, where people from “9 to 90” were held. Blood poured from head wounds and skin was pale from electric shocks, he testified. Security officials would drip melted plastic hoses on detainees, only to pull it off after it cooled, tearing skin off with it, he said. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein again grabbed center stage at his mass murder trial Wednesday with claims that Americans beat and “tortured” him and other defendants while in detention. The deposed leader’s lengthy complaint came after witnesses graphically described how their captors administered electric shocks and used molten plastic to rip the skin off prisoners in a crackdown following an assassination attempt against Saddam in 1982. A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad called Saddam’s allegations “completely unfounded” but said “we are prepared to investigate.” “Beyond that, we have no interest in being a part of what are clearly courtroom antics aimed at disrupting the legal process,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. “I cannot express all that suffering and pain we faced in the 70 days inside,” he said. Two witnesses later testified from behind a curtain. One of them, identified only as Witness No. 2, said security officials “attached clamps to my thumbs and toes and private areas and tortured me with electricity until foam came out of my mouth.” After sitting quietly through several hours of testimony, Saddam launched into an extended monologue, saying he’d been beaten “everywhere on my body. The marks are still there.” He did not display any marks. “I want to say here, yes, we have been beaten by the Americans and we have been tortured,” Saddam told the court before gesturing toward his seven co-defendants, “one by one.” With the trial televised across Iraq, his claims of torture at the hands of U.S. troops may resonate with Iraqis who have been shocked by the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, a scandal which led to the convictions of nine Army reservists. More recently, U.S. troops discovered abused prisoners at secret detention centers run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Saddam had been defiant and combative during previous sessions of the trial, often trying to dominate the courtroom. He and his half brother Barazan Ibrahim, who was head of the Iraqi intelligence during the Dujail crackdown, have used the procedures to protest their own conditions in detention. The ousted president had refused to attend the previous session on Dec. 7. “I will not come to an unjust court! Go to hell!” he said in an outburst in court the day before. Earlier Wednesday before his accusations of torture, Saddam’s behavior had been calmer, and he appeared clean-shaven and in fresh clothes, wearing a dark suit but no tie. On some previous occasions during the trial, Saddam appeared disheveled and complained about being held in unsanitary conditions. Saddam stood in the fenced-in defendant’s area and occasionally jabbed his finger toward the judge and prosecutor during his discourse Wednesday. He tried to refute witness statements and complained at length about the conditions of his detention, engaging in a debate with the chief prosecutor. Some of the exchange was edited out of the television broadcast. Saddam also told the court that he knew the name of the person who betrayed his hiding place when U.S. forces found him in December 2003. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called it “highly ironic” that Saddam would accuse his jailers of mistreatment. “I know of nothing that would substantiate such a claim,” McCormack said. “Look, he’s been given to grandstanding in this trial, but where the focus should be is on the testimony of those people who were victimized by the tyranny, the oppression and the violence of Saddam Hussein. That’s what people should be listening to.” According to the Pentagon, the Iraqi government has legal custody and control of Saddam, while U.S. forces maintain his physical custody in a detention facility. Inside the courtroom, the judge struggled, sometimes unsuccessfully, to maintain order as the procedures at times seemed to slip out of control. Ibrahim insulted witnesses, calling one a “dog.” He also launched rambling diatribes and menacingly wagged his finger at prosecutors and court guards. Saddam also interrupted al-Haidari’s testimony to ask the judge if the court could take a break for prayer. Although the witness agreed, the judge ordered the trial to continue. About 10 minutes later, Saddam swung to the left, closed his eyes and repeatedly bowed his head in prayer, the first time he has done that in court. “Even if any of you doesn’t pray, the constitution of the state, be it the one signed by Saddam Hussein or the constitution that was dictated to the Iraqis by the American adviser, states that Islam is the religion of the state. I alerted you twice that it was time for prayers, but you ignored me.” “I didn’t ignore you,” the judge responded. “How can you put God on hold?” Saddam asked. Muslims are required to pray five days a day at specific times. In the 1980s, Iraq under Saddam was one of the most secular Arab states in the Middle East and Baghdad had some of the most vibrant nightlife in the region. Following Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and as U.N.-imposed sanctions ground down the Iraqi economy, Saddam outwardly became more pious. He was seen praying and launching campaigns to reinforce the faith. Bars were restricted and nightlife became more muted. Critics said his praying in court was a further effort to reach out to increasingly conservative Iraqis. “Those who know Saddam well will not be duped by these scenarios. He kept trying hard to affect Iraqis emotionally and religiously and trying to deliver a message that he is a victim and not a tyrant,” said Mariam al-Rayes, a Shiite legislator.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Gary Corcoran showed his potential with an easy first-round stoppage of Ross Payne at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The 21-year-old landed a number of eye-catching shots before his opponent was forced down onto one knee.Payne was allowed to continue after taking a count, but a follow-up barrage of punches from Corcoran prompted the referee to step in and end the contest.Corcoran, from Wembley, now has a record of 5-0 with two of his victories coming inside the distance. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
2 April 2013 A multimedia project, Mandela 27, will bring the tales of Robben Island to life digitally as part of a new international campaign. Mandela 27 aims to highlight the social events that influenced change in South Africa and Europe during the former South African president’s 27 years in prison. It was launched at Cape Town’s gateway to Robben Island last month, and will draw on cultural links between South Africa and Europe during the apartheid era. It is estimated it will cost about R5-million (US$539 000); part of the funding will come from the European Union. Mandela 27 partners are the Robben Island Museum, Britain’s Coventry University, the European Union’s Cultural Programme, Belgium’s Creative Stories project, and Elderberry, a content developer.Mandela’s travelling prison cell Most of the stories will be told through an interactive website with a map interlinking events of activism in South Africa and Europe. There will also be a video game that will be used as an educational tool to teach children about the island and anti-apartheid activists. Letters, poems and stories from the former political prisoners written between 1960 and 1990 will be exhibited at the Robben Island Museum Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and on the island. There will also be a travelling three-dimensional reconstruction of the prison cell where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars. The game and other digital components will be ready by February 2014, while the cell will start travelling in May 2014. Thousands of tourists visit Mandela’s former cell on Robben Island, a UN world heritage site almost 10km from the mainland. The replica of the cell will be a low-budget affair made of plywood but will feature information panels and multimedia exhibits. The travelling cell is likely to be displayed in schools, libraries and museums. The video game is described as a serious game in the style of a graphic novel, and not purely for entertainment. Based on interviews with former prisoners, it features five recurring elements of life in the remote jail: prisoners were not allowed to see children; they craved physical activity including football; education was a key pursuit; communications were heavily censored so that messages had to be smuggled; and hunger strikes were used to make existence bearable. It is being developed by South African students with help from the Serious Games Institute based at Coventry University’s technology park in the United Kingdom.Cultural lesson for born-frees The initiative comes 19 years after the end of apartheid, as a “born-free” generation – those young South Africans born into a democratic nation – deals with 21st Century concerns rather than looking back on its history. Elderberry’s David Powell said the target audience was 16- to 25-year-olds as the events took place before they were born. But, he added, players should not expect to find themselves in the role of Mandela himself as it was more likely that anonymous characters would be used. Jacqueline Cawston, the programmes director at the Serious Games Institute, stayed on Robben Island for three days during her research, and insists the story of the cultural events has not been told. “The way that we’re telling it will be engaging to an audience that hasn’t read history books and weren’t alive at this time,” she said. “The whole point of the project is to get the message out there. This graphic novel will depict life as it was on Robben Island.” Sibongiseni Mkhize, the museum’s chief executive, added: “This comes at a time when we are trying to improve the manner of how we tell what happened at Robben Island.” He said the project was about sharing untold stories of those imprisoned on the island for their political activism. It was also a way of creating inter-cultural dialogue internationally and sharing knowledge. “All those things were political. “The poems and songs were a way for the political prisoners to get their message outside,” Mkhize said. “We want to tell story of not just Mr Mandela, but the values which he and other political prisoners shared on Robben Island.” There were plans for a reunion of former prisoners on the island later this year. Mandela, who is currently in hospital for a recurring lung infection, had not been consulted about the project but his foundation was aware of it. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
7 May 2013 South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday signed an agreement to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services. The agreement will see SAA placing its “SA” code on 12 Etihad Airways destinations from Abu Dhabi, while Etihad Airways will place its “EY” code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 SAA destinations across South Africa, Africa and South America. This will allow for seamless air travel connectivity between the destinations. The agreement also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the two airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Etihad Airways will place its code on SAA flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Livingston, Lusaka and Ndola in Zambia, to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and to Sao Paulo in Brazil. Secondary phases of the cooperation agreement will explore code sharing to more cities, and closer synergies and efficiencies in the areas of procurement, ground handling and training. “This extensive commercial agreement will enable SAA to access the vast majority of Etihad Airways global markets,” said SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. SAA acting chairperson Dudu Myeni said the partnership would provide SAA customers with seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond, while broadening SAA’s strategic partnership network. Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said the partnership would enable the two airlines “to achieve significant goals in several different global markets, as well as collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives”, adding that Etihad was looking forward to extending its footprint in the “strategically critical African market”. Between them, the two airline groups expect to carry more than 20-million passengers in 2013. In April, SAA and Indian airline Jet Airways announced a similar codeshare agreement that will facilitate smooth air travel connectivity to several business centres in India and South Africa. Under the agreement, South African Airways, the only airline with non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai, will codeshare on Jet Airways’ operations between Mumbai and Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Source: SAnews.gov.za
22 August 2013MasterCard and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) announced this week that there are now 10-million active SASSA Debit MasterCard cards in South Africa, following last year’s launch of a new biometric grant payment system.Since March 2012, just under 22-million social grant beneficiaries have re-registered on the new system introduced by SASSA to minimise fraudulent grant applications and collections and reduce administration costs by distributing grant payments electronically.According to the agency, the SASSA card’s biometric functionality identifies grant recipients using unique identifiers such as fingerprints, voice and other personal information, which means that the cards cannot be used by any person other than the approved beneficiary.SASSA CEO Virginia Petersen said on Tuesday that over 150 000 grants had been cancelled between April 2012 and June 2013, amounting to an annual saving of R150-million.“By simply moving all grant payments from largely cash payments, which were costly, cumbersome and riddled with inefficiencies, to electronic payments, the new system has already saved SASSA a considerable amount in grant administration costs,” MasterCard said in a statement.Before March 2012, it cost SASSA on average R33 per grant to pay its beneficiaries. Under the new system, disbursement costs have been capped at R16.44 per payment.As part of the SASSA re-registration process, each recipient has a bank account opened for them, which is offered free of monthly charges by Grindrod Bank.Recipients can deposit funds into their bank account via electronic funds transfer or third party bank transfer, as well as use their cards to make purchases, check their account balances, and withdraw cash at till points without incurring transaction charges at selected South African retailers.Recipients can also withdraw cash at any ATM, which does however attract transaction charges.SAinfo reporter
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Pursuit of stolen vehicle suspect ends in crash into Escondido house September 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A man suspected of driving a stolen pickup truck led police on a pursuit but was arrested Monday when he crashed into a house in Escondido, police said.The series of events began around 2 a.m. when an officer near the intersection of East El Norte Parkway and North Ash Street spotted a Toyota Tundra pickup truck that had been reported stolen, Escondido police Sgt. Ryan Banks said.A patrol officer tried to pull over the stolen truck, but the driver fled. The pursuit ended around 10 minutes later when the truck crashed into a house in the 500 block of Veronica Place, Banks said.The man driving the car and a woman in the passenger seat, both 18, were uninjured in the crash, Banks said.The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and felony evading after being medically cleared for booking, Banks said.The woman was detained but later released, Banks said.No other injuries were reported.An estimate of the structural damage to the house was not immediately available. Posted: September 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Posted: June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Closing arguments scheduled in civil trial between Drew Brees and jeweler June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the civil trial between NFL quarterback Drew Brees and a La Jolla jeweler who the football pro alleges defrauded him and his wife out of millions when he sold them several diamonds at far above their actual value.The Breeses say Vahid Moradi sold them $15 million in diamonds between 2012 and 2016. However, when the couple took the diamonds to an independent appraiser in 2017, they were told that the diamonds were worth about $9 million less than they had paid, according to Brees’ attorneys.The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court last year, accuses Moradi and his company, CJ Charles Jewelers, of selling Brees and his wife Brittany several supposedly investment grade diamonds that were supposed to appreciate in value.On the witness stand, Brees testified that he and Moradi had developed a close friendship starting in 2003, when Brees began purchasing Panerai watches from Moradi’s store. Around 2008 or 2009, Moradi began advising Brees to invest in colored diamonds, of which Brees testified he knew little about, making him uncertain.Brees said Moradi told him the diamonds would appreciate anywhere from 150 to 200 percent, which was an opportunity the Breeses felt they should latch onto, as Brees “knew he can’t play football forever,” his attorney Rebecca Riley said in her opening statement.Brees testified, “I always try to see the best in people and unfortunately that’s probably why I’m in this situation right now.”Riley said Moradi represented himself as an expert in investment grade diamonds, and betrayed Brees’ trust in his expertise.Among the most egregious examples Riley pointed to was a diamond ring Moradi sold the Breeses for $8.1 million that was actually worth $3.75 million.Another diamond Moradi allegedly claimed was from Europe was actually purchased from a dealer in Orange County, she said.“Drew trusted Moradi,” Riley said. “He held him in esteem. He believed him to be a friend.”Moradi’s attorney, Peter Ross, said Aldo Dinelli, a Houston-based jeweler the Breeses consulted to appraise the diamonds, was a “con man” who scammed the couple.The attorney alleged that Dinelli advised the Breeses that Moradi had scammed them, even though he did not know how much the Breeses had paid for the pieces.“How could he possibly know that Drew Brees had been ripped off?” Ross asked the jury. “He couldn’t. But he had accurately sized up Drew Brees to be an easy mark.”Dinelli allegedly advised the Breeses to sell the pieces — now at prices below their actual worth — to a wholesale dealer associated with Dinelli, according to court filings from Moradi’s attorneys.Further, Ross said any discrepancies between what Moradi paid to obtain the diamonds and what the Breeses paid him was part of a standard markup that is commonplace within the industry to allow retailers to cover business expenses, according to the attorney. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
London-based Boat International Media announced late last week that it will be expanding its presence in the superyachts sector with the acquisition of the monthly ShowBoats International, associated publications, events and Web sites from CurtCo Media LLC.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Boat International USA, launched in 1997 and published 10 times a year, carries a circ of approximately 48,000, Boats International Media CEO Tony Harris told FOLIO:. Other Boat International Media titles include Boat International, Boat International Russia, Boat International Gulf, Mer & Bateaux, Meer & Yachten and Dockwalk.This acquisition will see Boat International Media merge Boat International USA with CurtCo’s ShowBoats International. The combination of these two titles will up the overall circulation to over 50,000, primarily in the United States, Harris added. “This deal gives us the leading brand serving the US superyacht market and greatly enhances our position as the leading media company serving the global superyacht industry,” said Harris in a release.Overall, the boating market has been one of the hardest-hit sectors over the past year. As Ed McKnew, owner of The Power Boat Guide, told FOLIO: just a few months ago, “The boating market is beat up.” However, Harris said he will continue to invest in the yachting print titles, upping the editorial page count by 50 percent to around 80-90 editorial pages among the 300-plus total issue pages. The upcoming issue will also merge Boat International USA and ShowBoats International. The company also expects to launch new events and Web businesses for the U.S. superyacht market in the near future. The annual subscription price will remain at $23.95.Three to four full-time CurtCo editorial staffers associated with ShowBoats International were laid off, said Harris. However, most of the CurtCo’s employees have been reemployed; additional changes include Boat International USA’s Rebecca Cahilly becoming editor of the combined title immediately and Gary De Sanctis, former ShowBoats International publisher, moving to CurtCo’s Robb Report team while acting as a consultant to transition the title to Boat International Media for six months.