The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has approved a project valued at over US$100,000 to support the work of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat of Liberia (NATSL).IOM, through its project manager, Kamara Mohamed M., made the pronouncement on Tuesday, January 7, when he presented office materials/equipment to the Secretariat stationed at the Ministry of Labour. Making the presentation on behalf of organization, Mohamed M. said the donation was in respond to a request made to the IOM by the Ministry of Labour in order to combat trafficking of persons in Liberia.He said the materials or equipment would be used to counter trafficking in person as well as training for members of the secretariat.Receiving the items on behalf of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat, the Minister of Labor, Cllr. F. Juah Lawson, thanked the IOM for supporting the government fight against Human Trafficking in Liberia.She said that the Government of Liberia has in recent time scored some victory in her effort to combat human trafficking, evident by the arrest and prosecution of some alleged human traffickers by the Government of Liberia.She expressed gratitude for the wiliness to support projects gear towards the fight against human trafficking, and the need for nonstop consultation amongst the partners to ensure the successful implementation of the project.Items delivered by the IOM included, set of desktop computers, a laptop computer, digital camera, printer, photocopier, projector, and a projector screen and external hard drive.Established 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization working in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In Liberia, IOM activities are considered to be one of the most important elements and critical interventions to mitigate unemployment, promote peace, and resolve conflict, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MONTEBELLO – Some consumers in the city now have a third choice, along with satellite and cable, for subscription pay television. Earlier this month, AT&T, the telephone company giant, launched U-verse, a new television and high-speed Internet service folded into one package. “We were looking to roll out this new system in communities that had a customer base with a desire for choice in their TV and broadband services,” said Kieran Nolan, At&T vice president and general manager for the Los Angeles area. “And Montebello was on the top of the list.” Currently, residents near the Montebello Country Club and Golf Course, 901 Via San Clemente, have access to the service. “It’s one of the first television services integrating the TV experience with the Internet experience,” he said. AT&T was granted a statewide franchise earlier this year in accordance with new state legislation regarding video service, said AT&T spokesperson Gordon Diamond. “It basically allowed us to have the same agreement the city has with its current cable provider without having to negotiate with the city,” he said. The city’s franchise tax agreement with Charter Communications states that the company pays 5 percent of its sales base, said Michael Tam, city controller. “We receive approximately $300,000 from Charter annually,” he said. “But we don’t expect to get that much from AT&T.” The new system, under the agreement, must also provide public education programing, Diamond said. For more information, or to check if U-verse is available in your area, call 1 (800) ATT-2020 or log on to www.uverse.att.com. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Other cities that have also launched U-verse include Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale, Fullerton, Laguna Niguel, Riverside, Tustin, Santa Clarita, Garden Grove and Altadena. “We are definitely going to expand within Montebello,” said Nolan, stressing this is not a test market. “Montebello is a very important marketplace.” U-verse TV customers have a selection of five programming packages and premium packages, all complete with High Definition channels and digital video recording (DVR). The pricing for these packages ranges from $44 to $129, which includes one DVR box and three regular boxes. Some of the other features of U-verse include a large selection of television programming such as premium, Spanish-language, religious and ethnic networks; a video-on-demand library; fast channel changing; picture-in-picture channel surfing; and a program search that allows viewers to search by title or actors’ names. The initial response to U-verse has been “quite favorable,” Nolan said, pointing out that people are looking for more.