Businessman Urges Commercial Drivers to Avoid Ebola Patients

first_imgRenowned Liberian Businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey has urged commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the country to take Ebola serious and avoid taken sick people in their vehicle to various ETU.“We need to avoid this disease and join the government to fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is claiming the lives of our citizens, Mr. Urey asserted.Speaking last Friday at the official launch of an Ebola Taskforce of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL), in Paynesville City, Mr. Urey said the fight against Ebola is a national cause that requires nationhood, not political loyalties.Mr. Urey, who is also expected to contest for the 2017 Presidential election, said the very essence of Liberia is at stake and therefore President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf needs to have an effective team.   The problem is not about politics but how to fight the virus, he declared.”We need a leader that can control the situation above ministerial positions, inclusive of real medical and other key technocrats. We need patriots and not politicians to defeat Ebola” he told FRTUL leaders.The current situation in Liberia, according to Mr. Urey, is not about politicizing but about the country and therefore it should be the concern of everybody to play a role that will yield positive results and help win the war against Ebola.Hear Mr. Urey: Ebola is highly contagious and very deadly, “We must try to take all precautionary measures to protect ourselves from body contact.”The 2017 Presidential hopeful urged the public, especially commercial drivers, to lend their full cooperation in this all important health emergency,  noting that commercial drivers also transport the virus from one destination to another.The Liberian businessman went on to say that when the Ebola outbreak started in Liberia, people said that “we were politicizing the whole issues but today here it is, it’s has gone beyond our limits, to the extent that we cannot even fight this battle alone.”The virus has cause tremendous and unbelievable loss of many innocent lives in Liberia, Mr. Urey lamented.He continued: “We suffered unnecessary setbacks from our failures to adhere to alarms raised by the media and suggestions made that Lofa should be given special attention when this Ebola outbreak was centered there.”“Don’t allow sick person get in your vehicle, and even if they enter, sprayed in the entire car, Urey admonished the drivers.He advised commercial drivers in the country to be careful how they go about taking passengers.For her part, Una Kumba Thompson, former Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  underscore the need for everyone to the join in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.According to Mrs. Thompson, Ebola does not pick or choose and has no boundary.  “Therefore, we as patriotic Liberians need to join the government to fight this global health crisis.”She told the FRTUL members that government cannot fight the virus alone but needs the collectively efforts of all Liberians, especially the commercial drivers who lives are at risk.  So they, too, should join the fight and say that “Ebola is Real.”The former Deputy Minister said the Ebola is not the concern of the President alone, but all  citizens of our beloved country.Earlier in his welcome remarks, William P. Flomo,  president general and chairman of the Taskforce,  said the initiative is designed  to combat the dreadful Ebola virus within the transport sector.According to Mr. Flomo, the rationale behind the operation is to make it possible to minimize body contacts, which most times takes place in overloaded vehicles, especially buses, since the main mode of transmission of the Ebola virus is through coming into contact with body fluids of affected persons.Mr. Flomo said the battle against the Ebola virus disease is above all politics, tribe and other compatriot differences.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to

first_imgEntertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service.The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come cheap.At least 22 Viacom channels will be on the service at launch as a result. These are BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, TV Land and VH1, BET Gospel, Centric, Logo, CMT Pure Country, MTV Hits, MTV James, mtvU, Palladia, TeenNick, Vh1 Classic and Vh1 Soul.Sony’s service will also get hundreds of hours of TV Everywhere programming from the likes of Nick, MTV, Comedy Central and BET available via Viacom websites and apps; and Viacom’s full VOD offering.“Viacom always strives to create transformational opportunities that combine consumer value and technological innovation,” said Philippe Dauman, president and CEO, Viacom. “Given our young, tech-savvy audiences, our networks are essential for any new distribution platform, and we’re excited to be among the many programmers that will help power Sony’s new service and advance a new era for television.”Sony has been planning the cloud service for some time, though details remain scarce. The Viacom deal was first mooted in US trades last year. Further announcements from Sony will come in the “near future”, the firm said.“Our new cloud-based TV service will combine the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience they have come to expect from our network,” said Andrew House, group executive, network entertainment business, Sony.“Viacom’s award-winning networks are a perfect match for our new service, ensuring that our customers will be able to access the shows they love on their favorite devices, when and how they choose.”Sony claims there are more than 75 million internet-connected Sony devices in US homes.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet CAMERAWORK Derry will bring its fascinating photographic exhibition about what life was like in the 80’s to the Alley Theatre in Strabane this month.‘Days Like These’ is a photographic snapshot of Derry in the 1980’s. The collection is drawn from the photographic archive of Camerawork Darkrooms Derry (Camerawork). Established in 1982 in the Bogside, Camerawork aimed to provide local people with the tools to help them create their own black and white images and document their lives’.These black and white images depict a time when men walked greyhounds and women still worked in shirt factories. A place where funerals were many and people marched for anything. There are photographs that can only have been from the eighties, were dole queues had pencils on a string and Mohican wearing punks was not an uncommon sight. This retrospective is often powerful depicting everything from the momentous to the mundane and is testament to the creative vision of the photographers involved.The exhibitions curator Jim Collins says of the work “it is a valuable visual account seen through the lens of those within the community it depicts’.The exhibition is currently on display at the Alley Theatre until September 28.For more information visit or call 028 71 384444The 80’s return with Camerawork Derry’s Days Like These Exhibition was last modified: September 4th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Camerawork DerryCurator Jim CollinsstrabaneThe 80’s return with Camerawork Derry’s Days Like These ExhibitionTHE ALLEY THEATRElast_img read more

Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drug

first_img Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drugs for cancerFOYLE MLAHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanSDLP ShareTweet SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed today’s announcement that will see improved access to specialist drugs for cancer and other conditions suffered by people living in the North of Ireland.Cancer patients in the North of Ireland are to have the same access to drugs currently being offered to patients in the rest of the UK.Up until now some patients with cancer and other conditions were denied access to certain drugs mainly due to cost. “While today’s announcement is welcome, it is long overdue. Today we think of all those who have campaigned for this civil right and those who would have benefited from it but who are sadly no longer with us,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drugs for cancer was last modified: September 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: The Foyle MLA commented: “For many years the SDLP have stood shoulder to shoulder with sufferers of cancer and other conditions fighting for fair access to treatment. “The current situation where some patients in Northern Ireland are offered a second class service compared to those in England is unfair and it is, as it always has been, unjust. “Why should someone in Derry not get the same chance or treatment as someone in Derby?“This reform of the Individual Funding Request process will ease the suffering and improve the lives of many people here and give their loved ones the comfort of knowing they are being given the most suitable drugs for their condition – be it cancer, MS or anything else.last_img read more