My Fellow Liberians,In awake of a renewed outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, this has KILLED so many people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and still poses a threat including health workers. To date in Liberia 70 people have contracted this deadly disease while 46 of our compatriots have died. These numbers will rise if we do not listen to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Partners. I call on all Liberians to now see the Ebola Epidemic as a national public health emergency.For those who do not believe that Ebola exists in Liberia, I want to inform all Liberians in this public manner that the disease is REAL and is in our country killing people. It is as I speak, taking the lives of our citizens in Lofa, Montserrado, and now Margibi County.Ebola spreads through physical contact with a victim of the disease. The virus also spreads through: sweat, saliva, blood, by touching the vomit or urine of somebody who is sick with Ebola.These deaths are mostly due to denial, touching dead bodies or participating in burial ceremonies. Avoid touching dead bodies or body fluids or materials of infected Ebola persons. Avoid direct physical contact, such as handshakes, kissing and direct contact with body fluids of infected or dead persons or animals.Major issues confronting the response teams include but not limited to keeping sick people in healing centers, prayer homes and other non medical centers.These practices create public health hazards to families, neighbourhoods and other innocent people. It is illegal under our public health law to expose the people to health hazard such as Ebola.Let this warning go out, anyone found or reported to be holding suspected Ebola cases in homes or prayer house will be prosecuted under the laws of Liberia.The Government of Liberia and Partners have done this much: training of health workers; community health volunteers; established treatment centers in JFK, ELWA, Foya and Firestone Hospitals; established Ebola testing center; social mobilization and psychosocial support; improved surveillance system and contact tracing. We will continue to do more. I call on you my fellow citizens to protect yourself, protect your family, and protect your community from this deadly Ebola virus, by taking all necessary precautions.Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional signs include rash, red eyes, internal and external bleeding, chest pain, and sore throat.As the number of cases and deaths of Ebola Virus Disease continues to rise in our sub region, we are all gravely concerned by the rate at which this cross border transmission is taking place. Drastic action is indeed needed on all fronts to immediately stop this spread.This can only be achieved through a robust and incisive response in fighting this spread.I call on all our Nationals and County leaders, traditional and religious leaders, civil society, international partners, and all citizens to join hands in fighting this disease.With God on our side, Liberia will win the fight against Ebola!I thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has added HD Life and Fox Life HD to its channel line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the low-cost platform to 10.HD Life offers a range of science, nature and travel programmes, while Fox Life HD offers a range of US shows including Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Cougar Town.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning to launch an advertising-supported online video-on-demand service that will make archive content available to viewers. However, the service is unlikely to launch before the end of the year, according to the broadcasters.The pair have yet to decide on a final name for the service, currently dubbed Germany’s Gold, which will require regulatory approval. Germany’s Gold is also backed by Studio Hamburg, whose executive Antoine Schmidt-Roy is taking a leading role, and media entrepreneur Jochen Kroehne. Other partners involved in the project include Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, ZDF Enterprises, Beta Film, Ziegler Film, MME, Brainpool, Telepool and WDR Mediagroup.A similar project developed by commercial broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL was rejected by the regulatory authorities on the grounds that the pair already controlled a large part of the German advertising market. The commercial broadcasters have already criticised the public broadcasters’ plans for the new service.
Bob StanzioneArris has agreed a 4K video gateway deal with cable giant Liberty Global, according to company CEO Bob Stanzione.Speaking on Arris’ quarterly earnings call, Stanzione said that Arris will provide Liberty with a gateway platform that supports 4K Ultra High Definition video, and that the deal will help Arris to further its “international market and portfolio expansion.”Asked to give further detail on the 4K Liberty deal, Arris’ president of customer premises equipment, Larry Robinson, said that the next generation platform programme that Arris is working on “should be applicable throughout a number of other properties and deployments.”Announcing its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014, Arris said that it introduced several key products last year and “achieved important design wins” that are scheduled for launch later in 2015, without giving further details.IP, video and broadband technology company Arris reported a US$631.0 million (€554 million) order backlog at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.The firm, which makes a wide range of network, access and home products – including set-top boxes and cable modems – said that the figure compares to an order backlog of US$538.6 million in the same quarter a year earlier and of US$594.1 million at the end of Q3 2014.Fourth quarter revenues were US$1.263 billion, compared to US$1.199 billion in the same quarter last year. GAAP net was US$1.29 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of US$0.02 per diluted share last year. However Arris said that comparisons to prior periods “may not be meaningful” as a result of its acquisition of Motorola Home, which closed on April 17, 2013.