14 01 20

first_imgNo matter the language, the verdict is the same. There can be no progress without peace, no growth without peace, no development without peace and no healing without peace and forgiveness.The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus will not be burnt out without peace and the cooperation of everyone.It would take a super human coordinated effort from everyone and the support from international community, working in unity, cohesion and in peace time to burn out Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the region. We need this synergy to combat Ebola disease.Over the weekend, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, through funding support from Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, conducted a three-day Ebola Education Outreach Program in four communities, including Clara Town, Newport, Buchanan and Carey Streets. The outcome of the education outreach was frightening as we discovered that most young people are still in denial and have limited information on the spread of Ebola, symptoms, prevention and control measures.Sometimes, in unprecedented situations like this, we might have to look back, especially at the epicenter of the outbreak, to see where we are going and how we are doing. We need to re-examine our strategy to curb this disease. We also need to examine the integrated nature of EVD and its interconnectedness. The death of one Liberian affects us all.It is our opinion that the spread of EVD is systemic and we need a systemic approach to deal with it. To prevent and control EVD, the Government of Liberia (GOL) needs to develop an excellent contact tracking system, to include weekly reporting and solicitation of support from members of the public. We need to enforce the quarantine of persons who have come in close contact with infected individual(s); we need a good laboratory system to address the issue of false negative laboratory results and we need improved as well as increase access to and strengthen our health care facilities. Efforts should be put in place to normalize governance and address on going austerity measures. The closure of schools and other public institutions affects our livelihood.As young people, we do have a major role to play in the prevention and control of EVD. The disease has put a severe strain on our health system, our health workers and others.We need to show restraints and adhere to measures put in place by authorities. Don’t put your family and other community in danger; don’t go around to others if you are exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. Call the health hotlines immediately and listen to your health workers; they know best how to help you.There is need for order and orderliness. Patience, as our overwhelmed first responders put in place control measures. High standards of hygiene practices should be encouraged. We are happy to see the use of chlorinated water and soap in public places.The need for tolerance, respect, and discipline during this unusual time cannot be overemphasized. Most importantly, we need to give support to individuals, families, communities, national and international assistance.Ultimately, like all viral diseases, Ebola would burn itself out, don’t get burnt out with it. Be part of a collective action to burn out Ebola from the region. According to Kwame Nkrumah-the former President of Ghana- “We face neither East not West, We face forward”We are grateful for the support received thus far, especially with the news to give the drug ZMapp to infected persons in Liberia. There is need to do more. We concur with President Obama that the Ebola virus, is controllable if we have a strong public health infrastructure. At MOP, we believe we can burn out Ebola if we have a resilient young population to provide much need education, help dispel rumors and allay fear.Until next week, Peace First, Peace, above all, May Peace PrevailShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSouth Korean major Samsung launched the Z4 smartphone on Friday. “Beginning in May, the Samsung Z4 will launch in select countries, starting in India and will be available in black, gold and silver depending on the market,” the company said in a press statement. Geared towards feature-phone users who are looking to make a switch to smartphones, the Samsung Z4 is powered by Samsung’s in-house Tizen (Tizen 3.0) operating system which is a custom fork of Android. It is a follow up to the company’s previously launched Z2.The Samsung Z2, although all-plastic, has curved 2.5D glass on the front that enhances looks and aesthetics. It comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with dual flash LED and a 5-megapixel camera on the front with flash.The dual-SIM Samsung Z4 supports 4G LTE, VoLTE, and VoWiFi. It is backed by a 2,050mAh battery.”The Samsung Z4 brings a simplified mobile experience to first time smartphone users and represents our ongoing commitment to expanding the Tizen ecosystem,” DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics said.Samsung launched the Z2 in India in August last year at a price of Rs 4,590.The Z2 features an all-plastic body with a textured back. It comes with a 4-inch display and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB of memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Tizen OS and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready).advertisementAccording to Samsung, Tizen OS gives the phone an intuitive interface, easy access to top 8 applications on the screen among other smart features. Moreover the phone also come pre-bundeled with my money transfer app which allows users to check their bank balance, get mini statement and transfer money.The phone also supports offline maps and web pages alongside 12 Indian languages. At the same time, the phone’s Smart Tutor feature lets first-time users get a guided tour to use the device. You also get Samsung’s proprietary ultra data saving and S Bike mode.On the camera front, it sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and VGA snapper on the front. The phone is backed by a 1,500 mAh battery.Also Read: Samsung Z2 quick review: This can be your first smartphonelast_img read more