UNICEF Makes Post-Ebola Donation

first_imgThe everyday management of hundreds of metric tons of fetid dirt, including sewer waste from Monrovia and its environs, especially the slum communities, remain a tremendous challenge to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) particularly in the absence of reliable trucks.The waste is the fertile breeding site for the outbreak of diseases, most especially the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).UNICEF Liberia Country Representative, Sheldon Yett,  said the Ebola virus is closely related to dirt (waste), and so are many other diseases, including cholera and malaria.“We know that about 600 metric tons of sewer waste are generated in the city everyday and that’s a tremendous amount and it is an emergency by itself.  Yes, it is related to Ebola and other diseases too. Cholera is an example, because it is also closely related to sewer waste,” Mr. Yett said.The UNICEF Liberia boss said the donation of the six trucks came from the partnership and generosity of USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The Government and people of the United States, through UNICEF, decided to make the donation to Liberia to ensure that Monrovia and its environs are free of any problem that would make the country vulnerable to diseases. The six trucks, valued at US$460,000, can offload dirt or wastes from either side and each truck contains six boxes of spare parts.The deputy team leader for planning of OFDA, Ms. Emily Gish, said the support to the MCC is to help stop the city from overflowing with sewer waste in the rainy season.  “We are happy to be here to provide this support, especially when the rainy season is approaching.   These trucks must start work immediately in order to help prevent the city from  overflowing because of sewer waste,” Ms. Gish said.Assistant Public Works Minister George Yarngo said the issue of solid waste is a huge challenge and expressed gratitude to UNICEF for the trucks.  Monrovia Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo thanked UNICEF for the trucks and the said MCC Solid Waste Department has many challenges and available logistics would eliminate them. “We appreciate the OFDA, UNICEF and also the WASH Cluster for giving us the trucks that would definitely make a serious impact on our cleaning exercises,” Mayor Mvogo said.It may be recalled that the MCC through its partners last week launched clean-up campaign against the foul smelling septic drains running through Newport Street and other streets and several other slum communities in Monrovia, including Soneiwhen and Buzzy Quarter.  The campaign also includes the removal of wastes from hospitals, health centers and  markets, amongst other areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Taylor Swift will headline a live-streamed Prime Day Concert held exclusively for Prime members which will also feature Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. Next Article Image credit: Amazon | Entrepreneur Matthew Humphries Enroll Now for $5 –shares Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swiftcenter_img Senior Editor Add to Queue June 27, 2019 Amazon’s rivals have been quick to crash in on the artificial holiday that is Prime Day, but it seems unlikely they can even attempt to compete with the just-announced Prime Day Concert.On July 10, Amazon Music is set to host a Prime Day Concert which will be live-streamed exclusively to Prime members. The big draw for viewers will be the fact Taylor Swift is headlining the event, which starts at 9pm ET. Additional performances will come from Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G.Amazon is using the concert to celebrate the best in Amazon entertainment for all Prime members around the world. Although it’s live, Amazon will allow members to stream the concert again on-demand for a limited time once it’s over.In the run up to the concert on July 10, Amazon has created a concert playlist for Prime members to listen to. If you own an Alexa device you can now say, “Alexa, play the Prime Day Concert playlist” to hear music from the concert artists. The same will be true on July 10 when the concert kicks off. Saying “Alexa, play the Prime Day Concert” will play the audio stream, or saying “Alexa, show the Prime Day Concert” will play the video stream if you own an appropriate device such as an Echo Show ($89.99 at Amazon).Never one to miss an opportunity for more sales, Amazon is taking news of the concert as an opportunity to push Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions. Right now, Prime members can get four months for just $0.99, which means over 50 million songs to listen to without ads. After that, the price will increase to $7.99 per month or $79 a year. Amazon Prime Day This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min readlast_img read more