The United Methodist Church of Liberia, in collaboration with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, last Sunday honored the outgoing administrator of the hospital, Mr. D. Victor Taryor, for his numerous services, including the effective role he played in the fight against Ebola in 2014.The Head of Connectional Ministries of the Liberian United Methodist Church, Rev. George D. Wilson Jr., who also represented the office of the bishop, praised Mr. Taryor for keeping the hospital open during the Ebola crisis while most other hospitals in country were closed, noting that it was one of Taryor’s greatest achievement.Mr. Taryor, who served the institution for eight years, was described by all speakers as hard working and innovative which led to the establishment of several new departments to the hospital including the Dental Department.His departure from the hospital at such a young age seemed surprising to many who graced the occasion, but Rev. Wilson said the occasion was part of the UMC’s usual actions to honor those who have worked with the institution for a long time. Because Victor Taryor had worked for over 20 years from the transition period up to present, the office of Bishop of LAC/UMC, in consultation with the board of health, decided to honor him and ask him to turn the position over to another person while awaiting a new assignment, said Rev. Wilson.“Every year bishop makes changes and in the bishop’s wisdom it is time that a new person takes over the hospital administration,” Rev. Wilson said.“Victor is one of the finest administrators the UMC can boast of because during the Ebola crisis, he stood firm and left the hospital open for operation when the health facilities in this country were closed.”“We have five health institutions and among them, Ganta is the largest followed by the branch in Guinea and it was Victor’s talents that took the Ganta Hospital from what is was during the 2003 war,” said Victoria Tomah, Head of UMC Health Board.Victor Taryor worked in many capacities during his tenure with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, including staff nurses service director and associate administrator before becoming an administrator from July 2006, taking over from Mary Zigbou, a missionary.During his eight-year tenure as administrator, there were several infrastructural developments, including the construction of the fistula center and the underground wiring of the mission’s electricity facility.Mrs. Nora Kiey Sandii was appointed to replace Mr. Taryor as acting administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital until otherwise ordered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sam BlackmanAmazon Web Services is to acquire video processing specialist Elemental Technologies.Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but US press reports suggest that it values Elemental about US$500 million (€450 million), or five times the company’s revenue – Amazon’s biggest acquisition since it bought gaming video service Twitch last year.According to the Wall St Journal, Amazon beat off competition from Ericsson to acquire Elemental, with Cisco Systems also believed to be interested. Ericsson and Elemental have collaborated closely in the past, with Ericsson tapping Elemental to provide video compression processing as part of its Ericsson Virtualised Encoding platform.According to Elemental, Amazon’s acquisition will bring together Elemental’s video technologies with the AWS Cloud platform to provide media and entertainment companies with a way to scale their video infrastructure as they move to internet based delivery of services.Elemental will continue to operate its business under its existing brand, delivering its full range of offerings for pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters, governments, and enterprise customers, the company said. It will also expand the integration of its offerings with AWS, and through close collaboration with AWS, “accelerate the innovation of next-generation services that feature a range of solutions for customers leveraging on-premises assets, hybrid architectures, and cloud”.The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.“Elemental shares Amazon’s passion for invention and putting the customer first. Together, we’ll collaborate on deeper technology integrations and new infrastructure offerings so that media and entertainment companies can evolve their hybrid and cloud models as they continue to innovate their services for viewers,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services.“The media and entertainment industry is at a unique inflection point, and as a part of Amazon, we will be in an even stronger position to help our customers delight their viewers globally. We’re thrilled to have Amazon supporting our growth and ongoing commitment to our customers’ success,” said Sam Blackman, co-founder and CEO of Elemental.