Defense Honors Six for ‘Distinguished Service’

first_imgThe Ministry of National Defense on Thursday conferred six personalities with the honor of Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for their respective humanitarian efforts in the rebuilding of Liberia.Those awarded the DSO at the 59th celebration of the Armed Forces Day included retired Colonel Chie Gaye, described as a “dedicated military officer” of the AFL, who served the country for 50 years from 1955 up to his retirement in 2005; former Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie, who President Sirleaf called an astute diplomat, a career public servant and Nigeria’s first female ambassador accredited to Liberia. Her services to Liberia and her leadership engagement with the Ministry of National Defense reaffirmed efforts of peace building and promoted Liberia’s tangible reengagement in security sector reforms, said the citation. Also honored was the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marjon Kamara, who previously served as Ambassador to Cuba and Liberia’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Her outstanding leadership at Liberia’s Mission in New York created the basis for international collaboration in support of the government’s effort in the security reform, national reconciliation, border control and other areas crucial to ensuring lasting peace said her citation. Others on whom the DSO was conferred were Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel O. Nyante, described as a professional, disciplined and decorated military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, a recipient of several United Nations medals, whose outstanding support to AFL is in keeping with the finest tradition and military services; Lieutenant Colonel Micheal Opoku, an experienced, professional and dedicated military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, a recipient of the Ghana Golden Jubilee Medal; and Lieutenant/General William Ward (Retired), a professional decorated military personnel of United States Military and a recipient of over 27 military honors and awards. On behalf of her colleagues, Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie expressed gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Ministry of National Defense for the awards.“Madam President, we are happy for this recognition and will not abuse the faith that you and the good people of Liberia have reposed in us. We will continue to be champions for Liberia wherever fate takes us,” she assured Liberians.The Nigerian diplomat shared the historical highlight of the AFL’s “peaceful journey” that started with the signing of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Accra, Ghana, which brought lasting peace to Liberia and from that day to date, the AFL, she said, has grown in leaps and bounds to the extent that the sky is its limit in the quest for the respectable status as “a force for good.” “I should hasten to remind you through your amiable Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel Ziankahn, that this celebration marks another step in your growth to adulthood and independence particularly in the light of the scheduled drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). We have faith in your capability to fill the gap that would be left by UNMIL and wish you success as you take on the challenge,” she told the AFL.Ambassador Nnadozie cautioned Liberians to sustain and safeguard the hard earned peace the country enjoys today, and charged everyone to pursue national reconciliation in all their endeavors so that an atmosphere of peace and harmony, which would promote investments and economic recovery, can be built for all to enjoy. “I urge you to continue with the post conflict reconciliation and reconstruction effort which the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been spearheading,” said Ambassador Nnadozie.President Sirleaf, thanked the honorees for their services rendered to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Daydream Island 50 million redevelopment brought forward

first_imgDaydream Island $50 million redevelopment brought forwardDaydream Island Resort and Spa has announced that in the wake of substantial damage caused by recent Tropical Cyclone Debbie that the popular Whitsundays Resort would bring forward its planned refurbishment for 2018.The resort will now stay closed ahead of a continuing clean-up and the beginning of works later in 2017.Daydream Island Resort & Spa announced in January that they will spend more than $50 million on a significant refurbishment next year which will see major infrastructure upgrades including accommodation refurbishments as well as renovations to existing attractions and installation of new features which will transform Daydream into an upscale 4½ star world-class resort.It is anticipated that the newly refurbished Daydream Island Resort & Spa will be opening for guests in mid-2018.Daydream Island Resort General Manager Dawson Tang said that following an assessment it was not feasible to invest money in reopening Daydream Island in the next few months only for it to close again for the refurbishment.“We are determined to bring Daydream Island back to its spectacular best,” Mr Tang said.“The level of support we have received from past guests and the community has been overwhelming.“This decision for an extended closure has not been an easy one but will enable us to concentrate fully on restoring Daydream Island back to the top of the Queensland tourism industry.”Daydream had previously announced that it would not accept guests until at least April 30th 2017 whilst it carried out a full assessment of the impact of Cyclone Debbie. Guests with forward bookings are being contacted to arrange the provision of refunds.Major works will include redevelopment of the Arrivals pavilion, Reception, main Atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar, all room types and Mermaids Restaurant. Additionally, the Lovers Cove function area will be expanded and a new Asian-inspired restaurant will be built overlooking Mermaids Beach.The resort’s conference facilities will be significantly revamped and expanded.Over recent days, Daydream Island’s management team have met extensively with representatives of the State Government and other tourism industry bodies.As part of these discussions the State Government has offered to assist in developing processes that will allow us to fast track the re-development of Daydream Island, particularly in relation to the various approvals that will be required.“We want to work together with the Queensland Government to get the newly renovated luxury Daydream Island opened as soon as possible” Mr Tang said.In line with this closure decision, Daydream is in the process of reviewing its resource and staffing needs to carry the resort through the refurbishment process. Many staff have already moved on to other jobs, and Daydream is working closely with other operators including Hamilton Island to assist with possible redeployments.“Our staff and resort managers have to be commended for the professional way they implemented our cyclone procedures in very difficult circumstances. We have received so many positive comments from guests about how they were looked after and reassured by our resort staff,” Mr Tang said.“Whilst some redundancies will be necessary in the short term, we are doing everything possible to minimise this.“We look forward to welcoming many of our staff back as well as guests old and new to the rebuilt Daydream Island next year.” Daydream Island ResortSource = Daydream Island Resortlast_img read more