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

Duke is no longer the earl of top 25 poll

first_imgThe Bruins’ run lasted 221 weeks, from the 1966-67 preseason poll to Jan. 8, 1980. North Carolina is third all-time with 172 straight weeks from the 1990-91 preseason poll to Jan. 17, 2000. “If you do it for a long period of time, it means you’ve been good that long,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of his team’s streak that began in the 1996-97 preseason poll. “We never bring it up. It’s a nice stat thing.” UCLA and Memphis are now tied for the longest active streak at 34 straight weeks in the Top 25. Duke was No. 8 two weeks ago before losing in the final seconds to Virginia and Florida State. The Blue Devils lost to then-No. 5 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday and fell 72-60 at Maryland on Sunday for their first four-game losing since Jan. 3-13, 1996. “We travel a narrow road between winning and losing,” Krzyzewski said. “We were in a position to win, you have to make sure the kids know that. They are doing a lot of things to put themselves in a position to win.” Duke received 150 points, falling just eight short of No. 25 Alabama. The Blue Devils will try to end their slide Wednesday against Atlantic Coast Conference leader Boston College. The Eagles (18-6, 9-2) are finally back in the poll at No. 21 after falling out in week 3. Duke’s Top 25 streak is over. Saddled by its first four-game losing skid in 11 years, Duke fell out of The Associated Press poll Monday for the first time since the end of the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils had been in the media poll for 200 straight weeks – the second longest streak behind UCLA. center_img Florida remained a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, garnering all 72 first place votes. Florida beat Georgia 71-61 on Wednesday and won at then-No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 on Saturday in front of a raucous record crowd of 24,465. It was the Gators’ fifth straight victory over their rivals. It had been 20 years since the Wildcats, college basketball’s winningest program, lost five straight games to an opponent. Tennessee was the last to do it from 1975-77. UCLA fell to fifth after splitting games this past week. The Bruins beat then-No. 19 Southern California 70-65 on Wednesday, but lost to West Virginia by the same score Saturday. The Bruins had to fly across the country and play an early afternoon game. UCLA found itself down by 19 early in the second half before clawing back. “I was really pleased with the way we fought back,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Obviously it’s a long way to come to get beat.” With UCLA’s loss, Ohio State moved up to No. 2 – its highest ranking since 1991. Wisconsin and North Carolina also gained a spot, moving up to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Texas A&M was No. 6, followed by Pittsburgh, Kansas, Memphis and Washington State. The Cougars (21-4, 10-3 Pac-10) moved up four spots after beating then-No. 25 Stanford and California. Washington State is only a half-game behind first-place UCLA as the Cougars chase their first league title. Nevada was No. 11, followed by Marquette, Butler, Georgetown, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Air Force, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Kentucky. Georgetown made the biggest jump, moving up eight spots to No. 14 after convincing wins over Louisville and then-No. 11 Marquette. The Hoyas have won seven straight. “We’re getting better, and our guys definitely have a comfort level with how we want to skin the cat, so to say,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III after Saturday’s win over Marquette. “We’re more poised. A lot of times early in the season teams would make a run, and we’d stand around looking starry eyed.” Oregon fell two spots after splitting games with Arizona State and then-No. 24 Arizona. Southern Illinois moved up five spots to No. 16. Boston College was followed by Southern California, West Virginia, Indiana and Alabama. Besides Duke, Vanderbilt and Stanford also dropped out of the rankings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more