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‘Let Us Emulate His Legacies’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the passing of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant calls for all political affiliations in the country to institute new programs that would enable all Liberians to emulate his legacy.The Liberian leader described the late Chairman, who helped restore peace after 14 years of instability in the country, as “Peaceful, but mentally dynamic, astute and engaging, kind and resourceful, a gentleman in every sense of the word, with a penetrating mind, even in the most difficult of times.”President Sirleaf made these assertions when she delivered a Panegyric last week on behalf of her government and people of Liberia at the funeral service of the former fallen NTGL Chairman. The service was held Wednesday, May 14 at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.The Liberian government was requested by family members not to give the late statesman a state funeral. Family members said it was willed by Chairman Bryant that government has nothing to do with his funeral.The Liberian President told the audience that the late Bryant was a winsome personality of deep, unpretending humility, foresight and concentration, which portrayed nobility of character and strength of conviction.She noted, “His instincts served him and his country very well, and in trying or vexing situations, he was tolerant in a generous way, allowing the gush of fresh wind to blow through the halls of misunderstanding, shortcomings and obstacles.”President Sirleaf, whom the late chairman peacefully guided in leading to the process of her ascendancy, said he demonstrated vast knowledge of national affairs, underpinned by patience, understanding and a sympathetic attitude to the problems, and willingness to be of assistance when convinced of the necessity that justifies it.  She said these attributes that the fallen NTGL Chairman had, inspired the nation.She said the people of Liberia shared a deep sense of grief occasioned by the death of this pre-eminent Statesman who served and led his country from the shackles of destruction and bore the torch of the democratic order; who served his country magnificently as a business icon with great understanding and zeal to propagate and restore the image of his beloved nation.“The sorrow of the Liberian people at the passing of so great a man, who signified to the world a new air of hope and peace, is being expressed by this celebration of his home going,” she pointed out.As a mark of last respect and a tribute to the late Chairman Bryant’s memory, President Sirleaf called upon all to give due reverence and reflection to this memory.“Let it be celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Liberia by its people at home and abroad, as a day of rejoicing and happy recompense, as well as a day of fondest familiarity and family hood,” she said Liberians should be reminded of how Chairman Bryant superbly navigated the tumultuous sea of self-destruction to bring Liberia into the harbor of national reconciliation.The Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said that membranes of the former chairman will forever remain in the hearts of every Liberian because he was the one who heal the wounds of the nation after over years of brutalities in the country.Bishop Hart noted that the late chairman risked his life in ensuring that peace and tranquility returned to his mother land; a country he loved so dearly.One of the three children of the late chairman, Charles Mleh Bryant, said that their father thought them the sense of humility, respect for others and the fear of God. “I will really miss my daddy because he was a true friend to all of us,” he said with tears rolling down his eyes.Meanwhile, the Trinity Cathedral was the scene of massive turnout of sympathizers including government officials, fraternity brothers and sisters, old friends, former schoolmates, business partners, among others.Following the funeral service, the late chairman’s remains were taken on a cortege with appropriate military escort to its final resting place in the township of Crozierville, Montserrado County where internment took place in the old churchyard of the Christ Episcopal Church.Charles Gyude Bryant, born January 17, 1949, died on April 16, 2014 in his 65th year. As Chairman of the NTGL from October 2003 to January 2006, Chairman Bryant is credited for fully implementing the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Share 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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Mumbai India – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgMumbai, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTaj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has added another authentic Indian palace to its luxury hospitality portfolio. Newly resplendent after 10 years of sensitive renovation, Taj Falaknuma Palace or “Mirror of the Sky” will open its ornate doors November 1 in Hyderabad, offering guests a glimpse of the regal lifestyle of the Nizams who governed the legendry city that gave birth to the Hope and Koh-i-noor diamonds.Once the royal residence of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan and passed from generation to generation of Nizams like a precious jewel, Taj has infused new life into this celebrated home under the guidance of Princess Ezra, wife of the eighth Nizam. Falaknuma Palace is ready to resume its status as Hyderabad’s most exclusive address in keeping with its storied heritage of hosting visiting royalty, such as King Edward VIII and Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II.“Look around the world. One rarely finds a city such as Hyderabad that so effortlessly fuses the old with the new, and tradition with modernity. The legendary rulers of this city embellished it with architectural marvels, of which Falaknuma Palace is an original and magnificent landmark,” said Raymond N. Bickson, Managing Director & CEO of Taj Hotels. “We are proud to have added another splendid historic palace to our grand portfolio. We’re especially delighted that we were able to painstakingly restore every aspect of the Palace, retaining its architectural and historical magnificence while also creating a state-of-the-art luxury hotel.”Taj Falaknuma Palace is an architectural gem set amidst 32 acres of cascading gardens with outdoor terraces and pool. Built entirely of Italian marble in the shape of a scorpion, this fabled guest house set on a hill overlooking the city was the private preserve of the city’s wealthy Nizam rulers, who filled its ornate Baroque-inspired spaces with museum-quality furnishings and art worthy of their elite guests.“For 10 years, we have worked on preserving the priceless art and artifacts. We are very proud today to welcome our guests to the Taj Falaknuma Palace – restored, renewed and reinstated to its former glory. Guests can experience enchanting moments of luxury while reliving chapters from the lives of the Nizams,” said Ranjit Phillipose, General Manager, Taj Falaknuma Palace.Private and public spaces once again showcase ornate inlaid furniture, the finest collection of Jade, the rich handcrafted tapestries and brocades from France, and intricate frescos with English as well as Indian influences. A walk through the palace at sunset with the Palace Historian brings the past vividly to life, with a chance to ask questions about specific events, artworks and furnishings, including the Imperial Library, a teak-and rose-wood room lined with bookcases that is a replica of the library at Windsor Castle and is filled with rare books and manuscripts.Guests may select from 60 exquisite rooms and suites, including a Grand Presidential Suite, which were once the private chambers of the Nizam, royal family and state guests, and include the services of a personal butler.The Palace offers two restaurants that reflect its European and Indian design influences: Celeste, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Ada, featuring fine Indian dining, including a series of dishes taken from past palace banquet menus prepared in the Hyderabadi tradition of slow-cooking. Guests may also enjoy breakfast on the Jade Verandah or take Afternoon Tea in the exquisite Jade Room beneath Victorian-style hand-painted ceilings and Venetian chandeliers. Poolside relaxation includes inventive food and drink in The Rotunda, or guests may adjourn to the unique Hookah Lounge that recreates the romantic ambience of princely India, or opt for a sporting game in the Billiards Room with the Nizam’s personal bespoke billiards table and adjoining room for cards and chess.The signature Royal Jiva Spa offers holistic spa treatments with a philosophy rooted in traditional Indian approaches to wellness and includes a menu of spa cuisine based on Ayurvedic cooking principles.www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more

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