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I Have Been Petitioned Twice, But…

first_imgThe Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca Cola International, Mr. Alexander Cummings, has disclosed that Liberians, both at home and in the Diaspora, have petitioned him to run for the office of President of Liberia.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at its new headquarters in Paynesville, Mr. Cummings said he had received the petitions, but insisted that as vice head of a premier multilateral corporation, he could not seek political office now.Mr. Cummings did not, however, rule out the possibility that he may in the near future give consideration to those petitions.Should he decide to run for any political office, Mr. Cummings said he would have to resign, “but for now I am still an employee of Coca Cola.”In recent months, both at home and abroad, the name of Mr. Cummings continues to come up as one of those expected to make the line up for the 2017 political marathon to Capitol Hill.A 1973 graduate of the College of West Africa (CWA), Mr. Cummings did one and half semesters at Cuttington University College, (now Cuttington University) before leaving for further studies in the United States.After successfully completing his studies, Cummings started work for corporate America, becoming a Senior Financial Officer at Pillsbury, a flour manufacturer in Minnesota, and slowly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming vice president for Finance. He later joined Coca Cola International in Atlanta, Georgia, where he rose to the post of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca Cola International. Many political commentators both in the Executive and Legislative Branches of government have hinted to our Legislative Reporter that Mr. Cummings who has now reached his zenith in the international corporate business world, may likely be a candidate for the Executive Mansion.Mr. Cummings was in Liberia last August during the height of the Ebola virus epidemic to assure President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Liberian government that despite the crisis, Coca Cola International had decided to maintain its current staff, and even continued expanding its operations. True to that pledge, he returned home this week to open a new bottling facility at the Coca Cola plant in Paynesville.In addition, he also led President Sirleaf to Duport Road to open a new Science and Technical School he has founded which will teach students starting from seventh grade in Computer Technology and Science. The school intends to attract the best and brightest students, purely on the basis of meritocracy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Concerned about climate change, families unite

first_imgThey came together four months ago from all over the San Fernando Valley, parents bound by concern about how climate change will affect their children. “I think a lot of the global movement so far has been focused on college students and a lot of Hollywood celebrities, but that hasn’t made it real for people,” said Miki Kim, a member of the grass-roots Families Against Climate Crisis. “We’re just a lot of Joe Normal families who are busy, who have jobs and kids and mortgages like many families across the country, but we have to take the time to set an example.” The group has created a Web site – www.thefaccs.org – with energy-conservation and environmental tips. If you go “An Inconvenient Truth” will be screened at 1 p.m. today at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Free admission. For more information, call (818) 342-1473. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And today, the group is hosting a screening of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the Oscar-winning documentary by former Vice President Al Gore, followed by presentations at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, where they are all members. “We want families to be aware of the issues so that they’re not looking at their kids years from now and saying `I’m really sorry,”‘ Kim said. “I think we can really get the word out,” said FACC member Spike Dolomite Ward. “We’re not tree huggers. We’re not hippies, and I think that’s why the messages are being dismissed. We’re just moms and dads.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 last_img