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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


first_imgTerry Stewart, from Ballybofey, Co. Donegal has won €22,000 on last Saturdays (25th July 2015) National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE. Pictured here at the presentation of the winning cheques were from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host; Terry Stewart, the winning player; Harry Cooke, Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs at the National Lottery who made the presentation and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought Eason’s, Letterkenny S/C, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Pic; Mac Innes Photography.A FORMER actor in Baywatch from County Donegal was among two winners on the weekend edition of TV’s Winning Streak.Terry Stewart (66) is originally from Ramelton and now lives in Ballybofey but for many years he lived in Los Angeles, and appeared in Baywatch and films with Mel Gibson and Malcolm McDowell.Terry called the United States home for 22 years and returned to Ireland in 2008 after recovering from cancer. He originally moved to the US in the 1980’s to work in construction and got into the acting business in Los Angeles.He worked as an extra in movies such as What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Red Rose and Petrol with Malcolm McDowell and former Miss Ireland Olivia Treacy. Terry also appeared in Baywatch. He lived in Beverly Hills near Mark Wahlberg and his brother Donnie.Life in Donegal is very different to California but Terry loves the people, the landscape and living near his two sisters and two brothers. The Oasis Bar in Letterkenny put a bus on for Terry’s friends to travel to Dublin to support him in the Winning Streak audience.He won €22,000 on Saturday’s show. Angie Doherty (37) who lives in Malin Head with her husband James and four sons, Michael (17), Bailey (15), Kyle (13) and Blane (8) also won €22,000 on the same show.She works in Seaview Stores in Malin Head (or Docs as it is known in the area) where she bought her lucky ticket. She marked her nine year anniversary working at Docs on Saturday during the Winning Streak show.Angie shares her Winning Streak tickets every week with a friend, Billy McKeeney. They swap names every week if they get three stars and it was her turn the week the ticket was pulled from the drum. Billy was in the audience on the night.Her winnings included a holiday to New York.Angie Doherty from Malin Head, Co. Donegal has won €22,000 including a holiday to New York on last Saturdays (25th July 2015) National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE. Pictured here at the presentation of the winning cheques were from left to right: Catriona Doherty, Ticket Selling Agent, XL Stop & Shop, Ballygorman, Malin Head, Co. Donegal. Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host; Angie Doherty, the winning player; Harry Cooke, Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs at the National Lottery who made the presentation and, Sinead Kennedy Winning Streak game show co-host. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.BAYWATCH TERRY AMONG DONEGAL WINNERS ON €44K WINNING STREAK was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBaywatchMalin HeadRameltonterryWinning Streaklast_img read more


first_img 107 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That protest movement ballooned Sunday following Trump’s weekend rant that began with him calling for NFL protesters to be fired. It continued Saturday with the president rescinding a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who had said they were considering not attending.By Sunday, it was one of the main topics of conversation on social media and around the country.In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than a dozen New Orleans Saints players sat during the anthem, including star running back Adrian Peterson. In Buffalo, New York, more than half the Denver Broncos knelt during the anthem and a handful of Buffalo Bills sat or knelt.In Minneapolis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson knelt with the rest of the team locking arms during the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Minnesota Vikings also locked arms. Although no Vikings were spotted taking a knee during the anthem, at least a dozen players sprinted into one end zone and took a knee with head bowed, before the crowd was asked to stand.On Sunday, NFL owners continued issuing statements condemning the president’s divisive words and players took part in displays of unity across the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in their locker room for the national anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears. A host of Browns players demonstrate pregame in Indy. pic.twitter.com/McNxeMGKvu— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) September 24, 2017 A group of Saints players remains seated during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/3NsTiiBWBK— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 24, 2017The reactions reverberated across the Atlantic, where about two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams’ game at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players on both teams and Jaguars owner Shad Khan remained locked arm-in-arm throughout the playing of the national anthem and “God Save The Queen.” No players were kneeling during the British anthem.Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest to police treatment of minorities last year. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy. Whole bunch of Patriots players are kneeling. There are some boos in the crowd pic.twitter.com/nLkc6TeQRh— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 24, 2017 Top Stories Sports hasn’t been immune from America’s deep political rifts, but the president’s delving into the NFL protests started by Kaepernick brought new attention.After the Warriors White House invite was rescinded, the National Hockey League’s reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced they did accept a White House invitation from Trump.In a statement released Sunday morning, the Penguins said they respect the office of the president and “the long tradition of championship team visiting the White House.” The Penguins were honored by Barack Obama after winning the Stanley Cup in 2016 and previously by George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s.Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump’s comments in a Friday night speech in Huntsville, Alabama, and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation’s top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a “bum.” Hours later, Major League Baseball saw its first player take a knee during the national anthem.“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,’” Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, comments he kept echoing over the next two days.center_img Baltimore Ravens strong safety Tony Jefferson (23) and Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon, left, kneel down with teammates during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”Last week across the entire NFL, only four players knelt or sat, and two stood with their fists raised. In the nine early games Sunday, AP reporters counted 102 players kneeling or sitting, and at least three raising their fists. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” the president said in a Sunday morning tweet.Trump also mocked the league’s crackdown on illegal hits, suggesting the league had softened because of its safety initiatives, which stem from an increased awareness of the devastating effects of repeated hits to the head.The league and its players, often at odds, have been united in condemning the president’s criticisms, with commissioner Roger Goodell saying Saturday that “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Trump’s attacks Sunday, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that the president thinks “owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem.” Mnuchin added that “they can do free speech on their own time.”New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who’s been a strong supporter of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump on Sunday. 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