Welcome Back Home, Mr. Cummings!

first_imgMr. Alex Cummings is not only a truly outstanding Liberian but also a great citizen of the world. He retired last week from a position which placed him at the pinnacle of one of the world’s great multinational corporations, Coca Cola. In his 18 years of service at Coca Cola, he rose to the position of Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, which made him the company’s top executive. Before then he had served as Head of Coca Cola’s Africa operations, stationed first in Lagos, then in London as well as Johannesburg. When Alex retired last week, Mr. Muhtar Kent, Coca Cola’s Chief Executive Officer, said “Mr. Cummings’ legacy is a leader who focused on growth and made us more efficient and effective. He also has a passion for people and a vision for building sustainable communities as part of our local business.”What a great tribute to an international corporate servant, who happens to be a Liberian!Thankfully, the Daily Observer carried yesterday the story of Mr. Cummings’ retirement, including this glowing quotation from his boss, Mr. Kent. Our hope is that all Liberians have read or will read the story and take inspiration from it as they chart their future, both in the public and private sectors. In his service to Coca Cola, Alex Cummings set a perfect example surely not only for Liberians but for young people the world over. To serve a multinational corporation with such distinction and leave with such a great and glowing tribute is an example that people all over the world are called to emulate. There were indeed talented people of many nationalities throughout the world that could have been chosen to hold the position that this young Liberian business executive was offered in 2008. Thank God for his appointment and for all the roles he played at Coca Cola in the past 18 years, retiring with honor and distinction. What can young people all over the world, especially those in Mr. Cummings’ home country, Liberia, learn from this? The first thing they should learn is honesty. Would Cummings have even been hired by Coca Cola, or even Pillsbury, a global flour producer which he served in senior positions before joining Coca Cola, if he had not been an honest man? Not by sight!The second thing our young people should learn from Mr. Cummings is efficiency, effectiveness and hard work. These three-fold qualities are among the hallmarks of every successful professional servant, whether in the public or private sector. Remember, there are people who are highly efficient, but not necessarily effective. What made Alex Cummings both efficient and effective? There were two things: first, hard work and second, what Muhtar Kent called Alex’s “passion for people.” Indeed, there are many people who know a lot of book and who are also highly proficient at what they do. But they are not necessarily effective—why? Quite often because they lack people skills—the ability to get along with people—any kind of people. Mr. Kent said Alex Cummings had “a passion for people,” which means he got along very well with people, especially the people he had to work with to make his job at Coca Cola successful and the company profitable. Remember Mr. Kent said Alex was “a leader who focused on growth and has made us more efficient and effective.” Coca Cola could not have accomplished such an enviable record, staying on top in the soft drink business, in the face of stiff competition from company like Pepsi, its nearest rival, and many others. How did Alex Cummings do this? He had “a passion for people.” He knew that despite the immense financial, industrial and other resources at Coca Cola’s disposal, its most important asset was its people—the employees who, following leaders like Alex Cummings in whom they had implicit confidence, went on and gave their very best to Coca Cola to make it the efficient, effective, profitable and sustainable company it is.One other important attribute of Mr. Cummings is his humility. None of the people who worked for him ever considered him a “big boss,” though indeed he was. But Alex was a humble man and that most certainly earned him the admiration, respect and trust of his coworkers. We call on all Liberian youth and even those in middle age and older, and those throughout the world, to emulate the noble example of this great international corporate servant, Alexander B. Cummings. Those who do will certainly be highly successful, possibly even more successful than he. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Essequibo Coast GPL generator moved to Bartica for Regatta

first_imgA generator placed at the Anna Regina Power Station, Essequibo by the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) to supply the region with electricity has now been moved to Bartica for the Regatta.The GPL power plant at Anna Regina, Essequibo, Region TwoBusinesses and residents are reporting that the generator was removed by senior management.According to reports, the remaining generators cannot supply the Coast, and as such, residents are now faced with constant blackouts.A GPL source informed that the generator moved was currently the best generating set at the power plant.Meanwhile, businesses, especially those in the ice, fish, and meat industries, are complaining of the extra dollars they have to spend on running their own generators.Rice millers are also severely affected by this move. As such, the fed-up residents are complaining bitterly about the service provided by the power supply company.They are calling on the Government to speed up the process of replacing the old Wärtsilä Plant at Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).last_img read more

Businessman charged for selling expired, foreign-labelled items

first_imgThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) has filed charges against a businessman after seizing several expired and foreign-labelled items at his business.According to the Department, it recently seized 63 tins of “Anglo Corn Beef” labelled in a foreign language, and during this exercise has encountered expired items at the premise of the proprietor. However, the GA-FDD did not revealed the name of the businessman.The Department’s prosecutor on Thursday filed criminal charges against the proprietor for “knowingly and deliberately offering for sale expired and foreign-labelled items.”The Department has reiterated calls to all consumers to carefully examine all food products before making purchases, to ensure that these foods are labelled in English andcontain all the required labelling information, which includes brand name, common name, net contents, list of ingredients, storage instructions, name and address of manufacturer or person preparing the food, and its country of origin, expiry and manufacture dates.The GA-FDD disclosed that it has had cause to refuse entry to containers of food bringing in foreign labelled “Ovaltine” from Vietnam on May 10 last, and “Confectionery” from China on June 6th that were labelled in a foreign language, had no address of manufacturer, and were without date marks.“Wholesaler [and] retailers also have a legal responsibility to ensure that wholesome foods reach the consumers, and to ensure that all labels are in English. The Department is calling on these proprietors to adhere to the Food and Drugs Regulation or face prosecution,” the Department said in a statement.Under Regulation No. 18 of the Food & Drugs Act (Chapter 34:03) of the Laws of Guyana and the Food & Drugs Regulations No. 10 of 1977 of Guyana, it is a requirement for all foods, drugs,cosmetics and medical devices that are imported for sale or use in Guyana to have labels that are in English and comply with the requirements of Part II Section 18 (1) (2) which states the necessary information that the label should carry.However, the GA-FDD pointed out that it has been observed that there are numerous foreign labelled food items being offered for sale on the local market.“It is essential that regulated products be labeled in English so persons offering these products for sale and those using them can clearly understand important information, such as their direction for use, expiry date, ingredients, name [and] address of manufacturer, storage condition and necessary precautions. This enables consumers or users to make informed choices on products,” the Department emphasised.last_img read more

Nate Bouchard to join Canadian Cowboys for European Tour

first_imgIn return of sponsorship donations, Bouchard will send each sponsor a signed photo of Team Canada and of himself in appreciation of the sponsorships.If you are interested in making a donation, you can make a donation on Nate’s GoFundMe page or by contacting Anisa Mihailoff at 250-261-3219. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 11-year-old Nate Bouchard, of Fort St. John, has been rostered to the Canadian Cowboys for the European Tour.Bouchard, a member of the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association, will be touring Europe and represent Canada in the Czech Challenge Cup Tournament.Bouchard will be traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy in an all-exclusive 12 -day hockey tour from August 1 to the 13, 2019.- Advertisement -Bouchard’s mother, Anisa Mihailoff, says her son is dedicated to playing hockey and even has aspirations of making it one day to the NHL.“He works out twice a day, minimum, he’s always shooting pucks, and he won’t eat junk food. He’s very dedicated, he wants to be in the NHL one day; he works very hard towards it.”Bouchard is currently seeking sponsorship donations to help with travelling costs and to bring his grandpa who never misses a game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Loyola, 91-61

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN 3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster Bradley 2/28/2016 – 2:00 PM Story Links Next Game: Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) dropped in a game-high 27 points for the Drake University women’s basketball team in a 91-61 victory over the Loyola Ramblers in the program’s annual “Pink Game” on Friday night at the Knapp Center in front of 2,834 fans. Drake (18-8, 11-4 MVC) snapped a two-game losing streak with Friday night’s big win as the Bulldogs scored more than 90 points for the sixth time this season. All nine Bulldogs scored at least three points as the team, led by junior point guard Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) game-high seven assists, handed out 25 total assists on 32 field goals.”When we wear pink jerseys it means a little bit more,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk of the program’s annual tradition to honor those women in the Drake and Des Moines communities who are or have fought cancer along with celebrating members of the local medical community who assist the women in their fight. “A lot of the Drake family has been touched by this disease, so to fight with and fight for these women is at the forefront of why we host this night every year.” Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) just missed her second straight double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds in only 18 minutes. Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) added eight points, including a key three-pointer midway through the first quarter that broke a 12-12 tie. Greiner’s three along with eight-straight points from Dean was part of an 11-1 closing run to the opening period as the Bulldogs never trailed again in the contest. Freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had a career-high six assists while senior Emma Donahue matched her career-high with 10 rebounds. Freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) chipped in seven points. Wendell added four rebounds and five steals. “Right now is when we need to start getting better and find our momentum,” Baranczyk said as her team has just three regular season games remaining before the MVC Tournament on March 10-13. “For a young team this was really fun tonight. We have had some not so fun games as of late so this was really fun for us. I love this team and believe in them. Everyone has gotten a year older in experience as this season has gone on. Our freshmen are sophomores, are sophomores are juniors, our juniors are seniors.” Drake dominated the glass with a 48-28 advantage over Loyola (13-14, 9-7 MVC), including a 13-3 advantage on the offensive glass. The Bulldogs doubled their previous two game total of three-pointers made (six) with 12 against the Ramblers. Drake hosts its final regular season home game on Sunday afternoon when the Bradley Braves visit the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and the program will honor Donahue, its lone senior, after the game. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more