‘Liberia is Grateful to Nation’s Genuine Investors’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai, has assured the nation’s genuine investors that Liberians are very grateful for their socio-economic contributions to the development, growth and progress of the country.VP Boakai made the assertion Friday at the launch of the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s (LCCBC) Cultural Leadership Campaign held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.Vice President Boakai described Coca-Cola/LCCBC as a true partner in progress that has made significant contributions to the overall development and progress of the country.He added that even during the height of the Ebola spread and after the crisis, LCCBC/Coca- Cola Company demonstrated consolidated partnership to all Liberians, irrespective of political, social and economic backgrounds.He recalled that in 2006 the management of the LCCBC/Coca-Cola was in Voinjama, Lofa, Gbarnga and Bong Counties and other strategic areas.The Liberian Vice President further pointed out that during the administration of LCCBC’s predecessor Rockefeller Findley, the management distributed a number of umbrellas to several small and retail customers in the country.VP Boakai also indicated that the LCCBC is not only interested in the promotion of its brand products on the Liberian market, but has worked with the Liberian government to ensure genuine development.“Keep all rules, keep safe and follow all the health measures during these crucial period of the post Ebola virus challenges and economic constraints,” VP Boakai admonished.In addition, VP Boakai assured the management of LCCBC and other investors in the country of the Liberian government’s support, protection and an enabling business environment.In closing, VP Boakai urged the Coca-Cola/LCCBC to ensure that the entity’s initiatives help in the creation of jobs for Liberians and other professionals in the country.In his statement, Mr. Philippe Ayivor, LCCBC Country Manager intimated that the entity believes in the indomitable spirit of Liberians across the country.Ayivor described Liberians as having an inner strength and as far as Coca-Cola is concerned, Liberia is an unconquerable nation despite enormous challenges.“You have overcome all your insurmountable challenges and constraints during some of your critical and difficult times,” Mr. Ayivor asserted.Executive Ayivor also pointed out that this is the kind of spirit LCCBC/Coca has seen in Liberia and that is the reason the occasion has been planned to celebrate, honor and send a message from horror to genuine hope.He disclosed that Coke was founded in 1886 and Liberia was founded as a Republic in 1847, thus making Liberia far older than Coca-Cola.Manager Ayivor said the Coca-Cola Company was established in Liberia in 1949; hence the entity has been with Liberia for a long time.He also indicated that during the height of the civil crisis, the economic fortune of Liberia turned negatively and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Liberia declined ninety percent.During the deadly Ebola virus crisis, Mr. Ayivor recounted that LCCBC/Coca-Cola distributed medical equipment, water, drugs and other critical materials to help save the lives of many Liberians.He also disclosed the cost associated with the procurement of the medical supplies, and other sanitation materials in the neighborhood of US$500,000.“We believe that the sun is rising again for Liberia and LCCBC/Coca-Cola is taking the message on the road through the country in order to bring hope to our people and refresh and introduce our products,” Mr. Ayivor emphasized.Earlier during the welcome remarks, Country Manager Seth Adu-Baah recounted the many contributions of the entity and pledged to support the Liberian government and people in its enormous post Ebola challenges.During the launch of the Cultural Leadership Campaign, Madam Kyndy Kabbah was designated by the management to serve as the brand ambassador in Liberia.Madam Kabbah, spent 23 days in an Ebola Treatment Unit after contracting the disease and by the grace of God and medical doctors, got cured.In response, Madam Kabbah accepted the honor and pledged to work with the LCCBC in its Ebola awareness and brand exposure initiatives in 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

Fans dance in Berlin rain as Germany survive

first_img“I’m so, so so happy,” screamed Rasdan Abdullah as the final whistle sounded in Sochi.“It’s a great feeling,” said Birgit Schlag, who had come to Berlin to see the Rolling Stones in concert the day before.The rain had just begun to fall in the German capital as Ola Toivonen fired Sweden ahead on the half-hour mark, and grey clouds lingered as the crowd sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at half-time.They breathed a sigh of relief when Marco Reus equalised just after the break.And when Kroos curled in a free-kick in the fifth minute of injury-time, the fans were in ecstasy.“I said before the game that Reus would score,” said a beaming Dieter Mann, a 60-year-old tour guide with Germany flags stuck to his head.“It was the right decision to pick him and drop Mesut Ozil.”Thousands of fans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate to watch the game on giant screens © AFP / John MACDOUGALL“Defeat for us today was about as likely as England winning the World Cup,” said 37-year-old jobseeker Marcel Kreisel, and fell about laughing.Having slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening game, Germany had to beat Sweden to avoid elimination and keep alive their dreams of retaining the World Cup.With Mexico top of Group F after winning their second match on Saturday, Germany play South Korea on Wednesday knowing they must do as well as the Swedes against Mexico if they are to progress to the knockout round.“A man down! Crazy! Thanks for the comeback and good luck to the national team,” Steffen Seibert, the spokesman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Twitter.The German media were just as relieved.“Kroos and Reus rescue our World Cup hopes,” was the headline on Germany’s top-selling daily Bild, adding: “My God was that important!”“Blood, sweat and tears. And then came Kroos,” was the headline on Berlin-based national daily Die Welt, while Frankfurt’s FAZ went for “Germany win with a shot of luck”.“Kroos twists the hope back,” was Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s take.Former international Thomas Hitzlsperger said the win could galvanise the team as they had battled to victory despite the sending off of key defender Jerome Boeteng late in the game.“There was a lot of criticism (after the defeat against Mexico),” Hitzlsperger said.“So to win a match like that when we were a man down it could be a very big World Cup for this team.“We can see by what happened that the players are closing ranks and getting tighter.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany supporters in Berlin were in ecstasy after their team salvaged their World Cup chances © AFP / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Jun 24 – Fans danced in the rain in Berlin on Saturday as defending champions Germany avoided an embarrassing World Cup exit with a 2-1 win over Sweden.Thousands of supporters watching on big screens at the Brandenburg Gate huddled nervously under grey clouds and drizzle, before throwing their umbrellas away as Toni Kroos’ late winner saved Germany.last_img read more