Coca-Cola International, a global nonalcoholic beverage bottling company operating in the country, has announced plans for the expansion of its production by adding new varieties to its many products on the local market as well as expanding its production capacity.Coca-Cola’s vice president and, Alexander B. Cummings, who led a high-level delegation to Liberia last Friday, informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that his company, having operated in Liberia for over 50 years, was pleased to announce an expansion of its production by adding pure water and canned juice components to its product lines.Coca-Cola International is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. The company has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Columbus, Georgia.The company’s vice president, who is a Liberian national, made the disclosure about the pending expansion on Friday September 26, when he and his delegation paid a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.He used the occasion to reaffirm the company’s commitment to further invest in Liberia as its contribution to post-war reconstruction, terming its partnership as not just “a fair weather” partner.“The expansion,” Mr. Cummings disclosed, “is a result of the conducive investment climate and the long standing partnership between Coca-Cola and Liberia, which will further provide additional job opportunities for the country,” an Executive Mansion press release quotes Mr. Cummings as saying.The new products, particularly Bonaqua mineral water, Mr. Cummings indicated, is expected to come online by March 2015. He said the equipment for the company’s expansion will begin arriving in the country this month, October, 2014.Mr. Cummings stressed that the production of the Bonaqua mineral water will eventually lead to the production of canned juices in Liberia.On behalf of the company’s chief executive officer, Muhtar Kent, Mr. Cummings extended best wishes to President Sirleaf as she fights Ebola and expressed deepest sadness as he watches and listens to news on how Ebola is claiming the lives of thousands in the sub-region including Liberia.Mr. Cummings quoted Mr. Kent as saying that he has committed his company to closely working with President Sirleaf and her Mano River Union counterparts to fight the Ebola outbreak.Responding, President Sirleaf said Liberia was pleased by the announcement of the expansion as it demonstrates the company’s confidence in Liberia’s investment climate. She assured the delegation of government’s openness to seeing more investment in Liberia while also expressing optimism that direct foreign investment turns to job creation and infrastructure development.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has joined the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country with a large donation including several assorted medical items to the National Task Force (NTF) on Ebola. Mr. Cummings promised to continue its assistance until a total eradication is reported.The Coca-Cola vice president said items donated included a 40-foot container of medical supplies, 50,000 cases of Bonaqua mineral water.Other items donated by the company included 30 infrared thermometers to twenty hospitals, and300 hand washing kits to communities surrounding its production site in Paynesville. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.– Cuadrado’s trickery –Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defence to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equaliser when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.Colombia, however, were not to be denied.When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defence apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Falcao led Colombia back into World Cup contention© AFP Roman KruchininMOSCOW, Russia, June 25 – Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.