Lessons of the victorious Harvard dining hall strike, Part 4

first_imgThe 750 striking Harvard University Dining Service workers — cooks, dishwashers, servers and cashiers — brought multibillion-dollar Harvard University to its knees on Oct. 25, 2016. After a three-week strike, the university bosses caved, giving the members of UNITE HERE Local 26 even more than they had initially demanded. Most importantly, all the health care takeaways the Harvard Corporation had demanded were off the table. The strike victory holds valuable lessons for workers and oppressed in the age of global capitalism — particularly under the Trump administration and the rise of fascist, racist elements. Workers World’s Martha Grevatt interviewed Chief Steward Ed Childs, a cook and leader in Local 26 for more than 40 years. This is the fourth in a series of articles based on the interviews where Childs explains how the workers won.We had no illusions that we could beat this country’s oldest corporation — Harvard Corporation, which follows the dictates of Wall Street — by just going through the motions of picketing each worksite. Our tactics were all militant, class-struggle tactics: constant pickets, marches and rallies with raucous chanting and constant drumming on plastic buckets. You could hear us all over campus and in classrooms.Beating back the attack on health care — saving it from the 1% — is the beginning of something with national and international significance. People see Trump attacking even the limited Affordable Care Act and feel hopeless about the fight for health care. We showed we can win.By the third week, Harvard’s position was crumbling. We pushed them over the edge when students occupied the building where we were negotiating. Seizing the means of production isn’t just about factories. When you are up against a for-profit university, where finance capital trains its own, a classroom building is the means of production.Occupations are a left tactic communists perfected in the 1930s. As Sam Marcy explained in the book “High Tech, Low Pay,” “Seizure and occupation of the plants and other facilities have the effect of hastening a crisis in the relationship between the employers and the workers. … It can change the form of the struggle, take it out of its narrow confines and impart to it a broader perspective. In truth, it brings to the surface a new working-class perspective on the struggle between the workers and the bosses. It says in so many words that we are not tied to a one-dimensional type of struggle with the bosses at a time when they have the levers of political authority in their hands.”That is as true in a restaurant, hospital or university as inside a plant.In the middle of the occupation, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, which had not covered us since the first day, suddenly had an editorial saying to settle with the workers. TV news, which had been negative, said the same. Even Harvard’s own press people told the media to say it was time for Harvard to settle.Now the UNITE HERE International has claimed the Harvard strike as its own. Because it was so successful and had so much support, they wanted to call for a general strike on Inauguration Day. The international president of the union could not convince anyone in the AFL-CIO, but he said that the Harvard strike proves it can be done. The union also asked its employers to give workers the day off to protest immigrant-bashing. Would this be happening inside our union if we had not waged a successful strike against Harvard — and indirectly against Wall Street?Employing communist tacticsWith the strike victory behind us, we need to absorb its lessons. What is the role of communists in unions: What do they do? All of our tactics have to be viewed as Leninist tactics as distinct from ultra-leftism. We need to revive a revolutionary Leninist union perspective and not let Lenin’s union work be lost.What Lenin wrote in “Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder” describes revolutionary tactics to a “T.” Lenin was worried that his experience leading to the success of the Russian Revolution would be lost because Russia was a backward country and the bourgeoisie was organizing to crush it.Union leaders like Samuel Gompers in the U.S. and others in Europe laughed at Lenin, but Lenin said to fight it out with the labor bureaucracy!Look at the union leadership in the U.S. since the American Federation of Labor’s founding in 1886. There have only been six presidents: Gompers, Green, Meany, Kirkland, Sweeney, Trumka — the first three were for life. But Lenin said to stay in the unions.There has been a debate in the labor movement about what won our strike, but it was classic Leninism: We won with a political struggle. I’ve learned from Sam Marcy, Milt Neidenberg and others how we struggle — “mild in manner, bold in matter” — by bringing the officials along but controlling our message and getting the politics across. If we ignore the fact that this was led and nurtured by communists, we lose half the meaning of this strike.All of my work in the union has been about applying a classic Marxist-Leninist approach to a current situation. Workers World Party has been the guiding light of this union from the time when we first organized, through past strikes and last year’s battle. Workers World was the only news source anywhere to chronicle every event of the strike from the workers’ viewpoint.What Marx wrote in “Trade Unions: Their Past, Present and Future” in 1866 applies totally today: “Apart from their original purposes, [unions] must now learn to act deliberately as organizing centers of the working class, in the broad interest of its complete emancipation. They must aid every social and political movement tending in that direction. Considering themselves and acting as the champion representatives of the whole working class, that cannot fail to enlist the non-society [workers] into their ranks.“They must look carefully after the interests of the worst paid trades, such as the agricultural laborers [and today the service proletariat, including precarious workers], rendered powerless by exceptional circumstances. They must convince the world at large that their efforts, far from being narrow and selfish, aim at the emancipation of the downtrodden millions.”Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes, speaking to party labor cadre in September, brought this up to date: “The organization of the working class must advance to encompass larger and larger numbers, whatever their circumstances — not based on an industry or a country, but on overthrowing capitalism.”Phebe Eckfeldt, Steve Gillis, Martha Grevatt, Steve Kirschbaum, Milt Neidenberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt contributed to this series of articles.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Trio of services will honor veterans

first_img Book Nook to reopen Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Published 9:58 pm Thursday, May 22, 2014 Trio of services will honor veterans Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Judge hears retrial motion Motions for a new trial filed by a Troy man were heard by a judge this week, just before the… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Articlecenter_img Skip Area residents will have opportunities to attend Memorial Day Services at three locations on Monday.The mid-morning service will be hosted by Brundidge VFW Post 7055 at 9 a.m. at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in downtown Brundidge.“This is a short but meaningful Memorial Day Service,” said Freddie Turner Post quartermaster. “We’ll honor our flag, lay a wreath at the Veterans Memorial there on the library grounds and have prayer. This is an opportunity for people to come together to honor the men and women who died in service to our country and then spend time with their families.”Memorial Day Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Park in Troy and at Elam Cemetery in Elamville. The service at Bicentennial Park will be hosted by American Legion Post 70 in Troy. VFW Post 7055 will host the service at Elam Cemetery.Bob McLendon, Post 70 commander, said Memorial Day services are special because they honor those who died in service to their country.“On Veterans Days, we honor all of those who have served but Memorial Day is a more solemn occasion,” McLendon said. “At this service, we will read the names of all Pike Countians who died from combat wounds from World War I through Iraqi Freedom.”Bill Myrick, a Vietnam veteran and a longtime Veterans Affairs Service Officer, will be the featured speaker.Each year, Post 70 invites a veteran from a different war era to speak.McLendon owns Conecuh River Depot Military Museum and will have memorabilia from the Vietnam War period on display.The American Legion Post 70 Auxiliary will add names to the Memorial Wall at Bicentennial Park and also place a memorial wreath at the site.Also at an 11 a.m. service, VFW Post 7055 will host a Memorial Day service at Elam Cemetery at Elamville.Turner said the cemetery is of special significance in that more than 60 veterans are buried there.“Veterans as far back as the Civil War are buried at Elam Cemetery,” Turner said. “On Memorial Day, we will honor them and all veterans who gave their lives in service to our country.”State Sen. Billy Beasley of Barbour County will be the featured speaker at the Elam Cemetery service. Special music will also be a highlight of the service along with the laying of the memorial wreath.“After the services, we’ll have a covered dish lunch at Elam Baptist Church,” Turner said. “Everyone is invited.” Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Network Auctions Conference deemed a success

first_imgThe popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, providing sellers with an alternative means of disposing of property, as well as providing estate agents with yet another potential revenue stream, not to mention an opportunity to add an extra string to their bow in terms of the services that they provide their clients with.While there is little to stop an agency setting up their own auctions department, many opt to establish links with one or more experienced auctioneers, which may explain why Network Auctions’ partner agent conference at the Grosvenor House hotel in London last week was so well attended.More than 60 partner agents from all over the UK attended the event, which included presentations from a host of leading industry figures, including David Sandeman of the EI Group, industry trainer Tim Wakelin and property industry mentor Michael Day of Integra Property Services.The conference also saw the launch of Network E, which is a new method of sale that enables sellers for whom a traditional auction process is unsuitable, to still benefit from the certainty and speed of the auction process.An online bidding system creates an exclusivity agreement upon the fall of the electronic gavel and a fixed exchange date is set. In the unlikely event of a transaction failing to reach exchange because the buyer defaults, the deposit is shared between the seller and the agent.Network Auctions has already successfully sold property through the Network E system and it was well received by people at the conference.Toby Limbrick, Managing Director of Network Auctions, said, “The conference was a great success and exceeded our expectations. Feedback on all aspects of the day and, in particular the quality of the content, was excellent and I have no doubt that our partners are now even more enthused and equipped to differentiate themselves in the market and enjoy even more success in 2016.”With more buyers armed with their cheque book now packing in to auction rooms up and down the country, competition among bidders is growing, driving up property sale prices in the process, with many lots selling, as reflected by the average sales success rate of 82 per cent achieved by Network Auctions in 2015.During 2015 Network Auctions’ partner agents received a ticket for every lot entered in an auction. The winning ticket was drawn at the conference by Network Auctions’ Penny Nichol and Hartwell Partnership from Aylesbury went home with a cheque for £3,000.online bidding system Network Auctions Conference property auctions auctions 2016-01-27The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Agencies & People » Network Auctions Conference deemed a success Network Auctions Conference deemed a success27th January 20160547 Viewslast_img read more

Soybean acres double

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s been a decade since Georgia farmers figured to plant as many soybeans as this year. With much more now at stake, experts are watching to see if the state’s weather and a helpful predator can keep two new soybean saboteurs (a disease and an insect) at bay.Growers are expected to grow more than 300,000 acres of soybeans in Georgia this year, says Nathan Smith, a Cooperative Extension agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That’s double the acreage of last year.Soybean prices are around $8 a bushel now, he said, $2 higher than last year and the five-year average.The sharp price increase is largely due to corn prices’ being pushed up to $4 a bushel on the rabid demand of the U.S. ethanol boom. Buyers are offering more to make soybeans look as sweet as corn economically this year.A potential problem with the acreage upsurge is Asiatic soybean rust, which has already been confirmed in seven places in five southwest Georgia counties this year.Caused by a fungus, the disease has caused billions of dollars in damage in Brazil and other tropical countries for years. It was first found in the United States in 2004, most likely catching a ride from South America on a late-season storm.Freezing temperatures kill this disease, and even south Georgia freezes. But the rust can overwinter on protected kudzu that isn’t killed in winter, says UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait. That’s where it’s been found so far this year.The good news is that even though it can overwinter, the disease must be introduced anew to commercially grown Georgia soybeans each year. This has happened later in the summer when soybean plants have developed pods, Kemerait said. In Brazil, it’s always around and can destroy fragile blooms.Georgia’s notoriously hot and often dry summers also keep the disease from spreading as it does in Brazil. There, it can travel hundreds of miles in a day.Before the disease, Georgia farmers rarely sprayed fungicides to protect soybeans. It wasn’t economical. But over the past two years, they’ve sprayed at least half the crop, and the disease still has caused some damage.Due to the increase in acreage and expected higher value this year, Kemerait said, growers need to be ready to apply timely fungicides to protect the crop if the disease spreads early.Another soybean pest now lives in north Georgia. The Asian soybean aphid was first discovered in the U.S. in Wisconsin in 2000, says Bob McPherson, a UGA research entomologist. It has since spread to more than 20 states, hitting Georgia in 2002.Left untreated, the 10th-of-an-inch insect can multiply quickly and cut yields by 40 percent in some northern states, he said.These aphids like Georgia’s winter weather and overwinter easily, he said. But they don’t like the hot, dry summer, particularly in south Georgia, where most soybeans are grown.Lady beetles, however, do like Georgia’s weather year-round. And they’re found in high numbers statewide. They don’t hurt plants, McPherson said. But they love to eat aphids, particularly soybean aphids. They can be found munching on them in north Georgia.The Asian soybean aphid will likely never reach a population able to damage Georgia soybean yields, he said. But they will continue to be monitored.”They’re still rascals that are good at adapting like all insects,” he said. “I have seen some insects once under control adapt, and here we go again.”last_img read more

Danish pensions lobby chief quits after 15 years as latest action plan kicks in

first_imgPer Bremer Rasmussen, the chief executive officer of Danish pensions industry association Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD), is stepping down, leaving the top role on 1 August, the organisation announced.His departure is linked to IPD’s unveiling of its new action plan, “Strategy 2025”, with the lobby group saying its supervisory board believed now was a natural time to have a new CEO.Bremer Rasmussen said: “It’s been 15 years since I joined Insurance & Pension Denmark. During that time, I have helped formulate and implement three ambitious strategies.“The board of directors adopted a new strategy at the end of 2019. It should be a new chief executive rolling it out,” he added. The association said it had started the process of finding a new leader.Under the new plan, which is to be implemented over the next few years, the sector aims to “be known for its contribution to solving some of the biggest challenges facing Danish and international society”, IPD said.It highlighted the welfare and security of individuals, as well as sustainability and the necessary green transition in Denmark and abroad.IPD’s Strategy 2025 document mentions the commitment the sector made alongside the Danish government at the United Nations to invest an additional sum of around DKK350bn (€46bn) in climate and environmentally-friendly electricity generation worldwide by 2030.It also addresses the need for continued and increased focus on ethical behaviour within the areas of investment, tax, data and with regard to consumers.“We will work to ensure that the industry gets into order within its own ranks, and we will set stricter requirements for those who work with us,” the group said in the plan.In another recent change at the top of the lobby group, in November Laila Mortensen, the CEO of labour market pension fund Industriens Pension, was elected as the new chair of IPD’s supervisory board.last_img read more

O’Connor Receives Additional Charges in a Murder Case

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere’s has been an update to a case WBKB News has been following. We have now learned that additional charges have been filed in the open murder case of John O’Connor. O’Connor has now been charged with mutilation and disinterment of a human body. The 55–year–old Grayling man was charged in the death of 46–year–old Michelle Kukulski.A state police K9 found Kukulski’s body back in December in Oscoda County. O’Connor confessed to killing his longtime on and off again girlfriend after a fight. O’Connor is expected to appear back in court next month.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Councilman Nowak and Mayor Pro Tem Johnson said no to RV parkNext Learn How to Set New Year Goals Instead of Resolutionslast_img read more

Augustine Arhinful cautions Black Stars

first_imgEx-Ghana international Augustine Arhinful has cautioned the Black Stars to be wary of a ‘dangerous’ Mozambique side ahead of their 2017 AFCON qualifier today.The two teams will clash in Accra in their third group of the qualifiers.Ghana will be chasing a third consecutive win in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against bottom side Mozambique at the Accra Sport Stadium.The Black Stars must avoid defeat against the OS Mambas to make the return leg a mere formality on Sunday in Mozambique.Both teams have kept their cards close to their chest even though Mozambique have engaged in psychological battle ahead of the crunch tie at the Accra Sports stadium.The formal Liverpool player has tipped his men to silence the West Africans at their own backyard and the ex-international has warned the team to be cautious against a solid OS Mambas side. “We have to be cautious. No complacency. We have all the names but in football anything is possible,” Arhinful told Asempa Sports“We have the potential but we must be careful a bit against them. We should not make a mistake because our opponent won’t come cheap.”“They (Mozambique) do not have the quality, skills, materials that we have but they are a dangerous side.”“But I’m confident we can come to the party this afternoon.”Ghana tops Group H with Six points after two matches while The Mambas are without a win.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Blower Door Testing

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Air leaks in houses are a big problem. Leaks make homes uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool. They create condensing cold spots that attract mold and rot. They lead to frozen pipes and make homes less resilient during prolonged power outages.Dealing with air leaks starts with locating them. There are many ways to find air leaks; the easiest and most common is to use a blower door. Blower-door tests used to be the exclusive domain of weatherization workers and building-science geeks, but that’s not the case anymore. Everyone involved in residential building needs to become more familiar with blower-door testing because universal testing for all new homes is coming.Section N1102.4.1 of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) includes a requirement for blower-door testing with airtightness standards spelled out for the country’s various climate zones. New houses will need to meet or exceed these airtightness numbers to meet the current building code (see climate-zone map, below). It’s not clear who will do the testing, however. Some code-enforcement offices let contractors do their own blower-door tests. Others require third-party testing. It seems likely that some will have their inspectors do the testing. How does a blower door work? A blower door has a powerful variable-speed fan and a two-channel digital manometer, or air-pressure gauge. After being temporarily installed in an exterior door opening and turned on, it draws air from the house and blows it outside. The manometer measures both inside and outside air pressure.For most of the tests, the idea is to register a 50-pascal (Pa) difference between the inside and outside air pressure using the blower door’s 3â„4-hp fan. The amount of air and fan power that it takes to register the 50-Pa difference corresponds to how tight or how leaky… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

first_imgLATEST STORIES AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more

Ex-football star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin

first_imgThe National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.Their Coalition for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Vice President Boakai’s Unity Party which got 38.5 percent of the votes, NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSupporters at Weah’s party headquarters immediately erupted into celebrations that brought traffic outside to a complete standstill.Africa’s first female president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not better tackling corruption. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was “honored to join a new generation of heads of state.”Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that “we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow’s Africa.”The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after retirement from soccer more than a decade ago, led the first-round vote in October but didn’t receive enough ballots to win outright over the 73-year-old Boakai, who has been vice president for 12 years. Sirleaf didn’t publicly support either candidate.In his remarks conceding the election, Boakai offered a “hand of goodwill” to Weah and dismissed the idea of challenging the runoff results in court, alluding to past conflicts.“I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience,” he said. “I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship and uncertainty on our people.”ADVERTISEMENT AC Milan on Friday tweeted its congratulations on “legend” Weah’s win. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had “a special place in the French’s hearts.”Weah’s limited educational background hurt his political aspirations, and he returned to school after the 2005 attempt for president. He obtained a high school diploma abroad and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.“A personal story of sheer grit,” African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted, pointing out that Weah earned the degree well into his 40s.As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf’s son Robert for the seat.Weah’s critics have argued that his lack of political experience makes him unequipped for Liberia’s top job. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Former soccer star George Weah, Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, casts his vote during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017, Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the vice president to replace Africa’s first female head of state. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia— Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia’s new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Weah is expected to take office in January.Though voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia’s population of 4.6 million people.“We are young people and have suffered in this country for so long,” said one supporter, Love Norrision.The commission said 56 percent of the country’s 2.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the runoff, which was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov. 7 date delayed.This was Liberia’s first independently run election since the end of its civil wars. The United Nations has helped to oversee past votes.Weah led the ticket for a coalition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, with Jewel Howard-Taylor as his vice presidential running mate. She is a senator and the ex-wife of imprisoned former warlord and President Charles Taylor, which raised concerns among some Liberians.Weah had run in the country’s last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term.Weah’s rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him “King George.”He was born in a slum of the capital, Monrovia, and showed early promise in soccer. He played for top local clubs before starting his international career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year. He later played for Chelsea and Manchester City. MOST READlast_img read more