George Weah: From football star to Liberian president 2005: A surprise bid for the presidency George Weah had to face a number of setbacks after the end of his football career. He became a politician and took a shot at the presidency at Liberia'a first democratic elections after the end of the civil war in 2005. He came in second place in a runoff after former World Bank Vice President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Johnson-Sirleaf scored 59.4 percent of the vote, Weah got 40.6 percent. … [Read more...] about George Weah sworn in as president of Liberia
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Mr Vizcarra has issued a decree setting parliamentary elections for 26 January. "This exceptional measure will permit the citizenry to finally express themselves and define, at the polls and through their participation, the future of our country," he said. … [Read more...] about Peru in turmoil after President Vizcarra dissolves Congress
Asked before the election where he stood politically, he said: "Peru does not want extremism. We are the centre. What does it mean being at the centre? Very simple: great economic growth to finance social investments." … [Read more...] about Who is Peru’s new leader Pedro Pablo Kuczynski?
Parisse joined Toulon in the Top 14 following the World Cup, after ending his long association with Stade Français, and said earlier this month that his illustrious Test career would come to an end during this year's Six Nations in Rome, potentially winning his 143rd cap. … [Read more...] about Sergio Parisse to be handed recall before conclusion of Six Nations as Italy No 8 prepares for international farewell
Toussaint was born in Gert Town, a district of New Orleans populated mostly by African Americans. Both his parents loved music. His father, Clarence, a railway worker, played the trumpet with a big band at weekends and his mother, Naomi, loved opera. As a child Toussaint became steeped in gospel music and, inspired by Albert Ammons and Pinetop Smith, learned to play boogie-woogie on the piano, before exposure to the records of another pianist, Professor Longhair, reshaped his ambitions. His mother sent him at the age of eight for piano tuition in the junior music school of Xavier University of Louisiana, Gert Town. After barely half a dozen lessons, however, she withdrew him. “It’s too late,” he remembered her saying. “The boogie-woogie’s got him.” … [Read more...] about Allen Toussaint obituary