Our President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her brief Tuesday evening broadcast to the nation, claimed that Liberia’s democracy and reputation are “under assault.”She also called on Liberians to “continue to respect each other, the rule of law, human kindness and decency.”The one thing we pray for is that she is not accusing Liberty Party standard bearer Counselor Charles Brumskine and other political parties and many citizens supporting them—that she is not accusing them of placing Liberia’s democracy under assault. That would be a travesty (mockery, pretense).Let us quickly recall what has led Counselor Brumskine and his supporters to court. It had nothing to do with Brumskine coming third in the October 10 presidential race. Remember, he came third in the 2005 election, and did not go to court. His case has everything to do with the alleged massive irregularities that took place in the recent October 10 election.First, the ballot stuffing in several places around the country, including District 4 in Nimba County, which led to a rerun of the Representative election. In Nimba’s District 8, there was a recount, and the incumbent Representative who lost in the first counting, won in the second. This was a glaring case of fraud on the part of the NEC staffers who conducted the election.Second, the delay in the starting of the poll on Election Day which, according to Liberty Party, led to the denial of over a half million eligible voters to participate in the election. This was clearly a contravention of the Liberian Constitution, and the denial of those citizens’ constitutional rights.Third, a man named Amos Siebo, who works in President Sirleaf’s office, was caught carrying out voters registration in his private home, a most serious contravention of the country’s Election Laws. Siebo was never prosecuted, and is back on the job in the President’s office. Where, we ask, is the “decency” in that? Did the President know about this outrageous and criminal incident? Just in case she did, what did she do about it in the interest of “decency” and “law-abiding”?That is why we have chosen for the theme of this Editorial, “The Singer, not the Song.”Fourth, all centers at the polling precincts were each supposed to have had 550 voters. But instead, there were in at least one center in Grand Gedeh County 1,500 voters in favor of the presidential candidate George Weah’s Coalition (CDC) for Democratic Change.Remember the overwhelming number excess ballots brought in by NEC Chairman Korkoyah—a development that was seriously questioned by many, including this newspaper, Daily Observer.Fifth, where was the decency, or more fundamentally, the ethics in the President’s holding a private meeting in her private home with NEC Magistrates and Commissioners? Or do we have a President who thinks she can do whatever she pleases, regardless of public opinion or the consideration of decency and propriety (modesty, respectability)?Where was the decency or propriety in appointing a non-Liberian citizen to head the National Elections Commission?Remember, what is most important in human affairs, whether political or otherwise, is “the singer, not the song.”We come now to one of the most touching parts of the President’s Tuesday broadcast, “…We must continue to respect each other, the rule of law, human kindness and decency.”Here, two poignant questions arise. First, did her private meeting with Election Magistrates and Commissioners not look like an “abuse of power”? Otherwise, why was the press not invited?Finally, President Sirleaf’s call in her Tuesday broadcast for “human kindness and decency.” We quickly recall her treatment—or mistreatment—of not only her two-term humble, patient and loyally supportive Vice President Joseph N. Boakai; but also of the Unity Party (UP) that not only rescued her in 1997 when her own party, Liberia Action Party (LAP) rejected her presidential bid. Now what did UP do for Ellen? It fulfilled her presidential dream and carried her twice successfully to the presidency!So how does she now, in the 2017 election, forget all that and ABANDON UP and its presidential candidate and her own Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai? Where, in this heartrending act of crass ingratitude, is “human kindness and decency”?All of this points to the fact that President Sirleaf has more a part to play than anyone else in the “assault” on Liberia’s democracy.The singer, not the song.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tresierras Supermarkets and the owner of the property did not return several calls seeking comment. Just a few minutes’ drive away from the empty building meant to house Tresierras, another Latino supermarket has been packing in the parking lot at Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road. The 38,000-square-foot Vallarta supermarket opened last month at the location, becoming the shopping center’s new anchor tenant. Juan Palos, who works at a laundry in the L-shaped strip mall where Tresierras was supposed to open, said he thinks Tresierras did not want to have its new store compete with Vallarta. “The Vallarta got more power, so the people they chose Vallarta is better,” he said in broken English. Tresierras Supermarkets is a family-run business that already has a location in Newhall, along with four other Southern California locations. After submitting its permit application in February 2006 to build the interior of the store, Tresierras got the permit application back from the city to make revisions, Read said. But the company never followed up, and the permit expired. The company can still re-apply for a permit, Read said. At a May 2005 groundbreaking for the full-service supermarket, the company said its new Santa Clarita location would open in November of that year. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The building sits empty, a vacancy that has left a shopping center without its anchor tenant. The Tresierras supermarket at 23780 San Fernando Road was supposed to open in November 2005. But the nearly 30,000-square-foot building meant to house the Latino market is only an empty shell, with dirt for a floor. Tresierras submitted a permit application nearly a year ago to build out the interior of the store, according to city documents. But the company never followed up with needed revisions to the plan. “It expired without us actually issuing a permit,” said Bill Read, assistant building official with the city. “And at this stage in the game from what I can tell from all the records that we have, they simply stopped the process for whatever reason.”
India’s 2011 World Cup hero and arguably one of the greatest match-winner’s in the limited-overs formats, Yuvraj Singh turns 36 today.It is a very special birthday for the Punjab batsman as he also celebrated his first marriage anniversary a few days ago, and he was conferred with a doctorate by a Gwalior university for his contribution to Indian cricket and the society.Yuvraj tied the knot with Bollywood actor Hazel Keech on November 30 last year in a glittering ceremony which was attended by Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and the Indian team along with celebrities from the Indian film industry.Kohli and Anushka followed in Yuvi and Hazel’s footsteps and got married on Monday in an intimate ceremony in Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, south Italy.Yuvraj, who is a celebrated figure in Indian cricket and is known for his fighting spirit, has over 10,000 international runs in over 400 appearances and has been India’s go-to player on numerous occasions.The left-handed batsman had made a successful comeback into the ODI team this year and played 11 ODIs scoring 372 runs at an average of 41.33.Wishing #TeamIndia all-rounder @YUVSTRONG12 a very Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/6JpciQxqG3- BCCI (@BCCI) December 12, 2017The highlight for him this year was the career-best 150 that he smashed off 127 balls against England in the second ODI of the series at Cuttack in January.The flamboyant batsman then slammed a quickfire 32-ball 53 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy group stages in June but since then had a string of low scores and was ultimately dropped from the squad after he failed to pass the yo-yo test ahead of the tour to Sri Lanka in August.advertisementBut the fighter that he is, Yuvi has no qualms in conceding that he has been “failing” but the out-of-favour Indian cricketer says he won’t give up on his career at least till 2019.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said last week.Many many happy returns of d day 2 u @YUVSTRONG12 Paa G. U r One of d best inspirational cricketer India ???? has ever produced ?????? May God always bless u wit loads of happiness nd success ??? #legend pic.twitter.com/R9Rr7eZt9j- Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) December 12, 2017″I am not afraid of failure. I have gone through ups and downs. I have seen defeat and that’s what’s the pillar of success.”To be a successful man, to be a successful person in your life, you need failure and you’ve got to be defeated. That will make you a stronger person and it will take you to the next level,” he explained.Yuvraj broke into the international scene after being named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka.The southpaw was then immediately drafted into the national side for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 where he smashed a match-winning 84 in his debut against Australia in Nairobi and caught the attention of the world thereafter.He has since played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals in his 17-year-career scoring 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs across the respective formats.1,900 Test runs8,701 ODI runs1,177 T20I runsThe fastest 50 in T20I historyHappy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/I5zQDr3hlk- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017Yuvraj will always be remembered for the six sixes that he smashed in one over against England’s Stuart Broad in the inaugural 2007 World T20 at Durban.6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6!Happy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/3I1NqllFcZ- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017But being named Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup and receiving the winner’s medal at the Wankhede remains the crowning moment of his career.Happy Birthday to an inseparable part of my life. Wish you nothing but the very best in everything @YUVSTRONG12 . May you have a great year ahead. pic.twitter.com/P32Wy0VdWh- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 12, 2017Yuvraj, who loves to perform at the biggest stage, scored 362 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 90.50 with one century and four half-centuries. He also went on to pick 15 wickets in the tournament including two in the final played in Mumbai.His life turned completely upside down after he was diagnosed with a rare germ-cell cancer tumour located between his two lungs which was there when he was representing the country at the World Cup.He immediately headed to the United States after the tournament ended for treatment and rehabilitation. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.advertisementAnd then the prince returned to the Indian team in 2012 after fighting against all odds.Now in the final stages of his career, Yuvraj is eyeing the 2019 World Cup before calling time and we wish him all the best and hope to see him in the Indian team very soon.