Ellen, Joe Absence Causes Insecurity

first_imgThe coinciding absence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai from the country is raising eyebrows.Human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe, says the absence of both the President and her Vice President “demonstrates a lack of coordination and makes the country vulnerable and insecure.”“This is a very important governance issue, because the Constitution provides for the president to work in consultation with the vice president, but if both of them left the country simultaneously, then where is the coordination between them,” Cllr. Gongloe wondered.President Sirleaf is currently visiting India and later China, while her Vice President, Joe Boakai, is in the United States of America.Gongloe raised the concern yesterday at a press conference held at his law office in Monrovia.“What is the compelling national issue that she could not wait for her vice president to come back home before making her trip?” the rights lawyer asked. “Is it that her Vice President did not contact her or what’s going on? How can our leaders treat us like this? They need to stop that immediately,”Gongloe chided.“What is so important that she could not designate somebody else to go to China or India since her vice president was not in the country? They left us vulnerable but we are fortunate because we have friendly neighbours,” added Cllr Gongloe.“Their decision is totally wrong. Even that cannot happen in the US for the President and Vice President to leave their people and the country at the same time. Nobody should play with our security because we are a fragile state,” Gongloe warned.He said though President Sirleaf left the country in the care of her Defence Minister, the minister cannot make any important decision in case of an aggression.He said, “While they are away, if anything happens, who does she expect to take action? Is it the person she leaves in charge who has no authority to make appointments or sack anyone?”According to him, Liberia is considered a “fragile state” and there is a need for both the President and Vice President to coordinate their activities before they leave the country in order to prevent the country from slipping into chaos.He said with the 2017 elections at hand, the leaders need to do everything possible to protect the peace. “The 2017 election is very important because it would be the first time for one party to turn over to another party,” Gongloe pointed out.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No need for signings despite Cup exit -Conte

first_img0Shares0000The Blues have been linked with bargain-bin strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, and Ashley Barnes, while Roma’s Edin Dzeko is the latest reported target.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is happy to forego any January signings despite Wednesday’s League Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal.The Blues took the lead at the Emirates Stadium through Eden Hazard, but Antonio Rudiger’s own goal and a winner from Granit Xhaka saw the Gunners progress to the final, in which they will face Manchester City. “When the squad is not big you have to always play with the same players,” Conte told reporters.“I made a lot of rotations this season. We reached the semi-final and if you see before who played in this competition, we played with young players.I have to do the same in the FA Cup, but then you risk going out. Against Norwich we risked this.“But it is not right to take only one game to make a decision to understand. There is a programme and a plan.“It’s wrong we have to make decisions only on one game. The situation has always been the same since the summer. I continue to work and I’m very happy with my players.”With Alvaro Morata out injured with a back problem, Conte started the match against the Gunners with Hazard as a false nine before Michy Batshuayi came on for Pedro, but the Belgian forward is increasingly looking out of his depth at Stamford Bridge and possibly set for a transfer away.The Blues have been linked with bargain-bin strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, and Ashley Barnes, while Roma’s Edin Dzeko is the latest reported target.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Things to Do

first_imgOpen house will feature information on water conservation, refreshments, a bounce house and balloons for the kids, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Castaic Lake Water Agency located above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Special Olympics 5th annual Spirit Games will feature more than 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in five sports, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at venues across Santa Clarita. Opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. at Hart High School in Newhall. Call (661) 253-2121. Hispanic Business Expo will feature business booths, food vendors and live entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call Celia Gallardo at (661) 816-7892. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Summer Meltdown Concert will feature Fishbone and nine other artists with diverse musical styles, 2-10:30 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$20. Call Bret Lieberman at (661) 298-8140, Ext. 1414, or visit www.summermeltdown2006.com. Casino Night Fundraiser & Texas Hold’em Tournament will benefit the CA-782nd Santa Clarita Valley Air Force JROTC, 6 p.m. today at Hopsports Complex, 24715 W. Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia. Tickets: $40. Call Sgt. Malcomb at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 601. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented, 7 p.m. today at the outdoor amphitheater at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5-$8. Call (661) 222-1220. Saugus Dance Team will present “Metamorphosis,” 7 p.m. today in the gymnasium at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 296-0529. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Mike Marino and Brett Walkow will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Free film screening of “Works in Progress,” 7 p.m. Sunday at Cheyenne Studios, 27567 Fantastic Lane, Castaic. Visit www.scvfilmfestival.com. Zonta Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Robinson Ranch, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Wendee’s Music will get kids to sing and dance, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring band concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-0022. Spring Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday (show only) and 6 p.m. Thursday in Tanner Hall at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7 Wednesday and $15 Thursday. Call (661) 259-1551. Spring choral concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Hart High School’s auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring choral Concert will feature the mixed choir, women’s chamber, show choir and soloists, 6 p.m. Thursday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 298-8140. Spring concert will feature the choir and band, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Showcase of Talent will feature vocalists and a one-act musical directed by students, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature more than 120 exhibitors, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Some Like It Hot dance to the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more