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Ellen Frowns at ‘Abuses’ on Social Media

first_img– Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues.The President’s statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP).The runoff, Korkoya said, will be held on November 7, since none of the 20 political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential elections obtained the 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast as required by the Liberian Constitution.However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy.“We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said.She said that in light of the progress her government has made, “I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”She said further that resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, “but only serves to taint our national and international image.“We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said.As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.The President also admonished that all Liberians should focus on how they will consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Crafts fest draws devoted regulars

first_imgA wallhanging depicting a spilled paint can, blue paw-prints on a white carpet and the hindquarters of a black cat was inspired by a real-life incident involving her cat, Lucifer, a tabby. She used another cat – JC, short for “Jaws and Claws” – for the model because it was “more photogenic.” One admiring customer, Marina King, 41, said she drove all the way from Santa Barbara for the show, looking for one-of-a-kind items she can’t find anywhere else. “It’s a good one-stop shopping place,” she said. “I’m thinking, gee, what could I get for Christmas and birthday presents? I just bought a condo, and this is an ideal place to get things to decorate it.” And while most of the shoppers were adults, 12-year-old Taylor and 9-year-old Siera Kozakar, of La Ca ada, said there were plenty of interesting things for kids, too. “I’m hoping I can buy some ear cuffs,” Siera Kozakar said, as she munched on some cinnamon almonds. “I had never even heard of ear cuffs!” Despite the hot and humid weather – temperatures soared to 92 degrees with 28 percent humidity around noon Saturday – shoppers still came out to see their favorite artists, downing ice-cold glasses of fresh-squeezed lemonade or large bottles of water. Scott Yoon, an employee at the Sushi Manster restaurant on Honolulu Avenue, hoped that the passing festival crowds – and the heat – would be a boost for business. “It’s a hot day,” he said cheerfully, as he got ready for the lunch rush. “And sushi’s the perfect food for a hot day.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTROSE – Half an hour before the 23rd annual Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival was even open, half a dozen customers were inside Tammy Thompson’s booth admiring – and buying – her handmade braided rugs. On hearing it was the Arkansas-based Thompson’s first time at the festival, customer Linda Krantz told her, “We hope you do really well and come back next year.” Glendale residents Krantz, 53, and her husband, Bill, 59, said they come back every year to see the artisans they have come to view as friends. “Our house is filled with handmade items from the festival,” Linda Krantz said. “We love it, because we can look at them and say, `I know the artist.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2More than 425 fine artists, craftsmen, food vendors and musicians were lined up in booths along Honolulu Avenue, in front of a quirky collection of permanent stores ranging from the Black Cow Cafe to the Bath & Biscuit pet grooming salon and “barkery.” Many festivalgoers said they come back every year, seeking more of their favorite artists’ work. In addition to paintings, people could buy quilts, ceramics, handmade glycerin soaps, soy wax candles, clothing, jewelry, pillows, handbags, wood crafts and more. Food options ranged from roasted corn and artichokes to Cajun hot links and Thai food. Simi Valley artist Nelson De La Nuez had a booth displaying his humorous mixed media art, including a print of his “Cereal Killers,” depicting Capt’n Crunch, Tony the Tiger and other cereal box icons facing a firing squad, and “The Promised Land,” which shows Jesus giving directions to Las Vegas to a couple in a convertible. Mission Viejo fiber artist Loretta Alvarado, 46, makes intricate art using thread, fibers and fabric, including a mobile that resembled a spiral tree branch with red-gold leaves flowing from it. A closer look revealed that each leaf was made up of yarn and thread pieces, stitched together by layers of metallic gold thread to form a base fabric. Each leaf was a three-hour project. last_img