Athletic League Commends Veep Boakai

first_imgThe Boakai Athletic League (BALE) has commended Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for his new elevation as the standard bearer of Unity Party.The secretary general of BALE J. Yourvor Kollie said Vice President Boakai’s success demonstrates his organization’s position that he resembles much that can be attained by Liberian youth when the road he has traveled is examined.“He (Veep Boakai) is a patriot and he has shown by his public service to the nation and the people,” Kollie said. “We as members of an organization to encourage young people to emulate his example are excited about his achievement.”He recounted Vice President Boakai’s difficult journey has traveled to where he is. “From a humble and poor family he did not give up when things were tough. He kept his focus, for he had a vision that quality is not by accident and we want young Liberians to emulate that,” Kollie noted.Kollie said though his organization is sport related the principles of patriotism, which is love for country; patience in the face of challenges is essential in the application of what any Liberian can do to bring success for the country.He spoke highly of Veep Boakai’s leadership skills and said doing some of them could elevate Liberia to another level and therefore his organization is determined to champion the principles that Ambassador Boakai stand for and hold dear to his heart to make Liberia better.Contributing, BALE’s Anthony McGill, lll, said Ambassador Boakai has shown that he is a peacemaker and a unifier and therefore Liberians should welcome his current position as the standard bearer of the Unity Party.It may be recalled that Vice President Boaka was elected the standard bearer of the Unity Party at the party’s convention in Gbarnga, Bong County recently.The Boakai Athletic League (BALE) was recently organized to champion the patriotic principles that Ambassador Boakai has honored in his life to encourage youth athletes to emulate his example.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New judge named for Saddam’s trial

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – One day before Saddam Hussein’s trial resumes, court officials named a new chief judge Monday and ousted another jurist off the five-member panel trying the former Iraqi leader. The changes raised new questions about the fairness of the process and provided yet more signs of disarray in a trial already marked by delays, assassinations and chaotic courtroom outbursts by the former Iraqi ruler. The new chief judge will be Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, who like his predecessor is a Kurd. Abdel-Rahman serves on a backup panel and has been following the trial, officials said. Rizgar Mohammed Amin submitted his resignation as chief judge Jan. 15 after complaints by politicians and officials that he failed to maintain control of the proceedings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After Amin refused to withdraw his resignation, court officials had said he would be replaced by his deputy, Saeed al-Hammash, a Shiite. However, the government commission responsible for purging members of Saddam’s Baath Party complained last week that al-Hammash should not serve as chief judge because of his former membership in the former ruling party. Al-Hammash denied having joined the Baath party, and a U.S. official said Sunday that there was nothing in his background to prevent him from serving. On Monday, however, court official Raid Juhi said al-Hammash was being transferred off the case entirely and that Abdel-Rahman would be the new interim chief judge. Juhi insisted the move was not a result of the Baath membership allegation. The latest changes add to the charged atmosphere surrounding the trail since it began Oct. 19 and may further raise questions about the fairness of the proceedings. Two defense lawyers have been assassinated and a third fled the country since the trial began. Saddam and seven others have been accused in the deaths of about 140 Shiites following a failed assassination attempt in 1982 against the former ruler in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. They could be hanged if convicted. last_img read more