A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a US$11,000 Peace Palava Resource Center (PPRC) in Kpolokpala Town, Bong County, has been launched.The PPRC’s initiative is been implemented under the auspices of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with generous donations from support partners around the world.The main person behind the construction of the resource center in Bong County is Ambassador Beverly Goll Yekeson.Regrettably, Kpolokpala Town is the notorious venue where the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) allegedly massacred more than 500 Liberian citizens in 1994.LPC was one of the warring factions in Liberia’s 15-year civil war.Speaking at the groundbreaking recently in the Bong town, Nimba County lawmaker Ricks Y. Toweh urged all Liberians irrespective of political and socio-economic backgrounds to cultivate the virtue of forgiveness.Lawmaker Toweh also urged everyone, including the massacre survivors that they should “swallow” the bitterness of the past and embrace the cardinal virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation.“Consider and accept the PPRC project as symbol that would end the tears from eyes and minds for the overall development, growth and progress of Kpolokpala Town in Bong County,” Rep. Toweh admonished the survivors.He also explained that UPF Ambassador Yekeson, support partners and team of workers have come through the grace God to assist the citizens and residents of Kpolokpala to move on with their lives in peace, harmony, forgiveness and reconciliation.In recognition of the PPRC’s vitality to residents of the town, he donated five bundles of zinc as an initial contribution and promised to support the completion of the project in Kpolokpala Town.In remarks, survivors Reverend John K. Kennedy and Joseph Katama narrated the gruesome murder of their kinsmen, including women and children at the hands of the LPC fighters during the 1994 famous Gbarnga fall.“We took all the bodies of those who were killed that fateful morning, with machetes and axes to the bush. This flat rock is where our brothers and sisters were murdered in 1994 by the LPC fighters; it is the symbol of their graves,” Kennedy and Katama narrated.For her part, survivor Betty Katama, with tears rolling down her cheeks pointed out that her 14-year-old daughter was among the more than 500 persons murdered during the onslaught of the LPC forces on Kpolokpala Town in Bong County.“I personally want the leaders of LPC to appear before us and openly apologize and seek our total forgiveness and reconciliation,” Madam Katama pleaded.Earlier two elders and town chief of Kpolokpala welcomed Amb. Beverly Yekeson and co-workers and pledged to work and cooperate in the implementation of the peace palava resource center.The town’s elders extended thanks and appreciation to Mr. Yekeson and team for thinking about them during these critical times in the country.“We will ever remember and cherish this gesture of this peace symbol that will serve as fond memories in our hearts and minds,” citizens and residents said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
RED DEER, Alta. – The trial of a central Alberta man accused of killing his family heard evidence Thursday that was gathered during an elaborate RCMP undercover operation where Mounties posed as members of a crime organization.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus four years ago.The RCMP “Mr. Big” sting operation was aimed at coaxing Klaus into admitting he was responsible for their deaths.In the end, he insisted it was Joshua Frank who shot his family at a farmhouse near Castor on Dec. 8, 2013.Court heard that undercover Mounties spent four months building up trust with Klaus by making him an active part of what he thought was a crime ring.The whole time they drove home one underlying message – if Klaus was honest, the crime organization could make his troubles go away.One officer who testified said that the operation progressed quickly and that Klaus was enthusiastic. During the sting operation Klaus was paid more than $13,000 for the work he did for the crime organization.The Mounties involved in the sting can’t be named under a court-ordered publication ban.Justice Eric Macklin, who is hearing the case without a jury, is to determine if the evidence is admissable.To prevent Klaus from becoming suspicious, RCMP presented a dramatic scenario in which one of the gang members had beaten a prostitute nearly to death.A female Mountie played the role of the prostitute on June 2, 2014. She was put in the trunk of a car, apparenty unconscious.A Mountie testified that later that night Klaus confessed that he helped plan the murder of his family.After saying it was Frank who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed his parents and sister, Klaus said they could pay Frank to disappear.Nine days later, Klaus recanted his confession in a text message to his supposed friend.“Hey man, to be perfectly honest I don’t have a clue what happened at my parents’ house,” the late night message read.“[I’m] not going to put you guys at risk … for some reason the heat is on and I didn’t have any part of this.”However, after more time had passed, Klaus went back to his original story and told it to Mr. Big himself during a meeting in Calgary.Court heard that Mr. Big wasn’t entirely convinced and asked to meet with Frank.That’s when Klaus arranged a meeting in a parking lot.A Mountie testified that after being introduced to the group by Klaus, Frank met privately with one of the undercover officers and confessed to shooting the Klaus family before burning their house to the ground.Frank went further by taking them to where he threw the murder weapon, a pistol, into the Battle River. He also claimed that he still had the lighter used to start the fire along with one of the bullets from the gun.A police dive team from B.C. recovered the gun from the river. Klaus and Frank were arrested on Aug. 15, 2014.The Crown is expected to finish presenting its case Friday.
Every March Madness features a couple of exhilarating games, but can we measure which games were the most exciting? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum introduce FiveThirtyEight’s excitement index for this year’s NCAA tournaments, which will measure how exciting each game was based on swings in in-game win probability. Plus, a friendly wager: What first-round game will be the most exciting?
ADVERTISING SALES OR REGIONAL MANAGERSALES PERSON, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, OR MANAGER METHODOLOGYThe survey sample of 771 was selected by Red 7 Media and Readex Research and represented all FOLIO: subscribers classified as sales management at the time of sample selection. Data was collected via mail survey from February 25 to April 9, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 315 responses (a 41 percent response rate). To ensure representation of the audience of interest, results have been filtered to include only the 249 respondents who completed the compensation information, work full time, and indicated their job functions are best described as advertising sales director; advertising sales or regional manager; advertising salesperson, account executive, or category manager. The margin of error for percentages based on all 249 respondents is 4.8 at the 95 percent confidence level. Advertising sales is a hot field to be in right now. According to FOLIO:’s Industry Job Trends report from March, it’s one of the most in-demand areas of magazine publishing—so much so that Discover Media’s CEO Henry Donahue said demand was outstripping supply, driving salaries up. Executives from Aspire Media, National Geographic and CurtCo all noted plans to staff up on sales people to help drive revenue during economic downturn.But the sales directors, managers and reps who responded to FOLIO:’s Advertising Sales Salary Survey this year present a mixed report from the field—especially when it comes to the impact of e-media. “Online sales will offer additional earning potential,” one respondent said in a verbatim response. “Can’t make as much selling Web offerings as print pages, but they are just as time consuming,” said another.Still, the survey shows ad salaries, in many areas, are healthy and growing, particularly for ad sales or regional managers at consumer magazines who saw an increase of almost 27 percent in base salary last year over the year before.SALARY BY CATEGORY:ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR
Online media verification service DoubleVerify—designed to offer publishers an automated tool to manage prospecting and advertising performance—has announced 12 new partnerships with ad networks and platforms.The company’s newest partners are Break Media, Collective Media, Criteo, CPX Interactive, Epic Marketplace, Lucid Media, Punto Fox, Rocket Fuel, ShareThis, .FOX Networks, Specific Media and ValueClick.The goal of DoubleVerify technology is to create “more trust, transparency and accountability” in online advertising through the use of its verification, brand safety and page quality targeting services. The company says its technology—which continuously monitors the digital advertising environment to ensure that ads appear where and how they are intended to—is applied to more than 60 billion online ad impressions per month. The BrandShield Connect tool, an application programming interface (API), integrates with ad network, digital signal processing (DSP) and ad exchange systems to identify undesirable and unwanted web pages. The system can be customized based on black list sites, white list sites, inappropriate page content categories and targeted geographies. The technology intends to help maintain the quality of advertising as scale increases.
Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous By now, with electric cars having fully and thoroughly entered the mainstream, the formula for how they’re made is pretty well established. You have one or two motors driving the wheels via traditional axles, a single-speed transmission and a big battery pack mounted as low as you can get it.That formula is established because it works pretty well, and it’s easy for automakers that have traditionally made internal combustion-powered cars to adapt to. But what if there were a different way to do it? Israeli EV startup Ree thinks it’s found one.Ree announced its new tech on Tuesday, and based on what we’re seeing so far, it could actually work. So what’s different about Ree and its design? To start, the drive components for the EV are contained wholly inside the wheels. This means that there is no bulky drive unit sitting between the front or rear wheels.That gives the advantage of having a completely flat floor for more passenger and cargo space in a given application. Having individual motors in each wheel also opens the door for really advanced torque vectoring, which would — in theory, at least — improve both safety and handling.Ree’s idea to put all the drive components inside the wheel isn’t necessarily a new idea, but it’s going further by including not only the motor inside the wheel but the steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, thermal systems and electronic components as well.Details on the actual designs are a little thin on the ground, but the suspension aspect can be fleshed out a little by looking at the company founder’s other project, Softwheel. Softwheel is designed for use on wheelchairs and bicycles and eschews traditional hard-mounted spokes for three gas struts mounted to the rim and the wheel hub.From there, you can infer some possible solutions where packaging is concerned. The motor could replace the traditional hub of an undriven wheel; the electronics and thermal management aspects would likely also be attached to the motor. Steering would be fairly conventional; we’d imagine with linkages, etc.Ree is really championing the scalable, modular nature of its technology. Since the architecture of a vehicle would be significantly simplified by having all of its drive and suspension systems inside its wheels, along with a flat floor that is made up of a structural battery pack, you could conceivably whack any body you like on top of it, depending on your need.We’ll be super interested to see if Ree can get any real traction with its designs, because it’s a fresh new way of looking at EVs and we kinda dig it. 4:33 Rinspeed Snap is a modular driverless pod and chassis concept More From Roadshow 25 Photos 0 See what your new electric car needs to break it in right Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Concept Cars Auto Tech
A nine-month-old dogecoin, a cryptocurrency has been soaring recently and touched its highest value since May, on Saturday. This has lead to the speculation that investors pump money into the cryptocurrencies to artificially inflate its price and later sell it off for a profit. Another factor that may have led to the increase in the price of dogecoin is switching the virtual currency to auxiliary proof of work (AUXPoW) or merge mining. This will allow investors to transact currency by providing an additional security to the decentralised network, according to coindesk.The sudden boost has driven market cap of dogecoin to $91 million eventually and around $40 million in one week, reported CoinDesk.However, experts opine that this boost is short-lived.”What’s happening now is a lot of investors are buying in because they see dogecoin as an attractive investment,” said a member of sub-reddit registered in the name of such_investor.US Approves Bitcoin Swap:A derivatives exchange has become the first to receive approval from US Federal Regulator on Friday as TeraExchange got approved from the Commodities Future Trading platform.This would allow investors to switch over to digital currency under the approval of US Federal reserve.Christian Martin, Tera Exchange’s CEO told Wall Street Journal: “A robust price index also helps the growing bitcoin trading community to accurately mark-to-market positions while establishing trust and stability in this growing global marketplace.”
Domestic companies are expected to hand out an average salary hike of 10.8% to their employees in 2016 even as they become less optimistic over growth prospects, according to a consulting firm.However, a spike in inflation will eat into a significant part of the salary hike, said the firm.”India is expected to see an overall projected salary increase of 10.8%. Factoring inflation at 6.1%, the net salary increase in 2016 is expected to be marginally higher at 4.7% as against 4.5% last year, when inflation was at 5.9%,” said Nasdaq-listed professional services firm Towers Watson.The expected salary hike would come about despite a bearish mood among nearly 58% of the Indian companies about their business growth, Towers Watson said in its report titled “2015-16 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report.””Employers may be bearish in thinking there is a weak business outlook given the current poor market data, but the case is the opposite for employees, who hold bullish expectations for salary rises. Employers will need to carefully manage employees’ longer term expectations, if they are to achieve a content workforce,” Business Standard quoted Sambhav Rakyan, Data Services practice leader Asia Pacific at Towers Watson, as saying.The “top performers” are likely to see an average hike of 12.5%, while “above average” and “average” performers could receive 11% and 9.7%, respectively.Employees in the energy sector are expected to get the highest salary hike in 2016 at 11.5%. Pay hike in high tech and financial services sectors is likely to 10.7% and 10.4%, respectively.
Fathima Babu and Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutFathima Babu is rumoured to be the first contestant to be out of Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She has got lesser votes than the other contestants, who were in the danger zone in Kamal Haasan-hosted show this week.Rumours are doing rounds that Fathima Babu has ended her journey in the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 show. Apart from her, Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination this week. Earlier Story:Looking at the comments on social media sites, all seven contestants have failed to secure viewers’ love and respect. Saravanan and Fathima had remained mute spectators over the fights and other issues inside the house, which had not impressed the fans. Whereas Cheran seems to be playing a safe game.Despite being a victim of bullying, Meera had not garnered viewers’ sympathy, while Madhumitha’s Tamil card which she used this week to win over an argument, was apparently not reaping much benefits.Going by the comments online, netizens desperately wanted Sakshi Aggarwal to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and she was followed by Kavin. However, they might found themselves safe as their stay promises a lot of entertainment in the days to come, feel a section of the audience.Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma Pasupuleti are the 15 contestants who entered the show on an opening day. Meera Mitun joined them a day later in Bigg Boss Tamil house.
Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prabhas, Shraddha KapoorInstagramBaahubali star Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor turned on the heat with their new Saaho poster wherein the two lead actors were seen posing in an intimate position. But before Prabhas and Shraddha, Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had taken the internet by storm when they had posed in a similar way in their steamy photoshoot.In 2016, before the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ranbir and Aishwarya had become the talking point in the industry thanks to their steamy chemistry in the movie. The two hotties had grabbed all the attention with their hot photoshoot which soon became viral on social media.There’s no doubt that Ranbir and Aishwarya looked unimaginably hot together, Prabhas and Shraddha seem to be trying too hard to match up to their level by imitating them on Saaho poster.It may seem like the makers of Saaho could be trying to generate curiosity among the audience by adapting the promotional strategy of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but the movie has surely worked out for them.While there’s no doubt that Prabhas and Shraddha are looking stunning in their intimate photograph, many would agree that the Saaho stars were not even close to beat the crackling chemistry of Ranbir and Aishwarya.Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 30. Starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others.