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?