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first_imgRhys Hopson – 50Brady Lawlor – 44Nicholas Wuthrich – 40MX2 Novice:Richard MacLellan – 45Kyle Lessard – 45Logan Finnebraaten – 44MX3 Expert:Erik Harvey – 50Lee Mundt – 42Tim Doll – 42MX3 Intermediate:Jayden Bouchard – 45Braden Gunther – 41Calvin Yanishewski – 40MX3 Junior:Advertisement Bryan Simmons – 47Rhys Hopson – 40Brady Lawlor – 40MX3 Novice:Cody Somers – 50Zac Billard – 44Michelle Mazur – 38Schoolboy:Logan Fowler – 47Kiegan Dodd – 45Tyrel Conley – 42Ladies:Caslynd Plante – 50Hayley Wuthrich – 42Michelle Mazur – 4280cc (aged 7-11):Carter Roberts – 47Nathan Sendziak – 41Reece Sorenson – 4080cc (aged 12-16):Advertisement Hunter McFadden – 50Tegan Pomeroy – 38Addison Marcy – 33Vet Master:Lee Mundt – 47Russell Fraser – 47Clint Toews – 40Vet Junior:Clint Pastor – 50Shawn Coalby – 42Simon Jean – 40Youth:Erik Harvey – 50Tim Doll – 44Adam Haycock – 4065cc:Drew Roberts – 50Jayden Ostaszewski – 44Hunter McAstocker – 38Supermini:Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was an action-packed weekend at the Fort St. John Motocross track, as the Peace Motocross Association held a rescheduled weekend of racing.Close to 200 motocross racers shredded up the two-kilometre dirt track this past Saturday for the day of racing.The top three riders in each class after both of the racing day’s motos, along with their points, are as follows:- Advertisement -MX2 Expert:Spencer Cage – 47Adam Haycock – 45Dylan Johnson – 38MX2 Intermediate:Timber Wuthrich – 50Braden Gunther – 44Riley Sorenson – 38MX2 Junior:Advertisement Hunter McFadden – 47Teron Anderson – 47Nathan Sendziak – 4050cc (aged 7-9):Marshall Krafczyk – 47Easton Rouble – 43Ayden Smilar – 4250cc Intermediate (aged 4-6):Tanner Decker – 47Hunter Stephen – 45Roc Fraser – 3750cc Beginner (aged 4-6):Lincoln Lessard – 50Ella-Mae Wuthrich – 38Bentley Banks – 37last_img read more

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first_imgThe students were taking part in “Tree-Tember,” an awareness-raising event hosted by the Northern Environmental Action Team (NLC), EnCana Corp., and the college. They were helping to plant 50 Blue Spruce trees on the college campus along Eighth Street.“We’ve had a lot of students out to help out, which is great,” said Jen Brocke. “They are the ones we wanted to educate, they are the leaders of the next generation.”Devon Lambert, a Grade 8 student from the middle school, was one of those happy to help plant the trees.- Advertisement -“It’s fun, and feels good for the environment,” said Lambert. “It’s just great to be here to help.”He added he was very interested in taking a spruce tree home with him. There were 50 trees being offered up to the community through a draw, with donations to the Salvation Army food bank being solicited as the price to enter.While some students were planting trees, others were painting birdhouses made from reused wooden pallets. That event was held in part to drum up interest in a “pallet reuse” contest that NEAT will host and EnCana will sponsor. The contest challenges participants to find creative and functional ways to reuse old wooden pallets, such as a birdhouse or a chair.Advertisement “There is actually one kid who said he built a big bike track in his yard built all out of reused pallets, so I said, ‘Take a picture, and enter it in!’” said Brocke. “Anything that you build where you are recycling or reusing a pallet qualifies.”The final details of the contest are still being worked out, but more information can be obtained by contacting NEAT at 250-785-6328 or emailing Jen Brocke at jen@neat.ca.NEAT and EnCana have also partnered for a xeriscaping garden project and open workshop at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital on Sept. 29. EnCana is donating the materials and labour necessary to build a garden at the hospital using xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that seeks to eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. NEAT will use the occasion to host a free workshop on xeriscaping for all interested members of the public to attend.More information on this event or any other programs or events offered by NEAT can be found by going online to www.neat.ca., or using the contacts listed above.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Premier League behemoths clash with Liverpool on Saturday, in a game which you can hear live on talkSPORT.The match pits two rivals against each other as they both look to kick-start their seasons in a game that excites neutrals fans as well as supporters involved.But who do Manchester United fans view as their biggest rivals in this modern age?Let us know by voting in our poll below… 1 David De Gea and Martin Skrtel argue last_img

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first_imgCLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties. For all your special occasions, christenings, birthdays, functions. Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more information SENIOR/RESERVE FOOTBALLSean Mac Cumhaills V CloughaneelyMac Cumhaills took on Cloughaneely in Mac Cumhaill Park today. The first half half was a low scoring but intense display from both teams. They traded scores and went into the break at 0-04 each. The start of the second half saw Mac Cumhaills storm into the lead with a goal from Rory Dunleavy and after 45 mins Mac Cumhaills lead 1-08 to 0-05. Cloughaneely staged a come back and drew level in the 52 min at 1-08 each. Two points from Ciaran Mathewson and a free from Marty O Reilly saw Mac Cumhaills close out this game. Best for Mac Cumhaills was Stecen O Reilly who, along with midfield partner Pat Mc Nulty, put in a strong display. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ciaran mathewson.Ft Mac Cumhaills 1-11 Cloughaneely. 1-08 Team for Mac Cumhaills. Rory Patton, Wigan Wright, Joe Dunnion, John Lynch, Gerard Grindle, , Gary Dunnion, Andrew Mc Closkey, Steven O Reilly, Pat Mc Nulty, Shane Duffy, Barney Lafferty, Marty O Reilly, Benny Mc Loughlin, Rory Dunleavy, Chris Gallen. Subs. Ciaran Mathewson for Gallen ht. Gavin Gallagher for Duffy 45 Seamus Mc Ginty for Dunleavy 50 Gavin Doherty for Mc Nulty 55Scorers for Mac Cumhaills Marty O Reilly 0-03 (2f) Benny Mc Loughlin 0-01 Steven O Reilly 0-02(1 45) Eoghan Wright 0-01 Rory Dunleavy 1-00Barney Lafferty 0-02 Ciaran Mathewson 0-02Reserves V CloughaneelyMacCumhaills started the game with 12 under 21 players, ahead of our championship match with Bundoran. We started very slowly and with Cloughaneelys physical presence, they began to dominate the match but the lads kept sticking at it to leave 3 in it at half time 1-3 to 3 points. Mac Cumhaills scores were from frees from the boot of Steven mulligan. The second half started with the introduction of seasoned defender Gareth Doherty and we started to get a grip of things and with Mickey Patton winning a penalty ,the game turned and we only conceded 3 points in the second half. Our goals from Mark Dorian and Aaron Kelly (pen) won the game on a score line 2-7 to 6.FIXTURES Tue. Under 21 Championship. Home to Bundoran. 7.30pmWed. Senior Hurling Championship. Home to Setanta. 7.30pm.Senior/ Reserves away to Termon. Day TBCSat . Under 15 Blitz. Glenfin DONEGAL MINOR HURLERSHard luck to the minors who were beaten at the weekend in the All Ireland B Semi final, especially to Del and Sean who have done the club proud again.WELL DONEWell done to Amy Laverty who represented Donegal in the half time games in Croke Park yesterday. Amy is one of only two Donegal girls picked to play in the games. Amy plays Camogie and football for Mac Cumhaills and is a credit to our club.Well done also to Adam Lynch and Karl Dunnion who played for the Donegal U15 in Mayo at the weekend. They won two games and lost one. Well done lads.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcBINGOThe Bingo will take place in Jacksons Hotel this week. The Snowball Jackpot is a massive €6,600MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.IF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm.GAA NEWS: MacCUMHAILLS SEE OFF CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: MacCUMHAILLS SEE OFF CLOUGHANEELYlast_img read more

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first_imgThe men from St Michael’s have booked their championship semi-final berth with ease after easily overcoming the men from Malin at O’Donnell Park this afternoon.Colm McFaddenIn the end, the Creeslough side had a whopping 16 points to spare over an Inishowen outfit who were never really allowed to get into the game which finished on a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-05.Early goals by Andrew Kelly and Ciaran Gallgher had finished this game as a contest long before referee Seamus McGonagle blew even the half-time whistle. Many sensed that Malin might put it up to Michaels after dumping Gaoth Dobhair out of the competition but on the day they were no match for their opponents.Kelly, who was voted man of the match, also grabbed St Michaels third goal in the 55th minute from the penalty spot when Daniel McLaughlin was pulled down as he was going through on goal.Scores from no less than eleven different St Michaels’ men showed the authority which they stamped on this game.Many of the Creeslough team’s bigger players such as Martin McElhinney, Colm McFadden and Christy Toye all stood up to the plate to do their bit. As well s McFadden and Toye, others including Liam Paul Ferry, Michael Langan, Michael Cannon, Lee Carr and even the evergreen Brian McLaughlin got on the scoresheet.Paul McLaughlin scored a late gol for Malin but it was merely a consolation score in name and nature.There was no question it was Michaels day but it was just a question of by what margin.Declan Bonner, brought in to assist the St Michaels club in their surge for championship glory, knows it won’t be as easy the next day out.GAA SFC QUARTER FINAL: MICHAELS BRUSH ASIDE MALIN TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughMalinSt Michaelslast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – More than 100 bands, civic groups and community leaders will take part in the 52nd annual Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade on Saturday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Greenleaf Avenue and Hadley Street and proceeds south on Greenleaf to Mar Vista Street. It will feature four grand marshals, 20 marching bands, and dozens of cars carrying local political leaders, as well as entries by civic groups. Santa Claus and his elves will make an appearance. An estimated 35,000 people are expected to line the parade route. “It will be an opportunity for people to get into the holiday spirit and a chance for everyone to see all of the local groups that makes Whittier a wonderful place to live,” said Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Uptown Whittier Association. The two celebrity grand marshals are actor Marshall Allmon, who plays one of the lead characters on Fox-TV’s “Prison Break,” and actress Jamie Anne Brown, who was in the movie, “The Notebook.” The two community grand marshals are Dorothy Fagan, East Whittier City School District superintendent, and Norwalk Superior Court Judge Maggie Bernal. Among the 20 bands appearing this year will be one from out of state – a first for the parade – the Red Mountain High School marching band of Mesa, Ariz. Red Mountain High marching band director Vincent Wedge said one of his student’s parents is from Whittier and knows the Whittier High School band director. Wedge said he talked to the Whittier High band director and learned about the parade. “We’re going to do the parade and then do Disneyland,” Wedge said. “We get to do something fun and also play.” Before the parade, participating marching bands will square off at a competition at 8:30 a.m. on Comstock Avenue, between Philadelphia and Hadley streets. An awards ceremony will be held after the parade at Joe Miller Field. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

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first_imgAddo’s African elephnats now have moreroom to roam, with the historic dismantlingof a large section of fence.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Domkrag the mighty tortoise takes on acar in the 1950s.(Image: Tortoise Trust)MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan Taplin, Regional Comminications,Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra+27 42 233 8609 or +27 83 650 8649Janine ErasmusThe hefty residents of the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape can now move about more freely after a length of fence was removed between two sections of the park.The 4km-long piece of fence between the Colchester area in the south and the main game area to the immediate north, was enthusiastically brought down in August 2010 by volunteers, rangers and other workers, resulting in a whole new 24 000ha for animals to explore.The historic dismantling will now enable animals to move down to the Colchester area, which has undergone upgrades worth R45-million (US$6.2-million) in total on roads, fencing, wildlife introduction, a new rest camp and other maintenance.The elephants will in effect be returning to the same parcel of land that harboured the original surviving group of 11, before Addo was proclaimed in 1931.The Addo Elephant National Park is an important tourism drawcard for this region, and reported an increase in visitors and occupancy during 2009. Like all but three of South Africa’s other national parks, entry into Addo is free during National Parks Week 2010, which runs from 13 to 17 September.“National Parks Week provides us with that much-needed opportunity to establish a real multicultural visitor profile and also assist in the development of a deep sense of national pride, which will subsequently result in building stronger constituencies and ambassadors of conservation and the environment through affordable local holiday destinations,” said Minister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica, during the launch of the week-long event in Addo earlier in September.Elephant havenAddo, which is located near the Sundays River that runs along its western flank, is managed by the South African National Parks authority (SANParks). It was proclaimed to protect the region’s elephants, which had almost been wiped out by farmers and ivory hunters during the 18th and 19th centuries. By the time the park came into being, only a handful of the magnificent beasts were left.However, confrontations between farmer and elephant continued until the construction of an elephant-proof fence in 1954, which was developed by then park manager Graham Armstrong, and named after him.Interestingly, citrus fruit is forbidden in Addo’s game-viewing areas, as the elephants have developed a craving for them over the years. Because the cruelty of hunting had left the survivors aggressive and frightened, rangers fed them truckloads of oranges in an attempt to pacify them during the park’s early days. Now a single whiff could lead to disaster, as they are powerful enough to destroy a car – and its occupants – in an attempt to reach their favourite fruit.Originally 2 000ha in area and 2 270ha after fencing, today the park extends over 164 000ha. From the initial population of 11, elephant numbers have now risen to more than 450, making this one of the most concentrated populations of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) on the continent.An even bigger expansion of the park is in the planning, and will see the area grow to 360 000ha. An additional 120 000ha marine reserve is also to be proclaimed.Big Seven countryAddo is home not only to the mighty tuskers that give it its name, but also to the industrious Addo flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) which is unique to the area, black-backed jackal, various antelope species, the vulnerable Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra) and critically endangered black rhino (Diceros bicornis).Like other South African reserves, the park is a natural treasure, with five of the country’s seven biomes found within its borders. These are the Albany Thicket, Fynbos, Forest, Nama Karoo and the Indian Ocean Coastal Belt.With its large stretch of Algoa Bay coastline, marine conservation is a priority. According to Addo management, the park incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. The southern right whale and the great white shark, along with the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant, comprise the so-called Big Seven.The world’s largest breeding population of Cape gannets, and second largest breeding colony of African penguins, are also protected there.Addo has produced a few creature characters over the years. One of them was the 43kg Domkrag, the giant leopard tortoise. Domkrag (Afrikaans, meaning “jack”) was big and strong enough to physically lift up cars by crawling underneath them, hence his name.Another famous Addo animal was Hapoor the elephant, who ruled the reserve for 24 years. Hapoor (Afrikaans, meaning “nicked ear”) was not fond of humans, who are suspected of having caused the hole in his ear with a bullet. He was known for terrorising staff and visitors, and is renowned for being the only elephant to conquer the Armstrong fence.Both are deceased now, and Domkrag’s shell and Hapoor’s head are both on display in the Addo main building. Their names live on in the Domkrag Dam and the Hapoor watering hole.Addo also contains a number of interesting archaeological sites, including rock art in the Zuurberg caves and remains of the nomadic Strandloper (Afrikaans, meaning “beach walker”) people, who roamed the area during the Later Stone Age – between 40 000 and 10 000 years ago.(Circellium bacchus)last_img read more

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first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Data Centers#hardware Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img brian proffitt A new industry consortium launched Thursday is putting Intel on notice: Your hold on processors for servers is about to be challenged by ARM, the processor family that has exploded on tablets and smartphones in the past few years.The Linaro Enterprise Group bands together some big newer players in ARM space, including AMD, Facebook and HP, working together to try to unify the fragmented ARM processors enough to prep them for a new breed of servers that should drastically reduce the size and energy consumption of current servers and datacenters. To understand the significance of this news, here’s the nickel tour of processors and semiconductors, the hardware in a computing device that actually does the computing.Intel vs. ARMFor “traditional” computing devices like laptops, desktop computers, and servers, there’s Intel, AMD, and well, that’s pretty much it. Intel has not only developed the x86 architecture that has been powering PCs and other devices for 30-odd years, it also builds the chips itself, licensing the specs to only one other company: its competitor AMD.Intel and AMD processors, since they share many of the same features and architecture, have a lot of things in common. For one thing, they are very powerful and, since they have been around for such a long time, plenty of operating systems can run on machines with these chips, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.Contrast that with ARM processors, which are not made by just one company like Intel. Instead, ARM develops only the core architecture and licenses it to any hardware maker that wants to use the design to make its own processors. Because of the way it is designed, ARM processors use very little power, which makes them perfect for personal electronic devices where battery resources must be frugally maintained.But all of these vendors licensing ARM and building their own version of the processor has led to a serious fragmentation problem. An ARM processor or system-on-a-chip (SoC), a piece of hardware that essentially miniaturizes all the components to make an SoC a stand-alone computing device, will carry the fingerprints and design used by each ARM vendor. That means software that runs on one ARM SoC may not run on another ARM SoC.Why was this done? Apparently, it was the old scratch-the-itch problem, according to George Grey, CEO of Linaro, a non-profit group working to build standards into the ARM ecosystem – and the parent organization of the Linaro Enterprise Group.“Engineers will differentiate if they can,” Grey told me in a recent conversation. And so, true to their natures, every ARM vendor has a different spin on how its ARM chip was built.In the past, as messy as this was, the model worked. Manufacturers that used ARM hardware would work with that particular SoC and ensure that an operating system like Linux, Android or iOS could be installed on it, Grey explained. Once the common operating system is in place, the problem of software compatibility was reduced: applications like Angry Birds and FaceTime talk to the operating system, not directly to the processor.The Appeal Of ARM In The CloudNow that the cloud is becoming perhaps the biggest force in enterprise IT, a lot of people are noticing that maintaining racks and racks of servers can get expensive. Intel processors, for one thing, get hot. If they get too hot, things start melting, so you need to use even more energy to keep all those servers cool. And that means you can’t make these servers too compact, or you can’t fli ub air or water to pull the heat away.The average Intel server processor pulls in something like 80 watts of power just to run, Grey explained. But a multi-core ARM SoC draws only about 4 watts of power. That’s a whole system on a chip, too, not just the processor. Less power means less resistance and less heat. Less heat means less money wasted on cooling and more capability to compress ARM-based systems together.That’s why ARM is getting a lot more attention from hardware vendors, software vendors and really big cloud computing users. Today’s announcement of the Linaro Enterprise Group features exactly that kind of line up: AMD, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat.For AMD, this is the second half of a double-punch. On Monday the semiconductor company announced it would release ARM-based 64-bit chips for servers in 2014. Today’s inclusion within the Linaro working group solidifies its intent to do this right.More Than Just Paper ShufflingBecause doing this right is what AMD and the rest of the members of the new group plan to do: Instead of building servers in a system where every different ARM chip or SoC maker has its own unique architecture and muddling through it like the phone and personal device makers, the intent is to start the game right and create common architectural features that will let server vendors using ARM chips more readily install software.This is not an attempt to unify ARM processors into one single standard like Intel, Grey emphasized. There will still be diversity between ARM systems. But common features like boot architectures, which enable software to work on processors, will be standardized across various chip designs, so software can be more universally installed.The establishment of a working group like this may just seem like a lot of paper shuffling, but the impact is potentially huge. Grey outlined a new kind of server environment where entire boxes of ARM-based SoCs sit in server rack shelves, instead of one Intel server per rack shelf, delivering the same or more computing power as an Intel-based system in less space, and for far less power and operational expense. The actual servers could be quite small, the size of a smartphone, or even smaller.Intel will no doubt rise to meet the challenge, but ARM’s success in the mobile sector has made the low-power processor a very appealing alternative in the enterprise space.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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first_imgThe 15-year-old girl who alleged that three men gang-raped her in Mumbai.    (Accused of gang rape, abduction and wrongful confinement)In March this year, a 15-year-old girl, resident of Ikri Basiyani village in Budaun’s Allapur area, alleged that she was abducted by three persons, identified as Shivender Yadav, Madan Lal and Ravinder Singh, from the same village and taken to Mumbai where she was raped by them. She was later brought back to Budaun after which she approached the police and narrated her ordeal. Based on her complaint, the police registered a case under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping), 366 (abducting a woman to compel her for marriage), 376D (woman raped by one of more persons), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC and the POCSO Act.On March 7, the girl’s parents registered an FIR stating that one of their relatives saw Shivender taking the girl away on a motorcycle on March 6. They hadn’t mentioned presence of Madan Lal or Ravinder.The girl returned to Badaun on March 10 and the next day she was taken to police by her parents.Inspector R.P. Sharma, Station House Officer of Allapur police station, said that the girl, in her statement under 161 CrPC (examination of witness by police), said that she had gone on her own and wanted to be with Shivender as the two were in love. “She said that they had gone to Mumbai. They came back because of their families’ pressure. The whole conversation was recorded,” says Mr. Sharma.However, four days later, when the girl was produced before a magistrate for her statement under Section 164 CrPC, she allegedly changed her statement and said she was abducted in the afternoon and taken somewhere in a four-wheeler. “I lost consciousness when I was abducted, but when I woke up, I saw Shivender, Madan and Ravinder. They had raped me. They told me we were in Mumbai. I don’t remember anything else happened with me till I came back home,” she allegedly told the magistrate.Shivender surrendered on March 31. He is behind the bars.However, the police did not arrest Madan Lal and Ravinder because “investigation revealed that they were not present in Budaun or Mumbai from March 6 to March 10,” said Inspector Navi Hassan, the investigating officer in the case. Ravinder’s mobile phone was traced to Hapur and Madan’s phone was in Noida, where they work as labourers, at the time of the alleged crime.How are the three connected? People in Ikri Basiyani village said that Shivender and Madan are close friends and the two know Ravinder as they all grew up together before moving to different cities for work. Inspector Hassan says “secret investigation and informers in the village also told us that the victim was in a relationship with Shivender, and Madan and Ravinder weren’t in the village”.Over a month later, in the third week of April, the girl, staying at her elder sister’s house 6 km away from the village, said, “If he (Shivender) too was a Muslim, there would not have been any problem. We could have got married in court.” However, the girl is unaware that it wouldn’t have been possible as she is a minor.Incoherent in her version of events, the victim says she was in a relationship with Shivender for over two years but for the past few months, she had decided to end it. When questioned about her ordeal in Mumbai and the subsequent statement to the police, the girl said, “Mera dimaag kharab ho gaya tha, mujhe kuch nahi pata, par maine un teeno ko dekha tha (I wasn’t in my senses. I don’t know what happened, but I remember seeing the three of them)”.After her return, she says, her father cried in front of her for hours and “made her understand”. “He scolded me for what I’d done,” she says hinting at a monetary transaction of ₹2 lakh that took place between her family and Shivender’s.In the village, the residents alleged that the reasons behind slapping charges against Madan were personal and against Ravinder politically motivated.Ravinder’s father Mulayam Singh says that two adjoining villages vote to elect one village pradhan. “Our village is Muslim dominated and the adjoining village is Hindu dominated. The Hindus from both the villages vote for the Hindu candidate. The Muslims of this village don’t like when we vote for the Hindu candidate of the other village, resulting in the defeat of the Muslim candidate of our village,” he says.Mr. Mulayam claims that he has a significant clout in his village, therefore people vote according to his advice. “This is the reason they named my son as an accused,” he alleges.As for Madan, the villagers claim he was Shivender’s close friend and had come for his sister’s wedding in February after which he was there till the first week of March. “The girl (complainant) knew Madan very well,” says Madan’s brother Ajay Pal.Shivender’s mother Somvati says she was aware of her son’s relationship with the girl and had asked both to end it but they didn’t listen. “I caught the two on our terrace last year and thrashed both of them before taking her back to her house. Even when Shivender and the girl eloped, her father came to my house and asked me to make them come back; he just wanted the girl back,” she says.It was Madan’s father, Ms. Somvati claims, who spoke to Shivender and persuaded him to return to Budaun from Mumbai after which he handed the girl over to her parents.Madan and Ravinder could not be contacted.Satish Singh (53), Ravinder Singh (58) and Rambeti (50) At the office of Budaun’s Senior Superintendent of Police, a list is being displayed every Monday for the last three weeks. The header says, “Vivechna me jhoote paye gaye aaropiyon ka vivran” (List of people who’ve been found falsely accused during the investigation). Simply put, the officers, during the preliminary investigation, found that these people were wrongly accused by the complainants for various “motives”. So far, the number stands at 284.SSP Ashok Kumar, who joined the district in March, says that he is aware of a lot of false complaints, motivated by personal enmity or monetary gain. This was one of the reasons for coming up with such a list, he says. Eliminate corruptionAlso, another reason, he says, is an attempt to eliminate corruption in the force and bring in ‘transparency’. “People get falsely accused in cases and then turn to investigating officers to clear their name with the help of money. By this list, they already know that their names are cleared and they don’t offer anyone money to save themselves the trouble of coming to police stations or go for court hearings,” he says. “The middlemen who throw their weight around saying they’ll help them in the case will also be eliminated,” he adds. The investigating officers are given a week for the cases registered during the seven days to conclude if they’ve found any persons who were wrongly accused. However, if their role surfaces in the crime later, they can be arrested, says Mr. Kumar. The Hindu spoke to victims and accused in three such criminal cases on charges of gang rape, murder, kidnapping, abetment to suicide among others. Two of these claimed that the motive behind the alleged framing was caste and religion. In the third case, however, the victim’s family alleged that the police had been bribed to turn the case in favour of the accused. The cases also show how the Uttar Pradesh Police conducted the investigation.Prashant Arora (30)(An accused in the gang rape and murder of a 15-year-old in 2014)Sitting on a plastic chair in his two-storey house, Prashant Arora looks at his three-year-old daughter and says he was in the district jail when she was born on November 25, 2014. His wife was seven months pregnant when he was arrested.Prashant was arrested on charges of raping his neighbour, along with two unidentified men, at his residence and subsequently poisoning her. The police had registered a case under Section 376D (woman raped by one or more persons), 302 (punishment for murder), The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act).After the victim’s family approached the police on the day of the incident on September 23, Prashant was picked up the same night and arrested the next day. The two unidentified men have not been traced.Widely reportedThe story made it to the headlines in the regional papers and was widely followed for the next few days.Circle Officer (City) Virendra Singh Yadav, who, at first, was surprised to see Prashant’s name in the list as a DNA report is awaited in the case, said that the victim’s father, in a written complaint, told the police that Prashant, along with two other persons, locked the girl inside his residence, took turns to rape her and then poisoned her. “The girl’s brother heard her shouting for help and ran to call their mother. The family came, rescued the girl and took her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries,” he said, reading from the complaint signed by the father.An Inspector, on condition of anonymity, said that Prashant was arrested “because there was pressure from the media to solve the case”.During the course of investigation, the police claimed, Prashant’s boss was questioned who admitted that the accused was with him in the afternoon. Prashant’s wife Sonam, who was away at a relative’s house on the day, told the police that she was with him till around 5 p.m. doing household chores. “His location, through his phone, was also traced in the city area,” Mr. Yadav said.The girl’s post-mortem report, seen by the reporter, states: “No internal or external injury on the vaginal wall. Blood with froth from mouth.” The doctors told the police prima facie the victim wasn’t raped. However, the report stated that the cause of death could not be ascertained after which her viscera was sent for examination. The viscera report, which came a few months later, stated that no poison was found, Mr. Yadav said, adding that during further questioning of the neighbours, another story of the girl being bitten by a snake came to the fore but there’s no evidence to support it.Over three years later, the girl’s family continues to believe that she was raped and want Prashant behind the bars. They allege that the police fraudulently took the signature of the girl’s father on the complaint. “They came in the evening and asked me to sign on a paper. I am illiterate. I later came to know that it was the complaint,” said the 50-year-old father, a sanitation worker.The victim’s 17-year-old brother told this reporter that he heard his sister screaming for help and went to the other side of the house to see if she was inside the Arora household. “I saw that Prashant’s father Manohar Arora was pushing my sister out of his house and putting her inside ours. I immediately went to call my mother. By the time we came back, she was lying on the floor in our house. I thrashed Manohar and took my sister to the hospital,” he claimed, adding that this is what he told the police as well. Mr. Yadav, however, denied that the victim’s family mentioned Manohar Arora’s presence. “I don’t know why they did not question Manohar,” said the 17-year-old.The reason for the girl’s death still remains unknown and what happened with her is still a mystery.Prashant, on the other hand, says that his life turned upside down because of the case. He was lodged in jail for nearly three months and after his release under Section 169 CrPC (release of accused when evidence is deficient), he is finding it difficult to get back to normal life.Life affected“My friends had completely cut off with me. Our relatives were constantly calling my mother to ask if I had done it. Eventually, I got my relatives and friends back but it’s still not the same,” he says.The 30-year-old says that he received the news of his daughter’s birth a day later and his biggest regret is not to be there with his wife at that time. “I saw her photograph when my mother came to visit me in jail. I remember throwing a party that day; gave samosas and cold drinks to all the inmates,” he smiles with tears rolling down his face.His mother, 58-year-old Chandrakanta Arora, a government employee, claims that the reason the neighbours accused Prashant is the regular fights between the two families. “They belong to the Scheduled Caste and we are Punjabis. Most people in the area are SC. For some reason, this family always held it against us. We didn’t like that they used to leave cattle right outside our house. There were a lot of fights over that,” she said.Ms. Chandrakanta says that due to the disgrace, all of them had to move out of the locality and live in the government quarters allotted to her a few kms away at the outskirts of Budaun. “We came back around Diwali on the insistence of a few neighbours who had also given their statements in our support,” she adds.Madan Lal (25) and Ravinder Singh (24)  (Accused of abetment to suicide)On February 6, 28-year-old Usha Devi was found dead at her residence in a village called Aamgaon in Budaun. Her husband Ankit Singh, whom she had married eight years ago, and his family alleged that she committed suicide by pouring kerosene and setting herself on fire. The woman’s family, however, said that she was murdered by Ankit’s family allegedly because they couldn’t meet their demand for ₹2 lakh.Two days later, the police registered a case of abetment to suicide and arrested Ankit. However, three accused in the case – Ankit’s uncle Satish Singh, father Ravinder Singh and mother Rambeti – were let off the hook after preliminary investigation. They are now in the list of people who were “falsely accused” in this case.Demand for moneyUsha’s brother Dharmendra, a driver in Nagla Shikari village, says that the victim had visited their house a week before the incident and told the family that she was subjected to immense torture by Ankit’s parents and other family members who used to beat her. “They demanded ₹2lakh from us for construction of their house. We told them we don’t have that much money. Then Ankit came and took Usha back saying we can discuss it later. Within a week she was murdered,” he alleges.Dharmendra claims that Ankit’s family did not want to inform Usha’s family about her death. “My daughter stays close to their house. She called us and we reached within an hour,” he says. Mr. Dharmendra and his family then approached the police the same day and alleged murder. “The police told us that they’ll first get the post-mortem done. The next day, the post-mortem was conducted but they said their computer wasn’t functional. They registered our FIR only two days later and that too under Section 306 (abetment to suicide), not murder or dowry death,” he alleges, adding that the police were bribed by Ankit’s family.Responding to the allegations, Circle Officer Mr. Yadav says that they had checked Satish’s location and he was found to be away in Ujhani. “The neighbours were questioned. One of them admitted that Usha had come to take kerosene from her. Another said that she saw Usha setting herself on fire and rushed to the house to save her,” he says.Ravinder and Rambeti say that they weren’t present in the house at the time of the incident. According to them, on the day of the incident, Ankit had come home for lunch. When he asked Usha for food, she allegedly said she hadn’t cooked after which he slapped her twice and left the house. Satish claims he wasn’t in the village. His claim is corroborated by the police. Mr. Yadav says Ankit was arrested because he slapped Usha right before she allegedly committed suicide.When the neighbours were asked by the reporter whether anyone saw Usha setting herself on fire or whether the family tortured her, their response was, “We don’t know anything”. (Clockwise from Left) Satish Singh, Ravinder Singh and Rambeti, relative and parents respectively of Ankit Kumar; U.P. police personnel arranging the list indicating the names that have been deleted from the accused list; Prashant Arora, who was accused of raping and killing a minor in 2014; the 15-year-old girl who alleged that three men gang-raped her in Mumbai.  last_img read more

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first_imgWhat do they say: cometh the hour, cometh the man?He’s scored better goals, Mohamed Salah. On bigger stages and in better performances, too.For Liverpool, though, the Egyptian’s latest strike was a priceless one. It opened a door that had looked set to remain locked; it gave his side a platform from which to record yet another Premier League victory. It keeps the Reds on the heels of Manchester City at the top of the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Watford away was a tricky way to start, in Jurgen Klopp’s words, “the most intense period of the season” but Liverpool got the job done here. Again. Salah’s strike, midway through the second half, was added to by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sublime free-kick soon after and by Roberto Firmino’s late header – his first league goal in more than two months. Not even a late red card for Jordan Henderson could take the shine off a more than decent victory on the road.In the end, it was comfortable, even if for large periods it felt anything but. The Liverpool machine keeps on rolling. If they were average in the first half here, they were ruthless after the break. They ground their opponents down, and punished them like proper teams do.What must they make of Klopp’s men over at the Etihad, one wonders? As Pep Guardiola’s City run through their obstacles with ease, routing West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday, Liverpool stutter and get their feet caught and yet still find a way to drag themselves over the line, week after week. Their only dropped points this season have come against City, and away to Arsenal and Chelsea. Thirteen games, 10 wins, 33 points. It’s been a terrific start for the boys from Anfield. And so the gap at the top remains just two points, between a side playing extra-terrestrial football and one still searching for its best. Go figure!The records continue to tumble. This is officially the best ever start, defensively, that Liverpool have made to a league season. A backline which has conceded just five goals from 13 games will always give them a chance to win when below their best.Here, we got the perfect example. Watford battled and grafted, but they were hardly given a sniff by Virgil van Dijk & Co. Alisson Becker made one save, from Gerard Deulofeu, but was otherwise redundant. He could have nipped out and done his Christmas shopping after the break.Watford Liverpool Scoreline PSIt meant the visitors could wait, bide their time until something clicked at the other end. It usually does, and it did again.Sure, it took 67 minutes but it was worth the wait; Firmino in to Mane, back for Salah, 1-0. Ben Foster had denied them before that, he was Watford’s best player, but he could do nothing this time.Suddenly, Liverpool’s ‘one-season wonder’ has nine goals for the campaign. Salah’s shift from a right-sided forward to a more central striker has been notable in recent weeks, but it has coincided with a return to something like full sharpness. Here, he was lively even when his team were not, and his ability to provide decisive contributions at key moments make him indispensable. The celebrations in front of the away end were memorable.There were other welcome sights, Alexander-Arnold curling home a beauty from 25 yards after Firmino had been fouled – what a fortnight the 20-year-old has had, eh? – while Firmino himself rounded off the scoring in the final minute. It was the Brazilian’s first goal in eight Premier League games, and reward for a sublime second-half display from the Reds’ No.9. When he plays well, how much better do Klopp’s team look?Henderson’s dismissal, for a second yellow card eight minutes from time, was the only black mark on the day. The captain will miss next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton as a result, but at least Liverpool have midfield options to compensate. James Milner and Fabinho got a few minutes off the bench here, while Naby Keita was not used at all. Klopp had no complaints about referee Jon Moss’ decision, though Watford were livid that the officials failed to award a penalty when Will Hughes tumbled under Andy Robertson’s challenge in the area with the game goalless. A little bit of luck for Liverpool, perhaps, althouigh contact appeared minimal.Elsewhere, midfield remains a slight source of concern dfor Klopp, with Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum lacking a creative spark, especially during a soporific first-half.Their manager had gone for the 4-2-3-1 formation usually reserved for home games, with Xherdan Shaqiri supplementing his vaunted front three, but it took 40 minutes for his team to muster a shot of any description. The opening exchanges were as dull as the Hertfordshire sky.All that is forgotten, of course, when the result goes your way. Results have gone Liverpool’s way more often than not this season. This was up there with their best, given the way the afternoon panned out.And so they roll on. To Paris next, and to the derby after that. Big games, big tests, big occasions.Ready? Liverpool are. They may not be flying, but they’re making a race of it. While City storm, don’t take your eye off the men in Red.By hook or by crook, they just keep on taking care of business. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more