FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jared Williams and Kai Schmidt are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented MidSouth Bank.The Wildcat duo competed at their home track over the weekend at the Wes Kittley Invitational. Williams took first in the 400-meter event while also helping his ACU squad to a first-place team finish in the 4x400m relay. Kai Schmidt took first place in the shot put and second overall in the discus.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Jared Williams, Abilene Christian – So. – Channelview, TexasWilliams boosted his 4x400m relay team to a first-place overall finish by a narrow .55-second margin. ACU’s relay team finished the course with a time of 3:09.97. The sophomore also claimed a first-place individual finish in the 400m dash, beating out 17 other competitors. The Channelview, Texas product blazed past the finish line with a 47.24 clip, marking the ninth fastest NCAA Division I time of the season.Honorable Mention: Tremayne Flagler, Northwestern State; Julien Jeandree, Central Arkansas; Tyler Smith, McNeese; Garett Cortez, Incarnate Word.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Krefeld, GermanySenior Kai Schmidt won the shot put against Texas Tech’s Eric Kicinskig and Sam Houston State’s Michael Nichols with his best effort of 18.21m (59-9). Schmidt’s marks in the shot put and discus events sealed Southland season bests as the senior launched a 191-2 in the discus, in addition to his shot put efforts.Honorable Mention: LaRon James, Northwestern State; P.J. Caseres, Incarnate Word; Aaron Rosales, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Three former players of Elche will live in a special way the cupper duel this Saturday. Three soccer players who enjoy the present at Yeclano Deportivo, great revelation of Group IV of the Second Division B, and that in the past they dreamed of becoming big in the team they will now try to knock down in La Constitución this next weekend. The Argentinian Pablo Nicolás Vivanco, 30 years old, has been doing new courses left by the ilicitano club, where very young he began to stand out as a defensive midfielder from the hand of Alberto Capón, although he did not finish breaking the roof of the first team. From there it went through Imperial Murcia, Xàtiva Olympic, Orihuela, Eldense, Mérida and during the last four years in the Yeclano Deportivo. He has lived the entire 14-month streak without losing in The Constitution: “The key is in our hobby, which is of another level; and of this coach (Sandroni), who has made a team tailored to this field ”.For its part, the Alicante Hector Camps, of the same generation as Vivanco, was trained in Alicante and Carolinas before signing for Elche, in his last year as a youth. He was two years in the Ilicitano, also with Capón, and became in the first team with Claudio, with whom he made the preseason, and Bordalás, who although he quoted him in the last two League matches never gave him the option to debut . From there, a long pilgrimage through Alicante, Alcoyano, Muro, Ontinyent, La Nucia, Talavera, Gavá, Badalona and Cornellà. Now he is in Yeclano and agrees in a firm message with his teammates: “Elche will have a hard time in La Constitución.” The central Fran Martínez, the midfielder Pablo Vivanco and the side Héctor Camps were three Elche youth players who stayed at the gates of making the jump to the first team. The first of them, at 27, was the last to leave the ilicitana ship. It was last season, in his second stage as a junior. Before it was six seasons in the quarry, with two assignments to La Nucia Y San Fernando; half a year in the Swiss Oberwallis Naters FC and another six months in the subsidiary to help you achieve the goal of permanence.
Following constant outcries from those within the teaching profession regarding poor remuneration packages, President David Granger on Thursday announced that a 66 per cent increase in stipend is in store for trainees attached to the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) come next year.The Head of State was at the time speaking at the 83rd Graduation Exercises of the CPCE. While applauding the efforts of those taking up the responsibility of moulding the minds of the nation’s youths, Granger indicated that improving teacher’s profile has been at the forefront of his Government’s agenda.As such, he indicated that the Administration has listened to the distresses of the College’s teachers in training and outlined the increases which are to take effect come 2018.“We have been very concerned about the low level of stipends and from financial year 2018, resident trainees will have an increase in their stipends by 66 per cent,” he toldThe President detailed that, “resident stipends will be moving from $5500 to $9160 and for non-resident students, from $7500 to $11,440.”It was just weeks ago that teachers came out in their numbers to protest the poor returns they have been receiving for their services to the country.Stemming from their continuous public demonstrations, the Government had approved a six to eight per cent retroactive increase for teachers countrywide.In recent years, the Guyana Teacher’s Union has managed to secure a five per cent increase for teachers countrywide.However, they were this year hoping to see implementation of 45 per cent increase with 50 per cent hike up for all categories of teachers to follow over the next three years.
As the 2007 “Mango Man” murder trial continued before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court, Police Detective, Inspector Suraj Singh testified on Wednesday that the accused, Mark Royden Williams called “Smallie” and Sherwin Nero known as “Catty”, admitted under caution that an ex-Police accomplice was the one who transported them from the scene via a horse cart. Now that the voir dire (trial within a trial) hearing has ended, the main trial of the duo got underway when Inspector Singh denied that neither he nor any rank in his presence assaulted Williams whilst he was in custody at Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Mark Royden Williams called “Smallie” and Sherwin Nero known as “Catty” are on trial for murderLed by prosecutor Tamica Clarke, Inspector Singh detailed that he took the caution statements of both men following their arrest in 2008 for the August 30, 2007 murder of Kumar Singh called Mango Man at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara. Singh testified that Nero, under caution, heard of the plan to rob the man and claimed that Smallie and another accomplice were armed with guns while he had a cutlass. Nero allegedly told Police he later learnt the deceased was called Mango Man.Williams reportedly told Police that he also learnt of the man’s name after the fact, allegedly adding that he did not kill the man while claiming that he was outside at the time. “Meh na kill de man; me been outside on the wuk,” Williams reportedly explained. Singh further told the 12-member jury of Smallie admitting to having a small gun, saying that Durwin Wright, who was revealed to be a former policeman, carried them away from the scene with his horse cart.The defence was not buying this account of events with Defence Attorney for the duo, Nigel Hughes, suggesting to Singh that it was after Wright was charged that he told Police a story to be freed of the crime. Singh disagreed and claimed that he knew of multiple cases where a horse cart was used as getaway transport.“Durwin carry me in; c**lie boy had a big gun, I had a small gun. He tell me he shoot de man but he an tell me why; me get $20, 000,” Smallie reportedly told ranks under caution.Singh further noted that he is not aware if confrontations were held with Wright, Smallie and Nero but he recalled that Williams was taken to a private doctor in Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) owing to supposed congestion at the public hospital in Georgetown. Singh stated that this journey from Camp Street to Grove, however, took 25 minutes, noting too that the institution at Diamond was just a medical centre back then as opposed to a hospital. Cross-examination also revealed that Wright is now in protective custody and Hughes suggested that Police had no independent evidence outside Wright’s testimony to implicate the duo on trial. The case will continue at the High Court.
As uncertainty mounts over the future of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) with accusations of “secrecy” made against Government following an MoU struck with a Trinidadian company, the APNU/AFC Administration is now facing more backlash after it was revealed that a close relative of Prime Minister and First Vice President Moses Nagamootoo is reportedly working to bring in investors for the cash-strapped sugar industry.Tony Joseph (photo from Muscatine Journal)Last Thursday, the Agriculture Ministry in a statement disclosed that representatives of Srinath Ispat Limited, an India-based company with extensive knowledge of the sugar industry, are expected in Guyana this week to have dialogue with Government on potential investments in GuySuCo.The statement went on to say that the delegation would be led by President of Integrated Casetech Consultants PV T LTD, Rajesh Kumar Agarwal, and Managing Director of Sunrise Holdings, Tony Joseph. They would visit the country’s major sugar estates before meeting with several key Government officials, including the Prime Minister, who is currently acting President.Joseph is married to Prime Minister Nagamootoo’s daughter Angela, something which Government failed to disclose in the media release last week. Nevertheless, when asked on Thursday what role his son-in-law has in GuySuCo, Nagamootoo said, “None, as far as I’m aware…I’m not aware that he has any (role in GuySuCo), why don’t you ask him?”When further pressed, the Prime Minister then disclosed that Joseph was merely assisting in finding potential investors for the struggling GuySuCo.“As far as I’m aware, he is a credible and successful businessman, who is not an investor. He is, I understand, here as a finder to introduce investors to help Guyana at no cost to the Government and people of Guyana,” he posited.Joseph currently heads a freight forwarding company, Joseph Pack-n-Ship in Muscatine, Iowa. Back in October 2015, Prime Minister Nagamootoo had participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Joseph Pack-N-Ship.According to reports, Joseph had stated that he migrated from Guyana in the 1970s to the British Virgin Islands with his father to take up a teaching job there. He subsequently learnt the freight forwarding business in Canada and worked at a freight forwarding company in Chicago before returning to Muscatine where he set up his own shipping company.Meanwhile, Government continues to entertain such interest from investors as it faces major decisions on the future of the local sugar industry. To this end, it has held discussions with the Opposition PPP/C on the way forward and in last week’s release to the media, the Agriculture Ministry said that consultations began on December 31, 2016 between Government, GuySuCo, the Opposition and unions.During that meeting, the Ministry noted, stakeholders were presented with the proposed options for GuySuCo and undertook to study the documents and the implications after which a submission of possible additional ideas would be made to expand the range of options, “so that an agreed position could be decided on in a timely manner on the future of GuySuCo”.However, Government has stated that it was becoming impatient waiting on proposals from the Opposition and the two unions representing sugar workers on how to turn the industry around.“Government is, at this stage, concerned that no response has been provided by the Opposition or the unions which could be tabled for consideration,” the Agriculture Minister pointed out.Nevertheless, it was recognised that “it is important that the process of consultations be condensed, particularly since there are significant financial, economic and social implications attached to an extended delayed process for consultations”.It noted that GuySuCo has requested $18 billion from the Government for 2017, but that the National Assembly had only approved $9 billion, $3 billion of which has already been disbursed and utilised by the Corporation. The remaining $6 billion is due for disbursement in March 2017.In this regard, Government has presented a number of alternatives to keep the Corporation afloat, including diversification of its activities, which have been shared with stakeholders.To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) for the undertaking of a feasibility study. The agreement will see the company likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate.No consultationsBut Government spokesperson, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman last week said that there was nothing signed to give away the assets of GuySuCo. In fact, he posited that there was no secret deal since the relevant stakeholders were informed about the MoU.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, in his criticism of the agreement, pointed out that Government entered into this deal without any consultations with stakeholders beforehand.“You do not speak with the parliamentary Opposition. You know, just recently, they called us in December, after everything else and told us they want to talk to us about it, but the secret MoU was already signed, now the story is in the news,” he outlined. The MoU was signed on December 8, 2016.Jagdeo went on to outline that this agreement gave the Trinidadian company an advantage over any other entity or person who was interested if it decided to privatise the estate or the industry.“So they are busy working these quiet deals and one day we may wake up and find that one of the prized estates in Guyana is gone to a group that knows nothing about sugar or is on middle land without any public valuation of the land, no public tendering but has acquired a deal by the Government,” he told media operatives last week.The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the Estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions.
This weekend, some of Donegal’s finest chowder chefs will battle it out at the Donegal Chowder Cook-Off. Hosted by ‘The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative’, the county cook-off takes place at the Hooked! Maritime Festival in Killybegs and will pit Donegal’s best chowder chefs against each other in a bid to find the county’s next chowder champion.Members of the public are invited to attend the seafood chowder tasting, which takes place between 1.00 – 3.00pm this Saturday. The winning chef’s chowder will be selected by public vote and will go on to represent Donegal at the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition in Kinsale next year.The ten Donegal finalists to battle it out are…Castlemurray House: Castlemurray House, in St. John’s Point, Donegal is a boutique style hotel with ten individually decorated sea view bedrooms. The venue prides itself on exceptional service and the quality of its restaurant.The restaurant uses the best of locally sourced ingredients to create innovative and decadent dishes.They grow their own herbs, vegetables and leaves and their head chef forages for seaweed and wild mushrooms. The dinner menu at Castlemurray House is reinvented throughout the year to reflect the seasonal availability of fresh seafood and produce.The Lemon Tree:Situated in the heart of Letterkenny, Donegal, The Lemon Tree is a family operated restaurant that offers an intimate, relaxed ambience where customers can experience classically inspired dishes.With over 15 years’ experience, The Lemon Tree’s passion for sourcing local and sustainable produce can be enjoyed from fork to glass, from local garden herbs and vegetables to a selection of Donegal brewed beers. The open kitchen allows customers to observe the culinary pursuits of brothers, Thomas and Gary and Euro-toques chef, Christopher Molloy. The philosophy at The Lemon Tree is simple; contemporary Irish cooking inspired by classic French roots. Fresh fish is a special feature on the menu and almost everything is made freshly on site, including all breads, pastries, pastas and desserts.Seaview Tavern, Malin:The Seaview Tavern has been family owned since 1973 and is now run by husband and wife team, Michael and Caitriona who spent over ten years in New York.This hidden gem in the north of the county serves food daily with a special emphasis on local produce including fresh seafood from the local pier. Stephen Roland is the head chef at the Seaview Tavern and mussels, oysters, crab and salmon are just some of the succulent seafood options available throughout most of the year.Dawros Bay House & Joe’s Seafood Bar:Located at the edge of the county in Rosbeg, Dawros Bay House and Joe’s Seafood Bar menu features house favourites such as fresh Rosbeg lobster and crab as well as its famous homemade classic chowder and brown bread.Maria Molloy is the head chef and, in addition to its food offering, the venue offers en-suite accommodation, serene sunsets and wild Atlantic waves.Ahoy Cafe:Described as a fresh young eatery, Ahoy Café is run by sisters Stephanie andClaire.Situated on the Shore Road, Killybegs overlooking the beautiful harbour and Boat Park, Ahoy Café offers customers an array of homemade bakes and fresh food.Favourites at Ahoy Café include their famous Crab Burger and fresh local mussels served in a white wine sauce.SONAS Restaurant at Óstán Loch Altan:Named after Loch Altan in the heart of Donegal, Óstán Loch Altan has built upan excellent reputation for the quality of its food in the SONAS Restaurant.Head chef, Lorraine Duggan always includes a seasonal selection of the finest local produce with fresh Atlantic fish dishes a speciality.As well as a unique culinary experience, customers are promised a warm welcome at the SONAS Restaurant.The Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre:Overlooking Ireland’s premier fishing port of Killybegs, The Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre is described as the ideal base for those who want to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and some of the breath-taking attractions that the area has to offer.The Wheelhouse Bar at the Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre serves carvery lunch daily and the exquisite bar menu features a host of local seafood dishes.Breakfast can be enjoyed in Luke’s Restaurant where customers can watch the world go by while fishing ships dock their catch of the day.Tara Hotel, Killybegs:A member of The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative, the Tara Hotel is proud of the local produce on offer in the northwest and utilizes fresh local ingredients and artisan products to create its classic menu.The Turntable Restaurant provides outstanding cuisine combining the very best of traditional hospitality with a friendly efficient service.The bar and restaurant menu at the Tara Hotel features a massive selection of fresh seafood straight from the fishing port.Florence Food Co., Letterkenny: Florence Food Co. has established itself as one of Donegal’s finest artisan cafes.The Letterkenny venue champions local food producers and provides customers with an authentic Donegal food experience. Everything on the menu at Florence Food Co. is made from scratch and in-house, using only the freshest local ingredients.Chef Charlie Boyle serves up his homemade seafood chowder with fresh homemade brown bread and while the café is only open a year, it’s already become a house favourite.Seamus Pat’s Shop-Cafe (Greencastle):Seamus Pat’s Shop-Café is a family run business which has been running for over 40 years. The local shop and newly opened café sits in the heart of Greencastle pier and overlooks the River Foyle.The café serves up delicious culinary delights including light lunches, fresh scones and tray bakes.Seamus Pat’s Shop-Café’s chowder is a favourite among locals and visitors.Meet the Chowder Cook-Off Finalists that will battle it out on Saturday! was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Chowdercook offdonegalFeaturesLEOnews
Arcata >> The road to get where she’s at today hasn’t been anything close to easy or simple for Ashley Quigley, the walking definition of somebody who has worked her way through personal adversity.As she sat in the Arcata High library on Tuesday evening, the smile on her face was hard to miss and quite fitting.Quigley, Arcata’s sharp-shooting senior guard, got to experience a day that many high school basketball players hope to get the chance to have one day — signing their name on the dotted …
A New York City native who followed the … SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants honor their past as well as any franchise in sports.On Saturday morning outside Oracle Park, the Giants thanked Peter Magowan for showing them how to celebrate history.Magowan, the Giants’ longtime managing general partner who died on January 27, 2019, became the first non-player to have a plaque unveiled on the Giants’ Wall of Fame.“Can there be a more fitting tribute to Peter?” CEO Larry Baer asked.
Thata Ubeke Manufacturing won both the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards at the fifth annual South African Premier Business Awards.Nana Sabelo’s company Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd wins the Manufacturer Award and the Black Industrialist Award of the 5th annual South African Premier Business Awards. Here she is with her COO, Thuthu Khumalo. (Image: Melissa Javan)Johannesburg, 31 January 2018 – A Boksburg-based company in Gauteng scored a double when it scooped two awards at the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards.Winners were announced at the awards ceremony that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night 30 January 2018 under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies the awards recognise and reward the contribution of the country’s companies in growing and transforming the South African economy.Thata Ubeke Manufacturing which manufactures electrical and electronic sub-systems for the domestic and export markets romped home with the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards.It was for the second time in a row that the company won the Black Industrialist Award. The award is for companies with a high level of black South African ownership and operate in a manufacturing sector identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as key for the growth of the SA economy.The Manufacturer Award recognises enterprises or organisations that demonstrate efforts to achieve world-class manufacturing standards and manufacturers that produce innovative products.“This year the South African Premier Business Awards acknowledge the Black Industrialist Award as its prestigious main category. In doing so, government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting and increasing the participation of black people in the industrial space,” said Minister Davies.Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, a tyre manufacturing company, also won two awards at the ceremony, namely the Enterprise Development Award and Investor Award.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brand South Africa, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “We are very proud to have successfully awarded businesses that are contributing positively to the economy and the various communities.“These businesses truly understand the importance of making positive strides to the contribution of South Africa’s global competitiveness. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Makhubela.The CEO of Proudly South African, Mr Eustace Mashimbye said: “Apart from our own Proudly South African prize we are delighted to see another member company amongst the winners. We acknowledge all the companies that fly our flag and work to build local procurement levels, in so doing creating jobs. We congratulate all the entrants and especially the winners.”The awards were sponsored by Old Mutual, Tsogo Sun, Wits Business School and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.List of winnersBlack Industrialist AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdEnterprise Development AwardSumitomo Rubber South AfricaExporter AwardAerosud Aviation (Pty) LtdInvestor AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaManufacturer AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdPlay Your Part AwardClover Mama Afrika TrustProudly South African Member Company AwardLa Van Skin and Body Excellence SystemSMME AwardMemeza Shout (PTY) LtdWomen-Owned Business AwardBBD Steel SuppliesYoung Entrepreneur AwardGridbow Engineers and Technical ServicesWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
With the killing of two criminals in police encounters this year, the total number of such deaths under the Yogi Adityanath government rose to 30 since last March. While a “wanted criminal” carrying a bounty of Rs. 1 lakh was killed in Shamli on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, another alleged criminal was shot dead by police 24 hours later in Bulandshahr, officials said.A police constable, Ankit Tomar, also succumbed to bullet injuries a day after he was shot at during the encounter in Shamli. Satyaveer alias Satthe Ahediya, who was carrying a bounty of Rs. 50,000, was allegedly killed in an encounter with police in Bulandshahr’s Kotwalinagar area early on Thursday.A resident of Aligarh, he along with his gang members were wanted in nine criminal cases including dacoity and attempt to murder in his home district as well as in Bulandshahr. According to UP police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava, Satyaveer sustained bullet injuries in exchange of fire with police and was immediately shifted to a hospital where he was declared dead.According to police, the criminals first shot at the police team but three senior officers including Meerut Range Inspector General Ram Kumar were saved by their bullet-proof vests. Police said Satyaveer was shot by the police team who fired in “self-defence,” while his aide, who was unidentified, made use of the fog and darkness to escape.A 9mm pistol, one 315 bore country-made pistol and a motorcycle were recovered from Satyaveer. The incident came barely 24 hours after another wanted criminal Sabir, with a massive bounty of Rs 1 lakh on him, was killed in an encounter in Kairana, Shamli. Working on a tip-off that the alleged criminal was hiding in gram Jandedi in Kairana, police raided the place on the intervening night of January 2 and 3. When he found himself surrounded, Sabir opened fire on the police team, in which station in-charge Bhagwant Singh was shot in the foot while constable Tomar was severely injured, a police spokesperson said. Police said Sabir, an alleged member of the Mukim Kala gang, was injured in retaliatory firing and died later in hospital. His aide, however, managed to escape, they added. Tomar, a native of Baghpat, died in a hospital in Delhi late last night after being declared brain dead a few hours earlier. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while expressing grief announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of Tomar. “We could not save him inspite of best treatment being provided to him at Fortis Noida,” said Mr. Srivastava. A carbine gun, a 9mm pistol, one 30 bore pistol and more than 60 live cartridges were recovered from Sabir, police said. Sabir faced 20 criminal cases for murder, loot and dacoity in police stations in Shamli, Saharanpur, Barabanki (all in UP) and Haryana. On May 5, Sabir had escaped from police custody from a Dhaba near a toll plaza in Barabanki district while he was being taken to Haryana for a court hearing from Siddharthnagar jail. On December 29, police shot dead Sonu, who carried a bounty of Rs 50,000, in Bulandshahr, while a day later, Shamim, who had a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his name, was killed in an alleged encounter in Muzaffarnagar’s Janseth area.Another alleged criminal Haseen alias Mota was killed in Meerut on Saturday night. Twenty-eight persons were killed and close to 200 were injured in police encounters in UP in 2016 since the BJP came to power in the state, with a major chunk taking place in Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Noida, Saharanpur, Azamgarh, Aligarh and Bulandshahr districts.More than 200 policemen were also injured during these encounters last year while three died in the line of duty. Of the total 30 encounters, 21 have been recorded in Meerut zone alone, with three each in Varanasi and Agra zones. The remaining three were in Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow zones.Criminal, two cops injured in Sambhal encounterIn another alleged encounter in UP, police on Thursday evening shot a wanted criminal named Faizal in Baniyather area of Sambhal.Apart from him, a sub-inspector and a constable have also received injuries in the incident, a police spokesperson said.All three are receiving treatment in a hospital in Chandausi.Faizal has a bounty of Rs. 15,000 on him and was wanted in 10 criminal cases, including dacoity, loot and gangster activities. A 315 bore country pistol was recovered from him, even as two of his aides managed to escape.Barabanki encounterIn another late night alleged encounter, police in Barabanki shot at a group of wanted criminals, in which one accused as well as three constables were injured. The injured accused was identified as Rais, a native of Azamgarh. He carries a bounty of Rs. 25,000 and has more than a dozen cases of loot, dacoity and murder against him. “Rais sustained bullet injuries. Injured criminal and constables have been sent to hospital for medical aid,” said Rahul Srivastava, UP police spokesperson. A .32 bore pistol and motorbike were recovered from the accused. According to police, two suspects were spotted on motorbikes near a checking point under Jaitpur police station. “When they were asked to stop by the police party they opened fire on the party, in self-defense police also fired,” said Mr. Srivastava.