Cal’s Kids Basketball Benefit Games

first_img ×  1 / 4  YOUNG AND YOUNGER ALUMNI — pictured are Vinnie, Matt, Daniel, DeVon and Ryan  2 / 4  PLAYERS — Pictured are Michael, Kevin, Thomas and John. Coached by Cal, Jr. with Diane Liming  3 / 4  ON FIRE — Members of the Bayonne Fire Department played in a game to benefit the ASCA Sports program  4 / 4  BAYONNE’S FINEST — Members of the Bayonne Police Department played in a game to benefit the ASCA Sports program ❮ ❯ All proceeds benefit the ASCA sports program. The first “Cal’s Kids” basketball benefit games took place at All Saints Catholic Academy.The games were played in honor of Calvin Liming who was the first Boys’ basketball coach at ASCA.The first game featured young and younger alumni Vinnie, Matt, Daniel, DeVon, and Ryan. Plus Michael, Kevin, Thomas, John and Charlie. Cal’s sons, Danny and Calvin Jr. acted as coaches. The Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Police Department also played against each other.center_img 1 / 4  YOUNG AND YOUNGER ALUMNI — pictured are Vinnie, Matt, Daniel, DeVon and Ryan  2 / 4  PLAYERS — Pictured are Michael, Kevin, Thomas and John. Coached by Cal, Jr. with Diane Liming  3 / 4  ON FIRE — Members of the Bayonne Fire Department played in a game to benefit the ASCA Sports program  4 / 4  BAYONNE’S FINEST — Members of the Bayonne Police Department played in a game to benefit the ASCA Sports program ❮ ❯last_img read more

Bids on New Pickleball Courts Well Over Budget

first_imgA growing legion of Pickleball devotees in Ocean City may have to wait a bit longer to find a permanent venue on the island.The lone bid on construction of outdoor courts in Ocean City was opened on Thursday and came in at $604,864.75.The city had dedicated only $250,000 for the work in a $79.6 million five-year capital plan approved in March.Fred M. Schiavone Construction Inc. of Malaga, N.J. — the contractor for two phases of Ocean City Boardwalk reconstruction and for the new Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway — was the only bidder.The city had asked for bids on converting part of an existing parking lot at Shelter Road and Tennessee Avenue (near the Recycling Center and Humane Society) into five Pickleball courts with fencing and a windbreak system. The specifications also asked for the bids to include the replacement of the artificial grass surface on the six tennis courts (40,000 square feet) at the Ocean City Intermediate School.The bid breakdown (see detail) includes $418,000 for the tennis court surface alone.The other part of the bid included $186,874.75 for the work on the Pickleball courts at Shelter Road. Schiavone submitted an alternate bid of $29,785 to resurface and equip five Pickleball courts that exist on a roughly paved area outside the Intermediate School.Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said Monday that the city administration is still working with City Council on an alternate plan, and he was unable to comment further.When City Council approved the solicitation of bids on May 15, Mallon had said he was hopeful that the project could be completed before the end of summer.Pickleball is a tennis-like game played on a smaller court with a whiffle ball and a solid paddle. Because the game is easy to learn (and fun to master) and does not require covering a lot of ground, it is increasingly popular with players of all ages. A group of more than 100 players has been finding playing time indoors at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center and outdoors at the Intermediate School.Read more: Ocean City Opens Bidding Process for Pickleball Courts Lines for five crude Pickleball courts are painted on asphalt beside the Ocean City Intermediate School. The city sought bids for resurfacing those courts and for building five more on city-owned property on Shelter Road.last_img read more

NBA All Star Game set for Indianapolis next year in doubt

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews NBA All Star Game set for Indianapolis next year in doubt By Jon Zimney – August 18, 2020 0 191 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By Batistaya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will not happen on its scheduled weekend in Indianapolis next year.Indy was set to host the event on Presidents’ Day weekend next year but it looks like that won’t happen, according to WISH-TV.Two sources, including Phil Ray, general manager of the JW Marriott, said the NBA canceled its hotel contracts for that weekend.This year’s NBA Playoffs have begun after a four-month delay due to the pandemic. Next season will have a delayed start.It’s still not clear if the NBA will try to schedule the All-Star Game for later in the year, or if it will be canceled completely. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articlePolice investigating early morning stabbing in South BendNext articleNotre Dame reports 89 new positive tests on Tuesday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Putting compassion into action

first_img“I provide training from schools to organizations about why choosing inclusion benefits all of us,” she said.For Blake Strode, J.D. ’15, the spark came even earlier. Strode, executive director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil rights law firm in St. Louis, remembered a classmate in his elementary school, an immigrant from Cameroon, who was relentlessly teased for her poverty and accent until he finally gathered the courage to sit with her at lunch and speak up for her.“It was my first experience of seeing what it meant to stand with someone as they are enduring injustice,” said Strode, who later in the day was presented with the Bellow-Charn Championship of Justice Emerging Leader Award.“That’s the role of the social justice lawyer,” he concluded, “to create community and stop that oncoming train.” Law School clinic played key role in winning suit against ex-president, ally Making it big behind the scenes Justice for the slain in Bolivia Law School students follow dream careers in showbiz “Reaching out to others is how you find out who you really are,” said Daniel Nagin, vice dean of experiential and clinical education and faculty director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (HLS). He was quoting the late HLS Professor Gary Bellow, LL.B. ’60, who in 1979 co-founded the Jamaica Plain center with his wife, senior lecturer in law Jeanne Charn, J.D. ’70. On April 5, Nagin and others celebrated the center’s 40th anniversary, and the quote strikes at the heart of the center’s mission of improving the legal profession through experiential learning while working with community organizations to enact real and lasting change.Transformational change may be possible only through such a cooperative effort, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92. Giving the keynote address at the celebration, she pointed out that not only have more than 40,000 people used the center’s services over the years — people “who were shown an opportunity to have a life-changing experience” — but also approximately 4,500 students have worked there. “Students who have learned to see life, experience life, through the circumstances of another,” she said.The Legal Services Center — or, as Bellow has described it in the past, the “teaching law office” — is similar to the teaching hospital model used in medical schools across the country, including at Harvard, and it has helped change the lives of thousands of clients in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and other neighborhoods in Boston and beyond. Its programs address issues related to housing, domestic violence, predatory lending, and other community needs. The center offers clinics that specialize in areas including federal taxes, estate planning, and accessing veterans’ benefits. Its reach is broad and its results can often be life-changing.During the 2017–18 academic year, HLS students provided pro bono legal assistance to more than 4,000 clients in Massachusetts, including more than 2,300 residents in the Boston area. The graduating class of 2018 contributed 376,532 hours of pro bono legal assistance, an average of 637 hours per student over their three years at the Law School. This is part of the effort to, in the words of HLS Dean John F. Manning, “make sure we’re always on the cutting edge of clinical education.”The day’s events showed how this interaction can work. In the first of a series of roundtable discussions on how to narrow the gap between rich and poor and achieve justice for the most vulnerable, “#Connect: A Law Student and Client Discuss Collaboration” featured 2L student D Dangaran and a client recalling how they had worked together, under the guidance of Stephanie Davidson, J.D. ’13, a clinical instructor in the domestic violence and family law clinic. The client had been in the process of freeing herself from an abusive relationship when she met Dangaran, and had already obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband that allowed her and her children to stay in the family home. When Dangaran met her, the order was once again up for review — and her husband had already been arrested for violating it.“My second week in the clinic and it was the biggest trial of the clinic,” recalled Dangaran. But the client was calm, assured by the student’s focus. “[Dangaran] already knew my case as if they’d been with us the entire time,” she said. “I was very comfortable, and it took a lot of my nerves away.”,The preparation that went into the case paid off. The husband didn’t show for the hearing, and the client and Dangaran were called to the bench. The judge granted a permanent restraining order “before we even asked,” said Dangaran.Charn, who was the center’s director for 28 years, served as the institutional memory for the next panel, “#Spark: The Influence of the Bellow-Charn Model on Legal Education.” The center’s beginning, she said, was rocky. “Almost no one supported what we were doing.”Committed to social justice, the center initially took students from several law schools and recruited experts from other institutions, such as MIT, to help them not only win cases but understand the underlying problems. If design could help a landlord maintain apartments, they would bring in designers, she said. “We were at ground level.”The discussion then progressed to how the Bellow-Charn approach works. Moderator Sarah Boonin, J.D. ’04, now a professor at Suffolk University Law School, said the model was built on the idea that clinics should be immersed in the community they serve because “the community was also a teacher.” For Jeffrey Selbin, J.D. ’89, a professor at UC-Berkeley and director of its Policy Advocacy Clinic, the teaching element was immediately key. “When I walked to the center on my very first day, I was told, ‘You have a client in room one.’” The case involved Social Security benefits for a woman in her 50s. “She just looked at me and said, ‘You’ve never done this before.’ Then she said, ‘I’ve never done this before, either. It’ll be just fine,’ which was an early lesson in ‘client as teacher.’”The next discussion, “#Uplift: Using the Law for Economic Justice,” began by asking what had inspired the panelists to make a career seeking economic justice. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, J.D. ’09, shared his frustration as a Peace Corps volunteer unable to alleviate the grinding poverty of Haitian sugarcane cutters in the Dominican Republic. Haben Girma, J.D. ’13, who has limited vision and hearing, recounted being turned away from a summer job once her potential employer met her. Today, Girma, who was named White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Relatedlast_img read more

Gifford Medical’s Last Mile Ride raises $40,000

first_imgSaturday’s Last Mile Ride – Gifford Medical Center’s annual charity motorcycle ride – attracted more than 180 riders and raised approximately $40,000 for end-of-life care at the nonprofit Randolph medical center.Started in 2006 by Gifford nurse and motorcyclist Lynda McDermott of Randolph, the ride has grown significantly in the five years since in both the number of riders it attracts and the money it raises. This year’s ride took motorcyclists through about 100 miles of central Vermont countryside through Randolph, Northfield, Montpelier, Middlesex, the Mad River Valley, Rochester, Bethel and more. Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak led the ride and combat veterans provided “road guard” services. The ride ended at the hospital with a chicken and rib barbecue and live music from local group “Two for the Show and Company.” Riders were also given free massages and awarded prizes. Riders who raised the most money for the cause received gifts from area motorcycle dealers.Topping the list of riders who raised the most were Tim and Patty Schroeder, who raised $1,847; Linda Chugkowski and Robert Martin, who raised $1,810; and Reg and Rose Mongeur, who collected more than $1,300.Reg Mongeur, a combat veteran, also served as a road guard and rode in memory of his late mother, Caroline Mongeur, who died in Gifford’s Garden Room in May.The Garden Room is a garden-side suite for dying patients and their families. The ride supports free services for those patients as well as for other patients in advanced illness, family bereavement services and special training for Gifford’s staff.“The staff at Gifford and the Garden Room … they made the transition between life and death a lot smoother. Everybody involved from the Gifford side of it, it was like it was their family (member) too,” says Reg Mongeur of how his mother was treated. The experience made Reg all the more supportive of the ride and gave him drive to raise money so others could experience the same service.And Reg – a Vietnam veteran – got a bit of a surprise of his own at the ride.Riders gave the combat veterans a standing ovation for their help at the ride. The act of kindness brought tears to the Vietnam vet’s eyes.This year’s ride also included the raffle of a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low from Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre. Art Peper, a 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran and prison of war, won the motorcycle.Ride organizer Ashley Lincoln called Peper with the news immediately after the ticket was drawn.“I didn’t believe it,” said Peper, who had collected antique Indian and Harley motorcycles before selling them a few years ago.Schroeder sold Peper the winning ticket on behalf of the hospital. “When Tim sold me the ticket he said, ‘This is the lucky ticket,’ and it was.”Peper bought the ticket to support the ride, not expecting to win. He’s now not quite sure what he’ll do with his shiny new Harley, which Schroeder delivered on Saturday afternoon.  “It’s fun, but I don’t think I’ll ever ride it,” said the Randolph resident who has had visitors and plenty of phone calls – some from people he hasn’t talked to in years – since his big win.“It made him very happy,” notes his wife, Rose.Peper’s says he’s just happy the ride raised so much money for end-of-life care.Other winners included Thom Goodwin, a hospital employee from Corinth, who won a stunning quilt make by Gifford nurses. “I’m thrilled and elated. Five nurses poured their heart into creating this. When I look at the quilt I can be reminded daily of what a caring and compassionate community Gifford is,” Goodwin said.And ride volunteer and pediatrician Dr. Mitsu Chobanian was the winner of a 50/50 raffle.The date for next year’s ride has already been set. It will be held Aug. 20, 2010. Visit the hospital’s Web site, is external) for updates on 2011 ride and more photos from this year’s ride.The other Last Mile RideMotorcycles roared through the area on Saturday to raise money for end-of-life care at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. But one rider had a much quieter start and finish. Marci White, a Gifford nurse, wife and mother from Braintree, rode her pedal bicycle 37 miles to Northfield and back Saturday morning to support the cause.Source: Gifford Medical Center. 8.24.2010last_img read more

Kentucky Guard Members Share Knowledge With Ecuadorian Counterparts

first_imgBy Dialogo September 20, 2011 North met south recently when the Kentucky National Guard hosted members of the Ecuadorian military during a series of best practice exchanges focusing on vehicle maintenance and inventory control processes. The Ecuadoran troops visited the combined surface maintenance shop in Frankfort, the field maintenance shops in Richmond and Louisville as well as the Kentucky National Guard maneuver area training equipment site at Fort Knox. “It has been a very productive visit,” said Capt. Telmo Aguilar, Ecuador Army maintenance officer. Each facility offered unique tours through their buildings, and maintenance shops and giving the Ecuadorian Soldiers a chance to observe the daily operations and share experiences with their Kentucky Guard counterparts. While at the facilities the visitors also received briefings and took part in maintenance demonstrations with the Guardsmen and visited a static display of equipment set up at the MATES facility. The Kentucky National Guard has been conducting collaborative training events like these for more than 20 years through the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. The State Partnership Program provides interchanges with input from multiple sources, including the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, U.S. Southern Command and the adjutant general of Kentucky. The program provides a symbiotic benefit to all parties involved. The focus of this exchange allowed subject matter experts from the Kentucky National Guard and the Ecuadorian Army to work together in order to implement a robust tactical vehicle maintenance program.last_img read more

The differences between loyalty and referral programs

first_imgStrong brand image and brand affinityDigital presenceHigh loyaltyHigher marginHigh advocacyLow to moderate switching costs 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some of our customers have recently mentioned that their referral program has a side benefit of increasing loyalty among customers. They’re able to see that customers who make referrals do tend to be more loyal, and loyal customers tend to refer. Ultimately, it’s interesting to observe how loyalty program applications and referral programs drive different types of behavior, and how each program is considered by the brand.Both referral programs and loyalty program applications issue rewards for consumer behavior. So, both are rewards programs. But there are some important differences between referral and loyalty programs that aren’t always well understood.Here are some criteria to think about when you’re considering a referral program, a loyalty program application, or both. Behaviour being rewarded is…Bringing new customers at a very low cost to the brandNot shopping somewhere else Referral ProgramLoyalty Program Consumers are rewarded for…Referring a friend who becomes a customerMaking frequent purchases Low marginHighly competitiveLow switching costsGenerally lower affinityLoyalty can be across spectrumcenter_img Reward values are typically…Medium / high (can grow to 50 – 100% of annual purchase value)Low (1 – 2%) Good for businesses with… Purchase frequency is…Moderate (monthly recurring, quarterly)Very high* (daily, weekly) continue reading » Can be easily automated when…Have an online storeHave any kind of automated point of sale systemlast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Caroline Willard – Being fearless not reckless (#20)

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Welcome to episode 20 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of I’m excited to introduce Caroline Willard, the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, as today’s guest! She’s also a board member of CUNA and one of my scuba diving and travel buddies. We’ll dig into gender diversity and the need for inclusion, innovation and disruption in credit unions, and much more! (We’ll do our best not to get distracted by chatting about traveling and diving.Early in our conversation, Caroline talks about Ronaldo Hardy’s gumbo analogy. Diversity is having all of the right ingredients on your counter. Inclusion is making sure they all make it into the pot. Equity is making sure that the ratios are balanced so that the dish turns out well. After sharing this powerful point, she explains that the push for transformation has to happen at all three levels (individual, credit union, and national). With that said, we need to start now instead of waiting for broader change at the national level.In addressing how credit unions respond to disruption, Caroline points out that they tend to adapt and lead with what’s important to their membership. She’ll give some specific examples of people and credit unions who are listening to their membership and responding by creating a different experience.We’ll also dig into the importance of having a safe space where people can share their opinions without holding back, the value of branching out to different disciplines, the difference between fearlessness and recklessness, and much more. Because we can’t resist, we’ll even touch on how traveling relates to Caroline’s professional life. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Caroline:Caroline WillardPresident and CEO, Cornerstone Credit Union [email protected]witter | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Check out all the great work Caroline and her team are doing at the Cornerstone Credit Union League.McKinsey & Company: Why Diversity MattersShout-out: Ronaldo HardyConference mentioned: Women’s Leadership ConferenceCaroline mentioned how they are doing executive searches at Credit Union Resources, Inc. Find out more here.Shout-out: Marcus CottonCaroline was on the senior management team at CO-OP Financial Services in her previous life.Shout-out: Dave BleazardShout-out: Crystal LongCaroline is a Myers & Briggs EMTJ. If I remember correctly I’m an INTP. What are you? Take the test here.Shout-out: Our friends at CUNA (Caroline is a board member).Shout-out: Karen Hart from the best DE class ever (Winter 2015). Find out how you two can become a CUDE here.Find out more about the CUNA Awareness Initiative here.Shout-out: Caroline’s rockstar team at the Cornerstone Credit Union League.Shout-out: Barb LowmanShout-out: To our friends at CUES. Caroline served on the board in the past.Book mentioned: Thinkertoys by Michael MichalkoBest album of all-time: Led Zeppelin IVBook mentioned: 10% Happier by Dan HarrisPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (#4) (and episode #18), Maria Martinez, Samantha Paxson.You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.And here is the picture we talked about. That is an active volcano behind us. Mount Agung on the island of Bali.Mount Agung – Bali, Indonesia (2017)In This Episode:[00:03] – Randy welcomes listeners to the 20th episode of the CUInsight Experience and introduces Caroline Willard.[03:02] – As a woman, CEO, and CUNA board member, what changes does Caroline see that the credit union industry needs to make?[04:12] – Caroline expands on her point that diverse people contribute to a conversation differently.[06:19] – We hear about whether Caroline thinks the push for transformation can happen at individual levels, or needs to come across all levels.[08:33] – Caroline shares her advice for someone who wants to get more involved in creating more seats at the table.[11:00] – Is Caroline’s advice on the subject any different depending on whether she’s advising a woman or a man?[13:59] – We learn about how credit unions across the board are responding to the current disruption that we’re seeing.[16:42] – Caroline talks about why growth is so important, both for credit unions and on a personal level.[18:31] – What is Caroline’s reaction to the phrase “but that’s the way we’ve always done it”? She answers, then talks about how she helps people on her team get more comfortable with change.[22:09] – Caroline discusses a belief currently held by credit unions that she thinks will fundamentally change in the near future.[23:59] – We hear about what inspired Caroline to take the gig as the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League.[26:36] – Has Caroline’s inspiration changed at all over the course of her time on the job?[28:09] – Caroline talks about her leadership style, and how it has changed.[30:16] – One of the greatest strengths of Caroline’s team is that it’s grounded while still having new blood, she explains.[31:48] – What advice would Caroline give to a new leader trying to blend the old culture with the new culture?[33:46] – Caroline shares the sentence that her team has heard her say so often that they could finish it for her.[35:15] – Is there a mistake that Caroline made earlier in her career, or that she sees young leaders make often?[36:32] – Caroline talks about fearlessness and recklessness, and why the latter is dangerous.[38:53] – We hear Caroline’s thoughts on the relation between traveling and her professional life.[40:51] – Caroline had a spectacular failure that ended up turning out well, she explains.[43:31] – When Caroline runs into a problem, does she have a hack for flipping it around or looking at it from a different angle?[45:20] – Caroline chats about what she does on her (very rare) free days.[47:15] – Caroline answers the first of the rapid-fire questions: does she remember the first time that she got into memorable trouble?[47:58] – What daily routines does Caroline need to do or her day will feel off?[48:26] – Caroline’s favorite album of all time is Led Zeppelin IV.[49:05] – What was Caroline’s favorite concert of all time, and what’s on her bucket list?[50:30] – Are there specific books that Caroline has frequently gifted or recommended?[51:40] – What has become more (and less) important to Caroline as she has gotten older, and what advice would she give to her 25-year-old self?[53:08] – When Caroline hears the word “success,” who’s the first person who comes to mind?[54:15] – Does Caroline have any final asks or final thoughts for the audience? And how can they get in touch with her?last_img read more

Total Croatia News launches Viber community for the latest tourist information

first_imgSo, if you want to know the latest information or maybe you can give it and thus help community members, accept the invitation and join the Viber group on this connectors. The whole idea and story about founding a Viber community started soon after Bradbury was on the Slovenian border, after which he met, as he says, two very smart young trainees learning how to build a Viber community. “Razgovarao sam s raznim ljudima koji su povezani s najnovijim informacijama i imamo sve kontakte nadležnih ministarstava. Stoga smo odlučili pokrenuti Viber zajednicu, Total Croatia Travel INFO, gdje ćemo objavljivati ​​najnovije informacije koje imamo”, said Bradbury, adding that he would try to answer all the questions asked in this group, ie the community, and if they do not have them, he will provide contact information of the competent ministry or official body to be discussed.center_img Total Croatia Travel INFO is the name of the community Total Croatia News, news portal with news from Croatia, in English, wants to provide those interested with answers to simple questions such as: who can cross the border, what is the procedure, where to find information about bus travel, etc. According to portal owner Paul Bradbury, more and more people confused by the lack of information, so as he himself says, it is time to change direction.last_img read more

Anger after Indian police cremate gang-rape victim

first_imgTopics : Indian police were accused Wednesday of cremating the body of a teenaged “untouchable” Dalit woman against her family’s wishes after she died following an alleged gang-rape by four upper-caste men — the latest sexual assault to shock the country.The 19-year-old from India’s marginalized Dalit community was left paralyzed following a brutal attack two weeks ago in fields outside a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.She was found lying in a pool of blood after going missing while collect fodder outside her home village of Bool Gahri. ‘Caste supremacy’ Police chief Vikrant Vir insisted the woman’s cremation took place with the family’s consent, but added: “We did not want any outsider to create law and order disturbances.”The All India Progressive Women’s Association said the police action “reeks of caste supremacy”. India’s 200 million “untouchable” Dalits have long faced discrimination and abuse, and campaigners say attacks on them have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.The attack has sparked uproar and lit up social media in India, with politicians, Bollywood personalities, cricket stars and rights activists voicing anger.”When will this stop? Our laws & their enforcement must be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes rapists shudder with fear! Hang the culprits,” tweeted Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar.Nearly 90 rape cases were recorded every day last year, according to data released Tuesday by the National Crime Records Bureau, but vastly more assaults are thought to go unreported.On Wednesday several dozen protesters were detained outside the heavily barricaded Uttar Pradesh government offices.”We are getting reports of rape cases non-stop, this isn’t the first one,” protester Jaideep told AFP.”In this one there was so much pressure from the upper castes that the police didn’t register a case for eight days.”In Bool Gahri Wednesday, there was a heavy police presence with barricades and police at every corner as dozens of TV crews scrambled to interview relatives and locals. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was later taken to hospital in New Delhi, around 200 kilometers away, but died Tuesday from her injuries.The assault comes months after four men were hanged for the brutal 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi, a case that came to symbolize the nation’s problems with sexual violence.The latest attack sparked anger that was further fuelled Wednesday after the woman’s family accused police of cremating her body in the dead of night — against their wishes and religious custom — raising doubts about their commitment to a proper investigation.”I wasn’t even allowed to see the body of my daughter one final time before they burned it,” her mother told reporters Wednesday. Four men have been arrested in connection with the attack — all aged in their 20s and 30s — with an Indian newspaper reporting one was from a wealthy landowning family feared by the community.He “creates trouble but no one ever says anything,” the Indian Express quoted a villager as saying.”He drinks, harasses women. Everyone is scared of the family.”last_img read more