Man in car with George Floyd the day he died doesn’t want to testify

first_imgBCFC/iStockBy Bill Hutchinson, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — A key witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin is threatening to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because his lawyer contends anything he says about his alleged drug activity with George Floyd could leave him vulnerable to being charged with third-degree murder in the death of the 46-year-old Black man.Morries Hall, currently in jail, appeared via Zoom at a court hearing on Tuesday morning in which his attorney argued he has no immunity from prosecution that stems from testimony about his and Floyd’s behavior while seated in a Mercedes Benz SUV shortly before police arrived on May 25 and arrested Floyd.In his opening statement last week, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury they would hear from Hall, who has been identified during trial testimony as an alleged drug dealer from whom Floyd obtained narcotics.“This will include evidence that while they were in the car, Mr. Floyd consumed what were thought to be two Percoset [painkiller] pills,” Nelson said during his opening statement, naming Hall and Shawanda Hill, Floyd’s former girlfriend, as passengers in the SUV with Floyd outside the Cup Foods prior to police arriving on scene.Police were called to the store after Floyd allegedly used a phony $20 bill to purchase a pack of cigarettes.“Mr. Floyd’s friends will explain that Mr. Floyd fell asleep in the car and that they couldn’t wake him up to get going, that they thought the police might be coming because now the store [employees] were coming out,” Nelson said.Nelson has been attempting to undermine the prosecution’s primary allegation that Chauvin killed Floyd by burying his knee in the man’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, cutting off blood to his brain. Nelson has countered that a combination of the powerful drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine, both found in Floyd’s system during an autopsy, and undetected heart disease is what killed the man, making Hall a valuable witness to Chauvin’s defense.Hall’s lawyer, Adrienne Cousins, an assistant Hennepin County public defender, filed a motion to quash subpoenas from both the prosecution and defense for her client to take the witness stand.“Your honor, I cannot envision any topic that Mr. Hall would be called to testify on that would be both relevant to the case that would not incriminate him,” Cousins told Judge Peter Cahill during Tuesday’s hearing, with the jury absent from the courtroom. “Mr. Hall’s testimony in these matters would specifically put him in the position of being in very close proximity to Mr. Floyd, in a vehicle where drugs were found during a search by police following Floyd’s death.”Courtney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend at the time of his death, last week gave testimony that Hall sold drugs to Floyd. Cousins said Hall’s testimony could serve as a “link in the chain” for the drugs Floyd ingested shortly before his death, leaving him open to a third-degree murder charge.Nelson said that in addition to Floyd’s behavior in the SUV that day, he also wants to question Hall about where Floyd got the counterfeit $20 bill, whether Floyd obtained drugs from him, their activities before they arrived at Cup Foods, their interactions with employees inside the store, why he and Floyd gave police false names and why Hall left the state immediately after Floyd’s death. He also said he intends to ask Hall about what was in a backpack he was seen holding during the encounter with police.“Mr. Hall was seen on a security camera taking something out of a backpack and throwing it,” Nelson said during Tuesday’s hearing. “I would ask him … what it was that he threw.”Cahill asked Nelson to put his questions in writing and said he is considering allowing him only to question Hall about his observations of Floyd suddenly falling asleep in the SUV, but nothing further. He said he will hold another hearing out of the jury’s presence to determine if it is possible for Hall to answer the limited questions without incriminating himself.Prosecutor Matthew Frank told Cahill that such a narrow scope of questioning would create a “huge problem” for the prosecution.“This questioning would not exist in a vacuum,” Frank argued. “There would be other questioning and we would have the right to question him about his credibility and other aspects of that interaction that would lead, unfortunately and potentially, to him invoking question by question in front of the jury.“Our dog in the fight is a fair trial for Mr. Chauvin and one trial,” Frank said. “What we can’t have is an invocation of this privilege in front of the jury.”Cahill said he will make a decision on whether to allow Hall to take the witness stand following the next hearing on the matter, which he intends to schedule once Nelson submits his question in writing.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Dodgers ensnared by familiar traps in 4-2 loss to Mets

first_imgPreviousNew York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, bottom, steals second base ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy throws to first during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, right, fields an infield ground ball hit by New York Mets’ Michael Conforto during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda delivers a pitch to New York Mets’ Wilmer Flores during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, right, throws to first after forcing out New York Mets’ Jose Reyes to complete a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Jeff McNeil was forced out at first base. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda examines a baseball during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, right, celebrates with Jay Bruce after hitting the go-ahead three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up the go-ahead three-run home run to New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, right, takes Devin Mesoraco out of the game after Mesoraco reached first off a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda in action during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets’ Todd Frazier loses his bat off a swing during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado reaches to make a bare-handed catch to force out New York Mets’ Wilmer Flores during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, right, reacts after allowing the go-ahead three-run home run to New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, not pictured, during the ninth inning of a baseball game as Jeff McNeil rounds the bases in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado after Machado was caught between bases off a hit into fields choice by Max Muncy during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo rounds the bases after hitting the go-ahead three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets’ Amed Rosario, left, celebrates with Brandon Nimmo after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, bottom, steals second base ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Mets won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy throws to first during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy throws to first during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES – The Arizona Diamondbacks had just left Dodger Stadium. The Colorado Rockies are lurking on the schedule just a few days away. A reporter asked Dave Roberts about the perils of a possible “trap game” before Monday’s series opener against the New York Mets, but the Dodgers’ manager offered no reason to worry.The only traps to ensnare the Dodgers were familiar ones.Pitcher Jacob deGrom laid waste to another lineup, allowing only two hits and a Justin Turner home run over six innings. Then, against a fallible bullpen, the Dodgers created several enviable scoring chances only to fall short.In the end, Brandon Nimmo’s three-run home run in the ninth inning against Kenta Maeda (8-9) lifted the Mets to a 4-2 victory in front of an announced crowd of 45,206 at Dodger Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers finished 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.Playing after the Colorado Rockies won and the Arizona Diamondbacks (74-64) lost, the Dodgers (75-63) fell a half-game behind Colorado (75-62) for first place in a tightly contested NL West.Dodgers starter Alex Wood allowed one run in five innings. A series of five relief pitchers got the game to the ninth inning tied 1-1. That was enough to keep pace with deGrom, who became the first pitcher since 1913 to allow three or fewer runs in 25 consecutive starts.But with closer Kenley Jansen unavailable after appearing in the last three games, Maeda stayed on the mound for the ninth inning after he pitched a scoreless eighth. The right-hander allowed a double to Jay Bruce and hit Jeff McNeil with a pitch before Nimmo crushed his 16th home run of the season to right field. Down 4-1, the game was out of reach.Through his interpreter, Maeda said he failed to bury a back-foot slider to Nimmo, who has eight RBIs in his past 10 games.center_img The Dodgers still had one more chance against Mets closer Robert Gsellman.Alex Verdugo led off the ninth inning with a single and Cody Bellinger followed with a line drive that landed on the chalk line behind first base. First base umpire Ryan Blakney initially called it a foul ball but after a 96-second review, the call was overturned. Bellinger was awarded first base and Verdugo went to third.If Blakney had ruled the ball fair initially, Bellinger said he believed he could have reached second base. Verdugo – who was afraid the ball might hit his head – might have reached third.“I’m just glad they got the call right,” Bellinger said.Yasmani Grandal’s fly ball was deep enough for Verdugo to tag up and score the Dodgers’ second run. But that was as close as the Dodgers got. Matt Kemp, who delivered the go-ahead hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday and Sunday, grounded into a double play to end the game.“I thought he was going to do it again,” Bellinger said. “Obviously it’s hard to do it three nights in a row. That would be pretty special.”Turner’s 12th home run of the season gave Wood a lead in the bottom of the first inning. The left-hander worked around one baserunner in each of the first two innings. In the third, Wood froze Austin Jackson with a two-strike fastball, stranding runners on second and third base.Wood couldn’t pitch out of trouble in the fifth inning after walking Bruce and allowing a single to Devin Mesoraco. McNeil grounded into a double play, but with Bruce on third base, a two-out line drive by deGrom landed in front of Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig. Bruce trotted home with the tying run.“I’m more frustrated about the bunt,” Wood said of his own failed sacrifice attempt against deGrom.DeGrom’s day at the plate matched his effort on the mound: two hits and one run driven in. The right-hander walked one batter and struck out six. He shaved a fraction off his league-leading 1.68 earned-run average.“We didn’t get many results but I thought we did a great job of battling him,” Bellinger said. “We got him out in the sixth inning, over 100 pitches. That’s a win against deGrom this year.“You get deGrom out of the game, you’ve got a better chance to win.”Verdugo was 0 for 2 against deGrom, the victim of two stellar catches in the field. Right-hander Seth Lugo took over on the mound in the seventh inning, and Verdugo greeted him with a double to right center. Bellinger dropped a single into left, and Verdugo was forced to hold at third base.The Dodgers failed to cash in, however. Grandal struck out swinging and Lugo got Puig to hit into an inning-ending double play.Again in the eighth inning, the Dodgers failed to convert a golden opportunity against right-hander Drew Smith. Turner drew a two-out walk. Manny Machado hit a line drive into the right-field corner that bounced into the stands on one hop, and Turner stopped at third base on the ground-rule double. Smith got Kiké Hernandez to line out to center field, ending the inning.Despite his dominance, deGrom has only eight wins, eight losses and 12 no-decisions in 28 starts this year. Getting the game to the bullpen was a strategy that has worked before Monday.“You try not to think too much about who’s on the other side,” Wood said. “It’s been special to watch from afar, but you have to go inning to inning, hitter to hitter. I’m glad we stuck in there as long as we did. They just got the big hit and we didn’t.”last_img read more

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Bombers ready to challenge elite at 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgLVR then plays Ladysmith later in the day before concluding the round robin pool play Friday against Seycove of North Vancouver.The winners of the four divisions then advance into the final four Friday afternoon with the semi final winners meeting to determine the Provincial Champ Saturday at 1 p.m.The Bombers are attempting to follow the lead of the LVR Rugby squad, which won the 2016 BC High School Boy’s AA Tier II Rugby Championship with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Fraser Valley power Robert Bateman Timberwolves Saturday at Rotary Park in Abbotsford.The 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships is hosted by Carihi of Campbell River. The Kootenay Champion L.V. Rogers Bombers look to make some noise as the Heritage City team opens play Thursday at the 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Campbell River.The Bombers, which easily disposed of J. Lloyd Crowe and David Thompson of Invermere at the recent Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Creston, begin divisional action at the 16-team tournament against Burnsview of Delta Thursday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Springboks, England draw final test

first_img25 June 2012After a 14-14 draw with England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening, the Springboks remain undefeated under coach Heynecke Meyer, but they were the less satisfied of the two teams following a sub-standard performance.Neither coach was happy with the outcome. After the game, Meyer termed his team’s performance “unacceptable”, while England’s Stuart Lancaster called the result “frustrating”.Meyer’s unhappiness was further underlined when he added: “Today was a step backwards.”Springbok captain Jean de Villiers commented: “We won the series 2-0 and we are satisfied with that, but I think they got better as the series progressed and I guess we got a little worse towards the end.”South Africa could have won had Morne Steyn’s kicking slump not continued, but that would have been unfair to the English, who delivered a committed and physical performance. By the same token, it was not worthy of a victory either.Wet conditionsThe wet conditions were not conducive to an open contest, and with ball in hand the match was played mostly around the fringes of the set pieces and rucks, while both sides made liberal use of the boot too.England excelled on close-in defence and the Springboks aided the tourists by seldom testing them out wide with backline runners instead of forwards driving the ball up.Having said that, the most controversial choice for the South African team, centre Wynand Olivier (playing in place of Frans Steyn who was getting married), proved to be the best of the South African backs. He found gaps on attack and made good ground, while on defence he neutralised English battering ram Manu Tuilagi.Up front, the set pieces were very even. The Springboks shaded the possession stakes and did put the English under some pressure with their driving play, a fact that was underlined by the sin-binning of captain Dylan Hartley for deliberately slowing the ball down.It could just as easily have been prop Dan Cole who received a yellow card after he was blown up at least three times for clumsy infringements at rucks by referee Steve Walsh.ControlBehind the pack, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and flyhalf Morne Steyn failed to provide the control the Boks were seeking. Hougaard’s service tended to be a little slow, as he tends to take too many steps before passing, while Steyn’s kicking game was off all-round. He also tended to take the ball too deep behind the forwards when on the attack.That was one of the reasons why fullback Alex Goode was one of England’s most impressive players, but give credit where credit is due, he had to make the plays after fielding the kicks.Scrumhalf Danny Care provided good service and was a constant threat on attack. He was rewarded with England’s only try of the game after taking a quick tap and powering through some poor South African defence.The three men who came into the South African team did a satisfactory job. At the back, Gio Aplon delivered a wholehearted performance and showed a willingness to mix it up with the big boys. Olivier, as already mentioned, was good, while Jacques Potgieter on the flank was solid. However, he could not provide the physical dominance of the injured Willem Alberts, whose power was missed.Marcell Coetzee, on the opposite flank, was the pick of the South African forwards, with his work rate unrivalled.VociferousA vociferous Port Elizabeth crowd provided superb support for the home team as the contest kicked off, but it was England who went ahead early on.Flank Marcell Coetzee was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and England flyhalf Toby Flood knocked over an easy kick to give his team a 3-0 advantage.A couple of minutes later Bismarck du Plessis gave away a penalty when he fielded a ball in an offside position after Gio Aplon had spilt a high-up-and-under in one of his few missteps of the evening. Flood, who had been hurt in a tackle, again took a kick at goal, but was wide with his effort.Good following up on kick by Bryan Habana put the English under pressure and led to them going offside as they scrambled to defend. Steyn took a shot at goal and landed it to level the contest at 3-3.After a charge-down by England lock Tom Palmer, South Africa were forced onto the defensive in their own 22.England tryThe play moved to the left where referee Walsh blew for an earlier offside on the right of the field. Scrumhalf Care reached the mark quickly and took a quick tap. Spotting a small gap, he accelerated, put his head down low and ploughed over for a try.Flood missed the conversion, leaving England 8-3 ahead.It didn’t take long for South Africa to reply with a penalty. With the Boks on attack, England were blown up for not rolling away at a ruck and Steyn slotted the kick to make it 8-6 in England’s favour.A minute later, England flyhalf Flood left the field with an injury and was replaced by Owen Farrell.In the 22nd minute, the home team had an opportunity to take the lead when the English were once more pinged for not rolling away at ruck time. Steyn was off target this time and the tourists remained in front.Aplon, the smallest man on the field, then turned over possession among the big forwards after making a strong tackle on scrumhalf Care. South Africa had good ball to attack with, but England once again slowed down the release of the ball and referee Walsh gave captain Dylan Hartley a warning.South African leadSteyn made them pay with his third penalty of the match, moving South Africa into a 9-8 lead.The final 10 minutes of the half saw the home team on the offensive, but England’s committed and powerful tackling stifled De Villiers and company’s attacking intent.South Africa managed to get within five metres of the English try line, but a good tackle on lock Eben Etzebeth dislodged the ball and stopped a dangerous attack.Three minutes into the second half, the Springboks created a little space on the right flank, but winger Ben Foden made an important stop on eighthman Pierre Spies, who would have been away had it not been for the good tackle.England then moved into the lead with a Farrell penalty from inside the South African 22.England aheadHe started the penalty-winning movement with a pin-perfect high-up-and-under, which landed just outside the 22. Aplon bravely fielded the kick, but was drilled by Chris Ashton sprinting full tilt down the field. The big hit made it hard for the fullback to release the ball without conceding possession and he was blown up for holding onto it.Steyn had a chance to restore the lead to South Africa shortly after that, but his kick at the posts was off line.Referee Walsh’s patience with England’s slowing down of the ball at ruck time was finally tested too much by Hartley and he was sinbinned in the 51st minute. The Springboks, though, struggled to make the opposition pay.Springbok tryIn the 62nd minute, South Africa finally broke through the English defences to score what would be their only try of the match. The forwards set it up with some strong surges at the try line and Ruan Pienaar, on for Hougaard at scrumhalf, set JP Pietersen loose with a nice pass that outflanked the defensive line and allowed the winger through for an easy score.Steyn’s conversion passed just left of the uprights, but South Africa led 14-11.Eight minutes from time, England drew level when Farrell landed a penalty after the Boks had strayed offsides during a period sustained English attack.Steyn attempted a drop kick, but his kicking game had gone well and truly south, and so, too, did his kick, off to the right of the posts.The game came to its conclusion with England stringing together almost 20 phases of play. The Springboks defended manfully, refusing to give away a penalty nor much ground.Eventually flyhalf Farrell attempted a drop goal from just inside the South African 10-metre line, but his effort resembled a grubber more than a drop and the final whistle sounded with the teams playing to their first draw since their first clash way back in 1906.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Tim Tebow working out, preparing for Year 2 in pro baseball

first_imgRead Next Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback said Friday (Saturday Manila time) that he spends three-to-five days each week training for baseball, getting himself ready for Year 2 of his pro career in the New York Mets organization.“I didn’t take any time off,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTebow gets the work in around his off-the-field job as a college football analyst for the SEC Network, which takes him to schools throughout the Southeastern Conference from September until January.The TV gig has not dulled Tebow’s desire to make a mark in baseball, where he spent this past season with two Class A clubs, Columbia in the South Atlantic League and Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League — both in the Mets system. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA As 4 more Russians banned, Olympic leader Bach warns critics Tebow remembered how he would work on his skills with minor league coaches or Mets roving instructors that he had not practiced in earnest in a dozen years.“It’s not just being able to do it, it’s being able to do it as fast as possible,” Tebow said. “And that’s how you make the jump to the next level.”Tebow’s charisma and popularity made him a must-see attraction in minor league baseball. Fans filled parks, home and away, to catch a glimpse of Tebow in the outfield or at bat as a designated hitter.There were even fans at the taping of Tebow’s “SEC Nation” show Friday wearing his No. 15 Columbia Fireflies jersey.Tebow appreciated the applause. Now, he wants to earn it with better play.He didn’t provide any detail his training regimen, only saying he would hit as often as possible. There will be no organized instructional league this offseason before spring training starts.“You look at what you need to work on and it’s working on those things,” Tebow said. “Because it’s really hard to balance competing at a high level with learning and building on fundamentals.”Tebow said he’s got a strong relationship with New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and all the coaches he’s worked with so far. His next stop is spring training with the focus on improvement.“Don’t focus on the end result. Don’t focus on where you are right now,” he said. “Focus on this is what I’ve got to do to get better.” “Loved it from the first at bat to the last at bat, it was a great experience,” Tebow said.Tebow, 30, was a good high school baseball player and on track to get looked at by Major League teams until he chose to play football at Florida. He was part of two national title teams with the Gators, became a first-round NFL draft pick and spent three seasons with Denver and the New York Jets. Looking for a challenge, Tebow relaunched his baseball career with a tryout camp in 2016 and was signed by the Mets soon after.“I think the other thing I really enjoy is I love competing,” Tebow said. “So baseball is fun because you get to play every night.”Tebow’s stats were not exactly eye-popping — he hit .226 in 126 combined games with the two teams and had eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts — but he believes he made huge strides from his first game to his last and can build on that next season.“I don’t even feel like remotely close to the same player (in April) from fundamentals, pitch recognition, the outfield, running bases,” Tebow said. “That was the first after dropping (baseball) for 12 years. I was learning on the fly.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Columbia Fireflies’ Tim Tebow. AP FILE PHOTOCOLUMBIA, South Carolina — Tim Tebow’s goal going forward is simple: Play ball!Professional baseball, to be more specific.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

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Minister Grange Urges Jamaicans to Stand up Against Gender-Based Violence

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence.“When we take a stand against violence and offer no comfort to perpetrators; when we expose them, when we stop turning a blind eye to the gender-violence that we know goes on next door, when we create a culture that promotes a harmonious world in which men and women live together with gender equality, when we are serious about stopping it, the violence will end,” she said.Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston.The service, under the theme: ‘Leave No One behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls,’ was organised by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, an agency of the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations.“Jamaica we have to do better than this,” Minister Grange said.“Today, let us commit that we will no longer be enablers or accessories to the violence. Let us commit to bawl out against the violence. Let us commit to be our sister’s keeper and report acts of violence against her,” she urged.Minister Grange noted that this year’s observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women comes at the height of the #MeToo movement, which encourages victims of sexual harassment and assault to use social media to tell their experience and stand in solidarity with other victims.Noting that Jamaica has been calling for an end to the silence around gender-based violence, Minister Grange said that the campaign offers an important platform for victims, who have suffered for years in silence, to confront their attackers, to heal and to receive closure.“MeToo is a revolution, a wake-up call and a turning point for the whole world. It has made clear the insidiousness and prevalence of sexual harassment and assault,” she said.“It has helped to put faces to the ugly statistic that one out of every three women will become a victim of violence, which means that there are likely to be victims here with us this morning. And certainly, we each know at least one woman or girl who has suffered or is suffering the violence,” she pointed out. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence. Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations. last_img read more

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NGT junks plea against illegal operation of water supply tankers

first_imgNEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea highlighting the issue of illegal operation of water supply tankers in the national capital without being registered with the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and valid consent for extraction of ground water.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the petition lacks material and it simply alleges corruption is taking place without stating specific instances. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe tribunal was hearing a plea filed by environment activist Vikrant Tongad claiming that there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of water supply tankers operating in Delhi. “While Delhi Jal Board sends around 900 water tankers everyday to supply water to households, there are more than twice as many private and unregistered water tankers that are traversing through the NCT of Delhi, where there is no level of regulation with regard to where they are sourcing their water from or to whom it is being supplied,” it had said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe plea had said that there is no check on the quality of the water being delivered for drinking purpose, which is a big risk to the lives of citizens. “The increase in the number of private water tankers has given birth to a ‘water tanker mafia’, which has been responsible for drilling roughly over 2,00,000 bore wells for the purpose of extracting ground water,” it had said. Referring to an RTI response, Tongad had said that there were a total of 163 government water tankers in the North West district out of which not a single water tanker has been registered.last_img read more

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Foreign producers oilsands sales boost Calgary companies Q3 results

first_imgCALGARY – Two Calgary-based oilsands producers reported huge production gains in their most recent quarters after spending billions of dollars last spring to buy assets from foreign companies anxious to exit the northern Alberta heavy oil resource.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said Thursday that for the first time, its output averaged more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day during its third quarter ended Sept. 30. Production was up 41 per cent from the year-earlier period, thanks mainly to its deal to buy most of the Canadian oilsands mining assets of Royal Dutch Shell for about $11.1 billion.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported more than doubling its output to 590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 273,405 a year ago, as it absorbed Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, including its half interest in jointly owned oilsands assets, purchased for $17.7 billion.The third quarter was the first full quarter since the two deals were completed.The similarities didn’t extend to the strategic level, however, as Cenovus continued to focus on divesting assets to pay down debt and Canadian Natural announced it had achieved “the final step” in its transition to a sustainable business model with plenty of free cash to boost returns to shareholders and power potential acquisitions.Thursday’s report was the last for Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson, who is to be replaced by former TransCanada Corp. executive Alex Pourbaix next week, although he will remain an adviser until next March.On a conference call, Ferguson said it had been a “great honour and privilege” to lead the company since it was launched in December 2009.Ferguson said the company is well advanced in identifying “non-core” conventional oil and gas assets in the ConocoPhillips’ portfolio to be sold before year-end to reach its goal of between $4 billion and $5 billion in asset sales.It has already raised $2.8 billion through sales of three asset packages — including the $975-million sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta to Canadian Natural, which closed at the end of September.It expects to sell its stake in a Weyburn, Sask., oilfield in the current quarter, a deal analysts have estimated will bring in about $1 billion.On its conference call, Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut said the company is in a “strong and enviable position” after completing the construction of an 80,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Horizon oilsands mine in October.Horizon is expected to gradually ramp up to about 240,000 bpd of synthetic crude output by mid-December on the way to its rated capacity of 250,000 bpd.Both oilsands companies reported stronger financial operating results on higher commodity prices and lower costs in the third quarter.Cenovus had a net loss of $69 million or six cents per share, due mainly to a writedown of $440 million on the Pelican Lake asset sale, compared with a loss of $251 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Canadian Natural had a net profit of $684 million or 56 cents per share, versus a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents in the third quarter of last year. It said it had paid down $350 million in debt during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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BJP trying to create hypernationalistic environment

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of trying to create a ‘hyper-nationalistic environment’ ahead of the Lok Sabha polls only to distract people from the issues of unemployment, agrarian crisis and what he called ‘massive failures’ of the Modi government.The comments by Gandhi come against the backdrop of indications that the BJP may use the Indian Air Force(IAF) strikes on terror group JeM’s largest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 after the Pulwama attack as a central plank of its election campaign. A JeM suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 killing 40 jawans. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayDescribing the upcoming elections as all about making a choice between India of Mahatma Gandhi and that of his assassin Nathuram Godse, Rahul Gandhi also alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi generates ‘hate’ and that his brand of politics was ‘hateful’ with consequent costs. In Gandhi’s view, a majority for the Congress-led UPA coalition is a certainty and that his party will do much better than expected. Congress’ tally of 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was an all-time low for the party.last_img read more

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Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2113 cartridges seized

first_imgNEW DELHI: Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2,113 cartridges along with 16,495 litres of illicit liquor have been seized in the national capital since March 10 when the model code of conduct for the LokSabha polls came into force, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh Monday said. Singh said 75 FIRs have also been registered under the Arms Act and 93 persons have been arrested. He said 235 FIRs have been registered under Excise Act while 242 people have been also been arrested for Excise Act violation. “Around 16,495 litres of illicit liquor has been seized besides 94 kg narcotics. As many as 13,001 people have been booked under CRPC and Delhi police act violation. Six cases have been registered in connection with the misuse of car under various categories like election purposes, gratification or voters among others,” Singh told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs the CEO claims that till now, around 90,937 hoardings, banners and posters have been removed all over Delhi. Out of which 30,533 have been removed from New Delhi Municipal Council 3,141 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 41,131 from South Delhi Corporations, 13,721 from North Delhi Municipla Corporation and 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board respectively. Around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters to 1.39 crore at present which includes 77,05,537 men, 62,82,366 women and 665 third gender voters, he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also includes 1,81,756 voters between the age-group of 18-19, he said. Singh pointed out that there has been an increase of 90,000 to one lakh voters after model code of conduct came into force. The general elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The elections in Delhi are due on May 12. Polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations, he said, adding 13,816 polling stations would be set up, with a model polling station in each Assembly constituency. There would 425 critical polling stations, as per current assessment, officials said. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly constituencies.last_img read more

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