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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Does your mobile app need a facelift?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Maloney Steve Maloney is president/CEO of Sync1 Systems, has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field in addressing issues specific to the financial services industry.  Prior … Web: https://www.sync1systems.com/solutions Details Make Your Mobile Banking App Convenient . . . And, Customers Will Spread the WordWhen you set up your lending suite of services, if you’re finding that there are features you’re missing, consider upgrading your loan origination software. Loan origination system software like Sync 1 provides credit unions with smartphone integration to increase membership and lending (auto loans). Members can access the best rates in real-time and make informed loan decisions. Here’s how they helped Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge.Ultimately, as consumers are accustomed to shopping instantly and conveniently from their smartphones, they want to bank the same way. Hence, your mobile app shouldn’t lag behind. Optimize your app with clean images, big CTA buttons, loan calculators and account features. With digital mobile app solutions that include automation, AI, and other tech advances, banking is becoming not just smarter but more convenient. As Logix’s CIO Eduard Chuang pointed out, “We truly aim to provide the best possible banking experience that our members can have.” And, when members are happy, they’ll access more features confidently and will share their experiences with others. And, that’s a win-win for everyone. Well, Domo arigato Mr. Roboto! Picture this. You’re standing in what looks like an endless line at your credit union during your lunch break. It’s dusty and dark. The posters are outdated. Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” is playing in the background. You can see that only one teller is working and she’s in no hurry. It’s been almost 45-minutes and you’ve barely moved. You step out of line to fill out your deposit slip with the pen chained to the desk. Then, as you get back in line, you hear, “Next”, but you head for the exit instead. As you’re walking out, you hear the faint sound of Chicago playing in the distance… “Baby, please don’t go. You’ll take away the biggest part of me”. But, you know it’s time.A problem some credit unions have is outdated services and mobile apps that are lacking key features and are just “blah”. They don’t realize small, simple changes can bring their services up-to-date and dramatically increase ROI. So, let’s take a look.Logix – Smarter Banking: It’s Convenient Banking that’s Connecting with MembersIf you haven’t heard about Logix Federal Credit Union, founded in 1937, they’re located in California and transforming the digital member experience. From engaging online and brick-and-mortar customers to making banking convenient, friendly and positive experiences, here are a few takeaways if you’re interested in digital transformation for your mobile apps.Background InformationWith 400+ positive Yelp reviews, Logix is ranked 4.5 stars. Customers LOVE them and are VERY receptive to their brand.A few key points about Logix:As of March 20, 2020, Logix FCU had $6.29 billion in assets, $1.76 billion in loans and a 15.98 net worth ratioIncreased it’s member base by 89% and Forbes Magazine named them Number One Credit Union in CaliforniaThe credit union has just over 207,000 members, 740 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff.Logix is open online 24-hours and accessible from smartphones, tablets and computers.What distinguishes Logix from other credit unions are the new technologies they implemented to reach younger audiences (millennials, online members). The Logix app includes a clean, easy-to-navigate, user-friendly interface and it integrates across mobile. Logix has a strong presence online and on social media.So, what is it that Logix is doing that you can benefit from? Let’s take a look.Data Analytics, Marketing and Promotions“We already have a really great member experience, especially in our branches, and so we’re driven by wanting to make our members feel welcomed, significant, and engaged. What we’re trying to do is take that feeling and replicate it across other channels: on our website, within online banking, and throughout our mobile app.” Anna Fonseca, CEO, LogixData Analytics To stay on top of digital banking changes, Logix implemented a new business intelligence and data analytics department. This department is crucial to gathering key insights and useful data on members and staff. The data is shared with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning products that can provide special reporting on specific member behaviors. Hence, all that new technology can help Logix harness data they need to improve user experiences.  But, it doesn’t stop there.Marketing and PromotionsLogix is personable and convenient. Logix uses a tiny robot named Robix. He’s displayed on various landing pages and might be driving a car to promote auto loans or holding up a heart around Valentine’s Day. Hence, ads make members smile while highlighting added savings and marketing is attractive. Logix clearly identifies with members.Promotions, marketing and other convenient features include:Promotions that identify with families and communities like Name the Logix Robot and Decorate your Halloween pumpkin like the Logix robotOffers customers can’t refuse (to increase conversions) like Open a new account and receive $150, $50 for Auto Loan Referrals and Get up to $2,000No surcharge fees at their 30,000 ATMs and overdraft protection with courtesy payFinancial education to learn about money management skillsRisk-based, auto, participation and indirect loansConvenient loan and savings calculators, e-statements, remote deposit captures and mobile paymentsLanding Pages, Images, CTAs and ColorsLogix has a clean interface on their landing pages. The background isn’t harsh and the soft orange color is inviting. They also limit the amount of text with each ad. Logix uses the appropriate font sizes and large call-to-action (CTA) buttons to help members navigate pages.Images are consistent with their brand and usually only include the Logix robot and bold colors that display ads. Some pages include reviews and feedback with large images to help members feel confident when accessing the site.For credit unions that want to take a similar approach, Neil Patel suggests:Use customer reviews to show transparency…About 92% of consumers read reviews before making a purchase. Neil says to put testimonials everywhere, not just on a dedicated page that members may have trouble accessing.Support customers – Even in hard times…The COVID-19 update (above) lets members know the credit union is there to assist them. And, they can click on a simple link to find support and financial services (without having to come to a branch and stand in line).Limit information on the screen display area…Instead of lengthy applications, limit what’s shown. Remember, members are busy and they’re banking from their phones. A few CTA buttons can make it easier for them to get the information they need.Other ways to clean up your app include removing carousel banner ads. Clark’s shoe company did this after their A/B test and increased conversions by 17.5% while bounce rates fell 16%.Include high-quality images…As more people are online, they can choose where to shop and bank. Make your app visually appealing to them. Website design drives about 94% of traffic. Clean images can also reduce bounce rates – so always check your analytics.Next, don’t be afraid to pay more for staged images instead of generic stock images that people have seen before. Increasing your authenticity can improve your brand. Take a look at Logix’s image below for Advice and Planning. Again, the images are large and clear while the text is minimal.Limit landing page lengths (enough scrolling already!)…Creating a longer landing page doesn’t always mean consumers will stay on the page. It might confuse them if all you’re asking for is an email address, for example. Keep the content simple for better results.To test this, monitor your email signup page, a CTR to your blog page and a visits services page. Consider a company like Marketo for marketing automation. They provide short-form templates to reduce unnecessary scrolling.Banking and Loan Products, Education Center and Online SupportAnother area where Logix makes banking convenient is with its education center, shown above as Advice and Planning. And, for credit unions this is important.Your education center is a self-help area where members and applicants can have their questions answered. If you don’t have an education center or knowledge base, consider setting one up for your app. It might include YouTube videos, help topics, common questions, top articles, blog posts and tutorials about products and services.Check out Hubspot’s resource center and knowledge base options to personalize your pages and make them engaging.A few additional tips:Make it easy for customers/members to find solutions to routinely asked questions.Include a search bar option for questions not immediately viewable.Include chat and text options that can work with machine learning and AI. This should be available 24-hours a day. You can automate this feature through your software and it will free up humans so they can help members who come into your brick-and-mortar locations.Keep your content fresh, relevant and minimal.Monitor searches with Google Analytics. You’ll know the topics you’re missing and can make the necessary changes.Optimize your loan origination app across mobile devices. Instead of taking a website and trying to convert it into a mobile app, start a new app that’s optimized for mobile devices and social media.last_img read more

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Eight local schools for Kiddy Cricket interval display

first_imgEIGHT primary schools will participate in the Kiddy Cricket interval display this year during the second match in the Guyana leg of the Pakistan tour of the West Indies tomorrow.The eight schools are Leonora Primary, Enterprise Primary, North Georgetown Primary, St Pius Primary, Redeemer Primary, Blairmont Primary, Greenwick Park Primary and New Diamond/Grove Primary.The aspiring cricketers will entertain the crowds during the interval break of the match with their skills in batting, bowling and fieldingDuring the stint of International cricket here in June 2016, when the West Indies hosted South Africa, WICB project development officer KJ Singh said he was pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm of the children.“The children who participated in the first Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket display here in Guyana were fantastic and showed great discipline and talent. They were very enthusiastic and enjoyed their time on the field,” Singh said.“The WICB has definitely seen great success from the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme which has been going on for over 20 years. Players such as Britney Cooper, Shaquana Quintyne, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Shamar Springer, Ryan John and Gidron Pope have come through the programme and were members of the West Indies teams who won the three international titles last year.”Singh added: “We hope the exposure and experiences these young Scotiabank Kiddy cricketers take away from the interval display at the international series inspire them to work hard and achieve great cricketing success, just as those before them.”last_img read more

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The best college football games in 2020; SN’s pick for Game of the Year

first_imgMORE: Five looming COVID-19 questions for the 2020 college football seasonFor a sport that values the regular season that much, the games are what define the season. Sporting News looks at the best games in 2020 by category:  Best Week 1 gameAlabama vs. USC (Sept. 5)  Alabama beat USC 52-6 the last time the teams met at Jerry World in 2016, and that was a season in which the Trojans still found a way to win the Rose Bowl. The Crimson Tide are 10-0 in neutral-site games under Nick Saban and typically use those opportunities to flex on the national stage.  Best nonconference game  Ohio State at Oregon (Sept. 12)  This is most likely the first top-10 showdown of the season. Ohio State is 16-1 under Ryan Day, a former Oregon assistant who will take one of the nation’s most talented teams cross-country to face a resurgent Oregon program coming off a Rose Bowl victory. This is a chance for Mario Cristobal to flash what could be one of the best defenses in the FBS led by Preseason All-American Kayvon Thibodeaux.  Best rematch Texas at LSU (Sept. 12) This should be a hot ticket in Death Valley, and new quarterback Myles Brennan will be in his first big start. Last year’s national championship team found its footing in a 45-38 shootout at Texas last season. The Longhorns have four September losses in three seasons with Tom Herman, but Sam Ehlinger is back for his senior season.  Best September conference game  Georgia at Alabama (Sept. 19)   The Bulldogs return to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first time since 2007, and that is the school’s last victory against the Crimson Tide. Georgia also hired longtime Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran this offseason. Alabama has won the past five meetings, and that includes a CFP championship and SEC championship game. The winner here will have a leg up on the SEC and College Football Playoff race.  Best October conference game Ohio State vs. Penn State (Oct. 24)   We’re hoping fans are allowed in stadiums for the spectacle of the “Whiteout” in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have combined to win the past four Big Ten championships, and Penn State has been the best competition on the field for the three-time defending Big Ten champions in that stretch. There are huge conference implications here.  Best neutral site game  Florida vs. Georgia (Oct. 31)  Georgia has won the past three SEC East division titles, but the Bulldogs have not won four in a row in this rivalry since a six-game streak from 1978 to 1983. The Gators have reached the New Year’s Day Six each of the past two seasons, but to take that next step Dan Mullen must lead Florida past Georgia on the big stage.   There is a simple compelling reason to hold out hope for college football to start on time in 2020: the big games. “Talkin’ season” — the annual rite of passage every summer — tends to focus on those circle-the-date-games on the calendar. Those are the games that shape the nonconference schedule, the conference races and in, November, the College Football Playoff.   Best November conference game  Michigan at Ohio State (Nov. 30)  All the pressure is on Michigan here. The Wolverines are 0-5 against the Buckeyes under Jim Harbaugh, and they have not won at The Shoe since 2000. Blowout losses to Ohio State the past two seasons have amplified the pressure, too. The Buckeyes are looking for a ninth straight victory in The Game, too. This game still produces the most storylines on rivalry week, but when will Michigan change the narrative?  Best bet for Game of Century  Alabama at LSU (Nov. 7)  The Crimson Tide and Tigers have played in the past two regular-season Game of the Century matchups, and last year’s shootout between Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa lived up to expectations. LSU coach Ed Orgeron has helped restore this game as the most significant regular-season contest on the schedule, and that makes it the best bet for another regular-season No. 1 vs. No. 2 blockbuster.  SN’s Game of the Year Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 7)   Looking at the schedule, it’s a decent bet that both teams have matching 8-0 records when they meet in South Bend, and that would create the backdrop for one of those games that lives on forever. Notre Dame is 2-5 all time when the No. 1 team in the country visits South Bend, and that includes victories against Miami in “Catholics vs. Convicts” and the upset against Florida State in 1993. This game — a rematch of the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic that would feature Trevor Lawrence and Ian Book in a rematch — could have that kind of heat on it if the Tigers are the top team in the country.last_img read more

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English par three title for Mary

first_img28 Aug 2012 English par three title for Mary Gloucestershire golfer Mary Groves pulled off a clean sweep when she won the English women’s par three championship on the Severn View course at Thornbury Golf Club in her home county.She not only won the championship – decided on the best net score – but was also in the winning team and she had the best gross score of the day.“I’m stunned,” said Mary, who is a member at Shirehampton Park. “You don’t expect these things to come your way, but everything went well and I had my day in the sun.”The 15-handicapper, who received eight shots, had a net score of four-under 50 and won by three strokes from Helen Kirby of Thornbury.  Sue Thomas of Shirehampton and Sarah Priestman of Harborne were a further shot behind.Together with Anja De Burgh Williams and Babs Giles, Mary won the team prize for Shirehampton Park. She also returned the best gross score but the prize went to Sarah Priestman.Mary started as she meant to go on with a birdie on the first hole, where the ball finished 6in from the hole. On the back nine she had eight consecutive threes until the last, where, she says “I got a little greedy, as we all do!”This was Mary’s first outing on the par three layout at Thornbury and she commented: “It was a brilliant par three course and, considering the weather we’ve had, it was in very good condition.”She was one of nine members of her club who entered the championship, attracted by the prospect of good competition and a sociable, garden-party atmosphere, thanks to the Pimm’s and cake which is part and parcel of the event.Mary, who has played golf for almost 30 years, has always been a member at Shirehampton Park, where she has been ladies’ captain and a member of the board. She’s currently the ladies’ handicap secretary and county delegate.“It was a good day, a very nice relaxed atmosphere and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did all nine of us from Shirehampton Park,” she said.last_img read more

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