Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he’s unlikely to take part in another Home Run Derby

first_imgMarch 8, 2018 /Sports News – National Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he’s unlikely to take part in another Home Run Derby FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After winning the Home Run Derby at least year’s MLB All Star Weekend, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he doesn’t think he’ll compete in the event again.“One and done, Home Run Derby champion,” Judge said to reporters on Thursday. “It was a cool experience. I enjoyed it all, but I don’t think I really need to go out there and do it again.”Judge burst into the spotlight last year, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award and leading the AL in home runs. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reportedly shrugged off Judge’s comments, telling reporters “my job is to get as many Home Run Derby candidates as I can find. How it plays out after that…”Judge slumped somewhat after the Home Run Derby, hitting .185 in August with just three home runs. He eventually re-discovered his swing, hitting .311 with 15 home runs over the season’s final five weeks. But Judge says the fear of a slump isn’t what prompted his decision. “That’s the least of my concerns,” he said. “I know everyone always talks about [how] the Derby will do that, but it didn’t have that effect on me.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

US cyber fleet changes command

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: US 10th Fleet US Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) has welcomed a new commander in a ceremony at FCC/C10F Headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, on June 18.Vice Adm. Timothy J. White relieved Vice Adm. Mike Gilday as commander on the fleet operations center watch floor.White, who most recently served as the commander of the Cyber National Mission Force at US Cyber Command, takes the reins of FCC/C10F from Gilday, who will assume duties as the director for operations, J-3, for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.General Paul Nakasone, commander, US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency was the ceremony’s guest speaker and presiding officer. He presented Gilday with the Distinguished Service Medal and commended his exceptional work and leadership while in command.During his comments, Gilday lauded the exceptional work of the men and women of Fleet Cyber Command.“These past 23 months have truly been a dream come true,” Gilday said. “Only in the US military could a Destroyerman, a Black Shoe, be so fortunate. I have been fascinated with our mission – signals intelligence, satellites, global telecommunications, networks, cyber – but it has been all of you, who work so hard, pouring everything into our mission., that makes Fleet Cyber truly a special command.”Gilday also expressed his confidence in White becoming the next commander of FCC/C10F.“When people describe the kind of shipmate they want by their side in combat, they’re describing Tim [Adm. White],” said Gilday. “A great naval officer, and we are lucky to have him here.”White is now the fifth flag officer selected to command the Navy’s newest Fleet, which reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command and is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. As such, US Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to US Cyber Command, the Navy space component to US Strategic Command, and the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component Commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service.Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 16,000 active and reserve sailors and civilians organized into 26 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 26 reserve commands. C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space. Photo: Official US Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet logo graphic. Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel Souvannasolast_img read more

A Man Convicted Of Murder 20 Years Ago Will Have A New Trial

first_imgA Man Convicted Of Murder 20 Years Ago Will Have A New TrialIL For www.theindianlawyer.comA man convicted of murder more than 20 years ago will have a new trial after the Indiana Supreme Court held Friday that his trial counsel performed deficiently and his appeal was not barred by the doctrine of laches.Benjamin Laughlin and Stephen Sites were driving around Anderson looking for crack cocaine one night in April 1995 when they approached three people in an alley who they believed to be cocaine dealers. The dealer got in the cab of the truck Laughlin and Sites were driving and pulled a gun, and when Laughlin tried to grab the gun it was discharged, striking Laughlin in the abdomen.The dealer jumped out of the truck and ran away, and Laughlin eventually died from his injuries. Donnie Smith, one of the three people in the alley, testified that Trondo Humphrey had been carrying a gun that night, though Smith said he did not hear any shots or see Humphrey approach or enter the truck.But Roosevelt Brooks, who Smith said was also in the alley, gave an unsworn written statement saying he heard a “noise” after Humphrey approached the truck, then said Humphrey confessed to shooting one of the men. However, at trial Brooks said he was not with Smith and Humphrey on the night of the shooting and repudiated his statement, which had been admitted to impeach the credibility of his courtroom version, saying it was fabricated due to police pressure.Humphrey was convicted of murder in 1996 and was sentenced 60 years. He appealed, arguing the Madison Circuit Court had abused its discretion in admitting Brooks’ statement into evidence and had erred when it did not admonish the jury to consider the statement for impeachment purposes only. The Indiana Supreme Court initially affirmed his conviction in Humphrey v. State, 680 N.E.2d 836, 837-38 (Ind. 1997), holding that the statement was admissible for impeachment purposes only and noting that there were no claims of ineffective assistance of counsel raised in the appeal.Then, 15 years later, Humphrey filed a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging his trial counsel had rendered ineffective assistance by failing to object to the admission of Brooks’ statement on hearsay grounds, failing to request the admonishment to the jury, failing to “object to and improperly endorsing the trial court’s erroneous instruction on prior inconsistence statements” and, finally, failing to offer an instruction that “reflected a correct statement of law.”The state denied Humphrey’s claim and argued that they were barred by the doctrine of laches. The post-conviction court found that Humphrey’s claims were not barred but denied relief on the merits. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the post-conviction court on the issue of laches but reversed on the substantive claims, holding that “Humphrey was prejudiced by counsel’s errors that allowed the jury to consider as substantive evidence the only evidence that identified Humphrey as the shooter.”The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday remanded the case, Trondo L. Humphrey v. State of Indiana, 48S02-1609-PC-480, for a new trial, pointing out a variety of errors made by Humphrey’s counsel its opinion.Justice Robert Rucker, writing the majority opinion, said Humphrey’s counsel only objected to Brooks’ statement on the basis of an improper foundation, not on hearsay. Had a hearsay objection been raised, the court would have been required to sustain it, Rucker said, so counsel’s failure to do so was a deficiency in his performance.Similarly, Indiana precedent holds that “if a defendant believes there is a danger that a jury could use a statement as substantive evidence, then it is incumbent upon the defendant to request that the jury be admonished that the statement be used to judge the witness’s credibility only.” Because Humphrey’s counsel did not move for such an admonishment or limiting instructing, his performance was deficient, the high court found.Further, the trial court’s jury instruction, which stated that jurors “may also consider the out-of-court statements as evidence…” was an incorrect statement of law to which Humphrey’s counsel should have objected. Given those deficient performances, Rucker wrote that Humphrey had satisfied the first prong of the two-part test in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984).Humphrey also satisfied the prejudice prong of the Strickland test, Rucker wrote, noting “there is simply no admissible evidence that Humphrey possessed a gun that evening, let alone that he shot Laughlin.”Thus, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the post-conviction court, writing, “In viewing the evidence without the inadmissible hearsay statements, we believe there is a reasonable probability the result of Humphrey’s trial would have been different, namely Humphrey would not have been convicted of murder.”In a concurring opinion joined by Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, Justice Mark Massa wrote that the remedy of a new trial was “regrettable and avoidable.” Further, Massa wrote the state failed to develop its laches arguments at the post-conviction court level, leaving those arguments unavailable on appeal and compelling the high court to affirm the determination that Humphrey’s petition was not barred by laches.“But make no mistake, being compelled to act is a far cry from being satisfied with the outcome, particularly when the outcome – retrial of a convicted murderer two decades later – can subject the criminal justice system to the dismayed contempt of survivors and the public writ large,” he wrote.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Peach Fest Finalizes Lineup With Gov’t Mule And Dozens Of Artist Additions

first_imgThe Peach Music Festival wowed jam fans with a great initial lineup announcement several months ago, and today the festival has revealed their final lineup for this year’s event. Taking place from August 11-14 at Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA, the headliners for the event remain unchanged: Trey Anastasio Band, Gregg Allman, The String Cheese Incident, and a collaborative Gregg Allman Incident set.The new lineup features some work from Warren Haynes, who will not only bring Gov’t Mule to the festival but will also play a “Wake Up With Warren” solo set to get things rockin’ in the morning. Further additions include Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Blackberry Smoke, Toots & the Maytals, Railroad Earth, Dark Star Orchestra (2 sets), Twiddle, Cabinet, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Pimps of Joytime, American Babies, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, Consider the Source, The Magic Beans, and so many more!Check out the full finalized lineup below, and head to the Peach Fest website for details.last_img read more

Strength in naughty or nice

first_imgNew research from Harvard University suggests that moral actions may increase people’s capacity for willpower and physical endurance. Study participants who did good deeds — or even just imagined themselves helping others — were better able to perform a subsequent task of physical endurance.The research, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, shows a similar or even greater boost in physical strength following mean-spirited deeds.Researcher Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, explains these effects as a self-fulfilling prophecy in morality.“People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,” Gray said. “By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.”Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power.“Gandhi or Mother Teresa may not have been born with extraordinary self-control, but perhaps came to possess it through trying to help others,” said Gray, who calls this effect “moral transformation” because it suggests that such deeds have the power to transform people from average to exceptional.Moral transformation has many implications, he said. For example, it suggests a new technique for enhancing self-control when dieting: Help others before being faced with temptation.“Perhaps the best way to resist the donuts at work is to donate your change in the morning to a worthy cause,” Gray said.The study also may suggest new treatments for anxiety or depression, he said, since helping others may be a useful way of regaining control of your own life.Gray’s findings are based on two studies. In the first, participants were given $1, and were told either to keep it or to donate it to charity. They were then asked to hold up a 5-lb. weight for as long as they could. Those who donated to charity could hold the weight up for almost 10 seconds longer, on average.In a second study, participants held a weight while writing fictional stories of themselves either helping another, harming another, or doing something that had no impact on others. As before, those who thought about doing good were significantly stronger than those whose actions didn’t benefit other people.But surprisingly, the would-be malefactors were even stronger than those who envisioned doing good deeds.“Whether you’re saintly or nefarious, there seems to be power in moral events,” Gray said. “People often look at others who do great or evil deeds and think, ‘I could never do that,’ or ‘I wouldn’t have the strength to do that.’ But in fact, this research suggests that physical strength may be an effect, not a cause, of moral acts.”Gray’s research was supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Institute for Humane Studies.last_img read more

Pandemic creates unique friendship, all through writing letters

first_imgAfter the pandemic, Mary and Adriana have already made plans to get together. They plan to go get ice cream. People would describe 71-year-old Mary Chapin as a social butterfly. Adriana’s letter to Mary Mary did write back, including a slew of questions to get to know her new best friend. While they can’t hang out together yet, Adriana is still finding ways to make Mary smile. That’s when Jackie’s 14-year-old daughter, Adriana Saint-Hilaire, decided to send Mary a letter. She asked Mary what kind of weather she likes, drew a picture, and even included a stamp so Mary could reply. “She was honestly worried that she was forgotten about. She didn’t quite understand what was going on in the world, she didn’t understand why we couldn’t go out anymore,” said Jackie Hannah, ACHIEVE program manager. “In some ways, I like to meet new people once in awhile,” said Mary. center_img “Sometimes we’ll talk about what our favorite food is, so I’ll draw a hamburger, so it’s kind of fun,” said Adriana. (WBNG) — Two people have formed a unique friendship during quarantine, using a good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. Mary’s reply “It’s something to look forward to, she now has a bright spot in her day,” said Jackie. Mary is a resident of ACHIEVE, a local organization that works with people who have disabilities. When the pandemic hit, Mary had to stay in quarantine, which wasn’t easy for her. last_img read more

Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour brings competition back to the green

first_img“Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Brown says his goal is to have 30 kids sign up per tournament, but it’s mainly about giving them an opportunity. The program welcomes young men and women ages 15-18, and is set to begin mid-June. “I figured we could do a good job with an outreach because we played in junior tournaments (together) and I figured we could run some that would be pretty good.” The tournaments will vary. Starley said “there’s going to be individual stroke play tournaments, best ball tournaments, maybe some captain and mate, captain and crew.” Brown is joined by Windsor High School senior Jordan Starley, an avid golfer who will continue to play at SUNY Delhi. So far, the tour has teamed up with eight golf courses across the Southern Tier: “If that means 10 or 15 kids have the opportunity to play golf, I’m for it. Our work here is done.” This is also a chance for golfers to train ahead of the season. “Giving kids the opportunity to play during this should allow them to pick up where they did when they left off, after last school season,” said Starley. “The virus has impacted junior sports immensely,” said Brown. Amid the pandemic, sports are not being played at a competitive level. This program will bring a competitive nature back to the course. center_img “Our theme is where competition thrives. We have good programs that make golfers, that form them. Now we need a program that creates competition and that’s what we’re trying to do.” The idea was created by college student and co-director of the tour, Riley Brown. His family owns Conklin Players Club, and after his semester was cut short, he created the program. Brown is hoping a tournament schedule will be set next week. For more information on signing up, click here! You can also email the program at [email protected] CONKLIN (WBNG) — The Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour will come to our community this summer, giving young golfers the opportunity to play the game at a competitive level. (WBNG) — The schedule for this summer’s Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour has been released. Afton Golf CourseTraditions at the Glen Golf CourseConklin Players ClubThe Links at Hiawatha Landing Golf CourseBelden Hill Golf CourseChenango Valley State Park Golf CourseGolden Oaks Golf CourseEndwell Golf Course UPDATE: —–last_img read more

Trump Rebuffs Biden Transition Team, Setting Off Virus and National Security Risks

first_img– Advertisement – The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 12, 2020, 11:30 a.m. ET Now, Mr. Biden has loaded his transition team with many of the same officials who were ready to brief the Trump appointees. But they have not gotten far.With Mr. Trump unwilling to recognize the election result and authorize the ascertainment that allows formal transition to begin, the White House Communications Agency is forbidden to run secure lines to Mr. Biden’s house in Delaware. That creates a risk that some of his conversations could be vulnerable to foreign eavesdropping. His team cannot use the government transition email system, and intelligence agencies have warned that the transition operation is a prime target for Chinese, Russian, North Korean, Iranian and other hackers. – Advertisement – Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, said she believed the Trump administration should share vaccine distribution plans with Mr. Biden, ensuring that “as the president-elect is able to come in and bring with him a transition team, that there is that flow of information that we typically see when we have transitions.”Other matters also have a short time fuse. The last remaining arms control treaty between the United States and Russia, called New START, expires days after the inauguration. Mr. Biden has expressed a willingness to renew it, but his national security staff has had no access to the detailed discussions between the national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, and his Kremlin counterpart, or to a team of State Department negotiators who have dealt with Russia on questions like future inspections and verification. An array of newer threats persist, as well, like terrorist plots or brewing cyberattacks. The 9/11 commission concluded that the short transition caused by the Florida recount in 2000 hampered the Bush administration’s ability to deal with Qaeda plots. At the time, President-elect George W. Bush discussed the dangers of abbreviated briefings in an interview with The New York Times at his ranch eight days before his first inauguration.In many ways, what is happening now, officials said, is a reverse of four years ago — when President Barack Obama’s team was ready with detailed briefings and simulations of potential crises (including a pandemic flu), and Mr. Trump’s advisers were unwilling to receive them.Mr. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, who was fired within a month, did sit for reviews of urgent national security threats with Susan Rice, his predecessor. But other officials refused briefings, apparently not wanting Mr. Obama’s worldview to taint theirs. Secretary of State John F. Kerry never met with his successor, Rex W. Tillerson. Ernest J. Moniz, the Obama energy secretary, never gave his full brief to Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, who was coming in to oversee, among other things, the remaking of America’s nuclear weapons arsenal.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ocean Reef Boat Harbor Dredging Begins

first_imgMaintenance dredging began at Ocean Reef Boat Harbor this week, helping to restore safe navigational access for recreational boat users, reports the Department of Transport.According to DoT General Manager of Coastal Infrastructure, Donna West, the dredging will take place over the next two months.“The $300,000 project will involve approximately 6,000 cubic meters of sediments being removed from the entrance channel, near-shore areas and around the boat ramps, improving access to the harbor,” said Ms West.“Skippers operating in the area and people accessing the beach need to be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging and onshore works.”Works will be undertaken using a cutter suction dredge, which hydraulically pumps sand to the disposal site area located north-east of the boat harbor and to the inner harbor’s beach.Ms West added that testing has confirmed that dredge material can be safely deposited on the beach.[mappress mapid=”24830″]last_img read more

U.S. Congress to probe Antiguan government’s role in $7 billion Stanford ponzi scheme

first_img Tweet Share NewsRegional U.S. Congress to probe Antiguan government’s role in $7 billion Stanford ponzi scheme by: – March 17, 2012 CARIBBEAN BASIN SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDING AT RISK;IMF AND WORLD BANK LOANS COULD BE BLOCKED.(WASHINGTON, D.C.) A group of ten United States Congressmen from seven states have asked House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) to hold a Congressional hearing to investigate the government of Antigua and Barbuda’s role in the $7.2 billion Stanford Financial Group Ponzi scheme and determine if international treaties have been violated.Eighteen U.S. Representatives from nine states have recently joined House Resolution 507 expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the “Government of Antigua and Barbuda has committed numerous acts against the interests of United States citizens and operated the financial sector and judicial system of Antigua and Barbuda in a manner that is manifestly contrary to the public policy of the United States.”Led by Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), the Resolution was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The letter sent to Chairman Ros-Lehtinen today seeks a joint hearing of both subcommittees, and urges a prompt response as the actions cited in the letter “continue to harm” the constituents of the Resolution cosponsors.While the Resolution focuses primarily on the actions of the government of Antigua and Barbuda to challenge the authority of the U.S. District Court and the Department of Justice in the aftermath of the Stanford Financial Group fraud, it also cites the illegal expropriation of U.S. citizen-owned Half Moon Bay.“We are especially alarmed the Stanford case is not the first instance in which the government of Antigua and Barbuda has illegally seized assets belonging to U.S. citizens,” the letter states. “The 2007 expropriation of Half Moon Bay, owned by 12 U.S. citizens, was recently cited in the Ninth Report to Congress on the Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (December 31, 2011). In that report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative specifically referenced the government of Antigua and Barbuda’s failure to meet the requirements specified in the United States Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.”A jury in Houston, Texas recently found Allen Stanford guilty of 13 of 14 criminal counts alleged by the U.S. Department of Justice, and subsequently approved the forfeiture of $330 million currently held in Stanford-owned bank accounts in the UK, Switzerland and Canada.Joint Liquidators appointed first by the government of Antigua and Barbuda and then by the High Court of Antigua have litigated in foreign jurisdictions to gain control of the proceeds of the forfeited bank accounts.“The three-year international turf war waged by the Antiguan Joint Liquidators has cost Stanford victims tens of millions of dollars that would have otherwise been available for their recovery,” said Peter D. Morgenstern, an attorney representing hundreds of Stanford victims. “Continued litigation by Joint Liquidators Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton—for no reason other than to enrich themselves at the expense of Stanford victims—could keep the forfeited funds from Stanford victims for years.”“The government of Antigua and Barbuda acted as Allen Stanford’s business partner, and allowed him to operate above the law for two decades as he stole from thousands of innocent investors from around the world,” said Angela Shaw, the Director and Founder of the Stanford Victims Coalition. “Instead of taking steps to cooperate with the U.S. government and the U.S. District Court-appointed Receiver to help Stanford victims recover their losses, the government of Antigua and Barbuda looked out for itself—seizing assets that were funded by Stanford investors, and defaulting on loans made with stolen funds. Under no circumstances should such a country receive U.S. taxpayer funds.”House Resolution 507 is led by Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, and joined by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Representatives Michael McCaul, John Culberson, Ted Poe, Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant, and Pete Sessions, all of Texas; Representatives Jeff Boustany and Bill Cassidy, both of Louisiana; Representative Jo Bonner of Alabama; Representatives John Duncan and Steve Cohen of Tennessee; Representative Vern Buchanan of Florida; Representatives Mike Hall and Tim Griffin of Arkansas; Representative Greg Harper of Mississippi; and Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri.Antigua Chronicle Sharecenter_img Share 40 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring!last_img read more