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10-year-old girl who testified in Chauvin trial reacts to guilty verdict

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Last May, Judeah Reynolds, then 9, asked her older cousin to take her to get snacks in Minneapolis. They both ended up witnessing the death of George Floyd.Nearly one year later, Judeah, now 10, testified in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.Judeah told ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview Wednesday that she watched the guilty verdict being read on TV alongside her parents.“My mom said that we brought change. My dad said, ‘We won,’” said Judeah, adding that she herself felt “kind of proud.”The now-famous video of Floyd pleading for his life while Chauvin pressed his left knee on the back of Floyd’s neck was taken by Judeah’s cousin, then 17-year-old high school student Darnella Frazier.The video shot by Darnella was described as the “biggest piece of evidence” in the trial by Dr. Ziv Cohen, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell University.Judeah’s own words were also important to the trial that prosecutor Jerry Blackwell highlighted them in his closing arguments.“Ultimately, it really isn’t that complicated,” Blackwell told jurors this week. “And what it is you have to decide is so simple that a child could understand it. In fact, a child did understand it when the 9-year-old girl said, ‘Get off of him.’ That’s how simple it was. ‘Get off of him.’ Common sense.”Latoya Turk, a family friend who was with Judeah in court, told GMA that were it not for Judeah, the jurors and the world would likely not have seen Floyd’s final pleas for his life.“I think for the family we absolutely know that if not for Judeah we wouldn’t have been in that position at that time, so if not for Judeah there would have been no walk to the store for snacks and the video,” she said. “For Judeah, I don’t think she realizes the magnitude that she has changed the world.”Judeah’s family has focused in the past year on protecting their daughter’s mental health and keeping her life as normal as possible, according to Turk.The 10-year-old is now writing a children’s book, Judeah’s Walk to the Store, about her experience.Judeah said she hopes the book will inspire people to “be brave and bring change into their story.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US cabinet member to meet Taiwan’s leader

first_imgTaiwan has become a poster child for defeating the coronavirus thanks to a well-honed track and tracing program as well as firm border controls. Despite its proximity and economic links to China it has recorded fewer than 500 infections and seven deaths.In contrast the US has recorded the most deaths in the world with more than 160,000 fatalities. China, which insists Taiwan is its own territory and vows to one day reclaim it, has described Azar’s visit as a threat to “peace and stability”.Azar was due to meet on Monday morning with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who advocates the island being recognized as a sovereign nation and is loathed by China’s leaders.”This trip is a recognition of Taiwan’s success in combating COVID-19 and a testament to the shared beliefs that open and democratic societies are best equipped to combating disease threats like COVID-19,” a health and human services department official told reporters ahead of the visit.As well as meeting Tsai, Azar will hold talks with his counterpart Chen Shih-chung and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. A US cabinet member was due to meet Taiwan’s leader Monday during the highest level visit from the United States since it switched diplomatic recognition from the island to China in 1979, a trip that Beijing has condemned.  Health Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a three-day visit to promote shared democratic values as well as the island’s success in taming the coronavirus.Azar’s visit comes as relations between the United States and China are in tumult, with the two sides clashing over a wide range of trade, military and security isses, as well as the pandemic. Topics : Testing China Washington remains the leading arms supplier to Taiwan but has historically been cautious in holding official contacts with it.Under Trump, relations with Taiwan have warmed dramatically and he has approved a number of major military sales, including F-16 fighter jets.Douglas Paal, a former head of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy, said the Trump administration was still paying heed to China’s red line — that no US official handling national security visit Taiwan. Throughout the 1990s the United States sent trade officials to Taiwan with regularity. The difference this time, he said, is the context, with Azar travelling at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have hit a new low.”Sending him to Taiwan shows respect for the old framework while putting a finger in China’s eye at the same time,” Paal said.”The fact that they didn’t choose to send a national security advisor or someone else suggests they are trying to come as close as possible to China’s red line but don’t want to cross it.”The last cabinet minister to visit Taiwan was in 2014 when the then head of the Environmental Protection Agency led a delegation.last_img read more

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Homecoming expected to boost sales at bookstore, restaurants

first_imgSaturday’s game against Stanford will bring thousands of alumni back to campus, but for local businesses, Homecoming Weekend’s influx of fans brings more than just Trojan spirit.With the Alumni Association estimating that about 100,000 visitors will flock to campus — on Saturday, outlets on and around campus like the USC Pertusati Bookstore and the Radisson — expect to see an uptick in business over the weekend.Coming home · Vendors around campus are preparing for homecoming weekend, which will bring thousands of visitors to campus. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan“With all the Trojanfaithful coming back, there’s always a huge surge of people,” said Daniel Archer, director of the USC Pertusati Bookstore. “There are normally a lot of people [on game day], but this is really extravagant.”The bookstore takes several measures to ensure it can keep up with the throngs of people who flood the store.“There’s a large amount of temporary labor to support the large crowds,” Archer said. “The stock area and sizing need to be correct, and the concessions booth near Tommy Trojan gets expanded to sell more products.”The bookstore’s normal operating hours on weekends are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but during Homecoming it opens an hour earlier and closes an hour later to give customers as much time as possible to pick up merchandise.During peak hours on Homecoming before the game, the store usually sells about $1,000 of merchandise per minute — Archer said he once saw sales up to $1,400 a minute — and he expects this weekend’s sales to be in the same range.Still, the early timing — Saturday’s game is set to kick off at 12:30 p.m. — is going to affect the bookstore’s revenues.“If we had, say, a five o’clock game, we’d definitely have more sales,” Archer said. “After the game is over, business slows down to a trickle.”Erin Grathwohl, a freshman majoring in civil engineering (building science), has been putting money aside specifically for the purpose of purchasing bookstore merchandise over this weekend.“I’m really excited about my first Homecoming,” Grathwohl said. “So I’m definitely planning on doing some shopping at the bookstore this weekend.”On-campus dining, however, does not see as much of a jump in business as the bookstore, especially since most people prefer to tailgate on game days.“Most groups and organizations bring their own food,” said Kristian Klinger, director of USC Hospitality. “There’s a small lift in business, but it’s nothing too dramatic.”Klinger expects the real jump in profits comes with off-campus dining, since The Lab, McKay’s and Rosso Oro’s all usually see noticeable increases in business during game days.This is the first year the three off-campus restaurants will be open during Homecoming Weekend, and Klinger said he expects them to serve as a hub for people to watch the game if they aren’t going to the Coliseum.Michael Ramires, an undeclared freshman, said his parents are coming to watch the game and plan on eating somewhere off campus afterward.“We’ll probably end up eating at either McKay’s or Rosso’s,” Ramires said. “We just want a convenient place to go eat after the game.”Next door to the restaurants, the Radisson hotel is also set to benefit from the influx of alumni over the weekend.Ashley Reid, the sales manager at the Radisson, said although business isn’t as good during Homecoming as it is during graduation or Parents’ Weekend, the hotel stills see a remarkable turnout.“With the game going on, it always gets really busy,” Reid said. “The restaurants are always packed, and the hotel usually gets within 90 percent full to capacity.”Reid said last-minute reservations called in during over the weekend can often make business even more hectic than usual.“It’s usually people coming back from the game who don’t want to drive back home,” Reid said. “But there are also lots oflast-minute reservations for the different departments on campus, for the coaches and such.”Reid said the game also attracts a large amount of people, which requires preparation to handle the visitors.“You need to make sure you have enough staff,” she said. “There are lots of people, and the demand is high, so you have to be sure you can meet it.”Archer echoed Reed’s statement, saying Homecoming Week was a prime opportunity for the bookstore, and it will be dedicating its efforts to taking advantage of it.“We’ve been doing this for quite some time,” he said. “We’ve got a veteran staff, and this is our game time. We need all hands on deck.”last_img read more

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Leon Balogun: Can He Bounce Back with AFCON?

first_imgHe last featured in the FA Cup replay at West Brom on February 6, when his blunder gifted the hosts a goal.Rohr said: “I want to see a lot of players who are not playing so much, give them the opportunity to play. It can be for some defenders like Balogun, he is fit but he didn’t play so much, so we want to see him playing on Saturday.”When Balogun moved to Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer after nine years of playing in the German League, he admitted it would not be a walk in the park donning the colours of the Seagulls as he has to fight for shirt with the two central defenders already in the club fold- Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. However, his opportunity came earlier than he expected as he came in as a substitute in just two weeks into the Premier League against Manchester United.Balogun indeed expressed delight with his home debut for Brighton and Hove Albion after he shone brilliantly for the homers.“Thanks everyone (Brighton and Hove Albion) for the warm welcome. Couldn’t really have wished for a better debut in the EPL, beating Manchester United at home!,” Balogun tweeted.The Nigerian international, who spent the last three seasons at Mainz, believed the Premier League would be faster than the Bundsliga – but when he shared his thoughts with his teammates, “they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes.”Balogun indeed said he was surprised by Manchester United’s slow football, admitting he expected that the Premier League would be faster than the Bundesliga, although his observations about United’s attacking approach probably revealed more about José Mourinho’s (the then former United Manager) methods than the overall state of English football.“I had expected the Premier League to be quicker, but they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes,” the Nigerian defender said.Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was indeed delighted with Balogun’s debut performance and he was impressive as Brighton recorded their first win of the campaign.“In Balogun, you have someone you know won’t be phased. He’s played at a very good level and played in the World Cup this summer,” Hughton said.Balogun’s central defence partner, Shane Duffy said he was delighted with Balogun, saying, “He’s fitted straight in. He’s a big character in the changing room. He’s got a big voice. He’s played with big players in big games. That’s why you bring in players like that. They push us. He was great. That’s another plus for us, that strength in depth with top players. You pick up injuries and suspensions so you need these kinds of players to step in.”However, with the season fast winding up, the Super Eagles remain just a fringe player in the relegation battling team.Balogun hasn’t made the sort of impact envisaged at Brighton. The Nigerian was expected to stroll into Chris Hughton’s team after joining on a free transfer from Mainz in 2018. At the end of the Premier League season, he’s started just five matches.Despite an incredible career that has spanned over a decade, Balogun would have still felt like a little boy when he heard of Brighton’s interest last summer. England is favourite destination for African football tourists, especially Nigerians.For Balogun, it was a first-hand experience. The Bundesliga was all he knew. Born in Berlin to a Nigerian dad, the 30-year-old took his first footballing lessons at hometown club, Türkiyemspor Berlin. He then practiced his craft at five other Deutschland sides, including Werder Bremen.The Premier League is different. There’s more cash, quality players, odds and managers as well as better coverage. Balogun didn’t want to be left. He had no qualms moving abroad, with the FIFA World Cup on the horizon. That decision is already hurting the Nigerian.Balogun is the third choice in Hughton’s centre-back hierarchy behind Duffy and Dunk. He’s been featured nine times across all competitions albeit the only contribution was a screamer against Crystal Palace. While Hughton deserves some slack for the limited game time, Balogun is culpable too.Indeed, the Nigerian has an imposing physical presence, standing at 6ft 3. He is fearless in tackles and brave on the air. He provides additional threat during set pieces and could occasionally provide that odd goal to win games. However, Balogun isn’t gifted in terms of pace.It was, however, a dream come true for the former Mainz of Germany defender when he came off the bench to open his goal account for Brighton against Crystal Palace at the American Express Community Stadium.He made his fourth league appearance for Chris Hughton’s men against Crystal Palace as a first-half substitute and, 25 seconds after, scored with his first touch to help his side claim a 3-1 victory.“For me, it’s another dream in this football calendar year that I wanted to come true. I made my dream come true of playing in a World Cup and I made a big dream come true in moving to the Premier League. Now scoring in the Premier League with my first touch in this game, it’s kind of unreal. I’m just happy. When I saw the ball bouncing I knew it was going to be tough, so I just hit it and luckily I hit it right. It was a great feeling,” Balogun said.“Even though I might not be 100 per cent satisfied, I think I still did well and my goal was probably the most important thing about my performance. I personally feel that I never really got into the game – viewers might think different but you always have a personal level that you want to reach, and I don’t know that I really got it.”“My job is to be ready, there is no question about it, and the club knows what I can do. I feel a certain trust even when I’m not starting which makes it easy for me to fit into what Dunk or Duffy have been doing. It’s never easy and you always want to play, but at the same time, you have to be professional about it. You have to be ready for situations and moments and I think I was ready every time I came on – that is important,” he added.The Premier League’s tempo is at an extraordinary level and requires defenders to flow with it. More often than not, Balogun is left in no man’s land, chasing attackers. At 30, the Nigerian doesn’t have age on his side. He must improve on this. He must improve on this aspect to break the Duffy-Dunk duopoly.The defender is expected to play for Nigeria in a friendly against Zimbabwe today in which his match-fitness level would be tested.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With his last game for his Premier League club, Brighton and Hove Albion being an FA Cup replay at West Brom on February 6, in which his blunder gifted the hosts a goal. Leon Balogun is no doubt rusty and would be needing the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Egypt to revive his dwindling formWhen Leon Balogun had his first Premier League berth for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Week Two 3-2 win against Manchester United, the Nigeria international felt his dream had finally come true. However, by the end of the season, he is yet to establish himself as the preferred central defender of the Seagulls and with the Africa Cup of Nations just around the corner, Balogun would be hoping to bounce back with the biennial competition.Super Eagles Boss Gernot Rohr has stated that he wants to give players short of domestic minutes a much-needed run-out which includes Balogun, who had struggled for opportunities with the Seagulls in the just-concluded season.last_img read more

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