Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Trial draws to close by: – February 17, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 39 Views no discussions Caribbean 360 NewsBefore Buju took the stand yesterday, the court heard from two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, who testified on their friend’s behalf.FLORIDA, United States, Thursday February 17, 2011 – Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will today continue his testimony in his drug trial after more than four hours of intense grilling on the witness stand yesterday when he insisted that he was not a drug pusher.“I know it may look bad and it may sound bad, but I am not a drug dealer. Yes, I talked the talked, but I did not walk the walk,” Buju said.Since Monday, prosecutor James Preston has been trying to convince the jury that Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence; and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.The prosecution called several witnesses, including US government informant Alexander Johnson, and played video and audio recordings of Buju discussing cocaine and tasting the drug.“I feel ashamed of seeing myself and hearing myself,” Buju told the court. But he kept insisting that it was not as it appeared.Under cross-examination by Preston, who pressed him about why he spoke about dealing drugs if it was not something he really did, the entertainer said he was only “talking crap” and that Johnson was being impressive with his talk and he was “trying to impress too”.“You never told him that you did not want to do a drug deal?” the prosecutor asked during his grilling, to which Buju replied: “I did not tell him I wanted to do one either.”The Gammy-winning singer said if he really wanted to do a deal with Johnson, he would not have put off meeting with the man for five months.As for the video of him tasting the cocaine in a warehouse, the singer said he had been tricked. He testified that he thought he was going to see a boat at the warehouse and if he had known the cocaine would have been brought into the picture he would not have gone. Buju said when he got there and realised Johnson was serious about dealing drugs, he feared for his life and tried to play it cool.“I saw my family, my children, everything that I have worked hard for in the past 21 years flash before my face,” he said.Before Buju took the stand yesterday, the court heard from two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, who testified on their friend’s behalf. They said they trusted him and did not know of him being a drug dealer.Judge James Moody, who’s presiding over the case, is to rule on whether the charges of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offence should be dropped, following an application by defence attorney David Oscar Markus yesterday.Markus had asked that all the charges be dismissed because the prosecution did not present sufficient evidence to support them. The judge said he could not drop the conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine charges, but would consider Markus’ application on the other two.When Buju completes his testimony, closing arguments will be made by both the prosecution and defence before the jury begins deliberating on a verdict.Last time around, jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict, prompting a mistrial to be declared.
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 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’ front office didn’t do much to alter the major-league roster after the final out of the 2017 World Series. Other than the trade for outfielder Matt Kemp, Goeddel has arguably had the most positive impact of any newcomer.“I was feeling good and throwing well before I got here,” Goeddel said. “It’s one of those ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ kind of things.”Including his time with Seattle, Goeddel hasn’t allowed a run in his last 16 appearances. That’s his longest streak since an 18-game span between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, when he pitched for the New York Mets.Goeddel, 29, said that health has been the key to his streak. He had Tommy John surgery as a senior at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. Two more elbow surgeries followed as a pro. Other times, Goeddel said, “as soon as (my elbow) stops hurting, something goes in my leg, my shoulder – so it’s really been a blessing this year.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES – In September 1991, the Dodgers traded a minor league pitcher named Jeff Hartsock to the Chicago Cubs for Steve Wilson, a left-handed reliever. Wilson did not allow a run in 11 games to end the year, or in four appearances to begin the 1992 season.Until now, Wilson’s streak of 15 consecutive scoreless appearances has been the standard for a new Dodgers pitcher.Erik Goeddel is making it interesting.In 13 games since he was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners in May, Goeddel has yet to allow a run. Having a stable right-hander capable of throwing multiple innings made a measurable impact on the rest of the bullpen too. Dodger relievers had a 4.51 earned-run average when Goeddel arrived and a 2.82 ERA since (through Saturday). Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “The Dodgers have everything they could to make me feel comfortable, put me in positions to succeed,” he said. “Mix a little luck on top and I’ve been able to have success.”KOEHLER HAS SETBACKPitcher Tom Koehler experienced a setback in his recovery from a strained right anterior shoulder capsule. Manager Dave Roberts said that Koehler tried throwing a curveball this week and his shoulder “just didn’t feel great.”Koehler had begun throwing off the bullpen mound in recent weeks and was hoping to return before the All-Star break. Now, Roberts said, an August return amounts to a “fair” projection.Koehler will have “a couple days to leave it alone, then get back into playing catch,” Roberts said.The Dodgers signed Koehler to a one-year contract worth $2 million, not including several incentives for starts and appearances that are effectively unattainable now. He hasn’t pitched since suffering the injury in spring training.DUCKING DARVISHThe Dodgers will not see right-hander Yu Darvish during a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs beginning Monday. Darvish, the losing pitcher in Game 7 of last year’s World Series, has a good reason: He is on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right triceps.The Cubs moved Tuesday’s starting pitcher, Mike Montgomery, from the bullpen to the rotation in Darvish’s place. The results have been spectacular. Montgomery had a 5.33 ERA in 18 games out of the Cubs’ bullpen. In four starts since, the left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA; opponents are hitting just .159 against him.The Dodgers will activate left-hander Rich Hill from the disabled list for Tuesday’s start. The left-hander will make his seventh start of the season and his first since May 19. Hill was 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA before he developed a blister on his left middle finger.ALSORoberts said that Matt Kemp’s appeal of his one-game suspension was still awaiting a response from Major League Baseball. Kemp wasn’t in the starting lineup Sunday but Roberts said the outfielder would return Monday. … Clayton Kershaw will throw a simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said. The left-hander is on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain. … Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a bullpen session Saturday that was cut off after 20 pitches when Ryu felt “a little tightness” in his strained left groin, according to Roberts. Ryu is expected to throw another bullpen in the coming days.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 4-4, 3.61 ERA) at Chicago Cubs (RHP Tyler Chatwood, 3-5, 4.12 ERA), 5 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Often when the Dodgers acquire a relief pitcher, they will tweak something about his repertoire, pitch selection or mechanics. Goeddel said the team has taken a hands-off approach with him, besides providing data that’s helped him to gameplan better than he could in Seattle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
WASHINGTON — If you think your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Iowans to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.David Maurstad heads FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and says only about 30-percent of properties located in high-risk areas are covered, and only four-percent outside those areas. “Maybe 2012 or so, there was another pretty significant flooding event in Iowa and the number of people covered was about 12% in the effected areas,” Maurstad says. “We have a lot of work to do in making sure people understand that flood insurance is their first line of defense to recover from flooding events.”Damage to buildings and their contents is covered if the high water is caused by rain or rising lakes or rivers. Maurstad says the policies are affordable, averaging less than 500-dollars a year in locations that are not flood-prone. “An inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” Maurstad says. “We’re trying to encourage people when they renew their homeowner policy that they consider flood insurance. They need to get that flood insurance, they need to not wait. We have to do a better job of encouraging renters to have flood insurance. They can be as negatively impacted as whoever owns the building.”Be advised, after buying flood insurance, there’s a 30-day waiting period before it goes into effect. More information is available at floodsmart.gov.