US protests defy curfews as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

first_imgIn New York, which on Tuesday prolonged its first curfew since World War II for the full week, AFP reporters saw hundreds refusing to go home after the 8:00 pm cutoff, instead chanting slogans and peacefully walking the streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn.Protestors attempting to cross the Manhattan bridge were pinned there for an extended period by police on both sides, but were finally allowed to return to Brooklyn, according to a New York Times reporter on the scene.Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN it had been “much calmer” a day after several Manhattan luxury stores were looted, praising an increased and “vast presence” of police on the streets.Minnesota took one of the first concrete actions to address the grievances behind the uprising, which began after Floyd’s death on May 25 in the state’s largest city Minneapolis.The state launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, looking at possible “systemic discriminatory practices” going back 10 years, Governor Tim Walz tweeted.Former president George W. Bush called on the US to examine its “tragic failures” and to “listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving.” And in Los Angeles, one of dozens of cities hit by unrest, police officers and Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped to their knees in a symbolic act of solidarity as they met marchers led by African-American Christian groups.”A black face should not be a sentenced to die, nor to be homeless, nor to be sick, nor to be underemployed, nor to be under-educated,” Garcetti told them, inviting the leaders into City Hall for a discussion about the issues.But protesters gathered outside Garcetti’s residence late into the evening. An AFP reporter witnessed a group of at least 200 refusing to disperse and subsequently arrested.’People liked my walk’  In Washington DC, thousands returned to the streets Tuesday for a peaceful “Black Lives Matter” march.Hours after the 7:00 pm curfew protesters could be heard chanting, as National Guard troops stood on the streets near the White House and helicopters hovered above. Broadcast footage showed police firing tear gas shortly after midnight, but the situation appeared to be calm overall. “I’m just tired, essentially, of being scared of police, of not getting justice,” said Jada Wallace, an 18-year-old protester outside the White House earlier who said she was ready to risk arrest.US President Donald Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. – US President Donald Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation on Monday after days of anti-racism protests against policebrutality that have erupted into violence. The White House announced that the president would makeremarks imminently after he has been criticized for not publicly addressing in the crisis in recent days. AFP/ Brendan Smialowski (AFP/Brendan Smialowski )In the same place on Monday, federal police had abruptly opened tear gas and fired rubber bullets to break up a non-violent protest, clearing a path for Trump to stroll outside for a photo-op at a historic church damaged the previous night.The move was loudly condemned by religious leaders, the president’s political rivals, and onlookers around the country.But Trump, who has rejected the traditional presidential role of healer, voiced glee on Twitter over the response in Washington and accused the leadership of New York — led by the rival Democratic Party — of succumbing to “Lowlife & Scum.””Overwhelming force. Domination,” he wrote, adding: “Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!”He pushed back against the criticism later on Twitter, writing: “You got it wrong! If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before? People liked my walk.”‘Despicable looters’ Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic rival in November elections, denounced the crackdown as an abuse of power and promised, if elected, to tackle the “systemic racism” in the country.”Donald Trump has turned this country into a battlefield driven by old resentments and fresh fears,” Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia, also hit by violence. The United States also faced unusual, if polite, criticism from some international allies including Germany, Britain and Australia.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the anti-racism protests “understandable and more than legitimate.””I hope that these peaceful protests won’t slide further into violence, but even more than that I hope that they will make a difference in the United States,” Maas told reporters.A Las Vegas officer was in “grave condition” Tuesday after being shot during protests overnight. An armed Hispanic man was shot and killed by police after raising his gun in a separate, nearby incident.Four officers were also shot overnight in St. Louis. None of the injuries was life-threatening.Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020But one retired St Louis police captain was shot dead early Tuesday outside a ransacked store.Trump tweeted that David Dorn, who was black, was “viciously shot and killed by despicable looters.”Topics : Protesters defied curfews across the United States Tuesday as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally.Standoffs between police and demonstrators stretched into the night in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man whose killing has brought once-in-a-generation protests to the nation for the past week.But there were fewer reports of the looting and violence that had soured street demonstrations in previous nights. Tens of thousands gathered earlier in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week.”Today is… about George Floyd’s family — we want them to know that George did not die in vain,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told an estimated 60,000 people.A tearful Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, told a news conference she wanted “justice for him because he was good.”No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops

first_imgGovernor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops January 04, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf made two “Jobs that Pay” tour stops. Both the Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences are Governor’s Action Team (GAT) projects. The Governor’s Action Team is a group of experienced economic development professionals that serve as a single point of contact for companies looking to establish new business operations in Pennsylvania or companies considering retention and/or expansion of existing Pennsylvania operations.In April, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Universal Pasteurization Company, LLC, (“Universal Pasteurization” and “UPC”), a provider of high pressure processing (HPP) and cold storage services to domestic food manufacturers, would establish a facility in East Whiteland Township, Chester County — a move that will create more than 50 new jobs.“The creation of over 50 new jobs for this area represents progress in the type of pro-business and pro-manufacturing climate we are working to create and continue in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It showcases what happens when government works with the private sector to support robust business growth.”Universal Pasteurization entered into a lease of a 170,000-square-foot facility located at 8 Lee Boulevard, which Governor Wolf toured today. The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including $102,000 in job creation tax credits and a $22,950 WEDnetPA grant to train its workforce.PRA Health Sciences, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), strives to move drug discovery forward, helping to develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. PRA has more than 11,000 employees working in more than 80 countries providing comprehensive clinical development services across all phases.PRA Health Sciences is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania. Employees recently relocated from Horsham and Fort Washington facilities to PRA’s new modern Class A+ office space in Blue Bell, now the company’s largest office worldwide.  PRA currently has more than 1,000 employees in Pennsylvania and is looking to add additional staff. To date, PRA has invested nearly $4 million dollars in the Blue Bell expansion project.“I’m excited to celebrate this growth of new jobs and growth of Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Governor Wolf. “The life science industry is a major driver of economic growth for the commonwealth and we’re all witnesses to this today with PRA’s expansion project.”The project is expected to create at least 250 new full-time jobs by the end of 2016, and will retain 1,150 existing employees. The facility includes state-of-the-art shared tenant conference space, staff workplace benefits, and a fitness center. With 148,000 square feet the building can accommodate approximately 860 PRA employees.The company received a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $750,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and a $112,500 WEDnetPA grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gold Coast’s northern corridor popular as buyers splash out $110M on blocks

first_imgFirst homebuyers Shruti and Karan Mahajan are among those to purchase their dream home at Gainsborough GreensTHE GOLD Coast’s northern corridor is proving popular with owner-occupiers who have accounted for more than 83 per cent of sales in one of the region’s largest new communities.First-home buyers, families upgrading to a new property and empty-nesters are dominating sales at the Gainsborough Greens masterplanned project which has sold more than 440 blocks, worth $110 million, in the past year.Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the high demand from owner-occupiers for the Pimpama project was driving the fast-paced sales.The most recent land release sold out in weeks, prompting the fast-tracked recent launch of the next stage, which has blocks priced from $246,000.“The strong demand is testament to the desirability of the location, which offers significant value, picturesque surrounds and convenient access to the motorway, making both the Gold Coast and Brisbane city centres an easy commute,” Mr Bible said. Gainsborough Greens has been the centre of activity with 235 new homes completed in the past 12 months.First-home buyers, Shruti and Karan Mahajan, purchased a home at Gainsborough Greens after renting in Southport. “A major drawcard for my husband and I was definitely the potential for future growth in Gainsborough Greens – it’s ideal for young families with kindergartens, schools and the golf course all nearby,” Mrs Mahajan said.“We didn’t want to move too far from the city centre as I work in Varsity Lakes and Karan works in Surfers Paradise, so the accessibility to the motorway makes travelling to and from work a hassle-free experience.” Mrs Mahajan said the couple took advantage of the boosted First Home Owners’ Grant to secure their home in the community.“The boosted grant came just at the right time for us and really enabled us to pick up exactly what we were looking for,” she said. Gainsborough Greens has been in strong demand from buyers.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The area is being serviced by an ever-increasing array of infrastructure and amenities, including state-of-the-art schools, shops and parkland, which is appealing to those wanting to build a new home with a range of services at the doorstep.“The feedback from our buyers is that Gainsborough Greens stands apart because of its village atmosphere. Our homesites are nestled alongside the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, natural bushland and parks, with 65 per cent of the community dedicated to green open space.“Our latest land release is no different – located next to a parcel of land earmarked for a major 15ha sports field and 5ha recreation park – so we’re expecting it to be popular, particularly with families.”Gainsborough Greens has been a centre of activity during the past 12 months, with 235 homes finishing construction; 36ha of wetland, open space and conservation area rehabilitated and, more than half a million new plants added.“When people visit Gainsborough Greens, they can now see for themselves the sense of community that has been created here and the type of neighbourhood they will be calling home, and that is really appealing to those looking to own and occupy,” Mr Bible said.last_img read more

Dutch asset manager PGGM to cut 200 jobs in major reorganisation

first_imgPGGM, the €178bn Dutch asset manager, has announced an extensive reorganisation to increase its “battle-readiness” and drive down the cost of its services.As part of the revamp, which aims to cut structural costs by €50m over the next three years, at least 200 of its 1,275 full-time employees are to be made redundant, it said.PGGM said the reorganisation would affect all parts of the organisation and warned that it would not rule out forced redundancies.Chief executive Else Bos said: “The Dutch pensions market is becoming increasingly dynamic, and PGGM needs the agility to anticipate these developments.” She said PGGM needed to reduce the costs of its products, as price had become increasingly important to its clients.She said the reorganisation must also create space for new services, although a spokesman at PGGM declined to elaborate on exactly what these plans might entail.PGGM is asset manager and pensions provider for seven pension funds, including the €140bn healthcare scheme PFZW and the €8.5bn pension fund for general practitioners (SPH), with more than 2.5m participants in total.The provider also offers its institutional clients pensions administration and board support.Two years ago, APG, the €390bn asset manager of the large civil service scheme ABP, announced a similar reorganisation, leading to 800 job losses among its then 4,155 staff, to be spread out over a four-year period.last_img read more

UN Asks ICC to Investigate Destruction of Mali’s Mausoleums

first_imgThe UN’s cultural wing has reported the destruction of precious mausoleums during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali to the International Criminal Court, its head said on a visit on Saturday to witness their reconstruction.Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents seized Timbuktu – around 1 000km northeast of Mali’s capital Bamako – alongside the west African nation’s other desert towns and cities in 2012.They wrecked 16 of its shrines to Muslim saints that date back to the ancient caravan city’s 15th and 16th century golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre.“Unesco has involved the International Criminal Court with the destruction of the mausoleums,” Irina Bokova, the organisation’s general director, told reporters at the end of a visit to Timbuktu.“Two months ago I met the prosecutor and I believe they are progressing rapidly, and I hope they will be ready to present the case before the ICC,” she added, without giving details of what charges would be brought.last_img read more

Air pollution costs $2.9-T a year – NGO report

first_imgThe report from the Center for Researchon Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Greenpeace Southeast Asia is the first toassess the global cost of air pollution specifically from burning oil, gas andcoal. Middle-range estimates of the number ofpremature deaths stemming from fossil fuel pollution include 398,000 for theEuropean Union, 230,000 for the United States, 96,000 for Bangladesh, and44,000 for Indonesia. Each year the global economy takes a$350 billion hit from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a byproduct of fossil fuelcombustion in vehicles and power plants – and a further $380 billion hit fromozone, according to middle-ground estimates. Air pollution is a focal point of socialdiscontent in some parts of the world, leading some experts to speculate thatit could drive a more rapid drawdown of fossil fuel use. (AFP) PARIS – The global cost of airpollution caused by fossil fuels is $8 billion a day, or roughly 3.3 percent ofthe entire world’s economic output, an environmental research group said onWednesday. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lowerrespiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, accordingto the WHO. Living in the New Delhi area of India islike smoking 10 cigarettes a day, earlier research has shown. Particles thrown off by fossil fuelusage account for 4.5 million premature deaths each year around the globe,including 1.8 million in China and a million in India, the researchers found.center_img Among countries taking the biggesteconomic hit each year are China ($900 billion), the United States ($610billion), India ($150 billion), Germany ($140 billion), Japan ($130 billion),Russia ($68 billion) and Britain ($66 billion). “We found that the China Mainland, theUnited States and India bear the highest costs from fossil fuel air pollutionworldwide, an estimated $900 billion, $600 billion and $150 billion per year,respectively,” the report said. The new figure is in line with WorldHealth Organization (WHO) estimates of 4.2 million deaths each year linked toground-level air pollution, mostly from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer andacute respiratory infections in children. The 44-page report breaks down theglobal burden of fossil fuel-driven air pollution – measured in economic costsand premature deaths – by type of pollutant and by country. The global cost for 2018 was $2.9trillion, the report estimated. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29 percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lower respiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, according to the World Health Organization. NRDClast_img read more

Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour checkers fly for defending champ at Minot

first_imgDefending champion Hunter Marriott was the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour winner Sunday at Nodak Speedway. (Photo by Byron Fichter)MINOT, N.D. (July 9) – Once he found his way back to the front, there was no catching Hunter Marriott on night two of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour.The defending tour champion got the lead back from Billy Kendall and checked out on the way to the $2,300 checkers Sunday at Nodak Speedway. The 30-lapper ran caution-free and Marriott was in and out of lapped traffic much of the way.Ninety Modifieds, plus 42 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, checked in at Minot. Johnny Scott, former tour champions Ricky Thornton Jr. and Aaron Turnbull, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five behind Marriott.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Marriott started third and had the lead when the first lap was scored.Kendall ran higher on the oval to take the front spot away. The front pair ran side-by-side before Marriott got the lead back and ran away from the pack, winning a straightaway ahead of Scott.“I didn’t think the race would be won from the top so I stayed on the bottom and it all worked out,” Marriott said. “I didn’t need to go to the higher line because I didn’t have much trouble passing lapped cars.”Marriott had finished fourth in his most recent Dakota Tour outing at Minot, in 2015. He was 10th in the Sunday show at Jamestown.“It can all change overnight,” Marriott said following his career second tour victory. “You have to roll with the punches and do the best you can.”Aaron Olson was the $800 winner after starting 15th in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.An early caution put pole starter, opening night winner and three-time tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen at the tail while Kyle Pfeifer used the extreme low line to race from ninth starting to the lead.Pfeifer led most of the way, finally giving way to Curt Lund. Olson found enough momentum to get past both and won ahead of the hard-charging Zevenbergen, Pfeifer, Austin Daae, who’d also been charged with an early yellow, and Dalton Flory.The tour travels to Estevan Motor Speedway for a Monday, July 10 show featuring both Modifieds and Stock Cars. All six tour events are broadcast by IMCATV.Feature ResultsModifeds – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 6. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 8. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 9. Travis Hagen, Williston; 10. Jason Wolla, Ray; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 13. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 14. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 15. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 16. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 17. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; 18. Tyler Peterson, Hickson; 19. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 22. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 23. Jerad Thelen, Minot; 24. Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; 25. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 26. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 27. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; 28. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 29. Drew Christianson, Minot; 30. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.Stock Cars – 1. Aaron Olson, Mekinock; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 3. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 4. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Dalton Flory, Williston; 6. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls; 7. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 8. Cody Dignan, Burlington, N.D.; 9. Jake Nelson, Williston; 10. Michael Vennes, Minot; 11. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 12. Joren Boyce, Minot; 13. Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; 14. Joe Flory, Williston; 15. Chris Ellis, Stanley; 16. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 17. Keith Mattox, Ray; 18. Alan Bertsch, Minot; 19. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; 20. Mike Gotch, Regina, Sask.; 21. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; 22. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 23. Eric Harpole, Bismarck; 24. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 25. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas; 26. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 27. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 28. Kevin Mattox, Ray.last_img read more

Bucksport improves to 4-0

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) The Bucksport Golden Bucks overwhelmed the Stearns Minutemen of Millinocket 49-0 to claim their fourth win without a loss on Friday night at Bucksport’s Carmichael Field.The Golden Bucks got a big game from running back Jack Cyr, who carried the ball 10 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns.Quarterback Matt Stewart coimpleted nine of 10 passes for 107 yards and threw two touchdown strikes to Josh Gray, who had six receptions good for 65 yards.Asher Bowden also rushed six times for 43 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Bucks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGray booted four extra points and caught a pass from Stewart for two more.The Golden Bucks held the Minutemen to just 88 yards on the ground and none through the air.Nick Bishop led the Bucksport defense with seven solo tackles and two assists.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Cricket News Lance Klusener appointed assistant batting coach for T20 series vs India

first_img New Delhi: Lance Klusener, considered to be one of the best all-rounders South Africa has ever produced, has been appointed as the assistant batting coach for the three-match Twenty20 series against India which begins on September 15. Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management. “In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding. Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only as he is currently not available for all formats,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.Klusener has had prior coaching experience. He took up coaching with domestic side Hollywoodbets Dolphins from 2012-2016 before being appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team. In July this year, he was appointed as the head coach of the Glasgow Giants for the cancelled inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.  “His record as one of the best all-rounders in the world, particularly in white ball cricket, during his playing career speaks for itself and he also has extensive coaching experience both at franchise and international level,” van Zyl said.Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management. Ontong, who has represented the national side in all three formats, also served as South Africa’s fielding coach under Ottis Gibson before the restructuring. “Ontong will fill the role of assistant coach (fielding). He has built up a strong relationship with the players over the last two years and is an acknowledged expert in this department,” the statement said.Klusener, considered one of the best all-rounders of his generation, has collected 1906 runs and 80 wickets in Tests, as well as 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs. outh Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15. The two sides will then compete in a three-match Test series.  South Africa will play three T20Is and three Tests in India.Lance Klusener has scored 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs.Klusener was appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos

first_img August 20, 2020 Bolles said he knows this is a pivotal year, not only for his career but for the Broncos, who are out to avoid becoming the first team to miss the playoffs five straight seasons following a Super Bowl parade.“I knew coming into here I had to do whatever I can to be the man so this organization can trust me, the fans can trust me and we can get back to where we belong and that’s in the AFC championship, to the Super Bowl,” Bolles said. “And that’s our plan ever year. I know we have the quarterback and the receivers to do that, the defense to do that. And now it’s just up to me to protect Drew all that I can.”Bolles has big plans in Denver beyond 2020, too. He’s hoping to play well enough this year that the Broncos give him an extension even though they declined his fifth-year option this spring that would have been worth $11 million in 2021.“That was out of my control. I can’t dictate what Mr. Elway or those guys do, but what I can dictate is how I play on the football field,” Bolles said. “It’s all about me. That’s how I am this year. My zone is G.B. zone. I just want to focus on me, how I can get better,” Bolles said. “You can bring in Hall of Famer Joe Staley, Joe Thomas, it really doesn’t matter who I was competing against, I just have to get better with myself, I have to be the best version of me. And as long as I do that, I know where I can go and what I can do and what I’m capable of.”The Broncos have been waiting a long time for Bolles to reach his potential. They drafted him in the first round in 2017 knowing he was raw and penalty prone, and although he’s been dependable — starting all 48 games of his career — he’s also been flagged a whopping 46 times.This, however, marks the first time he’s had his same offensive line coach two years in a row in Mike Munchak, who says the continuity should be fruitful for Bolles in 2020.“That’s huge for me. Me and Coach Munchak have a really great relationship. We talk regularly during practice, before the game, after the game, just trying to get me better,” Bolles said. ”… I’m just looking forward to our relationship continuing to get better. I trust him, I believe in him, I know he believes in me and I’ve just got to do everything that I can to make him know that he can trust me.”Before settling down in December once the mobile Drew Lock took over at quarterback, Bolles’ propensity for penalties brought out the boo birds at home games. Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Garett Bolles insists he never worried about the training camp battle he was slated to have with Elijah Wilkinson before Ja’Wuan James opted out of the 2020 season. Nor did he fret over the Broncos declining his fifth-year option.“I was just worrying about getting myself better,” Denver’s long embattled left tackle said Thursday. They were his first public comments since late last season, when his holding habit drew the ire of fans and caused GM John Elway to question whether he even understood what constituted a penalty in the NFL. Bolles said he spent his offseason reflecting. “Listen, our fans are some of the best fans in the country; they deserve some of the best football here in Denver,” Bolles said. “We have a tradition of winning and it’s unacceptable the way that I played and I take full responsibility for it.”He also used the catcalls to motivate him this offseason. “Nobody likes to get booed, and so I took that upon myself to get better,” Bolles said. “I do whatever I can, you know, I worked hard, I put on 20 extra pounds, I did whatever I could to make myself better, the best version of me, moving forward because I know this is a very important season not just for me but for my family. This organization is counting on me to be the best version of myself and I knew whatever I had to do this offseason to get myself ready I did.”Bolles said he’s now between 305 and 310 pounds.“I’m the strongest, the fastest I’ve ever been,” he said. “I think I’m physically stronger and mentally stronger as well.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more