DeLay case judge is out

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – In a courtroom victory for Rep. Tom DeLay, the judge in the campaign-finance case against the former House Republican leader was removed Tuesday because of his donations to Democratic candidates and causes. A semiretired judge who was called in to hear the dispute, C.W. Bud Duncan, ruled in DeLay’s favor without comment. Duncan ordered the appointment of a new judge to preside over the case. The ruling came after a hearing in which DeLay’s attorneys argued that state District Judge Bob Perkins’ political donations created the appearance of bias. Perkins, a Democrat, has contributed to candidates such as John Kerry and the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org. “The public perception of Judge Perkins’ activities shows him to be on opposite sides of the political fence than Tom DeLay,” defense attorney Dick DeGuerin argued. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Perkins had declined to withdraw from the case, and prosecutor Rick Reed argued at the hearing that DeLay had to prove that a member of the public would have a “reasonable doubt that the judge is impartial” before Perkins could be removed. “Judges are presumed to be impartial,” Reed said. Perkins did not attend the hearing and did not immediately return a call for comment. DeLay had no comment as he left the courthouse. Throughout the proceedings, he sat in the front row behind his attorneys with his wife and aides. He often smiled, and occasionally chuckled when Democrats said negative things about him in their testimony. DeLay’s lawyers are also seeking to have the trial moved out of Austin, citing the media attention and noting that Austin, widely perceived as a liberal college town, is “one of the last enclaves of the Democratic Party in Texas.” Judges are elected in Texas and are free to contribute to candidates and political parties. DeLay’s lawyers repeatedly said during the hearing that they were not accusing Perkins of doing anything wrong, but that there should not be a public perception of partiality in the case. The issue came up for Perkins before. He voluntarily stepped aside in a 1994 case against Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Perkins had made a $300 contribution to Hutchison’s opponent. Hutchison, who was also represented by DeGuerin, was ultimately acquitted of misconduct charges. DeLay was forced to step down as House majority leader after being charged with funneling corporate campaign contributions to GOP candidates for the Texas Legislature. Texas law forbids the direct use of corporate money for campaigning. DeLay’s lawyers cited 34 contributions Perkins has made to Democrats since 2000, including donations to Kerry and to MoveOn.org, a group that has waged a campaign against DeLay. Perkins said that his contributions to MoveOn.org were made before it launched its anti-DeLay campaign. Prosecutors also argued that six of the contributions were wrongly counted twice by DeLay’s attorneys. DeLay’s attorneys subpoenaed Perkins to testify, but Duncan did not make him take the stand. Perkins argued that his participation would threaten the public’s confidence in the judiciary. Associated Press writers Kelley Shannon and Liz Austin contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Round-up: Whiley triumphs and Fulham edge closer to Rolan deal

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley won her fourth successive Wimbledon ladies wheelchair doubles title as she and Yui Kamiji stormed back from a set behind to beat second seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot.The 25-year-old was beaten at the first hurdle in the singles by De Groot earlier in the week but claimed revenge and her ninth Grand Slam doubles crown in front of a delighted crowd on court three.They had witnessed a superb 37-shot rally in the fifth game of the opening set, which was taken 6-2 by the Dutch pair.But Whiley and Kamiji won eight of the first nine points of the second set to seal an early break, which they momentarily lost midway through the set but regained immediately. Fulham close to striker dealEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham are close to completing the signing of Diego Rolan from Bordeaux.The Whites have agreed a £5m deal with the French club for the 24-year-old striker.Rolan is in London to meet with Fulham, who are hoping to convince him to join despite reports of Premier League interest in the Uruguay international.He is yet to receive a serious offer from a top-flight club but reports say Newcastle are interested. Van Ginkel loan deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement for Marco van Ginkel to return to the Dutch club on another season-long loan.West London Sport recently revealed that PSV were looking to take the Netherlands international on loan again.Van Ginkel, 24, has been at PSV during the past two seasons. Smith ready to recall JotaJota will be available for Brentford’s friendly at Oxford United on Wednesday if there is still no offer for him by then, according to boss Dean Smith.Jota missed a second pre-season game for the Bees, this time against Lausanne on Saturday, because his future at the club remains uncertain.West London Sport revealed last week that Jota would not play in the friendly at Aldershot because of an imminent bid expected from a Premier League club.That bid did not materialise and Smith said: “If nobody comes in with this imminent bid, which we were told about, he will be available for the Oxford United game.“We have had that chat and he will be happy to do so.”West London Sport revealed last month that Jota was of interest to Everton, West Ham and Newcastle, while newly-promoted Huddersfield have since also shown an interest. Stones defender lands Wednesday trialWealdstone defender Ciaron Brown has been handed a trial by Sheffield Wednesday.The 20-year-old has attracted interest from League clubs since he joined the Stones from Bedfont Sports last August.Brown can play at centre back and left-back and impressed in the run-in to last season.Stones manager Gordon Bartlett said: “We have a great pedigree at Wealdstone of bringing young players on and moving them up to the pro ranks and Ciaron is more than capable of making the step up having made consistent progress.“I’m sure that he will do well in whatever the future holds and we will never hold a player back.” Hall nursing injuryEmbed from Getty ImagesGrant Hall missed QPR’s friendly at Peterborough because of tendonitis.Hall’s conditon will be assessed in the next 48 hours after he was withdrawn from the squad on the eve of Saturday’s game.Jordan Cousins and Sean Goss also missed the match and defender Joel Lynch, who has been nursing a knock, featured after coming through a fitness test.Cousins is being slowly eased back after a long-term thigh problem, while Goss was also left out on the advice of the Rangers medical staff.“We’ve had Hally pulled out yesterday and I almost didn’t have Lynchy as well,” manager Ian Holloway explained.“We’ve protected Jordan and Gossy we’ve protected as well. Jordan has worked so hard during the summer to get himself fit.”Jamie Mackie, Jack Robinson, Ebere Eze and Charlie Owens scored QPR’s goals as they won 4-2 in a 120-minute match at London Road. Holloway admits 120-minute game stretched squadEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway admitted agreeing to play a 120-minute friendly at Peterborough ended up stretching QPR’s squad to the limit.The idea of two 60-minute halves – effectively two separate games – was initially suggested by Posh director of football Barry Fry.Rangers were happy to agree, but when three players were withdrawn from the squad, manager Holloway had to make late changes to his plans.In addition, QPR’s Under-23s played Wycombe and a Rangers XI visited amateur side Bovingdon on the same day.Holloway said: “What we got wrong, and I’ll admit it, is that we also had an Under-23s game and another game, so we had to fulfil four fixtures.“When Barry first mentioned it it was fine because you can prepare for it, but we’ve since had a few injuries.“But I’m delighted. It’s good for them (the players) and it’s good for our fans as well to see everything.” Chelsea Ladies sign Swedish defenderEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea Ladies have signed Sweden international Magdalena Eriksson from Linköpings.The 23-year-old left-sided defender has signed a two-year contract and will wear the number 16 shirt. Middlesex beatenEmbed from Getty ImagesBeleaguered Middlesex captain Brendon McCullum failed yet again with the bat as his side were thrashed by Somerset in the T20 Blast at Uxbridge.The former New Zealand star, who has now mustered only 36 runs in four T20 games, presided over a second comprehensive Middlesex defeat in the space of three days.And this latest loss – by 21 runs – came against a Somerset side who had not succeeded in winning any of their previous 10 fixtures in the competition.last_img read more

Sharks thoughts: what can Joe Pavelski fetch on the free agent market?

first_imgSAN JOSE — With 13 goals in 21 games, Joe Pavelski is putting himself in position to be an attractive commodity on the free-agent market next summer.The Sharks captain, who was named the NHL’s third star of the week Monday, is well on pace to reach the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in his storybook career, showing no indication that he’s on the decline heading toward his 35th birthday in July. Though it’s rare for NHL general managers to hand out lucrative multi-year deals for players in …last_img

African wild dogs off to Botswana

first_img12 November 2007A pack of 18 African wild dogs have been moved from Limpopo province’s Marakele National Park to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, in an effort to establish a viable population of the endangered animal in the Limpopo Valley.“It is intended that this reintroduction will facilitate the establishment of a viable population of wild dogs in the Limpopo Valley, specifically within the area earmarked for incorporation into the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area,” Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Group manager Harriet Davies-Mostert said.The recently proclaimed Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area straddles the international borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The African wild dog is southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore, with fewer than 500 individual dogs occurring in South Africa, most of which are found within the Kruger National Park.In 1997 it was recommended that packs be reintroduced into several protected areas across the country to expand the dogs’ range.To date, nine wild dog sub-populations have been established in areas such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park and the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.Wild dogs were first reintroduced into Marakele National Park in May 2003 when a pack of 16 wild dogs were released into the park.This population remained vulnerable, however, because it was difficult to maintain fences on inaccessible terrain, resulting in some dogs escaping. It was therefore decided to relocate them to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.They will be fitted with tracking collars before being released and will spend the next two to three months in a boma before being released into the 72 000-hectare reserve.It is hoped that the pack will link up with a neighbouring population of wild dogs, on the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve a few kilometres south, of the South African side of the border, to form new packs.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Meet the Presenter: Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN

first_imgChef Leah Sarris, RD, LDNMeet our Presenter, Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN, Director of Operations/Executive Chef Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Tulane University.  Learn more about this pioneering program by registering for the free webinar “Culinary Medicine:  Where Health Meets Food”.  Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.  RSVP at this link: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22042/Leah Sarris is a chef and dietitian that has worked in diverse areas of food service and related industries including restaurants, academia, research & development, foodservice consulting, far ming and community outreach. As the Director of Operations and Executive Chef for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, she has developed and implemented the United States’ premier interdisciplinary program between culinary arts, science, nutrition and medicine, based out of New Orleans. She teaches professionals in the healthcare and foodservice sectors, as well as the community at large, how to cook food that is affordable, beautiful, healthful, easy to prepare and most of all, delicious. This program is the first of its kind and has been licensed by over 20% of the medical schools in the nation. Leah’s passion lies in teaching everyone how to make delicious food that just happens to be good for them, arming people with the knowledge and the skills to bring that vision into their kitchens.last_img read more

San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next The best-of-three championship series between Lyceum and San Beda begins on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.David paced San Sebastian with 16 points and seven rebounds, Ryan Costelo got 15 markers, three boards, and three assists, and Calisaan had 10 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.The Golden Stags may have gone down but not without a fight, slicing the lead down to five, 67-62 with 5:02 remaining.Unfortunately, Justine Mercado and Costelo were both meted with unsportsmanlike fouls in a span of a minute and the momentum went back the Red Lions’ way, allowing them to bring the lead back to 10, 72-62, with 3:41 left to play.San Beda also made a living from the charity stripe, going 25-of-36 from the free throw line against San Sebastian’s 3-of-6.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 23, Bolick 21, Tankoua 13, Soberano 9, Potts 6, Presbitero 4, Abuda 0, Cariño 0, Doliguez 0, Noah 0, Tongco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – David 16, Costelo 15, Calisaan 10, Capobres 7, Calma 6, Gayosa 6, Bulanadi 4, Navarro 3, Ilagan 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 26-11, 44-31, 57-51, 76-71. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda powered its way to the NCAA Season 93 Finals with a 76-71 victory over San Sebastian in the stepladder semis Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena and book its ticket to its 12th straight Finals appearance.Javee Mocon pumped in 23 points, 22 rebounds, and five blocks, while Robert Bolick drained 21 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from threw, on top of four boards and four assists as the two carried the Red Lions to the championship series once again.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Showing no signs of rust from their 19-day layoff, the Red Lions started the game like a house on fire with a 10-2 opening blast and went on to establish an 18-point lead, 32-14, after Bolick and AC Soberano drilled back-to-back threes with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter.But the Golden Stags bounced back, relying on the duo of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David to inch closer and cut the deficit to as low as four, 52-48, late in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, San Beda’s poise prevailed in the end as Mocon and Bolick put on the finishing touches to claim the win.“19 days off is really tough. But I give full credit to my players. They sacrificed a lot in preparation for this game,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We lost against Lyceum and I know people have been doubting us, but the players believed in themselves. I gave them my trust and they gave me this day.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey — Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) — on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. The decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Screams: “They Told Me I Can’t Play In This League” After Winning Title

first_imgDraymond Green celebrates a championship win.Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.last_img read more

GTA home sales average prices climb higher in contrast to Vancouver drop

first_imgTORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area climbed significantly in July in a divergence from the latest numbers in Vancouver.Residential home sales were up 18.6 per cent in the GTA for the month compared with last July, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Friday.The average selling price of the 6,961 homes that changed hands during the month rose 4.8 per cent on an annual basis to $782,129.July’s climb follows a 2.4 per cent increase in June sales compared with a year earlier after a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May.“The positive results over the last two months are encouraging,” said TREB president Garry Bhaura.The results from Toronto show a trend towards stabilization and a more balanced market, said TD Economist Rishi Sondhi.“It’s improving. It still has a ways to go to get back to the levels it was at before, but overall the market appears to be healthy.”Results from Toronto are a contrast to Metro Vancouver, where the real estate board said Thursday that home sales tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board said 2,070 properties changed hands in July in a 30 per cent plunge compared to the same month last year.The general divergence in markets comes after the B.C. government pushed forward with further measures to cool the housing market in February while Ontario has held off, said Sondhi.“The market’s still sort of contending with those measures as well, and that’s causing sort of a wedge, year to date.”Toronto’s housing market is stabilizing following the shock from the federal government’s tighter mortgage rules that came into force in January, said Scotiabank Economics vice-president Derek Holt.“This fits our broad narrative that the second half of 2018 would begin to witness stronger housing figures as the transitory shock from tightened macroprudential rules ebbs,” he said in a note.Sondhi said TD also expects the market to improve later in the year, but said sales growth will be tempered by rising interest rates and the continued effects of the tighter mortgage rules.The Toronto real estate board also reported 13,868 new listings during the month, including 4,511 in Toronto alone, but the overall GTA figure was down by 1.8 per cent year-over-year.The city recorded 2,574 sales in July at an average price of $824,336, while in the rest of the GTA, the 4,387 properties sold last month fetched an average price of $757,365.Detached homes sold in Toronto were the most expensive, with an average price of $1.35 million. The average detached home price in the rest of the GTA was $907,347.TREB said while the MLS home price index composite benchmark during the month was down slightly compared to July 2017, the annual growth rate “looks to be trending toward positive territory in the near future.”The Ottawa Real Estate Board said Friday that sales in the city were up 5.9 per cent for July compared to last year with 1,614 homes sold, above the five-year average of 1,501 sales for July.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,412.70, down 57.4 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 1.59, or 12.22 per cent, to $11.42 on 69.36 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $2.53, or 13.83 per cent, to $15.77 on 16.71 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 89 cents, or 13.26 per cent, to $65.82 on 15.25 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up nine cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $3.73 on 12.45 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 29 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $21.15 on 8.28 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $6.84, or 11.16 per cent, to $54.46 on 7.17 million shares.last_img