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  • Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving

    first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse for his arraignment. Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said the golf superstar agreed to plead guilty at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county’s program for first-time DUI offenders.“He is not being treated any different than anyone else,” Ellis said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge on Woods’ behalf and declined comment as he left the courthouse.Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. If he completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school and perform 50 hours of community service. He would also have to attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged and face other conditions. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.If convicted of DUI, Woods would have faced a fine of between $500 and $1,000, had his car impounded for 10 days and other conditions. He also could have been jailed for up to six months, although that was unlikely, received probation and lost his driver’s license for six months to a year.The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since Thanksgiving weekend 2009, when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-Windermere, Florida, home. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children. He spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for sex addiction.Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.Woods didn’t know where he was when asked by officers, and he stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test, police dashboard camera video showed. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The attorney for Woods says the golfer will not attend his arraignment on a driving under the influence charge. Under court rules, Woods’ attorney can enter a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Any other plea would require Woods’ attendance.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Woods announced last month he had completed treatment at an out-of-state clinic to deal with his use of prescription medications.His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

  • Parks silences doubters as Alab seizes lead with Game 3 victory

    first_imgBobby Ray Parks leads Alab Pilipinas past Mono Vampire.BANGKOK—For all his individual awards, Ray Parks is aware of the criticisms directed him. He hasn’t won enough titles with him as the cornerstone of the team. He gets overwhelmed by big moments.Over the course of his second season in the Asean Basketball League, Parks is slowly but surely quashing those doubts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Vargas inducts new PBF officers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Knocking down the biggest shots of the game in front of a hostile crowd, the reigning ABL local Most Valuable Player lifted San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to a stunning 99-93 victory over Mono Vampire that put the Filipino club on the brink of a championship celebration.Alab rode Parks’ hot shooting in crunchtime as the former National U star shrugged off early foul trouble, nailing eight of his game-high 30 points inside the last three minutes to help the Filipinos survive another whirlwind finish for a 2-1 series lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGame 4 is set on Monday still at Stadium 29, where Alab will try to become the third Filipino club to claim the crown in the regional tournament, after the Philippine Patriots and the San Miguel Beermen.“This is what we live for, championship games. I’m here (in the finals) and I’m just going to take this opportunity,” Parks said. “My teammates just trust me to make big shots.” Parks hit back-to-back treys to quell the Thai club’s late-game surge, before knocking down a tough fadeaway over Mono’s Heritage import Paul Zamar with 1:15 seconds remaining for a 95-90 lead.“I think he’s just continuing to grow as a player,” Alapag said, referring to Parks. “I was fortunate enough to spend time with Ray in the national team and I’ve just been really impressed with his growth. Tonight, without a doubt, that was just an MVP type of performance.”“Every time momentum was going to us, we needed him (Parks) to miss shots,” said Mono coach Douglas Marty. “He didn’t.”Living up their coach’s tag as a tough and resilient group, Alab bounced back in the series even after doubts that Justin Brownlee was going to be sidelined by a hamstring injury following cramps in the Game 2 loss.Alapag said he was ready to sit out Brownlee, before the well-loved former Barangay Ginebra import told him that he was ready to go just 20 minutes before tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT He ended up scoring 27 points, with 17 coming in the second half, where Alab finally found its groove. Brownlee sparked a 15-2 burst to end the third to put the Filipinos ahead to stay, 75-67.Renaldo Balkman had 24 points, including 18 in the first half to help Alab stay within striking distance of Mono. But it was Alab’s sheer hard work and defensive stance that also gave them a lift as they outrebounded a Mono team boasting 7-foot-5 reinforcement Sam Deguara, 58-42.“I’ve said a lot this season but I’m just really proud of these guys,” Alapag said.“They’ve been a resilient group throughout and tonight was just another opportunity to show that. Justin wasn’t a 100 percent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Youths of this country still awaiting on jobs

    first_imgDear Editor,In Guyana, the youths comprise approximately 60 percent of the population. In my humble opinion, enough emphasis is not being placed on the young people of this country, who are the future. Each year, hundreds graduate from secondary schools, and are unable to further their studies (worse if they are not from Georgetown). Even more graduate from the university, to venture into the world of work in which there are no jobs for them.Many are forced to suppress their dreams and aspirations despite being qualified; despite working and studying hard to finish their schooling; despite being academically equipped to face the challenges of the world of work, only to be surprised that the real challenge is in gaining meaningful employment in Guyana. Any hope of a productive and meaningful life, the chasing of one’s dream, significantly diminishes, leaving nothing but a struggle for survival. As a young Guyanese, I find this challenge burdensome.I pity those who are not qualified; for if those of us with our qualifications find it so difficult to secure employment, what about those without? Many are talking about things being better in this country; they need to be more aligned to the common man and the everyday hardships he endures just to survive in this country, because the struggle is real.We, the youths, constitute Guyana’s only hope for a real future. The youths of this country are ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic and promising.We are considered vulnerable in today’s society because of the rapid pace of change we experience at this time in our lives. A national youth development policy should be created and designed to advocate for youth and youth development. This policy should view youth welfare as vital to Guyana as a nation, and to its socio-economic development. Identifying and addressing these issues would enhance the lives of youths in Guyana, and would improve overall national development.Now is the time. What are our leaders waiting for? The formation/creation of a youth policy must have youth participation on a national level, which should involve recognising and nurturing the strengths, interests, and abilities of young people of this country through the provision of real opportunities for us youths to become involved in decisions that affect us at individual and systemic levels. It is time the young people become involved in the decision-making process that adversely affects our lives, both now and in the future.I implore those responsible to provide technical training to our youths, to prepare them specifically for jobs. Technical and Vocational Training and Education (TVET) would help address the skills crisis. Youths who are not academically inclined and/or are school dropouts are often the most unprepared to acquire jobs, due largely to their lack of skills. With our resources and the money from our oil, a technical institute should be available in each of the 10 administrative regions of this country.This would be more convenient for persons living out of Georgetown or Linden, where two of our institutes are located. Youths who are neither working nor studying do not have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills. They are progressively marginalized, and in turn can develop anti-social behaviours (hence, crime mostly involving youths, drug abuse and gang-related problems and teenage pregnancy, and a whole host of other social ills that negatively affect our society).For the “Good Life” that was promised a while over three years ago, we, the youths of this country, still await those jobs.It is time for the youths. Please do not fail us with your divisive politics and petty agendas. We are the future of this country; invest in us, create that foundation that we so desperately need. Be our role models, and ensure that you set a good foundation for the future generations of this beautiful land of Guyana.Regards,Nkosei Williamslast_img read more

  • President Weah to Strengthen Ties with European Union

    first_imgThis is not the first time President Weah has been linked to fraudulent acts in the football world.Despite the long-standing bilateral relationship between Liberia and the USA, which goes as back as the 1820’s, and the country’s support for the one-China policy, there are indications that President George Weah may encourage improved ties with the European Union to get more financial and technical support.On Monday, January 22, during his inaugural speech at the SKD Complex, President Weah said in order to change the ‘structure of the Liberian economy,’ it will require huge investments in agriculture, infrastructure, human capital, and technology.While appreciating international development partners who have assisted Liberia over the years, President Weah thanked the United States and the People’s Republic of China, promising to support the One China Policy. He however noted that the continuous support of the European Union will be important as “we forge a new path of transformation.”He added “China has emerged as one of Liberia’s most dependable allies… It is my hope that the Chinese-Liberian relationship will grow stronger during my tenure as President.”Weah said without Europe, he would not be “standing here delivering this inaugural address as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia. It was my success in European football that enabled me to give back to my beloved country.”He said Europe will always have a special place in his heart, and, “as President, I intend to strengthen my relationship with the European community for the benefit of all Liberians.”According to sources, Weah’s government may depend on the EU’s assistance to Liberia in agriculture and rural development.The Liberia–EU partnership is based on three key pillars: supporting modernization and professionalization of the Ministry of Agriculture and related institutions to help them better assist farmers; promoting and developing the cooperative model of farming in Liberia; and promoting employment opportunities beyond agriculture in rural areas through rural development approaches.In all three pillars, the EU will provide training, funding and professional assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture and other related institutions to help them become more efficient and capable of helping farmers and people in rural areas.Furthermore, the government is also expected to seek budgetary support. “This is a way of fostering partner countries’ ownership of development policies and reforms, focusing on results for people and sustainable development,” a source told the Daily Observer.“But before the budget support from the EU, there are five challenges which should be addressed, including, promotion of human rights and democratic values; better financial management, macroeconomic stability, inclusive growth and less corruption and fraud; sector reforms and sector service delivery; state-building in fragile states/addressing the specific challenges of small island development states (SIDS) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs); better domestic revenue mobilization and less aid dependency,” the source added.Meanwhile, to attract international support, President Weah said: “It is my belief that the most effective way to directly impact the poor, and to narrow the gap between rich and poor, is to ensure that public resources do not end up in the pockets of Government officials. I further believe that the overwhelming mandate I received from the Liberian people is a mandate to end corruption in public service. I promise to deliver on this mandate. As officials of Government, it is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests.“It is time, to be honest with our people. Though corruption is a habit among our people, we must end it. We must pay civil servants a living wage so that corruption is not an excuse for taking what is not theirs. Those who do not refrain from enriching themselves at the expense of the people – the law will take its course. I say today that you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”He added: “To the private sector, I say to you that Liberia is open for business. We want to be known as a business-friendly government. We will do all that is within our power to provide an environment that will be conducive to the conduct of honest and transparent business. We will remove unnecessary regulatory constraints that tend to impede the establishment and operation of a business in a profitable and predictable manner.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Battered body of Corentyne carpenter found

    first_imgPolice are investigating the circumstances which led to the death of a 26-year-old carpenter of Number 70 Village, Corentyne, whose body was discovered lying on the road with marks of violence.The dead man has been identified as Fayez Narinedat, of Number 70 Village. His body was discovered at about 03:45h at a scene which appeared to be that of a hit-and-run accident.Fayez Narinedat was found lying shirtless on the roadDivisional Commander Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times that the matter is being considered a homicide, and the Police have launched an investigation.When this publication visited the scene, villagers were tight-lipped. However, one relative of the father of two told this newspaper that there is evidence to indicate that the body was placed on the road.One street away, a muddy shirt which is said to be that of the deceased was seen on the road, while what appeared to be broken sticks were seen nearby.Reports are that Narinedat was at a party hosted by an overseas-based Guyanese when a fight broke out, which reportedly led to his death.The dead man’s uncle, Chandra Datt, said he was told that Narinedat reportedly left the party when he was attacked. There also appeared to be evidence of an encounter in a vacant plot of land a few lots away; broken sticks were seen and a section of the fence broken, suggesting that persons used that part to get out of the yard. More sticks and broken picket staves were seen on the street in front of the vacant lot.According to Datt, evidence points to the fact that Narinedat was killed in the street and placed on the road. There was also a laceration to the back of his head.Residents in the area voiced their concerns whether the matter will be investigated properly, pointing to evidence which investigators left at the crime scene. Asked to comment on this, Divisional Commander Adonis said every straw will be unearthed and ordered that investigators revisit the scene.Narinedat was an only child. His mother explained that her son left home at about 11:00h on Monday and returned during the evening but did not enter the house. She said he was heard on his cellular phone but it is not known who he was talking to.Bebi Azes said her son may have been under the influence of alcohol and as a result, did not want to enter the house, thus choosing to go out again.Narinedat leaves to mourn his mother, father, wife, two children and a grandmother.The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

  • Parking for those with handicap decals now free

    first_imgParking for the disabled will now be free in the city of Fort St. John. At Monday night’s council meeting, council moved to scrap parking meters in handicapped parking spaces across the city, meaning those with a handicap decal can now park for free. Council members also decided against putting in a time limit on the spaces, despite receiving information that several other benchmark cities had put a two hour time limit on their spaces. Director of Facilities Jim Rogers reasoned that without a time limit, there was a possibility that decal-carrying vehicles could linger in the spots for long periods of time, forcing other decal-carrying vehicles to park in regular, metered spots.However, Councillor Lori Ackerman, who made the original motion to make disabled parking free, said she doesn’t anticipate that particular issue becoming a problem.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=607|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=42b362f33a173f038491937f55ed63d9-Ackerman-move along_1_Pub.mp3] The city estimates it currently has 10-15 of the handicap parking spaces in Fort St. John.last_img read more

  • Be prepared

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – If rain pummels a buiding’s roof until it collapses, or an earthquake brings walls tumbling down in an office building, some workers and residents in this city will be armed with life-saving information. Saturday, the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department and Police Services will train about 60 people in basic emergency preparedness and response. Participants will learn how to join others in lifting a 6000-pound concrete block off of someone trapped underneath, plug a leaking gas pipe, tape broken windows, and put out fires with extinguishers, among other basic emergency response skills. “If there’s a major disaster in the area, the fire and police departments will be taxed,” said Fire Department Chief Scott Goodwin. “We’d be spread very thin and we want to educate the community to fend for themselves until we get there.” The 12 trainers who will demonstrate basic first aid, stocking food and supplies for an emergency, assessing structural damage, and other skills on Saturday are part of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team. The team was created in 1992 and is capable of responding to a disaster in the city within one minute, and anywhere in the region within 45 minutes, said Goodwin. Montebello, Downey, Compton, La Habra Heights, Vernon and Santa Fe Springs are included in the team’s emergency response region. The team, which has 35 trained members in the department, can also go anywhere in the state, if needed. Last summer, team members helped rescue workers at a Montebello muffler shop that was destroyed in an explosion. They were also part of the emergency response after the Northridge earthquake in January 1994. In 1996, the Fire Department and Police Services held its first Light Urban Search and Rescue Workshop, partly in response to the Oklahoma City bombing and the Northridge earthquake, and partly because it would increase already-existing disaster resources in the city, said fire Chief Stan Klopfenstein. Saturday’s class is the third one the city has held since 1996. “We went to other agencies that had similar programs and built this program with the city’s needs in mind,” said Klopfenstein. “It’s a continuation of disaster preparedness in the city. The city wanted to kick it up a notch.” Santa Fe Springs also has several sealed containers stocked with emergency supplies in case of a disaster in locations throughout the city. The containers hold food, gas masks, bicycles, and other emergency supplies. The workshop has received “Best Community-Based Program” awards from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the International City/County Management Association and the International Fire Chiefs Association, said Police Services spokeswoman Kimberly Sawyer. “Disaster preparedness is a funny thing,” said Sawyer. “We do it every day, but the community only thinks about it when there’s a need. “This is something every residence and business should be doing on their own,” said Klopfenstein. Residents can sign up today for Saturday’s class at Santa Fe Springs Police Services Center, 11576 Telegraph Road, for a $25 fee, paid in advance. For more information, call (562) 409-1850. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

  • Middlesbrough news: Championship fixtures 2017-18 – Every Boro game revealed

    first_imgMiddlesbrough’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures05/08/2017 15:00 Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough12/08/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Sheffield United15/08/2017 19:45 Middlesbrough v Burton Albion19/08/2017 15:00 Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough26/08/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Preston North End09/09/2017 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough12/09/2017 19:45 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough16/09/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers23/09/2017 15:00 Fulham v Middlesbrough26/09/2017 19:45 Middlesbrough v Norwich City30/09/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Brentford14/10/2017 15:00 Barnsley v Middlesbrough21/10/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Cardiff City28/10/2017 15:00 Reading v Middlesbrough31/10/2017 19:45 Hull City v Middlesbrough04/11/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Sunderland18/11/2017 15:00 Leeds United v Middlesbrough21/11/2017 19:45 Middlesbrough v Birmingham City25/11/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Derby County02/12/2017 15:00 Bristol City v Middlesbrough09/12/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town16/12/2017 15:00 Millwall v Middlesbrough23/12/2017 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough26/12/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers30/12/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa01/01/2018 15:00 Preston North End v Middlesbrough13/01/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Fulham20/01/2018 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough27/01/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday03/02/2018 15:00 Norwich City v Middlesbrough10/02/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Reading17/02/2018 15:00 Cardiff City v Middlesbrough20/02/2018 19:45 Middlesbrough v Hull City24/02/2018 15:00 Sunderland v Middlesbrough03/03/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Leeds United06/03/2018 19:45 Birmingham City v Middlesbrough10/03/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Barnsley17/03/2018 15:00 Brentford v Middlesbrough31/03/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton02/04/2018 15:00 Burton Albion v Middlesbrough07/04/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest10/04/2018 19:45 Sheffield United v Middlesbrough14/04/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Bristol City21/04/2018 15:00 Derby County v Middlesbrough28/04/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Millwall06/05/2018 12:30 Ipswich Town v MiddlesbroughtalkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the Sky Bet EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasons.The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals. Scroll down for Middlesbrough’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures 1last_img read more


    first_imgKilmacrennan National School staff and students had a great day of celebration in the school this week when they raised the Active Blue Flag in the school for the first time.This flag is awarded to schools who are actively involved in the promotion of sport in their schools.The school is one of only five schools in the county who have been awarded the flag since its inception. The flag now proudly flies alongside the Green Flag that was awarded to the school last year. The flag was raised by James Doherty (current Finn Harps player and ex pupil) along with Mel O’Donnell (PE coordinator and teacher in the school).KILMACRENNAN NATIONAL SCHOOL FLIES THE FLAG FOR SPORT! was last modified: June 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:kilmacrennan national schoollast_img read more

  • Texas officials order DeLay to surrender

    first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republican’s first court appearance Friday. DeLay, R-Texas, could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers had hoped to avoid this step. Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady said arrangements were being made to bring DeLay to the sheriff’s office in his home county sometime Thursday for booking and fingerprinting. The process was expected to take 45 minutes to an hour. Brady said a specific time has not been set, but Sheriff Milton Wright was contacted Wednesday by DeLay’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin. DeLay’s court appearance will be in Austin. The warrant is “a matter of routine and bond will be posted,” DeGuerin said. DeLay has stepped down as U.S. House majority leader – at least temporarily – under a Republican rule requiring him to relinquish the post if charged with a felony. Two grand juries have charged DeLay and two political associates in an alleged scheme to violate state election law, by funneling corporate donations to candidates for the Texas Legislature. State law prohibits use of corporate donations to finance state campaigns, although the money can be used for administrative expenses. The indictments charge that a DeLay-founded Texas political committee sent corporate donations to the Republican National Committee in Washington, and the national party sent funds back to the state for 2002 campaigns. DeLay has denied wrongdoing and accused Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle – a Democrat – of having partisan motives. Earle has denied the accusation. Earle did not ask for the arrest warrant for DeLay, but approved the court’s request, his office said Wednesday. DeLay’s Republican fundraising in 2002 had major political consequences, allowing the GOP to take control of the Texas Legislature. The Legislature then redrew congressional boundaries according to a DeLay-inspired plan, took command of the state’s U.S. House delegation and helped the GOP retain its House majority. Associated Press writer Pam Easton in Richmond, Texas, 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