first_imgThe team sent a letter to season ticket holders saying that after discussions with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to have at least limited crowds.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels great and has no symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. Pederson is quarantining at home away from family members. He plans to run the team virtually while assistant head coach Duce Staley handles leadership duties during training camp. Pederson didn’t want to comment on how he contracted the virus but is comfortable with the safety measures at the team’s practice facility. — Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James has decided to skip the 2020 season over concerns about the coronavirus. James says he already has one family member who was infected by the virus and he doesn’t want to risk bringing the virus home to his wife and newborn son. — Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) scored a third-period power-play goal to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Adam Lowry led the Jets with a goal and an assist as the Jets evened the NHL qualifying series at a game apiece. Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 28 saves for the win.— Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left as the Golden Knights beat the Stars, 5-3 in Western Conference round-robin play. Dallas led 3-1 in the third period until Vegas scored three times in 5:02 to take control. Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone, Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson also scored for the Knights, and Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) handled 24 shots.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-RAIDERSNo fans for Raiders’ first season in Las VegasUNDATED (AP) — The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press August 4, 2020 — Panthers linebacker Christian Miller has informed the team he has opted out of the 2020 season. The 2019 fourth-round pick out of Alabama played in seven games last year. — Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham has fully participated in the early stages of Cleveland’s training camp. This comes after he expressed reservations whether the NFL should forge ahead and have a season with the coronavirus still spreading. — The Falcons have signed former Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard. A first-round pick by the Bengals in 2014, Dennard has made 24 starts in 77 games. FOOTBALL-XFL-JOHNSONThe Rock acquires XFL — Marlins CEO Derek Jeter blames the team’s coronavirus outbreak on a collective false sense of security that made players lax about social distancing and wearing masks. Infected were 21 members of the team’s traveling party, including at least 18 players. Jeter says none is seriously ill, and he expects all to return this season. With more than half of the team sidelined, Jeter said the Marlins still can be competitive when their season resumes Tuesday at Baltimore.— Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a Monday night game. The Phillies have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says bench coach Pat Murphy has been released from the hospital after suffering a heart attack during a team workout Saturday. Milwaukee doesn’t plan to bring in an additional staff member while Murphy recovers. — Indians manager Terry Francona will not be with the club for its series opener in Cincinnati as he deals with a gastrointestinal issue. Francona was scheduled for an exam at the Cleveland Clinic to address his condition. Coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is running the team in Francona’s absence.MLB-SCHEDULE — The Twins earned their fourth straight win by downing the Pirates, 5-4 on an RBI double by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the ninth. Cruz knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs. Pittsburgh dropped its fifth in a row and owns the majors’ worst record at 2-8.— The White Sox picked up their fifth win in a row by scoring four times over the last three innings of a 6-4 win at Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers’ belated home opener. José Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) smacked a tying, two-run homer in the seventh, Leury García scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth. Avisaíl García doubled, singled and drove in three for the Brewers.— Ramón Laureano and Chad Pinder both had two-run singles while the Athletics erupted for eight runs with two out in the fifth inning of an 11-1 laugher against the Mariners. Winning pitcher Frankie Montas cruised through seven innings, giving up four hits and struck out nine. Seattle’s only run came on Kyle Seager’s two-out double in the third inning. — Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer and Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) also connected to power the Reds to a 3-2 victory against the Indians. Sonny Gray worked six innings despite allowed runs in each of the first two frames. Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival.NBA-SCHEDULE Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) stopped 23 shots for the Hurricanes, who can complete a sweep Tuesday in Toronto.In other NHL action:— Connor McDavid’s hat trick was the difference in the Oilers’ 6-3 win over the Blackhawks, evening the qualifying series at a game apiece. McDavid opened the scoring just 19 seconds in and added another goal less than four minutes later. Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) added a goal and an assist for Edmonton.— Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-chah-rahv) scored the shootout winner in the Lightning’s 3-2 win against the Capitals in Eastern Conference round-robin play. Kucherov also scored in regulation, opening the scoring 12:53 into the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped two of the three Capitals players he faced in the shootout after making 31 saves in regulation and overtime. — The Penguins evened their qualifying series at a game apiece on goals by Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) in a 3-1 decision over the Canadiens. Zucker scored with about five minutes left to give Pittsburgh a two-goal cushion. Matt Murray stopped 26 shots and blanked Montreal until Jesperi Kotkaniemi (koht-kan’-YEH’-mee) beat him with 2:09 left. Also around the NBA:— The Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs as Anthony Davis contributed 42 points and 12 rebounds in a 116-108 downing of the Jazz. Davis’ final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and made the ensuing free throw to give the Los Angeles a 114-104 lead. LeBron James scored 22 points for the Lakers, wile Donovan Mitchell was high man for Utah with 33 points.— Michael Porter Jr. contributed a career-high 37 points and Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a triple-double to help the Nuggets top the Thunder, 121-113 in overtime. Jokic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to help Denver strengthen its hold on third place in the Western Conference standings.— Shake Milton drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining to push the 76ers past the Spurs, 132-130. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 27 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia, finishing the scoring with a free throw with 0.4 seconds to play. The Sixers opened a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then recovered after falling behind by four in the final minute.— T.J. Warren followed his career-high 53-point performance by providing 34 in the Pacers’ 111-100 victory over the Wizards. Warren had 16 points in the third quarter to spark a 22-2 run after Washington had fought back into the game. VanVleet scores career-best 36, Raptors top Heat 107-103LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have opened their NBA restart schedule with back-to-back wins over division leaders.Fred VanVleet poured in a career-high 36 points and the defending champions followed their win over the Los Angeles Lakers by downing the Miami Heat, 107-103. He finished 7 of 12 from 3-point range and was a perfect 13 of 13 from the line.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 with eight rebounds for Atlantic Division leaders.Goran Dragic had 25 points for the Heat. St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore.In other MLB news:— Braves ace Mike Soroka (sah-ROH’-kah) is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in Monday’s loss to the Mets. Soroka broke toward first base to cover the bag after a grounder to Freddie Freeman, only to go down on his first step off the mound. He yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. — Tuesday’s game between the Yankees and visiting Phillies has been postponed because of the approach of Tropical Storm Isaisas. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Wednesday in Philadelphia, where the teams had been scheduled to play single games Wednesday and Thursday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALSMore Cardinals test positive, games against Tigers postponedUNDATED (AP) — Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday. Yanks spoil Phillies’ returnUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies were back in action after a week-long hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak in baseball. They ran into a buzz saw on Monday as the New York Yankees rolled to their seventh consecutive win, 6-3 over the Phils.The Phillies were able to end Aaron Judge’s career-high home run streak at five games, but the Yankees still hit three to take a 6-1 lead. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) belted a three-run shot for the Bombers, who also received home runs from DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) and Brett Gardner.That was enough offense for Gerrit Cole as he won his 19th consecutive regular-season decision. Cole allowed one run and five hits over six innings for his second win as a Yankee, helping his new team improve to a major league-best 8-1.Jay Bruce homered for the Phillies. In other MLB action:— Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings to lead the Cubs to their fourth straight win, 2-0 over the Royals. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment. Javier Báez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since its 2016 title run. — Jake Cronenworth singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 5-4. Trent Grisham, Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. homered off Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur) to help Chris Paddack beat Los Angeles for the first time. Paddack allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.— Jacob deGrom notched his first win of the season by striking out 10 while allowing two runs over six innings of the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Braves. DeGrom received support from batterymate Wilson Ramos, who belted a two-run homer that put New York ahead, 7-0. Ramos and Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) each finished with three RBIs as the Mets ended a five-game skid and stopped the Braves’ five-game winning streak.— Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) slammed his first homer of the season to ignite a five-run sixth in the Rockies’ 7-6 win versus the Giants. Colorado trailed 4-1 until Arenado furnished a two-run blast. The Rockies have tied their best nine-game start at 7-2. Update on the latest sports — Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and the Pelicans got a much-needed 109-99 victory over the Grizzlies. Zion Williamson had 23 points, seven rebounds and tied a career high with five assists in his most extensive playing time since returning to the NBA bubble.NHL-SCHEDULECanes beat Blueshirts on Svechnikov’s trickUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t beat the New York Rangers during the NHL regular season, but they find themselves up two-games-to-none in their best-of-5 qualifying series.Andrei Svechnikov recorded the first playoff hat trick in franchise history to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 verdict over the Blueshirts. The game was tied 1-1 until he and Jordan Martinook tallied 71 seconds apart early in the second period. Svechnikov got his third goal of the day on a sweet two-one-one breakaway with 5:58 remaining. UNDATED (AP) — Former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he has acquired the XFL. The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million. The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before canceling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ONTARIO >> A deal that will bring a Los Angeles Clippers development team to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena is close to being inked, an official involved with negotiations said.An announcement could come as soon as the end of the month, arena CEO Michael Krouse, said by phone. Krouse said he’s been in contract talks with the Clippers for several weeks.“We’re hopeful and excited that this will come to fruition,” Krouse said. “We’re excited about the relationship and we look forward to working with our friends, the Clippers.”Krouse, who spoke confidently about the deal, said he the team would start playing in September, if the contract is approved. “I have another casino sponsorship, and that could present some challenges for us moving forward. I need to talk more with the Clippers about what that means to our sponsor partners. … If there is a challenge, we will certainly work it out in some way.”Jacob Coin, spokesman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said his group became aware of the potential Agua Caliente move Thursday morning.“I don’t know enough about the details of that relationship to provide a comment for San Manuel at this point,” Coin said. “It’s just too soon without knowing any more of the details to make a comment.”Krouse anticipates attendance at the games to be around 2,000 at the beginning of the season, but “we expect to grow beyond that” at the 11,000-seat venue. “For basketball, we could do 10,000 (in attendance),” Krouse said.The Citizens Business Bank Arena is home to the Ontario Reign hockey team and the Ontario Fury indoor soccer team.Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Debra Dorst-Porada is looking forward to the deal’s potential positive impact for the city.“Hopefully, people can to come to the arena, the Ontario Mills Mall, to come to our local restaurants, fill up at our gas stations, and visit all the great things,” Dorst-Porada said. “That will give us more money for police services and recreation services, so those are all good things.”Dorst-Porada said that if the team does come to Ontario, it would increase sponsorship opportunities for vendors that want to get their products to the Inland Empire market.NBA spokeswoman Joanna Shapiro referred questions regarding the new Clippers G-League team to the team itself, and directed questions regarding the changing of the name D-League to G-League to a February press release.Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA D-League, or Development League, will be called the NBA Gatorade League, or G-League, as part of a multiyear partnership with Gatorade, according to the NBA. It marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner, according to the NBA.The league, which began in the 2001-02 season, was formed to develop NBA talent. Since then, 40 percent of current NBA players having spent time in the NBA D-League and four current NBA head coaches started as coaches on NBA D-League benches, according to the NBA.center_img “We still have some details to finalize and we’ve had wonderful meetings. The NBA was out here,” Krouse said. “One of the big reasons they were looking at our arena was because we do conform to all NBA standards. Our arena is in compliance with NBA rules.”Earlier this week, ESPN.com first reported Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa of Rancho Mirage, a prominent sponsor of the NBA team, would become the primary sponsor for the new G-League affiliate.The name: Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.Seth Burton, vice president of communications for the Clippers, said by phone Thursday that he could not comment on the matter. A representative for the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa or the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, could not be reached for comment.Krouse said he wasn’t aware of the relationship with Agua Caliente until he read the ESPN account. Krouse said he will work to address and mitigate any issues that could arise from the fact that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians — which also runs a casino — sponsors the San Manuel VIP Club at the arena.last_img read more

first_imgInternationally renowned wine writer and critic, Matthew Jukes and ACT Minister for Community Services, Joy Burch helped launch the inaugural ‘Touch Football Vinnie-Yard’ event on Wednesday at Viking Park. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 24 November, will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers and a social Touch Football tournament in a family friendly atmosphere. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region and the third of its type held nationally, following on from the successful Touch Wine (Adelaide) and Wine Rules (Melbourne) events. Jukes is the brainchild of the concept which started in Adelaide in 2005, with the Touch Wine and Wine Rules events having raised $750,000 for charity through the initiatives. The money raised for the Touch Vinnie-Yard event will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need. Jukes was thrilled to be launching the event on Wednesday, saying that Touch Football is the perfect fit for the event. “The Touch Football (element) is vital and it couldn’t be any other sport. It’s so strong over here. I’d learnt about this Touch phenomenon across the whole of the country, it seemed absolutely a natural fit for this. We’ve just had so much fun over the past seven years and fully intend to disseminate multiple events across the country,” Jukes said. Minister Burch says that it ‘was a pleasure’ to help launch the event and sees many benefits of the event being held in Canberra. “As I was driving down here from the Assembly this afternoon, I heard Matthew on 666 (ABC Radio)… I heard Matthew talk about it and it all made absolute perfect sense. It is a very smart event, we promote our region as much as we can and I think the wine industry in our region has matured and developed over time,” Burch said. “It promotes Touch Football and the inclusiveness of Touch Football whether you are (young) or (old). Touch Football allows lots of people to participate and the numbers continue to grow. So having those two (wine industry and Touch Football) come together is a very good thing…and coming together for such a great cause, to help St Vinnies and the fabulous work that they do.”“We are getting a number of teams together over a day in November which means young and old are getting out and getting active and participating in the glorious weather we have in November and all to the benefit of the work that Vinnies do. It is a winning trifecta and very good to see it come to Canberra.”To find out more information on the Touch Football Vinnie-Yard or to register a team, please visit www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksTouch Vinnie-Yardlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri tells Pochettino: You need a trophy – like meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino needs to win a trophy – just like him.Ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final between the sides, Sarri admitted his admiration for the Argentine.Sarri said, “He (Pochettino) is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this one. I think it is the same for me. Of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here for six months.”I think the first season is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, for Jurgen Klopp. Also for Pep Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img24 will celebrate its 15th birthday in a few weeks, and Fox’s action thriller series has certainly existed in many forms in that time. The series, told in real time and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, ran for eight proper seasons on Fox, on top of a TV movie (24: Redemption) and a one-season revival series (24: Live Another Day) in 2014. The franchise will return next year with a reboot called 24: Legacy.Sutherland and Jack Bauer are not scheduled to be an on-screen part of 24: Legacy, as Corey Hawkins will play the lead in the new series, while Sutherland has a new network show of his own – ABC’s Designated Survivor, which stars the actor as a low-level cabinet member who becomes president of the United States after the rest of the line of succession is wiped out in a terrorist attack. The question remains as to whether we’ll ever see Sutherland as Jack Bauer again, and the actor addressed the issue in a new interview. Speaking with Adweek this week on the occasion of the new show, Sutherland said that he would only ever bring back Jack Bauer for a movie. And while he’s an executive producer of 24: Legacy and occasionally consults with the creators, there are no plans for him to make an appearance as Bauer on that show. “I know never to say that.” Sutherland explained. “It doesn’t mean that we can’t make the [long-in-the-works 24] film… It’s a character that I love until the day I die.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgImages of Jimmy CournoyerBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Drug Enforcement Administration probe that began in Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border, led to the take-down of a 33 year-old Quebec playboy who managed an international, billion dollar drug operation with links to the Italian Mafia and a Mexican cocaine cartel, court documents show.Jimmy Cournoyer, known as Cosmo, admitted this week in U.S. federal in New York City to heading an organization known as the “Consortium” that moved hundreds of thousands of kilograms of British Columbia-grown marijuana into the United States through Akwesasne and down to New York City.The DEA said the Consortium used cash from marijuana sales to buy cocaine from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico which was then moved into Canada.In addition to the Sinaloa cartel, the sprawling organization was linked by the DEA to the Hells Angels and the Rizzuto and Bonanno crime families. The Consortium not only dealt in marijuana and cocaine, but also pills and guns.At the centre of this sprawling and lucrative underworld operation were three Akwesasne men who controlled the movement of money and marijuana across the Canada-U.S. border for the Consortium and made so much cash off the enterprise they hid millions of dollars inside their home furniture, according to court documents.The U.S. prosecutors on the case also filed a list of Cournoyer’s “co-conspirators” that included dozens of people from Akwesasne, including one of the most prominent businessmen, along with his son and another man, Richard “Acid” Adams, who was indicted in New York State and Pennsylvania for marijuana smuggling, but has been missing since 2009. Some in the community say he is dead, others say he’s hiding-out overseas.It was the DEA’s case against Akwesasne men Randolf Square, Kenneth Cree and David Sunday that eventually led to Cournoyer who was living a Hollywood-movie worthy life complete with Rizzuto crime family associates as his drivers, body guards and enforcers while he went hand-in-hand with a professional model girlfriend and drove one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world between parties graced by movie stars.While DEA agents were investigating Square, Cree and Sunday, who were indicted in 2009 for their alleged role in moving marijuana and cash back and forth across the border via the St. Lawrence River, they managed to get the Montreal kingpin in their sights.“During the course of the investigation leading to the indictments and prosecution of Square, DEA agents indentified the Canadian leadership responsible for controlling the flow of illegal narcotics through the Akwesasne transportation networks run by (Square, Sunday and Cree) and other high level defendants indicted in Square,” said the court filing. “Rather than indict the Canadian leadership at the time and supersede these defendants into the Square case…the government elected to continue to investigate these targets because of an intriguing new development.”DEA agents discovered Cournoyer’s Consortium would bring in marijuana from British Columbia in transport trucks fitted with hidden compartments. The shipments would then be divided into smaller portions and taken across the St. Lawrence River by the Akwesasne network on boats and snowmobiles in winter, also fitted with hidden compartments.The marijuana would primarily be taken to a portion of Akwesasne known as Snye, which sits in Quebec, but is only accessible by road through the U.S. There, the marijuana would be put into pick-up trucks, also fitted with hidden compartments, and transported down to New York City stash houses in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Cournoyer also had stash houses in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California.U.S. authorities say the Hells Angels biker gang was also involved in the bulk transportation of the marijuana in transport trucks.DEA agents discovered that a Montreal Consortium member named Mario “Diego” Racine would arrange for the transport of the marijuana across the Canada-U.S. border through the Akwesasne transportation networks.The DEA investigators also discovered that rather than trying to launder the tens of millions of dollars in cash from marijuana sales, the Consortium used it to buy cocaine smuggled into the U.S. by the Sinaloa cartel. Cournoyer’s Consortium would ship tens of millions of dollars from New York to California and Arizona to purchase cocaine for eventual distribution in Canada.“Resulting in enormous profits, but also effectively laundering the money without the need for any cash to cross international borders,” according to a filing by U.S. prosecutors.The DEA then set to work on infiltrating the Consortium using wiretaps, informants, physical and electronic surveillance and undercover sting operations. The investigation led to the seizure of about 50 kilograms of cocaine along with several million dollars worth of drug money.U.S. prosecutors contemplated indicting Cournoyer and the Consortium leaders as part of the Square case, but elected to keep them separate, court filings show.The court filings, however, are silent on how the cocaine money was eventually laundered or how the cocaine made it into Canada.APTN National News has obtained an affidavit from the RCMP used to obtain a search warrant during Operation Cancun in 2008 that states Canadian authorities believe large quantities of cocaine are smuggled north through Akwesasne.Canadian authorities, however, have never made any large scale cocaine busts in the area.The Consortium’s modus operandi of using marijuana cash to buy cocaine is also not new.APTN National News has already reported on a separate case involving individuals under surveillance during Operation Cancun who were indicted in Massachusetts for also using pot cash to buy coke from the Sinaloa cartel in California for eventual distribution in Canada.  In this case, marijuana, smuggled through Akwesasne, was distributed to Boston and New York City and stored in stash houses in Queens.That case is also silent on how the cocaine moved into Canada.Cournoyer will be sentenced on Sept. 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first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says renewable sources of electricity in Canada will grow over the next 20 years but so will Canadian oil and natural gas production.In a new report, the national regulator says Canadians will learn to use less energy, even as the economy grows, through to 2040.Under its reference or base case, the NEB predicts total Canadian electricity generation will increase by about 12percentt from 2017 to 2040, with most of the new sources from natural gas, wind or hydro. By 2040, the share of non-emitting electricity generation rises to nearly 84 percent, compared to about 80 percent now.The NEB forecasts crude oil production will grow to 6.9 million barrels per day in 2040, up 58 percent from 4.4 million barrels per day in 2017, with most of the increase from the oilsands.The board envisions price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend compared with U.S. benchmark crude will remain higher than typical at US$26.30 per barrel in 2020 but will return to a sustained level of US$14 per barrel by 2027.Carbon intensity in Canadian energy sources will decline, it says, as more natural gas is consumed at the expense of coal and oil products.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 36 calls for service between May 18th and June 18th.Three check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  42 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. On May 20th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Fire and Rescue and Provincial ambulance services responded to an ATV accident neat Canyon Drive.  An ATV operator had crashed and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment. Operating a vessel without prescribed competency, failure to have proof of competency on board, or allowing a person without prescribed competency to operate a vessel, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Boat operators must ensure they comply with all safety requirements and have all required safety equipment.  Non-compliance with Canada Shipping Act and Small Vessel Regulations may result in fines being issued to the operator. As always, impaired operation of a vessel is a Criminal Offence. Visit www.tc.gc.ca for complete information on all requirements related to licensing and safety equipment. Please boat responsibly. Licensing and RegistrationA Canadian pleasure craft may be licensed or registered. Pleasure Craft Licence If you operate or keep your boat mostly in Canada, and it is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, you must get it licensed, unless you register it. You must also license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. Licence numbers need to be displayed in contrasting colour, as close to the bow as possible, on both sides of the vessel. A pleasure craft license is a free document giving your boat a unique license number that is valid for 10 years. The Pleasure Craft Licensing System allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information about your boat 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. This could mean the difference between life and death! If your boat does not need a pleasure craft license, you can choose to get one for safety reasons. CLICK HERE or call 1-800-267-6687 for more info. Failure to license your vessel, failure to have a license on board, or allowing the unlicensed vessel to be operated by another, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Proof of Competency Going out on the water requires basic boating safety knowledge and a good understanding of the “rules of the road” for Canadian waterways. That’s why everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board. This includes all types of motorized boats, no matter their size or horsepower of the engine (this includes small boats with electric motors.) What are the Accepted Forms of Proof of Competency? Proof of competency can be any of the following:   a Pleasure Craft Operator Card;    proof of having passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999;    a specified marine certificate; or    a completed rental boat safety checklist (good only for rental period). On May 29th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace River for a missing fisherman that had been swept away in quickly rising water.  Extensive searches by land, water and air were conducted for the missing person but unfortunately, the searches were unsuccessful. Boaters are asked to be vigilant while on the river and to contact RCMP. The file is still under investigation and further searches will be conducted. On June 2nd, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a theft from a local convenience store, where a female was seen stealing scratch tickets from behind the counter before leaving in a pick-up truck.  The truck and female were later located at another location in town and the female was arrested. The accused faces several Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act charges including Theft under $5000; Obstruct Police officer (x2); Assault Police Officer (x2); Uttering threat; Possess prohibited weapon; Possess property obtained by crime; Failing to comply with recognizance, and driving while prohibited MVA.  On June 12th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace Canyon Dam by employees concerned about people actively fishing in waters close to the dam spillways.  The fishermen refused to leave the area after several attempts to get their attention with emergency horns. The fishermen were spoken with once returning to their vehicle and stated they were allowed to fish where they want based on Treaty 8 stipulations.  The fishermen were issued verbal warnings for trespassing. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind fisherman that concerns for personal safety supersede Treaty 8 stipulations in this context, and fishing is not permitted between the Peace Canyon Bridge and the dam. Water can be released from the dam without warning causing a serious danger to anyone along the shore and those trying to remove violators from the area.  Violators could be issued violation tickets for trespassing, and face Criminal Charges for Mischief for interfering with the Dam operations. Please adhere to the posted signs in the area. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 Anonymously you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.The following are Safe Boating Tips;last_img read more