Canelo Alvarez cannot afford slip in Garden bout against Rocky Fielding

first_imgLATEST STORIES Alvarez moves up from 160 pounds to 168 in search of a third division title, which would place him in special company among his countrymen — only eight others have held three division crowns. That’s the quest at Madison Square Garden against Fielding, a heavy underdog despite owning the belt.“For me it is very big to enter that select group of Mexicans who have become three-division world champions,” Alvarez said. “It is what is motivating me. It is very important to enter into that list of very big fighters from Mexico … to enter history, that is what I want, to make history. Making history, the door is almost open. So I am very motivated to win this fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAs for moving up in weight but down in class — no one is comparing England’s Fielding (27-1, 15 knockouts) to Golovkin — Alvarez insists there are no worries. He’s not going to be looking ahead to his 2019 schedule just yet.“I never like to get overconfident, whether I am the favorite or not,” said Alvarez, who is 50-1-2, the only defeat to Floyd Mayweather five years ago, when Alvarez wasn’t quite ready for such a master boxer. “To me it is not important who is favored. For boxing, one punch can change everything; anything can happen in the ring. I get my confidence in training for what I can do in the ring.” What he can do in the ring is punch with power, defend with elan, attack quickly or stealthily. It’s not likely that Fielding, making his first title defense, has seen anything like Canelo in the ring.Fielding upset Tyron Zeuge in Germany on July 14 with a fifth-round knockout. This is his shot at the big time at age 31 — sure sounds like a Rocky story.So while the only time he’s seen a sports event at the Garden was a Knicks game three years ago — Alvarez also is making his MSG debut — Fielding isn’t letting on if he has any stage fright.“You know, I went to Germany and no one gave me a chance there,” he said with a smile. “It’s the same here. No one gives me a chance here, but I’ve prepared well, I believe in myself. I’ve come here as a champion.”Alvarez, 28, comes in as a much more heralded champion. Some consider him the best in the business these days, and he’s got some impressive victories on his resume. In addition to a win and draw over Golovkin, Alvarez has beaten Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley and Austin Trout. More than a few observers question whether Fielding could handle any of them, let alone Canelo.ADVERTISEMENT 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 But Alvarez is going from middleweight to super middleweight, which can be dicey.“That’s the risk, to be moving up in weight, to fight somebody who is used to fighting stronger fighters, who is used to taking stronger punches,” Alvarez said. “I know the challenge, but I like the challenge, and I am happy for it.”Inevitably, Alvarez gets asked about a third bout with Golovkin, considering how close their previous two fights were, and the money and attention that would be there. He doesn’t exactly shrug when questioned about it, but it’s clear Triple G is not foremost on his mind.For now.“It is no secret we want to win this fight and then come back to our division, 160 pounds,” he said. “But we can make combinations between 160 and 168. We will see what the future has … but I can guarantee we will go back to 160 pounds.“We had two good fights … maybe in 2019 we can have a third fight. We’ll see. Right now, I am 100 percent focused on Saturday. What I do know is I will fight in May and September next year. What I will do is give great fights to the public.”NOTES: The main undercard fight of Canada’s David Lemieux against Tureano Johnson has been canceled after Lemieux was hospitalized with dehydration issues while trying to make weight.A former middleweight champion, Lemieux always has struggled to make the 160-pound limit. But he was in line for a possible fight with Alvarez if he fought impressively on Saturday. In his last fight, he knocked out Gary O’Sullivan in the first round on the Alvarez-Golovkin card in September. On the cusp of a title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, boxers Canelo Alvarez, left, and Rocky Fielding pose for photos at Madison Square Garden in New York. In an odd way, there is more pressure on Canelo Alvarez when he fights Saturday night against unheralded Rocky Fielding than there was in his two matchups with Gennady Golovkin. A loss to the WBA super middleweight champion not only could taint his decision over Golovkin earlier this year, it could significantly muddle the future for the Mexican star. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK — In an odd way, there is more pressure on Canelo Alvarez when he fights Saturday night against unheralded Rocky Fielding than there was in his two matchups with Gennady Golovkin.A loss to the WBA super middleweight champion not only could taint his decision over Golovkin this year, it could significantly muddle the future for the Mexican star.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal

first_imgThe number of gardaí in Donegal’s divisional drugs unit has been cut by half in the past 8 years.There are six gardaí currently assigned to tackling drugs across Donegal.Back in 2011, there was shock as the local drugs unit was slashed due to budget cuts. Since then, the number of personnel in the unit has fluctuated in recent years. In 2018, there were two gardaí in the Donegal drugs unit. Four gardaí were assigned to the unit in 2017.Fianna Fáil TD John Curran, who received the recent data on drugs units across Ireland, said the cuts are unacceptable. Deputy Curran is calling for extra resources for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.It comes as the number of controlled drug offences is on the rise in Donegal. There were 287 crimes related to controlled drugs, including cannabis, in Donegal in 2018. In the first two months of 2019 the total has already reached 245.Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan, has said that an extra €122 million has been allocated to increase An Garda Síochána’s budget for 2020 to  €1.882 billion. He said that additional resources are coming on stream for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.  Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Congress Working Committee meet in Gujarat to firm up alliances

first_imgThe Congress Working Committee (CWC) is set to meet on February 26 in Ahmedabad and possible alliances across the States will be top on the agenda for the meeting. The meeting comes less than 100 days before the general elections, where the Congress is fighting an all-out battle. The Congress is working towards an alliance in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand. “It is easier to declare alliances in Delhi and difficult to work it out at the ground level. For example, in West Bengal Raiganj is CPI (M) leader Mohd. Salim’s constituency and he will be contesting from there. It is also the constituency of our prime candidate Deepa Das Munshi,” a senior party leader said.  The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties in Maharashtra has been almost sealed barring a few details that need to be ironed out. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday once again to clear the issues. In Bihar, where Congress is part of the ‘Mahagatbandhan’, the six constituents – RJD, Sharad Yadav’s Jan Loktantrik Party, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Party and the Left parties have not been able to reach an amicable seat arrangement. The Congress has been demanding that they should have equal share of seats with the RJD. The RJD however have overtly and covertly sending out messages that the Congress should be generous towards its regional parties. It will be the first CWC meeting after Priyanka Gandhi was formally inducted in the Congress’s highest decision-making body after she was appointed general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.According to sources, Gujarat has been chosen as the venue for the meeting to kickstart Congress’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls. This will be the second meeting of the CWC outside New Delhi. The last meeting was in Wardha, Maharashtra, at Sevagram Ashram to mark the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.last_img read more


first_imgHere are the final results from the 2005 School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships held in Darwin… 15 Boys: Qld (10) def WA (0) NT (14) def Tas (2) ACT (3) def SA (1) NSW (10) def ACT (2) Vic (12) def SA (6) Play off 7th/8th: SA (9) def Tas (5) Plate final: NT (6) def Victoria (4) Play off 3rd/4th: ACT (6) def WA (3) Grand final: NSW (7) def Qld (5) 15 Girls: NT (12) def WA (1) ACT (6) def SA (1) NSW (9) def NT (0) Tas (3) def Victoria (2) Play off 7th/8th: SA (3) def Vic (2) Plate final: Tas (5) def ACT (3) Play off 3rd/4th: NT (5) def WA (3) Grand final: Qld (3) def NSW (2) 12 Boys: NSW (11) def ACT (0) Qld (12) def ACT (1) NT (2) def SA (1) NT (11) def Tas (0) SA (7) def Tas (0) NSW (2) drew Qld (2) 12 Girls: Qld (9) def NT (0) NSW (9) def NT (1) NSW (16) def Qld (5) ACT (10) def Tas (3) SA (2) def Tas (1)last_img read more

Talking Touch – April

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following linksPhysical Trans-Tasman matches to continue in MudgeeTony Trad is under no illusions his Australian men’s team faces a stern test against the kiwis at Mudgee in 10 days. The best two touch football teams in the world will square off at Glen Willow in three matches as part of the Trans-Tasman Test Series. Touch TrainingThe Australian touch-football squads held a training camp at Kingsway playing fields in St Marys at the weekend Debutant Has A Touch Of Class It will be touch and go for two locals when they represent Australia at Mudgee this weekend. Daniel Barton from Greystanes and Wentworthville resident Nicole McHugh will don the green and gold during the Trans Tasman touch football tournament against New Zealand. Senior Role For Young Emilee She might still be in her teens but Emilee Cherry will take on a leadership role in the Australian women’s team at this week’s trans-Tasman touch tournament in country New South Wales. The 19-year-old national touch and rugby sevens representative has been named vice-captain of the Australian women’s team for the three-match series against New Zealand in Mudgee, which starts today and also features open men’s and open mixed teams. Best In The World In Mudgee Australia and New Zealand were side by side in the battlefields at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Fast forward 97 years and the two nations will go head-to-head on a different kind of battlefield – Mudgee’s Glen Willow. This Is Our Backyard Australian men’s touch player Dylan Hennessey says Australia can continue their dominance over New Zealand at this week’s Trans-Tasman series. The two best touch football nations in the world will play against each other over three days at Mudgee’s Glen Willow. Kiwis Are In Mudgee To Win New Zealand men’s coach Peter McIntyre has fired an Anzac Day warning to the three Australian opens teams for this week’s Trans-Tasman Touch series in Mudgee – “We’re coming to win.” The kiwis arrived in Mudgee yesterday following a weekend training camp fine tuning their skills for the three-match Test series. Twins Will Have Kiwis Seeing Double Tomorrow night will be family night for the Etheridge household. Twin sisters Nikki and Gemma will play together for the first time in the Australian mixed opens side. An Honour To Lead Team: Graham Representing your country is one thing, captaining them is completely different. New Zealand’s Mita Graham will lead the men’s side into battle for the first time of his touch football career when they play Australia tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.40pm in Mudgee. Australia Name Teams For Mudgee Clash Expect to see quick, skillful and thrilling touch football when the two best teams in the world renew their rivalry at Mudgee in a fortnight’s time. Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series to be played over three days at Glen Willow from April 26. Lovett loves a challengeHe has been a success at the youth level but Michael Lovett will be stepping into unfamiliar territory at Mudgee next week. Get into sport, touch players tell studentsSt Matthew’s students were treated to a visit from the men in green and gold last Friday when two touch football players from the Australian Trans- Tasman Test Series team addressed the school assembly. impresses Trans-Tasman visitorsAlthough New Zealand’s Touch Blacks returned home with no trophies after the Trans-Tasman Series held in Mudgee on the weekend, players left with favourable impressions of Mudgee – and promises to return. The next players in line to help Australian women’s teamTwo 17-year-olds will make their opens debut for Australia as the women’s touch football side goes through a transitional phase ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Trio keen to run all over New Zealand, againSutherland Shire touch footballers Matt Tope, Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty have been selected for the Australian touch team to play New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series. Australian team member Kelly Woods from Ipswich ready to take on New Zealand in touch football clashRenewing her decade-long trans-Tasman rivalry against New Zealand in the Mudgee touch football clash this weekend, Kelly Woods said the path to lofty heights of representing Australia began on the grass at North Ipswich. Young High regional royalty again!Young High School has once again been crowned regional winners at the NSW Touch Association Jerrabomberra Touch Carnival. Two teams from the school attended the day and all players exhibited exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Both teams made it into the finals which was a sensational effort for the school. Touch Me If You Can Ben Moylan has been making more than a tap — he’s been making a big impact at the touch football caper. Touch Trio In National Squads Three Toowoomba players have earned selection in Australian touch football teams for this month’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand in New South Wales. World Cup winner Emilee Cherry has kept her place in the women’s open squad while Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have gained places in the mixed open squad. St Kilda Sports Star To Line Up For Australia A star turn by Leah Percy at last month’s National Touch Championships has been rewarded. Percy, a midfielder, was named the player of the series after leading Victoria to a third-place finish, the best Victoria has had. Mudgee, Dunedoo Students In Representative Teams Mudgee and Dunedoo high school students have been chosen in the Western Region’s Combined High Schools touch football teams to contest the NSWCHS later this term. Australia Storm Home To Claim  Series In MudgeeAustralia made it a trifecta of wins in the third Test of the 2012 Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series at Mudgee, which resulted in the green and golds claiming all three open divisions.Australia were simply too good for New Zealand on the final day with the mixed winning 10-8, the women’s 7-3 and the men’s 11-3. Reps Expecting Tight Tests With Kiwis Illawarra Mercury, 12/04/2012 Wollongong will have its strong touch football connections on show later this month when four representatives compete against New Zealand. Terry Deegan (men’s), Michael Chapman (mixed) and Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey (women’s) will be part of Australia’s three-pronged series against the Kiwis in Mudgee. Chapman and Mounsey are among 16 debutants. “I’ve played a couple of times but it’s all been juniors – this is my first open squad,” Chapman said. “I’m pretty happy with being selected. It’s a big achievement and it’s obviously the next step in my touch career. “I’ve always been counting on being in the Australian side in the next few years but I didn’t think it would come so soon. “Hopefully this paves the way for the next few campaigns as well.” The three-Test series will be the first since the 2011 World Cup finals, when Australia narrowly won each division. Australia also took a clean sweep in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series. McCall said Australia needed to adapt quickly to the influx of debutants. “In the women’s, there’s only seven of us left from the World Cup team last year due to injuries, pregnancies or retirements. There’s nine new players,” she said. “It’s a fresh start for us, and because the team only got picked recently and the competition’s less than 20 days away, getting to know how one another play is probably the biggest challenge. “New Zealand are always strong, no matter where or when we play them. “They’re always a tough opposition but hopefully we will get away with the win.” The series will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from April 26 to April 28. Sisters To Pose Double Trouble The Toowoomba Chronicle, 20/04/2012 Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have come a long way since playing touch football as kids in the backyard. The 25-year-old twin sisters have reached the elite level of their sport, representing Australia in the 2012 Trans-Tasman Series. Nikki and Gemma will be part of the open mixed team for the three-game series against New Zealand starting in Mudgee on Thursday. The Etheridges have both represented Australia in the under-18s but this is the first time they’ve had the chance to play together at open level. “It’s very competitive in our household,” Gemma said. “If one of us makes the team and the other one doesn’t, it’s a bit disheartening. We were jumping around in the lounge room (when we heard we’d both made it).” For Gemma, it is an honour that has been a long time coming. She has been named in the Australian squad twice before, only to miss out with a horror run of injuries. “It’s exciting for me after being so close for so many times,” Gemma said. “I’ve been in the squad before but then I did my knee and had a knee reconstruction. “Then I got back in the squad and broke my leg. It’s a good ending to some hard years really.” Nikki, on the other hand, has been a regular member of the Australian squad since the Trans-Tasman Series began in 2009. The Aussies have had the wood on the Kiwis, winning both series and last year’s World Cup, and Nikki admitted the pressure was on to keep their winning streak alive. “It’s always a good grudge match,” she said. “I played in the last two Trans Tasmans (and) it’s a very physical game. They don’t mind putting the shoulders in.” Australia will field a new-look open mixed side with nine players, including Gemma, set to make their green and gold debuts. They will have just two training camps before the series starts and Nikki admitted that even her combination with her sister might take some time to gel. “It’s a short preparation. We haven’t really been together as a team yet,” Nikki said. “We play a lot of women’s rather than mixed so it’s a whole new concept we have to get used to as well. We’ll at least be able to play at the same time on the field.” Despite the pressures of representing their country, the twins said they planned to make the most of the experience. “It’s exciting to play for Australia,” Nikki said. “To stand and sing the national anthem and watch the haka – it’s not something that you get to see all the time.” Touch FootballCentral Western Daily, 21/04/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: If the New Zealand mixed open touch football side does well at next week’s 2012 Trans Tasman Series, they can thank Tori Moore for their preparation.The Orange touch footballer will play with the NSW mixed open side when they take on their New Zealand counterparts in a trial match tomorrow.Moore has been given the chance to play the trial game after being selected in the NSW mixed open squad following the National Touch League in March.”It would be great if we beat them,” Moore said.The Trans Tasman Series is being played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex from April 26 to 28.Australia and New Zealand will clash in the men’s, women’s and mixed open divisions over the three days.The Australian and New Zealand players will march in the ANZAC Day parade on Wednesday.Australian Touch Footy Rep Just one country player has made it into the Australian Mixed Touch Football team ahead of a three-test match series starting later this month. And, you guessed it, she comes from the Mid North Coast. They Are Often The Most Disliked People… Dubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012 They are often the most disliked people on a sporting field but referees are a necessity. And if you are good at the job, the art of whistleblowing can be quite rewarding. Just ask Mick Medlin, who will referee at his second Trans-Tasman touch football championships at Mudgee this weekend. In his younger days Medlin plied his trade as a player but now he is more comfortable with whistle in hand. Refereeing has taken him to all parts of the world and he admits he has reached a much higher level than he would have as a player. “I’ve done two World Cups in South Africa and New Zealand, this is my second Trans-Tasman series and I’ve reffed at 14-straight national championships,” he said. “I used to play but I got a couple of bad injuries and when you get the level 6 as a referee they encourage you not to play. But I love the game and without the refs it wouldn’t happen so I’m still playing my part and being involved.” The Trans-Tasman series consists of three games per day this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – one in each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Medlin will referee the mixed match on Thursday but hopes that by the end of the tournament he will have done well enough to officiate in a mens match. “There’s not many spots available at these events and they have a New Zealand ref coming over as well so that meant one less spot was available,” he said. “There will be a panel there that assesses the referees’ performances and hopefully by the end of it I am up to doing a mens match.” Medlin, spends his working hours as a station officer with the local fire brigade, only moved to Dubbo last year with his wife Corrine and their young family and he hopes having an official of his experience will help the local touch association. Arguably the fastest-growing sport in Dubbo, touch football is becoming increasingly popular and as a result more officials are always needed. “I’m hoping that I can help build the referee ranks here in Dubbo and get some of the locals up to the higher levels,” Medlin said. “Robbie McKechnie achieved his level four not long ago and hopefully we can get more people to that stage and even further.” Straight after Anzac Day the Trans-TasmanDubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012STRAIGHT after Anzac Day the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series will be played over three days at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex at Mudgee. Australia will play New Zealand in divisions for men, women and mixed open over Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a best of three series in each division. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever since the reintroduction of the Trans-Tasman Series in 2009. Australia is the current title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters divisions, having claimed these titles over the past two years. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, which was played in Scotland, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans-Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset for the Australian teams in their own backyard. Players will also march in the Anzac Day parade in Mudgee today, prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the Anzac weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Touch Football Australia chief executive officer Colm Maguire is looking forward to the series in Mudgee, saying that the facilities at the complex are first class. “I am sure that this multi-sport facility will appeal to many sports and I am sure Mudgee is going to see many large sporting events wanting to use Glen Willow. “We are thrilled to be one of the first sports to confirm our commitment to such a facility and believe this signals a strong return on investment for the vision of the Council,” Maguire said. “The time that they have put into bringing this facility into fruition has been outstanding, so just to be here and see what we’ll be playing on and what it will look like, undoubtedly it’s one of the best facilities in New South Wales, if not Australia.”Planning A Touch Up Sunshine Coast Daily 25/04/2012 TOUCH FOOTBALL: It would be hard to criticise veteran Australian representative Peta Rogerson for being cocky going into this week’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand. In the history of matches between the two countries, the Kiwis have won only once. So if the script goes according to plan for Rogerson this week, the Aussies will again obliterate NZ and the 30-year-old will have done enough to show selectors that her legs are still fresh enough to see off younger challengers. Speaking in Sydney yesterday, the Nambour product said this Australian line-up did not want to be the one that lost a second match to the Kiwis. “Obviously, it (Australia’s winning streak) does add considerable pressure on to the team,” Rogerson said. “Our coach Peter Bell, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, has explained to us that we’re a new team and we’ve got to make our own history.” The series starts tomorrow and concludes on Saturday. If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more

Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs werent

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN NewsAn Alberta Crown prosecutor allowed a Metis man to plead guilty to simple drug possession in May after the RCMP told him the so-called drugs weren’t real, APTN News has learned.And it appears the RCMP sat on test results showing the drugs weren’t real for over a month.Clayton Boucher, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 after police raided a home where he was staying in Lac La Biche, Alta.After spending four months locked up in the Edmonton Remand Centre, he pleaded guilty at the end of May out of frustration with they system and needing to get out from behind bars. RCMP seized about 130 grams of suspected crack cocaine and sent two samples of powder to be tested Feb. 3 to Health Canada.The results came back negative for drugs Feb. 23 and 24.But Boucher remained in jail.Documents show a large gap between the date of results and when Alberta Crown Erwin Schulz learned of the results.Schulz wrote the RCMP Feb. 22 asking for the powder to be tested  “as soon as possible” apparently unaware that the RCMP had already sent the samples off to be tested. Boucher had also been maintaining it was baking soda and not cocaine since his arrest.There were two samples sent to Health Canada – and both were .4 grams according to the list of exhibits.In documents obtained by APTN News, Schulz claimed his assistant followed up with RCMP Mar. 13 and again April 3, but was told, “there is still no analysis of the drugs as of yet.”This happened again on April 20 but the RCMP, again, said there were no results.Finally, on May 3, the RCMP confirmed to Schulz the powder seized was not cocaine.It is unclear from the documents if the RCMP had those test results when the Crown had repeatedly requested them.APTN has requested this information from the RCMP but has not heard back.On May 4, Schulz contacted Boucher’s Legal Aid-appointed lawyer, Leighton Grey, telling him of the test results. They both agree to meet back in court May 30.But by this point, Boucher was struggling in jail and wanted out.Boucher told his lawyer May 15 he wanted to plead guilty to two counts of simple possession and claims his lawyer had never told him that the test results came back negative.“I only pleaded guilty ’cause my wife passed away and had a horrible time coping while incarcerated. That’s the only reason,” said Boucher in an interview with APTN Monday.APTN contacted Grey for comment, but have not heard back.(Clayton Boucher with his wife Phyllis Favel in an undated photo)Boucher’s common-law wife, Phyllis Favel, 34, died in a car collision April 30, a woman he calls the “love of his life.”Boucher did get to go to the funeral – in a bright orange jail-issued jumpsuit and shackles.“I stood out like a sore thumb,” he said. “It was horrible.”On May 30, Boucher pleaded guilty to two counts of simple possession – he was released the same day.“The Crown based the guilty pleas on the two entries on the exhibit list of 0.4 grams of cocaine wrapped in plastic which was viewed by both the Crown and defence to be spitballs (small packages of cocaine wrapped in plastic),” wrote Schulz in an email last month to the Law Society of Alberta that provided a timeline of events.Schulz said the description and weight were consistent with small amounts of cocaine.But according to documents, the tests came back negative.“I went to bed every night and woke up every morning knowing it wasn’t drugs. It killed me,” said Boucher.When he was released, Boucher went to the Lac La Biche RCMP detachment to get his belongings. He claimed later in a complaint against the RCMP that an officer there told him tests on the powder had come back negative.“The complainant was crushed by this,” his complaint states, “and it quickly dawned on him that the RCMP knew all along that the substance was not cocaine but allowed him to plead guilty regardless.”He told APTN this was the first time he learned not only that there had been a test but of the results.On July 10, Schulz received a call from the RCMP saying Boucher had filed a complaint.“The RCMP advised that the 0.4 grams were not spitballs rather samples taken from the large bags of cocaine which (did not come back as drugs),” Schulz wrote in his email to the Law Society.But the RCMP had already told Schulz the powder came back negative back on May 3 according to documents obtained by APTN.On July 11, the RCMP sent Schulz the lab results confirming, again, two samples sent to Health Canada came back negative.Boucher appealed the conviction – which was filed by Grey – not knowing that Grey had been told about the test results according to documents.On Sept. 26, the Court of Appeal of Alberta overturned Boucher’s conviction after receiving a letter from Jonathan Martin, senior counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.Martin confirmed in the letter the lab results came back negative for all the so-called drugs, meaning Boucher pleaded guilty to possessing baking soda that was found in a kitchen cupboard, according to the exhibit list.“A review of the file and communications from Mr. Schulz and the RCMP establishes that the substances in the counts under appeal did not analyze as controlled substances. The non-existence of this information at the time of the disposition would have been highly relevant to the decision to plead guilty,” wrote Martin.Boucher questions now how the results were non-existent when the RCMP had provided the results to the Crown.Boucher received more documents last week, including the Health Canada lab results, and it was then that he learned the results were completed by Feb. 24.“Last Thursday in Edmonton,” said Boucher of when he finally got the documents.He had traveled there from North Battleford, Sask., where he is currently living, to pick up the documents.“I had been asking for the certificates since my release and I finally got them with disgust,” he said.Boucher said he has a criminal record and at the time of his arrest had an outstanding probation warrant.“But I am not a drug dealer,” he said.He said he already filed a complaint against Schulz and Grey with the Law Society of Alberta, which had been declined on Oct. 4.The Law Society, like Schulz, argued – at least in part – that Boucher pleaded guilty to drug possession.Boucher said he has since sent the Law Society the Health Canada certificates and the file has now been forwarded to the conduct department.APTN asked the RCMP in Lac La Biche to comment Monday and again Tuesday when a spokesperson said the file had been sent to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.Boucher also claims the RCMP told him that it is taking disciplinary action against several Mounties.APTN has still not received a response from the RCMP.An email to Schulz’s assistant asking why he allowed a man to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit hasn’t been answered.Meanwhile, Boucher said he believes if he had been out his wife would still be alive.“We went everywhere together,” he said. “Now I am serving a life sentence. Every day is a horrible day.”But there was one good thing to come from this, he said. After his release he moved to North Battleford with the help of his sister.He was awarded a certificate of bravery earlier this month for alerting a woman that her roof was on fire June 8.She had no idea of the fire when Boucher began pounding on her door.Contact Kenneth here: [email protected]last_img read more

North American stock markets recovered some of Wednesdays deep losses

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.last_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more

Armed men steal valuables from Noida timber dealer

first_imgNoida: Armed robbers barged into the house of a timber dealer in sector 8 area of Noida and robbed valuables worth lakhs by keeping the family hostage. Police have registered a case while they are suspecting involvement of some known persons behind the robbery.Vijay Singh, a timber dealer, lives with his family in sector 8 area of Noida. Singh’s two sons have gone to attend a marriage in Delhi along with their wives while other members were present at home at the time of incident. At around 10:30 pm on Tuesday, two robbers knocked the door of their house and asked them to open the door as a fire has been reported outside. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSoon after one of Singh’s daughter-in-law, who was present at the house, opened the door, the assailants barged into the house, stuffed a cloth into her mouth and tied her hands and legs. One of robbers opened the lock of almirah with a duplicate key while another kept a watch on movement of other family members present at home. Family members have alleged that the assailants fled away with valuables and cash worth Rs 10-15 lakhs. Meanwhile police have lodged a case into the matter while they are probing the case. “Prima Facie it appears that the robbers were known to the family as they were aware of other family member’s visit to marriage. We have also gathered some important clues into the case and are expecting to make a breakthrough soon” a senior police officer of sector 20 police station said.last_img read more