The push for four-day Tests is gathering serious momentum. Does Test cricket really need rescuing? Here’s what the cricket fraternity had to say to the proposed idea.
The push for four-day Tests is gathering serious momentum. Does Test cricket really need rescuing? Here’s what the cricket fraternity had to say to the proposed idea.
HSINCHU, Taiwan — Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill Tuesday aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might. “No matter what is happening around the Taiwan Strait, our determination to guard our homeland will never change,” said Maj. Gen. Chen Chong-ji said, director of the department of political warfare, about the exercise at Hukou Army Base south of the capital Taipei. Chen said the exercise was intended as a show of Taiwan’s determination to maintain peace between the sides through a show of force. The drills are also meant to reassure the public the military is maintaining its guard ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year festival, when many troops take leave. Hukou base lies in Hsinchu county, a centre for Taiwan's high-tech industries that have thrived despite the constant threats of invasion by China, which considers the self-governing island democracy part of its own territory to be conquered by force if necessary. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has sought to bolster the island's defences with the purchase of billions of dollars in weapons from key ally the U.S., including upgraded F-16 fighter jets, armed drones, rocket systems and Harpoon missiles capable of hitting both ships and land targets. She has also boosted support for the island's indigenous arms industry, including launching a program to build new submarines to counter China's ever-growing naval capabilities. China's increased threats come as economic and political enticements bear little fruit, leading it to stage war games and dispatch fighter jets and reconnaissance planes on an almost daily basis toward the island of 24 million people, which lies 160 kilometres (100 miles) off China’s southeast coast across the Taiwan Strait. Along with world’s largest standing military, numbering around 2 million members, China has the largest navy, with approximately 350 vessels, including two aircraft carriers and about 56 submarines. It also possesses around 2,000 combat fighters and bombers and 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles, considered a key strategic and psychological weapon against Taiwan. Taiwan’s armed forces are a fraction of that number, with much of its ground force consisting of short-term conscripts, and its fleet numbers only around 86 vessels, roughly half of them missile boats for coastal patrol. The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Shea Weber's goal held up as the game-winner as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Monday night. Rookie Alexander Romanov and Arttuti Lehkonen also scored for Montreal (2-0-1), which beat Edmonton (1-3-0) for the second time in three nights. The Habs also trounced the Oilers 5-1 on Saturday. Goalie Jake Allen made 25 saves in his debut for the Canadiens Montreal’s penalty kill was key in the victory, shutting down Oilers snipers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on seven power plays. Mikko Koskinen stopped 31-of-34 shots for Edmonton. He conceded a short-handed goal 12:15 into the third period after Lehkonen broke up a pass in his own zone and sprinted up the ice with the puck on his stick. He put a quick snap shot past Koskinen for his first of the season, and put Montreal up 3-0. Edmonton clawed a goal back with just over two minutes to go, though, with Devin Shore popping a snap shot past Allen for a short-handed tally. Koskinen allowed one to get past earlier in the game on a Montreal power play with seconds to go in the second period. Edmonton had the man advantage when McDavid was called for hooking, leading to 1:20 of 4-on-4 hockey before the Habs got a 40-second power play to close out the frame. With about 11 seconds left on the clock, Montreal's Jeff Petry drove through the slot and Shore careened into Koskinen. Meanwhile, Weber launched a shot from the side of the net and Koskinen made the initial stop. He couldn't control the rebound, though, which bounced back out to Weber. The defenceman batted it in off Koskinen's back as he lay in the crease with Shore underneath him. The goal was instantly called off, with the official saying Petry caused goalie interference when he sent Shore crashing into his netminder. Montreal coach Claude Julien elected to challenge the call and, upon review, the officials agreed, giving Weber his first goal of the season and a 2-0 lead for Montreal. Montreal already had a first-period tally from Romanov, who opened the scoring 9:53 into the game with a shot from just below the blue line. The puck rocketed through traffic and past Koskinen stick side for the Russian rookie's first NHL goal. Montreal selected Romanov, 21, 38th overall in the 2018 draft. The Canadiens scored on one of its five power plays. Montreal had to kill off three penalties in the first period alone, including more than 30 seconds of 5-on-3 play. Edmonton had some promising opportunities across the stretch -- including a big shot from McDavid that ricocheted off the knob of Allen's stick -- but the Habs didn't surrender a goal. As a crucial part of the penalty kill, Weber played 9:10 in the first frame alone. Montreal will open a three-game series with the Canucks in Vancouver on Wednesday. The Oilers will be in Toronto the same night to battle the Leafs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province bordering Russia. A fourth northern province, Liaoning, has also imposed quarantines and travel restrictions to prevent the virus from further spreading, part of measures being imposed across much of the country to prevent new outbreaks during during February’s Lunar New Year holiday. Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a massive scale. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Japan’s prime minister vows to hold the already postponed Olympics this summer as proof of victory over virus — Israel trades Pfizer vast troves of medical data for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine — Brazil approves two coronavirus vaccines, ones by Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca — China's economy grows in 2020 as it rebounds from virus, likely only major economy to expand — Britain vows to give all adults 1st shot of the virus by September — Tennis players find ways to keep fit even during hotel room quarantines in Australia __Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers to New Zealand from most other nations will need to show negative coronavirus test results before boarding as of next Monday. New Zealand recently imposed the test requirement for travellers from the U.S. and Britain, and authorities said Tuesday that it is being extending to all other countries, with the exception of Australia and a handful of Pacific Island nations. Travelers returning from Antarctica are also exempt. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand has some of the strictest border measures in the world. There is currently no community spread of the virus in New Zealand, with all known infections among travellers who have been put into quarantine at the border. Most travellers are required to spend two weeks in quarantine upon arrival. ___ WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming White House press secretary says his administration does not intend to lift coronavirus travel restrictions for Europe, the U.K., Ireland and Brazil. The message from Jen Psaki came Monday evening after the White House said President Donald Trump had lifted the restrictions for those countries, effective Jan. 26. Psaki then tweeted: “On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26.” She added, “In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” Trump imposed the travel restrictions early in the pandemic to slow the spread of the coronavirus to the U.S. They prevented most people without American citizenship or residency from travelling to the U.S. from the affected regions. ___ OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to set up coronavirus vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day. Inslee said Monday that while the goal is currently higher than the current allotment of vaccine the state is receiving from the federal government, the state is working to get the infrastructure in place now for when the supply increases. He says the state is now vaccinating between 13,000 and 15,000 people a day. The governor also announced a public-private partnership with business, health care and labour entities on areas ranging from co-ordination of volunteer vaccinators to communications support. ___ JACKSON, Miss. — More than 100,000 people in Mississippi have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and officials are taking further steps to administer the state’s supply of shots more efficiently, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday. Inoculation rates in Mississippi have lagged far behind most of the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Reeves insisted Monday that health officials are making changes to speed things along. The state’s website for making vaccine appointments has been upgraded to handle increased traffic, and more people are answering calls from those booking by phone, he said. Meanwhile, state officials are working to free up more shots for the general population aged 65 and older by getting several thousand doses from nursing homes that received more than they need, Reeves said. ___ LOS ANGELES — California’s state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by Moderna because some people who received it needed medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions. Dr. Erica S. Pan is recommending that vaccine providers stop using one lot of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation. She says less than 10 people who were inoculated at a single vaccination site needed medical attention. But she also said serious reactions to vaccinations are extremely rare. The virus has claimed more than 33,000 lives in California. ___ MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Monday the state will open nine community sites this week to vaccinate adults over 65, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators, school staff and child care workers. The program opens the state’s vaccine rollout beyond the first high-priority group that includes healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff. The nine sites will start inoculating people Thursday by appointment-only due to the small number of available doses. The announcement comes after the Democratic governor accused the Trump administration of “lying” when he and six other governors asked for permission to receive their states’ second doses from a national stockpile to ramp up vaccination efforts. The governors were told by federal officials that the administration would release the federal reserve of doses, but later learned the stockpile had already been exhausted. ___ BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota reported on Monday zero coronavirus deaths for the fifth time this month, although the fatality rate by population continues to be among the worst in the country. The state’s death count, which stands at a total of 1,384, is the sixth highest per capita in the country at 185 deaths per 100,000 people, according to John Hopkins University researchers. North Dakota’s 14-day rolling average of daily new cases has decreased by more than 27%, according to The COVID Tracking Project data. The state has experienced a steady decline in daily new cases since the virus case count peaked in mid-November. It now ranks 48th per capita in the U.S. for new cases over the last two weeks. A statewide mask mandate that was enacted in mid-November was allowed to expire Monday morning. ___ ST. LOUIS -- More than 172,000 people in St. Louis County have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the the local health department so far has only received 975 doses, county Executive Sam Page said Monday. The county expects more doses to arrive Tuesday but it was unclear how many, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Page also urged residents to be honest about the information they use to register for vaccinations, saying some have falsely claimed to be health care workers or brought along family members who are ineligible at this time. A new inoculation phase began Monday in Missouri that allows older people and those with certain pre-existing conditions to be vaccinated. ___ PRAGUE — The fast-spreading coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. has been found in the Czech Republic, a health official said Monday. The National Institute of Public Health confirmed its findings after it announced over the weekend it was testing suspected samples. Health Minister Jan Blatny says the variant accounts for about 10% of all sequenced samples in in the country. No further details were provided. The country of 10.7 million has reported 891,852 confirmed coronavirus cases and 14,449 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The daily infection rate has been in decline since Jan 6., prompting the government to allow stores selling stationary and children’s clothes and shoes to reopen. The country still remains under a tough lockdown with a nighttime curfew. ___ MADRID — Spain’s Health Ministry has confirmed 84,287 new known coronavirus cases since Friday amid a post-Christmas virus surge. The ministry also reported 455 deaths over the weekend. Monday’s figures brought the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 2.34 million and known deaths to 53,769. Spain’s 14-day incidence rate for 100,000 inhabitants rose to 689, from 575 on Friday. Coronavirus patients currently occupy 33% of ICU beds, up from 30% on Friday. Despite the substantial daily increases, Health Minister Salvador Illa on Monday insisted the measures taken by each of Spain’s 17 regions are enough to quell the increase, ruling out a total lockdown. Spain’s health emergency chief Fernando Simon said that the country could be at the peak of the latest surge or getting close to it. ___ ROME — For the first time in three weeks, Italy’s daily caseload of known coronavirus infections dropped below 10,000 on Monday. Health Ministry figures reported 8,825 additional cases since Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 2.4 million since the start of the pandemic. Sicily has the nation's highest daily caseload. Italy registered 377 deaths for a second straight day. The nation’s known COVID-19 death toll of 82,554 is the second highest in Europe. ___ MADRID — The tiny British colony of Gibraltar says it has lost more people to the coronavirus since the start of the year than from any other single cause in the past century. Gibraltar, with a population of some 34,000, has posted 38 deaths since Jan. 1. “Even in war, we have never lost so many in such a short time,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Monday. He said 21 people had died from the virus in the past three days, bringing the colony's total virus deaths to 45 since the start of the pandemic. Located on Spain’s southern coast, Gibraltar has recorded some 4,000 cases. It has been under lockdown since the beginning of January. ___ BERLIN — Swiss authorities say they have placed two hotels under quarantine and ordered all guests and employees to be tested after a new variant of the coronavirus was detected among them in the upscale skiing resort of St. Moritz. Local authorities said Monday they have also closed down skiing schools, regular schools and kindergartens. Officials did not reveal the names of the two affected facilities, but Swiss media said both were luxury hotels. In addition to tests at the hotels, all residents of St. Moritz were being asked to be tested on Tuesday. Authorities ordered all residents to wear protective masks, and asked people to reduce their contacts to prevent the further spread of the virus. “The health office is concerned,” authorities of the Graubuenden canton said in their statement. “The variant of the virus is clearly more contagious than the one that’s currently predominant globally.” Swiss media reported that the variant of the virus detected in St. Moritz was the one first found in South Africa. ___ MOSCOW -- Backers of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V say it has been approved in Turkmenistan, an ex-Soviet nation in Central Asia that hasn’t officially reported any infections so far. The Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the development of the shot announced Monday that health officials in Turkmenistan approved Sputnik V “under the emergency use authorization procedure.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether Russia would ship the vaccine to Turkmenistan any time soon. The vaccine is still undergoing advanced studies among tens of thousands of people needed to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Nevertheless, the shot last month was rolled out in a large-scale vaccination campaign in Russia. It has also received regulatory approval in several other countries, and immunization with Sputnik V has started in Belarus and Argentina. Turkmenistan, a gas-rich nation of 5.9 million, hasn’t reported any coronavirus infections, but authorities have shut restaurants and non-food stores and recommended that the population wears masks to protect against dust and unspecified infectious agents. However, the British ambassador to the capital, Ashgabat, said last month that he had contracted the virus. The Associated Press
SANTIAGO, Chile — A powerful earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile just before midnight Monday, shaking people in parts of both countries. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage, though some power outages were reported in the quake area. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. Its epicenter was 27.6 kilometres (17 miles) southwest of the Argentine town of Porcito and struck at a depth of 14 kilometres (nearly nine miles). The quake was followed by a magnitude 5.0 aftershock about a quarter hour later and then at least five more strong aftershocks in the next hour ranging from magnitude 5.3 to 4.8, the USGS said. Argentine media said some houses reportedly were damaged in the small down of Media Agua and at least one road was said to have been disrupted, but there were indications of injuries. Electricity also failed in spots and some goods were shaken from supermarket shelves, the reports aid.. People in the quake zone reported there was panic when the initial quake struck and said they spent anxious hours as the aftershocks brought new shaking. Strong movement was felt in Chile's capital, Santiago, which is about 300 kilometres (186 miles) from the area hit by the quake. Chilean officials said there were no damage reported in that nation. The Associated Press
Health officials in the Northwest Territories have identified two more probable cases of COVID-19 in Fort Liard over the past 24 hours. On the weekend, three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the community of about 500. Fort Liard was placed under a two-week containment order Saturday evening. According to a statement released Monday evening, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the N.W.T. stands at 28, with no hospitalizations and 24 cases listed as recovered. "Probable cases are treated the same as confirmed cases in an investigation," Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola said in the statement. "Contact tracing and isolation begins immediately while the samples are confirmed." According to the statement, all of the diagnoses are in the same cluster and connected to out-of-territory travel. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to call the rapid response team at 867-695-1655. Health officials now believe the COVID-19 wastewater signal detected in Hay River was related to the cluster of cases in Fort Liard. Since Jan. 11, 189 people have come forward for testing related to the Hay River wastewater signal and none have tested positive for COVID-19. Yellowknife update No new cases of COVID-19 were identified at the Avens Manor in Yellowknife. A rapid response team had been testing there to identify the source of an infection in Yellowknife. Health officials will continue to monitor wastewater signals, but "it is highly likely that the source has passed their communicable period." "As time passes, if there are no detects, we will determine that widespread community transmission did not occur and that this was a single locally acquired case with no identified source," Kandola stated. People in the N.W.T. are asked to get tested at the first sign of any symptoms of COVID-19. "No matter where you are in the N.W.T., it is more important than ever for you to get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of any symptoms," Kandola stated. "This will help identify new cases, new contacts who should be isolated, and prevent additional transmission."
A grieving Vancouver mother wants answers after the shrine she maintained for years in her daughter's memory was removed without any notice. The shrine, near East 7th Avenue and St. Catherines Street in East Vancouver, was established near the spot where Marlene Thistle's daughter, Janice Nicole Bryant, 33, was shot and killed on May 23, 2017. Bryant's killer has not been found. "Someone took it upon themselves to remove the memorial, and dump it right there like it was garbage," said Thistle. "My daughter is not garbage." Thistle put up the memorial — which had flowers, statues of angels and a cross — just a few metres from where Bryant was shot. "She was a genuine human being. She had a huge heart, was very loving," Thistle said. "She'd give the shirt off her back to anyone in need." Thistle said the memorial was both a way of honouring her daughter and keeping a light on her unsolved case. The removal of the memorial has been devastating, she said. "When I witnessed it, it was like her being gone all over again, the moments of her being shot," Thistle said. "What if this memorial site was for your daughter, your sister or your mother? Really sit back and think about the impact of how you would feel as an individual to find a memorial destroyed like it was." In an email to CBC, both the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board say their staff were not responsible for taking down the memorial. City officials did note, however, that there had been several requests from the public to remove it due to its location and sight lines from the adjacent roads. Thistle said the memorial had taken years to build up, but she is committed to putting it back together for her daughter. "Until her murder case is solved, I will set it up again."
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An undercover police officer called in to investigate a Toronto-area constable accused of corruption described Monday arranging for his target to meet another undercover officer who would pose as a drug dealer and informant. The undercover officer, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, told a virtual Ontario court he was asked in June 2018 to look into the actions of Richard Senior, a constable with the York Regional Police, and help collect evidence for the investigation. He was only told it was an investigation into "police corruption" and breach of trust, but was given no other details about the nature of the conduct he was meant to be investigating, the undercover officer testified. Over the first few weeks of his assignment, the undercover officer said he exchanged phone numbers with Senior, had recording equipment installed in one of the cruisers the two of them used, and managed to borrow Senior's personal truck to have similar equipment set up inside. In early July 2018, the undercover officer said he helped arrange for the two of them to be out driving together and stop another undercover officer, who would pretend to be a drug dealer and offer to become an informant in exchange for leniency. Senior, a veteran of the force, was arrested in October 2018 after investigators alleged he was involved in a number of illegal enterprises. He was initially charged with 30 offences. He pleaded not guilty Monday to 14 charges, including breach of trust, possession of a firearm for the purpose of committing an offence, and trafficking in both cocaine and steroids. Prosecutors allege Senior planned to rob a fictitious drug warehouse he learned about from the fake informant, and offered to sell the drugs to two men he knew. They also say he trafficked steroids and testosterone to the undercover officer posing as his partner and to another officer. In an opening statement, Crown attorney Mabel Lai said Senior stole money he was given to pay informants, namely the second undercover officer and a friend using an alias. They also allege he submitted an intelligence report about his former romantic partner, saying she was involved in the drug trade and attributing the information to that same friend. The Crown alleged Monday that he did so because he was "upset" after his ex threatened to expose an extramarital affair. Senior is also accused of inappropriately accessing information from a police database and disclosing confidential information. The second undercover officer is expected to testify later in the trial. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
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(ANNews) – The Bearspaw, Ermineskin and Whitefish First Nations are among those looking to intervene in a court challenge to the United Conservative government’s rescinding of a policy that placed restrictions on coal mining in Alberta. The removal of the 1976 coal policy, which expressly forbids open-pit mining over a large area, was done quietly and without consultation in early 2020. It’s come to attention as a result of Australian company Riversdale Resources’ planned open-pit coal mine in Crowsnest Pass’s Grassy Mountain on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. “The eastern slopes, the Rocky Mountains and the foothills, are at the heart of what the Alberta identity is. This policy change threatens that,” said Ian Urquhart of the Alberta Wilderness Association, which is also seeking intervenor status. In another interview, Urquhart said the project will “decapitate” the mountain. The challenge, which will be heard beginning Jan. 19, was facilitated by southern Alberta ranchers John Smith, Laura Laing, and Mac and Renie Blades. At issue is the duty to consult with stakeholders who are dependent on the water from the Red Deer, Oldman and South Saskatchewan rivers, all of which flow from the eastern slopes. Open pit mining already occurs on the British Columbia side of Crowsnest Pass, courtesy of Teck Resources, which was fined $1.4 million by the federal government for effluent contamination. Riversdale Resources boasts letters of support from five Treaty 7 bands — the Piikani, Kainai, Siksika, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations — as well as Alberta’s Métis Nation and the National Coalition of Chiefs. But Kainai member Latasha Calf Robe, who started Niitsitapi Water Protectors when she found out about the Grassy Mountain project in November, says there’s a major gap between the views of leadership and the people on this project. “No community-level consultation has been done on the Blood Tribe,” she told APTN, “and, as far as I know, has not been done with any of the communities in Treaty 7. “So those letters of support that were issued were issued without community-level consultation in any of these communities.” Calf Robe expressed health, environmental and spiritual concerns about Grassy Mountain. “These coal mines will directly impact our Blackfoot spirituality and ceremonies,” she added. “We will no longer be able to gather the plants, medicines and animals needed to perform our traditional ceremonies. “Our creation stories that are tied to these areas of land will be erased.” The government is attempting to get the challenge thrown out of court, arguing that the coal policy was implemented by legislative fiat, so it can also be removed by the government. Cabin Ridge Coal is also seeking to intervene on the government’s side, because it’s already invested in exploration leases. Since the coal policy’s removal, the government has sold exploration leases on about 1.4 million hectares of land. Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News
Some provincial authorities saw encouraging signs in the fight against COVID-19 on Monday, even as experts warned that it's too soon to draw conclusions from the data and provinces scrambled to deal with a looming shortage of Pfizer vaccines. Officials in both Quebec and Manitoba noted that case numbers have dropped slightly in recent days and suggested that their populations' efforts to control the virus could be paying off. Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief public health officer, said case numbers in his province appeared to be dipping. "We’re definitely not out of the woods," he told a news conference as the province reported 118 cases. "We certainly still have a long way to go before we can return to normal." Roussin said the province is looking at easing some restrictions in the coming days, but that any changes would be gradual. Quebec reported 1,634 new COVID-19 cases, which included about 200 from the previous day that weren't noted because of a delay. The province had broken the 3,000-case mark in early January and has a seven-day rolling average of more than 1,900 cases a day. Health Minister Christian Dube noted on Twitter that the Quebec City region in particular had seen a decline in the number of new infections recently, which he saw as a sign that "the sacrifices that we're asking of Quebecers are bearing fruit." However, he asked Quebecers to continue their efforts in order to reduce the number of hospitalizations, which rose Monday after three straight days of decline. Universite de Montreal public health professor Benoit Masse said it will take another week or two to know whether the downward trend will be sustained and to gauge the impact of the recently imposed curfew. He said the province should know more by Feb. 8, when curfew restrictions are set to lift. Ontario also reported its lowest number of COVID-19 cases since early January, with 2,578 new infections, but the province completed a little more than 40,000 tests Sunday, compared with more than 60,000 the day before. British Columbia reported 301 new cases on Monday, its lowest increase in over two months. However, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the risk of spreading the virus remains high. She said there is increased transmission in the Interior and Northern health regions because of social gatherings, which are what caused a jump in infections in B.C.'s Lower Mainland a few months ago. Nova Scotia also reported no new cases for the second time this month. The news was less positive in New Brunswick, where the Edmundston region entered the province's highest pandemic-alert level, ushering in new restrictions on businesses in the region after a record-breaking number of new cases on Sunday. The province reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday after recording 36 the day before. Provinces were also reviewing their vaccine programs to contend with a reduced supply of Pfizer-BioNTech doses after the company said last week it was cutting back on promised deliveries over the next month as it works to expand production. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday that his province was pausing appointments for people to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine due to the supply shortage. "Even with a new shipment of Pfizer expected later this week, we won't have enough supply to continue with new first-dose appointments," he said, adding that the province had set aside vaccines for people who were due for their second doses, and those appointments would continue. Manitoba stopped booking new appointments over the weekend, but health officials announced Monday that those bookings would resume, with room for about 4,000 new appointments this week and next. Ontario also acknowledged it was working with a supply crunch that would see its next two shipments of Pfizer vaccine reduced by 20 per cent and 80 per cent respectively. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the situation would last until late February or early March when larger shipments begin to arrive. Ontario announced that a new hospital set to open in Vaughan, Ont., would be used to relieve a capacity crunch because of rising COVID-19 admissions. Elliott and Premier Doug Ford said the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital would add 35 new critical care beds and 150 medical beds to the province's bed capacity. Hospital capacity has been a concern in many provinces, with doctors in Ontario and Quebec being told to prepare for the possibility of implementing protocols to decide which patients get access to life-saving care in the case of extreme intensive care unit overcrowding. Nationally, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are still increasing, according to Canada's chief public health officer. Dr. Theresa Tam noted that hospitalizations tend to lag one or more weeks behind a surge in cases. "These impacts affect everyone, as the health-care workforce and health system bear a heavy strain, important elective medical procedures are delayed or postponed, adding to pre-existing backlogs," she wrote in a statement. She said an average of 4,705 COVID-19 patients a day were being treated in Canadian hospitals during the last seven days, including an average of 875 in ICUs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. — With files from Steve Lambert, Shawn Jeffords and Sidhartha Banerjee Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
Some Sackville residents started their Sunday with an unpleasant sight - black or brown water coming from their taps. And for a few residents, the issue was not fully resolved more than a day later. Melanie Long-Pitre of Zwicker Drive said she first noticed this issue around 9:20 a.m. Sunday. She called a neighbour, and then posted to Facebook to see if others were also experiencing water issues. She soon discovered a number of others were. Nearby, Cathy Crinnion in Ogden Mill, told the Times & Transcript her water was “shockingly black” on Sunday morning. Later Sunday, the town issued a bulletin for residents, stating the municipality "experienced a technology communication failure between our water treatment plant and water tower early this [Sunday] morning. As a result, residents may experience discoloration in their water, as well as low pressure. Our Public Works crew is currently attending to the issue with watermain flushing in strategic areas, and we hope to have it resolved soon." Dwayne Acton, the town’s engineer, said the discolouration is caused by iron and manganese deposits loosened in the pipes when water surged through them at a higher velocity than usual. When the computer system issue occurred with the altitude valve, the town engaged in a flushing program, but this action can make the situation worse, at least visually, and cause the discolouration residents saw, he said. “Although it doesn’t look the best, it won’t harm you to drink or use,” he said. Staff worked Saturday night and into Sunday to resolve the issue, Acton said, adding that things were for the most part back to normal on Monday. But residents in some areas said they were still seeing discolouration, although less intense. Long-Pitre said her water wasn't completely back to normal and was unsure whether it was safe to drink until the town issued a second advisory around noon on Monday. Crinnion said by mid-afternoon Sunday her water was at least 85 per cent clearer, but by Monday morning it wasn’t completely back to normal, and she made plans to bring in water to use. Late Monday afternoon, Crinnion said her water was finally running clear. She said she was surprised that the initial advisory Sunday did not indicate if the water was safe to use. Acton said the town is now advising residents that if they are still experiencing discoloured water, to run their cold water taps to see if the water clears. If it does not, they should contact Public Works at 363-4960. While the issue initially affected the whole town, it was more acute and long-lasting in the Ogden Mill and Reservoir Road areas, he said. The town planned to engage in light flushing based on reports of ongoing issues so as not to make the discolouration pronounced again, while trying to resolve the issue, Acton said. Long-Pitre said as of 5 p.m. Monday, though markedly improved, the situation had not fully resolved in her home. Jamie Burke, chief administrator officer for the town, confirmed that they received a few reports of water discolouration through the day and were continuing to flush the system as of 5 p.m. Monday, but hoping to have things back to normal soon. Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal
A Kamloops man is likely to avoid jail time, after he said he panicked when he found his roommate dead in his apartment before hiding his body and disposing of it near a dumpster. Shane Brownlee, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of interference with a dead body in a Kamloops courtroom on Thursday. His roommate, David Boltwood, 65, was found dead and rolled up in a carpet behind 170 Carson Cresc. in North Kamloops on Nov. 29, 2019. Police initially suspected a homicide, but an autopsy later determined Boltwood died of natural causes. On Thursday, court heard the two men met about a month earlier and Brownlee invited Boltwood, who was homeless and had health issues, to live with him at his 170 Carson Cresc. home. According to an agreed upon statement of facts, Boltwood died sometime after Nov. 7, when Brownlee was served an eviction notice. About a week later, two people cleaning a common area in the building noticed a foul smell around Brownlee’s apartment unit. A photo taken by the building manager on Nov. 19, as part of the eviction process, showed a zebra-patterned carpet rolled up in one of the bedrooms. Unbeknownst at the time, it contained Boltwood’s decaying body. Sometime after Nov. 19, Brownlee moved Boltwood’s body, contained in the rug, to a storage locker across the hall. Many witnesses also reported smelling a strong odour coming from that part of the building. On Nov. 23, Brownlee asked a 15-year-old boy who lived in the area to help him move out of his apartment and the two moved a large cardboard box containing the zebra-print carpet outside to the building’s dumpster. It was caught on security camera footage. Five days later, two passersby noticed the concealed body and reported it to police. After police issued a press release about the discovery, the teenager called to report he had unknowingly aided Brownlee in disposing of a body. He also told police Brownlee poured Febreeze on the box, telling him it contained urine soaked blankets. Boltwood’s autopsy, conducted on Dec. 3, 2019, revealed he died of complications with emphysema. Bed sores on his body indicated he was immobile before his death, but there were no other physical signs of injury. The day before Boltwood’s body was found, Brownlee stole his girlfriend’s car, He was later arrested in Jasper, Alta. In his statement to police, Brownlee said he panicked when he came home from grocery shopping to find Boltwood deceased and was adamant he did not murder him. Asked by police why he did not call for help when he found the body, Brownlee said he suffered from anxiety and did not handle death well. He was formally charged with the offence last July. Crown prosecutor Camille Cook suggested a two-year conditional sentence order and up to three years of probation, meaning Brownlee would serve up to five years in the community on conditions that include: a curfew, refraining from using drugs and alcohol, having no contact with the teen, attending counselling and completion of 100 hours of community service. Mitigating factors in the case included: Brownlee’s confession to the crime and positive steps taken to turn his life around. Defence lawyer Kristjan Thorsteinson said Brownlee should be given a conditional sentence order ranging from six months to one year and only a year of probation. He said his client at the time of the offence was struggling with mental health issues and was severely addicted to alcohol and cannabis. In the time since, however, he has become sober, does volunteer work and reconnected with family. “It was wrong of me to run away from the situation and I’m here to accept the consequences,” Brownlee said in court. “Forgive me for what I have done.” Boltwood’s brother Benjamin, who KTW interviewed shortly after his brother’s body was discovered, was in the courtroom for the hearing. At the time he told the newspaper he thought his brother had freezed to death outside. Aggravating factors of the case were that Brownlee took away the ability for Boltwood’s family to properly mourn and lay him to rest in a way fitting to them, and that Brownlee did not seek help when he discovered the deceased. Brownlee’s criminal record, which includes a few incidents of violence and threats as well as possession of stolen property files, is also being considered. Kamloops provincial court Judge Ray Phillips has reserved judgement and a date will be determined on Monday, Jan. 18. Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week
What does it take to introduce, and then maintain, a herd of bison in a national park? Years of planning, meticulous tracking — and a really cool fence. With one year left in the Banff Bison Reintroduction Project, facilitators say it has been going well. "Bison are really iconic animals," Karsten Heuer, the project manager, told CBC. "I mean, they symbolize the wild, free, North American idea of what this continent used to be, and I think bringing them back after an absence of over 140 years is an incredibly powerful notion of restoration, and reconciliation, and rejuvenation for people." The bison were brought from Elk Island National Park, just east of Edmonton. There were 16 animals to start, including 10 pregnant females. They were originally held in a fenced habitat. "They've been free for over two years now. And their health is … a really good measure of it is how well they're reproducing," Heuer told the Calgary Eyeopener. "We've had about a 38 per cent growth rate in the herd every year. And that's led us to have 50 animals, as compared to the 16 we brought in just over three years ago." Up to 20 calves are expected this year, and Heuer says he wouldn't be surprised if the herd grows from 50 to 75 in 2021. Heuer says they have lost two calves, one to unknown causes and the other to wolves. "In a way, it is a little bit of a measure of our success, because, as you know, we're trying to not just restore bison to the landscape, but their ecological role and the actual integrity of the ecosystem." Heuer says bringing plains bison into a mountain landscape was a bit of an unknown. "As soon as we released them, they went up onto the ridge tops, started using avalanche slopes ... where the vegetation is quite productive and really kind of succulent and palatable in those summer months," Heuer said. "We thought that was maybe a bit of an anomaly as they were searching around their new home range. But that's a pattern that's played out over the last three summers pretty consistently, that they did go up high and use the full extent of the mountain habitat that's available to them during the course of the year." Heuer says there's early evidence that the herd is having a positive impact on the landscape and ecosystem in the area. The clumps of fur that they cast off are proving popular in many bird nests, and the grass seems to grow back just a little more lush in the meadows where they have grazed. "I wasn't sure, to be perfectly honest, how well they would fit into the landscape. But the first time I kind of came around the corner and saw them feeding in a shrub meadow and their backs in, you know, beautiful sort of reddish brown colour in the light, it was — it just totally seemed like it fit, like it was, it was made to happen here," he said. The area that has been earmarked as the initial reintroduction zone is 1,200 square kilometres, which provides plenty of room to roam for what Heuer says is a relatively small number of bison. It is one of only five bison populations in North America that will be subject to all the natural selection pressures, including exposure to wolves and grizzly bears. "You know, they're exposed to all the climatic extremes that the world is going to throw at them. We haven't fed them anything since we released them from the pasture in the backcountry over two years ago," Heuer said. "And they've been thriving." For those who will be born in the mountains, the habitat seems like a natural fit. Listen to the full interview on the bison herd here: "The calves are pretty incredible. They're born very, very ready to go, they're up and standing and running within hours," he said. "They have these beautiful, big, liquid black eyes. They're robust, they're tough, they're playful … it's hard not to chuckle as you see them, you know, butting heads and going up to the biggest bulls and trying to provoke playful responses." One of the biggest challenges was how to contain the herd within the safety of the national park. That's where the "bison fence" came into the picture. When the 16 wild bison were reintroduced to the park, it was the first time bison had been there in nearly 150 years. And the current fences would not contain them. That meant the team had to design a fence that would allow the free passage of other wildlife, while containing the bison. "The riddle we were faced with was that these fences are an important tool in keeping the reintroduced bison inside the park," Dillon Watt, team member and a co-author of the research paper, told The Homestretch. "But as you zoom out and think about the overall objective of preserving and maintaining biodiversity and the natural processes of the ecosystem, it becomes clear that you need these fences to not have a negative impact on the other wildlife that share the park." The team spent more than three years using remote cameras and GPS collars on wildlife to narrow it down. "It required a lot of adaptability on our part," Watt said. The result was a series of short fences that were placed in strategic areas. "These short fences, we placed them in natural topographic pinch points, and they're a lot like fences that you … would probably expect to see, wire and rail fences," Watt said. "But the interesting part for us was how to configure these rails and wires in number and spacing to accommodate different ways for other species to get through." The bison reintroduction team recently published their research in the online academic journal Wildlife Biology. "They're working well, the fences have largely been successful in containing the bison, and our research showed that all the species can navigate the fences — and on top of that, the fences do not have an effect on larger scale movements and migration," Watt said. Watt says the research will likely prove useful to other projects. "That's where our contribution can be important, I think, beyond just what our team has done here. We know now globally that species reintroductions are such an important tool in restoring ecosystems.… The world being the way it is now, these large, intact, big wild places are harder and harder to come by," Watt said. "And so as our species are reintroduced, it's increasingly common that they have to be kept in these discrete areas. So using tools like the fence is super important." There is one year left in the project. Facilitators hope to answer the question of whether it is feasible to continue to restore bison to the landscape when the pilot phase of the Banff Bison Reintroduction Project wraps up in 2022. With files fromThe Homestretch and the Calgary Eyeopener.
After a successful competitive career, Montreal figure skater Elladj Baldé vowed to push back against the sport's traditions and explore his own style. The result? Newfound internet fame. The 30-year-old skater's videos, which show him performing unconventional routines punctuated by backflips, have garnered over 16 million views on TikTok and 13 million on Instagram. "I was shocked by how things were being received," Baldé said of his quick rise to internet celebrity. But to him, the attention just means he's moving in the right direction, trying to modernize and diversify the culture of a sport that remains traditional and "limiting" at the pro level, he said. "I feel the reason why they're going viral is because ... I'm completely diving into what I want to do and how I want to do it." WATCH | Baldé speaks about authenticity in his skating: The Russian-born, Montreal-raised athlete started figure skating at age six, and spent years in the Canadian and international competitive circuits. After two unsuccessful Olympic trials and even more concussions, Baldé made the decision to retire from competitive skating in May 2018, at 27. Since then, he's been a choreographer and judge on the live-competition skating series Battle of the Blades, gotten engaged and co-founded the Figure Skating Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (FSDIA), a non-profit that aims to combat racial inequality in the sport. The alliance and videos are Baldé's way of reclaiming his artistry and authenticity after years of rigid competitive routines, he said. "Being a Black man in figure skating was a different experience," he said. "It's very much rooted in, you know, a white, European, elitist kind of mentality." "You have to fit within a certain box and a certain style in order to be successful," he added. The FSDIA is already working with Skate Canada to foster more diversity and inclusion in the sport environment. Baldé said he wants to address the financial barriers that keep Black, Indigenous and other people of colour from participating in sports like figure skating, and he wants to help create policy changes to help athletes and coaches of colour report racism and discrimination. "The culture of figure skating needs to change," Baldé said. "We're just really committed to bringing a new perspective to skating." That perspective shines through in his online routines, where he's been skating to the likes of Rihanna and James Brown on local outdoor rinks and scenic lakes during the pandemic. And he's not just attracting the attention of his fellow Canadians; American actress Jada Pinkett Smith reposted one of his videos on Instagram, where it racked up another nearly 8.5 million plays. Baldé said the viral fame shows him there's room to make figure skating cool again, as well as an appetite for more creative, diverse performances. "I would love to encourage people to pursue their passion, whatever that is," he said. "And hopefully, the next generation that comes into the sport will no longer have to deal with some of the things that us older generations ... had to experience." For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
Ahuntsic-Cartierville - Plusieurs éclosions se sont déclarées ces derniers jours dans les trois hôpitaux sur le territoire du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Nord-de-l’Île de Montréal, a appris Journaldesvoisins.com. Des éclosions sont en cours à l’hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, à l’hôpital Jean-Talon ainsi qu’à l’hôpital Fleury, confirme le CIUSSS. Éclosions importantes à Fleury Le 13 janvier, en réponse à une demande d’information, le CIUSSS avait informé le JDV d’une éclosion en chirurgie et à l’urgence de l’hôpital Fleury, avant de se rétracter et d’indiquer qu’il n’y avait d’éclosion qu’en chirurgie. Le JDV a donc omis l’information dans sa mise à jour hebdomadaire du 14 janvier. À peine 48 heures plus tard, le CIUSSS a demandé à la population d’éviter les urgences de l’hôpital Fleury et a décidé de restreindre les visites dans l’établissement en raison d’«au moins trois éclosions » actives dans l’installation, sans préciser dans quelles unités. Elle assure que toutes les mesures ont été prises dès l’apparition des premiers cas pour contenir les éclosions. Éclosions à Sacré-Cœur et Jean-Talon L’unité de gériatrie de l’Hôpital Jean-Talon est également aux prises depuis le 14 janvier avec une éclosion qui touche un membre du personnel et quatre personnes hospitalisées. Deux cas se sont également déclarés parmi le personnel de l’unité Mère-Enfant de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur, tandis que quatre nouveaux ont été détectés samedi chez des usagers à l’unité d’hémodialyse. Un total de 112 employés du CIUSSS sont actuellement infectés par la COVID, soit environ 30 de plus qu’il y a une semaine.Simon Van Vliet, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal des voisins
100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — A teen who became lost while on a family snowmobile outing in a remote British Columbia mountain wilderness is being praised for using his backcountry survival skills.The 17-year-old did everything right when things went wrong, including parking his snowmobile in an open area where it could be easily spotted by searchers and building himself a snow cave for shelter, said Val Severin, a team leader with the South Cariboo Search and Rescue Society."He displayed some real mature choices there," she said Monday in an interview. "He had separated from his group and no one saw he dropped down into a really steep section."The teen, who has not been named, was riding in a designated snowmobile recreation zone known as Mica Mountain when he got lost, Severin said.Mica Mountain is located more than 100 kilometres east of 100 Mile House on the western border of Wells Gray Provincial Park."The terrain that he was in is lots of creeks and tree wells, all those things we've seen in recent weeks where folks have actually lost their lives," Severin said. "The fact that he stayed put and kept himself safe and warm, absolutely, the best choice he could have made."His actions likely also shortened the time searchers spent looking for the youth, who was lost in an area known for dramatic shifts in weather conditions, she said.The RCMP and search and rescue team received calls for help Saturday around the dinner hour and a search team reported finding the teenager at about 10:30 that night. "He was nestled in the snow cave all comfortable and warm with food and water," Severin said. "From there, he joined our team and we escorted him on a different route off the mountain because the terrain he had come down was so steep and you are not able to snowmobile back up in the direction that he came from."The youth was emotional when the rescue crew arrived, she said."He was very, very thankful," Severin said. "You could tell he was overwhelmed."She said the teen's mother has called the society numerous times to thank everybody for their efforts. The family said it plans to make a donation to the non-profit society, said Severin, a volunteer who is a funeral director in 100 Mile House.Last week's death of a 21-year-old snowshoer in Vancouver-area mountains prompted the RCMP to urge those visiting the wilderness to be prepared with necessary gear and knowledge of local conditions.— By Dirk Meissner in VictoriaThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — A 23-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder today in the weekend slaying of his mother. Francis Normand's 49-year-old mother died after she was found stabbed Sunday inside an apartment in Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. The victim has been identified in court documents as Francine Roux. She was transported to hospital in critical condition and was declared dead Sunday afternoon. Normand was arrested at the scene. A police spokesman said Sunday the accused was sent for a psychological evaluation. The case will return to court on Jan. 27. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
While some Windsor residents are feeling more down this Blue Monday with the pandemic and stay-at-home order, the one thing keeping them happy is getting outdoors and going for a stroll. "I usually come [to the Riverfront] with my wife, my children for a walk. I find it relaxing to do some exercise. That's what you can do in this situation," said Windsor resident Alex Kolnikaj. The third Monday in January is often referred to as Blue Monday or the saddest day of the year. The post-holiday slump and bad weather are said to give the day its title, though there's no scientific proof to suggest it's real. Beth Ternovan, manager of counselling program and employee assistance program at Family Services Windsor-Essex, said the day should be a reminder for people to check in on their mood. "Blue Monday is a day that can act as a signal, that any day of the year is the day to reach out to get the help that you need. If your intuition is telling you, you know I've been feeling down for quite some time ... let Blue Monday be a representative signal of the fact that any day is the day to get help," she said. Ternovan added that reaching out for help and leaning on others is one way to find support, but another coping mechanism can be going for walks. "Exercise is what we call behavioural activation,even walking for 20 minutes, let alone 30 minutes ... it changes our outlook and when we change our outlook, it changes our mood," Ternovan said. CBC News spoke with four other Windsorites on Monday who all said the same thing as Kolnikaj: physical exercise makes them feel better. But often times it's not that simple. 'Vital' to stay connected with others right now In addition to positive coping mechanisms, Canadian Mental Health Association counsellor Allison Chandler, who specifically provides workplace outreach support to front-line workers across different sectors in the region, said its important people continue to stay connected. "One of the things that I'm noticing is that people really are struggling," she said. "What I'm seeing is a lot of the people coming forward for help tend to be people who have struggled with mental illness in the past and those struggles are exacerbated by the pandemic." A quick phone call, video chat or text message are the best ways to connect and are "vital" given the times we're living through, Chandler said. "It helps to reduce the feelings of isolation right now obviously with restrictions that have been put in place," she said. LISTEN: Counsellor Allison Chandler talks about Blue Monday Isolation, Chandler said, can increase a person's chances of developing a mental illness and enhance cognitive impairments in elderly people. "People tend to practice more negative coping strategies when they're isolated so things like turning to substance use or addiction," she said. "When we're isolated, it's really easy to kind of ruminate on any negative thoughts or feelings that we're having ... people process thought and process feelings by talking." And if the person doesn't feel as though they have a support system in place, Chandler said writing in a journal can also help the brain process emotions. Who you can reach out to But there are also many local support services to reach out to. According to Ternovan, Family Services Windsor-Essex offers a limited amount of free counselling that people can access by calling (519) 966-5010 and asking for customer care. She said there's also the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre offered by Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare at (519) 973-4435. You can call the Canadian Mental Health Association's Windsor-Essex crisis line free of cost at (519) 973- 4435. Even if you are not in crisis, you can still call this number and be transferred.
TAMPA — Raptors coach Nick Nurse says he will watch with interest the fallout of last week's blockbuster four-team trade that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn. He called it a "hell of a story." "I got to think that a lot of the teams, if not all of them, are pretty happy with what it ended up," Nurse told reporters prior to Toronto's game against Dallas in Tampa on Monday. "Even some of the minor parts of the deal — I think that (guard Caris) LeVert's a hell of a player for Indiana. I think he'll help them. (Centre Jarrett) Allen's a good player who will help Cleveland. I think Houston's happy with all of the assets they accumulated. And then obviously all the talk and focus is on Brooklyn and how high-powered they can be with all those guys. "So I guess we can all place our bets on what we think is going happen. But we've just got to watch it play out. From my standpoint, I hope it flops for all three teams in the East," he added with a laugh. "I don't really care what Houston does. But I hope it doesn't turn out for any of them." In exchange for Harden, Houston got three unprotected first-round picks from Brooklyn (2022, 2024 and 2026) and the right to swap first-round selections with the Nets in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. Houston also got Milwaukee's 2022 first-round pick from Cleveland. The Rockets also acquired three players: Victor Oladipo from the Pacers, Dante Exum from the Cavaliers and Rodions Kurucs from the Nets. The Nets, meanwhile, sent Allen and forward Taurean Prince to Cleveland while LeVert ended up in Indiana. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021 The Canadian Press