Women in Housing List Recognized in MReport’s September Issue

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Women in Housing List Recognized in MReport’s September Issue Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 4, 2017 2,093 Views Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage MReport women Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: Senate Committee Vote on Comptroller of the Currency Next: The Single Refiling Rule Reconsidered About Author: Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img HOUSING mortgage MReport women 2017-09-04 Nicole Casperson The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Women in Housing List Recognized in MReport’s September Issue Out of hundreds of nominations from across the mortgage industry, MReport—the sister publication of DS News—released its 2017 Women in Housing List, featuring a number of well-established female leaders that have made names for themselves and been recognized by their peers.There is a common thread between those that have been selected, as their careers have been shaped by experience, confidence, and perseverance. From young developing leaders to seasoned executives with 30-plus years of experience, the industry is filled with impactful women who are using their voice to promote diversity and inclusion.The Women of Housing list is divided into three categories: Power Players, which honors nine C-suite and executive-level women; Leading Ladies, recognizing top female executives and managers; and Emerging Leaders, which features up-and-coming talents who are 35-years of age or younger as of September 1, 2017.As a featured Power Player, Ann Thorn serves as the Executive of Mortgage and Vehicle Servicing Operations for Bank of America. Thorn attributes her success to simply having self-confidence, a quality she also teaches to young women.“They can’t hold back. They have to be brave enough and have the courage to take that next step,” Thorn said. “There’s an enormous amount of unbelievable women, whether they’re sitting in an executive or they have a line-level job, it doesn’t matter. They still have the power at whatever position they’re in in the workforce to make a difference.”One of MReport’s Emerging Leaders is Shasta Patton, VP of Customer Experience at Mr. Cooper (Nationstar Mortgage Holdings). At 29-years-old, Patton represents a diverse group of young and motivational leaders.“As an industry, we have a challenge in promoting minority women, and Shasta is a great example of what the next wave of female leaders can look like,” said Dana Dillard, EVP of Mr. Cooper.MReport’s Women in Housing is a special issue published annually, and the women will be recognized at the Five Star Conference’s Women in Housing Leadership Forum. The forum will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.During the forum, some of the industry’s most accomplished women will speak on promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the industry. The Women in Housing Leadership Forum presents the following speakers:Karen Bellezza, Chief Administrative Officer, Selene FinanceKathy Cummings, SVP of Home Ownership Solutions and Affordable Housing Programs, Bank of AmericaCourtney Ehinger, SVP, Core Servicing, Mr. Cooper (Nationstar Mortgage Holdings)Yvette Gilmore, VP Single-Family Service Performance Management, Freddie MacAli Haralson, EVP, Client Management, Auction.comKimberly Neff, Principal – Financial Services, Ernst and YoungCaroline Patane, VP – Customer Compliance and Evaluations, Fannie Mae Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

China, India Commit to Liberia Recovery Agenda

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has disclosed that the People’s Republic of China and India have committed themselves to helping Liberia recover from the lashes of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).Speaking upon her return from what she described as successful trip to the two top Asian countries, President Sirleaf noted that the countries have made huge commitments that would be of great impacts to the development drive of Liberia, but only when Liberians are willing to fulfill their end of the agreement.President Sirleaf made the comments at the Sinkor Assembly of God Church during a Thanksgiving Service in commemoration of her 77th birth anniversary and successful mission and safe return to the country.President Sirleaf visited India, where she formed part of the 54 African Heads of States that attended the India-Africa Summit; there after paying a lengthy state visit to China where she met with that country’s authorities and business community. President Sirleaf said at the Thanksgiving service that the governments of India and China have committed themselves to support Liberia’s development efforts, but Liberians must be prepared to help themselves.“Unless we demonstrate the preparedness to help ourselves, others won’t do for us,” she said.The President said she would reveal the contents of her agreements with the leaders of the two countries when she addresses the nation this week.The two countries, she said, resolved that Liberia will remain one of the nations with which they will remain fully engaged.Reports indicated that while President Sirleaf was in China, she held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, discussed several areas of partnership and cooperation and sign three bilateral agreements.China’s State Council Premier, Li Keqiang assured President Sirleaf that all outstanding projects in Liberia, which include the construction of a Ministerial Complex, Annex to National Legislature and the refurbishment of the nation’s major soccer stadium-the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, will be fully implemented as scheduled. He said the implementation of these projects will begin shortly.“We are well informed about Liberia’s history and characteristics and recalled that China was far worse than Liberia after its own wars,” said Premier Keqiang during a meeting with President Sirleaf in Beijing.He assured President Sirleaf that China was ready to help Liberia in the health sector. He said that investment in agriculture in addition to fisheries, wood processing and manufacturing complemented by a massive re-planting program as well as the establishment of processing industries to add value to the many natural resources the country is endowed with can certainly transform the country.Premier Keqiang indicated that China has effective technologies for high yield in agro-business and rice production which, when harnessed, can help Liberia create jobs for the young people, ensure food sufficiency and achieve food security. He expressed the hope that China-Liberia relations can be of mutual benefits or a win-win situation for both countries.He assured her of a very productive relationship between China and Liberia on the one hand and China and Africa on the other, and praised President Sirleaf for the excellent leadership demonstrated with national and international support to defeat Ebola.He noted that President Sirleaf has taken China-Liberia relations very seriously since her ascendency, adding that China appreciates her.The visit to China was President Sirleaf’s second State Visit since she took up the country leadership 2006 and was described by the Chinese leader as “very successful.”Meanwhile, President Sirleaf told the gathering at the A.G Church that her visits afforded Liberia the opportunity to appreciate how those countries are tackling poverty, and learn from their experiences in terms of how they have transformed in just two decades and are now vying for super-powership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man charged for possession of illegal drug

first_imgA 32-year-old man was on Tuesday hauled before the courts where he was slapped with a possession of illegal drug charge when he made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against Steve Fiedtkou read that on October 12, 2018, at a South Ruimveldt Gardens, Georgetown, he had in his possession 252 pills equivalent to 146 grams of Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as Ecstasy (E).The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to him.Fiedtkou was represented by Attorney Siand Dhurjon, who in his application for bail told the court that his client is a well-respected Christian who is the father of three boys and is a single parent since his wife’s death back in 2016.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne made no objections to bail being granted.Magistrate MacLennan after summing up the matter granted the accused bail in the sum of $75,000 and adjourned the matter until November 12.Back in 2016, Fiedktou had a charge of causing death by dangerous driving dismissed against him. The man was accused of causing the death of his reputed wife Shauna Rice on April 9, 2016, when the unlicensed motorcycle he was riding collided with a car, both occupants of the cycle were thrown off which caused Rice to sustain severe head injuries; the woman later succumbed to same.last_img read more

Former Argentine football official commits suicide

first_img0Shares0000People wak past the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn where the FIFA trial is talking place on November 13, 2017 in New York © AFP/File / Don EmmertBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 15 – A former Argentine football official committed suicide Tuesday, the same day he was accused of bribe-taking in the FIFA corruption trial that opened in New York this week, Argentine media reported.Jorge Delhon threw himself under a train in a Buenos Aires suburb on Tuesday, the newspapers Clarin and La Nacion reported on their websites. A sports marketing executive, Alejandro Burzaco, testified Tuesday that Delhon and another man, Pablo Paladino, took in millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for rights to broadcast football games, according to the reports.The reports said that at the time the two men worked for Football for All, a government program under former president Cristina Kirchner that held the rights to football broadcasts in Argentina.Burzaco, the former chairman of Torneos y Competencias S.A., detailed in US federal court in New York how his company paid millions of dollars in bribes to South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) executives for more than a decade to secure television rights to major tournaments.Burzaco, who pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, is one of 42 officials and marketing executives indicted in the FIFA scandal.Three South Americans are on trial in New York — Jose Maria Marin, ex-head of Brazil’s Football Confederation; former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout and Manuel Braga, who led Peru’s soccer federation until 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cash-strapped Nakumatt FC bought by politician

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC players pose for a group photo before their Kenyan Premier League clash against Chemelil Sugar on Sunday March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12- Cash-strapped Nakumatt FC has finally found some new lease of life after being bought out by politician Francis Mureithi who contested for the Embakasi East parliamentary seat in the 2017 general elections.In an affidavit seen by Capital Sport, the club’s patron Neel Shah who is one of the managers at the club’s previous owners Nakumatt Holdings has officially handed over the team to Mureithi with all its assets. “By a sale agreement dated 10th April 2018 Nakumatt was sold to Mr. Francis Mureithi for value with all its assets and liabilities duly transferred to Mr. Francis Mureithi,” the affidavit read in part.“That consequently, Mr. Francis Mureithi took over the ownership of the club and neither Nakumatt Holdings under Administration nor myself have any existing or future claims in respect of or against Nakumatt Football Club,” the affidavit continued to read in part.The club has been struggling to stay afloat and has just managed to survive in the league as all the players boycotted training for the better part of the season due to unpaid salaries and allowances.The lack of financial motivation has had an adverse effect on their performance and they have lost five matches on the trot. With new financial breath coming their way, the club will now fight its way to get off the relegation zone.They will be playing Kariobangi Sharks this weekend in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Take Your Flu Pill: Vitamin D

first_imgVitamin D may be a multi-purpose germ fighter.  An article by Janet Roloff in Science News1 gathered evidence from several research labs that strongly suggests this molecule triggers the formation of one of the body’s effective antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agents: cathelicidin.  In its activated form, vitamin D binds to a short section of DNA called a “response element” that strongly increases activity of the cathelicidin gene.    Since vitamin D is produced in the skin with moderate exposure to UV rays in sunlight, a healthy body outdoors appears to have a built-in response system.  Mona Stahle (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) was studying vitamin D response in the skin when she heard about cathelicidin production by vitamin D.  She remarked, “It just came to me—an intuitive thought—that maybe the sun, through vitamin D production, might help regulate the skin’s antimicrobial response.”    By describing a convergence of independent research avenues, Loloff showed the linkage between this vitamin and the immune system via genetics.  Healthy vitamin-triggered cathelicidin pathways appear to be beneficial for the prevention of rickets, tuberculosis, and even the common flu.  Her story ends confirming an anecdotal observation in the first paragraph: prisoners treated for vitamin D deficiency in one facility developed almost no flu symptoms, while those in others had infection rates as high as 10%.1Janet Roloff, “The Antibiotic Vitamin,” Science News, Week of Nov. 11, 2006; Vol. 170, No. 20, p. 312.Loloff’s article reads like a detective story.  Several teams working independently put together pieces that appear to relate vitamin D to cathelicidin production, and that to disease prevention.  Cause-effect relationships in health are tricky to establish, but this one seems to make sense.  Of course, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.  Vitamin D overdose can be toxic – to say nothing of sunburn.    This article is another example of healthy science with no need for evolutionary theory.  The E word was absent in the article and would have been superfluous.  The observations support design: an integrated system of inputs and outputs, checks and balances, and parts that fit together.  It looks like another example of irreducible complexity.  Notice especially how the chemical response of vitamin D is finely tuned to the energy of UV rays, emitted by the sun, that are able to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere, which screens most UV radiation.  Not only that, but the molecules are positioned in skin to the depth where the radiation reaches.  In short, the whole system is tuned, from the molecular reaction, to the gene network, to the tissue structure of skin, to the whole body, to the environment on Earth’s surface, to the planetary atmosphere, to the type of star.    Science should seek to understand how things work for the end goal of improving health, safety and societal welfare.  The findings from these studies could directly benefit third-world countries with multitudes of poor people afflicted with unnecessary diseases.  A little applied knowledge discovered through scientific (e.g., systematic) investigation of nature’s designs could pay a big dividend in health and comfort for millions of people.  Shouldn’t that be the goal of science?    For your Thanksgiving meal, consider adding some good sources of vitamin D.  You don’t have to substitute cod liver oil for turkey, but a balanced diet should take this essential nutrient into account.  And instead of watching the football game inside this year, how about getting into a good game yourself in the healthful outdoor sunshine?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Prime Minister Calls on Church to Preach Against Violence

first_img The Prime Minister said the church’s capacity for counselling and outreach must be used to aid those affected by abuse, as this represents a “practical way we can start to address the issue of violence… which has become a part of our social transaction”. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure. Mr. Holness also challenged the church to speak out against family members committing sexual abuse against minors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure.“Bring it to your pulpit. We cannot allow much of what is happening, particularly the abuse that is happening within families,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the 13th annual National Gathering of Heal the Family, Heal the Nation, held at the National Arena in Kingston on January 3.Mr. Holness also challenged the church to speak out against family members committing sexual abuse against minors.He argued that much of these kinds of abuse result in the perpetuation of greater physical abuse such as beatings from parents, who are supposed to protect their children.“If you see something like that, it is not right. It cannot be accepted practice in our culture. We must expose it and preach against it. If you see someone suffering quietly, reach out to them,” he encouraged.The Prime Minister said the church’s capacity for counselling and outreach must be used to aid those affected by abuse, as this represents a “practical way we can start to address the issue of violence… which has become a part of our social transaction”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness hailed the chief organisers of the event, Bishop Dr. Delford Davis, and his wife, Minister Dr. Petrova Davis, of the Power of Faith Ministries International, for staging it over the last 13 yearsFor her part, Custos of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also commended Dr. Davis “for his steadfastness of purpose” in conceptualising the event and his commitment to healing the families of the nation.Dr. Dunwell, who delivered an address on behalf of the Governor-General, indicated that strong families represent the foundation of a nation worthy of respect from its neighbours and people of the world.The event was held in partnership with the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches under the theme, ‘Jamaica is God’s Place, So is my House’. It brought together members of a number of denominations to pray for the nation, families and Jamaica’s leadership.Also in attendance were Cabinet Ministers and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Commissioner George Quallo.last_img read more

Port of Long Beach Delivers Record First Quarter

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Long Beach Marine terminals at the Port of Long Beach handled a total of 3.87 million TEUs during the first three months of 2018, marking its best-ever first quarter.For the three-month period ended March 31, the port’s volumes jumped by 19.1 percent compared to 3.25 million TEUs reported in the first quarter of 2017.Loaded imports were up by 7.3 percent at 267,824 TEUs, while exports surged by 18.3% to 142,419 TEUs. The Port of Long Beach added that its empties increased by 21.9 percent, reaching 165,015 TEUs.The port’s March throughput reached 575,258 TEUs, an increase of 13.8 percent compared to 505,382 TEUs seen in the same month last year.“Our March cargo jumped despite the shipping slowdown during the Lunar New Year holiday in China,” Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said.“One of the most encouraging signs throughout this surge in cargo last year and this year is the operational efficiency at our marine terminals. We are handling record levels of cargo with no delays,” Cordero added.last_img read more

Akwesasne smuggler with Jimmy Hoffa The mysterious disappearance of Acid Adams

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe seer told him he should make a small feast of frybread for the dead.Leave it in the bush with a shot of whisky because someone put a hex on you using graveyard dirt, the seer said.There also is a shipment coming soon across the river, said the seer, the courier will lose it in the ice.Richard “Acid” Adams wrote these prescriptions and predictions in black ink on a white piece of paper from a Hilton hotel. The note is still kept by Adams’ mother Jolene Adams along with his braided lock of black hair.She received the braided hair in a blue Ziploc bag handed to her by Richard Adams’ former girlfriend and mother of his two youngest children. Jolene Adams received it in July 2009, the same month U.S. authorities indicted Richard Adams for smuggling marijuana from Canada into the U.S., across the river, in a Drug Enforcement Authority operation called Cash Cow.The same month he vanished. He was 46.“As soon as I touched his hair I knew he was in big trouble,” said Jolene Adams, sitting at her kitchen table in her home in the Snye section of Akwesasne which sits in Québec but is only accessible by road through the U.S.She last saw her son on July 5, 2009, a day before he and two other men roared across the St. Lawrence River from Snye in his Baja speedboat to a house Richard Adams rented from a Marina owner in Summerstown, Ont.“When he came and he told me was going to be gone for a few days I really didn’t question it because he comes and goes all the time,” said Jolene Adams.Then the days turned to weeks turned to years.Richard “Acid” Adams vanished in 2009. Photo courtesy of familyLawsuit claims West Eng Gang member involvementThis past July, the family obtained an official declaration of death from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Then, this week, the family filed a statement of claim in a lawsuit against Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Jerry Swamp and one of his investigators Leroy Swamp for negligence and incompetence in their investigation to find Richard Adams.The lawsuit also names several people it alleges hold pieces to the story behind his disappearance including a wheelchair bound man named Shane Maloney, a reputed high-ranking member of the Irish Mob known as the West End Gang in Montréal. Maloney is currently in a Quebec jail awaiting a 2017 trial on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into Canada as a result of a major 2012 Sûreté du Québec drug operation known as Project Loquace.It’s no secret Akwesasne’s location, straddling the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders, make it a tempting location to move contraband goods across the international boundary. One can take a boat from the northern shore east of Cornwall, Ont., cross the St. Lawrence River into the St. Regis Village or Snye sections of Akwesasne and then drive across the U.S. border without the need of passing through customs. Just take a left onto Hwy 37 and your next stop is Boston or New York City.Many of the current smuggling routes were carved in the 1980s and early 1990s when Big Tobacco used Akwesasne smugglers to move cigarettes into Canada.The tobacco companies would export their product to the U.S. and then smuggle them back to avoid the high taxes in Canada.The business proved lucrative to some in Akwesasne, a community of farmers, artists and iron workers. Richard Adams’ father Roy was an iron worker. For some, they had a choice, work on the iron towers and bridges of America which required weeks away from family, or stay close to home and make a living criss-crossing the waters of their own territory, moving product considered illegal by two countries they didn’t necessary recognize as having jurisdiction over Mohawk land.Jolene Adams, mother of Richard Adams, holding her son’s clip braided lock of hair.For over 20 years Richard Adams lived a life speeding between the shores of the river moving contraband for the underworld.He was good at it. He made cash. Lots of cash.Then, he was gone.Adams’ sister Della Adams received a message last year from an individual in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community that sits just south of Montreal.“Truth is Richard (Acid) Adams is with Jimmy Hoffa. The same day he went to (an) old Montreal underground parking lot for a meet,” said the message.This is all the family has ever had to go one. Cryptic messages, whispers and speculation.Richard Adams is in Manila. Richard Adams is in Brazil.He’s dead.But where was the body?The family asked seers.“We have seen many seers and every one of them have the same story, every one of them have said that he’s gone,” said Joelen Adams. “He has told through the seer, he has told us that he wants us to pursue this investigation because he wants us to know how he died.”One seer said they saw a cage and a river.Operation Cash CowOn the morning of October 20, 2008, a man named Jason Baldassare drove a rented Hyundai Sonata to a compound owned by Richard Adams in Snye. Adams had previously moved a load of marijuana across the river and he gave Baldassare two hockey bags holding 27 kilograms of Quebec-grown marijuana.Baldassare drove out of Adams’ compound into a net set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).Two weeks earlier, DEA agents, with a Department of Homeland Security surveillance craft circling above and intercepting radio communications stopped a rented Toyota Sienna minivan on Ryan Rd near Chateaugay, NY, about 7 km south of the Canada-U.S. border, with about 104 kg of marijuana.Operation Cash Cow was in full swing. Armed with informants and the smuggling organization’s radio frequencies, the DEA took down the network, which moved Quebec-grown marijuana throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, one member at a time.Adams fled across the river a day before the indictment against the organization was unsealed in U.S. Federal Court to a house he rented from Winston McIntosh, the owner of Whimpy’s Marina near Summerstown, Ont.McIntosh was on his deck that Monday afternoon when he saw Adams in his Baja speedboat roaring to the dock at his rented house.“It was coming awful fast…I knew they were in a hurry, I could sense it,” said McIntosh.McIntosh said there was a man waiting for Adams with an older model, green Chevy pickup truck. Adams and a second man jumped out of the Baja which then turned and roared away. Adams climbed into the green pickup truck and the third man drove off in Adams’ green Mercedes which was also parked at the rental house.Winston McIntosh, owner of Whimpy’s Marina, saw Richard Adams they day he fled Akwesasne.Trail gone coldHere is where fog begins to envelop the story.Adams may have stayed in nearby Lancaster, Ont., for a couple of days before he went to Montreal. What happened in Montreal remains a mystery, at least on the public record. It’s believe Adams at one point may have stayed at a home near Montreal owned by man named Adam Harris, who is described in the statement of claim filed by Adams’ family as someone “closely involved with the criminal operations.”Adams also met with his then-girlfriend Tanya Barilko while in Montreal. This is when he is said to have cut his braid and given it to Barilko who later gave it to his mother.Adams told some associates he was going to get a new identity and that his contacts were going to help him flee the continent.Dean Doxtator, from Oneida on the Thames First Nation, said he was one of the last to see Adams alive in Montreal. Doxtator, who is named in the lawsuit, said Adams expressed regret and remorse at the time.“He said he was sorry for what he did to the family getting into where he was in the situation,” said Doxtator. “He didn’t want to cause any burden. I think it was more like shame to his family. He knew what he was into, who he was dealing with.”Doxtator, who found out this week he was named in the lawsuit, said he is willing to say all he knows in an affidavit. He believes Adams is dead.The lawsuit also named Maloney who dealt directly with Adams. Maloney was convicted in December 2013 for ordering the beating of an off-duty Montreal cop in Mexico in January 2011 who was caught trying to take photographs of the gangsters partying with other Quebec police officers. Maloney is currently at the Rivieres-des-Prairies Detention Centre in Quebec awaiting trial on 13 drug, gang, conspiracy and firearms related charges stemming from Project Loquace.Kenny Cree, a smuggler from Akwesasne, is named in the lawsuit filed by Richard Adams’ family. FacebookAdams and Maloney are also both listed in U.S. court documents as associates of former drug king pin Jimmy Cournoyer, also known as Cosmo, who was the head of a $1 billion “drug empire” which smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and then used the proceeds to import cocaine back to Canada.  Cournoyer was linked to the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.Couronyer pleaded guilty in 2013 and is now in U.S. prison.The DEA investigation into Cournoyer gathered speed after agents moved against an Akwesasne smuggling ring in 2009 headed by Kenny Cree, Randy Square and David Sunday two months before the indictment was filed against Adams.The DEA managed to flip Cree, according to a New York Times article, who was facing a lengthy prison sentence.The Adams family’s lawsuit names Cree and alleges he was “instrumental in the death of Richard Adams.”APTN attempted to contact Cree through one of his lawyers, but received no response.Akwesasne Mohawk Police failed to follow leadsJolene Adams blames the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for letting her son’s trail run so cold.“I don’t know how many phone calls I made to the police station and got no cooperation and nothing, nothing from them,” said AdamsThe Mohawk police did have leads.On Jan. 27, 2010, the RCMP in Montreal told Det.-Const. Norman King that Richard Adams was “not in this world anymore,” according to an Ontario Provincial Police report from an investigation into the Akwesasne police’s handling of the case.That same month, the OPP Drug Enforcement section first told King that Adams was vacationing out of the country in the fall of 2009 and then that he was “deceased and that the family was aware of this,” said the report.Shane Maloney, high-ranking member of West End Gang. Montreal Police photoThe report also said the Akwesasne police possessed two of Adams’ cell number but never obtained a production order to track the cell phone’s usage. Both phones were in service in the fall of 2009. One cell phone, which operated on a Telus plan, was “cancelled by the subscriber” on Dec. 3, 2009.An analysis of the Akwesasne police’s investigation done for the family by Ottawa lawyer James Foord, of Foord Davies, concluded “it seems clear that little has been done to meaningfully investigate (Adams’) whereabouts.”Adams disappeared a year after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in front of his parent’s home. Jolene and Roy Adams have only one surviving child, their daughter Della.“Unless somebody has gone through a death of a child, nobody understands the pain and the grief of losing one. The gravity of the pain is so great,” said Jolene Adams. “It’s more pain because we didn’t know whether (Richard Adams) was alive or dead.”The missing and murdered men of AkwesasneThere was a bigger issue at play behind Jolene and Roy Adams’ decision to file the lawsuit and that is the high number of missing and murdered men from Akwesasne.“There is more to this court action than Richard. We have young men that have been murdered that have gone missing where the police have not done a proper investigating if an investigation ever did exist,” said Adams. “This is about our community. I am not dismissing Richard’s role in the illegal stuff that has been going on in our community, I am not dismissing that…All this stuff that is happening, they are hurting the community, they are hurting our young people. There is a whole generation that is being hurt right now because of this illegal trafficking of drugs, aliens and I don’t know what else.”As for calling out violent underworld figures, the family said they’ve moved beyond fear.“A lot of people are saying it’s dangerous. But I am 75 years-old. I don’t need to see any more than what’s going on right now. I am not afraid that something is going to happen to me,” said Roy Adams.Adams was a father to six boys.His last girlfriend, Tanya Barilko, is also named in the lawsuit.Barilko could not be reached for comment.Roy Adams, Richard Adams’ father, on the St. Lawrence [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more