Andrew Mangiapane leads Flames over Ducks 6-4

CALGARY – Andrew Mangiapane scored his first career hat-trick and added an assist as the Calgary Flames used five third-period goals for a 6-4 comeback win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

With the home side trailing 3-1, Mangiapane’s 12th goal and second of the afternoon at 4:46 got the comeback started. After Sam Bennett tied it 19 seconds later, Mangiapane set up Matthew Tkachuk at 12:59. Tkachuk’s initial shot was stopped, but he fired in the rebound from a scramble.

Mangiapane capped off his evening with an empty-net goal, taking a pass from Johnny Gaudreau. Mangiapane’s four-point afternoon was also a career-high.

Sean Monahan scored what held up as the winner for Calgary (31-24-6), which snapped a four-game losing skid on home ice.

Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg, Nicolas Deslauriers and Devin Shore, with four seconds remaining, scored for Anaheim (24-28-7). The Ducks had gone six straight on the road without a regulation loss.

Cam Talbot made 26 saves for the win. He improves to 9-9-1.

Ryan Miller, who was peppered with 43 shots, took the loss. He falls to 7-6-3.

Leading 2-1 after 20 minutes, Anaheim made it a two-goal cushion at 3:05 when Deslauriers’s shot from the sideboards caromed sharply off the skate of Flames defenceman Michael Stone and went over Talbot’s shoulder.

But the Flames dug in and responded big time with five straight goals.

The Ducks opened the scoring 5:53 into the second, taking advantage of a turnover inside the Anaheim blueline by Bennett. Nick Ritchie corralled the loose puck and sprung Henrique on a breakway and on a move from in-close, he just managed to squeeze a shot through the pads of Talbot.

Mangiapane tied it up less than a minute later, burying Noah Hanifin’s rebound, but another costly mistake led to the Ducks re-taking the lead at 10:37.

Hanifin mishandled the puck in his own end allowing Silfverberg to stroll in alone on Talbot and he scored a nifty deke.

Notes: Monahan’s 190th career goal moves him into eighth on the Flames all-time list, tied with Joe Mullen… Prior to the game, Flames placed C Derek Ryan (flu) on IR and called up C Glenn Gawdin, 22, from Stockton, in case ailing C Mikael Backlund, also wasn’t well enough to play. But Backlund suited up, so Gawdin’s NHL debut must wait… Ducks D Korbinian Holzer played in his 200th career game.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 17, 2020.

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Federal government asks court for more time to amend assisted dying law

The federal government is asking for more time to amend the assisted-dying law, acknowledging that it can’t meet a court-imposed deadline to drop a provision that allows only those who are already near death to qualify for medical help to end their lives.

Justice Minister David Lametti filed a motion Monday requesting a four-month extension on the court ruling.

Quebec Superior Court Judge Christine Baudouin ruled last September that it is unconstitutional to limit the right to a medically assisted death to those whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.”

She gave the government until March 11 to drop that provision from the law.

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Family says government did not protect young girl murdered in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Relatives of a seven-year-old girl murdered in Mexico said on Monday the government had failed to protect her despite their pleas for help, while President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appeared to blame the crime on neo-liberal economics.

Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett went missing on Feb. 11. Her body was discovered over the weekend inside a plastic garbage bag in Mexico City’s Tlahuac neighborhood, only days after another murder of a young woman triggered angry protests.

Sonia Lopez, Aldrighett’s aunt, said the girl could have been found alive if authorities had listened to the family.

“Fatima is not with us because the protocols were not followed, because the institutions did not give the attention they should have,” Lopez said, her voice breaking with emotion as she spoke to reporters. “We will not forget her.”

Lopez said precious hours were wasted after Aldrighett was reported missing. She also said social services had not heeded earlier calls to help the girl’s mother, who has health problems, support her daughter.

Mexico City’s attorney general and mayor promised justice and offered a $107,000 reward for information.

Asked about the girl’s death, Lopez Obrador said he was sure authorities would catch the perpetrators, but said punishment alone was not the solution.

The bigger challenge, he said, was to purify Mexican society, which he said had “fallen into decline, a progressive degradation that has to do with the neo-liberal model.

“There is a deep crisis of loss of values.”

Lopez Obrador regularly blames Mexico’s most salient problems, such as corruption, poverty and violence, on policies implemented during the era of pro-market policies such as economic liberalization starting in the 1980s.

Family members and parents protested on Monday outside Aldrighett’s home and her school, where she was seen leaving accompanied by an adult woman last week. #JuticiaParaFatima, or Justice for Fatima, was tweeted 179,000 times and her name was a top global trend.

The girl’s grandfather, Guillermo Anton Godinez, standing outside the family’s modest home in a poor neighborhood with tears streaming down his face, said Lopez Obrador could not blame only his predecessors for Mexico’s problems.

“Now he is in charge, he is president … He should show us he is different from past administrations.”

Comments on social media noted that other countries that have free-market economies do not suffer the levels of gender violence seen in Mexico.

The murder of the girl came after women on Friday daubed the words “femicide state” in blood-red on the door of Mexico’s National Palace and demanded justice for 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla, whose killer skinned her body last week.

Lopez Obrador on Monday asked the protesters not to paint the walls and door of the palace, saying his government was working to end the murder of women.

An average of 10 women a day are killed in Mexico and the year 2019, the first of Lopez Obrador’s government, set an overall homicide record, official data shows. Victims of femicide increased 10% in 2019 to over 1,000.

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China's Hubei province reports 93 new coronavirus deaths

BEIJING (Reuters) – The number of deaths in China’s central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak rose by 93 to 1,789 as of Monday, the province’s health commission said on its website on Tuesday.

There had been a further 1,807 cases detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, taking the total in the province to 59,989.

Most of the new deaths on Monday were in Hubei’s provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Wuhan reported 72 new deaths, down from 76 on Sunday. A total of 1,381 people in Wuhan have now died from the virus.

New confirmed cases in Wuhan stood at 1,600, down from 1,690 on Sunday.

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Water bus option pitched on South Saskatchewan River

A man who studies hydraulic engineering in his spare time says the City of Saskatoon should consider expanding transit off of land and onto an undervalued thoroughfare.

Paul Van Pul is pitching the idea of water buses for public transportation along the South Saskatchewan River. He explained one of his pet projects during a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan on Feb. 14.

“We would have the park-and-rides by the boat bridges or maybe even by the new (Chief Mistawasis Bridge) that was opened up in the north of the city. A park-and-ride for the people that come from outside the city. And then a couple of stops in the city, like by River Heights. Of course, at the university for the students,” he said.

“It’s a lot more relaxing and that’s what we see when you talk with people that in cities that have a water bus. They like it because it’s so quiet, it’s relaxing and going to work, coming from work, you want to relax and that’s what you don’t get on the road.”

A new hydropower station has been proposed at the existing Saskatoon weir to generate 5.5 to 6.1 megawatts of clean power. Saskatoon Light & Power has been studying the potential for the system since 2009.

“For the moment, there aren’t many plans by the city except for the hydropower proposal because the city is not, I think, that interested in the river … nobody looks at the river itself,” Van Pul said.

“The river is considered by in the minds of the people in Saskatoon, I think, as an obstacle. And so the only solution to the obstacle is building more bridges across it. No. We have to look at the river itself too and what the possibilities of the river are. … We use it, but we could do better.”

The now-retired land surveyor said he’s taken it upon himself to research the history of hydraulic engineering for roughly the past 30 years. Van Pul added he’s made his case to the city on a number of occasions in the past decade.

“My problem, though, is that (the city) sees more of an advantage in a hydropower proposal. And that’s where I’m scared of the whole thing. Because of the moment they decide they want to build the hydropower station on the weir then we’re stuck for the next hundred years,” he said.

“I think if we look at one project, there should be an alternative. That the citizens of Saskatoon should have the possibility of looking at … let the citizens decide.”

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Tenille Arts performs Canadian national anthem at NBA All-Star 2020 Game

Weyburn, Sask. musician Tenille Arts can add another accolade to her list of accomplishments.

She performed the Canadian national anthem at the NBA All-Star 2020 Game in Chicago on Sunday.

Arts took to Twitter to show her appreciation writing “Flying back to Nashville, looking through photos, and feeling so grateful that the @NBA Family welcomed me with open arms at the @NBAAllStar Game!”

“Thank you to everybody who has sent me such kind words since last night! I’m so thankful.”

This is not Arts’ first taste of the NBA. She sang the Canadian national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors in June 2019.

Arts appeared in an episode of The Bachelor that aired earlier in 2020 – her third time on the show.

She was recently listed as an artist to watch in 2020 by Amazon Music Canada.

Arts released her new album Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between in January.

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Macron GIVES IN as he green lights EU expansion after warning against new member states

Paris believes the Brussels bloc faces too many challenges right now to let in two more states from the war-scarred Balkans, but has reluctantly agreed to preliminary talks. “We are waiting for the European Commission report in March and depending on that, if the results are positive and confidence is established, then we should be in a position to open the negotiations,” M Macron told a security conference in Munich.

His comments look set to end his veto on the two Balkan countries’ EU membership and also reassure other European leaders that Paris still supports EU enlargement.

The 42-year-old centrist had refused to approve the start of accession negotiations at a summit in October, insisting the enlargement process needed to undergo deep reform first.  

Paris argues the bloc faces too many challenges right now to let in two more states from the Balkans, a region scarred by ethnic wars in the 1990s and riddled with crime and corruption.

But M Macron also warned enlargement was not a miracle cure for the bloc’s difficulties in speaking with one voice and that more members also meant the need for a bigger EU common budget – a proposal northern EU states reject.

He said: “It doesn’t work at 27 (EU members) so do you think it will work at 32 or 33? We are not coherent… The implicit strategy is that we think of Europe as a big market but not a political power with collective preferences and a minimum of convergence.”  

The European Commission, for its part, is worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in Albania and North Macedonia and has repeatedly reprimanded Paris for blocking talks.  

Earlier this month, however, the Commission suggested giving EU governments more say in the process and making it easier to stop or reset negotiations and freeze funds, a key French demand.

Serbia and Montenegro also hope to join the EU but the enlargement process has been stalled amid concerns about immigration and the strains of Brexit.

The United Kingdom officially left the EU on January 31, dealing a hammer blow to the bloc.

With Britain’s departure, the EU has lost its second biggest economy, the second biggest contributor to the Commission budget and more than 15 percent of its total GDP.

Post-Brexit negotiations are scheduled to begin in March, but the two sides have already set out clashing visions of their future relationship that could result in the most distant of ties.

The bloc insists there should be a level playing field over the long term on social, state aid and environmental standards and has warned the UK against undercutting its rules.  

The Government, however, says it does not need to accept the bloc’s rules in order to strike a trade deal.  

“There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules … any more than the EU should be obliged to accept UK rules,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this month.

“Are we going to insist that the EU does everything that we do as the price of free trade? Are we? Of course not,” he said in a speech in London.

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More snow on the way for Peterborough and area: Environment Canada

A winter weather travel advisory is in effect for Peterborough and area on Tuesday.

Environment Canada says a band of snow will move over eastern Ontario starting around 2 a.m. Tuesday and will continue into the morning, bringing snowfall amounts of five to 10 centimetres by the afternoon. Higher amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres are possible in a few areas north of Lake Ontario.

“Poor winter driving conditions from accumulating snow and low visibility in briefly heavier snow are likely by Tuesday morning,” the advisory issued at 3:17 p.m. said. “The morning commute will be affected. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination.”

The advisory is in effect for Peterborough, Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes, Bancroft, Hastings Highlands and Northumberland County.

Snow will change over to rain or drizzle Tuesday afternoon as a warm front moves through and temperatures rise above 0 C, the advisory states.

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'Cancer does not wait': Children's medicine shortage stokes anger in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hermes Soto, who turned 5 on Monday, will not be celebrating his birthday with friends. Instead, he is bracing for his 15th chemotherapy session to tackle a rare but aggressive form of cancer that threatens to kill him.

For his mother, Esperanza Paz, the ordeal is compounded by fears of another round of shortages in the supply of the life-saving vincristine drug needed to treat the soft-tissue cancer in her son’s forearm.

“He can relapse. The cancer can come back,” said Paz, after a vital round of chemotherapy was delayed by a week in mid-January due to vincristine shortages in his Mexico City hospital.

“The concern is that Hermes is now in the final stage of his treatment. We only need two cycles of chemotherapy to finish,” added Paz, a crafts-maker who lives with her three small children in a modest home in the capital.

Hermes, who has undergone three surgeries since October 2018, is one of dozens of children whose cancer treatment has been imperilled by shortages following a procurement shake-up by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government, which centralized drug purchases to reduce corruption and overpricing.

Lawyer Andrea Rocha represents parents of more than 60 children, mostly cancer patients, who have been unable to find the correct medicines in Mexico in recent months. She has filed lawsuits aimed at compelling the government to give the children medicine.

The festering issue has morphed into a major headache for Lopez Obrador, popular for his promises to improve the lot of Mexico’s most vulnerable. Images of sick children and distraught parents criticizing the government from crowded hospital wards have led to tough questions aimed at the president in news conferences.

Lopez Obrador has said in recent weeks that Mexico now has enough medicines. He said scarcity in recent months was linked to Mexican pharmaceutical distributors who were resisting the procurement changes, along with hospital officials who he said hoarded medicines and supply issues from drug companies in China and India.

The president’s office and the health ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Sporadic shortages of medicines predate Lopez Obrador, but the rise in protests from parents is a sign the problem has worsened. [nL4N2332WL] Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, an independent government body, said it had received more than 500 complaints about shortages since November.

“We didn’t have a first-rate health system before but since the change of administration, the problem of shortages has grown immensely,” said Rocha. “There has never been such a big crisis.”

For a while, some parents were able to deal with the problem by forking out extra cash to buy prescription medicine in private pharmacies. But they say some drugs are now unavailable even privately.

On Jan. 1, the government scrapped the Popular Insurance healthcare system, which charged fees and had a membership system. Instead, it launched a universal healthcare system that is free at point of use, the Health Institute for Wellbeing, or Insabi.

“The president tells us that there will be a total supply from December 1. But cancer does not wait,” said Paz, referring to Lopez Obrador’s recent comments that Insabi would provide access to free medicine and a health system comparable to Denmark’s before the end of the year.

Denmark allocates more than 10% of its GDP to health, while Mexico contributes 5.9%.


Childhood cancer is the second-highest cause of death among children in Mexico, according to official figures. Each year, an average of 2,300 children die from 7,500 new cases.

While official data is not available, parents say two young boys died because of the lack of medicine in recent months.

The shortages are also impacting non-cancer patients, including children who underwent organ transplants.

This is particularly dangerous for children such as 7 year-old Diana, who has had 19 operations and had to wait four years for a kidney transplant.

Her mother, Monica Marquez, a 41-year-old handicraft seller, said she had to pay out of pocket and rely on donations to buy Tacrolimus and Mycophenolic acid, two vital immunosuppressive drugs for her daughter.

But shortages have caused the price of Tacrolimus to shoot up from 2,500 pesos ($135) to 14,000 pesos ($755) for a two-week dose, making it unaffordable for low-income families.

Fearing her daughter will relapse and “go back to the way she was before,” Marquez’s frustration with the government grows.

“I feel that they are underplaying it,” she said. “They are trying to cover the sun with a finger when clearly there is a very big problem.”

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Death of ‘Love Island’ star highlights toxic content of tabloid press, social media

The death of one of Britain’s most famous TV stars, “Love Island” host Caroline Flack, has sparked a debate over the behavior of the tabloid press and whether social media companies need to do more to remove toxic content.

The 40-year-old Flack, the former presenter of the hugely popular reality show “Love Island” and a winner of Britain’s version of “Dancing with the Stars,” was found dead in her London flat on Saturday after she died by suicide.

Friends of the presenter have accused the tabloid press and social media trolls of hounding her after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend in December, a charge she denied.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman called her death a tragedy and said social media companies needed to do more to make sure that robust processes were in place to remove unacceptable content.

“Caroline Flack was relentlessly trolled online, but this trolling was amplified and legitimized by the mainstream press and they should not be allowed to dodge their share of the blame,” said Tracy Brabin, the opposition Labour Party’s culture spokeswoman.

Britain is once again discussing the role of its tabloid press, just weeks after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan moved to Canada, partly to avoid what they said was misleading and unfair reporting.

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