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Pittsburgh Penguins top Vancouver Canucks 5-0 in wake of synagogue shooting

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VANCOUVER — Sidney Crosby says his team is standing with its city after an attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh left 11 people dead and six others wounded.

Speaking with reporters ahead of a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain and Nova Scotia native said the team’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“Knowing Pittsburgh, I know that we’ll stick together and rally around them and be there to support and help them any way we can,” said Crosby, 31, adding that the people who live in the city are strong.

WATCH: Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins react to news of the synagogue shooting







The Vancouver Canucks had two of their most promising young players back in the lineup Saturday, but that didn’t appear to matter against the veteran star power of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist, leading his Penguins (6-1-2) to a 5-0 rout of the Canucks (6-6-0), who saw Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson return from injury.

Crosby also scored twice, and Phil Kessel found the back of the net once.

The Penguins are simply a really good team, said Canucks head coach Travis Green.

“They’ve got some world-class players that can score if you give them the chance,” he said.

The Canucks started off strong, holding the Penguins to a scoreless first period, but Vancouver couldn’t seem to get past Pittsburgh netminder Casey DeSmith, who stopped all 29 shots he faced Saturday for his second NHL shutout.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday October 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

“I thought we came out fast and spent a lot of time in their zone,” Green said.

“But at the end of the day, you’ve got to find a way to put a puck in the back of the net.”

DeSmith, the 27-year-old backup for the Penguins, said he wanted another crack at the Canucks after dropping the last contest between the two teams on Oct. 16.

That game saw Boeser beat DeSmith 34 seconds into overtime.

“I don’t like losing and the way we lost. I felt the overtime goal I could have had so that has kind of been on my mind since the last time, and that was actually the last game I played,” said DeSmith, who called the Penguins’ victory a “textbook road win.”

“It just so happened my next game was against these guys, and that worked out well.”

WATCH: People sing songs, lay flowers and candles at Pittsburgh vigil after shooting







The victory completes a clean sweep for the Penguins on their four-stop Canadian road trip. The club also grabbed victories in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary.

One bright spot for the Canucks in Saturday’s loss was the return of the team’s two marquee young forwards. Boeser had missed two games with a groin injury, while Pettersson had been sidelined with a concussion after he was hit by Florida defenceman Mike Matheson on Oct. 13.

Boeser has put up six points in nine games, and Pettersson has registered five goals and three assists in his first five NHL outings.

The pair skated together on a line with Nikolay Goldobin for much of Saturday’s game, and the trio combed for six shots but failed to find the back of the net.

The match marked the first time Pettersson played the Penguins, and the 19-year-old rookie said lining up against the likes of Crosby and Malkin was fun.

“I’ve grown up watching them and see them in the Stanley Cup and all that, and just how good of players they are so it’s fun to meet them,” he said.

Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom turned away 30 of 35 shots in the loss, keeping his squad in the game with several clutch saves, including in the first period when he sprawled to make a left-skate save off a rocket from Malkin.

But Markstrom wasn’t happy with his performance.

“No, 5-0 on the board you can’t be happy,” he said. “It’s a 60-minute game. You’ve got to play good all 60.”

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Malkin’s goals came just 59 seconds apart in the final frame.

The Russian centre also assisted on Kessel’s goal and said he has good chemistry with the right winger.

“When Phil plays good, I am playing good. When he is feeling it, I feel it, too. When he is lazy, I am like I can’t do it myself,” Malkin said.

Saturday’s game was the first in a four-game home stand for the Canucks. They’ll be back at Rogers Arena on Monday to take on the Minnesota Wild.



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Catholic Bishops react to military coup in Mali

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Contrary to the expectations of the people, the leadership of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM) has termed the Tuesday, August 18 military coup in the West African nation as “regrettable” and “a big failure for our democracy” and called for a change of mentality if the country has to put an end to coups.

In an interview with ACI Africa Wednesday, August 19, made available to RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY, RECONA, the President of CEM, Bishop Jonas Dembélé said that the governance challenges the country is facing can be managed through dialogue.

“The military coup that led to the ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is regrettable because we are in a state of law and democracy. This is the second time that Mali has had a military coup as a result of the way in which the country is governed. It is a big failure for our democracy even if there were reasons for it,” Bishop Dembélé told ACI Africa.

“It is true that our country has serious challenges including bad governance, the poor management of the economy, corruption, insecurity and so on,” Bishop Dembélé said and probed, “Why is it that we Malians have not managed to engage in dialogue to be able to discuss these problems and face up to these challenges responsibly?”

“Our leaders, our people lack transparency, they hate those who speak the truth and advocate for good governance. This mentality must change for our country to move on,” the Prelate told ACI Africa August 19.

Bishop Dembélé who is a frontline member of RECOWA-CERAO urged the military officials “to ensure a return to democracy as promised but most especially ensuring the new leadership of the country put the people first and tackle the security challenges facing the nation.”

Asked about the role of the Church in the current crisis, the 57-year-old Prelate noted, “For us the Catholic Church in Mali, our role is to preach peace; our role is to preach dialogue. We shall continue in this path of dialogue for peace just like Cardinal Jean Zerbo and some religious leaders initiated.”

“In a state of law, power is not in the hands of certain individuals but to the people. The anger of our people led to this crisis, but we must work for peace and reconciliation in Mali,” Bishop Dembélé said.

He continued in recollections, “The Bishops in Mali have always issued messages before every election in our country sounding the alert and inviting the government to organize transparent elections, ensure good governance and better management of resources.”
“But it seems our messages are never taken into consideration that is why we find ourselves in this situation today,” the Local Ordinary of Kayes Diocese told ACI Africa and added, “If the opinion of the Episcopal Conference of Mali is needed to mediate in bringing back stability and peace in the country, then we are ready.”

As a way forward, the Bishop urged the people of God in Mali to “seek the path to conversion” and to accept dialogue in the spirit of truth and honesty.
“We all want change in our

country, but this change can only be possible if individually we seek the path to conversion. It is for Malians be they Muslims or Christians or members of traditional religion, to do an examination of conscience and accept personal and community conversion in order to engage in sincere dialogue,” he said.

The Malian Prelate added, “Now there is this coup d’état to demand change we really wonder where change should come from. As long as we don’t change our behavior, our mentality, we will always have a repeat of the current situation.”

On Tuesday, August 18, President Keita announced his resignation and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, Aljazeera reported.
“For seven years, I have with great joy and happiness tried to put this country on its feet. If today some people from the armed forces have decided to end it by their intervention, do I have a choice? I should submit to it because I do not want any blood to be shed,” President Keita said August 18 during the televised address to the nation.

Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu
RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY, RECONA

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Harris accepts VP nomination

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Senator Kamala Harris formally accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday following a scathing speech by former President Barack Obama, who said the fate of the nation” depends entirely on the outcome of this election.”

Both Mr. Obama and Harris stressed the importance of voting, with Harris saying “we’re all in this fight together.” Harris sounded an optimistic note by highlighting her personal history and the promise of America, saying she was “so inspired by a new generation.”

“Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be not easy,” she said. “We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge to you that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.” She called Mr. Trump a “predator” in a speech that came after Mr. Obama issued his most forceful rebuke of his successor to date, saying Mr. Trump “hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.”

“This president and those in power — those who benefit from keeping things the way they are — they are counting on your cynicism,” Mr. Obama said. “They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter.

That’s how they win. That’s how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life, and the lives of the people you love. That’s how the economy will keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people fall through the cracks. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all.”

Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, speaking earlier in the night, both said they had hoped Mr. Trump would rise to the occasion. But they both stressed what they called his failures while in office, with Mr. Obama saying Mr. Trump has shown “no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”

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Mali coup leaders vow to hold elections as history repeats itself

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Mali coup leaders vow to hold elections as history repeats itself

The Malian soldiers who forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign in a coup promised early Wednesday to organize new elections after their takeover was swiftly condemned by the international community.

In a statement carried overnight on state broadcaster ORTM, the mutinous soldiers who staged Tuesday’s military coup identified themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People led by Colonel Major Ismael Wagué.

“With you, standing as one, we can restore this country to its former greatness,” Wagué said, announcing that borders were closed and that a curfew was going into effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m

The news of Keita’s departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators in the capital, Bamako, and alarm by former colonial ruler France and other allies and foreign nations.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled a closed meeting Wednesday August 19, 2020 afternoon to discuss the unfolding situation in Mali, where the U.N. has a 15,600-strong peacekeeping mission. Keita, who was democratically elected in a 2013 landslide and re-elected five years later, still had three years left in his term.

But his popularity had plummeted, and demonstrators began taking to the streets calling for his ouster in June.

West African regional bloc ECOWAS had sent mediators to try and negotiate a unity government but those talks fell apart when it became clear that the protesters would not accept less than Keita’s resignation.

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