Effort better in Vegas but Leafs lose sixth in row – Toronto Sun

November 20th, 2019

LAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, the saying goes.

The Maple Leafs can only hope they’ve left their losing streak behind in Sin City.

It’s six games now without a win, the longest skid since Mike Babcock’s first season behind the Toronto bench, when the club twice had six-game losing streaks in 2015-16.

A 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena featured a better effort from the Leafs, though one would hope so, considering the dismal ethic the team had in Pittsburgh against the Penguins in its previous game on Saturday, followed in the ensuing days with a players-only meeting.

Fact is, a loss is a loss, and the underachieving Leafs fell to 9-10-4. We understand it’s tight throughout the National Hockey League standings, but it’s jarring to see the Leafs with 22 points, just five more than the Detroit Red Wings, who sit last overall with 17.

Five points is all that separates the Leafs from last place. Think about that.

“We need to get a win here, it doesn’t matter how it is,” Jason Spezza said. “If it’s ugly, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.”

Another couple of losses on this trip, with stops in Phoenix and Denver coming up, and few could successfully argue that Babcock continue as coach.

In their past 16 games, the Leafs have won two in regulation.

A loss in Phoenix on Thursday would give the Leafs their first seven-game losing streak since January/February 2015, when they lost 11 in a row.

General manager Kyle Dubas must bear some responsibility. The Leafs have a backup goalie situation envied by no team in the NHL, and players who were added via trade, specifically Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci, have been disappointments.

Wouldn’t the soft Leafs love to have Nazem Kadri now, eh?

On Tuesday, the Leafs got back to within 3-2 in the third on a power-play goal by Zach Hyman at 12:47. With under four minutes to play, Marc-Andre Fleury made an astounding diving glove save on Nic Petan, who had an open net before the Vegas netminder appeared out of nowhere.

Toronto could not score on a late power play and Cody Eakin got the fourth Vegas goal, into an empty Leafs net with 21 seconds remaining.

“When you’re losing, it’s hard to stay the course, but I think that we played really well,” Hyman said. “We didn’t quit. We stuck with it.

“You go down 3-1, you can pack it in. We were strong throughout that third period, really pushed back. Fleury made a big save on Petey, Mickey (llya Mikheyev) hit the post. These aren’t excuses. Just reality.

“They won the game, but I think we had a chance to win. We didn’t quit. I think that’s really important and something to build off moving forward.”

After a couple of days of insisting they knew the effort had to be better — frankly, it didn’t have to be said, especially after the lopsided loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday — the Leafs had a lot more enthusiasm in the first period.

That waned in the second, when Cody Glass scored the only goal of the period, omn the power-playm to put Vegas up 1-0.

Spezza tied the game in the third, only to have Tomas Nosek score 42 seconds later at 8:08 when he stole the puck from Tyson Barrie in the neutral zone and beat Frederik Andersen on a breakaway.

“It’s tough,” said Barrie, enduring a personal season from hell. “I think we were playing a really good game to that point and then I make a bad turnover. That’s on me. Seems to be when it rains it pours right now. It’s going to take some mental toughness to get through that.”

Mark Stone gave Vegas a 3-1 lead, again on a power-play, at 10:22 of the third.

Babcock kept a stiff upper lip afterward.

“I’ve been around a long time. You’re in lots of situations where you don’t win for a while and you end up having a real good year,” Babcock said. “Just keep grinding.

“It’s disappointing but I’m always about the process and how hard guys play. We played way harder so I thought that was good.”


Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save against Toronto Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman (11) during the third period at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

GAME ON

Glass’ goal marked the 18th time in 23 games the Leafs have been down 1-0. No team in the NHL has given up the first goal more than Toronto … The Leafs’ penalty-killers have allowed at least one power-play goal in 13 of the past 16 games, including two on Tuesday. Said Babcock: “We’ve got to keep it out. I didn’t think we were that bad tonight on it, to tell you the truth, but they got two so that’s not good enough. Maybe early in the year, when we didn’t skate as much in the pre-game skates, we should have spent more time doing it. We did that because we were trying to keep our guys fresher and the science part of it, but, in the end, you’ve got to execute on those things so that’s on me.” … Pierre Engvall, in his first NHL game, had the puck bounce over his stick on a good chance midway through the first. Engvall was on the left wing on the fourth line, taking the place of healthy scratch Dmytro Timashov, with Nick Shore and Frederik Gauthier. More often than not, the group had trouble clearing the zone, a problem that helped lead to Justin Holl taking a cross-checking minor. Holl was in the box when Glass scored … Alex Kerfoot joined the team during the day and watched from the press box. The centre, who had facial surgery last week, will take part in practice on Wednesday … Andersen said he “got a little bit outplayed by Fleury.” Vegas outshot Toronto 37-33.

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November 20th, 2019

Fleury’s big saves in 450th win help Golden Knights edge skidding Leafs – Sportsnet.ca

November 20th, 2019

LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his 450th win, including a diving stop late in the game, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Fleury is three wins behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for sixth place on the career list.

Mark Stone, Cody Glass, Tomas Nosek and Cody Eakin scored for Vegas. But for the second consecutive game it was Fleury who kept the Golden Knights in it with outstanding saves — particularly when the Maple Leafs turned up the pressure in the third period.

With 14:59 left, the 16-year veteran netminder stopped William Nylander on the doorstep. Then with 11:21 remaining, he stymied Toronto captain John Tavares’ first shot of the game, tipped the puck with the paddle of his stick to himself and snared it with his glove.

It was that kind of night for Fleury.

Moments later, with the heat still on, he robbed Nylander by sliding across the crease and stretching out his left pad at the right moment to prevent the puck from sneaking into the corner of the net.

The biggest save came with 3:43 to go, when Nic Petan’s backhand toward a wide-open net was thwarted as Fleury dove back to his left and with his body outstretched snatched the puck before it hit twine, sending 18,292 fans into a frenzy — even some wearing Maple Leafs jerseys.

Jason Spezza and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen, who has lost his last four starts, made 33 saves.

Vegas scored on both power-play opportunities and outshot the Maple Leafs 37-33.

After Max Pacioretty’s shot trickled through Anderson’s pads into the crease, Glass was there to clean up for a man-advantage goal that gave Vegas a 1-0 lead midway through the second period.

Toronto tied it when Ilya Mikheyev entered the zone and dropped the puck off for Spezza, who fired it past Fleury early in the third.

Vegas answered immediately when Nosek stole the pick in the neutral zone, raced in on a breakaway, put a filthy deke on Andersen and backhanded the puck into the net to make it 2-1 just 42 seconds after Spezza’s goal.

Stone extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play drive from the right dot at 10:22. Hyman cut Vegas’ lead to one with his first goal of the season at 12:47, but Eakin put the game away when he scored into an empty net with 21 seconds left.

NOTES: After the Maple Leafs placed forward Trevor Moore on injured reserve, forward Pierre Engvall was called up Monday and made his NHL debut for Toronto. … Pacioretty has at least one point nine of his last 11 games, and Vegas defenceman Nate Schmidt has six points in the last four games — including five assists in the past two.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Continue a six-game road trip, their longest of the season, Thursday at Arizona.

Golden Knights: Host division rival San Jose on Thursday.

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3 suspects deported from Canada after series of Surrey assaults – CBC.ca

November 20th, 2019

Surrey RCMP say three individuals will be deported from Canada as a result of their involvement in a series of assaults involving large groups of youths over the past several months.

Police say they have been looking into the crimes, which circulated on social media, since March and have investigated 50 individuals connected to the groups.

The most recent incident involved video of an assault with a weapon and vandalism to property which occurred in a Newton parking lot on Nov. 11.

An earlier video showed a fight taking place in the parking lot of a strip mall in Strawberry Hills in August.

“These deportations were as a direct result of some of the investigation that was done into that fight,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko.

Mayor responds to videos

Sturko said police were working in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency. The status of three other individuals is still being reviewed.

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum recently referred to the two videos circulating online that showed groups of men attacking each other and vandalizing cars, saying police need to take strong action.

In a Tuesday news release, police say they have been making progress on the cases that have been described as mob violence.

“We want to assure the community that our Community Response Unit has been actively engaged in this issue for the past eight months,” said Superintendent Shawn Gill.

The release says not all of the violent incidents involved international students, but police also issued a reminder that individuals visiting Canada on a visa can be removed from the country if they engage in any criminal activity.

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A New Type of Migraine Medication Just Passed a Promising Large-Scale Trial – ScienceAlert

November 20th, 2019

A new class of migraine medication could make a “big difference” for those in desperate need of relief.

The drug ubrogepant has not yet been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but a large-scale clinical trial suggests this oral pill might work safely where other treatments do not.

Within two hours of being taken, researchers found ubrogepant could stop a severe migraine in its tracks, performing significantly better than a placebo and with fewer risks than other drugs.

“Having ubrogepant as a potential new medication for the acute treatment of migraine will provide much-needed innovation for a disease that causes lost time for millions of people,” says neurologist Richard Lipton, a consultant for Allergan, the pharmaceutical company sponsoring the trial.

A debilitating migraine is more than just a bad headache, and it’s much harder for physicians to treat. In the US, more than 38 million people suffer from this neurological disease, and surveys show less than a third are satisfied with their care.

When it comes to effective and safe treatment, each patient is a little different, and in some of the more severe cases, options are limited and can even make things worse.

Since the 1990s, triptans have remained the most popular class of migraine medication for cases where over-the-counter meds simply don’t work.

But while triptans might help reduce pain and inflammation, they also constrict the body’s blood vessels. As a result, these drugs are not safe for people with high risks of heart disease or stroke, and still others don’t respond to them at all.

Even so, there haven’t been any new treatments for acute migraines in a long time. In fact, the FDA only recently approved a novel class of medication, called gepants, which can help stop severe headaches before they even get started.

Unlike triptans, which target serotonin in the brain, gepants use monoclonal antibodies to target a molecule called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that has a known role in migraines.

So far, only three CGRP inhibitors have been approved by the FDA and all of these are injections. If ubrogepant is deemed safe and effective enough, it will be one of the first oral gepants that can prevent acute migraines.

In a Phase 3 clinical trial, which was randomised, double-blind, and placebo-controlled, researchers tested out two different doses of ubrogepant on 1,686 patients, all of whom reported migraines between 2 and 8 times a month.

Participants were either given a tablet of ubrogepant containing 50 mg, 25 mg, or a placebo. During the trial, they were instructed to take one tablet as soon as possible, or within 4 hours of a moderate or severe migraine coming on.

If that initial dose wasn’t enough to stop the pain, a second dose was allowed, and this was randomised so that the patient either received a placebo or a repeat dose of ubrogepant. ‘Rescue medication’, like acetaminophen, NSAIDs, opioids, antiemetics, or triptans, was only used in cases where both doses did not work.

Of all those who took the lower and higher dose of ubrogepant, over 20 percent were free of pain within two hours. In comparison, the placebo relieved only 14 percent.

Getting rid of the most bothersome symptoms was a bit harder and required a higher dose of ubrogepant. In this case, only those taking 50 mg were significantly better off than those taking the placebo.

“The current results indicate that 50 mg of ubrogepant has the potential to address key treatment goals in the acute treatment of migraine,” Lipton and his colleagues write.

“Ubrogepant’s mechanism of action may make it an option for people who do not respond to currently available medications.”

It’s an effective drug, but it’s not as impressive as other medication already on the market. Previous research, for instance, has shown that within an hour, triptans can show safe and effective response rates in up to 70 percent of patients.

Neurologist Stephen Silberstein who was not involved in the study told CNN that while ubrogepants might be useful for those who can’t tolerate triptans, they aren’t better and they aren’t a magic cure-all.

Instead, it’s better to consider ubrogepant as a promising new mode of treatment for those patients who have slipped through the cracks.

“For the first time in a long time we’ve gone from no news to lots of good news,” Silberstein wrote in a recent review of the research.

“We’ve gone to these new medicines for the acute treatment of migraine, and we have new medicines for the prevention of migraine.”

Further research will be needed to evaluate the long-term safety of these drugs, but according to Lipton, FDA approval could come as early as next month.

This study was published in JAMA.

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Maple Leafs continue to spiral under slow starts, bad special teams – Sportsnet.ca

November 20th, 2019

LAS VEGAS — At this stage you have to wonder if we were the ones who miscalculated.

Those of us who looked at the Toronto Maple Leafs heading into the season and believed they were worthy of the Stanley Cup expectations that got placed on them.

In dropping a sixth straight game here Tuesday, there were things to like about their play. They tightened up considerably after the debacle in Pittsburgh and didn’t roll over after falling behind to the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 in the third period. The Leafs certainly didn’t look like a team trying to get their coach fired.

And yet … well, they didn’t generate very much offensively until they got chasing the game in the third period. They’ve now gone more than 427 consecutive minutes (and counting) since playing with a lead.

A dire situation grew just a little more desperate with Tuesday’s 4-2 loss.

“Definitely a much better effort. It was a good hockey game,” said Jason Spezza, who finished with a goal and an assist. “We lost the special teams battle and that ends up being the game. It’s something to build off of, but it’s frustrating.

“We need to get a win here; it doesn’t matter how it is. If it’s ugly, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.”

No matter how you slice it, they can’t keep playing from behind. They’ve allowed the first goal in 18 of 23 games, and they’ve trailed at some point in an astounding 21 of them.

That is just not the mark of a good hockey team.

Forget the names, forget some of the gaudy individual numbers, forget all of those market-recalibrating contracts. The Leafs have been so much less than the sum of their individual parts through 23 games that you have to question the roster construction as critically as Mike Babcock’s decisions behind the bench.

It was not the coach, we have to assume, that decided to trade their best-value contract in Nazem Kadri to Colorado for Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot. Barrie has not been able to replace what the Leafs lost with Jake Gardiner’s off-season departure, and cruelly he was the one who made the most egregious error in Tuesday’s defeat.

Not even a full minute after Spezza ripped a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to tie up a tight game in the third period, Barrie skated the puck into the neutral zone and had it stolen by Tomas Nosek.

That left the Vegas fourth-liner with a clear breakaway — his second of the game — and he stuffed it behind Frederik Andersen to restore a lead the Golden Knights wouldn’t squander.

“It seems to be when it rains it pours right now,” said Barrie. “It’s going to take some mental toughness to get through that. … I just kind of saw an opportunity to jump and I just went to go to my left and he got a good stick on it and then it just obviously gave him a breakaway.

“Not what you want to do as a defenceman and the last guy back. Yeah, that’s on me. It’s disappointing.”

Andersen also shouldered some blame by saying he was outplayed by Fleury, who delivered a save-of-the-year candidate by diving across his crease to snare a high Nic Petan backhander that looked destined to hit the back of the net.

That would have tied the score 3-3.

Instead it stayed out, the Leafs failed to create the tying goal on a power play inside the final three minutes and Cody Eakin scored into an empty net to put this one on ice.

Toronto’s much-maligned penalty kill checked in with an 0-for-2 night — giving up a Cody Glass tap-in after twice failing to clear the puck 200 feet before seeing Mark Stone beat Andersen clean to make it 3-1 — and, my goodness, stop me if you heard this before.

The Leafs power play is now ranked 18th while its penalty kill is 27th.

This group arrived here needing to atone for a flat performance in Pittsburgh — holding a players-only meeting, plus some individual sitdowns with Babcock. They took some steps while generating a healthy share of the scoring chances and high-danger chances, and still fell short.

“The bottom line is we’ve got to stick with it and just keep grinding,” said Babcock. “We had a chance on the power play at the end there and we didn’t execute on that. It’s disappointing but I’m always about the process and how hard guys play.

“We played way harder so I thought that was good.”

Still, it’s tough not to shake the feeling this season is sliding off the rails.

The Leafs — once considered the Cup favourite by bookies here in Vegas — are now five points from the bottom of the NHL. The list of teams in the Eastern Conference with a worse points percentage is alarmingly short: Ottawa, New Jersey and Detroit.

It’s Nov. 20 and it’s no time to search for silver linings from performances like this one.

“The talk is the talk. Like everyone talks, right?” defenceman Jake Muzzin said this week. “Address what needs to be addressed but then you’ve got to, honestly, you’ve just got to … get to work. It’s what you’ve got to do.

“I mean it’s not X’s and O’s it’s playing with passion and playing with heart. That’s what we need to do.”

They need to become the team we thought they were before it’s too late.

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Hong Kong students’ sewer escape thwarted as China feuds with U.K., U.S. – CBC.ca

November 20th, 2019

Some anti-government protesters trapped inside a Hong Kong university on Wednesday tried to flee through the sewers, where one student said she saw snakes, but fireman prevented the escape by blocking a trapdoor into the system.

Reuters witnesses said fewer than 100 protesters remained inside the Polytechnic University, ring-fenced 24 hours a day by riot police and barricades, after more than 1,000 were arrested since late on Monday.

Some surrendered while others were grabbed in escape attempts that included trying to clamber down ropes to waiting motorbikes.

Some protesters, wearing waterproof boots and carrying torches, resurfaced inside the campus on Wednesday after unsuccessfully probing the sewers — where fast-rising water levels are also a hazard — for a way out during the night.

It was unclear if any had managed to escape that way.

Firefighters, who the students let onto the campus, were in place to stop any further such attempts to flee, blocking the only feasible entrance into the sewer system in an underground car park.

‘Many cockroaches, many snakes’

“The sewer was very smelly, with many cockroaches, many snakes. Every step was very, very painful,” said Bowie, 23, a student at Hong Kong University who was forced to turn back.

“And the flow of water was strong. Hong Kong is a very developed city. I’d never thought that one day I would need to hide in a sewer or escape through sewers to survive…. The most unforgettable feeling is the fear when I was inside.”

A rescue diver enters the sewer to search for anti-government protesters who tried to escape from the besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Tuesday. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

She said she and friend were in the dirty water for about an hour, only to find they were no closer to escape.

“When we reached the end, we found we were still in the poly,” she said.

5,000 arrests

Police searched for any escapees during the night with spotlights, without resorting to the tear gas and rubber bullets, that marked clashes in recent days.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has called for a humane end to a siege that saw the most intense clashes since the protests escalated more than five months ago.

Riot police gather near a Louis Vuitton store during a demonstration in the financial district in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (Kin Cheung/The Associated Press)

They also tightened security in the streets around the university, making them safe enough for a late Tuesday visit by the force’s new commissioner, Chris Tang, at the end of his first day on the job.

Tang earlier urged the support of all citizens to end the unrest triggered by fears that Beijing is stifling the former British colony’s freedoms and extensive autonomy guaranteed in its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

New police motto

Tang is under pressure to restore police morale as well as public confidence in a force that has come in for widespread criticism for increasingly violent tactics to suppress the protests. Police deny accusations of using excessive force.

The police quietly rolled out a new, harder-edged motto on Tang’s first day, replacing “We Serve with Pride and Care” with “Serving Hong Kong with Honour, Duty and Loyalty.”

Police have made more than 5,000 arrests in connection with the protests since June.

Chinese leaders say they are committed to the “one country, two systems” formula put in place in 1997 and have accused foreign countries, including Britain and the United States, of stirring up trouble.

Britain ‘shocked’ by treatment of consulate employee

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned China’s treatment of a former employee of Britain’s Hong Kong consulate who told a newspaper Chinese secret police beat him seeking information about the protest movement.

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British mission’s business-development team when he was detained, told the Wall Street Journal that he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting the unrest.

Protesters sleep on the floor of a parking lot inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Wednesday. A dwindling number of exhausted pro-democracy protesters barricaded inside the Hong Kong university defied warnings on Tuesday to surrender. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

“Simon Cheng was a valued member of our team. We were shocked and appalled by the mistreatment he suffered while in Chinese detention, which amounts to torture,” Raab said, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In Washington, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” which would require the secretary of state to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration and would impose sanctions against officials responsible for rights violations.

The bill must be reconciled with similar legislation approved by the House of Representatives. Senate aides said they expected it to move forward eventually as an amendment to a defense bill expected to pass Congress this year.

‘Big fight’

China’s foreign ministry condemned the legislation, saying the United States should stop interfering in Hong Kong and Chinese affairs. The Hong Kong government expressed “deep regret” over it.

The unrest marks the most serious popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Protesters are escorted out of the main entrance to the Polytechnic University campus, the site of a multi-day standoff between demonstrators and police. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Some protesters emerged as the sun rose above the campus to express a range of feelings, from defiance to uncertainty.

They still have stocks of petrol bombs, bows and arrows and other makeshift weapons after a weekend of fiery clashes.

‘We’re not going to give up now’

One protester practiced firing arrows at a campus tower while others considered hiding in the maze of campus buildings, as they said a teacher had advised them to do.

Two protesters in body armour, wielding metal rods, were going to get some sleep after a night on guard, watching police movements outside.

“We need some energy to get ready for the big fight. Now that there’s not many of us left they may want to come in,” said a former student named Marc, 26.

“We know this place, it’s our home and it’s a maze, and we have weapons. We’re not going to give up now, it’s too late for that.”

The university on the Kowloon peninsula is the last of five that protesters had occupied to use as bases from which to disrupt the city over the past 10 days, blocking the central Cross-Harbour Tunnel outside and other arteries.

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November 20th, 2019

Options fade for last Hong Kong campus protesters as U.S. bill angers China – CBC.ca

November 20th, 2019

The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out.

Reuters witnesses said fewer than 100 protesters remained inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after more than 1,000 were arrested since late on Monday.

Some surrendered, while others were nabbed in escape attempts that included trying to clamber down ropes onto waiting motorbikes. Some protesters resurfaced inside the campus after unsuccessfully probing the sewers for a way out during the night. It was unclear if any had managed to escape that way.

Police searched for potential escapees with spotlights rather than using the tear gas and rubber bullets that had marked clashes in recent days, heeding calls from Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for a humane end to a siege that saw the most intense clashes since the protests escalated more than five months ago.

They also tightened barricades in the streets surrounding the university, making them secure enough to be visited late on Tuesday night by the force’s new commissioner, Chris Tang, at the end of his first day on the job.

Tang earlier urged the support of all citizens to end the unrest triggered by fears that China’s central government is stifling the former British colony’s freedoms and extensive autonomy guaranteed in its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

Police roll out new motto

Tang is under pressure to restore police morale as well as public confidence in a force that has come in for widespread criticism for increasingly violent tactics to suppress the protests. Police deny accusations of using excessive force.

The police quietly rolled out a new, harder-edged motto on Tang’s first day, replacing “We Serve with Pride and Care” with “Serving Hong Kong with Honour, Duty and Loyalty.”

Chinese leaders say they are committed to the “one country, two systems” formula and have accused foreign countries, including Britain and the United States, of stirring up trouble.

In Washington, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would require the secretary of state to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration and would impose sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.

China condemns U.S. bill

The bill must be reconciled with similar legislation approved by the House of Representatives. Senate aides said they expected it to move forward eventually as an amendment to a massive defence bill expected to pass Congress later this year.

China’s foreign ministry condemned the passage of the bill, saying the United States should stop interfering in Hong Kong and Chinese affairs and move to stop the latest bills on Hong Kong from becoming law.

Protesters are escorted out of the main entrance to the Polytechnic University campus, the site of a multi-day standoff between demonstrators and police. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hong Kong government expressed “deep regret” over the bill’s passage.

The unrest that has lasted five months marks the most serious popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

‘I already know where I will hide’

Some protesters emerged as the sun rose above the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus after a night spent sleeping on yoga mats to express a range of feelings, from defiance to uncertainty.

Others mulled hiding in the maze of campus buildings, as they said a teacher had advised them to do.

A dwindling number of exhausted pro-democracy protesters barricaded inside the university defied warnings to surrender on Tuesday. (Achmad Ibrahim/The Associated Press)

“I already know where I will hide,” a 19-year-old student, who gave his name only as Paul, said as he emerged in a hoodie, shorts and slippers to ask about breakfast in the canteen.

“I have enough food for at least a week and then will see what happens,” he said.

‘We’re not going to give up now’

Two protesters in full body armour, wielding metal rods, were going to get some sleep in the library after their night shift watching police movements outside.

“We need some energy to get ready for the big fight. Now that there’s not many of us left they may want to come in,” said a former student named Marc, 26.

WATCH: See protesters leave the campus

Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters have been in a standoff for days. 0:18

“We know this place, it’s our home and it is a maze. And we have weapons. We’re not going to give up now, it’s too late for that,” he said.

Protesters still have stocks of petrol bombs, bows and arrows and other makeshift weapons after a weekend of fiery clashes.

‘Many of us feel desperate and unhappy’

One protester practiced firing arrows at a campus tower shortly after dawn.

The university on the Kowloon peninsula is the last of five that protesters had occupied to use as bases from which to disrupt the city over the past 10 days, blocking the central Cross-Harbour Tunnel outside and other arteries.

“It’s still incredible we defended it for such a long time,” said Ricky, a 21-year-old student. “Since the police have taken control, many started to feel afraid and left and now many of us feel desperate and unhappy because we lost some support.”

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Aaron Carter Is ‘Devastated’ After Claiming Sister Lied in Court to ‘Take Away My 2nd Amendment Rights’ – Yahoo Entertainment

November 20th, 2019
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The singer lost his court case this week.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Aaron Carter continues to speak out against his family.” data-reactid=”31″>Aaron Carter continues to speak out against his family.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On Tuesday, the singer shared on social media that he lost his court case, as well as claimed that his sister, Angel, lied in court to "take away" his firearms. According to court docs obtained by ET, the Los Angeles Court granted Angel a domestic violence restraining order protecting her from Aaron for a period of one&nbsp;year, which expires November 19, 2020.&nbsp;ET has reached out to Aaron and Angel’s rep for comment.” data-reactid=”32″>On Tuesday, the singer shared on social media that he lost his court case, as well as claimed that his sister, Angel, lied in court to “take away” his firearms. According to court docs obtained by ET, the Los Angeles Court granted Angel a domestic violence restraining order protecting her from Aaron for a period of one year, which expires November 19, 2020. ET has reached out to Aaron and Angel’s rep for comment.

“I am devastated by what happened in court today,” Aaron wrote on his Instagram Story. “My sister lied over and over in an effort to take away my 2nd Amendment rights and she did it on behalf of my brother [Nick Carter] to silence me talking about how he raped and sexually assaulted multiple women. I will abide by the judge’s order, but I will not stop speaking on behalf of victims such as Melissa Schuman. I am saddened by my family and what they have done to me. Your lives have broken my heart.”

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He also posted a photo of himself with the former Dream singer high-fiving, captioning the post: “Yes!!! No more fake Halo’s for a year. #NoAngelo TRO IN PLACE FOR 1 more year!! @themelissaschuman.”

ET has learned that the judge ruled that Aaron needed to surrender his firearms on September 20 when the judge entered the initial Temporary Protective Order. On Tuesday, the judge extended the protective order for an additional year, which means Aaron cannot possess firearms for another year. He was also ordered to not come within 100 yards of Angel or Corey Conrad, their home or their places of business, and not to harass or threaten them in any way, including on social media.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="According to TMZ, Aaron screamed at a judge when he was reportedly told that he was too dangerous to possess firearms. He reportedly told the judge that he would go out of state and buy more guns.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”57″>According to TMZ, Aaron screamed at a judge when he was reportedly told that he was too dangerous to possess firearms. He reportedly told the judge that he would go out of state and buy more guns. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In September, Nick revealed that he and Angel&nbsp;had&nbsp;taken out a restraining order against Aaron, claiming that the 31-year-old had threatened their family. Aaron&nbsp;also visited&nbsp;The Doctors, where he shared that he’s been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression. He also shared that he was taking a number of prescription medications.” data-reactid=”58″>In September, Nick revealed that he and Angel had taken out a restraining order against Aaron, claiming that the 31-year-old had threatened their family. Aaron also visited The Doctors, where he shared that he’s been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression. He also shared that he was taking a number of prescription medications.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Since then, he's gone back and forth from seemingly apologizing to his family to pushing them away and telling them to leave him alone.&nbsp;&nbsp;” data-reactid=”59″>Since then, he’s gone back and forth from seemingly apologizing to his family to pushing them away and telling them to leave him alone.  

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="ET caught up with Aaron last month, where he opened up about his recent family drama. Watch the video below to hear more.” data-reactid=”60″>ET caught up with Aaron last month, where he opened up about his recent family drama. Watch the video below to hear more.

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