Archive for March, 2019

NHL prospects will lace up in Penticton

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

PENTICTON —; Okanagan residents will again get the chance to watch rising NHL stars play later this summer.

For the sixth year, The City of Penticton will host the annual Young Stars Classic where prospective players from the Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames compete.

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“The Young Stars Classic launches a new season and offers a great opportunity to watch NHL prospects develop in competitive games. We’re grateful to our gracious hosts, The South Okanagan Events Centre and the City of Penticton, for always making this a first-class experience,” said Trevor Linden, Canucks President of Hockey Operations in a news release.

Six Canucks prospects that participated in the Young Stars Classic in September 2015 played in at least one NHL regular season game in 2015-16 including current roster players, Ben Hutton and Jake Virtanen.

“Now celebrating six years in Penticton, we welcome and appreciate the significant economic impact and exposure that having this NHL-caliber hockey brings to our community and region,” said Event Chair and City of Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8th.

The anticipated Young Stars Classic Schedule:

 GAME                   TEAMS                                     DATE                   TIME

Game 1                Calgary vs. Winnipeg                      Sept. 16                4:00pm

Game 2                Vancouver vs. Edmonton              Sept. 16                7:30pm

Game 3                Calgary vs. Edmonton                    Sept. 17                7:30pm

Game 4                Vancouver vs. Winnipeg                Sept. 18                2:00pm

Game 5                Edmonton vs. Winnipeg                Sept. 19                11:30am

Game 6                Vancouver vs. Calgary                    Sept. 19                3:30pm

12,000-year-old Marysville artifacts give Indigenous people glimpse of the past

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

An archaeological site just off the Marysville bypass on Fredericton’s north side has dug up a wealth information about the area and its not-so-recent inhabitants.

The site, which people called home approximately 12,000 years ago, was discovered by an archaeologist just over two years ago. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has since set the area aside from development.

Over the past three weeks, recently graduated field technicians —; under the guidance of provincial archaeologist Brent Suttie —; have been carefully scraping away at the ground, discovering parts of ancient tools, spears and rocks as they dig.

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What they’ve uncovered is drastically different from the roadway and trees that presently inhabit the area, which Suttie says has lead them to determine it was once a beach near a large body of water.

“There’s actually two concentrations at either end of the site,” he said. “This is actually on a beach overlooking what used to be a glacial lake and so this lake was basically like Grand Lake but much much larger.”

“The entire town of Fredericton was underwater at the time and this was the shoreline of that lake,” says Suttie.

Glimpse of the unknown

The discoveries made so far give archaeologists a much closer look into a time frame that Suttie says not much is known about.

“From other areas in the province, we know that by about 13,000 years ago people are living here,” he said. “We have a few sites down in the Penfield area and then we have very famous sites like Debert in Nova Scotia that date to 11,600 years old. We don’t have anything in between those sites.”

“This really gets to the origins of what’s now New Brunswick,” says Suttie. “I mean these are some of the first people, first evidence we have of people being in what is now New Brunswick.”

Field technicians Tyson Wood and Shawna Goodall are Indigenous people working on-site. For both of them, being a part of the dig has been surreal.

“To know that they were having a fire in this exact position and my ancestors could be all sitting around this beach shore, having a fire, fishing, camping,” Wood said. “Just to unearth that.”

“Just to hold an artifact in your hand that you know that you’re the first person to hold that in 13,000 years … you get the goosebumps every single time,” Goodall said

For the newly graduated technicians, this is their first dig, and it’s one they say will be difficult to top.

“With the Maliseet people it’s all about oral tradition and talking and telling stories,” Wood explained. “Now that I’m going to be able to bring my own stories back to my community and tell them, that’s just a great feeling.”

Saskatoon weather outlook – June 23

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Two days of heat today and tomorrow before a wet and stormy Saturday.

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy skies started the day with temperatures around 14 degrees before conditions cleared and the mercury boosted right up.

By noon Saskatoon was up at 26 degrees with humidity around 50 per cent making it feel like 29!

Humidex values will spike into the low 30s this afternoon as temperatures soar into the high 20s under sunny skies.

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Some thunderstorms have bubbled up across north-central Saskatchewan with an upper trough over the region.

There is a slight chance of a late day shower or thunderstorm in the Saskatoon area, however it looks like the biggest risk is further north.

Tonight

There is a chance of thundershowers this evening and then we’ll see a bit of clearing overnight before a chance of showers returns into the early morning hours as we fall back to around 16 degrees.

Friday

Tomorrow looks to start off under mostly to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of morning showers before conditions clear to mostly sunny midday and some afternoon increasing cloudiness in an unstable airmass that has the potential to develop a few showers or thunderstorms later in the day.

Temperatures will once again be hot with the mercury expected to be in the mid-20s by noon with an expected high back in the high 20s, feeling like the low 30s with humidity.

Weekend

Saturday will be a washout with an upper low swinging through with rain heavy at times and a risk of embedded thunderstorms with the potential for funnel clouds and even the possibility of a tornado in parts of Saskatchewan.

A wet and stormy Saturday is in the forecast across central Saskatchewan.

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Winds will also be strong as the system rolls through, with sustained speeds in the 30 to 40 km/h range with gusts upwards of 50 or 60 km/h possible at times.

Temperatures will likely struggle to climb into the high teens on Saturday.

The system will clear out on Sunday, winds will ease back, rain will taper off and later in the day we might even get some clearing.

Depending on how quickly all of that happens, we may see our afternoon high climb into the low 20s late in the day.

June is typically the wettest month of the year with an average of approximately 66 millimetres falling through the month.

So far this June, only 37.7 millimetres have been reported at the Saskatoon airport, and this final weekend of the month looks like it’ll be our last chance at significant rain before the end of the month next Thursday.

Work Week Outlook

There is a chance of a shower or thunderstorm with a mix of sun and cloud on Monday and a daytime high in the mid-20s.

Then a ridge of high pressure builds back in the heat and sunshine through the middle of the work week with highs pushing into the high 20s once again.

Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak:

June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

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Fall Out Boy ‘Ghostbusters’ theme song eviscerated by internet critics

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Rock band Fall Out Boy has released its version of the Ghostbusters theme song (featuring Missy Elliott), and the internet is losing its collective mind.

Music publications and critics are lambasting the song, saying it pales in comparison to the original from the 1984 movie (as a refresher, here’s the classic theme song from the movie).

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READ MORE: Ghostbusters remake has most “disliked” trailer in YouTube history

From The Verge:

“I dare you to listen to Ghostbusters by Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott, but if you play it in front of your teen’s friends I’ll call the police on you.”

From Cinema Blend:

“What is this amelodic nightmare fuel? The song keeps repeatedly telling me that it’s not afraid, but now I’m scared.”

From Vanity Fair:

“This disastrously overproduced, Haunted-Mansion-goes-to-Warped-Tour cover strips away the original’s goofy charm, replacing it with pounding percussion and Patrick Stump’s signature nasal wail.”

From Time:

“Surely this cover will inspire some 9th grader to timidly pump their fists in the air before adding the track to their emo-goth playlist. Poor Missy Elliott’s guest verse does not improve the end result, but serves only to create a fervent desire that some editing genius would get rid of Fall Out Boy’s verses and just leave hers.”

In a nutshell: ouch.

READ MORE: Leslie Jones reacts to criticism of Ghostbusters character

The Ghostbusters reboot has been buried in controversy since the first trailer was released in March. There are two camps: one thinks that the all-female version doesn’t do justice to the original film, while the other side claims the haters are being misogynistic.

The trailer for the film has the sad distinction of being the most “disliked” trailer ever posted to YouTube.

‘Ghostbusters’ opens in theatres across Canada on July 15, 2016.

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Pluto may have ocean of water beneath icy crust: study

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Pluto might not be so icy after all: researchers believe there may be liquid water below its surface.

Using data collected by New Horizons when it made the first flyby of the dwarf planet last July, researchers at Brown University concluded that Pluto may have once had — and still could — have water sloshing around its interior.

READ MORE: NASA images show snow-covered mountains on Pluto

If all of Pluto’s water had frozen, they believe that over millions or billions of years, the planet would have shrunk. Planetary scientists would have seen evidence of this shrinkage through the images of Pluto sent by New Horizons. Instead, they believe there is evidence to suggest that the planet has expanded.

Sputnik Planum, a feature on Pluto, is covered with churning ice “cells” that are geologically young and turning over due to a process called convection.

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    In order to keep the water in its liquid state, there would have to be a source of warming, as Pluto is far too distant from the sun — an average of 5.91 billion km — to receive any substantial heating from sunlight (it is part of a collection of icy bodies known as the Kuiper belt that exists beyond the orbit of Neptune). It has a very thin atmosphere to trap that heat.

    The researchers suggest that Pluto’s rocky core may have contained radioactive elements, which created enough heat to melt the water contained in the dwarf planet’s shell. Over time, as some of that water began to refreeze, it would expand, much as we see when we put water into an ice cube tray.

    The model the team ran found that the low temperatures on Pluto and high pressure within it would cause a change from the ice we are familiar with to something called ice II. This type of ice would take up less volume and cause Pluto to contract.

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    “We don’t see the things on the surface we’d expect if there had been a global contraction,” Hammond said. “So we conclude that ice II has not formed, and therefore that the ocean hasn’t completely frozen.”

    The researchers say they don’t know definitively if the ocean is still there: it’s dependent on Pluto’s ice shell. The newer ice II would only form if the shell is 260 km thick. However, they believe that evidence suggests that Pluto’s shell has a thickness of 300 km or more.

    “That’s amazing to me,” said Noah Hammond, a graduate student in Brown’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and the study’s lead author. “The possibility that you could have vast liquid water ocean habitats so far from the sun on Pluto — and that the same could also be possible on other Kuiper belt objects as well — is absolutely incredible.”

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