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Saskatoon celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

The world lost one its best known leaders last December, but on Friday, people across Saskatoon celebrated Nelson Mandela's legacy.
 
July 18 hosted the inaugural International Nelson Mandela Day. Youth around the city spent the day learning about his beliefs and created posters to present as they walked from Indian and Métis Friendship Centre to City Hall.
 

TIMELINE: 298 killed as Malaysia passenger jet shot down

On Thursday a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Ukrainian government officials said the plane had been shot down by a missile and blamed the attack on pro-Russian separatists. Later in the day, American intelligence authorities confirmed that they also believe the plane was shot down by a ground to air missile.

$600 fee for Sask. athletes at Indigenous Games

Saskatchewan athletes have been running, jumping, and sweating their way towards the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) but the fee to compete is more than an entire season of play in some cases.

The fee for athletes in this province is $600-most of them paid by local First Nations.

Peak season for horseflies in Sask.

Saskatchewan residents are likely nursing more painful horsefly bites this year than they have in the past.

“The amount of rain we received in June … overlaps with the larval part of their lifecycle pretty perfectly,” Michael Cavallaro, Ph.D. student at the school of environment and sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, said.

According to Cavallaro, who studies aquatic insects, mid-July is usually when the horsefly population peaks.

PHOTOS: Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashes in Ukraine killing 295

A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 people has crashed in Ukraine near the eastern border with Russia.

The airline confirmed on Twitter that it had lost contact with the Boeing 777 jet while it was flying over Ukrainian airspace. It was flying on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Parent forms new swim club after Regina Dolphins controversy

In the wake of controversy at the Regina Dolphins Swim Club, an unsatisfied parent has become the president of a new non-profit swim club.

In April two kids and their mother were expelled from the swim club and a Regina police officer was reprimanded for providing surveillance footage of the mother faxing a complaint anonymously.

CJ Katz sent the Dolphins a letter with her own questions about the financial state of the club.

"I never got a response from the Dolphins regarding any of my concerns," said Katz.

PHOTOS: NASCAR event draws thousands to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

The scene was loud at Saskatoon's Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Wednesday evening.

A few thousand people took in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the latest race in NASCAR's Canadian Tire series. Among the contenders was Canadian IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani, not to mention all three previous Velocity Prairie Thunder winners.

This is the only stop the Canadian Tire series will make in Saskatchewan all season.

If you missed the race, it will be broadcast on TSN Saturday, July 26th at 3 p.m.

Soldier marching across Canada for PTSD

Twenty-one years ago Steve Hartwig was deployed in the former Yugoslavia, when he returned home he withdrew from his family and friends, only wanting to be left alone.

Train derails west of Moose Jaw

First responders are on the scene of a train derailment west of Moose Jaw near Besant Park.

Moose Jaw Fire Department Commander Tom Overs said it happened around 2 p.m. and everything is under control. No information is being released at this time about what the derailed cars were carrying.

"It doesn't sound like anything is leaking at this time," said Overs. "There was about 23 tankers that went off the tracks. They checked the train and it sounds like nothing is leaking."

Moth infestation part of cyclical "boom" says researcher

A cluster of caterpillars in Saskatoon has turned into a mob of moths, but the infestation won't last long according to a local researcher.

Tyler Wist, a post-doctoral researcher with Agriculture Canada's Saskatoon-based centre, said that's because the lifespan of a tent caterpillar moth is approximately 10 to 15 days.

"I think it's the beginning of a three year cycle. After that, we probably won't see the tent caterpillar again for, say, another seven to 10 years," Wist said.

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