So Far Today, January 20th, 2016
Bacha Khan University Attack
This morning at Bacha Khan University in Northwest Pakistan, shots rang out among 3,000 students and 600 guests with at least one student and one teacher dead and several others wounded. There were reports that gunmen were wearing suicide vests but they were killed before they could detonate them. At least four gunmen were killed as well, with the death toll at 21. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
BMO Centre Expansion
London City Councillors have given their support to the London Optimists for their $800 thousand dollar pitch to fund an expansion of the BMO Centre, the soccer facility built in 2011. They want to add two additional fields by next winter to add around $70,000 square feet of space. That money would go to development charges, building permits and annual taxes. The proposal still needs to go to full council.
London Knights Top Prospects for 2016 NHL Entry Draft
In the NHL’s Central Scouting mid-term report, London Knights Forward Matthew Tkachuk was ranked the top North American Skater with 15 goals and 50 assists in only 34 games with the Knight’s top line.
Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi made the top 5 for the top American skaters. The Finnish defenceman, who won gold at the world juniors, has impressed in his first season in London. Juolevi dominated in the tournament, and was arguably Finland’s best defenceman.
Max Jones (11th), Victor Mete (58th), Cliff Pu (83rd), Brandon Crawley (96th) and Nicolas Mattinen (103rd) also made the mid-term list for top North American skaters.
Knights goalie Tyler Parsons, who has the second best goals against average in the OHL this season, is the sixth best goaltending prospect in North America according to Central
couting. Parsons has posted a 22-4-2-1 record in his standout year for the Knights.
Auston Matthews, the projected first overall pick this June, was ranked as the top international prospect. The American chose to play for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A this season rather than play in the NCAA or the CHL.
Matthews ranked above Finnish stars Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine.
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
Scientists say a 9th planet is lurking behind Pluto.
From Science Magazine:
Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system’s infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the planet-forming region near the sun. Slowed down by gas, the planet settled into a distant elliptical orbit, where it still lurks today.
The claim is the strongest yet in the centuries-long search for a “Planet X” beyond Neptune. The quest has been plagued by far-fetched claims and even outright quackery. But the new evidence comes from a pair of respected planetary scientists, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, who prepared for the inevitable skepticism with detailed analyses of the orbits of other distant objects and months of computer simulations. “If you say, ‘We have evidence for Planet X,’ almost any astronomer will say, ‘This again? These guys are clearly crazy.’ I would, too,” Brown says. “Why is this different? This is different because this time we’re right.”
At one time, Pluto was referred to as the 9th planet from the sun. A note from NASA:
What Is Pluto?
Pluto was discovered in 1930 by an astronomer from the United States. An astronomer is a person who studies stars and other objects in space. Pluto was known as the smallest planet in the solar system and the ninth planet from the sun. Today, Pluto is called a “dwarf planet.” A dwarf planet orbits the sun just like other planets, but it is smaller. A dwarf planet is so small it cannot clear other objects out of its path.