Saskatoon weather outlook – July 18

Chance of thunderstorms tonight as the heat returns this week!

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

The day began in the fog around 12 degrees until mid-morning when mostly sunny skies overtook.

We then quickly warmed up into the mid-20s by noon in the sunshine, feeling like 27 with humidity.

We’re shooting for a high in the mid-to-high 20s in the sunshine today, which is expected to feel like the low 30s with humidity.

Tonight

Clouds will roll back in overnight along with a pulse of thunderstorms that may bring some strong wind gusts as they pass by through the overnight period as temperatures fall back toward the mid-teens.

Tuesday

We may see a few lingering morning showers or thunderstorms before clouds clear out of the area midday to give us some sunshine to end the afternoon.

Chance of thunderstorms from the overnight period into the early morning in Saskatoon Tuesday.

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We’re also looking at quite a warm day – exactly how warm is dependent on how long the cloud cover and shower/thunderstorm activity linger in the morning.

If the storms end overnight and are done by morning we could shoot as high as the low 30s tomorrow, but if they linger a little longer into the morning along with the clouds, we may only hit a high in the high 20s.

One thing is for certain, we are expecting humidex values in the low 30s tomorrow afternoon, so prepare for a hot day!

Wednesday-Friday

Mostly sunny skies look like they’ll stick around both Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the high 20s, possibly popping up into the low 30s, but humidex values should be in the low 30s under mostly sunny skies and just a few clouds through the afternoon.

There is a slight chance of late day thunderstorms on Wednesday, but otherwise the main thunderstorm risk is Friday as an upper trough destabilizes the atmosphere.

At this point, we’re looking at a daytime high in the upper 20s with clouds building in through the day with a chance of late day showers and thunderstorms for Friday.

Weekend Outlook

Depending how long it takes the upper trough to swing through, we may see some showers and thunderstorms lingering through Saturday with temperatures in the mid-20s.

Sunday looks more stable at this point with some upper ridging moving back in, clearing skies back out to give us a mostly sunny day with a daytime high in the high 20s, possibly even into the low 30s.

July 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Langenberger at Blaine Lake.

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Russian doping scandal: Canadian experts ‘repulsed,’ ‘disheartened’ by report’s findings

They swapped samples, tampered with them and some even “disappeared.” The findings out of an independent investigation that confirmed Russia cheated at the Olympics has left Canadian leaders in the anti-doping field “repulsed,” “astonished,” and “devastated.”

The investigation, led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren of Western University, concluded that Russia carried out widespread, state-sponsored doping that led to 312 falsified results spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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    In the report’s Monday unveiling, McLaren said that labs in Moscow and Sochi protected Russian athletes.

    “No one would ever assume that a country hosting an Olympic Games would work so actively to sabotage the doping controls that surround the event…I’m repulsed and astonished. It’s like something out of a spy novel in some respects,” Dr. Andrew Pipe told Global News.

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    He’s a physician at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who has spent decades in sports medicine. Since the 1980s, he’s taken part in 11 Olympics, helped to construct world anti-doping measures and led the formation of Canada’s own anti-doping agency.

    Paul Melia, president of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, said he was “disheartened” by the findings.

    WATCH: An independent investigation led by a Canadian law professor has confirmed widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sports. 

    He said he thinks of the response from “clean” athletes who jump through so many hoops to play their sport on a global stage.

    “Everything we do is to try to ensure that not just Canadian athletes, but athletes around the world, have a level playing field. We demand so much of them to apply to this world anti-doping code – we take their blood, urine, check on their whereabouts, look at their medical records,” Melia told Global News.

    “All of that is very intrusive, and they do it willingly because that’s the price they pay for a clean sport. So for them to do that and to hear a country was undermining everything they were doing and they were competing against these athletes…that must be discouraging for them,” Melia said.

    Melia said world officials made huge strides in anti-doping measures. Athlete biological passports – or ABPs, for example – were implemented. They act as identity cards containing each athlete’s blood profile in its uninterrupted state. Athletes have to be tested at random and often to create a baseline of what their typical blood makeup looks like. Then, officials can easily detect an aberration.

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    But the report found that Russian athletes circumvented most of this – in the lab, the “disappearing positive methodology” meant that samples of positive test results were turned into negative ones.

    “Laboratory staff was under strict instructions to report all positives to the ministry of sport, whatever the circumstances,” McLaren said.

    In summary, samples were swapped out to cover up doping.  Russia’s own secret service, called the FSB, was even tasked with figuring out how to swap dirty urine with clean urine, the report said.

    “They [FSB] developed a method for surreptitiously removing the caps of the bottles for use at Sochi,” McLaren said. “As a result there were no positive samples at the Sochi Games for Russian athletes.”

    READ MORE: Report confirms Russian sample-swapping, widespread doping during Olympics

    Pipe called the swapping system “deceptively simple” – a quick “switcheroo” that took place in the middle of the night.

    It’s the scale that’s troubling, too. While single athletes or a unit led by coach may be found guilty of doping, this is a “whole new scale.”

    “No one has been brazen enough to do this in an Olympic Games…we put great faith in the lab scientists and lab apparatuses around the world. It’s appalling to learn what has taken place in this setting and the architecture behind it all,” Pipe said.

    Melia called the findings “disillusioning.”

    WATCH: According to a WADA report, the drug testing lab at the Sochi Olympics “operated a unique sample swapping methodology” that allowed “dirty” Russian athletes to compete at the 2014 Winter Games.

    “We were developing new test techniques and it felt like we were moving forward and making progress to stop doping in sport. To think this kind of doping was going on and it was run by the government of Russia and their lab with no regard for the code or integrity of the sport,” Melia said.

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    The bottom line? He suggests that while world anti-doping codes have been put in place, it doesn’t mean countries are abiding by the rules.

    “We’ve naively believed they’ve adopted the code and they say they’ve been following the code, but they’ve been doing the opposite,” Melia said.

    Following Monday’s report, the WADA’s executive board wants the IOC to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.

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New trend giving the finger to engagement rings

Why wait for someone to “put a ring on it” if you could do it yourself?

That’s the idea behind the “self love” pinky ring that’s popping up on social media threads as a testament of a woman’s commitment to herself.

“An engagement ring is external love, whereas the pinky ring is entirely self-sufficient love,” said 23-year-old Aaryn Doyle of Ontario.

She and her best friend Vita Chambers showed off their matching bling on Instagram last month.

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Laura Chambers, who lives in Maine, recently bought one for her daughter’s university graduation. She says she fell in love with the simple design as much as the message behind it.

“What better gift can one give to their daughter… a daily reminder to smile and put yourself first,” she said. “The ring represented everything we’d spent the formative years quietly instilling in our daughter: to be strong, do what makes you happy, be you and follow your instinct.”

Laura Chambers and her daughter Hannah.

All the women admit to having their own struggles with self-love at times. But the triangular trinket is supposed to serve as a daily reminder to love and honour oneself.

Melody Godfred came up with the idea for it after treating herself to a pinky ring, shortly after giving birth to her now-four-year-old twin girls.

“I… found myself drowning because I was never on my own priority list,” the 34-year-old L.A. entrepreneur said, looking back at the difficult time of managing life with two newborns.

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She eventually learned to let go and accept herself (along with all her shortcomings) — a tough feat after having grown up surrounded by “super women” who held themselves to an ideal of perfection, even if it was to their detriment.

Seeing the stone on her little finger every day and remembering what it’s supposed to be convey, proved to be powerful for Godfred.

And when she launched her company Fred + Far with her friend Samina Far this past February, her hope was to help other women make that same mental shift.

“Up until now the only ring women have been taught to wear represents a symbol of commitment to someone else. And it’s also very contingent on being chosen.”

“We’ve been taught that we all need a ring, and it needs to be big and …that if it’s not big and we’re not chosen then we’re not of value.

“We’re kind of taking that narrative and turning it over, saying, ‘you know what, I’m going to use this as a tool for empowering myself.”

The Fred + Far rings are all 1.5-carat conflict-free white sapphires that either come in a sterling silver setting (for USD$150) or solid gold for roughly double the price.

Each purchase comes with a “pinky promise pledge card to commemorate the commitment” a woman is making to herself.

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Skeptics might be asking themselves: “Isn’t this just another ploy to sell rings?” After all, diamond engagement rings became part of our culture when the diamond company De Beers instilled in us that “A Diamond is Forever.”

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Godfred doesn’t mind the criticism.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to spread the mission of self love,” she said.

“We’re happy this conversation is happening even if it’s not always taken in a positive light. I still think it’s spreading the message and that, for us, is absolutely the most important thing.”

She also points out that she and her business partner are not jewelers by trade. In fact, down the road, they may even sell something entirely different to remind women of their relationship with themselves.

As for Doyle and Chambers, as much as they love their pinky rings, both admitted they wouldn’t shy away from posting their engagement rings online when that moment comes.

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“I believe both rings go hand in hand,” 23-year-old Chambers said. “Both should be celebrated.”

According to mythology, she added, the Greeks believed we were born as a whole but were then ripped apart into two, leaving us to search for our other halves (i.e. our “soul mates”).

“I think for you to find your other half,” she said, “you need to find yourself first.”

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Paul Manafort’s ex-associate says he helped Trump’s former campaign chair hide foreign accounts

Rick Gates, a longtime business associate of U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, on Monday testified that he helped Manafort file false tax returns and hide his foreign bank accounts.

Gates is the government’s star witness in its case against Manafort, who is accused of bank and tax fraud. Gates, who also served on Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty in February and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors under a deal that could lead to a reduced sentence.

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Taking the stand on the trial’s fifth day, Gates admitted to helping Manafort doctor financial statements, hide foreign income and cheat on his taxes. He said he was aware Manafort was acting as an unregistered foreign agent in lobbying for Ukraine. He said he engaged in the wrongdoing at Manafort‘s direction.

“At Mr. Manafort‘s request we did not disclose foreign bank accounts,” Gates told the jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manafort‘s defense hinges on pinning the blame on Gates, who they accuse of embezzling millions of dollars from Manafort.

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Gates, who first met Manafort working for him as an intern fresh out of college, has been described by witnesses as Manafort‘s right-hand man in his multimillion-dollar political consulting business.

Throughout his testimony, Gates largely avoided making eye contact with Manafort, who appeared to be watching him.

In addition to assisting in Manafort‘s alleged crimes, Gates told the jury he had failed to report income he routed through his bank accounts in the United Kingdom and said he stole several hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by filing false and inflated expense reports.

In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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Those admissions are likely to become a focal point for Manafort‘s defense team when he is cross examined on Tuesday.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. The charges largely predate his five months on the Trump campaign. His case is the first to go to trial arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

The jury has heard how Manafort made tens of millions of dollars for work with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Mueller is also investigating possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Russian officials in the election campaign, but the charges against Manafort do not address that.

Cyprus accounts

Gates also testified about how wealthy Ukrainian businessmen paid Manafort millions of dollars for his political services through wire transfers to Cyprus-based accounts that were set up for Manafort by a lawyer and local politician known as “Dr. K.”

“He indicated that the Ukrainian businessmen… had directed him to set up Cyprus accounts because the payments would be coming from Cyprus,” Gates said when asked to explain the payment structure.

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Gates also testified that both he and Manafort had control over the foreign accounts, as well as Manafort‘s business associate Konstantin Kilimnik.

Kilimnik is a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant who was indicted in June on charges stemming from the Mueller probe. In court filings, Mueller has accused Kilimnik of having ties to Russian intelligence services, an allegation he has denied.

Gates testified that Manafort told him to report overseas income as loans to lower Manafort‘s taxable income, supporting the testimony of his accountant.

“When income came into the company, Mr. Manafort directed whether it would be treated as income …or loans,” Gates said.

The jury heard testimony on Friday and Monday from accountant Cynthia Laporta, who described how Manafort and Gates doctored financial statements and backdated loans.

Gates admitted in testimony on Friday that he had lied to Laporta, as well as other accountants and Manafort‘s bookkeeper.

In questioning Laporta on Monday, a prosecutor asked her about a $10 million loan purportedly received by Manafort from Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska in 2006. Laporta said she had no indication that the loan from Deripaska had been paid off.

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort walks off the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena after talking to reporters, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.

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Since the trial started before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis last Tuesday, Manafort‘s lawyers have kept their cross-examinations brief and at times refrained from attempting to rebut damaging testimony in detail.

But Laporta’s testimony raised the stakes for Manafort. Testifying under immunity, she was the first witness to admit she knew accounting maneuvers Manafort and Gates requested of her were wrong and could be crimes. One accounting trick saved Manafort $500,000 in taxes, she said.

Under cross examination on Monday, defense attorney Kevin Downing attempted to show that Gates was the point person in dealing with the accountants. But while Laporta acknowledged that she regularly communicated with Gates, she said she believed Manafort was in the know.

“In most instances it was clear Mr. Manafort knew what was going on,” Laporta said.

On redirect, prosecutor Uzo Asonye used a spreadsheet to show that Manafort‘s firm had earned $31 million in gross receipts between 2010 and 2014 – half the amount prosecutors say he netted during the same time frame in Ukraine.