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Rookie New Brunswick Lego robotics team finishes 4th in Ottawa tournament – New Brunswick

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A group of Moncton-area students, aged 9 to 12, is back following a successful tournament in Ottawa.

The Glaceige Games Scorpions have been practicing since September, and were the youngest team to compete in FIRST LEGO League Challenge.

Frank Niu, the team’s coach, says he’s proud of how his rookie team finished.


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“The youngest guy in our team is just nine years old,” he says. “We are the youngest of all 21 teams.”

The rookie team has only been practicing together since September.

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A trip to Ottawa to compete in a game they love was a big deal for the team.

“It was very exciting,” says Micky Liang. “I was sweating a lot.”


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The rest of the teams competing were from Ontario.

Coach Niu says this was a regional competition, but they had to compete in Ottawa because there’s no regional competition in New Brunswick.

A fourth-place finish left them just shy of making the provincial tournament, but for the team’s rookie year, the coach is happy with the performance.

“I’m so proud of my kids,” says Niu. “They did a fantastic job.”

Coach Frank Niu says he’s very proud of his team’s performance. 

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With guidance and help from their coach, the team programs the robots through trial and error.

“Testing it and figuring out new programs — that’s the fun part about programming,” says Carter Lutes.

The theme of the tournament was Into Orbit.


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Some tasks they had to program their robots to complete included “saving an astronaut from outer space,” and “sending satellites into orbit.”

The task at the tournament was to complete 50 missions in two-and-a-half minutes. The team held their own.

Coach Niu says the team will be back older and stronger next year.

“I think they’ll be the best,” he says. “For sure.”

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

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The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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