Radio Western News Update

NEWSCAST: Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Shloak Srivastava

CAMPUS
- Geography professor emeritus Gord McBean has received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis Grant to look at how communities across Canada can advance climate-resilience to reduce the risk of adverse climate impacts and damage.

- A student’s idea – brought from concept to testing by a host of Western experts – has the potential to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and lead to a safer working environment for health-care professionals.
- Mike Ding, a first-year student in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has worked with a large team to bring his idea to the testing stage.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL: 
- Starting yesterday, all patients and visitors are required to wear a mask as they enter the London Health Sciences Centre.
- Masks will be provided at patient and visitor entrances, but people are encouraged to wear their own.

- The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate steady at 0.25 percent on Wednesday and said it thinks the economic impact of COVID-19 on the world's economy "appears to have peaked."
- The central bank cut its rate in an attempt to encourage borrowing and investing to stimulate the economy.

SPORTS
- The NBA has set July 31st as a restart date with a plan to have 22 teams.

-Two-time Olympic gold medallist Haley Irwin has announced her retirement from the Canadian women's hockey team.

INTERNATIONAL
- Bank of America announced yesterday that it is committing $1 billion over four years in additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality, especially in the wake of the COVID-related economic downturn and health care needs. 
- Meanwhile, Apple, Facebook, and Verizon are promising millions of dollars to support civil rights groups.

WEATHER
- Expect the temperature to be around 29 degrees Celsius today. It will mainly be sunny with cloudy periods in the morning and the risk of a thunderstorm developing in the afternoon