Newscast - Monday 8th June 2020
-Medical Sciences student David Zhu is heading up 5-ing COVID-19, a fundraiser in support of the SickKids Foundation. For every $10 they raise, Zhu and his team will run a kilometre – up to 500 km. They just recently surpassed 250 kilometres ($2,596).
The fundraiser name was inspired by the American band Five for Fighting which kept popping up on Zhu’s Spotify playlist. It aligns with the goals of 500 km travelled, $5,000 raised and the five essential services the fundraiser will be supporting through SickKids.
-In a statement issued by President Alan Shepard, Western announced that phase 2 of returning to campus will commence from July 2nd instead of June 9th. The announcement comes in days after the Ontario Government announced the extension of the emergency orders till June 30th.
He also announced that the campus will close on June 26th and will reopen on July 2nd for the long weekend.
Intersession and MBA exams, as well as Summer Academic Orientation, will proceed as planned during these days. Faculty and staff involved in these activities will be granted personal time to use at a later date.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-On the afternoon of June 6th, Victoria Park echoed with slogans like “No Justice No Peace”, “I Can’t Breathe” and “Enough is Enough”. Over 10000 people gathered to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement in London, Ontario. The protest was organized by five high school students Keira Roberts, Ayanna Cole, Ghaida Hamdun, Djemma Toku and Simone Anthonyson in light of the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
-Five more people have recovered from the novel coronavirus in London-Middlesex and there are no new cases or deaths as of Sunday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the region remains unchanged at 555, the death count stands at 56 and the number of recoveries has risen to 413 — about 74.5 per cent of cases.
The number of hospitalized patients in the city declined by one to eight as of midnight Friday, according to the most recent update from London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
-U Sports and Canada West will announce in tandem on Monday the cancellation of all fall sports in 2020.
Jim Mullin, host of Gridiron Nation on TSN, said while Canada West has a challenge with four schools from four provinces under their jurisdiction, his hope is that OUA and RSEQ, the governing bodies for university sports in Ontario and Quebec respectively, will find a way to play within their own borders if it is safe to do so.
-Africa's biggest financial market was ready for staff and traders working remotely, because it had tested its system before the COVID 19 restrictions were imposed by the government.
Foreign investors took the exit door, but a requirement for local fund managers to keep a portion of their holdings in South African assets kept the market busy.
Leila Fourie, the Chief Executive of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, tells the BBC's Russell foreign investors will take a positive view of South Africa, because they can get a better return there, than Europe or the US.
-On Tuesday, expect a temperature of 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto Wednesday expect temperatures to be 30 degrees with a chance of showers. It is currently 16 degrees.