Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Mehek Mazhar

Campus News:
- A group of students have won a national award this week for a social enterprise they created
- It was at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition where Western University won the award for the 3M Canada Project Accelerator Best Project for the students’ initiative, Roll Up Solutions Inc
- The initiative provides local employment- collecting and refurbishing gently used phones to sell to those in need at a discounted price
- At the Enactus Canada National Exposition, they were recognized among 1500 of Canada’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top CEOs. The exposition supports entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education
- This year, the Roll Up Solutions team refurbished 15 chairs, built an online store, created three part-time jobs for individuals with employment barriers and diverted over 1,000 pounds of waste

Local News:
- London police have identified the man arrested in relation to a child abduction over the weekend
-65-year-old Lawrence Allen Thompson was charged with the abduction of a person under 14, as well as kidnapping, sexual assault on a person under 16, and sexual interference with a person under 16
- It was on Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, in the city’s northeast end, when the local tragedy happened
- Police say a four-year-old girl was briefly taken while playing outside with her sibling when the accused stopped, exited his vehicle, brought the girl to his car and drove away
-The accused remains in custody and appeared in a London courthouse on Tuesday

- In other news, yesterday there was a fire at the former Kellogg’s plant in east London
- Firefighters responded to the building blaze coming from the fourth floor
- No serious injuries were reported

Sports:
- City Hall is looking for alternatives to get their baseball and softball fields game-ready, as a recent boom of the sports has sprouted in the city
- London has seen an 11 per cent increase in the number of children playing baseball or softball since 2009 and city-run youth ball diamonds are in use for games or practices more than 90 per cent of the time
- In the last three years alone, children’s enrolment in baseball for boys and girls under 11 years old has risen 25 per cent nationwide, according to stats compiled by Baseball Canada
- The national agency’s Timbits softball program for children five- to 10-years-old has gone from over 18,000 participants in 2014 to over 30,000 in 2017 — a 72 percent increase
- London has six lit and 56 unlit youth ball diamonds
- The City has no plans to build more fields, but is partnering with schools to get their infields up to snuff

Weather:
-This afternoon, be ready to break out the sunscreen as it will be 24 degrees and plenty of Mr. Sun
-Tomorrow we get back to a high of 24 degrees with mainly sunny skies and Friday will be a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 16 degrees
-Currently it is 15 degrees outside of our studios