NEWSCAST - Wednesday June 6th, 2018
In Campus News…
- Students from some of the world's best universities are visiting Western University this week to compete in the international World's Challenge Challenge.
- Over the past few months, extraordinary students from 15 participating partner universities and eight countries – working in diverse teams of three – have been innovating and incubating new ideas to address global issues.
- Their chosen topics include saving the Great Barrier Reef, charging electric cars, cultivating hydroponics in an urban setting, harvesting carbon from algae and fighting global warming with your fork, among many others.
- Teams presented their unique solution to a panel of academic and community leaders at their own institution.Then the top team from each World's Challenge Challenge partner earned a trip to London to compete in the international final, which is being held on tomorrow.
- The stakes are high for the students as they vie for a share of $52,500 in prize money. But the stakes are even higher for the planet in this international, Western-led competition as exciting new ideas will be presented to solve significant global problems.
- Teams come from Bond University (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hirosaki University (Japan), Radboud University (The Netherlands), University at Buffalo (United States), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Otago (New Zealand) and many Canadian Universities taking part.
- First-place finishers will share $30,000 and the second-place team will win $15,000. The third-place team takes home $7,500. The intention for prize money is to help further develop the proposed solution and support
In Local News…
- On June 4th protestors showed up to over 100 MP offices across Canada as part of a National Day of Action to Stop the Kinder Morgan Buyout
- Hand delivering a petition with more than 100,000 signatures, these protestors hoped to send a message to the Liberal government that they oppose their recently unveiled plan to buy the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline extension for $4.5 billion
- Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nations, Myeengun Henry is among those who oppose the kinder Morgan buyout, and he was the first to speak at Liberal MP Kate Young’s office
- With the election tomorrow, Co-Chair of the Council of Canadians Roberta Clay says its essential that people hold their government accountable and be vocal about their opposition
- Despite the disappointing move on behalf of the liberal government, Chief Henry is still hopeful that they can turn things around
-The London Fringe Festival welcomed a couple from Vancouver with their production of Awkward Hug, written and performed by Cory Thibert and Directed and Stage Managed by Linnea Gwiazda, the show wove together a layed story seemingly effortlessly
- You can still catch Awkward Hug and Spreit Family Theatre in Covent Garden Market tomorrow, Thursday June 7th at 8pm or Saturday June 9th 8pm
- Today is Camp Day at Tim Hortons across Canada and the Western Mustangs Football team is doing their help
- This morning from 8am until 10am the football squad brought the Vanier Cup to four different Tim Hortons locations across London
- Ben Schmidt and Jack Hancock were at the Masonville location taking in donations this morning and handing out some Tim Hortons swag
- Radio Westerns own John Urban was able to catch up with the two while grabbing his morning cup of coffee
- Ben Schmidt talked about how its important to get involved in the community and Jack Hancock took us through some of the swag
- And a quick reminder that the London Majors are back in action tonight against the Hamilton Cardinals
- London has been on a roll lately, winning 5 straight games coming off a walk-off victory thanks to Cleveland Brownlee on Sunday over the Kitchener Pathers
- Hamilton lost their last game and have a 2-3 record so far this season
- First pitch is set for 7:35pm this evening at Labatt Memorial Park
- This afternoon will have a mix of sun and cloud as we should get up to 20 degrees, but things do cool back down overnight with a high of 12
- Both Thursday and Friday contains more of a mix of sun and cloud with highs of 23 and 25 respectively.
- Before Saturday we could see some rain with a high of 18 degrees