Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, August 19th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS:

  • Purple Fest's final lineup is solidified with A$AP Rocky at its headliner, capping weeks of uncertainty after the event was sidelined by the international drama surrounding Rocky's arrest.
  • Rocky will perform alongside two other rappers — Tyga and A Boogie wit da Hoodie — and indie artist bülow, the University Students' Council announced today.
  • The full lineup details come just a day after the eligibility of Purple Fest's headliner, Rocky, remained uncertain as he faced a criminal conviction for assault in Sweden.
  • The concert will occur Sept. 28 at Western University's TD Stadium, the same day as the fake-Homecoming gathering across campus on Broughdale Avenue.
  • Tickets are $59.95. It is open to all Western students, who can bring one guest each.
  • Last year's Purple Fest set a precedent of high-profile bookings. Lil Uzi Vert headlined, next to Loud Luxury and Juice WRLD, attracting 11,000 people into a fenced and gated campus parking lot.
  • But it struggled to achieve its goal of attracting students until later in the day, when its headliner performed. 
  • The USC have altered the concert for 2019, moving it away from the Broughdale area to the South of campus. It will be an all-day, "festival-style" event, with gates open in the morning. Attendees will not have in-out privileges.


LOCAL:

  • London’s General Dynamics Land System on Oxford Street has struck a deal with the federal govt for the purchase of LAV 6 vehicles, replacing aging vehicles in Canada’s fleet.
  • The armoured vehicles will be built in eight different versions, including ambulances, vehicle recovery, engineering, mobile repair, electronic warfare, troop carrying and command posts.
  • The deal will stabilize employment at the manufacturer but is not expected to add to the workforce.
  • In September 2018 GDLS annoucned the layoffs of nealry half of its temporary workers. The Defence Giant also faced many non-payment issues. 
  • GDLS Canada employs about 1,650 workers and its supply chain employs about another 8,000. 
  • In 2017 the company landed a $400-million contract to upgrade armoured vehicles for the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2014 GDLS landed a controversial 15 billion dollar deal with Saudi Arabia. 
  • Since 2011, Ottawa has invested $1.5 billion to improve its London-made fleet of 550 LAV IIIs, extending their life to 2035.
  • Over the next 20 years, defence spending will receive $62 billion more than the former Conservative government plan

SPORTS:

  • FC London’s Women’s team were looking to win game one of a two-game aggregate series, in the second round of the league one playoffs against Vaughan SC on Saturday evening. London was coming off a dominant first-round series where they beat FC Oshawa 7-1 in aggregate. Vaughan was also coming off a dominant series, in which they beat Alliance FC 8-0 in aggregate.
  • London won a nail-biter 4-3 on Saturday, to take the lead after the first leg.
  • Their next game will be Sunday Aug 25th at Vaughan. 

WEATHER:

  • After a couple of wet days and nights Londoners might get a break today. 
  • Today’s high of 28 will feel like 32 in the afternoon. Tomorrow we will be seeing higher temperatures and possibly overnight showers.