Newscast - Wednesday 27th May 2020

Newscast - Wednesday 27th May 2020

Pritha Mukherji

CAMPUS:
-Don Wright Faculty of Music professor emeritus Victoria Meredith and fourth-year Voice student Leslie Higgins recently received National Choral Awards, presented by Choral Canada.
Every two years, Choral Canada present Podium, a four-day conference that brings together members of the national choral community. At that event, the National Choral Awards are presented.
During this year’s CBC broadcast – a COVID-19-necessitated departure from the planned gala in Montreal  fourth-year Voice student Leslie Higgins also received an award for Outstanding Student Essay to make Higgins and Meredith two of the seven award-winners.
Higgins won for her essay, To Blend or Not to Blend: A Solo Singer’s Guide to Singing in Choral Ensembles.
-A Western-led team of researchers and engineers has developed a new way to modify a firefighter’s facemask in order to help treat patients with COVID-19.
In light of continuing global concern about the shortage of ventilators, the team came up with a prototype that uses this protective gear meant for firefighters in order to modify existing non-invasive ventilators to make them safe to use for COVID-19 patients.
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr Tarek Loubani has been working with researchers at University Health Network (UHN) and industrial design engineers at General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to develop the prototype.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-A London epidemiologist and professor says she agrees with the Ford Government’s decision to open up coronavirus testing, but says more needs to be done when it comes to increasing the speed of test processing and making sure residents are aware of the changed message.
Premier Doug Ford announced Sunday that anyone concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19 can now get tested, whether or not they have symptoms.
The announcement came as the average daily number of reported cases in the province has been slowly creeping upward over the last week, with the province falling short of its testing goal of 16,000 tests per day.
-The City of London is considering lifting fees for restaurant patios and might close Dundas Place to vehicular traffic as other Ontario cities move swiftly to help the hard-hit hospitality sector and satisfy summer-hungry citizens. 
Conversations are only beginning in London, with businesses and business improvement associations telling CBC on Monday that they haven't been part of any discussions.
At the same time, city officials say they are planning to meet with about 70 restaurant owners on a video call Thursday to figure out what they want and need when physical distancing rules loosen.
SPORTS:
-Just five weeks after the WNBA held its virtual draft, the league was forced to release players on Tuesday before ever seeing them step foot on a pro women's court.
As leagues take their first tentative steps back to a sports world brought to its knees by COVID-19, Allison Sandmeyer-Graves hopes women don't get forgotten.
The WNBA held its online draft on April 17, and the regular season was supposed to have started on May 17. The tip-off was postponed, and the league is in discussions over potential scenarios for a start.
INTERNATIONAL:
-The French government has announced an €8bn (£7.1bn) rescue plan for its car industry, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
President Emmanuel Macron's proposal includes €1bn to provide grants of up to €7,000 to encourage citizens to purchase electric vehicles.
It also puts money toward investments to make France a centre for electric vehicle output.
The plan comes as the industry braces for thousands of job cuts.
In return for the relief, the two main French car producers Renault and PSA have promised to focus production in France.
WEATHER: 
-On Thursday, expect a temperature of 24 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto Friday expect temperatures to be 22 degrees with thunderstorms. It is currently 23 degrees.