Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS:

  • A$AP Rocky and two members of his entourage received a conditional sentence after a man was assaulted in Stockholm in late June.
  • The trio had pleaded not guilty to the assault charges.
  • The rapper is scheduled to perform at Purple Fest on Sept. 28.
  • The event is a response to unofficial “fake homecoming,” or FoCo. In 2016, the school moved its official homecoming later in the fall, closer to student mid-term exams, with the hope of stemming the unsanctioned street-filling student parties near the campus.
  • The date change didn’t deter students, who responded by organizing their own street party at the end of September on the original homecoming weekend.
  • Purple Fest, an on-campus concert event organized by Western’s student council, was created to reduce the number of revellers partying in the streets near campus.
  • While A$AP Rocky is still listed on Eventbrite as Purple Fest’s main act, it is not yet known whether the show will go on following the conviction.
  • Western’s student council was unable to provide any comment when reached Thursday by email.
  • The 30-year-old, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, had been released from jail following the end of his trial on Aug. 2 and did not attend court to hear the conviction.
  • The case grabbed headlines worldwide after U.S. President Donald Trump publicly demanded the release of the musician.
  • Following the conviction, A$AP Rocky will be subject to probation for two years.

LOCAL:

  • A sizable federal investment will see the province’s first net-zero community — one that produces as much energy it consumes — receive an automatic valet system for electric vehicles, London West MP Kate Young announced Wednesday.
  • St. Jacobs-based smart community developer s2e Technologies is receiving $2.4 million from Ottawa to test a parking system that will automatically park and deliver shared electric vehicles to residents of West 5, a Sifton Proprieties neighbourhood in northwest London.
  • National Resources Canada has provided $11.14 million in funding for five clean energy projects in London this year — four of which received funding in the last 2½ months.
  • In all of 2018, the federal department provided $1.05 million in funding to just two London-area projects
  • Here’s the gist: residents needing a car request it via an app on their cellphones. The parking tower’s control system then dispatches a driverless, fully charged vehicle right to their doorsteps.
  • Hammerbacher said s2e’s autonomous valet service is the first of its kind, and extends what small-scale communities are capable of in an increasingly low-carbon environment
  • Ottawa’s investment, funded through its Green Infrastructure Program, will be devoted to research and prototype development for the project, Hammerbacher said. It will help researchers, for instance, find the most effective way for electric cars to drive and charge themselves, and whether they meet consumers’ demands.
  • The $2.4 million s2e receives will be supplemented by $40 million the company has committed to the initiative, the bulk of which is going toward constructing the towers.
  • Hammerbacher said the eight towers will be built in what s2e has called Eve Park, a 1.4-hectare parcel of land at the edge of Sifton’s 28-hectare West 5.
  • Although no date has been formally set, Hammerbacher estimates construction of the towers will begin in early 2020.

SPORTS:

  • Today, the U18 Baseball Canada championships will pitch off in London. The 3 day tournament will see teams from all over Canada compete for the title. 
  • Your London team is the defending champion and they will be taking on team Ontario at 7:30 pm tonight at Labatt Memorial Park. 
  • London will also be playing Quebec tomorrow at 7pm and New Brunswick on Saturday at 3pm. 
  • Be sure to drop by and check out the u18 baseball Canada championships and support your local team. 

WEATHER:

  • Today has been a sunny day with cloudy breaks. The daytime high of 25 will feel like 30. There is a chance of thunderstorm in the evening leading into tomorrow as well. 
  • The mercury is expected to rise tomorrow with a daytime high of 26 feeling like 32.