Radio Western News Update

NEWSCAST: Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Shloak Srivastava

CAMPUS
- Vaping among teenaged Canadians has doubled in the past two years – a troubling trend that three Western researchers will examine in-depth with new funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR.)The researchers are working to understand the rapid rise of vaping in Canada and measure its effects on young people.

- Some international students at Western University are protesting tuition fee hikes saying the increase does not justify the services the school is offering this year. 
Western said that international fees are going up by as much as 12 percent for some students, including a more than $5,000 bump for certain Ivey business programs. The majority will see a two percent jump.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL: 
- One person has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in London and Middlesex and one person has recovered, local health officials reported on Wednesday. The update brings the region’s total case count to 680, of which 592 people have recovered. The death toll has remained unchanged since June 12. 

- Canada will provide $5 million to Lebanon following a pair of explosions on Tuesday that destroyed a large portion of Beirut and left at least 100 dead. 

SPORTS: 
- In their first big game in franchise history, the Ottawa BlackJacks did not disappoint. The expansion CEBL club stomped the Saskatchewan Rattlers 87-68 on Wednesday.

- The NBA's Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing on Wednesday that the initial contribution will be USD 300 million over the next decade.

INTERNATIONAL: 
- Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused on Wednesday about the possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials.

WEATHER
- Expect the temperatures to be around 25 degrees Celsius today. It will mainly be sunny with a few cloudy periods in the afternoon. Moving onto Friday expect temperatures to be around 27 degrees Celsius.