Thursday, June 29, 2017

Let's Do The News! (June 29, 2017)



- In his speech during the 120th anniversary of Presidential Security Group, President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers not to hesitate to kill criminals, even in the mid of civilians.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines believes that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon’s abandonment of Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, is a sign of cowardice. This, after the military received report that Hapilon has left the war zone, which the military continues to verify.

- The Philippine National Police are now in custody of the seven persons of interest in last night's Bulacan massacre. Supt. Fitz Macariola, Acting City Police Chief of, San Jose Del Monte is not dropping the possibility that two of the seven ‘persons of interest’ are responsible in the killings of the family.

- Across the United States, communities are coming together and hold events in honor of Vietnam War veterans. It's a government-led initiative engaging 10,000 event partners ranging from the Boy Scouts of America to the NFL and their goal is to send message to Vietnam vets thanking them for their service.

- Audi made surprise appearances during the premiere event of the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming movie.

- The Rolls-Royce Dawn gets a new Black Badge version, which adds 30HP of power to its 6.6L V12 BiTurbo engine, resulting to 593HP of power output, as well as featuring updated dynamics, updated transmission, and black paint all over the car.

2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

- Peugeot unveiled their 3008 DKR Maxi raid car and it will make its first appearance at the Silk Way Rally from the 7th to the 22nd of July.

Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi

- Top Gear America will premiere on BBC America on the 30th of July. The revived American version will be hosted by William Fichtner, Antron Brown, and Tom "Wookie" Ford.

- A man threw a flare during last weekend's Keyakizaka46 handshake event. While the flare was quickly extinguished and no one was injured, authorities allegedly found that the man had a fruit knife, and Chiba Prefectural Police arrested the suspect for violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law.

- Also happened last weekend, Fukuoka authorities arrested a man for suspicion of violating the anti-stalker law. The male person allegedly loitering suspiciously near the residence of an 18-year-old HKT48 idol group member.

TTFN!!!

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! SUN♡FLOWER

Enjoyed the Cinderella Girls Gekijo shorts? Well, there's the third closing theme song now ready to let your summer vibes flowing with good ones courtesy of the highlights of this latest single.

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS
LITTLE STARS! SUN♡FLOWER

The latest CG Gekijou closing song is titled SUN♡FLOWER and the stars of this latest single are Mio Honda (CV: Sayuri Hara), Sanae Katagiri (CV: Azumi Waki), Shin Sato (CV: Yumiri Hanamori), and Mika Jougasaki (CV: Haruka Yoshimura). Not only the whole song is featured but it's got solo versions performed by each of the featured Cinderella Girls on this album. When you're finished, get ready for the special track performed from one of the Cinderella Girls you are familiar with.

The Cinderella Girls Gekijou anime shorts air every Tuesday nights at 10:55 PM JST on Tokyo MX.

TRACK LISTINGS:

  1. SUN♡FLOWER
  2. SUN♡FLOWER 本田未央ソロ・リミックス
  3. SUN♡FLOWER 片桐早苗ソロ・リミックス
  4. SUN♡FLOWER 佐藤心ソロ・リミックス
  5. SUN♡FLOWER 城ヶ崎美嘉ソロ・リミックス
  6. SUN♡FLOWER 諸星きらりソロ・リミックス
  7. SUN♡FLOWER オリジナル・カラオケ
  8. きらりんロボのテーマ

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let's Do The News! (June 28, 2017)



- The Philippine military said it was likely that large numbers of civilians had been killed during the five-week occupation of Marawi by Islamist rebels, due to "atrocities" by the militants allied with Islamic State. The death toll of 27 residents was only what the authorities could independently confirm and a "significant number" of dead had been seen by those who had escaped fighting.

- President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his critics over rumors on what he was out of the limelight in recent days.

- Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizers welcomed the long-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the tournament. The report, which also investigated the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup, made no suggestion that either Russia or Qatar should lose the right to stage the tournament, despite detailing numerous attempts to influence voting officials.

- US Senate Republicans postponed a vote on a health care overhaul after resistance from members of their own party, and President Donald Trump summoned Republican senators to the White House to urge them to break the impasse. The delay put the future of a longtime top Republican priority in doubt amid concerns about the Senate bill from both moderate and conservative Republicans.

- Indonesian authorities imposes a travel ban against tycoon and politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is building resorts to be managed by Trump hotels, over an investigation into allegations he threatened a prosecutor via a text message.

- Aston Martin announced that the electric saloon called the RapidE will commence production this 2019 with limited to 155 units. Also, the DB11 is now available with the Mercedes-AMG derived 4.0L V8 BiTurbo.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8

- Jaguar unveiled the XE SV Project 8, a 150,000 Pound V8-powered Jaguar XE that is limited to 300 units and helmed as the most powerful Jaguar ever made. It's also the most hardcore Jaguar ever built with track-honed dynamics and 1,745kg of weight.

2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

- Celebs James Van Der Beek and Lauren Graham will star in an upcoming Disney Junior series Vampirina, coming this autumn.

- CHECK OUT the visual for the upcoming second series of the Love Live Sunshine TV anime!

TTFN!!!

Forza Horizon 3: Baby Jag born again

By the time you laid your hands on the Jaguar XE on Forza Horizon 3's Duracell Car Pack, you might start asking how in the name of all things bright and beautiful is this baby Jaguar doing here even though it comes with the similar supercharged V6 engine as the F-Pace you tried out moments ago. To explain what I'm on about, let's investigate what's it all about the rebirth of the baby Jag.



When Jaguar once made the X-Type in the last decade, they wanted to make a car that can compete against the BMW 3-Series but because of its Ford-derived platform and front-wheel drive, it was a disaster and they killed it. Fast forward to this decade and Jaguar's back in making a 3-Series rival in the form of the new XE. Launched in 2015, it was the first Jaguar to use a brand new platform that will be used in upcoming models for cost-saving measures. With this, the aluminum bodywork, and rear-wheel drive, the XE is the most important car in the Jaguar range. For the time being, the top-of-the-line model comes with the 3.0L Supercharged V6 engine derived from the F-Type. With the 8-speed automatic gearbox present, it produces 340PS of power and 450Nm of torque. 0-60mph takes about 4.9 seconds and top speed electronically limited to 155mph.



As you'd expect, the Jaguar XE is no X-Type on the contrary and because this car is surprisingly lighter than the Germans, it was no surprise that the XE handles like a Jag and despite having problems with that electric power steering in terms of handling sharply, you can really get hooked on this baby Jag as long as you want and because this is Horizon, you have endless possibilities to do with the XE as I shall now demonstrate.





See what I did to the XE? I've experiment with this car using a supercharged V8 because I just heard that Jaguar are doing some kind of experiment to inject their supercharged V8 engine for their limited-edition XE reserved for the privileged few so I reckon I can do the same thing...sorta. Apart from that, my test subject car is donning a special kind of design I made just for this. What? Don't know this face? That's Aikatsu Stars' Mahiru, now donning her sister's S4 uniform after claiming her sister's spot and become her successor. Anyway, long story short but this is the kind of thing I'm reflecting on this case study and with the test subject XE in question armed with the supercharged V8 and four-wheel drive, along with the very cute design to lure them to its trap, looks like its ready to spin its wheels and have a shot at it. Oh, and better get your headphones ready because I'm sure you're going to love it.



Man that noise is so cool, makes me want to listen to it over and over again but anyway, while the electric power steering upsets the 4WD setup on my test subject, unless you master limited-slip differential knowledge, it's a clear reminder that this kind of experiment with its howling V8 engine powering all four wheels is the kind of simulation that I expect from the folks from Jaguar and because it's ready to unleash their kind of XE to the public, nothing like simulating the future by creating one and looks like I'm looking forward to it.

In the meantime, let's look back at the XE. In its stock form, it wasn't so bad to drive but with the little creativity, just imagine how much untapped potential you can come up with that baby Jag and if you get used to your creation, you're going to get hooked with it over and over until it needs refining. The more you know and that's how you do with your new Jaguar XE in the Land Down Under only here on FH3.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FH3 Hot Wheels: Queenly Majesty

When the last time we encounter this "queenly majesty" in the nightlife of Hot Wheels Thrilltopia, I was thrilled that my kind of Porsche Panamera wanted to join the thrills and spills of Thrilltopia while giving me a total misery this "perfect queen" wanted me to do.



I don't really know why but this calls for a Bon Bon Voyage for me and the queen taking a summer vacation at Thrilltopia.



You may remember this second-generation Porsche Panamera Turbo that I tried back moments ago and then later transformed into the "perfect queen" with the gift of the "queenly majesty" to bow the eyes of beholders. That's Miss Elza Forte to you, by the way, but as the Tailor of Panamera returned for duty, it's my job to keep her entertained during our long summer holiday...unless you found out that summer happened months ago and it's already winter.



This "perfect queen" knows how to enjoy a little Game of Thrones here on Thrilltopia and she's very pleased. Very very pleased.

Let's Do The News! (June 27, 2017)



- The Philippines ruled out negotiations with the Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police. Reports told that Abdullah Maute, one of two brothers who formed the militant group carrying their name, had told religious emissaries on Sunday that he wanted his mother and father freed in return for Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub, vicar general of Marawi. Soganub and over a hundred Christians are being held by the insurgents as human shields.

- Vice President Leni Robredo revealed that the refugees from Marawi wish to return home. Robredo said that every escapee, or bakwit, she talked with had said that they are feeling impatient inside the evacuation center and are eager to return home.

- The members of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Land Transportation Office arrested jeepney drivers who are not using headlights while traversing the southern section of Metro Manila and Novaliches.

- The recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate's version of "Trumpcare", which Senator Mitch McConnell wants to vote on as early as this Thursday, revealed that this healthcare, when passed, within a decade sees #321 billion reduction to the federal deficit, 22 million more Americans would be uninsured, 15 million fewer people would be enrolled in Medicaid, and overall health care costs would increase.

- Three journalists from CNN have been resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was later retracted. The Russia-related story, published on Thursday, reported Congress was investigating the ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of U.S. President Donald Trump. It was deleted a day later after its investigation when certain editorial processes weren't followed when the article was published.

- No one has won Mongolia’s presidential election on Monday, forcing the country’s first ever second-round run-off between the two leading candidates, the country’s General Election Committee said of Tuesday. The populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga from the Democratic Party won the popular vote but failed to secure the majority required.

- Sota Fujii, a 14-year-old shogi player, has a record of 29 straight wins, breaking a record held for three decades.

- The third-generation BMW X3 has been officially unveiled, with the M40i served as the ranger-topper of this new model.

2018 BMW X3

- The Seat Arona was unveiled and this is their first compact SUV that will slot below the Ateca.

2018 Seat Arona

- In case you missed it, Takata, yesterday, filed for bankruptcy protection after it can't cope up with the most devastating auto safety crisis in history. The China-owned Key Safety Systems said it would buy Takata's factories for about 1.6 billion dollars. The deal effectively means the end of Takata, which was established in 1933 and is still controlled by its founding family.

TTFN!!!

Forza Horizon 3: Baby Back Rib Driver

In the movie Baby Driver, a young man was hired by a crime syndicate to become their getaway driver and the car he drives in this movie is a red Subaru WRX. Of course, you can see him driving a Dodge Challenger but the WRX is the star of Baby Driver and I would like to honor this film by filling his boy racer shoes on this kind of Subie you can see on this film, right here on Forza Horizon 3.



Uh, you know what, the Subie WRX STi we had in this game is better than the WRX the Baby Driver drove in the film. Seen here is a GDB-F Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the final facelifted version of the second-generation WRX STi first launched in 2005 and while it remains mechanically the same as the previous GDB-Type II WRX STi, the front face is donned with Subaru's old trademark grille penned by a former Alfa Romeo designer which traces back to the company's airplane roots. It was powered by the same EJ20 engine as any other WRX STi models you are familiar with, producing 311HP of power and same amount of torques while mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox and this was one of the Japanese emerged from the mid-2000's when the 280HP limit set up by the Japanese government was lifted so carmakers are free to add whatever power they want.



Although this is different than the Baby Driver's Subie, it still behaves just like one and you can imagine how much reenactment you can do with it if you watch this film this weekend. With all that rally-proven performance, this Subie is all about getting its tires dirty while letting its all-wheel drive magic do its thing on and off the road and in the Baby Driver's case, you'll need some mad skills to pull one off in your sleeves.



Speaking of which, let me take that so-called Baby Driver car for a spin round Surfers Paradise with the other Subarists while I, the Baby Back Rib Driver, making the case with this Subie just to see if I can get mad driving with it. Get your coffee and headphones ready because this is no joy ride. This is a joy ride, Baby Driver style!



Okay, I may not have some mad skills like the Baby Driver himself but I'm glad that I'm honoring him with the car that looks similar to the Subie the Baby Driver drove in the movie. I'd expect you Subarists to watch this film this weekend and see if you can match your driving style to this...Baby Driver. You kids are going to love it, trust me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Toyota/Save Mart 350

After months of pure oval action at the Monster Energy NASCAR Series, the racers landed at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 where this race is all about typical NASCAR action even though they're struggling to survive through different corners of Sonoma.


In lap 16, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s late braking through the final turn made a mess and got collided by Danica Patrick at the side. In lap 32, Danica Patrick got spun and got collided by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Also got spun is Daniel Suarez when he just had a snap spin, grabbed a gear, and got going again. In lap 110, disaster struck at Casey Kahne when his car got crashed through the wall.

At the end of the race, Kevin Harvick snagged his first win of the series.

Next race is at Daytona on the 1st of July.

Let's Do The News! (June 26, 2017)



- Senator Leila de Lima insists that the Philippine National Railways should have better service due to the fare increase next month. According to her, the Php 5 fare increase should be enough for the maintenance of the trains.

- In observance of Eid’l Fitr, the final day of the Muslim holy month or Ramadan, President Rodrigo Duterte insists that "faith will see us through". In the meantime, the battle between government troops and the Maute terrorists resume in Marawi after the truce ends while five residents in Marawi residents were rescued during the truce.

- DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dared an unnamed leftist group to show evidence in relation to report that Marawi women are scared of soldiers allegedly raping them amid the military operation against the Maute Group. The DND Chief stressed that soldiers underwent a series of gender sensitivity training through Gender and Development Program.

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed support for Qatar in its confrontation with Saudi Arabia and its allies, labeling it "unacceptable". Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of support for Islamist militants, an allegation Qatar denies.

- Pakistani hospitals are struggling to treat badly burned victims of a a fuel tanker explosion that killed at least 146 people, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew back from an overseas trip to visit the injured. Over 118 people were badly hurt in the explosion in the eastern province of Punjab, which came as people gathered to collect leaking fuel after the tanker overturned on Sunday, government officials and rescue workers said.

- Polling stations opened across Mongolia as nearly two million residents were asked to choose a new president amid worries about corruption and the state of the resource-dominated economy. Voters are expecting a close race between the ruling Mongolian People's Party candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold and former martial arts star and resource nationalist Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party.

- Walt Disney's "presentation map" for his pitch for his iconic Disneyland theme park was sold for $708,000 at an auction of Disney memorabilia on Sunday. The price set a record for a Disney map and was among the highest ever paid for a piece of Disney ephemera at auction, organizers said. Still, it fell short of the predicted $900,000.

- Level 5's Snack World video game for the Nintendo 3DS delayed to August 10 while its smartphone versions also delayed to 2018.

- In case you missed it, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE lapped the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes and 16 seconds, making it the fastest Camaro ever lapped the Ring.



TTFN!!!

F1 2017 - Azerbaijan GP

The Azerbaijan GP of the F1 2017 season promises to be even more exciting than last year but all that excitement has been replaced with a certain vengeful intentional crash that is worth controversial than enjoyable.


How did that happen? After Sebastian Vettel run lightly into the back of his Briton rival, Lewis Hamilton, leading up to the re-start on lap 18, he was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for dangerous driving after what seems to be a retaliatory contact with Hamilton's vehicle. Hamilton called Vettel's intentional collision disgraceful by side-swiping him behind the safety car, saying it's unfitting for a four-time world champion. Vettel, who finished a place ahead of Hamilton in fourth, fires back saying that Hamilton accused of brake-testing him.

Behind the Vettel-Hamilton quagmire, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is named the winner of this race while Valtteri Bottas' in 2nd place and Stroll's in 3rd place, his first podium finish.

After that whole incident in Baku, Hamilton dropped to 14 points behind Vettel in the overall rankings of this season.

The next race will be on Austria on the 9th of July.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Doctor Who S10E11

The first half of the two-part Season 10 finale of Doctor Who is a revelation fans braced themselves for because it's not just a classic variant of a robotic fiend that's making a comeback, someone is and man, what a kicker the first part is.

Doctor Who S10E11

Titled "World Enough and Time", The Doctor and his pals, including Missy, emerged on a colony ship until Bill Potts was shot dead by a ship crewman and some mysterious personnel took her to bring her back to life. Revived but transplanted with a mysterious object, while remembering The Doctor's words "Wait for Me", Bill tries to find out what's going on in this mysterious medical facility nestled below the colony ship while The Doctor tries to figure out how to get there.

Spoiler alert! The mysterious bearded person who helped Bill but later lured her to the trap to become a Mondasian Cyberman? Yep, it's the man who used to be Harold Saxon a decade ago. It's The Master (played by John Simm) emerged from the darkness again. With The Master risen from the dead and The Doctor's imminent death fast approaching, next week's finale will be the most unforgiving experience yet.

But in the meantime, executive producer Brian Minchin has his say in the recent DW Fan Show webcast.



NEXT EPISODE PREVIEW:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Driving Music Vol. 79



It's the weekends again and this calls for another road trip and if by road trip, this calls for another set of Driving Musics you need to stock up before the trip! Ready?

1) Polovtsian Dance - from the Daewoo Arcadia commercial

2) Riding In My Car (Car Song) by Woody Guthrie - from a Toyota NZ Corolla commercial

3) Look In My Eyes by The Chantels - from a VW Golf commercial

4) Unstoppable by Corleone - from a VW Golf commercial

5) Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg - from a Mini Countryman commercial

6) Fools Rhythm by Two Fingers - from an Audi Q5 commercial

7) Amazing by Alex Lloyd - from a Ford Australia Territory commercial

8) Feeling Good by Nina Simone - from a Toyota Australia Avalon commercial

9) なんてったってアイドル by 小泉今日子 - from a Subaru Stella commercial

10) EVERYTHING WILL BE ALLRIGHT by 20世紀Jr. - from an Autozam Carol commercial

Driving Music from Leopaul's Blog is the segment where solves every car enthusiasts' questions about the title of the song of car commercials...with the risk of MATCHED THIRD PARTY CONTENT on their status. It's your jam. Drive to the Music You Love.

Bubble Gang - June 23, 2017 #BGAnnulment

In the June 23, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Hostage gags


- Have we agreed on this annulment?

- A woman's secret to draw attention

- A chance encounter with the most generous man in the world

- Istambay, Istambay Sa Looban, May Bagong Nauuso Sa Bayan, Makinig Dito Sa 'Ting Kantahan, Para Di Ka Napag-i...IWANAN?!

- Today's Patikim Ni Kim recipe is...Fried Chicken

- Welcome to Half Tiyan Restaurant



- A male in his period.

- Basa-basa-pik!

Forza Horizon 3: Everything or Nothing

Here it is, my new and shiny second-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV that I picked it up after doing a very difficult task at this weekend's Forzathon event and now that I got it, let's see if this modern take on Porsche's first ever SUV can do more than just being a SUV built for hauling people from one place to another.


Although purists dislike the Porsche Cayenne for being a treason to its sports car heritage, it was proven to set a performance benchmark for sport utility vehicles, thus nicknaming it the Porsche 911 of the Sport Utility Vehicle regime. For this variant, it comes with a 4.8L V8 turbo engine producing 500HP of power output and with the 7-speed PDK, it does 0-100kph in around four seconds and onwards at 278km/h, making it one of the fastest SUVs money can buy. Anyway, enough blabbity about the Cayenne because it's time to do something special with this heavyweight now that I got my hands on it...


Of course, for an SUV of this size, you might think that there's no way an SUV can survive the twists and turns in the fantasy world of Hot Wheels Thrilltopia and it should go back being a soccer mom car made for picking up kids at school and go grocery shopping rather than enjoying a rollercoaster moment here. In this case, let's see who has the last laugh.



Who's laughing now, ladies and gentlemen? It maybe a soccer mom car but it's still a Porsche. It's an SUV made for the driver who has everything or nothing at all and it makes them feel as interesting as...hmmm...The Most Interesting Man In The World. I don't usually drive Porsches but when I do, they're extraordinary. Wait, why did I said that line? Anyway, you got this weekend only to get the Porsche Cayenne while you still can, my friends.

Friday, June 23, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: NBC monitors Korea tensions as it preps for Winter Games



US broadcaster NBC is monitoring the situation on North Korea and so far does not expect to change its plans to send a more than 2,000 person workforce to the Winter Games in South Korea.

Tension has been high for months over North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, and due to fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Next year's Winter Games see South Korea’s alpine town of Pyeongchang and the coastal city of Gangneung host thousands of athletes and officials when the Games start in February.

NBC, a Comcast-owned network, is the exclusive broadcaster for the Olympics, and it usually uses the games to host its best advertisers and clients on site. However, NBC would not be inviting guests to the Games in South Korea and would instead be hosting them in the U.S. ski town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, according to NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (June 23, 2017)



- Government troops confirmed that six members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters responsible for the attack in a school in North Cotabato, were killed. Meanwhile life in Brgy. Malagakit is back to normal after residents were evacuated due to the clash between the military and BIFF.

- Ahead of next week's vote, Senate Republicans made their healthcare bill public, which if approved, would repeal most of Obamacare once and for all. This 142-page Senate health care bill cuts health care spending for low-income and middle-income Americans and uses the savings to finance large tax cuts for the wealthy and the medical industry.

- A strong magnitude 6.8 quake rattled off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties.

- Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 79 people, the government is urgently conducting safety checks on an estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding panels.

- Peruvian leader Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that it was time to evaluate pardoning the country’s imprisoned former leader Alberto Fujimori, an apparent bid to placate the powerful opposition party led by Fujimori’s daughter.

- Nissan showcased another teaser of their next-generation Nissan Leaf, this time it's the steering wheel with the ProPilot button on it, confirming its autonomous tech.



- The FIA announced its inaugural Intercontinental Drifting Cup at the fifth FIA Sport Conference in Geneva. Setting unified world regulations for drifting, it will be held in Daiba, Tokyo, Japan from September 30 to October 1, 2017.

- Shooting for the 25th series of BBC Top Gear has commenced as presenters Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris are in Norway.

- Shooting for a movie adaptation of Downton Abbey will commence this summer of 2018, according to NBCUniversal.

TTFN!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Let's Do The News! (June 22, 2017)



- Weeks after the tragedy, Resorts World Manila is investing billions of pesos for the resume of its operation. The casino's operation was halted after gunman Jessie Carlos attacked where it took several lives.

- A collision of seven vehicles caused heavy traffic on Thursday morning at the southbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway near Camachile, Quezon City.

- Over five million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, according to UNICEF, describing the war on Islamic State as "one of the most brutal" in modern history.

- Australia would resume air strikes into Syria, ending a two-day suspension implemented after the downing of a Syrian military aircraft triggered a Russian threat against Washington-led coalition planes.

- Kim Kardashian said to have hired a surrogate to carry their third child after a doctor advised the reality star against another high-risk pregnancy. Reports told that the couple paid the surrogate over $113,000 to carry a child.

- In case you really missed it; Sir Daniel Day-Lewis will retire from acting after his next film directed by There Will Be Blood's Paul Thomas Anderson.

- All 1000 units of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS were sold out following its surprise announcement at the E3 2017.

- Jaguar teases their next crossover addition to the range and it's officially named as the E-Pace. It will be unveiled this July 13.

Jaguar E-Pace teaser


- Ford Motor Company announced that production of their next-generation Focus hatchback will be shifted to and sourced from China instead of Mexico with production starting in the second half of 2019. The Michigan Assembly Plant, which produces the current Focus until mid-2018 will be converted to build the Ranger and the Bronco.

- The winners of this year's International Engine of the Year are Ferrari's 3.9L biturbo V8 engine, Porsche 2.0L six-cylinder turbo, BMW 1.5L 3-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid, Audi 2.5L five-cylinder turbo, Tesla powertrain, PSA 1.2L three-cylinder turbo, Porsche 2.0L turbo, and the Ferrari 6.3L V12 engine.

TTFN!!!

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - FireKeepers Casino 400


Michigan, the US state that gave birth to the American motoring industry, and it's the perfect venue for the FireKeepers Casino 400 leg of the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series, and because this venue was held on Father's Day, this is the race dads will be remembered for, especially NASCAR drivers who are fathers to their families.

In this race, Kyle Larson's perfect restarts resulted him to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race win of the of the season. Following his disastrous results in Dover last week, seems that Larson's efforts taught by Jimmie Johnson payed off and his win calls for a victory donut. What way to honor Father's Day with a win.

Next race is on Sonoma on the 25th of June.

The Lives of Captain Jack

Captain Jack Harkness; time agent, con man, Torchwood agent, and overall gay man we all love about him. He's a man of many mysteries but for some, he's a dead man walking with his problems, but for most, he's Captain Jack Harkness and he's one of the most famous Doctor Who characters ever remembered and Big Finish Productions brought in some of the best writers to compile four untold stories from Captain Jack Harkness, each connects to the events of past Doctor Who episodes.

The Lives of Captain Jack

John Barrowman reprises his role of Captain Jack Harkness in four new chapters highlighting the life and times of one of of our favorite homosexual characters from the world of Doctor Who and because it's already here in the time of the pride, that makes The Lives of Captain Jack a wonderful character study on the character we are strongly familiar with. 

The first chapter is titled "The Year After I Died" and following the events of the Series 1 finale, The Parting of Ways, after he was killed by the Daleks and later revived by the power of the Bad Wolf (thus leaving him stuck with his immortality ability), Captain Jack emerges for the biggest fight for his life as he tries to save Earth from a familiar enemy.

In the second chapter titled "Wednesdays For Beginners", Captain Jack teams up with Rose's mother, Jackie (played by Camille Coduri) to save the Powell Estate from a threat Jackie Tyler must not be named.

In "One Enchanted Evening", after the dramatic events from The End of Time Part 2, this is where a new kind of love story kicks in after a chance encounter between him and Alonso Frame (played by Russell Tovey) at a bar after being introduced by The Doctor before he left. What is the reason why The Doctor want them to be together? It's a tough question out there and it's going to be one heck of a typical love story out there.

And finally, "Month 25", and this is how Captain Jack Harkness became part of the Time Agency and works his way through the ranks but the ranks weren't very grateful to him or are they?

These four new stories are sure enough to whet our appetite and our love over our favorite Time Agent who tries to deal with different kinds of situations no matter how many times he got killed and revived and it doesn't take a considerable amount of cheap and nasty time travel to understand the man we are familiar with. With the best writers and cast collaborated with Big Finish Productions, this compilation of stories is a fitting tribute to Captain Jack Harkness himself and we have to owe them major gratitude.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Summer is already here and what better way to kick off summer by witnessing the ultimate Transformers experience in the cinemas and with The Last Knight, the Transformers adventure has come full circle as the so-called "final" installment of the Transformers films, directed by Michael Bay, promises to be the most explosive send-off to the Transformers films to date.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Picking up after the events of Age of Extinction three years ago, The Last Knight is a much darker installment where we get to see Optimus Prime transformed into a powerful enemy bent on destroying the world while the war between humans and Transformers are enraging like wildfire. With Prime aligned with darkness, Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg) and Autobot Bumblebee joined forces with a university professor (played by John Anthony Hopkins) to unlock the hidden truth of the Transformers defending Earth, thus this is the only key to end the battle once and for all.

While this film features a much darker storytelling where Prime became a villain while the main character races against time in the UK in search for answers to end the war, The Last Knight is a real kicker in the summer blockbuster season because while this was billed to be the "final chapter" of the Transformers movie saga, it promises heroic car chases, metal-shredding robot action, and explosions you'd always get from a Michael Bay-directed movie. 

In addition, The Last Knight welcomes some of the new and returning favorites. We get to see the rebirth of Decepticon Barricade in the form of the sixth-generation Ford Mustang, the new Bumblebee in the form of the sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro, oh, there are new additions such as Drift (which is a Mercedes-AMG GT R), Hot Rod (which is a Lamborghini Centenario), Hound (which is based on the MB Unimog), the merciless Combaticon leader Onslaught, and so much more. These metallic beasts in this film are sure know how to upset this year's car-related films such as The Fate of the Furious and Cars 3 in so many ways and in a big way, it overshadows the human cast of characters by a long shot.

Although some of the machines never trace back to its cartoon roots, much like Bumblebee which is always stuck as a Camaro when the first film emerged ten years ago, its dynamism is what keep these metal monsters in this film alive and kicking and until the endgame reaches, you can really tell why we really love the Transformers back in our youth and this whole "More Than Meets The Eye" really is MORE Than Meets The Eye.

It seems a shame then that with The Last Knight, we're going to wave goodbye to the epic war of the machines for the planet Earth that was very exciting from start to finish but also very pointless. However, the people of Paramount thinks that while Michael Bay coined The Last Knight as his final film, there will be more for the Transformers franchise as a Bumblebee spinoff movie will come very soon as well as another one just to keep it alive for future generations. Now that is the future we're looking forward to for our love of Transformers.

My rating: 4 out of 5

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Can We Still Be Friends?

Is it possible for ex-lovers to become friends again? For Star Cinema's offering for the month of June, this film figures out if this kind of situation can be possible beyond the measure of two people who once broke themselves up for some reasons and later reunited by fate, trying to start over from the beginning and patch things up.

Can We Still Be Friends?


Can We Still Be Friends? is a film directed by Prime Cruz and it stars Gerard Anderson and Arci Munoz as friends turned lovers turned exes. After eight years of breaking up, the two went on their separate ways but later reunited to check things out until it became a match to see which one will fall in love first. It also stars Bryan Santos, Ria Atayde, Brian Sy, Gege Severo, Erika Padilla, Markki Stroem, and Emmanuelle Vera.

As this film suggests, there's nothing special about a romantic film about ex-lovers reunited by fate just to say hi, and by a long margin, it's a tad average. However, if love lessons and some hugot lines to sink yourself into, this film wasn't so bad to get into and if you can't get enough of love lives, hugot lines, and the story, it can be so rewarding but don't get too excited though because even though it's a great hugot film to get your hearts patching up, it's still as average as our usual Monday schedule. say at school or at work.

Although being a tad average film to watch, this romantic flick brings out the best of what a love story can do as well as the hugot lines it delivers and for Gerard and Arci, they tried so hard to show how ex-lovers can do in the name of love and friendship and it's something we can learn on this film.

My rating: 2.8 out of 5.

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Trump says China tried but failed over North Korea



President Donald Trump criticized the Chinese government for their failed efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American who had been detained by the Korean Peninsula.

Trump wrote in a tweet “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

Trump has held high hopes for greater cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on President Xi Jinping for his assistance. They met each other in Florida in April and Trump lauded Xi and resisted criticizing Chinese trade practices.

It was unclear if his latest tweet represented a significant shift in his thinking in the U.S. struggle to stop North Korea’s nuclear program and its test launching of missiles or a change in U.S. policy toward China.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (June 21, 2017)



- The Department of Social Welfare and Development once again expressed their support for the H.B. 4982 (known as Anti-Discrimination Bill on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression Equality Bill) as part of the Pride Month celebration this June. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo believes that the SOGIE Equality bill will lessen the number of hate crimes in the Philippines and create a safe haven for members of the LGBTQ community to express themselves without being judged and discriminated.

- The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, as tensions between them and the government troops are growing.

- PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa warned the personnel behind the leaked intelligence memorandum regarding the alleged attack of Maute Group in Metro Manila will be held liable.

- 11 people have died in western Guatemala after heavy rains and a mudslide that swamped homes, spilled onto a highway and buried two buses, according to emergency services.

- Polestar, Volvo's wholly-owned subsidiary, will launch a range of electrified high-performance cars in the future.

- The Roush P-51 is a pre-facelifted current-generation Ford Mustang tuned by Roush Engineering and for $42,500, customers get three-way adjustable coilovers, special lightweight wheels, sports tyres, and tuned 5.0L Coyote V8 engine delivering 727HP of power.

Roush P-51

- France and Germany will return to next year's Formula 1 championship season.

- The first teaser video of Bandai Namco's .hack://G.U. Last Recode game for the PS4/PC has arrived. Coming this year, it's the remastered version of the .hack://G.U. trilogy.in honor of the franchise's 15th anniversary.



TTFN!!!

KOWAREYASUKI

After CYaRon's Kinmirai Happy End and AZALEA's Galaxy HidE and SeeK, now it's the turn of Aqours' third sub-unit Guilty Kiss to kick your butts out of the window with their second single titled KOWAREYASUKI.

KOWAREYASUKI


Anyway, you know what this is but for some, this is the second single by Guilty Kiss comprising of Riko Sakurauchi, Yoshiko Tsushima, and Mari Ohara from Aqours as seen on Love Live Sunshine and this is part of the Aqours Next Step Project. Needless to say, all three sub-units released their own second singles, completing this first phase of the project.

But before talking through this, this latest single packs two new songs that will surely have your butts kicked out from the window and if you want more of Guilty Kiss, there's an audio drama included so you can get yourself be part of Guilty Kiss' latest adventure. Did you know that these two new songs will soon be featured on Love Live School Idol Festival app game?

With the sub-units' second singles now out in the running, the Next Step Project continues with new duo/trio performances from your favorite Aqours heroes, adding up to Aqours' 2nd Love Live -THE HAPPY PARTY TRAIN TOUR- later in the summer and the second series of Love Live! Sunshine!! coming this fall. Another main reason to come back for more of Aqours!

TRACK LISTINGS:

01. コワレヤスキ
02. Shadow gate to love
03. コワレヤスキ (Off Vocal)
04. Shadow gate to love (Off Vocal)
05. 十番勝負❤沼津やまやの陣

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: President Moon urges North to return detainees quick



South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea should quickly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the peninsula.

Moon expresses condolences to Otto Warmbier, an American university student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months and died on Monday, according to the presidential office. The Blue House cited Moon as saying “it is deplorable that North Korea does not respect human rights”.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (June 20, 2017)



- The Philippine National Police is investigating the memorandum allegedly from Valenzuela police on security threat in Metro Manila. The memorandum contained the appeal to investigate the alleged threat of Maute Group to launch bombing in the Metro.

- Senator JV Ejercito opposes the resumption of the negotiations between the government and National Democratic Front in the Netherlands. Ejercito states that the leftists have frequently violated the terms of the peace talks and has not followed the ceasefire.

- Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that the Department of Justice should be criticized since the agency ignored the law and failed to dispense justice. Lacson regret that Superintendent Marvin Marcos and other members of the PNP-CIDG in Leyte were freed after being allowed to pay bail.

- Senate Republicans will vote on whether to repeal the Obamacare by next week.

- Last Sunday, in Seattle, a black pregnant woman named Charleena Lyles was shot dead by policemen  who they say confronted officers with a knife. Reports told that the 30-year-old woman had called police to report a possible burglary.

- Following Wal-Mart's acquisition of Jet.com for three billion US dollars last year, Amazon last week are on collision against Wal-Mart with its $14 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc.

- The Cadillac XTS is now on its 2018 model year with new technical, chassis, and appearance changes.

2018 Cadillac XTS

- For the first time in Goodwood FoS history, this year's event will highlight on former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. Goodwood describes Bernie as “a man who, through good times and bad, has been an overwhelming power for good in motorsport.”

- Capcom and Bandai Namco enter cross-licensing agreement for games like Street Fighter and many others following their successful collaborations through the years.

- You Watanabe joins the Love Live Sunshine figma range and it's now available to order starting at 5,833 Yen plus tax and delivery and arrives this November.

figma You Watanabe

TTFN!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Toyota Aqua/Prius C - 2018 minor change

The Toyota Aqua (known in the world market as the Prius C) has been on the market for six years now and for its second minor change, it's now even more stylish and even more economical than ever just in the hopes to give everyone a chance to notice it for just a little while.

2018 Toyota Aqua
2018 Toyota Aqua

Here is your 2018 Toyota Aqua. Now, pay attention, for its second minor change, the Aqua received a brand new front face, redesigned rear lamps, and reshaped wheel arches. That's it. The one that used to be called the "X-URBAN", meanwhile, has been renamed into Crossover. Yep. Aqua Crossover. To differentiate the Aqua Crossover to the normal Aqua, it has been given a unique front face as well as some added ruggedness on the exterior design and exclusive Beige paint but even with the rugged look, it still behaves like the usual Aqua.

2018 Toyota Aqua interior
2018 Toyota Aqua interior

The interior has been slightly revised with new upholstery and new dashboard as hinted by the hazard light button that used to be square-shaped but now it's round, as well as the new instrumental panel that packs some vivid display for the drivers monitoring their driving progress. Even though the interior is new to us, it still packs the same generous boot space and the same five-seater capacity you would hope for the most fuel-efficient hybrid compact hatchback in its class.

In the previous minor change three years ago, the Aqua had a fuel efficiency of 37.0km/L by JC08 Mode standards. For this latest minor change though, the fuel efficiency has gone up by one, meaning it's now 38km/L based on JC08 Mode standards, that's about 0.8km/L more than last year's Nissan Note e-Power, however, that's only when it doesn't had some concessions of comfort such as rear seat power window and sound insulation materials. One word of warning, however, in some models, they can only go up to 34.4km/L, due to the added weight that makes up to health and safety regulations. That sounds awkward why the latest minor change had some slight weight gain but despite that, Toyota managed to upgrade the ride quality and stability, which makes it perfect to take it on city centers with ease and while this is not essentially a fun car full-stop, its city car charm would not go unnoticed.

The 2018 Aqua now comes with Toyota Safety Sense C, comprising of Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and the Automatic High Beam function. Judging by the results, perhaps this tech is what sums the Aqua up while figuring out how this latest model gained weight slightly...as a theory.

Prices start from 1,785,240 to 2,089,800 Yen (around $18,000 to $21,000) and while this is slightly expensive than the previous minor change, it's still the most affordable hybrid car Toyota offered on the market so even though with all that went happened with this latest minor change, let's hope that all eyes are on to this Aqua because it's time to ditch the chitter-chatter and turn your attention with this Aqua, just for once.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Let's Do The News! (June 19, 2017)



- Jeepney drivers and operators hold a protest against the phase-out of old units. About thousands of drivers and operators launched a "protest caravan" under the coalition of PISTON gathered together in front of National Housing Authority in Elliptical Road in Quezon City.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines said that the end of the Marawi Siege is fast approaching as government forces now focusing to four remaining barangays where around 100 members of Maute are believed hiding.

- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely reshuffle his cabinet to try to shake off his appallingly low ratings due to his suspicions that he helped a friend get favored treatment for his business. Reports citing government and ruling party sources said Abe would change his cabinet in August or September.

- The US Navy confirmed that all seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald were found dead after the destroyer's collision with a container ship off Japan over the weekend. All seven were found in flooded berthing compartments after the collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay early on Saturday.

- Gunmen attacked a luxury resort outside Mali's capital, Bamako, killing two people in what the security minister called a terrorist attack, while 36 guests were saved. Four gunmen arriving on mootrbikes and a car stormed Le Campement Kangaba, near Dougourakoro, to the east of Bamako, a resort popular with Western expatriates for weekend breaks.

- A blast in the home village of Shi'ite Muslim spiritual leader in Bahrain has killed a member of the security forces and hurt two others. There were no immediate details on the blast in Diraz village, home to Ayatollah Isa Qassim and has been a flashpoint for violence. Five people were killed during a police raid on the village on the 23rd of May.

- The new VW Polo VI has been unveiled and for the first time, it will be offered exclusively in five-door only. The new model will boast new tech, new engine lineup, and new way of driving for VW's compact hatchback in the lineup.

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi

- Airbag manufacturer Takata is expected to file bankruptcy protection according to reports. This follows the world's biggest automotive safety recall caused by its defective airbag inflators, which saw the Japanese manufacturer of automotive safety components plead guilty to criminal charges and agree to pay one billion US Dollars in settlement.

- Bandai Namco's IDOLISH 7 multimedia project has spawned its long-awaited anime adaptation as well as its spin-off series.

- Three former members of SMAP; Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Shingo Katori, left John & Associates Agency as their contracts will end on September 8,

TTFN!!!
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