Wednesday, August 23, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korea presses rocket programme

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the production of more solid-fuel rocket engines, according to state media, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of the drama easing.

The report carried by the KCNA news agency lacked the traditionally robust threats against the United States after weeks of heightened tension, and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism about a possible improvement in relations.

This report came not long after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a peace overture, welcoming what he called the recent restraint shown by the Korean peninsula.

Source: Reuters

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

- Classes in Mindanao State University will be resuming along with intense security reinforcement amid the three-month siege in Marawi City. During the first day of classes, students from Barangay Maria Cristina, Iligan City underwent an orientation and rigorous inspections before heading to the MSU compound.

- The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that no Filipinos were hurt after the 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern section of Italy, Monday, August 21. Monday's quake struck the island of Ischia, Naples a popular tourist spot near the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two people were confirmed dead while the number of casualties is yet to be tallied.

- Cebu Pacific announced late Tuesday night  the cancellation of its flights from the Philippines to Hong Kong due to typhoon ‘Isang’, international name ‘Hato’.

- Ninoy Aquino International Airport General Manager Ed Monreal named someone who will replace Assistant General Manager for Security and Emergency Services Allen Capuyan, who filed a leave of absence following his involvement with the controversial 6.4 million peso shabu smuggled from China. Brigadier General Romeo Labador will be replacing Capuayn as OIC of AGMSES.  Labador is the chief of the Airport Police Dept, and a former Chief of staff of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 83.

- About 54 out of the 292 House Republicans released public statements condemning US President Donald Trump over his response to the brutal events in Charlottesville, Virginia when he claimed there were some "very fine" people who participated in the white supremacist rally. Recently, Trump drawn a false equivalency between Heather Heyer's peaceful protest and the disgusting hate that was seething out from the Ku Klux Klan and other fascist groups.

- Amid the Angolan economic crisis, Angolans headed to the polls on Wednesday in a parliamentary election expected to usher in the ruling party’s defence minister as the first new leader of Africa’s second biggest oil producer for 38 years.

- Great Britain revived the scrappage scheme, now centering on reducing emissions as car companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Ford, announced schemes which offer a 2,000 pound discount when they trade in a car made before 2010 or that doesn't comply with the Euro 5 regulations.

- Ariel, makers of the Atom and Nomad, is planning to build a 1,180bhp hypercar capable of reaching 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds.

- Check out HOONIGAN's Ken Block going offroad in TERRAKHANA.

- The Crew 2, Ubisoft's upcoming racing game sequel, will arrive on the 16th of March, 2018.

- In anticipation for the upcoming THE IDOLM@STER Side M anime series this October, there will be an "Episode of Jupiter" prologue special airing at the end of September.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korean shipments to Syria intercepted according to UN report

Two North Korean shipments heading to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons programme were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

The report by a panel of independent experts, which was submitted to the UNSC earlier this month, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.

In a 37-page report, the panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile, and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the Korean Peninsula. Two member states interdicted Syria-bound shipments while another member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria.

KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, which was blacklisted by the Security Council eight years ago and described as Pyongyang’s key arms dealer and exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. In March 2016 the council also blacklisted two KOMID representatives in Syria.

According to the UN experts, the consignees are Syrian entities designated as shell companies for Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre, which has overseen the country's chemical weapons programme since the 1970's.

Source: Reuters

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

- Senator Richard Gordon is willing to surrender his post from the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. This is his response to the the proposal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to replace the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee head. Senator Gordon believes that the request to remove him as chairman of the said panel was due to a misunderstanding between him and Sen. Trillanes.

- Resigned BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to replace him with PDEA Chief Isidro Lapena. Faeldon claims that the replacement was ‘the best for the country’ because if he remained in office it would only cause the public division amidst the administration’s battle against illegal drugs.

- The Marikina River is now on alert level two after water levels reached 16 meters past 0800 local time today.

- Millions of Americans earlier today witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental US in seven decades. The eclipse was first seen on Central Oregon at around 1017 hours Pacific time and then the path of totality ended at around 1436 hours Eastern time in South Carolina.

- After being jailed for unlawful assembly, Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong was summoned again to court for an ongoing contempt of court charge related to the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

- The new BMW F90 M5 was unveiled and for the first time, it comes with the brand new M xDrive that allows the new, 4.4L V8 Twin Turbo, 600PS, M5, to be switched at either all-wheel drive with DSC on or rear-wheel drive with DSC off.

2018 BMW M5
- In celebration of the unveiling of the new BMW M5, check out the new trailer for the upcoming Need For Speed Payback game where the new BMW M5, exclusive to this game, outrun the Fortune Valley cops.

- Porsche will unveil the new, third-generation Cayenne, on the 29th of August.

- Koenigsegg unveiled the Regera Aero Package at last weekend's Monterey Car Week, featuring 385kg of downforce and the world's first 800v electrical system in a production car.

- The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Shenmue III game is now up. The sequel game arrives on 2018 for the PS4 and PC.



THE IDOLM@STER is back with a brand new CD range that goes beyond retro with the covers while focusing on a certain theme per installment. Welcome to the MASTER PRIMAL range.

What is MASTER PRIMAL, you may ask? Well, this is what you expect here in this first installment of this new range from Nippon Columbia because in this installment, the stars of this cover are donning signature outfits for nostalgic purposes while focusing on a specific color and genre.

This installment is called ROCKIN RED and the genre in focus is rock, something unheard for a 765 Pro song in ages, and the 765 Production idols in focus are Haruka Amami (Eriko Nakamura), Chihaya Kisaragi (Asami Imai), Ritsuko Akizuki (Naomi Wakabayashi), and Takane Shijou (Yumi Hara).

ROCKIN RED features three new songs focusing on the genre on this installment. First up, all of the idols in focus are performing BRAVE STAR. Then, Haruka and Chihaya are performing CRIMSON LOVERS. And finally, Ritsuko and Takane are performing 聖炎の女神. Finishing the ROCKIN RED installment is a brand new audio drama starring, well, you get the idea.

It's great to see your favorite 765 Production idols back where they belong for a new CD lineup with an odd name, retro cover, unique genre, and a color theme. That's Primal, ladies and gentlemen.

Oh, and for limited quantities, each copy comes with a serial code that will give you a chance to win tickets for October's HOTCH POTCH Festival starring the 765 Million All-Stars. Good luck!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Winners of the Pokemon World Championships 2017

It's the time of the year when the best ace trainers from a multitude of countries gathered for the annual Pokemon World Championships and for this year, the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, is jam-packed with people who love Pokemon and the professionals who are aiming for the top spot, be it Sun and Moon, Card Game, or even Pokken Tournament. There's even sneak peeks for the upcoming Ultra Sun and Moon games as well as new expansions for the Pokemon Card Game.

So, with this year's Pokemon World Championships wrapped up, let's get to know the winners of this year's WCS.

  • Tobias Stromdahl from Norway wins the Pokemon Card Game Junior Division Final thanks to his strategic use of a Guzma supporter card against his opponent.
  • Zachary Bokhari from the USA wins the Pokemon Card Game Senior Division Final after an intense game three against his rival compatriot.
  • Argentina's Diego Cassiraga wins the Pokemon Card Game Masters Division Final, marking his third top-8 finish in 13 years he has attended the WCS.
  • Nicholas Kan from Australia wins the Video Game Championship Junior Division Final thanks to his devastating combination of Gyarados' Supersonic Skystrike Z-move and an uncanny strategy he did with his Snorlax.
  • Hong Juyong from South Korea wins the Video Game Championship Senior Division Final against his familiar foe from last year's quarterfinal bout.
  • Ryota Otsubo from Japan wins the Video Game Championship Masters Division Final after his opponent's Z-move ended in disaster.
  • Tonosama wins the Pokken Tournament World Championship

Next year, the Pokemon World Championships are heading to Nashville, Tennessee, the Music City. Until then, don't miss Pokken Tournament DX coming to Nintendo Switch this September 22 and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon coming to Nintendo 3DS this November.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Pokemon WCS.

Top Gear America - Drive Your Life

This Top Gear Episode is a fast episode, an episode where the boys are pushing themselves over the limit in the name of speed.

Antron Brown, as an NHRA World Champion, gives Tom Ford a crash course about drag racing and then later, the two set off for a drag duel between these two.

Meanwhile, Bill Fichtner tries out Cadillac's fastest saloon, the new Cadillac CTS-V. A super saloon that breaks the perception of a four-door saloon. When handed to The Stig, it does a 1:11.72 lap time.

Later, Wookie gets busted and then sends off to a police driving school to try out their newest additionn to their fleet, a Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Haley Joel Osment is this episode's celebrity guest and because he has troubles in a manual-tranny Civic hatch, not only he broke the Civic, but set a catastrophic 4:47.22 lap time!

This episode ends where Antron's day job as a drag racing champion is showcased.

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

- Senator Ping Lacson warns that he will reveal the list of Bureau of Customs officials who have received cash bribery in regards to the smuggled Php 6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment.

- About 499 people have reportedly died in last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, according to the city's chief coroner. One of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world’s poorest countries.

- US President Donald Trump to present vision for the country's strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict. In a prime-time speech to the nation, Trump may announce a modest increase in U.S. troops, as recommended by his senior advisers.

- New Zealand opposition leader, Jacinda Arden, is now embroiled in the second sexism row not even a month after taking the reins of the Labour Party and almost single-handedly reigniting its chances at a national election in September.

- Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours. Underneath its stylish looks comes an electric powerplant that produces 550kW of power output and over 500km of range according to the NEDC.

- General Motors Holden joins Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, Isuzu, and Mazda in the first-ever SuperUtes race next year using their Colorado pickup truck.

- Honda is producing new replacement parts for the legendary Beat kei-roadster such as tail lights, license plate lights, heater blowers, seat belts, wheels, tires, and so on.

- ICYMI: THE IDOLM@STER voice actress Azumi Asakura announced her marriage.

- Attack on Titan 2 video game by Koei Tecmo Games is set for early 2018 release, with Omega Force returns to develop the sequel game with new features.


2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

A weekend before the Great American Eclipse hits their work day, it's "Saturday Night Drive" at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, for the annual Bristol Night Race where history has been made once again in the heat of the Monster Energy NASCAR series.

Bristol Motor Speedway has been a sacred pilgrimage for every NASCAR fanatics in America because with all that swearing and all that crash courses occurred through the years as well as the heated rivalries carved there, what can they say? "It's Bristol, Baby!"

For this year's race, Kyle Busch swept away pole leader Erik Jones to win the race. Right before his Monster Energy series win, Busch took care of both the Camping World series and the Xfinity series races held there, marking his complete sweep of all three NASCAR touring series on a Saturday night.

Busch is the only NASCAR driver to score the three-series sweep in the same week at the same track since seven years ago and now, he's done it again.

Next race is at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina, for the Bojangles Southern 500 race on the 3rd of September.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Riding with the Carnival

For over a year, my sister Elise and my brother-in-law drove a third-generation Kia Sorento for miles after miles, especially my dad and my sister Bea. Whether if it used to go from one city after another or one of our favorite points of interest, this crossover made a special place in our hearts but now, in anticipation of my sister having a third child, her Sorento crossover's replaced with a minivan that is not fit for today's neighborhood but an important charm point for an ever-growing family like hers.

As I'm sure you know, this is the current-generation Kia Carnival (Sedona) but it's a lot different to the Carnival I'm familiar with apart from the looks becausr what's under the hood is not what it seems.

The Carnival we have here is powered by a Lambda II 3.3L GDi V6 engine, the same engine used in the K7 saloon, producing 280PS of power and mated to a six-speed gearbox. In other words, it's like a Kia K7 with so much seats and space for the whole family like my sister's. In South Korea, you can now avail a V6 Carnival for 35.8 million Korean Won we live in America, and a localized version of the Carnival, known as the Sedona, doesn't have a fourth-row seats like you get in the land of Koreanovelas. We got just the eight-seater variant, which is less than what the Koreans had but it's very accommodating and roomy indeed.

Anyway, here's a little story. My sister Elise and the family are coming to our cousin's home for her baby's birthday party somewhere in Kent. I told Mom and Dad I should be with Elise and they agreed. When the time came to step out from the house, I am a little excited about getting in to the Carnival. Trouble was the only seat reserved for me is the dreaded third row but thanks to its adjustable second-row seating, even if its occupied by child seats, I can get in and out of the third row seat without question and that's it. One thing that amazed me that this car has Apple CarPlay but I'm too far to try it out and ai wish I want to experience it to myself while on the move.

When it's time to set off, I got the chance to see what is like in a V6-powered Carnival. At cruising speeds, it was nice and comfortable, but in the case of residential speeds or highway speeds, I can feel its jittering vibrations at the back, only slightly, of course. Vibrations aside, despite being a heavy and thirsty car which consumes more than the Sorento we used to have, the powerful V6 Carnival handles like every other car I've been through and while it been through different points of interests my sister and her family had, this van gets from one point to another without a slouch.

After experiencing my first ride with the new Carnival, we arrived at Kent to visit our cousin's house for her baby boy's birthday party. I got pictures I am too happy to show you all.

And there you have it. So, what can I say?

Although big, thirsty, and jittering at high speeds, the V6-powered Kia Carnival feels like it's home even in today's neighborhood where SUVs became a norm in the suburbs. Apart from being spacious and accessible, it's very luxurious and comfortable indeed. In fact, it kinda reminds me of a time I rode someone's Hyundai Starex a decade ago but this is no Starex here. This is the Carnival I'm talking about and looks like we have to spend the whole year with this minivam but when the time comes to replace it, it's my sister's call.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Logan Lucky

What happens when you made a film about two boys staging a high-stakes heist while in a middle of a NASCAR event somewhere in North Carolina? From the folks behind Ocean's Eleven comes a late-summer treat for petrolheads and hillbillies everywhere that you can spit your tobacco gum at while dawdle at the boys' zany misfits of robbing a pile of cash in the heat of a race.

Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky is a high-octane, gum-spitting, laugh riot which features an eclectic cast of characters ever assembled from the Mississippi river. With Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katherine Waterston, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig, an all-star ensemble of brains and brawns makes Logan Lucky a unique laugh riot to see before summer ends.

In an effort to avert their family misfortune, brothers Jimmy and Clyde are setting off to North Carolina to stage a robbery during an epic NASCAR event happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Of course, as a heist, things can get messy because with some interesting characters in store for them, life couldn't get even messier than this.

This film marks Steven Soderbergh's return to the heist movie genre and come to think of it, Logan Lucky kind of feels like Ocean's Eleven edited for rednecks just like that old Family Guy joke of a certain science show edited for rednecks with a hint of Mountain Dew on it. From every angle, this film doesn't feel too modern for a comedy heist movie and whether this film reflects American society of today, it feels like you'll end up getting belched by its moonshine-induced madness this film delivers.

Although being a redneck heist movie, this film really is good. In fact, the crowds are raving over how unique and how original this comedy heist film is. In fact, it's a clear sign that the man behind the Ocean's trilogy is back in business and who knew he can assemble a ragtag cast of characters to create a film that packs some crashes, burnt rubber, explosions, beer, BBQ, and moolah, making it a fitting end to the summer blockbuster season no matter how salty or how sour this film is. In fact, no one's going to blame the film's redneck charm point you'd expect from the man behind the hit heist films.

My rating: 3.8 out of 5

Bubble Gang - August 18, 2017 #BGExpress

On the August 18, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Van gags

- Life in a day at the office

- A different kind of gang war

- Let's play SPELLING BEKS!

- She keeps on calling other men's names...

- Keeping up with their fair share...

- A different kind of hospital

- Basa-basa-pik

Friday, August 18, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: UN sanctions against NK affects China

 The UN's latest sanctions against North Korea are apparently having an effect on China.

Reports told that scores of trucks carrying seafood from North Korea are being turned back at customs in the northeaster Chinese city of Hunchun after Beijing introduced a ban on seafood, coal, and iron ore on Monday.

It also reported that another ban on bringing in new workers from the North would mean that North Korean restaurants in China will soon be short-staffed.

The state-run restaurants are already reported to have seen a significant fall in customers this year.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (August 18, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon had asked to be removed from his post three times. During his speech in Ozamiz City, the president addressed the issue regarding the corruption in the agency he admitted his fault in appointing several BoC officials who became instruments in the smuggling of Php 6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.

- About 80 suspects were killed this week after escalation in the Philippines' bloody war on drugs as police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation of President Duterte's bloody war on drugs.

- US President Donald Trump denounced the removal of Confederate monuments, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions. Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S. allies, rattled markets and prompted speculation about possible White House resignations with his comments since Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which came in the aftermath of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue.

- China's top training school for the Communist Party cadres has published a book on President Xi Jinping's experiences during the Cultural Revolution, exhorting party members to learn from the events that drove his “unshaken pursuit of ideals”. The book's release comes as Xi seeks to further cement his grip on power at a key five-yearly party congress to be held this autumn.

- The grandson of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and ruler of Singapore for over three decades, said he left the city in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case.

- The BMW Z4 Concept has been unveiled ahead of its 2017 Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach next week. The concept serves as a preview of the next-generation Z4 which Toyota will share most of its components for its new co-developed sportscar.

- Roy Lunn passed away at the age of 92. Lunn is coined as the "godfather of the Ford GT40" according to Ford. Roy Lunn was born in England and after being an RAF pilot in the Second World War, he worked at AC and Aston Martin before moving to America in 1958 and joining Ford.

- Deep Silver, a subsidiary of Koch Media, will be the publisher of the highly-anticipated Shenmue III game for the PS4 and PC coming in the second-half of 2018.

- Bullet journaling lovers, the Hobo Nikkan Ito Shinbun, makers of the very popular Hobonichi Techo journals, introduced the entire 2018 lineup. New for 2018, the new Hobonichi techo features a selection of 79 covers to add some style to their Hobonichi customization. For those who are planning to buy the 2018 Hobonichi Techo variants in Original, Planner, Cousin, and Weeks can choose a wide variety of covers, some are exclusive to the Hobonichi web store. The Hobonichi Techo 2018 range will be on sale to the general public on the 1st of September but customers can start order one when all shop pages released on the 28th of August.

- Haruka Amami joins Phat Company's THE IDOLM@STER anime DVD/BD cover figure lineup as the last addition to the range. This final addition's ready for order starting at 11,000 yen plus taxes and delivery and arrives this April. Complete the collection now.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Tipping a nuke on an ICBM is "red line"

South Korean president Moon Jae-in warned that North Korea would be “crossing a red line” if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile but the United States had promised to seek Seoul’s approval before taking any military action.

Speaking in a news conference marking his 100 days in office, President Moon said he would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile. He repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. He also says that US President Donald Trump promised to seek negotiations and approval from South Korea before taking any options regarding North Korea.

Meanwhile, with threats of firing missiles to the Pacific island of Guam, the Kim Jong-un regime mulls a possible sixth nuclear test in the works.


Let's Do The News! (August 17, 2017)

- Members of the House of Representatives have recommended the pressing of charges against BOC Chief Nicanor Faeldon over the controversial 6.4 million pesos worth of shabu smuggled from China.

- The Philippine National Police will place checkpoints in Pampanga as they monitor the 1km quarantine zone affected by the bird flu outbreak.

- Philippine National Police Region 3 Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino confirmed that they received order to launch a “one time, big time operation” against those involved in illegal drugs activities. Over 32 suspected illegal drug users were killed by cops in different parts of Bulacan.

- Saudi Arabia said it would welcome Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the haj this season, amidst a feud that severed transport links between the two nations since June. In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency, the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed.

- Hyundai showcases their "next generation FCEV" to the public, which is basically a fuel cell electric crossover combining exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance.

-  German chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany will be joining the ranks of other countries banning the sale of diesel vehicles soon.

- La Luna Sangre actor Richard Gutierrez is charged with falsification of public documents by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

- TV comedian and presenter Vice Ganda issues public apology to Tony Calvento and Calvento accepted Vice's apology.

- Actor Robin Padilla donates five million pesos for the children victimized by the siege of Marawi City.


My Aikatsu best five

In celebration of the first part of the Aikatsu Stars! crossover episode celebrating five years of the Aikatsu! franchise, it would be the ideal time for me to jot down the best five from the fantasy world of the Aikatsu franchise.

Aikatsu! series 5th anniversary

For those who are unfamiliar with the Aikatsu franchise, you are not alone, ladies and gentlemen, even moms and dads whose kids want to know about the Aikatsu series. It's an arcade collectible card game part of the Bandai DATA CARDDASS range of machines first launched in October 2012 and spawned its TV anime adaptation, making it a popular cross-media project among little girls in Japan. In the first three seasons, it's all about Ichigo Hoshimiya and her friends, Ran Shibuki and Aoi Kiriya, on their adventures at Starlight Gakuin to become top idols, but when the fourth and final season came, all eyes on Akari Ozora as the star of the show. After the end of the Aikatsu anime in the spring of 2016, its successor series, Aikatsu Stars! comes in and it's about Yume Nijino and Rola Sakuraba taking their first steps at the Yotsuboshi Gakuin to become top idols, just like the elite idol students of this academy known as the S4. This show is currently on its 2nd season as Yume and the gang venturing on the Venus Ark with interesting characters prying their eyes on them.

Think of it like a child-friendly alternative of THE IDOLM@STER and Love Live in every tangible way, that is only when it faces stiff competition against Takara Tomy's Pretty Rhythm, PriPara, and now Idol Time Pripara. When little boys had their fun with Pokemon, Yo-kai Watch, Detective Conan, the Power Rangers, or all of the Kamen Rider heroes, little girls had a choice of either Pretty Cure, PriPara, Cocotama, or this. Aikatsu is very popular among little girls in Japan because they can create their character, collect dresses and accessories, and watch them shine while listening to some very catchy Aikatsu songs that's gonna be the dead of every pre-school teacher playing it on the loop.

Anyway, spare the explanation because after observing through every piece of Aikatsu in existence, let's jot down the best five according to my criteria.

1) Ichigo Hoshimiya
2) Yume Nijino
3) Akari Ozora
4) Hime Shiratori
5) Koharu Nanakura

1) Lily Shirogane
2) Elza Forte
3) Risa Shirakaba
4) Yozora Kasumi
5) Sumire Hikami

1) Juri Kurebayashi
2) Rola Sakuraba
3) Tsubasa Kisaragi
4) Mahiru Kasumi
5) Kaede Ichinose

1) Yurika Todo
2) Kirara Hanazono
3) Ako Saotome
4) Nina Dojima
5) Nono Daichi

1) Koharu Nanakura
2) Hinaki Shinjo
3) Yuzu Nikaido
4) Sakura Kitaoji
5) Hime Shiratori

1) Aoi Kiriya
2) Ran Shibuki
3) Yozora Kasumi
4) Rin Kurosawa
5) Sora Kazesawa

1) Juri Kurebayashi
2) Seira Otoshiro
3) Miyabi Fujiwara
4) Rola Sakuraba
5) Tsubasa Kisaragi

1) Elza Forte
2) Yurika Todo
3) Risa Shirakaba
4) Nono Daichi
5) Seira Otoshiro

1) Yume Nijino
2) Ichigo Hoshimiya
3) Akari Ozora
4) Aoi Kiriya
5) Rola Sakuraba

1) Aikatsu☆Step!
2) Idol Katsudou!
3) Move on now!
4) lucky train!
5) Dreaming Bird

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: AFP preps to evacuate Filipinos in Guam, amidst North Korea missile threat

Sourced from DZRH News:

The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) is prepared to evacuate Filipinos residing in Guam in case North Korea pushes through with its threat to launch a missile attack at the U.S. territory.

AFP Spokesman Brigade General Restituto Padilla explained that they will be rendering all their airplanes and vessels for Filipinos who choose to go back to the Philippines if ever calamity strikes.

“Magpo-provide po kami ng lahat ng available transportation by air at by sea na maaring maging sakayan ng ating kababayan na nais lumikas.” says Gen. Padilla.

While the Philippines is not originally part of the verbal tussle between the United State and North Korea, AFP General Padilla assured that they remain fully prepared for any eventuality.

Let's Do The News! (August 16, 2017)

- UBER Philippines, yesterday, filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB and will be resuming and continuing operations until the motion is resolved.

-  A lawmaker has asked the House appropriations committee to deffer the proposed 27.12 billion peso budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnulfo Teves Jr., expressed his deep disappointment over the agency’s lack of action towards environmental issues he raised last year. Specifically the destructive effects of mining in the region of Negros Oriental.

- President Rodrigo Duterte is already prepared with a "plan B" if Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año is banned from being the next DILG secretary. Gen. Año was set to assume his post at the DILG last June, but was postponed  due to the Marawi City crisis.  On October 26, the AFP Chief is also set to retire.

- Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee Senator Richard Gordon and Senator Tito Sotto III agree that there isn’t enough evidence to prove that Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is affiliated with the 6.4 billion pesos worth of smuggled shabu from China.

- Yesterday, Iraq forces began air strikes on Tal Afar, a town under Islamic State control west of Mosul, according to reports. Iraqi authorities had said Tal Afar, 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, will be the next target in the war on the Islamist militant group that swept through swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

- Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. With increasing threats from the Trump administration and Republican attorney general, the program has never been in more jeopardy. DACA provides almost 800,000 immigrant youth across the United States with educational and job opportunities.

- BMW will unveil the Z4 Concept at this month's Pebble Beach Concours. The German luxury car company chose to retain the name for the next-generation sports car that will share the same basis as Toyota's Supra successor.

- Zagato has more work to be done with the Aston Martin Vanquish as they unveiled the special Vanquish Zagato Speedster and the Shooting Brake. Like the coupe and Volante, both are powered by a 592HP 6.0L V12 engine, refined adaptive damping, and improved dynamics while incorporating bespoke Zagato styling cues. The Speedster will be limited 28 units but all are sold out. The Shooting Brake, meanwhile, will be limited to 99 units made.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
Shooting Brake

- Actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen are set to appear to a TV adaptation of the novel titled Good Omens, according to reports.

- Actress Barbara Hershey is set to appear in next year's season of The X-Files

- 007 actor Daniel Craig confirms his return on the 25th Bond film coming this late 2019.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: President Moon pledges to prevent war during ceremonial visit

South Korean president Moon Jae-in attended the ceremony celebrating the 72nd anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, along with 3,000 attendees, more importantly the surviving heroes who fought for Korean independence, who were recognized for their sacrifices.

President Moon delivered a speech during the ceremony where he once again thanked the fighters and that Korea will never forget their sacrifice and emphasized that the country will pay due respect to its heroes.

Referring to the rising tensions in recent days sparked by the aggressive rhetoric between the North Korea and the United States, President Moon stressed the government's firm principle to protect the national interests of South Korea and no war should occur on the Korean Peninsula ever again.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he will watch the United States' actions "a little more", after consulting his army officials on a plan to attack Guam. The state-run media reported that Kim was briefed on the specific details on the missile strike.

He's quoted to have said the North will carry out their "important decision" as declared--should the US continue its "reckless, provocative actions on the Korean Peninsula."

South Korean and US officials have been working to ease tensions, emphasizing the use of sanctions and diplomacy, rather than military measures. However, should it fail, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned that an attack on Guam could very quickly escalate into war.  He added the US military is prepared to take out any missiles heading toward its territory.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (August 15, 2017)

- Senator Grace Poe criticizes the LTFRB's decision to suspend ride-sharing service UBER on Philippine roads. In her statement released to the public, Poe calls the LTFRB decision to suspend Uber is "both cruel and absurd." The ruling disenfranchises close to 200,00 riders a day with the imposition of a blanket suspension against Uber along with all its accredited vehicles for a month. Poe calls the suspension order a defiance of their commitment to provide solution to the issues surrounding TNVS operations that will be for the benefit of the riding public.

- Senate Blue Ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon undermined the courtesy resignation of two Bureau of Customs officials amid the controversy involving the 4.6 million pesos worth of smuggled Shabu shipment from China.

- Indian PM Narendra Modi urged everyone to reject religious violence after numerous attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country's secular ideals. In a speech from the ramparts of Delhi’s Red Fort marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, Modi also listed his government’s achievements, including a fight against corruption.

- US President Donald Trump authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change. Trump broke from his 17-day vacation in New Jersey to sign the memo in the White House at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

- Actor Ryan Reynolds said that and crew were “heartbroken, shocked and devastated” at the death of a driver in a motorcycle stunt in Vancouver that went wrong. Vancouver police confirmed the death of a stuntwoman on the set of the Deadpool sequel but gave no further details and din't release her name.

- Following Jake Zyrus' breakup with Alyssa Quijano, the transgender singer who used to be Charice seems to have found a new love interest with nutritionist and fitness instructor Shyre Aquino.

- BMW will unveil the all new M5 on the 21st of August.

- After Lugia and the three legendary birds appeared on Pokemon GO as part of the time-limited special raid battles, the long-awaited arrival of the legendary Genetic Pokemon Mewtwo will be a warning shot to everyone as it is set to arrive in time-limited raid battles soon. Better be prepared.


Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Pure Michigan 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series returns at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 race of this season and as the boys saddle up at NASCAR's fastest track to date, late-summer thrills never felt so alive in there.

In the 60th lap of the race, Brad Keselowski nabbed his fourth stage win of the series after clearing stage one. In Lap 117, the #15 Toyota suffered mechanical woes and it was therefore out of the race. In Lap 120, Martin Truex Jr. cleared stage two of the race. In Lap 138, the #5 car crashed through the wall and the #19 car couldn't escape from a colliding  #5. In Lap 185, the #22 Ford's right front tire got blown and on Lap 195, the #95 car of Michael McDowell spun out of control.

With the restart occurred, Kyle Larson battled his way through first place and he's done it, nabbing his third Michigan win in his career. He's really something there and he's special, I can tell.

Next race is on Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on the 19th of August.

Let's Do The News! (August 14, 2017)

- Dr. Renante Decena from the  Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental guaranteed Negrenses that the province is safe from bird flu. Even though Pampanga, where the outbreak occurred, is too far from the said province, Decena noted that they will keep tabs on all poultry farms in the province.

- Meanwhile, former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo said that the discovered bird flu virus is only an isolated case in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. He promptly remarked that only two barangays were reported to be affected by the avian bird flu. So the need to declare the incident as an ‘outbreak’ in the entire region of Pampanga seemed rather obscure, says Pelayo.

- The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms is expected to pass the proposed postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections supposedly scheduled on October today, to give officials another year to serve.

- A Catholic priest who was abducted by the Maute terror group is alive, according to the recently escaped captives. One of the escapees said that Father Teresito Suganob is being forced to make bombs for the said Islamist militants. Info shows that there about 46 civilians hostages being held by the Maute.

- The head of an Indian hospital were over 60 children died in recent days has been suspended, as officials traded blame over cash shortfalls that led to supplies of medical oxygen being cut. The government of Uttar Pradesh state, run by India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), suspended the head of the state-run BRD Medical College, Rajeev Misra, late on Saturday and ordered an investigation.

- A number of solidarity rallies assembled across the United States in the wake of the deadly white supremacy rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia. About 19 people were hurt in one killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters at the "Unite The Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville last Saturday. Events in response to Saturday's violence erupted in New York, Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore, and other major cities Saturday night through Sunday.

- Infiniti will showcase their Prototype 9 Concept at this month's Pebble Beach Concours, combining modern-day zero-emission powertrain with beautifully-sculpted, retro-racing looks.

- Singer Vehicle Design collaborates with Williams for a 4.0L 500HP naturally aspirated, air-cooled Porsche 911 engine, catered for a certain client.

- Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2 is announced and it's coming on the Nintendo 3DS at the end of the year.

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